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Get The Look: Must-Have Pieces For Spring

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to slowly transition our wardrobe in lieu of the warmer weather. Rotate your wardrobe with lots of layering pieces such as skirts, sweaters, denim and sandals, which are perfect for those warmer days in the sun. Don’t be afraid to play with colour and texture for these spring-inspired outfits!

RELATED: Winter Wedding Outfit Ideas

For this, we have teamed up with our friends at THE ICONIC! Simply click the image, choose your size and enjoy your goodies.

Jackets

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Trenchcoats

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Jeans

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Skirts

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Sweaters

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Shoes

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August 28, 2015

The Fine Line Between Sexy And Skanky

A prominent fact of life is that all people judge each other by how they look and what they wear. Some people attempt to be consciously non-judgmental and try to look past appearances, but they still make unconscious decisions based on initial impressions on whether a person is a potential friend or foe. This phenomenon goes back to the time of the dinosaurs and it’s ultimately how the human race has survived.

It’s due to the importance of making a good impression that people generally take care of how they present themselves. Yes, there are times when you just want to sleuth out so some situations are more important than others, like going for an interview, a night out on the town or going on a date.

During these times if you are aiming for that sexy and sophisticated look and are actually leaning toward skanky, you will be repealing the type of life opportunities you deserve. The most imperative thing in these situations is to know the difference.

So what are they? Firstly, the difference between sexy and skanky is attitude related. Regardless of how you look, if you feel and behave like God’s gift to men, you are probably projecting yourself as skanky. Sexy, sophisticated women don’t pounce, they lure and there lies the big difference.

Traditionally, males are the hunters and that still applies to the battle of the sexes when it comes to work and play. Whether you are being interviewed for a job, at a club or on a date, the majority of men don’t like to be chased. Regardless of the advancement Feminism has made, men still judge women who chase them and prefer the company of women who don’t.

Now, apart from attitude and behavior, how you look adds to the art of luring and seduction. Sexy, sophisticated women have this down pat. When it comes to how they present themselves, less is certainly not more and if you want people to notice your brain instead of your boobs, don’t shove them out there for everyone to see.

Sexy women show just enough cleavage to be alluring, dress their age, add make-up only to enhance their natural beauty, limit accessories and emulate femininity. They avoid revealing clothing like ultra short shorts, skirts or dresses, exceptionally plunging necklines and items which look more like lingerie. They also know how to style footwear. For example; many people refer to long full length boots as cum-fuck-me-boots. If you are going to wear them you need to know what message they are sending and how to style them with elegance and grace.

So, unless you’re heading down to the beach, cover up a bit and let the imagination work its magic. I’m not being a prude either. After years of experience, having male friends, work colleagues and a couple of long term partners, I have an excellent insight into the way they think. It’s not just men either. Other women are probably your most cynical critics and many will notice if you look skanky.

If you are unsure before you step out the door, check out how you look in the mirror. If you’re about to have a wardrobe malfunction and your breasts are about to leap out of your top, stop! If you bend over and get a peek of your underwear, (lets hope you are wearing some) stop! Turn around and choose something else. Plus, if your makeup has you looking like someone else, you are probably overdoing it.

Lastly, it doesn’t matter if you are 19 or 69, if you look skanky instead of sexy, it will make other people uncomfortable. That will limit valuable life opportunities, including jobs, friendships and relationships. Sure, you might get a fair bit of attention, but you need to aim for positive attention to ultimately get the best out of life.

Good luck!

Image via cmarchuska.com

December 13, 2014

Rachel Zoe’s Top 5 Style and Beauty Secrets

Big news, fashionistas: A-list stylist, fashion icon and TV star Rachel Zoe has just landed in Australia. Here to attend Business Chicks events across our great nation, the diminutive and ever-stylish LA stylist yesterday landed at Sydney International Airport with her husband Rodger Berman (pictured).

Related: Rachel Zoe’s 20 Fashion Must-Haves

These “maj” news gives SHESAID the perfect excuse to examine the style and beauty secrets that make this distinguished designer, stylist, author and editor such an important and powerful figure in the fashion industry.
Here are our top five major style and skincare rules from Planet Rachel Zoe:

  1. Head-to-toe black is always chic: As Zoe showed so beautifully when she arrived in Sydney, a simple, all-black ensemble is simple, effortlessly glamorous and always in style. Her signature head-to-toe black look is much envied and copied across the globe. Here, she’s wearing her “uniform” of a long, black maxi dress and matching top, paired with platform heels and a scarf. I die!
  2. Don’t let motherhood cramp your style: A busy mum to sons Skyler Morrison, 3, and Kaius Jagger, almost 12 months, Zoe, 43, has never stepped out in public looking anything less than amazing. Staying true to her effortless take on glamour, she often sticks to an all-black wardrobe, complete with sky-high heels. Of course, she’s bound to have an army of hair stylists and make-up artists at her beck and call, not to mention haute couture, but we mere mortals can all take inspiration from her stark refusal to let motherhood crush her stylishness, elegance and good taste.
  3. Always invest in good quality skincare: Zoe is a huge fan of “green queen” Tata Harper and her eponymous line of natural, non-toxic, luxury skincare and wellness products. In fact, Zoe has profiled Tata’s personal beauty secrets at length on her website www.thezoereport.com. What’s more, she recently said of Tata Harper Elixir Vitae (pictured): “I can’t get enough of this elixir… It’s softening, it’s hydrating, it’s so MAJ.”rachel zoe, celebrity style, skincare, beauty, styleOther celebrity Tata Harper fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Christy Turlington and Julianne Moore. Find other great Tata Harper products, such as the incredible Resurfacing Mask (pictured), $63.25, at fab, new beauty etailer Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.rachel zoe, celebrity style, skincare, beauty, style
  4. Travelling light is for amateurs: It took two airport staff to haul along trolleys full of the couple’s luxurious luggage in Sydney (pictured below, from Zoe’s Instagram before she departed). And I’m betting poor, old Rodger – like most men – got to squeeze in just one bag, while the rest belonged to the style icon, including these highly covetable Chanel and Louis Vuitton suitcases. And yet another style lesson we can all learn from Zoe, the high priestess of fashion, is invest in luxury luggage and you can’t go wrong. Swoon.

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5. Think old-world Hollywood glam: An avid fan of old Hollywood glamour since childhood, Zoe dresses a long list of A-list stars including Nicole Richie, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz, Zoe Saldana, Kate Hudson and Eva Mendes. Through her expert eye, fierce love for haute couture and flair for unexpected red-carpet looks, Zoe never seems to get it wrong. Zoe was recently named Stylist of The Year at the 10th Annual Style Awards, so she’s obviously on the money. Got a big important event coming up? Make like Zoe and channel old-world Hollywood.

Rachel Zoe pics via www.dailymail.co.uk

October 22, 2014

How to Dress From Beach to Bar

It’s the classic summer conflict…you’ve enjoyed a long day at the beach, and before you know it you’re supposed to be meeting friends for a drink or dinner!

This summer, make the most of the warm weather with these five fashion tips on how to take yourself from the beach to bar in no time.

1. That’s a wrap
Just as you’re wrapping up your glorious day at the beach, throw on an elegant wrap over your beach dress! This extra element will spruce up your casual beach dress, taking your look from cute to chic.

2. Tight bun
Never underestimate the refinement suggested by a smooth, tight, top bun! This works best with wet hair, and all you need is a comb and a hair tie. Easy! Make sure you comb out all the bumps, twist your pony and tie her up. Ta-da, you’re ready for a night out!

3. Add some height
After digging your toes in sand all day, the thought of throwing on a wedge or a fancy heel should not be unwelcomed! No matter how many hours you’ve spent frolicking around the beach, a strappy heel or a thick wedge will automatically glam you up.

4. Make a statement
Straight off the sand, a statement piece of jewellery like a thick necklace or big chunky earrings can do the trick – and so easy to bring along in your beach tote! Try a ring and a necklace (but don’t go too overboard; too much bling won’t match your subtle beach waves!).

5. Hot hat
A hat, like a bright coloured fedora, is a great accessory, not just for hiding your salty beach hair but any kind of hair that falls short of a ‘good hair day.’ It’s also a great way to hide any redness or that terrible sunglasses tan you’re sporting after a few too many hours under the harsh rays!

Looking to stock up on your summer wardrobe without spending a fortune? Check out Uni Hill Factory Outlets in Melbourne for everything from swimwear and strappy heels to designer shades and beach accessories.

November 19, 2013

Andy Murphy’s Spring Racing Fashion Tips

DJ, producer, Schweppes Flemington Fling Ambassador and style icon Andy Murphy shares his best Spring Racing fashion tips from hats to heels so you can look your best at the Races!

Keep a modest hemline
The Spring Racing Carnival is not the time to whip out a slinky mini-dress – save it for the after party. Simple and chic looks feature predominately on my best dressed list each season for the girls, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave the fashion forward looks at the gate.  

Get it right with white
I love how effortlessly cool the head-to-toe white look is on the ladies this season. I do suggest however taking extra care when sipping on the carnival’s signature drink, the Schweppes Flemington Fling, and keep it cool in the Flemington Fling Bar in the Hill stand –  where I’ll be DJ’ing each race day –  to avoid unwanted grass-stains!

