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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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knit pickers

24 May 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Blustering winds? Check. Extra blankets on bed? Check. Too cold to get out of bed with time to do your makeup ultimately delivering you to work with a half closed, swollen eye because you've almost poked your eyeball out in attempt to apply mascara during your morning commute? Check and check. People, it's finally cold enough to embrace winter's cuddliest trend: knitwear.After a few years on the bench, knits have woven their way back into vogue: be it chunky and cable-y or fine and sleek, anything that's spent the better part of its life on the end of a knitting needle is what you'll need to hate winter mornings less (while looking super on trend, obviously).

Check it, knits for all occasions:



Sleek & Professional

Image source: Colour block knit dress, $129 from Cue; Mavenue ankle boot, $199.95 from Nine West; Jane Lamerton mod crop ponti jacket, $169 from Myer.

Sleek and professional
Well, you obviously mean business in this getup. Unzip the jacket and just add hosiery – or switch it up with a moto jacket and long boots for a weekend smart-casual look.




Sweet & Vintage

Image source: Wilderness deer cardi, $79.95 from Sportsgirl; Pleated A-line denim skirt, $ 99.95 from Levis; Thick stripe top, $39.95, from Portmans.

Sweet and vintage-y
Hello, you adorable so and so. Perhaps you'd like a vintage belt, long argyle socks and some wee patent leather brogues to complete this taste of nostalgia perfect for sitting in coffee shops and writing your blog or chasing butterflies in the street.




Preppy & Cool

Image source: Georgie shirt in Emerald, $69.95 from Sportsgirl; Shiny volcanic skinny jean from Levis; Textured front pullover, $129.95, from Witchery.

Preppy and cool
Ooh, yeah. You know what you're doing and you don't care WHO knows it. Leave the shirt untucked, button it to the neck, push up the jumper sleeves a little – maybe add a simple short necklace to sit under your collar… blammo. Killer.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Portmans, Sportsgirl, Trends, Witchery

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Pumped up kicks

17 May 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Pumped Up Kicks

Image source: Images 1-3 from Style Siren, Image 4 from the Marant Philes.

Isabel Marant’s Bekket sneakers – the kick to launch a thousand kicks

This is the bit where all lovers of fashion (us) get to laugh openly in the faces of those who don’t (them). You, a possessor of taste, can stop them in the midst of their eye rolling, snickering, “Why would you wear THAT, how impractical!” lectures with a swift kick in the face. Or kicks to the face* - because thanks in large part to one Isabel Marant, and in another part to the carousel of never-ending nineties nostalgia that fashion has been riding for the past year or two: sneakers are back with a vengeance. And nothing, aside from tracksuits on a Sunday, are more comfortable than sneakers.Isabel Marant reignited it all a couple of seasons back: a sneaker with a hidden, inbuilt wedge; the design a beautiful fusion of fat basketballer hightops and sports luxe – it’s the shoe that ignited a million copies and put sneaks back on the feet of everyone from models to fashion editors.



Pumped Up Kicks

Image source: (1) Sonni Shoes, $149.95 from Ninewest, (2) Cheka high tops, $49.95 from Novo(3) Bree high tops, $39.95 from Sportsgirl

Naturally, I’ve taken care of you with a little dose of sneaker for most occasions – Nine West’s Sonni is a sparkling bridge between sneaker and dress flat – the sort of shoe you could slip on with a pair of black skinny trousers and a half tucked blouse poking from the top of a fitted knit. The Cheka’s a bit more on the grunge side, that sort of good-dirty canvas sneaker you can chuck on with your outfit that’s essentially a shredded homage to Courtney Love. And lastly, Sportsgirl’s Bree (in plum, because why not?) is a nice exercise in pop colour and contrast detail – the sort that would work with Miranda Kerr’s little casual chic look up there – pop them on when you’re sick to death of your ballet flats and want to street up your weekend wear.

* ForrestChase.com.au does not condone violence**

** Unless the person was like, really asking for it or wearing leggings as pants.

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Tags: Fashion, Trends

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My little pony

27 April 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

My Little Pony

Image sources: Refinery 29, Body Confidential and Woman Place.

It's that weirdo, peek out of your window and wonder what exactly the heck Perth skies have in store for you today time of year again. It's all shorts one day, fur hats the next, and I'll be totally honest: I think Mother Nature is screwing with us. Is she in some sort of cahoots with my credit card? Does she realise how difficult it is, exactly, to pinpoint how you want to update your stale wardrobe when the weather's being an unpredictable jerk? Well, we'll SHOW THEM ALL with a quick fix hairstyle updates INSTEAD. (Maniacal laugh).

Say sayonara to your topknots, people – the humble ponytail is going to be your next dirty-hair day mainstay. From super high (like Madonna's Blond Ambition high) to low and everything in between, sleek is the only rule. Make it happen with the right tools: hairspray, a fine tooth comb, bobby pins and a couple of snag-free elastic bands, or extra thick, heavy duty ones if you've got lush locks. For super sleek stylez (that's right, with a Z- that's just how sleek you'll be), blow-dry it and run the straighteners through– hairspraying the crown of your hair lightly first BEFORE tying it back with more than one elastic. Using at least two hair bands is the key to pulling it away from schoolgirl, and achieving that awesome fountain that you can whip around on the dance floor.

Pick up the essentials super cheap at Gloss Accessories – that place is a goldmine of beauty bits.

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