Saturday, 30 November 2013

Summer Street Style

(All images sourced from Google)

Summer is here and it's time to get inspired while transitioning your wardrobe! I'm quite partial to the "balance rule", i.e. keeping your top half covered if you're showing some skin on the bottom and vice versa. Let me know what your style notes for summer are!

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Ask Vydia | Fitness Fashion

Hi Vydia!! Just wanted to tell you how much I love the blog, every post is so helpful. Could you please recommend some work out clothes you wear and ones that look nice? Thank you, Tiarne


Step 1: Look the part. I'm a huge believer of the notion look good, feel good and there's nothing like sporting a chic ensemble to get you motivated, outside and working out. However, in saying this, splurging on activewear tends to be a bit of a drainer on the bank account! So it's important to keep quality at the top of the agenda and to also pick pieces that are comfortable and can take you from season to season, and even from workout to the street.

When it comes to workout gear, I prefer to keep it simple and sleek with a bit of a modest take (you wont see me in simply a sports bra with bike shorts whilst running the tan). I also love activewear that doubles up into street wear, pieces like loose tanks and running tights transition easily from working out to running errands. I'm not a huge fan of colour (in general haha) but I do like little pops of neon in my shoes and accessories in particular, when it comes to activewear. Nike can do no wrong in my opinion, but I have also recently been loving pieces from First Base and Pilot Athletic.

Here are some of my favourite work out pieces currently in my wardrobe and some that defs need to be added to the shopping list...

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1. Adidas by Stella McCartney Run Performance Tight $120.00 (available here) | 2. Pilot Athletic Aviatrix Leopard Mesh Tight $ 120.00 (available here) | 3. Body Science Elite Athletic Tight $150.00 (available here) | 4. First Base Gym Shorts $79.00 (available here) | 5. The Upside Run Short $89.95 (available here)

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1. Pilot Athletic Aviatrix Leopard Mesh Crop $100.00 (available here) | 2. First Base Cropped Sweat Top $89.00 (available here) | 3. First Base Pocket Tank $69.00 (available here) | 4. Nike Rival Hooded Jacket $400.00 (available here)


shoes
1. Nike Free Run +2 (available here) | 2. Nike Free 5.0 V4 (available here) | 3. Nike Free TR III (available here) | 4. Adidas by Stella McCartney Ararauna Shoes (available here)

accessories
1. Beats by Dre Solo HD Headphones $259.00 (available here) | 2. Missoni Home Omar Printed Cotton Towel $200.00 (available here) | 3. Nike + Sportwatch GPS $200.00 (available here) | 4. Bag Ladies Canvas Tote $35.00 (available here) 

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Aje Resort 13/14

(Images courtesy of www.a-j-e.com.au)

View the complete Aje Resort 13/14 Collection here 

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Ask Vydia | Jewellery Favourites + Silkstonewood Q&A

Hi Vydia I love your style and was wondering if you could do a blog post on some of your favourite jewellery and what type of pieces you like to wear. What are your favourite brands for jewellery? Love Kara xxxxx

You all probably figured it out by now but I'm OBSESSED with rose gold everything. I think it particularly looks good on bronzed skin as it has a tendency to somewhat enhance a tan! I'm not a very picky person when it comes to jewellery labels, I find that you can uncover some real treasures from all ends of the spectrum - even from Lovisa to Net-a-Porter.   

Here are some of my current favourite pieces from my collection...
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1. Liberte Rose Gold Cuff (available here) | 2. Liberte Rose Gold Collar (available here) | 3. Carly Paiker Rose Gold Aztec Friendship Bracelet (available here) | 4. Carly Paiker Rose Gold Love Stone Friendship Bracelet (available here) | 5. LUX by TSN Rose Gold Bangle (available here)
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1. Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer Gold Nimue Bracelet (available here) | 2. LUX by TSN Evil Eye Necklace | 3. House of Ivy Personalised Capri Bracelets (contact here) | 4. Grace and Scarper Initial Necklace (available here| 5. Grace and Scarper Multi Star Necklace (available here)

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1. A Peace Treaty Coiled Silver Choker (available here) | 2. Lovisa Ear Cuff (available here) | 3. Rue Gembon Silver Circle Charm Necklace (available here) | 4. Celeste Tesoriero Rose Gold and Silver Ring Set (available here| 5. Lovisa Assorted Rings (shop here)

I'm in love with anything personalised, so I instantly fell in love with my Grace and Scarper initial necklace and House of Ivy initial bracelet, and with the holiday season fast approaching, these pieces would be the perfect gift to give if you're after something unique and thoughtful. I'm also a huge fan of fine rings on each finger, and I've found some great pieces from Lovisa and silkstonewood. My favourite are these set of 3 half rose gold/half silver rings from Celeste Tesoriero from silkstonewood, love the versatility of the two metals.  

