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Strawberry kisses

04 July 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Strawberry kisses

Image sources: Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs from luckymag.com, glamourmagazine.co.uk and theluxuryspot.com.

Fear not: this trend has little to do with the musical stylings of Nikki Webster (or the anything stylings of Nikki Webster. Did you see her wedding pictures? Each to their own and all that, but I don’t think we’ll be looking to the girl who matches her dress to her wedding cake for the hottest in fashion quite yet).

Anyway, the actual fashion scribes have spoken, and seeing as everyone from Zac Posen to Marc Jacobs through to the wonderful Oscar De La Renta sent smouldering red lips down the runway, it’s a fair call to assume that we’ll be making awkward kissy faces in the mirror for a fair while yet. So, how to work it? Firstly, you’ll notice that all of those runway girls have minimal makeup: keep your skin dewy and your eye makeup to a minimum (especially for the day) – red lips are loud, and if you start going to town with eye shadow when the sun is out, you’ll end up at the office looking like a refugee from Perth’s (ahem) unceasing nightlife. Secondly, you’re going to want to pick up a tone that suits your skin tone. The best way to figure this one out is to visit a friendly makeup artist at one of the counters in Myer, but here’s a great slideshow from totalbeauty.com that will help steer you in the right direction.

The key to this look is in the perfect application: don’t bother with a bold lip if you’re not going to back it up with lip liner. First, apply a little plain balm to stop the cracking, then line your lips generously, blending the edges towards the middle of your lips. Apply the lipstick. Blot. Then, apply a fine coating of translucent powder, and apply again. Most of the runway looks are pretty glossy – something you can easily achieve with a clear gloss, or in a pinch, your basic lip balm. And voila, you are ready to give someone a pout full of strawberry kisses that they can subsequently miss.

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Hats off

20 June 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Hats off

Image source: thecheetahfiles.blogspot.com.

Because you’ve all been dying to know: my all-time favourite thing about winter? Hats. It’s not like hats and summer – you can’t really wear them indoors without being scorned by your coworkers and/or grandmother – but for some unknown reason, winter hats traverse the “hats off inside” rule and end up on the other side, smiling, waving and leaving your skull toasty warm. But! It’s not the sheer warmth of it that does it for me: it’s the ability to have as many concurrent dirty hair days as you have hats - and have nobody be any the wiser to your greasy, lazy scalp. Bliss.


Styles

Image sources:1. Street ball cap, $39.95 from Witchery,2. Pom Pom beanies, $49 from Pigeonhole,3. Kate floppy felt hat, $39.95 from Sportsgirl.

What’s even better is that winter headgear is massive in fashion this year – beanies (90s grunge) and wide-brimmed fedoras (super 70s, thanks Saint Laurent) are particularly prevalent, but you’ll still find caps, berets, bowler hats and thanks to our mate Baz and The Great Gatsby, probably a little felt cloche or two in there as well. Before you start shrieking “Shut up, fool - I can’t wear hats!” – well, yes you can. You might have to try on a few before you find a style that suits, but remember: even though caps are on, it’s important to be able to still have a little hair to frame your face or you’ll look bald. Do not try on anything but caps with a ponytail, or you’ll scare off hats forever.

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Tags: Fashion, Sportsgirl, Witchery

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All covered up

14 June 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Overcoats

All cover up

Image sources: Belt up trench, $299.95, from Witchery; Cooper St Bethany coat, $169.95, from Myer; Collarless coat, $169.95, from Sportsgirl.

Seeing as Perth has fallen into it’s Arctic tundra phase where it’s pitch black at 6am and you can see your own breath while you’re lying in bed, I’d say it’s time to rug up, wouldn’t you? Seeing as polite society won’t allow us to roll around with our doonas wrapped at our shoulders Superman style, I guess a coat will have to be the next best thing. Not that I have anything against coats, quite the opposite; a coat lends polish and finish to your outfit, and as a West Australian and therefore, perennial winter dressing novice, that big coat is going to cover whatever mismatch of layering you’ve had to throw on in order not to die of frostbite on your morning commute and make you look positively put together.

So, hurray for coats! Between overcoats, anoraks and drape front jackets all fighting for top billing as “coat trend: 2013” there’s a world of choice out there – just make sure you have enough space underneath to layer up and keep cosy.


Anoraks

The Met Ball

Image sources: Fur trim anorak, $199.95, from Witchery; Tameika fur parka, $169.95, from Sportsgirl; Faux Fur trim anorak, $169.95, from Portmans.


Drape front jackets

The Met Ball

Image sources: Cooper St Sheepy Coat, $159.95, from Myer; Drape leather jacket, $599.95, from Witchery; Collarless coat, $169.95, from Witchery.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Portmans, Witchery

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Bag Ladies

06 June 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Bag ladies

Image source: handbago.com.

Maybe you’ve just finished reading one of those scary “news” articles about how your handbag carries more bacteria than a toilet seat. Maybe the lining of your purse finally tore open and you found $14.25 worth of coin rolling around in the bottom. Or maybe you’re just sick and tired of slinging the same old bag over a myriad of carefully constructed outfits, day-in, day-out. Either which way, you know your old bag has to be put to rest, and, in the words of Cat Stevens: it’s now time to make a change. As luck would have it, I’ve found a bag for you no matter the situation… because as anyone born with ovaries would know, accessory options are always a necessity. (People with non-ovaries might know about accessories too, but I have yet to find conclusive proof).


Styles

Image sources:1. Thea slouch shoulder bag, $59.95 from Portmans,2. Zoey Shopper, $179 from Fossil,3. Alexis bag, $39.95 from Sportsgirl,4. Sarah leather satchel, $350 from Pigeonhole,5. Wide leg pants, $239 from Witchery.

1. The throw it on everyday bag for everyday

Soft, waiting to be stuffed with your necessities and in the all-encompassing, go with anything shade of black, the Thea slouch is going to hold a lot more of that crap you insist on bringing around with you than you’d think. With a little bit of chic gold hardware and a long strap so your shoulders can bear the weight of your indecisive nature, this is a perfect everyday bag.

2. The weekender

Light on in terms of colour and weight, the devil-may-care looks of the Zoey Shopper is ideal for your slouchy denim weekend outfits. Take it with you to the market and the malls and fill it with produce and those few hundred things you needed to grab on your errand runs – the Zoey Shopper will take it all without complaining.

3. The sleek, fashion-y bag for sleek, fashion-y types

Looking suspiciously like the very popular Celine calfskin shoulder bag, this is a gorgeous bit of polish to any current fashion look that you might wish to partake in at the moment. As well as coming in minimalist dream shades, the simple silhouette and basic hardware is perfect for anyone whose statement is an understatement.

4. The bag for workaholics who also like the colour green

This one is big enough for a wee laptop, an iPad and all that paperwork you had to bring home with you. You can haul it by the handles or wear it cross body, but the important thing is that your work comes first.

5. The tiny little bag for night out essentials

Looks like a very small clutch on the outside, functions like a wallet with an iPhone cavity on the inside – you’ll be able to dance (or sit and drink) the night away without having to stand over your bloated shoulder bag on the dance floor (or worse, accidentally whipping an unsuspecting stranger when your arms in the air just don’t care a little too much). With spots for cards and coins and a pocket in the back for your lipstick, you’ve pretty much got an epic night out made.

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