Little White Dress

December 20th, 2016 | no comments

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She’s the light as a feather cousin to the iconic dark lady of fashion, but the little white dress is emerging from the shadows and certainly making a name for herself in the style stakes.

If you ask me I think she packs just as much punch.

A crisp clean take on a classic.

Instead of buying one from the high street I had my dressmaker create mine from a gorgeous style I saw on Kim K.

A good fit for my curves.

Although I must say I’m still working up to wearing the black lingerie underneath!

I think the secret with a LWD is to not go too tight, skim the body rather than strangle and I think a 3/4 length style is incredibly chic.

I have got just as much wear out of this white version as I have my LBD’s.

I teamed her here with black accessories and a customised clutch I made using broken brooches and earrings.

It’s a super chic look for the holidays but you know what she looks just as cute with white sneakers

What a gal!

Images by Bryan Marden

To Tie For

December 13th, 2016 | no comments

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It’s the modern and dramatically more comfortable cousin but the lace up and corset trend will certainly cinch you in.

I mean it just looks so cool.

Seen everywhere from shoes to shirts, skirts, structured jackets

and then of course there’s the amazing corset belts themselves.

Fashion seems to be focused on sublime details, ways in which our clothes can speak.

Customising, embellishment and carefully placed eye catching qualities.

There is a return to story telling in style, takes me back to my Dad’s era¬†on kings road in London and I love it.

I’m a sucker for a good vintage tee, so when I saw the lace up vibes had hit them too I had to have one.

Instead of buying it new though I bribed my trusty dressmaker to upcycle this Harley find I picked up in NYC.

She sliced a V down the middle, stitched on the eyelet tape and we threaded it with a shoelace I found at the Salvos for 50c.

TO TIE FOR right ūüėČ


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Frost Yourself

December 6th, 2016 | no comments

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T’is the season my sweeties but to combat the craziness why not slow down a little this christmas and get your crafternoon on?

Frost Yourself!

Worth noting….It’ll save you some cash too.

Inspired by the top trends to try in Vogue Australia this month I decided to set myself the challenge of recreating them with second hand

There can be so much pressure to have pretty outfits for all our occasions but really a lot of the trends are actually quite easy to replicate with preloved

Take this look for example

Dolce Gabbana and their beautifully embellished Napoli collection was my muse. One skirt in particular covered in brooches and buttons caught my eye and I thought why can’t I do that with pieces I already have

So I did

I chose a cluster of brooches from my own collection (PS there’s a pair of earrings on there too!) and pinned them on an existing pencil skirt I had in my wardrobe. I teamed it with a sheer ruffle blouse, another trend sighted by Vogue and added some contrast with a leopard print clutch

et voila a very merry and eco chic holiday look for less

Minus my beloved Chanel brooch everything I’m wearing is either thrifted or vintage

A totally new look without having to buy a single thing new

However if you do you’ll definitely find pieces like this at your local second hand haven

Go on frost yourselfie!

Say Yes to the Dress

November 27th, 2016 | no comments

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She’s a fashion icon.

Not me, I mean the frock. This lady is a fashion never fail and completely faux pas proof. Long live the little black dress and live long she has. Gracing beautiful bodies of all shapes and sizes for decades the LBD is the ultimate go to, no matter where you happen to be going to!

You can dress her up, dress her down, turn her around or even try her off the shoulder and she looks just as lovely casually as she does as cocktail or couture.

We love her even more when she has a heart like this gorgeous offering from my friends at ethical brand Kui Store 

The Wen Dress is made from 80% organic cotton, 20% hemp and low impact dyes.

Kui has great transparency about their process and their makers are all members of the Fair Wear Foundation.

So not only can you look fantastic you can feel good about it too

I say yes to the dress

From Old To Renew

November 20th, 2016 | no comments

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Four items found on the $5 sale rack at the Salvation Army

4 new looks!

I was so excited to find these gorgeous pieces because I knew I could do so much with them, their mix match – ability is amazing.

Here’s what I bought from Rockdale Salvos Stores in Sydney.

1.A beautiful vintage long khaki coat

2.Vintage butter soft high waisted Calvin Klein jeans

3.White midi skirt

4. Slogan tee

All items are in incredible condition and super comfy to boot

For the grand total of $20

Check out all the pics to see how I made them werk werk werk

From old to Renew

All I needed was a few pieces from my existing wardrobe like my $1 white sneakers, neutral heels, never fail Valentino bag and my customised corset belt

The amazing neckpiece is from Purple Mango Eco Fashion 

When you pick classic pieces you will always have something to wear and wear it well you will!

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Copy Cat Chic

November 8th, 2016 | no comments

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, well then I must be one hell of a nice gal. Stemming from a time when thrift was genuinely all I could afford, I developed my own way to get a designer on a dime look with my copy cat chic.

I’ve been reading British Vogue since I was a teenager, so like since last week ūüėČ

But seriously it has taught me so much about designer aesthetics, what a brand looks like if you will.

