Month: May 2013

à tout à l’heure

Sick of seeing me in stripes yet? How about the colour black? People that say black isn’t a colour shouldn’t be trusted.

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I’m slowly killing this Camilla & Marc knit, I fear it’s not going to last me through Winter. Come to think of it these boots have seen better days too. If I could be an eternal summer chaser I would. I don’t like being cold and I’m not very good at trying to combat it with layers and coats and boots like most people do.

Maybe I’ll spend most of this winter peering out over the balcony, looking for the sun.

Dress: Bassike
Knit: Camilla & Marc
Boots: Seed, similar here
Watch: Baby-G

Alleyways

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All photos by the very talented Laura.

I caught up over lunch today with the lovely Laura. We hunted down some alleyways and managed to take some outfit shots. I’ve been wanting to shoot these leopard pumps forever but heels haven’t been my friend lately after a nasty ankle sprain. But I’m on the mend now, well, at least my physio doesn’t know I’m wearing these! I’ve been loving this Stylestalker top over a shirt lately. It makes me feel slightly more corporate-esque, even though I’ve worn this combo in way more social situations than work ones.

Top: Stylestalker
Shirt and Pants: Dotti

Heels: Steve Madden

Beauty Basics

I answered a question on Twitter today about how to deal with freshly painted wet nails and realised that I actually have quite a few beauty tricks up my sleeve. So I thought I’d start a series detailing the bits and pieces that make up my kit. Today I’m focussing on basics; the products that I use pretty much every day or can’t live without.

Beauty Basics

1. Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat. I feel like more people should know about this. It’s seriously a life changer. Its a top coat that dries your polish in about 60 seconds and sets it rock hard. Now I don’t know about you, but virtually every time I paint my nails I have some ridiculous need to put my hands in my pockets, or through my hair, or sleep on them. Well no more! I get mine from eBay or Amazon.

2. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Satin. The black polish that started it all and my go to colour. Get it at David Jones or Myer.

3. Cetaphil UVA/UVB SPF 50 Facial Moisturiser. Aint no UV rays getting through this bad boy! Even though I have Mediterranean blood, I somehow got cursed/blessed with fair, pale skin and the sun hates me. So this daily moisturiser is perfect for sun protection yet light enough to wear under your makeup.

4. Loreal Nude Magique BB Cream. It took me a while to get used to this, it’s much lighter than the foundation products I’m used to wearing but I’ve fallen in love with it. BB Cream supposedly stands for blemish balm, blemish base or beauty balm. I don’t know if it’s making me more beautiful, but it certainly makes my skin glow. If you’re prone to oily skin, go for an oil free version.

5. QV Wash. I find as I get ahem, older, my skin is getting more and more sensitive. I use the QV wash on my body as well as my face. It’s light and non drying but still removes all traces of makeup.

6. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. I have a bit of an addiction to buying lipsticks but this pinky blush colour is the one I always come back to. And more importantly it’s not drying and doesn’t flake.

7. Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil. I’ve talked about the importance of a well shaped eyebrow before and if you still haven’t had your eyebrows tended to by a professional eyebrow shaper, then you really should. Eyebrows are the most important thing on your face. Anyhoo, I digress. Even with a professional shape, most women will find that filling your eyebrows in slightly will help even out patches and define them. I’ve tried quite a few products and keep coming back to Kevyn Aucoin. I know a lot of you are probably on the Benefit bandwagon, but I prefer the convenience of a pencil.

8. Garnier Fructis Styling Mousse. And finally, if you were blessed/cursed with curly hair, you’ll know all about the eternal struggle to find the right product. I don’t exaggerate when I say I’ve probably spent thousands on hair products, and every single time I come back to mousse. You’ll usually get change from a ten and some will tell you that they hate the way it leaves their curls ‘crunchy’ but it’s the only product that actually holds my curls and keeps frizz at bay.

So, what beauty products do you swear by?

Sunday Suburbia

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A new suburb to explore and an inability to sleep in means we were strolling around the chilly streets early this morning. I pretty much forbid the boy from wearing his beanie so I could wear mine. Because, you know, we’re not really the matchy matchy kinda couple.

I’ve had to dig deeper into the winter wardrobe the last couple of weeks and I cannot believe I haven’t shot this Camilla and Marc knit yet. I’ve worn it to death since picking it up at Milc in Dunsborough late last year and I’m pretty sure it was made for me. You can’t quite see them in these pics because my crazy curls are covering them, but it has the most amazing leather shoulder panels.

Knit: Camilla & Marc, similar here
Jeans: Cheap Monday
Beanie: Sportsgirl
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Coin Purse: Witchery
Shoes: Converse

Leopard

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From the archives… the shoes that were relegated to the back of the wardrobe due to a severely sprained ankle. But, I’m back baby! And these lovely leopard pumps will be getting a dedicated outfit post very soon.

