Saturday, March 31, 2012

OOTD: Victor Alexandre, City Chic

So, the weather is all over the place at the moment, so there's lots of layering going on. I try not to take a heavy coat unless it's really cold in the morning, otherwise I end up lugging it around all day.

This is a pretty standard work outfit for the most part - black pinstripe shirt, black pants, sensible flats..

The shirt is from an opshop, and it had the brand label cut out but the care instructions are in dutch. I like to think it travelled halfway around the world to find it's way to me. Pants are standard black business pants from city chic.

But the vest? The vest is something else.

 The vest is magic, and it's from Victor Alexandre, a local melbourne designer. It's long at the front and short at the back, and it's snuggly and comfortable - it's like going to work in a comfy hoodie but it looks much dressier than that. I love the heck out of this thing. It's a piece that was a bit of an investment, even on clearance, but at a cost per wear basis, really very cheap - I am going to be wearing and loving this thing for years to come.

Victor Alexandre do these amazing sculpural pieces that are a wonder of drapery - their stuff is always interesting and funky, and also really comfortable to wear, which is an awesome combination. I wish I could afford more of their pieces, but in the meantime I will enjoy the few that I have, very much.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Review: Mineral Therapy Illuminating Pearls

When I first got my hands on this, I was struck by the novelty of the design. It's a cute jar full of multicoloured pearls, with a brush that screws onto the top, and a clear lid that goes on the top.

There's a lot more to this product than novelty value though. It's a really lovely illuminator for night time wear.

The pearls are full of tiny speck of glitter, and they give the skin a glow and a sheen wherever you put it. This makes it a bit too shiny for daytime for me, but for night-time it's great.

Like all illuminators with shine, you need to be careful where you put this - if you have fine lines around your eyes it will highlight these, so put it a bit further down on the crest of your cheeks - right above where your blusher would sit.

If you're wearing something low cut, go ahead and sweep some across your collarbones as well.

All the FOA products are super cheap for the quality they are - this is a great way to experiment with illuminator without spending a lot of money. Check it out if you get the chance.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: Sally Hansen Salon Effects real nail polish strips.

I have to admit, I looked at the packaging after I bought these and thought "This is going to be impossible to do neatly. I'll never get it to look like the picture." I was very pleasantly surprised.

They are actually not only very easy to use, but very forgiving. It's not a situation where you get one shot to stick it in the right spot otherwise they are ruined. Not at all. They are slightly tacky on the "sticky" side, but can be removed and re-placed a couple of times if you happen to misjudge your mark.

Basically, you just follow the instructions, peel the protective films (there are 2 on each strip) away from the nail polish, place the strip on your nail, smooth it down and file off the excess. It's that simple!

I picked up the skull and crossbones design for myself, and the strips look exactly the same as the picture, as you can see below. I've seen pictures of strips that other people have used, and the patterns/designs are really true to the packaging's image.

Obviously, they aren't as cheap as slicking on a couple of coats of nail polish, but i think for the price (which is much less than having a design airbrushed onto your nails, even at the cheapest of salons) they are well worth it.

In terms of wear, so far so good. I've had them on for 2 days now and the only damage they've sustained is my fault because I've scraped them against brick walls carrying things into the house, or I've been indulging my lovely nail biting habit. I really think if I can overcome the nail biting and grow my nails a little longer, these strips would be something I'd use a lot more often.

I've included the pictures of my own application because i wanted to show you all just how good they can look, even on a clumsy first application. Some of them aren't perfectly straight, but I certainly got the hang of them as I went along and next time will be very confident in applying them to a very pleasing, professional result.

Why we need models.

There's a lot of criticism out there about models - especially in the plus-sized world.

Thing is.. we need models - and here's why.

A model is the difference between looking at this:
and looking at this:

This is an amazing sequin shift dress from Damn You Alexis. It doesn't look like much on the rack, though. It's not till you see it on an actual person that you can really see how it looks. 

If all I'd seen of this was the first picture, I'm not sure I would have looked at it twice, but when you see it all styled up and on a real person, well, THAT's something you'd want to get your hands on.

Even though I'm not blonde and I am not the same height or dimensions as this woman, I am still getting a much better idea of it's potential. 

Of course, looking at the dress on someone else wouldn't be nearly as good as seeing it on me, which is why I always try things on whenever possible. You should too!

"But what if I am buying online?!", I can hear you asking. Don't worry, I've got an answer for that, too, or at least something to help a lot. stay posted.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review: Glossybox March 2012

Finally, I got my Glossybox!

They've changed the cards, there's now a list of all the products in all of the boxes, of which you get five. Of course human nature being what it is, it just makes you scan the eighteen products and sigh over the interesting things you didn't get. Five out of eighteen doesn't seem like a lot. They've also taken the retail price off the cards, which is a pain.

Realistically though, it is a lot - this is a great box with some awesome stuff in it.

