All Black Everything

Sometimes winter has us in a mood, and it seems only appropriate to dress to match. Luckily for us, it’s impossible to go wrong with black- it goes with everything, and is appropriate for pretty much any occasion. Our little black dress is always there for us, but there are a couple other pieces we couldn’t live without.

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A black hoodie is a major staple in our wardrobe- although a typically casual piece, it can be dressed up when paired over a silky romper with heels.

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The black hoodie is also a great piece for layering- we love the look of hoods hanging from underneath black leather jackets or silky bombers (not to mention the extra warmth that it adds is a major bonus).

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Black leggings are also a definite wardrobe staple- pretty sure everyone owns a pair of these!

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We love these particular leggings because the knee slit adds an extra bit of edge to any outfit, without sacrificing comfort. Pair it with this black turtleneck crop top (or white if you want to change things up!) for a simply chic look.

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We also have amazing fleece lined leggings for those who need that extra warmth in these chilly months.

 

Thanks to Serena Liu for the photos

Model: Sarah Luenga-Woo (Stray Model Management) 

Stylist: Bailey Kilburn

 

The Versatile Little Black Dress

This spooky season is celebrated in many different ways, but it’s probably safe to say costumes are the best part (besides another excuse to overload on chocolate!). As a child, playing dress up out in public was exhilarating- wearing or being something you wouldn’t normally wear or be is always fun!

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One of the downsides of being an “adult” may include lack of time and energy to come up with that fabulous costume of your dreams- this is where your little black dress comes in!

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You don’t necessarily have to dress up AS something- it’s perfectly acceptable to just be inspired by the season, and adorn yourself in black lace, velvet chokers, eccentric jewelry of any sort, and of course some smoky eye makeup (or all out face paint!).

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We love this full on black lace dress– the vintage inspired floral lace pattern is beautiful. We of course paired it with our most trusted bamboo slip underneath.

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Mesh is also a great alternative to lace, adding a bit more edge to any outfit.

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Any holiday is an excuse to dress up- so take advantage!

Intentionally Sensual Soup for the Soul.

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I have to start this blog off by saying how fun shooting in this particular look was, for me. There’s nothing like a plunge neckline and a healthy dose of black to make me feel like one badass babe. The Luxe collection is full of special dresses that can empower any woman.

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Now, whether or not I’m actually “badass” is up for debate. I probably stir up far less trouble than that word suggests. However, I definitely still find ways to take my day from mundane to “man, I’m glad I was awake for this” and what I’ve found makes that difference is glamour. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean flashing lights, good access to life-threatening drugs or any sort of celebrity style glamour . . . What I mean by “glamour” is whatever it is that you do to appreciate yourself, to decorate your day to day, a glamour that’s specific to who you are as a soul.

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For me, this often means compelling lipstick and an evening out on the town or sipping wine with a good read in hand. However, it could also mean eating carrot cake in a foamy tub while swimming in unapologetically sad jazz. Sometimes, glamour means licking the tips of my fingers clean after eating my favourite pizza in bed . . . Or being naked in a creek somewhere. In fact, moments like these usually require little more than an appetite for feeling and are easy to achieve. All that’s really required is that I take the time. In our conceptions of people we consider to be glamorous, I think the concept of excess is usually a key determinant. However, what’s maybe at the heart of glamour is actually excess feeling and the capability, as Rox pointed out in her last blog, to choose to slow down – not to slow down permanently, but to allow yourself time in a day to really sensually engage in an experience that you enjoy.

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Sensual, intentional moments of indulgence – this is what makes me feel glamorous.

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While the accessories and carrot cakes and pizzas or whatever do play a part, what rewards my soul most is taking hold my creative agency to curate a moment that I can fully engage in. Shooting in this look, the sensuality, the thrill-seeker and the woman in me felt both acknowledged and celebrated.

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For me, this is the difference between “treating yourself” in a way that’s often used to enable excess and between allowing our souls the time to feel acknowledged and rewarded. Even if it’s as simple as putting on something that makes you feel vibrant or listening to an album or two in full, eyes closed, allowing yourself to be glamorous through moments of decoration unique to your own existence is life-giving.

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There are few sights more beautiful, glamorous or more compelling than people actively loving themselves before our eyes.

x

Style Guide: A night out this NYE.

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I will look for any excuse to get glammed to the nines. Whether it’s coffee or a dash of Frangelico, any event is fare game for affirming my body with looks that express inner radiance. Contrary to popular belief however, this is a luxury afforded to all individuals. Glamour is where Vogue and Value Village are level as the fountain water of a summerhouse backyard.

Regardless of budget, NYE, however, is the ultimate occasion for glam. Now, whether this means sequins and nice nails or seven Fireballs and hunched wobbling in stilettos, through snow and into a sweaty cab is up to you. Either way, New Years Eve is a night for each individual to do and wear what makes us feel glamorous, kissing “good morning” to the days that lie ahead.

So without further delay, these are the looks that have caught my eye, this season, for NYE:

 

1) Head to toe in silver & gold.

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THE EVERYGIRL, VOGUE

If a look to shine is on your mind, I mean. . these two are practically a given. While many might find a full-piece metallic intimidating, the key to achieving a balanced look in silver or gold is minimal to zero accessories. As shown above, fewer jewels are a graceful approach to sporting any full metallic look.

 

2) Sweaters and sequins, baby.

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GLAMOUR Fashion, THE EVERYGIRL

Elegant and effortlessly (although probably not haha) chic, this look is confident and comfortable, religiously keeping the fun in NYE.

3) Ultra-glammy rompers!

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VOGUE

Cuz nothin says “fun” like a onesie. All jokes aside, these sparkly rompers breathe party-time. For a more sophisticated look, however, the full-length leg is the way to go. As modelled above, a naturalistic hair look can help to tame a sassy romper.

4) All black, high neck peek-a-boo.

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Eonline, VOGUE

Uh-huh honey. This look is sexsayyyy. With a high neckline in sombre black, the peek-a-boo look is all about choosing your place to show skin. A cut out or sheer fabric is the perfect way to add a more intimate feel to your ensemble while honing a graceful approach to that NYE glamour. Think Riri or Dita Von Teese.

And last but certainly not least. .

5) All-over black and glitta in ooooneee!

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FASHION GONE ROGUE, VOGUE

There can be too much of a good thing. . . so then you just wear all those good things together, naturally. As demonstrated by the above goddesses of music and film, shimmering statement pieces atop a demure, velvet black is where it’s at. Don’t ever be afraid to get a little freaky on NYE or any day. Living, breathing glamour is infinitely more diverse than media portrayals of “glamorous” women.

So let’s let the year ahead be about choosing to express ourselves not how we’re told to, but in a way that lets the insides of our minds shine like diamonds. While fashion articles may find you a show-stopping look, never forget that it’s the freedom on your face and your confidence in what you choose to wear that makes you radiant and glamorous.

Have fun and express yourself, this NYE,

x

p.s. click here for a link to our favourite NYE collection.

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