Milan, Italy

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galleria vittorio emanuele ii // milan cathedral (duomo) // navigli // arco della pace // sforza castle 

After a lengthy and somewhat stressful journey from Melbourne, to Dubai, to London and then to Italy, I'd finally made it to my first European city; Milan. A land of italian speakers, driving on the right hand side, vast history, incredible shopping, glamorous people with adorable dogs and impressive coffee.

Having only travelled to some of Asia and across Australia I hadn't witnessed many significant buildings that were older than I could've imagined and contained such rich history. The first thing I laid my eyes on when getting out of the metro station in the city was Duomo. I was astonished by the size and meticulous detail at every inch, it was nothing like anything I'd ever seen before. In the city centre I saw no offices or residential skyscrapers, just beautiful old buildings that were art galleries, churches and most importantly shops. Melbourne is famous for shopping and contains an equal proportion of big name stores and small boutiques everywhere, however in Milan it felt like big name stores were everywhere and those individual stores were all massive. Being a self-confessed shopaholic I enjoyed it just a little (helloooo Zara).

 Our stay in Milan was a short one filled with jet lag, however we were able to have much needed catch-ups with an Italian friend, drink some superb coffee in a cafe playing Chet Faker, drool over some of the amazing cars, start the shopping adventures and be in awe of each picturesque street and building.

One fashion capital down, 3 more to go.

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx
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Batman Market

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This market opened a few months ago, but unfortunately I did not get the chance to go earlier because of university exams and then I went travelling. I'd seen so many instagram posts of the market with all the yummy food it had to offer; belgian waffles, ice-cream and so much more. So my first weekend back home in Melbourne I finally went and also got to catch up with a friend whilst there. The weather this weekend was confusing (Melbourne's summer weather is very bipolar), so there weren't many stalls open and the stalls I'd seen on instagram were not there. It was disappointing but I guess it just means that I'll have to go another time. I'm not complaining though because it's an excuse to eats lots of junk food.

My friend and I got a vietnamese iced coffee, a nice sitting spot under shade and caught up on the last 6 weeks of each other's lives that we had missed out on. 

I want to explore more of the markets the city has to offer during the summer period. The prospect of having lots of choice in food, eating outside and finding unique bits and bobs excites me. Hopefully there will be another trip to Batman market when more stalls are open and the various summer markets throughout Melbourne.

Do you know of any good markets in Melbourne? What are your favourite markets in your city?

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx
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My European Winter

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Coat: Zara, Scarf: Primark, Shoes: Betts, Bag: Longchamp, Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger, Crazy hair: Wind


These shots were taken in Hyde Park during my stay in London.

I recently just came back from a 6 week trip travelling across Europe. I travelled to a total of 11 countries and 20 cities and I can certainty say that I loved Europe. This trip involved a lot of firsts for me; it was the first time I'd travelled to Europe, been overseas without my family, the first real winter I'd experienced and the first time I'd spend Christmas in winter. A couple of people thought I was crazy going to Europe during the winter season whilst it was summer here in Australia and although the cold was not enjoyable at times it definitely added to the amazing experience. Everyone rugged up going to the Christmas markets, truly appreciating a hot drink like hot chocolate or mulled wine and seeing snowfall across the most beautiful landscapes definitely assured me that I made the right choice.

My winter uniform emerged during this trip that became a routinised part of my mornings before heading out. That uniform consisted of a black coat, jeans, checkered scarf and my medium sized longchamp (to fit my huge camera and very necessary gloves and beanie for when it got even chillier) and black chelsea boots. So now my Facebook friends who viewed my photos from the trip probably thought I wore the exact same thing every single day, but I promise it was just the outerwear :P

For my friends in the Northern Hemisphere I'd love to know what you're winter uniform is.

My SD card with majority of my travel photos stopped working and I currently have all fingers and toes crossed that it is fixable. If so, I will hopefully have a post up on each country I visited.

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx
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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

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As soon as my friend and I heard that the The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibition was coming to Melbourne excitement levels peaked and a trip to the NGV was planned.

The exhibition celebrated fashion by JPG and all the artistry behind it, something my friend and I highly appreciated. The wonderful creations by JPG were presented in themes and eras, showcasing the monumental pieces and highlighting the construction behind them. There were so many rooms each with different decor to uniquely present the collections by JPG. Each new room I entered I was taken aback by the decor, photographs and the meticulously designed pieces of clothing. It was also pretty awesome seeing pieces worn by Beyonce and Lady Gaga in well-known performances, you can witness with your own eyes the but size of Queen B!

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx


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Travel Make-up

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I usually don't wear a lot of make-up on a daily basis, but i brought a bit more on my travels for potential nights out. I am usually just a foundation, bit of concealer, eyeliner and mascara kinda girl, but sometimes the eyeshadow, blush and bronzer comes out to play.

Since travelling abroad I have realised the price discrepancies in Australian prices and else where. I may be doing too much shopping in Sephora and other beauty stores at the moment (shhh haha). I need to take advantage of the lower prices and wider range of brands.

The price increases in Australia are warranted in some aspects but sometimes the prices can be much more steeper, especially in beauty products. I find that beauty brands, mostly the higher end brands also do not usually have discounts or promotions, so we are stuck with the high prices all year round. Fortunately I found a site with great beauty deals and coupons, so we don’t have to break the bank each time we want to get that pretty lipstick or blush. Instead of being stuck in a rut of the same steep prices we can finally find cosmetics discounted or on promotion. YAY!

What are beauty prices like in your country? 

Thanks for reading! 
Nat xx
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Black and White in Florence

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Top: Zara
Trousers: B young
Shoes: Betts
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

I’m currently travelling across Europe and living out of a suitcase, which means very minimal amount of choices and variety in my outfits (there will be lots of outfit repeating). These outfit photos were taken near Piazzale Michelangelo and in the courtyard of a library in Florence, Italy. My friend and I were trying to kill some time before hopping onto a bus to the airport, so we sat in the courtyard using the free wifi. The concept of free wifi now has so much more importance in our lives, seeing as we don’t have our regular mobile phone reception. 


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Playsuits time

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Playsuit: Ally, Bag: Oroton, Shoes: Asos
Photos at NGV by Sezen

Summer time is approaching here in Australia; yay for warmer weather! I can wear playsuits, except my very white legs are still in winter mode. I love when I can wake up and take my dog for a walk without seeing my breath in the air. It's pretty great to also to just chuck on a dress or playsuit in the morning, it definitely saves of lot of time for me getting ready in the morning. I'm one of those people who stares at their closet each morning ummming and ahhhing about what to wear. I will pick an outfit, then decide to I'll try something else on. This indecisiveness is the cause of a lot of my late arrivals. Oops. 

The warmer weather means less layers and more free flowing attire. We can ditch the long sleeves for t-shirts and jeans for skirts or shorts. Also, our winter coats and jackets can be farewelled and we welcome our bikinis back. I have noticed that during the time of summer, body jewellery becomes more prominent, especially in regards to bikinis (belly piercings = everywhere). Many of my female friends have body piercings; nose and belly button. I've noticed that before approaching the swimwear season finding the right belly piercing is pivotal. I was recently introduced FreshTrends; a body jewellery store and of course had to tell my body pierced friends about it. So now for them the hunt is on for their summer nose/belly piercing.

Do you have any body piercings? How do you get ready for summer?

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