Category Archives: Fashion

|| Neutral ||

One day I will be able to justify wearing this sort of outfit everyday while I am hustling and bringing TFJ to life.
I kind of realised that I plan outfits like “if I were to walk around LA getting ready to interview Joe Jonas, what would I wear?”
It totally works though, because what motivates you more than the possibility of wearing a great outfit while meeting Joe Jonas?
The answer: Nothing.
PS: I just bought this skirt and am super excited
PPS: My next big purchase is definitely going to be this Furla Metropolis Mini hip bag.
PPPS: How freaking cool is this feather necklace?!
|| Neutral ||

 

Shop the look || Neutral || by thefashionjournals below!

Free People top
26 AUD – zalando.co.uk

Balenciaga motorcycle jacket
3 590 AUD – balenciaga.com

Boohoo midi skirt
18 AUD – boohoo.com

Black pumps
60 AUD – publicdesire.co.uk

Furla crossbody purse
430 AUD – shop.harpersbazaar.com

Bib necklace
farfetch.com

|| Predicaments ||

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I am in the middle of a great predicament.
I want a credit card.
Not just any credit card, though; I want a David Jones card.
“Why the specificity?” you may ask.
Every one of the items in this edit are available to purchase at DJs with an awesome ‘Fashion Pay Later’ option, which gives you three months interest free on fashion and accessories over $250.
More than that though, I can get a staff discount so really, having a DJs card could be really, really dangerous.
Hence the predicament.

Warehouse beige top
71 AUD – warehouse.co.uk

Victoria Beckham black trousers
1 505 AUD – farfetch.com

Christian Louboutin pointed toe pumps
990 AUD – neimanmarcus.com

Gucci mini crossbody purse
1 080 AUD – net-a-porter.com

I am back and I am sorry

Winter #3

 

I am so sorry for not posting for over a week! In the mean time, I’ve been working on a sister blog called TFJ UNI STYLE. It originally started solely because I had an assignment where I had to create a unique blog based on a passion, and now I have heaps of things planned for it because I think it’s something that can really benefit my uni student reader demographic.

With that being said though, TFJ is my BAE and I just haven’t had a chance this past week to spend some quality time on it. Rest assured though, that as of this Thursday I will be on a two month break from uni so there will literally be a post every day.

This outfit idea came to me when I tried on the Max Mara Rialto hooded coat but wasn’t a massive fan of the sleeves. I loved the idea of a structured camel vest with statement leather pants, so I teamed this Theory trench with Yves Saint Laurent pants. I absolutely love the texture of the A Wang bag and how it gives the outfit a nice twist. I think my next major bag purchase will definitely be one of the Alexander Wang Rockie bags, I absolutely love them.

Shop the look in the links below!

Theory trench coat
960 AUD – matchesfashion.com

Yves Saint Laurent black pants
2 820 AUD – montaignemarket.com

Acne Studios black boots
725 AUD – openingceremony.us

Alexander Wang handbag
1 010 AUD – bergdorfgoodman.com

Big Bang Mid Neck
mimco.com.au

The best of Witchery outerwear that you NEED this winter

The best of Witchery outerwear that you NEED this winter

If there’s one Australian brand that I absolutely love, it’s Witchery, and every single winter they manage to release the best jackets and coats. This season in particular includes the most versatile colours and styles that I can guarantee will be investment pieces that you can wear for years to come.

Above I’ve put together an edit of my favourites of this season, top of my wish list is the moss green bomber jacket, followed ever so closely by the camel trench coat.

You can shop the Witchery outerwear in the links below!

Witchery grey top
witchery.com.au

Witchery maxi coat
witchery.com.au

Witchery wool coat
witchery.com.au

Witchery trench coat
witchery.com.au

Witchery
witchery.com.au

Witchery green jacket
witchery.com.au

MET Gala 2015

You win this time, Bieber.

I had a lot of difficulty deciding on my favourite looks from the Met Gala. This is because when it comes to an event like this, the main thing you have to consider is theme, and then you go from there and implement your personal style and design preferences.

I think I should start off by saying something nice, because I think that this year’s Met Gala was probably the most boring and uninspired of them all.

Okay, I know, I was meant to say nice things and I didn’t get off to a good start… 

I’m not going to lie, I liked Kim Kardashian’s gown and thought that the details were incredible, however, I don’t think it suited the theme of this year’s Met Gala, which was China: Through the looking glass. Same with Beyoncé; I think we all know that I absolutely love her, but Bey, I do not get the inspiration behind your dress (or rather, lack of). For any other occasion, I think Beyoncé looked absolutely stunning. Seriously, she looked incredible, but I think the attention from her gown deterred attention from the overarching theme of the night.

