Aiming to keep my outfits looking mostly minimal, I’ve been stepping up my accessories game as a quick and simple way to keep things interesting. Perhaps the biggest revelation for me this past year accessories-wise has been the printed bandana, mostly for its versatility and big impact for minimal investment. My favourites have been from Madewell and J. Crew (I’m currently eying up this spotted version), however if you want to opt for something a little more luxe, then this option from Saint Laurent is a little silky square of heaven. As an ode to the bandana, I wanted to quickly touch on four of my favourite ways to wear it…
WORN AS A NECK TIE
Undoubtedly the most obvious choice, and my favourite way to wear it. I fold up my bandana into a thin long strip, and knot this loosely at the nape of my neck, leaving the tails to rest on my clavicle. If you want something looking a little less ‘done’, try twisting the fabric before you tie it. Occasionally I’ll also tie the bandana around twice for a choker effect, or simple fold the fabric in half to get that triangular ‘kerchief, which rests on your chest (great if you’re trying to cover up a low neckline!).
AS A BAG CHARM
Similar to a twilly, I’ll use the same method to fold my bandana as above and tie this around the handle of a tote, or dangling on the side of a smaller satchel style bag. I find this adds a nice twist and is a great way to breathe new life into a much loved bag in dire need of an update.
ON YOUR WRIST
Admittedly, this can get a little bulky, but I think that a bandana looks great wrapped around your wrist, peeking out from behind the cuff of a crisp white shirt.
AS A HEADBAND
The final way that I’ve been wearing my bandanas is as a headband. It’s the perfect way to make a messy updo look like you’ve actually made a little bit of effort, and makes me feel a little like an elegant 1950s housewife with a headscarf wrapped in her hair.
I’m the kind of girl who approaches new additions to her jewellery box with casual restraint; whether it’s a new ring, a dainty necklace, or a pretty ear cuff, I put a huge focus on finding the pieces which I know I’ll find myself wearing for years to come.
Over the past few months, I’ve been applying that very restraint to a project which has been very close to my heart: the loop earrings, which I co-designed with Mejuri. A dainty pair of double hoops, they’re what I would call a modern take on a classic silhouette. With subtle bevels and fluid lines, the design is both minimal, yet makes an impact – something I look for in my earrings.
I’ve been absolutely dying to share these earrings with you (which you may have already spotted them if you have a good eye…), since I received the samples earlier this month, as they’ve quickly become a part of my everyday uniform. Hand crafted in a gold vermeil, which is a thick 18k gold layer on sterling silver, these are the kind of earrings which truly will stand the test of time.
Working on this project with the Mejuri team has been an absolute dream come true for me, throughout the entire creative process (from inception to final design approval), and none of this would be possible without all of your support so I wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you.
You can shop the earrings here, and if you decide to pick up a pair (and you won’t regret it, I promise!), I would love it if you could tag me in your social media photos using the hashtag #MADEMOISELLEXMEJURI xx
Taking a little bit of my own advice, my current favourite way to mix up my wardrobe of late has been by introducing a new silhouette; the flared sleeve top. It’s a trend that has been monopolising my Instagram feed, and I’ve been patiently waiting for the weather to cool down, so I could – figuratively speaking – jump on the wagon and put my own spin on it.
I found this cute polka dot mesh number from New Look via ASOS, and I just love the subtlety of the fluted sleeves, offset against a classic leather mini skirt. While I haven’t quite been brave enough to wear it with just a little bralette underneath (I think I might be on the wrong side of 20 for that…), it pairs really well thrown over a bodysuit, while still retaining its edge. It probably goes without saying, but the neutral colour palette still reigns supreme – some habits never die.
I have a sneaking suspicion that these voluminous sleeves are about to become a new addiction, with the recent addition of the ‘lost’ knit from Lonely (I blame their gorgeous store fit out…) to my wardrobe. Now, that wouldn’t be the worst thing… would it?
