CATCH UP : PHOTO EDITION

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So I’ve been MIA since the 30th of January…

Whoops?

Here’s a little catch up for you, the way I like it, with some photos from the last few months.

Kisses

Mahleebali xx

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NEVER TO LATE… WELL MAYBE…

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Apologies for the belatedness of this resolution post as I have been indescribably busy the past two months but…. WELCOME TO 2015!

I hope Christmas and the new year brought you lots of quality time with loved ones and a well-deserved break from whatever you do. I also hope you had a fabulous 2014, because I certainly did. The picture above from my Birthday Gatsby themed party close in December.

Goals aren’t really my thing. To explain, similarly, I absolutely love writing lists. All the time. However, it isn’t very often that I actually complete anything I wrote down. It’s the same for setting goals and new years resolutions. But I give it a go every year and I’m not about to stop trying and something about this year feels so…. good. 

Let’s get kicking!

SHE’S INDECISIVE, SHE CAN’T DECIDE

When it comes to big decisions like what colour dress to get for my formal (prom here in Oz), the decision’s a breeze. But when it comes to little things like what pizza to pick or what song to listen to, I sit with it for way too long and it really frustrates me. Probably not something we all feel the need to fix but for me, it’s something I feel I’d like to work on.

MAKE BLOGGING MORE OF A PRIORITY

The first goal roles into this one. I wrote so many posts in 2014 that I decided not to post, which was silly, but I also feel that Fat Little Fiat needs to become more than it is right now. I started my blog to write about the things I wanted to. So from now on, if I write a post, I’ll publish it. Hope y’all appreciate this particular goal.

PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT GOES IN

Watching what I eat is definitely high on my list this year. Everyone says it, you know what it entails. Lemme see how I go. I shall keep you updated on this one. This includes some good old exercise (bless my body, soul and muscles for this one).

BE MORE EXPERIMENTAL WITH MY STYLE

I want to try to be confident enough to wear whatever I feel like, rather than dressing to what I think everyone else will be wearing. I want to be different and dress how I want to, not how I think other people want me to. I want to break the rules a bit. Time to be adventurous.

STUDY HARD

No distractions, less procrastination, more hard work, hard study which will hopefully result in some good grades. Pays off in senior year, I hear.

Kisses,

Mahleebali xx

BEAUTY HOW TO: GET THROUGH SUMMER

With a very quickly approaching summer season arriving here in the southern hemisphere, changing up your makeup routine is essential to pulling off a cool summer. Here a few quick tips to help you take survive those 40°C days.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BASE

For the last couple of months, I’ve been test-driving the hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It’s doing the job pretty damn well… A multipurpose product is so good, especially when you’re someone like me who leaves everything to the last minute. This primer has an SPF 15 which means when a full face of sunscreen isn’t important, I can slap this on and go. It leaves the skin incredibly silky and smooth and everything that goes over the top goes on evenly and smoothly, not to mention the fact that everything stays on for hours.

POWDERING IS KEY

The dewy look is still in so it’s important to play around with placing powder in the right areas. The areas that get the most oily are important to powder (lightly). The forehead can look a fair bit shiny when there’s flash photography occurring (trust me, you’re learning from the best) so powder up that area if you have the same problem. Around the eyes is a good idea as well to manage the oil flow but just make sure you only use a little for this because the area around your eyes cakes easily.

LIQUIDISE 

As the warmer weather has set in, I’ve slowly transitioned from highlighting powders and powder bronzers to a tester of a liquid illuminator. This helps to achieve that dewy look even more, rather than the powdered, matte look many go for in the cooler months. It also blends super easily and gives a very natural contour.

BROWS THAT LAST

It’s in planning to purchase a brow gel to shape my brows as it gets warmer as I find my creamy pencil doesn’t last. A creamy pencil tints the skin, whereas a gel tints the hairs, insuring your brows stay on as long as you need them to.

EASY LIPS 

A light tint reapplied throughout the day/ night are my go-to in the warmer months. I’m loving my Nars lipgloss in orgasm and plan to try out a YSL glossy stain that hopefully will stay put in Australia’s humidity.

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Kisses,

MahleeBali xx

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WHY I ALWAYS END UP WITH MY MONOCHROME

Ask anyone I know. My wardrobe is full of white dresses. I’m not exaggerating when I say I own over seven. A lot of my purchases over the last year have been monochromatic, especially in the colder months. Lots of basic tees, white jeans, comfy knits, all in either black, grey or white. Denim was also a big staple. So I thought I’d channel that in a little Mid-week shopping post, but with a warmer weather twist.

Kisses

Mahleebali xx

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Shop the post: Top – Isabel Marant (available at Net-a-Porter), Shorts – One Teaspoon (similar here), Shoes – Harper & Harley for Tony Bianco, Bag – Michael Kors (available at Net-a-Porter), The Row Sunglasses 

FAREWELL WINTER… HELLO SPRING, MY LOVE!

