SPRING RACING

It’s finally Spring! The days have gotten longer, the sun is actually out and we don’t need 50 layers

It’s also Spring Racing time – although I’m not the biggest fan of the actual racing, I do love to see the outfits. The people who break the style rules are the ones to watch, whether it be a pantsuit instead of a dress or earrings instead of a fascinator, it’s cool to see how individuals take on the rules for Spring Racing

Image credits: Vogue.com, Vogue.comVogue.com

 

As the big day approaches, you can hear the frantic slam of wardrobe doors and the wails of “I have nothing to wear”! all over Melbourne

But look a little closer and you will find that you can reinvent that dress from last season with a few accessories. Still convinced that you need to buy everything new? Then follow me to Vinnies...

Wearing: COS jumpsuit | Fascinator/Bag/Shoes/Earrings - Vinnies

 

Traditionally Derby Day is reserved for a monochrome outfit. Think all black, all white or a mixture of the two. This is definitely the day for me!

Although I didn’t have a flowy dress that was perfect for spring racing hiding in the back of my wardrobe, I did have this jumpsuit that was just waiting for its time to shine
By adding thrifted accessories, I created a classic monochrome look that is perfect for Derby Day

The Fascinator originally had a giant tan bow on it, that wasn’t exactly the look I was going for so I cut it off
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your opshop finds, by cutting/bejeweling/distressing them, you can make them one of a kind!

The Glo-mesh bag gives the outfit a vintage twist. It also has a detachable strap that can even be worn as a belt or necklace

These shoes were my bargain for the day at only $8. They have barely been worn and complete the outfit perfectly

But say you weren’t a fan of fascinators or wanted a more casual look?

Wearing: COS Jumpsuit | Sunglasses - Neubau Eyewear| Hat/Clutch/Shoes - Vinnies

 

Simply grab a felted hat, a smaller clutch and some sunglasses. The hat tones down the dressy look of the jumpsuit and the clutch gives it more practicality. I would even ditch the heel and slide on a classic loafer shoe to keep me comfortable

Playing with accessories is a great way to transition any look. By adding colourful accessories this jumpsuit can be reworked for another event. You could even tie a beautifully printed scarf into your hair, wear big earrings instead of a hat. The possibilities are endless and thrifted accessories are the best way to let your personality shine through and avoid the cookie cutter store trends

I love to shop at Vinnies as I never know what I’m going to find. An example of that was this beautiful Witchery dress that is basically brand new! I loved the floaty style and thought it would be perfect for Emirates Stakes day or Crown Oaks day

I imagined this dress with a beautiful straw boater hat, but unfortunately, I didn’t find one – such is the luck of op shopping!

Luckily the dress still looks stunning when paired with a simple felt hat and a low suede heel. The brown heel adds a nice contrast. Again I used my Glo-mesh bag as a clutch

Wearing: Thrifted Vinnies Dress | Neubau Eyewear- Sunglasses | Bag/Hat/Shoes - Thrifted Vinnies

 

I absolutely love that all the accessories that I found can be rotated with each dress and can even become staples within my wardrobe

Anyone considering buying a new outfit for the Spring Races should first visit their wardrobe to scope out what dresses they have. Even the most simple dress can look new season with the right accessories. Then visit Vinnies for some Spring Racing inspiration. Even the plainest fascinator can be tweaked to add some personality

So go out there and embrace your local Vinnies and get creative! If you need a little help, just let me know…

I’d love to hear about your Vinnies finds. Comment below!

 

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VINNIES X IRONIC MINIMALIST

The denim in my wardrobe hasn’t been getting enough of a workout recently. I’ve been wearing my favourite pair of pants basically every single day.

Maybe I needed a bit of inspiration to find new ways to style my denim, luckily Vinnies invited me to their August Denim challenge.

Since I love nothing more than finding the perfect op shop bargain, I accepted. Their challenge was to style denim 4 different ways chosen by me.