Have fun fascinating
The millenary on offer is amazing, so if you are going with a relatively plain dress, why not pair it with an interestingly structured headpiece in cobalt blue or an oversized flower in emerald.

Choose killer shoes that are kind to your feet
Heels trackside are great for creating polished elegant finish on your look, but be sure to pick a style and a height which you can comfortably wear for the duration of the day. Going barefoot on the track is a massive no-no and I will be mixing it up on the decks in the Schweppes Flemington Fling Bar… so you may want to bring your dancing shoes

Steer clear of matchy-matchy
There is such a thing as too much coordination. I know matching you’re bag and hat was the done thing when our grandparents were punters but the world has progressed now hasn’t it…mix it up!

Blame it on the weatherman but only if he’s wrong
Goosebumps are never a good look so if it’s cold, take a jacket. Likewise if you’re heading trackside in the heat, be sure to apply sunscreen and take a pair of sunglasses – red is a hot hue but not in terms of your complexion!

What are you wearing on Race Day this year?

The Schweppes Flemington Fling Bar will be open to the public from 9:30am until 30 minutes after last race on AAMI Victoria Derby Day (Saturday, 2 November), Emirates Melbourne Cup (Tuesday, 5 November), Crown Oaks Day (Thursday, 7 November) and Emirates Stakes Day (Saturday, 9 November).

Check out Andy’s Spring Racing style tips for guys!

October 29, 2013

Andy Murphy’s Spring Racing Fashion Tips for Guys

DJ, producer and Schweppes Flemington Fling Ambassador Andy Murphy shares his Spring Racing Fashion tips for men – make sure you pass these tips on to the man in your life, friends and colleagues!

Mix it up with colour
A crisp white shirt is perfect for Derby Day’s traditional monochrome attire. However, I suggest having a bit of fun with the other race days by injecting some colour and bold prints into your shirts and ties. I’ll be taking inspiration from the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s signature drink, the Schweppes Flemington Fling with some corals and mints this season.

Style up don’t dress up
While I encourage having fun with your look, it’s important to remain in line with the style code. Repurposing last week’s Halloween costume or turning up trackside in a neon suit will definitely see you placed on the less favourable end of the Hot or Not scale.

Work wear won’t work
You may be well versed in suiting up each day but it’s important not to confuse your corporate and trackside looks. Playing around with men’s accessories like handkerchiefs and trilby hats will let people know you’ve clocked off for the day and ready for fun. In saying that, it’s probably one to consider for those planning to pull a lunchtime sickie and catch the last few races of the Thursday’s Oaks Ladies Day – I suggest changing into your new get-up once you’ve exited the building!

Leather is a shoe-in every time
Remember that a muddy track is not the place for suede loafers. Not only are they too casual for race days but you run the risk of looking like you’ve come straight off the soccer field or worse, like you’ve been jumping in the puddles.

Rock the sock
Don’t get me wrong the rule still stands that no pants should be shorter than the socks, but to add a pop of colour or a bit of a print clash start from the ground and work up – quite literally!

Don’t fear a bit of flower power
To finish your look as a Melbourne Cup Carnival pro, be sure to look up the flower code for each race meet and wear the appropriate boutonniere. Who knows the red rose of Stakes Day may come in handy if you spot a nice filly trackside.

What’s your favourite Spring Racing fashion tip for men?

October 28, 2013

Spring Racing Style for Every Body Shape

Spring has certainly sprung and as any fine filly will tell you, frocking up for Sydney or Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is fun with a capital ‘F’ – especially if you know what works best for your shape.

Brisbane fashion designer, mum of two and authority on dressing a woman’s body shape, Sacha Drake, says it’s all about identifying your shape and dressing accordingly.

“I am an ‘hourglass with pear tendencies’” laughs Sacha, who is dressed in her stunning ‘Fumetta’ silk kaftan dress when we meet in her Woollahra store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

“I’ve been in business – and keep loving my business – for over 10 years now because I listen to my customer and come up with design solutions for various problems. It’s all about helping.” says Sacha, whose celebrity fans include Kerri-Anne Kennerly, Deborah Hutton, Georgie Gardner and Jesinta Campbell.

To make flattering choices even easier, Sacha identifies the five most common body shapes – hourglass, column, pear, apple and pregnant – and lists what body shapes her individual garments work best for on all her clothing’s swing tags and online.

Sacha’s Spring Racing Styling Tips for:

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Hourglass – typically have curvy bust and hips, narrow waist, medium width shoulders and slim or shapely thighs.

