You know how much I love flowers so it probably comes to no surprise that for the recent Melbourne Cup event, I made my own fascinator headpiece featuring some paper flowers.
Seriously, any opportunity to craft up some flowers by hand - I’ll take it!
I’m very fond of the crocus, it’s a very elegant, typically purple flower so I used that as the centrepiece. Making paper flowers is such a soothing process, you can pretty much make anything so long as you have the right materials to create the look that you’re after. And the best thing? They last so much longer than real flowers and you’re guaranteed no bugs of any kind.
Just make sure you have the key supplies - paper, glue gun, scissors and of course a hair piece you can glue everything onto.
I’ve also previously blogged about how to make some crepe paper tulips, so feel free to go crazy for your next event and stick some florals into your hair. You’ll feel like a modern day hippie!
Here’s this year’s outfit for my work’s Melbourne Cup cruise: a peach leaf-embroidered dress from a boutique in Parramatta, vintage black purse from my mother, black Topshop heels and my floral fascinator!
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Have you ever combed through your wardrobe and realised that over the years, you’ve amassed a sort of mini collection of a particular item? I noticed earlier this year that I have a thing for shirts…
Casual shirts with a funky print are just my cup of tea. Other than shirts, I also have a tendency for blue tones. So mixing both of these together… chambray shirts are one of my best friends in the wardrobe!
I only own one of these babies, a Dr Denim one that’s extra long but uber soft. Pair it down with shorts or leggings (only if the shirt surpasses your bum) and canvas shoes, or dress it up with nice black skinny jeans and sparkly gold shoes. Even if you don’t put too much into throwing an outfit together with a chambray shirt, you’ll still probably manage to pull of a relaxed hipster look, so it’s a win-win-win I say!
How many shirts do you own?
If you know where to purchase a great chambray one, I’d love to hear it!
(1) Annabel Chambray Shirt by Anthropologie $88
(2) Keeper Chambray Shirt $78
(3) Moto Blue Oxford Denim Shirt by Topshop ~$52 (£32)
Over the past month, I’ve been on the ridiculously painful hunt for some sweet shades to replace my current ASOS ones that are dying (read: paint chipping off).
I’ve never had a great relationship with sunglasses and having big nose certainly doesn’t make it easier! As I was telling a friend at work, I used to throw out the big bucks to get my hands on shiny high end designer offerings like Versace and Burberry. But now I’m over this silly craze and have been looking for more affordable, yet awesome sunnies!
Luckily, I’ve managed to find my perfect pair on my third attempt - third time lucky, right? A brand that’s new to me too, RAEN is an edgy Californian creation since 2008, influenced by the surf and street. It brings me back memories of my tomboy-ish fashion roots of adolescent times, neat! Their shades are definitely a bar cooler than me back in the 90s and after a quick trawl through their collection online, I think they’ve just become my new favourite go to brand for sunnies!
The pair I picked is Flowers by Alex Knost (from The Iconic) and I was absolutely thrilled by the quality. It came in a super sturdy brown leather case too, which you can get kind of see a peek of in the background of my photos.
Sunglasses are no easy feat to shop for online, I seriously think I got lucky this time. And if RAEN sunglasses can fit me well, then they can probably fit most people (seriously). I’ve scooped up three sunnies here, from a high, mid and low price range that took my fancy during my recent hunt - hope you enjoy them!
(1) The Number One by Karen Walker $267.28
(2) Flowers by Alex Knost by RAEN $189.95
(3) Black Gold Collection by Unity Eyewear $29.95
I don’t know about you but I’ve been a bit under the weather lately. The weather being erratic due to the time of season, mixed with too many late nights and eyeballing the computer screen, I guess it’s no real surprise why my body’s yearning for rest.
This also partially explains why I’ve been a bit absent of late, particularly noticeable by my lack of activity here. But I’m determined to get back on my feet. Seriously, if I were to ever crack open a bottle of champagne by myself for myself, I would do it if I reached my goal in being able to consistently rise earlier, whilst getting enough sleep. Let’s see how this week fares, shall we?
In the act of getting back on my feet, pretty and comfy shoes must also be part of the equation. I’ve long had a problem of buying too many cute but cheap flats and then getting endlessly frustrated at how crappy the quality is, when I develop blisters or that smelly aesthetic smell as a result. It’s unnerving! All I want is a pair of decently priced stylish leather flats - that won’t break the bank. How hard is it? Very. I’m even willing to go out of my brand zone and try something new, so I picked up a pair of Walnut Melbourne flats online over the weekend. I’ve got both my fingers and toes crossed that they’re a perfect fit!
And then later today, I fell onto a very cool concept & Other Stories, a really well curated online stores that is owned by H&M. It’s divine and the shoes they have on offer made me scramble for my wallet… until I realised they don’t ship to Australia! So if you live in Europe, hustle and get those black pointy flats, because they are to die for!
1. Black leather flats £45
2. Leather ballerinas £69
3. Purple pump with notched vamp £65
4. Open heel ballerinas £55
Original image credit: & Other Stories