Fashion Nova – It’s time to review

Hi Lovers,

It’s been a few days but I’m back!!

‘Fashion Nova’ for those that haven’t yet come across the site, is a fast fashion online store. The girl boss website is marketed at those with curves for days and envy the fashion trends of the Kardashians. Speaking as someone who due to my 5,3 build and hourglass figure struggles to find jeans that fit, I can safely say that ‘FashionNova.com’ is a Godsend!

I have shopped on ‘Fashion Nova’ a few times now and find that although it can be hit or miss.

9 times out of 10 it’s a hit!

I feel with these kinds of sites it is always better to have no expectations and then be pleasantly surprised.

I mean look at these shoes!!

I always find with fast fashion websites, stick to your basics like cute tops, accessories – things that generally should fit and then maybe order one pair of pants to suss the sizing.

Living in Australia the shipping situation is rarely amazing, my orders taking approximately 10 days to arrive.

But then again, we aren’t buying channel now are we?

Below i’ve left two more of my favourite pieces that are currently on site with links, let me know your own review on this company!

For just $29.99 USD

Happy shopping!!

For festival clothing insporation and shopping guide click here to read my ‘ The Fashion Guide you need to Coachella’

All my love,

Aesthetically Basic

My truth – Talking about my eating disorder

Hey Lovers,

Today I want to be honest with you. 

I struggle, I have and in a small way always will struggle with an eating disorder. 

When I was 16 years old, a really popular guy asked me out, and I said no. He then whispered something to a friend who looked at me and laughed. I didn’t know what he said, but as a defence responded with “I heard that”. As I was leaving school a girl stopped me in front of the whole school, she yelled “he says sorry for calling you a fat c… !” I was horrified, embarrassed and within seconds my life changed.

That one sentence changed my life, I never thought someone could impact me in the way it did. I’m pretty strong. I don’t take any crap, but some how this struck me at the heart of my being.

From that day onwards, I instantly stopped eating. I would allow myself 2 nibbles of a snack bar a day. This meaning I had to be very strategic as to when I would have them. I only did this to stop my stomach rowling in class, I also drank a ridiculous amount of water in an attempt to keep myself full.

Dinner time was the worst time of the day, I’d dread the thought of having to sit with my family, I could feel them watching me and tracking how much I ate.

I started throwing out things from the cupboard when I got to school as I knew my mum was tracking all foods. I was so calculated I could have worked for the FBI. I knew what they were thinking, I could even see them count how many peas I ate. It was awful. I made my mum cry every day. nothing is worse than knowing you’re the reason someone is hurting so badly, but being able to stop yourself.

The following year showed a drastic change in my appearance, I lost 30kg and went on a full rampage anytime someone brought up my lack of eating. I didn’t eat recess or lunch once in my 3 years at my senior high school. Even my friends can recall never seeing me eat. My secret highlight of graduating high school was knowing no one would know what I was eating in a day.

I couldn’t stay awake, I couldn’t remember things. I started to realise something was really wrong. I went to the doctor and although he asked if my eating habits had changed, I continued to lie. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism- I was a staggering 40 years under the average age of diagnosis. It was brought on by my lack of eating. This condition is permanent, I’ll have it for the rest of my life.

My ex actually was the one who stopped me. He let me down and was so toxic in many ways, but actually saved me on this important one. I guess I’ll always be grateful for that.

He sat me down one day and said to me; “I love you more than life itself but won’t watch you waste yours. You need to get better or I’ll have to leave, I can’t watch the person I love disappear”

Although we didn’t work out (and for the best!!) I will always appreciate that. 

I am in no way okay, over it, and truthfully I think about my weight at all hours of the day, every day.  But I eat. I eat every meal and eat junk food too. I push it to the back of my mind most times and by the way I am a very normal size.

I guess my message is, don’t let anyone have an effect on you through words. Words mean nothing unless you give them the power to. I now have a life long condition that started prematurely, purely because of the words of some random guy in high school. A guy who was mad because I rejected him.

Be kind to yourself and one another 

All my love,

Aesthetically Basic – A millennial’s guide to life 


January wrapped up

Hey Lovers,

Just like that the first month of the year is over.

I hope it was as kind to you as it was to me!

January taught me to experience EVERYTHING!

