Pisces have their head in the clouds – and their feet in amazing shoes.
Ah, spring time! It really is quite magical. Mother nature in all her splendour seems to appear out of nowhere and suddenly the sky seems bluer, the grass greener, the clouds whiter, and blooming gardens supply us all with a kaleidoscope of colours.
But as we all know, we can’t have it all. There’s always got to be a balance of the good, the bad and the ugly. That’s exactly what this next collection looks at. I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to at least a couple of them.
That persistent feeling of needing to be outside all day…
Winter rain and spring time sun gets you all like…
For those of us who experience daylight savings.
Why bother washing the car in spring? You know when you do, it’s sure to rain.
The erratic temperature swings of mother nature.
This seems like a great alternative!
Ahh…The annual harvest!
Bizarre, isn’t it? Yet, it’s so damn true!
Frosts covering the car don’t seem so bad now do they?
Images via Various Sources
Spring is almost sprung. Can you smell the flowers? Can you hear the birds tweeting? Can you think of any other spring cliches to put into this question? I’m sure there’s many more about the start of spring being a magical time of the year where lambs are born and you get to frolic in the sunshine.
In reality, our springtime is more about what we’ll be wearing to the races, getting our bikini bodies back on track and cleaning out all the stuff that has consumed our house over the last year.
When spring starts, it’s as if we are reborn. It’s almost the same feeling you get during a new year, where anything is possible and you feel motivated to get stuff done. After all, have you not thought to yourself during this month: “I’ll just wait until spring to start my diet/start exercising/start hand washing my delicates, a few more weeks won’t hurt.”
One cliche that we should be living by is spring cleaning and getting rid of the things in our house just as the weather warms. Spring cleaning isn’t just great for the way your house looks, it’s good for your health.
While cleaning seems like the biggest chore, decluttering your house is fantastic for your mental health. Clutter is mentally exhausting and can cloud our brains. When the space that we inhabit is not clearly presented, it can cause stress, which we all know is less than ideal. Winter is the time where we collect things, making a nest for ourselves inside our own homes. It could be magazines that have been bought for warm, weekend reading or it could be the clothes that are hanging in front of the heater to dry. Spring cleaning means getting back into our lives with a clear mind, thus clearing the clutter.
Having a good spring clean also increases our productivity. Organising your home is great for your mindset, but also for your wallet as there is no need to replace things that seem to have been lost. Cleaning out clothing is also great for local charities who can benefit from the clothes you will no longer wear by giving them to someone in need.
Mental health benefits: tick. Money benefits: tick. Let’s get onto getting that summer body back right? Having a great spring clean of the house gets you moving! Cleaning is great exercise, so put some tunes on, work your way around the house and find that sports bra that’s been hiding all winter to get back into your healthy routines.
On top of all of this, spring cleaning gives you that sense of satisfaction when you’re done. Sure, it might be a huge and exhausting job, but just imagine how great you’ll feel once you’re finished and you can sit on your clean floor, watch TV and eat some pizza knowing that you’ve done something great. You’ll be as happy as a 1950’s housewife advertorial.
Are you as excited about spring in Australia as I am? Finally we can turn off our heaters and put away those big, bulky jackets. In fact, wearing lighter clothes is one of the things I love most about spring; it feels like a huge weight lifted off your shoulder – pun intended.
With every new season comes new trends in fashion. The 70s are still the decade to channel; think flared pants, flowy blouses and lots of suede. The main trend for spring, though, is anything lace-up.
First seen on the Chloé runway, lace-up sandals, gladiators and clothes have found their way into high street fashion labels’ collections. So get inspired by the following finds of spring’s hottest fashion trend, lace-up.
This is where it all started: The original Chloé lace-up sandals are every fashionista’s dream this season. They’re extremely versatile and thanks to a low heel, comfortable, too! With a hefty price tag of $1890, they’re going to remain a dream for me. Thankfully, a lot of cheaper brands have picked up on the trend.
These MissGuided gladiators are the more dramatic version of the Chloé ones and are sure to make any summer dress look extra cool.
