13th, December, 2013

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to style a hair bow. It is ridiculously easy, I promise. And such a fun change from a ponytail, don’t you think? I’ve had a little bit of an obsession with hair bows since Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ days (which feels like quite a long time ago now!) Finally I’ve learnt the tricks and have figured out how to do them myself. There is no going back now! ; ) 

P.s. Yes, you might have seen that I posted this a couple of months ago over on Here Comes the Sun. Sadly, HCTS has stopped blogging for the meantime (we miss you Amanda!) so I figured I’d share it over here too. Enjoy! xo

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1. Begin by brushing all of the tangles from your hair, and tying it up into a ponytail on the very centre of your head.

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2. Use your hair tie to to put your hair into a loose ponytail style bun. You’ll be left with a large amount of hair sticking out the front, which is fine. This will be the centre piece of your hair bow : )

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3. Divide the bun area into two, trying to make them as even as possible. When they’re the size you’re after, use a bobby pin to secure them to the top of your head.

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4. Finish the look by wrapping the loose hair over the middle of the bow. Tuck it into the elastic band as much as you can, and fix any messy bits with a good ol’ bobby pin.

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And there you have it! As easy as pie, don’t you think? My hair is relatively good at keeping it’s shape, but don’t hesitate to add a little hair spray if you need it. Oh.. and of course – good luck! xo


9th, October, 2013

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Today I decided to style three different looks. Can you spot the similarities? All feature a collar, a different coloured lipstick, and the most noticeable of all – glasses!

After battling a bit of an eye infection I’ve been ordered to wear glasses only for the next two weeks. Are there any other contact lens wearers out there? It is a weird, weird transition to wearing glasses when you generally wear contacts all of the time. I was feeling a bit doom-and-gloom over having to wear glasses.. so I decided to style a few outfits to get myself inspired! Here are three looks I’ve dreamed up; all of them featuring coloured lips, collars, and no contacts at all!

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Outfit One: Wednesday Addams

Glasses – Ray Ban RB5226 / Lipstick – Mac Lady bug / Pinafore – Boohoo / Blouse – Yumi /

Collar clips – Chicwish

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Outfit Two: Bunny Girl

Glasses – Ray Ban RB5226 / Lipstick – Karen Murrell in Carnation Mist / Blouse – Ark Clothing /

Sweater – Krisp Clothing

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Outfit Three: Hands up!

 Glasses – Ray Ban RB5226 / Lipstick – Maybelline New York / DressPepa Loves


9th, September, 2013

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Since dying my hair dark I’ve entered the inevitable stage where I experiment with fashion and break away from my usual clothing choices. New hair colour equals exploring new realms of the personal style world, wouldn’t you say? I’ve already mentioned my recent love of the colour green, and now I seem to have become obsessed with all things black and white – like this Motel Rocks dress. Colour is an intensely fun part of fashion to play around with, and I’ve never been one to shy away from it, but now minimalism is looking pretty darn appealing too. Plus, it makes the little things – like these boots – stand out even better. With the perfect black and white ‘no parking’ sign written in an amazing cursive font – I felt like I was channelling typography blogger queen, Nubby Twiglet. She’s pretty rad though, so this is definitely something I can deal with.

DressMotel Rocks / Cardigan – A gift / Sunglasses – Chicwish / ClogsLotta From Stockholm

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2nd, September, 2013

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It’s September, so you know what that means… Spring is here!! (Well, in the southern hemisphere at least..!) You’ll know by now that I’m not much of a Winter gal. Every year I go slightly into denial – wearing shorts and skirts and laughing (aka shivering) in the face of sub-zero weather.

The entire duration of the colder months, I’ve been left thinking about Spring. Naturally, I couldn’t help but begin to collect pretty things to style for when the weather warms up. The first being this stripy hat! Something about being a brunette makes me want to wear green all the time and these stripes make me feel like a wannabe Parisian. Something I am more than happy to deal with.

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I’m beyond excited to get into curling my hair more often this spring! We took a whirlwind trip to Christchurch at the weekend to see family and to collect a portion of our copious amounts of stuff. One of the things I was most eager to find was my curling iron! You’re bound to see a whooole lot more wavy hair around here. Something about it seems so very spring-y, don’t you think?

