A Muse and a Moment

There is something beautifully simplistic about a white wall, a model, and a photographer who can capture a moment. While exotic locations and extravagant props can take a photo to the next level, sometimes you just can’t beat the simple things in life. Like when your favourite wine is on special.

Throw your hands up in the air!

xo

Out with the old

Many apologies for my lack of posts recently… apparently Wellington (my mothers house) is still in the dark ages when it comes to internet access. But all is fixed and the world can keep spinning!

Like many girls, I was given a charm bracelet when I was younger and over the years it has become increasingly full! Pretty much all my charms have a story, whether it be birthdays, overseas trips, or academic accomplishments! Unfortunately as my bracelet got bigger, it became more uncomfortable to wear – so I stopped wearing it. 

Then my brilliant brain came up with the idea to turn it into a necklace! This way I can wear it wore often, and the charms are much easier to see! Plus it’s something most people don’t have! Bonus.

I don’t really wear short pendants, so I got the bracelet attached to a longer chain so it sits on my chest. Love love love.

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The man behind the curtain: Terry Richardson

Most of you will recognise Terry Richardson’s name from the closing credits of Miley Cyrus’s new soft porn music video ‘Wrecking Ball’ – but who is this mysterious man, and why is he shooting Miley in the buff? Mr Richardson is best known for his scandalous and erotic photography, as well as scandalous and erotic rumours surrounding him taking advantage of underage models… Whether you believe the rumours or not, there is no denying he does create some pretty rad images. 

You have most definitely seen his work before! His trademarks are a plain white backdrop, with celebrities wearing his famous black rimmed glasses doing a big thumbs up and/or taking their clothes off. He regularly shoots for GQ Magazine, and shot Tom Fords fantastically outrageously provocative  ad campaign in 2008. 

Recognise any of these?

xo

Lara Bingle gets chameleon for Oyster

Lara Bingle is the ultimate Aussie B-A-B-E. ASL? (oh the MSN nostalgia) Lara is an Australian model, TV personality, fashion designer, socialite, etc etc. She is best known for her delicious lips, bright eyes, and her 2006 Australian Tourism ad ‘So where the bloody hell are you?.

In her latest shoot for Oyster (oystermag.com) she shows off some serious diversity in her looks (and some sneaky boob) thanks to photographer Byron Spencer. Honestly, I don’t even recognise her in majority of these shots. Here is a sneaky peak of chameleon and all-round GC Mrs Bingle…

Photography: Byron Spencer
Fashion: Tiana Wallace
Hair: Jenny Kim
Makeup: Victoria Baron  using MAC Cosmetics
Assistant: Rodney Deane

xo

5 DIY Easy Beauty Hacks

Who doesn’t love a sneaky DIY? I have 5 easy-peasy beauty tips to get the most out of your products and most importantly,  your budget!

[ 1. Get instant 3D lips by adding frosted eyeshadow! ]
Add a soft coating of shiny eyeshadow over the top of lipstick or lipgloss for a fuller look
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[ 2. Instant 'plumping' lipgloss ]
Just add peppermint oil to any of your favourite lipglosses for that plumping tingly effect! Easy as pie
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[ 3. Touch up french manicures with... anything! ]
Any smooth, long, bendable surface can be used to touch up a french manicure! I’m talking tape, rubber bands, even paper! Just hold sturdy in place and paint!
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[ 4. Banish split-ends between hair cuts! ]
Simply separate hair into sections, twist, and cut any hairs that are sticking out!
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[ 5. Coloured lips using eyeshadow ]
Coat lips with a sticky lipgloss (thin lizzy lipgloss is crazy sticky) and apply any eyeshadow on top! Get creative! Today I’m a mermaid…
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xo

Today in Microfashion…

A lesson on style from the younger generations.

Children dressed like adults has got to be one of my favourite things, and possibly one of the cutest things of all time. Is it mildly embarrassing that these kids dress better than most of the adult population?

They’re so small yet they look so big!
It just blows my mind. Is it terrible of me that I want to have children just so I can dress them up…

I wish I looked this cool as a child.. to be honest I wish I looked this cool now!
Damn the 90′s.

