March Style Madness Week One

Loving this month’s style challenge from Fox in Flats … so much fun looking up the prompt each morning and styling an outfit or look. Here is the list for March – so many awesome prompts!

Love and looked forward to the following prompts in particular: Grr!, French, The Talking T, Madonna, Rock Chic, Bed Head, Black Beauty and My Mini Me…

Fox in Flats is the go-to place for style tips and tricks, created to help mothers stay and feel stylish despite time restrictions and sleep deprivation. I love this site and the fresh, fun and chic way Andrea conveys ideas and inspires others – what a role model! I am not a mother (and will be borrowing my adorable 9 year old cousin Isabella for prompt 30 – I call her my mini-me anyway) but find this site amazing – especially due to the long hours and shift work that are involved in my job.

Here are my pics which I uploaded to instagram (which are also shared in my twitter and facebook accounts) for Week One: 1st March – 7th March…

Day One – Grr!

Grr… pale pink leopard print top with a claw to show off the new matte bronze glitter manicure I had just got that afternoon! Always love some leopard print but aimed to wear something a little different.

Day Two – Black & White
 
A black and white polka dot no sleeve blouse worn open over a black shirt…
 
Day Three – Combat
 
Such a fun prompt! I wore my khaki jeans, a black singlet top with a white cheescloth type shirt worn open over the top. Paired with a brown military style jacket and my much-loved leopard print military style ballet flats. Attention to make up and hair takes this outfit from dress up to brunch appropriate!
 
Day Four – French
 
French, French, Frenchie! I aimed for the classic French style of minimalism. French women are so classic because they use simple fashion letting their natural beauty speak for itself.
To create this look, I used a striped shirt (light pink to stray away from the usual white and black), hair simply pinned back, pearl earrings and winged eyes (inspired by Bridgette Bardot). Then decided to add some red lips for a bit of a kick. Cannot wait to travel to Paris in May!
 
Day Five – Cuff ’em
 
I absolutley love a good cuff! This is one of my favourites, a silver linked cuff
 
Day Six – Twist & Pin
 
I pinned the front of my hair back into a quiff, then sectioned the remaining hair and twisted into knots fastening with bobby pins. It was a super hot day (37 degrees) and this style was a perfect way to beat flat or frizzy hair. It also reminded me of how my Mum used to do my hair when I was young. I was also super pleased when the lovely Christina from Hair Romance added my shot to her wrap up of this day on instagram (@hairromance -go follow for amazing hair styles!) 
 
Day Seven – Ruffle
 
Handkerchief ruffle bottomed dress from BooHoo UK check out the dress here.
Has a beautiful embellished neck, comfortable fit.
 
 
 
 
Are you taking part in the challenge? If so leave me a comment with where to find your pictures and I will have a look! Would love to see them. You can follow mine on instagram – @saregiak or just wait for my weekly updates here. Do you have a favourite shot from Week One?
Kooklah Xx
 
 
 

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The Go-To for Needs-to-be-washed Hair

Do you ever have days where washing your hair feels like the biggest burden? Like the last thing that you actually want to do?

I do. Fairly often. Especially when I am working. I work a job that has long shifts (12hours) with busy days and the absolute last thing I feel like doing when I get home is washing and then drying my hair. Having asked some girls at work about this, the discussions started, not only did I find that I wasn’t alone in not wanting to have to wash my hair on a run of shifts.
I found that the vast majority disliked the ‘activity’ of washing their hair altogether. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t like to have dirty hair but it was the effort involved. We also don’t believe that you have to wash your hair every second day to have good hair. I wondered, has hair washing joined the club of bikini or jeans shopping? To be avoided until absolutley necessary?
I started watching each girl I had talked to, and what hairstyles they used. I noticed a pattern that was very close to what I do myself.
As the week went on the hairstyles went from chic well put together styles that attract attention – straight or curled styled hair (ponytails, structured ‘dos)
to the use of big buns, woven styles and headbands (preferably embellished). Ala Carrie Bradshaw/Sarah jessica Parker, Lauren Conrad, Blair Waldorf…
 
I noticed that as we approached the end of the week of shifts a bun with height or texture was highly favoured. I have worn a half looped ponytail for the last two nightshifts (have taken it down and combed in between), which is bobbypinned in place. I find the bobbypins helped create the structure I wanted but also helped to stop the hair falling out or becoming too noticeable that it was messy/not washed. 

  

Do you have a go-to style to get extra mileage out of your hair? Wide, coloured or embellished headbands are always a bonus – one of my colleagues notices that I change my headbands each time, never wearing the same one twice in a row, but he has never noticed the needs-to-be-washed hair.

For other ideas on this topic head to a past post called For those Bad Hair Days.

Kooklah Xx

*Disclaimer: I do not recommend avoiding washing if you use alot of product, this will only cause build up and make you look like you have dandruff!

style icons

I have two main style icons- Audrey Hepburn and Drew Barrymore. They both portray confidence in what they wear and aren’t afraid to take risks with their fashion.

Audrey inspires me because her sense of style was feminine yet practical. She wore hats, pants, detailed beautiful dresses. And of course, made the LBD an iconic piece of clothing, becoming a must have in every girl’s wardrobe. I have atleast five. She also dressed for her shape, in clothes that suited her features which inspires me to no end to dress to suit my individual style and comfort. Plus the lady could wear a hat well, enough said.

Drew inspires me by the way she dresses in many different styles. In the blink of an eye she can go from edgy rock chick to floaty dreamy girly girl clothing. Her clothing choices are always quirky showing alittle bit of her personality. Mostly whatever she wears you can tell she believes it and loves the clothes. She also isn’t afraid to experiment and mix styles- something I also love to do. She is very curvy, which as someone who is also curvy, I find it inspiring that she celebrates her curves with her fashion choices instead of hiding it. In a society where there is sometimes pressure to be thin I am thankful for an icon like Drew, as she said “God gave me working arms and legs, why should I complain about my curves and my body”.

See my post fashion inspiration for a broader look at who inspires my style and why… Who inspires your own style?

Kooklah Xx