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Asos white denim jacket, Asos turtle neck top (similar), Asos black jeans (similar), Nike roshe run black sneakers, Supre western belt, Quay Australia marble mirror sunglasses, Rimmel kate moss lipstick (shade 107).

Hello there and hello 2016! 2015 was a wonderful year for me; commencing my first year of university (so exciting!) which entailed making new friendships and memories, embracing change and lots of great opportunities.

Without getting too contemplative, here is an outfit post of a look I wore recently. Although we are in the Summer season, this outfit elucidates my attire for more cooler, rainy days. Of course, the colder weather calls for an essential turtle neck, skinny jeans and denim jacket. Channelling Warhol’s minimalist uniform and artistic philosophy – as detailed in his autobiography – this simple, yet classic and edgy monochrome ensemble is so easy to style. If you’re feeling a bit sporty, add some comfortable sneakers and mirror shades, and you’re good to go! I’m lucky enough to be featured on the Asos street style #AsSeenOnMe edit on their website (my favourite online store), so you can check out my look here + here for more inspiration!

Even though my Summer holidays have been tranquil and filled blue skies and lazy days at the beach, I must admit that I’m anticipating my new #ootd creations for uni days this year. And I’ll definitely have this campus-look on hand. Here’s to another incredible year with even more opportunities! Stay tuned for upcoming posts.

Ciao + bonne chance/Happy 2016 xx

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From left to right and up to down: Alexander McQueen fur coat, Alaïa leather gloves, Ray-Ban blue reflective round metal sunglasses, Inverni fox fur hat, Alexander Wang leather backpack, Calvin Klein one shock for her eau de toilette, Lacroix fleece-lined leather boots, Chanel rouge allure lipstick (94 extatique), Lacroix leather-panel ski pants.

In addition to my ideal ski gear, here is an edit of the perfect après-ski outfit essentials to make you the most stylish gal in the ski resort. Match these reflective sunnies with a monochrome fur coat, and leather accessories. Don’t forget to wear a bold lipstick shade and add sweet perfume. I’m thoroughly looking forward to the magical view from the chair lift! See you at the slopes x

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From left to right and up to down: Chanel skis, KTZ ski boots, Chanel ski goggles, Chanel metal helmet, Tom Ford lipstick matte (velvet violet), Lacroix ski jacket, Chanel ski poles, Lacroix ski pants, Lacroix leather gloves.

As I’m about to travel to the slopes, I’ve become preoccupied with what to wear whilst skiing. In this fine selection of ski essentials, I present you with the most luxurious, and of course stylish items and brands for this elite snow sport. The sight of fresh snow and the bright rays of winter sun excite me as I breakaway from rehearsals and study.

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Asos navy duster coatUniqlo black ankle cropped jeans (similar), Uniqlo x Ines de la Fressange blue and white oxford shirt, New Look white backpack, River Island patent leather loafersH&M gold assorted ringsOttoman Hands gold sapphire stone ring set, Karen Walker black anytime sunglasses, Asos gold hoop earrings, Chanel rouge coco (23 rouge orage) lipstick (similar), Dior miss dior eau de toilette.

Salut! I know it’s been an exceedingly long time since I last posted, however, despite this disappointing inconsistency, a lot has happened recently. Most significantly, I commenced my studies at university in March. This major leap into tertiary education signified a clear shift but it has proved to be a very positive experience so far. New faces, new friends, new places, new tutors/lecturers, new classes, and a new routine.

Studying one’s passions more directly at university is invigorating and intellectually stimulating, especially whilst being surrounded by like-minded creative people. Meeting a diverse range of people is also amazing. I have never received so many compliments and greetings which always brighten my day.

