I feel like one of the biggest misconceptions about minimalist wardrobe (one that I myself have even I wondered about) is that they can’t be colourful. The stereotype of the ‘minimalist wardrobe’ is the wardrobe full of neutrals. Black, white, grey, maybe creme. But I’m here to tell you there’s there’s no one way to approach it. If you love a print or a pop of colour these items can have a place in your wardrobe too. The key thing is finding pieces that, in the words of Marie Kondo, ‘spark joy’ (who else has binged watched the netflix series *hands up* haha).
When I saw this bright pink linen at The Fabric Store I was really drawn to it’s bright pop of colour. I’ve always had a love for bright pink. As a little girl I went through a phase of wanting everything to be pink haha. My 21st dress I made out of a bright pink fabric so sewing and bright pink also has a history with me. So this linen came home with me to make a twinning pair of pants for both Ellen and I. Bright pink was officially back in my life haha.
I think part of the reason bright pops of colour and print aren’t as commonly seen in the minimalist/capsule wardrobe scene is that is that there is the aesthetic of monochrome that is popular. But minimalism in the practical lifestyle sense doesn’t restrict colours. You can have any prints or colours that you know you will wear lots!
Though I love white black and grey I have always loved a pop of print or colour so the realisation that these too had a place in my minimal wardrobe was great. Though outfit repeating with something so bold makes it a little more obvious I think it’s good to have some fun pieces in your wardrobe. If like me you love fashion, having something a little more exciting to mix in with the monochrome staples makes getting dressed in the morning a little more fun again.
When you’re getting dressed in the morning and you put on your clothes, do you ever think about where they were made and who made them? This is something that’s been lingering on our minds for years now and slowly we’re trying to change our shopping habits and grow our ethical wardrobe. When we started our online boutique a year ago, we wanted to promote that message of ethical shopping by selling thrifted items and some of Tara’s own designs. But from the beginning we always wanted to sell printed t-shirts. Now almost a year later to the day we’re launching fair trade and organic t-shirts! But there is more to the story than that.
After a lot of brainstorming, we came up with the slogan “ethics + aesthetics” for our tshirts. Why? Well, ever since the beginning of trying to shop more ethically ourselves, we’ve always found it hard to find affordable items that fit our style. We love fashion and wear a lot of modern trends whereas the ethical options available had a lot more of a bohemian vibe to them. Now as we head in to 2019, it’s amazing to see more and more brands popping up who are making a conscious effort to make their stylish clothes more sustainable. Now we can have the best of both worlds - ethically made and aesthetically pleasing. Just like our t-shirts!
Where are they made?
Our t-shirts are made by an incredible company called Freeset who have a fair-trade factory based in India. For hundreds of women who were trapped in India sex trade, this job producing clothing for Freeset gives them a new life and hope. They are given the opportunity to choose a new job and regain control of their lives in a caring community. Employment is based on their need for the jobs, not the skills or qualifications they may not have. The women are trained, paid a living wage and signed up to a health insurance plan and pension fund.
Why should I care about organic fabric?
Conventional cotton farming consumes massive quantities of toxic insecticides to control pests. These hazardous toxins pollute the environment and cause serious health problems for poorly protected Indian cotton farmers. By using natural pest control methods organic cotton farming removes the need for toxic chemicals. Organic cotton production also uses considerably less water than traditional cotton farming. Using organic cotton for our t-shirts means we’re doing good for our planet all the way back to the roots and the very beginning of the process.
What about the dye?
Another important part of designing our t-shirts was considering the impact the dyes had on the environment. So we were very happy to learn they could be printed using an eco-friendly process with water based inks that are 100% GOTS certified
Freeset also sent through some progress shots of our t-shirts being made which was so cool to see. I feel like a lot of the time we forget there are human hands behind making our clothes, so it was very exciting when these came through showing skilled hands bringing our t-shirts to life!