I travelled Europe, tried crazy food and even ventured as far as to get a tattoo! (SO NOT ME!!)

It taught me to follow my heart and pursue writing as a career – I’m going to study Journalism next year. This blog means more to me than you’ll ever know, the community that grows day by day on here makes me smile for hours!

I also learnt to breathe and enjoy my relationship, even taking the next step to plan moving out later this year…. it’s official guys!

I’m buying my first car in a few months so that’s also getting me very excited!

Lastly it taught me to be my own best friend, my own hype man and to always be my biggest supporter. This year is the year of change and God Damn I will smash every adventure, goal and challenge that comes my way.

I love you guys and want to support you as much as you support me, so how was your January and what are you going to achieve this year?

All my love,

Aesthetically Basic

Beauty – Faking it is okay… Okay?

Hey Lovers,

Today I want to address something.

NoW I totally understand things like botched and how extreme, that those people are fighting something alot stronger than their looks. But also that it’s okay because they choose that and it makes them happy. I find in this world of Instagram and ‘selfies’ we all feel pressure to conform and the idea of beauty is always changing.

10 years ago, ‘THIC‘ wasn’t as appealing as it is now, and my big bum wasn’t on show but rather hidden. The phrase “Does my bum look big in this?” being the most common one while shopping. Things change, nothing is permanent!

I am a self-confessed fake tanner, I tan because it makes me feel more confident. I find daily, people approaching me telling me I should stop. I’m always asked if my skin colour is real etc and the list goes on.

I felt the need this morning after yet another person saying this, to come on here and say it’s OKAY! How do we live in a world of Instagram, Facetune and people are being shunned for fake tanning?

I’m here to tell you, YOU do YOU! Want fake lashes? – Go get them and have some bomb ass eyes! You want to fake tan? – Well God damn you look like a summer Goddess hun. Whatever it is, be you and love it.

I’m sick of being picked on for liking myself, and I may have fake lashes, fake tan and try every instagram ad under the sun but my personality is as real as can be.

Be your beautiful self girls and boys and don’t change for anyone,

All my love,

Aesthetically Basic

5 Instagram accounts to follow

Hey lovers,

Below I’ve left you with five instagram accounts I follow religiously that I think you should to! I’ve also included why I think they’re worth a follow!

1 – Courteney Tucker (@Courteney_Tucker) – Well of course it would be silly not to include myself. If you like my blog, i’d hope you like me! I post photos of my daily life and allow you guys to see just a bit more about me! My account is linked through all the social icons on the homepage!

2- Kmart Australia (@kmartaus )- Weird choice I know, but you gotta test this one out! If you love Pinterest or Homewares you gotta check it out! Their flat lays are just too cute! Plus if you live in aus you get to see everything they have coming in!

3- Outfit Selection (@outfits.selection) – Now this is my FAVOURITE insta account! this page posts different outfits for you to recreate by offering videos and pictures where different combos are created simply and stylishly. I love it for all my Inspo – it’s a life saver!

4- Daily Positive Vibes (@Positivevibesquotes) – This page is awesome every day they dish out quotes that’ll help you say “Hell Yeah!” and crush your day. I suggest following them if you are needing a push this year!

5- Vogue Australia (@Vogueaustralia) – Lucky last, how could I refer to myself as a beauty blogger or fashion blogger and not include the ‘Mecca’ of all fashion accounts! No explanation needed just follow it!!

Hope you enjoyed my top 5 round up!

Ally my love,

Aesthetically Basic

How to keep yourself motivated to blog for beginners

Hey lovers,

Today I’m going to hand out some real advice on blogging.

Now I personally totally get how disappointing it is to put all your energy into coming up with a kick ass post and then receiving low engagement.

I figured I would post an article and give out some of my own advice after reading so much of others!

First up, I know first hand how much it sucks to get the advice – iT TAKES TIME. Which yes, it’s true but also I’ve been blogging for two years with slow growth. I get it, it sucks. But what turned my view was, the realisation I blog for ME. I am here because it’s my thing, I love having people read my content and I love having a record of my thoughts. If I go back through my posts I can read back on some pretty significant moments, and the feelings i had in the moment. These posts detail breakups, adventures, new and old friendships and so much more. So again, I’m here for ME. I think that’s key.

