Monthly Archives: April 2013

How to Wear the Vintage Vibe

As promised yesterday, today I am sharing with you one of my “how to wear the vintage vibe” looks. This look is VERY 70s and I have to tell you…I L-O-V-E it!

Thanks to the fantastic team at Mitchell Harris Wines for letting me use the wine bar for this shoot. Not only did it mean I got to include my love of vintage but my current fascination with graffiti…and love for Mitchell Harris Wines.

Hopefully you’ll remember my post last week about 7 Reasons Mitchell Harris is my Favourite Wine so there is no need to introduce you to the location…just the look!

The Look: This look absolutely started with the vintage shirt purchased from “Lost & Found” in Melbourne. I loved the print, colour and cut of this shirt. Absolutely everything about it was screaming 70s. So I just went with that vibe! Which meant the bell-bottomed J Brand Jeans were the natural to pair with this shirt. With the 70s vibe going strong I opted for being brave and went full vintage ahead.

Platform shoes! And not just any platforms but blue suede platforms. And not just blue suede platforms but cork-heeled! It couldn’t get much more vintage in a shoe could it?

To finish off the 70s vintage vibe, I’m wearing my owl necklace that belonged to my mother (even though it is a vintage piece we all know how popular owls have been the last couple of years). Some huge gold jangling earrings carried on the free-spirit feeling. Then to keep it a little neutral, a brown leather handbag, plain brown chiffon neck scarf and a brown felt hat. All three subtly saying 70s. A mix of copper, blue and wood bracelets finish the whole look off.

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What do you think? Is it too costume or very wearable?

I really want to know what you think of my how to wear the vintage vibe look.



Lost and Found in Melbourne

The Fashion Mister has been holding out on me! I have been here over 10 years and he just now introduces me to the “Lost & Found Markets” in Melbourne. About a month ago he actually showed me to the first location of Lost & Found just off Smith Street. Two floors of vintage treasures!

It was fantastic! I bought the wool blue shift-dress That I shared with you all there. I also purchased a totally cool retro shirt there that I’ll share tomorrow.

So two weeks after taking me there, the Fashion Mister informs me that at the other end of the street in Brunswick there is a Lost & Found Weekend Market! In an even bigger space! So off we went. I found tons of things that I wanted. Tried on a few things and had to leave with a totally cute vintage French black with white polka-dots dress. I have an idea on how I’m going to be styling it so I can share it with you very soon.

Two trips to these stores (1 each) and I have already purchased 3 items. I have a funny feeling I will be finding a lot more at the Lost & Found shops in Melbourne.

Do you have a favourite vintage shop?


I’m Loving…Melbourne!

Yep, I’m STILL loving Melbourne!

It is after all one of my top five cities in the world. And this weekend was just more reason to love it! If we don’t count the ANZAC Day football. But then the fact that my team lost isn’t Melbourne’s fault. Thursday was a public holiday and the Fashion Mister and I took Friday off so we could spend some time in one of our favourite cities.

We played tourist a bit. My sister and niece are coming over from the US for Christmas and we decided to check out a hotel and see what all was in walking distance. While wandering around we found another of Melbourne’s cool little lane-ways getting a make-over.

When we first walked past it, I’m pretty sure I got high just from smelling the fumes wafting out the end of the lane. You see it really is undergoing a transformation and there were several taggers/artists down the lane getting their paint on. When we walked by it the second time about an hour later, it was safe enough to step inside and get a few shots without fulling contaminating my lungs.

The Look: It’s not really grunge. This look really doesn’t have a specific style. It’s just what I wear on the weekend! It started with my J Brand bell-bottom jeans and a floral cotton button-down from H&M. The jeans were bought from two years ago and the shirt from H&M the last time I was in the US also about two years ago. Because the weather is beginning to cool I opted for my faux-fur vest to keep the wind out.

