Monday, 29 April 2013

OOTD More Velvet

Sweater John Galt for Brandy Melville / Necklace Regal Rose / Shorts UNIF Garter Shorts / Claw Bracelet eBay / Boots Jeffrey Campbell Back Offs 

 So my obsession with velvet continues. I was sorting through my clothes on the weekend and realised I have acquired a large amount of velvet clothing in a short space of time. Do I regret it? Not at all. I think what I like most about the fabric is the colours it tends to come in. As you may have guessed I'm not a big colour person, however jewel toned colours are my favourite to wear. Luckily for me those colours and velvet go hand in hand. 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Maybelline New York Master Precise Liquid Liner Review

MP 01

MP 02

I know this product is no spring chicken and that nearly every man and his dog has had their say on it BUT that's not going to stop me from doing this post. I use black liquid liner almost everyday - the only days I don't are those spent in bed. Having a heavy block fringe I feel naked and washed out when I don't have something to define where my hair stops and my eyes start. With those two things being said I require a liquid liner with impecable wearability, a felt tip for easy and precise application, and a price that won't make me choke every time I need a new one (which is quite often). 

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Summer Sandal Sale Haul

Wittner YITA Sandal in Tan Leather

Wittner ELKA Sandal in Black Leather

Sandals. If you're not from a tropical, or subtropical as the case may be, climate then you'd probably say I was mad buying two pairs (and lusting over several more) right as Winter begins to hit. In all honesty though, with temperatures never really lower than 10 degrees celsius during the day, sandals are an all-year-round shoe in Brisbane. My favourite staple flatform sandals broke after a good year of almost daily wear and I've been in desperate need of a new pair (or two). My wonderful mother did the me the honour of shouting me these two.

Friday, 26 April 2013

OOTD Crushed Velvet

 Shirt Romwe / Denim Vest NastyGal / Belt American Apparel / Leggings Romwe / Shoes T.U.K. Mondo Creepers

 Hi lovelies! Another outfit post today. This was what I wore to uni on Wednesday. For classes I like my outfits to be casual, comfortable, yet still look put together. I am never going to be the girl wandering round campus in my pyjamas (it happens). 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Lush Haul

Hi my lovelies. After heading to the gym on Saturday I popped into the Lush Store with an urge to splurge. I am a massive Lushie. My skin is very sensitive to a lot of chemicals and preservatives, so Lush is often my go to for skincare. The only things I haven't been able to use are their facial moisturisers, which contain parabens, and some strongly scented products. 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Friendly Fashion Features - Found: Simplicity in Grunge and Shoe Addictions with Jess

Cold Shoulder Button Up by UNIF - from Karmaloop

Vintage Denim Jacket by Levi - eBay

What would a series of Friendly Fashion Features be without my wonderfully fashionable friend, and co-blogger (the Rose of A Rose and a Peony), Jess? If you're a regular reader of these pages then you'll probably know a fair bit about this gorgeous flower but this post is coming from me, Erin.

Friday, 19 April 2013

About Face #4

 Hi guys! I had hoped to post a haul up today, however my parcel has not arrived so that plan was quickly dashed. Instead here is my latest makeup obsession - plum eyeliner. I have been wearing it non-stop this week. I think it's an attempt to bring on the cooler weather with wintery hues. This particular eyeliner is 'Dark Diversion' by MAC. Unfortunately this is a limited-edition shade, but it is repromoted frequently during the autumn/winter time. There is also a fairly similar shade in the permanent line, but the name of it escapes me. 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Friendly Fashion Features - Pastels, Prints and Pretty Florals with Tara

Floral Playsuit - Dragonberry

Meet Tara, one of my best friends to be made outside of high school. We met on the first day of our first class at university and have been friends ever since. Since then I have watched her style grow to reflect her personality. When I asked her during this shoot, she said she likes to think her of style as a hazy "combination of pastel girly colours and slight punk influences." She has a real preference for clothes that are simple and hassle free. You'll notice the "easy to wear" quality that all of the garments featured offer - especially the playsuit and basic cotton tees. 

Friendly Fashion Features

This is a just a quick (unscheduled) explanation of what you'll be reading from me over the next few posts, and hopefully beyond that too. I've been wanting to feature the fabulous styles of a few friends of mine for a while now and this is how I'm going to do it. 

Photo shoots and semi-interviews with each one of them will result in articles featuring a few of their favourite garments, shoes, accessories and makeup. You'll be able to read an insight into how they style themselves and where their influences come from. 

Anyway, I thought I'd just explain the background behind this upcoming series of posts from me. I'm not sure how I'll spread out the post yet, but more than likely it'll be one a week split up by a regular post about myself. 

