This season Forever New designed a collection with me in mind. I am enamored with so many pieces it’s like they took a look at my wardrobe and said “‘guuurrl – you need THESE!”. I do, thank you very much.
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Last month my husband Danny and I launched United by Bird jewellery. We both have a background in art and we love designing and making jewellery.
We started with earrings and are about to expand into necklaces, bracelets and rings – I’m sure you can appreciate that these things take time when you’re self funded.
Having been brought up as a vegetarian (my mum was really into the yogic way of life) I was taught to respect animals. I can’t fathom eating meat because I am very much aware of where it comes from – and the amount of suffering which the animal experiences during the process.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on vegetarian VS carnivorous diets but I hardly ever hear animal testing being discussed. I don’t support ANY company that tests on animals, whether it’s a component or the finished product. Many beauty companies won’t share their supplier information so they don’t get the cruelty free seal of approval so it’s hard to figure out who does what.
Luckily though PETA comprised a list of companies that DO test on animals so at least the majors are named and shamed.
I ask you to BOYCOTT all companies that cause pain and suffering to animals.
Please don’t buy products which are born out of pain and murder. Beauty should be about compassion.
I admit, being wooed by PR companies – getting free products, going to events – feels fantastic. I have made a rule that I don’t write about anyone who tortures and kills for profit. That’s my bottom line and I hope that you draw yours there as well.
The following beauty and household product companies either test on animals or pay a laboratory to conduct tests on animals.
Are there any that you’re surprised by? Will you be boycotting these companies from now on?
Let me know your thoughts.
I own a few pairs of JCs and I ALWAYS get compliments. I mean, I love the shoes but compliments make it so much better. I get them shipped to the office and then my colleagues insist on a mini fashion show. It would be rude of me to say no, wouldn’t it!?
I shop in a variety of stores and lately (due to my hectic schedule) I mostly shop online. ASOS is the shop that continually delivers (pardon the pun) and ASOS dresses are a bit of a staple in my wardrobe.
Any shop that DOESN’T ship free to Australia (or within Australia) very quickly gets a miss from most consumers. ASOS also has the easiest returns system I have ever experienced and that’s saying a lot since I work in e-commerce.
Anyway, back to dresses. I’ve recently done a shop at ASOS but here are the pieces I am still coveting. And how about you? Do you shop at ASOS? Do you shop online at all?
Images courtesy of ASOS
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Lotus Mendes is a seriously sexy jewellery label. Designed to empower and release your inner goddess, Lotus Mendes offers stunning rings, cuffs, necklaces and bracelets in chunky silver and gold finishes.
Designer Victoria Cheatham creates with five notions in mind - RESPECT, TRUST, LOYALTY, LOVE, and HONOR. These are evident in every piece in the collection; symbolic messages are printed on arm bands,and 5 point star rings.
Sydney fashion designer Brooke Daniels gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of her Summer 11/12 collection, shot at a lavish location.
The collection has a strong resort feel and illustrates Brooke’s love of sleek styling. Kaftans, playsuits, maxi dresses, tulip skirts and bodycon dresses dominate the collection. Colour blocking makes an entrance but never steals the show.
I love the fluidity of the Angelina maxi dress, the crop structured Bomber jacket, the chic Louise mini dress and the fierce shouldered Lucy Splice tall dress – all are available on the Brooke Daniels online store.
Brisbane boho luxe fashion label Surafina celebrated the opening of their Paddington store on Friday 21st October. The launch was a who’s-who of the Brisbane fashion scene, packed with media and the glitterati. Surafina designers Laura Hart and Rechelle Vidakovic looked stunning in their own designs as they welcomed guests.
The entire collection was available for purchase which kept the store girls quite busy. I couldn’t resist the temptation and I bought a gorgeous red one shoulder top. Surafina prices are unbelievable; I fell in love with a tailored linen jacket and it was only $199.
Check out the full Surafina Summer 2012 collection online and if you’re near Paddington go and visit their store. You won’t regret it!
The EP Cruise 11 collection by ‘EP by Easton Pearson‘ is so cute! Graphic prints, bold stripes, scalloped details and pretty colours make this an extremely desirable story.
