What I Wore..

Wearing this gorgeous Carla Zampatti dress… my hair actually done; jewellery chosen specifically for my outfit; heels on my feet and not reconsidered at the last minute; and an actual handbag {not a baby nappy bag}… was the first time since mid-pregnancy I felt like myself again {in a fashion sense that is}.

2014 everyday glamour 1b1 What I Wore..

To pin point this, I think it was a feeling of ‘put together’… as each element had been given thought and carefully considered. A sense of composure and confidence in knowing I looked how I wanted to look at that moment.

For me glamour and even more so innate style, is all about the finer details. The tender care that is placed into finding the right earring or those extra minutes taken to ensure your make up is just so. Because for me, style is a delicate combination of elegance and confidence with a splash of je ne sais quo {or something special you cannot quite place}.

2014 everyday glamour 2 What I Wore..

Daily life is hectic, fast and busy. It can be easy to forget that the little things do make a dramatic difference in how we look and feel. So, here are a few of the little things I do in my life to evoke a feeling of happiness and everyday elegance…

Red Lipstick

Red lipstick isn’t just for romantic diner dates or fancy Fridays. Popping to the corner store; grocery shopping; or even going for ice cream – are great occasions to pull out the Chanel Rouge Coco. A red pout creates instant chic and adds a beautiful composure to any look (no matter how tired you may look or feel).

Signature Jewellery

Signature jewellery pieces build character and describe your personal style to the world. More isn’t always more when it comes to beautiful pieces – especially when they hold special meaning. My signature day-to-day pieces have become – my Hermes bangle (my first Mother’s Day gift); a cluster of silver bangles (a keepsake from our first family overseas trip); diamond stud earrings; a clear crystal Swarovski ring; and of course my wedding and engagement rings.

Beautiful Pyjamas

Beautiful pyjamas are always a good idea. Just ask any of my female family members and they will confirm I always give pyjamas as gifts. Always. And while it may seem tired (no pun intended), for me nothing quite compares to the quiet, subtle luxury of slipping into new a beautiful pair of pjs.

Also I try to..

Buy fresh flowers as often as I can. Have a bubble bath whenever I remember. Walk tall with good posture and a smile. Get a good night’s sleep and drink plenty of water. Greet everyone with positively. Delight in the small things. Spray my signature perfume proudly. Be sure to moisturise.

These are some of my key things to feeling fabulous. What are yours?

Cara xx

Editor’s Letter

I’m Back!

Hello Lovely Readers,

I’m back! No seriously, I am! I am back in business.

It has been a long time coming and while I have previously ‘threatened’ several comebacks; I feel now is the perfect time to breathe new life into UptownTwirl; build my business; and lead my best, most stylish life yet.

If someone had said to me ‘pre-Maxie’, I would make less than a handful of posts on UptownTwirl in 2013 I would have thought them completely and utterly mad. ‘Pre-Maxie’ I had visions of my beautiful angel sleeping peacefully in his bassinet next to me while I created extraordinary content and took my business to new heights. It was going to be my most productive year yet.

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So what happened?

To be brutally honest I was exhausted. Not just the sleep deprived baby exhaustion everyone tells you about {not that you really listen until it happens to you} but more so tired and weary from years of burning the midnight oil {on business; on blogging; on side projects; on personal projects; on client projects; on light bulb moments; etc; etc; etc}. I didn’t know where it was all going and if that was somewhere I wanted to end up anyway.

So what have I been doing this last year?…

I have immersed myself in all the joys, the milestones, the challenges {and quite often the tears} this new chapter of my life brought me. It has been the most thought-provoking yet rewarding and undoubtedly best experience of my life. Beside my usual daily intake of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, etc; I added baby and parenting articles to the mix. So if you happen to have any questions about infant sleep {or lack thereof} I will probably be able to give you a multitude of answers and explanations.

And while I don’t want to make unrealistic promises about posting daily and give general lip service about how I have turned a corner and am back on my blogging A-game {which I am just so you know!}; but I do just want to say you will be seeing a lot more of me again. And I am so excited to be back.

So, without further ado I give you my first article back (it’s above this post or you can click here}. I hope you enjoy.

Love & kisses

Cara xo

p.s. I’ve missed you.

Fashion Illustration

A Cult Beauty Christmas

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year, so I was beyond excited when asked to create the 2013 Christmas campaign artwork for UK brand, Cult Beauty.

cult beauty christmas campaign 1 A Cult Beauty Christmas

Using bold black lines and a beautiful colour palette of gold, green and red– the campaign artwork had to exude the elegance of the Cult Beauty brand while still evoking the frivolity of the festive season.

Many of the artwork pieces feature the signature Cult Beauty Christmas gift wrap – the elegant black and gold fern print coming together perfectly with the luxurious black ribbon and delicate line detailing.

The Christmas artwork will be featured across the Cult Beauty website throughout the holiday season {i.e. particularly the ‘Give & Get Gorgeous’ Ultimate Gift Edit} as well as appearing on affiliate banners around the web.

More of my artwork for the Cult Beauty Christmas Campaign…

cult beauty christmas campaign 2 A Cult Beauty Christmas

Cara xx

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