Thursday, 28 February 2013

February Favourites + My New LV!


And like always, another month has just magically flown by. The end of February represents 2 things to me: the start of uni and the end of summer. Both equally disappointing initially, but then you get used to it. So to cap of February, here are a couple of things I've been really enjoying recently:

1. Isabel Marant utility jacket 
This jacket is kind of old in terms of collections. I first saw this it at the Spring 2012 RTW show worn by Izabel Goulart who I love (also love her shoes, let's be real):


LOVE IT and love how it plays into the whole sports luxe trend really nicely. Just a perfect piece for uni or anywhere ultra casual. Looks good with either shorts or blue washed denim without even trying, which is something I love. I purchased this piece from Studio MG which is on Toorak Rd for those who live in Melbs. Now that it's coming into the cooler months, I'll definitely be keeping this jacket on hand everywhere.

2. Friendship/Chakra bracelets
How cute are these bracelets? I'm in love!



Left:
This neon pink friendship bracelet is by a Perth jewellery label called FMN (Forget Me Not) and is designed by the lovely Sian who also makes other really beautiful handmade and limited edition pieces. These bracelets called the "Befriend Me" bracelets come in an abundance of colours and I'm thrilled I got my hands on the neon pink, it's so me. The silver detailing features the tree of life symbol on one side (or you can get a religious style instead) and on the other side, the words live love life. Love it. Thank you to the lovely Cath at Meg and Wally for all your help!

Shop Meg and Wally here.

Right:
Another bracelet I absolutely adore. Loving this Chakra bracelet by Tara Wolf who is quite known for her zodiac and chakra bracelets. They are amazing. I received the "Saturday" or Solar Plexus chakra bracelet in the silver which represents wisdom, clarity and self-esteem. I definitely need to get my hands on the Scorpio zodiac bracelet soon!

Shop Tara Wolf here.

3. Steve Madden Realove 
We all know how much I love these shoes, and now I'm absolutely obsessed with the black versions! If you recall, I featured the neon pink realoves in my previous favourites post and I doubt the ankle strap heel will be going out of style anytime soon. I cant rave about these enough, they go with everything and make any outfit look effortless. Must haves.

Shop Steve Madden here.

4. Smashbox Studio Skin foundation
I'll be doing a separate post sometime soon on my favourite foundations that'll definitely feature this one! So I wont go into too much detail now, but long story short - this is how I expected MAC face and body to be, it's good coverage but still looks like skin. PERFECT!

Shop Mecca Cosmetica here.

5. The Body Shop Vanilla perfume
Everyone who knows me knows I'm absolutely OBSESSED with vanilla. Vanilla anything. Vanilla lattes, vanilla chai lattes, vanilla candles, vanilla shampoo, and of course who can forget vanilla scented fabric softener. So it's only natural for me to want to walk around drenched in vanilla perfume!!! This one by The Body Shop is one of my favourites because it's not sickly sweet, just a nice warm vanilla and definitely not fake vanilla smelling (i.e. smelling like a cake i.e. smelling like Prada Candy). Don't get me started on fake vanilla.

Shop The Body Shop here.

6. Louis Vuitton Speedy 35






My new LV!! Mum and dad were nice enough to surprise me when they got back from their holiday, and it's exactly what I wanted!

I got the Speedy 35 because I thought it would be the perfect size for uni and everyday. The reason I'm in love so much is because of the Damier Ebene canvas. It's what I like to call subtle designer. It's not in your face which I love. I just got it hot stamped at the Chadstone store where it only took about 5 minutes, and now it's perfect.

Winter is by far my favourite style season and I'm beyond excited that it's finally here (in saying that, it probably never left Melbourne in the first place). Can't wait to bring out the greys, navys, and obviously the blacks never went anywhere! Looking forward to seeing all the Melbourne winter street style real soon.

Enjoy

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Hair Inspiration

I'm getting my hair done next week! This used to be one of those classic terrifying processes until I found my holy grail hairdresser. I'm at that stage now where I love getting my hair done. But before I do, I have to do some research on how I think I want to look when I leave the salon (trust me, you're stupid if you don't walk into your hairdresser without at least a picture!!).

So here are some amazing hair inspiration pics I've had saved onto my laptop for now!

