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Retail Review: Boden

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 /

The brand

Founded in 1991 Boden launched with a small menswear line of just 8 products. Twenty-three years later ‘the best of british’ boasts fabulous womens, mens, mini boden and johnnie b collections. They stock everything from clothing, shoes and accessories as well as the most gorgeous bags you’ll see. You can basically shop for your entire family and be colour and style coordinated, which sounds ideal to me. Boden has recently launched its Australian online store – so what will you find?

The vibe

Not driven by trends but by lifestyle, Boden understands that you want to feel comfortable but look fab at the same time. Stocking beautiful classic, elegant, fun, and quirky pieces the online store exudes happiness and positivity.

Style Personality

Great for Feminine, Classic, Natural, Elegant and Creative style personalities. Feminines will love the softer colours and flowing silhouettes and Creatives will adore the quirky prints and unexpected colour combinations. Boden stocks great quality classic pieces such as pants, tops and skirts that will also appeal to Natural and Elegant style personalities.

Colour

Boden is for lovers of colour and caters for every colour palette. If you prefer neutrals and a monochromatic look best to look elsewhere.

My favourites

I’ve picked my favourite womenswear but definitely check out the other collections, very dangerous. In particular, I love Mini Boden for baby gifts.

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From top L – R: Embellished Jumper in mid pink $158.00, Mary Jane in Citrine $188.00, Bella Top in Ivory Confetti $98.00, Natalia Dress in Freckle $198.00, Resin Necklace in Raven $78.00, Zoe Dress in Pewter $148.00, Bella Top in Black Confetti $98.00, Printed Scarf in Painted Leopard $38.00, Printed Cotton Pencil Skirt in Black/Green Leopard Print $88.00, Wool Skater Dress in Bright Blue $208.00Printed Scarf in Brown Pop Leaf $38.00Draycott Bag in Cognac & Night Blue $258.00, Fashion Pointed Pumps in Beetroot Patent $138.00,   Canary Wharf Jacket in Navy & Magenta $148.00, Paternoster Shift in Beetroot & Orchid Pink Spot $208.00, Wrap Jersey Top in Blue Steel Beads $43.20Canary Wharf Pencil Skirt in Navy & Magenta $88.00, Thurloe Bag in Check Print $88.00.

Shapes and sizing

Sizes range from 6 to 22 and shoe sizes 5.5 to 10.5. The online store has a comprehensive sizing guide which has great instructions on how to measure yourself to ensure that you order the correct size.

Price point

Tops start at $34, dresses at $88, pants at $78 and jackets at $138.

What do I love?

Most pieces will come in at least 2 other colours or patterns which is fabulous. I also love the prints, they are lively and fun and brighten up any outfit.

What’s not so great?

I find the colour can be a little hit and miss and often appears brighter online than it is. It’s worth reading the reviews for comments on the colour and fit.

The essentials

Available online at www.bodenclothing.com.au

Delivery and returns

Standard shipping is a flat rate of $10 per order and will be delivered in 3 -5 business days. Boden operates a no-quibble returns policy where you can return an item for a full refund within 3 months of receipt.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Printed Shirts

Monday, August 25, 2014 /

A classic white shirt never goes out of style but if you’re feeling a little adventurous it’s time to try a printed one. This is the season to embrace it from checks, stripes and spots to abstracts and bold florals – have fun with it.

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Clockwise from top: Sportscraft Fynn Liberty Shirt $104.96, Boden Alexa Blouse in Pink $88.00,  Target Long Sleeve Floral Blouse in Yellow $30.00, Target Cotton Boyfriend Shirt in Barberry Spot $30.00, Trenery Check Wrap Shirt in Night Sky $129.00.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Event Wear

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 /

Over the last few weeks I’ve had lots of questions on what to wear to various events. From  cocktail and formal here are my picks for the week and they’re all from Events. Usually I wouldn’t put together a post of items all from the one store but after spending an hour at Events with a one of my gorgeous clients on Saturday, I’m really excited about their stunning dresses and the fabulous fit. Can you guess which one I want?y-21

L-R: Contrast Deep V Dress in Black & White $149.00, Grecian Bead Dress in Red $199.00, Half Sleeve Lace Dress in Green $199.00, Hollywood Dress in Grey $199.00, Peplum Gown in Multi $149.00.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Fancy Flats……again

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 /

As requested, it’s ‘Fancy Flats’ again this week. What would you like to see next week?

