{The Nest Wears} Capsule Wardrobe and Beauty Essentials (For Any Season)

Brace Yourself

For the most of the world it’s time you put away all the sweaters and dark coats, and get the flowy, colourful clothes from the back of our wardrobe. In Australia, we are bracing ourselves for the winter. For all of us, building capsule wardrobe is crucial. If you feel like you already have too many items in your wardrobe, and you’re thinking about creating a capsule wardrobe with some essential pieces, we’re here to help. We give you a brief list of things you need to have in your wardrobe and in your makeup drawer.

Flower power

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Nature is waking up, so why should you be wearing boring black pieces? Yes, a little black dress is something every girl should have in her wardrobe, but why not add another piece which will be equally elegant, only more colourful? Floral dresses are amazing – you can wear them with strappy sandals and bright red lipstick to get that serious look, or you can wear flats and floppy hats to look like a young girl. What is more, you can even wear them with leggings, ankle boots and a light trench coat if the weather is not that nice and sunny on your side of the planet.

Tops to the rescue

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The most useful items in everyone’s wardrobe are tops because they are so versatile and can be worn with a great number of different pieces. ‘Spring fever’ usually means that you’ll be doing some shopping, but you still don’t want to be a shopaholic who buys without a plan. You can easily find stylish women’s tops online across Australia and you can get the one that you like best: lace, striped, crop top, or off-the-shoulders one at a decent price. When buying tops, keep in mind that trends change often, and you’ll need something you’ll be wearing for more than one season.

Sunscreen forever

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With warm days ahead, you will definitely be spending more time outside than you did before. This means that your skin will be exposed to the sun more, and while vitamin D levels in your system will be higher, your skin may suffer. Applying a layer of SPF before you put on your makeup can help keep your skin looking radiant and youthful, but we often forget to do that and only remember after we have put on foundation. When it comes to autumn/winter season, people usually forget that it is as important to have UV protection as it is in the warmer seasons. This is why you should always have a foundation with an SPF – it saves your time and it does wonders for your skin. By choosing to use this kind of foundation, your imperfections will not be visible and your skin will be protected from harmful UV rays.

Focus on your lips

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Your lips are suffering in winter with all the harsh weather – the cold and wind are not kind to the gentle skin of your lips, and they need some time to recover. During winter, you should always use lip balm, and you should not stop it in spring either. Exfoliate your lips with a mixture of white sugar and coconut or olive oil at the end of the day, and before you leave the house, put on some lip balm. You can try switching your ordinary lip balm for some nice pastel lip gloss. What is more, you can try matching your lip gloss to your nail polish – this season, everyone will be crazy about pastels, so you might give it a try.  

It’s time to brighten up a little bit. Feel free to change the colours of your clothes and swap those grey and navy hues for some pastels, flower prints, and stripes. Whatever season you might be expecting, go for timeless clothes and choose the ones that reflect your personality and boosts your mood.

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{The Fashion Nest} Business Casual: Must-Have Wardrobe Essentials

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Business Casual: Must-Have Wardrobe Essentials

There has always been a heated debate on how something can be called both ‘business’ and ‘casual’ at the same time; however, this dress code is definitely a real thing. Even though it’s a bit difficult to define, we still manage to pull off the most amazing clothing combos meant for both work and sipping some cocktails after it. If you would like to master this style, stay with us. Here are five wardrobe essentials you simply have to have!

Slim leg trousers with a little twist

Even though it’s business casual we’re talking about, the truth is that you probably won’t feel comfortable wearing a pair of skinny jeans to your work. Instead, you can always opt for slim leg trousers – these provide a similar visual effect, but are far more appropriate for business environment. The casual part, on the other hand, requires something a bit more unconventional, like a hint of color. Don’t go for black, navy or dark gray, but choose olive green or mustard yellow instead. You’ll love the way this piece matches with your other business essentials!Slim leg trousers with a little twist Collage.jpg

A silk top is always a good idea

Forget your boring button downs and opt for gorgeous silk tops that can provide a polished yet very trendy look. Fashion-forward girls swear by this piece which is a perfect fusion of casual and classy – exactly what you need for a long day at work! Apart from looking stunning, such pieces are extremely comfortable and pleasant to the touch. Even though you probably think that these must be expensive, it really doesn’t have to be like that at all. You can always find affordable pieces that’ll perfectly match the slim leg trousers mentioned above.

