Whether you're headed into Spring/Summer or Autumn Winter, nothing will refresh your look like a new piece of jewellery! Here's five on-trend jewellery pieces that will pieces that will ensure you are at the top of the style stakes. And guess what? They are all under $45! Time to get the luxe for less...
As seen at Oscar De La Renta, statement tassel earrings are a chic and easy way to embrace the Seventies trend! Unlike De La Renta's $490 pair, this gorgeous Boohoo pair will set you back a mere $8! Boom!
If you haven't seen one of these necklaces on the street style pages, I suggest you read more magazines! This simple, undone suedette choker is officially the easiest way to bring your look into this season. I just never want to take this baby off!
Does it get any better than rose gold? Pretty, on-trend and perfect with a glowing tan, a rose gold bangle is a must have for everyday wear! This Roman Empress bangle has become one of my all time favorite pieces!
My drool-induced obsession with marble continues. Whilst your sat at your marble table, scrolling marble Insta-feeds, why not rock some marble earrings? This cheeky set of triangles has seriously got me hooked!
I think that my collection of playsuits is slowly taking over my wardrobe.... Once just a 'invader' in fashion, that we all questioned as a 'fad trend', these babies have seriously conquered the style war. This stunning, lace playsuit from Red AM is currently at the front of my playsuit brigade and I am totally loving it! With lattice, lace details and flowing flared sleeves, it ticks so many trend boxes and is perfect for long days beneath the palms.
I paired this oh-so-feminine playsuit with my new sporty kicks. These Adidas Originals are far more flattering than I'd ever imagined sneakers could be! And who can deny a cheeky bit of the retro? These 'superstar' sneakers were first designed in 1969 and were the first all-leather basketball shoes ever created. I have to confess that wearing shoes designed over 3 decades before I was born makes me feel slightly less like I need a zimmer frame! Now, if you don't mind me, I'm off to apply anti-wrinkle cream!
Newsflash: I've fallen off my regular bohemian train and am trying something a bit more sporty. Enter my newest obsession: vibrant stripes. As seen rocking the runway at Missoni, Prada and Moschino, thicker and more abstract stripe prints are set to be huge! Being the poor bargain girl I am, I truly discovered the luxe for less version with this $10 Cotton On dress. Unfortunately, it's sold out, but this $26 ASOS piece is a total steal too!
A jazzed up my striped look with my new marble jewellery pieces. You may remember my absolute love for anything marble from my jewellery trends piece and since then, I went on an all-out hunt for some of my own marble goodies! These Lovisa goodies cost a whole $11, which, is cheaper than a Dominos pizza! If you can't tell, I've been on a full on bargain haul lately!
If you're after some vibrant stripe bargains, I've searched far and wide to find you the luxe for less:
For me, my current habitat of Tropical North Queensland is a true paradise. From turquoise dotted bays, to hidden waterfalls, to The Great Barrier Reef, one of the wonders of the world, I spent every spare minute I get in the tropical sunshine embracingnature at its finest. #ModernHippy
What does paradise deserve?
The best swimwear!
Today I bring you five of my fave tropical flouncing outfits (aka swimwear) and the stunning, sunshine-filled, locations I wear them to!
If you're in need of a new swimsuit, you're in luck! I've done all the hard slogging to find you the best bargain beauties for each swimwear trend!
From bold florals to palm tree prints, a tropical print bikini is one swimwear style that is always in style. Call it the LBD of the bikini world, if you may!
These photos were taken last weekend at the stunning Tchupala falls off the Palmerston Hwy, Atherton Tablelands. Jake and I took a walk on the wild side and walked down the side of a closed footpath and right into this cascading beauty. I even took a natural shower under one of the cascades! Photos were taken, but my poor attempt at being some sort of curvy bikini model was as cringey as Tom Cruise's 'I love Katie Holmes' moment.
Bold and brash is it when it comes to this trend! Go for a matching set for a paradise island vibe, or miss-match it up with stripes if you're feeling kinda quirky!
Let's be real; wet suits can never be sexy! But that doesn't mean that neoprene can't be! The saucy little niece of the wet suit, the neoprene bikini is a whole lot of sporty sex appeal! Plus: it is oh-so-comfy!
How's this for a natural swimming pool? Chilling at Behana Gorge Waterfall, Cairns.
This Triangl beauty is my go-to beach number, I just love the support and you honestly can't beat denim! The above slice of paradise is Palm Cove, which is just north of Cairns. Palm, dotted beaches, island views and an abundance of restaurants make this beach the most popular in my area.
It's all about finding the right shape for you! If you have a larger bust, go for an underwired number for added support. If you are super athletic, the classic triangle shape will make you look like a total surfer babe!
Fringe With the revival of everything fringe, comes the fringe bikini! A smaller-busted girls best friend, the fringe bikini enhances your curves to the max!
Relaxing by the pool at the Oaks Lagoon Resort, Port Douglas.
Bikini: Style Moi
Do you have a 'dirty bikini'? Ok... that wasn't meant to sound that bad! By a 'dirty bikini' I mean a piece that you don't mind getting a bit grotty. This purple fringe number is mine. After leaving it to get a little bit, erm, mouldy (yuck), I always wear this number whilst taking my best buddy Axle for his much-loved beach trips! However, I am currently on the look out for a new fringed wonder!
If you're a beginner at quirky bikinis, opt for a plain coloured number and let that saucy fringe do the talking! If you want to make a real statement, a printed number is sure to do the trick!
Ok...I have to confess... technically this isn't a crochet bikini, it's a crochet top over a bikini. Nonetheless, I am obsessed with this look. Apparently you guys love it too, the above photo is one of my most popular Instagram snaps to date! Maybe it's this wanderlust-inducing waterfall! This beauty is at Granite Gorge, Mareeba, and included some really fun natural water slides!
