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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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Category: Featured
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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Tags: Fashion, Special Occasion, Trends

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Searching for shades

31 October 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Shades 1

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Well, I checked the barometer and it’s officially glorious outside, so you know what that means… aside from shaving your legs more often, it’s time for shades! Sunglasses are an integral part of your outfit - you’re going to reach for those little tinted lenses every time you set foot outside the house, and as far as I’m concerned, that is great news! Complete looks are all about the little finishing touches, and sunglasses are on your face – so they’re an important one. Does your outfit need to throw serious power vibes in a strong, black architectural frame? Are you heading to the beach and need something a little more colourful (and cheap, so if they get sandy it’s not a big deal)? Do you want a zany festival pair, or oversized boho specs to wear with your floaty maxi dress and sandals while you do your best Rachael Zoe? The awesome price point of fashion sunnies means that while you might like to have a good pair (you really can’t beat the quality or coverage of a pair of designer glasses), you can have glasses for almost any occasion – let’s explore, shall we?

Shades 2
  1. Aside from being a majorly fashionable look, dressing is at it’s most powerful when capped off by a pair of chunky acetate cat’s eye glasses. Of course, you can wear these just about anywhere as they’re a totally classic shape (and they’ll last), but think about these and some sharp stilettos and an all-black outfit? Yeah, the Devil wears Witchery now. Luella glasses, $69.95, Witchery.
  2. Music festival and misc. bohemian activity: OK, it doesn’t get much more festive than little round tinted John Lennon glasses speckled with tiny roses, does it? Perfect for your deeply fringed t-shirt/ flower crown outfit. Freedom gold peach, $39.95, Sportsgirl.
  3. Oh, we love a pair of oversized vintage inspired glasses, don’t we? A subtle take on the super popular cats eye shape, this is a perfect every-day pair for the classic girl – anyone who loves their skirts a-line and their lips crimson will rock these out forever. Patti charcoal, $89.95, Cue.
  4. Headed to the beach and/or highway patrol? Love the reflector aviators – they’re colourful and fun so they’ll pop with your bikini, but they’re also right in tune with the fashions – reflector lenses are another key trend you’ll see popping up everywhere (if you haven’t already). Heat Wave mirror, $39.95, Sportsgirl.
  5. OK, these are the ‘love them and hold closely to you’ pair, because a) they’re by Giorgio Armani and therefore: a) are of Giorgio Armani quality b) will look good on you as it’s a softer version of the Ray Ban wayfarer shape which suits just about every face shape c) have those gold arms that are devastatingly elegant without being boring-elegant d) just rule, ok? Giorgio Armani AR8011, $390, Sunglass Hut.

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Tags: Fashion, Sportsgirl, Trends

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