Friday, 27 May 2016

Signature Style Challenge: Last Chance To Win!

This month I have been co-hosting the #SignatureStyleChallenge with Agent Mystery Case although to use that blogger prompt, I Must Confess it has not gone entirely to spec from my end.

At the time of planning the challenge a few months ago, I only had my Melbourne weekender on the cards, which later developed into a bit over a week in Brisbane as well, so my usual Insta style post routine and social media presence was out the window, not to mention my husband being home on long service leave for the whole month which has seen us doing other stuff instead of me having my usual blog planning time at home. And, despite my careful curation, my holiday style was literally a hot mess so none of that really worked out the way I thought - resulting in no photos. And if I can just have a final whinge; I am finishing a cold, I have a sore ankle and it's so cold and wet in Adelaide after sunny Brisbane that I can't even.

Okay, that's enough of my struggles. We have had some awesome Insta entries for our competitions - check out some of these sassy fashionistas:

1: Deep Fried Fruit, jdtfav, Kimbalikes, Away From Blue,
2: Em Hawker, The Illusive Femme, Loveface Lives, Lady Lambkin,
3: Toddlers Plus TeensBargain Bag LadyIn The Dress-Up Box, 5.Foot.Style

There is still time to enter both the #signaturestylechallenge and #shoulditstayorshoulditgo giveaways. For your chance to win a fabulous designer mystery prize, simply upload a snap of your Signature Style to Instagram with the hashtag #signaturestylechallenge, tagging in Almost Posh and Agent Mystery Case AND / OR upload an item from your wardrobe that you're not sold on, using the hashtag #shoulditstayorshoulditgo. Ends May 31 so plenty of time!

In other news, as I didn't get to share my posts while I was away across my usual spread of link-ups, I thought I'd list them out here if you're interested:

Holiday Toiletries & Hair Products: What I packed for my weave and bod.
Almost Posh On Tour: Tales of meeting up with other bloggers across the country.
Holiday Makeup: The all-important beauty case contents.
Signature Style Without The Guilt [guest post]: Dr Jen shows us with actual research (including a graph!) that budget isn't always bad when it comes to shopping ethically.
Posh Picks: Packing for ADL > MEL > BNE: My (mostly impractical) holiday capsule wardrobe.

Have I missed anything in your world while I've been away?

Monday, 23 May 2016

Holiday Toiletries & Hair Products

Yep, still on holidays #soznotsoz and sharing with you what I took away in terms of toiletries and hair prodz.

I've been lucky to have been gifted lots of travel-sized items lately so I can save on both weight and space without having to compromise on quality AND I get a chance to use them!

Lady Speed Stick solid deodorant
Enbacci exfoliating scrub*
Bhave Gun Powder styling dust*
Wotnot facial wipes*
Enbacci pore minimiser*
Palmolive Body Polish in Acai Berry*
Batiste dry shampoo
Davroe Blonde Senses shampoo and conditioner*
Davroe Thermaprotect spray*
Clinique Deep Comfort body butter
Dr Hauschka Rose day cream
Moschino Cheap & Chic I Love Love mini

Not pictured: hairbrush and comb, toothpaste, hair ties, pins and my straighteners.

Here's what I packed in my makeup bags and this is the capsule suitcase I tried to create . . .

Linking up with the Monday Makeup Madness party!


* kindly gifted

Friday, 20 May 2016

Almost Posh On Tour

So I'm still on holidays and enjoying myself tremendously doing all manner of holidayish things, not least of which has been meeting up with some blogger peeps!

I don't get to travel as often as I used to but when I head interstate these days, I try and hook up with some people I've connected with through this magical medium of blogging. As an introvert who can't handle forced small talk, this is quite challenging for me but every time I've pushed myself, I've been rewarded by meeting some truly ace people and making Real Life Friends. 

