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Spring in your step…


So its Friday, meaning there is precisely one shopping evening left before the start of the spring racing carnival in Melbourne.

Now I know you’ve read a hundred times about what to wear, so I though instead I would drop some practical wisdom on you before you finalise your outfits for the four race meetings. For those who are still desperate for some ideas I’ve put together some last-minute outfit ideas, including some looks for less than $150 which leaves some spare change for a punt. If you like what you see click on the image; it will take you through to a landing page with links to every item.

Enjoy xx

Dress Codes: I’m all for pushing boundaries (think a tailored suit or an architectural dress) but remember that Flemington Racecourse is not a nightclub. Nobody wants to see what colour underwear you have on (and please for the love of…wear underwear). Head to toe sequins are also a touch too much. For those that have been living under a rock Derby Day is traditionally black and white, the Cup calls for a riot of colour, Oaks is ladies day and all about some soft touches and Stakes Day is family day which means a slightly more relaxed approach.

Shoes: Repeat after me…. You have not been employed by the MRC as a groundskeeper. There is no need to aerate their turf. Unless you have mastered the art of tipping in stilettos (whereby you walk with your weight on the balls of your feet) opt for a block heel. In the same vein, if you know your feet are not going to go the distance opt for a lower heel or a chic pair of flats. You don’t want to be that girl dying from blood loss from blisters the size of golf balls, stumbling around with her shoes in one hand.

Bag: Your significant other does not want to ruin the line of his suit by stuffing his

pockets with your phone, bandaids, lipstick and other makeup necessities. Take a clutch that will house all your crap; extra points if its has a shoulder or cross body strap.

Etiquette:  If you do decide to have a flutter know what you want before you get the bookie or the betting window. If you’re a novice go early and ask for help but be wary of leaving your run until right before the jump. I have seen people nearly mauled by punting stalwarts who missed putting their bet on because someone was faffing about. A pen and racebook are handy in this scenario (see above comments about the size of your bag). Your new motto is “get in, get on and get out of there!!”


Derby Day

Derby Day


Derby Day (budget)


Melbourne Cup


Melbourne Cup


Cup Day (budget)


Oaks Day


Oaks Day


Oaks Day (budget)


Stakes Day

Stakes Day


Stakes Day (budget)


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!!!


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.





Fashion is our Chosen Language

Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibition launch at the National Gallery of Victoria

By way of backstory, approximately six weeks ago I started a year long leave of absence from the legal profession. The first five weeks were subsumed by study and exams for a postgraduate diploma (because once a law student, always a law student) so this week is the first week where I have legitimately had a chance to stop. As predicted, it took until day three for me to start feeling the first twinges of boredom.  I even resorted to making cupcakes – I had a hankering and those that know me know that I rarely  cook.

Hopefully #vicbbatical will start trending soon…

You can imagine my delight when the beautiful Catherine of Busy City Kids invited me to attend the launch of NGV’s new exhibition showcasing the avant-garde creations of powerhouse design duo Viktor & Rolf.

Developed by the duo in conjunction with guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, the exhibition showcases a selection of breathtaking designs from their haute couture shows that are the very definition of “wearable art.”


Attached to the exhibition proper is the NGV Kids Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for Kids where young visitors can craft their own fashion creations and take part in a photo shoot which can then be shared to social media. Adults be warned this is a must visit: the Atelier showcases the couture wedding dress designed for Her Royal Highness Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau for her wedding to Prince Friso of the Netherlands. The handcrafted dress features a  three meter long train adorned with 248 silk bows.


The duo’s advice to budding artists looking to pursue their passion?

“slow down, enjoy the moment and be present.”

Wise words indeed for all those taking in the spectacular NGV installation.


Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists is on display at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia from 21 October 2016 – 26 February 2017.

A Gentleman’s Game…

Adelaide Day/Night Test, November 2015


Stella Jean…

Stella Jean...
It’s true. My heart skips a beat whenever I see a truly fantastical pop of orange or yellow or a striking print, the more out-there the better.
That’s perhaps why I haven’t been able to get these Stella Jean looks out of mind since I saw them on the Resort Runway at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
Admittedly, the dreary weather in Melbourne at the moment might also be driving my lust for a little bit of sunshine in my life.

MSFW 2015 – Highlights…


Some of favourite pieces from MSFW 2015. The opening gala started on a high with a knock out red and blue poppy print dress from Craig Braybrook Couture, the Spring Carnival celebrations peaked with looks from Martin Grant at Christine’s and Yeojin Bae, then we all came back to a very cool earth at the Resort showings for We Are Handsome and Stella Jean at Christine’s.




Craig Braybrook Couture


Jason Grech




Jayson Brundson, Asilio, Yeojin Bae, Bul

PhotoGrid_1441608262659 Yeojin Bae


Martin Grant

PhotoGrid_1441608280716Manning Cartell

PhotoGrid_1441608298449Easton Pearson and We Are Handsome

PhotoGrid_1441608246130Stella Jean at Christine’s

Photos from @MSFW…

Blurry photos by me.


Shopping H & M like a boss…

H & M selections
It’s all about having a game plan when you try to conquer the almighty H & M. Here a few sneaky tips to ensure not just survival, but sartorial success…

1. If possible, go when it is quieter.

First thing in the morning is best.

The racks will have been restocked and you will have more of chance of a) seeing what is on offer and b) finding your size, as opposed to later in the day when it looks like a tornado has gone through the place and the staff are desperately pawing at racks and racks of clothes to try and magic you up your size in a particular pair of pants.

This time of day also helps alleviate the risk of ‘people crush’ and the associated affliction of what I call ‘copycat shopping.’ For the uninitiated, copycat shopping is the phenomenon where you see someone, usually thin of frame and long of limb, holding up a piece of clothing that you know in your heart of hearts will look simply vile on you. Yet your brain, oxygen deprived and overheated, does not compute and you find yourself buying yet another foul coral top…#JUSTSAYNO.

2. Have a game plan.

I have heard the full gamut of arguments about what to buy from chain stores such as H+M. Some argue that you should target only ‘trend’ pieces, whilst others suggest only buying ‘classic’ pieces.

I occupy the middle ground; I look for ‘classics with a twist.’

I generally avoid prints unless they are spectacular and look for pieces, usually in classic colours (read: mostly black) with a point of difference. Also I tend to try slightly riskier pieces that I otherwise wouldn’t go near… #SPIRITOFADVENTURE.

3. When in doubt, buy it.

…Even if you are just thinking about it.

These stores have a large quantity of stock, weekly new releases and cavernous spaces to fill. The item will be nigh untraceable the next time you go back.

They have 30 day refund policies for a reason…

VAMFF Runways 17.3.15


-Runway 3 presented by Elle-

Bianca Spender reinvented the corporate wheel. Ginger and Smart showed and balance collection…but the standout for the sheer ‘cool’ factor was Khalo.

Pictures to follow of me trialling the red lip and reflector sunglasses look will following in the coming weeks…




-Runway 4 presented by Shop til you Drop-

Two words – White Suede.  You have fulfilled by coat crush for the season.



Akin by Ginger & Smart, Alice McCall and Shakuhachi


Images courtesy of VAMFF





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