Hint of Glamour #4

How many of you have tried something on, had someone gasp and say ‘that’s your colour!!’? Pretty much all of you I’m guessing. It can be really useful to know what colours make your features POP and create some wow factor before you have even managed to untangle your glorious bed hair or swipe on some makeup. This colour (or colours) will become fail safe options – when you look into that wardrobe and no inspiration comes your way or you are having a bad day and hate your body/face/hair. By the time you are through accessorising you will be so into the outfit that you’ll wonder why you struggled in the first place.

By using these colours not only as guidance for outfits to showcase your stunning self but also as pick me ups and back up ideas for outfits, you are reducing the risk of running out of time getting ready and feel amazing as you head out to face the day!

 

My colours are red, emerald green and royal blue (helps also that I have dark hair and eyes too, I think!)… and I am regretfully guilty of the mad dash of getting ready. Usually because I can look into my overflowing cupboard and say ‘I have nothing to wear’.

So what could be the solution? To have atleast one outfit as my fail safe – not just the colour but accessories and makeup ideas too. Preferably an outfit that can go from day to night with a change of shoes.

To get some inspiration I searched through some websites and came across a blog called POPPED, it is a great blog that has a wide variety of posts all within the pop culture genre, including celebrity news, reviews of movies, outfits worn, hairstyles, trends and funny posts. As I was reading and laughing at some of the observations in this blog I found a post that sparked some inspiration for what my standby outfit could entail. The post featured two actresses in the gowns they wore at the Golden Globes with belts. I was inspired by the colour (red) and the use of belts. For the post from POPPED, ‘Hot Trend Alert’ click here.

I know, I know belts with dresses was huge over a year ago – but it has come back and I am loving it more then ever. They help to add definition to your waist, break up the colour and I feel they add some class. Below is a picture of a shift dress I recently scored for $20. This will be my fail safe item, with accessories to make an outfit.

Below are three options: casual, dressy and formal – add my standard winged tipped eyeliner, some blush and scrunched/volume hair and I will be able to get ready and walk out the door in less then 30 minutes.

What I loved about the Golden Globes outfits is the use of metallic belts –  I am seeking one now! I want to see how compatible it will be with my wardrobe…

To see how this look was styled for a formal occasion make sure you click the links and have a look at the post: Hot Trend Alert from POPPED ….

This look can be adapted with any colour, but don’t be afraid to try some red and boldly stand out! Red suits a variety of skin tones and hair colours, it all depends on the shade. So before you dismiss it as not your colour, try it!

Kooklah Xx

 

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Found! Amazing beauty site & a fantastic philosophy..

It’s late at night and I am trawling through beauty sites, heading from one post to the next. I then stumbled across Beauty Heaven‘ – what a name for starters! This site is managed and contributed to by professionals in the beauty industry and has product reviews, how tos and advice, as well as news and other interesting articles.
I am really looking forward to exploring this site more – will definitely be trying there how tos and contributing to reviews of products (you can do this by becoming a member – read more here).

There is something for everyone here, and if I hadn’t been clicking on random links leading to new posts I would never have found this amazing piece of advice I just read from Bobbi Brown the founder and creative director behind Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. What captured me was “I’ve always believed in showing women what’s right about them, instead of what’s wrong” , such a simple sentiment but so wise! Dress and style yourself to highlight the aspects you love – you will feel amazing and that will show! To read Bobbi’s interview with Beauty Heaven click here.

I then headed to Bobbi’s Australian webpage and found this philosophy echoed in the opening lines of her story, “makeup is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident.” If you have some time, the story of how she started in the industry in America and formed her company is pretty fascinating (click the link – Bobbi’s Story). I had no idea her breakthrough involved an American Vogue cover, Naomi Campbell and selling 100 lipsticks in her first day of retail.

When I was travelling in the USA I picked up a Bobbi Brown eyeliner product and have been waiting for a special occasion to try it out. This weekend I will definitely be doing some makeup trials with it… and if I love it, will expand my collection of products.