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Clockwise from top: Jigsaw Suede Brogue in Grey $185.00, Sambag Tina Primary Zig Zag Woven Straw Ballet Flats $180.00, LK Bennett Mitzi Spotted Suede Flat Slipper in Blue Marine £120.00, Diana Ferrari Kleo Flats in Grey at David Jones $140.00, Kate Spade General Flats in Natural/Black $USD258.00.

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Top 10 Suits

Thursday, July 31, 2014 /

Buying a suit can be tricky, especially if you want something other than a stock standard black number. So bearing this in mind I have pulled together my Top 10. I’ve included the usual suspects – the neutrals including black, charcoal, grey and navy. I’ve also added in some pops of colour such as cobalt and mustard.

If anyone has seen a great red suit can you please let me know. It’s a key colour for Spring/Summer but I couldn’t find any that really stood out for me (I may be looking in the wrong place).

So here they are. Which one works for you?

1. Bolt of Blue 


Colour:
Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright and possibly Cool, Muted & Soft; and Warm, Muted & Dark.

Shape:
All.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Sultry  and Dramatic.

 

2. Streamlined Suiting 


Colour:
Great neutral for most colour palettes. Just remember that if you are Light or Bright that you will need to wear the right colour with the jacket to balance its depth.

Shape:
All.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Sultry and Dramatic.

 

3. Gorgeous Grey 


Colour:
Great neutral for all colour palettes.

Shape:
Hourglass, Rectangle and Triangle.

Personality:
Classic and Elegant.

 

4. Stand out from the crowd 


Colour:

Warm & Muted; Warm, Muted and Soft; Warm, Muted & Dark and some Cool, Clear and Dark.

Shape:
Rectangle and Triangle.

Personality:
Elegant, Dramatic and Creative.

 

5. The Full Ensemble


Colour:
Great neutral for most colour palettes. Just remember that if you are Light or Bright that you will need to wear the right colour with the jacket to balance its depth.

Shape:
All.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Sultry, Feminine  and Dramatic.

 

6. Keeping it natural 


Colour:
Warm & Clear; Warm, Clear & Light; Warm, Clear & Light and some Cool, Muted & Light.

Shape:
All.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, and Natural

 

7.  A little bit nautical


Colour:
Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright and possibly Cool, Muted & Soft; and Warm, Muted & Dark.

Shape:
Hourglass and Rectangle.

Personality:
Elegant, Dramatic and Creative.

 

8. Traditional tweed


Colour:
Cool & Muted; Cool, Muted & Soft; Cool, Muted & Light and some Cool & Clear if combined with the right colour.

Shape:
Rectangle and Inverted Triangle

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, and Natural.

 

9. Subtle suiting


Colour:
Cool & Muted; Cool, Muted & Soft; Cool, Muted & Light and some Warm & Clear

Shape:
Hourglass, Rectangle, Inverted Triangle and some Triangles.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Sultry  and Feminine.

 

10. Printastic


Colour:
Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright and possibly Cool, Muted & Soft; and Warm, Muted & Dark.

Shape:
Hourglass, Triangle and Inverted Triangle.

Personality:
Elegant, Creative, Sultry  and Dramatic.

 

Would you like to discover your best colours, styles and shapes? Join me at the Hub – Canberra Centre on Sunday 31st August for Group Colour and Group Style Consultations. Find out more.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Fancy Flats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 /

I think I need to make this regular post ‘Top 10 Tuesday’. It was so difficult to narrow it down to 5! So if you are into flats, take advantage of the fabulous options available at the moment. From ballet, brogues, loafers and t-bars, whatever your preference there is the perfect flat for you.

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Clockwise from top: Elk Lucido Wedge Derby in Electric Blue $165.00, Forever New Ally Almond Toe Ballet in White/Black Spot $69.99, L.K. Bennett Audra Leather Check Print Flat in Red £175.00, Karen Millen Patent Ballerina in Yellow $145.00, Country Road Brynn T-bar Flat in Dove Grey $149.00.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Feeling a Little Spotty?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 /

Spots, dots, sploshes and splashes. Add a little fun at work with these gorgeous spotty numbers. y-1 L-R: Gorman New Bandwagon Cardigan $99.00, Marcs Double Spot Scarf in Red $69.00, Dickens Jones Flippy Spot Skirt at House of Fraser $91.00, H&M Jersey Jacket $55.00, Marcs Spot Print High Heel $149.00.

