A Very Thrifty Christmas with Ocean Keys Shopping Centre

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…… Christmas!

What better way to celebrate than by choosing a new outfit.

I’m so thrilled to have partnered with Ocean Keys Shopping Centre to bring you

‘A Very Thrifty Christmas’

One of the things I love the most about being a stylist / fashion blogger is sourcing outfits that are not just on trend and practical but also affordable.

Wanting an outfit that makes you look and feel fabulous is something a lot of women can relate to. When you factor in the cost per wear of an outfit we all want to stretch those dollars further, especially at this time of year!

That’s where Ocean Keys Shopping Centre offers affordable Christmas fashion for every event. In today’s post I’ve put together three outfits with items purchased at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre and all for less than $150.

When looking for items for your wardrobe this is my best advice –

  • Can I wear it for more than one season or occasion
  • Do I have pieces in my wardrobe that can easily be mixed with it
  • Does it fit me exactly how I want it to
  • Do I feel fabulous wearing it! (the most important tip)

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you’re on your way to finding the perfect outfit for you.

For this post I’ve chosen a wrap dress as the one item that can be styled three ways. I went with a classic navy wrap dress as I like the versatility it offers when adding other items to my look. I also like that a wrap dress is a style that can suit many body shapes and be very flattering. You could of course choose a patterned wrap dress (or any style of dress) and apply the same styling tips…

For example – Heels and statement jewellery look great for a night out whereas the addition of a denim jacket with sandals and a hat will take you to a casual lunch effortlessly.

The wrap dress I’m wearing is a little on the short side (keep in mind I have long legs and a short torso so everything tends to look ‘leggy’ on me!). If you’re not comfortable showing so much leg I would suggest a light denim jean underneath or a ¾ length legging.

Let’s take a look!

 

Look 1 – Xmas Brunch

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Wrap Dress – Ally Fashion $39.99 / Tan Belt – Ally Fashion $9.99 / Classic Denim Jacket – Cotton On $49.95 / Sienna Sandals –Spendless Shoes $49.99

Total $150

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Lunar Sunglasses – City Beach $19.99

 

Look 2 – Xmas BBQ Lunch 

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Wrap Dress – Ally Fashion $39.99 / Lunar Sunglasses – City Beach $19.99 / White Canvas Shoe + White Singlet – K-mart both $4.00

Total $68 

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Look 3 – Xmas Work Party 

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Wrap Dress – Ally Fashion $39.99 / Earring – Lovisa $17.99 / Quinn Heel – Spendless Shoes $49.99 

Total $108

 

I really hope you enjoy what I have put together and remember Ocean Keys Shopping Centre is the ideal place to do your Christmas shopping on a budget.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year,

Malinda x

 

*The shoes I’m wearing in two looks were previously purchased and are currently still available in store at Spendless Shoes

*The tapestry clutch featured is also my own but can be found at K-mart

*This is a sponsored post for Ocean keys Shopping Centre

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Week Two – It’s All White

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Another week races by at lightening speed and here we are!

Usually when I think of dressing for winter I’m thinking black and grey with pops of colour. This year I’m noticing a big trend toward neutral and pastel colours, so for today’s post I thought I would have some fun with white.

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Week Two – Long Line Vests feat. Katies Fashion

Week Two – Long Line Vests

Good morning Tuesday!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend celebrating Mothers Day with the special mumma in your life!

I’m talking long line vests today. There is a lot of this style coming through for winter especially in grey. For today’s post I’m wearing the Katies Fashion shawl collar vest $89.95. The good news is, I have word from Katies this piece is being replenished in stores and online next week so make sure you keep an eye out as it sells like hotcakes!! Below I’ve included links to similar styles I have found.

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Week One – Warm Up For Winter

Hello again lovely people!

Let me ask… do you like winter?

I do!

In fact I absolutely love it,  and one of my most favorite items of clothing for winter is a snugly cardigan. There is nothing better than curling up on the couch in an over sized knit drinking a cup of tea, or is that just me?

For this post I’m sharing two easy looks you can achieve with one cardigan and showing you that a cardigan can be dressed up or down.

Today I’m featuring a gorgeous long line cardigan from Crossroads. I love the pastel pink colour and long length. I also love that it has pockets!

