Three men and two women, all dressed in a manner that suggested courtship, cavorted in and out of each other’s company, interacting with and reacting to each other in what I perceived to be various manifestations of acceptance and rejection.
For about a year now we’ve seen designers nod appreciatingly to 70s romanticism, with Dolce & Gabbana presenting floral maxi-dresses in dreamy chiffon and Burberry Prorsum serving up ethereal patchwork-printed dresses.
I was remarking to a friend upon my return from a glorious weekend in the country how well one sleeps when away from the hustle…
I do love wearing bright colours and sparkly jewels in Autumn. I wonder, do you?
Vinegar and hair care – not two things you’d immediately expect to find in one sentence. However, I’ve started taking diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV) as an aid for digestion and have noticed, being someone with more than a passing interest in beauty products, a perceptible boost in the shininess of my hair.
I love to champion Melbourne and Australian fashion, so I’m thrilled that this ‘Obtuse Leather Skirt’ will be part of my autumn/winter wardrobe this year and for many more years to come.
You can make hundreds, even thousands of dollars if you put some time and energy into preparation. I never leave with less than $500, here’s how…
Set up in a suburban street, you could say they have the market cornered, their neighbours are pretty weatherboard houses lined up behind picket fences.
The Kardashian Kollection – out of sheer professional fashion curiosity, you understand, I decided to suss out their clothing line.
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water is an innovative cleanser which gently removes make-up and impurities so that skin is cleansed with no need to rinse.
The AICI is bringing together an exciting line up of women for a networking day with a fashionable edge. You’ll get a chance to talk with panelists who know what it’s like to experience the highs and lows of running a business.
With the name appropriately inspired by the French words belle sac (meaning beautiful bag), fashionistas in Australia are clamoring for their luxury collection of beautiful bags.
I believe the interesting skirt is having a fashion moment. Fringing, embellishment, prints – the interesting skirt is the hero of an outfit where everything else is kept quite simple.
Next stop on my journey to discover the best places in Melbourne to drink coffee is Mill & Bakery on Central Pier.
Four new products from Napoleon Perdis came across my desk and I thought I’d road test them to see if they could pass the Lady Melbourne ’10-minute-ready’ test.
Iconic Australian fashion label Romance Was Born showed their collection to close VAMFF, inspired by another Australian icon May Gibbs. Gibbs created the characters…
Melbourne has some lovely unexpected spaces in the CBD – green patches, flower beds and water fountains for example. I happened upon this little urban forest on Swanston St near the junction of two busy roads, complete with bike lanes and tram tracks.
Last night at VAMFF was definitely a stand-out from a week comprising thousands of catwalk looks. Depending on the vagaries of selection, one of the featured graduates will be given the opportunity to work with Target on a designer collaboration inspired by their national graduate showcase collection.
Ah the gift bag, usually found under the hallowed seats of the first and second row, it can be a highlight of attending fashion week. They can also be a complete wasteful showcase of stuff you don’t need, filled with teeny, tiny samples that might be appropriate for, oh I don’t know, a smurf.
Nixi Killick had her runway debut in 2013 and since then she’s gone from strength to strength, with no less a cultural icon than Lady…
It’s that time of year again: fashion week or Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Phew! I always like a peek behind the scenes and…
Fashion week can instil mild panic among the fashion pack, because what on earth does one wear when so much peacocking is about to…
Yours truly was relaxing over a delicious coffee when she received notice that something fashionably exciting was brewing at VAMFF headquarters. Duly curious, I popped on…
Vintage Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton will all be on sale at the Hawkeye Vintage fashion pop-up event in Melbourne on March 27th-29th. This dress…
Beauty and accessories are two of my favourite things, but I think you all know that by now. Such easy things to pick up, it’s not like investing in an entire new fashionable wardrobe, rather you can just buy some hope in a jar or something ‘jolie’ to wear around your neck.
Melbourne loves coffee, fashion and footy, in whatever order suits your preferred pursuit. With that in mind, I thought it was high time Lady Melbourne started to explore where to get the best coffee in this fair city of ours, given that I drink enough of it and really, shouldn’t Lady M know these things?
