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loving lately… lorna jane

19 Aug

I’ve been thinking of starting a new series on the blog, instead of the monthly favourites posts that I used to do on YouTube, I thought I would do a random series called “loving lately…” where every now and then I would post up what I am loving right now. It could be anything… and I’ll post whenever, as I can’t keep to a monthly schedule due to my work.

So to kick off the first post in this series, I am loving lately… Lorna Jane Active Wear.

There’s nothing better than a few new gym pieces to get your motivated and looking too cool for school in the yard gym. So for my birthday last month I asked family and friends for gift vouchers so that I could pick up some new gym gear from Lorna Jane. I also got some spanking new Nike Free Run joggers from the boy.

All the pieces above are what I treated myself to with my 20% off birthday voucher (you should really sign up for the Lorna Jane e-newsletters if you want to get a discount on your birthday and keep up to date with their promotions). Starting from the top left, the Edelina Crop AU$62.99, the Akira full length tight AU$98.99, bottom left is the Live Big Singlet AU$34.99 and the right is the Run for Fun Excel Tank AU$62.99.

I’m so obsessed with the LJ active wear, it just makes you feel instantly healthy and motivated as soon as you put it on. I remember my Mum wearing Lorna Jane back when she used to be a fitness instructor (and I was a little one) and I love that it’s a Queensland company.

So tell me hauties, do you wear and love Lorna Jane?

Shop Lorna Jane online or instore!

My SHEIKE Buys

3 Jun

So as promised, here are the few goodies that I picked up from the SHEIKE opening night. I took advantage of the 30% off discount offered on the night (I mean I would have been stupid not to right??!).

SHEIKE Solar Eclipse Jacket $149.95 (top left), London Rebel Leopard Loafers $25 (top middle), SHEIKE Atmosphere Blouse $89.95 (top right) with the SHEIKE Mint Collar necklace $69.95, SHEIKE Garden of Eden Jacket $159.95 (bottom left), SABO SKIRT Soft Floral Blazer $58

The Garden of Eden Jacket (above) is my favourite, it’s just so bright and loud! Love it.

You can shop all the above at:

www.sheike.com.au

www.saboskirt.com

www.shoeshed.com.au

SHEIKE are having a sale on selected pieces at the moment, and for the month of June, Shoe Shed has free Australian shipping.

Or you can shop SHEIKE in store at
WINTERGARDEN
Shop G04
Wintergarden Shopping Centre
171-209 Queen St Mall
Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3211 9069

Happy shopping hautees!

[Images are my own, please do not reproduce without permission]

A ‘Sheike’ Event for Brisbane Fashionistas

31 May

Two weeks back I was invited to attend the official opening night for the first SHEIKE Flagship Boutique in Queensland. Already well established in New South Wales, now it was Brisbane’s turn to fall in love with SHEIKE’s razor sharp tailoring, strong silhouettes and bold prints.

Fall I did. HARD. I’m still nursing a bump to my head… call it a fashion fatality, but whatever it was, I’m glad it happened. The clothes screamed “me” and the way that the clothing and accessories fell into both ‘work’ and ‘play’ – I just knew that I didn’t want to shop anywhere else for a long time. It was as if ASOS and Netaporter had a baby – and it’s name was SHEIKE.

With 17 retail stores already well established in NSW, SHEIKE Managing Director George Lazaridis decided that Brisbane’s new Wintergarden precinct was the ideal “next big move” for SHEIKE. Thank You George!! Brisbane fashionistas far and wide thank you. Not only is every single piece in-store sophisticated and bang-on-trend… they’re affordable too.

I didn’t even get to look at EVERY.SINGLE.PIECE on the shelves, there was just THAT much stuff. Luckily, there was a fashion parade on the night showcasing SHEIKE’s current collection. I want everything!

We were also spoilt with excellent service (thank you Karah! I know you will probably read this), great food (a massive cheese platter that would have easily occupied me for an hour or so, except I was too busy trying on the entire store) and a surprise performance by Paulini, who was amazing and also so down to earth.

Myself (left), Annica from Haute and Stylish (centre) and Yolanda from Shopping Intervention (right)

But wait! There’s more good news… SHEIKE will bolster its presence in Queensland with another new store set to open in August at Westfield Carindale and further sites soon to be announced (I have a sneaking suspicion it will be Westfield Chermside… You heard it here first hautees!!)

I of course picked up a few pieces on the night and I will do a post on my purchases for you all soon. I am already planning my next visit.

Check out the new store at Shop G04 Wintergarden Shopping Centre, Queen Street Mall Brisbane, QLD.

You can also shop online at http://www.sheike.com.au

[Images: courtesy of RedPR, Brisbane News and my own, please do not reproduce without permission]

Up Late with Marie Claire and James St

27 Mar

Timed to coincide with the launch of Marie Claire’s 200th edition issue, the Marie Claire James Street ‘Up Late’ event will see a myriad of shoppers descend upon James Street to take advantage of an array of special offers from the likes of Mecca Cosmetica, Endota, St Barts, Calexico and more… Think discounts, gifts with purchase, and designer meet-and-greets. Basically, one big stylish fête!

