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22 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Image source: buzznet.com.
You know when you have a really terrible day and everything seems to go wrong and the pratfalls of your life seem almost comical? Inevitably, the day will end and you say “I should base a sitcom on myself” and then you say “never mind, at least that day is over forever”. And then you drink your dinner and go to bed, mind restful that the exact stupidity of that day will never again be repeated, and you grow and hopefully learn from your mistakes.
Yeah, fashion don’t do that. Unfortunately, the metaphorical hilariously bad days of the decade that was 1990, aka: those trends that you only just finished laughing at are already back, lesson far from learned. Basically, these are trend zombies – ready to bite, infect and spread to anyone who doesn’t know better. We’re officially at fashion alert: orange because at least 70% of idiotic 90s looks have returned. We haven’t quite got to homemade beaded tiger-tail earrings or heavily embroidered jeans yet but IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. Stay vigilant.
Image sources: instagram.com and deargq.blogspot.com.au.
I nearly fell over when I saw this backstage shot from a David Jones show on Emily Green’s instagram. Those tiny triangle scarves herald the arrival of everything else peasant - get ready to witness off the shoulder cap-slevees, ¾ length bias cut cotton skirts and a whole lot of embroidered cheesecloth.
Image sources: theimagist.com, sassisamblog.com and billskinnerstudio.co.uk.
Remember those two? Well, they and all of their renaissance and religious iconographic friends like the sacred heart and shrines and altars have well and truly made their way back. While I actually love the D&G recreation (hilariously, they’ve gone so far as to even put dudes in dog collars in their campaign), I am less enthusiastic about cherubs literally adorning everything again as they are in those Bill Skinner earrings.
Flower pin ALL THE THINGS
Image sources: hellogiggles.com and seattlefashionistas.com.
Carrie Bradshaw’s ubiquitous pin was truly, truly overused. In the late 90s (and even into the early naughties), if there was a free lapel, belt loop or strap on any outfit, a gigantic flowerclip (sometimes several) was quickly adhered to cover it up before anyone saw. Yesterday, I was in a highstreet fashion shop and there were more varieties of flower pins than I felt comfortable counting. I fear for our future.
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Tags: Fashion, Trends
15 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Image sources: fashionising.com.
I know this sounds like some sort of new cocktail in one of those bars where the wank factor is turned up to 11, BUT this is actually an eye makeup tutorial! Which woman doesn’t want that classic “I’m going to go out looking incredible and sort of dangerous in a sexy Bond villain way and come home after a big night with shoes in hand” look? These eyes can also be applied for classier evenings where you don’t choose to argue with your cab driver about politics if you so wish – but the fantastic thing about this makeup is that if it wanders a little (from, say, the eye watering strain of belting Mr. Big’s classic anthem “To Be With You” at an impromptu karaoke session), nobody will ever know.
So, the look we’re going for (pictured above) is from the runway for a designer called Francesco Sconamiglio (don’t worry, I don’t know who he is either). It’s basically a winged smoky eye with a touch of glitter. As you can see, the shape of the makeup varies greatly depending on your eye – all of those models were parading in the same show but different aspects are played up depending on the shape of their lid and their bone structure.
Image sources: 1. Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes, $59, from Myer; 2. Benefit Bad Gal waterproof eyeliner, $39, from Myer; 3. BYS glitter crème, $4.95 each, from Gloss.
If you’ve never managed to get the hang of a smoky eye, Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes kit is basically the best starter’s kit you could ever hope for. It has everything you need – brushes included- AND it comes with illustrated step-by-step instructions. It’ll work for our smoky eye, too. You’ll also need a black kohl pencil (or something with a bit of smudge) and fabulous glitter.
- Leave your under-eye concealer for last, but do apply a little foundation on your lids first –it helps the makeup to stick. Curl your lashes.
- Draw the eyeliner across the top lash in an extended wing shape (following out past the end of the eye) and fill in between your lashes. Run it along the bottom outer corner of each eye, blending in toward the inner eye.
- Take the lightest colour on your palette and brush it over the entirety of each eyelid. Take the middle brown and use it to shadow over the back end of each lid leaving a light spot on the middle to inner eye. With the mid brown, trace up and into the crease of your eye. Use this to create the base “wing” shape.
- Take the darkest colour and run it into the crease of your eye, darkening your wing shape as big and dark as you want it to go. To keep your eyes looking big, you want the heaviest of the dark shadow to be in the end corner of each eye, and then feathering out to the “wing” – which traces up toward the brow and to the under eye to blend with your eyeliner.
