Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Fatal Attraction to Cuteness

I've had my eye on this adorable Peter Alexander nightie for a couple of weeks now and today I finally took the plunge.
Word of warning- if you're going to buy it, get it from the actual Peter Alexander boutiques, their online store or their mail order system. I originally wanted to purchase it from David Jones but they were selling it for $79.95 instead of the RRP of $59.00. They had even gone over the $59.00 tag with black marker and although you could still see the $59.00 price through the marker, they wouldn't budge on the price.

It's part of the Sleep and Day range which features pyjamas which are a little more wearable for daytime, and I interpret this as still being in my PJs at midday and going to collect the mail- moreso than actually wearing it out as a dress.

I was also looking for bed socks today too. I have the most adorable pair which are like little mary janes and were purchased at St Vincent's Hospital and I'm quite sure were crocheted by a 103 year old nun in the Hunter Valley*, but aside from that, my little tooties need some backups!
Shops are seriously lacking in this department right now. The best I could come up with were these hilarious Doona boots which are a rip off, cheapo version of some more superior and expensive ones I've seen elsewhere.
I bought my sexy, $12.00 versions from Target and while they came in a delicate powder-blue, heart print fabric, I opted for the purple shoe and bag print- They're sooooooooooo Carrie Bradshaw I JUST DIE.

*They were actually crocheted by the awesomely talented woman who delivers the food to the patients at St Vincent's Private. Apparently she also takes orders when she has a spare 2 minutes and can whip up a pair in those same 2 minutes. Unfortunately I've never come across her in all my stays at the Hospital.

When I got them home, I realised that they're kind of like oven mits.

Am I right?

Who picked up on the Fatal Attraction (to Cuteness) reference?

My baby darling Georgina had a big day today too, so I decided to tuck her into bed and read her her favourite story book, Who wants to be a Poodle I don't by Lauren Child.
I found this gorgeous book at Lesley McKay bookshop on Queen St, Woollahra. It's all about a pampered Poodle name Trixie Twinkle Toes who doesn't like being a poncy little Poodle, basically.
It suits Georgina really well as she looks divine but she's a bit of a rough-nut sometimes.

"Who wants a belly rub?!?"

Man, my bed looks small in those pics. Freakishly giant me makes a Queen look like a single. I wonder what NBA players sleep in?

What recent purchases have you made? Does anyone have any hints for other cute jamies for Winter?

Nightie- Peter Alexander
Robe- Peter Alexander
Boots- Alannah Hill
Socks- Sportsgirl
Bed Socks- Target

Sunday, June 6, 2010


How pathetic are the Roosters? No, seriously. They beat one of the greatest teams one week and lose to the worst the next.


So here's a quick outfit post for you anyway. Normally I despise girls who 'dress up' for the footy, wear heels and tonnes of makeup, but I was going out afterwards so I had an excuse.

I realised something funny with these pics once they were on my computer- My pants weren't pulled up high enough so they look like they have a really low crotch and that my hips are really high up.
I do have a long body and a seemingly large pelvis, but it's not really as weird looking as what's projected in the photos.

Also, creepily, my face is super-blurred, like in the movie The Ring and I didn't want that scary girl with the hair over the front of her face to come and kill you all in seven days so I just cropped them. Clever and considerate. I think in the last photo I was having a mini-tantrum too and I may have actually stamped my foot (which is why it's further forward). What a total brat!

I've showed a picture of the lace top I'm wearing underneath my leopard print one, not because I wanted to show you my stomach, but because I wanted to tell a story of how I found it.

I'd been looking for a lace, long sleeved, stretchy top for ages. I didn't mind if it had a high neck, but kind of liked the idea of it being 'skivvy'-like (despite hating skivvys themselves).
I could only ever find body suits or tops which were unsuitable, but I knew I had seen this type of thing in shops in Kings Cross which sell costumes and...stuff.

Obviously I spend alot of time in those types of stores buying Cat'o'Nine Tails, Ball Gags, Dildos and Latex, Crotchless-Underwear; so I know about these things.

