50 Shades of Grey

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’50 Shades of Grey’

Universally flattering and a perennial staple, this shade becomes seasonally appropriate with weightier fabrics and structured silhouettes in an array of shades from dove, silver and slate and through to charcoal and marled tones.
Tonal dressing relies on keeping the look cohesive; grey plays well with camel, white, black and blush pink. Adding black to grey-tones adds a nice depth to a haze of moody greys. Alternatively, slip into a nude pump to lighten the overall look for those warmer days.
Less really is more this season with ultra polished silhouettes and sleek designs, minimising the over-worked detailing. Classic cuts in soft muted hues have an understated elegance about them that never date and help to enhance that effortlessly chic appeal. Nix excess accoutrement and opt for one classic statement piece.
I particularly love Sincerely Jules’ addition of a leopard clutch, it breaks up the grey palette without injecting too much colour into the look.

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Coats
Viktoria and Woods Avalanche Coat $549
Witchery Long Line Gilet $149.95
Country Road Long Line Coat $399
Country Road Cape $399

Knits
Viktoria and Woods Rainer Sweater $349
Country Road V Neck Tunic $99.95

Bottoms
Viktoria & Woods Ziggy Jean in White $220
Seed Straight Ripped Denim $89.95
Witchery Waist Zip Jean $129.95
Country Road Marble Pencil Skirt $129

Accessories
Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini in Grey $2400
Kookai Pashma Heels $160
Witchery Kourtney Clutch $99.95
Illesteva Leonard Mirror Sunglasses $220

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Shopping in Seminyak, Bali

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Shopping in Seminyak, Bali

I have just returned from a fabulous trip to Bali & Gili Islands. Despite spending most of my time relaxing/eating/drinking, I always manage to squeeze in a spot of shopping…

I’m going to give you the low down on the five must-visit shops in Seminyak.  Having trawled the various shopping precincts/streets of Seminyak I want to save you the time wandering in the agonizing humidity so you can get back to that villa pool, pronto! So, make a bee line for these five:

Mister Zimi
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(Jalan Kayu Jati No.8X)

Get swept away by a glimmering palette of sun drenched colour in Mister Zimi’s eye-catching prints. Their silhouettes are a nod towards the mod era of the 60s, with exclusive prints that conjure up a vestige of vacations past.

If you’re anything like me and stick to the safety of a monochrome wardrobe, then it’s time for a palette refresh with some of their wonderfully whimsical tropical prints. These pieces are perennial fashion favourites.

Prized possession: My pineapple dress; it’s an oldie, but a goodie (yes, it is black and white…)

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www.misterzimi.com


 Mimpi Mannis Store

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(Jalan Kayu Aya 39)

Mimpi Mannis hosts a collection of fabulously bright shoes and accessories guaranteed to get your pulse racing.  I can assure you,  you won’t come out empty handed!  And the best thing is, their sandals are only around $40.

Favorite pair: couldn’t decide, so I bought two!

Head to www.mimipmannis.com if you’re dying for a pair of these amazing sandals but aren’t heading to Bali anytime soon.

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Gooseberry Intimates

Gooseberry Intimates

(Jl Laksmana Oberoi 117x, Seminyak)

A french inspired lingerie label made locally in Bali, this store guarantees you will walk out feeling ultra confident and sexy toting a black Gooseberry bag in  hand.
Black lace may be rooted in seductive evening intimate wear, but not under the watch of Gooseberry’s designer, these collections are made to be worn and seen under everyday wear. Think sensual and rebellious.

The lust-worthy collection: Innocence; with it’s delicate black lace detailing and bra styles to suit all breast sizes. I also love the ‘Effortless’ collection for everyday comfort.

www.gooseberryintimates.com

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Lulu Yasmine

(Jalan Kayu Aya No.53)

  Monochromanics eat your heart out,  as this place boasts an array of beautiful, achromatic, sleek feminine designs (if colour is your jam, then get your fix at Mister Zimi). This store is all about neutral tones, lace detailing and drapy elegant silhouettes.  Head here for affordable office approved attire and luxe weekend wear.

Hanging out to wear: my boho style kaftan

www.luluyasmine.com

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Magali Pascal

(177x Jl.Kayu Aya Oberoi)

Delight your inner sophisticate with Magali Pascals’ demure silhouettes and intricate lace and crochet detailing.
Offering a neutral colour palette of timeless black, white and cream, their soft vintage inspired silhouettes and figure flattering cuts bring you effortless style.
Made in luxe silk and fluid natural fabrics, these classic pieces will stand the test of time.

Currently coveting: the gorgeous Gatsby Fuji dress

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www.magalipascal.com

Denim and Stripes

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Denim & Stripes

Ready for a fashion getaway?  Denim and stripes are the ultimate power pairing for any summer vacation.

