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Fashion blog with a sense of wanderlust. Always beachy, boho and tropical, 'The Daily Luxe' is your one stop for Summer style.

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  • 08/27/15--16:22: The Look: Diamonds & Denim
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    If double denim still has awkward connotations of Britney and Justin circa 2001, it's time to change your perspective. Double denim doesn't have to scream 'nerd' or 'tradie', simply choose your colours and textures wisely, and the results are surprisingly sharp. Up the glam factor by adding some statement diamante pieces, as diamonds and denim are the perfect fashion oxymoron.






    Denim Shirt: Style Moi (Get it here)
    T-Shirt: Sportsgirl (Similar Here)
    Jeans: Style Moi (Get it here)
    Flats: Rubi Shoes (Similar here)
    Necklace: Lovisa (Similar here)
    Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (Get it here)
    Clutch: Vintage

    Yay- I have finally found the perfect boyfriend jeans! After deciding that my well-worn pair wasn't 'distressed' enough, Style Moi were kind enough to provide me with a beautifully-battered pair that fulfills my needs. Not gonna lie, receiving a humongous box full of Style Moi goodies was like Christmas and my birthday rolled into one. And I totally didn't annoy my other half with an #ohmygoshmynewclothes style fashion showing. I lie.

    Also in that goodie box was this denim shirt, which, due to it's more indigo hue, looks perfect alongside the distressed jeans.

    You all know my obsession with anything sparkly (such a magpie) and this statement boho-meets-glam necklace really floats my boat.

    And don't get me started on THE SHOES, as I could literally waffle on about them all day.... It's safe to say that I am a major fan of the current lace up flats trend and I should really buy 50 pairs of these black pointed pumps, as I have been wearing them every single day! They were also a total steal at $30, which, as I like to use as an excuse say, is practically free!

    So there's my take on double denim.

    How do you like to style it?

    Rachel
    xoxo

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    You don't need to be Steven Hawking to know that sometimes all it takes is a piece of jewellery to transform an outfit from dud to lush. Today I've rounded up the six hottest jewellery trends of the season for you to enjoy. Shine bright like a diamond!


    The Double Earrings

    It all started with Dior and those lush double sided pearls.... then it exploded. Ear jackets, backwards drop earrings, thread drops.... Just pop a back on it an your on the right track!

    If your feeling classic, try a double stud a la Dior.

    In more of an experimental mood? Go for a Loewe-inspired optical illusion and choose a piece that literally looks like it's travelling through your ear.

    My pick? Dior's oversized, asymmetric ear jackets.






     On The Runway
     
    Dior
    Dior Resort 2015 ( Source: glamour.com)

    Loewe (Source: stylebistro.com)

     My Style
     

    If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't it's @thedailyluxe ;) ) you will know that I am absolutely addicted to double earrings. If I had to round it down to three favorites, it would be my through-ear, white crystal shards, my pearl-spike drops and my elongated leaf ear jackets.


    The Body Chain

    If you're a fan of embellishing unusual areas, the body chain is one for you to invest in. Wrapping around the neck and waist, the body chain adds a little bit of a beachy-bohemian vibe to a plain ensemble. Layer it up with statement necklaces for an extra bold look.

    Anna Sui's woodstock-inspired body chains were detailed, colourful and totally hippy in equal part.

    Versace's body chains, on the other hand, looked more like props from 'Fifty Shades Of Grey.'

    Take your pick, but I know which one I'll be rocking...
    On The Runway
     
    Anna Sui (Source: totalbeauty.com)

    Versace (Source: vogue.com)

    My Style

     
    If you are a regular reader, you will recognize this statement, crystal-embellished body chain. It's one of my favorite current pieces and can instantly transform a simple tee or dress into something worthy of a street style snap.

    The Fringe Piece

    Well this jewellery trend should come as no surprise to the seasoned fashionista, after all, fringes are literally everywhere this season. So why not inject some 70s into your outfit with a fringed jewellery piece?

    Tom Ford replaced fringes boho roots with a more elegant, Gothic look that saw high-shine fringe earrings in glistening black tones. 

    Nina Ricci kept things simple with small, gold chain fringes hanging dramatically from the wrist. 

    As a total fringe addict, you can sign me up for one of everything: pronto!

    On The Runway
    Nina Ricci (Source: dailyelle.fr)
     


    Tom Ford (Source: harpersbazaar.com) 

    Creatures Of The Wind (Source:harpersbazaar.com)

    My Style
     This long and luscious suedette fringe necklace is an absolute bohemian dream. It ticks all the boxes: choker, 70s, boho and fringe. Plus, the deep brown colour means it goes with almost everything in the 'drobe!


    The Stacked Rings 

    Forget one, huge statement ring, this trend is all about layering up that finger candy! If your a total beginner, try investing in a ring set in silver or gold.

    If you want a very statement look, mix whenever and whatever you want. Stones, gems, different shapes... it's all good!

    Chanel kept their stacked rings dainty and simple, with slim, silver bands adorning the models fingers.

    Dior, on the other hand, layered chunky statement rings with large, stone facets.




    On The Runway
    Chanel (Source: shopsassygirls.blogspot.com)
    Dior (Source: raymondleejewellers.net)

    My Style

    I see no harm in mixing gold and silver tones: the more the merrier! I like to mix different shapes, sizes and textures and stack multiple rings on one finger. Cha-ching!

    The Metal Choker
    A more grown up alternative to last years 90s chokers, these babies are all about the high shine metal. So, yep; it's time to ditch the tattoo chokers and overdoses of ying and yang signs. Finally!

    Christian Dior presented a literal dog collar, albeit an incredibly chic one, with high-shine silver  chokers.

    Balenciaga went for a more ethereal approach with rows of leaves adorning the neck.

    But perhaps my favorite take on this seasons choker was at Balmain. A clever combination of transparent resin and shiny metal, this futuristic look would add an instant quirk to any get up.




    On The Runway
    Christian Dior(Source: harpersbazaar.com)
    Balenciaga (Source: harpersbazaar.com)
    Balmain (Source: harpersbazaar.com)

    My Style
      
    Although these photos may suggest that chokers literally bore me to sleep, I can't get enough of them! I have two high-shine, statement gold pieces that just add an instant Grecian goddess vibe to any look. Plus: You can wear them with any neckline! Score. Maybe it's time to invest in a silver one?


    Wooden Jewellery

    Another element of 70s boho is being revived through wooden jewellery. Although it may be quite heavy, look on the bright side: it won't tarnish and wooden brown tones go with everything. Although, I wouldn't wear them with your wedding dress...

    Go for chunky brown beads mixed with exotically coloured strands as seen on Etro for a summery vibe that you can add to your look year round.

    Want a more ethnic look? Take inspiration from Stella Jean and add animal shapes, tassels and resin to your wooden jewellery for a look that screams 'world traveler'.




    On The Runway
    Marni (Source: harpersbazaar.com)
    Stella Jean (Source: harpersbazaar.com)

    My Style
    In my opinion, wood and gold metal make some darn beautiful babies together, and these hoop earrings are no exception. Although once I swore I would never EVER wear hoops, the thick wooden material and gold fringe detailing make them more sophisticated and less stripper. 

