Radio Silence

I’ve been pretty quiet with posts this past week. This is largely because I went on a high school Retreat that I volunteer for, during this I have no time and limited network access. I didn’t have time to write or prepare posts.

But I think that’s ok. Everyone needs a break, which brings me to the other reason that Kooklah was silent for awhile, I have been putting my energy into supporting and helping my family.
Today I am working on some posts, and will upload one today.

For now, here is a quote I am loving…

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Sometimes we just need to have faith that if things aren’t clear, they will be. One day.

Talk soon! KOOKLAH
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Vlogging…

I have occasionally thought about entering the “vlogging” world {video blogging} which is on a ten year rampage on mediums like YouTube. Last night I created a channel, once I beat this dreadful cold I will start working with some videos and see what I create. If I like, I’ll upload.

I have been mulling over what content I would talk about – some of our Facebook followers have commented asking for one about eyebrows + how I achieve their full look especially for a night out. I think it could be fun to try – if I dont like it, I can stop doing it… I’m alittle curious/anxious to see/hear myself on playback + to see how they would be received. But all you can do is try!

I will keep you updated, and please let me know if you have any requests!

Sarah ☆ Kooklah

Epcot Styling for Kendra

When it comes to fashion and styling, there isn’t much I love more than putting together a look for a specific style, occasion or event. I do this regularly not just for myself, but for friends and family as well.

This week I received an email from Kendra Thornton who is a seasoned traveller and travel expert from the USA. Kendra is holding a fashion challenge to assist with planning looks for an upcoming trip. She is off for a fun, family weekend at Florida’s Epcot {a theme park in Walt Disney World} and is looking for some style inspiration. The aim is to have outfits that are fashionable yet functional and can be worn day or night..

I was lucky to be reached out to by Kendra in admiration of my own style, to put together an ensemble that fulfilled the brief I was given.

Here is the brief from Kendra:

“A trip to Orlando is a fun-filled opportunity for the entire family. Whether I’m spending a day with the family at Epcot or escaping for some romantic time with my husband at a lounge or nightclub, I know I’ll enjoy my time in Orlando! I’ll have the best time when I look and feel confident and comfortable! This is why I created “Kendra’s Fashion Challenge.” Perhaps I’m a little embarrassed about this. But as a mother of three children I could use some help getting fashion forward ready. I’m looking for some feedback from my favourite fashion bloggers concerning my style. I’ll be taking those three wonderful kids to Orlando, and I know there are bound to be plenty of photo opportunities!  I don’t want to look dowdy in pictures! Specifically, I need help choosing an outfit to wear to Disney’s Epcot. I found so much information on Disney hotels and attractions on the travel talk site gogobot. After reading many reviews my husband and I chose to go check out their fantastic aquarium! Hopefully this will be some inspiration when planning my new look!

I have a deep fascination with the ocean and marine life. On this excursion, I get to share this fascination with my kids as we get to explore one of the world’s largest man made ocean environments. We’ll see over 4,000 sea creatures and learn about more than 60 different species of marine animals. During our time there, we will get a chance to touch and interact with many of the different animals. On the second-floor observation deck, we’ll be surrounded by marine life to gaze at and enjoy. The staff holds two fish feedings each day! I just hope I don’t get wet! I’m ecstatic to see what looks Sarah will choose for this adventure! Thanks to one of my favourite fashionista bloggers I’m sure I will look stunning while visiting Epcot!”

I started this challenge by styling two looks that could go from daytime fun with the kids to drinks with her hubby at night – with just a few simple tweaks! The idea behind this is that Kendra could feel confident to take this look straight to the bar with just a quick ‘fresh up’ stop at the hotel.

Look One: ‘Functional Feminine’ an outfit styled to feel feminine, fresh, fun {great for photo ops} plus appropriate for a trip to Epcot.

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For day – pair lightweight, comfortable jeans and a monochrome colour block tank top with a bright scarf {could be worn tied as pictured, open/draping from back of neck or as a headscarf}, complementing but comfortable flats and an across body bag.
The scarf adds a pop of colour and can be used as a wrap if a cool breeze comes on. The bag allows Kendra to keep her hands free – ideal when assisting kids! I also added a pink belt for extra style-pop!

For night – this outfit is good to go, but for added glamour add a pair of heels {black pictured to complement the top} + a statement necklace to instantly dress up a casual look. For added sleekness I have added another belt option – either would work. Tie a knot in the strap of the across body bag and you now have a clutch! Pairing with a blazer will add sophistication.

