Castletown Connexion Blog Competition Update

Unfortunately, I did not make it through to the top 5 in the Castletown Connexion blog competition. I am quite disappointed as I really wanted the position because it would not only have been fun but would have looked good on my resume; such is life, I suppose.

Anyway the video I shot for it turned out a lot better than I thought it would; I was a bit nervous when I was being filmed as I’ve never been on camera before. But luckily I only had a few slip ups and did a pretty good job. I was never going to get enough Facebook likes to get through as one of the two Facebook choices and unfortunately the judges didn’t see what they were looking for in me.

Two of my friends, however, got through–Lucy Jackson as a people’s choice and Melanie McDowall as a judge’s choice–and Mel ended up winning the competition! I’m very glad she won because her and Lucy both have a great (yet very different) sense of style and are very dedicated to fashion. Check out my video and see what you think. I’ll upload some of my other blogs that I did for the competition a bit later. Expect more blog posts from me in the next few months as uni is just about over for the year which means I will have heaps of time on my hands to blog about all my fashion finds and lusts!

Loop Magazine Shoot

As I mentioned in one of my last posts, this month’s theme for Loop Magazine (a small youth section of the Townsville Bulletin that I write for) is fashion and I’m reviewing the new Castletown development. I did an amateur photo shoot showing some of the clothes on offer in the centre and the lovely staff from Universal Store, Foxx Foe and Witchery picked some great outfits. Whether you’re going to a festival, relaxing in the sun or heading to a night out on the town; all the looks are inspired by summer. The three stores were extremely helpful and I must say Witchery, in particular, did the whole sha-bang with accessories and even a touch of lipgloss! The article is published on Friday the 29th of October so grab a copy of the Townsville Bulletin and check it out! Here’s a sneak peek of the clothes.

Matt and Tiarna in casual looks by Universal Store

Tiarna in a maxi dress by Foxx Foe

Tiarna & Matt in a party/smart casual look by Witchery

Witchery comes to Townsville!

The new development in Castletown was revealed on September 30 to a huge success. The renovation looks wonderful; very bright with wide isles and a very polished finish. Newcomers to Townsville, Witchery and Forever New, caused quite a commotion, with heaps of clothes selling out within the first few days. Universal Store now has a larger store, prompting thoughts that their previous space in Castletown was only very temporary until the new section was completed. Foxx Fo and Hunter were also among the newcomers. Hunter is part of the Jaxx/Stella Moda local company that is extremely popular with both older teenagers and young adults and their new store has the same boutique vibe, only now it’s located in a major shopping complex. Foxx Fo has some similar brands as Hunter, only for a cheaper price. If you’re a bargain hunter definitely have a dig through there, however, those who are older may be less likely to find things to their taste as the store is predominately a 15 to 20-something year old market.

Personally, I’m a big fan of Witchery and I purchased a lovely black skirt and blue and grey striped top on the opening night of Castletown’s new section. The skirt doubles both as something more dressy and as a great work-experience/internship skirt and the top is also more corporate but looks awesome paired with darker jeans.

Witchery skirt $100 and top $60 - both versatile and super cute pieces!

Witchery skirt and top paired with tan heels, gold jewelery and wavy hair

Other pieces I love are the V Neck Tunic in Navy, although, for a while I contemplated getting it in Khaki/Oatmeal. As well as the Silk Drape Trapeze Dress.

Witchery V Neck Tunic in Navy

Witchery Silk Drape Trapeze Dress - gorgeous!

My latest journalism assignment is actually to review Castletown’s redevelopment and take photos of some outfits. When it’s published I will post the outfit’s (both men’s and women’s) I choose as well as post my more in-depth review!