Beauty Review: Napoleon DéVine Goddess Lipstick

Napoleon DéVine Goddess Lipstick
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Napoleon DéVine Goddess in Hara

Today we are taking a break from all the TPFF action with something a little bit different, our first ever beauty review! I am so excited to finally launch the beauty section on the blog as it is something I have wanted to do for a while! You can expect to see beauty reviews, make up how to’s, plus a few tips and tricks from experts. 
I would love to hear your feedback too, if there is anything you want to see more of on the blog (beauty related or not!) be sure to let me know.

Today I am reviewing the Napoleon Perdis DéVine Goddess lipstick in the colour, Hara. 
I am totally in love with the orange toned colour. I like a bold lip but red tones don’t really suit me, so if I am going for a vivid lip, I prefer a orangey-red colour.
The lipstick goes on silky smooth and keeps your lips feeling moisturised. It doesn’t dry out your lips at all and the rich pigment means the colour stays put (even after food!). 
This is the first time I have used a Napoleon lipstick and am quite impressed. With over 20 colours to choose from, it’s safe to say I will be using it again! 

Have you tried the Napoleon DéVine Goddess lipstick before? What did you think?

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TPFF: Street Style

Little Miss Mon Bon street style
Chloe Poliwka, Pegasus unicorn street styleWhite high tops

What everyone is wearing to the shows is just about as important as what the designer is sending down the runway.

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Street style at fashion week(s) around the world have inspired many an outfit. 
Let’s be honest here, what everyone is wearing to the shows is just about as important as what the designer is sending down the runway (if not more!)

One of my fool proof ways to cure a bout of outfit block is to type those two magic words into Google. (Actually, it’s pretty much the way I solve all of life’s problems!!) I did a bit of style stalking at Fashion Central over the TPFF weekend to hopefully help you next time the disease strikes (it’s a serious issue!) There was plenty to see, with Perth fashionistas turning up the style factor. Bright colours, crop tops, monochrome and designer bags aplenty!!

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TPFF: Future Runway

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Hi-Vis Fashion. The next big thing?

 It is always so refreshing to see the imaginations of the next generation of local fashion designers come alive.

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My Favourite look: Charissa Schlink’s Evening Wear design.
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Sheridan Savage’s winnning creation for Ready To Wear Womens category. (R)
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Quirky Costume Design.
Eco design at TPFF
Bright and colourful Eco Design look.
Every year one of my favourite shows at the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival (TPFF) is the student runway. Fashion design students get creative to showcase their best designs across six categories. It is always so refreshing to see the imaginations of the next generation of local fashion designers come alive.
My personal favourite(s) from the night were the two dreamy creations by Polytechnic West student, Charissa Schlink, which is actually no surprise because I have been a fan of her fun fashion label, Birds On A Wire for a while!

Congratulations to all the winners and I can’t wait to follow your fashion journey!

The winners of each category:

Women’s ready to wear: Sheridan Savage, WAAPA
Men’s ready to wear: Rini Teng, Central Institute
Hi Vis Fashion: Alexandra Xu, Curtin University
Evening wear: Jessica Moro, Curtin University
Costume: Jessica Moro, Curtin University
Eco Design: Cordelia Gibbs, Curtin University
Top Student 2014: Jessica Moro, Curtin University
Top Student 2014: Jessica Moro

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more from the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival!


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TPFF: Hello Parry

Alexander Wang inspired romper by Hello ParryHello Parry Elle Tweed Print Coatigan
Polka dot clutch

 On trend, wearable fashion at great prices, hello! What’s not to love?

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Silver clutch and denim skirt
Hello Parry. Two words you have heard quite a bit around here lately, (Ahem.. here and here in case you missed it!) and with good reason too. The chic online store is a favourite of mine and it’s easy to see why. On trend, wearable fashion at great prices, hello! What’s not to love?

On Saturday, Fashion Central was swarming with a rather well dressed bunch of Hello Parry fans who turned out for the show. The hottest day on record for September made the perfect backdrop (and let’s be honest, a ridiculously hot tent) for the Spring/Summer collections. Models adorned in pretty pastels, graphic prints and monochrome looks bopped down the runway to blaring tunes.

