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Summer Essentials.

Here in Australia, we are now smack bang in the middle of summer and boy, has it been a scorcher!

While I make no secret of the fact that my heart is happier in the cooler, winter months, I have a number of essentials to help me get through the warmer months! So, if you’re anything like me and counting down the days until the weather drops a few degrees, then maybe some of these items will help you combat the heat.

Light Clothing

During the summer months, I live in cotton dresses. I find them easy to throw on and go, no matter what I have planned ahead for the day; offering great versatility, while also being breathable and cool. Cotton is also easy to look after in terms of wash and care, making it the perfect everyday fabric. These are some of my favourite styles, and I have included an option to suit your preferred length; mini, maxi, midi. Perfect to throw on for a day at the beach, or worn to dinner and drinks with your ladies in the warm summer evenings.

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Auguste the Label
‘Holiday Willow Wrap Dress Tiny Floral’
$155

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Cotton On
‘KN Tennessee Strappy Tee Dress’
$14.95

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ASOS – Monki
Ribbed Dress
$53

Hats 

I am a HUGE hat lover all year round, but particularly in the summer months. I have pale skin with lots of freckles and find that a long day in the sun will darken the freckles on my face, across my nose and cheeks. Hats are a fantastic way to be sun smart and stylish at the same time. My absolute FAVOURITE brands are Lack of Colour and Ace of Something, both offering a variety of colours and styles that are affordable and very high quality. Hats are a great way to add a different element to your outfit, and completely change the look of an ensemble. Any one of these bad boys will have compliments flying your way left, right and centre!

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Ace of Something
Trigg (White)
$49.95

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Lack of Color
Spencer Boater
$59.95
 

A Great Bikini

I must be honest; I struggle with this every summer. Unfortunately, like many other girls, I am very body conscious and as a big busted, big bummed, curvy size 12-14, I struggle to find bikini’s I feel entirely comfortable in. Unfortunately, it’s not the styles that are letting me down, but rather the sizes, which are often too big or too small around the chest or bottom. If you have any recommendations of brands that cater to this well, please let me know! Otherwise, here are some bikini’s I’m loving this summer.

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Seafolly
‘Cabana Rose F Cup Halter Bikini’
Top $114.95
Bottom $74.95

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Zulu & Zephyr
‘Waimea Tri Cup Bikini’
$170 (now on sale for $90!)

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Zulu & Zephyr
‘Rockpool Tri Cup Bikini’
$140 (now on sale for $80!)

Sunscreen

This should actually be number one on the essentials list, as being sun smart is important for maintaining healthy and youthful skin, and avoiding melanomas and other skin cancers. My go to is the Le Tan 50+ Coconut Lotion, which smells like a summer dream! This product doesn’t have that awful ‘sunscreen’ smell that is usually prominent, and if you are a coconut lover, you’ll go gaga for this; I promise you.

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Le Tan
Coconut Lotion 50+ 500ml
$22.99

Roundie towel

These are adorable! Why would you have an ordinary rectangular shaped beach towel, when you can have one of these? While so many brands are producing round beach towels now, The Beach People are the original creators and offer 10 different prints to suit your tastes. Use them at the beach, a picnic in the park or lazing around in your backyard!

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The Beach People
‘The Aztec’
$110

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The Beach People
‘The Dream Time’
$110

Sunnies

Another staple all year round, my sunnies tend to get more of a workout during the warmer months. I am an avid sunglasses collector and often prefer to buy cheap, in case I lose or break them (because who hasn’t done this before?!). I do have a pair of the Ray Ban Clubmasters and absolutely love them, but I live in constant fear that I am going to sit on them every time I take them off! I find I have a fairly universal shaped face, allowing me to wear many styles with ease, and I love to play around with different frames, lenses and colour combinations to add a different element to my outfit.


