Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2016

The 18th year of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival was the best one yet.

One Fell Swoop on Friday had ethereal beginnings with ghostly white mannequins darted along the runway, setting the stage for what would be a empyreal show. The masters of drapery have fantastic vision and these elements were displayed in every detail, even the haunting music that accompanied it. The show began with all models entering onto the runway, then ever so slowly they each walked displaying masterpieces each better than the other. The show was dominated by colours perfect for layering. Lot’s of nudes and ice blue tones, block colours such as red and green and patterns that had splashes of colour.

Some photos courtesy of http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/one-fell-swoop-at-tpff-2016/image-gallery/39601236f44e8a503a1a5b35eb48aefb

Saturday was the future of fashion, as seen in the New Generation runway show. Perfectly on trend Remi Lane showcased a 70’s inspired look followed by Elle Campbell with her 80’s attributed hand-painted works of art. The designer that blew me away though was Rosemaree White. Combining the aesthetic of dark bold lines contrasted against soft, delicate fabrics and intricate beading. Her collection can be best described as feminine, yet seductive.

Some photos courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/STMPerth/?fref=ts

The Art Gallery of Western Australia held the last two shows, Flannel and the Closing, as an intricate and intimate runway. Models walked the first level gallery and made their way carefully down the spiral staircase following a gold runway, then through the crowd passing everyone. This gave a much more artistically profound setting. Flannel presented a very wearable collection. A collection I could see myself wearing and I made countless mental notes of items to purchase. A collection for the everyday woman. Versatile, comfortable and feminine.

Photos courtesy of http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/telstra-perth-fashion-festival-wraps-up-with-fabulous-finale/image-gallery/961d386e6a52bb9c863bc3e75b018db0?page=11

The Closing show was breathtaking, to say the least. Every element had exceptional attention to detail. The same runway was used as the earlier show, Flannel, except with the added detail of an orchestra and 2 very talented opera singers. Displaying the best pieces and designers from the week every detail such as headpieces, make up and accessories (combined with the setting and music) made for a show that was very moving and incredibly remarkable. Featuring the best of Elle Campbell, Rosemaree White, Morrison, Monsters Alphabet and Empire Rose it was truly a very magical show and a perfect way to close the end of the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.

Photos  courtesy of http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/telstra-perth-fashion-festival-wraps-up-with-fabulous-finale/image-gallery/961d386e6a52bb9c863bc3e75b018db0?page=11

http://onefellswoop.net

http://www.remilane.com

http://ellecampbellart.wixsite.com/portfolio

http://www.rosemareewhite.com

https://www.flannel.com.au

https://morrisonshop.com

http://www.monsteralphabets.com

https://www.empirerose.com.au

Enjoy x

 

Revolve Clothing

The weather she is a changin’ and winter is well and truly here. Revolve Clothing seems to have me living an endless summer dream and right now they have 20% off storewide plus free express shipping for 3 days only. The sale started this morning so you have just 2 more days to stock up your wardrobe using this unique link. Don’t forget to use the code TAKE20 at the check out.

http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

Here are a few of my favourite items:

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http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/tularosa/br/1bc68b/?&tabID=1464086042260?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

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http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/lucy-paris/br/f413c1/?&tabID=1464086042260?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/diane-von-furstenberg/br/9d3811/?&tabID=1464086042260?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

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http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/nbd/br/c38930/?&tabID=1464086042260?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/swf/br/7a43b0/?&tabID=1464086042260?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

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http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/privacy-please/br/5a96f7/?&tabID=1464086042260?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/sau/br/3ced94/?&tabID=1464086042260?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

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http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/five-and-two/br/5e4f72/?&tabID=1464086042260?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/selfportrait/br/30c798/?&tabID=1464086042260?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

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http://www.revolveclothing.com.au/otis-maclain/br/f6b4b8/?&tabID=1464086042260?&source=au-bl-berl&utm_source=au-bl-berl&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=au-bl-berl

Collaboration sourced via Shopping Links x

Shhh Silk

I am a hairdressers dream. I have a lot of hair and it’s quite responsive to whatever is done to it. I rarely put heated tools on my hair, such as curlers or straighteners, I simply wet it and twist until it is dry to get these glorious waves, albeit only for a good day or two. Lately though, for some unknown reason, my hair has started to become unresponsive to my usual routine. The waves are limp and lifeless and the frizz, oh my the frizz! Perhaps it’s the heat and all the swimming in my pool, but whatever the reason my once envious and relatively “manageable” hair had become a nightmare. Until Shhh Silk sent me some silk pillowcases.

