On our way back from lunch and a spot of shooting, The Gardener and I popped into a variety shop looking for candles but I ended up getting stuck into the masks and dress ups.
You may recall that I blogged recently on my discovery of some great basics and very on trend pieces from none other than Sussan. Their latest offering and an exclusive for Lady Melbourne readers is their latest denim range which has just this week dropped in store.
Anyhow Sussan were so happy that I was happy with my recent purchases that they said, ‘How about we give a Lady Melbourne reader the exclusive jump on the denim range and a $200 voucher to spend.’
If there is one thing that I love in my beauty routine, it’s cleansing. I’ve spoken about various products that I use before, and I’m also not immune to trying out all manner of treatments in pursuit of a sparkling visage.
Two things came across my desk in January that piqued my cleanliness interest: the Oral B Black 7000 electric toothbrush and a microdermabrasion and neoOxygen facial at neoSkin.
I’ve been really inspired by white lace at the moment, if you’re not already you can check out my Pinterest page for all manner of pictorial loveliness on cotton dresses through to crochet bathers. We can’t always look like something off Pinterest now can we, but I think this lace cami from St Frock is a pretty good starting point.
It’s all imported from Turkey and is exceptionally priced, well worth a visit if you are on Sydney Road in Brunswick!
Have you ever had a hair cleansing ceremony? Shu Uemura are now offering what they call their ‘Deep Ceremony’ at Oscar Oscar salons and I had the pleasure of discovering what it’s all about on a recent visit.
Melbourne’s laneways are famous for holding all sorts of hidden treasures, and Keshett is absolutely one of them. You will find them in Little Collins Street having been at the same address for 33 years.
I’ve never been a slave to labels, rather always looking for good quality fabrication and cut. It doesn’t matter to me whether something is op-shop, high street or designer, I’m more interested in whether the garment is a natural fibre, how it’s cut and where it’s made.
On the hunt for simple, modest and fashionable clothing to take with me on my recent trip to Jordan, I stopped into Sussan and found this shift dress that ticked all of those boxes.
These House of Harlow ‘Chelsea’ sunglasses were my sole boxing day sale purchase from In Her Shoes Boutique.
I allow myself one purchase each year so I don’t end up in the shops weeping over an empty bank account and bags full of things I simply don’t need. Last year I bought a Samantha Wills ring from St Frock on sale(see the blog post), and this year I noticed that In Her Shoes Boutique had put these up for the tidy sum of….$50. How’s that for my only bargain buy!
Sonya Kraan is an RMIT graduate whose philosophy on the clothes she creates stems from hidden functionality and transformation. Doubly important is that the label sold through Gusto & Elan, a Melbourne store that aside from stocking their own label promote independent, Australian designers.
I wonder why we develop a penchant for certain colours over others? I know someone who loves purple to the point where they wear it on their person every single day. I think she’s kind of eccentric, but then I look around my own house…
So are you drawn to some colours more than others? And have you ever wondered why?
“The map of this desert? It’s in my head,” our driver yells over his shoulder as we trundle through Wadi Rum in the darkness.
Not on a road, or a track, but rather over sand dunes and in complete darkness. Complete. Darkness.
‘You went where?’
‘Why are you going to Jordan?’
These are just some of the immediate reactions I’ve experienced when talking about visiting Jordan. I suppose from and Australian viewpoint it is a long way away, and it’s nestled pretty much smack bang in the Middle East bordering Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. When you articulate it, the ‘Is it safe?’ question seems quite sage.
Before I write about my trip, I thought an introduction was in order so I can answer some of those questions and put the trip into context.
Happy new year to you!
I’ve taken a little break over Christmas and it’s been really great to reflect on the year that was 2013. I don’t do resolutions, rather preferring to look back on the previous year and improve/change/recharge.
2013 was a big year for Lady Melbourne with loads of travel and I’m looking forward to doing my top 10 posts for 2013 later today.
So do you make resolutions?
Cat! Cat wrote: “I would gift most of it to my two sisters who have been looking after my elderly mum after she had…
The Style Net composes local designers in one place, where you can shop online with the warm and fuzzy feeling that you are supporting local, Aussie labels. It’s a fab idea where they’ve done the hard work for you combing the Internet to bring you the best designer, avant-garde and vintage online fashion boutiques and fashion trends by profiling them in a functional directory that is every bit as chic as the stores themselves.
It’s here- the annual Lady Melbourne Christmas Gift Guide! I do love to put it together, and it is such a pleasure to be able to bring you everything from hand made indie labels right through to a bit of luxury.
