To be honest, during our 20’s (and even 30’s) the majority of our Friday and Saturday nights are spent at the club. There’s the pounding music, hours spent in line, sleazy guys and way over priced drinks. And don’t even get us started on the time and effort it takes to figure out the perfect outfit, do our makeup and the pain of not being able to feel our toes properly until Wednesday because of our towering heels.
As sad and old as we feel while we type this, the reality is we’re kind of over going out every weekend *gasp*. And to our shock, we’ve realised that we much prefer spending our Saturday nights in *double gasp*. We know, we know. We’re only young once, right?
But hear us out. At home you don’t have to worry about how you look, you can indulge in as many champers with the girls as you please and you won’t be constantly dodging the creepy guy that insists on buying you a drink. What makes it even better is that you can play your secret favourite One Direction song as many times as you please without the snobby DJ rejecting your requests. Ok, maybe we’re speaking from personal experience there…
But what can you do to make your Saturday nights at home just as fun as your usual night out? You’d be surprised that there is so much you can do that will make your typical Saturday night in not so average.
It wouldn’t be a proper weekend without spending it with your girlfriends, right? Combine Veuve Clicquot and tropical fruits for a delicious punch, and invite the girls over for a poker night. We can guarantee it will be one evening to remember.
We all need a little time to ourselves, and what better way to take a breather with having a little fun playing online pokies. Spoil yourself with a big glass of red and a cheese platter and you’re set for a night of fun.
A Saturday night in goes hand in hand with delectable food and your bestie. Test out your culinary skills and bake an incredible banquet. While you’re at it try your hand at whipping up some macaroons. Wifey material right there. And because you’ve made it from scratch, the calories don’t count. It’s a proven fact.
So with Milan Fashion Week being well and truly over the Vogue.com Editors sat down to debrief on the week that was. However, instead of letting the incredible designs that walked down the runway take the spotlight, they took the opportunity to totally bag out the fashion blogging community! And it’s seriously so shocking that we can’t look away! (Our fave type of juicy drama, TBH).
It’s no secret that in recent years’ fashion bloggers status within the industry have risen to new heights. Our fave bloggers are now seen front row, designing their own collections and being all-round girl bosses.
Yet, the Vogue Editors seemed to forget the hard work that actually goes into being a successful blogger.
Are you ready to read what they said? You might want to sit down and grab some snacks because you’re in for a treat.
Creative Digital Director of Vogue.com, Sally Singer, started the drama with the sassy remark that the current fashion scene is having a “a schizophrenic moment, and that just can't be good.”
“Note to bloggers who change head-to-toe, paid-to-wear outfits every hour: Please stop. Find another business. You are heralding the death of style."
Vogue.com’s Chief Critic, Sarah Mower, continued the tirade, adding “It's horrible, but most of all, pathetic for these girls, when you watch how many times the desperate troll up and down outside shows, in traffic, risking accidents even, in hopes of being snapped."
Umm... it looks like someone’s Alexander McQueen feathers are ruffled.
Director of Vogue Runway, Nicole Phelps, then continues, "It's not just sad for the women who preen for the cameras in borrowed clothes, it's distressing, as well, to watch so many brands participate.
You think that was bad? Just wait until you read what Fashion News Editor of Vogue.com, Alessandra Codinha, had to say...
"Rather than a celebration of any actual style, it seems to be all about turning up, looking ridiculous, posing, twitching in your seat as you check your social media feeds, fleeing, changing, repeating . . . It's all pretty embarrassing—even more so when you consider what else is going on in the world."
“Looking for style among a bought-and-paid-for ("blogged out?") front row is like going to a strip club looking for romance. Sure, it's all kind of in the same ballpark, but it's not even close to the real thing,” finished Codinha.
Yep, she likened bloggers to strippers.
Of course social media had a complete melt down over the Editors snarky remarks, even likening them to horrible ex’s *cheers*.
