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Gift guide: for the ladies in your life

13 December 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2013 Gift Guide

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If you’re anything like me …and surely you must be, as you are fantastic enough to read this and I am glorious enough to write it, you’re blessed with many excellent women in your life that have either guided you (eat your greens or go to bed hungry, see if I care) or have been guided by you (yes of course you need those new shoes, now let’s get gin and tonics and put our feet up, all of this shopping has made me thirsty). And in return, you’d like to give them a special little something this Christmas to show them how radical you think they are – but holy poop, what do you get them? Don’t you worry about that, gentle reader: because you’ve got another awesome lady to guide you (spoiler alert: it’s me).

For the lady who fed you and clothed you:

2013 Gift Guide 1

Image sources: Desert stone necklace, $99.95, from Witchery; Sydney shopper, $259, from Fossil; Penhaligons EDT fragrance, $169, from Myer.

As far as mums (and grandmums) are concerned, you’re pretty safe with the gift giving. Your mum is going to unwrap whatever you get her and tell you she really loves it no matter how badly you have failed, because that is the sacred oath that all mums take after childbirth. Having said that, it would be nice to get her something she actually appreciates – like a beautiful piece of costume jewellery (you can never have enough, and most mums wouldn’t splash out on it unless they’re off to an event).

For the lady who is your plus one:

2013 Gift Guide 2

Image sources: Sass and Bide sunglasses, $229, from Sunglass Hut; Essential oil burner, $179.95, from Pigeonhole; Calvin Klein chemise, $109.95, from Myer.

Here’s a hot tip: when you’re buying for the lady you love, avoid practical gifts (unless you have been instructed otherwise). Of all the women I have met, 100% of them prefer gifts with a splash of romance. Perhaps even a dash of sentiment. It doesn’t have to always be fancy – it could even be a big pragmatic something and a small, lovey-dovey something else, but try and gear your buying toward wants and away from anything that juices, blends or chops. We’ll buy what we need in the boxing-day sales. So why not buy a beautiful lace camisole? It’s easier to fit than lingerie, and it’s not something she’d usually buy herself.

For the lady who used to beat you up when you were little and the ones that will selflessly help you finish that bottle of champagne:

2013 Gift Guide 3

Image sources: Peas in pod studs, $25, from Pigeonhole; Tala 1960’s flour sifter, $19.95, from Myer; Hearts duffle bag, $39.95, from Sportsgirl.

Sisters and galpals are a lot easier – a little token is all you need, and they’re generally on your level (and in your generation), so keep it fun and frivolous, or grab them that thing that they really need yet keep forgetting to buy themselves – like a new gym bag, or a hand triggered flour sifter. Sure, a sifter might not seem like the world’s most exciting gift but if they don’t have one, they might as well not have a kitchen – it is a game-changing implement and they’ll thank you forever for it.

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Tags: Mum, Special Occasion

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Gift guide: Kris Kringle

06 December 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2013 Kris Kringle

Image source: 1957 office christmas party.

Ah, ye olde office Christmas party time is upon us – and with it comes the choice to a) line our stomachs before hand, space our drinks, make chit chat and wake up hangover free; b) survive on finger food and champagne alone and give a stirring rendition of Living on a Prayer for the accounts department with bonus photographic evidence that will live to haunt you for 6-8 months; or c) drink to excess and tell your boss what you REALLY think. Hot tip: avoid c) at all costs by employing stomach lining methods outlined in section a). Along with avoidable life mistakes, the office party also affords us the opportunity to buy gifts for co-workers drawn from a hat on a tiny budget. These are often difficult circumstances especially when you know nothing about your KK aside from their name, and if you’re lucky, their gender. My solution is to go broad if you don’t know the person: pick a brightly coloured, totally unobjectionable, little fun thing and hope for the best.

2013 Kris Kringle 1

Image sources: Kitsound mini buddy speaker, $19.95, from Myer; Passport wallet, $19.95, from Portmans; Underwater disposable camera, $19.95, from Sportsgirl; Eggling – mint, $25, from Pigeonhole; Nando’s A Saucy Threesome gift pack, $15, from Woolworths; Hydrangea Duck Egg tote bag, $26.20, from Laura Ashley.

