November 17, 2015

Adding to my sunglasses wardrobe - iCare Eyewear sunnies

I have lost count of how many pairs of sunglasses I have owned, then somehow destroyed. Whether they get scratched because I throw them into my jumbo handbag along with keys and pens and bobby pins; or if it's because I fold them into my shirt collar, bend over and then they drop out and hit the ground lens-first... I can't even.

It is with great trepidation that I buy expensive sunnies.

I used to be a bit of a label snob. I was very conscious of what brands I was wearing; but now, a little older, wiser and with a mortgage, my priority is on style over high price. I mean, I am pretty sure I was one of the first under 40's to get passionate about Katies' great versions of more expensive fashions, and I have never shied away from a Target or Kmart clearance sale!

So you can understand why I'm now pretty keen to have stylish, yet not expensive sunglasses. I have one killer pair of unisex Ray-Ban aviators (which I totally stole from my husband and never plan on returning), and the rest of my spec wardrobe - totally a thing - is filled with cute, yet not irreplaceable sunnies.

Let me tell you that over two months after first wear, I can say that in addition to being ontrend styles, my three pairs of iCare Eyewear sunglasses are very durable. They’ve survived my rough handling and have come out unscathed. My metal-framed aviator pair were even accidentally dropped down half a flight of stadium stairs at work and kicked further when I tried to catch them (how am I even that clumsy), yet are still intact and look good. And they are cute.

For those unfamiliar with iCare Eyewear, these are stylish sunglasses for just about everyone, including babies and kids. They come in a range of styles and and are perfect for adventurous folks who have a tendency to destroy sunnies at a rate not conducive to a $299 price tag! With sturdy non-toxic plastic frames and strong lenses, these glasses are solid and come with a cleaning cloth case.

And if you're all practical and stuff, and not just about looks, iCare Eyewear sunglasses also exceed Australian standards for protective eyewear. That's nice to know.

If you want to check them out in person, head to the iCare website where you can find your closest pharmacy which stocks the range. 

Honestly, while I'd love a junkload of different fancy and expensive sunnies if they were bought for me with someone else's money, I'm so happy to have a few cheap and cheerful options which really do the job. I mean, I've got a pair in my work bag, a pair in my clutch, a couple stashed in my car, and I'm sunglassed up and set to go!

Are you a perennial sunglass loser/destroyer? Any hot tips for me to be able to make mine last longer?

And stay tuned, I'll be giving away all three styles of iCare sunglasses in the coming weeks!

*iCare sunnies gifted - all opinions and lack of care taken with sunglasses my own.

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November 11, 2015

Blue Sage Clothing - Inca tunic

This Wardrobe Wednesday edition is brought to you by a new online shopping find, Blue Sage Clothing. Summa of Blue Sage Clothing is just the loveliest and most relaxed online store owner I've been in contact with for ages, and she curates a fabulous little store, with great basics and key trends for Summer, all at very appealing price points!

This pretty tunic dress is all about comfort and easy care, the perfect frock for travelling, weekends away and dressing up or down - and I'll get wear from it in the cooler months too,  with skinny jeans or leggings worn underneath.

So, without a doubt, you have probably already seen this dress about 50 times.

It was all over Instagram. And now it’s all over me.

Blue Sage Clothing Inca tunic (only $45!), Country Road boots (two Winters ago), French Connection felt hat (four Winters ago)

Are you open to getting your pins out in tunics?

*Inca tunic gifted from Blue Sage Clothing - thank you to the lovely Summa for adding this super-versatile style to my wardrobe.

I'll be linking up with Kimba Likes Wardrobe Wednesday, so head over and see what infinitely more stylish folk than me have been wearing.

Don't forget, I'm giving away a lovely bunch of coconuts bouquet of fresh flowers on the blog too, so make sure you leave a comment on the post!

November 07, 2015

Flowers... just because. review and a giveaway!

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Update: I've chosen a winner! Melina's children's teacher will receive a lovely surprise delivery at work this week! Thanks for joining in, everyone; it was so lovely to read all those comments about who you'd love to spoil!

When I was contacted by new florist on the block about reviewing their fresh new website, my response was immediately YES! 'Free flowers, I'm in!' I am, after all, a girl and as a girl I enjoy receiving flowers. I do have a pretty sweet and thoughtful husband, but honestly, can you ever receive too many flowers?

As I was online though, checking out their bouquets and arrangements, I thought how unexpected and lovely it might be for someone else to receive a flower delivery, and promptly ordered a potted orchid for my friend Brooke of Blonde Ambition.

The ordering process was so simple, the hardest part was choosing what I wanted. I love orchids, and giving a potted plant instead of a bouquet really is the gift that keeps on giving. Brooke's apartment in Brisbane is white with lots of natural sunlight and pops of colour everywhere, so I decided to go for traditional white with a sunshine yellow heart! This lovely little gem only cost $49.95, and with 10% for my first order, the whole thing delivered was $53!

I was given an opportunity to write a sentiment for the card and I received email confirmation when the flowers were shipped and then when they were delivered.

I ordered the orchid mid-afternoon on Wednesday, and they arrived safely in Brisbane before lunch Thursday. Brooke snapped these pictures for me, and I'm thrilled at how happy she was with an unexpected delivery!

Girl can cheese.

I am so happy to recommend to anyone; the quality was terrific, and the ordering and delivery were spot on. I also think that their prices are pretty amazing. I know where I’m going to turn the next time I am ordering flowers. Just let me know if you're in the mood to send flowers... I'll give you my address!

Who would you love to send a surprise flower delivery to? I will choose one commenter and send a bouquet** to their chosen friend or family member!

*This product was kindly provided. Like everything you'll find on Katy Potaty, my thoughts are all my own. For more info, check out my disclosure policy.

** Not sponsored; I'd just like to buy someone else flowers. Comment before midnight Sunday 15th November 2015 AEDST, and I'll choose a lucky winner! (Australian commenters eligible only.)

November 04, 2015

Trends to try - Watercolour whimsy

As we head into the beginnings of the Summer party season, I start seeking holiday outfits. Outfits that will work on stinking hot days by the pool, out to lunch with friends, and all the way to sunset cocktails.

Washing straight off the canvas, these bright and breezy watercolour prints are splashing their way into my heart and wardrobe this Summer. And I think they might just be the holiday outfits I need.

The light, airy prints make me happy just looking at them—and they're pretty enough to wear from day to date night. (And the cut of this top and frock make them very forgiving, keeping you looking your best while still leaving space for some holiday indulging.)

Would you wear watercolour print? Or do you find them wishy-washy? {See what I did there? Hehe.}

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