Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A NEW YEAR, A NEW DRESS


Clothing items from Topshop and Jewellery from Stella and Bow.

This morning I received a text message from one of my best friends. It basically said “Have you written a what to wear post for NYE yet? You should!” And there in my bed, I thought about it. I thought, “What would one wear for New Years Eve?” Would it be a dress? A top and skirt? Even jeans perhaps? More I thought about it though, more I was depressed about my own NYE plans. I’m doing nothing tonight (my brother is off to China tomorrow morning so it looks like a chilled celebration at home) and I’ve concluded that my plans will insist of baking sticky date pudding for dessert, perhaps downloading BeyoncĂ©’s new album and having a dance party for one. So in reality, I am probably going to be wearing my PJ’s till the clock strikes midnight while viewing the fireworks from my bedroom window. I bet though, I am not the only one celebrating New Year’s alone. I know for a fact that at least two of my friends have no big celebrations either and one of my co-workers is babysitting for the night. That probably means a lot of us home-loners will be wearing onsies to enter the New Year with ease and comfort. If you’re feeling disheveled, then all I can say is - it’s not a fashion crime! If you were to weigh your options, I think PJs and onsies would outnumber short skirts and “killing your feet” in stiletto heels any day!

But back to the question for those still wanting style advice: “What would one wear for New Years Eve?” Well, it depends on your plans really. If you’re keen on getting a midnight smooch of a kiss, then the little black dress can do you know wrong. Pair it with black heels, some gold bling and you will look classy as ever. And hot as hell to the boy you’re trying to impress. If you’re doing something casual like a house party with friends, the top and skirt combination is easy and you most likely already have these items in your wardrobe (so its money saving too - woo!) I would go for a nice blouse and a pretty (sparkly )skirt to give your outfit some glamour. Some nice booties and simple accessories will add the extra classy touches. If you are a pants lady, there is nothing wrong with a pair of jeans. Simply swap the skirt for a comfy bottom half and you still have a lady-like outfit going on. Or if you’re going to be at home with the family, wear leggings and a T-shirt. This is ultimately money saving (thank me later) and well, its not like anyone cares on what you wear at home.

My point is, wear what you feel comfortable in. Not just for New Years Eve but also for every day, every occasion and every minute you spend your life in. This is your resolution homework for 2014. Think about it. The Devil Wears Prada quotes (fashion): “…what they did, what they created was greater than art because you live your life in it.” In my perspective, dressing up is fun yet you shouldn’t have to impress anyone else in your outfit choices. Whatever you wear, you should feel like yourself. You should feel good, happy and positive in it. Whenever you find a dress, skirt or top in your wardrobe, you should stimulate photographic memories of that occasion and you can say “that was a good night” or “that was the best date ever!” The New Year will bring you new dresses but more importantly new wonderful memories that you associated that particular item with. So summing up, wear whatever you want to wear tonight. That might be the most bland style advice I have ever given but whether it is a dress, jeans or PJs, you of all people have to feel good in it. I won’t judge.

PS. Except if you wear shorts to a wedding like I encountered the other night, then my fashion police alter ego might just come out and I will fine you with a ticket.

PSS. Here is a mood board to fill you with really last minute inspiration if you’re still stuck on what to wear.  

Xxx

Saturday, December 28, 2013

CHRISTMAS IN A SUMMER WONDERLAND



Along St. Kilda Pier

So this week has been insane. I have been hopping from one place to another - circling around work, Christmas celebrations and Boxing Day mania. My weekend (today) includes a wedding and before I head off to the afternoon ceremony, I may as well fit in a quick post (although I’ll let the photographs do the speaking anyway).

Christmas this year was a small celebration with my family. My parents and I headed to St. Kilda for a morning stroll along the pier and we weren’t the only ones to do the same. It seemed like a lot of people came to the beach for some glorious sun, a picnic on the sand and a dip in the waves. Although I noticed a lot of British tourists (some guys topless O M G!) as I heard their accents so I’m not quite sure if there were more tourists then locals on the beach…but anyway, this is how we Aussies celebrate our Christmas: in the sun! We also walked along Acland Street. It has been a long time since I have been to St Kilda, so I never realised how many cake shops existed on the one street. Viewing all the delectable treats in the windows seemed like it was cake heaven or something! Besides that, I knew we were going to walk past Luna Park, which brought back childhood memories. So in orderly fashion I decided to wear my overalls, a pink T-shirt underneath and my TOMS shoes – a playful outfit indeed. I wondered though: did some people think I looked like a 5-year-old? Or did guys prefer a girl wearing a bikini or dress to the beach? Whatever their answer was, I felt cool and forever young in my outfit. It’s how I am feeling (in what I wear) that matters, right?


