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The Library Dress Hire

17 December 2014

Yesterday I mentioned I borrowed a dress from a new dress hire boutique in Perth, called The Library Dress.

I’ve never done it before, because my thinking has been that if I’m going to spend $130-$150 to hire a dress that I’ll wear ONCE, I may as well put in a bit more money and spend $250 on a dress that I can keep forever. Am I right?!

I estimate that every year I go to one or two weddings, one black tie corporate ball, and maybe 6-8 big functions… which is possibly a bit more than most people, but hey, it’s part of my job.

Anyway, the problem is that these days… to find a standout, stunning, on-trend, designer dress, that fits me, and hopefully no one else is wearing… I’m looking at dresses that are priced around $300-$600, which is frankly a bit too expensive, and I already don’t have enough hanger space.

So the option to HIRE a “standout, stunning, on-trend, designer dress” is very appealing to me.

 

Three Floor Dress, The Library Dress

This is a Three Floor Behaviour Self Rose Gold Lace Dress, RRP $350. To hire it was $80 (including the cost of dry cleaning!)

It looked freaking amazing and was such a great dress to wear! It is made from thick, strong stretchy material that acted like a kind of corset and fit me perfectly.

It had lace and cool cut-outs and a bold and striking style. I absolutely loved it!

Three Floor Dress, The Library Dress

The Library Dress is based in Claremont. Phoebe, the owner, shares a showroom with a stylish design company, and thus is able to keep her overhead costs down, which translates into a more affordable price for her clients. Apparently most hire places have a hire cost AND THEN you have to pay for your own dry cleaning.

The hire price range at The Library Dress shop is $70 – $140 (with the cost of dry cleaning included).

She has an amazing collection of dresses for hire!

Here are a few that caught my eye.

The Library Dress

There are short dresses by Josh Goot, Nicholas and Alex Perry.

The Library Dress

Medium length and long dresses by Alice McCall, Manning Cartell, Carla Zampatti, Aelkemi and many more.

You can check out The Library Dress Facebook Page which has photo albums of dresses you can hire.

For my readers who are not in Perth, I’m sure there’s a dress hire boutique in your city that is only a Google Search away!

Enjoy!


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Upping My Everyday Wear with In Good Company

9 December 2014

In Good Company, Capsule 5

I am a big, big fan of In Good Company’s elegant, effortless modern style and I love all the looks that come from each of their collections. They have recently launched their 5th Capsule and gave me a sneak peek of some of the good stuff!

The first top I want to share is this blue Demeter Draped Back Top, featuring this very gorgeous drapey back. Apparently it is made from one square of fabric and expertly draped so it cascades and swishes as you walk.

Ah it was SO cool to wear! I wore it to a fashion show the other day and, people kept asking me to spin around for them so they could see the back.

I’m wearing it with In Good Company Slouchy Trousers, Alexander Wang heels from Forward, Zac Posen Clutch from Shopbop.

In Good Company, Capsule 5

Being a bright blue, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to match it with much. But now I’m thinking I could wear it with white jeans/shorts/skirt, grey jersey skirt, pale grey skinny jeans, and a tropical print skirt, or maybe a bright coloured pencil skirt.

I ended up wearing it out with a white lace skirt from YesStyle and stud heels from Boohoo. I think the top looked great in the outfit and most importantly I felt great :)

I’m usually a size UK6 / AUS6, and this top is a size XS.

In Good Company, Capsule 5

This is a lovely and simple top, with a loose fit, and soft layers – giving it a very timeless and elegant feel. It slipped effortlessly into my wardrobe and matched everything!

It’s called the Becca Layered Top. Again I’m wearing the size XS.

I can absolutely see this top being able to carry me from day to night.

(Jeans from JCrew and Acne heels from Forward)

In Good Company, Capsule 5

Perfect for office wear and tailored pieces, the top also goes well with casual basics like jeans or statement leather pants!

The top also comes in navy, but this style has been so popular that I think both the grey and navy are sold out online.

(Leatherette pants from Topshop, heels from YesStyle, Aldo clutch from ASOS)

In Good Company, Capsule 5

And lastly, this is the Seville Crepe Top. It has a very simple front and a twisted racer back style at the back. I love its simplicity and how it falls so nicely; it also drapes and swishes when I walk, which makes it feels a bit special.

Again it’s a top that fits in perfectly with all the items in my wardrobe, and would definitely be a great top for the office and after work.

You know, I have quite a few IGC tops and I always pull them out whenever I want to wear something effortless and still feel fabulous!

Do pop over to the site to see the rest of the goodies, and hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!

xxxx


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Daniel Wellington for Christmas

7 December 2014

Daniel Wellington

It looks like Daniel Wellington watches have taken over the internet!

Everyone seems to have one or want one and I can see why; with their clean, refined, minimal design, and their affordable price, they are an instant classic and a very elegant addition to your accessory wardrobe.

I don’t have one (yet!), but this Christmas I think I just might. HINT HINT!

Daniel Wellington

Daniel Wellington are having a special Christmas sale: Buy a leather strap watch and receive 50% off a NATO watch strap and free gift wrapping.

The site offers FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE for all orders!

Daniel Wellington

These designs are all US$149.

From left is the Classy St. Andrews, Classy Bristol and Classy Sheffield. Comes with rose gold or silvers faces.

Daniel Wellington

These designs are all US$199.

From left is the Classic St. Andrews Lady, Classic Bristol Lady and Classic Sheffield Lady. They all come with rose gold or silver faces.

There are heaps more designs at the online shop. Hope you find something you like!

Happy shopping!

(Photos from Daniel Wellington)


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In Search for Simple, Stylish Studs

5 December 2014

Kings Park, Nov 2014

I want to share with you my latest wardrobe mission: Firstly look at Example A, the photo above. Look at my earrings. I have been wearing those silver ball earrings for the last 5 days straight.

My everyday style is casual but polished. I wear button down shirts, jeans, crisp tshirts or cropped pants and tailored shorts. AND I like to wear nice earrings to finish off my look. So I’ve worked out that…

I am lacking a good collection of simple, stylish stud earrings!

I do own a few pairs of good earrings (Karen Walker, diamond studs, Marc Jacobs, Gordana) but the majority of my studs are cheapie buys from DIVA, blogshops, Louvisa or Sportsgirl… which cost me somewhere between $3 – $12! I cycle through them quickly, the metal wears off and they end up in the bin within a year.

So I’m thinking that I would like to up my stud style.

I found a stack of cool studs at Shopbop! They are priced between $40 – $90, and brands range from Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs.

I figured I could just buy 2 and it’ll tip me over $100 and therefore I get free worldwide shipping. Sounds pretty good right?

Who’s with me?

Happy styling everyone!

xxx


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The Multi-Way Bridesmaid Dress

30 November 2014

Today I’m featuring and road testings a Multi Way Convertible Maxi Dress, in an aqua green.

Multi-way dresses are not a new concept; they’ve been around for a while. The idea is that you can wear one dress in many different ways to create slightly different looks.

This multi-way dress is from FashionJunkee and is one of their best sellers as a bridesmaid dress.

