Thursday, October 2, 2014

five minutes with CAITLIN | CHASING CAIT

Welcome to my first 5 minutes with - 

Today I would like to welcome Caitlin who blogs over at Chasing Cait

1. Favourite Quote/Daily Mantra – "Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it"

2. My style icon - Blake Lively

3. Timeless beauty - comes from within 

4. I cannot live without - my fiancĂ©e 

5. Must have beauty item- Garnier BB Cream

6. Currently love shopping at Aussie /Kiwi label Leina Broughton (when I'm in Aus) and at an awesome place called Recycle Boutique in Auckland (where I live)

7. The colour I love most is pink - any shade! 

8. On my wish list This Philip Lim Bag

9. Currently reading Game of Thrones book 5 is on my bedside table half finished (.it has been for a while!)

10. Must have for Summer a gorgeous maxi dress

11. If I could go anywhere in the world it would be New York (and hopefully I am on my honeymoon next year!!)

12. My favourite social media platform is Instagram

13. In my carry on luggage I always have too much!

14. I cannot leave home without my iPhone - boring!

15. If money were not an option which designer label would you most love to purchase - Valentino all the way!

You can find Caitlin here -  BLOG || FACEBOOK || INSTAGRAM || TWITTER || PINTEREST

If you are interested in joining five minutes with ..... please send me an email. I will be happy to have you feature. V x

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

steal their style AMAL ALAMUDDIN

Amal Alamuddin is just stunning and is my current style crush. One look that has really caught my eye is this pink shift dress with the pink + purple shoes. Simple. Classic. Chic.

I have styled the look two ways from Luxe to Less - 

Dress from Trenery $199.00 $74.96 || Sunglasses from Mimco $149.00 

Amazonia Handbag Mimco $499.00 || To a Point Ballet Flat Mimco 

Topshop Flippy Dress $56.00 || Cotton On Sunglasses $14.95 

Cotton On Gerbra Flat $5.00 || Cotton On Phoebe Bag $30.00

A few more pink dresses for you to consider to copy Amal's style  -

This amazing linen dress from Bohemian Traders $169.00 

Shirt Dress from Country Road $179.00 || Longer Sleeve  $149.00 $74.96


Rose Pink Dannii Minogue Petites range at Target $69.00

linking in with Kimba Likes Glam Squad for Wardrobe Wednesday

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Every minute you are angry or irritated, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. 

If others don’t like it, then let them be. Life isn’t about pleasing everybody. If you have the courage to admit when you’re scared, the ability to laugh even as you cry, the nerve to speak up, even if your voice is shaking, the confidence to ask for help when you need it, and the wisdom to take it when it’s offered, then you have everything you need to get yourself to a happier state of mind. Begin today by taking responsibility for your own contentment. 

10 ways to choose happiness: 

1. Choose to be the best YOU can be. 
Give it your all in everything you do, commit to your goals, and don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Never try to be better than anyone else, but never stop trying to be the best you can be. If you feel called to compare yourself to someone, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself. 

2. Choose to be around the right people. 
Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded. Relationships should help you, not hurt you. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it. Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be YOU – and being YOU is the only way to truly live. 

3. Choose to focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t. When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. Being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness. And that’s without having to go out and buy or acquire anything new. It makes sense. You will have a hard time ever being happy if you aren’t thankful for what you already have. 

4. Choose a good attitude.
What often screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be. And the reason so many of us give up is because we tend to look at how far we still have to go, instead of how far we have come. Remember, life is a journey, not a destination. This moment, like every moment, is a priceless gift and an opportunity. Be positive, smile, and make it count. Pretend today is going to be great. Do so, and it will be. Research shows that although we think that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act. A great attitude always leads to great experiences. 

5. Choose to smile more often. 
A smile is a choice, not a miracle. Don’t wait for people to smile. Show them how. A genuine smile makes you and everyone around you feel better. The simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you’re happy. And when you’re happy, your body pumps out all kinds of feel-good endorphins. This reaction has been studied since the 1980’s and has been proven a number of times. Bottom line: Smiling actually makes you happier. 

6. Choose to take care of your body. 
Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be. If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected. Recent studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise significantly raises happiness levels in the near-term. Not only that, six months later, the people who had continued to exercise were less likely to relapse into depression because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth. 

7. Choose honesty. 
Start being honest with yourself and everyone else. Don’t cheat. Be faithful. Be kind. Do the right thing! It is a less complicated way to live. Integrity is the essence of everything successful. When you break the rules of integrity you invite serious complications into your life. Keep life simple and enjoyable by doing what you know in your heart is right. Don’t get involved with drama that doesn’t affect you. 

8. Choose to help others when you’re able. 
Care about people. In life, you get what you put in. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less. 

9. Choose to let go when you know you should. 
Sometimes you have to be strong for yourself. Love is worth fighting for, but you can’t be the only one fighting. People need to fight for you too. If they don’t, you eventually have to move on and realise that what you gave them was more than they were willing to give you. Some relationships and situations just can’t be fixed. If you try to force them back together, things will only get worse. Holding on is being brave, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and happier. 

10. Choose to embrace the next step in your life. 
You can hold on to the past, or you can create your own happiness today. Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart. Every day is a new beginning and a new ending. Embrace it, make the best of it, smile, and keep looking straight ahead. And don’t forget, a smile doesn’t always mean a person is happy right now; sometimes it simply means they are strong enough to face their problems going forward. 

Remember to never let someone’s opinion become your reality. Never sacrifice who you are because someone else has a problem with it. Love who you are inside and out. No one else has the power to make you feel small unless you give them that power. You are the only one who can create your happiness. 

The choice is yours. CHOOSE HAPPINESS!  

Mark and Angel Hack Life | Linking in with IBOT

Monday, September 29, 2014


How amazing is this Giambattista Valli dress? Worn by Amal Alamuddin for her marriage celebration to George Clooney?


red lipstick
I am a red lip convert thanks to the lovely Andrea at Fox In Flats who offers style dares to style our day, enticing us to step out of our comfort zone. I have to say that style dare has opened my world with taking a little risk and changing up my everyday. I always thought that the red lip was not for me and since a converted a few years ago I have never looked back and pop on a little red often. 
My two favourites for a red lip 

Lip PencilsClinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm - No. 6 Roomiest Rose

According to The Zoe Report 'finding the right red lipstick is like finding a good mate.' It needs to compliment you and work in every situation - when you find the right one, you just 

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TRUE RED - You can never go wrong with a classic red lipstick. A vibrant cherry red with blue undertones to make teeth look super white.

BERRY RED - a deep moody red adds a touch of sophistication.

SOFT RED - if you are a bit more reserved by searching for a red with a peach undertone.

VIBRANT RED - If you do not shy away from wearing bold colours then choose a red shade with a touch of orange.

MERLOT RED - Elegant wine shades are versatile regardless of skin tone and lip shape. Draw focus to your pout with a matte finish. 

You can read more here

The best way to choose the shade for you is to try, try and try until you think 'this is the one.'

Are you a fan of the red lip?

Which shade is for you?

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