Australian fashion guide: Our five fave picks from SABA

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SABA stands for all things sophisticated. With superior tailoring and modern simplicity being their dynamic strengths, this Aussie label has been the frontrunner for minimalist cuts and chic style for half a century, and these five picks are proof that these pieces will outlast anything else in your wardrobe. Australian fashion guide: Our five fave picks from SABA | feature fashion news fashion daily daily love  pictures Channel chic Summer style with this textured frock. Equal parts casual and sophisticated, this dress can be worn with over the knee boots (Olivia Palermo style) or with minimalist sandals.

SHOP IT: Ida Textured Dress in Multi, $249.00, saba.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five fave picks from SABA | feature fashion news fashion daily daily love  pictures Brighten up your sunglasses collection with a blonde tortoise print and bold cat eye influences. These shades are perfect for adding a boldness to your workweek blacks or for sitting beachside on the weekend.

SHOP IT: Hepburn Sunglasses in Blonde Tortoise, $230.00, saba.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five fave picks from SABA | feature fashion news fashion daily daily love  pictures A monochrome pair of ankle strap sandals are reason to scream 'take my money!' but add a sensible block heel and you have the perfect hybrid of comfort and style — just in time for the races!

SHOP IT: Dita Shoe in Black and White, $275.00, saba.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five fave picks from SABA | feature fashion news fashion daily daily love  pictures   Whether you gift it to your bestie or yourself, this gorgeous bracelet is a piece that should be in every woman's jewellery collection. Simple enough to work from day to night and with anything!

SHOP IT: Pattie Bracelet in Black and White, $59.00, saba.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five fave picks from SABA | feature fashion news fashion daily daily love  pictures Khaki is one of those versatile shades that can be paired with any ensemble, add a blue coloured lens and the Summer vibes are in full force. Beach days are calling your name.

SHOP IT: Radio Daze Unisex Sunglasses in Khaki, $230.00, saba.com.au

What do you think of this week's Australian fashion guide? Which SABA buy are you lovin'? Tell us in the comments below!

Mani talk: Flash tats ... for your nails! | nail it feature beauty trends 2 beauty news beauty 2  pictures

When we first heard of Flash Tattoos, our curiosity was definitely piqued. Celebrities, festival goers, Instagrammers, bloggers, even the little old lady next door were emblazoning themselves with these metallic body art designs, and to be fair, they looked kind of wicked.

To add to the fun, there's been a few daring divas uploading pics of the tats on their nails. Wicked overload! Not only is this the best way to add some razzle dazzle to your talons, but the finished product will have everyone asking you where you got your nails did (don't worry, we won't tell). So if you're looking to funk up your mani without the need for an in-salon visit, we have two words for you: flash tats.

Image via Popsugar Beauty via Instagram

Is this something you'd try at home? Tell us in the comments below!

10 ways to prepare yourself for the warmer weather | lifestyle health and happines feature sponsored  pictures

10 ways to prepare yourself for the warmer weather

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Most of the time we only think about how the changing of the seasons affects us when it comes to Winter and we get a case of the sads, but the warmer months can change our bodies so much more than our Winter hibernation can. It's not hard to have your body clock completely thrown off by daylight savings (I keep having insanely late dinners because the sun sets so late!) but there are heaps of little tweaks and changes we can all make to ensure that we're in top condition this Spring before Summer hits.

These ten tips will give you everything you need to have you feeling your best inside and out so that when the real Summer starts you won't need to do any prepping. Feel like you need to get bikini ready? Well, let's get started now!

1. Adjust your sleeping schedule

If you weren't on the ball enough to start adjusting your sleeping schedule before daylight savings hit, then now is the time to get onto it. Try going to bed half an hour earlier than you usually would if you're waking up tired and get yourself out of your late-night phone habits so that you can get to sleep easier (because the light from your phone can trick your body into being awake!).

2. Lighten your meals

Winter is the time for rich, heavy meals because you're prone to cuddling on the couch in all the layers so start lightening them up now to lose that heavy feeling that weighs you down. You don't have to switch to salads, but keep the soups, casseroles or gravy-rich roasts for occasional meals.

3. Increase your fluid intake

Let's be honest, it can be super easy to get dehydrated and not even realise it, so now is the time to start upping your fluid intake. If you're not a big water drinker and need a little flavour to help you get your quota then try drinks like OVI Hydration (water flavoured with fruit juices, natural flavours, honey, natural minerals and packed full of antioxidants from green tea) that give you that flavour you're craving while also keeping you hydrated.

