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Retail Therapy, Style

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.

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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.

Retail Therapy, Wardrobe

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

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Retail Review: Karen Millen

Sunday, April 13, 2014 /

The brand

Karen Millen is a London based international fashion brand with stores in 50 countries and is renowned as the ‘destination for the perfect dress’. The brand is focussed on creating gorgeous tailored work and occasion pieces for the woman that wants to stand out. If you are looking for feminine pieces that are strong and assertive Karen Millen is the place to visit.

The vibe

I’ve been a long time fan of Karen Millen and I was a little apprehensive when I heard the brand was changing its style and direction. Traditionally the pieces have had a gorgeous edgy, sleek feminine vibe with sculptured tailoring. The brand is in no way understated as every piece has some form of embellishment.

So what’s the new direction? It has been described as ‘a stripped back approach focussing on casual clothes and separates such as denim and leather’. The move has come with the ‘general trend to more relaxed dressing’. Insert sad face – I’m all about dressing up.

I wasn’t sure that I was going to embrace the collection but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, there are a greater number of more relaxed casual pieces that are perfect for weekend/off duty wear. But those sexy sculpted dresses (without being overtly so) are still there.

Style Personality

The key trends for Karen Millen this AW14 are:

Boy Meets Girl
Masculine shapes and suiting. Great for Natural and Classic style personalities.

Refined Rebel
A little bit of rebel and a little bit of punk. Think leather, plaids and more leather. Perfect for Dramatics and Creatives.

Maximalist
Oversized and luxurious fabrics such as brocades and taffeta. This will appeal to the Feminine, Dramatics and Elegants.

Colour

The colour palette in line with AW14 is dark and moody with flashes of red, burgundy, deep blues and light greys. Overall it is a cooler palette with a softer and more muted edge. For those looking for warmer shades the red check print dress (see below), trenches and gorgeous jackets will appeal.

My favourites

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L-R: Black Leather Biker Jacket $675.00, Check Print Dress $395.00, Modern Jersey Dress in Purple $325.00

Karen Millen Acrylic Chain Cuff Karen Millen Cube Cluster Ring Karen Millen Pocket front Leather bag in Brown

L-R: Acrylic Chain Cuff $145.00, Cube Cluster Ring $95.00, Pocket Front Leather Bag in Brown $495.00

Karen Millen Geo Dot Print Dress Karen Millen Oversize Check CoatKaren Millen Fabric Mixing Knit Jumper

L-R: Geo Dot Print Dress $375.00, Oversize Check Coat $675.00, Fabric Mixing Knit Jumper in Grey $195.00

Shapes and sizing

There are shapes and cuts to suit every figure but the majority are semi-fitted to fitted so if you prefer looser and relaxed shapes the range is not as large. Sizes range from 6 – 16 but I find the fit is on the small size.

Price point

These are investment pieces. Tops range in price from $95 – $225 with an average price of $145. Dresses range in price from $275 – $550 with and average of $350.

What do I love?

The details. I love that each piece has something special that makes it different. Even t-shirts are embellished or have a unique shape to make it stand out.

What’s not so great?

Sizing can be a little tricky as most of the items are a fitted but I find great shape wear really helps.

The essentials

Where: Available online at www.karenmillen.com.au

Delivery and returns

The online store offers free standard delivery (5 working days) and express delivery for $14.95 (allow 2-3 working days). Returns are free within 14 days.

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Top 10 Statement Jackets for Work

Thursday, April 3, 2014 /

As more workplaces move away from more formal suiting a statement jacket is a fantastic way to look smart and revive neutral pieces. It can be mixed and matched with the basics (pants, skirts and dresses) and provides a great jumping off point for trying new colour combinations.

Here are my top 10 statement jackets for work. It was tricky to narrow it down (the initial list was 35) but I wanted to make sure that there was something for every colour palette, body shape, style personality and dress code. These details have been included for each jacket so that you can find your perfect jacket.

Textured

Cue Speckled Boucle Peplum Jacket $189.50
Cue Speckled Boucle Peplum Jacket $189.50

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

Shape:
Hourglass, Triangle, Inverted Triangle and Rectangle. If your bra cup size is larger than a C you may need to wear the jacket open or try a v-neck version.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Feminine and Natural.

Dress code:
Smart business to formal.

Sass and Bide
Sass & Bide Worlds Apart Cropped Jacket $790

Colour:
Warm & Muted; Warm, Muted & Light; Warm, Muted & Soft; possibly Warm & Clear; possibly Warm, Clear & Light.

Shape:
Rectangle, Triangle and Inverted Triangle.

Personality:
Creative, Natural and Elegant.

Dress code:
Smart casual, smart business to formal.

 

Monochrome

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Topshop Crop Folk Tile Jacket $105

Colour:
Cool & Clear; Cool, Clear & Dark; Cool, Clear & Bright; Cool & Muted; Cool, Muted & Light; Cool, Muted & Soft.

Shape:
Rectangle, Triangle and Inverted Triangle.

Personality:
Classic, Elegant, Creative and Dramatic.

Dress code:
Smart business to formal.

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Sass & Bide The Trickery Printed Jacket $420

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

Shape:
All

Personality:
Creative, Feminine and Dramatic.

Dress code:
Smart casual to smart business.

 

Bold

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Review Pepita Jacket $305

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

Shape:
Hourglass, Triangle, Inverted Triangle and in some cases Rectangle.

Personality:
Feminine, Sultry and Elegant

Dress code:
Smart business to formal

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Shieke Clarity Jacket in Coral $69

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

Shape:
All

Personality:
Feminine, Natural, Elegant, Sultry and Creative

Dress code:
Smart casual, smart business and formal

 

Classic

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Jigsaw Felted Wool Biker Jacket $349

Colour:
Cool & Muted; Cool, Muted and Soft; and depending on the texture possibly Cool, Clear & Dark.