KIDDING. I used to live in Potts Point. I have the shop fronts of Darlinghurst road forever etched in my mind. That's how I know about these things.

Turns out that strippers are quite partial to a bit of a lace number too. So I bought a dress like this one from Stripperwear.com except with long sleeves and a neck:

I must be taller than your average exotic dancer because it's really short on me. If I wore it as a dress, you'd easily be able to see my bum. Oh....wait.

Well, lucky for you lot I'm not employed by any strip clubs, so it just gets worn as an under piece during Winter.

Because it's not made of natural fibres, it's very warm and it matches all my Leather, Tartan/Plaid and Leopard print clothing prefectly.

The pants I'm wearing are my faaaaaaaaaaaavourites at the moment. It's such a shame they don't photograph well. In real life they're almost Oompa Loompa-ish. They're really tight around the ankles and calves and then puffy out the side of the hips (which I love- anything to make my hips and ass look bigger and I'm obsessed!) and quite baggy around the crotch and bum, but not so much that they're harem pants, just more like Jodhpurs.

What's the weirdest place you've found something you've been coveting for a long time?

Lace Top- From One of the Many Sex Shops on Darlinghurst Road
Leopard Top- Supre
Leather Jacket- No name brand
Pants- Alistair Trung
Shoes (which can't be seen)- Robert Clergerie
Bag- Vivienne Westwood

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

To-do list. The post-exam edition.

In my last post I described my sheer anguish over Basketball and exams. The very next day my team bombed out and went down to the Boston Celtics meaning that they were out of the competition until next season.

This left me with only high levels of anxiety toward my upcoming exams. One took place today and I have another one on Thursday. Thank God for only doing a couple of subjects this semester!

So, because I'm half way through now, I've come to the stage of the semester where I need to start planning my off-time.

For those of you who haven't noticed, my name is Marlo. Hello, how are you? And everytime I meet someone new (particularly guys) they say "Daaaamnnnn you are beautiful!" wait, wait...no, they say "...Marlo, hey? Have you watched The Wire?"

This has been going on for a number of years now. For about as long as The Wire has been around (Weird, huh?). But I've decided that since I never have a clever answer to that question it's high time I sat myself down and watched the entire series.

I hear that this Marlo Stanfield character is 'powerful' and 'badass' so we obviously have alot in common. I'm looking forward to it.

Other things I need to do include celebrating my 23rd Birthday! Yay! Growing old! Oh, who am I kidding, I'm still a bubba. I have the chubby cheeks to prove it.
I'm not entirely certain what I'll be doing for my birthday yet. If you have any suggestions, let me know. It falls on a weekday so I think I'll spend the day on my own crying going to the beautician, movies, lunch or whatever while all my friends are at Uni and/or work and wait until the weekend to celebrate properly.

I also don't have a Birthday Outfit planned yet. Being a Winter baby has it's downsides, like everyone is in Europe so they can't come to your party, it's always raining/cold so people never want to have a big night, it's too cold to wear anything except sixteen layers of coats.
But for all the negatives, there are stacks of positives to having a birthday in the colder months like...uummm. You can..no...uumm. OK, there really aren't any. The only real positive is that my Birthday is six away from Christmas so there's none of that "this is for your Birthday and Christmas" nonsense some November/December/January babies get off their family.

If anyone has any kickass suggestions about any new bars or anything opening up in Sydney, let me know. I have my favourites but it's always hard getting everyone together.

Wow, so really that's only two things on my to-do list. Tough life.

What is everyone else doing during their uni hols? Does anyone have any ideas for fun things to do in Winter?

Also wanted to post a heads up to my friend Angie's blog. *Click* You may remember her from such outings as 'Fighting off girls to get at Kim Kardashian' and 'Empty Promises- The Festival formerly known as Future Music'. She's doing a Keeping Up With The Kardashians giveaway at the moment, so head on over!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Do you believe in Magic?