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Ray Ban
‘Round Metal’
$199

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Cotton On
‘Catty Club Sunnie’
$14.95

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Quay Australia
‘My Girl’
$50

Primer

To ensure my make up stays in place and goes on smoothly, I love to use the POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit. I was wearing make up for years before I even considered introducing a primer into my make up routine, but when I discovered this product, I knew I was onto a winner. I wear this underneath my foundation, and find that it reduces the appearance of my pores, smoothes and softens out my complexion, while mattifying the skin and keeping my make up in place for much longer than without this product. I highly recommend giving this one a go.

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Benefit Cosmetics
‘The POREfessional’
$53

Mattifying Powder

This has been a Holy Grail product of mine for a few years now. I have combination skin, but find I get shiny through my T-zone as the day progresses. To combat this, I like to use the Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder to set my liquid foundation, and as a touch up throughout the day when needed. This product is a 2-in-1 foundation and pressed powder, so can be used on its own as a very light coverage foundation.

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Australis Cosmetics
‘Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder’
$12.95

Tan

I am a pale skinned girl who dreams of having a golden, sun kissed bonze tan naturally. Alas, I will forever be dreaming, as time in the sun usually results in the following cycle: white-pink-beetroot red sunburn-pink-white again. I’ve previously done a review on my favourite tanning product, which is the Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Dark. Check out my review here!

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Loving Tan
‘Deluxe Bronzing Mousse’
$34.95

‘Deluxe Self Tanning Applicator Mit’
$14.95

What are your summer essentials?
Whether your a summer beach bum or share my love of winter, I hope you’re enjoying these months with family, friends and happy times.

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Summer Slides.

It is no secret that when summertime comes around, so too does a new trend in summertime footwear! From gladiators to flatforms, from espadrilles to the ever faithful thongs (or flip flops for my American readers!), there really is a sandal to suit your personal taste.

The sandal I am loving at the moment and a trend I see going nowhere fast, is the slide – the perfect balance between classic luxury and comfort, ensuring it will easily tie in with your summer wardrobe.

 Imagine your slides paired with a floaty white summer dress, light wash denim shorts or even worn with some structured cigarette pants on a cooler night out.

These are the 5 slides I’m loving for the Spring/Summer!

Sol Sana ‘Lucy’
$99.95

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If you follow me on Instagram (follow Meika & Me here!) then you’d have already seen these bad boys. Available in 4 colours including black, blush, gold and a black fluffy pair, these are high my current want list. I’ve even asked my boyfriend to think about purchasing these for me as a graduation present. Now I just need to decide which colour I want most!

Birkenstock ‘Arizona’
$116.00

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I actually already own this style in black, but am keen to get my hands on the tan or navy colour! Birkenstocks are much like vegemite, you either love them or you hate them, and I’m definitely the former of the two. The sole actually molds to the shape of your foot, which results in them feeling much like slippers after a few wears!

Senso ‘Eddy’
$259.00

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Senso can do no wrong in my opinion and the ‘Eddy’ is no exception. Available in black and tan, these could be dressed up and worn to casual cocktails on a warm summer night with friends. The studs create a point of difference and add an element of texture to an outfit.

Givenchy ‘Logo Rubber Sandal Slide’
$426.70

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If you’re a fashion lover, I have no doubt you have seen these all over the fashion blogosphere. From blogger Amanda Shadforth at Oracle Fox to YouTube’s Lexi of Fashion Filth, these summer slides are widely admired and seem to have set the precedent for summer footwear. While well out of my budget, a girl can dream right?

Windsor Smith ‘Bicker’
$89.95

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I love the distinction the pairing of a thick and thin strap makes! It makes them feel quite chic and I’m imagining these worn with some structured trousers and a loose white tee. These are available in black, tan and a black and white combo – which I love!

As always, let me know what summer footwear trends you’re loving? Do you love any of the featured styles?

Meika & Me
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Spring Racing.

The Spring Racing season in Australia is a favourite pastime for many. It’s an opportunity for the guys and gals to dress up; boys in suave suits or dapper chinos, button down shirts and bow ties, and the girls wearing bright, detailed and exquisitely extravagant hats and fascinators. It is also an opportunity to create memories with good friends, drink some champagne and maybe if you’re lucky, win a bet or two on a horse race!

