Nordgreen’s minimalist watches

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So I guess it’s been kinda customary that I start each post with, long time no see! I can’t believe my last post was in APRIL – although since then, I’ve driven Melbs to Perth with Ken & Cookie, jumped headfirst into two music therapy jobs and been trying to get into a gym routine as well as juggle my various mental health struggles and plan a wedding (no biggie).

The point of this post is to review Nordgreen’s Scandinavian designer watches. I was lucky enough to get my hot little hands on a Nordgreen watch not long ago, and it’s honestly the minimalism lover’s dream. The watches are designed by Jakob Wagner who has been a part of the team of brands such as Bang & Olufsen. There are three different designs to choose from, and I did have difficulty deciding, because they’re all appealingly simple and clean.

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Nordgreen is also a start-up I can get behind as they have core values of giving back to the community and social responsibility. For each watch sold, the buyer is able to choose to give back to one of three different causes, using a unique serial number on the back of your watch. Nordgreen has partnered with Water For Good, giving two months of clean water; Pratham Education to give two months of education to a child and Cool Earth, preserving 50 sqm of rainforest. Pretty awesome, I think it’s so important to give back a little no matter how big or small you may be.

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I chose the Infinity watch in Silver – 32mm with the mesh strap. The straps are actually interchangeable though, so you can choose to buy multiple straps and switch them around. I love the mesh strap, as it’s breathable, looks really cool and, even though I play guitar and crawl around with kids at work, have found that it doesn’t irritate me or fall down my wrist like other bands have. The 32mm small watch face is modern and sleek, and is much smaller than I’m used to, but makes me question why I’ve always worn such big watches. It’s also very ‘neutral’ because it hasn’t clashed with any outfit I’ve worn.

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Well, I think pictures speak louder than words, it’s clearly a beautiful and timeless watch. I love being able to tell the time while looking cuuuute and although this Nordgreen watch was sent to me as a PR sample, however I can safely say that this is my favourite watch I own, even over watches I’ve purchased for $200+ out of my own pocket!!

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If you’re interested in seeing/reading more about Nordgreen-

WEBSITE: http://nordgreen.com
INSTAGRAM: @nordgreenofficial

I kinda overdid the watch/time puns on my last post, and I tried to think of a new one, but it was very time consuming & I ran outta time…*sigh*

New posts coming v soon mi amigos,
Stacy xxoo

This post was sponsored by Nordgreen Copnehagen, and the watch was generously gifted to me in return for my creative content, but all opinions are my own. I strive to be honest and upfront to my readers and my relationship with you guys is way more important than money!

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JORD Wood Watches: A Stylish Tree-t!

Okay well straight off the bat, sorry about the pun in the title #sorrynotsorry. I couldn’t help myself, I’m just acorn-y person 😀

So, I have had the opportunity to work with JORD wood watches and I am thrilled! I have recently gotten back into wearing a watch, and have a shiny silver and a pretty pink, but I’ve never owned a wooden watch before. I had a huge selection to choose from, but decided on the ‘Frankie’ style in dark sandalwood and emerald. It gave me dark, sultry, masculine vibes and I’ve been digging jewel tones coming into Autumn (for those of us in the Southern hemisphere!)

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This watch, when it arrived was packaged beautifully. It looks high class and is obviously made to last. I was pleased to know that JORD watches uses natural wood, without the use of any nasty chemicals to treat the wood. The clasps are also stainless steel. I do have sensitive skin to jewellery sometimes, but I’ve worn this watch a few days in a row now and haven’t had any issues.

With Mother’s Day coming up, I was thinking about making a gift guide and these beautiful wooden watches would definitely make the cut as a ‘good daughter’ gift. I’m super excited that I’ve actually got the opportunity to host a giveaway for a $100 gift voucher to go towards your very own stylish JORD wood watch (or even one for a special mum or grandma)! Every person who enters will also get a little sneaky discount off their purchase just for entering, so hey, nothing to lose 🙂

Without further ado, CLOCK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

(You know I meant click but that was actually a typo that I decided to keep in there…)

This giveaway ends on the 6th of May, so get entering!

Check out JORD’s Women’s Wood Watches | Men’s Wood Watches to pick a fave!

Happy browsing, and if you woodn’t mind, also check out my unboxing video I made for my JORD watch – YouTube link right here 🙂

Okay okay no more puns…

Bye for now!

PS. Here are some bonus snaps ft. my kitty princess Cookie!

This post was sponsored by JORD watches, but all opinions are my own.
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1, 2, click! (how to shoot your own blog photos)

Hi everyone! Welcome back to my blog…can’t believe it’s December already!

So. This post has basically been inspired by all the bad-ass bitches who take their own blog photos. I have always wanted to try self-portraiture because, you know, it isn’t practical to always have Ken on hand to take my photos. And also, he’s not a photographer so he just clicks the button and hopes for the best. I dreamed of having the freedom to take pics at my own pace, pose without the pressure of the person getting sick of taking photos, and of course just having 100% creative control.

