Style Icon: Olivia Palermo

It’s no secret that I’m in love with Olivia Palermo’s style, I’ve blogged about it before. Olivia’s outfit choices never cease to amaze me and I think it’s great that she’s consistently snapped in interesting and stylish outfits, it’s almost as if it’s impossible for her to have an off period. Below are some photos of some of my favourite outfits Olivia’s been seen in recently. As it’s transitional weather season, these outfits are probably suited for the northern and southern hemispheres.

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I can imagine wearing the outfit above with stockings and ankle boots for the office, or wearing it as Olivia has to Friday night drinks with friends.

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Pictures from Daily Mail 

Matija

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Flirty Feminine: Off the Shoulder Dresses

Off the Shoulder Love

I love how anything off the shoulder allows you to show some skin, but without showing too much (unless of course it’s an off the shoulder midriff top!). My twin sister is obsessed with off the shoulder tops and dresses. Like many of the items of clothing featured on my blog, they’re another classic item of clothing that’s always in fashion. I’m going to have to say that I’ve always loved the look of them, but I don’t wear them as often as my twin. She loves them so much they’ve almost become a trademark of hers!

Off the Shoulder Inspiration

I was recently browsing through Rozalia Russian’s Instagram account and stumbled across a photo of her wearing a simple, yet beautiful, black off the shoulder dress whilst holidaying overseas. A little bit of excitement ran through me as I discovered the dress is from Australian label Seed Heritage, and is available at an accessible price point. Considering it’s now spring in Australia and it still isn’t hot enough to wear beach clothes, I think this type of dress will soon be a great outfit idea for the upcoming transitional weather. Here are some suggestions on how to wear one great off the shoulder dress this spring (and even in summer!).

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Dress: Seed Heritage Tencel Embroidered Dress $129.95Sportsgirl Mistress Sunglasses $39.95, Zara Zipped Bucket Bag in Mink $79.90 USDKate Spade New York Metro Classic Watch $195 US in Vachetta and Skyler Pyramids sandals $99.95

Rozalia Rockin’ the Seed Heritage Broderie Dress in Black $129.95

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Modest Style

I find I’m becoming increasingly interested in finding outfits with varying hemlines. I often wear short (not overly short though) drop hem skirts, however I think I must be craving variety in my outfit choices as I’ve been browsing through Instagram, blogs, Daily Mail and Facebook to seek inspiration for stylish outfits that are a little more modest.

 A lot of the inspirational outfits contain pencil skirts, an item of clothing that enables an individual to show off their figure, yet not reveal too much skin. I find a lot of these outfits can be worn during the day and easily taken into the evening (not necessarily always in a clubbing setting, perhaps dinner with friends or a date) by adding different shoes and some statement accessories.

 Here are some photos of fashion inspiration for day and evening looks that reflect a more modest style. I’ve included two outfit suggestions as well!

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Outfit Suggestion One

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Top Milly Woven Shirt – Black $39, So Long Thrashed Skirt in Vintage Trash Denim $80, Michael Kors Bradshaw Gold Chronograph Watch $250 US, Ella Engraved Adjustable Bracelet $139.00 USMini Paloma Tech Clutch $245.00 and Siren Goddess Shoes $139.95

Outfit Suggestion Two

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ASOS T-Shirt With Split Side Detail, Target Pencil Skirt in Black $15, Sportsgirl Dove Grey Hippie Floppy Hate $19.95 (on sale), ZAC by Zac Posen Earth Mini Cross Body Bag $295 US and Tony Bianco Fedora Shoes $159.95 

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Love/Hate Fashion: The Humble Birkenstock

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Every so often something comes back into fashion that sparks debates as to whether or not people should wear them. This season the Birkenstock, or variations of it, is definitely at the center of this debate.

Personally, I like Birkenstocks from a practical perspective: I believe they would be a lot more comfortable and foot-friendly than flip-flops or sandals. From an aesthetic perspective, I’m not entirely convinced.

I’m aware that this type of attire is the norm in some European countries, however living in Australia I’ve noticed that some items that are so acceptable overseas are either disregarded here or, are only embraced if they’re hot on social media and are being worn by famous people.

Nonetheless, I believe the good old Birkenstock shoe is here to stay for a little while longer. Here are some suggestions on how to rock Birkenstocks.

