Book Club: IT by Alexa Chung

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Book Club: IT by Alexa Chung

     Alexa Chung: A woman so stylish, I bring a photo of her every time I get my hair done. The model and writer is known for her effortlessly chic lob, cat-eye eyeliner, and most importantly, her impeccable taste in clothing. I've long been a fan of Alexa's Parisian-tomboy style, so when I saw this book on the shelf, I had to have it. (It didn't hurt that the cover is the most amazing shade of blush - too cute to not buy!)

Originally published in 2013, It is a collection of anecdotes, doodles, beautiful photographs, and style tips. It's a short read, taking me a little more than an hour to finish; it's also more of a journal than a story, but so incredibly aesthetically pleasing, I didn't mind a bit.

In It, Alexa shares her style inspirations (who knew Wednesday Addams was one of her favourite style icons?), bits about her childhood and snippets of her private life. Other fashion idols discussed include Jean Shrimpton, Kate Moss, and Jane Birkin.

Throughout the book, Alexa's personality shines through the pages, revealing a funny, quirky, lazy girl who is a bit like all of us, really. And while it may not be a life-changing book, the feeling of snooping through a stranger's journal made it an entertaining read at 1 a.m. Trust me when I say that It would make a lovely addition to any coffee table.


Book Club: IT by Alexa Chung

Will you be reading It by Alexa Chung?

Simple Ways To Practice Minimalism

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Simple Ways To Practice Minimalism

     Although I'm far from a minimalist, I've always been curious about the minimalist lifestyle. It sounds so wonderfully freeing to be able to live with less; some are even able to fit all their possessions in a few boxes! I remain a collector at heart, though, and let's be real: there's no way I'm fitting all my clothes in a couple of suitcases.

I've collected a few tips for not-quite-minimalists like me. With these simple ways to practice minimalism, there's no need to go on an overwhelming decluttering binge. Just cut out a little unnecessary clutter, and make more room for the things you love. Read on to find out how!


Streamline Your Wardrobe.


Cleaning out the closet is one of the more time-consuming tips on this list, but extremely beneficial in terms of feeling lighter. The start of a new season is the perfect time to do this. Start by getting rid of anything damaged beyond repair or ill-fitting. Go through your Summer clothes, and donate anything you didn't wear all season. I recommend trying out the Konmari Method. Next, box those you choose to keep up and put them back in your closet for next year. Now you've given all your Fall/Winter clothes room to breathe, and no longer have to search through your wardrobe for something to wear every morning.

Choose Quality Over Quantity.


When shopping, avoid buying clothes that are super trendy (will only be worn for a season) or poorly made. Opt instead for durable, well-made pieces that you know will last, and items you absolutely love. If you're not sure about something, wait a few days before purchasing; chances are the urge to buy it will pass.

Simplify Your Morning Routine


One of the best ways to boost your mood all day is to start it on a good note. Don't wake up and immediately grab your phone to check emails; leave work for later. Take time in the morning to eat a good breakfast, enjoy your coffee, maybe even meditate (personally, I like to do yoga in bed). Enjoying simple pleasures without multitasking is very minimalistic.


Simplify Your Online Presence. 


I'm a big believer in this one. Having multiple social media accounts to keep up with can be exhausting and time-consuming. Try to pare down to one or two platforms, and delete the rest. Unfollow accounts that no longer interest you, and always keep notifications turned off. While you're at it, you can even clear off your bookmarks bar or your photo app.

Take A Break From Technology.


Schedule blocks of downtime without electronics; you could read a book, nap, or just enjoy the quiet or time with your loved ones.

Be Mindful.


Try to be minimalist when scheduling your time. Don't take on too much; instead, focus on the things that need to be done, rather than what you think you should be doing.


What are your tips for being a little more minimalist?

Brand Love: SIR The Label

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Brand Love: SIR The Label

     For today's brand love, I'm featuring gorgeous Australian contemporary brand SIR The Label.

Sir is all about taking cues from the simplicity of classic styles; their clothing is understated, minimal, clean, and forever feminine. As they say on their site, "the collections draw inspiration from musings past and present to create fashions that reflect the now, but are forever wearable."

