It was a bright and colourful debut for Roopa Pemmaraju. Debuting their Indian inspired range to a crowd of minimalists agog with anticipation is no easy feat. But boy did they deliver. With an ethnically diverse model cast (which should be on every runway tbh) they debuted stunning look after stunning look.
Particular highlights for me was a tangerine orange handkerchief hem skirt, the feathered and bejewelled chokers that adorned many a model’s throat, a sheer gold coat, and a one shoulder sheath dress in bright orange and marigold yellow. As pretty as a sunset.
A garden of eden style dress was another hit, with a snake motif spiralling near the model’s heart. A golden v-neck sheath was emblazoned with scarlet red floral appliqué, making a strong closing statement.
Whilst the collection may have been full of warm primal colours, it was anything but in your face. With the scent of incense wafting through the air, the entire collection took on a relaxed and breezy atmosphere. We were transported to a night in Jaipur, and we won’t look back.
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I was on a boat off the coast of Vietnam when the feeling hit me. A gigantic gut bubble that built in my stomach and expanded until I was drunk with queasiness. Stuff the buffet that was being laid out on the upper deck. Screw the stunning views and humid sunshine. I had issues. A short, calorie expelling journey later, and I was feeling better. The eye in the storm some might say. Day tripping has never been more awful. Needless to say, ever since then, boats have been my nemesis. I have never gone on a cruise, floating pontoons are evil and even a trip on the CityCat renders me apprehensive.
That being said, naval-inspired fashion is an area that I do enjoy. Blues and whites, crisply starched shirts and brocade. It’s great. Navy and blue serve as a great way to break up the ubiquitous black, yet still staying within the cool-toned, darker colour palette.
I’ve taken those marine inspirations on board in this post. Mixing a navy coloured tie-dye shirt with white jeans and navy brogues allows that perfect blend of classic insouciance that is my forte.
So whilst I can’t go anywhere on a boat, at least I can feel like I am in my wardrobe!
The word iconic tends to get bandied around a bit in skincare circles. Every other month a company has their new “iconic” product out that promises to be even better than the last range. Of course by and large this is just marketing, but sometimes you do stumble across a product that truly does work for your skin – in my books, this gives it iconic status.
I have pruned, culled and eviscerated my skincare collection to determine the true iconic products for my skin. These are the best of the best and I have presented them according to category. Keep in mind that I have combination skin, meaning that I get oily in my t zone (especially during summer). It’s not overly sensitive either. You should always know your skin type before purchasing or trying products.
A surprising addition to this list, I was only very recently introduced to the Vitaman cleanser. It’s grapefruit scent and soothing, yet thorough, cleanse quickly made it a staple in my routine. The pump bottle means that it’s perfect for shower cleanses, quick and easy. It doesn’t have many nasties in it, yet still manages to foam up nicely without stripping the skin. I find that it removes any unnecessary oil, grime and makeup effectively. Usually I’m suspicious of “man branded” skincare as I usually find it to be full of fragrance, but this one is starting to change my opinions a bit!
Can one really produce an iconic skincare post without including this cult fave? It’s earned its acclaim for a good reason – it’s truly phenomenal. I’ve included this in the toner section as you apply it the same way you would a toner, but it’s almost like a liquid exfoliant in some ways. It works to really refine the skin’s texture and regenerate any dull or tired looking skin. My skin can sometimes look quite dull, so this product is a life saver! I whip it out about once a week and I find that that’s enough to keep my skin looking fresh. If you have sensitive skin I probably wouldn’t recommend this as it can be quite harsh. But otherwise, I can’t say enough good things about it!
Alpha H is getting a few mentions in this list! This Glycolic acid scrub has a bit of a microdermabrasion effect and really works well on smoothing skin and refining pores. The exfoliating beads are finely milled and don’t contain any sharp edges, meaning that your skin isn’t getting cut up. The scrub works well to exfoliate off any excess dead skin and clears any blocked pores. This allows any serums/moisturisers or oils to penetrate the skin more effectively, increasing the benefits you receive from them.
Wow, what a truly iconic product. Since integrating this bad boy into my routine I’ve noticed such a dramatic improvement in the texture and moisture levels of my skin. My skin is smoother and more hydrated than ever. The serum contains stem cells from three separate plants, meaning that the collagen in the face is replenished. I literally can’t say enough good things about this serum.
