Denim, Pink and Sand

I love going to the beach. The relaxing sound of the waves, the smell of salt in the air, the sand between my toes… even when the temperature is cold, I will still head down to the beach. It makes me feel relaxed and happy.

During my recent trip back to hometown to see my parents, we went for a quick visit to the beach after brunch. It was so nice. My sister and I ran around the beach taking photos whilst my parents sat and relaxed on the sand. It was a really nice afternoon.

I wore a simple but cute and casual outfit this day. I am so in love with my pink dress from Forever New – it fits so nicely and can be dressed up or down. I styled it with my wardrobe staple – my denim/chambray shirt. I lived in this shirt when I travelled around Europe, and I've continued to live in it since I got back! I finished off the look with a printed headband and my cat eye sunglasses. I was wearing some cute pastel kitten heels to brunch, but took them off so I could run around in the sand 🙂

 

Vintage Barbie Goes to the Ball

I love going to a ball. It’s an excuse to dress up really fancy and mingle with other beautifully dressed people. The girls look stunning in their dresses and the guys looks handsome in their suits.

Many people will get their hair and makeup done by a professional. And as much as I would like to do that, unfortunately my budget doesn’t allow me to do those things. So I have to improvise and do a little DIY.

For other people who are on a budget like me, I recommend heading on over to Pinterest and getting some ideas about hair and makeup. There’s also plenty of tutorials that are really helpful as well.

I recently went to the Young Professionals Ball at the National Museum Canberra. It was lots of fun. I didn’t realise that the canapés was the entree, which was disappointing for a foodie like me. The duck that I got for my main was nice but it wasn’t memorable. At least there were plenty of people topping off my wine glass to make me happy for the night!

And back to dressing up in formal attire, here’s a peek at my look:

Dress: ebay | Clutch: Forever New | Shoes: Novo | Earrings: unsure, but most likely Forever New

Hair: this was a braid that started on my left side of my head. I parted it about an inch lower than my regular side part, which made the braid looser on this end. I kept the braid tight when braiding it and kept picking up new bits of hair until I reached the side that was equally opposite with the original part. I then made the braid into a plait and tied this with a hair tie. I made sure i left out some hair on either side of my face so I could curl these. I curled the remainder my hair with my GHD straightener. I teased the hair that was closest to the crown to give it some oomph. The hair tie was removed from the plait and it was pinned underneath the teased hair with a few bobby pins. I took a section a section of hair from the bottom and folded it underneath to resemble a chingnon. I then took sections of curls and started randomly pinning it up. I continually checked my hair in the mirror to make sure it looked how I wanted it to. I finished it off with hairspray and shine spray to give it that salon finish look.

Products used: Juice Revive Knot Knotty Detangler Spray, Schwazkopf Curl Flex Hair Styling Mousse, Swartzkoft Heidi’s Heat Styles Heat Protectant Spray, Juice Shine Argan Shimmer, Juice Fix Shape Stuck Up Strong Hold Hair Lacquer

Makeup: simple but effective makeup: used primer, then liquid foundation. I did my eyebrows using an eyebrow pencil and powder. I used a light brown base for eyeshadow, used a medium brown on the lid, and a dark brown in the crease. I used a charcoal colour on the outer edges of the eyes, then blended this all in. The eyes were finished with liquid eyeliner along the lashes and a few coats of mascara. After eyes I used concealer under the eyes and on blemishes. Then I used a coral blush before beginning on contouring with bronzer. A brownish-nude lipstick was used for lips. The look was set with loose powder.

Products Used: Napoleon Primer, M.A.C ProLongwear Foundation, Australis Eyebrow Pencil, The Body Shop Eyebrow Kit, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Pallette, Sephora Liquid Eyeliner, M.A.C Liquid Concealer, Napoleon Blush, Nalpelon Bronzer & Highlighting Kit, Australis Lip Liner, Face of Australia Lipstick, Kryolan Translucent Powder

Tell me what you think about my look! Comment below and share your thoughts!

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Rose. Rabbit. Lie. Vintage Style Challenge: the colour edition

My last outfit post on the Rose. Rabbit. Lie. Vintage Style Challenge was so much fun! I loved creating a look for the club in the Cosmopolitan Resort in Vegas. The outfit I picked reflected a 1920s vibe with modern items.

I decided to move away from the stereotypical gloves, fringing and strand of pearls. Instead, my look consisted of neutral colours and embellishments of pearls and feathers. This gave the outfit a glamorous Gatsby look.

I think this kind of outfit would be perfect for a night out at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. In fact – it’s now my go-to outfit for my next 1920’s themed party!

Because it was a lot of fun doing this post, I decided to do a colour photo post. My previous post had the photos in black and white, as I felt this went along with the theme. However, to truly capture my outfit and makeup, I want to share the colour pictures. Enjoy!

