Eight Summer Life Savers with X NIHILO

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Well Christmas has been and gone (yes, already!) but the silly season isn’t over yet. Summer in Australia is always a crazy time of year. From Christmas, New Years and Australia Day to weekend wine tours, endless weddings, birthdays and lets not forget festivals too! Summer is an insanely busy time of year which means looking after yourself is even more important now than ever. I’ve teamed up with X NIHILO and their gorgeous EIGHT MINI bag to share with you my EIGHT Summer Life Savers you can count on to get you through the silly season.

Before I get stuck into the list of life savers, you should know that having a go-to Summer bag is always at the top of my list when the weather warms up. As soon as things get heated we all love transitioning into a Summer wardrobe and as much as I am a bag gal, I do find having an everyday bag that does it all is always a priority.

The Eight Mini by X NIHILO is that bag. The bag. The bag that does it all. Sure the rich tan leather was the draw card for me (can you honestly blame me?) but this bag is an ‘it’ piece in every way. It’s versatile shape, mistakenly large interior and endless carry options are just some of the reasons the Eight Mini is a sought after bag. Being a 20 something woman I feel you when you say you want a quality, on trend, designer bag without a Saint Laurent price tag – am I right? X NIHILO pride themselves on representing their brand that constructs quality bags with innovative and diverse designs at a price point that won’t force you to eat two minute noodles for the first three months of the year! And did I mention – they’re an Australian label?! In a time where fast fashion is getting faster and faster by the minute, it’s more important now than ever to support our own businesses that create sustainable fashion. The brand is based in Melbourne and the founder, Jen, focuses her designs around unique shapes and aesthetics rather than trends, so each piece remains timeless. Through each design, Jen communicates a personal touch by naming her pieces after streets she’s lived on. It’s Jen’s vision for the brand that really makes you feel that by owning an X NIHILO design, you really are a part of something bigger. See the entire collection at xnihilo.com.au

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Now onto the Summer Life Savers – in keeping with supporting local, all of these are Aussie made or designed too!

My Eight Summer Life Savers:

1. Lucas Paw Paw Ointment – okay it might be an obvious one but you can’t tell me it’s not the most common item found in a girls handbag. Dry lips? Paw Paw, Sunburn? Paw Paw, Insect Bite? Paw Paw – need I go on?

2. Bath Box Charred Face Mask – Is there anything better than a charchoal face mask? No. Is there any problem that can’t be solved with a facemask? No. You know I’m right.

3. Nivea After Sun Moisture cream – okay this one really is a life saver! When you’ve got major after-sun regret, you’re gonna want to have this bad boy in the cupboard. So much moisture in this one and so soothing with the Aloe Vera content – you’re gonna want to buy this stat.

4. Bondi Sands Tanning Foam – Okay the colour is a personal choice but if you’re a pale pancake like me, you’ll need to go ultra dark. This one is essential for Summer!

5. Thankyou. Hand Wash – I love having this around the house. I’m prone to dry skin and soaps can be iffy for me but this one works. Not only does the minimal design match my matt black taps and bathroom aesthetic but all of the proceeds go to fighting global poverty. Definitely a cause worth supporting.

6. EVO Icon Welder – weird name, great product. Hair gets so dry so quickly in Summer so don’t sizzle it off by avoiding heat protect!

7. Damselfly Candles – Okay this isn’t really a Summer thing, it’s an all year round thing. These candles are seriously amazing and the perfect home decor piece that look gorgeous around the house and smell incredible!

8. Jolie & Deen Jewellery – LOVE LOVE LOVE this brand! Minimal, on trend yet timeless, delicate, quality pieces that you can wear day after day. I love layering my necklaces for more detail and wearing the gorgeous pearl drop earrings for a point of difference. Day to night wear – this label is your life saver in the jewellery world. It’s so easy to find on trend pieces but to find QUALITY on trend pieces – now that’s what I’m talking about!

Happy New Year everyone – looking forward to creating more new content throughout 2019!

C.

