Colour wheel


Where do you get inspiration for outfits? I’ve been doing my Project 365 Wardrobe challenge for 16 months now and given we’re getting to the pointy end it’s becoming harder to constantly make the effort to go through my wardrobe and pull out previously unused pieces. All I want to do is wear my favourite things or my newest stuff. Often I have to spend time thinking about my clothes rather than just grabbing something and pulling it on. I’m always on the look out for inspiration – something to refresh how I feel about my clothes and make me remember an old piece so I can work it in a new way.

Usually it’s colour combinations that grab me rather than trying to replicate specific pieces. I love this image of blogger Margaret Zhang though I don’t adore the pieces. What I like is how fresh the combination of khaki, cream and orange feels. I ended up putting my own spin on it by wearing a white top, khaki pants and coral sandals, an outfit I might not have otherwise thought of but I loved. My computer and phone are generally full of images and Tumblr is always great for style images.

How do you decide what to buy or wear? Where do you get style inspiration? I’m intrigued.

Dear John

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I saw John Mayer play four years ago at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne and he blew me away. I am unashamedly a huge fan but I came from a concert background of Kylie and Pink where a show was a Show. Costumes, lights, dancers, tricks. Mayer stood on an oriental rug with his band and just played. It was amazingly good.

Tonight I saw him in the same venue and I loved it just as much, if not more. Thanks to a very generous friend I had corporate box tickets and the view was outstanding. I saw Mayer play the O2 in London last year when I was there and I think this show was infinitely better – he was looser, more relaxed. In London he told the crowd he wasn’t good at speaking so he was just going to play, while tonight there was plenty of light hearted banter. And that shitty head scarf looks to have gone for good.

I think people get caught up in the ‘John Mayer’ persona of it all and forget what an incredible musician he is. The guitar playing that would make angels weep and that smoky, sultry voice that could sing the phone book and still sound good. Tonight was a pleasure from start to finish and my only regret is that we can’t just do it all again tomorrow.

Belief / Queen of California / Half of My Heart / Waitin’ On the Day / No Such Thing / On the Way Home / Slow Dancing in a Burning Room / Neon / Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty cover) / Wildfire / All Night Long (Lionel Richie cover) / Speak For Me / I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You) / Who Says / And It Stoned Me (Van Morrison cover) / Waiting On the World to Change / Dear Marie / Gravity.

Things I bought #19, 20 & 21.


I can’t resist a good J.Crew splurge. Though I generally only buy from the sale stock anyway, I like waiting for a code that gives an extra percentage off. So was the case when I bought these three pieces – it’s the perfect time for buying staples in different shades. Two of these three are items I already own in other colours and love, and the third was a punt that paid off well.

I already owned four of the Tippi merino sweaters when I picked up this one in dark poppy. It’s a gorgeous dark red and I don’t have anything else in this shade in my wardrobe. I like the slightly retro feel these add to an office outfit and the crew-neck is ideal for showing off statement necklaces.

My love for the Perfect Fit cardigans knows no bounds so I decided to add this one in what looked like a neon melon colour to my collection. In real life it is a full-on fluoro orange that’s so bright it’s gasp worthy. Luckily that’s right up my alley.

Finally I tested out one of the painter tees in a neon yellow. I was expecting this one to be bright and it is, though in a totally good way. The fit on this is outstanding – the cotton is thicker with a slightly slubby texture, it’s fitted but not tight, and a decent length. I’d definitely be down for more of these.

All up the three items cost $90 including postage. It’s definitely worth signing up for their emails to get a heads up on further reductions because some great quality bargains can be had.



Thoughts of the week – 20/4


1. I am working every public holiday this Easter plus ANZAC Day. Whenever I speak to someone on the phone they always express sympathy that I’m working on a public holiday, to which I reply “just watching the money roll in bitches.” Perfect timing for Hawaii.