For the original post on the Rose. Rabbit. Lie. style challenge, please click here 

Vintage Style Challenge: Rose. Rabbit. Lie

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For my 21st birthday I decided to have a Roaring 20s themed Speakeasy party. It involved months of research and planning but it ended up being a fantastic and fun party. When I was researching the 1920s, I obviously started researching fashion and what the “flappers” wore back then. I fell in love with this style of clothing!

Since then, the beautiful and extravagant Great Gatsby movie has come out, with many designers and fashion chains taking inspiration from this movie. I’ve been to a few Gatsby themed parties since then and I love dressing up for these occasions!

Roaring 20s and great Gatsby outfit inspiration

So I was definitely excited when I knew I was one of a few select blogs taking part in a Vintage Style Challenge. This challenge involves creating a Roaring 20s look for a Rose. Rabbit. Lie party in the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Resort.

Challenge gladly accepted!

Rose. Rabbit. Lie. has a “casual elegant” dress code, and after checking out their Instagram account, I can see that it has a speakeasy feel to it with the shabby chic decor. I think it would be easy and fun to create a look for attending a party here.

After discovering vegas.com I’ve decided I need to book a trip to Las Vegas and I will definitely check out this funky yet sophisticated Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Resort! I’ve been daydreaming away thinking about how nice it would be to stay in a Terrace One Bedroom at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. It looks so fresh and glamourous.

I could imagine just strolling down The Strip to gaze at all the glitz and glamour, doing a tour of the Grand Canyon or ATV Hidden Valley tour during the day, then checking out shows like Cirque de Soleil and nightclubs like Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub. Oh and who could forget about the Casinos?? So many things I want to do….

In the meantime, I will imagine that I am getting ready to attend a party there and put together a gatsby worthy outfit… Here’s what I came up with:

Now I’m off to continue daydreaming about my future trip to Las Vegas…

Dress: Blue Juice by Seduce | Vest: Caroline Morgan | Headband: Forever New | Earrings: Diva | Pearl Bracelet: Lovisa | Bangles: Forever New | Bag: Forever New | Shoes: Jolie

For more information on The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Resort and all they have to offer, check out there website here

Vintage Barbie xoxo

Please note that all of the opinions in this post are my own and I have not been paid to write this post.

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Sammy Dress

Feelin’ Peachy

The midi skirts have been such a big trend this year. And I have been loving this trend!

Midi skirts are so versatile and there’s so many fantastic styles and prints available. The full skirt style is great for someone like me who wants something that skims over the bum, hips and thighs. It’s very feminine and pairs nicely with a variety of different tops.

My favourite midi skirt is one I purchased when in London this year. I went into Primark, a store I had never heard of before, and I was blown away with how many great items were in this store. The best part was that every item was completely affordable!

The peach coloured skirt I bought has been a staple in my wardrobe ever since. It goes with plenty of different tops. I wore a stripped cropped tee in Paris. A button denim dress tucked in to the skirt in Venice, and a plain great tank tucked in when back home. I’ve also got a cute lace crop from Forever 21 that really dresses up the outfit.

Today I decided to try a summer look by pulling an old favourite out of the wardrobe. My Forever New bustier has a beautiful peach coloured hibiscus flower print which matched perfectly with my skirt.

It works well with heels and flats. I’ve worn wedge, pumps, sandals and even sneakers th this skirt. I honestly could go on and on about how versatile this skirt is and how much I love it…

Coastal Chills

I think I’m cursed.

Every time I go to the coast it rains.

I live just over 2 hours from Batemans Bay and 3 hrs from Merimbula, both on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It’s nice to get a little getaway for the weekend to visit family. But it is nice to relax at the beach.

Unfortunately I never get that opportunity. It’s always cold, windy and raining when I visit the coast. That’s why I always pack warm clothes to wear. I still pack my beach clothes in the anyication of a beach day. But unfortunately the weather doesn’t seem to agree with me.

It started raining as we drove down to the family home in Pambula. It poured down all night. And it was windy and cool all day.

This didn’t stop me from visiting the beach… And having an icecream!

I used items out of my Spring Capsul Wardrobe. My Forever New top and jeans are two of my favourite items. They are both super comfy and go with everything in my wardrobe. My Kmart shoes are also my new favs, except it is definitely hard keeping them white and clean!
My scarf has been a favourite in my wardrobe since I bought it about 5 years ago. I can’t believe I’ve had it for so long! But it shows that we you think about purchasing an item you are more likely to love it and match it with other items in your wardrobe. This scarf has been a fantastic addition to my wardrobe.
Speaking of additions, the white blazer is a new addition to my wardrobe. I know… I wasn’t supposed to be buying anything… But I’ve wanted a white blazer for a long time now. Plus it was bought off eBay so I saved a bit of money 😉 I’ve already worn it about 7 times in the last 3 weeks, so I can definitely justify buying it!

Earrings – Forever New | Scarf – Jeans West | Top – Forever New | Blazer – eBay | Jeans – Forever New | Shoes – Kmart

Check out my other post from my trip to the coast: Waterfront Dining at Waterfront Cafe

Vintage Barbie at Vintage Canberra

On my way to work yesterday I noticed a big sign on the side of the road: It was advertising the Canberra Vintage event at an old hall in the city over this weekend…I was shocked I hadn’t heard about this earlier!

