Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Dreaming of warmer weather

We've had a week of wet weather and last week Glasgow was brought to a stand still after a blizzard. Although it doesn't seem that Spring is getting any closer for my readers in America, rest assured that it is coming! Meanwhile, in my neck of the woods there's temperatures in the mid thirties (that's Celsius) forecast for next week, so I'm dreaming of buying some cheap skirts and t-shirts from FashionMia and wearing them with some handmade pom pom earrings. Regardless of the season, you can't go wrong with a denim skirt and this asymmetrical number from FashionMia features a raw, frayed hemline. You can easily pair this with a turtleneck, boots, beanie and shoulder bag to rug up, or a silk camisole top and sandals for Spring. I'm pretty sure it has pockets too as an added bonus!

You guys should know by now that I love velvet nearly as much as George Costanza and a velvet midi skirt is another wardrobe staple you can easily dress up or dress down. When it gets really cold I love wearing leggings underneath a long skirt like this, but a pair of knee high boots would be keep you just as warm. One of my favourite things about this piece is the bow ribbon on the side.

It's never too early (or too late) to update your swimwear and FashionMia have hundreds of cute bikinis, one piece swimsuits and long sleeve rashies for the sun smart swimmer. There's just about every style and colour combination imaginable in stock on their website, and the best thing is that it's all cheap swimwear. I recommend buying a few bikinis so you can mix and match (which is what I inevitably end up doing!) for even more colourful and fun combinations. I've just discovered high-waisted bikini bottoms, and my goodness they are so comfy (and suitable for doing laps at the pool!) Generally, I like having a few neutral pairs of bikini bottoms and tops to throw into the mix.

Depending on how adventurous you are, many swimsuits feature striking cut-out designs, like this amazing floral bikini. One thing you have to watch out for though is applying sunblock every two hours (or else you might end up with some very interesting tan lines!). Anyone else looking forward to some warmer weather or planning a holiday to the coast? Let me know!

Thursday, January 4, 2018


Although I've only just come back from being on holiday, I'm still very much operating as if I'm on holiday mode, which is largely because of the weather- and since I seem to be lacking in the summer wardrobe department, I've been eyeing off some cute summer dresses and two piece outfits from Zaful. One of the hardest things about dressing for summer is finding the perfect balance between aesthetic and comfort, but Zaful have a bunch of great swimwear pieces and dresses that would be perfect for a day at the beach, going to a festival or even a night out! If your friends are anything like mine, your plans can change in an instant and wearing something versatile definitely pays off. 

1. A black cropped tank top
If you don't own one of these, what are you even doing with your life? While they're a little harder to wear if you having a bigger bust, they go with everything! Dress them up with a thigh slit skirt and heels, or dress them down with a pair of denim shorts. So simple!

2. Sunflower Crop Top And Pompoms Shorts Set
My boyfriend went through a phase of growing sunflowers in our garden so I can't help but smile whenever I see sunflowers these days! I just love the tassel details on the hem of the shorts too. One of the best things about a crop top and shorts set is that you can mix and match with other pieces you already have in your wardrobe.

3. Plaid Bikini Set
You can never own too many bikinis, or swimsuits for the matter. This pair is perfect for lounging around by the pool, enjoying a drink and catching up with girlfriends. If you feel like dressing them up, a pair of hoop earrings would be perfect.

4. Yellow Scalloped Bikini Set
These bathers are the perfect balance between fresh and taking inspiration from vintage style. Pair them with some round sunglasses and a floppy hat for a 60s inspired beach look.

5. Backless Black swimsuit
Summer happens to be my favorite time of year to do laps around the pool, which isn't always comfortable (or possible!) when wearing a bikini. I find doing laps around the pool to be an incredibly restorative activity that gives my mind time to wander.

6. Striped Cami Shift Dress
In summer I gravitate towards dresses that can take you from day to night and this is one of them. I can just as easily imagine myself going out to brunch with friends on a Sunday and drinking some fresh smoothies.

7. Checked Bowknot Cut Out Mini Dress
This cute dress features a gingham lemon print and a bow knot at the back! It's those little details that can turn a simple summer dress into something special.
8. Cartoon Zebra Pattern Bucket Hat
No matter what you're doing or where you are a bucket hat is a must have. Your skin will thank you for it in the long-term and a bucket hat can easily be squished or squashed into your everyday bag. This one features a cool graphic print that's sure to make strangers smile.