We are running a little bit behind this year, but the guide doesn’t just have to be used for Christmas, think of it as a nice little handbook for gorgeous things you can find online and beyond for either yourself or the loved ones in your life.
Oh and did I mention you can win it all?! Keep reading!
This week’s idea is around what colour means to you, and how you apply that to various occasions in your life. There are common traditions like black or dark colours for a funeral or a bride wearing white for example. And I’m aware that these traditions extend to all sorts of variations depending on your cultural or ethnic heritage.
But what about colour and occasions? I’m off to a wedding shortly and thought about what colour I should wear.
One of the first stores I visited in New York was J Crew. Being an American institution operating 249 retail stores with a strong online presence, I’d stalked their necklaces in the weeks leading up to my trip. Ok I’d stalked their scarves, denim and blazers too.
They now boast an online presence where you can shop current collections with free shipping and free returns on all orders to Australia.
You can’t really go wrong for Christmas, so here’s my editors picks from their Christmas Gift Guide.
Bowerhaus is an emerging Australian luxury jewellery label featuring semi-precious stones and baroque pearls. I discovered them a while back but it’s not until I actually got my hands on one of their necklaces that I was able to see the true beauty in their work.
This is the ‘Gardenia’ necklace made with adventurine, jadeite and malachite with a baroque pearl and an 18K WGP Clasp.
A new one to watch on the Australian luxury accessories scene in my book!
Flying long haul means different things to different people. Four hours on a plane may be your limit, or perhaps (and if you are Australian) you might be used to up to 14 hours for one flight.
Flying to New York from Australia for example will see you clock up 20 hours flying time. Kind of insane, right?!
As I’ve done my fair share of overseas travel this year I thought perhaps I’d share what I use pre, during and post flight to keep my skin, hair and nails in shape.
I’ve had a week off traipsing around Jordan, and while I have much better photos and stories to tell you, here is a snap shot of my Instagram feed that I updated daily.
I wore this outfit for lunch on Sunday past and it reminded me of my time in New York. Namely because this is a vintage Diane Von Furstenberg dress that I picked up at the Chelsea Antique Garage that I’m wearing with a cuff that was given to me by my sister-in-law who also lives there.
I got around in outfits like this when I was there for six weeks earlier in the year (seems like an eon ago now!) and so that’s why this outfit, is an ode to New York.
I was drawn to the plot line because it mixed mystery, espionage and fashion (who knew?!) and Duenas paints evocative descriptions of exotic locations. I was absolutely transported to Tangiers, Madrid, Tetouan and Lisbon of the 1930s but when I got there I found myself needing a more nuanced emotional story. Women who consistently get butterflies in their stomach, annoy me.
Have you read a good book lately? I’d love to hear what you recommend, it might end up next months reading!
Here’s two amazing Melbourne labels you need to know about if you don’t already: Lady Petrova and Anna Davern.
One of my passions for the blog over the years has been the opportunity to bring you local Melbourne and Australian designers, and I’m so proud to have shot both designers current collections for this blog post. When I visited both of them in their store and studio respectively I thought that they were a match made in fashion heaven, even though they’d not been paired together before.
Imagine the bizarre sensation of reading an email from a woman who has met your ex boyfriend in a bar, and forgot to get his contact details. The boyfriend you thought you might once marry.
He mentioned you in passing, and thanks to Google she’s found you and now asks ‘would you be so kind as to pass on my details as I’d love to see him again.’
I actually laughed out loud, closed the email and walked away from my computer to make a cup of tea. Was this a joke?
On closer inspection of the email however, I realised that it wasn’t. This woman wanted my help hooking up with my ex.
The Gardener took these photos, and they are just how I like them. Late afternoon sun, deep, long shadows and a filmic quality.
We work together with such synergy these days that I tell him the fashion story I want to tell, find the natural light I’m after and he does the rest. We have a time of day we call ‘magic hour’ where the sunlight is just right. I don’t like flash photography, and I’ve never had the equipment to light my own photography so over the years have learnt to shoot in natural light. It just so happens it’s his forte, so together I just love the imagery we make and the stories we can tell.
If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I picked up the fabric for this skirt at Savers. When I say ‘fabric’ I mean it was actually a tablecloth that I spied for all of $5.99.
I get a lot of beauty items come across my desk, but not all of them make it to the blog. I won’t put just anything on my face- would you?!
Here are some recent arrivals that I’ve really been enjoying, from beauty classics through to new kids on the block.
How do you dress for comfort? I prefer a cotton blouse like this one I picked up at Sussan the other day. Natural fibres…
So a week or so ago when I posted about a lost SD card that turned up, you all got to hear about the…
Is your personal look or ‘brand’ more important than the occasion I wonder?