If you're concerned about coverage, a crochet crop top over a bikini is the one for you! If you are going all out crochet, opt for a fully lined version to ensure you feel completely comfortable.
I remember seeing a quote somewhere saying 'I'd rather have flowers in my hair than diamonds around my neck', and it really made me think. Although I am by all means a total nature slave, I can't resist a little bit of sparkle! So, I concluded: why not have both?
As total babe Marilyn Monroe once said 'diamonds are a girls best friend', so when Michael Hill contacted me about their stunning new season pieces, I knew I had to have some of these timeless little rocks!
I am seriously some sort of magpie when it comes to jewellery; my boxes upon boxes of fashion pieces will honestly put jewellery hoarders to shame. Despite this, I think that these fine, glistening facets from Michael Hill will honestly stand the test of time.
Chunky necklaces and tassel earrings will come and go, but fine, diamond embellished silver, rose and white gold pieces will always be in style! Invest now, wear now and love forever!
The first piece I chose was these oh-so-beautiful sterling silver and diamond drop earrings. The quintuple tear drop design really reminds me of vintage Hollywood stars. I could totally imagine Audrey Hepburn rocking these back in the day!
Measuring around 3cms, these earrings have just enough length to make a subtle statement. And don't even get me started on the subtle, yet elegant diamond clusters! They may be small, but they really do pack a whole lot of sparkle!
Just the phrase 'rose gold' is enough to send me into a swoon-filled daydream, so as soon as I saw this lavish rose gold pendant, I HAD to have it! With a rose gold filigree design set against a shimmering array of white gold, I could NOT deny this 10CT pendant. Just when I thought rose gold couldn't get any better, add some sparkles to the mix and it is seriously swoon-worthy.
Take note: Metal mixing is set to be a huge trend this season! And how complimentary are these silver diamond earrings to the pendant?
For a really timeless evening look, I wore my new jewellery pieces with my favorite little black dress from Bardot. A quirky mesh overlay and sloping neckline makes this piece an LBD with a modern twist.
Now don't mind me... I'm off to crash some sort of swanky red carpet event!
Feeling shirty? **insert sarcastic bad joke laugh** Well, I have the post for you! My poor little fingers have been working away on Pinterest to find THE hottest shirt dress looks that are so hot, that you'll need a whole bucket of ice, ten pina coladas and a dip in the freaking Antarctic to cool off!
As those of you in the Northern Hemisphere transition into Spring/Summer and us Aussie's battle into Autumn, a shirt dress is the perfect way to stay stylish for that in-between climate.
And if you thought that shirt dress's lacked versatility, I'll stop you in your heel-clad tracks right there! The proof? These gorgeous looks! Read on for 10 omg-ah-mazing shirt style looks and how you can get these luxe styles for less...
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Is it a bird? (Well, technically, in Northern English lingo yes) Is it a plane? Nope it's a shirt dress worn backwards!
Mind blown? Sure is.
To make your shirt dress look like a whole new piece, just unbutton it about a quarter of the way down, throw on backwards and slide saucily off the shoulder. Tie a waistband in a large bow to cinch in that tummy, then throw on a fedora to make it score a big fat ten on the Riviera scale!
Please note: The Daily Luxe is not responsible for any awkward back unbuttoning
Gigi Hadid, do you ever get it wrong? This slit shirt dress and boots combo is the perfectly balanced brew of quirky, feminine and sexy!
Opt for a slouchy, slit piece and wear non-nonchalantly with high-shine black boots. Cos you like, totally, stole these shoes from your boyfriend!
♫ Hello, who are you? ♫
Even if you say freaking cousin it, I still want to be you. **Sighs**
This skater shape dress is a pear-shaped girls bezzie! Go just that little bit nautical and add a saddle bag and a fedora. You can even ride a bike too, if you feel hipster enough!
A shirt dress and a tan go together like Brad and Angelina.
Who knew that a maxi shirt dress could make such a stylish beach coverup? Pack this baby for your next vacay and whack on for an instant pool to bar look!
Or simply throw on to keep the sunburn at bay! A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are perfect for protecting from those pesky (but oh so warm) rays.
This girl is seriously the Einstein of the styling world!
Upon first thought, a maxi dress over jeans sounds totally ridiculous. Make that dress a shirt dress, unbutton and now we're talking! Add a laid-back black hat, bag and flats to keep it cool and casual.
It's girls like this one that make me feel like the Susan Boyle of the fashion world. Like.... seriously?
Socks and brogues, a fluffy bag and a colour-block jacket may sound like an overkill, but this look still passes as understated! Why? I hear you ask.... that plain white shirt dress that is the total central point!
Shirt dresses are anything but innocent! Although some tribe of nuns might wear them as a uniform in some part of the world, this babe has given the trend a bit of a naughty name! Opt for a high-slit maxi shirt, and let your lace up heels do the talking! An aptly placed wide belt will also draw the eyes to all your assets!
Who is this odd looking lady? (Psssttt... you can see my full outfit post for this look here)
This strange creature has combined knee high boots with her striped shirt dress. I don't mean to blow my own trumpet here, but I think it works!
Sporty and polished may seemingly be at opposite ends of the fashion spectrum. This look cleverly laces them together!
A chambray shirt dress is a timeless staple for every wardrobe, so make yours a bit different with a sporty cap and sneakers! That second shirt tied around the waist should be in the dictionary next to effortless. Love.
Kristina Bazan is total blogging goals. In more ways than one.
She makes this over-sized cornflower boyfriend dress look like an Oscar De La Renta gown. Although I can by no means transport you to this paradise she inhabits, I can advise you to roll up those sleeves, braid those salty locks and add a saddle bag!
