Life & Reflections

Life & Reflections
Life and Reflections





My Modern Vintage Outfits 2013

Hi Everyone! Here are my outfits from 2013. I picked my favourite one from each month. 
I never posted the November one so lucky you get to see it now!
I have heaps of fun things planned for this blog in the New Year so stay tuned!
Hope to catch up with you all soon

XI Ilana

January     February     March

April     May     June

October (posted in Nov)     November     December


Merry Christmas!

Hi Everyone!
Hope you had a lovely Christmas! Just think there is now only one week left in 2013. Where has all the time gone.
I also created some fun pics of Asher my guinea pig for Christmas. Hope you like!
XO Ilana


My Hair 2013

Hi Everyone. I think it was my blogs third birthday last week yay! Also as this year is quickly drawing to a close I thought I would share my hair pics from this year. After getting my hair cut into a pixie cut after attempting to go from red to blonde in one day (very cray!) I have since been a few more colours and realised just how much I love changing my hair colour.

For reference the pic below is what my hair looks like right now but as I am still catching up on outfit posts from October you will still see some pics of me with the blonde hair.

Me- December 2013

Which one do you like the best??

XO Ilana

Protecting your privacy online as a blogger

As a blogger it is pretty normal to share a lot of information about your life online. From photos to lengthy about me pages, to names, emails, ages and sometimes even phone numbers it is easy to forget about where we are sharing this information.
I feel that there is a presumption that a blogger needs to engage with their readers on a certain level and be really personable with them. I know I have done this at times and often find that these are some of my most read posts.

Today most people are using Facebook and other social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram. However most people don’t realise how their personal information can be used.  They think just by setting up their privacy settings to friends only that they are protecting their privacy. This is not the case and anything you post online can come back to haunt you (think employability for example). If people really want to find information about you- they will.

I find with my blog that I do not share too much. But what is too much? This is of course different for every person based on your own morals and ideas.
I am happy to post photos and talk about my pets, my life, and my job. I never mention people specifically by name nor do I advertise where I work (just the industry for example is ok with me).

I have seen some bloggers even draw the line at mentioning their partners or children’s names and will just mention them as initials or as a nickname. I think this is good as although they may be an important part of your life, they may not wish to be a part of your blog.
Some bloggers don’t even use their surnames at all. I use mine but will note here that it is not my legal surname and more of a “pen name”.

So how do you fare with protecting yourself online? Any tips or advice? Leave a comment!

New Years Resolutions etc

So it is almost 2014. Where has the year gone? I honestly feel like time is moving too fast and eventually one day it will just run out. So I will be 28 next year (getting old lol!) and really need to think about travelling overseas sometime pretty soon. I see photos from all of my friends who have visited and even lived overseas and I get so jealous. So time to stop procrastinating and start planning!

My biggest dream is to visit New York City and live like Carrie Bradshaw. I would visit the Manolo and Prada stores in New York and spend up big. Of course this is a dream and I do not really have that sort of money but a girl can wish right?

Central Park would be amazing it would be cool to visit the spots seen in so many movies. And of course I would visit Ground Zero in NYC to pay my respects.

So excited. Now I just need to save some money! Tell me have you been (or lived in New York?)

xo Ilana


The Perfect Christmas Gift For Men

I am not sure about you but there is nothing sexier than a guy in some skinny jeans, a polo top and some nice shoes. Finding your special guy a decent pair of jeans can be pretty difficult though especially if they are fussy!

If they are super fussy check out some of the great jeans on offer at Roger David.  I am sure you will find a full outfit for your man, just in time for Christmas parties!

Being single doesn't matter either as you can find some nice clothes for your brother or dad. I have already bought my brother some presents this year but I do know he would probably love another pair of jeans. Oh well there is always next year!

XO Ilana

Home Office Craft Room Inspiration

So at the moment I am in the process of recreating my spare room and turning it into a functional home office/craft room. The pictures above are some inspiration (click on images to go to original link). I love modern mixed with vintage/shabby with white and black.

Here is a sneak peak of what I have done so far!

Do you like?


In Springtime florals

Outfit details: Blue floral dress/eBay, white cardigan/purchased from a lady at work,  red tights/ASOS, burgundy loafers/Bass shoes from Amazon.

Oh its been forever since I took these photos but wanted to share. My hair has been amultitude of colours this year so while I am catching up on outfit posts you may see a few different hair colours in there! 
I love these red tights. My first pair tore so I got a second pair and they are holding up well. Now that we are in Summer red tights are not going to be an option so looking forward to wearing them again when it gets cooler.

XO Ilana


The fur babies

I recently added some new additions to my household! I think you guys have already met my guinea pig Asher (the plain white one) but now I also have Tilly (the fluffy one) and Skye (the black and white one). They are adorable but Asher was my first guinea pig and will remain my favourite. She is also happy for me to pick her up and play with her…the other two, not so much.