I’ve opted for a neutral colour palette for the dressed up look using a lovely pair of nude heels from Spendless Shoes , jewellery from Colette and bag from Best and Less. The sleeveless knit dress I am wearing comes from Cotton On. I’m a little out of my comfort zone in this dress as it’s quite fitted but I’m loving it with the long cardi and its super comfy!

 { Cotton On Kellie Muscle Midi – Dress $19.95 / Crossroads Cardigan $44.95 / Spendless Shoes Nude Heels $49.95 / Colette Necklace and Cuff $12.95 each / Best & Less Handbag $25.00 }

Here is a closer look at the beautiful jewellery and nude heels…

For look number two I’m thinking of those rainy days curled up on the couch with a cuppa. If you’ve been following my style then you would know how much I love a slogan tee and the one I’m wearing from Supre ticks all the boxes, especially on a Friday! Put on your favourite pair of ripped jeans, (these are from my own wardrobe) comfy shoes and you’re ready to go……. or stay on the couch!

{ Crossroads Cardigan $44.95 / Supre Slogan Tee $12.00 / Best & Less Lace-up’s $12.00 }

Whether your heading out for a girlie lunch, date night with someone special or just relaxing at home a super snugly cardi will see you through those winter days or nights.

Layer up your cardigan with a bright scarf or necklace to add a pop of colour. Pair it with jeans, simple white t-shirt and statement clutch or heels.

The possibilities are endless at Cockburn Gateway Shopping City so get your shopping shoes on and have fun!

If you’re looking for ripped jeans try here…… links below!

Transit Clothing 

REVERSE - DISTRESS BF JEAN BLUE/DENIM 23906ZIGGY - SKINNY ASS JEAN GOOD OLD DAZE 25864

Reverse Distressed BF Jean $89.95 }                { Ziggy Skinny Jean $119.95 }

OR

the boyfriend jean, VINTAGE BLUE, hi-resboyfriend jean 2, CASHMERE BLUE, hi-res

{ Cotton On Boyfriend Jean $49.95 }        { Factorie  Boyfriend Jean $39.95 }

Malinda xxx

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* This is a sponsored post as part of Cockburn Gateway’s Winter campaign.

Week One – Shades of Grey & Khaki

Hello gorgeous people and Happy Monday, let’s get the party started!

Today is a very exciting day for me. As I announced in Friday’s post I am partnering with Cockburn Gateway Shopping City as style blogger for their Winter Fashion Campaign during the month of May.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to bring you the first of many looks over the next four weeks. I thought I would start the month off on a casual note and share two key items that will be must have’s for your Winter wardrobe.

First up the Sleeveless Knit…

There are a few reasons I chose this particular knit….

  1.  I really like this style of neckline.
  2. It is sleeveless which is perfect for the trans – seasonal weather we are having in Perth at the moment and easy to add layers to when the weather gets colder.
  3. I love that the back is a longer length, great for covering up anything you may want to hide!
  4. Lastly it’s a great neutral colour to have in your wardrobe. Easy to dress up or keep casual and grey is definitely on trend at the moment

I decided to go with really simple accessorizing to complete the look and chose this beautiful Snakeskin Cross Body Bag from Colette along with a silver cuff bracelet also from Colette. I like the way the mix of silver and gold tones look with the grey. The shoes are cute ankle booties from Crossroads and black pants with zip detail are from Paper Scissors.

{Ally Fashion High Neck Knit $29.99 / Paper Scissors Black Pant $19.95 / Crossroads Ankle Booties $34.95 / Colette Peta XBody Bag $19.95 & Cuff Bracelet $12.95 }

And now for look number two featuring another winter staple…

The Khaki Jacket!

Khaki in any way, shape or form is big this season! There are lot’s of ways to incorporate khaki into your wardrobe.  I’m wearing this lovely lightweight jacket from Chicabooti with striped t-shirt from Ally Fashion, clutch from Paper Scissors and check scarf from Big W .

And of course casual chic wouldn’t be complete without comfy lace up’s like these ones from Best & Less!

{Chicabooti Khaki Jacket $50.00/ Paper Scissors Black Pant $19.95 & Clutch $20.00 / Ally Fashion Striped Tee $9.99 / Best & Less Sneakers $12.00 / Big W Scarf $15.00}

And that’s a wrap!

What did you think and what is your HOT trend tip for Winter?

With over 40 fashion stores at Cockburn Gateway I can’t wait to bring you more of the latest winter fashion trends! You all know how much I love to shop and with so much to choose from this is going to be fun, fun, fun so make sure you stick around!

