Monday, November 10, 2014

A few days ago I was invited to a Reward Style Master Class and their Friday night cocktail hour. I was lucky enough to meet some really amazing, talented and beautiful Melbourne bloggers. I was also really lucky to meet with the super friendly French Connection and Seed Heritage PR girls. All of the bloggers were gifted some really amazing and generous gifts from French Connection and Seed Heritage; Thank you! 

In this post, I'm wearing a white shirt from Ebay, a black felt hat from The Iconic, my navy pleated skirt from H&M and some black heels from Betts

I felt super comfy in this outfit and I'm in love with this skirt. There are a few items in my wardrobe that I really love and this navy skirt is definitely one!

Hope you're all doing well and have a nice week! 

-Olivia. xx

Shirt: Ebay |  Skirt: H&M  |  Hat: The Iconic similar black floppy hat |  Heels: Betts similar black ASOS heels


Friday, November 7, 2014

I remember the first time I traveled alone to Sweden, I had just finished my first 9 hour leg. I was at the airport and I had to re-check into my next flight, yadda yadda yadda. I was pretty frazzled and I stupidly stuffed my comfort clothes into my checked luggage without realising I had done so when I was on the plane. I had to wear my highwaisted skinny jeans and t-shirt for the next 13 hours to Finland. I have never made this mistake again on long haul flights and neither will you!

After traveling quite a bit this year, I feel like I can share some advice with you when it comes to what items I find handy having on the plane and in arms reach.
In the lead up to my flight, I start separating my make-up. I hardly use what I have and I know that if I was to pack it the morning before I fly out I would justify taking all my cosmetics.
What I do is get a smaller makeup bag and whatever I use during my normal makeup routines I put in the new bag, so I know exactly the items I've been using and then before my flight, I'll add the extras like a red lipstick or that rosy cheek stain.

When I'm on the plane, I start organising my space. I'm a neat/clean freak so I like to know where everything is, so I can enjoy the flight. In my seat, I always have some moisturising face wipes, lip gloss, hand cream, rose hip oil, collagen eye mask and my own concoction of lavender face mist (Lavender essential oil with some water in a small aeroplane size, spray bottle.) This is perfect for quickly rehydrating your skin plus, it's relaxing! I also keep snacks near by... what!?

My hand luggage will usually include things like my laptop, hairbrush, large scarf in case I get chilly, clean underwear, comfort clothes, makeup, a tooth brush, face wash and moisturiser and snacks (as if you don't do it!)
Leave items that you don't need to reach often in your hand luggage.

Now that you have the flight out of the way, you need to manage how you'll be traveling around and exploring those amazing places! If you're familar with AirBnB, there is a similar thing out there that can help with renting out cars called RelayRides! You can organise an airport car rental through them! Now you can find hidden gems and not have to worry too much about public transport! How easy!

I hope these tips for flying have helped and that you're more prepared for that big trip!

-Olivia. xx


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

As you may have guessed my next gift guide is very much for the ladies. Who do you know that is a beauty queen? They seem to have tried and tested so many beauty products that you never knew existed! Alas, you can never get enough of the simple basics, some red lippy, face wash and a lovely hand cream. When I created this gift guide, I was thinking about the beauty queen that has it all, who doesn't mind trying something cute and different, but will also appreciate the beauty necessities like face wash.

I've put in the items some items that I use on a daily basis like the Nuetrogena face wash, (I alternate between both), the Bourjois blush in that exact colour (it's my favourite and lasts a really long time!) and the Elie Saab perfume (now you know what I smell like!) To items that have really cute packaging (ahem cooling eye cream). Click around and find out more about these products!

I hope this helped with spurring on some ideas!

-Olivia. xx


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

When I was planning to go to Rome with Adrian, the first thing I thought about was the Lizzie Mcguire movie where she goes to Rome. My time in Rome was pretty similar to the movie, you know, I met a famous singer, fell in love, got my heart broken, sought revenge and humiliation, then realised that I was in love with my high school friend the whole time...  

No, not really! Adrian and I ended up walking so much, sightseeing until the late hours and just making it back to our place near the Vatican city. Thinking about Rome makes me feel so happy, I can't believe I saw some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. I remember sitting in Italian class, flicking through the Volare text book and looking at the pictures of Italy and hoping that one day I'd visit Italy. 

Rome was amazing! I will have a more in depth post about it later on. I took these on our way to dinner after a huge day of sightseeing!

Dress: Zara similar drop hem dress from Mango |  Cape: Zara  |  Sandals: Birkenstocks these are the Arizona Birkenstocks in black  |  Bag: H&M similar leather shopper from ASOS  |  Hat: The Iconic (I found a similar River Island hat)