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30 September 2014

The Look: Bohemian Dream


Top: Valleygirl
Skirt: Dress Link
Flower Crown (as belt): Lovisa
Flatforms: Factorie
Clutch: Staple The Label
Earrings: Lovisa

Photos by Sean O'Dea. Check out more of his work at

I was blown away by Marchesa's S/S 2015 collection at London Fashion Week and that was what primarily inspired me for this outfit! I love the idea of wearable spring; it's the perfect balance of bohemian, girlyness and whimsy. This is the outfit I would have dreamed of as a little girl when I wanted to be that super beautiful, yet hip, fairy princess. The floral belt is actually a flower crown (lord knows how I managed that!) and I polished off the look with a must-have holographic clutch from Staple the Label.

Forget the LBD, I think the black midi skirt is definitely THE new wardrobe staple. It's comfy, classic and goes with every single top (well, almost) in my wardrobe. This outfit is yet more evidence that I am obsessed with the dominant 90s trend, I even threw some cheeky flatforms into this otherwise fairy-like outfit.

Suitably for this 'Midsummer Nights Dream' esque look, I shot in the botanical gardens in Cairns. As most of you know, my boyfriend normally photographs me with our mediocre underwater camera, but I have moved up and actually starting using proper photographers (sorry boyf!) Although I was really nervous, as I certainly am no model, I was very pleased with the end results!

Hope you're having a lovely week!

Rachel xoxo

26 September 2014

Fashion, Feminism and Emma Watson

Over the last few days, the internet has being taken over by a certain clip. Of course, I'm talking about Emma Watson's UN Speech concerning the launch of the "He For She' campaign. I'm not going to lie, it made me emotional: it hit a really familiar note with me. If you haven't had the opportunity to see this moving speech, view it below:

Often, when I express myself as a feminist both men and women laugh at me. They point out that I bleach my hair and wear makeup, such sexualising activities would surely stop me from coming under the umbrella of a feminist? And SHOCK HORROR I even 'advertise' my so called pro-masochist behavior online through my blog. What? People need to GET REAL. This is not the 1970s and feminism IS NOT a dirty word.

It's 2014: this is an age where you can be fashion-forward AND feminist. Just because I like to look good doesn't mean I'm doing it for a man: to be honest, I'm doing it for myself!! I, like Emma Watson and 99% of other feminists am not a 'man hater'. I DO NOT believe that women should be above men in any way at all, I just think both genders should be equal.

 Feminism should not be seen to exclude beauty, fashion and other activities that are seen as so called 'sexualising'. Its ridiculous!

Both women and men should be free to dress and look as they wish. Fashion is a form of expression and art, not an excuse to brand someone under some sort of gender stereotype.

As Emma Watson stated in her speech, feminism is defined as the 'belief that both men and women should have equal opportunities'. Where on earth does the idea that feminists can't shave their arm pits or have boyfriends come into play? I think many of you will agree that it is frustrating

Emma Watson herself is the epitomisation of a REAL feminist. She believes in gender equality, yet she still dates men, wears makeup and is a fashion icon. After all, she has starred in campaigns for Burberry and Chanel (with **gasp** her boyfriend at the time!)

As Emma mentioned, this gender equality goes both ways and this is especially true when it comes to fashion. I bet many of you know a male friend who dresses stylishly and has being branded as a 'sissy', which, shouldn't even have negative connotations for a man. 

Let's embrace gender equality in all manners in life. Perhaps if we start with gender equality in fashion it can move on to larger matters.

Rachel xoxo

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  • 24 September 2014

    10 Fashion Week Hairstyles You Can Totally Pull Off In Everyday Life

    Milan, New York and London fashion weeks have passed us by as quickly as a speeding teenager, but, much like the clothes, they leave us with a bucket-list full of pretty and erm, 'interesting?' hairstyles.

    Luckily, not all of them scream 'HELLO I'M SOO COUTURE!' and are actually pretty sweet to wear in everyday life. From red roses at Dolce and Gabbana's Spanish fling, to Anna Sui's mermaidian creations, here's ten looks to try right now. Grab a hairbrush, some bobby pins, a few hair bands and let's get going!

    1. Wet Look Hair @ Versace
    Wet look hair strikes again, but this time it's more subtle with a bit of volume on the top. Re-create this look with a little backcombing and smooth down with wet-look spray. WARNING: There is a majorly fine line between wet-look and greasy and no one wants to look like a chip pan!