I have to admit that this brand is a little mysterious; their about page is sparse, and I wasn't able to find out much about their history. However, one thing SIR does offer up easily is a treasure trove of beautiful photographs on their blog. Their shoots, which play up the beautiful Australian scenery, are what drove me to feature this brand. I absolutely love how the simple clothing doesn't compete with surroundings; it simply draws the eye in naturally and shines.

My favorite piece is the Chessa Dress in Ivory; I'm all about that ruffled, Victorian silhouette.


Brand Love: SIR The Label

Brand Love: SIR The Label

Brand Love: SIR The Label

Brand Love: SIR The Label

Brand Love: SIR The Label

Brand Love: SIR The Label

Brand Love: SIR The Label

Brand Love: SIR The Label
Photos from SIR The Label.

What do you think of SIR The Label?

4 Ways To Feel Better About Social Media

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4 Ways To Feel Better About Social Media

     "Comparison is the thief of joy" is an expression I use often. Despite these reminders, however, I still have to confess to falling into the trap of comparing myself to others. For a blogger and an aspiring artist, social media can be a wonderful thing, but lately, I've caught myself comparing everything to that of others - my art, my photography skills, my lifestyle and, of course, my appearance. What's more, I also share my work and base its worth on the validation I receive, or the lack thereof.

I know I'm far from alone. Studies find that social media can increase stress and anxiety, and lower self-esteem. Unfortunately, you can be aware of the problem but still susceptible to it; social media can show us a beautiful world of perfectly curated lifestyles and unrealistic expectations, and it can be difficult not to internalize them. All this can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed and down. I've already written about the perils of comparing yourself to others and unrealistic beauty standards, but today I'm going to share 4 easy ways you can start feeling better about social media again.


Limit Social Media Consumption


Do you ever find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram without even realizing you'd opened the app? I'm totally guilty! Social media has a way of becoming such a reflexive habit. The first step to using social media the right way is to become aware that you're doing it. Try to set a time limit for how long you want to spend on social media each day, and resist the urge to check outside that time.

Minimalize Your Feeds 


Practice a little social media minimalism. There are so many amazing accounts out there, so we all constantly follow new things. The problem is that your feed soon becomes overwhelming, and you have to scroll much longer to find the content that's relevant to you. Personally, if I don't reach the end of the new content, I develop a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). To spend less time on social media, unfollow accounts that no longer interest you, are too time-consuming, or just don't make you feel the best. I do this at least monthly; there's no shame in saying so long to an account that is no longer what you're looking for! It will leave so much more space for content you love.

Take A Break


If you really can't help mindlessly scrolling but long for a mental break, try taking a short hiatus from social media. Most accounts can be disabled temporarily, so there's no harm in trying a week without it. You're bound to benefit from the vacation, and who knows? Maybe you'll decide to make it permanent.

Focus On Real Life


My most important tip is to focus on the real life you have in front of you. Watching everyone else's fun is no good; get out there and distract yourself with some real-world experiences. Read a good book, take yourself out for a nice lunch, go for a jog, or spend time with your loved ones. It may not be photo-shoot worthy, but that doesn't make it any less worthwhile.

Do you have a love/hate relationship with social media? What are your tips for feeling better about it?

Brand Love: LENNI

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Brand Love: Lenni

     I've become convinced that the coolest brands are made in Australia, and LENNI, the label created by Lisa "Lenni" Stricker, has one of the best origins of all.

Lisa began designing clothing at 14, cutting up and tie-dying vintage pieces to sell to local girls out of her garage. She went on to travel extensively, and during those travels, she cultivated her style, envisioning "garments that scream comfort and magic all at once".

If her story doesn't inspire you enough, though, her clothing will do the trick. LENNI encompasses that free-spirited, 70's style I love while still remaining totally unique. Featuring an incredible array of fabrics from metallic satin to plush velvet, LENNI conjures images of glam rock and David Bowie. My favorite piece is the Asylum dress, which features a lovely constellation print.

With LENNI The Label, being a boho rock & roll babe becomes easy.

Brand Love: Lenni

Brand Love: Lenni

Brand Love: Lenni

Brand Love: Lenni

Brand Love: Lenni

Brand Love: Lenni

Brand Love: Lenni
Photos from Lenni The Label.

