Kooklah’s Shots Week One – Fox in Flats Style Dare

In my previous post, ‘Kooklah Participates Fox in Flats Style Dare’, I wrote about how much I love the photo styling challenge,  the community it has allowed me to come in contact with and how it can help add some spice or spark to a wardrobe by revitilising items that may normally be passed over.

Week one came with much excitement! It had been awhile since a Fox dare and we were keen to get back into things. It was fabulous to see past Fox in Flats style dare lovers taking part and been joined by new women – it has given me new accounts to follow,  inspiration for styling and more women to cultivate a relationship with.

Below I have included my week one shots as well as one of my favourites from a different Instagrammer. You can find my account and/or follow it on instagram @saregiak

Week One #foxinflatsstyledare
Day One – Neck Party

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Kicking off the month with a monochromatic neck party that took a step away from my usual heavily embellished statement necklaces and was paired with a dash of sparkle from a silver glitter cardigan. {Necklaces from Big W and Equip – not recent; cardigan from Blarney Wool Mills}

Day Two – Red Lipstick

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Love me some red lipstick! This was a fun day, the sun was shining and it made me really happy, so I decided to head outside for a selfie of a different kind with a hint of pout. Paired the red with some leopard print. {Lipstick – “Infrared” from Smashbox Cosmetics}

Day Three – Tuck It

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Pairing my new cosy, red knit jumper with a chambray shirt tucked underneath with ponte pants tucked into boots – inspired by the 90s! I also tucked a statement necklace under the shirt collar and underneath the jumper. This meant once I took off the jumper there was an instant outfit redo! {Jumper from Portmans; necklace from Lovisa}

Day Four – Americana

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An ode to our American counterparts celebrating Independence Day. I wore an American ‘Berkeley’ college shirt with a red cable knit and a red pout. Happy 4th July! {shirt purchased from San Fransisco College Store; same lipstick from Day Two}

Day Five – Sparkles

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Worked this day so went subtle with shimmer eye shadow and a sparkly black, embellished headband with a quiffed ponytail. {Headband from Equip; eyeshadow Essence ‘frosted apple’ from Priceline}

Day Six – It’s All White

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This was a brand new outfit pairing for me, I don’t believe I have ever worn all white! I think I’ve been hesitant to do so before due to my ‘porcelain’ coloured skin, but I found it complemented. Wore a tailored white blazer over a basic white long sleeve shirt with my pearl and glass statement necklace. Added a tangerine lip to prevent total washout. {Blazer from Portmans; necklace from Lovisa – also worn day three; lipgloss from Sephora Collection – glossy gloss range in ‘Peach Me!’}

Day Seven – HIS

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Spent that evening rockin’ an old The Living End tour shirt that was originally my brothers – something I’d gifted him post gig. No longer fit him so I reclaimed it, pairing it with a leopard print kimono and ponte pants.

KOOKLAH Loves…
The look I have chosen as my favourite for week one, is a shot from Day Six – It’s All White. Super hard to choose just ONE shot, but I chose this one as it has a relaxed yet high-fashion feel and is impeccably styled.

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Do you know who this is? If not make sure you check her IG account out! This is Barbe, fashionista, leopard print lover and self confessed Zumba addict (IG account – @fashionista_in_suburbia). I am so inspired by this look and the varied uses it could have from shopping, brunch, afternoon drinks and parties in the sun. For more from B, head to her blog – Fashionista in Suburbia.

I hope you have enjoyed this wrap up. Week Four is kicking off on IG and I will endeavour to roll out Week Two and Three wrap up posts. Come find me on Instagram {link above} and share in some daily style, beauty, travel or lifestyle shots. Or join us on the Kooklah Facebook page!

Until next time,
Kooklah xo

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Kooklah Participates – Fox in Flats Style Dare

One of the things I have had most fun with in the last year or two is completing in challenges on Instagram … I feel like it is my own world, and I get to connect with amazing, like minded people on various topics, via the power of photography.

