Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Outfit // Christmas Party Outfit

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Top - Gosh Celebrity Fashion // Skirt - Missguided (similar here) // Sandals - Rubi Shoes // Lipstick - Mac 'Morange'

This is one of my Christmas party outfit ideas. I swapped my top from Gosh Celebrity Fashion for this one that I'm wearing in today's post, with a girl I work with. I hadn't worn my other one that much as I never knew what to team it with, and she felt the same about this one, so we did a clothes swap! 

What are you planning on wearing this Christmas? Any parties to go to that require a dress code? I work at a company called White Runway, a bridal store in Sydney. As our name says white my director thought it would be fun if we all dresses in white :) I bought a skirt, actually it's also from Gosh Celebrity Fashion and will be in Sunday's outfit post so watch out for that! 
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

DIY Christmas Wrapping Idea

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Eek Christmas is a just a week away! How exciting :) If like me you're on a budget this year and can't quite believe how much wrapping paper, ribbon bows cost do not fret!! 

I very often wrap my presents in brown paper anyway which costs far less than Christmas wrapping paper. You can normally pick up a roll at your local posts office for a pound or less for at least 5m. Last year I had the idea of stamping my paper with Christmas trees creating my own pattern. This year however I have limited resources and limited money. So last week I came across this fun idea of making bows out of paper. 

It's really simple to do - you cut 8 strips of paper all the same length and width and then loop each piece together. You then staple or use double sided tape to fix the loops together in the middle creating a figure of 8 shape if you look at them side on. You then arrange the loops in pairs at right angles creating a cross and fix them where the middles meet. You could layer them up as much as you like and then finish the whole thing off with a smaller loop in the middle. 

I feel my instructions are a little complicated without pictures so here's the video that I found on Google.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Outfit // La Redoute layering

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Jumper - La Redoute* // Shirt - La Redoute* // Jeans - Asos // Sandals - Rubi Shoes

It might be heating up here in Sydney (in between thunderstorms) but I'm looking forwards to Japan and China with my wardrobe. Come January we are going to be going from 40+ degrees in Cairns to possibly snow in Osaka!! So as you can imagine packing 1 suitcase for these extremely different seasons is going to be tough. 

I haven't had many jumpers, or warm clothing in general, here with me in Australia so thought it was about time I added some pieces as 2 months backpacking in winter conditions is going to need more than just 2 jumpers and a coat!! 

When La Redoute contacted me in regards to reviewing a couple of items from their online shop I took advantage and picked this lovely light grey jumper. It's so cosy and looks great teamed with a shirt underneath (my favourite layering technique), like this geek chic patterned shirt also from La Redoute.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Wish List // Christmas Party Edit!

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1. Motel Rocks Moonchild Skater Dress £48 // 2. Oh My Love Edge of Seventeen Swing Dress £45 // 3. Topshop Foil Pleated Hybrid Dress £45 // 4. Missguided Lorraine Lace High Neck Dress £39.99

Tis the season to be jolly... and buy a new LBD! Tra la la la! As much as I'm looking forward to Christmas here I wish I was at home for the fashion. I've found no shops here that compare to my faves back in the UK and recently I've been browsing their sites as my inbox is full of great discount codes. Unfortunately because we're leaving soon I can't justify buying any new dresses as they won't fit in my suitcase. But you can! 

Above are my 4 favourites from each of my 4 favourite online shops. Motel are always my go to when it comes to dressing up and they never fail to impress with their unique collection. I love this cute skater dress with it's opaque detailing (it covers the back too). 

I actually own this Oh My Love swing dress and love it to bits. It's such an unusual piece with the flared sleeves but I'm always drawn to something a bit different. 

As for Topshop they always do the best metallic pieces, including this pretty foil pleated dress. Love! I might actually take a look at the Topshop in Sydney to see if they have this one over here. Naughty!

Another go to store when it comes to dresses, skirts, crop tops... and just about everything is Missguided! They are always that little bit cheaper than everyone else too and yet their clothing is just as well made I find. I have so many items from them my wardrobe is pretty much all Missguided.

Do you like any of my picks? Have you created a similar wish list? Share your links below :) 

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Lifestyle // Hunter Valley part 2

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As promised here's part two of our trip away last weekend to the Hunter Valley. We hired bikes from a local company who very kindly dropped them off at our villa for us and then picked them up the day after. I would highly recommend doing this if you ever stay in the Hunter Valley. No one wants to be driving around when you can try so many wines! 

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It was such a beautiful day and so fun (if a little strenuous at times) to be riding around the countryside. It actually reminded me of home a little bit. It really didn't look like Australia... apart from when we saw some wild kangaroos casually hopping around the olive groves!

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My favourite vineyard was also a brewery called Hope Estate. The man that helped us try many (many, many, many!!) wines was really helpful and funny. They also brew lots of their own beers including a gluten free beer. I was intrigued by a few of them so decided to join the boys and get taster board of four for just $10. Bearing in mind one beer costs the same in Sydney this was a pretty good deal. We actually went back to this winery the next day to pick up a couple of bottles of our favourite wines as we couldn't carry them on our bikes on the day.

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Tempus Two was another fave purely for their beautiful bottles! Apparently their wines are sold in Tesco and Sainsburys so I'll definitely loo out for them when I'm back. Although apparently they don't have the pretty labels :( 

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All in all it was an amazing weekend of cycling, soaking up the sun, tasting countless wines, try yummy cheese and chocolate. Perfect! Would love to do something similar in the south of France and stay in a chateau.

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