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

A Lofty Affair

The Loft Oyster and Wine Bar is one of my favourite spots to chill with friends and a cocktail or two, so I was really excited when I discovered that they were launching a dinner menu. I mean their cocktails and wine selection are already pretty great, but pairing them with delicious food just took everything to the next level.

I was super lucky to be invited to try the new menu, and already I can't wait to go back. The match between the meals and their respective wine and cocktail has been well chosen by The Loft's resident sommelière. The stand outs for me were the Sous Vide Duck Breast with Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts and Calve Nero paired with the Mosquito Hill Pinot Noir, and the Beef Sirloin with Mushrooms and Chorizo paired with the Garfield  & Thomas Cabernet Merlot.

The cocktails at The Loft are really some of the best in Adelaide, with my picks being the 20th Century Cocktail (gin, lemon, Kina Lillet & cacao) and the White Rabbit Cocktail (Brown Butter Run, smoked maple, fresh lemon and orange juice).

I should also add that the grand and sophisticated, yet relaxed and welcoming ambiance at The Loft definitely adds a lot to the dining experience, and I would highly recommend coming for a dinner with a bunch of friends - after all what fun is dinner without good company?

 I'm wearing: Rag and Bone leather jacket // ASOS top // Mimco necklace
 Left: Sherry Cobbler (pimms, curacao, fino sherry and cucumber); Right: East 8 Hold Up (vodka, aperol, pineapple, lime and passionfruit)
 Pulutan (whole prawns, baby squid, pork belly). This was paired with the East 8 Hold Up Cocktail, Sherry Cobbler Cocktail and the Mosquito Hill Pino Blanc.
 Chicken (poached with ginger broth and wild rice). This was paired with the 20th Century Cocktail and the Mosquito Hill Sauvignon Blanc.
 20th Century Cocktail (gin, lemon, kina lillet and cacao)
 Duck (sous vide duck breast with beetroot, brussels sprouts and calve nero). This was paired with the White Rabbit Cocktail and the Mosquito Hill Pinot Noir).
 Beef Sirloin (with mushrooms and chorizo). This was paired with the Garfield & Thomas Cabernet Merlot.
The ingenious Picasso cocktail. It was served with a mix of vodka and sparkling water, along with a palette of flavoured 'mixers'. One for the artists or control freaks.
Turon (filipino banana and cinnamon sugar pastry with chocolate sauce). This was paired with the Kooinda Milk Porter and El Maestro Pedro Ximenez.

Face of the Festival Launch

That time of the year is almost upon us - yes, that time of year when we pull out our most outlandish outfits and practice standing in heels for hours on end with a tonne of camera equipment.

I was privileged to be invited to attend the Face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival Launch, which was held in Tandanya - a treat in itself to admire the beautiful Indigenous artwork. Complimenting this was a showcase of gorgeous, flowing pieces that were mini artworks in themselves.

The atmostphere was one of excitement and anticipation as the showcase gave way to this year's Face - breathtaking Indigenous model Katarina Keeler in a garnet hued Jaimie Sortino gown.

I get the feeling that this year's AFF is gonna be a good one, so go check out their website for more info on this year's event schedule and tickets!

 I wore: Mok Theorem coat // Alexander Wang blouse // Helmut Lang skirt // Maison Martin Margiela boots

Seedy

There are some days (usually weekends) where all I want to be is comfortable and lazy, but still stylish.

The vast majority of my wardrobe of made up of such pieces, that I can pull out (or pick up off the floor!) and make a decent outfit of with almost zero effort. I think the key to this kind of dressing is to buy quality pieces that are stylish and so comfortable that you can't help but not pull them on at any given chance.

For me, the formula I follow is a pair of leather pants (or a skirt with tights), ankle boots (always leather), a knitted top (wool blend, usually) and a big ol' coat. It's nothing new, really - my friend Crystal from Denchibitionist turned up wearing the same thing - but it works!


 I'm wearing: H&M coat // Camilla & Marc leather pants // Shubar boots // Opening Ceremony top // Sophie Bille Brahe 'Elipse' earring

In Full Blume

Take one look at my jewellery collection, and you'll notice that; 1) it all fits into one tiny box; and 2) each piece could one day be passed on down the bloodline (like some of my pieces were once passed to me).

When I look to purchase a piece of jewellery, I want to be assured that its of the highest quality and is something I will love forever.

My newest jewellery crush is jewellery label Sarah and Sebastian, which focuses on luxurious handmade and bespoke pieces. I'm absolutely enamored with the delicate pieces (and cheeky models) from their new collection 'Blume', and can't resist sharing a few images of some my favourites.

Guardian Alien

A while ago when I was in Brisbane for business, I had the opportunity to visit the Gail Sorronda flagship store along James Street where I had the pleasure to meet the lovely Gail Reid, the designer of the label.

She helped me to pick out these two gorgeous pieces from her 'Guardian Alien' collection, which I have been enamored with ever since. My long time readers will know that I just can't pass up unique pieces, especially if they're a little futuristic - so I kinda feel like these two pieces were made just for me.

I love how this shoot turned out, and can't thank my friends Crystal from Denchibitionist and Mayanthi from Gracious Magazine enough for their assistance.

 Gail Sorronda 'Guardian Alien' dress and cape // Maison Martin Margiela boots // Amber earrings by Pike