At just 26, Beck Wadworth, has already built a beautiful business. A graphic designer by trade, she united her love of design and diaries to create stationery for the stylish, An Organised Life. Beck’s own connection to her inner nerd and orderly inclination (being neat, tidy and organised is her preferred way of being) was the impetus of the business and accompanying blog; a wholly monochromatic set of chicly executed stationery, with its sell-out star, The Diary, at its core.
We piled inside what Beck describes as her “tiny” apartment, to gain an insight into both her beauty loves and bookish take on design. With the rolling surf of Bondi behind us, the space felt anything but small. Furnished impeccably and in keeping with the Organised Life aesthetic, the modernist palette was strictly black and white. The dedicated perfectionist shared her minimalist makeup regime, some sartorial wisdom and her top organisational tips (naturally).
I’m from a really small town in New Zealand, Marlborough, where the wine’s made.
I moved away from home when I was 12, to Christchurch, and then boarding school in Auckland, so I’ve always been really independent and I had to grow up pretty fast, so diaries have always been a staple in my life. I did a Graphic Design Honours Degree and every year I designed a diary, I just never got it printed. I always made my family’s Christmas presents with my graphic design. When I moved here, I was working in the fashion industry and it was really fast-paced and I could literally not find anything that suited my monochrome vibe but was also functional. So that’s when I finally decided to take the risk to make them. I did a small run of about 250 in my first year. They sold out in three weeks, and I didn’t even have a proper website – I don’t know how they sold but they sold!
I’ve always loved organisation.
I know it’s really nerdy! If you ask anyone I studied with, they’ll say I was the one who had everything even and on time or early – I’m very picky about all that stuff. I was a goody goody and my boyfriend was the badass! I moulded him, he ended up being top of the class! We met in first year, so by the time of fourth year he was a goody goody as well!
My boyfriend wants to start ‘A Disorganised Life’!
So I’m not sure if he’s quite on board with me yet! From there I have just expanded the range and everything has a function – my watch obviously keeps you on time. Functional but with a style element, I always have a fashion undertone because I’ve worked in fashion and still do, doing posts for Vogue and different brands.
My personal style is obviously monochrome.
It reflects my product, my home and my fashion. I’m pretty understated in my dressing; so black skinny jeans, blazers, classic tees, shirts. For night, I add a heel and if I’m doing a blazer, I dress it up more. My favourite designers are Bec & Bridge, for jeans I only wear Neuw denim, they just fit me so well. All my tees are Anine Bing from the States, really random but I love her styles and I’m really inspired by her background story as well. In terms of accessories, they’re all pretty much New Zealand designers, Karen Walker, Meadowlark and I wear Holly Ryan hoop earrings all the time, especially to dress up. I also have a really beautiful Celine bracelet and my little Celine Trio.
I always pair sneakers with fashion...
I love a sneaker with a jean and blazer. If I’m dressing up, I love Georgia Alice and I’ve got a few of the Ellery flare tops too. Alexander Wang for shoes. As for heels – I’m a bit of a mixed bag, I’ve got some favourite, favourite ones from a New Zealand designer called Ruby, the ones with the wooden heels. I love their designer pieces – they’re kind of like a Bec & Bridge of New Zealand.
The Alpha Liquid Gold is my saviour.
It’s literally my favourite thing in the world. I put it on cotton wool and pop it on my face every couple of nights before I go to bed and then I don’t moisturise after, it literally makes your skin better and look glow-y the next day. The other one I use is the Eve Lom Mask, at least once a week, it’s a fave. With my makeup remover, I’m pretty generic with Neutrogena. I don’t use a toner which I know is really bad! I travel with all of those also.
I don’t like to have anything heavy on my skin.
I use MAC Face and Body Foundation, it’s super light. I have an Estee Lauder concealer if I have any little spots. I use Nars blush and bronzer and they have the most amazing brushes, and from Mecca. I use MAC for my illuminator, and MAC lipsticks and eye shadow as well. The Hourglass is my absolute favourite for my eyebrows, I use it every single day.
For night, I usually focus on eyes.
I do tonal browns for eye shadows and then a black eyeliner. And mascara, which I have the Nars of at the moment. I’m liking that, it’s a goodie.
I always go with a cotton bud over my lips and underneath my eyebrow.
I feel like it gives it more shape, after I’ve done my makeup. I keep it dry for under my eyebrows, and then for lip, I do a bit of makeup remover in case I’ve got any foundation or anything, cause I go a quite natural lip, with a lip balm in the day, Lucas Paw Paw.
I think nails polish a look.
I usually get Shellac done and go for a really neutral colour, like a clear to a white base. I only ever go black or white – my toes have a tinge of purple in there – and that’s as far as it goes! That’s the only maintenance I do.
I’m definitely a candle lady.
There’s a lot of candles everywhere! I use the Diptyque ones, as you can see most of them are empty! Also the Bella Freud and the Lumira I’ve got a million of. The Lumira one is my favourite one in terms of smell, I go through them a lot – the Tuscan Fig one I’ve gone through about ten! I love the smell. For body moisturiser, Aesop or Grown Alchemist is usually my go-to.
My hair is naturally dead, dead straight.
If I have a shower, there’s literally no kink or anything, even with the humidity. So I try and give it some texture with the Shu Uemura Texture Wave. I also use the Mr Smith products, and then the Kerastase Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for my hair in terms of washing. I use the Shu Uemura Wonder Worker, even if I’m not blow-drying, I go to bed with it with wet hair, it gives my ends less craziness – my ends go quite boofy. The other one I love is the Evo Haze Styling Powder because my roots and part-line goes quite flat – to give it some oomph.
I have a quinoa porridge every single day from Bru on the corner.
It’s really bad don’t tell my mum! It’s my one splurge I do every day – it’s just amazing it fills me and it’s the one thing and I have a coffee. I’m pretty healthy in terms of food. I work full time so I’m up most nights till around 12pm or 1am with An Organised Life, so dinner is very hard for me to make, so my partner Jason helps and we get things that are easy like sushi. I’m eat everything – no allergies or anything!
I don't think I've exercised in a year!
I’m terrified of the ocean! I love the beach walk though, I used to do it three to four times a week but now with my workload I just can’t. I work all night, all weekend, my friends ask me to get coffee and I’m like I can’t see you till 7pm! I go pretty hard-core with the work.
I’ve got a routine when I travel – can you believe it?!
My bags are all black, I have a checklist – it’s pretty intense! I always pack at least a week in advance and I write a big list and then I split everything into little segments. I keep all my shoes in little bed linen bags – I have these cool bags bed linen comes in so I keep them and use them to put my t-shirts in one, my delicates go in one – it takes me a long time to pack!
I have a travel diary as well.
I only use a travel diary if I’m doing a holiday adventure though. I did the Greek Islands a couple of years ago and I did a daily diary, because you forget what you’ve done, so it’s good to look back on. Every night I made an effort just to do bullet points of my favourite things, places I ate and shops."
Story by Chrisanthi Kaliviotis. Photography by Titus Pengelly and Nicole Cooper. Assistant Amanda Chan.