    Shop The Trends


    Which jewellery trend are you currently coveting?

    Rachel 
    xoxo


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    The ingredients for a happy life: a smile, a bucketful of dreams, a sprinkle of wanderlust and a daily luxe.

     
    Top: Style Moi (Get it here)
    Culottes: Topshop (Similar)
    Bracelet: Lovisa (Similar)

    Let me introduce you to my backyard blogging paradise! Hanging jade plants, a king size moon hammock and pretty cushions are just some of the little luxuries that help me to relax and unwind. Although I do have major stress attacks over my blog at times, it is my passion; a place where I can scrawl down all my creative splurges and indulge in my fashion fancies.

    When Case App contacted me to design a laptop case, I jumped at the chance to have a little creative  stamp of my own adorning the back of my most creative outlet. Gosh... this sounds confusing. The 'Inception' of creativity much?

    As a designer (Karl, eat your heart out), I wanted the skin to capture the aura of my blog. Case App has a nifty, little creative system; where you can choose your backdrop, fonts and insert funky, little clip arts. 

    As a tropical fashionsta and self-confessed beach addict, I knew that I had to have a beachy backdrop. Some cute little birds and boho-inspired arrows completed captured my sense of style too. I thought it was too darn boring to just whack 'The Daily Luxe' across the top, so instead, I pondered over something that captured the personality of both myself and my blog.

    'Wanderlust and a daily luxe' 

    And, hey; it half rhymes. Just call me the next William Wordsworth...

     If you want to indulge in your creative side, Case App are offering my readers a lovely 20% off with the code THEDAILYCASE. Which, quite honestly, is the most awesome-sounding discount code ever.

    For today's look, I am trying out the keyhole neckline. I have been completely craving it since I saw it repetitively at Australian Fashion Week and now my cravings have been fulfilled. I am hooked.

    These cute Topshop culottes are a vintage-lovers dream. And they are massively comfy; I could totally fall asleep in these babies. Especially in my moon hammock.

    Rachel
    xoxo 

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  • 09/07/15--02:13: The Look: Fantasea
  • 'Either you stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out into the ocean', Christopher Reeve

     






    Crochet Top: Local Boutique (Identical piece here)
    Skirt: Zara (Similar)
    Vest: Ice (Similar)
    Necklace: Lovisa (Similar)
    Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (Here)

    I am determined to never take the paradise I live in for granted! Having spent 21 years of my life craving some good old vitamin C in cloudy Yorkshire, it seems really odd that the Great Barrier Reef is only a 30 minute boat ride away.

    After three years here, I still get my wanderlustal fix by exploring new and stunning locations all on my doorstep. Like Fitzroy Island, the postcard-picture-perfect location in which these photos were taken.

    Located just 30 minutes off the shore of my city Cairns, visiting this idyllic, tropical island is like taking a vacation in one day. Having had a 50+ hour stressful work week, sipping cocktails on the beach as the waves lapped the shore with my other half was a total dream.

    We even saw humpback whales on the boat ride here! So adorable!

    Not one to never dress up, I decided to work my normal beachy, boho vibe in this nice little clash of crochet and lace. Awkward fact: I was writing a piece for Mirodoor.com about how to rock the boho trend. As I was writing, DO NOT wear lace and crochet together; I remembered this outfit, had a total 'duh' moment and deleted the statement. Guess I proved myself wrong...

    Dirty, sweaty top knots have become the norm for me. I'd love to have perfectly quaffed, shiny hair, but it's just too darn hot here for all of that! But I won't complain about the amazing climate.. even though I am English....

    Rachel
    xoxo


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    Raise your hand if you love a good bargain.... Thought so and you're in luck. If you're a regular reader you will know my blog's slogan: 'you don't need a million dollars to look a million bucks.' And I have taken this to a new level with my new regular feature: 'The Luxe For Less'. In this regular trend reporting feature, I will be bringing the latest catwalk and street style trends direct to your screen and, more importantly, show you how to get these looks on a shoe-string budget! 

    Who approves? Oh yes!

    Today's 'Luxe For Less' is all about that saucy lace-up trend. With fashion still freeze-frozen in a 70s time machine (that I want to stay in forever), the eyelet lace-up embellishment has taken over everything from shoes to dresses. So let's get laced up (sorry: dad joke) in this trend and get our luxury fash fix for less!



    Lace Up Shoes


    This is shoe porn taken to a whole new level! It seems we can't open a glossy mag or our Insta feed without a lush bombarding of lace up shoes. Gone are the days where lace up shoes are considered annoying, these are just hot!


    For a night out try lace up heels with a dress swinging just above the knees. If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, and heading into fall, feel free to add tights.


    Lace up ballet-pumps are a fashion-forward addition to your office-wear collection and weekend wear alike. Choose a pointed shape to add a really polished vibe to your look. 


    Aussies: Let's embrace the gladiator lace up! Summer is here, and it's time to rock those shorts...
    theluxurie.com
    parischerie.com
    justthedesign.com
    justthedesign.tumblr.com
    trendsurvivor.com
    afashionfix.co.uk



    Get The Luxe For Less: 6 Pairs Of Lace Up Shoes For Under $60 




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    Pointed Toed Solid Color Lace-Up Pumps'
    $27, Zaful

    nude lace up shoes

    Snake Print Tassels Weaving Sandals
    $28.65, Zaful

    lace up heels
    Boohoo, $60

    Lace Up Body Suits
    As seen in summer on Chiara Ferragni and Emily Ratajowski, the lace-up body suit has sky-rocketed to a must-have status! 

    If you're feeling super-fly, wear this baby alone and let that cleavage rock! Fancy more of a cover up? Layer over a nude tank for the same effect, sans the **ohmygoshmyboobiesaregonnafallout** worries.

    Whether long or short sleeved, black or coloured, this style staple will look fabulous paired with ripped denim or a midi skirt for the day or glammed up with leather pants for an evening do.

    lace up street style
    nativefox.com
    dressed4dreams.com
    Chiara Ferragni
    whowhatwear.com

    4 Lace-Up Body Suits Under $50
    lace up body

    lace up body

    lace-up

    lace up body
    Miss Selfridge, $22

    Lace Up Tops
    Although lace up tops come in all shapes, sizes and patterns, they all have that lush, boho vibe flowing through their seams. 

    If you're headed into Autumn, stick to Suede and knitted fabrics to keep the chill at bay. Don't be afraid to layer; tank-top shapes will look equally as chic layered under plain jumpers or worn under faux-fur jackets.

    Aussies: The boho-peasant shape is your beach-ready best friend! Layer over a bikini for relaxed days in the sun or wear with a suede skirt for brunch with the girls.
     lace up suede top
    whowhatwear.com
    lace up trend
    katiesbliss.co.uk
    lace boho top
    dear-lover.com
    lace up two piece
    marketplace-asos.com

    6 Lace Up Tops For Under $55
    lace up blouse
    $40.65, Jolly Chic
    Black Rib Lace Up Top
    $21, Miss Selfridge
    bohemian style

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    lace top
    $23.95, Jolly Chic

    Lucky Lace Up Top

    $13, Zaful

    Lace Up Dresses 
    Throughout history, dresses have been the epitome of feminine elegance and the lace-up dress takes the classic femininity of the dress and adds some subtle  sex appeal.