I used silk pillowcases almost 10 years ago when I over-foiled and over-straightened my hair. It was excessively blonde, excessively straight, and excessively dead. The silk pillowcase had brought some life back to my hair but the quality of the silk was just not up to scratch. Shhh Silk, on the other hand, where has this product been my whole life?! My hair is soft as if I have walked freshly out of a salon every morning. I style my hair and it remains styled until I wash it again, compared to the good two day turn around I was getting before. It prolonged the need to not only style my hair but wash it as well. The frizz was virtually gone as the silk flattens and smooths as you sleep, amazing to know that something is working to make you look fabulous while you rest. It’s as if the very fibres of each silk strand stitch themselves into your hair over night. Re-forming themselves, it truly feels as if your hair is made of silk. The sleep, oh my the sleep, is it possible to have a brilliant night’s sleep just from having a silk pillowcase? I don’t know, but what I do know is that that night, and every night after when I go to bed armed with my silk pillowcase I wake up refreshed, happier and certainly more well rested. The magical, ancient powers of silk!

If that hasn’t convinced you that you need this product in your life then consider the fact that they take almost no time to dry and you can get them in a limited edition marble print. I am yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love marble, except my husband, but he has been dealt with accordingly! Do yourself a favour and head to www.shhhsilk.com to select one of their beautiful silk pillows, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Bye bye bed head!

Disclaimer: I received a gifted product in order to write this post, my sentiments are genuine and I am not paid to promote this product.

Jessica Bratich Bags- the accessory you need this new year

Jessica Bratich is my new girl crush. A local WA designer who makes stylish, yet affordable pieces that are exceptionally good quality. I bought her Zip Wallet in Black mid 2012 for $99.95 and it is still in perfect condition. The reason why I bought it was because it opens out like a book, has a space to hold a gazillion cards, a pen and a compartment big enough for your passport. If you don’t have too many receipts stuffed in there, like me, then you can fit your Phone in too. That and the inside is a beautiful turquoise. You have to see this wallet in person, once you touch it, and the other stuff in her collection, you will know exactly what type of quality I am talking about.

http://jessicabratich.com/wallets-purses/

I recently collaborated with Jess to showcase the pieces I love, and I am using the word love with absolute genuineness. I borrowed these pieces to shoot, I had to return them, although I didn’t want to return the Tracey Pencil Case clutch I had to.

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“Although she be but little she is fierce”- Shakespeare. My absolute favourite piece in her collection (besides the Zip Wallet) is the Pencil Case clutch in black, it is slim line and small but yet miraculously fits so much. The quote above is appropriate because I canon explain to you how much this bag fits in it, it’s magic! It’s perfect for travelling. I prefer to travel with cross body bags that have straps made of chains as it is almost theft proof as it is near impossible to cut through the straps so I can see this easily becoming my favourite travel companion. The straps are also removable so if you go out for the evening, at home or abroad, then you have a beautiful clutch. It’s like 2 bags in 1. Seriously what’s not to love! Did I tell you how much I love this bag?!?

http://jessicabratich.com/tracey-pencil-case-clutch.html

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The next bag is the Jacquie Boy Bag in Stone, the studded bag is perfect for a day look that’s edgy or a night look if you dress it up. It truly is versatile and the neutral colour is easy to work with. Again this bag comes with a chained cross body strap, another perfect companion for travelling.

http://jessicabratich.com/jacquie-boy-bag-stone.html

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It’s all in the detail and the Tar Boy Bag has it! This bag is again so versatile for a day and night look. I am sensing a trend with my favourite pieces as this also come with a chained cross body strap. What can I say I am a sucker for versatility, and quality.

http://jessicabratich.com/tara-boy-bag.html

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Jessica Bratich has a collection that is function-able and stylish and these bags are made from vegan leather which is extremely important to me, and should be to you too. Her bags are affordable and the perfect piece to update every wardrobe for the new year. They are also on sale so head to http://jessicabratich.com to check it out.

 

My summer style edit

Why does it seem that everything happens at once. I am building a house, which is near completion and all the bills are starting to rake in. We need window treatments, gates, lawn etc. The list goes on. Then there is Christmas and all the presents that need to be bought, not to mention New Years Eve. In April I am taking my husband to New York as a surprise for his Christmas and Birthday present, more expenses, but definitely worth it!

So given it is the time of year where the temperature heats up and social calendars fill up. I have compiled a list of all my favourite things, that I obviously love but cannot afford!

Shoes

I missed out on the Gipps Tassel Flats (right) from The Weekend Edit in my size. I wished I grabbed a pair, now I am way too poor to even buy them!

