5PFW Challenge Update #1; The Bag

by jamie-lee on March 28, 2015, 7 comments

mansur gavriel bucket bag black rose blush ballerina
mansur gavriel bucket bag black rose blush

I’m a good two months in to the Five Piece French Wardrobe challenge and I’ve somehow managed to refrain from adding too many things to my closet. My Dream Box on Yoox would tell you another story, although where’s the harm in flirting with a little window shopping?

That being said, I finally picked up the first of my five – the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag – which has been sitting at the top of my wishlist for some time now. I bit the bullet back in September last year and pre-ordered it, a good six months out, and I was still just as excited when I received my tracking information as I was when I first put the deposit down.

The bag has a slick, glossy black exterior, and a ballerina pink lining – a contrast which had me absolutely smitten from the get-go. It’s much more structured than my other handbags, and the interior is roo-my – it comfortably fits my camera, kindle, a notebook, and all my other daily necessities with a little room to spare.

So, two months down, another four to go, with four more purchases in the bank.

I’m hoping to try and stick to my list as much as possible, but the closer we get to winter (and the more time I spend wedding planning…), the more I realize that maybe, just maybe, I don’t need an Acne Studios shearling jacket. And maybe, just maybe, I can do without those Nicholas Kirkwood heels for a few more months. Looks like this could get a little interesting…

Shop bucket bags:

In the office

by jamie-lee on March 26, 2015, 10 comments

lover valentine skirt isabel marant poppy heel country road everlane corporate work outfit
lover valentine skirt isabel marant poppy heel country road everlane corporate work outfit
lover valentine skirt isabel marant poppy heel country road everlane corporate work outfit
lover valentine skirt isabel marant poppy heel country road everlane corporate work outfit
lover valentine skirt isabel marant poppy heel country road everlane corporate work outfit

Everlane silk tank, Country Road cardigan, Lover valentine lace skirt, Isabel Marant poppy heels (in gold), Celine trio

I’ve been meaning to put this post together for such a long time – something along the lines of a ‘what I wear for work’ series, but time has just continued to escape me. I’ve shared a couple of my more recent work outfits here and here (think ankle grazing trousers and dresses which skim the knees), but this really rounds out the trio; a pencil skirt, silk tank, and a long cosy cardigan paired with the tallest of tall heels I have hiding in the back of my closet.

This past year, I’ve started to become the type of person who doesn’t want to have to put much thought into my daily ensembles. Give me a simple uniform of a+b+c and I’m good to go – plus, it cuts down on time standing in front of the wardrobe asking the question, ‘what am I going to wear today?’. And it probably explains why I so willfully took on two wardrobe challenges in the space of a month.

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I work in the corporate head office for a company in the media industry, so for me, it’s all about dressing smart and looking professional. I’ve eschewed most pieces which come too high above the knee for daily wear (you have to draw a line somewhere…), and have gone the easy route by stocking up on simple silk basics for on top.

These photos were taken pre-shift to suburbia, so you can see this was an idea completely backed by good intentions. What I am hoping to do in the next couple of months is share with you a how-to on building a corporate wardrobe from scratch. Where to scrimp, where to splurge, and my top spots for picking up something professional (which if you’re lucky, can do double duty on the weekend). If you’ve got any specific questions on the topic, let me know in the comments below so that I can be sure to include it in the guide.

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My current make-up routine

by jamie-lee on March 24, 2015, 2 comments

beauty make up routine charlotte tilbury Laura mercier ysl chanel

My beauty routine has been changing up quite a bit recently with the shift in the seasons. I’ve also added a few new beauty bits into regular rotation over the last couple of months, so I thought I’d quickly share with you what is currently making the cut in my daily make-up routine.

Starting with my base, I’ve been really loving the Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer. I have this in the shade ‘Sand’ which is definitely more of a summer shade for me, although I’ve been making it work by mixing it with my Elis Faas foundation in the shade S103L. Personally, I’m not a fan of caked on foundation and prefer the barely there finish this gives my complexion, while also doing a good job at evening out my skin tone and diminishing the appearance of any red patches.