The cut:


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

A Wrap Skirt Obsession





(Images sourced from Google)

No one does the wrap skirt justice like Centenera. It's no wonder that it's now become my new favourite trend (which is a big call because I usually despise the notion of "trends")! I've heard a lot of names used for this type of skirt - origami, wrap-around, assymetrical. Call it what you want, it's freaking amazing. It's the type of piece that makes anything simple you're wearing look amazing. E.g. Centenera and her open black shirt. So simple and so perfect. Honestly, how can someone look that good????

Here are some of my favourite wrap skirts I've seen so far (and on my current wish list!):

Winston Wolfe The Mia Wallace (available in black and white) - $320 

How amazing!!! Loving both the black and the white leather (leather = instant love) which also features alligator stamped leather (ummm yes) detailing along the waist. This has to be one of the hottest skirts out there right now. I particularly love how this skirt was styled by Elle Ferguson, just with a simple navy and white striped full sleeve and black ankle strapped heels. Perfect. Add this to my already growing WW wish list. 

Visit Winston Wolfe here.

Zara Wrap Mini Skort - Not yet available in AUS

I was really surprised that this skirt was from Zara! Don't get me wrong, Zara is great, but this is just incredible looking. My only thing about this skirt is that it's a skort (yep the back has the structure of a pair shorts), yeaaahh alrighty then. Maybe not right at the top of my need-to-buy-now list anymore but still an amazing looking piece and I cant wait to check it out in person once the new season collection is released and available in stores. I am hoping there is a black version of course!

Nicholas Bonded Silk Zip skirt - $330

Love Nicholas in general. They also seem to nail the cut of every piece, it's clean and simple. I've seen this skirt come out in a few colours, including hot pink and black but I'm really loving this light cream colour. If you're after a wrap skirt that isn't too 'busy' and can be styled really easily, this one's for you! 

Visit Green With Envy here.

Stylestalker Biker Skirt - $139

This Stylstalker skirt is probably my favourite after the Winston Wolfe ones. Love all the zip detailing and the fact that it's also leather. This would look amazing with a plain marle grey t-shirt and simple sandals. I found this skirt on The Iconic but it's unfortunately out of the stock, so if anyone manages to track it down, let me know!! 

(Images sourced from label's respective websites)

What's your current favourite trend going around at the moment?

Enjoy

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Sass & Bide Fall 2013














(Images sourced from Style.com)

The highly anticipated Sass & Bide Fall 2013 collection, titled "Wintergate", really did deliver in my opinion. It was traditional Sass & Bide with the extraordinary beading, embroidery and bold lines, but at the same time proved fresh and definitely on trend with the cutouts. I was really pleased to see pops of yellow, which is one of my favourite colours to pair with neutrals. In saying this, my favourite pieces were definitely the final looks, loving the floor length flowy maxis! LOVE.

View the full Sass & Bide Wintergate collection here.

What are your favourite pieces from the collection?

Enjoy

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Outfit Of The Day 13.02.13









Photos by Abana Sohtra (instagram @asohtra)

Top: Zara
Pants: Helmut Lang
Shoes: Steve Madden (available here)

I haven't done an outfit post in ages, sorry! To be honest, I haven't been feeling the most inspired lately and ended up going into that 'I have nothing to wear' phase!! However, rearranging my wardrobe last week really changed my outlook and got me inspired. I love finding past season pieces that you've forgotten about! And that's exactly how I found this black Helmut Lang pleated skirt. The skirt is a wardrobe essential but is a size too big, hence why it's folded over (very high school, I know). 

I'm a massive fan of this outfit, it's simple and I've always loved pairing denim with black. And of course I'm wearing my favourite Steve Madden realoves in black! 

A bit of news...
* I'm been asked a lot about dieting and fitness tips (which I'm no way in hell an expert at - for the most part, I'd consider myself a fruitarian), so I'm enlisting the help of someone who really knows their stuff! Can't wait to share with you all her knowledge and learn a thing or a million myself.

* Thank you again to everyone who send in questions! I'm working on answering them all, even if I don't feature them on my blog, so expect an email from me real soon :) 


Enjoy


BD Candle Giveaway Winner!!


Hey everyone, happy Valentines Day!

Kayla and I had so much running this giveaway for you guys and we were beyond thrilled at how many of you got involved! Thank you so much.