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4. Get regular exercise

If you let your usual exercise class fall by the wayside, then now is the time to pick it up again. The sun is shining a lot later these days, so go for a nice walk after dinner or work and get your body moving again.

5. Change your beauty routine

Our skin needs different things in the dead of Winter than it does in Spring, so start switching out your heavy moisturisers for lighter fluids or gels so your skin doesn't freak out when we get locked in heat wave territory.

6. Increase your SPF protection

While we're on the topic of your beauty routine, now is the time to make sure you're actually getting the sun protection you need. While we say you need your SPF on all the time, when it gets sunny you should make sure you have a 30+ on so you don't get that sneaky sun damage (or a bright red nose!) during your lunch break.

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7. Shave off your fur coat

When your skin isn't seen for months on end there is really no point in keeping up with your shaving routine, but if you're planning on letting those gams out for a breather then you'll feel so much better after a good shave.

8. Prep your hair for Summer

Your hair is going to be pummelled with all the sun and surf you'll be exposing it to soon, so start looking after it now. Add an extra hydrating mask to your weekly shower routine, or consider going a shade darker this Summer for shiner, healthier looking hair.

9. Master the art of layering

It is Spring and do you know what that means? Completely unpredictable weather. Make sure you have good layering items so that you're prepared for any type of weather. Even one of those large and pretty cotton scarves can work wonders if the weather takes a turn.

10. Get a good transeasonal jacket

While we're on the subject of layering, you need a good transeasonal jacket in your arsenal — especially if layering isn't your thing. Ditch your big Winter coat (that'll just have you sweating if it's over 18 degrees anyhow) and look for something a little bit lighter. Anoraks, leather jackets and blazers are always in their prime during Spring.

Head over to OVI Hydration's Facebook page to find out more about their delicious range of beverages. 

What are some of your tips for preparing yourself for Spring? Tell us how you transition smoothly in the comments below!

 

Shapewear smoke and mirrors: See how to get in shape with sucky inny undies | how to wear hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

As we enter the party animal months of November and December, filled with champagne breakfasts, mini quiches and late night kebabs, it can seem kinda unfair that the dress code tends to be skin-hugging frocks and waist-cinching skirts. Often shapewear can be thought of as only for plus size or older women, but that's soooo not the case.

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I've been a firm (no pun intended) believer in the power of a pair of sucky-innies since I had lady lumps. For petite humans such as myself they help to create a shape (see: SHAPEwear), as opposed to the usual 13 year-old-boy bod I can sport with ease. A control slip can not only lift my tukas but also cinch my waist to create a more womanly shape (one step closer to being Beyonce). Of course, your body is the canvas to your outfit, so undie lines, bumps and bulges aren't ideal, which is why we have made it easy to shop for the shapewear suited to your next night out!



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Which shapewear piece is your must-have? Tell us in the comments below!

New & Noteworthy: 13 new skincare products to indulge in | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty news beauty 2  pictures

The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining, and though it may be hard to believe, the time has finally come to show some skin. But if you've been skimping on the cleansing and moisturising routine and wouldn't even know what an eye serum or body lotion looked like if it approached you in the street, then perhaps we can help.

Below, browse through some exciting skincare new releases that will help keep your body's largest organ in tip-top shape. It's never too late to begin!



Which of these new skincare products will you be slathering on? Tell us in the comments below!

Lunch club: 3 ways to have spinach for lunch that arent salads | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Lunch club: 3 ways to have spinach for lunch that aren't salads

I freaking love spinach. Yeah, I know that's a weird food to love, but then getting my fill of leafy greens has never been an issue for me. I hate any purple leaved lettuce. I tolerate rocket. But spinach is just straight up delicious. Even though my love of spinach goes pretty deep, I still find salads incredibly boring and can't really stand the thought of eating a salad for lunch every day just to get my spinach fix.

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Vegan Spinach Balls with Pesto Sauce from Vegalicious Recipes

Yes, these would probably make a much better dinner (although who says you can't have spaghetti for lunch?), but I also love the thought of throwing the balls into a bit of pita bread with some chopped veggies and having them felafel-style. Think of these balls as a great make in advance and throw them with everything kind of recipe. Yes, you could even add them to a salad if you're that into salads.