You may have noticed I haven't blogged in over a week! Eep, sorry Guys and Dolls, I've just been so sick with the flu, an ear infection and MASSIVELY STRESSED.

I've been freaking out about exams harder than I ever have before in my life.

I think this is based on the fact that my subjects are not difficult at all and this makes it extremely tedious to 'study' them. I don't know about you, but I like a challenge, and I would prefer something that I struggle to get through and end up feeling clever-er (ha!) upon completion than dragging myself through something boring and completely unmotivating.

The worst part is, for one particular subject, the content comes quite naturally to me. I completed post graduate studies in this area overseas already, but it isn't recognised by my uni so I need to do it as an undergrad subject here. However, knowing the stuff that we're learning doesn't make a difference as the way the subject is structured is outrageous.

The lecturer is distinctly interested in Aboriginal relations. I am too, but the difference is that while I feel as a country we have something of a moral and social obligation to fix the crap our ancestors did, this lecturer has these ideals which are just plain patronising.

ANYWAY, I digress! I won't bore you with a passionate and lengthy essay on my feelings about all that.

Another thing that is stressing me out is my basketball team. I say 'my' because the way I've been acting (or should it be reacting?) I may as well be financially invested in them.
We, the Orlando Magic, were about to be knocked out of permiereship contention and were down 3-0 with the whole world against us. We managed to win the next game to keep us in the comp, and then another one. Two more uncontested wins and we will be in the final against either the Phoenix Suns or the LA Lakers.

Since the Magic weren't playing to well at this important time of the season, I'd been too embarrassed to sport (no pun intended) my Magic Jersey Dress.
The NBA have this really clever idea of actually selling a line of merchandise geared towards women. Instead of regular jerseys and tees, girls can get dresses, hoodies, shorts, tracksuits- pretty much everything- designed with our boobs and hips in mind. Killer.

It's definitely something other leagues need to look into. I've got a Roosters hoody which is from the girls' line, but it's not that cute. My Swans jacket is probably the most unflattering thing I've ever seen. It makes me look at least 600kg heavier than I am, but it's warm.

I haven't been there myself, but I've been told the NBA store in New York has half of one of their huge floors dedicated to merchandise for girls, but you can buy it online too.

I bought this dress, which is actually based on a throwback jersey. The guy whose number it is doesn't play for Magic anymore but 1 is a pretty ambiguous number I suppose. Some may say it's the loneliest number. Whatever.

Ideally I wouldn't wear it like this. It looks banging on it's own with some black strappy heels and a tan. Unfortunately being in bed most of the day means I am pale and it's also not really the weather to be wearing something so skimpy.

The leggings I'm wearing under it I am completely obsessed by. They're from Supre and were marked at $50, but came to $35 when I paid. Bargain! As you've probably seen, in Winter I wear alot of long tops, tight pants tucked into boots and lots of layers.

I was always wearing the same pants from Lounge Apparel, and thought it was time to get something else. I'm not really a 'leggings-as-pants' type of girl, but under long things I don't mind.
I love the ribbing on the knees/thighs and the fact that these leggings are really long. It adds a bit of texture and a point of difference if I'm layering quite plain items and makes it easy to tuck them into boots without them riding up and being irritating.

I didn't take a bag today as I couldn't be bothered, was only going to the city to get mum's belated Mother's day pressie with her. I bought her a gift voucher from Louis Vuitton to give to her on the day because she is so damn picky, and she got some gorgeous monogram sandals.

They're pretty ostentatious actually, but it's all a bit of fun. The style is called 'Be Happy!' Here they are:

So below are some pics of my outfit, my dog kept running in the pictures, I cannot stop laughing at the one where her eyes are red and she's all up in the camera. She looks positively demonic and terrifying! Not a thing like the cuddly baby I know and love.

Dress- NBA For Her
Leggings- Supre
Leather Hoody- No name brand
Cardigan- Bardot
Boots- Robert Clergerie
Sunglasses- Louis Vuitton

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mariah Carey- 20 years of music, 20 years of owning my heart.

