Inspire Me Monday

Here is what is inspiring the start to my week! Sometimes you just need a little inspiration…

Inspire my Christmas!
I am working all across this Christmas, so I invested in a themed
scrub shirt to boost those of the patients… Check out Hunter Scrubs
 
 
Shoespiration
What I would love to have on my feet!
Amazing embellished flats From Marc by Marc Jacobs
 
Arabian Safari Inspiration…
Excited to go to Dubai next year, seeking inspiration from Sex & the City -2
Specifically flowing dresses and amazing harem pants (love Samantha’s goldones below!)…

 


Summer makes things Brighter…
Love having more daylight hours, warm/musky evenings
 
 
 
What I am watching…
I am making good use of my box set and re-watching Friends
It is such a funny, endearing show, with characters to fall in love with
(Chandler Bing I am looking at you!)
 
 
What are you using as inspiration this week? More posts up soon!
Kooklah Xx
 



Inspire me Monday

Inspire me Monday, because sometimes you need something to make Monday not so blue. Five things that have grabbed my interest and are sparking the start of my week….
(This is a ‘co-post’ with my personal blog- Kooklah Check it out!!)

Get Lost in the Music- Trial Kennedy, the Final Tour
(One of my favourite indie bands on the Australian Scene, saying goodbye at one last show)
Hairspiration- Braided Topknots
(Such a cute, fun and original take on one of my favourite hairstyle the topknot.
Check out my post on topknots: The Carrie Bradshaw Bun)

Wanderlust- New York City Calling
(Have a trip booked for September in New York City is one of the destinations!
So excited, cannot wait to explore the city I’ve been dreaming of all these years. Getting butterflies everytime it’s mentioned! See this post on NYC as my money saving inspiration)

Look at ME Legs- Embellished Stockings
(A trend full of style, individuality and Sparkle… Click here for more)

Guilty Pleasure Read- Sugar and Spice
(Third novel in the L.A Candy Series by Lauren Conrad)

What is your favourite OR what is giving you inspiration at the start of the week? Check out my personal blog Kooklah, or look me up and follow me on Pinterest. Hope your week started well!

Kooklah Xx

Inspired by Charlize…

One thing I have always remembered is an article I read about Charlize Theron, she stated that while she enjoyed getting dressed up and recieving male attention it was actually females that she dressed up for. Who else would appreciate the effort she reasoned? I can see her point. Females will realise and understand the effort you went to get dolled up, how genius the outfit you put together is but also recognise a trend, style, brand. From the moment I read this article, I was inspired.

It changed my outlook, sure I like when a guy notices you or says you look pretty but I love it when I wear an item and get that squeal of recognition from a girl who knows where I got it, or maybe what inspired me to wear it or because for her, it reminds her of something important or fun. It’s like you instantly belong to this secret club.

This for me, links hand in hand with something important. TELL her she looks good. Tell your sister, mum, cousin, best friend… but also tell the girl you have just met, or the woman walking past you in the street. Trust me, it is such a great feeling to have someone stop you and tell you that you look amazing or that they love an aspect of your outfit. It also feels great to pass on the compliment knowing you’ve put a smile on someone’s face and given them a feeling of validation and admiration.

Here is a moment where just that happens! Happy Styling, Kooklah Xx


Sex and the City Movie-
Carrie walking down the street and been complimented by the girls who love her dress.

The Carrie Bradshaw Bun

This is one of my favourite hairstyles iconised by Carrie in Sex and the City.
It is easy to achieve and can be worn as either a casual bun (whole focus is not on structure, may look slighty messy/pieces of hair falling out) or as a perfect topknot (slicked back hair and perfect bun).
Here is the perfected topknot- great style for weddings or formal occasions:

And here is the less structured look-perfect for everyday use, work, lunch dates, shopping:

This bun is acheivable by anyone who can put their hair in a ponytail and then pin the hair. Seriously.
Put your hair in a high ponytail and wrap around into a bun, pin in place. I have found two videos by bjonesstyle which show slight variations on how to create the Carrie bun, these are easy to follow and she does her hair as she explains it. Have a look and try it!
For a messier look, don’t have the front of your hair perfectly brushed back and work it with your fingers (run your fingers through your hair), wrap the ponytail around and pin to secure, slightly pull on loose sections to pull of the casual look. Great for bad hair days, when you should have washed your hair or for informal occasions. Click for the Casual Carrie Bun tutorial by bjonesstyle.
For the structured/perfect bun teasing and then smoothing the hair can help to create volume which not only ensures a bigger bun but that it will stay formed. Using a brush to ensure a smooth front of hair is also a must.
I am planning on wearing this structured bun to a wedding I am a guest at. I think it will be fun and formal at the same time, cannot wait! Below are some other celebrities who have tried this look:

Try it and let me know if you love it like I do…
Happy Styling,
Kooklah Xx



Tulle?