Now can we have her career while too? **Does puppy eyes** Pretty please!
The Luxe For Less
I've searched the net far and wide for the best bargain shirt dresses! Cos I'm the Steve Jobs of bargain hunting, ya know?
If the thought of wearing huge, Mary Poppins style, pleats is laughable to you, take the pleat trend and give it a subtle makeover. Today I style my micro pleated Topshop top and give the oversized pleats option the cold shoulder...
Pleats scare me. Ok, not as much as Hunstman spiders do (I dare you to Google them), but the thought of adding huge bunches of frills and pleats is seriously daunting to me.
Having seen pleats rock the runway and having majorly drooled over Michael Lo Sordo's incredible pleated creations at Australian Fashion Week last year, I was determined to give this pretty and feminine trend a try.
The one problem? I live in a casual, tropical city, where walking down the street in a huuuge poof of pleats practically equates to having a light up moron sight on your head.
Enter this beautiful Topshop cold shoulder top! With a micro-pleated texture that is soft and quirky, I can rock this gorgeous trend in a more casual light. Unfortunately, the cobalt top is sold out, but there's a rather snazzy white one still available in Topshop here. **Bookmarks for future stress-induced shopping haul**
Although I may be keeping the theatrical over-sized pleats out of my wardrobe at the moment, give me a micro pleated texture or a pleated accent and I'll be a very happy chappy!
Is it just me or is every single blogger and their great Aunt Nora at Coachella? Just one scroll of my Instagram feed equals perfectly clad boho babes rocking out, celebrity squad goals and enough metallic tattoos to cover freaking Big Ben!
Rather than slowly turning as green as Shrek, I decided to style up my own festival-worthy boho look and take it to my tropical haven; the beach! Today I inject a little bit of Coachella into Tropical Australia with lace-ups, metallic tattoos and gold jewellery. Ah well, crowds always freak me out anyway...
Judging by the A/W 2016 runway trends, bohemian is here to stay, big time! I for one couldn't be happier! Just one peek into my overflowing wardrobe (or outfit posts) shows a ridiculous amount of suedette, fringing, lace-ups and ethnic patterns.
For many fashion-lovers, awards ceremony season provides a plethora of inspiration. For me, that inspirational time is Coachella. Laid back, bohemian and saucily Summery, music festival fashion is something that really inspires and embodies my everyday tropical style. When you live in constant Summer, every day can be a personal 'Coachella.' And having grown up in grey old Lizzie Land (Happy Birthday Your Majesty), I don't think that sunshine and warmth will ever go under my British Weather radar.
Today, I've embodied the festival vibe with this lace-up, split Boohoo dress. I know I say this about every other item I wear on 'The Daily Luxe', but I HAD to have this dress! I'm such a softie for a lace up necklace and I adore how this one is embraced by feminine ruffles.
If you follow me on Twitter, you would have seen the drool-worthy inspiration that lead me to whack out the metallic tattoos again! I don't care if they are so 2015, they are magical! Plus: how good do they look with a fake tan?! I added some oversized gypsy earrings and two arm cuffs for a look that is so maximalist, a monochrome-clad minimalist would think I was some sort of travelling gypsy.
Line up, line up, let me tell your fortune! You will follow me on Instagram in 40 seconds. Haha- it was worth a try!
Photobomb Alert! As with any public photo shoot, you get your fair share of starers, wtf-ers and the odd snicker-er. But the photo bombers I had today were a little bit different! Their only crime was being too fluffy and cute! Please join me in making a coo of eees, awws and ooos for these furry photo bombers...
♪ All the ladies on a budget say 'hey', all the ladies on a budget say 'ho'♪ For some, the phrase 'budget fashion' brings around images of dowdy granny stores and K-Mart sales. Not today! Throw those money=style stereotypes out of the window, it's time to go bargain hunting!
Today, I've rounded up the five styles of top that will guarantee you look on point this season! Alongside my personal styling tips and street style inspo, I've included budget buys that are all under $70 AUD or less (that's $55 USD or £37!) And the best part? They still look really darn expensive!
1. The Relaxed Pinstripe Shirt The perfect mix between polished and casual, you could literally throw this baby on with a bin bag and still look chic. Please note: I do not recommend this! Team with ultra-ripped denim shorts for an off-duty minimalist style or wear open over a bikini when you hit the golden sands. Clash with some chunky paisleys for loud boho vibes. The styling options are endless with this one...
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Leandra Medine; I doubt you repel men in this amazing look! You look fiiii-ne! Maybe you stole your mans shirt and wore it better than him?
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A hundred style points for ditzy accessories galore!
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Not sure if you are Mary-Kate or Ashley, but you are rocking it! Ever noticed how its impossible to tell them apart when they're wearing sunglasses! Mary-Kate has smaller eyes just FYI.
3. The Choker Top/ Keyhole neck You know this cut-out, plunging, key hole-neck style? I've seen it being referred to as the choker top or the keyhole neck top. Confusing ey? This, alongside loads of other weird names it's referred to make it really difficult to online shop for! I remember seeing this style first at Australian Fashion Week last year and now, it's hot-stuff for this season!
Here's me in a seriously old outfit post! I think I actually wore this top backwards to get this effect, as I couldn't find anything with this neckline in stores! You can check out this post that I shot in my garden (yes really) here.
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When a look gets Gigi approved, we officially need it in our wardrobes! Our fave it girl nails off-duty dressing in majorly distressed jeans, a white choker top and a long line coat.
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This blogger goes for an ultra-low cut to show off a pretty bralet. This one's best left to the brave!