OK, so I know Mariah isn't the most popular or likeable singer going around. But it's my blog so you can either read it and enjoy it, read it and scoff/leave an abusive comment about how much you hate her and how terrible a movie Glitter was (it wasn't, by the way) or just move along.

The 15th of May 2010 marked 20 years since the release of Mariah's first single, Vision of Love. The song which is heralded as sparking the "I wanna be a singer" thought in the mind of many superstars such as Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna- whom you may have seen butcher Mariah's song Hero at a talent contest. No, you haven't? Alright, here, have a laugh on me:

Terrible. Just terrible.

I'm not gonna lie- although I've been a fan of Mariah's the whole way along, I've only really been obsessed since 1999 with the release of Rainbow. When you speak to people about Mariah (I try and slot her into at least 4 conversations a day. I'm kidding, obviously),  they're always like, "OMG I LOVE 90's Mariah!" Well, I'm totally the opposite.

Of course I own all of the albums from the 90's, but any true Lamb (that's a Mariah fan bee tee dubs) will know how artistically stifled she was under the hhmmm guidance of Tommy Mottola and how her emancipation from him gave us the really good shit musically.

Butterfly (1997) was an eye-opener with Mariah reaching into her RnB roots and collaborating with Puff Daddy (as he was known at the time), Jermaine Dupri and Bone Thugz n Harmony to produce a soft- dance/pop/hip hop album with the occasional melancholy pop/soul crossover tune in Breakdown and Babydoll.

Mariah had alluded to the fact she wanted to take this direction with her music, famously working with O.D.B on the hugely popular Fantasy remix which to this day can still fill a dancefloor. At the time, this was a controversial move for the somewhat conservative star who admits she couldn't even say some of Ol' Dirty Bastard's song titles out loud.

This move is, however, what gained her respect not only in the music industry in general (it cemented her as a true talent with a vast display of song-writing and producing skill), but also with what seems like almost every rapper imaginable. Since then she has worked with Snoop, Jay Z, Pharrel, Ja Rule, Mystikal, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot, just to name a few of the rap and hip-hop powerhouses who are keen to team up with her.

It's where all these people come in that I too jump on board wholeheartedly. It's plain to see that I'm the whitest white girl going around. But catch me on a dancefloor and I can bump and grind with the best of them. Try as they might, white people can't make hot RnB tracks. They just can't.

The inclusion of the most baller rappers, song writers and producers on Mariah albums is what has propelled her into the largest part of my heart and more imporantly, my itunes account.

Since Rainbow (1999), each Mariah album has been saturated with guest collaborators, the majority of songs 'featuring' some of the best musical talent in the hip-hop world and something which has been emulated by singers the world over. Beyonce does it, Shakira does it and even our own Jessica Mauboy has followed suit.

For my HSC (final high school exams for anyone outside Australia/NSW) I even wrote a Viva Voce, an oral exam where you create your own musical hypothesis and answer questions given to you by the examiner as well as proving your theory with the use of research and pre-made examples, on how Mariah Carey instigated the idea of featuring rappers on her tracks. My sample CD decided not to work during the exam, so I was forced to use the piano in the room to muster all my musical talent and play Heartbreaker on it, while singing Mariah's parts and RAPPING Jay-Z's. Luckily it turned out to be a positive thing when it all could have gone to crap.

Anyway, what am I doing? Turning into an old grandparent who tells tales of their youth? That anecdote was meant to point out the lasting effect that Mariah's musical leadership has had on the face of pop, while ensuring that rappers always have a place in mainstream music. Not just my sentiments alone- "Sing my hook, help me sell a coupla mill"- Cam'ron in Boy (I need you).

So while her popularity has waned somewhat since her Dreamlover days, her music has become more 'her' and more for the fans. For example her latest offering, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, is a perfectly cohesive and beautifully melodic album which is reminiscent of the Hip-Hopera by R-Kelly, "Trapped in the closet". It's full of personal jokes and Mariah-isms that only a dedicated Lamb would appreciate.

