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Bag raiders

26 July 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Bag raiders

Image sources: Vintage revival satchel, $499 from Fossil; Basque Celia tote, $109 from Myer; Natasha over the body pouch, $89.95 from Witchery.

If you’re a lady (or even a European/ Seinfeld sort of gentleman), your handbag is your life: swung over your shoulder, dangling from your hand, or tucked into the crook of your arm. Aside from knickers, it’s pretty much the only definite in your daily look, and unless you’re getting really creative with your boylegs, it’s responsible for keeping all of your essentials (mobile, money, old chewing gum wrappers) safe. So, choosing that leather vessel for daily life? A pretty important choice. While I’ve always been one to admire the sort of girl who rotates her day bag weekly, most of us are FAR too lazy for that sort of action. The best solution is to buy a great quality, killer bag that meets all of your criteria, and replace it once you’ve thrashed it into the ground – but it’s not always the easiest. 

BUT: because I am a benevolent god (elevated myself to that status, hope y’all don’t mind), I’m going to bring you beautiful, life carrier solutions so you don’t have to run from place to place attempting to find the perfect match as your eyes turn red and your blood boils. What can I say? I’m just a nice sort of guy.

I love pretty much everything about the Vintage revival satchel. I love the thick, heritage leather that you just know is going to age beautifully, I love the over the shoulder and clutch handle options, and I really love all the mini zipped compartments inside. This little guy is perfect for anyone who likes a bit of a twee retro look, wants their bag to age with character and feels it necessary to carry their entire lives with them, every day.

Basque Celia tote makes the cut because a) it looks a heap more expensive than $109; b) the pop colour is an easy way to inject life into any look; and c) it’s a whole lot like the Celine Boston bag. This one works for anyone who finds themselves in grey and black office gear on a daily basis, those who like their looks a bit more polished and pretty, or just anyone who enjoys the company of teal – which is totally a delightful, friendly colour.

Finally, the totally beautiful Natasha pouch because snakeskin is totally a neutral for all animal print lovers. This little guy is for fashion fiends – for those of us who like to travel light, and for those that like it high-end: that whipstitch chain detail is SO Marc Jacobs. But definitely not at a Marc Jacobs price.

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Tags: Fashion, Fossil, Myer, Witchery

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Mothers Day gift guide

07 May 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Mother's Day gift guide

There’s only a week until you have to prove how much you love your mum the best way possible: with material goods! (Psst… Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13). That’s right, nothing says: “thanks for everything, especially that whole nurturing and breathing life into me thing” than piles of gifts with shiny bows. At least that’s what my mum told me last week when she also told us in no uncertain terms that we wouldn’t get away without a Mother’s Day gift just because she’s flying out to Japan the day before (ahem) I LOVE YOU, MUM DON’T READ THAT SENTENCE UP THERE OH DEAR IT’S TOO LATE.

Anyway, here are a few other ways to convert your love and stay safe from retribution this Mother’s day:

1. A chic Fossil wrap around watch so your mum will be able to chastise you for your lack of punctuality in style ($149, Fossil).

2. A gorgeous white tux shirt for the classic mum from Witchery, where 100% of the gross proceeds supports Ovarian Cancer research… which is an awesome double gift, really ($129.95, Witchery).

3. Fabulous sunglasses by Vogue that’ll suit pretty much any face shape and’ll make your mum feel a bit Audrey Hepburn ($129.95, Sunglass Hut)

4. A sweet berry coloured Chevron weave scarf to brighten her winter wardrobe ($29.95, Portmans)

5. Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb, which is as explosive and flower laden as its name suggests. Much longer lasting than fresh flowers, too. ($99, Myer).

6. A wee 2GB iPod shuffle, perfect for mums who exercise – or mum’s with a… shall we say, well edited, collection of Demis Roussos-centric tunes. ($52, Dick Smith).

