Life & Reflections

Life & Reflections
Life and Reflections





Best of July 2013






Just a collection of some of my favourite outfits for July 2013. I cannot believe how fast this month has gone by and that it will soon be stinking hot again! Time to say goodbye to my boots and cardigans for another year!

XO Ilana


Blogger of the Month: Clear the Way


I recently interviewed the lovely Kate who writes the blog Clear the Way. Kate has been an avid reader of my blog for a while now and she was so much fun to interview! Be sure to visit and follow her lovely blog!

Clear the Way Kate Fashion

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as a way to channel the time I spent online and make it more productive. I loved browsing shops and spent a lot of time doing it, but it only resulted in me making purchases I didn't need to make or simply wasting time. I'm so glad I started Clear the Way because it's grown into a real passion. Now the time I spend online is useful, productive, and helps me learn more about myself in order to share myself with others.

Clear the Way Kate Mary Janes

What styles/trends do you like at the moment?

I love a good shift dress which is very apparent on Clear the Way as I feature them quite often. The styles and trends that I gravitate toward are always the vintage or vintage-inspired ones. I love the 20s, 50s, 60s (mod, not hippie), and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the puffy-sleeved and puffy-haired 80s.

What is your favourite piece in your wardrobe and why do you love it?

Right now I'm falling in love with my grey mary-janes all over again. I purchased them awhile ago but every time I add a new dress into my "favorites section" of my wardrobe, my trusty mary-janes rise to the calling, complete the look, and remind me why they are my favorite.

Clear the Way Kate Salvation Mountain

Who/what influences your personal style?

I take inspiration from many people and things, but a few of my long-standing human influences include Kate Bush, Twiggy, and Molly Ringwald.

Something no-one knows about you?

I don't know that I've ever shared this on my blog, but I have gauged(/stretched) ears. They are a size 0 and I usually wear wood, clear glass, or turquoise stone plugs. I think they are a little different but still tasteful and I can still hang a hook earring from them if I need to. I also have a second piercing so I can wear small studs. Also, as a bonus: I used to have white hair.


What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love going on long hikes and bike rides. I love being outdoors, no matter what I'm doing, and California is really beautiful. I also enjoy reading about the things I'm most passionate about (like women's rights) or classic literature. I like practicing yoga and cooking delicious Vegan and gluten-free food as well.

Clear the Way Kate White Hair

Make sure you visit Kate’s blog here!


The right eye glasses

Image via Keiko Lynn

Searching for the right eye glasses can be such a daunting task. You need to think about face shape, colour, size and if they will be suitable.
I wear my glasses everyday as I am short sighted so choosing a pair that will work seamlessly with any outfit I put on is important to me. There is a really great guide here for choosing the right pair of glasses.

I tend to be swayed by trends and was super excited when I saw one of my favourite bloggers, Keiko Lynn, wearing her super trendy frames. The problem is that really wide cat-eye frames don’t suit me at all!

D&G offer some really fun designs as well as simple frames for the less adventurous! I am loving shades of purple and pink as well as some of the more floral girly designs.
D&G DD1205 1825
D&G DD1248 2610
D&G DD1218 1777
My favourite picks are listed below. Which one do you like the best?

Smock Dress

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Mimco Button Bag in Mushroom (eBay)
Black tights from eBay
Diana Ferrari black knee high boots

Hi Friends. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. This is my new Asos smock dress and I just love the pretty print. Can’t wait to wear it again and again.
Oh and just in case you thought my hair magically grew back, it didn’t. I am just still catching up on some outfit posts. Been so busy I do feel the poor blog is falling behind. I promise to reply to all of your comments just as soon as I can!
XO Ilana




So I did it I got my hair all cut off into a pixie cut. I was really inspired by Michelle Williams cute hair style (see my Instyle Makeover pic above). It is going to take a bit of getting used to as it is so short! Playing up the feminine side is a must now. More pixie cut posts to come!

XO Ilana


Top 5 Craziest Wellington Boot Designs

When getting ready for a festival, you only really need to worry about one item, and one item alone. Wellies will be your best friend throughout mud, rain and muck, as well as affording an opportunity to show how quirky and fashionable you can be.
Here is a top 5 of out-there and off-the-wall wellington boot designs to get heads turning:

Let the socks do all the hard work…

Transparent wellies? So simple yet so brilliant. Taking away all the pressure from your wellington boots, it’s the knee length socks that do the talking. Available at Welly Warehouse, these Rampant Sporting Transparent Festival Wellies come with the jazzy socks and a free poncho! All for £26.99. Click here for more information.
Give yourself a pat on the back…

Monochrome at its best. These wellies come from Funky Wellington Boots and are made by Evercreatures for £35. The cow print puts the trendy leopard print to shame, while also offering a buckle fastening at the calf for added comfort.
Bright, bold and beautiful…

