Thursday, December 1, 2011

Salon Effects Fan Girl

I've always been a DIY manicure gal. Occasionally I indulge in a salon visit but generally it's just me on the couch with my nail kit and collection of polishes. Bliss :-)

Earlier this year I was introduced to the houndstooth patterned nails of awesome fashion blogger The Coveted. And so began my love affair with Sally Hansen Salon Effect strips...

Sally Hansen strips come in a variety of patterns; my favourite being Houndstooth and Leopard print. Let me just digress, I ALWAYS get compliments about them. Always! Whether it be paying for a coffee or shaking someone's hand. They get noticed. So much so I've had several people lean across from their neighbouring tables when dining out to ask me how I got my nails that way. 

Now back to business, Sally Hansen have recently released a Christmas range *happy dance* *happy dance* Yay! Check out my new faves Peppermint Twist and Prep's Cool below:

Decisions, decisions. Don't know which to choose first.
There are other brands offering this product including a much cheaper option at Target called glamnails manicure (see glitter examples below). While they are a great cheap alternative, I think Sally Hansen are the more superior brand - I can get 14+ days wear out of them!! Now not all the patterns are great, some in fact are a little hideous, but each to their own.

The glitter nails are fantastic if you want a more subtle look but they are less tacky (feel not look) than other patterns. You may find the nail tips don't stick as well with glitter. My biggest pet peeve is that each pack comes with 16 strips ... Grrrrr! Why not 20?? I really hate marketing ploys like this.

 Anyway, here are a couple of tips on applying the strips:
  • If you're nails are short enough, you can apply one sticker to two nails by flipping them over (that will show them, 16 strips pffft)
  • Use the nail stick to firmly press the strips to adhere onto nails
  • Avoid heating/air con when applying, it dries them out quicker and makes them less pliable
  • Add a top coat to make them last longer (sometimes if the tips are not sticking, you can do this followed by pressing down with the nail stick to help apply to nails)
  • Bendy nail gals may be disappointed as results can vary. Mine typically last over 2 weeks, even with housework and dishes.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects retails for $14.95 and are available from Terry White Chemist and Priceline.

If you have any more tips on how to make them last, please do share them.

Next up on my to-do list is to try the shattered effect on nail polish (or crackle depending on the brand).

GB xx

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Frocking thanks

Photos by @urbanjin & Mr Bug
The month of frocking up and daily blogging is well and truly over for another year and I wanted to send a belated thank you to everyone for their support. 

With your help I was able to raise a total of $1,754.65 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. The tally reached by Frockettes all over the country was a whopping $120,000+ (woo hoo! *high five*).

The sad fact remains that 1200 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. With most diagnosed in the late stage, early detection is the key to changing the statistics. If you would like to know more about the Foundation and their work, please visit:

Stay tuned for non-frock blog posts soon :-)

Maryann/Girlbug xoxo

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Frocktober finale

I made it! Frocktober comes to a close and I'm super excited with all the donations that came rolling in today. And what a lovely pic to end on. Some random kid walked and happily joined in the pose.

What I wore today: printed mini-dress (Tina Kalivas from Alice Euphemia), black leggings and black patent wedge boots.

I'm expecting a few donations to come in so I will make my $1500 target. A big thanks to everyone who made a donation over the past month; and especially those who donated today - Tamar, Ita, Alex, Tamir, Cheryl and a whopper donation from Anna. w00t!! It's not too late to donate so if you want to support a worthy cause - Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, click the link below:

I hope you loved the frock pics over the last month. I've had a few contributors but my main stylist/photographer has been @urbanjin. She has done a wonderful job (pho date payment is coming soon). 

The City of Boorandara also rates a mentions.While I loathe your parking inspectors with an undyng passion, I'm surprised by the various locales I've managed to find in such close vicintiy of my work. *snaps* to you.

Au revoir Frocktober!! Bonjour Movember.

Merci beaucoup.

Girlbug xx

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Last Frocktober Weekend Celebration ♥♥

Woo hoo! Last days of Frocktober!! What a blissful weekend. Sudoku, reading, some chores, dining, TV watching, kitty cuddles and pizza making with my ♥ Mr Bug. We also had the most delicious brunch date with @marcusmoments and @starinmelbourne. Do yourself a favour and head to Chez Dre. Best. Breakfast. Platter!

