some favourites right now – fashion

My last post about some of my current beauty favourites I hope broke up the heavy fashion based content a little bit for you, because today I have essentially the same post except featuring some of my number one pieces of clothing/accessories. I only picked a couple of things that I wanted to mention, definitely sticking to only the best, but also maybe some things that I don’t necessarily talk about a huge amount on here, but that I wear and use so much in real life.

I go between bags a little bit but I seem to keep going back to this little number lately. I bought it about a year ago because I wanted a tiny backpack for splendour in the grass, and since then I haven’t used it as a backpack but only as a cross body. I seriously love the look of these kind of bags, especially the little Louis Vuitton ones, but I am in no way shape or form able to afford one of those so until the day I can I’ll just stick with this one. I really know nothing about the brand of this, I found it one day at TK Maxx and at first the logo on it put me off a bit, but now I’m really not too phased by it.

I don’t actually own that many pairs of sunglasses, I recently decluttered a whole heap that I don’t wear/don’t find very flattering on me, so I’ve kind of whittled it right down to my favourite few. Lately these have been the ones that I’ve been keeping in my bag and therefore the ones I’ve been wearing. This cat eye style is one of my favourites because I feel like it actually looks good on my face. The light tortoiseshell frames I also love, and they go with everything while not looking so heavy on as a black pair would. Plus, these are from Cotton On and were only about $20 which is so so good.

These pants and jumper have been huge staples in my wardrobe lately, both because they’re just so easy to wear. The jumper is something I wouldn’t have normally bought because I’m not hugely into brands like Adidas for clothing, but this was 40% off and even though I own so many jumpers, the vast majority of them are knits, so I thought a regular crew would be a good addition. I’ve worn it so much more than I thought I would, and I really like how little the logo is compared so many other Adidas jumpers.

My pants are from Mango, I bought them while I was in Ireland, and they’re kind of like my go to alternative to jeans. I am such a sucker for corduroy, and the fit of these on me and my crazy long legs is perfect. I will say these can be a tad unflattering because the material is so thick, especially on the front with the fly and definitely if I tuck a winter jumper in. They are super high wasited and have a kind of wide leg, and they’re pretty much my perfect fit. I just put these with the adidas jumper for the sake of this post, would I wear them together? knowing me I probably would but at the same time I understand that they don’t really go that well together.

some favourites right now – beauty

It has been a hot minute since I’ve talked about anything beauty related on here, so I thought that instead of shoving some more fashion content down your throat today I’d switch it up a little bit. I honestly think if I was a youtuber I would make a favourites video every month, mostly because I just love rambling on about things I’ve been loving so much, but because on here I’m putting my thoughts into writing I can definitely reign myself in a bit.

For at least the last month or two I’ve been stepping away from wearing much makeup. I love makeup so very much, but lately my skin seems to be just hating any makeup I’ve been putting on it and it’s just not seemed very happy so I thought I’d give it a much needed breather. Because of this I only have one makeup product that I wanted to talk about and that’s the E.L.F Baked Highlighters.

I have two shades; Moonlight Pearls, which is a perfect face highlight for my pale af skin, and also Apricot Glow, which I absolutely do not use on my face but makes such a beautiful light eyeshadow and looks amazing when you lay it on top of other shadows. I just feel like you can’t go wrong with these, they’re literally $10 each, and while they aren’t my absolute favourites, they’re definitely up there.

Moving into skincare, this is THE SHIT. One of my friends actually recommended this to me (shout out Ash), and I’ve been using it ever since. It removes all the dead skin from the top of your skin which is kind of disgusting, but also so satisfying. Your skin will feel so so smooth after using this, it’s amazing. Plus it’s so quick and easy to use because unlike a mask, you don’t have to leave this sitting on your skin, you just put it on and then start rubbing it off straight away.