The show left me feeling quite excited about the warmer weather and I definitely have my eye on more than a few things in store, that oversized polka dot clutch for example!!

Stay tuned for more from the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival over the next few days, including all the street style snaps from Fashion Central.

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TPFF: Restyle on the Runway.

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 Jenelle: Inspiring Wit

The Restyle Photo-A-Day Opshop Challenge took to the runway (twice!) over the weekend, as part of this year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.

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Vicki:  The Fashionable Mum
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The Restyle Photo-A-Day Opshop Challenge took to the runway (twice!) over the weekend, as part of this year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. The seven Restyle bloggers, along with volunteers from local stores and fellow op shop lovers, showcased their op-shopped looks at Fashion Central.
I went along to the show on Friday morning and annoyingly left my camera battery at home (arghh!) luckily the ever helpful Mystery Case was there and kindly lent me her camera. (Thank you!) Being at the show definitely brought back memories of last year’s strut, and it was so great to see a fresh batch of creative looks take to the runway.

Shopping at op shops and donating your unwanted goods is so important and the Restyle initiative certainly succeeds in raising awareness and promoting the need for op shopping, in the community.
The bloggers did a phenomenal job through-out August and on the runway bringing us thirty one looks using opshopped pieces, proving you don’t need to spend a fortune to look fabulous!!

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10 Black Bags Under $100

 Just because it is a wardrobe necessity, the basic black bag doesn’t need to be boring right? It’s all in the details. Gold hardware, embossed detail and a variety of different straps all add an interesting element to an everyday staple. Personally, I love a padlock detail and in terms of size, the bigger the better. (I just have so much ‘stuff’!!)

I have put together my ten favourite black bags under $100 for your shopping pleasure. My little Friday treat for you!

  Still want more? Shop more black bags under $100 here:

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Hello Parry

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Wearing: Hello Parry SkortHello Parry Shirt, Rubi Heels (similar here), Leather Jacket (similar here).

If you haven’t heard of online fashion store Hello Parry yet, then where have you been?! The Perth based store stocks the coolest range of fashion forward, street style inspired, on trend pieces and is loved by fashionistas everywhere! 
I recently picked up a few items from their new Spring range and loved them both so much I wore them together. I love the colour combination of nude and white for Spring. It looks so fresh and stylish and is a great way to test the waters of the current white-on-white trend if you are too scared to wear an all white outfit. (Yep, my hand is up!)

As part of this year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival Hello Parry will be showcasing the latest Spring collection in their first ever runway show. Is it wrong that this is the show I am most excited about?! 
If you are in Perth then head down to Fashion Central at 2:30pm for the show. Did I mention it was FREE!

For all the details head here. Hope to see you there!

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Perlu Launch

Emily Suresh and Jenelle Witty at Perlu launchFlower bouquets by Ruby Tree Creative
Rosie and Broken rings
Assorted jewellery at Perlu store
Evaglo candles
Jenelle witty from Inspiring Wit
Gypsea swimwear bikinis
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Embroidered high heel shoe
Convict bag
Gypsea swimwear Sea Sheperd onepiece
Strappy heels on display
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Table display at Perlu store
Burgundy and black clothing

Perlu is a newly opened creative retail space on Bayview Terrace in Claremont. The Malay word for necessary, Perlu, pretty much sums up everything in the store! 
The boutique stocks a perfectly curated range of local and international designers and not only has all your fashion and accessory needs covered with labels such as JontéRosie and BrokenGypsea Swimwear and Gooseberry Intimates, they stock home wares and bespoke furniture too.   
Plus on Fridays and Saturdays delightful blooms by the talented Ruby Tree Creative are also available to purchase. How could you resist!

Just in case you are still not convinced a visit is necessary (see what I did there!) they also offer a in house alteration and tailoring service plus complimentary styling sessions, all while sipping your choice of tea from their sizeable selection!

Bound to become your new favourite store:
Shop 1/62 Bayview Terrace
Claremont, WA 6010 

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Real Life of a Fashion Blogger

Zara sequin skirt
fashion blogger outfit featuring Sportsgirl tee
Baby blue leather jacket
Zara skirt with sequins
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Wearing: Zara SkirtSportsgirl T-shirt, Valley Girl Jacket, Betts Boots (similar here).

