Is it Love or Madness?

I have been a big fan of Adelaide label Couture + Love + Madness since first seeing designer, Cristina Tridente's collection at the 2013 Adelaide Fashion Festival.

The attraction of C+L+M pieces lie in their unique cuts, exquisite fabrics and bespoke fit. Cristina's AW14 collection entitled 'Silk Road' is no different, with gem-like pieces that glow with life regardless of the wearer.

I was very fortunate to be invited to C+L+M's very first runway show, which was held in a warehouse off Wyatt street, brimming with character. While every piece was beautiful, my personal favourite was a gold and blue dress with a gold mesh overlay (photo three, left hand side).


So Lucious

It's no secret that travel is something that has defined my life. I pretty much grew up traveling around the world with my parents on various business trips, to visit relatives and to explore new countries and alternate ways of life. I'm also no stranger to more permanent 'adventures', having lived in three different countries in my childhood, and a number of different towns and cities within each country.

Now, as an adult (can I call myself an adult yet?) I find myself traveling more and more, particularly for work. As a seasoned adventurer, there is nothing I find more valuable than comfort and hygiene, especially in travel friendly sizes which are easy to stash in a pocket or handbag.

My friends at Lush were kind enough to send me some such goodies, which have been invaluable on recent trips (as well as sleepovers). I've always been a big fan of their Dream Cream, which is very hydrating but not greasy (very important!) and also their shampoo bars (I have the Ultrashine Bar) which smell amazing and are easy to store.

Also of note are the Chou Chou Toothy Tabs, a clever alternative to keeping teeth clean (am I the only one who's toothpaste always decides to explode everywhere in my bag?), the Ultrabalm and Honey Trap lip balms (much soothing, so soft) and the Popcorn lip scrub and Sun body scent (which both smell like heaven).

Lush also recently re-launched their brand with new in-store and online experience - full of irresistible products handmade from ethically sourced ingredients. Walking past their store on Rundle Mall can be very dangerous for one's bank account... do so at your own risk!


Miu Miu Wallet // Glasshouse 'Kakadu' travel sized candle // souvenirs from Japan // Popcorn Lip Scrub // Amber earrings by Pike // Mimco bracelet // Honey Trap // Sun
Chou Chou Toothy Tabs // Dream Cream // Ultrashine Shampoo Bar // Diamond and Sapphire ring, handed down from Grandma to me // Akoya pearl earring by Sophie Bille Brahe // Ultrabalm // Freshwater pearl sunglasses by Chanel

Manhattan

It's no secret that celebrity chef Sean Connolly has in the last few weeks opened up his newest restaurant, Sean's Kitchen in the casino. Before heading off to the Finesse Lingerie Show as part of the Adelaide Fashion Festival, a bunch of friends and I decided to check it out.

The restaurant is very beautiful; reminiscent of mid century New York with a menu to match. If you've been watching too much Mad Men (like I have), Sean's Kitchen can fix you up that Old Fashioned along with a Chicken Kiev and side serve of Mac and Cheese. I promise, you'll leave counting down the days till you go back.

There aren't too many times per year when one can completely dress up. The Adelaide Fashion Festival opens up a number of opportunities, so for this event I channeled a bit of old school opulence with a touch of futurism.

This by johnny dress (from Niki Belle) is my new favourite go to piece for all evening occaisions. It's flattering, comfortable and a lot of fun!

Dress by johnny (via Niki Belle) // Jacket vintage maribou // Necklace custom golden south sea pearl

Photography by Tsega Assefa

Polar Opposites

Recently, I've been all about adding clothes to my wardrobe which are super comfortable, stylish and good quality. This season, I'm very drawn to longer skirts (of the wrap and pencil varieties) and matching top and trousers sets.

I bought this Dion Lee wrap skirt as a present to myself after being offered my dream job with my dream company. I also have my eye on a number of pieces from the new ASOS White collection - I think this is their very best collection ever!

 
I'm wearing: ASOS White top // Dion Lee wrap skirt // Shubar boots // Chanel sunglasses

Photography by Tsega Assefa

Chasing the Sun

Late Spring, early Summer is one of my favourite times of year. Most of the pollen has passed (with the hay fever that it brings) and days are warm and pleasant.

This season, I'm really breaking out the pastel colours which I feel match the season so well. Warm enough to wear a light dress, but not so hot that jackets and coats are forgotten.


Topshop Unique (FW13) dress // H&M coat // Zara boots // Tony Bianco sunglasses

Photography by Tsega Assefa

Aesop's Fables

Aesop has been a long standing favourite of mine when it comes to non-greasy but super moisturising creams that leave you smelling as like far away places.

There has been a great deal of intrigue surrounding the opening of their Rundle Street store since it's location was announced months ago, and I was lucky enough to attend their VIP launch party with my friend Crystal from Denchibitionist.

Every Aesop store is uniquely designed, and this one touches home with the use of Blonde Tasmanian Oak and green antique marble. It has a distinctly modern, yet Victorian feel and is complete with a serene lounge suite for relaxing while trying their beautiful products.

Their very friendly and knowledgeable staff helped us to drinks and product trials throughout the evening, and it was interesting to learn more about the brand and their vision for the Rundle Street store.

Find the store and experience Aesop yourself at:

232 Rundle Street
Adelaide, SA 5000




Balenciaga Blues

Sooo, those Baleciaga Cut-Out boots. You know the ones I mean. Sold out faster than the plane trip from Australia to Europe (and cost about the same amount as well).

I got my hands on them about a year ago, after selling my second kidney for needed funds (hah) and placing a very quick order with Perth boutique, Cult Status.

After much anticipation, they finally arrived and thus began our complicated relationship. While being extremely beautiful and well made, they are the most uncomfortable shoe I've ever worn. After wearing these for no more than 10 minutes, I literally could not feel my feet. I know fashion is meant to equal pain and all that - but seriously - there is no other shoe that I would have put up this level of discomfort for.

Fast forward to the present day, and the boots and I are still together and in a happy relationship. It took no less than 3 or 4 months of wear to break them in, but now they are one of my most comfortable partners in crime. Definitely worth it, since wearing them is like adding rocket fuel to any outfit.

I'm wearing: Rag & Bone leather jacker // ASOS top // Helmut Lang skirt // Balenciaga boots // Chanel sunglasses // Mimco necklace

Photography by Mayanthi Dharmabandu