Cup Day 2012

The local cup day causes a lot of fashion buzz for weeks and sometimes even months in the lead up to the event. While I liked my outfit and figured it was highly appropriate (despite it being taken up about 1 inch shorter than I wanted), the fashions on the field judges apparently didn’t like me wearing a straw fascinator in ‘winter’. Never mind that winter in the tropics is so hot sometimes you could pass out from heat exhaustion (in fact I even experienced this first-hand when I passed out from heat stroke last winter on a rather hot day). And despite red being seen nearly everywhere at the cup, not a single girl or guy wearing a hint of red made it through to top 10, let a lone top 5.

Nonetheless, I had a great time and I even won money on horses. Most of my outfit was a bargain — each item was under $100 — except the fascinator, which was $290. But I learnt the hard way last year that you’ve got to be careful who you get to make you a fascinator. After $100 went down the drain on a badly made fascinator that was not only the wrong colour but also the wrong shape and badly glued together, I decided the ladies at the local hat shop had obviously been operating there for years for a good reason. Given my first experience with them 2 years prior was amazing, I will never again stray from the people who make my (fashion) life easier.

The dress was $100 by Madewell from Shopbop (although the tag does not say Madewell, so that’s odd), and the shoes were $40 from Betts (purely accidental finding too), and the clutch is my beloved new red Eclettica clutch which came with the cutest note from the Eclettica girls in Sydney.

Next year I am upping the ante and finding something months in advance that will (hopefully) blow the competition away. Fingers crossed!

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With a friend who also did FOTF with me.

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( ^ Clearly non-photographer boyfriends have no clue on good lighting or angles)

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Copycat

I love Tony Bianco, I really, really do. But sometimes I have to wonder: if a couple of there styles bare ridiculous resemblance to other brands, how original are some designer’s designs? (That’s not a rhetorical question either, I’d really like to know). In the past I’ve noticed a striking resemblance between certain Pedro Garcia flat styles and Tony Bianco’s stuff. Today, while scrolling through the Tony Bianco website a pair of shoes caught my eye. A pair I was certain I had seen before. Turns out I had, sort of. A few weeks ago you may remember my post about ankle booties. I featured a pair of lovely H by Hudson suede wrap strap booties from Shopbop. Well it turns out Tony Bianco has their own version, the Gibralter in fudge-diesel chic-wax.

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Tony Bianco Gibralter Fudge-Diesel Choc-Wax bootie

Now I’m not going to point fingers and blame anyone of pinching other people’s designs. It just so happens I keep a close eye on Tony Bianco’s collections (because I’m chronic a Tony Bianco-aholic) and notice when I see stuff that’s similar. I just have to wonder if some brands simply pick pre-designed designs and just change the colour, or the quality or type of material. I have featured something similar to this when I first started blogging, a pair of shorts both Witchery and Barkin had that was essentially exactly the same. In the past I’ve also experienced cross-overs between Sportsgirl, Jeans West and Valleygirl clothes – more specifically, the exactly same shift dress for three different prices and made from three different types and quality material. 

Now I’m not necessarily complaining – I know Tony Bianco fits, whereas I’m not so sure about my Pedro Garcia or H by Hudson sizing – but I am a little intrigued to know the reasons behind these cross-overs. Obviously in fashion we see trends develop each season and inevitably multiple brands all follow that trend; but I would hope that each brand has their own unique take on something instead of reproducing something else. I guess this only goes to a certain point; the point being where others want to wear a major runway trend but can’t afford or don’t want to fork out the money for it. 

I hate to sit on the fence on the issue but I wouldn’t want to think the worst of some of the brands we grow to love. If you have an opinion on the matter please comment below and tell us what you think! Should brands copy certain styles to offer a cheaper alternative, or should they be true to the word designer by being original?

Blue & Red Pump Lust

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Tony Bianco Mostyn - Cobalt Matt Snake $189.95

Seriously, how amazing are these shoes? And they come in purple to – which makes them even better! They make me want to find a leather mini skirt, see-through black top, a blue chunky necklace and strut down the street Beyonce style.