Out of all the challenges I have taken part in, one of my favourites is the Fox in Flats Style Dares and I am so thrilled that Andrea decided to create one for this month, July! The idea is that you look at the list where there is a prompt for each day and then incorporate it into your outfit for the day, either an aspect or to style your whole look. Think outside the BOX! Below I have included the list, in the introduction post for July, Andrea includes some amazing tips and examples – you can read it all here.

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Not only do you get some daily inspiration to add some spice to your look, but you also get the chance to interact and have fun with an amazing, supportive and beautiful group of women. You can share across any medium – Instagram is the most popular {I share mine on IG, twitter and the Kooklah Facebook Page} using the tag – #foxinflatsstyledare …

Soon I will upload my looks from week one. For now a past post to show some of my past looks, for FIF dares! People’s Choice – March 2013 {a fun way to sum up the month and look at what I liked compared to my fellow IG pals}.

Are you taking part in this challenge? If not – join! It is not too late. My handle is saregiak if you want to check out my shots and follow for daily insight into the face behind KOOKLAH.

 

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7 Day Lipstick Dare – Challenge Accepted

It is the colour of Dorothy’s shimmering shoes, Ariel’s hair and the one that makes for a high impact outfit on most brunettes … that’s right, the colour is red.

{seriously if you have dark hair and DON’T have a statement piece of clothing in red – go get one. It is a must for days when you can’t decide what to put on or want some wow factor}

Anyway I am getting off track. Foxy-lady, style dare extraordinaire Andrea from Fox in Flats announced last week that this week her Style Dares were starting up again and it is been kicked off with a bang! The Red Lipstick Dare is a dare to wear red lipstick every day, for one week. I love these kind of dares as it forces you out of your comfort zones and in this case, takes something that many women would consider an evening or formal occasion look to the brightness of day. I have taken part in Andrea’s month long dares previously and attempted a 7 day hair one but I had never taken the red lips dare. The past year or so I have been loving red lipstick and have worn it often – so I jumped at this dare. Click the link above for more information on the dare + A’s great tips at making red lips last!

redlipstick dareI am house-sitting currently and was surprised to find that I had many of my red products, a couple I had purchased recently to try and one had arrived in a prize pack I won. I am without my trusty Smashbox red lippie, but I have enough for 7 days – different product each day. The main brands I am using are Savvy, Ultra3, Models Prefer and Bite Beauty.

red lipsticksWhat I love about red lipstick is the confidence it can bring you. I also love that there is a shade for anyone – from the lightest of corals to the dark plums and mahogany. You can rock the look as sweet flower child, rock chick, glamour queen, edgy punk. Something for everyone – it shines with attitude, spunk, and is so womanly. Two lips never looked so good 😉

I have been sick, and despite not feeling like going out and been told by my GP to do nothing but rest, drink fluids and watch movies I have stayed determined to complete this dare. So I have. No makeup, hair unwashed and red lips and it has lifted my spirits definitely… as Elizabeth Taylor famously stated, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together…” well Liz I’ve tried, water or Mum’s cure all lemon-honey-vinegar drink in hand, red lips and a blanket on the lounge.

red day oneA touch of Snow White look here at the GP (used Savvy lipgloss ‘Cinderella’ for light berry base + high pigment pencil lipstick ‘pomegranate’ from Bite Beauty on top)

red day twoRed lips watching chick flicks… (Laura Mercier lip liner + Savvy ‘mahogany’ lipstick with a Sephora shimmer gloss in ‘night out’)

red day threeRed lips and my Mum’s home remedy cure all (lipstick is Ultra3 – Cherry Wine)

Three days down, four to go! Hopefully I can kick this sick business to the curb and actually take some good pictures where I am not trying to hide my face! It is good to know though, that even in my pjs, red lips still feels Glam!

Also, it is not too late to join. You don’t have to complete the same 7 days as me – you can start the 7 Day Red Lipstick Dare at any time, to complete it you just need to have red lips for a week straight.. I’d love to hear if you are playing along so I can look out for your pics or posts! All you have to do is upload your shots and use the #redlipstickdarefoxinflats on instagram or twitter.

Mwah! Kooklah Xo

Style Seeking Silence

So I have been pretty M.I.A on this blog for the best part of a month. For that I really apologise. I have had some pretty stressing personal things happening and needed to make the time to be with family and help out. Due to this I did not have the time, focus or energy to spend on creating, formatting and publishing posts how I normally would have.