In a gorgeous violet colour, these wellies are ideal for making a strong statement. Whether roughing it at a festival, or taking a stroll with the dogs across the park, these wellies are ideal for mixing it up. Available for £52 from Country First Direct, these Hunter Wellies are a fashion must-have.
Welly camouflage…

If you like the idea of keeping your feet dry, but you don’t want to look like you’re wearing wellies, these Baseball Style Funky Wellies are the ideal choice. For a pocket-pleasing £17.99, One Stop Festival offers fake laces and stitching that is bound to turn some heads.
The envy of all your friends…

Forget rain and mud, how about wellies for the zombie apocalypse? Attitude Clothing brings you these Zombie Killing Wellies by Goodie Two Sleeves, and for £34.99 your feet will stay dry and protected no matter what comes your way. 



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Vintage blouse from Etsy

Belt- old

Plaid skirt (was a dress! See tutorial here)

Mary Jane Heels by Hush Puppies

Tan Leather Braided Shopper by Zara


Hi Friends. I hope your week is going well so far. I am back at uni now…sigh…so very busy. It is so hard to maintain a good blogging schedule when life is so full with work and other commitments!

Anyway onto this look, I was going for a Spencer Hastings inspired outfit but probably would have needed some knee-high socks to pull it off completely. Preppy is not really me but was fun to try!

XO Ilana


Sunny Days

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Floral blouse- vintage, thrifted

Mustard yellow skirt, Sportsgirl via eBay

Nude bow flats by I Love Billy from StyleTread



Ok so maybe the title of this post is misleading. It has actually been pretty cloudy and even rainy on and off for the past week. This means that it is also warmer too which is good and bad. Where I live, we rarely get cold weather so I do want to enjoy and little bit while I can. Not too long until the boots and cardigans will need to be put away for another year!

XO Ilana


Feeling like Carrie





Who here loves Sex and the City? I was a huge fan before I even understood the premise of the show. I think I was about 12 when it started and remember my mum watching it at night and sometimes staying up to watch it with her.

Anyway I was always in love with Carrie’s name necklace and was over the moon when I was contacted by One Necklace to review one of their beautiful sterling silver name necklaces. I ended up getting this one here.

I must say I love it! It arrived really fast and it is lovely. Perfect length and the necklace is really delicate which I love.

So if you are looking for an affordable gift for a friend or for yourself check out the name necklaces!

XO Ilana


The Ins and Outs of Body Jewellery

Not many people know this but I used to have an eyebrow ring. When I was 18, I decided I wanted to look like Amy Lee from Evanescence so thought I would go all out. This was my first non-ear piercing so it was exciting and terrifying at the same time. I had to remove the eyebrow ring about a year later as it kept getting infected. It would have been useful to have read a body jewellery guide like the ones from Fresh Trends and Ebay before I got the piercing done. 

Me in my "Goth" period in 2006

A year later I got a belly ring done. It was actually about 3 days after a break-up so I decided I wanted to do something drastic. Again…ouch. I still have my belly ring today and barely even notice it now.
Body jewellery is fun and exciting and great if you want to make a change. I don’t regret getting the piercings done and enjoyed the experience!

Going from red to blonde part 1

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Hi Friends. So last week I decided I wanted to get rid of the red hair for a few reasons:

1) It is too much to maintain. I was spending heaps and dying my hair every weekend plus a red toner in the middle of the week.

2) Not washing my hair more than twice a week was grossing me out. Now that the weather has decided to become warmer washing hair twice a week is no longer an option.

3) I was bored of it. Red hair is totally awesome I recommend giving it a go. Bear in mind that is clashes with many colours so there are many things you cannot wear.

I thought buying some bleach would remove it. I tried this (see image 1) and as you can see it went a nice mix of multi-coloured orange mess. Kind of cool if that’s the look you are going for but I wasn’t.

So off to the hairdressers for me and 4 hours, 2 lots of colour removal, a hair colour, toner, trim and $204 later I ended up with what would you call this a light ash brown/dark blonde? It looks darker in the pics.

So I have decided to wait a week to give my poor scalp a rest and will dye it again next weekend. I am hoping to get the base blonder and then get foils over the top. Such a mission!

XO Ilana


Boyfriend Jeans

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The Ultimate Boyfriend Jeans from Just Jeans

Belt from Just Jeans

Scarf from Colorado (old)

Blazer from Target

Shoes, vintage from Etsy

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how to wear boyfriend jeans

Hi Friends. Such a busy weekend! My brother moved out of home this weekend as is now waiting to actually live in his new place as the electricity is not on. He officially moves in tomorrow once it is put on. I sometimes feel like there is never enough time to do the things we need to do on the weekends!

Also just as an FYI my new current obsession is boyfriends jeans so you will probably see many related posts over the next few weeks!

XO Ilana