Transitioning to Spring

We’re a mere few days out from Spring, though judging by the cloudless skies and warmer than usual days, you’d have thought the season of blooms had already arrived.

I’m in the process of giving my wardrobe a little refresh, and aside from the odd wild card, I’m opting for some more colourful neutrals; think pink, army green, and camel. So I thought I’d take a quick minute to share some of the styles I’m loving for for Spring, as well as a couple of pieces I currently have my eye on.

ALL PINK EVERYTHING
Ever since Italy, all I’ve had on my mind is all pink everything, and it’s probably no surprise that about 80% of the items sitting in my wishlist are some shade of blush. I recently picked up this slouchy midi dress from ASOS which I plan on pulling out on those cooler Spring days, paired with with some cute flats or sneakers. I also love the idea of pink accessories – handbags in particular! – to add a subtle flush of colour to an all white look.

OFF THE SHOULDER
I’ve been dying to bare a little bit of shoulder all winter long – it’s been hands down one of my favourite trends of late, and one which I can quickly see taking over my wardrobe. Given it’s a statement in itself, I’ll be opting mostly for neutral tones, paired with some denim or a cute mini skirt.

TRAINERS
I’ve never been much of a girl to reach for trainers, but I spotted a pair on my morning walk to work in the windows of Topshop and have been smitten since. I like the idea of wearing trainers with a loose midi dress on my casual days off.

NECK TIES
My outfits are typically on the more minimal end of the scale, and given I don’t reach for jewellery that often, I love the addition of a neck tie to help jazz up a look. J Crew and Madewell have been my one stop shop for affordable bandanas, plus I love the fact that they come in a range of really sweet prints.

VICTORIAN BLOUSES
Playing around with mixed proportions is something that I love to do daily, and I feel like the addition of a lace victorian blouse will just take things to the next level. I imagine it paired with a fitted skirt to really play up the volume!

ARMY JACKETS
An army jacket has been on my wishlist for years, and I’m determined to narrow it down and finally pull the trigger on one this Spring. I figure this will pair perfectly with anything blush, and be a great transitional piece as we move out of winter.

JUMPSUITS
Basically anything that’s an entire look in one (dresses completely included) is a bit of a no brainer to me, and I’ve currently got my eye on this polka dot number from J Crew. I love that it gives the illusion of a two piece, and I can envision it being dressed down with a pair of slide sandals, or dressed up with some killer heels.

STRUCTURED BAGS
About 90% of the bags in my closet are slouchy, so I’m definitely keen to add in something that has a little bit more structure. The Givenchy antigona seems like an obvious choice (and in the salmon pink – yes please!), though I’m currently keeping my eyes peeled for a slightly more affordable option.

Sparkle Toes

chloe crystal embellished sandals heels

Chloe embellished heels

Sometimes, a pair of shoes just speak for themselves…

What to wear to a Wedding (part 2)

what to wear to a wedding dion lee dress
what to wear to a wedding dion lee dress
what to wear to a wedding dion lee dress

Dion Lee dress (I also love this style!), Chloe embellished heels

Basically breaking all the rules I mentioned in part one; for Luke’s brother’s wedding in the rolling hills of Tuscany, I opted for this little black number from Dion Lee. Admittedly, I spent the better part of three months trying to track down something that a) didn’t break the bank, and b) wasn’t black, and in the end, instinct won out. Black FTW right?

I think we can probably all agree that the tradition of not wearing black to a wedding is a little antiquated; these days, I think you’re more likely to spot a guest wearing an LBD than you aren’t… or at least that’s what I figured as I was in the process of trying to talk myself out of buying this dress while in the changing room. And just for the record, the navy was already sold out in my size, and as far as I’m concerned, a girl can never have too many little black dresses. And I figure, where you’re unsure, getting the ‘all clear’ from the bride is always going to be your best bet, especially if it’s going to be a particularly intimate affair.

