friday favourites

17.2 Friday Favourites: 6 of my Favourite TV Throw Backs by Ilsa Melchiori


The other day, in a solid effort to procrastinate from what I really had to do I found myself re-watching an old favourite TV program, Gilmore Girls. This got me thinking about other great TV throw backs. Below is my top 6 (in no particular order)


1.  Gilmore Girls


2.  Sex and the City


3.  Bones


4.  Charmed


5.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer


6.  Friends

(all images via imdb)

The best thing is that all these shows run for at least 6 seasons each. SO MUCH procrastination material!

What are some of your favourite throw back TV shows?

10.2 Friday Favourites: Things I've Learnt about Dressing for my Body by Ilsa Melchiori


Since last weeks Friday Favourites: Things I've learnt about make up post was so well received I've decided to do another along the same line. Things I've learnt about dressing for my body type. Firstly some context for you. I'm in my late 20's, 170cm tall, a size 12 (AUD), 32E. But more importantly to this post, I have very short legs and a very long torso. My friends never fully believe me until I prove it. I've clearly learnt to hide it over the years with the way that I dress.

So here are the things I've learnt, in case there are any other short-legged, long torso girls out there who want some tips and tricks.

1.  Skirts and dresses become your best friend. Basically if they can't see where your legs start then you can trick people into thinking they are long.

2.  High waisted skirts in particular have been kind to me. If people are focusing on your waist then they just assume you legs  aren't far away. They'll never know there's this 'extra' bit of torso hanging out.

3.  'Mini' anything probably wont work for you, unless you like showing your vagina off in public. Remember that 'extra' bit of torso, well that makes mini dresses shirts on you.

4.  Pants will be hard to find but not impossible. I totally still wear pants and jeans. Good hint, if something is labeled 'cropped' or leg 30' it will probably be the perfect length on you.

5.  Speaking of pants, I find that having a touch of exposed ankle between my jeans and my shoes makes my legs seem longer.

Most importantly though, please wear things that make you feel great!

3.2 Friday Favourites: 5 of the best Things I've Learnt About Make up by Ilsa Melchiori


I started my make up education fairly late in life. My mother never wore it when I was growing up, I didn't have any sisters, and I was the 'girly' one in my friendship group in school. For this weeks Friday Favourites I decided to switch things up a bit and share with you 5 of the best (favourite) things I've learnt since the commencement of my make up education.

1.  Make up artists and sales assistants will ALWAY try and sell me foundation that is too dark for my skin tone. Yes I'm half Italian, yes I have yellow/olive toned skin, but I am pale as can be.

2.  The scent of a product can totally ruin it for me.

3.  Contouring is actually very simple. Here a tip, if you've been applying your bronzer is a 3 motion along the side of your face, you've basically been lightly contouring this whole time.

4.  Ran out of eye makeup remover? Olive oil works wonders, just try not to get it in your eyes.

5.  Hydration is the key. If your skin is dehydrated, then it doesn't matter what you do, your make-up will end up looking cakey and gross throughout the day.

What is your favourite piece of make up related advice?

27.1 Friday Favourites: My 5 Current Favourite Blogs by Ilsa Melchiori


Today for Friday Favourites I am talking about some of my favourite blogs out there. I've been reading blogs for almost 9 years (including some of the ones listed below). A Beautiful Mess DIY, cooking, style, there's a little bit of everything on here. This blog is vibrant; in colour, style and personality. I have been following this sister duo for at least the last 5 years. They now have a team of people working for them, books, a subscription box service and lots more. They are #goals!

Chapter Friday I started reading this way back when it went by a completely different name and it was simply Founder, Yara, posting personal style photos. I love watching how she has developed this into its present-day adaptation. I particularly enjoy  the Careers section, with inspiring interviews with a range of amazing creatives and young business owners.

The Sartorialist Duh. Haven't we all lost hours of our lives staring at Scott's beautiful style portraits from around the world.

Nil Erurk Nil is a Turkish style blogger who, for some reason, I always related to. Check out her site for really beautiful personal style imagery.

Pages by Megan This is a new one for me, but I found myself instantly drawn in by Megan's kooky take on fashion. She is a self-confessed 'weirdo' and I love it! It's always so neat and refreshing to see people having such fun with clothing.

What are some of your favourite blogs? I'm always keen for some new discoveries!

20.1 Friday Favourites: My 10 Current Favourite Youtubers by Ilsa Melchiori


Today's Friday Favourites is all about the ever-growing YouTube monster. Below are a few of my current favourite creators. Enjoy!


1.  Helen Anderson What to expect: an alternative/creative take on YouTube classics. Helen's best content comes from when she is being true to herself and lets her creative freak flag fly. Love, love, love her spin on things.

2.  Lily Pebbles What to expect: beauty/make up videos, vlogs, but most importantly zero pretension! Lily is known primarily for her beauty content, which I love, however the reason she is one of my favourites is for her vlogs. There is just something so very relatable about her for me. It's a bit like watching myself (is that weird?).

3.  Lauren Toyota What to expect: What I eat in a day videos they are actually believable. Whether you are vegan, or like me, a hardcore carnivore, Lauren shows that cooking is about playing around and experimenting.

4.  Fleur de Force What to expect: all you YouTube beauty and style favourites done with class. Fleur was one of the first YouTuber's I found. She has been making videos for her channel for around 9 years nows, yet somehow her content always feels fresh. She always seems to be coming up with new video ideas/takes on old videos. Her real-time hauls are fantastic!


5.  Claire Marshell What to expect: beautiful/different beauty and style content. Claire's videos are beautifully crafted works of art. She has a unique style and voice which translates amazingly to film.

6.  Melanie Murphy What to expect: Piercing green eyes and a mesmerizing Irish accent. Melanie covers a range of 'taboo' topics from periods, to acne, body image and sex. She is that funny friend I want to get drunk with and talk about girl stuff.


7.  Victoria aka IntheFrow

What to expect: style videos, make up tutorials, hauls, expensive shoes. Victoria has a PhD in fashion marketing from the University of Manchester. She knows her stuff. Huge high-end fashion lover.

8.  Lex Croucher What to expect: books, vegan beauty and sarcasm. I just believe that Lex is exactly the same in real life and that makes me so very happy.

9.  Nikki Limo What to expect: Tasty Tuesday; where she tries to cook, lots of puns & (great) bad jokes. There is something hugely satisfying about watching someone try to do something they know might fail. She tries so very hard, and 'sometimes it works'.

10.  Jen aka Clothesencounters What to expect: Style videos with a really high production quality. Jen has a slightly off beat style, she loves a great vintage find. Her style videos are some of the best (and  some of my favourite) on YouTube. Also worth a look are her vlogs featuring her BF and adorable puppy called Cheeky.

Who are some of your favourite YouTube creators or favourite Youtube channels?

All images sourced from creators Instagram accounts.