One Piece Swimsuit Luxury

At the moment, on this side of the world it’s winter, with most of us shopping for scarves, boots and knits. But as I am cruising the Pacific Islands in a matter of weeks I have been on a swimsuit finding frenzy. Usually I have much more time to find my favourite swimwear piece before summer hits, but for this holiday I have put all my attention into what I will be doing and have been very slack in planning ‘what to wear’. So, after a semi freak out I hit the shops (and the net) to find something that catches my eye. To my surprise I have become very fond of elegant full piece items and have swapped my usual two piece swimwear style for one piece beauties.

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{Love the open back look by Asos}

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{The plunging fringe by Morpheus}

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{Beautiful colours in this piece by Surf Stitch – Love the neck design}

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{Can’t go past 6 shore road’s crochet piece}

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{Loving the Nude found on ebay}

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{Victoria Secret really does not dissapoint}

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{I find this scuba swimsuit by Asos very sexy}

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{Strapless by Michael Kors – always a classic style}

Nada Prada

A little package arrived today and I couldn’t be more excited. Recently, I have been lusting after these Prada sunglasses, but with their $300+ price tag I really couldn’t bring myself to buy them. However, on a recent search on eBay I found an almost exact replica of these glasses for $2.50.  Yes, that’s right, $2.50. I brought them immediately and thought for that price it was worth the risk of them looking horrible. Verdict, I love them. I think they look fabulous, but you be the judge. What do you think of my $2.50 find? You can find them here.

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{Real Prada’s}

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{my nada find}

I Locked My Heart in New York City

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Whenever I go on holidays I am all for finding interesting, quirky things that the city has to offer. New York was one of those cities that was full of them! However, I found the array of padlocks, locked together on the Brooklyn Bridge, particularly amazing. As soon as I saw them I went crazy with the camera taking snaps of the locks. Ten minutes later I finally noticed all the messages on the locks. It turns out that lovers from all across the world come to New York (and other love hotspots) to lock their hearts with a padlock and throw the key into the river. Apparently it is a sign of eternal love! How neat! I just love finding quirky trends in the cities I visit, especially romantic ones. I can’t lie, I’m a bit of a romantic and the idea of locking your heart in the city of love (and fashion), yep, it’s got my vote.

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{Manhattan is just so photogenic, even in the middle of winter}

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{Brooklyn Bridge}

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{the array of locks, locked together on the Brooklyn bridge}

Gyoza Heaven

If you love gyoza’s/dumplings (or even just like them a little bit) you will love Harajuku Gyoza. Unlike most restaurant trains that only target a certain demographic, whether it be age, class or social status, Harajuku Gyoza is one of those places that is classy, stylish, young and vibrant and family friendly.  Located in Fortitude Valley’s hot and happening Brunswick Street, Harajuku Gyoza has a great atmosphere and feels fun and happening, which suits it’s great location. They have every type of gyoza you can think of including deserts. There is nothing quite like the cherry ripe gyoza.  It’s a must! There’s no doubt that Harajuku should be on everyones “must try” list.

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{love the sign on the front door}

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{plates with different designs used as art work – brilliant idea}

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{by 6pm the line up is out the door}

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{a must try is the cherry ripe and the nutella gyozas on the dessert menu}

Wacky Wednesday

Origin Wednesday is always a huge day in Queensland.  Who can resist great football battling our neighbouring state! But this Wednesday – Wow! Huge for Queenslanders! Not only did our Mighty Maroons play one of the best games of football, but a Queenslander is back running our Country. Love him or hate him, K Rudd is back. Big day for Australia, bigger day for Queensland.

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{best start to the game with Thaiday’s try in the first two minutes of the game – Go Queensland}

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{Watching the game on the big screen at Southbank}

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{in my Maroons jersey supporting my team}

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{big day for QLD, front page of the Courier Mail}

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Running in Heels

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Wedge runners are hot right now. They have the perfect mixture of style – casual, yet the wedge gives them a feminine feel that women all over the world crave. They look super cute with jeans and are an ideal way to spruce up any outfit. On some lazy Sunday afternoons, I want to browse the markets or the boutiques, but often don’t want to get dressed up.  These shoes work wonders when matched with simple jeans and a tee as they give the outfit the right dose of style. They come in many shapes, colours, styles and prices. Check it out here.

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Glitz Vase

Let me just say I am obsessed with glitter and sequins. I love how their sparkle can liven up almost anything and give it a new look. Recently I went to a fashion boutique in Paddington which featured a gorgeous vase that incorporated pretty bright flowers (fresh or fake) in a water bottle vase with a sparkle of sequins. It’s easy to do and it’s a real attention grabbing piece to add to any area of your home.

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To do it yourself you will need : water bottle vase – under $5 at Ikea, a packet of sequins – available at most discount and craft stores less than $3 and a bunch of flowers – fresh or fake.

  1. Add the packet of sequins to the vase and fill the vase with water – close the lid and shake;
  2. Slowly empty the water holding your finger partly over the vase opening to ensure the sequins do not come away with the water;
  3. Once the water is emptied, close the lid and shake again to spread the sequins around;
  4. Finally, add your flowers and style as needed.

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Second Hand Luxury

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I am a huge fan of second hand stores and second hand buys, especially from stores like Lifeline or Salvos. I love this type of shopping because I can support a charity while spotting the best finds, my favourite kind of balance. In my opinion the best vintage pieces lie not in vintage store chains, but instead in flea markets and op (second hand) shops. Lucky for me (and unlucky for my bank account) there is a lifeline store in the building where I work. Today, like most days, I skipped actually eating lunch on my lunch break and instead opted to shop (sometimes it really does feed me more). Today it paid off when I found some gorgeous Wittner shoes, worth over $130 for only $18 in stella condition. Not much can make a Tuesday better than finding a gorgeous piece to add to your wardrobe collection.

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Dior Fashion Display

I like to call myself arty. I love to create great displays, love decor and interior design and am quite crafty. But when it comes to walking around galleries looking at a whole lot of paintings, many of which I don’t understand, I easily get bored. So when my cousin dragged me to Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria to see Monet’s Garden exhibition, I was ready for a long afternoon. To my delight, the gallery was also showcasing the Dior and Yamamoto: The New Look exhibition. It was only a small exhibition that showcased two pivotal moments in the history of fashion through designers Christian Dior and Yohji Yamamoto, but it was amazing and I was in my element. The fashion was divine. I will definitely be adding the style of skirts showcased in the exhibition to my wardrobe. It is truly amazing how the fashion of our history pays such a vital role in the world of future design, shapes it, and more often than not the history of our past becomes a part of our future again. Styles may fade but fashion truly is eternal.

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{I had to restrain myself at the gallery bookshop, was so tempted to buy the Dior book and many others}

Cupcake Jewels

Cupcakes are amazing. They look gorgeous, taste delicious and are just the right size for a snack. I have had many parties with cupcake displays, not only for the practicality of the easy dessert, but also for the appearance of all the pretty cupcakes on the stand. However, my house lacks space and as soon as the party is over I am stuck trying to find a place for the bulky, all be it gorgeous stand. Instead of trying to find a place to store the stand, I added some cute cupcake papers and displayed my many petite bracelets and necklaces. It’s practical (great for jewellery storage) and a real pretty piece to lighten up any room.

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