Gone are the days of guys just wearing the same style tee and chinos throughout the year. This season step out of your comfort zone and experiment with the latest male fashion trends for this Australian spring summer 16/17. After all, a well-dressed man is always irresistible.
A veteran style that’s dominated the fashion scene for years, this Australian spring summer 16/17 expect the lengths of shorts to rise. This season wear bright shades for an instant summery pop of colour, or stick to neutral tones for a relaxed vibe.
If there’s one accessory you experiment with this season, make it the neckerchief. These have been a popular trend of choice for females throughout autumn winter, and now is the time for you to experiment with the style. Bandana’s add an instant edge to any outfit and can be worn in heaps of difference ways to create a whole new look. Tie loosely with the tails facing down at the front, or in a triangle around the neck for a western look. Plus, neckerchiefs are the perfect way to inject a pop of colour into your wardrobe this spring summer 16/17.
Think silky, embroidered button down shirts and oversized polo shirts from your Grandads wardrobe. Tuck into a pair of dark, tailored trousers for a polished aesthetic.
Yet another trend that dominated the autumn winter scene, this season don’t expect bomber jackets to budge from our wardrobe. Opt for jackets in loud hues and patterns for an on trend aesthetic. Play with your proportions and pair with shorts for those cool summer nights.
Always a complimentary tone, this season neural tones will be the popular colour of choice for suits. For extra props, opt for a double breasted jacket and accessorise with rich brown leathers.
Growing up you were always told to eat your greens, and now the shade has never looked better. Military inspired hues will be a popular colour throughout the season. However, this season is all about clashing the colour. For an on trend aesthetic, mix a military hued jacket with an emerald green tee and dark green shorts.
Yet another trend for females this spring summer, overall are set to dominate the male fashion scene this Australian spring summer 16/17. Select boxy, mechanic inspired silhouettes in light denim hues.
This season stand out amongst the crowd in completely white outfits. Pair white jeans or shorts with a white tee and cap. Or if you’re feeling brave switch styles up and sport white overalls for an on-trend aesthetic.
Like the neckerchief, round sunglasses are the eyewear shape of choice for men this spring summer.
Guys, if you’re looking for some style guidance, outfit inspo or are just in need of something new in your Instagram feed, look no further! We’ve found the best male fashion ‘grammers and we’re sharing our favourites with you. These guys’ outfits are always on point and they know what they’re talking about when it comes to fashion. Whether you love crisp, classy looks or prefer cool street style, these seven Instagram accounts are the ones to follow:
From classy evenings out to cool, casual days, Mariano never gets it wrong. Follow for the on-trend outfits, stay for the #hairgoals. Standout aspect: this guy knows how to accessorise flawlessly.
Street style personified, Jovel Roystan always looks effortlessly cool. Ripped jeans and patterned button-downs are his go-to, with a nod to the old-school look that is so trendy right now. Standout aspect: rocking basics.
Model Danny has mastered the smart-casual look and always looks fresh in crisp button-downs and light-coloured slacks. He dresses it down sometimes with dark-rinse jeans. Standout aspect: check out his black leather jacket for the perfect fit and styling!
This long-haired blogger not only pulls off the man bun, he also nails the layered look. We love his scarf and leather jacket combo for easy style on cooler nights, and his crisp white kicks for the perfect wardrobe staple. Standout aspect: rocking a blazer with busted-knee jeans.
This guy is the one to follow if you need guidance in looking effortlessly put together from head to toe, even down to the art of the half-tucked shirt. Standout aspect: turning a waistcoat from formalwear to a wardrobe staple.
This ‘grammer’s massive following is clearly due to his easy, achievable casual style. Paul takes jeans and a tee to a whole new level of cool, and he never met a flanno he didn’t want to tie around his waist. Standout aspect: skinny jeans rolled to just above the ankle.
This New York City lad has layering down pat. He also knows the value the right shoes can bring to an outfit – take note, guys! Even more awesome, William uploads flat lays of some of his favourite looks, which is perfect for anyone wondering how to style certain pieces. Standout aspect: his go-to pair of classic Ray Bans.
Words: Hanna Sloan
Their mission: "Social Status is 2 x 'GEN Y' chicks with on-trend taste and the skills to bring style to your online presence."
We caught up with entrepreneur, Claudia Jones, to talk about the ultimate secret to getting more followers, if hashtags are dead and her tips to snapping an incredible flat lay.
CJ: I noticed that there were a lot of 'insta brands' popping up across social media. I thought this was a niche market and would be cool to jump in on and explore the forever changing world of social media.
CJ: One of the biggest social media crimes is making spelling mistakes!