Moving on to my favourite looks of the night, I think Rihanna nailed it. 

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Rih was in Guo Pei, and I think that the detailing on the dress achieved an oriental look, and the fabrics worked fabulously together to create an outstanding look.

Out of the men, Justin Bieber hit the nail on the head.

metLike I said before, embrace the theme but put your own spin to it, and that’s exactly what the Biebs did. This Balmain look was sophisticated and has the ability to be worn off of the red carpet. 10/10.

Okay, can I get a round of applause for Jessica Hart?

metOut of all the women, Rihanna aside, Jessica Hart had my vote for best dressed. It is a perfect combination of the design aspects of the Chinese culture, and equal part modern style. The colour is gorgeous and it’s a perfect balance of simplicity and elegance. It’s just, like I said, perfect. We should also give a standing ovation to the Valentino team.

While I planned this post I though “yes, I am going to have my favourites in order” but honestly I think these are all actually equal favourites, yes, some stood out more than others but I appreciate them all the same.

Next is Fan Bingbing. I’m going to be completely honest and say I didn’t know who she was until I saw this incredible emerald cape gliding down the red carpet, then she turned around. It was like a Cinderella moment, I needed to know who she was, and I really hoped she would drop the cape so I could fly over there and pick it up and keep it find her to give it back.

I feel I should also mention Kendall Jenner, who looked absolutely stunning in this Calvin Klein gown.

metThis is probably my only exception to the ‘theme rule’ because when you think about it, Calvin Klein is known for simplicity, and I guess the colour matches the theme. I’m going to justify it because I love this look and I think Kendall looked stunning.

I think what disappointed me most was that the whole concept of the ball was forgotten by most. It is a themed costume benefit gala, and we have actresses like Reece Witherspoon and the Olsen twins who wore the most basic pieces in history. There was no costume aspect to it. None, it purely seemed like the haute couture version of lazy.

Finally, my last bone to pick is with these people. First thing’s first, in 2014 Beyoncé wowed everyone with her Michael Costello floral-lace dress at the Grammy’s, and now these women, including Beyoncé herself, have tried to replicate the look but make it look like they didn’t (does that make sense?)

 

(Hover over photos for details)

Don’t get me wrong, they all look absolutely incredible, but come on ladies, be creative, I get this is a trend and making a statement on a world wide platform is the goal, but every gown has the right occasion, and this wasn’t it.

Then there are these ladies, who are ready for the after party before the ball even began.

To end this on a good note, I’d like to point out my favourite gowns in general, regardless of the occasion.

Sportsluxe & culottes

I finally got around to buying a pair of culottes!

Like most things that I try to photograph, I couldn’t capture how great they actually look.I know, I’m barking up my own tree but honestly I don’t care, it’s too good not to share!

I’ve also styled the culottes with a white turtleneck shirt, which looksgreat as well. I’ve tried (and failed) to do a ‘view from the top’ photo with the white shirt as well, just to show how versatile the culottes actually are!

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(Excuse the quality, I was in the David Jones reserve right before I got changed into my work uniform)

Here I’ve used metallic leather VANS, but like in my first culottes post, they can be easily styled with any type of shoe, and personally I prefer them with pointed boots just because it gives the look a more polished feel.

 

Culottes: Sportsgirl

Ribbed turtle neck: ASOS

Coat: Bardot (no longer available)

Shoes: VANS (these are the ‘Glitter’ style in silver, but the style has now been changed from metallic leather to sequins)

PS: sorry for being ridiculously un-photogenic! 

So simple but so chic

//Winter//

 

Okay, let’s just appreciate how easy this outfit is to
A) replicate
and
B) wear in general
You can literally wear this outfit during the day (granted that your lifestyle allows it) and then wear it during the evening, and it’s still comfortable and adaptable.

Turtle neck crop top
17 AUD – chiarafashion.co.uk

White top
mimco.com.au

Skirt
bardot.com.au

CÉLINE pre owned handbag
2 945 AUD – tradesy.com

EDIE MARY JANE
mimco.com.au

If I lived in London…

It’s no secret that if I found a briefcase with at least $15,000, the first thing I would do is go to the airport with an empty suitcase and move to London.

It’s okay, I’m not being completely unrealistic, I have family there and accommodation can be organised so it’s not a stupid idea, I assure you.

Lately, the wanderlust has been real and every time I shop, a motto runs through my head: “This would look awesome in London”.

With that being said, my “If I lived in London” shopping wishlist continues to grow every time I open a new internet tab.

PS: Don’t try to tell me that these items of clothing aren’t as cool as I think they are. I won’t listen.

