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Style Liberation Does Singapore

Thursday, February 23, 2017 /

 

We’ve all had girl’s weekends away (Lord knows, not enough). Generally speaking though, we tend to venture no further afield than a short car or plane ride. Not this time!! With three friend’s celebrating milestone birthdays, we decided to step it up a notch. With newly-introduced direct flights from Canberra Airport to Changi International (with Singapore Airlines), before we knew it, we’d booked flights to Singapore for five glorious days! Here’s the wrap-up.

Fashion: The Style Liberation team could not go on such a trip without completing a thorough exploration of the retail offerings. We considered it our duty. While the currency and prices are quite comparable to Australia, what Singapore offers over Australia is brand options from all over the world. We spotted UK, American and Australian names, as well as unknown (to us) Asian designers, and department stores, such as Tangs and the quite unique Mustafa (open 24 hours and packed to the rafters with every possible thing you have never imagined but think you need when you see it). Both of us picked up a few little wins, mainly from Warehouse and Marks and Spencer, both UK brands.

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Food: Hands-down, the highlight of the trip. Singapore is such a ‘salad bowl’ of cultures so the culinary options were endless and amazing. Even the nosh from shopping centre food courts was restaurant-quality and so CHEAP! We discovered a few local delicacies, and ate our way through China Town and Little India, but topping the best meal list was the chilli crab and beer dinner at Jumbos Seafood, bibs and all. Bit of a schlep, located out near the airport, but well worth it.

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Fun: For many years, Singapore was considered just a stop-over. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “I’ve only ever been to the airport”, I’d be rich. We’re here to tell you, it’s totally worth a dedicated trip, with or without kids. There is so much to do! Even child-free we didn’t manage to get around to all the sites. The highlight though (if you don’t count the food) was definitely Gardens by the Bay! Singapore is safe, friendly and so easy to get around. Transport is so organised with bus, train, monorail and taxi options. Taxis were surprisingly cheap too!

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Fish: Worth a mention purely due to the hilarity that ensued when we tried the old fish-nibble foot treatment. Fiona loved it……not!

 

Friendships: There’s a comfort….. a ‘knowing’, that comes with spending quality time with close friends, especially ones that share your humour, beliefs, values and even politics. We had five uninterrupted days of this bliss! No time limits and many, many chats and laughs (lots of laughs) about life, work, kids and even global politics. And we walked SLOW!

Future: I’m sure you’ve picked up from this that we LOVED ‘The Singas’. So it got us thinking, “Why shouldn’t we share this amazing place with our awesome Style Liberation clients?” While we’re yet to work out the detail, we’re interested to hear from you: would YOU join us for a Style Liberation Ladies Trip abroad? If so, let us know here.

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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! 
Download your free copy of 35+ Where to Shop. It’s a free guide, that classifies over 80 retailers by style personality, colour palette, body shape and dress code. We’ll find the perfect stores for you. Download it here. 

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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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SS16 Trend Update – Dresses & The Cold Shoulder

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 /

It’s that magical time of year! The blossoms are starting to reveal themselves and we all begin to worry about donning summer gear and showing more skin……do not despair! There’s something for everyone amongst the 2016 Spring/Summer trends. As a self-professed lover of winter and its fashion, even I’m excited about what this season’s trends have to offer.

You’ve probably noticed already but the dress, in every shape, pattern, print, length and style is here in a big way. If you’ve got good pins (aka. Legs) the mini will be your pic. If, like me, you prefer to detract attention away from this area, there are plenty of midi and maxi options too.

Showing off your shoulders is another biggy in 2016, with off-the-shoulder and the ‘cold shoulder’ look gracing the spring/summer lines of most retailers.

Check out our Polyvore sets below for ideas and inspiration. Click to get all the details.

Get amongst it people! Even better, book a spot in one of our Melbourne Ladies Weekend sessions, and we’ll help you find and incorporate pieces that are ‘on-trend’ but still suit your style personality.

 

2016 Spring/Summer Trends: The Dress!
2016 Spring/Summer Trends: The Cold Shoulder

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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.

 

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Personal Shopping: What You Snapped Up

Monday, June 6, 2016 /

One of the highlights of my job is to take clients shopping. There are two reasons, firstly it puts into practice the theory that we’ve discussed during the Discover Your Style and Wardrobe Rescue. You’ll quickly learn what to look for and work out which pieces work for you (or not), and why. Secondly, it’s that look on your face when you find an absolute gem and the happy dance starts (accompanied by impromptu clapping from us).

You’ve told us that you’re really interested in what other people (just like you) are buying so we thought we’d share with you some of the items we purchase on shopping trips each month.