5. The Boho Blouse This piece might have well time traveled from 1971, right into your wardrobe! A flowy blouse in a ethnic bohemian print is a must have for this season! Go for a wrap style or an off-shoulder look if you want to be super on-point. There's only one rule to stick to: the print has to look like it could be in Stevie Nicks wardrobe!
Full blown boho babes can team this lush piece with flares for a 70s look that's anything but costume-y.
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A psychologically hippy shirt, fringe bag and slight flares make this authentically 70s.
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Pair with distressed shorts and sneakers for a more modern take on the trend.
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An off-the-shoulder boho blouse is super feminine and is a double whammy when it comes to style!
I feel like I'm about to break out in 'Uptown Funk.' With ripped jeans, Adidas Superstars and a
grey fedora, I might have well of raided Bruno Mars's wardrobe! Sarcasm aside, I actually am really feeling this sporty, off-duty look.
If fashion were some sort of scale, I definitely gravitate more towards the girly side of things. Although I don't exactly walk around in hot pink and stilettos, I am about as far from a tomboy as England is from being tropical! But with ripped jeans, Adidas sneakers and all things sporty tom boy hitting it big in the style stakes, I couldn't resist styling them up with a hint of femininity.
This grey lace up bodysuit from Lookbook Store is a big injection of va-va-voom sex appeal into a trendy, but masculine look. I've always been a huge fan of lace-ups, but have never gone for such a plunging piece before. I think that it looks really off-duty and cool with the distressed jeans, whilst still looking classy and not showing too much skin.
Looking to give the more boyish trend a go? Here's my top tips
How To Make A Boyish Look More Feminine
If you're wanting to wear something a bit low cut or short, this trend is your chance! Juxtapose a low-cut top with baggy or ripped jeans or athletic yoga pants. Contrast short shorts with a baggy sports tee or hoody.
Accessorize! The simple addition of a statement accessory can instantly make a look more masculine or feminine. Dress up a boyish look with a sparkly statement necklace or make a girly look more edgy with a unisex bandana.
Ensure your hair and makeup is flawless.
Add a feminine handbag for an interesting contrast.
You've probably read this and thought, 'not that wall again...' Monsoon rain is bucketing it down here, leaving all my preferred tropical locations a huge no. This wall is my fail-safe photo zone! I may not be Jon Snow, but I am seriously the watcher of this wall!
How do you like to play with masculine and feminine elements in your look?
'Ciao bellas!' I am seriously at excited at how oh-so-Dolce-and-Gabbana my new playsuit is! I have been pining over D & G's Mediterranean prints for so long, but having the budget of a pauper, their thousand dollar beauties were waaay out of my league!! Until I either win the lottery or magically sky-rocket to Gary Pepper Girl status, this playsuit will happily the D & G shaped hole in my wardroe! And guess what? It's on sale for $18!
Before you scream 'oh my gosh I'm so sick of hearing about Coachella', I accidentally gave this look a festival kinda vibe with black Chelsea boots and a wrap choker. Although you may be looking at the blue ocean and raising an eyebrow, ankle boots are actually really great for walking along the beach. I guess it's a bit like walking in snow, minus the frostbite.
These photos were taken on a stunning stretch of road between Cairns and Port Douglas called The Captain Cook Highway. You won't be surprised to hear that it was crowned the second most beautiful drive in Australia, falling close behind the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. This winding, scenic trail is dotted with private coves and turquoise oceanic views, however, my favorite spot is this abundance of rock piles. After spotting these artistic formations popping up around the world on Instagram, I was surprised to see a few towers of rocks beginning to form on the top of this cliff. Fast forward six months and the rock piles have seriously taken over to form an abstract sculpture with a stunning blue backdrop! It warms my heart to see youngsters and oldies alike stacking up these rocks and becoming a part of something a lot bigger. You go nature; you are magic!
Living in tropical Australia, one of the most common things I get asked about is my tan. I'll tell you now: it's fake.
As a matter of fact, I am the biggest (and safest) anti-UV granny when it comes to real tanning. I wear SPF 50 and take shade under the palms when I visit my beachy paradises.
Growing up in the UK, the slightest slither of sun would see my pasty, white bod laying face down on a sun bed. Now I live in one of the hottest and sunniest places in the Western world and I'm always covered in sun block. Why? 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.
Fortunately, getting a tan can be easy, safe and is waaay faster then a 2 week wrinkle-causing bake out!
You wouldn't dye your hair without proper preparation right? Well, the exact same concept applies when it comes to that golden glow. If I could scream it from the rooftops, I would: EXFOLIATE!
Stubble Be Gone!
There's no point having tanned legs if they are still prickly! Shave away, using a moisturizing razor.
To exfoliate my skin, I use Frank Coffee Scrub. This natural, vegan and Australian made, coffee scrub is moisturizing and exfoliating all in one! Plus, it even targets cellulite, making you even more beach ready! I just apply a handful to my hands and scrub away. If I'm trying to remove excess tan, I often use an exfoliating glove and Frank simultaneously.
Bye Bye Mrs Dry
After towel drying, apply a moisturizer to your elbows, knees hands and feet. These dry areas are prone to going patchy and no one wants to look like Donald Trump!
Mitt Is It
Applying fake tan without a mitt is like going sky diving without a parachute; you're asking for trouble! I use the Model Co Blend Buffing Mit and it works a treat.
It's All In The Motion Of The Ocean
For a flawless coverage, apply a dessert spoons worth of tanning product onto your mitt and smooth gently over your skin in circular motions. I recommend doing this in front of a mirror to ensure your haven't missed any spots.
Bringing Sexy Back
Ah... the old age fake tanning your back problem. I normally ask Jake to do mine, much to his annoyance! However, I have stumbled across this ModelCo back applicator if you're willing to go it alone.
Erm.. Do I Put This On My Face?