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Cheesy Spinach Squares from Parenting

Not really wanting to eat cold vegetables all the time (I would not last as a raw vegan) is the main reason I dislike salads, so these cheesy bites are the perfect bite of comfort food for lunch. Two types of cheese make them totally decadent (and delicious) but you're still getting a whollop in the nutrient department with a whole hunk of spinach crammed in.

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Hashbrowns, Spinach and Tomato Pie from Diethood

This awesome pie is fairly easy to make (although takes a fraction longer if you want to make it from scratch rather than using pre-frozen shredded and frozen hash brown) and will reheat very well. You get protein and a hit of veggies but you can add even more if you want to make it the nutrient-dense lunch of your dreams.

 

Which ways to have spinach for lunch are your favourite? Tell us in the comments below!

West obsessed: 12 of our favourite buys from West Elm | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

West obsessed: 12 of our favourite buys from West Elm

Our new office just so happens to be conveniently located just a short walk from so many things that I love — Pressed Juices, Lucky Coq and SpinStar to name a few — but despite all the awesome places to shop my favourite would have to be West Elm. There's no denying that I'm an interiors junkie and the eclectic mix of awesome products available at West Elm gets my heart racing every time.

WANT MORE? If you liked our picks from West Elm, then check out more homewares here.

Their products run the gamut from extra fancy and expensive down to cute, quirky and downright cheap, which is one of the many reasons why I love them. Curating this list was hard. I could get lost in their stores for hours and could create a 100 product-strong gallery quite easily, so curating this list was incredibly difficult. I narrowed it down by thinking of the products I want to fill our new house with coming into Summer.



Image courtesy of West Elm

Which of these products from West Elm were your favourite? Tell us in the comments below!

Get the look: Shanina Shaiks eyebrow tutorial | feature eye makeup and trends beauty trends 2 beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

It's no secret that Shanina Shaik's eyebrow game is strong and it's no secret that we're more than a little bit obsessed with her arches here at DDG. Which is why today we're bringing you a quick eyebrow tutorial on how you can get this model babe's amazing, filled-in furry caterpillars in a few swift strokes (quite literally).

GET THE LOOK

1. To find your perfect eyebrow shape, hold a pencil or the end of thin makeup brush straight up from the outside edge of your nostril towards your eye. This is the starting point of your brow. Hold the same brush at an angle from your nose to the outside of your iris (the colored part of your eye), which should be the highest point of your arch. Finally, hold the brush from your nose to the outside of your eye to determine the end point of your brow.

2. Now that you've got your shape downpat, use Manicare Black Slanted Tweezers to remove any stray hairs around the silhouette.

3. Fill in your brows with Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil or Revlon's Colorstay Browmaker with an angled brush. Use light, feathery strokes in the direction of hair growth to add structure and shape. You might also want to use a slightly darker powder or pencil at the start of the brow for a more subtle effect, and then allow the pigment to get darker around the arch, a tip many makeup artists and beauty experts use.

4. If your brows are particularly sparse, use the powder to create the shape and then go over the top with the eyebrow pencil to create the illusion of real hairs. Again, use wispy strokes for a more natural effect and remember, the more pressure you put on the pencil, the darker it will be.

5. Once you've shaded in your arches, brush Jane Iredale Deluxe Spoolie Brush through the hairs to distribute the pigment evenly and soften out hard lines.

6. Seal your hair work with Ardell Clear Brow Sculpting Gel. For a more dramatic effect, comb through Benefit Speed Tinted Brow Gel.

7. To get the edges looking sharp and clean, dip a fluffy brush in Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder and trace around the perimeters of the brows.

Look at you, Ms Thang!

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Did you enjoy this eyebrow tutorial? Do you fill in your arches? Are you a fan of Shanina Shaik? Tell us in the comments below!

Zombie eyes cocktail recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Zombie eyes cocktail recipe: It's happy hour at DDG!

With Halloween just around the corner it is only fitting that I should share with you our amazing horror-themed cocktail creation. The best thing about this quick and easy cocktail recipe (apart from the delicious flavour obviously) is that it gives you a horror-ific effect without using anything inedible. The "zombie eyes" are actually extra large blueberries stuffed into lychees!

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While my particular version is a bit of a double whammy in the alcohol department (thanks to alcoholic ginger beer!), it is also super easy to make as a fizzy mocktail if you're not a big drinker. It also happens to not be too sickly sweet if your tummy needs to calm down after too much candy (I can't be the only person who gives out sweets to trick-or-treaters using a one for you and one for me system!).