We also vlogged the weekend Ellen visited Melbourne and featured some of the footage of the tshirts getting made. Check it out below, we had a lot of fun! :)
Designing T-shirts for our Online Store | Vlogmas - YouTube
When I first purchased the Foreo Luna Mini 2 last year, my eyes were watering at the price tag. Did I really just spend $200 on a vibrating face brush? Yep, I did. Today I’m going to be reviewing it after a year of use and telling you if it’s really worth all your hard earned pennies.
I love skincare, so gadgets like these have always intrigued me. I’d been using the Clinique Sonic Face Brush for a little while and absolutely loved it. It’s very similar in that it’s a vibrating cleansing brush with no rotation. The only problem for me was that the brush got dirty so quickly and I really couldn’t afford to keep buying new brush heads so often. I also found after a only a few uses with one brush head, it started to spread my acne.
So when I started reading about Foreo and how easy to clean and hygienic their silicone is, I was intrigued. And it’s certainly lived up to that end of the deal! I use mine lots in the shower and run it under the water to clean it. It’s super easy and I’ve never had a problem with it triggering of spreading my acne. In fact, I think it’s actually helped stop my spots.
Another big win for me was that the Foreo Luna Mini 2 is rechargeable. This means it’s better for the environment because you won’t just chuck it out when the battery dies. But if you’re worried about having to charge this thing every week, then let me stop you right there. Are you ready to have your mind blown? I charged this once when I first purchased it in September 2017 and have only had to charge it once since then - in fact, it was only yesterday, November 24 2018!! Now that is one good battery.
Overall, it’s still in perfect condition and looks almost brand new. In the past year I’ve probably had a month where I got lazy and stopped using it, but I quickly came back to it because it just makes my skin feel so good. Now I go through phases where I will use it everyday or sometimes just three times a week. It’s brilliant at removing makeup and giving you a really deep cleanse. If you’re sitting on the fence not sure whether or not to invest in this nifty face tool, then I’m here to tell you, after an entire year of use, this bad boy is totally worth it!
This month I finished my 3rd semester at RMIT studying fashion design. The jump from first year to second year was a big one. They warned us but it wasn’t till we were started it was clear the workload and expectations were on a new level. Luckily the theory is this makes us more prepared for our next and final semester.
One of the big assignments this time was learning how to make and sew our own tailored jacket design. Up to this point we have covered bottoms, tops, and dresses but tailoring was a new learning curve. It was one of those situations where you don’t know how much you don’t know about a topic until you start doing it haha! There are a lot of pattern making and construction techniques specific to tailored jackets. Now I completely understand the price tag for tailored jackets out there, so much goes into these!
Today I thought I’d talk a little about my jacket as well as share 3 tips for managing stress that I used to get through this semester.
I like to work with asymmetry a lot when I design. I often regret that decision when it makes pattern making, cutting, and construction more time consuming and difficult, but the end result usually makes up for it. For this jacket I was inspired by the ocean and abstracted that into lines to represent this via a waving hem and overlays as well as the hand-painted lining. I also hand melted a nylon organza and inserted this into the overlay seam to give the look of sea spray at the edge of a wave.
One part of the inspiration for my jacket was the sound waveform of a wave breaking (above). I love listening either to rain or the ocean when I can’t sleep or I’m stressed. I use the app RainRain which has white noise sounds you can mix at different levels to what works for you. I find when I’m stressed I find it more difficult to go to sleep but I know sleep is really important to keeping me productive and healthy (otherwise hello headaches). So having something soothing to concentrate on helps me get to sleep. It also has a sleep wind down timer that slowly turns down the volume which find also helps to lull me to sleep.
Another thing I find helpful for getting to sleep is adding to a physical reminders list. If mulling over my internal to do list is keeping me awake, putting them out of my mind really helps to switch off during busy times.