Although you can use your body false tan on your face, I would recommend using a specific facial tan. I use St Tropez Classic Tan Face Lotion. If you have light eyebrows, apply Vaseline to them prior to application to avoid ending up with Ed Sheeran's eyebrows.
Wait It Out
Wait 10 minutes before getting dressed. Then wait the amount of time specified on the bottle. If you're in a rush, I really recommend Model Co One Hour Tan.
I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts
Is it just me or does the smell of coconuts bring back memories of childhood holidays? I think this is one reason why my top pick is Bondi Sands Dark Self Tanning Lotion. I have tried and tested so many self-tan products and I can honestly say that this one takes the crown!
Make It Last
Prolong your tan by moisturizing with a tan-infused product. I tan once a week and moisturize with Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk each night. I find that a gentle exfoliation every few days stops your tan from going patchy too.
Finding Your Shade
If your a total newbie, I really recommend starting off with a gradual tan, that way you have 0% chance of ending up like an oompa loompa! Most brands have light, medium and dark shades available. If you are very fair, opt for the light tone. More olive skin tones should opt for dark. If you're not quite sure, mediums the one for you!
On a side note; how darn awesome is this crochet swimsuit? I adore how feminine and unique it is. I've had enough lycra swimsuits to fill a barrel, so this is a welcome and stunning breath of fresh air.
Let me tell you about my current drool-worthy pair of shoes I can't get enough of...
- They go with everything - They are sooo comfy - They look super chic
Tell me Rachel, what are these magical unicorn-esque shoes? MY ADIDAS SUPERSTARS!
If you have been reading my blog lately, you would have seen that I have jumped on this street style trend wagon with my hands in the air screaming 'hallelujah!'. Trans. I wear them all the time.
And if you've bagged yourself a pair of Superstars, or any other stylish sneaker, you're in luck! I've been around the world of the net and found 10 crazily stunning outfits with sneakers aka trainers. (Where's my British gone?)
Just a quick message to your feet: You're welcome!
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Meet sparkle Spice, sporty Spice's sexier, more glittery cousin. Jokes aside, there is something so satisfyingly oxymoronic about the dressy sequin culottes and the Superstars together. And the way that bomber is draped so non-nonchalantly across the shoulders... goals!
The Simple Chic
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Once again, Alexa Chung proves that she can do no wrong when it comes to her wardrobe choices. The British babe looks smoking hot in a white, embroidered detailed, dress and Superstars!
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This look seriously proves that there are no rules when it comes to sneaker dressing. A drop waist, monochrome maxi dress looks equally as stylish with trainers as it does with black heels. Up the playful, tomboy vibe by adding a black leather jacket.
His n Hers
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After Britney and Justin's double denim castastropy circa 2001, we questioned if couple dressing could ever be cool. This couple show that it can be cool as heck! This double sporty-meets-shirt look is perfectly complimented with Adidas Superstars. Now... how to trick Jake into couple dressing...?
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Yes... I know I used this pun in a previous post. **Round of applause for lame dad jokes/ 90s references** This tanned beauty looks like a total bombshell in grey jersey basics and Adidas sneakers.
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See... the options really are endless! Up the quirk on your Adidas originals' by popping on some socks underneath and clashing with a pop-art printed dress.
I don't mean to have a huge blow on my own trumpet by including myself in this, as matter of fact, I am like the Bounty in the box of Celebrations that are these fashionistas. I pared bright whites with my fake tan and went for a lace playsuit and Superstars combo.
(Photo Source: justthedesign.com) A maxi shirt dress is styled to perfection with an oversized snood and leather jacket. Just when you think it couldn't look anymore off-duty effortless, she throws in the sneakers. Boom! Retro Vibes
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Bring the preppy 80s vibes of the sneakers to life with retro pops of sporty stripes and oversized knits.
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When your other half tells you that Adidas sneakers are not sexy, show him this! This fiiiine lady combines a body-con midi skirt and sneakers for a more sporty take on classic sex appeal.
The Luxe For Less
As a self-confessed bargain addict, I have searched far and wide to get these babies for you at the lowest price possible and here they are....
My obsession sheer love for playsuits continues with this cute, lace-embellished, number from Lookbook Store*. I have to admit, it took me a while to figure out if it was grey or lilac; I felt like I was having my own personal #thedress crisis!
This grey-lilac (see, compromise) playsuit is surprisingly striking as a beach get-up! It looks so cute against a tan and makes the Tropical North Queensland sea look even more bright blue! Just a funny fact for you; this beach is called Nudey Beach! Despite the R rated name, everyone was thankfully wearing clothes!
If you didn't notice two different varieties of this look in the photos above, I challenge you to a game of Where's Wally.
Given up? Here's a hint, it's wrapped around my neck!
Two Ways To Wear A Tie Belt Got a playsuit or dress with a fabric wrap around belt? You're in luck! That little strip of fabric is absolute gold when it comes to styling...
Tie around your garment in a statement bow for an instant cinched in waist!
Alternatively, tie it around your neck for a matching (and free) fabric choker. Boom! I feel as smart as Steven Hawking for figuring this out!
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Fashion week: a plethora of stunning clothes, new faces, old friends, endless flashing lights and blistered toes. If only the glasses of champagne and front row views could be forever...**sighs**.
With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in full swing, it's safe to say that MBWA: You have totally upped your game! **Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oy oy oy!** With stunning resort collections from designer collections including Zhivago and Ginger & Smart and a saucy catwalk appearance from Bella Hadid, there is a whole lot of tales to tell...
But as I sit with blistered feet and an on-coming surge of slumber, I thought I'd share my Fashion Week looks for the first few days of MBFWA.... Day 1: Maticevski
MBFWA opened with a serene and whimsical display by the unofficial master of shapes Toni Maticevski. Set in the minimalist and raw backdrop of The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, guests were taken into a wondrous daydream of paper-like textures, oversized ruffles and punchy, disco, metallics.
