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Okay so can we talk about the BS sizing at Brandy Melville? (and wtf is up with Vogue’s boob shaming?)

One size fits all? No worries, this top barely holds both boobs, but all women are built the same, true?

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We be all night

We be all night

Neutral basics combined to create a flattering, elegant look which can take you from day to night.

You honestly can’t go wrong with boxy tees and midi skirts! It’s also about the simple heel and the efficient clutch!

This edit encapsulates all of my most recent fashion and beauty obsessions!

Just a quick “study break” upload!

xx DS

Studded shoes
gojane.com

Cartier jewelry
truefacet.com

Olivia Burton watch
$115 – harveynichols.com

Pink ring
therealreal.com

Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana lipstick
$38 – mobile.harrods.com

Home decor
mimco.com.au

An organised mess

Wardrobes can be a woman’s best friend and worst enemy.

I’ve had a few emails asking to see my wardrobe, and it’s nothing special in comparison to some other wardrobes, but the contents of that wardrobe is something i’m gradually becoming very proud of.

But, there is one thing that I cannot stand, and that it is clutter. I can’t think, I can’t focus and I can’t make decisions, therefore a messy wardrobe is not an option for me.

Above are photos of my wardrobe, which may look a bit messy to you, but to me, it is an organised haven of possible outfits and accessories!

I literally have everything hanging in an order… By memory it goes

  • Newest pieces
  • Skirts
  • Jeans
  • Singlets
  • Cami’s
  • Plain T-shirts
  • Printed T-shirts
  • Open/Button up knits
  • Knitted jumpers (Organised by brand)
  • Hoodies
  • Active Wear
  • Vests
  • Jackets
  • Coats
  • Sentimental pieces that can’t be flattened into a box

I know, It sounds almost OCD, but it’s not, in fact, it’s actually one of the best systems I could have thought of. I can literally get ready in record time, and when i’m out organising an outfit or shopping, I can picture everything I have, this way I can make sure that I purchase things that will will go well with other pieces that I already own.

My shoes used to be in a massive pile on the floor until I converted an old TV unit into a shoe rack and organised everything, same with the bags, they were in a small box, but I couldn’t even deal seeing my bags out of shape, crumpled, without even being able to see what I have.

Sometimes your ‘Wardrobe malfunctions’ are literally due to the state of your wardrobe, and I can say that from experience!

Yes. That is Iron Man on the right, and yes, that is Logan Lerman, One Direction and the Jonas Brothers on the left. I am a fan girl. Deal.

James Franco: Gracing The Fashion Journals with our very first Men’s fashion post!

James Franco

James Franco: actor, director, screenwriter, producer, poet, author, teacher and The Fashion Journal’s first ever candidate for a Men’s fashion post!

Mr. Franco is a modest style icon for men, as his casual, elegant, simple style is surprisingly very achievable with minimal effort. James’ outfits consist of many basic items that are paired with statement jackets, shoes and accessories to make his outfits stand apart from the rest (in a very handsome way may I add) Using basics such as jeans, plain t-shirts and elaborating the outfit with a leather, denim, or corduroy jacket you too can achieve a look similar to that of James Franco.

Plus, who said that you can only wear suits to a wedding? If you’re looking for an instant “Ooh kill em'” outfit, suit up! Suit pants, a printed top (with colours that match the colour of the suit) and the matching blazer will achieve a well put-together look, once again with very minimal effort! 

H&M Melbourne Grand Opening: Saturday 5th April

H&M: My favourite international store ever has finally opened up in Melbourne’s GPO building!

With me were five other friends, two of which were Italian exchange students! Unluckily enough for my friends, I made them wake up early on a Saturday morning, jump on a train, and endure the incredibly long line that would gain us entry to the largest H&M concept store in the world! After almost two hours of waiting in line, we entered into the three story GPO building in the heart of Melbourne. The wait was very well worth it! The store seemed like a never ending heaven, beautifully lit with white walls; an overwhelming feeling to buy everything surged through me and everything on the shelves attracted my attention. The displays neatly presented every item in a way that made each item seem unique and special. I honestly cannot tell you if this was the reality, or my excited, hazed mind that found everything to be so perfect.

Admittedly, I had been preparing for this opening for a few months in advance, and so, I had printed a shopping list of my desired items, ready for the day where I could finally purchase them!

Screen shot 2014-04-13 at 3.34.38 PMI am proud to say that I did purchase 4/5 items. The mesh dress, the platform boots, the pleather bag and the striped jersey skirt. Sadly, I couldn’t find the pouch bag in store, but then again, the store was massive and filled with a few hundred people so I guess I can’t complain at all!

H&M Melbourne is the most recent of 3,200 H&M stores that are spread across 54 countries. The first H&M store opened in Västerås, Sweden in 1947 and was known as Hennes. In 1968, after Hennes expands to Norway, the founder of Hennes, Erling Persson, buys a hunting and fishing equipment store called Mauritz Widforss. Hennes is now changed to Hennes and Mauritz and now sells women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing. By 1967, stores outside of Scandinavia open in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, and then in 2000, the first store outside of Europe opens on Fifth Avenue, New York.

In 2004, H&M begins collaborating with designers to create affordable, yet fashionable and ‘labelled’ items. Collaborations with designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Madonna, Roberto Cavalli, Comme des Garçons, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin, Versace, Marni, David Beckham, Anna Dello Russo, Maison Martin Margiela and more recently, Isabel Marant.