Although I loved every piece in the lookbook, I have picked my favourites and am sharing them with you below.
On the very top of my list is the purple twist front jumpsuit which I can see myself wearing to death this summer. Scalloped trim shorts are a close second, with their floaty fit and gorgeous ‘waterski ladies’ pattern.
On Thursday night, in the middle of a torrential downpour, Danny and myself went to MODA Creative lingerie edition at Zuri. It was the first event I attended since my braces came off so I was excited to go out for many reasons.
The main reason I wanted to see the show however was to see the new range from online lingerie store Assiere. I have heard many fabulous things about this store and I wasn’t disappointed when I finally saw the range. Beautiful high end pieces sashayed the runway in true Victoria Secret style. Coquettish, sultry and completely wearable, Assiere delivered a range that exceeded expectations.
Assiere‘s labels shown included:
Also shown were lingerie labels Thousand Dancers and Pleasure State.
While the pieces themselves are delicate and dainty, they create a strong, fierce silhouette. Orange, blue and white dominate the collection; faint pattern and a touch of yellow add depth.
If I had to sum it up in one word I would call this collection – irresistible.
Sophia Banks-Coloma is a bonafide styling success, dressing celebs and costume designing for movies. The talented stylist and designer of Whitley Kros is the toast of Tinseltown and even though she has multiple projects on the go she had time to grant me an interview.
I am an Aussie fashion designer and stylist, currently based in L.A. I work with a number of celebrities including Kirstie Alley and Kristin Chenoweth and I am a designer for contemporary label Whitley Kros.
I’ve just finished working as a costume designer for a new film in NYC called Syrup styling Amber Heard, Brittany Snow and Kellan Lutz. The film is produced by Academy Award winning Director Barrie M Osbourne.
I got my first job as an assistant designer at Marcs in Sydney. I worked there for a year before heading to L.A on holiday and knocking on doors until I got a great job as a designer at fashion label McGinn. As soon as I moved to L.A I started designing and styling and so it really all started to come together.
My love of fashion started when I was about five years old. I would make costumes for my dance performances that I would perform in front of anyone I could roundup at the time – parents, neighbours etc! Fashion is something I’m passionate about and so pursuing a career in the industry was an obvious choice for me.
I’ve always been very passionate about fashion and I love the job just as much today as I did when I first started in the industry over ten years ago.
In any one day I can be sourcing dresses for clients, liaising with designers to arrange loans, researching new designers and trends, attending various fittings with celebrities and attending events.
I work around 70 – 80 hours a week during awards season or if I’m working on a film, and I usually sleep around 5- 6 hours a night. However, after busy spells I’ll take two weeks off to be with my baby.
I love being creative, dressing celebrities and having the chance to design and trend for companies. All my roles complement each other; my trend research helps me see what is making the trends and so I can then dress celebs in the latest looks and my design experience allows me create some great pieces for my clients. It’s a win-win situation!
A challenge in the work of a stylist is making solid connections with designers and PR firms. You need to prove to designers that your client will enhance and bring out the beauty in the dress, matching the designers vision.
Any free moment I get I spend it with my daughter Coco. Playing with her instantly relaxes me after a stressful, busy day.
Most recently, styling Kristin Chenoweth for her new album launch appearances and dressing clients for the Emmys has been great!
Persistence. If you just keep going you will eventually make it!
Also you have got to have taste and a point of view. If you’re not willing to put a stake in the ground with what you like then you will never have a voice.
“In the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”. Coco Chanel said this and I could not have said it any better than her.
Daniel Alexander Couture recently moved to a bigger space in Fortitude Valley and Daniel invited me to visit the new showroom.
His new space at 39 Berwick Street in Fortitude Valley is actually a funky warehouse which now houses his workroom and showroom. There are no hangers in the showroom – instead, fully dressed mannequins decorate the space. Daniel says that now that his clients see dresses in a three dimensional form, they rarely try them on.
The showroom feels more like an exhibition space than a store. The emphasis is on displaying pieces with as much drama as possible. He achieves this with subtle lighting and negative space – the more dramatic a piece, the more space it receives.
