Archive for April, 2012
My friend, Jessica, asked me ages ago to write a post on my headband collection and I finally got around to it. Huzzah!
I have been collecting headbands for years now with a tendency to lean towards designer ones, purely because they last very well.
Miu Miu make my favourite headbands, splitting their stock between pretty and edgy. I love the way they are thick, statement bands and how they always seem to fit my head perfectly. The price isn’t so nice (usually around $300) but I don’t wear a lot of jewellery so it evens out.
I also have a fair few Alannah Hill headbands because they are very well priced for their quality and design and are usually very OTT which suits my personality. I store hers (and a few others) on a three-tier cake stand. It makes for easy spotting and my earrings hang from the filigree detail on the sides.
I also hang them from some paintings in my room.
On another painting I have my infamous giant bow headband as well as one in denim I made to perform in at the Firm’s Jeans For Gene’s Day fundraising event last year.
Also in my collection is a leather bow band from Oroton. I wish I had bought it in more colours at the time because I don’t think they do headbands now and it was only about $60.
These Dior ones are gorgeous but are yet to be worn. I think the yellow and grey one will look great with the Louis Vuitton bag in Damier Azur I plan on buying before I go overseas (in 48 days!!!) and the velvet one could look stunning with the right dress for the races.
I also own a lot of clips and adornments. They reside all over my room depending on how delicate they are and how often they get worn but they mostly hang on my curtain.
I often wonder what will happen when I am a older and can’t get away with headbands anymore. I will probably wear turbans when I am an old lady, but what to do in my 40s? Hhmmmm.
Do you love headbands too?
Starting today and running until May 1 at Pier 2, Wool Modern showcases the best pieces of art and fashion crafted from Australia’s favourite fibre.
This year, alongside pieces from Vivienne Westwood (my fashion queen), Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix and Lanvin, Australian designers have joined the exhibition curated by Charlotte Lurot. Some of the talents invited to join the ranks of these masters are Emma Elizabeth, Camilla and Marc and Tina Kalivas.
My personal favourite was a stunning cream dress by Camilla and Marc. I tweeted that I would get married in this dress and I truly would. Wool is cool in Summer and warm in Winter so it’s not a bad option
I also loved the installation ‘Died in the Wool’ by Not Tom – the colours were just breathtaking.
The exhibition is free and most definitely worth a trip to Walsh Bay. It is not often we get to see such beautiful craftsmanship displayed in Australia, and pieces from the likes of Jenny Kee and Gorman will get you inspired for Winter.
3 Hickson Road
until May 1
Entry is free
Last week I was very lucky to be invited to test out the new menu that is part of Otto’s more-than-reasonable Menu del Giorno.
Available seven days a week, the offer includes a starter cocktail, a main and an entree – all for $50. Yes. Seriously.
At present the menu is a selection from:
Kingfish tartare with capers, chilli, egg yolk and olive toast
Fettuccine with smoked chicken ragout and spinach purée
Cone Bay barramundi, Jerusalem artichoke purée, mushrooms and potato
Twice cooked pork belly, caper and raisin purée, caramelised witlof and almonds
Aperol, vodka, passion fruit sorbet, lemon juice and egg white cocktail
We also had a beautiful, rich chocolate fondant with rum and raisin gelato which is not included, but nothing is stopping you choosing from the regular a la carte menu.
The Menu del Giorno is served between 12 – 7 each day which means you have little excuse not to inject some fine dining into your week.
The menu changes regularly, so you can enjoy the great value often.
8/6 Cowper Wharf Road
So, who is heading down to Otto for a first class meal for a tiny price?
Over the next couple of months you will be seeing a lot of posts about my upcoming trip to London and Paris. It’s been in the pipeline since August last year and I’m sure I’ve been annoying you all on twitter with my updates. I AM SO EXCITED! I have a million restaurants and activities planned so I will be blogging them all.
One thing I won’t be going to is the Olympics. They start about 3 weeks after I get back and, while I wanted to stay, it just wasn’t going to work. Everything, even three weeks before, is SOOOOO much more expensive than going at a “normal” time and that’s if you can even find accommodation. That doesn’t mean I can’t get into it and breathe in the hype, though.
