Friday, August 1, 2014

Hair trend: Half up half down

Celebrity Hair Inspo

Big waves pump up the glamour.







Braids will give your style a little more edge.
How do you do half up half down?

Tash xx

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How to: Transition your wardrobe from winter to spring

As I walk through Pitt St Mall in the Sydney CBD I can't help but gaze in awe at the beautiful shop windows donned with clothing of colourful hues and breezy, light-weight fabric. But then I catch a glimpse of myself in the window reflection and realise I'm still wearing all black and almost totally covered up.

Ahh, the end of winter in Australia. Shops start stocking spring clothing, yet the weather isn't really calling for it. You try and reason with yourself by saying, "well when you're in the sun it's nice", and although that may be true, if you work, commute or are generally not always outside, then that reason doesn't really apply. But if you are anything like me and by this point you are completely over the cold weather and throwing on layers upon layers of clothing, then you can begin transitioning into spring clothing and dodge the chill-factor at the same time.

TOP TIPS ON TRANSITIONING YOUR CLOTHING FROM WINTER TO SPRING
1. Colour - Start wearing the popular hues of the season like blush pink, white, baby blue, yellow... any colour you enjoy wearing, really. Just getting out of dark colours will make you feel better and assure you that warm weather isn't too far away.

2. Scarves - The perfect accessory for in-between weather. A long, light-weight scarf can be draped effortlessly around your neck when the sun is out, and then tightened up nice and snug when the temp drops.

3. (P)leather - Those black leather pants and skirt you have? Pair them with a white top, blazer and a colourful scarf and you are good to go.

4. Lace - Lace skirts are everywhere at the moment, especially knee-length ones. They are perfect because you can still wear your ankle boots with socks and keep your feet warm. Yay!

5. Prints - Geometric, florals, stripes; whatever print you go for you will immediately feel more summery.

6. Jackets - Put away your puffer and wool coat and bring out your denim jacket and blazers. You'll be using these from now until Autumn.

7. Ankle boots - Dresses, skirts, pants, tights, pair them with anything from now until the end of Spring.

I hope these tips will help you get out of that winter-funk and prepare you for spring. Be positive; warmer weather isn't far away.

Tash xx

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

You know you're addicted to the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game when...


So if you are a Kardashian fan like myself (...yes, it is true) there's no doubt you have begun playing Kim's new iPhone game and possibly be contributing to the hundreds of millions of dollars the new mum will be making from it. So if you can relate to the list below, you are under the KK spell...

1. You play constantly. At work, at school, you are always playing.

2. You spend your real hard-earned money on buying fake money, or K coins or energy.

3. The moment you discovered you needed to have an internet connection to play was heartbreaking.

4. You get annoyed when you're not dressed well enough and you don't get that bonus star at a photo shoot or on a date.

5. You wish life was as easy as it is in the game.

6. You spend $650 on a vintage wine at Oak in Soho when on a date because you know it will give you a lot of love hearts.

7. You connected the game to Facebook and Game Centre so you can play with your friends and earn more stars.

8. You kinda freaked out when the game was unavailable that one time. But getting free K coins from Kim was so worth it.

9. You don't really care how many millions Kim's making from it, just as long as the game stays available.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about and think I sound a bit kray kray*, then trust me, you're one of the lucky ones. Bible!**

I wonder what will be next for Kim and her Klan? Maybe a Kendall Jenner game where you rise to the top of the high fashion world? A dating game for Khloe and Kris? A home design game for Kourtney? The opportunities are endless.

Natasha xxx
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* Kardashian for 'crazy'.
** Kardashian for 'I swear'.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Trending Now: LACE

Lace pieces have slowly been creeping into the style sphere, from hints of lace peering out from under a  beautiful jumper to sexy sheer pieces that could give Rihanna's wardrobe a run for her money. You can opt for a lace skirt (mini or midi) for a lovely lady-like look, or maybe edge it up a little a la Christine Centenera with leather pants. Oh, and it is totally acceptable to go OTT with this timeless trend by wearing lace head to toe, and sheer (just cover up your privates! Or not?).

Black and white is the classic lace go-to and will never go out of style, but if monochrome just isn't your thing, you're in luck, because stunning lace is popping up in pastel pinks and blues and rich reds and plums. Keep scrolling for lacey inspiration and my favourite luxe to less pieces to get the look.








