Apr 16

Smitten with Style seminar

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I went along to this Wardrobe Planning & Personal Style Workshop in March. After a year of trying hard to Compact last year, I’ve really gone the other way when it comes to buying new clothes. The seminar was interesting and it did well to include a group of about 15 really different aged and sized women. They really skimmed through the sorting out your wardrobe part. That’s something I have to work out on my own unless I pay for a personalised Wardrobe Consultation. Participants were asked to bring in an item from their wardrobe that they wanted advice on. I brought in a new pair of grey Country Road jeans that I bought (on sale) and tried to ask as many questions as possible in the few minutes I had with the stylist. Eg. How high should I take these jeans up to? Where is a good place to buy & get bras fitted? What is my body shape? There was a plentiful morning tea/lunch spread but hardly any of it was eaten. Maybe everyone was watching their weight??? The cost was $75 which I thought was a bit expensive, but I did find out that my body shape is rectangle, when I thought I was a small pear 😉 I also received a goodie bag which I wasn’t expecting. I think their peronalised service would be really worthwhile if I could justify the cost.

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Aug 16

There is a competition in Grazia magazine to be a blogger for 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty in September. You need to write 300-350 words in the style of a gossip blog. So I did. The magazine (the printed paper version) says to enter, log on to grazia.com.au to submit your entry. What sucks is that I can’t seem to find anywhere on their website to enter the comp – in fact they don’t even mention this on their competitions page. What gives? Such a shame the competition closes at 11:59pm AEST on August 17. I can’t even ring up or email anyone to find out more. AND, their isn’t even any Contact Us details on the Grazia website. AND it’s part of ninemsn which Dave advises me, sucks. Anyway, here is my entry:
On a cold and bitter Wednesday night, Honka Princess and I (Australian Rozie) ventured down to the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival for Review Show #1. Firstly we went up to the MLC Centre for pre-show drinks in the Rosemount VIP Wine Bar. We were greeted by very friendly staff who gave us a bag that included MAC make-up and a bottle of wine. We tried to get our hands on as much free food as possible, but sadly the waitress just passed us by, surely they knew we weren’t models and we wanted to eat. Just to make sure that A-listers’ shit don’t stink, they had Jo Malone candles in the ladies toilets!
We headed into the big marquee in the middle of Martin Place for the show. Luckily, I bumped into my brother who had spare tickets. His seats were much better than the ones we had, so we took them. Honka Princess went around to grab the goodie bags that were on the seats we didn’t take, she ended up with three bags – always the frugal princess. We ended up sitting right at the end of the runway, just in front of the the photographers, in the second row behind Simon Lock’s shiny head. The show featured Australian designers such as Alex Perry, Camilla, Easton Pearson, Lisa Ho and Hotel Bondi Swim. The models didn’t smile much. I don’t know why they didn’t look happy, if I had a body like that I’d be laughing. The clothes in the parade covered everything from cocktail dresses to bikini’s. The music was quite terrible, there was a Blondie track (how predictable), some of the mixing was really messy and they played a god-awful electro-clashy song that used the lyrics of Careless Whisper. Could do better! Before we knew it, the show was over and everyone was filing out. I saw the always perky, Catriona Rowntree and the Director of the MCA, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor (please, you’ve got to lose the tartan, even Isabella Blow changed her hats).

Dave said it was a bit negative, but I was just being a bitchy gossip girl.
You can see some more photos of the night here
Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

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May 08

Dear Handbag Queen…

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I like handbags. Sometimes I want to buy them online. I like mid-priced handbags ($100-$200). When buying online, I want to see the product (with detail) before I dish out the money. Otherwise I just have to go to the shops and touch them. I don’t want a crappy little out of focus image. I want to see the back and front of the bag, the pockets, zips, straps, handles and what’s inside (mobile phone holder?, more pockets?). Handbag Queen isn’t the only web store that does this obviously, but I just happened to be looking at their site and it bites. If you want to see a great bag buying site (obviously they don’t have the same type of bags, but anyhoo) check out Rushfaster. They have great choice, simple navigation and great pictures of the products.

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Apr 01

I’ve just checked out the latest Designers for Target range by Zac Posen. The clothes are very dressy, there are some nice special occasion dresses priced around $300. It’s not really my style, but if you were going to a ball and didn’t have $2000 to spend on a dress… you’d scrub up OK. BTW you can’t just walk into Target and get the Ottoman dress (the really nice one), you have to put your name down and go in a draw to be allocated one. In fact, they aren’t even going to display this dress in the store. These will definitely get snapped up but the other stuff I don’t think so.
There are 2 ranges (available only in Australia) which go on sale this week. There is the Glamour range and the Tailored range. In the Tailored range, is the the most hideous outfit I’ve seen this side of 1991!!! It is the Pompeii Print Tie Neck shirt and Wide Leg Pleat Detail pant. It comes in the colour “Turkish Coffee”, let’s call it – a revolting brown!
Check out Designers for Target here

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