Whoever said that drugstore skincare brands were shit clearly hadn’t tested out this moisturiser. It’s phenomenal. I use it every single morning and have done so for years. It sinks straight in, doesn’t leave a residue, yet my skin is hydrated all night. It’s a truly great product. It doesn’t have any fragrance or excess nasties, it just gets in and does the job.
Apotekah is an up and coming brand that has some truly phenomenal products. The original face cream is a really great, honest product. Similar to the Simple product above, it doesn’t have much fragrance and works well to just get the job done. It’s a bit of a dryer texture, meaning that you have to massage it in to your face, which I find results in better penetration of the product. I definitely prefer this one to gel moisturisers which I find don’t hydrate as effectively as a thicker cream. Plus I find that the texture of this cream works well with any oils or extra serums that I may add in to my routine. Don’t forget that you can get 10% off any Apotekah product by using the code MATTH10.
Containing Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Geranium, Patchouli, Vitamin E and Carrot Seed Oils, this beautiful oil smooths nicely over the skin, adding excess hydration and suppressing excess sebum production. This is my absolute favourite oil to use as I find that the blend works well for my skin type and it doesn’t over stimulate my skin, which I find that some other oils can do. I find that many people are a bit scared of using oils on their face, so I’ll definitely do a post in the future explaining why they are so effective.
I’m lucky in the fact that I rarely have to use a treatment on any pimples. However I find that tea tree products have been the best at reducing the size and redness of any problem areas quickly. Benzac Peroxide cream used to work really well for me, but I found that my skin was starting to get used to it, so I switched back to tea tree. This serum is just a light lotion that I smooth over my skin after serum and before moisturiser at night, if I have any blemishes. I find that they are really reduced by morning and typically after two days are basically nothing.
If you’re going to splurge on one thing, make sure it’s your eye cream. The skin around the eye is the most delicate on the face, and the one that requires the most specialty products. This lovely cream contains anti ageing products and works to protect the delicate eye skin. I’ve noticed a bit of a reduction in my dark circles and a significant decrease in the puffiness of the skin. Being a contacts wearer, there is a lot of stress placed on the entire eye area, and this definitely helps to correct and contain that. Worth the investment I promise.
I mean was there ever another option? This bad boy may contain petroleum jelly, but it’s still the only product I’ve found that manages to keep my lips moist all night long. It’s a classic for a reason people.
The Ascot mum brigade was out in full force last week to witness Tracey Watkins debut her SS line for White Label Noba. Transforming the Soleil Pool Bar into a pineapple haven, models strutted the length of the bar clad in the decidedly resort like line.
Taking inspiration from 60s riviera fashions, the Saint Tropez influence was clear. But whilst the cuts, colours and styles were taken from that loud and carefree period, the presentation was clearly 21st century. Loud primal colours like fuchsia, forest green and rose gold were tamed by the additions of stark white, navy and black, allowing this collection to appeal to the widest range of demographics.
As in all collections, there were clear standouts. A v-neck, handkerchief-style top in pink and green check was a wonderful addition with its trailing ends fluttering fabulously in the breeze. The meshing of laser cut bell end sleeves to a cotton shirt top was also clever. The “come fly with me” neck ties were a nice addition. A pair of white capri pants were elevated with rose gold sequins carried down the side – resembling a resort employees dress pant. The addition of a v-line of ruffles down a navy shift dress also got my approval. And in one of the final outfits out, a stunningly over the top flamenco skirt brought everyone back to the ballroom age. Also need I mention the bonus of several attractive scantily clad men that got all the Ascot mums tittering into their champagne.
However where there were hits, there had to be one or two misses. Paisley and polkadots were an expected addition, but both were a tad overused, and one or two of the kaftans seemed to have a bit too much fabric to them. But having said that, the collection as a whole was a grand success and Watkins can be suitably pleased with herself, she stayed true to her vision and the pieces will be most certainly flying off the racks.
In order to purchase the collection, head to the White Label Noba website.
Summer is coming, and not only is my summer body conspicuous by its absence, but I am positively lumpy. Shit.
On the plus side, hiding in the shadows has never been so acceptable in my eyes. The classic white and camel combo is one that I haven’t broken out in a little while, and I have no regrets. Wearing pale colours for summer is something that I’m probably not going to adopt (let’s be real, black is bae), but it’s pretty decent for a change. The addition of chinos instead of the usual jeans makes a refreshing change.
There’s many things that you have to take into consideration when compiling an outfit. Colour, length, cut, fit and occasion. But one item that has escaped the majority of us is texture. Certainly it may not be the most important item to consider, but including a textural element in your look definitely helps to take your outfit out of the basic category.