Using it as a bridesmaids dress means you could buy 6 multi-way dresses for your 6 bridesmaids and each can have a slightly different looking dress, but they will all look matchy matchy. It’s a fun idea and it looks really pretty in the wedding photos! Plus it saves you the headache of trying to find a matching dress style that suits all 6 of your bridesmaids.

Anyway, here’s my run down.

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress

I’m wearing it here in a Halter Neck Style and a Cross Neck Style.

These two styles were very comfortable to wear. The dress and straps didn’t feel like they were going to fall off. It sat firm against my body.

The fabric is a jersey made from rayon and spandex. It is soft, strong and has a good stretch to it. It was thick enough so it didn’t cling to my body and show off my panty line. It was also heavy enough to hang off my waist and hips very nicely.

However, when I pulled it out of the box, the skirt fabric had some creases in it, so I did have to iron it… and there was a LOT of fabric to iron! But I found that once I ironed it, as long as I wore it or hung it up, I didn’t have to iron it again.

Because of the large amount of fabric, the dress had a good weight to it, so it felt like a quality garment as I walked around. Plus the weight of the fabric kept the creases away. Obviously this dress was too long for me and I would need to get it altered to fit my height.

 

fj_bridal02

And this is the style of the back, for both the halter and cross-neck style. I think I could have been a bit more creative and twisted the fabric at the back to give a more braided look.

As you can see, my back was mostly bare, so I had to wear an adhesive bra.

The left over fabric just ties at the back and becomes a long ribbon type thing that trailed behind me as I walked. It didn’t bother me. It wasn’t heavy or uncomfortable. And it made me a little relieved that IF my panty line was showing, the swishy ribbon thing would block the view of my butt and it wouldn’t be so obvious!

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress

This was another design looked good that felt very comfortable to wear. I twisted the shoulder straps which gave the dress a very Grecian feel. But again, the back of the dress was completely backless.

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress

I thought this strapless look would look lovely, but I just couldn’t get it to work for me.

I wrapped it up, and then I discovered that I had done it up too tight (I found it hard to breathe!), and the folds didn’t look very nice.

So I loosened it up and did it again, but it still looked a bit messy. I couldn’t seem to make it look nice… so I found this page where you can check out how the pros wrap this Multi Way Dress in 9 ways. Looks much better there!

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress
This cap sleeve design and this one shoulder design looked great too!

In conclusion, it’s a really nice gown for its price.

1) The fabric makes it a more affordable bridesmaids dress. You can get very similar designs made from more luxurious fabrics for $300+. This one is much, much more affordable at US$65. And that is a pretty significant factor especially if you have to buy 6 dresses, which will – potentially – be worn only once.

2) I was a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding earlier this year and I wore a bridesmaids dress from 7am in the morning till 11pm at night, non-stop. So I have to be honest and say I don’t know if I could go 16 hours STRAIGHT wearing this dress with an adhesive bra. The dress isn’t the issue; it’s the bra. If I wanted to wear this dress all day, I could go 3-4 hours in an adhesive bra. Then I would need a rest and maybe have a shower. Then I could go for another 3-4 hours for the evening. But that’s just me! I’m not sure how it is for you girls with larger boobs :)

Check out the Multi Way dress in other colours, or other pretty maxi dresses (that are super affordable) in pastel colours.

FashionJunkee have kindly arranged a shipping promo for my readers.
$25 Shipping on orders of $75 or more for International orders
$7 Shipping on orders of $75 or more for Domestic U.S. orders
The promo runs off the whole site, so you don’t need to use a code.

Enjoy!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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What I Wore: Matches Fashion at Mosmans

26 November 2014

The other day I mentioned that I went to a Matches Fashion event at Mosmans Restaurant.

This is what I wore!

Matches Fashion Event - In Good Company

I was itching to wear my new dress from In Good Company, called the SIENNA Draped Back Dress, in Petrol.

It is so simple and elegant, but it also looks modern, sleek and a bit sporty too. I just slipped it on and it was good to go.

The colour is just gorgeous too. It is a deep blue-green, that looks vibrant and quite unique.

The other reason I love the dress is because of the beautiful draping at the back!

Matches Fashion Event - In Good Company

It is called a “butterfly” detail… and it just looks so cool, in an understated kind of way.

The overall drapey-ness of the dress makes it quite forgiving. Which really means I could eat and eat without having to suck and hold my tummy in all day haha!

I’ve paired it with some simple black pumps by Acne (from Forward by Elyse Walker)

Matches Fashion Event - Zac Posen

And a new addition to my clutch family is this Zac Posen clutch from Shopbop. Everyone needs a show stopping clutch!

Thanks to Michelle for taking the photos of me!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Jewellery Obsessed!

22 November 2014

I’m in a bit of a hurry to get some new jewellery for the festive season.

I’m stocking up on some clean, delicate styles for lots of mixing and matching – how gorgeous are these?!

Jewellery Wanderlust + Co

These bangles and rings are from Wanderlust + Co, who offer free worldwide shipping on orders over $50. These styles are priced from $39 and under.

Jewellery - The Iconic

The swallow necklace and matching earrings are just so adorable. I can definitely see myself wearing them all season.

These are from The Iconic (by Grace + Scarper) and they’re gold plated sterling silver. They are priced $99 for the necklace and $65 for the earrings.

Jewellery - The Outnet

And lastly these gorgeous rings are by Spanish designer Monica Vinader, from the Outnet. I really like Monica’s style because her pieces have a very relaxed and organic look to them, and go well with a casual everyday style. I have one silver ring and I seem to wear it every other day!

The Outnet are offering free global shipping, just use the code “HAPPYHOLS” at the checkout!

Hope you all had a great weekend!


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Burn Out Tank Tops

21 November 2014

Burn Out Tanks from FashionJunkee

When I was occasionally doing exercise, I felt OK about buying expensive, high quality active wear that will last for years and years.

But now that I’m active 3-4 times a week (sometimes more), I go through my gym / running / active clothes so quickly that I often find myself with a pile of used, stinky clothes and nothing to wear! And sometimes “having nothing to wear” becomes an easy excuse for me to skip going for a run for that day haha!

So I’ve been looking into more AFFORDABLE active wear – that still looks good and looks a bit different.

Let me be honest, sometimes when I turn up to a gym class and see that 5 other women are wearing exactly the same Target top as me… I know it’s not a fashion show, but I still feel a little un-special OK?

I also don’t like active wear with big shouty slogans, like “ONLY YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!” – and I only say that, because I used to have a tank that said that and I felt ridiculous whenever I wore it :P

Anyway, so I found some really cool tank tops from FashionJunkee.

They are animal print, burnout tank tops, similar to the Stella McCartney range, and waaaay cheaper.

Burn Out Tanks from FashionJunkee

They look SO COOL! And they are only US$12!

The tank tops are made from a light cotton blend, they are soft and breathable. Because of their loose fitting design, they are comfortable and easy to wear and move around in.

They come in different colours like Aqua, Peach, Lavender, Lime Green, Coral and of course Black and White. Check out the whole colour range here.

