Faux

The winter season always brings with it an influx of fur, whether real or fake, and this season is no different. Although I prefer to opt for the ‘faux’ kind, fur coats are my token item this winter. As well as being spectacularly warm, they’re incredibly chic and easy to pop over any outfit. Green and silver faux fur jackets have been favoured, and I’ve also witnessed a number of of baby pink long-haired coats which is a nod to the re-emergence of the ‘pink’ trend (as if we needed fashion authority to wear pink). No longer being donned exclusively by the elite and wealthy, fur coats are back with a multi-coloured vengeance.

I actually purchased (well, snatched out of a woman’s grasp) my green and black fur from the famed Balmain x H&M collection from 2015. I had only worn it a handful of times before this season because I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t have the confidence to pull off something so fabulous (as if that’s ever stopped me before!), however now that it is a staple trend this season, I wear it everywhere I possibly can. And wow, do I feel fabulous wearing it.

I matched it with a red lip in order to take a break from the dark tones. Plus, I am always an advocate for a bright red lipstick, and a pop of colour in winter should always be embraced.

Jacket: Balmain x H&M

Pants: Witchery

Shoes: Siren

Top: Missguided 

Earrings: Mimco 

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Sunsets & Happiness in a Greek Paradise

Next stop: The Greek Islands; a place I have always dreamed of travelling to since watching Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and Mamma Mia! In Crete we explored the remarkable ruins of the palace of Knossos and trawled through the marketplace in Rethymno; in Santorini we drank cocktails while staring in awe at the endless mass of blue; and in Naxos we ate cheese and relaxed on the beach till our hearts were content.  No matter where we went, the views were more spectacular than we expected and the people were always warm and welcoming. 

Crete

We were fortunate to have experienced the hustle and bustle of Heraklion, as well as the tranquility of the resort town of Rethymno. We spent a lot of time visiting archeological sites, as well as attempting to get used to the fact that we were on holidays.

Santorini

My partner Dan and I agree that this was our favourite part of the trip. When you glide towards Santorini on a ferry, the white buildings on the top of the cliffs appear as snow, and make the island look like a snow-capped mountain. EVERYONE raves about the beauty of Santorini, and I completely understand why. The pristine white buildings against the inviting blue ocean was a sight I couldn’t tear my eyes away from.

Naxos

We didn’t realise how big this island is, or in fact how good the food is. We tried to explore as much as we could in the three days we were there, but we always ended up gravitating towards the beach.

Athens

This was our last stop. The Acropolis was one of the most magnificent monuments I have ever seen, and it was so exciting to be among these buildings that were erected thousands of years ago.

Dan and I felt as though we had spent a decent amount of time in each place, which was important because we were able to experience the culture of the islands alongside taking the opportunity to relax and unwind. And when you’re in the Greek Islands, the best thing to do is to find a spot on the beach and enjoy the serenity and natural beauty of the landscape with a cocktail in hand. And that’s exactly what we did for the duration of this leg of the trip, and we were never disappointed.

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The Land of Harry Potter

Clearly there has been a lengthy unexplained absence, and the only excuse I have for that is, well, Europe (Europe, of all places!). I wish my excuse wasn’t as clichéd as Europe, but to be honest I thoroughly enjoyed being one of the countless Aussies spending the winter over by the beautiful beaches in the Aegean Sea, throwing back cocktails at the sunset and gorging myself on custard tarts. There are absolutely no regrets, and I feel as though it is my official duty to offload all of my gooey feelings of love and joy towards the wonders of Europe onto this blog. Please bear with me.  

The first leg of our grand old adventure was little ol’ London, England. It was a far cry from the highly anticipated sun-kissed beaches and cocktails, as we were greeted with grey skies and an unpleasant smattering of rain. But no amount of petty rain could keep us from seeing as much as we could manage in the 24 hours spent in London.

I was convinced this was The London Bridge but apparently not.
Tower of London (feat. boyf who blinks)
Buckingham Palace

After our far-too-brief stint in London, we headed outside the hustle and bustle and visited the quaint medieval village of Lavenham in Suffolk. Coming from a country of relatively modern buildings, this quiet village filled with crooked, timber houses was pretty exciting. Apparently some scenes from the final two Harry Potter movies were shot here! We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea in one of those medieval timber buildings, and it honestly felt like I had been transported back in time. It is remarkable how history can be preserved in this way, and that is something I really appreciated during my 4 days in England.

I would have loved to stay in England for longer to work out the mechanics of these higgledy piggledy houses, but my limited number of winter-suitable clothes had already been expended and we already had our flights booked for Crete, Greece. Plus, the cocktails were calling. So next stop, the Greek Islands!

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A 20s Soiree

A fabulous exhibition called ‘Night Life’ is on display at Rippon Lea Estate in Melbourne, featuring original fashion items from the 20s and 30s that were made and worn in Australia. The ‘roaring 20s’ manifested a time of economic prosperity and joy due to the conclusion of the War. Skirt lengths and hairstyles were shorter, and sequins and fine embellishments were all the rage. Although there was reluctance to adopt these new controversial styles that brought fashion into a less conservative era, they soon became accepted in the western world by the mid 20s. Even in the present day, the 20s are known to have produced some of the most desirable and chic fashion of the 20th century.

Elaborately detailed wraps and capes rose to popularity in the 1920s, as can be seen in the above picture where the sheer cape decorates this plain black maxi dress.

This dress exemplifies the look of the 20s with a dropped waist, skirt measured just below the knees, and fine embroidery with sequins.