What I wore Sunday: black dress, black leggings, riding boots, black long sleeve top, brown belt, coat and hat. Winter decided to pay us another visit so basically I was trying to keep warm on a cold Melbourne day.

What I wore Saturday: Grey jacket, black and white tee, denim skirt and pink shoes. Mr Bug also bought me this cute bag for my golf clubs so now I can accessorize when going to the driving range. ;-)

I'm now at $1175 so need a few more donations to get me home. You can make a donation to Frocktober for Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, click on the link below and make a pledge:

One more frock to come...

Girlbug xx

Friday, October 28, 2011

Before the rains came...

Today was super windy and super muggy. Perfect for a work BBQ. Now the thunderstorm has hit and I'm holding fort at my desk while it settles. Three cheers for the weekend!!!

What I wore today: blue silk dress (Espirit), gold ballet shoes and a shawl. My Steve Nicks inspired look.

Big thanks go out to Mel, Ana, Amanda and the Joliff clan for their donations. Super star status goes out to Emma who organised an afternoon tea with her colleagues at ANZ. Thanks guys!!

I'm up to $1155 (woo hoo) so it's my last push til the end of October. You can make a donation to Frocktober for Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, click on the link below and make a pledge:

Happy frocking and happy weekend!

Girlbug xx

Thursday, October 27, 2011

HAWT heels on a hot day

Not long to go and I've blasted up to $940 in donations. I'll be at $1000 in no time (hint hint, dear friends). A big thank you to Tim, Helen & Jeff, Dianne, Bhavna, Sharon and @Fitzy for their lovely donations *happy dance*

What I wore today: white dress (Country Road and borrowed from Melody), black mesh gloves (a Melbourne gal has gotta wear black somewhere) and the killer heels (Peep Toe). Check out the close up of the shoes below. Hawt, right??

♥♥ these shoes ♥♥
Now who wants to be the special someone that gets me to $1000? Someone out there has got to ♥♥ this look to hand over a bit of ca$hola for a good cause. To make a donation to Frocktober for Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, click on the link below and make a pledge:

Thanks so much for all your support!! It's really helping me drag my frockin' ass over the line.LOL

Happy frocking and donating!

Girlbug xx

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Last Frocktober hump day

And wasn't it a tough day for fashion. I tried on 3 dresses before I settled on this gorgous Leona Edmiston leopard dress. Unfortunately another couple of dresses have been culled from wardrobe due to a weight gain over the past year (trying to ignore this). But... Doh!! Gonna make the last few days very tough!

What I wore today: leopard dress (Leona Edmiston), black opaques, gold chain neckace (Bondi markets) and black pumps.

Close-up of my matching nails
Thanks to my friends James, Albert, Clint, Jane, Shannon for their genrous donations. I've made it to $700 now I gotta keep pushing on through.

To help me get to my target and donate to a great cause - Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Click on the link below and make a pledge:

Happy frocking and donating!

Girlbug xx

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Home-frockin-stretch baby

One week to go!! Woo hoo!! I've amped up my pester campaign for donations so be warned. You may be hearing from me soon. Thank you to all who donated in the last 24 hours; Sar, Rosie, Jeremy, Steph, Liam and Tim. Many *hugs* and good vibes to you all :)

What I wore today: black dress (DKNY), grey jacket (op shop score), black/purple tights, black Mary-janes and black shades (Grey Ant).

A few more days left of frocks and blogging so get your wallets out and donate to a great cause - Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Click on the link below and make a pledge: .

Happy frocking and donating!

Girlbug xx

Monday, October 24, 2011

Melbourne; beautiful one day and frockin' raining the next

Sometimes I forget how completely batshit Melbourne weather is. Then we have a period of days where it is sunny and hot, then rainy and cold, then sunny and hot, then rainy and humid. You get the picture. Bat. Shit. Crazy!

What I wore today: dress (Halsinky), red belt, black opaques, black heels and the can't-go-anywhere-without-it umbrella. I also had a black velvet jacket today which I took off for the pic.. committment to the cause peeps!

8 days to go!! Get your $$ out and donate. Click on the link below and make a pledge: . All proceeds go to Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

Happy frocking and donating!

