(eyelashes) reach for the sky // theodora's beauty boutique

24 Dec 2014




Happy Christmas Eve! I can't believe how fast christmas has come around this year. Anyway, I digress! This post is really all about my beautiful new eyelash extensions from Tammy at Theodora's Beauty Boutique. This was the first time I've ever had them done and was a bit worried about lying still for an hour, but it was totally fine! Tammy and I prattled away and I forgot all about being squeamish and wriggly.

They use natural lashes and stick them on individually to your own lashes. They look fantastic and I'm so happy to have amazing lashes for Christmas. I've been referring to them as my Disney Princess / Bambi eyes.

Follow @theodorasbeautyboutique

mixtape // december

3 Dec 2014



Avicii - The Days
Nicki Minaj feat. Skylar Grey - Bed of Lies
Calvin Harris feat. John Legend - Blame
Ella Eyre - Comeback
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Vance Joy - Riptide
One Direction - Where Do Broken Hearts Go?
Lorde - Flicker (Kanye West Rework)
Brooke Fraser - Kings and Queens
Cage the Elephant - Cigarette Daydreams
Olly Murs feat. Travie McCoy - Wrapped Up
Troye Sivan - Happy Little Pill
Neon Jungle - Louder
The 1975 - Medicine
Taylor Swift - New Romantics

Listen on Spotify (minus the Taylor Swift song because she removed all her music.)

dining all'aperto at la svolta

28 Nov 2014

2014_11_19 La Svolta

2014_11_19 La Svolta

2014_11_19 La Svolta

2014_11_19 La Svolta

2014_11_19 La Svolta

2014_11_19 La Svolta

2014_11_19 La Svolta

2014_11_19 La Svolta

2014_11_19 La Svolta

Everything at La Svolta was delicious. I ate it all! That’s enough of a review, right? Okay, probably not. Read the full one over at The Modern Con.

I can personally vouch for the beef and tuna tartares, prosciutto with deep fried pizza dough (just as yummy as you think it is), the seared tuna and the chickpea and capsicum salad (how can chickpeas be so yummy with so few ingredients?). A special mention must be made to the Nutella pizza. The base was some kind of combo of puff and chewy pastry and the Nutella was so thick it stuck to the roof of your mouth. Heaven. Seriously.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s the best Italian I’ve had since I visited Italy and was raving about it for days afterwards. I’ve already told my friends we’re adding it to our Must Eat At List. It had a really nice atmosphere and nursing a glass of bubbly, I ended up making friends with the other ladies at my table. In fact, we’re going to brunch next week!

My new friends are: Sandra and Stina from Klaus and Fritz (Stina is also gold and grit photography) and Olivia who's probably the most famous Instagrammer I know and her sister Steff

La Svolta3-5 Cecil Place, Prahran and 450 Hampton St, Hampton.

perfume making // mpavilion

26 Nov 2014







This year's MPavilion has been designed by Australian architect Sean Godsell. It's a meeting place and also a host to a free four-month program of all manner of talks, workshops, performances and installations from October to February.

MPavilion is an architecture commission for Melbourne and each year for the next four years an outstanding architect will be commissioned to design a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Southbank Arts Precinct.

I went to the perfume make meet with Briony Wright from Odelab. She talked to us about the history of perfume and then we got to play with some of her scents to make our own perfume! Mine is aptly titled The Helaylay and is a mix of patchouli and citrus.

link it // november

12 Nov 2014

2014_09_26 Bali
[Our private villa in Bali - where I'd rather be]

As always, with all my good blogging intentions, it's taken me a while to get back here. So here's some of my favourite links. I've got so many at the moment I might have to split out the posts, or work on a mega big one for December!

fashion week style around the globe

24 Oct 2014

Fashion Week is always lots of fun to keep tabs on and with the rise and rise of street style photography, there's even more fashion to look at! Most fashion week goers look "so fashion". While I think it's so great that you can express yourself and put your own twist on an outfit, the styles I like the most are always those that I can see myself wearing. I also love picking up on a trend that I can adapt to my own style. So here's some of my favourite looks from fashion weeks around the world. (Psst, the iridescent purple coat and heels above are just SO FUN! I probably wouldn't actually wear the cost, but the heels? For sure!) 







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mixtape // september

15 Sep 2014



I'm listening to so much girl pop at the moment and it's the most fun to rock out to in my car while on the highway. If you ever see someone singing overly enthusiastically while eating a piece of toast and sipping tea, that could very well be me.

