Year Of The Accessories – Headscalf Game

I feel like, for me atleast, 2018 is the year of accessorising! If you’ve seen some of my OOTD posts you would know my #1 is the full head wrapped head scarf.

No matter the hair day – this look works. The amount of compliments I get even when wearing a super basic outfit (above for example, just a pair of black jeans and a white button up shirt.)

Love the look with my 60s style sunnies/ any over the top sunnies they have out at the moment!

Not to mention the perfect cover up for dirty or clean (still wet) hair days when you just gotta get out and do something but your hair wont co-operate

I have expanded my headscalf collection quite a bit this year, forever keeping an eye out for them at op shops and vintage stores!

Loving the longer skinnier scalfs for wrapping my ponytails in. Particularly this vibrant coloured pure silk scalf I picked up the other weekend.

It really brings any outfit together. Cant go past those colours!!

On the same op shop mission I found this Valentino headscalf which is well in my rotation. Also perfect for the half-up-half-down wrap, or just around a loose ponytail.

Ideally I would love to get a fringe like Bridgett Bardot. This would really bring my headscalf game together!! Plus about 5 more pairs of sunnies.

You will find some scalfs on my Etsy store soon

What’s your favourite accessory at the moment??

Cake xx

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My Version Of A Comfy Outfit – OOTD

My main thought this morning whilst digging through my pile of clean clothes, was to be super comfy! An hours drive out to my parents to search for my passport and do some washing can never be a casual affair – not for me. But comfort is always essential!

None the less, I got my “cute on” with this get up and was/am still super comfy!

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My forever show stopping yet practical headscarf game came out to play again since I desperately needed to wash my hair this morning. Soooo, here it is – all wet and braided and tucked under a headscarf. I am forever getting compliments from this style and usually can pick up scarfs from op shops from about $5-$15. Small price to pay for the convenience of not doing your hair – amirite?

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I am wearing a floral play suit by Wrangler which I adore! So comfy yet cute. I often wear it backwards since I prefer a higher neck and a lower back. Plus the buttons down the back can be a good feature when worn alone.

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The shoes are Adidas as per usual (my comfy lil sneakers.) I desperately need new sneakers though! All of mine are falling apart and need to go in the bin.
The top I’m wearing is actually and old Target top I bought from an Op Shop and cropped. I have been wearing it for soooo long! Like I’m talking 5+ years! Love a good re purposed piece!

Currently sitting in my parents backyard (as pictured) listening to some tunes, drinking a coffee and waiting for my clothes to dry! Perfect day off if you ask me.

Hope you all had a great Easter! I had planned to do an outfit post over the long weekend but got caught up between busy nights with friends and the comfort of my couch.

Have a great day!

Cake xo

Moving To London – What To Do When I Arrive

Im in the process of filling out my application for a British Passport! Planning on moving over there in time for my birthday in mid July. I’m super excited and a little overwhelmed to say the least but I know its going to be an amazing adventure!

Over the next few months youll see a series of posts about my move and travel planning then no doubt another once I’m there – I’ll try not leave out any of the painful details no matter how embarrassing.

I’ve decided I will spend the first few weeks exploring London and perhaps some nearby cities in Europe. I’ll mostly couch surf and spend time deciding where to work and live whilst exploring before I get my fur baby Miley sent over (obviously once Im settled in!)

I’ll have limited money and want to make the most of my time unemployed by spending some time in some nearby European cities too, so have searched through Pinterest for some affordable yet exciting things to do when I first arrive in London along with the classic tourist attractions.. I’ve actually not been to the UK or Europe before so this is a whole new experience for me!

17 Breathtaking Walks In London

I love walking! Its the best way to see things so I figure some walking tours of London will help me find my grounding. This article by Buzz Feed has some great walks with route directions attached (Or you can buy the full directions and map for some at a small cost.)

21 Markets Every Londoner Must Visit

Along with walking, or rather whilst walking I would love to check out some markets! There seems to be quite a few regular markets around London many in the same locations on different days. This list again by Buzz Feed, even points out the types of things you may find at each market and to my excitement, which ones have vintage/secondhand goods!!

10 of Londons Oldest, Greatest Pubs

Londons Best Rooftop Bars

I’m so excited for all the history in London but the Aussie in me gets particularly excited by a good old fashioned pub! I’m sure London is full of them but narrowing it down to 10 along with the best roof top bars of London will help me save money… (and not get a terrible drinking problem.) I’ll probably make use of these lists in finding somewhere to have my 25th birthday when I arrive!

