You guys probably know by know that I have a bit of a soft spot when it comes to anything from Rimmel – my favourite ‘drugstore’ foundation is Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation – and overall, I’ve come across a lot of products that I really like from the brand. So when this new launch from Rimmel’s collaboration with Kate Moss landed in my PO Box, I figured it was worth putting each of these palettes to the test.
There are three palettes included in this launch, and from left to right, we have the bronzing palette, the blush palette, and the highlighting palette. I was a fan of the original Kate Moss for Rimmel Sculpting Kit as it was an excellent and affordable travelling companion, so I was pretty excited to give these a go. What I liked most is that each palette has three shades ranging from light to dark, meaning that there’s at least one shade for everyone, but more on that below…
Quick Facts & Packaging
Each compact contains three ‘ultra-fine’ shades, with a total of 18.5g of product, retailing for $9.99 AUD. The packaging is made of a lightweight plastic, with a transparent lid. They might not feel luxe, but I find that it’s practical. The lightweight nature of the compact means that they’re a great option to throw in your bag for top ups (or your suitcase when travelling), and given that each compact looks the same, the transparent lid makes it easy to pick out which product you’re after, whether that be blush, bronzer or highlighter.
Over the last six weeks I’ve been really putting these to the test – as much as I love my luxury beauty, I’m a bit of a sucker for pretty much anything that Rimmel launches, as in my experience it tends to be one of the best brands on the affordable end of the beauty spectrum.
The first thing I noticed? All three palettes are very pigmented, and I mean very pigmented. There’s no fall out from the product, and while they don’t blend as seamlessly or as easily as some more finely milled powder products, these aren’t difficult to use nor do they require too much work to look natural.
The shade selection in each palette is pretty good; there’s a shade for fair skin, medium-toned skin, and dark skin, however the wearability of the options vary. As someone with a medium-toned complexion, I’ve found that I can wear the first two shades in each palette with ease, however I do find that the middle shade in the blush palette has far too much shimmer in it to be wearable in conventional terms, without looking like a total glitter ball.
The bronze shades are warm in tone, and I’ve found give that sun kissed appearance to my complexion every time I’ve applied them. The blush shades are very neutral, with the middle hue a pretty good dupe for NARS ‘orgasm’ (also here). The highlight shades are quite varied, though I do love the choice – generally I’ll layer the pale pink and metallic caramel hues together for a natural glow.
I tend to favour a matte blush or bronzer over one with shimmer; in my experience they are more wearable, and much more suited if you are planning on incorporating it into your everyday routine, and work in an office setting. So, I should probably flag, if shimmer isn’t your thing, then you probably aren’t going to like these. Each shade – from bronzer, to blush and illuminator – is dotted with little flecks of glitter. The intensity varies between palettes. The glitter in the bronzer adds a diffused glow to the complexion; in the blush, bar the middle shade, there’s a sheen to the cheeks when applied; and the illuminator? well, it’s just plain extra.
I feel like I can always rely on Rimmel to give me bang for my buck, and these are no exception. While they aren’t perfect, there’s a lot to like about these palettes. They offer a variety of shades, the price point is reasonable, and they’re super pigmented. If you can overlook the shimmer, these are worth a second look, next time you’re at the Rimmel make up counter. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the bronzing palette; this has been one of my go-to’s in the morning to give my complexion a little colour and warm up the edges of my face, and while I don’t love a powder highlight, I don’t really think that you can fault the highlighting palette in this collection, as it packs a lot of punch.
I’ve been sitting on these photos for a little while now – ever since my corporate workwear look book – as I’ve been somewhat optimistically waiting for the weather to cool down in Sydney, but this to me is such a perfect outfit for the office for the autumn season. For a start, I’m all about the burgundy colour palette. Full tonal looks are something I’ve always gravitated towards (can I use this as an excuse for why I wear so much black…?!), as I love how little elements like a subtle print, some interesting texture, or a different silhouette can really take the outfit to the next level.
I’ll admit, this is a lot more corporate than what I would wear for a day in the office. Working in television, our dress code is a lot more relaxed, so it’s not unusual for me to reach for a pair of jeans and a silk blouse and call it a day. While I do love that this means that a huge proportion of my wardrobe is going the extra mile and doing double duty across work and play, I love any old excuse to dress up a little, and experiment with my wardrobe.