Here's to another 20 years of incredible music by the Queen, Mariah. And here's to her staying true to herself and giving us more of that special brand of Hip-Pop she does so well, because if there's anything I love more than a Mariah song, it's a Mariah song that features a rapper.

Monday, May 17, 2010

SKKY Vodka Sex and The City 2 glamour sessions

With the countdown on until the next installment of Sex and The City is released SKKY Vodka are getting us in the spirit with some glamour sessions taking place around Australia.

You may remember I posted the recipes for some SATC inspired cocktails named after Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte and Big and in selected venues in your capital city, these will be available on your next night out.

As well as the long drinks being on offer, you will notice girls wearing Carrie Bradshaw inspired full skirts and singlets branded with the slogan "I'm a SKKY Vodka Glamorous Girl". They will be on hand to perform free 2-minute makeup touch up session including powder, bronzer, blush, eye-shadow and/or lips which is handy if you've had a few of your fave SATC long drinks or you simply want to feel that extra bit pretty.

For the closest glamour session to you, have a look at your corresponding city below.

Have fun!


Miranda Hotel 590 The Kingsway, Miranda
21st May 8-11pm
4th June 8-11pm

Rocksia Hotel 299 Princess Highway, Arncliffe
28th May 8-11pm
29th May 8-11pm

The Loft King Street Wharf, Sydney
28th May 3-6pm
5th June 3-6pm

The Cremorne Hotel 305 Military Road, Cremorne
4th June 10:30pm- 1:30am

The Mean Fiddler Cnr Commercial & Windsor Roads, Rouse Hill
3rd June 9-12pm
4th June 9-12pm
5th June 9-12pm

Manly Wharf Hotel East Esplanade, Manly
2nd June 7-10pm

The Mill 189 Beaconsfield street, Milperra
21st May 7-10pm
11th June 7-10pm


Cushion 99 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
30th May 7-10pm
6th June 7-10pm

FOG Restaurant 142 Greville street, Prahran
27th May 7-10pm
3rd June 7-10pm

Long Room George Building 162-168 Collins Street, Melbourne
28th May 6-9pm
4th June 6-9pm

Eve Bar Lower Level 334 City Road, Southbank
20th May 10pm-1am
3rd June 10pm- 1am

Spice Market Beaney Lane (Off Russell st.), Melbourne
5th June 9pm-midnight
19th June 9pm-midnight

Leftbank 1 Southbank Blvd, Southbank
5th June 8-11pm
12th June 8-11pm

Rah Bar 163 Toorak Road, South Yarra
22nd May 8-11pm
19th June 8-11pm


Belvedere Hotel Oxley Ave, Scotts Point
5th June 7-10pm
17th June 7-10pm

Emporium 1000 Ann st, Fortitude Valley
4th June 5:30-8:30pm

Wellington Hotel 391 Main road, Wellington Point
28th May 9pm-Midgnight
11th June 9pm-Midnight

Waxy's 3206 Surfer's Paradise Blvd, Surfer's Paradise
29th May 8-11pm
12th June 8-11pm

Caloundra RSL 19 West Terrace, Caloundra
29th May 7-10pm
11th June 7-10pm

Greenbank RSL 54 Anzac Av, Hillcrest
21st May 8-11pm
4th June 8-11pm

Sportsman Hotel 130 Leichhardt st, Spring Hill
13th June 7-10pm


Whale and Ale Hotel Cnr Ocean and Key Largo, Carine
21st May 9pm-midnight
4th June 9pm-midnight

Mt Henry Tavern 27 Manning Road, Como
20th May 8-11pm
3rd June 8-11pm

Tiger Lils 437 Murray Street, Perth
28th May 7-10pm
11th June 7-10pm

Mullaloo Beach Hotel 10 Oceanside Promenade, Mullaloo
30th May 6-9pm
13th June 6-9pm