Ignoring a dress code, tradition or standard, says, ‘the way I look is more important than the occasion.” And let’s face it, hats are hard to get right and no one wants to end up on the pages of a celebrity mag being lampooned for what you’re wearing.
But if you are being paid to show up, or even if you’re not, the least you can do is look the part.
Congratulations to: Tess Thomson thebeautebuzz Georgina Scrambler You have been emailed about your prize, thank you to everyone who entered this wonderful competition!
Following in the stiletto heels of her bestselling The Vogue Factor, Kirstie Clements’ Tongue in Chic is a witty and salacious exposé of…
Would you like a tour through the exclusive Emirates Marquee from Oaks Day this year? Follow me!
Photo: Pinterest As I’ve been preoccupied with the racing season I’ve gotten to Big Love Monday a little bit late this week. However, as…
My beautiful millinery for cup day was supplied by Oscar & Wilde who are a Melbourne boutique with an in-house milliner. We worked together on this piece, me wanting something in soft blues that channeled something Kate Middleton might wear, only a little more flamboyant. Other than that I left it up to Jennifer
The tradition for Derby Day at the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival is to wear black and white, and for the most part people…
Picture a perfect, flawless tan that is lightly golden in colour, not patchy or dry with an overall glow….that you’ve applied yourself. Too good…
This morning I was invited as a guest of Chanel for an exclusive preview of the Melbourne flagship store that opened today. ‘Guest of…
I found an SD card that I was using in New York and guess what? It’s got all these amazing photos on it that…
Can you make a (beautiful) fascinator for the races for under $20?
I’m here to tell you that you can, and that there is no sewing, stitching or millinery skills required. Amazing right?!
I’ve been preparing for the spring racing carnival for weeks, and ahead of the race dates approaching I thought I’d share what I’m going…
Do you keep things in your wardrobe that are ‘too good’ to wear or use? I try really hard not to, usually living by…
Picture this: rows and rows of vintage luxury by the likes of Chanel, Lanvin, Celine, Mulberry and Prada to name but a few, housed…
We’ve had a couple of weeks now of Big Love Monday and I have to say I’ve been really touched by all your contributions….
There’s a new kid in town when it comes to authentic, pre-loved luxury: Reebonz. We’re working on a little project together and there’ll be some quite exciting content coming up featuring, well, a lot of Chanel. And we all love Chanel right? Even if like me it’s just to gaze at through the windows of a shop.
Estelle is the creative soul behind the Melbourne label Micky In The Van that she stocks at The Estelle Store in Ivanhoe. There is…
Today I am grateful for the park that is around the corner from my house. It’s quite large, many people use the tan and…
Fabitoria is a Taiwanese fashion label that creates completely original digital prints in unusual shapes and colours. This is the ‘Jewel Bee’ skirt that…
Do you know what you’re wearing to the spring racing carnival?
I’m getting things together but I know what a flurry it can be, so I teamed up with To The Max in Carlton to give you a behind the scenes look at some gorgeous pieces you can wear this spring carnival!
I am very excited to welcome these Sandgrens clogs to my wardrobe all the way from Sweden of course.
Historically, few countries have cherished clogs as much as Sweden, which is where Sandgrens Clogs were originally founded as a leather tannery in the mid 1800s.
Guess what’s on this weekend at Eastland Shopping Center? Why it’s the first heat of the fashions on the field competition where you could win a share in $6000 worth of prizes!
Congratulations Alysha, you have won a $500 wardrobe of your choice and a styling session with the To The Max Team!
Here’s what Alysha wrote…
La Roche-Posay is a world renowned, French dermocosmetics brand of active skincare that has changed the lives of thousands of sensitive skin sufferers around the world.
It’s here: The Spring Racing Carnival 2013!
This Saturday at Turnbull Stakes Day will be my first race meet of the season and I thought I would kick things off with an all white outfit. It’s a huge trend for spring/summer but I thought more over it would be light and fresh.
Nicole Warne aka Gary Pepper Girl has curated an exhibition to celebrate the Spring Racing season exclusively for Westfield Doncaster and I was lucky enough…
Founded in 1954, Ann Taylor’s rich heritage has always been synonymous with iconic style and fashion for modern, working women. I discovered while I…
As my gratitude project rolls on I’m really blown away by your contributions each week and I thank you so much. I’ve started to put together some memes with your quotes using images I’ve sourced from creative commons on Flickr and I thought I’d share at the end of the first month of the project. A little celebration of sorts.
