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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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The festive season

17 January 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

I'm all ears

Image source: Childish Gambino photo from imgur.

Before I begin, let’s make something absolutely clear: this is definitely not just an excuse for me to post pictures of Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover in the lead up to his hotly awaited performance* at this year’s Big Day Out. I definitely did not spend up to thirty minutes browsing Google Images for a picture, and this diatribe will eventually find it’s way around to fashion, I promise.

…Hang on, what do you MEAN you don’t know who he is? Not only did he play Troy on the once brilliant and short-lived American sitcom Community AND write for 30 Rock, but he’s a hip-hop artist and performs as Childish Gambino – which he got from a Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator. Look, just YouTube him and tell me later how much you love him, OK? Good.

So, now that we’re all going to go see Donald perform (read: scream at him until he takes his shirt off, then follow the screaming with still more screaming) at the Big Day Out, what shall we wear? You already know how I feel about certain styles of the ubiquitous denim cut off (http://www.forrestchase.com.au/blog/details/A_Festival_flowchart_120.aspx) and my crotchety, old lady grumbles from last year still hold strong (http://www.forrestchase.com.au/blog/details/Festival_fashion_what_not_to_wear_84.aspx), so how about I tell you what you CAN wear, with inspiration from some of the top billed acts:

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Image source: Bonds 3 pack socks, $14.95, from Myer.

AND NOTHING ELSE (men only)


Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Image sources: Sci-fi enchanted tee, $79.95, from Sportsgirl, Vintage stud denim short, SALE for $15, from Jayjays, The Cats Meow ear cuff, SALE for $5, from Live.

Man, Karen O has incredible, wild, inimitable style. I’ve seen her perform a couple of times and she always wears the most amazing (if not a little insane) stuff. Once she came out in a kimono suit covered in lobsters. Anyway, take your inner artist out for a dance in galaxy prints, glitter and anything that will shimmy while you shake.


Vampire Weekend and/or The Killers

Vampire Weekend and/or The Killers

Image sources: Denim dungarees, $79.95, from Sportsgirl, All About Eve Kiss From A Rose singlet, $30, from Myer, Lana cats eye glasses, $69.95, from Witchery.

Both prone to a little bit of prep, a bit of pop and a whole heap of bizarre lyrics, this cutesy alternative look is just about right for The Killers or Vampire Weekend – team with a bold lip and a wee backpack for ultra college rock cred.


Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino

Image sources: Spliced cap, $19.95, from Sportsgirl, Jorge Running Wild top, $50, from Live, Lipstik Nancy glitter sneaker, $79.95, from Myer.

Well, OBVI. This one’s for the hip hop divas – a little nod to sportsluxe, and a lot of nod to our 1990s predecessors and you’ll be hitting all the right notes. Ps, wear shorts with this outfit. Leather or lycra bike shorts if we’re being fussy – but the main thing is that you WEAR actual PANTS… at least at the beginning of the set, anyway.

*Hotly awaited by me and my sister and maybe a couple of our friends, but that’s only because we know best.


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A Kris Kringle Kristmas

29 November 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Guys, I don’t want to alarm you: but it’s December this weekend. Yes, that’s right. This Saturday. WHAT SHUT UP STOP IT HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? I have no idea how this happened, please - sit down and stop yelling. Now, you can distract yourselves with blame – be it the silently agreed upon universal concept of time, or all those winter sleep-ins you had this year; but no matter how hard you whine, your event-packed calendar means it’s going to be Christmas in about ten seconds and no judgement, but you haven’t bought one present yet because every time you think about it you just end up buying another trinket for yourself.

But it’s OK, because you have me, and I am wonderful.

Aside from that rock-solid moral support and unquestionable charisma I’ll impart to you in my magnificence, I’m also going to give you a bunch of ideas for all the annoying presents you’re going to have to buy over the next few weeks. First up, because your office Christmas party is almost certainly this weekend or next, a bunch of ideas for KRIS KRINGLES.

I'm all ears

Ceramic mug with tea strainer, $12.95, Portmans; Alarm clock, $19.95, Sportsgirl; Small neon cos bag, $16.95, Witchery.

I'm all ears

Umbra Perch bottle stopper bird, $19.95, Myer; iTunes $20 gift card, Dick Smith; Tablet/iPad cover, $34.95, Novo.

I don’t know who is responsible for the idea that you should buy a gift on a limited budget for someone you don’t really know simply because you are forced to share the same carpeted space with them during daylight hours, but here we are: humanity has forced the Kris Kringle upon us and short of going on holidays before Christmas, there’s no getting out of it.

Unless you’re best buds with your Secret Santa, it’s best to focus on one base aspect of their personality (don’t know anything about them? Ask their desk mate) and pick a reasonably generic, safe gift that says “I know you… sort of.” Things like iTunes vouchers, ceramic mugs or bottle stoppers work for almost anyone; do the Witchery neon bag for your fashionable lady (and put a little nailpolish or something inside), the alarm clock as a cute gag gift for the person who’s always late, and the iPad cover for anyone who is new to the world of iPads (or is irresponsibly without cover). See? It’s all OK. Now that you’re done, you can sit back, have a glass of champagne, and try not to say anything inappropriate to your boss at the Christmas party because they always remember.

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Im all ears

26 November 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

I'm all ears

Rumi Neely, blogger from www.fashiontoast.com, image sourced from Mr. Kate.

Ah, jewellery: clothing’s constant companion. One could argue (but I don’t have to, because this is one woman’s opinion and in essence a very chic dictatorship) that the incredible access to costume jewels we’ve experienced over the past 5 years has totally changed the way we dress – instead of investment; jewellery is a low-cost (well, mostly low-cost) shortcut to a fresh look. And these gems are not just for tizzing up a tired cocktail dress – we’re talking day in, day out, tiny little sparkling outfit enhancers. Y’all know what I’m sayin: we’ve done the stacks on stacks on stacks of arm candy to the point where our arms practically drag along the ground behind us, we’ve layered more necklaces than seems chiropractically advisable, we’ve accidentally smacked out more than one mofo with fantastic/ vaguely lethal cocktail rings– and while these tried and true looks still have their place on occasion, where to next to freshen up the freshener?

I'm all ears

1) Deco crystal studs, $39.95, Witchery; 2) Skull and chain ear cuff, $12.95,Sportsgirl; 3) Verite stirling silver 6mm ball post stud, $29.95, Myer; 4) Individual multi pack, $12.95, Sportsgirl; 5) Plain ear cuff pack, $9.95, Sportsgirl; 6) Wing ear cuff, $12.95, Sportsgirl.

Earrings. Lots of them. All at once. You know I’m going to tell you it’s nineties, and I’m sorry - I hate to repeat myself, but it just is – it’s polished grunge. It’s SO Jane Lane (two-dimensional style icon from Daria, look it up people) it’s SO my primary school best-friend’s older sister with enough (self-pierced) sleeper-filled ear holes to drown a woman with a weaker neck, it’s Courtney Love without the unfortunate demise of Kurt… it’s everything your inner grunge/punk/ dirty rock freak has ever wanted and more. Wear them mismatched and tiny, or embellished and gigantic – it’s an excellent way to toughen up a look that’s a little too sweet or formal. You don’t have to go punching a bunch of holes in your head though – ear cuffs are a cute, skin-puncturing-free way to load your lobes and they come in all shapes and sizes.

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