Archive for ‘Fashion’

July 20, 2012

Whimsy Milieu

It’s a good day when we stumble across other designers that inspire us. Sydneysider Jacqueline Chan is just bursting with creativity and dying to share it with the world. I mean, how adorable are these hand painted wooden rings!!

Jacqueline is the creative director of studio WHIMSY MILIEU, also dabbling in a selection of unique accessories….


…and even furnishings….

 WM has a new range of accessories to look forward to, launching very soon. Here are just some ways you can keep an eye on her gorgeous work…

Etsy shop

Young Republic


July 18, 2012

Bizarre Bazaar Twilight Markets

Date: Tomorrow night, Thursday 19 July

Time: 5pm to 9pm

Address: Angel Place near George St, Sydney NSW

Bizarre Bazaar returns with over thirty emerging fashion designer stallholders, live performances by local bands and a live mannequin installation. Looks to be another a great night.

BB markets are held every 3rd Sunday of the month, every 2nd month.

More info: http://www/

or you can join this event for future updates on Facebook:
If you can’t make it tomorrow night Bizzare Bazaar also have an online store @
July 17, 2012

MCA – Mass Clothing Exchange

Listed in Concrete PlaygroundsTop 10 things to see and do at the 2012 Biennale‘, MCA is exactly what it says, an organised trading of clothing and accessories set to promote ethical fashion consumption.

When: This Sunday the 22 July – 11:00am
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks, NSW
How much: FREE!

How it works:

You check your clothes in at the start of the day. It’s a straight swap; clothes for clothes, accessories for accessories etc. There is a maximum  of 10 items per person so to make sure you get an exact swap for swap make sure you bring as many quality goods as you can to get a maximum trade for your oldies but goodies. And, If you drop your clothes in at one of the earlybird check-ins on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday you get to join in on an exclusive 30 minute pre-swap on Sunday.

MCA has a few rules and standards on what they will and will not accept in a swap so check them out if you intend to head there and partake in a wardrobe upgrade.

More info:

See you there…



July 15, 2012

Brandy <3 Melville

 Brandy Melville is a super cool italian-born brand r&h happened to stumble upon in Santa Monica. They easily won us over with their festival tanks, sweet cable knits and rockin accessories (Seriously, we spent a lot of time and money in there).

They have stores spread like gems across the globe including Santa Monica, NYC, Hawaii, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and Munich. They haven’t hit our shores yet but check out their great online store in the meantime (Shipping to Oz is around $40 but is well worth it)

Follow them on instagram for pretty pictures and new releases… #brandymelvilleusa



July 11, 2012

Like, Share & WIN!

We would always say you could never have enough clothes, now here’s the chance to fill your wardrobe with even more! The Big Fashion Sale is coming up with an awesome chance for you to win a $400 voucher. Not only that, you also get first dibs before the public and a bottle of bubbly to share with four of your friends! All you have to do is like their page and share the poster. Simple!

Designers Include:
Christopher Esber, Secret Squirrel, Friend of Mine, Karla Spetic, Elke Kramer, Dorota, Shona Joy,
Nookie,Story By Tang, Man, Marvin, Dannika Zen, Seventh Wonderland, Marnie Skillings
The Eleventh Hour, Strummer, Life with Bird, Cohen et Sabine, Amy Kaehne, Ausmode,
Kahlo, Ever Lane, Rittenhouse, Deadly Ponies, Le Black Book, The Label 333.

July 9, 2012

Photography Love – Julia Trotti

Oh my lordy lord! This is the kind of photography most of us could only ever dream of being able to create.

Julia Trotti has solidified herself as a major player in the Australian creative industry. Not just dabbling in conceptional photography but throwing her own seductive spin on fashion, music and weddings. Her work has been featured in oh too many publications to mention, and her skills have been consigned to shoot some of the biggest bands and events in Oz.

Here is just a taste of what Julia Trotti has to offer up to the photographic gods…

Even more enticing than her online portfolio is her blog ‘I have something to tell you’ where Julia often spoils us with sneak peek shoots and inspirational ideas.

Now you can love her like we do.



July 5, 2012

Pre-Loved Collection – Winter Coats

Who’s freezing their behinds off? Well, r&h has come to the rescue! Keep your arms warm, while still looking hawt in these puppies…

Shop here.



July 4, 2012

Favourite Things – Vintage and Handmade Markets

Favourite Things – Vintage & Handmade Markets celebrated their grand opening at Beach Road Hotel last Saturday. There was a selection of homemade and vintage treasures to fill your wardrobes, delicious food and funky beats to help erase your Winter blues.  Here are just a few photos we snapped on the day…

We’ll be down there again this Saturday to enjoy a few refreshments, meet the locals and make new friends. We also have new additions to our Pre-Loved Collection, so keep your eyes peeled for a sneak peek tomorrow!

