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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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    boho beach style girl on beach wearing rose print maxi kimono round sunglasses 
    Boho beach style is made for my balmy, tropical lifestyle. Living smack bang between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, it doesn't often get below 20°C, so fun, light layers and bright bikinis are a must!

    Today I've teamed up with Boohoo* to show you a boho beach style that can take you straight from the balmy ocean, to lunch, to seaside shopping and beyond.


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    boho beach style girl on beach wearing rose print maxi kimono round sunglasses

    black gladiator sandals worn with beach maxi dress

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    rose print floral maxi kimono with western buckle belt and lace up choker on beach with blue water

    tanned blonde girl in red scallop edge bikini on tropical four mile beach port douglas australia

     tropical beach blogger wearing boho beach style floral kimono summer outfit

    All from Boohoo*

    Although I live two streets away from the beach (permission to virtually slap me granted), Jake and I often enjoy spending our weekends road tripping in search of that perfect spot of sand, hidden bay, or palm-fringed shore. 

    For this shoot, we took one of our short and fave mini road trips up to the tropical haven of Port Douglas. The hour stretch of road between Cairns and Port Douglas, called The Captain Cook Highway, is absolutely laden with serene, sandy beaches. Best of all, these beaches are almost always empty.

    You're probably thinking, 'who in their right sweaty mind wears a choker and belt to the beach?' But before you brand me nuttier than that little squirrel off Ice Age, hear me out.

    Tropical beach hopping calls for an outfit that is more than just a bikini. Often, Jake and I will drop by to a cafe to enjoy a nice lunch, or explore rain forest tracks. Would you want to stare at some chick in a bikini whilst tucking into your avo toast? Nope, didn't think so!

    My boho beach style is all about versatility. This quirky, scallop edge bikini is made for my pear shape figure when I dare to bare all. The layered, scalloped top is like some kind of magical, instant boob job. 

    What is most versatile of all, is this rose print maxi kimono. It can be worn open as a cheeky beach coverup, or the ties can be wrapped round and worn at the back to create an on-trend, slit maxi dress. Add a lace up choker and Western buckle belt, and it becomes an outfit worthy of a seat in some beach-side Hipster cafe.

    To rock the all-day boho beach style yourself, follow my simple equation:

    Killer bikini + closed coverup + accessories to layer + sandles=


    blake lively wearing beach kimono coverup 
    (Photo: popsugar.com)

    Please note:  The Daily Luxe does not guarantee that you will look like Blake Lively.

    Jokes aside, get your boho beach style together and go off on a beach adventure!



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    girl wearing blush floral dress with pastel grey oliver bilou bag and boots

    Blush styles and positive affirmations have one thing in common: they make you feel a little bit warm and tingly inside.

    It a world full of, let's be honest, freaking scary stuff, it can be all to easy to lose yourself in a sea of worries, rather than living in the moment.

    Today, I'm taking advice from my Oliver Bilou* handbag:

    Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

    Read on for my transitional blush outfit, which is topped off perfectly with my new statement handbag. Plus, I'm giving away two of these handbags to you! (Yes you!)



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    girl with blonde topknot lob wearing floral blush dress with grey oliver bilou handbag in front of palm trees

    girl with blonde topknot lob wearing floral blush dress with grey oliver bilou handbag in front of palm trees

    oliver bilou handbag with positive affirmation saying always believe that something wonderful is about to happen

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    girl wearing blush floral dress with pastel grey oliver bilou bag and boots


     Bag: Oliver Bilou Vivian* Get 15% off with the code 'thedailyluxe'
    Dress: Forcast*
    Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

    When blush first started to make an appearance on the fashion circuit, I wasn't quite convinced. However, I just hadn't considered exactly how I would style it.

    This pastel look has honestly made me fall in love with blush. As the floral dress is the epitome of girly girl, I felt like I needed something just that little bit edgy to tone it down.

    Enter the Oliver Bilou Vivian bag; a cute and quirky, statement handbag in a stunning lilac-gray tone. With a quirky plaited detail and unusual shape, this bag is literally that perfect finishing quirk to add to any luck.

    After getting so many compliments on my rose gold and black Mia bag, I couldn't wait to take this one out for a spin. Best of all, it actually fits my DSLR camera in it. Yep: goodbye stylish, standard black canvas bag and hello Vivian!I choose to radiate love, joy & gratitude today. I know life is too short to dwell on negativity. I walk in the light!

    I'm a firm believer that handbags can increase happiness; hey, that's what Chanel bags are for, right? This Oliver Bilou bag takes the sheer joy of handbags to a new level.

    When you open up this dreamy, grey bag, you are met by a positive affirmation that instantly uplifts you:


    Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

    With each bag containing a different message to help you smile and feel confident, I thought I'd share some of my favorite positive affirmations.

    5 Positive Affirmations To Instantly Make Your Day Better

    Pack away that tiny violin and replace it with a big fat smile! Here's some inspirational positive affirmations to help you kick butt and envision your dreams.
    1.  I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
    2.  I choose to radiate love, joy & gratitude today. I know life is too short to dwell on negativity. I walk in the light!
    3. I release my need to compare myself to others. I judge myself by my own standards of success. I am ENOUGH just as I am.
    4. The answer is right before me, even if I am not seeing it yet.
    5. I can tap into a wellspring of inner happiness anytime I wish.


    Win A Luxury Handbag For You and Your Bestie

    I absolutely adore my Oliver Bilou Besties, so I've teamed up with the brand to giveaway a handbag to one lucky reader and their bestie!

    To enter, simply head over to my Instagram and enter on this post:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BRnhSpLhaQt/?taken-by=thedailyluxe

    Good luck! And may the best chica win!


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    diy fringe hem jeans and embroidered floral loafers
    Go to your kitchen, grab a cheese grater and voila: a brand new wardrobe staple!

    Fringe hem jeans and embroidered loafers have been on my lust list since they first popped up on my Pinterest.

    Instead of forking out thousands on the must-have Gucci numbers, I opted for this gorgeous $40 Boohoo pair.

    As for the jeans, well **cough cough** all it took was a cheese grater.

    Yes: I'm serious.

    These DIY fringe hem jeans are a reincarnation of an old pair of denims that I hacked up with a cheese grater.

    Ready to make your own grate jeans? (Sorry, I had to!)

    Read on for a tutorial on how to create these DIY fringe hem jeans and see how I styled mine up oh-so-street-style worthy with these floral embroidered loafers

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    Loafers: Boohoo
    Sunglasses: Prada
    Shirt: An old white shirt that I pulled down off the shoulders

    Surely I'm not the only one that attaches emotions and memories to certain pieces of clothing?

    These jeans are a prime example. Having bought them on my working holiday abroad in the USA, they have slowly been accumulating dust at the back of my wardrobe. Every time I go to do a clear out, they somehow magically ricochet from my 'donate' pile and back into their prime dusty spot.

    Rather than throwing away the jeans I bought at Forever 21 in Santa Monica (USA readers, don't laugh! Forever 21 wasn't existent in the UK and Forever 21 in the epitome of American), I decided to give them a sexy make over so that I'd actually wear them again.

    After a cheeky trip to the cheese grater, my Forever 21 DIY fringe hem jeans are hot and ready for 2017!

    I apologize for the lack of photos of my actually creating the jeans. After receiving so many messages in response to me grating my jeans on Instagram story to create these, I thought I'd give you a step by step guide on how to create these DIY fringe hem jeans.

    In attempt to look like someone from the Milan glam pack, I styled them with these drool-worthy floral embroidered loafers.

    DIY Fringe Hem Jeans Tutorial

    Warning: Please wear gloves, I found out the hard way and my poor fingertips ended up a little grated. 

    I'd write an inventory list for this tutorial, but everything you need for this DIY fringe hem jeans tutorial is quite literally sitting in your kitchen pantry. Without further adieu, get thee to the kitchen to find a cheese grater and a pair of scissors. Oh yes.. you also need an old pair of denim jeans.

    Note: This could blunt your cheese grater. I used the smallest grater size, cos who on earth wants small pieces of cheese?!

    Done? Great. Here's a brie-f diagram to help you in your DIY:

    diy fringe hem jeans tutorial

    1. Grab your scissors and simply cut off the hems on the bottom of the jeans.
    2.  Cut the front half of the jeans approximately one inch smaller than the back. (See A)
    3.  Grab the front layer of your jeans and place the bottom inch of denim inside down on the cheese grater and grate downwards in one direction. (See B)
    4.  Keep going until you have distressed the bottom inch of the jeans.
    5. Pull out the horizontal wefts to create fringes.
    6. Repeat on the back layer of the denim.
    7. Repeat on the other leg. 
     Voila: You have some fringe hem jeans!

    Here's my fave embroidered loafers to style them with:
    http://bit.ly/2nvZei8  http://bit.ly/2mopnzv
    From left: ASOS, Boohoo, Free People

     

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    minimalist street style look outfit idea white shirt leather pants silk scarf

    Personal style stereotypes, we've all heard of them. From the perfectly polished babe who only wears body-con and cleavage flashers, to the bearded hipster who laughs in the name of anything that isn't vintage.

    Rather than concentrate on fitting into some sort of group, personal style is all about being you.

    Being a blogger, I know all how hard it is to not fall into this 'branded' image of yourself. Since we were little girls, we have been trying to force ourselves into a mold; trying to figure out whether we were Baby Spice or Sporty Spice.

    Why not be both?

