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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

 

I’m one of those people that just loves to try new makeup, so when I use a product up and decide to go out and buy that same product again instead of trying out something different, then that’s a pretty good sign. Anyway, today I thought I’d put together a list of some makeup that I still have in my collection and love, that I’ve made the effort to go out and buy multiple times.

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When it comes to foundation and concealers, these are the two things I go through most often, but also the ones that I try out different products for most regularly. I’d say this is probably because I’m yet to find my ride or dies, but there have been two foundations and one concealer that I’ve gone back to a few times while I’m still on the search for my all time favourites. The first foundation is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation, and the second is the L’oreal True Match. These foundations are very different from each other, Tarte offers a full coverage (like the name would suggest) and is definitely a thicker formula than the L’oreal, which is a medium coverage and much lighter and more liquidy in texture. I love both of these foundations alone for their own reasons, but I love them even more mixed together into a little foundation cocktail. Doing this gives you the high coverage and lasting power from Tarte, but the finish and the bit of glow peeking through from the L’oreal.

Master Conceal from Maybelline is probably my favourite concealer I have tried yet. Firstly, the colour is actually light enough for my super pale face, and on top of that it has insane coverage and wears so well too. I’ve been through a few tubes of these now and it’s definitely my go-to if I suddenly run out and need to buy a new concealer asap. Because it is so heavy duty it can be easy to go overboard at first, but if you just use a small amount it still covers everything and it blends beautifully. This also means it lasts for ages so it’s a bit of a win-win in my opinion.

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I’ve spoken about the E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls before so I’ll keep this short and sweet, but this is my favourite highlight. I reach for it over Becca, Hourglass, etc. However, the packaging is absolute shit but when I’m paying $10 for otherwise an amazing highlighter I really don’t care. The awful packaging is the reason I went out and bought another of these because my first one broke, but I’m so glad I did because it’s super amazing.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder could honestly be one of, if not my favourite makeup product that I own. I use this every single day without fail. The first one of these I went through was in the medium shade, but since then they have come out with a light shade so you know when I bought this again I went for that one. The cool tone of it is perfect for my skin tone, and it’s super soft and easy to blend. This stuff isn’t cheap ($63 for 4grams) but it lasts forever and is just so beautiful that I think it’s worth it. So if you’re in the market for a good contour powder and wanna treat yourself a little bit, I would definitely say this is the one for you.

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Lastly, my Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil. I love the colour, the formula, the shape of the pencil, everything about it is perfect for my eyebrows. These are so easy to use, I just define the tail of my brow, and the arch and then I just give the rest of my eyebrows a quick once-over. I have reasonably thick brows, but they’re a little sparse in some areas so this is perfect. Of course, the packaging is very cute, and it has a spoolie on one end which is pretty much a necessity. This is one of those products again that is small but lasts for ages, so I think it’s worth the little investment.

I hope this little insight gave you some ideas, or at least helped you waste some time. Either way, I hope it was enjoyable.

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Emily

 

 

This is the first post I’ve made in about 2 weeks. My laptop broke and I haven’t gotten around to getting it fixed yet, so if anyone is committed to this blog (doubtful of that) then I do apologize. Anyway, I thought I’d make a little rambly post and just talk about whatever really. As I’m starting to write, I’ll admit I have no direction what-so-ever with this post, so if this is super messy/all over the place then please excuse me (but I guess that’s a bit like my head anyway).

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All I’ve really been doing lately is; working, rehearsing for Fashfest (show I’m modelling in soon), reading, spending money and eating honey almonds as well as some other delish food. Speaking of food, I went to Lazy Su in Braddon for dinner for the first time last weekend and it was honestly love at first sight. The food, the aesthetic and the whole atmosphere totally encapsulates everything I love. It’s super cool  mix of east asian/american fusion is evident in the food, and follows through into the decor and even drinks. If you’re in Canberra and in need of somewhere mouth-watering and delicious, as well as fun then this is for sure my top recommendation.

