KEEP IT CLEAN

 

Ever since I begun to reduce my plastic use in 2017, I noticed that quite a few of the cleaning products came in plastic. The ingredients label was also filled with unnatural sounding names and I wasn’t sure what I was actually using!
I then switched to Earth Choice Multi-purpose spray, while being much better for the environment –  it caused my partner and I to violently sneeze whenever we used it!

Once that was all used up (I hate to waste things!), I researched for natural alternatives. I came across using essential oils and common household products such as vinegar and bicarb soda as cleaning aids. I then discovered that people living a zero-waste lifestyle used ingredients such as these. Why buy multi-purpose cleaner when I can make my own and save money?

One of the most mentioned oils was Eucalyptus. It’s a common oil, usually readily available in every household. I can still remember my mum using it when I was sick as it has antibacterial properties.
The other common oil was Lemon. I had never use a lemon oil myself, but the smell of a fresh lemon is so uplifting and it’s sure to make any household chore much more pleasant!

 

 

It was during my research that I got an email from Amanda from Naturally Nature, she reached out to me offering me some teachings on essential oils and their uses. Talk about timing!
Amanda is a qualified Aromatherapist and really knows her stuff. She sent me some of her notes from her Aromatherapy workshops and it has now become my oil bible.

Amanda also invited me to try two of her cleaning essentials, Eucalyptus oil and Lemon oil. Once I received these I got straight to making my own multi-purpose spray with the recipes Amanda recommended.

 Disinfectant Spray:
I cup White Vinegar
I cup Water
6 Drops of Lemon
6 Drops of Eucalyptus
 Mix all together in a clean spray bottle. Use as you would a regular spray and wipe.
Great for places that need extra antibacterial action such as the bathroom. 
*as with any new cleaning item, please do a small patch test. Vinegar does contain acetic acid which some surfaces can have a reaction too.*

I used an old stainless steel spray bottle I had kept from my hairdressing days. You can use whatever you feel like, but try to repurpose what you already have. Even an old plastic store-bought spray bottle is perfectly fine to use.

I tried out this spray on my bathroom sink and while the vinegar smell takes a little bit of getting used to, it cleans better than a store bought cleaner and it didn’t send me into fits of sneezing. WIN!

I can see this solution being my main go-to for cleaning. It’s so much easier to make your own spray rather than rushing out to the store to buy a new one when you run out. Its also much more environmentally friendly as you can buy vinegar in bulk and you are reusing the same container over and over again minimizing plastic waste. You are also not buying one product for just one use. Vinegar and essential oils have so many more uses!

For more about essential oils and their myriad of uses, follow Naturally Nature on Instagram and Facebook

Do you have any go-to cleaning solutions or love using a particular oil? let me know in the comments!

*Oils gifted by Naturally Nature, all opinions are my own*

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SPRING RACING

It’s finally Spring! The days have gotten longer, the sun is actually out and we don’t need 50 layers

It’s also Spring Racing time – although I’m not the biggest fan of the actual racing, I do love to see the outfits. The people who break the style rules are the ones to watch, whether it be a pantsuit instead of a dress or earrings instead of a fascinator, it’s cool to see how individuals take on the rules for Spring Racing

Image credits: Vogue.com, Vogue.comVogue.com

 

As the big day approaches, you can hear the frantic slam of wardrobe doors and the wails of “I have nothing to wear”! all over Melbourne

But look a little closer and you will find that you can reinvent that dress from last season with a few accessories. Still convinced that you need to buy everything new? Then follow me to Vinnies...

Wearing: COS jumpsuit | Fascinator/Bag/Shoes/Earrings - Vinnies

 

Traditionally Derby Day is reserved for a monochrome outfit. Think all black, all white or a mixture of the two. This is definitely the day for me!

Although I didn’t have a flowy dress that was perfect for spring racing hiding in the back of my wardrobe, I did have this jumpsuit that was just waiting for its time to shine
By adding thrifted accessories, I created a classic monochrome look that is perfect for Derby Day

The Fascinator originally had a giant tan bow on it, that wasn’t exactly the look I was going for so I cut it off
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your opshop finds, by cutting/bejeweling/distressing them, you can make them one of a kind!

The Glo-mesh bag gives the outfit a vintage twist. It also has a detachable strap that can even be worn as a belt or necklace

These shoes were my bargain for the day at only $8. They have barely been worn and complete the outfit perfectly

But say you weren’t a fan of fascinators or wanted a more casual look?

Wearing: COS Jumpsuit | Sunglasses - Neubau Eyewear| Hat/Clutch/Shoes - Vinnies

 

Simply grab a felted hat, a smaller clutch and some sunglasses. The hat tones down the dressy look of the jumpsuit and the clutch gives it more practicality. I would even ditch the heel and slide on a classic loafer shoe to keep me comfortable

Playing with accessories is a great way to transition any look. By adding colourful accessories this jumpsuit can be reworked for another event. You could even tie a beautifully printed scarf into your hair, wear big earrings instead of a hat. The possibilities are endless and thrifted accessories are the best way to let your personality shine through and avoid the cookie cutter store trends

I love to shop at Vinnies as I never know what I’m going to find. An example of that was this beautiful Witchery dress that is basically brand new! I loved the floaty style and thought it would be perfect for Emirates Stakes day or Crown Oaks day

I imagined this dress with a beautiful straw boater hat, but unfortunately, I didn’t find one – such is the luck of op shopping!

