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Electric dreams

13 February 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2014 Electric Dreams

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Being the savvy, hyper educated humans of the 22nd century that we undoubtedly are (yesterday I tripped on a piece of paper by getting my bare toes caught in it!), I know there’s no need to extol the virtues of electric appliances in our lives. Computers, washing machines, mobile phones that we can use to answer email and awkwardly transfer funds on the spot? We’d be lost and significantly dirtier without them. But you already know how great those are: I’m here to reveal the unsung heroes of the electric appliance world – the little gadgets that are just waiting patiently on shelves to make your life better if you would only notice them. And once you make first contact, believe me: you won’t be able to live without them.

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Image sources: Breville Ikon 2 Sandwich press, $69.95, from Myer; High speed HDMI cable 5m, $55, from Dick Smith; Logitech Pure-Fi Express plus, $59, from Dick Smith.

  1. You think your jaffle has got it all worked out with its scalding hot pockets of liquid cheese? No, my friend. The flat press is where it’s at. Not only can you use it to toast sandwiches to your heart’s content, this Breville number has adjustable height, so you can grill open faced sandwiches, make cheesies, re-heat pizza without it going soggy or dry, toast your banana bread (or anything else that’s too wide to fit in your toaster, like croissants) and if you’re me, use it as a hot plate to cook buttermilk pancakes because the clean up is so much easier.
  2. I’m going to be honest: I didn’t know the HDMI to HDMI cable existed until my housemate brought it into my life, and now it’s definitely something I can’t live without. Simply put: the HDMI cable is something nifty you can use to connect most modern TVs to your laptop/computer. Check all the plugs – sometimes converters are required (Dick Smith has all the converters you need, we have one that plugs into our macs). Now that I can plug my laptop into the TV – I can use it to watch all of the legally downloaded content my heart desires, forever. No transferring to an external hard drive. I can watch stuff on YouTube or use it to pump out music if I want – it just creates a mirror of what is on your computer to the TV. And I especially love the 5m cable length – essential for having your laptop on your lap, so you can use it like a gigantic remote.
  3. If you don’t have an iPod speaker yet, what are you doing with your life? You’ve got all that music trapped in your little rectangle and no way to share. The Logitech dock makes it so easy – it’s just plug and play, but what’s even better is that this one is battery operated, so you can take it to the park, or on a boat, or anywhere else where mains power is just a little too far away and still fill your life with music. You’ll be the hero of the party – trust me

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Tags: Homewares, Trends

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The look of love

06 February 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2014 The look of love

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Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is officially upon us and numerous cupids and things shaped like hearts will be in and around your grill in approximately 10 days. Personally? I’m excited. I snap up any excuse to dress to theme and February 14 is no exception. There’s something brilliant about turning a global day of love/ cards with cats holding boxes of chocolates on them into a private personal celebration centring around a really fantastic outfit. It’s something you can high five yourself about or share with your significant other if you’ve got one: either way, you’re making the world a better, more visually appealing place with your excellent look and your super confident strut – and if that isn’t true love on a global scale, then I don’t want to know what is.

Date Night Valentine


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Image sources: Cameo Overload dress, $172.45, from Pigeonhole; YB J’amie Love Silk Meghan dress, $270, from Myer; Lioness Liana maxi, $80, from Live.

I hate to be predictable, but if we’re talking serious Valentine attire, it’s got to be a) a shade of red, b) lace or c) covered in some sort of adorable thematic print. When else is a YB J’amie (That’s Yeojin Bae’s label) heart print dress going to look more appropriate than on the official day of heart motifs? Whether you sway toward sexy or cute, all three of these dresses are going to work some serious Valentine’s magic on your public.

Corporate Valentine


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Image sources: Sleeveless bib shirt, $89.95, from Witchery; Geometric jacquard pencil skirt, $195, from Cue; Summer Fun necklace, $19.95, from Sportsgirl.

To bring a little romance into the workplace (the sort that won’t raise the attention of HR), go for classic monochrome with a splash of red – don’t be afraid to pucker up and put on some red lipstick as well.


Casual Valentine

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Image sources: Mini shell top, $49.95, distressed jeans, $89.95 and Flatform creeper sneaker, $39.95, all from Sportsgirl

You don’t have to dress to the nines to look chic – it might be my inner sloth talking, but I think relaxed jeans and a sweet top is just as sexy as a barely-there lace dress: there’s something about the ease of casual clothes that is incredibly appealing and telegraphs comfort in your own skin. Plus, you know, hearts.

