Cocktail Party / New Year's Eve Ideas

Holiday party season's in full swing: Your inbox and mailbox overflow with invites to work, family, friends and yes, even school dos. With family and friends, you can (mostly) get away with a work-to-evening outfit that's been living in your closet ...more

The Very Best Wearable Tech of 2014

Trying to find the perfect gift is like trying to find skyscraper heels that won't hurt your feet. In other words, it can feel next to impossible. Wearable tech gifts can solve the "What do I buy" dilemma easily. What was once science fiction or ...more

How People See You When You're Big and Black

I’m big, I’m black, and I’ve become well aware of how those things shape the way people see me, what they assume about me, and how they treat me. On Being Big My first vivid memories of body shame came in fourth grade. At nine, I was tall and ...more

Why Leg Warmers Are the Best Winter Accessory

All Flashdance jokes aside (you know, I never actually saw that movie), the leg warmer is, in my opinion, the most underappreciated and valuable winter accessory of all time. Well, maybe they're number two to a warm hat, but they rank way up there on ...more

5 Tips for Successful Style Blogging

In my five years as a fashion and beauty blogger, the one question I've gotten most often is about how to do this thing called blogging. For the first time, I'm going to outline some important tips I believe contribute to success as a blogger. I have ...more

The Incredibly Cute Last-Minute Gift Guide for Cat Lovers

If you're like me, then you love cats and people who love cats. You also love cute things, and hate holiday shopping. Fortunately, I've done the footwork (paw work?) for you. These adorable kitty-themed gifts will arrive by Christmas if you order now—and if you've procrastinated to the very last minute, you can order some fun gift certificates to arrive via email. MEOW! ...more
That scarf and that comforter set!  WANT!!!more

4 Cute Holiday Outfits for Every Body Type

Holiday party season's in full swing: Your inbox and mailbox overflow with invites to work, family, friends and yes, even school dos. With family and friends, you can (mostly) get away with a work-to-evening outfit that's been living in your closet all season. We all get the itch to buy an outfit that'll wow future in-laws, clients or colleagues. Whether you're curvy, tall, petite, or average built, here's a killer holiday ensemble for you. ...more

The Best 6 Foundations Out There (And You Need Them All)

If there is one thing I need in life, it's options! When Chris asks, "What do you want for dinner?" I always reply with, "I don't know—what are my options?" The same thing goes for makeup—except that with foundation, you really do need different options. Different foundations all do different things, and I don't mean just cover troubled areas. They reflect light; they can give you a dewy or matte look; they can highlight your cheekbones; the list goes on. Especially around the holidays, I am always reaching for a different foundation. ...more

Merry Christmas!

Dearest readers, Hope you and yours had a wonderful, fabulous holiday this year. Merry Christmas! Wishing you all the best, joyfulness, and a year of fun-filled DIY’ing, xoxoxo Carly ...more

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons

Just a really quick post today to show you this beauty of a nail polish and tell you a tragic story! OPI is a brand of nail polish I used to swear by back in the day, but with the arrival of brands like Essie, Orly and China Glaze I forgot about it a little. That is such a shame, and now that I've tested out some more of their nail polishes, I'm hooked again ....more


Scrounge up that chump change from all the epic Christmas spendings sweetface – it’s time to grab yourself a Boxing Day treat! That’s right, the ever-awesome Boxing Day sales have begun, but there’s no need to crawl your bloated post-Xmas caboose out into those hellish shops yet again…everything awesome is ONLINE my good friend. To helps you out, today every hour on the halfer (AEST) until collapse into a sugar coma on the floor,...more

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to wish every single one of you who celebrate... my beautiful readers... a very Merry Christmas! ...more

Party prep: Makeup to get you groomed from head to toe this New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve calls for dancing, bubbly and cheeky midnight kisses unless of course you plan to eat from a jar of Nutella in.. ....more

Lifestyle roundup: 10 of the best cocktails of 2014

Trialling new recipes and investigating new brands of booze is one of my favourite parts of this job and there's nothing I love better than when my dreams for a cocktail are realised and the photos do justice to how delicious it tastes ....more

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

​​ Merry Christmas! Hope everybody has a blessed day! Just want to quickly mention that I’m almost at 500 likes on Facebook ....more

3 Easy-Peasy Headband Braid Hairstyles for Lazy Girls

by Merry Christmas, lovelies! ...more


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!! Just wanted to quickly share my "classic Christmas manicure" in case you are not following my Instagram! This is an OLDIE BUT GOLDIE! ...more

Swatches: Aromaleigh Cosmetics Sol Invictus Collection Part 2 Lua Saturni, Luxuriae Maniae, Opalia & Oscilla

press sample And here we have part 2 of my Sol Invictus swatches from Aromaleigh Cosmetics! These are some of my favorites of the entire collection. Official descriptions Lua Saturni is a heathered deep indigo/violet (will change from more blue to more violet depending on your viewing conditions) with dominant blue to teal sparkles that color shift to fuchsia/red ....more