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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Published Piece

Incase anyone was interested, just thought I would let you know that I have had a piece I wrote on transeasonal trends published on Thread People Blog.


Here is the link: http://blog.threadpeople.com.au/category/street/blog-street/


Let me know what you think :) It's called "The end of summer inspires a change in style..."


I'll be updating this blog as soon as I can. I'm still working on figuring out what to do with the skirt part of that blue dress I posted a while back, so don't think I've forgotten!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Why are your nails blue?" (part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of the interview about nails with Dreem - a great insight into trends and her method of application of nail polish.



Are there any trends that you think have evolved in recent time, or that are set to become popular in the near future?
The crazy success of Chanel Jade and Riva has subsequently lead to increased releases of pastel shades by major brands. For example, Lancome has recently released a pastel lilac polish. Forefront salon brands such as Deborah Lippmann and OPI have reintroduced glitter polishes as sophisticated and edgy. Bestselling glitter polishes Happy Birthday and Mad As A Hatter have brought on a wave of new glitter polishes being released onto the market. Who would have thought that pastel glitter polishes would be trendy a decade ago? Nail trendsetters such as Rhianna, Katy Perry and Alexa Chung have also been spotted with nail art. Flowers, animal prints, candy... you name it! Nail art is easier than before as many brands are now selling stick on designs, especially made popular by Minx Nails. On the runway we are seeing modern takes on the French manicure, such as the Ruffian, and experimentation with texture. A really big trend right now? Crackle polish. Don't get me started on that one...

Somedays I may have red toenails and pink fingernails. Do you think it’s important to match them?
I never match! What's the fun in that? However when both manicure and pedicure are exposed, I would suggest using shades of the same family to prevent clashing.

Nail salons are gaining popularity within our shopping centres and malls (you can smell the fumes from a mile away!). Are you one for a regular manicure or pedicure?
My family joke that I can open up my own store with all my supplies! So, no. I won't be rushing out for a mani pedi at my local salon. With a bit of practice you'll find that it's much more cost effective to just buy a bottle of polish and do it at home!

I know I manage to apply more polish to the skin around my nails than the actual nails themselves. What is your suggested method of application to painting your nails?

Laura, I'm going to tell you every secret that I have learnt over the past few years. So listen carefully!

Prepping…
·      Shape your nails using a nail file. A squoval shape is chic and flattering. I avoid using nail scissors/clippers as it can split and weaken the nail. I highly recommend using a crystal or diamond file over the generic ones which are commonly found in pharmacies and supermarkets. These have a finer grit making it easier to smooth away rough edges. You can often find them in jewellery stores for a reasonable price below $20. They are an excellent investment as they last for a very long time.

·      It is okay to file the walls of your nails.

·      Dry, raggly cuticles can make the best painted nails look messy. Don't trim your cuticles with nail scissors as this can make the nail bed infected. Instead try a treatment that can dissolve the cuticles for easy removal. I like Sally Hansen's Instant Cuticle Remover (not available in Australia, if you can find it on Ebay it's worth it) for this, which works in just 15 seconds. Alternatively, use some cuticle treatment such as Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and push your cuticles back with an orange stick.

·      Buffing your nails occasionally will create a smooth canvas for your polish and will prevent staining. Do not buff too frequently as it can damage the surface. I like using the 'buff' side of a four-sided nail block.

·      If you have moisturised or used any oils on your fingers before painting, I suggest quickly wiping your nails down with a bit of nail polish remover. Oils will make it harder for polish to adhere to.

Painting…
·      Begin with a good quality base coat which smooths out the nail surface and prevents staining. I like Sally Hansen's Double Duty Base and Top Coat. As a base coat it dries fast enough so that once all fingers are painted, you're ready for colour. If you have prominent nail ridges, consider using a nail ridge filler.

·      It is best to start painting your non-dominant hand first, and always work from your pinky to your thumb for both hands. This way you have less chance of making accidental dents!

