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Five stereotypical Melbourne Men

1. I spent all my money on clothes. I look fresh, but I’m starving

You know the saying “the struggle is real”? that term was probably coined by one of these Melbourne men. They’ll happily splurge on that unnecessary fifth Tommy Hilfiger shirt in that hideous colour that they’ll never wear; and their wardrobe is probably a lot more impressive than yours is, but unless their eating a home cooked meal, they’re probably starving (maybe that’s how they fit into their super skinny chinos?)

2. I spent all my money on my car and now I look like I just got out of bed

(and they’re not even wearing Peter Alexander pyjamas) ?

3. I drink organic coffee and talk about indie music all day

 

Have you ever read a book and imagined that perfect, cultured man with the flannel shirt and skinny jeans, who most likely plays guitar and can recite passages from literary classics while serenading the main character who you can totally relate to?

Well Melbourne is full of them and you can find your own at indie cafes, book stores, and the next Rubens gig.

4. Mum and Dad sent me to a private school and now I intern at a law firm (did you notice my Rolex as I told you that?)

These guys are all about polo shirts, knitted jumpers and Daniel Wellington watches (when they get tired of looking down on their dad’s old Rolex)

These guys are so preppy it’s like they’ve stolen directly from Nate Archibald’s costume wardrobe and didn’t think we’d notice.

5. I go to Rats every weekend and only shop at General Pants

Everyone loves a good banger but not quite as much as these guys do. In case you weren’t sure, STUSSY for them is like a drug and they won’t make out with anyone who isn’t wearing matching Adidas Superstars.

Thanks for a fab year, 2015

Where do I even begin to describe 2015?

2015 was the year that I met amazing people and made friends I know will be around for a long time.

2015 was the year that I worked my ass off and reached my goals.

2015 was the year that I got a taste of the real world and thrived from it.

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I’m back and I did some pretty cool things while I was gone part 1

Firstly, I started writing this on the 2nd of September on my way home from the Little Bourke St Runway, but, like my life right now, I got too busy to finish it and post at a decent, more recent time.

SO, let’s go back a month and pretend like my absence never happened…

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Prue Chilcott: The influential voice behind Melbourne’s iconic Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

There are an endless amount of misconceptions about the infamous fashion industry. It is perceived to be a never ending stampede of exquisitely dressed people who are willing to trample anyone in their way in order to get their dream job. Luckily for those hoping to join the chaos, according to Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s digital marketing executive, Prue Chilcott, it’s not nearly anything like what we see in films, and for the first time, the reality is a lot better than what we thought.

Imagine you have the power to speak on behalf of a major organisation that not only hosts a nationally renowned fashion festival, but an organisation that heavily influences the Australian fashion industry. You would have a dramatic influence over a variety of people simply through social media. The new age of fashion marketing has changed the way a digital society stays in the know. Now, with the touch of a ‘share’ button, anyone can send a photo viral, revolutionising traditional fashion media, tripling the success and awareness of an event. Anyone can do it, but not everyone can utilise the skills of traditional marketing strategies and combine them with social media to create an influence that speaks to different audiences on different levels. In the case of VAMFF, Prue Chilcott is the person who has this power.

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Firstly, Prue presents herself in an incredibly friendly light. She radiates a genuine nature and has an admirable aura of confidence. Dressed comfortably but looking ever so stylish, she proves that she most definitely is “cool enough” to be the voice of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, even on a freezing Melbourne morning when you would rather be in bed sleeping, and not at work in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. For aspiring public relations students, take note of Prue Chilcott, who has come a long way in her career in a short time.

Prue began this stage of her career with VAMFF in November 2014, once she returned to work from maternity leave. Her job as the digital marketing executive leaves her responsible for all online communications involving VAMFF, including all social media, the VAMFF website, emails, and their blog, In Detail, which she helped to launch at the end of 2014. Prue is also a features writer for the acclaimed Australian blog, Melbourne Girl. When not at work she is busy enjoying motherhood and helping her husband with the financial side to his business. Is there anything that Prue isn’t doing?