Hope you enjoy tomorrows post! 
Erin xx

Monday, 15 April 2013

OOTD Tartan Tales

Tank The Hives Concert Tee / Skirt 9 Crow St / Boots eBay

Hello again! Feels a bit odd to be posting two days in a row. It's a quick and simple outfit for you today. Sometimes I can get a bit distracted piling on rings and bracelets like there's no tomorrow and I forget that sometimes all you need is a top and a kick-ass skirt. 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

The Top Five

Hi all! Long time no post. I have managed to wade out from under my textbooks and papers and am back in the land of blogging. Apologies for missing my usual Friday post but I had too much to do and not enough time to do it in. 

I wanted to start a new type of post on the blog. I am a lover of 'monthly favourites' videos on YouTube, but I feel that they just don't translate as well in blog form. I'm not sure just yet if these will be a monthly post, I may just do them as and when I feel like it. I'm sure as a shopping addict it won't take me long to accumulate enough for another post 

Music: Overgrown James Blake

It is too hard to put into words how much I love this album. I am a mahoosive James Blake fan and am beyond excited that he is touring with Splendour in the Grass later this year. I don't think I have to listened to anything else but this album since it was released on the 8th. I have been studying to it, sleeping to it and going to the gym listening to it. It's one of those rare albums where you love each and every track, and wouldn't ever skip any of them. Just perfection. Mr Blake definitely avoided that dreaded second album slump. If you haven't given this a listen yet I highly recommend it. You can get the deluxe edition on iTunes for a mere $16.99. 

Food: Cauliflower Pizza Bases

I haven't gotten around to actually cooking this recipe yet, but I am very intrigued by the concept of a cauliflower pizza base. I first heard about the concept on the lovely Tara's blog and she has since posted a recipe. However after some google-ing I think this recipe will produce a slightly sturdier crust. Basically by making the base with cauliflower instead of the traditional ingredients you get all the deliciousness of a pizza without the carbs. Genius! I am definitely curious. 

Friday, 12 April 2013

Death by Chocolate: Cheesecake Style

It was my brother's birthday recently and being the good (baking addict) sister that I am, I always like to make him a special birthday cake. I was a bit unsure about how this would work out - as I've never made a cheesecake lacking side crusts - but I was beyond impressed with the result. If you're a chocolate lover, like the members of my family, you will love this cake. Don't be frightened by the overwhelming amount of 70% cocoa cooking chocolate, there is more than enough sugar in the recipe to counteract the bittersweetness of the chocolate. 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

OOTD Tourist Tees, Socks and Sandals

Tourist Tee - Kathmandu, Nepal (gift), Amethyst chain - Corky Saint Clare, "Erin" in Farsi necklace - Gift, Other necklace - Gift, Belt - Thrifted, Ring - Thrifted, Black A-Line Skirt - Barkins, Black ELKA Sandals - Wittner, Basic White Socks - Bonds

If you asked friends of mine this OOTD could easily be classified as my most worn outfit of the month. I have a very limited wardrobe at the moment (travelling = limitations) and after piecing this together have done several repeats of it. What is new, however, are the cute sandals you see featured in the last photo. I found these beauties at Wittner's Direct Factory Outlet store at a fairly cheap price along with another pair of sandals - you'll see both properly unboxed in a few days. 

Monday, 8 April 2013

OOTD Blazing a Trail

 Blazer Thrifted / Shirt Thrifted / Necklace Thrifted / Shorts American Apparel / Socks ASOS / Shoes River Island via ASOS

 So there was actually a chill in the air this morning! And rain! So what have I put on? A Hawaiian shirt, duh. In all seriousness I have been longing for the cooler weather. I love a good jacket and also part of me wanted to show off my extreme op shop bargains. Both the blazer and the shirt were $2! And they both had never been worn. Sunshine coast op shops are crazy. So much cheaper than Brisbane. 

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Flour-less Dark Chocolate Brownie Cups

I am a self confessed chocoholic. However, the chocolate has to be dark for me to really enjoy myself. There is something sickeningly sweet about milk chocolate that allows me to easily push it aside (mostly). This recipe is my own creation from years of fiddling with dry brownie and cake recipes that don't press my buttons.  

Friday, 5 April 2013

About Face #3

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in 'Light Medium' / Bobbi Brown Corrector in 'Light Peach' / Smashbox Bronze Lights in 'Medium/Dark' / Origins Stay Tuned Foundation in 'Linen'
Mac Eyeshadows in 'Jest' 'Satin Taupe' and 'Shadowy Lady' / Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara / Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner
Rimmel Lipliner in 'Indian Pink' / Revlon JBKBT in 'Smitten'

Hi everyone! I haven't done one of these posts in a very long time. In truth my makeup does tend to be very similar a lot of the time. There's nothing wrong with knowing what works for you. Sometimes when you have ten minutes to slap on a face and dash out the door it pays to have products that you know will always look good.


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