Also mandatory for the time of year, a scarf. This one was purchased last year when in Melbourne for the Spring Fashion Festival. The blue and grey of the scarf played well with the blue and grey in the print on the shirt, which allowed for the print clashing. Because the J Brand jeans are EXTREMELY long, I had to wear high heels and the best pair I own for walking around are my Wittner sneaker heels that I also bought last year during the Spring Fashion Festival. My good old quilted black handbag and some silver jewelry finished off the look.

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While we were wandering around town I FINALLY found a pair of Converse that I had to have. I’ll share them with you later.

We met up with some friends for dinner at a Thai restaurant called Lemongrass. The food was fantastic! I had soft-shell crab and a totally amazing lychee martini! YUM!

Just more reasons that I’m STILL loving Melbourne!

10 Wardrobe Essentials from the Past Year

Because we are revisiting my 10 wardrobe essentials, I thought it would be important to walk the walk and show you some of the many outfits that I have worn from the past year that have included my essentials.

As I was going back over photos from the past year I really didn’t find that many. However, what I realized is that I wear these essential pieces all the time, they just don’t often make it into the photos I share with you because they are those “basic” items that get worn over and over again. So I’m thinking I’m going to need to make a point of actually getting more photos from those “regular” days to show off how much the basics, really are basic!

Here are a few of the ways I wore some of my wardrobe essentials over the past year.

These are all the same little black dress just worn seven different ways. That alone should prove it is a wardrobe essential!

Here are a few different ways I have worn my favourite white t-shirt over the past year.

And finishing off with a few of my other looks using the wardrobe essentials.

I do promise to get a few more photos of those days when I use my wardrobe essentials, even if they are pretty basic looks.

What items in your wardrobe do you consider essentials?


Those Magic 10 Wardrobe Essentials

Next in the continuing review of those 10 magic wardrobe essentials is a look back at some of the outfits I put together using them! After all, they wouldn’t be wardrobe essentials if we didn’t use them regularly to create many different looks.

These are some very basic looks created from the 10 Wardrobe Essentials that can take you just about anywhere and only required the essentials, and the bonus item, with a few pieces of jewelry. Five different looks, all classics, all chic and all easy as to put together from the basic wardrobe essentials.

Which after all, is the point of building a capsule wardrobe of essentials. So you have easy options for mixing and matching and can get dressed without putting too much thought into it!

Tomorrow, I will share some photos pulled together of other looks I have worn over the past 9 months that also highlighted these fantastic 10 wardrobe essentials. Hopefully this is giving you a chance to think about what items you have in your wardrobe that are essential to creating your classic style.

It’s Still Fashionable to Remember

I hope my Australian friends forgive in that I don’t think I will be able to do ANZAC Day justice but because I love Australia and all that ANZAC Day stands for, I really do think it’s still fashionable to remember the fallen.

ANZAC Day Sunrise

ANZAC Day Sunrise

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand,a rare instance of two sovereign countries not only sharing the same remembrance day, but making reference to both countries in its name.

After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, a dawn stand-to or dawn ceremony became a common form of Anzac Day remembrance during the 1920s.

Anzac Day is a national public holiday and is considered by many Australians to be one of the most solemn days of the year. Marches by veterans from all past wars, as well as current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and Reserves, with allied veterans as well as the Australian Defence Force Cadets and Australian Air League and supported by members of Scouts Australia, Guides Australia, and other uniformed service groups, are held in cities and towns nationwide. The Anzac Day March from each state capital is televised live with commentary. These events are generally followed by social gatherings of veterans, hosted either in a public house or in an RSL club, often including a traditional Australian gambling game called two-up, which was an extremely popular pastime with ANZAC soldiers. The importance of this tradition is demonstrated by the fact that though most Australian states have laws forbidding gambling outside of designated licensed venues, on Anzac Day it is legal to play “two-up”.

Despite federation being proclaimed in Australia in 1901, it is argued that the “national identity” of Australia was largely forged during the violent conflict of World War I, and the most iconic event in the war for most Australians was the landing at Gallipoli. Dr. Paul Skrebels of the University of South Australia has noted that Anzac Day has continued to grow in popularity; even the threat of a terrorist attack at the Gallipoli site in 2004 did not deter some 15,000 Australians from making the pilgrimage to Turkey to commemorate the fallen ANZAC troops.