Malinda xxx

* This is a sponsored post as part of Cockburn Gateway’s winter fashion campaign.

 

New Season Knitwear with Philosophy Australia

One of the most humbling experiences you can have through blogging (in my opinion) is being asked to work with a brand.

I was more than a little excited when Natalie from Philosophy Fashion Australia asked if I would like to join the Philosophy family, working together to showcase their stunning 2015 Winter Knitwear Collection featuring the label Capullo.

Capullo meaning Cocoon in Spanish, is a limited edition range of beautifully crafted knitwear….. are you feeling cosy yet because I certainly am!

I love the edgy, geometric designs of this range and think the pieces would be a welcome addition to any wardrobe given their versatility. The Capullo label also uses a mix of light to heavy gauges making layering simplistic and accessible.

For this post I have gone with a very monochromatic palette but rest assured there is colour to be found in the range as well as animal, flora, tile and spot designs, definitely something for every taste.

Take a look for yourself…

Popcorn Biker Jacket

A beautiful zip front jacket that I have opted to leave open and worn over a simple black jumpsuit. I think this look works really well for a night out but for something more casual the Popcorn Biker Jacket would also look great with jeans, boots and a pop of colour worn underneath. This is a lovely heavy gauge knit and super comfortable to wear.

Popcorn Biker Jacket* / Valley Girl Jumpsuit / K-mart Black Block Heels.

Spacedye Top

As you can see the pieces in the Capullo range have such great pattern and design that minimal fuss is required to create a beautiful outfit. Pairing the Spacedye Top with simple black pants, heels and a fun scarf is all that you need for a comfortable work outfit or meetings with a client.

Spacedyed Top*/ Black Pant Best & Less / Big W Heels / Target Clutch / Target Scarf 

What I really loved about the Spacedye knit was the amazing zip detail on the sleeve as shown above! So gorgeous and edgy.

Zig Top 

I absolutely could not resist having a little fun with the Zig Top! I mean look at it…. I love a clash of prints so this top caught my eye straight away. The fun factor is in overdrive for this one. Wearing a collared shirt underneath for that on trend preppy look with leggings and lace -up’s. It’s the must have outfit for watching the kids sports from the sidelines or catching up with family and friends on the weekend! (gigantic Minnie Mouse-esque head scarf is optional!)

Zig Top*/ Ally Fashion Shirt / Factorie Leggings/Big W Lee Cooper Lace-ups.

I hope you love this collection as much as I did. The feel of these knits is pure luxury. I think the quality and classic design offer great value for money and as I have previously said there are certain garments worth spending money on to ensure they remain in your wardrobe for years! This range is exceptionally well crafted and would be a very adaptable addition to your wardrobe for more than one season

If you love the new Capullo Knitwear Collection and would like information on pricing / stockists or if you would like to see more of Philosophy Australia’s range please contact Natalie –

Philosophy Australia Fashion

Ph: 02 8307 7500

E: sales@philosophyaustralia.com.au

Alternatively you can follow the links below –

* Gifted to me by Philosophy Australia

Malinda xxx

Feet First

Keep your tootsie’s in tip-top condition!

That’s my plan with the rapid onset of winter.

I must admit I’m someone who grossly neglects their feet. Sad I know….because my tootsie’s certainly play an very important part in my everyday life!

For one – I try to fit in a walk for exercise as often as I can throughout the week and two – I spend countless hours traipsing around shopping centers in the name of research!

So how can a girl (or guy) keep their feet in tip top shape I hear you ask?

Well, the lovely folk at Scholl made contact with me recently and sent over two products for me to review. Products that can surely help with two common problems I’m no stranger to.

The first product –

Fresh Step Antiperspirant Spray 

It’s deodorant for your feet!

There is nothing worse than heading out shoe shopping (especially in winter when we tend to cover our feet up from the cold) only to discover your feet aren’t feeling (or smelling) as fresh as they did earlier in the day. But this Fresh Step Antiperspirant can help keep any odours at bay with a quick spray that last’s 24 hours and smells great! So next time you decide to head to the shops after a gym session and see those boot’s you’ve been lusting after finally on sale, you needn’t worry about the sales assistant running for cover when you stop to try them on!

And now for the second product –

Blister Shield Plasters

Ahhh be still my aching feet.

