Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Decisions Decisions

Lark & Wolff By Steven Alan Rain Slicker

I'm having some serious buyers stress! Urban Outfitters is offering 25% off and free shipping ending tomorrow and I need a raincoat.  What a boring purchase. No one can make a raincoat cool but this one below is definitely on its way. Also I need a bike riding outfit that doesn't make my housemates look away in shame when I walk out the door.  Even a woman was shaking her head from a car today.  [Let's just say in involves hand-me-down polarfleece and an off white/yellowy rain breaker] Bad times. 

So raincoat. Check. Now what else can I get to make up the quota to qualify for discount? Here's my wishlist.....

Rodebjer Hi/Lo Roll Sleeve Tunic

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More Plantspiration...

Now we have a mini garden in our loungeroom. My housies are not displaying sufficient appreciation so I hope you enjoy!

Photos: Taken by me on

What you can get for $5.95 on your lunch break

So I think ELLE US had a promo...or I'm behind the times. Either way I bought a magazine for $5.95 and I'm back in the 90s! Well not really but here is a spread I loved in the magazine. The old scan and save of magazine spreads brings back memories of my last job at an architecture firm. Those were the days.

In other news, I really enjoy the frantic nature of international mags. It's as though due to competition, burgeoning population and the sheer nature of the magazine business that they need to pack in as much advertisement, information and fashion as possible. I love it! Also...Olivia Palermo worked at ELLE during her time on The City and I absolutely fell in love with Joe Zee. So that's THAT.

Photos: Elle Magazine, April

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Belated WW - RingBling

I'm in the market for some more rings. The Bigger the Better I say. Here's one more I found whilst scouting around. Lovez

Photo: Bronze Crocodile Bite Knuckle Ring from Etsy

Miso Soup to Pot Plant.

I had lunch at Kenzan GPO on Friday and the miso soup came in this cute cup/bowl. So I made a pot plant out of it. Yes! DIY Success I feel.

I think I may have to do an Asian supermarket run tomorrow to see what else I can put plants in. I need some inside greenery during all this horrific weather in Melbtown. Stay tuned.

Photo: By me

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sydney purchases

Photo: Acne Pistol Boots from Incu 

As you might know I travelled up to Sydney last week for a few days with my housemate. Biggest regret? Not taking outfit posts along the way whilst driving up through the countryside. However, my housie has promised me that we are going to do a shoot for her folio in the near future so that will have to sustain me.  

Anywho I absolutely loved Sydney, it might of been because I actually had the time to wander around and do things like go to the Archibald Prize and check out new places, but it was still really nice to get out of Melbourne town.  Sometimes this place can suffocate you!

I went to Sydney resolute to find new boots and I'm pleased to say that those above are the result. I am so excited by them, such a fashion geek. I actually ended up buying them online having tried them on at Incu with the shopman exasperatingly telling me "Do you even understand how popular these boots are?". Needless to say, although he was brimming pretension, he was right and they sold out in between my deliberation so I got the last 39 online. Fate.  

I'm not usually one to splurge on an item but as my friend told me, sometimes you need to TYBT (treat yourself big time). And these babies will last forever I'm sure.

Here are some of my other buys as you can probably guess my buying ban is officially over and this month I've decided to go on a semi-detox.  No hangovers on the weekends allowed.  

Photo: Vintage bags from Goulburn Salvos

Photos: lace up wedges from Nu and nan

Photo: American apparel Pouch

Also while I'm motivated here are some shots of some recent acquisitions from pre-buying ban.

Photo: Lacrosse Blue Suede Cross Strap Sandals from Topshop

Photo: Twist&Tango cardigan Diva Scandanavia

NB: All photos taken by me on

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday Want - RAFW

Photo: stylebubble

Ok so slightly delayed, but I blame the Met Gala of brilliance 2011. Ok Enough. This week's WW is going to be Rosemount Australian Fashion Week related because I really can't (don't want to) ignore it. There is some truly great things coming out of Sydney this week and as I was there only a week ago I can sort of pretend that I may have been front row at one of these shows...

