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How to win at Boxing Day sales

24 December 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2013 Boxing Day

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Congratulations, soldier. You’ve made it through the Christmas Season of Extreme Silliness unscathed and only one notch looser on your belt. For this, you deserve a reward. May I suggest an array of deals at this year’s Boxing Day sales? I know, I know - they get bigger and more intense every year, but you’ve got to rock them or feel the crushing regret of paying full price for new towels in March. Lucky for you, I have served many an intense sale on both sides of the counter and have come away with many lessons to help you not only survive the sales, but to emerge a victor, waving your purchases above your head in triumph as you walk slow-motion out of the store to the cheers of your fellow shoppers.

  1. Go in with a plan
    Consider what you actually need before you hit the shops. Make a list, or form a vague one in your mind so when you arrive and are affronted with mountains of discounted goods, you know what you’re looking for, how to move through the premises and you come out on the other side faster with things you actually need. Of course you are going to be distracted by something fantastic that wasn’t on the list, and that’s fine – that’s what bargain hunting is all about – but if you at least have an idea of what you need, you’ll feel in charge and it will keep the stress to a minimum.
  2. Get the essentials
    The greatest things to buy on sale are usually the most boring: underwear, haberdashery, leather goods, wardrobe basics. Use the sales as an opportunity to stock up on those often overlooked corners of your world, and stock up well – buy quality that will last (and feel great) while it’s affordable. It’s also a fantastic time to stock up on little miscellaneous gifts (hand creams, candles, fragrances, books) that you can give at all of those last minute birthday parties you’re invited to.
  3. Think before you buy
    Here’s the thing: if you never use your awesome bargain sales item, it’s not an awesome bargain. Whatever you’re diving for that you would never ordinarily consider, be it feathered hat or cupcake maker, think first. What are you going to wear it with? Do you already have something like it (like, I don’t know, a cake tray and an oven and parental supervision) that will do the job? If you’re not one to get things altered or mended, don’t buy it on the premise you will (because you won’t).
  4. Eat first
    Just do it. If you’re preparing yourself for the long haul, the last thing you want to be feeling when you’re knee-deep in party dresses is a growling stomach and a caffeine headache.

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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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Ear candy

14 November 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Earrings 1

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You know the rules: more is more and nothing succeeds like excess. So you can only imagine the glee when discovered statement earrings had made their way back on to accessories racks everywhere, just in time to team with your favourite holiday caftan for the ultimate “Princess Caroline orders another Bellini, poolside” look. It’s an exciting time; not only can you wear loose, billowy clothes and drink by a body of water again, but big statement earrings are here and they’re out to make sure no lobe goes unadorned this summer.

Earrings 2

Image sources: Peru earrings, $12.95, from Sportsgirl; Fringe hoop earrings, $39.95, from Witchery; Chain earrings, $25, from Pigeonhole; Hoop design earrings, $12.95, from Sportsgirl; Lattice with purple jewel earrings, from Gloss Accessories.

As with anything fantastic and glittery, we have the Italians to thank for this one; specifically those scamps Dolce and Gabbana who just won’t quit making outrageously beautiful stuff for us to drool over (see: opening photograph). The look is ornate and a bit vintage. There’s definitely a sense of “discovered these antique danglers in a Moroccan souk while I was hanging out with Yves in the 70s, no biggie”; so keep your eyes out for anything in worked or ancient looking metals, and don’t forget turquoise - it’s a classic 70s stone and always looks fresh and bright under our scorching sun. The Peru and Hoop earrings from Sportsgirl have definitely got that 70s Aztec influence going on, whereas the fringe and chain earrings (from Witchery and Pigeonhole respectively) are basically a jewel version of the all-important fringe: as important to ears as it was to clothes and hair in the 1970s. The lattice earring from Gloss is a great one – touches of pretty jewel tones and worked metals, it’d give any outfit an instant glamour lift.

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