Luckily the dress still looks stunning when paired with a simple felt hat and a low suede heel. The brown heel adds a nice contrast. Again I used my Glo-mesh bag as a clutch

Wearing: Thrifted Vinnies Dress | Neubau Eyewear- Sunglasses | Bag/Hat/Shoes - Thrifted Vinnies

 

I absolutely love that all the accessories that I found can be rotated with each dress and can even become staples within my wardrobe

Anyone considering buying a new outfit for the Spring Races should first visit their wardrobe to scope out what dresses they have. Even the most simple dress can look new season with the right accessories. Then visit Vinnies for some Spring Racing inspiration. Even the plainest fascinator can be tweaked to add some personality

So go out there and embrace your local Vinnies and get creative! If you need a little help, just let me know…

I’d love to hear about your Vinnies finds. Comment below!

 

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VINNIES X IRONIC MINIMALIST

The denim in my wardrobe hasn’t been getting enough of a workout recently. I’ve been wearing my favourite pair of pants basically every single day.

Maybe I needed a bit of inspiration to find new ways to style my denim, luckily Vinnies invited me to their August Denim challenge.

Since I love nothing more than finding the perfect op shop bargain, I accepted. Their challenge was to style denim 4 different ways chosen by me.

I headed to my favourite Vinnies on Johnston st that very weekend and got straight to work. After a bit of trial and error with the jeans section (I’m very particular with the style of my denim), I decided to use my existing two pairs of jeans and find some tops/jackets/shirts to wear with them. As any avid thrifter will tell you, it’s always a game of chance when shopping in a thrift shop. You may not find the exact thing you are after, but I think that is the beauty of it. Will you score a vintage Chanel bag or the perfect oversized wool jacket?

After finding my key items (sadly no vintage Chanel, but I did score a really cool 80’s style jumpsuit!) I headed back home to style them.

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Vinnies Shirt | Asos Jeans | Nakedvice Belt | Dr Martens | Camberwell Market Bag

My first look had to be double denim, something I haven’t been a fan of in the past, but I really love this look and I feel it’s very “Brunswick”.

The shirt is an extremely oversized vintage denim shirt that I tucked into my “mom” jeans to give some shape. The bag was also a Sportsgirl vintage score from the Camberwell Sunday Market

I feel like you could also wear this one with a pair of skinny pants and belt it at the waist to give some shape.

Vinnies Grey Knit | Asos Jeans | Vintage Leather Jacket | Nakedvice Belt | Acne Boots| TDE Bag

My next Vinnies find was a grey loose fit turtle neck jumper. I am actually obsessed with high neck tops/jumpers, so I loved this little find.

Again, I used my “mom” jeans and tucked the top in. This look is a perfect casual weekend look. My leather jacket is a wardrobe staple, so that had to make an appearance!

Vinnies Silk Dress | Lee Jeans | Vintage Leather Jacket | COS Heels | TDE Clutch

I don’t usually wear jeans if I (ever) go out. But this silk Lover dress is a perfect addition to skinny jeans and block heels for a casual catch up with friends. I just tucked it in to make it wearable for the cooler weather.
You could also add a touch of deep red lipstick to glam it up.

Vinnies Shirt | Lee Jeans | Vintage Leather Jacket | COS Heels| TDE Bag

Lastly, I couldn’t resist browsing the men’s section. It’s one of my favourite sections for oversized shirts and jackets, (I even found an awesome Qantas PJ set from there!)
This is kind of what I would imagine I would wear in a casual office situation. The oversized white shirt classes up the skinny jeans.

Ever since embarking on my Zero Waste lifestyle, I have discovered that op shopping is an environmentally friendly way to save money and still look good. In all honesty, would you have known that the above looks are from an op shop? So be like Macklemore and hit up your local thrift store before your local Zara.

Thank you to Vinnies
**Sponsored post – all opinions + images are my own**

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BLAAX

I recently wrote an article about Living a Minimal Styled life for Australian watch brand, BLAAX.

BLAAX create minimalistic inspired watches for everyday wear. Their range features simple, refined watches with clean faces and contrasting bands (which you can interchange).

My favourite watch is the Asher, which features a grey leather band and white face with black hands. I love that the Asher is so simple, yet has that pop of soft colour with the grey band – perfect to pair with a monochrome outfit.

BLAAX and I are offering you 15% off any BLAAX purchase. Just enter JENNA15 when you checkout!

You can follow BLAAX on Instagram and Facebook to find out about new collections and special offers

Photos from Blaax Instagram

 

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O V E R S I Z E D

I’ve been loving slightly oversized knits as of the past few weeks. They provide so much warmth and look amazing with just some skinny jeans.
This particular knit from Clover and Alice is a perfectly oversized fit.
I actually sized up to a medium so I could wear it tucked into my jeans, a little trick to give oversized items a bit more shape.

