The first time I climbed Hollywood Hills in 2013 we got very, very lost. This time… we also kind of got lost. The dirt roads all look the same and if you’re unfamiliar with the hills then they kind of all look the same too. Oh and the fun part is that there’s no cell phone reception so you’re basically on your own, great fun! However, if you successfully find yourself at sunset at the top of the hill it will be a moment you will never forget.
Los Angeles at sunset is picture perfect and a traveller’s dream. I was fortunate enough to have spent the day with a fellow Aussie blogger, Jess Stein of Tuula and did this short walk with her and a few other friends of ours. This is a must do if you’re visiting LA.
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 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!
A simple look I threw together for a night out on the harbour in Melbourne. My general rule of thumb is if you’re going to be revealing on a night out eg. showing alot of leg, then cover up your arms or if you’ve got a plunging neckline like so then don’t let the rest of the look be too tight or skin revealing. A little bit of subtlety goes a long way.
After having the most mentally draining week with back to back events and meetings after work I have come to realise why I ever started blogging – because I love it. I love sharing with people what I’m wearing, sharing my love for style, creating a shoot by putting together a look and finding beautiful locations to suit, and I love meeting likeminded people. Tonight I caught up with a few girls that reminded me of this after I might have gotten a little bit slack on the blogging end of things.
A few days ago Jock and I drove out to the beach after work and caught the sunset (on the east coast, mind you) and free people danced ourselves along my fave little beach tucked away between two of Sydney’s busiest beaches and just enjoyed our time away from the city and away from our daily grind.
I think taking time to enjoy your life and realising why you do what you do, realise what you’re passionate about is going to really ice the cake on your day, your week, your month and your overall mood. Easier said than done but when you’re doing what you love it makes all the difference. So go get ‘em.
A little editorial Wes and I shot featuring our good friend’s new bikini line Liberty Lee, I was excited to work with this brand because of the classic black bikini vibe – like an LBD, you need one (or two or three). So if you’re in need – I do recommend these styles. Cuteness and Farshun all rolled into one.
Today and everyday until it’s Christmas day I’m going to be freaking out about Christmas. I love Christmas but I am not a gifty person whatsoever, I blame my parents. My mum’s the type that would buy herself a present way before Christmas and just ask for money. I don’t let my dad buy me presents without me specifically tell him what it is to be, and even then it always comes in the form of cash, joint with my mum. Not to say that my family isn’t above board in the love each other department, I’m just saying, I was never conditioned to love giving or getting presents. This can also do with the fact that I hate surprises. I can’t act, I hate pretending that I love the present that I don’t like. And if you’re buying me a present you’re close enough to me for me to say I don’t actually like or need it. So it’s awkward for everyone.
I’d rather spend my days out of the shopping centres or not shopping online and in the sun like I am here in my Keepsake shorts & Kim Kardashian knit tank, (in one of my previous posts I might have gone OTT for my love of KK and this is the closest I can get to the megababe) I like the knit tank because I love texture in outfits mixed with prints.
The life of a fashion designer is amazing – if I do say so myself – having a vision for something, envisaging how it’s going to be styled back with what, how it’s suppose to fall, it’s textures, it’s colours, what response, what feelings it’s going to evoke from someone. I love seeing the fruit, the finished product of something you’ve designed, created – that’s what gets my juices flowing. So naturally I loved the idea of designing my own bikini through Kini Swimwear because they manage all the annoying stuff like production lines, costings, manufacturing, trims and fabric sourcing. You just click the buttons on which things you like; shape, colour, size, print and then 2 weeks later you get the perfect bikini delivered to your door.
I designed and styled my nautical theme kini bikini back with a pair of white shorties from A-brand and classic Ray-ban Aviators and by chance Jock and I found this abandoned boat at a secluded beach we hiked to. Cute little thing. And yes, that’s a broken window, and yes the water police came about 30 minutes later and towed the boat away. Happy days!
One of the best parts of hiring a car while travelling is getting to stop at natural wooden playgrounds like this. I thought I’d wear an outfit that really blends into the surroundings (like camo) with sharks and floral and what not. Totally joking but I love mixing prints. Keepin’ it freshhh, keepin’ it real.
With bonded lycra imported from Italy that pulls & pushes your body in and up in the right places and the cutest peplum skirt to give you that Kim K shape (whether you have it or not) and that sweetheart neck to frame your décolletage, this bikini from Zigilane is gorgeous.
In an attempt to stretch out of my comfort zone of shooting in the shade Jock and I walked over to the bright side of the rocks and experimented with that big ‘ol star in the sky, the sun. Once again, not trying to be a model just exploring more avenues to spruce up fashionandsounds.