2. Princess Kate had a blue snakeskin Oroton clutch in Queensland today and I’m kicking myself now that I didn’t buy it because I picked it up several times in-store – it was lovely. And now sold old.

3. Baby George is just the cutest. those cheeks!

4. I’m not especially religious but I don’t eat meat on Good Friday. I friend and I went for a post work Maccas session yesterday and after smashing a large Filet O Fish meal and a caramel sundae, I had stomach cramps for over six hours afterwards. Caveat emptor.

5. I had to buy my own Easter egg this year which I suppose is a bit sad. I got a Darrell Lea liquorice one and it’s been sitting at the end of my bed. It’s killing me.

6. I found three of the mythical 4711 Acqua Colonia fragrances at the DFO for $5 each and bought two – Lemon & Ginger and Melissa & Verbena. They’re lovely and refreshing, plus it was such a bargain.

7. I love these aerial photographs.

8. I watched the first season of Community and quite enjoyed it. It’s a great ensemble and they build the inside jokes really well. Still deciding if I’ll sign up for season two though.

9. Jess talked about her obsession with Belvita breakfast biscuits and I was so relieved to know I’m not the only one. I absolutely adore them.

10. THIS. Every. Single. Time.

Happy Easter


This has been a busy week, work-wise, and I’ll be working my way right through Easter (and hoping for a bit of calm). I’m rapt to have scored all the public holidays so my bank account should be looking healthier as I get ready to go to Hawaii. I’m already spending it in my head.

For those who get time off, enjoy it. For those who will be at work like me, I hope you get an easy run. And for everyone, I wish you plenty of chocolate. While I’m a bit old to be believing in the Easter Bunny, I have to admit that I did buy myself a Darrell Lea liquorice-filled Easter egg and will be putting it at the end of my bed on Saturday night for Sunday morning. Of course that’s if I don’t eat it all first!

Have a wonderful Easter.

March empties

A lot of empties this month – I’m trying to sort through my overwhelming cache of things and get rid of products I don’t use, like or have gone bad.


Final Net hair spray – I don’t mind a quick dash of hairspray after I’ve done my hair and this did a decent job. Plus the smell took me back to my dance concert days.

Fabulosity EDP – This was a blind buy that didn’t work on me. I expected it to be more fruity/vanilla but it’s floral so I’m taking it to work to use as the communal perfume.


Pacifica Sandalwood Body Butter – This is only half empty but I just can’t take the smell any more. I love sandalwood but this isn’t really that sandalwoody and the cream isn’t good enough to overcome the smell problem.

Korres Coconut Milk Shower Gel – The Korres shower gels are my favourite formulation and this was another good one, though not their best. It was more a milky, nutty scent than full on coconut.

Hamilton Urederm Cream – Love this, automatic re-purchase.

Kmart Sugar Mint Body Scrub – This was $3 so I thought I’d give it a shot. In short, it’s TERRIBLE. There’s no scrubby bits really and it can’t even be used as a shower gel because it doesn’t lather. Chucking it.

Thierry Mugler Angel hand cream – Used this as a body lotion and it was great, left just the right amount of what’s a very strong scent.

Shiseido Honey Cake soap – This was a Japan purchase I’d been hoarding and apparently it’s a bit of a cult product there. it doesn’t smell like honey and is more like ordinary old Pears soap so I wouldn’t bother hunting it down again. Nice but not special.

EOS cucumber hand cream – I don’t like hand cream but bought this in the US because I loved the smell and the packaging. Sadly it’s gone off so I’m chucking it.


Biore Pore Cleansing Strips – Automatic re-purchase

Swisspers Cucumber Facial Wipes – Bought these for travel because my half-litre of Shu Uemura cleansing oil doesn’t travel well. They were nice and did a decent job.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Radiance Boosting Mulberry Foam Cleanser – I love a good foam pump cleanser and really enjoyed this. It did a great job of cleaning my face without stripping it and has the most amazing fruity scent.

Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Intensive Skin Repair Serum – This was an old sale purchase that has gone bad so I’m chucking it.

Derma Q10 + Retinol Skin Repair Serum – This is a really cheap supermarket line and I think the serum was about $5. It didn’t do much for my face so I used it on my décolletage and it was fine.

Lancôme Advanced Genefique Serum – I liked this more than I expected and would consider a full size purchase. it made my skin feel lovely.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost – This is a serumy type product that has the texture of a silicone primer, so I used it as such. It was nice and light and made make up slip on easily. However it has a glass bottle and a pump pack that gave up with about a fifth of the product still in there. it was impossible to scrape out too, which is pretty frustrating.

L’Oreal Revitalift Laser x 3 day cream – This is a sample and I also finished a full size jar (which was in a plastic Sephora tub after I took the heavy glass original packaging overseas). I really liked it but probably not enough to immediately re-purchase.

Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk sample – This was OK but cleansing milks aren’t usually strong enough for my skin.

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum – This was OK, nothing special. I wouldn’t re-purchase.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Eye Serum – This sample came in an Adore kit and I didn’t mind it. Usually I’m not big on eye cream but this was lovely to use.


Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – I love this but I have issues with it. The shimmer is too much on my skin and it makes me look oily only hours later. I’ve been through over half of the bottle but I have better products waiting in the wings so I’m getting rid of it.

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup – God knows what I was doing when I bought this as it’s about three shades too dark for my skin. I’m going to give it to a friend.

Max Factor Whipped Crème foundation – This was a sample from a UK magazine and I’m devastated because you can’t buy the product here. It has a beautiful matte finish.

Maybelline Cosmic Edge Bronze Shimmer Powder – This stuff is at least 15 years old. It is very very dark and very very shimmery, though with an incredibly light hand it works well. However it’s loose and grotty and old so I’m chucking it.

Revlon Beyond Natural Cream to Power Eye Shadow Quad in Buff – These aren’t great. They’re creamy but they never really set and soon migrate into your crease. Chucking.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Passionfruit Shimmer – This came free with a magazine and it’s OK but I don’t love it and have 100 similar shades. Passing on to a friend.

Cover Girl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Ashen Glow - This wasn’t as good as the other pencil I bought (Caramel Flame) and it’s a harder texture with glitter. Giving it to a friend as I don’t love it.

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 103 – This matte pink has a great formula but the colour is a touch too pale for me so I’m giving it to a friend.

Essence Twilight Breaking Dawn Lip Gloss in Renesme Red – God knows what I was thinking. This is glitter city so I’m giving it away.

Cover Girl WetSlicks Fruit Spritzers Lip Gloss in Papaya Splash – This is nice but pretty much sheer and I have a million of those. Giving to a friend.

Essence 50s Girls Lipstick in Back to the 50s - This is a nice straight red with a creamy finish but I have enough reds already. Giving away.

Bloom Eyeshadow in Olive – I have a L’Oreal Infaillible that’s a dupe for this colour but the product is better, so I’m handing this one off.

Things I bought #17.

409 JCrew

I obsessed over this J.Crew jacket. It was highlighted in one of their emails but every time I looked online my size was sold out. Such was my love for the so-named Surf Varsity Jacket, that I was actually happy to pay full J.Crew inflated for Australians price. If it came in, I was going to grab it.

Finally it did and for $175 it was mine. It fulfils my love of neoprene and this version is done in a soft and comfortable cotton. I love how neutral the black and grey is, meaning I’ll be able to wear it with a lot of other colours and things. I also appreciate that the sportswear style very much ticks a box for this season while remaining timeless – I’m sure I’ll still be able to wear the style five years from now.

I’ve worn it a few times so far casually with jeans but am planning to wear it to work to put a twist on some structured dresses. I think a bright lip in orange, pink or red will also tie in nicely with it too.

The Surf Varsity Jacket is still available online and it’s gone down to $166 at the moment so if you like it, move quickly.