When adding a texture to your outfit, think of something that’s going to complement the look and not detract from it. A chunky knit, suede, velvet, neoprene or faux fur can all add that special something to your style. Here I’ve layered a knit cardigan over a faux suede shirt and ripped denim, building up those texturally appealing layers. Textures can go out of style pretty rapidly however, so make sure that you know something’s going to work before trying it – the fate of corduroy for example…
I’m just going to come right out and say it. I hate this in-between season period. I am definitely one of those people who just likes to plan out what they’re wearing for the day. I don’t want to have to worry about if it’s going to get cold or hot later. I want to whack on my clothes and go.
Unfortunately we aren’t in a luxury world where it is winter 24/7, and that’s where this little thing called layering comes into practice. Being able to peel off or add on layers to your outfit makes a world of difference in general life comfort.
By subscribing to a similar colour palette you can achieve a complete look. Adding in a bit of a pattern in the middle layer – as I have here, adds an element of contrast and interest.
It’s funny how we sexualise certain objects for little to no reason. Take for example this choker – and can we just admire how bloody awesome it is?! The choker itself is not an implicitly sexual object, yet when styling it I definitely decided to play up the BDSM connotations associated with it – particularly with the addition of fingerless pleather gloves and my usual all black aesthetic. In my head it conjures up 50 shades crossed with 70s Vivienne Westwood punk, with a smattering of film noir. Skulking around in the shadows is definitely the modus operandi of this character. Now if that’s not a gigantic reference drop I don’t know what is.
Speaking of characters, this entire discussion about sexualisation was brought on by thoughts I had during the premiere of Blanc de Blanc the other night. It’s one of the few shows that sexualises both its male and female cast equally and there’s plenty of nudity on both sides.
This fantastic production takes influence from 20s French cabaret, vaudeville, burlesque, Studio 54 and of course current nightclub craziness. The show resembles the frothy champagne that’s liberally splashed on the audience – crazy, bubbly, and a whole riot of fun.
This isn’t a show to walk into if you’re a prude. This is a nipple tasseled, sparkler-in-vagina, visible peen extravaganza. This show doesn’t hint at a bit of sexual innuendo, it rampages in like a sexually deprived Tallulah Bankhead.
The cast are all fantastic and amazingly talented, they soon had the (surprisingly elderly) audience clapping along and getting very involved. Although one guy received an on-stage lap dance that he clearly did not want, the show proceeded smoothly. With music that ranged from Etta James to Edith Piaf, some of the tightest lip synchs and miming ever – with the odd aerial performance, this is a show that you’d be dumb to miss. I mean if it’s good enough for the Opera House it’s good enough for you to go and see it, ya feel?
Make sure you pop along and see Blanc de Blanc at the Brisbane Festival, buy tickets here.
I’m not sure when exactly capes fell out of fashion for me. The Incredibles certainly scared me off them a bit. For ten year old Matt, learning that capes would undoubtedly suck your superhero ass into a tornado really made him rethink his outfits. But thankfully they are now back in my life, and it’s better than ever.
The crossover of the cape and other poncho-esque pieces from womenswear to menswear is a move that’s both celebrated and vilified. The fashion world can’t get enough of a simple rectangle of fabric that covers all those lumps n bumps and improves your drama teacher credentials, whilst everyone else just thinks we look like shit.
But you know me, a good androgynous piece thrills me as much as a pair of jeans that doesn’t give me extra love handles. I was really feeling myself in this shoot yaknow.
I paired this knit cape with a dark red tee and the usual black skinnies/boots combo for a bit of a different take on 90s grunge. Think heroin chic YSL mixed with last season’s Burberry.
Formerly reserved for 90s accounting students and librarians, the humble turtleneck has been unfairly loathed more times than Kim K has had plastic surgery.
But thankfully this throwback is no longer in the bad books. The classic black turtleneck (or rollneck if we really want to get fancy) brings both class and sophistication to your wardrobe, along with a snobbish air that we all know I’m digging.
This random piece that I picked up in a discount store in Barcelona is a button sided one, meaning that I can leave it folded back over asymmetrically – gotta love a point of difference. I’ve teamed it with a classic khaki jacket that vaguely resembles a retro upperclass hotel lift boy’s uniform. Black jeans and boots complete my ensemble and I’m totally ready for a day browsing secondhand bookstores.
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