    For a fashion-forward look at your next dressy event, try a lace-up LBD, like pop star Ellie Goulding.

    Or embrace your inner-hippy in a flowy, patterned number.  
    Ellie Goulding 2015
    fashiongonerogue.com
    lace up street style
    symphonyofsilk.com
    lace up dress
    whowhatwear.com
    lace up floral dress
    thereformation.com
    Lace up beach dress
    nastygal.com

    4 Lace Up Dresses For Under $50
    Black Stand Neck Long Sleeve Dress


    off the shoulder dress

    Bell Sleeve Vintage Floral Flare Dress

    denim lace up dress


    How will you be rocking the lace-up trend?

    Rachel
    xoxo




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  • 09/15/15--03:10: The Look: Sand
  • suede dress
    “Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” – Loren Eiseley

    model rainforest

    girl on beach

    fashion blogger beach

    girl statement necklace 

     model rainforest


    tory burch sunglasses

    beach fashion photoshoot

    suede dress street style

    Dress: Boohoo (Sold out, Similar here)

    Sandals: Payless Shoes (Get It Here)

    Sunglasses: Tory Burch (Get It Here)

    Jewellery: Lovisa


    I am sat here drooling over Instagram. Nope; I'm not searching #chocolatecake, my feed is just brimmed with all the newest pretties direct from New York Fashion Week. I double, triple, quadruple wish I was there, but I guess the beach will have to do.... 


    This weekend Jake and I headed to the stunning Port Douglas on a celebratory weekend, as he's just become a qualified teacher. If any of Mr B's students are reading this hello (I know you Google him!)


    These photos were taken on the lush Four Mile beach, where we chilled and watched some windsurfers catch the waves.


    If you've read my last post, you will know that I'm craving both lace-up details and suede like I do chocolate (all the time) and this cute Boohoo dress incorporates both. Although my boyfriend commented that it looked like a 'potato sack' while it was lying on the bed, I find it beautifully flattering when I wear it.


    Whilst wearing a colour this close to my skin  tone, I injected flashes of turquoise through my statement jewellery pieces to stop it looking too 'nude'. Then I popped on my fave Tory Burch's and threw my hair up into a top knot and enjoyed semi-camouflaging into my beachy surroundings.


    Does Port Douglas look like somewhere you wanna head to?  French Connection are giving you guys the chance to win a trip to Port Douglas and a $1000 holiday wardrobe. Enter here (Australian's only)


    Rachel


    xoxo


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    NYFW 2015

    New York; That's a wrap! What an incredible week it has been, from Tommy Hilfiger's lush, traveler chic, to the pieces that will be soon glistening on the red carpet from Marchesa. One things for sure, the Big Apple never let's us down when it comes to diversity.

    And I was totally there for all of it....not. I followed along eagerly via social media, watching the new Spring-Summer 2016 trends sweep in like warm fronts across the tropics. Am I ready for a full-on London Fashion Week stalking? HELL YES!

    Want a quick catch up on all the trends? You may remember my Fashion Week cheat sheets from last season.... New luxe-r? Here's every big show in three photos and three words (and in alphabetic order- Just call me The Oxford Dictionary ;) )

    Three

    Two

    One

    Go!



    3.1 Phillip Lim
    3.1 Phillip Lim New York Fashion Week

    Safari, Oriental, Assymetry

    Alexander Wang
    Alexander Wang New York Fashion Week

    Sporty, stripes, grunge'

    Altuzarra
    Altuzarra New York Fashion Week

    Cinched waists, pleats

    Anna Sui
    Anna Sui New York Fashion Week


    70s, bohemian, tropicana




    Badgley Miscka
    Badgley Mischka New York Fashion Week
    1950s Buenos Aires

    BCBG MaxAzria
    BCBG MaxAzria New York Fashion WeekGlobal traveller, hobo

    Calvin Klein
    Calvin Klein New York Fashion Week
    90s, minimalism, silk


    Carolina Herrara
    Carolina Herrara New York Fashion Week
    Pink, texture, sheer

    Coach
    Coach New York Fashion Week
    70s, bohemian, ethnic

    Creatures Of Comfort
    Creatures Of Comfort NYFW New York Fashion Week
    70s, loose, graphics

    Cushnie Et Ochs
    Cushnie Et Ochs NYFW New York Fashion Week

    Pastels, draping, body-con

    Custo Barcelona
    Custo Barcelona NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Ethnic, textures, geometrics

    Derek Lam
    Derek Lam NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Layering, earthy tones

    Diane Von Furstenburg
    Diane Von Furstenburg DVF NYFW New York Fashion Week
    70s, patchwork, pattern clashing

    Dion Lee
    Dion Lee NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Sharp lines, nude tones, minimalism

    DKNY
    DKNY NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Tailoring, minimalism, monochrome

    Givenchy
    Givenchy NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Multi-cultural, feminine


    J.Mendel
    J.Mendel NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Graphics, movement, Assymetry

    Jason Wu
    Jason Wu NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Glamour, ruffles, vintage

    Jeremy Scott
    Jeremy Scott NYFW New York Fashion Week
    1960s Mod Barbie

    Johnathan Simkhai
    Johnathan Simkhai NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Cut-outs, geometric shapes

    Karen Walker
    Karen Walker NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Metallics, preppy, Americana

    Lacoste
    Lacoste NYFW New York Fashion Week
    80s, Brazil, graphics

    Marc Jacobs
    Marc Jacobs NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Marching band, Theatrical, Americana


    Mara Hoffman
    Mara Hoffman New York Fashion Week NYFW
    Prints, 70s, Peasant


    Marchesa
    Marchesa NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Hollywood glamour, Embellishments, Muted tones

    Michael Kors
    Michael Kors NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Relaxed tailoring, ruffles

    Monique Lhulier
    Monique Lhulier NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Corsets, satin, florals

    Narciso Rodriguez
    Narciso Rodriguez  NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Minimalism, lines, asymmetry


    Oscar De La Renta
    Oscar De La Renta NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Poppies, flamenco, Victoriana


    Prabal Gurung
    Prabal Gurung New York Fashion Week NYFW
    Ladylike, firey tones


    Proenza Schouler
    Proenza Schouler NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Bows, tiers, ladylike


    Rachel Zoe
    Rachel Zoe NYFW  New York Fashion Week
    70s, bohemian glamour

    Rag & Bone
    Rag & Bone NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Sporty, leather, slips


    Ralph Lauren
    Ralph Lauren NYFW  New York Fashion Week
    Riviera, Parisian, Nautical


    Rebecca Minkoff
    Rebecca Minkoff NYFW New York Fashion Week70s, lace-up, flowy

    Rodarte
    Rodarte New York Fashion Week NYFW
    70s meets 80s, burlesque


    Suno
    Suno New York Fashion Week NYFW
    Oversized, minimalism, earthy tones

    Thakoon
    Thakoon NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Urban, 90s, loungewear

    Tibi
    Tibi NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Muted tones, minimalism

    Tome
    Tome NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Lines, movement, fluidity

    Tommy Hilfigure
    Tommy Hilfigure NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Jamaican, tropical, traveller

    Tory Burch
    Tory Burch NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Bohemian, global traveller

    Vera Wang
    Vera Wang NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Underwear as outerwear

    Victoria Beckham
    Victoria Beckham NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Graphics, blocking, minimalism

    Wes Gordon
    Wes Gordon NYFW New York Fashion Week
    Plaid, prairie, tailored



    Zac Posen
    Zac Posen NYFW New York Fashion WeekFeminine, 1950s lines
    Zimmerman
    Zimmerman NYFW New York Fashion Week

    Ruffles, romantic, doll

    Got a fave collection?
    Drop me a line below...