So what's there?
  • Proactiv Cleaning Bar - a full size sample.
  • Avene Gentle Toner
  • KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray - according to the instructions you spray it on while your hair is wet and then use a straightener or blow dryer - heat activates the product, apparently. 
  • Absolutely Gorgeous Essentials - Macadamia Face Cream
  • Panda Pen - these things are really cool looking! It's a makeup corrector/cleaner you use under your eyes if your makeup wanders. Looking forward to trying this out.

There's something else in this box. I don't even want to say the name of it because I don't want to give the dodgy people that make these things any more hits on google. The ACCC has outed these things as a scam and anyone who was foolish enough to buy one of these things was due a refund.  I was surprised and disappointed to see it in the box - and if I was one of the other brands, I'd be pretty angry about being put in a group with such a nasty product.

That unpleasantness aside, this is another excellent showing with some great products that I'm looking forward to trying out.

How to fix your nails on the bus, fast!

We've all been there, it's Monday morning and you're on your way to work, thinking rather sullenly of all the places you'd rather be than headed to work (Paris, Rome, back under your doona...)

You look down at your nails.. and.. uuugh... chipped, nasty nail polish. Very unprofessional looking and not something you ought to take into the office at all.... but how to fix them, fast?

I found something to do the trick - these little beauties. Cost about $5 from the chemist at Flinders St Station... they're called Nail Polish Remover Pads and they are made by Swisspers Nails.

Nothing terribly complicated about the concept, they are just round (cotton?) pads soaked in an acetone free nailpolish remover. They come in a plastic jar with an airtight lid..

I had a gold glitter polish with red crackle over the top - not an easy combo to shift, even chipped - glitter polishes are notoriously hard to get off your nails, so I was expecting to have to go through a few of these pads to get it all off.

To my surprise, with a bit of scrubbing, I only needed one of these little pads to get all the polish off. The other pleasant surprise was that there was no noticeable "nail polish remover" smell so I didn't disturb any of my fellow passengers while I took care of this.

The mess, fuss, and stink of trying to manoeuvre a bottle of nail polish remover would be really hard on a bus, but these make things easy to fix up your nails wherever you are.

They're going to be lurking in my office drawer from now on, just in case..

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Wild Makeup Looks: Aqua goth makeup

A few days ago I showed you a wild outfit I wore to the club.. the makeup was wild too, and I thought you might like a closer glimpse at it..

I used mostly Victorian Disco eyeshadows and glitter.. I went totally wild with an aqua-to-purple gradient from right under my brows - you can see how far I extended the colour - far wider than you'd normally wear eyeshadow - it really only works if you're going to go all out like this. I did strong eyeliner and drew hearts at the terminal of the eyeliner line as well..

On my lips, black illamasqua lipstick and gold shadow to form a black/gold gradient on my lips.

I wanted to look edgy and dark. A bit punk-rock, a bit goth and a bit dangerous.  I think I achieved what I was going for.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

OOTD: Party dress, dressed down for everyday wear.

For a lunch with friends last week, i decided i'd like to wear the beautiful City Chic dress that i picked up at the Chub Republic fashion swap. The only problem was, the dress is perhaps a little bit fancy just for a lunch in the CBD.

To soften the look and make it a little more casual, i added a brown wool wrapover cardigan, stockings from Target (in the patterned section, which come in an "extra large" size!!!yay!!!!) and pumps from Rivers. I braided my hair asymmetrically on my head and added a fabric flower for good measure.

My handbag is a simple JAG design that i picked up at DFO Moorabbin at outlet price. I absolutely adore it, and it gets plenty of use.

Makeup was simple, pearlescent pinks on my lids, plenty of black liquid liner and mascara, and my trademark MAC dazzleglass in Salmon on my lips.

You really can wear your favourite party dress out to more casual occasions, if you just apply a little know-how to the accessories and keep it very simple. Hooray for many more occasions to wear beautiful clothes to!

OOTD: Plus Size Colourblocking in Red & Purple

My philosophy on trends is to take them or leave them as you desire. Inspiration comes from all sorts of places, not just what people trying to sell clothes are telling you to wear. 

One trend I have picked up is Colorblocking. Before it was trendy I called it "Dressing colourfully" or even just "wearing more than one of my favourite colours at once!"  - catchy, no? 

I am rocking one of my all time favourite colour combinations here - red and purple. Purple is notoriously hard to photograph accurately, and it's clear my trusty iphone camera is not up to the task, but the detail picture has almost got it - this is a rich, regal purple, dark and lush.. not lavender, not plum, a pure purple.
Combined with scarlet it's a head-turning combination. 

I have a red singlet on that I bought for under $5 at a valleygirl/tempt outlet years ago..with that a red chiffon overlay skirt on sale at crossroads - it has the most lovely silky texture and is a joy to wear. 
Over the top a v-neck dress from Dusk, also years old. 

 The shoes are trusty red suede pumps from Target, looking a little more battered each day..
Of course I wore purple eyeshadow and red lipstick as well :)

You've seen my favourite bright colour combination - what's yours? 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

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Red Carpet: Zendaya Coleman

In the recent Red Carpet fashion post, I chose celebrity Bella Thorne from Disney Channel's Shake It Up. My next celebrity is her co-star Zendaya Coleman. In this picture, Zendaya posed for with Bella Thorne. Zendaya's look was daring and successfully stylish. She matched the outfit, along with her amazing and creative shirt of a skeleton making a heart with its hands. Also a little red gets shown with her gems on her shoes. This look is worth a thousand words!

