Mosaic

Melinda and Narina Mosaic dress

Million of tiny moments that create you.

Its funny how pieces of your life can fall together, just like a gorgeous Mosaic. My mosaic is not finished yet and I am still playing with the pieces and finding new ones, but I am hopeful that my life is a series of beautiful mosaic art pieces. Some people stay awhile and some people walk on by without a 2nd glance but I know in my heart that things are falling into place.

So apt that this Mosaic print dress by Melinda and Narina came to my door. The colours are so fresh and the cut so feminine. No need to over accessorize with this party piece. I added very simple nude pumps and a smile.

Photo Credit: Milla Kirk Photography

Is your life Mosaic finished yet? Or are you a work in progress like me? Leave me a comment below.

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Dress: Melinda and Narina (℅)// Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bag: Coach // Bracelet: Vintage

Travel – USA: The South

SOUTHERN: Adj. A State of Mind. More than where you were born. See also, Fried chicken, Sweet Tea, Football, Moon Pies, Front Porches, Beer, Magnolias, Grits and Y’all.

I have spent the past 4 weeks in the southern States of the United States of America. Some cities I have visited before but other are a totally new experience for me. Although it sounds as though I am on a month long vacation I am sad to say that I only get a limited time to experience these charming cities. Not complaining, but a girl has to work y’all. It’s a life of get on a bus with the cast and crew of Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour, arrive in a new city, hotel, find some food and then wake up the next day to work at the nearest sporting arena big enough to hold our show.

This was the final 4 weeks of the tour in the United Stars of America. We have traveled the world (USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Australia, NZ, United Emirates). And now I am about to embark on the last 2 weeks of this amazing journey in Mexico. I wish I had started this blog a little earlier so I could have shared so many amazing experiences but I will try and slowly add some flash back travel pieces as time goes by.

For now, pull up a cold beer, chew some straw and forget about your cholesterol as I take you on a quickie journey of my last few weeks.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Straight off the plane from my time off in Australia, I was welcomed by the hot and humid stillness of this tornado prone city. Not a bustling downtown by any means. But something historic about it.

Skirvin Hilton Hotel: This was our home for 3 nights. Opened in 1911 this hotel is an institution in the city of Oklahoma. The oldest hotel in the city has gone through some recent (2007) renovations and shows historic features that make you feel like you have stepped back in time. And if you like a good story, this hotel is apparently haunted. Many noted NBA teams have stories of late night rumblings. I for one slept like a baby.

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Kitchen no. 324: Honestly I was not overly impressed with the food pickin’s in this city. But I discovered this little downtown gem the morning I was leaving. Located in one of Oklahoma City’s most historic buildings, No. 324 offers local, organic and a warm and inviting menu that I had trouble choosing from.

Bricktown: Walking distance to our hotel, Bricktown is a place to have a few drinks and some easy meals. Definitely a relaxed place to spend your evening. I did not have food here that worthy of any raving recommendation but the area was quaint and felt safe.

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Lafayette, Louisianna

We head deeper south now to Lafayette. Lafayette is considered the center of Acadiana, the area of Cajun culture in Louisiana and the United States. This European-American City was founded in 1821 by a french speaking man. After traveling through so many US cities over the years this is the first time I actually got to experience Cajun Cuisine. Not much was open on a Sunday night on our arrival but upon hotel recommendation we hit a home town favorite.

Randol’s: The “Joie de Vivre” can definitely be felt at Randol’s. The Cajun culture is deeply rooted in this local establishment. Homegrown crawfish and crabs set this menu apart from the rest. Be prepared to get down and dirty to enjoy your meal. I sure did. And did I mention the live band and dancing that occurs every night? There was so much fun on the dance floor for the whole family. I was beyond surprised at how much I enjoyed this place.

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Dallas, Texas

My 3rd time through this city and each time has been too short. I don’t just think of belt buckles and cowboy boots when I come to this city but more accurately sports. I have been fortunate enough to see both a Dallas Cowboys game and a Dallas Mavericks game. Both time front row seats to really smell the sweat (well not that close but nearly). Central Dallas is separated by a variety of trendy districts. West End Historic and Arts Districts are the ones that resonated with me the most. Yes there are a great deal of local law enforcement officials in this town and your all American cowboy, but this city has a fun modern edge.

ALOFT Dallas Downtown: This was the hotel that I rested my weary head on my most recent visit (Previous Magnolia Hotel). An affiliate of the W hotel chain, this Aloft hotel is industrial and modern in style. I had and amazing view of Pioneer Plaza. My only downside of this hotel – no room service.

