Saturday, 24 May 2014

Wish x Honda 'Winter In the City'

Wish, Honda, Winter in the City, blogger style challenge, Wish Milano Jacket, Missguided, grid pattern dress, Michael Kors, Bronx, ASOS

Wish, Honda, Winter in the City, blogger style challenge, Wish Milano Jacket, Missguided, grid pattern dress, Michael Kors, Bronx, ASOS

Wish, Honda, Winter in the City, blogger style challenge, Wish Milano Jacket, Missguided, grid pattern dress, Michael Kors, Bronx, ASOS

Wish, Honda, Winter in the City, blogger style challenge, Wish Milano Jacket, Missguided, grid pattern dress, Michael Kors, Bronx, ASOS

Jacket: c/o Wish (shop HERE) ... Dress: c/o Missguided (shop HERE
Bag: Michael Kors ... Shoes: Bronx 

Winter for me is a time to go back to basics with colour and here I'm letting a black and white palette dominate. 

The above photos were taken for the Wish and Honda (Twitter, Facebook) 'Winter in the City' blogger style challenge. Today I'm styling their 'Milano Jacket' with a grid pattern cut out dress and a boxy bag to keep with their urban theme. Mixing prints and patterns with different textures is a way of keeping a monochromatic outfit interesting. 

Thank you Wish and Honda for this awesome opportunity to participate in the style challenge against other Australian bloggers. Scrolling through the Instagram hashtag #wishhondacity, the competition is pretty tough this year. Good luck for anyone participating! 

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

OUTFIT POST: Fern

Shilla, American Apparel, Denim, Street Style, leopard print, Teenvogue, neighborhoodies,
Shilla, American Apparel, Denim, Street Style, leopard print, Teenvogue, neighborhoodies,

Shilla, American Apparel, Denim, Street Style, leopard print, Teenvogue, neighborhoodies,
Shilla, American Apparel, Denim, Street Style, leopard print, Teenvogue, neighborhoodies,


Shilla, American Apparel, Denim, Street Style, leopard print, Teenvogue, neighborhoodies,

Shilla, American Apparel, Denim, Street Style, leopard print, Teenvogue, neighborhoodies,
Top: American Apparel ... Cape: Forecast ... Skirt: c/o Shilla (shop HERE)
Bag: Medusa ... Shoes: Bronx ... Sunnies: Seafolly


For my entire teenage life I stayed away from leopard in the fear of either looking like a halloween joke, a wannabe cougar or like a belonged in a zoo. But sometimes a certain piece can change your perception. My case in point; the clever asymmetrical shape and splicing of materials on this skirt reversed many of the stigmas I associated with animal print. 

As such, when transitional dressing takes its form in layers and pops of blue, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce a subtle hint of leopard. A trick to styling animal print is to make it an accent that compliments the other elements in the outfit. I've found that leopard print looks especially chic during autumn when paired with denim or a woven knit as styled above. Contrasting it with different textures such as leather (or vegan leather/pleather/PU), cable jumpers or even silk chiffon can be equally as effective. Just keep it subtle and tasteful to avoid being chased down by zoo keepers holding a net and a tranquiliser gun. By then you know you've gone too far. Way too far. 

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Friday, 16 May 2014

Designer Profile: Jennifer Loiselle



This is the costume jewellery I would invest in. 

Loud, proud and not for the faint hearted (or the minimalists), I think perhaps it is time to wear some oversized cherries on my ears or have a pair of acrylic hands resting on my d├ęcolletage. 

Jennifer Loiselle's eponymous label began through a combination of luck and a passion to make statement pieces. Transitioning from a Sydney newspaper writer and assistant stylist to a London designer, Loiselle satisfied her 'urge to create' while at the same time, found her true calling. Each collection is as unique as the last but still has its funky and colourful DNA running through the aesthetic. I caught up with designer Jennifer Loiselle about her label and her inspirations. 





1. What is your design aesthetic?

I'm a huge fan of pop art, pop culture, colour and oversized accessories - that pretty much sums up my design aesthetic.

2. Where/who do you get inspiration from when designing your next collection?

Inspiration comes from everywhere really - art, fashion, just watching the world go by. I'm lucky that London is at my doorstep, such a great city to inspired by!

3. Who is the quintessential 'Jennifer Loiselle' girl? Who do you envision wearing your pieces?

Girls and women who like to dress up for themselves and aren't interested in how others view them.

4. What is a piece of advice you would give to aspiring jewelry designers or those wanting to get into the fashion industry?

I think the key to getting into the industry, is to be very passionate about what you do and to really love it. A lot of hard work doesn't go astray and just keep going, even when you hear the word 'no'!

Jennifer Loiselle is sold in her online store, Boticca and Etsy
















Picture Source: http://www.jenniferloiselle.com

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

OUTFIT POST: Prism




Top: Finders Keepers ... Jeans: ONLY ... Blazer: Cameo the label 
Shoes: Zu Shoes ... Necklace: c/o Her Fashion Box  

It's been a month since I've done a blog shoot - such a long time I've forgotten that awkward feeling in front of the camera. 

Todays ensemble has seemingly little to do with the three dimensional shape we learnt back in primary school called a 'prism'. Neither the shape nor the angles have any resemblance to the clothes. But there was a crispness to the outfit; a strong definition of lines, a sharp structure that made this title so appropriate. Not to mention the jagged light bouncing off the walls every morning in this particular nook in my house. 

Come autumn and the transitional outfits start rolling in. My neither-here-nor-there jumpers, jackets, cardigans, pullovers get put to good use. You know those ones: too thick to wear in summer but too breezy for winter. You'll freeze unless you master the art of layering. 

Come autumn, it's the perfect time to pair sleeveless bustiers with boyfriends jeans and a full blown blazer. Why stop at boyfriend jeans when there's the deconstructed and ripped varieties. In fact, why stop at a blazer when it can come with an extra piece of fabric at the back making you feel like superwoman saving the day. 

Yes, come autumn, capes are perfectly acceptable. Everyone needs that power boost. 

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