Another day at the NGV

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 Viktor & Rolf exhibition, NGV

Back in November uni wrapped up for the year and I finally had a whole day to spare, which meant checking out some of the new exhibitions and enjoying some tea at the National Gallery of Victoria. 

In the last few years, there have been quite a few exhibitions celebrating fashion, from a dress collection dating back to 100 years ago, the Jean Paul Gautier exhibition and now the Viktor and Rolf exhibition. Each time I get so excited to be immersed into the beautiful craftsmanship and art of fashion. 

The new Viktor and Rolf exhibitions celebrates their work as avant grade artists and fashion designers. One day I'd love to wear one of their haute couture dresses - they're crazy and gorgeous, everything I like.

We also check out the new modern art section, which had a chanel hula hoop bag displayed on a wall (#interiordecorgoals) and the bvlgari jewellery collection, which was extravagantly beautiful.

Check out some of these beautiful Viktor & Rolf dresses I found online:
textured jacquard dress | black short dress

Visiting the NGV is always a favourite of mine in Melbourne. What is one of your favourite things to do in your home city?

Also, I hope you have a great New Year!!

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Merry Christmas!

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Shirt: Gearbest, Shorts: Asos (similar), Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Braclet: Tiffany and Co, Rings: Oroton (similar) and Pandora (similar).

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with food, family and fun, whether you are enjoying it in the steamy Australian weather or enjoying a white Christmas somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere.

I wanted to share some photos from a recent Christmas lunch I had with a few of my friends from uni. We all bought a dish and ate until we couldn't take it no more. It was a wonderful day, topped off with some gorgeous weather. I wore this lovely shirt (my new favourite) from Gearbest. I absolutely love it, from the unusual tie in the front to the amazing embroidery on the back - it has so many great angles and details to it.

The lovely team at Gearbest also sent me this gorgeous embroidered top, which I cannot wait to wear on upcoming beach trips.

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Culottes for days

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Top: être cecile, Bottoms: Zara (similar), Sunnies: Karen Walker, Bag: Kenzo (similar), Shoes: Target for Dion Lee (similar), Watch: Marc Jacobs (similar), Braclet: Tiffany and Co, Ring: Oroton (similar)
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The Highline, NY

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Coat: Zara (similar), Scarf: Primark (similar), Jumper: Kenzo, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: Asos (similar)

New York City, New York, USA, Feb 16'

Who knew an unused and derelict train bridge could be turned into a cultural hub and must-see tourist destination in one of the biggest cities in the world? I was told many times to visit the Highline while in New York, so we hopped on the subway, walked down a street filled with beautiful townhouses and up a few flights of stairs to this iconic space. 

Although it was cold, the sun came out and sure showed off the Highline in the best light. The art on the walls, sculptures on the ground, architecture of the bridge and surrounding views screamed New York - I don't know how else to describe it then being an utterly cool place. 

Being the creep I am, I loved that the bridge was elevated so I could peer into the amazing looking loft style apartments that surrounded the Highline. 

It is definitely a place to visit if you are exploring New York. Has anyone been to the Highline - what are your thoughts on it?

Photos by Ivor

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New York, New York!

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New York, United State of America, Feb 16'

My uniform in New York: Burberry jacket, Uniqlo thermal turtle neck and jeans 

Earlier this year, after our travels on the West Coast of America we hopped on a plane to the crazy, bustling, freezing and amazing New York City. My neighbour on the plane had about 6 mimosas during the flight and man I wished I was of legal drinking age in the US to join her in the celebration of our touch down in NYC.

Just like when I was in Paris, I was very conscious of the fact that I had a very romanticised view  of New York. It is the Big Apple where dreams come true and life is amazing, or so I am told from countless rom-coms, Sex and the City and the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite (xoxo gossip girl). While I do believe this city is great and lives up to its expectations, I think more movies need to portray freezing New Yorkers with leaky noses in winter because that was me the entire ten days and the romantic reality.

While I didn't stay on the fabulous Upper East Side - a room in the Palace or Plaza would have been a dream, instead Ivor and I stayed in a gorgeous boutique hotel in midtown called the Evelyn. I think this area is the perfect spot to stay for tourists as it is in the middle of this great city and walkable to places like Flat Iron, Fifth Ave and Times Square. 

