Friday, 28 June 2013

Outfit Of The Day 26.06.13

Following my post on my new label love for Imonni, here's an outfit I wore the other day featuring my new favourite leather look track pants. I've found that a lot of relaxed fitting track pants are just too baggy on me, but I love these which are a bit more fitted and still look skinny even though they definitely have a relaxed look. Pair it up with the hottest shoes going around - the lace up heel - and I'm all good to go. The amazing pair I'm wearing are new from Nine West which I instantly fell in love with. They also happen to be extremely comfortable to wear!  

Photos by Abana Sohtra (@asohtra)

KNIT: Shilla (available here) | PANTS: Imonni (available here) | SHOES: Nine West (available here) | EYEWEAR: Roc (available here)


Thursday, 27 June 2013


Gloria at Maximum Agencies must've thought I was freak when I was literally shouting about how much I was loving their new label, Imonni. Sorry Gloria! But you can totally see why though, check out the amount of black on black on black happening!! I've recently found quite a few gems from Imonni, including my leather look track pants which I wore the other day (and will feature in an outfit post very soon!), and also an amazing black coat with gold zip detailing which I immediately fell in LOVE with. 

I absolutely love supporting new and upcoming labels and when they produce such cool and edgy designs, it's hard not to. Lots of leather, black, quilting and texture  - this is definitely a label to keep an eye out for.

For all stockist enquiries, contact Maximum Agencies


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Outfit Of The Day 14.06.13

I've been obsessed with this faux fur Blesse'd Are The Meek jacket for days, it honestly goes well with everything - from casual outfits to something a little more dressed up. And to top it off, it's the most soft and warm think you'll ever wear, must have for Melbourne mornings. So here I am working it into another black on black on black outfit for you all with my new favourite shoes from Senso (which I literally cant take off these days) and also my DKNY felt hat. 

Photos by Abana Sohtra (@asohtra)

TOP: Nicholas | JACKETBless'ed Are The Meek (available here) | PANTS: Oneoneseven (available here) | SHOES: Senso (available here) | HAT: DKNY


Monday, 24 June 2013

Q&A | Kirsten and Mike from Palm Beach Collection

There's something special about Palm Beach Collection. And it's not just the fact that the brand captures so beautifully the quintessential Australian lifestyle. From the fresh scents that embody not only a certain fragrance but more an experience or memory, to the new minimalistic and chic packaging, I highly doubt there isnt a PBC candle burning at your place right now. 

To celebrate the launch of the new Quince fragrance range and the introduction of the new sleek packaging, I had a little chat to the owners of PBC, Mike and Kirsten on their humble beginnings launching their own home fragrance line and what's to come from this amazing Australian duo. 

Talk us through the creation and philosophy of Palm Beach Collection. How have you and your products evolved from when you first started?
The brand “Palm Beach Collection” has come a long way since its humble beginnings, and I say this with a grin on my face! Picture crazy scientists in white coats pouring over bubbling glass beakers in a garage the size of your cupboard and you have an idea. Our philosophy is, and always will be to bring the home fragrance market of the world an irresistible, yet affordable scented collection that is eco friendly and all Australian made.

We have always maintained a vision for our brand. Our initial developmental strategy was to get our brand name on top from the start. This involved sourcing quality materials, producing a very practical line of high end home fragrance items that our target market falls in love with and selling it in a way that avoids having to sell the products anywhere that could in the long run damage the brand. We still have this vision in mind everyday and expand on this appropriately.

Where did you draw inspiration from for your current fragrances and what inspires you to create new ones?
Both Kirsten and I are inspired by capturing a common sense of feeling in a fragrance. We have found that sensory triggers evoke memories, moods, feeling and emotions. Each individual has their own personal experience of fragrance and that is what makes fragrance so special.
We draw inspiration from our own gardens here in Sydney all the way through to trends and popular scents throughout the world, Paris, NYC, London, Italy. We follow trends all over the world and we also take ideas from our own surroundings. Remaining on trend is very important to staying current and at the forefront.

Your new look products are so lovely and chic, what was your thought process behind the new packaging?
It was time for a change, the old packaging styles had served us so well, however having two made it a bit confusing so we combined the two together. The new packaging has the style and sophistication of the Black along with the relaxed Beach feel that the Stripe had. With these two elements combined with the colour blocking a refreshing new age for Palm Beach Collection has occurred.