Pioneer Plaza: A bronze cattle drive in downtown Dallas. Such a surprising art piece in an outdoor setting. A whole heard of cattle grazing down the stream. And each year a new steer is added. A great photo op.

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 Cedar Park/Austin, Texas

I have been to Austin and its probably my favorite of the Texas cities. The best place to find cowboy boots of every shape, style and colour and also home to an eclectic assortment of bars and restaurants. But this time through we stayed in the out parts of Cedar park. Not a place I would visit again and a city that doesn’t really understand the word Vegetarian….BBQ anyone?! I admittedly struggled to enjoy Cedar Park for the lack of local and accessible transport and lack of dining options for this Vegetarian. But never wanting to completely hide in my room, I jumped out of my comfort zone and got down with the locals.

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Jack Allen’s Kitchen: This restaurant serves southern inspired flavors crossed with southwestern cuisine. I decided to get local and try the fried pickles. Giant Pickles are really only something I see when I’m in the states so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. This Aussie chick was not a fan but the restaurant more than made up for it with its tasty and generous Fish Taco dish. Yum.

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Toobin at Don’s Fish Camp: Self proclaimed as “The Best Float in Texas”, Don’s Fish Camp takes you on a summer float down the San Marcos River. We started the journey on a bumpy ride on the big yellow school bus and arrived on this farm land to be loaded on yet another bus with a load full of tubes to start our 4 hour river float. They even supply tubes specifically for your drink filled cooler to float right along next to you so you never go thirsty. More of a party ride (think lots of alcohol and big groups), I found myself keeping my toobin group small and stuck with the water to avoid dehydration. An experience that I won’t forget.

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Houston, Texas

I finally got a few extra days off in Houston. After playing our final 2 USA shows at the Toyota Arena, I snuck in some American sports, shopping and relaxation.

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Hyatt Regency Downtown: Not a hotel to write home about but a great central location with a relaxing pool and appealing lobby bar that looks up to the open hallways of the rooms above.

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NASA Space Center: “One small step….”. You can’t think of Houston without thinking of NASA. A place to see the amazing space history at its epicenter. Think 60′s and 70′s giant sized computers and vessels that shaped America’s Space history. An historic destination that should not be missed.

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The Museum of Fine Arts Houston: When I think of Houston, I did not really imagine Fine arts. Located in the Museum district, 5 stops by light rail from downtown, this classic museum holds works by Matisse, Rembrandt and Picasso to name a few. A great way to avoid the summer humidity for a few hours. We followed this excursion up by a 3D movie on the Galapagos at the Museum of Natural Science. Very cultural indeed.

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Discovery Green: This was a last minute and gorgeous find in downtown Houston. This vibrant 12-acre urban park was opened in 2008. It provides a running track, graphic scupltures and a place to unwind after a hectic day in the city. Stay tuned for a fun photo shoot for an upcoming outfit post

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Minute Maid Park: I could not leave the USA without going to one last True American Sporting event. Minute Maid Park is home to the Houston Astros. This baseball park is different to any other I have seen. This fully  grassed field is housed in a retractable stadium to battle Houston’s humid weather. And thank goodness….it was pouring the night of our game against the Minnesota Twins. Hopefully you get to see a home run so the train goes across the stadium!

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Next stop….Mexico City and Guadalajara. I will try and get some downtime between work so I can share some local sights with you all.

X  Mimi

 

Citrus Bright

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“Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You”. – Unknown. 

Life is full of surprises. One day you are wondering what to do tomorrow and the next you are so busy you don’t have time to get it all done. This is my life right now. I spent months recovering from surgery and next thing you know, I am on a flight back to work, planning an interstate move and starting a new career adventure. Life changes so quickly and we can’t always be prepared but we can be open to it.

Today my eyes were opened to a new designer on the scene. Melinda & Narina are an Australian sister duo that make well made feminine designs from family and cultural inspirations. This gorgeous Citrus colour is a completely different look for me. Changing it up is what fashion and style is all about. I tend to steer towards a pant over a dress but adding this old favorite leather jacket made the whole look feel more “Mimi”.

Are you bold enough to wear a bold colour? Leave your comments below and let us know what you think of adding bright to your day.

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Gravity Pope peep toe booties

Nat Kent Necklace

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Dress: Melinda and Narina (℅)// Shoes: Gravity Pope (Similar) // Necklace: Nat Kent Jewellery // Clutch: M’Nologie // Jacket: Nordstrom (Old).