If there is one thing that Prue says gets her through her busy days, it is the passion that she has for her work: “If you’re driven by doing what you love then it’s not work”, she said. “I really love working here, I love writing for Melbourne Girl, I love being a mum and doing simple things like making dinner every night and reading a magazine. I don’t want to miss out on any of those things”. The fear of missing out is proving to work for this busy Melbourne mum, as she runs through her daily routine of waking up at 5:30am to write before her baby wakes up, she makes it seem almost too easy to be able to balance a family life and a successful career in the Australian fashion industry. With students hoping to get into the same industry, Prue makes it obvious that the best way to find your self in her shoes in the future is to work hard and consistently: “[The fashion industry] It’s really competitive, no one is going to tell you that anyone who works in fashion just waltzed in”. Emphasising the importance of nailing the hard skills of marketing and public relations, Prue recommends that you always follow your passions, but keep in mind that it’s not always possible to get the job you want straight away. Prue got into public relations work through an internship as a receptionist at a PR agency following her studies, and then eventually got promoted to a PR assistant “it’s a round about way of getting there, but if you have an ultimate goal, scrabble your way to get there!”

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Prue graduated from Monash University in 2009 and since then she has worked for some highly reputable companies in their PR and marketing departments, such as The Style Counsel, the Coles group, and George Patterson Y&R. Within these roles, Prue managed to expand her experience in the broad marketing communications industry. Following in her example, she advises that students should “never think that they are too good to do anything”, after all, it was these particular experiences outside of the fashion industry that got her to her position as VAMFF’s digital marketing executive.

Although fashion communications is competitive, judging by Prue’s personality and experience, our impressions of the unbearably chaotic fashion industry are far from the truth… “There’s a preconceived notion that it’s a fluffy industry, but some of the smartest and savviest people that I’ve ever worked with have been in the fashion industry”.

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It’s important that students remember that any progress within marcoms is progress towards your ultimate career goal; Prue advises that you “find passion in what you’re doing… If you’re marketing electrical tools, make them the best goddamn electrical tools the world has ever seen”. As a graduate working for the Coles group, Prue was apart of the product development department, and during her first week, she had to cook around eighty different sausages, testing and preparing for Coles to launch a new brand of sausages… “I had never really cooked before because I had been living at home, and I thought ‘I did not go to university for five years to be cooking 80 sausages!’”

All of Prue’s hard work has brought her far in her six-year career, and now Prue continues to use her traditional marketing skills to bring the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival to life in the months between the main events. She continues to write for Melbourne Girl and juggle all of this work with a family, and she manages well, after all she does “have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé”.

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Photos courtesy of VAMFF’s official Pinterest, Instagram, and Melbourne Central.

A special thanks to Prue Chilcott for her time and for being so supportive and helpful, and for managing to inspire and motivate me and anyone looking to go down the fashion marketing path!

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.

Okay so maybe I over reacted just a little bit…

Today, I had a good hair day. I know, a mere 48 hours after writing my last really negative post.

I also really don’t want my front fringe back.

Once I got to styling my hair my way, parting it differently and experimenting a little, I didn’t actually mind it, especially on Valentine’s Day, when I decided to embrace the whole “classic V Day” makeup look (for my three hour shift at work…)

Then, last night I went to the One Direction On The Road Again Tour show at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium and realised that I didn’t just fluke a good hair day on Saturday.

Sometimes over reacting is a good thing because when you realise that you were being unreasonable you appreciate what you have (a little) more.

I’m still not totally in love with the look but I don’t hate it and it hasn’t haltered my confidence, just ask the girls who were giving me dirty looks while I was dancing and singing at the concert last night if I stopped…

Anyway, I thought I should update because I feel like I was pretty harsh and I didn’t like that I was encouraging narcissistic behaviour and made it seem that the world was falling down just because I didn’t adjust well to a hair cut.