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Tinned lychees (Peeled and in juice)
  • Blueberries (really big ones if possible!)
  • Ginger beer
  • Gin
  • Ice

HOW YOU MAKE IT:

  1. Fish out the lychees from your jar but reserve the juice (for mixing with your cocktail!). If any of the lychees are completely split then discard (in your mouth because lychees are delicious!).
  2. Carefully stuff your large blueberries into the lychees so that they are held in place (push it in too far and you won't be able to see the blueberry).
  3. For bonus points prepare your zombie eyes in advance and freeze them. Then you (or your guests!) can use them instead of standard ice cubes.
  4. Add a shot of gin to a tall glass filled with ice.
  5. Pour in your ginger beer until the glass is just over 2/3 filled.
  6. Top the rest of the glass with the reserved juice from your lychees.
  7. Add in your zombie eyes and enjoy!

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Bargain buys: 10 dime a dozen pieces under $50 | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

The weather and my mood go hand in hand. Gloomy dark clouds and drizzling rain? Exercise gets scraped and movie marathons reign supreme (doona and a hot chocolate included). Then come a sunny day I'm Captain Enthusiastic, going for runs around the beach, consuming unhealthy amounts of ice cream (if an ice cream a day is wrong I don't want to be right).

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Maybe it has something to do with all those joyful sun rays or the fact that it's looming on mango season (weeee!); whatever it is I couldn't resist including some of my favourite Summery buys below. Whether you're after a bright orange rashie for a surf session or a striped sports bra to get you moving outdoors, save your pennies for the copious amounts of ice cream!



Image courtesy of Anita VDH

Which bargain buys have you excited for Summer? Tell us in the comments below!

Lusting after: Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes collection | feature beauty trends 2 beauty news beauty 2  pictures

If there was one makeup brand I'd happily marry, it would be Bobbi Brown. Their latest Smokey Nudes collection is, in a word, HAWT (and it's just because of its muse, Kate Upton). Featuring a versatile eyeshadow palette that creates smokey eye looks that work for both day and night, paired with matte, sparkle and metallic finishes, it's pretty much all I've ever desired in a peeper compact. Why? Of all the gorgeous makeup trends I see each season, there's one eye look I've always been enamoured by and that's the bronze smokey eye, so you can see why this palette is right up my cosmetics alley.

The new range also houses shimmering, brush-on powder for a soft natural-looking glow and creamy matte nude lipsticks for an understated, yet elegant pout. It really is beauty perfection.

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SHOP IT:

Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes collection, bobbibrown.com.au

What do you think of the new collection? Tell us in the comments below!

Bite sized: 7 awesome finger food recipes to serve at your next event | lifestyle galleries feature recipes  pictures

Bite-sized: 7 awesome finger food recipes to serve at your next event

There comes a time in everyone's life when they have to accept the fact that putting out a packet of chips just isn't going to cut it when you're throwing a party. When you want to feel grown up, there's nothing better than some awesome homemade finger food. I'm not saying you need to change your tastes entirely and put out cavier (unless that's what you're into), but making something delicious for your guests to snack on is the best thing you can do to be a good hostess.

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Personally, I love the idea of bite-sized tacos and would be super happy to get them at a party. I'm also not particularly fancy with my tastes and love pretty much anything wrapped in bacon, but the baked brie pops would blow my mind. I'm thinking of planning some parties at our house just so I can put some of these recipes to good use.



Image courtesy of Table For Two

What are some of your favourite finger food recipes? Tell us your go-tos in the comments below!

DDG TV: Blood splatter Halloween nail art tutorial | nail it how tos feature ddg tv beauty 2  pictures

Listen up, Halloween-loving peeps! If you haven't yet got your costume sorted for the scariest day of the year, then perhaps this Halloween nail art tutorial will come in handy. Featuring a seriously eerie blood-splattered design (don't worry, it's fake!), it's safe to say your friends and fam will be seriously spooked when they bear witness to these. Isn't that the goal, after all?

Tutorial via WinterRose84

Will you be trying your hand at this Halloween nail art tutorial? Tell us in the comments below!

Web want: TOMS sunglasses (with a side of do good feels!) | lifestyle health and happines feature daily want  pictures

Web want: TOMS sunglasses (with a side of do-good feels!)