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Retail Review: Uniqlo

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 /

The brand

Ok, so I’m biased – I love Uniqlo and have been a fan since my UK days. This mega Japenese brand started with one store in Hiroshima in 1984 and has now grown to more than 1300 stores in 15 countries. This includes the brand spanking new mega store at The Emporium in Melbourne, a pop up store in Sydney (more details below) plus the launch of the Australian online store (very dangerous). Uniqlo stocks clothing and accessories for women, men and kids.

The vibe

Stocking great basics in every colour and quirky prints, the philosophy behind the brand is to create simple essentials that can be freely combined to create an individual’s unique style.

Style Personality

This is heaven for Naturals and Classics. Uniqlo’s collection is made up of jumpers, jeans, jackets and t-shirts in simple silhouettes and classic details. In particular, Naturals will be drawn to the gorgeous textures of the cashmere, merino and alpaca blends as well as the practical outerwear such as the Ultra Light Down Collection.

Creatives, Elegants and Dramatics will not be disappointed as there are lots of great base pieces that can be layered to create unique looks. Plus for creatives Uniqlo are famous for their quirky prints and patterns on their sweatshirts and tees.

Feminines and Sultrys will be drawn to the softer colours and textures on offer.

Colour

Colour heaven! If you are still a little nervous about embracing colour and you don’t want to spend a lot of money this is the place to do it as every colour palette is catered for.

My favourites

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L-R: Wool Blended Short Duffel Coat in Purple $129.90, HeatTech Skinny Fit Straight Jeans in Blue $59.90

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L-R: Cashmere Blend Fine Guage Stole Cardigan in Green $49.90, Soft Jersey Jacket in Off White $59.90

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L-R: Merino Blend Combination Tunic in Black $59.90, Chiffon Pleated Print Mini Skirt in Wine $49.90

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L-R: Silk Long Sleeve Blouse in Green $79.90, Extra Fine V Neck Cardigan in Green $49.90

 

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L-R: Cashmere Crew Neck Short Sleeve Sweater in Light Gray $79.90, Military Long Sleeve Dress in Wine $49.90

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L-R: Silk Print Long Sleeve Blouse in Beige $79.90, Ponte Pencil Skirt in Navy $29.90 reduced to $7.90 (that’s not a typo)

Shapes and sizing

Sizes range from XS to XXL which is a size 4-6 up to a size 18. The online store has a comprehensive sizing guide which has great instructions on how to measure yourself to ensure that you order the correct size.

Price point

T-shirts start at $19.90, knits from $39.90 and dresses $49.90.

What do I love?

The variety of colours available in each style and the quality of the pieces. I have Uniqlo knits that are over 6 years old and they are still in excellent condition. Just make sure that you follow the care instructions.

What’s not so great?

The sizing is on the smaller side.

The essentials

Available online at www.uniqlo.com/au/

The Emporium, 269 – 321 Lonsdale Street Melbourne

The Glasshouse Shopping Centre, 150 Pitt Street, Sydney (the pop up store)

Delivery and returns

For a limited time there is free delivery for online orders over $75.00. For metro areas (including Canberra) allow 1 – 3 days for delivery. Returns for online items can be made within 30 days for a $7.00 return fee. Online purchases cannot be returned in store.

Colour, Retail Therapy, Style

Top 10 Coats for AW14

Thursday, June 12, 2014 /

It’s getting cold out there! Well it is if you live in Canberra and it’s surrounds. If you haven’t purchased your winter coat yet don’t worry you haven’t left it too late. In fact, it’s the perfect time to make that investment as there are so many great sales on at the moment.

I recommend ditching the boring black (or grey or beige) coat and make a statement this winter. They may be a little harder to find this season but they are out there. Your coat should reflect your style personality so let’s take a look at my top 10 categorised by colour, shape and personality type:

Classic with Attitude

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Freda Alexis Wool Coat in Midnight Blue (available at Matches Fashion Online) $350.00


Colour:
Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright and possibly Cool, Muted & Soft; and Warm, Muted & Dark.

Shape:
Rectangles and Inverted Triangles

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Dramatic, Creative and Natural

 

Lady in Red

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Review Theodore Coat in Red $224.99


Colour:

Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright and possibly Cool, Muted & Soft

Shape:
Hourglass, Triangle, Rectangle and Inverted Triangle.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Feminine and Creative.

 

The Natural

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Gorman Derailed Coat in Olive $399.00


Colour:

Warm & Muted; Warm, Muted & Dark; Warm, Muted & Soft

Shape:
Inverted Triangle and Rectangle

Personality:
Natural, Classic and Creative

 

Lady Like

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Alannah Hill Lady Luck Coat in Blue $449.00


Colour:

Cool & Muted; Cool, Muted & Soft; Cool, Muted & Light; and possibly Warm, Clear and Light.