·      When applying colour, remember that the less strokes, the better. Your aim is three strokes. One down the centre, and one on either side. Don't begin painting close to the cuticle. Instead, let the brush touch the nail a few millimetres away from the cuticle, push back towards the cuticle, and stroke down the centre. Paint either sides.   This is known as the 'gap' technique.

·      Remember, thin coats, not thick! Thick coats of polish are more likely to chip!

·      When painting my dominant hand, I find it easier to keep the brush still and move my hand, rather than trying to keep the brush steady while painting.

·      When painting your thumb, put your other four fingers under the table so they won't get in the way.

·      If you have wide nail beds, leaving thin gaps on the side of the nail will create the illusion of slimmer nails. This is known as the 'slimline' technique.

·      You need to alter your technique accordingly to the texture of the polish and the size and length of the brush/bristles.


-      If you make any minor smudges or dents when painting, lick your finger, then gently rub the mistake with your wet finger. I do this all the time and the polish will smooth out!


-         Dipping your fingers into ice cold water will speed up the drying process

Clean-up…
·      Even the most experienced manicurist may have wobbly lines near the cuticle and along the sides of the nail. Many professionals use a brush dipped in acetone or nail polish remover to clean up the edges. I recommend a good quality dense eyeshadow brush. One should last for a few years. Many people complain about the smell of nail polish remover. I really like Missha's nail polish remover which has a sweet scent and doesn't smell like regular nail polish remover at all!

·      Many manicurists use the brush method when doing French manicures. They apply white polish past the smile lines, and create a clean line using the wet brush.

·      Always finish off with a top coat which will ensure that your manicure lasts. I like Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri which gives a glassy finish and dries your nails to touch in just 30 seconds. This is manicure-saving stuff!

Removal…
·      Nail polish removal is another one of those annoying things! Reds are notorious for staining, and glitter polishes are extremely stubborn during the removal process. Insert the 'foil method' which will have you no longer scrubbing!

·      Soak a bit of cotton pad with nail polish remover. You just need enough to cover the nail.

·      Wrap the cotton pad and nail with some aluminium foil. The foil will prevent the remover from evaporating and therefore dissolve the polish faster.

·      Leave the nail wrapped for a few minutes.

·      Apply some pressure on the nail while you pull the cotton pad and foil off the nail. The polish should come straight off!

·      You can do this process one hand at a time. It's tricky with both hands!

·      Public service announcement: If your nails are chipping, please remove the polish. Chipped nail polish really, really isn't a good look.

Special thanks to Dreem for taking the time to give us some fantastic answers - I knew she would be able to help us straighten out our nail matters!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Why are your nails blue?" (part 1 of 2!)




This was the question that my brother recently asked me. No, I had not hit each of my fingers with a hammer, but had in fact painted my nails a metallic shade of blue.

Wondering why he was asking me about something that was not particularly unusual, I answered “Er, because I painted them…”

“But why?”

And I was stumped; I had no answer. I genuinely had no idea why I painted my nails. I couldn’t say, “Because it’s fun!” – do I seriously have nothing better to do? Though on a side note, don’t underestimate the difficulty of nail painting; it is quite a challenge trying to paint your nails on your right hand when you aren’t a leftie.

I don’t have the best looking fingernails or toenails in the world (I was told at my very first dancing lesson that from that day onwards, I was never going to be a foot model), so I suppose, painting them makes them look nicer than they actually are.

Still, it became one of those things that you think way too much about but really have no answer for.

Throughout history, many used nail colour as a means of conveying their social order – it had a purpose. The Egyptians used red to signify those at the top of the social order, like Cleopatra who supposedly took a liking to crimson, whilst those in the lowest classes could only use pale colours on their nails. The Chinese applied mixtures of gums and scented oils to their nails to convey a similar idea; the royals even used gold and silver to enrich them.

So in a democratic country where social standing based on royalty has been more or less abolished, do we really have a specific reason that we still paint our nails?

