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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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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L A Y E R S

I am a big fan of layering for Autumn and Winter. And coming from a city where the weather can change in the blink of an eye, it’s important to always have a backup plan.

I know most of us love to cosy up in jumpers and jeans when the cooler weather arrives, myself included! But it makes me sad to see a good portion of my wardrobe just hanging there, only having seen sunlight once or twice…
But there is a solution! Layers! And lately, I can not get enough of them; long sleeves under strap dresses, jackets over turtlenecks, long length over shorter lengths. Anything goes as the weather cools down.

A lightweight trench coat is the perfect essential for those chilly, but still warm days. The classic silhouette and tie-waist option gives it the flexibility to be casual or classy. Paired with skinny jeans and a basic long sleeve top to create a look that can be worn for an evening out or a casual weekend.

COS High Neck top | Tobi Trench Coat| Nakedvice belt and bag |Lee Jeans | Tony Bianco Loafers

I like to know that my entire wardrobe can be utilised fully every season. The key to this is layering those summer dresses with a cosy long sleeve top. Layers like this add an interesting contrast to the outfit and helps keep your wardrobe fresh. Extra layers such as leather jackets finish the look and keep you warm.

The tie back detail on this dress is divine!

H&M Black roll neck top | Tobi Dress | Vintage Leather Jacket | Nakedvice Bag | Cinquante Earrings

The whole ‘tee under slip dress’ was a solid blogger staple last season, I decided to freshen it up by pairing a simple white tee with this blush pink layered jumpsuit. It’s a great outfit for a sunnier Autumn day. Another way to winter proof a playsuit would be to add thigh-high boots and a longer jacket. The addition of the neck scarf is a way to add personality.

Tobi playsuit | Vintage Leather jacket | COS Tee | Nakedvice neck scarf and bag | Tony Bianco Boots

I love that I can change to look of an item and make it suitable for winter wear by adding layers. It’s really worth investing in a solid range of winter basics such as high neck/roll neck long sleeve tops and quality tees (for winter and summer) in core colours such as black, white and grey.

Photos by Reannon Smith

*Items gifted by Tobi. All stylings and opinions are my own*

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F E B R U A R Y

How can it be the first weekend in March already!

For me, February was an exciting month. I started my Stylist course at Australian Style Institute, continued my minimalist lifestyle by buying less, curated my wardrobe to be full of well loved, quality pieces and created a space that I can relax in.

The important thing for me this month was to do only the things that I love to do! That doesn’t mean that I just sit on the couch all day eating chocolate (the dream!) but to do things that make me feel full of energy and are productive. Things like: photoshoots, spending time with my partner and cat, writing content, curating my Instagram and walking home from work.

I am actually really looking forward to the cooler months, this hot weather has gone on for too long and I am missing my knitwear and jeans!

March also brings us VAMFF, which I am really excited for! I have two shows so far. Unfortunately, work commitments meant I couldn’t attend more. But there is always next year! I’m currently browsing my Pinterest for outfit ideas and the temptation to buy a new outfit is almost too much! I’m thinking of a relaxed, yet classic vibe this year, but we shall see what I come up with!

Back to the Stylist course with ASI. If anyone is wondering if they should pursue a career in personal or editorial styling, I would highly recommend an Australian Style Institute course. Not only is Lauren Di Bartolo extremely knowledgeable and inspiring, there is such an amazing amount of support from staff and past students! I’m looking forward to continuing my studying and career with them. On that note, I am looking for 3 people to style for free, so if you know anyone or would love a new outlook on your style, contact me!

Well, that is enough rambling from me! Leave a comment below with any highlights from your February.

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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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3 Q U E S T I O N S

Ever since I was young and discovered the power of my own full-time wage,  I was buying everything and anything. Weekends consisted of buying new things I didn’t need to fit in my already overflowing wardrobe. Supre fluoro slogan tee? yes please! Two for $20 deals? Sign me up!