So, with that being said, there are worse things in life than a negative run-in with vanity and you may cry when you cut your hair so short that it seems like you’ve got nothing left, but it will grow a little bit everyday and soon enough the problem with solve itself.

Plus, I finally lived out my dream from when I was 15 years old fan girled like there was no tomorrow at the One Direction concert with no regrets!

Strictly Ballroom The Musical!!!

There isn’t much more to love than an iconic musical, directed by an Australian artistic legend, with an incredibly talented cast, captivating numbers, along with breath taking costumes designed by said Australian artistic legend’s equally legendary, four time oscar winning wife!

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend the Strictly Ballroom The Musical media call! This meant that I got to watch (and record) three numbers from the show, meet director Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin (costume designer) and speak with the cast! I was also given a backstage tour and got to have a look at the [enormous] set pieces and gorgeously detailed costumes!

I feel as though I should also mention Phoebe Panaretos and Thomas Lacey who play Fran (Just Fran) and Scott Hastings, who after running through three numbers twice like ninjas, stuck around to chat to us! Not only were they open to questions, but they seemed genuinely passionate about what they were doing with their interpretations of their characters and weren’t fussed that we lined up for photos!

Director Baz Luhrmann said that “I can honestly say this, for no other reason than it’s the truth. This cast started great, but they have never stopped evolving their performances, developing their instruments, pushing detail, trying to be everything they possibly can” and this is evident through their performance!

For a world renown director to also say that he is “so damn proud” [of the cast] for “not stopping for a single second in trying to make those performances everything they can be” just means that the cast and crew of Strictly Ballroom The Musical truly will blow you away!

Here’s a quick run down of the long history of Strictly Ballroom:

Strictly Ballroom started off as a musical in 1984 before it’s film adaptation in 1992, both pieces were acclaimed for their unique story, character development and creative direction. When Strictly Ballroom was first shown in Czechoslovakia, it received a 30 minute standing ovation!

Now, Strictly Ballroom has returned to theatre, and after closing in Sydney, it has opened in Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre!

Take a look at my favourite numbers from the show!

Time After Time: Strictly Ballroom The Musical!

Strictly speaking, make sure you catch Strictly Ballroom The Musical before May 3rd! You can book tickets by clicking here

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casual OOTD

casual OOTD

Not only does this look form part of my summer wishlist, but I think this is the perfect casual sports-luxe look!

Get the items in the edit below!

Nike shirt
$35 – zalando.co.uk

Topshop white jeans
$73 – nordstrom.com

Windsor Smith platform sandals
$76 – styletread.com.au

STELLA McCARTNEY over the shoulder purse
$1,105 – nordstrom.com

Speck laptop bag
$52 – nordstrom.com

Tech accessory
nylon.com

Garrett Leight sunglasses
$430 – liberty.co.uk

Nars cosmetic
barneys.com

Gucci mascara
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Mac cosmetic
$24 – selfridges.com

Nail polish
$10 – americanapparel.com.au

Essie nail polish
jcpenney.com
DS xx

Quite the formal occasion…

I have been incredibly delayed in posting these past few weeks. With the conclusion of my final exams, my year 12 formal, training for work, and finally, actually working, I have had little to no time to properly edit all of my drafts!

With that being said, however, here I am, finishing what I started and meant to do almost two weeks ago!

On November 19, at 2:00pm, I was free from the burden that was exams. After (accidentally)  swearing on my Italian exam, and stressing about my formal dress for weeks, the day had finally come; the day that I had planned to do none other than prepare solely for that night. I booked a makeup application appointment with Mecca Maxima at Highpoint, and then a hair styling appointment at my favourite local salon, Linear in Caroline Springs.

The makeup artist, I believe her name was Jess, was incredibly sweet, and so talented. I felt like crying when I had to wash off my eye makeup! They don’t call them makeup ‘artists’ for nothing!

As a result of the makeup application, I could redeem $90 worth of products!!! I was so excited because I had been planning and waiting for this for months!