I’ve been reserving foundations and tinted moisturisers for special occasions, as I’ve found that my skin tone tends to be fairly even for the most part, so instead what I’ll do is warm up the skin a little bit around the frame of my face and on my nose – basically where the sun would typically hit my face. My go-to for this is the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate; it’s a cream product, which I love as I feel like during the cooler months my skin can use all the moisture it can get, plus it blends out really easily and just adds a natural looking bronze to the face. Later in my routine I’ll reach for this again just for the highlighter – this is hands down the best I’ve ever come across – it’s not overly intense and adds such a beautiful glow to the cheekbones.
My eye look practically never changes; it’s almost always a champagne shadow swept across the lid with a darker taupe through the crease. For my eyes, I’ve been reaching for one of two palettes; either the Golden Goddess quad from Charlotte Tilbury – which I love for its rich colours, smoothness and blendability – or the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette, the latter of which I’ve been faithfully using on a regular basis since purchasing it last year. I don’t usually leave the house without my signature cat eye flick, which some days, is admittedly more ‘on point’ than others. While it’s not my favourite eyeliner (this title goes to the Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liner), I’ve been using the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen that I got ahead of our wedding most days. This little slice of luxury is an eye-watering $89 (AUD) a pop, and while I still haven’t nailed the fine flick with this particular pen, it does do the trick of staying put all day. For mascara, I recently picked up another tube of the Lash & Line Mascara from ModelCo. I haven’t come across a more effective mascara – yet – but I love how this volumises and extends my lashes, and it’s one of the few mascaras that doesn’t smudge along my brow bone over the course of the day.
Speaking of brows, I’ve added a new product into the fold which I have been absolutely loving; Rimmel’s Brow this Way with Argan Oil. They recently reformulated the product, and it is definitely a step up from the original. I’ve been using this in the shade Dark Brown, which is the perfect colour match for my brows. What I love about this is that it cuts down the time it takes me to fill in my brows by more than half, as the spooly dispenses a really generous amount of product. You do have to be careful not to over-do it (which I didn’t get the memo for, this morning…) but once it’s on, it stays all day and doesn’t smudge or move an inch.
Then finally for lips, I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. I try to avoid wearing lipsticks daily as my skin is sensitive, but when I’m after a nude I’ll reach for Clinique’s Lip Pop in Beige Pop. The formula is creamy and moisturising, it has great pigmentation, and wears off evenly.
Lastly, while it’s not a huge part of my daily beauty routine, I’ve found myself reaching for the same nail polish shade over and over: Eternal Optimist and Tea & Crumpets from Essie. The brand has become my polish of choice this last year, and their incredible range of creamy pinks have just completely won me over.
Are there any beauty heroes you’ve been reaching for? x
2017 so far, has been the year of the jean for me; a mere three months in and it’s single-handedly become one of those wardrobe staples that I can’t help but get excited about – this coming from the girl who little over six months ago, had just a pair or two to choose from on those cold and lazy winter weekends. As I’ve started to ‘relax’ my wardrobe, I’ve found myself reaching for my (growing) stack of denim for more than just a casual brunch at Bread & Circus; it’s extended to the office for casual Friday’s, and has become my go-to if we’re planning to head out for dinner.
Part of what has really had me gravitating towards denim is just how versatile it is – by just swapping one pair out for another, whether it be a change in the style or the wash of the denim.
For day, I keep things really simple with a cotton tee (I love this Stussy one I recently picked up from Glue Store) and some mid-wash denim with a frayed hem, with minimal make up to match. It’s started to become a real uniform for me, which I’ll pair with some heels if I’m trying to dress up my look a little. This is a look that definitely takes me back to my high school days, and I’ve been loving just how easy it is, especially as we start to shift into autumn.
For night, depending on the season I love to throw on either a pair of white skinny jeans, or a pair in an indigo denim wash with a high rise waist, and pair it with a strappy little cami, like this one from Hansen & Gretel, which I love for the pleating throughout the body, and the tie straps on the shoulder. I’ll amp up my make up game with either a smokey eye, or a bold red lip – my accessory of choice – and a pair of strappy sandals or an embellished court shoe.