I had to make a decison to forgo little, half-hearted posts as I have really tried to make this blog about quality and not have a heavy emphasis on quantity. I will definitely be amping up my posting as much as I can in the next two weeks as I will be overseas on a holiday next month and will publish posts occasionally during this time but will be mainly living it (and shopping it) up – then reporting back of course!
While I have been absent from publishing here, I kept up regular posting on my instagram feed – if you love this blog and don’t already follow or look out for me on instagram – you really should (look for @saregiak and click follow for daily style tidbits, quotes and a look into my life). I have kept up April Style Dare by Fox in Flats and am thoroughly enjoying May’s Style Dare – you should really join this style dare, fashion and beauty loving, foxy/sexy/fun-loving community if you: a) love fashion b) want to push your boundaries c) want to add life (or rekindle the life) of your wardrobe. We all try not to buy anything new JUST to complete a dare! The daily prompts make me think outside the box…

So now that I have apologised for my silence – and I hope you are all still reading (I have noticed a good amount of readership filtering through which I really appreciate!) as there have been some exciting things coming our way lately! I have a few projects in the works… more on some of these as they develop in future posts!

As for now?

Here are some posts/things you can expect from For the Style Seeking Girl in the next two weeks:
{in no particular order}
* 5 quick/much needed Travel essentials – beauty and fashion
* Logies wrap up
* Product Reviews – Laura Mercier, Australias, Bite
* 5 of my favourite and go -to beauty products
* Introduction post to Exquisite Jewels for Hire
* How-To Style: Grunge
* How-To Beauty: Winged-Eyeliner
* Campaign for a Cause – Kiss Goodbye to MS!

As always – please email me kooklahstyle@gmail.com or comment below with any queries, questions or thoughts.. find me on twitter @sarahgiak @styleseekgirl or on instagram @saregiak
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Look forward to writing for you… I’ve missed my ‘Little blog that could…’
Kooklah/Sarah

*** Sarah loves styling and planning events. Is studying wedding planning and consultancy. She is available for beauty, fashion, styling or wedding product reviews, brand ambassadorship, collaboration, sponsored posts or guest posts. Email kooklahstyle@gmail.com for a media kit (can be made available as soon as possible). If you think For the Style Seeking Girl could be a good fit for your brand or company – we would love to hear from you! Xo

Another Month, Another Style Dare – April Week One

Have you ever looked in to your wardrobe and thought ‘I have nothing to wear’? Or have had a heavy work schedule and seem to just reach for the same things in your wardrobe each time? I definitely have… but something has broken me out of this rut. This would be a style dare.
As regular readers of this blog would know, for the last couple of months I have been participating in style dares created by the stunning, funny and stylish Andrea from Fox in Flats. This month, there is another one. The idea is pretty basic, you get given a list of prompts – one prompt for each day of the month – and then style an outfit or look that has something to do with the prompt. Check out Andrea’s post on April Style Challenge … Below I have included the list of prompts.

SO much fun! One of my best friend’s Emma is joining me this month – I have loved waiting to see what she has uploaded each day. We share on instagram – where most of the action is – using #forthestyleseekinggirl then mine are linked to facebook and twitter also (search for me @saregiak) Below I have included the first week of the style dare of both For the Style Seeking Girl and Emma – let us know if you have a favourite!

Week One: 01.04.13 – 07.04.13

Day One – Arm Party
 On a day that was stressful I welcomed the excuse (although I rarely need one) to wear a cluster of bracelets that sparkled and tinkled as I walked. I used a pearl necklace wrapped around my wrist as bracelets, a diamonte and crystal encrusted bracelet I picked up in Vegas, 2 silver bracelets with diamonte detail and two padlock chain bracelets. I also used my lovely BYS colour change nail polish (new post up on that soon!) to extend the fun… voila! Arm party!
 
Here is Emma’s arm party! I love the use of a watch with the bracelets. Shiny, fun and practical!
I really love that Emma has used a colour theme, and it is perfect for use at work as well as play!
 