Take your style cue from denim devotee, Sincerely Jules, as she has some serious fashion credentials.
Temper denim shorts with a floaty boho style top or an oversized striped tee for effortless style, topped off with a panama hat for the finishing touch. For the cooler summer evenings, throw on a chambray shirt for extra coverage and revel this 9os revival of double denim, it’s ‘way cool’. Wear this look with your favourite pair of converse for a busy day of site seeing, or slip on a pair of grecian tan sandals for a trip to the beach bar.

To punctuate this fresh summer style, sport a cool pair of reflector shades and 30+ SPF sunscreen by day, or play up this neutral ensemble with a vibrant clutch and classic wedge heel for a summer soiree.

See you on the beach, babe!

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‘The Marjorelle’ Roundie Towel  ($99) – www.thebeachpeople.com
Pivot Vortex Halter Bikini ($250) – www.zimmermann.com
Seed Classic Panama ($59) – www.seedheritage.com
Bohemian Traders Lace Trim Top ($139) – www.bohemiantraders.com
Nobody Denim ‘Groupie’ Shorts ($140) – www.burkeboutique.com
Illesteva Leonard Tortoise (US $180) – www.openingceremony.com
To Save Face 30+ Moisturiser ($) – www.mecca.com.au

Big Hair Don’t Care

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“Big Hair, Don’t Care”

One cannot underestimate the power of GREAT hair, and I say, the bigger the better!

Rock that beach babe tousled hair look or channel your inner Victoria’s Secret angel with soft, seductive waves. If you are like me and your hair sits as straight as an arrow (…not all of us are blessed with naturally wavy hair), then here are some ways to add bounce and personality to your hair this season.

For those who are time poor or are after a more natural, surf tumbled look, spray in some sea salt mist and scrunch hair for effortless wavy tresses. This look is perfect for those days when your hair just won’t cooperate and you can opt for the elegantly dishevelled/’I woke up like this’ look.

If you’re willing to put in some ground work, luscious wavy locks are your one hair style to rule all Summer and will be guaranteed to turn heads. This style is all about the soft movement of your curls. Take your style cue from any Victoria’s Secret model.

Styling Tips:
1. Start with a clean slate; shampoo and condition your hair.
2. Massage in a volumising mousse on the roots of the hair whilst damp.
3. Blow dry hair upside down, using your fingers to separate the strands and add body to your hair.
4. For those seasoned GHD users, grab a strand of hair with the GHD facing down and out at an angle then, using both hands, guide the GHD in a circular motion inward, keep twisting until you reach the end of the hair. Use your index finger to further twist the hair into a ringlet whilst the follicle cools down.
5. For others less confident curling with a hair-straightener, invest in a curling wand. Again, segment the hair and wrap around the wand and hold for 8 seconds, then release.
6. Still looking a little flat? Use a root lifter for added volume ( I sometimes like to back comb at the crown and t-section).

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Living Proof Thickening Mousse ($36) – Mecca Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($35) – Mecca Bumble and Bumble Tihickening Spray ($38) – Mecca Evo Root Canal Base Spray ($26.95) – www.adorebeauty.com.au Evo Haze Styling Powder ($29.95) – www.adorebeauty.com.au

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For those looking to buy a new hair-straightener or curling wand, GHD are giving away a free paddle brush with any purchase until Feb 22nd. Both styles are available at www.mecca.com.au

Mirrored Sunglasses

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Mirrored Sunglasses

Mirror mirror on my face, who’s the hottest in this place?!

No stylish summer outfit is complete without a pair of mirrored sunglasses. Reflective lenses are the perfect antidote to the sizzling summer heat so why not carry some bold attitude with a pair of colourful shades. Whether you’re brightening up a blank canvas of this season’s achromatic tones or going all out colour chameleon, these shades will be your go-to accessory for the season. Trust me.

For more trans-seasonal shades, opt for a neutral frame with silver or gold lenses as these will carry you through the winter months, toning perfectly with an autumnal palette of greys, blacks and camels.

I have an insatiable appetite for mirrored frames, and hence, I have been on the prowl for the perfect pair(s)! So put your best face forward with my line up of your must-have reflector shades:

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 1.  Quay ‘Isabell’ Frames ($50) 2. Roc Eyewear ‘Day’ Green Revo ($89.95) 3.  Ray Ban Aviator Blue Mirror ($229) 4.Ray Ban Clubmaster Silver Mirror (US$130)  5. Le Specs ‘Hey Macarena’  Gold ($59.95)  6. Illesteva Leonard Granite Silver (US$177) 7. Illesteva Leonard Havana Pink (US$177) 8. Ray Ban Aviator Flash Red ($175.95) 9. Illesteva Leonard II Stripes Pink Mirror (US$290).

If you can’t find the style you’re after, then design your own at Illesteva.

 I honestly CANNOT get enough of Illesteva sunglasses at the moment, I want them all!!!

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