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Giving Summer The Cold Shoulder (Or How to Dress Transitionally)

Giving Summer The Cold Shoulder (Or How to Dress Transitionally)

Shirt- Topshop | wedgie jeans- Levis | sunnies- LBLD | mules- Aldo | bag- Pixie Market | scarf- Zara | necklaces c/o Made By Mary | rings c/o Mejuri

Giving Summer The Cold Shoulder (Or How to Dress Transitionally)

Giving Summer The Cold Shoulder (Or How to Dress Transitionally)

Not quite chilly, yet not quite sweltering out? No problem. Welcome to transitional dressing 101, ironically brought to you by the girl who lives in winter and summer climes exclusively. Here, I will provide you with my limited tips (again, I live in a perpetual state of weather extremes) for dressing when you're in-between seasons. Ready? Here we go. Step one— grab a pair of jeans; step two— pair them with a light, yet long-sleeved top of some sort (and where possible, expose one shoulder to symbolize the in-between state you find yourself in; you're so deep). Finally, consult your trusty weather app to ascertain whether closed or open toe shoes are in your best interest (a crucial step to your transitional-dressing success). Grab a light jacket or cardi to be on the safe side, and don't forget to cling to your summery accessories for dear life— you won't be seeing those suckers again for some time.

Giving Summer The Cold Shoulder (Or How to Dress Transitionally)

Giving Summer The Cold Shoulder (Or How to Dress Transitionally)

All kidding aside, dressing for unpredictable weather is a serious pain in the you-now-what, and although I experienced both hot and cold flashes while wearing it the other day, I just couldn't resist this striped button-up from Topshop. It literally is the perfect blend of Summer and Fall, all in one cute, eye-catching garment. I guess all I can really say when it comes to transitional dressing is that one way or the other, you're going to end up a little too warm or cold regardless of what you wear— just an occupational hazard of the season, I guess. Luckily PSLs are being served up both hot and cold right now, so take solace in that, friends.

Giving Summer The Cold Shoulder (Or How to Dress Transitionally)

Photos by Ashley Antonio

The Fake Tanner That Won't Make You Look Like a Jersey Shore Character

The Fake Tanner That Won't Make You Look Like a Jersey Shore Character

To any fellow pale, tan-reluctant peeps out there, I've discovered the ultimate way to get a natural, subtle tan without having to adopt a GTL lifestyle. Not surprisingly, I'm talking about a Charlotte Tilbury product (her products never miss the mark), and one that's super easy to use no less. Warning— if you've never tried the Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask, you may be missing out.

If the thought of facial tanner seems intimidating to you, let me start by saying that this one is literally foolproof, and I can say that because no one is a bigger fool than I am when it comes to self-tanner. The thought of it genuinely gives me anxiety, and the few times I've actually used it on my limbs has resulted in streaky, orange-looking skin that requires immediate exfoliation and a pair of long pants to hide behind. But because this product feels more like skincare than a traditional tanner, it's actually easy to apply— just rub a thin layer onto freshly-cleansed skin as you would with any other moisturizer, and you're good to go.  It's literally that easy. And because the mask contains oat kernel extract to soothe and moisturize while you sleep (other ingredients listed below), it's actually good for your skin to boot. So if you're searching for a natural-looking, gradual tan that you can build up over time (and to prevent yourself from resembling a ghost come winter), I would definitely recommend giving this one a try... PSA over.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Dihydroxyacetone, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Isohexadecane, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Polysorbate 60, Ribes Nigrum Bud Extract, Lactic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

Photo by Adventures in Fashion 

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Back in the day, we wouldn't dream of not washing our hair on the daily— dry shampoos were virtually nonexistent, and any sign of grease on one's locks were seen as a serious faux pas (unless you subscribed to a more 90s Grunge take on beauty). Nowadays, we're constantly told not to wash our hair "too often," the only problem being we have no idea what that really means. And if we miss the mark on how often we should actually be sudsing, are we just stripping our hair of its vital oils and lipids? Ugh. So with that in mind, here's the dirt on how often you should really be washing your hair.

As with most things in life, when it comes to shampooing, the consensus is that less is more.

