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I think it goes without saying, but I am not a ‘proper’ blogger in any way, shape or form. So for me, I’ve been finding it hard to find inspiration on what I want to write about, without just turning this little blog of mine into a constant stream of favourites (which I will of course still write, but I don’t want that to become the only content that I’m posting). Especially considering the fact that I work full time throughout the week, I don’t get up to as many interesting things worth sharing as I wish, which can make thinking of things to share from my life much harder because I’m sure reading about an average week in my life would bore anyone who reads this to death.

Instead, I thought maybe I’d start off with sharing the few outfits I get to wear in a week when I’m not in my god-awful work uniform. I guess I wouldn’t completely rule out the idea of doing a weekly post on what I got up to as well as what I wore that week, but for now, while I’ve had nothing of note really going on in my average life I’m thinking I’ll just keep it nice and simple.

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I don’t think I’ve shared this on here before but I work at Kmart (glamorous I know), so I am completely surrounded by all the goodies people post on those kmart style inspo instagrams all the time, and it can be pretty hard to resist buying a few things here and there when it’s all so stupidly cheap.

Anyway, the point of this is the other day we got in a new jumpsuit, and I bought it for myself straight away. It’s about 3/4 length on my very long legs, and it has the cutest little tie-up straps and a tie belt around the waist. Because of the neckline, I didn’t wear a bra with it (which if I can get away with not wearing a bra then I won’t). I guess the only thing I don’t like about it is the fact that when I need to go to the bathroom in this, I’m pretty much sitting there completely naked, but other than that for the price I paid for this, I’m a big fan.

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Jumpsuit: Kmart

I’m writing this on Sunday, and yesterday I had two different outfits. The first was super casual obviously, considering all I really went out to do yesterday was grab a little snack for brunch and get my nails done.

I didn’t realise how shit the quality of iphone photos are in comparison the ones from my camera, so I apologise. Lately though I’ve had this vision of wearing cute slip dresses with sneakers, except I don’t have any trainer kind of shoes that are more ‘sneakery’ I guess than my vans, converse or stan smiths.

With this outfit, I decided to pair it with my stan smiths. I wore this dress and bag combo in a recent post, and I love it because you can chuck on almost any kind of shoe with it and you’ll look good. It was a little bit cold when I left the house so I just chucked on this light coat which has been perfect for the weather lately because it’s that sort of in-between of a coat and a cardigan (it’s also actually from kmart too).

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I thought I’d chuck in a sneaky pic of my nails too because I’m in love with them. I get them done at Holy Nails & Spa in Dickson and they’re so good. They take so much care, so my nails always look amazing and my acrylics last so well too. If you’re in Canberra then I would highly recommend.

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Jacket: Kmart – Dress: Things We Lost – Shoes: Adidas Stan Smiths – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Saturday night I had a dinner and drinks sort of thing to go to so I wanted to dress up just a lil bit, but not too much. Another thing I bought for myself this week was a super cute new dress from a brand called Beyond Her which they sell at Glue.

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I think the brand is relatively new and so far I’ve seen some really cute things I’ve got my eyes on. The shoes I wore with this dress are pretty new to me as well, except with me being the complete mess I am, I didn’t get them in any of my photos.

I’m really into this style of dress lately, I think the fit is so flattering. I love the really straight neckline, and how the straps are positioned almost as close to the sides as possible, which makes me look a bit broader across my shoulders. I fits nice and tight around my bust and then cuts at the waist and is just slightly a-line, but in a way thats very subtle. Even though it is a short dress, it isn’t too short for me and my incredibly long legs which I appreciate.

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Again I apologise for the shitty iphone quality.

Dress: Beyond Her

And finally my last outfit of the week, and after realising how awful the quality of iphone photos are I did force my sister into taking some pics on my camera for me instead, and I really like this outfit tbh.

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I love this little button up top so much, it’s so cute and I love the creamy linen fabric it’s made with. It’s so easy to wear and looks so effortlessly good, especially with a button or two undone at the top.

These pants I also love but I hadn’t got much wear out of them since the weather’s been warmer. They have some orange and yellow running through the checks which I love, and I think because of that they don’t look so heavy and wintery and you can get away with wearing them into spring before it starts to get way too hot for pants. I personally think the fit is so flattering and they’re actually the perfect length for my legs (hardly anything ever is).

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Again, I brought out my Rebecca Minkoff bag which I love very much, partly because it’s super sentimental to me because my boyfriend bought it for me as a 19th bday present, but also I just love how it looks. I’m not sure if they make this style anymore but I’m still into it, and it’s really small so it’s perfect for just going out to get coffee or any kind of weekend outing where you really don’t need much.

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And my pink loafers make an appearance in this outfit too. I love loafers so much, I can’t see a point in time where I won’t love them.

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Top: Things We Lost – Pants: Zara – Shoes: Hudson London – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

 

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On an everyday basis, I’ve  pretty much got my makeup routine down to as simple as possible while still looking put together enough. I know what works for me and what my favourite products are, so I thought I’d write a little something up that goes over everything I do and what I’ve been using to do them.

