Melbourne is on sale : Best sale of the week

Let’s start your 2016 off in style with the best help from these amazing sustainable brands like Bassike, Alice Euphemia, APOM, Kuwaii and many more… 

Alice Euphemia

She is showcasing her much-loved local designers for an ethical and sustainable affair called ‘Personal Best’.

It is a clothing sale that celebrates a better way of making fashion with some of Australia’s best designers with up to 80% off. Featuring dozens Celeste Tesoriero, Gary Bigeni, Tlux, LP33.3, Serpent and the Swan, Roopa Pemmaraju, Bhalo, F.me Apparel with more to be announced. The brands were made locally, use organic fabric and dyes, have ethically recognized production or in-house creation, source vintage, use recycled materials or are social enterprises with philanthropic outcomes.

Northside: January 20–24 155 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Wed 9am–8pm
Thu & Fri 9am–7pm
Sat 9am–6pm
Sun 10am–4pm

Southside: January 27–31 513 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Wed 9am–8pm
Thu & Fri 9am–7pm
Sat 9am–6pm
Sun 10am–4pm

sass & bide Warehouse Sale


Shop past seasons and the most sought out styles, with the price range from $20-$250. Sass & bide has been a proud partner of Make-A-Wish Australia since 2012.

Apart from #wishforgood campaign earlier in 2015, there has been no mention in the brand sustainability involvement. 

St Kilda Town Hall : January 15-16 Corner of Carlisle Street and Nepean Highway, St Kilda Fri & Sat 9am-4pm  

APOM Summer Sale


Shop last season for up to 50% off.

A local artist works closely with APOM for every collection, creating a print that is unique to the brand. Each APOM collection resonates with those seeing both quality and wearability in their everyday wardrobe; inseam pockets, clever tailoring, and delicate details make up the APOM signature. Each piece is designed and patternmade in the Melbourne studio. But apart from supporting local artist, there is no mention of other sustainability involvement.

Available online and in-store 32a Carlisle Street, Balaclava.

Bassike                                                                                                                               

Their philosophy centers around high-end design & construction with a commitment to sustainable manufacturing.

Shop natural fabrics in a perfect combo of casual and premium style. Available for current and past season with further reduction for up to 60% off both in- store 1–3 Rankins Lane (off Little Bourke Street), Melbourne and online.  

Kuwaii                                                                                                                                                            

Kuwaii is an inimitable alternative to mass-produced fashion. Made in Melbourne, each article is meticulously designed to last, and to be cherished.

Refined, detailed and romantic, form and function find accord in modern shapes, clean lines and impeccable tailoring. Kuwaii collections are characterised by masterful technique, quality fabrics and materials. Kuwaii collections are made locally and sustainably. Kuwaii is committed to upholding excellence in manufacturing and to supporting local industry.  

SS 2015 sale available online while stock lasts.

Viktoria + Woods End-of-Season Sale                                                                                          

Each collection is created for women who are considered in developing a quality designer wardrobe that is both effortless and desirable.

The greater part of the brand is made in Australia and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Their collections have a transeasonal simplicity and timelessness that will last in your wardrobe for years to come. They value quality fabrications and wherever possible, aim to use textiles that leave a lighter footprint on the planet. 

Shop up to 50% both current and past season. Available both in-store 1087 High Street, Armadale and online.  

Alpha60 Summer Sale

Summer sale still continues on, with up to 50% off on items that are both sophisticated and quirky. Sadly there’s no mention of the brand sustainability involvement.  Shop online and in-store.

Kloke                                                                                                                 

Shop designs that inspired by many talented artists for up to 50% off. Sadly there’s no mention of the brand sustainability involvement. 

Shop online and in-store 270 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Letter to my readers : Hello again

Hello again, I hope you still remember me! I am your personal stylist!

I am sorry I have not been very informative in the past year but I have really good reason for it. Let’s hear it out and I am hoping you will forgive me.

My heart was broken. I discovered how much damage fashion has done to the world, especially in the past 20 years (watch the doco, ‘The True Cost’ to see for yourself).  Fast fashion has taken us to a whole new level. It seems very enticing if you look at it from afar and very quickly. Almost everyone is now able to own luxury items with an affordable price tag. However, can we really afford the true cost? I’m amazed at how quickly you can just throw away a piece of clothing and buy a new one. So you have a special occasion coming up or you’re having a bad day? No problem! Just buy a new dress.

I am a personal stylist, so every time my clients want a new piece they come to me. I should be happy about it, right? I was, but I’m not anymore. I’ll tell you why.   

I was very happy that I could assist you in discovering your style and managing your wardrobe so that you don’t waste any more time standing in front of it with nothing to wear. I was happy to help you gain back your self-confidence so you could achieve whatever goals you set out to do, and not to mention look amazing while doing it ;) I was focusing on you and only you! But if I was really doing my job right, I should’ve worked harder. I have to make sure that while we are focusing on you, we don’t hurt others in the process. But how will I do it?