I’m usually a size AUS 6/ UK 6 / US 2 and the tank that I’m wearing is a Size SMALL. It would easily fit someone size AUS 6 – 8.

The ‘burnout’ design makes the tank a little sheer, so you can show off your coloured sports bra, or layer another coloured tank top underneath.

And you can wear them as casual wear, beach wear, pool side wear…. they are super versatile!

FashionJunkee have been my blog sponsors for a really long time! They are based in the US and so the team have organised a special shipping promotion for all my US and international readers.

$25 Shipping on orders of $75 or more for International orders
$7 Shipping on orders of $75 or more for Domestic U.S. orders
The promo runs across the whole site, so you don’t need to use a code.

(For my Australian readers, the flat $25 option is cheaper than the new US parcel forwarding service by Australia Post!)

Plus if you sign up for their mailing list, you’ll be the first to be notified about their Black Friday and Cyber Monday coupons and deals!

Buy a couple of tops! Buy for your girlfriends!

Enjoy!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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30% Off Nike Sneakers? Yes please!

18 November 2014

OK so if you ever need some inspiration to run, or buy new sexy sneakers to run… this might be it! Head over to the Nike sale at ASOS.

Nikes ar ASOS

 

ASOS is having a 30% off EVERYTHING sale… and I nabbed myself a pair of new kicks!

I bought the leopard print pair :D

Shopping links are below (use the promo code “30FRENZY”)!

The sale ends 4am, Thursday 20 Nov, so be quick.


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Matches Fashion Brunch at Mosmans

17 November 2014

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

Let me be honest here. One of the best perks of my job is that I get to go to events, take photos, talk to people, and write about the experience in my own personal voice – and get paid for it! It’s always different and always interesting.

However, not all of them are fancy and glamourous. I do go to lots of simple and not-so-interesting events too.

So when a brand holds a special event – where you can see the effort and special consideration that went into all the details from table styling, to flower styling, fragrant styling, food styling and fashion styling… I definitely sit up and take notice!

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

Matches Fashion came to town, inviting a whole bunch of digital influencers, editors, stylists and fashion journalists for a lovely champagne breakfast, to showcase their latest collection and to launch their VIP Online Service.

The event was held at a super posh riverside restaurant, Mosmans Restaurant, which has one of the most stunning inner-city views of Perth. The big, glass windows opened us up to the river and glorious natural light streamed into the venue. It was a gorgeous day for a fashion event!

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

We were treated to a 3-course breakfast (so much delicious food and not enough tummy space!) and very pretty table styling (I sooo wanted to nab a candle or two!).

I sat on a table full of ladies – all whom I didn’t know – and we all talked freely and happily about travelling, food, weddings, textiles, art, fashion and most of all… online shopping.

I also sat next to the new business and event director, Catherine West, and was able to ask her lots of questions and get all the hot goss!

(A bit more about that later.)

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

The thing that I enjoyed the most was the fashion show. I was struck by the very cool styling!

The use of pattern mixing and accessories to brighten the whole outfit is not a new concept. But these guys did it exceptionally well.

The fun, printed skirts were my favourite!

Stella Jean Pony Print Skirt (view)

MSGM Orange and Black Skirt (view)

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

A hint of oriental and ethnic prints, but with a modern twist.

Stella McCartney pleated dress (view)

Dolce and Gabbana printed top and skirt (view)

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

Bright, bold, high-contrast stripes never go out of fashion!

Stella McCartney blue and green dress (view)

Sarah’s Bag, VROOM Clutch (view)

Tibi black and what top and skirt (view)

DVF Fox Fur bag (view)

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

Vertical stripes, a-line cuts, and bright colours were definitely eye catching.

Roksanda purple dress (view)

Fendi Fur Bag (view)

Peter Pilotto green and patterned dress (view)

Pierre Hardy eye clutch (view)

There was so much fashion inspiration!

Going back to the table conversations over salmon and poached eggs…

I was very frank with Catherine. I told her I didn’t know much about Matches Fashion. I’ve heard of their name, I’ve been to the website, but I’ve never bought anything from them.

She told me that Matches Fashion first began as a boutique in London about 25 years ago. It now has four stores in London, but predominately it is an online store, stocking over 400 designers, and delivering to over 190 countries.

Their main point of difference is their dedicated fashion-concierge team called MyStylists, who offer 24/7 styling advice. She tells me that it’s really popular; customers love the personal advice, they love that they can ask about the fit of some pants, the chest length of a dress, the material of a skirt, and that they are less likely to return an item if they’ve talked to a stylist.

I personally have NEVER used an online stylist. Mainly because I feel like I might be talking to a robot? Or a call centre worker in a different country who just won’t be able to relate to me? And I also feel that I can just Google search the answers of my own questions by myself thank you very much. Eg, I wonder if the dress has a very loose fit across the chest? Because I have a small bust, sometimes the neckline of a dress can be too low and the material at the chest can be too baggy.

ANYWAY I was introduced to a few Matches Fashion MyStylists (one was based in London and another in Sydney, both have flown in for the event) and yes they seemed like friendly, practical, modern, NORMAL human beings, who were gorgeously dressed! And yes, maybe next time I want to know the fit of a dress, I might pop them an email. They are supposed to be experts in this area after all. Why would I spend hours doing Google searches through fashion forums and agonsing over the unknown details??

So I think I might give them a go, because I’m always looking to review new online shops and shopping experiences!

Heartfelt thanks to Matches Fashion and to the PR teams, it was a lovely event!


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LOVE Bangle

14 November 2014

LOVE Bangle

I don’t usually wear clothes or accessories with inspirational words written on them. It just hasn’t been my style for as long as I can remember.

However, I bought a “LOVE” bangle the other day, because it looked pretty and stylish.

But immediately after I bought it, I thought – Now why did I do that?!

I’m a regular watch wearer, so I have a habit of looking at my wrist to check the time – ALL THE TIME. So if I were to wear this bangle, did it mean that every time I looked at my wrist,  I’d be reading “LOVE”?

Love. Love. Love. Love. Love Love. Love. Love. Love.

Uh oh. I’m going to be so annoyed! I’m going to ROLL MY EYES and throw up in my mouth a little, at the need for such an obvious, visual cue to remember something that should really come from within. And if I’m relying on this bangle to tell me THERE IS LOVE IN MY LIFE – well, I feel like it is pointing out what a loser I am. What then? Next I’ll be wearing PEACE. HARMONY. JOY?

Anyway to my complete surprise, a LOVE bangle is actually quite nice to wear. Heh.

The reminder is not so shouty, obvious or mind-numbingly repetitive. I don’t throw up in my mouth. And it’s actually kind of sweet.

In fact, I dig it.

THERE IS LOVE HERE PEOPLE.

NOW I NEED SOME “HAPPINESS”!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Skirt from YesStyle
Bracelets from Hanna Lee and Generics.
Ring from Monica Vinader, The Outnet
Shoes from Acne Studios, Forward By Elyse Walker.

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Tailored Style for the Heat

11 November 2014

Tailored Style

Here in the land “down under” we are in spring. While the mornings and late afternoons are just perfect, by lunchtime, you can feel the heat beating down from the sun, radiating back up from the ground and from walls of buildings! And in mid summer, it will feel like that by 8am every morning.

