In my last post I spoke about what I did day to day and vaguely what I’ve done to get to where I am today. I got a huge response via comments and emails and I’m really stoked I shared it. This is honestly why I got into this industry in the first place, to help out those around me – build them up and build the community. I love the blogosphere and the friends I’ve made along the way.
In addition to my last post another way I believe you’ll gain traction through your blog or to get into the industry is by networking. You need to engage with your audience, other bloggers and with those around you. The honest truth is that likes are free - why are people holding onto them like they’re currency? I don’t see the point in being stingy when it comes to liking a pic, it can make someone’s day and I mentioned before that it shouldn’t be about competing with one another but building each other up. This is a simple but necessary mentality I hope that this generation can grasp a hold of.
Even better is that it’s the middle of winter and I’m wearing a romper on the beach – didn’t even have to photoshop goosebumps out because it was actually warm. I love Sydney. <insert grateful hands emoji>
I don’t usually talk about too much more than outfits and clothes on this blog but I thought I’d share an update on my life and what I actually do day to day. Monday to Friday I work as a fashion consultant, forecaster and designer. Basically I make a living looking at blogs and online stores and translating them into commercial trends. Sounds amazing and glam but in all honesty, sometimes it can get stale and monotonous just like most other jobs, but at the end of the day I don’t know what else I would be doing. I love it, I love this industry and it takes a lot of rejection and a tough skin to make it through. Not just as a designer, but as a blogger, but I love it.
My blunt mouth has gotten me in trouble more often than not but I never like to sugarcoat things. So if you’re looking to get into this industry please be ready to be hurt, rejected, told (not just in words) that you’re not skilled enough, smart enough or creative enough. However, if you believe in yourself, if you go above and beyond to make your portfolio, your online diary, your blog the best it can be, not copying anyone or competing with anyone else but yourself you’ll be phenomenal & you can move mountains.
I usually hate cliche quotes (seriously), but I was recently reminded that you don’t have to wait around for people to believe in you to fulfill your dreams but you’re allowed to believe in yourself and there’s actually nothing more important than that.
It’s mid winter here and I’m completely disobeying the seasonal rules by shooting a very spring look indoors. In this whole post (except what I’ve got under the crochet dress) I’m wearing a very gorgeous designer label called Ixiah. Their flagship store is on Oxford street, right up the road from me so I’d walk past quite often, stop & stare at their gorgeous window displays and knew I had to work with them. Their pieces are so versatile and workable on their own but when you add the belts and body pieces it turns into magic. Check them out and support local designers.
I know I’ve expressed before how much I live in denim so I won’t rant about that anymore except for the fact that Neuw make the best jeans ever.
I tried a new shampoo/ conditioner combo from Joico it’s a volumising set that… well… volumises. I find alot of difficulty in this area as my hair is naturally very thick and heavy so anything volumising doesn’t usually stay lifted for long. I guess it helps that I’d just gotten a hair cut but using this shampoo/ conditioner alongside the volumizing foam and a blowdry it worked so well – even after I fell asleep on it straight away I still woke up with lifted roots! Magic. Perhaps was trick was sectioning the hair when applying the foam and section blowdrying instead of my usual “all hair in and head flip rampage.”
Something (most) men will never get to appreciate is the toastiness warmth of OTK (over the knee) leather boots, however as ladies I think it’s your right to go out, get a pair and feel sexy. They’re the kind of boots that last season after season, I have a flat pair (also Tony Bianco) that I’ve had for almost 3 years and still going strong, the leather has aged but that’s about it. Invest in a good quality leather if you’re planning to have them around as a staple.
In the rest of this look I am rugged up in a chunky knit under an embroidered bomber suit from Keepsake. I love the shape of these shorts and I feel the embroidery is an update from my white Cameo shorts I wore to death last summer (here). I like the structured shape of the shorts as it gives a little bit more sophistication to an outfit and you can make it look a little more night time/ going out over a pair of rayon shorts which only really works in a casual beachy, festival environment.
Like wearing a blanket around town, this knitted cape from Forever New is warm & cosy on every level especially layered over another knit. I’ve been wearing jeans almost everyday this winter because it’s too cold for anything else generally because I’m a pussy like trousers or skirts and I don’t think I’d be respected wearing my trackies out. And true to form I’m wearing boots. I don’t think I’d be me without boots on. Viva La Booties!
This outfit has come from wanting to wear a cute little black dress but the climate of winter has encouraged (forced) me to layer. So I put together this tuxedo LDB look for nice night out. Swap the shoes with something strappy with stillettos for a sexier look, put the arms in the sleeves and cape a woolen coat for added warmth. I’m all sorts of tips and tricks.
Hey all, from time to time I like to share with you what I’ve been listening to lately, what I’ve found that’s new (or old), what’s on repeat and why.
Grimes – REALiTi
Grimes had an amazing album in 2012 and completely scrapped her latest album because she thought it was too ‘depressing’ however this gem was released online and got a great reaction from fans and such so hopefully we can hear a whole album along this vein because it’s amazing.
Susanne Sundfor – Fade Away
My God this song gives me so many feels. If you’ve ever been with someone and just naturally drifted apart, yet always gravitating back to each other even though you know it isn’t right then this is so relatable. The idea of forcing a relationship to fade away is the saddest concept but often the most necessary.
George Maple – Talk Talk
I got to see this girl perform at a very intimate show for Rekorderlig and not only was her performance and voice hell strong but her presence and music was second to none. I hope to see more of this chick!
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
Well well well my favourite band of all time is back and depressing as ever. Thank you Ben G for your divorce to bring us all heart wrenching songs to break up to <insert tear face emoji here>
Paramore – Hate To See Your Heart Break
This song isn’t new but this band has grown and evolved and I really commend that and their whole playlist has been on repeat for me. Hate to see your heart break is an emotive song about getting hurt and the reminder that hearts can heal in time.
United – Touch The Sky
To round this all off I’m sharing with you something that’s very close to my heart. “I found my life when I laid it down”. A constant reminder that this life isn’t all about just yourself and if you’re living for someone/ something more than yourself, you’ve got something worth living for. Too much of me me me gets exhausting and lonely.
This season hasn’t been overly colourful for retailers. But who needs it? Black and white is strong, sophisticated and a staple. Build your wardrobe with neutrals and noone will realise you’re outfit repeating.
In this look I’m wearing a knit stripe midi. Often people think that horizontal stripes make you look wider but worn the right way it can actually add alot of length, visually like a ladder it can make you look taller! Hurrah! I put it together with my lace cami and leather jacket to balance looking femme and looking tough.
I use beauty products every day of my life but I don’t tell you guys about them enough. Going into winter in Australia it’s nice to keep to fresh glow on your skin that you’re not getting from the sun and one of my fave brands I use day in and out is Pure Tan. Not only do their faux tanners give you a gorgeous glow but they apply really well and set really well so you’re not sitting in your bedroom or bathroom naked for hours for it to dry. Obviously I don’t fake tan everyday but I do use their Pure Tan 100% Pure Coconut Oil every single day all over my body, as a moisturiser replacement. It’s a great natural scent that applies soft and smooth and also helps with stretch marks and scars. I definitely recommend trying coconut oil!