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 

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 😉

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Images by Bryan Marden 

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!

Images Bryan Marden 

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 😉

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’s 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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Images by Bryan Marden