I frequently get asked about my outfits which is very special for me considering my passion for fashion. I also enjoy the range of fashion styles at university. I have been meaning to share this post for what seems like an eternity, so here it finally is. I present to you my Uniform: consisting of affordable, stylish, chic, casual and comfortable versatile staples. I usually dress according to the weather, comfort, and personal choice. Jeans, pants or trousers are particularly easy to wear for travel and racing to classes. I also realised layering with blouses, coats and jackets is beneficial for changing temperatures and unpredictable Sydney weather. Simple make-up is essential with a thin cat-winged eyeliner and bold lipstick to enhance your features. Minimal jewellery accessories include studs or hooped earrings, paired with some gold rings. As for my hair, I opt for simple, no-fuss hairstyles which can slightly tame my frizz during high humidity levels. Recently I’ve been styling a half-up top-knot which looks a bit boho and casual whilst conveniently gathering some of my thick locks into a bun away from my shoulders and face. My favourite tutorials for this hairstyle and others can be found here, here, here, here, and here. Lastly, a light and sweet scent completes the outfit.

I hope I have inspired you to rock your own personal, street-style Uniform. Remember to keep it real and true to yourself. Back to the books!!

Have a listen to my new routine Spotify playlist which I have on repeat. Don’t forget to share it around. Bisous.

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Photographs by © AL and MCTL

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From left to right and up to down: T by Alexander Wang mesh-panel bikini topGivenchy backpack, Stella McCartney flatform sandalsDolce & Gabbana box shoulder bag, Christopher Kane lace-embroidered denim shortsSaint Laurent université leather medium cross-body bagValentino high-waisted wide-leg jeansAcne Studios leather biker jacketStella McCartney denim mini skirtGivenchy magnolia and butterfly-print medium pouchAcne Studios faux-suede pleated skirtProenza Schouler ps11 mini cross-body bagDolce & Gabbana embroidered macramé-lace dressT by Alexander Wang braletteMoschino t-shirt iPhone 5 caseStella McCartney boyfriend jeansCéline sunglassesCharlotte Olympia kitty flatsChristopher Kane lace-trim topStella McCartney culottesValentino couture dressAcne Studios pistol bootsChloé small leather shoulder bagChloé double cuffAlexa Chung for AG slogan sweatshirtDolce & Gabbana lace pencil skirtMarc by Marc Jacobs polka-dot pouchValentino shirtSaint Laurent round-framed sunglassesSaint Laurent leather ankle bootsProenza Schouler triangle-print leather pouchAlexander Wang barcode logo t-shirtAcne Studios silk camiDolce & Gabbana fan-print topGinvenchy chain leather sandalsSaint Laurent leather toteDolce & Gabbana gold-plated earringsStella McCartney lips iPhone 5 caseAlexa Chung for AG denim dressChloé square-framed sunglassesAlexa Chung for AG denim dungareesStella McCartney blossom-print bomber jacketGivenchy mini leather cross-body bag

Amongst the maddening sartorial rush of global fashion weeks, I present to you my ultimate Matches Fashion edit. With a carefully curated selection of recent designer collections from one of my favourite fashion websites, these beautiful items encapsulate both the signature and distinct pieces in accordance to their brands. It’s apparent to me that one’s style is forever evolving, inspired continually by numerous collections every season. Most of all, I follow my ultimate fashion mantra, “If I like it, I wear it”.

Spin some records and listen to my new Spotify playlist for some creative inspiration.

Bisous!

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From left to right and up to down: Nike pro classic sports bra, Nike tempo shorts (similar)Nike cross body bag (similar), Nike air max thea sneakers (similar)Frends taylor oil slick headphonesRay-Ban round metal sunglassesBobble filtered water bottle (550 ml)Apple iPhone 6

It’s time for a pep talk. As my routine is slowly re-shaping and adjusting to change, it is imperative that I regularly exercise in order to maintain my healthy lifestyle. Despite constant “new year, new you” phrases, and ‘fitspo’, ‘detoxes’ and ‘cleanses’ being heavily featured on the internet and social media, I believe that exercise is the key to feeling great. In particular, I am returning to my active workouts including yoga, walking, running, and targeted exercises. Get outside or stay indoors and get moving. No seriously, sweat it out! Also, stay hydrated.