This weekend just past, I was fortunate enough to attend the RSL Townsville Cup Day at Cluden Racecourse. While regional town races are less comparable to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in terms of scale and grandeur, the Townsville cup stills draws in quite the crowd, with locals and groups from smaller country towns nearby making the most of a fun day out.

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Dress – ASOS
Flower Crown – Flower Crowns by Oh the Cunning Fox
Shoes – Senso
Clutch – Colette by Colette Hayman
Sunglasses – Kuta Markets, Bali
Tan – Loving Tan


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Flower Crowns by Oh the Cunning Fox is a small business owned and operated here in Australia. The owner Lucie (who happens to be one of my oldest, nearest and dearest friends; a definite soul sister) takes great pride in sharing the beauty and whimsy of a flower crown and will work with the individual to create a unique, hand made and one of a kind piece that suits your taste. Each flower crown is made by Lucie and can be customised with your colour choice or flower range, meaning that no two flower crown is exactly alike.

When describing Oh the Cunning Fox, Lucie has stated: “beauty is not only an object, but an emotion in the depth of your soul. Hand made flower crowns using faux flowers, so your beauty will last longer than a day”

As each flower crown is unique, prices vary depending on the design, size and materials used.
If you would like to discuss designs and purchase your own gorgeous flower crown, contact Lucie here!

Are you going to any horse races this year? I’d love to hear about your outfit!

Meika & Me
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Striped T-shirt Dress.

Spring has well and truly sprung here in Australia, which means the sun is out and the weather is warming. Although, where I currently live in the regional town of Townsville, located in Far North Queensland, the Winter season seemed over in a matter of a blink.

In the warmer months, I find myself reaching for clothing items that are comfortable and easy, requiring little thought. This Cotton On T-shirt dress is the perfect example of a staple summer wardrobe item for me. I have this dress is four different prints/colours, but find this one to be my most worn (it’s that stripe obsession!)

Cotton On ‘Tina’ Tshirt Dress
$24.95
Purchase here: Cotton On

The T-shirt dress is versatile and can be worn on it’s own or with an chambray shirt like this one I have tied around my waist. Pair it with some white converse chucks, some Birkenstock sandals or even a pair of ankle booties and you’re good to go.

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Lust List. #3

It’s been a very busy couple of months for me. Between holidaying and the commencement of my last semester EVER at University (9 weeks to go, but whose counting?), I’ve barely had time to sit down and do what I love most; write.

But being busy has not stopped me perusing the Internet and magazines during every spare minute, and lusting over items to add to my overflowing and always growing wardrobe!

So, what is Meika & Me lusting over right now? I’m glad you asked.

The Midi-Heel.

Not quite a high heel and definitely higher than a kitten heel, I’ve labeled it the ‘midi-heel’ and I am loving this trend! The perfect shoe for Spring/Summer time and offers great versatility as the height allows it to be worn casually or more dressed up, depending your taste.

I personally love this pair from Sportsgirl, which is in a gorgeous pale tan colour, which compliments this season’s 70’s trend.

Imagine these sandals with a floaty floral dress, or even paired with a pair of light wash boyfriend jeans to add a more feminine touch.

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Sportsgirl ‘Steph Block Heel’ Sandal
$79.95
Purchase here: Sportsgirl

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Betts ‘Gingerbread Summer Staple’
$79.99
Purchase here: Betts

Jo Malone London.

I am so glad that Jo Malone has finally made it’s way over to Australia. Stocked in both David Jones and Myer Melbourne City, Jo Malone offers an extensive range of ‘unexpected’ scents that are elegantly lush. The packaging is gorgeous and would look beautiful on any girl’s dressing table. I love the scent ‘Blackberry & Bay’, which is a vibrant fruity scent of blackberry, bay and wood.

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Jo Malone London ‘Blackberry & Bay Cologne’
100ml $185
Purchase here: Myer

Dior ‘So Real’ Sunglasses.