Photo Credit: Milla Kirk Photography

Coast Style Versatility

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“Learn to invest in the best quality you can afford and wear pieces in different way”. Michael Kors

I truly believe, there is no point paying for clothing unless you can find multiple ways to wear it for different occasions.

Case in point, this soft and versatile blouse. I could have used another top to wear with these perfectly cut silk shorts but instead decided to show the versatility of this white top that I also wore here, and give it a different spin. I amped it up a little with heels and a fun clutch in this look but I would easily add some flat sandals and a shoulder bag for a brunch date with the girls. Speaking of lunch dates – 30 days until I am on the Gold Coast again and can catch up with my dear friends for a mimosa. But first I have to finish touring the USA and Mexico with my current job and next stop……new adventures.

Stay tuned…….

Shot by: Milla Kirk Photography

Location: Villa Capri Luxe Living

Coast by Kate Campbell

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 Blouse: Coast by Kate Campbell // Shorts: Coast by Kate Campbell  // Clutch: Coast by Kate Campbell (Sold here) // Bangles: Right – CWonder; Left – MarcJacobs // Shoes: Jeffery Campbell

Photo Credit: Milla Kirk Photography

 

Coastal Resort Style

Being back in the heat of the Northern Hemisphere has me searching for summer styles to combat the heat.And the heat has me dreaming of relaxing at a coastal resort with a cool Mojito..Ahhhhh.

 Mimi’s Must Have’s this week would be perfect items for a summer weekend away with the girls. Mix and match these pieces and relax by the pool (with sunscreen on) and then relax at your favorite cafe for some people watching . Part of me was inspired by my latest outfit post (here).  This look has coastal charm  with its versatile relaxed pieces (stay tuned for next week’s outfit post too). A fun romper over your favorite bikini for day and then add some bling for an evening out.

Now all I have to to decide is…where to for a summer getaway?

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1. Style Keepers Top // 2. Zimmerman Bikini // 3. Country Road Onesie // 4. Seed Heritage Jeans // 5. Samanatha Wills Ring // 6. Samudra Pouch // 7. FujiFilm Camera // 8. Zimmerman Romper // 9. Seed Heritage Dress // 10. Motel Swimsuit // 11. Seed Heritage Shorts // 12. Nat Kent Earrings // 13. Jeffrey Campbell Sandals // 14. Sol Angeles Tee

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Luxe Fabrics = Luxe Style = Luxe Living Coast Style

We all know I am an avid shopper but often I am so uninspired by the generic big name chain stores. So I love when I come across a gem of a boutique that awakens the senses and makes you start redesigning your whole home. Villa Capri Luxe Living is my new go to destination for all things coast living and style. As soon as you step foot in the store you can smell the tropical lushness of Glass House Candles and your vision is drawn to the pastel colors of beautiful furniture, art and accessories. And you can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw their sumptuous stock of clothing. Paige denim, Coast by Kate Campbell and Samantha Wills just to name a few. You will only find cool, luxurious designs that are so versatile, you just have to add them to your wardrobe.

Comfort and style never felt better in this silk blouse . Mix this with your fave denim, shorts or add a gorgeous maxi skirt for resort style chic (come back next week for another way to wear and style it).

Villa Capri Luxe Living is located at Capri on Via Roma on the Gold Coast. A great place to relax, dine and shop (More details below).

Shot by: Milla Kirk Photography

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Coast by Kate Campbell silk blouse

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All Items or Similar available at Villa Capri Luxe Living  (Website Coming Soon). Shop 2G4, 15-21 Via Roma Street, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Blouse: Coast by Kate Campbell // Jeans: Paige Denim //Shoes: Joie // Ring: Samantha Wills // Bag: Available in Store

Photo Credit: Milla Kirk Photography

Online Shopping

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While searching for great inspiration to share with my stylish readers, I often get a wee bit distracted and find myself, 2 hours later, in a sea of online shopping. Multiple browsers open and tossing up if I NEED that awesome studded clutch that is 50% off! 2 hours blogging time turns into 4 hours distraction. The things I do in the name of research.

I often get messages from friends and readers asking what are the best sites to search for clothing and accessories. Ultimately I always prefer to try on goods in store, but the ease of online is too good to refuse. As long as there is an easy return system and shipping doesn’t cost as much as the product, I’m in!

