The Valentino rockstud

by jamie-lee on August 25, 2014, 8 comments

valentino rockstud kitten heels blush brownish leather shoes
valentino rockstud kitten heels blush brownish leather shoes

Valentino rockstud kitten heels in ‘brownish’

As ubiquitous as they are, I still could’t help but pine for a pair of Valentino rockstuds. After the 100mm proved to be a touch too high (one of the pitfalls of buying online), I firmly settled on the kitten heel style in a warm blush tone. If their longevity is anything to go by (I mean they’re what, four going on five seasons strong?), it’s a statement piece with more than just a little staying power. Some achievements in life are worth celebrating; and what better way to do it than with a new pair of shoes.

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The Aesop essential

by jamie-lee on August 23, 2014, one comment

aesop resurrection reverence aromatique hand balm moisturiser

As of late, I’ve taken to carrying around a tube of Aesop’s aromatique hand balm in my bag, as an antidote to the drying effects of the cool winter air. Whether it’s the sweet smell of the resurrection balm, or the earthy scent of the reverence moisturiser, I haven’t been caught out of the house without it. If you’ve ever had the full ‘Aesop experience’ at one of their boutiques, then you’ll probably know why. And if not, it’s the promise of super soft skin combined with the ritual of applying it liberally to my hands, just because I feel like it.

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Bioderma Crealine – does it live up to the hype?

by jamie-lee on August 20, 2014, 9 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).

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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.

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