I’d actually have to win the lottery to afford these beauties, but that can’t stop a girl from dreaming right? These sunglasses have been doing the rounds lately on the blogosphere and Instagram, and their unique shape and large colour range are adding to their popularity. I personally love the pink colour, but they also come in black, clear, tortoiseshell and blue among many other colour combos. These sunglasses are a statement piece, but we’re thinking it’s definitely the right kind to make.

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Dior ‘So Real’ Sunglasses
$600
Purchase here: Sunglass Hut

Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag.

Another dreamy lust piece that is well out of my price range, but high on the want list. This bucket bag is the perfect handbag to suit any style. Made in Italy using Italian vegetable leather, this gorgeous bag can be customized by selecting the lining colour to best suit your taste. I personally love the black bag with the charcoal lining, but with the large colour range for the external leather and the lining, you really can create the ultimate bag for you!

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Mansur Gavriel
$545
Purchase here: Mansur Gavriel

Tell me, what are you lusting over at the moment?

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Bali, Indonesia.

I’ve fallen in love.

Yes, it’s true. But it is not a person that has won my heart, but rather the Indonesian Island called Bali.

I’d always heard mixed reviews about Bali, with people likening it to vegemite; you either love it or you hate it. Maybe it’s because Indonesia has such a sentimental place in my heart after learning and loving the language for six years during High School, but I have only fond feelings for the place and am counting down the days until I can return. I actually won’t have to wait long to visit again, as my partner Jesse and I booked plane tickets two days after arriving home to visit Bali again in November. This will coincide with our 7-year anniversary, which makes the trip all the more special.

This was my first time overseas, and this trip has certainly enlightened the ‘travel bug’ in me. I travelled with a group of long time friends and we stayed for a week, splitting our time between Gili Trawangan and Seminyak. From the people to the culture, to the street markets and the architecture, this island is full of life and colour.

Here are a few of my favourite photographs from the trip:

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Have you been to Bali? What was your experience like? I’d love to hear your tips, tricks, experiences and suggestions.

Meika & Me
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Loving Tan Review.

I’ve been a fake tanner for as long as I can remember. I have vivid memories from my early high school years when tanning products were certainly not what they are today, and combined with my sloppy application (I put that down to inexperience and laziness) would lead to often streaky and frequently orange legs! (For some reason, a younger self chose to only tan her legs; leaving the rest of her body a snowy shade of white).

I’ve been using Loving Tan for about 6 months now and am still so surprised when I meet girls who have not heard of this product! It was an appointment at the beautician that inspired this blog post. Whilst waxing my eyebrows, my beautician and I were discussed tanning products and when I mentioned Loving Tan, she exclaimed, “Yes! I LOVE Loving Tan but not many people seem to know about it.”

And then I thought; that has got to change!

Loving Tan has fast replaced all tanning products in my bathroom cupboard. It is an Australian product and self-proclaimed breakthrough in the industry. Put simply, it is a tanning product “made by tan lovers for tan lovers”.

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Loving Tan is available in a 2 hour (medium & dark) and 8 hour (medium, dark & ultra dark) mousse formula and retails for $34.95 – $39.95 AUD. Available in Australia and Internationally, you can purchase your tan here. They even offer free shipping for orders over $50, which is an amazing bonus!

For this review, I have used the 2 hour Express Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in ‘dark’.

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The tanning product has an instant bronzer in it making the application process very simple as you can visibly see where you are placing the product and where you’ve missed. Directly after application, I do find this product to be quite pink on my skin, which at first was a little daunting but this is not the colour it remains so don’t be alarmed. The tan has a pleasantly nice smell, and definitely does not have that ‘fake tan’ smell like other products I’ve used in the past. It is also very quick drying and doesn’t feel too sticky on the skin.

I use a fake tan mitt to apply the product and this helps to work the product into the skin and also avoids any mishaps with fake tanned hands (we’ve all been there!). Loving Tan have also released a back applicator, and must be one of the first to do so as I have not seen a product like it on the market. I absolutely loved the idea of the back applicator as my boyfriend hates tanning my back for me and it’s difficult to do myself, but I must be honest; I hated this product. I find the sponge applicator too small, which makes it difficult to spread across the back area. I also found it difficult to use in terms of getting the motions right.

