Inject some colour!

I love adding some sunshine to my days and my look through my nails – it’s a great way to add some colour to your wardrobe without making a big purchase, and with all the pop colours available at the moment your choices are as endless as colours in the rainbow!

Here are my picks….

For polish you can pick up at your local chemist or department store, Natio and Revlon have a great range of shades, and wear well.

Try Natio’s new Lights and Brights range (below). At around $5, these tiny pots are about half the size of Natio’s usual polish, which means you will use it up before you get tired of the shade!

When choosing a Revlon polish, be sure to stick to their classic line, as this wears best. Feeling adventurous? Try ‘Fuschia Fever’…


Many people rave about OPI nail polish. I would definitely recommend it, however I have found its wearability to be comparable to brands such as Natio and Revlon. OPI has an extensive range of shades and is available from David Jones. Why not really kick the winter blues with ‘Need Sunglasses?’!


One of my favourite brands of nail polish is Mavala. Mavala is made in Switzerland and is only available to Australian customers online. A little more effort, but worth it every time! With a huge range of ‘just-what-I-was-looking-for!’ shades, Mavala is long-wearing and is sure to pull compliments! Log on to www.feelunique.com to try Mavala’s trio set in PoP.


butter LONDON is a relatively new brand that has created luscious, long-wearing polish free of three carcinogenic substances commonly found in nail polish (formaldehyde, toluene and DBP). While butter LONDON is available in Australia, it’s still hard to find, but can be purchased online – try www.adorebeauty.com.au/butter-london.html. Retailing at around $20, this is a solid investment! Not just sunny, but good for you too – try ‘Jaffa’.


When wearing such bright colours, it’s important to use a good base coat to block the varnish from discolouring your nail. OPI and Sally Hansen have some of the best base and top coat options available. Also, avoid ‘quick dry’ nail polish – generally quick dry = quick chip.

Otherwise, it’s very hard to make a fashion mistake with nail polish – you might even start a trend!

Enjoy!

Elissa x

3 Looks to try…

It’s my favourite thing about living in the southern hemisphere! As we continue to bear the cold here down under, we have the opportunity to flick through magazines (and blogs), decoding, critiquing and admiring the spring/summer fashions being unravelled in the U.S. and U.K. By the time spring rolls around here, you’ve decided what worked, what didn’t, what won’t be taking up residence in your wardrobe for the next 6 months, and what definitely will… Haven’t you?? Well, just in case you’ve been slack on your fashion studies over winter, here are my pics for some fab looks coming our way from a few of my favourite fashionistas!

 

Colour Matching

There is so much I love about this outfit! Shorts suits are just beginning to grace our stores (though great examples are few and far between), so this week I’ll focus on how to work colour matching. I’ll be honest, it’s a tricky trend to do well. One way is to find pieces that are the same colour, but slightly different tone. This means one colour will look like a slightly watered-down version of the other. The other way is to combine pieces that are pretty much exactly the same colour. Either way, it’s a good idea purchase the garments from the same brand, as the dyes used on the clothes will probably be the same or very similar.

 

Witchery’s gorgeous knit pencil skirt ($99.95) was featured in my put some spring into your step post, and received so much love that I couldn’t resist teaming it with Witchery’s scoop neck tee ($59.95) for colour matching. Both in Witchery’s new ‘neon’ palette, this tonal match will work equally well with black or tan accessories.

The Chambray Dress

It’s hasn’t been truly OK for women to wear the chambray dress since the 90s, but Katie Holmes’ has brought it back in a big way! A bit of a style chameleon, Katie’s been working the casual-but-cool Mum look lately, swapping her usual jeans and tee combo for cute sundresses. The best news? You can snap up this Madewell dress from Shopbop for $138.00, and work it just like Katie! 

Complete the look with Loop Leather Co’s ‘Threes Company’ belt ($49.00).

 

 

Accessory Matching

But not just any accessories – lipstick and shoes to be exact. Sounds disastrous? I thought so too until I saw how great Kate Bosworth looked! The key is keeping the rest of your look very simple and neutral, like Kate has done with this smart beige dress.

This idea can be applied to accessories other than shoes, but it’s important to only match one accessory with your lips – don’t go all out matching jewellery, bag and shoes.

If red isn’t your style, tone it down in coral.

Try matching Lipstick’s Neige heels (159.95) in coral lizard numbuck, with L’Oreal Paris’ Colour Riche Intense Lipcolour in pink passion.

Am I sensing a matchy-themed season coming on?

Enjoy!

Elissa x