Ok, I held out as long as I could but I couldn’t resist any longer. By now you know that I have a penchant for sparkles and sequins. Whilst my style personality screams ‘do it!’, sparkles are not always practical. It takes all my will power when I go shopping to be sensible about them otherwise I would arrive home with bags full of inappropriate purchases. A little bit of sparkle is ok every now and again, but if I could wear sparkles all the time – these would be my Top 5.
Top L – R: French Connection Sequin Beauty Tee $49.95, Cue Olivine Jewel Cluster Brooch $75.00, Karen Millen Brooch Beaded Dress $625.00, Mimco Venetian Hardcase $199.00, Boden Jewelled Pump in Black $198.00.
It wouldn’t be a day at the races without the perfect head piece whether that be a hat or fascinator. This Tuesday it’s my top 5 picks for this racing season.
You don’t necessarily need the hat to match your outfit as long as the colours are in the palette, as often a pop of unexpected colour will make your look stand out from the crowd (in a good way). If you are experimenting with pattern this season, and want to play it safe, choose a colour from the print and find a hat in a similar shade. It will tie your whole look together.
If you are Canberra based I would highly recommend checking out Sovata and Christine Waring. Their creations are superb and Jade Sargent (Sovata) also makes the most stunning dresses.
Which one is your favourite?
Clockwise from top: Morgan & Taylor Lace Disk with Side Loop & Feathered Quills at David Jones $129.95, Mimco Showoff Demi Beret in Hydrangea $169.00, Mimco Demure Debutante in Black $249.00, Portmans Tall Feather Fascinator in Royal $79.95, Fillies Collection Small Disc with Rising Shell Inspired Tail in Red at David Jones $189.95.
Have you purchased your Race Day outfit yet? If not, don’t worry there is still plenty of time to pick up the perfect pieces. This Tuesday it’s all about dresses, next week we’ll look at hats and fascinators. So whether you are looking to embrace current trends such as Pop Art, Heavy Petal or Pastels or opt for more enduring styles such as stripes there really is something to appeal to every shape and style.
L-R: Leina Broughton Audrey 50’s Dress in Rouge $235.00 available at www.birdsnest.com.au, Review Stripes R Us Dress $194.99, Jigsaw Pop Art Floral Dress $243.75, Target Floral Print Midi Dress $47.00, Sheike Daydream Dress in Lilac $139.95.
Ranging from hints of silver to antique gold, metallics are a major trend for this Spring/Summer. For day keep it simple by accessorising or choosing one statement piece and pair it with a classic item such as a white shirt or tee. For evening go crazy – the more ‘blingtastic’ the better.
Clockwise from top: Witchery Metallic Knit Scarf $49.95, Sussan Metallic Skirt in Silver $99.95, Cue Laser Cut Sling Bag $109.00, Cue Gold Mesh Belt $99.00, Witchery Deco Drop Earrings $24.95.
Fashion is fickle, what is ‘hot’ one minute will be a hot mess the next. Some of the makeup trends that you are wearing today are quickly making the ‘not hot’ list and I have outlined the 3 biggest trends to kiss goodbye!
1: See You Later Liquid Liner
Yes the days of the dramatic liquid liner are numbered. It’s had a good run, being a popular eye liner choice for the past 6-8 years but its time is coming to an end and in it’s place is a much softer, barely there liner look. So try ditching the liquid liner and opt for a neutral pencil or no liner at all but make sure you really amp up the mascara! Makes those lashes long and luxurious to keep your eyes the main focus.
|Barely there liner with lots of mascara will be the next big thing!
2: So Long Structured Brows
The last 5 years has seen the rise of the heavily structured brow and at the peak of its popularity we saw the infamous ‘scouse brow’ (google it and be appalled) but the future of our brows is looking relaxed and natural! No longer will we be stenciling on sharp structured brows, nor will we obsessively be plucking them into sharp boxy shapes but instead will be letting them get a little thick and bushy in a natural fashion. This more natural approach to brows can already be seen on the runways and in beauty editorials so give it another year or so and you may find yourself putting down the tweezers and embracing a little more brow!
|Australian Model Samantha Harris has the perfect example of the more natural brow!
3: Bye Bye Bronzer
It seems like only yesterday people were asking ‘what is Bronzer and what does it do’. When I started doing makeup (many moons ago) Bronzer was new on the scene and people quickly became obsessed with the healthy glow and the contoured look it gave but nearly 10 years later, the romance is over. Bronzer is quickly becoming the product left on the table in many make overs. It has been replaced with skin illuminating products, this is how we will get our skin to have the healthy glow we all crave without the ‘muddy’ and occasionally patchy texture of Bronzer.
|Seen at MBFW 2014, put the bronzer down and embrace dewy illuminated skin!
Lesley has been working with make-up since 2006, being predominantly involved in bridal and fashion but also dipping into freelance television and celebrity event make-up. ‘For me, it’s not just the creativity of make-up art, but the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people that keeps it interesting. Every woman is different in what she needs to feel beautiful and I enjoy finding out what that is and showing how to achieve that look.’
To find out more about Lesley visit www.lesleyjmakeup.com
Your bust is proportionately smaller than your hips and you have a well defined waist. It is the most common female body shape and often characterised by wearing a different size on top and bottom.
To create balance by visually widening the upper body, ie. bust and shoulder line.
L-R: Sheike Hurricane Coat in Limeaid $189.95, L.K. Bennett Lander Dress in Blue £245.00
L-R: Curacao Cotton Scarf at hardtofind.com.au $49.00, Snow Storm Wooden Necklace at hardtofind.com.au $45.00
L-R: David Lawrence Silk Blizzard Top $119.00, Jigsaw Paloma Suit Skirt $199.00
- Tops or jackets that are brighter or lighter in colour, patterned or with horizontal stripes.
- Striking necklaces or scarves that bring attention to your upper body.
- Jackets with shoulder pads or epaulettes.
- Tops or blouses with ruffles or other embellishments around the neckline.
- Tops with cap, puff or angled sleeves.
- Straight trousers or skirts in a darker or solid colour.
- Baggy pieces
- Full A-line skirts or dresses
- Straight or boxy dresses in stiff fabrics
Great places to shop
- David Lawrence
- Diana Ferrari
- Basque at Myer
- Karen Millen
- Jacqui E
- Anthea Crawford
- Carla Zampatti