Friday, December 30, 2011



So Christmas has come and gone for another year.

I always love the lead up to Christmas, although sometimes a very exhausting time of year, 
it's also a fun time because surprises await and family comes together.
A hint of childlike memories sneak in and it almost feels magical again.

This year I spent the entire day at home, it was lovely not having to travel anywhere and everyone came to us!  We had a wonderful day full of family, food, presents and most importantly children around us.
Christmas just seems so much more special when little ones are around, it's really all about them now.
And being an Aunty to eleven, with another little one on the way, 
I certainly rarely have a Christmas without some little tucker present.

Overall a special and happy Christmas was had.
I hope you all celebrated the holidays with loved ones and had time to relax and unwind.

 I have posted a little VIDEO below of some of the goodies I was lucky enough to receive this year.
Please post a comment below sharing your treats with me, would love to know what you got!

Thursday, December 29, 2011



Boxing Day in Australia is known as the best shopping sales day of the year.
You are almost guaranteed to grab yourselves a bargain,
but they do come at a cost and I don't mean financial.

What ever do I mean?
Well, if you are willing to get there early, are able to secure a car park,
willing to line up with the masses, deal with crowds and most importantly not get to hot headed
with the insane amount of pushy and rude people, then this is certainly a day for you! 

I have to admit, I am one to put up with just about anything if it means I'm getting a great sale.
But this year I was quite disappointed with the limited amount of loot on show.
And I will say that I did have to leave a bunch of stuff behind in many stores purely for the fact
that the lines to pay for any items were almost out the door and I just couldn't bare it
in the what seemed like saunas in each retailer.

Sadly I think I'm getting a little bit tired of it and this year may just well have been the last year
I venture out to the shops on such a chaotic day.
I would much prefer to shop online from the comfort of my own home to grab some great deals
and yes, many online retailers were also offering boxing day sales and get this....
even before the general public could have ventured outside!

And lastly in comparison, I still believe us Aussies can scout better deals by purchasing items internationally than what some of the sales prices were offering...and with our Aussie dollar
still high against the US, I will definitely be continuing my pyjama trend of shopping the
world wide web from my couch :)

Would love to hear if any of you beauties grabbed some bargain worthy items?

Detailed list of items are shown below
Check out my style VIDEO below for a live view of these items

 $19.95 Bag @ Love Couture
 $14.95 Clutch @ Love Couture
$5.95 Earrings @ Love Couture
$5.00 Bracelet @ Love Couture

$5.00 Bracelet @ Love Couture
$5.00 Sandals @ Rubi Shoes
 $2.95 Nail Polish @ Rubi Shoes
 $4.00 Ring @ Diva
 $4.00 Ring @ Diva
 $22.95 Necklace @ Diva
$9.80 Samba De Amigo Wii Game @ Target
 $7.20 Bath2Body Ballazzia Palm Tree Vanilla Body Butter @ Target
$20.00 Bodice @ Bardot
$5.00 Singlet Top @ Ally
$5.00 Racerback Singlet @ Cotton On
$22 Blouse @ Target
$10 Dress @ Target
$23 Maxi Skirt @ Target

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Saturday, December 24, 2011



Being Christmas Eve I wanted to put together a little outfit worthy of the holidays.

This gorgeous ensemble looks fabulously rich with the jewel & gold tone accessories,
and really makes this $15 dress look & feel like a million bucks.

This outfit is a perfect example of how 'less is more' really works to your advantage.
I've paired it up with some inexpensive accessories and managed to bring it all under $70!

I want to wish you all and your families a very
May you all get spoilt rotten, feast to your hearts content and cherish the time you have with loved ones.

All my love, Charmaine xo

Detailed list of items are shown below
Check out my style VIDEO below for a live view of this outfit

Dress - Ally
Earrings - Forever 21
Belt / Ring - Temt
Bracelet - Equip
Heels - Charlotte Russe

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Friday, December 23, 2011



A little can go along way...little dollars that is!
I found this chic nude playsuit from Valleygirl for a tiny $24.95.

All you need to do to recreate this earth tone look is add your own accessories,
beads work great and kick on some wedges in a similar colour palette and your set.

The Series I have created named
'Rich Little Poor Girl' caters for all you fashionistas
out there who want to look fabulous for less.
This series is a quick 'go to' for ideas, inspiration and shopping heaven
for the many of us that are on a budget.

No more do we need to spend a fortune to look 'rich' here you can take my styling ideas,
use them as your own or tweak them to suit what you already have in your closet.

I take delicious happiness to create these looks for you to enjoy!

Detailed list of items are shown below
Check out my style VIDEO below for a live view of this outfit


Playsuit - Valleygirl
Necklaces/Bracelet - Beads from Forever 21/Equip/Markets
Belt - Jeanswest
Ring - Forever 21
Clutch - Equip
Wedges - UrbanOG

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011



There is no doubt about it, I love pink!
From my earlier years when I insisted my bedroom was painted the perfect fuchsia hue
to present day, where I still find myself gravitating to all things pink and girly.

No matter what age you are, you can certainly retain this feminine colour in subtle ways.
Enter this gorgeous pleated maxi skirt, a grown up way to embrace this female shade.

This top & skirt combo came to a total of $26.95...What an absolute steal!
The gorgeous pleat skirt was on sale at Temt for $19.95
and I picked up this ruched strapless bodice also on sale for $6.95.

For a really standout look, head to your local fabric store and stock up on some thick satin ribbons. They are all so versatile wrapped around your waist and tied in a bow as belts,
but they also look great worn as head scarfs and tied onto your handbags.

Please see below for style video, full item details and pictures

Earrings / Necklace - Forever 21
Bracelets - Diva
Bodice / Skirt - Temt
Rope Belt - Fabric Store
Heels - Carlos Santana @ Ross
Handbag - Love Couture