Life & Style Blog - Featured
24 April 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Image source: Diana Vreeland’s iconic red living room from stylebeat.blogspot.com.au.
OK. Considering my never-ending quest for the aesthetically appealing, I know you’re not exactly going to be blown away by the revelation that I like living spaces as pretty as I like my outfits. BUT I DO, SO DEAL WITH IT. And don’t you think it’s fair enough? I don’t know about you guys, but I feel totally uncomfortable when I’m surrounded by disorganised clutter – things that don’t sit well together, hideous colour combinations. My magazines are stacked by date and my books are colour blocked. I get itchy when I see laminated posters outside of a teenager’s bedroom. You can only imagine how happy I was to learn that our insane landlady had painted our entire house in blue and yellow by hand (including cabinetry). My roommate likened me to an arctic fox when I declined several apartments on the basis that they had bad light in the living spaces. You get it: I feel calm when things look nice. I am the personification of that emoji with the streaming face of tears and open weeping jaw when my house is ugly. Living spaces affect your day to day life. They change the way you function. It’s just how things are.
As part of my aesthetic-dependency, I often find myself in a never-ending trawl through inspiring homes throughout the world. Hours have been lost, eyes glazed, dreaming about impossibly white light-filled spaces with just the right amount of eclectic bits of décor grouped in varying sizes (and in odd numbers). Sometimes the daydreams are about rich, wallpaper flocked rooms in warm colours and often the daydreams are about walls full of books and fat couches from the eat-you-half-alive family – but within the daydream, I always try to take little tips from each to employ now or at a later date, funds pending. Let’s take a walk through some dream rooms, shall we?
Image source: Dining space from Elle Décor.
While that awesome raked ceiling and what looks like a reclaimed industrial light fitting are doing most of the work here, I love the indoor ferns in dark pots on the dining room table. I’m also partial to that little old soapbox propped up on the sideboard with a statue in it – a great way to frame anything 3D.
Image source: Living room from imactoy.com.
Once I can convince my chippy-brother to build me a house for free (and that house is somewhere with a cold climate totally unlike ours so I won’t be burned to hell while I watch TV), this is definitely what my house is going to look like. But anyway, how great are those sneakers on a cake plate? I love bringing more sculptural bits of wardrobe out into my living spaces. I think that masking tape rug is hilarious and clever, I thoroughly enjoy the three-tiered glass bedside table used as a coffee table, and I think the daybed with the coffee table using stacked magazines as legs to prop it up is great.
Image sources: Hastings day bed, $1746; Milton sideboard, $1995; Glass frill edge cake stand, $119.00; all from Laura Ashley.
And in a very similar vein, we have pieces from Laura Ashley to get the look from these two rooms – homewares shops are always the best place to begin whenever your house needs a little lift.
What do you think? Comment here
Tags: Homewares, Trends
18 April 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
As a seasoned veteran of the upcoming Supafest, it’s definitely my duty to wax lyrical about the Perth’s only festival that caters to my very un-secret love of hip hop and cheesy R&B, and the ability to dress in skin-tight leopard/gold/hoops/sneakers and eat multiple dagwood dogs without fear of being looked at a bit weirdly. This year 50 Cent, Akon, Ne-Yo and T.I are headlining – and while it’s no Scoop Dogg or Kelly Rowland (Supafests 2011 and 2012 respectively), it ain’t half bad. I have definitely already seen 75% of these guys live – including one elbow-height brush with an under 18 moshpit in order to witness Ne-Yo’s hat twirling splendour: totally. Worth it.
Considering I am a self-declared Supafest connoisseur, I’m happy to impart those bites of crucial advice that will ensure your Supafest experience is as memorable as it is grindin’.
My singular rule: Go all out
It’s like your mother and I always say: you’re going to do it, do it right. And nothing screams excess like the worlds of hip-hop and R&B (and now you get why I love them so much). The years my friends and I went, we themed our pre-breakfast (soul food, obviously – corn bread, fried chicken and maple syrup), coordinated outfits (all leopard and gold, obvs), hired a limo to take us there and back (it was in Joondalup and cost about the same as a taxi would have), got our hairs did and wore enough bling to give us neck pain. You’ve GOT to represent at Supafest. Make sure those outfits are TIGHT or you might as well stay home with your bowl of porridge and watch re-runs of Grey’s Anatomy or whatever television show is popular with white people at the moment, I don’t know. Packed to the Rafters? Is that still on?
Anyway, now that 50 Cent has taken you to his candy shop (ahem), I’ll leave you with a few essentials to help those Supafest looks coming along:
Image sources: BYS Golden Goddess fake lashes, $9.95, from Gloss Accessories, Lioness sequin dress short, $50, from Live Clothing, Chunky flat necklace, $19.95, from Sportsgirl.