You’ve just launched an amazing new scent, quince; talk us through the process of creating a new range.
Yes we have! Quince combines the sweetness of this beautiful fruit with layers and tones of white flower favorites. Mothers Day inspired “Quince” creating a fresh new fragrance for Mum. We came across this amazing combination of fruit and white flower in NYC the last time we travelled, coming home inspired we handed these elements to our lab along with our idea on how to combine them and  created the base oil for all our Quince products.

Palm Beach Collection | Quince Scented Soy Candle | available here

What are your top tips for candle burning and care?
* Trim the wick to 7mm each time before burning to prevent the candle from smoking
* Each time you light your candle, allow it to burn until it has melted evenly to the sides. This will help you achieve an even burn without creating a tunnel and will also help with the scent throw of your candle.
* Do not attempt to snuff your candle with the lid, this can affect the top layer of wax and also is dangerous. Blow it out and leave until the wax is set.

Favourite candle/diffuser from the PBC range?
This is a very easy one for me, White Rose and Jasmine. Jasmine just takes me back to mums front garden when growing up. I just feel warm and safe when I burn it, it is such a powerful sensory memory. Caroline my wife also loves it so much that it became the signature fragrance at our wedding earlier this year, a wonderful addition to a perfect day.

Palm Beach Collection | White Rose & Jasmine Scented Soy Candle | available here

What can we expect to see from PBC in the future?
The golden question - expect better scents, and new products. I won’t give anything away just yet but we have some fantastic and innovative new ideas that will inspire you to keep following this amazing Australian made brand of home fragrance. We love home fragrance!

Visit the Palm Beach Collection website here


Saturday, 22 June 2013

Friday, 21 June 2013

Vivian Ashworth Store Launch

Hope you've all been well! First off, so sorry for not having posted regularly in a while, it was that amazing time of the year again where I regret enrolling in university education (just kidding, I love uni - just not exams). But I really appreciate all the emails and comments I've received over the past couple of weeks asking me where I was!! 

Friday, 14 June 2013

HOLY GRAIL | Alpha-H Liquid Gold Radiance

Alpha-H's Liquid Gold Radiance is exactly what the name suggests. Not literal gold, but it may as well be.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Isabel Marant For H&M

"H&M will team up with Isabel Marant for its latest design collaboration. The collection - which will feature clothing and accessories for men and women - will arrive in stores on November 14."

Now if only H&M hurry up and open their first Melbourne store...


Monday, 10 June 2013

Outfit Of The Day 06.06.13

I hope you guys are all well! I thought I'd do a little post on an outfit I wore the other day. I've been really enjoying the colder days here in Melbourne (ask me this in a few weeks and I'll probs be dying for a little sun), especially because I can play around with some of my favourite coats and jackets that I've picked up this season! One of my FAVOURITE coats that I've discovered recently is this amazing camel coat with leather detailing by Shilla. You all know my love for camel/tan/almond/beige coats this year, and I've absolutely fallen in love with the length and felt material of this Shilla coat. I can definitely see myself wearing the hell out of it this winter! This coat is currently on sale, so if you've had your eye on it, now's the time to pick it up! I've definitely got my eye on the black version now!

And of course why not pair everything up with stripes as per usual? Here I'm wearing a top from Backstage Clothing which is a label you can find at Glue Stores. Love the thick stripes and monochrome colouring - I know some people prefer the black and white stripes over the white and navy. This top is quite sheer and also has a diagonal hem line (which I've tied up on the side, to make it one length).

And finally, the highlight of my outfit (in my opinion), the SHOES!! I'm more than in love with my new Lori I boots from Senso. I've been loving shoes with the metal cap toe detailing recently, and the black snake suede material on these boots add a unique texture to my otherwise usual all black outfits. Here's a little close up of the boots, they are beyond:

Photos by Abana Sohtra (instagram@asohtra)

TOP: Backstage (available here) | COAT: Shilla (available here) | PANTS: Oneoneseven (available here) | SHOES: Senso (available here)


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Cameo The Label | In The Deep

Cameo the label is fast becoming one of my new favourite brands! The past few ranges have been incredible (remember the drop with the leopard print?), and the newest collection, In The Deep definitely has to be my favourite (I'll probably most likely say the same thing for the next collection!). First of all, the editorial for this collection was completely next level - Margaret Zhang looks divine!

I'm absolutely in LOVE with the checked print featured throughout this collection - that blazer and kimono is definitely on my list! And of course I've got my eyes on those monochrome cutout tops! Beyond.

Here are a few of my favourite looks...

View the full In The Deep collection here