Saturday, July 19, 2014

iFOTD - Glamor Doll Eyes Juicy Mango / Calypso

Both of these colours have a lot of amazing duochrome stuff going on, and they play together very nicely. Plus Juicy Mango and Calypso totally sound like the sort of cocktail you'd have on holiday.

In this look:


Thursday, July 17, 2014

OOTD - Work Week

Another week of work outfits, a red white and blue outfit for Bastille Day, and then lots of red, black and grey as per usual.. we're having a cold winter so there's lots of layers happening here. 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Indie Makeup.. What it is, and why you'll love it!

As regular readers know, I've been devoting a lot of time and energy to my online indie makeup store, Beauty Bohemia. If you already know all about indie makeup and why it's awesome, then you might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of people, I'm learning, who don't really know what indie makeup is, much less why they'd be interested in it. So - here I go, attempting a bit of an explanation. You can consider this an Indie Makeup 101!

Indie Makeup is makeup that's handmade by small businesses. Most of the cosmetics in the stores are made in big factories by huge companies. Indie Makeup is made in small sterile workshops, and the operations are usually run by young women. 

So why would you buy Indie Makeup instead of heading to your local department store makeup counter? Here's some of the reasons I love indie makeup:

1. It's Handmade. 
The "handmade revolution" has gained huge popularity amongst people who are seeking to be a bit more mindful and ethical in their consumption - by supporting artisans and buying handmade, you get goods of better quality, that have been ethically produced, rather than increasing the profits of a big company who might be employing sweatshop labour, you're instead putting your money right into the hands of the person who made the item from scratch. A lot of people though, who support handmade with their fashion and homewear purchases haven't yet fully embraced the idea that you can do this with makeup, too!

2. The Quality is Amazing
In the highly competitive world of indie makeup, only the best survive - the colours are are meticulously blended, and because they are made in small batches, the makers can create all sorts of amazing colour blends. From subtle mattes and neutrals to the most sparkly iridescent duochrome pigments you've ever seen, you can expect high pigmentation, long lasting formulations and a dazzling variety of shades to choose from. Because the makers are in direct contact with their customers, they are constantly monitoring feedback from their customer group, so the quality stays really high. The packaging is handmade and might not be as glossy as a high-end product, but what really counts is what's inside - people that get accustomed to indie pigments often find it really hard to go back to other mass manufactured brands. 

2. It's Individual and Fun
A lot of indie makeup makers create collections in various themes. Whether it's your favourite TV show or movie fandom (be it Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter) or even themes from a certain era of history, Internet memes or computer games. Indie Makeup is full of quirky, fun names and themes that let you celebrate your personality and what you love in a way that can be as subtle or bold as you like. You'd probably raise a few eyebrows if you showed up to work in cosplay, but with indie makeup, you can participate in your fandom in a fun way, and no one else need know, unless you tell them. 

4. It's much cheaper than you'd believe.
Unlike other "handmade pledges" you might make, this one could really save you money. With eyeshadows, lipsticks and blushes all clocking in at under $10 a pop, you can save a lot of money. Many people are very pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the prices are. 

While there are some Aussie indie makeup makers, the majority of the most popular brands are in the US or UK - when they do ship to Australia, the shipping costs can be dire, erasing the savings made in the makeup. Organising a group order or freight forwarding can be a real pain. That's the main reason I decided to take the plunge to bring in the best indie makeup brands into Australia in bulk - and I also decided to match the price of the makers on Beauty Bohemia as well. I'm hoping a lot more people get into the indie makeup! 

If you've got any questions or want to know more, let me know in the comments!


Monday, July 7, 2014

OOTD: WorkWeek

When I work with people in my capacity as The Body Positive Stylist, while I'm sometimes helping people look their best for a special event, more often I'm helping them make more use of their clothes day to day. 

Most of us can pull together something nice for a big occasion, but the day to day grind of dressing in a way that feels and looks good can be hugely wearing. 

In the past I have simplified things by only wearing a few colours - when all your clothes are red, black or grey it's a lot easier to put outfits together. This is still very much the core of my daily wardrobe, but lately I have been experimenting with other colours too. 

I thought it might be of interest to show you a typical week of work outfits - as a freelancer my schedule is normally pretty open, albeit totally hectic, but I have been working a short contract for the last couple of weeks - and the office I work in happens to have a bathroom with a great mirror for outfit shots. 

Here's my week of work outfits:

Left to right: City Chic Dresses X2,. Susanne Gray, Target and City Chic again. 
It wasn't until I lined these up I realised I'd worn dresses all week, usually there's a couple of days with pants as well, but not this week. Most of these dresses have featured on the blog before, I tend to choose things that have a lasting style so I can wear them for years, that's certianly the case with many of these dresses.