Welcome back, Spring. Oh goodness, I am glad to have you back, it’s been too long.

If you asked me twelve months ago what my favourite season was, without hesitation, I would have said Summer. Only the thought of the balminess, the ten swims a day, the gorgeous tan, the beach are all enough to give me butterflies… .usually. But this time, something’s different. I’m feeling something new coming on. SPRING. A season where you can still feel that crispy cold in the mornings and the cool breeze during the sunny day. Everything is green and everything is flowering and ahhhh it’s just all so lovely. So in commemoration of my new-found love, I’ve compiled some lust list items of sorts to get my wardrobe prepped for a new season (& some cheeky quotes thrown in for good measure).

Let’s do this

Kisses

Mahleebali xx

p.s. yeaahhhh… So I haven’t posted since July… Well damn, Mahlee, aren’t you organised. Sorry loves. But I have one week left of school (Ummm… PARTY!) and have a date with missjessamy planned for the first weekend off. So get prepped for that one. Now, for so inspo.

The ‘drobe update: Okay, here’s the rundown. Black, white, grey, stripes, leopard accents, soft cottons, fluffy knits, ripped denim, fedoras, bright flowers to brighten up instagram posts, crisp early morning runs… Okay, this is getting out of hand. On with the pictures!

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pics from: Mija Mija instagram, Oracle Fox, Natasha Oakley Blog, figtny, theyallhateus x

POST CARDS FROM MELBOURNE

Hello dearest of readers

Before I begin this post, let me just apologise for my lack of and erratic post pattern. It’s been a little over a month since I last posted and I feel terrible. I actually forgot to inform you that I was going to Melbourne in Victoria for a week… Whoopsie. And now that I think about it, holidays can be a busier time than during school because I actually have things to do other than procrastinating by writing posts during exam time… Awkward…

Anyway, my sincerest apologies.

So without further ado, a little post of words and pictures that describe my week of busy busy busy in Victoria.

Kisses

Mahleebali xx

Despite an early morning flight, we got out of the apartment as soon as we arrived, going to the gallery to look at some Italian Masterpieces!

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The next morning was when the fun really started... Morning tea at Hopetoun tea rooms and some shopping, including some at H&M...

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Then to this AMAZING alleyway of graffiti.. highlight for sure!

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Poosibly the most beautiful flower shop in Australia...

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Some gorgeous floor tiles outside Hopetoun tea room

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What I call Biebushkas :)

What I call Biebushkas 🙂

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Overcast day in the city...

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We then went on our little road trip after Mum and Dad went home! Around Victoria with our Grandparents.

Along the Great Ocean Road...

Along the Great Ocean Road…

Bells beach, a famous surf beach in Victoria and Australia! Those crazy people surfing in something-under-ten degree weather!

Hanging rock, spooky spooky if you've ever seen the movie...

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STYLE RETHINK

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Before I begin… MY EXAMS ARE OVER! WOOP WOOP WOOP! *cue dance party* aaaaand… You guys gave me five hundred views… YASSSS.

Let’s get on with it, then…

Mastering the off-duty look… Yeah, I know, it’s not an easy thing to do. However, whether you’re going to brunch with friends, flying interstate or having a picnic in the park, you owe it to yourself to look gorgeous at all times – whether you can master the look as well as Rosie HW is not important because it’s not possible. Mastering the look is not easy. My first tip? Heels are not for off-duty. The most vital component of an off-duty look is a good, flattering sneaker or boot. Do you really want to run around all weekend in your Louboutin’s? I thought not. Regardless of the shoe you choose, they have to look good. For me, this is converse or my (more feminine style) Doc Martens. In a classier situation, my new Windsor Smith leopard print slip-on sneakers or my gorgeous, tan studded boots bought in Rome…

The next and as vitally important aspect as the first, are key pieces like a felt fedora and some snazzy sunnies (as I like to call them), some great jeans, a slouchy tee (esp. a stripy one) a leather jacket (the off-duty look is actually my most recently bought wardrobe tbh) which give it the edge the look requires. Another key element of this look is delicate pieces of jewellery; Rose gold screams off-duty. To top it off, the looks needs a good bag. Picking darker colours for bags in recommended so that it goes with every off-duty look. A black bag with a long shoulder strap (I love my dupe chanel one) or a black leather tote suit the look. The very last element is applying some simple makeup with light coverage and a bit of bronzer, some curled lashes and a nude lip paired with a good old top not, high ponytail, straight or curled.

 

A look you see on the likes of Rosie, Miranda Kerr and Jourdan Dunn is now is now in sight and completely achievable. Have fun and remind the paparazzi: “No photos.”

 

Kisses

 

Mahleebali xx