Luxe vs Less. Statement Earrings.

Dear Readers,

I must confess a terrible fashion blogger/a little bit of lifestyle sin. I’m not a huge jewellery person other than necklaces. I go absurdly crazy over necklaces but apart from some small earring/bracelet/ring phases.. nope. Which makes it even more absurd that I’m giving some statement earring options but hear me out.

If there’s one thing I well and truly love it’s colours, patterns and the idea of a ‘pop’ of something. I don’t tend to play it super safe but also don’t go all out clashing this and that.  These giant earrings are sure to push me out of my ‘necklace-only’ comfort zone.

PRO-FASH-TIP: Think big geometric shapes in super bright colours that fall just before your shoulders

 

Luxe 

From left to right

Dinosaur Designs ‘Circle Dot Stud Earrings-Berry’ $210

Gorman ‘Shimmey Earrings’ $49

Rosantica ‘Saona Gold-Toned Beaded Earrings’ $286

Oscar De La Renta ‘Large Impatients Resin Clip Earrings’ $682

Less

From left to right

Lovisa ‘Black Tassel Statement Earring’ $19.99

H&M ‘Earrings with Tassels’ $19.99

Colette ‘Triple Layer Metal Circle Earring’ $9.99

Much Love,

The Retrograde Collective xx

Hello lovely Readers!

Brrrr. I’m chilly and lying in bed typing this wondering when the snow will fall (plotwist it doesn’t really snow here) but the weather has turned and as cliche as it sounds ‘Winter is coming’. Along with that was my search for the perfect pair of leather boots.

Let’s windback time for a second. I’ve decided to invest more in my shoes especially leather ones so they last. I’d had cheaper boots that lost their shape, were uncomfortable and the materials were not tough enough to withstand constant use. Having done my research and keeping in mind my sort of widish feet I found these. You tubers and bloggers raved about these boots. So I went in to try them on.

They’re pretty stiff at first but the leather has already softened. I bought mine in black for $166 (I got 10% off for being a uni student). Black with silver buckling, made from leather and having a flat heel I was completely sold. They go with everything and make your feet look slimmer! (Yay! Like spanx for feet? … okay maybe not). The price may seem a little steep but these are the kind of boots you wear in and look better once worn in.

I finally found my holy grail. Links below picture!

topshop boot photo

Topshop

AUD $185.00

Much Love,

The Retrograde Collective xx

Exclusion // chats & chai lattes

Hello Readers!

Recently I’ve been chatting to my friends about exclusion and whether your 5 or 55 exclusion hurts. But especially around the age I am now (18 to 25 year olds can I see yo hands up!) it’s particularly hard. I’m turning 21 this year and what I’m thinking about isn’t so much the theme or what flower crown I’ll wear or looking up DIY’s to make said flower crown because of lack of finances; but in fact how many people and who. Some friends are throwing massive bring yourself, +1s and your nieces, grandparents and dog birthday bashes while others are strictly quiet affairs with just some of their closest.

Ps. This is a long one so about now I’d grab a coffee or popcorn! haha!

To be frank I’ve been on both sides of this equation. Being included and others excluded and being excluded while others are included. It happens in gatherings, less important birthday’s such as 20th’s and coffee dates. I’ve realised as I’ve grown up that I love my bed and being at home more and I don’t care as much about not being invited to things. I think it’s something that happens as you get older. BUT there is one aspect of exclusion that I’ve started to understand in the last little while… 99% of the time it isn’t personal.

Look there may be 1% of situations where the person involved really wants to make you feel bad and leave you out but what I’ve had to learn is to take the personal out of it. Maybe it was last minute? Maybe there was a price limit on the amount of people? Maybe you aren’t as close to them as you thought? When you put being excluded into perspective, generally there’s an unrelated reason why.

For those of you who feel like it is personal I gathered the info and advice from my friends and their experiences; some extremely scientific research. Firstly if you feel that way talk to your friend or co-worker or uni buddy. It’s easier to talk about it behind their back or to leave them out of what you do but if you go straight to the source you can usually figure out pretty quickly what the situation is. AND it means there’s no jumping to conclusions if it was an honest mistake. If it continues to happen after you’ve spoken to them; leave it. You’ve done what you can and if they continue to act immaturely or hurtfully then that’s on them.

Work on yourself too – to have good friends you have to be a good friend. Invite people on coffee dates or text them when you know they’re going through stressful situations. A little goes a long way. This is my two cents on the subject but I’d love to hear what you think and any tips you have for excluding exclusion!

