First Day of Winter!

This is somewhat of a throw-back, but quite fitting given it’s the first day of winter here in Australia! And bang on time, the temperature has dropped and rain is forecast.

Flat lay of Autumn accessories

New things for Autumn

It’s been a few drinks between flat lays don’t you think?! And there’s certainly no shortage of gorgeous things coming across my desk, so here are some lovely things to ponder…

Valentino Resort 2015

Haute Boho for Autumn/Winter

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.

Weekend Getaway

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…

Lady Melbourne's shiny hair after using apple cider vinegar

The beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar

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.

Micellar cleansing water from 'Simple' skin care

SKINCARE MADE SIMPLE

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.

Resilient Women Think Differently, Saturday April 18th, Melbourne

RESILIENT WOMEN THINK DIFFERENTLY

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.

Are interesting skirts having a moment?

The Interesting Skirt

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.

Lady Melbourne in Melbourne's CBD

Inner-City Green

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.

Sofie Teh shows at the National Graduate Showcase during VAMFF 2015

National Graduate Showcase at VAMFF 2015

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.

What’s inside a fashion week gift bag?

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.

Lady Melbourne's beauty flat lay

Beauty Products & Accessories That You Want Now

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's best coffee? Lady Melbourne is going on a quest to find out!

Melbourne + Coffee = Love!

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?

Lady Melbourne in skinny jeans and a breton top

Denim Dawn

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:…

GREY GOOSE vodka served chilled with St-Germain elderflower liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice and soda water

Taste by Appointment

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.

Curious?

Lady Melbourne visiting a country cottage

Road Tripping

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.

White roses

A Wedding

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…

Lady Melbourne's Instagram account @ladymelbourne

This week on Instagram…

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!

The 'Oceana' dress in turquoise from St Frock as seen on Lady Melbourne

A Turquoise Dream

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?

Lady Melbourne wearing outfit from Shopbop.com

Shopbop!

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.

Lady Melbourne wearing 'Naked Pearls' jewelry

Naked Pearls

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.

Lady Melbourne in the rain in Melbourne

So Frenchy, So Chic

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.

10 Things Fashion People Say

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.

Large J'adore perfume bottle

Melbourne’s Dior Perfume & Beauty Boutique

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.

Lady Melbourne wears blue lace dress from Daiso

Blue Lace

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,…

Lady Melbourne makes the ultimate gin and tonic with Bombay Sapphire Gin

How To Make The Ultimate Gin & Tonic

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!

Gold jewelry

GOLD

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…

Lady Melbourne's Flatlay of new accessories

It’s almost Christmas…

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!

Lady Melbourne wearing pleather skirt by Chicwish.com

The Leather Pleat Skirt

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.

Lady Melbourne in the Lexus marquee on Crown Oaks Day 2014

Crown Oaks Day in the Lexus Marquee, 2014

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.

Lady Melbourne wearing pink jacket from Chicwish.com

A Chic Wish

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.

Top 5 Social Media Tips for the Races

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.

Lady Melbourne wearing ABS by Allen Schwartz jumpsuit from Shop By Heart

Shop By Heart

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.

Lady Melbourne wears lace skirt by 'Runaway'

Runaway

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.

Shopping at Collins234

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.

Lady Melbourne in a monochrome outfit

Stretch clothes that look good

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.

Sophia Webster x J Crew

Sophia Webster x J Crew

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.

5 Tips to Get Through Monday

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.

A little black dress on Lady Melbourne

A Little Black Dress

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.