Will Shellac ruin my nails? Will Shellac strengthen my nails? How can I remove a shellac manicure at home?
These are all questions I get asked about my manicures, and I’m not even a nail technician! But I thought it was about time I answered some common questions to dispel myths and satiate your curiosity.
Oscar Oscar suggested recently we try a vintage hollywood glamour look or perhaps even an androgynous look as something rather new for Lady Melbourne….
I thought I would give the DIY boyfriend jeans thing a go, after trying on a pair at To The Max recently. For $6 I’m really happy, I’m actually thinking about buying another pair to distress so I can photograph and blog about the process. Would you like to see?
Do you like this green chilli dress? I love my clothing with a good dose of humour, so went I visited Fashiondacci last week to see what Kurt had in store, this dress jumped off the rack and said, ‘shoot me!’
I bought this Mexican, embroidered dress on Etsy some time ago but it is still absolutely one of my wardrobe favourites.
These photos are actually from this blog post about it, but I thought it was worth re-posting because I really love everything about them. The sunlight, the shadows, the vintage Valentino bag.
What are you grateful for this week? Today I am grateful for creativity. When I left high school I only applied for two degrees…
Would you like to win a $500 wardrobe from To The Max Carlton in time for the Spring Racing Carnival?
I think I can hear a universal ‘YES!’
Why do we love shoes?
More than just writing blog posts about how wonderful said pair of shoes are, I thought I’d try and understand why we love them so much. I mean, why do we spend so much money on items that can sometimes only be worn once (wedding), may not fit but you buy them anyway (on sale) or that you know are impractical (stilettos that sink into the lawn at a garden party)?
I’ve decided to launch a new gratitude project after attending and speaking at the ProBlogger Event 2013 over this weekend just gone.
Now that I’ve shot this new Boohoo skirt with this jacket, I actually think that proportionally it would look better with a cropped jacket. And shapes and how you wear them is something I’m learning more and more about at the moment, having recently had my colours done by colour and image consultant Jo Shiers of The Style Advisor.
There will be another blog post all about this INCREDIBLE Gold Coast label that I’m discovered while I’m up here for ProBlogger 2013 but until such time here is a quick post on Casey Tanswell Designs.
I always enjoy catching up with other bloggers at events, and last week I sat next to Jess from What Would Karl Do for the Designer Runway 4 parades. I’ve blogged about what I saw that night here, this little blog post is about what I wore and who I saw.
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week has come and gone for 2013 and I thought I would share with you some of the highlights I’ve seen for the week.
And there is a lot to see that’s for sure!
Today I attended High Fashion, High Tea at the Park Hyatt here in Melbourne to round of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
It was a great way to end a hectic week of parades, showings and parties, but I loved every moment of it, specially seeing the Carl Kapp parade today.
The unique Melbourne based shoe brand yesterday launched its fifth season collection whilst achieving a one year retail milestone in two Melbourne locations after four successful pop up stores. Annie has managed to grow her business in a fickle retail landscape without large financial backing instead treading carefully and strategically.
If the launch yesterday was anything to go by, the women of Melbourne are still very happy to spend money on shoes and I think it’s wonderful that it’s on Australian designed, made in Italy leather shoes.
So it’s spring but feels like summer so important to look the part. I can’t decide whether to put away my heater, pull out the sandals or hedge my bets because lord knows it could be freezing cold in November. Melbourne is a fickle mistress with her weather.
A couple of weeks back I wrote about the reasons why I started the blog and why I dress the way that I do….
Although when you look at an outfit like this, you could probably add opaque tights, stiletto ankle boots and a cropped leather jacket to transform it for a winter look. Because I live in a city where the weather changes so much, I’ve found that a lot of my wardrobe is interchangeable between seasons.
We have Melbourne Spring Fashion Week upon us next week and so that means that I end up wearing sometimes three outfits a day. Who am I kidding, I sometimes do that anyhow!
UK online retailer Boohoo.com are moving into the Australian market place in a big way at the moment. Having just got back from their SS 13 launch that will be exclusive to Australian shores, I can tell you that the momentum is well and truly in full swing.
Posing for photos is something that takes practice and patience, but I’m here to tell you that it can be much easier than you think
David Jones is part of the fabric of how I see Melbourne, having grown up shopping there with Mother Melbourne, well, all my life.
Everyone, it seems, has a story about David Jones. This iconic department store began in 1838 when maverick retailer David Jones threw open the doors of his first shop in Sydney.
You may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t you are missing out!) that I attended the SS 13 launch for Sambag earlier in the week.
EziBuy is the largest fashion clothing and home decor multi-channel retailer in Australasia.