CJ: I would definitely choose marble. We work with that backdrop a lot and I think it can take any product or shot to a much more 'blogger-esque' level.
CJ: We usually edit our photos in Adobe Suite but if we are editing on the go we will just play around with the contrast and brightness to enhance the shot.
CJ: Well it wouldn't be a secret then! (haha) I think one of the biggest things is engaging with your followers, if you do this you will gain a lot more traction and interactivity across your account.
CJ: Yes absolutely, we use hashtags on every image. Hashtagging allows your post to reach out and target people outside of your following which is a total must.
CJ: There are rewarding things everyday, whether it be lovely feedback from a client to signing a lease on a new office space - we love seeing our work pay off.
CJ: The main thing is to be authentic. No one else is like you, so it is so important to stay true to who you are and not get caught up in trends. You will definitely leave more of an impact if you spin, twist and create things like no one else has before.
CJ: The three main things you need are great lighting, a few space filling props and a beautiful edit for the final touch.
CJ: I think any start up, male or female faces challenges everyday. The best part is that these challenges always end up being lessons and experiences that we learn from and grow. The biggest challenge as a #GIRLBOSS is deciding what to wear everyday. (haha)
CJ: You just need confidence and self belief! If you love what you do and are passionate about your work, the success will follow.
CJ: We have a few exciting things in the works, stay tuned!
Rebecca Lau-Marsh, Founder of White Runway is changing the formal conversation with her large on-trend selection of ready-to-wear and custom made gowns.
We sat down and spoke with the entrepreneur about her biggest challenges as a #Girlboss and her 'pinch me' experience in business.
RL: It was both an epiphany and through personal experience. I used to own an online store and I started to introduce lots of maxi dresses into the collection. I started to selling orders of 3 or 4 gowns in one go and I also noticed a lot of customers were purchasing dresses that were not traditional bridesmaid gowns for their own wedding. Then, when I became a bridesmaid and went through the whole experience and the costs associated, I realised there was a market out there for affordable and stylish bridesmaid dresses that don’t make you look dowdy and frumpy.
RL: I don’t like a strapless satin frock with a satin sash. I feel those kind of styles are really dated and is a total no-go. Its important go for a dress that hides your areas of concern and focuses on your best assets.
RL: The formal wear industry as a whole is so glamourous and it’s always so much fun to see customers dress up. It is passion of mine to provide customers with beautiful formal dresses at affordable prices, which makes it a lot easier for women to look and feel amazing without the huge price tags.
RL: No white, even if it is cream. It is OK if there is a pattern, but avoid dresses that are just plain white or cream.
Don’t go too short. Be mindful of the formal dress code and understand that a mini dress is inappropriate.
Consider any religious requirements that the bride or groom may practice. It is important to be aware and respect any traditions or religion present at the wedding. For example, some cultures don’t like black at weddings, so it is important to remember that we live in a multicultural society and to always be aware of the various cultures and religions.
RL: Your actions play an immediate role in the success of the business and being able to activate ideas and seeing them flourish everyday is very special. I also love that every day is different and with its own unique challenges.
RL: Growth is always a challenge and also ensuring that you have a good workplace culture and a strong team behind the brand.
RL: Determination, passion, hard work and being able to take constructive criticism are incredibly important traits to succeed. If you have an idea that you feel strongly about and people knock it down, run through all of the negatives and the positives. If you find the positives are outweighing the negatives, then that’s when you know you should go for it.
RL: Building contacts and networking is a big one as there is always a lot of up and coming designers and it is very important to build those contacts. It’s also important to stay humble, as a lot of the time brands can get into the space very quickly but if they don’t maintain those relationships, the partnership can be short lived. It’s a really creative industry to be in so have fun, be authentic and understand your strengths and just own it.
RL: It would have to be opening our New York Show Room and being able to reach the American market.
RL: We are working on further international growth and exclusive collaborations with our favourite designers, which is always a lot of fun. We listen to our customer feedback as we speak to them every day, so being able to communicate this through to our designers and work with them through the creative journey is truly rewarding.
White Runway will be featured in our 2016 Melbourne Cup Event. Book your tickets today.
We consulted top beauty and skin experts Australian Skin Clinics to reveal the red carpet preparation secrets and find out how you can get your skin looking as flawless as the latest girl-squad.
Long before the red carpet rolls out, models and celebrities embark on a pre-awards skin buff and tightening process that has their skin looking its most radiant and beautiful come the red carpet. Favourite treatments include skin peels and laser and light-based therapies that target wrinkles and cast away those ageing spots and pigmentation, creating a smooth and flawless complexion.