What I like most about this outfit is that it’s a fresh take on a classic workwear combination. Instead of a blazer, I’ve opted for a waterfall cardigan, which is such a classic style for autumn. It’s the kind of piece that can make an outfit look a lot more ‘relaxed’, so this was all about balance; the blouse and pencil skirt combo, worn with a classic pointed toe heel work well to keep this outfit looking professional.
The other thing I love about this look is that there are a number of elements which could effortlessly transition from work to weekend: the printed blouse, the waterfall cardigan, and the chic leather tote bag.
01 | All burgundy: My favourite part of this whole outfit is without a doubt the deep burgundy hues. The cardigan has a slight plummy undertone, whereas the skirt leans a little more crimson, and I love that the pairing just works. I’ve been replicating this theme across a few of my outfits lately, using the simple method of pairing items within the same colour family. All navy looks great too!
02 | Pointed toe pumps: One of those key wardrobe staples for any work wardrobe – in my opinion – is a pointed toe pump, and I’ve had my fair share of pairs cycle through my closet over the years. While I don’t think you need a particularly high heel, my Everlane editor heels are a case in point, I just feel like they add a little bit of polish to your overall outfit. I’ve opted for a camel suede pair, which adds more complexity to the outfit, while keeping within that earthy colour palette.
03 | A big leather tote: Leather tote bags have long been my bag of choice for work – they’re practical, look professional, and there are plenty of options out there to choose from. The one I’m wearing above is the market tote from Everlane and it is one of those everything plus the kitchen sink kind of bags. It has a good amount of structure to it – perfect for the office, I try to avoid anything too slouchy – and it’s roomy enough to fit in your laptop, notebook, water bottle and a container with your lunch in it. I have this in the blush shade and it’s such a gorgeous complement to this outfit, don’t you think?
I don’t share too many workwear outfits like this on the blog, so I’d love to know if this is something you’d like to see more often. Let me know in the comments below x
When I reflect back on my style over the last year, 2017 definitely represented a bump in my style journey. I felt a little lost, and found myself adding items to my wardrobe that just weren’t me. Part of that is down to the fact that we are constantly evolving, and part of it was due to a classic wardrobe mistake: emotional shopping. That being said, my closet has been under ‘construction’ recently, so when I saw that Lee of Style Bee and Caroline from Un-Fancy were teaming up for a Spring 10X10 Wardrobe Challenge, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to really test the boundaries of a couple new wardrobe additions, and some old favourites.
I think the thing I liked the most about participating in this challenge – aside from the sense of community – is that it really tested me to think beyond the surface of my outfits for ten days, and come up with some surprising outfit combinations which I actually really liked both in principle and in practice.
What is a 10X10 Wardrobe?
It’s pretty simple; ten items for ten days. Rather than have set rules, Lee’s developed some pretty basic guidelines that you can use to create your own 10X10 wardrobe. The entire exercise is supposed to be one that not only challenges you to test the boundaries of your style and see your wardrobe in a different light, but should also be something that you enjoy over the course of the ten days – whether you split that up across weekends, weekdays only, or consecutively.
The basic premise of the 10X10 wardrobe is that it challenges you to select ten items from your closet, including tops, bottoms, dresses and shoes, that you can remix into varying outfits across the ten days. Items like loungewear, outerwear, bags, jewellery and accessories, pyjamas and gym gear aren’t included. For the sake of simplicity (and for the sake of those around me), I opted to omit shoes from my ten items – if you’ve ever dealt with the humidity in Sydney, then you’ll understand why. The forecast for the ten days ahead of me was constant sunshine, with temperatures hovering around the 30 deg C mark (around 86 deg F for those of you in the northern hemisphere). Given that I loathe doing washing for the sake of it, it made sense to have two other clothing options to choose from, which I would have otherwise allocated for shoes.
My Ten Items
Keeping in mind that the weather was going to be unseasonably warm for this time of year, I opted for some of my summer classics. A good denim skirt, a slinky silk cami, and a cotton short sleeved shirt, mixed in with a smattering of polka dots for good measure – because what’s a capsule wardrobe without a little bit of print in there?