I redeemed:

 Kit. Cosmetics False Eyelashes (paparazzi)

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (In Custard)

 Nars Albatross Highlighter 

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok

Yes, I know, Nars overload, but boy was it worth it!!! 

My formal dress was from a boutique called Seagulls of St. Kilda on Acland Street, and after a lot of deliberation, I fell in love with this dress!

The only complaint that I can make is that my ridiculously un-photogenic self doesn’t have one decent full length photo from the night! Regardless, here are my attempts!

Beauty haul and November Favourites will be up soon!

DS xx

Kim Kardashian didn’t ‘Break the Internet’… that was you.

May I be the first to say “congratulations” to the people who are criticising Kim Kardashian?

Why? because you are giving her exactly what she wants. Ha ha.

Almost two weeks following the release of her photo shoot for Paper magazine and people are still talking about the “controversy” that an attempt at breaking the internet has caused…

News about a naked Kim Kardashian isn’t actually news and i’m not sure why everyone is so shocked…? Fair enough the photos weren’t exactly tasteful, but i’m sure if you were a model who usually gets paid (a lot more than some get paid in a year for one shoot) you probably wouldn’t shy away from the camera (or say “no thanks” to the fame that would follow) Plus, would you like it if someone scorned at a creative decision that you made? Have you ever been proud of something that you have created, and rather than receiving recognition, you just get judged for it? If its something that Kim wanted to do, and got the chance to do it, kudos to her! Kim didn’t get one cent for that shoot, and all she did was take up the opportunity to recreate an iconic shoot with the same photographer, Jean-Paul Goude.

I think what is really bothering me about this is that everyone was okay with Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda song and music video, which I felt was more uncomfortable to watch than these photos are to look at (especially that part with Drake at the end) Why? because now that ‘Anaconda‘ is out, you have a reason to twerk again.

Now, I think everyone knows how much I love ‘Game of Thrones‘, so you would also know that in no way am I slamming the nature of the show, but no one says anything about the graphic content in ‘Game of Thrones‘, which at times is ridiculously overrated, and finally, women all over the world worshipped Sex and the City and yet, one photo of one woman who is a lot wealthier than most is fuelling everyone, and i think it’s because of jealousy. Not many people have the confidence to do something like that and granted, it wasn’t something that simply had to be done, but most people forget that Kim K is a model, and she has made a career out of professional photography (regardless of the scandals and such…) She never asked to be a role model, nor did she ever promote herself as such. I don’t see the problem with these photos, especially when there are people out there doing far worse, and no one voices their opinions on those people, so why must you say something about Kim? She isn’t hurting anyone, nor is she showing the world something that they haven’t seen before.

Not everything has sexual connotations, and the fact that a woman’s body is immediately thought of in such a way is disgusting. The human body is a beautiful creation which sustains and creates life. The human body is one of the most natural organisms on the planet, so why are people, specifically women, forced to hide their body to suppress ‘temptations’? This is even a case of gender inequality. Ask yourselves “how can the sexes be equal when censorship of their bodies is not?” Why was it okay for Nick Jonas to grab his junk to prove that he’s mature and not a Disney kid in his most recent photo shoot, and why was it praised when Channing Tatum, Matthew McConauhey, and Alex Pettyfer portrayed male strippers in ‘Magic Mike‘, but Kim Kardashian is condemned for a photo shoot? Is it because she is a woman and there are certain expectations of her? Why does anyone give themselves the right to place expectations on someone they don’t even personally know? Could you imagine if the film ‘Magic Mike‘ was in fact ‘Magic Michelle‘? It would have received a ridiculous amount of criticism and the film classifications of the movie would have jumped from M to MA15+ really damn quickly. Why can teen magazines (that reach target audience’s of 10-18 years of age) publish photos of male heartthrobs sans shirt, but Kim Kardashian can’t do one magazine spread with little to no clothing? She isn’t posing provocatively like said male heartthrobs are, but is simply recreating an iconic photograph.