 

Check out my updated blog formatting! Hopefully it’s simpler and easier to use AND aesthetically pleasing. My last Chats & Chai Lattes you can find here.

Much Love, The Retrograde Collective xx

Roses are Red, violets are ..

Hello Readers!

Ahhh I’m sure you’ve heard that Single Awareness Day (Valentine’s Day)  is coming up! To get in the mood here are a few rose themed pieces that you can wear as an ode to love. Whether your single or in a relationship make sure you pull a Carrie Bradshaw and have a magical day in a great outfit!

ps. For those of you looking for gift ideas any of these pieces would make a good gift!

 

Top Left: Gucci ‘Sylvie leather tote’ $3825

Top Middle: Revolve ‘Floral embroidered bomber’ $161.55

Top Right: Miss Shop ‘white base vita floral dress’ $59.95

Bottom Left: Obey ‘Olde rose long sleeve tee’ $40

Bottom Middle: Sportsgirl ‘Embroidered strip shirt’ $89.95

Bottom Right: ASOS ‘Endless Rose midi skirt’ $147.00

Much love (of course!)

The Retrograde Collective xx

The long & short of it

Hello Readers!

It’s well and truly Summer as I sit here writing in 36 degree weather. I converted it into farenheit and ended up with 96.8 degrees. Yikes today is hot. As a jean addict with too many pairs (anyone up for a wardrobe tour soon?) the thought of exposing my pasty legs can be too much to bear some times but absolutely necessary with the heat.

I love high waisted denim shorts but haven’t seemed to find the right pair yet. I’ve searched every shop in Sydney and even abroad in America, but to no avail. With the temperatures skyrocketing I can’t rely on my trusty jeans, I haven’t found a pair of denim shorts so that leaves me with only one option. Cue the melodramatic music.

For those of you who are like me and your typical high waisted well fitted denim just does not seem to work I’ve found a tonne of options. I have a lot of friends who don’t like wearing denim shorts and only wear skirts and dresses, however that doesn’t always work out at the beach or hikes. So I’ve done the research and come up with some options.

 

Non – official denim shorts short list

Denim Inspired Shorts

I’m a huge fan of these shorts as they replace the need for tighter fitting, constrictive denim shorts. You can buy flippy denim shorts, elasticised waisted denim shorts and slightly baggier ones – so many options. Pair with a white floaty top and coloured sandals for the perfect summer holiday look.

 

Left: Glassons Denim Runner Shorts $39.99

Right: Supre The Bahamas Denim Short $40.00

Paperbag shorts

A little longer, these are a great alternative to skirts for birthday parties or formal events. Shaped baggier and often high waisted you can style them with singlets or crop tops and sandals.

 

Left: Forever New Jasmine Tie Front Short $69.99

Right: Lulu & Rose Eavis Tie Waist Shorts $69.95

Flippy fabric shorts

Great for the beach and hanging out with friends, flowy fabric shorts are cheaper and come in a million different patterns and colours. They are great for a pop of colour and incorporating interesting fabrics such as satin into your wardrobe.

 

 

Left: Glassons Linen Blend Frill Shorts $29.99

Right: Cotton On Sporty Short $14.95

 

A-line  shorts

Similar to the Paperbag shorts these are a great structured option instead of skirts or dresses. Thicker materials are great for winter and you can layer stockings underneath to keep warm. These shorts look amazing on everyone and gives you a great waist.

 

Left: ASOS

Left : Sportsgirl Stripe Ponte Short $69.95

Much Love, The Retrograde Collective xx

Closet Collective #1. Style

Hello Readers!

Style is something I’ve learnt, that develops and changes. I cringe at photos of me loving anything neon at age 12 and that phase during middle school where I would only wear bright clothes. However I look back only partly cringing as I miss feeling confident enough to wear what I like. I feel like I’ve fallen into a  a deep dark neutral toned wardrobe hole. But in all honesty due to work and university and not getting up on time I’ve resorted to a wardrobe full of stripes, grey, denim and black. I feel like I’ve become almost lazy with my style.

It’s true that style changes and I’ve definitely mellowed out in terms of clashing bright colours but I realised I tend to wear what’s easiest rather than what I like best. But this year that’s all about to change. I want to challenge myself to find my style. Maybe it’s a little preppy, bohemian, street and bright all rolled into one. I want to do this closet collective series to inspire you. Whether your heading in a vintage direction or your favourite store is H&M I want you to get the most out of your wardrobe, love what your wearing and find your current style. I’m learning and growing alongside you about what my ‘style’ is right now. So let’s start together and be confident & love (the two outfit thumbs up!) what we wear.