But as I’ve grown older, I’ve realised that it’s better to create a quality staple wardrobe. See my post about my staple wardrobe here. So to help me create and keep my perfect wardrobe, I ask myself 3 questions with every item I consider buying:



1. What is it made of?
Fibres such as cotton, silk and linen breath better
2. What can I wear it with?
Will it go with my fave jeans, skirt, pants? Can I wear it under my leather jacket?
3. Do I already have something similar to it?
Do I need a 5th white tee?

These questions (along with the cost per wear equation**) helped me to create a wardrobe that I love!

**4. Does the cost per wear balance out?
This is only a question for big purchases (such as my Gucci’s) If I am paying $$$$ for it will I wear it enough to make each wear cost less and less?
E.g: $100 silk shirt worn only twice means that you haven’t gotten a positive cost per a wear. This means you should re-evaluate the things you need in your wardrobe**

I also edited out the colours I never wore. Black, white and grey became my most worn colours, I felt comfortable in them and creating outfits is much easier as everything matches!

To keep my wardrobe from over filling, I clean it out every few months or so. To do this I turn all my hangers the opposite way and then when I place an item back after wearing it, I turn the hanger the right way. After my designated time period, whatever hangers are left facing the wrong way are the ones I re-evaluate and decide if they are to stay or go

You don’t need to spend big on every single item to create a quality wardrobe, some of my most worn pieces have been purchased from the markets, op shops, garage sales or on sale. You just need to take into consideration the above 3 questions and shop smarter.

Tips to create a quality “you” wardrobe:

+ Create a mood board on Pinterest or a physical one if you like. Pin images of anything that inspires you (it doesn’t have to be clothing)
+ Cull your wardrobe. Take out things you don’t wear, donate them or organise a market stall. Be brutal, you aren’t going to wear that mini skirt from 4 years ago.
+ Identify the staple items you need in your wardrobe. (see my post here and I found this one helpful)
+ Make a shopping list for yourself. Try to include quality basics, and items you will wear often. Stick to a basic colour palette. I find this one here is useful.

Creating a quality staple wardrobe will take time and experience. It doesn’t mean you can’t wear the latest trend. Just be more careful with it. Ask yourself if really suits you? Can you borrow it from a friend for an event? Maybe buy a similar item from the op shop/market?

By creating a quality staple wardrobe really helps you to define your style, save money and most importantly – get dressed faster!

 Let me know in the comments below if you have started or are interested in a Minimalist lifestyle!

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J A N U A R Y

As January comes to a close I feel that I should do a little wrap of my month. I hope you all enjoy reading and if you do, please leave me a comment I appreciate the <3.

In January I find that everyone is still settling into the year and enjoying the sunshine. For me, I enjoyed the days off where I concentrated on my blog as I have come to realise that this blog is something that I really want to strengthen this year. Ideally, I would love to work part time and dedicate more time to creating content and focusing on the stylist course that I will begin in February.

I also focused on cleaning up the clutter inside my house. I gave my wardrobe a cull (post to come), decluttered the lounge room and shall hopefully have a market stall in February to get rid of it all! Jenny Mustard and Rachel Aust are two YouTubers that I am really loving. They both focus on Minimalism and give great tips if you are looking to start a minimal lifestyle. Another great document is Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things.

I also started to record my clothing purchases. I’m doing this to stop over-spending and help myself to create a better wardrobe full of pieces that I will actually wear more than once. To make sure that I keep the wardrobe clear, I rotate the hangers to face away from me and then once I’ve worn the item I put it back in with the hanger facing the right way. this means that I can see at a glance what items I haven’t worn much.

As for my New Year Goals (post here), I’ve kept up to date with most of them:

* Post more content/more often – I have backlogged a fair bit of content to post up soon and have a heap of new ideas for content this year. So excited to share them with you all!