I’m going to explain below what you need to take your own photos and then some tips & tricks I’ve picked up while doing self-portraits. This shoot is the very first shoot I did in public with the self-timer and I’m excited about how they turned out!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR OWN PICS:

A wireless camera remote. 

You need something that you can use to click the shutter and focus your photos, without running back and forth between the camera and your position. Ideally small and easily hidable. Ken bought this Amazon Basics Wireless Remote Control for Canon Cameras ($8.49) while he was in the US but if you’re in Australia you can get the Canon Remote Wireless Control RC-6 ($35) at JB-Hifi or Digital Camera Warehouse or probs just your local camera shop. I can’t believe how expensive it is to get it here…but it’s 100% worth it!!

A tripod.

A good tripod will hold your camera up nice and steady, and also allow you to adjust the angle, height and position of your camera to get the exact shot you want. I’ll link another Amazon.com one for your people that can access Amazon (lucky!) – this Albott 64 inch portable tripod with carry bag ($29.99) is fantastic and such an affordable option. Otherwise you’ve got the ATF Clover Tripod ($39.00) and the Manfrotto Compact Light Tripod ($109) – I’ve heard great things about the Manfrotto. There are so many options online, it’s probably worth having a Google search to see what suits your price range and camera 🙂

COS stores striped apron dress // Mode Collective eyelet heels // Lyla&Bo black bag

Top tips for taking your own blog photos:

i. Choose a location where you feel comfortable. Make sure it’s a relatively safe place, with good lighting and a nice backdrop that suits the photography you want to do. It’s not always possible to avoid passers-by, but I try to find places with low foot traffic so I don’t get awkward.

ii. Use the manual settings on your camera if possible. Adjust the aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc to get the look you want. Make sure the photos aren’t over exposed or to dark. This minimises the amount that you need to edit. I try to get the lighting right straight away for that reason. If you don’t know much about your camera, read a few articles online. There are heaps of tutorials! Or else just have a play and you’ll figure it out soon enough.

iii. Have an answer to the question “What are you doing?” This is my worst nightmare – someone actually approaching me. My one is “I’m just doing a project for photography class.” It’s simpler than explaining that you have a blog lol.

iv. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and make mistakes (as I did in the shot below where I’m out of focus!). Do different poses, sit down, stand up, smile, frown, try close ups and far off shots, see where your creativity takes you. And most of all, have fun!

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Hope this helped you guys, I’d love to know if you take your own photos and what you think of the process. Feel free to ask more questions down in the comment box or on insta too!

Stacy x

Slowing down my ‘fast fashion’ wardrobe

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Lately, there’s been a lot of soul-searching and thinking going on in my lil brain. One of the big topics I’m thinkin’ bout is sustainability. This covers stuff like reducing my waste output, making sure I try my best to use cruelty-free skincare, considering the animal products I consume, and of course the whole sustainable fashion thing. Being a shopaholic and total slave 2 fashun, I own A LOT of clothes. I also own A LOT of clothes I don’t really wear. And I buy A LOT of cheap, nasty, low quality things that fall apart. I bought this cute little Kmart tee recently (top pic), after debating in my head whether or not I should buy in to ‘fast fashion’ and the high turnover of clothes going into the bin, and also whether I should support the factories that produce ‘fast fashion’.

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I’ve thought of a few little tricks & tips which are gonna help me to a) keep my wardrobe somewhat minimal, and b) make sure I’m not contributing to fast fashion, which is making tonnes and tonnes of landfill per year.

STEP 1: Clear out wardrobe every few months.

So I recently did a huuuge clean up where I was brutal and honest and culled 5 bags of stuff that didn’t fit well, was too old, I didn’t like or hadn’t worn for over a year. I felt so damn good afterwards that I’m going to try and do this twice a year.

STEP 2: Stop buying bucketloads of crap.

So I’m going to work with what I have, and allow myself a few new purchases every season (let’s say a season is 3 months). If I can buy 2-3 new things that are ‘trendy’ and in season and mix them in with my existing wardrobe, and also just make or find some cool accessories to update my look, I think I’d be fine.

STEP 3: When buying clothes, look for high-quality, easy to care for, ethically-produced and sustainable options – aka ‘slow fashion’.

I want things that are hand-washable, and I’m looking for natural fibres like linen and cotton, and factories where workers are paid properly. I want environmentally friendly, easily recyclable or reworked things.

STEP 3A: Look, I get it. Clothes are hecking expensive.

It’s not practical to always buy slow fashion. Occasionally I cave and buy something from H&M, or Kmart. But in that case try to only buy things you TRULY love and will get good wear out of! Try to remember that if you won’t wear it 30 times it’s not worth it. Anyway, maybe if you’re looking for that perfect party outfit you can rent it!

STEP 4: Try to establish what kind of style you like, and stick to it.