A couple of things Olympics related have already put me in the mood. If you can’t be in London, you can at least cheer on from home. The Ice Watch World collection is perfect for representing your home land in style. Although I’m Aussie, I’m loving the UK one. The stark white with the Union Jack is really fresh.
With 24 countries featured, you’re bound to find a favourite.
- the Netherlands
- South Africa
- the United Kingdom
- the United States
They will be available from May 2012 and come in big and small sizes. Stockists: ice-watch.com
Even though I won’t be at the Games, I am praying that I will be able to pick up the Vivienne Westwood Olympics tee. I love how she’s used her famous orb logo to recreate the Olympic rings. The perfect souvenir for the girl or guy (it’s actually a men’s tee) who hates typical souvenirs.
Are any of my readers actually heading over for the London Olympics?
Yesterday my good friend Angie took me to “Australia’s biggest urban music festival”, Supafest. We kind of went on a whim, so I had very few expectations. Those who know me well know how much I love hip-hop and r’n'b so I wasn’t too fussed about who we watched – everyone is good. Everyone except Chris Brown of course. I can’t stand that little prick and I refuse to support him. The amount of teenage girls wearing ‘I (heart) Chris’ and ‘#TeamBreezy’ t-shirts was actually quite alarming, as is the number of people that believe he is a changed man. Firstly, MEN don’t hit women and, secondly, you can’t change if you don’t even show remorse in the first place. URGH.
I was happy when Angie said she wanted to leave before he came on stage and we decided to beat the crowds and head home. On our way to the station, lights of the neighbouring Easter Show sucked us in. Being after 8pm, we managed to go in for free and spent the next hour literally running around looking at things. Most of our time was spent in the showbag pavillion where I got the Barbie Teen bag. Slippers with poodles on them? Yes please! I am really quite impressed with the bag; nail file, nail foils, lip gloss, makeup bag and jewellery roll – actually all useful!
I was a bit of a fan of my makeup yesterday so I thought I’d share with you. I think bronze and brown eyeshadow is really flattering on almost everyone and it makes me feel healthy and glowy.
Here’s what I used:
- Covergirl Clean Makeup
- Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara
- Benefit ‘Instant Brows’ brow pencil
- M.A.C blushes in ‘Giggly’ and ‘Pink Cult’
- Rimmel eyeliner
- M.A.C bronzing powder in ‘Gold Deposit’
- M.A.C Fix+
- Australis palette – ‘Snap Attack’
- M.A.C eyeshadow in ‘Woodwinked’
- Benefit ‘Watt’s Up’ illuminator
Did anyone else go to Supafest or the Easter Show?
I often seek fashion advice from one of my style icons – Kanye West. I mean, not personally, although it would be cool to just text him every time I needed some outfit help. Then when people asked me why I looked so good I could be all “Yeezy taught me”. Sigh.
Today I was home sick from work so I lay in bed on the iPad looking at photos of my idol and I never realised just how much Louis Vuitton he wears. He’s clearly influenced me before, though, because I bought the LV Bindi sunglasses purely because Kanye has them. Yep. True story. But now there’s so much more I want and so many outfits I want to emulate.
I absolutely adooooore this outfit and it’s one which I think can be transformed into a female version quite easily. See below collage of how I’d wear it.Jeans – Witchery Tank – Supre Jacket – Sportsgirl Shoes- Rick Owens Sunglasses- Karl Bag - Louis Vuitton Vest -Country Road
I am also loving the way he hangs this little Murakami multicoloured key purse off his belt loop. The multicolour range is so obscene; I absolutely love it. To me, it’s just everything that pop culture is about. I just want to know what he needed to carry on stage in it?
I am counting down the
days seconds until Paris when I can make my next LV purchase. Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of duty free?
Do you love Louis Vuitton or does the thought of wearing someone else’s initials make you want to vomit?
On Wednesday, 11 April, 100 girls were overcome with joy over a group of fine young men. No, not One Direction, these were nine of the very eligible CLEO Bachelor of the Year nominees.