Look Two: ‘Casual Edge’ an outfit styled to tick the functional box AND add some rock chic edge…

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For day – pair a good quality black {or white} tee with patterned pants. Having a basic top allows the pants to standout – patterned pants are a must for any wardrobe, as they have great stylish impact with minimal effort. Keeping with the minimalistic vibe I kept accessories simple with a basic, long gold costume jewellery necklace, tan + gold accented sandals and wayfarer sunglasses. The bag I chose is a larger handbag but has both shoulder straps and a body strap, the across body bag from look one would also work.

For night – adding a lightweight kimono style jacket {jacket pictured has some embellishment on lapels} lifts this outfit as does the addition of some wrist bling and heels.

Both of these day looks could be packed with streamlining of accessories + shoes for increased practicality of packing for travel. I.e one pair of heels, one necklace & one bag …

I had so much fun working on these two looks that I decided to create a look specific for night that could be paired with any accessory, bag or shoe from above {I have included some examples too}

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By using a little black dress {LBD} you suddenly create a canvas on which to create a look.
In the left-hand side of the picture I used a combination of accessories from looks one and two to highlight that accessories of either look could work. On the right hand side I have added some optional extra accessories such as an evening clutch. Great LBD styles for mixing and matching include peplum {pictured}, shift and wrap dresses – they are usually sleek with minimal embellishment.

Thankyou Kendra for this opportunity, I hope your trip is sensational, and that you feel fabulous throughout!

Stylish readers, I hope you have enjoyed this post and the looks I created. Do you have a favourite? Which one would you wear, my personal favourite is look two.

Kooklah Xo
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*outfits styled using Stylicious app

Time for a Change – Letter to my Readers

 

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you have probably already noticed {+ maybe been confused by} the realisation that this blog has changed from ‘For the Style Seeking Girl’ to Kooklah.

That’s ok. I have written some new information in the about page to explain it to you… I have also adapted that into the following post – a letter for you. It is an exciting change, FTSSG will still be around – this is the category that all the beauty, fashion and styling posts we publish will come under, but you can also look forward to different content and topics for posts.

Looking forward to reading your thoughts + just a little (A LOT) nervous for them too.

Thanks, Kooklah Xo

Hi, I am Sarah the creator & writer from For the Style Seeking Girl, and now Kooklah. From now on not only will this site post about beauty, fashion and styling but also such topics like lifestyle, travel, positivity, mental health awareness, equal rights + current issues.

I have been blogging for ten years, it originally started as a hobby, a vice to indulge my obsession for all things beauty, fashion and styling. I called this ‘For the Style Seeking Girl’, the blog grew from something I wrote just for me to a blog that has been read and shared by many. My aim was to pass on my own passion to others, assisting them to feel beautiful, be confident & sparkle.

As the blog grew and went through different experiences, I did too. I changed blog domains, and at the time thought about changing the name, I was scared to. If I am been honest, I have/had grown quite attached to the name I had created, but started to feel like I had outgrown it. I am no longer a girl, I am a woman, and I have so much more to share. Over the ten years I developed a love and voice for pieces that included lifestyle, travelling, day to day musings and voicing opinions on world issues. I wrote for other people on these issues, even had a side blog to try and release this passion {funnily enough it was called Kooklah} and every now and then I wrote a post FTSSG that wasn’t related to fashion.

I have decided to take my blogging identity of ‘Kooklah’ further and develop it into a fully functioning blog. All of the posts from For the Style Seeking Girl are still available, and can be found in the archives. I’m a dreamer who looks for meaning in life and I wanted to embrace this in my writing.

Kooklah is Greek, and is something that my Dad has affectionately called me – all of my life. It means ‘Living Doll’, I have always used it as a sign off or to brand anything I created. Over time, Kooklah, became a real part of who I am as my creative identity whilst still been affectionately used as a nickname. It feels very fitting that this is now not only my blogging identity but also my blog + website name. My beautiful friend Sarah from Creating Contentment has been a big support to me as I thought long and hard over whether to change things now. It was more emotional for me to do than I thought, but if I didn’t do it now, when would I? {Sarah, I am so grateful to you – thankyou for letting me soundboard my worries, intent and even name ideas off you… it meant a lot to me. Xx}

I really hope my old readers embrace this change, there will still be a large amount of fashion related posts as this is what I LOVE but I am also hoping you will join me in celebrating the other aspects of life too. I look forward to interacting with new readers and seeing how my voice is received on different topics. Have a brilliant day… and please let me know your thoughts! For our latest fashion post read ‘Oscars Fashion’