Perth Town Hall Hay Street (Cnr Barrack Street), Perth
3rd June 9pm-Midnight
4th June 9pm- Midnight

The Wembley Hotel 344 Cambridge street, Wembley
21st May 8-11pm
28th May 8-11pm


S Bar Westfield Marion Shop 2502c, Oaklands Park
22nd May 8-11pm
12th June 8-11pm

Tea Tree Gully Hotel 1349 Northeast road, Tea Tree Gully
28th May 9pm-midnight
4th June 9pm-midnight

Glenelg Pier Hotel Pier, Glenelg
29th May 9pm- Midnight
5th June 9pm-Midnight

So who will be heading down to their local to get their delicious Sex and The City inspired SKKY long drinks and get those makeup touch ups from the gorgeous SKKY Vodka Glamourous girls?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Fashion Weekend Sydney

This afternoon I went to check out Fashion Weekend at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park.
I hadn't attended one before so I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

When I arrived there was a lineup which was hurried through quite quickly. Once inside it's a woman's dream with dresses, shoes, bags, necklaces, jackets, hats and tops EVERYWHERE. They are, of course, set out in the most orderly fashion for maximum shopping pleasure.

I had a few stalls in mind which I wanted to scope out first, so I headed to those quickly with the use of the map I was given at the front door.

There were already loads of girls trying things on and waiting at the tills to buy! I'm lagging behind, oh noes!

I wasn't really looking for anything for myself, to be honest. If anything, I need Winter clothes and most of the clothing stock is summer. If you're heading on hols to the Northern Hemisphere in the next coming months, it would be really awesome to check out because you would find heaps of decent things to take away with you at such a low price point.

Some of the best bargains I saw were:

Camilla- Pieces starting from $99 (for little tops and things) up to $700 for the fur vests which retail for over $1000 in store.
Lydia Jewels- Nothing over $60. gorgeous studs for $15, iphone covers for $20, loads of pieces which would be nice to even put away as gifsts.
Tulula Valu- Really cute, different shoes for $60. Bright little pumps with embellishments like skulls and crowns.
Maurie and Eve- who had heaps of sexy pieces from as little as $30. They may have even had cheaper pricepoints, but this was the lowest I saw on a bustier dress.

Unfortunately I was on a schedule and missed out on alot of the stalls. I really wanted to check out Lucette, Ellery and Therese Rawsthorne but I simply didn't have time.

One thing I will suggest is that if you're contempating going, but need that little extra push, check out these beauty bargains:

Toni & Guy blowdry- $10 (or free if you spend $750+)
Dermalogica face mapping- complimentary
NP Set makeover- $35 (redeemable with product)
Essie manicure- $20 including free bottle of nail polish

So really, for $65 you can get your hair, makeup and nails done, PLUS you get to take home makeup and nail polish. It's worth the $20 entry fee alone to go in and get all that done before you go out tomorrow or Sunday night. Seriously.
I had my hair blowdried (bit of volume, curls at the bottom) and normally my hair drops straight away- but It's still in and I've had a scarf rubbing against it too. Those girls are damn good.

There are also $20 mini-styling sessions with the peeps at CHIC in the city and free fashion clinics from the team at Shop Til You Drop on makeup, Winter fashion and a designer interview.

If that all gets too much for you, head to the Tempus Two wine bar for a glass or two and relax. It really was quite serene sitting there on nice chairs with quaint little vases of flowers on each table. Aawww.
The cafe was really decent too actually. They had 'cafe' type food like sammiches etc, but also Beef salad, soup, uumm I forgot what else- I tend to lose my mind when I see food- but basically what I'm trying to say is that there is actual edible food there so do not stress.

Like I said, I haven't been before, so I can't compare- but if previous years' Fashion Weekends were as good as this, then I can't imagine just how incredible they were.

Tickets can be purchased on the door or by clicking here and start at $20 for basic Fashion Weekend Entry.

Has anyone else gone, or are you going? What did you think?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The only high school reunion I'll be attending...

