#AW16 Staple Styling: The Straight Leg Jean (Part II)

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As I write this, we are finally come to the tail end of the treacherous storm that has troubled South Australia over the past few days. Just 3 days ago SA underwent a state black out causing choas and panic throughout the state. I was actually working in the hospital when the power outage occurred. Just an hour before the outage, it was decided by the Women’s and Children’s division that all outpatient clinics and all elective lists be cancelled that day and the day after. We were also advised to discharge anyone who was well enough to go home in event that the storm would become any more severe. Hearing this the whole ward turned into a frenzy. Whilst everyone became busy with transfers, discharges and afternoon reviews, everything shut down. The whole of the hospital went black for 3 minutes, but it felt so long that we all started to worry that the emergency generators were not going to kick in. Of course they did, but after there was an apocalyptic vibe in the air.

It wasnt long before I was able to go, and I was so frightened after being told that none of the traffic lights were working! This seemed ludicrous, and I couldnt imagine how the roads would cope. Even as I drove home with strong winds and heavy rain, it was scary not knowing what kind of crazy loon would come speeding down each intersection. It was the single most daunting drive I had ever driven. I was paranoid in every corner, and easily drove 10km below the limit. Even with my cautiousness, there was almost a near crash incident where as I was slowly crossing with 2 other cars in an intersection, an idiot decided he had enough time to cross and rushed passed us. I honestly almost had a heart attack. Not to mention because speeding lights were not working, so many were speeding 80km on a 60km road!

I luckily returned home safely, abeit to a poweless house. Fortunately for us, it was only for a few hours that we were without power, but I pray for everyone out there who are still without power 3 days later. There are also dangerous flooding in areas and I just want to wish everyone their safety. Thankfully the storm as eased, and I hope over the next few days the floods will start to recede.

Needless to say, due to the past few days I’ve been too busy to edit a video so unfortunately I will not be able to have a video for you guys this week. I hope you guys will understand, and I hope to be able to edit one for next week! I did promise however to stick to a blog schedule, so let me tell you a little bit about this look.  It’s another styling idea for my favourite straight leg jeans but with a few more layers and looking much more winterish. I love the look of nicely fitted boots and these ones in particular are from missguided. I did purchase them in the grey, thought they would equally look amazing in black! On top I’m wearing a polkadot bow dress that I’ve worn as a top, and added some interest to the look by pairing it with a fluffy cardigan/jacket from H&M.

All I can say is I feel very British-blogger in this look! And I love it! What do you guys think?

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Outfit Details:

FLUFFY JACKET: H&M | POLKA DOT TOP (OLD): TARGET | JEANS: TOPSHOP | PERSPEX SOCK BOOTS: MISSGUIDED | BAG: BALENCIAGA CITY METALLIC EDGE 

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#AW16 Staple Styling: The Straight leg (Part I)

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Welcome back to the 2nd week of my staple styling series!

Today, I have to share with you guys my love for the straight leg jeans!  

So you may have already witnessed by absolute adoration for these particular pair of straight leg jeans from Topshop, but if you didn’t, here it is: I absolutely bloody love them!!

They have been one of my favourite pairs to style during autumn winter, and even coming into spring I’m still reaching for them! Like any pair of jeans they are versatile and so easy to style, but this new straight-leg silhouette is such a retro twist and I definitely think this is one jean shape that will remain trendy for a while. Now I know there are several straight leg jeans available from different retailers, but my favourite is definitely this one from Topshop. It offers the best combination of fit and elasticity, and additionally, although I bought them from the “regular” line instead of “petite”, it still fits my petite frame so well! (IMO, but obviously tell me if you think otherwise!)

In this outfit I’ve styled it with a very simple black T-shirt and finished the look of with a varsity style bomber jacket from Cotton on. The Mickey Mouse print on the Jacket makes the look playful and fun, whilst the black mules gives this casual-sporty look an updated girly feel. I felt like the Chanel WOC was the perfect addition to this because it gave it just that bit of luxe to a an otherwise casual outfit.

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Outfit details:

BOMBER JACKET: COTTON ON | BLACK T SHIRT: COTTON ON | STRAIGHT LEG JEANS: TOPSHOP | BLACK MULES: ZARA | BAG: CHANEL WOC BLACK CAVIAR

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A reminder to stay inspired!

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Congratulations Mr. Engineer!

Two days ago we were lucky enough to be able to celebrate my dearest brother Joseph’s Graduation ceremony. It was only 3 years ago that I was able to graduate myself with the most amazing feeling of accomplishment, and I couldn’t be happier for my brother to be able to experience that same feeling.