9. Circle Tassel Hoop Earrings
Remember when I mentioned wearing hoop earrings with bikinis before? I had these babies in mind. They even come in different colours!

10. Ginger Cut Out Crop Top And Shorts Set
The best thing about summer? Lounging around the house. If you're not a pajamas all-day kind of girl, I recommend this super cute crop top and shorts set. I'd argue it's the perfect thing to wear then drinking a glass of wine and watching trashy television.

What are your favourite things to wear in Summer? I want to know! Leave a comment below!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tinsel Town

Wearing: Tinsel jacket by Rachel Burke, Romance Was Born leggings and Dr Marten boots.

Hello! It's been a while hasn't it? I took a few weeks off to recharge my batteries, visiting family and friends back in Melbourne and also stumbled across Rachel Burke's installation at Melbourne Central. I'm excited to announce I'm in the process of making my own tinsel jackets (something I've been toying with for months now), while also juggling my PhD, renovating the house... Well you know what they say! The only thing worse than being busy is not being busy and I've got no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Zaful Christmas sales

It's only ten more days until Christmas and if you're anything like me, you'll have half your Christmas shopping down and need to grab a few last minute items (and maybe a little something for yourself!) Anything and everything from bags, jewellery, sunglasses and beauty supplies. It doesn't have to cost a lot, but something as simple as a gorgeous makeup brush, a necklace, pair of earrings... whatever you can think of can be the perfect stocking stuffer and really make a big difference, especially at Christmas time. Without further ado, let's go through my Christmas 2017 zaful wish list!

 1. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are always a popular choice when it comes to Christmas deals. I am constantly scratching my sunglasses, or even worse, occasionally I lose them. If you have a friend who's also been caught out at the beach or on a sunny day without their sunglasses, it might just be the perfect gift. Plus, if you grab a couple of pairs you can always keep one for yourself, or get a few different colours and styles. There are plenty of sunglasses available

2. Makeup brushes
If you're struggling to come up with the perfect gift for someone with a mermaid obsession, this ombre brush set just might be the perfect thing! They're super soft, and are perfect for someone who's recently taken an interest in makeup tutorials.If you're looking for a specific combination of brushes, or maybe a different design then there are more available.

3. A statement bag
Festival season is upon us and there are few things more important than keeping your personal belongings secure and safe. A fun statement bag like this drawstring purse is one of the easiest ways of keeping everything together in the same spot. Need an outfit to go with that new bag? There are clothes for all climates available at the zaful Christmas clothing deals.
In case you have a lot of last minute Christmas shipping to do, Zaful are offer free shipping on orders over $20

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


High school was without a doubt the most horrendous period of my life. I didn't fit in, I tried to hang around people who were cruel and absolutely hated me, and to top it all off my boobs never grew. I'm on the itty bitty titty committee, an A-cup, and have some resemblance of a chest when I pop my bra on. When I was more athletic and played sport twice a week, I felt grateful I didn't have my boobs swinging around wildly but at other times, I was envious of other girls when they went up a cup size. These days I'm confident in my skin- I don't necessarily love my body with the warm glow of a thousand suns but I am grateful for how hard it works, when it repairs itself and above all, the way in which each different part work together to create a living breathing system. When Upbra, first got in touch with me I was hesitant at first- I've come so far on my body acceptance journey, and in some small way wearing a bra which boosted my bosom seemed like a betrayal. If you're happy with your boobs just as they are, more power to you but if on the off chance you want a bra with a little more support and give yourself a literal and emotional boost, you might just fall in love with the Upbra.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Why is fashion important to me?

I answer the that question, and many more in the following interview, conducted by the wonderful Sarah of SSO. For valuable insights into the thoughts behind a fashion blogger's shopping habits, read on!

1. Have you ever experienced that ‘the world is going to end if I don’t get this,’ feeling when shopping? Do you still have that piece and if so, what does it mean to you now?
Absolutely, I tend to buy pieces second-hand from sites like eBay and Depop where there’s a real sense that if I don’t make that purchase then and there I’ll never have the chance to own that piece! Earlier this year I bought a silk dress by Australian brand Romance Was Born, it’s silk and features a pattern based on the gem malachite. I’ll probably never part with that piece! 