Girlbug xx

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Weekend living ♥ ♥

Today was my busy outdoor day while yesterday was my busy indoor day. Today I went to the market, hit 50 balls at the golf range and then spent the rest of the day on a beer nerd fest providing "emotional support" ...ok company while our friends Dereck and Diti made American Pal Ale.

For busy indoor day, I vacuumed, did 6 loads of laundry, washed dishes and finally sorted the bomb site also known as my home. A fine martini after a day of chores was a lovely way to end the day.

What I wore today: military style dress (Gorman), yellow belt, grey sandals and borrowed a cute little puppy called Remus who kept me company on a little walk.

What I wore yesterday: white and blue dress, red and white scarf, red heels (only for photo).

Thanks to Diti and Linda for their donations. Now I'm almost a third of the way to my target with just over a week to go. Better get a move on and rustle up some more donations. Click on the link below and make a pledge: . All proceeds go to Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

Home stretch of frocks coming!

Girlbug xx

Friday, October 21, 2011

Why this isn't exactly cheating on Frocktober...

So there are 10 days to go until Frocktober ends and I'm becoming a little like Jesus; instead I'm trying to turn 5 dresses into 10. 

Now you may argue that I'm wearing are shirt today... BUT this a shirt dress (see what I did there). Plus I'm of the leggings-are-not-pants faith so I would never be caught wearing my legging as pants unless I'm exercising (so hardly ever, right?). Furthermore if Mr Bug leaves a shirt lying around at my place, my kingdom, my domain I can do with it what I choose... in this instance, I team it with leggings, boots and accessories and call it a shirt dress. w00t!!

While this look was pieced together in desperation, I kinda like it and will be wearing it again. Mr Bug may have to wait to get his shirt dress back. ;-)

10 days to make donation. Click on the link below and make a pledge: . All proceeds go to Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

More frocks come!

Girlbug xx

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I ♥ Stripey Frocktober

Leg less
I ♥ this dress! I bought it a few weeks ago but this is the first time I have worn it. Fits nicely, perfect for warm days and so comfy. Have I told you I LOVE IT? Don't be surprised if it makes a reappearance.

What I wore today: striped dress (Urban by Target) with sandal wedges. And sneaky little paparazzi shot of my shy kitty, B'Elanna.

Big shout out to Kirsten and Hank for their generous donations!! Woo hoo... close to $400.

Starting the countdown - 11 days to make donation. Give a gal a hand. Click on the link below and follow the prompts: . All proceeds go to Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

More frocks come!

Girlbug xx

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

White hot Frocktober summer ...almost

Today was warm. A glorious sunny Melbourne day. A perfect day for snoozing in the sun; too sunny to be stuck at my desk editing and writing copy. My brain is mush so this post will be short and sweet.

What I wore today: grey sandals, white dress (borrowed from Melody) and a green cardigan (op shop find).

I'm over the half way point so that means there are less than 12 days to make donation. Get busy people!! Click on the link below and follow the prompts: . All proceeds go to Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

Stay tuned for more frocks!

Girlbug xx

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Beer and bikes for Frocktober

A beautiful day in Melbourne calls for an evening out. Tonight we're on our bikes and off to The Local Taphouse for Alestars; a night of beer tasting, delish food and good company. What more could a gal ask for?

So what I wore today: vintage floral frock, yellow belt, bronze wedges and black jacket. Today's style was a little inspired by one of my favourite characters from The Slap, Anouk.

Since I'm at Alestars, I raise my glass to toast my lovely friends Jocelyn, Louise and Carol for their donations. Cheers ladies xx.

Alestars live cross to chat beer with Garrett Oliver

If you want to donate just head to the site below and follow the prompts: ... and in case you didn't know all proceeds go to Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

Stay tuned for more frocks!

Girlbug xx

I didn't get a chance last night to say how great the Alestars speak was. Garrett Oliver was fascinating, and despite the technical hiccups that made the session extend way past 10pm, he was enthralling to listen to. Yay!! Now I just want to catch zzZZzzzZz under my desk :P

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday dreams and nightmares during Frocktober

Monday morning started off most awesome. I was on a tram heading to Camberwell with @PatriciaDodd and Britta from Community. Valentino and Lilian Frank came on board with Xmas presents for us all. Britta got a dictaphone which was perfect for her since she's going to be a journalist. I got two presents. And they were personalized.Yay!!

