Sep 13

Casual Weekend

It’s fashion week frenzy at the moment and although I am sure my invitations may still be coming in the mail (forever an optimist) I love scouting the street style and adapting into what we can all wear and I don’t know about you but I am not wearing those $1000 stilettos to watch my kids play sport.  So here is my take on street style brought into weekend wear for the fashionista.  Go from the park to lunch with girls easily minus the ugg boots, trackies and men’s jumper.  Go chic and still be comfortable.


casual weekend


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Sunglasses, T-Shirt, Jacket, Pants, Backpack, Watch, Sneakers, Espadrille


Feb 14

Fashion Week New York

It’s fashion heaven for any fashionista.  Starting in New York I love to go through the shows and see what the trends, colours and shapes are coming that will no doubt be coming into the stores.  I have only just started so here are some of my favourites.  What do you think?

Anna Sui blk white red RTW Fall

This reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw outfit

This reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw outfit

Stunning shape

Stunning shape

Elie Tahari Black RTW Fall 2014

The Oversize Jacket will be a staple for Winter

The Oversize Jacket will be a staple for Winter

Red is my favourite colour

Red is my favourite colour

J Mendel dress and vest

Patterns are still excite

Patterns still excite

Winter white hot

Winter white hot

Amazing 60's inspired

Amazing 60’s inspired

Poppy print pant

Poppy print pant

Head to toe colour

Head to toe colour

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Simple elegance

Simple elegance

Reed Krakoff gold blk white RTW Fall

Sporty Luxe will still be seen for Fall 2014

Sporty Luxe will still be seen for Fall 2014

Jul 28

Summer 2014 Trend

Whilst I sit here by my fire, it’s hard to contemplate Summer Trends. So I dream of our white sandy beaches, hot summer nights by the pool and all the great things that we associate with Summer.  So just to give you a taste of what’s to come I start with the must have bikini’s and summer dress.  Inspiration is drawn from the 50’s and 60’s with defining waists and femininity key.  Prints are still strong along side the current monochrome trend.  Get back to Glamour with these gorgeous items.







Jul 04

Happy 4th July

To all my gorgeous friends in USA I would like to wish you all a Happy 4th July.  Here are some looks that would be great for today.

Go Tropical with Josh Goot, as seen on style icon Christine Centenera

New Shapes


The ultimate must have for summer – the Denim Short

denim shorts

May 04

New Aussie Swimwear

Goldfish Swimwear has been a well kept secret of the locals since it’s inception 3 years ago.  This year marks Goldfish’s launch in the retail sector and with the online store to be launched in the next few weeks expect to see this label at your most loved beaches.  Sydney Fashion Blogger has been seen wearing the Amazon print at our famous Bondi Beach.

What makes Goldfish different.  Well I can categorically say that it is everything you want when shopping for a bikini.  Your choice of styles for every body shape, prints that all have a story behind them and quality Italian fabrics.  Best of all this 2013/14 collection will be priced affordably so great quality and great prices will go hand in hand.

To purchase Goldfish Swimwear you can check out Swimwear Galore or whilst waiting for the on line store you can email with your details.  Here is a sneak peek at the new collection.

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Apr 01

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia

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In one week Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia starts and as a writer/blogger and fashion lover this means heaven. It also allows fashionistas to dress, be seen and let’s face it judge what everyone else is wearing.  Photographers are out and about snapping the latest street looks and the young bloggers trying to get in their eye so they can get on their blogs.  I love to people watch and observing the “fashion behaviour” is fabulous.  Yes I often get caught up in the whole unreal world but it is only for a week and then I come back to reality with sore feet.  There is a change of location this year, I will definitely miss the back drop of Sydney Harbour now we are going for a more urban look at The Carriageworks.  I reserve my judgement until I have experienced.

Check out my Australian Designers List (a work in progress) to see some of the great Australian designers that will be at MBFWA.

Jayson Brunsdon

Jayson Brunsdon


Mar 16

The Spirit of the Black Dress

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What is the number one item every, I mean, every woman needs in her wardrobe.  Yes it is the Black Dress.  So what better way to bring awareness to some of the most talented emerging designers and help showcase them to increase the international appreciation for Australian design.

Melbournites in conjunction with  L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival program in March there will be a public exhibition happening from March 18 to April 1 at the Intercontinental at The Rialto on Collins Street, which invites the general public to enjoy the free exhibition including photos, film and the ten black dresses which were selected as the 2013 finalists.

Here are the finalists that you can see and help support amazing emerging Australian talent.

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I know I will be keeping a keen eye on these designers and hopefully feature them in My Australian Designer List.

