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
A shirt and shorts outfit is still a favourite combination of mine. Casual, but cool.
MRP Men’s Shirt | Landes Warehouse Shorts | Nakedvice Bag + Silk Scarf | Jeffrey Campbell Mules | Ray Ban Sunglasses
Photos | Reannon Smith
In my ideal world, these 3 outfits would be the only ones I needed for the rest of 2016.
THE EVERYDAY EDIT
SHIRT | JEANS | SHOES | BELT | CLUTCH
THE BEACH EDIT
SWIM | HAT | SUNGLASSES | SHOES
THE NYE EDIT
DRESS | EARRINGS | BAG | SHOES
As Melbourne starts to turn up the weather we can all turn to simpler, minimalistic silhouettes to avoid the heat.
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*
This dress is a perfect LBD for me, (and it was actually an H&M sale item!). Its long sleeves and deep v work together to create a sexy, yet low key vibe. Safe to say it’s now a wardrobe staple! As usual, I’ve paired it with my leather jacket, a choker necklace (actually a ribbon) and Ray-Bans to toughen it up. Black suede mules and my Nakedvice Olivia bag add a touch of difference to the outfit. And a lace bralette peeks out to add texture.
I’ve also noticed that I rarely wear my jacket as an actual jacket, I just sling it over my shoulders! #Fashun
Have you ever had a sale bargain that turned into a wardrobe staple?
H&M Dress | Topshop Leather Jacket | Nakedvice Olivia Bag | Charles & Keith Mules | MRP Hoop Earrings | Kat the Label Bralette
Photos by Reannon Smith
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
All photos taken and edited by me
*necklace gifted by HOMA the label*
Usually, I shoot in front of a plain white wall, but this time Reannon and I explored Fitzroy/Collingwood to find different backgrounds to use.
It was fun to explore the different effects that the use of a contrasting background created (how cool is that purple wall!)
I chose a simple outfit of a slip dress and tee that I have been dying to wear for a while now, but the Melbourne weather has been way to temperamental and I absolutely hate that cold breeze that can pick up in the shade! I have also been loving my Gucci Princetown Slippers, they are the perfect shoe to class up a simple jeans and tee outfit. They also transport me back to my Malaysian holiday and how nervous I was to enter the Gucci store at Suria KLCC Shopping Mall in KL!
Cotton On Tee | Isabelle Quinn Silk Dress | Nakedvice Bag | Gucci Shoes
I was lucky enough to be contacted by the lovely Reannon, who is an amazing photographer, and she wanted to photograph me!
Below are the results of her talent, be sure to follow her on insta to see more of this brilliant lady
I also love how this dress has swishy, witchy vibe to it. Reminds me of Halloween!
Topshop Jacket | H&M Dress | Tony Bianco Boots | Nakedvice Belt and Bag | Ray Ban Sunglasses
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.
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.
Vaniday also has an app for Android and Apple – making it perfect for booking that lunch time trim or weekend spa refresh
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
I’ve finally found the perfect pair of Mom jeans! High rise – check! Straight Leg – check! Black – check!
Also new in my wardrobe is this L/S top, which I also purchased in black.
In other news, my hair is getting ridiculously thick. I feel like a new style is in order… maybe a fringe to shake it up?
Wearing: Asos L/S Top | Nique Slip Dress (worn as top) | Asos Mom Jeans | Tony Bianco Boots | Nakedvice Belt + Bag