My morning then took a turn for the worse because:
A. I woke up to find it was all a dream *sad face*
B. My first alarm didn't go off so I was in a mad rush for work *panicked face*

So in my haste what does one wear to work? Black, of course.

What I wore today: black smock with tie (ASOS), black and white fishnets with black and white heels.

Now here's the deal people. I stress each morning about what to wear and then blog about it; you then make a donation and show your support for Frocktober and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. It's simple, go to and follow the prompts.

Now show me some $ugar ... the donation kind ;-)

Girlbug xx

Precious Frocktober Weekend

After a precious start to the weekend (read: hungover), I have two outfits to show you. One from a warm Spring Saturday and today's four-seasons-in-one-day-but-predominantly-cool.

What I wore Saturday: red dress, yellow belt and grey sandals. Granted I stayed in my PJs for most of the day but I did manage a trip to Big Boy BBQ - a new Texas style BBQ place in Caulfield South. Yum!


What I wore today: Cooler weather was back again so the black leggings made another appearance. Teamed with long sleeve black tee, black velvet jacket, digital print denim skirt (Romance Was Born) and the most awesomeness red riding boots (The Frye Company). Perfect outfit for a trip to Mornington Peninsula Brewery.

Hope you can make a donation and show your support for Frocktober and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Please visit

Bed time now zzzzZzZz. Have a great week and I look forward to the donations rolling in.

Girlbug xx

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday Stripes Frocktober

In a battle of spots versus stripes, stripes would always win out in my world. It's just a classic look. After 2 weeks of frocking, Melbourne finally gave us a warm day and I think everyone went a little loopy. I finally got to wear a summer-y dress that didn't require opaque tights and layering.

What I wore yesterday: navy blue and red stripe maxi dress (Urban by Target), brown belt and bronze wedges.

Thanks to Don Draper for his donation to the Betty Draper inspired cake. If you would like to make a donation and show your support for Frocktober and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, please visit

Have a fantastic weekend all!!

Girlbug xx

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Watch out Betty Draper, there's a new frock in town

Meet Beverley. She's the delicious chocolate mud cake I made for today's Cadbury Bake-off at work. Like Betty Draper and her BFF Francine, Bev & I should have spent our time sipping martinis rather than painstakingly hand sewing the bodice and adding ♥♥ to the gown using chopsticks.

I regularly bake for the office so I had to up the ante to not lose my crown as Baking Queen.

What I baked: The recipe itself was simple enough. It's a chocolate mud cake from the newly established Cadbury Kitchen website (one must "test" client products, right?). I didn't alter the cake ingredients and stuck to the recipe. I must say the combination of the 1 1/2 cups of coffee and Cadbury Dark Baking chocolate was nomtastic. Had I not been required to deliver a cake to work, I may have happily sat with a spoon and finished off the cake batter. Mmmm chocolaty coffee goodness.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that...

But I did tweak. Rather than using a square pan, I used a Dolly Varden cake tin. Who knew you can hire these things? I did require more cooking time than was specified due to the shape of the cake tin. As a result, the edges were a little dry for my taste. Overall I was pretty stoked with how the cake tasted and looked. I can't wait to test this baby out on a standard size square tin. Yummo!!

Now back to business. What I wore today: white collar skirt (Brave), full circle skirt, pearls (not real *sigh*) and black/grey heels.

A lady must serve tea with baked treats
To make a donation and show your support for Frocktober and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, please visit

Happy baking and happy frocking!!

Girlbug xx

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I Spy Frocktober

Inspector Gadget was a favourite show as a little bug so it gave my great pleasure to swan about in my faux-detective outfit today. No big case was cracked nor were any spouses caught having extramarital affairs. Best I get back to the office and drown my sorrows in a bottle of scotch then (#clichesaresorelevant).

What I wore today: trench wrap dress (Dizengoff), tights, and burgundy ankle boots. How cute are my boots?? ♥ ♥ Love them!! ♥ ♥

To make a donation and show your support for Frocktober and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, please visit

Tomorrow we're having a baking competition at work. I've decided to tweak the recipe a little so it's frock-themed. Wish me luck on my baking and cake decorating adventure.