    Rachel
    xoxo



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  • 09/21/15--17:57: The Look: Serenity
  • 'Looking at the beauty in the world is the first step of purifying the mind', Amit Ray

     






     
    Playsuit: Style Moi (Get it here)
    Necklace: Lovisa (Similar here)
    Earrings: Lovisa

    Far North Queensland never ceases to amaze me. Dotted at the end of a winding stream, we  spotted this beautiful, blue, natural pool. #secretspots Who needs the newest I Phone when you live in nature's paradise? After checking that it wasn't joined to the rest of the stream (croc alert, arggh!), we couldn't help but jump in and take these snaps of my new favorite play suit. 

    I will never ever tire of crochet; there's just something so intricate and pretty about it without it being nana-ish. This lush playsuit is dotted with crochet details in all the right places. The off-the-shoulder shape totally rocks my world too. Two of my fave things in one piece: Bliss.

    I topped off the look with this chunky gold, tribal necklace that I found hiding at the bottom of my jewellery box, teamed with my fine  back-drop leaf earrings and enjoyed a serene moment basking in  one of natures treasures.

    Rachel
    xoxo






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     London fashion week was one heck of an eclectic rainbow and as if we expected anything less from the sartorially-brave Brits! And as a Brit myself, I know that these collections will be inspiring my wardrobe for seasons to come. I'll just have to wait for them to hit the high street first (#cheapandchic). ASOS: I'm looking at you.....

    If you weren't one of the lucky ladies who saw the LFW shows first hand (jealous of you buggers), fear not!  Rachel is here with a brand new cheat sheet! After the success of my New York Fashion Week Cheat Sheet, I thought it was only fair to share the goods from England; in cheat form, of course! Each show is rounded up in three words and three pictures. Grab your umbrella, cos it's about to start raining men trends!

    Amanda Wakeley
    Flowing, tailored, silky

    Anya Hindmarch
    British highstreet logos


    Ashish
    Street, denim, sequins

     Burberry Prorsum

     Blocked, floral, bohemian
     
    Christopher Kane
    Art. mish-mash, texture 

    Daks
    70s, art deco

    Felder Felder
    1950s, prints, feminine

    Gareth Pugh
    Circus meets superhero
     
    Giles
    Regal, oversized, medieval 

    Holly Fulton
    70s, bohemian, denim

    House Of Holland
    Safari, print clash

    Hunter Original
    Classic British festival

    Issa
     Textures, patterns, 60s

    Jasper Conran
    Green, foliage, co-ords

    Jonathan Saunders
    Ethnic, print, oriental

    JW Anderson
    80s power sleeves
    Joseph
    Draped, belted, minimalism

    Julien Macdonald
    Bodycon, Moroccan, embellished

    Markus Lupfer
    Monochrome, sheer, 60s

    Mary Katrantzou
    70s, bohemian, ditzy

    MM6 Maison Margiela
    Grunge, androgyny, fetish

    Mother Of Pearl
    Feminine, Mary Poppins

    Orla Keily
    60s, mod, florals

    Peter Pilotto
    Mediterranean, delicate, frilly

    Peter Jensen
    Mod, Preppy, Colour-block 

    Paul Smith
     
    70s, colour-block, lines

    PPQ
     
    1989, draping, colour-block

    Roksanda
     Graphics, lines, flutes

    Simone Rocha
     Feminine, princess, belts

    Sophia Webster
    Glitter, mermaids, aztec

    Topshop Unique
     Tailoring, 80s, 70s


    Versus
    Suiting, power, 80s

    Vivienne Westwood Red Label

    1950s, retro, 1940s

    Zandra Rhodes

    Ethnic, caftan, vibrant

    Over to you guys... Which collection was your fave?

    Rachel
    xoxo

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    If you've been glued to fashion week coverage like a dry leaf to wet cement, I'm with you! New trends are on the way, but there is one current trend that is truly here to stay; and that's 70s Bohemia. If you want to keep your look simple, embrace the dippy-hippy vibe through retro accessories and funky-printed pieces. If you'd wear it to Coachella, then you're on the right track... And me? Well, I dress like I'm off to Coachella every single day...

     


     
    Dress: Cotton On (Similar Here)
    Lace-up flats: Rubi Shoes (Similar Here)
    Sunglasses: Jeepers Peepers
    Watch: Daniel Wellington
    Bracelet: Lovisa (Similar Here)
    Bag: Local Market

    Although my wardrobe will never resemble the Kardashian Clan's, my love for body-con is growing and this burgundy, knit dress makes me feel super confident. Having once sworn to never wear anything tight, this confidence still feels a bit odd.

    I think it's important to invest in pieces that make us feel confident; after all: life is too short to feel rubbish about ourselves. I, however, need to practice what I preach.

    As a matter of fact, whilst shooting these photographs, a group of girls my age walked past, sneering and laughing. It hurt.

    Trying to hold back all the negative 'oh my gosh.. do I look fat/ugly/stupid' thoughts', I stopped myself and thought; 'what would you say to someone else who had these thoughts?' Seriously, why should we let the silly opinions of complete strangers bother us so much? It really disappointing me how women see the need to tear each other apart. Anyway: Rant over!

    Let's all compliment someone today and help them grow their confidence.

    Spice Girl-style girl power is not dead, it just needs a few more sparks to start the fire.

    Rachel
    xoxo



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    If an outfit was a cupcake, a stylish hat would be the cherry on the top. Something that was once quite plan, slightly tasty, but still plain, has been transformed into a work of art that's almost too good to eat. Ok...that's enough cake metaphors for now, otherwise, my fridge will get a serious raiding!

    The last few months have seen my hat collection quadruple in size. I have to admit that until recently, I didn't actually own any hats; but now my inner Mary Poppins has come out singing. The dated 'posh old lady at a tea party' hat-wearing stereotypes have been replaced with something far more modern and effortless.

    And that's exactly how a hat should make your outfit look: Effortless.

    If you're unsure of what type of hat you should be adding to your wardrobe, read on....

    And ♫you can leave your hat on♫.....

    The Wide Brimmed Fedora

    Hat: OASAP (Get it here)

    This hat's for you if.....
    •  Your wardrobe consists of ladylike classics.
    •  You have a small head.
    •  Want to show off your luscious locks when your roots aren't looking their best.

     Style it with...
    •  A classic trench coat.
    • A lush ladylike midi.
    • Polka dots and bows- if Minnie Mouse would wear it, so should you!
    • A safaris-style colour palette.
    • Buttoned shirts and retro shirt dresses.


