MY STYLE: IN TEN MINUTES

I’ve been asked by lovely readers what my normal morning style routine is, I was going to call this post from bed to ‘not bad’ in ten minutes which is more accurate but it didn’t have the same ring to it!

I don’t enjoy copious amounts of uninterrupted time to style my hair just right, try on several fabulous outfits before settling on the perfect look and then primping my face with every primer, contour and highlighter on the market, what woman does?!. My morning reality looks a little closer to ten minutes of making myself look decent while my two year old draws over herself with my favourite lipstick. What I’ve discovered is with a little plan, it really is achievable to leave your house feeling fab in just minutes.

THE OUTFIT
Normally woman waste so much time just choosing something to wear, gazing into their wardrobe seeing nothing inspiring. If you followed my guide to how to give your wardrobe a makeover, you would have found that choosing an outfit each day is now easy, because all your favourite, go to pieces are laid out in an organised way. For me it’s more often than not denim, a tee and casual comfy shoes, in summer that means my trusty Havaiana’s.
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Blow drying and waving with a GHD is my preferred method to style my hair, but usually I don’t have the time and it’s a case of checking if it looks passable down naturally and if not I chuck it up in a top knot.
10 min style 2My makeup routine is quick and easy. I know it would be quicker to skip makeup all together but to be honest I feel a lot more confident when I do wear it. I got introduced to MAC Cosmetics when I worked in fashion, all our events and photo shoots were done by MAC and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. Each morning I add concealer under my eyes to combat my usual lack of sleep and cover any blemishes (it’s not right to get both wrinkles and pimples right!?). Next I fill in my eyebrows using MAC Eyebrow Pencil in AC3 and lashings of MAC Mineralize Multi Effect Mascara in Black. Lastly I add subtle blush Estee Lauder in Sensuous Rose and lip gloss finishes the look, my favourite is currently MAC Cremesheen Glass in Deelight, a beautiful natural shade. If I’m feeling a little fancy I add my favourite MAC eyeshadow Sweet Satisfaction, it’s a beautiful shimmery sand colour and really suits blue and green eyes, and then a great little trick to look more refreshed, a little MAC Shroom on the inner corner of my eye. Try it, it really makes your eyes pop. Keep your daily makeup routine in its own wee bag to eliminate the hassle of finding your favourite items. I then throw on my everyday jewellery that works with any outfit I own- Lindi Kingi bracelets and Kirstin Ash rings and finally a spray of my favourite Jo Malone fragrance, English Pear & Freesia.

Just like that ten minutes are up and I no longer feel the need to cringe if I run into someone I know at the supermarket looking like I just rolled out of bed.

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MY STYLE: BEACHSIDE MORNING DATE

Who ever said ‘date night’ had to be reserved for the evenings? I love sneaking a few hours when we can when our toddler is at preschool to enjoy time together. This morning we had a lovely morning in Pilot Bay, the perfect excuse to give my new Chaos and Harmony Cascade Sandals their first spin! Their gunmetal finish means they suit pretty much any colour they are matched with, so mixing with your existing wardrobe is easy (This was another way I justified their purchase!)jumpsuit1

The warm, breezy weather was ideal jumpsuit conditions. I am loving how comfortable jumpsuits are, and the fact that like a dress there’s no need to mix and match separates. The only negative is the reality of getting in and out of it is kind of a mission, especially this one from Neon Gypsy with over a dozen little buttons down the front. Here’s a free hot tip – don’t wear this while drinking a few wines as you will find like me on Christmas evening, you spend way to much time trying to redress yourself in the bathroom!

Today I styled this look with my chocolate Deadly Ponies bag (8 years old and still going strong) and my every day essential accessories – Lindi Kingi bracelets and Kirstin Ash fine rings.

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MY STYLE: DOUBLE DENIM

Disclosure Statement: I have been a little apprehensive (actually totally chicken) about writing fashion posts featuring myself for obvious reasons 1) I am not a model and 2) I am not a fashion blogger. But then I thought ‘get over yourself!!’, many of my readers can probably relate to 1) not being a model and 2) not being a fashion blogger, so maybe seeing a ‘normal’ woman in ‘normal’ clothes is not a bad thing right?! Currently I can only offer novice smiles, but in time I hope to graduate to advanced model moves like smizing while looking deep into the camera and maybe even looking out of shot with aloof concentration.

