Studio Mekel Opening

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The lovely (and oh so talented) Mekel Illustration opened a brand new studio at the Bayview Centre in Claremont last week and I was there to help celebrate!
 
The amount of support for Kelly was extremely evident on the night, with over 180 people coming down to witness the beginning of this new era. 
Guests sipped on delicious cocktails by Cocktail Gastronomy and snacked on tasty treats (the chocolate brownies…OMG!) courtesy of Cookie Dough Biscuits while browsing (and purchasing!) Kelly’s latest art works. 

I have been a fan of Kelly’s work for a while now, (I even did a little interview with her following the opening of her last exhibition wanderlust – check it out here if you missed it) her unique style of illustration with stunning pops of watercolour really appeals to me.. and well, who doesn’t love pretty pictures of fashionable girls! 

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If you are ever in the area (or even if you are not!) I highly recommend popping in to the studio.

Studio Mekel: 
Bayview Centre
303 Stirling Highway, 
Claremont



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Sunday Style

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Wearing: Cameo Pants , Bruug T-shirtSaint Laurent ClutchBetts Boots (similar here and here) Michael Kors Watch, Denim Shirt (similar here).


Can you believe it is Friday already?! Not that I’m complaining or anything.. Fridays are the best! The anticipation of the weekend to come is enough to put anyone in a good mood.

This outfit was from a couple of weekends ago, taken on the way to my local pub (the perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon, don’t you agree?) 
Being a Sunday comfort was key, because let’s face it Sundays are made for relaxing, so out came my Cameo pants (actually come to think of it last time I wore them it was a Sunday too!) I added some heels to give the illusion of effort (and well, because I am ridiculously short!) and my Sunday style was complete.  

What do you think? What’s your ultimate Sunday style outfit?


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The Edit: Top 10 Festival Must Haves


The ultimate festival guide is here!! 

With Splendour in The Grass on this weekend and the Northern Hemisphere smack bang in the middle of their Summer festival season, I thought I would put together a list of my top 10 music festival essentials.

Even though none of these apply to me, (I am stuck on the west coast of Australia!) I actually had a lot of fun compiling this list and it made me even more excited for the upcoming Summer festivals.. you know in a few months time. (Hurry up Summer!)

So here it is. My top 10 festival must haves:

1. The denim short – pretty much a festival staple! Comfy, casual and easy to sit down in!
2. A comfy pair of shoes – You will be on grass and you will be dancing.. all day. Need I say more.
3. A jacket – Even though the sun may be shining during the day (if you are lucky), the temperature will definitely be cooler in the evening.. and the evening sets are always the best so you don’t want to be shivering in a corner somewhere, too cold to enjoy them!
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4. Sunglasses – Protect your eyes from the sun and look like a rock star while doing it!!
5. Hat – Yep, another sun protection/style essential item. (I love a good double duty item!) 
6. Day bag – Make sure it is big enough for all your essentials but still easy to carry. A cross body satchel or back pack is ideal.
7. Arm Candy – Complete the festival look with loads of bling.

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8. Sunscreen – This one is practical and very, very necessary. Even if it looks like it will be cloudy/rain, sunscreen is still a definite must.
9. Foundation- A light easy to wear foundation such as a tinted moisturiser is preferable.
10. Lip Balm – There is nothing worse than dry, cracked lips, especially after a whole day of screaming singing along to your favourite tunes!
 
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So there you have it. Hopefully I have helped you all get festival ready! 
Do you agree with my list? Let me know what your ultimate festival essential is!!


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Sequins

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Wearing: Dotti Sequin Skirt , Bruug T-shirt, Betts Boots (similar here and here) Michael Kors Watch, Stacked Rings, ASOS Clutch (sold out – similar here).


Monday : 1, Emily : 0.
What a great start to the week… So far today my computer has crashed four five times. I’m not sure if it is just feeling the Monday vibe (like most of us) or if this is going to be it’s new, permanent state of being! Whatever it is, it’s certainly made me realise just how much I rely on my computer on a day to day basis. I probably spend more time on my computer than I do doing anything else which is a little bit of a scary thought! 
In order to get this post up, I have had to resort to handwriting it out and hoping my computer will stay on long enough for me to quickly type it in when it’s done.*
Oh and did I mention my husband just rang to say I left my car keys in his car.. better make that 2-nil, Monday!
 
Anyway moving on, without pointing out the fact that I am wearing another midi skirt, (did anybody notice?!) I would just like to say that this sequin skirt was an absolute steal from Dotti (and is now even more of a bargain at just $9.95!) It’s a really great fit and it is covered in sequins, what more could you possibly want from a skirt?! 

I hope everyone’s Monday is going a little better than mine!


*it did! 


