How to work the bare Midriff Trend

Wednesday, September 10, 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 

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, out on the streets, the editors, bloggers and fashion enthusiasts alike stride the street 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.

Getty Images 


Monday, September 08, 2014

Look Up, a short film by London writer Gary Turk, explores the real silence involved in the use of social media using a series of poetic versus. The brilliant clip went viral with nearly 20 million views in just over a week. Turk says that social media is actually making us less sociable and more isolated from the outside world. "I took a step back and opened my eyes that this media we call social, is anything but, when we open our computers it's our doors we shut," said Turk. 

I completely agree with Gary's observations. Each morning I'm going to predict your routine goes a little like this: snooze alarm, scroll through Instagram, check Facebook, refresh email, open Instagram again. We're all guilty of this. As a blogger, I do understand the power of social media. The platforms that we frequent daily hourly have catapulted everyday people into the spotlight. Furthermore, bloggers are now fronting campaigns and reportedly earning up to 100k a year (no kid!).  However, the poignant short film makes us think about the many occasions in our life where human interactions are lost due to looking down at our mobile phone. 

Last weekend, I ventured to the Dandenong mountains with Charmaine, the creator of Bias Supply and Jessie Brinkman, an exceptionally talented photographer who splits her time between Melbourne and exploring the rest of the world- @jebrinks if you're looking for a dose of travel envy/ inspiration. We braved the sub zero temperatures (okay, maybe it wasn't that cold) to stand amidst the magical fog while the rest of Sunday were trying to shake their seedy hangover. Hopefully these images inspire you to switch off the TV, put down your phone and discover someplace new; a cafe, a park or maybe just the book that's been sitting on your bedside table for six months. 

And remember, don't forget to look up… 

Photographer: Jessie Brinkman 
All clothes by: Bias Supply 
Jewellery: Sucre Noir

2014 Pedestrian TV Blogster Awards

Monochrome coat from Bias Supply, Photography by Jessie Brinkman

This morning, the finalists for the 2014 Pedestrian TV Blogster Awards were announced! I'm excited to share with you that Catwalk of Words is up there alongside some of Australia's top bloggers in the #fashion category. I would love your support by clicking 'like' at the voting page below.

Thanks guys!

MSFW // QV Curated Runway Show

Sunday, September 07, 2014

During MSFW the QV Hideaway became my go-to for refueling (with coffee, of course) after running across the city from event to event. On Friday night I decided to hang around a little longer than usual to watch the MSFW Curated Runway show. Inside the lush Hideaway the bartenders were working their magic as guests started to take their seats and munch on too-good-too-eat cakes and candy. 

Just before the show started, we watched in awe as Clinton Weir, the current Australian National Flair Bartending Champion, started juggling three bottles. Now, if you think that's impressive just imagine juggling these bottles while they were on fire- a seriously cool party trick that had the entire room snapping away on their iPhones. 

Talking trends… 

The Curated Runway show featured selected ensembles from some of my favourite high street brands and retailers. 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/ summer. You can shop all the runway looks in store now at QV Melbourne. 


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