The colour palette was fairly neutral; the only real ‘pop’ of colour coming from a mauve toned modal tee from Grana, and the blue wash of my denim. I’m fairly fortunate that working in television, the dress code is relaxed, meaning that at a pinch I can get away with denim on a day-to-day basis. Keeping that in mind, I decided to go for a selection of items that swing a little more casual in nature, especially given that six of the ten days were going to be spent at home, thanks to Easter break.
01 | RUBY white cotton tee (similar)
Cotton tees have become a huge part of my style repertoire since Luke and I travelled to the US in 2016. What I love about this tee, is that the cotton is rather weighty and has some structure to it, and I like the way the roll up sleeves sit on my arms. The sweet embroidered love heart is a nice touch, and it keeps it from being just another white t-shirt.
02 | Madewell white cotton short sleeved shirt (also here)
This was one of those surprising summer purchases that has become an indispensable wardrobe hero. It has slight bat-winged sleeves, and an incredibly loose fit throughout the body, which works well when tying this at the waist (as you’ll see in my outfits below). I’m huge on basics, and this is one of those great staples that works interchangeably between my work wardrobe, and my weekend wardrobe incredibly well.
03 | Grana mauve modal oversized tee
I like to keep my colour palette pretty minimal when it comes to any kind of ‘capsule wardrobe’, but this mauve coloured tee is close enough to a neutral, that I figured it would work as part of my 10X10 wardrobe, regardless of which other items I selected. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s turned out to be the only real pop of colour I actually chose in the end. What I like about this is that it’s a bit of a dressed up tee – again one of those items that I can wear for work and for play, and I really like the boxy silhouette it has.
04 | Grana black silk cami (similar)
I’ve made no secret that this is a real winner in my wardrobe – I love the straight cut across the bust, and the super skinny spaghetti straps, plus it’s double lined. This is one of those wardrobe workhorses that I know I can always rely on, and it’s easily dressed up or down. Kind of a no brainer to include this one.
05 | Sportsgirl black & white polka dot frill sleeve top (old but similar here)
Polka dots seem to be one of my ultimate weaknesses. With this top, I was trying to find something that was perhaps a little more seasonally appropriate, but that also injected a bit of playfulness into my 10X10 wardrobe. Probably goes without saying that this item pairs well with practically everything, the only challenge was finding the right weather conditions to actually wear this one.
06 | Storm check long line blazer (similar)
Blazers have been making a real come back in my wardrobe, and this check blazer from Storm has made a serious impact on how I put together an outfit in the morning. This has a lot less structure than some of the other blazers I own, which I really like – it lends itself well to all situations, and the faint check print is inoffensive enough that you can pair this back with another printed item. If it weren’t for the heat I probably would have reached for this piece every, single, day.
07 | J Crew white denim skirt
If you had to ask me what my ten favourite wardrobe items were, this skirt from J Crew would without a doubt make that list. I picked this up during my trip to Dallas last year, and I haven’t stopped wearing it since – it goes with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. This is one of my favourites to wear to the office, as the style is pretty classic, and I can pair it easily with a silk blouse and heels.
08 | Karen Walker grey pencil skirt (old but similar here)
I still find it hard to believe that I snapped this skirt up for less than $20 pre-loved all those years ago. This has been one of my best finds, and it’s really come in handy as a great work wear staple over the years, and I also love reaching for this on weekends too. Again, it’s one of those go-with-everything-items, and one I knew would be a great all-rounder for my 10X10 wardrobe.
09 | Topshop polka dot hanky hem skirt
Aside from my check blazer obsession, this hanky hem skirt from Topshop is one of the other recent additions to my wardrobe which I haven’t been able to get enough of. It sits high up on the waist, and has a floaty asymmetrical hemline and contrasting polka dot print, which is incredibly flattering. I’ve found myself wearing this on the weekend with a simple tee, with a turtleneck for the office, or with a silk cami and heels for drinks with the girls.
10 | RE/Done skinny jeans
Rounding out my ten items are a pair of classic blue wash skinny jeans from RE/Done, with a raw edged hem. These are a great wardrobe staple and one that I’ve found myself reaching for over and over again – essentially, I’m just really excited about wearing them, which is a huge reason why I decided to select them as one of my 10 items.