During stressful times there’s often a lot to do and not much time to do it in. You have to really critically look at your to do list and deadlines and schedule things in. Do important urgent things first and then if there’s time, important less urgent tasks. If you can save some time by doing things a quicker way or skipping tasks that aren’t part of the brief or a must do, this is the time. It’s better to get all the things on the list done pretty well than get some done perfectly. I recently watched a video from Matt D'Avella (a recent fav youtuber of mine) about the 98.7% rule that explains this idea well.
3. Take a break
I heard a couple of people around uni saying there was no time for breaks, but I strongly disagree with this idea. Even if you can cram in an extra 5 or 20 minutes of work, will you be working effectively and productively in this time? I always believe a short break is worth that time. When you’re stressed with work or a big project taking time away to refresh your brain and take care or yourself is important. You might come back with a new perspective on a problem, or feeling less overwhelmed, there’s always value in taking a short break even if you don’t think there’s time.
Though it was a stressful experience pattern making, problem solving and constructing this jacket, I’m pretty happy with the overall result. I can still see my original inspiration as well as the traditional tailoring techniques. Our brief was to “Reinvent the Tailor” and it was really exciting to see my spin on a tailored jacket come to life.
Hope you enjoyed this look at my fashion school assignment and some of the inspiration behind it!
If you’d like to see some behind the scenes of creating this jacket and some of my other assignments check out my vlog below. There were quite a few things that went wrong but I got there in the end!
Getting big bouncy waves when you've got straight limp hair can be a real hassle. I've spent many years trying to master it and you'll have to forgive me for my boasting but I think I've finally cracked it.
My first tip would be to pin your curls to your head and let them cool down. Yes it's time consuming but trust me it's worth the wait. If you let hot curls go, they will fall out a lot faster compared to if you keep them curled and pinned till they cool.
Of course the next important element is having the right tools. I've tried numerous wands and tongs but the ghd soft curl tong is my new best friend. If you've got long thin hair like me then the fat wide barrel is a must.
Finally I would say never brush your curls out with a hairbrush if your hair is thin. Just tossle them with your fingers and throw your head back and forth a bit before locking it in with some hair spray.
A few weeks ago I filmed this Glam date night get ready with me video featuring my new 'do if you want to see the whole process in action!
I’m pretty lucky to work in an office that’s quite casual. Though I usually love to dress up, I do have days where I like to wear jeans, sneakers and a comfy knit. Equally there are days when I have important interviews, or busy days where I just need the power of a good outfit to get me through it. In this post I’m going to be talking through my current go-to girl boss outfit.
Every woman needs a good blazer
I purchased this blazer recently from Cue as well as the matching pants to make it a set, but it also works great with other things too. No other jacket can compare to a quality blazer in my opinion. I feel so classy and sophisticated wearing this thing and it makes me think I can conquer the world. I’m going to be honest, this is the most expensive blazer I’ve ever bought and it was quite a treat for me, but it was worth every penny in my eyes.
Jeans are comfy and cool
I love balancing out this formal blazer with some more casual jeans. This may not be to everyone’s taste but I feel like it gives the look a real effortless feel and says, “hey I just woke up and threw on this outfit and look damn fabulous”. I also admit this look is very Meghan Markle inspired because boy can she rock a good blazer-jeans combo.
You don’t always have to wear heels
I opted for loafers with this outfit because although I do love how heels look, they’re just so darn uncomfortable and bad for my knees! I’m also 5”11 so when I put heels on I’m very tall. But I also think people sometimes get the impression they always need to be wearing heels to look sophisticated. However, as you can see here, these suede black ones still look great with the whole ensemble.
Never underestimate the power of a handbag
A friend once told me that you can wear whatever you want but have a nice, expensive handbag and you will look great regardless. I think she was bang on the money there. Yes, a designer handbag can be a big investment, but it’s something you will have for the rest of your life and it adds such an elegance to any outfit - even a pair of jeans!