Day Two – Sparkles

 Had so much sparkle to choose from! Ended up choosing sparkly earrings, a tiered necklace that has a line of diamontes and sparkly silver chain bracelets. “Every girl should sparkle …”

Emma wrote on instagram as a caption “Love some sparkles and glitter to brighten the day” …and she definitely shone! A great collection of sparkle without been overbearing. Swarovski crystal studs, a sequinned grey tshirt from Portmans and purple glitter OPI ‘Temptation’ nail polish! LOVE this.
 
Day Three – Scarf
 Wanted to wear a scarf a bit differently and decided to use one of my favourite styles – a head scarf. I wore a beautifully patterned scarf then added some eyeliner paying homage to icons Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Onassis who have worn this style as well as Nicole Ritchie… using the scarf like this is a great way to highlight a curly hairstyle … read – ‘Embrace the Head Scarf’ for more.
A beautiful blood orange scarf from Dotti. Emma said it is great for Autumn, it would also be a great scarf to travel with -would lift any outfit (and spirits after long days/nights) and could be used as a traditional head scarf for cultural purposes (temples, mosques) such as the trip to Dubai we’re taking.
 
Day Four – Slick
Used Audrey Hepburn as my inspiration for a sleek and slick wet look chignon. Rarely wear my hair this slick and had so many compliments on it so I will try it again some day!

I love this look – so perfect and sleek. Front part with front section pinned at the side. Very classy.
 
Day Five – Bright Pink Lipstick
 Don’t often wear such bright lip colours but I really enjoyed this day! I created this lip colour by using a nude lip liner as a base, then some white, shimmer gloss and on top of that I put Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Infrared. paired with a slick of eyeliner and mascara and my bright blue blazer.
Love this shade of lipstick too! Would look great on a night out! How pretty is my best friend!
 
Day Six – Boots
 Studded pleather open-toed, heeled boots with zip detail worn with cable knit leggings from Boohoo – one definite look for when I go away! LONDON here we come
I love this look, the suede camel boots paired with maroon jeans. Emma often pairs this with a top and a pearl coloured blazer – sensational!
 
Day Seven – Dress

 Wore one of my favouite summer shift dresses for a sunny, Sunday afternoon of good company and wine with my cousins. Add some wayfarers, a bun and some tinted moisturiser.. summer in April!

 The look I would use to take this dress from day to night – embellished belt, heels and accessories

One of the dresses Emma is planning to take away on our holiday.
This pretty dress is from Forever New. Love the pattern and design!
 
 

Have you been taking part in the dare? If so let me know and I will look out for your shots! You can follow me @saregiak or look out for my weekly wrap up posts on this blog, For the Style Seeking Girl or check us out on Facebook.

Kooklah/Sarah/For the Style Seeking Girl



Embrace the Head Scarf …

Today on the Fox In Flats April Style challenge the prompt was ‘Scarf’, not only have I completed the look and uploaded it but it has prompted me to complete a post I have been meaning to write for awhile on the beauty and ease of headscarves.

A scarf is one of the best accessories – it can be hung around your neck, arm, handbag straps, body or hair. The head scarf is one of my favourite uses. Either covering your whole head or as a headband. In a past post on For the Style Seeking Girl called ‘For those bad hair days’ I detailed ways to extend the ‘life’ of your hair one of these ways included the use of a head scarf. It is something so easy and simple to do. It looks chic, carefree, classy and can be used in casual or dressy looks.

My favourite styles are:

The Band – should look like a thick band around your head with nothing draping. How to: fold or twist the scarf so into a long rectangle and then place on top of head, pull tight (not TOO tight but enough to secure and ensure it won’t fall off) and wrap underneath. Depending on the size of your scarf you can tie then or wrap again and tie in a knot or small bow at the top or side of the head.

Retro Knot and Tie – Women used to do this to hold in their curlers while they did housework, it then become popular for some dances. How to: similar to the band wrap the scarf around the head and either tie a knot or create a bow with the ends of the scarf, looks harder then it actually is. Pile your hair high and messy for a fabulous look – LOVE Rhianna’s curls in the pic below.