I cannot even begin to describe the bond that my High School French class shared. While we all studied the language throughout high school, we were the last remaining ten by the time year 11 & 12 came around. And so we became the infamous French Continuers class who not only shared a secret (from the rest of the year) language, but a sacred sisterhood that couldn't be broken...OH MY GOSH I'm tearing up!

No, we're not really that corny, but these girls are some of the most gorgeous, intelligent, generous and hilarious people I know. Since it had been 5 years since we had been together as a group, we decided it was high time we had a dinner date to reminisce and catch up.

Our old haunt was Sel et Poivre which is on Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, so it was fitting that we reunited there.
Sel et Poivre is important to us first and foremost it was the closest, nice and student friendly French place in the vicinity of our school, we spent plenty of times there wagging school on excursions and there are so many lolz moments like the owner who is a dead-ringer for Rod Stewart going off for a cycle in his bicycle shorts. Do you think he looks like Rod Stewart? Decide for yourself...

Tonight, I finally got to indulge in my favourite food again. Escargot, delicious, slimy, chewy snails. Obviously it's not one of those things I can just buy anywhere and I don't think I've ever had bad snails, but everything is so much better in the company of great friends; so they're definitely up there as some of the best I've had. (And only $9.90 for 1/2 dozen or $16.90 for 1 dozen) I'm quite sure that this flu (well, maybe it's just a cold) I've had for a while now is a million times better after some glorious garlic butter!

Myself with Gabby who is the next Donna Hay and Maggie Beer combined. Watch out.

I pretty much didn't stop laughing the whole night. We talked about school, bitched about teachers, laughed at the ridiculous times had by some of us who went to France together (like when we convinced ourselves that there was a man in our shower and we got a fireman to bust in there to catch him....only to find absolutely nothing at all) and then they all wanted to be on my blog!

I thought it would be a good time to get some outfit pics, so I'm laughing in most of them because it was strange 'posing' in front of people who crack me up.

Shirt- Cue
Dress- Lipsy
Coat- Burberry
Stockings- Alannah Hill
Boots- Robert Clergerie
Bag- Vivienne Westwood
Choker (worn as a headband)- Diva
Necklaces- Vivienne Westwood and Tiffany & Co.

I had such a fun night tonight, it was so good to be back in contact, especially as a group. Love my girls xx

How great is it to have Winter back again? I'm loving the cool. Despite this cold, it's nice to be rugging up and layering.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tilkah at Melbourne Central

We all know Melbourne is the sporting capital of the world, and with all their fantastic shopping, they may well be one of the fashion capitals of the world.

Accessories store Tilkah are adding to this concept with the opening of their fifth boutique at Melbourne Central. Following on from the vintage feel at their stores at Chadstone, South Yarra, Preston and High Point, the Melbourne Central store transports you to a place of old world glamour; beautiful jewels and bags amongst a background of dilapidated luxury.

Specially aged Florence Broadhurst wallpaper is handpainted with creeping ivy and 90 year old timber from Melbourne industrial sites complete the antique feel. All the interiors were conjured up by Gary Grimes who worked on film sets for Moulin Rouge, Peter Pan and The Matrix.

While the decor is stunning, the accessories really sell themselves. Using genuine leather, Tilkah is home to a large range of totes, clutches and handbags for every occassion with a very generous pricepoint.

The White Lie bow clutch (pictured below)- which I absolutely DIE for is only $139. It comes in camel, black and chocolate. It also features a shoulder strap so it's perfect for day or night.

Aside from bags you will find jewellery, scarves and wallets.

These days it seems like every brand is copying each other and nothing is every original, but Tilkah really break the mould and give us something new and exciting. Now, the big question is- when will they be opening a boutique in Sydney!?

