2017 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

Sunday, 17 December 2017













It's that time of year again! As always, here is a list of some fabulous items I've been loving this year - which also make perfect Christmas gifts (either for your loved ones or yourself!) 

LOLA & LANA EARRINGS from JOHN AND LUNA: You know I love my hoops – so of course they had to make the list! I stumbled across JOHN AND LUNA on Instagram and have been a fan ever since. There’s just something special about simple handmade jewellery and I love that these go with just about any outfit.

SUNRISE LUXE 10PC BRUSH SET from NUDE BY NATURE: If you guys haven’t tried Nude by Nature brushes, you need to jump on the bandwagon immediately! White and rose gold, super soft and cruelty-free. They come complete with a sleek clutch case – need I say more?

CHOCOLATE DIPPED PRETZELS from HIBA CHOCOLATES: A perfect treat for the kids (and adults!) or something to take to the Christmas party! Handmade with love by Hiba herself, these salty pretzels + sweet chocolate = a top combo.

KIND GIRLS NO. 2 PRINT from DOT AND WOLF: Start their 2018 with this beautiful reminder, frame it on the wall, pop in on the desk, and sprinkle kindness like confetti. Each artwork piece is designed and hand lettered or illustrated by Miranti own home studio! (#girlboss goals)

WONDERBOOM BLUETOOTH SPEAKER from ULTIMATE EARS: Not gonna lie, what really drew my attention to this one is the fact that IT CAN FLOAT IN MY POOL. Everyone needs a good Bluetooth speaker and this couldn’t be more perfect for summer!

CHRISTMAS CARDS from THINGS BY BEAN: Alright so these aren’t your typical Christmas cards… which is why they’re AWESOME. Channel some sass with Jo’s cheeky collection, I guarantee you’ll have a chuckle. My fave is probably the ‘I Don’t Like Christmas At All Gingerbread Man’…

SUCC A LIL WREATH & LITTLE SUCCER from LITTLE SUCCERS: Along with millennial pink, succulents have totally been trending this year! ‘The low maintenance factor avoids death by laziness’ (so true) – and one can never have too many pot plant babies! Also can we talk about those Christmas wreaths? After taking the photos, I may or may not have spent the day with it perched on my head #flowercrownsaresolastyear

JOYFUL, JUBILATION & DELIGHT HAND & BODY CREAMS from ANTIPODES: First of all, these smell ah-mazing and look great with those festive foil colours. These don’t leave an oily residue (which is super important in summer because no one wants stickiness in addition to summer heat – ew) and just make perfect handbag staples.

HEART WONDER OFF SHOULDER TOP & BOWERBIRD DRESS from PS THE LABEL: Get their Christmas/New Year outfit(s) sorted – or gift them to yourself (I know I would)! I only found out about PS The Label earlier this year and have absolutely fallen in love with their delicate fabrics and beautiful cuts. Be quick, because (from experience), every collection sells out fast!

CAKE from UNBIRTHDAY BAKERY: No surprises here, you guys know my love for all things Unbirthday! If your giftees are anything like me, they’ll be thrilled to score CAKE AS A GIFT. Otherwise, get ready to be the star of the party when you rock up with one of these babies. Nikki and the team can magically turn these around in 48 hours if necessary, so you’ve still got time!

CHOC MOLTEN MARVEL TEA from T2: For someone who can’t decide between tea or a hot chocolate… here’s both. Have on its own or with a dash of milk – it’s delishhhh (and tastes a little like Baileys!)

MAKE-UP POUCH from RUBI: If you haven’t checked out their range of adorable coin purses and pouches, you need to have a browse! I love how fun AND practical these are – and that they make perfect Secret Santa gifts.

2018 DIARY from FOREVER NEW: No Christmas Gift Guide would be complete without a planner for the new year. This year I’m loving this one from Forever New's 'For Her' gift range – with three days to a page you’ve got just enough room to plan and doodle – and it’s bright gold!


Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year, my lovelies!
Thank you for your support and love this past year - here's to the next!

x.