If effortless had a name, it would be Asos Lace-Up Denim Dress. Not only are denim dresses on trend, but combined with the white laces it takes you to the next level of fashionable.
For a more elegant, feminine look, opt for this white lace-up blouse. It will take you from work to drinks with your friends effortlessly without a need to accessorise. The lace-up neckline is a showstopper all by itself.
This pencil skirt is anything but boring. With its lace-up details on the hips, it accentuates your waistline and seems inspired by corsets – definitely not for the timid!
Images via Chloe, Missguided, Shopbop, Asos, Yoox
Each week, SHESAID is teaming up with some of the most influential and creative food bloggers to bring you a variety of healthy, nutritious and most importantly – delicious, recipes from the social sphere.
Is a smoothie your go-to breakfast in spring/summer? If you said yes, you’re going to thoroughly enjoy indulging in this wholesome mango smoothie bowl recipe by Instagram sensation @naturallynutritious.
“I had the most delicious mango breakfast smoothie when I was in Malaysia last year and wanted to bring it home with me!” says Melanie of the inspiration behind the dish. “It’s refreshing and filling thanks to the oats added in, and makes me feel like I’m on holiday. Well, kinda!”
Be sure to share your #WholesomeTreats with @shesaid and @naturallynutritious on Instagram!
1 small frozen banana
1 mango cheek
1 really heaped tbps of greek yoghurt
1/4 cup quick oats
a little ice
1/2 cup water
- Place everything into a high-speed blender and pulse until smooth.
- Serve topped with your favourite berries.
Spring is upon us! So it’s time to kick all of that stagnant, winter energy out of your life and invite rejuvenation and balance back in.
Not sure where to start? Here are our top 5 tips on how to detox you mind, body and soul – just in time for the warmer weather.
They don’t call it a ‘spring clean’ for no reason! Now is the perfect time to throw away anything that might be weighing you down. Go through your clothes, draws and cabinets, and toss out (or give to charity) anything that you haven’t used or worn in over a year. It’s been said that decluttering invites new energy into your life and clears any blockages.
With the change in season comes a change in produce – and appetite. Ditch the hearty, winter lasagnes and hot pots in favour of fresh, spring salads and grilled proteins. Also, make the most of the lush, seasonal fruits such as honeydew, mango, lychees and apricots. Your body will thank you for it later!
Get some sunshine
With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and soak up some of the sun’s rays. Why not grab a friend, a coffee and a picnic rug and head down to your local park for the afternoon or take a stroll on your lunch break? Experts say that sunshine has a profound effect on people’s mood due to its ability to increase the ‘feel good’ hormone, serotonin. You’ll be surprised at how revitalised and recharged you’ll feel afterwards. Be sure to slip, slop, slap though, ladies!
Drink more water
In winter, our desire to drink water decreases. What you may not realise however, is that h20 helps to flush out any toxins from the body and can also help to speed up your metabolism. Make a conscious effort to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day going into spring. While it might seem tricky at first, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your body will adapt.
They say that our power lies within the present moment, therefore it’s important to remember to bring awareness to it on a daily basis. Practising meditation is a great way to do so, however something as simple as a ten minute body scan can also be effective. Set aside some time in the morning – or on your lunch break – and listen to a guided scan (check out Smiling Mind in the app store). Not only will this help you to relax and de-stress, according to research it promotes a sense of inner balance and self-awareness.
It’s that time of the year when the weather is unpredictable and it feels like winter in the morning and summer in the afternoon. The temperatures can literally rise or fall 15 degrees within a few hours – a nightmare when it comes to dressing appropriately.
This is why your current wardrobe needs to be trans-seasonal. But, how do you do that? Basically, it’s all about having a few key items in your closet and knowing how to combine them. So on that note, ladies, this is the trans-seasonal 101:
1. Get the right jacket
For those low temperatures in the morning and at night time, you need a light jacket that you can throw over your outfit at any time. A trench coat is perfect because it not only suits pretty much every outfit, but it is light enough to carry around during lunch time when it’s warm and sunny. A really good alternative is a leather jacket for the same reasons.