The addition of the high neck top underneath adds warmth and contrast. All I need to add is my jacket and I am good to go

Follow Clover and Alice for all your winter wardrobe needs!

Clover and Alice Knit | Lee Jeans | Nakedvice Belt and Bag | COS earrings and black top | Tony Bianco shoes

Photos By Julian Barnes

 

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S I M P L E

On the weekend I like to keep it simple. Culottes, long sleeve top, leather jacket = easy

Is there a go-to look that you wear on the weekend?




Vintage Leather Jacket | H&M Long Sleeve Top | Black Plum Culottes* | Tony Bianco Boots | Nakedvice Bag

Photos by Reannon Smith

*on loan

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C O A T S E A S O N

The one thing that makes me excited about Autumn/Winter is the wide array of coats available. Everything and anything goes as long as you are warm! And now that the Autumn/ Winter season is upon us in Australia, it’s time to stock up on coats. There is nothing better than a warm, snuggly coat hugging you on a freezing cold day. Even better if it looks good!

This oversized military inspired coat from ICE express is the perfect accompaniment on a dreary winter’s day. Paired with either jeans or some statement pants, this coat is ideal for whatever the season throws at you. Rug it up even more with an extra woollen layer underneath and a cable knit scarf for warmth.

Do you have a favourite style of coat?
Or any key tips for keeping warm during winter?

 

 

Wearing: ICE Coat, ASOS long sleeve Top, COS Pants, Nakedvice Backpack, Gucci Loafers

Love this coat? Contact me for suppliers

*Coat on loan from ICE Express*

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Waste Not, Want Not

Since we have all been affected by the “Kondo Decluttering Bug” we all have mountains of stuff that no longer sparks joy!

But what do we do with all those unwanted pieces of clothing? They are still too good to throw away, and there is no time/don’t have enough items for a market stall. We can donate them!

There are numerous organisations that can take your unwanted items (but don’t donate stuff that can’t be resold, it usually goes to landfill). Both Vinnies and Salvo’s are great, but one stand out is the Ecoture, Waste not, Want not Kick Start Drive. The idea behind the program is that pre-loved clothing and accessories can be donated to them and they will ensure they find a good home. Two of the not-for-profit companies they are partnered with are Wear for Success and St Kilda Gatehouse.

Wear for Success provides professional clothing and work skills training to the unemployed to help support them on their career journey. St Kilda Gatehouse is an organisation that works alongside those involved in street base sex work and helps to counsel them through any tough issues. Both of these organisations routinely need clothing and other items (full lists can be found on both links) to help provide the ongoing help to people in need.

Ecoture will also reward you with Ecoture loop points, which can be redeemed for future discounts and savings, on every donation. To donate some pre-loved clothing of your own (please ensure it is clean, in good condition and can still be worn) head over to Ecoture for details

Follow me on Instagram and view my Instastories to see what I donate!

*Post in conjunction with Ecoture – Waste Not, Want Not Drive*

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The Tee + Jeans Combo

I can never go past a good tee and jeans combination. Usually its black jeans and black/white tee, but in this case its blue jeans!

Not usually one for blue denim, but I fell in love with the light colour and “mum” jeans look of them. So comfortable

Ice Express the label has been an Australian boutique label for over 40 years. Recently, with the help of an amazing design and creative team (fronted by Claudia Roberts) it was relaunched to create the current, trend driven label it is now. Featuring garments that reflect the must-have pieces for the current season, just like these jeans!

Ice Express the Label jeans | Topman tee | Nakedvice belt & bag | Rayban Sunglasses | Jeffrey Campbell mules

Photos by Reannon Smith

*In collaboration with Ice Express Label, all opinions & styling are my own*

Thank you to Claudia, Serena and Sophie for lending me these amazing samples!

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Deliciously Matcha x Ironic Minimalist

I’m constantly drinking green tea, especially as I blog as I find it calms me and enables me to focus. So when I heard that Matcha, had a higher level of antioxidants than regular green tea I was keen to try!
Read all about Matcha’s health benefits here, perfect for that “new year, new me” resolution 

Luckily, Deliciously Matcha sent me a sample of their Culinary Matcha Green Tea.
Deliciously Matcha sources their Matcha from Uji in Japan, located near Kyoto the birthplace of Japanese Green tea.
They have two grades of Matcha, Culinary Matcha Green Tea (which has a robust flavour suited for cooking) and Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea (which produces a delicate flavour and is used for drinking).

I decided to try one of Deliciously Matcha’s recipes for something a little different.
Matcha Muesli Bars are a no bake, sugar-free treat, that are surprisingly sweet and highly addictive (I could have eaten the entire batch in one sitting!)

Next, I am keen to try the Chia Pudding!

*Sample sent by Deliciously Matcha, but all opinions are my own*
*Supported by Shopping links*

 

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