To try and clear up this matter, I’ve turned to my lovely friend Dreem to answer some of my queries; the girl otherwise known as the Queen of Nail Polish.

Queen Dreem's famous nails!

So first things first, modern-day girls paint their nails for a number of reasons – they think it looks pretty, sophisticated, and for some, it even acts as a barrier to nail biting (though that is yet to stop me – gross I know!). Why do you paint your nails Dreem?
It's a hobby of mine really. I actually find the whole process therapeutic, and it's a nice way to spend my personal 'down-time'. Also, I'm a lazy accessoriser, jewellery wise. I try to compensate through my nails, which I consider as an accessory. I often plan ahead and complement and contrast my nails with my outfits.

For as long as I’ve known you, you’ve had lovely long nails. How long ago did this obsession with nail polish start, and how many bottles do you think you’ve owned altogether?
My obsession with nail polish started when I was two! I remember wearing a dark crimson pink shade. I haven't done a count of my collection recently, but it's definitely over 100 now.

That’s quite a collection you have. How do you choose what colour to wear and do you have some sort of system for dividing them up into particular groups?
My nail polish collection is organised by brand and then colour-all kept in a drawer of my desk! It's my current lack of storage space, which is preventing me from buying any more at the moment! Just like my wardrobe, I change my nail colour according to seasons. For example, I would wear darker shades in Winter and brighter shades in Summer.

With all those colours to choose from, what would you say would be your favourite colour of all time?
That's very hard to answer! I have every shade of the rainbow but I have to say that I frequent towards classic colours. I have a lot of reds in my collection. At the moment, I'm liking greens and blues too. My current manicure, Ulta3 Black Plum, is one of my favourites.

Any colours you refuse to wear?
Like any type of cosmetics (and trends like you pointed out recently!), not everything suits everyone. I rarely wear pink polishes as it usually doesn't complement my skin tone. I think it's important to learn what suits your skin tone, and what doesn't. This is really apparent when you are trying to find a complementary nude polish. Individuals with yellow undertones will find nudes with beige undertones far more flattering than those with pink undertones which are great for those who have pink undertones in their skin. You quickly learn what shades suit, and which don't! There aren't definite colours which I refuse to wear. Just certain nuances!

From the 1970s through to the 1990s, black nail polish was always associated with the goth and emo sub-cultures, but it’s amongst one of the most popular colours for everyday wear now. What’s your opinion on black and do you think there are particular situations where you should not wear it?
I think black polish can look very sophisticated, especially on short nails. Look at red carpet pictures and you'll find that celebrities agree! However it has to be very well maintained, and the moment the polish starts chipping, it should be removed. I personally don't think black is appropriate for conservative work environments. Definitely don't wear black polish to a job interview!

Have you noticed a significant difference in quality between the different brands?
Despite the amount that I have, it has actually come at a pretty reasonable cost which is a relief! A lot of my collection is made up of Ulta3 nail polish, which is an Aussie cheap gem, found at Pulse and Soul Pattinson pharmacies. If you're looking for something ridiculously cheap, but also of good quality, I really recommend the brand! It is actually Australia's number one selling polish brand, and wonderful word-of-mouth reviews have had prices recently going from $2 to $2.50. I think you should all go out and get them now!
There is definitely a difference in quality between brands, but the wear will obviously vary for each person. Chanel might be super long wearing for one person, but a chip-y disaster for another. Remember, you can always find great polishes at reasonable prices- you just need to discover them! Another good quality polish line, which you may not have considered is the Nail It! line at Sportsgirl which always comes in fashion forward shades at $7.95 each.

Stay tuned! To be continued in Part 2 - this is one epically long interview (but a goodie, I promise!). Thanks Dreem :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to: make a button wrist cuff!

The infamous button cuff!
Just a small post from me today - something that anyone can make!

About a year or two ago, my great aunty made this incredible looking bangle. It was unique, slightly kitsch yet completely awesome as it was made entirely from a piece of elastic and buttons.