Shape:
Hourglass, Triangle, Inverted Triangle and Rectangle. If your bra cup size is larger than a C you may need to wear the jacket open or try a v-neck version.

Personality:
Elegant, Classic and Dramatic.

Dress code:
Smart business to formal.

Anthea Crawfor Houndstooth Panel Knit Jacquard Zip Front Jacket $429.00
Anthea Crawford Houndstooth Panel Knit Jacquard Zip Front Jacket $429.00

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

Shape:
All

Personality:
Dramatic, Elegant and Sultry.

Dress code:
Smart business to formal.

 

Printastic

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Rockmans Jersey Paisley Print Jacket $49

Colour:
Very versatile. Cool & Muted; Cool, Muted & Light; Warm, Clear & Light; and possibly Warm & Clear if worn with the a warmer colour underneath.

Shape:
All

Personality: Creative, Feminine and Sultry.

Dress code:Smart casual to smart business.

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Alannah Hill Kissed By A Rose Jacket $160

Colour:
Warm & Muted; Warm, Muted & Dark; Warm, Muted & Soft; Cool, Muted & Light. Given that the fabric has a
sheen it may also work for Warm & Clear.

Shape:
Rectangle and Triangle.

Personality:
Sultry, Dramatic and Creative.

Dress code:
Smart business to formal.

 

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The Fashion Treasure Hunt – The Results

Thursday, March 6, 2014 /

Individuals and teams descended on Westfield Belconnen on Saturday 1st March to show off their fashion knowledge and participate in the first Fashion Treasure Hunt. Teams competed against each other to collect items, take photos, solve clues, and find bonus points. There were perplexed looks, furrowed brows and some fast walking going on as teams raced against the clock (they only had an hour) to earn as many points as possible. So much fun!

The Fashion Treasure Hunt was a joint event hosted by Style Liberation and Westfield Belconnen to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in the ACT. Thanks everyone we raised an amazing $5,500!

Here are some of the highlights from the day.

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Registrations opened at 1pm and my army of fabulous volunteers settled the nerves and were on hand to answer questions.

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Yes, I’m a bossy boots – giving orders and outlining the rules to the Treasure Hunters.

The Treasure Hunters

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There were some very serious competitors with strategies in place – great to watch. Best team names were The Duracks Wear Prada, Off the Cuff, Trashion and Legally Glam.

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There was tension as the clock counted down but luckily there were delicious cupcakes provided by Jazz Apple Cafe to keep blood sugar levels high whilst our markers got on with the important job of determining the winner. While we waited for the winner to be declared Napoleon, Hairhouse Warehouse and the Body Shop presented workshops on Autumn/Winter 14 trends and the Treasure Hunters were spoilt with lots of gifts.

Congratulations to our winners! First place went to SamBelCaHe, in second Fit Fashionistas and third the duo – Gleeson & Carney. The prizes included vouchers and gift cards from Style Liberation, Westfield, Hoyts, Hairhouse Warehouse, Rebel Sport, Outback Jacks, Yogurtland, Cold Rock, Blue Illusion and Napoleon.

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The winners – SamBelCaHe

 

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Second place – Fit Fashionistas

 

A big thank to Westfield Belconnen and their retailers for their generous support and hosting the event.

A special thank you to Papercut Graphic Design for designing the gorgeous logo, flyer and clue booklets for the day.

Thanks to our sponsors Rolfe BMW, HerCanberra, Griffin Legal, Successful Alliances and Outback Jacks.

We would love to hear how we can make this fun event even better so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear from you. Xx

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Top 5: Online Shopping Destinations (Make up)

Thursday, March 6, 2014 /

I love the online shopping! Not only can you shop at any time, in your pjs, with a glass of wine and without any makeup on but you are free to compare prices without any pressure to buy helping to keep make clear and level headed choices.

So what are my top 5 online shopping destinations for the beauty addict in your family? Get your clicking finger ready, because here we go!

1: KitCosmetics.com.au – Kit Cosmetics is a sister store to Mecca Cosmetica, which is really like Meccas’ hip little sister. In any other state you could go into the store but for us Canberran’s we need to use their online shopping facilities to access all the amazing brands and products they stock!

Including travel sizes of all your travel beauty needs, this handy set is great way to be introduced to the brilliance of Kit Cosmetics! $59.95

 

2: MakeupandGlow.com.au – This is a mostly industry based online store catering to makeup artists and hair stylists but there is absolutely no reason why you cant shop here either. Based in Brisbane these ladies will go above and beyond for each customer and you can request samples of anything posted out to you so you can try before you buy

For the budding makeup artist in your family, this basic kit contains everything they could need to get started!

 

3: LipstickRepublic.com.au – This Melbourne based online store sells both professional cosmetics and consumer targeted cosmetics that are 100% cruelty free! Shopping without the guilt and with really reasonable shipping prices!

My perfect gift pick from this site is the Butter London nail polish/lip gloss duo. $39.95

 

4: CrushCosmetics.com.au – Known for their oustanding customer service and brilliant international brands, Crush Cosmetics offer free shipping for any purchases over $65, so stock up ladies!

China Glaze is used by nail technicians world over – $11.86

 

5: ScottysMakeup.com.au – This is another store that is mainly set up for makeup artists and hair stylists, but this Sydney based shop carries everything from regular makeup products to educational dvds and even specialised hair styling products!

This cute little travel brush set is perfect for any makeup lover! $20

I hope this helps you on your quest to find the amazing makeup gems for you or the makeup lover in your life!

xx

LJ

Lesley Johnston

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