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Wishlist: Country Road

I love February. The sweltering Australian summer is still in full swing but the stores start dropping their new AW17 collections and I start fascinating about wearing coats in 30 degree weather…
First up are my selections from Country Road including this to-die-for blue coat and cute studded flats. Get in quick while the member spend and save discount is still available …
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Wishlist: Country Road
All from Country Road

What I Wore: Australia Day Polo

A road trip down to Geelong to see the ponies sounded like a fabulous idea. The day was hot but thankfully overcast; unfortunately that meant I forfeited sunscreen on my back…
Needless to say I got hideously burnt and have spent the past few weeks looking like a Christmas ham from behind. It has only just started to fade….
Australia Day Polo
Dress by Zimmermann, Makeup from Witchery, Hat and Shoes from Kmart, Pouch by Givenchy 

BE YOU: Masterclass with Yanis Marshall

 

Continuing the adventures of the #Vicbbatical last month I attended a street jazz and heels masterclass with the one and only Yanis Marshall.

Whilst I was expecting sass, and I got plenty of it, what was unexpected was the words of advice offered to his students…

Be you…

There is a fine line between inspiration and imitation.

As I was sitting there; hot, sweaty and barely able to breathe from physical exertion, I realised how his wise words would translate into personal styling.

BE YOU…You can try and dress like your style inspiration but don’t cross the line into imitation. You have to learn what works for your body, because it is like no one else’s.  This will mean some trial and error but in the end you will find YOUR style and confidence.

The things you learn in dance class….Oh, and always remember to bevel your legs ladies!!!

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What to wear: the Australian Open

It’s that time of year again. The annual pilgrimage to the hallowed turf (or in this case, the electrical blue synthetic surface) of Melbourne Park.

The style memo is for cool and casual pieces that read fuss free and comfortable.

Enjoy!

xx

Denim and white...Hat from Lack of Color, dress from Country Road, earrings from Sportsgirl and shoes from Trenery

Black and Blue...
Hat, top, shorts and shoes all from Decjuba, sunglasses and earrings from Sportsgirl

Tennis Club

Dress, shoes, bag and visor all from Zimmermann, earrings from Sportsgirl.

Heart of Darkness

Maticevski: Dark Wonderland

Exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery

It took me a ridiculously long time to get to Toni Maticevski’s Dark Wonderland exhibition. It was the threat of missing out altogether that prompted me to swing into action on the final weekend, only to find out that it has now been extended for a few more months. Nevertheless; onward #vicbbatical.

Where we ate: we stopped off at the Malmsbury Bakery for the best monkey face biscuit I’ve had since I was 12 (I’m such a child). My travel companion had a much more adult apple friand which was equally sensational by all reports. We then continued to Bendigo proper and cruised about town taking in the beautiful historical buildings before sampling most of the small share plates at Masons of Bendigo.  We went too hard too early and sadly couldn’t squeeze in any dessert (that monkey face was worth it).

The gallery: the installation proper is breathtaking and the showstopper is the orchard room with floor to ceiling monochrome wallpaper. To quote one patron – she just wanted to strip naked and lie there. Whilst stripping wasn’t my first reaction I don’t disagree with her enthusiasm.

The Dark Wonderland exhibition has now been extended through to 15 January 2017 and at only $12 a ticket it is well worth the road trip.

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Welcome to Singapore, Mr Sparrow

That’s right people, #vicbaticcal is up and running.

Let me start by saying that I have the best dad in the world. Ever. Whilst I might be a little biased, he certainly came through with the goods with a birthday present of a long weekend away for my mum and I in Singapore.

Like I said; Best. Dad. Ever.

Where we stayed: the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, perfectly located on Bras Basah Road. Equal distance to Raffles and the Orchard Road shopping precinct = very dangerous.

Where we ate: it was impossible to visit and not stop in at the Long Bar at Raffles for a Singapore sling – it’s a family tradition. Then we crossed the road to the Chijmes and had a relaxed dinner at Giardino Pizzeria Bar & Grill. The cheap as chips lychee martinis didn’t hurt either. For a fun night out we went to Newton Food Centre to dine with the locals. Selected from an array of different stall holders we dined on chicken satay and fresh naan with lime and lychee juices over crushed ice.

What we did: took in the WTA tennis finals (which Cibulkova dominated) and shopped up a storm on Orchard Road.

Two standout activities were the just opened An Atlas of Mirrors exhibition for the Singapore Biennale and the Gardens by the Bay.

The take away messages from these experiences are that I like shiny things, am a sucker for a pretty flower and find cacti aesthetically pleasing…go figure.

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Grey day….

Grey day....
 

Paradise lost…

Paradise
 

Pretty things

Pretty things
 

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