Accessories

Barefoot Gypsy – BoHo at it’s Best

Barefoot Gypsy – BoHo at it’s Best

Style lovers need no longer settle for the imperfect when PERFECT is at hand with Barefoot Gypsy – bohemian, unrestrained, wild at heart and colourful. Barefoot Gypsy searches the globe for beautiful pieces hand-crafted by artisans and exciting textiles with a quirky, unique or passionate back story. You’ll fall in exotic love with the new range of tribal bags, antique textiles, Beni Ourain rugs, upcycled leather, reclaimed fabric cushions and Moroccan wedding blankets. Barefoot Gypsy will be launching new charpoy beds at InStyle in Sydney next month featuring a modern twist with chunky knits, linen throws and on-trend textured cushions….

She Lion Creator Walks Fearlessly : An Interview with Kate Dillon

She Lion Creator Walks Fearlessly : An Interview with Kate Dillon

Every now and then, I come across a handbag that makes me stop in my tracks. Rarely do I come cross a whole collection. As I wrote in my article on the creation of She Lion bags for corporate women, it was my pleasure to see elegant leather handbags designed with corporate women in mind. The She Lion handbags are not simply stylish, they are seriously functional. So I sought out an interview with Kate Dillon, the Melbourne-based lawyer who created She Lion. My Fashion + Home radio show was the perfect platform to have an interview with Kate Dillon….

Gorgeous Bohemian Beads from Xada Jewellery

Gorgeous Bohemian Beads from Xada Jewellery

I am so glad it’s still a great trend to pile on bohemian beads because Xada Jewellery does it better than anyone. Think Nicole Richie, Sienna Miller and Kate Moss. Think Louise Ambry; the Melbourne-based jewellery designer who makes all her exquisite beaded jewellery by hand. Using semi-precious stones, silver, bronze, blush, suede and leather thonging, Xada Jewellery is the perfect gift for every fashionable gal; no matter her age. And for Christmas, Xada Jewellery has a new range of bohemian beads to suit any style.Single strand, warp-around, layered, short, long and with mix ‘n match bracelets. The perfect gift….

She Lion Has Business Women in the Bag

She Lion Has Business Women in the Bag

If you are a woman in business then you’ll know how important it is to make a good impression. Men don’t seem to have the same dilemma when it comes to presenting business material whilst looking chic and professional. I’ve been to plenty of important meetings to present a proposal using a laptop and including handouts. First impressions DO matter and when I walk into a boardroom with handbag, laptop, and a file of handouts I feel more Pack Horse than Clothes Horse. Kate Dillon from She Lion understands this. She understands this because she is a practicing Lawyer; an…

Five Must-Have Travel Essentials

Five Must-Have Travel Essentials

I recently went on a South Pacific cruise and it was one of the most wonderful holidays I have ever experienced. I hadn’t ‘cruised’ before so wasn’t sure what to expect; and I was not disappointed. The most compelling positive was having everything in one place, on board – entertainment, fabulous food, wonderful wines, views, fascinating people, leisure activities, even an Art Gallery – and not having to travel long distances for any of it. It got me thinking about other holiday options and what I would and would not need if I chose different destinations. Of course, that led…

Saintly Leather? I Think Not!

Saintly Leather? I Think Not!

It’s saintly leather, and other design innovations, that makes my role as a style design writer so exciting. I get to see really cool stuff FIRST. So I just about went nuts when I saw Tyrant Saint. Because I do love unique & textured leather accessories. And you’ve NEVER seen a bum bag (Fanny Pack) that looks like this. Tyrant Saint is an Australian leather innovation company that knows just how to get the maximum sexiness from their leather bags, including a gorgeous design that looks like a leather skirt…with zips, of course. The aforementioned bum bag… or is it…

Xada Jewellery : New Gelato Range

Xada Jewellery : New Gelato Range

I love finding new jewellery ranges especially from local artisans. Xada Jewellery has become a firm favourite of mine because it’s locally made (in Melbourne), is elegant & eyecatching, and is not expensive (yet is of high quality). Louise Ambry is a self-confessed jewellery addict (aren’t we all) but she has channeled her obsession into a business, and we are the winners.Louise draws inspiration for her hand-crafted bracelets and necklaces from her Melbourne surroundings. Each piece is lovingly designed and made using semi-precious stones, silver and leather tassels. Combing unique textures and colours, Xada Jewellery is designed to be worn…

Crazy for Clutches

Crazy for Clutches

Every girl needs a few handbags, right? Yes, I knew you’d agree. We need a day bag, a tote bag, a coloured bag, an evening bag, an iPad bag…at the very least. And there are are other considerations such as size, texture, fabric, use, co-ordination with outfits, whether it’s a statement piece…the list goes on. So when writing about handbags, its good to categorize the oiptions for carting around everything from a lipstick and credit to the kitchen sink. Are you one of those people, like me, whereby the bigger the handbag the more you out in it? It got…