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25 November 2015


images via larent chehere 

It is hard to reign in your imagination with this series by French photographer Laurent Chehere. Undeniably whimsical and nostalgic to a certain Disney Pixar movie it is. You could interpret this series in a number of ways really. Freedom, misfortune, humour, to name a few. Descriptive words that are all pertinent. For me my brain seems to define and translate these scenes as a mirror, or more like an accurate portrayal of the bitterly unrealistic housing market in Australia. Dreams very much precarious, set alight with passion, crushed with realism. An array of overly inflated pricing which spans across the board. Not even asbestos laden weatherboards in undesirable neighborhoods are safe from it. Those sentimental mid century beauties our parents had the privilege of attaining for their very own has become scarce, leaving acquisition very much up in the air. The great Australian dream of owning an actual house has been reduced to apartment and town house breeding, suburbia mimicking those renowned living standards of New York City. RIP to those infamous backyard barbecue soirees and hangs by the pool; now a given to the lucky few who got in early.


Can you believe it's that time of year again? Not Christmas but Black Friday. As frightful it is to think that we're nearing the end of another year it's also rather exciting in anticipating all the amazing sales that surely follow. Like Black Friday; something completely infamous and synonymous with the word sale itself. In light of this make sure you add to your list of online shopping sites to haunt. They have an amazing array of wholesale products to entice. From clothing and apparel to health and beauty and even watches and jewellery. But you need not wait for Friday to score yourself some great deals with because there's plenty of bargains to peruse through today. And some Black Friday deals are already live, like take an extra 10% off womens winter coats using the code "NEW IN". Go on and check them out now.

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23 November 2015


Honestly I am not a huge fan of Insta roundups which is why they don't make routine debuts in these parts. Frankly, if you don't see them on your feed, then tough. I shouldn't be so harsh because the same applies to myself. Being separated by seas and having vast time differences makes me guilty of being absent on the fabulousness of my blogger buddies. My main reason for sharing my Instagram - @soniademacedo snaps today is because I've drawn blank on posting ideas. And because of all that flurry over a social media princess' truthful revelations (albeit I'm a little late in voicing my opinion).

Personally I've seen this as an incredibly positive step in the right direction for social media.

It is no secret that Instagram is a haven for the staged. And I'm not entirely sure if I've confessed this, but I'll do it again, my Instagram account is essentially 90% staged. A smoke and mirrors, a contrived view of "perfection" when my life is anything but. I've found myself refraining from posting, simply unable to acquire impeccable natural lighting to create those pretty POTD flat-lays I curate. I can't seem to seize those immaculately flattering selfie's or a straightforward FWIS without photobombing flyaway strands of hair. Truthfully most of my snaps are latergrams; images I've retained for posting at ideal times. It's sad that for me Instagram has morphed into this. It is not fun anymore, its become an arduous task. And I think that is why I've gravitated more towards Snapchat; there's simply no fooling anyone there.

I felt compelled to write this because there was an enormous amount of backlash against those who'd spoken out and confirmed suspicions and I couldn't help but feel like it sounded like a case of "thou does protest too much".

I understand we all need to make a quid, and I'll never condone that. I am guilty of selling out because I need to support myself too. My problem has always remained with the utter disregard for transparency. Not so much on the blog scene, but Instagram. You know a simple hashtag here and there doesn't hurt anyone.

The majority of my readers are aged in their twenties. This issue isn't news to us. In fact most of us have probably developed a well trained eye in deciphering the fake. I know I can tell when someone's outfit has been a "care of" despite not mentioning so. However we need to remember that we're not the only ones who use this platform. There are a lot youths using Instagram these days and I can't help but feel like we're creating an unrealistic expectation of adulthood. I can't imagine how hard the world must be to a twelve year old today. I thought it was harsh back then myself and that was a time when anything sartorial related came direct from magazines and the internet took its sweet time connecting.

I wish some influential people would cut the crap and quit defending these practices because it's not about you, it's about the vulnerable ones in your audience. Not just youngsters but other misinformed people feeling those FOMO anxieties. We're making it unnecessarily demanding while setting them up for gross disappointment. Taking a flawless selfie is a rarity on the first go. We don't all have perfectly tanned hot dog legs or thigh gaps. And you don't reach a certain age and find yourself effortlessly dropping hard cash on Chloe and spending entire years traveling abroad. As much as I wish it would, life doesn't play by those rules. We don't highlight those moments we spend tirelessly behind a desk or register. Those struggles and hard yards of work and scrimping spent to make those pleasures reality. I feel like we have a certain responsibility here. We are after all the generation paving these worlds of social media.
11 November 2015


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Current mood. Languid. Fatigued. Stale. Consumed. Apathetic.

I've been a woman of little words of late so apologies for my absence. In truth I've had a good few days off work and yet I feel anything but reinvigorated. Perhaps I can lay blame to last weeks insane levels of humidity, followed by the dry, sticky heat of Monday. We all know I do not cope well in the heat. Or maybe it has more to do with the string of vile humans who've crossed my path and brought with them an encumbrance of putrid negativity. One whole week of pointed evil eyes, superiority, animosity, crudeness and repugnant irascible individuals. Some people can deplete the best of us. And why? I'll never quite comprehend how effortless it is for some to direct blunt resentment and fury towards a stranger. Is it because they believe we shan't cross paths again? Or because they feel like such efforts result sans consequence? Are they not familiar with the term Karma?

Well, with tomorrow's forecast of rain and glorious thunderstorms, I do hope some vitality will be restored.


In every girl’s life there is one most exciting and important day. Surely, that’s her wedding day. 

A wedding is to be a well-planned and organized event held in a certain style. Thematic of the feast should be visible in every tiny detail: in bride’s and groom’s attires, in banquet hall decoration, as well as in bridesmaids’ dresses.

The most important unspoken rule of good taste is that no dress at the wedding should overshadow the bride’s one. Only she can afford wearing a luxurious dress. The maids’ images should be elegant but modest enough.   

Choosing the cocktail dress which your maids will be able to wear afterwards would be the universal variant. Transformer dresses are highly popular this season. You can wear a transformer dress in different ways, thus every time creating a new image. There are around ten options for transformation. A perfect way to make your dress stunning is using drape and twisted details. 

For an open-air wedding that allows a free clothing style, you can choose strapped dresses in a hippy chic style. A lengthened silhouette of a tunic, natural tissues, complex ornaments, lace insertions, beadwork, intense color tones, ethnic motifs- all those are especially actual this season. Among these are teal color bridesmaid dresses.
Young girls who enjoy dancing will surely prefer one more fashion tendency: dresses lengthened on the back and shortened on the front side. It’s simple and festive at the same time! Besides, such dress fashion gives you the possibility to choose sandals of various models, but necessarily high-heeled.  

A little black dress is another highly fashionable tendency. Such variant may seem unusual for the wedding but black is always up-to-date. It fits the majority of women, and its options for the bridesmaids are really limitless. Such dress looks great with a bright color accent, for example, with a white clutch, red shoes or a lilac shawl.   

The latest wedding fashion trend is choosing the bridesmaids dresses of different fashions but in one color, or vice versa, of a similar fashion but in different colors. Just take a look at these teal chiffon bridesmaid dresses and you will find dresses of various colors you need. Another popular trend in wedding color choice is using all rainbow colors. Various colors of bridesmaids dresses will make the wedding even more picturesque and bright, and each of the maids will be able to choose her own perfect color.

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