2. Ankle Boots
Even though you’ve lived in slide sandals all summer long and would love to keep wearing those oh-so-comfy shoes during winter, please don’t start wearing them with socks. Instead, get a good pair of ankle boots with a medium heel. They will keep your feet warm – but won’t make you feel too hot on warmer days – and can also be just as comfy as slide sandals.
3. Invest in a good scarf
I cannot stress enough how useful a big cashmere scarf is in trans-seasonal weather. It’s chic, it will keep you warm, it doubles as a blanket, and when it gets too warm you can simply put it in your handbag. Get one in grey, black, or navy blue so you can combine it with most other colours.
This is easily the most important thing to remember for trans-seasonal dressing: It’s all about layering. Wear a summer dress with tights, a cardigan, a trench coat, and that cashmere scarf we were just talking about on your way to work. During your lunch break, leave the scarf and the trench coat on your desk. It’s like two outfits in one.
If you keep these few tips in mind (and carry around an umbrella), the unpredictable weather will never make you feel bad about your outfit choice again.
Image via ambersceats.com
As the layers come off and the social scene comes alive again, The Dating Stylist Kim Lal has some essential tips on how to spring clean your body and mind and get your love life ready for summer!
1. Set your new exercise routine
If you’ve spent your winter binge-eating, drinking and sleeping the days away, then it’s safe to say you’re not going to be looking the best version of yourself – and if you don’t find yourself attractive then how can you expect anyone else to?
Take the time and energy to reinvigorate yourself by engaging in daily exercise to blast those winter kilos away. This not only trims your waistline, but it also gives you more energy, helps you sleep better, improves your mood and libido, and increases self-confidence.
2. Change the stodgy winter diet to spring vegies and fruits
You are what you eat! Eating healthy foods reduces your risk of stroke, cancer and type 2 diabetes. It also helps maintain a healthy weight, gives you more energy, makes you look younger, feel fresher and live longer.
(Secret date tip: When you’re on a date, the food you eat will tell your partner a lot about you. The Dating Stylist recommends being healthy and adventurous when eating on a date.)
3. Preen those feathers
As we shed the thick tights and long-sleeve shirts, it’s often a good idea to give your entire body a good spring clean. A full body exfoliation will get rid of dry skin cells and a wax to remove any hidden hairiness will really prepare you for spring.
4. Sort out your emotional baggage
Spring is definitely a time of new beginnings. If you’re looking for love then it’s time to remove the past from your life. Give your Facebook page a good clean out, delete old photos from your phone and computer, delete old numbers and face the future with a positive frame of mind free from the past.
Are you looking for love now that winter days are behind us?
Spring calls for fresh, dewy skin and bright, gorgeous hues. Try these easy makeup tips for spring that look great on everyone.
Keep your skin looking soft and dewy with BB cream
Part moisturizer and part foundation, BB cream also works overtime as a sunscreen and an anti-aging treatment, which makes it our number one spring beauty must-have.BB cream are so light it feels like you’re wearing nothing but lotion, perfect for anyone who wants flawless skin but hates wearing heavy foundation. We love how luminous our skin looks with Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone BB Cream, and another favorite on our shelves is Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm.
Get bold with orange lipstick
A quick and easy way to brighten up your face is with a bright pop of lip color. If you’re feeling particularly bold and adventurous, give orange lipstick a try. True orange isn’t always the most flattering, but coral looks fantastic with pretty much all skin tones. After applying, blot your lips for a matte finish, then reapply. If you’re looking for a more subdued way to incorporate the trend, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint has a gorgeous orange stain called Spirited that is a makeup artist favorite.
Ramp up the drama with the eternally chic cat eyeliner
Cat eye makeup is always on trend, and it’s so pretty for spring, especially paired with floral fashions and feminine accessories. If you struggle with uneven or asymmetrical cat eye makeup, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Draw the outline of each cat’s eye with a pencil, then fill them in with the liquid liner. Dip a thin Q-tip in makeup remover and carefully clean up your work. If you’re handy with a brush, we’ve stayed faithful to Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner for years now.