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Midi Skirt Madness

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Wearing: ASOS SkirtSportsgirl Jumper (Sold out- similar here and here), Nude Heels (similar here.)


Another day another midi skirt… Obsessed much?!
I may have accidentally purchased this skirt in another colour. Oopsy.
In my defense though, the pink version was on sale and like I said before, I had been searching for the perfect full midi skirt for a while! If you are on to a good thing…
I generally wear a midi skirt with a cropped, fitted top but this time I styled it a little bit differently. (You know, to make it seem like a different skirt!)
 I kind of like the oversized, slouchy feel of this outfit. Although it is easy to look swamped when wearing baggy items together, I feel like by adding heels and slightly tucking the jumper in, it gives it less of a bulky look.
What do you think? How do you wear your midi skirt? 


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Classic Coat

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Wearing: Bec and Bridge TopVintage Skirt (similar here and here), ASOS CoatNude Heels (similar here).


Reason number 3476 why I hate Winter: The Flu. 
A sore throat that never goes away, a nose that drips constantly, a sick child that coughs so much she vomits (all through the night!) Yep, Winter is officially flu season and it is very much alive in this household. I have been through a whole box of tissues today alone and my nose is still running.. Urghh! 

In an attempt to fight through the sickness haze and ‘look on the bright side’, I have had a think about some of the things I actually like about Winter. (I got stuck at three.) Coming in at the top of my rather dismal list though, is the coat. 
I try to stick to a classic style when it comes to coats, as there are only limited occasions to wear them through out the year (in this particular climate, anyway!) So, a coat that can last through multiple Winters is a must. I snapped this ASOS coat up on sale a few weeks ago and am quite happy about it! It’s great fit and perfect neutral colour means it will definitely be around to see me through the next few Winters, at least!  

Now if you’ll excuse me I must head out for some more tissues…

 
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The Edit: The Birkenstock


I need help. Well, more specifically, I need your help. 
I am completely undecided on how I feel about the shoe of the moment, the Birkenstock.
On one hand I think they are hideous, I mean my Mum has been wearing them for years (no offence Mum!) and I certainly didn’t have an urge to rush out and buy a pair then. But, on the other hand, I see them styled with such perfection that it is hard not to go Birk crazy and get those babies on my feet in them ASAP. (Oh the power of the fashion industry!)
So, over to you, whats your opinion on the humble slide and more importantly, do I need a pair?!

Just in case it’s a unanimous yes, here are some of my top picks:





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Game, Set, Match.

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Wearing: Atmos and Here TopAtmos and Here Skirt, Black Boots (similar here and here), Leather Jacket (similar here).


Matchy match style is taking over, and to say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. 

 I feel like I’m not alone here either… Matching sets and coordinated fashions are everywhere at the moment. It has even gone beyond simply matching your own outfit, having a twin or sister to match your outfit to, is even better!
Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?!) there is only one of me, and I have tried matching outfits with my two year old daughter but it’s not quite the same (not to mention the weird looks we get!) 

So I had to settle for matching my skirt to my top in this polka dot ensemble by Atmos and Here. Not a bad compromise, I suppose!

Now if only I had a twin..

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India Photo Diary: Varkala

Varkala, India, Kerala
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Finally part one of my India photo diary is here!
Today’s post is focusing on just one of the many places I have visited in India: Varkala.

Varkala is a small town situated on the coast in the state of Kerala. The unique cliff top boardwalk and layed back beach vibe coupled with the stunning ocean views draw many tourists to the area… Some never leave! I have visited Varkala a few times in recent years and have to say it is one of my favourite places in India. Perfect for a chilled out break from the seeming chaos that is India!

For anyone planning a trip, I have put together my personal guide to Varkala!

Place to Stay: Akhil Beach Resort is a luscious tropical resort at a very reasonable price. The rare luxury of a pool makes this a must stay in my opinion, especially if you are travelling with kids! They also have an Ayurvedic centre, daily yoga classes and a restaurant.

Place to Eat: Pretty much all the food in Varkala (or India for that matter!) is amazing and you can get all types of cuisine along the cliff top. My favourite eatery was Abba Restaurant, which we unfortunately only discovered on the last day! Everything we ate was so divine and I highly recommend the momos!

Place to Drink: No holiday is complete without cocktails at sunset, right? Luckily there is a place that delivers both of these at the north end of the cliff. Sunset Restaurant has the best mojitos around and the endless view of the ocean provides the perfect setting.

Must see: Take a walk up the end of the north cliff, near the helipad, to watch the incredible sunsets India has to offer. We actually made an effort to catch the sunset each day as it was always so breathtaking! 
Special mention: If you, like me, can not function without a daily dose of caffeine, then you must visit the Coffee Temple. Home of possibly the best coffee in India!

So there it is Emily’s guide to Varkala!! Hopefully I have helped anyone planning a visit.

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