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be mine

08 February 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli


I dunno, you guys. It’s 2013. Most of us spend our days on a pocket computer, photographing our food, carefully adding effects and filters and ultimately assuming hundreds of people would care enough to view it and maybe even assign it a ‘heart’ whilst assessing their own lives and wondering where they had gone wrong to lead them to a place where their own meals are so un-photogenic they wouldn’t even garner half the approval of your own… repeating ad naseum; a silent competition with no winner and no foreseeable end.

We’re in a weird place right now. Every day, more hearts, more likes and more virtual tips of the hat are thrown out into the atmosphere to achieve anything from winning a bet over a brand new puppy to sympathy for an anonymous child with a birth defects – ultimately achieving nothing but agreeing to agree to love. And here comes Valentine’s Day, struggling to rise above the stifling mutual satisfaction of the internet; a holiday that used to rule over public declarations of affection with an excessively thorny fist is now just a slightly more expensive day amongst 365 others to show that you might love something or someone (or someone’s breakfast).

Where to from now? Caught adrift in a sea of ‘like’, how should we differentiate and celebrate a day of love? Well, in true generation-me style, I’m going to suggest you buy yourself pink/red/shiny Valentine themed things of your dreams. Keep your virtual hearts to yourself (and your plus one, if that’s your thing) for one day, and venture into February 14 well aware that you’ve already giving yourself the winged baby greeting card holiday you want… anything else is just a bonus.


Be mine1

Image sources: Revlon nailpolish, $4.95 each, from Gloss, Hunter zip purse, $99, from Fossil, Jewelled teardrop earring, $25, from Live Clothing.


Be mine2

Image sources: Laser cut metallic skirt, $129.95, from Portmans, Elle MacPherson Palm Tree breeze bra, $74.95, from Myer, Snoop Ruff knit, $29.95, from Jay Jays.

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Im all ears

26 November 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

I'm all ears

Rumi Neely, blogger from www.fashiontoast.com, image sourced from Mr. Kate.

Ah, jewellery: clothing’s constant companion. One could argue (but I don’t have to, because this is one woman’s opinion and in essence a very chic dictatorship) that the incredible access to costume jewels we’ve experienced over the past 5 years has totally changed the way we dress – instead of investment; jewellery is a low-cost (well, mostly low-cost) shortcut to a fresh look. And these gems are not just for tizzing up a tired cocktail dress – we’re talking day in, day out, tiny little sparkling outfit enhancers. Y’all know what I’m sayin: we’ve done the stacks on stacks on stacks of arm candy to the point where our arms practically drag along the ground behind us, we’ve layered more necklaces than seems chiropractically advisable, we’ve accidentally smacked out more than one mofo with fantastic/ vaguely lethal cocktail rings– and while these tried and true looks still have their place on occasion, where to next to freshen up the freshener?

I'm all ears

1) Deco crystal studs, $39.95, Witchery; 2) Skull and chain ear cuff, $12.95,Sportsgirl; 3) Verite stirling silver 6mm ball post stud, $29.95, Myer; 4) Individual multi pack, $12.95, Sportsgirl; 5) Plain ear cuff pack, $9.95, Sportsgirl; 6) Wing ear cuff, $12.95, Sportsgirl.

Earrings. Lots of them. All at once. You know I’m going to tell you it’s nineties, and I’m sorry - I hate to repeat myself, but it just is – it’s polished grunge. It’s SO Jane Lane (two-dimensional style icon from Daria, look it up people) it’s SO my primary school best-friend’s older sister with enough (self-pierced) sleeper-filled ear holes to drown a woman with a weaker neck, it’s Courtney Love without the unfortunate demise of Kurt… it’s everything your inner grunge/punk/ dirty rock freak has ever wanted and more. Wear them mismatched and tiny, or embellished and gigantic – it’s an excellent way to toughen up a look that’s a little too sweet or formal. You don’t have to go punching a bunch of holes in your head though – ear cuffs are a cute, skin-puncturing-free way to load your lobes and they come in all shapes and sizes.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl, Trends, Witchery

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Mos for the hos

15 November 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Mos for the hos

Image sourced from Lost Property Office.

OK, so this is the bit where my profession includes browsing through my collection of classic hunks for you and inventing new ways to say “moustache”. I love my life. It is also little wonder my parents don’t think I have a legitimate career. I’ll tell you what IS 2 legit 2 quit, though: Movember. The annual lip warming fundraiser is off and running again, and I don’t know whether it’s because I’m on holiday in Melbourne: Land Of Hairy Gentlemen™ – but participation this year seems almost mandatory. Or, shall I say, MANdatory. Aheh.

Now that you or the dudes in your general vicinity have a couple of weeks growth to play with, it’s time to start thinking about style direction – and as an adorer of most things hirsute, I’m more than happy to dip into my archives and give you a little inspiration.


Mos for the hos

Image sources: Tom Selleck photo from celebritypro.com, Salvador Dali photo from The art of looking at life, Hulk Hogan photo from WWE.

The SELLECK

Obviously. The pin-up for all things ‘stache, Tom Selleck’s moustache is classic and legendary.
A good idea… if you have a penchant for Hawaiian prints or could grow a mo your grandmother would be proud of.
A bad idea… if your facial hair is blond. A very, very bad idea.

The DALI

Not for the faint of heart, Salvador Dali’s moustache is best sported by those with an expression of permanent surprise.
A good idea… if you know your way around a tin of moustache wax, keep the company of eccentrics, artists or more garden-variety weirdos.
A bad idea… if your job involves children or suits and difficult decision-making.

The HOGAN

Bleached, bronzed and fantastic, Hulk Hogan brought the handlebar to prominence at a time when film deals and signed books were mere dreams in Chopper Read’s probably fraught psyche.
A good idea… if you’re considering a month-long career in professional wrestling or would happily join a motorcycle gang.
A bad idea… for most other men.

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A Festival flowchart

09 November 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Acceptable Racewear

Image sourced from Glamour Fashion.

As we stand on the brink of summer, breathing in the sweet warm air - contemplating the hours of beach time and weeks of beer time ahead, an important decision awaits: What in the hell do I wear to whichever obligatory music festival I’ll be attending over the next few months? (Australian law clearly states you’ll be lured to least one festival each financial year; via single popular or nostalgic artist on the bill that refuses to play side shows, via misguided gift, or via pressure from peers).

Obviously, the nature of your outfit is determined by the acts and where they’re playing - wear your Summadayze high waisted denim cut-offs/ crop top/ floral headband to A Day on the Green and risk being the cause of any number of heart attacks – but what about your dignity? Much like Halloween (and sometimes more horrifying), music festivals have become license to expose patches of fake baked skin in the most inventive ways possible. And in a way, I understand that. But, in another, more accurate way, I don’t understand it at all. Without body-shaming or whatever other pseudo-feminist terminology Cosmo is throwing out these days, if you would never ordinarily wear clothing that exposes your but cheeks because, well... it’s your BUTT, why does being in the presence of Tino Maas* negate that for you? Does he have some sort of special force field that gives us all bottoms that belong on the beaches of Brazil? If so, I apologise. If not, then maybe this flowchart to safe festival wear will keep your dignity until you throw it up over a bouncer at 11 pm: Denim cut-offs flowchart.

*He’s still a guy, right?

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