Currently, each fortnight you can look forward to a post from Sarah at Creating Contentment, as part of a joint project between our blogs to reach out to our readers on topics of positivity, self belief and acceptance. {read Sarah’s latest post Give a Gift to Everyone You Meet}

Sarah Xo

Oscar Fashion

I really enjoyed the Oscars this year, I was with friends and we had some bubbly, good food and watched The Oscars. It was interesting to watch the red carpet with a group and see what looks were loved or hated, and what ones divided the group. The awards ceremony didn’t disappoint either, we loved the Ellen selfie & the pizza delivery, Pink’s performance of ‘Over the Rainbow’ and the heartfelt speeches of Jared Leto & Lupita N’Yongo {I was teary as Jared paid a loving homage to his Mother and then showed acceptance, love and support to anyone who is discriminated for who they are or who they love}. Despite knowing Matthew McConaghey was the ‘favourite’ for Best Actor, I was so disappointed that Leonardo DiCaprio did not get it… what more does he have to do? Yes, I am #TeamLeo – he has such great acting skill and I cannot wait for the year that he is not passed over but receives the Oscar.

But now to the fashion and styling … There were sensational gowns, amazing accessories and beautiful looks. I have put together For the Style Seeking Girl’s favourites {including ‘Suits Worn Well’}, least favourites, honourable mentions, eye-catching couple, and best beauty look.

Favourites

Lupita in Prada

Lupita in Prada

This dress blew me away, I love the Grecian style with the flowing fabric and gorgeous train. Lupita swung the train allowing the beautiful, draping pleats to be viewed as often as she could, the ice blue looks sensational against her skin. Classy, understated and completely unforgettable. Perfectly paired with simple, golden accessories + her beaming smile. Best dressed – without a doubt.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Very old Hollywood. A sexy, glamourous look with eye-catching detail. This gorgeous gown has the cape draped over her shoulders and is backless. With a plunging front and short train, this is not for the faint hearted. Smokey eyes, sweeping curls and simple accessories complete this Screen-Siren look.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

 

Necklace draped over her back

Necklace draped over her back

Jennifer looked radiant in this red gown, as the face of Dior I could think of no one better to wear this beautiful column gown with peplum detail. I love her hair, it has a slightly 90s vibe which is on trend right now. The styling is brilliant, adding unique detail by draping the necklace over her back.

 

Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Julia looks radiant wearing a gorgeous dress from the design house behind Audrey Hepburn’s original little black dress. This dress is stunning, I love the classic detail of lace used in playful ways – bodice insert, edging at the shoulders and on the peplum. It is understated and feminine.

Jennifer Garner in Oscar De La Renta

Jennifer Garner in Oscar De La Renta

This long, flapper style dress sparkled in silver, when Jennifer presented an Oscar onstage the strands bounced and moved as she walked, whilst glistening under the lights. A simple dress became a standout. Jennifer is the Queen of low-key elegance and she cemented this at The Oscars. I love the pop of berry coloured lipstick and the complementing accessories.

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

I love this gown on Sandra, she has chosen a timeless look with a modern twist, the huge layer of fabric that is ruched and then falls into the train is a stunning aspect. This is a very flattering gown and the colour contrasts well with her ivory skin and dark hair. Adding some frosting with the bracelet, earrings and hairclip finishes off this look perfectly.

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

This dress is amazing, the use of a classic silhouette with almost futuristic detail is clever and works well. I love the Perspex straps that add some mystery and fun to the gown, I also like the train overlay that can be seen through. Charlize is the perfect woman for this dress, she takes control of the look and was hard to stop looking at on the red carpet!

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Romantic and Grecian, this dress is soft, playful and ultra feminine. Penelope proves once again that she is all woman in this sensational gown. The draping suits her well, with a fabulous splash of fabric hooked over arm for some added volume. The black fabric sash and bow add dimension. Simple accessories with a topknot complete this elegant look.

 

‘Suits Worn Well’

Ellen

Ellen

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

 

Jared Leto - Best Dressed Male. Loved the pop of burgundy against the white, his hair and attitude

Jared Leto – Best Dressed Male. Loved the pop of burgundy against the white, his hair and attitude

Honourable Mentions

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma looks sensational, loving the mix of black with gunmetal grey, red lips add some sexiness.. I would have liked to see a less ‘school girl’ like hairdo. But overall a stellar look for a presenter!