Get your feet in on the fun with some nail polish
Once it’s warm enough to dustoffyour beloved open-toed sandals, grab a bottle of nail polishand get to work on those toes! We love OPI’s Spring/Summer Brazil Collection, particularly Amazon…Amazoff and Live.Love.Carnaval, vibrant hues that will warm up any skin tones that haven’t seen the sun for months!
Nothing says summer more than a bold, glamorous splash of colour. Brighten your world with these amazing, new hot make-up hues of the season. Wall flowers need not apply. All items are available at www.davidjones.com.au, David Jones stores and other leading stockists. Phone 133 357 for more details.
The colour purple: Make like super-cool New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, who loves a good purple lip, and who collaborated with M.A.C to produce this beauty: Pure Heroine Lipstick, $36. This limited edition, powerful purple number is vibrant and matte in a deep, rich shade of plum with an amplified finish – definitely one to wear when feeling sexy and confident as you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. Prince would SO approve, too.
Eyes on the prize: I adore the new YSL Couture Palette, $98, in #11 Ballets Russes. There’s something a little bit 80s about the electric blue, pink and purple – it’s pure, intense colour bound to make your eyes pop! Each palette contains a base colour and a highlighter colour to sculpt and illuminate the eyes, plus three signature colours to create your own unique YSL look. It’s a luxury spend, but YSL eye shadows are long-lasting, crease-proof and contain both matte and satin shades. Love!
Totally nailing it: This super pretty nail shade reminds me of Tiffany & Co., plus springtime – NAILS INC Nail Lacquer, $19.95, in Royal Botanic. Playful and pretty, it’s the perfect pop of pastel to add to a feminine ensemble. The new on-trend shade also has a gloss finish.
Lipstick, with a twist: Add this one to your wish list, ladies – it’s lipstick, but not as you know it – the SISLEY Phyto Lip Twist, $50, in Cherry. A concentrated lip colour, this baby is tinted like a lipstick, cocooning like a balm and shiny like a gloss. The holy trinity! What’s more, it’s non-sticky, twists up easily and no sharpener is required. Suitable for buildable coverage, it’s a great summer go-to to add to your make-up bag.
Red hot chilli woman: I love a hard-working product and this one delivers: The Balm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush, $27.95. It will earn its keep in your make-up bag as a sexy eye shadow, striking blush, subtle highlighter, or light-reflective lip finisher – all in a pretty peachy-pink hue which will flatter most skin tones. And, if you’re a busy businesswoman or mum on the go, ain’t nobody got time to apply 20 different products. This is genius!
From Brazil, with love: This baby is a dead-set party for your nails, this summer: OPI Nail Lacquer, $19.95, in Live.Love.Carnaval. Part of the Brazil collection, this classic polish – like all OPI beauties, glides on perfectly. I love this gorgeously bright coral hue that brings a touch of a Brazilian summer to your hands. Don’t be shy – rock it at high volume and intensity.
Brisbane-based fashion brand Maiocchi has embarked on an ambitious rebranding and expansion plan, recently opening a new store in Paddington, Sydney. A darling of the fashion set, worn by the likes of local celebrities such as Georgie Gardner, Sonia Kruger, Kate Richie, Kate Miller-Heidke and Ella Hopper, the label has gone from strength to strength since its launch 11 years ago.
Created by label owner and designer Deanne Mayocchi (pictured), the brand started off as a market stall; now, it’s a $3 million a year fashion manufacturing powerhouse with three dedicated Brisbane retail outlets, as well as the new Sydney digs. In addition, Maiocchi had a 40 per cent increase in sales in 2013, at a time when many iconic Australian fashion labels are being forced to shut up shop.
Whimsical, romantic and well-structured, with exquisite fabrics, textures and detailing, Maiocchi also has more than 60 national stockists throughout Australia, a thriving ecommerce site and employs more than 20 people, plus additional, local sub-contractors.
Maiocchi’s spring 14 collection, Kiss and Tell, now in-store (pictured below), showcases the label’s signature figure-flattering shapes in a celebration of colour, print and style. Inspired by florals and classic, lady-like 50s shapes, it also features exclusive Japanese cottons.
Of course, what sets Maiocchi pieces apart are its personalised, handmade details, quirky touches and delightful textures and trims. What’s more, the label is still designed and made in Australia. “After growing three successful Maiocchi stores in Brisbane, we decided to take the leap and extend our brand interstate,” Deanne says.
