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White Shirts Forever

Having written about them previously and sporting a couple myself in this post, you could be forgiven for thinking that I’m a bit obsessed with white shirts.

Well, you would be right!

What should you look for in a white shirt? Read on.

1.  Fabric Composition
In a world full of leaky coffee cups, eating on the run and heavy duty make up, your white shirt will need a good soak every now and again. Get yourself a shirt made from sturdy natural fibres such as cotton or linen as they’ll last long, breathe well, and because you’re worth it.

2. Fabric Type
By this I mean how the fabric feels. A crispy feel (cotton poplin) is neat and can be dressed up or down. A gauzy soft feel (cotton or linen) is more casual and is great for weekends and beach wear. Choose one or the other, or one of each!

2. Cut
There are a lot of options and the best fit for you will depend on your ‘style’ as well as your shape. For versatility, choose a shirt that has a small collar, simple front pocket (if any), and nice tidy buttons. Slightly roomy is much nicer and more flattering than slightly too small, so make sure there are no gaping buttons. Currently I like an oversize shirt, slightly drop shouldered with a scoop hem and hidden placket, but I seriously have every style of white shirt available and I wear them all. Experiment with the right style for you!

Text and images by Catalina Alfaro Stylist for Alfie’s Friend Rolfe

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Opals

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I absolutely love Opals…when I was a kid I always thought Opals were alive, how else could they shimmer with colour like that? Fast forward to now and I still feel the same way. They are magical.

I had the pleasure of working with the beautiful Tatiana Ikasovic of Fade To Black Studio taking photos of her stunning Opal jewellery range on a spectacularly sunny day. With stones ethically sourced from Lightning Ridge and other parts of Australia, the current range from FTB Studio is delicate yet impactful, and features fine gold and silver jewellery where no two stones are alike.

 

Photography and direction: Catalina Alfaro
Model: Tatiana Ikasovic
Brand: Fade To Black Studio

Location: Arthur McElhone Reserve, Elizabeth Bay NSW.

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Outfit Emergency…To The Rescue!

It must be so hard to be a regular person who is photographed all the time (celebrities get free clothes and a stylist, regular people do not). You couldn’t just put off haircuts for a few more weeks (or a few more months in my case) and you definitely couldn’t get by on just a couple of go-to outfits. Being photographed in any of them just once would mean a new outfit for the next one.

My best friend Sarah-Jane Pyke gets photographed for magazines, press and various interviews quite a few times per year (apart from being generally awesome, it’s due to her very successful Sydney interior design practice Arent & Pyke). Outfits are normally all under control due to her impeccable taste and love of shopping, but last month she ran out of outfits and time, so I came to the rescue at the last minute with a beautiful floral dress for a shoot with Real Living Magazine (pictured second from left).

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The shoot’s brief was ‘edgy and high fashion, and not black‘ (that’s hardly what people have casually lurking in the back of their wardrobe!). The dress I sourced was from the Winter ’14 range from Something Else by Natalie Wood. The bold floral pattern in purples, pinks and ivory is fantastic. The short shift shape is a modern classic, and the black front panels add a bit of interest and are super flattering. Black tights (sorry, there had to be some black!) and some jewel-coloured Vintage pumps finish the look.

Outfit fulfils the brief, looks pretty, and is something she’ll wear again…winner! Not bad for an outfit emergency.

Images sourced from Real Living Magazine, courtesy of Arent & Pyke.

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