Life & Style Blog - Witchery

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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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Fossil, Myer, Witchery

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knit pickers

24 May 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Blustering winds? Check. Extra blankets on bed? Check. Too cold to get out of bed with time to do your makeup ultimately delivering you to work with a half closed, swollen eye because you've almost poked your eyeball out in attempt to apply mascara during your morning commute? Check and check. People, it's finally cold enough to embrace winter's cuddliest trend: knitwear.After a few years on the bench, knits have woven their way back into vogue: be it chunky and cable-y or fine and sleek, anything that's spent the better part of its life on the end of a knitting needle is what you'll need to hate winter mornings less (while looking super on trend, obviously).

Check it, knits for all occasions:



Sleek & Professional

Image source: Colour block knit dress, $129 from Cue; Mavenue ankle boot, $199.95 from Nine West; Jane Lamerton mod crop ponti jacket, $169 from Myer.

Sleek and professional
Well, you obviously mean business in this getup. Unzip the jacket and just add hosiery – or switch it up with a moto jacket and long boots for a weekend smart-casual look.




Sweet & Vintage

Image source: Wilderness deer cardi, $79.95 from Sportsgirl; Pleated A-line denim skirt, $ 99.95 from Levis; Thick stripe top, $39.95, from Portmans.

Sweet and vintage-y
Hello, you adorable so and so. Perhaps you'd like a vintage belt, long argyle socks and some wee patent leather brogues to complete this taste of nostalgia perfect for sitting in coffee shops and writing your blog or chasing butterflies in the street.




Preppy & Cool

Image source: Georgie shirt in Emerald, $69.95 from Sportsgirl; Shiny volcanic skinny jean from Levis; Textured front pullover, $129.95, from Witchery.

Preppy and cool
Ooh, yeah. You know what you're doing and you don't care WHO knows it. Leave the shirt untucked, button it to the neck, push up the jumper sleeves a little – maybe add a simple short necklace to sit under your collar… blammo. Killer.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Myer, Portmans, Sportsgirl, Trends, 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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Category: Featured
Tags: Fossil, Myer, Portmans, Special Occasion, Witchery

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Gift guide - siblings

16 December 2011, by Rachael Ciccarelli

I'm the proud owner of both a brother and a sister (younger, more genetically blessed, you know how it is) and I must admit: they're my favourite to buy christmas presents for. I think it's the low pressure - these are people you can spend your childhood lying to and punching just to pass the time, and they have no choice but to continue to love you (or at the very least, tolerate your existence). It's like buying for friends, but lower stakes, which in turn is quite freeing – no stress? you'll probably hit the nail on the head. So, what's the worst that could happen if you buy them a bit of a dud present and both of you are acutely aware as they open it on christmas morning? They say thanks, try and use it once; you say no worries, and leave, guilt-free. Bless us, every one.


Brother


Gift guide - siblings

Image source: Chambray shirt, $119.95, from Levis, Vinturi aerator, $109.95, from Myer, Skyrim, $78, from Game

Your too-cool hipster brother will love this denim shirt for the upcoming festival season – just add jeans and some underground artist nobody but he and his best friend have heard of. Cheap-wine-drinking brothers will love this miracle of an aerator, which turns even the most $4 dollar bottle of red into something palatable. While I know nothing about games beyond Tetris, I've been ensured by a school of reliable nerd friends that your computer/ console addicted sibling will love Skyrim.


Sister


Gift guide - siblings

Image source: Alice quilt box sling bag, $29.95, from Sportsgirl, Touche Eclat, $55, from Myer, Low back beach dress, $99.95, from Witchery

Shiny pretties, please - and don't hold the acidy colour. Every lady will use and love the following over summer: small handbags (events, festivals); YSL touche eclat (amazing highlighting concealer perfect for her exhausted eye bags); baggy chuck on maxi dress (also available in white).

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Category: Best Buys
Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl, Witchery

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