The Bandana – pretty self explanatory …just don’t style yourself like a pirate! Let some of your fringe fall out (set the bandana back) or have hair coming out the back. How to: Fold the scarf in half to a triangle, place over heads and tie at nape of neck. For some flair jaunt to the side.

 
The Long Headband – a head scarf fashioned into a head band partway through or at beginning of hair. Similar to the Band but the rest of the scarf hangs once knotted. How To: twist or fold the scarf and place on head, I like to leave part of my front section of hair and then place the scarf, tie at the side or base of neck and leave the ends of the scarf to drape over your shoulder/back.
 


Head scarf/Head dress – The traditional use, very classy and perfect for travelling and respecting cultural customs in certain countries and at certain monuments such as temples. How To: wrap it around your head and fasten with a brooch or just by overlapping the fabric.

 
Other ways that I would love to attempt – and are maybe not so easy?
(I will attempt and let you know how easy or hard these styles are to achieve)

To end, a vintage gallery of some of the most stylish women in history wearing a scarf (see below)! Hope you try some of these out … Let me know if you do! Check out what the foxy chicks are using a scarf for in the #foxinflatsstyledare on instagram (search using the hashtag), follow me on @saregiak
 
Find us on facebook – For the Style Seeking Girl
 
Happy Styling,
Sarah/Kooklah Xo
 
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People’s Choice for March Style Dare

Last night I posted the final wrap up for Fox in Flats’ March style dare (read my introduction to the madness here), for another month I had styled an outfit or look by taking inspiration from the allocated prompt and posting to various facebook/instagram/twitter feeds. The community feel of following and looking at all the shots posted each day (using #foxinflatsstyledare) is fantastic and I am eagerly playing along again for April!

This month I decided to allocate a ‘People’s Choice’ for each week, to determine this I have chosen which one of my shots got the most likes/comments over the others … see the chosen ones below! I have also included my favourite for each week…

Week One:

People’s Choice: Day Four – French

 

For the Style Seeking Girl’s Choice: Day One – Grr!

I found these two shots fun to do, but there was something so fun about Day One … maybe the anticipation of the styledare days ahead? If you haven’t, read March’s Week One Wrap Up

Week Two:

People’s Choice: Day Eleven – Pointy

For the Style Seeking Girl’s Choice: Day Fourteen – Madonna

I love the clutch and teamed it perfectly with my metallic manicure but looking at a photo of Madonna (my choice of photo) and recreating the look was so much fun and a styling obsessive’s dream! I am planning on doing some recreation looks and then posts later this month due to this dare. Sneak a look at March’s Week Two Wrap Up

Week Three:

People’s Choice: Day Twenty – Got the Blues

For the Style Seeking Girl’s Choice: Day Twenty Two – Braid

This was a hard choice. I think Day Twenty was my favourite overall but I had to include the braid day because I had been attempting to complete this hairstyle for awhile and finally completed it! So happy! Day Twenty was a happy day for me – my Mum’s birthday and the sun was shining, my shirt holds New York memories and I could finally wear a topknot again (after chopping my hair off)! For more pics and a wrap up see my post on March Week Three

Week Four:

People’s Choice and For the Style Seeking Girl’s Choice: Day Twenty Five – Silver

I love this look and so did majority of everyone else! Paired with fresh makeup including made up but not heavy eyes and pale red lips I felt beautiful, confident and stylish. Plus just have to pair with a jacket for overseas and then I am all set to go! I also just love how the matte (top) and shiny (necklace) silver pieces work together … Don’t forget to look at March’s Week Four Wrap Up

Are you joining in the fun for April? Make sure to share to instagram or let me know where to view your shots – it is so much fun to be part of a stylish and unique community which supports and motivates each other to be confident and step outside the box! You don’t need to buy anything, the idea is to ‘shop within your wardrobe’ … don’t forget to use hashtag: #foxinflatsstyledare

Once again, here is the list of April prompts:

See Fox in Flats on facebook
Don’t forget to give us some love on facebook too – For the Stye Seeking Girl Facebook page

Every day seems to sparkle a little bit more with a style dare to fulfil…
Sarah/Kooklah Xo