I headed to my favourite Vinnies on Johnston st that very weekend and got straight to work. After a bit of trial and error with the jeans section (I’m very particular with the style of my denim), I decided to use my existing two pairs of jeans and find some tops/jackets/shirts to wear with them. As any avid thrifter will tell you, it’s always a game of chance when shopping in a thrift shop. You may not find the exact thing you are after, but I think that is the beauty of it. Will you score a vintage Chanel bag or the perfect oversized wool jacket?

After finding my key items (sadly no vintage Chanel, but I did score a really cool 80’s style jumpsuit!) I headed back home to style them.

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Vinnies Shirt | Asos Jeans | Nakedvice Belt | Dr Martens | Camberwell Market Bag

My first look had to be double denim, something I haven’t been a fan of in the past, but I really love this look and I feel it’s very “Brunswick”.

The shirt is an extremely oversized vintage denim shirt that I tucked into my “mom” jeans to give some shape. The bag was also a Sportsgirl vintage score from the Camberwell Sunday Market

I feel like you could also wear this one with a pair of skinny pants and belt it at the waist to give some shape.

Vinnies Grey Knit | Asos Jeans | Vintage Leather Jacket | Nakedvice Belt | Acne Boots| TDE Bag

My next Vinnies find was a grey loose fit turtle neck jumper. I am actually obsessed with high neck tops/jumpers, so I loved this little find.

Again, I used my “mom” jeans and tucked the top in. This look is a perfect casual weekend look. My leather jacket is a wardrobe staple, so that had to make an appearance!

Vinnies Silk Dress | Lee Jeans | Vintage Leather Jacket | COS Heels | TDE Clutch

I don’t usually wear jeans if I (ever) go out. But this silk Lover dress is a perfect addition to skinny jeans and block heels for a casual catch up with friends. I just tucked it in to make it wearable for the cooler weather.
You could also add a touch of deep red lipstick to glam it up.

Vinnies Shirt | Lee Jeans | Vintage Leather Jacket | COS Heels| TDE Bag

Lastly, I couldn’t resist browsing the men’s section. It’s one of my favourite sections for oversized shirts and jackets, (I even found an awesome Qantas PJ set from there!)
This is kind of what I would imagine I would wear in a casual office situation. The oversized white shirt classes up the skinny jeans.

Ever since embarking on my Zero Waste lifestyle, I have discovered that op shopping is an environmentally friendly way to save money and still look good. In all honesty, would you have known that the above looks are from an op shop? So be like Macklemore and hit up your local thrift store before your local Zara.

Thank you to Vinnies
**Sponsored post – all opinions + images are my own**

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O V E R S I Z E D

I’ve been loving slightly oversized knits as of the past few weeks. They provide so much warmth and look amazing with just some skinny jeans.
This particular knit from Clover and Alice is a perfectly oversized fit.
I actually sized up to a medium so I could wear it tucked into my jeans, a little trick to give oversized items a bit more shape.

The addition of the high neck top underneath adds warmth and contrast. All I need to add is my jacket and I am good to go

Follow Clover and Alice for all your winter wardrobe needs!

Clover and Alice Knit | Lee Jeans | Nakedvice Belt and Bag | COS earrings and black top | Tony Bianco shoes

Photos By Julian Barnes

 

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Neubau Eyewear Launch

I was recently invited to attend a breakfast launch of a sustainable eyewear brand known as Neubau at Young Bloods Diner in Fitzroy.

Neubau eyewear is an exciting new optical and sunglasses eyewear brand made in Austria and inspired by Vienna. Neubau focuses on creating sustainable styles in high quality, eco-friendly materials such as naturalPX polymer (two-thirds of its raw ingredients are renewable and organically sourced) and focusing on creating as little waste as possible.

The sustainability focus also extends to their cleaning cloths which are made of recycled PET bottles, the hard case is made from natural cellulose and the cardboard box is made from FSC certified cardboard and also doubles as an eyewear sofa – a place to rest your glasses when not in use. Cute!

What I love about Neubau eyewear is that their styles are really minimal but eye-catching at the same time, there are subtle details that make them stand out as a unique eyewear brand. The colours are also perfect for Melbourne – think forest greens, mustard yellows, tortoise shell textures and black matte.