Celebrity inspiration – Scarlett Johansson

  • Show off your slender waist! Accentuate your curves and avoid anything too roomy in the waist. If you have a bigger bust, keep your look streamlined with tailored panels and simple silhouettes. A lean pencil skirt or A-Line shape will be flattering.

Go for:

  • ‘Tatum’ fitted cotton dress (above). A streamlined tailored fit which can create shape, perfect for an hourglass figure. The cap sleeve balances out the hip and the v-neckline draws focus up to the face. It’s a classic shape.
  • ‘Simone’ cotton wrap dress. Versatile. The broad collar frames the face and draws attention to the face whilst the wrap shape adds structure and the A-line skirt streamlines the hips.

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Column – typically have shoulders and hips of same width, thicker waist with flat tummy, small to medium bust, slender legs and arms.

Celebrity inspiration – Nicole Kidman

  • Flaunt those lean limbs! Look for styles that can be wrapped or tied to create a waistline. Styles with wider shoulder lines will make your waist appear narrower. Lean pencil skirts or A-line shapes will suit.

Go for:

  • ‘Liza’. You want to show off those long, lean limbs. It’s a high neck with a tie at the back and hangs loosely which you can leave fluid or belt it with our ‘invisible’ belt that creates shape by blousing the dress.
  • ‘Lylah’ and ‘Blair’ silk wrap dresses (above). Effortlessly glamorous. A softer style that works well, in either the long or short sleeve. Underneath is a stretchy slip and it works because it is a wrap and very flexible. It fits nicely across the body and the flare of the skirt accommodates any hip.

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Pear – typically have narrow shoulders, a neat bust and waist, wider hips and curvaceous thighs, shapely calves.

Celebrity inspiration – Jennifer Lopez

  • Show off your slim upper body. Create a wider shoulder-line with sleeve details or bare shoulders to balance out hips. A-Line styles that skim hips and thighs work well. Hem length should be on your knee to show off shapely calves.

Go for:

  • ‘Reuben’ fifties style dress. The structured bodice, flared skirt and easy fit waist with a tie which can be tightened to create shape will work for you. The square neckline works for small or large busts too. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, a shrug, bolero or ballet-wrap style cardigan will work.
  • ‘Bennie’ fifties style dress (above). A classic best-seller of ours. A fitted, panelled bodice and square neckline flatters small and large busts. The cap sleeve provides upper-arm coverage and balances your proportion if you have narrow shoulders. The flared skirt hides a larger hip and bottom.

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Apple – typically have broad shoulders, a voluptuous bust, a rounded tummy, slim hips and thighs.

Celebrity inspiration – Oprah Winfrey

  • Flaunt your cleavage. Choose garments with open necklines to draw the eye to your face. Soft draping and ruching that skims not clings to a fuller tummy is best. Look for clean, tailored lines to streamline your body and show off slim legs.

Go for:

  • ‘Tyler’ one shoulder kaftan dress. One shoulder, asymmetrical shapes are perfect for apples because it draws the eye up to the shoulder, away from the wider bust. It hangs loosely from the bust and shows off the slim leg.
  • ‘Venezuela’ stretch shirt dress (above).  Streamlined and fitted with a v-neck and a pencil skirt. This creates an hourglass shape by cinching in the waist. It’s especially flattering because it skims over the body and it doesn’t ‘cling’.

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Pregnant – typically tummy is most prominent feature. Bust and hip size will vary for the individual.

Celebrity inspiration – Kate Winslet

  • Be proud of your bump! Keep a feminine silhouette by creating shape under your bust. Choose open necklines and show off your slim legs to ensure you’re not ‘all tummy’. Soft, stretchy dresses are easy to wear as you grow, plus perfect for post-pregnancy.

Go for:

  • ‘Martina’ jersey dress. You want to be comfortable and it depends how pregnant you are. You also don’t want to invest in a $500 dress! The fluted sleeves, adjustable ties to fit and flatter any bust and fluid, soft jersey that skims the body grows with most pregnant shapes. It’s plain but you can really jazz it up.

 Visit Sacha’s online boutique at www.sachadrake.com.au.

Tell us about your spring racing style – do you prefer traditional or more on-trend dresses for the races?

October 1, 2013

10 Tips For Looking After Your Bras

Nearly every woman has a favourite bra and wearing it can make you feel fabulous, sexy and ready to take on any challenge the day brings. Whether it only comes out for special occasions, like that hot date, or you wear it to make yourself feel and look good, it can be devastating when that favourite becomes damaged or loses its shape.