If your skin is dry and lacklustre, Australian Skin Clinics recommends Microdermabrasion to exfoliate the dull, dead outer surface of your skin. If you’re out to reverse sun damage or solve pigmentation woes, Medi-Aesthetic Peels can improve the skin texture and tone, regenerating your skin into smoother, even coloured and a younger looking version of you.
With the cameras flashing and the red carpet calling, celebrities seek a finishing touch to their buffed and tightened skin. Many opt for a facial in the weeks leading up to the big event to help smooth fine lines, reduce puffiness and lift eyes.
If a face-lift is not for you, Australian Skin Clinics recommends Skin Boosters and Hydrators to stimulate and improve overall appearance. The goal is to increase circulation and bring oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to your cells. Skin Boosters improves the texture and feel of your skin as well as elasticity and firmness. While providing deep skin hydration, Skin Hydrators can also help improve the appearance of fine lines and imperfections such as acne scars.
Getting that perfect matte lip or glossy shine is one way to make your lips look fuller, but a high-shine finish and lip colour can only go so far. Models and celebrities are opting for lip plumpers to prolong their fullness and enhance their features.
To achieve that fuller sexier pout Australian Skin Clinics use dermal fillers to enhance naturally thin lips. Another handy trick to more kissable lips is exfoliation! Before applying that luscious crimson red lipstick, exfoliate your lips with Skinstitut Glycolic 14% Scrub at home and then hydrate your lips with a lip balm. This key tip will ensure your lips will stay plump without your lipstick colour sinking into fine lines on your lips.
For more information on Australian Skin Clinics and its medi-aesthetic treatments visit www.ozskin.com.
So you’ve been seeing a guy for a while and he’s invited you over to his for some drinks and to watch a movie. There’s no secret that this is going to turn into an adult sleepover, but what should you pack so you’re prepared but don’t seem over prepared?
This can take a lot of time and consideration, and TBH we know that you ladies don't have time for that. We’ve decided to take the stress out of this situation and highlight the essentials that every woman needs in their naughty night bag
The secret to successfully packing for an adult sleepover all lies in the bag. No one wants to be that diva who needs a whole suitcase for one night. Opt for a medium sized makeup bag, that has enough space for all of your essentials, yet doesn’t look OTT. Select bags in neutral or dark colours because you don’t want anything to scream “Look at me! I’m staying the night and I’m prepared!” Go by the mantra subtle is sexy.
There’s nothing sexy about waking up with panda eyes and smudged lipstick after a night of fun. Makeup wipes in these scenarios are your BFF. You’ll wake up looking fresh, and what’s more irresistible than that?
Keep your skin silky smooth and pack a tester moisturiser for your face and body. Get your man in on the fun and have him help you with those hard to reach places. Hey, a girl has gotta moisturise!
It’s the age old question that separates many women. Do you pack foundation or not? There’s no way your man would be scared of seeing your bare face (he’s sure to have seen a lot more) but it’s always nice to have an option for a light coverage. Opt for a light weight primer (to make sure everything stays in place during the fun), BB cream will give you a gorgeous glow, and when paired with a light dusting of bronzer he won’t be able to keep his eyes off you.
It’s proven that eye contact builds sexual tensions and can help get the sparks flying. So why not give him something to look at? Pack an eyelash curler and your favourite mascara to perfectly frame your peepers.
Keep those lips moisturised and pack a lip balm. No guy loves red lipstick smudged all over his face, so opt for natural matte tones.
Avoid waking up with your hair in a tangled mess and pack hair clips, dry shampoo and texturising spray.
How would you like to stay in luxury accommodation, be pampered from head to toe and indulge in a delicious breakfast to kiss away last night’s festivities? Sounds like a dream, right? Well, thanks to Brisbane Riverview Hotel, we had the opportunity to experience this slice of heaven. And now you can too!
Gather up your ladies because you can’t miss this offer. Until the end of December Brisbane Riverview Hotel are offering their exclusive Blow Inn Package. For just $199 you’ll stay in a luxurious room for the night and spend your afternoon having your hair and makeup professionally done at the Blow Inn before heading out on the town. Plus, for a small additional fee you can indulge in a delicious buffet breakfast the next morning. Think croissants, fresh fruit, macaroons, scrambled eggs... what more could you want?
It’s important to treat ourselves, and what we loved was that the team at Brisbane Riverview Hotel really went out of their way to make us feel special. The stunning Brisbane River views left us in awe and the afternoon of pampering had us ready to slay the night away.
After its $6 million renovation in 2014, Brisbane Riverview Hotel is steadily making its name as one of Brisbane’s best kept accommodation secrets. Plus, with the hotels central Hamilton location it’s the perfect retreat to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Yet being just a 15-minute drive from the airport, CBD and short walk to Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s bustling nightlife is at your fingertips.
