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Gift Guide: The one you love

09 December 2011, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Whether it's a new, blossoming romance and you're eager to prove how deep and creative your love is, or it's a tale as old as time where you're just trying to avoid death stares, buying presents for your significant other can prove significantly difficult. Everything else aside, expressing some form of love via gift is pretty complex - and that's essentially what a Christmas gift is. My top tips for making your loved one feel it include keeping your ears to the ground –*listen* as they inevitably drop hints about what they'd like; don't buy them a gift similar to any you've bought them recently (especially if you're in a new relationship, that sort of thing just screams "unimaginative everywhere and I mean *everywhere*"); and NEVER give cash or gift cards. Ever. EVER.


Womenfolk


Gift Guide: The one you love

Image source: Bendon Yvette bra, $39.95, from Myer, Stella Mini stainless steel watch in rose, $159, from Fossil, Prada sunglasses, $400 from Sunglass Hut

Lingerie might be a bit of a classic, but it is for a reason - it's that intimate lacy thing women rarely buy for themselves. Do not go into the store and try to estimate your girlfriend's size, check in her knicker drawer first. And always err on the small side for size - nobody likes to be told they have a big butt, not even at chistmas. If your lady is a fashion fiend, she'll love a rose gold man-style watch (hottest hue, hottest style – trust me) and it's a great jewellery alternative. Otherwise? Say it with Prada.


Male-types


Gift Guide: The one you love

Image source: Alpha jacket, $299, from Politix, Moshi Moshi Pop Retro Phone, $49.95, from Myer, Alessi Proust Parrot Corkscrew, $99.00, from Myer

Does your guy fancy himself a snappy dresser? He'll go all Don Draper (hopefully without the misogyny) for this retro piped blazer. Otherwise, toys. For the tech-loving nostalgia fan, how about an outrageously oversized mobile phone handset? And wine connoisseurs should have beautiful barware (and it doesn't get much more beautiful than Alessi).

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fossil, Myer, Politix

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How to: be a cool dad

02 September 2011, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Dear dads,

Hello! Congratulations on surviving another year of fatherhood despite the screaming ankle/ knee/ chin/ scalp biters blaming you for their failures, dismissing your influence over any triumphs and always stealing $20 out of your wallet.

As a reward for your patience and readily available wad of cash, my gift to you is this priceless guide to being a cool dad.

That's right, gents! Throw those sock-sandal combos away, because I'm going to help you transform from Dr. Karl Kennedy to the handsomest dad on TV: Don Draper. But don't worry - this miracle transformation won't turn you in to a misogynist womaniser; we'll work to retain the stellar personality and unrealised rockstar dreams that make Dr. Karl one of Ramsay Street's most attractive residents (on the inside. If Don Draper moved into Ramsay Street, Susan would be ALL OVER that man-cake*).


How to: be a cool dad

NASH Blazer With Contrast Black Lapel, $449.00, available at Politix;Dean Chronograph Black Dial, $179.00 , available at Fossil;STOCKHOLM Black Strap Dress Boot, $299.00, available at Politix;

Step 1: Suit up

You'd never, ever catch Don Draper in a cuddly Coogee jumper. Thick knits suggest weakness and are for farmers or small-town doctors that seem to specialise in all areas of medicine. Regardless of your stance on farmers, every man should own a killer suit, and funnily enough, retro, Draper-style suits are in vogue at the moment. Skinny ties and narrow lapels are the order of the day - keep it crisp and buttoned all the way up. The neatness of a retro-style suit is all in the fit: make sure the shoulders sit on the very edge of your natural shoulder and don't pull across the upper arm. You'll want about 1cm of cuff to peek outside of the jacket, and for the trouser leg to finish at the middle of your laces.

Step 2: Watch out

Even if mobile phones existed in the 60s, you wouldn't catch Don shuffling in his pockets to find the time like some child-wimp. He tells the time from his wrist or asks his secretary shortly before seducing her. And every man should have a killer watch or two. I say two, because the dress watch and everyday watch are different, equally important things. Don't, for example, team your scrappy leather watch with a suit; that's a classic Karl Kennedy move. You want something elegant and steel faced peeking out of your shirt sleeve to show you mean business.

Step 3: Hot shoe it

Believe me when I say that SHOES are IMPORTANT. I'm not sure what happened to leave the psychotically-obsessed-with-shoes gene out of the male conscience but let me keep it short: your shoes should never be white, leather and lace up all at the same time. Runners are for running only. Do not team them with your work jeans. (Also, I don't know how I feel about work jeans but I'm sure Karl Kennedy has a wardrobe of them). Thongs are not shoes, they're rubber socks and should be treated as such. And it's OK to buy shoes more than once every two years. I won't tell anyone.

*Are Karl and Susan still alive and together? I stopped watching Neighbours about 10 years ago.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Dad, Fossil, Politix

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The accessory factor

26 August 2011, by Rachael Ciccarelli

The accessory factor

Cats Meow Accessories, from $12.00, available at Live; Pastel bangle set, $19.95, available at Sportsgirl; Silicone multifunction blue watch, $199, available at Fossil;

I'm sure this won't be first time you've read about the importance of accessories. Privately, I'm sure parliament have secret meetings about cocktail rings and necklaces between debating the lesser issues, like the Malaysia solution and gay marriage. BUT. The reason we fashion-journo types bang on about accessories like the future of our country depends on it is because what we say is true: a good piece of jewellery can make or break an outfit. Shiny things dangling from your neck, ears or wrists immediately draw the eye. Your chunky gold neckpiece is the difference between silk maxi at night and silk maxi in the day. The accessory box/drawer/fort is your outfit translator - a chandelier earring, for example, might be overheard saying "Yeah, son - see this sparkly business? That's how you KNOW this blouse-jean combo belongs in this bar. Now buy me a drink."

That's why they're called statement pieces.

Of course, your accessories don't have to be all outspoken sassy night owls (your accessories might not talk to you at all - I don't know your life); because the underplayed everyday faithfuls are just as important for outfit completion. Right now, your day in, day out accessories hinge on the arm party - that is, a mix match of a watch, skinny bracelets and bangles for an eclectic "I've travelled the world and picked up these trinkets along the way" statement.

So, it goes without saying you can never have too many pieces of jewellery. It's the main wardrobe staple you can hang on to forever and it will ebb and flow in fashion, ready to be combined every which way - and best of all, they don't take up too much space in storage.

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Category: Best Buys
Tags: Fossil, Live Clothing, Sportsgirl

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