Street Style at Melbourne Fashion week

Posted Fri, 28/03/2014 - 15:24
It's that time of year again -  Fashion Week season!

The international shows began way back on February 6 in New York, and have finally made their way to Australia. Melbourne Fashion Week just finished up on the 23rd of March and all the fun and fashion kicks off again in Sydney on April 6.

As much as I love watching live streams of the shows and seeing all the new colours and shapes being strutted down the runways, sometimes the most inspiring and 'real' ready to wear looks can be found street-side. The style on the street is often the real indicator of what you will covet for your new-season wardrobe.

Below are some of my favourites of the snapped street-stylers, stylish women not letting the unpredictable Melbourne weather dampen their sense of style! 
 
(images courtesty: www.pagesdigital.com.au taken by Xiaohan Shen)

 Whether you prefer a more monochrome or block colour palette OR if you love to be bold with prints and embellishments, there is a look for you this season.

I'm more of a simple, block colour girl myself, but stripes are a great way to get a little bold and venture into prints if you want to look good but not stand out too,too much!

Loving that the in the third image along, our very stylish cap-wearing fashionista is adding a bit of hardware to her otherwise sporty outfit, in the form of the beautiful Kitte Accoutrement Navigator neckpiece (available online for $169.95).

 

can't wait to go shopping to update my wardrobe for the coming season! 
xo Daniella

The Chop - Hair Inspiration for your new look for 2014!!

Posted Thu, 09/01/2014 - 14:49
Change is as good as a holiday they say.... but change AS WELL AS a holiday is how I do it!

Summer holidays and watching too much trashy TV starring my new style/beauty icon, supermodel Erin O'Connor, recently gave me the urge to chop all my hair off. I have SUPER thick , dark hair which acts like a brain-boiling heat containing helmet in summer so I am thoroughly enjoying the light and breezy feel of my new short hair.
I know many people feel this way at this time of year - "New Year New You" is one of those ubiquitous headlines on beauty pages of magazines and websites - so I thought I'd show you my new cut and give you some ideas for a new look for yourself!! Scroll down to see...

Erin o'connor the face
My inspiration : British Supermodel Erin O'Connor at the launch of the show I became addicted to, "The Face", wearing a Stella McCartney jumpsuit

 
Me before and after (excuse the terrible haze over the after shot, my phone camera is a bit broken..!)

And my favourite hairstyles compiled for you: 
Bec xo

Mela's Inspiration: Winter 2014 - Feminine silhouettes in textural fabrics

Posted Wed, 08/01/2014 - 09:48

Mela Purdie Autumn/Winter 2014 - fashion inspiration

*none of the images below contain actual Mela Purdie designs, these are simply reference images from other labels

Yes, I know it's crazy to be talking winter clothing in the middle of summer, but that's fashion - topsy turvy! I'm going to give you a little preview of the kind of thing you can expect from our favourite Aussie designer this winter...

We are all very excited about Mela's new collection, I personally think she has outdone herself with both her fashion pieces and her basics. For winter she has created a feminine, elegant, luxurious collection with a softness and nonchalance to take you from day to night that I think we are all craving after seasons of oversized boxy tops, ponchos and the like. 

We'll see throwbacks to more elegant and flattering silhouettes, like peplum and flip hems, long flowing skirts, tailored dresses, fluid shirting and draping. Fabrics are luxurious and rich for winter, with wool boucle, jacquard, double layered lace, silk animal and rose prints, pure silk crepe, italian wool knits and of course her signature Matte Jersey & Mousseline. Leopard textured and spliced waterproof toppers will also feature, along with an updated denim collection.

For our cool girls who prefer more androgynous and relaxed styles, never fear there is still a wide range of modern, urban styles for you too. The jersey harem pant is a must, and the beautiful Soft Mousseline Cargo is back, and with modern stripes, new spliced separates, denim and slick waterproof anoraks and coats you are set!

The jersey/mousseline colour pallette is feminine, fresh and complimentary: 

Sitting alongside the jersey we have rich neutrals in knits & denim, and a stunning silver Platinum colour in the new Silk Crepe fabric and spliced lace.

 Trends we will see: 

The peplum jacket will be a feature piece in the collection, we adore this elegant and flattering style, a throwback to the fabulous fifties when silhouettes were womanly and curves were celebrated!

 

Mela always does a fantastic jersey stripe, and this time she's mixed it up splicing wide stripes with thin to strategically create slimming effects in all the right places.

Taking inspiration from runway trends and high street stores Mela has given us a gorgeous, flattering flip skirt shape for winter. This winter is the season of the skirt - you will see them everywhere and luckily Mela has come up with the goods in both short and longer draped styles.

Mela has sourced a fantastic leopard print in silk which will sit perfectly with your existing pieces and new favourites. She has also taken the leopard into her knitwear, with a small range of tonal leopard knits in pure italian wool (including a stunning wrap/pashmina we are absolutely gunning for!)

Continuing the ladylike-cool vibe of her collection is the frilled hem top. I love this look with some slim relaxed pants as shown above, or a pair of denim leggings or skinny jeans under some knee high riding boots. 

