Well, it was big in the 90's and it's back - tartan.
While there are glimpses of the old tartan - cue Clueless yellow checks and Liv Tyler (aka Corey) in Empire Records, tartan can be sophistication central.
It's just a matter of pairing it back with simple, classic staples - think navy, black, white, grey marle and denim for a truly street style worthy outfit.
This is a trend that everyone can try, regardless of your budget.
Play around with tartan - whether it's forest green and navy checks or the sky blue sported by Christine Centenera, you can make it work. Just avoid skater skirts together with white shirts and vests to avoid looking like you're wearing a uniform... or worse, a naughty school girl costume.
I've been exploring prints and colour and texture - all of which scare the hell out of me.
While I'm wearing all black today (and feeling very at ease) I am finding it quite fulfilling to try and incorporate colour into my wardrobe (third time lucky).
I recently saw a friend in Lorna Jane and they asked if I was buying coloured gym wear... I laughed and said, 'No - I only ever wear black gym gear.' Something about wearing black at the gym just makes you feel that little bit more luxe (and feel a tad slimmer). That day I took home a free pink sports crop (thanks Lorna Jane) and well, it's been rather fun actually making my gym sessions that wee bit brighter - while I won't be sporting a neon tank anytime soon, I may look to invest in some more brighter coloured tees and accessories.
Long story short - texture and colour are making their way into my life.
It's been another long week filled with Fashion Friday (to see the new 'Jaggar' June collection - the fourth Australian Fashion Labels brand), moving into the new abode and decking it out with Ellery coffee... drinking more coffee and clashing polka dots and leopard print.
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Make up brands sit in one of those industries that I find
myself staying loyal to. If I find a brand that I love, I tend to stick with
them for a very long time. It’s like the old saying ‘if it ain’t broke don’t
fix it’ – why try a new bronzer if you adore the one you’ve used for the last 3
years? (unless it gets discontinued…sigh)
I had the pleasure of attending the vibrant and fun Benefit
launch of our very own Brow Bar in the Myer Centre, Rundle Mall Adelaide. Girls
with pink wigs, bubbly drinks, to die for cupcakes and wow brows all around.
Lucky for me I got to experience the wow brow experience with
my very own take home kit of Benefit product. All I can say is, I don’t think
my eyes will ever see another product now that I’ve tried Benefit ‘Gimme Brow’
gel ‘They’re Real’ mascara and Brow Zings brow kit. A combination of great
products that go on easily, last forever when you’re wearing them and don’t
feel heavy on the face. Let me tell you, ‘They’re Real’ mascara is no joke – people
will think you’re wearing fake lashes – this product thickens, extends and adds
volume without the clumps and tacky black panda eyes after 2 hours of wear… and
maybe a few tears.
Another essential is Benetint – I recently wore this and the
number of compliments I received about how natural my face looked was incredible.
It’s a naturally flushed look without looking like you’ve just run a marathon.
I kicked my bronzer to the curb for the day and couldn’t have had a better
response – a must for all cosmetic bags.
Having nice eye brows compliment your face shape and can
totally change your look when they’re shaped correctly. Visit a Benefit brow
bar and see one of the experts – it’s an experience that could just change your
life! Now to channel Bambi Northwood Blyth with some seriously well groomed brows.
I have to say, it's one of my favourite new words - so simple, clean cut and uncomplicated.
Whether it's in the fashion industry or throughout the home, I think it feels very refreshing.
Sure, some of the images aren't Scandinavian above - but hey, it's about creating a vision. I can only dream of wearing double denim... on my push bike... making my way to my beautiful open home positioned somewhere in Europe.
Turn to Danish furniture items or check out some of the stunning wooden STOCKHOLM pieces from IKEA - paired back with basics, your home will ooze cool.
(Images via Vogue//La Modella Mafia//Candice Lake//Tommy Ton//My Scandinavian Home//Tumblr)
Yes, I have been absent from this blog for a few weeks now, I apologise - working in PR I have had a few crazy weeks and finally things have started to settle down (just) - but alas, I have found some time and am back on track. Thankfully, I am fully on board with two Lack of Color hats and one Witchery black wide brim hat so that I am ready for this Winter to hit.
I have said this before, but what an easy way to save your style when you wake up in the morning, running late and have no time to do your hair - add a hat.
Think your jeans and white shirt don't look sharp enough? - add a hat.
Going to a festival and don't want to wear fluoro tops and reflective sunglasses? - add a hat!
See - there are so many options for hats and this Winter, a luxurious hat is all you need.
If anyone can now point me in the direction of an oversize floor skimming camel colour or navy coat, I would be eternally grateful.
Get the look - shop a range of hats at Lack of Color here. xS
Images via Vogue // All Black Everything // Tumblr // The Native Fox
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