28 February 2014

beautiful perth

Good morning and Happy Friday!! Perth have a long weekend this week, so we are getting excited for that, with lots of social outings with lovely friends planned. 

We thought we would leave you with some beautiful photos that Brooke took on the way to work this morning. We are so lucky that we live in such a beautiful city. 

Have a beautiful weekend everyone, 

B & F xxx


Brooke Walker and Francie Longo


Brooke Walker and Francie Longo


Brooke Walker and Francie Longo

nb : all photos taken with iPhone 5 

26 February 2014

beautiful face

Anyone that knows me, is aware that I have a very strict sunscreen policy. Most of my friends, at one point or another, would have had me in their ear like a nagging mother about the 'importance of wearing sun protection' and so forth.

Brooke Walker and Francie Longo

I have heard every excuse in the book...

'But I like having a brown face'
'It gives me pimples'
'I have SPF8 in my foundation. That's enough'
'I only wear it in summer'
'My skin doesn't burn'

None of those excuses cut it with me, unfortunately. Brown face = premature wrinkles. Pimples? Try a different brand. SPF in your foundation? It's not enough. Only wear it in summer? Umm...pretttty sure the sun also comes out in winter... My skin doesn't burn? UVB rays are different to UVA rays (rays of the ageing kind).

If you want to age at a rapid rate & acquire premature pigmentation, those excuses will definitely work. But, if like most women, you want to slow down the ageing process, sunscreen should be the Robin to your Batman. The Minnie to your Mickey. In other words, you should always have it close by.

Some of the science behind sunscreen:

SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) is not, as many people believe, how 'strong' your sunscreen is. It simply means the amount of time you can spend in the sun before sun damage occurs. For example, the average person takes 10-20 minutes of direct sun exposure for damage to start occurring. If you choose a SPF of 15, that means you can spend 15 times longer in the sun. For SPF 30, it's 30 times longer. You catch the drift. In the US, you can get as high as SPF 100 (my sister had a fun experience with this while we were living the dream at Disney World in Florida. She looked like a ghost for the first hour of the day, but she most definitely did not get burnt or damaged by the almost fluoro Floridian sun!!), but here in Australia, SPF 50 is the highest currently available.

There are 2 types of sunscreen : Physical and Chemical. Physical sunscreen (zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide) acts as a protective barrier between you and the sun, and stops the UVA rays from penetrating the skin. Its starts to work it's magic immediately. Chemical sunscreen absorbs the UVA rays before they hit your skin. It must be applied at least 20 minute prior to sun exposure.
{UVA rays are the nasties that penetrate deep down into your skin. UVB rays are what burns your skin, and what causes people to believe that the sun 'does not damage them', as different skins are effected differently by UVB rays}.

Brooke Walker and Francie Longo

Now there are many different arguments that we could look at for which is the best protector : physical or chemical, but that is a post I will save for another day. As long as you are wearing one or the other (or even better  - both!) that will put a smile on my face.

Down to the fun stuff now after that serious little chat. The actual products! Since I was 14, I have never gone a day with out wearing sunscreen on my face. This is thanks to my mum drilling it into me, as well as my own personal interest in makeup and beauty products from a young age.

For the past 5 or so years, I have been using this sunscreen from Mecca Cosmetica. It glides onto my skin so smoothly, and feels more like a moisturiser or primer, rather than a sunscreen. This is a chemical sunscreen.

mecca to save face, $45

If I am on a beach holiday, or know that I will be in the sun a lot on one particular day, then I mix it up and combine my routine with one of the original physical sunscreens, Invisible Zinc.  Invisible Zinc is available almost anywhere (Coles to David Jones) and starts at $14.95. Personally, I like the Tinted Daywear, as I find it the most suited to wear on the face. It does give you a 'dewy' look, but if you are not into that, you can simply set it with a mineral powder (with added SPF protection...hoorah!)

tinted daywear by invisible zinc

Although I do love my Mecca sunscreen, it's with a heavy heart, I am looking to swap to a physical sunscreen, as they provide better protection against pigmentation and long term skin damage. A physical sunscreen is not for everyone, as it really feels like you are 'wearing sunscreen', so for those that don't want to deal with that, Mecca To Save Face is the product for you.

These two products are on my radar, and I'm currently testing both of them, so I will report back with my findings in a few weeks.

Aspect Hydra Shield, is available at select salons, and most will be happy to give you a small sample if you are an existing client.

aspect hydra shield
This Becca sunscreen also comes in a tinted version which I am looking forward to trying. Isn't the packaging colour just darling?

becca mineral face & body, $39

And there you have it, my 2 cents worth on sun protection. I hope you all got something out of it and will lovingly apply your sunscreen tomorrow morning!!

