Dandelions remind me of cacti up close which is funny because they’re so soft and delicate and cacti are prickly and hard. The word actually hails from the French word dent-de-lion, meaning “lion’s tooth”. Oh the irony! Today I’m collaborating with Elyia which is an Australian owned, Melbourne based silver jewellery company. So on Monday you got a Melbourne blogger and today you get a Melbourne brand!
I think the word ‘Elyia’ is so beautiful and the meaning behind it is too. It actually originates from the Tamil word meaning ‘simple’ and that is what Elyia revolves around; simple, beautiful and affordable pieces you can wear everyday. They also come in the cutest little tin boxes that are perfect for presents! My personal favourite in their collection is the one I’m wearing today. It’s called the Bar Ring in Rose Gold and the definition of understated jewellery. This is the ring equivalent of the very popular bar necklaces and would look lovely stacked or by itself. I am like a bee to honey when it comes to rose gold but this ring also comes in classics like silver and gold if that’s more your style!
I decided to pair my Bar Ring in Rose Gold with my also rose gold arrow bracelet and chevron and butterfly fit and flare dress. Oh and guess what!?!? I have finally learnt the secret to achieving these curls that I’ve been seeing on Southern Curls & Pearls for so so long. A lot of tutorials usually recommend brushing your hair out to get that bouncy feel but if I did that on my thickass hair, it would just be an explosion! So now I just use a one inch iron and wrap it around a tong without using the clamp as if it was clamp-less.
I have a bit of a fetish for Moroccan prints. Those tiles look equally good in a Moroccan bath house as they do on a kitchen splash back. Don’t get me started on Moroccan tapestry: the patterns, the colours; its the perfect example of order meets disorder and you know how much I adore my juxtaposition.
Naturally, I had to eventually acquire some kind of Moroccan top. I’ve been digging this kind of cut particularly – the high neckline, the flowy hem and the thin straps; it would have been such a shame to hide it so I pulled my hair back nice and sleek into a low pony. For pretty much my whole life, I have always thought low ponies were on the same level as sweaty bangs, Hawaiian beaded braids and crimped hair but I’ve recently decided that I like them for their simplicity and hey-im-in-control-here message.
This top is actually quite difficult to style because of its high low hem and impossible to miss print. Actually if it wasn’t so hot, pants would work quite well but I needed something that’s heat appropriate so I snuck on a pair of loose shorts in a bright cobalt blue and prayed the final look wouldn’t be too unforgiving. I also threw on my layered coin necklace which I love because its something that I didn’t think I would like initially but I adore it now because its a statement without the shiny and the bling. Then to give my outfit some body, I cross bodied a little black bag – something I would have never done before but now I do because a) it gives your hands freedom and b) I don’t think I look like a tourist doing it anymore.
A lot of newly embraced things in this post, I’ll say! I think it’s always important to continually try new things and since the new year is just over a week away, its time to start doing! Start with the little things and try, try and try again. I didn’t like avocado for ages but I kept forcing myself to try it once in a while and now I put it in everything including my smoothies. Try it sometime – your blend becomes a thousand times smoother and theres no strange flavour at all. I like a good banana, coco powder, milk and avocado smoothie for breakfast!