First Time In London – What To Do, See, Eat

This article covers all the bases. It has all your classic touristy sights along with some alternative options. Another great excuse to get my walking shoes on.

Speaking of walking shoes, I need to start thinking about what I will want to take, toss and buy for my move. Most likely leading into one of my next posts on this topic of moving to london.

I have a whole pinterest board for some fun activities, things to see and tips for when I arrive. You can check it out here.

If you have any suggestions leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Cake xx

Month Goals Planner – April Motivation

Part of my New Years resolution this year is purely to keep myself motivated. I’ve been finding this easiest by laying out a few things I want to get done through out the month and getting into habits before that month begins.

This morning I wrote out my Monthly plan/goals and got a head start on some habits like my yoga.

Here are some of my plans/goals for the month:

Get passport FINISHED!

I’m planning on moving to the UK in July so need to organise my passport. I had started the process but didn’t have my current passport with me at the time only to realise when I got home it is in a box in my parents shed! I’ll go down there on Wednesday (my mid week break,) and make a start on my application while I’m there so I can get some washing done too. Once my passport arrives I can book my flights, so hopefully that will be on my list of things to do next month!

Bring on duel citizenship!

Be at work EVERYDAY!

Early this month I fell into a bad stint of depression so took about 5 days off work. In my postition I am eligible for commission based on a few targets but those targets still apply if we have sick days which put me very behind for the month. This month I plan to be at work everyday to keep myself motivated and hopefully get some more commision for my upcoming move!

Do yoga AT LEAST 4 x per week!

About a year ago I started attempting to do yoga for 10 minutes everyday. I did really well and soon bumped up my time to 20 minutes 6 days a week. Since moving I have less space and have had a hard time being motivated to do my yoga. I have assigned myself 15minutes of yoga at least 4 x per week – making it easy to schedule in before work each day. I have made a start on this today to get myself into the rhythm. I just use YouTube for my yoga practice. Yoga By Candace is my favourite, I find her flows interesting and easy to work with your current skill levels. Plus there’s a variety to choose from based on what you’re looking for.

Bring food to work EVERYDAY!

Usually I’m pretty good at this but lately I’ve been getting into the habit of picking up a ham and cheese croissant and a coffee at 7eleven before work and usually a packet of chips and some chocolate to get me through the day. I need to get rid of this habit before I spend too much money on useless food each week. This morning I started by packing myself a a ham and cheese sandwich to toast at work!

Add earrings to CAKEANDLOVED!

Some of you may already know that I started my Etsy store Cake and Loved Clothing at the start of March – it hasn’t made any sales yet but I will persist. For April I would like to start adding the hand painted tassled earrings I have been making to the store. I think they will bring a good pop of colour to the store and adding some accessories brings another market of people on Etsy through my store too!

Write blog posts EVERY WEEK!

I have actually started this already and have seen a good difference in my stats over the weeks. More people coming to my page, liking and leaving comments. I have always heard its good to post frequently on many social media platforms to get a following but didn’t realise it would work so quickly! On top of this I am finding I have more to say, my writing is improving and its a good way of getting those repetitive thoughts out of my head. I feel productive keeping this blog running even if I don’t get any “attention” from it.

I legitimately have a note in my phone with each of these sub headings to make sure they stay fresh in my mind. I’m a sucker for lists so am forever checking out my notepad when I’m bored or lost of inspiration so having this note will hoepfully empower me to get things done and stay motivated!

How do you keep yourself motivated?

Cake xox

Hand Painted Earrings with Tassels

I’ve taken up a new hobby! Jewellery making! Mostly earrings at the moment but I’ve been having so much fun with it. Its both rewarding and therapeutic! I already had bits and pieces of jewellery making supplies that Ive collected over the years so I’ve worked with what I had and only needed to buy a few extra things.

Who doesnt love handmade earrings with tassels!?

(Almost finished!)

Emy picked me up some tubs of earring hooks and joiners from savers last weekend (which meant I was able to finish off a bunch of almost finished pairs) so she came over and stayed for a “girls night in” on Saturday. We ate potato gems, pizza and garlic bread and drank red wine whilst making earrings and watching Howls Moving Castle.

It was a lot of fun so I thought I’d share a post about how I’ve been making them.

