23 July, 2013

Event Outfit Planning: The GreazeFest Edition Part 2

Last week we looked at a cute daytime outfit for the upcoming GreazeFest weekender however given that there are two days of the festival that go all day and well into the night, I thought we'd look at something practical: an outfit that can transition from day to night. Whether you're from interstate and can't be bothered heading back to your hotel for a quick change or you're just like me and plan on indulging in the ah, 'festivities' all day and don't like your chances of finding someone sober enough to run you home to change, a dual purpose outfit is the most convenient option. I stopped by Your One Stop PinUp Shop at Chermside for a little help from the master of strategic dressing.
 
 
I tried on a couple of dresses but in the end Bexterity recommended this two piece ensemble and she is right on the money! I love it! The colours are stunning and so is the silhouette and although it's all repro, it has a lovely vintage feel to it, especially the pattern on the stunning Bettie Page Bloom Skirt. Slightly floral, slightly oriental this skirt has everything and I mean absolutely EVERYTHING you need including pockets (hello!!) and a built in petticoat. The petticoat helps the skirt to sit beautifully however it is a little on the small side so if you are wanting a little extra oomph, there's still room for a full petticoat as well.
 
 
The RockSteady Mint Top is just divine! I adore the colour and the shape of the neckline is SO flattering, for all bust sizes. It's made from a soft, stretchy yet slightly thicker jersey-style material that makes it super comfy to wear and provides a little extra warmth. The gold in the skirt keeps it just that little bit dressier so transitioning to evening is easier. I'll be wearing this outfit on the Sunday and will probably just throw on a cute little black cardi for the night time. In saying that you could also take another little top with you that you could quickly change into for a slightly different night time look (incidentally this top also comes in black!) I went for little heels in the photos but you could also go for cute flats during the day and bring out the heels at night to be slightly dressier.
 
 
No outfit is complete without accessories and between Your One Stop PinUp Shop and I, I think we've chosen well. The glasses are my own but there are similar pairs available in the shop. I think I'd wear these during the day and then lose them for the night time. The bamboo bangle and bag are also my own and tie in nicely with the gold slightly oriental theme of the skirt I think. The Black Wide Belt helps to define your waist and these cute little gold earrings are just a nice, shiny little detail. Of course, what's a GreazeFest weekend without a scarf in your hair? This Chiffon Scarf in Latte is a really cute addition to the outfit and although I've used it in my hair you could also tie it around your neck for that retro look that will also help keep you warm first thing in the morning or as it cools down at night.
 
 
Bettie Page Bloom Skirt $89.95 - Your One Stop PinUp Shop {Gifted}
RockSteady Mint Top $39.95 - Your One Stop PinUp Shop {Gifted}
Black Wide Belt $24.95 - Your One Stop PinUp Shop {Gifted}
Latte Chiffon Scarf $9.95 - Your One Stop PinUp Shop {Gifted}
Gold Earrings $6.00 - Your One Stop PinUp Shop
 
Transitioning an outfit from day to night is also a great way to cut down on buying two separate outfits if you're on a bit of a budget. There are a great range of dressy and casual outfits available at Your One Stop PinUp Shop so swing on in and see the lovely ladies there for a bit of guidance. All stock is also available online if you're not able to make it into the store.

Do you shop on a budget or throw caution to the wind?
With just under 2 weeks to go, I can't wait to see you all at GreazeFest!

18 July, 2013

For The Love OF Ivy & Frankie

If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday evening then you’ve found it right here. This Saturday the 20th from 4pm The Reapers CC are holding a charity fundraiser at The Eliminators Club Rooms at Loganholme.  A fundraising event designed to help raise money for a local family with two 18-month old daughters who suffer from a severe medical condition that causes seizures. The event hopes to raise money to not only help with the purchasing of much needed equipment, but to help with their ongoing medical costs. The family have suffered without complaint for a long time, despite the stresses this hardship causes and the event hopes to ease this burden a little.
 