Last but not least we have lace - we will see it in a form fitting dress designed with panelling to be extremely flattering, and for those not into the dresses there are separates in the longer sleeved shell top and mid double skirt. We'll see black lace overlayed with nude jersey and the stunning new platinum light grey colour. 

I hope this has got you excited for the amazing winter collection which will start arriving in February!!! 

Keep checking the site for new stock and pieces available for pre order - get in before everyone else and secure your favourites, and if you want to know more, feel free to email me!

Bec xo


Recipe - Summer Ginger, Apple and Vanilla Punch (perfect for Christmas lunch!)

Posted Fri, 22/11/2013 - 11:55

Thanks to BBC Good Food, I have a delicious and different punch recipe for you to enjoy this summer. Personally I love to make a refreshing and delicious punch for Christmas, it's a bit of a tradition for me but I do like to change it up each time. This one is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy with the ginger punch making it super refreshing.

Ginger, Apple and Vanilla Punch

Ingredients:

1 Litre of Ginger Beer (not Ginger Ale!)

500ml chilled apple juice

500ml Vanilla Vodka (or add 1tsp vanilla extract to plain vodka or rum)

4 limes, 2 juiced 2 cut into wedges

1 apple thinly sliced

thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

Method:

1. Combine ginger beer, apple juice, vanilla vodka and lime juice in a large jug.

2. Add ginger, apple slices and lime wedges to the punch and add lots of ice before serving. 

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2012.

How to pack for travel with Mela Purdie and Impulse Boutique

Posted Tue, 22/10/2013 - 10:16

Going on holiday is one of life's great pleasures, and seeing the amazing diversity of culture, art, architecture,

natural wonders and history of the world is an essential part of life for most of us. 

However, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable trip takes planning and packing sensibly and thoughtfully - how many times have you overpacked and thought "next time I will pack smarter"?            

Below is my holiday guide in interview format with some tips from Mela Purdie the goddess of travel style herself thrown in!                    

     

What are your essential fashion items for travelling in comfort and style? 

- Basic jersey hip length tank and leggings, the perfect building base for a comfortable in-transit outfit. You can easily throw a light tunic over the top and a topper coat if necessary for temperature changes at your destinations. 

- A light knit or wide wrap scarf, indispensible on planes and in airports where climate control can be all over the place! Packs down small but offers a layer of comfort to take the chill off.

Mela Purdie Spring Jacket in fine Italian cotton

- A stretch denim skinny pant in black, comfy and stylish for day with a jersey tee or top and easily dressed up for night with a silky Charmeuse blouse. 

Mela Purdie Panel Legging in 2 Way stretch denim

- As mentioned above, at least one blouse in the stunning Charmeuse, it is non-crinkle, non-iron - perfect for dinner when you're straight off the plane and suits any other dressy/casual occasions and is light enough to wear in the heat, yet with a layering basic underneath can be sensibly warm for a cool climate.

Mela Purdie Ribbon Blouse Charmeuse

Mela Purdie Ribbon Blouse in Charmeuse 

- A mousseline top or dress. The genius 1-2 hour wash to dry time and non-iron nature of the Mousseline fabric makes it absolutely essential in the travellers case. Straddling the line between dressy and casual, it's the perfect multitasking fabric and goes back naturally with jersey and stretch denim co ordinates. Best of all it packs down to next to nothing!

Mela Purdie Shirt Dress in Mousseline

- A lightweight showerproof trench or coat in memory fabric. It packs down super small, and you just shake it back into shape - choose a neutral colour and a classic style that will never go out of fashion and will complement any outfit. My suggestion: The Spring Anorak by Mela Purdie

Mela Purdie Spring Anorak

- Not too many pairs of shoes!!! Most importantly comfortable flat shoes. My pick is a pair of leather brogues or loafer styles. Effortlessly stylish and suit a multitude of fashion pieces. I like patent leather as the shine makes them dressier if need be. I would also pack one pair of comfortable but dressy heels or wedges in a neutral colour for dressier occasions or have these in mind when shopping at my destination!

     

Lanvin leather brogues (left) and Paul Smith Leather loafers (both in my dreams!)

 

How to pack these items with care and space efficiency?

I like to roll my clothes, Mela Purdie suggests leaving hangers on whatever you can and simply rolling items up together with hangers. When you arrive at your destination you simply pull them out and hang them in your hotel closet. Mela's fabrics travel so well you shouldn't need to wait too long for the creases to drop out, if at all!

Pack heavier items like shoes at the wheel/bottom end of your case so they don't fall down and crush other items when the case is standing.

Separate all liquids & cosmetics from clothes in sealed plastic in a separate compartment if possible, I have had the disaster of a broken tube of lotion squirting all over my case contents. Not ideal!

Wrap anything more breakable in clothes for padding and protection. My partner managed to get a 16 piece dinnerware set back here from Sweden safely by wrapping each piece in an item of clothing!


What are your essential makeup/skincare items for the flight and beyond?