    Today, I'm going to discuss what it means to have an eclectic personal style and give you some of my top tips on how to avoid the style stereotype funnel.



    summer style smiling girl wearing retro navy lace dress and pom pom sandals

     Outfit 1:
    Shirt and Pants: Forcast*
    Scarf: Cameo Collective
    Clutch: Colette Hayman (Similar)
    Hat: Sportsgirl (Similar)

    Outfit 2:
    Dress: Leota*
    Sunglasses: Sunday Somewhere*
    Shoes: Betts

    This post was inspired by something odd. On several posts where I haven't worn bright colours or prints, such as this minimalist look, I have found myself apologizing.

    Sure, I love my prints, as a matter of fact, in a previous on personal style, I literally labelled myself as having 'bohemian style'.

    Although strong colours, prints textures and beach vibes continue to dominate my wardrobe, as I get older, I do enjoy a more minimalist look too. I found myself laughing at how ridiculous that was and that I'd somehow transcended this 'branded image' of myself I'd created.

    Sure, fashion is great if you have something to identify with, but it's all about being comfortable in your own skin. Long story short: don't let your own self-categorizations define you.

    My Personal Style Tips

    Avoid the style stereotype trap with a few personal style tips...

     australian street style monochrome outfit leather pants white shirt black lace up heels

     

    Wear What You Love

    Who cares if you don't 'identify' as a rock chick. If that ACDC tee calls your name, you rock it! Don't be afraid to mix up different styles to give pieces your own twist. Band tees and pencil skirts can be surprisingly sexy together!


     close up photo of lace up black heels pom pom clutch leather pants

     

    Take Risks

    Just because you always wear monochrome doesn't mean you have to resist that oh-so-pretty coral top. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and have fun with fashion, it is a form of art after all.

    Note to self: use this as an excuse when shopping!

     summer outfit idea navy lace dress statement earrings pom pom sandals in front of tropical graffiti wall

     

    Juxtapose

    Although your top may scream 'Woodstock', matching it with something completely contrasting, such as a blazer is what makes an outfit interesting.

    When considering your personal style, don't stick to one 'category', just put together pieces you truly love and that's when the magic happens!
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    Accessorize

    Statement jewellery can make any outfit instantly more unique. Whether you're a fan of statement earrings, or you feel lost without that dainty pendant, find jewellery that reflects you as a person and work it into your personal style. 

    Although one style may reflect you, mix it up a little, have fun and get that personal style on point!



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    blonde fashion blogger wearing mauve boho floral print dress fringe bag beige ankle boots

    Mauve seems to be making waves in the fashion spectrum. A sweet, feminine hue, with a dark edge, I can firmly get out my weatherman hat and forecast that mauve will be the new blush.

    Today I make a mauve in this boho printed mini dress and ankle boots combo.

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     summer outfit idea boho print dress with crochet detailing wrap choker marble sunglasses

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    Dress: Tobi*
    Sunglasses: TIJN Eyewear*
    Choker: Lovisa


    As I hold up two red dresses to myself in front of the mirror, I hear a stifled chuckle from my other half.. 'But my lipstick is more of crimson colour, so this scarlet dress would be a little bit clash-y', I ponder.

    'Errr... aren't they both red?'. He questions. I shake my head, tut tut and carry on my dilemma.

    Anyone whose other half/brother/dad/male friend has made a comment like this, raise your magenta flag.

    Thought so.

    Luckily for those with a keen eye, fashion can be far more than a primary school palette of primary, secondary and tertiary colours. As a matter of fact, boffins say that 'an uncountable number of colours exist' in the light frequency brackets that the human eye can perceive.

    But before I get out my oversized lab coat and bore you all to tears with physics, let's flip it right back over into fashion.

    Mauve is a colour that is often overlooked. A duskier, moodier Sister of girlish lilac, mauve is perfect for the feminine fashionista with the grungier edge.

    With blush still the hue topping the colour trend charts, I could honestly place my bets on mauve being the next tint to knock it off its hot spot!

    Due to it's mix of warm and cool undertones, mauve is surprisingly versatile for all skin and hair tones. Ladies with cooler skin tones should opt for mauve hues that sit on the more blue end of the spectrum. Those with skin with red or pinkish undertones should opt for more blush-toned mauve pieces.

    The mauve colour trend is an absolute dream when it comes to styling. Mix it up with other 'neutral' hues, such as nude, beige and khaki. Or, if you're feeling brave, clash with textured navy pieces.

    This boho printed Tobi dress* has made me think that mauve might actually be my long lost colour soul mate. I teamed it with neutral-hued pieces to let the print really do the talking.


    I Like To Mauve It Mauve It!
    Get mauving with these pretty mauve pieces that are oh-so-easy to wear...
    mauve colour trend how to style

    Left to right: Keepsake Dress, Princess Polly Playsuit, Revolve Heels, Quay Sunglasses, Free People Tank

    Are you on the mauve train with me?


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    girl on beach wearing one shoulder frill top embroidered shorts pom pom shoes

    The one shoulder trend is the new off the shoulder. Get showcasing that decolletage ladies, sexy shoulders are here to stay!

    Today I style up the one shoulder trend and show you five different ways to do the one shoulder flash...


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    girl on beach walking cute puppy

    Bodysuit: Tobi*
    Shorts: Bardot
    Sunglasses: Diff Eyewear*
    Earrings: Lovisa
    Clutch: Colette by Colette Hayman
    Sandals: Betts (Similar)

     I've been making enough fashion predictions on The Daily Luxe that I might as well apply for a job as a weatherman on Channel 7. 

    Todays forecast: sunny with a definite chance of one shoulder.

    As soon as I saw this Tobi* one shoulder bodysuit, I new it would become a wardrobe staple. The nude colour makes it the definition of versatile, and let's be honest; who doesn't want to be nude everyday? **Insert infinite winky face emojis**

    The statement, frilled design balances out my pear shape figure to absolute perfection. Due to it's tight shape, I paired it with these cornflower, embroidered shorts.

    Pom poms= actual happiness. I love the way this pom pom shoes and bag add a Summery edge to this one shoulder outfit.

    I shot these photos at the beach two mins from my house, I still have to pinch myself when I think about the fact that I live here. My puppy Nala is my fellow beach addict and loves getting her daily dose of vitamin sea.

    Want more ways to style the one shoulder trend? Here's 4 more ways to style the one shoulder trend...

    Go For Monochrome

     monochrome outfit one shoulder trend
    (Photo Source: harperandharley.com)

     The one shoulder trend is a statement in itself, so don't be afraid to play it down and opt for head to toe monochrome like Aussie blogger Sara Donaldson.

    The Little White Dress

    white one shoulder dress and colourful accessories
     (Photo Source: lolobu.com)

    If you're looking for a new little white dress, go for asymmetry in a one shoulder dress. Change up your accessories and inject fun colour for a Summer-ready look. 

    Southern Hemisphere babes heading into Winter can pair this dress with tights and boots.

    Stripe It

    stripe one shoulder top outfit
    (Photo Source: instagram.com/sincerelyjules)

    There's something so darn flattering about the combination of verticle stripes and one shoulder pieces! Opt for a top or dress with a single ruffle to add volume to the bust area, whilst making your waist look super slim.

    The Retro

    long sleeve one shoulder top and high waist jeans

    (Photo Source: brooketastoni.com) 

    Longer sleeves one shoulder pieces scream 90s. Play on these retro vibes and opt for high waist jeans and Kate Moss mussed-up hair.

    Shop The One Shoulder Trend



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    how to take the perfect instagram travel shots

    Nelipot: One who walks barefoot.

    I often get asked about my Instagramtravel photos and one thing that people often misconstrue, is that I specifically visit places to get the shot.

    Newsflash: Instagram travellers or adventures, actually adore getting lost somewhere new, as a matter of fact; we crave it.

    When Jake and I go on an adventure, we take our trusty Nikon and snap away to create that content that makes you guys think 'I'd double tap that'. The beauty of Instagram travel is that it's purely in the moment, raw and yet can be tweaked to be as aesthetically pleasing as a symmetrical marble table dotted with the dream of all coffees. 

    Whether you want Instagram travel shots that will blow your friends away, or if you just want to capture your adventures in the most stunning way possible, here's my guide to creating fantastic Instagram travel shots...

    1. Dress To Impress

     fashion blogger walking through tropical rainforest wearing denim skirt tartan cami

    Ok, I'm not saying to dive into a waterfall in your Louboutins, but there's no need to look like a banjo has literally just been plucked from your hands.

    Personally, I dress nicely because it makes me feel good. And running through the rainforest in a flowy boho dress makes me feel like some sort of magical pixie.

     

    2. Be Yourself

    boho girl in playsuit stood in front of stunning blue tropical waterfall

     **Screams from the rooftops** If you hate nature, getting dirty, or water, don't pretend you're freaking Bindi Irwin in the latest fashions and go frolicking through forests.

    If you prefer cities, concentrate on that type of content. If you want perfect Instagram travel shots for personal use, the last thing you want to do is create a lie.

     

    3. Go Beyond & Explore 

    cute couple finding tropical waterfall travel adventures

    Take that photo of The Grand Canyon from a whole new perspective, explore from different angles, and don't be afraid to go off the beaten track.

     

    4. Find Your Niche

    blonde fashion blogger on white sand beach wearing black floral kimono dress 

    This one is for those who want to take it to the next level! Concentrate on an aspect of travel that you really adore.

    For me, my niche is 'fashion meets tropical wanderlust' and I like to combine my personal style with the stunning backdrops of Tropical North Queensland. 

    Other niches you could consider are architecture, wildlife, sunsets or adrenaline activities.

     

    5. It's Ok To Keep Secrets

    spa pools natural blue pools in cardwell far north queensland
     Found that secret spot and enjoyed having it all to yourself? Think hard before you geotag!

    Just over a year ago, I found out about a spot called The Cardwell Spa pools (photographed above). When we first visited, Jake and I had this stunning, blue lagoon all to ourselves.

