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.
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
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.
In order to slightly modernise the look, I wore lace-up gladiator sandals.
Satchel: The Leather Satchel Co.
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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.
Bikini top: Billabong
Shorts: Forever New
Photos taken by my good friend Tyana at Brighton Beach, Victoria.
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If you’ve been following my fashion escapades, you would have been informed about my obsession with onesies. Playsuits, jumpsuits, pantsuits…they’re just so comfortable and cute. I purchased this particularly summery looking playsuit featuring pastel tones and complicated shoulder straps at Gearbox boutique in the Gold Coast, which is fundamentally my go-to store when I’m staying in the sunny state. The contemporary design with the thick straps, skort and neoprene material makes it one of the most unique while flattering playsuits I have discovered, which fortunately happens to fit like a glove.
On an outstandingly sunny Australia Day, I coordinated the playsuit with metallic silver shoes to emphasise the futuristic style which the playsuit brings. It was also perfect for playing some backyard cricket in.
Playsuit: Ministry of Style
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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.
Dress: Rebecca Vallance
Bag: Nine West
Shoes: Forever New
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I have been going on about the beauty and brilliance of boho for some time now, and you will be pleased to know that there is no chance of that stopping. Naturally we must confront a fabric which defined the 70’s and for some reason has not made a commendable comeback until now. You all know what I am referring to- suede. It made a substantial resurrection on the catwalks of spring fashion week earlier this year and now that the temperatures are warming up for us Australians, I officially declare spring as the season of suede.
Here are some lovely ladies showing us how to nail suede:
When donning an earthy-toned suede piece, wearing simple shades such as black and white compliment suede without taking any attention away from it. A suede anything is a statement piece, and Miranda demonstrates how a suede fringe jacket can be made classy by pairing it with a white jumpsuit and black accessories.
I don’t know how fond I am of denim flares, but there is no doubt that denim is suede’s no.1 pal. There is never a chance of a clash when wearing denim with suede and they look superiorly 70’s combined.
Below-the-knee skirts are also a prominent trend this spring, so why not combine two trends with a tan suede below-the-knee skirt as sported by Alexa Chung.
Ah yes, the iconic fringed mini skirt. Pair it with some suede cowboy boots and you’re ready to go riding in an American desert. Except for the fact that it would be extremely uncomfortable to do in a mini skirt. Contrasting the suede with a black or white lace top showcases a more feminine look.
In my opinion, nothing screams retro fashion like a suede fringe jacket. And when I saw one with an affordable price tag attached, I almost screamed. Elvis had his blue suede shoes, I have my retro-suede fringe jacket. So I took my retro-wear to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens one sunny afternoon and had fun immersing my free, suede-wearing spirit in the greenery and flowers.
I took note of the ladies’ styles as featured above and combined a white lace top and denim skirt with my suede piece.
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The two-piece mania has not ended yet. In fact, it has just gotten better. However I am curious as to why baring skin has become so much more fashionable these days, with the excessive amount of midriff being shown and most notably, the new trend of the ‘barely there’ dresses rocked at the Oscars after-parties. But I suppose it’s everyone’s prerogative, including my own, as clearly I’m not opposed to allowing my midriff to peek through. It brings the summer vibes, divides a same-same pattern and means I can enjoy a nice breeze around my belly.
Co-ords are as cute as kittens and even come in the form of a floral fantasy (see below) that radiates tropical-islander.
The slit in the skirt makes things a bit more interesting, enabling your shoes to proudly flaunt themselves and provides a bit of a break from viewing the same pattern all over. There isn’t much you should do to compliment a two-piece, as keeping it simple allows the outfit to do the talking. However, to put a little spice into your plain-toned outfit, experiment with some bright lipsticks. Lipstick is an accessory in itself, and adds a dash of class. Class is what we are all striving for here people, in case you hadn’t noticed.
I love the bohemian look; it’s relaxed and feminine and goes well with my unruly hair. It was formerly adopted by those who live the unconventional, artistic life who didn’t hold much consideration towards fashion and allowed their free-spiritedness to be articulated through the loose-fitting patterned rags they’d put on their back. How ironic considering it has become a fashion phenomenon that a million girls are attempting to mimic. It has evolved from being regarded as ‘gypsy-like’ to ‘hippie’ and more recently to the 21st century label of ‘boho-chic’.
Vanessa Hudgens pulls the look off remarkably well as she stands as this era’s ‘Boho Chick’. I don’t know what I think about having flowers crown your head, personally it’s a little too 70’s-esque/flower power for me, however there’s something about the easy simplicity of channeling the bohemian look that makes it appear so pretty and effortless.
Myself included in the million girls wanting to look like V Hudge, I found a summer dress that encapsulates the bohemian flair that I want to achieve. It also intermingles with the appearance of a 60’s smock dress in the way that it just hangs there like a tea-towel, so yes it is very comfortable and light-weight.
Going back to my dandy adventures in the Gold Coast once more, we traveled to Mt Tamborine to see what the brochures were on about. Apparently it is a must-see tourist spot that offers exceptional views and activities amongst other things, and considering I had never been after all these years, I was curious to see what all the fuss is about.
A pie and a half later, we had strolled down the busy streets filled with the usual weekenders and tourists, poured over beautiful vintage brooches and had bought $30 worth of mouth-watering fudge. Needless to say things were going excellently, and then we were offered the opportunity to crash a tour and explore a rainforest which completely enhanced our thrilling Mt Tamborine adventure. We were given a guided tour by a friendly and informative man who had been running these tours for years, and boy did he have a lot to say. There were some particularly intriguing facts he explained about the history and the local flora, and the rainforest itself was absolutely magnificent.
Luckily the clouds remained non-threatening which meant that I could take out my camera and go into pro-photographer mode which really consisted of taking numerous snaps of the beauty around me and different angles.
Top: Ice Shorts: Lumiere Shoes: Miss Shop Bag: Vintage
…And on the car ride home, we devoured most of the fudge.