Do you have a fashion idol – someone who’s style, elegance and grace you’ve set as a daily inspirational benchmark?
For me, Australian born, Paris based stylist Catherine Baba is one such person, and so it’s with great anticipation I can announce that she’ll be in Melbourne for VAMFF!
Shopbop are having a sale and as promised on social media this week, I have the discount code you need to get up to 25% off!
Giambattista Valli showed his latest creations at the couture shows in January, and, when I finally got around to having a good look, it was impossible to resist being captivated by the collection’s sheer audacious glory.
Just a cheeky fashion blog post featuring typical Melbourne weekend wear to get your Monday started! What I’m wearing: Top: Zara Jeans: MiH jeans Earrings:…
The half moon or ‘negative space’ manicure is somewhat of a trend at the moment, but I’ve discovered something brilliant about it: as it…
Imagine an invitation to dinner where guests are asked to explore their preferences for sweet, sour, bitter, salt or umami tastes. There will only be 12 of you, and all of the food has been created for the evening by the chefs at Melbourne’s hatted Saint Crispin.
So this was the situation on the weekend: we borrowed a friend’s cottage and Audi most graciously provided Lady Melbourne with a brand new TT coupe. Without much ado, myself and the Gardner threw a few clothes into a bag and took off for the countryside.
I’ve been absent for a week but with good reason – I snuck away to get married! It’s been an amazing time, and there’s…
Last night the cultural program for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) launched and it’s jam packed full of unbelievable talent.
Here’s my pick of what will no doubt be a visual delight and easy on the hip-pocket to boot – many of the events are free!
Ok I’m a little bit late to the party as these are from Dolce & Gabbana’s SS 2014 collection, however when I saw them on Pinterest they were too gorgeous not to share.
“What are your top five gifts to give or receive on Valentine’s Day?” was the question put to me by Westfield Southland. “Well,” thought I, “Valentine’s Day or not I’m a power shopper from way back so let me see what I can find!”
Remember the gum leaf print dress from St Frock that you all loved? Well here’s the exact same style but in a red rose…
A lot happens on Instagram that doesn’t make it to the blog, did you know? Inspirational pictures, events, beauty, travel and everything in between. If you’d like to see another side to Lady Melbourne in pictures, make sure you’re following!
This is the turquoise version of the ‘Oceana’ dress by St Frock. It’s a simple design but the detail around the collar and the colour are really what makes the dress. I don’t mind shooting things like this in an urban environment, but you could just imagine it on a white sandy beach couldn’t you?
Annoyed and staring at the ceiling, my addled sleep-interrupted mind started drifting and I found myself wondering: “What the hell is contouring?”
Within a luxuriant greenhouse, beneath the dome of the Grand Palais, Karl Lagerfeld chose to present the new CHANEL Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection
Shopbop.com has the most amazing selection of American designer labels (plus others from the rest of the world, don’t worry) and what’s more, they offer free shipping to Australia for orders over $100.
Imagine taking a bath drawn straight from the mineral rich earth that is Hepburn Springs: forty-five minutes of private bathing in 100% mineral water, with bath salts infused with turmeric and rosemary.
Pearls are timeless in my opinion, and I like that for younger women, you can create a push/pull of feminine and tough wearing them.
I’d not dined at The Lakehouse before, so when the invitation came my way it was a most definite ‘yes please!’
This weekend, So Frenchy, So Chic is on at Werribee Park in Melbourne. If you can believe it from the picture, beautiful Melbourne is in the midst of summer, yet it’s been raining for three days straight now, albeit with temperatures at times hitting the high 30s. Plus ça change.
Many hilarious things can be overheard at fashion shows, media events and the like, and sometimes you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d been made up. Well, these are all true, and I may have just said some of them myself. Enjoy.
This dress? It isn’t a dress at all, in fact it’s a top and skirt of the same fabric that I’ve put together to…
How on earth did shoulder pads ever become a trend? Leggings as pants? Do we need to talk about perms? Ugly trends have been…
We all know I love lace, correct? Imagine my delight when this number turned up in the mail from Fame & Partners who specialise…
Have you ever wondered how to actually pronounce Hermès? Perhaps you haven’t and you’ve been walking around pronouncing something that sounds like a skin disease.