 
So many wonderful local artists and businesses have gotten behind this very worthy cause and have donated an amazing array of things that will be put up for auction, with all proceeds going to Frankie and Ivy. Come along and you could score all manner of cool stuff including tattoo vouchers, a photoshoot voucher with Poco Rojo, jewellery, car products, art, hair extensions, a double weekend pass to GreazeFest…the list is almost endless and it’s lucky that all the money is going to such a good cause because I have a feeling I’m going to be spending a fair bit of it on the weekend. There will be plenty of cool cars on display, a BBQ as well as some food vendors, the bar is CHEAP and the auction will begin at 6.30pm. Just make sure you’re there in time to register.
 
 
The event is cash only and there is no ATM on the premises so make sure you’re wallet’s cashed up before you arrive. There is a servo with ATM facilities nearby though so if you end up needing a top up, you won’t have to go far. It’s heartbreaking to think that a family and these little girls have to go through so much at such a young age but it’s also really heart warming to know what a wonderful community we have that is willing to get behind them and help them out. Every little bit helps and it’s going to be a great day regardless of whether you can afford to buy or not. Just seeing the turn out on the day will no doubt do wonders for this struggling family and help to lift their spirits.

♥♥ Even if it’s just for a little while, please come along on Saturday
and show these two beautiful little girls that you care ♥♥

16 July, 2013

Event Outfit Planning: The GreazeFest Edition Part 1

With GreazeFest only 3 weeks away, I'm definitely in outfit planning mode. It feels like there's always so much to think about, especially with the festival now running for an extra day this year! Not only do I need to think about 3 night time outfits but now I've got 2 day time outfits to plan as well! Best I started looking then! And where else would I start but with Stars and Swallows!?
 
They've just added a whole new range of dresses to their website and this lovely little number from Hell Bunny immediately caught my eye. The Adelaide Dress in a beautiful soft pink colour features large black polka dots, a contrasting black waistband and cute little black wing-style bust. I love me a good swing dress and add in a halterneck and I'm sold!
 
 
This dress would be ideal for wearing during the day and we're usually pretty lucky with the weather when it comes to GreazeFest. In saying that, it can get a little cool so I'd definitely suggest pairing this with a cardi, at least earlier in the morning and later in the day as the temperature starts to drop. You could wear this dress without a petticoat, but where's the fun in that!? The extra layers will also help to keep you warm. But when the sun comes out it's a chance to show off some skin (or tattoos!) and some cute accessories. Like this little guy.
 
 
 I'm loving these Erstwilder brooches lately, such an effective way of adding some interest to an outfit. And how sweet is this little guy!? Spiffy the Sausage Dog is made from resin which makes him hard-wearing. I also love the fact that these brooches are designed, assembled and hand painted by a Melbourne artist. I'm all about supporting local and small business! It's also goo to keep in mind that it warms up during the day at GreazeFest and can often get quite sunny so a little parasol is also a great way to protect your skin (and not sweat off your make up!)
 
 
The black waistband of this dress means that you could add a coloured belt and it would stand out, but the shape of the waistband is designed to flatter your figure and draw the eye in so there's definitely no need to. Whack on a few cute accessories and you're good to go! I couldn't help but wear my jelly wedges with this but flats would look just as cute and would be much more friendly on your tootsies, especially if like me you'll spend the whole day walking around looking at the cars, shopping up a storm at the stalls and dancing til you drop!
 
 
Hell Bunny Adelaide Dress $75 - Stars and Swallows {Gifted}
Hull Bunny Black Long Petticoat $49 - Stars and Swallows
Erstwilder Sausage Dog Brooch $25 - Stars and Swallows {Gifted}
Mel Apple III Shoes in Black $34.90 - StyleTread ON SALE
Parasol & Sunnies were just things I had lying around

I'm not quite sure what it is but all of a sudden I'm REALLY into the pink and black colour scheme, it's just such a lovely pairing. A little bit cute, a little bit sassy.

*Stay tuned next week for my second GreazeFest outfit post on transitioning from day to night*

Have you started planning your GreazeFest outfits yet? What will you be wearing?