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Kerry looks beautiful in this mauve gown, I like the simple detail, but it is just that, simple. She packs some impact with the dark lip. Stunning pregnant woman – she definitely glows.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

This gown reminds me of Amy Adam’s from last year with the detail in the skirt. I adore the embellished cap sleeves and bodice. I feel her hair really lets her down, too casual for this look – a classy chignon or swept up curls would have made this look shine!

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

A gorgeous gown choice for the ‘Frozen’ star. This gown highlights her slender frame, although it does give me a ‘wedding’ vibe. A pop of colour would have lifted this look too.

Sally Hawkins - Valentino

Sally Hawkins – Valentino

Beautiful embellished gown, very simple in cut and fit. I do not get an overall ‘Wow’ factor from this look, especially with the casual hair and the fringe she kept running her hands through during her red carpet interview – it was distracting and made her look uncomfortable.

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

Naomi showcased a look completely suitable for a presenter, she looked classy and had a simple elegance but didn’t use a gown that would take all the attention off the nominees. She shone in this gorgeous white gown and added glamour with a red lip and defined eyes.

Pink  'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

Pink ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’

Even though it was not her red carpet look, I couldn’t go without mentioning Pink’s look as she paid a beautiful tribute to The Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland. Not only was her performance wonderful {and incredibly moving} but she sparkled in this ruby-red gown. Loving the neckline and full skirt.

Least Favourites

Amy Adams in Gucci

Amy Adams in Gucci

Classic shape. Check. Exciting detail? No. The dress is lovely, but it doesn’t look striking or stand out. I found this a disappointing look for someone who was nominated for TWO roles and also in comparison to her heavily detailed princess gown from last year. I think even choosing a different colour for this gown would have made a difference. I think Amy really flew under the radar in this dress and also with her makeup. Keep in mind – this is The Oscars.

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel

Ok, I appreciate the huge risk taken here. I like the red, I like the skin showing section … but it stops there. I think this dress would be ideal for the Golden Globes or the BAFTAs where left of centre outfits are huge {like Angelina in a fitted suit?}. To me, this looks more like a high school dance than The Oscars. Points for having a go though!

Cristin Milioti in Reem Acra

Cristin Milioti in Reem Acra

This look is way too monochromatic. I hate to say it but Mrs Mosby got it wrong. I love the dress, with the cupped bodice and falling skirt. This had the potential for an ethereal look when paired with her gorgeous ivory skin. Nude or soft pink lips with shimmery eyes would have bumped this look into favourites.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci

Anne Hathaway in Gucci

So last year Anne wore a similar cut from Prada – deciding at the last minute to leave her custom made Valentino behind – and follows it up this year with a futuristic column gown. The cut, shape and fit of the gown is sensational. I don’t like the metallic bodice – which has been likened by some critics as a ‘breast plate’, this aspect impedes on the rest of the dress and seems like an odd choice for this event.

Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

I like the halter style cut of the dress, and that is it. I look at this dress and see a huge, walking doily. I think Portia could have done better, apparently the inspiration was snowflakes… but I just don’t see it, it makes her look older than she is.

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

This look is a bit plain, the nude looks fabulous with her skin, but there is no pop of colour at all {she had nude lips too}, when watching her, I felt she looked washed out. I see fish scales when I look at the dress, but a guest at the party I was at stated “All I can see if keys on a rack, like a hotel wall”. While I am not a huge fan of the gown, to take this look from drab to fab, a striking lip {pink or red} and well styled hair would have done the trick. I think Cate got lucky because this dress photographs well, and stands out more in photos than it did when watching the red carpet and awards ceremony.

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli

This dress reminds me of a mermaid. I think the skirt detail and small train is really pretty and I love the colour. Though overall this was a least favourite because it isn’t totally flattering for her. Though it is much better than last years!

Jessica Biel in Chanel

Jessica Biel in Chanel

Jessica Biel could easily make best dressed lists everywhere, but she always chooses gowns that are basic and similar. Instead of cementing a certain style it creates a I-have-seen-this-all-before-feel. Nothing stands out in this look and the hair pulled lazily over one shoulder drags the look down. Even by piling the hair in a towering bun or keeping it to one side but in a chignon or curled ponytail would have lifted the look. I would love to see her pick something a little more daring – even just colour wise like red, emerald green or purple.

Pharrell

Pharrell

Saving the BEST of the WORST till last. Shorts. Really? At The Oscars. Oh. Dear. This is school boy trying to dress up, and failing. There is a dress code, and that should be respected. He could have worn a nicely tailored suit and played around with colour, patterns/prints or textures and that would have been amazing.

