Sun, sea and surf at Straddie

Good day my weekend break enthusiasts,

This past weekend the whole family packed our bags, copious amounts of liquid entertainment and off we went to Stradbroke island which was just magical. It really is a hidden gem of paradise and really brought out the inner surf beach chick in me instantly. 


(All images courtesy of Google)


On Friday evening once work was finished for the weekend we boarded the car ferry to Straddie. Once we arrived we went to the family beach house and had a wonderful dinner altogether and then played a fun round of pictionary before bed. 

On Saturday morning we were up bright and early, and after filling ourselves with scrambled eggs and fruit we made our way down to the beach with the jet ski in tow. We spent a super morning racing the  jet ski along the sand bars, having running races along the beach, making sand castles and playing with the kids in the chilly ocean. I loved nothing more than the feeling of salt in my hair and the sand on my skin whilst in my black bikini and flip flops.


That evening we went for a lovely pub dinner and finished off the evening with drinks cuddled up at the beach house – sheer perfection. I felt in my element in the laid back setting to pair my skinny dark denim, high waisted Mango jeans with my camel coloured Ralph Lauren top and animal print laced mocassins from Nine West. I kept my hair loose and simple makeup to go with the ambient setting. 



On Sunday we again were up early, we checked out of our hotel and headed to a different beach this time where they had sand dunes and rock pools. The kids had the most fun sliding down the dunes on their boogie boards or finding crabs and other sealife in the naturally formed rock pools. 


We then came back to the house had some lunch and got showered before we had to head back to the ferry port to get our vessel back to Brisbane. We watched the most amazing sunset from the top deck of the ship and arrived home to some yummy leftovers and our own beds for the evening. 

Although the weekend went quickly, once we had returned I really felt as though we had had an lovely vacation and was so well rested. It truly is incredible to think in 45 minutes you can be in a place with the most untouched beaches, island cafes a plenty and is somewhere which can give you something that money cannot buy – quality time with your loved ones. 

Straddie you were simply amazing, I cannot wait to come and visit your shores again soon. 

Until next time, take care

Keya X

The social network

Good day my popular butterflies,

This weeks post I have decided to discuss how fashion has become so readily available with the emergence of social media and the Internet and what key pieces you could add to your existing wardrobe each season. 

I am so pleased and slightly relieved that I did not spend my teenage years with access to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Those hormonal angst years of getting the bus to go shopping  with my friends or going to under 18 foam parties are best left with no photographic evidence! 😀 Even in my early 20’s when Facebook became the “in”thing with my peers, I held my ground and didn’t sign up to it. Eventually after a few years when I moved back to my home town, with still some hesitation I set up a page and got back in contact with some of my best friends from school which was lovely.The below picture was one of my first profile pictures from 2009 – funnily enough I still have that leather jacket! It’s one of my favourites.

  

  
There are definitely some plus points to social media too. I do love how connected you are, especially with friends who live in all corners of the world. It especially amazes me how I feel as though I know family members who live as far afield as New Zealand who I haven’t met in person. The application is amazing for that 😀

I remember when I was growing up how I longed for the end of the month when my pocket money from my part time job would go towards buying my favourite magazines. I would pour over them from cover to cover assessing what trends I already had in my wardrobe or what I needed to go and purchase to add to my collection. The process of which wouldn’t be a few clicks on an online store to order it, I had to physically venture into a shop, see if they had the item I coveted and crossed my fingers it would suit me! 

Nowadays it seems fashion is so fast paced and disposable at times. A style may grace a movie star or a TV personality on the red carpet and then within a matter of days it is in the high street stores at a fraction of the price. Before you know it that style is “out” and the next trend has emerged.

With the onslaught of fashion bloggers, you tubers and social media tycoons on the scene, entire collections from fashion weeks around the world are showcased before the clothes even hit the stores . One example which springs to mind is the new Moschino collection. The logo was emblazoned on everything from belts, to shoes to necklaces and it filled every weekly gossip magazine with famous faces getting in on the look. 

