Peplum Chic

Peplum inhales have been extremely on trend over the last 6 months and I finally decided to jump on board the bandwagon a month or so ago.

My search for a peplum top was difficult. The style seems to be slowing down and anything I found was either outside of the price I was willing to pay or awful quality and didn’t quite look right.

While I found a lovely eggplant coloured top at Cue, I didn’t want anything other than white or cream and they only had dark colours available. The quality was obviously good, but it was also a bit too thick for my liking. Every other peplum top I looked for in local shops were bad quality and I found nothing online.

Then eventually I found a nice quality white peplum top from Dotti. Not only did they have ample colours, it was only $40 and has so far washed well. It’s also not too thin and not too thick, so at least I’m warm in the tropic’s version of winter (read: 20 degrees Celsius).

I find this goes great with both jeans and fitted skirts. I’m yet to find more it matches but I do plan to buy another colour while they’re available. If you have a Dotti nearby, go check these out.

Worn below with Kookai skirt, Betts Dorothy nude pumps, Dinosaur Designs bangles.

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Colour Hungry

Rebecca Minkoff Ero Long Dress

I’m currently experiencing one of those I-can’t-afford-anything moments thanks to my upcoming 21st bash so instead of shopping online I’m drooling on my keyboard and showing you all what I’ve found instead. Here’s to hoping my family gets a bit uncreative and gives me money for shopping for my birthday.

Above is the kind of colour that reminds me of orange jelly for some reason. Amazing. I don’t usually like orange either; for this dress, I will make an exception. Loving the little side cut-outs as well.

Alice + Olivia Mila Pleated One Shoulder Dress

If this gorgeous shade of lime green doesn’t scream summery then I don’t know what does (okay, maybe a sunny yellow but you get my point). I adore the shape of this dress – nice and floaty – and I’m pretty sure this would make a fabulous, fuss-free frock for dinner somewhere.

Nicholas Mickey Shift Dress

Firstly, I love the shape of this dress. I’m fairly certain I tried it on in a steel-blue colour at Green With Envy in Melbourne which looked great (however I was pacing the shopping at the time and decided to go for cute shorts instead). I love the colour to, as cobalt blue is versatile in a way – bright, but not so bright you can’t wear it certain places without drawing strange looks.

Alice + Olivia Rosie Blouson Dress

Ah purple, my favourite colour of all. Not to mention, this gorgeous floaty number shares the same name as me! On me, I’m not so sure the dress would work overly well; however I can imagine a few of my friends in this cutie (if only the person I’m picturing in it would wear this shade of purple). I love the big statement necklace that was styled with this outfit too!

Free People Off Shoulder Textured Dress

Ooh, what a fun colour! Another one that reminds me somewhere between red jelly and raspberry sorbet. I adore the shoulder on this dress which give it a great neckline (has anyone ever noticed I’m obsessed with the décolletage area? No, well I am). Perhaps would be a great party dress for when there’s cute guys around? I also like the little long neckalces with this, makes it slightly more casual and edgier in a way.

Anyways that’s all my current colourful lusts from Shopbop. Go check them out and see what colourful lovelies you can find for yourself!

LBB – Little Black Boots

One thing I noticed while I was holidaying in Melbourne is that majority of the sales assistants in the boutiques I visited had a pair of black ankle boots with a cute little heel on them. I could not get over how many of them were walking around and in all manner of different styles and materials. Seeing this sparked a search for my very own pair of black boots; because, let’s face it, they looked comfy and I too work in retail and figured “might as well join them”.

Tony Bianco Devon boots in black diesel/black wax

After much searching and nearly buying a cute pair from Topshop (until I decided I could not be bothered wading through the crowd to get to a sales assistant) I came across an amazing pair at Santini in Flinders Lane. Funnily enough, when I looked inside to find the brand I discovered they were Tony Bianco boots – I think they have a magnetic hold on me.

Tony Bianco Devon boots in Fudge diesel/choc wax

The name of the boots is Devon and they’re part of the current collection available in Tony Bianco stores, stockists and their online store. Unfortunately both Santini and Tony Bianco Melbourne Central had no 5.5s in stock so I had to order them online but by doing so I saved close to $30. The boots retail at $179.95 AUD but with my gold VIP discount and $11.93 in loyalty points built up, the boots came down to $150.03 – bargain!

