Archive for February, 2011
When I received a pair of SPANX to test out for my readers, I contemplated posting photos of me wearing them.
For about three seconds.
I’m usually not shy about putting up photos of myself on my blog; I’ve never blurred out my face or used photoshop to make my self look better, but I think I need to draw the line somewhere.
I will, however, let you know what I thought of them.
Up until last week, I’d never tried a pair of SPANX. I’ve bought underwear and hosiery that’s mentioned its pull-in-and-shapen qualities, but it’s not something that’s ever really been a selling point for me.
Since SPANX was started by Sara Blakely twelve years ago, there have been many imitations and cheaper versions on the market promising to perform the same slimming and shaping function – but the original, and the best, still reign supreme.
SPANX are loved by Oprah, the girls on The View and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce and Nicole Kidman who – even in their toned and slimmed down glory – still rely on sucking-in undergarments to get the perfect silhouette for their red carpet events.
There’s no doubt that a few pairs of SPANX were utilised by the celebs walking the red carpet today for the Oscars.
Whether you’re wearing a clingy, floor length number like the divine Cate Blanchett, need to dress for a baby bump like Natalie Portman or you’re a guy trying to create some shape under a fitted shirt – there’s a SPANX product for everyone.
Yes, you did read that correctly. SPANX for everyone - including men. A range were launched for the metrosexual guy who feels self-conscious, as us women do, about lumps and bumps that may be showing under our clothes.
The difference between the men’s and women’s range is that the SPANX For Men are a fair bit thicker. The tshirt feels like a regular stretchy under shirt and the fabric of the women’s line is soft and fine; like a stocking but more silky.
The only problem with the softness and fineness is that you have to treat it like you would a pair of stockings. I accidentally nicked my pair with the edge of my toenail and it got a ladder. That’ll teach me to indulge in pedicures more often.
Aside from the delicate nature of the garment, they’re perfectly comfortable and practical. See:
I didn’t cook any meals or run any races, but I did put out several fires while wearing my SPANX and didn’t feel uncomfortable once.
Although they start up above the belly button and end mid-thigh, the legs don’t have thick bands - so there’s no restricting and bulging, nor are there muffin tops. Huzzah! Just smooth lines up and down your body.
The pair I tested out aren’t the only ones, though. Visit www.spanx.com to see a full range including bras, swimsuits, a huge range of underwear and SPANX for men.
A pair of high-waisted, mid-thigh SPANX like the ones I tried start at $59.95.
Would you try or have you tried SPANX? I’m particularly interested to hear what men think!
It’s not often that I write about a collection directly after seeing it at a Media Showing, but there are a few reasons why I wanted to give my readers a heads-up about Dotti’s latest right away.
Upon walking into the room, the collection strikes you as an easy-to-wear, high-street label that, in itself, embodies the Aussie-girl’s Winter spirit.
A pompom-adorned coat hangs side-by-side with military inspired cardis, cuffed skinny jeans, basics in soft, peach jersey tones, sheer tunic tops for layering, plenty of leather and faux-fur, kitsch prints like snowflakes and hearts, as well as some tongue-in-cheek accessories, like my favourite - a teddy bear beanie.
Dotti’s A/W11 collection has provided us with all the ingredients for a core wardrobe for both work and play. Try a neat pleated wool-blend mini with patterned tights, a shirt and cardigan for daytime then switch up the cardi for a fur vest and some killer heels for the night.
One of the (many) great things about the collection is the variety of textiles, embellishments, patterns and cross of eras. Too often we see designers go overboard with one running theme to create cohesion, that they forget sometimes there’s a lot to be said about simplicity.
Dotti have demonstrated this idea with really amping up their tailoring skills; giving us nip-waisted jackets and flattering pants with minimal accents for you to create your own signature.
There’s lace, but not too much. You’ll find floral and leather, but not an overdose in either direction to conclude that the collection is butch or femme. Studs, crystals, ruffles, leather and brass – you’ll find your match whether you’re into frou frou, biker chic or something in between.
Not ones to pigeon-hole themselves, Dotti have created tartan flannel jackets and liberty print skater skirts which suggest an homage to the 90s, while blouses with velvet ribbons and lace bibs are a nod to the Victorian era.
This thoughtfulness to the aesthetic is an obvious maturity in the Dotti brand. Years ago I remember it being a not-so-desirable shopping destination; but now its stores hold pride of place in major shopping centres and allow the masses access to chain store prices with an individual result.