Above is Romance Was Born and there are more shots here, this show looked out of this world and I kind of wish I could wear what she's wearing above every day. Royal wedding eat your heart out.

Here are some more of my faves so far.   

S/S 12 = Neon. White. Flowers. in no particular order


Photo: honestlywtf

Therese Rawsthorne

The dress on the right is my festival pick thus far.

Photos: all from stylebubble

So what do I want? Yes it is slightly confusing but I'll make it clear.

1. Summer back please
2. That Therese Rawsthorne dress
3. To be at the RAFW

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" MET Gala 2011.

Florence Welch, vintage YSL

The Costume Institute Gala at the MET is an annual ball that celebrates the  opening of the fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute.  This year was in tribute to the late Alexander McQueen and followed what was the ultimate exposure of that Wedding Dress in London.  

The red carpet for this event was by far one of the best I have ever seen, not only was it the A-list of all A-list in attendance, it was also some of the most amazing and interesting outfits that I've seen this year. It's refreshing to see a red carpet which is so inspiring. There was a definite theatrical element to the whole event and as Natalia Vodianova reported, "Certain pieces were almost torturous in a way. I saw so many girls almost faint backstage." The drama of Alexander McQueen was definitely reflected in the red carpet.

Here are some of my absolute favourites, but it was all pretty amazing. Just remember: More is More 

Penelope Cruz in Oscar de la Renta w/ ODR
Gisele in Alexander McQueen
Natalia Vodianova in Valentino w/ the man himself

Naomi Watts in Stella McCartney

I am loving everything about this. The jumper, the fur.
Jenna Lyons. Eddie Borgo.Arizona Muse. in Altuzarra w/ designer

And finally. The drama.
Anna dello russo in Alexander McQueen

Andre Leon Talley
All photos:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Blanka Dudas make-up workshops

So I think Blanka Dudas might be my saviour or something of the like. What am I talking about? A therapist? Mm no. A life coach? Mm no.

I recently went to a 4 hour make-up course which was held on a Sunday and I had a killer hangover. Not one to talk about how much alcohol I consumed let's just say I couldn't possibly have looked any worse. So I guess that's a good thing walking into a make up workshop.

The workshop consisted of eight ladies from a range of different backgrounds and the aim of the day was learning the basics. I have to admit I did feel in some way inadequate when I signed up for this workshop, I thought having only really started wearing make-up properly, that I would be some kind of amateur in a world of women who knew all about primers and blushers and the like. The truth of the matter is that most of the women in the course also felt overwhelmed by choice on the market and in reality admitted to walking up to makeup counters and walking out with either five different products instead of one or with something completely unsuitable.  Also apparently primers are unnecessary FYI..

I personally find make-up fascinating and I truly envy those women that can wear it with such ease and finesse. It is intriguing to see how a woman can be transformed in this way.  Blanka went through the several stages of the make-up process and completely simplified and stripped down the whole routine.  She gave several options at to what and how to wear make-up and whilst she used certain products which she stood by, she by no means was trying to sell these products to the group.  Blanka had a down to earth air about her that I admired and having just come from a session making up a celeb for the Logies, you knew she knew what she was talking about.

The most amazing thing to watch was the transformation of each lady with only a little bit of make-up.  The best tricks I saw was to use an eyebrow pencil to fill in the eyebrow and the brush with eyebrow gel (or hairspray) in order to lift the eyebrow off the eye. It was seriously an inch higher that the non groomed eyebrow (well maybe not but close). Another trick was to curl your eyelashes with a spoon. Love it.

All in all it was a pleasant afternoon and I think that I feel comfortable enough applying make-up in a natural way. Success.

I feel a transformation post coming soon...

More information here: BlankaDudas