2013 In Review: If You Want To Be Happy- Be.

 

Image

Well, we’ve done it. Another year coming to a close, and as the nostalgia of the past 12 months starts to inch its way into our minds, I can’t help but be excited in the prospect of the new year.

I guess one of the things people love most about a new year is the idea of a fresh start, a clean slate where lessons learnt over the past year can be put into practice, where new situations are formed that test you, grow you, and shape you. A chance for boundaries and comfort zones to be pushed, a chance for reflection and an opportunity to grasp where you are and where you want to take yourself. 

Image

For me, 2013 has been a whirlwind; where the highs and celebrations have been just as equal to the drawbacks. It has definitely tested me in every way possible, and now that we are on the home stretch, I have come out of this year humbled and blessed for what I have and all the amazing people I have to share it with. 

As the new year approaches, and we eagerly scribble down our new years resolutions on a piece of paper that will inevitably and accidentally end up in the recycling pile a week later, it is important to remember that, while setting goals for ourselves is a great way to encourage us to strive for what we deserve, no academic marks, amount of money in our bank accounts or number of friends on Facebook define who we are or what we are capable of achieving. 

Image

 

As I sit here, blanket wrapped around my legs, surprisingly cold form the sudden temperature drop, new years resolutions yet to be officially set (read: to find the nearest piece of paper to scribble them down on), and a wonderful week of festivities pending, I come to understand that in order to achieve happiness and success within their lives, one must find happiness within themselves. 

Life is so short, and it is absolutely detrimental to make of yourself what satisfies and warms your soul. 

Image

 

On that note, I am writing to wish everyone a happy and healthy festive period, may your hopes and dreams manifest themselves this year, lets make 2014 our best one yet. 

And of course, I can’t go without giving you a taste of what inspires me; here are some of my favourite pictures surfaced during 2013. 

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

 

See you all in the new year! 

Sammy Jade xx

Instagram: @howtoruninstilettos

Twitter: @_runinstilettos

Tumblr: tumblr.com/howtoruninstilletos

Advertisements

White Hot Spring 2013

Image

The return of the white shirt this spring is the perfect way to bring back simplicity, class and crispness to your wardrobe, and, despite the complete contrast, is a great transition colour throughout the seasons.

Previously considered the supporting article for on-trend items, the white shirt is expected to step out from the shadows and present itself full force this year!

So let’s ignore the typical monotones of winter and cast our excitement towards the anticipated return of this uber chic trend!

My personal favourite that I can’t wait to sport this year is the tailored shirt- one that is derived more from the mens work shirt. I think that, if worn correctly, it can add a combination of class and feminism to the completed look.

The best way to achieve this would be to pair the shirt with a form fitting pant (and some killer heels wouldn’t go astray!)

Image

Combining this style with one that connotes to a contrasting vision, such as the edginess of spray on leather pants or liquid leggings, is a great way to spice up the outfit.

Image

Besides, why should our outfits conform to one look when there are so many amazing styles out there?!

We’re halfway through the Australian summer, is it too early to be looking forward to Spring?

Sammy Jade xx

Images via: Tumblr

It’s time! : Top 3 Swimsuit Trends 2012

The Australian Summer is right around the corner, it’s time to get in the know-how of this seasons hottest swimsuit trends.

Much like within our apparel- prints, in particular floral, are set to be very much present this season. To mix it up, don’t be afraid to mix and match prints- swimsuits are all about playing around with colours and designs (which is great for when you can only find one half of two!).

Victoria’s Secret bikini top ($69) and bottom ($42)

The correlation between swimsuit and apparel trends is clearly quite strong. This is clearly expressed through the growing influence of the womanly shape within our apparel ranges- shown within the popular cinched in waist belt and the peplum. This notion is hence carried into our swimsuit designs, in particular with the full piece set to make a comeback to our beaches. These are designed to flatter the figure, and place a strong emphasis on the female form.

Baku Bread and Butter Bow Front Maillot $129.99 Surfstitch.com

Lastly, but certainly not least, we are expecting a modernised flashback to the 70’s with the adorable, retro crochered look.

Ralph Lauren swimsuit, $115.

Incase it hasn’t been blatantly obvious, I’m super excited for Summer!

Sammy Jade xx

Exciting News & Pictures

Hey everyone!

So for those of you who have been following me for a while, you all know that I entered into the Guess One to Watch competition, which was held by Guess Watches.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this, it was a competition which was in search for their next Guess Access blogger. This required all participants to create an account on their One to Watch Facebook app, and gain as many “style points” as possible within a 2 month period. The top 10 from each country would be selected to move onto the next round, which required each person to submit a blog post. From there, 2 people from each participating country would be selected to become the newest bloggers for Guess.

I entered into this competition hoping for the best, but expecting nothing special to happen. I was very surprised when I received an email informing me that I had, in fact, made it through to the next round in which I was required to submit a post.

My excitement quickly turned to nervousness as I realised the easiest part was over, and that I would have to really prove myself to be able to have a shot at this amazing opportunity.