Gathering at the Westfield Sydney GUESS store, the lucky chosen girls were given five minutes to style an outfit for their friend to be judged by said bachelors, with the ultimate winner receiving a pair of tickets to the CLEO Bachelor of the Year announcement next Wednesday at Marquee.
While the outfits were being selected, the rest of the excited crowd shopped up a storm and mingled with the boys. I was very impressed with the guys – I’m not the most approachable person, I actually look like kind of a bitch (I’m not) – but they had no problem chatting to me and when I asked them what look they were going for on the night, most replied with sexy/casual and an emphasis on accessories.The latest GUESS range appeared to be a hit with the ladies, with plenty leaving on the night with new goodies for their wardrobes. I was pleasantly surprised with the stock, particularly the cute pencil dresses and skirts for the corporate dresser and how many bows were on the shelves!
When we got to the “business end” of the night, it came down to the classic GUESS look – sexy, fitted jeans on a gorgeous, glowing girl with a chic blouse, jacket and a pop of colour with sky blue suede heels and stylist, Natalie, decided to take her model to the big event. I was very happy that this type of look was chosen. It was nice to see that the guys liked the “less is more” approach and thought that a covered-up girl made more of an impact than a girl in a mini dress. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a mini, but there’s just something about a great-fitting pair of pants and a well-cut blazer.
and the shoes that caught the boys’ eye…
So there you have it. Sleek and subtle wins the race.
What do you feel sexiest in? And who is your pick for this year’s CLEO Bachelor of the Year?
Stick on nail designs of the nail polish variety, not crystals and jewels, became popular a few years ago and have continued to boom, with more and more brands coming out with stunning new designs and easier techniques each time.
I’ve tested out a few and have good and bad things to say about them all but this time it’s Kiss Nail Dress that’s caught my eye.
Coming in packs of 28 strips, Nail Dress are thicker than most other brands and this element alone has its pros and cons. Being thick and silicone-y, they don’t twist or flap while you’re trying to apply them, meaning a really accurate sticking point and they feel very secure once they’re on, but the extra thickness compared to, say, a foil nail strip means it’s a bit harder to file off the excess nail.
If you have no idea what am talking about when I say “file off the excess nail” watch the following clip. It explains, almost in real time, how to apply Kiss Nail Dress strips and you will see how easy the process is:
Yes, I did feel the need to put one on Georgina.
A few weeks on (since I took these pictures before my blog went down) and I must say that the Bustier style were fantastic. They lasted for about 2 weeks and I can’t rave about them enough. The biggest test for me is seeing if they stick after a few days of typing at work and when I wash my hair. Bustier clearly lasted through these activities. Unfortunately I tried two of the other styles I had and they weren’t as good. I tried the leopard print ones that don’t have any crystals and they were a bit thinner and flimsy. The filing part of the process meant that they puckered a little bit, even after pressing them down on my nail for a good few minutes.
I then tried another glittery, crystal-adorned style but they didn’t stick as well as the Bustier ones. I kept them on for a few days before one fell off on the way to the Marquee opening and I had to pull the rest off in the cab. It was such a shame because the other nine of them were sticking really well.
Despite the few mishaps, I would still recommend Kiss Nail Dress. Make sure you have clean nails and take your time to rub the sticker onto your nail. The natural body heat should ensure they stick down, but if one does fall off at least you have the rest of the packet.
Kiss Nail Dress styles are available now from Priceline stores and selected pharmacies for $13.99 – significantly cheaper and less time consuming than a manicure! They are available in 18 different patterns and textures.
For more information and styles check out www.impressmanicure.com
I’ve never been much of a Mulberry fan. I don’t dislike their bags, I just don’t see them fitting in with my personal style – until yesterday.
I walked past the Mulberry store in Westfield Sydney yesterday and this caught my eye.
I love hearts and stars and the M on it is clearly for Marlo. Right? The little heart-shaped studs and crystals are so cute. There’s so much detail, which is way more my style.
Now all I need is $2900 to buy it in Australia or £1500 if I can hold out until London in June.
The Mulberry Lily with Patchwork Gems also comes in tan leather but I love the midnight blue suede as I think it has more potential to be dressed up as well as looking cute ‘n’ casual with jeans or a jumpsuit.
What’s your latest handbag obsession?