So it’s not really a surprise that everyone wants to MOVE as little as possible and WEAR as little as possible. The tricky bit is how to keep it classy when you’re out and about.

For smart dressing, my go-to tops in this weather are made from loose-fitting, lightweight and breathable fabrics, in a tailored style. When I wear shorts or skirts, I also try to keep them in a tailored style – with cuffs, pleats, pencil skirts or tulip shaped skirts – so I don’t look like I’m heading to the beach!

Cotton shirt from ASOS
Blue shorts from AL&ALICIA
Silver clutch from Birdsnest
Leather sandals by Suboo
Hat from Sportsgirl
Necklace by Kailis Jewellery

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Melbourne Cup at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel

6 November 2014

For those who are not familiar with Australian celebrations, the Melbourne Cup is a major horse race that happens at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, but watched by the whole nation. It has been running for about 150 years and according to the interwebs (so it must be true!) it is one of the richest horse races in the world!

It’s a huge event in every Aussie city and town. Even for those at work, everyone stops work to watch the race, share a drink and a silly hat. Restaurants, bars, pubs are full of Melbourne Cup lunches, and boutiques and department stores cash in on selling dresses and hats.

I’m not actually a huge fan of horse racing, betting OR drinking copious amounts of alcohol. So I don’t usually attend Melbourne Cup events, because they are pretty much wasted on me.

But this year, I was invited to a super special GH Mumm Champagne Melbourne Cup event by a PR buddy of mine (Thanks Caitlin!) at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel.

Well, since Cottesloe Beach is such a spectacular location (like Bondi Beach in Sydney, but much nicer), and since the invite made it clear it was a SERIOUS dress up event, I was inspired to try a little harder this year!

You might have read my last post… about how I painstakingly made a sculptural, arty head piece to wear, and then put together an outfit featuring a brand new dress from In Good Company and Alexander Wang. I was quite excited!

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

I arrived at the event and immediately found another buddy of mine, fashion stylist and blogger Andrea, looking absolutely fabulous daaarling.

The entrance was decorated with flowers (we weren’t actually at Flemington, as the sign suggests!) and there were beautiful horses being paraded on the street. Real horses! We took plenty of photos.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

I tried to take a selfie with a horse, with my best horse face. But my nose is way too flat and short and obviously not long enough.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

Look at us! Find a red carpet and you’re bound to find a fashion blogger on it!

We made our way up to the VIP bar and found the crème de la crème of the Perth fashion and social set.

We mingled, we sipped on champagne, and we gobbled up amazing nibbles. Then… just as we moved over to chat to the fashion designers, tv presenters, celebrities and sports stars… MY FASCINATOR BROKE. It rolled off my head, bounced off my arm and landed on the floor like a very large, and very dead mosquito.

I completely cracked up laughing. OMG how typical! How embarrassing!

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

Look at my dead mosquito. The sculptural bit came away from the headband bit, and in this photo, I was just holding it together in my fingers.

I put it together with sewing pins, super glue, but mostly a hot glue gun… which has never, ever failed me before! I should have used… um, computer cable ties? Fishing line? Bolts? Magic? How will I ever begin a career in millinery now? Crafty Karen FAIL.

Thankfully I had a SPARE FASCINATOR in my car. I had brought it along, in case I chickened out of wearing my DIY sculptural one. Oh the irony.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

Phew. This is me with my spare fascinator, which cost me $35. I felt a bit unspecial. But it did the job. Nobody could accuse me for breaking the hat-wearing tradition.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

As for the rest of the event, it was full of fabulous food, fascinators and spring fashion. There were hundreds of people there!

It had a great energy and atmosphere, it was colourful, fun and frivolous.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

There was also a fashion show with clothes from ACO Boutique in Cottesloe. And there were awards for best dressed guest and best fascinator – guess who didn’t win :P

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

There was so much pretty fashion!

I managed to bump into a few other buddies of mine and yes, I had a fabulous time in the end daaarling!

And next year… I will consult a structural engineer about the design of my arty fascinator. Or at least my husband.


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What I Will Wear: Melbourne Cup Day 2014

4 November 2014

Melbourne Cup Day 2014 - Outfit

Look at my amazing dress by In Good Company! It is called the RIKKI dress featuring a special edition collaboration print by designer and illustrator, Kuanth.

The dress is part of their latest collection, which is now on sale, online. The collection is full of minimal lines, drapes and tucks, loose lines and wide silhouettes. I have a few more pieces to show off, so keep an eye out!

 

Melbourne Cup Day 2014 - Outfit

I love the print! It’s so unusual, striking, modern and whimsical. The asymmetric hem, the high neckline and the long drape of the dress, makes it quite a statement to wear.

I’m wearing the XS which fits me perfectly. I’m usually a size UK6 / AUS6.

I’ve paired the dress with an equally minimal and striking heels by Alexander Wang.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014 - Outfit

And this is the fascinator that I have made. I wanted to create something simple, artful, aesthetically pleasing and… possibly make an intellectual statement of some kind.

I brain stormed ideas about deconstructing a high heel shoe and using the pieces to turn it into an abstract sculpture… or tearing up a dress and turning it into a flower. You know, as a statement about recycling fashion, and when is fashion rubbish, and rubbish fashion? :P

But in the end I decided that I wouldn’t get too serious… and just chose to make the head piece out of a very ordinary material, to make it look unusual and surprising.

I chose reticulation garden hose as my material! And I meticulously crafted a floral shaped head piece. I made several prototypes to perfect my joins and my edges, so you couldn’t see any glue, or string or anything that made it look daggy and DIY.

It turned out really well! It was really strong, well-balanced and I really liked it. It looked a bit weird and insect-like too.

AND it totally matched my dress!!

 

Melbourne Cup Day 2014 - Outfit

My hair has been lovingly coloured and curled by the team at Curi Hair – Korean hair salon in Perth.

Thank you guys!

I am looking forward to a fab day out!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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A Flair for Flares!

2 November 2014

Flair for Flares

Love it or hate it, the fashion cycle keeps going round and round!

At the most recent New York Fashion Week, we saw a return of flares! It’s still early days, but it got me really excited, because I have a few pairs of flares that I have stored away very carefully. And it’s always so exciting to bring out old treasures and let them see a bit of sunshine.

First up, I have a pair of high waisted Topshop flares (pictured above), which are quite long – too long really – so that I have to wear a pair of really high platform heels with them. They make my legs look super long and I feel like a leggy giraffe in them! Looks cool, but not very practical.

Flair for Flares

These were my absolute favourite jeans in the WORLD at one point in time! They were so comfy and felt amazing. I wore them everywhere! They are GRIPP jeans (remember them?), which I bought for $180, some time ago (uh, some time in the late 1990s?). I remember slipping them on one my legs one day and thinking, “I can’t possibly imagine the day when these go out of fashion. It will be a sad, sad day. What would be next, slim jeans? Ugh how ghastly!”

They cost me so much, that I couldn’t bear to throw them out or give them away. So I just stored them in hopes that they will come back into fashion haha!