As this was the dressiest show I'd been invited to, I went all-out glam in a full length C/Meo Collective dress. Apparently there was some sort of unspoken memo that everyone was going in black and white. Good old' Rach stood out like a neon sign saying 'Foreign' in this teal number! **Rounds of applause all round**
The first full day of fashion week kicked off with a cheeky bit of girly glam courtesy of Ginger & Smart. Georgia Alice provided an array of slouchy shapes to a backdrop of some sort of crazy 90s rave. Bella Hadid lead a girl gang that was the definition of #goals in Misha Collection and Zhivago was a musical ode to the age of the selfie.
**Please note: More in depth show details and photos will be posted in due course. I’m not that much of a lazy oath**
Today I felt a bit like a 1930s nurse in my The Fifth Label pinstripe dress. I funked it up with a wide-set choker and boots to ensure that I didn’t look like I was serving behind the barricades. The fact that I actually got street style ‘papped’ makes me think that I succeeded! Score!
Six days, 33 shows and a whole lot of beautiful clothes later, all I can say is: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, you have been a corker!
Today I bring you my report on the top-notch Australian Resort collections and let me say that my shopping list has truly grown to approximately the size of 'War & Peace'.
From the very avant-garde, to the fun and flirty, this is the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2017 Resort Collections...
Serene and whimsical, flowing yet structured, innocent yet gothic; Matciveski is a plethora of stunning, artistic, juxtapositions. The angelic-nature of oversized ruffles and peeks of underskirts were contrasted with sultrier and gothic elements. Black zipped panelling, crumpled corsets and detached, cloak-like sleeves showed her to be the sorceress and the angel at once. (Read my full review for Mirodoor here)
Trends to try:
- Scrunchy textures
- Oversized ruffles
- Full skirts
Ginger & Smart
Presented in an oh-so-feminine palette of nudes, browns and creams, Ginger & Smart straddled the fine line between bohemian and ladylike. Silky textures were given an edge with cinched in wrap shapes and soft fringing. Assymetry and off-shoulder shapes were perfectly molded in stripes.
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Despite starting her label in 2013, the up-and-coming Misha Collection is slowly infiltrating its way into celebrity and it girl wardrobes. This perfect balance of boudoir-style sexiness and classy glamour was an array of whispy lace and layered bustiers. The best part of all? It was open and closed by none other than Bella Hadid!
Trends to try:
- Bustier dresses
- Silk Neck ties
Aje's hazey 'post-apocalyptic' scene was a sure fire scream to the 90s. Grungey tees were battered and holed, then thrown effortlessly over denim. Elizabethan ruffle blouses were grunged up with black worker boots and studded denim.
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Opening with a musical that was some sort of ode to the selfie, Zhivago really pulled out all the stops when it came to glamour! The collection was an adaptation of the 1992 film 'Death Becomes Her' and took the theme of Hollywood glamour and applied a 1,000 watt voltage to it. A plethora of filtered Barbie's strutted the runway in saucy party dresses, contrasted with overly caked, almost decaying, makeup.
Trends to try:
- Shoulder pads
- Slitted flares
One of my favorite collections of the week was undoubtedly Karla Spetic. Funky, yet simple, the collection combined clean line and shapes with an air of a European Holiday destination. Color pops of lavender and blue peeked out of wrap skirts and boxy tops. Postcard-perfect photos of holiday destinations were embedded amongst frills and slits.
Trends to try:
- Scalloped hems
- Lavender prints
- Frilled necks
By Johnny is known for its cut-outs and colour blocks, so this more flowing collection was truly a turn in a more sophisticated direction. Monochrome prints were draped with ruffles and pulled in strong lines off the shoulders. An air of Sixties Mod was present in oversized florals and high necks, and I loved it!
Trends to try:
- Monochrome florals
- Oversized tiers
After hours of 'fierce' models and super serious shows, Macgraw was a sugary-sweet breath of fresh air. Upon entering the theatre, the audience were sat facing a Barbie pink door. As the lights dimmed and the music began, a smiling, innocent-faced girl skipped through clad in a cascade of ruffles. Pretty frills, florals and pleats were all joined with innocent smiles and flowing girls. After the show, I was left with a huge craving for ruffles, cotton candy curls and all things girly.
Trends to try:
- Tiered ruffles
- Peter Pan collars
- Ditsy florals
Bec & Bridge
We were taken away to a dreamy, bohemian land in a far away, exotic land. As the audience entered, they were met by artists drawing mandalas on the floor in chalk and a musky scent of incense floated in the air. The clothing itself was made for the glamorous traveler. Slouchy white cottons and more-fitted one-shouldered pieces were perfect for a day-to-night wardrobe. The one shoulder cut was a favorite of the brand and appeared on slinky swimsuits and beige jumpsuits.
Trends to try:
- One shoulder
- Slinky metallics
Who knew that earthy tones could look so polished? Bianca Spender presented a collection that was sophisticated, on-trend and just that perfect amount of quirky. Adding a 90s pazazz to an understated neutral palette, shapes were tailored, yet oversized. An element of glam rock was captured in silky suits and perfectly-cut overalls, which showed that office dressing doesn't have to necessarily equate to boring.
Trends to try:
- Blazer and Pants combos
- Fitted overalls
I had the pleasure of interviewing head designer Siham, who told me that the collection was inspired by 'the art form of cubism'.The perfect balance between clean and minimal and on-trend bohemian, the collection was the ultimate wish list. Oversized, double breasted blazers were low-cut and belted at the waist, taking the office fashionista to a whole new level. The office staple of the white shirt had an equally modern makeover and was ruffled, bowed and pleated to make it equally as chic after office hours.