I also have devised a list of 10 legitimate reasons why I should go to London.

1. I miss my family who live there.

2. I like cold weather.

3. I can experiment with fashion with desirable results.

4. I speak English.

5. British Pound Sterling. Have you seen how low the cost of living is there compared to Australia? (let’s forget about the crap exchange rates) MAC lipsticks are £16 compared to $36 AUD.

5. There are endless paid internships available in the fashion industry (I know this because I follow @fashionworkie on Twitter)

6. I love Shakespeare.

7. I’m studying probably the most versatile degree ever, London offers plenty of courses that co-inside with my degree (I have also looked into this with great detail)

8. I like British bands

9. I’m happy with the monarchal government (and it’s future leaders)

10. I can do the best British accent ever.

PS: This is all hypothetical, Mum…

2,000 subs?!

JUST HIT 2,000 SUBSCRIBERS ON TFJ

I seriously cannot believe it! Almost two years and in such a short time we’ve come so far!

I know, 2,000 may not seem like a lot, but to someone who didn’t even think that anyone would see this blog, it’s a lot. Not to mention the fact that all I’ve ever wanted was to be able to influence people; to have a platform where I could be completely honest and opinionated, and people would listen. Now I have 2,000 people listening and I’m starting to think that I’m doing something right.

One thing’s for sure though, and it’s that The Fashion Journals has been a pretty solo ride. Everything that you see i’ve put together in hopes that it’s what people want to see, but I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to not only work for myself, but for you. At the end of the day, I can read and re-read the content that I put up but that won’t mean a thing if I’m the only person gaining from this. I want this blog to benefit every reader in the same way that writing it benefits me. I’ve found myself in a world where anything is possible, where the most unlikely of people can create something that can grow to be influential. Let’s be real, for anyone who knew me, you would never have thought that I of all people would be writing a fashion blog, yet here I am, and I’m loving every minute of it. To tell you the truth, since starting TFJ my mind has never stopped working, and it’s exhausting, but I’m so passionate about this that I don’t care, doing this gives me a reason to strive for things, to work hard so that one day I can dedicate myself solely to The Fashion Journals.

In order to do this, I want to encourage you to connect as much as possible. I want to write this for you, so I need you to tell me what you want to see. Is there a piece of clothing that you have an have no idea to style it? Is there an event you want me to cover? Curious about a beauty product? Just ask!

So, finally, I want to thank everyone for your support, without each and every one of you, I probably wouldn’t be so focused on building TFJ to be all that it can be. This site wouldn’t have the life and atmosphere that it does if it weren’t for you, so thank you.

xx DS

Fairy floss

I just really, really like tulle skirts and a chic ballerina look.
Fairy floss

Alexander Wang short jersey top
305 AUD – theoutnet.com

David Koma black skirt
1 435 AUD – hlorenzo.com

Sophia Webster grey shoes
1 475 AUD – fwrd.com

Kenzo pink handbag
315 AUD – shopbop.com

Nocturne collar necklace
615 AUD – luisaviaroma.com

Swarovski jewelry
90 AUD – swarovski.com

Belt
94 AUD – mintvelvet.co.uk

Wildfox cat sunglasses
230 AUD – dollskill.com

Benefit eye makeup
31 AUD – macys.com

Nars cosmetic
39 AUD – narscosmetics.com

Too Faced Cosmetics lipstick
27 AUD – beauty.com

Christian Dior perfume fragrance
100 AUD – boots.com

I just want to see the world

I just want to get away

I have a serious case of wanderlust and it’s not going away!

Knowing that Coachella is happening and i’m not there is making it worse, and so is watching any TV show that’s based in New York. Let’s not even get me started on my desperate need to go to London.

I just really want to travel the world and feel those emotions that I felt when I was away exactly two years ago. It’s been two years too long.

Due to my wanderlust I created this edit. It’s just one of those “if I were getting on a plane right now what would I wear?” edits. Yes, I would wear jeans, I could sleep in jeans if I wanted to.

Here’s to staying in school and the thought of dancing at Coachella.

gatsby

by thefashionjournals featuring

Miss Selfridge gray t shirt
32 AUD – missselfridge.com

Slim jeans
urbanoutfitters.com

Big Bang Mid Neck
mimco.com.au

Alexander Wang leather crossbody handbag
1 070 AUD – thecorner.com

Royce Leather leather travel wallet
65 AUD – bluefly.com

Bangle jewelry
mimco.com.au

Stella Dot gold scarve
89 AUD – stelladot.com

Le Specs hippie sunglasses
97 AUD – veryexclusive.co.uk

Victoria s Secret toiletry kit
41 AUD – victoriassecret.com

NARS Cosmetics travel toiletry bag
185 AUD – selfridges.com

World Travel Journal by Hayden Leather
125 AUD – roztayger.com

No longer are we the sans culottes

I know, I couldn’t help the french revolution reference to the Sans Culottes.