I had the jeans taken up so I could wear them with flat shoes. I’m actually looking forward to wearing them out.

Flair for Flares

This similar pair are also from the late 1990s too, by Miss Sixty.

They had even more of a flare and I would wear them with ballet flats and thought nothing of the swishy excess of fabric flapping around my ankles! Kind of like a very long skirt.

My white tops are from ASOS and Sportsgirl.

The big question is, does this return of flares inspire you (like it does for me) or make you CRINGE?!

AND, can you imagine that in 5-10 years time, we’ll be packing away our skinny jeans because they’ll be SO out of fashion!


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Inspired by the old and new world of Singapore

1 November 2014

Suboo sandals

The other day I caught up with the team from Singapore Tourism Board (how exciting!) and had a lovely chat over coffee and lunch.

I came away with smile and a little gift… these beautiful leather sandals!

These limited edition sandals were created by Australian fashion designer, Sue Di Chio of Suboo; and were inspired by her recent visit to Singapore.

A heartfelt thank you! I can’t wait to wear them!


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Burgundy Bandage Dress from ClubCouture

28 October 2014

Bandage Dresses from ClubCouture

If you’re a regular reader of my site, then you’ll probably know how much I LOVE my bandage dresses!

ClubCouture have sent me a few bandage dresses to review over the years (most are still available on their website!). I have a black, gold, patterned, and two grey tone designs.

Still I wear them all the time, because they are so easy to wear. I just slip one on and it’s like an instant ego boost! The strong, stretchy fabric pulls me together (like a corset), and I feel amazing.

But I do have to rotate them so I didn’t look like they are the only dresses in my wardrobe haha.

Burgundy Bandage Dress from ClubCouture

So today I’m testing out a red/pink version called a Premium Veena Dress. Yep, it’s amazing.

The pink, dusky rose, deep magenta and burgundy colours are vibrant and rich. They give the dress a very feminine feel, which goes really well with classic, fine jewellery and pearls. I would be completely happy to wear this to both a day time and night time event.

The fabric is soft to touch and has a nice texture; it’s not plasticky or rough.

 

Burgundy Bandage Dress from ClubCouture

I think I’ve put on a kilo or two from my 8 weeks of no-exercise, I’m not too sure, but I’ve definitely lost my tone and I’ve gone a touch wobbly in places. Ok ok maybe no one can notice at all, but I FEEL a bit flabby after not going to the gym and running ok?!

Anyway all that doesn’t seem noticeable in the dress because, as I said, it pulls me together like a firm corset and I feel fabulous darling!

Burgundy Bandage Dress from ClubCouture

I needed to suck it in big time to zip up this Size 6. But once it was on, it felt absolutely fine. Possibly a bit tight, but I wouldn’t want to go a size up, as it’s *supposed* to be a figure hugging, firm fitting dress!

I could still move easily in it, as you can see from my silly stretching pose, trying to expand myself to the max.

It’s very affordable for the US$129 price, especially because it’s a high quality dress.

I’ve been wearing my older designs for 2.5 years and they are still in perfect condition.

Do take a peek at the whole collection from ClubCouture!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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What I Wore: White on White Lace

25 October 2014

Lace Skirt. White on White.

After posting on my blog (and Instagram) about heading into the city for a meeting and shopping the other day, I received a lot of comments about my skirt.

Yes my white lace skirt is new! It’s from the lovely team at YesStyle.

I’ve seen this style of lace skirt selling at various places on the internet, and was keen to try one myself.

I picked out this lace skirt design that I liked, from Tokyo Fashion. It is super affordable at AUD$30, including postage! But it takes 2-3 weeks to arrive, which is a bit annoying. It’s definitely one of the more prettier designs that I’ve seen, so I think it was worth the wait.

It is partially lined, so it’s not see-through. The hem sits at a very modest length below my knee. It does bunch up and look a tiny little bit bulky at my hips (um, because I think my bum is a bit small!). It only comes in one size, so I think it would be suitable for a size 6-8.

Lace Skirt. White on White.

Being such a delicate looking skirt, I would pair it with classic/ladylike styled tops such as a button down shirt, silk shell tops, simple tank top, simple tee crop, 3/4 sleeve breton top… in neutral or blush colours.

This drapey white top with shoe string straps, from In Good Company, is just a perfect match for the skirt!

I’m also wearing:

Felt hat from ASOS
Bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs, similar from Shopbop
Shoes by Koo
Jewellery from HannaLee and Wanderlust + Co.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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A Spot of Shopping at enex100

23 October 2014

I had a meeting in the city the other day, so I stopped off at enex100 to do a bit of shopping.

I haven’t been to this mall in a year or so, and I was really delighted by the mix of high street stores and independent boutiques (including a designer clearance sale pop up store!).

My first stop was The Generics Installation, owned and run by a friend of mine.

I was immediately suckered by the mixture of bright fabrics and promise of a brand new dress!

Generics Boutique at enex100 Perth

There was so much on offer! You’ll find hot and edgy brands here, like Zanthus, Wild Horses and Zhivago.

Generics Boutique at enex100 Perth

This Generics pop up store /installation offers customers a free one-on-one fashion consultation and personalised styling for events.

Lots of pieces were very statement, glamourous and cool. The prices are great too; you pay a little bit more than high street fashion prices, in order to get high quality.

Generics Boutique at enex100 Perth

I found quite a few stunning items. On the right is a fur vest which seemed to make me look freaking magical every time I popped it over whatever I was wearing and trying on. It was on sale too! It was like a fashion lift, which instantly upped my cool factor haha.

On the left is was a gorgeous deep green statement necklace with very pretty tassels.

Generics Boutique at enex100 Perth

I also spotted this amazing semi-sheer dress, which came in a long and short version, and also in black and red styles. I grabbed a few to try on and I swear I had to “fight off” a girl every 10 minutes, who walked into the store and wanted to try one on. They were just stunning.

I was a bit freaked out by how sheer they were. But they covered all my important bits so I was ok.

I just felt like a sexy, fairy princess whose only covering was a snowflake :P

Generics Boutique at enex100 Perth

I tried on a few other bits and pieces, suggested by my friend. She did a great job styling me!

She knew exactly what was hot, current, what would look good on me and she got a good feel for what kind of things I liked :)

I walked away a very happy girl!

Pigeonhole at enex100 Perth

My next stop was Pigeonhole at enex100.

I needed to buy a gift for my girlfriend and I was sooo excited that I was finally going to buy a “cool and thoughtful gift”.

Usually I’m not such a great gift giver. I often buy my friends something that’s (admittedly) a bit boring, practical and predictable.

Nice hand cream. Yummy foot scrub. Designer candle. Classic bracelet. Trendy keyring.

Yes they are nice to give. And they are nice present to receive. But… how cool/unique/surprising/different would it be to receive one of these quirky bottles?!?

Pigeonhole at enex100 Perth

Or these science beaker containers?!

Pigeonhole at enex100 Perth

From unique photo frames, to cute cups, colourful saucers, cool hats, unique bags, weird statues, vintage cameras, pretty pots, funny ornaments, hipster lamps, knitted scarves, funky umbrellas, and lovely jewellery… this place had everything!