And I had no idea.
It’s almost time for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and that means I’m starting to think about what I’m going to wear. I always like to go down the path of eccentric lady-like chic, playing up to my namesake here on the blog.
As most of you would know I love, love, love jewellery and accessories having run my own accessories label for seven years. So I bought back A LOT of jewellery from New York when I was there in May/June.
I loved the colours in this dress, and while I’ve styled it here with quite tough accessories, I think a pair of lavender, suede heels would look great with a slim, silver belt.
Or maybe you can give me your suggestions on how you’d wear it?
This winter I am getting around the house in a pair of Kimberly boots from Canterbury Sheepskin. They are giving one lucky Lady Melbourne reader a chance to win a pair of your choosing to keep your toes warm this winter.
All you have to do is:
I am no expert when it comes to hairstyling, but over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work with hairdressers and have tried to glean as many tips as possible. I’m also a huge DIY gal, watching how-to clips on YouTube or finding out to do things on Pinterest.
So here is a tutorial on how I create a simple, vintage looking hairstyle in just a few steps. It’s easier than you think!
The day I tried on this dress in New York, it was 30 degrees and humid. It was hard to imagine that it was going to work on a winter’s day, but I’m glad now that I bought it.
I featured it in a post I did on why people love New York but it only got hotter and hotter and it sat at the bottom of my suitcase for the rest of the trip.
It wasn’t intentional that I would shoot this jacket in the late afternoon sun, but now I’m looking at these photos I can see that it really needed to be under direct sunlight for the full effect of the foil leather to come to life.
It’s even better in real life, and while I’m wearing it casually here, it looks great all dolled up for a night on the town.
Danielle Ashcroft created Stoxbox after she’d purchased a pair of stockings she already owned but forgot about because she simply could not see what she already owned in the rolled up balls of stockings. Sound familiar?!
So I’m back at the Miss Eyelash studio in Elwood where I’ve been a handful of times before to see Emma, the founder of Miss Eyelash whose services are dedicated solely to eyelash extensions and care. Working out of the same studio these days is O’Connell of Golden Ratio Brows who brings her expertise as a beauty therapist and spa owner to Miss Eyelash’s range of services.
iRock jewellery allows you to design your own piece of jewellery by mixing and matching their pendants, gems, chains, size and leather. But what’s really special is that you will be able to see exactly what it will look like with their online design tool.
A big part of why I started the blog all those years ago, was that I didn’t see the way I dressed represented in mainstream media. And I suppose it is hard to put ‘vintage’ or ‘op-shop finds’ on the pages of glossy magazines, but none the less I knew I wasn’t alone in how I mixed up my wardrobe with new designers pieces, high street fashion and vintage and second hand clothes.
Recently I had this comic book inspired manicure done by Sara at Miss Fox and while we were chatting away about what I wanted to do for the corresponding blog post, someone said, ‘Why don’t we just get Luna to do it?’
Who is Luna you may ask?
BB and CC creams- what does it actually mean? I was curious to find out because I’d heard so much about these wondrous creams and their amazing properties. Primer, sunscreen, brightener, and makeup all in one, I set off to trial Lancôme’s UV Expert BB Complete along with 5 Lady Melbourne readers who I enlisted to give the product a go.
Now, in 2013 we have the phenomena of ‘selfies,’ and with that a growing trend for them to be taken while half naked and pouting. This is generally the domain of teenage girls, desperate for peer approval about everything from their looks to their dress sense. In a recent article published on The Age, Olymia Nelson wrote: “seeing some of these images can feel too intimate. It’s almost as though we’re peering through a window. Some photos may be of girls showing skin, or girls lying on a bed. Just about all are seeking some sort of approval from their friends. The aim is not to communicate joy but to score a position.”
I’m left wondering, what more do we want to see?
When I read other blogs, I always enjoy the detailed photos, especially when it comes to layers or accessories. And I think it’s really easy to forget the same principal with your own blog sometimes. Case in point I had shot this post wearing the outfit as you see it in the top picture. But I knew that both layers underneath were interesting pieces in their own right, so I re-shot it trying to capture each layer individually.
So here is this weeks installment of ‘Today’s Face,’ a new beauty segment on Lady Melbourne that really came about because you guys seem to love beauty as much as I do!
If you missed it you can catch last weeks here, otherwise lets crack on with today’s face which is more of a fun, evening look.
I finally worked out today why I just could not put an outfit together last week and blog: it’s the weather. Or rather, my reaction to it once I arrived home. The day I left New York it was 36 degrees. I got on the plane from JFK to LAX wearing a strappy, cotton, summer dress.