Always classic

by jamie-lee on December 17, 2014, 2 comments

popbasic silk blouse karen walker lily skirt benah sloane satchel
popbasic silk blouse karen walker lily skirt benah sloane satchel

Popbasic milk silk blouse (c/o), Karen Walker skirt, Karen Walker x Benah Sloane satchel; beauty note – Revlon matte lip balm in Standout Remarquable on the lips

There is nothing more classic than a white (silk) shirt and a bold red lip. Even more so in the holiday season when it’s red-lips-a ’plenty, and you don’t want your outfit to make more of a statement than that bold lip you’re wearing (hint: keep it easy and wear neutral shades). It’s that effortless nonchalance, and when paired with a slim cigarette cut trouser, looks ever so gamine.

With only one more working week left in the year, I’ve been finishing up my Christmas shopping, and helping Luke plan the menu for our Christmas lunch. We decided to hang back in Sydney for Christmas (a first for me), so it’ll be a quiet affair for the two of us; good thing that the beach is within walking distance of our apartment!

2015 is coming up faster than I would have liked (times truly flies when you’re having fun), so I’ve been having a good think about goals I’d like to achieve, and good habits I’d like to aspire to incorporate once the 1st of January rolls around (which I’ve posted on my Tumblr, here, if you’re curious). I may be resolving to cut down on my dairy consumption in the new year, but one thing I won’t be giving up anytime soon is this easy and effortless combination. Besides, doesn’t everyone wish they could be Parisian for a day?


by jamie-lee on December 15, 2014, one comment

pop basic milk blouse kickstarter project

Ivory ‘milk’ silk blouse c/o Popbasic

If there’s one thing a girl can never have too much of, it’s a simple silk button up shirt. It’s one of those classics which will never leave you not feeling polished, even when you’ve rolled out of bed with only ten minutes to spare before you need to get on your way to work; I promise.

Which would explain why I was pretty excited to hear about Popbasic’s kickstarter project for two silk blouses (the first of many, I hope), one in an ivory milk shade, and one in a playful strawberry print. I’m almost certain that both are basics, if not essential for any wardrobe (who wouldn’t want to wear strawberries every day, am I right?).

And in case you’re wondering, the fit is true to size (slightly loose through the body with slim sleeves) and the quality is excellent (16mm peached silk), almost on par with Equipment yet at a fraction of the price. Today is the final day of the kickstarter, which begs the question, have you ordered yours yet?

Kit. Cosmetics Summer Fiesta nude eye shadow palette review

by jamie-lee on December 13, 2014, one comment

kit cosmetics summer fiesta nude eyeshadow palette
kit cosmetics summer fiesta nude eyeshadow palette

kit. Cosmetics Summer Fiesta nude eye shadow palette

‘Tis the season for giving and gifting, lazy weekend barbecues in the late afternoon sun, and limited edition make-up palettes which are so pretty you can’t wait to get your hands on them.

Up until now, I’ve never paid much mind to Christmas gift guides, and seasonal Christmas gift sets – it never quite made sense to me. I’d long thought that the aforementioned gift sets primarily consisted of intense lavender scented body lotions and shower gels which were destined to spend their lives sitting at the very back of my bathroom cabinet – entirely forgotten once the magic of Christmas had worn off. But boy, was I wrong.

A (not so) quick pit stop to my local Mecca was enough to set me straight, and put a pretty big dent in my wallet that day. Of all the things I’ve picked up (and there have been quite a number), this pretty gold flecked palette from kit. Cosmetics has proven to be one of the most hard-working of the lot. Named the Summer Fiesta nude eyeshadow palette, it is comprised of 10 eyeshadows which sit in neutral territory – mostly bronze or chocolate shades, the majority of which have a decent amount of shimmer to them (perfect for picking up the light during the summer!), however there are a few matte shadows included in the palette.

Priced at a humble $34.95, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting too much – how good could it be, right? Well, don’t let the price fool you.

Starting with the excellent selection of colours; the pearlescent white shade is perfect for opening up and brightening the inner corners of your eyes, and there are some almost nude/beige tones which serve nicely as a base swept all over the eyelid. I personally like sweeping a little of the pale rose shimmer shade over ¾ of my eyelid, with a generous dusting of the taupe/brown shade blended in the crease for a subtle everyday look. Dependent on whether I’m opting for a bold lip or not, I’ve taken to lightly smudging either the gold or one of the darker coffee shades along my bottom lash line, almost like an eye liner; creating a bit of smokiness and definition. Add a bit of mascara, and you’re done for the day.

All of the eyeshadows in the palette have good pigmentation, and offer a great colour payoff with minimal effort. You can use the shadows wet or dry; so if you have a few eye drops (or some MAC Fix Plus) handy, you can really intensify the colour which is perfect for a night out.

I’m not going to lie, this girl is a sucker for pretty packaging (or gold flecked anything for that matter); and when combined with a 10 shade palette of neutral bronze tones, well, I’m not really going to say no. Less than a week later I found myself back at the Mecca counter, picking up the same palette in black; because when you’re onto a good thing…

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried anything from kit. Cosmetics (and whether your experience was as positive as mine!), or if you’d like to see an everyday look using this eyeshadow palette; also, I’m sorry for not including any swatches in this review. Next time, I promise!