I have received so many compliments on it, and although it is not my piece of work, I'm sure she wouldn't mind me sharing it with you.


You know those spare buttons that you get when you buy a new top or jacket? I don't know if you keep yours or not, but I keep mine in a cluttered mess in my desk draw. But now you have a way of keeping them altogether incase you do actually need that spare button, yet you can make a really unique accessory at the same time.You can make them colour themed, or basically just sew on any button that you have, which is what I have ended up doing.

Just use some wide black elastic and measure it around your wrist, making it just slightly larger in circumference. You don't need to make it too large because being elastic, you'll be able to stretch it over your hand anyway. Hand sew your spare buttons onto the elastic, then sew the ends of the elastic together and there you have it, a button-covered cuff! I started making my own one, and although it looks no where near as good as my great aunty's, I'll keep adding to it as I collect more spare buttons.

Still a long way to go...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A small note of encouragement

I was drifting off into my own world today, as I so often do, thinking about the deep and meaningful matters that concern our everyday existence on this planet...


I'm only joking, it wasn't that philosophical.


Still, it was something that got me thinking. Fashion-wise, that is.


It was about how so many of us follow trends. I myself know that I am a sucker for the trends that our media tells us are "in". And I don't think it's that much of an issue either; I don't think that following trends necessarily connotes that we are all sheep that can't help but follow another. I know that deep down, we all have our own sense of personal aesthetic. We have our own likes and dislikes, and if you want proof, just go shopping with three other friends. There might be things that you all agree are nice, but most of the time, your excitement at one item is often met by a less-than-enthusiastic "Oh... cool..." by one of your shopping pals.


But back to the main point - I know we all aren't monotonous fashion-wearing victims that many of the male species so often perceive us as. We just want to look good, simple as that. If we see the latest grunge rock 'n roll trend on our favourite celebrity, our minds immediately think Wow. That looks fantastic on her. Note to self: buy high lace up boots next time at the shops.


Taylor Momsen's grunge-look was never going to be my cup of tea...

I've had this exact idea in my mind for some time now. Winter is coming and new boots are on the agenda. But, instead of being in the 95% of girls that look great in this trend, I'm in that 5% that not only looks, but feels slightly macho in these military boots. Major disappointment. This has also happened to me with a floral maxi dress, which although looked fantastic on the mannequin, made me look like I was wearing an old, tea-stained, overly-frilly curtain. Not what I was hoping for.


But how about if we look at things in a different light. You know that mid-calf skirt that 95% of girls look terrible in? You may also be in the "other" 5%, but for a good reason! Not everything suits everyone, and this applies to celebrities and models too. We all have different body shapes, different colouring (is it weird that I'm listening to Michael Jackson's Black or White right this second?) and different personalities. I'm sounding like a bit of a mum, but I think it's so true. Just because Jersey Shore's Snooki somewhat resembled a bird in a feathered frock doesn't mean you will too.


Half oompa-loompa, half bird...


So don't fret if short, black bandage dresses aren't your thing (they certainly aren't mine). You don't have to ignore trends by any means, but don't be afraid to open up your eyes and look around. Mix a bit of weird and wacky with the norm - you'll never know if you don't give it a go! 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Vintage Sequin Top

I was in vintage sparkle heaven today. And although I picked up a number of sequin tops, I could not pass this one. The photos do not do the colour justice - the blue and green sequins are mesmerising! And the massive shoulder pads are true to its 80s origin, trust me.


Thanks for a lovely day E :)






What's the time Mr Wolf?

My lovely watch!
And a selection of two outfits today to wear vintage shopping with E (it is a bit cooler today):



I opted for the second one. First one is a bit short for daywear :)


Sunday, February 13, 2011

The bargain bug bites again!

I feel like I've done my fair share of writing for the past couple of days, and as much as I love to write, I think these photos can speak for themselves. I hope I am continuing to persuade more and more of you that op-shopping can be quite successful if you look in the right places and are able to add a bit of your own style. The right shoes, necklace and belt can do wonders.