* Shop smarter – This year I have cleaned out my wardrobe and purchased items in better fabrics such as silks and linens. I have also had to purchase clothing for work (but I have kept to my wardrobe standards!)

*Eat healthier/Exercise more – I am still working on creating an exercise schedule for myself. I have found that my work schedule doesn’t leave me with much time to exercise, I am either starting work at 6.45 am and finishing at 4 pm or starting at 11 am and finishing at 8 pm! With my morning shifts, I am so tired that exercise is the last thing on my mind. But I am working on creating the time to be healthier.

*Network more/Make opportunities happen – I do have some exciting opportunities for networking coming up, Keep an eye on my Instagram for them!

*Be more productive – I have stopped the endless scrolling! yay!

*No retail job for Christmas 2017 – I have been searching for open positions but nothing has been a success so far. But I am really enjoying my current job.

Overall, I’ve made a lot of positive changes for the month of January. Hopefully, February will bring a whole lot more!

 

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Good Green Box

Two years ago I decided to go cruelty-free with all my cosmetics and skincare. It was an amazing move that made me feel happier knowing that I was making a difference, even if it was small!

Ever since then I have been researching brands that are cruelty-free and unfortunately, they are not as common as one would assume (although this is slowly changing).

When I stumbled upon the Good Green Box subscription service I knew I had to give it a try. Every month a box full of beauty, skincare, haircare and nailcare samples (and one or two full sized). The products are carefully chosen to ensure they are either natural, organic, vegan or cruelty-free.

I received the January box which contained 5 samples and 2 full sized products.

Karen Murrell Lipstick in Carnation Mist
All natural ingredients in a beautiful natural pink colour that glides on smoothly. I love this colour, it’s a natural pink which gives me just a hint of colour.

Pure Deo Co. Natural Deodorant
This is my favourite, the organic coconut oil/shea butter formula moisturises and bicarb soda neutralises odour. 

Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover Wipes
These are another favourite. The wipes remove everything and don’t leave that horrible feeling like an acetone based remover does. The only thing that could make these better, would be if the wipes were bio-degradable 

The Divine Company Certified Organic Gradual Tan Natural Bronzer
I haven’t tried this one yet but I am keen to. The bronzer sample promises to deliver a beautiful bronze glow while moisturising skin with Coconut oil, Aloe Vera and Shea Butter.

Be Genki Body Oils
This one is a beautiful hydrating oil that sinks right into my skin and is 100% organic.

Baimeni Sweet Australian Almond Oil Cleanser
I have never tried an oil based cleanser, so I am interested in trying this one! The oil contains vitamin A, B and E to help keep the skin supple and plump.

All the products are of generous sample sizes and if you love them you can purchase them (usually with a sneaky discount code!)

I will soon be receiving my second Good Green Box, so keep an eye on my Instagram to see what’s inside!
And if you follow Good Green Box on facebook, you may see a sneaky code to get your first box for $10!

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W A R D R O B E

For the past 2 years I have been focusing on re-organising my style and creating a quality wardrobe full of pieces that I enjoy wearing and will wear often. In 2015/2016 I gained some pieces that will remain staples in my wardrobe (Leather Jacket, Gucci slides, Silk Dresses).

These staples can be worn over and over again, reworked with other items and still look good.

My wardrobe essentials include:

* Leather jacket
*Black Cardigan
*Skinny Black Jeans
*Shorts
*Black Pants
*Black, White and Grey Tee
*Black Skirt
*Black and White Shirt
*Quality Boots
*Quality Heels
*Casual Dress/Formal Dress
*Flat shoes such as slides/sneakers
*Accessories such as belts and hats

Building a staple wardrobe for yourself all depends on your personal style. I prefer blacks, whites and grey as a basis for my wardrobe, although I do like to add a touch of seasonal colours such as blush and fatigue.

As you can see from the top image, my wardrobe is getting a bit full. So in the coming weeks I shall be getting all “Konmari” on it!

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