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The Best Leather Jackets This Season

Friday, May 26, 2017 /

A leather jacket is a sound investment. Timeless and great for transitioning between seasons it’s the perfect piece to sharpen any look. We’ve tried and tested quite a few this season and these are the pick of the bunch. Click on the picture to see all the details.
Leather Jackets 1
Leather Jackets 1
Leather Jackets 3
Leather Jackets 4

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Ms H’s Shopping Bag

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 /

Ms H's Shopping Bag

 

I love being someone’s birthday present! Even better when it’s a surprise. Ms H had no idea when she woke up on her significant birthday that she’d be spending the day with me. Thanks again to her fab husband for organising.

I’d been shopping with Ms H before, so she had the basics and workwear covered. The focus for our shopping trip was for versatile tops that could be worn for work/play, a travel outfit (must be plane friendly, smart but super comfy) and a dress to wear out for her birthday dinner. The aim was to create a casual wardrobe that is smart but effortless. A look that doesn’t just revolve around jeans.

The essentials:

Style Personality: Elegant

Colour palette: Cool & Clear

Body Shape: Triangle

Size: 8 – 10

Our favourite purchase was the leather skirt from Portmans. It was a toss up between the one above and the longer pencil version (check it out online – gorgeous!!!!). We decided on the mini, as it was more versatile for casual wear but still smart enough for work. The pencil skirt for weekend wear would be a little restrictive if you were planning to cycle to the shops and pick up a coffee. Another favourite was the Country Road legging pants. I would describe them as a cross between a ponte and a jegging. They definitely don’t look like your wearing a legging – much smarter. However, you would still need to wear a top that finishes no higher than your hip. Team it with a pair of boots, ballet or pointed flats and you’re rocking it. Word on the street is that they’re plane friendly. Tick!

Ms H, it was a pleasure to celebrate your birthday with you. Many happy returns. xx

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Ms V’s Shopping Bag

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 /

Ms V's Shopping Bag

 

Ms V’s Shopping Bag by styleliberation featuring block heel pumps

I had the pleasure of shopping with Ms V a couple of weeks ago. The brief was to create a capsule work wardrobe based on an alternative colour to black. We focussed on the finding the base pieces that could be easily mixed and matched with future purchases. As you can see she has enough blue now! From now on the focus is on adding other complementary colours to the mix such as purple, pinks, blush etc. We’ve worked out that the items above create at least 25 outfits – not bad for 12 pieces. Add a cream jacket and you have another 13 outfits!

The essentials:

Style Personality: Natural/Classic/Elegant

Colour palette: Possibly Cool, Muted & Light

Body Shape: Rectangle

Size: 10 -12

Our favourite purchase was the navy suit from Jigsaw (especially as there are two jacket options). The suit pant is structured and taped which gives it a really modern look. It also means that you can wear them without the suit jacket (for a more casual look) and they don’t look like suit pants. The other fantastic bonus with this suit is that it also comes with another more traditional looking matching jacket option. So versatile. Navy is a great alternative to black and a neutral to boot – so there are lots of colour combinations that you can experiment with.

Need some more shopping inspiration? Find shopping tricky? We’ve got the guide for you! 

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Ms M’s Shopping Bag

Saturday, January 21, 2017 /

Ms M's Shopping Bag

 

I had the pleasure of shopping with Ms M a couple of weeks ago. The brief was to find some base pieces that could mix and match. Some for work and some for play. As she already had a number of tops that she loved, we focussed on those tricky items – pants!

The essentials:

Style Personality: Natural/Classic/Elegant

Colour palette: Warm & Muted

Body Shape: Rectangle

Size: 12-14

Our favourite purchase were the culottes from Saba. They were an unexpected win! They drape beautifully and are perfect with a semi fitted top (try cream or blush) and the block heels (also Saba). Next on the list would be the David Lawrence jacket. For those ladies who find it hard to find a jacket that is flattering for your bust – this one is for you. It’s streamlined and buttons beautifully under the bust and creates a gorgeous hourglass silhouette. Not many left, so get in quick.

Need some more shopping inspiration? Find shopping tricky? We’ve got the guide for you! 
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Size doesn’t matter

Sunday, October 30, 2016 /

That’s right – creating balance and proportion matters so much more than a number on a clothing label (they’re so infuriatingly inconsistent anyway!). Looking great doesn’t depend on your size, it’s what you do with it.