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*The above pictures depicting my legs before, straight after application, and after shower have not been edited or retouched. They were taken in the same place, however different times of the day have resulted in different natural lighting settings.

I’m quite pale, as is visible in the before photo above and I find this tan to be very natural on the skin. Thanks to the dual active self tanner ingredients, this tanning mousse ensures a natural looking tan without the streaks or orange undertones. The ‘after’ image above was taken after showering after allowing the tan to develop for the recommended 2 hours. As expected, if you leave the tan on longer you will achieve a much darker shade. The tan is long lasting provided you look after your tan. To do so, moisturise daily and this will ensure your tan fades off evenly.

I cannot recommend this product enough! For any self tan lovers out there, I assure you that you will be loving your tan with Loving Tan.

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Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions on everything featured on this blog post are my own and not influenced by any third party. This feature has not been sponsored nor have I received any payment for this post. All images featured on this blog post have been taken by myself. 



Top Tips for Wearing an All Black Outfit.

I’ve made it no secret that Meika & Me is likely the number one fan of an all black outfit. My boyfriend often jokingly questions whether I’m off to a funeral when I appear sporting an all black ensemble.

It is classic, chic, slimming and flattering on all skin tones, which makes it absolutely no surprise that most women love to wear all black. But what makes an all black outfit interesting? What determines it looking depressed and morbid or fabulously chic?

I’ve come up with my 5 top tips to wearing all black errthing:

Play around with Texture & Fabrics

This is my number one tip for turning an all black outfit from blagh to beautiful. If you’re wearing cotton with cotton, there is nothing to break up the outfit, give it definition or brighten up the look. Instead, mix a cotton tee with leather trousers, black denim with a silk cami or add a lush knitted scarf or sweater. This tip is about mixing textured fabrics to create lift and a point of difference.

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Play around with Structure

I love playing around with structured pieces, especially when paired with a nice pair of black heels. Structured tops, jackets, skirts and pants all work by offering shape to a look, which enhances the look by creating different proportions.

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Play around with Accessories

This tip is by far the easiest to do! If you’re a little afraid of an all black outfit, or you’re feeling a little ‘widowesqe’, then play with accessories! It’s as simple as adding a statement bag (something like this would look gorgeous!), or a bold bright necklace. It could even be as simple as adding a hat or scarf in a grey or neutral tone. Accessories help to add a little fun to an outfit and will allow you to express your individual personality.

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Play around with Layers & Lengths

I’m the first to admit that layering can be difficult to do. No, that’s not correct. Layering is simple to do, but hard to master! If done incorrectly, it can leave you looking a little frumpy and tussled. This tip involves playing around with lengths and layers in a way that will break up outfit ensemble and give height and shape to your body. For example, pair some high waisted denim jeans with a slightly cropped knit and then add a long duster coat and pointed boots or heels, which will work to create an elongated figure. Another tip could be layering a slightly longer button-up shirt underneath a thinner knit jumper.

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Play around with Shades

Another easy but very effective tip! Add definition and light to your all black outfit by playing with shades. This is a little bit of a cheat because what are shades of black? Greys. Still, it’s effective and looks classic. Mix different shades of black and grey into your ensemble through actual clothing items or accessories, the choice is yours.

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Do you have an tips for wearing an all black outfit? I’d love to hear them!

Meika & Me
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*Disclaimer: I do not own any of the pictures featured in this post. Each image has been obtained from Pinterest with original source unknown. Images have been used for the purpose of viewing enjoyment and no payment or sponsorship has been received in association with this post.



Get to know Meika & Me.

20 facts

 

I’ve recently surpassed a blog milestone for me and now have well over 1000 individuals following my shared passions. First of all, let me say thank-you! The fact that so many of you are even somewhat interested in the rambling mind of a fashion lover and dream chaser still blows my mind! Second of all, I thought you might like to get to know me a little better.

Besides, you’re not a real blogger unless you do a tag every once in a while, right?

My name is Ehlana. I am the author and mind behind Meika & Me.