Another piece of advice that I think helps is remembering to commit. Blogging is a unique hobby, it involves a-lot of time and energy. Quite frankly, if you don’t love it you won’t last. To gain followers, a good flow and grow your blog you have to show your readers you’re here for the long haul. To do this I suggest following a similar process to me. I set aside one or two afternoons a week where I write all my content and then schedule it for the coming days, I work on one post a day.

My final tip for now is, look at your locations! If 90% of your views are from the USA focus on scheduling posts that are most suited to their time. I generally post to UK time as they are my largest viewership. This works super well and helps for your post not to get lost in the sea of wordpress.

Now I won’t ramble on because if you’re anything like me you’ll want to get started!

Let me know how you go,

All my love,

Aesthetically Basic

3 Break- Up rules to follow for a speedy recovery

Hey Lovers,

Now damn I’m sorry I know it must suck right now, trust me i’ve been there but hey I’m about to speed this up for you.

RULE #1 : Keep Busy

It may seem simple but honestly the more you leave your room, house or blanket cocoon the better. Being outside, it keeps you busy and naturally you are distracted. It really helped me, I kept my days full and by the time I got to bed at night I just crashed.

RULE #2: Take up a new hobby

It may sound silly, but putting a new passion in your life honestly feels like changing the batteries. You’re a new person!

Many of us become consumed in relationships, the other person is an extension of us. So when they aren’t there we become lost. So by giving yourself a new layer you start to feel yourself again. This new hobby could be as simple as going to the beach or gym, or as crazy as skydiving – you decide.

RULE #3 Delete and Forget

now I know this is a hard one, but it’s also the most important.

If you are done and I mean done. Delete and forget. You and I both know you’re gonna stalk the insta, facebook and Snap, so stop yourself. Delete them and block them! That includes their number – Let’s not give you the option to send that message you’re wanting to and wishing to receive. A good piece of advice to remember is, if you’ve had to go on a break it isn’t right. If someone needs/wants a break from you they are your person.

Okay my loves,

Remember I’m only a click away,

All my love,

Aesthetically Basic

The three savage things you need to hear to be a Bad Bitch in 2019

Hey Boo,

Yep I’m talking to you!

2019 is a fresh start and we may be 22 days in but hun we are here for the long hall! To take 2019 and make it your side piece, listen up because you my darling are going to own this year!

1.Prep where you can – Okay so yes YOLO and ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ as much as you want but to rule you gotta be on your game and the only way to do that is organisation! Sit down with your coffee and decided what you want… what you really want. Writing something down makes more likely you’ll do it. I myself did this and I’ll tell you what, it worked.. I’m making moves ya’ll.

2.Time is precious- 2019 is the year of ‘It’s all about me k?” So Hun don’t text him back, be like Ari and buy ya friend a damn ring and live your best life. Life is too short to be putting your time into anyone not doing so in return. Think about the amazing person who is waiting for you to be done with that loser. Life advice- Someone who makes you cy more than laugh has gotta go! Please keep in mind this applies to anyone even friends.

3.Breath- Life is hard but so are you, remember that. Take time to stop, breath and know everything is temporary. Nothing lasts, if life’s a bit shit know it’s not forever. In our current world life moves fast so take time to stop it, have a coffee and do nothing, go to the beach late at night and watch the water, just stop.. when you do it’s beautiful.

Have a wonderful 2019, I can’t wait to hear how amazing you make it

All my love,

Aesthetically Basic

l’amour from Paris

Hello Lovers,

Wishing you a wonderful day where ever you are residing in the world.

Sitting at a cafe in Paris is in many respects is just as good as climbing the Eiffel Tower. You come to feel the ambience of ‘The City of Love’, you come to be effortlessly chic and to watch as those so accustomed to this life go about their day.

Coming to Paris I’ve experienced the culture, seen beautiful marble and gold buildings surrounding the city and pretended I’m Miranda from ‘Devil Wears Prada’, such a movie buff.

As I sit here looking at the world pass me by; I’m intrigued, the people that pass me are elegant, glamorous and perfectly Parisian.

I am undoubtedly a tourist with my mustard scarf and Tumblr glasses on, if it isn’t black you simply aren’t dressing like a Parisian.

Tonight’s menu consists of frog legs and snails, an initiation?

Paris I adore you,

Merci for letting me see a little slice of heaven

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