I decided this was an event I definitely had to attend… After all, how could I be called Vintage Barbie if I didn’t attend vintage events!?

It was a warm and sunny November day in the nations capital… It was really hard to decide on what to wear today! Considering it was a vintage fair I definitely had to wear a vintage style outfit. I decided the lightweight spot dress was effect for a day like today. And to complete the look I added on my pearls, cat eye sunnies and black rose hair clip.
The event had lots of vintage clothes, shoes, bags, millinery, vintage sewing patterns, books and homewards. It also had a vintage fashion competition when I got there. I didn’t enter because I thought I was a little too late and I didn’t wear my original outfit option seen in my Fifties Floral Affair post.
I still liked my spotty dress because I made it look modern-vintage. It’s also nice and light and good for the warmer days. It’s also a great dress to style with a necklace, and my pearl double necklace was the perfect choice for today.
When I got home, we decided to take a few more photos in the shade where it was cooler, because it was waaay to warm to stand outside in that sun today!
Dress – Mink Pink
Pearls & Flower Hair clip – Diva
Bag – Collette
Shoes – Second hand shop

 

 

Vintage Sunday Lemonade

I’ve been a bit naughty… I am not supposed to be shopping as I’m trying to use items from my capsule wardrobe. But when I began my shift at Forever New on Saturday I decided I was sick of my white tee and really didn’t like how it looked with my lemon coloured midi skirt. It wasn’t bad… It just wasn’t good… And I don’t want to settle for just ok when it comes to my clothes.

So I bought a few new things… I bought a top, earrings and a headband. I decided the new white top could replace my old white tee, and I think I might also use it in my corporate capsule wardrobe.

I decided to pair it up with my lemon midi skirt for a pin up and vintage twist on a modern look. I am still loving the lemon colours that have been around this spring. This outfit is perfect for a casual Sunday afternoon…

All items: Forever New – http://www.forevernew.com.au

Felicity Bow Headband: $16.99

Imogen Crackle Glam Drops Earrings: $16.99

Stella Leopard Print Scarf: $24.99

Tansia Crepe Sleeve Crop Tee: $59.99

Lani Midi Length Tube Skirt: $49.99

Wedges: Last Season

 

 

 

Flashback to Fall Fashion

We don’t call it “fall” in Australia. It’s called Autumn. But for the sake of alliteration I decided to refer to this season as fall.

Now that I’ve got that small matter out of the way, I’m going to speak about a photo shoot I did earlier this year. It was an Autumn fashion shoot that I did in a park in the middle of Canberra City. The leaves had well and truly turned their various shades and were scattered across the ground. The blanket of red, yellow and brown was a perfect backdrop for this kind of shoot, and it was a fun shoot as well!

Top – Supre | Vest – eBay | Jeans – Supre | Shoes – Big W

This first outfit I wore is one of my go to autumn outfits. It’s a simple outfit that can be worn day or night. During the day you could wear this outfit with flats or boots, and at night make it dressier with heels and a long necklace.

I know that I could spend lots on money on an outfit like this, but my budget doesn’t allow me to splurge on clothes. I think that this outfit shows that you can look stylish without spending bucket loads of money – you just have to be smart with your purchases.

 

This second outfit is another one of my favourite outfits for the cooler months. The dress is a bit thicker than summer dresses so it gives you a little extra warmth in the cooler months. But the beauty of this dress is that it can be worn with or without stockings, and it matches many different jackets and cardigans.
I also love my felt hat with the gold trim. It was perfect for covering up my inch of regrowth! Plus it solves any bad hair day and makes you look super stylish.
Dress – Forever New | Hat – Forever New | Shoes – Big W

 

I hope you enjoyed this quick post about my autumn fashion photoshoot. Thank you to the photographer Chris van Aarken for taking these photos!

 

Pretty in Party Pink

Pretty sure I failed on my September closet challenge. I started off ok but eventually I stopped the outfits. My new waitressing job means working late nights and feeling pretty tired in the morning. So I end up not even getting dressed in real clothes. If I don’t have to go anywhere then I just stay in my hoodie and pj pants until it’s time to get dressed! On the days I actually have to go out of the house, I generally have a job interview and need to dress in plain, corporate clothes. The outfits I did actually dress in, I never got photos of them.

So the challenge kind of went out the window.

Plus it doesn’t help that I can’t find my camera tripod. I haven’t seen it since before I moved house. Maybe its was one of those things that gets lost in a move?

Anyway, today I attempted some outfit of the day photos on my camera, witht the tripod. They are ok, but if I had a tripod they would be MUCH better. Well, witht further ado, here is the first attempt at my outfit of the day photos:

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For those who take their own outfit of the day phots, what are your tips? Any tricks you could share with a newbie like me?

Ps.. I wanted to share a selfie with you too hehe