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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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Freo, heave ho and that sort of thing.

26 September 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Fashion Alert

Image source: Footy Stamps.

Here’s a fact you already know: the Freo Dockers are in the AFL Grand Final this Saturday and it’s their first one EVER since they debuted in 1996. If this is news to you… welcome back from your North Korean holiday, I guess? ANYWAY they’re totally in the Grand Final this weekend and therefore most of my family and friends face a wardrobe challenge that I basically decided, age 11, was the reason I’d remain an Eagles supporter (and I have such a clear memory of this, it isn’t a sweet tale that I spun for your benefit or anything): “What if the Dockers make it into the Grand Final? How are you supposed to even dress in their colours? Purple, red, green, white… that’ll look ridiculous! I don’t think I even have those colours in my wardrobe. Blue and gold is easy.” Little did I know that it wouldn’t be an outfit conundrum to face for 17 years. Nor did I know that they’d change their logo to be mostly purple… but I probably realised that I would stop caring about football approximately 2 hours after making that statement.

Flash-forward to 2013 and I’m trying to dig up the purplest outfits possible in order to contribute to the purple haze: because by the power of FASHION, maybe the Dockers will win and make my dad happy and leave his heart un-heartattacked this Saturday.

For the Ladies:

For the Ladies

Image sources: Trapeze dress, $235, Cue; Palm Springs cropped skinny jean, $39.95, Portmans; Husky Nimbus packable spreay jacket, $40, Myer; Toms purple crochet seasonal classic shoes, $75, Pigeonhole; Marley tee, $24.95, Sportsgirl; Purple pumps nail polish, $9.95, Novo.

For the Dudes:

For the Dudes

Image sources: Blaq Slim lilac business shirt, $48, and Blaq slim stripe tie, $29.95, Myer; ¾ sleeve basic top, $12, Jay Jays; bike socks, $15, Pigeonhole; Assembly Flock of Seagulls short sleeved shirt, $70, Live; Ray Ban Justin sunglasses, $149.95, Sunglass Hut.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Live Clothing, Myer, Portmans, Sportsgirl

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