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I have some pretty big things planned for 2017, so I am excited for it to arrive!

In terms of education, I have finally stared a path to chase a dream that I had for 2 years – to complete a stylist course. I signed up to begin an Australian Style Institute course in Feb. This is a pretty big step for me as I can sometimes lack confidence in myself and what I can create, but this blog has given me confidence to pursue that dream.

Ironic Minimalist will feature some changes as the year progresses. I have an amazing lady taking stunning photos of me and I hope to strengthen that bond in 2017 (Reannon Smith, keep an eye on this lady!)

2016 has been great – it gave me new opportunities and the confidence to push myself!

I am also thankful to each and every one of my readers, friends and the people who have helped me along the path of 2016 <3

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H&M Dress | Landes Store Tee | Nakedvice Belt + Silk Scarf | Jeffrey Campbell Shoes 

Photos | Reannon Smith 

 

 

 

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Vinnies x Ironic Minimalist

Recently Vinnies invited me to take part in their #ExpressYourElf challenge. The idea behind the challenge was to change the way people think about Christmas gift giving and to show that it’s not all about the price people pay, but rather the thought behind the gift.

Shopping at Vinnies not only helps your wallet and the environment, but the profits go to fund the live changing support systems that Vinnies run. Services such as soup vans, shelters for the homeless and The Christmas Appeal.

I was actually really excited about this challenge, I’m an avid shopper of markets (Camberwell Sunday Markets and Fitzroy Saturday Markets being my faves) and love to find a bargain.

The closest Vinnies to me is on Johnston st, Collingwood and it was a small well-stocked space with friendly volunteers.

What I bought:

*White Plant Pot/Vase – I shall gift this with a little plant in it – $3
*Black Plant Pot /Vase – a little fern would look cute in this one -$2
*Japanese Glass Teapot – For the tea lover – $2
*Blush Tealight Holders – So cute! -$1 each
*Pink Tea Cup – perfect pair for the teapot – $1
*Blush Milk Jug – So much blush (I’m obsessed!) can be used for a plant holder, decor item or as a milk jug! -$4
*Own plant*

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Blush is in big time at the moment, Vinnie’s is so on trend!

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I couldn’t leave without buying some clothes!

*Qantas first class Pj’s  – First Class feels without the price! – Pants -$5 Top – $4
*Oversized Pj style Men’s shirt – this one is  so versatile, can be worn as a light jacket, with jeans and boots or even as Pj’s – $3
*Silk Slip Dress – Love a good slip dress, looks amazing layered with a tee underneath – $4


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Can you believe I only paid $16 for all these?

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Overall my shopping expedition came to exactly $30 and I am so happy with all my little gifts, I found a lot more than I initially planned!

Vinnies really impressed me with the quality of their pieces in store, its the perfect place to source anything from little gifts to home decor items or even some basics for your wardrobe without paying $$$

So if you want to make a change this Christmas, give Vinnies visit for your Christmas needs.

*Gift cards were gifted from Vinnies Australia*
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Minimalistic Silhouettes

As Melbourne starts to turn up the weather we can all turn to simpler, minimalistic silhouettes to avoid the heat.

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I have been after a simple shift dress in black for quite some time now. My search started when I saw a girl walking down the street wearing a simple black shift dress, black boots and a “don’t care” attitude, I instantly wanted a dress like hers.

My search was finally over in early November when Landes Warehouse held their famous Warehouse Sale. Now if you have never been to Landes Warehouse, I urge you to go right now! Their stores are literally jam packed with bargains from brands such as Mink Pink, Somedays Lovin, Evil Twin and my personal favourite, Staple the Label.

After a (free!) hot chocolate and meeting the lovely sales assistants, I was ready to shop.
I am pretty sure I could have done 7+ rounds of the store and STILL find something that I hadn’t seen before! Once I had my hands full it was off the change rooms where the girls were unpacking even more stock!

I selected my top 4 and headed to the counter (I seriously could have chosen 10 more pieces but unfortunately my wardrobe is so beyond full!)
Everyone was so polite and I even got to see old friends (Hey Erin!)

Those 4 pieces are sure to become staple pieces over summer. So make sure you visit Landes Warehouse to pick up some unbelievable bargains for yourself or even Christmas presents.

Wearing: Landes Dress | Tony Bianco Slides | Nakedvice Bag | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Photos: Reannon Smith

*Items from Landes were gifted*

 

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HOMA the label x Ironic Minimalist

Anyone who knows me knows that I love marble! It’s the background wallpaper on my phone, my laptop and iPad, so when HOMA the label contacted me asking if I would like one of their beautiful marble creations, I jumped at the chance!