Outfit Details // Bag / Eight Mini By X NIHILO // Top & Pants / Little Lies // Shoes / Sol Sana // Jewellery / Jolie & Deen // Sunnies / Ray Ban //

 

Dressing for Winter, Dreaming of Summer ~ with MVN the Label

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When Winter in Australia looks like this, we really can’t complain too much can we?!

Sure, there are days of bucketing rain and thunder storms but when we’re lucky, Winter days in Australia sometimes look like this. Don’t let the sunshine fool you, these boots are for keeping the pins toasty, as much as they are for the fashion cred!

No matter what season it is though, stripes are something I’ll always go back to. They’re the it print in every season, made for layering and longevity – we know they’ll never go out of style. This little number by MVN the Label is surprisingly super versatile! I actually can’t wait to wear this piece in Spring because it’s so light and beachy, but paired back with boots and a boyfriend blazer this piece is elevated to a whole new level of versatility. In fact with anything in my wardrobe I try not to label it as a “Summer” or “Winter” piece. Try working your Summer dresses into your Autumn looks with ankle boots, stockings and leather jackets for a wardrobe curve ball!

C.

 

Outfit Details // Dress / MVN the Label // Boots / Betts // Blazer / Witchery // Bag / Gucci //

Time After Time ~ with JORD Watches

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If there’s one accessory that will add class to your wardrobe and amp up your style, it’s a timepiece. Call me old fashioned but in a world of smart watches, I still seem to be reaching for a classic watch – time after time (pun intended).

JORD Watches take a new turn in classic timepieces with their whole collection crafted from immaculate wood. Designed for the modern everyday lifestyle, the choices are endless with plenty of styles and wood types to choose from. My watch, FRANKIE, is in Ebony wood with gold accents, making styling simple from day to night. Where possible, I always opt for fashion that’s versatile and timeless to ensure maximum wear with minimal stress! I love that the Ebony wood in FRANKIE is dark enough to team with a chic and seamless head-to-toe black outfit and yet still manages to bring character to a casual weekend look incorporating denim and leather.

If Ebony wood is too dark for you, you might like the smokey touch of WALNUT or DARK SANDALWOOD. Alternatively you could opt for something beachy and fresh like OLIVE or MAPLE. And if you’re unlike me and are equipped with a smart watch, you can shop Apple bands via their website as well. Whether it’s for yourself or a gift for someone special, JORD has you covered for timepieces for both men and women – not to mention the option to engrave if it a gift you’re looking for!

I’ve partnered up with JORD to bring one of my followers a $100 JORD gift voucher! Simply follow this link https://www.woodwatches.com/g/wayofwear for your chance to win. Entries close 10th June so don’t miss out!

Check out some of the other woods below and shop the entire collection at woodwatches.com

C.

Outfit // Watch / FRANKIE in Ebony & Gold by JORD // Top / FWRD // Jeans / Dr Denim // Boots / Betts // Glasses / Rayban // Glasses Chain / Bailey Nelson //

How To Style: LOAFERS // With Betts

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If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon – it’s time to! Loafers are the ‘it’ trend taking the fashion world by storm. Gucci is the ultimate fashion house behind the epidemic but it’s snowballed everywhere from high street to fast fashion since.

I love getting on board a new trend but I’m also a strong believer in investing in timeless pieces that last. The one thing I love most about loafers is not only the comfort and effortless factors (duh!) but that they’re a wardrobe item you can pair back with just about anything.

The first outfit I’ve teamed Betts loafers BEAST with a long line textured skirt, slogan tee and a boyfriend denim jacket. I worked the outfit around the skirt as it provides more structure and from there added the slogan tee for the instant style factor and boyfriend jacket to dress it down for casual wear. You could easily swap the denim jacket for a leather biker or structured bomber for a more elevated look. BEAST really is the perfect loafer to ad that attention to detail with the gold buckle and is super versatile from the office to running errands.

The second outfit is the ultimate casual Friday look. BAZAAR is chic in it’s minimalist style and will go with everything and anything in your wardrobe for seasons to come. Cut off mum jeans, a half tucked shirt, shades and a sailor hat is the outfit with lots of elements without the hassle!

