Vete-nots

March 19th, 2017 | no comments

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Vetements

My version for $25

Vete-Nots

Vetements

Is that Vetements? No, it’s actually Vete-nots! One of the biggest cult labels on the fashion circuit right now is, I have to admit seriously cool, but $1000 for a ripped champion brand sweat, c’mon. I’m on a wedding budget so I can’t be spending that and if I had it I’m not even sure I’d want to. Fashion can make us feel like we need to have all this stuff to be excepted but doesn’t it get exhausting trying to keep up with the Kardashians!?

So to combat that, I love devouring the latest street style and fashion trends and seeing how I can get the look for less.

Now the coveted Vetements X Champion collab is essentially an oversized red Champion sweater which has been distressed by snipping the hems and cuffs. So you know what I did!?

I headed to Etsy and searched for a second hand champion sweat and after two days I found the perfect vintage one for $25. Oversized, worn in and exactly like the coveted one!

Then I studied the picture of the authentic piece and replicated what I saw.

  1. I cut up the middle of the back sweater band and then across to leave two strands hanging down.
  2. Then I cut the wrist band to emulate the picture and took a snip from the back strand and stitched it on one of the wrists to make the front strand longer, like in the pic.
  3. This simple DIY took 10 minutes and all I needed was my trusty scissors and a needle and thread.

The only element my version doesn’t have is ‘Vetements’ embroided on the wrist, but I guess that’s what you pay $1000 for!? If I can find a local embroider I might even add Vete-nots, because well why not!?

There you have it, a super slice of a current trend for $25

More than happy to hold on to my remaining $975…totes (vete)-not up for parting with that

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Sass and DIY’d

March 11th, 2017 | no comments

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A simple walk around my wonderful Paddington hood never fails to inspire me.

The Sass & Bide window will always stop me in my tracks and get my crafternoon cranium ticking.

The exposed bralette is a big trend this season and these girls reign supreme when it comes to divine details and stand out features.

While I would love to pop in and purchase everything I see, I am saving for a wedding and trying to be a sustainable little sister while I am at it.

The following day I headed to work, to check on one of our Salvos Street boutiques and to my surprise I saw a stunning little playsuit with a very similar Sass &Bide feel. Now I might add this playsuit was on the $2 rack due to a slight tear in the bottom half – bargain!! While a short playsuit isn’t my vibe, a cool bralette under a blazer totally is and I could see that said romper could become exactly that! Plus I truly believe in the fashion underdog and was excited to give this discarded item another chance to dance.

Enter my trusty dressmaker Jan (Who lives in my street, thank you fashion angels!) I told her my idea and she snipped it up in half an hour. Simply cutting it in half and adding a popper button and a new zip at the back to keep it in place.

Et voila Sass & DIY’d my version of one of my favorite designer looks for less.

Worn here with my vintage Levis, Graziela Blazer and my beloved Valentino bag

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2017 Trends to Score at a Thrift Store

March 6th, 2017 | no comments

FIVE 2017 TRENDS YOU CAN SCORE AT A THRIFT STORE 
1. Tees that Talk – Rock Bands, lifestyle brands (Hilfiger is huge right now) slogans that make you stop and think and bright graphics are all having a moment on the humble t-shirt this season and you know where I always find the goodies? In the mens section of a thrift store, they are oversized and wonderfully worn in. Etsy is a great spot to hunt too, lots of small independant sellers with great one of a kind stock.

2. Cold Shoulder – strapless and off the shoulder shirting seems to be everywhere, a lot of the expensive brands are making specific items to suit, but seriously just grab yourself an oversized men’s stripe shirt or plain white button down from your local thrift store and create the look with your own two hands. A super simple way to start off with this trend is to undo a few of the buttons of your shirt and pull it down to sit just so on your shoulders, et voila instant chic and slick new look for a classic staple.Check the collage for inspo.

