Monday, 20 April 2015

MBFWA 2015: day four

CS Edit X Kirrily Johnston

CS Edit X Kirrily Johnston

DYSPNEA

DYSPNEA

DYSPNEA


TOP: Talulah  |  JEANS: Levi's (vintage and tailored)  |  HEELS: Christian Louboutin  |  HANDBAG: Chanel  |  SUNGLASSES: Chanel  |  BRACELETS: Eddie Borgo  |  PALM CUFF: Petite Grand

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia draws to a close! On day four, I checked out the CS Edit X Kirrily Johnston show (the invitation for which I stupidly read as just "Kirrily Johnston", forgetting that she shut down her own label quite some time ago) and the debut show from a label I've been interestedly keeping tabs on, DYSPNEA. The latter was a delicious Clueless confection featuring sheer lace, an abundance of pink and even a skirt with a bunny tail on it, yet it all appeared very well-made and surprisingly wearable. The collection is now high on my list of labels to loan from for my next red carpet event!

April xx

Saturday, 18 April 2015

MBFWA 2015: day three

Image courtesy of Voight Photography

JACKET & SKIRT: Manning Cartell |  TEE: Everlane  |  HANDBAG: Chanel  |  SNEAKERS: Chanel

Day three of Fashion Week and a show from another of my favourite Aussie designers, Manning Cartell (I most recently wore them HERE and HERE). I went with boxy '90s New York power suit vibes, because why not?

April xx

Thursday, 16 April 2015

MBFWA 2015: day two

Ginger & Smart

Ginger & Smart

Ginger & Smart


JUMPSUIT, HEELS & HANDBAG: Ginger & Smart  |  EARRINGS: Vera Xane  |  SUNGLASSES: Oliver Peoples

Day two of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia! I only popped by Carriageworks for one show on day two: the fantastic Australian label Ginger & Smart (I most recently wore them HERE). Check back for my posts from day three and four of MBFWA and keep updated on my Instagram, @aprilrpengilly!

April xx

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

MBFWA 2015: day one

Bec & Bridge

Bec & Bridge

Aje.

Aje.

Aje.

Daniel Avakian

Daniel Avakian

Daniel Avakian

Daniel Avakian

Daniel takes his bow


JACKET, SKIRT & TANK: Bec & Bridge  |  HANDBAG: Cartier |  HEELS: Sergio Rossi  |  WATCH: Tag Heuer  |  SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban  |  DIAMOND STUDS: Tiffany and Co.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is here once more! I have a long history with the event: back in my modelling days, I walked for shows in 2006 and 2007, even closing a number of them. Come 2008, I had made a name for myself in the industry and was honoured to switch to the front row, (which is a lot less stressful than walking in the shows!). Over the years, the event has changed sponsors (from Mercedes-Benz to Rosemount and back again) and locations (from the Overseas Passenger Terminal in picturesque Sydney Harbour to the parking nightmare that is Eveleigh's Carriageworks - seriously, it's taken me 25 minutes to park every day!) and, perhaps the biggest of all, attendees. The shows are now packed with bloggers, giving brands instantaneous press and peacocking for the streetstyle photographers (who ironically began as bloggers themselves). While I wholeheartedly support those who are talented and work hard for changing the game and establishing themselves, the beast has grown and morphed, meaning that there are now many bloggers who aren't particularly reputable, hard-working or flush with real Followers (it's apparently all too easy to purchase an impressive-looking following these days) receiving benefits and kudos that should perhaps be reserved for the real gamechangers. It must be said that I'm certainly not attempting to talk myself up as a trailblazer or anything of the sort, as I don't feel that I belong in either camp - I'm an actress with a personal style blog on the side to keep me from going insane - but I have merely noticed a real change in Australia's annual fashion bonanza. This year, in fact, there has actually been far less peacocking and a lot more casual dressing paired with unkempt, undone hair. I'm attributing this  firstly to Instagram's prevalence, which means that if you're spending MBFWA dressed very differently, it takes mere seconds for someone to look up your IG and peg you as a phoney. Secondly, dressing flamboyantly for the streetstyle photographers shows that you care too much and are probably new to/unfamiliar with the event. And nobody wants that! #effortless #nomakeup
With my rant over, on to the good stuff! On day one, I saw a couple of my favourites: Bec & Bridge, Aje. and Daniel Avakian. I am lucky to call Daniel a friend and was so proud of and excited for his triumphant return to Fashion Week after almost a decade away. His show went spectacularly and I nearly teared up when he took his final bow (honestly, it doesn't take much to get me teary!).
I'm now off to catch Manning Cartell on day three of MBFWA, but I'll be sure to upload everything from day two very soon!

