The 5 Essential Earrings to Own (and Pack When Travelling)

In the last few years or so I’ve worked out a few formulas to help me pack for a vacation and also to help fill in some gaps in my wardrobe. Today I thought I’d share an earring formula that helps me work out the best choices to take.  
The 5 Essential Earrings to Own:
A BASIC NEUTRAL – Something simple that will go with everything, including a necklace, like a round stud or a small drop, generally metallic but not necessarily.   
A DRESSY NEUTRAL – Another simple earrings but a little bit more dressy such as a pearl or something with some sparkle, usually a post earring.
A POP OF COLOUR – a solid pop of colour of a favourite colour, something that will go with the majority of your wardrobe. These are usually a statement post or a single beaded earring.

A NEUTRAL STATEMENT – A larger neutral earring, usually metallic too, that is fairly simple such as a hoop, tassel or disc. 

A FUN STATEMENT – An earring you love wearing just because it’s awesome, something that will make a statement on it’s own and look great with a basic tee. These can be single coloured, multi-coloured, patterned, textured, whatever you like. 

A Few of My Favourite 5 Earrings to Pack:
These links just go to the stores – I can’t imagine any of these would be online still
Blue Studs LOVISA (Pop of Colour) // Studs made from Flatback Gem (Dressy Basic Neutral) // Small Silver Squares PASTICHE // Large Silver Circles PASTICHE // Red Statements (refashioned with nail polish) BIG W- (Fun Statements)
These are a few of my favourite earrings and ones I wear at lot of. I would say I wear a basic neutral about 40% of the time. I think it’s really important to have a few great neutrals that you absolutely  love, they are really the best types of earrings to invest in. Whatever colour I choose as my ‘Pop of Colour’ earrings, I’ll try to choose a ‘Fun Statement’ earring in the opposite colour i.e. a cool coloured pair and a warm coloured pair. This gives me more variety with my outfits.
I hope this is of some help.
What do you think of this formula? What would you consider as your essential earrings?

Lovely Things and Online Finds

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I had a really nice break and the day off today too so I keep forgetting it’s Monday! I’ve been feeling like sharing a few more lifestyle type things here, just the odd little thing like a recipe or project I’m working, a movie I’ve enjoyed or a pretty picture I’ve taken. Since I’ve started this blog I’ve also discovered the most wonderful sites so I’d really like to use this as a chance to share some of those too.
I’m thinking of doing these at the end of the week – maybe every fortnight?? I’ll see how I go.

Baked Apple and Cinnamon Chips
My Parent’s Apple Trees are absolutely overflowing with fruit at the moment so we’ve been coming up with some creative ways to use them. Baked apple chips are one of my favourite Autumn snacks and they are so easy too. I actually did one half of this batch with cinnamon and the other with sea salt and rosemary – both were yummy but I don’t think you can ever top cinnamon with apples.
I sliced these with a sharp knife (a mandolin is great if you have one), sprinkled them with a bit of cinnamon and then dried them in a 90oC (200F)  oven for about 2 hours, turning them over about half way through.
They are crispy as soon as they come out of the oven but become chewy (like commercial dried apple after a day).

Mollie Makes Magazine 
I discovered this cute craft magazine at my local supermarket. The felt pinecones on the front first caught my eye, as well as a really lovely pattern for a crochet rose beanie and star shaped cushions. It came with a freebie felt doll kit too, which I thought was kind of fun and have already started to make:
The kit’s by Kitschy Digitals, which is currently my favourite new online find. They sell all sorts of cute printables there as well as blog designs and graphics. The sewing and needlework page is my favourite though, I especially love this one and this one. I think this doll will occupy me for at least the next couple of weeks or so but I’ll love to try a few of their patterns out in the future so stay tuned. 

The petunias out the front are growing so beautifully at the moment. It’s late summer here so most of the flowers have gone or at least starting to go, so it’s lovely to still have a few in full bloom. This bright purple one is my favourite but I love the pretty powdery lilac ones too (in the back). 
Here are some fun links I’ve discovered this week too:
1. DIY Upcycled Wrapping Paper Clock (Henry Happened Blog) – Such a gorgeous idea and fun project too.
2. Flourless Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter Cookies (Edible Perspective Blog) – These look super delicious and are gluten free too! (like me)
3. Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Ideas (by Lisa Eldridge) – I love Lisa Eldridge’s tutorials, she is always so helpful and this guide to natural beauty ingredients is one of the most comprehensive I’ve come across online.
4. How to Style a Heart Bun (The Beauty Department) – A cute idea! I’ve never seen this before.
5. DIY Pearl Chocker Rings (Honestly WTF) – A simple a lovely DIY with pearls!

I hope you enjoyed these. Have a wonderful week :)
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50 Fun Ways to Create New Outfits

Every now and then I start getting into a bit of rut when it comes to creating outfits. Usually this will happen towards the end of a season or if I haven’t bought anything new for a while. As there’s nothing like having a wonderful new outfit to wear, I thought I’d have a bit of a brainstorm of some ideas to help inspire the creative process. 
So here are 50 random ideas to help add a bit of creativity and fun into your outfit creations. Some may not exactly result in great looks, or even be something you’ll want to try, but they will hopefully help you get thinking and discovering some great new combinations – and have some fun too!
1. Use chance (a Twister spinner or dice or something similar) to choose your colours/pieces.
2. Re-order your wardrobe in a different way. Organise by colour/type – take out some of your most worn items – create a section of clothes that you’d like to wear more often.
3. Create a capsule wardrobe of 8 or so pieces you don’t wear very often and create at least 8 outfits from them.

