Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Summer in Winter

It is now Autumn transitioning into Winter and as the weather is getting colder and colder, I am becoming quite nostalgic for the Summer (in the Summer, I get a similar feeling for the winter, ya can never win!) With the rest of the world feeling the Summer vibes ready to slip into their bikinis, the pouring rain is just no fun! So here are some of the basic Summer essentials combined with simple accessories to make the outfit suitable for colder days.

My everyday style would simply be a pair of tights (leggings) a cute top and a pair of either vans or converses. This outfit something that I would not normally consider wearing. But when you're fresh out of school and have to ditch the uniform, creating an outfit from the pieces in your wardrobe without repeating combinations, is an art that you have to master quite quickly. I actually ended up liking what I wore, so I thought I would share it with you.

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Neon/Fluro Nails

You can never go wrong when it comes to coating your nails with outrageous colours. To be honest pale nudes and pinks bore me and are so 20th century. Now although I have a deep and invested interest in nail polish, I am not one to conform to the rules of 'seasonal colours' and will paint my nails whatever colour I like. Unfortunately I can never commit to one colour and as a result will keep the polish on my nails for a maximum of 2 weeks. And the reason I point this out, is because when you have this limited dedication to one nail colour you need to be adventurous and keep finding new shades.

I have always been a fan of American Apparel. There is something about their clothes that screams out effortlessly too cool for school. So when my mum went to Canada, I requested that she bring me back some of their nail polishes. 


I had never tried out Neon Orange, but adored how the yellow looked on me. There are far more neon nail colours, but I really wanted to try these two before I invested in more of them. I believe there is a significant price difference between Australia and Canada, which is unbelievably annoying, but I thought I'd just provide a warning. Now having tried both, I much prefer the yellow, but maybe that's due to the juxtaposition between the brightness of the yellow and the darkness of my skin. I think an understanding of what colours pop out against your complexion would be beneficial when purchasing the neon nail polish.

To get the same finish that I did you will need three things.
  1. Base Coat
  2. Neon Colour Nail Polish
  3. Top Coat
Make sure that you clean and remove any existing polish from your nails. I have a strong preference for  polish on short nails, so I like cutting my nails to the end before. If you'd rather have them longer, make sure you file them for a more dexterous effect.
I shamefully admit that I underestimated the effectiveness of a base coat. It really does protect your natural nail and allow the colour to go on smoother. I completely recommending investing in this product. 
 I suggest painting 2 coats. If you struggle painting your nails, remember just to stroke the brush vertically not changing directions. To insure that the polish is smooth, make sure you have enough liquid on the brush before attending to each nail, because if you have to keep dipping the brush in the bottle whilst painting a nail, the polish on your finger will start to dry and create a bumpy effect.
Finish with a top coat to add shine and prevent the polish from chipping and then you're done!


Im not sure if these images does the brightness of the orange justice. I did get a lot of complements at University today about the colour, so it's sure to grab tones of attention. 

Tell me what you think in the comments below and post pictures if you've tried the look yourself.

If you enjoyed this article you might also like my 'OOTD: Summer Statement piece for Winter Weather' post where I supported this nail look :)
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Edgy meets Feminine


When you ask most of my friends and family to describe me you would get a variety of responses, but I assure you they will all mention something about me being girly. I can see where they are coming from, my nickname is Pinky after all and as a child I was never one to shy away from wearing my trendy little outfits. However as time went by and I gained an understanding of what my own style is, I would say that I'm more of a Tom-Boy that a 'Girly-Girl'. I'm definitely one of those girls who would prefer strutting around in her converses than in a pair of heals. To best describe my style I would say it's Kristen Stewart meets Blake Lively.


Now, I'm not going to lie, when I go to university, the few days that I do go, I want to look good. But, in saying that I also want to feel comfortable.

I will leave links at the bottom, to each item of clothing, if you want to purchase it yourself :)

I've never been a 'jeans girl', normally sticking to tights, they just don't fit my body type and end up being quite uncomfortable. However, because miracles do happen from time to time, I found an adorable pair of ripped jeans, which don't hug my thighs and are a perfect touch to an edgy outfit.



Converses are a staple piece that I honestly feel everyone should own a pair. They can be quite pricy, but you will definitely get you moneys' worth because they go with almost every outfit, are super comfortable and are much cuter than a pair of runners.


As a girly touch, I wore this peplum top, which has a mesh top half and golden flowers. This is one of my most favourite tops in the world.


Now, I might have spoke too soon when I was babbling on about miracles. As great as these jeans are they are too big around my hips. My mum purchased this belt for me, so that I didn't have to awkwardly pull up my pants every 2 steps. At first I thought the cat was quite scary and unusual but at the same time it's different, which is right up my ally. This is a waist belt, that I just managed to fit around my hips, so I wouldn't recommend purchasing it for your hips without trying it on, but if you're looking for a unique waist belt then this may be the one for you.


