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Fashion that keeps you cool

Friday, January 17, 2014 /

Ok, I know this post is a little off topic for me but given the current heatwave and the lack of air-conditioning at my place I couldn’t resist sharing some of the funniest fashion pieces that I have come across. Hilarious!

The Japanese Ice Bra

My personal favourite. Wrong for so many reasons plus I’m concerned about the side effects?!

Japanese Ice Bra

Japanese Ice Bra (to find out more visit

Solar Powered Fan Hats

I have visions of the blade coming loose – that’s all I want to say.

Solar Powered Fan Hats

Solar Powered Fan Hats (


Air-conditioned Clothing

I’d consider it, although I would request a more flattering cut.



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Cooling Vests

Fun for the whole family and sports stars alike. I’m sure I spotted Maria Sharapova sporting one yesterday at the Australian Open and who could blame her. Also available in bandanas – now they should make a come back.

Cooling Vests

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Air-conditioned shoes

Sorry ladies, only available in Men’s styles.

Air-conditioned shoes

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The Revamp – I Heart DJ’s

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 /

David Jones Entrance

On the 16th November David Jones Canberra Centre unveiled its much anticipated make over and it’s fabulous. Stocking iconic Australian and international labels in a gorgeously revamped store, this is Canberra’s one stop shop for luxury brands.

The lower ground houses childrenswear, toys, homewares, luggage and food. Stocking 50 children’s brands including exclusive labels such as Polo Ralph Lauren and Indie Kids by Industrie, mini fashionistas have plenty of choice.

The ground floor is an exciting collection of make up, skin care, lingerie, shoes and accessories. Celebrated brands such as Laura Mercier (a favourite of mine) and Philosophy are now available in Canberra.

It is on the first floor that my heart started racing when I scanned the 140 womenswear and 80 menswear brands and realised that there is something for everyone.

So, let me take you through the fashion highlights.

Denim Boutique

Yes ladies this is the place to score the perfect pair of jeans. Stocking labels such as J Brand (international icon), Not Your Daughters Jeans (that’s right – no need to share and she’ll be after yours – tell her hands off), Mavi – super flattering (on my Christmas wish list), Adriano Goldschmied, Lee, Levi’s, Guess and Nobody Denim. If you are after a second opinion you can take a full length picture of yourself on the social share screen and send it to your Facebook friends.

DJ's Denim Boutique


From Country Road to Veronika Maine, many of the top high street retailers have a presence. Even more excitingly fantastic international brands such as Ted Baker (gorgeous feminine tailoring) and Maison Scotch (classic and vintage styles from the uber cool Dutch outfit Scotch and Soda) are available.

Ted Baker

Designer Labels

Where do I start? It is so exciting to have brilliant designers such as Alex Perry, Collette Dinnigan and Ginger & Smart under the same roof. Department store exclusives include: Bec & Bridge, Camilla, Camilla & Marc, Collette by Collette Dinnigan and Zimmerman. If you are after the perfect party outfit look no further.

Camilla & Marc


Enter shoe heaven! From Midas to Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kenneth Cole (a particular favourite for work) and Kate Spade how am I ever supposed to get over my shoe addiction? You will also find Australian brands such as Tony Bianco, Steve Madden and Mimco.

Kenneth Cole Shoes

Kate Spade


After shoes, my next love is handbags and the range is superb. Imagine ‘IT’ bags galore. Being surrounded by Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Armani and DKNY it was lucky I escaped without doing serious damage to my credit card.


So if you haven’t taken a look I would highly recommend it. Scope it out and create the ultimate Christmas wishlist.


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Spring Race Wear: Dash to the finish line

Monday, October 28, 2013 /

It’s only a week until Melbourne Cup and no matter how you plan to celebrate, let’s be honest (well for me anyway) it’s about the fashion rather than the race. If you’ve left it to the last-minute, don’t worry, I have found great pieces that you can buy from the comfort of your sofa, during your lunch break or late night shopping this Friday (highly recommend it).

Just a few tips to creating a great look:

  • Embrace colour! Unless you are rocking the ‘Monochrome’ or the ‘All White’ trend.
  • Shoes and bags don’t need to match unless you are channelling ‘Monochrome’.
  • If you find that you shop at the same places all the time, mix it up a little as you’ll be surprised by what you’ll find.


For those that prefer their look soft and sophisticated mix a bold colour with neutral accessories. This Alannah Hill dress can do amazing things: enhance your bust, minimise your waist and create a gorgeous hourglass shape. The soft pink heels and cream clutch are so versatile and right on trend.

Spring Race Wear - Feminine

Alannah Hill A Wonderful Thought Dress in Cobalt $389.00, Samantha Wills Sagittarius Skies Grand Earrings $190.00, Garcia Clutch in Cream at $179.00, Jo Mercer Zoe Heel in Nude $149.95.

Au Naturel

This relaxed silhouette is flattering for all body shapes, especially if you prefer to keep things simple. I’ve teamed this gorgeous dress with a pair of wedges, statement jewellery and fascinator. When choosing the colour for the head-piece I looked to the print for inspiration and chose a fascinator which picked up the coral and green tones in the dress.

Spring Race Wear - Au Naturel

Sacha Drake Kristella Batwing Dress $415.00, Blue Illusion Jardin Fascinator $105.00, Jigsaw Cluster Bead Bracelet $59.00, Country Road Andi Wedge $149.00.

Fun and Flirty

Ok, so I’ve cheated a little – I have just purchased this dress for an upcoming race event. I love the fun and flirty nature of the print, especially the pop of ‘hot pink’ which I have then used to match the shoes and head-piece. I used to be a peplum sceptic but I have been surprised by how flattering it is for most body shapes.

Spring Race Wear - Fun and Flirty

Leona for Leona Edmiston Gingham Rose 3/4 Sleeve Peplum Dress at Myer $100.00, Mimco Plisse + Pleat Headpiece $169.00, David Lawrence Ellis Lizard Clutch $269.00, Topshop Rebel Pink Mirror Heels $83.00.

Classic Monochrome

Perfect for Derby Day this look is chic and elegant. I love the dress for its simplicity and the fact that it is great for work or play. If you want to play with this look substitute the belt or bag with a brighter version such as cobalt or hot pink.

Spring Race Wear - Classic Monochrome

Target Secret Sculpt Dress $59.00, Diva Vintage Fascinator $20.00, Veronika Maine Foldover Clutch $174.30, Sportscraft Gabriella Snake Belt $48.00, Florsheim Poca Dot Black $160.00.