 

Style Tips

+ Challenge yourself – add an extra accessory, layer or colour to your outfit

+ 1 piece, 3 ways – Similar to number 1 try to pick out something crazier then you’d normally wear and challenge yourself to style it 3 ways. Often this will help form outfit ideas & help you wear cool, unique pieces more.

+ Take screenshots of influencers, especially on Instagram. File these away in an album and when your stuck flick through it for inspiration while getting dressed in the morning.

+ Avoid shopping whenever you feel you lack inspiration for getting dressed. Often it’s not needing more clothes but needing help as to how to put them together; like a less complicated jigsaw puzzle. I find the impulse purchases drain you of shopping funds for things you really like or want.

+ Talk to friends whose style you admire or who are great at giving fashion advice. Ask them about colours or styles they think would suit you or just to get a second opinion on an outfit.

 

Much fashion & style love,

The Retrograde Collective xx

 

Hawaii Adventure.

Hello Readers,

Hawaii has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. Hope you enjoy the photos.

My family and I have been to Waimea Falls; we swam in the waterfall there and it was incredible. We lay out on Lanikai Beach; think crystal clear waters and white sand. We’ve been to the Waikele Premium Outlets and Ala Moana for shopping. We’ve also hung out on Waikiki Beach and driven past the pineapple dole factory. We ate at a shrimp truck and got dippin dots!

We visited the attolls and snorkelled & visited Iolani palce which was incredible. A sobering moment was visiting Pearl Harbour but it was incredible. We were there at sunset and it was amazing!

If you’d like to see the previous ‘Where’ post about my trip down the east coast of Australia click here.

 

 

 

 

The Retrograde Collective xx

How To: Pack a travel wardrobe

Hello Readers!

After my recent trip over this holiday season I realised how important packing the right way was when I showed up with 23.5kg rather than 20kg in my bag at the airport. Luckily what I thought was going to be a financial disaster ended up being an example of how graceful airline employees could be. Over the course of the trip I started to wonder where I had gone wrong? I thought I’d been to enough tropical destinations to know what I needed but I’d still come up short. Although I’d worn most of my clothes I hadn’t worn them all.

I’m sure you’ve been in that spot too – overpacked, under packed, not seasonally appropriate clothes or just things that don’t make sense (hair straighteners when camping… Shout out to one of my friends!) I wanted to put together a little guide, I’m no expert but hopefully my past travel disasters can help you in the future.

  1. Focus on accessorising with jewellry & make up

The most simple way to change up your looks on holidays without breaking your budget or your bag is to bring or buy accessories. I recently travelled to Hawaii and I was more than willing to stock up on bright lipsticks and cheap sunnies. It’s a very light way to wear the same clothes in new and fun ways.

2. Limit ‘occasion’ items

No matter where your going I can guarantee 99% of the time you’ll only need a couple of nice dresses and a pair of black jeans or pants. Occasion wear done! You don’t want to be filling your suitcase with lots of ‘fancy’ outfits for dinners and theatres or operas for example. I made this mistake bringing four nice dresses when I only needed one or two. It’s a sure way of leaving space for essentials & helps you wear all the clothes you bring.

3. Neutral colour palette

Now some people can dress in all colours of the rainbow and have no trouble clashing prints, time periods and seasons all at once! (If you are one of those people hats off to you I could never do it) but a neutral colour palette of denim, stripes, black, grey & white (throw in some navy or olive colours if that’s what floats your boat!). It’s the simplest way to wear all your clothes & create new outfits on the spot easily.

4. Always bring spare unseasonal clothes

Have you ever arrived somewhere super cold only to find out there’s a hot tub? or a couple of cold days in a tropical paradise? Ahhh we’ve all made the mistake of not including extras. Bringing those extras means that you won’t have to forage in the middle of a skii resort for a bathing suit but it also means your not tempted to overspend. In Hawaii it was hot but the clothes were all winter clothes, such as in Forever 21. I was so close to leaving with a handful of sweaters, denim jackets & jumpers when really all I needed was one or two.

5. Bring your classics

One of the best ways to get the most out of your travel wardrobe is to bring pieces that are tried and true. If you love them at home your going to love wearing them abroad. Don’t bring things you love that your not scared to lose or to get damaged. A great extra tip would be to bring old clothes and shoes and then throw them out to leave even more space in your suitcase for all your new purchases!

 

Hope you enjoyed this post! Ps. I wrote a blogpost about travel trips in general and link it here. Go check it out!