  
(Image courtesy of google images)

For this very reason, I tend to rather invest  in classic pieces which are timeless and never go out of fashion. I love my Burberry Mac which I’ve had for around 10 years, it comes out every year and still looks effortlessly chic. It’s the same for my leather biker jacket. I’ve had that since I was 16 and although it is getting slightly  worn on the shoulders now I still love it as much and the day I bought it. If you like to keep on top of the current styles, there are some great bargains to be had on the high street, Mango is particularly current and I’ve managed to find some amazing fitting skinny high rise and wet look jeans in there.

With fast fashion you don’t want purchases to break the bank, you may as well have one key item from each season whether it be a clutch bag or a pair of shoes then spending out on a head to toe look which will be old news a month later 😀 

Happy shopping

Until next week, take care 

Keya x

Summer loving. 

Good afternoon my high street heroes and heroines,

Firstly, sincerest apologies for my late posting of last weeks blog, I have just got back from a lovely vacation so I am suitably well rested and energised whilst writing this entry. 

  
As my last few posts have been geared towards high end brands, I thought for this weeks entry I would fill you in on my favourite high street stores and online sites which I swear by for all my fashion needs for those highly anticipated summer holiday outfits 😊

As the weather was amazing in stunning Spain, my case consisted of vest tops in every colour mainly from H&M or Uniqlo as they really last well when faced with the elements (no one likes an out of shape top after only one day at the beach!) 

I love my jean shorts from Espirit and Miss Sixty – they are a low slung boyfriend fit which look awesome when paired with my array of bikini’s. The below shorts are one of my all time favourites from French Connection – the colours are so bright and fun, and look even better with a golden tan. 

For the evenings, I usually will wear either easy throw on dresses I have managed to find in fabulous Sunday markets on my trips through Europe or I love Mango/ Massimo Dutti who have some amazing shift dresses which suit my frame perfectly and can be dressed up or down dependent on your evening’s antics 😀  

 For suitable footwear, on the sandal side, I love the embellished styles seen at Guess and Nine West and for wedges – my go to shoe on holiday for chic drinks out on the sea front (I am sure most women can recount a treacherous stiletto plus cobble stone story – absolute no-no) I love my trusty black leather ones from River Island and my tan ones from Dune.

Bikinis are fab this season in H&M, Roxy and Quicksilver – the floral and fluoro trends look incredible on swimwear – especially with your retro coloured lense Ray Bans wayfarers – so beach chic 😀

For that holiday season it really is about looking laid back, individual and above all not too try hard! Every outfit looks better with that glowing complexion, relaxed wavy hair and a wonderful umbrella clad cocktail in hand 😊

  
Bring on Summer 2015 😁

Until next week, take care Keya x

Where my fashion obsession began…

Good afternoon my beguiling beauties,

For this post I am going to delve back into my own archives revealing how my fashion journey started and my main style influences.

From a very young age I was lucky enough to own beautiful, hand made French clothes – suede dresses paired with floral Dr Marten boots, or polka dot, pleated skirts with stripey tights as seen below 

  

When I became a teenager, my parents encouraged me to express myself through my outfit choices and I was always the funky girl at school who would scour shops like TK Maxx or the Brand Centre (those from school you must remember how cool that shop was) spending my wages from my part time job on Moschino jeans and Evisu jackets. 

  

As I’ve matured into a woman, I love investing in timeless pieces – mixing a classic Burberry trench with Mango or Uniqlo separates. For nights out I am partial to fitted, A-line dresses worn with my beloved Valentino or Jimmy Choo shoes.

  

My fashion influences growing up have always been my parents and younger brother who are the most stylish, elegant people I know and in the public eye I have always loved the style of the 50s era in particular my idols Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Marilyn’s effortless flapper dress and fur coat in the film Some Like it Hot and Audrey’s little black dress and wide brimmed hat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s filled me with excited glee. 

The most important lesson I learnt from these screen icons was that you didn’t need to show too much skin to be deemed elegant and beautiful. To this day, I do not feel comfortable in short dresses or tops that are low cut. Many top fashion designers have conveyed the message the models in their catwalk shows are like human clothes hangers for their creations – after all the best weapon a woman can possess is leaving the female shape to one’s imagination. 

Until next week take care

Keya x