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Hi Everyone

I want to firstly wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season and hope 2012 will be a fantastic year for you.

For the time being I'm taking a break from blogging as life has thrown me a curve ball that I will need to overcome and my energy is focused on finding my own two feet. I'm not sure whether I will be back but hopefully I can gather myself and continue this side hobby of mine. You may have noticed that I have disappered from contributing to Twitter feed for the last couple of weeks but I still check in from time to time so maybe you can come say hi there.

I have met fantastic people from this blog and twitter and although I haven't met some of you, I consider you all as my friends.

Thank you for your understanding.

New purchases from Mimco

Mimco designs shoes like nobody else and over the past few seasons I've found myself buying at least one pair of Mimco heels (and lemming probably over 2 or 3 other pairs!). One item which caught my eye from the latest collection - Wilderness Manifesto was the Dylan Platform Heel. These heels are the perfect chic utilitarian look with gold hardware. The shoe has a slight platform at the front with a fashionable gold hardware sturdy heel. Perfect for looking glam but without sacrificing comfort.

Before I ran out the door with my new shoe purchase, I also picked up these cute bow earrings and practically bought them for next to nothing thanks to my Mimco foundation membership.

I'll be rocking these purchases for this Christmas and New Year.

New handbag - Chanel Jumbo Flap

Shopping is in my DNA, what can i say?! But I've never ever shopped for a handbag, ever. It's just that I've never found one to my liking. So when my knock-off Jimmy Choo handbag that my sister bought for me started to look a little worse for wear, I decided that it was time for a designer handbag.

I initially wanted a LV but after researching and drooling at various handbags on the internet, I decided that the Chanel Classic Flap handbag was for me.

Classic, elegant and always in style the Classic Flap comes in various styles, colour, leather finishes and hardware. I got the jumbo size, caviar leather with gold hardware.

And here it is....

The new design dustbag

The handbag is divine and even though the leather has a raised texture, it is incredibly smooth and soft to the touch. The handbag can be worn as a shoulder bag with double chain or pulled through as a single chain as a body-cross bag.

Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap with gold hardware and caviar leather

No more digging around for my keys and phone, the bag has neatly organised compartments, more than you would need on the inside and outside of the bag.

Main compartment
This bag was bought overseas and I received it as a gift. Chanel increases the price of this handbag every year and when I went to the newly opened Brisbane Chanel store the retail price at the moment is AUS$5,080.

Although I don't want to make buying designer handbags as a habit, I have my eye on Mulberry Bayswater.

My Westfield Prize

They say winners are grinners and I was definitely grinning from ear to ear when I won the Westfield styling session plus $1000 gift card competition through Styling You.

My prize included  2 hours styling session with a Westfield Stylist and I was eager to find out what body shape I was and learn a few tips on dressing to suit my shape. I met with the lovely Christie Nicolaides and we quickly determined that my body shape was an hourglass. Westfield has a nifty online body shape calculator if you're curious to know what body shape you are.

Christie's top tips of hourglass body shapes are:

  • Belt it - focusing on enhancing the smallest part of your body shape which for hourglass is the waist. Another trick is to push jacket sleeves up to about waist height so the eyes is automatically drawn to the smallest part of the body.
  • It's either long or short don't try to do midi skirts which cuts you off mid calf and does nothing to flatter the figure. Clothes that finish at the ankle or above the knee elongates and gives balance.
  • Fitted clothing is best and by that I mean clothes that enhance the natural curves of the body and avoid teaming loose top and bottom clothes together. 
So what have I bought with my $1000?

1. Undergarments from La Senza
2. Swing jacket from Portmans
3. Shorts and singlet from Dotti
4. Leopard print singlet from Tempt
5. Wittner heels
6. ASICS Gel Kayano shoes
7. Black skirt from Portmans (not shown because Dr T accidentally threw it away!)

All up I've spent just over $480 in total. That gives me still $520 of free shopping money to shop til I drop!

A big thank you to Westfield, Nuffnang and Styling You for this generous prize.

Orange crush

Orange coloured clothing and accessories are invading my wardrobe this spring. I simply can't get enough of the hue and here I share with you some of my favourite orange coloured items.

1.Saba Barb Tank top - I bought this top back in September for the ABBW weekend. I love pairing this with black pants for work or glam it up with a gold clutch for an evening look.

2. Tony Bianco cork platform heels - On my recent move I rediscovered these platform heels from a few years back. Cork heels always make a come back each summer and I will be giving these babies a workout this summer.

3. NARS Turks & Caicos Multiple Tint - Now that the weather is warming up more I'm reaching for my cream based makeup products. I fell in love with the product again wearing it recently, my only wish is that this is a permanent item in the NARS line.

4. Sparitual Revere - A recent acquisition to my growing nail polish collection, Revere is an orange shimmer with streaks of gold. I haven't tested this out yet but everytime I look at Revere I marvel at it's beauty.

My next orange item on my purchase list is Chanel June lacquer from the Spring collection. I'm also loving the cobalt blue colour making it's surge through the shops at the moment.

Chanel Vanites and Illusion D’Ombre Mirifique

I've been after a good purple eyeshadow palette for some time now and after seeing a review on Cafe Makeup on Chanel Vanites quad, I knew I had to get my hands on the palette. Strawberrynet had a 10% off discount a couple of weeks ago and excitedly added Vanites to my cart.

Vanites is beautiful to look at in the pan with a mix of purple shades of deep eggplant purple, silver purple, a duochrome gold/purple and lilac. I had high expectations of the palette but was extremely disappointed with the lack of pigmentation. I suspect the colours would be more pigmented when applied over a primer.

Illusion D'Ombre are part of Chanel fall collection and I picked up Mirifique to use as an eyeliner. I love the silver glitter specked through Mirifique. You can see from the swatch below that Mirifique can be sheered out for a less intense look.

Here's me wearing Vanites and Mirifique, trying out both products for the first time.

My boots

Although I like my makeup, I probably love my shoes even more. The last count I did I had over 60 pairs of shoes sitting in my wardrobe.

I'm no fashion guru but I think every girl needs a pair of great boots and here I show you three favourites from my extensive collection.

Everybody comments on my patent booties from Robert Robert, they can be worn during the day for a little wow factor and also comfortably take you into the evening with a great outfit. My brown slouch boots have been a staple for me this past winter, so comfortable and easy to wear I love the casual look of them. The Wayne Cooper lace-up booties are my favourite, I bought them when they were 50% off at Myer a couple of months back and love all the buckle and shoe lace detail on them and they have a killer heel too.

For now they will go back into their boxes but I'll get another chance to wear them when I head overseas next month.


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