Stand and Deliver AW16

 

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We don’t need an excuse to look at amazing shoes but I want to give you a reason.  I have scoured some of our favourite Australian Shoe brands to bring you my Picks for AW16.

This season it’s all about the detail. I love Manning Cartell’s take on the mule and the subtle tassel detail on Siren’s Honour heel.  Heels are either super slim and sharp or solid and blocky; not much is in between.  Suede and Metallics features again this season and we see the introduction of Velvet.

Designers are still loving the 70’s vibe.  I prefer a nod to a previous season rather than a costume like reference.  So Mules are in but I’d avoid tan Suede ones…..

 

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Siren Honour $189.95, Manning Cartell Clear and Now $449 

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 Saba Ava Lace Bootie $249, Tony Bianco Aztec  $239.95
 

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Manning Cartell Leisure Seekers Mule $499, Siren Dawn $219.95

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Willow Work Shoe $650, Saba Roxy Velvet Heel $229

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Manning Cartell Kick Starter Bootie $549, Ginger and Smart Helix $449
 

Created on Polyvore
Created on Polyvore

 

I am often told I must have a huge wardrobe, given my job and all.  The truth is my wardrobe is quite simple.  I have 2 children… Anyone with kids knows that the window of daily styling is a small one, often involving sticky fingers tugging at our shirt tails.

A well planned wardrobe is the key to maximising the outfits you can create without the fuss.

Capsule wardrobes are popular in blog land and for good reason.  You have a select number of items that all work back together.

Keeping colours simple and compatible is the trick with this plan.  I find this easy due to my love of black, white and denim.  But I could easy add coloured pieces to work with this selection from pastels to bright red or khaki.

In this lay out I have covered most possible styling scenarios from school and errand runs in black jeans white shirt and denim jacket to evening in black dress pants, white shirt and tuxedo jacket; lunch with friends – denim shirt, Aline skirt.  The options are endless.

I created this lay out on Polyvore. Sadly Balmain is out of my budget so that wont be the exact jacket I purchase but the inspiration is there to keep me focused on my sartorial plans!

 

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From top left -right Celine, Prada, Tom Ford, Prada, Celine, Prada, Tom Ford, Prada

 

I had planned to post this in January but Melbourne’s weather has been very uninspiring.  Even the trees are confused with some changing colour thinking Autumn is here. Last week I had an open fire because I love them and it was cold enough to justify it.

However, I have just checked the weekend’s forecast at it is looking like Summer will visit us again, at least for 2 days.  Time to get your shades on….

I have always been a fan of sunglasses.  For me they have more appeal than a pair of heels.  They don’t cause pain, are slightly cheaper (mostly) and have a huge impact on your overall image. My first pair of memorable sunglasses were bought when I was 15. They were Vogue and had huge frames with rectangular lenses,  they were awesome.  Everything I looked at was framed by golden tortoise shell.  Inevitably I broke them and years later tried to find a replacement to no avail.  I think that’s when my love of sunglasses began.  They transformed me into someone adventurous and brave; I wore them proudly because I loved them.

The ‘feature’ sunglass is a huge trend this summer. Never before have so many coloured, embellished or mirrored sunglasses been available.  Above are a few of my favourites from legendary Lensers Tom Ford, Celine and Prada.

Sunglasses don’t have to be expensive to look the goods.  I would suggest having them properly fitted with professional advise because they can alter facial features.  A good pair of a sunglasses should compliment your best features and make you want to wear them.

 

 

Portsea Polo

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It’s only 5 days until the Jeep Portsea Polo; an iconic Melbourne Event that marks the real start of Summer’s social calendar. The dress code is relaxed but stylish. The Panama and Fedora’s that are popular this Summer are perfect for a day at the polo.  Not only do they look good, they protect your skin from the harsh January Sun.

Nerida Winter has some amazing Fedora’s and Boaters available.  You pay a little more for the attention to detail that make these investment pieces.  For a moderately priced alternative Ace of Something  have a beautiful selection including soft pastels and wide brim varieties.

When wearing a brimmed hat it is all about proportion.  An easy rule to remember is – the more skin the wider the brim.  A wide brim adds elegance to a shoulder bearing dress or plunging neckline.  A smaller brim is great if you’re wearing a higher neckline, adding an element of fun while showing more of your face and hair.

Hair and makeup should be natural at the Polo and works perfectly with these hats. If you decide you want a pop of colour add a great pink or red to your lips with bare eyes and bronzed cheeks.

Pair them with a great Romper, some Broderie Anglaise or floral Onsie by Thurley and you are ready for a day by the sea.

So summer begins…next the Austrailan Open!

Going Bust

Every woman has them and whether you have big ones or small, whether you wear a size 6 or 18, there is every chance you need a hand getting your breasts in an optimal position.  Like boobs, not all clothing is created equal so inevitably different garments will suit some figures more than others.  But there are products out there to help bridge the gap; making smaller busts appear larger and large, more compact.

Panache Lingere AW14
Source – Panache LIngere AW 14 Lookbook

Issue #1 – Small bust = Hollows

A common issue when styling corporate clients is that breasts don’t sit where the darts are placed on the garment or simply don’t fill out the space designed to house breasts.  It would be easy to rule out that piece of clothing and move on.  But what if there was a solution? After all the jacket is the perfect colour and the shoulder line is super flattering and it’s a great price .  The solution could be as simple as swapping your soft lace bra for a moulded cup with slight padding or push up.

My Favourites are… (click for link)

Intimo – Trousseau Push Up Bra

Intimo – Dream Bra

Pleasure State – My fit OMB Super Boost Bra

This is probably one my best finds recently.  To further enhance the bust try Uniqlo’s Bra Camisole.    This light weight camisole has built in bra cups and shapes without clasps.  Not only is it comfortable on it’s own; it can be worn on top if a push up bra, adding an extra cup size.

 

Issue #2 – Large Bust = Overspill 

A large bust can have the opposite problem and the width of the breast can spread outside the chest panel, edging it’s way across the bicep.  If the correct cup size has been established it’s likely this unflattering problem is caused by an unsupportive bra without enough internal structure confining the breast.  Remedy it with a bra that offers side support.  This is an extra layer within the bra that scoops around the outer side of the breast bringing it up and in.

I am a busty 14DD and having breast feed two children need some help with lift and shaping.  It was soon after having my 1st daughter that I discovered Panache Lingere and I’ve loved it ever since.  The wonderful people at Big Girls Don’t Cry Anymore fitted me with what I fondly refer to as my boob job bra. It makes me feel perky and secure while still being a cute basic.  Panache cater for sizes 30D- 38G also offering an amazing Sport Bra and Swimsuits with sized Cups.

 My Favourites are…

Panache – Porcelain Viva  aka Boob Job Bra

Panache – Dahila – side sling support for extra shaping

Maquerade – Rhea

Panache – Sports Bra

Panache Swimwear – Marina 

 

So next time you try a tailored jacket or shirt, don’t rule it out immediately.  Think about what you are wearing underneath and the impact that can have on your clothing choices.