This is one of those products I just really like having because while I’m not too sure what it does for my skin, I know my skin just seems to love it. This is basically an aerosol toner for oily skin, and it really just seems to work for me. Toners are a big thing for me, I can not do my skincare routine without using one. I usually use a different toner first on a cotton pad and wipe that all over my face and then I’ll go in with this one and just spray it on my face and let it soak in. I have combination, kind of oily skin which can definitely be prone to blemishes and I find that La Roche-Posay has a line of products that work so well for me.

After I give myself a very healthy spritzing with my toner, I’ll go in with moisturiser. I’m so upset because I loved this IT Cosmetics one so much and I went to repurchase it on the Sephora website but it’s just not on there. I bought it when I was in store but I really don’t go up to Sydney that often so I don’t know when I’m gonna be able to get my hands on another jar of this. This cream is probably one of the first moisturisers ever that my skin has really seemed to love, which is a tricky thing for me to find. Distraught that I don’t have a new one to dig into.

I am by no means a hair person, mine never looks particularly good, but this conditioner is really good in my books. My hair gets oily pretty quickly normally, and because I’m blonde and my hair is usually pretty silky and smooth you can tell, so heavy shampoos and conditioners do not go down well with me. This is like my perfect hair product, it’s purple to help neutralize any yellow tones, but mostly it’s the fact that it moisturises my hair and makes it feel so soft, but it doesn’t weigh it down and my hair doesn’t get greasy as fast because it’s pretty lightweight.

Lastly, my current most worn perfume, My Burberry Black. I always go for those kind of deeper, semi masculine scents over fresh or floral ones, and this one is sooooooo fcking good. I’m really bad at describing scents, but I looked this up and the base notes are amber and patchouli which explains why I love it so much. At the same time though it has this kind of sweet and feminine twist and I’m so in love with it.

the go to – winter edition

I think it’s definitely safe to say that throughout different seasons we all have a sort of go to look that we just seem to gravitate towards. For me, it always seems to be some sort of knit top or jumper and a pair of straight leg pants/jeans. This is so very different to the little dresses that I go for in the summer, but for winter clothing I seem to veer away from a lot of figure flattering clothing. I think some of this comes from me not feeling overly confident with my body at the moment, winter is notorious for comfort eating.

Skinny jeans are really not my thing anymore, I’ve really steered away from them over the past couple of years. Straight or slim leg styles are much more my thing these days. This pair are from ASOS own brand, and I really like them. They’re high waisted, super flattering on the bum and then go into a slim leg with a slightly frayed hem. They also have a button fly, which is a detail that I actually really like. I have these in two different washes, and for me they’re just such a good basic pair of jeans. The only thing to keep in mind though if you’re thinking of buying these jeans (they’re the ASOS Farleigh Slim Mom Jeans I think) or any other jeans from ASOS own brand, the sizing seems to run a bit small so I would recommend going a size up especially if you’re in between waist sizes.

Tight knit tops with ring pull zips are all over the place now and I love them, especially this one with the higher neck. And of course some of the best shoes you can own in my opinion, slip on checkered vans. But really these or any other old school vans are just a staple for your wardrobe, and they’re honestly good for all year round not just winter.

Top: H&M / Jeans: ASOS / Shoes: Vans / Belt: Warehouse

I love jeans and I wear them almost all the time, but sometimes I like to switch it up a little bit, and I love these pants that my sister found at salvos. They’re work pants from Hard Yakka, and they’re so easy to wear because obviously they’re black. These are in no way anywhere near as flattering as the ASOS jeans, but I just love how they look cinched in a bit at the waist with a belt and a top tucked in. While these are second hand pants, I’m sure there are so many just like it available on the market right now. I love this jumper, it’s old, I bought it last year but it’s the colours that I’m seriously in love with. I guess the colour combination is a bit ugly, but I think it’s one of those ones that surprisingly looks really good, and I think would look so good on so many different skin tones and shades.