I’ve been seeing culottes around for a long time but for some reason the idea didn’t hit me until I was in Sportsgirl the other day and saw a pair. I didn’t have time to try them on, but I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Coincidentally, I then got a voucher for Sportsgirl, so maybe it’s a sign?

Either way I thought I should try and style them, and I came up with these two options, one for summer, one for winter. The colour of the culottes is so versatile and chic (maybe even more so than black) and I figure that, as they are a statement piece, they should be a colour other than black.

I think the best way to wear culottes is by teaming them with a fitted top, and if need be, an oversized, yet structured coat. I think that although culottes in themselves are a statement, but I think that you definitely need to accessorise, because it will pull the whole look together. The shape and location of the culottes need something to tie the whole look together and flatter your shape. Simple things like a crop top and a long necklace paired with culottes gives the outfit dimension, which I believe is needed with culottes.

I’ve also seen culottes worn with an oversized neoprene top, but I think that the structure of the top must compliment the culottes because without some sort of shape, I think it would look horrible. Culottes
Get the look in the edit below!

Topshop top
29 AUD – topshop.com

Crop top
16 AUD – newlook.com

Long coat
64 AUD – blackfive.com

N°21 brown shorts
640 AUD – farfetch.com

Jeffrey Campbell black boots
305 AUD – nastygal.com

Valentino ballerina shoes
1 165 AUD – liberty.co.uk

Kenzo slim wallet
365 AUD – shopbop.com

Proenza Schouler black purse
2 220 AUD – barneys.com

H M pendants necklace
20 AUD – hm.com

Crystal earrings
mimco.com.au

Choker necklace
160 AUD – vanessamooney.com

Bangle bracelet
mimco.com.au

Mamma Mia!

Dolce and Gabbana’s most recent collection seen at Milan Fashion Week celebrates le mamme; Paying homage to the inspiring, strong, beautiful women who raised us. Aside from the incredibly detailed and stunning looks, what caught my attention was the babies being walked down the runway with their model mothers, and also, the beautiful Dolce regular, Bianca Balti walking the runway heavily pregnant!

I guess this concept makes sense considering a few months ago, their men’s collection celebrated la famiglia, which is a nice reminder that even in the big, crazy world of fashion, family is still so focal to the designers and their muses.

I personally was very inspired by this concept, which is why I’ve decided to dedicate a whole post to this one show, rather than a collaborative, “looking back” post like I have planned and prepped with the highlights of fashion month.

La Parisienne

La Parisienne

Who is the perfectly imperfect woman who is filled with pride, desire and ambition, who is her own oxymoron? It’s la parisienne 

Osklen black v neck dress
695 AUD – farfetch.com

Chanel pre owned shoes
665 AUD – tradesy.com

CÉLINE black bag
4 845 AUD – portero.com

Givenchy chain jewelry
3 820 AUD – barneys.com

Givenchy bracelet jewelry
1 320 AUD – selfridges.com

Chanel stainless steel watch
7 145 AUD – luxurybazaar.com

Rose engagement ring
1 195 AUD – mdcdiamonds.com

Nars cosmetic
62 AUD – johnlewis.com

Red lipstick
20 AUD – manicpanic.biz

Black eye makeup
41 AUD – marcjacobs.com

Chanel moisturizing lipstick
45 AUD – beautyencounter.com

Topshop Topman Student Lates

Don’t ask why it’s called “Student Lates”, because I’m not entirely sure… However I did have a good time at this Topshop event in Melbourne’s Emporium Topshop Topman store. Seriously, who would say no to 20% off everything, free popcorn and free drinks? Not me!

I’ve had my eye on Topshop’s capes for a really long time, and I tried them on a while ago, but couldn’t justify spending $78 on something that reminded me of a blanket. Technically, I liked the idea of wearing something that seemed like a blanket, especially since I was going to be at university and thought that it would be cool to sit in a cold lecture theatre with something that resembled a blanket but was acceptable to actually wear out in public.

I also tried on a pair of their black Joni jeans and I actually liked them! Every pair of jeans I have, and will ever own from Topshop are Jamie’s and I swear by them, but I think these will be my next jean purchase, they’re so comfortable and they don’t feel like jeans at all!

In the end, however, I did decide to get the black and white cape, and I can’t wait until Melbourne delivers a nice, cold autumn day and I can wear it without looking like an idiot.