Tony Bianco Devon boots in black diesel/black wax, Country Road top worn as dress, Diva necklace, Dinosaur Designs bangle

They arrived in my mail box yesterday and even though I had nowhere to go I walked around the house in them all day. So far, it seems like the girls at Santini was right: they’re super comfortable and kind of fun to wear as well. I have many a black dress that they’ll go nicely with (including my new Country Road top which is a dress on me, pictured above) as well as cute denim shorts (which my Nan protested would look too provocative) and other floaty dresses.

They come in other colours such as a nice midnight blue suede, a nice fudge (see the second picture) as well as an awesome choc diesel. You know you want a pair, so head to either www.tonybianco.com.au or www.santini.com.au and get in on the Melbourne retail assistant trend so that you’ve got a nicely broken in before winter hits (which is unfortunately forever away for us Aussies – especially those of us who live above Brisbane!)

Bold Coloured Pants!

AG Adriano Goldschmied–The Farrah Skinny Crop in Cobalt

I never thought I’d like coloured jeans (especially after the incident when I was 12 and my mother bought be a pair of hot purple jeans from Jay-Jays which I turned my nose up at and refused to wear), but lately I keep coming across coloured pants that I find incredibly funky and cool.

Blues and pinks are my favourites of the bold hues gracing the threads of pants at the moment and the latest pair I’m drooling over are The Farrah Skinny Crop by AG Adriano Goldschmied in a lovely cobalt colour. While the kelly green and red colours are also very funky, I prefer this lovely colour of blue.

These pants would go lovely with a feminine girly top to balance out the bold colour and some lovely tan sandals, perhaps. Although, a leather biker jacket would definitely spell out rock chic.

Coloured pants are definitely a trend to try; just make sure you find the right cut for your shape–a skinny jeans in a bright hue may not be for you. So whether you wear a coloured skinny jeans or not, make sure the cut isn’t too wide in the leg. Wider leg pants in bright hues may look cool in wools, silks etc, but perhaps not so much in denim.

J Brand Capri

Clearly I’m feeling ill because I keep being draw towards colourful things lately! Or perhaps I’m just liking the bright trends for Spring Summer. Usually I stick to neutrals; but I have a bit of a pink bug going right now. First, it was the a pink Fleur Wood dress (which is amazing, pics will come soon!); then it was the fuchsia and red Tony Bianco wedges; now, I’m totally digging J Brands 935 Low-Rise Capri in Pale Rose! I do tend to hesitate before wearing pale coloured full leg pants (even some pale blues, I err on the side of caution); however, it’s tempting to give these babies a try.

J Brand 935 Low-Rise Capri in Pale Rose $176

Tony Bianco Farren

 

Tony Bianco Farren wedge in Stone Chicago AUD$179.95

The über popular Farren wedge by Tony Bianco was on the feet of every second girl when I visited Melbourne in January and it was only a matter of time before I caved to the gorgeous-ness of this shoe and got one for myself!

With a 13.5cm heel these Stone Chicago coloured wedges are surprisingly easy to walk in (much more so than my 15cm stiletto heeled Vera clogs). They’re also super light, so I’m assuming they have a hollow heel. With such a high platform I’m hoping I’ll be able to wear them for a long period of time without getting sore feet.

These babies retail for AUD$179.95 and are also available in Black Chicago and Flesh Suede (which I probably would have preferred if there had been any left in my size).

Jumping on the clog bandwagon

 

Red Sportsgirl clogs - on sale for AUD$29.95

 

I’ve loved this trend since the minute I saw it – the new-age clog is a fantastic alternative to wearing sky-high heels all day and they’re perfect for an Australian summer! Originally, I wanted a pair of Funkis clogs, however Sportsgirl, Windsor Smith and nearly everyone else who makes shoes have done similar versions. After a lot of debating – and by a lot of mean months worth – I finally decided to buy the Sportsgirl version as they came in a large multitude of colours. Chocolate brown was my first preference, but alas, they had gone further on sale by the time I’d decided to purchase them and the size 6 was all gone. However, the red clog just had something about it that the others did and so I settled on it instead. For AUD$29.95 though, you cannot go wrong. They’re quite comfortable once you break them in and are apparently quite resistant to rain (as I found out the hard way). If they’re the sort of clog that tickles your fancy I suggest you get your butt down to Sportsgirl ASAP! You won’t regret it!