I’ve been highlighting and concealing with a mix of YSL’s Touche Eclat (in shade ‘2’) and Chanel’s Correcteur Perfection Concealer (in shade ‘20’). The Touche Eclat is perfect for highlighting under the eyes – and on my cheekbones, when I can be bothered – as it has a slightly pink undertone and really removes any slight sallowness I have under my eyes, literally melting into my skin as I blend it in; there’s a reason why this has cult status. It’s taken me a while to get on with the Chanel concealer however I’ve found it blends in really nicely when I use the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer as my base, and is great for those areas where you need a little extra coverage as it is quite a thick consistency.

To warm up my face, I’ve gone back to the ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ from Charlotte Tilbury. The ‘sculpt’ shade is a little warmer than most contour powders so I like to brush this around the high points of my face to get a natural sunkissed look. For my cheeks, I prefer something quite subtle, and a favourite of mine is the L’Oreal Le Blush in ‘Candy Cane Pink’. This isn’t as pigmented as other blushes which I like as it means I can really build up the colour as much or as little as I would want, without worrying about going completely overboard.

Since I picked up Anastasia’s Brow Wiz, I haven’t wanted to use anything else on my brows. It’s so quick and makes filling in eyebrows easy, even for a relative newbie like me. I usually then go onto the eyes, and as I have oily eyelids, I always always prime my eyelids as all eyeshadow products tend to crease for me otherwise.

My current go-to look has been a combination of Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo in ‘Bad to the Bronze’ all over the lid, with a little bit of the Jordana 12 hour made to last eyeshadow pencil in ‘Continuous Almond’ in the inner corner to highlight and add some extra dimension. It’s such a simple wash of colour, so to vamp it up a little I’ll smudge a dark eyeliner along the upper lash line or a winged eyeliner look. I’ve been rotating through a few different mascaras although one of my favourites has to be the ‘Dramatic Lashes’ mascara from Natio. It does an excellent job at really separating and lengthening your lashes and doesn’t smudge along the brow bone like some of my other mascaras have a tendency to do.

To finish off, I’ll slick on a swipe or two of the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in the shade ‘Coachella Coral’. This is a really punchy pink-toned coral which admittedly is more of a Spring/Summer shade; but it is Sydney after all so I’ve been making it work.

The best part about this routine? It only takes about 10 minutes, or less (if I’m in a rush!).

Meet Charlotte

by jamie-lee on March 22, 2015, 10 comments

blue russian kitten charlotte
blue russian kitten charlotte

Meet Charlotte. Sunday – and Saturday, to tell the truth of it – have been all about this little one. She’s only ten weeks old; a snuggly, timid wee thing, who wasted absolutely no time melting hearts. Safe to say, I’m completely smitten. If you want to see a whole lot more of this bundle of fur, I have a feeling she will be making a regular appearance over on my Instagram feed. Admittedly, she isn’t the only bundle of fur that’ll be soaking up all of our attention (and affection) this year, once we pick up a friend for Charlotte, in about a month’s time. To say that we’re excited is understating it!

In the bedroom

by jamie-lee on March 20, 2015, 2 comments

interiors home bedroom

image source: badlands blog

It’s the end of week two in our new home, and Luke and I have finally carved out some time tomorrow morning to pop out and pick up a few pieces of furniture to make our space (and I mean s-p-a-c-e) a little cosier.

I’ve been taking a lot of inspiration from Talisa’s blog; her home & interiors tag sums it up pretty succintly. A huge Scandinavian influence and a largely minimal aesthetic in neutral tones of sand, grey, charcoal, white, black and rich acorn leather. I’m pretty fortunate that Luke lets me take the lead when it comes to furnishing our home (so far, at least!), which has left me pretty free to pursue frivoloties such as beni ourain rugs, copper wire baskets, and transparent ‘ghost’ chairs.

Currently topping the wishlist, although admittedly a much lower priority than say… a second couch and an outdoor dining table, are these handmade gem faceted side tables from Tuckbox for the bedroom. And then there’s those fresh white linen sheets – a small luxury that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

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