So for the brave, the bold, the unique, I present to you bright and motivating workout-gear style. Don’t forget a tinted moisturiser with sunscreen for protection, dark shades, and even a bold lipstick colour for extra confidence. Most significantly, enjoy yourself.

Paired with my pumping Spotify playlist (and a well-balanced diet), you can get fit and feel healthy this summer. Ciao!

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My first encounter with Hawaii was experienced on O’ahu’s North Shore, an absolutely beautiful region with chilled beach and tropical vibes. Turtle Bay Resort located in Kahuku provided comfortable accommodation, delicious dining and cultural activities, as well as a stunning locale to swim at secluded beaches and to view magical sunsets. Walks around the resort and its beaches, as well as reading in the sun on an ocean-view balcony contributed to a sense of freedom and relaxation in this tropical paradise.

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En route to the Haleiwa market village, I even spotted a turtle on a small beach which was idyllic. Full of souvenir shops, surfboards, local art, cafes, and food trucks, I drank and ate a coconut and couldn’t believe how sweet and delicious it tasted.

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An organised trip to the Polynesian Cultural Centre involved sipping on more coconut water, watching a canoe dancing pageant representing the nations of the Polynesian Islands, and exploring the centre’s activities with a canoe tour ride and 4D film. Of course one must dine like a traditional Hawaiian at a luau, complete with wearing delicate leis, and eating a meal of roast pig with tropical buffet selections which enhanced the entire experience. To conclude the day, there was an amazing performance with Hawaiian hula and an impressive fire dancing performance.

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Another highlight at O’ahu was watching the final of the 2014 Billabong Pipe Masters. It was fantastic watching the competition on the beach and being close to numerous international surf competitors which strode past me on their way to the surf. It was surprising how exciting the final was, including the round in which Gabriel Medina won the surfing world title. Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach catered for the crowds with local food trucks. I particularly embraced tropical fruits with the help of tasty acai bowls, smoothies and papaya boats. Overall, the atmosphere was electric and I felt a part of the rich Hawaiian beach culture.

Dining by the beach watching sunsets and a last morning swim in the tropical waters of Turtle Bay Resort transitioned into a new experience – boarding a cruise. Checking in at the ship pier in Honolulu and setting sail that evening was the beginning of another fantastic adventure. Stay tuned for more travel posts that explore the Hawaiian islands.

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Twelve-hundred photographs, various souvenirs and a full suitcase later, I returned to Sydney relaxed, tanned and pumped for the new year. Hawaii was the most perfect, beautiful and amazing end to 2014. Soaking sun-rays from Oceania in the land where palm trees sway and coconuts are abundantly edible, fulfilled my holiday dreams of paradise.

For 6 days I relaxed on the fabled North Shore of Oʻahu Island in Honolulu County, where I stayed at Turtle Bay Resort. Here, the palm trees rocked powerfully from trade winds, and sunsets gleamed from my magical ocean-room view. Highlights included a car-trip to the market village of Haleiwa, a bus-ride to the Polynesian Culture Centre for a traditional luau, and attending the final of the 2014 Billabong Pipe Masters. These experiences provided the perfect balance between the rich Hawaiian culture, the chilled vibes of the North Shore and the resort-lifestyle, more laid-back than in Australia. The Hawaiian locals were also very welcoming to share their heritage and personal stories.

I spent the next week cruising on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America where I was able to be valuably immersed in exploring more of the Hawaiian islands including Maui, Hawaiʻi, and Kauaʻi. Day trips on the islands featured excursions to the Waimea Canyon, Haleakala Crater, Wailea beach, Rainbow Falls, Kona farmer’s markets, and Fern Grotto, just to name a few.

Before returning to Sydney, I spent a few days soaking up the relaxed vibes in Waikiki. Impressed by the shopping, acai bowls, breathtaking beaches and mountain coastline, Waikiki confirmed my wish to travel back to Hawaii sooner rather than later.