So I had a little break over Christmas but that didn’t stop me from doing some shopping online where I found these babies. I discovered shopping for shoes from Amazon about two years ago now and haven’t really looked back.
I hope you enjoy and see something you can gift to yourself this year, love yourself first as they say…
I’ll be doing a couple of different flat-lays before Christmas with bits and bobs that have come across my desk in the past week…
What becomes immediately apparent when you walk into ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ is the undeniable influence modern Japanese designers have on…
Christian Dior has opened it’s first Melbourne beauty and perfume boutique at Highpoint. Preceeding it’s flagship store opening this week on Collins St, the 74sqm boutique is a grand premiere entirely devoted to Dior fragrances, make-up and skincare.
This is one of my favourite frocks – and lo and behold, I realised it hasn’t appeared in a while. And why not? I’m…
Ever wondered what it’s like to get a brow tint or your eyelashes extended? I find out with exciting results, see the before and after photos for proof.
I realise things have been a little bit quiet around here lately, and not because there isn’t a lot going on behind the scenes,…
If you are on a budget this Christmas but you don’t want to give crappy presents, I’ve found the answer. Daiso.
It seems around every corner these days, there’s a superfood lying in wait to change your life. God forbid your local hipster café doesn’t…
Bombay Sapphire Gin have a pop-up bar in Melbourne at the moment called ‘Project Botanicals’ and they wondered whether I’d like to know how to make the ultimate gin and tonic, and would I like to give one of my readers two gorgeous Bombay Sapphire martini glasses? Why yes said I, I would!
Fine gold jewellery and lots of it. It’s all over Pinterest at the moment and is quite easy to achieve because you can mix…
I didn’t think I needed to learn how to define my brows…until I visited Ottoman 3 Brow Bar and had my eye brows threaded….
How gorgeous is this black, lace top with sheer sleeves? Love everything about it.x
Shop it here www.chicwish.com
Kind of hard to believe that this year is coming to an end and it will be Christmas shortly! Whether it’s small or large gifts I do a lot of shopping as you know and thought I’d start to share my finds in regular ‘flatlays’ for your viewing pleasure. And if it’s not Christmas shopping you’re doing, then enjoy yourself none the less!
Listen you guys, I’ve never worn a leather, or pleather skirt and I never thought I would until there was a mix up in my order and I ended up with this in my shopping cart.
When it arrived I tentitively unwrapped it, slid it over my hips and did up the zip. And then I kind of fell in love.
Summer is around the corner here in Oz, but whether you are reading this from a colder climate I think these ‘essentials’ still apply.
It’s one of the richest group one races in the world with prize money in the millions, and the fashion is of course another major draw card with international VIP’s flying in from all over the world to attend.
Crown Oaks Day, otherwise known as ‘Ladies Day,’ (or blokes day depending on how you see the world) is traditionally a day for women to enjoy the races. I’ve no idea when or why it came to be, but I do know that you do see groups of women all dressed up out for a day of racing, punting and champagne of course.
So a little while back I blogged about an incredible dress I’d found from a website called Chicwish.com. Well I’ve joined their affiliate ranks which means that last week a haul of clothing arrived including this gorgeous dusty pink cocoon trench.
Well here we are again for another year and what a smashing start to the main days of racing for the spring carnival here in Melbourne.
While you may be excited by the imminent sound of galloping hooves, (hopefully) winning cash and, lets face it, the sheer glamour of the glitzy parties and events during the upcoming spring racing season, you’ve got to keep things together on social media.
Congratulations to: Mandy DelVecchio Renee Hayley Louise Agnes Villanyi Georgie You have been emailed with the details you need, congratulations and thank you to…
Shop By Heart is a fab new online store set up by two Aussie sisters who spent their childhood dressing up in their mothers clothes. Fast forward to present day and they’ve set up the website, with the belief that women should be able to shop with ease, confidence, just like doing something off by heart.