Trends to try:
- Silk neck scarves
- Tiered ruffles and fringing
- Belted blazers
The classic Aussie bather got a more sporty makeover courtesy of Bondi Bather. High waist bottoms and sportsbra shapes were accompanied by oceanic prints of splashing waves and palm leaves. Schnootzl the Sausage Dog even made a very anticipated appearance, which resulted in a plethora of 'awws' from fashionistas.
Trends to try:
- Water inspired prints
- Neoprene bags
- Sheer necklines
I'm a sucker for pretty swimwear and the swim show presentedthree new brands to go on my radar: Duskii, Palm Swimwear and Aquablu.Always exotic, these collections showed the ultimate beach babe in romantic crochet pieces, sporty separates and tropical embellished numbers.
Trends to try:
- Crochet swimsuits
- Rash vests
Known for her flirty take on swimwear, dresses and separates, Sydney seems like the perfect venue to showcase her resort collection.A plethora of floral chiffon made an appearance in layered skirts, flowy pants and maxi dresses. It came with a side of nineties sports luxe via bomber jackets and sporty jumpers. The combination of the flowing, nomadic elements and the more structured silk pieces represented the nonchalant girl who could throw together multiple trends and look effortlessly chic. She wandered through the Caribbean in all her luxury, donning soft folk dresses by day and silky blouses and embellished blazers by night. (See full review for Mirodoor here)
Trends to try:
- Embellished silk shirts
- Color block swimsuits
House Of Cannon
Although they may be a relatively new brand, 'House of Cannon' are quickly becoming known for their quirky and distorted photographic prints. This collection saw a number of stunning dandelion designs emblazoning tailored blazers and pants. But the most show-stopping print of all was the car prints, which were distorted along the lines of the garment in a flattering and chic manner.
Trends to try:
- Printed blazers
- Assymetric blouses over leggings
- Matching printed sets
Oscar De La Renta
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week closed with a plethora of dreamy cocktail and wedding dresses courtesy of Oscar De La Renta. Now under the trusty hands of creative director, Peter Copping, the collection remained true to the late Oscar's undeniably luxurious brand. The runway was opened and closed by Victoria's Secret model Shanina Shaik and featured a number of exquisite wedding and occasion dresses.
Trends to try:
- Delicate embellishment
- 3d florals - Silky gowns
Ohhh you're still awake? Thank you for making it to the end of this crazy long post. It was Oscar De La Renta and those super stunning dresses that kept you going right?
If you're still craving a bit more of MBFWA you can check out my outfits from days 1 and 2 here.
Which collection made you go 'oh my gosh'?
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Fashion week is always a mixed bag. Some people are inspired by what they see on the runway and some are more wowed by what they see on the guests.
To put it simply, if fashion week was a three course meal, street style would be the tasty dessert. Today I share with you my looks from days 3 and 4 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, which includes a suitably chocolate- hued top (nom nom nom)...
Picture the scene: glowing, airbrushed ladies adorned in head to toe designer clobber comparing their newest YSL clutches. Enter Rachel, the walking Zara catalogue, with an invisible neon 'broke' sign with glowing arrows above her head. But alas, the compliments actually did come my way **evil laugh**, which just goes to show it's not what you rock, it's how you rock it!
And that, ladies, is broke girl early career girl fashion 101. I picked up these statement striped culottes earlier this year when I was back in the UK, and, as this embellished tee was the Keanan to its Kel, I had to grab it too. My shoes, however, are actually from Schutz and did cost me a pretty penny. The lace up leathery goodness of them made the constant toe plastering between shows totally worth it! Although, as you will notice, this was the last day I braved heels! 10 hours of constant standing between shows are not for towering stilettos!
I wore this outfit to go witness the magic that was Karla Spetic, By Johnny, Macgraw, Bec & Bridge, Steven Khalil and Bianca Spender. You can read all about these stunning collections here.
**Looks above** Bloomin' heck, how many things was I wearing?!
Day 3 included one of my fave designers C/meo Collective (Also known as Cameo), so I thought I'd rock my stunning 'graduation skirt' from the brand. I just adore the origami structure of it and it's a good job I wore it, as I was smack-bang centre front row drooling as their new pieces graced the catwalk. I also interviewed the labels' head designer for Miro Door and she was sweet, beautiful, talented and the same age as me.... **sighs**.
By day 4 my poor sore tootsies were screaming 'Adidas' so I had to throw on my Superstars. However, at 5ft 7, and with most people in heels, I felt like a total shortie for the first time in my life. Altogether now... 'I'm a little blogger short and stout.'
Jokes aside, there were a whole load of fashionistas that had ditched their fancy heels for sneakers. I honestly think that Adidas Superstars need some sort of hallelujah chorus dedicated to them, they are so darn comfy and still look chic!
I completed this muted-palette with a stripe off-shoulder top and these really cute Michael Kors sunglasses. Is it just me or has MK totally upped their sunglasses game recently? I approve.
Stay tuned for Tuesdays post, where I will be sharing my last two outfits from MBFWA. In the meantime, you can stalk my outfits from the first two days here.
Fashion Week down under is like walking into an issue of 'Harpers Bazaar.' Beautiful people twirling in designer dresses, huge photographers and PR mavens whose names are about as hard to say as that Peter Piper tongue twister.
Here's my little corner of that magazine: my street style looks from days 5 and 6 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Bargain hunters, get your happy faces at the ready, this post includes one of my most photographed looks: a $18 playsuit*
Here's me being all quintessentially Australian with my lack of color. But instead of going all Scandi-style minimalist, I piled on textures and prints to the max!
