It all starts tomorrow

Since my last post, I took some time out. During this time I have house-sat close to the ocean, took some time for internal reflection, have found enjoyment in everyday things and have had an operation!

I have missed blogging, but I really needed to take some time out. The great news is that now I am full of ideas, inspiration and a renewed love for writing.

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From tomorrow I will be rolling out new post content (the ideas I had during the break were thick and fast), beginning with a new Travel Inspiration Thursday post (read June’s Travel Inspiration Post – Thankful for Travel for why I am thankful for the experiences I have had and an insight into why I love it).
You can look forward to more posts that involve beauty – including a few product reviews, fashion love, mental health and wellbeing, travel and food. I am also going to amp up some social commentary posts; from ongoing world events, inner musings and anecdotes as many viewers have commented, emailed and indicated they love these. I am also considering releasing an excerpt into a fictional character I created at 17, and write about in my short stories often… which is nervewracking, as not many people in my life have read those stories.

It all starts tomorrow. Make sure you have clicked follow, or entered your email address into the box on the right so that you get a quick notification of new content. I’d love to hear from you, especially if you have something you’d like me to write about.

Goodnight dolls,
Sarah xo
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Missoni for Target…

One of my favourite brands is Missoni, this Italian brand has a very distinct style with use of bright, vibrant hues, contrasting patterns {swirls, zig zags, graphics} and varied textures.

Each item is striking. Easily identifiable by the above features and makes a statement.

Perfect for parties, events, paired with basics or neutrals for a fun look and absolutely perfect for the girl who doesn’t want to “fit in”, in these creations you will stand out – and for all the right reasons.

Thus far I don’t own any designs from Missoni… Can you imagine how excited I was to find out that Target has collaborated with Missoni to create a Missoni for Target Collection? I think this is an incredible pairing, and will allow fashion lovers of all kinds of budgets to attain a piece. The collection is not soley limited to clothing, according to the overview from Target it will also include swimwear and homeware. A collection of over 200 pieces which will be available this year from October 8th, {if you click the collection link you can sign up for email updates and special information in the lead up to the launch}.

Below I have included some shots of Missoni designs, and I am excited to see how this collaborative collection will compare! Watch this space! {All images from missoni.com}

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Missoni minidress

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Missoni v-neck top

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Missoni bikini

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Linen and bedding

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Bath Items (set of towels)

Are you a Missoni fan too? What items are you looking forward to? I am thinking new swimwear that I can put to use in Mexico and Hawaii next year plus a shift dress or two. Are you loving the increasing amount of designers collaborating with discount department stores, if so what has been your favourite?

‘…a living doll, living a life not yet imagined’,
KOOKLAH
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Portmans Cargo Style Jean – Product Review

A couple of months ago I purchased two pairs of jeans from Portmans as I desperately needed some new ones that fitted properly. I was replacing a black and berry pair with my trusty dark blue jeans safe in my wardrobe.

I settled on the cargo style jean from Portmans – in khaki and black.
They have a soft, relaxed feel with good tapered tailoring throughout the leg. The fit is good. I find them perfect for casual days or dressed up with a fancy shirt and blazer for dinner or drinks.

There are side pockets which fit a phone or keys in easily.  Faux pockets are on the front with zips, they create a good aesthetic whilst maintaining the streamlined design of the pant. Down the bottom are zips, which can be worn done up to ‘hug’ the calf and ankle or undone to drape over shoes.. my favourite way though is to half zip and fold up the unzipped section in a cuff. It is relaxed and looks particularly stylish when wearing patterned or embellished ballet flats.

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I have found the sizing to be true to size and comfortable.

The one detail that I have taken dislike to, are the “back pocket flaps”, there are no pockets, just the flaps.

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After the first wash whenever I wear the pants I am really aware that often the flaps flip up which either creates bumps if worn under longer garments or looks funny. Something minor but it is a shame they weren’t fastened (even a stitch or a button) or reinforced in some way to reduce the frequency of this.