After wasting a precious week deciding what to write on, thinking and rethinking my decision, I finally sat down and began to write, which of course, ended in me reading, and rereading my post to the point where I had corrected every possible flaw I could find myself.

After submission, I had to wait a gruelling month and a half to find out the decision, which I became very apprehensive about after seeing the other contestants amazing work.

Finally, the day came where we would either receive an email informing us we had won, or not. After a whole day without hearing, I had concluded that I had not won.

All of a sudden, when I was least expecting…

There it was

My golden ticket.

I have been absolutely blessed to be selected to become an Australian blogger for Guess Access! My excitement has shot through the roof.

To all of you who voted in the main round- thank you so much for all your amazing support, you are absolute angels!

I believe my blog post will be posted on the Guess Access blog around the 24th- not entirely sure on that one so don’t hold me to it.

But otherwise keep your eyes peeled for me!

Here are some pictures for you guys, shot by my wonderful best friend at Sydney’s Curl Curl board walk, that weren’t included in my Guess blog post- enjoy!

Sammy Jade xx

Mid Week Inspiration Boost

Lately, and I don’t know why,  I’ve been feeling my inspiration dwindling.

So, if you’re like me and feel something like this…

Here are some pictures to give that extra boost, that have helped me through this week.

We can beat this mid- week slug!

Sammy Jade xx

What’s Your Style: Street Style

“The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been and always will be.”- Bill Cunningham

Before the time of the Satoralist, Bill Cunningham was finding and capturing everyday style found within everyday activities. This simplistic, yet extremely powerful form of photography has ultimately created a shift within fashion and style we expect to see, as well as photography itself, today.

Perhaps its our intense fascination with other people’s lives that makes this work so well- whatever it is- I’m definitely on the bandwagon. Doesn’t this just give you a desire to clean out and restock your wardrobe, and walk around taking pictures of other’s??

Images Via: Tumblr

Sammy Jade xx

My Time At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

As I’ve mentioned, I spent this week immersed in the fast paced and exciting world of the fashion industry, being selected as one of the few to work as part of the Fashion Week Team, where I had the opportunity to work back stage with the models, as well as front of house, assisting in the organisation of various aesthetical properties of the catwalk and it’s surrounding room.
It was one of the best experiences to say the least.

Having the opportunity to work so closely within the industry, I gained so much knowledge, in particular the hours of work before hand that goes into a 15 minute show. This was experienced during my time of ushering the Watson X Watson show, as well as An Ode To No One.

Watson X Watson displayed an array of designs consisting of pastels, metallic, block colours, feminine shapes, as well as a contrast of ‘boyfriend-esque’designs.

However, it was the ambiance that filtered the room which really achieved a magic persona. This was created through a creative construction of tree branches, which were decorated with rows of flowers which were flurescently stained to glow in the dark. A fresh colour palette was achieved through pure white seating, as well as gift bags. This ultimate contrast was the fluorescent WxW sign which was positioned centre front and became the centrepiece, glowing throughout the room.
An overall nature vibe was achieved for the entire show.

An Ode To No One, presented us with symmetry and femininity. This was achieved through pastels, and lineage which brought to light the female form.

The guests were presented with a bag containing products from their sponsors. Positioned next to it, was a beautiful blue orchid which brought to life the entire white room through its simplicity and vibrancy.

It was however, the privilege I received on the first day that over came all other experiences for the rest of my week.

Dressing for the Whitney Eve show was one of the most exciting experiences, I was able to catch a glimpse into the glitz and glamour of the high fashion and fast paced industry, learning to quickly change the models before they were due back out on the catwalk, while having been surrounded by people such as Joh Bailey, Lara Bingle, Nicole Warne from Gary Pepper Vintage, Jay Lyon from The Hills, and even Whitney Port herself who were all back stage before the show. It was a dream come true.

Lets not forget about the garments. Whitney Eve displayed her Whitney Eve collection, as well as her WE collection, which will be sold in Sportsgirl around August. These collections channeled the classic, youthful woman with her vibrant designs which accentuated the wearers figure, as well as being combined with feminine drapage and soft fabrics and patterns. They were all very wearable, a perfect collection for the Sportsgirl shopper.

Images Via: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: http://australia.mbfashionweek.com

I hope everyone had a wonderful, fashion filled week.

Don’t forget to press the follow button!

Sammy Jade xx

Current Obsession: Dainty and Top Knuckle rings

This past season was a call for eye catching statement pieces and vibrant colours.

Performing a complete 180 degrees, this coming season is all about minimalism and feminism.

As if the current trend of little dainty rings weren’t the most perfect touch to an outfit! I absolutely adore the look of these quirky top knuckle rings.

This Winter is all about femininity as seen within the soft pastels and simplistic touches. The intricate detailing of these rings provide extra interest to the overall look, as well as a certain softness to hands.

Although these rings would suit everyone, they would especially be perfect for shorter fingers, as they will not be overbearing, being a simple way to add balance.

Coming in a variety of designs, It is quite obvious that, although small, they still have a strong presence about them. After all, great things come in small packages, right?

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day

Sammy Jade xx