A few weeks ago we all saw the amazing runway snaps from the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The collections looked absolutely amazing, and actually an old soccer teammate of mine showed her collection.  Her brand Akle was so whimsical and pretty, I fell in love with each piece. So much pink, tulle and embroidery, I felt like I was in a fairytale land. Sadly, I didnt actually get to go to the 4 days they call fashion week, but I did catch a show during the weekend edition. I decided to only attend one show because the cheapest tickets were $85 dollars and I also shouted a ticket for my boyfriend – very expensive 10-15 minutes! It was the opening show by Alice McCall.

The night started off with a blissful end to a 9 hour shift, followed by a frantic struggle to make my way to Carriageworks in the pouring rain with my white chocolate mocha in hand. Thankfully I had Laurence to hold the umbrella and direct us through the streets of Redfern. When we finally walked in I couldn’t help but notice the amazing interior, and the contrast between the rustic wearhouse and the glamour radiating from those around me. The venue was gorgeous to say the least. Waiting to go in, you could definitely feel how fierce everyone thought they were. Walking around with perfect posture and looking totally sassy. Some pulled it off, others didn’t.

When we finally began to line up, one woman decided she was better than everyone else there and pushed in. The security guard turned a blind eye, so I was a bit annoyed by that. Frustrations aside, seeing the designers clothes on the runway was a surreal experience. The cohesive and thought-out nature of the show made it a live piece of art and we were watching it unfold.  McCall’s collection was very 60’s/ 70’s inspired with the daisy dresses, florals and flared sleeves. I find when you show someone photos from a runway show they say “who on earth would wear that! You can see her boobs?!”. As naive as people can be when it comes to fashion shows, I like to kindly explain that fashion is an art form, so inevitably it is going to be odd, quirky and push boundaries.

I hoped to be able to show you some of the photos I took from the runway show, BUT I took them on my iPhone and they turned out less than perfect. Thankfully my lovely friend Brenda took amazing photos during the week that she kindly let me use – Thanks girl!

The night ended with us deciding not to brave public transport and the rain, instead we opted to catch an uber to take us to binge on pizza and waffles. Even after being around super skinny tall girls,  I did not feel an ounce of shame. I would have loved to have seen the big shows during fashion week, but unfortunately fashion is an exclusive club. Maybe i’ll get invited next year.


Photographed by Brenda Duong


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I must say when it comes to ‘street style stalking’ flared pant sightings are quite rare. I don’t mean the nightly scroll of Pinterest, where we see models walking around at fashion week –  I’m talkin’ the actual streets of Sydney. I think it’s because most people associate the 70’s classic with ABBA and the disco days. This then triggers a big red sign saying ‘step away from the flare’! Of course the heart of flare lies in the disco days, but styling these beauties has come a long way. These luxe sassy 70’s pants make your legs look like a long dream. I definitely think heals are a must when wearing long flared pants – otherwise they kind of consume your legs (if, like me, you don’t have super long legs). They are an understated yet defining piece that makes this look a la mode. I chose to go with this mintish green sweater because the colour always looks amazing with white. The sleeves also create an intriguing silhouette, balancing out the volume on the top and bottom. Even though these pants seem long they are still not floor length. I would definitely recommend having the hem of your pants touching the floor, just a tad, to elongate those legs!

Sweater: Boohoo | Pants: Boohoo (similar)| Coat: Boohoo | Sunnies: ASOS |

 


Photographed by Chelsea Sen


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We’re currently in that awkward phase of ‘in-between weather’. It’s not consistently hot or cold. So the question I have been asking myself is, do I bring out my winter wardrobe just yet? I found the answer to be yes if they can be used as layers. I call this wardrobe my ‘s’winter wardrobe’, or in other words my Autumn wardrobe. If you’ve ever seen Phineas and Ferb you will know what I mean. For those who haven’t had the pleasure, s’winter is a mix of summer and winter – simple right? So in terms of my wardrobe, it’s combining winter and summer pieces for those awkward in-between months. So don’t put away all your summer clothes just yet! Ideally, you want to keep pieces in your collection that can be layered. You then have the option to wear the pieces on their own or add another layer if it gets a bit chilly. I have put together two looks that incorporate typical summer and winter pieces.

Linen jumpsuits are perfect pieces for almost every season. They’re easy breezy in the summer and can be layered up in the colder months with stockings and a cool turtleneck. That’s what I call getting your money’s worth of wear. The mint green turtleneck makes this outfit dreamy. It’s such a stunning colour and it’s all ‘matchy-mat by ‘ with the jumpsuit’s colour palette. Perfection!

 

 

Keeping to the green theme, this wrap dress is definitely a lovely piece you don’t want to pack away. I paired it with this lovely ribbed long sleeve top with amazing flared sleeves. The cute details make this simple look interesting, which I adore in an outfit. It’s all about the little things.

 

 

I’d definitely recommend taking 20 minutes of your time to go through your closet and find pieces that you can layer together for your s’winter wardrobe. It’s definitely worth getting some more wear out of your favourite summer pieces and not being stuck with winter clothes for those odd warm days!