I was lucky enough to have a chat with Meredith, the creative force behind one of my favourite online stores silkstonewood, to discuss fashion with a conscience, designers we need to keep an eye out for, and of course all the upcoming trends for Spring/Summer 2014...

Your online store is beautiful, talk us through the silkstonewood story and how it all came to life.
I created silkstonewood because I wanted to do something that was aligned to my values. I have a background in retail fashion merchandising. I love fashion and design, but I also care deeply about the environment, human and animal rights and am inspired by the work of charities such as Amnesty International, The Australian Conservation Foundation (who silkstonewood donates to monthly) and Animals Australia. This is where my passion for ethically produced products has stemmed from.

What is the philosophy behind SSW, especially the concept of ethical style?
silkstonewood offers a contemporary collection of jewellery and lifestyle pieces, handpicked from independent Australian and international designers. All the collections at silkstonewood are ethically made – which means the artisans who make the goods are paid and treated fairly, which in turn enables them to develop their trade and prosper. In addition, as I’m a vegetarian it is important to me that silkstonewood only offers pieces that are free of animal products such as leather, suede and fur.   

Describe the ultimate SSW girl/muse
I think the silkstonewood customer loves fashion but isn’t a slave to it – she has a strong sense of her own style. She likes to invest in quality and loves to not only look good, but feel good about what she buys too.

What process do you go through when choosing which designers and pieces to stock online?
Each designer I stock has their own unique style, but at the same time each range has to complement the other. Before I start working with a new designer, I find out how their products are made and who makes them to ensure the brand fits within the silkstonewood ethos.
I do wear many pieces from the collection. My own personal style is fairly understated and I love classic, well tailored pieces and layering with jewellery.

What is your favourite label/designer currently stocked at SSW and which designers should we keep an eye out for?
They are all very special in their own way. I personally love Noot for its modern, asymmetrical shapes, soft feminine necklaces and bracelets. Each piece is made by hand in a tiny studio in Paris; it is a unique collection and exclusive in Australia to silkstonewood. At the moment I’m also loving the rock n’ roll goes glam aesthetic of Bones and Feathers Collective, each piece is created using recycled brass and gold.

What trends do you see emerging on the jewellery front for Spring/Summer 2014?
Raw stones and crystals are a key trend and a really chic way to add a boho feel to your look, think Pushmataaha, The 2 Bandits, A Peace Treaty and the raw hand-cut crystal necklaces from Maripossa and Bones and Feathers Collective.
Layering jewellery is also a gorgeous laid back look for summer, wearing different length necklaces, stacked cuffs, bracelets and rings too. This look can be achieved with just about any of the pieces at silkstonewood.
Metallics are another important trend for spring/summer and if you’re not ready to shimmer from head to toe, you can try this trend using jewellery and accessories. Look for collections from Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer, Noot, Mettle Fair Trade and the classic cut pieces from Celeste Tesoriero.

 What can we expect to see in the near future from SSW?
I will continue to source new and independent designers to ensure the collection continues to evolve, as well as showcase our current designers that continue to do amazing things. I’m really excited about the new collections that have just arrived from Bones and Feathers, Eleanor Bolton and The 2 Bandits. 

Visit the silkstonewood website here

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Styling | The VR Verdict x Chadstone


I was very excited to be asked by The Fashion Capital - Chadstone, to style a couple of looks to celebrate the much anticipated beginning of summer fashion. The two outfits I styled (pictured on the far right) were inspired by Melbourne's fashion and lifestyle and our perspective on the upcoming party season and of course taking into consideration our indecisive weather! The first look (pictured second from the far right), features all pieces from Karen Millen. This was my event/going out look, so I decided to stay true to my personal style and go with the all black (obviously) but keep it a bit light with the collared sheer lace shirt paired with a versatile wax coated jean. Throw on a structured blazer, or better yet, tie it around your waist, and you're good to go. The second look (pictured far right) was my casual day look styled with pieces from French Connection. I'm currently loving the midi skirt as a key piece for Summer. Denim and stripes have been a staple pairing in my wardrobe all throughout winter so I defs felt it necessary to continue the trend in to Summer! 

Friday, 15 November 2013

Outfit Of The Day 29.10.13


TOMBOY. Loving this tee from Melbourne label Imonni. The super light weight material makes it seriously comfortable and perfect for the upcoming warmer months. I was feeling a little tomboyish that day, so I decided to bring out the Supras but don't worry I made sure they were leopard print so I wasn't entirely mistaken for a guy...

Photos by Abana Sohtra (@asohtra)

TEE: Imonni (available here) | LEATHER: Indiana by Freda (available here) | PANTS: Current/Elliot | SHOES: Supra (available here) | TOTE: Cabin and Cove (available here)

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