I've also included two of Many Things' songs because they're great and Mikey's amazing and Hayley from The Jezabels sang vocals on Chains and it's heartbreaking beautiful. I'm also listening to One Direction's new free song Fireproof on repeat (not available on Spotify though). I've read a lot of people saying it's like The Beach Boys and John Mayer, but all I hear is Fleetwood Mac!

listen on spotify: fourzerofive - 2014 september

Allday - You Always Know the DJ
Angus & Julia Stone - Heart Beats Slow
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Ella Henderson - Ghost
G.R.L. - Ugly Heart
Iggy Azaela feat. Charli XCX - Fancy
Katy Perry - This Is How We Do
Many Things - Chains
Many Things - Dear One
Neon Jungle - Louder
Nicky Night Time - Everybody Together
NONONO - Pumpin Blood (Belarbi Remix)
Northeast Party House - The Haunted
One Direction - Fireproof
Rizzle Kicks - Tell Her
RÜFÜS - Sundream
Savoir Adore - Dreamers
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

for love & lemons

12 Sep 2014

As a lady with a larger chest, I look at pretty lingerie and generally think that I can't wear it - especially when I look at lacy bralettes and all the pretty things from For Love & Lemons. Then I heard there was some cute bralettes in Kmart, so thought I'd try one and see how I go for support. Turns out they're amazing for house bras and to sleep in! So now I'm looking at the beautiful bralettes at For Love and Lemons a bit more seriously... I'm also considering the dress below and, while cropped tops don't suit me, I love the lace mini and cropped top.






link it // september

6 Sep 2014

2014_03_01 Jayne's birthday

It's been a long time since I've done one of these babies! Some cool links I've found recently:

lancôme // visionnaire and grandiose

4 Sep 2014

2014_08_28 Lancome

2014_08_28 Lancome

2014_08_28 Lancome

2014_08_28 Lancome

2014_08_28 Lancome

When I was in high school, one of my friends (whose mum was incredibly stylish) introduced me to some seriously great lip glosses in the form of Lancôme Juicy Tubes (I think nearly all of my friends had Juicy Tubes as one of their first 'grown up' beauty purchases). Lancôme has been a firm beauty favourite of mine ever since.

Now, it's been a while since I was a teen and so many people have said to me over the years, "oh, you have such great skin, you don't even need to wear make up". Well... I've definitely noticed those comments decreasing over the last few years and was just discussing with a friend about whether it was time to start using a serum. And then volia! Lancôme has just released their new formula of best-selling serum Visionnaire and I was lucky enough to attend the launch at Myer Melbourne City.

It's a very light serum that absorbs into your skin quickly. I've been using it for about a week now, and can definitely see a difference in the overall appearance of my skin. At the risk of gushing, it's also made my face baby soft and I think it's also helped with the dryness that was happening on my cheeks. Very happy with it so far, but the lovely Lancôme ladies said it takes about six weeks to see the full difference, so let's give it a bit more time...

Lancôme is also launching a new mascara called Grandiose and I am so excited about this because as crazy as it sounds, I only discovered great mascara last year in the form of Lancôme Star Hypnose. Turns out that Grandiose is even better for my short, straight lashes because if I can't be bothered curling them, this mascara will actually curl them! (I've tried a lot over the years and none of the others have done that.) It's got what's called a swan neck wand, which means it helps lengthen your outer lashes and then you turn the wand the other way and you can get into the corners of your eyes. It's seriously great and if you like mascara, definitely check it out!

travel // brooklyn

25 Aug 2014

2012_09_30 New York

I thought Brooklyn deserved its own post even though I haven't spent nearly as much time there as I have in Manhattan, but the buildings are beautiful and we had a great poke around at the Brooklyn Flea and the Artists and Fleas.

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

yves saint laurent movie

25 Jun 2014

After an hour's commute to the city thanks mostly to traffic and finding a car park open late, I finally sat down with my fancy popcorn and some seriously delicious champagne (we found out later that it was Moet. That explains a lot!) to enjoy the latest French fashion film Yves Saint Laurent which is about to hit cinemas.

I love movies and documentaries about fashion and designers, mainly because I'm so curious to see what's behind all the glitz and glamour. So many of them have had quite sad lives because of how they grew up, family situation, wars and alcohol and drugs. Yves Saint Laurent was no different. I didn't know a great deal about his life, but he was portrayed as a creative genius and somewhat of a workaholic. His relationship with his work and his business and life partner Pierre Berge was the central focus.

This film also reminded me of my love for French cinema (and French actors!) and I'm so inspired to take a bit more effort when getting ready in the morning. Everyone's hair was perfect and the suits were impeccable and the dresses were amazing. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong decade!

Here's a little reminder from YSL that was in our goodie bag that made me giggle:









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