Tribal week was marked as my week off. Not for me thanks. I don’t really wear the traditional colours associated with this trend, the oranges, the rust, the reds, the browns. They don’t really suit me at all. AT ALL. A few conversations with a few of the ladies yielded some new ideas. Turquoise, big hair, pony tails and plaits. I do big hair, easy peasy. So I got to Googling, as, it turns out, I do. And I found THE perfect look for me, something I can take with me into my everyday look. Have I mentioned that I am loving developing my style like this, challenging myself. Stepping outside the box? Well I am. It’s great!

The look, as you will see, is all black with tan accessories and some tribal inspired bling. I was going to layer a top over this look for the sole purpose of the photos. Still a little wary of being judged. But decided, to heck with it, if you can’t handle seeing my arms, that can lift weights like no ones business and row 500m in under a minute forty five, then that’s your issue, not mine. I’m looking forward to some freedom from layers actually. Winter is fun, layers and layers. I love it. But there’s something liberating about just stripping them all back and keeping it simple.

I took some time today doing my make-up. I’m reviewing the Benefit Cosmetics – How to Look The Best at Everything. It has tips and tricks on application and everything you need to create a simple day to day look or to build it up to a special occasion look. Which photography make-up, it turns out, is like that. I am continuously surprised by how much eye shadow, liner and mascara I have to wear for it to look remotely decent on film. No wonder it’s a whole subject at beauty school. Apparently. Anyway, I created this look by using the Benefit tips, then added loads of bronzer and metallic shadow etc. I had applied foundation over my lips as I wanted a nude lip and I didn’t have the shade I was after, later I applied a coat of my favourite gloss, SugarBomb. ย I’m happy with the end result. It was certainly a little dramatic for anย impromptuย drop in dinner with my parents.

So there it is. I think if you wanted to replicate this look you could do it with thing you already own. think feathers and beads and gemstones. A tassel or two and some basicย neutrals. Well, that’s what works for me, anyway. If you’re a little more interested there are some great patterned items, tops, skirts, jackets and more. I am seriously considering tip my toe in further. But we’ll see. Maybe like peplum and neon, it will grown on me. Who knows? Until then, here’s me perched on a rock wall. Looking pretty darn happy about it, let me tell you. HA. You’re welcome!

Tank – ASOS Curve

Pants – Autograph

Shoes – eBay

Bag {again, don’t ask} & Jewels – My Sister

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  • Naomi Ellis

    You are looking sensational Melissa. Love this look on you. N x

  • I will say it again Wowzers women.

  • Hope you had the fire brigade on hand for this photo shoot, cause woman, you are smokin!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • It was the hockey fields, so plenty of room to stop, drop and roll. HA. Thanks Tony.

  • You look AMAZING! I love your Suger take on tribal! That’s what I love about Aussie Curves, seeing the personal way each of us interprets the theme!

    • Thanks Amanda. It was a bit of a stretch for me. I knew it would end up a make-up and accessories challenge for me. It’s one of my favourite parts too, all the different takes on things. So fun to be part of such a creative community.

  • Bek

    Lookin’ gorgeous! And your arms look fab- flaunt them I say!

  • Jocelyn

    gorgeous bag and necklace!

  • glad I didn’t join in for tribal week. I would have gone all national geographic on it with no top and plates in my bottom lip. Love the last photo of you. awesome!

    • Thank you T. We got some great light yesterday afternoon. So beautiful.
      Well that would have been awkward. Haha. I considered the lip stretcher myself. For a moment. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • You’re making me wish for warmer weather so much.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha. I can imagine. If it’s any consolation, it’s overcast and raining her today, jumper firmly back on.

  • sheribombblog

    Pulled it off perfectly! Love the hair and make up, you look great!

    • Thanks Sheri. I’m getting there. Trying new times and working out what I like and what I don’t. Turn outs, I like eye liner. Lots. It’s like the 90’s all over again. HA.

  • 2manycupcakes

    Great outfit and your hair looks A M A Zing!

  • You makeup my dear ROCKS!! I’m going to have to check out those Benefit tips I think. Absolutely loving your hair too, I can not wait for my hair to be long again (no doubt that will be years away, but impatiently I will wait! lol!) and also YAY!! for lifting weights!! xx

    • Thanks Lauren. Do, I haven’t found a direct link to them online as yet, but have emailed for the details. I’ll post them when I have them. Actually, funny you mention that, I told my sis today that I was considering a pixie cut and she basically told me off. So, this might be timely. Haha.

