Primary School

Pop In Primary Colours Inspired by Balmain

When I saw this Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection I almost died and went to heaven. Not only is it super colourful (now that I love colour, I can't get enough of it) but it is sexy too. My absolute favourite number is the belted dress shown in photo 5. Someone hand me a larger bank account so I can get my hands on that dress please!

Most of us can only look on with awe and watch supermodels get dressed in Balmain. However sometimes I get lucky on eBay and in the sales overseas. Very rarely though since the price point is so high. That doesn't stop me putting together an outfit inspired by these Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear runway looks though.

First let's look at their elements. Primary colours. Check. Transparency. Check. Belts at waist for extra oomph. Check. Comfortable fabrics. Check. Wearability. A BIG check. I've already said the Mondrian inspired dress in photo 5 is my favourite. However the all red ensemble in photo 4 is a close second. There I go again - loving pleats at the moment. 

With all these things in mind let's also look at primary colours on the street. The primary colours in the dress in photo 6 are broken up by the crisp white stripes which allows Miroslava Duma to wear a comfy pair of white sneakers. The bright coat in photo 7 is all this street style look needs to pull it into this season. I especially love the matching top and skirt in photo 8. Plus you can't go past the stripe statement ribbed Céline dress in photo 8.

I've put together my own Primary School outfit based on the photos I have included in this post. But shhhhh... Don't tell anyone... It's also inspired by what is currently on sale online. You may also notice that I have included a purple coat in this ensemble. Yes - the outfit is mostly red and blue. However you want a statement piece, and going one step around the colour wheel can provide you with just that. A coat that stands out in an already bright outfit!

How bright can you go? Check out my Do It Yourself! Outfit at the bottom of this post. Do you love the Balmain show as much as I do? Comment at the end of the post!

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

NYFW Spring 2015 Street Style, photo from ellecanada.com

NYFW Spring 2015 Street Style, photo from ellecanada.com

Primary Colours Street Style, photo from style bistro.com

Primary Colours Street Style, photo from style bistro.com

Primary Colours Street Style, photo from lyonsfeel.com

Primary Colours Street Style, photo from lyonsfeel.com

NYFW Spring 2015 Street Style, photo from stylebydeni.com

NYFW Spring 2015 Street Style, photo from stylebydeni.com

Do It Yourself! Brights Ensemble

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The Perfect Lunchy

Welcome to my next Collaboration - it's with Melbourne based Tana & Hide and their lovely Lunch Bag Leather Clutch. I had mine custom made.

Tana & Hide is the brainchild of Georgia and was created from two ideas. One was to be able to do something for the street children who spend hours selling things to tourists in Bali, Indonesia. These children don't attend school in order to help their families survive. Georgia had been drawing bags and ideas for leathergoods which she longed to bring to fruition. She then had the fantastic idea of merging the two ideas together, making beautiful designer leather bags in Indonesia where she could support families and children. Some Tana & Hide bags are hand made by Georgia and others are made by masterful leather craftsmen in Bali.

Tana & Hide has developed relationships with tailors that have small businesses. These businesses train and provide excellent facilities for their employees and take on apprenticeships with young Balinese workers interested in learning the art of leathercraft.

Tana & Hide have over 100 coloured leathers to choose from, so it was easy to pick the style of bag I wanted and the colour I was after. I finally have a white bag to wear with my Burberry booties that I love to much.

Check out the outfit below. This outfit was shot in the warmth of this past weekend in Sydney. What did you do over the warmer weekend we just had? A picnic? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

Head over to the Tana & Hide Etsy store to buy yours. You can choose from a wide range of styles too if this Lunch Bag Clutch is not your thing.

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties & Jacket

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties & Jacket

Dion Lee Dress, Burberry Booties

Dion Lee Dress, Burberry Booties

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties

Dion Lee Dress, Burberry Booties & Jacket

Dion Lee Dress, Burberry Booties & Jacket

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties

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Hawkeye Vintage; Melbourne à la Mode

July 23rd - 25th, The George Ballroom, 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Melbourne

Do you like Vintage? Love a good bargain? Live in Melbourne? Are you going to Melbourne? Then this event is for you. On Thursday 23rd July 2015, Melbourne à la Mode will kick off its first ever pop up shop event with a fabulous night of fashion and fun at the VIP launch event hosted by Hawkeye Vintage.

The VIP event will feature fabulous music, a shared fashion show with comedic darling JMAC as MC. Guests will be treated to champagne and nibbles while they shop to their hearts’ content. Following the VIP launch, the pop up shop will be open to the public July 24th and 25th.

Set at the recently refurbished George Ballroom in St Kilda, the event will feature a curated collection of fashion, from Australia’s best fashion brands such as Lady Petrova, The Eternal Headonist, Micky in the Van, Dainty & Bold and T.Serafina. 10% of the event profits will be donated to Assist a Sista, an Australian charity supporting women recovering from domestic abuse.

Melbourne a la Mode will be the first collaborative pop up shop of its kind and will continue as an annual event in celebration of all things fashion! Email info@hawkeyevintage.com for VIP access and any inquiries.

To mark this special occasion Hawkeye Vintage gave me lots of vintage goodies to dress up in. Check out the outfit post below.

I have styled a fabulous Chanel Vintage jacket and a Céline silk scarf with my new Balenciaga bag courtesy of Harrolds: Women Westfield Sydney.

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

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The George Ballroom, 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Melbourne

The George Ballroom, 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Melbourne

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Wear a Fringe Skirt Now - Weather be Damned

I've been eyeing off the Spring 2015 fringe skirt trend for a while now. I'm envious of all these bare legs from the other side of the globe - summer where are you? I've decided I'm going to wear one anyway. I'll just buy a good pair of tights so I can wear mine all year round.

First I had to find some inspiration for an outfit of my own - what better place to start than some amazing street style. This first shot below got me thinking about another make my own on a budget projects. I am thinking I might get crafty again and make my own feather shoes. But more on that a bit later...

I really like this first stripe fringe skirt because it is not your typical fringe position, plus the stripes make it a bit more edgy. The second street style shot is by far my favourite, and if you scroll down to look at my Do It Yourself! section, you'll see that it is the outfit that has informed my own fringe ensemble the most. I love the belt because it gives the waist a lovely shape.

Olivia Palermo has also used a belt to her advantage in the third street style shot. I love these nude sandy tones she has put together. However since I am a winter I can only look on in envy since I can't wear her colours. Her suede fringe skirt is to die for though.

Street shot 4 of the black and red dipped ensemble is another favourite as this lovely lady is wearing my colours really well. She looks like she is having a ball twirling for the camera. The other shot I will mention is photo 5 taken at Paris Fashion Week because I love how this show goer has injected colour into her outfit with her shoes, fringe skirt and yellow Moschino camera and strap phone case. You know the one right?

Head down the bottom of this post to check out my warmer fringe skirt outfit. You'll be able to wear this no matter the weather.

Do you own a fringe skirt? Have you had it for a while? Which is you favourite street style shot here? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from apairandaspare

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from apairandaspare

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from toovia

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from toovia

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from thefashiontag.com

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from thefashiontag.com

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from blogdathais.com

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from blogdathais.com

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from toovia

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from toovia

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from toovia

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from toovia

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from fabfashionfix.com

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from fabfashionfix.com

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from collagevintage.com

Fringe Skirt Street Style, photo from collagevintage.com

Do It Yourself! Fringe Skirt in Winter

I've put together this great outfit around a Missguided fringe skirt that can be yours for only $40AUD. Don't forget to add some good quality tights so you can wear your fringe skirt all year round!

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