    The Luxe For Less

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    ASOS Felt Fedora Hat With Wide Band and Stitch Edge 
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    The Floppy Hat

    Hat: Sportsgirl (Similar here)

    This hat's for you if.....
    • You adore a minimalist, neutral wardrobe.
    • You want to rock the boho trend, but your head is too small for an oversized floppy hat.
    • You are a total trend chameleon; this baby can rock vintage diva one day and Scandinavian minimalism the next!
     Style it with...
    • Chunky and oversized knitwear.
    • Your fave ripped, denim boyfriend jeans and a simple tee.
    • Strong lines and striking, artistic shapes.
    • An equally classic and chic handbag (in a matching colour of course!) 
    • A classic denim or leather jacket. 
    • An oversized or printed scarf. 

    The Luxe For Less
    Classic Floppy Felt Hat 

    http://t.dgm-au.com/c/94523/30646/1136?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.boohoo.com%2Fscarves%2Bhats%2Fimogen-floppy-flannel-hat%2Finvt%2Fazz32951 

    http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=W*W7leYucVw&subid=&offerid=394186.1&type=10&tmpid=17339&RD_PARM1=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zaful.com%2Fbelt-felt-vintage-hat-p_102469.html 

    The Panama

    Panama: Factorie (Similar here)

    This hat's for you if.....
    • You live in a constant state on sunshine-chasing wanderlust.
    • You love the laid-back girly look.
    • You're not shy of a pastel palette or a pretty print.
    • Sipping mojitos next to the pool is your idea of paradise.
     Style it with...
    • Round or retro sunnies.
    • A swimsuit and a cute kaftan cover up.
    • A colourful maxi dress.
    • A cowgirl-esque plaid and denim combo.
    • A flowy lace top over slim pants.
    • Anything with a Peter Pan collar!
    • Floral prints. 
    The Luxe For Less

    Basic Raffia Fedora 

    Lilly Holiday Hat

    ASOS Straw Trilby Hat With Narrow Band 

    The Baseball Cap
    Cap: Roxy

    This hat's for you if...
    • You often get greasy roots, but love to show off a neat, low updo.
    • You live and breathe sportsluxe
    • You describe your style as 'all American girl'
    • Your wardrobe is full of surf and sportswear brands.
    • You go straight from the gym to lunch with the girls.
    Style it with...
    • Anything sportsluxe.
    • A sports bra and a loose, printed tank top.
    • A leather backpack.
    • Tropical prints.
    • Neons and bright colour blocks.
    • Stripes! Don't ask me why... it just works...
    • A classic quilted vest or coat for the Autumn/Winter season.
    • Your favorite swimmers for the beach.

    The Luxe For Less

    Image for Roxy Keep On Truckin Trucker Cap from City Beach Australia 

    Adidas Originals Dark Floral 5 Panel Cap

    Barcode Cap


    The Oversized Floppy Hat


    This hat's for you if.....
    • You live in either a very sunny or very cold climate- sun protection and an ear warmer in one-boom!
    • You are LOVING the current bohemian trend. Seriously: can you get more 70s than a floppy hat?
    • Love feminine, flowy dresses.
    • You love to look classic, yet on trend. 
     Style it with...
    • An all-in-one denim look. Fancy of pop of colour? Go for a burgundy shade.
    • Floral and printed flowy maxi and midi dresses.
    • A mini dress and thigh high suedette boots. 
    • A retro style faux fur jacket.
    • Oversized, bohemian earrings for an extra 70s accessory statement.
    • Anything with fringing.
     

    The Luxe For Less
     Catarzi Floppy Hat With Contrast Band in Camel 


    Boutique Amber Oversize Wool Floppy Hat 

    Christys' Kimberley Wide Floppy Brim Hat 
    $69, ASOS

    What are your go-to hats?

    Rachel
    xoxo

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  • 10/06/15--01:36: The Look: Apache Groove
  • Pocahontas gets time transported to the hippy era. Let's take a trip down fairy lane...




    Sandals: Payless Shoes (Similar Here)
    Earrings: Lovisa 

    Sometimes I wish I was in my twenties in the 60s. Peace, love and nature were all the rage and youth culture exploded into the mainstream. Sounds fun right? I can just imagine dancing around with rainbows painted all over my face and flowers in my hair. **Groovy**

    The hippy era was also fashions turning point away from the demure and conservative cuts of the past to a rainbow of saucy colours and shapes. 

    In this hidden market square surrounded by lush rainforest in Kuranda, I was able to transport myself back to the groovy era. And it was awesome!

    Wearing this, as the other half put it, 'sexy Pocahontas dress', I felt totally in place with the sunny boho vibes. Note the statement embroidery details! I feel like this dress is a literal breath of fresh air in a garment and I'm totally in love.

    Add some statement, antique gold ethnic-style earrings into the mix and team with a messy bun and voila!

    Now... if only I had an actual time machine...

    Rachel
    xoxo








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  • 10/09/15--04:22: The Look: Inland Nautical
  • stripe skirt
     Why wait until you're at sea to rock blue and white stripes? I added a seemingly boat-ish floppy hat and a high neck top and headed to the driest place that I could find... The Aussie bush.
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    Top: Temt (Similar Here)
    Skirt: Sportsgirl (Similar Here)
    Hat: Sportsgirl (Similar Here)
    Sunglasses: Tory Burch

    G'day Sheila's and Bruce's, today's outfit post is brought to you directly from the Aussie bush. Ok, I'll cut it out now, no one actually refers to women as Sheila's here. Nevertheless, these photos were taken in the beautifully bushy Granite Gorge, an animal-lovers paradise situated a mere hours drive from my house. Yep; I'm one lucky lady!

    With cute, wild, rock wallabies hopping in amongst the giant boulders and an abundance of gumtrees and hidden pools, it could easily be mistaken for some sort of outback movie set. But for all you wanderlusters, this place is real and if you ever visit Far North Queensland, it is truly worth a visit.

    You can even mix with the locals! The gorgeous rock wallabies eat straight from your hand, and, although they are a little spitty, they are super friendly. I even got to feed a little Joey (although Chandler and Ross were no where in sight) and he was seriously a cute overload. 

    If that's not enough, there is a boulder that looks uncannily like a whale. See above: It is even has a face!

    Now for the outfit: A friend of mine actually tagged me on a photo of this Sportsgirl skirt on Facebook and from then, I had to have it! Yes: Seriously! I love how asymmetric and flowy it is and it has such an air of old-age femininity to it. I teamed it with one of my fail-safe high neck crops and my floppy hat. Because, as I said in previous posts (#HatObsessed), a hat is the ultimate injection of YES into an outfit. 

    Rachel
    xoxo






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  • 10/13/15--04:27: The Look: Shape Shifter
  • bustier style
     In the world of trousers, it's time for the skinny and the slim leg to step aside: the palazzo is here in all its voluminous glory.  Such an niche shape may seem daunting for some, but rocking the palazzo is all about playing with juxtaposing volumes. Today I'm playing the shape-shifter in a skinny-meets peplum bustier and over-sized pants.