Have you recently been inspired by someone’s story or philosophy?

Kooklah Xx

Inspire Me Woman – Peta Serras

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar…

Peta Serras is 24, a Pilates instructor who runs a Pilates studio in East Maitland in the Hunter Valley called Pilates Evolution Now. Not only is Peta a Pilates instructor and business woman – she is also a model, blogger/writer and a ‘foodie’. Peta is also one of the most hilarious, independant and motivated women I know. Her facebook states, ‘Every year is my year..’ and 2013 will be no different. Read on to learn more about this fascinating woman, including what she is currently working on, her successes, inspiration and some style tips! For the official Peta Serras Facebook page click here.
 
Can you briefly describe your job/career?
I am a Pilates Instructor who writes for professional publication, runs a successful blog (Pilates Evolution Now – Blog) and models in her spare time! I also have my own Pilates DVD designed to get you into your splits in 15 minutes a day!
 
How did you decide to get into the field you work in?
I started Pilates from my dance background to help strengthen up and fell into modeling after I was entered in ‘Search for a Plus-size Supermodel’ when I was 15.
 
What do you like the most about it?
I like that with Pilates I get to help people on a regular basis and improve their lives and wellbeing. I love with modeling that I get a satisfaction from booking jobs as people choose to work with me due to my good work ethic and healthy look.
What do you like the least?
I work extremely long hours and dealing with the public sometimes isn’t the greatest! The castings in modeling is the hardest. You might attend 30 and maybe book 1!
 
What is your favourite colour?
Turquoise.
Do you do your hair or makeup first when getting ready?
Hair! I set in hot rollers and then focus on makeup.
Growing up what were your favourite styles/fashion trends?
I’ve always loved Grecian styling. Michael Kors did this a few years ago and it looked sensational. Tans, big blowdries, minimal makeup and sleek dresses in sunset colours with lots of gold.
What are your current fashion favourites?
I love that the shoes are super high! Death to kitten heels! Crystal handbags by Oroton are definitely on my list of faves, I purchased the black crystal one for my birthday last year and they definitley make for very special gifts.
If you could only use three makeup products what would they be?
Clarins moisturiser, Hurraw! Lip balm and MAC brow powder.
What is your signature look?
Strong brows
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Dominating the world.
What has been something you have struggled with or been challenged by lately?
My self confidence and believing in myself. I get down so often because I have this idea in my head of how I should be which is unrealistic and unfair on myself!
What has been the most exciting or satisfying moment for you professionally?
Producing my own Pilates DVD. Also shooting with Marie Claire and professional photographer Adam Flipp.
 
Do you have a quote or piece of advice that you use to live by or motivate you through life?
“Everyday, in every way I am getting better…”
What is the piece of advice you offer to others?
Practice gratitude so more good can always come into your life.
If someone wanted to break into your line of work what would you tell them?
Be head strong and know you can do anything you set your mind to
 
Who are your role models? Why?
Gisele Bundchen and Janice Dickinson. Extremley successful models who have completley blown the world by storm with their success. I admire them and all they have achieved.
Who is your style icon?
Nicole Richie
Do you have a styling or beauty tip you can pass on to For the Style Seeking Girl’s readers?
Strong brows make the face
 
What was your dream job growing up?
Supermodel.
What is a guilty pleasure of yours?
Eating chocolate everyday, even breakfast time!
What is something you want to cross off your bucket list?
A cover of Women’s Health magazine.
Do you have a single moment or time that has changed your life?
Being 20kilos overweight. It is something you must experience, I believe, in order to give advice. It helps me so much with counselling clients.
What would you tell your 16 year old self?
Everything will be okay, you are gorgeous and the world is your oyster.
Just wait and see!
 
 
 
What is a styling/beauty ‘rule’ that you follow/break?
follow – less is more
break – thongs with almost everything. Havaianas are my best friend!
What would you like to pass on to future generations?
Just be yourself and never try to be anyone else. You are good enough just as you are.
What is a fashion/beauty trend you dislike?
Undone brows. Dark lips and dark eyes – too much makeup! Let your natural beauty shine!
 