As I said earlier my feet are somewhat neglected. Any female worth her weight in shoes knows how painful it can be to ‘wear in’ new shoes. As luck would have it (not that my feet were feeling lucky!) when the Scholl products arrived in my letterbox I was in the midst of two extremely painful blisters on my feet.Thanks in part to my own Cinderella moment with shoes much less dainty than hers….. new runners! Plus my ankle boots were also making a long awaited return. With Blister Shield Plasters at the ready my little toe and heel were dancing with joy at no longer being tortured with friction or rubbing. What I especially liked was the fact that unlike ordinary band-aids, once applied the Blister Shields actually adhere and stay in place. Bliss for sore aching feet!

All in all I was really happy with these two products and would definitely recommend them. If you would like more information and great tips on how to keep your feet feeling fabulous and how to have beautiful feet  head to the Scholl website.

Malinda xxx

 

 

 

How To Be Fabulous ( without spending a fortune! )

I LOVE this quote, how could I have not seen it before?

It basically sums up the entire philosophy of The Style Within!

Style doesn’t have anything to do with how much you spend or where you go to shop… it’s about what you do, with what you have.

And boy do I have a heap of winter looks coming up on the blog. Before I feature some of my new winter buys I thought I would share my tips for looking great without spending a fortune. I get loads of great feedback here, on Instagram and Facebook in regard to where I find my bargains.

I have to get this off my chest though before we get started. I dislike the term ‘frugal’ (it was used recently to describe my shopping prowess!) and it’s a word that makes me cringe and think of those Current Affair stories about people who re-use tea bags and I can assure you that is something I would NEVER do!! So let’s instead say I’m a savvy or even sassy shopper! I like the sound of that much more.

I love finding a bargain, I love scoring great pieces on sale. This doesn’t mean I don’t or would never buy higher – end more expensive items. If my credit card allowed it I would buy them more often!

However…

Like a lot of people we have a mortgage, bills, kids at school, cars to run etc and being in a one income family at the moment means there isn’t much left over to spend on fancy threads. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find affordable clothes and accessories, you just have to know where to look!

Here’s my top 5 tips to get you started!

  • Shop Everywhere & Wait for a Sale – Obviously I’m not a fashion snob! I look everywhere when it comes to clothes shopping. The simple fact is that you never know what you might find on sale if your looking in many places (but for items like a great blazer you want to look somewhere other than K-mart because you want it to last and be great quality). Now if my years of working in retail fashion have taught me anything it’s that fashion has a very quick turn around, so chances are whatever you’ve been lusting after will be on sale in a few short weeks. If you window shop often enough and have some patience you will bag a bargain!
  • Shop Online & Subscribe – I’m still quite new to online shopping and have been really lucky that everything I have purchased has been wearable! One really great thing about shopping on line is the discounts offered. Incentives like VIP promotions, special offers and discounts by simply subscribing or taking advantage of loyalty programs on offer. Best of all you’ll be the first to know when your favorite store is having a sale WINNING!
  • Op-Shopping – Now I know trawling through other peoples unwanted clothes isn’t for everyone but op-shopping can offer a great alternative to where you usually shop. If you like something a little different, quirky and vintage then you definitely can’t go wrong. I particularly love looking for accessories rather than clothes and the other draw card of course is that you’re helping many charities to continue operating.
  • Clothes Swap– This is something I have been wanting to do for ages. Grab a bunch of girlfriends, grab some wine or chocolate ( or both! ). Ask everyone to bring five or so items they’re happy to part with and get trying! Put everything in a pile or be a bit more civilized and use a clothes rack. Have fun, have a laugh and fingers crossed you go home with some great additions for you wardrobe…. FREE!
  • Borrow – This tip follows on from the last. Of course you don’t get to keep the item you borrow because let’s face it no one likes a thief and we don’t want to end a friendship over a pair of non-returned nude strappy heels! If you have sisters like I do then you already know how lucky you are. Borrowing is especially useful when it comes to those one off special occasions like weddings, balls, corporate dinners, even job interviews.

So what do you think, any tips you could add to the list?

How do you try and save a dollar but still look super stylish!

 

Malinda xxx

 

 

The Chambray Shirt Dress

The Chambray Shirt Dress…… love it or hate it?

I NEVER thought I would wear something like this but somewhere between starting a blog, taking part in style dares and generally stepping out of my comfort zone I found myself standing in Coles last week staring at this Mix Apparel Chambray dress and thinking……. ‘why the bloody hell not! ‘

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