Firstly, in Melbs, I got hold of Bron from Flat Bum Mum who in turn wrangled some #RealMumStyle ladies; Jules (See Me Swoon), Kutira (Superkombi), Steph (Steph And The Toads) and Kirsty (GFashionista) to meet us for a drink in Southbank. Now, let me tell you, I had a plan of attack and outfit worked out. However I ended up dressing for comfort that morning after a big night out and my plans went awry after I got sidetracked geocaching, leaving me only 45 minutes at the DFO. I frantically raced around stores getting more wound up and agitated before finally purchasing a shirt dress, leggings and necklace to hurriedly change into at the toilets in Crown. I hate being late so I was flustered when I arrived but the lovely ladies soon put me at ease and we spent a nice time chatting, tip swapping and enjoying a laugh, some wine and chips!

In Brisbane, I arranged to meet Mica from Away From The Blue and her lovely bubby in the city one morning. We met in the traditional Brisbanian meeting place in front of Hungry Jacks in Queen Street, had delightfully delicious cake and a lovely chat in a cute cafe before a bit of a stroll about Queen St Mall, taking in Forever 21, Uniqlo and Target where I continued to enable Mica in person by encouraging the purchase of a top ($10, as if you wouldn't!) I am intrigued by the Uniqlo concept featuring a dazzling array of basics which my friend Stacie and I have been dreaming about for years and Mica was particularly taken by machine-washable silk for $19.95. 

I had an hour or so in between seeing her off and meeting my next hook-up so I wandered into the Myer Centre, where I hit up Crossroads and Rivers to good effect and then I asked myself why I was wasting valuable interstate shopping time in stores readily available in Adelaide so I popped into H&M and it was like the mother ship. So. Much. Stuff. From basics to sequinned goodies, all for very reasonable prices. I picked a couple of things up which I'll go into more detail during my #AlmostPoshStyleCost round-up at the end of this month.

I was still recovering from this retail buzz when the totally-not-lame Kate from Loveface Beauty arrived on the scene, having hauled herself up from the Gold Coast, and we immediately agreed that food and lots of it was the way to move forward. We sat in a place overlooking a busy intersection and chattered and ate and drank large serves of wine while enjoying the jams being played, our own general hilarity and a feeling that we really could have owned that stage with some serious twerking had it not still been daylight. Far too soon it was time to return ourselves to domestic life via train.

Thank you to all the lovely ladies who made the effort and braved public transport to come and catch up with me while I was in your vicinity and please hit me up if you're ever in Rads so that I may repay the favour!

Have you ever gone on a blogger visiting tour or caught up with bloggers interstate?

Monday, 16 May 2016

Holiday Makeup

By the time you read this, I shall be in sunny Brisbane, having spent the weekend in Melbourne.


Now, last week I was griping about what to pack for such different climates. Thankfully, the beauty case is a lot easier because eyeshadow doesn't care how warm or cold it is outside. I'll talk more about toiletries and hair products next week but I thought I'd focus on the face today.

When I think about packing cosmetics and beauty items, I always try to go for things that seal tight and have proper, working lids. I even ziplock liquid items so if they don't cope with the air pressure on a plane, then the carnage is contained. If you've ever had a bottle of shampoo AND a tin of baby formula come open in your suitcase, then I'm sure you feel me.

Here's what I've packed for my face on holidays.

Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette palette - this is an absolute workhorse with every shade useable and capable of creating lots of different looks. I'm not bothering to bring an eyeliner because a wet liner brush and the darker shades do just as good a job.

Silk Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Defining Mascara - this has been my go-to for lashes since I won it in a Champagne Cartel prize pack.

Maybelline Dream Wonder foundation - again, it's my go-to and I'm wondering whether or not to take my Vani-T mineral powder as well for days when I just want a lighter coverage.

Almay Intense i-colour Everyday Neutrals - I use the middle colour to fill in my brows.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light - I adore this finishing powder. It feels amazing swooshed on and brightens my overall face.

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush in Sweet - This is a great everyday colour that can be built upon as required. (I may also add my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure)

Maybelline Color Drama lip pencils in Nude Perfection and Red Essential - the perfect nude and the perfect red in easy to transport pencil format.

Colourpop Ultra Matte in Clueless - this is my absolute fave dusty mauve in gorgeous matte finish. I wish these were more available in Australia!

