LOVER The Label, Witchery & Sabo Skirt

4 favourite new get-ups:

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Sabo Skirt jacket, Joie dress, Gorman clutch, Natasha heels

Gosh I love this outfit! The jacket is nice and light and while I do wish it was slightly better made at least it looks good and I can wear it in summer. This dress has definitely become my new fool-proof LBD and with the bag and shoes its a perfect spring outfit for the tropics. Floral jackets and pants are definitely a bit of fun so give them a go if you haven’t already.

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Witchery linen jacket & tank, Kookai skirt, Zara studded pumps

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Witchery neon knit, Kookai skirt, Tony Bianco pumps, Gorman clutch, YSL arty ring

Another FAVOURITE outfit of late. The colour is so out-of-character for me but I feel like its another good spring outfit. Especially for nights out with a cool breeze. Plus neon is so very on trend right now.

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LOVER The Label dress, Eclettica clutch, Betts pumps

LOVER The Label on sale? YES! PLEASE! I don’t know what to say about this dress other than I’m in love with it and wish I had a billion black tie events to attend so I could repeatedly wear this. And the quality is superb! There’s nothing I like more than a wow dress that’s quality. I will be buying more LOVER in future even if it’s not on sale and costs me an arm and a leg.

3 Ways To Do Lace Peplum

A great find in Forever New recently that consists of two of my favourite words right now: lace, peplum. Firstly, this top is comfy as anything (usually a requirement to make it into my wardrobe) and secondly, so many options!

The top does come with a purple came underneath but it’s detachable, therefore making the top a lot more fun.

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Father’s Day lunch: paired with True Religion shorts & Natasha sandals

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Later that night heading to the movies with friends: paired with Paige Premium Denim verdugo leggings, Natasha sandals and a Witchery nude cami underneath.

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A week or so later heading out for drinks: paired with Kookai skirt & Tony Bianco nude pumps

I’ll definitely be looking for more ways to style this baby.

Outfit update

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Forever New top, Jay Jays high waisted shorts, YSL arty ring, Natasha sandals and RayBan folding wayfarers.

It’s starting to get quite hot in the tropics and it’s technically only spring. The great thing about this outfit is not only is it cool and easy to wear, it was also under $100 for the top and shorts.

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Lioness dress, Tony Bianco Shoes, Eclettica clutch

This is my newest number from Princess Polly. The dress was $70 (I think) and is a thicker jersey-like material. So while it’s probably not the coolest dress — given summer is around the corner — I figured if I’m going to be hot, I might as well do it looking hot.

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Zimmermann floating Vase bikini

A new bikini for summer — what could be better? This is my second purchase from Surf Stitch and my gosh they deliver quickly. I’ve loved this floral pattern since I first saw it and finally I decided to indulge a little. Pretty good fit, but I wouldn’t like to wear this top in rough surf or anything.

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Ba&sh top, Paige Premium Denim shorts, Repetto flats, Ray Ban folding wayfarers

Possibly one of my favourite casual outfits right now. It’s so comfy and chic and effortless; not to mention it’s great for the cold classroom to steamy outside transition between classrooms at uni. I will probably wear this till it’s falling apart and looking daggy as all hell.

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. 

Today outfit: an oldie revamped

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Top: Kookai
Skirt: Sass and Bide
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Accessories: Lovisa necklace, New Zealand jade bangle

I’ve worn this outfit before but never with the shoes and necklace. It gives it a slightly edgier look really. Plus I can’t get enough of wearing my Devon boots. It’s a shame it’s so hot or I’d wear them even more. Definitely an outfit I’ll work out how to re-jig for winter with a great jacket perhaps.

Simple Glam Rock Chic

I love coated J Brand skinnies – so very rock chic. There’s no better tank to wear with a pair of skinnies than a Zimmermann silk tank; buy every colour you like and you’ll be guaranteed to use. Paired with my favourite stilettos of the moment, Tony Bianco’s Karissa, and a great box clutch and statement jewellery and you’re good to go. Love this look!

Simple Glam Rock Chic

Zimmermann silk top
195 AUD – zimmermannstore.com

J Brand low rise jeans
$215 – piperlime.gap.com

Shoes
170 AUD – tonybianco.com.au

Floral clutch
$1,495 – cultstatus.com.au

Noir Jewelry gold jewelry
noirjewelry.com