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


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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
 

FABruary Week Two!

Life got pretty busy in February, sorry I mean FABruary…
For those of you who are wondering if I have suddenly just changed the name of a month, you must have been living under a rock. Fabruary is the name given to a style dare by Andrea at Fox in Flats.

Anyway I was going to post each week with an update of my outfits styled via a prompt each day for those of you who do not connect with me via instagram ( @saregiak ) or twitter (@SarahGiak  @styleseekgirl)… I didn’t get past week one with updating but made sure to keep up the challenge each day – today I am going to fire off some quick updates of Fabruary and then talk to you about the style dare put together for March! We are only three days in, so if you would love to try this start now! (you can catch up the first two days of the month or just start from now).

Prompt list:

Fabruary Week Two 08.02.13 – 14.02.13

Day Eight: Noisy
Created a stack of bracelets to add to a beaded cuff. Total arm candy. Used mixed sets from Eqiup, Venice Beach (L.A), Las Vegas, Jewellers. Inexpensive and expensive mixed together. I wrote about this trend loved by Nicole Ritchie and Blake Lively in Hint of Glamour #3
 
 
 
Day Nine: Killer Heels
These were the heels I wore for my 21st birthday.. Loved them! They went perfectly with my dress which finished above the knee, had multiple layers including tulle. These are nude suede with leather strips, called ‘Spiderweb’ found at ZU Shoes
 
 
 
Day Ten: Bright
A bright red sundress and bright accessories hanging in my wardrobe
 
 
 
Day Eleven: Belted
Trialing outfits for my next trip (European adventure), decided to use the sundress from Day Ten and make different versions of an outfit. This is my favourite – perfect for a casual dinner / night out.
 
 
 
Day Twelve: Orange Lipstick
Used two products from Nutrimetics – a lipstick and a lipgloss to create a tangerine hue. Peach cheeks, mascara and defined eyebrows completed the look.
(Note: the products used I had recieved a couple years ago – I am not sure if they are available. I used Brilliant Shine lipstick in Mandarin and Shimmer Gloss in Apricot)
 
 
 
Day Thirteen: Flats
Pink/Nude hued ballet flats with tiered gold zips with a sneaky leopard print inside!
 
 
 
Day Fourteen: Quiff
I love a good quiff, and was quite disappointed that my first nightshift back at work co-incided with this challenge. This was taken five minutes after I got home (at 8am) after starting work at 7pm the night before. A quick quiff woven in twists finishing in a messy knot at the base of my neck. Quickly followed by sleeping all day!!
 
 
 
So there you have it, my week two. For more pics search this hashtag – #fabruary on instagram and twitter. To look at the current style dare for March search #foxinflatsstyledare and find @foxinflats on instagram or twitter. If you join in let me know by commenting here, tagging me in your pic or use #forthestyleseekinggirl …. Which day this week did you like best?
 
Read on for Weeks 3 and 4, as well as the lowdown for March!
As always I look forward to you joining us on Facebook – For the Style Seeking Girl Facebook
 
Kooklah Xx


FABruary Week One!

I love a photo challenge… they feed my instagram addiction! (find me @saregiak)… I have been an eager participant in Photo a Day by Fat Mum Slim where you are given a word or three and have to take a photo – capturing or inspired by the prompt and share it on your chosen social medium(s). I will publish a post over the next couple of days with January’s photos and start doing updates on what I have posted for February….

But this post is about a completley different challenge. A style challenge created by Andrea the wonderful woman behind Fox in Flats encouraging and assisting mothers to keep up their style and be inspired by fashion! I Love this site. I am not a mother, but as a full time worker I find the tips and tricks on this site to be incredibly useful, and totally inspiring as a relatively newbie trying to breakthrough into the world of styling and blogging.