During the ceremony there was a very inspiring speaker who reminded us that although knowledge informs us, education transforms us. The process of going to university will always be a period in our lives that will changes us, and shape us into the person that we are. The people we meet, the lessons we learn, the mistakes we make – they are all a part of us. Although sometimes the world can be so bleak and dark with exams and self doubt looming above us, but I look back now at this time with fondness. You will never have that experience again. You will never be that same person again. So if you’re in University now, enjoy it! Love it, live it, savour ever moment of it. Because after University, the world is just a little bit different.

Another point he made that really struck me was, its ok to still not know what you want to be when you grow up. And this came from a speaker who was so well accomplished, so well travelled, and honestly I felt like he had already succeeded in life. People always assume that by going to University our lives are predetermined. In a way, yes – for example getting a degree in Medicine usually means you will practice medicine; but at the same time, not really. So many people find that the jobs they ultimately end up with have nothing to do with the course that they studied. Of course sometimes this can be a huge hurdle to not be able to find a job after Uni, but remember that when a door closes a window opens! Opportunities arise from the most unexpected places! So stay positive, stay optimistic! Be excited about your future! Although I’m a Doctor right now, I’m excited about the possibilities of tomorrow and where my life will take me in 10 years time!

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So to sum up, stay inspired!

Always dream, and dream big. Stay curious. Be adventurous. Do not be afraid of what the future may have in store. And explore the possibilities, the endless possibilities of your tomorrow!

To my brother Joseph,

Congratulations. I’m so proud and eagerly anticipate you excel in life. I’m so excited to see what accomplishments you will undertake. You have such amazing potential and I know you will go far. Remember to stay humble and don’t be jaded by the world. Let your determination be your strength, and have faith that the Lord will guide you. I will always support you in everything you do, and all I ask is you not forget me when you’ve “made it”. haha! Love you!

xoxo Ate

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Outfit Details:

TOP: RANDOM BOUTIQUE | SKIRT: PORTMANS | SHOES: ZARA | COAT: PRIMARK | BAG: CHANEL SQUARE MINI

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Spring Sunset on North Terrace

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I love these photos. It was just the perfect timing for the perfect lighting. Not only that, but the weather was just right. It was cool enough to wear a coat, but warm enough to wear cropped jeans and a sleeveless knit. I love days like these, especially when spent strolling down Adelaide’s gorgeous North Terrace.

These photos remind me of exactly how much I’ll miss Adelaide. Over the next few months, I’ll be preparing to move again, this time to Brisbane for work. Although it’ll be a good change and I’ll be able to see some of my close friends more, I will honestly miss this place. I moved to Adelaide at the start of 2014 for internship,  and I fell in love with the gorgeous historical architecture located around the cozy city centre. As controversial as it may sound, Adelaide for me is like a miniature Melbourne (and I stress on “miniature“) If anyone knows me, there’s one thing I love, and thats history. I love old buildings. I love stories. I love to walk down streets and think about what these buildings have seen, have witnessed. From the old RAH hospital to the Harry Potter-esque Wings of the State library, North Terrace is my favourite place for a stroll. Although I’ve only been in Adelaide for 3 years, I’ve grown a fondness for this quaint city, and I hope to continue to show to you guys some of the gorgeous architecture/backdrops it has to offer through my blog.

For now, I hope you guys enjoy and I’m excited to show you more!

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Outfit Details:

COAT: H&M | SLEEVELESS FRINGE KNIT: MISSGUIDED | DIY CROPPED FLARE JEANS: ASOS | PATENT NUDE HEELS: ASOS | BAG: LOUIS VUITTON POCHETTE METIS

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#AW16 Staple Styling: The Leather Jacket (Part 2)

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So we are back guys, with another styling inspo for our ever versatile “leather jacket”. Now I do have to apologise, this hasn’t strayed too far from the previous outfit style, with a very similar colour palette, but I just love how a grey shirt looks under a leather jacket. It just looks so effortless. Obviously go ahead and team it with possibly a white sweater underneath instead to break up the look, but I find grey with black add a more “autumnal/winter” vibe.

With this look I tried to give it a bit more of fashion-conscious twist by teaming it the combo with my favourite DIY frayed hem straight-leg jeans, some nude pumps and of course the black bandana (which adds style, and function!). To top everything off, I paired this otherwise pretty casual look with a dressier more structured bag, and I overall enjoy the look I think!

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Outfit Details:

FAUX LEATHER JACKET: FOREVER NEW | SWEATSHIRT: COTTON ON | JEANS: DIY | BANDANA: BOOHOO | NUDE POINTED HEELS: ASOS | BAG: LOUIS VUITTON NEVERFULL GM

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