May picks

I wanted to share my picks for May with my lovely followers…

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Bec & Bridge palazzo tank here
I’m so in love with this print. It would look great with a crisp white blazer, white jeans, stacked bangles and coloured sandals. This top makes me want to jet off to Morocco!

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Topshop 2 part hi sandals here
This heel ticks all the boxes- with a supportive heel strap, the perfect height and the combination of the white and black, it really does make these statement heels an investment piece.

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Bassike scoop v neck tshirt
When it comes to staple pieces, I don’t like to spend a lot of money, but I am so in love with my white Bassike tee. It is a high quality piece that with care will last you a long time. I like to pair my tee with skinny jeans, ballet flats and a cross body bag for a chic, low key daytime look. Invest in this piece… you won’t regret it.

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Sheike Eden dress here
I really love the cut of this dress. It’s so perfect for a garden wedding or a high tea party.

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House of Harlow gold pendant here
Love. Enough said.

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Country Road wool twill scarf here
Add some colour to your outfit with this tomato red scarf… hello pick me up!

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MNG zipped jacket here
Such a versatile piece. Pair it with sleek black pants for work, a pencil skirt for a fancy dinner or skinny jeans for a date.

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Lush sexy peel soap here
This soap is on high rotation in my shower right now. It has such a yummy, orange scent!

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MAC pro long wear lipcreme

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Rebecca Minkoff Dylan tote here
I’ll be having dreams about this bag tonight. Love!

xox

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Jac + Jack

When the cold weather kicks in, there is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a good movie and a glass of wine. Here’s the thing though- when it comes to what to wear when you’re curled up on the couch, I’m always the one who wishes I was in trackies (track suit pants), when in fact I’m in jeans. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with them, but I’ve always associated trackies for sleeping. The solution that I have found to this conundrum is the luxe Australian brand Jac + Jack…

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The gorgeous Miranda Kerr wearing Jac + Jack.

Click here to shop the collection.
xox

It’s competition time!!!

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Hello lovely followers,

We have extended the competition for the Three of Something dress until Monday (25th Feb) at 6pm to give you the chance to enter- we would hate you to miss out!

Just two easy steps-

1. follow The Normal Fashionista by clicking ‘follow’ which is in the right bottom hand corner of your screen. Add your email address and confirm by email.

2. like Sash & CO on Facebook

Talk about an easy way to go in the running to receive a gorgeous dress! The winner will be announced on Tuesday evening. Good luck!!!

Flowers

I often get colour inspiration from flowers, so why not incorporate one of the below colours into your outfit. Perhaps a bright lip, a silk scarf or a floral skirt?

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Flowers bring my inner gypsy out. Today I’m rocking a wavy, free look by:

separate hair into 4 sections

plait each section, use a hair tie and hairspray all over the plaits

leave your hair in the plaits for 30 minutes (or however long you have before you head out!)

take out the hair ties and separate the plaits

use a sea salt spray. I like Lush’s sea salt spray. It doesn’t weigh your hair down and it smells amazing

and finally, use some more hairspray for extra hold

And voila- similar waves to the gorgeous Kate Hudson below!

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Don’t forget to enter our competition for the three of something dress with Sash and Co- follow these two easy steps!

1. follow The Normal Fashionista by clicking ‘follow’ which is in the right bottom hand corner of your screen. Add your email address and confirm by email.

2. like Sash & CO on Facebook

But hurry, the winner will be announced this Friday!
xox

Sash & CO

This week I caught up with the amazing Sarah from the online boutique Sash & CO. Her sharp eye for fashion has made a huge splash in the online shopping scene since starting her store last year. I sat down with the creative and bubbly director of Sash & CO to find out her take on fashion, how the industry is changing and what makes her feel confident. Read through to find out The Normal Fashionista’s exciting news!

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1. If you could choose one piece from Sash & Co’s online store, what would it be? What would you team this piece with? I would choose the finders keepers ‘you sent me dress’ matched with my nine west nude platform heels – perfect for a birthday, wedding or any exciting occasion!

2. Have you always had a love of fashion?Yes I loved fashion since I was a little girl. I had jelly glitter sandals when I was five and never took them off!

3. What made you decide to start on Sash & CO? Since I was a little girl, i have always wanted to own a boutique, but I put my dream aside and studied criminal justice at university instead. I missed fashion too much and so I decided and to start Sash & CO. The online fashion scene is huge right now.

4. Describe your fashion style in 3 words 
class, bold and beautiful

5. What fashion piece gives you an instant boost? I love wearing an item that stands out from the whole outfit. For instance- the Mimco rose gold choker is a life saver. It brings class to an outfit! I am not a shoe or accessory person- I am definitely a clothing person. I love eye catching styles and uniqueness.

6. What colour makes you feel confident when wearing it? 
I love a variety of colours. All colours can give a splash, but it is style and boldness that brings out the confidence and the stand out!

7. How do you choose which fashion designers and pieces you would like to offer to Sash & CO clients? 
 I selected the designers of styles that I personally loved. I choose pieces that stand out, that are simple yet sexy and are practical for most females. I am also learning along the way about the style, material and quality of a good designer’s pieces. It is a very interesting process!

8. Describe your office – 
I love my office! It has lots of character and style.
The Sash & CO theme is Black and Yellow. My garments are all packaged in black tissue paper and tapered with a neon yellow ‘Sash and Co’ sticker. I love the idea of every client receiving their item beautifully packaged and presented – like receiving a gift!



