Bioderma Crealine – does it live up to the hype?

by jamie-lee on August 20, 2014, 2 comments

bioderma crealine make up remover french pharmacy

Bioderma Crealine H20 Solution Micellaire cleanser

I’ve read enough beauty blogs to know that Bioderma Crealine is a bit of a cult make-up item. Regularly touted as one of the best make-up removers, it seemed without question that I’d be loathe to not pick up a bottle when I spotted it at Priceline (probably on one of my many dry shampoo runs!).

So, the real question is, does it live up to all the hype? Truthfully, after using this regularly over the last month, I can’t help but say, yes and no.

I’ve got fairly sensitive skin, so I’m generally wary about using new products, especially considering I’ve been more prone to eczema breakouts on my face since moving to Sydney. Thankfully, I’ve found the Bioderma solution to be pretty light and gentle, absent of the stinging sensation I occasionally get with the odd brand of make-up remover. It does a fairly excellent job at removing my make-up, and doesn’t leave a film on my skin like the Nutrogena remover I usually reach for.

However, I hate to admit it, but it is absolutely hopeless at removing waterproof mascara, which for the first two weeks of using it, was the only mascara I had to hand. As you can imagine, I lost a lot of lashes in the process; a rookie mistake, though it did mean the first thing I did come pay day was rush down to the beauty counter to pick up a tube of regular mascara. Lesson learned.

And if word around the internet is anything to go by, this really is worth its weight in make-up, and I’m inclined to agree – waterproof mascara aside, of course. What are your thoughts? Have you used Bioderma crealine before?

Chi chi

by jamie-lee on August 18, 2014, 6 comments

RUBY nz boutique chi chi blouse desert rider skirt celine trio bondi beach
RUBY nz boutique chi chi blouse desert rider skirt celine trio bondi beach
RUBY nz boutique chi chi blouse desert rider skirt celine trio bondi beach
RUBY nz boutique chi chi blouse desert rider skirt celine trio bondi beach
RUBY nz boutique chi chi blouse desert rider skirt celine trio porselli ballet flats

RUBY chi chi blouse, RUBY desert rider denim skirt, Porselli ballet flats, Celine trio

It’s arguably cliche for a Kiwi girl to be living in Bondi, but when you have the beach almost on your doorstep (never mind that it’s actually a brisk five minute walk away), would you really want to live anywhere else?

A beach that is often difficult to cut a solitary figure at, given its widespread popularity even well into the Fall, so you can imagine my luck and surprise, when Luke and I found it almost empty a few weekends back. Okay, maybe not so much surprise; it is August after all. And if those white sandy beaches and crashing waves weren’t enough to have me longing for Summer, factor in an off the shoulder blouse and some casually ripped denim, and I can’t help but be tipped over the edge.

It’s that easy, relaxed, go-with-the-flow vibe which I’ve tried so hard to exude since moving to Sydney but to no avail, captured in the essence of a blouse. It’s that I-just-went-to-Coachella feeling, that laze-about-with-my-toes-in-the-sand feeling, that eat-ice cream-all-day-because-it’s-hot feeling. It’s summer in a blouse, and I suppose it’s just as well that RUBY happen to be holding a competition to win this slice of sunshine – will you be entering?

Transitional dressing in RUBY

by jamie-lee on August 15, 2014, 6 comments

RUBY Boutique NZ diamonds las palmas cabazon coat skirt bondi
RUBY Boutique NZ diamonds las palmas cabazon coat skirt bondi

RUBY Las Palmas longsleeve top, RUBY cabazon coat, RUBY cabazon mini skirt, Celine trio

Living in Wellington, there’s two seasons; an Autumnal Spring (it’s a mixed bag, really), and Winter. Okay maybe there’s the odd nice day – and everyone knows that you can’t beat Wellington on a good day – but for the most part, if you’re without a lightweight jacket during the ‘in-between’ seasons, you’re in trouble. On the bright side, it’s given me the opportunity to handle transitional dressing – the leather jacket, a cotton stripe coat, or in this case, a lurex threaded oversized biker jacket.

It’s all about the layers. A breton striped top with a cotton shirt underneath, a silk frill tank just visible from under an oversized sweatshirt, mixing the heavy with the lightweight. Semi-sheer tights with woollen grey socks scrunched around the ankles just peeking out of the top of a pair of chelsea boots. As the days heat up, peel away at the layers until all you’re left with is a silk tank and the skirt (or in my case, the las palmas mesh stripe top, a literal breath of fresh air), rinse and then repeat in reverse.

Biscayne

by jamie-lee on August 12, 2014, 11 comments

liam ruby boutique biscayne floral top shorts
liam ruby boutique biscayne floral top shorts
liam ruby boutique biscayne floral top shorts
liam ruby boutique biscayne floral top shorts

Liam biscayne top, Liam biscayne shorts, Acne Studios leather jacket, Isabel Marant heels, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel, Karen Walker heart ring, MBMJ bracelet

Every Saturday morning, following my run along the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, I drop by the markets to pick up a quick snack (Saturday pho anybody?) and pick out some flowers for our apartment. Living just a five minute walk from the beach, I’m lucky enough to make this a reality every morning of the week, if I’m inclined to get out of bed early enough. So sometimes, on those Saturday mornings, I skip the run, and just head straight for the flowers. As a creature of habit, I’m generally drawn to a bunch of spindly frothy baby’s breath, or freshly cut tulips – sticking to what I know best, although what girl can resist a baby dandelion or a pale pink rose?

