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20 June 2017

10 Adorable Gingham Outfit Ideas To Copy

10 adorable gingham outfit ideas to copy

Dorothy called: she wants her gingham back.

There's something so magically nostalgic about a gingham outfit. From primary school 'Summer uniforms', to Dorothy's pinafore in 'The Wizard of Oz', a gingham outfit is enough to make me dream back to my childhood.

But before you declare the gingham outfit a silly, childish farce and hit that 'x' on your tip right hand corner of your screen, I'll stop you in your tracks!

This seasons gingham trend is sexy and cute in equal part. Think Dorothy grown up and shopping in the Hollywood Hills, retro shapes and cheeky flashes of skin that would make the original 1950's-gingham-donning-housewife blush and cover her mouth.

By the end of this post, you will be craving a gingham look smack bang in the centre of your wardrobe!

Don't believe me?

Here's 10 adorable gingham outfit ideas to copy...
13 June 2017

Beach Beauty Dos & Don'ts

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Beach beauty is all about that age old question: 'is it really OK to wear makeup to the beach?'

And when you add scorching heat, sweat and salt into the mixture, it's hard to know what will stand the test of sunshine time, and what will melt off your face in twenty seconds flat.

Read on for my beach beauty dos and don'ts
7 June 2017

My MBFWA Street Style Diary

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Entering the MBFWA street style scene is a bit like becoming a metaphorical comma and jumping into the depths of 'Marie Claire'. You're surrounded by loud exclamation marks, capital A-listers, and perhaps the odd italic question mark.

From endless embroidery, to that gingham wrap blouse I had my eyes on forever, here's my MBFWA street style diary...

30 May 2017

The Urban Newtown: My Fashion Week Home

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There are some hotels that have a certain je ne sais quoi so memorable that just a certain smell, texture or shade of light will immediately bring them back to the forefront of your mind. The Urban Newtown is one of these places.

Having been run off my (incredibly blistered) feet with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia shows, The Urban Newtown offered a hipster haven to kick off my heels, relax and unwind.
26 May 2017

My Fashion Week Street Style: Day 1

MBFWA fashion week street style ruffle dress over floral embroidered t shirt with rebecca minkoff bag and prada cinema sunglasses

As all the glossy mags say: Fashion Week street style is as important as what graces the catwalk itself.
Now if this alone isn't enough pressure to make me want to stay in my hotel curled under my sheets, add the fashion week street style paps into the mix and it becomes a literal curdling of cordisol & pretty shoes.

Unlike many other fashion week street style looks I drooled over, I wasn't decked out in head to toe designer. 

And so, with my normal twenty-something-year old's wardrobe of high street and splashings of designer, I headed to day one of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, tottering in my $50 heels and clutching onto my Rebecca Minkoff bag with sweaty palms.

Here's my fashion week street style looks from day 1 of MBFWA.

And yes, I did the whole changing outfit thing.
20 May 2017

MBFWA Resort 18 Shows: Sydney Fashion Week From The Frow

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MBFWA Resort 18: You have officially made me want to toss half on my wardrobe into kingdom come and go shopping for an abundance of new season pretties.

What do I have my eye on in particular? Ruptures of ruffles a la Alice McCall, a naughty-meets-nice Macgraw Victoriana blouse and that Steven Khalil wedding dress (Should he ever wish to put a ring on it).

As I sit tormented with post-Sydney Fashion Week flu (yes, that is a thing), I find myself realizing that the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Resort 18 shows are waaay more wearable than those in MBFWA 17. Hailing from Cairns, wearing some of the more... ahem..out there pieces approximately equate to walking down the street in a Ronald McDonald costume with a flashing idiot arrow constantly floating above my head.

However, the MBFWA Resort 18 Shows were made for endless Summers. Soft structuring, endless florals and downplayed shirt dressing meant that the Sydney Fashion Week collections could easily be seen at Coogee Cafe's, St Kilda offices, Cairns' Northern Beaches, and everywhere in between.

Without further meaningless waffle, here's the MBFWA Resort 18 shows direct to you from the frow.

Disclaimer: When I mean frow, I mean second row, third row, fourth row and the occasional front row. **Insert winky face** Hey, I'm not exactly Margaret Zhang yet!
12 May 2017

3 Layered Outfits That Are Effortlessly Stylish

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 The art of being effortlessly stylish is all about light layering.

Some days, you just want to throw something on that looks like you didn't spend hours putting it together.

Today I bring you 3 layered outfits that have that nonchalant, thrown-on air about them.
5 May 2017

5 Ways To Get Designer Clothes For Less

how to get designer clothes for less

Designer clothes for less? Sounds to good to be true right?! 
Stop dreaming about that Gucci bag, or spending hours stalking the new Alice McCall collection and get that designer gear into your wardrobe!