11 July, 2013

Lite n Easy: Get Stuffed!

Just a little update on my progress so far and how the Lite n Easy is going. I suppose from that title you could be forgiven for thinking I’m not too happy with it but it’s actually quite the opposite. I LOVE it! I am very pleasantly surprised and pleased with everything so far. The food is delicious, I’m eating more variety now than I’ve ever eaten, it’s so easy because I barely have to grocery shop and the biggest surprise of all is that I’m never hungry!
 

Looking at the portion sizes they look VERY small. When I got my first delivery I sorted out all of my meals for the week and thought to myself, ok so I’m gonna be a bit hungry for a while but I’ve just gotta push through it and soon enough my body will get used to it and it won’t feel so bad and the results will be worth it. But despite how small they look, they are actually REALLY filling! I am never hungry, in fact I’m usually pretty stuffed after my meal and could potentially forgo the snacks, but I’ve had them anyway in case I felt hungry later. I don’t want to make myself vulnerable to poor decisions.

So far I feel like L&E is worth every cent and I’m actually excited each day for my new meals, looking forward to what new delicious thing is in store for me that day. I’m really impressed with the quality and variety and the fact that you have more than one choice when it comes to ordering. I’m also really pleased that it’s not just salads, my meals so far have been awesome! Burgers, pizzas, Mexican, bacon and eggs, potato chips, pasta, chocolate cake and I’m even allowed cheese!! I am really amazed! But very very happy! I think I will stick with it for a couple of months and then potentially try to replicate come of the combos on my own and see what the price difference is like. If it’s minimal I’ll probably just stick with L&E because it makes life SO easy!
 

I weighed myself right before I started and I weighed (gulp) 77kg. Not TOO bad but at 5”4 it’s definitely over what I’d prefer to be. I suppose my ultimate goal would be to get down to 65kg which means I need to lose a total of 12kg. I’d love to be as close to 70kg as I can by GreazeFest but I guess we’ll just have to see. Incidentally, when I tried on THE dress for GreazeFest it was pretty tight. So tight in fact that the back of it was doing that thing where the zip and fabric overlap and double back on each other, getting all scrunched up. Not a good look. That was about 2 weeks ago. I tried the dress on again yesterday and all the fabric sits flat!! It’s still firm and it’s pulling a tiny bit but if that’s the difference in only 2 weeks I’ve no doubt it’s going to fit perfectly for GreazeFest in 3 weeks.

I’m exercising during the week, nothing hardcore but enough to make a difference. I usually walk 2-3 times a week and am doing muscle toning exercises in the days in between. I can certainly see a difference. My stomach is smaller and flatter than it was when I started. It’s really great to see I’m making progress. I’m going to hold off weighing myself again until the week of GreazeFest to see how far I’ve come in 4 weeks. I’m never usually one to weigh myself as I care more about how I feel and look than a number but seeing as I’m doing L&E this time I thought it would be good to have a number to compare.
 

I surprise myself though. Can’t believe that I just published my weight to the world. Never thought I would ever do that. I say I don’t care about a number and it’s true but to be honest I’ve also been scared to know what that number was. In case it made me feel really bad. I thought I’d be around 85kg so I’m really glad that I’m not. It’s still scary to put my weight out there but the first step is owning it right?

So there you go. That’s how I’m truckin. Feeling good. Committed. Motivated. Excited.

09 July, 2013

Get In Bed With Me + GIVEAWAY!

If you follow me on Instagram (of course you do! Right??) you would have seen my feed flooded with all kinds of interesting images the other week, including a spectacular high tea and me in bed. Yes, the life of a blogger sure is difficult! But it wasn’t all Pimms, finger sandwiches and lazing around – I was actually learning a lot!