PINK EVERYTHING

Thursday, 30 November 2017







I think it's fair to say the millennial pink movement well and truly peaked in 2017. Personally I'm not too fussed about how or why it all happened - but what I can say is yes, I am a millennial, and yes, I have been loving that shade of pink.

I thought it only fitting to close out the year with a bunch of photos dedicated to this obsession - as you can see, it's crept in to clothes, cafe interiors, and (would you believe it) -- my food.

Just in case that wasn't enough, I finally got a new phone (the 8 Plus) and had to have the 'Gold' (rose-gold-mixed-with-pink). Heh. 

x.

Wearing: BACKSTAGE Botanica Overalls @ Baby Coffee Co., FOREVER NEW Top & FORCAST Skylar Tie Skirt, AUGUST STREET Altar Dress

A LETTER TO MY 18-YEAR-OLD SELF

Saturday, 23 September 2017






I was torn between whether or not to post the last photo but it was too funny not to... here I am smiling at a wall as if to say "oh yes, you're an excellent fence, I'm so happy I found you". #clearlyrunningoutofposes

I recently got my hair chopped so these are some throwback shots as a nice segue into today's post:
A letter to my 18-year old self. 

Last night I was scrolling through Facebook (as you do when watching TV - hello, second screen millennials!) and found my feed inundated with high school graduation posts. Apart from reminding me of my age (eep!) it got me thinking about what I would say to Year 12 Gloria, given the chance. So here are a couple of things I've learned along the way:

1) Give yourself space

This is no doubt an intense time - the exams, results, questions on what you'll do next, where you'll go, who you want to be in ten years... the list goes on. It's a grey and daunting area - looking back on structure, shelter and familiarity, looking out into adulthood and the adventures it brings. But the best part? You don't need to have it all mapped out! This will be an ongoing challenge as you continue to love plans in all shapes and forms. Whilst it's great to think you know what you want and to have a plan to get there, make sure to leave a little room for the unexpected. So go at it, be ambitious and 'chase those dreams', as they say. But give your 18-year old self some space to figure it out along the way.


2) Intern, intern, intern

You'll quickly discover what you love and/or what you're great at (with the two often intertwined) once you immerse yourself in it. As soon as you're able, get out there. Don't wait for things to fall in your lap - ask to intern, seek to learn, get some experience! You might just discover, oh I don't know... a love for fashion blogging or something ;)
Be diligent and build a good work ethic. Learn to carry yourself in the real world. Your schedule now affords you some flexibility and time so don't waste it. Discover yourself, discover your options. Be prepared to be surprised because what you'll find spans far beyond what any careers handbook or 'what-should-I do-with-my-life' quiz will tell you.


3) Invest in your friendships

Friendships, like all relationships, require work. That's not to say it's a chore but you've got to put the effort in. Going from primary to high school, you already felt it was difficult to maintain those relationships, and it will be doubly so as you transition into the adult world. You won't see the same faces everyday or have the exact same lunch schedules to talk about boys, so it's more important than ever to invest into existing friendships and the new ones you'll form. Keep this in mind when every social opportunity arises and try your best to pick wisely (even if it means foregoing a few naps).
At the end of the day, as cliché as it sounds, friends are the family you get to choose.


Love,
Future Gloria

P.S. Invest in Bitcoin right now. Also, please don't get orangey-bronze highlights. And don't trust Taylor Swift.


x.

Wearing: ZARA Top, G2000 Skirt, Nine West TORNAYDO Heels

LOOKBOOK - PALISADE PICTURES X CHICACHIA

Sunday, 27 August 2017


Two weekends ago I did a lookbook shoot with the team at Palisade Pictures - featuring 4 outfits from desk to dinner.

Outfit 1: Rina Navy Striped shirt from Camixa
Outfit 2: Bayonne Top from Esther, Skirt from Korea, Heels from Alias Mae
Outfit 3: Thunder Set from Arnia The Label, Shoes from NB
Outfit 4: Dress from Maurie and Eve, Hitch Heels from Wittner

Happy watching!
P.S. I chopped my hair off... more photos to come ;)


x.


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