You can find Tilkah at Melbourne Central, High Point, Chadstone, South Yarra and Preston or online at www.tilkah.com.au

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Ksubi SS10/11 at RAFW

The final show for this year's Australian Fashion Week was Ksubi, who have only shown at Fashion Week sporadically in their ten year existence.
Pre-show, early arriving guests could see Justice Single, (the coolest three-and-a-half year old in the world and son of super stylist/mega babe, Pip Edwards and Ksubi founder, Dan Single) running laps around the circular 'catwalk'. I wondered if this would perhaps be the highlight of the hugely anticipated return to Fashion Week after what has been a tumultuous couple of months for the boys.

It wasn't.

The show began with black and white footage reminiscent of Japanese horror film The Ring playing on giant screens throughout the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park. Incomprehensible phrases (or was it just my tipsy haze?) were made up from banners held up to the camera and then the lights dimmed. 

Cut-out trucker hats (which reminded me of Jelly moulds) sat atop poker-straight hair which was probably the only real shock to me. I love me some GHD straight locks (The Ksubi straightening was done using Cloud Nine straighteners), but it's not typically Ksubi, is it?

The collection included sexy mesh and panelled body suits, extremely short shorts, the usual array of ripped jeans, baggy tees and jumpers and plenty of double denim. The latter frightens me somewhat, it's certainly not my style, but I saw a few people working this look in the crowd last night so it is do-able.

I heard a few people saying it wasn't really a big jump from the usual Ksubi offerings and that the show was lacking something special, but for me Ksubi already have a winning formula and would be silly to change that. Perhaps people are expecting them to have evolved further than what they have over ten years? I think it is important to remember, however that they are essentially a denim and streetwear label, and while they continue to do that well, it is fairly unnecessary to alter their style to drastically.

There were differences from previous collections, going a little bit back to the ol' Tsubi (Yes, that's with a 'T') days of yore when peacocks emblazoned distressed denim and tartan patches were sewn into frayed knees, with pretty Chanel-esque quilting on shorts and up the sleeves of denim jackets.

There was also a subtle rat theme, albeit printed on clothes rather than running up and down the catwalk, the appearance of wishy-washy fluro colours and plenty of white and washed out denim.
The collection screamed LA brat pack and will be a huge hit with the usual set in Australia. The pale washes of the jeans will look incredible paired with some of the pastels from the Dion Lee collection which just showed at RAFW to rave reviews.

I'm so pleased I got to go to this show, while it was very safe, it had all the usual Ksubi quirks and was an easily wearable and marketable collection.

I hope it does really well for the brand, I'll definitely be picking up a few pieces when they hit stores around September.

Here's some pics of the show, they're pretty bad, but I'm sure you're not used to anything but terrible photos from me by now.

This photo made me lol, she looks like a skeleton (not in real life, obviously.)

Vague vision of the cut away trucker hats

Fierce wedges

Footage of the circular runway on the screen

Prior to the Ksubi show I was at the Rosemount bar on site at Circular Quay, I saw one of my favourite models Alyssa Sutherland. Ooooooooooooooh my gosh, I love her so much! She was standing right near me and I'm pretty sure I was just staring at her like a creep; but she is so stunning I couldn't help it. Soz, Alyssa.

This picture depicts almost the amount of booze I drank last night

For once I didn't act like a dork and ask for a photo. Good thing, too...probably not the smartest move to have a photo with a supermodel.

I didn't take any outfit pics, I was in too much of a hurry to get out the door and after a big night of drinking (the Ksubi afterparty was at the recently-opened Flinders Hotel) I only managed to roll home in the early hours of the morn. Oops. I'm quite sure, though, that I was the sole person wearing colour at the Ksubi show. It seemed like everyone had black and white on!

So that's it for Fashion Week for another year, who were your favourite shows?

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Mother's Day French Navy giveaway winner!

The Mother's Day giveaway has now ended, one lucky person will be receving the French Navy set that they nominated as their favourite in the comments section.

Congratulations to Julie Svenson-Haart who chose the 'Set Sail' sailboat design.
Judging by her blog and love of sail boats- these will be perfect for her!

Please contact me ASAP on marloestelle@hotmail.com so we can get these out to you! x