As mentioned, I decided to focus my ten items on clothing pieces, just due to how hot the weather has been in Sydney recently. I decided to centre my accessories around a few key items that I knew would work well with the ‘wardrobe’ I’d selected.
01 | white shirt + white denim skirt
I wore this for day one of the 10X10 Wardrobe Challenge. Luke and I headed up to Palm beach, and spent the afternoon hanging out by the ocean and soaking up some sun. Safe to say, this was a winner.
02 | white tee + blue jeans
Out of habit, I’ve found myself reaching for a simple t-shirt and denim combo on the weekend, and this Saturday really seemed no different. To dress it up a little, I wore my Charlotte Olympia ballerinas, and my Celine trotteur – it might just be the gold hardware on my accessories, but I felt like they elevated my outfit a notch.
03 | black silk cami + white denim skirt
If memory serves me, Easter Sunday was pretty hot, and we didn’t do too much beyond chill out at home. I went for a top that I knew would hang loose away from my body, and my denim mini which would be comfortable enough during the heat.
04 | mauve tee + blue jeans
You can probably see, there’s a bit of a trend when it comes to my weekend outfits. I’m a creature of habit and am pretty happy to wear my favourites over and over. Of all ten outfits, this was probably the one I liked the least, however I do think that the choice of accessories saved it.
05 | white tee + polka dot skirt + check blazer
Back to the office with this outfit, and I really loved the way the check blazer paired unexpectedly well with the polka dot skirt. This combo is pretty elegant, and the pointed toe of the ballerina really accentuated that.
06 | mauve tee + grey skirt + check blazer
I think this was one of my favourite looks; the colour palette was a pretty near perfect match, and I liked that the skirt and blazer looked like a mismatched suit combo. This is the kind of thing that I like wearing to the office, and definitely an outfit I will be reaching for again.
07 | black silk cami + blue jeans + check blazer
I had a real love affair with this blazer, as it’s kinda the perfect accompaniment to any work outfit, especially given the more relaxed nature of my 10X10 wardrobe. I wore a belt with this look, which created a nice separation between my top and the jeans – I have to say it always strikes me as surprising how much a simple accessory like a belt can truly take an outfit to the next level.
08 | black spot frill top + blue jeans
It’s probably pretty obvious how much I came to rely on my blue jeans throughout this challenge, which pretty easily could have been switched out for any of the skirts I also included. I love each element of this outfit individually, and together, it’s kinda one of my ideal relaxed outfit combos.
09 | black spot frill top + grey skirt
Weekends are typically pretty casual, and this weekend was no different. It might have been warm, but this was a great outfit for a day spent at home working on a few projects (thank god for air conditioning!). I’m not sure I loved how the waistband of the skirt sat over the top, but it looked cute nonetheless.
10 | white short sleeve shirt + polka dot skirt
It seems only fitting that I would end my 10X10 wardrobe as I started it, with a simple short sleeved shirt. To make things a little interesting, I left the last few buttons of the shirt open and tied it at the waist. I felt a little like I was on vacation mode with this pairing, especially with the addition of the circle bag to the look.
Did you take part in the Autumn (or Spring) 10X10 Wardrobe Challenge? x
Ever since getting into fashion, shoes have always been a little bit of a weakness for me; a figurative achilles heel if you will – pun intended – so it was only a matter of time before I got my hands on a pair of the Everlane Editor Slingbacks. The team at Everlane were kind enough to send me a couple of pairs to road test ahead of launch, in addition to a new pair of editor heels in the newly released ‘mustard suede’ colour. Safe to say, these have pretty quickly integrated themselves into my wardrobe, despite us being mid-way through autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
I’m not going to lie, this is a release that I was pretty excited about. A classic pair of shoes given the Everlane treatment? I don’t think you could sign me up quick enough. So, let’s get into the nitty gritty…
Price: $155 USD Available in four colours: Mustard suede, Natural suede, Black suede and Rosewood suede Fabric: 100% Italian suede Care: Treat with protectant and spot clean with a cloth.