I tend to have a fairly limited variety of options when it comes to sunglasses because although I may seem to have a lot of pairs from the outside, the reality is that I'm an incredibly clumsy and forgetful person who has broken at least three pairs of sunglasses this year alone using nothing but a seat and my derriere. That's why I usually keep going back to my trusty red sunnies that are not only too big for my head now (and are constantly falling off or sliding down my nose) but also have the handy addition of a super sharp spike where the arm should be thanks to my pooch, Dexter.

Since I'm in the market for new sunglasses and it was World Sight Day just last week, I was inspired by TOMS' latest campaign to grab one of their pairs and help a good cause. For so many of us the ability to see well is taken for granted. We rely so heavily on our eyesight — even just think about how often you text your friends, scroll through Instagram or even read our site during the day — that the thought of our main sense disappearing or vanishing in an instant is completely unfathomable for most people. Not only are TOMS challenging their customers to think about what sight means to them (which is a very thought-provoking exercise that you should all do!) but they've also continued their commitment to helping people by offering to donate one life changing sight-restoring surgery (or medical treatment or pair of prescription glasses) for every pair of TOMS glasses sold. They've already helped restore sight to over 250,000 people all over the world since launching their glasses in 2011, which is so amazing that I'm going to buy my pair right now!

SHOP IT: TOMS Adeline sunglasses in Black, $170, toms.com

 

This week we're going kooky for Kookai (sorry ... it's coffee time). With a fresh colour palette of sunset oranges and vanilla whites, these pieces are good enough to eat wear — it might be muffin time as well. Whether you're stumped with what to wear to the races, or need a have-forever playsuit — these pieces are mouthwatering.

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I can picture it now, me in this sunset coloured skirt, drinking a vodka sunrise while watching the sunset — sunception. Whether you piece this feminine detailed number with a sexy crop or prefer an understated white tank, this skirt spells Summer!

SHOP IT: Crosshatch Skirt in Sunset, $160.00, kookai.com.au

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I'm a real advocate for a v-neck, 3-quarter sleeve playsuit — specific, I know. But I've had a black one similar for over 6 years and still reach for it with the same enthusiasm as when I first purchased it. White is amazing for complementing a pair of coloured heels and obviously making you look bronze and Summery!

SHOP IT: Pippa Playsuit in Vanilla, $160.00, kookai.com.au

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Shapes curves in seconds and the sauciness of the high-split is balanced with the ankle-scraping long design. Talk about the logistics of a timeless skirt! Oh, and did I mention it's made from a high quality silk too? Sold.

SHOP IT: Hyper Skirt in Black, $180.00, kookai.com.au

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If you want a pair of heels that give you pins to the sky — these are it. The ankle strap narrows and flatters the feet while the neutral wedge means these shoes are day to night approved.

SHOP IT: Dreamweaver Wedge in Black/Neutral, $160.00, kookai.com.au

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Flouncy and flirty, this white frock has a gorgeous fitted bodice with slight sweetheart neckline. Team with a belt, clutch and fascinator for race day ready.

SHOP IT: Saville Dress in Vanilla, $160.00, kookai.com.au

What did you think of this week's Australian fashion guide? Which Kookai piece is your pick? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty discussion: Are eyebrow rings a thing? | feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Brows have gone next level, and I'm not talking in an outgrow-your-arches-and-achieve-world-peace kind of way. First it was the one earring trend, and then braid and nail piercings decided to join the party and now Rodarte has made rows of eyebrow rings the new 'thang' for the season. Gulp. The look pays homage to the '90s eyebrow ring trend, multiplied by 1000 (or in this case, a steady row of about seven adornments on each arch) and I'm not sure if I love it or hate it.

It seems if ever there was a time to get weird with beauty, it's now! That being said, I can totally understand why someone would have an aversion to this kind of grunge-inspired look. I mean ... what next! Seriously, what?!

What do you think, beauties? Is this trend totally awkward or is it something bold and brave that you'd like to try?

Image via John Frieda

Tell us what you think about eyebrow rings in the comments below!

Eat this: Fish poached in olive oil recipe from Petite Kitchen | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Eat this: Fish poached in olive oil recipe from Petite Kitchen

I'm only just starting to dip my toes into the world of eating fish and haven't yet mastered the art of cooking it myself without getting that "fishy" taste. I know that sounds weird (although I'm sure everyone out there who doesn't eat fish knows exactly what I'm talking about!), but there is a massive difference between delicious, subtly flavoured seafood and the kind that tastes like a fishmonger smells after a long day. The worst thing is that if you get a bad recipe it can take you a while to work your way back up to trying it again.

