Black is back

As we said before – it?s back, so start wearing it. Go black motorcycle babe, black drama queen or black Pocahontas princess.

Our pick of the best in black:Check out www.witchery.com.au and get Witchery?s suede fringed boot in black, $179.95.

Bally?s black suede trainers with leather trim, $395. Available from Bally Boutiques nationally.

Sass & Bide dark denim (almost black) jacket, $390

Leather Woven Tie Belt from Witchery, $89.95 available from www.witchery.com.au

Portman?s boat neck knit top, $89.95 from www.portmans.com.au

Need a Lift!

Had a hard day at work, woke up on the wrong side of the bed or are you a recent resident of Splitsville? We think you might be in need of a little retail therapy! Here are some unique stores that will perk up any princess and get you back on track.

Nest, (Shop 4, 8 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach) is full of quirky

products imported from the south of France to sunny Noosa/ You?ll love everything from their deck chairs to clothing.

Pure Living, (Shop 1, Sempre on Sunshine, Duke Street, Sunshine Beach) is a SheSaid girl?s haven. Jam-packed with cult labels such as Cutler and Gross, Earl and Frou Frou. Cheer any chic chick up!

Orson & Blake, (Cnr Riley and Devonshire Sts, Surry Hills, Sydney) is the ultimate in rock cool. Any urban, well-read girl should zoom here. You?ll find it difficult to leave their clothing section downstairs, but upstairs you will find a thousand and one gifts. Sass & Bide, APC and Birkenstock to name a few. While we?re doing the rave, the coffee and cheese toasties upstairs are pretty great too.

The Corner Store, (William St, Paddington, Sydney) is our take on London?s infamous store, ?The Cross?. It may be expensive and the shop assistants a little ?icy? if you?re not carrying platinum, but it?s worth the visit. Head straight there, walk past the front bit and walk towards the dressing rooms. Once there, look to your right. Here you?ll find a rack of sale items from top labels, Earl, Shona Joy, Marc by Marc Jacobs and all for half the RRP!

Shrew, (188C, Barkley St, St Kilda, Melbourne) became the talk of Melbourne in the summer of 1999. The word has spread. Hot favourites and directional pieces from local and OS designers such as Gorman, Kate Slyvester and Karen Walker.

The Bitch is Back, (100A Barkley St, St Kilda, Melbourne) is the ultimate in 1970?s vintage chic. Amazing selection of kooky, kitsch lamps and clothing. Well preserved pieces ? a must-visit if in Melbourne.

Biffi, (Wintergarden Arcade, Brisbane) A classic and loved boutique among the Brisbane fashion set. You will find Marc Jacobs, MAX & Co, Cutler and Gross and much, much more.

August 6, 2002

It’s all in the Mavi jeans

Everyone knows how hard it is to shop for a great pair of jeans. Thanks to Turkish label Mavi jeans we don?t need to spend hours trying on Sass & Bide jeans that are far too low or far too tight for the average Australian girl. The Mavi jean has finally made it to Australia, so you can now relax. There are four styles for women, all slim and straight-legged, and three styles for men, in a more relaxed fit. We love them because they look worn, edgy and personal with their own special oil marks. They come in all shades, dark denim, aged or faded. We suggest you grab a pair of the faded and wear them with a pair of pink pumps. For stockist enquiries telephone (02) 9211 4522.Don?t forget Jeans for Genes Day, Friday August 2, 2002.

Soothing Time

If you are in Sydney during the month of July then head straight to Spa Chakra at The Wharf, Woolloomooloo. This month they are doing a chill-buster package. Featuring a hydrotherapy bath, paraffin treatment for your dry, tired hands,

plus an hour-long power facial, custom designed to provide maximum benefits. You then end your session with a hot herbal tea and a view to die for ? Sydney Harbour. The three-hour package is definitely luxury ($350) but well worth it.

For bookings, telephone: (02) 9368 0888. If you take a friend additional packages are only $325 per person.

July 17, 2002