Up Late

April 19, 2016

The stroke of midnight blue

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Those few transeasonal weeks between April and May are confusing. Cold mornings, warm days, hot afternoons and pleasant evenings make it hard to know which season to dress for. Last week I created this look with sass & bide. Sheer blue fabric as homage to the summer that was, with dark accessories and a bold lip speaking to the winter on the way.. See how I created this look (and some of my snaps from Marie Claire x James Street Up late) below.

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Poppin’ bottles in SEQ

I’m all about the vista. You ask me to lunch, I ask you if there’s a view and what champagne houses are available. Recently I was catching up with a friend and he asked me “If you could be doing anything in the world right now, what would it be?” Without hesitating I blurted out “Sitting somewhere with an incredible view of the ocean sipping on a crisp glass of champagne”… And so the idea for this article was born from an amalgamation of my two true loves. What better après aperitif is there than an incredible vista?

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Too pretty to keep in a beauty bag

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There’s a lot of hype surrounding UK Charlotte Tilbury’s line. Not just because she’s an industry expert with over two decades of experience on her hip, or the fact she’s a MUA to every A-lister you can think of, but because she creates products that are easy to use and easy to choose (perfect for this makeup rookie). Not to mention they make whipping out lippy between mains and dessert at the dinner table look chic AF.

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As seen in The Collective Magazine issue #14

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While society and our inherently voyeuristic nature for the most part are to blame for the social phenomenon, Instagram engagement numbers are a brand’s most valuable currency, right up there with actual sales numbers. In the modern digital age consumers can detect pushy sales messaging and transparent marketing tactics from a virtual mile away. The consumer has a lot more pull when it comes to determining the success of a brand due entirely to social sharing and only brands grounded in sincerity seem to cut through all the noise.

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“I shut my eyes in order to see” – Paul Gaugin

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You’ve heard the expression ‘trust your gut’ but there’s a lot more to the saying than mere colloquialism. That gut feeling is a powerful force within us, and while many times it’s an unwelcomed visitor, it should always be received and respected because it’s a sign in a life where we don’t receive many signs. It’s the answer you wish you could get from the wind and the warning you wish someone could give you. It’s that spiritual connection you literally can’t get anywhere else, and it’s the deepest connection you have with your innermost self.

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Who said crayons are just for kids?

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You show me a new way to simplify my beauty routine, I’ll sit up and listen intently! As was the case when I saw a beauty blogger using NudeSTIX to update her daytime makeup for an afterwork look. I had to know more. A few clicks of the mouse on Sephora.com later and I found myself applying makeup with crayons from chic matte-black tins, definitely an upgrade from my Crayola days as a kid.

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