Have you ever seen those outrageous trends and scoffed to yourself thinking "why would anyone wear that". Today, I succumbed to a trend I thought I would never try, and I absolutely loved it!
I'm talking about the shirt-under-dress trend.
It's a subtle trend- not as crazy as the double denim or fringe trend, but it's still a trend none the less. When googling "shirt under dress trend" , you are bombarded with pictures of women in fabulous evening dresses it business button up shirts underneath.
By wearing a the shirt under your favourite lady like strapless dress, yiu are adding such an unexpected yet elegant twist. It's a perfect way for dressing down or business appropriating your favourite strapless number.
The formula for getting it right?
3. Statement necklace tucked under the collar to tie the outfit together
Would you ever try this trend? I think you should - you'd be pleasantly surprised!
Everyone knows that the Bahamas are synonymous with raw, natural beauty with sprawling white sand beaches. But these images and connotations we have of the place are noting compared to the real thing.
Coming from Australia, the islands are a long way to get to, but let me tell you that you will thank me later for saying it's so worth it. Even in the middle of their winter is the weather better than a Melbourne summer.
If you like theme parks, then the Atlantis is the resort for you! The perfect melange of theme park and beautiful natural beaches. Do check out the amazing adult pool if you can!
However, if capturing breathtaking images is more up your alley, you must explore the less known islands as well as those mentioned in the tourist guides. Stanley Cey with its lizards make for gorgeous instagram pictures and lots of laughs, just as the renowned Pig Island baffles you!
Be warned! Water-sporting in that empty bay over there may seem like a good idea at the time! But watch out- your waiter at dinner that night may inform you that the reason it is empty is because it is shark infested! #truestory ... And to think that for all those hours you spent failing to stand up on the water skis there were sharks breeding under you!!
Fuel that wanderlust !
While walking down Bourke street mall, surrounded by hundreds of people a thought struck me... No, my phone had not been stolen out of my back pocket but there are soo many different types of people who unfortunately walk in the street with us, here is a survival guide to walking in the street:
The big group of people-
Often drunk, these groups are to be feared. If you are walking with a friend, you will be forced to have to do the unthinkable-break through the group. This can be a traumatic experience if you do not do this correctly. You can end up having some weird looks or awkwardly standing in the middle of the pack. Here is what you need to do
You have to go through the pack going at a speed that is slightly faster than the group just charge straight through the group slightly aggressive/yelling exuse me and DO NOT look behind you because if you do you will end up behind the group and once you do that, you will have to just face it and walk behind them.
These walkers are very much harmless, only very annoying. They are very often tourists or solo melbournians. The drifters like to walk in front of you (like, IN FRONT of you) and stop, possibly causing a collision. This can be also a very traumatic experience because both of you end up stunned. Here is what to do
It you find some in front of you they are most definitely a drifter. Simply step out the way and give a friendly smile as you walk past. If you are not paying to much attention and you find a drifter stopping, stop. Step to the side, go around them and say sorry... Don't forget to smile :) DO NOT get aggro at the drifters because they are harmless and defenceless beings who unintentionally cause trouble.
Just like the drifters, these walkers are harmless. These walkers do not cause any trouble they simply cause the awkwardness of going at the EXACT same pace and walking right next to you. This can cause severe awkwardness so here is what you need to do
Walk faster or slower, depending where you are and where you are going. As soon as a similar is walking next to you, get out of there!!
So, it's taken me this long to get off my post Splendour high! Even though I only went to the first day of the three day long festival, I still had an absolute blast.
The sun was shining throughout the day, and I didn't even have to wear my jacket! The air was full of the sounds of sweet music and the scent of pot. Clearly a good day.
I felt so at home in my pale purple dress and matching flower crown, offset by my combat boots to protect from the rumoured mud, I looked like an experienced festival goer. My boyfriend and I took the bus to the festival grounds before the music started so we could find our way around and take part in one of the salsa classes in the "global village". This was fun, but the class was for actual beginners and we were too advanced, so we left. (read: I had dragged my boyfriend to enough salsa classes at The Space in Chapel Street that he didn't really want to do another one at the infamous music festival!)
We scouted out the tents, food trucks and discovered the beautiful Moet and Chandon tent thy would become our home base for the day. (see photos below)
During the day, Mansionair absolutely smashed their set! With witty on stage banter about how they started their band only 2 years ago whilst they were at Splendour, the crowd was loving them. Getting into the dancing groove amongst the happy campers and other long distance travellers like myself was so much fun!
Japanese Wall Paper were quite a let down, only because they didn't play the one song I knew!
Dustin Tebbaut was one of my favourites for the day, because my boyfriend absolutely adores his music so it was nice to have a bit of a slow dance together. When I want to relive the splendour experience, I listen to some of his tunes!
On another wavelength was Tkay Maizda who is an absolute babe and a half! She got the crowd pumping and hot and sweaty! She was the real deal. Her stage set up and lighting show was quite something too!
Finally, Of Monsters and Men were obviously the best of the best that we saw. They drew in a crowd big enough to cover the whole amphitheatre area (I estimate at least 15,000 people, probably more). After scouting out the area, we decided to push to the front. And we did! We front row fairy danced as best we could with hardly any personal space.
It was a relief when the heavens opened and it turned into Splendour in the Mud, but as the rain got heavier and heavier, our spirits got lower and lower.
A quick disco at Mark Ronson to classics like Bicycle had us feeling like pigs in a sty, we knew it was time to go home.
After a super hot and much needed shower, I hopped snug as a bug into bed. I was too tired to even feel sorry for those muddy campers!
I can't wait to go again next year though!
Did you go to splendour? Let us know in the comments how you enjoyed it!