Saturday, 23 February 2013

Gold Brocade

Late last year, I saw this beautiful cream and gold brocade skirt in one of my favourite boutiques in Port Melbourne, Diva Scandinavia. I was hoping to find something to wear for Christmas, but nothing caught my eye. Just when I was about to give up, my husband drew my attention to their sales rack. There it was, the skirt of my dreams, and it was half price! How could I resist? An added bonus was the fact this it was a limited edition piece. SOLD!

The funny thing about this skirt was that prior to purchasing it, I had a picture in my mind of the exact same type of brocade skirt, but thought I'd have to get it made because I had seen nothing like it in any of the shops I frequent. Little did I know that I would find it hanging on a rack, ready made, and in my size too. Life's funny like that sometimes. Some things are just meant to be.












I had another very full-on week of work and the Summer holidays I had not that long ago now feel like a distant memory. I've certainly been faced with some challenges at work of late, but have risen above them a stronger person, with a vision for a promising year. I think it's really important that no matter how hard things may get, one must never, ever give up.

I'm also very happy to say I managed to find time in between all of my work commitments to apply for media accreditation for the LMFF in March. Cross your fingers that it is approved. One can only live in hope. Plus, if you don't try, you won't succeed. 

Wishing you the perfect kind of weekend!

Yours in style,
Suzi x


Skirt: Maria Westerlind
Top: Max & Co
Heels: Bally

 


Saturday, 16 February 2013

Stripes and Sequins

It's been another hot Summer's day in beautiful Melbourne. We have had a run of great weather of late, which I can now fully appreciate, since it's the weekend!

I love wearing natural fabrics in Summer; my favourites being cottons and silks. I found this striped cotton top in a space bag which lives underneath my bed in the cooler months. I've only just started to wear it again, as I had forgotten all about it. Ah, nothing beats shopping in your own closet!













I used to wear this striped T with shorts for a very casual beach look, but now I love dressing it up a bit with a classic black skirt and some chic sequins.

Do you love shopping in your closet too?

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend so far. I'm looking forward to going to my aunty's house tomorrow for lunch to celebrate her birthday. The weather is going to be nice and warm again. Now I just need to decide what to wear...

Keep in touch,

Yours in style,
Suzi x


Top: Bonds
Skirt & Belt: Max & Co
Ballet Flats: Repetto from Treasurette


 

 





Saturday, 9 February 2013

Weekend Bliss

My first full week back at work seemed to go on for so L-O-N-G! I was singing Alleluia, very loudly mind you, when Friday finally arrived upon my doorstep! 

Weekends for me are pure bliss! I just can't get enough of them. The only downside is that, before I know it, they're gone and the new week of work begins once more. As I ease myself into the working week, I start to look forward to the weekend all over again! 

Today is my favourite day of the weekend. Saturdays seem to give me a zap of energy, which always make me feel like dressing up and taking myself off somewhere. 






I chose my beautiful Miu Miu handbag, which is just perfect for running errands, always looks cute and is so versatile with its detachable strap. Along my travels, I stopped off at my beauty suppliers to buy some cute Essie nail polishes. Stay tuned for more details!

 
 

Here's my five top reasons for why weekends for me are pure bliss:

#1 No alarm clock (Yippee!!)
#2 Spending time with friends & family
#3 Dressing up/wearing high heels (deemed unsafe when on yard duty!)
#4 Time to relax and unwind
#5 Plenty of time to SHOP 'til you drop!!(My favourite weekend pastime, of course!)

What makes your weekend blissful?

Yours in style,
Suzi x
 Top: Filippa K from Diva Scandanavia
Skirt: Max & Co 
Wedge booties: Repetto from Treasurette
Bag: Miu Miu Matelasse in Cameo

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Ginger & Smart in Melbourne

I was so excited to hear that Ginger & Smart were opening up a boutique right here in Melbourne. I was even more excited to find out that they were going to be situated right in the heart of Hawksburn Village, home to several beautiful boutiques and designers.

Ginger & Smart is the label behind two very talented and creative sisters, Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, whom already have three stores, located in Sydney, Melbourne being their fourth.

Upon entry, I was instantly impressed by the interior design elements of the store itself, with polished floorboards, clean lines and hints of metallics throughout, including delicate rose gold & velvet lined coat hangers. 

I was greeted with a glass of sparkling champagne on arrival and a warm, friendly welcome. I chatted at length to one half of Ginger & Smart, Alexandra, whom I found to have such a warm and down-to-earth persona. It was a real pleasure meeting her today & I wish Alexandra and her sister, Genevieve, every success with their gorgeous new Melbourne boutique.




Showcased inside this fabulous space, lives the fabulous new Ginger & Smart Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, Between Somewhere and Nowhere. The inspiration behind this collection is the order and disorder of ancient rug techniques from all around the world. 

Julia Nobis has been chosen as the perfect muse for this collection because she represents a woman with a "fierce and modern" persona, whom is seen as "polished and otherworldly".


 
For me, the stand-out pieces from this collection would have to be the mandarin coloured pants and blazer, the Talisman (Talisman is actually an ancient oriental rug technique) sleeveless dress in Egyptian blue and the cream/gold jacquard printed pieces. LOVE!! I can see these pieces working really well with my existing wardrobe and the pops of mandarin will brighten up any dull & dreery Autumn/Winter Melbourne day. 

























Ginger & Smart are also available from select boutiques and David Jones stores, both throughout Australia and internationally, in the UK, Hong Kong and Denmark. You can also get your hands on one of their gorgeous pieces online, where they are able to ship internationally as well, for those of you living outside these areas. 
 
Why not take a trip down to 566 Malvern Rd, Hawksburn to check out this fabulous new space and their new collection for yourself AND if you mention this feature on my blog within the next three days, you can become a Black VIP Customer, entitling you to 15% off in store!! Now that's something NOT to miss out on. Offer is valid until Wednesday, 6th February, so hurry in to avoid disappointment. x

I hope you've had a fabulous weekend, doing the things you love! I had a bit of a scare yesterday as my hard disk drive died on me and I became increasingly worried that I would have to replace the laptop itself, BUT thanks to my  techno-whiz of a hubby, everything is restored back to its original technical glory. Thank God!!

Wishing you a beautiful week!

Yours in style,

Suzi x

1. ginger&smart.com