Culottes Shallots

Culottes are possibly one of the most comfortable garments created specifically for women that does not undermine their physical abilities. They are so comfortable, yet stylish, and I have worn them out to the shops and also to the clubs. It is a garment for any occasion as demonstrated by some lovely women below:

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So whether they be high-waisted or resting on your hips, culottes can be worn with any styles of shirts, jumpers and tops similarly to the flexibility of jeans, and if you are feeling a bit unusual, shirts can even be worn over the culottes for a loose/relaxed look. Personally, I am a fan of anything which accentuates the waist and hips, so high-waisted culottes with a tucked-in shirt or top tends to always appear chic and complimenting.

On a wonderfully sunny Melbourne day, I decided to show off my black culottes which were referred to by the shop assistant as ‘shallots’. He thought he was cracking a funny.

Culottes: Luvalot

Top: Blossom

Shoes: Asos

Sunglasses: Chloe

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Off the Trend

This season is all about letting it loose and letting your shoulders breathe. The off-the-shoulder trend has gained prominence through being paraded by It-girls during fashion weeks this year, and they have shown that off-the-shoulder tops can come in any shape and design. They are perfect for the warmer months and there is something seductive and refreshing about bearing your shoulders to a warm spring breeze.

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It looks elegant and feminine in the style of a dress, and incorporate it into a formal/smart casual ensemble with a below-the-knee pencil skirt or A-line skirt.

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Yes! I am loving the floaty femininity of the coral off-the-shoulder dress mixed with the grungy Docs.

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There are zillions of styles of off-the-shoulder tops and dresses that can suit any style of shorts, pants and skirts. The bohemian/hippy trend is a stand-out this spring/summer and off-the-shoulder tops are a perfect bohemian staple item.

Here is my own winter/spring attempt at the old off-the-shoulder with a long-sleeve top and high-waisted, suede shorts.

Top- Asos

Shorts- Lumiere

Shoes- Rubi shoes

….and let’s not forget about the all-important accessories- this week I have gone with rose gold.

Necklace: Accessorize

Watch: Armani

Earrings: Mouche

Bracelet: Von Treskow

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A Bohemian Smock

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’.

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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.

*pockets included

Dress – Mika & Gala

Shoes – ?

Sunnies- asos

So cart me off in a wagon and call me a gypsy!

Orange Summer

Yesterday was the fabulous and famous Melbourne Cup day, and it is in fact so fabulous that Victorians get a day off for it. Yay for public holidays! In my true traditional Melbourne Cup style, I attended a BBQ with family and friends and had a joyful day of eating plenty of food and inevitably losing in the sweep not unlike every other year.

This racing carnival, the outfits have been bursting with colour and fascinators have been bigger (and more ridiculous) than ever. Since I didn’t have the chance to attempt an extravagantly colourful races outfit for myself, I incorporated colour into the day’s outfit with my orange 3/4 pants. I feel like a hip 50’s housewife in these pants.

Top- Forever New

Pants- Bardot

Shoes- Sportsgirl

Bag- Zara

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Well, judging by the bright hues of green plastering braches and nature strips, spring is well in force but is taking its time to bring the increasing warmth with it. No matter though, in the rare glimpses of summer I tossed off my jeans and let my legs breathe. Ahhh, the unfamiliar yet refreshing feel of a warm breeze. I’m even sporting florals to express my spring jubilation.

The top is actually a playsuit. My growth spurt has forced me to stop wearing it in its natural form due to the over-exposure of, um, flesh.

Playsuit – Forever New

Skirt – Target

Belt- Cotton On

Shoes – Lipstick

Bag – Vintage

Spring Racing Fever

The highly anticipated spring racing season has arrived and the most important aspect of it (in my opinion, more exciting than the horses) is the dressing up! Whether it be a hat, fascinator or hair accessory paired with a lovely dress or suit with killer heals and a matching bag and accessories, sorting out racewear can be a breeze. There are rules to adhere to when dressing for the races, however the most significant one is to express your individuality whilst remaining sophisticated. A shot of fluro has been a popular trend this year along with other bright colours, and remember that the shoes, head-piece and bag typically should compliment each other. Happy racing!

Derby Day Outfit (Black and White Day)

Dress: Impulse              Hat: ?                 Bag: Olga Berg            Shoes: Innovare

Melbourne Cup (The Big One)

Dress: Bardot          Fascinator: Forever New        Shoes: London Rebel            Bag: Mollini

Plainness and Charm

White is every spring/summer’s colour. It’s light, classy and compliments sun-tanned skin, but not so much sunburn (although there is nothing healthy about a tan, ahem). After examining my wardrobe and attempting to colour-code it, I discovered that a large portion of my summer gear consists of white materials, hence the overflowing pile. I discovered that I am a devoted fan of the colour (or shade, whatever floats your boat) but felt the need to throw something else into the mix. To change it up a little, I did the obvious thing and splashed some colour into the sea of blankness.

It changed me from a plain white table-cloth to a table-cloth with some personality.

White (which is described as “the absence of colour”) pretty much creates happiness with any colour, so go crazy and get colouring.

Dress: Bardot           Shoes: Wittner           Necklace: ?  

And yes, I was still on my holiday in the Gold Coast living it up. Mmm the sun…

Dress: Igedo                 Shoes: Steve Madden           Bag: Forever New       Necklace: ?            Sunglasses: asos

Presenting my younger sister Elise, looking cute in a floral blazer! She’s turning out to be quite a fashionista. I’ll take the credit.

Shorts: Alex Hill       Blazer: Bardot Junior     Top: Bardot junior        Shoes: Betts Kids