  • Flights can be very drying, so I always have a hand cream, paw paw ointment for dry lips and my favourite hydrating face spray by Avene - thermal spring water in a spray can. Spritz it on your face for a refreshing and skin hydrating boost. I love Diptyque moisturing lotion it has a lasting silky texture and hydrates for hours with a stunning fresh and floral scent. A bit of luxury goes a long way when you're stuck on a plane for 15 hours.

Avene Thermal Spring water spray (left), Lucas' Papaw Ointment (both available at Priceline) and Diptyque body lotion available from Mecca Cosmetica

  • Always pack tissues and carry them around with you everywhere. You never know when you will need them - like when you arrive in China and the public toilets do not supply toilet paper! Ditto for hand sanitiser lotion.
  • Sunscreen (a great option is tinted moisturiser with a good spf factor) and a good fake tanning/bronzing lotion for emergencies!
  • My makeup essentials for when you can only have the bare minimum are blush, mascara and an illuminating concealer like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (there is a reason one of these sells every 5 seconds across the world - it's amazing and the creamy formula is great for older skin). This is great for covering dark circles under the eye when you are jet lagged or simply sleep deprived, and covers any blemishes too. Mascara makes eyes appear bigger and brighter, and blush or a facial illuminator gives life to your face. If you can have a bright lippy on hand that will always lift your look also.

     

From left: YSL Touche Eclat concealer (David Jones, Myer), Hourglass Film Noir Mascara, Nars cream illuminator series (both Mecca Cosmetica), Tom Ford Lipstick (David Jones)

  • Lastly, DON'T FORGET YOUR TOOTHBRUSH!!!
How do you break up the monotony of the flight?
I read, and read, and read. If my book is good reading chews up hours easily, and when my eyes get tired of that I'll watch a movie on my iPad. The iPad/tablet pc is a godsend on long flights!

 

 

What was the highlight of your last trip overseas?

My last trip overseas was to China for the wedding of a friend. Naturally I'd have to say the wedding was a highlight, the couple were Australian-Scot/Chinese and it was a perfectly east/west fused ceremony. We had several rooms in an amazingly opulent yet somehow decrepit hotel shared with several other good friends who had made the trip over from Aus, and the ceremony was held on an island in the stunning grounds attached to the hotel. Afterwards was a traditional Dragon procession which is apparently not that common with drummers and then a chinese banquet for 300 at which we were served Baijo, a plate of cigarettes and a multitude of delicacies including preserved pigeon heads complete with eyes and open beaks!

Another highlight of course was climbing the Great Wall which was a tough walk (see my sweaty pink face below!), and the trip there and back was memorable as we had an amazing driver who had taught himself English from a phrasebook and dictionary. He had incredibly good English, but we did have to teach him a couple of words as we were quite confused when he told us of his dream to move to the country and keep in his living room "A bird in a bag". After some gesticulating we realised this meant a bird in a birdcage!! So we taught him 'birdcage' and wrote it in his dictionary for him. He took us to a local resaurant on the way home where we had fish that was caught right in front of our eyes on the banks of a gorgeous river.

 

What is your must see destination in the next year?

I am off to Japan in April next year and can't wait to see the cherry blossom festival, the red Torii gates in Kyoto (as famously depicted in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) and the craziness of Tokyo city, the twinkling of Kobe at night and shopping in Shibuya! And stuffing myself with Ramen and soaking in natural hot springs!

I hope this has given you something to think about when planning your next trip!

Bec xo


 

Turn old jumpers into cosy modern knitted cushions with this easy sewing project

Posted Fri, 19/07/2013 - 11:45

First up - I cannot take credit for this post - the excellent pictures and instructions come from Jones Design Company - visit them here.

This is such a great idea, we all have those daggy old jumpers lying around that are too 'good' to get rid of, but too old to wear outside the house or perhaps grocery shopping, but even that is pushing it for mine! 

I really love how cosy these cushions are, they're so inviting and this tutorial is so easy you can make several for a great textural effect.

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Here is what you’ll need:

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:: an old jumper (op shops are a great resource for these if you don't have any lying around)

:: pillow form

:: scissors, tape measure, pins

:: sewing machine

:: needle & thread

STEP ONE: cut the arms off the jumper

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STEP TWO: cut out the front and back of the pillow

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measure the insert to determine the size of the pillow adding 1/2 inch to each side for seam allowance {my pillow form was 16 inches, so I cut the sweater to 17 inches}

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measure and cut {I cut both front and back at one time being sure to keep the two pieces lined up}.

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You will have two identical pieces.

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STEP THREE: pin right sides together

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STEP FIVE: stitch around the perimeter of the pillow

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Using a regular stitch, be sure to leave an opening at the bottom of the pillow and back stitch several times to secure.

STEP SIX: trim the edges

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cut the corners at a diagonal and trim excess material from the seam allowances

STEP SEVEN: turn right side out

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STEP EIGHT: add the insert and hand-stitch close

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So cozy!

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Posted by Bec x

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Inspiration from Norwood - How to wear Lauren Vidal and M.A. Dainty

Posted Mon, 08/07/2013 - 12:42

Jane from our Norwood store sent me these lovely shots of her gorgeous window displays in our Parade store, to help us all see new ways to layer and work with the beautiful new Lauren Vidal and M.A. Dainty...

Thanks Jane! xo