My absolute favourite designs were the Dani, Andy and Sigmund, and I was really drawn to the clear frames which is a surprising change from my usual black everything choice!

Definitely check out Neubau eyewear if you are looking for unique, sustainable sunglasses and opticals. I can see myself owning a pair of the opticals even if I don’t need them, they are just that cool!

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You can follow Neubau on Insta, Facebook and Youtube

Thank you to Neubau eyewear and Mimo for organising the launch and inviting me!

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VOGUE SHOPPING NIGHT

Vogue online shopping night is upon us! The one night (well, the best night) where we can practice all those skills that midnight shopping has taught us. And we can actually PURCHASE those full shopping carts, and not abandon them due to *empty wallet syndrome*

Here are my pick for Vogue shopping night which officially started at 12 pm. Ready, Set, GO!

* The Daily Edited – it’s time to join the monogrammed clutch/bag trend with 20% off their online store

* Alias Mae – A Melbourne label with a cult following from creating high-quality leather footwear. 25% off all styles online

* Neuw Denim – time to top up those black skinny jeans that have faded from last winter. Maybe even grab a new jacket? Neuw have 25% off their online store

* Tony Bianco – everyone knows the way to a person’s heart is via SHOES! 20% off storewide

* Camilla and Marc – their VAMFF runway collection is still echoing in my head, so now’s the time to snap up the perfect shirt. 20% online and in boutiques

* IN BED – Since you will be doing most of your shopping in bed, its seems only suitable to order new bed linen for further in bed browsing. 20% off all IN BED branded products online

* SIR the label – beautifully created garments featuring minimal silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. One of my favourite labels. 20% off online

* Holly Ryan – Who doesn’t know about these beautiful, timeless jewellery creations? 25% off online

* The Undone – although not on the retailer’s list, this online store curated by Sara of Harper & Harley has everything the blogger could need! 20% off sitewide with code FLASH20

All images from corresponding retailers website 

My wishlist

THE DAILY EDITED
ALIAS MAE
NEUW DENIM
TONY BIANCO
CAMILLA AND MARC
IN BED
SIR THE LABEL
HOLLY RYAN

Sneaky tip: some online stores are having % off deals but aren’t listed on the retailer’s list, so sign up to your favourite brands and labels to catch those deals

Enjoy your shopping night and don’t forget to show me those new purchases!

xx

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C O A T S E A S O N

The one thing that makes me excited about Autumn/Winter is the wide array of coats available. Everything and anything goes as long as you are warm! And now that the Autumn/ Winter season is upon us in Australia, it’s time to stock up on coats. There is nothing better than a warm, snuggly coat hugging you on a freezing cold day. Even better if it looks good!

This oversized military inspired coat from ICE express is the perfect accompaniment on a dreary winter’s day. Paired with either jeans or some statement pants, this coat is ideal for whatever the season throws at you. Rug it up even more with an extra woollen layer underneath and a cable knit scarf for warmth.

Do you have a favourite style of coat?
Or any key tips for keeping warm during winter?

 

 

Wearing: ICE Coat, ASOS long sleeve Top, COS Pants, Nakedvice Backpack, Gucci Loafers

Love this coat? Contact me for suppliers

*Coat on loan from ICE Express*

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L A Y E R S

I am a big fan of layering for Autumn and Winter. And coming from a city where the weather can change in the blink of an eye, it’s important to always have a backup plan.

I know most of us love to cosy up in jumpers and jeans when the cooler weather arrives, myself included! But it makes me sad to see a good portion of my wardrobe just hanging there, only having seen sunlight once or twice…
But there is a solution! Layers! And lately, I can not get enough of them; long sleeves under strap dresses, jackets over turtlenecks, long length over shorter lengths. Anything goes as the weather cools down.

A lightweight trench coat is the perfect essential for those chilly, but still warm days. The classic silhouette and tie-waist option gives it the flexibility to be casual or classy. Paired with skinny jeans and a basic long sleeve top to create a look that can be worn for an evening out or a casual weekend.

