Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

Even though we are in the middle of winter, the weather has been surprisingly lovely (until last night!) with mostly sunny days, and relatively mild. We have had some cold, cold days (by Perth standards, at least), but otherwise, it is my perfect kind of weather!

The mornings seem to be when the chill really hits, so layers have been key! I actually spent most of the afternoon without the cardigan, and it felt almost like springtime!

Boyfriend jeans: Piper
Navy tee: Lands End
Navy merino cardigan: Sportscraft
Navy heels: Ann Taylor
Cotton scarf: Gap

I love spots, and I love stripes, so of course, I like together even more!

Stripe sweater: Sportscraft
Slim leg jeans: Ann Taylor
Spotted scarf: unknown
Pointed toe sneakers: Keds

Today was a grey, overcast day, so I decided to run with the grey theme!

Black tunic: Piper
Grey skinny jeans: Gap
Black flats: Oroton
Grey horse print scarf: Seed Heritage

Even though I'm just in a tee and jeans, the camel and grey (which has become one of my fave colour combos) coupled with the gold made this outfit look dressier than it probably was.

Camel sweater coat: CAbI
Grey tee: Sussans
Slim leg jeans: Ann Taylor
Gold necklaces: House of Harlow and Marc by Marc Jacobs
Animal print flats: Eddie Bauer

Heels and a blazer make any outfit look more polished, even if that blazer is as comfy as pyjamas! I think all blazers should be made from ponte!

Navy stripe ponte blazer: Sportscraft
Grey tee: Sussan
Wide leg jeans: Ann Taylor
Navy heels: Ann Taylor
Tassel necklace: Ann Taylor

Navy and floral and knee high boots were perfect for a sunny, but chilly day.

Navy floral tee: Old Navy

Skinny jeans: Gap
Navy tote: Michael Kors
Black knee high boots: Wittner

See you all next week!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Product Review: Aerin Lauder Rose Balm Lipstick

I have had a serious girl crush on Aerin Lauder for nearly a decade, ever since I worked for a few of the Lauder companies, and embarrassingly, by devotion only grows as I get older. So, naturally, I was very excited when she decided to branch out on her own and launch her own beauty range, which has now developed into a full blown lifestyle brand. While unfortunately I can not afford her unbelievably gorgeous homewares, I have tried out a number of her cosmetics, and I have been blown away! My undeniably favourite product, though, has to be her recently released Rose Balm Lipstick.

Launched at the end of 2012 with a core range of Essentials, the Aerin Beauty collection is a curated, tightly edited range of products designed with the modern woman in mind. Each season she usually releases a colour palette (I have four so far, and am looking forward to her next one!), together with co-ordinated lip and cheek colours, that work back with her Essentials (shown above), which are everyday, all-year round basics. This season, however, she released a whole collection of lipsticks instead, and since I bought my four shades, I honestly have not used another brand of lipstick since.

As described on the Aerin website:
A collection of 10 effortless shades, curated by Aerin. Features a luxe balm texture, medium coverage and a shine finish, they help protect lips the way a flower protects its delicate petals, with a natural wax that helps seal in moisture.
While all that may be pure marketing speak, it is not far off from reality. The texture is just gorgeous on the lips and while it does feel like a light balm, it is reasonably pigmented, giving me medium coverage and decent staying power. The lipsticks are scented with a soft rose fragrance, but it is in no way overwhelming. The collection of ten colours ranges from the lightest nude through to a deep wine, with a sprinkling of brighter colours in between. I invested in two natural shades, Perfect Nude and Liebling, a bright rose pink, Geranium, and the deep wine colour, Wild Lilac (shown below from L-R).

Perfect Nude is, as its name suggests, a nude colour that could very well be perfect on most people. It is a true nude, not skewing too warm or too cool, and I could really imagine it being the perfect nude colour for many, many skin tones. This is the colour I most often use on weekends, or when I a doing a smoky eye.

