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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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Tags: Fashion, Trends

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Style Stalking: Gary Pepper Vintage

30 May 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Style Stalking

Image source: Gary Pepper by Nicole Warne from fellt.com.

When your wardrobe has got you down, the weather won’t shut up and just make up it’s mind and everything you throw together somehow leaves you looking like that time you tried to dress your dog up as Joan Collins, it might be time to internet stalk a few of your favourite style bloggers and drain inspiration from their outfit posts. Which is, of course, what I do on the daily – after checking out Miroslava Duma’s latest incredible, couture punctuated street style photographs; perusing a couple of new campaign shots from Dolce & Gabbana and a peek at Anna Dello Russo’s Instagram, I like to bring the sweaty, fevered couture porn back to a stable temperature with some style bloggers who mix high-street fashion with fancier pieces, who do things other than eternally trampling the streets between the various Fashion Weeks of the universe, and sort of maybe even live a life close enough to a regular person that they can inspire my wardrobe.

I’m currently loving the always-chic and permanently sun-saturated Nicole of Gary Pepper Vintage who, in turn, is really digging Breton stripes at the moment:


The Garry Pepper Girl

Image sources: The Gary Pepper Girl from fellt.com.


Styles

Image sources: Gordon Smith stripe knit tee, $69.95 from Myer, Short big chain necklace, $59 from Pigeonhole, Wide leg pants, $239 from Cue.

What’s great about Nicole’s take on the Breton is the easy tailoring: when I wear my abundance of stripy tees, it’s usually with slouchy denim or supertight pants, whereas she has paired it back with super wide man-style trousers, simple pop coloured accessories and a belt– it’s a much more manicured, dressy take on the omnipotent stripe and I love it.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Trends

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New Kids on the Block

24 May 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

New Kids on the Block

Have you heard? There’s a couple of new kids in town, and I want you to go over, introduce yourselves, and play nice. Of course, once you have a look around at their awesome lunchbox treats wares; you’ll wonder why you didn’t meet sooner (because although scary, often the unknown garners the best rewards but that’s another lesson for another time).


Pigeonhole

Pigeonhole

Image sources: 1. Sausage dog studs, $25, 2. Jasmin gold buckle bags, $75, 3. WeWood date black watch, $120, 4. Vintage Polaroid 600 camera, $155, 5. Heart shaped espresso cup, $18, 6. Wooden Gouda Birthday card, $8.50. All available from Pigeonhole.

First up is Pigeonhole, which began as a single shop so tiny you could barely fit three people inside without accidentally impregnating one, but has grown so that it is basically a Perth city monolith set to crush us all with it’s pointed talons. But don’t worry, it would never crush us because every Pigeon (that’s the pigeonhole staff) really just wants to be your friend! I have no idea where these kids find their enthusiasm and smiles, but I’m betting it’s at the bottom of a bag of something full of sugar. Aside from wanting to befriend you, Pigeonhole is basically a one-stop shop for wonderful gifts and well-priced clothes with a hefty dose of quirk. They have their own in-house brand of jewellery and leatherware, a decent array of well-priced vintage and new clothing, and are a huge stockist of polaroid cameras and film (and other lomography pursuits). If you’re after a quick and easy present for guys or girls, or something to spruce up your wardrobe – do yourself a favour.


Miss Brown Vintage


Miss Brown

Next is Miss Brown, a jam-packed treasure trove of vintage clothes (most modified to suit today’s silhouette). Originally hailing from the eastern states, Miss Brown found her way to Perth about a year ago, and now they’ve opened up in prime position in Forrest Chase. Offering bits for guys and girls, it’s one of those places where you have to sift through to find what you’re looking for – of course, you’ll eventually leave with far more than you originally intended, but that’s the fun of shopping vintage (especially when it’s been already edited and tailored for you). If you hate going out and seeing someone else in your duds, or you feel that modern looks aren’t quite for you – or if you’re an op-shopper on a lazy day, Miss Brown is the place you’ve been looking for.

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Shoe gazing

16 May 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

If there’s any time your feet need protection against the elements, it’s right now: it’s cold and wet and ugly out there. But apparently you haven’t all got the memo: and I’ve got to tell you, every time I see someone in the city walking around in havaianas, I have to my stop my inner-old crochety Italian woman from asking them if they want to “catch death in those bloody things” before wrapping them in a cashmere shawl. So let’s be clear: this winter, we’re looking at ankle boots and sneaker-eqsue designs as our main feet protectors, and you’ll find plenty of both kicking about in stores.

Sneakers are fabulous for casual wear – they afford an easy, edgy cool to your look and they’re EVERYWHERE. Ankle boots are probably a bit more versatile in that you can wear them day and night, dressed up or down or even to work – but buy a pair of each and you’ll be set (and if you wear those thongs out again I’m going to hit you with a wooden spoon).

Sneakers

Shoe Gazing

Image sources: (1)Hanson, $59.95, Novo(2)Buckle creeper hi-top, $59.95, Sportsgirl(3)Goldie hi top, $39.95, Sportsgirl(4)Hippie, $69.95, Novo(5)Converse one star DX ox, $49.95, Myer.


Boots

Shoe Gazing

Image sources: (1)Dean cowboy boot, $79.95, Novo; (2)Victoria Boot, $129.95, Sportsgirl; (3)Mel by Melissa red ankle boot, $52.46, Myer; (4)Sosie ankle boot, $149.95, Nine West; (5)Selena boot in soft gold, $199.95, Witchery.


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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl, Trends, Witchery

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