Feel good, Women

Friday Night

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Friday Night. It’s a beautiful thing…throwing off the shackles of the working week and letting your hair down.

This is a perfect Friday night outfit. You can just imagine the beautiful white shirt and sharp black blazer (both must-have wardrobe staples) earlier on in the day being paired with pencil skirt or slim trouser at work. Smooth day to night transition with the addition of leather something…shorts in this case but easily could be leather leggings or skirt.

So if I was heading out tonight for a night on the town (and I had these killer legs!) I would want to wear this excellent outfit…take two must-have staples and just add leather.

I haven’t mentioned the shoes yet because I was saving them til last. I can’t stop looking at them…They are amazing! Not sure how long I would last in them but frankly I don’t care because they are just too perfect.

Enjoy your Friday night!

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Feel good, Movies

Movie Moments: The Makeover. Part I

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Introducing ‘Movie Moments’ to Style and What Not…who doesn’t love a fashionable movie moment? A detail-mad and innately stylish movie buff, guest blogger Monica breaks down “the makeover film” for us, starting with one of my all time favourite 80’s flicks. Enjoy.  X Catalina

The makeover film is popular in Hollywood. And unlike other things in Hollywood, they are seldom just about the physical transformation. They speak to us about attaining a self we’ve previously only yearned for or aspired to, and let’s face it, they are amazing eye candy. On the small screen my favourite Oprah episodes were the makeovers (if you bring these back Oprah, you can save your struggling network…Just sayin’). Watching average people (who looked as if life had not treated them very kindly) completely transform in the space of an hour evokes very singular feelings. Watching these people’s posture and demeanour, their very self worth, change with a bit of a spit and polish is actually pretty amazing. We often forget the power of a little physical renewal as we slog away in our daily routines. If you find yourself in need of a little reinvention inspiration, get thee to the local video shop (I. Am. Old.) and borrow one of these beauties.

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This movie is ALL about the makeover, over and over in fact. Granted, Michael Caine never really plays anyone other than Michael Caine, but here it’s his ‘Rascal Michael’, my favourite, and Steve Martin is there to make up for any lack of transformation tack from Caine. Their wardrobes and styling are obvious yet flawless in this master of disguise con-caper, much like the ridiculous characters they each play. As it’s an 80’s film, there’s the obligatory bonus training montage as Martin transforms from abrasive American to suave gentleman under Caine’s tutelage, even if only for fleeting moment. The crushed linen gives way to double breasted sharpness, but add an eye patch to fastidious style, and what you get is comedy gold. Clothes (or lack thereof, as the sight of a pasty Steve Martin in tiny speedos burns itself into your retinas) do indeed make the man, any man, when you’re conning the world in this comedy classic.

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Accessories, Feel good, Men

Weekend Perv: Michael Hockey x amFAR Boots

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photo 43Whilst researching the Don’t Fight The Blues Part I and Part II I stumbled upon a range of absolutely amazing men’s shoes, the kind of beautifully detailed and lovingly made shoes that makes me scorn all men who persist with crap shoes (there’s no excuse!), whilst at the same time making me wish for man-size feet so I can wear them. I dug a little further and was so excited to discover they are the work of my good friend Michael Hockey. I always knew he was a supremely talented fellow (and funny as hell I’ll have you know) but I honestly was taken aback with the level of detail and craftsmanship of his range, in particular these lace up boots from his capsule range for international non-profit organisation amFAR (The Foundation for Aids Research). Good cause and good style! Winning.
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Feel good, Women

Different Strokes

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If you believe what we’re fed by advertising companies then you’d expect to see models everywhere. Doing the groceries. Picking up the kids from school. Being a kid at school. Using anti-aging face cream (wait, what?). Driving a jazzy little car about town with their model friends. Wearing stuff from every place from Kmart to Chanel. Ahhh models…all legs and arms and cheekbones with not a wrinkle or wobbly bit in sight.

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Feel good, Men, Women

Casual Friday Part I

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Let’s talk about Casual Friday. Seriously the way people freak out about this concept, you’d think that it was thought up by evil HR types out to torture innocent hard-working people. It’s actually a nice last-day-of-the-week where you can relax the formality of the workplace a little and maybe head out for a nice drink somewhere straight after work without looking all suit-y.

Even though Casual Friday can be a bit tricky, there are some rules you can follow regardless of where you work so you can always look the business (heehee).
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I feel pretty, oh so pretty

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So I should probably say that this little blog is a “work in progress”…it’s only taken me a thousand years (well, at least 5) to get this happening and now you’ll have to bear with me whilst I make it pretty.

I can make outfits pretty…but computer things are another story! Yikes.

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