Eye-Catching Couple

Joseph and Emma

Joseph and Emma

What a cute would-be-probably-should-be couple. They were so cute when they were presenting on stage together and definitely had all eyes on them! They look striking together… one to watch!

Brad and Angelina

Brad and Angelina

The love between these two is so obvious and sweet. From holding hands and flirting with each other on the red carpet, snuggling during the awards ceremony and looking at each other with admiration and affection – I couldn’t stop looking at them whenever they appeared on screen. How beautiful was it in the montages shown where Angelina had accepted a humanitarian award and spoke of her belated mother, camera pans to Angelina watching this with tears in her eyes and Brad looks at her then leans in to kiss her. Awww. I felt they looked striking together. Angelina’s dress wasn’t my favourite, despite been from one of my favourite designers Ellie Saab {felt it didn’t flatter her bust – but am wondering if she purposely wanted that after the surgery she has had} but she looked healthy and glowed.

Best Beauty Look

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

I felt this look was most complimentary to the outfit paired with it. I love the bold, red, Hollywood glam lip, paired with defined eyes, brows and a minimal base. It is striking but maintains a natural look which allows her true beauty to shine through.

Which Oscar looks did you love or dislike? Which gown from this year would you choose? For me, I would choose Penelope Cruz’s Grecian style gown or Julia Roberts’ classy, sexy black gown.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! If you want to wander down memory lane, read 2013’s Oscar post.

Follow us on Facebook and look back here around midday for an announcement, and a BIG change!

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

Be Kind & Love Yourself…

Often our days are busy with errands and jobs to tick off a list, doing things for other people and going to work/school/uni – nothing completely wrong with these but they do result in a decreased energy flow and drain from our body’s resources.

This has a direct affect on your mood. You become tired, cranky and irritable. I have written on For the Style Seeking Girl’s ‘sister’ blog Kooklah about the importance of taking care of yourself – physically, mentally and emotionally – read my post on Self Care here. One of the best ways for an instant perk are to change your hair colour/style, take a walk along the beach and smell some flowers.

Another great idea is to indulge in some pampering – for yourself. Yes that’s right I want you to be kind to yourself, I even want you to love yourself. This can involve spending some moolah on yourself or it can be done at home with simple remedies or DIY tasks.

If you are choosing to keep your money tree full then try some of these ideas!
* Take a longer bath or shower but make it more luxurious, add some candles, your favourite music, a glass or wine (or beer for those shower-beer drinkers) and a nice smelling scrub.
* Treat yourself to a manicure – can be as simple as just painting your nails, but why not add some moisturiser to rub into your hands and cuticles or add a feature nail?
* Have an early nights sleep
* Do your hair or makeup in a different style, and allow more time so that you actually enjoy the act of taking pride in your looks instead of rushing through it like yet another chore
* Use at home remedies to make your own beauty products like scrubs and exfoliants (click here for a post on how to make these as well as tips on some different ingredients)

Today I made sure that I treated myself (after baking a caramel slice for the family) and had an hour afternoon pamper session at my favourite salon Little Miss Gorgeous … I used a voucher I had recieved as a gift and I used it on threading (will be doing a post on that soon) and a manicure. I chose a bronzed glitter polish with a matte finish – an edgy look with a side of girly!

What a brilliant way to kickstart my week off!
What have you done for yourself today? One last thing, don’t forget what Audrey Hepburn said:

Kooklah Xx (Facebook page)
find me on instagram @saregiak & Twitter – @styleseekgirl or @SarahGiak

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

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

 

Inspire Me Woman…

          “I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore… I’ve been down there on the floor and no one’s ever gonna keep me down again. If I have to I can do anything… I am strong, I am invincible… I am woman…”

Over the next few months or so, I am going to publish posts on local women who I know, who I find inspiring and am glad that they have been or currently are in my life. These women are all different, they have different personalities, different outlooks and different careers… but one of the things they do have in common is that they all shine brightly.

They are passionate, creative, greatly opinionated, kind, compassionate, supportive, motivating… these women work hard, have goals and dreams which I love to see them strive for and complete.

The next post will be about me, answering the very questions I have put to these women. I was undecided whether I would write a post answering the questions, but then I thought it would be a good way to reach out to my readers and to share something about me. So I hope you enjoy this series of posts, they will be staggered out over the next couple of months. If you have any questions for the women once you have read the posts, feel free to write it in a comment and I will get it answered for you. It is important for me to allow other women or girls to see that strength is important, that a lust for life is important… that you are capable of anything you put your mind and heart’s desire to.

Kooklah Xx