As well as my love for asian food, my love for asian authors has only grown stronger recently. Among a few other novels I’ve read in the last month or two (which I might do a post on, who knows?) I read two books written by asian authors, one being Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami (Japanese) and the other, The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Korean). These books are amazing. Both are pretty melancholy, but written beautifully none the less. I’d read one other Murakami novel before, so I knew that I was a fan of his writing, but I had never read anything by Han Kang so I wasn’t sure what to expect but this book intrigued me a lot. I’m absolutely hopeless at describing written works, but trust me when I say that these are more than worth the read. Warning though, if you read The Vegetarian be prepared because it’s quite disturbing, and also does contain sexual and physical violence.

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Going on a bit of a tangent, at the moment I’m reading I Love Dick by Chris Kraus which gets me a few funny looks and questions when people see the cover, but it’s super interesting and different. It’s also pretty heavy with feminist themes, which is no problem at all to me. I’m pretty close to finishing it now, super intriguing book.

As for my spending, although I wish that I was much better at saving I don’t regret my recent purchases. I think I might follow this up with a post on some new things I’ve just acquired but LOVE, but I’ll give a quick shout out to my slides. Like I said earlier I’ve been rehearsing for a couple of shows I’ll be walking in soon, which has meant wearing heels quite a bit, and they’ve destroyed my feet. So whenever I’m not working or practicing, I’ll be in my slides.

P.S. I just got an ASOS order arrive today so the random pictures of me are just me being in love with what I got and wanting to show it off asap.

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I’m sorry about this blog post, I’ll put more effort into something soon but I just felt like having a bit of a rant about random things.

Emily

I thought as a little follow up to my last post ( on my current makeup loves) I’d do a little one on all the styles/looks/trends I’m lusting over lately. This is going to be a bit of a random mix of fashion bits and pieces so this could very well be a bit of an all over the place post because, as it’s probably pretty apparent, I’m still trying to find my grasp on blogging. So please bear with me.

Winter is finally coming to a very highly anticipated end, and I have been preparing myself for warmer weather and getting seriously into the wrap/tea dress trend. I’ve bought two new ones this month, hoping to fulfill my want for a Realisation Par dress (because sadly I just don’t think I can justify that much money on a dress at this point in my life).

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(Dress is from Forever New)

One is definitely just a classic wrap around design, and the other one is more like a tea dress, as it doesn’t wrap around but ties under the bust, and has sort of bell sleeves. Both are printed with spots, and I love them both so much. I’m obsessed and I can’t wait until it warms up more so that I can wear them absolutely non-stop, because I know that I will.

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(Dress is from Alice In The Eve)

Loafers are my next thing. I own two pairs, both very Gucci-esque, both definitely still not Gucci (which does break my heart, but what can you do). I got my first pair a while ago, they’re just a very classic looking black backless pair with gold detailing, but having bought them at the start of winter I kind of just hadn’t been getting the wear out of them. Now that the weather isn’t absolutely freezing my feet as much I feel like I can start wearing them again, and I also bought myself another pair too. My new ones have backs and they’re the cutest blush pink colour which I think are going to look so cute with so many different outfits and I’m so excited to wear them more.

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(Loafers are Hudson London)

Carrying on with the loafers, I’ve been loving pairing them with previously mentioned dresses (that goes without saying), but I’ve also been dying over how they look worn with ‘manly’ tees and cute, girly skirts. I’m a massive lover of balancing masculinity and femininity within outfits, and I think shoes can be the potentially the most difficult part of the balancing act. Big, oversized band t-shirts tucked into lovely and girly skirts is such a look in my opinion, and while an outfit like that looks good if you wear it with a pair of vans or converse, I think swapping them out for a pair of loafers just elevates the look as a whole and I am all about it. Slightly androgynous and very cool (in my personal opinion).