What three things would you take with you on a desert island?
Suvana (paw paw) ointment, Jensen Ackles and my brow powder… (Serious!)

What is your favourite song?
Chet Faker – Into You

What is your favourite movie?
Footloose.

Thank you to Peta for her fantastic responses to the varied questions thrown at her. She is definitely an inspiration to me – this woman will change the world one day, I believe she has already started. Peta is currently studying nutrition and during this year will be a qualified health and lifestyle coach.

If you have any queries or further questions (about this post or any others) please send me a comment or an email to kooklahstyle@gmail.com
Kooklah Xx

*Photos generously supplied and obtained with Peta’s permission from her website: PetaSerras.com

Golden Globes Fashion…

There is nothing I like more at events and award ceremonies than the red carpet. I love watching who arrives with who and of course, what they are wearing. The Golden Globes was held earlier this January in Hollywood at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (iconic in the movie Pretty Woman), I have put together some pictures and captions of the fashion choices I loved, those I didn’t and those I wasn’t sure about. I have also picked who, in my opinion was the best dressed couple…

Fashion I loved:

Emily Blunt looks sensational in a Michael Kors gown.
Love the colour and embellishments as well as the rose coloured
earrings. Paired with simple makeup and a classic topknot.

 


 
 

 

Amanda Seyfried pairs her Givenchy
gown with romantic waves

Jennifer Lopez looks stunning in this silk
gown with lace overlay from Zuhair Murad.
Love her hair pinned to the side too!

Kerry Washington looks stunning in Miu Miu
-I really love the colour and embellishment
paired with simple accessories
Lea Michele looks stunning.
 White gown from Elie Saab.
The embellished halterneck, sexy leg split and tanned skin makes this
my second favourite look. The smile she has enhances her look.

Jessica Alba stunning in a beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown
(the necklace is also incredible!)

 


Not so favourite:

 

Both of these dresses appear to be almost drowning the women
I am not loving the pattern on Lucy Lui’s dress either.

This just didn’t feel dressy enough. Rachel Weisz
always looks incredible but for me, this didn’t work.

The colour looks good with her skin tone, but
I thought Taylor’s look was a bit dated.
Needed some kind of POP or wow factor.
 

Honourable mentions: these weren’t my favourites but I think these women look incredible!

 

Adele wearing Burberry

Anne Hathaway wearing Chanel
Jennifer Garner wearing Vivienne Westwood

Salma Hayek in Gucci (love the bow!)

Julianne Moore in Tom Ford

Kate Hudson in an Alexander McQueen masterpiece
(the neck detail is amazing!)

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler on the red carpet
(they emceed the night)
Fey in L’Wren Scott and Poehler’s tuxedo is Stella McCartney

Outfit change for the stage. Stunning!
Fey wears another gorgeous L’Wren Scott dress
Poehler’s burgandy dress is also from Stella McCartney

 

Here’s to the guys:
I know everyone says that guys have it easy..they just have to throw on a tuxedo. But I thought these three took the cake in the male department.

 

 
 
Best Dressed Couple – Emily Blunt & the adorably funny John Krasinski

 
Who was your favourite? Or least favourite? More importantly which gown do you wish you could try on – even just for an hour. I would love to try the Elie Saab worn by Lea or the Michael Kors by my Golden Globe Style pick Emily. They are both embellished – so of course I love them!
Kooklah Xx

For the Style Seeking Girl GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY!

For the Style Seeking Girl and Personal Planner

The last couple years have been really busy for me, and whilst I love the chaos of working, setting aside time for blogging, meeting with friends and travelling to new places, if I don’t write my plans down – I forget about them.

Enter in a planner, I carry my year planner with me everywhere and constantly update it. I received an email recently from Personal Planner and they have a very exciting offer.

The amazing people of  Personal Planner are giving me a planner and they have also offered the chance for one of my readers to score a planner too! It gets even better… You get to create, design and style the planner to your own personal and individual taste…. Let your flair fly!