Here are my bargain finds from Vinnies from this afternoon!


1. Black shift dress with white daisy pattern (reminds me of Marc Jacobs Daisy!). A perfect fit too.





2. Grey-ish shift dress with tiny brown square pattern (you can't see it too well in the photo). I topped it off with my own belt  and necklace.




3. Black tuxedo-jacket with satin lining and lapels. The embossed pattern on the outside fabric is really unusual. And it's made in Italy! Woo hoo! (credit to my mum for this find).






4. Long black chiffon dress with white polka dots. I brightened this up a bit with my own red-leopard print belt, but there is still something I need to fix with it - I'm not sure if I should make it shorter or not. I saw a photo of a very classy Italian woman who had a similar dress and it was the same length (I think it was on The Satorialist), but I just don't think the length is doing anything for me. I'd love to know what you think I should do. Let me know.



All in all, a pretty successful day if you ask me :)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

"It’s not a purse, it’s called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one."

The good old Indy and his satchel


It's the question on every school leavers lips. Some have eagerly delved headfirst, assured of their choice and plummeted straight to the purchase. For others, we've been putting it off, unsure if our final decision will be the right one.


It's one heck of an important decision to make. Will it classify us as preppy, as health-conscious or as eminently fashionable? A tag that could bind us for the rest of our university days...


I'm only kidding of course, though many of us can relate. I honestly thought I was the only one who seemed to think it mattered, though so many people I know have pondered on the same issue: 


What bag will I be taking to uni?!


Now I know that we would think that this would primarily be an issue for the ladies, but for any guys reading this, you can't deny that this thought hasn't crossed your mind sometime or another. For 13 years, many of us have had a backpack that we've taken to school five days a week, four terms a year. It's seen everything, from rammed in textbooks, sticky throat lozenges and three-week old squashed sandwiches. The only time we've actually had to think about what bag to take was on the rare school excursion, where we became excited at the thought of flaunting our brand-new aqua Billabong backpack, an item that would cause much oohing and aahing amongst our classmates (I'm hoping no one can relate to this from their senior years at school - intended for primary school reminiscing only!).


I was originally one of those who was set on one thing only, and that was a satchel. They oozed sophistication yet were preppy and dare I say, slightly alternative in my mind. One look at me and people would think I was a hard-working journalist student who casually threw a satchel on her shoulder as she chased after potential stories, notebook in hand. Yep, I was going to be like the young writer Sophie in Letters to Juliet, my brown leather satchel complete with a matching brown leather-band watch (don't worry, I already have the watch situation sorted - similar but with a white leather-band. Don't be jealous now.)


The desired "Postman Bag" Satchel


Sending her the links of my favourite satchels from Topshop, my lovely friend JT had said she would find me my ultimate satchel, but that it would of course be a fraction of the cost because she was bargain hunting in Hong Kong. 


But my dreams were thrown into a state of utter confusion when I mentioned my intention to some of my friends. They burst out laughing and immediately were fixated on quoting the Indiana Jones satchel line from the movie, The Hangover (see title). 


Since then, I have been reviewing my options intensely. I've cancelled the satchel request (though thanks JT for going on an epic hunt - sadly she couldn't find one large enough to fit my Macbook baby), and with 15 days to go until uni starts, the search begins once again. 


I think there are three main options at stake here (I do have a tendency to list everything in threes in my posts incase you hadn't already noticed).


1. The Satchel


2. The Backpack


3. The Oversized Handbag


For me, I've been able to immediately knock number two off the list. I am yet to find a backpack that I like, but feel free to prove me wrong. I think if you're a sporty type and can manage one of those mini backpacks, it looks fine, but I personally am just not a backpack-lover to say the least.


I can cross the Oversized Handbag off the list as well, because although I still think it is an option, I certainly don't have to go looking for one. I bought a large handbag years ago on sale from Sportsgirl and it's been my number 1 handbag since - its insides large enough to challenge Mary Poppins bag. It's bright red, has quilting, gold chain straps and a tassle... need I say more?