4. Dress backwards to the way you normally do – ie start with handbag, shoes, scarf, jacket, hair, makeup etc. etc.
5. Get a friend to create an outfit for you.
6. Get a man Dad/Brother/boyfriend/Husband/Grandpa to create an outfit for you.
7. Only wear clothes you haven’t worn yet this year (at the start of the year have all your hangers facing backwards in your closet and turn them around only after you’ve worn the clothes on them – I think I got this idea from Oprah!)
8. Stick up outfit ideas you love near your wardrobe. It’s so easy to forget looks you want to try from magazines, advertisements, Pinterest etc. so keep them where you can see them.
9. Begin by picking an accessory you wish you’d wear more often then create an outfit around it.
10. Find a new, different way to wear your hair and then create an outfit around it.
11. Do your makeup first– try some new colours or ones you wish you wore more often – then create an outfit to compliment. 
12. Learn some colour theory and create an outfit based on complimentary colours, analogous colours, triadic colours etc.
13. Create an outfit from different intensities of the one colour.
14. Dress for some different (imaginary) occasions – going to the Amazon, having a picnic, shopping on the Champs Elysees, a casual look for a movie premiere.
15. Put together two items that you don’t think ‘go’ together and then try to bring balance to the look through other items.
16. Find some fashion rules to break – clash prints, colours, textures, wear blue with green, dress for a different body shape.
17. Find some fashion rules to follow.
18. Seek your colour inspiration from nature or something with design, such as an artwork, can of corn or even a print in an existing piece of clothing.
19. Seek inspiration on Pinterest. It’s by far the best place to find new things to try.  Even if you don’t have an account you can still bookmark great boards you come across.   
20. Experiment with layering things you normally wouldn’t. Try layering some of your dresses to look like a skirt etc.
21. Look at refashioning some of your least favourite/older pieces then incorporate them into a look.
22. Get dressed in the dark.

23. Make an outfit based on only the cheapest (or most expensive/oldest/newest etc.) items you own.
24. Begin dressing casually then try to make the look formal (through accessories, makeup etc.)
25. Begin dressing formally than try to make the look casual (by adding a comfy cardigan, flip flops, casual hair style etc.)
26. Play with combining two very different styles together (such as a teenage and more mature / or a sporty and formal)
27. Take pics on your phone of outfits you like from TV/movies then keep them with your other ideas.
28. Create an outfit out of only neutrals.
29. Search for an item you’d like to style (like striped tee etc.) on Pinterest or Polyvore and look through the thousands of ways it’s already been styled.
30. Dress for a different season then it is and either add/remove some layers.
31. Designate a different colour to wear for everyday of the week and stick to it for a month (preferably colours you don’t wear too often).
32. Pick a different accessory to wear for everyday of the week and stick to it for a month as well (ones you don’t wear too often too).
33. Choose an item to wear several days in a row and style in so differently that people would be lucky to pick up on it.
34. Put on a favourite, go-to outfit, then dramatically alter it’s primary focus/statement (ie. If the main focus of the outfit is a bold belt, take that off and put on some colourful heels or a wide headband instead)
35. Create an outfit for someone else to wear, then make it your own.
36. Try to create a really ‘bad’ looking outfit, then try to make it look good.
37. Create a look for your teenage/younger self then make it more mature.
38. Create a look for your older, more mature self, than make it look younger.
39. Choose your clothes and then have someone else choose your accessories (or other way round).
40. Pick a single item and challenge yourself to come up with as many ways possible ways to style it.
41. Start taking pics of your outfits everyday for a month, then look back on them to see what you’d like to try differently.
42. Create a similar wardrobe to yours on Polyvore (or a small capsule one) – (you can even sort items with the tag ‘My Wardrobe’) then use them to create collages. You could even set up a group contest and have others do it for you!
43. Create your outfits at a different time of day than usual. If you normally work out what you wear before bed – try working out what you’ll wear in the afternoon, or whenever you feel most creative.
44.  Challenge yourself to coming up with an amazing outfit in 5mins, 3mins, 1min, 30secs!
45. Use music/scent/movement/food to make yourself feel really different (like calm or intensely happy) then pick your outfit.
46. Make yourself change something about your outfit every hour during a day.
47. Look back on some photos of yourself as a kid! See what sort of colours and patterns you loved most and create an outfit using them.
48. Find out the latest trends and use some of your oldest items to try to recreate them.
49. Buy some old fashion magazines from the op (thrift) shop and find some inspiration in past trends
50. Lend some of your clothes/accessories to a friend and see how they style them.
Wow that actually turned into quite a long list! Hope these will be of some help! If you try any of these let me know how you go :)
I’m thinking of writing some posts on particular ones of these in the future too so you can see how I go.  I really like the idea of making casual outfits formal as well as playing around with some capsule wardrobes too. 
How do you create your new outfits? How do you discover different things to try?

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30 Amazing Boots (and Booties) from the Fall/Winter Collections 2013

We are being spoiled today. I’ve put together some of my favourite boots and booties from the latest Fall/Winter designer collections. I managed to narrow it down to 30 shoes only! All you need to do is click the arrow to your right and enjoy!
Click items for more details at Polyvore.


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