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The new Kenzo tiger sweatshirt is definitely the Acne Studios L.NYG. 23 Beta sweater. Whether you’re going out, running errands, or just getting food, the Beta sweater is pretty much perfect. Surprisingly versatile, perfectly coloured, and beautifully cut, it’s sure to be a cult classic.

I’m a big sucker for an oversized sweater. Of course, I’m still a girl who loves to get dressed up, but I’m also a creature of comfort. By the time it gets to the weekend, I just want to do as Homer Simpson does, and wrap myself up into a big, toasty cinnamon bun (Mmmmm…. cinnamon bun). Chic apparel that also works as a doona? Yes please!

♫ ♪ Sunshine – All American Rejects

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Acne Studios sweater; vintage dress; Lack Of Color hat; ASOS sunglasses and heels

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Spring has come a week early this year, and for the most part, I’m very happy. I noticed today that flowers are blooming, the sun is out, and generally speaking, the whole world is more beautiful. And I don’t even have to wear my glasses to see it!

Of course, when spring comes to me, it always brings hay fever with it. I forget every year how itchy, watery, and puffy my eyes get. And the sneezing and runny nose! But, hay fever is a natural thing, and if it had to happen, I’m glad it happens in spring (obviously, pollen is most prevalent during spring, so it all makes sense) because at least the world is at its prettiest, and so it’s easy to forget about the bad, instead focussing on all the good. And with Zyrtec and sunglasses, hay fever is nothing at all!

♫ ♪ With Just One Glance You – Nicolas Jaar

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Topshop top; Carven skirt; Little Lost Land sunglasses; Lack Of Color hat; Tony Bianco heels; necklace bought in Thailand

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Oops!… They Brought DenimBack Again

Okay, so I don’t want to talk about everything I loved and didn’t love about the MTV VMA’s on Sunday (or the Emmy’s last night), but I couldn’t not talk about Katy Perry and Riff Raff’s red carpet looks. If you didn’t know better, you’d be like “Denim everything? That’s so early 00′s, NO!” Although you’d technically be right, it was magnificent. They channelled the early 00′s biggest power couple: Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, who rocked up at the 2001 American Music Awards in full denim getups. That time, it wasn’t a joke.

The 2014 tribute was both an expected an unexpected success. It was so wrong and so right at the same time. It was near perfection as well… Katy Perry carried a very-Britney denim clutch to match, but where was Riff Raff’s JT-inspired denim hat? Now all I want is to go back to when JT and Britney were a thing…

Nothing beats the original.

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Susie Lau is the epitome of quirky-cool, and so today I released my inner ‘style bubble’. If she’s taught me anything, it’s that there’s nothing more fun than layering and mix-matching… and wearing dresses over pants. It’s really quite inspiring how even several years after she pretty much became the queen bee of blogging, she’s stayed true to her own, unique style. She beats trends, and she has killer bangs too!

On a normal day, I’ll wake up in the morning trying to decide if I want to wear pants and a top, or a dress. But today I said yes to everything. Wearing a dress over pants may sometimes seem crazy (but in a good way) when Susie does it, but when the style also comes down the runway, especially for Dior and 3.1 Phillip Lim, you know it’s not as outrageous as you originally thought. I feel like wearing pants underneath a dress makes you automatically more comfortable in an otherwise dressy (pun intended) outfit. And it’s chic, cool, and it hits masculine and feminine at the same time.

♫ ♪ Jenny Don’t Be Hasty – Paolo Nutini

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Shakuhachi shirt dress; Kenzo jeans; ASOS top; Lack Of Color hat; Alexander McQueen clutch; Office heels; Yves Saint Laurent ring; Topshop sunglasses; vintage Kenneth Jay Lane necklace

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Especially when it comes at the end of a very long and stressful week, Friday is a day when I reflect on everything; what I did during the week, and what I intend on doing in the future (normally that means what I intend on doing on the weekend). And today, I’ve been thinking about all of the things I’m grateful for. There are the obvious, like democratic society, food and water, access to education, freedom of speech, good health, and the rest; but then…

I’m grateful for the weekend;

I’m grateful to be living in the world’s friendliest city, which, despite what others apparently think, definitely has the world’s best food;

I’m grateful for culture and art;

I’m grateful for books and film;

I’m grateful for happiness and laughter;

I’m grateful for creativity and imagination;

I’m grateful for diversity and individuality;

I’m grateful for good coffee, which unlike average coffee, is a wonderful mood-lifter;

I’m grateful for Internet connection;

I’m grateful for my wonderful friends and family, including the two best dogs in the world;

I’m grateful for kind strangers, who just with a nice smile can brighten up my day;

And I’m grateful for life’s challenges, which all help me to grow and become who I am.