I take it everywhere :)
So I'm back to the beginning with one thing to search for - that enviable satchel I am yet to find. Not too big but large enough to fit my uni necessities, preferably leather, either black or tan, two buckles - no more, no less, and a strong, sturdy strap. I don't think that's too much to ask for, is it? ;)


P.S. Credit to Chloe B for the idea for this post! It's a question bound to be on all of our minds, so better we deal with it sooner rather than later. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

You smell... in a good way!

Nicole Kidman in that epic 2004 Baz Luhrmann advertisement for Chanel No 5


Let's just face it - everyone likes to be complimented.


You may like to carelessly shoo away comments that your eyes are as dreamy as the big blue ocean, or that your teeth gleam brighter than the sun (I am yet to receive such compliments... could be any day now...), but deep down, you are completely chuffed.


But what about those comments that you aren't sure if they are supposed to be taken as a compliment, such as the exclamation from a distant relative that "You've lost weight!".
And although smiling awkwardly, you're thinking: I didn't know there was weight that needed to be lost in the first place. Awesome.


So what about when someone says you smell great? I suppose that's one of those confused reaction situations as well, because now you're thinking: Did I smell that bad before? Oh dear.


I've been told twice by the same person that I smell nice. On one occasion, I smelt like washing powder, and on the other, I smelt like "English class". Yes V, I am talking about you. But if that's the worst I've been told, I suppose it isn't too bad.


Away from school uniforms, I now have the opportunity to start fresh (pardon the pun). Please don't think that the issue here is personal hygiene; I promise you, it's all under control. 


In fact, there is no real "issue" at stake. Just the idea that with a squirt of perfume on your wrists and neck, you can add a touch of elegance to your everyday routine (and furthermore, perhaps be complimented for something more than the washing powder on your clothes).


So here are my top 3 all time favourites!


1. Miss Dior Cherie 
Smells like... floral fun with a smidge of sophistication.
But technically? Bigarade (bitter) orange, gardenia, white musk, patchouli, caramel, dry woods.
Why? You know how everyone begins to develop their key scent as they grow older? I think this will be mine. Originally bought for a friend's 18th birthday present, I fell in love myself. It's one of those perfumes that you can wear anywhere and everywhere, and that is a more sophisticated version of a younger, fruity and flirty scent. And who can surpass a perfume that is the modern-day ancestor of the original Miss Dior in 1947?! Major props to John Galliano and Christian Dior himself.




2. DKNY Delicious Night
Smells like... a warm Summer evening in the city.
But technically? Frozen pomelo, crushed ginger, chilled blackberry martini accord, purple freesia, night-blooming orchids, satin jasmine petals, purple iris, molten amber, incense, myrrh extract, patchouli and velvet vetiver. Their words, not mine.
Why? This perfume is an unusual one and is unique from the array of floral scents on the market. It's dark and mysterious, but don't let me make you think I mean cigarettes-and-booze dark. I mean a light, sultry scent for the girl out on the town.




3. First by Van Cleef and Arpels
Smells like... an evening at the theatre.
But technically? Twinkling notes of blackcurrant, a centre of Bergamont (a type of citrus fruit), jasmine, narcissus and aldehyde, and topped off with notes of sandalwood and vanilla.
Why? Classic and timeless. The elegant floral scent is rich and feminine. And plus, it reminds me of my mum :)




Some final tips to finish on:


# Try not to go overboard with the spraying. You don't want someone to think you poured it over your head. Just a bit on your wrists, your neck and if you want, even a tiny bit on the back of your legs behind your kneecaps.


# Don't rub your wrists together because it defeats the purpose - it breaks up the molecules, so just dab a bit onto each wrist separately.