Happy product testing lovelies,

B xxx (aka the sunscreen nazi)

disclaimer : if you are a friend that has used one of those excuses, I still love you. You are just lucky I didn't use names xxx

25 February 2014

tuesday trends : autumn inspiration

Given that it is Autumn in a few days, we thought it would be well suited to take a peek at what looks the stylish women of New York City were wearing during NYFW. The change of season makes us very excited as we get to shop all of the new looks and plan our wardrobes for the next few months. 

Not that it looks like it will get cooler in Perth anytime in the near future.. but we are allowed to daydream, aren't we?

Our forecast : black & white, clashing prints, felt hats, animal print, tailored sporty luxe, tartan & fabulous coats. Oh, and denim. But of course.


B & F xxx

photography : phil oh
margaret zhang inbcbg max azria. photography : phil oh
clashing prints. photography: tim regas
double tartan. photography : tim regas

street style : 3.1 phillip lim coat, reed krakoff bag. photography: phil oh

18 February 2014

tuesday trends : felt hats

We are having a slight love affair with felt hats at the moment.. Between both of us we are in the double digit territory. Can never have too many hats, right?!

Brooke Walker and Francie Longo

We have rounded up some of our favourites to make the search for that perfect 'one' easier for other hat lovers out there.

17 February 2014

some love for the home

If you're  anything like me and have a slight obsession with fun cushions and all things pretty for your home then take a look at these guys...

Mynd Interiors are based in the bayside suburb of Mentone, VIC & have so many beautiful, fun things for your home. Local colourful designs and artwork fill the walls and floor with everything from cushions to candles, furniture to French soaps, artwork to accessories - they have it all! And the best thing is you can purchase it all online.

Here are some favourites :

11 February 2014

tuesday trends : chambray

We love a chambray shirt here at belle | beau. Not to mention a chambray dress... pants... the list goes on.  We think is a fun yet classic look and can be styled to suit most occasions.

Below is our round up of some if the best items available in store & online, as well as some styling inspiration.

We have also included a section for little ladies...Why should grownups have all the fashionable fun?

Happy styling & shopping! 

B & F xxx

Chambray Essentials

10 February 2014

new york state of mind

New York City has been on the mind since NYFW started last week. I was lucky enough to travel there a few years back now, and I think a second trip will have to be on the cards in the coming year or two. I love this city so much.

Below is a bit of a photo diary from my time spent there. I hope you enjoy.

B xx

New York City
  Empire State
empire state cheese.
New York City

Central Park

central Park

Central Park

Central PArk

Central Parl

Holly Golightly
holly golightly's stoop. 

6 February 2014

beautiful treats.

A few beautiful things that are inspiring us currently. 


Peter Lindbergh 1990


4 February 2014

tuesday trends : denim cutoffs.

Denim cutoffs are an item that should be a staple in every wardrobe come summer. 

It is easier said than done finding that 'perfect pair' so we have put together a selection of some of the best around at the moment. 

^^Rag & Bone "The Mila Shorts", from Shopbop, $183^^

1 February 2014

the perfect orange lipstick

At the beginning of 2013, I had a black tie wedding to attend in Sydney. A few days before the wedding, the Golden Globe Awards were on and I spotted the look below on Jessica Alba. (Red Carpet season is my favourite season of the year!)

Jessica Alba Hourglass Riviera Orange

I knew immediately that this was the exact lip colour I wanted to wear. I spent about half an hour on google tracking it down, and was extremely excited when I discovered that it was a shade by Hourglass Cosmetics, one of my favourite makeup brands. I had booked to have my makeup applied at Mecca Cosmetica (who stock Hourglass), so it felt like it was meant to be.

{Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in 'Riviera' is the name of it for anyone who is interested, and it can be found here for $42.}

The lipstick is in a liquid form with an applicator stick attached to the lid. The colour is very rich and it stayed on all night - I only really needed to reapply top coat and fix the edges a little after eating. 

Below are a few photos of the shade on me (as I look nothing like J.Alba..).

Hourglass orange lipstick
{please excuse the hotel room selfie..}

Hourglass orange lipstick
{we look extra shiny as it was one of the hottest days of the
summer in sydney that day. but it was a good test for my makeup!
this photo was taken about 4 hours after the initial application of my lippy
...not bad, hey??}

I have worn the shade several times since this particular wedding, and always get comments on the colour. I have tried several different orange lipsticks before finding this one, and it beats all the others by a mile. 

Happy weekend everyone

B xx