Saturday, 29 June 2013

At Home | Bamboo Baby

Another Saturday, another day to wander around and purchase random goodies. Last week it was the 9th-wonder-of-the-world doona jacket. This week, it was some home freshening delights from a little 'old worldy' boutique near my new home. I knew I didn't want to spend a lot but also that I wanted to buy something completely unnecessary. Surprisingly, the shop was amazingly well priced and I walked out having made a very small $26.80 dent in my wallet. 

What you see here is a refill bottle for a fragrance diffuser with which I going to break all of the rules. As much as I love fragrance diffusers, I can be fairly impatient with the speed that I attain a fragrance and, frankly, they simply do not act fast enough. Hence, I purchased the teeny tiny atomiser you see to the right of it. If you're wondering what 'Bamboo Forest' smells like, imagine the scent you inhale when you walk into a cold room at the flower markets. That sudden burst of natural fragrance is what Ashleigh and Burwood have manage to bottle and put at my fingertips for an instant and lingering freshness. Not quite bamboo but so much better. 

The third item you see above is a bar of himalayan salt soap, something I've never tried before. They had quite a range of products made from this but this bar looked the most straight forward and versatile to use. I haven't tried it yet but have advice from the sales assistant to be fairly gentle with this product. I only really plan to use it on my tougher skin i.e. elbows, feet etc. I will definitely update you on this product if I find it either amazing or horrible. 

Hope you're all enjoying you weekends.
Erin xx

Friday, 28 June 2013

OOTD | Princess of Plaid

Jacket Charlie Brown / Beanie eBay / Lace Shirt Motel / Dress UNIF Kick Flip Dress / Shoes T.U.K. Mondo Creepers

Hi lovelies! If you've been reading this corner of the interwebs for any length of time you may have figured out that I'm more of a shorts and t-shirt kind of girl. However every so often there is a dress that is too perfect to pass up. 

Like the vast majority of UNIF's releases this dress was love at first sight. It was also crazy pricey, but my patience paid off and I got it for a steal from Urban Outfitters. The tulle layers under the skirt give a really girly vibe to the dress. It's an unusual feeling for me, dressing girly, but every so often I like to remember my childhood love of dresses. I went through a stage of refusing to wear anything but dresses, even when going to the park. My how times change. 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

OOTD | Wearable Blanket

Jacket - Box Vintage / Chambray Shirt - Thrifted / Raglan Shirt - PulpKitchen from Dangerfield / Black High Waisted Skinny Jeans - Gorman / Brown Leather Boots - R.M. Williams

Every morning I get up for work it seems to be getting colder and colder. Last weekend I found the solution for not wanting to get out of bed. The only vintage store in Brisbane guaranteed to squeeze money out of my very tight wallet, Box Vintage, provided me with some much needed Saturday satisfaction. I walked in looking for a denim jacket and was fairly unimpressed with the offerings but found this amazing jacket instead. Not only is the wickedly kitsch fabric fashioned into a classic 80s bomber style but the entirety of this coat is lined with what feels like pillow stuffing. I fell in love instantly and knew if I didn't purchase it on the spot I would regret it forever. 

Monday, 24 June 2013

Travel | Melbourne

Hi lovelies! This blog post definitely wins the award for longest uploading time. Since switching to a DSLR the picture quality certainly means a longer upload time, but I think it's worth it in the end. I just couldn't choose which pictures to take with me. This was the first proper big test out I've had with my camera and I couldn't be happier. For any fellow camera enthusiasts I used a Canon EOS 60D with a Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 lens all weekend. 

In case you hadn't guessed from the title I was in Melbourne this weekend. This was my first trip since my eighteenth birthday and I loved bar hopping, despite the cold. I had planned on taking outfit photos to show you all, but to be honest it was far too cold to even contemplate removing any layers. 

Sunday, 23 June 2013

At Home | Pre-Loved Kitchen Goodies

If you've read a few of my recent posts you'll know that I have recently moved out of home and am slowly creating my own home. I took a trip to a LifeLine SUPA Store last weekend on the hunt for some kitchen supplies and thought it would be a good idea to share some of the amazing goodies you can find if you really want them. I never go into a session of op shopping with specific items in mind because that it the easiest way to get disappointed. I knew that I wanted more plates/bowels etc and some different shaped dishes to cook with but nothing much more specific than that. I definitely didn't come out with everything I thought I would but I'm more than happy with what I got.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Travel | Make Up

Hi lovelies! Just a quick one from me today. I am off to Melbourne this morning a weekend escape. I thought I'd give you all a nosey into my travel makeup bag. 

I recently bought this bag in the David Jones sale for a bargainous price. I love the travel print around the bag and the fact that it's water resistant. My last makeup bag was a very battered Clinique freebie which definitely had been worn out. 

Sick of rummaging through a bag for that one pesky product I chose a bag with separate compartments to keep everything organised. I will say thought that this is also the bag's detriment as larger containers are a bit of a hassle to pack. If you're a girl who can't survive without her whole vanity then this is not the bag for you.

I only have a few bits and bobs to take with me, including some bronzer and blush, an pair of eyeshadows and some mascara. And yes there are four lipsticks ...for three days ...I have a problem. Most of it is stuff you'll have seen on the blog before, apart from the new Hourglass concealer I am testing out. 

My favourite part about this bag is that is has a section for brushes. No longer will they get bent out of shape. I'm taking my usual bronzer and blush brushes as well as this super handy EcoTools travel set, which has everything I could ever need for my eyes. 

My tip for packing makeup, always try and do your makeup before you leave with what you've packed, that way you'll know if you've forgotten something. I very nearly forgot my eyebrow pencil. Whoops!

Jess xx

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

OOTD | Thoroughly Modern Foxes


 Mint Knit Top - Thrifted / High Waisted Faux-Suede Shorts - Princess Polly / Cream Loose-Knit Cardigan - Thrifted / Angora Wool Socks - Gift / Brown Leather Lace-ups - R.M. Williams / Sunglasses - Sportgirl

For the past few months I've literally been living out of a suitcase. 80% of my clothes have either been at my parent's home in Victoria or in storage just out of my reach. Having recently moved I have been unpacking and rekindling (or regretting purchasing) a lot of my much missed wardrobe. This outfit is probably the first of many to come styled using clothes that I had forgotten I owned but have missed so much. 

Monday, 17 June 2013

About Face | Number 5

Hi lovelies! In my last post I mentioned how I have been obsessed with my new Illamasqua Blush Duo in Beg/Bronzerella. I figured a post on how I wear it was in order. You can check out my review here for a close up view of the blushes, but for now... on with the makeup. 

Lately I have giving foundation a miss. Particularly when wearing heavier eye makeup I like keeping my skin fresh and clean. Just a swipe of concealer under the eyes and I'm good to go. 

It's always hard to show blusher in photographs however I'm wearing Beg from the duo and my usual Smashbox bronzer. As I mentioned in the review it's easy to go overboard with this blusher, proceed with caution unless you want to be sat blending for five minutes ...guilty

Sunday, 16 June 2013

At Home | Learning to Cope Without Built-Ins

I have had the pleasure of living with built-in wardrobes for my entire life. Until last year, I'd never even owned a chest of drawers. Alas, one cannot live in blissful ignorance forever so the process of moving out of home and into my first rental has required that I become well acquainted with external clothes storage. I prefer to have most of my clothes hanging so that I can view everything and not forget them when they get to the bottom of the drawer. I also can't afford to buy or transport a full-sized wardrobe. The option of clothing racks was shining clear and all I had to do was find the right ones for the right price - hello IKEA! 


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