COS High Neck top | Tobi Trench Coat| Nakedvice belt and bag |Lee Jeans | Tony Bianco Loafers

I like to know that my entire wardrobe can be utilised fully every season. The key to this is layering those summer dresses with a cosy long sleeve top. Layers like this add an interesting contrast to the outfit and helps keep your wardrobe fresh. Extra layers such as leather jackets finish the look and keep you warm.

The tie back detail on this dress is divine!

H&M Black roll neck top | Tobi Dress | Vintage Leather Jacket | Nakedvice Bag | Cinquante Earrings

The whole ‘tee under slip dress’ was a solid blogger staple last season, I decided to freshen it up by pairing a simple white tee with this blush pink layered jumpsuit. It’s a great outfit for a sunnier Autumn day. Another way to winter proof a playsuit would be to add thigh-high boots and a longer jacket. The addition of the neck scarf is a way to add personality.

Tobi playsuit | Vintage Leather jacket | COS Tee | Nakedvice neck scarf and bag | Tony Bianco Boots

I love that I can change to look of an item and make it suitable for winter wear by adding layers. It’s really worth investing in a solid range of winter basics such as high neck/roll neck long sleeve tops and quality tees (for winter and summer) in core colours such as black, white and grey.

Photos by Reannon Smith

*Items gifted by Tobi. All stylings and opinions are my own*

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D E L I C A T E

Delicate designs are something I really favour in jewellery. When I discovered these ones from CW* (Curated Wholesale), I was hooked!

CW* is an online private pre-luxury accessories club where members have access to a select range of delicate jewellery which is restocked according to their requests. CW* aim to provide a more sustainable alternative in a fast fashion world.

These three, plus my silver pears have been in my daily rotation for weeks now, adding that elegant touch to my outfit.

Follow CW* here for your daily dose of delicate elegance

x

Top photos by Reannon Smith

Not a paid or sponsored post – I do own and wear these earrings

 

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F E B R U A R Y

How can it be the first weekend in March already!

For me, February was an exciting month. I started my Stylist course at Australian Style Institute, continued my minimalist lifestyle by buying less, curated my wardrobe to be full of well loved, quality pieces and created a space that I can relax in.

The important thing for me this month was to do only the things that I love to do! That doesn’t mean that I just sit on the couch all day eating chocolate (the dream!) but to do things that make me feel full of energy and are productive. Things like: photoshoots, spending time with my partner and cat, writing content, curating my Instagram and walking home from work.

I am actually really looking forward to the cooler months, this hot weather has gone on for too long and I am missing my knitwear and jeans!

March also brings us VAMFF, which I am really excited for! I have two shows so far. Unfortunately, work commitments meant I couldn’t attend more. But there is always next year! I’m currently browsing my Pinterest for outfit ideas and the temptation to buy a new outfit is almost too much! I’m thinking of a relaxed, yet classic vibe this year, but we shall see what I come up with!

Back to the Stylist course with ASI. If anyone is wondering if they should pursue a career in personal or editorial styling, I would highly recommend an Australian Style Institute course. Not only is Lauren Di Bartolo extremely knowledgeable and inspiring, there is such an amazing amount of support from staff and past students! I’m looking forward to continuing my studying and career with them. On that note, I am looking for 3 people to style for free, so if you know anyone or would love a new outlook on your style, contact me!

Well, that is enough rambling from me! Leave a comment below with any highlights from your February.

x


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The Tee + Jeans Combo

I can never go past a good tee and jeans combination. Usually its black jeans and black/white tee, but in this case its blue jeans!

Not usually one for blue denim, but I fell in love with the light colour and “mum” jeans look of them. So comfortable

Ice Express the label has been an Australian boutique label for over 40 years. Recently, with the help of an amazing design and creative team (fronted by Claudia Roberts) it was relaunched to create the current, trend driven label it is now. Featuring garments that reflect the must-have pieces for the current season, just like these jeans!

Ice Express the Label jeans | Topman tee | Nakedvice belt & bag | Rayban Sunglasses | Jeffrey Campbell mules

Photos by Reannon Smith

*In collaboration with Ice Express Label, all opinions & styling are my own*

Thank you to Claudia, Serena and Sophie for lending me these amazing samples!

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