It is Autumn in Australia and although it's not freezing just yet, I'm one of those girls who is cold unless it's above 26℃. So, it is a necessity that I carry a jacket or a jumper (what do American's call it again.. oh yeah, a"sweater") just incase I'm feeling cool.
Now I got this cardigan at a local boutique, but I'm sure there are similar replications online. I love how the sleeves are a different colour so that the outfit isn't too black, plus grey isn't an outrageously bright colour so it ends up looking quite classy.



Links
  • Jeans
  • Top - now I got this top as a present for my birthday 2 years ago, but here is the website of the store where they are from, they honestly have a beautiful selection of clothes.
  • Shoes - This is a universal link, for prices specifically adapted to your country, you can be change the regional settings. 
  • Belt


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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Pinky's Picks • Black Bandage Skirt

Week 2
When I was in year 10, my mum and I went to buy some appropriate clothes for the mandatory work experience that I had to do. I wanted to buy some pieces that were true to myself but still had a formal appearance. And I think a black bandage skirt does just that. You can dress it up for a night out or pair it with some conservative essentials really for work.

  BLACK BANDAGE SKIRT < Click link to purchase the exact skirt I'm wearing

I suggest pairing the skirt with a pair of stockings whether it be for the winter, work or if you feel it's just that little bit too short. 

Below I have a variety of tops that you can pair the skirt with.

Here is the skirt paired with a silk black singlet top, which is tucked into the skirt.





Summer: I've combined what I wore up top with coral mesh like top.



Night out: Peplum is flattering on almost anyone. This bright orange Peplum top with a hole and the back, adds a pop of colour with out being overwhelming. It is an elegant, simple, sophisticated and classy outfit for a night out.



Winter: Similar to the Summer style, this dark green top is made from mesh like material, so I'm wearing the same black singlet top underneath; but if you if you prefer more colour to brighten a dark winter's day then I suggest wearing a coloured singlet underneath or a bright jacket. 




I've taken all the photo's myself and am modelling all the clothes in the pictures.

Please comment below on your opinions of the bandage skirt and how you would pair it, I 
would love to hear your suggestions. :) 
Also I would love to know if you prefer full outfits or just simplistic ideas.
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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Crushed Pavlova


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Barcelona

Place's to Visit

I've been very fortunate in my life to have travelled to many countries and explore the different cities in these places. One of my favourite quotes in the world is by author F. Scott. Fitzgerald, "I'm not sure what I'll do, but - well I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale." Although we were born in different centuries, we definitely share the same desire. Hopefully this post will be useful to all you travellers out there and even those of you who want to be a little adventurous.

Week 1: Barcelona

When I was 15, I went on an Art and Design Tour to Barcelona, Paris & New York.  I shamefully underestimated the beauty and ambience that Spain had to offer, however that meant that I was pleasantly surprised.  Here are some of the things I did when I was there:







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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Movies #1

More Movies

Hello Everybody,
I know I've been missing and I'm not sure who's reading this or where, 
but thank you for taking your time to read my thoughts.
A while ago I wrote a list on my favourite movies and over time 
I've discovered some great movies
 (to my disbelief because I was under the
 assumption that I'd watch every movie there ever was)
So here is a list of some movies that I've watched over the last couple of months, 
but mostly ones that were excluded from my previous list,
 but still thought I'd share with you.

The Host
Whether you love or hate twilight, 
I ask you to put your prejudices aside and give this movie a go. 
I personally love twilight, to be honest I love all movie franchises, 
Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, you name it, I love it. 
Anyways, this movie really deserved more hype and attention than it got. 
The acting was exceptional and it isn't necessary, 
to have read the book to understand the details of the film. 
Although there is a love.. square (yes, I know that sounds weird, but trust me it's not) 
there is a balance of action in this move to suit all audiences. 

The movie is basically about Aliens 'Souls' who inhabit human's bodies. 
There is only a small group of humans left and once an individual is inhabited, 
all that is left of us is memories. 
However, when a human resists her soul, 
fighting to stay alive for the love of her life and brother, 
the two are forced to share the same body and a series of events follow, 
as consequence of this.

The First Time
I unexpectedly enjoyed this movie 
and was left thinking about it for a good week afterwards.
 It's not one of those cliche first love movies and rather one that, 
exposes the truth behind the tragedies of ones 'first time'. 
Dave is one of my all time favourite fictional characters, 
I dare you not to fall in love with him in the first 5 minutes and 
Aubrey is too cool for school, not to mention her amazing room.
 I honestly encourage you all to watch it.

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