PS. Curious about my favourite lip products? I’ve done a video featuring five of my current favourite lip products for the summer time, which you can view here.
PPS. You still have 7 days to enter the Karen Walker broken necklace giveaway – click here to find out the details x

Beauty chat

by jamie-lee on December 11, 2014, 3 comments

minimal make up look beauty charlotte tilbury

So you may have noticed a few changes around here lately. A little less fashion, and a little more beauty. Well, it’s come as a little bit of a surprise to me too – the girl which for so long has shunned any traditional (read: obsessive) approach to beauty in favour of something a little more relaxed; a little more nonchalant, or at least so I’ve thought. I’ve been making videos (and who ever would have thought I’d be willingly putting myself on camera?), and I’ve been putting my face in sharper focus than I would normally dare, all in the name of beauty. So if there’s anything beauty-related that you’d like to know (or see in video form), like which eyeshadows give you the most bang for your buck, my skincare routine (which honestly, is a bit of a mess right now) or my pick for the perfect shade of red nail polish, leave me a note in the comments below as I’m all for ideas – all the more to add to my ever-growing list! In the meantime, it’s mostly business as usual around here, with a few fresh new ideas which I’m a little excited (and eager) to share with you all.

PS. You’ve still got a week and a bit to get in the draw for the Karen Walker giveaway, so don’t forget to enter if you haven’t already!

Spring wardrobe favourites #1

by jamie-lee on December 9, 2014, 8 comments

dries van noten cesar shirt nobody denim shorts
charlotte olympia virgo suede flats
karen walker polka dot tie up shorts
lover the label susien chong lover cherry red rosebud lace dress

Some time ago, I read this quote about shopping for your wardrobe, which has really stuck with me.

Buy less, choose well.

It’s become something of a goal that I’ve aspired to. To cultivate an attitude towards shopping which results in less mistakes, and more triumphs at the end of the day. To realize that those wool lined Acne Studios culottes you’ve wanted for the last year aren’t practical, or affordable – well, not if you’re planning on eating out a couple of times a week, or wanting to put aside a little bit of your income for ‘a rainy day’.

I’m not going to lie; I’ve definitely had my fair share of blow outs this year. Five new pairs of shoes in not quite as many weeks? Yep. Definitely guilty. But, I’ve been holding out for sales (like I never did before), spending a little more on the classics, and taking the time to get something slightly ill-fitting taken in at the tailor.

With Spring at its end, I thought I’d quickly run through some of my purchases for the season – my favourites, the ones I’ve worn the most/the least, the ones which have been the most surprising.

New wardrobe staples: Over the Spring I added quite a few staple pieces to my wardrobe. I splurged on a white shirt from Dries van Noten (on sale – and I had this one altered as it was a little too long), I saved on a pair of ripped denim shorts from Nobody (which are going to be indispensable this Summer), and I invested in a pair of not-so-classic black loafers from Stuart Weitzman. Less notable staples include a pair of black cropped trousers from Forever New, and another silk tank from Everlane (you can read my areview here if you haven’t already).

New favourites: I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with anything Dion Lee – an obsession that I anticipate will not be kind to my bank balance, if I’m not careful that is (case in point, this pleated dress I’ve been eyeing up). So when I picked up this grey tweed mini skirt from his current collection, I knew it was on the fast track to become one of my favourites. I’ve also really been enjoying wearing the Charlotte Olympia virgo suede flats – which in a mauve tone is an unusual choice for me, yet I love that these seem to go with absolutely everything.

A special addition: You probably all know by now that my love for Lover seems to know no bounds. I don’t go out nearly enough to justify another lace dress, but when I saw this *limited edition* rosebud halter dress in the Bondi Junction store, I couldn’t resist. It didn’t help that the general response on Instagram was that I needed to have this dress in my life. Which really, was all it took.

What I’ve worn the most: This is a bit of a toss-up between an old favourite and a new one. The old favourite being my black Helmut Lang blazer, which gets worn almost daily for work, and the new one being the Lover 3D star lace skirt (after finally getting it in the right size).

What I’ve worn the least: Online shopping certainly has its pitfalls, particularly when you’re buying off eBay. I picked up a really cute pair of shorts from Karen Walker in a style I already owned, albeit two sizes larger. Suffice to say, they’re a little big (although the tie waist does help), and they’re yet to be worn. I haven’t quite found the time to take these into the tailor but I’m hoping that with a little bit of love they can be taken in at the sides – I’m smitten with the print so I really don’t want to let these ones go!

Most disappointing purchase: Again, eBay can be so hit or miss, but if you’re looking for an archive piece, it’s generally the only place you can look. I’d been on the lookout for the poppy printed skort from Lover’s Persona collection, and after five solid months of looking, I finally managed to find it. Unfortunately, it was all wrong for me. My hip area is my widest point, and unfortunately the hemline finished here, which made for an incredibly unflattering look. It’s such a shame as it’s a gorgeous piece, but I learnt a while back that there’s no point in keeping something you don’t love.

I should probably mention that I was fortunate enough to pick up more than half of these items on sale, or at a reduced price during a discount code promotion – quite possibly the best way to get the most ‘bang for your buck’. While I am thinking of starting the five piece wardrobe challenge (for the Autumn/Winter season – we’ll see how I go, I haven’t fully committed to it… yet), let me know if this is the type of post you’d like to see more of at the end of each season.

Have you bought anything special this Spring?

PS. Don’t forget to enter my Karen Walker broken heart necklace giveaway, if you haven’t already!

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