LANEWAY

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ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL, RNA SHOWGROUNDS, 10.02.18

Wearing: Crop and skirt, both by Glassons, vintage heirloom jewellery & jewellery by Lovisa & Sportsgirl, bag by Topshop

ABOUT FACE

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My number one concern as we hurtle towards the cooler months (or any month at all, really), is my skin. While I’m no longer experiencing hormonal breakouts reminiscent of my teen years, I’m still battling seasonal dryness/oiliness – though my skin issues have changed, they’re still about as stubborn as 13-year-old me.

I’d heard of The Ordinary before, but when you’re in the trenches fending off acne, the low prices (if you can you believe it) are often a deterrent. I’d tried $15 drugstore brands before, and all I got was an irritation and hydrogen peroxide bleached towels.  I was convinced that the only answer was spending $140 on serums and lotions that promised to solve all my problems AND do my taxes.

Fast forward two years and one move to Brisbane later, when $140 is better spent on rent and you know, food, The Ordinary‘s day has come. Their student-friendly budget is the least of their selling points – potent, highly concentrated formulas bring out the best in my skin, with products to suit every single one of my concerns, sans gimmicks or tacky marketing ploys. All that AND under $30? Yes, please.

Pictured: Hyaluronic Acid, Advanced Retinoid Serum and Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil. All available at Priceline, Myer and online.

BLUE JEANS

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BLUE JEANS – both the name of a Curacao-based cocktail (that I hated making) sold at my old job (that I hated working), and hardworking wardrobe staple. But unlike me at my old job, my blue jeans show up every time and put in 100% – managing the sweaty walk to the city or Friday afternoon drinks in the valley, no worries.

Another hardworking staple is linen. Despite its tendency to wrinkle if you so much as breathe on it, linen is one of the most expensive and sought-after textiles in the world, and a quintessential summer fabric. Strong, lightweight and highly absorbent, it wicks moisture away from your skin, keeping you looking and feeling fresh AF. Get it in white,  and you’ll spend the long summer days feeling as though you’re straight out The Hamptons.

Wearing: white linen crop by Ghanda, blue jeans by Cheap Monday, starry shoulder bag by Poppy Lissiman
Photography by Hannah Rowell

 

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The mood to wear a dress doesn’t strike me often, much less the mood to wear a bright red, floral, look-at-me dress. However, if there’s one occasion that warrants a game of dress ups – it’s definitely a birthday. My mother purchased this dress for me because when I walked out of the change room, I looked, and I quote, “like a girl!” and despite my initial instinct to yell that she didn’t understand me, she was right. Light, flirty and fun – perfect for date night when paired with heeled mules, or thrown on with some sneakers for a lazy morning wandering the markets.

So, in conclusion, I’ve decided that dresses are underrepresented in my wardrobe – they’re incredibly versatile, the ventilation is incredible, plus I didn’t get a weird muffin top when I’d finished scarfing down my birthday pasta.

Wearing: floral wrap dress by Ghanda, mules from Kmart, rings by F+H Jewellery, Pandora, Pashin, Thousand Island Dressing, and Krystle Knight Jewellery 
Photography by Hannah Rowell

 

 

UNDER $20

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Comfort is usually my one pre-requisite when putting an outfit together. For an ensemble to get the green light, I have to be able to have a boogie, sit on a crowded bus for more than five minutes, eat too much pizza, have a nap and just generally walk through life feeling secure in my clothes.

I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled this liquid gold beauty out for an night with mates, and realised that not only does it satisfy all my needs in terms of comfort, but everything (even the wine!) I paired it with cost less than $20. When an outfit makes you feel good, look good and each piece costs less than your 3am Valley Maccas order, what else could you possibly want?

Wearing: gold silk dress by Verge Girl (purchased at warehouse sale), white lace bralette from Kmart, necklaces all from Sportsgirl, wine by Wolf Blass, from BWS
Photography by Hannah Rowell