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Tony Bianco Cannes - Red Suede $159.95

What can I say, I’ve become a sucker for a nice red pump. Totally adore this one in particular but unfortunately my size 5 feet can’t walk in them. Major bummer. If you can walk in a heel this high, please buy it for my sake. 

Shopbop LBD Love

Ah so many amazing clothes on Shopbop! Here’s a few things I’m lusting after right now:

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Joie Topaz Dress in Black

An amazing LBD by brand Joie. This is such my style of dress and it comes in an amazing sunburnt orange kind of colour. I could have a million dresses in this shape and still not have enough. Effortless, easy to accessorise, chic and easy to dress up or down. Love them!

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Theory Halleli Dress

Hello day to night dress! I could totally see myself wearing this at internship or to cocktails at a nice bar. Very easy to jazz up, very easy to wear; another example of effortless chic dressing. 

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Splendid Long Sleeve Mini Dress in Denim

This lovely number by Splendid also comes in black, however, I just love this colour of blue. You could do plenty with it and it would be perfect for going out during winter in Townsville with maybe a leather jacket over the top. Layer lots of long necklaces and you’re good to go in this baby!

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Marchesa Chiffon Dress with Illusion Neckline

Shoot me now, is this dress amazing or is it amazing? If only it was anywhere close to being in my budget! Amazing, timeless, so very chic. Pair with a gorgeous high bun and sleek heels for a very elegant and feminine look. 

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Shoshanna Elizabeth Shirtdress in White

Okay, so maybe it isn’t black or in a black option like the rest, but isn’t it pretty? Casual Friday at work appropriate, lunch with the girls appropriate; this dress is elegant, timeless and chic. Pair with delicate gold jewellery and cute sandals. 

Playsuit Mayhem

Ok, so I may just have a slight obsession with playsuits right now. In my defence, playsuits rarely ever fit me – so in other words, while my body is in the right proportions for a girl of 156cm, my torso and legs are usually still too short for some outfits (such as Zimmermann’s Tender Calligraphy Dress).

I found the lovely Zimmermann silk pictured below in the Brisbane boutique on Adelaide St. A lovely little store; it’s a bit exciting to think I have a relatively close boutique to my hometown (even if I have to catch a 2 hour flight to visit it).

The playsuit isn’t online (either it’s sold out or simply hasn’t gone up/never went up) so I was determined to be frugal enough on my trip so I could get it. And I did. Probably the Accountant’s daughter side coming out in me.

Awesomely enough, the playsuit matched my new red London Rebel heels perfectly. Unfortunately I did not have a red bag, nor could I find one I liked enough, to complete the look. So instead, as you can probably see, I had to use a black bag which still looked lovely. 

I tried keeping the look sleek by wearing my hair to the side, minimal gold jewellery and just a bold red lip. Some of that is a bit hard to see in the picture, I know.

The night ended up being great fun and I felt super comfy knowing I was sort-of wearing shorts. It made running to catch the train a bit easier, for starters. 

I’ll be wearing this outfit again as soon as I can and will hopefully find plenty more ways of wearing it. XO

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Girls on film… Or rather, in the mirror

The gorgeous gals of Next Model Management in a short promo for the modelling agency. The girls are primping themselves as if they’re looking into a mirror and about to head out to a show. I love the black and white colour scheme and the brightness of the video, which really contrasts the two colours. I also find the model’s expressions a bit fascinating in a way.

Zimmermann Dress Lusts

Some of my favourite pieces from the newest Zimmermann collection. I’m loving the neutral colours.

I adore the Tender Calligraphy Skater Dress because of its gorgeous print and its great shape; I’m a sucker for a high neckline while revealing my shoulders.

The beige Silk Strapless Tie Dress is so simple and elegant. Perfect for nearly any occasion, it would look great with harsh black accessories.

The Silk One Shoulder Dress is such a great colour – so refreshing and bold without being too in-your-face. Zimmermann sure does know how to drape silk around a woman’s body.

The Tender Lace Drape Dress is just to die for. The lace is absolutely amazing and I love the shape – great for accentuating those shoulders and the curve of the hip.

All are so very gorgeous, but I think my favourite is the Calligraphy Skater Dress. I just can’t go past that shape!

The latests from Zimmermann