Tuxedo Dress

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Dress: similar, Heels: Zara (similar), Sunnies: Karen Walker, Bralette: Target (similar), Watch: Marcby Marc Jacobs, Lipstick: Nars, Bracelets: Tiffany and Co and similar bangle
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Classics in Kings Park

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Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger, Sunnies: Karen Walker, Jeans: Gap, Bag: similar, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Shoes: Asos (similar)

Kings Park, Perth WA

I’ve probably mentioned it before on here but my classic go-to look is jeans and a shirt. It’s easy, comfortable and smart. I’m always on the hunt for simple but different blouses and shirts. It sounds like a contradiction but what I mean is solid colours or stripes but with interesting cuts or textures and guess what Stylewe.com has provided the goods!

Here are some of their lovely shirts/blouses:

Pierced Elegant Lace | Blue Stripes (with an awesome tie on the front) | Asymmetrical Work Blouse | Causal¾ (love the shape of this one) | Blue Work Cotton Shirt (amazing print on this one)


Also, if you’re a keen bean and already prepping for spring here in Australia, they also have a great range of floral print dresses.

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Death Valley National Park

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My outfit at Death Valley: 

Death Valley National Park, CA (USA), Feb 16'

From the ice and cold of Yosemite National Park to the hot desert of Death Valley. My suitcase was not ready for this climatic change. As soon as we arrived into the park and I saw the sizzling air and red dry desert landscape, I realised I made a mistake only packing one t-shirt. Do not underestimate Death Valley’s winter days.

My usual sights of nature are forests and beaches; I have never visited a desert before. Losing my desert visit virginity at Death Valley was spectacular. It was the first time I had seen sand without the coast in sight.  The tall wind shaped ridges, limitless sand dunes and barren land looked like a landscape out of Star Wars and guess what, we found out some of the films were set in Death Valley.

Driving through the boundless red lands I saw no sign of life (other than tourists), however I was still shocked by the silence amongst such immense scenery when we stepped off the bus. There were no bird calls, no creaking of insects, just quietness. Now I get the name – barely any life, boiling temperatures, no water in sight – this is Death Valley.

Have you guys ever visited Death Valley or a desert before? What did you guys think?

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Yosemite National Park

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Driving through the national park we were surrounded by thousands of trees that looked like they never ended in every direction. Deposits of snow and ice on the side of the road signalled that we were getting closer. We pulled over to a visitor look out and there I saw the real life version of the my Macbook's desktop background. There it was with the sun shining right on it; El Capitan, Half Dome and the other rock formations, all of which seemed too good to be real. I'd never seen anything like it before.

During our couple of days in Yosemite National Park we did a couple of the easy walking trails (however I still managed to fall). My Nike free runs were not well equipped for the environment at all, lets just say I would have broken a hip if I had been a couple of decades older. 

One of my favourite sights was Mirror Lake. Once you see the lake you realise how literal its name is. The lake captures amazing reflections of the rocks, trees and sky and is surrounded by more trees and rocks and also never-ending beautiful white snow. 
Whenever people ask me what was my favourite place that we visited in the US, my response always includes Yosemite. It was nothing like I'd ever seen, including the deers!!

I'd definitely recommend venturing out of the big cities while travelling in the US and visiting a few of their national parks. I never though I would be so enthused by nature, but the beauty of these sights were unforgettable. 

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From night to day and back to night with one dress

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Dress: Alpha60 (similar on sale!), Boots: Asos (similar), Lipstick: Nars, Bag: Louis Vuitton, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

A dinner date, work the next day and then a 21st, all with this exaggerated turtle neck dress. Don't worry it is in my laundry basket now.

First night I wore it out with my everyday boots and natural make-up for a dinner date. We went to a Spanish restaurant and I prayed that I wouldn't spill paella on my pure white dress. Drumroll please... thank god for napkins, there was not a single smudge!

The second day I wore the dress with a cardigan tied around my waist with the boots again for an even more causal look. Also, I wasn't wearing the right underwear that day so I needed something to cover up my very obvious panty lines (oops lel).

On that second night I had a 21st and decided to wear it again, this time with a bold-lip colour and black pointed high heels.

I love a good dress that is versatile enough to be worn on a causal day or a formal event. I found some other dresses on #banggood# that I think could be worn with sneakers or killer pumps.

Here are my picks:



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White Long-Layered Dress // Hollow-Out Turtleneck

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If you're going to San Francisco...

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"If you're going to San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie

In February, Ivor and I hopped on a plane from Melbourne to to the Golden State City. It was our first location on our month long trip to America (cue U.S.A chant). 

The 14 hour economy class flight was made bearable with some great midnight snacks, a few good movies and a shoulder to sleep on. By the time we knew it, we were already climbing the hills San Francisco calls their footpaths, eating lunch at Nob Hill Café and having an incredibly stressful time figuring out how tipping works. It was not until mid-way through our trip we got it down pat.

On our second day, I awoke to a delivery of chocolate covered fruit and a birthday balloon from a dear friend. On this day, I marked the end of my teens years at the Oyster Depot (amazing seafood), Fisherman's Wharf (there is seals there, do I need to say more?) and the Foreign Cinema restaurant, which was showing Signing in the Rain that night (and also had free tampons in the female bathrooms, why don't all bathrooms have this?!). All these places provided a great introduction to the coast, cuisine and culture of the city.

The next morning we were greeted with beautiful Californian weather, got onto a bus (after missing it twice #rookiemistakes) and travelled down to Land's End. Our day involved a 6km trail and a very unfit me, peanut butter sandwiches and beautiful views of  the coast and the Golden Gate Bridge. I would definitely recommend bringing some sandwiches and a good quality camera to enjoy and remember these sights.

On our last day before we joined our G-Adventures tour group we visited Alcatraz and did an audio tour of the Island. It was incredibly interesting to hear the history behind the prison, whilst being immersed into the environment, even the cracks on the ground had a significance (hint bombs). Additionally, the views of San Francisco's skyline from the Island were amazing. After we got back from the Island, a man on the street jumped out some bushes and yelled out as a joke,  it scared the shit out of me but it was pretty fucking hilarious.

Whilst, I absolutely hated walking through the hills of San Francisco, it is a beautiful city. I do have to say it's hilly nature really adds to its uniquely adorable aesthetic, where pastel coloured townhouses meets the sea. 

Let me know in the comments if you have been to San Francisco and your thoughts on the city.

Photos by myself and  Ivor

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Cranes

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Coat: Newchic, Sunglasses: Asos, Dress: Zara, Shoes: Acne, Bracelet: Tiffany & Co, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Silver ring: similar, Lipstick: Nars

I'm pretty tame when it comes to coats, I only own black coats with the exception of a purple coat that I don't give enough attention.

So getting a pink coat with grey clouds and large cranes on them is out of my comfort zone (especially seeing as I am not a fan of birds at all). This coat just looked so different, including its shape, that I thought hey I'll give it a shot. And I loved it!

Every now and then, going out of comfort zone and getting a bit of a crazy item is the way to go.

Photos by Ivor

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