3. Raw and ragged – It’s ironic that unfinished hems and ripped denim is some of the most coveted and expensive fashion items that are trending right now. Why should we have to forkout a months paycheck for a look that is essentially prelovedin appearance!?
My tip have a crafternoon – check out my video for DIY inspo  

4. Patch Things Up – The 70’s called and they want their jeans back! Patches are popping up everywhere on denim, the back of jackets to handbags and beyond but the designer versions are so expensive. You can quite often find patches in thrift stores, at markets, craft stores or even on ebay and etsy -grab yourself a bunch and big things up your own unique way.

5. Coat Tales – We are coming into autumn/fall in Australia and its time to bring your jacket game – I especially love a camel coat moment, the color goes with everything and looks so chic. Puffer jackets are big this season too, try a white button down and a bralette underneath for a great layering look with texture and interest. Start searching thrift stores now as winter stock is already being put on the racks – just like the high street stores. My Tip is to up the ante with the trimmings. Switch out average buttons for beautiful military inspired gold offerings. If it’s heading into spring where you are, try this with a light trench or a collared shirt.

PS Use my collage as an eco chic reference point – snap a screen shot and take it shopping with you. That’s what I always do and it really helps me fine tune my hunting.

Happy thrifting

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Stop Before You Shop

February 23rd, 2017 | no comments


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I loved this Zara look but I wanted to challenge myself to do it sustainably…so I hand painted my $8 thrifted shirt and found my corset on Etsy ♻ will definitely try the scarf and jacket vibes when it gets colder.

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Slow fashion versus fast fashion…it’s always got me thinking.

Im the first to admit that in my 20’s I used to spend all my wages on the latest and greatest, I didn’t know any better. I just knew that the bright lights, pumping beats and the beckoning of all those ‘beautiful’ new clothes made me want to buy, so I did. Thank god, by way of necessity I found another way to live, it was not only a relief to my back pocket but my anxiety levels as well.

I go into the high street stores a lot, to scope out the trends and to see how they style things. I find it fascinating to think about how I can recreate what I see, however what I also see affirms why I do all I can now to shop sustainably.

These stores are like nightclubs filled with furious consumers hunting for their sartorial happiness but as I discovered that’s pretty hard to find.

More more more… Now now now…it’s actually really exhausting and that’s why I’ve chosen the slow lane with style. It’s kinder on the planet and my personal feel good levels. I’ve removed that pressure of thinking I have to have everything yesterday to be accepted or fashionable and now I love a preloved vibe.

Don’t get me wrong though

I’m a visual creature so I do get super excited when I see all these pretty things in the fast fashion stores and of course I am tempted but here’s what I do.

I take a breath, I stop before I shop and ask myself how can I recreate this look without breaking mother natures back. Case in point this painted white shirt.

I LOVE customized clothing, it’s got that great one of a kind feel and my heart skipped a beat when I saw this however, it’s not going to be one of a kind when it’s from Zara. Essentially it’s just a white oversized shirt with paint and a message that I couldn’t even make out.

So I hit the Salvos and found myself an oversized men’s shirt for $8.

My next stop was spotlight for black fabric paint and a brush.

METHOD

1.I poured some paint in a little bowl, mixed it up and I laid the shirt out on my kitchen floor.

2.I filled up the brush and let the excess drip onto the shirt, I also kind of flicked the brush to get a scattered effect. Then I chose a message with meaning

3. LESS IS MORE is one of my favorites when it comes to fashion so I scribed it on the pocket in a similar style to the Zara shirt.

I left it to dry for the day and then voila the slow fashion version of a high street must have.

I also LOVED the black corset belt contrast so I found myself one on Etsy

This market place is a great slow Fashion alternative, much smaller runs and lots of small traders making items like this themselves plus it will be delivered right to your door.Do a search trust me you’ll find plenty.

PS my leather leggings and manolo’s are also from the Salvation Army here in Sydney and New York.