Black is a chic and easy option
I avoided wearing a button up shirt with this look because although I wanted to look like a boss babe, I didn’t want to be too corporate. I instead opted for a simple black top that tied in really nicely with the black lining of my blazer.
Are you reading this and procrastinating on getting something done. Go do the thing!
Or is it not that easy? Sometimes getting started is the toughest part, so today I thought I'd share my top 5 tips that (usually) work to help to get over the procrastination hump.
1. You're never going feel like doing it "later" or "tomorrow", so just do it now
If you're waiting for motivation to hit let's face the facts, usually later comes and you still don't really feel like getting it done. Motivation levels normally go up and down, but you can't always rely on them to kick in when you need to. I think this thought process has been the biggest help for me this year in getting things done. Particularly things like chores or flossing (I'm glad my dentist doesn't read this lol) which aren't much fun so I often say I'll do tomorrow, then days go past. Lately telling myself, "you probably won't feel like it tomorrow too, so might as well do it now" has really helped with getting things done. Better yet getting something done can lead to a boost in motivation, the more you do the more motivated you can feel.
2. Break it down & take a small step today
Sometimes I find the amount of work I know needs to go into big tasks really daunting and anxiety inducing so I just avoid it completely. This isn't so much a conscious decision as my brain going "i need to do that thing", "ahh", "watching this video/show makes me feel better" then hours later I'm still not started. One way I found to break this cycle is to break down the task into bite size pieces. Sometimes these might be something very small almost silly, like print out images, but thinking to myself "I'll just do this small thing" often leads me to ticking off a couple more parts too. And if I only get that small thing done, that's great too and I'm one step towards finishing.
3. Keep organised and set mini deadlines
Whether you use a beautiful bullet journal, ical, or an excel spreadsheet, I find keeping organised a key part of the preventing procrastination journey. Using the pieces of the task from tip 2, put them into your preferred planning tool spread out between now and your deadline. These mini deadlines mean that you'll hopefully keep on track to completing the project on time and put the time in rather than leaving it to the last minute. Don't have a deadline? Setting yourself one and scheduling it in means it won't stay on the "I'll get around to it one day" list forever. I must say one of my favourite parts of this step is the satisfying feeling of ticking/crossing things off that to do list.
4. Make plans with others
Sharing your plan or achievement can help motivate you to get started and can give you some encouragement and external support as you go or finish. Something I've been trying to do more of this semester, particularly with uni work, is to organise to meet with my classmates to work on assignments. It doesn't always work out when we end up chatting haha, but knowing you've made a plan to meet up and get some work done means you aren't relying entirely on internal motivation to get your foot in the library or computer studio. This has worked in the past for me with gym buddies, I'm much more likely to show up if I have a plan to meet someone vs plans to work out by myself.
5. Put yourself in your version of a productive environment
Okay this could lead to procrastinating when a deadline is near. No your room doesn't have to be tidy to finish writing the essay due tomorrow, but it does help right? If there is time to quickly have a clean up sometimes that quick tidy can create an environment you're much happier to get working in. Maybe you find you're more productive in a cafe environment with a good coffee in hand, so go there. Maybe the quiet library is more your jam, try creating a routine so that the places you do more work in are places you go to. I know for me I find it hard to keep/get working while on the couch in my apartment so I schedule heading into uni for set days in the holidays and time not in class. Another thing I do to get in the groove is to play some music I'm enjoying at the moment, dishes to your version of motivating music is a lot more enjoyable haha.
I can't say I'm at a point where never procrastinate any more. Some days are definitely easier than others and it is something that takes practice if you've been at it a long time like me. But next time you feel the familiar "I can do it later" thought, even if its something small, give one of these a go and see if you can get it done.