Take french label Chloe for example

Chloe is famous for its diaphanous fabrics with a dreamy bohemian bent. It’s all about a latte/caramel/cream moment, delicate lace, sunglasses that need their own zip code and some seriously good mood lighting. It all subliminally sends the message of sexy 70‚Äôs chic with a heavenly high fashion and tailored edge.

Because I know this, I am able to spot a chloe inspired piece when I’m thrifting. So if I want a chloe look, I simply hunt for items that fit that aesthetic description. Case in point why I bought this vintage dress and scarf from Zoo Emporium in Surry Hills.

It’s so chloe

The look-a-like shades I found in a vintage store in NYC

Amazing eco friendly fish skin clutch from Purple Mango

Try recreating the brands you love for less


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Sequins of events

October 29th, 2016 | no comments

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Screw saving sparkles for a special occasion, I say bring out the bling and make the sun shine sartorially whenever it takes your fancy.

But seriously something as beautiful as this skirt needs to be seen day and night.

YOLO right!?

Traditionally sequins are for formal soirees but I so love the dichotomy of dressing them down for a more wearable approach.

Try sequins with worn in denim, a classic tee, strappy sandals and the look of the season, a Grace Kelly inspired neck tie.

Its relaxed chic that really packs a fashion punch

All clothing found at the Salvation Army here in Sydney and NYC, bag Louis Vuitton

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October 23rd, 2016 | no comments

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Repeat, Reuse, Replay however you want to sing the song sustainability is where it’s at.

We just can’t keep making new stuff without thinking about what to do with the stuff we already have and no longer need.

Rewind back to the 80’s when VHS tapes reigned supreme, what do we do with all of them now? Well thankfully there are some eco chic kids who care and have found a fashionable way to re-release their glory. Tropicca is a clever Brazilian brand who takes these old tapes and weaves them with natural fibres into super cute clutches like the one I have in these pics, gorgeous right. Just goes to show you that a simple shift in perception can be a creative force for good.

In fact my whole outfit is reused clothing and all from Salvos Stores

A vintage army shirt from the 70’s

White jeans that I customised myself (they had a super scary mid crop flare that I really wasn’t feeling, but the fit and fabric is fantastic so I gave them a chance to shine once more)

My white sneakers were $1 and still had the tags on them

Imagine what else we could replay if we simply put our mind to it

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Designer on a Dime

October 14th, 2016 | no comments

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Safe to say that shopping is certainly one of my strong points, however where I hadn’t really worked my sartorial muscles yet was in the online market place.

Wow, it’s designer on a dime my darlings!

¬†I guess I was a bit old school and assumed that things needed to be tried on and tested first but here’s the thing… with a trusty tape measure and a sound understanding of your own personal style and body shape its actually a breeze.

Originally famous for its great furniture finds, I struck fashion gold recently when I discovered Gumtree is bursting with thousands of gorgeous fashion listings.

I was so excited, I set myself a challenge to restock my spring wardrobe with sustainable finds from here and wow did I score.

Never been worn DVF for $75, this dress would originally be around $500 new.

Brand New With Tags Witchery snake print maxi for $100. The RRP on this one was $220.

I also found the prettiest of military jackets by Woodford & Co, totally inspired by the recent Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry collections for $40. This Woodford&Co jacket would have also been around the $400-$500 mark brand new. The Burberry version is over 10k! Nope thats not a typo.

Shopping on this platform saved me money, so much time, I felt a strong sense of community and Gumtree allowed me to stay true to my sustainability ethos.

Even though Gumtree is predominately a preloved market place, the amount of brand new items that sellers haven’t even worn is quite astounding. It’s definitely my budget and planet saving tip of the year.

 I am now a total online sustainable shopping convert

I mean look at all these beautiful pieces I found

Second hand never has to mean second best.

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Luxe for less

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Luxe for less

October 10th, 2016 | no comments

Luxe for less

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If it wasn’t obvious by now, I clearly adore fashion. I love the beauty, form, fabrics, the way things fall and most of all

The story style can tell.

What I don’t like however is that sometimes it can make us feel that we if we can’t afford the biggest and the best, that we don’t fit in. Style can segregate.

A quick #instastalk around the blogosphere will show you countless cuties wearing the latest Chanel, YSL, Balenciaga and beyond but honestly how do they afford it and really the big question is do they need it all?

While I have a few investment pieces I treasure, its not feasible for me to have every single slice of designer that emerges from the catwalks and couture houses. Not sure I could cope even if I could #Glambulance

Thankfully with the emergence of the share economy now I don’t have to.

Today you can rent, return, swap and shop designer sustainably. Honestly its so good.

I found this classic black Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dress for $75 on Gumtree. This iconic dress normally retails for around $500. Gumtree is an incredible sustainable online shopping platform, that I’ve only recently discovered has thousands of designer fashion listings. Gucci, Givenchy, the gangs all there!

Speaking of Gucci, isn’t my blush pink bag just gorgeous. Well instead of paying nearly 3k I rented it for 2 days from

The Luxe Collection.

This is a genius Australian owned company that gives you a slice of the high life for a fraction of the price. Its a beautiful example of sustainable style in action.

See! It’s not about how much you spend or all the sparkly things you have

I say being savvy is the new black


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