Life & Style Blog - Fashion
16 February 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Image source: Skinny Jeans from Levi's, Bag from Fossil, Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut
So, don't be too envious or attempt to tie me up, hide me in your basement and then steal my identity in order to live my life, but I'm about to embark on a 2.5 month holiday in and around India. I know, right? I'm excited for me too. And before you start hyperventilating because you're so attached to me, FEAR NOT: thanks to the power of THE INTERNET, I'm still able to help you procrastinate your Fridays away with the best of Forrest Chase.
Naturally, I've been doing a heckload of thinking and researching re: travel essentials. It's a fact universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a plane ticket is in want of a woman to probably pack his bags while he watches re-runs of The Love Boat. Because packing sucks more than Tony Abbot does attempting to win the female vote (BOOM), I'm going to impart hours of research and years of experience on you:
Shoes: do not bring more than three pairs, ever. You do NOT need them.
Carry-on: It's a great idea to try and combine your carry-on luggage with your daypack if you're going to be doing mini trips during your holiday. Go for a medium sized bag that can be slung over your shoulder so you have free hands, something of decent quality so the strap doesn't break, something with a zip to keep everything safe and a front compartment for easy access to the essentials. Something much like the Emilia Flat crossbody from Fossil will do the trick.
Scarves: Take at least one. An oversized scarf or pashmina can double as a blanket or pillow while you're in transit, and always spruces up an outfit. Wrap your jewellery in smaller scarves – it'll serve to protect yo bling and mask your unwashed hair.
Sunglasses: A no brainer, of course - but bring your decent quality sunnies, because there's nothing worse than cheap and cheerful glasses falling apart on you midway through a trip. I really love the classic charm of Persol sunnies – like the ones above, $319.95 at Sunglass Hut.
Beauty bag: Wipes, both makeup and body, will always come in handy for those inevitable train trips or stopovers. Dry shampoo is also a winner, as are sachets of shampoo and conditioner - bottles take up so much space. You might need to be best friends with a hairdresser for this one, but they I've seen them sold at chemists. Keep an eagle eye out.
Clothes: Bring a skeleton wardrobe of white, grey, black and nautical stripe tees, cotton leggings, blue jeans and a light blazer – they're the mix and match pieces you'll be able to work in with your inevitable holiday buys. As far as blue jeans are concerned, Levi's are the business, and I love the extreme skinny highrise, $139.95 – keep those croissants tucked in, people.
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Tags: Fashion, Fossil
26 January 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Now, I know we're all looking forward to Australia Day – heaven knows, it's probably the only public holiday where heavy drinking and sun exposure are written into the constitution, but it's also a holiday dented with potential pitfalls around which you must tread carefully. This year, I've seen more stalls filled with cheaply Chinese-made miscellany emblazoned with The Flag than ever before, and it's all too easy to let the Australia Day spirit take you to an ugly place (and I don't mean Perth's annual riverside glassings).
Yes, accidentally looking like an intolerant nationalist bogan is a real issue faced by innocent civilians Australia-wide on January 26. Our Australian flag, ordinarily a pretty snazzy looking fellow, is dragged each year through the mud by over-enthusiasm and beer – leaving both you and the flag worse off. Luckily, I'm here to guide you through minefields that begin as a temporary flag tattoo on your face, and end with you shivering in the shower at 6am attempting to remove permanent marker-ed "oi oi oi" from your arms lest any of your students see it. With green naturally being the safest and red the closest to becoming an honorary member of Toadfish Rebecchi's clan, here's a handy guide for when the Australian Flag goes too far. Remember, no means no. We're all in this together.
