Thursday, December 25, 2014

I have a Cleopatra Complex

Earrings: Aldo; Arm Cuff: Free People; Ring: Oak & Fort
Bracelet: Anne-Marie Chagnon; Ring: Oak & Fort; Necklace: Expressions
Ring: Banana Republic; Necklace: Vintage & BCBG; Earrings: Forever 21
Pear Choker: Vintage; Chain Necklace: Expressions; Layered Necklace: Free People; Amethyst: Kenneth Cole
Earrings: Aldo; Necklace: H& M; Cuff: Oak & Fort

I like to be dripping with bling at all times. 

I recommend it to everyone.

Even the boys.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Race Day Fashion: Melbourne Cup 2014 & George Main Stakes Day

Melbourne Cup 2014

Nadia Bartel & Rebecca Judd
Ellie Lemons in Anthony Capon
Gigi Hadid in Alex Perry
Montanna Cox
Rachael Finch in Yeojin Bae 
Vydia Rishie

George Main Stakes Day - Randwick Horse Races

Ally Wallace Me, Christy Johns
Fascinators are Fun!
Dress by Willow; Shoes by Nine West

Can you believe how massive our fascinators are? They're the most ridiculous hats on earth!!

I have been in Australia for about 8 months now and shamefully have not been sharing the amazing Aussie fashion I have got to witness and experience here. The horse races are fashion prime time. It is the equivalent to going to the ballet in New York. Everyone puts on their best and has a fabulous time. Of course this is Australia so most people are trashed by the end of the day and so are their clothing. Aussies like to get their booze on! Don't we all?

My dress above I got from Australian label Willow. It has been my favorite label here so far. The tailoring and fabrics are wonderful, and as you know from my obsession with the Olsen Twins, those are my two top priorities when shopping. My other priority is of course to have heaps of fun! Aussie fashion is all about fun: bold colours, peek-a-book skin, sky high heels, over the top bling! It is uber feminine and very sexy. In fact, some of the clothing pieces I've bought here, I will be shy to wear back home! There is definitely a different standard for flashing flesh over here.

Posted above are my favorite looks from the big annual horse racing event The Melbourne Cup, along with some photos of my Aussie girlfriends and myself at a different horse racing event held in Randwick, Sydney.

Photo Credit: Vogue Australia

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Visual Artist's Dream: Diner en Blanc Sydney 2014

Michael Leon & Myself

Date: 29 November 2014
Secret Location: Centennial Parklands

Mon coeur!! I am so blessed to have managed to attend this amazing event in two different countries now (Canada & Australia). If you are unfamiliar with the annual uber picnic party "Diner en Blanc," which takes in the most epic scenic spaces in cities around the world, then you wouldn't be alone! 

Diner en Blanc is largely an invite only event. Only a small portion of tickets are released to the public, who must register to be notified of their online sale date. This year that online sale was over in 7 minutes as over 800 registered guests vied for 300 tickets. I was one of the several hundred who did not successfully attain one, but where there is a will there is a way! I managed to snag one 24 hours before the event through Gumtree. For most events this would not be a problem, but Diner en Blanc is both a logistical and aesthetic challenge, not for the weak at heart! Not only must you wear a palette of all white you must bring a white table, chairs, centrepiece, napkins (to wave), table cloth, etc... 

Assembling all these items on top of cooking or purchasing a fabulous feast is no easy feat! Luckily my date was a prop stylist and we were able to speed through the aisles of many stores purchasing all our items as only stylists do!

This event literally melts my heart. I wish that all of life could be this magical. Diner en Blanc is a Midsummer Night's Dream. It is poetry in motion and with the most elegant and friendly guests as well. Everything from the scenic spaces to the art installations to the classical music filling the air, creates a beautiful sensory overload. 

Posted above are some of the photographs I took of the evening before getting down to business er...dinner! As you can see this is an incredibly stylish event that brought out an impressive amount of creativity from Sydney locals.

You can read a fantastic review of the evening on Nigella's Blog