Shape:
Hourglass, Triangle and Rectangle.

Personality:
Feminine, Elegant and Creative.

 

Military Blue

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Table Eight Anna Military Detail Coat in Cobalt $179.99


Colour:

Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright.

Shape:
Hourglass, Triangle and Rectangle.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Dramatic and Creative

 

Sophisticated

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Seduce Entrapment Jacket in Gunmetal (available at Birdsnest) $149.00


Colour:

Cool & Muted; Cool, Muted & Soft; Cool, Muted & Light; and possibly Warm, Muted & Soft.

Shape:
Hourglass, Triangle and Rectangle

Personality:
Elegant, Dramatic, Sultry and Creative.

 

The Floral Number

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Blue Illusion Winter Floral Coat $249.95


Colour:

Cool & Muted; Cool, Muted & Soft; Cool, Muted & Light; and possibly Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark.

Shape:
Inverted Triangle and Rectangle.

Personality:
Feminine, Elegant and Creative.

 

Splashy Spring

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Cue A-line Long Line Coat in Watermelon $247.50


Colour:

Warm & Clear, Warm, Clear & Light; Warm, Clear & Bright; and possibly Cool, Clear & Bright.

Shape:
Rectangle and Inverted Triangle.

Personality:
Natural, Creative, Classic and Elegant

 

Animal Instincts

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Karen Millen Leopard Print Coat $399.00


Colour:

Warm & Muted; Warm, Muted & Dark; Warm, Muted & Soft.

Shape:
Hourglass, Rectangle and Triangle.

Personality:
Sultry, Dramatic and Creative.

 

The SPURLGE

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Sass & Bide The Miraculous Trench Coat in French Navy $950.00


Colour:

Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright.

Shape:
Hourglass, Triangle and Rectangle.

Personality:
Dramatic, Natural, Creative, Sultry and Elegant.

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What do I wear with this? Floral Shoes

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 /

Do you have a great piece in your wardrobe but you never wear it because you’re not sure what to wear with it? You love it, the piece fits perfectly and it’s a great colour so why doesn’t it work?

Often the solution is right in front of you. Sometimes it’s as simple as playing in your wardrobe and experimenting with what you already have. At other times you may need to invest in one or two pieces to make it work . If this is the case think strategically as any pieces that you introduce should go with at least three other items. If you are buying something to save one piece (unless you absolutely love it), it’s probably not worth the investment.

A big thank you to Lisa for volunteering her ‘tricky’ piece – floral heels from one of my favourite online retailers Modcloth. I have noticed that a lot of clients find it tricky to ‘match’ patterned or print pieces and often team them with black. A print or pattern is the perfect way to find new and interesting ways to play with colour. So it was with glee that I took a peek in Lisa’s wardrobe and hopped online to make a few more suggestions on what to wear with her ‘tricky’ piece.

The piece

Fabulous floral t-bar heels from Modcloth with a retro/feminine feel.

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How do I wear it?

These heels are great for Autumn/Winter with their dark base and earthy floral tones. I recommend using these tones as a jumping off point for choosing colours such as mid to dark browns, orange, purple, warm pinks and green. From smart casual to smart these heels work really well with skirts and dresses. You can also wear them with trousers but depending on the length they may lose their impact. I’d steer clear of wearing them with jeans.

Options

Lisa really understands the colours that work for her and had a lot of pieces in the right tones to complement the shoes. My favourite is the orange red dress as it’s a great colour and shape. Lisa looks stunning.

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Here are the other beautiful pieces that we found in Lisa’s wardrobe that work brilliantly with the shoes.

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Lisa has lots of great tops and accessories to go with her shoes but we felt like we should look at a few more skirt and dress options. This is what I found:

Modcloth Soda Fountain Dress in Grape $53 Alannah Hill Dinner Date Skirt $299.00

Modcloth Pine All Mine in Evergreen $180.00 The Darling Sisters Boutique Camel Coat $300.00

L-R: Modcloth Soda Fountain Dress in Grape $53.00, Alannah Hill Dinner Date Skirt $299.00, Modcloth Pine All Mine Dress in Evergreen $180.00, The Darling Sisters’ Boutique Camel Coat $300.00.

 

Would you like to learn more about putting together great colour combinations and the shades that suit you? Join me on Sunday 4th May at the Hub Canberra Centre for my next Group Colour Consultation . To find out more visit www.trybooking.com/DXTQ