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monthly favourites: august

September 3, 2014 in beauty, entertainment, fashion, recipes by Lauren

August Favourites

Fashion: When a friend decided to host a white party, I was in trouble because I don’t do all white. Ever. There are multiple reasons for this but it boils down to (a) I’m a klutz and (b) I’m pasty so don’t look good in it. Fortunately H&M came to the rescue with a cheap but stylish white lace dress that was summery party perfection (1). I may even pull it out again for regular parties…

Face: Nobody likes a full face of make-up in summer (well, at least I don’t!) but when you want to feel a bit special, a sheer red lip can be just the ticket. I fell head over heels for Lipstick Queen’s Aloha (2) and, as it’s limited edition, I recommend you grab your own quick smart!

Food: The weather started to cool down a little earlier than I’d hoped, but I decided to embrace the temperatures by cooking up Adeline and Lumiere’s fantastic pumpkin, goat cheese and caramelised onion pizza (3). This recipe is very straight-forward, and it tastes like you slaved in the kitchen for hours!

Film: How can you not love Guardians of the Galaxy? (4). It was so much fun to watch and despite the fact that it was an all-out, space-fantasy story (AKA not my usual scene), I loved it!

Flashback: Over the final days of summer, I really enjoyed re-reading the post from 2012 about five must-pack items for a beach break (5).

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in the news: buy victoria beckham’s clothes

August 5, 2014 in fashion, news by Lauren

Victoria Beckham has teamed up with The Outnet for the mother of all sales – which makes sense, given the proceeds will be going to charity mothers2mothers!

That’s right, Mrs Beckham has selected over 600 pieces from her personal wardrobe to auction on 20-25 August, including hats, shoes, bags, jewelry, designer ready-to-wear, costume pieces, coats, skiwear and evening dresses. (Let’s take a moment to contemplate the fact that she has 600 items to sell – I have serious wardrobe envy!) The designers of the items read like a veritable who’s who of the fashion world: Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen, Roland Mouret… the list goes on!

But let’s not forget this is for charity, and such a worthy one at that. The funds raised will help mothers2mothers’ Mentor Mothers reach even more HIV-positive mothers with critical health education and support, to stay healthy and protect their babies from HIV infection.

You need to register if you want the chance to take part in the auction. Watch the video below to learn more.

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monthly favourites: july

July 31, 2014 in beauty, fashion, food and drink, movies by Lauren

July Favourites

Fashion: I hit the sales hard this month but my favourite purchase is actually something I bought full-price (quelle horreur!) I am completely smitten with Anthropologie’s Tenaya Jumpsuit (1). It’s so cute and comfortable, perfect with flat sandals during the day or with heels for dinner. This one is going to be in high rotation over the summer!

Face: I may have gone a little overboard on beauty products while I was in New York and Paris this month (in truth, I could probably set up my own mini Sephora now) but my number one purchase has to be the GlamGlow YouthMud Mask (2). I know I’m incredibly late to the party on this and the entire rest of the blogosphere has already put it into the category of cult favourite – but there’s a reason! It exfoliates, tightens the skin and makes pores completely invisible. Your boyfriend might complain that you look like a swamp monster for 20 minutes (or at least mine does) but it’s worth it!

Food: You wouldn’t think I’d go hunting for Australians when I was on holidays in the US, but somehow it always seems to happen. Why, you ask? I need good coffee! Fortunately the team at Bluestone Lane Coffee (3) know their brew AND have three locations in Manhattan. Give them a go – although I take no responsibility if you can never face a cup of drip again!

Film: Yes, I was one of the people who Kickstarted Zac Braff’s new film, Wish I Was Here (4). Make my investment worthwhile and go see it!

Flashback: As I’ve kicked back into blogging more frequently again, I’ve enjoyed re-reading this post from 2010 about whether a person can be intelligent and still like fashion (5).

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lusting for: mayacamas maxi dress

July 27, 2014 in fashion by Lauren

Mayacama Maxi Dress (Photo: Anthropologie)I’ve just come back from a week in New York and while I manage to considerably grow my closet while I was there, one item continued to elude me.

Anthropologie’s Mayacamas Maxi Dress was sold out in my size in every store in town and because I was only there for a few days, there wasn’t time to order one in for me. Fortunately I’ve noticed it’s still available online so hopefully we will be united very soon!

This is one of those items that didn’t grab me on the website but it is absolutely divine in person. The colours are stunning, and the style and beaded neckline mean that it can be smart casual for the day and then dialed up for the evening.

If you also want to make Mayacamas acquaintance, you should be aware that the sizing is large so make sure you go at least one size down (particularly if you’re smaller on top!)

The Mayacamas Maxi Dress is currently available for $198.

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in the news: julian assange hits the catwalk

June 30, 2014 in fashion, news by Lauren

Ben Westwood models his Julian Assange collection (Photo: Ben Westwood)Julian Assange is… a model?

That’s right, the Wikileaks founder is going to make his catwalk debut for Ben Westwood (son of Vivienne, that is) during London Fashion Week in September.

Of course, that means the show has to take place within the walls of the Ecuadorian Embassy, where Assange has been living since the country granted him asylum.

Ben Westwood said the inspiration for the clothes in the show was Assange himself and his combat/beret look. Apparently one of the designs even features a “Julian Assange print”. Check out the designer modeling the collection (right).

Read more at the Daily Mail.

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