Red & Gold: Evelyn Dress in Yellow and Black Vintage Floral Print

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I have fallen in love with this dress. Is it even possible to feel so attached to a piece of cloth?
This is my second Evelyn and the cut is different to my first. The bust fits smooth, the print is so crisp and fresh.
But what makes this dress so special was that it was the frock I wore on my Graduation (which I posted about recently here).
I’ve been playing around with different colours and I love the pop of red with the glorious g0ld print of the dress.

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Don the Cap & Gown: Vintage-inspired Graduation

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The blog has been quiet, but this was not my intention: My life this year has been a whirlwind I am not lying when I say it has been & still is a struggle.
I’m the type of person who need set things, I need to know what I am doing and where my life is heading and sometimes I can’t do that. It’s hard but I like that I can tick things off.

This week I graduated after 4 years of hard work. It was an effort, let me tell you. But putting on that cap, and pulling on that gown and hood made me realise that the hard work and sacrifices I have made are worth it.
My graduation was a celebration of hard work and sheer perserverance and I can only thank those around me who have supported me since day one for my success.

To my loving family, my beautiful grandmother Elaine and both of my parents Sue and Kel. To my loving husband-t0-be, Jacob. Without their assistance, I would not have graduated. I am so lucky to have had them by my side on this journey.

I am officially a Visual Arts teacher, with the paper to prove it! Let’s see where my next journey will take me!

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Never, ever.

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“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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Easy Winter Knits: Autograph

I love simple, layering and easy warmth that comes with adding knits to your wardrobe.
With the cooler weather on our door steps here in Australia, I am looking forward to pulling out my cardigans and layering over my existing wardrobe. Loosing weight also means I am on the hunt for jumpers that actually fit me now and so I am scouring the web to find cute, fun pieces. I plan to share my finds with you!
This is the first of a few posts featuring easy to wear looks for winter, from Australian plus size retailers. The first is Autograph, which feature in many shopping malls around Australia and also have a great online website.

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From left to right: 3/4 Fluffy Sequin Cardigan $69.99, Sherling Front Knited Cardigan $79.99 & Long Super Soft Cardigan $59.99

I love that they have a great range of knits that I am loving. I’m a huge fan of warm textures, and some of the mohair and angora sweaters are super soft and warm on your skin! This season I am also impressed with their great selection of wide fitting boots that cater to a bigger calf size.

So here are two looks that I simply love and would totally wear myself. I am loving the look on the left because I am obsessed with animal print right now. The sweater on the right is super luxe and there are so many ways to wear it!
Before you say “But they don’t sell vintage” hold your tongue: I can always work a knit and a pair of jeans with a pop of vintage. Think about adding red lips, scarves and your accessories will change the entire look!

 

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Left Look:
Fluffy Animal Print Jumper – $59.99
Skinny Full Length Jean – $79.99
Knitted Mesh Knit Scarf – $29.99
Short Suedette Wedge Boot – $89.99
Red Glam Ring – $19.99

Right Look:
Embellished Angora Sweater – $79.99
Indigo Jean – $69.99
Long Mohair Waist Coat – $69.99
Short Zip Heel Boot – $89.99
Drop Earrings – $14.99

How do you keep warm in winter? Share your tips in the comments!
Check out Autograph for lots of great winter essentials, including their knits and jeans this winter!

 

Cherry Dollface Hair & Makeup Session – Newcastle, Australia

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I saw the advert and I knew I wanted to attend.
There was no doubt that I was going to miss 3 hours of teasing, red lipstick and hair spray with the Youtube and pinup sensation Cherry Dollface. Armed with my camera and hoping my memory would hold all of the information (I also had a notebook!), I sat in on the first session that kicked off Catfight Collections’s Charlestown Square Cherry Dollface sessions. My class was on a Thursday night, with only around 19 ladies. We were all excited to attend, learn and we all had lots of questions!

Cherry Dollface was simply a wonderful teacher. Not only is she funny and entertaining, she also simplified & broke up complicated steps for everyone. She made victory rolls (start) to make sense for me, and some of her tips and tricks for eye makeup were new for me. If you ever have the chance, step in to one of her classes and you will see why I attended. It was a great boost to my inspiration levels.

Throughout the sessions, Cherry used some gorgeous products that I later purchased from the Bomber Betty cosmetic brand. I cannot recommend this brand for an amazing eyeliner, and I will be sharing my experience with it on the blog very soon. It is seriously the BEST eyeliner I’ve used and have been using non-stop since buying!

Here are a few tips that I have been using since the session, maybe they will work for you too!

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