Today I wanted to give you a little insight into the ‘real life of a fashion blogger’.
 Firstly, let me start off by saying, it is damn hard work! Sure, there are fun sides to it, I mean who doesn’t love dressing up in new clothes and yes, attending fashion events is a pretty rad perk too, but for the most part fashion blogging is not all glitz and glam!

To give you an insight into a typical outfit post, let me talk you through this one.

Step 1. Creating the outfit. 
Now this is the bit I love the most but it is definitely not without it’s challenges. Let’s all take a moment to remember the last time we got ready to go out somewhere. How long did it take? An hour? Hour and a half? Then flashback to how your clothes looked afterwards. In a pile on the floor, right? Yep, mine are all still there!! (That’s another hour hanging all those back up!)
Ok, I’m finally ready to go. Grab the camera, the photographer (aka the husband!) and yep, I suppose I better bring the two year old along too. (Which also means snacks and entertainment must be packed.) 

Step 2. Location scouting.
I always try to incorporate a photo shoot around whatever we are doing that day, so sometimes I have no idea where that day’s shoot will be taking place. This particular day we had just been out for lunch in the Swan Valley. We decided to head back towards Midland industrial area to see what we could find. Driving around searching for the perfect spot can be a very tedious and time consuming exercise, especially when the sun begins to fade later in the day. We were pretty lucky this time and came across this abandoned building without too much searching.

Step 3. The photo shoot.
Ok, we have found a spot and we are on. So far it is going well, only minimal stares from people driving past wondering what the hell we are doing. Oh sorry, what was that little miss Z? You need to go to the toilet? Right now?! Ummm well there’s a bush over there so let’s give that a go!!** (In case you were wondering yes, of course she weed on her clothes.. after a quick pants change we were back shooting again!)

Step 4. Photo editing.
After the shoot the photos need to be edited, yep all 378* of them. Culled, cropped, edited, uploaded then added to the blog, one by one.. using html! 

Step 5. Compose the post.
Alright photos are done, go me! Next I need to write the post. This can be one of the harder parts for me. Let’s just say if my high school English teacher knew I was writing on a daily basis I think she may have a fit! I had the idea to give a behind the scenes look at a blog post a while ago so this post was really fun to write! (Hopefully to read too!) 

Step 6. Promote the post.
Post composed and published. Yay! We are done!! 
Oh no, no no.. do you even know how big the internet is? (Actually neither do I!) but let’s just say, it is BIG! Trying to get your little old post seen is pretty darn difficult. You need to hustle like a mother f*£%$er to get people on to that site. So, this is the part were I stand on the (virtual) street corner pimping out my post out to anyone who is interested.

Aaaand.. when all that is done, I do it all over again for the next post. What a glamorous life!

* May be a slight exaggeration.
**For the record this was my daughter’s first attempt at a bush squat and she was less that impressed!

Shop the Outfit:

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White Lace Skirt by Dead Ivy Clothing

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Wearing: Dead Ivy Lace SkirtAsos Top, Vintage Coat (Similar here), Lipstik Strappy Heels (similar here).

White, lace and sheer, three words that are sure to cause a little anxiety in most people, me included. I must admit that I had visions of spilling sauce, ripping lace and flashing my undies when I first laid eyes on this skirt by Dead Ivy Clothing. But how could I let a little clumsiness get in the way of wearing such a beautiful skirt? Luckily my fear subsided when I actually put the skirt on* as the lace is thick enough to be comfortable next to sharp objects and there is, wait for it.. built in shorts! Genius! 
Being Spring, I decided to stick to a pastel palette but this style skirt would also work well with black, for a more edgy look. I do love the contrast of a girly piece with some rock chick accessories and a bad ass biker jacket!! (In fact, I think I just came up with tonight’s outfit!)
Well, it’s a Friday morning and you know what that means, coffee time! Ok, I lie, I’ve already had two, it is 10 o’clock after all! It really means hair wash time (Friday ritual!) but that didn’t sound nearly as cool as coffee time!
Anyway, whatever you are up to, enjoy your day everyone!
*Apart from the sauce spilling because nothing can stop the gravitational pull of food to white clothing. Nothing!!

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