 


What I’m wearing:

Outfit 1: Jumpsuit by Boohoo (similar), heals by ASOS & turtleneck by H&M

Outfit 2: Wrap dress by Staple the Label, Studded mules by Sol Sana & ribbed long sleeve by H&M (similar)

Photography: Chelsea Sen


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Hey Guys!

I hope you’ve had a great long weekend! I’ve been spending mine going back and forth juggling uni work and keeping up with the blog. This has had me literally sitting on my bed snuggled up in a pink faux fur jacket and continuously making tea. I love the fact that the weather has cooled down to the point where I keep reaching for a jacket every time I leave the house (or just Netflix and chill). To get the ball rolling on your autumn/winter wardrobe, I thought I’d compile a list of my must have boots for this season!

Firstly, let’s talk about Studded Boots. I will always love the classic black boot, but times have changed and I don’t always want that simplicity on ma feet. I know you’re probably wondering: ‘why should I bother getting another pair of black boots?’, but I can tell you studded and plain boots are on a different playing field and each has their rightful place. The studs just add an edge to any look. You would be killin’ it if you walked in with a vinyl patent trench coat, a mini skirt and band-tee – yes girl. If you have an old pair of black boots at home, take a trip to your local art store and you can even go all DIY on those booties!

 

 

Another boot that you must get your hands on is the Velvet sock boot. Velvet has really made a comeback recently and I’m seriously not complaining. It’s a heavenly fabric that just makes you want to stop, stare and feel. I would definitely wear a pair of these bad boys to brunch or on a night out. The hard thing about these, are deciding on the right colour. Since velvet boots come in so many different colours, you’re spoilt for choice and can find yourself in quite a pickle. Personally, I’d go for a black (classic) and a pink or blue, so I’m sorted for any kind of outfit I decide to wear!

 

 

And last, but certainly not least, we have Over The Knee Boots. Now, the first thing you  pictured in your head was probably Ariana Grande or Kylie Jenner, right? Well that’s because we know these girls are serial daters of these boots. And I can see why! The length of these boots make almost every outfit sleeker and sexier. They’re also perfect for substituting as stockings or tights during those chillier times when you still want to wear a skirt.

 

 


What I’m wearing:

Velvet boots from Rubi shoes (similar), black boots and knee high boots from Wittner.

Photographer: Chelsea Sen


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I must say I have switched gears with the way I run my warbrobe. Previously I would go into Zara and pick out a bunch of random pieces I thought I would love forever, and just like that they were welcomed into the family. As much fun as buying shoes and tops in all different styes and colours was, I found myself farewelling a lot of them before their time. I ended up getting sick of pieces quite quickly and nothing seemed to gel together. The answer to my problem was simple, before buying a piece I ask myself “does this suit my wardrobe?” If no, sadly it would be wise to put it back. Harsh I know, but it works.

Shortly after I found myself only buying simple pieces (with a little edge of course) and generally keeping to a neutral colour palette. For me this has been perfect! When you’re running late and you want no effort involved in picking an outfit, you can basically go in blind and pick something out that looks decent. As great as neutral colour palettes are, you sometimes just want to draw a rainbow, but all you have is black and grey crayons. I wanted to have a few pieces that were fun and interesting, but I didn’t want to start hoarding a bunch of colourful and bold pieces.

 

 

Firstly, finding some killer jumpsuits, dresses or playsuits are a great way to create funky outfits only using one piece. This minimises the room they take up in my wardrobe.  I won’t be on the road to collecting a bunch of colourfully patterned pieces that I know I will end up at the back of my wardrobe any time soon. This jumpsuit from ASOS is a party that everyone is invited to attend. Ruffles, miss-matched prints and long cuffs -It is definetly a statement piece, so I kept my shoes simple and wore some simple but quirky silver earrings.

Another way to add some colour to your neutral wardrobe is incorporating some statement earrings. They take up minimal space in your wardrobe and will add to your timeless pieces. Lately I’m loving abstract earrings in quirky shapes. I’m especially gushing over these stunning earrings by Knobby Studios, called nude no.2. To put it simply, it’s basically an abstract squiggle of a naked lady in earring form. They are still yet to make it into my accessory box as they are 85 USD for one earring, but they are definitely on the wish list. This pair from Sports Girl will suffice for now.

 

 

Another accessory that can add a bit of sparkle to a neutral wardrobe is a detachable collar. You might already know what I’m talking about or you may be scratching your head. They are exactly what you think they are, cute collars you can add to just about any shirt. ASOS (of course) has some really funky embellished options that will have people stop and stare. There are also similar styles referred to as bibs, which create the illusion of you wearing a shirt underneath – pretty cool, huh? You can check them out here.

I hope these ideas inspired you to add some sparkle to your neutral wardrobe without having to buy a mountain of new stuff you will probably wear once.

Bella xox


What I’m wearing:

Jumpsuit from ASOS, sneakers (similar), earrings from Sportsgirl

Photographer: Chelsea Sen


 

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