April xx

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Blurred lines


Sweater: EQUIPMENT  |  Jeans: vintage Levi's (similar HERE)  |  Handbag: Chanel (vintage options HERE)  |  Ballet flats: Chanel (vintage options HERE)  |  Rings: Etsy, Nasty Gal

Oh boy, Sydney is already such a chilly willy! I am not into this cold weather AT ALL. I am, however, very much into the last photo in this post, in which my sweater stripes and the shadows on the steps behind me fell into perfect alignment and for one fleeting moment, all was right in the world. Or something.

April xx

Monday, 6 April 2015

Beauty note



Hey babes!

I decided to write this post as I have recently been receiving a lot of questions about my skincare routine (which is very flattering, so thank you!).
Our story begins in late 2011, when I was put on a hormone-related medication, which ended up causing me side effects that were far too disagreeable to put up with. Upon quitting the medication, my hormones were not happy and my skin broke out like never before, with spots in odd, non-oily places, like below my jawline and in the middles of my cheeks. I tried countless regimens and products, including intense prescription-only creams, which I usually avoid at all costs, but any improvement was very slight. Last year, I jumped on the oil bandwagon, first using time-consuming oil cleansers, then turning to my beloved coconut oil as a nighttime moisturiser. I purchased some Retin-A cream in Mexico (you don't have to bother with a prescription for it there) and applied that at night using coconut oil as a barrier. STILL, nothing drastically changed. After a few months of that, I switched to a cream with a higher percentage of retinol but a more soothing formula (details below). No great change. I went off the retinol cream, not wanting my skin to become reliant upon it after hearing of girls who had quit their retinol cream and seen their skin return to a worse state than they began with. I also quit oil when a friend said that she didn't believe the hype as it had appeared to make her skin worse, and I realised that she might be onto something (I had switched to jojoba oil by now, with no notable effects).
Then, late last year, I got up on the popular micellar water game. The simplified routine suits me perfectly, because I've always hated the hassle of wetting and cleansing my face at night, dealing with rivulets of sudsy water running down my shirt and up my arms, particularly in winter.  A few weeks later, and with slight improvements already noticeable, I added in a skin clearing treatment (details  below) and within weeks, began to notice a difference. Gradually, the spots cleared and my skin appeared better than ever before. If a small blemish did begin to appear, it would retreat within a day or two (during the bad years, I would have spots that lasted up to six weeks, which is insane!). I've just taken up with the second retinol cream again (only every third night, as advised when introducing a retinol product) and am loving the extra glow it provides in the morning.
I generally switch it up all the time and rarely purchase the same product twice - there are always new brands and products to try, so why wouldn't you? On that note, this post is unpaid and unsponsored - I was gifted some of the products mentioned, but I would never recommend something I don't believe in. I am simply so excited by the turnaround my skin performed and wanted to share my tips with all of you!
I did try a lot of things all at once out of desperation, so special mentions may also be in order for  evening primrose oil capsules and hormone-regulating maca root powder. So try those too!
In conclusion, it has been a frustrating couple of years, but I am finally out of the woods and able to attend auditions without fearing my skin will cost me the job.
Without further waffling, here is my current skincare routine:

MORNING   After my daily workout and dog walk, I shower and never let any water touch my face (unless I am washing my hair, which I try to limit to about once or twice a week to maintain healthy oils). After showering, I wipe a machine-washable reusable cotton pad (I bought mine over on Etsy) with micellar water on it over my face and neck, using both sides of the pad. I apply serum and eye cream, wait a minute or so for them to soak in and then apply moisturiser (I'll use one with sunscreen if I will be outside that day) and a minute later, the magical skin clearing treatment.

DURING THE DAY   If I notice a blemish appearing (and am not wearing make-up), I will apply a second layer of the skin clearing treatment.

NIGHT   Another swipe of micellar water (I'll go through a few cotton pads if there is make-up to remove in the process), followed by a night serum, eye cream, night moisturiser and either the retinol lotion (every second or third night, gradually building up to every night) or skin clearing treatment.

And that's it!

Now, on to what I am currently using, including my super favourite magic treatment...

My wonderful retinol lotion.
Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment


My current day and night moisturisers.
Puretopia Sensitive Care Protective Moisturiser and Sleep & Renew Night Face Moisturiser 


And finally, my hero product! This also comes in an extra strength version, which I have not yet tried.
Paula's Choice Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

Most importantly, be kind to yourselves and be gentle with your skin. :-)

April xx