Pigeonhole at enex100 Perth

I actually ran out of time, and didn’t get to explore a few other shops that caught my eye.

I’ll have to come back to the city another day and check them out!

xx


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5 Days of Jeans – The School Run

17 October 2014

5 Days of Jeans

Earlier this year, I wrote a post called “5 Days of Winter – The School Run” where I took a photo of all the casual outfits that I wore while taking my kids to school.

The post was a big hit (even though it wasn’t particularly glamourous), I received a lot of comments and quite a few people asked for me to do it again! So here it goes!

Recently in Perth, the mornings have been cool – much too cool for me to bare my legs! But the afternoons are warm and sunny. I found the days to be too warm to wear a thick jacket or coat. So I mainly stepped out of my house in jeans and a light top to see me through the whole day.

5 Days of Jeans

Hello Monday morning! I was super bright and perky today. I had a brunch date with a girlfriend, we sat by the river and soaked up the lovely sunshine. Then I rushed home to do some work before picking my kids up from school.

(I now realise that I am in fact not wearing jeans, but drop crotch pants, and immediately failed at this “5 Days of Jeans” thing!)

Hat – Kmart
Necklaces – Lovisa and JCrew
White Sacha Drake Top – Ciao Bella Travel
Pants – Zanthus
Holster Sandals – The Iconic

5 Days of Jeans

I spent the day at home, in front of the computer.

Sunglasses – Raybans
Check shirt – Cotton On
Jeans – YesStyle
Ballet Flats – Fitflop

5 Days of Jeans

Again I spent the day at home, in front of the computer.

Denim jacket – Jeanswest
White top – Splendid from Shopbop
Crop pants – J Brand from ASOS
Converse sneakers – The Outnet

5 Days of Jeans

Had a quick meeting with some clients, ran some errands, I picked up some products, then back home to work.

Hat – Sportsgirl
White shirt – YesStyle
Leather pants – Witchery
Shoes – Vangoh Shoes

5 Days of Jeans

Today I had a bad hair day – should have washed it last night. I ran a few errands before – surprise surprise – spending most of the day working from home, in front of the computer. I live such a riveting life!

Denim shirt – YesStyle
Black jeans – Forever New
Boots – Vangoh Shoes

By the way, I actually took these photos a few weeks ago. So if you stalk me on social media you’ll probably realise that my outfits *totally* don’t match all my recent activities. Or maybe I just change my clothes a lot :P

Nonetheless, have a great weekend everyone! xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Building a Stylish Wardrobe: Trousers and Man Styling

14 October 2014

A big trend in the world of fashion right now is “man styling”. And I don’t mean moustache trimming and back waxing.

Basically, the style takes its cues from a gentleman’s wardrobe. Just think of breezy white button down shirts, grey tweed trousers, loose fitting jackets, navy wool jumpers and shiny oxford shoes.

I was keen to buy a pair of trousers to add to my own wardrobe. I have dozens of skinny jeans and pants, but not much in the way of classically tailored trousers.

Man Styling

So I popped into a Zara store and I spied these lovely, dove grey trousers for $70.

At first I was reluctant to buy them because they were waaay too long for me and I would need to have them altered (add $30), so I hesitated for a few minutes and took a walk around the store to think. When I came back, I realised that TWO people had since come to the pants rack and nabbed both XS pants that were hanging there. CRAP!

I was soooo pissed off with my own failure to pounce on a rare XS item that I stormed off to sit in a café, and immediately trawled through ebay on my phone. Well, the shopping gods must have been smiling down on me because a lady in Sydney was selling the exact pair (with tags still on), and she already had the legs shortened! No way! I bought them for $35! Including shipping! High five to all the short people out there!

Ok back to the man styling.

I wore my perfectly-fitting Zara trousers (the modern look is to have a tiny bit of fabric gathering at your ankles), with my Equipment silk white shirt, Acne heels, double breasted grey jacket by Dodo, big chunky divers watch and Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.

So while I looked like a picture of modern style and sophistication… I just felt a bit awkward.

I felt like I wasn’t playing up the best of my body shape. What happened to my waist? What happened to my curves? My petite hourglass figure was totally lost in the shapeless silhouette. Fashion is supposed to make you feel great. And while this look certainly looks amazing on other people, for me, I felt like I was wearing my pyjamas all day. Shapeless, floppy, and a bit sloppy.

Maybe if I was working in an office environment, where I had to dress more professional, more neutral, and more conservative every day… then maybe I’d be more receptive to experimenting with the man style silhouette.

Man Styling

But for now, I tucked in my shirt, gave myself a messy ponytail and a silly expression to make myself feel better.

(I did feel pretty good in the outfit after that. Especially with the messy pony tail.)

Funny story – a girl on the street chased me down to compliment me on my outfit and she asked me where I got my pants from!

As for my jacket, it is a light cotton, double breasted blazer, with full lining. It was a gift to me from YesStyle, who have an incredible number of jacket styles, at a very affordable price. Perfect if you’re looking to try some man styling!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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What I Wore: Navy Playsuit

8 October 2014

Finders Keeper Dress from Frockaholics

I’m always on the lookout for a great dress; something that’s not too trendy, not too young, but still looks modern and cool.

I recently picked out this Navy Playsuit by Finders Keepers from Frockaholics and I’m so happy with it! Yep I know it’s not a dress, it’s a playsuit.

Whenever I’m considering to buy a playsuit, my brain always has a freak-out and says “No, just buy the dress!”. A big part of my fashion brain still thinks playsuits are risky, uncomfortable and possibly for small children? But once I give them a go, I always am so, so delighted to be wrong. They are just great.

Playsuits are comfortable, easy to move around in, and more flattering than you think. Also, they are usually shorter than a mini skirt, which is a good thing for me, because it makes my legs look long without looking too distasteful.

This one by Finders Keepers has a cut-out which nods towards the crop top trend, which adds to its modern look. I chose navy (it comes in orange too), because I just wanted a dark colour, other than black. I’ll be able to wear for a few seasons, which I’m pretty pleased about.

Finders Keeper Dress from Frockaholics

I wore this out to late afternoon drinks and dinner with some girlfriends. And I didn’t spill any food on it!

Navy playsuit from Frockaholics
Black blazer from ClubCouture
Felt hat from ASOS
Black boots by Vangoh Shoes
Handbag by Alexander Wang

 

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

29 September 2014

I had the pleasure of being invited to a special event at Varga Girl, a boutique in Leederville.

This event launched the first capsule from the “ML Vintage Collection” featuring original, never-been-worn 1970s vintage Missoni, Versace and Courreges and Krizia clothing and accessories.

There is a pretty cool story behind this collection!

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

Mary Lipshut was a fashion buyer and owned a fashion label. She worked for Myer Australia in the 1970s where she bought labels such as Pucci, Missoni and Courreges… plus made friends with fashion royalties such as Gianni Versace, Ottavio and Rosita Missoni and Anna Piaggi (fashion editor of Italian Vogue)!