A fitting time for Dotti to lift their brand from chain store to high street. With the likes of Zara opening their first Sydney store later this year, there’s a need for competition; and Dotti are certainly bringing it.
If you needed more convincing of the collection’s greatness, you’ll enjoy the price point. Basics start at $19.95 with heavier items like military-embellished coats hitting $149.95 and faux-fur coats peaking at $199.95.
The first drop will be in stores in March, with weekly drops and re-cuts of the knits carrying on through Winter.
For you nearest Dotti store or to read more information, check out www.dotti.com.au
The story behind Muchacho clothing is that of a modern-day fairytale. City-dwelling financier, Andy, leaves the hustle and bustle behind to explore the relaxing beaches of Central America and falls in love. That is, with the tranquility and the scenery.
Photographic memories of his travels now adorn the clothing in the Muchacho brand which is stocked in exclusive boutiques across Australia, New Zealand and Germany as well as a comprehensive online store, and has a cult following with sun-seekers who share the same passion for sand and surf as Andy.
I got a little insight into Muchacho clothing from the man behind the lens:
- You tease us with your images of beautiful beach-side towns and evoke a sense of liberation. What made you up and leave for your adventure? Were you inspired by someone else the way you’re inspiring other people?
I’ve always loved to travel and thought it would be a good way to bring some of the feelings you get when you’re travelling home with you. I’m inspired by quite a few photographers – one for example is Pierre Verger, a Frenchman who, when he lost his family in his 30s, began to travel the World and discovered photography. He sold his negatives to newspapers as he went and when he got to Salvador in Brazil he couldn’t leave. It seduced him and he lived there until he died when he was 94. His photos of the area and the people show his love and fascination of the Black population of Bahia that came over from Angola as slaves. Truly great work and a truly great place.
- If there was a beach-worthy cocktail to suit the Muchacho brand, what would it taste like?
- What other places do you hope to capture and place on your clothing? Would you ever start using imagery of grassy, palatial fields or cityscapes? Or is the brand focused strictly on cruisy, beachy destinations?
Would have to be a mojito or cuba libre. Both Cuban in origin, they’re both with rum and damn refreshing! Come to think of it, Caiprinha too! Hard to beat on the beaches of Rio when the sun is setting.
Never know where it’s going really. I’m very much into capturing situations or events that evoke emotions of people in their daily lives and enjoying themselves. Whether it be while catching fish or selling an ice-cold beer to a satisfied customer. So in that sense, we’re not limited to beaches; the photos and designs are evolving all the time.
- What is your best advice for someone embarking on a sea-change? Any must-see beaches to cross off the bucket list?
If you can get to Columbia go to Parque Tayrona in the North. You walk through rainforest for 45 minutes or so before reaching an idyllic set of beaches hugged by smooth rocks. Nothing to do but sit in a hammock and wait for the mango lady to come around selling fresh mango juice and then fish for dinner in the afternoon.
Thanks to Muchacho Clothing, I’ve got one Buenos Aires t-shirt in Medium (RRP $59.95) to give away to a lucky reader!
All you need to do is tell me Muchacho Clothing’s tagline. (hint, you’ll find it in the top right-hand corner here) Comment before Monday, 28 February midday (AEST time) to be in the running. Winner will be notified by email.
An intimate soiree was held tonight to launch the first event of the Ladies At Sydney Swans season for 2011.
Founded last year, L@SS aims to be a support for the club by giving women a place to meet with like-minded Swans fans, attend exclusive events (like tonight’s one), raise money for charities and the Sydney Swans Academy and have a place to talk about all things footy in a male-free environment – except for the ocassional player who comes to shed some light on the upcoming season
Tonight’s speakers from the Club were Ryan O’Keefe and Nick Smith. They were quizzed by SBS’s Jenny Brockie about nutrition, the new interchange rules and dealing with harsh critics.
Sydney Swans Board Member, Lyn Ralph, then briefed us on exciting new ventures for the season and left us counting down the minutes until kick off!
To join the Ladies At Sydney Swans, hit the membership section of the Sydney Swans website here
This cooler weather has me inspired for Winter. As much as I love Summer, there’s nothing like layers and huge, billowing sleeves! I’m also quite partial to a tie as you’ll notice below.
This velvet oversized bowtie is by Lanvin and I’m obsessed by it. I’ve decided this Winter that I’m going to take a lot of fashion inspiration from my boy Kanye West. Cropped, cuffed trousers, blazers, sharp shirts and ties. Yum, Yum, Yum.
