Feeding A Small Army

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A couple of nights ago my parents took me out to dinner to get me out of the house during my exam studies. I had been under so much pressure that a shouted calorie fest was just what I needed. Plus, I really needed to get out of my Addidas track pants and oversized soccer t-shirt.

Going to the restaurant with very empty stomachs, we did order one entree between us and a main each. Little did we know the portion size of each main was enough to feed three people. Just as the title suggests it was enough to feed a small army. But being an Italian family we were up for the challenge. Lucky my pants were loose.

Also, I am probably so behind but I am totally loving these Hermes cuffs that are on trend right now. I had seen a lot in black or white, but as soon as I saw an orange and gold I knew I had to get it. I probably have a little bit of an obsession with orange at the moment. I am currently hunting for an orange tassel necklace. The one I posted in my previous post seems to be a winner.

P.S. I feel bad that I waited over a week to do an outfit post, but exams have been a massive suck of time. But now I’m finished and hopefully updating outfits everyday.

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Topshop Pants

Stussy Tank (similar here)

Vintage Leather Jacket

Hermes Inspired Cuff

Sportsgirl Sunglasses

Kouture Wedges

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New KIDS On The Block

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I love jewelry and what girl doesn’t. However life as a teenage student with a part time job in hospitality does have its limitations when purchasing jewelry. I would love to sport a Dylanlex neck piece or the super chic Cartier bangles, but alas, $15 an hour doesn’t get me that far. I love statement jewelry, especially when it is made with unusual materials: like a neon tassel or rope. The right statement piece of jewelry, a necklace in particular, can give transform an outfit. It can give luxe to a bohemian look, bring a pop of colour to a monochromatic outfit, or bring an old tee (found in the back of the closet) to life. And now I have finally found what combines with love for out there, statement pieces and my tiny sized coin purse. Meet Kids.

This custom made jewelry store based in Australia has an amazing supply of necklaces and bracelets for anyone’s taste. From fun and quirky neon tassels to chunky metallic, they have it all. Going from as low as the $9 Jangles bracelet reaching a peak price of only a $35 necklace; what’s not to love. Also, the fact they are Australian is even more exciting. I love being able to support Australian brands; especially since they’re not usually as internationally recognized.

Here is a preview of my current wishlist.

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1. Xena Necklace – Silver

2. Neon Nights – Orange & Yellow

3. Musketeers Chocker – Neon Orange

4. Seafoam Chocker – Black

ISABEL MARANT FOR H&M!!

H&M has had some spectacular collaborations over the past decade – from the luxury designer brands such as Roberto Cavalli and Versace to celebrity collaborations with the likes of Madonna and Kylie Minogue. But this newly announced collaboration with Isabel Marant, expected to launch on the 14th of November this year, is possibly the most exciting yet. With the celebrity and designer collaborations selling out within hours of stock being put on the shelves, Isabel Marant’s collection will surely adhere to the tradition – having created such a stir within hours of the collaboration being announced. This is definitely a monumental occasion on the 2013 fashion calendar.

The collection will feature clothing and accessories for men and women. Isabel Marant gave a short indication of the direction of her collection saying, “I aim to create something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality.” Although she says she represents the “French girl”, Isabel’s designers has transcended national borders and touched the hearts and wardrobes of girls and women all over the world. This collaboration with such a successful and accessible brand will allow the whole world to own their very own Marant piece that they would have previously lusted over – I know I have.

Unfortunately, there are only murmurs of H&M coming to Australia in time for the collaboration. I think I might have to make a special trip otherwise to take a peek at the new collection for myself; hopefully bringing home a few.

Below are a few previews of H&M’s previous collaborations.

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Versace: www.fashiongonerogue.com

Marni: www.vogue.co.uk

Kylie: www.fanpop.com

Comme des Garcons: www.thefashionisto.com

What Is Accounting?

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With an accounting exam coming up in the next few days you would think I would be home locked in my room in my animal onesie, hitting the books at a desk filled with books, papers, empty cups of coffee and chocolate wrappers. Well, that’s not the case. I tried that for the first couple of days of the study period, but I decided I would head out for a day with my sister instead. I just got this awesome dungaree in the mail, so I needed to christen it by going out.

Today’s choice was Cafe Tre Fontane in Ivanhoe. Unseen to the naked eye, but this hidden treasure makes one of the most decadent hot chocolate I have ever experienced. I was super careful to not get my stark white outfit dirty, which resulted in some pretty awkward sitting positions.

Also, I finally got a new bag. It was about time. I was even getting sick of taking photos with the blue Basque bag…IMG_0921

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Boohoo White Dungaree (black here)

Alpha 60 T-Shirt (got bored one day and cut the sleeves off)

New Look Moto Jacket

Forever New Tote

Topshop Sneakers

Lovisa Chain

Armani Exchange Watch

Russian Spy

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I brought the most amazing coat this week as a little present to myself for making it through this semester of classes. Any excuse to buy new clothes really. Coming into winter I am consciously trying to introduce bold colours into my outfits: and this is bold! So teaming it with all black seemed only natural.

I got really excited shooting this look. I guess I felt super chic in this coat, especially because of the high collar. It’s so perfect for Melbourne’s cold weather at the moment. Also, I finally didn’t need to wear a scarf. What made this photoshoot fun was also the location. I wanted to move my photos to this garage because I wanted a contrast with this sleek ensemble. I found a pretty good dump I think. I really enjoyed working with the gradient of the floor to get some really interesting angled shots. I think that fitted really well with the ‘Russian Spy’ look (my mum’s words).

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Mango Coat

Wittner Boots

Colette Clutch (similar here)

Pop Up Boutique Bracelet

Prada Sunglasses

The Not-So-Basic Basic

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I was one of those lucky people who won those instagram competitions fashion labels host. I won an Elliot Label voucher worth $150, which I am so thankful for! And with my voucher I purchased this amazing cross over silk shirt. I have always wanted a sheer type blouse but I could never settle for an ordinary chiffon shirt. I believe that your basics don’t have to be basic. So the cross over draping of the shirt along with the cutout below the collar makes this the perfect not-so-basic basic. It’s all about the small details in an outfit: from a studded cuff to cutouts, they can dramatically change a look.

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Elliot Label Shirt

Cheap Monday Jeans

Zara Booties (old)

Dotti Necklace (it used to be gold, I think I’m due for a new one)

Studs In All The Right Places

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Today I was going through my bloglovin feed, as I do every five minutes, and I was inspired my people in summery blouses with necklaces under the collar. I have always loved this look, but being winter in Australia wearing a chiffon blouse will leave you with pneumonia. So I adapted this look to fit the weather by wearing my thick denim shirt (with two other layers underneath) with a statement necklace underneath.

I love how studs can look on an outfit. However, they can be quite overwhelming so I tend to only wear studded accessories. I felt a bit grungy with all the studded elements to my outfit, so I decided to wear my black trench coat to add a little more ‘class’ to my outfit. Having a classic winter coat is a must. I have had this coat for 6 years now and is still an active piece in my wardrobe. I am definitely one for statement or quirky pieces, but it is important to have the essentials.

This bag has been worn out in my blog posts I am well aware – but I love it! I’m thinking I need the other colours…

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Topshop Denim Shirt

Jay Jays Jeans

Cotton On Necklace

Camberwell Market Cuff

Basque Tote

Misshop Coat (similar here)

Ego and Greed Platforms