- Apply your glitter to the light sections, and remove any excess with a bit of sticky tape.
- Brush away excess eye shadow from under your eye, and apply your under-eye concealer and mascara.
- Celebrate with a drink.
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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Trends
08 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
GUYS Father's Day is totally coming (ahem, September one, but you already knew that) and if you haven't already bought him Hot Chocolate tickets, I've got some ideas to help buy him a gift he'll actually appreciate! Yes, you know, the sort of thing that will make him feel really loved and set you ahead of the rest of your no-good siblings. This week, we take a look at things for dads who love anything with moving parts, and ones who love anything they can safely put in their mouths.
Image sources: (1)Canon twin lens kit camera, $498; (2)Turntable and radio, $69.98; (3)Pedometer, $13.84; Dick Smith.
This one is for dads who love toys (fun fact: this is all dads who have ever or will ever live). If your dad feels like he's ready to take his little point-and-shoot digi-cam to the next level with something more spectacular and intrusive, he will love the opportunity to stalk you and your loved ones with this new Canon. And it comes with an additional lens for extra sweet fatherly cred. The turntables are perfect for any dad with a big, dust gathering record collection - this is for those who love the beauty of vinyl, and love even more to tell you about said vinyl beauty. And if like mine, your dad likes to get up at 6am for a walk and gossip with his man-pals, he'll definitely get a kick out of knowing how far he went and how many calories he burned (pedometer cannot measure calories burned by your dad's motor mouth).
Image sources: (1)Sunbeam multicooker deep fryer, $79.95; (2)Vue acrobat 10 bottle wine rack, $69.95; (3)Larousse Gastronmique, $99.95; Myer.
For dads who love to eat, drink and dance pants-less in the kitchen, count yourself lucky: your gift has pretty much selected itself. If your father feels the world of fried snack foods still has a place for invention, he probably needs this Sunbeam deep fryer in his life. Just imagine all the beer battered possibilities! If dad takes his cuisine a little more seriously, the Larousse Gastronmique is a must have. Considered to be *the* classic culinary reference book, this impressive tome was originally written in 1938 and today contains over 900 colour and black and white images. Plus, it comes with a slip cover. Ooo, shiny. And lastly, if your dad likes to swirl his red wine around, take a big sniff and say things about berries before he actually takes a drink, he will probably love the opportunity to shelve his favourites in a 10 bottle wine rack that will sit beautifully at the bottom of most pantries.
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Tags: Dad, Myer, Trends
01 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Image source: favim.com.
About a month ago, I made a life-altering move and bought my first oversized fleecy koala onesie (although I don't know how koala-ish it appears, it's bright blue and there's not a hint of surly). It was a wonderful mistake - wonderful, because I, the most whimpering, cold affected girl in the universe finally found a garment to keep my chill-prone body warm and my whining mouth shut. A mistake, because I'm self employed, and If I'm not working from home in the koala, I'm scheming ways to make it digestible in public. Luckily for the world around me, I work primarily in fashion and have not yet achieved a koala-in-the-wild look I am comfortable sharing. As a side note, I think I finally understand people who wear Uggs in public. The koala onesie is my Ugg, and now I know it must remain behind closed doors except for that one time when my boyfriend's neighbours saw me getting into the car in it. So what now? If I cannot (and therefore, you cannot, because this whole blog is just a ruse to impose my life values on you) wear what is essentially a glorified blanket with an animal hood OR fleece lined slipper boots in public, what will possibly keep me as warm in this bitter cold? Well, I've been experimenting, and I've got answers in list form:
Image sources: 1. Heidi's panama hat, $29.95, from Sportsgirl; or Jenny knit scarf, $65 each, from Pigeonhole; 2. Basque Melton swing coat, $120, from Myer; 3. Thora boot, $119.95, from Nine West.
- Accessories. A hat or scarf (or both together, but I always feel a bit crowded and/or like a Russian spy when I try both at once). Mittens if you are an intense cold whimp. Things like these are wonderful because they keep your extremities snug and they're easy enough to peel off when you wander somewhere heated.
- A coat that is heavy enough to keep you warm and break the wind. You want something solid and impenetrable. Leather or heavy wool. No knits.
- Boots with a sole thick enough to give you insulation from the street. This tip is also crucial for anyone planning northern hemisphere Christmas holidays - buy something thick and with a rubber bottom if you're heading to snow.
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Tags: Myer, Sportsgirl, Trends
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