Top - Pinch & Punch // Skirt - Closet London (Asos) // Sunglasses - Komono (Anomie) // Eyeshadow - Stila liquid shadow in Kitten Karma (MECCA) // Earrings - Abstract nudes from Pigment Studio
We all have those days when we sit down at our computers to work and it’s a battle. Or maybe we don’t even make it to the computer and we’re too busy procrastinating in the kitchen or watching our cat clean itself (or in my case my pet budgies, #allergies). Today I’m going to be sharing how I get around a creative block or a writing block.
Ironically it’s 7:30pm on a Sunday and I’ve put off writing this post all weekend….
Fresh air can always help clear your mind. And you never know what you’ll stumble across outside that could inspire your next project.
When I’m writing and I hit a wall, I always find it helpful to switch to another story. Sometimes I’ll end up with three different word documents open on my computer as I go between them whenever I’m stumped. It’s the same with when I’m editing a video, and even today I was writing descriptions for some new products for our boutique when I decided I wasn’t feeling it and thought I’d write this post instead!
I know this isn’t everyone's jam, but a quick workout always gets me motivated. If I’m feeling sluggish and uninspired, a 30 minute gym session can leaving me feel refreshed and energised. It might sound crazy but sometimes you really do come out with more energy. That being said, don’t push yourself to do it when you’re really, really tired, which brings me to my next point…
Have a nap
We all work hard and sometimes we are just too exhausted! Having a nap can do wonders or if that’s not enough, walk away and get an early night. You can wake up refreshed and energised to tackle your project in the morning.
Word vomit or your job’s equivalent
When I’m struggling with a story I often just force myself to write or what I call word vomit. I smash a whole bunch of ideas out on my keyboard, even if they’re all in bits that make no sense and it’s riddled with spelling mistakes, it’s so much easier to come back later and edit it into something better. It’s the same with editing videos, I’ll go through and pull all my clips and dump it into my Premiere Pro project then go back and tidy it up adding music, titles and any effects.
Watch a Youtube video
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’m lying in bed in my PJ’s completely unmotivated watching YouTube when I come across a creator who inspires me to get up and moving. I love watching other people chasing their dreams and working hard - it always makes me think, “Hey I can do that too!”
Talk to others
If watching other people on the internet isn’t your thing, talk to some humans around you. Whether it’s a activity group or club, catching up with close friends or a networking event.
So those are all my tips - let me know if you have any of your own in the comments below!
I used to think jade rollers were a little bit of an overrated trend more about the instagram aesthetics than function, but I’m now one of the converted. After a lot of searching on amazon for a good price (#studentlife), I got one to see if it would fit into my skincare routine.
After a couple months of ownership, I’ve found a lot of enjoyment using the jade roller. I’m not sure it’s made a significant difference to the results of my skincare routine but it has increased my enjoyment of it. I've been working on overhauling my skincare slowly and I've been enjoying bringing rolling into it.
The first positive I like is that by rubbing in your chosen moisturiser oil or serum with the roller you will find you will use less than you would than applying with fingers. I've found that handy if I'm using something pricey I'm trying to ration and won't really benefit the palms of my hands/fingers. It's also ideal when you're using a thick or sticky product (e.g. Weleda Skin Food) that might not be so easy to apply, I've found using the roller helps makes application a lot easier.
The second main plus I’ve found is the roller feels great when you have a headache or facial muscle tension. I suffer from a lot of headaches (still getting to the bottom of the causes) and the coolness of the jade and massage of rolling feels amazing when you have a sore head. I’ve also found it great on jaw and other facial muscles as I tend to clench and carry a lot of tension in these. Not really their intended usage but it’s probably my favourite thing to use it for haha.
Some people talk about the benefits of de-puffing, increased circulation, and smooth wrinkles. I can't say I've noticed these improvements in my study of one haha but maybe time will show these.
They're quite inexpensive so I figured it was worth trying out to see if I like it and I did. I think I may have even inspired Ellen's purchase of one for herself ;P. (edit: hi this is Ellen and yes she did *wink*). So if you've been on the fence about facial rollers maybe this was what you needed to get in there and give it a roll!