Beat Your Boyfriend: How To

Boyfriend jeans. It seems that everywhere I turn, a pair of boyfriend jeans are right there staring back at me. I purchased my beloved pair on a weekend trip to Melbourne and have been living in them ever since.

Now ladies, these are not your typical pair of baggy jeans, the boyfriend jean has an amazing versatility to be worn practically all year round. So for someone like me, who withholds a serious obsession this is exciting news! However, as Spring has sprung here in Australia I will definitely be wearing my boyfriend jeans one of three ways..

Kicking off at number one, a minimalistic pair of heels with a boyfriend jean is the definition of relaxed chic. This is perfect for a sunny spring brunch with your girlfriends, movie dates with your boyfriend and everything else in between.

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At number one for sheer practicality and comfort, boyfriend jeans and sneakers are a match made in heaven. This combination is perfect for long days of shopping (in my case, shopping marathons), spring trips to the beach and warm bike rides with friends.

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Finally at number three, boyfriend jeans and statement flats are perfect for those events where you’re not exactly sure on the dress code. This can be either dressed up with a blazer, clutch and rose gold necklace or dressed down with a baggy T-shirt and a messy bun.

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Let me know your favourite way to wear your boyfriend jeans, I would love to hear!

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What’s that? An award you say?

I am extremely honored and very excited to announce my nomination in the ‘Shine On’ award, thanks to the lovely Abrielle at Sheer Embellished.I am absolutely clueless about this award, however I will endeavour to abide by the rules of the award and state 7 things about myself.

1. I was born and currently live in Australia
2. I have played the piano since the age of 3
3. I have the biggest sweet tooth known to man kind
4. I have always wanted to become a ballerina
5. I swear a lot.. probably too much
6. I am a proud member of an E/F netball squad
7. I love to bake, especially cakes and anything deviously rich

Once again a huge thank you to Sheer Embellished, this really does mean so much!
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The Unexpected Winter Staple: Gumboots

Gumboots, wellingtons, wellies.. whatever you call them, these babies are an absolute must have! Gumboots have now stepped out from the garden and into the fashion world with an exorbitant hello. Spotted on the likes of Kate Moss, Rachel Bilson and Kate Bosworth gumboots have been a popular option for music festivals, shopping and more.

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Often overlooked and misjudged for their ‘builder’ like appearance gumboots have taken an unexpectedly chic turn. Mr Jimmy Choo himself has collaborated with the iconic Hunter wellingtons to produce a pair of extremely sophisticated gumboots which I would be happy to wear anyday!

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Wave goodbye to soggy suede and frozen tootsies, gumboots will forever keep you warm (sneaky knee high knitted socks anyone?) and protect you from the slush of winter. For anybody living in rainy cities such as London, or Queensland (Australia) gumboots are absolutely perfect!

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If you’re still suffering in the winter months (some of you may have picked up on the fact that I HATE winter, so apologies to all  winter lovers!) opt for a glossed, knee high pair of gumboots with a bright trench, black skinny jeans, a sloppy beanie and the perfect pair of Celine glasses. If you’re lucky enough to be baking in that sweet summer sun gumboots require little layering on top, opt for a light bohemian dress and completely oversized and over-the-top round sunnies.

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For anybody on the hunt for a pair of the perfect wellingtons I can definitely recommend Hunters. Worn by Kate Moss herself, these booties are expensive but will last the test of time. However, if you’re not wanting to fork out for a pair of Hunters try your local gardening, superstore or any small eclectic homewares boutiques. Don’t be afraid to splash out with a bit of colour, especially for the summer months these would go great with a pair of overalls!

Let me know what you think, anybody else on the hunt for the perfect pair of gumboots?

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Leather Legs

Gone are the days of leather pants being worn by only the likes of bikers and goths. Leather pants have swept us off our feet with their amazing versatility and ability to be worn as both night-time and day-time outfits. Spotted on the legs of many street style icons, leather pants have the potential to be dressed both up and down and when you’re in the mood for a bad-ass daytime look, leather pants are a very promising option.

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Although a skin tight leather pant may be the first thing that comes to mind, don’t be afraid to opt for a baggy pant! If you’re worried that you may look as if you are wearing two slim fitting garbage bags, up the look with some minimalistic heels or roll the pant and sport with a pair of trusty white converse.

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Leather pants are not shy and have the ability to speak for themselves so they don’t require excessive amounts of colour and accessories to make up for ‘lack of statement’ qualities. You can’t go wrong with a hat (especially in winter, 40% of body heat escapes through your head!) or a crisp, chic blazer.

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For those of you who are not keen of the full leather pant, don’t stress there are other options! A favourite of mine has always been the leather patched pant, these have a slight ‘jodhpur’ feel as the shin and thigh section of the leg is leather and the remain knee and backing is usually stretchy and black and super comfy.

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I myself own 4 pairs of leather pants, yes ladies, 4. Sadly my addiction doesn’t stop there, I am almost constantly on the lookout for new leather members of my wardrobe. To all my loyal followers out there you might have picked up on my slight fondness of anything leather or embellished so apologies for yet another leather focused post!

Let me know what you think about leather pants, surely there are some other addicts out there!? Whats you’re favourite leather pant look? I would love to hear what you have to say!

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P.s Sorry for my lack of posting these past few weeks, I hope all my much loved followers are well. I am SO looking forward to hearing all your ideas and thoughts again!

The Leopard Loafer

Leopard print loafers have been a much loved member of my wardrobe for the past few seasons (and hopefully more to come)! Yes you heard me, I’ve kept the same pair of leopard print loafers for more than one season… Scandalous you say? Well if anything was to remain in my wardrobe for a prolonged period, these babies would be one of my top choices.

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My leopard lovelies have had a comfortable spot to call home in my closet for many seasons due to their very flexible versatility. Whether it be the bitter days of Winter or the sweltering nights of Summer my leopard print loafers add just that extra bit of ‘chicness’ to my outfit. I discovered just how versatile they are on a 3 week trip to Itay where they toughed everything from the cobblestone streets of Rome to the sandy beaches of the Amalfi Coast.

In winter leopard print loafers are great to wear with your favourite pair of jeans. Rolled up baggy distressed boyfriend jeans and faux leather jeans look equally amazing if you are looking to dress the loafers up or down. Miranda Kerr styles the loafers in what I like to call a ‘never fail outfit.’ A never fail outfit is perfect to store for those days where you really can not be bothered putting any effort into how you look as it is literally effortlessly chic. This requires hardly any hair or makeup styling and goes perfectly with an oversized pair of cats-eye sunglasses to cover any tired eyes!

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In summer leopard print loafers look great with almost anything and everything. They are my go to shoe instead of the iconic Australian thongs or flipflops for those of you who don’t know what they are! Leopard print loafers are cool (literally) and and have the ability to take an outfit from hot to extraordinary! Check out some ideas below for some summer leopard loafer inspiration.

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Let me know what you think about leopard print loafers! Anybody got themselves a pair?

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The Fur Jacket

It’s winter here in Australia and my god is it cold! Although we don’t get snow where I am (yes laugh if you must as I have just complained about icy weather when we don’t even get snow) I am feeling the cold immensely! On extremely bitter days there’s nothing I feel like doing more than leaving the house in my holey trackies (or sweats for all you abroad folk!) This is where the fur jacket comes in to save the day; it’s chic, stylish and very very warm.

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Fur coats have been around for centuries and I mean centuries! My Great Grandmother often tells me the stories of her floor-length mink coat which my Nunnu (great grandfather) bought for her whilst he was at war in Italy. She says ‘that coat was so beautiful, there was nothing quite like it. One day I got very drunk -she giggles- and got sick on the coat, Nunnu got so cross, but he took a bar of soap and scrubbed each soiled spot. That coat came out as good as new, that’s how you know what beautiful quality it was.’ Sadly when floor length coats went out of style, my Great Grandmother cut it in half!

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Nothing says high fashion quite like a fur jacket. Worn by the biggest names in fashion the fur coat is an iconic fashion item. If you are against real fur, faux fur coats are no less brilliant! They often come in a wider variety of colours, styles and patterns as fake fur is much more versatile in regards to dying and styling.

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For those of you out there who don’t have a fur coat I would recommend purchasing one at some point as they are incredibly warm and a reoccurring statement in the fashion world. A classy black fur jacket is perfect and out of all my fur I would probably say it’s the easiest to wear, this is because it doesn’t over power the outfit but still makes a statement as it’s fur. My second go to fur jacket would have to be white. White fur is classy yet chic and tends to go with a lot of things, the only problem with this is keeping it clean! The two above are my favourite fur jackets (they are fake of course!)

For those of you who hate fur (real or fake), here’s a piccy for you.. Made me giggle!

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Let me know what you think about fur, be it faux or fake!

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Clash of the Prints

Print clashing is a trend I have never been brave enough to tackle. I’m not sure whether it’s the fear of looking over-the-top or to put it simply looking like a complete maniac. Print clashing can look incredible when done right and to do it right you need to find the perfect balance between bold and brilliant.

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Genius takes a human form in the likes of Olivia Paleremo when print clashing. The striking floral print of the pants captures your attention which then draws interest to the mismatch of prints. I love this outfit however I feel that the look could be a little ‘bottom heavy’ and could have potentially been balanced better with a pointed yellow heel and a printed top instead.

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In contrast to Palermo’s, print clashing is taking place in all clothing aspects of this outfit. I love the look of clashed florals as they have the ability subtly compliment one another. The turquoise bag accentuates the blue of the pants and the orange of the pant flowers compliment the red tones of the florals on the jacket.