Luxe/Less...Lace Pieces to add to your wardrobe:

Lucy in the Sky Best Intention Dress, $39.95

Lucy in the Sky Stand Still Skirt, $44.95

Missguided Clareta Slip Midi Dress, $59.98

Missguided Inkeri Dress, $89.98

Cameo All My Days Shorts, $119.95

Bebe Sydney Ornate Lace Dress, $169.95

Misha Collection Alaia Dress, $199.95

White Suede Paloma Lace Top, $220

Elle Zeitoune Melanie L/S, $279.95

Lover Mia Twist Dress, $795

My beautiful Elle Zeitoune lace pieces from White Runway and The Iconic




xx

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ELEVEN Australia Miracle Hair Treatment: great hair, no effort

11 benefits, one product? Yes please, Hair gods! I recently started using the ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment and I am in love. The name of the treatment, and the whole line of products, comes from the eleven amazing benefits that the product works to give our hair:


1. Add shine, smoothness and softness 

2. Control frizz and flyaways 
3. Moisturise 
4. Strengthen fragile hair 
5. Prevent split ends 
6. Detangle and create manageability 
7. Protect against heat styling 
8. Enhance natural body 
9. Repair dry damaged hair 
10 Protect hair colour with UVA and UVB filters 
11. Prevent chlorine and sun damage

After washing your hair and towel drying, apply the treatment to your damp hair from the ends up (the ends need the most love). I have hair that is curly, thick and a frizzy at times, and I can honestly say that after applying the treatment it is detangled, smooth and looks extra shiny.

If you're not one for using a few different products to achieve beautiful locks, then at $24.95 this might just be the product for you to get that TV commercial-worthy hair. Wind machine anyone? Click here to find the stockist closest to you.

Much love to healthy hair,
Tash 
xx

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Luxe for Less: Where to Score a Designer Bargain Online

Have you got a tight budget but a big heart for designer goodies? Keep reading for the best places to score a designer bargain from the comfort of your own home.


Modnique
Modnique is based in California, USA and provides daily deals with products up to 85% off, including womenswear, menswear, kids clothing and accessories, beauty, skincare, handbags, shoes and jewellery. Brands that you will regularly find on the site include Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Chanel (beauty) and so many more up-market designers.  They say shipping takes 10-17 days, but it's never taken longer than a week to get to me. The best buy I've scored is a Dolce & Gabbana skirt for under $100.

MyNetSale
MyNetSale's buyers are based in Paris, France and you will regularly find brands such as Givenchy, Prada, Burberry and Gucci. Sales start at 7am each day and last for 72 hours, and as well as clothing and accessories, there's home and living sales too.

MYHABIT
MYHABIT was founded by Amazon and offers products at up to 60% off, with womens, mens and children's clothing and home wares. You can always find a designer brand on one of MYHABIT's sales. Céline sunglasses for $150? Yes please! Shipping is from the USA and can take anywhere from 2-5 days to 8-16 depending on the option you choose.

Gilt
From my shopping experience, out of all of the sites I've mentioned, Gilt is the one that offers the widest variety of designer brands. You will come across designers such as Valentino, Givenchy, Missoni, Gucci and Céline on most of the sites above, but only on Gilt have I seen Thakoon, Carolina Herrera, J.Mendel, Monique Lhuillier, Derek Lam, and, well, the list really does go on. Some items are still on the expensive side, depending on how tight your budget is, but search through their sales and you will find designer gems at great prices.


TOP TIPS
1. Sign up to their newsletters to know what sales are happening and when.
2. Most sites will let you refer your friends to gain shopping credits to use on their sales.
3. Be quick! If there's a Valentino clutch or Givenchy handbag on sale, it won't last long.
4. Don't go crazy. It's easy to get carried away, especially when you first get started with online designer bargain shopping, but you don't want buyers remorse. As Vivienne Westwood said, buy less, choose well.

Are there any other sites you recommend? Or have you scored an amazing find on one of the websites I mentioned? Let me know!

Natasha xx

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[This article also appeared on shesaid.com

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sensitive Skincare: Zazi Mineral Cosmetics

Finding the perfect skincare products can be tricky, especially if you have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin problems can include redness, itchiness, irritation, flakiness and acne, and these symptoms are easily intensified when the products you are applying to your face have ingredients that are way too harsh.

To be certain that your skincare regime is going to do good for your skin and not making matters worse, you should be reaching for products with natural ingredients. Australian cosmetics and skincare brand Zazi Mineral Cosmetics product's are filled with natural, gentle ingredients like Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oil, Lavender water, Aloe Vera gel and more anti-inflamitory goodness. Below are the top Zazi skincare products for sensitive skin.

Zest Cleansing Wash, $31.82 - the essential oils and aloe vera help soothe skin and relieve sensitive skin conditions such aacne, eczema, dermatitis.

Sensitive Toner, $22.73 -  the anti-inflammatory ingredients help calm, strengthen and soothe the skin while carefully toning and preparing it for your moisturiser.

Moisturing Serum, $36.37 - gently massaging the serum onto your face and neck will stimulate collagen whilst nourishing and hydrating the skin.
Zazi Moisturising Serum
Zest Face Mask, $31.82 - beautiful ingredients such as manuka honey, jojoba oil and lavendar flower extract help brighten, cleanse and nourish sensitive and dull skin.

Visit www.zazi.com.au to learn more about their skincare and cosmetics (yep, they do makeup too!) that your sensitive skin will thank you for.

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