Monday, July 21, 2014

You know what they say: 'summer bodies are made in winter.' So, when Hot Bikram Yoga Melbourne asked me to join their 30 day challenge, of course I said YES. There's nothing quite like forced exercise to get you moving during the colder months. 

Rewind 29 days and you will see me standing at the back of a very humid Bikram studio.  I’d been warned: “don’t drink too much water before the class/ make sure you drink 2 litres of water otherwise you will become dehydrated/ eat/ don’t eat/ don’t go if you’re tired/ it’s the best thing for you when you’re tired/ bring lots of water/ take only small sips of water.”  Seriously.  Every single person that crossed my path preceding that very first yoga class had their own two cents to add. I was pleasantly surprised that no, I did not faint, nor did I need a stretcher to whisk me away out into the fresh air. I survived. And I even managed to master most of the moves first go!  From one Bikram beginner to another: if you’ve been toying with the idea, there’s no perfect time like tomorrow. 

After a month of yoga Ashli (from THE INFLUENCER) and I decided to take our newly acquired moves sans instructor. I ventured to the park decked out in my punchy Under Armour gear to brave the freezing cold. If you haven't heard of this chic sportswear brand I'll let it slide because they're just reaching our shores here in Australia.  Incorporating the latest technology, Under Armour's insulating base layers kept me toasty while outside.  Steal my exercise style cues by heading to Rebel Sport and purchasing an ensemble of your own.     

And just remember…

… Summer bodies are made in winter. 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

On location with Hairhouse Australia 

I often find myself explaining my hair regimen, sometimes on a daily basis. Well, let me tell you it hasn't been an easy feat. It's taken me 25 years to understand my hair. After years of chemically straightening, relaxed perms, blow-waves and about 1,000 products later I've finally found a routine that works. If your hair teeters on the edge of African-Ameican curls (seriously where did they come from?), or you're just looking for a new way to style your tresses, then feel free to steal a few pointers from my routine… 

Step 1: Purple shampoo, Hair mask (I almost always wash my hair with a mask). 
Step 2: Comb through the mask & rinse. 
Step 3: Wrap my locks inside a towel and twist to the side. This is the most important step and it keeps the natural curl intact. 
Step 4: Run Muk (Hairhouse Australia) from the roots of my hair to the ends with my fingers. 
Step 5: Air dry. If time doesn't permit however I will use the blowdryer, but it often stretches out the natural wave- so avoid if you can!  

It's. Actually. That. Simple. 

The Classic Camel Coat

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The classic camel coat will always have a place on the street come winter. 
It’s that time of year when purchasing a new winter coat sits ominously at the top of your to-do list. Until now you’ve been under a delusional spell: winter just isn’t coming this year. Well, it’s time to wake up and realise that your doona cover just won’t cut it as your choice of warmth inside the office (we’re actually saving you from public humiliation here). Cue to the camel coat. Perennially chic, this wardrobe staple will work wonders when teamed with navy, black or cream. For a classic everyday look, wear your camel coat with cigarette trousers and a white shirt, or to add  a modern edge try layering a denim shirt or leather jacket underneath.
Target Coat, Target dress, Rubi Shoes fedora, vintage boots.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Look Up, a short film by London writer Gary Turk, explores the real silence involved in the use of social media using a series of poetic versus. The brilliant clip went viral with nearly 20 million views in just over a week. Turk says that social media is actually making us less sociable and more isolated from the outside world. "I took a step back and opened my eyes that this media we call social, is anything but, when we open our computers it's our doors we shut," said Turk. 

I completely agree with Gary's observations. Each morning I'm going to predict your routine goes a little like this: snooze alarm, scroll through Instagram, check Facebook, refresh email, open Instagram again. We're all guilty of this. As a blogger, I do understand the power of social media. The platforms that we frequent daily hourly have catapulted everyday people into the spotlight. Furthermore, bloggers are now fronting campaigns and reportedly earning up to 100k a year (no kid!).  However, the poignant short film makes us think about the many occasions in our life where human interactions are lost due to looking down at our mobile phone. 

Last weekend, I ventured to the Dandenong mountains with Charmaine, the creator of Bias Supply and Jessie Brinkman, an exceptionally talented photographer who splits her time between Melbourne and exploring the rest of the world! We braved the sub zero temperatures (okay, maybe it wasn't that cold) to stand amidst the magical fog while the rest of Sunday were still shaking their hangover. Hopefully these images inspire you to switch off the TV, put down your phone and discover someplace new; a cafe, a park or maybe just the book that's been sitting on your bedside table for six months. 

And remember, don't forget to look up… 

Photographer: Jessie Brinkman 
All clothes by: Bias Supply 
Jewellery: Sucre Noir


Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I've always had a strange fear when it came to tackling the fishtail braid. Normal braids- piece of cake. Plaits & twists- too easy! But the fishtail was always a 'do that I steered clear of. Last week I spent the day at the Hair Hairhouse Australia studio. After prepping my locks with a deep condition we went for super sleek, high shine tresses. To blow-wave my hair, the key is to work with really small sections, starting at the nape of my neck and working up towards the crown of my head. Alrite, onto the all-important fishtail braid. Let's take a closer look at how to master the trend at home… 

Why I Now Love It
The fishtail technique is the braids edgy sister. Perfect for styling out a bad hair day or giving your everyday look a twist. 

How To Nail It
A fishtail plait only requires two sections (not three, like the classic braid). Once your hair is divided, pull out half-inch sections from the outer edge of either side. Cross the smaller sections to the opposite side. Don't worry if your layers fall out of the plait because that's what gives your hair the pretty, effortless feel. Repeat the crossover step until you reach the end of your hair, then secure with a firm elastic. Mist with hairspray for added shine and hold. 

Good luck! 
Alice x

Photography Ashli Templer 

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