“Eventually, we would love to have a store in every city, it is exciting to see our business growing and expanding throughout Australia.
“The rebranding of the company aesthetics was only natural, following the strong growth and expansion. We felt that the existing branding no long reflected our business or our Maiocchi customers.”
Under a new motto and company philosophy – Today is the Day – Deanne has also recently started designing her own custom material prints in-house. “I have designed four custom prints for the collection this season,” she says.
“We really wanted to focus on developing our own prints, to emphasise Maiocchi’s unique aesthetic and develop those truly stand-out pieces that our customers have come to love and expect.
“Women are increasingly turning to statement garments and this collection embraces the romantic and flirtatious elements of spring to offer just that.”
Also designing ahead for her spring 2015 collection, Deanne says the material prints offer her a new creative outlet that’s “fun and interesting”.
The designer juggles her booming business with motherhood to Oscar, 4. In fact, she says becoming a mum has made her better at her game. “Since I’ve had Oscar I am much better at managing my time and I achieve more in a shorter space of time,” she says.
“Now, it’s just ‘let’s make a decision and get it done’.”
Maiocchi will show at the Mercedes Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival Brisbane Arcade show at Brisbane City Hall on Wednesday, August 27 at 7pm. For more details, visit mbff.com.au. In addition, Maiocchi will hit the runway at Ekka Wrapped in Natural Fibres Fashion Parades, at the Fashion and Style Pavilion, Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds from August 8–17, at 11am, 12pm and 1pm daily, with an additional 2pm showing on the first Saturday and People’s Day.
Planning a city break this spring? Whether it’s a short weekend getaway or a longer vacation, packing the right wardrobe is essential. Luckily our favourite celebrities always inspire us with their style so we’ve picked a few key looks for your next city escape.
Jessica Alba’s scarves
Jessica has mastered the art of sprucing up casual outfits with scarves. Scarves are light so you can pack a few without weighing down your baggage (hint: wear one on the plane as it always gets chilly in the air). Mix up a few scarves in neutral tones as well as ones in bold colors or patterns.
Mary-Kate and Ashley’s oversized sunglasses
Oversized sunglasses are one of the most-loved celebrity accessories. No matter how blah you look after a long flight, throw on a pair of giant sunglasses, sleek your hair back into a ponytail and you look instantly chic.
Reese Witherspoon’s fedora
So you’ve arrived in a new place and you’re ready to explore but don’t have time to style your hair. Throw on a hat! Fedoras are a traveler’s best friend, whether you’re on a beach break or chilling in the city, and they suit most face shapes. Reese shows how cute they can be paired with a simple tank and skirt.
Olivia Palermo’s army green jacket
Forget cardigans, the best way to layer up for chilly spring evenings is the classic army green jacket. They go with everything – from classic jeans and a striped tee, like Olivia, to a flirty cotton dress or over a maxi dress. Look for one in a light cotton so it doesn’t weight your baggage down.
After an endless winter, what better way to update your look than a with a hot new hair color? Chase away your post-winter blues with some hair color inspiration from five of our favorite celebrities.
Michelle Williams’ Platinum Blonde
If you’re thinking about going blonde, look no farther than Michelle Williams for inspiration. Michelle’s color is blonde done right. While many blonde dye jobs look very artificial, especially on short hair, Michelle’s is natural-looking and timeless.
Nicole Richie’s Lilac Locks
If you really want to make a statement, try lilac like Nicole Richie (who copied Kelly Osbourne, but who’s counting?). It’s not a look for everyone, but if you’re going to try an unconventional hair color, spring is the perfect time for opt for this on-trend pastel hue.
Karlie Kloss’ Honey Brown Hues
Update your brunette locks with hues of honey brown and golden highlights.This is a great hair colour choice if you don’t want to do anything too drastic, but still want a change for spring.
Rachel McAdam’s Striking Strawberry Blonde
Strawberry blonde is such a pretty hair color for spring, and no one wears it better than Rachel McAdam. With its golden undertones, it’s attention-grabbing but very wearable for anyone with fair skin. It is the perfect compliment to her shoulder-length, textured layers.