MAC Cosmetics lipstick in "Heaux" - I'm not sure this shade is still available, but it's a really nice wearable shade.

I should be able to work a few decent looks out of this lot; I don't anticipate wearing full faces for many of the days so I think I'll survive. Obviously requisite brushes will also come with.

Do you minimise or maximise the beauty case when you're travelling? Any travel makeup horror stories? Like me leaving a brand new cosmetics bag full of product after an Ulta haul in the States in my hotel room in Hawaii? #neverforget

Linking up with the Monday Makeup Madness link party.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Signature Style Without The Guilt [guest post]

As you know, my Signature Style is all about the bargain but what is the real cost? I always thought of shopping ethically as a luxury, but was surprised (and pleased) to learn that budget isn't always bad. Today, Almost Posh is pleased to host this guest post tackling an actual serious fashion issue by Dr Jennifer de Livera, proper scientist and ethical fashionista.

It was around three years ago that a garment factory collapsed in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, killing 1136 people, and throwing the ethics of the global clothing industry into the spotlight. We all knew that sweatshops existed, but aside from a few high profile exposés, information on the ethics of any particular brand weren't readily available to the consumer. The Rana Plaza disaster made us all feel bad, but who knew what to do about it?

Clothes shopping starting coming with an unwanted free gift – the extra guilt^ on top of the usual money spent, storage issues and environmental impacts. This was really taking the shine off one of my favourite activities, so I began a guilt minimisation strategy that involved boycotting the few brands that were name-shamed in the media, and shifting to a fashion diet a little richer in pre-loved and vintage items. But when I did need/want to buy new items, I still had little information on the conditions of manufacture, and it bothered me. 

Then about a year ago I came across an ethical fashion guide which basically report-carded every brand you’d find in your nearest shopping centre based on the company’s policies, transparency, audit requirements and worker empowerment. I was shocked (but not really surprised) to discover that some of my go-to brands weren’t all that flash, but at least I now had the knowledge to make better choices. I also noticed that some of the more expensive brands were much worse than their cheaper counterparts. There really seemed to be no relationship between ethics and price, quality or style. And just in case you don’t believe me, I plotted the price of a plain white t shirt at a selection of the graded stores just to be sure:

Yep – there’s zero relationship between price and grade!

A short time ago, the 2016 update of the Ethical Fashion Guide* came out and I was happy to see that many companies seem to have improved their grades. This year it seemed to hit the news more forcefully and people in my office were talking with interest about the news articles and gathering around computers to check their favourite brands.

Nobody wants to support sweatshops but we simply don’t know we’re doing it – good luck trying to memorise the grades of brands from a news article, and at 65 pages, this year’s guide is not exactly bedtime reading. 

But ! 

If you’re interested in keeping company grades handy without wading through the detail, there are a couple of apps around, such as ‘good on you’^^ which is free and offers a quick brand search if you see something you fancy and want to know whether to throw it down in disgust or check how guilty to feel before purchasing.

And if you want to discover some lesser known clothing brands who are doing things a bit more ethically, take a look at the list of ‘alternatives beyond the mainstream’** on the Shop Ethical site.

Anyway, happy shopping and may we all be armed with just a little more knowledge and power!

^   this is only true for new purchases, as I consider vintage and second-hand goods to be entirely guilt free !
^^ rating system is different to Ethical Fashion Guide - covers environment, labour rights and animal protection too
**  you will find an interesting mix of hippy gear and high fashion !

I'm the first to admit to sticking my head in the fashion sand regarding this kind of thing. After reading Jen's post, I've made a decision to try and stick to supporting brands that are rated C or higher. It may not sound like much of a stretch but this means previous go-to labels like TEMT, Valleygirl and Best & Less are off-limits until they get their act together (unless of course they are pre-loved, in which case, see Jen's first footnote).

Do reports like this inspire you to change the way you shop?

You can follow Jen's mix of ethical, vintage and pre-loved style on Instagram at @lady_lambkin. And speaking of Instagram, don't forget to enter the Signature Style Challenge including #shoulditstayorshoulditgo for a chance to win fabulous prizes!