I got these wooden beads off eBay (The Little Craft House) several years ago and forget what I was going to do with them but knew I wanted to paint them! This part is extremely therapeutic (until it comes to drawing details on these slippery little suckers.) So I kept it pretty simple with some dot work floral in bold colours.

I basically just played around with what I had and was pretty happy with the many little pieces I made. I used normal acrylic paint so painting the base layer and waiting for it to dry didnt take too long. The hardest part was finding something to rest them on while they are drying.

You can buy tassels online but I decided to make some myself using some embroidery thread I had laying around. I basically just twisted the thread around my fingers 15-20 times then used a small piece to tie them together. Then its just a matter of cutting the bottom so its flat (do this at a long length first incase you cut it too short and its not straight!) I found this easiest to do with a pair of sewing snips but sewing scissors would probably work well too.

I then used 18ga wire to form a hook for the tassel (pressed it together when it was in the right spot) and put the now painted woodend ball on top of it, causing the tassel to sit nicely just inside the hole in the ball.

I used the same technique at the top of the ball except kept it nice and round for another hoop to go on before adding the earring hook.

I made about 12 pairs over a weekend! They became easier and easier to do. I found the less precise I was with the paint the better they turned out. So I focused mainly on what colours to use.

Once I finish a few more I might put them up on my Etsy store so keep an eye out!

Cake xx

My new Etsy store! @cakeandlovedclothing

So I officially started my Etsy store “Cake and Loved Clothing,” at the start of March. This is something i have been wanting to do for some time so when it came to mid Feb this year I said to myself, YOU WILL OPEN YOUR ETSY STORE ON THE 1ST OF MARCH!

Naturally I’ve had some set backs, particularly dropping my phone in the toilet which it thankfully survived but my front camera hasn’t been working properly since and is the only option I have for a camera at the moment! Regardless, I had one piece completely ready to go, so added my first listing at 11.50pm on the 1st of March.

A small victory but a victory none the less!

(Shop the Katie Preloved Floral Detail Shirt here)

My second piece was added the following week using my selfie camera and some photos I had taken before the toilet incident.

(Shop the Valerie 90s Preloved Velvet Tank Top here)

So with the help of my friends and their phones I will be slowly adding listings each week… (where possible)

At the moment I am just adding preloved clothing. Soon I will be adding in some hand made pieces made from fabric I have sourced (collected over the years and never used) then once my supplies run out I would like to move on to handmade pieces made from recycled fabrics along with some preloved and revamped (recaked) goodies. Creating a recycled vision for my little business, something I hold with upmost importance!

Many resources go into clothing manufacturing. When you throw away your clothes, they sit in the landfills. Not to mention manufacturing also requires huge energy resources. Recycling second hand clothing and repurposing fabric means that less raw materials are needed, less energy is used and less pollution is generated.

(You can read more about the importance of recycling clothing and fabrics here)

There are links to each piece shown here above and you can also find my Etsy store (here) you can also visit Instagram for updates @cakeandlovedclothing

I would love to hear your feedback 🙂

Cake xx

Hello 2018. Wait, it’s March.

Wow! Its already March (and I still haven’t posted.) Hope everyone is well on their way, getting those resolutions into place or planning for those goals and aspirations to get us through another year… maybe your next travel destination (or your next 7..)

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Pants: Universal Store

Top: Preloved

Shoes: Dr. Martens

I brought in the near year with friends. We had some drinks and headed to a local park to hang out and listen to some tunes. I was so comfy in these pants. They are super flatteing but were also perfect for lounging on the grass!

I’ve been a bit up and down with my mental health so far this month but had put the expectation on myself yo get my Etsy store up and running for the start of March. I celebrated my minor victory at 11:50pm on the 1st of March, adding my first listing to my new Etsy!

(Shop the Katie Preloved Floral Detail Shirt here)

Considering my set back I have decided to allow myself the month to get some more preloved clothing up and then hopefully get some handmade goods up soon!

On top of this I have made the decision to move to London in July to make it easier to travel some or Europe! I can get a British passport which will make things easy living and working on London and hopefully getting some good trips into Europe done to pick up more preloved goods!

Honestly if you live in the UK or really anywhere in Europe let me know, I would love to hear about some cool new places to see and super excited to meet some new people along the way!

Here’s to making a start to another of my yearly goals, blog posting more!

Wish me luck!

Cake xx