Kester Black Nail Polish Remover

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23 February, 2015

Kester
It's already been established that I really, really like Kester Black stuff. When they offered to send me a bottle of their new water based nail polish remover I jumped at the chance to try it out. Nail polish remover is basically a necessary evil but Kester Black has flipped that notion on its head with their latest offering. Like other products in the Kester Black range their water based nail polish remover is Australian made and Choose Cruelty Free, Cruelty Free International, and Vegan Society accredited. It's also acetone and acetate-free, non-flammable, and contains goodies like aloe vera and vitamin E. I've used acetone-free removers in the past but more often than not they've left my nails looking a bit worse for wear. This Kester Black nail polish remover, however, left my nails in good condition. One lightly soaked cotton wool ball easily removed a hand's worth of nail polish (two coats + top coat) and the white peach fragrance is just the icing on top of an already pretty fantastic, albeit inedible, cake. I also made a little video, plus a pros and cons list, which you can check out at the end of this post.

búl AW15

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18 February, 2015

Can you believe that autumn/winter collections are already starting to drop here in Australia? I doubt the temperature in Queensland has even dipped below 25 degrees celsius lately so seeing coats and knits filtering into stores is quite baffling. While piling on the layers might be some while away, I am taking some inspiration from the upcoming seasonal colour palettes. Lots of monochrome, pale hues, and the odd splash of colour seems to the be standard. One collection I can't seem to get out of my head right now is the AW15 collection by Australian label búl. At first glance it all looks simple enough but it's the clean lines and relaxed tailoring that really stands out. These are a few of my favourite looks and you can see more of the collection on their website.

WICKED in Oz

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16 February, 2015

Wicked in Oz
If you live in Brisbane you might have noticed that the city has been looking a little bit greener of late. And it probably, most definitely has to do with WICKED coming back to town as part of its 10th anniversary tour. I was fortunate enough to be given tickets to attend the opening weekend of WICKED at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). I love a good musical and have always had a soft spot for anything Wizard of Oz related - I watched the Judy Garland version of Wizard of Oz on VHS so much so as a child that I eventually wore down the tape - so it was pretty much a given that I was always going to enjoy WICKED. Being an immensely popular production, many of you are probably already familiar with the musical but if you aren't then I would definitely recommend taking a trip to the wonderful land of Oz.

Future Beauty

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06 February, 2015

Future Beauty-001
At the end of last year I went to the Future Beauty exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. I'm only getting around to posting about it now because... laziness? The exhibition explores the innovation of Japanese designers from the 1980s onwards. A host of designers are covered in the exhibition but some of the most notable names include Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, and Junya Watanabe. Being able to observe garments up close, as well as seeing some laid out flat, gives you a greater understanding of how intricate the pieces really are and the kind of mastery required to be able to manipulate seemingly simple pieces of fabric. Technically you're not supposed to take photos inside the exhibition but I took a few sneaky snaps because I am a delinquent. Complementing the exhibition throughout the gallery are works by Japanese artists like Yayoi Kusama and the return of the Obliteration Room. I also couldn't resist revisiting the Pip & Pop dioramas in the Children's Art Centre because they are my favourite. Future Beauty ends on February 15 so if you haven't seen it already I'd suggest you get a move on.

Summer Whites

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02 February, 2015

Head-to-toe white outfits can be hazardous. Especially if you're fond of things like ice cream, coffee, red wine, chocolate, beetroot, and basically food in general. However there's something so appealing about a light white outfit, especially in the middle of a sticky, sweaty summer. They scream "So fresh! So clean! I swear I'm not sweating bullets right now!" And if you choose garments made from breathable fabrics then you're onto a winning combination. These are a few lovely looks I've spotted recently, all courtesy of some fantastic Australian labels.

Clockwise from top left: 
Zulu & Zephyr
SIR the label
búl
Vege Threads