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Spring Carnival 2013

25 October 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Spring Carnival 1

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Good old Melbourne Cup – it’s that one day in the year where Aussies everywhere come into work knowing they’re not actually going to work because their minds are focused on much horsier things, and for some reason, it’s ok. It’s even encouraged! Gotta love Australia. I don’t know about you, but I intend to make the most of race day this year, which means… its time to get fancy! Let’s talk outfits, shall we?

Spring Carnival 2

Image sources: Jayson Brundson Ivory jacquard dress, $199, from Myer; Gregory Ladner Judith hat, $99.95, from Myer; Mistress sunglasses, $39.95, from Sportsgirl.

I’m a massive fan of monochrome this year. Not only is it perfect for Derby Day where black and white traditionally rules the roost, it’s a blisteringly huge trend so you’ll find it totally easy to deck yourself out. This little Jayson Brundson is particularly race friendly – covered up enough to remain chic, but those panels certainly indicate that your hips (and bust, and waist) do not lie. Matched with a gigantic brimmed hat, dramatic cats-eye glasses, a red lip and an attitude borrowed from Julie Cooper-Nichol on an up day, and you’ve got yourself an outfit that will make the champagne come to you.

Spring Carnival 3

Image sources: Stella Forest dress, $70, from Live Clothing; Mesh trim floppy hat, $55, from Pigeonhole; Luscious metal toe sandal, $39.95, from Portmans.

Is there anything about a floral dress that isn’t loved by everyone who sees/wears it? This getup is perfect for the low-key lass: anyone who isn’t keen on getting burnt by the spicy November sun, who isn’t that into the idea of aerating Ascot’s lawn c/o their stilettos, and mostly, anyone who likes to look like a lady and will probably behave like one.

Spring Carnival 4

Image sources: Max Alexander Valerie cloche, $129, from Myer; Embellished neck top, $129.95, and Wide leg textured pant, $129.95, from Witchery.

Let’s just get one thing straight: if red wine is your drink of choice or you’re an adorable but undeniable klutz, this outfit is going to be nothing but trouble. But if you’re willing to dedicate yourself to vodka sodas and you don’t mind doing things a little differently, say hello to the crispest threads you can rock while horse adjacent. I’ve always been a fan of ladies in trousers on race day – it’s super elegant and a welcome change from the norm. Better, this is a serious dose of that top-to-toe all white trend, and polished off with a wee cloche like you’re some sort of modern-day Daisy Buchanan (sans weird emotional hang-ups)? Even if you lose all your money on horse bets, you’re still going to come out a winner.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Myer, Special Occasion

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Bags of taste

18 October 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli


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It's a lifelong affair of love sprinkled with co-dependency: you don't know what you'd do without your handbag, but odds are that it would include standing in the middle of the street, swearing at the sky. Just admit it - handbags are The One. You need them. You can't live without them, and unlike most traditional relationships, you can take on more than one without the others getting jealous and leaving... it's the perfect arrangement. So - let's dip into a little handbag polygamy, shall we? There's so many wonderful trends to partake in, and you only live once: you wouldn't want to regret a missed opportunity, would you?


Image sources: 1. Annette giant leather tote, $330, from Pigeonhole; 2. Boxy backpack, $59.95, from Sportsgirl; 3. McQ by Alexander McQueen Albion white leather shoulder bag, $799, from Myer.

  1. For the indecisive girl who needs everything, all the time - and would ultimately like her bag to double as a place to sleep, it's pretty hard to go past an oversized tote like the Annette from Pigeonhole. Made from delicious, hardy leather (a necessary and resilient choice if you're going to carry your life about with you), it'll go with everything (tan) and fit anything.
  2. Thought you left your backpack days behind when you burned your maths books and vowed never to wear tan stockings again? You thought wrong, compadre - like the Backstreet boys before them, backpacks are BACK - alright! From the cute and quirky to the seriously quilted and black, backpacks are officially a major fashion girl look that you should get used to. Not only are they a sweet, youthful take on the often grown-up serious world of lady bags, backpacks are great for gals with back problems and essential for anyone who rides their bike around town.
  3. This shoulder bag? The ultimate in understated chic. I love the simple lines, the long, elegant strap (that is irritatingly not photographed but it hangs about hip height) and the whole aura of "This old thing? I've had it for years" - because after years of metal embellished bags, it's a palette cleanser. Even though I hate to refer to anything as such, this McQ bag is a classic. You'll keep it forever.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl

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Top 10 tips for great picnics

11 October 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli


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Get excited, Perthies: we're finally swinging into picnic weather! Bring a plate and bask in the gentle* sunlight and catch some vitamin D without going Full Monty in a bikini and blinding the other folks on the beach with your winter pallor. It's a special time of year.

