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Perfect Wedding Anniversary Gifts for the First Five Years

Perfect Wedding Anniversary Gifts for the First Five Years

A wedding anniversary can be the most difficult time for gift buying. It’s a highly personal occasion shared by two people, unlike a birthday or Christmas present. So if you need wedding anniversary gift ideas, here are the ones for the first five years. Buying gifts for kids is often much easier than shopping for adults. Kids always have a massive list of things that they want for all occasions, and even if they don’t, there’s plenty of generic toys and games that fit specific age groups, you can’t lose. Adults have more refined tastes, they are more likely to…

Modern Glamour Style For Chic Interiors

Modern Glamour Style For Chic Interiors

Modern glamour? I’m your girl. Think Art Deco, classic 60s’, Emma Peel, Palm Springs, Palazzo style, elegant and cool. Modern glamour is really just reinvented old glamour, and the fabulous rules still apply. Make a statement but play it cool. So how can you achieve that? Modern glamour style is seriously grown-up and also playful. It’s not a severe or minimalist style, it’s about creating contrast, playing with textures, using glass and metal to great effect, and cocooning your home in.. well…. GLAM.   The Scintillating Surprises of Modern Glamour Create surprises by using the best of different styles, such…

How To Use Interior Design Advice In Your Home

How To Use Interior Design Advice In Your Home

Interior design advice can be useful when you move into a new home because you are likely to have myriad thoughts going around in your head. When you move into a new space it generally takes a while to get used to a new layout. Interior design advice will help you to decide where things are kept, where furniture is best placed and the colors and textiles that you will enjoy the most. Often when we change house we also change what constitutes a home. Interior design certainly isn’t easy. It can take months, even years to perfect your home….

Zuster Embellish Is Aussie Luxury for Bold Interiors

Zuster Embellish Is Aussie Luxury for Bold Interiors

Zuster Embellish will be launched at DENFAIR this month by an innovative Australian furniture design house headed by sisters Wilhelmina McCarroll and Fleur Sibbel. Zuster, which means ‘sisters’ in the Dutch language, has developed a reputation for artistic and architectural pieces. Hot on the heels of last years Jewell Collection, the Zuster Embellish range captures the essence of luxury hotel living. Dark and moody, elegant and detailed, there is a couture-like quality to the range that references luxury hotels and formal yet edgy decor. Designer/Director Wilhelmina McCarroll says the Zuster Embellish collection is a move away from the companies purely…

Rocky Rafaela Does Leather VERY Differently

Rocky Rafaela Does Leather VERY Differently

The new Rocky Rafaela range of leather biker jacket and vests will take my motorbike riding to a whole new level. From the moment I saw the new Rocky Rafaela range I was hooked. It matters not to me that Ruby Rose and Gigi Hadid are converts. No! I travel my own road, and now I’ll be doing it in an edgy Rocky Rafaela leather jacket. Easy Rider never had it so stylish. My genuine Harley Davidson leather jacket must have been designed by a man. Oh sure, it curves in (slightly) at the waist and was ‘designed’ for a…

Vintage Home Redecorating: 17 Modern Ideas

Vintage Home Redecorating: 17 Modern Ideas

Vintage home redecorating is now a real trend, not simply a necessity from being unable to afford a new home. And don’t we vintage fiends love that. Buying an older house may be the ideal investment for your property portfolio. Or it could be the type of house you want to make your home. If you have time, energy and some DIY skills then vintage home redecorating may become your new obsession. With 17 modern ideas, create your unique stamp on a home that you’ll love for years to come. Vintage Home Redecorating. Love It! Strip It! Many vintage homes…

The Art of Incorporating Beautiful Fabrics in Home Décor

The Art of Incorporating Beautiful Fabrics in Home Décor

Welcome to a world of beautiful fabrics. Although a monochromatic design creates an atmosphere of simplicity and elegance, the boundary between monochromaticity and monotony often fades. Only when you start experimenting with interior design will your home gain a unique character. Give your home an authentic charm by introducing a variety of beautiful fabrics in compelling colours, while simultaneously creating an authentic and enticing look. Know your fabrics The only way to be sure that you’ve chosen a fabric appropriate for a certain room is to know its features. Once you’ve familiarised yourself with different types of fabric, you’ll be…

Luxurious Cashmere Warms Winter

Luxurious Cashmere Warms Winter

Who doesn’t love luxurious cashmere, especially when it’s Australian designed. NUAN Cashmere is designed with both men and women in mind. Brisbane based designer, Caoimhe Ryan, uses only the purest, long yarn cashmere and designs original garments you’ll love. NUAN Cashmere is stylish, classic and luxurious in an age of disposable fashion. This luxurious cashmere will last virtually a lifetime, and become a firm favourite in your stylish wardrobe. Premium tailored cashmere, NUAN was established in 2006 by Irish-born Ryan who says the long yarn cashmere resists pilling and will, like a good bottle of wine, get better with age….

LIFEwithBIRD – new season collection

LIFEwithBIRD – new season collection

LIFEwithBIRD was established in 2002 by Nicholas Van Messner (Life) and Bridget McCall (Bird) with a desire to create beautifully constructed leather goods and effortless, contemporary clothing. Their combination of unique skills and experience brought them together and the duo has now created a desirable aesthetic for the modern woman. STOP! One Night Shopping 20% Discount. 8.00am May 11 to 8.00am May 12 ONLY (AEST) Use the code TAKE20 at the checkout. SHOP NOW. Bridget was a photographer and stylist working in London collaborating on magazine shoots for innovative media such The Face and I-D. Hardly surprising that Bridget returned…

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….

Best Style Tips for Men

Best Style Tips for Men

Dan Thomas is the Image Doctor, and he really knows his stuff when it comes to style tips for men. I interviewed Dan on for The Style Podcast and he was truly FASCINATING. For example, why shouldn’t you wear red if you are trying to close  a deal with a woman? What are the best colours for a sales role? When shouldn’t you wear darker colours? What are the best off-duty styles? What should you wear if you have an entry level job? And why should that be different from that worn by a CEO? What body image hang-ups do…

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…

Jeans for Genes Day : August 7th

Jeans for Genes Day : August 7th

You are going to think I’m mad, but there was a time I didn’t wear denim. I know, INSANITY! And that was at a time when my Father was on the Board of a Levi’s Jeans manufacturer. DOUBLE INSANITY, right? Well, I have seen the light and now denim is my wardrobe staple…whew..the men in white coats won’t cart me away JUST yet. In fact, I am wearing my favourite Liverpool Jeans Company denim jacket right now. It even has a Union Jack sewn into the side with words from a Beatles song – ‘Because’ by John Lennon and Paul…

Head Turning Luxury from Nuan Cashmere

Head Turning Luxury from Nuan Cashmere

Recently launched in Australia, cashmere brand NUAN dares to make a real fashion statement with cashmere instead of opting for the more common script of ‘everyday basics’. NUAN CASHMERE coats and jackets are head turning, not because they are loud or daring but more for their distinctive detailing – intricate weave, chic fringe edging and closely cropped tailoring. The result is decidedly Chanel-esque as Madame Coco herself would have applauded Nuan Cashmere’s ability to adopt ultra-precise weave techniques combined with many hand sewn elements for an overall ‘couture’ like result and a healthy dose of savoir faire! It is little…