PRIMER – TOUCH IN SOL NO POREBLEM PRIMER

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I’ve spoken about this primer in an earlier blog post, and I haven’t stopped using it since then. It’s pretty much a perfectly balanced mix of what I want in a primer; it blurs my pores, it increases the longevity of my makeup and it feels slightly hydrating too. I can definitely tell a difference in the way my makeup looks and wears when I switch it out for another primer.

FOUNDATION – THE ORDINARY SERUM FOUNDATION IN 1.0NS VERY FAIR

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I bought this foundation on a whim only because their coverage foundation was out of stock, and my hopes for it weren’t very high because I really didn’t think it was going to work with my skin type, but I was completely wrong. This foundation is gorgeous. I think it might be my favourite foundation that I’ve ever tried. I’d say it’s a light to medium coverage (which is what I prefer for every day), but the finish is I think what really gets me. It’s very natural looking in a sort of ‘your skin but better’ way. It’s got a luminosity to it but even though my skin can get oily at times, and I’ve usually got this on my face for 10 hours at a time at least, it doesn’t make me look like a complete oily mess. This foundation, in my mind at least, shouldn’t work this well for my skin but it just does, as well as coming in a colour pale enough for me. I’ve already ordered another bottle because I’ve been using this every day without fail, and the best part is I don’t feel guilty about it because this bad boy only sets me back $13.50. All around amazing.

CONCEALER – MAYBELLINE FIT ME IN FAIR

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I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I haven’t found my perfect concealer as of yet, but lately, I’ve been using Fit Me from Maybelline and I do really like it. I would say I’m definitely one of those people that prefers using a lighter coverage foundation and then only concealing what I want and using a concealer with decent coverage to do that. I think that my main struggle with finding the right concealers is that in many cases, the lightest colour is not light enough for me. The shade of this one is pretty decent, but I really like how it looks on the skin; I don’t find that it cakes up or looks like it’s sitting on top of my skin, and it also wears very well. All-in-all a very good concealer, I just wouldn’t say it’s the perfect one for me.

CREAM CONTOUR – L’OREAL INFALLIBLE SCULPT CONTOURING PALETTE IN 01 LIGHT/MEDIUM

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This stuff is soo good. I used to think cream contouring was super scary and time-consuming, but using this product makes it exactly the opposite. The colour is a perfect neutral/cool tone which works really well on my skin, it is so easy to apply, and it blends like a dream. It’s more of a cream to powder formula than just the traditional cream, which I think is another reason as to why I love it so much. This step takes me honestly close to no time at all and just adds a little bit of bronzey goodness to my face, while still being lovely and subtle.

POWDER – LAURA MERCIER LOOSE SETTING POWDER IN TRANSLUCENT

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I’m definitely a loose powder over pressed powder girl, and this powder is my number one. I’ve spoken about this before so I won’t go on and on, but I like to use apply this under my eyes and on my t-zone (the places that I want to stay set down) with a damp beauty sponge, and then I just take it lightly over the rest of my face with a brush. It doesn’t get cakey, it gives my skin a lovely not-quite-blurred-but-almost look which is awesome considering it doesn’t claim to be a blurring product. This is an expensive powder but in my eyes, and for me it’s worth the money.

CONTOUR – KEVYN AUCOIN SCULPTING POWDER IN LIGHT

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My favourite contour product ever. I’ve been using this consistently for the past 2 years, and in that time I’ve never felt the need to try anything else. Originally I had it in the medium shade, but I repurchased it in light and it’s just the perfect cool toned, light contour which doesn’t look like a harsh line on my pasty face. If anyone was to ask me to recommend them a contour powder, there’s no doubt in my mind this is what I’d tell them to buy. It’s an expensive powder, but if you’re in a position where you want to spend a bit extra then this is something that I would say is worth it.

BLUSH – MAC TOLEDO LIMITED EDITON BLUSH OMBRE IN RIPE PEACH

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I’m very sorry that you can’t buy this blush anymore because it really is very beautiful. I don’t use it so much in winter, but in summer it’s perfect. I love how, because of the ombre effect, you can kind of choose if you wanna go for a more pink or a more peachy look depending on how you feel or what suits the eye/lip you’re going with. I’ll leave it at that because it’s obviously not available anymore, but if something like this ever is released again, snatch it up while you can because you won’t regret it.

HIGHLIGHTER – E.L.F BAKED HIGHLIGHTER IN MOONLIGHT PEARLS

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Again, I’ve spoken about this in a couple of posts, and for good reason because it’s so beautiful. I’m not going to ramble on forever about it, but I love this highlight so much. The shade is gorgeous, and the way it blends onto the skin is so wonderful. Like I said I won’t go on too much, but there is so much love in my heart for this highlighter, and if you’re on the hunt for something good – buy it.

