simplicity

dainty picValentines Day is around the corner, but it’s never too late to order last minute gifts for your best friend, or to have your best friend hint to your boyfriend! My current jewelry trend is collecting small, dainty pieces that give a more simple look.

I have always loved Helen Ficalora–I have my charm necklace collection that started back in high school and is still being added on-to! They just launched an updated site which makes shopping her products a lot easier!

Catbird is a recent favorite, with the dainty stack rings that are also fun to collect! My best friend Clara recently gave me the small heart ring, which is now stacked with another ring and gold knuckle ring. I’m already adding to the collection, but it’s a secret because I got a matching one for Clara for Valentines day ūüôā

I recently discovered a jewelry designer, Ariel Gordon, who has similar products and also some other adorable additions! I Love the double heart ring, and there’s some other beautiful pieces on her website!

I hope everyone has a¬†Happy Valentines Day! This week by roommates and I will be baking sugar cookies to give to our best friends here in Dallas. I’m going home as well next weekend to see my family and celebrate my cousin’s engagement!

xx


it’s the most wonderful time!

Okay, so it’s the beginning of November and Christmas decor is in full gear in the United States. It becomes so overwhelming, time flies, and suddenly you’re scrambling to find gifts for friends and family. I thought it would be laid back in Australia, but the decorations around the mall are up and the music is playing! In an effort to help you find the perfect gift for your friends and family with different interests, I’ve made up the perfect gift guide! All you have to do is tie it in a bow an you’re set–I did all the research you need! xx

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homebody:

Timree makes the cutest hand-painted ceramics, school supplies, paintings, and many other fun things! I love her company, I went to the store in Newport Beach and it looks like so much fun for paint parties! These make the perfect gift for family members, or friends who want to store their jewelry in a personal dish!

organized:

Gigi New York has a great selection of planners, personal items, purses, etc. I also love Clare Vivier, which is a similar leather accessory company. The fold over clutches are perfect for a night out or on the go. I want every color! Both designers both have a men’s collection as well–for those looking for a gift for your dad, husband, or boyfriend : )

beach-goer:

The Beach People¬†towels have been a hit all over Australia. I even added one to my Christmas list! They are super cute and go great with a pair of mirror shades–I thought these Wildfox ones were fun!

simple accessorizer:

Catbird NYC has the most gorgeous, dainty jewelry that makes the perfect personal gift. I love the stacking rings, it’s fun to collect over time. I’ve been noticing these adorable French-made bracelets by SAB&SAB¬†all over Sydney, they too make the perfect collectible piece!

tech-savvy:

I love Frends headphones (as mentioned in my previous post)! There’s different kinds and colors, and of course provide great sound–I have these ones on my list as well: ). I just recently bought this Boostcase, since my phone dies so quickly here. They have a lot of pretty pastel colors, and the battery pack can be detached when you don’t need it.

scent-seekers:

Palm Beach Collection is a great Australian brand, I have a ton of them all over my apartment here! I also can’t go without my Calypso Bellini perfume. I have the candle for that too–so if it’s hard to order the Palm Beach candle from the US, the Calypso candle is just as great!

beauty queen:

I can’t get enough of frank body scrub–I actually just did my weekly scrub today! It makes to perfect gift and works great. I love the brand, and all of their cheeky descriptions.¬†Glam Glow¬†is a hit! I have both the moisturizing and mud mask and they work wonders! You can find it on Amazon, at Sephora, or Mecca (for all my Aussie readers!)


aus-sentials

I’ve been loving my new Samudra clutch, it fits everything I need! Here’s a peek¬†inside my daily essentials (with some Aussie products that I hope to get when I’m home!)

essentials

1. Papaw Ointment: Chaptstick is the number one necessity in all of my purses–I’d be stranded without it at all hours of the day! This is the¬†best¬†lip balm, cuticle cream, or basically anything you need it for! My aussie sister (did I mention I’ve been ‘adopted’ into a family? I love them!) gave me a spare jar and I am¬†obsessed!¬†

2. NARS coral lip pencil and concealer stick: I just got the coral for summertime, and it goes on perfectly with my lip gloss. A spot concealer is perfect to cover up little blemishes on the go, this one lasts long too!

3. Gypsy Water: thanks to my sister, I’m now addicted to this amazing smelling perfume! I’m starting to see it grow in popularity around here, probably because it’s so amazing! I love how it smells different on everyone, it gives you your own personal scent.

4. Coconut lotion: okay, sunscreen? Yes, it is a necessity to wear daily, especially when Australia is lacking an ozone layer… but this mainstream sunscreen smells amazing! You don’t smell like a tourist going to the beach, you smell like coconuts and vacation. It’s all over the convenience stores, but I hope I can get it when I get home, it smells that good!

5. Card holder: I love my new YSL cardholder. It’s perfect to carry itself when your on the go, or throw in a purse when you only need a few cards and some cash for your night out.

6. Sunnies: the Daddy B sunnies from Oliver Peoples are my absolute favorite. They have the best styles and colors, I’m already saving up for my next pair!

7. Ear-buds: Frends makes the best ear buds and headphones. I love these, but since I’m usually on the go, the ear buds fit perfectly in my Samudra pouch.

8. Last but not least: the Samudra Pouch! I absolutely love the beach designs on these bags. They are such great quality, and fun to even use for a casual purse when you’re out to dinner. It was hard to pick just one–I want them all!

xx


trio takeover

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The C√©line Trio bag is a beautiful fashion staple, making its way throughout my Pinterest feed. ¬†It’s a beautiful “trio” of three leather clutches buttoned together into a perfect cross body bag. ¬†After spending months saving up for one of my very own, I could’t find the bag anywhere! ¬†Just as I was about to give up, I lucked out with the¬†Annabel Ingall¬†look-alike. ¬†She¬†is an Australian¬†designer with an eye for what’s trending, but also classic at the same time. ¬†Double win–it’s a third of the price (which means I had some extra money saved up to spare!) I love detaching one clutch from the trio and using it as a pouch in my bigger totes, as well as a casual clutch to run quick errands with.¬†

Check out her website to see an array of color choices, as well as her other styles (I love the totes too!) You can also find some of her products on Shopbop and Revolve Clothing with free shipping and returns!  

 

 


druzy dreaming

What’s more exciting than getting a package in the mail? ¬†When it’s a beautifully wrapped handmade gift! ¬†I recently ordered these green druzy studs from Meredith Brooke¬†on Etsy and love them! ¬†She has the cutest handmade products, I can’t wait to buy some more for friends. I just love the cute pom pom wrapping and her colorful logo–I just had to share with you all : )

I love to support local businesses whenever I can, I’m actually working with a carpenter through Etsy to make a new media console in my room! Details to come!

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