So my lovelies next time you are feeling fast and fashion furious breathe in deep and drop it down to slow

I guarantee it’s a sweeter ride

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#TiedTogether

February 19th, 2017 | no comments

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Fashion is an incredibly influential platform, but whether you are a dedicated follower or not you can’t deny the power of pretty things. Celebrities wear it, we want it. Unfortunately, this is a side to the industry that is far from cute. Fast Fashion stores create new clothes at an alarming rate –  all to feed the insatiable appetite of the masses and mindfulness goes out the window. So when style has something positive to say I salute it. Sustainable fashion is at the core of my heart and I also think it’s wonderful when brands can use this platform for good. In this case, make a stand for human rights and be tied together .

Here’s what the beautiful brains behind BOF have created

‘As the fashion industry embarks on a month-long circuit of women’s shows amidst growing uncertainty and a dangerous narrative peddling division, The Business of Fashion invites the fashion industry to stand together and make a clear statement of solidarity, unity and inclusiveness, and raise donations for the ACLU and UNHCR. This is not a political statement, it is a positive statement in support of humanity during a time of turmoil and fear in many nations around the world.

 

The symbol of our movement is the white bandana — because in fashion, visuals often speak louder than words. So join together this Fashion Month to make a simple and singular visual statement: wear a white bandana as a sign to the world that you believe in the common bonds of humankind — regardless of race, sexuality, gender or religion.

Our goal is to reach a total of 10,000 #tiedtogether posts on Instagram this Fashion Month. For each #tiedtogether post, our donors and benefactors will pledge $5 to the #tiedtogether campaign for a target of $50,000. It’s this simple: The more you post, the more money we raise together.’

If you’ve been checking out the NYFW shows and surrounding street style you may have seen the white bandana wandering around.

Designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Raf Simmons for Calvin Klein, Jonathan Saunders for Diane von Furstenberg, Tadashi Shoji, Prabal Gurung, Thakoon have all featured them in their shows and they have been worn by models, celebrities and influencers including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Julianne Moore, Aimee Song and you can too.

It’s easy to join in, just get yourself a white bandana. I found mine at the Salvos for $3 – but there are also plenty on etsy and ebay. Tie it around your wrist like I have, or try your neck, head, handbag . . . take a photo, share it on social media and tag someone to show you are #tiedtogether. You can also support the campaign by Donating to the ACLU and/or UNHCR.

If you’d like to find out more about #tiedtogether: Check out the Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s to fashion with a heart

x

PS I also found my NO pin, khaki Witchery jacket, leather pants and suede boots at the Salvos for a total of $40

Valentino bag was a birthday gift from my beautiful sis

Marc Jacobs watch also a gift from my dear friend Anita

Thrifty Cent

February 16th, 2017 | no comments

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Why pay thousands when you can get your THRIFTY CENT on!? Stemming from a time when op shopping was genuinely all I could afford I love finding ways to recreate the designer trends for less. Apart from the fact that you really don’t have to spend a fortune to look fabulous, now more than ever we have mother nature to think of, thanks to fast fashion she is falling.

It’s not that I don’t buy new or expensive brands – I’m wearing Chanel shades – it’s just that I can see so many ways we can reuse what we already have.

Embellishment is still an epic trend and at Givenchy this season, the brand has used pearls as their stand out piece. They’ve teamed this precious jewel with ruffles, another look on high rotation. Not to discount the couture craftsmanship of the french design house but I saw their black skirt with the pearls and I thought why don’t I try and replicate it.

I actually already had this thrifted ruffled blouse in my inventory and I have quite a few pearl necklaces I’ve picked up at op shops – they are great for creating a Chanel look in an instant. So with the help of my dressmaker we DIY’d it – basically just sewing the strand of pearls onto the ruffle, we had a little bit of the necklace left over so we left it hanging to give it a little bit more character. If you don’t have a sewing machine you could totally hand stitch it.

