Now that our Parisian accommodation for our European travels in 2012 is booked, the Francophile in me has been re-released. Although I will again be travelling with only carry on luggage, I intend to buy few stylish pieces during my time in France. There is something about the aesthetic of Parisian women. One part sophisticated, one part quirky, one part effortless and another part perfectly preened. I love the sharp tailoring, unique accessories and lack of fear they seem to have when styling their outfits.
What do you love about Parisian style?
We Melburnians aren’t known for our use of colour in our stylish outfits, particularly in Winter. Black and grey are the typical uniform, which looks great but becomes boring very quickly. I have vowed to add a little more bright, unashamedly bold colour into my wardrobe. Hopefully you’ll follow my lead and experiment with yellows, reds, purples and pinks!
Also, could I ask you (very nicely with many pleases and cherries on top) to provide your feedback on my blog through these two quick polls? I’d love to know what you enjoying reading and seeing here so that I can give you more of what inspires you!
I was first introduced to this chic Melbourne brand by StyleMelbourne and have fantasised about owning one of their silk scarves ever since. The brand’s name translates to “the airplane”, symbolising the beauty, romance and decadence of travel. The Fashion City scarves’ glamourous illustrations are created by Kerrie Hess, who has also leant her talents to such global fashion giants as Chanel and Vogue. They also have a cute little page with diagrams helping you tie your scarf into a range of knots, styling your look in different ways.
The Melbourne scarf (above) is certainly my favourite, but perhaps I am being biased.
Which one do you like?
Despite the fact that we are meant to be in Autumn not Winter, it is certainly chilly and miserable here weather wise. Instead of moping around reminiscing about the days of bare legs and singlets, I figured I’d throw some winter inspiration at you. For those of you about to enjoy Spring – let us know what you’re loving about your change in season!
The other night T and I indulged in some delightful dessert at LuxBite (soon to be featured on the next installment of Week o’ Love) and discovered Tea Forte. Not only is the tea delicious, but their glass tea-pot/cup set and the design of their tea bags is gorgeous!
Pitango‘s Morrocan Chicken Soup with Chickpeas and Cumin is awesome!
Here is a recipe I’ve been using (and loving) for Low Fat Butter Chicken (one of my usually calorie-laden faves).
It takes about 40 minutes to prepare and cook and serves 4.
– 2 tbsp vegetable oil
– 500g skinless chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks
– 1 onion, finely chopped
– 2 garlic cloves, crushed
– 1 tbsp grated ginger
– 2 tsp garam masala
– 1 tsp ground tumeric
– 1 tsp ground cumin
– 400g can chopped tomatoes
– 1/2 cup salt-reduced chicken stock
– 375ml can of light & creamy evaporated milk
– 1 bunch of coriander, leaves and 2 stems chopped, a few leaves reserved to garnish
– steamed basmati rice or green veges to serve
– 1/2 cup thick natural yoghurt to serve (optional)
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a saucepan on medium-high. Cook chicken until browned. Remove from pan.
- Heat remaining oil in the same pan on medium. Cook onion, garlic and ginger for 5 minutes, until onion softens and browns slightly. Reduce heat to low. Add garam masala, tumeric and cumin. Stir for one minute, until fragrant.
- Add tomato and stock. Increase heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes to allow flavours to infuse.
- Return chicken to pan and simmer for a further 5 minutes, until cooked through. Stir through evaporated milk and simmer for 1 minute, until heated through. Remove from heat.
- Stir through chopped coriander. Service with rice/veges and yoghurt and a few coriander leaves.
After being so involved in last year’s fashion festival, it felt pretty strange to not attend any of the runways and instead watch my Twitter feed and Google Reader fill with images of the gorgeous ensembles coming down the catwalk. I’ve finally caught up on what the designers had to offer for this season (Autumn/Winter here in Australia) and have picked my favourites to share with you – simply click to enlarge. Enjoy!
All images are by the wonderful Lucas Dawson and can all be found in full size here along with all other photos from LMFF 2011.
LBDs – because every girl needs a trusty LBD with a bit of flair.
Snow White – usually reserved for the warmer months, white was fairly prominent on the catwalks this A/W.
Gowns – jaw dropping floor length frocks.
Note: How amazing are those belts on the Aurelio Costarella designs?
Colour – the dreary months always welcome a pop of colour.
Note: I have been lusting after that Karen Walker skirt for months…
Sparkle – because there’s nothing wrong with a few sequins.
Note: You can check out my review of Yeojin Bae’s AW collection here at StyleMelbourne.