There is a campaign that I feel quite strong about, especially following the controversy behind Kim’s shoot, and it’s called “Free the Nipple” This campaign (if you haven’t heard about it before) is a movement aimed to empower women and promote equality, allowing and encouraging the natural occurrence of breast feeding in public (which is illegal in most states universally) and further, aims to balance the system of censorship which allows ridiculous amounts of graphic violence, while going to extreme lengths to cover a nipple.

If your trouble with not only the “Free the Nipple” campaign, but also Kim Kardashian’s Break the Internet shoot is the exposure of these things to young children, then take your phones and iPads off of your kids, enforce internet restrictions and read them a real, hard copy nursery rhyme book, and teach them something that is actually worth their while, like reading or counting, rather than giving them a game or internet access to shut them up so that you can go about your lives on social media, criticising people you don’t know publicly, while neglecting what’s really important. If you do your job right as a parent, exposure to children wouldn’t be a problem, because they wouldn’t have a mean of finding this sort of content anyway. If you can justify dressing your children up as the characters from ‘Breaking Bad‘ for halloween, complete with props resembling bongs and Wizz Fizz in packets that intend to look like narcotics, then you are then encouraging a behaviour far more atrocious than being proud of your body (which is what Kim Kardashian‘s intention was).

What’s worse: Encouraging drugs as if they are fun and harmless, or seeing a naked body? You decide.

Once again, another round of applause for everyone talking about this, and a standing ovation for those who believed that they have a right to criticise Kim Kardashian‘s parenting. In 20 years time North West will know that her mum helped her pay for her fifth mansion that she bought in cash and paid in full at the age of 12.

#freethenipple #breaktheinternet #getoverit 

As one door closes, another one opens

I can finally say that I graduated high school! 

What a journey it has been! There have been a lot of ups and i’ve had my fair share of downs, but I am more than ready to move on and start a new chapter of my life.

Looking back, I am quite proud of the person that i’ve grown into since 2009. Since then I learnt how to straighten my hair (thank every higher being), I no longer wear Dunlop Volleys (I re-purchased them one too many times) and I finally got around to throwing out my Noexss tracksuit pants that I bought when I was 11. Now aesthetically, these are all great achievements, but I’ve also managed to become the person that I want to be. Yes, this person is flawed, I know it, but I’ve been able to recognise my flaws and therefore work on them. I can’t guarantee that I won’t sleep in on Sundays or that I’m not going to pretend to text someone while i’m in an awkward situation, but I can try!

This year has been an insane emotional roller coaster, and I can honestly say that the bad has outweighed the good, but at times the good did succumb the sad realities of the bad. All of that aside, the pressures of VCE are extremely high, and at times I forget why and think “this is ridiculous”. The way I see it is that if you really are determined to have a certain career, you can do it what ever the circumstances, because if it’s a dream and something that you’re passionate about, you’ll have the motivation to achieve it, no matter what. Yes, exams are very important, and you have endured 13 years of school, so why give up when you only have a few weeks left? No one knows what will happen in 3 months time, so what happens if you stopped trying and in a few months decide to do something that requires an ATAR score, and then can’t do it because at the time you couldn’t be bothered? This is something that runs through my head every.single.day and i’m getting frustrated because i’ve become numb to all feelings about exams. The good thing about that is that i’m not stressed, the bad thing is that the importance of  these exams hasn’t hit me yet and my first exam is in 7 days from today…

On a different note, though; I graduated, and I couldn’t be more proud knowing that even through the toughest of times, I’ve made it. Regardless of the struggles, I persevered through and finished school. Another (small) benefit of graduating was that I needed to get a new outfit… It was a formal occasion, graduation gowns and everything. It was held in Melbourne’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and the location itself was quite architecturally beautiful. There was a mass followed by a ceremony and although it was very long, at most times, it was engaging and felt very surreal – I still remember walking into my prep class for the first time!