HOMA the label is a small, Melbourne based business run by Cassandra and her team. They create beautiful marble inspired accessories, which are unique in their patterned design, so each one is as individual as you! Their current design, the mrbl necklace, features a lovely marble tube on a delicate silver chain. These beautiful creations are the perfect gift for friends and family.

In fact, HOMA has been lovely enough to let me share this little discount code with you all! Just enter IRONICMINIMALIST15 in the checkout to score 15% off one of these unique marble creations.

You can also follow Homa on insta and facebook to get your marble fix

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All photos taken and edited by me

*necklace gifted by HOMA the label*

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Vaniday x Ironic Minimalist (Part 2)

On Friday I was lucky enough to experience the most amazing facial from Totally Skin & Beauty , all courtesy of Vaniday!

If you missed my last post, Vaniday is the latest beauty and wellness booking website and app. You can find, compare and book anything from a haircut to a massage, anywhere, anytime!

In the days leading up to the appointment, Vaniday sent me a reminder email, which was great as I nearly did forget!

Once I arrived at Totally Skin & Beauty (located on flinders lane), I was greeted warmly and offered a cup of tea. Maryan introduced herself as my beauty consultant and quizzed me on the concerns of my skin and the products I used. She then talked me through each step of the service and how it would benefit my skin.

Maryan was extremely knowledgeable and made me feel totally relaxed during the service. (I was so comfortable, I could have fallen asleep!)
Although my skin is fairly low maintenance, I still needed a good scrub to help by skin glow! Maryan suggested this product for me, which has been amazing so far.

Overall, Maryan and Totally Skin & Beauty was absolutely amazing and I cannot recommend it enough!

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Vaniday x Ironic Minimalist

When Vaniday contacted me with a chance to review their health and beauty booking website, I jumped at the chance!

Vaniday fills that gap in the market that we all needed. A place to discover, compare and book your next beauty service, whether it be a manicure, haircut or massage, Vaniday has it all.

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With a large selection of categories, I was spoilt for choice! I decide to treat myself to a facial from Totally Skin & Beauty.
Once you have selected your service, the booking process is extremely easy. Simply select your desired date and time (Vaniday will then check that there is availability for you), then simply pay via Visa, Mastercard or Amex. You can even select your favourite Beauty therapist or Hair stylist or leave a comment with any special requests.

For me, Vaniday is a lifesaver. I had been searching for a facial salon in my price range for a while and googling was only leaving me confused with a million tabs open! Vaniday provides you with reviews, prices and photos all in one area, taking out the confusion out of trying to find the perfect salon or spa.

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Vaniday also has an app for Android and Apple – making it perfect for booking that lunch time trim or weekend spa refresh

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Follow me on insta to see more about my Vaniday experience – my facial is booked for Friday the 16th and I am so excited, I have not had a facial for over 2 years now!

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Wearing: White MRP Tee | Blessed are the Meek Cardigan | Nakedvice Belt | Lee Jeans | Gucci Slides

Sponsored post – Facial gifted from Vaniday




 

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Boohoo.com x Ironic Minimalist

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The Extreme Layerers see layering as a challenge, not a chore. Underwear over outerwear, jackets over shirts, over dresses – could they BE wearing any more clothes?? With a capacity to wear more outfits at once than anyone else, they casually top off their unique style with a jacket until it’s time to unwrap again.

Boohoo.com recently challenged me to partake in their version of the Olympics, their challenge? Create an ‘Extreme Layered’ look fit to win a Gold Medal but with a budget of £50 ($84 AUD)

So arming myself with the knowledge of a Blogger in the unpredictable weather of Melbourne (sunshine one minute, hail the next!) and taking inspiration from Style Icons and the Fashion Gods (Christine Centenera), I begun.

Finding the perfect combination of the right layers was a challenge in itself! Boohoo.com has an extensive online store and I wanted to add everything to my look! But I stayed true to my style and chose a simple shirt dress ($36) that could be worn over a pair of cropped flared pants ($14), a mesh top ($20) to be worn under the dress and a longline waistcoat ($28). While it may look like a fairly simple outfit, the details make it a standout. Pushing up the sleeves on the dress to expose the mesh top underneath adds a touch of attitude, while also unbuttoning the dress to the top of the pants to complement the flared look. Throwing on the longline waistcoat adds that extra layer and adding a pair of tall black heeled boots finishes the look (sadly my budget didn’t stretch that far, but they can be a purchase for next time).

While technically my look came in over $84, I took advantage of boohoo.com’s current 40% off dresses & tops deal! this brings the total of my look down to $79. Missed out on that deal? Don’t worry! Boohoo.com frequently has great deals for your all your fashion needs!

Also, I just found the perfect bomber jacket over at boohoo.com!

Shirt Dress | Mesh L/S Top | Flared Pants | Longline Waistcoat

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