Lisa, Phoebe, Dasha, Charlotte and I thrilled to have a Kodak moment with Natalie Imbruglia Charlotte & Camille Phoebe, Jane Rocca and I, before devouring the canapes… The canapes! Super tender seared tuna. The waiter: UK-born, wearer of a fabulous beard Antonia Acott & friend My entree: Baked Hervey Bay scallops with potato puree, topped with brown butter emulsion and pine nuts Ladies in Noir: Couturing Beauty Editor Katherine & Editor-in-Chief Lisa Dessert Canapes! Bite-sized hazelnut chocolate cups, mango cheesecakes & passionfruit meringue pies  Last night, hubby and I were so honoured to attend the launch the of Kailis‘ Enlightenment Collection with Natalie Imbruglia at Stokehouse City. It was almost exactly one year ago we dined at Stokehouse St Kilda, in celebration of our wedding anniversary. I still remember that fateful day when Melbourne lost one of its most iconic restaurants to a fire. But the new Alfred Place establishment is even more refined…Continue Reading
 S. Wallis Jacket & Skirt / Country Road Skivvy (see similar one here) / Chorus Eri Choker / Vintage Clutch / Arezzo Heels (similar style here) Two new labels caught my eye this week. Chorus, the brain child of Cassandra Wheat and Louise Pannell, two kindred spirits who met in high school and reunited on Australian soil after having worked in fashion capitals across the globe. Chorus embodies everything I love in a fashion label: conceptual designs, amazing fabrication with avant garde tendencies but still wearable. You may recall a gold oversized jumper I wore in this post, also by Chorus. This ‘Eri’ choker is from their latest collection, The Release. Laser cut acrylic Judo men clustered together, I call it the ‘Kickass Necklace’.  And the tweed set? It’s by a new Melbourne label called S. Wallis. Remember my beloved label Stella & Minx? Well think of S. Wallis as its sophisticated cousin. Classic and modern…Continue Reading
Last Saturday, after a morning spent treating puppies and kittens, I rushed home to race to the Caulfield Cup. We only had a few hours before having to dash off to a friend’s wedding (we ended up only being able to go to one, out of 3), but luckily we were able to capture some of the finest racewear style at the Caulfield Cup. The Caulfield Cup is often described as a ’boutique meet’, it is not as crowded as Flemington, but it sure showcases the highest percentage of well-dressed stallions and fillies. A highlight of the afternoon was bumping into Crystal Kimber, with whom I had the pleasure of ‘competing’ at the Fashion Stakes 2 years ago on the same turf. With her futuristic Peter Pilotto jacket and custom-made full skirt, I took one look at her and said that ‘there’d be something wrong’ if she didn’t win. And…Continue Reading
Leonard St Weekender Dress / Vintage Everything Else Have you ever visited the Manchester Unity Building? It is that magnificent art deco building situated on the corner of Collins and Swanston street in the heart of Melbourne. I’ve always walked hurriedly past it in the past but recently had the opportunity to visit Cupp, the health food store that delivers super food super fast for my morning juice cleanse, and Smile Solutions, my new orthodontist! Yes, I’m finally doing something about my crooked smile! Will tell you more about it next week :) This Leonard St Weekender dress has become my new BFF. It’s the perfect number to lounge around in on a family picnic, comfy enough to wear to Sunday lunch, and can be dressed up in the blink of the eye with some heels. Also, yesterday I attended the media launch of the Jean Paul Gaultier from the…Continue Reading
Vintage Leather Jacket (see more styles here), Clutch & Pants (a similar pair by Theory here) / Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses / Karen Millen Mixed Denim Shirt Thanks to the ubiquitous double denim trend, the first thing that comes to mind now when I see a denim shirt is jeans, or a denim jacket. So to break tradition, I decided to team this Karen Millen denim shirt with a leather jacket and tuxedo pants instead. I was surprised that the combination worked outside of my head! Of course, said piece of clothing would be even better paired in summer with white skinny jeans. But I’ll need to do a few more laps around the park before I can wear them in public.  
  Last Thursday 9th October was World Sight Day. I had never observed it in the past (no pun intended) but this breakfast event with TOMS Australia was quite the proverbial eye-opener. We were treated to a delicious breakfast at Hammer & Tong. I had never been there before but hubby have been raving about their lobster rolls. The food was magnificent. French toast nestled in a bed of fresh baby herbs and sprinkling of Oreo biscuit crumbs is served with a dollop of duck fat ice cream? Um, Oui oui! As we savoured every bite, we discussed something many of us take for granted: sight. Not being able to see is a daunting thought. Imagine not being able to see the things and the ones you love. Imagine not being able to do the things you love to do. This is the reality for so many people in the world. Over breakfast, we learnt that 285 million people are blind or visually impaired but…Continue Reading