Jan 23

Swimwear for the Man

Changing the States of Play this summer:
The humble Aussie board short gets a liberal dose of European cool

Australia’s newest beach fashion brand, States of Play, was conceived on a rocky cliff top overlooking Portofino as husband and wife design team, Sonja and Richard Skelton, debated the relative merits of Australian board shorts and tailored European swim shorts.

Which ones are your favourite?  In my house it’s the subs and the islands.

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“The label, States of Play, combines carefree Australian style with confident, modern European fashion. Perfect for well-travelled, sun-loving individuals, the 15 print designs in the new Spring Summer 2012 Collection boast summer bright colours and cheeky, wearable patterns guaranteed to set you apart from the surfing crowd.

With colour, humour and detail, the States of Play range promises to move Australian men’s swimwear out of the billabong and into the fashion conscious world of the international jet setter, who is equally as comfortable in a tent in Kenya as on a yacht in the Whitsundays.

Bold, confident and colourful prints are created alongside leading Australian fabric designers and illustrators then digitally sublimated onto the highest-grade polyester, peach skin, suede microfiber available.

Tailoring is casual yet detailed and cheeky designs such as a seahorse print on an orange and pink striped background look great with a tan and could easily take you from beach to bar in an instant.

A tanker print makes great use of colour blocks and adds something different to your standard boardies flower print or business shirt fabric masquerading as beachwear.

States of Play board shorts are lined with a fine, quick-dry mesh for comfortable wear all day long – just perfect for having fun in the sun this summer.


Jan 04

Trends for 2013




Another year has gone and the new year begins.  What can we expect to be buying for the 2013 seasons.  In the northern hemisphere the Spring 2013 is all about the belted floral dress for workwear. The length is midi or knee, appropriate for the work place.  Here in Australia we can adapt the trends for our current Summer season leading into Autumn.

Spring 2013 trends


A must have accessory for the 2013 season is the document clutch to hold your gadets and look sensational.

document clutch prada


Workwear has never looked so good.


Nov 24

Get Beach Body Ready

The countdown to summer is on, and it’s a little less than a week to go! But don’t think that’s too late to get your body into ship shape form. Here are our tricks that will have you welcoming in Decmeber 1st with a smile.Make every day count
Taking a desk break is a no-brainer. The Movement sends hourly desk exercises and stretches via email so you can stay on track without leaving your computer. Just be sure to tell your co-workers what you’re doing! $20 per year,

Do a diet detox
Spring and summer are your body’s natural time to cleanse, says dietitian at The Nutrition Practice Marieke Rodenstein. Fermented foods such as cultured vegetables, sauerkraut, kefir and miso are rich in enzymes and probiotic bacteria that assist the cleansing process and help reduce sugar cravings. Braid recommends chia seeds, oats, psylium and flackseeds, which are “nutrient-dense and fibre-rich, keeping you regular and less bloated.” Incorporate them into your breakfast or on a probiotic yogurt for a snack.

Tone your tummy
The navasana “boat pose” in yoga is one of the easiest exercises you can do at home to tone the stomach, says Emma Seibold, founder of Barre Body studios.

1. Sit up straight with knees bent at a 90 degree angle and reach arms out straight in front
2. With your feet still on the floor, lean your torso back to a 45 degree angle, tense your core muscles and lift your legs in the air so your body makes a “V” shape. Hold for five deep breaths.
3. Repeat this five times and try to prolong the post with each repetition.

For extra motivation, download these apps:
– Lorna Jane’s Move Nourish Believe, free. This easy-to use app includes a GPS tracker and kilojoule burn calculator, and links your progress to the Now Move It microsite.
– My Fitness Pal, free. This handy way to keep track of your calorie intake features a huge food database that includes Australian products.
– Susie Burrell’s How to Lose Weight Fast, free. A great collection of healthy recipes, meal plans and tips from a leading Australian dietitian.

Go for a run
“Sand has a natural resistance and reduces impact through the body so beach running is a great workout,” says Shaun Cardillo, trainer and co-founder of NuYu fitness retreats. If you’re not a regular runner start on hard sand and wear sports shoes to prevent ligament damage. When you’ve progressed to soft-sand running, “lift your knees high to get a more vigorous workout that will target the buttocks and abs, as your core works hard to keep your body stable on sand.”

Freshen up
On beach day, opt for non-bloating food. Braid recommends paw paw, papaya or pineapple, which contains digestive enzymes. To prevent fluid retention, Rodenstein says to try dandelion leaf tea, a “safe, gentle diuretic that will give you noticeable changes on the day.” She also notes that fish and chips at the beach are a big no. “Too much sodium makes your body hold onto water which causes it to bloat,” she says.

 Excerpt from Madison Magazine
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