    Want to experiment playing with volume in your wardrobe? You know I got you covered! Read on for my 5 top tips...
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     Bustier: Finders Keepers(Similar Here)
    White tee: Mink Pink (Similar Here)
    Palazzo Culottes: Ginger And Smart (Similar Here)
    Clutch: Tony Bianco (Similar Here)
    Heels: New Look (Similar Here)
    Necklace: Lovisa (Similar Here)

    When I first unraveled my lush new 'Ginger and Smart' culottes, I was met by a confused glance from the boyf. 'They look like artist pants', he said. And THAT, ladies, is further evidence that men will never understand fashion. 

    These pants are one of the only designer items that I have in my wardrobe, and, as a thrifty fashionista, I'm not gonna lie: I totally nabbed them second hand at an unbelievable price.

    I teamed the over-sized pants with an oxymoronically tight bustier from Aussie label 'Finder's Keepers', which features an ultra-flattering peplum. Forget sit-ups; peplum tops are seriously like a 3 month diet and a trillion crunches in one!

    Although getting quirky with volumes used to intimidate me, I think that, in light of this look, mixing volumes can actually be used to my advantage. Exhibit A: The peplum top enhances my slimmest part; my waist. Exhibit B: The over-sized palazzo pants skim over my bottom-heavy half. 

    5 Tips For Playing With Volume

    1. Keep prints minimal
    Only one printed look per outfit. The reason? Prints themselves actually change the perceived volume of the garment through optical allusion. So if you wanna rock this seasons hottest floral palazzo pants, make sure you team them with a plain top.
    2. Juxtapose!
    This one is as obvious as the plot line of a cheesy rom com: you must wear items with contrasting volumes. Volume from head to toe will leave you looking like a bin bag: not flattering!
    3. Layer
    A boxy, over-sized jacket will add a voluminous dimension to a plain tee and jeans combo. 

    4. Get Clever With Your Print
    If you want to rock a striped piece, keep in mind that vertical stripes are typically slimming, whereas horizontal stripes add volume. Play with this fact by going for baggy or boxy pieces in horizontal stripes.

    5. Use Accessories To Enhance Size
    Play on sizes as well as shapes with jewellery, bags and accessories. A tiny clutch will make a voluminous dress look waay bigger. Similarly, a tight fitting top and a statement necklace make a great pairing. 
    How do you like to incorporate volume into your look?

    Rachel
    xoxo



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    Ok; it's been a while since the last of my 'dressing for your body shape' posts. To be honest, if that post were a leaf, it would have fallen off the tree and decomposed by now. Anyway, coming directly to you from me in bed with the flu (I'm a poet and I didn't know it) is the latest of my body shape dressing guides.

    With most of my Northern-Hemisphere readers well and truly stuck into Autumn/Fall, I thought it would be fitting to do a guide to finding your perfect coat.

    Aussie readers: Don't worry, I'll have a swimwear 'dressing for your body shape' piece up before you can say hakuenamatata.

    So if you want to find the perfect  new season jacket to flaunt that bod, keep scrolling scrolling scrolling.... **Insert Limp Biscuit tune here**
    Before I get into the nitty gritty, here's a quick reminder of the different body shapes and their incredibly fruity names. For a more in-depth guide to finding your body shape, I suggest you check out my piece 'How To Dress For Your Body Shape.' 


    From left to right....

    Apple: Larger waist, smaller hips and booty. Large bust (jealous)

    Pear: Small waist and small bust. Larger hips and thighs.

    Hourglass: Equal size bust and hips. Cinched in at the waist.

    Rectangle: Equal weight distribution. Equal size bust, waist and hips.


    Found your fruity femme fatale? Awesome! Now let's find you the coat that will rock your best assets...

    Apple
    Girrrlll... you have the slim legs and hips we all aim for, so keep your outerwear short and show off those pins! Also aim for a loose A-line shape that skims flatteringly over your tummy.

    YES!!
    • Shorter shapes.
    • Looser shapes that skim over your curves
    • A-line shapes
    • Swing jackets
    • Large collar detailing.
    • Cropped capes

    No 
    • Belted coats
    • Coats that skim straight over the hips.
    • Tight-fitting numbers
    • Coats and jackets with zips. #BigBoobProblems


    I recommend a stunningly retro swing coat to show off your curves!
    http://rstyle.me/~6CjQi
    Pair this lush leopard 'Free People' swing coat with your fave slim-leg leather pants and chunky heeled boots for a saucy rocker look that shows off those pins.
    http://rstyle.me/~6CjQi

    Not a wild child? This 'River Island' swing coat will match absolutely everything, due to it's classic cream colour. How cute would this look over this seasons 70s, bohemian maxi dresses?


    Aussie apples: why not try a sleeveless cape? This 'Romwe' sleeveless cape is also uber-flattering. Plus: is that seriously the price? Practically free! Layer over this seasons must have: the denim shirt and your wobbly bits remain our little secret.



    Pear
    You have that booty that makes the boys (and well anyone else for that matter- who doesn't love a good butt) stop and stare, but some shorter coat lengths may attract attention to your wider hips. Keep it long, cinched in at the waist and skimming over the hips.

    YES!!
    • Longer coat shapes
    • Double breasted coats
    • Princess coats
    • Flared trench coats
    • Belted designs
    • Pea coats
    • Wrap coats
    • Waterfall coats 
    • Oversized collars
    No
    • Crop coats
    • Swing coats
    • Long and narrow coats that are tight around the hips
    • Smock shapes
    Let me introduce you to your new best friend: the Princess coat. A longer length garment, this baby cinches in at the waist and flares out at the hips. It's like your fave flattering skater dress, but in a coat!

    http://rstyle.me/~6Clv6
    This Choies double breasted coat will cinch you in at all the right places. The oversized collar will also add volume to the bust. Plus, with the versatile beige colour, it makes a perfect every-outfit coat.  Add some pointed lace-up heels over thick tights to lengthen those legs!

    http://rstyle.me/~6Clv6

    Or if you are loving this seasons khaki tones, this OASAP coat will rock your world, your bod and your bank balance!

    http://rstyle.me/~6Clv6

    And here's one for my lovely Southern hemisphere dwellers! A sleeveless waterfall jacket, like this white Dorothy Perkins number, will balance out your figure by adding some volume to the bust area. Wear over a tight-fitting turtleneck jumper to give those babies some real va-va-voom!


    Hourglass
    With your perfect proportions, you simply need to choose a coat that will show this off. Like your pear-shaped sisters, it's all about cinching in at the waist. Feel free to simply belt a straight up and down coat. Or go all-out sexy in a princess or frock coat.

    YES!!
    • Wrap coats
    • Waist belts
    • Cinched in coats
    • Longer-length coats
    • Flared coats
    • Trench coats
    • Capes
    No
    • Zipped coats
    • Crop coats or jackets
    • Waterfall coats
    • Oversized collars
    • Smock and swing shapes 
    http://rstyle.me/~6CmzE

    The wrap coat may look slightly like a dressing gown, but rest assured it is the hottest coat trend this year! This cute plaid piece from Guess ticks two trend boxes in one. Plus: It's on sale. 

    http://rstyle.me/~6Cmtm
    For the perfect A/W work wear look, opt for a longline blazer that fastens at the smallest point of the waist. This Le Chateau Jacket would be equally stunning for the office or for date night.  Wear with a bralette a sexy date look that really shows off your best assets.

    http://rstyle.me/~6CmX6

    Entering the summer season? This Topshop sleeveless jacket really highlights that teeny waist.