    Thinking of myself as a modern Caption Cook, I geotagged my shot. Low and behold, my shot, alongside a few others of the same location, went viral and word got out about this stunning spot.

    Over Easter Weekend, I returned to the spa pools and was met with dozens of screaming children, litter, and people treating this wonder of nature like the local swimming pool.

    The serene platypuses I had seen skimming the azure waters had gone, concrete steps had replaced the grassy banks and the Cardwell Spa Pools had become just another tourist trap.

    Bloggers That Combine Fashion & Travel Flawlessly

    I felt like this entire post was me blowing my own trumpet, but in true The Daily Luxe style, I am not exactly #InstaGoals. These ladies, however, combine fashion and travel as if they were avocado and feta...
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    @ohhcouture

    Beautiful blonde Leonie is quite literally life goals. Hair: want. Travel: want. Wardrobe: want.

    fashion blogger walking towards positano italy 
    blogger eating breakfast in bed with city views

    @thetiafox

    Stunning city-scapes and an envy-inducing wardrobe make this Aussie Instagrammer one to watch!

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    @tuulavintage

    I've mentioned Jessica a few times on my blog before, as she has inspired my own brand so much! The original queen of combining travel and style, she still holds the crown!

    For more Instagram travel shots, don't forget to follow me @thedailyluxe !



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    autumn winter 2018 fashion runway trends to wear now

    The Autumn/Winter 2018 trends may seem miles away, but the faster you are in fashion, the more wear you get.

    They say that three is a charm and in the case of these Autumn/Winter 2018 trends, it couldn't be clearer. The latest runway collections saw these trends appear for the second time, the first being during the Spring/Summer 2017 collections.

    Since hitting the runway, these trends have already been picked up by the fash pack. The result? Enough inspo and a big enough wearability factor to rock now.

    Here's the Autumn/Winter trends to invest in now. Buy now and wear for seasons to come...

    Embroidery

    This seasons embroidery trend see's girly girls and edgy ladies alike donning embroidered details. From ditsy flowers, to retro pop art 'badges', a cheeky bit of embroidery is smack bag on my style radar.
     
    It started off with Gucci, but judging by the Autumn/Winter 2018 trends, this arty farty detailing is here to stay! **Momentary hallelujah chorus**. So keep on grabbing that embroidery ladies, this trend is far too pretty to say no to!

     
     Spring/Summer 2017

    Elie Saab, Shiatzy Chen, Alexander McQueen

    The Spring/Summer 2017 fashion week runways were jam-packed with floral embroidery, from dainty and demure at Elie Saab, to loud street wear at Alexander McQueen.

     

    Street Style

    (Photo Source: popsugar.com)

    If I see another embroidered Gucci Dionyses bag, I think I might loose my mind. My mind says yes, but my wallet (and boyfriend and mother) says 'hellll no!'. This lucky lady teams hers with Gucci sneakers (I die) and smoking hot red pants.


    embroidered floral denim jeans street style outfit details
    (Photo Source: streetstyleplatform.us)

    Note to self: buy embroidered jeans & do squats to pull them off like this.


    off shoulder floral embroidered shirt with denim shorts outfit idea

    Guess who? **insert creepy winky face**. See another way I styled this embroidered shirt here.
    pointed floral embroidered velvet loafers
    (Photo Source: danafashiontrends.us)

    These shoes look like they belong on the chic-est of pixies. This is hard evidence that velvet and embroidery make the most stunning of matches.

     

    Autumn/Winter 2017-18


    Marchesa, Alexander McQueen and Gucci

    It seems like fashion's love affair with embroidered florals is set to continue all the way into 2018. Go for oriental prints like new season Gucci, or live the phrase 'everything is coming up roses' Marchesa style.

     

    Shop Embroidery 

    shop gucci style inspired embroidered fashion for less budget

    1. Missguided embroidered trainers, 2. Boohoo embroidered leather jacket, 3. ASOS embroidered bag, 4. Boohoo embroidered denim boots, 5. Missguided embroidered leather skirt, 6. ASOS embroidered jeans


     

    Checked Prints

    Although Australia may be heading into Winter whilst the rest of the Western world are just starting to stock up on sunscreen, check prints are a versatile trend that transcends the seasons.

    Best of all, this Autumn/Winter 2018 trend has something for everyone! Retro-loving femmes can indulge in oh-so-cute gingham, whilst plaid prints are fabulous for work and play alike.
     

     

     Spring/Summer 2017


    Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Stella McCartney, YDE

    Checkerboards had made their way out of Wonderland and appeared on cute pumps and undone evening dresses.


     

    Street Style

    street style outfit gingham ruffle skirt and denim jacket

    (Photo Source: vogue.es)

    Ruffles, plaid and brogues? Someone has been doing their trend research! Triple threat alert.



    fashion week outfit checked pants red chanel bag embroidered jacket
    (Photo Source: vogue.es)

    These subtle checked print pants are so versatile, you could almost consider them a neutral.

    fashion week street style print mixing checked skirt floral blouse

    (Photo Source: fabsugar.com) 

    Print clashing to the max! Baby blue florals and chunky, school girl plaid is an unexpected delight.

     

    Autumn/Winter 2017

       
    Autumn and Winter sees all of those timeless checked and plaid prints make an appearance. Dig through your wardrobe for these babies, they are bound to be in there somewhere! 

     

    Shop Check Prints 
    shop on trend gingham pieces 2017

     

    Silver

    Whoever said that metallics were just for the festive period was A: unimaginative, and, B: had obviously never worn a metallic hue with sneakers.

    Silver is the shiny hue worth investing in and will see you all the way to the silly season and beyond! 

     

    Spring/Summer 2017


    Carla Zampatti, Isabel Marant, Balmain

    Silver hues were matched with slinky shapes at Carla Zampatti and Balmain for extra sex appeal. Isabel Marant cleverly turned metallics into Summer's must-have pool shoe.
     

     

    Street Style 

    street style look mixing silver and grey silver pleated metallic skirt
     (Photo Source: streetstyle.com)

    Grey and silver are so unbelievably stunning together. Mix in extra textures to really play on this multi-tonal effect.

    outfit idea silver cami and denim skirt street style fashion blogger

    Guess who's back, back again? See how I styled this silver slip cami here.

    street style silver pleated midi skirt and sneakers
     (Photo source: gofeminin.de)

    Sneakers and silver are like a sporty, little fashion alien that has made an impressive entrance. 

     

    Autumn/Winter 2017-18





    Those who don't understand the versatility of silver just need to look at the Autumn Winter 2018 runway trends.


    Shop Silver Trend



    shop the most fashionable silver pieces trend 2017


    1. Office silver loafers  2. ASOS silver velvet dress 3. From St Xavier clutch  4. Bec and Bridge silver dress 5. H & M silver ankle boot


     

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    girl wrapped in blue sheets watching sunset over private tropical far north queensland beach


    Where is your dream place? If you could wake up anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

    Today, I show you my favorite Far North Queensland secret spots that are an absolute dream to wake up in with my Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell sheets*.

    Far North Queensland Dreamy Beach

    girl in boho beach bed set up on tropical far north queensland secret spot watching sunrise

    Picture this: pastel sunrises on your own private, tropical beach.

    Nope: these photos aren't extracted from some sort of dream I had (although dream screen shots would be cool), they are a blissful reality.

    Although this Far North Queensland secret spot isn't exactly a secret, it's one that many people don't even consider visiting.

    In between the stunning tourist beaches of Palm Cove and Port Douglas, lies several dreamy beaches just off the side of the Captain Cook Highway. These beaches are always almost empty, making them perfect for private picnics, sunset snuggles or living out your 'Survivor' fantasies. (Just don't forget to bring your torch).

    girl in pastel blue bedding under palm tree on far north queensland beach watching sunrise over sea

    'Secret' beaches are the best for sleepy sunrises or sleeping under the stars. After all, nothing is less relaxing than screaming children, buses full of tourists or fishermen.

    It's just you, the waves and views of endless ocean...

    girl in pastel blue bedding under palm tree on far north queensland beach watching sunrise over sea

    My ingredients for the perfect Far North Queensland beach sunrise:

    • A large knitted picnic blankets or throw.
    • A dream catcher (for Instagram photo opps, obviously)
    • Ettitude bamboo lyocell sheets- Mare Duvet Cover set*
    • A flask of hot coffee
    • Your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/dog/whoever you choose to enjoy it with. 
    • Boho printed cushions.

    Far North Queensland Secret Waterfall

    far north queensland cairns secret waterfall

    Sorry fellow wanderlusters, but I'm not going to provide you with a map to this secret Cairns waterfall and point you in the direction (permission to virtually slap me granted). 

    After I geotagged a location in the past, it went viral and turned into a tourist trap with litter, screaming children and concrete steps (eugh!) Goes to show that you never know who is going to stumble across your post...

    girl wrapped in sheet waking up at tropical rainforest waterfall

    This Far North Queensland secret waterfall is a stunning multiple tiered dream of nature in the middle of the rainforest. 

    Secret waterfalls are the perfect place to get lost and overindulge in nature. Jake and I spent hours at this secret spot daydreaming and watching the water.
     
    far north queensland cairns secret waterfall


    My tips for finding hidden Far North Queensland waterfalls:
    • Go creek exploring and follow rain forest streams towards the mountains. Be careful though, only do this when it's shallow!
    • After heavy rain, drive along mountain-dotted roads to see if you can spot any waterfalls.
    • Ask a local. They aren't always going to tell you though!

     

    Sleep With Ettitude: Organic Bamboo sheets

    There's no point going to a dreamy location with crappy sheets! That's why I sleep with Ettitude. Don't worry, it's no where near as filthy as it sounds. **Insert winky face emoji**

    Ettitude provides luxury bedding made from organic bamboo lyocell. My blue and white sheets are seriously softer than the lovechild of silk and clouds.