The first step to creating balance and proportion is to understand our body shape and our natural proportions. From there you can work out where you’d like to add width (yes you read that correctly) and where to keep things streamlined. It’s all about tricking the eye.

Here are the four most common body shapes for women. Which one best reflects your shape? Click on the pictures/links below to get more details on each body shape and suggestions on what to wear to create balance and proportion.

triangle-female rectangle-female inverted-triangle hourglass-female

Still unsure or would you like more detail on how to dress for your body shape, style personality and lifestyle? Then join us for one of our upcoming Group Style Sessions in Canberra or Brisbane. We also run individual sessions if you’d rather do it in the comfort of your own home and let us have a sneak peak in your wardrobe.

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Personal Shopping: What you Snapped Up September

Monday, September 5, 2016 /

One of favourite things is to go shopping! Lucky I get to do it on a regular basis. Check out this week’s bag.

The Client

Colour palette: Cool & Clear

Body shape: Rectangle

Style personality: Classic/Natural

Size: 14 – 16

The Brief

Ms L wanted to update her work wardrobe and invest in a suit. She also wanted to pick up some separates to mix and match, plus dress down with jeans on the weekend. It was important that the fit was comfortable and that the pieces could be layered as the air-conditioning in the office could mean that it was quite chilly in summer.

The Shopping Bag

Here’s what we bought:

In the Bag This Week

 

Click on the picture to find out where to get each item.

Mix & Match

Buying the right combination of colours and pieces means that you’ll be able to put together lots of different outfits with less. For example, we’ve used the Diana Ferrari Emma pant as our base and with the tops and jackets in this shopping bag you can create at least 9 outfits.

Ms L's Shopping Bag 1

 

Investing in a suit, especially one that also comes with a skirt (this one does, however it wasn’t quite right for Ms L), can double the number of outfits that you can create. Add a pair of jeans (like we have above) and you’ve also got your smart casual weekend sorted too.

Ms D's Shopping 2

 

Learn more about how we can help you create a capsule wardrobe like this on a Personal Shopping trip right here.

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Ladies Weekend: Eating Out

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 /

MELBOURNE - APR 10 2014:Pedestrians in Lygon Street.Its a famous tourist attraction in Melbourne with Italian restaurants and cafes.

It may be a little OCD, or maybe I’m obsessed with good food but I tend to choose where I’m going to eat while I’m away before we even hit the ground. For this one, I’ve enlisted the help of a couple of native Melbournians who also happen to be my dearest friends. Here are Tahnee and Alicia’s picks for breakfast, lunch and dinner:

Breakfast

Auction Rooms (North Melbourne)

Cumulus (City)

Chez Dre (South Melbourne)

Touchwood (Richmond)

Porgie and Mr Jones (Hawthorn)

Three Bags Full (Abbotsford)

Top Paddock (Richmond)

Madame Sousou (Fitzroy)

Lunch or Dinner

Cookie (City)

Hu Tong Dumpling Bar (City)

Little Creatures (Fitzroy)

Longrain (City)

Maha (City)

Mamasita (City) 


Bars

The Everleigh (Fitzroy)

Naked For Satan (Fitzroy) – also great for tapas

Madame Brussells (City)

 

Coffee/Snacks

Brother Baba Buden (City)

Manchester Press (City)

Shortstop Dounuts (City)

Brunetti Cakes (Myer City and Carlton) 

Oh my! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Bring on the 21st – 23rd October.

Style Liberation is hosting a Ladies Weekend in Melbourne Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd October. We’ll be running 4 shopping sessions, each based on a different theme, plus hosting a cocktail event on the Saturday evening. You can join us for 1, 2, 3 or all 5 sessions, depending on what works for you. Places are strictly limited. We’d love to take everyone, however, there’s only two of us and we want to make sure that each of you receives the special attention you deserve.

To find out more click here.

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Ladies Weekend: What’s Happening in Melbourne 21st – 23rd October

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 /

View of colorful graffiti artwork at Hosier Lane in Melbourne

What’s happening in Melbourne the weekend of 21st – 23rd October we hear you ask?