Not only are there over 70 fantastic special offers for you to access on the night, but Editor and Publisher Jackie Frank and her team will be in stores and walking the street, dishing out style advice and meeting shoppers. There’ll also be a special marie claire lounge opposite Harveys where you can nab a great goody bag, (crammed with an amazing array of products) and maybe a slice of their 200th birthday cake?

And here’s something even sweeter than cake… not only are stores offering delightful discounts and gifts with purchase, they’re also transforming their spaces, and hosting store parties (think champagne, cupcakes and macaroons).

Oh and did I mention some of Australia’s best designers will be there too? Heidi Middleton of sass and bide, Easton Pearson’s Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson, Camilla Franks of Camilla, the boys from KSUBI and Bec Manning of Rebecca Manning, are just a few of the designers that will be in their stores on the evening.

And if that’s not enough… cru bar + cellar will be transformed into the Louis Roederer champagne bar, where you can take five, and experiences the “Artistry of Champagne”. Plus if you’re feeling a little peckish while you shop, there will be tantalizing street food options, like Mexican at Press, dumplings, steamed buns filled with pork belly, mushrooms and Middle Eastern pita pockets, dotted throughout the street. YUMMMMYYY!

I’ll be there, scoping out the new Mecca Cosmetica store and buying up big, saying HELLO! to 25% off all SOOT. garments, checking out the beautiful designer goods at Frockshop (they will have 20% off on the night), trying on gorgeous dresses at Jules & Roc (20% off store wide, including labels such as Shakuhachi, Manning Cartell and Shona Joy ), checking out the trendy shoes on offer at Zomp (enjoy 15% off store wide), having a squiz inside the new Ksubi store, and grabbing some dumplings and steamed pork buns from the street stalls.

There will be a few great beauty deals on for the one night only. At Endota Spa, book in for an hour treatment with dermalogica products, and take home one of their exfoliation duo packs. It’s filled with products that will give you the most polished skin possible.

Mecca Cosmetica are offering complimentary Smokey Eye Lessons to help you to master this timeless trend. Mecca’s Makeup Artist will teach you the secrets to creating the perfect smokey eye in just a few simple steps. Bookings are essential and subject to availability. Please contact the store on 07 3852 6960 to reserve your appointment.

So come and stay up late at the Marie Claire James Street ‘Up Late’ street party this Thursday March 29, from 5pm on James Street, Fortitude Valley Brisbane. The event is free to attend. Head to www.jamesst.com.au for more info.

Who is coming along? Let me know, it would be great to go shopping with you. 

 

[images source: james street via jessy cameron]

Mario Badescu Haul

30 Jan

I saw on Facebook that my friend Yolanda (from Shopping Intervention) had been to Kit Cosmetics and picked up a Mario Badescu product, and she also told me that our other friend Dana (from Blushfully) was a huge fan of the stuff. I had been wanting to try this line of skincare for ages, and when the girls said that the prices had recently been reduced thanks to the strong Aussie dollar, I was hell bent on getting my hands on some MB. So off I headed on Saturday to Kit Cosmetics to get me some goodies!! So here is what I got… 3 products and a small surprise gift with purchase which were cute sample size products.

I had asked Yolanda and Dana what they recommended and they both agreed that the Drying Lotion was a must and Dana loved the Enzyme Cleansing Gel, so I got both these and the Buffering Lotion which the sales assistant said is really good at getting rid of those pesky little ‘under-the-skin-bumps’ that aren’t quite at the surface, which immediately grabbed my attention. She also said it would help get rid of those blind hormonal pimples under the surface… I hate those! So far, I have used the cleansing gel and the buffering lotion and absolutely LOVE them. The cleanser is low foaming and it makes your skin feel clean without the tight feeling. I used the buffering lotion on some small bumps on my cheek area (most likely caused by rubbing sunglasses) and it almost cleared them up overnight, the area was smoother and the bumps reduced. Amazing.

The samples I got were a Super+ Eye Cream sample, a Kit Cosmetics Bronzing Lotion, a sample size of the Mario Badescu cleanser I bought, and an Origins anti-ageing moisturiser.

I’m so glad that I bought these Mario Badescu goodies, I have a feeling I should stock up… as some of these may become permanent fixtures in my skincare routine. The prices for Mario Badescu at Kit Cosmetics are so reasonable now too, the Enzyme Cleansing gel cost me $18.95 and the Buffering Lotion and Drying Lotion are both $26.95.

