Friday, March 30, 2012

What I wore - ishoperth magazine lunch

I've toyed with this idea a lot. Wondering whether or not you guys are interested in what I wear. But since my LMFF post I've had more people ask me where I purchase my clothes from - so here we are. WHAT I WORE! I love these sorts of posts and follow them religiously on my favourite blogs - Paula Joye and What Would Karl Do - I'm looking at you! 

So here's my first attempt, (I will make sure hubby takes more pics of me so you can see outfits clearly next time) let me know what you think and if you'd like to see more. xox

Skirt by Aqua - I discovered this online and fell in love. Love the colour and the asymmetric aesthetic of it - it's definitely a fave in the wardrobe. Shoes by Betts - you can't go wrong with a classic black pump  - love! Basic tank by Body and Soul and oldie but a goodie and necklace by All Glitz Glam Jewellery By Design . This is probably my favourite piece in Dianna's latest collection - the colours are even more AMAZE in real life.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Sneak Peak at The Carrie Diaries - Sex and the City Prequel

Loving the pics that have surfaced of Bridge to Terabithia actress Anna Sophia Robb playing a young Carrie Bradshaw on the set of Sex and the City prequel.
The 18-year-old will star in The Carrie Diaries, filling the role which led to Sarah Jessica Parker's super-stardom.

I think she fills the shoes well, with her gorgeous blonde locks and killer style - she makes the perfect teen Carrie. Wonder what adventures the movie producers have in store for our favourite style-queen- can't wait for this one!
Love this pic & the shoes!
Rocking SJP's famous locks!
Filling those shoes: The first glimpse of Anna Sophia Robb as a young Carrie Bradshaw on the set of the Sex and the City prequel in New York today
A total Carrie moment, stumbling in her 5inch heels!
Merchandising potential: Carrie wore a necklace emblazoned with her name in the original, and it seems like a bag takes that place
The Carrie Bag - sure to become a trend with fashionistas 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012



STYLISTAS descended on to the streets of Melbourne as it turned into a fashion hub of editors, bloggers, fashionistas and style-queens all in the name of L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2012.

I was lucky enough to attend a few shows catch up with Perth designers displaying their latest collections and attend a couple of VIP events - here are some of my highlights:

The Wearer's Right Showroom Collective:
In collaboration with LMFF The Wearer's Right Showroom Collective was a presentation of spring/summer 2012/2013 collections by emerging Australian and international brands, included in them were Perth labels ZSADAR ok, On Tour, Empire Rose and Daniella Caputi.
On show was ZSADAR's preview collection Mysteries of the Organism inspired by the connection between mankind and nature.
His garments made of silk, bamboo, linen and cotton lined the racks of what looks like another stand-out collection by the emerging designer.
The edgy pop-up space designed to showcase and celebrate the talent and range of ready-to-wear fashion available in Australia was previously held in Sydney but if the success of the Melbourne launch is anything to go by, who knows, Perth may just be next. 

L'OREAL Paris Runway 05 Presented by Cosmopolitan Magazine:
Choreographed by Styleaid creative director Aly May this colourful runway show featured Perth designer Alison Cotton of Joveeba, Rodeo Show, Shona Joy, Talulah, Wayne Cooper and White Suede.
Joveeba's latest collection was very much American Indian influenced featuring leather, knits, velour and feathered accessories, while Rodeo Show went down the girlie track with lace and florals.
Shona Joy had an Australiana flavour about it while Brisbane label Tallulah walked the runway in colour-block patchwork pieces and flowing skirts and dresses.
Wayne Cooper went the mod look with plenty of red, white and black and hometown favourite White Suede rocked the runway in whites, citrus, caps and sunnies.
Spotted: Ricki-Lee in a vintage Chanel jumpsuit and former Madison editor Paula Joye in a pink and cream skirt and blouse combo with YSL boots.

