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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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The worst of The Met

10 May 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

The Met Ball

Image source: Grace Coddington bang on re: The Met Ball, and pretty much everything else in life from thevine.com.au

Of all the opportunities to ogle celebrities on the red carpet, The Met Ball has a special place in that burning black hole where my heart is supposed to be. Why? Well, probably because I am a terrible person who revels in the misfortunes of others – but inherent evils aside, I love The Met Ball because it’s a perfect storm of couture and costume: an annual attempt for celebrities and fashion industry big wigs to straddle the divide between red carpet couture and whatever theme Anna Wintour throws at them (I like to imagine that she sends millions of minions in Wintour wigs and Prada sunglasses out into the stratosphere to literally throw the invites at people before laughing, and leaving with a swish of their cape). This year, the theme was punk (from chaos to couture) – and, well, wow. After digesting the red carpet looks, I wondered if any of these people or their stylists had even seen a punk who didn’t rhyme “sk8r boi” with “later boi”. 95% of the attempts were SO off the mark, it was laughable. And we love that.

Heavy eye makeup does not a punk make


The Met Ball

Image sources: Lena Dunham from, justjared.com, Ginnifer Goodwin from justjared.com, Emmy Rossum from justjared.com.

Hollywood types reading this, take note: you can’t just bang any old black lace dress, load up on eyeliner, get some braids and call it anarchy. Dig a bit deeper, please. And Ginnifer? I’d check around to see whether your makeup artist has a vendetta against you. Maybe ask one of your P.As.

Literally infuriating


The Met Ball

Image sources: Miley Cyrus from, justjared.com, Madonna from huffingtonpost.co.uk , Tommy and Dee Hilfiger from hauteliving.com.

Going all literal on the theme is not what we’re after, MILEY. Gosh. Way to ruin what could have been a passable dress with that Dragonball – Z nightmare of a ‘do. Did you guys just front up to your local costume shop and ask them for all the studs they had? And MADONNA. PLEASE. I expected more than this from you (like, literally more. You are too old for me to give a tick of approval to your wax job on the red carpet).

Downton Abbey called…


The Met Ball

Image sources: Linda Evangelista from, dailymail.co.uk, Katy Perry from justjared.com, Tabitha Simmons from vogue.com.au.

Dame Maggie Smith is FURIOUS that you stole her season finale look, Linda. There was a surprising amount of celebrities dressed like they thought “historical drama” and “punk” are interchangeable – and to be fair, when you take a good look at Vivienne Westwood… maybe they got confused.

Did you not get the same invitation as us?


The Met Ball

Image sources: Zooey Deschanel from, justjared.com, Kate Upton from instyle.com, Heidi Klum from justjared.com.

I can only assume all of these people hired a stretch hummer and gatecrashed The Met on their way to a convention called “Clothes and your sleep disorder: helping cure insomnia with black tie dress.”

Ahahahahahahhaha


The Met Ball

Image sources: Beyonce from justjared.com, Kimye from kimkardashian.celebuzz.com, Elizabeth Banks from justjared.com.

I would like to thank Queen Bey and her humble servant Kim Kardashian for this hilarious, be-gloved prank. You two and your new best friend and jazzy-showgirl Elizabeth Banks really know how to cheer a girl up.

Poor unfortunate souls


The Met Ball

Image sources: Allison Williams from justjared.com, Florence Welch from justjared.com, Taylor Swift from justjared.com.

Last I checked, Ursula was more of a deep-sea octopus witch bent on claiming the voices of the innocent than a punk icon. (And a big, deep belly laugh at any attempt by Taylor Swift toward punk. That stylist knew they could never win, so apparently they just gave up).

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