I’m fairly certain I can count the number of times I’ve worn anything fitted like this in the last five years on one hand, so if there’s one piece of advice that I think is worth sticking by, I would say: don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. x

Back to Monochrome

monochrome outfit wearing ruby harmony bow blouse sophia webster loren sandals
monochrome outfit wearing ruby harmony bow blouse sophia webster loren sandals
monochrome outfit wearing ruby harmony bow blouse sophia webster loren sandals
monochrome outfit wearing ruby harmony bow blouse sophia webster loren sandals
monochrome outfit wearing ruby harmony bow blouse sophia webster loren sandals
monochrome outfit wearing ruby harmony bow blouse sophia webster loren sandals

RUBY harmony bow blouse, Country Road mini skirt, RUBY zeitgeist scarf, Sophia Webster loren sandals (also LOVE this pair), ASOS sunglasses, Falabella chain bag

Monochrome; it’s basically what the foundation of my wardrobe is built on, and as much as I am starting to love colour, it’s that safety net that I think I’ll probably always fall back on. When you make it interesting with a knotted bow at the sleeve, a fancy beaded sandal or the simple addition of a silk scarf wrapped around the neck (my current favourite accessory, might I add), well, it’s enough to add a little intrigue, in my books.

These photos take me back to our very last day in the US, as we attempted to soak up every last second of our holiday. Driving down Venice Beach with the top down, riding the Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica Pier, and taking in the art and exhibitions on show at LACMA. ‘Til next time, L.A.

Beauty bits I’m currently loving

It probably goes without saying that I recently went HAM at Sephora and basically any beauty section I laid my eyes on during my recent trip. While a haul is coming (via my YouTube), I thought I’d take a minute to touch on some of the new beauty bits that have been right up my street.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation – I’ve been on the hunt for a great foundation come wedding day (it’s only 8 weeks away now… eek!) and this was on my list of foundations that I’d been dying to try. I loved the fact that there was an incredible selection of shades, and that this foundation really lived up to my expectations. It’s a very thin consistency, and feels virtually weightless on the skin. It’s much lighter coverage than some of the other foundations on my vanity, however I find that it does an excellent job of evening skin tone and masking any redness that I have on my face.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer – I picked this up on a whim from the miniatures section of Sephora in New York and really didn’t expect to like it even quite as much as I did. Just like the foundation, this is lightweight, super creamy, covers up redness like no other, and blends out beautifully. I love the fact that this is compact enough to slip into a small purse for touch ups on the go. Definitely going to be repurchasing this one in the full size!

KIKO Ultimate Pen Longwear Eye Liner – Unfortunately while in transit my Maybelline eyeliner dried out, so one of my first stops while in Italy was to pick up a new eyeliner. This eyeliner from KIKO is an absolute winner; it stays on practically all day, and the nib gives you the perfect cat eye flick, every time.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette – This has been on my radar for months, and I’m a little glad I held out as I managed to snag it for less than half price during a quick stop in Macy’s. The shadows are extremely pigmented (though do kick up a bit), and there’s a great selection of everyday neutrals, including some more colourful options for those wanting to have a little bit of fun with their makeup. This one’s limited edition, I believe, so if you manage to spot one at your local department store or Mecca (if you’re in Australia), then I highly recommend giving this one a second look.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger – I’m a huge fan of a bold red lip, and when I spotted this while picking out the shades for my new MAC eyeshadow palette (more on this later), I just had to have it. I absolutely adore MAC’s matte lipstick formula; it’s incredibly creamy, long wearing, and far less drying than other mattes I’ve tried.

Rimmel Good to Glow Highlighter – For me, it’s all about that cream highlight, and this one has been a bit of a winner. I have this in the shade ‘003 Soho Glow’, which has a gold undertone that literally glows. When swatched, this does have some glitter particles but I find that this adds a subtle illumination and blends in rather than sitting on the cheeks.

Heaven by Deborah Mitchell WillowBee Mask & Cleanse* – My skin has been in desperate need of hydration since getting back home from our holiday, and this WillowBee Mask & Cleanse has been a lifesaver. I was lucky enough to be sent a few different things from the Heaven range from Tazzanna Store ahead of their launch today, and this has become a fast favourite While you can use this as a cream cleanser, I prefer to slather this on as a mask (which I leave for 20 minutes), as it feels so rich and nourishing on the skin – exactly what my skin has been craving! After I rinse it off I follow it up with a light layer of the Orange Flower Hydrogel; this has a gel like consistency that sinks into the skin immediately and while it’s not my favourite, I feel like it helps to lock in moisture.