However in the early 70s the French began nuclear testing in the Pacific, and the Australian government impounded all imported French products for 2 years as a protest. So by the time Mary was allowed to sell her shipment of garments, the fashion had changed and it was too far behind.

She decided to store her shipment and over the years she added other unique and vintage pieces by Versace, Pucci, Missoni, YSL and more. The extensive collection has over 4000 pieces of clothing and accessories!

25 years later she decided to open up and share her collection with the world, and began ML Vintage, selling to the public, and displaying her garments in museums and galleries.

Mary passed away from cancer early this year, and her family has worked with Philip Boon (celebrity stylist) to curate capsules to take around the world to exhibit and to sell, to tell Mary’s the story and celebrate her passion through photographs and charity events.

Philip’s first stop was Perth! At Varga Girl in Leederville!

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

The collection was pretty amazing and rare. The pieces all looked like vintage, second hand clothes – but they were brand new! New vintage!

This printed skirt caught my eye and I quickly grabbed it try on.

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

OMG I was in love! It was a 1980s Vintage Missoni silk wrap skirt with a loud flower print. It was way too big for me (like double my waist size?) so I had to pin it at the back.

It cost $495, which was a bit out of my price range. But I was happy to wear it for a few minutes and prance around the store!

Um, it was actually extremely embarrassing, because I was the only one trying on clothes, taking photos of myself in the big mirror and everyone was looking at me like I was modelling the clothes as part of the entertainment?! Ugh, a part of me wanted to crawl into a hole and die. But I knew I wanted some great photos of the clothes being worn, so I just swallowed my pride and my sheer embarrassment that I looked like a self-absorbed, self-loving, look-at-me fashion blawhger (cringe!).

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

This is me and stylist Philip Boon, looking very loud, colourful and like a pair of happy peacocks.

Turns out that after I reluctantly put the skirt back on the rack, another lady tried it on and eventually bought it! I wanted to high five her!

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

Speaking of peacocks… I looked like a tropical bird on heat in this 1980s Vintage Missoni Floral Silk Top ($525).

It even had the classic 1980s big boofy sleeves and front-tie. It was totes cray cray :P

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

I also tried on this 1970s Vintage Missoni Rainbow skirt ($275) and I even hitched it up to turn it into a dress.

The colours were more subdue, but I still really liked it. I think the fact that it is such a rare piece, made it very desirable.

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

Just to mix it up a bit, I tried on some NEW Missoni clothes (launched this season and also in stock at Varga Girl). My favourite piece was this amazing printed knit top. Looks like I threw a bunch of tropical birds, some butterflies and a leopard into a blender? Can I say that on a fashion blog?

Missoni is well known for their crazy colored knits featuring a zig zag pattern, but this blended bird and butterfly print still seemed to fit beautifully in the new collection.

It perfectly matched my colourful necklace too.

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

This is the zig zag pattern I’m talking about. Missoni have recently collaborated with Converse to release special edition sneakers with the signature Missoni print! They are selling for $149 at Varga Girl.

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

And lastly, this is what I wore to the event. A white sleeveless shirt from ASOS, tulle skirt from Birdsnest, multi-colour jewel necklace from Colette Hayman, heels from YesStyle, bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs.

I was told that this collection is only Capsule 1 from ML Vintage. Philip Boon is off to launch other collections in LA and New York. Then he’ll be back to launch Capsule 2 in Perth, in November. So hey, if you’re in Perth, make sure you pop into Varga Girl to check out (and try on) these rare, never been worn, vintage pieces!

Varga Girl
148 Oxford Street
Leederville, Western Australia, Australia
(08) 9444 8990
http://www.facebook.com/thevargagirls


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Haircuts are my thing!

26 September 2014

Hair by Curi Hair

I know lots of women who have a “grooming THING”. Some love their manicures, some can’t live without a facial, some go to a day spa for a full body massage. It’s their one thing that they have to do regularly.

In the past, I’ve never really had a THING.

I’m not really a high maintenance kind of girl (I like to think!) Sure I like to be pampered, but I really can’t be bothered most of the time. I’m busy with life, family, kids, fitness and my hobbies… and it just isn’t a big priority for me. Plus all that pampering and grooming stuff is so expensive and time consuming!

I don’t go out regularly to get manicures and pedicures, I don’t have regular facials, I don’t get foot spas, or massages, or body wraps, or spray tans, or waxing, or eye brow shaping or eye lash extensions. I just do some things myself. And if I don’t know how to do them, I watch a shit load of Youtube videos and LEARN how to do them.

But the only thing I CAN’T do for myself, and something I think is most important (for me)… is to have a good haircut and colour.

Yep, perhaps it’s my age, my hair history (so much chemical damage!), my lifestyle (sports = wash hair often) and the fact that all my kids go to full-time school and I can spare 2-3 hours every so often… I’ve decided that going to a hair salon is now MY THING.

So there you go!

I guess what has made it easy, is that I’ve been pretty lucky to find a hairdresser in Perth, Curi Hair in Subiaco, who specialises in my type of hair (thick, strong, Asian hair), and I’m so happy with them!

What’s your grooming thing?


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That Bird Label – Blue Maxi Dress

22 September 2014

That Bird label by Birdsnest

The team at Birdsnest have launched their new Summer Collection for That Bird Label – a special collaboration between the shop and its customers. The team designs and develops styles based on ongoing feedback from their customer, who also get a final say about prints and colours.

Featuring lots of bright, bold prints, ladylike silhouettes, easy wraps and draping… the collection has some lovely pieces for real women.

Anyway, this dress was my pick of the whole collection!

That Bird Label by Birdsnest

It is the Bonnie Maxi Dress in a Blue Garden Maze pattern. There is a black and green version with a slightly different pattern too. I’m wearing a Size 8. The dress has adjustable straps so I was able to adjust it all the way up, and the bottom of the dress didn’t drag on the floor. It was a perfect length! For a shortie like me!

I don’t own many maxi dresses, so I was rather delighted to find one that fit me so well.

The flowing fabric and simple draping made it a really breezy maxi dress, great for surviving the summer heat. Yet at the same time the fabric was heavy thick enough, that it didn’t feel cheap and flimsy. It feels like a quality dress that I’d wear for many years to come!

I’m wearing the dress with a strapless bra, Ecco wedge sandals and Sportsgirl hat.

Have a wonderful week!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Building a Stylish Wardrobe – White Pants and Oxfords

11 September 2014

I was recently introduced to someone as a “fashion blogger” and she immediately asked me earnestly, ‘Ooh! I need a fashion tip! What should I buy?”

It’s a tricky answer. But it made me realise that most people – as well as me – just need a quick and specific suggestion to get them thinking about their next fashion purchase.

So here’s a tip!

If you need to refresh or update your wardrobe this season, I suggest you get some slim white pants and oxford shoes!

Mine have instantly multiplied my outfits, giving me endless combinations with my existing sweaters, printed tops, blazer, jackets, singlet tanks, cardigans…

Tropical + White

My top is a recent purchase too. I walked into Zara, looking for a printed top… and I was immediately struck with this one. It looked unique, it had a silky fabric and it had raw edges on its sleeves and hem.