I still love them and wear them often, they are super comfortable and offer a good fit without restriction.

‘a living doll, living a life not yet imagined’,
KOOKLAH
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Start Walking – Inspirational Tuesdays

I have not long returned from a walk with my beautiful dog Charlie. I had been pretty sick last week, so had not been able to enjoy walking, fresh air or the company of my dog.

Today I got up and felt well enough to go. It is drizzly here with regular showers,  and I have alot to accomplish today. Often that would make me go, no let’s skip the walk, but I enjoy them as does Charlie… so I took inspiration from this quote I uploaded to instagram last night and went.

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I am really glad I did. I wore my warm coat, scarf and took my rainbow umbrella just in case the rain hit. The streets were quiet, it felt special – like we had the town to ourselves. Charlie loves to explore and I enjoy her company and excited discoveries.  These walks really give me some quiet, reflective time and encourage me to appreciate the small things whilst mulling over some life decisions. 

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We were gone for an hour. It rained, and we enjoyed the sound and smell of it. We discovered a new route to walk, new flowers and pretty houses.

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It was an hour of bliss. Peace. Solace. I’ve come back feeling centered and refreshed.

What have you done for yourself today? What has inspired you? I’d love to read about it, small or big, five minutes or five hours.

Look after YOU,
Kooklah

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Add a small spark…

I have been feeling pretty low lately. It will take me a little bit to get back to normal, to the happiness I found during my 100 days challenge (I really really will do an overview post soon) … but today I did things for me.

I had a day where I just followed my instincts for what I wanted to do. I had errands to run, work or housework today but I left those and attended to a day that would be good for the soul.

I first enjoyed a sleep in, followed by a walk with my dog and then a stroll over to my favourite beauty salon Little Miss Gorgeous for a manicure I had booked in this morning. It was while there, talking to the beauty therapist that I decided I needed to inject and add some sparkle to my day. I have an obsession with all things glittery, sparkly or embellished {most likely a leftover piece of my childhood}… I had been about to choose a standard colour for my nails, when I came across a colour called ‘ruby glitz’, the name and colour reminds me of Dorothy’s brilliant shoes in The Wizard of Oz … they glisten in the light and are making me smile when I look at them.

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My afternoon consisted of playing with makeup and watching multiple episodes of an old favourite Gilmore Girls. It was during this that I injected more sparkle through eye makeup, creating my look for today’s Fox in Flats Style Dare and I have loved it so much that I’m only just taking it off now.

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I will do a post soon with a ‘how to’ for this glitter eye look,  for now head to my instagram feed {saregiak} for a hint of the products and other shots!

Hope you’re having a good night,
More soon!
KOOKLAH ‘a living doll, living a life not yet imagined’

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Three words to watch..

How often do you have someone ask about you? The ‘how are you’, ‘how are things going’ or ‘how have you been’ ?

Every day? Or every second? I think it is a pretty usual part of life. From family, friends, coworkers and sometimes even strangers. Another way in which we can connect and share with others.

Are you ready for my next question? Here it is …

Do you answer honestly? You don’t have to spill to every single person who greets you in a day, BUT to your people – the ones you want to know about, support and celebrate life with – how do you reply?

I have been holding onto this thought for a while now this year. Mostly because I found myself to be answering automatically and quickly. As if I was on some kind of auto pilot, or like I didn’t want to ‘bother’ people.
How ridiculous, especially if these are people who love and care for you – they most likely want to know that you feel sad, low, angry, happy, ecstatic or balanced.

I found myself using three words often…
* Alright * Ok * Fine *

They are not feelings, they are noncommittal words that brush the question or person away. I’m trying really hard lately to avoid these words staying in my everyday vocabulary.

It is perfectly acceptable to say how you feel. I hope you know that, or learn it. As I have learnt.

Watch out for the repeated use of those three words.. they can trigger that maybe something just isn’t OK.

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KOOKLAH ‘a living doll, living a life not yet imagined..’ XO

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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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