Prancing in the Park

It was actually quite delightful the other day, with the lovely sun showing off for one last time and the unusually warm temperature encouraging everyone to explore outside. It was one of those days where you would be happy to wake up to it every morning. Quite a contrast to today, where the rain is pelting down and the wind is louder than my typing while I am sick in bed writing this. Winter has arrived and it’s still autumn. I want summer back.

To outlive Melbourne’s sunshine’s final existence, I wore red lippy on navy blue-my favourite. It’s a bold combination for all seasons, and both compliment each other really well. Orange and navy also have the same effect. I wore my favourite pair of pants which are light and silky- perfect for warmer temperatures but not some much for the incoming winter. I usually reject the idea of wearing navy and black together because I don’t believe that they are compatible together, however I felt like there was enough white in the pants to allow it to mesh with the navy blue top. Otherwise as a general rule: navy blue and black are not great pals. 

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The adorable brooch was from my sister when she returned from Europe. It kinda matches the lippy, dontcha think?

Pants: Ice

Top: Cotton On

Shoes: Forever New

Bag: Guess

What are your favourite colour combos??

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The Turtleneck, Polo Neck, Skivvy, or whatever ya call them

Turtlenecks are like, super cool this winter. It has finally been deemed that it’s both chic and practical, as who really wants to walk around with a bare neck in freezing temperatures?

The style of a turtleneck usually means that a scarf is unnecessary. Olivia Palermo shows how this is not the case. popsugar.com
The style of a turtleneck usually means that a scarf is unnecessary. Olivia Palermo shows how this is not the case. popsugar.com

There is so much variety when it comes to the ol’ turtleneck. They come in tops, jumpers, and dresses as exemplified by myself below. It keeps me so warm that I even took off my coat midway through. How’s that for practical fashion.
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Throw on an oversized-coat with your turtleneck. The coat de-feminises my dress to achieve the ‘shapeless’ look- a current winter trend. It also happens to be very comfortable. I cannot say that I am a fan of potato-sack-looking dresses on the other hand, which is why i have stuck to a tight-fitting turtleneck for a touch of sophistication.

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 Dress- Bardot

Coat- Asos

Shoes- Diana Ferrari 

So invest in one, or a few, and stay warm this winter.

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Top 5 Best Costume in Movies (in my most humble opinion)

Making films is an art. Making fashion is an art. Combining the two can often be ground-breaking. The following movies (in no particular order) are some of my favourite costume movies which have drawn out an inaudible sigh from my mouth before I fainted in awe: 

Moulin Rouge!

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In addition to having, in my opinion, one of the best costume designs, it is also one of the best musical movies of all time. Catherine Martin designed the costumes for this dazzling Baz Lurhmann film, so it really was a joint effort in making this film as visually appealing as it is. 

There are Can Can skirts, sequinned corsets and magnificent head pieces. There are top hats, tinkerbell, and dangerous absinthe. I would not be able to pinpoint exactly which one of Satine’s outfits (played by Nicole Kidman) I love the most, so please don’t ask. However, if I had to suggest favourites, I would say the silver glittery outfit worn in ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’, and the Hindi wedding dress. Oh, how I long to play dress-ups with her costumes!

I even had a crack at one of her outfits for my last birthday!

The Great Gatsby

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Another Baz Luhrmann creation accompanied by the enchanting costume powers of Catherine Martin. The Great Gatsby exudes a tasteful level of flamboyance and class with the amazing costume designs. The men looked dapper and the ladies were flappers, representing the economically prosperous and carefree times of the roaring 20’s. 

Like Moulin Rouge, this film was a pleasure to watch for the costumes alone, and not just for Leo D’s breathtaking facial structure. Any costume with a dropped waist and intricate embroidery is a yes from me. 

The Devil Wears Prada

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The most satisfying part of this film is watching Andrea undergo her style transformation, and it is satisfying for several reasons. First we realise that under her cerulean-jumper-wearing-grandma-skirt-loving self, she finally succumbs to the wraths of the fashion industry and is smart enough to take advantage of the designer-filled wardrobe available to her. She also looks super hot. Then she learns what an eye-lash curler is under embarrassing circumstances, and the audience acknowledges that this is the beginning of some pretty fabulous outfits. Who doesn’t love the scene where it shows her in different outfits as she cooly struts to work in the mornings? 

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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Set in the London prior to World War II, a somewhat destitute governess, Miss Pettigrew stumbles into the tempestuous world of high society. Wealth, the 1930’s, and romance equals classic fashion. Amy Adams shines in her role as a singer-actress and appears admirably elegant through-out the movie. She showed me that matching hats and gloves are the ultimate way to achieve style. 

Cinderella

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Unfortunately I wasn’t a fan of the movie itself, but I appreciated the costume designs immensely. It was colourful, flamboyant and exciting to look at. Cate Blanchett looked flawless in every scene and Cinderella’s ball scene almost made me cry with anticipation. The men’s distractingly tight pants brought some giggles. If it wasn’t for the overload of corniness, I would have fallen in love with the film. If I could rock a poofy blue dress as well as she could, I most definitely would.  

