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Last night I was delighted to attend the Hat Couture Evening at the Park Hyatt Melbourne. Any excuse to go back to one of my favourite hotels in Melbourne, get dolled up to catch up with friends and learn more about millinery! I can’t believe how quickly the Racing season has dashed upon us. I’m going to the Caulfield Guineas Day this Saturday and haven’t even planned an outfit yet… First world problems aside, it was so inspiring to see the incredible headpieces by three of Melbourne’s finest milliners: Kerrie Stanley, Jill Humphries and Kim Fletcher. Ladies had the opportunity to try on the head pieces, receive millinery style tips and even have the milliners design their very own couture hat.    The talented Leeyong, in her own design (she made her dress & headpiece!!!) with Emily Power, the host of the evening, in Asos dress, and the lovely Cheryl (Creator…Continue Reading
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 Leonard St Keyhole Tee & Monsalvat Mini / Karen Millen “Softly Tailored” Jacket / Vintage Clutch / Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses / Habbot Mornay Brogues If you observed carefully, this diamond print monochrome ensemble is a two-piece, not a dress. Dress them up for Derby Day with a striking fascinator and sturdy heels, or down with a Tee or denim cut-offs, you’ll still manage to channel the 60s mod girl look thanks to the boxy shapes. I’m a bit of a late adopter of the waist-tie look because this previous winter of saccharine indulgences has left me devoid of a waist. So why draw attention to the problem? But thanks to a recent cold whereby all foods tasted like nothing I’ve managed to kick my sugar addiction. Well almost, over the weekend at Once the Musical I still managed to enjoy a Conoisseur icecream, or two, or three. Sweet lyrics such as “And I…Continue Reading
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 Valentino Sunglasses /Iya Australia Sweater (coming soon) / Superdry Jeans (see similar styles here) / Vintage Necklace & Bag (See more Bucket bags here) / Habbot Mornay Brogues Remember I said in this post that hubby egged me to on get a pair of Habbot shoes at their recent opening at The Strand and I asked you to guess which pair? Well to be fair, they are not very obvious in the photo (7th one down in the post), but can you see why I couldn’t resist them? These ‘Mornay’ brogues have become my heels. They somehow are able to ‘dress up’ everything even though they are flats. I think it’s the combination of the patent leather, tassels and the pointy toes. This is my recommendation for weekend-wear: an ath-leisure sweater, indigo jeans and unbrushed hair. Have a good ones guys!
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In my previous post about World of Style by Porter Davis, you may have joined me in admiring all the interior design goodies at the showroom. What you may not know is that all the pieces were hand-picked by Catherine Valente, Senior Interior Designer at Porter Davis. She literally scoured the globe for these treasures. The staff at the show room revealed to me that before it was set up, Catherine already knew exactly where each and every object would go! So it was my utmost privilege and delight to interview this brilliant lady and pick her brains about her top tips, trends and shops in the world of interior design.  From your extensive experience in interior designing, what are your top 3 insider’s tips for successfully styling a house? Keep it really simple, limit your main colour palette to three or four colours. Ensure the home has flow factor, there has to…Continue Reading
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I was finally able to get to the Leonard St flagship store at 132 Gertrude St after wanting to check it out for the longest time.  It turns out they were having a VIP Sale that day, so they were equipped with cakes along with their usual amazing wares.  Not only do they stock some great pieces for me to wear, they also have a cute children’s range called Little Leonard St as well as some homewares such as some awesome quirky cushions.  Perusing the racks, I instantly fell in love with this Brick jumper. Gazing at this simple yet mesmerising tessellation, I had an epiphany – there is a truth that applies equally to bricklaying, style and life - to build something great, you have to start with the foundation.  I seem to be learning that lesson over and over again.  In some cases, the lesson relates to literal foundations, such as with…Continue Reading
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It’s so true that a home is both an extension and reflection of one’s style. The last place hubby and I owned was eclectic, colourful, and thanks to my previous hobby of hoarding, cluttered. But over the past 7 years, my sense of style has evolved dramatically. The ‘less is more’ mentality finally seeped through as I began appreciating more classic and timeless designs. This is not only evident in my personal style, it has also impacted my taste in interiors. Our new home is an art deco house built in the 20s. It still boasts original cornices and ceiling panels. Although it needs some expansion and restoration, I like to think that it has ‘lovely bones’. However since I don’t know much about interior design aside from collecting pretty Pinterest pictures, I need some guidance before we start giving our house a face-lift. The World of Style by Porter…Continue Reading