AND THE INSTA WINNER IS...
@julie_m_w

Congratulations!! Please email me at vydia.rishie@gmail.com with your contact details. We'll be sending out your candles very soon!

Thank you so to everyone who took the time to enter. Don't worry if you didn't win, there will definitely be plenty more giveaways in the future for you to enter!! Also, a huge THANK YOU to Kayla Bombardier for supplying the candles for this giveaway!  If you would like to place an order for a candle or have any questions about BD, feel free to email bombardierdesigns@hotmail.com, Kayla would love to hear from you!

Enjoy

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Ask Vydia - Favourite Places To Shop

Hey Vydia!! Loving your blog so much! I'm always looking forward to when you update it! Could you please tell me the places you like to shop - stores and online? As a uni student, would you also be able to recommend some lower budget places that you still shop at? Thank you so much xxxx Laura.

Hey Laura! Thank you so much for your kind words about the blog!! This is such a great question and I totally understand about the whole uni situation. I go to uni as well so I totally get that when you're buying all your books and parking permits (or more likely paying parking fines), buying clothes can seem like a luxury. 


Keeping this in mind, I think it's totally fine and acceptable to invest in a couple of pieces you've been really wanting each season (or in my case from each designer's new collection) regardless of price just to add a bit of timelessness and inspiration back into your wardrobe. 

Here are my favourite places to shop in general and also a couple of pieces from their current collection that I'm loving:

1. Green With Envy

































Nicholas Tapestry Print Jean - $249
Nicholas Tapestry Scuba Skater Dress - $370

I actually LOVE GWE too much. Both the online store and real store can only be described as heaven. One of the main reasons for this is because they stock some of my favourite designers like Alexander Wang, Josh Goot, Helmut Lang and of course, Nicholas!! At the moment, I'm loving this tapestry print from Nicholas A/W 13. Another piece I also love from Nicholas featuring this print is the jacket with leather shoulder detailing, so amazing. If you think GWE can get a bit exxy at times, they do regularly go on sale and with ridiculous discounts like 75% off end of season stuff, you honestly cant go wrong. 

Visit GWE here

2. Torsa


Torsa unfortunately dont have an online store, but you can check them out on High St Prahran if you live in Melbourne. I love this place because they stock Isabel Marant and Kenzo. That's all you need to know. 


Visit Torsa at 497 High Street, Prahran
T: 9510 5585
E: info@torsa.com.au

3. Steve Madden



REALOVE - $129.95
BUDDIES - $119.95

Of course we all know how much I LOVE Steve Madden shoes. They bring out new styles regularly which is great because their shoes are consistently on trend but clearly a bit devastating if you have no self restraint. I know, hardcore first world problem, but at the end of the day, this whole blog is an entire first world problem to begin with. I recently picked up the realoves in black (which I'm sporting on a daily basis thanks to its amazing versatility) and the buddies sandals, which are also available in tan. I'll be featuring these in a lot of upcoming outfits so hopefully you don't get sick of seeing them! Absolute staples. 

Visit Steve Madden here


4. Sass and Bide


How Honest Can I Be? printed tank - $180
Focused & Composed printed & embellished tee - $240

It's a no brainer that I included Sass and Bide on this list. Including denim, SB are perfect for tanks and knitwear. Their cashmere knits are definite staples in my wardrobe for winter and by my favourite from any designer. At the moment, I'm loving this black and white tank with a sheer middle panel. Definitely will be getting my hands on that one soon!

Vist Sass and Bide here

If you're after some more budget options ($200 and under), I would definitely stick with Country Road:



Military Track Pant - $79.95
Long Line Knit Vest - $149

Country Road is actually one of my favourite places to shop. Every season they always have some standout pieces and for me, I always find their winter pieces to be the best. CR pieces are quality and if you invest in the staples, will last you forever. I'm loving these grey track pants (also loving the track pants from Viktoria and Woods just on a side note) which look ultra casual and perfect for uni. Keeping with my love for winter, I always love any fur or knit CR bring out, and if they're vests, then double thumbs up from me!

Visit CR here

(All images sourced from the store's respective websites and/or instagram)

Hope this post gave you a bit of inspiration, and if you know of some amazing places to shop, definitely let me know because I clearly need more reasons to clear out my savings account. 


Enjoy