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Tags: Fossil, Myer, Portmans, Special Occasion, Witchery

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Maketh-ing the man

22 February 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Maketh-ing the man

Image source: Watch from Fossil, Wallet from Myer, Shoes from Politix

Twain reckons clothes make the man, and some guy called William of Wykeham said manners maketh them, and while I'm loathe to disagree with a 1300s scholar or America's most beloved author, I've got to say that I believe accessories maketh men. Why? It's all in the details: a guy with great accessories is more likely to have a discerning eye - basically; it's a great taste indicator. Maybe it's more commentary on my upbringing, but a childhood surrounded by finicky dudes in Italian leather has always left me judging men by their shoes. And for guys, accessories are largely articles you can hold onto for years, so it's worth investing in something worthwhile.

Wallet

Hey Costanza, your wallet should not appear to be a pocket-sized tumour. Simplify, go for a leather bi-fold and don't carry everything you've ever owned in it unless you've got a girlfriend to carry it in her purse for you.

Watch

Every dude has heard about the importance of a nice watch or two – having written a fair bit about luxury watches in my time (heh), I can confirm that the industry is mind-boggling. Niche sports star endorsed, diamond encrusted bezels, sapphire glass faced – the choices are epic. But to boil it down, men should have at least two watches: one dress for fanciness, one casual for everyday wear. Depending on your penchant for Kanye-West style bling, a dress watch should be streamlined, slim and with an elegant, less complicated face. Your casual watch can be the crazy chunky one that tells you stuff you don't need to know, like how far you are above sealevel or whatever.

Shoes

Now, I know you've all got dress shoes – boring or not, they're probably OK. But are you still wearing trainers with your jeans? Unless you're Jerry Seinfeld, stop that! Get yourself a clean pair of canvas laceups, some boat shoes or a moccasin. Please do not wear socks with your moccasins.

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Tags: Fashion, Fossil, Myer, Politix, Trends

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Come fly with me…

16 February 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Come fly with me

Image source: Skinny Jeans from Levi's, Bag from Fossil, Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut

So, don't be too envious or attempt to tie me up, hide me in your basement and then steal my identity in order to live my life, but I'm about to embark on a 2.5 month holiday in and around India. I know, right? I'm excited for me too. And before you start hyperventilating because you're so attached to me, FEAR NOT: thanks to the power of THE INTERNET, I'm still able to help you procrastinate your Fridays away with the best of Forrest Chase.

Naturally, I've been doing a heckload of thinking and researching re: travel essentials. It's a fact universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a plane ticket is in want of a woman to probably pack his bags while he watches re-runs of The Love Boat. Because packing sucks more than Tony Abbot does attempting to win the female vote (BOOM), I'm going to impart hours of research and years of experience on you:

Shoes: do not bring more than three pairs, ever. You do NOT need them.

Carry-on: It's a great idea to try and combine your carry-on luggage with your daypack if you're going to be doing mini trips during your holiday. Go for a medium sized bag that can be slung over your shoulder so you have free hands, something of decent quality so the strap doesn't break, something with a zip to keep everything safe and a front compartment for easy access to the essentials. Something much like the Emilia Flat crossbody from Fossil will do the trick.

Scarves: Take at least one. An oversized scarf or pashmina can double as a blanket or pillow while you're in transit, and always spruces up an outfit. Wrap your jewellery in smaller scarves – it'll serve to protect yo bling and mask your unwashed hair.

Sunglasses: A no brainer, of course - but bring your decent quality sunnies, because there's nothing worse than cheap and cheerful glasses falling apart on you midway through a trip. I really love the classic charm of Persol sunnies – like the ones above, $319.95 at Sunglass Hut.

Beauty bag: Wipes, both makeup and body, will always come in handy for those inevitable train trips or stopovers. Dry shampoo is also a winner, as are sachets of shampoo and conditioner - bottles take up so much space. You might need to be best friends with a hairdresser for this one, but they I've seen them sold at chemists. Keep an eagle eye out.

Clothes: Bring a skeleton wardrobe of white, grey, black and nautical stripe tees, cotton leggings, blue jeans and a light blazer – they're the mix and match pieces you'll be able to work in with your inevitable holiday buys. As far as blue jeans are concerned, Levi's are the business, and I love the extreme skinny highrise, $139.95 – keep those croissants tucked in, people.

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