This opportunity allows you to add some colour to your workday and busy lifestyle as well as having a really efficient planner that is very personal! Sound good? If so, the offer from Personal Planner is one I think you’ll love!

Their planners provide you with endless design possibilities. You can change colour, text and design on front/back cover as well as inlay. There are also clever boxes for to-do list, gym/workout session, schedule appointments or classes, document your idea of the week and weather. You can also add your friends’ and family members’ birthdays to the inlay directly from Facebook. Once completed your planner will be printed and deliver the finished product directly to your doorstep. The winner of the giveaway does not have to pay the shipping cost! Bonus!


Here are a few things that I like about these planners:

  • Design the front/back cover
  • Tons of ways to design the inside to suit your style & needs.
  • Add friends & family members birthdays to the inlay
  • Can decorate with images/photos
  • Elastic strap closure to secure your planner
  • Choose between 4 different sizes
  • You pick the start date. – Mine will be for 2014!!
  • Best of all its fun and easy!

If this hasn’t caught your attention – I have no idea why! I know many of you who would love and benefit from this idea, many of you are so creative and I love that this offer allows you to put that to good use! This offer is not just for Australians! All my international readers can enter too!

So now for the essential details on how to make a valid entry:

1.     Like the Personal Planner page on Facebook (once you have hit like, send them a quick wall post telling them For the Style Seeking Girl sent you)

2.     Like the facebook page of For the Style Seeking Girl

3.     Share For the Style Seeking Girl facebook page/this giveaway to your friends

4.     Post a comment on this blog letting me know that you have liked and shared (needed for valid entry!), leave your email address, PLUS tell me in 25 words or less what you hope 2013 means for you.

5.     I will also accept entries that include the above details if they are sent via email to kooklahstyle@gmail.com

6.     Extra entries can be gained by submitting via Instagram and Twitter too – you must also be following me on these mediums (if you enter again via them- details for these below)

7.     Email addresses of entrants are required as you will be sent a gift card if announced the winner.

8.     Entries commence Saturday 19th January from 11.30pm and they close Monday 28th January 2013 at 9am (AEST).

9.     Winner is drawn at random and will be announced on Tuesday 29th January 2013. Decision is final.

So go on! Start your entry, tell your friends… let’s get creating! Goodluck!
To explore all this product has to offer – including what this giveaway could mean for you, check out their website here …
Kooklah Xx
Instagram – @saregiak            Twitter – @sarahgiak  @styleseekgirl
 

Special Announcement to come soon…

Hi all my fashion and beauty loving readers out there. I am very excited to announce that this weekend I will be starting a giveaway for Sister blog ‘For the Style Seeking Girl’ . A prize has been offered by a contributor and I can absolutley say that those of you with busy lives will love it and those of you who are creative will be able to let your flair loose and get to be in control of the design….

Make sure you check back to this blog and find out the details of the giveaway, including how to enter…

Enjoy your weekend!
Kooklah Xx

Inspire Me Woman – Sarah Giakoumatos

I am woman, hear me roar…

My name is Sarah, I am the creator/writer of this blog – something that started as me writing for myself on topics I was interested in. Below are some questions I will answer, these are the questions I put to some other women, women I find inspiring and in who I can see amazing potential. I wanted to give the readers of this blog, some insight, into me.. ‘Kooklah’. So here goes….

Can you briefly describe your job/career?
My official position is an emergency nurse – it is a very challenging environment, there are definite highs and lows with the job. It can be a very stressful job, where skills of multitasking and communication skills are absolute assests. I am in my second year as a registered nurse.