During many wars, Australian rules football matches have been played overseas in places like northern Africa, Vietnam, and Iraq as a celebration of Australian culture and as a bonding exercise between soldiers. In 1975, the VFL/AFL first commemorated Anzac Day and the Anzac spirit with a match of Australian rules football between Essendon and Carlton in a one-off match in front of a large crowd of 77,770 at VFL Park, Waverley, with Essendon coming out winners.


The modern-day tradition began in 1995 and is played every year between traditional AFL rivals Collingwood and Essendon at the MCG. This annual blockbuster is often considered the biggest match of the AFL season outside of the finals, sometimes drawing bigger crowds than all but the Grand Final, and often selling out in advance; a record crowd of 94,825 people attended the inaugural match in 1995. The Anzac Medal is awarded to the player in the match who best exemplifies the Anzac Spirit – skill, courage, self-sacrifice, teamwork and fair play.

ANZAC Day Aussie Rules - Collingwood v. Essendon

ANZAC Day Aussie Rules – Collingwood v. Essendon

For those who know me, they know I am a HUGE fan of Australian Rules Football, and in fact a supporter of Collingwood. Which means just like every year since I have moved to Australia, I will be sitting with nearly 100,000 other people at the MCG, enjoying the freedom that others have given so much to ensure.

Thank you to all the ANZACs past and present. In my heart, mind and spirit, it is still fashionable to remember.

Lest We Forget.


7 Reasons Why Mitchell Harris is my Favourite Wine

This may be one of the easiest lists I have ever made. In fact limiting myself to only 7 reasons why Mitchell Harris is my favourite wine might be tough!

If you haven’t had a Mitchell Harris wine – you need to soon!

7 Reasons why Mitchell Harris is my Favourite Wine:

1.  The Rose – this is not NOT some silly sweet Rose that may as well be sugar-water. This is a beautiful dry and savory drop that is PERFECT to drink when the weather warms and it makes a great accompaniment to Turkey. Which is perfect for paying homage to my American roots and celebrating American Thanksgiving in the warm weather of November.

2.  The Fume’ – I have to admit, I didn’t even know what Fume’ was until after meeting the Mitchell’s and Harris’. But man am I glad to have been introduced. It’s made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes and almost has a bubbly texture. Impossible for a novice like me to describe but even more impossible for me to put down!

3.  The Sangiovese – It’s all black cherries and dark chocolate and completely amazing! One of my all time favourite drops of all the grapes because it goes so well with many of my favourite foods.

4.  If you have met the Mitchell Harris team – you will love them instantly. Four of the nicest, most friendly and passionate about good wine and food, young people I have ever met. Yes, I say young people because none of them is over 45 and I know they have been at this dream for at least 10 years.

5.  They have opened a tasting cellar/ wine bar here in Ballarat that has quickly become my favourite place to go with the Fashion Mister. The four owners are there regularly…actually all the time according to Alicia…the staff are some of the best in the region and you are welcomed and comfortable whether you are one or 10.

6.  The wine bar is B-E-A-U-T-F-U-L! They have taken an old tired brick building that was once a white-goods shop and transformed it into a  lovely open space by taking everything back to the brick walls and wood floors. It’s like having a cool Melbourne/Brunswick spot here in Ballarat.

7.  They have the tiniest kitchen ever and some truly amazing food comes out of it! They had been working with a local artisan baker to get just the right brioche bun to go with their Pulled-Pork sliders and I can tell you they are AMAZING! The Fashion Mister and I were practically fighting over them last week.

I could go on and on but I’ll show you the rest. You may have already seen some of the upstairs function room in my shift dress post or yesterdays “What to Wear” post.

There are the first 7 reasons why Mitchell Harris is my favourite wine!


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