5.11.14

HALF LIGHT


(Zara Oversized Jacket in Light Mink, Jeans, Messenger Bag, Shirt and Birkenstock Arizonas)  

In the comfort of the early morning I finally find myself able to indulge in all things fall. Big plush knits, ripped jeans and an array of crisp white shirts are definitely topping my list of most-coveted items for the cooler months. I love the enveloping effect of this cardigan and its blanket-like texture that is oh so cozy. Worn here with my trusty birks (perfect for in-between-seasoning) and dishevelled bed hair for an early morning amble in the half-light. 

11.10.14

GREEN BEAUTY


All Products available at THE DETOX MARKET

A few nights ago I was lucky enough to work for the detox market at a 'Fall make-up' Green Beauty event with the utterly gorgeous (inside and out) NYC based celebrity makeup artist and green beauty advocate Katey Denno. Incidentally she also runs the blog 'The Beauty of It Is', which is an awesome mix of how to's and all you need to know about green beauty. As well as having my makeup done by Katey in a demonstration and handpicking a gift bag of amazing products (see details below), I also learned a tonne about what ingredients we should try to avoid in beauty products to help reduce our overall toxic intake. It is amazing how many drugstore and high-end products are not only cheapened by the use of 'filler' ingredients but also contain substances that are known carcinogens! It is my feeling that we as consumers should be doing our best to boycott products and companies that continue to use these ingredients despite the known risks. 

If you'd like a cheat sheet for what to avoid head on over to The Chalkboard Magazine's Beauty Section or check out this 'Never List' of ingredients to avoid which can be printed out and kept in your purse for everyday reference. Also, if you're in LA I would really recommend heading to The Detox Market on Beverly Boulevard to check out all that they have to offer. They are also offering a site-wide online discount for the next two days so now is a great time to try some green products.

This multi-purpose product is the perfect middleman between cleansing and applying serum as well as delivering a hydration boost when spritzed on the face throughout the day. It contains Bilberry and Neem Leaf which are antibacterial and work to tighten and tone, Fennel Seeds that fight inflammation and Marshmallow Root to brighten, as well as many other natural ingredients for skin rejuvenation. It also smells amazing! 


This super-fine powder is the perfect natural way to combat a shiny T-zone and to reduce the appearance of pores. This powder is so finely milled that it would be impossible to make this product look 'cakey' when dabbed over the top of foundation/BB cream. Most importantly it is paraben and silicone free!    

This shimmering rose gold loose pigment reminds me of 'Naked' Pigment from MAC and is perfect lightly dusted on the centre of the lid for added dimension.  

I've been searching for a kabuki brush for quite a few months now and this one is a great price as well as being vegan and ridiculously soft. The handle is made of bamboo. 

This deliciously scented raw and organic lip balm is formulated with only natural oils such as coconut, sweet almond and jojoba oil for a perfectly moisturised lip. 

It's chocolate with coconut...what's not to love?! 

28.9.14

PARALLEL



Finally some colder weather here in the forever sunny city of angels! 

The colder weather has forever heralded the start of a new sporting season. Back home in Australia the cooler months are celebrated with a pie and beer at the Aussie Rules Football (Go the mighty Sydney Swans) and here in Cali I am getting back into my second season of american football with my adopted team, the Chicago Bears! Along with some football, I have also finally been able to hike again this weekend as the slightly cold mornings and warm sun have made for perfect early-morning-hike weather.

This turtleneck (along with the flannel shirt in my last post) are by far my favourite picks from the recent H&M fall collection and I am sure that I will be wearing this repeatedly when the cold weather is here to stay for good. Worn here with my favourite rings from the newest Kontraho collection - Lost Without You, I couldn't be comfier or happier on this cooler day. 

24.9.14

IN CHECK



A slightly longer leather hemline than I am accustomed to paired with some navy croc print slip-ons and the best flannel shirt that the high-street has to offer was my outfit of choice one cooler day last week (we haven't been getting many of those here in LA).

Also pictured are an amazing iced green tea from Romanticising the Bean in Burbank, my coffee table work spread and a certain pugzu puppy that I am sure any of you who follow me on instagram already know. 

Here's to me hopefully being able to layer up in the near future but I'm not holding my breath. 

21.9.14

COZY


 (Zara Knit (Similar) , H&M Long Sleeve Cropped Shirt, Forever 21 Distressed Plaid Cutoffs, DV by Dolce Vita Boots (Similar), Prada Saffiano Medium Tote Bag, Kontraho 'Prism' Necklace)

A cozy early morning outfit for some pre-casting croissant breakfast shenanigans in the valley. This cardigan is by far my favourite budget knit find of the season as it was just such a good price (only $19.95). I can't find the exact one online anymore as I am guessing it is now sold out but it may still be in store so keep your eyes peeled! Its the perfect weight for the cooler mornings in LA whilst still allowing me to be ready for the inevitable afternoon heat.      

15.9.14

PARIS VINTAGE


(Vintage Harley Davidson Tee and Vintage Belt, Ksubi Albuquerque Cutoffs, Steve Maden Lanii Pony Hair Flats, Kontraho 'Prism' Necklace, UO Sunglasses)  

The stifling valley heat and our broken car AC are making for some incredibly trying living conditions in LA at the moment. We have been surviving the heat by hiding out indoors and getting the bulk of our outdoor tasks done in the early morning. This vintage tee and cutoff combo is my go to for hanging around the house and running errands as it is has the perfect sun protection to breatheability ratio (unfortunately this is what my sartorial choices are boiling down to this week). Fingers crossed the weather will cool so I can start living the fall-dream that everyone else in the northern hemisphere has begun to enjoy.  
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