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Daily Makeup 1

As someone who doesn't know much about make-up, I've sure built up a good old stash of it in recent months. It seems that my hoarder behaviour (or as I like to correct myself, 'collector' behaviour) has transitioned from stamps (I've collected a few since primary school but now no longer care for it) into things-that-would-make-me-look-less-tired-in-five-minutes-or-less. It's even amounted to buying a small set of drawers in order to divide everything into face, eyes, nails and skincare. Crazy.

So I thought I'd do a little make-up menu of some of my everyday go-to's, with a couple of regular alternatives thrown in. Sticking to the 'five-minutes-or-less' lazy theme, we can all see that I have included a lot of Clinique's chubby sticks (this isn't even half of it). I'll probably do a post later on my chubby stick obsession because they are every lazy person's peachy dream.

Featuring Elle Fanning from the first issue of Miss Vogue because that's what my skin aspires to be. A bright young thing.

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Daily Makeup 3 with beauty notes

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The Finishing Touches

The phrase 'capsule wardrobe' has been thrown around a lot over the past couple of years. There seems to be a trending, almost manic obsession within the fashion world on curating the perfect minimalist wardrobe, and I must agree that I too have fallen victim. Any post on my blog roll that has the word "capsule" or "minimalist" on it generally garners an immediate mouse click, and I find myself nodding in agreement with the age-old idea of quality over quantity (quite in contrast to my old self at the beginning of this blog when I use to parade my cheap 'bargains', ha). While I'm a bit critical of the idea of restricting yourself to wearing only five or ten or a finite number of pieces of clothing per season (you did, after all, also pay for everything else in your wardrobe and they're there), I've found myself applying some of the capsule wardrobe ideas to jewellery.

It is interesting to note that most capsule wardrobes note jewellery as an exception along with undergarments, bags and other accessories. You may only be wearing five to ten pieces of clothing per month, but the exception seems to imply that you could very well wear a different piece of jewellery every day, meaning at least thirty pieces if you so choose.

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I used to hoard quite an eclectic jewellery collection. I'm a fan of rose gold, gold and silver (currently in that order), as well as mixing metals at times. I was also a fan of cheap bargain jewellery, believing that paying $5 for a pack of 12 rings was an amazing deal. While I still enjoy finding a bargain every now and then, I found that amassing such a huge collection of jewellery meant that I would repeatedly only wear the jewellery that I could see. The rest would collect dust in boxes and cups, or lost behind the vanity. My room and bags were also often filled with rings that I could not be bothered putting away.

I became discontent with all the cheap jewellery that I was hoarding (some of them tangled up with pieces that I do love, which then took a couple of hours to separate. #girlproblems) and recently did a proper clear out of all the metal pieces I owned. I ended up donating a whole bag's worth of necklaces, bracelets and rings. None of them were in bad condition (save for a few), but they no longer suited my style and my clothes. They served no purpose other than to look pretty as collector items on my desk.

This year, I decided to focus on curating quality jewellery that I could and would wear daily, for any occasion. As my days will soon be spent in a corporate environment and my style is generally quite minimal and neutral, I've become more mindful of investing in metal pieces that could elevate me from "I just woke up ten minutes ago and I need coffee, pronto" (happens more often than I would like to admit) to "I've already worked out this morning, had breakfast and fed the cat, what's up".

My Tips on Curating the Perfect Jewellery Capsule

  1. Note your style - As with any capsule wardrobe, figure out what your style is so you can narrow down your search for the perfect pieces that can complement your outfits. For example, do you wear mostly blacks and reds instead of neutrals and denim? Do you like bohemian or geometric pieces? Do you like to layer or have one statement item (including bags or shoes)? Are you attracted mostly to gold but tend to stay away from silver? Do you wear much jewellery at all? 

  2. Wearability for multiple occasions - Ask yourself whether you can see yourself wearing the piece everyday, or almost everyday. Consider the type of occasions that you most often find yourself, be it study, corporate worklife, formal client meetings or working at home. There's no point spending your whole paycheck on a jewelled bohemian-style headpiece if you usually wear a business suit and work in a corporate office five days a week. 

  3. Invest (use the cost per wear rule) - Don't be afraid to invest a little more, and don't forget to consider cost per wear, because #qualityoverquantity. Whilst $30 may seem like a lot to spend on a pair of earrings if you are on a student budget (when a $2 pair seem so much more attractive), know that the extra $28 may save your ears from being infected. Also, if you find a pair that you could wear everyday, that makes your earrings 8 cents per wear. Bargain. 

  4. Develop brand loyalty - This may just be something that stems from my own personality as a creature of habit, but I love purchasing pieces based on brands that I can trust. As you can see above, most of my jewellery pieces come from only a few brands (Country Road, Shazoey, and Sportsgirl) because I know that they will deliver quality and on trend pieces every time (or I know how much to invest in that brand based on the durability of their pieces). 