    Rectangle

    With your supermodel proportions, it should come as no surprise that you can rock any coat shape! Go for the quirkiest style you can find to win in the style stakes, or add curves with embellishments. The choice is yours!

    YES
    • Straight coats
    • Swing coats
    • Princess coats
    • Wrap coats
    • Trench coats
    • Crop coats
    • Capes
    • Parka's
    • Waterfall coats
    • ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING
     No
    • Nothing- the sky is the limit

    http://rstyle.me/~6CmX6
    Looking to add some curves? Go for a belted number with pocket detailing to add volume to the bust, whilst subtracting it from the waistline. This Topshop duster coat will do both beautifully.

    http://rstyle.me/~6CmX6
    Winter dressing doesn't have to be boring! Add volume, colour and texture all in one with this River Island faux fur jacket. Team with ripped boyfriend jeans for an everyday look or layer over a flared midi skirt and tights if you're feeling brave.


    http://rstyle.me/~6CmUu
    Aussies: This'Missguided' sleeveless fringe jacket will see you nailing the 70s boho trend! It will look equally stunning with a printed mini dress or over your trusty denim shorts.

    Over to my lovely readers: Would you like to see more 'Dressing for your body shape' posts on 'The Daily Luxe'?

    Rachel
    xoxo

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  • 10/20/15--00:45: The Look: Fairytale
  •  I've always come under the curse of the green eyed monster when it comes to long, thick, luscious locks. Why? Because, I simply can't grow them myself! Curse you naturally fine hair! Luckily, Irresistible Me came to the rescue and made my Rapunzel-esque fantasties come true. 

     
    Dress: Style Moi
    Necklace and Bodychain: Lovisa


    Raise your hand if your hair only seems to grow just past your shoulders!
    **An abundance of hands**
    Thought so! 

    I can bet my bottom dollar that you seem to have tried everything. I know I have; from the smart and simple, such as regular trims, to the darn right crazy.  Hair growth supplements anyone?
    Each time, much to my dismay, my fine hair grows at the slowest of snail-paces and struggles to get past my shoulders.

    Just as I'd given up on the idea of having mermaid locks, the lovelies at 'Irresistible Me' asked me if I would like to try some of their clip in extensions.

    Dreaming of finally having some va-va-voom in my hair, I opted for the Royal Remy extensions in Platinum Blonde.  I decided to opt for the shortest length (14 inches) as my hair has quite choppy layers and I wanted it to blend and look as natural as possible. I also chose 200g of extensions, which is the heaviest weight, as my hair is about as thick as a 70 year old woman's. #NaturalLightHairProblems
    I was over the moon with how close the extensions were in colour to my natural hair. I'm impressed with how well they blend and add both length and volume.

    I can see myself experimenting with a ton of Pinterest-worthy do's with my extensions. From long, boho waves to intricate braids, the options are truly endless! Plus, as the extensions are 100% human hair I can straighten and curl to my desire. Rapunzel: eat your heart out!

    The extensions look incredible when I clip them close to my roots to add volume to my regular-length hair too. Who needs backcombing and dry shampoo when you have these babies?

    On an outfit note, this lush marble-printed dress is from Style Moi and totally reminds me of those drool-worthy Instagram feeds that are marble-heavy. Well... if I can't have the feed, I will be the feed!

    Have you ever tried hair extensions? I feel like a Disney Princess!

    Rachel
    xoxo


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  • 10/23/15--01:17: The Look: Fringe Factor
  • Fashion trends come and go, but I am happily stuck in the seventies...

     

     
    Denim Top: Style Moi (Get it here)
    Skirt: Style Moi (Get it here) 
    Fringe Vest: Style Moi (Get it here)
    Necklaces: Lovisa
    Flats: Rubi Shoes (Similar Here)
    Sunglasses: Ray-ban (Get It Here)
    Watch: Daniel Wellington (Get It Here)

    Guys... please don't send a time machine to come and get me; I am seriously enjoying my sartorial love affair with the seventies. I haven't resorted to painting peace signs or not shaving my legs...yet! (Don't worry- I will never be a hairy mary)

    Just when I thought my boho wardrobe couldn't get any dreamer (if only Ryan Reynolds were in there), Style Moi go and create this corker of a fringe vest. **Drools** It features lace up detailing, a huge mass of fringing and it's made of suedette. In other words, it's a total triple-trend-threat when it comes to seventies Bohemia. 

    I styled it with this lace-up, hook and eyelet tube skirt, which, isn't something I would normally choose, but you know how it goes with me and lace up: it's love at first sight. 

    As a disgruntled pair shape, seeing me in a body-con skirt is like seeing a dodo: it never happens. But hey: if Beyonce can rock a pair shaped bod in a bodycon skirt, why can't I? Although, every time I glance a sight of my butt, I am tempted to start screaming 'big booty b-ches' at the top of my lungs. Bottom heavy girls represent. 

     This denim vest is gonna be styled on-repeat from now on! I can imagine it looking equally as cool in a double, or maybe, triple denim look or even paired with a flared maxi skirt for a classy date night look. Either way, you guys better get ready for some serious wardrobe repetition! 

    Are you still loving the seventies trend? 

    Rachel
    xoxo





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  • 10/27/15--03:28: DIY Boho Print Fringe Clutch
  • Ah.. fringe; you are certainly not going anywhere! And it doesn't take Anna Wintour to figure that out...

    From fringed jackets to dresses, it seems like we can't get enough of this 70s trend in our wardrobes.

    But what if I told you that you could get a brand new accessory for the price of just a few bits and bobs? Today, I put on my Captain Craft (who?) hat and created this bohemian print, fringe clutch bag. Yep, that's right: three trends in one!

    And I've created this easy-to-follow tutorial so that you can get creative and make one too!

    I'll admit; I'm not exactly the Nigella Lawson of the craft world! So if I can make this bad boy, so can you! And it takes barely any sewing.... Although you do have to use that needle and thread a teeny bit.

    But for a free boho-print, fringe clutch? Yep, I'm in: needle wounds and all!

    You will need...

    2 x pieces of boho printed fabric 17.5 x 12.5 inches
    2 x pieces of lining fabric (any thick, shiny fabric is suitable) 17 x 12 inches
    Fabric Scissors
    Fringe Trim measuring 14 inches
    A zip measuring 14 inches
    Needle
    Around 20 pins
    Iron
    2 rolls of stitch-free, iron-on trim/fabric seamer

     Firstly, take a roll of cotton in a similar colour to your zip. Thread your needle and you're ready to go!

    Ok... I'll admit, the first part of this DIY is by far the hardest. But as the old proverb/your Nan/anyone says, it's best to get the worst bit done first. So hold on there!

    The first thing to do is to secure the left side of the zip. Firstly open your zip and face it upwards so that the zip is towards you.

    Then place the zip over the long side of one of your pieces of your lining. Ensure that the left side of the zip is around half a centimeter from the edge of the fabric, to make allowances for seams. Secure the zip in place with a few pins as close to the centre of the zip as possible to ensure it doesn't move. After all: no one likes a wonky zip!