    We spend over a third of our life in bed, so why not spend it on something that feels soft, luxurious and comfortable.

    I use my Mare Duvet Cover Set* with a basic K-Mart fitted sheet underneath, and the difference is ridiculous. The K-Mart sheet feels hard, scratchy and sweaty. As a matter of fact, Jake and I want to purchase the bottom sheet from Ettitude, as they are the softest and comfiest sheets we have ever had.

    ettitude organic baby blue lyocell bamboo sheets

    You're probably thinking: bamboo, isn't that what panda's eat? But bamboo makes the most amazing bedding. Here's some of the benefits of Ettitude's 100% organic bamboo lyocell sheets:

    • Its environmentally friendly. It requires a tenth of the water it takes to make cotton sheets, plus there's no chemicals involved.
    • It's good for your skin and hair. Bamboo lyocell smooths hair and keeps your locks tangle free. 
    • It's hypoallergenic and is great for sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, eczema and psoriasis.
    • It inhibits bacterial growth. Yes: really!
    • It's thermoregulating.
    • It's oh-so-breathtable. Because who wants to wake up looking like a sweaty mess?
    ettitude organic baby blue lyocell bamboo sheets used in boho beach set up on tropical beach

    Over to you: Where is your dream place to #SleepWithEttitude?

     

    *This post is sponsored by Ettitude, however, all opinions and insights are my own. I like to keep it honest!

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    how to get designer clothes for less

    Designer clothes for less? Sounds to good to be true right?! 

    Stop dreaming about that Gucci bag, or spending hours stalking the newAlice McCall collectionand get that designer gear into your wardrobe!

     **Cough cough** "But I'm really broke", I hear you say...

    Do not fear: your designer shopping fairy godmother is here!

    Here's five ways to get designer clothes for less plus how you can actually make money from your wardrobe (yes, really!)....

    Blair waldorf gossip girl designer shopping spree
    "Whoever said money can't buy happiness just didn't know where to shop"


    1. Sign Up To Designer/ Boutique Newsletters
    get designer clothes for less by signing up to boutique newsletters
     
    Above: The Birdcage Boutique offers newbies $30 off Aussie brands such as C/Meo Collective when you sign up to their newsletter!
     
     If you're after straight-off-the-runway designer clothes for less, one of the easiest ways to grab that cheeky discount is to sign up to their email newsletter.

    Just by entering your email address, you could receive a really sweet deal! Stores offer anything from 10% off, to $50 off your first purchase. Now that's one easy way to bag brand spanking new designer clothes for less! SCORE!

    Signing up to email lists ensures you are the first to know about designer sales, promos and new collections. The result? Even more hot bargains! Erm... yes please!


     2. Rent Designer Clothes

    rent alice mccall i wont mind blush jumpsuitborrow rent blush ysl blogger bag


    Looking for that designer dress for your next special occasion? Rent it! Whether you're off to the races, want a hot night on the town, or anything in between, with Closet Raid, the world is your wardrobe!

    Closet Raid is basically like having an unending girl gang of #stylegoals whose wardrobes you can rent designer clothes from. 

    The site is an absolute Australian fashionistas dream and gives us stylish paupers the change to get designer clothes for less. Simply choose from a range of stunning designer clothes and shoes, choose your dates and book! 

    So instead of forking out over $3k (a car deposit) on that St Laurent Tassle Bag, you can rent it for just $32.50 (3 subway footlongs) a day.

    3. Sample Sales

    rack of clothes at Ellery designer sample sale

    (Photo Source:shutmyeyescantfindthebreak.blogpspot.com)
     
    If you live in a larger city, the easiest and most fun way to get designer clothes for less it to keep an eye out for those sample sales! Note: If you are attending a sample sale in person, wear flat shoes and get ready to brace the crowds.

    Designer websites often have flash sales too and these can be a great way to bag designer deals at great prices.

    4. Designer Outlet Stores

    get designer clothes for less shoes at outlet stores

    (Photo Source: theoutnet.com)
     
    If you are looking for key pieces or basics, designer outlet stores are a fantastic way to get designer clothes for less. The only problem is, a lot of the pieces on these sites are a few seasons old. However, if you're looking for wardrobe basics, this is a great option.

    You can grab fantastic deals on The Outnet and Oz Sale and it's even worth checking out the ASOS Outlet regularly.

    5. Rent Out Your Clothes & Use The Money To Buy New Ones


    lend and rent out your designer clothes online australia

    Closet Raid also allows everyday fashionistas to make money through designer pieces they already own. Find those designer garments, rent our your clothes and turn them into cash!

    The site allows you to list anything that retails for $150 or more. So raid that closet, find those gems, upload your photos & rent out your clothes.

    Once you have a cash flow going, use the money earned to buy brand new season pieces. Whilst you are not wearing these new pieces, rent them out. Best of all, you decide the rental costs, so if you want to charge extra for that new season clobber, go for it!



    Unlike many other markets who do not mediate payments, Closetraid is safe and secure. Plus, if you repeat your listings, you may make even more money than the piece initially cost.


    This is more than getting designer clothes for less, this is turning your wardrobe into a small treasure chest full of investments! Plus, you don't have to part with those beautiful designer pieces forever....


    So get on it: it's time to add a little designer luxe to your wardrobe!

     *This post was sponsored by Closet Raid, all opinions are my own.

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    effortlessly stylish layered outfit burnt orange slip dress layered over brown top with adidas sneakers and rebecca minkoff bag

     The art of being effortlessly stylish is all about light layering.

    Some days, you just want to throw something on that looks like you didn't spend hours putting it together.

    Today I bring you 3 layered outfits that have that nonchalant, thrown-on air about them.

     Current situation: frantically trying to pack for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney. And by pack, I mean; my spare bedroom has turned into an explosion of outfit ideas that I'm nit-picking my way through. Plus, I'm still praying that the post man will turn up with that big box of shoes I'm supposed to be getting. **First world problems**

    I fly suuuper early tomorrow morning, and I'm excited, despite the prospect of getting up at 4AM. Anyhow, I'm babbling... to keep up with my fashion week adventures, follow me on Instagram @thedailyluxe .

    Without further adieu, here's the reason that you are really reading this. Here's 3 layered outfits that are effortlessly stylish...

    Shirt Dress Over Shorts

    long button up stripe shirt dress worn over shorts on beach with chloe faye lookalike bag


    Ok, I have to admit, this one sort of came about by accident. I plucked this striped shirt dress from the dusty depths of my wardrobe, only to find that my butt had somehow outgrown it!

    Instead of wailing at my ahem whale-ness, I left it open and threw on some shorts.

    The result? Something effortlessly stylish that is perfect for cooler beach days or casual Summer looks. Layered outfits are great for between seasons.


    Slip Dress Over T-Shirt

    how-to-layer-a-slip-dress-casual-outfit-with-adidas-sneakers 


    Don't get me wrong: I love a good slip dress. But unless you're going out, how often are you going to wear it?

    This is when layered outfits can make your wardrobe more versatile. Simply throw on the slip dress with a tee and Adidas sneakers and it looks effortless and casual.

    Best of all, you can change how dressed up you want it to look by simply changing your top

     

    Velvet Dress Over White Shirt

    street style blogger look velvet midi dress styled over button up off shoulder white shirt and embroidered mules


    I absolutely adore velvet, unfortunately, my white cat Artie likes this velvet dress too!

    To make this velvet dress completely appropriate for both lunch and business meetings, I layered it over my off-shoulder white shirt.

    What are your favorite layered outfits you like to wear?
     


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    mercedes benz fashion week australia MBFWA resort 18 collections


    MBFWA Resort 18: You have officially made me want to toss half on my wardrobe into kingdom come and go shopping for an abundance of new season pretties.

    What do I have my eye on in particular? Ruptures of ruffles a la Alice McCall, a naughty-meets-nice Macgraw Victoriana blouse and that Steven Khalil wedding dress (Should he ever wish to put a ring on it).

    As I sit tormented with post-Sydney Fashion Week flu (yes, that is a thing), I find myself realizing that the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Resort 18 shows are waaay more wearable than those in MBFWA 17. Hailing from Cairns, wearing some of the more... ahem..out there pieces approximately equate to walking down the street in a Ronald McDonald costume with a flashing idiot arrow constantly floating above my head.

    However, the MBFWA Resort 18 Shows were made for endless Summers. Soft structuring, endless florals and downplayed shirt dressing meant that the Sydney Fashion Week collections could easily be seen at Coogee Cafe's, St Kilda offices, Cairns' Northern Beaches, and everywhere in between.

    Without further meaningless waffle, here's the MBFWA Resort 18 shows direct to you from the frow.

    Disclaimer: When I mean frow, I mean second row, third row, fourth row and the occasional front row. **Insert winky face** Hey, I'm not exactly Margaret Zhang yet!

    MBFWA Resort 18 Day One


    Alice McCall

     

    alice mccall mbfwa resort 18 runway show sydney fashion week 2017

    When I received the invite for Alice McCall's aptly named 'bon bon' collection, my mind was filled with voluminous, tulle-like textures, soft pastels and prints so delectable that you found your mouth watering. And that is exactly what it was.

    models walking the alice mccall MBFWA resort 18 show

    Staying true to her playful, feminine aesthetic, Alice McCall delivered easy-to-wear playsuits with cut our details, faux fur coats, and enough ruffles to make Little Miss Moffat's tuffet look like a bikey's hangout.

    models walking the alice mccall MBFWA resort 18 show

    Add florals and applique into the melting pot, and you are left with something that truly lights up your inner girly girl.