Perry and Perry at The Waiting Room Crown Towers:
Fashion and food intertwined at the Perry and Perry High Tea as the Crown Towers Lobby restaurant The Waiting Room was transformed into a stunning garden party.
In a city known for its culture, food and couture, designer Alex Perry showed off his 2012/2013 Spring Summer collection at the invitation only event - featuring an array of gowns typical of the Alex Perry brand and highlighting three major trends for the warmer months - flow, structural and sheer.
Neil Perry created high tea fit for a queen including finger sandwiches, scones and petite fours while fashionistas sipped on Mumm Champagne.
Spotted: Natalie Bassingthwaighte, former Madison editor Paula Joye, Jesinta Campbell and Lillian Frank.

The Official 2012 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Party at the Crown Towers was abuzz with Melbourne's elite.
Although not part of the LMFF program, guests kept the fashionable theme going at the one of the hottest parties of the year.
Spotted: Shane Warne sans Liz Hurley, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Anthony Callea and partner Tim Campbell, Wolfmother, Jesinta Campbell, Harry Kewell, Mark Scaife, Derryn Hinch and Tanya Zaetta.

Note: Other Perth designers to show at this year's LMFF included Aurelio Costarella showing off his Winter 2012 Collection Obscura, Ellery, Flannel and Morrison. 

Big thanks to Steph Audino and Dianna Monastra for allowing me to wear their beautiful pieces during this event-filled week. 

ZSADAR designer Shane Newton
On Tour designer Alicia Sorgiovanni
Daniella Caputi
Ready for LMFF 05 show wearing Steph Audino Longest Road One Shoulder top & Midnight in Paris Skirt
Ricki-Lee in vintage Chanel
Rodeo Show
Rodeo Show
Rodeo Show
Shona Joy
Shona Joy

Wayne Cooper
Wayne Cooper 
White Suede
White Suede 
White Suede
After party location
Inside the goodie bag
The Waiting Room Perry & Perry Garden Party High Tea
Paula Joye & Nat Bass enjoying the show
Me wearing Step Audino's St Tropez Dress
Nat Bass being papped
Neil Perry, Alex Perry and host Ann Peacock
Delicious High Tea
Gorgeous Alex Perry S/S 2012/13
Ready for GP@23 Party in Steph Audino Pucker Up One Shoulder Drape Dress
Entertainment @ GP@23 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Look Good....Feel Better - Why I'll continue to raise money for Breast Cancer Research

A few weeks ago I was honoured to attend a Look Good Feel Better workshop at the Joondalup Health Campus with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Regular readers of my blog would know late last year my MIL, Anna-Rosaria was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time (Read her story here)and through it all - the really sick days, the loss of hair, the down days she has been a tower-of-strength. For us, for everyone - especially herself. 

With chemo over and radiation therapy underway I decided to book her in to one of the workshops held by the amazing people at Look Good Feel Better - it was a wonderful, eye-opening experience. The minute we walked in the door we knew we were going to be well looked after. We were shown to our seats and offered tea & coffee, while my MIL was taken to her pampering station, a table filled with DIOR, Estee Lauder, MAC and other beauty products (Maureen her personal make-up artist whispered in her ear that none of the products were for her daughters - they were all hers!!!).

The 2.5hour workshop, which incidentally had 15 participants - 10 of which were under 50, showed the women how to apply make-up when undergoing chemo and radiation therapy as well offered tips on what wigs, hats and scarves are available and how to wear them. 

I found the workshop inspiring, fascinating and so uplifting and I was not the only one, with many of the women bouncing out door with their new look ready to take on the world - take that Cancer! 

Look Good…Feel Better is a free community service program dedicated to helping Australians cope with the appearance related side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy such as hair loss and changes to the skin. Their aim is to help cancer patients manage these side-effects and to help restore their appearance and self image and I could not recommend this workshop enough.
If you or someone else you know is undergoing treatment for cancer, I urge you to experience the transformation for yourself and Register today . 
On another note - my sister-in-law and I will be holding a cocktail fundraiser in honour of my mother-in-law and all the women and men who have been touched by this disease. To find out more or to donate visit April in Paris or email me HERE
Here are some pictures of what happened on the day:

First step cleansing 

Sound advice from WA coordinator Linda Hunter

Maureen my MIL personal make-up artist & an absolute treasure
Applying her eye-shadow

LGFB team

Tah-dah - the end product. My MIL with the LGFB team

Please support our special night - contact me for more details


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