The next Red Carpet outfit Zendaya wore was to the Tangled premiere. This outfit has some basic pieces to it, but at the same time has rock-out pieces with the splashes of color in the top! Zendaya's basics were her tights with the beautiful flower pattern on them along with her simple and cute heels with a basic black jacket. A safisicated look, but at the same time keeping it real.

Last but not least, Zendaya wore this outfit to the You Again premiere. This outfit has a mixture of different styles that only Zendaya could pull together and werrrrk! For Z's look, she has basic, cute, fresh and fun rapped in it! With her hat, shoe's and tights keeping it simple; her flowy flower top, bracelets and necklace showing her cute/soft side; and her over-jacket, shorts with a splash of purple keeping it fresh and ftn! Zendaya's look may remind you of the style that her character Rocky Blue wears Shake It Up! Zendaya could have many looks in one, but she can always werrrrk it!

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This has been a Red Carpet addition. I'm looking forward to reading your comments. Thank You.

Friday, March 23, 2012


Ilha da Madeira - Agosto 2009


Ao visitarmos este museu, na cidade do Funchal, ficamos com uma agradável visão histórica da ilha, do seu povoamento e de uma das suas primeiras produções agrícolas: a cana-de-açucar.

Antes da sua introdução produziu-se o trigo mas, este produto agrícola, não teve grande sucesso e foi rapidamente suplantado pelo valor que a cana-de-açucar representava para a Europa naqueles tempos.

Diogo Vaz de Teive, escudeiro do Infante D. Henrique, é responsável pelo primeiro engenho de açucar registado na ilha da Madeira - 5 de Dezembro de 1452. O engenho foi construido na Ribeira Brava e era movido a água.

No século XV a produção da cana-de-açucar foi muito importante para a economia da ilha da Madeira.

O engenho da cana-de-açucar. Primeira fase de transformação da cana-sacarina em açucar.

Barinel - barco de transporte de mercadoria / século XV

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Luca Cruz Comrie!!!

Hilary Duff and her husband Mike Comrie welcome their new baby boy Luca Cruz Comrie to the world! Congratz to you two for having a wonderful and healthy baby! This is a little bit about Luca's parents before he was born and their current pursuits. Information from

Hilary Duff is one proud mama. The actress, 24, and husband Mike Comrie, 31, welcomed their first child Tuesday night, Duff proudly announced via Twitter:

“Welcome to the World Luca Cruz Comrie! Tuesday evening, we became proud parents of a healthy 7 pound 6 ounce beautiful boy,” Duff wrote.
“We are overjoyed and feel like the luckiest parents in the world,” she continued. “He is surrounded by so much love!! Mom and baby are both doing extremely well.”

In August, one year after she wed the now-retired NHL player, Duff announced she was expecting, saying the couple was “extremely happy and ready to start this new chapter of our lives."

Once she settles into motherhood, the former Disney star plans to return to her music career:

"I think that after I have the baby I'll want to sit still for a few months and learn how to be a really good mom, " Duff has said. "And then there's no reason why I can't put a record out and tour...It might take a little while but I'm really excited about it."

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NEWS: Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

To all the fans of the Percy Jackson series, you might know already, but to those who don't, the second Percy Jackson movie (Sea Of Monsters) will be coming out in 2013! This movie will be bringing back some familiar faces including our four main characters: Logan Lerman (Percy), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), Brandon T. Jackson (Grover) and Jake Abel (Luke). The movie will also bring in some new faces, such as Nathan Fillion (Hermes) and Douglas Smith (Tyson). With resources of (Internet Movie Database) I was able to find the summary of the second book to give us a taste of the movie. *WARNING: may contain spoilers*

Percy is about to go to camp. But camp is not as safe as it was. Somebody has poisoned Thalia's tree. Percy decides to go to camp, which is, meanwhile, attacked. Also, Grover has disappeared. Chiron is fired and in his place, is Talantus. Percy must find the Golden Fleece to save the camp. He, Annabeth Case and a cyclops, Tyson, are going to escape camp to find it. Talantus meanwhile sends Clarrise la Rue, who is a daughter of Ares, to find the Golden Fleece. The Golden Fleece is located at the sea of monsters, at cyclops' Polifimus cave. Will they find Grover at the same cave? Will Percy find the Golden Fleece and save the Camp? If not the only safe place for half-bloods will be destroyed. (this is the synopsis of the book)

Are you excited for the future release of Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters? I know I am! Please leave your comments below. Thank You.

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Dress Fashion

This is my first post of Dress Fashion! I found these dresses on the Forever21 website, check it out! They have AMAZING clothes! What is your opinion on these dresses? What occasion do you think would work for the dresses? And, if needed, what do you think could be added? *For Dress Fashion I will post 3 dresses every Friday* I'm looking forward to reading your comments. Thank You!