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.

 Click Here or go to http://www.statesofplay.com.

“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, themovementonline.net.

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 www.madisonmag.com.au
swimwear from www.goldfish.com

Nov 14

What I Wore

Wearing Suboo to the AMPR Bloggers Breakfast with ASOS bag and shoes by Schutz at High Maintenance.



Nov 02

Men’s Summer Staples

Ray Ban are celebrating their 75th Birthday and the essential item for everyone is a pair of aviators.  Here is my pick for Summer.

We spend so much time at the beach and pool why not make a statement with your Swimming Shorts.

Chambray Shirt, a classic staple to have in your wardrobe, undone with a white t-shirt or buttoned up for geeky chic.

A Fedora Hat to keep the rays off your face and add an edge to your style.

Thongs or flipflops whatever you like to call them are needed to walk over the hot sands at Bondi looking for a great spot to set down for the day.

Coloured shorts are keeping with the winter trend of coloured chinos.


Images from www.ray-ban.com/australia, www.wearehandsome.com,
www.topman.com, www.theiconic.com.au, www.havaianasaustralia.com.auwww.zanerobe.com

Oct 31

Fashion for the Fabulous size 14+

I was inspired by the Roberto Cavalli for Target collection to write about dressing for the size 14+ woman.  Shown was Karolina Kurkova modelling the designs as well as a model sized 14-16.  Cudos to Target for showing us how the clothes look on both size ranges.  Being a size 14 myself I do find it frustrating that some of my favourite labels only go to a size 12 (if that) sometimes.  Now I am not going to attempt to squeeze into a 12 and sometimes a 14 doesn’t look right either which brings me to learning how to dress for our shape.  I would love to know how successful the stylists at Westfield are in targeting the curvy women.  I was walking past a Style Lounge the other day and saw the stylist there, absolutely gorgeous, great fashion (of course) and great body.  If I wanted to get fashion advice I would be intimidated by this thinking how the hell do they know what it is like to dress someone my size.  I am sure they have their guidelines and are very good, please don’t get me wrong but how does the 14+ woman feel about it?  This is not only at Westfield, I mean the shoppers at Topshop are all young and petite – are they missing out on this lucrative market?  Would they laugh at me being trying to become a Westfield stylist or Topshop shopper as not only am I size 14 but I am also 40+.   Anyway enough of my rant, here are some fabulous outfits that I have found that come in sizes 14 and beyond.  Remember just because it comes in your size does not mean that it looks good.  You still need to dress for your shape and yes I am a stylist who helps women of all sizes look and feel great xx.

The Spring/Summer essential print dress goes up to a size 16 from Topshop


The peplum is great to hide your tummy. Love this one from ASOS

We all need a great pair of black pants. The wide band is perfect for us. These are from ASOS

When going for flowy items make sure there is not too much excess material. This is perfect from City Chic.

Oct 29

Roberto Cavalli for Target

The collaboration of Roberto Cavalli and Target is out 31st October, 2012 in store and online.  There is a wide range available from swimwear to evening at affordable prices.  Cavalli is known for his amazing prints and sexy, feminine pieces and has not disappointed in his line with Target.  Click on the gallery to view a few pieces I have my eye on and to view the full collection Click Here

Oct 26

Sydney Fashion Guys

Sydney Fashion Guys is for the teenagers casual wear.

Click Here to check it out.



Oct 23

Alannah Hill Sale Time

Alannah Hill Sale

Alannah Hill designs can be described as girly chic, ultra feminine, fun and elegant.  I simply love to describe Alannah Hill clothing as ‘every woman needs a piece’.  There is something about the luxurious pieces and fabrics that have a feel good touch as soon as you put them on.  I have posted previously on a competition that Alannah Hill held and now it is Sale Time.  You can own your piece of luxury girly chic this Thursday 25th October, 2012 and receive a 20% discount.  All you have to do is visit a store or online and receive free postage by entering “TREAT” at the checkout.

Here are some pieces I have my eye on that would be a great addition to my wardrobe or in fact any woman’s wardrobe.

Minxy Siren Frock. The colours will always brighten up your day.



I Will NOT Tweet! Cardi is a staple to go with everything from your LBD to jeans.

Say you Love me Headband – why you ask, because it’s Spring Racing of course.


Let me know the Alannah Hill pieces you are going to buy on Thursday.  Here are some more ideas for you. Click here to shop.

Images by www.alannahhill.com
Sponsored Post:  All views expressed are my own.







Oct 19

Looks I Love

Today I was just wanting to do a post on looks I love and it is always fun coordinating different items on Polyvore.  So I have been a little self indulgent today to bring you what I like and wish I could wear.

Have you had a play on Polyvore – let me know via comments below and I will visit and check it out.




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