The print, radiating a kind of preppy… tropical resort… grunge (whatever that means) totally captured my mood.

And yes, I paired it with my white pants and beige oxfords!

Top from Zara
White jeans by Fendi, from ebay
Shoes by Habbot Studios
Hat from Kmart
Bracelet stack by Samantha Wills, from Frockaholics

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Fabulous Dresses (with some fabulous workouts) from Frockaholics

2 September 2014

One of my favourite online shops Frockaholics have received a whole new shipment of hot dresses for the new season. They asked me to pick a few out to feature on my site, and it has come at a good time because recently I’ve been thinking… “Omg it’s the start of the new season, I have a couple of events to go to, what do I wear?? I think I need a new dress?!?”

Anyway, I’m so excited to share my picks with you.

Now I’m also going to do something a bit different… I’m trying to be a clever chicken here and combine my two passions (ie. obsessions): Fashion and Fitness.

Frockaholics

First up – who would have thought that I’d look good in a… one-piece, peplum playsuit?!

I chose this Romper by Cameo because it was a bit risky. The halter neckline and the thin shoulder straps are a very trendy and current design at the moment. I would only recommend this style for women with small shoulders and a small chest/bust. It really focuses on the top half of your body, making your shoulders look extra broad.

The shorts of the playsuit were baggy and balloony like a skirt. The peplum made it extra bulky, like I was wearing a nappy?!

But it was actually awesome to wear. The peplum gave me a striking hourglass silhouette. The length of the skirt/shorts was short enough to make my legs look longer than they are. It was a very comfortable, fun, party dress and I had no fear that I was going to embarrass myself with the skirt flying up on a windy day.

Frockaholics

Speaking about embarrassing myself.

OK I said I was going to TRY to combine some of my workouts in this post. I realised that doing a “lunge” in high heels is very, very tricky. And not at all advisable. It’s like trying to do it on tippy toes! Hello muscle strain!

The dress withstood the test just fine. Not that I’d go to the gym in a leopard print playsuit. But maybe it’s your kind of thing.

Frockaholics

I love colourful dresses, especially floral inspired designs in psychedelic digital prints!

This Lilac Bloom dress by Talulah, with its high neckline and modest ruffled hemline is modest and cute from the front. But it has a statement, criss-cross back, which makes it standout, on-trend and a bit sexy.

Perfect to wear to a wedding, garden party, and cocktails with the girls.

Frockaholics

I don’t even know what this yoga position is called. I just copy the girl in front of me in class and I can hardly hear what my instructor says because I’m concentrating on my pose. Your body is supposed to be horizontal and parallel with the ground? With one arm and one leg extended?

Again, close to impossible with high heels. Not to mention I’m trying to stay absolutely still to take a photo. Don’t try this at home!

Frockaholics

Lastly, if you’re looking for a simple but striking, glam evening dress – you can’t go past gold sequins!

It has a sexy, low back with some criss-cross straps (you can’t wear a bra with it) so you have to rely on some adhesive bra pads.

The rest of the dress falls and sits like a simple shift dress, so you don’t feel constricted or suffocated. And the fabric is forgiving enough so it doesn’t show your tummy if say, you pig out on ice cream later in the evening. Which is what I always do after my workouts. Don’t you?

As for my workout position, it’s a deltoid/tricep stretch with a leg lift… but as you might be able to tell from my understretch, I’m not really into it anymore. Working out in high heels is only for trained stunt women. There goes my dream for a new fashion meets workout channel on YouTube. Just kidding people.

Hope you’re inspired to check out the new styles at Frockaholics!

Here’s a shortcut to the dress section, where you’re bound to find something for the new season.

(And if you were wondering… I didn’t get to keep these dresses.  I had to return these “product samples” to the marketing department where they will be professionally steam cleaned for other marketing uses… and I did not sweat in them at all! I swear!)

Enjoy!

xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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3 Ways to Wear – A Tropical Print Top

29 August 2014

3 Ways to Wear Tropical Print

I was born on a tropical island – think blue ocean, blue skies, green jungles and palm trees – so I have a soft spot for tropical prints!

I picked up this cute tropical print skirt from ClubCouture at a great price, and have been enjoying how much I can mix and match with it.

1) Blazer and Bralet
Splashing out in sporty-luxe look, I’m wearing a blazer (also from ClubCouture) and bralet from boohoo.com.

2) Big White Summer Shirt
I found this awesome white shirt in a thrift store. It had embroidery, lace, tassels and made from a gorgeous cotton fabric. It was in a size 16, but I hacked it up and sewed it up to fit me. Now I consider it to be one of my best summer cover ups.

3) Grey Marle Tee
I love this look. It’s casual and colourful, but still stylish. The statement necklace (from The Accessory Report) really adds a notch of style to the whole outfit. Sandals by Holster (from The Iconic)

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Win $500 to spend at French Connection

25 August 2014

Win a $500 French Connection Voucher

Hi everyone! It’s been ages since I’ve run a competition on my blog.

So I’m super excited to share that I’ve teamed up with French Connection to give my readers a chance to win a $500 voucher to spend at any French Connection store. Woo hoo!

All you have to do is click here to the competition page, fill in a few details, and make sure you click the check box to subscribe to the French Connection Style News (that’s a must if you want to enter the competition).

Scroll down to the end of this post to read the terms and conditions.

Competition ends next Sunday, on the 31st August, so be quick!

Here are my picks from the new season collection, you know, “if” I won.

Win a $500 French Connection Voucher

I’m loving the tropical prints with the strong black and white basics.

Win a $500 French Connection Voucher

The sweetheart sweater definitely has my name written on it. And I’d love to try this slinky jumpsuits and floral print skirt too.

French Connection is a fab store to stock up on your work basics like blazers, shirts, pants, blouses. Heck with $500 I might just buy a real leather jacket.

There’s so much good stuff, do pop over to have a look!

Have fun and good luck!

xxx

Competition Terms and Conditions
The competition closes on Sunday 31st August at 11.59pm.

Competition participants must subscribe to the French Connection database to enter. Users who have not subscribed to French Connection Australia will not be entered into the competition. Each entrant must opt-in to receiving Style News and promotions from French Connection Australia.

One entry per person is permitted. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received before the closing date.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 2nd September. This gift voucher will be redeemable for 12 months and is only for an Australian store and cannot be used online (sorry to all my international readers!)


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What I Wore: Keeping it Simple

19 August 2014

Black + White

With the change of season almost upon us, I’ve been keeping my wardrobe pretty simple and easy. I’m trying to wear my old favourites and my classics, and doing a lot more mixing and matching with what I already have.

This way I can work out what is lacking in my wardrobe and work towards filling the gaps.

The other day I threw on a simple tee + jeans outfit for a meeting in the city.

Black + White

It was a simple and smart, with a touch of trend, and a pop of sparkle.

Jacquard jacket by Miu Miu (from The Outnet)
T-shirt from Sportsgirl
Black Needle jeans from Acne Studios (Shopbop)
Polkadot shoes by Habbot Studios
Handbag by Tory Burch
Felt hat from ASOS
Necklace from JCrew
Earrings from Shopbop

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.