      • The short hair cut was the best thing I have ever did- loved the confidence that comes from not having hair to hide behind, but it is a serious pain in the butt to do every day. Blow drying, straighting, waxing/gelling and hair spraying gets to be a bit much for a low maintenance girl like me ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Maybe my kid sister is right… I’m SUPER low maintenance, maybe it’s beyond me. HAHA.

  • You makeup my dear ROCKS!! I’m going to have to check out those Benefit tips I think. Absolutely loving your hair too, I can not wait for my hair to be long again (no doubt that will be years away, but impatiently I will wait! lol!) and also YAY!! for lifting weights!! xx

  • Suger this look is fabulous on you!!! Your makeup looks amazing!!! And throw all those arm coverers away!! You have FABULOUS arms!!!

  • Casual tribal chic…love it! You look gorgeous this week Melissa…love how your accessories stand out against your black outfit.

    • Thank you Lisa. It turns out I don’t have a single outfit that could be made all white or all nude coloured… But I had black. So that’s what I used. It turned out beautifully with the rock wall and all that.

  • love this Mel. Such a different take on tribal – agree with Lisa, tribal chic.

  • You really did sit on a rock LOL. Great look, loved how everyone made it their own. I am drooling over your handbag, what a cool piece. Not too many women can show a rear end pic and look amazingly hot. You are one of those lucky women. Hot ass. Yes I just checked out your rear. No, not in a creepy way. In a you rock and work it kinda way. Go you!

    • I REALLY DID! There are about two dozen photos of me perched on the rock. Too many of them had my holy shit, who’s idea WAS this anyway face on. Not a good look. Haha.

      And thank you. I’ve done a lot of squats for that ass. HA. That feels SO ridiculous to say. But yes, thank you.

  • I can comment, as a beauty school drop out, that yes, it’s actually a whole lot of studying. I was training to do make up for photography, film, special effects & runway. It’s funny cause I had a quick squizzy at the photos early today on my laptop and thought ‘oh, she’s done something different with her make up, I like!’.

    I was going to sit this week out too, I’m glad you didn’t, you look amazing and I really want your hair, it’s so prettttty. Oh and your arms are super-de-doper toned compared to mine, you ROCK the sleeveless!

    • It IS! Right? Hard work and way outside the realm of this amateur. Haha. Thank you. Nothing like Pinterest to peak a girls interest in make-up.

      Thanks Nat! I’m glad I didn’t sit out too. I’m finding it more and more about creating a look I normally wouldn’t and adding to what I’d wear. And sleeveless, well I love it. So I’m going to wear it. I’m sure your arms have their own charm. Maybe they need some light weight training. Wait. That’s just me. I’m a total gym junkie. Haha.

  • abearmadethis

    I love your necklace and your arms look fine. I’m absolutely no good with makeup and hardly ever wear more than tinted moisturizer. I will need to check out your links for some tips xx

  • Siki-Lou

    I always love a clean cut, black look with accents! You look good girl! I love your tan accessories too! I went through the biggggggggest tan accessories phase a while ago and this just brings back good memories! haha…LOVE it!

    • Thank you muchly. Ahh yes, hitting tan HARD at the moment. Haha.
      And I love a clean black look too. It’s the best blank canvas.

  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    The bag and hair look awesome. Bit partial to the shoes too! Your photos are great.

    • Thanks Jac. The bag was borrow but I’m happy to claim the others. Haha. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Ashley Rose

    Wowww your eyes look amazing!

    • Juice cleanse side effect I think. My eyes are like a health barometer, from grey to blue depending on health. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Cherie

    Love your post sweet Suger. Your eyes look amazing. Thanks for your gorgeous comments and a loan on the jewels can be arranged ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a wonderful weekend with your Darling ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thank you lovely Cherie. Excellent news about the load. Sounds good. Haha. You too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mele

    the great thing about this challenge is seeing what other women do and their personal take on things…I love your chain esp.

    • Thank you. It absolutely IS the best bit. I see outfits and I think, OMG, yes! I’d wear that.