Armada Store

I stumbled across Armada Store while trying to hunt down a particular pair of J-Brand jeans. And since then, I’ve followed the store very closely. Based in the seaside suburb of Scarborough, Armada stocks a range of labels including Bec & Bridge, J-Brand, Lover, Shakuhaci, Senso, Van Rycke, Alice McCall, Viktoria & Woods and much, much more.

Last week I was lucky enough to take a tour of the boutique and pick owner, Clarinda Maxwell’s, brain on the story behind the store.

ArmadaCan you tell me about the concept behind Armada Store? 

When we opened, the focus was to create an innovative fashion destination for women. I wanted to offer a shopping experience that was less mainstream & carry pieces with a point of difference.

How long have you been open and why did you find your home in Scarborough?

Armada opened in Sept 2011. I chose Scarborough purely because I’m a local & it had always been a dream of mine to open a boutique close to home.

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We only have a small label base at Armada & each season I try to focus the buying on the really unique pieces from the ranges. We don’t order many units in each style, so our customers can find something different that their friends wont have.

What are the key trends we can expect to see for Winter and in Armada Store this season?

Trends that are a stand out this Winter & in store right now are: Black & White monochromatic prints, chunky knitwear in citrus hues & also sheer metallic knits, biker leather & leather trimmed coats, pale, distressed & oversized denim, graphic floral prints & a lot of darker hues (navy/plum/deep fuschia). PVC/high sheen fabrics & branded sportswear are also trends that we saw on the Autumn/Winter catwalks, which will be in store soon.

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And lastly, how did you get into fashion? 

I’m slightly obsessed with fashion. After studying (a year of Art & Design then 2 years of Fashion & Textiles), I did a full circle working in the industry. I started out as an Assistant designer for a surf company, then women’s wear buyer for a surf store, I moved on to be a Brand Manager/Sales rep at a fashion agency, briefly started my own label & between all that I managed numerous small fashion boutiques. Then, I started working on creating Armada.

I would highly recommend you follow Armada on Instagram and Facebook to see the latest arrivals in store. Thanks a million to Clarinda for having me!

You can find Armada at 2/166 Brighton Road Scarborough, Perth WA.

Opening hours:

Tue – Wed: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thu: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
Fri: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Blazing

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A black blazer is an absolute essential in any wardrobe and I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without a decent one. I wore it last night to drinks with friends at the new Stables Bar and it was the perfect light weight cover up for a mild autumn night. And I still can’t get enough of stripes at the moment, it’s becoming a bit of a shopping obsession!

10 points if you can spot the rip I put in these Country Road pumps the first time I wore them. Pro tip: The Shoe Man in Victoria Park is an expert at shoe repairs.

Blazer: Witchery
Tee: Shakuhaci, similar here
Jeans: Nobody
Shoes: Country Road
Watch: Baby-G
Necklace: TMOD

Times Square Claremont Bloggers Morning Tea

This morning, myself and a group of lovely bloggers were treated to brunch and a tour of Times Square Claremont. Cakes and sweets were provided by Little Sweet Baking in the beautiful surroundings of Sima Art Gallery.

Nikola from TSC then took us on tour to browse the fashion hot spots along Avion Way including Ae’lkemi, Breathless, Cultstatus, Leona Edminston, Lost Souls, Poppy Lissiman, Sana and Tarvydas. IMG_3897

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Fallon from Emergent Magazine and Joy from The PerthianIMG_3904 IMG_3907Nadine from Modern Girls in Vintage Pearls’ amazing shoes
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Thank you for having me TSC!

Times Square Claremont
Avion Way, off Stirling Highway

My take on corporate

I consider myself extremely lucky that I work in a corporate environment but don’t necessarily have to dress in the corporate sense. It’s a rare day that you catch me in a store that would typically specialise in workwear a.la Cue, actually looking for work wear. And let me tell you, this conversation has taken place on a number of conversations…

Friend: “Did you go to work dressed like that?”
Me: “What? Yeah. Why?”

This outfit is pretty typical of the kind of thing I would wear on a day when I want to look “professional”.

 

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Jeans: Saba
Top: Supre
Boots: Gorman
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklace: Sportsgirl
Bag: Custom made

 

 

Baby G

The_Kids_Are_In_Trouble_Baby_G_Watch The_Kids_Are_In_Trouble_Baby_G_Watch The_Kids_Are_In_Trouble_Baby_G_WatchI’ve wanted a sporty-ish watch for a while now, something to throw on when I don’t want to be too precious. I ended up finding this Baby-G on eBay because Casio don’t ship to Australia. It’s face is a little smaller than I was expecting but I still love the rose gold accents. Now to figure out how to actually use it!