As crazy as it sounds, I felt more stressed trying to find a last minute outfit for graduation than I do preparing for exams! I was quite set on getting a white skirt because I really wanted something to contrast the black compulsory gown. Here’s what I ended up with, wearing:

Top: Topshop

Skirt: Bardot

Shoes: Windsor Smith

Clutch: Equip

Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, in 37 L’exubérante

Necklace: Tiffany & Co.

Watch: Vintage Seiko

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

Once The Musical!

His music needed one thing. Her.

Captivating from the moment you stepped into the beautiful Princess Theatre in Melbourne, Once the Musical takes you on a journey about love, inspiration, and the power of dreaming.

This musical had me speaking in an Irish accent in record time, while also tugging on a heart string which made me want to run home and sit at my piano, forgetting that I could only play a handful of songs and can barely read sheet music.

Speaking from a year 12 VCE Theatre Studies student perspective, there were many technical aspects of Once which I could not ignore, one being the highly noticeable use of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Epic Theatre’ as the base theatrical style. Although the ‘fourth wall’ was hardly broken, an actor-audience relationship was established through the use of music and the ‘Verfremdungseffekt’ – also known as the ‘Alienation effect’ which reminds the audience that they’re watching a play, rather than become too immersed into the world of the play. This helped to create an actor-audience relationship as the ‘spectators’ were exposed to the complexities of the play, such as stagecraft elements which, instead of being changed during a black out, were changed in clear view. Although it did distance the audience, it also lured them in, as it built curiosity and evoked further thought about aspects which are not normally though about during a performance, such as “where did that come from?” “I really want to know what’s behind that door” “Did he really just change his pants off in front of a girl he just met?” and finally “why do I keep believing that those three chairs are a bed?” 

This effect was used a lot throughout the play, as the characters also served a practical purpose and were responsible for transforming the performance space from one place to another. Set in modern Dublin, the world of the play was created with quite a sensible set, which was easily manipulated to represent different places. However there were aspects of the set which were really detailed, and each detail became significant throughout the play. Many objects were used to represent other objects (for example: chairs were moved together to create a bed) which was not only practical, but demonstrated a complex level of presentation by director John Frost.

There were many other conventions of epic theatre which were prominent in Once (I made a whole list) which I can only touch on, but most importantly, this theatrical style was demonstrated through characterisation. The characters were significant symbols of Epic Theatre, especially noticeable through things like their names and titles; the two main characters are referred to as “guy” and “girl“, and there is also the “bank manager“, which literally depict who they are and their status in the play. 

Moving on from my painful analysis (sorry!) the music in this show was fantastic and was performed by an incredibly talented cast! The leads, Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones not only had impeccable voices, but could play their respective instruments flawlessly. The rest of the cast was equally as breath taking. Each person demanded attention for their performances, even when in an ensemble, however one person who really stood out was Amy Lehpamer, a violinist and singer who played the role of Reza. She showed a lot of energy which was quite encapsulating from the moment I took my seat.

I really did enjoy Once, it exceeded any expectations which I had for this production! If you’re into stories with [somewhat] complex characters, meaningful messages, subtle comedy (which is expressed and received extremely well), open-to-interpretation-type musicals which have been faultlessly directed and impeccably performed, Once is definitely the show to see!

… I’m being serious, I’m Czech.

Furthermore, if you want to understand the above reference, you’ll need to see the show!

Once The Musical is showing at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre until December 31, 2014 and as cliche as it may sound, this musical really does only come around Once.

Get your tickets to Once the Musical here

Check out the official site of Once here

#loveonce

I’d also like to say a big thank you to Valissa from Nuffnang for giving me the opportunity to see this show! It has been a fantastic and motivating experience being Nuffnang blogger!

Wearing:

Zara navy knitted jumper

Mossman white leather skirt

H&M ankle boots

Versace Jeans Patent leather bag

Sportsgirl bracelet

Lovisa necklace

Must have: Mesh tops

Mesh and gold

Not only are mesh tops so so so chic, but they’re so easy to wear!

