Make It Rain

Who else watched Tuesday’s penultimate episode of Sons Of Anarchy? And how many of you almost died by the end?

I can acknowledge and respect Ed Sheeran’s talent, but his sound isn’t particularly my style. But his ‘Make It Rain’ which played at that final scene is the most emotional song I’ve heard in awhile. It gave me goosebumps. And it made me cry.

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I think every girl needs a sleeveless knit in their wardrobe. It’s the unsung hero of transpersonal dressing… When it’s cold out, wear it over a shirt or sweater; and when it gets warmer, wear with a sleeveless top. And, when the weather can’t make up its mind (like today) you can wear it with practically anything. A sleeveless knit can be your most loyal friend; it can support you from summer, all the way to winter, and then back again. And they’re edgy, defying all rules.

♫ ♪ Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

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Willow sleeveless knit; vintage dress; Urban Outfitters belt; ASOS sunglasses; Joanne Mercer heels; vintage Christian Dior clutch

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I love bags: clutches, cross-body, shoulder, messenger, doctor, totes… you name it. Bags now come in all shapes, sizes and fabrics, and whether you’re into a more minimalist or maximalist style, bags are always worth investing in. Like shoes, bags are just as eye-catching and chic, as they are practical. And the best thing is that a great statement bag is the easiest way to add a little pop of colour to your outfit, and to show off your personality. Even if everyone else has the same one as you, you all wear it differently, so it may as well be a one-of-a-kind bag.

Women often say that their puppy is like their little handbag. It’s the other way around for me. My bags are like my puppies, only cleaner. Just like how I love to hug and kiss Julio and Simba, I love to hug and kiss my bags. I pet and feed both (I feed my bags wallets, keys, makeup and countless random receipts), and my outfit is never complete without one or the other.

♫ ♪ Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz

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Givenchy bag; vintage dress; Miu Miu sunglasses; Forever21 heels

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The countdown has begin… Even though it’s holiday time, December is definitely the busiest time of the year. I’ve got my birthday, many friends’ birthdays, Christmas, and New Year’s. How’s an old person like myself supposed to survive it all?! There’s so many people to see, and so much planning and eating to do.

This year especially has come and gone so quickly, that I feel like it was only April a few weeks ago. Where did all the time go? What did I even do? I’m not into New Year’s resolutions… why wait until the beginning of a new year to make life changes and set new goals for yourself? But I definitely feel like I need to stop and live more in the now, so that each moment is truly appreciated for what it truly is: wonderful.

♫ ♪ Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding

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French Connection top; ASOS trousers; Kids necklace; RMK heels

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I realised the other day that I don’t dress that much differently when I’m on and off duty. Sometimes I wear the same thing when I’m just at home or when I’m doing my errands, and when I’m getting brunch and catching up with friends over coffee or drinks. The only real difference is accessories, and mainly, high heels. Heels dresses up even your loungey-est wardrobe. So they’re a must-have in your bag, when you go out during the day. You never know when the day leads you to the night, and God forbid you be underdressed for a nice night out.

♫ ♪ I Want You Back – The Jackson 5

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Topshop top and sunglasses; Chosen by Tuchuzy pants; Yves Saint Laurent heels

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I love wrap dresses, capes, robes, and D) All of the above: kimonos. I love the slight oriental feel (or if it’s from Japan, the great oriental feel), and how it’s the perfect summer trend. No matter what you’re wearing underneath: jeans, bathers, pyjamas, or nothing, a kimono adds just the right amount of chic to your look. And if you wear them with killer heels, then you’ve got yourself one fierce, sophisticated outfit.

The kimono was once the hero of boho style, but I think it’s now gone mainstream. As the warm weather sets in, we need a piece of clothing that we can simply throw on, and which will instantly project effortless, ethereal summer style. A kimono does just that. You can wear it from the beach to the bar, and day or night, a kimono is just what you need.

♫ ♪ He Can Only Hold Her – Amy Winehouse

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Fictional Objects kimono; Sanita clogs; ASOS sunglasses

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How To Get Through Hump Day #8

I admit that I’m not really a fan of exercise… it’s exhausting, sweaty, and turns me into a hot, bruised tomato. But beyond health and fitness, I appreciate the value of exercise. When I run, I run to music and I’m in the zone. I don’t see, do, or even think anything but run towards what seems like an impossible destination.  I want to give up most of the time, but the feelings of relief and accomplishment I get when I finally get to the very real destination makes all the pain worth it.

Actually getting myself out of bed to actually go for a run is the hardest part. But I have two tricks. The first is widely known: get some proper fitness gear (that you actually like). You spend the money on it so you feel you have to use it, it’s incredibly comfortable yet fit for purpose, and it’s like when you put on a suit to help you focus at work… it actually makes you mentally (as well as physically) prepared to work out. My second trick is get an exercise buddy. Sharing the pain always makes it easier. My buddies are always Julio and Simba. They love running with me, and no matter how far I run, they’re always right next to me (unless they have something to sniff or another dog to chase). The smiles on their faces definitely give me the support I need to keep going.

If I only exercise once a week, it’s always on Wednesday. You don’t need the gymLike with exercise, sometimes on Wednesdays it’s almost impossible getting out of bed, and even harder to keep going without giving up and getting back in bed. But when you’re up and moving, it can get better. You might even feel good in the end.

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Being from Melbourne, black has always been my colour. But I’ve begun to realise that white (and off-white) basics are overtaking my wardrobe. Not that I’m complaining… white is the softer, more delicate sister of black, and I’m starting to really appreciate the crisp statement of a ‘white out’ look.

Like with black, I can’t imagine white ever going out of style. It’s an iconic mark of summer, but it transcends seasons, and is classy all year round. And whether you’re dressing for business, a night out, or just casually, white is for you. It’s sophisticated, smart, and relaxed all at the same time. It’s cool, but also very hot.

I accept that white is a risky colour. It’s easy to ruin, and sometimes it’s annoyingly see-through. But what is life without risks?

♫ ♪ The Moss – Cosmo Sheldrake

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Dorothy Perkins top; Christopher Esber dress; old school hat; Prada sunglasses; Forever21 heels

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