Draping – still a big trend.
Cozy basics – for those frosty evenings.
THE neckline – spot the difference.
The Showstopper – in my mind it had to be Alex Perry’s show featuring Megan Gale.
Were you lucky enough to attend LMFF?
What were your favourites?
What trends are you loving for A/W 2011 (or Spring/Summer if you’re in the northern hemisphere)?
One thing I can ascertain from ogling snapshots on the delightful Copenhagen Street Style blog is that the Danes aren’t afraid to experiment with colour, patterns and textures.
Enjoy some aesthetic inspiration from the lovely residents of Copenhagen and remember – you can wear anything as long as you wear it with confidence!
The weather here in Melbourne is in Spring transition mode, teasing us with beautiful days full of sunshine between patchy rain and fog. But my sights are already set on Spring/Summer fashion and pieces that would work with and/or enhance my wardrobe.
Here are my most coveted items for this month:
Clockwise from top left: 1. Leather cuff with ribbon by Amanda Wakeley. I was actually a little naughty and bought this a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been wearing it everywhere – it goes with everything and just adds a touch of edgy glamour. 2. Lego Music Note brooch by Dee and Ricky. I saw a similar brooch (heart-shaped) in a street style photo on the Business Chic blog. I’ve decided that the music note one is definitely “me”. Check the website for their other fun creations! 3. Horse Ruffle by Joolz. Spring Racing is coming up here in Australia – the time where women spend hours hunting for the perfect hat/fascinator to go with their dress. What could be better than this fabulous ruffle clip with a vintage toy horse on it? 4. Cupcake heel in Mist by Nude Footwear. I wouldn’t usually take notice of this shoe but the model is wearing them on Nude’s homepage and they look amazing. I’m trying to wear more colour and accessories are the gentle way to make the change.
Clockwise from top left: 1. Sleeveless vest with frill layer skirt and contrast welt pockets by Sabatini. How cute is this vest/skirt combo by NZ label Sabatini? I think it epitomises ‘smart casual’. 2. Optical Print Flare dress by Victoria Beckham. I adored VB’s last collection and love her SS10/11 range just as much. I plan to get a similar dress made here in Melbourne (as it’s a little out of my price range) – such a flattering cut! 3. Bold Curve skinny jean in Bellflower by Levi’s. Ever since Levi’s Curve ID range of jeans came out, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a pair. As a girl with a hips, I’ve been avoiding skinny jeans like the plague but my prayers may have been answered… 4. Black dress from Lanvin‘s SS10/11 Ready to Wear collection. Alber Elbaz is a genius, need I say more?
This fabulous vintage bicycle from Papillionaire. You can design your own bicycle and order online. I like daydreaming about riding it in a circle skirt to the markets and putting fresh fruit and vegetables in the basket.
What are you currently lusting over in the world of style?
This lovely shoot by Jason Kibbler (featuring model Barbara Palvin) pays homage to the new retro feminine trend with its full skirts and voluminous hairstyles. Sexy in its own way with the come-hither winged eyes and the couldn’t-care-less attitude.
The hair is messy to keep the look modern with a hint of grunge, but the height is the important bit. Try it yourself with texturising hair balm and a lot of hairspray. Play with colour (especially pastel shades) and funky accessories especially pearl necklaces, kitten heels and belts that nip in the waist.
Images thanks to fashionising.com
I recently stumbled upon a gorgeous lingerie label founded by two Melbourne girls – Love & Lustre. Prue Brown and Dana Burrows created the label in 2002 to combine sexy and relaxed feminine style in Australian lingerie.
I love the beautifully soft tailoring, neutral colour palette (with splashes of colour) and luxurious fabrics such as cotton, detailed lace, modal and cashmere. The emphasis is on comfort while still feeling incredibly stylish.
The range is not expensive either, with garments ranging from just $29.95. In Australia, Love & Lustre is stocked in David Jones – so head on over and get your fix!
All images thanks to Love & Lustre. Find out more here on their website.
What fantastic brands have you come across recently?
Feminine shapes, full skirts, kitten heels, beehives and bustiers are all back in fashion and I am loving it. Thanks to the hit TV series Mad Men, runways and editorials are full of 50s/early 60s vintage inspired fashion. It’s soft and flattering and I am planning my overseas shopping excursions with a lot of excitement.
Here are a few styling ideas from the show itself, magazines and campaigns to help you take this trend and give it a modern twist.
What do you think of this vintage trend making a comeback in our wardrobes?