Kooklah Participates – Shop What You Got Challenge

Last year I discovered someone who became a favourite blogger of mine, Jo from iCurvy and then joined her 2013 challenge to “Shop What You Got”. A challenge that asked you to nominate 30 items of which all your oufits for November would be styled from (does not include uniforms, gym gear, pjs or underwear). The idea is to create a capsule wardrobe. Last year this included clothing, shoes and accessories like belts and scarves. I made sure to choose items that had colour, patterns and interesting details as I wanted to challenge myself and step away from the ‘easy’ option of monochrome. Here is a snapshot of last year’s list. {I had one ‘exemption’ day that I’d nominated up front due to attending a black tie wedding}

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2013

This year, the rules are slightly different, belts and scarves no longer count and can now be used like accessories such as statement necklaces to lift, add to or change an outfit – I felt an immense amount of freedom! More choice for items! Read Jo’s overview of the challenge at #shopwhatyougot

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{if you feel inspired to join, do! It isn’t too late, double up on outfits or start your own period of 30 days, one lady started at the middle of October due to travel commitments, or just tap in #shopwhatyougot in your social media accounts for daily inspiration}

As Jo mentions, you will take more risks, gain a greater appreciation for the items and discover outfit combinations you had never thought of. Last year those items became some of my most loved and I have worn them often – some made this year’s list!

Below is my list for #shopwhatyougot 2014…. but first a few insights into my collection.

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Snapshot sneak peek of clothing items {actual shots of items below}

I have included:
* the dress I will wear to my work Christmas party
* varied bright colour and patterns
* items that I needed to get more use out of
{I included less used items for two reasons- I recently had surgery and cannot wear certain fabrics as they irritate the healing suture lines and also because if I find the less used items difficult or not styled as often during this challenge they will be donated at the end}.

I have not included:
* heels – just wedges
* my chambray shirt {it can sometimes be a crutch item for me, I can always pair it with new outfit combinations I create after the challenge}
* jeans as I cannot stand them yet against my healing incision sites
* leather – I recently donated my much loved leather jacket as it no longer fit well

KOOKLAH #shopwhatyougot Capsule Wardrobe 2014

Jackets

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*White blazer {Portmans} *Orange hued patterned kimono {Vintage Iris} *Silver cardigan {Blarney souvenir}

Tops

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*Black tee *Patterned pink loose singlet *Black peplum {all three from Kmart} *Leopard print tee *Striped tee {Witchery} *Dot 3/4 blouse {Portmans}

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*Green embellished blouse from SES *Pink draped top H&M *Orange peplum blouse H&M *Pink Glassons shift top *Black tie up embellished tee from Big W

Bottoms

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*Black maxi skirt H&M *Floral midi skirt from Jay Jays *Black peplum mini skirt from Kmart *Black ponte pant with contrast panel from Kmart *Blue patterned pants *Black high waisted soft pant

Dresses

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*Black and white wrap look dress from Kmart *Floral sundress from Jay Jays *Nautical dress from Kmart *Moroccan patterned jumpsuit *Animal print peplum dress (Christmas party outfit) from Boohoo *Navy polka dot dress from Big W

Shoes

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*Pippa flats from Spendless Shoes *Nude woven sandals *Isabella Brown nude wedges *Tartan flats a souvenir from San Francisco

Make sure you click over to see Jo’s list and sneak a peek at other bloggers who have accepted the challenge and linked up their capsule wardrobe for November.

Tomorrow I will be uploading the first week of outfits.. in the meantime you can find me on Instagram using my handle @saregiak

Happy Styling,

KOOKLAH – ‘a living doll, living a life not yet imagined…’

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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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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

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