Georgina got overly excited when I came in the door and started
singing howling and then wanted to be tickled on the face with my voluminous bib. I wish I could take her to work.
If you’ve seen the movie 27 Dresses, you’ll be familiar with the running joke about bridesmaid’s dresses and their ability to be worn again post-wedding.
Most typical dresses worn by the bridal party can’t really be worn again, let’s face it. And if you have a bridezilla in charge who chooses a style that doesn’t suit your body type, you’d be even less inclined to wear the dress again.
Twobirds have set out to solve this problem (and a few others that may arise during the dress-shopping exercise) by creating a line of dresses that can be worn many ways to suit every body type and quite honestly be worn time and time again.
I was lent one of the newest designs from twobirds to try out. This dress could not be any more my style – and, I’m sure, a lot of my readers’ style.
If you and your bridesmaids love the pretty, girly look – the dress adorned with rosettes is perfect. The weighted bottom provides movement and volume and the easily cinched-in waist creates a flattering shape for all sizes 6-22. The dress is also suitable for every bust size and pregnant women as it’s very stretchy.
If the wearer is not into flowers, no probs – there’s a style that’s plain, sophisticated and classic and will suit even the simplest of tastes. No matter what type of figure – petite, boyish, curvy – there’s no way you won’t find a way to wrap these dresses to suit your body.
We so often hear horror stories about dresses not fitting on the day – but that problem is impossible with a Twobirds dress. Just pull the straps tighter (or looser) to get the perfect fit for your girls.
One-shoulder, backless, strapless, halter or with sleeves – it’s all possible. The two long, long straps can be knotted, plaited, twisted, folded and draped to create every style you can conjure up. I could bore you with a million pictures of a millions different ways of wearing the dress, but I think you’ll get the idea from just a couple:
Twobirds bridesmaid dresses start at $250 for flowergirls and $320 for bridesmaids. There are even bandeaus and accessories for men.
For range of colours, styles and more than 15 different ways to style and wrap the dresses, have a look at www.twobirdsbridesmaid.com.au
We are smack-bang in the middle of the most exciting time of the year. Awards Season.
The fashion, the surprise wins and losses and my friend James losing his shit over Oscars tipping – it’s all happening.
But before the rest of the film awards are given out, the music world will be on their toes to find out the recipients of this year’s Grammys.
In conjunction with the awards, the Grammy Nominees compilation has been released featuring bands and artists like Katy Perry, Bruno Mars (who features twice), Paramore and the cast of Glee.
In the past, I’ve found these compilations really hit and miss. Well, more miss than hit. But aside from the two or three tracks I don’t know very well, this year’s is looking like a winner.
The category of Record of The Year is represented by:
B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars - Nothin’ On You
One of the sweetest songs a guy could write about a girl, but probably not strong enough to beat the other contenders.
Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie
This would be a great song if it weren’t for Rihanna’s hideous vocals. Yuck.
Lady Antebellum- Need You Now
Otherwise known as The Song We All Thought Was Sung By Taylor Swift. Lady Antebellum are hugely popular in The States, but haven’t enjoyed quite the same success in Australia. They’re touring here later in the year with Keith Urban and if they don’t take out this award, they’ll definitely be going home with another.
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
Notably missing from this CD, unfortunately. Jay-Z has a problem with his songs being placed on iTunes and the like. I guess he doesn’t like money. *shrug*
There’s no doubt in my mind that ESoM should win the Grammy in the Record of The Year category.
CeeLo Green – Forget You
I appreciate the love for this song, but I can’t bring myself to enjoy it. Maybe it would have more credence if the guy singing it wasn’t 5ft tall and obese. I don’t think it’s your lack of personal wealth that sent the girl running, CeeLo.*
*And yes, I know Bruno Mars wrote this song, but surely someone hot could’ve sung it.
Album of The Year
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
I would get behind a fellow Perry and say she should take out this award, but she’s NOT A REAL PERRY and I don’t think her mass-produced pop sound is enough to beat out the likes of Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum or Eminem’s much-hyped “comeback” CD, Recovery.
Sorry, K-Pez, you fraud!
Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster
Well, we all know how I feel about Lady Gaga. The Fame Monster is so over-played in my house that even Georgina, a formerly huge Gaga fan, gets into bed and puts her paws over her ears now when I put it on.
Should take the award based merely on its impact on pop culture.
Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
I have only heard a couple of songs off this album, and while I like them, I don’t think they’re as deserving of the Album of The Year award as Gaga. But, as I said before, we don’t realise the true magnitude of a lot of country performer’s success in Australia and a band who is enormous in America can sometimes get lost over here.
I wouldn’t be surprised at all if LA ended up winning this award.
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
YAWN. Most likely to NOT win this award.
Ke$ha’s album is more enticing and has a lot more direction than Arcade Fire (I’m being 100% serious).
Eminem – Recovery
I used to be a huge Eminem fan, but ever since he started rapping about family and rehab I’ve gone off him. Go back to hoes and bitches and maybe you’ll be more deserving of this award.
- Way to leave Best Female Pop Vocal Performance off the CD, people who put this together. I could do without John Mayer and Michael Jackson’s really weak final release, This Is It (Sorry, MJ, you know I love you). Where’s Beyonce’s Halo?
- Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals is such a strong category this year. There’s the cast of Glee, Maroon 5 (eeww), Paramore, Sade and Train with their heinous and somehow succesful hit, Hey, Soul Sister. Back in 2002, my singing teacher’s brother, Paul Buckmaster, won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Train’s Drops of Jupiter. This should have been their last mention at the awards. EVER. If Hey, Soul Sister manages to beat Glee’s rendition of Don’t Stop Believin’ or Paramore’s The Only Exception, I’ll stab myself.
We will see the fate of my internal organs and their possible meeting with a knife or other sharp object tomorrow when the awards take place, but until then, grab yourself a copy of the 2011 Grammy Nominees CD and make up your own mind about who should win each category.
It’s only a few days until Valentine’s Day.
Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it as it seems to get bigger every year.
If you don’t have anyone to shower you with presents – don’t fret. Just take a bath instead.
Lush have a range of products to get you smelling sweet and loving yourself even more.
Lucky for you (I actually really want this for myself *shakes fist*) I have a gorgeous prize to give away featuring:
- It’s Raining Men shower gel
- Frog Prince bath ballistic
- Love Birds soap
- It Started With A Kiss tinted lip balm
If you weren’t lucky enough to win my Christmas Giveaway from Lush, then here’s your chance to try out some of the Lush classics and their brand new lip tint!
To enter, tell me which celebrity you wish would fall in love with you.
I think for me it’s George Clooney…or Dwight Howard. No, wait…Josh Duhamel. Ok I’ll stop.
Entries close on Wednesday 16 February at midday Sydney time and if you’re not lucky enough to win, or just can’t wait until then – grab a Valentine’s Day PS I Love You gift box for only $29.95 with Sex In The Shower emotibomb, The Joy of Jelly shower jelly, Strawberry Feels massage bar and a Love Birds soap all wrapped up and ready to go.
You can buy in-store or order online at www.lush.com.au
Happy V-Day, y’all!
Last night I took my friend to Aria to celebrate her birthday.
It’s always nice to dine in an amazing restaurant with someone who has never eaten there before because I am lucky enough to have been to some magnificent places and I sometimes get a bit jaded. There’s nothing wrong with being brought back down to Earth!
I love getting dressed up when I go to Aria. It’s such a sexy restaurant and situated in the best location in Sydney and we don’t get too many occassions in Sydney to get dolled up, so I like to take every opportunity.
I’m so, so obsessed with the Karen Millen dress I wore. I saw it on Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York and Bethenny Getting Married? fame and I thought to myself, ‘Wow. That is some dress. It would look so much better on a blonde.’ So I grabbed it as soon as I saw it.
I don’t think these pictures do it justice for the following reasons:
-They were taken when I got home so they have the haze of a few cocktails and wines
-My photos never do any of my outfits justice
But I think you can all appreciate the stunning detail. I took some pics on my bed too as I love the running theme of the soft palette and was trying to work out how the shoulder of the dress could possibly be worked into a decorative addition to my bedroom.
I’m also a bit in love with my shoes. Nothing says ‘Marlo’ more than baby pink teamed with some serious bling.
Another corporate outfit post.
As you can tell, I don’t really wear suits. I’m glad it’s cooled down a bit lately so I can wear a jacket, though.
I also had an event this morning before work which required a different outfit. I had to take something in my bag which wouldn’t crease and was light, so I went for this great Review pencil skirt. I have a few of these as they’re so comfy and easy to wear, albeit a little bit short because I’m tall. I wear the ones I have every week because it’s just so effortless.
I am really looking forward to Winter outfits now. Eeep! Did I just say I’m looking forward to Winter?