The ‘job’ I have in my spare time is as a blogger. I have a personal blog called ‘Kooklah‘ which I write occasionally when I feel like I have an issue I want to speak out on, or something to put out into the universe. My other blog started as fun, it is this one you are reading right now! ‘For the Style Seeking Girl‘ . For me this blog was a chance to write about my passion (or obsession) for fashion, beauty and styling. A lot of it is my own personal style beliefs, or atleast that is how it started. I try to balance between style critiquing, reviewing new products or styles and just having fun writing about trends and amazing finds.
I have always loved fashion and beauty, I think this comes from being little and trying on my Mum’s clothes and experimenting with her makeup – as well as playing dressups! As I grew older I began noticing my interests also moved to styling, either with friends/family or using magazine cut outs to create inspiration/mood boards in notebooks. These days I have some people who always ask my opinion and a friend who takes me shopping with her to style outfits for events. I love it! I would love to style people for a living.

I also love to plan weddings and associated events. I have been to many weddings and really love them. My best friend and I planned her wedding last year and I loved thinking of all the aspects that would be involved to make the day amazing. The result was a fairytale. I am undertaking an online wedding planning course and am looking for work in this area, for a small fee for time spent. I am happy to be involved in multiple aspects or to assist to advise/coordinate/style any aspect of the big day and festivities leading up to the day. Send me an email if you are interested (kooklahstyle@gmail.com)

How did you decide to get into the field you work in?
I went straight from high school to study Nursing at University. I had been interested in this field for many years, I originally wanted to be a paediatric nurse, but due to lack of placements in this area and developing interests in others I have ended up in emergency. I worked three casual jobs throughout my time at Uni, two of which were in the nursing field. The experience I gained in these areas assisted my nursing style greatly. It is challenging- physically and mentally. Most days I enjoy it but I definitely have days where I am not so happy. One patient can change all that though, you can have a really stressful day and then the last patient you see has an amazing outlook or story- it blows you away.
I am interested in applying with the Red Cross to work in the case of disasters, I think this could be really fulfiling. I am really interested in charity work and helping others in times of crisis.

What do you like the most about it?
NURSING – I love when your instinct proves right and the cause you have been advocating for the patient is validated, when you hold the hand or sit by a dying patient so that they do not die alone or when you know you have handled a situation well. I love the variety where I work.

Blogging/Styling/Wedding Planning – I love the fun I have with it, looking through pictures of trends and writing reviews or how to guides, I love to go shopping with someone and completely style an oufit or look and I find weddings fun – from the simple to the complicated each aspect should sparkle on its own to make the experience stand out. Like, for instance at my best friend’s wedding when we walked into the reception room we both gasped, the vision we worked towards had come together and the result looked like something out of a fairytale.

What do you like the least?
When the day goes into a chaotic state and there is so much to do, when you get mistreated by a patient or someone gets really sick quickly.

What is your favourite colour?
Turquoise, I find it to be really calming. I also love white, for example my dream house has lots of white and light with one colour woven through in accessories or furniture.


Do you do your hair or makeup first when getting ready?
I always do my hair first, if you are running out of time and you have your hair done, you can quickly apply some staple makeup and still look presentable.

Growing up what were your favourite styles/fashion trends?
When I was little I loved dressing up, I remember my Mum had made me two ‘princess’ dresses, one was mulitcoloured (pinks, purples and blues with a layered skirt and glitter), the other was a version of the gold ballgown that Belle wears in Beauty & the Beast. Belle was absolutley my style icon when I was younger – I watched the movie constantly.

As I became a teenager I began experimenting a lot with makeup, hair and clothes. I definitely remember a fascination with blue eyeshadow when I was 14. I must have seen it somewhere and I would wear it everywhere, with pretty much everything. It was around this time that I would use packet dyes, you know the 10washes until it washes out? Loved them. Blueberry, light brown, caramel and hot chilli… My hair was black when I was 17 – and I loved it! By this age I had been using eyeliner for awhile and my best friend and I had been obsessed with a slick of eyeliner along the top of the eye with some mascara, add some pink blush and you had my look. It has evolved since then but the accentuation of my eyes and cheekbones are essential to my look.