Liebling is my holy grail, every day lipstick. On my lips, it still wears as a nude, with a touch more coolness compared to Perfect Nude and this suits my skin tone and my wardrobe colours to a tee. Liebling has a slightly different texture to the other three colours, with an almost semi-matte finish with a hint of shimmer, compared with the true cream texture of the others.

Geranium is a gorgeous bright rose pink, and perfect for days when I want a pop of colour on my lips. This is an incredibly flattering shade, and again, because it is not too cool or too warm, I think it would be great on a really wide range of skin tones.

Wild Lilac was my final choice, and bought mostly as an evening lipstick. It looks quite scary in the tube, but on the lips, wild lilac is an incredibly wearable deep berry shade. I also plan to wear this occasionally as a day colour in winter, when rich berry shades on the lips can look really appealing.

As I said earlier, since buying these, I really haven't used any other lipsticks, they are that good, and the four colours I chose almost make up a perfect lipstick wardrobe. I do have my eye on Coral Sand for summer, though! It really looks like a perfect summer colour to go with tanned golden skin. Once I have that, then my lipstick wardrobe will be complete!!

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Thermomix Coconut Spelt Porridge

I am trying to be healthier with my breakfast choices, since I have often been skipping breakfast or grabbing something not so good for me. This Thermomix Coconut Spelt Porridge is not only delicious and nourishing, but so quick and easy to make.

Thermomix Coconut Spelt Porridge

160g rolled spelt
400ml tin coconut cream
450ml water

  • Place all ingredients into thermomix bowl.
  • Cook for 11 minutes/ 100C / Speed 2 / Reverse
  • Serve with toppings of choice - I used frozen mango chunks, and a combo of chopped almonds, cashews and shredded coconut.
  • serves 4, but I make this just for me, and store the leftovers in the fridge for quick brekkies over the following few days!
Stovetop instructions: combine all ingredients in a medium pan, and bring to the boil. Simmer, stirring frequently, for 10-15 minutes until cooked and creamy.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday is here again, and it comes around so fast I just can't believe it! Can you believe it is June already? How did that happen? Anyway, here's another week's worth of outfits to share with you all! You'll notice a lot of flat shoes/sneakers this week; I've been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, and while I am usually quite happy to suffer for fashion, this time, I just can't. Maybe I'm getting older, I don't know, but flats or sneakers that can take me orthotics are the only thing that give me relief, so for a while my killer heels are (mostly) on hold.


Trying to make sneakers a little bit more feminine! I have to admit, though, that these polka dot pointed toe Keds are pretty cool!!

Slim leg jeans: Ann Taylor
Navy merino sweater: Sportscraft
Sneakers: Keds
Cotton scarf: Gap
Navy leather tote: Michael Kors

I am loving the sports luxe trend at the moment, and it is suiting my footwear choices so I am running with it! Plus, who doesn't like going outside in clothes as comfy as pyjamas!

Grey sweat shirt: Old Navy
Black silk track pants: Eileen Fisher
Black tote: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Wedge sneakers: Wittner

Another sports luxe outfit, but more sports, less luxe! My feet were hurting after wearing the wedge sneakers!

Grey tunic: Piper
Black yoga pants: Old Navy
Black sneakers: Reebok
Black tote: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Evening out at Disney on Ice, so went for some heels, and I paid for it later that evening! I still love me some heels, though, so it was worth it!!

Camel wrap sweater: Ann Taylor
Slim leg jeans: Ann Taylor
Brown croc heels: Talbots

Kitten heels are supposedly OK, especially with my slim line orthotics, and indeed, my feet did not suffer at all with these. They added just the perfect lady like touch to this retro inspired outfit.

Boucle coat: Basque by Myer
Pale pink shirt: Sportscraft
Slim leg jeans: Ann Taylor
Navy tote: Michael Kors
Print kitten heels: Poetic License

A final sporty look for the week, and perfect for a cold and rainy day!

Black batwing top: Piper
Black tunic: Flower
Grey skinny jeans: Gap
Black and white scarf: Loop
Black suede boots: Modern Vintage

See you all next week!

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