I was born in Mullumbimby and grew up in Melbourne. I am the oldest of 4 siblings and feel very protective over each of them. Our Dad called us ‘the tribe’ and I feel very fortunate for the relationship and close bond we have. I am lucky to call my siblings my best friends.

I am currently completing my last semester in a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management. It is my dream to work as an internal recruiter for a major fashion label.

I love winter more than summer. I hate the hot weather and think winter fashion is dreamy.

I am a self confessed Candy Crush addict. And Facebook. And Instagram. In fact, lets just say I can’t go for very long periods without using my phone for something or another!

I have never travelled overseas. But, that is all about to change, as in a few weeks time I will be travelling to Bali with a group of my nearest and dearest.

I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian and have been my entire life. My parents raised my siblings and I this way, but always offered us the choice to eat meat if we desired.

I would describe my style as very basic and mostly monochromatic. I love wearing classic pieces with clean, simple structure.

I do love to accessorise. My go to staple accessory is a felt fedora hat. I also love jewellery, as it really can make a great outfit greater.

My favourite brand is Witchery. See my previous post  ‘Animal Instinct’ to find out why.

I also love Topshop, Zara and H&M.

I absolutely love make-up and only wish I had the skills to match my passion. I’ve watched many a YouTube tutorial, but struggle to replicate technique. My attempts at winged liner are almost laughable!

My day-to-day make-up is a mix of high and low end products. I believe there are some fantastic drug store brands that don’t hurt the hip pocket.

My music taste is vast. I love everything from indie folk to pop ballads to country.

My favourite television show is Wentworth. If you love Orange is the New Black, you’ll love this even more. (There I said it, it’s better than OITNB!)

My favourite drink is water. My favourite alcoholic drink is a piña colada, a strawberry daiquiri or a really nice glass of champagne!

I love relaxing in a hot bath, but don’t take the time to do so regularly enough. I love using Lush products; the sweeter scents preferably. My absolute favourite Lush product is the ‘Candy Mountain Bubble Bar’, which actually smells good enough to eat.

My favourite cuisine is Thai food. I could eat a green curry on a daily basis. I also love Japanese and Indian.

I absolutely love meeting new people. So, I encourage you to chat to me on any of my social media platforms, follow my blog or comment on any of my posts. The blog community is full of so many lovely individuals from across the globe and that’s exciting!

Lastly, I am a long-time fashion lover and dream chaser. Just a simple Melbourne girl wanting to share her passions with the world.

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Bloggers to Fancy.

Every day I’m inspired by those around me and in my short time blogging, have gained an admiration for the love and support present in the blogging community. Blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr offer the every day individual a public voice to speak openly on whatever topic they so choose.

Meika & Me is predominantly fashion focused, as that feels most at home to me. But, because there are SO many incredible writers, photographers, make-up artists and stylists on WordPress alone, I wanted to introduce a new feature to Meika & Me. ‘Bloggers to Fancy’ is exactly as the name suggests; it’s the bloggers to fancy, to crush, the bloggers of the moment. It’s the bloggers I am loving too much to keep quiet about!

The first featured ‘Blogger to fancy’ is someone very near and dear to me, and is not only my best friend but also the inspiration for my starting my own blog. She is fellow blogger and beauty queen, myBeautiFX.

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Image sourced: myBeautiFX Instagram

Lithel at myBeautiFX is a make-up and beauty lover who has incredible product knowledge. If I’m wanting inspiration for make-up looks, an honest review of the latest products to hit the market, or cheaper dupe alternatives to high end products, I will always check out myBeautiFX on her blog or Instagram. Her skillset extends far beyond your weekend winged cat eye look, and she uses special effects make-up to create incredible, life-like (and sometimes horrifying) looks that would be perfect for Halloween or any dress up party occasion.

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Her words are sincere and sweet, and are a true representation of the girl behind them. myBeautiFX has an endearing quality about her that leaves you wanting to read more. I highly advise you visit her site and social media, if you haven’t already, and let her know I sent you.

I promise you’ll be inspired, just as I am.

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