SIZE & FIT
SIZE: I tend get a lot of questions about sizing when it comes to Everlane shoes, and I can understand why; their sizing chart is unique and from what I’ve found, tends to run slightly smaller than typical shoe brands. I wear an EU40 (US10) in designer shoes, and generally will pick an AU9 or US9 for all other brands, but when it comes to Everlane, I’ll always order a US9.5. If you aren’t 100% certain on your sizing, send an email to the customer service team who should be able to help you select the right size for you.
FIT: I’d expected these to fit a lot like the editor heels did when I first got my camel pair last year; snug in the toe box and a little narrow across the foot, but in a medium-weight leather that would stretch with wear. Surprisingly, the slingbacks seem to me cut a little wider across the foot, and the slingback detail is a nice touch. My heel doesn’t hang over the edge, the suede isn’t tugging across my foot, and there’s a smudge of toe cleavage – something I’m not opposed to. I’d actually thought that the strap which slips over the heel might be a little bit, but it was spot on. These definitely fit true to size.
FABRIC COMPOSITION: These are made of 100% Italian suede. I haven’t used any protectant on my camel suede editor heels, and to date, they’re still in impeccable condition, and there’s nothing to suggest that these aren’t as hardy.
DETAILS: The vamp is cut low across the foot, which exposes the toes slightly, and the style has a sharp pointed toe. The interior is cushioned, and there’s a matching elasticated suede strap which wraps around the heel of the foot. Given the design of the shoe, it’s only natural to assume that over time, the toe will wear down – something I’ve found to be synonymous with pointed toe flats. They’re leather lined, with a suede exterior, made of a medium-weight material that will definitely give and soften over time with repeated wear. One thing I have noticed with the last few shoe releases from Everlane is that the soles are incredibly slippery at first, particularly on the wooden floors in our home, so take care during the first few days of wearing them.
Given I’m only a few wears in, I’m still a little light on how the Everlane Editor Slingbacks will perform over an extended period of time. My editor heels are still going strong and aside from needing some new heel caps, they aren’t showing any other signs of wear. So, I’d like to assume that these will be similar. I’d probably say that the only thing worth noting is that in future, the elastic in the heel strap may stretch and wear out over time, requiring some repair.
Earlier this year, I made a resolution to start wearing flats more and aesthetically, the Everlane Editor Slingbacks are an incredibly elegant looking shoe. They’re reasonably priced, but look a lot more expensive than they actually are; and they immediately come to mind as a more affordable yet still high quality alternative to Paul Andrew’s ‘rhea’ flat (also available here). I’ve worn these a few times now (I guess I should be grateful for the summer that will never end…), and they’ve worn in really nicely. The elastic back hasn’t stretched out, the toe hasn’t scuffed (though I think this is mostly due to me babying them slightly), and the suede has given across the foot a little more, making these an even more comfortable addition to my shoe wardrobe for day-to-day wear.
Of the four colours available, the ‘black’ and ‘natural’ options are the most timeless, and the ones that I could see as having a lasting place in my own wardrobe. The colours ‘mustard’ and ‘rosewood’ are absolutely gorgeous, and are two shades heavily influencing my wardrobe wishlist for 2018. Essentially what I’m trying to say is that they don’t feel like they have quite the same longevity as a classic black or beige shoe, but they’re a gorgeous choice if you want to inject some colour into your wardrobe.
If you decide to pick up a pair, go for your usual size in Everlane footwear, and be prepared to not want to take these off your feet. The pointed toe lends itself well to an office environment, and I know that these are going to be a shoe that I reach for on a regular basis, on rotation with some of my other shoe staples such as my Vaneli two-tone pumps, my Everlane day heels, and my Sam Edelman loafers.
I’ve been looking at a lot of home and decor inspiration lately, and there was something about this cosy apartment in Sweden that really caught my eye. At 32 square metres, one could argue that it’s beyond cosy (especially for two people…), but it makes up for what it lacks in space with beautiful design elements and furnishings, like the moody colour of the walls, and abundance of plant life haphazardly scattered throughout.
As someone who has generally always had the luxury of space, what I like most about this apartment is the carefully considered placement of the furnishings, which has the uncanny ability of making the apartment seem far larger than it actually is (in photos at least). And then there are the details; like the gorgeous parquetry in the living quarters, the natural wooden cupboards in the kitchen juxtaposed against the modernity of the marble countertop, the light pouring in from the street-facing windows, and that lived-in feeling which emanates from the residence.