by cecylia on August 10, 2012

Remember in the Zara post I said that I had to whiz off to a special function immediately after creating it? Now that I include a Chinese translation it takes me so much longer because I’m so rusty with Mandarin, I had literally zero time to get ready for the Prahran Mission Charity Luncheon and had no idea what to wear! A few days ago I had contemplated an orange Karla Spetic jumpsuit but when I had to make a split second/gut instinct decision in the face of pouring rain and Arctic weather, this silk chiffon Chanel-esque dress appeared in my mind. I didn’t even get a chance to brush my hair or reapply lippie, and as I was driving I realised that I wasn’t even wearing jewellery! But guess what? I just happened to have a pair of Byzantine-style drop earrings IN THE CAR (“leftovers” from my blog shoots). So once again I learn a valuable lesson: Embrace spontaneity!


Where: Circa 2 Acland St St Kilda

Wear: Vintage earrings, dress & clutch, Vionnet heels

Set in the grand dining hall of Circa The Prince, we indulged in juicy snappers and caramelised cabbages. Socialites air kissed,  champaign and wine glassess clinked, and bloggers? We photographed and noted all the fine outfits. See Candice de Ville in vintage and Sarah in Jolet (1st photo), Jane in Marc Jacobs and Calvin in Karl Lagerfeld (3rd), Anna Mott bedazzled (5th), Jenny Bannister (7th) in her ‘understated’ technicoloured tribute to Anna Piaggi, and of course, the models in Madam Virtue haute couture splendor. My favourite look from the salon show was the backless Roksanda Ilincic dress (surprise surprise). So elegant and demure, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn would have been proud. Without the amazing salon show created by Madam Virtue, the event would not have been possible. The event raised funds for the worthy work of Prahran Mission who aids people with mental illnesses. It was an honour and a privilege to support this great charity. And what an exquisite afternoon!

Visit Madam Virtue at 5 Crossley St Melbourne (just off the Paris end of Bourke St) to acquire these fantastical pieces!

Oh and if you would like some additional weekend reading, [HERE] is an article of me created by Melbourne Girl where I reveal the origins of my fashion obsession…have a beautiful weekend lovelies!



Alba August 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

Cute pics!!! amazing!


Berty Morales August 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

Cess, you look stunning and I love your dress! What a fabulous event and the food sure looked yummy ;)! Thanks for sharing another fabulous post :) xoxoxo

cecylia August 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

thank you Berty!! I was so blessed to have that dress to whiz out for the event, seriously had no idea what to wear!

Personal Stylist August 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Your dress is gorgeous Ms C but I’m very keen to see you rock your Karla Spetic jumpsuit! Perhaps we can do a dual jumpsuit outing together, me in my Henrik Vibskov onesie :)
The backless dress above is Devine.

cecylia August 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Hi Sal haha I’m sure you will triumph over me in the style stakes if we jumpsuitted together- maybe for fashion week :) Yes that Roksanda dress is to die for! Trust Madam Virute to have something so exquisite!

melbgirl August 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Thanks for the link share lovely!

cecylia August 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

thank you for the interview!!

Diana Marks August 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

amazing photos! and very stylish looks!

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Sarah August 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm

amazing photos !!! :)


Katarina August 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm

such a great photos :)
i’m following you <3

milla August 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

thanks for your nice comment!!
awww i love your header soo much! =^.^=


cecylia August 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

thank you Milla it’s designed by Bless Designs!

tamara August 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

amazing blog, pictures and your style :)
love it all :)

thanks for nice comment on my blog
I follow your blog now :)

Becky August 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm

In the first photo where the dress from of the lady in the middle? I love it!

cecylia August 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

Hi Becky it’s by Melbourne designer JOLET- she is Fabulous!

alex August 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

Thanks for the nice comment :)
It’s the snake from my sister.
And I like your Blog really !

Fifth n Sixth Closet August 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I love your dress, you look lovely..I also love the prints of the other outfits, they’re lovely. Thanks for sharing this!

cecylia August 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Thank you darling Sarah’s dress is by Melbourne designer Jolet- SO beautiful!

Victoria August 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I love what you were wearing – the dress is beautiful!

- Victoria

cecylia August 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm

thank you Victoria!!

kellylarsson August 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Hi !!!!! nice blog and i am following u !!!
like you wrote in chinese !!! like to read that !!
xoxo kelly

cecylia August 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm

lol do you read Chinese Kelly? I could be saying anything… :P

kellylarsson August 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Yes. i did !!!!! i can read chinese !!!!! hihi

cecylia August 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm

WOOT!!! Please let me know if I write the wrong characters :)

Ira August 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Awesome pics! I love your outfit!

Mica August 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Wow you look amazing for having no time to get ready! The earrings look fab with the dress, perfect jewellery! :)

cecylia August 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

thank you! It was such a blessing that the outfit worked out in the end, thank God!

Grazziella August 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Seems like you had lot of fun !! Love your black dress !!


cecylia August 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Yes we all had a fabulous time!

Cassandra August 12, 2012 at 12:10 am

I love your outfit! So is the rest of the people with their outfit! Seems like a fun event to attend!

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cecylia August 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

it was a fabulous charity event, the salon show blew us away!

Dane August 12, 2012 at 3:26 am
Dia August 12, 2012 at 3:58 am

Cecylia it looks like you had a lot of fun!

I have a new post too btw, check it out!

xoxo Dia.

Jess Glam Diary August 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

Great pictures, thanks for sharing as well as for your sweet comment on my last post :) I’m no following you!

- J

Caterina - Not Just A Pretty Dress August 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Cecylia, you always attend the most amazing events and I really like your elegant look in black! That pink maxi skirt with the gold prints is truly beautiful…

cecylia August 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

thank you Caterina, I am indeed very blessed to attend! The pink dress exudes that gorgeous regal air- stunning stuff!

Audrey Allure August 13, 2012 at 1:24 am

Amazing photos — looked like a great time!

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