I also still have my beautiful baby Bella who has taken over some of my new furniture already. As soon as I got the cane chair she claimed it as her own. FYI it is now white and upholstered. Pics to come.
And my beautiful best friend Phoebe. Although she is getting on in age (she is 14) I honestly feel blessed every day to have her in my life.

I couldn’t imagine a life without my fur babies they are everything to me. I hope one day I can open my own rescue shelter for cats that is my dream. Maybe one day.
XO Ilana

How to wear work clothes and still look stylish

It’s a fact of life that some of us have jobs that require a more professional attire. You might be required to wear long sleeve button down shirts (like these from Simons) with pencil skirts or slacks. Or maybe even a suit!

I am pretty lucky in my job as we are allowed to pretty much wear anything that would be considered “smart casual”.  Most people interpret this to mean a nice blouse with jeans or a nice dress with stockings and nice shoes(well this is what I wear!)

I have however seen someone I used to work with a few years ago wearing cut-off shorts. This is definitely pushing the smart casual boundary for sure!

See below some ideas on how to style classic business outfits and still look stylish!

1. The Pretty Office Chic


2. The Preppy Chic


3. The Casual Chic



Home Decorating and Furniture Makeovers

I am sure a lot of you are wondering what I have been up to the past month. Well refurbishing and redecorating my house has been a priority for a while now but finding the time (and money) to do it was difficult.

During this time I also found that I really enjoy doing furniture makeovers and have now even dedicated a page (see top menu bar) to my love of refurbishing!

 I haven’t set up this page yet but hope to start working on this over the weekend so stay tuned!  I am also going to start accepting reader posts for this section of my blog so if you do furniture makeovers or interior decorating shoot me an email.

I did find that it is difficult to find pretty things in Australia and had to think outside the box. I also recently found an online rug shop SCS that stocks some lovely rugs. They are also based in the UK so any of my UK readers make sure you check this out!

I haven’t been able to do up any photos of my house as of yet but will do asap. In the meantime some of the photos in this post are some interior design and decorating ideas that inspire me. Please see here for links.

XO Ilana

How to stay fashionable this winter


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The winter weather in Britain is usually a mixed bag, veering from frost and snow to heavy downpours. However, the cold is usually a constant factor, so a good winter wardrobe must be stocked with cosy knitwear and practical shoes and outerwear. Wearing bulky layers can make even the most stylish dresser feel frumpy at times, but this needn’t be the case. Many of this season’s trends involve high-quality fabrics and designs which mean that style needn’t be sacrificed for warmth and comfort.

The leather trend was all over the Fashion Week catwalks and it has been adopted enthusiastically by high street chains and smaller designers alike. Leather is a natural fabric, so as well as keeping wind and cold out and body warmth in, it's also great for weathering those damper days - so with a leather coat, you can make a real style statement and be practical too.

Whilst a classic leather jacket was the perfect choice for autumn, leather outerwear has been taken up a notch for the winter season. Look to boutique designers and leather specialists for a longer-length leather coat in a streamlined, tailored style.

Fur has added instant chic to outfits for centuries, and this year is no different. Animal lovers can rest easy, however, as most designers now opt for faux, the quality of which has improved dramatically over recent years. Fur needn’t be limited to outerwear, meaning that you can stay snug indoors, whether on a casual day out or night in. Look for a cardigan with a fur collar, though ensure the knitwear is fine: a thick weave combined with a fur trim can look bulky.

Finally, winter calls for decent footwear. Walking in snow and ice means that heels are a no-no: instead put practicality first. Go for classic riding boots which reference the heritage trend. They work with skirts or trousers and allow you to be comfortable on your feet all day.

Combining practicality and style is simple this season, and so is paying for your new wardrobe staples. The Platinum Card from American Express offers flexibility with no preset spending limit. This charge card has a number of appealing features, including travel and concierge services and the opportunity to earn reward points. Restock your wardrobe for the New Year ahead and make your finances work for you with an American Express charge card.


Updates and some changes

Change-Quotes-8Hi everyone
Thanks for the those have beared with me during my break and stuck around. It is great to know that I haven’t lost too many readers.
During the past few weeks I have realised that I (myself) have changed and hence the direction of my blog has changed. I no longer just want to post photos of my outfits. I am yearning to branch out and include my other hobbies on this blog.

I have considered changing the name and URL of this blog but am unsure yet. Any suggestions?

Not many people know but I make jewellery, design blogs and also refurbish antique furniture. I would love to combine all of these attributes into my blog and I just feel like this blog doesn't currently do this.
If you choose to no longer follow my blog due to these changes that is fine and thank you for following my blog during the past (almost) 3 years.

Xo Ilana

Blogging Break

Hi Everyone

This post is just to advise that I am taking a break from blogging for this month. I am incredibly busy with work, redecorating my house, blog designs and family.

If you would like to submit a guest post to my blog during this time please email me:

Posts can be outfit posts, craft/DIY posts, recipes or lifestyle.

