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28 March 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Image sourced from http://www.examiner.com/.
It’s Easter! More importantly, it’s the sacred rebirth of the four-day weekend: a rarity we have to take seriously and honour deeply. While it’s tempting to let your kids eat all of their eggs in one go, run rampant through the house on a blistering sugar high and crash out in a pile as you try to nurse the headache you acquired doing much the same thing with those special oblong glass eggs the Easter Bunny bought you, I’m going to suggest some alternatives in the sort-of tradition of Diana Vreeland… but perhaps a little more achievable than washing your blonde child’s hair in dead champagne as they do in France (although feel free to do that and let me know how much your kids love it when you douse them in mum’s old Mumm).
Why don’t you…
Image sources: Decorating Easter eggs from Martha Stewart and Soho Sherpa robe, on sale for $44.96, from Myer.
1. Bring back Easter egg decorating? After you’ve done the old blowing out the egg and dipping it in dye, make your decorating truly eggs-ellent* with stickers, craft card, googly eyes, shredded paper for egg nests… and if you do them on Saturday, you can use them as table decorations on Sunday. Take a peek at craft-overlord Martha Stewart’s incredible egg-samples* for some next-level egg.
*Sorry, sorry, I couldn’t help it. At holidays, the puns control me. It’s sort of a shining thing.
2. Give pyjamas (to adults – I doubt kids would have much to do with a non cocoa based easter gift) instead of chocolate? My grandmother buys her grandchildren that are too-old-for-this-but-not-really PJ’s every year. It’s practical and fun – and so vast is my collection I can’t remember the last time I bought pyjamas.
Why don’t you…
Image sources: Hot cross buns from Jamie Oliver and Easter morning, from Blogspot.
3. Try making your own hot cross buns? It’s the best way to control your preferred amounts of fruit, the tricky question of whether to include or not include peel and it’s a fun holiday activity. Here’s a recipe from the always-wonderful Jamie Oliver.
4. Find a trail of paw prints in grass clippings or sand leading to the eggs on Easter morning? I’ll never forget the time I found bunny prints in the hall of our holiday house after worrying the Easter Bunny wouldn’t find us – it’s something a tiny bit magical that will stay with me forever.
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Tags: Myer, Special Occasion
21 March 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Sort of. I mean, some of the leaves in my carport are brown but that’s probably because I’ve never swept it and I don’t think we even have an outdoor broom. ANYWAY my point was that it’s autumn! Happily, Forrest Chase is helping you to envision your chicest possible Armageddon scenario with their latest campaign – one that is sure to BLOW YOU AWAY, HAHA. Sorry. But their message is apt: yay for boots, jacket and scarf weather! Yay for stepping outside and having all of your makeup still adhered instead of melted in a puddle at your feet! Yay for sleeves and the option to wear pants without dying, and yay to rich, earthy autumnal colours that suit pretty much every person everywhere! Not to play favourites, but I’m probably most excited about coats making a re-appearance in my daily life. It’s the perfect finish to an outfit – heavy or light, tailored or draped, there’s just something about a sleeve on top of another sleeve that says “Check it, I’ve got my life together.” Plus, there are approximately seventy jillion coat trends coming through this winter – along with the classic pea coats pictured, you’ll also find bomber jackets, capes, khaki military jackets, and leather jackets of both the biker and the blazer variety. Basically, you’ll be all but undressed without a coat of some description this Autumn/Winter. And you don’t want to be caught naked in the inevitable twister Armageddon that Forrest Chase has magically foretold, right?
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Tags: Fashion, Trends
14 March 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: dressing well for work will make you feel better about life, yourself, your co-workers and after your inevitable daily interactions with idiots, the future of humankind. You’re in your work clothes more than any others, so it should follow that a: you buy something of a decent quality that will wash well, and b: whatever you wear, you should look good in it. I’m not sure who spread the rumour that your workwear should also double as an unmarried primary school librarian costume circa 1936, but it isn’t and you shouldn’t. Got a colour that makes you look fabulous? Found a particular cut of pants that makes your legs look a mile long? WEAR THEM, PLEASE. There is no reason to shy away from colour, print or anything else that might make you look happy to be alive: because the key to successful work attire is all in the tailoring. You can say “I’m professional” with a neat row of buttons and a jacket that’s cut like a knife, and then you can maybe ALSO say “I’m ever so happy to be here, please give me a raise” with a bit of print or an excellent accessory or two. At the very least, you’ll be happy with whatever stares back at you when you leave the house at 7am.
To work it:
Image sources: Jacquard peplum skirt, $225, from Cue, Pop colour crop blazer in black, $99.95, from Portmans, Button through shirt, $79.95, from Witchery.