     Next, take one piece of your boho fabric and lay down the top longest edge directly over the left hand size of the zip, lining perfectly with your piece of lining. Once again, leave a centimeter of fabric for seam allowances. IMPORTANT: Place your fabric print side down.

    Now you should have some sort of funky zip sandwhich!

    Secure the lining, zip and fabric together with a straight line of pins.

    Flip out your work of art inside out to check that your seam is straight enough. Give the zip a test too! Does it work? Awesome! Moving on...


    Flip that boho fabric back over so you have your perfectly pinned sandwich again. Then sew along the pins. I hand sewed mine, but if you are blessed with a sewing machine, go for it girl! (And I am SO not jealous...)

    Want to know the good news? You've got to do it all again! But this time with your other pieces of fabric and on the right hand side of the zip. Ok. Sarcasm over. The nasty zip stuff will be over with before you know it.

    Go ahead and re-arrange your clutch-in-the-works do that it is facing you with the zip towards you in a V-shape. Your work-in-progress should be on the left hand side of the zip.

    Take your other piece of lining and place under free side of zip. Place the zip at the end of the longest side of the fabric, around a centimeter from the fabrics edge. Pin in place.

    Place your boho fabric on top of the zip pretty side down and pin the three layers together.  Turn inside out to check if your pinning is straight and if the zip works well. Then sew away!

    And now take a deep breath and rejoice: The hideous zip part is done! **Hallelujah chorus**
    Now your zip should be secured on both sides and should look neat and tidy like this.

    Next, it's time to bond the lining and the boho fabric together. If you've never used iron-on bonding trim before, its basically a sewing cheat shortcut. Once again, if you have a sewing machine, feel free to seam join the fabrics by thread, rather than by bonding trim.
    Separate your fabric so that  three layers are to the right and you are left with one layer of boho fabric. Cut a piece of bonding trim the size of the short side of the piece,. Place along the length of the fabric then flip the adjoining piece of lining fabric back over.

    Secure with an iron and repeat on the other two edges. Then repeat on the right hand of lining and fabric.

    Now, it's time to hem the edges!

    Place a piece of bonding tape along each edge about an inch in from the edge. Fold the inch of fabric over and on top of the bonding tape. Secure with an iron. Repeat on all 6 hems.

    Now your clutch should look neatly hemmed:
    Next, it's time to fold this piece of fabric over to secure into a clutch bag.

    Simply place a piece of bonding strip along one of the bottom lengths (either side of the zip), leaving an inch free of bonding at the outer edges.

    Fold the clutch over and iron to secure. Repeat on the top length. Your clutch should be secured on all sides apart from the bottom.
    Cut your fringe trim so that it is exactly the same length as the bottom edge of your clutch.

    Cut a piece of bonding strip the same length as the bottom edge of the clutch and lay between the two layers of fabric.
     Then place your trim directly on top of the bonding strip. Top with another layer of bonding strip.


    Iron the three layers together to secure.

    And **insert drum roll here** Ta-da!
    Now you have this seasons hottest accessory! Plus: no one else will have the same one!

    So get ready to answer those 'ooo where did you get that?' queries with a smug smile.
    'Oh this? I just made it...'


    bohemian fringe bag

    Top: Zaful (Similar here)
    Shorts: Boohoo (Get it here)
    Scarf (as belt): Banarsi Designs (Get it here)

    Hope you liked this DIY! Get crafty!

    Rachel
    xoxo


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  • 10/30/15--02:37: The Look: Burgundy Bliss
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    Bringing the Autumnal burgundy trend to the Australian tropics...

    Shirt Dress: She In (Get It Here)
    Skirt: The Fifth Label
    Scarf: Banarsi Designs (Get It Here)
    Clutch: Tony Bianco
    Heels: New Look
    Sunglasses: Tory Burch (Get It Here)



    As most of my readers are throwing on that extra fluffy jumper and cosy-ing up by the fire, I'm struggling not to sweat my makeup off in a bumbling heap. You will probably laugh at me because I literally live in paradise and yes; I LOVE IT, but sometimes, I think that my English blood can't handle 36 degree heat and 90% humidity. I'd like to see Queen Lizzie try... **Phillip: Get me in the air-con!**

    With feeds upon feeds of lush Autumnal hues growing into a rather large mound on my Pinterest board, I thought I'd have a go at making the on-trend berry tone seasonal appropriate for the hot Aussie weather. 

    As soon as I saw this She In* shirt dress, I had to have it! Alongside being one of this seasons most coveted colours, I find the wrap shape incredibly flattering. Pear tones, take note: if you wanna add a bit of volume to your, erm..ladies, this one's for you!

    As the dress is quite sheer, I layered it over my white, mesh midi skirt for a bit of a texture clash. The peek-a-boo effect of the white, sporty fabric truly takes the berry-hued dress into Summer territory. 

    And it can't be truly my style unless there's a little touch of seventies boho thrown in. Cue this lush silk print scarf from Banarsi Designs. I worn tied minimally around the neck and cascading down the back for that extra flow-y effect.

    I added my good old Tory's and my fave black clutch and heel combo. They are my fail-safe, go-to trio; the Ron, Harry and Hermione of my wardrobe.

    On another note, I sincerely apologize for my lack of tan in these photos; I honestly look like Edward Cullen's long lost sis. Just more evidence that I've truly transitioned from a tan-o-holic backpacker to a true local. That hole in the O-Zone layer in darn scary: Pass me the St Tropez, pronto!

    Are you loving burgundy?

    Rachel
    xoxo


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    “She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water'





     

    Playsuit: Style Moi (Get It Here)
    Hat: Sportsgirl (Similar Here)
    Bag: Cotton On (Similar Here)
    Sandals: Rubi Shoes 
    Necklace: Lovisa

    The beach is somewhere I go to clear my mind. As soon as my toes become engrossed in the sand and I hear the waves lushly lapping on the shore, all my anxiety seems to just float away. With my 25th birthday coming closer and closer, I find myself questioning what it is I want out of life. When I was 18 and naive, I set out a series of goals I wanted to complete by certain age landmarks. With the last few days of 24 around the corner, I still haven't landed myself on the career ladder. 

    My boyfriend says I'm crazy beating myself up over this one seemingly insignificant thing in my life. At 24, I have a first class degree, I have traveled the world, moved to the other side of it and currently live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. 

    It makes me question;

    Is having a 'perfect' job everything, or should you just concentrate on enjoying life? Do we work to live or live to work?

    And that's where the beach comes in. Why does a huge career matter? Why would I want to swap my laid-back beachy lifestyle in paradise to be stressed out of my mind? Seaside or stressful breakdown?

    **Ponders for ten minutes**

    Ok... that's my deep, dear-diary-style-stuff done for the day. For this lovely walk in paradise, I wore my new printed Style Moi play suit. I just adore the gypsy-esque pattern in lush pink and turquoise tones. I highlighted these summery tones with my statement stone and rose gold necklace.

    I picked up this little fringe bag for a whole $10 from Cotton On. It's so crazy that you can get something so beautiful for the price of a pina colada. 

     Maybe I should pack up my things, grab my boyf and be a wandering gypsy for the rest of my life? I could go on a quest to find the most stunning tropical locations in the world. I'll take my laptop and blog myself around every continent. 

    A girl can dream

    Rachel
    xoxo


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