 **Cough cough** "But I'm really broke", I hear you say...

Do not fear: your designer shopping fairy godmother is here!

Here's five ways to get designer clothes for less plus how you can actually make money from your wardrobe (yes, really!)....
2 May 2017

Where Is Your Dream Place? My Far North Queensland Secret Spots

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Where is your dream place? If you could wake up anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Today, I show you my favorite Far North Queensland secret spots that are an absolute dream to wake up in with my Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell sheets*.

25 April 2017

Autumn/ Winter 2018 Trends To Invest In NOW

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The Autumn/Winter 2018 trends may seem miles away, but the faster you are in fashion, the more wear you get.

They say that three is a charm and in the case of these Autumn/Winter 2018 trends, it couldn't be clearer. The latest runway collections saw these trends appear for the second time, the first being during the Spring/Summer 2017 collections.

Since hitting the runway, these trends have already been picked up by the fash pack. The result? Enough inspo and a big enough wearability factor to rock now.

Here's the Autumn/Winter trends to invest in now. Buy now and wear for seasons to come...
18 April 2017

How To Take Perfect Instagram Travel Shots

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Nelipot: One who walks barefoot.

I often get asked about my Instagram travel photos and one thing that people often misconstrue, is that I specifically visit places to get the shot.
Newsflash: Instagram travellers or adventures, actually adore getting lost somewhere new, as a matter of fact; we crave it.

When Jake and I go on an adventure, we take our trusty Nikon and snap away to create that content that makes you guys think 'I'd double tap that'. The beauty of Instagram travel is that it's purely in the moment, raw and yet can be tweaked to be as aesthetically pleasing as a symmetrical marble table dotted with the dream of all coffees. 

Whether you want Instagram travel shots that will blow your friends away, or if you just want to capture your adventures in the most stunning way possible, here's my guide to creating fantastic Instagram travel shots...
11 April 2017

5 Ways To Style The One Shoulder Trend

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The one shoulder trend is the new off the shoulder. Get showcasing that decolletage ladies, sexy shoulders are here to stay!


Today I style up the one shoulder trend and show you five different ways to do the one shoulder flash...
4 April 2017

Mauve: The Colour Trend To Watch


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Mauve seems to be making waves in the fashion spectrum. A sweet, feminine hue, with a dark edge, I can firmly get out my weatherman hat and forecast that mauve will be the new blush.

Today I make a mauve in this boho printed mini dress and ankle boots combo.
28 March 2017

Personal Style: Don't Get Caught In The Stereotype Trap

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Personal style stereotypes, we've all heard of them. From the perfectly polished babe who only wears body-con and cleavage flashers, to the bearded hipster who laughs in the name of anything that isn't vintage.

Rather than concentrate on fitting into some sort of group, personal style is all about being you.

Being a blogger, I know all how hard it is to not fall into this 'branded' image of yourself. Since we were little girls, we have been trying to force ourselves into a mold; trying to figure out whether we were Baby Spice or Sporty Spice.

Why not be both?

Today, I'm going to discuss what it means to have an eclectic personal style and give you some of my top tips on how to avoid the style stereotype funnel.

21 March 2017

DIY Fringe Hem Jeans & Embroidered Loafers

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Go to your kitchen, grab a cheese grater and voila: a brand new wardrobe staple!

Fringe hem jeans and embroidered loafers have been on my lust list since they first popped up on my Pinterest.

Instead of forking out thousands on the must-have Gucci numbers, I opted for this gorgeous $40 Boohoo pair.

As for the jeans, well **cough cough** all it took was a cheese grater.

Yes: I'm serious.

These DIY fringe hem jeans are a reincarnation of an old pair of denims that I hacked up with a cheese grater.

Ready to make your own grate jeans? (Sorry, I had to!)

Read on for a tutorial on how to create these DIY fringe hem jeans and see how I styled mine up oh-so-street-style worthy with these floral embroidered loafers
14 March 2017

Blush Creations & Positive Affirmations ft. Oliver Bilou Giveaway

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Blush styles and positive affirmations have one thing in common: they make you feel a little bit warm and tingly inside.

It a world full of, let's be honest, freaking scary stuff, it can be all to easy to lose yourself in a sea of worries, rather than living in the moment.

Today, I'm taking advice from my Oliver Bilou* handbag:

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

Read on for my transitional blush outfit, which is topped off perfectly with my new statement handbag. Plus, I'm giving away two of these handbags to you! (Yes you!)