Washing one's hair on the daily strips it of its natural oils and proteins, causing locks to dry out and break. Not to mention the damage that can wreak on the scalp, which needs to stay hydrated and healthy in order to promote general hair health as well. So in addition to a dry, agitated scalp and brittle hair, over-shampooing can also lead to frizzy hair— another beauty no-no. Knowing all that then, what's the ideal number of times one should shampoo throughout the week? Well, the answer to that really depends on your hair type (again, frustrating). 

Generally speaking, hair that is thicker and curlier can go longer between washes than hair that is fine, and the same goes for more chemically-treated hair— the less you shampoo it, the healthier it will ultimately be. So if you have fine, limp hair, or if you exercise often, washing every second or third day should work for you. On the other side of the spectrum, thicker, curlier and/or chemically treated hair types should strive to lather up once every four to seven (!!!) days between washes, or basically as long as you can stand it. And as an added measure, avoid shampoos with harsh sulphites (and obviously don't forget to make dry shampoo your best friend) — your locks will thank you. 


Why You Should Make Clay Part of Your Skincare Regime

Why You Should Make Clay Part of Your Skincare Regime

Clay has been used by different cultures throughout history as a means of healing various ailments— both internal and external— and luckily for us, they're having a major resurgence where skincare is concerned. The main reason being that clay is an incredible detoxifier, but there are a host of other benefits associated with it, which L'Oreal Paris has masterfully taken advantage of. Introducing Pure-Clay, the beauty juggernaut's latest collection of cleansers and face masks that incorporate three different clays and special ingredients to address various concerns. We're talking exfoliation, pore refinement, skin brightening, mattifying— the works.

Why You Should Make Clay Part of Your Skincare Regime

First up, let's talk cleansers. The range boasts three clay-to-mousse options to choose from, formulated with three different pure clays— Kaolin, Montmorillonite and Moroccan— that are each paired with a superstar ingredient to target different concerns. For example, the Pure-Clay Purifying & Mattifying Cleanser uses eucalyptus to target clogged pores and mattify oily skin, while the Pure-Clay Energizing & Brightening Cleanser incorporates charcoal to energize dull, tired-looking skin on the daily. But my personal favourite, the Pure-Clay Exfoliating & Refining Cleanser, uses red algae to minimize the look of enlarged pores (bless) and smooth the rough patches I inevitably get on my forehead for a firmer, healthier-looking complexion... It's bomb. And despite what you might think when considering clay cleansers, these badboys aren't drying or stripping in the least, so don't be afraid to give them a try if your skin falls on the drier side of the spectrum. 

Why You Should Make Clay Part of Your Skincare Regime

Finally, if you want to get your pamper on while calming any skin irritations you may have, look no further than the Pure-Clay Comforting & Unifying Mask. It's packed with seaweed and all three of the premium clays found in the cleanser range to calm sensitive skin, draw out impurities and unify skin tone. The thing I noticed most after trying this product was how soft and refreshed my skin looked, and the redness that usually flanks my nose was far less pronounced (*happy dance*). xx

Why You Should Make Clay Part of Your Skincare Regime

This post was sponsored by L'Oreal Paris; all opinions shared here are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

If You're a Last Minute Packer, Be Sure To Have This

If You're a Last Minute Packer, Be Sure You Have This

Off-the-shoulder top- Forever 21 (more options) | culottes- H&M | sunnies- Quay Australia | straw bag- Pixie Market | slides- H&M | necklaces c/o Made By Mary

If You're a Last Minute Packer, Be Sure You Have This

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If You're a Last Minute Packer, Be Sure You Have This

Last week was spent in my hometown of Victoria, visiting friends and family while gorging on fish tacos and fresh ocean air... idyllic. What's not idyllic, however, is waiting until the last possible second to pack a suitcase, ensuring no cohesive outfits be assembled and key pieces be forgotten. The only saving grace during the week was this little straw ray of sunshine from Pixie Market, which I wore non-stop and, despite it's small appearance, was deceptively spacious with all my travel essentials. So, if you're like me and procrastination is your middle name, be sure to bring a couple eye-catching accessories with you on your next trip to offset any wardrobe shortcomings you may have... we're talking kooky sunglasses, giant earrings, whatever it takes to draw attention away from drab-outfit city. Take it from me friends, it really is all about the accessories. xx

If You're a Last Minute Packer, Be Sure You Have This

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If You're a Last Minute Packer, Be Sure You Have This

Photos via Boyfriend