Honestly, loafers are a wardrobe staple that once you invest in you’ll be reaching for everyday (self confessed!).

C.

 

Outfit Details

  1. BEAST loafers – Betts // Jacket – Insight at General Pants // Skirt – C/MEO COLLECTIVE // Tee – The Fifth // Bag – Gucci // Sunnies – Rayban //
  2. BAZAAR loafers – Betts // Shirt – Bardot // Jeans – Thrifted // Belt & Bag – Gucci // Sunnies – Rayban // Hat – Cotton On //

Believe In The Sleeve ~ with The Birdcage Boutique

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We all know that the sleeve trend is going cray and I don’t know about you guys but my obsession with a statement sleeve has only just begun!

The Birdcage Boutique brings us banger after banger and this set from C/MEO COLLECTIVE is no exception. The silky silhouette and split sleeve detailing makes this the ultimate weekend wardrobe essential. The, so-on-trend-right-now, off-the-shoulder style isn’t like you’ve seen it before with it’s asymmetric neck line and low shoulder cut. It’s the trend you’ve been loving since Summer but with a fresh new feel!

Sleeves are having a fashion moment right now and it’s right along side of frills! The frill hem detail transforms the skirt from a wardrobe basic into a wardrobe statement. Team these pieces together for a seamless and effortless look or style them separately for any occasion from casual to cocktails! This creamy khaki tone is perfect for styling with any neutral including nude, grey, black and even blush to add a refreshing pop of colour into your Winter wardrobe.

Shop the entire Effuse collection by C/MEO COLLECTIVE at thebirdcageboutique.com.au now!

C.

 

Classically Unique with Ecléct

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Doesn’t every girl long for that throw on dress? A dress that can just simply be worn and yet still look like you’ve made the effort? That piece that doesn’t need to be styled because it’s style in itself – the ‘no-brainer’.

This phenomenal frock from Ecléct is all that you’d want from THAT dress. As we all know (or we should by now!) statement sleeves are everything right now… EVERYTHING. Flare, cuff, bell, split – you name it! If it’s got a sleeve that makes a statement, it’ll be in my wardrobe. These sleeves start with a tie at the forearm and create a long flare down the wrist to make that statement. Tied high at the neck and around the waist to create the perfect silhouette and take this dress from an Autumn frock to a dress with a difference.

The luxurious fabric and the to-die-for wine palette that creates this piece makes it a must have for seasons to come! This one might be unique but it’s got those classic touches that will make it a staple in your wardrobe for seasons to come!

C.

 

Outfit Details // Dress – Ecléct (eclect.com.au) / Jacket – Zara / Boots – ‘Olsen’ by Betts

Tassels Two Ways ~ Murphy Made Jewellery

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Look One ~ I call it ‘Easy Like Sunday Morning’ because Mum jeans are my go to casual look when little to no effort is required. The pink and mustard earrings really make this outfit and add that exclamation point! A low-key jeans and shirt combo is turned into a showcase of textures with the tassels when styled with denim and silk. It adds a pop of colour and playfulness to the outfit. Whether you’re brunching, market shopping or just taking it easy – this really is the perfect weekender!

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Look Two ~ This is a fun outfit that really doesn’t have any limits. Wear it to the office, out for drinks, dinner with the girls – you name it! The layered tee makes this outfit fun (and of course office appropriate!) but wear the cami by itself for a day-to-night look. I’ve put together this outfit using neutral, earthy tones so that the monochrome earrings really make a statement.

Marble is my obsession so these earrings take me to all new heights! I love that the tassels are made up of both black and white – so chic and the perfect addition to a corporate wardrobe.

Earrings by Murphy Made Jewellery (@murphymadejewellery )

Look One ~ Top – The Fifth Label / Jeans – Thrifted / Shoes – Wittner / Bag – Mimco

Look Two ~ Blazer – C/MEO Collective / Skirt – Perfect Stranger / Tee – Forever New / Cami – Factorie / Shoes – Betts / Bag – Mimco