Mimi’s Top Sites:

ASOS: This site is great for on trend pieces that won’t break the bank. They have a range of designers plus their own exclusive range. You will be surprised (and overwhelmed) by the choice. My tip is know what you are looking for before you enter. And be careful of the sizes. Many are UK sizes (there is a conversion chart) which may mean going down a couple sizes. Don’t expect pieces that will last you a lifetime but for the price you can’t go wrong.

NastyGal: Have you read #GirlBoss yet? A great read from this self made owner/millionaire of NastyGal. This website is so fun to look at. I think my days of mini skater dresses are over but I love the selection of shoes (hello Jeffrey Campbell) and flirtatious accessories. They have a pretty cool sale for Black Friday.

The Iconic: This Australian Based website offers free shipping and has a huge range of labels to choose from. You can shop bras to shoes to techy gadgets. It also caters to men and children. I find this a great family site that caters to a wide range of budgets.

ShopBop: An American staple. I discovered this online mecca several years ago while touring through the USA. The daily style edits are a great way to keep on top of the trends. This site offers on trend, quality pieces with plenty of classics thrown in. Not the best site if you are on a budget but I recommend checking out the sale section often at 70% off and ShopBop offers free shipping internationally for orders over $100. A great site for my favorite labels that are often marked up way too high in Australia.

Net-A-Porter: If your bank account is looking quite healthy (wouldn’t that be nice), this is the fashion site for you. From Alexander McQueen to Givenchy this fashion extravaganza is a site to behold. I lust over many of the designs and use this site as inspiration. From sports luxe, beauty and red carpet, my mouth drools over this fabulosity. Don’t let the prices scare you, Net-A-Porter offers amazing sales with 50%+off many designers. Get your timing right and you can snag a bargain.

The Outnet : If Net-A-Porter is the Queen of Online Fashion then Outnet is the princess. This site offers year round discounts to all your dream worthy designer brands. It is the online equivalent to the best outlet mall. Sizes may be limited but the discounts are very tempting. Go ahead and get lost in the designs.

Some Australian Specific websites:

Green With Envy: As the self-proclaimed Australian destination for fashion, Green With Envy offers customers a generous range of designers from around the world and Australia.  This site ships around the world and has stores scattered throughout Melbourne, VIC.

David Lawrence: My go-to for classic design and quality manufacturing. I love to mix classic staples from David Lawrence with other items in my wardrobe. What I also loge is that this label is made for a woman. The cuts are shape conscious without feeling dowdy.

Trenery: Ask me a year ago and this would not have made it to my list but for the past 6 months I have been frequenting this store for its great materials, clever cuts and classic yet fun style.

Wittner: Fun shoes for all ages and styles. I particularly love their selection of boots.

I am discovering new sites everyday mainly thanks to Instagram  (such and addictive tool).

I would love to hear your top recommendations. Leave your suggestions below.

 

Travel Necessities for the Long Haul

I cannot tell you how many times I have flown to the USA from Australia over the past 13 years.

You would think after so many years of travel I would have become an expert at packing. Unfortunately, for checked-in baggage it’s always a battle of what I WANT to wear and what I NEED to wear. Luckily I have pretty much mastered the carry-on game. If you depart from Australia, you will know how restrictive the airlines are with carry-on weight allowance. You can’t even get into security if your carry-on is overweight. And after you pack your laptop, iPad, valuables and a spare pair of undergarments, you have hit your weight limit. Tricky situation. Then I have to decide on the travel OUTFIT. We probably plan this more than what we will actually pack – c’mon…admit it. Its a toss up of style, comfort and versatility. This means it’s about shoes that will fit my swollen feet after sitting in a confined space for 13 hours and keeping warm.

This is my ideal travel outfit and must have items. It took me years to find the perfect carry-on suitcase. I finally found this case in an airport in Germany. It is durable with the hard back shell yet had the perfect sized front pocket to easily slide my laptop in and out of for easy security movement. I also love this handbag as it won’t get squished in that always overcrowded overhead locker. So your passport and valuables are safe.

Its the little things that make traveling that much less painful.

Long Haul Necessities

L to R -> Headphones: NastyGal // Sunglasses: Charlotte Ronson x Vogue avail at Sunglass Hut approx Mid July 2014) //Scarf: David Lawrence // Sweater: Trenery // HandBag: Young the Label // Coat: Sportscraft // Pants: Trenery // Make-Up: Bobbi Brown //  Cosmetic Pack: Aesop // Shoes: Cole Haan // Magazine: Porter Magazine // Lip gloss: Bobbi Brown // Suitcase: Lufthansa

Knit and Denim

Knit and denim

I am kinda addicted to great jeans and a luxe feeling knit top.