While it was bitterly cold in this grand city it didn't stop us from going out all night, not in the partying form but the exploring kind, as everything was open until late, the city was still bustling at 1am, oh and also our sleep pattern never left Californian time. I don't think we ever got up before 11am in New York. We would spend the day exploring the endless New Yorkian sites, such as Times Square, the Rockefeller Centre, Byrant Park and the Statue of Liberty, as seen in these photos. And by night we would explore more and frequently caught a show, which included Matilda, Les Miserables and the Late Show with Seth Meyers. One night we went up the blistering cold Empire State Building where the incredible views heavily outweighed my hypothermia. 

The Aussie dollar compared to the US dollar was so crap when we were over, but my oh my was the shopping amazing and neither the economy or my leaky nose was going to stop me from exploring and shopping in each major department store. They were so dreamy, from the decor in Saks, the bags in Barneys to the shoe sections of Macys and Bloomingdales - wow, wow and wow. As you can guess, my suitcase was getting very full at this stage.

We stayed in New York for ten days, so stay tuned for another post featuring more photos of our stay.

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Bell Sleeves

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Dress: Nicholas (another bell sleeved Nicholas dress), Pouch: MonPurse (similar), Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Rings: similar  triangle shaped ring , rose ring and half circle ring
Photos by Ivor


A while ago I saw this dress online by Nicholas and instantly fell in love. This shirt style dress with intricate cut outs and bell sleeves ticked all the boxes for me but my bank account said nope. But a couple of weeks later I was gifted it as an anniversary present and to say I was surprised and happy is an understatement! With summer arriving soon here in Melbourne, I can't wait to wear this dress out more. But even still, a night out in this city is always unpredictable. One moment it can be warm and sunny and five minutes later you're frozen from the chilly wind and downpour of rain. That's why a winter coat when you're going out, even in summer here, is essential! Fashion.mia has a great variety of women trench coats that I think would be perfect for Melbourne's climate. Here are my favourite picks below - not too heavy but can protect you from the weather and of course are stylish:

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Spring in Orange

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Dress: Elizbeth & Row, Shoes: Asos (similar), Bag: Burberry, Necklace: Similar

While Spring has taken it time to arrive here in Melbourne it is finally appearing and at last I can bring out my spring colours. My seasonal closet tends to conform to its associated colours and thereby over winter I wore copious amounts of black and navy blue. However I do enjoy a bit of colour, and as you can see orange has always been a favourite for me during this time. I think the colour suits many lighter skin shades and I recently found so many great orange finds on StyleWe, where you can shop long down coats to gorgeous spring outfits. 

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The last of Cali; Disneyland, LA and Calico!

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Los Angeles

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Calico

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                               Disneyland outfit: Sunnies (Prada), Playsuit (similar), Nikes

The end time of our time on the West Coast was spent in sunny and hot winter California.

On our way to Los Angeles we stopped by a so-called ghost town named Calico. It had been a short lived mining town from the late 1800s that still looked the same, including floors covered with peanut shells (a little bit eww).

But back to modern times, by the time I woke up from the bus ride from Calico we were on the congested roads of Los Angeles. From a childhood of watching far too many Californian based television shows the houses and roads looked so familiar. Instantly, we were immersed into the glam (but also unglam) atmosphere of LA. I saw Usher driving his car along Melrose Avenue, a girl take her friend's designer handbag and hat just for da insta shot, a twitter username plastered onto the back of a mercedes, countless bling LV belts, dogs in handbags and Chloe Grace Moretz walking through LAX wearing sunnies and a fur coat. Ladies and gentlemen, the lavish over the top lifestyle of the City of Angels is real!

The highlight of my time in LA was at the most magical place in the World - Disneyland!! As soon as I walked in, after a very long wait, it felt like we were in another world. Everything adhered to the Disney ideology, from the buildings, ice cream, roller coasters, workers and even the Starbucks take-away cups. For a full 12 hours, my boyfriend and I joined the hoards of children in buying an excess amount of merchandise and food, and also lining up for hours for rides. The Disney parades were the definition of spectacular. The night parade involved huge colourful lit up floats with an incredible firework show finale. It was possibly one of my most joyful experiences.

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