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Three pieces to change the season

05 September 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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Image source: wallpaper.showded.com.

If the blissful change in temperature hasn’t alerted you, I’m sure your legions of Facebook friends posting photos of cherry blossoms and/or blue skies have: spring’s springing. While my sinuses (currently aflame with allergies) aren’t that happy about it, you’d better believe the rest of me is – as far as I’m concerned, warm breezes, longer days and baby animals are a recipe for happiness. The proverbial garnish would be the news that you no longer have to dress in approximately 17 layers in order to survive the day: return to your neglected summer clothes and start contemplating them again. OK, so it’s not exactly hot enough to bust out a mini dress, and maybe your legs have turned translucent over the winter and might frighten the children, but tell your niece to stop crying at the horror of your ghostly shins because IT’S GOING TO BE OK. All you need is a few (and I mean that) trans-seasonal pieces to layer up to make the transition between icicles and searing heat.

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Image sources: 1. Western shirt, from Levis; 2. Marley Panel shift dress, $89.95, from Portmans; 3. Delia flat form wedge, $149.95, from Witchery.

  1. A lightweight shirt
    If you don’t have a chambray shirt yet, SPRING IS THE SEASON, PEOPLE. Wear it open like a jacket, tied over your favourite maxi, relaxed with a pair of jeans or shorts – it’s the perfect weight and colour for indecisive-but-usually-warm weather. If you can’t do chambray because you were scarred by the 70s or the 90s or whatever, any structured lightweight shirt will do – a drill cotton or linen will fit the bill just as well (but I cannot say no to denim. It’s my weakness).
  2. A shift dress
    I love the resurgence of the shift dress simply because it’s such a versatile piece. This one from Portmans is perfect – button down, clean white and with just a touch of sleeve: you can wear it to work with a blazer and fitted pants or leggings; you can wear it on the weekends layered up with an open chambray shirt (ahem), or softly tucked into some baggy boyfriend jeans or a pair of shorts; you can wear it out for drinks with a big piece of jewellery and heels or sandals (depending on how fancy your drinks are). Once it’s hot enough, you can even wear it over your bathers: it’ll take you from the beach to bar and beyond.
  3. A pair of chunky sandals
    The easiest way to switch your outfit from winter to spring? Throw a pair of sandals on. Nothing telegraphs “it’s warm and I love it” like exposed feet. While it doesn’t *have* to be a flatform like the Witchery ones pictured above (although, you’re getting height without pain, so I don’t know why you wouldn’t go there), I like a heavier sandal in spring – it’s still covered enough to wear with bulkier clothes like jeans, but light enough to wear with a little dress.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Portmans, Witchery

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Fashion alert: orange

22 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Fashion Alert

Image source: buzznet.com.

You know when you have a really terrible day and everything seems to go wrong and the pratfalls of your life seem almost comical? Inevitably, the day will end and you say “I should base a sitcom on myself” and then you say “never mind, at least that day is over forever”. And then you drink your dinner and go to bed, mind restful that the exact stupidity of that day will never again be repeated, and you grow and hopefully learn from your mistakes.

Yeah, fashion don’t do that. Unfortunately, the metaphorical hilariously bad days of the decade that was 1990, aka: those trends that you only just finished laughing at are already back, lesson far from learned. Basically, these are trend zombies – ready to bite, infect and spread to anyone who doesn’t know better. We’re officially at fashion alert: orange because at least 70% of idiotic 90s looks have returned. We haven’t quite got to homemade beaded tiger-tail earrings or heavily embroidered jeans yet but IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. Stay vigilant.

Peasant headscarves

Fashion Alert

Image sources: instagram.com and deargq.blogspot.com.au.

I nearly fell over when I saw this backstage shot from a David Jones show on Emily Green’s instagram. Those tiny triangle scarves herald the arrival of everything else peasant - get ready to witness off the shoulder cap-slevees, ¾ length bias cut cotton skirts and a whole lot of embroidered cheesecloth.

Cherubs

Fashion Alert

Image sources: theimagist.com, sassisamblog.com and billskinnerstudio.co.uk.

Remember those two? Well, they and all of their renaissance and religious iconographic friends like the sacred heart and shrines and altars have well and truly made their way back. While I actually love the D&G recreation (hilariously, they’ve gone so far as to even put dudes in dog collars in their campaign), I am less enthusiastic about cherubs literally adorning everything again as they are in those Bill Skinner earrings.

Flower pin ALL THE THINGS

Fashion Alert

Image sources: hellogiggles.com and seattlefashionistas.com.

Carrie Bradshaw’s ubiquitous pin was truly, truly overused. In the late 90s (and even into the early naughties), if there was a free lapel, belt loop or strap on any outfit, a gigantic flowerclip (sometimes several) was quickly adhered to cover it up before anyone saw. Yesterday, I was in a highstreet fashion shop and there were more varieties of flower pins than I felt comfortable counting. I fear for our future.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Trends

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How to… do a smoky eye with a twist

15 August 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Smoky Eye

Image sources: fashionising.com.