What do you think? Comment here
Tags: Fashion, Sportsgirl
11 April 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Image source: Ray’s 30th anniversary show at MBFW courtesy of Stefan Gossati/Getty.
Top to bottom: Costarella brides on show at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2013; Snapshots of Ray’s 30th anniversary show at MBFW courtesy of Stefan Gossati/Getty and thewest.com.au
30 years in the game and he’s still got it – Aurelio (that’s Ray to us chi-chi fashion types) Costarella recently celebrated his pretty astounding milestone at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney. For the uninitiated, Ray is something of a West Australian designer legend – famed for his ethereal, embellished gowns; he’s dressed everyone from celebrities like Kelly Rowland, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Danni Minogue to blushing brides, all the way through to (arguably normal) people like my sister at her 21st. I might be playing favourites, but Ray was my first WA designer love – I was drawn to his eclectic use of materials; the soft femme silhouettes contrasted with raw, unfinished edges; the stunning, risk-taking artistry. When I was younger and considerably more deluded about my future, I would dream about my Ray Costarella couture wedding dress – a confection of found materials: the ultimate dream dress.
When he’s not jetting about the place laying down the fabulous, Ray still designs and works out of his studio in North Perth, he continues to use West Australian models to showcase his work – he even flew WA singer Grace Woodroofe to sing her heartbreaking blues at his MBFW anniversary show (seriously, Grace is a treasure. Check her out: gracewoodroofe.com.au. At the end of the day, he loves Perth and he’s said as much on many occasions: that’s why he continues to base himself here. And in a landscape where most creatives feel the need to uproot themselves and move east, it’s refreshing to see that not only is his love steadfast, but it’s sustainable. Feel the need to check the genius in person? Aurelio Costarella is stocked at Myer in Forrest Chase – you can peruse the Myer website for a sneak peek of what’s available in store. www.myer.com.au
What do you think? Comment here
Tags: Fashion, Myer
04 April 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli
Hilarious TLC images sourced from style.mtv.com, things-we-heart.blogspot.com.au
Don’t shoot the messenger, but they’re back. They’re positively, absolutely back. That uniform of painters, 90s teens and Mario Brothers alike, the overall has crept it’s way back into fashion - probably using those straps like little denim grapple hooks in the night, scaling the prison wall of un-chic and into the minds of sleeping fashion designers, whispering quietly: “Remember that time Kate Moss wore us with one strap down? That was fun, right? Let’s do it again, it’ll be great.” The return of overalls was sealed when I saw a pair of white denim shorteralls in an Arabella Ramsay look book a year or so ago. Adorable youths seeing grunge fashion for the first time – they cannot resist the playful allure of the shorterall. It’s like a playsuit, but denim! Like shorts, but with a pocket on the front! Straps! And in a way (The way being when you’re under 25 and your legs are approximately the same width as my arms), I think they’re more flattering than the full length overall: you don’t lose your entire silhouette in a swathe of bulky, hitched up denim. BUT. The full length overall is here, too. I know it is because both Alexa Chung and The Man Repeller are wearing them constantly with varying degrees of success. On the plus side, we’ve got this:
Images sourced from manrepeller.com, thestylemethod88.com
Playful, fresh – a little androgynous. I particularly like blazer layering and fringe shoes on Man Repeller, it’s a pretty successful way to sex-up the overalls without wandering around with one breast pointing at unsuspecting strangers. I am also a total sucker for stripes, and therefore I thoroughly enjoy Alexa’s St James tee under corduroy. These are all good. I can live with these.
And then there’s Maude:
Images sourced from manrepeller.com, mydaily.co.uk, peoplestylewatch.com
It takes a lot of misshapen denim to make Alexa “legs of a malnourished child” Chung look like my mum when she was pregnant with my little sister in the late 80s, and yet HERE WE ARE. I honestly cannot look at any of these – particularly the pair with the V shaped panel in the front– without thinking “who put those photos of mum on the internet? She will die when she finds out about this”. These are just SO UNFLATTERING. Leandra in the leather pair – dear lord. Too many trends, dancing way too close to what a bondage daddy might wear to the farmer’s market on the weekend, and SO MUCH CROTCH. Examining these – it seems I’m OK with the short and cannot handle the body-mutilating shapes of the long pairs, but enough about me - how do you feel? Does the thought of overalls make you want to retch, or are you running straight out and grabbing yourself a pair to skip about in on the weekends?
What do you think? Comment here
Tags: Fashion, Trends
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >