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Bag raiders

26 July 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Bag raiders

Image sources: Vintage revival satchel, $499 from Fossil; Basque Celia tote, $109 from Myer; Natasha over the body pouch, $89.95 from Witchery.

If you’re a lady (or even a European/ Seinfeld sort of gentleman), your handbag is your life: swung over your shoulder, dangling from your hand, or tucked into the crook of your arm. Aside from knickers, it’s pretty much the only definite in your daily look, and unless you’re getting really creative with your boylegs, it’s responsible for keeping all of your essentials (mobile, money, old chewing gum wrappers) safe. So, choosing that leather vessel for daily life? A pretty important choice. While I’ve always been one to admire the sort of girl who rotates her day bag weekly, most of us are FAR too lazy for that sort of action. The best solution is to buy a great quality, killer bag that meets all of your criteria, and replace it once you’ve thrashed it into the ground – but it’s not always the easiest. 

BUT: because I am a benevolent god (elevated myself to that status, hope y’all don’t mind), I’m going to bring you beautiful, life carrier solutions so you don’t have to run from place to place attempting to find the perfect match as your eyes turn red and your blood boils. What can I say? I’m just a nice sort of guy.

I love pretty much everything about the Vintage revival satchel. I love the thick, heritage leather that you just know is going to age beautifully, I love the over the shoulder and clutch handle options, and I really love all the mini zipped compartments inside. This little guy is perfect for anyone who likes a bit of a twee retro look, wants their bag to age with character and feels it necessary to carry their entire lives with them, every day.

Basque Celia tote makes the cut because a) it looks a heap more expensive than $109; b) the pop colour is an easy way to inject life into any look; and c) it’s a whole lot like the Celine Boston bag. This one works for anyone who finds themselves in grey and black office gear on a daily basis, those who like their looks a bit more polished and pretty, or just anyone who enjoys the company of teal – which is totally a delightful, friendly colour.

Finally, the totally beautiful Natasha pouch because snakeskin is totally a neutral for all animal print lovers. This little guy is for fashion fiends – for those of us who like to travel light, and for those that like it high-end: that whipstitch chain detail is SO Marc Jacobs. But definitely not at a Marc Jacobs price.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Fossil, Myer, Witchery

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Jacket racket

16 July 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Jacket racket

Image sources: Dax, $359.10 from Politix; Ben Sherman Harrington jacket, $139.95 from Myer; All weather trucker, $219.95 from Levis.

Men of the world: we (women of the world) are sorry for raiding your winter wardrobe, leaving you cold, shivering and alone as the rain pours on your window. It’s not because we don’t care. It’s just an indisputable fact that your jumpers, for whatever reason, are ALWAYS warmer than ours. Likewise, your tracksuit pants seem to have both thermal and cuddle properties that ours do not. For the decades of stealing, I apologise. And I can only proffer one nugget of guidance: buy more jackets. Because while any woman who gets near you will probably try to take that from you as well, the stiff tailoring of a jacket will always make it’s way back to you. It’s much harder for us to make some comically oversized coat work in any other circumstance than a walk to the car after dinner. We don’t particularly want your leather jacket for slobbing around in about the house. And while the boyfriend-style blazer might be a strong point in women’s fashion at the moment, actual boyfriend blazers with the long arms and the boxy shape: much less so. Plus, a man always looks handsome in a jacket – something evolutionary to do with arms and shoulders and looking warm, so really, it’s sort of a win-win scenario here… are you sure you don’t want to be thanking me? You’re welcome.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Myer, Politix, Trends

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Canadian tuxedos redux

05 July 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Canadian Tuxedo redux

Image sources: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake photo from College Fashion; Girl with gold collar points from Glamour Blog; Gold Bull Collar points from The Shady Side blog.

Imagine how different our lives would have been if they had made it… Sigh.

Remember how when this blog was in it’s infancy I was all “double denim is totally a thing (Double Denim)!” and you were all “not in this lifetime, weirdo”? Well, I hate to say I told you so… Oh, wait – I’m a jerk. HAH! I TOLD YOU SO. Because even you, faithful and incredibly attractive reader who I am berating for a living, would have to admit that double denim is well and truly floating on the mainstream. Sure, you might not like it, but there are plenty of guys and girls rocking out double or even triple denim and looking mighty fine whilst doing so (Britney and Justin obviously being the dream team of his and hers double denim).

And as double denim makes it’s second year around the perpetual wheel of fashion, it’s a little different than that Chloe look that spawned a thousand pairings of denim on denim. Think faded, shredded Americana for the most updated version of how to dance in the Texan tuxedo: shredded boyfriend jeans (even white jeans, what’s more), boxy jackets, daisy dukes and chambray shirts with studded collars – it’s a little bit country, it’s a little bit rock and roll, and it’s a heckload of fun. If you’re still averse to the whole double denim thing, you can still inject a little of the trend into your look with a sweet faded denim shirt. Whether it’s with skirts, trousers or tied over dresses, you will wear the hell out of this thing, trust me – and I’ve got a DIY to make it happen:

Canadian Tuxedo redux

Image sources: Annie shirt, $129.95 from Levis; Etched collar points, $14.95 from Sportsgirl; Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer, 3 for $18 from Woolworths Liquor.

Attach sweet collar points to the perfectly worn Annie shirt. Sit down. Open sweet, Crabbies alcoholic ginger beer. Sit back, admiring work. DIY complete.

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Tags: Fashion, Sportsgirl, Trends

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Sale-ing away

14 June 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Rod Stewart

Image source: Pentacle Records.

Sure, this might seem like a really a flimsy excuse to exhibit awesome archival photos of Rod Stewart (and it is! I am a cheap segue-er and therefore relish any opportunity to post vintage hunks): but don’t tell me you’re not thoroughly enjoying those eerily on trend mules, red trousers and checked scarf being rocked by what appears to be a 1970s Hot Rod. Thank me later. ANYWAY, it’s sales time! Feel free to thank the suffering economy, because they’re definitely the best I’ve seen in years – an amazing array of stock in a decent range of sizes with a rug-purveyor-fire-sale level of mad savings. Conversely, sales can be totally overwhelming: depending on your life philosophy (mine being “more is more”), there is possibly too much in terms of both people and offerings and if you’re that guy, it’s easy to be dissuaded. Well, don’t worry – I’m here to hold your hand, because if you miss out on fresh stock at the sales this year, you’re going to be SUPER peeved at yourself later. Seriously.

I want to hold your hand:

  1. Take a look in your wardrobe, and see what you actually need. If you deign to consider what you’d like to buy before you go, you’ll find it a LOT easier.

  2. Don’t forget about the leather: shoes and bags are often the best staples to buy at sale time. They’re those investment pieces that are far less seasonal, and if you can get great quality at a discounted rate, then why the hell not? Same goes for bras and sunglasses.

  3. Make sure it fits. You might not ACTUALLY lose that weight you plan to lose, you know. I believe in you and everything, but buy the 5-kilograms-lighter-person-clothes once you’ve dropped weight and can see how it looks. Focus on getting something that looks good now.

  4. Is that actually your style, or is it just cheap? Because if it’s far away from something you’d ordinarily wear, the fact you nabbed it for $10 will not magically change your taste.

  5. And if all else fails, at least go to check to see if that thing you wanted is now on sale. You never know….

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Tags: Fashion

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