I popped into Colette Accessories as well and ended up finding this cute neon pink necklace for a bargain price of $7.95! I just had to grab it… and I thought it would look cool underneath the collar of a black sheer top I own. I thought right…

Kit Cosmetics
www.kitcosmetics.com.au

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane CBD – kit at Myer
Queen St, Brisbane
(07) 3232 0168

Pacific Fair – kit at Myer
Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
(07) 5595 8316

NEW SOUTH WALES

Sydney CBD – kit at Myer Sydney
Pitt Street, Sydney
(02) 9238 9861

Chatswood – kit at Myer Chatswood
Albert Ave, Chatswood
(02) 9412 0463

VICTORIA

Doncaster
Westfield Doncaster Shopping Centre, Shop G002, 619 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster VIC
(03) 9840 7624

Melbourne CBD kit at Myer
Bourke St. Mall
(03) 9661 1277

kit at Chapel
530 Chapel Street, South Yarra
(03) 9827 5988

Chadstone – kit at Myer
Chadstone Shopping Centre, Dandenong Rd, Chadstone
(03) 9567 6448

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth CBD – kit at Myer
Murray St, Perth
(08) 9265 5872

Enex100 Perth
Shop H121, 100 St Georges Terrace
(08) 9486 7610

Birthday Haul/Presents

29 Aug

For my birthday last month I got given some Sephora Gift Cards (DREAM.COME.TRUE) and I also booked myself in at M.A.C on my Birthday to get a makeover so I could redeem the cost on some Semi Precious collection items and have my make up all done nicely for dinner that night. Cos if you can’t spoil yourself on your birthday… then when can you hey? Oh and talking about spoilt… I think I did pretty alright don’t you think? On top of my gifted Sephora goodies and self-gifted M.A.C makeover (I redeemed the Rose Quartz MSF, some falsies and Creme Cup, and my Mum bought me the Hint of Sapphire mineralise eyeshadow), I also got the new Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (thank you Boyfie), the Babyliss Pro Jumbo Conical Wand (thank you sis), Lancome Hypnose Mascara (thank you besties) and a Free Philospohy Shower Gel in Vanilla Birthday Cake (thank you Sephora for my free birthday gift)!

Check my swag yo!

My Birthday haulage/presents include:

  • Sephora Pencil Sharpener
  • Clarisonic Replacement Sensitive Brush Head
  • Nars Matte Lipstick in Carthage
  • Benefit to-go set including Stay Don’t Stray, Erase Paste and Creaseless Eyeshadow
  • Nars Blush/Bronzing Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
  • Givenchy Peach Gloss (free sample)
  • M.A.C Rose Quartz Mineralise Skin Finish
  • M.A.C Hint of Sapphire Mineralise Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Creme Cup Cremesheen Lipstick
  • Dr Jart+ BB Cream (free sample)
  • Caudalie Paris VinoPerfect Day Perfecting Fluid (free sample)
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation in 02 Brunettes (free sample)
  • Ole Henriksen truth revealed super creme spf 15 (free sample)
  • Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate (free sample)
  • Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream spf 35 PA+++ (free sample)
  • Kate Somerville Trial Pack (free sample)
  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil (free sample)
  • Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation x 3 (free sample)
  • Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow Glide on Cheek Tint (free sample)
  • Bulgari Jasmine Noir (free sample)
  • Kate Walsh Boyfriend (free sample)
  • Philosophy Shower Gel in Vanilla Birthday Cake (free birthday gift)
  • Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in Shade 04
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara
  • Babyliss Pro Jumbo Conical Wand 32mm – 19mm
Sephora haul was done online at www.sephora.com (Sephora does not take Australian Credit Cards nor does it deliver direct. I was fortunate enough to have my boss over in the US that had a US CC and address, and he forwarded it on).
M.A.C Semi Precious items and lipstick from M.A.C counter at Myer.
Illamasqua foundation from www.illamasqua.com (they ship to Australia).
Lancome mascara from David Jones (and picked up the Gift With Purchase).
Babyliss Pro Conical Wand from Price Attack.
I love that you get so many free samples with Sephora online (I had to split the products up into 3 x $50 gift card purchases so I got 3 x the free stuff)
If you can, Sephora hauls are the best – they have so many good brands and the US retail prices are like half what we pay here in Australia.

Blow out your candles. Make a wish.

10 Jun

Birthday Wish List

 


weekend.snapshots

11 Apr

A not so exciting weekend… mainly involved getting stuff ready for the event next weekend (EEEEP) and clothes shopping. Went to a friend’s BBQ on saturday and spent Saturday night in reality TV heaven watching Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami season 2, finished that and got bored… so I decided to practice a smokey gold winged eyeliner look (without using tape… booyah!). So relieved I’ve got my outfit sorted for next weekend, found the most perfect black skirt at Dissh. So much so, I put the mustard colour of the same skirt on lay-by! Sunday arvo I randomly decided to sweep the garage, wash my car and clean the inside, then cleaned my bathroom and went for a 5km run with “rock”star (that’s my nickname for Rocky my doggie). LOVE starting the new week all clean and organised!

 

reality TV heaven

bored... what's a girl to do? eyeliner flicks!

war of the celebrity fragrances

new cape (YESSS) + skirt + tanning mitt

getting ready for winter (reoww)

Spotlight goodies

gift bags SQUEEEE!

How was your weekend? Get up to anything exciting?

Photos from my instagram 🙂

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