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(Loafers from Decjuba)

The last bit that I want to give a shout out to in this post is my Timex watch. I got this watch for Christmas last year from my lovely boyfriend, but after I wore it a couple of times (for reasons still unknown) it just stopped working. Anyway, long story short we went and got it sorted out and now that I can wear it again I have fallen in love with it all over again. I’ve literally never in my life seen a watch that is so me. From the leather band, to the chronographs, and the beautiful green face, everything about this watch had me lusting after it from the second I saw it and I am so happy to have it back in my life.

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I hope you enjoyed this little rundown of my style/fashion favs.

Emily x

Since I’ve been getting my eyelash extensions done (which has probably been happening for about a month and a half, give or take) I’ve been into much simpler makeup, glowy skin and glossy lips. And with  my skin behaving pretty well too lately and the bit of a confidence boost that the lash extensions give me I’ve toned down my everyday makeup a little bit.

Firstly, powder. I’ll be the first to admit that I used to go a bit ham with the powders, however now that my skin has kind of chilled out on the oil and glowing, healthy skin is in I’ve definitely calmed down a lot. I know that I am incredibly late to the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder party, but now that I finally bit the bullet and spent $62 on a powder I completely 100% see why there’s so much fuss about it. It’s amazing. It sets my foundation and concealer wonderfully, and considering too that when I’m working my makeup has to endure an average of about 10 hours on my face, it makes it last and wear so much better.

Because I’ve been into lighter powder these days I only use the Laura Mercier powder in my t-zone where I’ll get oiliest, and then I’ve been dusting the rest of my face with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light. I bought this back when I was into very matte skin so I never got the use out of it, except now that I’ve gone back to it, I don’t want to stop using it. The concept of the whole Ambient Lighting range from Hourglass is really cool, and the execution of it is just as good. They’re so finely milled it’s insane, and they give the skin soft illusions somehow and look absolutely lovely.

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I think I found my perfect primer in the Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer. This smoothes the skin, feels hydrating and does such a good job of blurring pores all in one, while also extending the longevity of makeup. For what I want in a primer, this has it all. Makeup sits so well and looks so pretty on top of this. Unlike other pore filling/blurring primers the texture of this is much more of a liquid and therefore feels so much nicer to blend into the skin. I am in love, there is nothing about this primer I’m not liking.

If I’m talking about glowy skin there is no way I can skip mentioning the E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls.

This is my FAVOURITE highlighter. I like this better than my Becca one, my hourglass one, and any other high-end or affordable highlighter I’ve ever used. I’m not really into the whole super metallic highlighting trend, I prefer the kind of ‘lit from within’ more natural looking glow. This powder sits beautifully on the skin, and gives a slight almost wet look by just looking like its melted into every powder on you face so seamlessly. On top of all this it’ll only set you back $10, that’s one sixth the price of a Becca highlighter. Everyone needs this.

Now, onto eyes, and therefore my discovery of 3ina (mina). I’ve only tried a couple of the eye products so I can’t speak for the brand as a whole, but from what I have tried I am so impressed.

The Eyeshadow in 112 has been my go-to everyday shade ever since i bought it. It’s the perfect cool tone brown, which isn’t too dark or light. The quality is so so good for the price that you’re paying, the pigmentation is good and they’re super blendable.

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Even though I love their powder eyeshadow’s for the easiest everyday makeup, their Cream Eyeshadow in 313 has honestly blown me away. It is absolutely stunning. These go on super smooth and once they set, they’re set in place all day. Crazy pigmented, and so gorgeous.

Like I said earlier in the post, I’ve been swapping out the matte and favouring really glossy, plump looking lips.

My top picks for this are firstly the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Peach to hydrate and smooth my lips, and then on top the Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Papa Don’t Peach to add a little bit of colour and a lot of shine.

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This lip gloss is pretty much perfect for just throwing on everyday when you want a little bit of something, but don’t wanna look too much. The colour is so lovely, and it hydrates really nicely considering it’s just a gloss. And both these products also smell (and taste) like peaches so that’s an added bonus for sure.

If you only take one thing away from this post, buy the ELF highlighter.

Emily x