Thursday, 29 August 2013

Storm Melbourne Store Opening

New Zealand label Storm have just recently opened their first Australian boutique right here in Melbourne, situated where else but ballin' Chapel St, right near the Toorak Rd end. I was lucky enough to attend the store launch last night and have a little chat with Storm designer, Deborah Caldwell. Storm's style philosophy is all about bridging the gap between chain store and designer with on trend pieces with classic longevity. New designs (which are all limited edition - only 15-20 of each style is produced for each store) drop in store weekly making for constantly on trend and sought after pieces. And of course I was a huge fan of all the black and leather, so if you're on Chapel, I highly recommend paying Storm a visit @ 575 Chapel St South Yarra...

Monday, 26 August 2013

Cameo "White Shadows" Collection

I've been eagerly anticipating the drop of the new Cameo collection, White Shadows, ever since I was the sent the look book a few months ago! I've documented my LOVE for Cameo the label quite a bit in the past - I'm constantly amazed at how high the bar is set as each collection is released. Here are some of my favourite looks from the White Shadows collection. I'm particularly in love with the first rose gold metallic dress and of course anything in the gorgeous smoke print!

(All images courtesy of

View the full collection here...

Saturday, 24 August 2013

My Favourite Candles

Having candles in my home is as important to me as keeping a well stocked fridge. It's a need. So decorating my place so that it not only smells heavenly and has the right ambience, but also feels cozy and chic is ideal when creating a lovely and welcoming living space. I have candles scattered all through out my home, usually in little groups of varying brands and scents that work well when lit together (I love mixing scents and creating my own personal home fragrance). There's nothing more peaceful than unwinding in a calm and candlelit glowing atmosphere created just for yourself. Candles are also my go to when gift giving, it's such a favourite amongst everyone and a perfect treat if you know some people who wouldn't normally justify spending a little more for those luxury favourites.

They can really do no wrong in my book, so here's a little list of my current favourite candles to give you some inspiration when you're gift shopping or looking for a little something new for yourself...

1. Bombardier Designs | Shop here
As you all know I'm a huge supporter of Kayla Bombardier, the creative force behind Bombardier Designs, so these soy candles definitely hold a special place in my home. My favourite scents from the Numbered Collection are Roasted Coffee, Vanilla and Chai Latte. I've just recently been introduced to the Winter Collection which features some mouthwatering cozy scents like Vanilla Latte (my favourite!) and Toasted Marshmallows. These are some unique candles thanks to the wood wicks which create the most beautiful atmosphere - the burning of the wick emulates the sound of a crackling fire, so comforting! I'm also a huge fan of BD candles because you can create personalised candles using initials or names - the perfect and most thoughtful gift. I'm adamant on never burning my Miss. Vydia or my V candle!!

2. Jo Malone Shop here
Where to begin with Jo Malone candles, or in fact, Jo Malone anything?? Jo Malone is the queen of fragrances and if you've ever read up on her, she's actually a very interesting and inspirational woman! The scents from the JM range are the most beautiful blend and the fragrances always last for ages even in a large space. I've tried a few Jo Malone candles but my absolute favourites are Pomegranate Noir, and Nectarine Blossom and Honey. 

3. Diptyque Shop here
My favourite luxury candles! I will admit (especially in Aus) these are a bit of a splurge, but certainly well worth it. These scents represent pure relaxation to me and I always feel calm and less stress whenever one is lit at my place. Baies is my all time favourite scent, but I also love Roses and Baies Noire. Diptyque make the ultimate present and are such a lovely luxury to have around the home!

4. Palm Beach Collection Shop here
I love PBC - I love the heavy glass jars and the fact that they come with a lid! PBC have the most divine range of fragrances, each representing a memory or unique experience. The owners of PBC, Mike and Kirsten are simply amazing people and the extent of their success is purely attributable to how amazing their candles are and the wonderful vision of a laid back, chill lifestyle they portray. My favourite scents from Palm Beach include Quince, Coconut and Lime, and of course French Vanilla. If you want to read a little more about PBC, you can check out my chat with Mike and Kirsten here

5. The Glow Co Shop here
I've only recently just been introduced to The Glow Co candles, but my first scent Hollywood, has me wanting to try out some more! This scent is absolutely divine, TGC describe it as caramel, musk sticks and fairy floss (umm yum!), but if you love super sweet scents like me, you'll love it! The website also have a create your own scent which I'm dying to try, I'm thinking vanilla, vanilla and more vanilla? And at such a reasonable price point, they are definitely worth giving a go!

Hope this has helped inspire some of you! If you have a favourite candle that I haven't mentioned, definitley leave me a comment and let me know!


Monday, 19 August 2013

Pointed Toe Pumps

1. Gianvito Rossi Leopard Print Calf Hair Pumps $707.50 | 2. Nine West Gee $139.95 | 3. Wittner Nique $149.95 | 4. Valentino Studded Patent Leather Pumps $1030.00 | 5. Peeptoe Miss Kourtney $229.00 | 6. Wittner Topper $149.95 | 7. Jimmy Choo Anouk Patent Leather Pumps $542.50 | 8. Senso Olympia $275.00 


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Ted Baker Spring/Summer 2013

The launch of Ted Baker's Spring/Summer 2013 collection was carried out in none other than absolute style and class.  The collection referred to as "The Finishing School" taught guests a few fashionable lessons while being held at the beautiful Medley Hall (aka Melb Uni's residential boarding school). The playful and quirky collection which boasted pops of beautiful magentas and floral prints (perfect for Spring Racing coming up soon!) played a lovely contrast to Ted Baker's typical conservative/preppy approach to styling. But like always, I was more drawn to the neutrals - my favourite piece being the sheer white shirt with crystal embellished collar detailing.  

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

David Jones Spring/Summer 2013

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Melbourne screening of the David Jones Spring/Summer 2013 fashion launch at Bourke St Mall last week. Headed by the new front woman for DJ's fashion, Jessica Gomes, the launch was a great celebration of the new and upcoming Summer collections presented by some of Australia's most talented designers including the likes of Josh Goot, Dion Lee, Camilla and Marc, and Ellery. Key trends including nautical, black and white, and of course my favourite, sports luxe were high on the priorities list.

 Photos by Abana Sohtra (@asohtra)

KNIT: Shilla (available here) | PANTS: MLM (pre-order here) | SHOES: Nine West (available hereNECKLACE: Lovisa (available here


Sunday, 4 August 2013

Outfit Of The Day 22.07.13

It's so weird seeing me not in black pants. But in saying that, this is probably one of my favourite looks in a while. I'm not a huge denim person but I'm loving these jeans from UK label Oasis.  The ombre colouring takes away from the usual conventional and sometimes boring look of typical denim. I decided to stick to neutrals, as always, to keep the focus all about the pants. Love this monochrome striped crew tank from Shilla, such a great staple piece that I cant wait to sport without a jacket once the weather heats up. Speaking of a jacket, I've totally fallen in LOVE with this blazer from Warehouse. Once again, it's a wardrobe essential thanks to the amazing skinny fit and simple design. Love that the pocket zip detailing adds a little something different as well. 

Photos by Abana Sohtra (@asohtra)

BLAZER: Warehouse (available here) TOP: Shilla (available here) | PANTS: Oasis - SOLD OUT (shop similar here) | SHOES: Senso (available hereACCESSORIES: Liberte Rose Gold Cuff (available here) Carly Paiker Rose Gold Love Friendship Bracelet - SOLD OUT


Friday, 2 August 2013