There’s nothing quite like making a statement. But … there is such a thing as making too much of a statement.
You know what I’m talking about; it’s like the outfit conundrum: Whilst some occasions call for a ‘no cracks, front or back’ rule, generally we’re told that you should either focus on your legs or your boobs (to avoid looking like a Pretty Woman).
The same goes with your face. Just one feature: emphasis only the eyes or lips to avoid looking like an extra from Dracula or The Walking Dead. Otherwise people will be sure to stare at you (and not for the reasons you want them to).
As one of my favourite ladies Karlie Kloss demonstrates above, balance is key. Opt for a nude (or even rosy) lip if you’re doing a smoky eye. The look is meant to look a bit sultry and mysterious – not a racoon who’s been feasting on too many berries.
And if you’re doing a bright lip, please go easy with the liner and shadow. Though a little bit of liquid liner can be a winner – too much and you’ll look like a Picasso painting gone wrong.
This is the one time I will not quote: “por que no los dos.”
Delicate trinkets? Fine by me.
So pastel. So creamy. So delicious.
Once upon a time, there would not be a place for shades of blush, mint and pistachio in my wardrobe. I wouldn’t have even considered it. It was just black, black, and then some. But times have changed. I’m ready to embrace my inner fairy princess.
But that’s just it – it doesn’t have to be that girly anymore.
With sporty cuts and loose shapes, they’re more like androgyny’s little sister.
ELKE SS 13/14 campaign – Photo: Christopher Morris
It’s only the first day of summer but I can already anticipate that this is how I’ll be dressing the next couple of months: pretty silks and lace with chunky jewellery – like ELKE’s SS 13/14 collection – but always with a coat on standby, thanks to the unpredictable weather.
With hues of stormy white and earthy raw cotton cords entwining the highly polished resin, ELKE’s ‘Moonstruck Monsoon’ collection is indicative of your typical Sydney summer: relaxed (and a little rough around the edges).
I’ve made plans to go to the beach at least four times now and every time, every bloody time – it rains.
You just can’t seem to leave home without an umbrella these days. And if I do forget I resort to using my jacket both as a windbreaker and temporary shelter from the rain – albeit less graceful than the model above.