Monday, 20 March 2017

An Affair To Remember

My mum first introduced us when I was in high school. I don't think even she realised how far down the rabbit hole I had fallen until it was too late.
I am of course speaking about eBay - an online haven for shoppers wanting everything but the original price-tag!

Despite my ever growing infatuation with eBay, I can't help but realise that it has left me entirely unable to cope with current retail prices. Often I will walk into shops purely to make a mental note of brands to look up later while curled up in my pyjamas.
A guilty pleasure of mine is looking up the prices of 'traditionally cheaper' brands to feel better about a splurge, as my credit card statement ends up looking like nothing in comparison!

When I first used eBay I could somehow never find the contemporary or stylish labels that my mum would fill her watch list with. The thing about shopping second-hand clothing online is you need to know exactly what you like and have a strong grasp of brands which you gravitate towards. Fortunately, eBay provides other suggested search options if you get a little lost amongst the masses of apparel. However, that also means everyone who is after a romantic Zimmermann dress will now be searching trawling through the same suggestions.

Another tip if you want to browse eBay broadly, is to search under 'auction' and stick to your own country, as beyond these two search functions resides a lot of junk people want to simply get rid of quickly.

Just a word to the wise, once eBay has you hooked it will be line and sinker. No joke, I honestly had to stop in the middle of writing this to bid on a Manning Cartell dress!!



Friday, 17 March 2017


Last week I went to my first ever fashion show. I sat front row in my sister's four season old Camilla & Marc floral racerback dress, olive green Topshop heels which I picked up in an op-shop, and a lick of tester foundation (courtesy of Mecca). Although I had practically sprinted from university to make it on time and snapped photos of elegant models from behind a dirty phone cover with my myki and ID visibly tucked inside, I had an absolute blast!

From crushed velvet detailing on sequin dresses to delicate frills skimming over wrists, many of the designers incorporated key fashion trends popping up in 2017.

Yeojin Bae stayed in line with the impeccable tailoring and colour blocking, which have become synonymous with the label, while Romance Was Born presented a far more original and refreshing display of clothing. When it comes to delving beyond monotonous cocktail dresses, duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales are truly in a league of their own; propelling their label into a kaleidoscope of imagination and colour.

At opposite ends of the androgynous spectrum sat Dion Lee, with sporty silhouettes and clean lines, and Macgraw, infiltrating whimsical and feminine apparel with the occasional pop of yellow.

Bold earrings were the order of the day for Carla Zampatti, with large gold earrings inspired by those of Christie Nicolaides peppered throughout the collection. Ginger & Smart let the intricacy of lace do most of the talking for the garments, opting for an effortless aesthetic with minimal jewelry.

VAMFF was an incredible experience, and hopefully next time I go I will remember to bring another phone cover!