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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!

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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. 



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


Simple Comfort.

Simple Comfort.
                   


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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