  5. Having said that, go out of your comfort zone - I also think that the process of curating pieces you love involves going out of your comfort zone, to purchase something that you otherwise might pass on. I recently took a leap of faith and purchased these silver Holly Ryan earrings online, and fell in love with them immediately upon their (prompt) arrival. They are the perfect statement pieces by bringing something a little different, but also small and subtle enough that I could wear them to work. 
Do you believe that it is important to have a jewellery capsule? Any other tips you would suggest?

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A round-up of what I got up to this month.
At the start of September, I decided I needed to get off the couch more (metaphorically and literally). I've learnt that I feel more productive and tend to procrastinate less when I have a busier schedule, and I feel a sense of satisfaction every time I look at my iCalendar and diary (can't live without those) and see each day filled up with tasks (colour-coded and categorised of course, because geek). I also decided that I quite like the idea of having adventures (I had always thought of myself as a creature of habit) so I made an effort to go on more outings with friends and explore my own city. I was pleasantly surprised by how inexpensive some of these outings were.

Here are some of the things that I got up to this month:


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As a celebration of starting our own little business (which has sadly come to an end), my friends and I decided to indulge in a hotel breakfast buffet one morning. While I can never not love pigging out on bacon, smoke salmon, eggs and hash brown, the buffet at Glass Brasserie left us a little disappointed, with a drink selection of only black coffee and English breakfast tea (otherwise extra costs apply to other hot drink options, such as lattes and cappuccinos). Nonetheless, I loved the inclusion of coconut chia pudding in their breakfast menu, and we got an amazing floor-to-ceiling window view of the Queen Victoria Building, sans traffic noise.


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Whilst the original plan was to visit the coffee trade show The Coffee Experience (which we did, and it was fine, but unbeknownst to us coffee noobs, it was meant for professional baristas sourcing coffee beans and equipment for their cafes - duh), the highlight of the day was stumbling across the EQ Village Markets at Moore Park. Think fresh food, fresh flowers, organic soap and handmade/homemade everything against a backdrop of live music. We also dropped by the trusty Bourke Street Bakery and loaded up on savoury and sweet pies. To die for.


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On this beautiful Sunday, my friend and I enjoyed a quiet brunch in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum before heading to the Art Gallery to see the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibits. I was surprised that it had taken me so long to come to the Art Gallery - not only was its location not inconvenient to get to, the cost of my ticket was inexpensive and I had a great morning being amazed by the quality of all the artworks (especially the Young Archie competition which put my stick figures to shame).


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After accidentally sleeping in till 12pm (accident, I swear), my friend dragged me out for lunch at Johnny Lobster in Crows Nest, and I am so glad she did. Thoroughly enjoying the great food and the impeccable branding and interiors, the highlight of the meal was Green Juice with apples, gin and cucumber (try first before you judge us for having alcohol for lunch...) We then headed to Milson's Point on a whim for a leisurely walk along the water, which we affectionately named the Santa Monica of Sydney (and continuously reassured by our well-traveled friend that it is nothing like Santa Monica). Sydney, why so pretty for?

Are there any places in Sydney that you would recommend visiting?

Nothing thrills me like (a) snail mail and (b) curating gift boxes, so when Austravel invited me to put together a gift box for UK blogger Sarah as part of their Austravel Blogger Exchange, I immediately said yes.

There were so many Aussie brands that I wanted to include, yet I also wanted to exclude cliché souvenirs (how many koala keyrings have we all got in our drawers somewhere?) In the end, I decided that I had to include some Aussie classics like the mandatory Vegemite, TimTams (but with the special touch of Australia’s dessert God Adriano Zumbo), and the all-purpose Lucas’ Papaw Ointment. What was more difficult was choosing which quality Aussie brands to include. In the end, I decided to include Grown Alchemist, Kikki K and Gorman, three amazing brands that I believe are not well-known in the UK market and that I wanted to introduce to Sarah.

About three weeks later, I received my own blogger box from Sarah filled with UK goodies. It’s always difficult to buy for a complete stranger, but I love everything that Sarah selected, including Jaffa Cakes which I’ve heard of and always wanted to try. I especially enjoy the beautiful lilac BarryM nail polish, which I slapped on over a pot of tea and some Jaffa Cakes. It’s also interesting to see how many brands have made their way to Australia, such as Rimmel, House of Holland, Cadbury and Topshop.

Thanks Austravel and the lovely Zoe from Sense PR for including me in the program! Don’t forget to check out Austravel’s interesting interactive campaign.

This post was sponsored by Austravel.
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I used this bouquet of flowers recently whilst shooting a cake for Copper & Rose, and whilst it was a beautiful arrangement (and purple being my favourite colour), I found myself loving the bouquet even more a few days later when the flowers had begun to wilt. Shooting in the late afternoon and taking advantage of the last of the sun rays, I'm quite chuffed with the results: the graininess from the lack of light and wilting flowers give a filmy, scanned effect to what I would describe as a masculine floral mess. 

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