    However, cheeky sheer fabrics and plunging necklines, gave this girly girl an inevitably dark side. This really is good girl gone bad.

     

    Steven Khalil

     

    models in steven khalil resort 18 runway show at mercedes benz fashion week australia MBFWA

    I legitimately want glass cases around my house filled with Steven Khalil's ravishing gowns. And I'll have them displayed exactly the same way as they were in the show; surrounded by a plethora of fresh pastel blooms and displayed to a lullaby of calming piano chords.

    embellished details on Steven Khalil gowns from MBFWA resort 18 show in sydney fashion week

    Exquisite, hand embellished detailed, sequins and tulle made this collection one of the dreamiest at MBFWA Resort 18. It's no surprise that major celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Jenner call upon Khalil for red carpet events.

    models in steven khalil resort 18 runway show at mercedes benz fashion week australia MBFWA

    3d floral detailing, tulle, pastel blue, ruffles and Arabian-inspired star embellishments meant that Khalil's collection had something for every Disney Princess dreamer to lust after.

    Steven khalil $100,000 wedding dress at mbfwa mercedes benz fashion week australia

    Forget Carrie Bradshaw and her Vera Wang gown, I have my heart eyes set on a Steven Khalil gown. Fashion insiders have reported that the stunning dress is worth a whopping $100,000 dollars, making it the most expensive garment at Sydney Fashion Week. Erm... I could just eat baked beans for the rest of my life?

     

    Zhivago

     

    models walking in the zhivago mbfwa resort 18 show sydney
    There is something about Zhivago's aesthetic that makes me want to time travel to an early 80s disco and hit the dance floor in shoulder pads, and this years collection was no exception.

    It was all slinky metallics, suped up sequins and the kind of bling bling you can totally rock without tattooing a metaphorical dollar sign on your forehead.

    models walking in the zhivago mbfwa resort 18 show sydney

    The collection, named 'Miami Nights' also featured fitted lace mini dresses, low cut suits and pops of velvet.

    It brought about images of the young career power woman swapping her suits for something a bit cheekier, grabbing her girlfriends, and jetting off into the neon-lit nightclub streets.

    models walking in the zhivago mbfwa resort 18 show finale sydney

    'Zhivago', which translates to 'darling' in Russian, presented the antithesis of the 'darling' lady. Thick chained sunglasses danced on the line of tacky, whilst structured fits left little to the imagination. This was all about being sexy, being powerful and getting exactly what you want.

     

    Sass & Bide

     

    models walking in sass and bide resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Sass and Bide was my most anticipated show of the MBFWA Resort 18 collections. Having taken a whopping 14 years break from the Sydney fashion week catwalks, Sass and Bide's 'Custa Barcelona' collection saw them coming back with a fresh vengeance. 

    models walking in sass and bide resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    The runway was emblazoned with pops of red and orange that bring about images of salsa and sangria. Whereas classic cream and black pieces, adorned with ruffles and fringes, combined the lively nature of Spain with the more refined nature of Sydney's professional scene.

    models walking in sass and bide resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Ruffles, fringes and pleats are perfect for dancing away those warm, Summer nights, whilst sequins and embellishments add that oh-so-Sass-and-Bide glam.

    MBFWA Resort 18 Day 2

     

    Macgraw


    models walking in macgraw resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    A Macgraw show is always like finding a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, or finding that last chocolate in the bottom of your handbag that you'd completely forgotten about. 

    Smiley, fun and as adorable as a kitten wearing a sailor suit, Macgraw always manages to wake up my inner-girly girl.

    models walking in macgraw finale resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Smiling (shock horror) models bounced down the runway in pussy bow Victoriana shirts, boat print dresses and ruffles upon ruffles of...well..ruffles.

    But this isn't girly stuff for twelve year olds. Tailored shorts, cinched in waist and silk up fabrics make it perfect for girly, grown up femme bosses.

    Roopa Pemmaraju


    models walking in roopa pemmaraju resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Drawing on ancient cultures and textile embellishment techniques, Roopa Pemmaraju was a rainbow of warm hues.

    As delectable incense was pumped into the air, show go-ers were treated to a collection that was the definition of East-meets-West.

    models walking in roopa pemmaraju resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    The design duo proved themselves to have an intricate eye for detailing, with 3d florals, embroidery sequins and fabric painting all making an appearance. What makes the pieces even more impressive is that they are all hand-embellished.

    models walking in roopa pemmaraju resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Undoubetly one of the most 'resort' collections of Sydney fashion week, this colourful collection is made to be packed into a suitcase and flown to exotic climes.

     

    Gary Bigeni

     

    models walking in gary bigeni resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    When you see Gary Bigeni, all green hair and rainbow suit, you would never expect his pieces to be so classic, minimal and demure.

    Perhaps embodying his less-is-more alter ego, his collection was less about colour and more about form.

    models walking in gary bigeni resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Slinky slip dresses, structured midis and polka dot off-shoulder numbers made this collection as versatile as it was beautiful. There really is a Gary Bigeni piece for every wardrobe,

    models walking in gary bigeni resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Tied waists modernized classic cuts and soft draping stopped plainer dresses from looking too structured.

     

    Hansen & Gretel

     

     models walking in hansen and gretel resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    If there was one collection that I could easily see myself wearing on a day to day basis, it was Hansen & Gretel. Tropical pieces were clashed with country-style gingham and topped with lashings of ruffles. 

    models walking in hansen and gretel resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    This was the country girl gone tropical. Retro-fit skirts were juxtaposed with cheeky crop tops; it's safe to say that this brand really understood the definition of 'resort'. Now all you need is a tropical vacay...


    Michael Lo Sordo

     

    models walking in michael lo sordo resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    No one knows fluid tailoring quite like Michael Lo Sordo. Inspired by French films of the 1930s, the romantic collection was an array of cinched silks, intimate lace bodysuits and classic pinstripes. It's easy to see how Lo Sordo is such a hit with the Parisian market.

    models walking in michael lo sordo resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Cut out pieces, flashes of lace bralets and shimmering fabrics gave this minimalist collection an undeniable naughty edge.

    MBFWA Resort 18 Day 3

     

    Swim

     

    Regular readers will know that I spend half my life in a bikini, so seeing new and on-trend swimwear is a must! Luckily, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Swim show offered a whole lot of goodness...

    Kopper & Zinc


    models walking in kopper and zinc swim resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Kopper and Zinc is the perfect balance of cute and sexy. Adorable bow detailing and saucy cut-outs make this brand a must for any on-trend beach bum.

     

    Aqua Blu 

    models walking in aqua blu swim resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    When swimwear goes a little bit high fashion, it's always an exciting moment! Aqua Blu delivered the dramatic goods with printed trains and sequin one pieces.

    Tacoola


    models walking in tacoola swim resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Crochet is having a major moment in the beach wear scene and Tacoola presented pieces in this fabric that are unique, modern and on-trend. Best of all, it's all handmade!

     

    Duskii


    models walking in duskii swim resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Duskii always means one thing: a great cut! These wetsuit inspired pieces with a nautical edge are on-trend and flattering. My personal highlight? Supermodel Samantha Harris taking to the runway with two cute girlies!

     

    Anna Quan


    models walking in anna quan resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    I fondly remember seeing Anna Quan at a graduate show at MBFWA in 2015. Fast forward two years, and those extra-long cuffs, emblazoned with the wearers initials, can be seen on practically everyone in the Aussie fash pack.

    models walking in anna quan resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Her resort 18 collection was, quite literally, sleeve porn.  Exquisitely tailored pinstripe shirts were finished with her namesake cuffs, shirt dresses were poofed out to perfection and one shoulder shirts gave us a little glimpse of trends to come. The 18th Century French bourgeoisie had somehow taken over Carriageworks, and everyone was loving it.

    models walking in anna quan resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia
    A minimalists dream, Quan's collection left no little detail untouched. Subtle textures, tied details and tiny ruched details took her less-is-more aesthetic to a whole new level.

     

    C/Meo Collective


    models walking in c/meo collective resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    With a wardrobe dotted with gorgeous C/Meo Collective pieces, the brands Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week collection is always like a glimpse into the wardrobe of my future.

    What's in store? Frilled up retro floral pieces, sunshine yellow and off-shoulder silhouettes in every way known to man.

    models walking in c/meo collective resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Pieces in light air-force blue were folded to perfection. Hip-level ties and folds resembled a shirt tied nonchalantly around the waist, but in the most polished way possible.

    models walking in c/meo collective resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    This year's C/Meo Collective girl is retro without being dated, out-there whilst still being grown up. Take note: these are the pieces you will see on your fave Instagrammers come next season! As a matter of fact, they were literally sitting in the centre of the runway.

     

    MBFWA Resort 18 Day 4

     

    V Major

     

    models walking in v major resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia


    Having never heard of V Major before, I went into this show with absolutely no expectations. I emerged feeling inspired, positive and with a shopping list as long as Karlie Kloss's legs.

    models walking in v major resort 18 mbfwa mercedes-benz fashion week australia

    Everyone's fave embellishments were on display, such as pom poms, fringing and frays. Mix this together with an earthy palette of nudes, beige and khaki and you have something straddling that beautiful line between minimal and bohemian.

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, it has been a blast!
      Stay tuned for what yours truly wore... Coming up next week!
     

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    MBFWA fashion week street style ruffle dress over floral embroidered t shirt with rebecca minkoff bag and prada cinema sunglasses

    As all the glossy mags say: Fashion Week street style is as important as what graces the catwalk itself.

    Now if this alone isn't enough pressure to make me want to stay in my hotel curled under my sheets, add the fashion week street style paps into the mix and it becomes a literal curdling of cordisol & pretty shoes.

    Unlike many other fashion week street style looks I drooled over, I wasn't decked out in head to toe designer. 