That way, you can mix and match all your pieces easily and get more wear out of stuff. I’ve figured out that personally I love tailored garments with lots of neutral and cool colours, basics in blacks and whites, and pretty printed skirts and dresses so that’s what I’ve been keeping my eye out for!

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Kmart eyelet tee // MINKPINK shorts (old) // Vintage scarf

If anyone else is interested in streamlining their wardrobe, trying slow fashion and saving the environment that lil bit, I hope this gives you guys some ideas or inspo! I’m thinking about starting a 10 in 10 challenge for myself where I pick 10 pieces to wear for 10 days so stay tuned for that!

Would love to hear about anyone else’s experiences with the whole fast fashion thing and your thoughts. Let me know below, or on insta!

Stacy x

Black on black on black.

A humble opinion: black is back (and it never left, in my books).

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I wear a lot of black, and as a Melburnian that’s pretty standard. We are known for our dark wardrobes. However I also am an avid pattern lover, a new-found pink advocate, and a Gorman-obsessed hoarder of things like a pineapple printed skirt. But I’ll always come back to black, and I own quite a bit of it. Lately I’ve been thinking that there is more than one reason why I like to wear black.

I’ve compiled a little list for you, right here.

Reasons that I wear black clothing:

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1. Black matches EVERYTHING. Literally 99% of my wardrobe can be worn with black jeans, or a black jacket. It makes things so much easier when you’re getting dressed. And also, if you don’t wanna thing about matching at all? Just wear all black.

2. Black is slimming and makes you look sexy. Like duh, we all know that. A black skinny looks so much better on me than a yellow one. It just hides any bumps and lumps.

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3. Black camouflages stains. Coffee stain? What coffee stain? Legit, I am a super messy person, and I often spill food on myself. That’s why I sadly rarely wear white.

4. It works for every season, which means it’s anti-fast fashion! This one is legitimately my fave. I mean, firstly, the black clothes you buy will not date. You can outfit repeat them like there’s no tomorrow! But also – in a world where were buying more and more clothing and creating so much trash, black clothing that is timeless can be worn again and again, meaning you don’t have to buy a new jacket next season! Save your wallet and the Earth and never be out of style.

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5. Black is hella cool & I f***ing like it. Aside from all the above reasons, I don’t feel like I need a reason besides this one hehe.

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So there you go. If anyone tries to tell you not to wear black, or that you’re mo, or that you should wear more colour, tell them to kindly pls stahp coz black is the new black, babes.

Stacy x

Shop my favourite black pieces below:

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Skirts = the new Pants

Hello Spring!! I’m mighty glad the Melbourne weather has been warming up. And my legs definitely agree. I’ve always been a jeans gal, but over the last year or so I have somehow been gathering a larger number of skirts than ever before in my wardrobe, and perhaps with that a growing confidence to show my legs. (I have to say this new found skirt-wearing confidence + collection is gonna be hella useful when I move to Alice Springs in a few weeks because it’s gonna be way too hot there for jeans!)

Anything buttoned, embellished, frilled & asymmetrical etc. has been my latest obsession. Who needs boring straight hems and pencil skirts when you can have wrap over sides and raw edges and eyelets and high-low hems and heaps of fun bits & bobs!? Here is specimen A in my new fav skirt ft. cheesy ass posing:

Shiny gold buttons. FRILLS. Where more could you want 😜

Atmost&Here Sienna Button Frill SkirtThrifted striped turtleneck top – Karen Walker sunglasses – Country Road Natasha Earring

If you wanna get in on the bare-legged, button-happy, frivololity-ness, here is the link to my new fave skirt and a couple of other picks of mine from The Iconic:

Hope everyone is off to a great start this week!! Get those legs out, and soak up that sunshine!

Stacy x

STREET-ART HANGS

Everyone knows how cool Melbourne city is – it’s know for its alleyways and grungy graffiti and secret bars hidden in small lanes. But who knew that even suburbia was full of gems like a giant Putin face and the oh-so-memorable saltbae meme? I found these quirky pieces and couldn’t resist a bit of a photo shoot (even though my hair was in messy rushed no-mirror braids).

Boohoo.com gingham shirt // Cotton On button up skirt // Wittner velvet OTK boots // Choker from EBay.com.au

Absolutely love taking photos with pretty or interesting street art. I’ve always personally enjoyed colours and different things to look at rather than just white walls. In the same way I am naturally drawn to patterns, textures and prints in outfits as well. For a while I really thought I could do the whole monochrome thing that so many bloggers and fashionable people do – the black, grey, white and denim wardrobe looks so effortlessly cool and I kidded myself that I wanted to be like that too. But I think in actual fact my style is Gorman and stripes and fluffy jumpers and silver boots and I think I’m gonna try and let that out more in my wardrobe and on the blog!

Hope you guys will appreciate it. I think I’m really feeling the need to be authentic these days and hey, I think I’m slowly figuring it out as I go along.

Have a great week guys!

Stacy x