♫ ♪ The Heart Of Life – John Mayer

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Kenzo sweatshirt; Vintage skirt; Lack of Color hat; ASOS sunglasses and boots

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I’m a high heels girl… at least I thought I was. But lately I’ve been going through a flats stage. There’s no denying that they’re more durable than 15cm stilettos, but then again, they’re not making me 15cm taller!

I’m very much attached to my ASOS brogues. They’re clean, fun, and a little quirky too. And apart from when I first got them, they’re incredibly comfortable. Practically speaking, they’re also great for trans-seasonal wear. They cover up more than your standard sandal, yet more sprightly than a heavy boot. Yes, I’m saying all of these things to make myself feel better for betraying all of my heels…

But actually though, since Audrey Hepburn, stylish women have told us that flats aren’t just for the boys. They can be just as lady-like as heels, and now I’m not letting anyone tell me otherwise.

♫ ♪ Two Shoes – The Cat Empire

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ASOS brogues; Kenzo sweatshirt; Zara skirt; Lack Of Color hat; vintage shirt

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The other night at dinner, someone (obviously a foreigner) asked if my friends and I were going to some sort of performance afterwards. I was confused, why would he think we were going to a performance? Then I looked at my friends, and realised what it was. We were all wearing completely black outfits. “Nope, we’re just all wearing black.”

People from Melbourne love wearing black. I even came across an article in the Sydney Morning Herald titled, “Why Do Melburnians Wear So Much Black?” I’ve said in a previous post that I think it’s because black represents intensity and creativity; two nouns that define Melbourne. But I still find it so funny how we naturally tend to go for black. It’s like how last weekend, when I was trying to work out what to wear for a party, I realised that more than half of my wardrobe was black!

Why change something that works so well? Of course, a lot of the time I want colour, but for the most part, I think black can be just as light and fun!

♫ ♪ Crazy In Love (Beyoncé Cover) – Kadebostany

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Zara dress; ASOS boots; Lack Of Color hat; vintage oversized shirt

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Karl Lagerfeld famously said: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”

I have never bought a pair of sweatpants for myself (although I have stolen a pair off my brother) and even though I accept that there are always exceptions to the rule, I still refuse to get a pair of sweatpants. I understand the point of them though; they’re soft, warm, and comforting in a mad world. Why would I deny myself such happiness?

My answer to this problem is a good slouchy jumpsuit. When you’ve lost control of your life, a jumpsuit can be all you need. It’s slinky, oversized, and slightly dressed down. And it’s easily paired with a structured blazer and heels. You may be dying on the inside, but at least you’ll still look good on the outside!

♫ ♪ You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse

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Angie jumpsuit; ASOS sunglasses and heels; Lack Of Color hat; Victoria’s Secret bra

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As I near the end of my Law degree, I’ve come to realise (I think) why I never did volunteer work, an internship, or any law-related job… or even participate more in uni life. Obviously doing so would look on my resumé, but it wasn’t me. I’m not afraid to be myself, and I didn’t want to try and be someone I’m not. So I didn’t concern myself too much about what all of my peers were doing, and about what everyone was saying I had to do if I wanted a job… I just did what made me happy. Nothing more and nothing less.

So I’ve become more aware of this philosophy in my everyday life. I didn’t care at breakfast this morning when my friends ordered coffee, pressed juices, and the classic Melbourne dish: smashed avocado and feta with poached eggs. I stuck to my water, and I ordered the most delicious breakfast dish I’ve perhaps ever had: spiced tiffin eggs. I do love a good avocado and feta mash, but the tiffin eggs made me so incredibly happy. I’m just thankful that I did what I wanted. Rules of Melbourne Café Breakfast be damned!

♫ ♪ Merry Happy – Kate Nash

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ASOS crop top, sunglasses and shoes; Lack Of Color hat; Topshop skirt; Daisy by Marc Jacobs pendant necklace

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