The Fashion Journals is proud to announce H&M’s latest collaboration, with my personal favourite designer and creative director, no other than Alexander Wang! Expected to launch on the 6th of November this year, H&M announced this news on Sunday April 15 via the Alexander Wang official Instagram, sending both H&M and Alexander Wang fans into a spiral of excitement and anticipation! Wang commented on the collaboration Sunday morning, stating that:

“I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations,”

“The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to pushing boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

wang x hm

With an expansion to Australia and H&M reaching success in each one of their stores that are spread out worldwide, I believe that H&M is at it’s peak of success, and 2013 is just the beginning of their Australian and international expansion and recognition, as H&M has been making headlines across Australia since it’s arrival.

All in all, the H&M store in Melbourne’s GPO building is a fantastic store that caters for everyone, regardless of style or size, and is also affordable for everyone, and further is of a great quality for the price!

I will definitely be returning to H&M as soon as I can, ready with a new shopping list!

Photos courtesy of Sarah C!

Recent obsession: Leather jackets.

I blessed myself with the gift of a leather jacket last weekend, and honestly, I haven’t stopped wearing it.

I am so obsessed that I’ve found myself walking around my house wearing it. I’m not even ashamed to admit so.

The point being that leather jackets are a staple for everyone’s wardrobe, no matter your age, gender, or style. Leather jackets come in many different cuts, styles and designs, and so, finding one to suit you won’t be that difficult.

Leather jackets aren’t just a trend. They have been around for decades, and more than that are a piece that no one should go without! Along with the LBD, silk white shirt and tailored black blazer, the leather jacket is a piece that should, and will, complete any wardrobe!

One last thing: Leather jackets can be worn with almost anything!

Give it a go, upload it to Instagram and tag #thefashionjournals to be featured on The Fashion Journals!

Alexander Wang: Schooling the world

Consumerism. Capitalism. Human Greed.

Alexander Wang explores the lengths to which we will go for personal gain. In an experiment with his New York fans, Wang invites his guests to a “one-time-only undisclosed event”, where once inside, he tells them that they are able to take anything from his collection, free of charge.

See the video here

When I first watched this video, the first thing that came to mind was “How amazing would that be?! What ever T by Alexander Wang piece I wanted… for free?!” but as the video continued and I watched the attitudes of the people at the event change from excitement to pure greed and rapacity, I realised how far people would actually go for material items.

It is a shocking insight to human nature, and when you really think about it, who would say no to luxuries that you don’t even have to work for? What motivates people to work in this day and age? It’s the thought of wealth, the idea of living the high life, the hope that we can provide everything that our families need and want. Alexander Wang has managed to provoke thought from people and make his audience think twice about what is truly important.

One man has proven his influence over a society in means that exceed our expectations of a designer. Not only has Alexander Wang impacted the fashion world, but he digs further into society and exposes our weaknesses. Acquisitiveness is a vulnerability that has ruined man kind in the past, look at the First and Second World Wars. How about every war that has erupted due to capitalistic and communistic clashes?  Consumerism is the exact reason why humans turn against each other. It’s not only a physical battle, but a battle of the mind. Overcoming pride and arrogance is something that many people haven’t been able to do. Once we do, then we’ll be truly happy and appreciative of our belongings.

Alexander Wang: Teaching us more than just next season’s trends. 

A Wang

The great debate: Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend Jeans; Extremely hip or absolute disaster?

My exact question. We have seen many celebrities who have failed katie holmes bf jeans

and few who have triumphed the look,

 

rachel bilson bf jeans

making me question these jeans and want to study them to a great extent…

My first problem with these jeans is that no matter how slim you are, these jeans are completely unflattering. They accentuate the parts of the leg which a) many women are conscious about and b) shorten the leg from the ankle fold.

My other problem with these jeans is the distressed and over the top emphasis on the “boyfriend” aspect. The jeans are meant to be a man’s shape and style on a woman, not a statement that says “every man’s pair of jeans are ripped and maltreated”. I can honestly say that the majority of guys I see have jeans in better condition than many other women!

 

If you really are adventurous or enjoy making a trend statement (Like I do at times), then I believe that there are strict rules that you must apply to when wearing these jeans!

1) Make sure they fit! Although the aim of the jean is to look baggy and a little out of place, that does not mean they should hang off of you. Get a pair that fit your hips properly and do not go past your ankle.

2) What ever top you wear, ensure that it isn’t too long or loose. The length of the top is crucial, if your top is longer than the bottom of the zip, than you need a shorter top. The good thing about these jeans is that you can dress them up or down and suit them to the weather. You can wear a t-shirt and converse for a super casual spring day or you can wear ankle boots and a knitted jumper with them (still making sure that the jumper does not go past the zip)

3) Don’t forget that at the end of the day, you want to be somewhat classy. To me, you can pull off any style as long as there is a hint of class. Fashion and class are the perfect combination and to be able to add trend into your outfit, you need to get that balance of class and chic.

4) Suave and Chic are Boyfriend Jean’s middle name.  These jeans were designed to make a street style statement, and that they have! You need to make sure to keep your end of the bargain when wearing them. Tucked in shirts and belts are the epitome of the boyfriend jean way, so, tuck that top in and add a thin belt to sit in the belt loop.

5) Finally, add some feminine accessories. Colourful bags and simple jewellery, pointed toe heels and ankle boots go really well with the look, no matter the top you are wearing with the jeans. Keep everything simple and let the jeans and your accessories compliment themselves!

Follow these simple and effective rules and watch how the boyfriend jean can add some fun and simplicity into your life!

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