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This fish poached in olive oil recipe from Petite Kitchen is the perfect starter recipe for us seafood rookies. Not only is the method fairly idiot proof (the olive oil bath actually stops the fish from drying out around the edges), but the flavours are so simple but effective that it can help us really appreciate the flavour of fresh fish — without the, er, fishy taste.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 4 large fish fillets
  • 1 bulb of garlic, each clove smashed
  • 1 lemon, finely sliced
  • a handful of basil, or herbs of your choice
  • olive oil for poaching, not your best bottle but still something nice.
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Head over to petite-kitchen.com for the full instructions and more wholesome recipes.

What are your thoughts on this fish poached in olive oil recipe? Do you have any tips for buying or cooking fresh fish? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

 

What we wear: Beetlejuice vibes | what we wear feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

The hot weather is kicking in early this year — especially in Melbourne (I can't believe I'm typing this). Despite the sunny skies I had to wear long sleeves due to the office getting chilly but decided to opt for this little beetlejuice/monochrome/stripes on stripes look for Summer lovin' Melb style.

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This silk shirt is one of my favourites by Country Road — perfect polished pajama piece for S/S.

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The ultimate little black bag by H&M, so deceptively roomy for all my unnecessary crap! Distressed shorts are by Free People.

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Nothing like a relaxed sporty slide to finish off this black and white attire — Sol Sana to the rescue!

What do you think of this week's what we wear look? Tell us in the comments below!

Hey short stuff: 3 essential closet items for short women | feature fashion daily curvy  pictures

Hey short stuff: 3 essential closet items for short women

I have always considered myself to be quite short (I am descended from jockeys, after all!) but after discovering our petite model Sandy (who is only 4'10'') over at my other site Sizeable, I realised that while I might be on the shorter end of the height spectrum I am not outrageously small. Even though I might tower over Sandy, I've still had to figure out a few tips for making myself appear taller without having to wear stacked heels every day (because heels make me tired and I'm much more of a Converse girl anyway!) and I'm here to share those tips with you. If you've got a tailor on speed dial to take up every pair of pants you've ever bought, then you should make sure your wardrobe is packed with the following items so you don't disappear entirely in your outfit.

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Cropped jeans are your new best friend

If the most painful part of the jean-buying process for you is the fact that you have to roll all your pants up 63 times before you can see your feet, then you need to find yourself a go-to brand who make cropped jeans. These pants are usually created as "ankle grazers" but depending on your height could work out to be your perfect length! I personally love Ziggy Sticks and Bones skinny jeans because their cropped length is the perfect size for my legs! If you're super short then you might even be able to get away with pedal-pushers as skinny jeans as well!

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High-waisted styles will give you legs for days

We all know that tucking your top into a high-waisted skirt will help give you more of an hourglass figure, but if you're short it will also help to make you appear taller. Find high-waisted pants, shorts or skirts and tuck your top in to make your legs look extra long. This trick works even better if you wear a block colour on the bottom (especially darker shades) and a contrasting colour or print up top.

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Vertical stripes will elongate your whole look

It is generally advised that petite women stick to a monochrome colour palette and avoid large or busy patterns (which I personally think is a fairly boring way to live your life!), but if there's one pattern that will make you look taller without swamping your frame then it is vertical stripes. If you're wearing something with vertical stripes it creates an optical illusion and helps draw the eye up, which in turn makes you appear taller and longer. Vertical stripes look great as pants (Beetlejuice style!), shirts or jackets, but we're especially loving vertical stripe shift dresses for a super easy Summer look.

Images are courtesy of Adriana Gastélum, Holly Read and thebox.vn

What are some of your tips? Or what would you consider to be essential closet items for short women? Tell us in the comments below!

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Robo runner: 5 tech accessories for runners

In my imagination the only thing keeping me from being a runner is the fact that I lack the proper shoes. In reality I know that I hate running and that no amount of good music or Nike runners will make me jog with any consistency. However, for many other people running is their favourite form of exercise and is the adrenalin injection they need in their day.

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Whether you're a hardcore marathon runner or just enjoy spending your "me time" pounding the pavements and working up a sweat, then these accessories were just made for you. Keep your gadgets safe, your activity monitored and your music in your ears so you'll have no reason to stop running. It's you guys who are going to make it through the zombie apocalypse, so you better get your gear sorted before that happens!



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Do you have any favourite tech accessories for runners? Tell us about them in the comments below!

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