I know this sounds like some sort of new cocktail in one of those bars where the wank factor is turned up to 11, BUT this is actually an eye makeup tutorial! Which woman doesn’t want that classic “I’m going to go out looking incredible and sort of dangerous in a sexy Bond villain way and come home after a big night with shoes in hand” look? These eyes can also be applied for classier evenings where you don’t choose to argue with your cab driver about politics if you so wish – but the fantastic thing about this makeup is that if it wanders a little (from, say, the eye watering strain of belting Mr. Big’s classic anthem “To Be With You” at an impromptu karaoke session), nobody will ever know.

So, the look we’re going for (pictured above) is from the runway for a designer called Francesco Sconamiglio (don’t worry, I don’t know who he is either). It’s basically a winged smoky eye with a touch of glitter. As you can see, the shape of the makeup varies greatly depending on your eye – all of those models were parading in the same show but different aspects are played up depending on the shape of their lid and their bone structure.

Smoky Eye

Image sources: 1. Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes, $59, from Myer; 2. Benefit Bad Gal waterproof eyeliner, $39, from Myer; 3. BYS glitter crème, $4.95 each, from Gloss.

If you’ve never managed to get the hang of a smoky eye, Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes kit is basically the best starter’s kit you could ever hope for. It has everything you need – brushes included- AND it comes with illustrated step-by-step instructions. It’ll work for our smoky eye, too. You’ll also need a black kohl pencil (or something with a bit of smudge) and fabulous glitter.

  1. Leave your under-eye concealer for last, but do apply a little foundation on your lids first –it helps the makeup to stick. Curl your lashes.
  2. Draw the eyeliner across the top lash in an extended wing shape (following out past the end of the eye) and fill in between your lashes. Run it along the bottom outer corner of each eye, blending in toward the inner eye.
  3. Take the lightest colour on your palette and brush it over the entirety of each eyelid. Take the middle brown and use it to shadow over the back end of each lid leaving a light spot on the middle to inner eye. With the mid brown, trace up and into the crease of your eye. Use this to create the base “wing” shape.
  4. Take the darkest colour and run it into the crease of your eye, darkening your wing shape as big and dark as you want it to go. To keep your eyes looking big, you want the heaviest of the dark shadow to be in the end corner of each eye, and then feathering out to the “wing” – which traces up toward the brow and to the under eye to blend with your eyeliner.
  5. Apply your glitter to the light sections, and remove any excess with a bit of sticky tape.
  6. Brush away excess eye shadow from under your eye, and apply your under-eye concealer and mascara.
  7. Celebrate with a drink.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Myer, Trends

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Stocked up on stockings

25 July 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Vogue fritts

Image source: Raymond Meier, US Vogue.

If you’re anything like me (and I'm assuming most Perth people are) there is just no point in a wardrobe full of winter clothes. Aside from about one cold month out of the year, every other day is above 25 degrees and your summer wardrobe is always going to take precedence. So this basically means that every winter outfit is made up of something from summer + stockings + coat + boots = ready for public consumption and icy winds. That’s fine though - it’s great to get the miles out of your summer buys, plus you can get away with not shaving your legs. But, my washing has started to look like a crowd of very thin Greek widowers. Black stockings seem to be the staple winter fashion accessory and it's beginning to feel like every day I’m forcing my legs to mourn even when they might not have anything to be sad about. And while I’d never suggest you stop living your life stocking clad, I’m going to suggest you look into patterned stockings: because for about $20, your outfit has been given some lift – and at least that party on your leg will not look like a wake.

Working girl

Working girl

Image sources: Voodoo ‘Empire’ 70 denier, $12.95, from Myer; Spot tight, $39.95, from Witchery; Voodoo Metro Rib tights, $19.95, from Myer.

Pop on these bad boys if you work in a corporate environment and are interested in keeping your soul alive – there’s a little bit of punch without crossing the line.

Cute as a button

Cute as a button

Image sources: Ditsy floral tight, $7.95, from Sportsgirl; Miss Shop heart print full length tights, $14.95, from Myer; Miss Shop leopard tights, $19.95, from Myer.

If florals, ukeleles and fixed gear bikes with puppies in the front basket are your speed, you’ve probably already got a closet full of stockings like this already. Here are some more to add to your army of whimsy.

Ooh la la

Ooh la la

Image sources: Basque flower seam pantihose, $15.95, from Myer; Leona Edmiston Elegant stay ups, $22.95, from Myer; Jonathan Ashton back seam fishnet tights, $19.95, from Myer.

Got a hot date lined up, or a night on the town? Be quite cold but incredibly sexy in this classic hosiery, a splash of lipstick and a pair of slowly batting eyelashes.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl

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