So, what are you favourite costume movies? I’m really eager to know!

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Shabby Chic

I always talk about class and elegance, but sometimes it doesn’t need to be achieved. Sometimes we need to lie back and watch how those who walk down the street, shopping for groceries on a Saturday morning, dress. It’s simple-not necessarily ‘in style’- but caters for the weather the day brings. Comfort is obviously the key, but it doesn’t mean you need to look boring when venturing out to the shops. Especially if you happen to bump into people you know, which personally is inevitable.

I was inspired by the elderly ladies I see walking down the street who wear oversized, dark-toned coats, and thick opaque stockings to battle the winter cold, and decided to get my own winter over-sized coat. I settled on this Asos number, which will hopefully protect me from the Melbourne winter. I feel like it’s a coat that a homeless man used to wander in that can be found in the dark depths of an op shop-and has remained in amazingly excellent condition. It looks a little vintage, and can be spruced up with some necessary winter accessories.

This is my summer hat, but now it’s become my winter hat. Mid-brimmed felt hats have become all the rage, and look fantastic with a killer coat and boots. Obviously they serve for sun protection in winter too.

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This clutch was a gift from my mum when she went to China- thanks mum!

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Coat- Asos

Skirt- Nobody

Top- Asos

Boots- Vanessa

Clutch- somewhere in China

Fit for a Princess

The release of the new Cinderella movie has made me become reminiscent of the days when I used to run around in my princess dress, draped in all the costume jewellery I could find and in my little matching heels. Years later I haven’t lost my love for dressing up in sparkly, jewel-encrusted things, so I decided to dedicate this post to pretty shoes. After all, shoes are a girl’s best friend.

The shoes designed in honour of the new Cinderella movie:

Jimmy Choo metro.co.uk
Jimmy Choo
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Nicolas Kirkwood metro.co.uk
Paul Andrew metro.co.uk

These shoes make me want to run around in my princess dresses yet again. Needless to say, I would not leave my shoe behind if I was privileged to wear one of these creations.

And my less extravagant/expensive picks:

Guess theiconic.com.au
Spurr basics theiconic.com.au
ASOS
ASOS
dunelondon.com
dunelondon.com

 

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missguided.com

They don’t have to be worn to a ball. Dress them down with boyfriend jeans or any matter of denim and match them with a leather jacket if you prefer the tough-princess type. Just don’t overload on the jewellery, in order to allow the shoes to do the talking.

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Last Glimpse of Sunshine

Last week I travelled to the sunny Gold Coast for work-related affairs, and essentially brought half of my summer wardrobe with me. I took this as an opportunity, considering I haven’t had much of a chance to air them out since Melbourne’s summer refused to happen. Happily, it was warm enough to put my clothes into good use, and with my last glimpse of sunshine I decided to throw in some colour into my outfits. 

So I know that this is one of the most mainstream looks out (definitely around where I live) with the crop top and pencil skirt, but I like it. And hey, both items were around 70% off so I couldn’t go wrong. It beats the hey-check-out-my-bum-cheeks denim shorts trend, and the pencil skirt instantly implies that there’s some class happening. I matched the outfit with a non-mainstream necklace, which is basically made out of rubber and gives the impression of a tattoo. I cannot for the life of me remember the brand, but I purchased it from a closing-down store for a ridiculously cheap price. Actually now that I think about it, every item being worn in the photos was at least 50% off.

Friends, you only need to pay full price if it is really necessary.

Unique, statement necklaces are a fantastic investment-I have a few-specifically for when you need to spice up a plain outfit. Never underestimate the power of jewellery, because although the phrase ‘too much is never enough’ does not apply, too little can be boring and say ‘meh’. I have some fairly outrageous ones, but they are a delightful and simple addition to a plain black dress or jeans and shirt combination.

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Top- Bardot

Skirt- Sportsgirl

Shoes- Forever New

Sunglasses- ASOS

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Seeing Double

The two-piece mania has not ended yet. In fact, it has just gotten better. However I am curious as to why baring skin has become so much more fashionable these days, with the excessive amount of midriff being shown and most notably, the new trend of the ‘barely there’ dresses rocked at the Oscars after-parties. But I suppose it’s everyone’s prerogative, including my own, as clearly I’m not opposed to allowing my midriff to peek through. It brings the summer vibes, divides a same-same pattern and means I can enjoy a nice breeze around my belly.

Co-ords are as cute as kittens and even come in the form of a floral fantasy (see below) that radiates tropical-islander.

The slit in the skirt makes things a bit more interesting, enabling your shoes to proudly flaunt themselves and provides a bit of a break from viewing the same pattern all over. There isn’t much you should do to compliment a two-piece, as keeping it simple allows the outfit to do the talking. However, to put a little spice into your plain-toned outfit, experiment with some bright lipsticks. Lipstick is an accessory in itself, and adds a dash of class. Class is what we are all striving for here people, in case you hadn’t noticed.

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Two piece- Luvalot

Shoes- Forever New

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