    2. Deep Side Waves @ Jenny Packham
    If Victoria's Secret models existed in the 1950s, I bet they would have rocked a style like this! Style hair into a deep side parting and set in heated rollers.

    3. Mermaid Locks at Anna Sui
    70s natural, flowing waves were embraced at Anna Sui. Not naturally wavy? Try a sea salt spray to get that tousled texture.

    4. Messy Top Knots @Nanette Lepore
     The ultimate quicky (hairstyle that is) is back! Don't use one of those spongey contractions, backcomb your natural hair for a messy, bohemium look.

    5. Undone Braids @ Michael Kors
    According to Harpers Bazaar, the secret to this amazing texture was dry shampoo. Loosely plait hair at the nape of your neck and pull out random strands.

    6. Slick Wrapped Ponies @ Oscar De La Renta
     Slick, chic and always expensive: that's Oscar De La Renta down to a tee. Re-create the look with spraying back any flyaways and wrapping a piece of the hair around the ponytail band.

    7. Red Roses @ Dolce And Gabbana
    Dolce and Gabbana re-created Spanish tradition with low buns adorned with real red roses. I would advise buying fake ones so that they last, that is, unless you own an actual rose garden.

    8. Pastel Streaks @ Badgley Mischka
    These pastel streaks are the perfect juxtaposition between punky and girly. I'm not too sure that the brows could be pulled off in everyday life though....(Unless you're THAT brave). Recreate this look with pastel hair chalks. 

    9. Double Ponytails @ Cushnie Et Ochs
    This hair is so arty! If you're feeling brave take Oscar De La Renta's pony (no 6) backcomb below the wrapped hair and tie for this avant-garde look from Cushnie Et Ochs.

    10. Low Tied Buns @ Reed Krakoff
    90s school girl meets secretary. Twist your hair into a low bun and secure. Then tie around a piece of brightly coloured wax cord- easy DIY- I think so!

    Photo Credits
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    Which look is your favourite?


    21 September 2014

    The Look: Keep It Simple


     Sunglasses: Mink Pink (similar here)
    Shirt: Primark: (similar here)
    Skort: A random boutique (similar here)
    Sliders: Birkenstock (here)

    Sometimes less is more!

    For today's look I took a note from the stylish book of the Scandinavians and kept it simple, structured and cool. I teamed my classic sleeveless denim shirt and created a cool asymmetric effect by half-tucking it into a simple, white skort. The result: structured, but simple.

    I am OBSESSED with my new Mink Pink sunnies and although my boyfriend is persauded they are more Cruella De-Ville then cool, I wear them anyway!

    I spent my day off (today) chilling on our new hammock reading '666 Park Avenue' a saucy girly number with a hint of witchcraft. I can't put it down, but, alas, I had to in order to write this blog!

    Hope you had a stylishly fab weekend!


    15 September 2014

    5 London Fashion Week Trends PLUS Get Them For Under $50

    Marchesa showcased everything from a pre-Raphelite floral-covered goddess gown to an off the shoulder sheer number that wouldn't look out of place at Woodstock: it was all uber bohemium. Mary Katrantzou's pieces had their own bohemium vibe with laid back metallics.
    Mary Katrantzou

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    The 90s obsession continues with designers showcasing garments covered in quirky little holes. Whistles opts for all over perforation, while Topshop Unique and Mulberry go for sections of perforated details. 
     Topshop Unique

    Get The Look

    Super shiny and super 90s: hope you've held onto that holographic clutch from last season ladies!
     Markus Lupfer
    Fyodor Podgorny

    The sports luxe vibe is less gym, more court this season. Look out for crisp white numbers with clean stripe or colour block detailing.  

                                                   Topshop Unique

    Jasper Conran

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    Oversized Details
    The newly named Roksanda had ruffles that went on for days, while Jonathan Saunders was all about oversized bows.

    Roksanda Ilincic

    Jonathan Saunders

    Which trend is your favourite?

    12 September 2014

    The Look: Lattice


    Trousers: New Look (Similar)
    Sunglasses: Dress Link
    Bag: Dress Link
    Watch: Lovisa (Similar)
    Shoes: Just Jeans (Similar)

    New York Fashion Week is officially over. As I revel in the newest pretties and wait for London to begin, I got thinking about what fashion pieces are truly timeless. I personally love these trousers and they have stuck with me season after season! They are flattering, comfy and are great to pair with 'of the moment' prints, such as this stunning Cameo number.

    What are your favorite timeless pieces in your wardrobe?

    Rachel xoxo

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