Cara Delevingne’s Dirty Blonde
The supermodel sets hair color trends every time she updates her look (pretty much every week) and we’re fascinated by her latest choice, going dirty blonde. Great for those with blonde or golden brown hair, keep it looking fresh by using color protectant products and a shine serum.
With spring in the air (and in your step) now is the time to add some warmth and colour to your wardrobe.
This season is all about bright colours, edgy graphics, and lots of accessories (think arm party and layering!). Here are our tips on how you can add some pizzazz to your outfit.
Colour pop your outfit
Don’t wait until summer to bring out the bright colours, get into the fun a little early. Bringing a pop of colour to your outfit can be a little daunting, but rest assured, it’s not as hard as you think. Team a black and white outfit with a pop of yellow and you will suddenly bring your outfit to life. Try a pair of bright shoes, a handbag or some other bright accessories to add some colour.
And, if you’re a little more daring, take it up a notch with a bright coloured piece of clothing like a hot pink statement skirt.
The folded clutch
Perfect for daywear or a night on the town, accompany any outfit with a folded clutch for sleek spring style. If you’re not typically a fan on the clutch, many come with an accompanying strap so you can conveniently transform it into an over-the-shoulder bag. Don’t be fooled by their deceiving size, most clutches are very functional and can fit all of your everyday necessities. Have some fun with fabrics too; try a leather, suede or faux fur clutch for something a little different.
Light, flowing scarves
Get rid of those chunky knitted scarves that kept you warm all through winter, it’s time to bring out the light colourful ones for Spring! Scarves are the perfect budget-friendly accessory to add something more to your look. Jazz it up with bold animal prints, or relax your look and choose something light in a pastel colour.
Don’t forget the hat
Hats aren’t the easiest accessory to pull off, so luckily there are plenty of options! Choose a straw hat, rather than a woollen or knitted hat for a breezier, more summery look. Don’t be afraid to add a hat to your daywear (they shouldn’t just be saved for the beach!). Try a fedora if you’re feeling a little hip, or a floppy hat if you’re more of a boho chick.
Make a statement with a bold embellishment
Don’t be scared to bling-it-up! Whether it’s with subtle statements or extreme detailing, after hibernating in winter, Spring is the time to shine. Eye-catching embellishments can be as simple as selecting an item with a beaded collar or 3D lace…but remember, the key to pulling off this look is moderation. Be confident, and rock this bold look.
These fashion tips are courtesy of a range of retailers at Uni Hill Factory Outlets in Melbourne. For more information visit www.uhfo.com.au or like us on Facebook or follow Uni Hill on Twitter and Instagram @UniHillFO.
What’s your favourite spring accessory?
shu uemura International Artistic Director Kakuyasu Uchiide created this sunny, summery makeup for the David Jones Spring/Summer 2013/2014 launch to compliment the season’s catwalk style, focusing on glossy lips and long lashes. Here’s how to get the look:
1. Using your fingers, gently massage shu uemura Instant Glow Stage Performer all over the face.
2. Using shu uemura Brush 18, apply shu uemura Face Architect Illuminating Moisture Fluid Foundation and conceal under the eyes and any imperfections if necessary.
3. Using shu uemura Natural Brush 20h, apply shu uemura Glow On P540 Soft Orange to the contour of your the cheek
1. Using shu uemura Kolinsky Sable Brush 10, press shu uemura Pressed Eye Shadow Soft Gold ME335 eye shadow all over the lids, fill the upper lash line with shu uemura Painting Liner in Black and draw along the lower rim with shu uemura Drawing Pencil in ME Pink.
2. Gently remove shu uemura Slant Black False Eyelashes from the platform, apply a few drops of the shu uemura Eyelash Adhesive to the base of the false lashes. Apply the false lashes along your lash line, wait for 5-6 seconds for the adhesive to dry.
3. Apply a thin layer of shu uemura Ultimate Natural Mascara in Black.
1. Apply shu uemura Gloss Unlimited BR10S on the lips.
Would you try this summer makeup look?