And lastly, my beloved Doc Martens. I don’t really hear that many people talk about docs, but such a huge amount of people that I know and people I follow on instagram etc own them and love them. They’ve been around for so long maybe people aren’t as excited by them as they once were, but I would honestly say they might be the best pair of shoes I own. I’ve had mine for almost 5 years and to be honest they are not looking their finest, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of them and buy a new pair. They pretty much look good with everything, so they’re always my go to shoe if I’m not sure what to wear, and they’re so insanely comfortable once you’ve broken them in. I think I can honestly say that if for some reason I was only allowed one pair of shoes to wear for the rest of my life it would be these.

Jumper: Cotton On (old) / Pants: Vintage Hard Yakka / Shoes: Doc Martens / Belt: Warehouse

winter blues

Whenever the colder weather starts to come around, I’m always excited to wear my stupidly large amount of knitted jumpers and bring out the jacket collection, but after a little while of winter, I’m already getting over it. I’ve always been kind of like this, wanting cold when it’s hot and vice versa, but this year I think I’m feeling it more than usual.

Over last summer I discovered an insane love of dresses, and honestly, I miss wearing them and feeling girly and pretty. That, mixed with seeing the UK and American bloggers etc that I love wearing beautiful summer clothing, is making me feel that seasonal depression hardcore.

Everything I wear in winter I do love a lot, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like wearing jeans with a knitted jumper, and a jacket thrown on top gets old after a while. Like I said before, I own way more knits than a girl needs, and I have a big of a thing for jackets and coats, but there’s only so much excitement I get out of them. A lot of the winter clothes that I wear are not particularly figure flattering, there’s a lot of straight leg jeans and baggy jumpers, so sometimes I just don’t feel great about myself either.

I’m trying to mix it up a little bit, but honestly when it’s as cold as it has been here in Canberra recently, warm but unflattering clothes are usually the way to go unfortunately. But I guess they hide the winter weight a bit, which is a plus.

As a little side note, lately I’ve been feeling like what I’ve been posting just isn’t really me at all. The posts that I enjoy writing the most are absolutely my disposable diaries, where I put a lot more creativity into them. So I’m going to try and incorporate a lot more editing and kind of aesthetic that comes across as a better representation of who am I. Hope you all enjoy it 🙂

Jumper: H&M / Skirt: Levis / Boots: River Island / Belt: Warehouse / Scrunchie: Princess Polly


why I love second hand shopping

I’ve always loved shopping at salvos and vintage stores. I’ve spoken about it briefly in a blog post a while ago, but I thought I’d write something a little more in depth. Over the last couple of years it’s become a cool thing to shop at salvos, which I loved because people wouldn’t judge me like they had before for wearing peoples old clothes. I never understood why people would have a problem with that, all you have to do is wash what you bought before you wear it and there’s no problem.

Over the years I have acquired so so so many pieces of clothing from salvos, some of it I’ve kept a hold of and have worn to death, and other things I really just never wore and just ended up donating them again. If you know me you would probably have realised that I have an actual shopping problem. It’s something that seems really silly, but I’m trying hard to not spend so much money on clothes, which is part of the reason I love going to second hand shops if I’m in the mood to just browse around when I know I’m in the mood to go shopping but don’t need to spend money on anything.

All of the clothes in this post are from a second hand stores like salvos or vinnies, or are vintage pieces. I love having pieces of clothing that other people aren’t going to have, and there is no place better to shop for that than thrifting. A lot of things that I’ve bought I’ve kind of altered myself, I really don’t take a lot of care when I do this, but I don’t mind the look of a frayed hem here or there. When I’m shopping I always have this in mind, so if I see something that has some sort of detail I’m not super into but can have a quick fix, I’ll get it. If I’m buying from stores this is not the mindset I’ll have, because if I’m paying full price for a piece of clothing I want it to look and fit like a glove.

I love experimenting with clothing, but when you’re on a retail salary buying pricier clothes that you aren’t sure if you’ll get the cost per wear out of, isn’t really the smartest thing to be spending your money on.