7 March 2017

My Boho Beach Style ft. Boohoo

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Boho beach style is made for my balmy, tropical lifestyle. Living smack bang between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, it doesn't often get below 20°C, so fun, light layers and bright bikinis are a must!

Today I've teamed up with Boohoo* to show you a boho beach style that can take you straight from the balmy ocean, to lunch, to seaside shopping and beyond.
28 February 2017

Choosing Sunglasses For Your Face Shape: My Tips & My Pradas

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Choosing sunglasses: it can be harder then it looks. Yes, boyfriends and husbands, you may let out a standard scoff now. When you take your face shape into consideration, choosing sunglasses becomes a matter of 'where do I start?'

Thanks to Vision Direct*, I've found the perfect sunglasses for my face shape, as a matter of fact, I've barely taken these Prada Cinema sunglasses off!

And now, it's my turn to help you! Read on and choosing sunglasses for your face shape will be an absolute breeze ...
21 February 2017

5 Fashion Trend Hacks To Update Your Look For 2017

5 fashion trend hacks to instantly update your look for 2017

I still actually can't believe it's 2017. In between the constant writing of 2016 and freaking out about how fast the year is going, it can be hard to keep on top of your wardrobe. And if you thought that nailing 2017s hottest trend was going to wipe your bank clean, it's time to rejoice!

Styling the hottest trends will only take a few clever wardrobe additions. The rest? Try out these DIY fashion hacks and use pieces that are already hanging in your closet!

Here's 5 fashion trend hacks that will update your look for 2017...
15 February 2017

The Look: Minimalist Boho

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  By nature, minimalist fashion and boho are pretty much at the exact opposite ends of the style spectrum.

As thirty starts to loom in the corner like an eagle ready to strike at the mouse of my mid-twenties, I find myself becoming more and more infatuated with chic minimalist looks.

However, because of my beach-y, tropical lifestyle, I will always be a boho-loving girl too. Rather than flipping backwards and forwards between styles, I decided to combine them in something that I can only describe as 'minimalist boho'.

So Rachel, how exactly do I rock the minimalist and boho trends at the same time?

I'm glad you asked! Here's how...
7 February 2017

The Ultimate Fake Tan Guide

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This ultimate fake tan guide is dedicated to every Summer soul out there!

Finding the right fake tan is a bit like finding your soul mate. Some just don't fit, some leave you feeling pale, and there's that disturbing one that just made you feel itchy. But once you've found your perfect fit, it's all sunshine, smiles and feeling giddily beautiful.

So how do I find the fake tan that's right for me?
 Whether you've never fake tanned, or you are just looking for your perfect product, read on for my ultimate fake tan guide...
1 February 2017

5 Ways to Style A Silk Cami


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Prudes: overt your eyes, the slip trend is here to stay! And if there's one item you to have in your closet right now, it's the silk cami
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The less-raunchy sister of the slip dress, the silk cami (or cami slip) is surprisingly versatile. From my casual denim look, to something a bit more fancy, here's five ways to style a silk cami...
26 January 2017

Magnetic Island Travel Diary

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 Magnetic Island is truly a world of its own. An abundance of bushy mountains drop down to endless secluded beaches and rocky shores. Nature lovers can see koalas in the wild, whilst even the most seasoned beach bum can find themselves totally relaxing on their own slice of island paradise.

#FollowMe to this gorgeous island, as I show you the best that Magnetic Island has to offer...
20 January 2017

Stay Wild ft. Wild Sugar By Sajeela

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I want to be wild, beautiful and free, just like the sea.

 Today I bring you an abundance of tropical prints, whimsical shapes and bohemian beach goodness from local Cairns designer Wild Sugar By Sajeela* and I give you my top tips on styling bold, bohemian prints.
13 January 2017

Lookalike Gucci Loafers & 5 Other Designer Dupes You Need

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Lookalike Gucci loafers for under $40? You gotta be kidding me!


 Well girl, I'm not! This post is dedicated to all the fashionistas who want a wardrobe full of it girl designer items, but have the budget of a graduate/first home owner/ actual normal person who can't flash their AMEX every time the newest designer bag drops.

Read on for my lookalike Gucci loafers and how I styled them, as well as five other designer dupes you need in your closets ASAP!
6 January 2017

The Look: Aussie Outback

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**Insert a flurry of banjos for this entire post**

If you thought bloggers only went to sexy street-scapes and balmy beaches, I'll stop you in your tracks right there! Today I head to the good ol' Aussie bush and bring you a more chic take on classic country dressing.

 Please note: This post contains no hootenannys, tractors, sweaty singlets or missing teeth.