I'm all for a good picnic. It's a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by nature's bounty as you stuff your face; even better if there are kids/dogs in the mix - a day of running around like mad in a park will ensure a sound sleep that night. But the key to a great picnic and a good anything, for that matter. Being prepared. Lucky for you, I've gone all Boy Scout and have got my favourite tips for you:


Image sources: 1. Wild & Wolf V&A Daisy 500ml flask, $39.95, from Myer; 2. Vue thin stem clear wine glass, $7.95, from Myer; 3. Near Field Interactive (NFI) Speaker, $24.98, from Dick Smith.

  1. If you bring no other implements, bring a sharp knife and a board to cut on. Whether it's making a cheese board or dicing up charred sausage for your pooch, you will need these.
  2. Blankets (non itchy) are all very well and good, but as the champagne bottle draws to an end, what are you going to prop yourself up on? Give your lower back a rest and bring plenty of pillows.
  3. *UV rays are not that gentle. If you care about your face place, always wear sunscreen. Bring a bottle for re-application.
  4. Chopped, frozen fruit like grapes, orange, banana and mango are a great treat for kids and will help to keep your cold stuff colder. Spear them on a shish kebab stick for ease and wrap them in alfoil to keep then frozen for longer.
  5. If you're going to bring a salad, try and keep the wet bits (like tomato) separate. Don't dress it until you get there. Do not even think about cheese squares, by the time you get to lunch they will melt. Eugh.
  6. Bring a hand fan and receive the undying gratitude of the person in your party who can't stand the heat (there's always one).
  7. Portable speakers and an iPhone will definitely liven up proceedings - the NFI speaker works wirelessly: just put your iPod or anything with an external speaker on top and it'll amplify! NFI speaker, $24.98, Dick Smith.
  8. Are we not humans? Do we not walk upright and on two feet? If you're going to bring bubbles or wine, make sure you've got appropriate vessels. I've heard "oh, I should have brought plastic wine/champagne glasses" one time too many. Everyone likes drinking out of the right shaped glass: it's science. The glasses from Vue at Myer are $7.95 each and can be used time and again.
  9. A thermos of hot water and a box of tea bags are probably going to save the day for at least one person. Team with the outdoor theme: the adorable Wild & Wolf V&A daisy flask is $39.95 at Myer.
  10. Bring insect repellant. If your sweet, delicious blood is anything like mine, those suckers will attack the minute you walk into the park.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Homewares, Myer

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Dressing like royalty

03 October 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli


You may have noticed our gorgeous Prints and Printsess (see what we did there) campaign launch over the past few weeks – isn’t it great? I know I want to spend the rest of my days backlit and precariously perched around in nature, wearing a shiny crown and some fantastic prints. Perhaps I’ll leave nature to the animals and precariously perch myself on a barstool, but either way, I’ll be decked out in printed clothing (and a crown).

I’m sure the incredible surge of wild digital prints haven’t escaped your notice – it’s been happening for a while now, but it’s a trend that doesn’t show many signs of waning. You could say it'll never die, and for the moment, you'd be right - because the prints trend has been breathed new life. This ain’t your layered up pony club cardi/pullover combo, though – we’re talking tops and bottoms in matching patterns and it is adorable and YOU WILL LOVE IT.


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Why? Not only does the hyper coordination bring you one step closer to your life goal and mine: becoming a swarthy, 6ft version of Cher Horowitz, but matching print sets are far more versatile than a printed frock. You can mix and match with what you’ve already got, try out some crazy clashing print combos or keep it simple with block colour basics. It also affords you the opportunity to dress up and down with ease and the rules are pretty simple: add heels/ lipstick and something tailored or in a fancy fabric to dress up. Use jeans, cotton based tops and casual shoes to dress down.


Image sources: 1. Pretty Quirky co-ord tee, $79.95, and shorts, $79.95, from Sportsgirl; 2. Contrast print crop top, $159, and high waist skirt, $169, from Cue; 3. Daisy co-ord bustier, $49.95, and skirt, $89.95, from Sportsgirl .

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Sportsgirl, Trends

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