For some people change is insignificant, but after this long-earned break I learnt that travel and exploration of foreign places forms a great deal of one’s identity. Most importantly, one’s environment is vital in influencing style and outlook. Even the archetypal Hawaiian print became a staple item during my Hawaiian interlude. Above all, my love for this beautiful paradise has only just begun.

To embrace my Hawaiian dreams, listen to my new Spotify playlist. I hope you enjoy the following travel diary posts.

Mahalo and Aloha xxx

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Asos black one-pice swimsuit (similar), Ralph Lauren oxford shirtAsos high waisted denim long mom shortsAsos leather flatform slidersKaren Walker anytime sunglasses (tan glitter) (similar), Ray-Ban original wayfarer classic sunglasses, Asos drawstring backpack, Vintage black visor hat, Asos gold ring (similar)Asos leather black belt (similar)Chanel rouge coco (56 téhéran) lipstick, Calvin Klein one shock for her

At last the humid breeze has arrived and my attire has adapted to accommodate sporadic outings to the beach. This is what happens when street meets the seaside. In Australia (especially in Sydney), there is always an underlying chilled summer heat beach vibe and culture which I witness in full operation during the summer months.

Trendy new bars and restaurants scatter the nicely-furbished public areas of Manly, while nearby you can wander along the exclusive walk to Shelly Beach to dive and snorkle. Don’t get me started on Bondi with its beautiful stroll to Bronte and superb gelato and boutiques. There is just something very special about the cool blue ocean that runs along our coastline. Don’t you wish you were eating fish and chips on the beach watching the sunset right now?

Put the car window down, feel the wind on your face and blast some tunes (cue Calvin Harris and my summer playlist). To avoid the crowds, head to a quieter area such as the ocean pool at North Steyne Beach near Manly. As for your outfit, impress others with some vintage denim bottoms, a collared cotton shirt, fancy shades, a pair of slider sandals, and a drawstring bag to finish. Ocean visits also call for minimal accessories, make-up and hairstyling, so keep it ‘au naturel’. Don’t forget to slip, slop and slap, and seriously consider trying a tinted moisturiser with spf sunscreen to help achieve a fresh, dewy glow. Oh and make sure to don a classic one-piece swimsuit or bikini. With a glass of iced tea in your hand, I say ‘Cheers’ to summertime with ‘sand in your shoes’ while ‘staring at the sun’!

For extra comfort, let my new Spotify playlist accompany your sunny times.

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Asos high neck sleeveless top (orange), New Look tailored culottes, Asos leather biker jacket (similar)Karen Walker anytime sunglasses (tan glitter) (similar), Zu Shoes patent leather heels (similar), Asos leather black belt (similar)Zandra Rhodes clutch (similar), Asos mini cross body bagBill Skinner emperor coin ring (similar), Asos gold rings (similar), Asos gold rings (similar)Vintage gold cuff bracelet (similar)Rimmel kate spring lipstick (20)Eyeko brow gelEyeko skinny liquid eyeliner (black)Eyeko fat brush mascaraChanel No. 5 eau de parfum

In times of uncertainty there are two things that remain constant: I adore French love ballads with 60s drum beats (refer to Spotify playlist), and street art. Alongside my ‘nouvelle liberté’, I have a new camera, a new outfit and haircut. My obsession with culottes and Karen Walker sunglasses has also reached a whole new level I never knew existed, and the energy of the city stimulates my imagination and desire for innovation. The colours, the textures, the lines. When combined together the unique creative expression of graffiti art aligns with my minimalist style. With graphic design and vibrant contours, fashion meets art in graffiti. This incredible contrast highlights my innate creativity and passion for aesthetics. Hidden in secret lanes in Sydney, street art inspires fashion. For me, street chic is smart, edgy and individualistic which complements the idiosyncratic, colourful nature of street culture. Grab your camera and wear a striking pair of sunglasses. You’re ready to embrace street smart. If you wish, hit play on my new Spotify playlist. Enjoy. Follow @sydneyandstreet on InstagramTwitterBloglovin’TumblrPinterest, and Spotify.

Photographs by © MCTL