Maybe it’s time I tried a little harder…

Next week will be week 13 of the Uni semester and I honestly can’t wait for it to be over! I’ve been so busy and although I very much prefer being busy over having nothing to do, I can’t wait to have a little extra time to do mundane activities I enjoy such as fruit and vegetable shopping, browsing around the shops for things like a shoe rack and, having the occasional sleep in! I also can’t wait to get some exercise in! My parents won’t let me exercise on the street at night and as I’m not a morning person (waking up at 7 is considered early for me but average to others), I may have time do get some exercise done during the day, provided it doesn’t rain. 

There are some things in my life that I feel as if I need to try harder on and one of them is definitely stretching and my posture. Currently, my back and legs, particularly my knees, are in so much pain. I think there are a few reasons as to why this is the case:

– I don’t stretch often

– My part time job is at a busy fruit and vegetable market and my shifts are 10 hours and 7 hours long. I stand almost the whole time. I’m 176.5 centimetres tall so I crouch over the counter or the other locations at the shop I work in. I know I should put more effort into my posture at work but I get very lazy… Anyways, I’ve been working here for almost six and a half years now and it’s starting to take its toll on my back, my joints and particularly my knees and ankles!!!!!!! 

– I probably need new orthotics. I’ve had orthotics for a few years now however I think the pair I currently wear have done their job and therefore, it’s time to get a new pair catered for the current situation my feet are facing. I actually feel more sore after I wear them and I think this may be impacting on my knees and ankles. Sigh, there goes another few hundred dollars…

– I often don’t make an effort with my posture. It’s so simple yet I don’t do it. (Maybe apart of my strategy to better back health will include me reminding myself of how simple it is and how it will benefit me.) 

So, perhaps it’s time to make an action plan to have a better back, legs and joints. Before I do this, I have to remind myself of something:

I need this. And I have to work hard to get it so this probably means that I’ll have to continuously remind myself why I need to work hard, which will hopefully help me to continue working harder. And I’ll probably have to do this for the rest of my life. Also, at the end of the day I will be the one benefiting from this.

So it’s time to formulate a plan. I’ll keep you updated on it! 

Matija 

 

Health Update

Over the past few weeks I’ve been extremely busy with work, uni work and interning. My part time job requires me to stand all the time and the last two see me sitting at a desk most of the time. This has led me to have really bad back and leg pain; I need to stretch more! I know I always say it but I don’t seem to be consistent with my stretching efforts! I can’t wait till the holidays start as I have signed up for City2Surf, a 14 kilometre run in Sydney that raises money for charity. I will be walking it though; I’m definitely NOT a runner! I’m excited to train for this and to walk it on the day.

I hope you’re all well!

Matija

My First Lebanese Wedding

On Saturday May 3 I went to my first Lebanese wedding. I didn’t intend on making a post about this as I didn’t take many photos but I’ve decided to anyways! Coming from a Croatian background I’m used to only attending Croatian weddings, particularly as it’s not uncommon to invite people from your town back in Croatia. This is why some Europeans are known for having big weddings; you don’t have to be family to be invited!.

The ceremony was held at St. Peter Chanel in Hunters Hill and the wedding reception at Miramare Gardens in Terrey Hills. The reception was very fun and I loved having the opportunity to see how people from another cultural background celebrate. There was a lot of dancing to Lebanese and English music, I think I’ve never danced so much at a wedding before! One thing I particularly enjoyed was watching the bride and groom dance to Lebanese performers playing the drums. These performers introduced the bride and groom when they entered the reception hall where they then danced for 20-30 minutes. The atmosphere was great! The food wasn’t Lebanese but it was delicious nonetheless! 

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Dress: Bershka 

Coat: Zara

Shoes: Tony Bianco

Earrings: ALDO 

Matija

Budget Fashionista

Although I post a lot of pictures of expensive items of clothing or accessories, I myself am a bit of a frugal fashionista. The most expensive item of clothing in my wardrobe cost me $219 and this was for a black winter coat from Zara. I know that’s not a lot of money to some people and I’m not saying it’s a lot of money to me, but I just can’t justify spending too much money on clothes whilst I’m still a student. Also, I actually enjoy hunting for fashion bargains!

I particularly enjoy shopping at Target. I’ve noticed Target has upped their ante in the style stakes lately as their clothes are more stylish than they used to be. It appears Hot Options has undergone a little re-branding or re-imaging; it’s new logo, label and some of the clothes remind me a little of the T by Bettina Liano range for teenage girls. I’ve noticed they’ve also increased their prices for the range targeted towards young adult females and above, but I’ve found that despite this, it is still cheaper than other stores such as Sportsgirl or Witchery. Target clothes are generally good quality; they’re not the best out there but they’re still good and they’re generally cut pretty well; unlike the often ill fitting and mass produced clothing found at Zara (yes I know just dissed Zara but I still REALLY like the clothes there and will continue shopping there).

I recently made a post that featured a pink winter coat from Zara that I liked. Today whilst taking a break from doing my uni work I decided to take a geez at the Target website to see if they have any new clothes are on offer. The first image I encountered was the one of a pink winter coat that looks similar to the jacket I was eyeing from Zara, yet this jacket was less than half the price of the Zara one. I went to my nearest Target to see if it was there, but it wasn’t. I’m really hoping I get to try it on soon because I’ve been daydreaming about pink winter coats lately.

Before I leave you with an image comparing the Target and Zara jackets, I want to ask, are you a budget fashionista? If yes, where do you like to shop? What fashion-items do you spend a bit more money on?