Photo credits thanks to Humans of New York and Tumblr

xo

A Sticker for your Kisser

At the start of semester I purchased a gold lip sticker to wear to a Shapeshifter gig during re-orientation week! I had tried nail stickers before (see here), and one of my besties suggested I try lip stickers! At crazy-cheap eBay prices ($1.70NZD) I couldn’t say no. But unfortunately like most things in my life, it got thrown into my makeup draw never to be seen again. UNTIL NOW. I decided to finally try these bad boys and I must admit it was a little weird…

The packaging reads:
[ Shape your lips with your mouth wide open to the "AHH" shape. Next measure your lip length and cut on the dotted vertical lines. Then measure the depth of your lip staying outside your water line and cut on the horizontal line. ]

That easy huh?? It was all lies. 
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The result? A mixed review… First of all, the lip shape did nowhere near fit the shape of my mouth, even with the option of cutting the edges. The cutting part was also mildly stressful as cutting off too much meant no return. The actual colour was more of a brownish leopard print than a gold which was disappointing. Also the definition between the sticker and your ‘water line’ was very exact so a sneaky peek of pink can always be seen (on my lips anyway). To apply it was literally like a temporary tattoo… you hold it on your lips and apply water. Weird. This had good point and bad points…

lip sticker, lip tattoo, how toThe good: It will stay on! I had to scrub like crazy to actually get this stuff off! If it was intended for a long night out it would definitely make the distance. They’re also super comfortable as they move with your lips. I forgot I was wearing them!

The bad: The photos above were taken after about 2 hours of wear. As you can see, the sides of the mouth where the most moisture sits started to wear down and distort the sticker. Not cute. The sticker was also hard to match to my lips.

These would be fun for a dress up party, and if I ever go anywhere dressed as a leopard they will be at the top of my list! Until then, I think I’ll stick with good old-fashioned lipstick!

xo

The September Selfie Challenge

It’s September Selfie Challenge time!! – “sorry, what?” I hear you say…

Let me explain, as a blogger, it’s strange for me to admit it but outfit posts drive me a little crazy… I like an outfit post as much as the next internet crazed, fash-a-holic but I feel the authenticity of an ‘outfit’ post online seems to have gotten a little lost in translation - cough, free clothes  -

What I really want to see are REAL outfits that REAL girls wear on a daily basis! The good AND the bad. Nomsayn?

Then it came to me! After a post I recently did on 7 days of fashion drawing, I decided to challenge myself – and document my outfits for the entire month of September! A whole month of legitimate day-to-day looks.

As today is September 2nd I have only done two so far – (my dressing gown is practically my uniform on Sundays…)

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If you want to join me (and have a great excuse for some shameless selfies) simply tag #septemberselfie on instagram or twitter with your OOTD and a little description! You don’t have to do the entire month, but occasionally seeing what you guys like to wear would be amazeballs!

I’ll be posting my images to my instagram for the rest of the month! Get amongst xo

Spring Trending: Get your print on

Spring is literally just around the corner! Literally, as in two days away! w-t-f.

The short but sweet glimpses of sunshine here in Dunedin are few and far between, and I’m craving summer more than a fat kid craves cake. And while spring in Dunedin does produce flowers and baby lambs, it does not produce any significant rise in temperature. To my utter disgust.

So, while our overseas fashionista’s speak of prints and florals adorning our wardrobes this season, I plan to rock mine in blissful ignorance to the fact that there is no sunshine, meadows or butterflies in studentville to accent my colourful ensemble. Because I can.

Here is a little inspiration to get you ready for the mildly warm weather from the Spring 13 collections!!  Get amongst it.
click to enlarge and get designer info ] xo

 

Spotlight on: The Bread and Butter Letter

While strolling down K-Road during the Easter break, I stumbled across the most adorable boutique, The Bread and Butter Letter. I was drawn in by the vintage yet fresh decor, and dragged my then-boyfriend in for a nosey. Although I swore I only wanted to ‘look’ I ended up leaving with a white ruffle blouse… woops!
Aside from adorable vintage, they also stock handmade jewellery, tea, as well arts and crafts!! Loves it.

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[ The Bread and Butter Letter is a carefully curated boutique that sells charming vintage, craft and tea. Their suppliers are the best artists and designers on the NZ craft scene, selling quirky and unique jewelry, accessories, stationary, gifts, cards and homeware. And all 100% locally made and independently owned! ]

How can you say no to that? I love boutiques like this, as having pieces that no one else has are extra super duper special! I have so many items on my wish list! Definitely a place to check out if you’re ever in Auckland!!

breadandbutterletterOut of town? Have no fear, many (but not all) of their items can be found through their website or facebook – yay for technology!

For Facebook click here
For their website click here

xo