Stall Holders: Mitty Malou, Sillier Than Sally, Vintage Lola, Fox and Beau, Eat Art Truck,  Coco’s Buds, Vonnie’s Vintage, Barrett Soy Candles, rain&hale

Favourite Things Vintage & Handmade Markets
Every Saturday 10 am – 4pm

Beach Road Hotel – Upstairs on Level 1
 71 Beach Rd (corner Glenayr Ave), Bondi Beach

July 2, 2012

The best of the Blue Mountains

What to do in the middle of Winter? Go where it’s even colder, of course! From the giftwear haven of Leura, to the mix-and-match mall of Katoomba, to the gourmet selections of Blackheath, the Blue Mountains have something for everyone. The Hughster and I piled up the car and made the short two hour drive up to the Mountains over the weekend and thought we’d share our favourite everythings with you.


The Great Pretender – Owner and devotee of all things vintage and chic Linda Steven has just opened another shop around the corner from her first love, The Kween’s Emporium. We had a good old chat about the fashion industry and our love for great vintage finds. Linda has been collecting fabulous frocks and accessories for many years now, so she knows a thing or two. She’s currently busy setting up shop for The Great Pretender just off the main strip in Katoomba. The label specialises in reproducing a range of retro-inspired frocks, all from original patterns that she’s collected over the years. All styles are sized 6-22 to cover all shapes and sizes – if you like to dress like a real lady, then this is the one-stop-shop for you! For more info on this great find, visit and ‘like’ her shop here. The Great Pretender is located in Katoomba, at 69 Waratah Street.

Victory Theatre Antiques – Now, if you’re on the hunt for some collectables, this is the place to go, a two-storey building full to the brim with antiques, one-offs and trashy treasures. You could spend hours in there, so luckily they have a cafe at front to satisfy your hunger pangs from all the browsing you’ll be doing. Located at 17-19 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath.

If you can’t get enough, we also found some great vintage stores in Leura, we recommend Leura Vintage and Mrs Peel.



This small restaurant, hidden away in the regional town of Blackheath, attracts foodies from near and far who come here for the mouth-watering menu. Chef Phillip Searle’s cooking is sensational, the pilgrimage from Sydney is well worth the petrol money. Housed in an old bakery (with the baker’s oven still intact – and in use!), the decor is simple yet warm. After struggling to pick a dish each from the hand-written menu, we ordered spicy smoked trout cakes with light shellfish sauce and glazed duckling sausage with beetroot & orange relish. Then for our main-course we shared the barramundi & sesame coat with artichoke & shiitake ragout, and roast glazed pork with spicy papaya salad. Despite our curiosity to try the restaurant’s famous Chequerboard ice cream, we couldn’t bring ourselves to eat another thing (although we still managed a few toasted marshmallows back at the cottage later on). 33 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath 02 4787 6899

Our other gastronomical favourites included:

Good coffee/hot chocolate – Nikita Espresso Bar 179 Leura mall, Leura

Gourmet Deli – Leura Gourmet 159 The Mall, Leura

Booze – The Carrington Cellars & Deli  Parke Street, Katooomba

Best Cocktail – Apple Bar 2488 Bells Line of Road Bilpin


A trip to Govetts Leap lookout for breathtaking views over the endless valleys and rivers was as far as we got nature-wise. For those more outdoor-inclined, there are hundreds of walks around the mountains, ranging in difficulty and length. A drive down to the gorgeous Megalong Valley is also a nice option, where you can find horse-riding, vineyards and tea rooms.

Note: Thermals are essential.

June 30, 2012

Vegas Love – Best Shopping Destinations

Have you scrapped Las Vegas as a holiday destination? Don’t think it’s going to be your cup of tea? Think again. Vegas is more than just late nights and pitchers of margaritas, it’s also long days pounding the pavement to hit up some of the best shopping spots I have ever been to. Here is my pick of the best spots Vegas has to offer…

Best In-Casino Shopping

The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes: A large variety of high-end boutiques spanning all the way through to the neighbouring Palazzo Casino, with plenty of cafes and romantic canal rides.

Caesars Palace: The BIGGEST and best in casino shopping and host to 3 floors of H&M. Save a whole day for this place.

Planet Hollywood: Miracle Mile is one big circle of great shopping including a Sephora and is home to Vegas’ only Urban Outfitters.

Best Vegas Outlets – There are 3 outlets worthy of a trip….

Premium Outlets North: Mostly outdoor and at a lower price range, the north outlets are a great place for a bargain hunter.

Premium Outlets South: About a 15 drive from the strip, the south outlets are indoors and are a little more on-trend than the north.

Primm Valley Fashion Outlets: The best by far in my opinion, and worth the 40 minute drive from the strip. Constantly hosting great sales with personal favourites being a Kate Spade and a Converse store.

Best outer-Casino Shopping

There is only one actual shopping centre for me in Vegas…

Fashion Show Mall : All my favourite stores in one, with a brand new Topshop and TOPMAN!!

If you’re not convinced, click on the links to check them out yourself…