Wine, Food & Fashion

Recently it was my boyfriend’s birthday and his parents took us to a beautiful winery in Red Hill in Victoria to celebrate. There was plenty of wine as expected, and delicious food to accompany a stunning view. There is really nothing that tickles my pickle more than good wine and fantastic food, and the colossal green vineyards made the experience just a tad more enjoyable. I kind of wish that I had taken photos of the dishes I ate, however I didn’t want to be one of those people who whips out their phone every time they are presented with a pretty meal. But I do understand why they do it, because I was lucky to enjoy some artfully displayed dishes that tasted as good as they looked.

Weather-wise it was not a typical summer’s day, so my lightweight blazer from Portmans kept me warm on top of my navy and cream dress from Dotti. Being the girly woman I am, I love the tulle underlay and I attempted to create a more classic look with my vintage porcelain brooch. I have recently discovered that I own an unprecedented number of brooches of a great variety, so I should probably challenge myself to incorporate them into outfits more often.  I think it’s time to bring the brooch back.

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The glare was blinding so there was no way that I was going to take off my sunglasses for this one!

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Dress: Dotti

Blazer: Portmans

Shoes: Lipstik 

Sunglasses: Chloe

Bag: Pratten

Hope all my Aussie followers have been enjoying a beautiful summer! Spending a day outside with friends and family while enjoying good food and drink is truly great for the soul. Thanks for visiting my blog! x

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Summer by the Sea

In Australia, the beach is synonymous with summer and a swimsuit is just as important as a pair of shoes. So every summer I typically buy a new bathing suit because I can’t help myself when I feel those first rays of sunshine. This season I saved up and bought a beautiful Jets one-piece that I had my eye on from the year before last. I love how the high-neck and panelling exudes such a modern style, and I especially love how the quality of the one piece ensures that the white material will never become see-through! It definitely pays to purchase a good quality swimsuit that you love and feel comfortable in. I think it’s about time that I got rid of some of my bikinis with the saggy bottoms.

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Autumn Leaves & Lace

My affinity for white lace has reached its peak in this long-sleeved Sportsgirl dress. I love the conservative sleeves and dress length which gives it a feminine vintage look, and I paired it with my oxblood-coloured satchel and burgundy lips to maximise on the vintage style. There is nothing that signifies the first signs of autumn and winter like dark red lippy with hues of purple. It compliments the grey skies and resembles autumn leaves, and is often worn with white because it contrasts so beautifully. Also, dark red is essentially a winter colour because it is the same colour as wine, and wine is drunk in winter. There you go.

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In order to slightly modernise the look, I wore lace-up gladiator sandals.

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Dress: Sportsgirl

Satchel: The Leather Satchel Co.

Sandals: Lipstik

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By the Sea in Melbourne

Oh sunny days, it feels like you only just begun. Now the clouds are creeping out and there’s a faint chill in the air, but I still don’t feel like we’ve seen enough sunshine to prepare us for the incoming winter. Can Melbourne just please continue to deliver days like these until we are satisfied with the level of vitamin D in our systems? Beaches just aren’t as fun in the winter time. 

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Bikini top: Billabong

Shirt: Wish

Shorts: Forever New

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Photos taken by my good friend Tyana at Brighton Beach, Victoria.

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Silver Linings

There is something exciting about discovering an item of clothing that once belonged to someone else and reclaiming it for yourself to give it a second life. Because after all, one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure right? How this Australian-designed Rebecca Valance lace dress came to be someone’s trash is beyond me, but I’m not complaining. This is one of the rare occurrences where you happen to stumble upon a unique and gorgeous item of clothing in an op shop that also manages to fit perfectly *applause all round*. And its soooo pretty.

It was my boyfriend’s birthday on Saturday and the weather was glorious, so naturally I decided on donning this silver number. I wore a matching silver bag from Nine West which was a recent christmas present from my beautiful grandparents, and white Forever New sandals to compliment the white slip I was wearing underneath the lace. We travelled down to St Andrew’s beach in Victoria and enjoyed a lovely afternoon in the sunshine, and most notably, savoured a delicious meal with family and friends.

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Dress: Rebecca Vallance 

Bag: Nine West

Shoes: Forever New 

 Sunglasses: Chloe

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Prancing in the Park

It was actually quite delightful the other day, with the lovely sun showing off for one last time and the unusually warm temperature encouraging everyone to explore outside. It was one of those days where you would be happy to wake up to it every morning. Quite a contrast to today, where the rain is pelting down and the wind is louder than my typing while I am sick in bed writing this. Winter has arrived and it’s still autumn. I want summer back.

To outlive Melbourne’s sunshine’s final existence, I wore red lippy on navy blue-my favourite. It’s a bold combination for all seasons, and both compliment each other really well. Orange and navy also have the same effect. I wore my favourite pair of pants which are light and silky- perfect for warmer temperatures but not some much for the incoming winter. I usually reject the idea of wearing navy and black together because I don’t believe that they are compatible together, however I felt like there was enough white in the pants to allow it to mesh with the navy blue top. Otherwise as a general rule: navy blue and black are not great pals. 

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The adorable brooch was from my sister when she returned from Europe. It kinda matches the lippy, dontcha think?

Pants: Ice

Top: Cotton On

Shoes: Forever New

Bag: Guess

What are your favourite colour combos??

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Swinter

The other day I watched flocks of people scuttle around Melbourne city in their coats and scarves with disbelief. For those who do not live in the southern hemisphere, this is an uncanny observation. It is summer after all, and typically, we Melbournians should be sweltering in 30+ degree weather by now. Naturally I was shocked by this sudden bout of winter and was caught in only a blazer to keep me warm.

Obviously both Melbourne and I were not in a summer mood, because although I was unaware of the cool weather, I had decided to wear my favourite winter blazer. The bottle green tone creates a nice contrast with the cream, and also helps in dressing down the bordering-on-formal dress. Wearing pretty flats can assist in dressing down an outfit without making it look cheap, so I find it within my best interests to keep an army of nice sandals or ballet flats for when I go out. This comes in handy considering I still struggle with the discomfort of heels.

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Blazer- Zara

Dress- Sportsgirl

Necklace- Sportsgirl

Bag- ? (‘Twas a gift)

Shoes- Rubi shoes