What are your current fashion favourites?
For makeup I am currently loving defined eyebrows and illuminising tinted moisturiser for makeup. Tinted moisturiser is so fantastic for your skin, keeping it hydrated whilst giving a fine but natural looking cover. On my trip to America during a Sephora splurge I discovered Laura Mercier – her makeup is amazing, very light on the skin and looks amazing! I use the illuminising tinted moisturiser in natural radiance with spf 20, the compliments I get (gives the skin a lovely glow) when wearing this are an absolute boost! I have really come to appreciate the minimalistic look with my makeup of late – saves time, have improved skin condition and looks fantastic!

For fashion this summer in sunny Australia, I am currently loving maxi dresses, gladiator sandals, bright colours – especially sky blue, hot pink and yellow, that been said I keep been drawn to navy, especially in accessories or nail colour. Loose, flowing or peplum tops are also comfortable for summer and look great paired with summer shorts for a lazy dinner and drinks.

If you could only use three makeup products what would they be?
This is hard! I love makeup… but if I had to choose three I would pick the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser, mascara and lipgloss.

What makes your signature look?
Hair curled or in a topknot, defined cheekbones (blush or bronzer), defined eyebrows and made up eyes with a nude lip. “Flirty eyes” as a friend of mine says!


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself as having travelled more, having figured out a way to balance work and things I enjoy to be happier and hopefully have my own house!

What has been something you have struggled with or been challenged by lately?
I had a difficult 2012… felt unsettled or discontent, with some areas of my life which was hard to deal with. I have also been struggling with depression. But as they say… “It is only in darkness that you can see the stars…” 2013 is my year!

What has been the most exciting or satisfying moment for you professionally?
Nursing- Securing two highly sought after temporary positions in my first and second. I was really happy to be accepted into the emergency field this year and then be offered a permanent position in the department. Job security,  Fantastic!

Blogging/styling- A very satisfying moment for me was when I started to get regular traffic feed from the USA and UK, I really value every single person who reads or comments on my blog (whether you read one post, three or regularly tune into this site) but to realise that there was interest growing in these countries that have such strong and successful fashion/beauty industries was very thrilling. Everyday I check to see how many people have read my posts and what countries they are from, for the last three months or so, the majority of views a day have come from USA which is exciting! I also love when I get a view or two from places like Finland, Slovakia, Switzerland, as it shows that in its own small way FTSSG is making an impact. I think this definitely helped For the Style Seeking Girl to be noticed by American stylist Anya Sarre who wrote Fashion Speaks for You. Having a guestpost from Anya was really flattering and I am hopeful of further collaboration with other prominent people or businesses in this field in the future.

Recieving comments is always exciting especially when they are positive or constructive feedback, I also discover blogs to follow myself via this avenue. It is through a comment that I have been working with ‘Heylet’s’ to provide content for a smartphone app which will hopefully go live early 2013.
Last week I recieved my first piece of tactile mail in relation to my blog, I was sent a package by an online Australian accessories brand called Kushla They have recently launched their website and sent me a product to use and blog about – you can read my review here.


Do you have a quote or piece of advice that you use to motivate you?
“Everything will be ok in the end, if it is not ok it is not the end…” whenever I am going through something rough I use this quote to remind me that brighter days are ahead. Without challenges how would you recognise the feeling of success?

What is the piece of advice you offer to others?
Find something you love, and cherish it. It will become your way to achieve a piece of happiness or serenity. Something to turn to when you are feeling down or stressed. I love to lie on my bed and listen to music, or curl up with a cup of tea and a good book.

Also, do not be afraid to make mistakes or ‘fail’, as John Lennon famously said ‘Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans…’, you never know what life will throw at you or where it will take you – this can be confronting but I also think has the possibility to be unbelievably exciting!

If someone wanted to break into your line of work what would you tell them?
They need to be dedicated, motivated and really interested in helping other people. Nursing is an incredibly stressful job – mentally, emotionally and physically, it is extremely challenging but can be really rewarding too.

Who are your role models, why?
My parents – they are amazing. They have an incredible relationship which is strong with great communication and support. I really admire that, and it has influenced how I view my own. They are both successful, driven, encouraging, supportive and loving. Growing up, if we had done our best – that was good enough. They raised my sister, brother and I to be as self-sufficient as possible.