I could not wait for the cooler weather to hit so I could rummage in my wardrobe, find my fave Nudie Jeans and mix it with this dreamy knit top. I felt I wanted to toughen up the whole look so I added these awesome side buckle boots with my go-to jacket for a fun and relaxed weekend look.  I admit I may own a few too many pairs of jeans and boots. And since traveling I have a growing knit top collection. Nothing better than the feel of luxe fabrics against the skin.

Happy Weekend Everyone. Hope you are rugging up in your favorite knit (or if you are in the Northern hemisphere, we envy your sun).

Photo Credit: Milla Kirk Photography

David Lawrence Dream Catcher knit top

Nudie jeans

TopShop Army jacket

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Jeffrey Campbell Evermore Side buckle boots

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Top: David Lawrence (℅) // Jeans: Nudie Jeans (Unisex) – here and here // Jacket: Topshop (Similar) //Boots: Jeffrey Campbell (Similar) // Sunglasses: RayBan

Photo Credit: Milla Kirk Photography

5 Fashion Little White Lies

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Let’s be honest with ourselves.

Go on try!

I dare you.

Can you do it? Honestly I can’t do it sometimes too. I am overall an honest person in life, love and work but when it comes to fashion I have decided there are 5 fashion little white lies we all share. Actually I know there are more but I am still in denial.

1. “I promise this will fit me by Summer”

You see that perfect sample size designer dress that is 70% off. Can you believe it? This is meant to be. You must own this dress. But when you take it to the dressing room you realize that you may not be a sample size. Well at the moment anyway. You count on your fingers how many months til summer and how much sugar you can cut out of your diet or how many kms you can run between now and then. “It won’t be that hard. I can lose 5 kgs by Summer and this dress will will fit me perfectly”. Justification done! You take the dress to the counter and pull out that shiny Visa card. You smile as you hang that beautiful designer dress in your closet, stand back and admire.

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Summer 3 months later – You pull out the dress and in your heart of hearts you know it still won’t fit. You had a life to live. Who had time to run? I sure didn’t. Time to take some snaps of that dress and list it on eBay. The dream was wonderful while it lasted.

Moral of the story – Buy items that fit you now. You can always alter down a size – its harder to alter up.

2. “I have nothing to wear” (use that whiny voice).

I think I was saying this phrase as I came out of the womb. Just ask my mother! You open the closet and there is honestly nothing there! Okay…there are clothes and shoes in there but they don’t suit your mood, size, feeling, temperature…….Get the picture? When I feel like this I sometimes like to work backwards. Pick a pair of shoes first that suit where you are going. Then work from there. I’m not saying this always works but its a small tip. I wish a had a fail proof solution to this little lie we tell ourselves but sometimes thats just the way a girl (or guy) feels. The closet will look better tomorrow.

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3. “I can make these shoes stretch”

Guilty as charged! Picture this…I’m in Milan and I see a beautiful pair of Fuchsia leopard print Jimmy Choo pumps sitting alone on a shelf…the price..70% off. OMG. “Where will I ever see these again? No one else will have these”. I look at the size..hmm…36. Normally I wear 36.5 in Jimmy Choo. “Who cares!” I exclaim.  I can get them on, I can walk. I buy them. Happy Days. Can I tell you how many times I have worn them? Once! But I refuse to give up. They will be my “going out to dinner shoes”.

Did you see how that lie crept in again? Ha!

4. “This is the most comfortable thing I have ever worn” 

For me its jeans. Every time I get a new pair I swear they are the most comfortable pair I have ever owned. Until I take them home and wear them a few times. Now they either have stretched out too much, dig in or have shrunk. But instead of admitting I made a retail purchase mistake I live in denial and insist they are the most comfortable jeans I have ever worn.

Luckily with age I am getting a little better at admitting my mistakes and usually tailor or get rid of items that are just too uncomfortable to wear. Nothing worse than tugging and pulling at clothing all day. Yuk!

5. “What? This old thing….”

Why is it that females insist on pretending that we went to no effort at all getting dressed. Its like admitting we are vain or high maintenance. You get a compliment on that AMAZING dress you are wearing and instead of gushing about how long it took you find it, you just say, “What? This old thing? I’ve had it for ages”.  We are crazy!

I’d love to know your Fashion White Lie. Leave a Comment below. X

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Photos from Pinterest.com.