To look and feel your best and have guaranteed stories to last a lifetime thanks to your girls weekend away, book your Blow Inn Package now!
This season it’s all about the cropped flares! They are the must have addition to your denim collection! From A-list celebrities like Alessandra Ambrosio, to fashion ‘it’ girls like Alexa Chung, you’ll find everyone rocking this trend.
The best part about it is, you don’t have to be rich and famous to join in! Anyone (yes, even you) can achieve this figure flattering, vintage inspired look without breaking the bank. If you’re anything like me, you’ve religiously worn your skinny jeans for the past few years, but a new style has hit the streets and it’s time to jump on the bandwagon!
If you’re ready to flare things up in the denim department, here’s how to do it...
Be a master of street style and take advantage of the hot trend while it’s still chilly outside. Pair them with your favourite coat and ankle boots. Tip: to master the cropped flare, make sure the hem sits just above where the boots end.
This look can turn from daytime to nighttime in seconds with a few minor additions. Wear with heels, a silk cami and a fitted blazer for a night out on the town. Or pair them with a tee, sneaker and chic loafers for your everyday look. The cropped hem means most shoes pair perfectly with them. Yaaas, you just can’t go wrong!
For the DIY girls out there, are you wondering what to do with those flares you bought in the height of the 70’s trend? Grab some scissors, and evenly cut them into a crop. It’s better to cut off too little than too much so measure carefully beforehand! Leave the frayed hem and voila! You’ve transformed your denim into one of the must have items of the season.
"With global domination on the horizon, online fashion retailer Beginning Boutique know their minis from their maxis. With a crazy mix of fashion-obsessed writers, stylists and creatives, the team believe every trend is worth slaying at least once (or twice if you're brave!)"
Whether you are in a relationship and you wish to make space for a new, more empowering romance with your current partner, or are wanting to attract a new relationship altogether, it is important to create space to attract the ‘new’.
Here’s 6 ways to create that space.
This means making time to nurture your existing relationship and making the effort to keep the connection and love alive. That may include date nights, weekends away, surprises, common projects or goals, etc. If you are seeking a new relationship, it means freeing up your time to go out socialising, on dates, and spending time with your new partner. Is there anything preventing you from making the time to take this action?
Have you made space in your life for someone else? For example, do your pets sleep with you leaving no room for a partner? Do you clutter up your environment with “stuff” to fill the needs that are not being met in your current relationship? If so, declutter your environment and fill that space with the love and connection that you really seek.
Are you still holding onto your ex’s engagement ring and energetically sending out vibes that you are “engaged”? Do you still see your ex’s friends in hope of keeping that door open with your ex even though you want to move on? Is your ex still on your mind? Are you still upset with your current partner for what they did years ago or what they have not done that you want them to do? Have you let go of these attachments and sent the vibe that you are available to either deepen your current relationship or attract a brand new one?
Have you let go of past limiting beliefs about relationships? For example, fear of getting hurt, fear of failure, I can’t trust people, fear of being alone, feeling not worthy? Do you have clarity as to exactly what you do want in a relationship rather than what you don’t want? Have you set a specific goal with your current partner to strengthen your relationship or a goal to attract a new partner (depending on your situation)?
Have you let go of past anger, hurt, resentment, betrayal, rejection, disappointment, fear, loneliness, sadness? Is your heart healed and ready for a new relationship either with your current or new partner? Have you fully forgiven your ex’s and current partner so you can put the past behind you and move forward with unconditional love?
Are you too much in your comfort zone and unwilling to change your life to include another person? Too set in your ways and think that your way is the right and that your partner needs to change for you? Is your current lifestyle (like partying all night) out of alignment with the relationship you really want (to settle down and start a family)? Are there any habits (smoking, drinking, overeating, being messy, hoarding, etc) that you need to shed to keep your existing relationship empowering or to attract the partner you really want?
Make a note of which of the above apply to you, and which changes you are now committed to making and by when. Take action to let go of the “old” so that you are free to create the “new” you desire in your relationship with a partner.
Dr. Vesna Grubacevic is an author, speaker, media commentator, the founder and Performance Transformation Expert® with award-winning company, Qt. She is the creator of breakthrough behavioural change techniques, holds a PhD, a BEc and has over 35 years’ business experience. She is passionate about helping people to improve their relationships and confidence. Her Amazon best-selling book, Stop Sabotaging Your Confidence, has also been gifted to Hollywood and Australian award winners, nominees, hosts and celebrities. For more free resources on improving your relationships, please visit www.qttransformation.com.
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