Thanks to Blog Power Events, I was invited along to the Wenatex Australia HQ to learn all about healthy sleep. WenaWHO?? I hear you ask. Don’t worry, me too. I’d never heard of them before either, but that’s because they’re not capitalist pigs who want to brainwash you into buying their product. They actually care about you, your health and your quality of sleep (which pretty much equals your quality of life) so rather than pour money into advertising they prefer to educate people in a more intimate atmosphere that allows you to actually see, feel and try their products.
But before I get ahead of myself, here’s a little background. Wenatex is an international family business, founded in Salzburg, Austria in 1964.  The company expanded to Australia in 2002. And trust me, the rumours are true. Those Austrian’s ARE good in bed! Their complete sleep system includes a bed, mattress, two types of pillows and two different weighted doonas, however you can choose to adopt as much or as little as you like.
 
I learnt A LOT this day and as someone who suffers with allergies I was actually quite horrified by some of the facts we were presented with. Anne-Marie was wonderful as she explained everything to us and it was amazing to hear her own story and how Wenatex had changed her life (which is why she hounded them for a job for so long!) It also helped that she was utterly hilarious and one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met. I kinda wish an Anne-Marie was also part of the sleep system ha
 But anyway, back to the scary stuff! Did you know that the average bed set up (mattress, doona, pillow, etc) is filled with toxic chemicals such as flame retardants, pesticides and herbicides, dyes, formaldehyde and other preservatives?? I had no idea! Even more shocking (if you’re having lunch look away now) is that the average pillow and mattress is filled with dead skin cells and dust mites (and their faeces) and that a mattress can be double its original weight within 10 years just from these skin cells, dust mites and faeces. VOM!!!
Just when I thought I was never going to sleep again they got to the happily ever after part. The Wenatex Sleep System. Using years of scientific research they produced pillows, doonas and quilt covers that use SilverMed woven fibres and an ergonomic foam core of silver zeolite (synthetically produced crystalline alumosilicates) to kill germs and bacteria. The mattress is also made with natural oils and minerals and doesn’t use CFCs or petrochemicals.
 
But my favourite and most interesting part of the mattress is the homeopathic-style herbal inlay. That’s right, there is a whole layer at the bottom of the mattress that is literally stuffed with a range of herbs. They not only promote healthy sleep but long term health benefits. It might sound a bit hippy but I saw it with my own eyes and boy did I feel it! I think it’s really cool!!

We played a few games, drank some Pimms and indulged in the most amazing high tea before having fun playing around in the bed. I was lucky enough to win the most DIVINE sheet! Valued at $180 it is hands down the best thing I have ever slept on. It’s so soft and cosy and really stretchy so it goes on your bed like your favourite tee shirt. It doesn’t pill, it doesn’t stretch and it won’t work its way off the bed.
I was also lucky enough to be sent home with an Ergonomic SilverMed Deluxe Pillow valued at $270. I wanted to sleep on it for a couple of weeks (geddit?) before I reported back and I have to say I’m SUPER impressed! It’s SO comfortable and I’m sleeping better now than I ever have. I must confess, prior to bringing this baby home I slept on three, yes three pillows (don’t judge me). Two normal pillows and a boomerang pillow. Now I only sleep on one normal pillow and this cloud of heaven. I’ve even slept on it just on its own and it was still really comfortable.  I’m just taking my time in detaching from my beloved multiple pillows but I have no doubt I’ll get there.
Aaaanyway, I’ll quit making you all jealous and actually offer YOU something! Thanks to the kind folks at Wenatex, you can WIN one SilverMed Plus Classic Pillow valued at $320! ERMAHGERD!!
The outer sleeve of the SilverMed Plus pillow is made from 100% premium cotton-sateen with SilverMed silver fibre woven in. The inner cover is made from cambric cotton with a filling of small, especially mobile climate-controlling fibre balls. They provide perfect comfort and support and keep the pillow elastic and reshapeable. The integrated zip allows for more or less filling depending on your personal preference.
All you need to do is leave me a comment below telling me about your worst night’s sleep. The answer that amuses me the most wins. Competition closes 22/07/2013 winner will be announced on Facebook 23/07/2013. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with their address or prize will be redrawn.