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Inevitable little black dress

The iconic LBD is an absolute must-have when it comes to business casual for so many reasons. First of all, it’s a classical piece that can be worn in literally any occasion, without having to worry that you’ll be underdressed. Secondly, such a dress is more than welcome if you have some after-work plans – it’s appropriate even for a cocktail hour with your friends or colleagues. You really need to have this versatile piece in your wardrobe as soon as possible!

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Keep prints to a minimum

Everyone knows that prints can transform any outfit and make it more stylish and fashionable. However, you should never go too far with the print game – it can sometimes be counterproductive, especially if you decide to combine a few of them. That’s exactly why your everyday business look shouldn’t be based only on prints, but more on monochromatic pieces. The exceptions are, of course, amazing floral dresses appropriate for corporate parties. Such garments are extremely appealing, and they will surely accentuate your femininity while showing that you really mean business.

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Less is more when it comes to jewelry

When talking about jewelry, business casual rules are much more flexible than strict business ones. You can always incorporate some delicate pieces of jewelry into your everyday outfits, and even think about some statement pieces here and there. One or two simple rings, matched with stud earrings and a long necklace that all follow the same style make a winning combo you can’t go wrong with. A luxurious watch is always a good idea (of course, it doesn’t have to be too expensive). It’ll give your overall outfit an elegant and sleek look.

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As you can see, there are so many ways to improve your business casual combos and give them more life. All of the aforementioned pieces are true must-haves in such an environment, so have them in mind the next time you go shopping. Get at least some of them and transform into the queen of business casual in the blink of an eye!
About the author: Elise is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary life that she shares with her 8 pets. She is a health and fashion fanatic who adores hiking, paragliding, fashion runways and trying out beauty products ( who doesn’t love a little pampering every now and then ) She loves writing about fashion, beauty, adventures, experiences and life in general.

 

 

{The Nest Wears} Excuses for Coats

Even the bastard cold has benefits, and those benefits are the brilliant coats that you have a wonderful excuse to wear.

Here is our favourite selections for this month.

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Country Road Shawl Waterfall Coat $399

City Chic Longline Wrap Coat $129.95

ForeverNew Adalyn Military Coat $189.99

Missguided Long Sleeve Maxi Duster Coat $56

Target Waterfall Jacket $49

Happy shopping Nesters x

{The Nest Style} Here’s your hint guide to the 2016 fashion trends

So, I know you are all cool, because if you weren’t you wouldn’t be nesters. In case you were a little bit worried and needed an update I gotcha backs babes.

Here are some tips for the Fashion Trends of 2016. Have a read, grab a cut out shoulder shirt and jump on the cool bandwagon.

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Or you know, don’t and I will still think you’re cool anyways xx

You’re welcome.

{Love Birds} The dress, it’s all about the dress

So many little girls spend a lot of time thinking about their big day.

A day filled with love, food and well, a spectacular dress. bride

Whether you like princess or mermaid, strapless or halter you can sit back and take some inspiration from Bridal Fashion Week Autumn 2016.

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Thanks Vogue, I love you HARD!

Happy wedding planning nesters x

{The Nest Loves} Here are our latest winter loves..

Winter is here and mother nature is PMSing something chronic!

So, like any reasonable 30-something I decided to warm myself with some online shopping.

Here are our newest loves:

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The Marc Jacobs from David Jones – Spliced Jerrie Rose Scarf – $195 is pure style, I love to wear this with jeans during the day and it slides perfectly into these cold winter nights.

The Forever New  – Lilliana Sleeveless Waterfall Jacket – $169 is what dreams are made of, warm, classy and timeless.

Since discovering the Trilogy Products – Certified Organic Rosehip Oil $35.95 my skin has never been better. Winter is horrendous on your skin and just a couple of tiny drops of this magic will make you smile for days.

How great is it that comfort finally looks cool? I am totally lusting over these Country Road – Kiera Suede Flatform shoes – $119

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins $32 is my latest book. I have just started, but already it is pulling me in. I will let you know how it goes!

If you love yourself at all you will head over and check out the Cocobel Body Food – Lip Balm. Talk about lush!

So what’s keeping you warm this winter?

Stay warm beautiful Nesters x