Matija

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Zara Structured Coat 

Target Cocoon Coat 

Life and fashion

My life is getting busier as it’s getting towards the business end of the Uni semester. I also work two days a week; something I enjoy doing as it provides me with balance and of course, an income. I also factor in time to see my boyfriend and catch up with my friends. No matter how busy I get, I always start to think about fashion and almost always have a list in my head of things I can’t wait to try on or find in store. Here’s some of the things that I’ve been thinking of lately. You’ll probably notice that a fair few of the items are from Zara. Zara is one of my favourite stores as the clothing I find here is often quite different to the clothes available in other clothing shops in Australia. Some of the clothes definitely have a European edge to them and others have a trendy and feminine – yet sexy – edge. My only qualm is that, as usual, Australians pay much more than other countries for Zara clothes. Sometimes it feels like I’m not getting much quality for what I’m paying for but I buy it because it’s different to everything else available here.

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A modern take on a classic skirt like this Frilly Faux Leather Skirt in Pastel Pink from Zara 

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A colourful pencil skirt like this Midi Pencil Skirt in Pink from Zara

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A new leather mini skirt like this Faux Leather Mini Skirt with a Zip in Black from Zara

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Statement earrings like these Gem Regal Earrings from Kenneth Jay Lane

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Black Pants like these from Bardot (I would not style them the way they have been styled in this picture!)

Matija

 

Pencil Skirts

I’m really loving pencil skirts at the moment. I love how they are available in so many different colours, prints and fabrics – I’m particularly fond of leather ones or those with some sort of sheer element to it! They’re versatile as they can be worn with a variety of tops; midi, singlets, blouses and more! There is probably thousands of photos on the internet of stylish ensembles that feature one, but I’ve kept my post relatively short on purpose otherwise I’d probably spend hours adding to it. Hope you enjoy them!

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Ginger and Smart MBFWA 2014 

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Ginger and Smart MBFWA 2014 

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Source: Daily Mail

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Source: The Trend Spotter 

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Source: The Trend Spotter 

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Source: Sartorial Flair 

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Source: Sartorial Flair

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Source: Daily Mail

Matija

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia – Style Inspiration

It’s currently fashion week in Australia (officially called Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia) and this prompted me to go onto the Vogue Australia website to check out some of the street style snaps. Here a just a few that I liked (one picture is from a Polo event in January).

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Matija

Shopbop Arm Candy

As (possibly) every other fashion blogger out there, I love having some arm candy on my wrists. Lately my twin and I have been perusing the Shopbop website, mentally planning what we want to purchase next (well, she’s one step ahead of me as she has a wish list and I’m yet to make mine). As my student status prohibits me from purchasing a few Vita Fede Titan bracelets and a gold Cartier Love bracelet, I can’t layer a-la Aimee Song of Song of Style just yet (okay I don’t think I could spend that much money on the Cartier bracelet anyways).

My personal preference for arm candy is anything gold (this doesn’t mean I don’t wear silver!). I am also fond of a hint of turquoise or stones in my jewellery. I adore ‘delicate’ bracelets such as thin gold ones. Here are some of my favourite picks. I’d wear them with my gold Michael Kors Bradshaw watch. 

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Top left – Mini Titan Stone Bracelet in Gold/Turquoise $450 US 

Bottom right – Mini Titan Stone Bracelet in Gold/Sodalite $375 US 

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Tai Duel Stone Bangle Bracelet $50 US

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Top Left – Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Marc Skinny Bracelet in Dusty Jade Green $52 US

Bottom Right – Marc by Marc Jacobs Skinny Bracelet in Cream $52 US

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Kate Spade New York Charm Letter Bangle $58 US

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Matija

 

Winter Clothes

It isn’t exactly cold in Sydney but unfortunately, I know that I’ll have to start thinking about winter fashion soon. I say unfortunately as I dislike cold weather. The predominant reasons as to why I do not like the cold are that I don’t have heating at home, I don’t look good in jeans and I have big feet which consequently makes me fear that I look like I have Ronald McDonald feet in winter shoes such as boots. I know I’m at risk of sounding like a negative Nelly so I want to add that in spite of all this, there are a lot of trends to get excited about for winter clothes! One trend I’m particularly excited about are the different colours, prints and textures of coats that are available at the moment.

My wardrobe is predominantly black (this may be shocking to some as I often post about colourful outfits) and I want to change this. I think most of my winter outfits will contain a black item in it, but adding a colourful and/or printed coat can break up my outfit choices. I would love to purchase a pastel pink coat, I’ve been loving the ones I’ve been seeing on other fashion blogs as well as online stores. Below are three pics of coats I believe can increase anyones fashion credentials this winter. 

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Marcs Leopard Collarless Coat

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Zara Structured Coat 

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Zara Crewneck Coat 

Another thing that I’m pretty excited about is Cotton On’s latest items from its ‘CO’ line as well as its normal line. Cotton On is a clothing chain in Australia that offers affordable, on trend clothing to teenagers and young adults. Today I walked past a  store and the new items instantly caught my eye. On offer are a variety of fluffy and wooly knits and cardigans that are stylish and available in a range of on-trend colours and materials. One of my personal favourites is the ‘Softly Softly Pullover’  in powder pink. I don’t actually know what it looks like on me because I didn’t try it on but it looks so warm and fluffy. I can imagine myself wearing it with my black leather mini, thick black stockings and black suede ankle boots. Below is the pullover and some more of my choices.

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Softly Softly Pullover in Powder Pink (This picture doesn’t do the pullover justice!)

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The Softly Softly pullover again, but this time in black

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CO Contrast Stripe Pullover 

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Cora Stitch Open Cardi in Charcoal (Also available in Black, Cookie Dough and Robin Hood Green)

Matija