Tag Archives: Style

Hot or Not – Patterned Tights

For quite some time now I have been apprehensive about patterned tights. They sort of scared me. But when I saw these tights with gorgeous dashes of blue, black, green and pink I just had to buy them. They are so easy to style, throw on a black tee, dress or knit and you’re good to go. They’re quirky, colourful and a bit of fun. I’m quite a fan. My vote is HOT.

What do you think?

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For the Love of Loafers

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I have never been a huge fan of any type of flat shoes unless they were thongs. Finding an ‘in-between’ shoe that I really liked wasn’t an easy task, that was until I found loafers. There’s not a lot I don’t love about them; their shape, texture, comfort and pretty much everything about them is right down my alley. I’m obsessed with a pair that I recently purchased from Portmans in Melbourne’s iconic Bourke St. I’m loving the mixture of their hairy (yep they’re hairy) and stud design. They’re perfect, exactly what I was looking for. Something stylish enough to add  some ‘value’ to my outfit but also low-key enough to not overpower my overall style. Loafers are my new favourite staple in my wardrobe.

I’m Loving:

  1. Plain back loafers from Miss Shop
  2. The studs on these Lipstik pair
  3. Gorgeous suede from The Mode Collection
  4. The colour from Pied a Terre
  5. Patterns from Walnut Melbourne
  6. Stylish quilted finish by Nina Armando

Dreaming Jimmy Choo

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There is no denying my life long addiction to Jimmy Choo, although I have never had the pleasure of owning a pair of his shoes. So this year, when I was in LA, I couldn’t help but visit the beautiful store in Rodeo Drive. It’s safe to say I was like a little girl in a candy store (a very expensive candy store). Not only did the sparkling shoes take my breath away, but so did the store. It’s all kinds of magnificent. I expected it to be great – it’s an expensive place after all. But I have never been into a store so beautiful and perfectly neat, from the racks to the floors to the shop assistants. I didn’t dare try anything on (which was a battle in itself). Yep, owning a pair of Jimmy Choo’s is definitely on the bucket list.

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{the famous Rodeo Drive}

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{loving these Kalan pumps}

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{currently these raspberry Lance heels have stolen my heart}

Stackable Rings

When it comes to jewellery, I am not one to love a particular ‘type’ or follow a particular ‘style’. Instead, I’m always about matching the simple and elegant dainty pieces with big bold pieces. So, it was no surprise when I fell in love with stackable rings. The best thing about them is being able to match cheap costume rings (which cost next to nothing) with pieces from places like Pandora and Angus and Coote. I love the way you can easily change your look by chopping and changing certain stones, colours (gold/silver) and thickness, by adding to or minimising certain rings in the stack.

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Nada Prada

A little package arrived today and I couldn’t be more excited. Recently, I have been lusting after these Prada sunglasses, but with their $300+ price tag I really couldn’t bring myself to buy them. However, on a recent search on eBay I found an almost exact replica of these glasses for $2.50.  Yes, that’s right, $2.50. I brought them immediately and thought for that price it was worth the risk of them looking horrible. Verdict, I love them. I think they look fabulous, but you be the judge. What do you think of my $2.50 find? You can find them here.

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{Real Prada’s}

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{my nada find}

Running in Heels

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Wedge runners are hot right now. They have the perfect mixture of style – casual, yet the wedge gives them a feminine feel that women all over the world crave. They look super cute with jeans and are an ideal way to spruce up any outfit. On some lazy Sunday afternoons, I want to browse the markets or the boutiques, but often don’t want to get dressed up.  These shoes work wonders when matched with simple jeans and a tee as they give the outfit the right dose of style. They come in many shapes, colours, styles and prices. Check it out here.

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Second Hand Luxury

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I am a huge fan of second hand stores and second hand buys, especially from stores like Lifeline or Salvos. I love this type of shopping because I can support a charity while spotting the best finds, my favourite kind of balance. In my opinion the best vintage pieces lie not in vintage store chains, but instead in flea markets and op (second hand) shops. Lucky for me (and unlucky for my bank account) there is a lifeline store in the building where I work. Today, like most days, I skipped actually eating lunch on my lunch break and instead opted to shop (sometimes it really does feed me more). Today it paid off when I found some gorgeous Wittner shoes, worth over $130 for only $18 in stella condition. Not much can make a Tuesday better than finding a gorgeous piece to add to your wardrobe collection.

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Dior Fashion Display

I like to call myself arty. I love to create great displays, love decor and interior design and am quite crafty. But when it comes to walking around galleries looking at a whole lot of paintings, many of which I don’t understand, I easily get bored. So when my cousin dragged me to Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria to see Monet’s Garden exhibition, I was ready for a long afternoon. To my delight, the gallery was also showcasing the Dior and Yamamoto: The New Look exhibition. It was only a small exhibition that showcased two pivotal moments in the history of fashion through designers Christian Dior and Yohji Yamamoto, but it was amazing and I was in my element. The fashion was divine. I will definitely be adding the style of skirts showcased in the exhibition to my wardrobe. It is truly amazing how the fashion of our history pays such a vital role in the world of future design, shapes it, and more often than not the history of our past becomes a part of our future again. Styles may fade but fashion truly is eternal.

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{I had to restrain myself at the gallery bookshop, was so tempted to buy the Dior book and many others}

Black and White Stripe with a Touch of Green

I am absolutely loving green at the moment – in my outfits, accessories, nail polishes and make-up. The brightness of the colour is great in the winter season to add light to the more dull colours on our winter colour pallet. By emphasising colour in shoes, bag and accessory choices, it really does achieve a much brighter feel, which I believe is vital in the cooler weather. Today was such a gorgeous day in Brisbane ,so I wanted my outfit to feel and look bright and breezy. To get this look I paired what was a simple black and white maxi dress and a black cardi with a bright green scarf, pumps and polish to brighten up the look.

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Shop displays

I love shopping. Everything about it, from walking around aimlessly to trying on the latest trends. But in my many years of shopping trips I never really thought about the importance of shopping displays; that is until I saw one that really took my breath away. The Sportsgirl store located on Melbourne’s iconic Bourke Street had a display that really cannot be described as anything less than amazing. I believe the theme for this particular display was ‘mexican’ or some sort of ‘cowboy’ theme. Not sure what it was exactly, but lets just say it was very effective. Each individual piece, the colour pallet and the artwork worked well together. The importance of having a killer display that compliments the garments in the store is crucial and in my opinion, Sportsgirl did an excellent job. I won’t go into too much detail, instead I’ll let the pictures do the talking. After seeing such a magic display, I spent the next few days walking around the shops really looking at their displays and the lack of. I noticed how much it made an impact on the stores I entered and the ones I chose to walk on by. A store’s success can really hinge on how their store looks, and it is often just as important as their prices and the items they stock. It’s one of those things we don’t, as shoppers, think about. We never really ask ourselves why we enter a certain store, we just go in. But the reason why we do usually has a lot to do with the appearance of the store. Appearances really do matter, much more than we may think.

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