Gold Gilded Eyes // Paris Fashion Week

Monday, September 29, 2014

Glittery gold gilded eyes were the signature beauty look during the Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 show at Paris Fashion Week last week. Perfect for adding sparkle to your weekend attire, this is one runway trend you will want to master from home. Gold-toned shades also work to warm up all skin tones. So, regardless of whether you're cool, warm or neutral, you will be able to take hold of the gilded lids trend with ease. Tip: Ebony and olive skin tones are best paired with dark pigmented shadows that border on bronze, and fair skin looks stunning in light yellow gold.


Shimmery brown eyeshadow, metallic eyeshadow, fine gold glitter pieces, loose glitter and black mascara.


Step 1: Prep your eyelids with primer- this will ensure the surface is smooth and your makeup will last well into the evening.

Step 2: Apply a wash of shimmery brown eyeshadow all over the base of your lids, concentrate on the crease, and blend the pigment up towards your brow bone.

Step 3: Press metallic shadow onto the middle of your lids.

Step 4: Add fine gold glitter pieces on top of the metallic pigment and across the lower lash line. Use your fingertips to apply the pieces.

Step 5: Line your eyes with the loose gold glitter. For perfect precision, apply the glitter with a thin eyeliner brush.

Step 6: Anchor your gilded eyes with two coats of jet black mascara. To ensure you coat each lash evenly, wiggle the wand from left to right and then root to tip.


If you're after something subtler, tone the trend down with a light wash of champagne hued eyeshadow. This shade will still project the runway-ready glow without taking over your entire beauty look.

How to work the bare Midriff

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Black crop, skirt and backpack all from TOPSHOP

The bare midriff trend is usually one I admire from afar. I made an exception however when I found this black crop top while shopping in Malaysia last month. Teamed with a high waisted skirt and an everyday backpack, I think I've found my signature look for spring 2014. 

Tips for working the trend 

  • An easy way to master the bare midriff trend is to find bottoms that you're comfortable wearing. It might be your favourite high waisted jeans, or that gypsy skirt that has been sitting in your wardrobe for a few seasons. 
  • This trend can also teeter on the edge of tacky, so it's important that you get the exposed amount right. The key is to flash just a little bit of flesh across the ribcage. More importantly, keep your belly button covered!

Photographs by Dan Castano- Style Snooper Dan 

QV Hideaway // The Final Goodbye

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's finally time to bid farewell to the QV Hideaway. From the Curated Runway show to an evening making and consuming cocktails, looking back over the past few weeks it's an honour to have been involved in the diverse events hosted by QV Melbourne. 

I've decided to round up my favourite moments. Let's get started…  

The QV Hideaway 

Entering the QV Hideaway was like stepping inside an enchanted forest with the space featuring masses of tulips, giant bird's nests, ornate trees, and other nature inspired touches. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, this place was the perfect pit stop to rest and re-fuel (with multiple cups of coffee, of course) during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. 

The Spring/ Summer Key Trends 

During the immersive runway show, we were given an exclusive look at the designs to hit the shelves of some of our favourite high street retailers in the coming weeks.  Special mentions go to General Pants, MNG and Incu for their ability to elevate everyday wardrobe basics to runway-ready attire. 

From bright pops of colour to flirty floral prints, it's safe to say, there will be no shortage of punch to our outfit this spring. You can shop all the runway looks, including my favourite (pictured above), in store now at QV Melbourne. 

Cocktail Masterclass 

It's safe to say, Friday evenings are synonymous with either a few sneaky red wines or a generous round of cocktails, right?  The ultimate closing event for the QV Hideaway saw Clinton Weir, the current Australian National Flair Bartending Champion, work his magic to bring six of the world's most popular cocktails to life. While we covered the basics from how to garnish and muddle to even making DIY sugar syrup, it was Weir's impressive stage show that had us in awe of the cocktail industry. 

QV Melbourne, it's been a blast to hang out in one of the most unique spaces nestled inside Melbourne's CBD. We can't wait to see what's on offer next! 

QV Hideaway // Cocktail Master Class

Monday, September 22, 2014

If your interest in drinking goes beyond the bottom of the glass then you'll be impressed to learn how I spent my Friday evening. Taking cues from Clinton Weir, the current Australian National Flair Bartending Champion, I made (and drank) six of the world's most popular cocktails. The master class, held inside the QV Hideaway in Melbourne's CBD, covered everything from the essential ingredients to create your own at-home bar plus how to craft, muddle and present the perfect Cosmo, Mojito and Old Fashioned, just to name a few. 

Once all six cocktails were consumed (a particularly easy feat considering it was a Friday night), Weir wowed us with a full stage show juggling up to four bottles at once and balancing a wine glass on the tip of his elbow- the ultimate party trick! 

Looking back on last week's QV Hideaway cocktail masterclass, it's safe to say, next house party we will be on our A-game when it comes to preparing the punch! 

How-to Master the Cosmopolitan...
30ml vodka or lemon vodka
15ml triple sec
30ml cranberry juice
1 fresh lime wedge
Shake all ingredients in boston shaker and double strain into chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a flames orange zest

Street Style // NYFW Spring Summer 2015

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

It's that time of year again, when the circus of fashion descends upon New York City to preview the latest that fashion has to offer. As the designers prepare their collections for the runway, the editors, bloggers and fashion enthusiasts alike stride the streets during a show of their own. Let's take a closer look at the notable fashion moments so far...
Back to Basics 
A late summer heat wave in New York City calls for a return to minimal tailoring. It's as if the street style set looked in the mirror before they walked out the door and took two items off- à la Coco Chanel style. Key looks included: denim cut-offs with a simple black tee, a grey marle crop teamed with a flirty black skirt and maroon jeans paired with a '90s-inspired band tee. Too easy.
Meet You In Monochrome 
Be it prints or block pieces, the monochrome trend was not left untouched during Day 1 of New York Fashion Week. In the complicated world of fashion, there's just something so reassuring about a clean, simple black-and-white ensemble. The look is modern, cool and assertive- but never in your face. I love Coco Rocha's take on the trend- it's chic and classic, punctured with a pop of orange across her lips.
For the Feet, Brogues 
Whether you love them or hate them, brogues are in. Not just for the boys, these kicks can be a versatile addition to your everyday wardrobe. Perfect for a day at the office, brunch with your girlfriends or for adding a twist to your little black dress on the weekend.
Cult Hairstyle to Copy 
Let's talk hero hairstyles. If you're looking to amp up your locks for 2015, then look no further than a blunt bob. Heralded by Coco Rocha and Margaret Zhang, this classic cut has seen a revival on the red carpet, runway and now, mirrored back by the street style set. Whether you're after a lob (long bob), an A-line 'crop or weightless layers, there's a 'do out there to suit almost every face shape.

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