Saturday, 30 March 2013

What I wore: LMFF 2013

In my last post, I detailed my experience of my very first L'Oreal Paris Runway event as part of this year's LMFF. It was such an incredible time for me, I'm already hanging out for the next one!

I was hoping that the weather was going to be hot because I was intending to wear my sheer silk blouse by Jolet and my favourite Yeojin Bae silk skirt. However, Melbourne had a bit of a cold spell last week and I had to change my original plans.

I decided to wear a short sleeved cashmere sweater to take the chill off the air and a skirt made from a heavier fabric. This turned out to be the perfect choice for the night. It meant I was comfortable and could enjoy the fabulous evening of fashion.  









I'm not usually one for hair accessories, but I simply couldn't resist this divine handcrafted Cathleen Jia piece. I love how it ties up in a bow at the back. It's an incredibly versatile accessory to own as I've even worn it as a belt (see this post).

Have you ever been in a fashion fix because of the weather? 

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. We're having a quiet family lunch at our house. I'm looking forward to having a relaxing day! What are your plans?

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Wishing you the perfect Easter!

Yours in style,

Suzi x

Sweater: Ralph Lauren
Skirt: Bettina Liano
Heels: Bally
Handbag: Miu Miu 
Headband: Cathleen Jia 


Monday, 25 March 2013

LMFF Paris Runway 7


They say there's a first time for everything and last night saw me experiencing another first; my first ever L'Oreal Paris Runway event! I was filled with so much excitement, as I made my way into Central Pier, Docklands, care of my chauffeur, aka husband

Cuddling up to the cutest Dulux dog I have ever met, was such a sweet way of starting off a night which was going to be filled with many magical moments. I had the pleasure of attending the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Paris Runway 7, presented by Frankie Magazine 




On the runway, the following Australian and New Zealand designers showcased their new Autumn/Winter collections for 2013: Gorman, Kuwaii, Leonard St, Limedrop, Secret South, and my two absolute favourites, Karen Walker and Jolet






Much to my sheer delight, Karen Walker started off the show. I've always been a huge fan of hers, much more so recently. My favourite looks from the Fantastique Magnifique collection were the knits, in the prettiest pastel colours with the cutest of spots. Who can forget that pink A-line coat. LOVE!! I have huge cravings now! 






Another highlight from the night was the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection by Melbourne-based designer, Jolet. My favourites were the "Tokyo Lights" printed sheer blouses and dresses. I'm really fond of Jolet's digital prints and love how she's evokes different moods and stories.




I enjoyed every moment, from meeting the team who made my media accreditation possible, AMPR, to being treated like a VIP, meeting up with my fashion blogger friends, designers and fashionistas. I simply did not want the night to end, but with everything in life, good things must come to an end. I cannot wait to do it all again!
  
Special thanks to the wonderful team at AMPR, in particular Kelly Tanti. I welcome the opportunity to work with you again in the near future to support this fabulous event that is the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. 

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Yours in style,

Suzi x 

Outfit details-
Skirt: Bettina Liano
Sweater in Cashmere: Ralph Lauren
Heels: Bally
Handbag: Miu Miu in Matelasse Cammeo
Headband: Cathleen Jia 

Please note: Runway photography courtesy of the Festival's Official Photographer, Lucas Dawson

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Learning to Accessorise

I'm the first to admit it, I'm not big on accessories. I don't usually like to overdo my look and prefer to keep it simple. So can a minimalist wear them?

I think so. As long as they aren't so, well, chunky? Not for now anyway. I need to start off small.

Simple styles, like this handcrafted and beaded headband by Cathleen Jia, which I've chosen to wear today as a belt, are ideal. 








Are you big on accessories? What are your favourites?

Today was a lovely day spent out with my family. What I wore was just perfect for an afternoon relaxing over lunch and drinks at a pub. Tomorrow evening I'll be attending the LMFF Paris Runway 7, presented by Frankie Magazine, and I'm so excited! Can't wait to tell you all about it.

Oh, yeah! I almost forgot, I had my hair cut a bit shorter this morning during my visit to Rokk Ebony. What do you think about my new do?

Yours in style,

Suzi x


T-shirt: Philippa.K
Jeans: Arabella Ramsay
Heels: Bally
Belt/Headband: Cathleen Jia

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Masquerade

Masquerade: a mask of mystery. Partly hiding away from the world, showing just enough. The eyes are seen, for they are the windows to the soul. Can you see me?

Hiding away, until I feel safe enough to reveal my true persona. Safe enough to reveal the me I want you to see, as I remove my mask so you see the whole of me, in entirety.

Masquerade: a mask of mystery...
















I wore this outfit to a themed Masquerade launch for Cathleen Jia's new bridal collection, Toujours. To see photographs and details of the launch, click here.

Today I visited one of my favourite boutiques, Pearl Rock, located in the gorgeous sea-side suburb of Black Rock, to wish them a very happy 3rd birthday! Pearl Rock have received lots of new Autumn stock, from fabulous designer labels, including Megan Park, Manning Cartell, Sabatini and Karen Walker. Head on down for some champagne and nibbles and while you're there, pick up something fabulous! I did! 

Have a perfect kind of weekend! What are you up to?

Yours in style,
Suzi x 

Dress: Karen Walker from Pearl Rock
Heels: Bally
Mask: Lombards


Thursday, 14 March 2013

Toujours by Cathleen Jia

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the relaunch of Cathleen Jia, including a special preview of her new bridal collection, Toujours. It was held at Angelique, situated right in the heart of Armadale's bridal precinct.  

This wasn't just any runway event though. The theme was Masquerade. Models, adorned with masquerade maskswore Ready-to-Wear Cathleen Jia cocktail dresses, offered scrumptious taste experience of canapes, champagne and refreshing sparkling water, served in quaint crystal glasses, adorned with sweet black satin bows.

In the lead-up to showcasing the collection, guests were treated with a preview of a debut fashion film, which encapsulated the very essence of the Toujours collection; a romantic diffusion of vintage and contemporary styling. 



















Congratulations Cathleen!

With the stunning designer herself, Cathleen Tan, wearing Cathleen Jia

With effervescent designer Adam Tsen, from his eponymous label TSEN

With lovely Lisa from Couturing.com

With Farida. So lovely meeting you. x

With the gorgeous Cathleen Jia  models

Toujours presents an exquisite assortment of made-to-measure luxury, bridal gowns, made of silk, satin and lace, detailed with the most intricate of beading. Handcrafted headpieces compliment each gown perfectly. The collection is truly amazing and is a must for any woman wishing to own a special gown to treasure for eternity.  

I hope you've been having a wonderful week! Thank God it's Friday tomorrow. I'm off to Coal Creek, Korrumburra, for a school excursion. Then I'm looking forward to a well-earned break on the weekend. 

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Yours in style,
Suzi x

Toujours by Cathleen Jia is available by appointment only from the studio at
Level 1 626 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn Vic 3122

New season Ready-to-Wear collection available for  purchase at SWOON from April, 109 Auburn Road, Hawksburn, 3122. 
Contact Brem on 9942 3630. 
 
Dress: Karen Walker
Heels: Bally pumps 
Mask: Lombards 
Bag: Olga Berg
Pearl Earrings: Michael Hill Jeweller
Bracelet: 14ct gold Pandora charm bracelet