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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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2016.

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What a whirlwind of a year 2015 was!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I blinked and the year was over. 2015 brought about many highs, as well as some lows, and I am now feeling excited to move into a new year and see what adventures lie ahead for me.

I feel I must also address that I have been M.I.A for a couple of months now. Between finishing my University degree, planning for my big move back home to Melbourne (did I ever mention I’ve been living in Townsville, North Queensland for the last few years?), temporarily moving in with my Granny-in-law who doesn’t have Wi-Fi, and dealing with the sad loss of a dear family member; I’ve been feeling a little misplaced.

But I’m back, and can’t tell you how natural it feels to be sitting at my laptop putting together this post. I certainly didn’t want to leave 2015 behind without taking a trip down memory lane, after all, December saw my one year blogging anniversary! So lets take a look back at the year that was and in case you missed them, here is the top 5 Meika & Me posts of 2015.

Loving Tan Review

Top Tips for Wearing an All-Black Outfit

Bali, Indonesia

Spring Racing

Spring Racing #2

When I started Meika & Me, I sought it to be an extension of myself, a place where I can share my dreams, my passions and my zest for life in a medium that allowed me to express my personality. This is very much still the case, and I have big plans for Meika & Me in 2016 involving new content, new ideas and of course, more than enough fashion, style and life to inspire your tastes.

Here’s to 2016 together!

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Top tips to help you de-stress.

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It feels like such a long time since I have sat down to my laptop and written content for Meika & Me. I’m currently in the midst of a roller coaster few weeks! With the final exams of my university degree just a short week away and a decision made to relocate back to my home city Melbourne next month, my mind has been feeling a little chaotic and stressed.

Naturally, I am quite a highly-strung individual who tends to wear her stresses quite openly and loudly! As I know many readers of Meika & Me are in a similar position to me, with upcoming university and school exams, I do have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve on how I like to de-stress and I’d love to share these with you. And, even if you’re not studying, these tips can still be used to relax after a hard day at work or dealing with life’s little hurdles.

Take time out

When feeling stressed, sometimes it is a good idea to take some time out away from what is causing you feelings of high stress or anxiety. Sometimes, a simple 10 minutes time out can rejuvenate the mind and allow you to return with a fresh perspective. I love to listen to music during my time out and find that this definitely alters my mood. You could also have a hot bath, eat a nice meal or phone a friend.

Exercise

This is one tip I often need to remind myself to do! When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which induce a positive feeling in your body. I’m someone who hates going to the gym, but it is without a doubt that once I’m finished working out, I feel more energised, invigorated and happy. If you’re feeling stressed, do something to release these endorphins; go to the gym, take a long walk, have a dance. Just get your body moving!

Get creative

This is a great outlet for relieving stress and relaxing. Utilise your creativity and draw or paint a picture or write a poem or story. Recently, adult colouring books have become increasingly popular! These are just like the colouring you used to do as a child, but the images are a lot more complex and there is certainly something very nostalgic about channelling your inner child!

Meditate

This is a new concept to me, and I’m a long way away from successfully reaching a meditative trans like state. But I do enjoy taking the time out to listen to guided meditation, focus on my breathing, and quieten my chaotic mind. I like to use the Calm app, which allows you tailor your meditation by choosing background music and sounds, as well as the length of time, to suit your preferences.

Get a good night’s sleep

This one is obvious. I’m a firm believer in getting a good night’s sleep. I have friends at University who will stay up all night before an exam, cramming last minute content and feeling stressed about what they know and don’t know at that point. I will never, ever do this. Sometimes it is best to just step away from the situation, switch off your technology and head to bed. Getting enough restful sleep will allow you to approach stressful situations more calmly and effectively, and ensure you feel your healthy best.

Let me know what you do to de-stress, I would love to know!

Meika & Me
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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?

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?

Meika & Me
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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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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!

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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.



Identify Yourself.

One of the most courageous things you can do in life is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.

– Sheila Murray Bethel