Double denim, it’s so wrong, but it feels so right. I actually ‘borrowed’ this denim shirt off my teenage daughter a month ago and it’s been on high rotation every since. The secret to making double denim work is to make sure you wear contrasting coloured denim. I love wearing this light blue denim shirt with either my dark blue, black or white jeans. This weekend I finished the look with my Steve Madden leopard print flats and a little bit of lace courtesy of Cotton On Body.

Double denimanimal7I love the look of touch of lace peaking out from a singlet or shirt, especially when the rest of the look is so casual. Local designers Lonely Hearts have a stunning range of underwear, or for the budget conscious Cotton On Body have just bought out $15 lace triangle bralets that are really pretty. If you are lucky enough to require more support simply wear the triangle bralet over another plain bra you already own in the same colour, the lace trim will still give you the effect you want but you’ll have all the support you need.
animal5animal4A great friend introduced me to this nail colour, OPI Mind Your French Quarter and I just love it! It’s neutral enough to wear with almost anything but still adds a bit of an edge to a look. I bought my Deadly Ponies bag eight years ago and still wear it most days. Yes Deadly Ponies Bags are mostly around the $400-$700 mark, but they really are a fantastic investment. The New Zealand brand have a large range of stunning designs, all beautifully made, and will last long enough to make your purchase a very wise one.

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TRENDING: CHECK

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Check shirts are kinda everywhere, and while I’m not into wearing head to toe seasonal trends, I’m still not going to miss out on something I love just because many others are wearing something similar (exactly the same theory I’ve applied to stripes, yes they are every where, no I don’t care, I love them, I feel chic and magically, instantly a little French).

I love finding something that will fit with everything in my existing wardrobe, so much easier to justify the purchase when you can create multiple outfits with just one new item.

These check shirts from LA label Rails are probably my favourite, there are countless celebs and supermodels who agree from Cara Delevingne to Olivia Palermo.

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Although there was a loud, persistent voice in my head telling me to snap up a couple online from Superette immediately…I stood strong, and stepped away from the keyboard…then laid in wait until one appeared on Trademe less than a couple of weeks later! Oh how I love that there are still ladies out there that buy on a whim, wear it once and then they’re onto the latest must have. Meanwhile I snap up their barely worn designer threads at a fraction of the original price.

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Rails Hunter Shirt in Cadet Blue originally from Superette for $219, but worn once and only $100 on Trademe. Happy budgeting mama!

If you want a cheaper option, I also found some great prints on ASOS, the quality has been surprisingly high and then you don’t run the risk of a dozen other people wearing the same thing which is likely when shopping in local chain stores. I chose the ASOS River Island Check Shirt for under $60 with free delivery.

How I style mine….(please note: I really hate getting my photo taken, a little bit of an achilles heel for someone wanting to blog about fashion/shopping/style, so bear with me, one day I may even actually show my face!)

check3 Cheap Monday Jeans (trade me steal) | Rails Shirt (trade me steal) | Chaos & Harmony Boots (hid the receipt from my husband) | Deadly Ponies Bag (7 years old and still rocking it)

check4 ASOS Jeans (cheap as chips) | Bassike Tee (Superette, worth paying for a good basic) | Rails Shirt (trade me steal) | Loeffler Randall Sandals (saw them on Tash Sefton of TheyAllHateUs fashion blog, found on sale online were $280 down to $65, god that felt good)

check7 Top Images – ASOS shirt | Storm tee | Cheap Monday Jeans | Converse One Stars / Chaos & Harmony Boots, Bottom Image – Bassike Tee | Rails Shirt | ASOS Jeans | Converse One Stars,
all looks styled with my everyday jewellery – Lindi Kingi Bracelets | Kirsten Ash Fine Rings and Charm Necklace

(Images other than of me, are from my pinterest page where original sources can be found.)