Last month’s shop was for a gorgeous lady who was looking to update her work wardrobe with smart casual pieces that mixed and matched to create as many outfits as possible. She already had skirts and dresses covered so we focussed on tops and trousers. This is what we found:

 

The Shopping Trip: What we purchased 1

 


Dress
davidlawrence.com.au
(We actually tried this in burgundy which was stunning)

Red t shirt
davidlawrence.com.au

Petal top
davidlawrence.com.au

Blue top
davidlawrence.com.au

Blue jean jacket
dianaferrari.com.au

Wide leg trousers
dianaferrari.com.au

Slim cut jeans
dianaferrari.com.au

Straight leg trousers
dianaferrari.com.au
Personal Shopping: What we bought 2

 


Cross over top
dianaferrari.com.au

Bridal shoes flat
jomercer.com.au

Penny loafer shoes
dianaferrari.com.au

Blue knit top
jacquie.com.au

Ribbed cardigan
jacquie.com.au

Get your wardrobe winter ready and book a Personal Shopping session with us. All the details are here.

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Top picks from our Ladies Weekend

Thursday, May 5, 2016 /

A huge thank you to the ladies that joined us last weekend for our first trip to Melbourne. There was 12 hours of shopping, cocktails, laughs and more than 20 stores. We shopped up a storm! Kristi and I had allocated a couple of cheeky hours after the event to do a spot of shopping for ourselves but instead opted for some bubbles at the airport.

Well, there’s loads of gorgeous pieces in store at the moment. So here’s our pick of the best from last weekend (purchased by our lovely ladies).

Our picks of Ladies Weekend Apr 16

 

Would you like to be part of our next Ladies Weekend? The next weekend is scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of September in Melbourne. We are capping numbers to 4 per session so if you’d like to register your interest and be the first to get all the details please click here.

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Autumn/Winter Trends 2016 – The Visual Feast

Monday, March 14, 2016 /

Yes, Autumn/Winter fashion is already here and we’ve got the guide to this season’s key trends. To find out where to purchase some of these beauties, click on the pictures below.

We’ll be shopping these trends and more on our Ladies Weekend in Melbourne at the end of April. Find all the details here.

Remember it’s not about being on trend, it’s about being current. So pick the pieces that really appeal to you and incorporate them into your wardrobe. Enjoy!

Autumnal Bliss

Autumnal Bliss by kristi-gooden featuring a ruched blouse

Denim

Denim by kristi-gooden featuring a long sleeve jacket

Victoriana

Victoriana by kristi-gooden featuring a wool blend coat

That 70's vibe

That 70’s vibe by kristi-gooden featuring blue shoes

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AW15 Top Picks: Cool & Muted/Triangle/Natural & Classic

Thursday, April 30, 2015 /

I do lots of shopping for clients which includes trawling the internet for great pieces for them to review before we hit the shops. Seeing as I’ve already done all the research I thought ‘hey’ why not share my top picks based on colour palette, body shape and style personality. So here’s the first instalment for all you gorgeous Cool & Muted, Triangle body shaped, Natural/Classics.

You want to look sophisticated but at the same time be comfortable so invest in wool and other natural fibres that breathe, keep you warm and allow you to move. This season grey is the new black and a fantastic neutral colour for those of you with a Cool & Muted palette. A great colour  to base the rest of your wardrobe around. As a Triangle shape the aim is to create width across the bust and shoulder line and this can be done by wearing a lighter colour on top, using a scarf as a focal point or adding volume to the bust line which the cream coat does perfectly. Keeping your bottom half streamlined using a neutral grey helps to balance out your proportions.

For work:

 

Cool Muted Triangle Natural Classic

L – R: David Lawrence Brooklyn Baby Wool Top in Violet $129.00, Mindy Textured Pencil Skirt $79.95 (reduced from $99.95), Forever New Callie Waterfall Blanket Coat in New Blonde $139.99, David Lawrence Ballet in Grey $159.00, Target Artisan Floral Scarf $20.00, Jigsaw Perforated Shopper in Dusty Blue $295.00.

For play:

Cool Muted Triangle Natural Play

L – R: David Lawrence Baby Wool Stripe Top in Navy Pacific $129.00, Sportscraft Cleo Twill Skirt in Navy $99.95, Sussan Diamante Ball Stud Earrings $12.95, Sussan Chain Knot Necklace $29.95, Country Road Assymetric Tunic in Light Grey Marle $149.00, Sportscraft Esme Ponte Pants in Navy $119.95, Target Moda 3/4 Sleeve Tee in Dark Purple $15.00, Sussan Navy Check Scarf $39.95, Marcs Katy Leather Chunky Zip Saddle Bag $229.00.

Would you like me to help you to discover your style and make your wardrobe work for you? For more information check out my services and get in touch for a chat to work out the best package for you.