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School’s Out

11 July 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

School is out

Image source: Radical tween-age Olsen twins from lintothegloss.com.

According to my high school teacher roommate and to the scores of small people roaming the streets supping on blended juices, rolling around loudly on skateboards and discussing the musical importance of someone called Timomatic, it is school holidays. And as your children have been freed from their educational prisons for the next few weeks (dammit) and perhaps they have outgrown all of their stuff from last winter and are starting to shiver from the cold, I thought we might focus on clothing the hardest possible demographic there is to clothe: your tween-aged daughter. Yes, because when you’re about 10 to 13, not only are you filled with self awareness and forced to start considering who you ARE but have no independence or experience to explore it, not only are you wedged between feeling pretty old but being treated like you have been for the past 10 years, plus the beginnings of a crippling self doubt that will follow them well into teenager-dom - not only all of this, but you have to wear clothes, maybe even wear clothes who express who you are, without looking like a toddler or someone who has just discovered the nightclub scene and it’s just. Not. Easy.

And it isn’t, I’m sorry. Retailers are getting much better at accommodating the tween market but your kid’s head still might explode trying to find something she likes while maybe admitting that she likes herself in it. My top tips for shopping for your tween? If they have siblings that enjoy teasing (and let’s face it, what siblings don’t), try and shop without them (or keep them heavily distracted with an addictive hand-held gaming console). You don’t need a voice of dissent to complicate things. Pinpoint the shops you’re going to look in before you leave the house. Your tween probably does not have the shopping stamina you do. Try not to get distracted looking at shiny things for yourself until after you’ve found something for her – it’s demoralising when it seems so easy for you to find things that you like. Also, it drags out proceedings. And lastly, try primarily for separates: as her legs shoot out from underneath her or she suddenly acquires shoulders, you’re more likely to get the wear from the half that hasn’t grown as much. It’s also easier to get a good fit – you can accommodate long torsos and short legs or vice versa.

To help you along the way, I’ve pulled a couple of looks for your tween:

Cutesy


School is out

Image sources: Assymetric top with print, $9.99, from Pumpkin Patch; Knit bomber jacket, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Tilii chambray denim skirt, $29.95, from Myer.

Cool


School is out

Image sources: Baseball jacket, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Lost Girls gold mine top, $34.95, from Myer; New York jeans, $20, from Pumpkin Patch.

Girly


School is out

Image sources: Knit blazer, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Bardot junior striped jewelled tee, $44.95, from Myer; Floral print skirt, $19.99, from Pumpkin Patch.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Myer, Pumpkin patch

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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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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Trends

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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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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Myer, Portmans, Witchery

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