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Outfit Suggestion One

 C&M by Camilla and Marc Varsity Cap $69, Sportsgirl Rumi Textured Top $59.95, Ray Ban Aviator Large Metal Sunglasses available here, Birkenstock Arizona Black Flat Sandals available hereKsubi Alberceque Cut off Hayday Mayday shorts $159.95 and Sportsgirl Stud Bucket Sling Bag $39.95 

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Outfit Suggestion Two

 C&M by Camilla and Marc Varsity Cap $69Cotton On ‘The Deep V’ T-Shirt in Grey Marle $14.95, Michael Kors Silver Slim Runway Watch available hereSportsgirl Lexy Tab Slide $79.95Sportsgirl Sporty PU Skirt $69.95 and Target Essential Tote in Black $30 

Here are some more ways to rock the Birkenstock shoe

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My Top Three Healthy Snacks

I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat healthier and I’ve been making some progress. I still have my days where I eat a lot of rubbish and end up bloated, but I make an effort to engage in activities that will burn some of the excess energy I’ve consumed. For example, if the weather permits, instead of getting a lift to the station, I walk there where I then catch the train to university. This clocks up half an hour on my incidental exercise meter. One product of these combined efforts is that I’ve noticed I feel lighter and less sluggish. I’ve also noticed that I look a little leaner. I’m not trying to lose weight but at the end of the day, any changes of this nature will inevitably lead to some weight loss.

I’ve noticed it’s important to snack smart in between meals to avoid feeling ravenous, which can lead to over eating. Here are my top three snacks. 

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Nuts

I often read that nuts are a great snack. For me, I find they’re awesome to eat in between meals as they have enough fiber and protein to keep me going until my next proper meal. I consume around two handfuls of nuts a day: mixed nuts, almonds and cashews. I’ve also started bringing them to university. They’re great to munch on when I start to feel a little peckish in my two hour tutorials or seminars. I stick to plain nuts as the flavoured ones are often cooked in unhealthy ingredients and don’t make me feel so good.

The knowledge that nuts are full of healthy fats with a load of benefits make me feel good when I eat them. I just have to be careful not to over indulge as they are high in calories and, most importantly, I don’t want to get sick of them!

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Strawberries

Strawberries are my favourite fruit as they don’t make me bloat. I know it may sound funny but I think some fruits make me feel bloated, for example mandarins. Every time I eat strawberries I feel as if they have an acidic affect that helps with my digestion. I usually eat them with nuts and have a cup of green or peppermint tea ready to drink a few minutes after I’ve eaten them. After eating this, I feel as if I’m providing my body with healthy fats and vitamins and minerals.

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Carrots 

I must admit, carrots are on my list because they’re a great food to snack on when I can’t be bothered preparing something that requires a lot of effort. I just wash and dry them really well. Carrots are quite filling. I sometimes eat them with a handful of nuts. I find doing this keeps me satisfied until I’m ready to eat my next proper meal. I also feel good because I know that snacking on vegetables is a great way to increase my vegetable and subsequent nutrient intake as I sometimes go a few days without eating many vegetables.

On a random note – potential gluten intolerance?

I still have a long way to go with eating healthier. I recently got a blood test to see if I have a gluten intolerance to help explain why I’m often bloated. The tests revealed I do not. I asked my doctor ‘Why am I always bloated then? Do I eat too much?’ He said that maybe I do and added that certain vegetables and beans can make people feel bloated. I guess it’s time to do some research into vegetables can cause bloating… 

Matija

Pictures obtained at the following websites:

Image of nuts found here, image of strawberries found here and image of carrots found here

Every wardrobe needs a wrap front blouse

Every so often a particular style of clothing that has always been around suddenly becomes more popular. Before you know it, they’re available at almost every store. One item that’s currently enjoying this popularity is the wrap shirt. I’ve noticed that this style of shirt is available in almost every woman’s clothing store right now in a variety of lengths and fabrics.

It’s easy to see why this shirt is a classic piece: it’s flattering on every body type. It’s also extremely versatile as there’s a multitude of ways in which it can be dressed up or down. I personally own a few and most of them are from Target. The Target Australia website currently only has one type available, however I’ve noticed that visiting Target itself is a good idea as they often have varieties of wrap front shirts in store. 

Below are some examples wrap front shirts available in stores in Australia and an outfit suggestion. Enjoy!