    And so, with my normal twenty-something-year old's wardrobe of high street and splashings of designer, I headed to day one of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, tottering in my $50 heels and clutching onto my Rebecca Minkoff bag with sweaty palms.

    Here's my fashion week street style looks from day 1 of MBFWA.

    And yes, I did the whole changing outfit thing.

    MBFWA Day 1: Look 1

    MBFWA fashion week street style ruffle dress over floral embroidered t shirt with rebecca minkoff bag and prada cinema sunglasses
     
    MBFWA fashion week street style ruffle dress over floral embroidered t shirt with rebecca minkoff bag and prada cinema sunglasses


    MBFWA fashion week street style day 1 ruffle dress over floral embroidered t shirt with rebecca minkoff bag and prada cinema sunglasses

    MBFWA fashion week street style day 1 ruffle dress over floral embroidered t shirt with rebecca minkoff bag and prada cinema sunglasses 
    Top: Zara (Similar)
    Sunglasses: Prada
    Heels: Famous Footwear

    My first fashion week street style look was sort of an accident. No Rachel: you just went shopping!

    My second day in Sydney was spent catching up with all the highstreet faves I missed from the UK. After hours of oh-so-glorious rummaging through Topshop, Zara and H &M, I emerged with far too many shopping bags and this cute ensemble.

    I was originally going to wear the ruffled chiffon dress by itself, but the little slip I bought for underneath was so short that I had to pull it down and wear it as a skirt. Moral of the story: last week fashion week street style shopping can end up in awkward faux pas.

    Rather than treating the creme-de-la-creme of Australia's fashion industry to a peek of my ugly bra, I decided to layer this embroidered Zara top underneath.

    I actually really like the way this outfit turned out and I ended up flouncing around the morning shows of MBFWA feeling like some sort of frilly, whimsical Tinkerbell.

     Yes girl... whatever you say.

    MBFWA Day 1: Look 2
    fashion week street style sydney mbfwa dyspnea white slip dress black corset belt floral embroidered black ankle boots


    fashion week street style outfit details floral embroidered black velvet ankle boots and rebecca minkoff bag

    fashion week street style sydney mbfwa dyspnea white slip dress layered over dolce gabbana floral slip black corset belt

    fashion week street style sydney mbfwa dyspnea white slip dress black corset belt floral embroidered black ankle boots steven khalil resort 18 show

    Dress: Dyspnea (Similar)
    Floral slip: Vintage Dolce & Gabbana
    Corset belt: Boohoo
    Floral embroidered boots: Boohoo
    Earrings & choker: Lovisa

    After my shopping spree, I actually had more fashion week street style looks than the actual days in fashion week. **Doh** The only solution was to head back to my hotel, switch it up and come back for the afternoon shows.

    Trans: I got to put up my blistered feet for two hours whilst eating greasy Thai food. So glam!

    For the afternoon shows, I wore this silky, saucy Dyspnea dress and belted it up with this corset belt. 

    Rather than flashing my boobs (can you see a theme here), I layered this cute vintage Dolce & Gabbana floral slip underneath. 

    I carried on the floral theme with these cute Boohoo floral embroidered boots

    Despite my outfit anxiety, you'll be happy to know that I didn't feel like a moldy quality street in a box full of Godivas. After all, my style is far more relatable to you guys then someone dressed in head to toe Net A Porter.

     Check out my post on the MBFWA Resort 18 shows to see where I wore these get-ups to.


    P.S. Stay tuned for the rest of my fashion week street style looks.

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    girl wearing dress lying on hotel bed the urban newtown sydney fashion blogger

    There are some hotels that have a certain je ne sais quoi so memorable that just a certain smell, texture or shade of light will immediately bring them back to the forefront of your mind. The Urban Newtown is one of these places.

    Having been run off my (incredibly blistered) feet with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia shows, The Urban Newtown offered a hipster haven to kick off my heels, relax and unwind.



    the urban newtown sydney hotel photographed from outside with wall art

    fashion blogger wearing lace up black mesh dress over white shirt in industrial chic lobby of urban newtown with hanging plants

    the urban newtown industrial decor hanging pendant lights road signs

    If the dictionary had pictures, The Urban Newtown would be smack bang next to the phrase 'industrial chic'. Exposed concrete roofs, retro road signs, cork board panels and industrial lighting gave this Sydney hotel a cool and undeniably fashionable edge.

    With a vibe more hipster than a soy-latte loving Barista, wearing vintage chinos and listening to Arcade Fire, The Urban Newtown is the perfect laid back to contrast to the uptight 'fashion' vibes of MBFWA.

    Best, of all, it is located just 1.5km from Carriagworks, the hub of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. This meant that cheeky Uber rides were cheaper than a Subway Footlong.

    When I was feeling super stingey, I toddled down to Newtown Station (just a 3 min walk) and let my poor tootsies metaphorically scream for just a little bit longer.

    wearing cameo collective dress for MBFWA in the urban newtown king superior suite

    beautiful clothes for fashion week hanging in wardrobe

    fashion blogger wearing gingham wrap blouse prada sunglasses drinking coffee on balcony
    On my balcony. Romeo, Romeo, where art thou in Newtown?

    I was lucky enough to be given a King Superior suite, which came equipped with a lush king size bed, an ensuite (with swanky toiletries), a full kitchen, a flat screen TV and a balcony. 

    What made the Urban Newtown the perfect choice for fashion week was the roomy desk area and the free wifi. This made staying up until midnight editing photos far more enjoyable.

    But my highlight of the room was the espresso machine! Early mornings and endless fashion shows call for caffeine hits and this made is super easy.

    Shout out to the reception team who totally didn't care that I came down every morning in my sweaty Sesame Street PJs for espresso machine pods and pastries!

    Amazing side note: free pastries for breakfast, free yummy vegetarian lunch options & sushi snacks at reception. **Insert pig emoji**

    the urban newtown industrial decor with hanging plants and guitar

    ruffle dress embroidered shirt outfit in the urban newtown lobby with hanging plants

    The hotel's courtyard was a little bubble of outdoor greenery surrounded by rustic walls and exposed beams. 

    The poor cleaners probably got tired of seeing me with my tripod taking outfit photos here. Just doing it for the 'gram...

    girl wearing gingham wrap blouse with breakfast pastries on balcony

    fashion week hotel room sunglasses displayed on table 
    the urban newtown sydney industrial chic hotel courtyard

    The Urban Newtown: Newtown's most instagrammable hotel? Yes-siree!

    the urban newtown sydney hotel with free minibar and espresso machinefrom above instagram shot of girl wearing gingham wrap blouse on hotel bed with glass of red wine fishnet tights under ripped jeans
    What did I do after a long day of MBFWA shows? I chilled out with a glass of wine from The Urban Newtown's free minibar!

    Gone are the days of that $5 bag of chips or that $20 bottle of wine. As a matter of fact, if you book directly through The Urban Newtown Website, you get a whole mini fridge full of goodies for free! Woo-hoo!

    Just call me Amy Wine-hands!


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  • 06/07/17--04:16: My MBFWA Street Style Diary
  • mbfwa street style gingham off shoulder wrap blouse with ripped jeans fishnet tights and gucci style embroidered loafers

    Entering the MBFWA street style scene is a bit like becoming a metaphorical comma and jumping into the depths of 'Marie Claire'. You're surrounded by loud exclamation marks, capital A-listers, and perhaps the odd italic question mark.

    From endless embroidery, to that gingham wrap blouse I had my eyes on forever, here's my MBFWA street style diary...


    MBFWA Street Style Day 2: The gingham wrap blouse

    mbfwa sydney street style details distressed jeans fishnets gucci style embroidered loafers

    gingham off shoulder wrap blouse outfit idea statement earrings street style

    mbfwa street style gingham off shoulder wrap blouse with ripped jeans fishnet tights and gucci style embroidered loafers

     Shop The Look
    http://bit.ly/2seUJdYhttp://bit.ly/2seM6jHhttp://bit.ly/2qVritBhttp://bit.ly/2qVGff6 http://bit.ly/2seOhE9 

    Gingham wrap top: Princess Polly*
    Distressed jeans: Princess Polly*
    Embroidered loafers: Boohoo
    Earrings: Princess Polly*
    Sunglasses: Prada*

    After day one's double whammy of ruffles and bra-flashing, things took a turn towards casual for day two.

    This wrap blouse had me at balloon sleeves. Add the gingham, off-shoulder and flattering wrap shape into the mix and was hooked.

    For a MBFWA street style ready look, I paired it with ripped jeans and my trusty Gucci lookalikes. I layered fishnet tights underneath to hide that cheeky slither of un-toned tummy. Truth be told: hectic days at fashion week often end up in chowing down on Dominos in your undies at 10PM. 

    Nope? Just me? Enough said.

    These earrings look like they have been stolen from Cleopatra's treasure trove and transported into the 21st Century. I'm such a fan of shoulder-skimming earrings and I have been wearing these on repeat lately.

    'Wait Rach; only one outfit for day 2?'. Read your mind, didn't I?

     Fear not, I had the mandatory outfit change and I photographed my more dressy evening ensemble at my hotel, The Urban Newtown.

    **Click here to be magically transported to Urban Newtown post to see said outfit**

     

    MBFWA Street Style Day 3: The shift dress with a difference


    mbfwa street style cameo collective circle detail dress over white victoriana blouse with statement fringe handbag

    mbfwa street style cameo collective circle detail dress over white victoriana blouse and circle earrings
     
    embroidered gucci style loafers with farrah and sloane statement tassel fringe handbag with rose gold circle handle

    street style outfit details gold circle earrings mbfwa

    mbfwa street style cameo collective circle detail dress over white victoriana blouse with statement fringe handbag
     Shop The Look
    http://bit.ly/2s2Y5Bs  http://bit.ly/2seM6jH 


    Blouse: H & M (Similar)
    Loafers: Boohoo
    Bag: Farrah & Sloane* (You can rent mine here)
    Sunglasses: TIJN Eyewear*

    Can you spot the circle details? Hint, there are absolutely everywhere.