So I have ordered a tulle tutu skirt from an online shop called Kiss my Button Vintage {http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1427664334#!/kissmybuttonvintage}. It looks lovely.
White. Short. And ballet dancer cum beauty queen. I love it. And I also love that it reminds me alittle of the Carrie Bradshaw skirt in the opening credits of Sex and the City.
I plan on wearing it classic with towering heels and a singlet top but also mixing it up with one of my tour shirts and bangles.
I am so excited! It got sent today, so should get it in a day or two!
It has made me wonder tho, as this is my second tulle purchase in a few months. The dress I am planning on wearing to my 21st has a big tulle skirt with many layers. IS tulle BACK??

I have noticed quite a few people wearing it, talking about it, looking for it. Is the favourite material of fairy princess costumes from years long gone returning? I have always said my favourite age is 4! So maybe I’m subconciously buying items that have that magic feeling those dresses did.

All I know is I plan on wearing it everywhere-shops, dinners, clubs. A girl should find enjoyment from clothes and I plan on loving this item!
X

Introduction…

I love clothes, I love shoes, I love accessories and I love makeup.
I am in no way an expert but I love to have fun with fashion and makeup and experiment and my friends often ask for advice. The best advice to start off with is:

      1. Flaunt your assests
      2. Be confident in what you are wearing
      3. Know what works for you (re-those assests)
      4. Have fun!

1. Flaunt your assests– most girls, who have not been hidden under a rock or in some imageless galaxy, will have favourite things about their body, or know what often looks best. These are the areas to flaunt. One girl will have an amazing cleavage, another amazing legs, amazing arms, an amazing ass. Whichever it is, the clothes are there to suit. Many trends come and go-but if you keep that basic tip in your head, you can find clothes that will look good, follow the trend (if you are that way inclined) and draw attention away from areas of your body you hate.
For Me: mine are my curves, I have alot fo figurehugging, waist/bust emphasising dresses. i don’t like my thighs-so i wear dresses that land either at the knee or mid thigh. Mid thigh dresses create a slimming effect on the thigh.
  * A good idea to get started is to look at your body, decide what you want to emphasis and then look for examples of people with similar body types who look amazing-people you know/celebrities etc, the basics of what they are wearing can be key elements to implement in your wardrobe.

2. Be confident in what you are wearing- Sounds obvious hey, even easy. It isn’t always. Some nights it seems like nothing fits, a dress you’ve had for five years, those new pants you JUST brought. My mum has always said to me, don’t fidget with your clothes, at first i used to be so annoyed with her. But then I realised, when you fidget-people watch you and you look uncomfortable and self-conscious. So ladies, a V-neck will show off your cleavage, if that makes you uncomfortable and you keep pulling up the shirt/dress, where a more rounded neck or a strapless dress/shirt. You are pulling it because you think you’re showing too much, you most likely aren’t, but comfort is key. Don’t wear massive heels if you always wear flats. Start from basic kitten heels and increase as you become more confident.
If you feel comfortable you will be more confident, act confident if you have to. Smile, or flick your hair, hold onto that drink tightly, listen to the music. It becomes easier and the more you shop for you and dress in a way that flaunts the things you love about your body, the better off you will be!

For Me: I build confidence as I am getting ready, where possible I take as much time as possible to get ready, blasting my favourite tunes, trying on clothes/makeup/hairstyles. You become more used to what you are wearing, feels natural. and if all else fails, remember what Carrie Bradshaw would say– “You’re Fabulous!”

3.Know what works for you- This can be patterns, shapes, lengths, styles, colours. don’t be afraid to mix it up and try out new options. But some things are fail safe. Really curvy girls-beware of patterns, wouldn’t say never but try patterns on angles instead of straight lines. Use colours which complement your skin tone. This is really the area where trial and error comes into play. Some have colours which always catch their eye, some recognise the brilliance of a simple dress with attention to detail and may buy multiple colours (recent purchase-a figure hugging dress with frill on the front and the back. Brought one in black and one in white).

4. Have Fun- experiment, have fun!! Its not all about rules, break them. But do so stylishly… The biggest rule I like to break is ‘everything must match’. I don’t believe so. I like to sometimes wear a basic outfit with a dash of wild colour. Or be wearing red heels with a mint green clutch.
Your accessories can complement but do not have to match. Layers are also fun.
Or mixing types of clothes, such as a tulle tutu skirt combined with a tour shirt, or a summer dress with a leather jacket.

I started this blog, because I often muse about clothes or what I see in a magazine and wanted to put my thoughts out there. i am interested in your thoughts too. Do you agree/disagree? I am not so concerned with criticsim but discussion. Let me know, what you want to read/view, what you think about a topic I have chosen. New post soon!

Xx