Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Note To Self #8 : Shopping For Spring

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

{ ring | dress | perfume | lipstick | shoes | eyeshadow }


For quite a while nothing was alluring enough to make me part with my money and then, all of a sudden, I want to buy everything and my purse is falling open for lipsticks, shoes, cute dresses, and even jewellery, which have all successfully crept their way onto my "oh my gosh I really need this" list.

My obsession for eye balls isn't going anywhere fast and although I have been struggling between picking a piece from Datter Industries for months, I think I can no longer deny the watchful eye ring is perfect for me. After rediscovering the Sephora Jumbo Liners, I have also rediscovered how ridiculously lazy (while still appearing incredibly put together) you can be when you have "eye crayons" to rely on for super fast make-up application. I want more of these in my life in the form of the Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks. The Huile Prodigieuse dry oil smells so freaking amazing I figured the Prodigieux le Parfum would be just as dreamy and possibly the most perfect spring scent. I have been obsessing over court shoes; realising I own smart shoes but nothing formal has highlighted a huge gap in my wardrobe, which means these Kurt Geiger shoes have won a place on my spring wardrobe wish list. Finally, spring isn't set without soft natural shades of lipsticks; Lord & Berry Desert Rose is one of literally dozens of honey-pink products I have bookmarked lately.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Perfect Fit

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

{ & Other Stories Lace Soft Bra | Forever 21 Ruched Layering Bra }


Lingerie is the most exciting part of any wardrobe for me, but it can also be the most complicated to get right. It is always frustrating to find the cutest little lingerie set only to discover it doesn't fit, the straps are too thick, the band is too wide, and everything just looks.. wrong, wrong, wrong! Over time I have discovered what styles work for me, which ones I should avoid, and all the terrible mistakes I had been making.

1. Size. Measure yourself (or get someone else to)
2. Technique. Use the proper fitting technique
3. Identify. Identify common problems (bulging, movement, gaps, wrinkles, and discomfort) and avoid them
4. Style. Discover what styles work for you, they need to be comfortable and flattering
5. Shopping. Be prepared to spend a lot of time (and maybe even money) to find the perfect fit

The best tip I ever learned was 'the size of the cup varies with the band size.' If you want to try a smaller band size, you need to compensate by choosing a larger cup size or vice versa. For example, if you find the band on a 36B bra is too loose try a 34C instead or if the 34B bra is too tight, try a 36A.

Sizing is just a starting point and will vary between brands, remember every womans' body is different but lingerie is mass produced; if a design doesn't suit you this doesn't mean your body is the problem. Remember you can wear something else but also don't forget you can easily modify lingerie by adjusting the straps, adding strap padding, or even fitting band extenders.

Monday, 21 April 2014

The Book List #12

Monday, 21 April 2014


What I've read in April (so far):
1. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam
2. Nine Things Successful People Do Differently by Heidi Grant Halvorson
3. Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco
4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

'Personal development' books aren't really my thing but I've enjoyed reading the few that I've picked up this month; they tend to be short and sweet with sound advice. After hearing so many good words said about it, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson was disappointing to say the least. However, The Secret History by Donna Tartt was freaking amazing; after 100 pages I'd ordered it online and switched from eReader to book since I knew it deserved a permanent place in the book collection.

{ the book list #1-11 }

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Weekly Objects

Sunday, 20 April 2014

{ orchid | book | tea | notebook | jumbo liner }


- This orchid is really growing for it, she's beautiful and I can't stop staring at her
- You need to read this book, OK? Promise me.
- Vanilla Chai tea is so dreamy, I have to force myself to drink something else or it will all be gone
- I've been having a hard time blogging lately so I've been making notes (and I think it's coming back together)
- Since threatening to use it or lose it, I've rediscovered long forgotten make-up

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Apartment 12

Saturday, 19 April 2014

{ the hallway }


{ "aloe mr. pickles" }


{ nick falco }


{ one of many }


{ the bedroom }


{ by faye moorhouse }


{ two little birds }


{ the bathroom }


{ that sofa }


{ only the best }


{ an old relic }


{ devoted to plants }


{ the natural history section }

Friday, 18 April 2014

The Minimal Wardrobe's Best Accessory

Friday, 18 April 2014


Transitioning from winter to spring when it's too mild to wear a woolly scarf yet chilly enough to still need the extra warmth, lightweight vintage scarves become the perfect accessory.

{ how to wear }


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Don't Give Up

Thursday, 17 April 2014


I get bored easily and I'm prone to being fickle; I have been growing increasingly frustrated with blogging and lately it feels harder to carry on than it does to quit. While I can see where I want The Private Life to go, I want it to happen now and we all know these sorts of things are gradual.

- Take the pressure off; daily blogging isn't essential
- Ditch the routine; rigid schedules can destroy creativity
- Do something different; forget about it (for a while, at least)
- Quality over quantity; don't let it slip
- Don't give up

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