The Jayman heel (left) I own. I purchased them for Coocha Design Boutique. I absolutely LOVE them and live in them! THE shoe of the season. This pair is in the new colour, Latte.

Clothes

I love lace, what can I say and I absolutely adore the Lucette Dress. It would pair perfectly with the Jayman Heels in Latte.

Accessories

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You simply cannot participate in Summer this year without the MUST HAVE accessory, a pair of Quay Australia sunglasses (these are the Liv Now). These I have also purchased from The Weekend Edit.

Places to buy from:

http://www.theweekendedit.com.au/

http://www.coochadesigns.com.au/

http://www.lockandkeyclothing.com.au/

http://www.quayaustralia.com.au/

http://www.mollini.com.au/

Enjoy x

Pottery Barn must haves: My top 5

I am soon to be a homeowner, yay! I am building a house and it is supposed to be one and a half months into construction but our land is yet to be titled…annoying! So in preparation for my beautiful new house and Pottery Barn opening in Perth very soon (date yet to be released) I have compiled a list of my favourite items.

1. Toscana Bench– $799 – 934, currently on sale $639.20 – $747.20

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A versatile bench it will work well anywhere from on the porch, entrance hall or in the bathroom with a vintage wooden tray, candle, some hand soap, jewellery bowl and a towel. It is long enough to seat two – three people at a dinner table or on the alfresco/deck. This bench will literally work absolutely everywhere!

2. Griffin Fixed Dining Table– $2,279

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Industrial style furniture is so hot right now and the bonus is the Toscana Bench works with this table perfectly. The black industrial legs ground the table with a more modern take on wood furniture.

3. Burke Console Table– $664.00

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Short in width this table makes the perfect entrance hall or kitchen/living room transition drop zone. Combine with some solid woven wooden baskets or the Light Twist and Knot Baskets (see below), with a moroccan vase and some flowers.

4. Chatham Single Chaise– $199 – $804, on sale $118.95 – $481.95

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The closest you’re going to get the to Hamptons in your back yard. There’s no more luxurious way to sit poolside.

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5. Light Twist and Knot Baskets– $49 – $159, on sale $38.95 – $126.95

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Available in a variety of sizes these beautiful knot baskets are perfect for the bedroom, bathroom, living room or laundry or for storage on the Burke Console Table.

Enjoy!

http://www.potterybarn.com.au

My casual, low cost wedding

We live in an age that is over connected but undeveloped. With a world heavily reliant on social media we can reach far corners of the globe without even leaving our house. We can “connect” with people in the comfort of our pyjamas whilst watching Netflix and bingeing on junk food. On top of that, we are also battling an overpriced world, where the cost of living is higher than ever, and many are living beyond their means. Not to mention all wedding related quotes are inflated by a ridiculous amount. So how on earth do you hold a cost effective wedding that remains intimate to the people that matter, the bride and groom?

Leading up to my wedding last year I read an article about the rise of Bridechillas, the opposite to Bridezillas they are so laissez-faire about their wedding that they were just as infuriating to the Maid of Honour. I was most certainly a Bridechilla, but fortunately I had no Maid of Honour. In fact, we had no wedding party at all. The original plan was to get married at the Perth Registry Office with our 2 witnesses. That was all, just the 4 of us, we didn’t make a formal announcement, send out invites or officially make an event in which people were invited. It was a word of mouth conversation (in fact I sent out reminder texts with the address the day before), which had the air of “if you want to come, great, just let me know. If not, we won’t miss you”. You may be thinking “How horrible, what about all the people that want to celebrate in your special day, and your great-great- auntie who you never speak to and probably never will after the event, aren’t they invited?” To which I respond…YES! Of course, if anyone wanted to make the effort and join in OUR special day we certainly did not stop them, but by doing it this way we ensured genuine participation and delight in our matrimony, kept the cost down extremely low and avoided false pretences that would have marred our special day.

My husband and I are an introverted couple, we value the time we have with each other, as sometimes it is rare. I work long hours and he does shift work so sometimes we won’t see each other for days. With that in mind we made the decision from the get go that we would have a very low-key, casual wedding where we would spend very minimally in order to have a more luxurious honeymoon, which was a week in the Maldives. For us, what was more important was the marriage and not the party that ignites it.

This is a very rough run down of our spending for the wedding. We never had a formal budget per se but didn’t want to spend more than $5000 for a party of 19.