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Tags: Fashion, Special Occasion, Trends

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Dressed for success

30 January 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2014 Dressed Success

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With public holidays out of the way for the next month, it’s time to stop procrastinating and get to work… work wardrobe, that is. You know I’d never force you to work without encouraging a good hard look inside your closet first. How is it in there? Odds are that work-wear section is looking a little tired, and fair enough. Black fades fast, and when you’re washing the same pieces week after week, even more so – so let’s go shopping, shall we?


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Image sources: Zip front print tank, $89.95, Sateen crop pant, $89.95, and Phillipa loafer, $149.95, all from Witchery.

If you’ve been reading the Forrest Chase blog for a while, you might remember how I feel about dressing well for work: ie, DO IT. Odds are you’ll spend more hours in office attire than in anything else, so you should look and feel good in what you wear. Choosing quality pieces for work as carefully as you do for play will leave you feeling more confident and that will translate to your performance, how you’re perceived by your superiors, and most importantly: that mirror reflection clutching on to her 7am coffee.

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Image sources: Square panel shirt, $105 and Tweed asymmetric wrap skirt, $229, both from Cue; Magadore shoes, $139.95, from Nine West.

So, once again: consider your proportions and what looks good on you. If there’s a cut you know will flatter you, buy it. If there’s a colour that makes your eyes sparkle or your skin attain a Beyonce-like halo, wear it. Don’t be afraid of a little print or bold accessories – as long as you’re in tailored garments and covering up everything that needs to be covered, do not be afraid to depart from your coworker norm and try something a little interesting.

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Tags: Fashion, Trends, Witchery

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Skin is in

23 January 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Skin is in

Image source: Over Blog.

Let’s talk skin, shall we? Unlike our reptilian friends, your skin is the only one you’ve got. You’re wearing it daily from now until forever. Not only that, but it’s a shield to protect your squishy innards from exposure to the outside world, so you must take good care of it. Seriously. Love it the way you’d love your car if it were irreplaceable and you had to drive it everywhere for the rest of your life and your car was prone to wrinkles.

Obviously, everyone has their own special skin type and therefore, their own special skin concerns – but no matter your age (or skin type), there are a few essentials that everyone should keep in their bathroom cabinets:

Skin is in

Image sources: Clinique daily protective base, $36; Benefit Remove It, $29; Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Yeux, $78 from Myer.


  1. Sunscreen. Please. Every day. I put it first, because given the furnace that we currently reside in; it’s the most important. You want a cheap anti ageing treatment? This is it. There are many and varied ways you can get your dose of SPF – I’ve put the Clinique primer up because it’s mattifying, corrects redness and helps my makeup to stay; but you can get SPF in your moisturiser, foundation – even in a BB cream. Don’t forget your neck and décolletage), that skin is just as easily damaged as your face.
  2. Take your makeup off before you go to bed. I know you’re tired and you just want to go to sleep – and that’s why god invented makeup wipes. Keep a stash in your bed side table if you must, but make sure you let your skin breathe at night. You think you’ve managed to get everything off cleansing in the shower? Nope. In a world of makeup engineered to last the distance, cleansers aren’t enough: you should always follow up with a toner or a makeup remover to remove those last pore clogging, panda eye- giving bits. The Benefit makeup remover pictured above is oil free and comes in a super cute bottle that you could totally recycle and use as a vase.
  3. Even more fragile than the skin all over your face? The skin all over your eyes. Those little bags under your peepers that betray your sleepless nights? You should take good care of them, because not only are they as fragile as a baby chick, but they’re the key (along with bright white eyes, for which you can get whitening eye drops) to looking bright and beautiful. So lastly, but certainly not least, a good eye cream is key for women at any age (I’ve been using them since I was 18). I’m obsessed with the Lancôme one pictured above – puffy, dark eyes are my genetic betrayal and the Hydra Zen really brings them down. What’s more is that the moisturising base you get from this or any eye cream is the perfect canvas for your undoubtedly expensive and carefully applied under eye concealer. Here’s the truth: no matter how fancy, makeup can only do about half its job if you haven’t taken care of that giant organ underneath. It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, but it is absolute key to getting the most from your beauty regime.

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Tags: Mum, Trends

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