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Talking Corporate…

As women we’ve come a long way from having to wear power suits with big shoulder pads and almost having to pretend to be a man at the workplace. I love the fact that we’ve now got powerful women running global organisations and not being afraid to dress like a woman.  Marissa Myer (Yahoo CEO) has always stood out for me because she is not afraid to show off her femininity and introduce some style and colour into the boardroom.

I get a lot of questions about dressing at work – so I’ve decided to feature women on the blog who I think really stand out for stylish powerful dressing. 

Here’s a lady who has always got my attention, someone who is not afraid to wear colour at work and who always looks impeccable and stylish. 

Meet the gorgeous Veronica Munro, executive coach and fellow entrepreneur.

Veronica describes her style as smart with a little bit of edge. She loves clean lines and single block colours. Moving to Dubai from London, she says she had to change her wardrobe a little bit to accommodate the climate change!  She swapped her pant suits for easy to wear dresses, fitted and slightly above knees. She always carries a pashmina or a small fitted jacket, you might just need to smarten up or also get warm in the office! 

I asked Veronica if during her career she ever felt pressured to dress in a certain way and she says no. However, she did share an embarrassing recent incident, where she was consulting with an oil company and was not allowed in the building because she was wearing a dress! She was asked to cover her arms and legs before she could walk in. A lesson learnt she says! Always to double check dress code especially if you are travelling through the Middle East or a new country for that matter – don’t just assume you can walk up in a dress or skirt. 

With years of experience working with senior executives I asked V what advice she would give young ladies starting out in corporate. Here are some of her tips:

-Always dress up, smarter than you think you need to. You never know who you meet that day!

-Even if the company has a dress down / causal Fridays policy – Dress Smart.

- Always wear a smart pair of shoes. They don’t need to be expensive – just smart, clean and fresh looking.

-Stand tall. Posture and pace are key, not just the clothes you wear!!

Isn’t she just fabulous?! V is a great testament that you don’t have to be a 20 something to stand out and look your best. I’ve always said we women just get better with age….

Thank you V for those beautiful pictures and here’s to you looking incredible always xxx 

Me in the City ..

Hey Everyone,

I know it’s been a few weeks since my last post. I’ve been a little busy moving homes and settling in…

Melbourne is such a beautiful city and the more I discover, the more I fall in love with it.

I thought today I would share with you some pictures I’ve taken over the past months in and around Melbourne.

If you don’t already know, Melbourne weather is totally unpredictable. When we first moved here people told us that Melbourne had ‘5 seasons in one day’ – now I BELEIVE!  Seriously, it could start with a wet morning and go on to be a bright beautiful sunny day only to get windy later and then to freezing temperatures at night! So here are some outfits and styles from the last few months from summer wear to winter woollies!

Kisses from Beautiful Melbourne xxx 

Feng Shui of the Mind..

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ― Mother Teresa

Are you always running around with too much do, not just at work but on weekends and holidays too? Is there always a never ending mental checklist constantly nagging somewhere at the back of your mind; Like, when you’re having a conversation with someone, or watching tv, eating, working or even just lying in bed ‘trying’ to sleep. A constant traffic jam..

Sometimes I felt like I had several conversations going on at the same time, IN MY HEAD!!

Tiresome, isn’t it? Then I found a word that gave me clarity. It was like as if I could shut out everything and live in that one moment and focus. 

Mindfulness.

Over the years I’ve prided myself on being a multi-tasker, someone who can juggle different tasks at one time. And in a corporate world the word ‘multi-tasker’ really rocks doesn’t it? I would get a lot done only to find that I have so much more on and nothing ever seemed to end.  I would wake up in the middle of the night to write down things on my to-do lists! Although I was hugely successful at what I did and always met deadlines and such, I found that my mind was always buzzing and could never be still even when I was getting my favourite spa treatments! 

Mindfulness

To me, it means giving your full attention to here and now. It’s means living in a moment and enjoying that moment for what it is. So if I am eating, I practice mindfulness, I savour every delicious bite. I have started this ritual of closing my eyes and letting my senses take over when I take the first bite of my food. It’s my way of thanking the universe for that delicious sensation and the plate of decadence in front of me.

Mindfulness.

It’s when I am talking to my friends or my loved ones and giving them my 100% attention. Even if it’s on Skype or on the telephone, if I have committed 15 minutes to that conversation, they have my complete and total attention.  It means not checking my phone every 5 minutes. Which was an annoying habit that even annoyed me.. and yet I kept doing it??!!!

Mindfulness.

It means completing each task everyday COMPLETELY. Because, it’s the half finished tasks that nag you in the back of your mind when you are trying to shut off and go to sleep.

Mindfulness.

It means making a list of ALL the un-finished business in your life – like, re-arranging that cupboard, or calling that friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile, or fixing the heel of the shoe, or paying your credit card bill, or sitting down with your financial planner, or arranging your holiday photos, or just organising your underwear drawer!!  Just make the list and tick each one off every weekend and see how that white noise just dies down…

Mindfulness.

Its making time for yourself. To enjoy yourself.  Enjoy a little bit of quite time and be mindful about the good things in your life; your family, your friends, your work, your health, your cat, your dog, if your anything like me – your shoes & bags! Yes, you can be mindful about all of the things that make you happy and take time to appreciate it and just say thank you to the universe.

Mindfulness.

It’s my favourite word now.  I have  to keep reminding myself when I am ‘multi-tasking’ to stop and focus. It’s challenging everyday and I put it into practise everyday… it’s a been a slow process, and I am being mindful to give myself a chance to change slowly, and to do things right. 

Here’s  to those funny voices in our heads and to quietening them down..  xx 

Treasures of Old…

For those of you following my blog, you must already know of my love for Vintage. It started with jewellery and clothes from the great fashion houses of old and has now even ventured to furniture and cutlery!

I love wandering around Melbourne discovering handsome little treasures. Recently a friend introduced me to a real hidden gem with incredible vintage fashion, but more on this little find in my next blog (watch this space). 

My love affair really began when I met the lovely Lynda Kirby in Dubai who introduced me to a whole new world of vintage styles. I have some amazing memories at Audrey’s Cat (Lynda’s vintage closet) where I scored some incredibly beautiful pieces of art that I will treasure forever …

Here are some of my favourite vintage pieces from Audrey’s Cat.

"Vendome" USA Collectable Vintage Set Russian Gold base, Coloured Rhinestones

Vendome is a high end line produced by the Coro Jewellery Company. Beautiful costume jewellery produced between1944 to 1979.  Did you know the Vendome line was named after a fashionable street in Paris that was home to many beautiful fashion houses? A real collectors item this. 

1960’s Rainbow glass pin

Lynda was on a mission to get me to start wearing pins. This was my very first and I have never looked back since. Now, they just finish off my formal wear with elegance… adding some bling to my corporate look. Here I’ve just added bling to my turban for a real Maharajah look! 

1950’s Black/Pink Rhinestones, 5 Chains

After the retro 1940’s jewellery styles, the 1950’s developed it’s own styles with multi strand beaded necklaces. 

1950’s Clear Rhinestone Necklace & Clip on Rhinestone Clear Earrings

Rhinestone jewellery was inexpensive costume jewellery, something the middle classes could afford. This is not just any costume jewellery that you can get in shops today; this is true beautiful workmanship, colourful, stylish and totally unique.

 

1950’s Clip on Blue Rhinestones

I am a fan of Rhinestones because they have a striking sparkling effect… a brilliance that just can’t be ignored. 

1960’s “Christian Dior” Earrings, Glass & Gold Feature

Christian Dior was probably one of the 20th century’s most elegant and luxurious designers. Did you know that after his death in 1958 Yves Saint Laurent became the head designer at Dior? Vintage pieces from the house of fashion that’s synonyms with luxury and indulgence is definitely a keeper wouldn’t you say? 

So now you see why I love vintage; it’s not just another beautiful piece of jewellery it’s totally exceptional.

It’s YOUR very own beautiful piece of history; that you will pass down some day and become a part of it’s history….. xx 

A Stylish Evening…

A few days ago I was invited to a ‘stylish evening’ at Melbourne’s beautiful Park Hyatt. The event is called ‘Style by Wesson’ presented by the iconic Wesson that prides itself on a personalized shopping experience.

To start with, the Park Hyatt definitely ticks all the boxes for a 5 star exclusive evening. I am greeted with champagne and some amazing views of the city from the top floor, but what catches my eye, are the rows of gorgeous outfits just waiting to be picked and tried on. There’s everything from Patrizia Pepe, Just Cavalli, Missoni, Boss, High, and so much more… a fashionista’s dream come true!!

My partner in crime and stylist for the evening, the amazing Helen Robinett and I have decided to pick two of our favourite outfits to share with you on the blog today. 

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Girls evening out…. Didn’t I say looking great is not a luxury? You can look great at any age, and Helen is a fabulous testament to this.  We’ve created two evening looks that you could be comfortable in and on trend at a stylish evening, anywhere in the world. 

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All things Shiny: Helen has chosen Hugo Boss Leather Leggings and Jacket, a Piazza Sempione Lime knit and Hugo Boss Shoes & bag. She looks absolutely chic and fun, ready to party the night away.  “I’m not a huge fan of wearing black” Helen says (very funny coming from a Melbourne girl, eh?) “But the sequins are fun and I love the contrast of putting it back with a casual knit.”   

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Sexy & Comfortable: Helen says she’s never had leather leggings feel so comfortable, and the lime knit with sparkles just screams fun. She dazzles in her little ensemble, I specially love the touch of Metallic with that Boss clutch. 

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Romantically Feminine:  I choose a beautifully cut elegant Red Valentino. I am going romantic with the gorgeous lace detail and the funky Thoxa necklace. The Necklace comes with the sequinned collar and superbly compliments this gorgeous dress.  The lace and the cut of the dress makes me feel so very feminine; and is so versatile, perfect for a romantic date night or work dinner or as a meet the parents outfit! 

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Make room in the Boardroom.. From that fun evening look to Classic Corporate. Helen’s definitely no stranger to the boardroom, from her previous life “I feel like I can achieve anything in this outfit” Very powerful yet has the fun element with the striking colourful jacket, reflecting Helen’s personality. 

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The Stylish Boss Lady: You have to love the innovation of colour in the jacket and the lining has animal print which is Just Cavalli! Helen’s teamed the jacket with Boss Black Ponte skirt and Patriza Pepe Cami.  The jacket just pulls this entire look together and finishes off with Boss shoes and bag.  

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Making a statement… Showing off your personality in your wardrobe is so important, so of course I pick this statement Just Cavalli Spring Summer Jersey dress. It’s sexy, dramatic and elegant…all wrapped in one.  You can take this outfit from day-time chic to evening drinks with no effort at all.  The jersey dress is perfect for a full hour-glass like me. It’s fitted to show off your curves yet totally comfortable and easy to wear. Cavalli dresses are definitely made for women with curves… love em’.  

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That Investment Piece: The Patrizia Pepe coat is a stunner, that colour just took my breath away. Perfect for Autumn or Spring, this coat will make sure you stand out in a sea of black and brown coats. A definite investment piece for your wardrobe that you will never tire of!

The photoshoot, the bubbles, the clothes, the laughs, where’s the time gone?! It’s time to wrap up and for Helen to go back to her clients, where she gives them a complete personalized service at the event. I already know what I want to grab off the rails … There are only a few sizes in a each piece, so if you are interested in attending any of the events, please go to www.wesson.com.au or contact helen@helenrobinett.com

Style by Wesson will be in Sydney 26th & 27th May & Perth on the 5th & 6th June.  Spoil yourself at this exclusive fashion evening.

Hope you enjoyed the stylish post … Until next time xxx

Everyday Heroes..

“The difference between Impossible and Possible is a persons’ determination” – Tommy Lasorda

I love writing about the wonderful and inspirational people I meet in my life. I believe it’s the little wins that makes us everyday Heroes, don’t you?

I met a bubbly and friendly Wasabi (yes that’s her name!) the first day I signed up for the gym in my new home & city of Melbourne.  The first thing that struck me is how toned and muscular she was. She tells me, she’s training to be a ‘personal trainer’.  I am not surprised because she definitely looks the part. 

I see her often at the gym and I am secretly envious of that completely toned body, knowing that I would have work 10 times harder if I ever want to get that way. Why does it have to be so hard!! It’s just easier for some people I console myself  (yeah right!)

It was only a few days ago Wasabi shared this picture with me…. I asked her who that was, and she laughs, that bubbly infectious laugh, “that me!!” she says.  My jaw dropped, “No way” I tell her, it doesn’t look anything like her!!! 

 

This, my friends is pure determination. Wasabi went from a size 14 to a size 8.  And no, she’s not obsessed about loosing weight or getting skinny, she just wanted to get fit.  She trains dedicatedly and sincerely, she knows she wants to be a personal trainer and she’s just going for it.  Wasabi dropped fat and gained muscle … she trains hard and pushes herself to be the best she can be.   No excuses, she just gets on with it and loves what she does. 

I had to really convince Wasabi to send me this picture to share it with you guys. I tell her she could be an inspiration to others who not just want to loose weight, but those who want to go on and achieve their dreams, whatever that may be. Sometimes we just need to see other ‘normal people’ doing it before we believe WE CAN too! 

I think this is an amazing story of a young girl who just wanted to make a change in her life and was determined enough to go for it.  She inspired me… and I am sure her willpower inspires you too..  Here’s wishing Wasabi the very best with her PT training xx 

To Mum with Love … x

“Clarity and focus doesn’t always come from God or inspirational quotes. Usually it takes your mother to slap the reality back into you.” – Shanon Alder

Here are some messages straight from the heart to the HEROINE of our lives.

Mum & Me

I wasn’t the easiest of teens, there were plenty of tears and screams. And today a big part of who I am I owe to my mum; her patience, her ‘rules’ and her love.  My love affair with style started when I was 2 because of her… she always let me pick my clothes and play dress up.  Happy to always stay in the shadows and let me shine on…. thank you Ma for everything… my life.  Love Ingy xx

Sammy’s Mum, Nana & beautiful Alya

Happy Mothers and Grandmother Day!! Thank you helping me raise Alya with loads of love & laughter! You are my inspiration xx   Sammy.

Mark & Mum

Mum- I take this opportunity to thank you for help shaping the person I am today. Your wisdom, kindness and generosity never goes unnoticed. So today I thank you, and all the Mum’s out there for being the “super women” that you are. Mark xx

                     

Charlotte & Mum

I am Thankful for countless blessings & miracles that have touched my everyday life to make me into the woman I am today… nothing compares to the blessing of my first breath in your arms. Happy Mothers Day Ma!  Charl 

                    

                    

Rach & Mum

Dear Mum,

It’s not just today, it’s all of my yesterday’s, tomorrow’s and right here in this moment that I know what an angel person you are. You have taught me how to be the best person I can be and to share the light and love unconditionally with everyone else!! You have also taught me taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster……it’s more like CHA CHA  That is a gift I can never thank you enough for. I love you with all my heart. Your daughter Rach X

Kris & Mum

My mother has always been supportive, ready to listen and cheer me on in all of life’s adventures and as I grew older a best friend who is always there. Now that I am preparing to become a mother myself I hope that I can be as inspiring to my children as she is to me. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing woman to call mom!  Kris 

Samia & Mum

Even though I’ve been living away from home for over eight new years now, each and every time I say goodbye to my Mumma at the airport, I cry like a child, who got sent to bed with no dinner. Mum, you are the most extraordinary woman I know. Happy Mother’s Day. Samia 

 

Becks ,Mum & Brad

You are one smoking hot mother both gorgeous inside and out.  You have always been the best  friend to have, so loyal, warm and caring and an incredible mother to me. I love you more than these words can explain. You are so special to me and I love you soooo much!! Happy Mother’s Day mother. Have fun rocking that retirement world! Becks 

Sarah & Mum

My Mum is the kindest, most generous loving person, she is my best friend.  She is also the worlds greatest Grandma (YaYa) and I don’t know where we would be without her.  She has also taught me a lot about being a mum, greatest most exhausting job in the world.  Love you mum xxxx Sarah 

Shane & Mum

From one of our numerous holidays travelling the world - Pattaya, Thailand 2006. Taking the time to show her the world is but a drop in the ocean for the time she spent showing me life….I love you mama. Shane

#HappyMothersDay from all of us to all of the Mothers everywhere xx

Heads on Style…

“Glamour is all about CONFIDENCE & really OWNING the look” -  Monique Lhuiller

Braids, buns, curls, waves… choices are endless when you have a beautiful long mane! With my short hair, well, there’s only so much I can do and style it to. Although I love my pixie, sometimes I miss being able to experiment with different styles……… so I choose to go funky with headpieces.  

Headpieces are nothing new of course; they’ve been around for centuries, from the magnificent Cleopatra (or what we’ve romanticized her to be) to the art deco period. Now it’s back with style statements from ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Great Gatsby’ driving us straight into vintage stores! 

For me this accessory just adds a bit of glamour to whatever I am wearing, in a quirky sort of way.  I love adding a touch of classic charm sometimes, and when I do I keep the rest of my jewellery quite minimal.

I think the headpiece hints of something quite romantically feminine, don’t you?

Here are some of my ‘art deco’ headpieces inspired moments …  

Old Hollywood Charm… Oh so 50’s!

Greek goddess inspired … 

Vintage Glam all the way… 

Dinner & Movie … date night casual (sparkles!!)

Show Stopper … Nothing else matters..

Hope I’ve left you inspired to try on headpieces the next time you want to glam up your look xxx

You’re the ONE!

Sharing some self love #inspiration today.. Have a fabulous weekend x

                             

How many people do you know who are in wait for ‘the one’? Someone who they think will make them happy and sweep them off their feet?

The truth is you gotta love YOU first. Be ‘the one’ for yourself. Being happy and confident attracts happy and confident people back into your life. It’s the law of attraction!

Be kind to yourself…show your imperfectly perfect self a little lovin’. Xx

Dressing Your Beautiful ‘Bump’

One of my darling girlfriends just broke some exciting news that she’s having her first baby!!! I just know she is going to be so beautiful pregnant!

 Her only complain was that I wasn’t around to take her shopping, so I promised to blog about some funky fashion tips especially for her! 

 So here goes:

 With everything changing around you, from your body to your lifestyle, the one thing you can stay true to is your personal style. So what if you have a little person growing inside you, you can learn to dress your little bump while being true to yourself.

The Boho chic:

 Stay cool with maxi and those ever so cool peasant dresses that you can just throw on the days you feel bloated.  Some oversized jewellery and a hat to beat the heat (or bad hair days) and you are rockin’ the look.

The denim girl:

 If you are a jeans girl, I am sure you wouldn’t want to give them up even for a few months. It’s your signature look, right?  So invest in some pregnancy denims with those nice flexible broad bands and they will carry through your entire term! Pair them with some girly tops or go rock chic with a leather jacket… just stay true to your look and you will be most comfortable. 

My personal favourite the “Empire Line Dress”:

This look can go from day casual to evening glam. Yes you can look absolutely glamorous even in your heaviest final days. The empire line, shows off the smallest of your waist (yes you still have one!) and that beautiful ample bust line. I promise you will feel absolutely sexy, beautiful and womanly in this number.  

Wrapping around:

The wrap dress is only second to the empire line.  A beautiful wrap dress is great to take you from work and dinner. You can wear this one throughout your pregnancy – all you have to do is just keep changing where you knot the dress. The dress keeps growing with you and gives a beautiful shape all the time. 

Leggin’s:

If it’s too hot for denims, all you gotta do is switch to maternity leggings. They can be as cool as denims (cooler in fact)! Pair these with some flowy tops and little printed dresses and you are ready to go. Comfy and funky all in one. 

Accessories:

I know you probably don’t want to spend too much on a maternity wardrobe; so all you have to do is change the accessories with the season. Stay on trend with scarves, bags, jewellery, hats, sunnies. Chunky bold colourful jewellery will add style and a ‘cool’ factor to your look. The bigger you are the more chunky the jewellery.. it’s all about creating balance.  Get some pretty coloured ballerinas to add some colour to your look. 

Lets talk about colour:

Please don’t do black to look slim. It’s BORING!! You are pregnant, you are going to be big and round… enjoy it! Have fun with it! Wear ‘your’ colours. Treat yourself to a colour session, so you know which colours love you back.  You will feel assured about what you are wearing and can step out confidently in ‘your’ colours. 

All in all, enjoy your new body, be healthy, love your little bump and just be true to your inner style diva.

Loads of BIG hugs … xx 

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