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For some, pairing a print clash with additional bold accessories could be too much, but I say no! Print clashing is all about making a statement so why not add in your favourite colour and statement pieces to your outfit? Hopefully sometime soon I will be able to pluck up the courage to clash some prints.. Wish me luck!

Let me know your thoughts on clashed prints!

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Rapunzel Rapunzel

Despite the likes of Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson opting for the crop, I can’t bring myself to cut my locks! I have been a massive sucker for long hair ever since I was a kid and have failed to change my mind on the subject. There’s something about the versatility of long hair that sucks me in, its ability to be worn down and straight, in a high pony tail, soft and beachy or in a thick sock bun. Valeria Sokolova is my long hair motif and my on going inspiration to grow my hair just that little bit longer.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a physco who refuses to cut their hair even when it is trailing behind them carrying a few dozen cats! I’m sure the day will come when I decide to cut my hair short, but for now I will still dream of tossing my long locks out of the window just like rapunzel.

Let me know your thoughts on long hair!

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Let Them Eat Cake

Taking Marie Antoinette’s infamous words and applying them to the predicament of society I declare that all women are now permitted to eat cake. Times are changing ladies, vivacious, desirable, curved bodies are appearing left, right and center (about time to)! Beguiling models including the phenomenal Robyn Lawley and the very sexy Kate Upton are taking the modelling world by a storm. Take flight malnourished models, grotesque boney figures are on a fast decline!

Lets take a moment to appreciate the highly successful Robyn Lawley who has appeared on the covers of a number of high fashion magazines including: Italian Vogue, Australian Vogue, Madison, Elle and more

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The likes of Robyn Lawley do not only sport incredible figures but they represent health, happiness and beautiful women worldwide. Kate Upton scored the cover of The Sports Illustrated famous swimsuit addition and looked incredibly sexy to say the least! Kate’s figure is so alluring, it’s hard not to admire how bewitching her photographs are. Take a look at some of her shots (I dare you not to stare!)

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Stunning right? Society it excellent at labeling anything and everything, think about it- ‘gay’ ‘catholic’ ‘white’ ‘straight’ ‘plus-sized.’ Dare to succumb to labels and embrace everybody as they are, because Robyn Lawley and models alike are is nothing other than beautiful.

So looking forward to what you all have to say on this subject, comment your thoughts below!

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The Callous Wardrobe Essential

For those of you who have not yet guessed, I’m talking about the iconic LEATHER JACKET.

Leather is one of those rare eternal factors of style which periodically comes back into fashion, and for a good reason! Leathers ability to be effortlessly dressed up or down on the likes of both celebrities and us mere mortals (I bet some of you could give Kate Moss a run for her money when it comes to styling leather) is what makes leather such an exceptional member of your wardrobe.

A leather jacket is the ultimate fashion staple in both men and women dating back decades. Long gone are the days where leather jackets belonged to gang members and bikies, fashion icons have been sporting leather jackets from the mid sixties, take the Beatles for example.

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There has always been a ‘bad ass’ image associated with leather jackets, this rebel image has clung to the leather jacket right up to the 21st century where classic ‘biker chic’ originates from the biker gangs who actually wore leather jackets. For the ultimate leathered delinquent, think Danny Zucko in Grease.

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By taking a leather jacket and pairing it with a dress, you have instantly fabricated a brusque ‘I’m chic but rebel’ look. A frequent member of the Street Style clan, leather jackets are often spotted on fashionistas attending shows as they give an edge to dresses.

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Quilted Leather
Often neglected and overlooked quilted leather has the potential when worn right) to look effortlessly sophisticated. But you have to be careful when sporting the quilted leather trend, you don’t want to look like a walking Chanel handbag. Avoid this by keeping the rest of your look relatively casual, don’t try and over do anything as the jacket speaks for itself.

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Embellished Leather
I had to put it in there, I love embellishment too much to forget it! Although this may seem completely over the top for some, I say bring it on with open arms! An embellished or studded leather jacket is the definition of badass  as you have the imperishable look of the leather accentuated with the piquant gleam of the embellishment. Embellishment haters look away now!

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Mens Leather
It should be written in the laws of physics that there’s something about a guy in a leather jacket that draws girls in like a magnet. I’m not sure whether it’s the ‘bad boy’ image or the suave look it gives a guy but every man should own a leather jacket at least once in his lifetime. A black leather jacket is generally the way to go if you’re unsure, but look around and find what suits and makes you feel best.

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For those of you who have not yet found your ideal leather jacket, take your time. The leather jacket is a reoccurring trend and will set up camp in your wardrobe for years to come, so it’s better to look around and find your perfect leather jacket.

Still unsure how to style your leather jacket? Don’t stress! You will soon find what works best for you and what you like wearing your jacket with best. Be open minded when trying new leather jacket looks, experiment and have fun with it!

Let me know all about your leather jackets, I would love to hear your stories!

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