Who is/are your style icon (s)?
My style icons include Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Drew Barrymore and Lauren Conrad. They all have class, elegance and fantastic unique style. I am inspired annd my own style is influenced by them definitely, but not defined. Drew is possibly my favourite – she can go from girly to grunge so effortlessly, and I love to swap or mix those two styles.

Do you have a styling and/or beauty tip for my readers?
My mother taught me this one- moisturise everyday – especially your face. Be sun aware – I use makeup with SPF, I do not want a face full of horrible sun damage! I also cleanse everyday and use toner twice a week. Styling – less is more, the use of impact or statement pieces will always look incredible, pair them with simple items for a more classic, stand out look. If in doubt, dress up – over dressed is better then under dressed! Beauty – don’t be afraid to experiment, find your perfect eyebrow shape they will open up your face and pull attention to those beautiful eyes. Match base/tinted moisturiser/foundation to your skin tone and a little bit of glitter can add that sparkle or POP you need to make an impact!

What was your dream job growing up?
I always wanted to be a fashion designer who styled makeup too. I was always drawing people or faces with sketches of outfits, hairstyles and makeup… A lot of days I wish I had of held onto that dream! But who knows, there’s still time yet!

What is a guilty pleasure of yours?
Watching shows like The Hills or Geordie Shore with a glass of red wine and dark chocolate… Heaven!

What is something you want to cross off your bucket list?
Explore Italy, buy a pair of Manolo Blahniks, buy a house, go in a hot air balloon, skydive… I have written my actual bucket list! So excited to complete it. Four friends and I wrote them together (they all contain different items) and if we complete them by 2022 we are heading to Vegas!

Do you have a single moment/time that has changed your life
My best friend dying when I was 16. That completley changed my life and the way I am forever. It was so unexpected. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her, the hard days are definitely ones I live for her. Brooke was the most bubbly, viviacious person, I loved her dearly.

What would you tell your 16 year old self?
To enjoy the summer and the next six months as what happens next will be so devastating and significant that it will change your life forever, you will never be the same. To really start appreciating the small things, these are what really make up moments and memories – they eventually become the big things.

What is a styling/beauty “rule” that you – follow – break?
Follow- Advice from Coco Chanel, take one item off before you leave the house…saves over accessorising, another version of this is when I have high volume hair and big makeup I go light on the accessories.

Break- that your shoes must match your handbag/clutch. I cannot stand this idea, I don’t think things need to clash but they certainly don’t need to be matchy matchy.. Go for something that complements or something striking that adds that POP of colour!

What would you like to pass on to future generations?
A world without so much discrimination and hate. I cannot stand it – against race, religion, sexuality, gender. Ridiculous to think that at this time, two people who love each other cannot have a wedding or often be recognised as each other’s significant other due to their shared gender. So that’s what I want to pass on, and it is something I am very vocal and passionate about, I support the cause, sign petitions and email/write letters to publications and politicians. The change is coming.



What is a fashion/beauty trend you dislike?
I am really disliking the tiny shorts with pockets hanging out the bottom. I am not against short shorts or distressed looking shorts but the ones that just look like tiny scraps of fabric with the pockets hanging out drive me crazy!

What three things would you take with you on a desert island?
Practical- Sunscreen, a tent or hammock, water
Unpractical- my best friend, a book and music

What is your favourite song?
I have a lot.. but some of my most favourites are ‘Song2’ by Blur, ‘Miss You Love’ by Silverchair, ‘The Scientist’ by Coldplay, ‘Passenger’/’Pick You Up’ by Powderfinger

What is your favourite movie?
I have two favourites ‘Alot Like Love’… showing sometimes it takes years to fall in love at first sight. Definitety watch!! ‘Remember the Titans’ based on a true story about leading with love, tolerance and acceptance against discrimination.

So there is some insight into who I am, next week the Inspire Me Woman post will feature Peta Serras …

Kooklah Xx