If you visited Daniel Alexander Couture in his former Ann Street store you would have met his gorgeous pooch Vivian (she was named after Julia Roberts’ character in Pretty Woman – how cute!). Vivian was more than happy to pose for my photos and at the end I was tempted to sneak her into my bag and take her home.
Daniel has ambitions plans for the showroom and an opening party the town will never forget. I will do my best to keep you posted but for now here are some photos I took of his new space.
Images © Vanja Stace 2011
Wet & Wendy is an optimistic little label. It was created by Anna Martino in an effort to change how we feel about the weather. A monumental task indeed! The weatherwear’s label’s first collection includes umbrellas and raincoats that deserve to pop up in street style snaps everywhere.
As Australia welcomes spring here in Queensland it is the start of the wet season – the perfect time to get to know Wet & Wendy! It just so happens they have 50% off most items in their online store.
My faves from the range include the double layered long umbrella (love the curved handle), the raincoat and the cape-coat, some are available online. Be quick though! These pieces won’t last long.
A couple of weeks ago Daniel Alexander Couture approached me to shoot two of his garments for press. He’s taking part in a Panache Inner Circle event at the Sofitel (Brisbane) on September 16th 2011 and therefore needed shots to release to press. We shot these on a Sunday afternoon in the foyer of the Sofitel hotel.
I included my favourites below. I haven’t done any retouching on these, just colour and exposure correction. The model Adele was great to work with and I just wish we had more garments, I could have stayed there all day!
The new Chanel Nail 531 Peridot is a green-gold high shine colour, very dramatic and rich. When I first got it I thought it’d be perfect to pair up with a funky print for contrast. I used the Sally Hansen Salon Effects – Real Nail Polish Strips in Wild Child (SKU #4408-33) which is a fun zebra print. Sally Hansen Salon Effects – Real Nail Polish Strips are easy to use – I go into detail below.
Apply a double coat of Chanel Nail Vernis in 531 Peridot.
Have all your tools ready. Sally Hansen Salon Effects – Real Nail Polish Strips in Wild Child (SKU #4408-33), wooden cuticle tool, Manicare French manicure tip tapes and nail scissors.
Remove 2 Manicare French manicure tip tapes – make sure they don’t split apart, you want double the size of 1 tape. This isn’t a dainty French tip look, you want them to be a noticeable feature on the nail.
Stick the 2 tapes on the back of a Sally Hansen Salon Effects – Real Nail Polish Strip – this is your guide for the size of the zebra strip. Use your nail scissors to cut the strip.
Remove the sticker backing from your piece of Sally Hansen Salon Effects – Real Nail Polish Strip and stick it on your nail. Make sure you match the centre of the strip to the centre of your nail. Using the wooden cuticle tool push down the strip, smoothing all edges.
Cut off the excess of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects – Real Nail Polish Strip from the top and sides.
Repeat all above steps until you finish all nails, then apply top coat.
If you prefer a video, here’s one I made today.
Brisbane fashion powerhouse Easton Pearson just opened their ‘EP by Easton Pearson‘ pop up store in Winn Lane. Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson celebrated this milestone only days after their diffusion line ’EP by Easton Pearson‘ made its debut at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival (Brisbane) with the 2011 Cruise collection.
The pop up store opening was a Mexican fiesta themed event; lively and thoroughly enjoyable. Sangria, floating corn chip bowls and breaking of the piñata were a great touch. A few well aimed hangers and that piñata exploded with abundance, glittery feather necklaces poured out. No sooner than they were gathered in baskets, Pamela and Lydia offered them to their guests. That was most kind – they participated so joyously and then shared the love and made sure everyone left with a little token of their appreciation.
Thank you once again to Easton Pearson for having me at the fiesta, I had a fantastic time and I’m glad I got to share this moment with you all.
Frockshop, the legendary Brisbane based online store, has launched its own capsule collection called ‘fs by Frockshop’.
Heralded as a collection of ‘the missing pieces from your wardrobe’ it celebrates colour in soft, feminine fabrics and cuts devoid of frivolity.
Priced between $90 and $250 it is guiltless shopping at its best. For a 10% discount on your next ‘fs by Frockshop’ purchase enter FSBYFROCKSHOP at the checkout. Hurry, code expires on 31st of August.
>> Shop fs by Frockshop at Frockshop.com