Luna Park and Palais Theatre


The entrance to Luna Park



Snapshot (by my mum!) on  St. Kilda Pier


My red TOMS alpargatas


On the pier kiosk


I realise I do this "ballet" pose when I stand to take a photo. Good turn out?



Hello ocean!


So many cakes! (on Acland Street)


Ice Coffees at Acland Cake Shop. Yum!


The birds going home.

Till next time xxx


Monday, December 23, 2013

HOW TWO LIVE AND LOVE



Stef (left) and Jess (right) from How Two Live

If you have heard of the TLC song “Unpretty” then perhaps you may know where I am going with this post. If you have viewed this Upworthy link (if you haven’t, I recommend you should view it here before you continue reading), then I think the message is clear: Bullying – it needs to stop.

The reason why I write this is because I was certainly a victim of bullying at one stage. What was I scrutinized at? My weight. I was a skinny 8-year-old and I was constantly teased about it. “You’re so skinny” one might say. “You’re anorexic” another would chime in. “You should eat” called out a girl who strangely looked the exact same way I was. From the nights of crying to finally confessing to a teacher what was going on, I pulled through. When I think about it, I commend myself on being a brave young girl who put up with all the humiliation and crap. At this point of time, going home after school to change into my most colourful outfits was my favourite thing to do because I would feel fearless again - and like myself.

Note: by the way, did anyone figure that I was still a growing 8 year old girl who had fast metabolism? Thank god I didn’t let weight or a “number” define me.

Yet, some kids, teens and adults these days are sadly not brave enough (yet). Which comes to my next topic: cyber bullying. While social media is good in certain ways, getting a comment saying, “Ew, you’re gross” from a stranger, becomes publicly humiliating; and it can “ouch” - hurt. Imagine getting this on a daily basis. Would you like it? Would you feel like someone just stabbed a dagger into your soul?


The How Two Live girls

I have been seeing some revolting comments on people’s Instagrams, Facebook pages and Twitters and one of those “victims” are my favourite bloggers, How Two Live. I have no idea who these green-eyed monsters are (the grinchers that are writing these comments) but if I had a word with them I’d say: there is no need to be nasty. There is no need to comment on their weight. Treat people like you would like to be treated. And before you pass judgement, let me tell you why the Jess and Stef are awesome (despite me being a little jelly of their super cool outfits and travelling adventures!)


Together at Paris Fashion Week!

1.     The fact they are sisters makes you realize the perks of having a sister. Yes, you can share clothes but your sister will always have your back through thick or thin. Remember the time you got your first period? Or to the time you went on your first date? I bet your sister was there to help you get through it all. Even to the times you were frustrated with your parents, you could rely on your sister to talk it through. Your sister will have a special bond with you throughout your lifetime no matter what. 


Sister's spending time together at a wedding

2.     If you don’t have a sister, HTL make you realize how special your gal pals are. Because they are your sisterhood. I bet you tell them everything: your boy dramas, your friend dramas and your work issues. You probably do heaps activities together like a sport, facials or just the casual brunch. You may even start to notice how you resemble each other’s dress code. You do everything together! Jess and Stef are literally tied to the hip and they do almost-everything together because it is fun and they enjoy each other’s company. Tell me you agree.
3.     They are not afraid to be different. Whether it is there dress code or their current nail design, they’ll go to show they are brave enough to display any outfit with such positivity and grace. Even if the French think they are crazy. They are fashion risk takers and I think that’s why everyone likes them so much!
4.     They like to Instagram their food. So what? They like to eat. And yes they do eat. And so do I. And I’m skinny but unfortunately for HTL, they cop a lot of negativity.  Have you ever heard of exercising?  PS. Their cafĂ© recommendations are top notch.


Wearing Natasha Fagg at New York Fashion Week


5.     They interact with their readers. Perhaps they may not reply to each and every comment but they have posted about charities you should support, hosted a garage sale of their clothes to give a portion of their proceeds to the Amira Project, they run competitions to give away up and coming products, mention designers you should follow and even support young emerging designers by wearing their designs to uh fashion week! When HTL wore designs by Natasha Fagg - aka RMIT alumni aka- a graduate from my course - at NYFW I nearly died because it was so beautiful and one day that could be me!

So if that didn’t give you some HTL loving, then I don’t know what will. But lets be kind to one another. Think before you post a comment and then we may end with some world peace xxx