And it would seem, it’s only in Sydney that you could expect to get away with a floral short suit combo mid-winter, and where better to do it in than in Bondi. With RUBY and Liam’s Spring Summer collections already launched in store, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to shoot a few of my favourite pieces, with this biscayne appliqué set from Liam’s Interchange collection topping the list. Raw edged floral lace appliqué in a slightly faded black is a subtle nod to the Spring floral trend, and doesn’t scream of that Devil Wears Prada cliché. I’m planning on picking up my own set when I head home to Wellington next month, and love the option of wearing it together as pictured, or individually to complement the rest of my wardrobe. I’m thinking slouchy silk blouses tucked into the shorts or a contrasting fitted crop, and the jagged lines of the blouse paired with a pair of sleek trousers and a high heel, naturally.

I’ll be posting a couple of my favourite looks from RUBY’s Diamonds collection throughout the week, so keep an eye out as I look to transitional dressing and working the off the shoulder blouse.

The Beni Ourain rug

by jamie-lee on August 9, 2014, 5 comments

moroccan beni ourain rug
moroccan beni ourain rug
moroccan beni ourain rug

image source: Pinterest, the green eyed girl, by kiki

I’ve been on a bit of a Moroccan streak lately. Hours have been spent assembling wishlists of traditional wedding blankets and lush pillows (the sequins!!), colourful painted tealight glasses, and hand knitted poufs. But then there’s the shipping… and well, it’s a bohemian interlude no more. But, that hasn’t stopped me from looking, or from compiling a comprehensive folder of home decor inspiration to draw from.

While I like to think that I’m a minimalist at heart, at least when it comes to home decor (less is definitely more), the shaggy wool Beni Ourain rugs have continuously managed to catch my eye, so much so, that I’ve found myself spending hours trying to track one down that won’t break the bank – and that isn’t synthetic. West Elm seems the easiest (and most obvious) choice, however I can’t help but crave something that’s a little more ‘authentic’, hand woven tassels and all. Shy of a journey to Morocco just to get my hands on one of these rugs, I’m planning on spending the better part of my evening scouring Etsy for just-the-right-one. Wish me luck!

Sneak Peek

by jamie-lee on August 7, 2014, 2 comments

Liam RUBY biscayne floral shorts top

With Sydney’s sunny skies dotted with light fluffy clouds, and a barely discernible breeze, you’d almost be mistaken for thinking that Spring has arrived early. The perfect excuse for a matching floral appliqué combo, non? While I’m still working on editing the images (and narrowing it down), here’s a sneak peek of a little project that I’ve been working on.

Everyday work wear

by jamie-lee on August 5, 2014, 4 comments

work uniform lady like midi skirt
work uniform lady like midi skirt
work uniform lady like midi skirt

image source: tumblr, pinterest & wethepeoplestyle

Given that my Pinterest boards suggest an inclination toward a more gamine style of dress, it never quite seems to translate in day to day life. Rather, I find myself in cashmere sweaters and a line skirts, a pair of pointed toe heels or a quirky flat, and nine times out of ten, finished off with a classic black blazer. It’s the type of look that’s easy, with three steps to the equation; fine knit sweater + skirt + heels.

Considering my alarm clock sounds at 5:50am every morning to squeeze in some study before work, the last thing I need to worry about is what to wear. So rather than play around with a fun pair of trousers and a stiff cotton shirt, I rely on this easy work uniform to look presentable without the fuss, although I suppose a carefully drawn cat-eye helps with that! My current favourites? Everlane for their cashmere sweaters (although a Kate Sylvester merino number I recently picked up is strong contender), ASOS for their full midi skirts in fun fabrics like neoprene and faux patent leather, and Isabel Marant for a classic pointed toe heel (Topshop however do a nice court shoe that’s a little more budget-friendly).

Shop work uniforms here:

Guru

by jamie-lee on August 3, 2014, no comments

karen walker basket guru draw in dress
karen walker basket guru draw in dress
karen walker basket guru draw in dress
karen walker basket guru draw in dress

Karen Walker draw-in dress (love this cute printed shirt dress), Acne mape leather jacket, Opening Ceremony mules, Karen Walker sunglasses, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

It’s been a while since I’ve worn anything so boldly printed. The numerous Karen Walker printed silks I once owned now seem a thing of the past, cast aside or exchanged in favor of a plain navy sweater, or a pale blush skirt. I’m not sure if it’s a sign that I’m getting older, or a consequence of simplifying and refining my wardrobe, however the one thing that’s abundantly clear, is an abundance of prints there is not. Well… Unless we’re counting polka dot spots, breton stripes, and guipure lace among them, which even then, are sparsely scattered in a sea of block neutrals.