Venue- $350: We got married in the Perth Registry Office and this cost was actually just the application/license fee.

http://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au

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Photography location- $0: The original plan was the get our photos taken at Kings Park but there was an outrageous fee just to take photos so we opted for the equally, if not more, beautiful Queens Gardens instead.

http://www.perth.wa.gov.au/living-community/sports-and-recreation/parks-and-gardens#queens_gardens

Photographer- c. $800: Lux photography charged me for an event, due to small amount of people.

http://www.luxphotography.com.au

Dress- $150: I hired the $800 Manning Cartell Gallery Views Sheath dress from Share My Closet. This cost included dry cleaning.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Share-my-Closet/177901829067410

Shoes- $1000: I bought a pair a Valentino Rockstuds for $950, including shipping, from Farfetch, they were shipped from France. I paid $50 to get a topy sole put on by a shoemaker for longevity.   http://www.farfetch.com/au/

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Bouquet- $150: I was adamant that I wanted a peonies bouquet; I was lucky that they were in season. Bouquet was made by Clare the Flower Girl.

https://www.facebook.com/flowergirlperth

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Hair- $350: I trust no one but Maurice Meade to colour and style my hair for events, they did not let me down.

http://mauricemeade.com.au

Make up- $100: Chelsea Moxham from Chrysalis Beauty Clinic is a genius behind the make up brush.

http://chrysalisbeautyclinic.com.au/home-page

Facial $100: Again Chrysalis Beauty Clinic, they assess you skin on the day and work accordingly for beautiful, glowing skin.

http://chrysalisbeautyclinic.com.au/home-page

Fake tan $30: Organic Tans use an airbrush to give a more natural glow.

http://www.organictans.com.au

Nails- $35: Fake Bake Hair and Beauty always give a satisfying shellac manicure.

http://www.fakebakehairbeautyboutique.com.au

Dinner/Reception- $1950: Blackbird Restaurant in East Perth. With 19 guests this equated to roughly $100 a head with free flowing alcohol all night, and glorious tasting food. This was the only restaurant that would alter a menu for me, catering to vegetarians.

http://blackbirdrestaurant.com.au

Grooms suit- $170: This is an estimate as the suit jacket was tailor made for him in Europe when he went to visit his family, the chino’s were roughly £5 from Primark, tie $30 from Tarocash, and shirt $15 from Target. Did I mention we had a budget wedding!

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Wedding night accommodation- $250. We regretfully stayed at the Crown Perth on the first weekend after our wedding. We got married on a Wednesday and had interstate and overseas guests. I also was not allowed time off work for my wedding so we were waiting for the weekend for this which is why we paid a bit more.

http://www.crownperth.com.au

All other items of clothing/accessories were things that we already owned prior to the Wedding, in fact my Samantha Wills earings and Chanel le boy bag had been owned for a while.

TOTAL: $5,435.

Getting married is the greatest thing in the world, knowing you have a partner for life who is there to support you, love you and help you grow is a fantastic feeling. The day is about the bride and groom, and no one should be made to feel guilty if said bride and groom don’t invite you, serve food you don’t like, play music you think is tacky, or choose a bridesmaid dress that clashes with your skin tone. It is for some, and it certainly was for me, the only time where they can be selfless, where everything is about them. As a Teacher my job (read life) is all about giving absolutely everyone what they want and need, often sacrificing a lot of my time, energy and money by doing so. So I made damn well sure that this day, this one very special day, was all about me, well us!

How I can afford my two loves.

I live such a conflicted life. I love fashion, I often daze off at the gym planning my outfits for the week and constantly scroll my Instagram feed for inspiration. I also love to travel. Nothing beats the feeling of arriving in a new city/country and being amazed by everything that is different to home. Wanderlust is truly a sickness, and I have it…bad. Both of these loves are expensive, I have to admit that I’ve been living in a small amount of debt since I first travelled overseas in 2012. 8 countries down and counting, my wardrobe continues to grow. But how do I afford these very two expensive obsessions?

In a nutshell I shop smart, I pride myself on very rarely paying full price for the items in my wardrobe. I have a secret which I am reluctant to share. I am certain that a few of these will not be new, as many people would already know about them and shared their experiences. Nearly all of them are membership only sites, requiring a log in. They offer a variety of brands for women, men, kids and the home at prices up to 70% off. Designer brands included.

  • Brands Exclusive.  With Brands Exclusive you can either sign up to join a Membership waiting list or find a friend that is a member to invite you.
  • My Net Sale
  • Reebonz (only handbags and accessories)
  • Oz Sale

https://www.brandsexclusive.com.au

http://www.mynetsale.com.au

http://www.reebonz.com.au

https://www.ozsale.com.au/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

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Happy shopping!