OUTERWEAR STYLES YOUR WARDROBE NEEDS

Dear Internets,

I’ve lost my voice and been forced to rest up so it’s safe to say the cold weather has arrived in Australia. There’s only one thing about winter I love and that is outerwear, evident by the unreasonable number of jackets and coats in my wardrobe. The spectrum of diversity lies between my Navy ultra light down puffer jacket from Uniqlo for those unexpected cold days to the cute cape I seldom wear but had to buy. However, the items that get the most wear are uniquely suited to the Sydney climate where jackets are worn in the morning and at night with cardigans in between and layering galore. That’s a lot of pressure to place of an item of clothing so the key is to simplify.

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THE CASUAL. Bombers, denim and bikers is the entirety of this category for me. If you have at least one classic of each, you’ll never be in want of a weekend situation that requires anything else. The best part is, the jacket does all the talking leaving you with more time to do important things like stay under the covers in that warm bed of yours. Classic white or black tops, jeans and ankle boots are all you need to make this outfit whole but the real key to choosing a good casual jacket for winter require the following rules

A) For winter is to go one size up. Cozy comfort and layering are your allies, make room for them.

B) Pick something you want to strut around the house in,  paired only with awesome underwear were it not for the fact that the temperature makes you dread the brief period of cloth-less-ness involved in getting into the shower every day.

C) If in doubt, cut it out. Your wardrobe doesn’t need anything requiring convincing.

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THE TRENCH. The trench coat is a beacon of diversity from the double breasted classic to the waterfall collar that has graced trend warfare. it’s transition from day to night can be as simple as wearing he jacket open with a loosely draped silk scarf and dewey make up to belting it at night for a more polished look. A wide patent belt for contrast or something with a little more detail can really add to the transition (this or this ?) . Darken up that lippy and add some statement earrings and gloves to make an impression on a cold night out.

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THE COAT. Winter can temp you into black, navy, charcoal and beige, all tones I adore but coats are a great opportunity to add vibrancy to an outfit that transcends times of day. Mine usually gets paired with an oversized bag and chunky knit scarf for work, replaced at night with a choker and shoulder bag….but I’m not crazy. A faux fur stole and blingy brooch usually gets added to protect the vocal cords I’ll need to talk across a busy restaurant dinner table. I apologise in advance for the high volume of Max Mara but they do winter so well.

For more winter inspiration, check out Lyst.com.au

OYOY!

Dear Internets,

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My fascination for food, fashion and decor is not a new one but the ratios of interest fluctuate based on whats going on in my life. Pinterest is often the first to pick up on the subtle changes and lately it’s been filled with images of beautiful kids bedrooms, many with the same feature piece; an adventure rug by OYOY.

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The company’s strange name is inspired by the letters which feature on every danish airplane since 1929 wherever in the world it might be. Created in 2012 by danish designer Lotte Fynboe, the clear focus on design, function, colour and materials in a world embracing the Scandinavian aesthetic lead to early success and in 2014, Lotte expanded into the world of children and “playful souls”.

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I’m usually all for colour and crazy when it comes to kids rooms but kids grown up quickly these days and crazy primary colors will only stay relevant for so long. Investing in some key neutral pieces will ensure longevity and the new “world rug” really answered all my needs including meeting the approval of my map loving hubby, or so I hope.

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After much searching, I found the best deal at MiniMacko, a gorgeous Australian online store curated by Danielle, no doubt with the assistance of shop name sake and little dude, Mack. I put a 20% preorder deposit down and now I eagerly await it’s delivery. Hopefully it will arrive before my second bub in 6 weeks, particularly as it hopes to cover up the baby monitor cord leading from the cot to the wall unit. Beautiful and functional!

TRUNK POP PRODUCTIVITY

Dear Internets,

I see bag spills on blogs and always wonder where the slightly opened hand cream and fluffy rogue mints are among the lip glosses and sunglasses. Is my bag strange to always contain these items along with a few too many pens, bent business cards and a note book/diary that was once glorious but now a little worn?

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The success of my day is often judged not by my bag but what needs to come out of my car at the end. If I struggle to get everything out in one trip from boot to door, I’ve done pretty well. Sometimes it’s suitcases, furniture or home wares. Other times its the more mundane like smart devices and laptops with groceries or kids clothing. My most recent day of success involved pre-fashion week viewings and an epic shopping trip. Any successful day that involves shopping is all the better.

Some featured brands : Diesel , MAC, Bobbi Brown, The goat skincare , Cafe skin scrub (to make these beauty bars out of), Pure paw paw, Clinique & Diida.

Reebok X FACE STOCKHOLM

Dear Internets,

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Your order has been shipped! Have sweeter words ever been written in e-mail format? While the entire universe seem to suddenly be getting around in Adidas superstars, I find myself looking for something different. Ever the sneaker fan, I would get around in kicks all day long if I could, I just wish everyone didn’t hop on the same specific bandwagon at the same time.

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Perhaps not wanting the supers because everyone has them is a “reverse 90’s Nike air jordan hipster complex” (In which case I’ll admit it) or perhaps the world needs to find another fun sneaker to fee cute and comfortable in. For that I turned to Reebok‘s collaboration with FACE cosmetics stockholm. Never one to walk away from a beautiful pastel, this little beauty sat in my UO/Glue store (for those playing at home) shopping cart for a very long time.

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Finally my “screw it let’s do it!” shopping attitude took over and in a frenzy I pressed the check out button. At $100 they are reasonably priced and there are options for the less pastel appreciating shoppers among you. For me it was always a uneven competition between lilac ice, opal and dessert stone. Now the only thing left is to wait by the door longingly and hide my purchase from the hubby while simultaneously expecting him to notice my new shoes. What this ole thing?

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DIY: COFFEE SCRUB BAR

Dear Internets,

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I can be up when I need to be, but deep in my soul, I am not a morning person. I’ll take all then help I can get when it comes to waking up early, particularly now that hubs sleeps in too. Sure, a sleep in when you have a two year old is only 8am but until it becomes acceptable to arrive to work at 10am, that still puts me in a bit of a pickle, and not the delicious condiment kind. As the cold creeps into dawn, a cozy bed can be hard to escape.

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Fortunately, I occasioned upon this post for “wake-me-up coffee scrubbies” on one of the blogs I regularly read : exPress-O. At first the concept of an ice cold coffee scrub sounded as appealing as a bucket of cold water to the face but I did have have a propensity to make a big mess and a lovely packet of Frank body original sitting in my fridge waiting to be used. Having little single use bars in the shape of Easter island head seemed like a cute, mess free, dermal friendly solution for me, particularly since I love the feel of my skin after a good coffee scrub.

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Easy as pie I would say if a good pie wasn’t so challenging and time consuming to make. This took me 5 minutes in the morning and I have a batch that will last me at least a few weeks if I’m realistic. Now here are the ratios:

1/2 cup coffee scrub
1 tbs organic coconut oil
2 tbs olive oil

Stir it all up into an ugly goop, put it into your cutest ice cube trays you may no longer want to hold ice in, tap it a few times on the table to get rid of some air pockets, and freeze over night. It looks a bit ugly, but your skin will feel super pretty after you give it a shot. I don’t think I’ll use my coffee scrub in any other way ever again!

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The fact that it came straight out of the freezer didn’t seem to translate to a shocking temperature on your skin either which was a pleasant surprise. At the end of the day, natural oils on the skin are a great temperature moderator as well as moisturizer. Let me know if you give it a shot (oh the coffee puns!).

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