 2. The idea of people cherishing, patching up and passing on clothing seems like it used to be much more popular than it is now, due to disposable fashion. Do you think it’s possible for more people to feel like this again?
Do you ever have moments when you feel like this about clothing you own? It is possible that people might start patching up their clothing more, but I’ve bought a Shrimps purse with beading detail that was coming undone and Marques Almeida trousers with their stitching coming undone. I was shocked the sellers didn’t just repair these pieces, or pay someone else to do it for them. Instead they were treated as ‘damaged goods’ when they were fine in all other respects. I try to repair what I can, and never throw anything away. Unloved clothes always go to the second hand store, and lots of people follow suit but at times those charities can become inundated with the cheap stuff when really they need good quality clothing that will last a lifetime. As we start to see less and less of that these days, we’ll start to see problems with clothes simply falling apart. I think less people cherish and make connections with pieces in their wardrobe; and I blame fashion blogging and influencers on Instagram who, in an attempt to make a name for themselves have high turnover in their closets, wear a piece once or twice and pass it on. I’d like to see more and more people reinvent and style pieces they’ve had for years in new and interesting ways. 

3. Would you be inclined to spend more money on a garment, knowing that it has been made in a sustainable way and comes with the promise that it’ll last you a lifetime?
That really depends on what it is- I’m not a big believer in investing in wardrobe staples but there are certain pieces I do splash out on. That said, many clothes aren’t made in a sustainable way, and they certainly don’t make the lofty promise of lasting a lifetime. I’m a visual being though, so ultimately there has to be a balance between aesthetics, practice and durability. It’s 2017 now, surely it is possible albeit something that is not practiced. 

4. Does the story behind the brand and products interest you? And if a brand has an identity and values that you can relate to, does it make you more likely to want to purchase from the brand in the future?
Definitely! As much as I love the watching the runway shows, in particular London Fashion Week it’s much more interesting to know a little about who made my clothes and whether the business model integrates aspects of sustainable fashion. Falling in love with a brand is one thing, but if there’s no longevity and they disappear, or if someone’s safety was compromised during the process of making my clothes then I have to reconsider if that purchase is really worth it. Brands which also celebrate diversity, showing their clothes on women of all different shapes, sizes, body types, and skin colours is something that’s also important. I don’t see myself or my personality reflected in a size 0 model with porcelain skin (not that there’s anything wrong with that) 

5. How important is sustainability in the fashion industry for you? Does it affect your buying decisions?
I’ll admit I’m not the most conscientious buyer when it comes to sustainable and ethical fashion, but I avoid Zara and H & M. It’s difficult when my mum buys a piece of clothing from them, and I will still wear it but I make sure that they’re not getting my money. That said, I have no idea where my favourite labels sit on the spectrum of sustainability. I suspect that I would be horrified if I were to learn the results. 

6. Lastly, why is fashion important to you?
For me fashion is a form of self-expression; it’s liberating to get dressed in the morning, however I want and feel comfortable that day whether it’s jeans and a nice top or a vintage dress. The overwhelming majority of garment workers are women, so ensuring that they have working conditions which meet international standards is vital in their empowerment, and giving them the opportunity to provide for their families. We cannot stand by and wait for the collapse of another garment factory, and we cannot throw our money behind companies willing to profit off someone else’s suffering. While the majority of garment workers are women, it’s estimated that women occupy just a third of the top jobs in fashion. The brands I love, intrinsically are designed by women for women, and it’s something I’ll continue to support.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Pom pom

Wearing: Asos pom pom coat, Cotton On shorts, gifted shirt and pom pom earrings from Strange Magic on etsy.

They told me I could be anything, so I became a pom pom. Isn't it amazing how a jacket, pair of fun earrings and red lipstick can instantly change an outfit and by extension a person's mood? I'm not necessarily in a funk or experiencing burnout, but quite the opposite, this week I've allowed myself to slow down and pursue some creative projects and take time out from work on my PhD. I even mustered up the courage to apply for a job! While it can feel like our lives are defined by a trajectory and path, we mustn't forget to enjoy the little sidesteps and meandering path.