So February, is now Fabruary (click the link to check out Andrea’s post)… one item or prompt listend for each day, all you have to do is use the item or prompt and style it within or as your outfit.. So much fun! A challenge too when I have a structured work uniform (scrubs) and I try to think outside the box or atleast aim to showcase my individual style so it stands out from all the thousands of uploaded photos. It also means that you can push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new styles or items you have kept ‘just in case’.
I love that the hashtag (#fabruary and #foxinflats) has opened me up to another aspect of the styling world I love, I get to obsess over styling and fashion every single day. Below are the prompts followed by the first seven days I have so far completed…

Fabruary Week One! From Fox in Flats .. 01.02.13-07.02.13
 
Day One: Sunglasses
Vintage Styled Leopard Print Sunglasses (perfect stylish look to cover day after nightshift eyes!)
 
 
Day Two: Glitter
Anyone who knows me is well aware that glitter or shimmer in my makeup is nothing new.. But rarely (except for new years eve and a night in Las Vegas in 2012) have I created an entire ‘eye’ out of glitter. I was in a smokey eye mood this day, so created it all out of glitter using products from Australis, Kat Von D and UrbanColour Makeup… with made up brows of course!

 
Day Three: Checks/Plaid
Had so many options but settled on a vintage cropped jacket I purchased two and a half years ago from an opshop (steal at $10).. Has a tweed look with some mauve through it – perfect with my new mani (which I got on day one). Loved the look, hadn’t worn this item in 2 years!

 

Day Four: Ponytail.
The aim was to break away from your standard or go-to pony. I went for a 90s flashback -think almost baby spice or the like. Was a very fresh feeling look and I loved the compliments I recieved! Will add it to my own looks now. Had a side part which turned into two twists, scrunched pony for some body and hair wrapped around/concealing elastic.
 
 
Day Five: Leather
Vintage Jacket I had originally purchased from Kiss My Button Vintage paired with a long, slouchy t-shirt and blue accessories with naturally curled hair.. No makeup as off to get a facial!
 
 
Day Six: Green
Had to go to work for a long-ish shift… had to be a bit subtle with the green so put on my black eyeliner – with winged tips of course and then ‘shadow lined’ that eyeliner with mint green eyeliner.. Loved it SO much that I have added flecks of green since then!
 
 
Day Seven: Statement Earrings
I had a 12hour shift at work and cannot wear long earrings. So at first I was stumped. BUT…today I wore statement studs.. well to be honest, I don’t even think they can be called studs! Each one is as big as my thumb, they are Leopards – black and gold- with holes for a mouth cut out. I got so many comments on them today, so they definitely created some impact!
 
 
 
Have you joined FABruary?? If so, please comment where you are uploading and I will keep an eye out for your pictures! I will do a weekly roundup for the next three weeks but you can check in daily via instagram (@saregiak) or twitter (@sarahgiak). Which day do you like best so far?
 
Kooklah Xx
 

Seven Day Challenge (Hair Dare)

Due to the fantastic six degrees of separation Instagram provides I came across Fox in Flats who provides inspiration and hints for good style in motherhood. I certainly am not a mother, but I have fallen in love with this site and with the updates I get since clicking the ‘follow’ button (check out @foxinflats). They also have a facebook page click here. It is fun, stylish and there are dares!

The current one (which I only discovered yesterday) is a hair dare. Encouraging those involved to step out of hair comfort zones and try something different. I know my hair comfort (since I cut it short) is a looped ponytail (you know the half pulled through ponytail) – especially at work. So I decided I would accept the challenge, for the next seven days my hair would have to be different from the last.

Yesterday (Jan 17) was my day one – I had to go to work and it reminded me of those 1950s posters with the girls with headscarves tied in a bow around their head. I did a variation of this in that I formed a messy bun and used a headscarf only around the bun to form a bow. Add winged eyeliner and I was ready!

Keen to see if I can do this! I know it would have been so easy with my long hair so I was even more driven to accept this dare. I will update daily on here and then at the end (if I can complete it) I will post all the pics together..

Let me know if you are doing it too! Follow @saregiak on instagram or @sarahgiak on twitter to see the pics as they are taken. As always would love to read your comments or click me an email to kooklahstyle@gmail.com

Go on, style it up… I dare you! 😉

Kooklah Xx