This Dotti top is two of my fave things: marble and high neck, and it was such a steal at $20! Unfortunately, it's sold out, but Missguided has an equally cute white one!
As you can see, I did the whole 'non-chalent-coat-over-shoulders' kaboodle. Is it just me or does it make a jacket look instantly more expensive? Free class? I'll take that!
I added sneakers to my Ginger & Smarts culottes for a bottom half that is as comfy as lying in bed all day **bliss**. I was given this C/meo Collective scarf after attending the show and once I saw it, I had to incorporate it into this monochrome look.
People say, leave the best to last. In my case, I left the most bargainous til last. As I always say 'you don't need a million dollars to look a million bucks' and this was 100% true with my $18 Yoins Playsuit!
With an on-trend floral print, sassy, off-shoulder neckline and a longer overlay that was made for twirling, it's not surprising that this beauty was admired by street style photographers.
The most amazing thing about this piece is that it looks super expensive. And as I strutted towards cameras who had previously been snapping designer-clad girls, I had to hold down my grin.
I added to the casual bohovibe with this Western-style skinny belt and black ankle boots. This skinny scarf is actually a belt from a dress, but I think it really adds a bit of quirk to the look.
If you're not bored of my mug, check out my looks from days 1 and 2 and days 3 and 4. Or you can check out the Australian Resort Collections here.
Weekend expeditions to volcanic lakes, hippy villages and retro cafes are made for quirky retro looks. Today, I channeled my 1970s spirit child and went hippy in flared sleeves, statement stripes and this oh-so-stunning beaded Native American Necklace*.
**Photos taken at Kuranda, 'That Retro Cafe' and Lake Eacham, all on the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland**
Living in the Southern Hemisphere can be a bizarre experience. Why? The majority of my fellow fashionistas dwell in the North and it all feels sort of topsy-turvy. As my Instagram news feed start to become more beach-y and I see an increase of 'oh my gosh sunshine' exclamations, all I can say is, 'welcome to my world!' ;)
Bohemian style is often associated with sunshine and Summer days, so it comes as no surprise that this trend is gonna be huge for the on-coming European Summer. Ladies: embrace flares in all their glory, mix and match with flows of florals, lashings of jewellery and everything fringed!
As I live in constant Summer (feel free to virtually slap me), boho vibes are always strong in my day to day look. So when Bo Boutique, an online jewellery mecca focusing on those wanderlust-filled boho vibes, popped into my radar, I was hooked. This Native American Beaded Necklace* is hand made with love and inspired by the designers love of travel and gypsy jewels. Worn over this black, flared-sleeve top, it makes a stunning statement that has me dreaming of Native American trails and long nights wandering under the stars.
I highlighted the pieces' vibrant mauve tones in my striped skirt, which is from the bargain palace that is Primarni Primark. The ankle boots polished the look off to festival perfection. The result? Something truly bohemian, but with an air of understated glamour. #BlowingMyTrumpetMuch?
'SUMMER!!!', the entire Northern Hemisphere screams in unison.
Summer style will always be my fave; effortlessly chic maxis, cute cut offs and enough boho luxe to fill a whole darn swimming pool!
Today, it's time to get your wanderlust hats on! I'm sharing 10 perfectly-salty beach looks for you to copy this Summer! Plus: my luxe for less shopping options so that you can get that Pinterest-worthy look for under $100.
Just try not to get on a plane after you read this! (Especially if you're headed into Aussie Winter)
The Crochet Maxi
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Crochet maxis were practically made to pair with sun-kissed arms and salty hair. Go for one with full coverage, and switch your sandals for wedge heels come 6PM and you're ready for beach-side cocktails!
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Boho Skirt & Crop Top
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Boho print skirts are one item you NEED to have in your Summer rotation. Add a crop top, some lace-up gladiators and a bandana and be the best dressed babe on the beach!
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Slit, Breezy & Tropical Printed
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Summer would be boring without tropical prints! Embrace this seasons aztec, floral and boho prints on long, flowing maxi dresses. Wear barefoot and with a flower crown for extra hippy points. Coachella who?
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A Touch Of Flare
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That flared dress can totally be worn for the daytime! Keep accessories minimal and hair nonchalant and salty. Now all I need is a Greek Island and a pina colada in my hand...
Guess who? This odd ball somehow thinks its appropriate to go Safari to the beach? Just kidding. Grab a white blouse, brown shorts and a hat and head to those sandy shores!
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The Little White Dress is the definition of a Summer staple. For a romantic look, opt for a floaty shirt number like the gorgeous girly above! Just don't forget to fake tan! (You can check out my tips here).
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The Flowy Co-ords
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Twinsies! I think you'll agree that this flowy, off-shoulder two piece is what balmy dreams are made of. **Sighs** I don't know who you are, but can I be you?
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The Grecian Maxi
(Full post here) Here's one from the archives!!! A Grecian-style maxi dress is like the jeans of Summer; it never goes out of style! Go for light blue tones to set off a tan or opt for printed for a more bohemian vibe.
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Denim Shorts & Boho Blouse
(Photo Source: spelldesigns.com) This blouse has wanderlust written all over it. Paisleys, florals, folk.... the more prints the merrier! Add some distressed denim shorts for a look that looks unbelievably thrown together. #IWokeUpLikeThis The Luxe For Less
The Stripe Off-Shoulder Dress
(Photo Source: urbanoutfitters.tumblr.com) Stripes: check! Off-shoulders: check! That's a double trend whammy! Nautical style dresses are always a sure fire hit for Summer, so make it so this year by opting for an off-shoulder style. Now, time to watch endless Youtube tutorials to try and master that braid...
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After the success of my first fake tan guide, I'm planning on doing a fake tan FAQ post. If you have any queries about anything fake tan related, pop them in the comments below!