Together they form a pretty cohesive look that's work appropriate but still feels like it expresses my personal style, and as an added bonus all of these outfits are comfortable to work in all day. 

I'm interested to hear what your challenges with work clothes are - Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fire Demon Costume Fantasy Makeup

Recently I did a DJ gig at a fantasy costume event called "The Goblin Ball" - each year a different theme is set and people really go all out with their outfits - last year was an ice theme, this year it had a Fire theme called Ember Rule.

Of course I need very few excuses to go all-out with the red so this was an easy theme for me. I was going for a dark fae/demon kind of look, and based my look around my awesome horns from The Fable Workshop. 

As you can see I dove deep into my red eyeshadow collection, and was also very liberal with the glitter - here's what I wound up with!

If you fancy trying this look yourself, or perhaps a more toned down version, you can see all the amazing red toned things I have in the store here:


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MeNow Velvet Finish Liquid Lipstick Swatches

There's a lot of people looking for Velvet-finish liquid lipsticks at the moment, without having to pay a hefty price tag. Velvetine dupes aren't easy to find but after some searching I happened upon a great option from chinese cult brand MeNow. 

These are seriously long lasting - really seriously long lasting. Once they dry, they are there to stay. You can scrub at them even and they won't budge.. check out this quick video I made and you'll see what I mean:

Here are the colours available in my store.. there's lots to choose from. 

01 Baby Pink

02 Dusky Pink

03 Mushroom Pink

05 Rich Red

06 Malibu Pink

07 Rosy Pink

09 Orange Red

23 Frosty Pink

25 Hot Pink

26 New York Pink

32 Currant Red

36 Berry Pink

No points for guessing what my favourite colour is!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

H&M Melbourne Launch - H&M+ Plus Size Fashion Report

So, here in Melbourne the fashion world has been abuzz with the news of our iconic GPO being converted into a massive concept store for H&M. The store opened to the public today but on Thursday night there was a VIP launch party with 1000 guests - celebrities, models, socialites, the famous, the notorious and me! 

All of that was exciting, but what I was really interested in was the plus size range - H&M+. 

I wasn't sure what to expect - ideally they would have simply ranged up all their clothes into plus sizes and have them throughout the store (unlikely, but would be awesome) - I guess I was thinking there'd be a plus size section in a corner somewhere.

I didn't think I had my hopes up too high, but I have to be honest with you, when I actually found it, my heart sank a little.  It was tiny, much smaller than I was hoping, and worse, they had set up one of the main bar/service areas in front of it.

I took a quick video of the situation I was presented with which you can see here:

To actually look at and photograph the clothes I had to ask the bar staff to let me into their service area, which they were really nice about.

So the "plus size" range at H&M starts at a 14 (presumably because a fair quantity of their main range stops at a 12), and goes up to a pretty small looking 24. There are a lot of "oversized" pieces in the non-plus-size range that I could probably squeeze in to.. but I find myself less and less inclined to do that. I feel like I shouldn't be rewarding retailers who aren't supporting those of us who wear 14+ with my hard earned cash. 

I took some shots of some of the pieces I liked: 

I did a quick count and it looks as though there are about 30 lines in the plus size section. I got told that this is the largest plus size section of any H&M store in the world - so, that's good.. but if this is the biggest, what does the smallest look like? (Yes, that's right - it's just non-existent) 

There were some great pieces there, but nothing that I thought "WOW, I MUST HAVE THIS!" - there were probably at least 20 things I really, really liked in the non-plus-size range.. but we're all familiar with that sad feeling... "Why don't you make this for me? Look! Here is my money! Now, you won't have this money, because you only made this in small sizes. "

There was only one way to deal with my disappointment.. to drink many free cocktails and drown my sorrows.  Truly - It was an incredible party. The amazing cocktail bar 1806 had a special menu of cocktails and there were delicious canapés by Adam D’Sylva, they'd flown in famous DJs and everyone seemed to be having an utterly fabulous time. 

What did I buy? Not much, actually - but I did get this very silly hat - it's a woollen riding hat with kitty ears on it. 

I'm grateful to have been invited. I'm grateful that they have a plus size range at all, because many (many many) other brands don't. I'm glad the pieces look on-trend, are fairly affordable and that there's now another much-needed place to pop in and get a plus size garment in the CBD. I hope that if it's successful they will look at expanding this range in the future, and maybe (a girl can dream), expand the size range of their "main" ranges as well.