    I took inspiration from the unique circle details on this C/Meo Collective dress and echoed them in my earrings and handbag handle.
     
    Although Sydney was surprisingly mild to the locals, my tropical blood couldn't hack it. I layered this cute Victoriana style blouse under my dress to stop any impending pneumonia. Just kidding, it was like 20 degrees (aka. an English Summer).

    When I glanced in the mirror on day 3, I remember thinking that I looked like Disney Prince-Pirate, but in the best possible way. Yep: I'm aware that isn't even a thing.


    MBFWA Street Style Day 4: The off-shoulder, embroidered, big-sleeved extravaganza

    mbfwa street style outfit off shoulder denim embroidered dress with lace up corset belt and loafers
     mbfwa street style outfit details embroidered dress flared sleeves black lace up corset belt 
    mbfwa street style outfit off shoulder denim embroidered dress with lace up corset belt and loafers

    mbfwa street style outfit off shoulder denim embroidered dress with lace up corset belt and loafers

    Shop The Look
    http://bit.ly/2qVJB1N http://bit.ly/2s1m8g3 http://bit.ly/2seMiQ8http://bit.ly/2qVr0mE  http://bit.ly/2qpRiw9

    Dress: Princess Polly*
    Belt: Boohoo
    Heels: ASOS

    This dress is like a dreamy lovechild of all the trends I have been loving at the moment: off-shoulder, embroidery, bell sleeves, extra long sleeves. Then just when you thought I couldn't get anymore '2017 trend cliche', I topped it off with a corset belt, fishnets and loafers.

    Although your Nan may think I'm off my trolley, I absolutely loved my final street style look!

    Best of all, every single garment in this post costs less than a $100! 

    That's a wrap on my Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia posts! 

    Fancy a cheeky recap? No problemo:




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  • 06/13/17--05:53: Beach Beauty Dos & Don'ts
  • beach beauty dos and donts natural makeup girl on beach with coconut

    Beach beauty is all about that age old question: 'is it really OK to wear makeup to the beach?'

    And when you add scorching heat, sweat and salt into the mixture, it's hard to know what will stand the test of sunshine time, and what will melt off your face in twenty seconds flat.

    Read on for my beach beauty dos and don'ts



    beach beauty tips apply strobing boho girl in hat on beach


    Do: Strobe

    Those of you born in the rave era, fear not! I'm not asking you to get out your glow sticks and pump your fists in the air to 'There's No Limit' (although that would be fun). Strobing refers to using illuminating products to highlight specific areas of the face.  
     
    Beach beauty is all about keeping it natural, but there's nothing wrong with a teeny bit of enhancement.  A creamy strobing stick, such as the Maybelline Master Strobe Stick, is perfect. Rub a little on the tops of your cheekbones and below the brow and let the light reflect off your face in all the right places.
     

    Don't: Kimmy K Kontouring


    Picture this: deep contouring lines at the side of your face melting down your neck like chocolate, blotchy noses sans flu and . Now that looks krap and kheap. (Sorry, had to). 



    Beachy beauty is all about working with the elements. And contouring and Summer is the human approximate of putting a Barbie doll in the microwave.


    girl on tropical mission beach australia holding coconut wearing sunglasses


    When your two hours of perfect contouring melts down your visage into a sweaty pool, there's only one thing left to do.... Wilson, is that you?



    Do: Your Preparation

    I hate to break it to you, but even your best friend doesn't want to see the bikini line you haven't shaved in months. 


    Beach beauty starts before you even hit the sands! The night before a beach day, or vacation, get your hair removal hat on and get shaving/ waxing/ epilating.


    Rather than baking it out, give yourself a cheeky fake tan the night before.


    If you're a total novice, here's my ultimate guide on how to fake tan.


    Don't: Shave Just Before The Beach



    Strong UV rays, scratchy sand and stingy salt do not make pretty babies with freshly shaved hair glands.

    oil free sunscreen products for acne prone or oily skin

    Do: Invest In A Specific Sunscreen For Your Face


    Those of us who suffer from problem skin will know that 'any old sunscreen' will give us the worst ever breakout.

    The number one beach beauty product I recommend forking out on is facial sunscreen. Opt for oil free options that have a matte finish. Le Tan Daily Face is like a BB Cream, making it perfect for beach bums who prefer a little coverage.

    Don't: Rely on Makeup


    Even if your makeup is harder to crack than the seven horcruxes, it's not going to protect you from the sun's harmful UV rays.

    Before starting any beach beauty routine, make sure you apply a high factor facial sunscreen. Neutrogena Clear Face sunscreen is practically like being naked.

    boho girl wearing hairband and bright red lipstick on beach beach beauty

    Do: Embrace Your Inner Boho Queen In A Hair Band


    Hair band and salty locks are sexier than Zac Efron in 'Baywatch'. Well...ok, you got me!

    Nonetheless, a cute hair band will give you all of the beautiful boho beach vibes, without the greasy fly-aways.

    girl on beach wearing polka dot dress with sunscreen 

    Don't: Scrimp On Sunscreen


    Here come's the Nana bit **you roll your eyes**: you may be tanned today, but tomorrow you will be wrinklier than an old prune.


    Even worse, the dreaded C. Pass the Factor 50 gurrrl!!

    Do: Go For High Quality, High Factor

    A car is a bit like your skin; you need it to get around. Would you buy the cheapest possible car that could be dangerous?


    Enough said.
     

    Check the labels to ensure the sunscreen is certified.


    I depend on La Roche Posey Factor 50+ in my beach beauty routine!

    boho girl wearing polka dot navy dress and retro red lip

    Do: A Hot Red Lip


    A hot red or coral lip is a sure-fire way to take your beach beauty game from 0 to 100 in one easy step!

    Make sure you go for a waterproof lippie, such as a lacquer or stain, to avoid looking like Ronald McDonald when you decide to go for a dip!


    Now get ye to the sea and be the ultimate beach beauty!



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    10 adorable gingham outfit ideas to copy

    Dorothy called: she wants her gingham back.

    There's something so magically nostalgic about a gingham outfit. From primary school 'Summer uniforms', to Dorothy's pinafore in 'The Wizard of Oz', a gingham outfit is enough to make me dream back to my childhood.

    But before you declare the gingham outfit a silly, childish farce and hit that 'x' on your tip right hand corner of your screen, I'll stop you in your tracks!

    This seasons gingham trend is sexy and cute in equal part. Think Dorothy grown up and shopping in the Hollywood Hills, retro shapes and cheeky flashes of skin that would make the original 1950's-gingham-donning-housewife blush and cover her mouth.

    By the end of this post, you will be craving a gingham look smack bang in the centre of your wardrobe!

    Don't believe me?

    Here's 10 adorable gingham outfit ideas to copy...


    gingham outfit idea red gingham puff sleeve blouse with red pinstripe folded skirt

    (Photo Source: www.modaoperandi.com)

    This stunning conglomeration of gingham and pin stripes gives me cartoon heart eyes springing from the sockets. 

    The folds and shapes are practically a work`of art.

    If you want to style a gingham look with multiple prints, opt for those in the same hue to keep it looking chic and put together.


    girl wearing cute ruffle gingham jumpsuit summer outfit idea
    (Photo Source: theposse.com.au)

    Gingham: check. Ruffles: double check.

    Pop on an adorable hat and you're ready to hit the beach, the bar and everywhere in-between.

    gingham summer street style girl wearing gingham bow bralet and gingham skirt with basket bag and sneakers 
    (Photo source: instagram.com/maria_bernad)

    A few seasons ago I had a sartorial obsession with co-ords. This picture alone makes me want to re-light my love for the two piece and go all-out gingham.

    The basket bag and sneakers make it as effortless as breathing.

    mercedes-benz street style outfit gingham off shoulder wrap blouse and distressed jeans

    You really thought that you could get through this whole piece without seeing my old mug!

    **Hello**

    Although I'm not exactly adorable, I just wanted to waffle on about how much I've worn this gingham wrap blouse! It puts the v in versatile.

    winter gingham outfit gingham pants with white top and leather jacket
     (Photo source: fashionmenow.co.uk)

    This gingham outfit goes out to all my Aussie ladies in Sydney and Melbourne freezing their butts off!

    Cover up the right way with gingham pants and pop on a classic leather jacket to shield from the cold.

    gingham outfit idea instagram pinterest gucci tshirt and gingham skirt 
    (Photo source: instagram.com/lissyroddyy)

    Gucci and gingham go together like Bert and Ernie!

    If Gucci is further off your radar than Zac Efron, a slogan or plain white tee will make an equally beautiful gingham outfit.

    cute gingham summer bow dress with basket bag
     (Photo source: shopstyle.com)

    Side note: this girl is like Jessica Alba as a model!

    If you want a cute and girly look for frolicking the streets of Florence, cafe-hopping in LA, or tanning in the tropics, look no further than a classic blue and white dress.

    This is one trend to go all out girly girl on, so opt for pieces with bows, ruffles and the works!

    gingham blazer and pants styled with orange fruit print shirt outfit inspiration
    (Photo source: refinery29.com)

    There is something so darn Italian about this delightful print clash!

    Orange prints and gingham are about as retro as you can get, and this gingham look can take you from day to night seamlessly.


    french riveria outfit style off shoulder gingham dress and red bag viva luxury 
    (Photo Source: glamradar.com) 

    Have I convinced you that you need a gingham dress yet?