I took some time off to do my research. I travelled to Japan and NYC to be inspired and educated (It was mind-blowing, thanks for asking ;). I learnt a lot of things, and realised that people want to be good and do the right thing, but it’s not that easy when you have other priorities. Then I had a Ding moment! I will make it easier for you!!

I have compiled a list of brands, websites, organisations and stores that have amazing designs, ideas and more importantly, care about the world. Now I will share with you all the amazing things I know. I am still focusing on you, and I’ll make sure we don’t leave deep heel prints behind so you can just concentrate on propagating a bright and stylish future. Don’t worry, I'm not going to stop you from buying your favourite brands. I'm simply giving you the alternative options and educating you on how to help influence the brands that you love so that they can be friendlier to the world. So my new years fashion resolution will be more like the list below. Let me know what you lovely people think!

  1. More stylish sustainable style options

  2. Top 5’s of a lot of amazing ideas/things that friendly to the world

  3. Eco-fashion events and activities updates

  4. What’s fleeking right now

  5. Fun facts, overused fashion words and some really cool inspiration quotes

  6. My new favourite brands

  7. What fashion blog/website you should subscribe to

  8. Outfit posts #whatireallywear 

  9. Q&A’s #askmystylist

I am so excited to be back! Let 2016 begins! 

 

 

5 Ways to Significantly Improve Your Social Life

It's another Friday night, and here you are yet again, cuddled up with Mr. Fluffy and cradling a pint of ice cream. The year is almost drawing to a close (can you believe it?!) and you still haven't made good on your intention to improve your social life.
But have no fear...help is here! Take a look at the steps below and you'll be supercharging your social life in no time.

Take it from me! Although I've always been more of a social butterfly myself, I know that it becomes significantly harder to meet new people after you're out of school. There are just less social events where you can get out and meet new folks, let alone people that you'd actually want to call friends! Also, the adult responsibilities of having to make a living can be a real buzzkill. "What, no partying until 3 a.m. anymore?" So...yes, the social scene becomes more complex as you age. But, as a great man once said, you miss one hundred percent of the shots you never take. You have to just go for it!

In my own personal life, I recently had the great fortune of making friends with two amazing (and super stylish!) friends. In fact, it's only been nine months since we first met, but now they're at "inner circle status"; that's how much we have in common. We met through a fashion event, working backstage at a Melbourne runway show earlier this year. The three of us worked together for almost a month, and it's just wild how much we all have in common. Even our interests outside of fashion are very similar. 

Anyway, the point of my story is that this job was out of my comfort zone. I was working with new people, experiencing new things...and it was a bit intimidating at first. If I hadn't taken the risk, though, I wouldn't have met two of my dearest friends. Life has a funny way of rewarding us for acts of boldness. I feel so blessed to have found these girls, and I believe that the same can happen for you. New friends are right around the corner. All you have to do is open yourself up to the possibilities. Now what are you waiting for? Go find your new besties!    

1. Good news 

Now is a great time to meet new friends! And timing is everything. Also, if you make connections now, you stand a good chance of being invited to a plethora of holiday parties. So go forth and mingle!

2. "But how?"

You ask. Relax. Gearing up your social life should just be a natural extension of your regular life. What are the things you like to do? Play tennis? Drink wine? Joining classes and "meet-up" websites are a great way to expand your horizons.

3. Be bold!

Ever crashed a party before? I assure you, it's a great deal of fun! And you can meet all kinds of people.
Although crashing parties may not be for everyone, keep this bold joie de vivre kind of spirit in mind when you're expanding your social network. Think outside the box, and do something crazy that makes you nervous beforehand. Why not? Life is short!

4. Speaking of social networks...get off Facebook!

You heard me.
I know, I know. It sounds completely counterintuitive. "But Facebook's where I keep in touch with friends!"
No, it isn't. It's where you stalk your ex-boyfriend and bemoan the fact that all of your friends are getting engaged. Get serious, girl! You want a new life? Make it happen. But first you have to forget some of your old life...or just not be updated on your aunt's best friend's cousin's baby shower every second. It's a waste of time, and you should be so busy dazzling people that you forget to log on.

5. Make a point to talk to at least three interesting strangers a day. 

Whether it's a simple greeting, or a compliment you wouldn't have voiced before, these small gestures get you in the mindset of putting yourself out there.

And, in the end, as corny as it sounds...your mom was right. The best way to get a friend is to BE a friend. Keep that in mind, and your social calendar will be stacked before you know it. Everyone appreciates a great friend.

Now dust off those party clothes! Don't forget to wear them with a smile :) I wish you the best of luck.

If you have any favorite meet-up websites or networking tips, feel free to share them! Or if you need to refresh your style before making new friends, call Shanya now on 0426 220 108 or Book here!