I am open to ideas but do prefer genuine guest posts from other bloggers. Please no posts with links unless it is to your own blog ONLY. Anything else will be deleted.

I hope you all have an amazing month and look forward to catching up with you all in December.

XO Ilana


My new favourite vintage skirt

White top from Jeans West
Vintage skirt from Brag Vintage
Leather flats from Birdsnest

Hi friends. After taking a much needed break from my blog I am back. I am sorry for the delay in getting back to people so if you have emailed me please note I will get back to you soon!

On a more positive note I think I have found the BEST vintage skirt in the world! It is midi length, cool and breezy and has the must stunning print. I am in love!

I found it online at this UK vintage clothing site called Brag Vintage. They stock some really funky retro stuff so if that is your thing definitely check it out!

I also found the shipping was really quick even from the UK! It took about a week to Australia and for someone like me (impatient!) this was awesome!

What is everyone up to these days? Hope to chat to you all again soon

XO Ilana


Too many photos–get creative!


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If you are anything like me you probably have about a billion photos stored on your computer or on your iPad/iPhone. I pretty much take photos every day on my iPhone and always hope I will never lose them.

One of the best ways to keep your precious memories is to purchase good quality ink cartridges and quality printing paper. I am pretty lazy with this and used to print out my nature photography on plain A4 white paper. Definitely not a good look! Also good quality ink is paramount to ensure “shop” quality printing. Printing ink is always so expensive though so try to find cartridge discounts to save yourself some money.

You can create some fun DIY projects with photos with anything from scrapbooking, to photo books to creating your own collage walls. Don’t keep your memories stored away- showcase them and enjoy them out in the open every day!


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Make it Monday: Make a Vintage Pin Board

This post was written by my lovely colleague Myra. Thanks for this Myra!

Wonderful to pin up your photos and make mood board.
Great personalised gift idea

Wooden photo frame – a larger one (ie. A4 or larger) is better
Vintage fabric print (enough to go inside the frame)
Nice paper for the backing (about the same size as the frame)
Sandpaper (fine to medium grit OK)
Acrylic Paint (white or a light colour)
Foam Core Board (can buy from Artist/Craft Stores)
Spray can clear Varnish
Picture wire and/or hooks
Hot Glue Gun
Paintbrush, Pencil, small pliers
Scissors & Stanley Knife

Prepare the Frame
·         Remove the glass and any metal clips on the back (can use pliers)
·         Lightly sand the frame (to scuff the previous varnish/paint)
·         Paint your frame the colour you like (you will need to paint 2 to 3 coats and leave enough time for each coat to dry. In this hot summer weather, it won’t take long).  
·         If you want to go the whole vintage “Shabby Chic” look, you can then use the sandpaper again, to scuff the edges of your frame.
·         Then spray your frame with the clear varnish to protect your paintwork.

Make the Board
·         Use the piece of glass from the frame as a template for the foam board size. Place glass on the foam core and draw around it.
·         Then cut out the foam core with a Stanley knife (can use a metal ruler as a guide – be careful of fingers!)
·         Using the wooden frame as a template, place it on your fabric and cut round the material.
·         Start up your Hot glue gun. Put your fabric good side down, then place the foam core over the top.  Glue all 4 sides down (pull the material a bit as you go, to get it taught).

·         Insert the fabric covered board into the frame.
·         With your backing paper, use the outer frame edge as template and draw around the paper.
·         Cut the paper inside the pencil line, so it will be slightly smaller than your frame.
·         Use your glue gun to stick the paper to the back of the frame.

·         You can then attach a picture hook, or picture wire to the back of your frame if you want to hang it up.


Guest Post: Birds Please

Hello all! I'm Elana from the blog Room 334, and I'm so excited to be visiting Ilana's corner of the world! We even have similar names, so I suppose this was fate. As a U.S. blogger, I like to think that this means I get to "travel" to Australia for the day. Or maybe that's just in my dreams.

Just to give you a little background on myself: I'm a Southern California native who lives in Illinois for school. I'm in my last year of college where I'm majoring in fashion merchandising, minoring in journalism, and taking the campus by storm as I run the student newspaper. Over at Room 334, I blog about my daily outfits (you'll find me in fit and flare dresses and cardigans all day, every day) and up-and-coming designers and shops that I find interesting.

Today, I wanted to share an outfit that I wore last week when I had family visiting. This bird printed dress is one of my favorites, and I'm a huge fan of layering sweaters over dresses for fall. It's one of my favorite things to do when the weather can't make up its mind, and it's even more fun to do when the dress has a fun collar.

This outfit is a pretty accurate depiction of my style; dress + peter pan collar + ampersand + t-strap flats. It's all of my favorite things rolled into one outfit.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Ilana for having me! I hope you'll all stop by Room 334 and say hi as well!
Dress: Audrey 3 +1
Sweater: H&M
Bracelet: Modcloth
Shoes: Urban Outfitters