Can't wait to see how my frock dress turns out :-)

Girlbug xx

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Red Hot Legs 11 Frocktober

Loving this Leona Edmiston dress today!! What a bright splash of colour on a relatively meh day, weather wise. And ...let me also say loving the legs 11 look for day 11. w00t!

What I wore today: red shirt dress (Leona Edmiston), nude Mary-janes and my specs (I was blinded by an eyelash - no joke).

To make a donation and show your support for Frocktober and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, please visit

Stay tuned for more frocks. Wonder what colour shall I wear tomorrow??

Girlbug xx

Monday, October 10, 2011

Day 10 Frocktober

Another week, another Monday, another frock. And more rain. I'm squinting in this shot because it started to rain. No time for another pic though. Doh!

What I wore today: black dress with white piping (Jolet), opaques and black shoes with white trim. I love this dress even if I'm often accused of being a Collingwood supporter in this get up.

So I'm a little bummed I've only managed 3 donations since I started Frocktober and am well short of my target. Where's the love peeps? Dudes and dudettes, please support this fantastic cause. Head on over to the link and follow the prompts: Pretty please.

My goal tomorrow is to ditch the black look. Watch out!!
Girlbug xx

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weekend Frocktober

Mr Bug is a keen golfer. I'm not. Although we've been talking about hitting the Albert Park Driving Range. Sorting a frock outfit was a little difficult especially since I had to work around the pink flat shoes (Mr Bug's recommendation for adequate golf shoes). Plus it had to serve as dinner wear. 

I have to admit, I was pretty happy with the outfit once the necklace was added. And I was super excited to not be totally crap at golf. I managed to connect with the ball, hit reasonably straight and hit over 75 meters fairly regularly. Yay!! We're planning another golf date soon :)

What I wore for Saturday golfing: black knit dress (unknown), grey tights (Target), hot pink shoes (Top Shop) and necklace (not sure of brand but was purchased in the Flinders Street Station underpass - fantastic shops down there).

Unfortunately winter is back and today was chilly market run day. South Melbourne Market are also right near my fave breakfast spot. I've been heading to Chez Dre without Mr Bug so it was time to take him there. Deliciousness ensued, followed by my grocery shop.
What I wore today: black and white stripey t-shirt (Urban by Target), denim pencil skirt (Ojay), leggings, black patent boots and black velvet jacket.

So I've managed a full week of dresses (and skirts) and now must rally friends and readers to get on board and sponsor me. You can make a donation at Give generously - Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation is a fantastic cause.

Stay tuned for week 2 of frocks.

Girlbug xx

Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Froctober Friday

Frock on

One week down and I'm celebrating with a happy dance, an Elaine Benes-inspired happy dance. My work colleagues; the Frockettes are helping me rock out to Erasure's new single When I Start To Break It All Down.

What I wore today: printed wrap dress (Very Very), blue beads (no idea) and nude Mary-janes (RMK Shoes). See close up of print below:

 Now it's almost beer o'clock so I hope you enjoy a happy dance too. Yay!

If you want to make a generous Friday donation, head on over to

Have a fab weekend and stay tuned for more frocks.

Girlbug xx

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Casual Thursday Frocktober *sad face*

RIP Steve Jobs
Traditionally Thursdays are my go-to jeans day. I usually hit the wall and go with jeans due to lack of outfit inspiration. Today was no better so I opted for a denim skirt instead.

Casual Thursday took an unfortunate turn with the news of the passing of Steve Jobs. It's terribly sad to hear that he has lost his battle against pancreatic cancer. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

His passing certainly brings home why so many of us are participating in Frocktober. According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF), “one woman dies every ten hours from ovarian cancer in Australia.” We're still losing far to many loved ones to cancer every day. Hopefully our silly little escapes in frocks (and skirts) can help shed some light on this and also raise funds for research to prevent further loss.

What I wore today: striped tee (Urban by Target), denim skirt (Portmans), black leggings (Target) and riding boots (The Frye Company).

Please visit and make a donation.

Stay tuned for more frocks.

Girlbug xx