# Opt for the single bottles to ensure you are getting the best value for your money. Perfumes aren't cheap by any means, and although those Marc Jacob Daisy gift packs at Christmas time are incredibly alluring and are great presents, you are probably more likely to use the perfume as opposed to the accompanying body butter, so it's best to just choose the singular bottle. The gift packs also have a lot of excess packaging which although make the perfume look quite impressive, they are wasteful once opened because you have no option but to throw it out. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

No hat, no play

If you're like me, you've probably never been much of a fan of hats.


In Kindy, I was one of the kids who refused to look like a dag in one of those caps with the flaps, and continually tucked it up (rebel, I know). 


In high school, the brim of my felt winter hat permanently sat up as opposed to obeying my many attempts to make it point downwards. 


And then there was the field trip in my final year of school, where although it was admittedly VERY cold, I cannot be forgiven for wearing the beanie that suggested I was the long-lost twin of Marcus from the movie About a Boy.


My beanie twin


To add further insult to injury, I wore jeans and joggers. More than once. But that is another story altogether. 


Anyway, I suppose what I am trying to say is that hats needn't be the objects of fashion-misery any longer. With Summer days exceeding temperatures of 40 degrees, it's so important to protect your skin. 


Perhaps you don't want to go to the extreme that myself and two other friends went to whilst on our post-school celebratory beach holiday, whereby we sat huddled together on the beach with a towel held over our heads. A bit of sun is always good!


So once again, I suggest moderation. Invest in a non-greasy suncream that has a high SPF factor (I've found the Banana Boat Sport suncream really good), don't sit with your back to the sun in a singlet top (you'll be regretting it later) and slap on a hat.


This does not mean you have to resort to a lawn-bowls-style terry-towelling bucket hat, or your Roxy trucker cap that you thought was the best thing ever invented when you were 10 (but by no means let me stop you if they are what floats your boat!).


Summer has introduced some fantastic styles of hats that will keep your face from becoming beetroot-red, but will simultaneously avoid any embarrassment!


Here are my top three styles for Summer:


1. The Straw Fedora


This hat has been in for quite some time now but it has definitely gained popularity and diversified in recent times. You can have it plain or can choose from a variety of coloured and patterned bands around the crown. I personally cannot pull this style off, as I'd feel like I was intruding on the surfie-almost-hippie culture, but if you feel confident in one, I'd say go for it. Just make sure you choose straw and not felt, or you could be looking like a bit of a grandpa.


A Roxy Fedora


2. The Boater


Usually reserved to be squished by the bullies at boys private schools, the boater has made an appearance outside the classroom. They have become less formal and exude a preppy, nautical style that would go perfectly with a pair of tan leather brogues on your tootsies. I myself bought a small straw round-brim boater from Sportsgirl earlier this Summer - definitely a cute addition to my wardrobe with its navy blue and white polka dot band around the crown.


The preppy boater (image courtesy of Vanessa Jackman)


3. The Floppy Hat - my new-found favourite


I bought a floppy hat years back from Equip, insisting to my mum that I would wear it and that we could not give it up as it was such a bargain. Let's just say, it's sat in my wardrobe for quite some time now. 


But, it did see sunlight finally this Summer and although I was a bit embarrassed at my sun-safe hat upon its first exhibition, I rarely leave the house to go on trips without it. I have come to love this hat for a number of reasons:


a) It has a massive brim that not only protects my face, but even my back and shoulders. I am not joking when I say it cools you down instantly by at least 5 degrees.


b) It's malleable enough to avoid hat-hair (especially dreadful in Summer where your hair is already sticking to your head and does not need further encouragement by a tight hat to plaster it down in strands on your forehead. Yuck!). It's also one of those squishy ones that you can fit into your bag and not have to worry about possibly deforming.


c) You get looks from people as though you're someone famous. Just put on a big pair of black sunnies and let the shady hat give you a mysterious yet important air about you. It works, trust me.


A current Sportsgirl floppy hat - $29.95


So there you have it. Hats aren't so daggy after all. 


Just make sure I get my priorities sorted for Winter before I go putting on any ear-muffling beanies...