Floral prints became popular in the 1930s, and obviously this trend was repeated in the 1970s. These historical fashion exhibitions present how trends will always repeat themselves, and how in our own lifetimes, we are bound to experience the same trends a few times over. Nevertheless, style will always be in fashion, and fashion these days is so broad that it is constantly integrating trends from different eras into single outfits. This is also demonstrated by the contemporary Melbourne-based stylists and photographers who have featured their work in this exhibition.

This collection of stunning clothes and accessories made me wonder about the fabulous and fashionable women who wore them. I would have loved to know the stories behind these outfits, and the exciting shenanigans that were performed in them!

Tassels, tassels, and more tassels. These vintage bags were hand beaded with gold clasps and exclusively worn for formal events.

As hemlines became shorter, shoes became an important feature of an outfit as they were constantly on display. These shoes appeared very small and narrow, almost meant for a modern-day child.

How I wish I could be transported into the 1920s for just one night to enjoy a sophisticated society party. If you are in Melbourne, I would highly recommend visiting this lovely exhibition that is open until 30 July.

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Vintage-esque

The beginning of our glorious winter and the remaining autumn leaves have inspired me to go a little vintage. I believe that the time of the transition between autumn and winter is the most stylish, and is when I feel most creative and compelled to take risks with my wardrobe. I adore the classical elegance that emanated from the decades of fashion preceding the 70s, and I tried to capture some of that grace through this 20’s-esque outfit. I felt like I was a woman in London waiting to take the train to visit my friend in the countryside, despite the fact that not one item of clothing is ‘vintage’, and they probably aren’t exactly historically accurate. 

I wore my Zara blazer that I’ve loved since I was 14, a black sheer skirt which shows more leg than even the 20’s were accustomed to, and this vibrant orange scarf my mum gifted to me from Italy. The gorgeous tones of the autumn leaves inspired that choice of accessory, alongside my Prada bag and little felt hat. Actually, it’s mainly the hat that gives this outfit a vintage appeal, in addition to the leather lace up boots that seem to always be in fashion.

Velvet blazers are timeless and look particularly feminine and smart with long skirts and dresses. I think I’ll have this blazer forever, especially as I don’t have anything else in this colour in my wardrobe. Darker tones of green and red always appear instantly vintage, and work well with gold jewellery or accessories.

I kind of love the clash between the bright orange in the scarf and the burgundy tone of the bag. I attempted to tie it together using my burgundy lipstick (which is Revlon, by the way).

Blazer: Zara

Skirt: White Closet

Shoes: Magnini

Hat: Princess Highway

Bag: Prada

Scarf: ?

You don’t always need to raid your grandma’s wardrobe to get the vintage look, although it most certainly helps.

Whether you’re op-shopping, online shopping or simply shopping, it’s important to buy smart, buy good quality and if you know how to use what you’ve already got then you will always have something decent to wear.

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Silver Winter

Do I need anymore silver shoes? My wardrobe says ‘no’, but my eyes always say ‘yes’.

During the inevitable online shopping spree I seem to enjoy in order to curb my pain after every surgery, I found these awesomely silver boots on sale on ASOS. Knowing full well that I wouldn’t be able to wear them until three months after surgery, I bought them anyway. Because that’s what you do when you’re feeling sorry for yourself and don’t have the option of wearing nice shoes for a while.

So after a couple of months of eyeballing them, I finally sunk my feet into them and paired them with a black ponte Witchery dress that I bought last winter. White boots are also very on-trend this season (but not so much the go-go kind). A good way to wear a winter LBD is to jazz it up with some exciting shoes, rather than falling into the trap of wearing all black. Winter is too dark and gloomy already anyway, which is why we have fashion to light it up a little.

Dress: Witchery

Shoes: River Island

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Thrifting the See-through Trend

The Cannes 2017 red carpet shares a common similarity with the red carpets of most A-list event in the last couple years – an influx of sheer dresses that appear to be more revealing by the day. Originally made famous by Marilyn Monroe while signing ‘Happy Birthday, Mr President’ (and in the hilarious comedy Some Like it Hot, which I highly recommend watching), the sheer dress has become a controversial icon for the display of female sexuality while overtly challenging the use of derogatory feminine labels. It was then reclaimed by Kimmy K, and more recently has been making appearances on Bella Hadid who only just wore a breathtaking Ralph & Russo Couture gown at Cannes last week. Or was it a small piece of crystal-embellished fabric immodestly wrapped around her body? Either way, she looked like a beautiful ice princess, and I believe that men and women should be able to wear whatever they want minus any degrading and sexist comments. But at the end of the day, you don’t have to show your nipples or wear a g-string to conform to the sheer trend.

I found this sheer black and silver-patterned dress at an op shop (our Australian version of a thrift shop) for about $12. To be fair, it was on the pricier end of the scale for a second-hand dress, but it was perfect for me (being silver and all). I have been lucky to come across fantastic, modern-looking clothes at op shops that look as though they have never been worn and they usually tend to be in my size. Op shopping is like a scavenger hunt, and it’s so worth it when you strike gold and find something that you genuinely love at a bargain. There is no greater sense of satisfaction.

The striking silver print is matched with these metallic silver Nine West shoes that were a steal at $18 from their outlet store. My hips can’t yet handle walking around in these beauties, but in the meantime, they’re pretty to look at. Underneath the dress I wore high-waisted black shorts and a black crop top to leave the rest as sheer.

So there you have it. Op shops are not only useful for finding unique vintage pieces, but they can serve the purpose of finding inexpensive, pre-loved modern clothing that look as though they could have been produced in 2017 – especially because fashion trends just don’t stop repeating themselves.

Dress: Op Shop

Shoes: Nine West

Watch: Witchery

Earrings: ?

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