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28 November 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2013 Party

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As a bowerbird turned human, there is nothing I love more than party wear: an opportunity to turn myself into a champagne sipping, finger food bingeing, all-night-dancing piece of glitter? Consider my name scrawled excitedly on the line in gold gel pen (all i’s dotted with hearts). Yay! As December looms ever closer, reasons to get all gussied up will skyrocket: Christmas parties every other weekend, end of year catch-ups, an inexplicable glut of birthday parties for those who selfishly choose to be born in December, and the calendar’s shiniest event, New Year’s Eve all crammed into one month – you’ve got a lot of reasons to celebrate (celebration occasionally enforced).? Don’t be that person who searches for their outfit at the last minute: December events are usually booked a month in advance, so you’ve got plenty of time to think about what you’re going to wear – and to add plenty of cocktail dresses and the like into your arsenal.

2013 Party 1

Image sources: Cameo Slow Cruel dress, $169.95, from Pigeonhole; Wide Strap Bow dress, $265, from Cue.

Red hot – this Cameo dress at Pigeonhole is a great little number to boogie the night away in.? When you’re faced with a night out, it’s hard to go past a LBD – we love this bow dress at Cue: you’ll be all wrapped up like a Christmas present.

Sparkly and evening-y

2013 Sparkly

Image sources: Maticevski Society strapless dress, $850, from Myer; Paris sequinned shift, $169.95, from Portmans; Mr. K Mini Shift dress, $249, from Myer.

Cute and colourful

2013 Cute

Image sources: Stripe floral dress, $219, from Cue; Cameo Winter Wind dress, $239.95, from Pigeonhole; Assymetric cocktail dress, $169.95, from Witchery.

Little white dresses

2013 White

Image sources: Floral lace shift, $129.95, from Sportsgirl; Sleeveless Jersey drape dress, $149.95, from Witchery; Blessed are the meek Pieces dress, $160, from Live.

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In the swim

20 November 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2013 Swimwear

Image sources: A flowy kaftan will take you from the beach to the bar in style, Seafolly Bryon Kaftan, $59.95, from Myer; You’ve got to love the adorable clashing prints on this Azzura bikini, $89.95, from Myer.

It’s time to talk swimwear. I know you’ve already been to the beach last weekend and those ice cold waves were like a glorious medicine, but having to constantly readjust and double check nothing had decided to reveal itself to the world courtesy of your sunburned, chlorine eaten swimmers every time your decided to dip yourself under water? Not medicine. The opposite of medicine: stress (the opposite of medicine is probably poison but let me have this OK). Old bathers are your nipple slipping, bottom sagging, constant shifting enemy and it’s time to update. But don’t worry, I’ll give you some sweet guidance (and this same advice I do every year: go shopping in the morning when your stomach is flatter) and cherry-pick a couple of beauties to start you off.

Hourglass shapes

2013 Hourglass

Image sources: Seafolly Bella Rose long line bustier, $129.95; Jantzen Sheath, $119.95 and Seafolly Mod Club high neck maillot, $159.95, from Myer.

The key to flattering an hourglass or pear shaped body is easier than you think: 1) Support the bust (if you’ve got it, flaunt it), 2) Emphasize the waist and 3) cover the more jiggly, problem areas with a well constructed panelling.

Apple shapes

2013 Apple

Image sources: Seafolly take flight casacade bandeau, $99.95; Jantzen Bahama cross panelled one piece, $139.95 and Seafolly Oasis booster bra, $99.95, from Myer.

Apples (or women who have slender legs and smaller busts with a bigger stomach) should concentrate on adding volume to the bust and showing off their legs where swimwear is concerned: it’s all about balance.

Athletic shapes

2013 Athletic

Image sources: Seafolly trible slide triangle, $69.95; Seafolly Net Effect bandeau, $139.95; Cozi frill triangle bikini top, $59.95 and bottom, $59.95, from Myer.

Athletic shapes will want to keep the swimwear silhouette feminine – go for triangular or curving lines on the body instead of blocky shapes and add volume to the bust and bottom where possible: the end goal is to create softer lines.

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