Threat level: Australia Day - the Flag
Hanging in your yard from a flag pole
Draped around for decoration
Used as a kicky toothpick topper to spear 70s cocktail food
On beach towels, tablecloths, stubby holders
Colours zinc-ed in stripes onto your face
Entire flag including southern cross zinc-ed onto face
As a sarong
On the base of double pluggers
On a t-shirt
Temporary tattoos (1-3 applications)
Temporary tattoos (4+ applications)
On a t-shirt with accompanying "oi oi oi" style text
Bizarrely printed on a sombrero
Sewn into a strapless dress
Novelty car flags
Novelty car flags (Jan 28 onwards)
Late night drunken lower-back tattoo turning temporary to permanent
On a t-shirt that encourages anyone to "love or leave" the country
Tied to the back of a sweaty, shirtless man screaming the lyrics to Khe Sanh without backing music
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Tags: Fashion, Trends
21 January 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Image sources: Mel B in Perth photo from Perth Now, Peroni Beer (sponsor of PFF) from Perth Fashion Festival, Sarah Pauley photo from The West.com.au.
Along with Scary Spice, Sarah Pauley: the tallest model in the world and interestingly enough, Italian beer, the Perth Fashion Festival has kicked off once again, ready to showcase some of our best and brightest, some best and brightest from other parts of the country, and mostly to cripple our feet as we make a week-long commitment to uncomfortable yet beautiful shoes. We’ve got four more days of foot-murdering glory left to go, so I’ve done the helpful thing and cherry-picked events for the weekend to make sure you make the most of your PFF time.
| || Friday, September 21 |
Tonight has got to be all about Fashionably Loud at Brookfield Place. Not only is it FREE, sweet cheeks Fremantle band San Cisco (who are the first-ever Australian band to sign to Fat Possum/RCA; the same label that The Strokes, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon are on) will be rocking out while total babes styled by Zara Bryson hit the catwalk in labels like Ellery, Equipment and Karen Walker. Banging.
5pm @ Brookfield Place - 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth
| || Saturday, September 22 |
How does another free event sound? Fantastic? I thought so. At the very least, you can save all your pennies for the threads you’ll want to buy after the fact. WA designer boutique Hatch has two runway shows on offer, parading iconic and emerging West Australian talent (so probably, what PFF is all about) – take a sneak peek at what designers like Zhivago, Bhalo and Jeromy Lim have in store for you and wear the next big thing before everyone else does.
Saturday 22nd September, 11am | Sunday 23rd September, 2pm @ STM Fashion Central, Forrest Place
| || Sunday, September 23 |
OK, so this one is ticketed but in my opinion, the Student Runway is always the best show of the lot – a rampaging parade of fresh ideas and creativity… and a chance to see design in it’s infancy, before it becomes diluted by the constraints of commercial viability. If nothing else, you can be the annoying one to turn around and say “I saw their first ever show” when they make it big – and await all the rolled eyes and slaps from your grandchildren.
6:30pm @ Fashion Paramount, WA Museum
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13 January 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Sure, Kanye West may have abandoned us for the east coast and The Fleet Foxes have already been and gone; but the sun is still out, you live in Australia and therefore – music festival season must go on, as must the often terrifying festival attire.
Back when I first went to The Big Day Out and Dinosaur Jr roamed the earth, everyone just wore old band tees and cons and tried not to get trampled. Since then, I've watched festivals transition to some sort of sub-fashion week where everyone wears fake tan instead of Lanvin.
Anyway, I've been to more than my fair share of festivals: and while I'm all about excuses to shop, I'd like you to wield your new excuse-powers well – here's a handy checklist from a lifetime of festival experience:
+ If I can see your butt cheeks, those aren't shorts
Seriously, I was out sourcing not too long ago when I came across a high waisted pair of patterned cotton briefs that actually said "shorts" in quotation marks. Like the designer knew they were actually convincing people to wear knickers and couldn't quite bring themselves to lie.
+ Midriff tees are for gym-obsessives and a 1999 era Britney
I hate to say it, but these are for genetic freaks only. Exposed, untoned, post christmas belly-button only works if your stomach could double as an ironing board.
+Everyone gave up fairy wings when rave music stopped being a thing
I can't believe youths are giving them another airing - they get in the way, y'all. Also, don't those fur leggings get really hot?
+Silk? What, are you kidding me?
If you plan to actually enjoy the bands, that dry-clean only top is going to get moshed to death.
+Orange isn't a natural skin tone unless your dad is an Oompa Loompa
A simple test: take your smartphone, and snap a photo of your leg next to an orange. If they look like cousins, start exfoliating.
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