What do you think of Lenni?

Quick, Easy Ways To Get Tousled, Bohemian Waves

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Quick, Easy Ways To Get Tousled, Bohemian Waves

Who doesn't love tousled waves?

I'm growing my hair out at the moment, and the layers are a bit all over the place. Right now, I'm all about bohemian waves, because they hide that quite well. I don't like to use a lot of product in my hair, and as a lazy girl, I don't like to spend forever on my hair in the morning either. I'd rather hit snooze!

Luckily, I've worked out how to achieve this style in about ten minutes with minimal product. I have two methods that I use depending on the circumstances of my hair. But before we start, please note that this tutorial will work best on hair with lots of layers. Read on to learn how to get tousled, bohemian waves for yourself!

Method 1: Wet Hair


Step 1: Towel dry hair.
Your hair should be damp, not sopping wet; dry your hair fairly well, scrunching it with the towel.

My hair has a bit of natural wave/texture, so if your hair is stick straight, your results might be a little different.

Step 2: Brush. 
Part your hair as you normally do and brush the top half of your hair smooth, letting the lower half stay a bit messy.

Step 3: Apply Product. 
You can use a sea salt spray or mousse to enhance the waves. I use Got 2B Thickening Mousse, or if I'm feeling beachy, Got 2B Tripping Salt Waving Spay. Spray a few spritzes and scrunch the ends up your hair, focusing extra attention on the back. Avoid using more than a dab of mousse; it will weigh your hair down.

Step 4: Blow dry.
On the lowest setting, blow dry your hair, scrunching the ends. You can use a diffuser to focus the air flow. Once dry, gently comb through the waves with your fingers. You can also use a comb to straighten the top of your hair, near your part, just to tidy things up.

Method 2: Dry Hair


This is how I most often create my waves. If your hair is a bit oily, you might want to start with a little dry shampoo.

Step 1: Straighten (optional).
Sometimes my hair wakes up with a mind of its own, and I'm obliged to smoothe flyaways before anything else. If your hair has a lot of natural texture, you can go over it quickly with your hair straightener as normal before starting.


Easy Ways To Get Tousled, Bohemian Waves

Step 2: Divide your hair. 
I separate my hair into two layers and clip the top section of my hair up. You could work in as many sections as you like; it all depends on how precise you want to be and how defined you want your waves.

Step 3: Curl.
I use the Donna Bella Pro 10 Curling Wand, but any larger barrel curling wand or iron will work. I hold the wand vertically, wrapping a strand of hair loosely around the barrel and holding for around 8 - 10 seconds. It's important to alternate directions when curling; curl the first wave away from your face, and the next towards your face. You don't want all your strands curled in one direction, but getting every single strand of hair is not necessary at all. If you over-curl, no worries! You can try to tug that strand straight before it cools, or even go back in with your straightener afterward.

Step 3: Let your waves cool.
Don't touch them for several minutes.

Step 4: Shake your lovely waves loose.
This is where you get creative. I run my hands through my hair, breaking up the waves, tugging at certain bits and shaking my hair with my fingers until it looks right.

Voila! Beachy, quick waves that will last you all day.


Easy Ways To Get Tousled, Bohemian Waves

The Last Days Of Summer

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The Last Days Of Summer Outfit

     The first days of Autumn are upon us, but I couldn't let Summer slip past without one more outfit post. As excited as I am for Fall, I'm going to miss the easy days of just throwing on a pair of denim shorts. I'm a lazy girl at heart, so denim shorts are pretty much my Summer wardrobe (besides comfy dresses, of course).

I've had these distressed festival shorts forever, and they're still holding up well. I just picked this tank up, however, at local shop Montrose & George. Top it off with a straw hat, and voila! Easy Summer style, minimal effort.


The Last Days Of Summer Outfit

The Last Days Of Summer Outfit

The Last Days Of Summer Outfit

The Last Days Of Summer Outfit

The Last Days Of Summer Outfit

The Last Days Of Summer Outfit

The Last Days Of Summer Outfit

The Last Days Of Summer Outfit

The Last Days Of Summer Outfit

Top - Triumph./ Shorts - American Eagle Outfitters./ Sandals - American Eagle Outfitters./ Hat - Call It Spring.