Life & Style Blog - Fashion


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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Tags: Fashion, Special Occasion, Trends

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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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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Trends

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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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Tags: Fashion, Sportsgirl, Witchery

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Fashionable fillies: Melbourne Cup 2013

08 November 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

 Melbourne Cup 1

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Just so we're clear: I'm not talking horsies. Unsurprisingly, I have a clearer image of Gai Waterhouse's incredible string of pearls than I do the name of the winner - so as always, we're talking outfits. The race might stop a nation, but it's only for a moment. Red carpet photos and over-the-top headwear? That's forever.

Taking the cup

Melbourne Cup 2

L-R: Coco Rocha, Lindy Klim, Nicole Warne.

These three are an absolute treat. It may be Coco's job to look incredible, but models (even super ones) so often rely on their looks and get the clothes all wrong - not so for Coco, who is a perfectly balanced architectural masterpiece. So appropriate, so flattering. Princess Lindy and blogger Nicole Warne both seem to be repping a bit of Dolce and Gabbana: Lindy on the more gothic side, Nicole on the lighter and brighter but both equally royal in gold crowns.

Blue ribbon

Melbourne Cup 3

L-R: Deborah and John Quinn, Laura Dundovic, Richard Nylon.

Here we have three people who really own their excellent, individualistic style - the "ain't give a damn"s of fashion. Deborah Quinn appears to be wearing a novelty sized paper boat on her head and I just want to high five her and pour her a drink... Attitude is everything. And then there's Laura Dundovic, who just looks gorgeous in that Aurelio Costarella - seriously excellent colour choice and one of the best flower crowns I've seen for a good while.

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