These Boots

So this is Winter. Past the solstice and suddenly the heavens open. It seems like only yesterday we were getting about in shorts and last week was Christmas. I dread the cooler months for their dreary chilliness but there’s one shining beacon of hope that drags me from my doona cocoon in the mornings… It’s boot season! High, low, short, tall – I love them all. And one online retailer is pulling more than their fair share of the boot weight this season: SHEIN.Over the past few months, I’ve been attempting to curate my shoe collection into something: a. Inspiring, and b. Manageable.

After whittling down what I already had, I did a bit of a cheeky order or two to fill the gaps in what I thought I needed. What follows is my selection of on trend (and bargain) boots from SHEIN to get through a multitude of wintery situations.

This post is not sponsored by SHEIN in any way, I just love what they’ve got going on right now!These black, foil-printed ankle boots are just too lovely for words. As well as being super comfortable, the not-quite-silver, not-quite-gold colour scheme is versatile af. The perfect alternative to heels on a night out.Ok, I have a thing for beetles and bees. I’ve even got one tattooed on my arm. So, when I saw these red velvet beauties, it was love. The chunky block heel is practical, while still being high enough to be dressy. More of a statement than the black ones, these boots will jazz up a simple outfit wonderfully.Beige over-the-knee boots are a staple for many so I thought I’d get in on the act to find out what the fuss is about. As the mercury continues to drop, I can see these becoming a go-to for finishing off weekend outfits.This is probably the perfect time to be channeling Wonder Woman with some tall red boots. These are shoes that demand attention as soon as you step out the door. Not for the faint hearted, I would dress them down with some light-wash blue denim jeans and a simple white shirt or jumper. Relaxed, unfussy and absolutely letting the boots be the stars they are destined to be.

Which are your favourite? Are there any boots you can’t live without?

Prime Time

I have an admission to make. Some will consider it unforgivable but I’ll say it all the same. I don’t use a makeup primer. This product is a non-negotiable for many, yet I just haven’t found one to fall in love with. Hah, and I call myself a beauty blogger? I thought it was about time I get on board with this extra step and let you know what difference (if any) I notice in terms of staying power, oil control and overall look.I picked up this primer in Priceline’s Pink Dot sale for half price, which is an incredible steal. After testing a little on the back of my hand, I was impressed by the way it glides over the skin and leaves a matte – but not flat – finish.On my face, it’s even better. My skin felt silky smooth during application and my pores even seemed visibly smaller. After applying makeup, I can’t say I noticed much of a difference and my skin still ended up a little shiny by the end of the day. However, as someone who tends to become fairly reflective, I would say it had some impact.I’m going to have to keep using this little love to see how things go between us. It could be the start of something wonderful… Or perhaps it will fizzle – only time will tell.

Is there a primer you swear by? Or do you, like me, opt to skip this step altogether?

Charmed, I’m Sure

If there’s one thing Revlon does right, it’s their Stain, Matte and Lacquer balms. They’re so easy to apply and wear, I rarely find an occasion that warrants anything more! The stains are the sheerest coverage, followed by the punchy lacquers and finally the beautifully creamy matte balms that deliver as intense a colour as any lipstick.The love affair began quite a while ago when I picked up the peachy nude Charm (stain) – and I haven’t looked back. Honey (stain) and Ingénue (lacquer) are my favourite everyday colours, while Showy (matte) and Femme Fatale (lacquer) are perfect for nights out. The newest addition to my little family is Crush (stain), a beautiful wintery berry shade that will be easily worked into my current makeup routine.How can you say no when such stunning shades are delivered this beautifully, with formulas that last and really do feel as soft and nourishing as a balm? I sure can’t. Plus, they smell like candy canes and don’t melt in hot cars. Can you tell I’m obsessed?Priceline’s pink dot sale means there is currently 50% off the entire Revlon range! Shop here and let me know what colours you pick up.

Iconic Shopper

It’s no secret that I enjoy shopping. Inevitably, this leads to the spending of money now and again but, as the bargain hunter I am, I’ll always have my ear to the ground for a good sale. Recently, I shopped The Iconic sale and picked up some smashing pieces at such good prices that I actually made money, right? Maybe not, but I’m still feeling pleased as punch with the outcome!

Unless otherwise mentioned, all items are The Iconic‘s own brands – Atmos&Here (clothing) and Spurr (shoes).This dress was actually a bit of a wildcard. It looked nice on the model, it was available in my size and the price was low enough to risk it… I just didn’t think the quality would be there. Well, it floored me. The jersey is beautifully soft and the entire body of the dress is double layered which means it’s warm and flattering. Winning!Not much to say about this Dorothy Perkins kimono style jacket, other than it has the versatility of a black ankle boot (lots) and the static level of rolling around on synthetic carpet while wrapped in a polar fleece blanket (also lots).These burnt orange (lets face it, they’re pretty much red) culottes were actually the piece that inspired the haul. Only available in a size 6 when I ordered, they are on the verge of being to tight – no big dinners while wearing. The black top is very basic, comfy and versatile – just a good addition to my work wardrobe.It isn’t exactly the season for Bardot style tops but that won’t stop me! Whether I layer it, take it on holiday or simply save it for a sunny day, I will find a way to wear this beautiful crop top again and again. The only disappointing piece! This skirt is lumpy in the wrong places, too big around the waist and too heavy for the breezy style. I will break out the sewing machine and see if we can reconcile our differences. The top, however, is a winner! Structured and feminine, with on trend fluted sleeves, I can see myself dressing this down with some worn in, high waisted, light blue jeans. Honourable mention to the shoes – what can’t they do? I see them as the winter equivalent of a strappy sandal and will get just as much use out of them. Cost per wear? Practically nothing.Jess, it’s winter, what are you doing? Clearly, I can’t resist a a playsuit, especially when it’s as cute as this! Almost nautical in style, with a rock candy colour palette, this cutie begs for big black retro shades, a huge straw sun hat and cocktails on a beach. Who am I to say no?So, my red obsession continues all the way to my toes. These suedette babies have an incredibly practical low block heel that in no way diminishes the party-on-your-feet vibes. Perfect for dancing the night away on a yacht.With a carefully held arm for modesty, this crochet and pom-pom playsuit is another save-it-for-summer piece. Thrown over a bikini, it will make a delightful and much more appropriate day-to-night outfit.I hope you enjoy reading about my shopping adventures because there’s more to come!