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These spotted clogs had me at hello! Once again, the very wonderful Lotta From Stockholm has outdone herself with her gorgeous designs. Clogs win me over every time – and the polkadot print is beyond dreamy. I’m so so so excited for the weather to finally warm up, so I can wear these babies out, without my toes feeling like they could drop off my feet.


26th, August, 2013

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Yahoo! Cape weather! Today the weather was perfection. Sunny but grey and cold. Uhh, how is that dream weather? Well, you see, when you have a brand spankin’ new cape, things CHANGE! I have literally been longing for cooler weather to wear this tartan number, and finally it’s arrived. On the weekend too. Amazing.

As for this fox backpack, isn’t it the best?! I use it for work every day – it’s by a Singapore store called Little Odd Forest. The wonderful Liv Purvis styled the same bag in a different colour scheme and I love it how we both aimed for a classic ol’ English style. When one of your fave style bloggers is wearing something you also own, you know you’re onto something good!

Fox Backpack – Little Odd Forest / CapeJarlo London / Dress – Yumi / Shoes – Chicwish

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4th, August, 2013

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Oh hi! Instead of sinking into deep despair, as usually happens when my regrowth reaches the dreaded one inch mark, last week I decided it was time for a bit of a look update. After sporting blonde locks for well over two years, I’m now a brunette! My hair feels so much healthier and looks so darn shiny. I still don’t recognise myself in mirrors straight away, and I slightly feel as though I’m wearing a wig, but you know what… I love it! It’s so much fun getting to look like Veronica over Betty for a change..!

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13th, February, 2013

A big big big big happy Valentines day to all of you! I hope you have a wonderful day, whether it’s with your loved one, loved pet, or just your general lovely self (it really doesn’t matter!) When I was in high school, my Mum would send me a rose every Valentines day – a perk of having a parent teach at the same school! It always made me feel extra special. Plus, it was always anonymous - so I could tell my friends that a boy sent it to me (thanks mum!) Today, a real life boy has been looking after me extra well – in the form of my lovely lovely lovely boyfriend, Barnaby. For us, today is all about long pointless walks together, cuddling up in front of an episode of the IT Crowd (our favourite!) and hopefully a good ol’ nacho dinner. So essentially, my perfect day! I hope your day is equally as delightful! Remember how fantastic you really are, and to just feel the loooove..! P.s. How fun is this Valentines photo shoot? The last photo is extra silly – just how I like it!


11th, February, 2013

Want to wear your heart on your sleeve? Or even better, want to wear your heart ALL over? Yep, me too! This weekend I decided to do a complete restyle on a boring ol’ white bodycon by stamping it all over with Valentines-appropriate heart print. It makes me feel all kinds of sugary sweet, especially when I go for walks with my boyfriend, and match my dress to scarlet accessories (clogs c/o Lotta from Stockholm). To create the repeating print I made a custom stamp and used some vibrant paint. I love the rough appearance of the hearts, and knowing that each one is the slightest bit different. Would you happen to fancy a tutorial at all? (By the way, this is probably now my most favourite thing in my entire wardrobe..!)

Ooh, and you might have noticed a teeny tiny change with my hair.. I dyed it pink! Just a little bit. It’s very pastel, and generally still looks quite blonde. It’s a bit like having cotton candy growing out my head, which I actually rather like!


23rd, January, 2013

Have I ever mentioned my sweet tooth? Well, ‘sweet’ being an understatement.. More like my sugary, candied, syrupy, nectar tooth..! I love ice cream, candy, toffee apples, and cupcakes. Yum! Fizzy drinks are my ultimate favourite – and always have been, really! After slipping on this beautiful (x100000!) dress kindly sent to me by Pepa Loves, the shade of red made me desperate for a nice, cool glass of coca-cola. Talk about sugar addict, eh! The 30 degree Celsius weather was a bit of an influencer too, phew! Actually, speaking of which – I’m surprised that my lipstick managed to stay on! After a forty minute walk it really did feel like it was melting off my face..!

Back to the dress though – honestly, what a beauty, eh?! It’s covered in teeny tiny little bows and has a super low cut back; nothing could be greater! I matched it to my favourite pair of clogs (c/o Lotta From Stockholm) and like I said – my most-used shade of scarlet lipstick. Actually, my face was quite pink from the heatwave, so I suppose I accessorized that to my look too! ; )