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EYES – MAC BLUSH & E.L.F HIGHLIGHTER, BOURJOUIS VOLUME 1 SECONDE

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On an every day basis, I am super lazy with my eyes. All I do is run some of the same blush I use on my face through my crease to add a little bit of colour and definition, and then just pop some of my highlighter on my inner corner and bring it slightly onto the lid, and that’s it. Takes literally 30 seconds and makes me look that little bit more awake and put together. Since I have eyelash extensions I’m not very fussy with my mascara as I only use it on my lower lashes. Lately I’ve been using the Bourjouis Volume 1 Seconde because I had it lying around, and while it’s good I know that I’ve used better ones in the past.

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BROWS – BENEFIT GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL & BENEFIT GIMME BROW IN 3

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I usually like to keep my brows pretty natural and simple, and I think that a brow pencil is the best and easiest way to do this. This one from Benefit is my favourite one that I’ve tried. The shape of the pencil is perfect for the shape of my brows, and it means that it’s super easy for me to define and fill them in very quickly. Then after that I go over them with another Benefit brow product, the Tint My Brow, which just lets me brush them into place and add a little bit more colour and volume to them. Benefit does brow products very well in my opinion, so if you’re after some new brow goodies definitely check them out.

SETTING SPRAY – GLAM GLOW GLOWSETTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY

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My makeup never feels complete until its set, and my favourite setting spray right now is this one from Glam Glow. It just makes all the makeup on your face seem to melt and just come together so beautifully, and leaves your face looks subtly luminous, but it doesn’t make my skin look shiny or oily at all. If I forget this step I can tell a difference in how my skin looks, and the way in which my makeup wears throughout the day. I wouldn’t want to go without this product.

LIPS – RIMMEL OH MY GLOSS IN 100 LOVE BUG

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I’ve gotten so much more into glossy and just natural looking lips lately, so this is perfect just to chuck on top of some lip balm just to add a little bit of something, without adding a strong wash of colour. This gloss in particular has little tiny bits of sparkle through it which I think is so cute too. It’s just a super easy gloss to chuck on and then be able to reapply easily throughout your day.

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After writing this all out, it seems like a lot but I promise you this makeup is sooo easy and it only takes me 10-15 minutes to do. I’d say the step I spend the longest on is my foundation because I like to take my time making sure its all blended and buffed into my skin, but after that everything else is a breeze. And the more often you do the same routine the faster you’ll get.

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Emily

 

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I feel like winter in Canberra this year has lasted an eternity, so now that we’ve started to get some warmer days I am so very happy. To commemorate this special occasion (seasons changing) I just wanted to talk about some of the trends/pieces etc. that I love right now and that I’m super keen to wear all through spring and into summer.

One thing I wish I wore more of through winter is colour. I think it’s because I have such an extensive collection already of jackets and jumpers (that I literally can’t fit into my wardrobe) that I told myself it would be dumb to buy any more, especially in bright colours and patterns because I wouldn’t have worn them all enough.

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I think this kind of rainbow style striped top is a bit of a thing at the moment and I’m so into it. This top reminds me of rainbow ice cream so there’s my first reason as to why I love it, but it’s so good for this little in-between period when it’s a bit cold, but can also be warm because it’s ribbed and a nice thick material. Paired with almost any wash of denim it looks so so good.

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Top: Zara  Jeans: Rollas  Loafers: Decjuba  Sunnies: Decjuba

In terms of my favourite colours to wear at the moment, red is definitely up there. I’ve got a few new red accessories and I love wearing them with just cream, off-white, black and denim, but in this outfit  I put them with a burnt orange singlet just because I was curious if it would look okay and I actually am really keen on how it looks.

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I don’t own many red clothes, but I’m really getting into accessories lately and red just looks so good with a plain outfit. Also, my checkered vans of course had to make another appearance; just like a pop of colour, these make any boring outfit look 10x cooler, plus they’re super comfy.

Top: Kmart  Skirt: Lulu & Rose  Shoes: Vans  Bag: Pull & Bear  Sunnies: Cotton On

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As well as colour, I love cool pants in summer. I’m also getting into body suits lately, and I love the look of some flowy pants with a skin-tight body tucked in. These pants I haven’t worn nearly enough as I’d hoped last summer, so I’m absolutely gonna try and bring them out as much as possible.

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Like in the previous red outfit, I love repeating colours. In that one I just did this with accessories, so for this one, I put my pink loafers (which I’m obsessed with) in here to match my pink body suit and I think it looks really cute.

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Body: Pull & Bear  Pants: Faithfull  Loafers: Hudson London  Sunnies: Vintage

Lastly, and probably my number 1 summer staple, slip dresses. They’re the easiest outfit ever but they still look so good.

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This particular one is a thin fabric too which makes it so light and perfect for when it’s super hot. Because they’re such a simple cut I feel like you can wear them with pretty much any shoes/bag/etc, even if they’re covered in a pretty loud print. This one is very subdued, the pattern is very small and sweet, so I wore it with some of my favourite shoes for taking outfits up a notch just to make this look a little bit more interesting.

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Dress: Things We Lost  Shoes: Wittner  Bag: Rebecca Minkoff  Sunnies: Vintage

I hope in some way this was enjoyable.

Emily