Made for Us EP Launch – Mark Turner

Believe it or not, Perth has a thriving original music scene. And nothing proves this more than the launch of Mark Turner‘s EP, Made for Us. On Sunday night, I was privileged to be at the occasion – a smörgåsbord of blues, jazz, soul, funk and pop, with a heady dash of rockabilly.Held at Babushka in Leederville, the evening began with Concious Dreamers warming up the crowd with their own collection of originals and covers, followed by Jessie Gordon and friends. But the main event was when Mark Turner stepped onto the stage, accompanied by a plethora of other talented musicians, including a string quartet.

No stranger to the stage, Mark plays a variety of instruments in several bands around Perth. With residencies and regular gigs in a number of venues, no doubt his face is or will be fast becoming a familiar one.Relaxing with a couple of beers and some excellent music in this lovely, little, tucked away live music venue was the perfect way to spend a blissful Sunday Sesh – and let’s just say, Mark is already getting some significant airplay on my morning commute!Will update when I have more information about where you can get your hands on the piece of artistry!

Huge thank you to Aligator Media for inviting me to this event – my weekend was far richer for the experience.

Infamous 

Ever since I was a little girl, it’s been a dream – albeit not a very realistic one – to run away and join the circus. This desire was awakened and renewed on Friday night with the opening of Infamous, an adults only, cabaret/circus extravaganza under the Spiegel big top.From the moment you step through the doorway, it’s as if another world has opened in front of you. A world reminiscent of the golden years of circus – without the animals – and it smells of popcorn. After settling in with a preshow drink, we were ushered to our seats and the magic began.From the first moment, I was captivated. The stunts are sufficiently death-defying, the costumes glitzy and the music dramatic. With jugglers, dancers, contortionists, acrobats, trapeze artists and the biggest fidget spinner I’ve ever seen, Infamous is one hot ticket. It’s awe inspiring, it’s hilarious and it’s sexy in a way that Cirque du Soleil just doesn’t deliver.Playing in Victoria Park for a limited season before they set off on a national tour, there’s no time like the present to give yourself and your loved ones (not the kiddies, though!) a glimpse into this thrilling other world. Goodbye, I’m off to join the circus.A huge thank you to Aligator Media for giving me the opportunity to witness the spectacle that is Infamous!

There’s an App for That

Shopping is entertaining. Much more window shopping than the actual spending of money, because I’m about as frugal as they come, but I do enjoy browsing the latest collections – and sales, of course. But who has the time for the countless hours of wandering in and out of shops, only to face a barrage of over-eager salespeople and ultimately be disappointed by what’s on offer? Eh, not me. To be fair, real life, face to face shopping has its place (and can be wonderful) but right now I’m all about the convenience of online shopping. More specifically, apps. They make me very ‘appy, scrolling through parades of models showcasing the covetable and not so wonderful trends of the season. Here’s a little run down of a few I think are dishing up the goods.

How could an online shopping list be complete without it? With such a range of brands and aesthetics, there really is something for everyone here. They also offer free returns, which takes the stress out of getting the sizing perfect and all but eliminates buyers remorse.

Best for:

That super sweet returns policy.

This one goes in and out of favour with me but I will never delete the app. Checking in once in a while is enough to keep abreast of what they’ve got going on and every now and again, what they’ve got going on is completely amazing! Their recent 40% off Iconic exclusives sale (including already reduced items) caused me to make a (not so) little order and I honestly can’t wait the two days it’ll take to arrive. That’s right, two. For free. Stay tuned.

Best for:

Own-brand clothing and shoes, which are also often on sale. Look for Atmos&Here and Spurr.

Formerly known as Sheinside, this website/app serves up on trend, stylish pieces at a fraction of the price you’d pay anywhere else. The quality and sizing can be a little off sometimes but I’ve found their customer service to be impeccable. My advice is just to buy things pictured on a model so you know it won’t be itty-bitty or positively gargantuan.

Best for:

Deconstructed style shirts and blouses, and designer/high street dupes.

There are scores of other apps worth a browse; Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing and The OUTNET (for some designer bits), to name a few. What’s your go-to online destination?

Don’t Look At Me!

This is just a quick shoutout, an ode to an unsung hero. I’m talking about the lushest of Lush face masks and my current favourite – Don’t Look At Me. Sassy by name and invigorating by nature, this baby leaves my face as smooth as a baby’s… you know.The thick paste is a beautiful, bright blue, and smears on in a luscious layer of lemon-scented loveliness. Kept in the fridge, it’s the perfect counterpoint to sitting in a hot bubble bath, as is my wont.When it comes time to say goodbye to my cerulean facade, I’ll scrub it in with a little warm water and – voila – I am brand new! My skin is so perky I could almost forget its winter.This little pot of pizazz is most certainly on the pamper menu this weekend. What’s in your weekend pamper routine?