Having once felt an undue pressure to wear something different everyday, the printed piece always felt so distinctive, so recognizable, that it seemed impossible to fathom ever managing the low cost-per-wear that is achievable with a classic wardrobe piece. You know, the ones which fly under the radar and that you could wear seven days in a week and no one would really notice – although who am I kidding, most people don’t pay that much attention.

So instead of nabbing an iconic print so early on in the season, I figured it would be something worth waiting for – a definite test of my willpower, considering my hard to break see-it-must-buy-now mentality; and I suppose one could consider it FOMO on a consumerist level. And you know what? It was worth waiting for, rather than making a compulsive decision and spending the train ride home with mixed feelings of elation and doubt. In a city where choices seem almost endless, you’re seldom left wanting for anything, new additions to the wardrobe included. Waiting for those first, second, and final sale reductions is a reward in itself, I mean, who am I to say no when there’s a 40% reduced sticker sitting on the tag? Sales aside, I have a feeling that this guru voile printed mini dress will see a lot more wear once the sun, and more specifically the heat, starts to become a daily occurrence; which given it’s already August, is thankfully not too far off.

Get the look:

The indoor plant

by jamie-lee on July 31, 2014, no comments

fiddle leaf tree home decor badlands blog

image source

A few weeks back, Luke and I spent five long hours traipsing around Alexandria looking for pieces to furnish our apartment. While you’d think that side tables for the living room and some much needed kitchen appliances would top the priority list, I somehow managed to come home with a couple of pastel coloured ceramic pots. Since then, they’ve taken a prime position next to one of our windows, even though I’m still pondering what to plant on them. A complete surprise, given my general disdain for getting my hands dirty, and an inherent ability to kill all and every plant I’ve ever been tasked with looking after. Not exactly the best track record…

Inspiration has been coming in the form of Pinterest, from baby succulents and cacti to a fiddle leaf tree, with my persuasion heavily leaning to the latter, especially after spotting this snap of Talisa’s in a crisp white pot. I’ve managed to source a local nursery which sells them – the Bondi markets only seem to go so far as to sell succulents, and always only on a Saturday – so now it’s just a matter of making the time to pick one up, and hoping that my green thumb flourishes in the meantime.

Underneath it all with SJ Lingerie

by jamie-lee on July 28, 2014, 3 comments

sj lingerie lace vixen bodysuit
sj lingerie lace vixen bodysuit

wearing SJ Lingerie vixen lace bodysuit

I’m pretty quick to cover up. A high necked cashmere sweater, a tailored black blazer, a silky button up blouse. But what we wear underneath it all, is just as important. A pretty piece of lingerie can make a girl feel confident, sexy, and empowered; it can be the different between having a good day, or feeling uncomfortable in your clothes. Even from my teens, I was always drawn to delicate lace intimates – mostly in black or ivory mind you – over more robust offerings. There’s an inherent appeal, beyond the sexiness, beyond the comfort.

Having recently discovered SJ Lingerie upon its relaunch, I was pretty quick to note that the selection of soft silk bralettes, and plunging lace bodysuits tick all the boxes. Feminine, soft, sexy, delicate, and playful (their debut mini-film purely hints at this). It’s romantic, it’s provocative, and truthfully, every bit a dream to wear.

I’ve teamed up with the lovely girls at SJ Lingerie for a giveaway – you could be in to win a vixen lace bodysuit like the one I’m wearing above. Head on over to my Instagram to find out the details.

I also took the time to have a quick chat with SJ Lingerie’s Creative Director, Katie Rackley, about the design process, and their latest collection, Neoteric, which you can check out below.

Your recently released Neoteric collection seems to combine a soft level of romanticism with playful undertones; do you mind giving us a little insight into your inspiration?
The first sample piece we had for this collection was a gorgeous bodysuit and the range progressed from there with a longline bra, boyshort and a stunning slip skirt that can be worn under a dress or on its own with a simple slip underneath. The lace is all fine European stretch lace and the range is just so wearable. I have and adore every piece in this collection!

I love the use of luxurious and opulent fabrics in your lingerie – how integral is this in developing the final product?
The fabric is always the very first thing we select. It is everything! Lingerie becomes your second skin so the fabric must translate to the garment and above all feel great.

What can we expect to see more of in future collections?
You can expect to see more pieces that are blurring the lines between underwear and outerwear. I want to design more fashion pieces made from beautiful lace that can be work under blazers and leather jackets. SJ Lingerie is so much more that just bras and knickers and you will see more of that very soon.

What is the one piece every woman should have tucked away in her lingerie drawer?
I think bodysuits are highly underrated. I think every woman should own one as you can wear it under sheer blouses and skinny pants or a skirt and not have to think about matching your knickers to your bra. They also cover all the bad bits so they are extremely flattering!

If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only take five things with you, what would they be?
The internet, Marvis Jasmine toothpaste, a fishing rod, matches and a wide brimmed hat for sun protection

What is the most common fashion mistake you see girls making?
I live in Queensland so I see so many girls wearing Havaiana thongs to places other than the beach. I detest thongs.

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