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Outfit Idea One 

Glassons twist front blouse in vanilla ice $29.99 Bardot GEO PU skirt $89.95 Sportsgirl Crystal Two Drop Pendant $24.95 Toffee by Wanted Shoes $169.95 

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Outfit Idea Two 

Target City Dressing wrap front blouse $22.50 Pandora Skirt $160 Gorjana Fancy Horn Long Necklace $68 US  Michael Kors Vintage Glam Slim Runway Watch $180 US Lovett Heels by Tony Bianco $159.95

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Outfit Idea Three

Sportsgirl jersey wrap top $69.95 Dark Sateen Super Skinny Jeans by Miss Selfridge $88 Michael Kors Bradshaw Gold Chronograph Watch $250 US Sportsgirl Hemmingway Sunglasses $39.95 Sportsgirl Suede Slip on Espadrille $49.95 

Matija

Does your personal style correlate with your décor preferences?

To answer my own question, I have started to notice that my personal style preferences correlate with my décor preferences.

Fashion wise, I always find that my eyes gravitate towards photos of a simple all white ensemble whether it be in a fashion magazine, website or on the street. As the years go by nothing changes and perhaps this is an indication of what I want my signature style to be? Trawling through photos of celebrity homes on Daily Mail have made me realise that I also enjoy relatively simple aesthetics within a home. Here, I enjoy gazing at modern-country themes, or modern Mediterranean; think Seth’s house on The O.C.

This in turn has made me realise that when I buy my first property, I want to keep the décor minimal but still retain a sense of comfort and character. When I look at photos of homes with rooms that have heaps of paintings on a wall, a packed bookcase and lots of furniture, I think there’s too much clutter. I also think of how much dusting would be required to keep the place clean!

I’ve started to wonder if these habits mean that I want to have a home with the things that I will actually use in it and that I don’t want excess baggage around me. I don’t want to fall into the habit (which I sometimes do) of collecting stuff because I’ve allowed myself to get attached to it or let myself believe that I might need it one day. I just want what I need around me.

I think it’s interesting that I’ve noticed these parallels between my personal style and décor preferences. This is because some celebrities or fashion personalities with relatively simple style have homes which decor that are different to their personal fashion style; they’re a lot more extravagant or eclectic. It’s interesting to see that I prefer less clutter but not a completely simple approach to decor, which is a lot like my personal fashion sense. Fashion wise, I do like singular colour looks but I also often team a block colour with a colourful and/or printed top, however I don’t go much further than that.

Below are some photos of décor that I believe capture what I look for: relative simplicity, character and comfort. They aren’t necessarily examples of how I plan to furnish my future home and I’d like to incorporate a bit more colour into my property. For example, a framed bright print Hermes scarf or pink peonies.

On a concluding note, I wonder if and how my style and décor preferences will continue to evolve as I get older.

Matija

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How the Health Revolution Created Another Form of Covetable Style

During my previous stint at university I often wore my gym clothes to class and I was often the only person who ever did. I mainly wore leggings from Supre, a random t-shirt or singlet and any old jumper. This attire is a stark contrast to the gym clothes I see females wearing at university these days.

It’s normal to see females wearing a pair of sleek Lorna Jane leggings, fluro trainers and a trendy t-shirt or singlet of some sort (like in the picture below). In fact, wearing such stylish attire is a fashion statement in itself. This is definitely reflective of the increase in interest in leading a healthy lifestyle that occurred whilst I took a break from university. I’ve even noticed it’s normal to wear gym clothes out and about, as long as they’re trendy.

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My friends often remark that cool gym clothes are expensive and I’m well aware of this also. Despite being able to afford this gym gear, I still don’t believe they’re a prerequisite for a successful workout.  Although I’m not opposed to purchasing these clothes, I’m quite content with wearing my comparatively daggy gym clothes. The only expensive workout gear I buy are shoes.

If you’re on a budget and want to look stylish whilst working out, here are some stylish and affordable workout outfits for winter (minus the shoes).

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Jacket T30 Zip Front Performance Athletic Jacket in Black $49 from Target Leggings T30 3/4 Performance Leggings in Aztec print $35 from Target T-shirt Women’s Essential Rib T-Shirt in Black $5 from Target 

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T-Shirt Burn Tee in BB White Spot $19.95 from Cotton On Crop Top Attack Yoga Crop in Sunset Peach $19.95 from Cotton On Leggings Printed Core 7/8 in Active Stellar Leopard $29.95 from Cotton On 

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Is Your Wardrobe Cluttered?