Using black, white and grey as a base, a bit of contrasting print and peplum: the trend that refuses to die, this is a rad outfit with plenty of separates you can mix and match with your existing clothes.
Image sources: Ocelot tee, $129.95, from Witchery, Hi There by Karen Walker bow pants, $96.75, from Myer, Elessa boots, $149.95, from Ninewest.
Animal print at work? Oh heck yes. The cut of this boxy tee and the zip to the back definitely means business: while the bows to the nude trousers soften the masculine shape of the tee. Cap it all off with ankle boots – I favour a heavier, tougher boot, but you could just as easily wear it with something more streamlined (or a nude pump).
Image sources: Oriental Crane print jacket, $339, from Cue, Wish division pant, $110, from Myer, Button through shirt, $79.95, from Witchery.
This nifty look incorporates colour AND print! I know, it’s crazy town. But the leather panels on those straight-legged pants are the perfect complement to the satiny jacket – just a touch of gloss without going OTT shiny. And the watermelon shirt/ trouser combo can certainly hold it’s own if it’s too hot for the jacket: all of them great, tailored pieces with a twist.
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Tags: Fashion, Portmans, Trends
05 March 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Image sourced from glamradar.com.
I’m all for a crazy beauty trend: I am nothing if not a fan of the dramatic, the statement making and the occasionally bizarre. It might be a hangover from my days as a rebellious teenager, but I like to be challenged and to challenge. Like fashion, makeup should be fun and there’s no reason you should take it seriously. It’s just face paint after all: not a trial by jury. But gigantic hair and false eyelashes with bits of diamante in them aren’t exactly workable for the day to day. No matter your career (unless it is showgirl, in which case – proceed with your backcombing) - who has the damn time to even do that stuff? I don’t know about you guys, but I have enough trouble finding the right underwear for my outfit in the mornings without having to contemplate lip colour.
SO: with considerable years worth of tips handed down to me by makeup artists and by reading Kevyn Aucoin’s brilliant makeup books, I’ve decided to hand two of the handier ones down to you (yes, only two because I am basically a nonna that leaves an ingredient out of every recipe so you never really make it as well as she does).
Number one: winged eyeliner
Image sources: Thick winged eyeliner photo from Glamradar, Bobbi brown gel eyeliner, on sale for $35, from Myer, M.A.C eyeliner brush, $37, from Maccosmetics.
This is one I learned from reading Making Faces by the late and very talented Kevyn Aucoin (but with my own product recommendations).But before we begin – are you curling your lashes before you mascara them? WELL YOU’D BETTER. Seriously, there’s no use buying fancy mascaras if you’re not curling your lashes first. So do that first of all before you draw your eyeliner on, and apply mascara last. OK? Good.
Firstly, I’d recommend a gel eyeliner. They don’t crumble like liquid eyeliner often does, and they don’t smudge as easily as eyeliner pencil – perfect for creating a strong, shapely winged eye of any thickness. Second, get a fine eyeliner brush. Don’t go too cheap with your brushes or they’ll lose fibres all over the place and/or will be too flimsy to hold the product.
So after you’ve dipped your brush in a little gel, hold it flat and parallel with your eyelid: if you’re right handed, the end of the brush should point to the outside corner of your left eye (and vice versa for south paws) – as opposed to pointing the end straight at your eye like you’re about to start writing on your lid. Drag the brush across, as close to the lash line as possible – starting very thin, and slowly build the thickness and shape as required. Remember to draw the line slightly wider at the end and narrower toward the inner eye. Once you’ve built your wing shape, go back through and fill between your lashes with eyeliner for a full, complete look. Apply mascara.
Number two: contoured cheeks
Image sources: Heavily contoured cheeks photo from Makeupandbeauty, Benefit 10 Blush, $51, from Myer, M.A.C large angled contour brush, $65, from Maccosmetics.
This is for all the ladies who would like cheekbones that could cut glass (so, every woman ever? Yes, probably). The products for contouring are really dependant on your skin tone, but basically you need two colours: a bronzer at least 3 shades darker than your skin tone to contour and a powder/ cream highlighter or light blush to highlight. And you’ll need an angled contouring brush.
First things first: do you know where your cheekbones are? How about the hollow underneath? If you don’t, the easiest way to find the hollow is to suck your cheeks in and make a fishy face at the mirror: yes, very glam. Take your contouring brush, and put a decent amount of bronzer on it (and shake off any excess). Then take your brush, and sweep upwards in the hollow/ sucked in bits of your cheeks. Add more bronzer if you need. Next, take your highlighter and a different brush, and sweep the colour across the top of your cheekbones – that’s above where the bronzer is. And lastly – BLEND. Hard obvious lines are not the order of the day here: feather out those edges or risk looking like a Jersey shore reject.
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Tags: Myer, Trends
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