Regardless of your style, whether you prefer boho chic, casual or sports-luxe, mesh is easily adaptable to suit every occasion for every style.

In the edit above, i’ve gone for the Parisian chic type of look that has been sported a lot recently during Paris Fashion Week.

Personally, I love mesh and I can see mesh pieces becoming classic items which can be worn for quite some time, almost as versatile as the LBD!

(Bonus points if your LBD is mesh!)

Topshop mesh top
$49 – topshop.com

Schutz shoes
nastygal.com

Skagen rose gold mesh bracelet
$250 – johnlewis.com

Chanel makeup
izzysbeautyshoppe.com

Nars cosmetic
narscosmetics.com

Nars cosmetic
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MAC Cosmetics lips makeup
$25 – johnlewis.com

Butter london nail polish
revolveclothing.com

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week!

Wednesday September 3rd was one of the most stressful night of my life!

Picture this: A stress-prone fashion blogger/budding high fashion magazine editor sitting front row at a designer runway.

Kind of like what you see in movies and on The Rachel Zoe Project, right?

Well I wish I could say that things went that smoothly.

There I was, sitting in my cute little Volkswagen Beetle, with my knees tucked under my chin while wearing my (very high) Windsor Smith ‘Powwer’ heels, draped in this gorgeous printed kimono from Mink Pink, while tugging at my leather top from Mossman, and trying not to make the rips in my Topshop ripped jeans any bigger than they should be. It was 6:00pm and the MSFW Designer Runway 2 was going to start at 6:30. We thought that surely, parking would be easy to find… It wasn’t.

My poor mother and I drove around for one hour trying to find parking! By the time we parked and walked down to Melbourne Town Hall, Designer Runway 2 has approximately 7 minutes until it was over.

Stressed, depressed (but well dressed) and absolutely desperate to see the show, we went to the box office, explained our situation and asked if it would be possible to see the 8:00pm show. After being told that we needed to purchase new tickets, my mum and I turned and left the box office in defeat. Then, we hear the words “guys, hold on”

After the emotional roller coaster that was missing the first show, stressing to find parking, and not being able to get tickets for the 8pm show, a wave of relief rushed over us thanks to this one incredibly kind woman. As we turn around, the MSFW volunteer comes over to us with two tickets to the 8pm show, free of charge. “Take these and enjoy the show” she said. In shock, I replied “are you serious?!” 

So, from then, what I liked to call my night begun, and I got to see the amazing work of Manning Cartell, LIFEwithBIRD, Khalo, Carly Hunter, Alice Mccall, Lui Hon, YB J’AMIE, Neo Dia, and finally, Willow.

Although every collection was great, I did have my favourites, which were Lui Hon, Neo Dia, Manning Cartel and Khalo. (pictured above)

I must admit though that although I loved majority of the collections, there were some pieces that didn’t appeal to me. For example, Carly Hunter’s collection which consisted of a lot of draping and 80’s prom dress silk/satin puffy tops didn’t excite me.

Another thing that I didn’t particularly like was that a lot of the collections used Birkinstock styled shoes from MSFW official partner, Windsor Smith (Slip and Cara sandals) which, for someone who absolutely loathes that type of sandal, really pulled my attention away from the pieces which I was meant to be focusing on.

Windsor Smith, however, did have other pairs of gorgeous shoes on display, specifically their 60’s inspired ‘Largo’ shoe which I have fallen for!

 Looking back, I am so grateful that I got to be apart of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, and I know that Designer Runway 2 was only the first of many fashion shows that I will go to see, and hopefully this time next year I can be writing to you from London, Milan, Paris, or New York!

I would also like to say a big thank you to that MSFW volunteer – I don’t know who you are but I’m sending every positive vibe your way!

Stay tuned: Next week I will be posting videos from MSFW Designer Runway 2 on YouTube!