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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?

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Spring Racing. #2

Some of you may have seen my most recent post detailing my Spring Racing ensemble for the RSL Townsville Cup. Well, I’m back with part two!

I’m very lucky to have a gorgeous gal pal who allows me to style her, much like the many store mannequins I dressed during my time working in visual merchandising!

The reason for this part two piece is because style is unique and distinctive between individuals and this will give you two very different looks, both of which you may be able to draw inspiration from for your spring racing get up!

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Top – Bardot
Skirt – Bardot
Clutch – Colette by Colette Hayman
Shoes – MissShop by Myer
Hat – Myer (this ‘Lack of Color‘ one is my pick for a similar option!)

For this look we chose a monochrome palette of black and charcoal grey. We matched this fine knit pencil skirt to a somewhat casual fedora, and let the black leather strap accent this spaghetti strap cropped top. To bring some light to entire outfit, we chose a neutral nude clutch bag and heels, and found this complimented it perfectly.

Renee was a little skeptical about wearing a fedora to the races, fearing that it may be too casual, but as you can see, it’s all about what you pair it with! If this isn’t channeling her inner Lara Bingle-Worthington, then I don’t what is. Sporting a low, messy chic bun also made the look feel more dressed up.

A big thank-you to my bestie Renee for allowing me to feature her on Meika & Me.

What do you think? Is this outfit your style?

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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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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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Lust List. #2

Well, University exams sure do have a way of stripping every last morsel of energy from your mind and body, and leaving you longing for a nearer end. Alas, I am finished and have recovered my stress levels back to a normal state and am ready to enjoy my mid year break by doing, well, anything I want to do!

Being head deep into study, revision and exams left little time for perusing the stores, but study breaks (a.k.a. ‘stuff my face with all the food groups’ breaks) did allow me to keep an eye on online stores, other blogs, YouTube style gurus and even the odd magazine, and as a result my list of lusted items has grown.

You know the drill. Meika & Me’s Lust List is a place to share the trends, items and products I am lusting over and currently include:

Cut Out Boots. 

I’m an avid boot lover and find myself wearing them all year round purely because of their versatility. These Wittner ‘Gabrie’ boots have been doing the rounds on social media for a couple of months now and it’s easy to see why.

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Wittner ‘Gabrie’
$229.95
Purchase here: Wittner

A unique take on the heeled Chelsea style boot, these ankle boots offer a subtle edginess to an outfit in a cool, geometric way. These cut out boots would look fab with some ripped at the knee skinny jeans, a baggy V-neck white tee and a leather jacket, or with a pretty floral bohemian maxi dress, fedora hat and aviator sunglasses for a Coachella feel.

They are a little on the higher price range; but considering they are leather upper and leather lining, they will likely last for years.

Grey.

I’ve made no secret about my preference for a monochromatic wardrobe, regularly leaning towards black and white hues. Lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn to grey pieces; winter coats, chunky knitted sweaters, cozy infinity scarves and V-neck tees for a different take on the staple white tee.

I find grey to be softer and a little romantic, when compared to black. I also feel it compliments blonde hair perfectly.

Grey on the top paired with black skinny jeans or a black leather skirt and you’ll have the perfect outfit to brave the Melbourne winter outdoors.

These are some of the grey items I’m dying to get my hands on:

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Country Road ‘Fringed Scarf’
$99.95
Purchase here: Country Road

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SheInside ‘Single Button Tweed Coat’
$44.66
Purchase here: SheInside

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Missguided ‘Seika Maxi Jumper’
$39.98
Purchase here: Missguided Au

Leather Skirt.

I feel like leather is one of those items that never really goes out of style, which is why many women find themselves with their mothers hand me down leather pieces from their 20’s.

I am absolutely loving the look of the leather skirt at the moment. However, my budget doesn’t always stretch that far and that is why I love that there are many vegan leather options (FYI vegan leather is essentially faux leather by a different name, made usually with polyurethane, cork, kelp or seaweed).

This Boss Orange skirt from ASOS is the perfect slim fit cut with a higher waistline, which is flattering on most shapes; particularly those with bigger hips and a booty like myself, as it accentuates the waist making it appear smaller. This skirt also has a unique jersey panel on the reverse side of the skirt making it a little different from your average black skirt.

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Boss Orange ‘Mini Skirt in Leather Look’
$189.00
Purchase here: ASOS

Dress this up or down by coupling it with a white tee, denim jacket and a pair of low converse chucks for a casual weekend vibe, or pair with a silk camisole and strappy heels for a girls night out.

As always, I’d love to hear your lusted items.

Meika & Me
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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 credited back to appropriate source. 



Simple Comfort.

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Whiter Shade of Pale.

Question: is white on white as taboo in the fashion world as double denim?

I, for one, think something has to be said about the elegance and sleek appeal of a white on white outfit combination.

However, I imagine many might share my thoughts that it is a risky fashion statement! While screaming high fashion and ‘I undoubtedly have style’, the risk of spilling a splash of coffee down your front, sitting in bird poo or brushing up against a dusty fence makes me wonder if looking chic and sophisticated is actually worth the risk?

But just because I’m fashion liability when it comes to wearing white, doesn’t mean I can’t love the trend.

And boy, do I ever!

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Style Crush. #2

It’s my favourite time of the month again (actually, I’m about a week late but with university exams just around the corner, I do hope you’ll forgive me). It’s that time of the month where I get to reflect and share whose style I have been crushing and perhaps give you a little inspiration for your wardrobe too.

This month’s feature has style icon status, and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying she is my eternal ‘Style Crush’.

It’s Sienna Miller.

A model, actress and fashion designer, Sienna is a jack of all trades so to speak. Whether she’s being snapped on the red carpet, featured in a magazine editorial or photographed by the paparazzi walking down the street doing every day things, she always oozes effortless style. Her fashion choices are laid back and relaxed, definitely leaning towards boho chic. She certainly isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and I admire her ability to pull off anything and everything she wears.

She’s brave in her fashion choices, and she always looks like a total babe.

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Who’s your Style Crush of the moment?

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