9. You recently had a baby, has this changed your style at all? 
Yes I learned so much from my little one- he even picks styles and items out too! My little one has definitely changed me to be more open, calm, and easy, so it has affected my taste on clothes and styles. I used to like wearing safe fashion items – simple black and white. Now I have my own style, mixing prints or patterns and colours- i now can’t live without it! So yes, he has changed my wardrobe, my style and made my life full!

10. Your customer service is wonderful. Is this important to you? Excellent Customer service is of utmost importance. My whole business revolves around that. I understand the online business – having been a big online shopper myself, I understand the big risk of purchasing something that you haven’t tried on. We want to satisfy our clients and always ensure descriptive item information and photos from all angles to try and give our clients the best possible idea about what they are buying. I have had so much wonderful feedback from clients about our prompt service and about the website.
Referrals and return customers says it all. But we are always learning and improving because fashion never sleeps!

Check out Sash & CO’s website www.sashandco.com.au to find amazing and unique pieces!

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The Normal Fashionista is pleased to announce that we are teaming up with Sash & CO to give away a gorgeous Three of Something pocket watch dress valued at AU$130! Open to readers worldwide! But hurry, the competition is only open for two weeks!

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To enter the competition, follow these two easy steps!

1. follow The Normal Fashionista by clicking ‘follow’ which is in the right bottom hand corner of your screen. Add your email address and confirm by email.

2. like Sash & CO on Facebook

Good luck!!! xox

My favourite things

Here are a collection of my favourite pieces at the moment. The best part is they are all on sale! Enjoy xox

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Nicholas lizard heels in pink here reduced to $77.98

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Acne flex mid rise skinny jeans here reduced to $117.00

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Acne wham pullover in petrol blue here reduced to $149.00

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KJ by Kirrily Johnston pleat pants here reduced to $147.00

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LIFEWITHBIRD pleat midi skirt here reduced to $171.50

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Yeojin Bae J’aime Maiden flower emile shift dress here reduced to $180

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Sara Phillips wanderer trench here reduced to $210

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Watson X Watson tassel sandal here reduced to $114.00

Woodford and Co

Woodford and Co’s designs are unique in a relaxed way- I love to come home from work and throw on one of their dresses. With a strong summer vibe, Woodford and Co’s pieces are perfect for tropical holidays or drinks on a summer evening. As I type this, I’m wearing a breezy, super comfy Woodford and Co mint dress while relaxing with a glass of wine!

Woodford and Co pieces really do make me feel happy and relaxed. I’d love to know- which designers alter your mood?

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This is such an amazing cape. I’m lucky enough to co-own it with a friend. It’s such a luxurious, statement piece- just pair it with shorts and sandals and you’re good to go!

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xox

A dress for a special occasion…

This past weekend I attended a close friend’s wedding. I wore a Karen Millen dress and paired it with a nude Tony Bianco bag and navy nail polish. I am loving navy at the moment and am wearing it every chance I get! I’d love to hear what colours you all love right now- is it a colour that makes you feel more confident? How do you show that colour in your outfits?

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20130114-211719.jpg Karen Millen dress on sale here

I love that Karen Millen dresses are slimming but factor in women’s curves! Though satin is usually unforgiving as a fabric, the overlapping satin at the waist gives you some breathing room. I ate a 4 course meal and it didn’t show, bonus!

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This is the best nail polish that I’ve ever found. It is high gloss and the colour is gorgeous.

xox

Shoes without the pain

It’s my personal belief that shoes need to be comfortable. Gone are the days when my motto ‘no pain, no gain’ was in reference to footwear- now it’s all about shoes that are able to last all day without sore feet. I see no point in being in agony. If like me, you still like wearing heels, there are many options in footwear that will allow you to boogie all night on the dance floor or work all day without pain. Oh, and a pedicure never hurts!

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These shoes are so comfy- I could literally walk for days in them! Such a high quality design. Pair these with a maxi dress and a statement necklace for summer barbecue parties.

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These beauties tick every box. Nude colour? Tick. Ankle strap? Tick. Heel? Tick. With a slightly lower heel, your weight is more evenly distributed over the ball of your foot and your heel, hence less pressure is put on one area. The ankle strap also gives more support. Wear these to a wedding and feel confident in dancing the night away.

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I’ve always loved clogs, and the divine colour on this gorgeous pair by Thurley makes them even more enchanting. Pair these shoes with skinny jeans and an oversized tee for a Sunday brunch.

Tips to help sore feet

* Lush volcano foot mask is an affordable and amazing product. Head here to purchase from lush.com.au

*Rub olive oil into dry areas of your feet. The oil is more readily absorbed into your skin than lotions and will soften your skin. Olive oil is also wonderful for your face and nails. I often rub olive oil into my skin after cleansing and wash it off after ten minutes. It does wonders on pimples. It also softens cuticles (if you need to cut them) and strengthens nails.

Inspiration

My inspiration right now is the British period television show ‘Downton Abbey’. Never before have I felt such a need to wear head pieces, evening gowns or long necklaces- that is, until now.

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Here are some pieces to create your own Downton Abbey look xox

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Thurley salsa dress on sale here

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Collette Dinnigan magical vine lace short sleeve dress on sale here

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Collette Dinnigan corded blue lace dress

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Alannah Hill where is the truth? hat on sale here

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Lovisa multi-strand pearl necklace here

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Thurley silver SQ set stretch bracelet