02 July, 2013

So You're Probably Wondering What Happened To Me

I don’t know about you but things have been feeling a bit dreary around here lately. The blog feels a bit like it’s gone into hibernation for the winter. My posts have become far less regular and I haven’t really had much to say. I feel a little bit bad about that, but only a little. For once I gave myself permission to just be. No pressure, no guilt, no expectations to fulfil. Things have been busy with work and I wasn’t going to push myself. In saying that, I also didn’t feel like I had much to say.

I haven’t been feeling the greatest lately. I think it’s a combination of the holiday comedown and the fact that I have put on some weight. My confidence had also dropped quite a bit. So to be honest, I haven’t been in the mindframe to write anything decent or to create outfit posts. I wasn’t exactly proud to show myself off. And I wasn’t just going to post crap for the sake of it. So I stuck to sharing about my US trip, mostly because it made me feel happy and I know a lot of people wanted to know all about it.

But I’m sure there’s only so much USA adventures you can take. No doubt you’re all getting a bit bored and to be honest, I miss using this place to bring myself and those of you who read some joy. It’s funny you know, I had been feeling so unmotivated and crappy for weeks and then out of nowhere I got this surge of motivation and confidence back. I wondered what did the trick. It was a combination of remembering good qualities from the past, realising I’d lost them along the way. And a dress. A dress has also helped.

You see, GreazeFest is just 4 weeks away and I’ve been planning my outfits. I want to look good. Not just good, HOT. SMOKIN! So I splurged a little a bought myself an amazing dress. I can’t wait to wear it. It’s not some super expensive vintage piece or anything like that. But it’s a brand I’ve been lusting after for a while and surprisingly had never bought from yet. And the style and fabric and overall look of the whole dress just really appeals to me. So I got the dress and decided I need to do it justice.

I’m sick of feeling bad about myself. I really am my own worst enemy. I was reminded the other day what first got The Man’s attention about me. What a lot of people used to say to me. What no one says to me anymore. What I don’t even say to myself anymore. My confidence. The way I held myself. Head high, strutting in, owning the room (or at least feeling like I was), without seeming conceited. I used to get told this a lot by men and women. I loved it. But most importantly, I felt it.

Somehow I lost that along the way. I used to tell myself how great I looked. Could feel the eyes on me and enjoy it, without playing up to it. Somewhere I stopped complimenting myself, pumping myself up. Waited for other people to do it for me. Avoided the eyes, pretended not to notice or looked the other way. Why? I’m not completely sure. I think perhaps in my journey to ‘grow up’ and lose some of the negative aspects of my personality and behaviour I also lost some of the good ones, or mistook them as bad.

But I realise now how much I miss them. How much I need them. How much I deserve them. You absolutely cannot rely on other people to make you feel good. Sure compliments from other people are a bonus, but you have to have confidence all on your own. Ever since I realised all this, it’s like something clicked in my brain. It’s like I’m back to the old me. Telling myself good things. And it has spurred me on to take better care of myself and try and lose the weight I’ve put on. I’ve been eating well, have just got back into exercising and will be starting Lite’n Easy this week.

For once I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself, but at the same time I have no excuses and no other thoughts about what ifs and doubts. There is no question in my mind. I. am. doing. this. My dress has arrived and although it’s a little firm at the moment, I know it’s going to fit like a glove come GreazeFest and I absolutely cannot wait to strut my stuff. I’ve totally got my mojo back and I’m really talking up my outfit for the Saturday night at GreazeFest to everyone. I’ll be wearing THE dress. It’s funny, I’m probably talking it up so much that on the night people will be like ‘really? THAT’S it? Um…ok’ haha But you know what? I don’t care because I will be feeling like a million bucks!

My confidence is back. My power is back. My motivation is back. My blog is back! Thanks for sticking with me, sorry if I’ve let you down the last few weeks but I absolutely cannot wait to start sharing with you again! Finishing off with my USA snaps (almost done I promise!) and feedback on how the Lite’n Easy goes, as I know some people are interested. This is my first time on anything like this so I’m really interested to see how it goes and excited about what results I might achieve!

In the meantime, I’ll be thinking about other outfits I can rock at GreazeFest! Hope I see you there!

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