    A longer length off-shoulder dress screams classy Riviera chic.

    cute pinterest outfit idea gingham pants and black t shirt 
    (Photo source: wannab.us)

    Please note: an adorable gingham look does not include complimentary adorable pooch,

    A plain black tee and gingham pants make for something quirky and cute.


    Shop The Gingham Trend

    Have I convinced you that you need a gingham outfit in your wardrobe?

    Yes?

    Today I'm the gingham fairy godmother and have searched the internet far and wide for the best gingham goodies!

    **Swishes magic wand**
    I'll take one of each please!

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    Flatlay of ankle boots ankle boot trend sock boots studded ankle boot embroidered ankle boot star print

    Although I'm addicted to all pretty shoes, the ankle boot trend is one that I can never quite get my fill of.

    With the ankle boot trend still flying high on the street style scene & on every It Girl's Insta, here's why you need to invest in this statement shoe:

    A: Ankle boots are a year-round staple and can be teamed with trousers in Winter and cute dresses in Summer.

    B: They have the support of an ugly hiking shoe, with all the beauty of a high heel.

    Today I've rounded up the 4 pairs of ankle boots that you seriously NEED in your shoe closet/wardrobe/life in general.


    The Star Print
    grey star print heeled ankle boots midas shoes
    Ankle boots: Midas*
    summer outfit idea striped bell sleeve top denim shorts star cut out ankle boots

    Every fashionista and her dog has a pair of classic ankle boots so make a statement and opt for something a little bit different.

    Patterned or cut out ankle boots will look perfect teamed with a minimalist or simple outfit. So go on girls: let your shoes do the talking!

    These Midas* star cut out ankle boots are perfect for slaying the star print trend and the ankle boots trend in one fall swoop.

    In other words... ♫ ♬You get the beee-eest of both worlds♫ ♬

    Shop The Star Pattered Ankle Boots Trend



    The Sock Boot
    fashion flatlay zara black perspex heel sock boots chanel book
    Boots: Zara
    blogger outfit idea floral ruffle dress statement gold earrings black sock bootsAhhh: the sock boot, all the comfort of a sock with the practicality of a boot.

    Jake laughed at me when I brought home these perspex heeled sock boots. He said they were 'Kandi with a K shoes'.

    Bad stripper jokes and male opinions aside, the sock boot was made to throw on effortlessly with a cute, feminine dress or distressed hem jeans.

    Dear fashion gods... please event the slipper high heel.

    Shop The Sock Boot Trend





    The Studded

    studded black ankle boots midas shoes
    Boots: Midas*
    boho beach outfit pinstripe playsuit studded ankle boots

    Well hello there cowboy! A studded, Western style ankle boot has all the boho goodness of Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella, without looking like a tumbleweed is about to blow past your heels.

    Studded boots are the best ankle boots trend to rock at night time. After all, towering heels are far too uncomfortable for Saturday-night bar hopping.


    Shop Studded Ankle Boots




    The Embroidered
    black embroidered ankle boots sock boots boohoo
    street style details black embroidered ankle boots sock boots boohoo rebecca minkoff black micro bag
    Embroidered ankle boots: Boohoo
    mercedes benz fashion week australia 2017 street style white dyspnea dress and embroidered ankle boots


    I still drool over them far too much and have worn them with everything from the little white dress above to boyfriend jeans.

    Shop Embroidered Ankle Boots





    Send help: my ankle boot collection is taking over my house!



    P.S. Sorry for not posting in so long... I was really unwell & then my freelance journalism work has been crazy. #ShowMeTheMoney


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    summer beach outfit off shoulder white top denim shorts wedge heels and hat on far north queensland cairns beach

    When you are heading on holiday, the last thing you want is to stuff enough shoes into your luggage to be over the limit.


    When it comes to shoes, I’m all for ‘the more the merrier’, but unfortunately, they weigh approximately the same as a baby elephant when it comes to that dreaded check-in travel desk.


    Wedge sandals are a versatile, beach-ready style that can be paired with practically everything in your vacation wardrobe.


    Today I style Bussola’s* wedge sandals for the beach and for the bar.



    Styling Wedge Sandals For The Beach


    vacation holiday summer beach outfit off shoulder white top denim shorts wedge heels and hat on far north queensland cairns beach

    close up of bussola platform wedge sandals and vintage levis denim shorts

    australian beach style cairns blogger cropped off shoulder top denim shorts straw hat

    australian beach style cairns blogger cropped off shoulder top denim shorts straw hat

    blonde australian blogger stood in tropical sea in crop top and denim shorts

    No matter how many squats you torture yourself through, it can be hard to feel 100% comfortable showing off your pins on the beach.


    Wedge heels are a fantastic way to elongate and slim out the legs, without looking like some sort of uncoordinated newborn baby giraffe.


    These Bussola wedge heels are a comfy and cute way to add instant height to your beach bod. The shoes were designed with the traveller in mind and their lightweight and durable design makes them perfect for throwing in your suitcase for your travels.


    Best of all, they have been given a cheeky antibacterial mildew treatment, meaning that sandy feet and salty toes won’t make them smell like the cheese you forgot you had in the back of the fridge.


    For my beach look, I styled the wedge heels with my vintage Levis jeans and this cheeky off-shoulder crop top.



    Styling Wedge Sandals For The Evening


    black lace dress styled with wedge heel sandals beachy shell clutch evening summer holiday vacation outfit australia

    outfit details beige wedge heels sandals floral black lace dress shell fringe boho clutch

    black lace dress styled with wedge heel sandals beachy shell clutch evening summer holiday vacation outfit australia

    evening outfit black lace pilgrim dress and shell clutch blogger style

    evening outfit black lace pilgrim dress and shell clutch statement gold earrings blogger style

    black lace dress styled with wedge heel sandals beachy shell clutch evening summer holiday vacation outfit australia

    outfit details beige wedge heels detailed floral black lace pilgrim dress

    Anyone who has ever vacationed to exotic climes will know that some surfaces aren’t exactly high heel friendly. **Cue images of stilettos in Italian cobblestones & slingbacks breaking on uneven Thailand pavements**


    The wedge heel is a fabulous option for exploring on an evening, or heading out for holiday dinner or drinks.


    Opt for a neutral, beige pair and you have a comfy heel to be worn with every single cute dress in your wardrobe. Boom!


    Exhibit A: These Bussola babies above.


    This stunning lace Pilgrim dress was given a resort-style makeover when paired with the wedge heel. I added this mermaid-goals handbag to further add to the beach-y vibe.


    What is your ultimate pair of travel shoes?



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    how to wear culottes for every occasion

    If you've been reading The Daily Luxe for a while, you will know that I wear culottes like most girls wear jeans. Trans: all the freaking time.

    Although culottes may have initially been viewed as a big fat fashion fad back in 2015, they have become a modern classic.

    Want to wear culottes but aren't exactly sure how? That's where I come in!

    So put on your style head and get ready to learn how to wear culottes for every occasion...

    **Warning: repeat outfit post offenses are about to come your way**

     

    How To Wear Culottes For The Office

    how to wear culottes for the office camel culottes white cape black velvet boots
    Whole outfit: Forcast*
    Boots: Boohoo
    Bag: Mon Purse

    Dear culottes: I have missed you! As soon as I received this cute brown pair from Forcast* my undying love for you has returned. **Culottes where for art thou?**

    As I had a business meeting to attend, I dressed up my culottes with a pin stripe blouse and this cape. I arrived at the meeting feeling like some sort of fashion superhero.

    The red lips, tassel earrings and boots kept it from looking too overly cooperate. However, if your #girlboss status greatly exceeds mine and heads towards the ranks of Michelle Obama, swap the boots for a slick pair of black, pointed toe heels.

    street style outfit details camel tan culottes stripe blouse white cape
    blonde girl wearing red lipstick red tassel earrings and white cape blogger outfit


    How To Wear Culottes For Summer

    how to wear culottes for summer blue striped culottes crochet crop top
     Similar Culottes: Here, here& here

    Although culottes and Summer may make those sweaty alarm bells in your head ring, culottes are surprisingly airy and cool.

    Opt for high waist, loose fitting culottes and team with a cute crop top or bralet.

    Add neutral flats and accessories and you're ready for some fun in the sun!


    summer culottes outfit beach floral culottes crop lace up top
    Similar culottes here, here& here
      
    All my pear shaped girls in the house say 'hey!'

    Being bottom heavy can be an absolute paint in the fat arse when it comes to Summer. Teeny tiny shorts, micro skirts and mini dresses are enough to make us want to walk around in a pair of shorts with 'thunder thighs' slapped accross the behind.

    Stop. Breathe. Relax. Culottes are the answer!

    Wear culottes with a tight fitting or crop top to show off that teeny waist and slim out those pins.


    How To Wear Culottes For Lunch/Shopping

    how to wear culottes like a street style fashion blogger zara striped culottes wedge heels
    Culottes: Zara (identical here)

    Ok... so you can wear culottes like this for far more than lunch or shopping. 

    Neutral hues, classic prints and brown heels are fantastic for casual occasion where you want to feel like an absolute queen.

    Wear culottes with vertical stripes to elongate the legs.


    how to wear culottes like a street style fashion blogger monochrome outfit marble print top
    Similar culottes: here & here

    I wore this quirky 'thrown together' look for fashion week last year. 

    My general tip is: if you want to look street-style worthy, throw on stuff together and see if it works!

    These Ginger & Smart culottes are so long that they are almost in palazzo pant territory. 

    The Adidas sneakers and boho shell bag are about as random as it gets, but due to the monochrome palette, it works.

    Culottes I ❤ 

    Dear bank account: I sincerely apologise for the spree I'm about to have...


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