When I was a child, my mother was not interested in dressing me in nice, or even relatively nice, clothes. This continued into high school and although I was always up to date with who the latest models were, could identify who designed an outfit and latest It bag, I never had cool clothes. My parents didn’t let me get my first job until I finished high school so I never had the funds to buy my own clothes and despite coming from a Croatian background, I don’t actually have a lot of family here so I was never like the other kids from European backgrounds who received a lot of money for their birthday, Christmas, Holy Communion, Confirmation etc.

During my childhood and teenage years, my built-in wardrobe was always empty. I dreamed of the days it would be full. The first few years I worked I didn’t spend that much money on clothes. After taking a break from my studies to re-evaluate what career path I wanted to pursue and, during the first two years of commencing my current degree (which I should finish this year!), I actually started to spend my money on clothes. However, I didn’t actually buy what I wanted and essentially, I was wasting money.

Now my wardrobe is getting full of stuff that I don’t actually wear. Some items are clothes that I should’ve waited a while to purchase because the colour I bought the item in was a passing fad. For example, a top with neon orange detail. Others are clothes that are still in fashion but they’re in the wrong size. For example, I’ve noticed that I should buy skirts in a size medium at Zara as the size small doesn’t sit right. Others are stuff that are getting a bit tight or short with age and are still okay to wear, but only in summer and not in a professional environment.

Now I have to throw some clothes out. It’s also made me realise that I should start setting some new rules when purchasing clothes so that I start buying items that I will actually wear. Here are some rules I’ve been thinking of that apply to me and may help you too.

Buy clothes that fit right. If your clothes don’t fit properly, you won’t feel comfortable wearing them and it will probably become something that gets lost in your wardrobe. I think I’m halfway between a size 8 and 10 (except I have no idea what size I am in pants or jeans as I only ever wear tights or stockings) or a medium. I’ve come to realise that sometimes I buy my clothes too big because I end up buying the larger option ‘just in case’. Most clothes don’t last forever (unless of course it’s a good quality coat or a real leather jacket) and I will stop wearing them eventually (or they’ll become the clothes I end up wearing around the house haha) so I may as well buy clothes that fit right. When I was 18, I bought a skirt similar to the style of the skirt seen in this blog entry. Ever since then, these skirts have become my signature style and Zara is now the place where I buy most of them (which kind of contradicts my point on buying clothes that fit right as clothes from Zara don’t fit that well yet I continue to buy stuff from there because it’s so different to what others stores have on offer). I’ve noticed buying shirts that are a little too big don’t sit right with these skirts, which then means I end up buying more clothes that end up looking similar to what I already have. This means I end up wasting money, closet space and I end up feeling guilty. 

Wait a while when purchasing things such as jackets or coats in winter. Also, it’s okay to spend a bit more on outerwear. I purchased two coats this year: a black one that was $219 from Zara and a pink one that was $69 or $79 from Target. I wear the black one a lot more than the pink. Although I still like the pink one, it’s stretched a lot. It’s good value for money but I wonder if the cheaper materials in the Target one is why it’s stretched so much. Maybe I should’ve waited a bit more to see what other styles came in elsewhere so I could have put the money I spent on the pink jacket towards something else.

Know what suits you. I don’t have a small waist but everything else is in proportion (I think). This rules out pretty A-line skirts a la Oscar de la Renta style, high waist skirts or shorts with a midi top, peplum tops and more. I’m starting to stick to clothes that I know suit me: pencil skirts, dresses that flow over my body (but aren’t baggy) and outfits that contain one tight element and a loose one, for example a tight skirt and a top that flows. Buying what you know suits you will mean you’ll have less clothes in you wardrobe that you know you won’t wear because you’re not confident in them.

Hope these tips help!

Matija 

Stacy Keibler’s Summer Outfits

It’s currently winter in Sydney and although we’ve been graced with a winter that’s been warmer than usual – yay! – it’s still not warm enough to wear spring/summer clothes. As usual, this hasn’t stopped me from lusting after spring/summer outfits worn by celebrities as seen on Daily Mail. One celebrity whose style I’m currently crushing on is Stacy Keibler’s. Stacy is expecting her first child with her husband Jared Pobre yet she’s still rocking some awesome short summer styles. Stacy’s healthy lifestyle – she’s often seen working out whilst pregnant, and resources – time and money, in combination with her tall and slender physique ensure she’s always in tip top form. 

Below are a few that I like! 

Matija

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