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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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Ten things for mum

02 May 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Products

Image sources: 1. McQ Griffin lace scarf, $119.00 from Myer, 2. Signature bangle, $89 from Fossil, 3. Pyramid Deco drop earring, $57.50 from Cue, 4. Shawl collar textured cardi, $169.95 from Witchery, 5. Vintage style perfume bottles, $48.95 from Laura Ashley.

Products

Image sources: 6. Jacquard coral fleece gown, $20 from Millers, 7. Vividly wallet, $49.95 from Nine West, 8. Sorbet dream parfait candle, $12.95 from Noni B, 9. All the love in the world book, $16.95 from Portmans, 10. Prada sunglasses, $370 from Sunglass Hut.

It’s mother’s day next Sunday, so let’s stop stalling and get down to brass tacks:

Where your mum is concerned, the key to a great gift lies in the little luxuries. It doesn’t necessarily have to be some big name brand thing or come from the carefully extracted eggs of an endangered fish – it’s just about buying a special little something (be it a $12 candle or a $280 scarf) that she would never buy for herself. Mums love it when you tell them your thought process behind the gift, ie: “I thought you could put little posies of flowers in those perfume bottles and put them on your coffee table,” or “Those earrings would be perfect for this dress of yours”, or in the case of the wallet: “Mum, nobody needs four expired Dymocks Book Lover cards – let’s re-organise.” Don’t just stand there and say “Do you like them?”… Because you know how all those TV commercials told you it’s the thought that counts? They were talking about your mum. Mums are ALL ABOUT the thoughts. That’s why she hit you over the back of the head so many times as a teen for being thoughtless. So don’t forget to actually tell her yours (and a well written card wouldn’t go astray, either).

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Damn it feels good to be a gangsta

18 April 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli


As a seasoned veteran of the upcoming Supafest, it’s definitely my duty to wax lyrical about the Perth’s only festival that caters to my very un-secret love of hip hop and cheesy R&B, and the ability to dress in skin-tight leopard/gold/hoops/sneakers and eat multiple dagwood dogs without fear of being looked at a bit weirdly. This year 50 Cent, Akon, Ne-Yo and T.I are headlining – and while it’s no Scoop Dogg or Kelly Rowland (Supafests 2011 and 2012 respectively), it ain’t half bad. I have definitely already seen 75% of these guys live – including one elbow-height brush with an under 18 moshpit in order to witness Ne-Yo’s hat twirling splendour: totally. Worth it.



Considering I am a self-declared Supafest connoisseur, I’m happy to impart those bites of crucial advice that will ensure your Supafest experience is as memorable as it is grindin’.



My singular rule: Go all out

It’s like your mother and I always say: you’re going to do it, do it right. And nothing screams excess like the worlds of hip-hop and R&B (and now you get why I love them so much). The years my friends and I went, we themed our pre-breakfast (soul food, obviously – corn bread, fried chicken and maple syrup), coordinated outfits (all leopard and gold, obvs), hired a limo to take us there and back (it was in Joondalup and cost about the same as a taxi would have), got our hairs did and wore enough bling to give us neck pain. You’ve GOT to represent at Supafest. Make sure those outfits are TIGHT or you might as well stay home with your bowl of porridge and watch re-runs of Grey’s Anatomy or whatever television show is popular with white people at the moment, I don’t know. Packed to the Rafters? Is that still on?



Anyway, now that 50 Cent has taken you to his candy shop (ahem), I’ll leave you with a few essentials to help those Supafest looks coming along:

For sale

Image sources: BYS Golden Goddess fake lashes, $9.95, from Gloss Accessories, Lioness sequin dress short, $50, from Live Clothing, Chunky flat necklace, $19.95, from Sportsgirl.

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