Bras can quickly become damaged by incorrect washing, wearing them too often or storing them in a tangled mess. So to save money and help care for your favourite lingerie, Helena Crumpton, inventor of bra storage solution Bra-Voe, shares her top 10 ways to care for your bras.

1. When washing your bras in the washing machine, always put them into a wash bag and take out any removable pads. This will help the bra to maintain its shape and elasticity longer. It will also prevent the straps from catching on other clothing or being wrapped around the washing machine’s agitator.

2. When washing your bra ensure to use a delicate cycle with cool water to prevent the bra from losing its shape. It’s also a good idea to use a mild detergent to prevent the delicate fabric from being stained or damaged. Mild detergents will also cause less irritation on your skin while wearing the bra.

3. After taking your bras out of a washing machine, re-shape them as soon as possible. This will help the bra to dry in the correct shape and prevent the fabric from dimpling.

4. When hand washing your bras make sure you carefully remove the excess water without wringing them out. Wringing or scrunching the cups can ruin their shape and cause the padding to dimple.

5. Never put your bras in the dryer because it can cause them to shrink, loose their shape or damage the delicate fabric. Always hang your bras by the straps and let them drip dry on a clothes rack.

6. Don’t wash your bras too often as it can damage the fabric and cause them to lose their shape quicker. Bras can be washed after every two or three wears, unless it’s a sport bra which needs to be washed more often. It’s a good idea to wait a day before wearing a bra again to help it regain its elasticity

7. When storing bras never invert the cups because it can lead to lumps and dimples in the fabric. These dimples and lumps can show through clothing, like shirts and close fitting dresses and ruin your outfit and sometimes even your whole day.

8. To keep your bras smelling fresh, place your favourite fragrance sachet into your lingerie drawer.

9. Never squash your bras into a drawer because the straps can become tangled and stretched. It will also distort their shape and the hooks will catch on other bras damaging the fabric or causing holes.

10. Treasure your bras by storing them carefully. You can store bras on a Bra-Voe, an innovative way to store, organise and show off your bras in a drawer, on a shelf or on a wall to prevent them from being damaged or tangled.

Bra-Voe is a clever and stylish solution for bra storage. It organises your bra collection and also prevents them from being damaged. Founder Helena Crumpton, spent five years perfecting the innovative concept, which uses specially designed moulded cups to maintain the shape and contour of bras. The perfect gift for any women, Bra-Voe can be mounted on a wall, in a drawer or on a shelf and is available in three sizes. Visit www.bra-voe.com for more information.

September 18, 2013

5 Style Tips To Dress Up Denim

We all have that perfect pair of denim that we practically live in on a daily basis – but why not dress them up and get a few more looks out of them beyond the classic jeans and t-shirt outfit? Here are some handy tips from the fashion retailers at Melbourne’s Uni Hill Factory Outlets to help inspire you to do just that!

1. Black on black

A pair of black denim jeans can create a sophisticated look when teamed with a black cardigan or jacket. Team this with a white blouse or t-shirt for some contrast, or dress it up with a feature necklace or coloured scarf.

2. Add some height

Dress up your number one pair of denim with your favourite stilettos! It’s the perfect combo. Try some strappy heels for sexy evening style.
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3. Bold accessories 

Whether it’s a bright necklace, a detailed belt or a big bright bag, these noticeable extras will give your classic jeans-and-t-shirt look a dressy spin. Adding some bold accessories is the easiest way to upgrade your everyday jeans and t-shirt look.

4. Sequins are your friends

You may be a little scared to try this look but a sequinned top or blazer is an excellent add-on to your denim jeans. Bit of a risk taker? Go for a bold coloured sequin blazer or jacket, or, if you want to stay on the safe side try a subtle sequinned cami to wear underneath your jacket.

5. Tie it together with a tall boot!

It’s a look we often envy on the off-duty supermodels, but don’t be afraid to try it out. You don’t have to be Claudia Schiffer to rock knee high leather boots with a pair of dark jeans in either a skinny or stovepipe leg. It’s an absolutely effortless look that oozes style – team with a t-shirt and blazer, or oversized turtleneck.

How do you prefer to wear your jeans? Tell us in the comments below!

August 29, 2013

M.A.C Cuisine the latest in Spring make-up


Dip into M.A.C’s latest make-up line, which is all, based on the zen of cooking. Check out their Tokyo Rose Cheek Jelly, perfect refresher for any tired looking cheeks. With names such as Lychee Luxe and Sushi-Delicious Shrimplette you will almost want to eat them all. The Yum-Yum bright yellow nail polish is my fave. Available at all M.A.C counters from March onwards

July 2, 2000