Of course there’s 4 super shopping sessions planned (check out our Ladies Weekend details here). However, we understand that you may only want to join us for 1 or 2 of those.

So here’s a list of the other awesome stuff that’s happening that weekend:

 

Exhibitions

Cowen Gallery Exhibition

The Changing Face of Victoria

Mirror of the World: Books & Ideas

 

Health/Fitness/Sports

Rentabike & Real Melbourne Bike Tours

Flying Trapeze Workshops

 

Shows

Matilda the Musical

Kinky Boots 

 

Other

Craft Victoria

Decoration Indulgence – Interiors Tour

Melbourne Walkabout

Laneway Photography Tour

Have we tempted you? What’s your favourite thing to do in Melbourne?

Style Liberation is hosting a Ladies Weekend in Melbourne Friday 21st October to Sunday 23rd October. We’ll be running 4 shopping sessions, each based on a different theme, plus hosting a cocktail event on the Saturday evening. You can join us for 1, 2, 3 or all 5 sessions, depending on what works for you. Places are strictly limited. We’d love to take everyone, however, there’s only two of us and we want to make sure that each of you receives the special attention you deserve.

To find out more click here.

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A Weekend Away is Good For The Soul

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 /

pretty brunette and curly blonde having fun

It’s true! The verdict’s out! Research has proved a weekend away is so good for the soul. With your girlfriends it’s ‘bees-knees,’ ‘heart-sing’ material!

We’re lucky to get away once or twice a year with some of our closest girlfriends, including one-another, some local, others interstate. It gives us the opportunity to connect without the distractions of everyday life, and yes, we admit, indulge in a little food, wine and shopping). For those we don’t see on a regular basis, it’s like we’ve never been apart. Even though we may not have spoken for months (we keep up to date via text and social media), we pick up from where we left off. We’re truly grateful for these connections, particularly for the joy and sanity they bring.

It’s not just about catching up with friends. It’s also the opportunity to recharge from day to day life. That doesn’t mean that we need to lie down for a whole weekend. Although, let’s be honest, sometimes the idea of booking into a hotel and not talking to anyone for 48 hours is rather appealing – has anyone tried that? Just getting away, doing something different, having a looooooong, leisurely breakfast and being inspired by new and creative things, means we can come back rejuvenated and ready for the next installment (even though sometimes this feeling only lasts about 24 hours – but hey it’s a great 24 hours).

That’s our 2 cents worth. If you still need convincing you deserve a weekend away with your girlfriends, check out these clips and articles:

If you’re feeling the need to get away, you’re in luck! Style Liberation is hosting another Ladies Weekend in Melbourne Friday 21st October to Sunday 23rd October. We’ll be running 4 shopping sessions, each based on a different theme, plus hosting a cocktail event on the Saturday evening. You can join us for 1, 2, 3 or all 5 sessions, depending on what works for you. Places are strictly limited. We’d love to take everyone, however, there’s only two of us and we want to make sure that each of you receives the special attention you deserve.

You can find all the details here.

If you can’t make the Style Liberation Ladies Weekend, can we ask you a favour? Can you check your calendar, send a text and lock in that well deserved break with your ‘bees-knees’ besties?

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The Blouse vs The Shirt

Monday, July 4, 2016 /

The Blouse vs The Shirt

 

Love one of these blouses? Click to get the details.

 

For me, the blouse is the winner (I’m a huge fan).

The pros being it’s soft, drapes in all the right places (you know – right over those things called breasts), comfortable against the skin and gives you freedom to move. There’s none of that button popping gaping that can happen with a shirt. The other benefit is if you wash it on a delicate cycle and hang it straight away you don’t need to iron. Not many shirts can claim such a feat. Last but not least, it’s great for all style personalities.

The cons, well sometimes they can become static (highly recommend carrying a compact bottle of anti static spray).

Ok, so blouses can be tricky too, in particular for those with an hourglass body shape, as they may feel it hides their shape. Unless the blouse is semi-fitted, for hourglasses it’s best to tuck it in.

For everyone else here’s how to wear the blouse.

If you’re wearing the blouse with pants you can tuck it in or wear it out. However, if you’re wearing it out,  you should wear it with pants that are skinny to straight, otherwise the volume will drown you. The same goes for skirts, but generally if you wear a blouse with a skirt, it’s best to tuck it in.