My little secret for spring racing outfits the past couple of years has been Aussie online store Will Hope Love.
How do you fancy a double pass to Emirates Melbourne Cup Day? Keep reading!
River Island are now shipping to Australia and have a dedicated site, did you know? There’s hundreds of new products uploaded daily, and free shipping on all standard orders over $50.
You might recall last week’s post on all the amazing things happening this spring racing season at Bayside Shopping Centre. Including the floral cart…
Red and green should never be seen, but is mint and burgundy ok?! When trying to style up this amazing skirt by Runaway, I found that white didn’t do enough to make it ‘pop,’ and black just sort of, drained it.
When Collins234 invited me in for a look around I couldn’t say no. Would I find that gem of an accessory for the races? Well I did find some fabulous things and have hand-picked pieces I think would be perfect if you are attending the races or beyond.
Grecian, goddess, toga – call it what you will but a draped, jersey dress is flattering to most figures not to mention easy to…
Whether it’s dressing up for race day or revamping your wardrobe, spring summer style inspiration starts at Bayside Shopping Centre and I can’t wait to get there.
One part of me thinks, ‘GENIUS!’ the other part, the part more grounded in reality is like, ‘Karl, if losing control of my life means experiencing the joy of ripping off high waisted skinny jeans and my bra at the end of the day and pulling on the lycra, I surrender.’
You can however find clothing that sits in the middle of all of this, and that’s by looking for heavier fabrics with stretch.
Yesterday on the Lady Melbourne Facebook and Instagram pages I popped up a photo of these amazing heels from the Sophia Webster x J Crew collection launched in April this year. People got excited, very excited.
What are you wearing to the races? Have you thought about a dress that you can wear beyond your day track side? Feathers invited me in to take a look at their current collection and talk about some of my favourites for the racing season.
When I saw this top in one of their newsletters, I immediately thought, ‘I WANT I NEED I MUST HAVE THAT TOP.’
Brett Morley is a Melbourne based milliner with exquisite attention to detail.
I’ve got some new pieces to add to my picture wall, or just move around the apartment as is my usual want. But what I love about the pieces, is that they’re not only affordable but in limited edition quantities and both are Australian.
We all have to do it, get up out out bed on a Monday and cope with life. Whether you partied all weekend or spend it on a meditation retreat, psychologically Monday seems to be the toughest day of the week.
So how do you cope? Well here’s five tips for you to get you to the end of the day.
If you can’t be playful with your outfits during the spring racing carnival, when can you? A couple of weeks back I blogged about a new online store selling Melbourne and Australia’s top milliners- The Eternal Headonist.
A wardrobe staple that continues to be reinvented year after year, the little black dress never goes out of fashion. Coco Chanel is credited with its invention in the 1920s, and since that time women the world over have embraced it as the answer to so many different occasions.
What would you say are the ingredients for the perfect pair of jeans? I suspect it will be different for most people depending on taste, however I’d wager there would be commonalities.
Recently I was inspired by an article I read in Who What Wear daily on career tips from some of the fashion industries most successful women.
Two things struck me: how helpful this would have been to me when I was starting in my career, and why isn’t there the same from Australian women? So I made one!
A couple of weeks back I had the pleasure of a weekend away in the well being region of Victoria, the Daylesford and Macedon ranges. It was a complete back-to-nature experience so I packed light and took comfortable clothes in natural fibres with a little bit of bohemian luxe thrown into the mix.
Annabel Allen, founder of ‘The Eternal Headonist’ (the a is deliberate, think about it!), has hand-picked milliners whose use of materials and technique are bringing a new perspectives to fashion millinery.
Spring is about emergence, reinvention and trying new things. It’s when we dust off the coats and boots and do what any logical person does this time of year- shop!
CHANEL held a private view of ‘Second Floor’, a photographic exhibition by Sam Taylor-Johnson at Saatchi Gallery of Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment at 31 rue Cambon, Paris earlier in the week.
Fancy a blow wave? Celebrity waves or poker straight locks? You can head down to the FREE AGL pop up hair styling bar at Fed square to experience just that.