Either way it’s super simple and a wonderful way to give new life to what you already gotz!

I’m loving the all white Givenchy look with pearls too, might have to try that next.

Why not keep an eye on the collections and see what you can craft

Images – Bryan Marden 

Stay-cation Style

February 6th, 2017 | no comments

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When you want them holiday feels but you can’t afford to leave your hood you need some stay-cation style!

Clothes that make you feel like you kinda could be in the Caribbean.

It’s a cruel summer here in Sydney at present so garments that are lightweight and breathable are the choice du jour.

While dresses are an obvious destination there’s something wonderful about travelling to the trouser side of town.

Teamed with one of the biggest trends of the season – underwear as outerwear.

It’s easy breezy without being sleazy.

To add to the (earth) savings of a stay-cation try shopping sustainably.

I found my satin bralette and beautiful lace top for $5 each at Salvos Stores.

The white pants are by gorgeous ethical brand Graziela and are a smart slow fashion investment you’ll wear season after season.

Slides and Valentino bag a gift from my sweet sister.

Bon (non) Voyage

-Faye x

Thinner By Dinner

January 31st, 2017 | no comments

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It’s a new season for my friends at Ch9’s TODAY extra and I’m thrilled to be a part of the line up. Together with Salvos stores, we have the pleasure of inspiring real women get their mojo back in eco chic segments on the show.

This is beautiful Marilyn and she’s 67, by her own admission she has developed a few ‘festive curves’ over the holidays and wanted some help dressing her new shape while she gets back to the exercise.

The mid section can be a tricky spot for us ladies as we age, or even when we are young too, the tummy can be a spot where we hold weight.

Of course diet and exercise is key but there are definitely a few fashion tricks you can enlist to have you looking thinner by dinner!

1. Try asymmetrical or waterfall shapes in blouses and tops. They create interesting lines and divert the eye.

2. Don’t wear any tight tops. Keep the top half loose and flowy.

3. Let lovely legs like Marilyns be the feature and try skinny jeans and leggings. They are also great for sucking everything in!

4. Print dresses are a great option as they add texture and more for the eye to look at. The dress I chose in particular for Marilyn is great because it has vertical pleating which draws the eye downwards.

5. Shape wear is a sneaky trick and also a smart way to tighten everything up

PS Everything you see here is from Salvos Stores and under $40 for each look – sustainable and sexy chic

Stay tuned for my segments on the show soon

-Faye x

Inside Is The New Out

January 11th, 2017 | no comments

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If you ask me style really isn’t about how much you spend, its about being savvy and sustainable with how you flex your fashion dollar further.

While it’s wonderful to treat yourself with the best of the best, sometimes you really don’t have to, to achieve a similar look.

I first noticed the underwear as outerwear trend via Milan fashion week street style, see the pic above.

One of the heartbreakingly cool fashion girls had her bra-lette peeking out from beneath her oversized army shirt, she teamed it with jeans and lace up heels.

Reading this months Australian Vogue, the trend is in there too.

Upon studying the image I realised I actually had very similar items in my wardrobe.

That’s the thing about a lot of the high fashion looks we love, they are often made up of simple classic pieces like denim, khaki, black, white and neutrals.

I love the nonchalant layering of this look and the loveliest bit is that I found it all at Salvos Stores

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Images By David Ross 

New Year Old Gear

January 1st, 2017 | no comments

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New Year Old Gear… but honestly guys would you guess my outfit wasn’t brand spanking?

But never the less it all hails from second hand havens like Salvos Stores and eco chic brand The Reformation. 

There are so many great options to go for a more sustainable approach to fashion.

You really don’t need to buy new or fast, slow and steady definitely wins the style race.

As we embark upon a new year I say here’s to a fresh crispy 2017 canvas with an old world charm.

Why not try to

Reinvent yet Reuse 

Remaster yet Reduce

Recreate and cultivate a conscious heart

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Images by David Thomas Ross