The Retrograde Collective xx

Chats & Chai Lattes

Hello Readers,

Part of my New Year goals (aka resolutions but that seems to be a dangerous word, goals seems a little more achievable!) was to work on my blog. More focus on details & photography but in particular trying new series, formats and ideas. Eventually I hope that I can funnel it down to a few things I love to talk about and you guys want to read.

Going along with those goals, I myself (and hopefully you guys!) love bloggers who feel like your best friend, you can relate to them and want to get to know them. There isn’t too much about myself here other than my fashion favourites and style opinions but I’d like to change that. I was inspired by Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere; her weekday wardrobe posts are a must see for everyday fashion inspiration. She does posts about a certain topic and includes not only her opinion but the opinion of her husband and workmates.

I’d love to do a similar thing, talk about topics and get deep and meaningful. Even though the blog I run is a little mishmash of fashion, food and travel I’d love you guys to get to know me and for me to get to know you. These posts might be a little longer but I hope they make you think and inspire you to try things and do things that you might’ve thought you’d never be able to do.

I love long phone chats and those coffee dates where you get two coffees because the conversations are so interesting. I apologise to all those sydney cafes who’s table I’m hogging from new customers with more money to spend than I.

Let me know what you think!

Much love,

The Retrograde Collective xx

Pink Bakeries & filled doughnuts

Hello Readers,

If your anything like me your doughnut obsession is not slowing down. After eating most of sydneys’ doughnuts I believed that I was cured from my doughnut addiction. Oh how wrong am I?! The waikiki area is known for a local legend which creates incredible filled malasadas; a type of Portuguese donut. I visited the iconic, Leonard’s bakery.

With it’s Las Vegas inspired sign & bright pink packaging it’s hard to miss. The doughnuts are warm and sugared while some of them are filled with creams such as coconut, custard, chocolate and passion fruit. The doughnuts are delicious however are very different then your regular circular donut.

If you have a chance go for the experience and some photos (It’s extremely instagram friendly!) . My favourite flavours were chocolate & custard however I wouldn’t go back for any of the other flavours. It’s a must see if you have a chance to go to Waikiki.

Thanks for reading! Check out my last doughnut experience here!

The Retrograde Collective xx

 

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Waikiki Shopping.

Hello Readers,

This post is a short one full of some more of the purchases I’ve made. I’ve been told by my parents I’m an ‘expert shopper’ and I have a ‘gift’ for it. I mean why bother being smart or good at sports when you can be an expert shopper. Kidding! I kid. But here’s a few more exciting purchases, as they say.. when in Hawaii..

If you want to look at what I got on boxing day sale click here.

 

Top Left: Walmart Covergirl Tempt Berry lipstick $5.53

Top Right: Forever 21 Sports Bra $14.90

Bottom Left: Rifle paper co Finest Hour 2017 planner $34

Bottom Right: Maybelline The Rocket Mascara $6.50

 

 

Top Left: Macy’s Benefit hoola bronzer mini $15

Top Right: Anthropologie Golden monogram mug $10

Bottom Left: Sephora Tartelette in Bloom palette $45

Bottom Right: Abandoned America ‘dismantling the dream’  $39.95

 

 

Hope your having as much warm weather fun as I am!

The Retrograde Collective xx

2017. Top 5 Trends to try.

Hello Readers,

It’s a new year aka the perfect time to try some trends and to step out of the wardrobe comfort zone. Ditch the easy all black wardrobe for some cool new things that you can make or find on the cheap. Here are my Top 5 trends to try (or if your me buy more of!)  for 2017..

 

  1. Distressing

Distressed hems, in denim jackets & t-shirts – get them into your life. Thanks to streetwear, holes and rips are in fashion and can be found on everyone and anyone.

2. Slide shoes

Backless loafers & mules, easy slip on and slip off shoes have been growing as a trend and I think it’s only going to get bigger. Try mules in pastel shades like baby blue and light pink for a pop of colour.

3. 3D Decoration

Sparkles, sequins, patches, badges and embroidery, you name it and it’s been put on jeans or a jacket or a leather jacket. Grab some patches from urban outfitters and do a little DIY on something you already have.

4. Off the shoulder

I love that anyone can wear this look – no matter what size, figure or anything like that. You can get off the shoulder tops or dresses for a breezy summer look. Try a striped off the shoulder top with high waisted mom shorts and brown sandals.

5. Graphic tees

Band tees, tv show merch and big colourful graphics. Layer them up with leather jackets, denim jackets and wrap flannels around your waist for an easy everyday look. Scavenge in your local thrift shop or vinnies for some oversized mens’ band tees.

 

Happy New Years Day!

The Retrograde Collective xx