Ethical Fashion Table – Discussing Sustainable Fashion


  On Saturday 16 June, I attended an Ethical Fashion Table organised by the founder of ethical clothing label Pure Pod, Kelli Donovan. Kelli has spent twenty-eight years working in the fashion industry, with eleven of those running her own ethical fashion label. She is a passionate advocate for the Australian fashion industry, particularly the sustainable fashion movement. In creating this event, Kelli sought to bring like minds together to not only support one another but to openly discuss and suggest solutions for the environmental and social issues associated with the global world of fashion. Over a delicious meal, organised… Continue Reading

Dress Yourself Better When Your Are Sick – A Theory


  I have been sick for almost a month now and during my lengthy illness, I have had the time to develop a theory. It might just be possible to dress yourself better. Of course, I’m not implying that fashion can replace antibiotics or that vivid eyeshadow can act as a stand-in for decongestants, but in their way they can work their own kind of magic. My normal inclination when I am feeling unwell is to slip into one of my dressing gowns and snuggle up. This is all well and good for a weekend, or a week at a… Continue Reading

Designer Opshop Emporium – Mixing Modern and Vintage


  Is Fyshwick the new Braddon? Given that the # has been used a grand total of six times by the one account, maybe the idea hasn’t caught on quite yet. Fyshwick can, however, count one Braddon expat amongst its ranks, in the newly opened Designer Opshop Emporium. In their new venture, mother and daughter duo Sharyn and Taylor Pitsilos have expanded upon what we came to know and love them for in their Braddon home of five years: a unique mix of modern and vintage. The new Emporium is light, airy, and quite importantly, it’s much larger. Amongst the… Continue Reading

An Ode to Dressing Gowns


  For someone who loves getting dressed so much the one item of clothing I actually spend the most amount of time in is a dressing gown. I have six different gowns: two fluffy ones for winter, three silk ones for summer and one light wool one for in between weather. As soon as I get out of bed I slip into one of my robes, which one depends on the weather of course, and go about the business of getting ready for the day, having breakfast, doing my makeup, selecting an outfit. Then the moment I get home I… Continue Reading

I Have a Bone to Pick with Who What Wear


  Nearly every day an email from American style site Who What Wear drops into my inbox. For the most part, my morning scroll through my email inbox before I head off to the gym leaves me feeling informed and often inspired, but when it comes to emails from Who What Wear I generally end up pissy. And it’s because of article titles like this:   ‘5 Items That Make Women Scientifically More Attractive to Men’ ― because of course the whole reason I get dressed in the morning is to be more attractive to men. ‘15 Items All Men… Continue Reading

H&M is in trouble again – A Threat to Artist’s Rights


  It’s been a turbulent start to the year for Swedish fast fashion retailer H&M. After coming under fire for racial insensitivity in January (an image of a young black boy in a ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’ jumper posted on their e-commerce website led to widespread backlash), H&M is in trouble once again, this time over graffiti. Here’s what went down as explained by Julie Zerbo at the Fashion Law: ‘Jason ‘Revok’ Williams, a famous Los Angeles-based graffiti artist, sent H&M a cease and desist letter, alleging that the Swedish fast fashion giant had included (his) original artwork in… Continue Reading

Sissa Sorella


  After Peachy Keen, a Braddon based footwear and accessories haven, found a new home within it’s sister store Rebel Muse late last year there has been an independent shoe store size gap in the Canberra market just waiting for someone to dip their toe into. The pair brave enough to take the plunge are sisters Kelli Zakharoff and Kate Dawson who today have opened Sissa Sorella, a veritable mecca for shoe lovers. The boutique occupies the space formerly occupied by Pink Ink’s little sister Baby Pink in Deakin and launches with an Autumn Winter collection of luscious flats and… Continue Reading

Style Diary: 30 Days of Mirror Selfies


At the beginning of the year I set a number of style goals for myself. These were to: Buy less and make better use of what I already have. Buy better quality, investment pieces and avoid fast fashion. Shop as ethically as possible. Be bolder in my styling and to have as much fun with my clothes as possible. Actually make use of all my accessories and jewellery. Experiment more with my makeup. Go to the hairdresser more often. Make more effort to style my hair. Paint my nails every week.   In order to keep myself accountable to my… Continue Reading