Dear Vogue: You feel threatened, I get it. But lay off bloggers coz if we stop buying your mag for photo props, your circulation will half.— Hayley | LBQ (@LBQblog) September 27, 2016
Note to Vogue, what is this? Since when have you hated fashion bloggers?! This was like reading a bitter message from an ex or something🤔 pic.twitter.com/dfkWhXSSGz— Beth 💅🏼✨ (@BethXLouiseX) September 26, 2016
All we have to say is seriously? Don’t they know that as females we should be building each other up and not tearing each other down? We’re sorry to say it, but it’s people like that who give our industry a bad rep, and we don’t have time for that.
To celebrate the opening of the world premiere exhibition, Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren from avant-garde fashion house Viktor&Rolf, will appear in conversation with international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot in a major NGV public event on Friday 21 October, 6.30pm at NGV International.
This is an unmissable opportunity to get a glimpse into the minds of these creative geniuses!
Viktor&Rolf in Conversation will explore the designers’ boundless creativity and their career-defining ethos of ‘wearable art’. As self-confessed outsiders of the fashion world, since forming their artistic partnership in 1992, Horsting and Snoeren have gained international recognition for their unique approach and experimentation.
If you’re a lover of all things couture, then you’ll want to see this dynamic duo in conversation!
The pair are renowned for their experimental runway shows, including their 1999 ‘Russian Doll’ show in which model Maggie Rizer was progressively dressed by the designers in nine different layers and 2003’s ‘One Woman Show’ fashion collection inspired by actress and muse Tilda Swinton, featuring the actress herself amidst a runway of models made up in her likeness.
Put this event into your calendar as a must-do, and plan a long-weekend jaunt to Melbourne!
Tickets will go on sale 10am Thursday 29 September, following an NGV Members’ exclusive presale available from 10am Wednesday 28 September. A ticket to Viktor&Rolf in Conversation includes entry to the Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibition, valid for one visit during the exhibition period, 21 Oct 2016 – 26 Feb 2017. Go the same weekend, or use it as an excuse to visit Melbourne again later in the year! No doubt you’ll want to pick up some fab new pieces from Melbourne’s shopping scene after seeing Viktor&Rolf’s best work.
What: Viktor&Rolf in Conversation
When: Friday 21 October, 2016, 6:30pm
Where: National Gallery Victoria International
Tickets and further info: ngv.vic.gov.au
Words: Hanna Sloan
You’re sitting in the doctor’s room waiting for your blood test results, sweating at the anticipation. He enters the room, awkwardly says hello and nervously looks at you as he tries to find the words to diagnose you. He begins to babble about how they’ve notice irregularities in your blood count and your eyes are widening, watching each word slowly fall out of his mouth. And then he says it. No you don’t have the clap, it’s something much worse... you’ve caught 'The Feeling'.
What is ‘The Feeling’ you may ask, and is it really that bad? It’s that moment when you start falling for someone and not only do you lose all self-control and ambition, but you get that gooey feeling. You know the one when you know that you’ve done it again and gone completely head over heels.
I wish I could say I was completely joking when I say it’s a bad diagnosis to have but I’m being whole heartedly serious. If you get it, run.
It’s that moment of euphoric gooyness that embodies you. You may not understand it but you walk around feeling unstoppable. You may even get a little confident strut in your walk along with a certain glow. And if you’re getting laid by this person then I’m sorry but this diagnosis is inevitable.
There are different levels of ‘The Feeling’ which you can inhabit. The basic symptoms could surround a song. It might just make you feel euphorically happy, perfectly represent your feelings or embody the sass you need to get through this sickness.
Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen are perfect examples of ‘The Feeling’ artists, but there’s one song that gets me every time when I’m infected... Fergie’s “Clumsy”. There’s just something about the beat, the lyrics and the seductive vocal delivery that perfectly sums up my persona when this illness takes over my body.
But then you can get a bit more serious. You start stalking his social media accounts, looking at his photos and where he’s been tagged. You may just want to look at his perfect features and day dream about him, or you may be investigating for other reasons.
I’m going to be honest and say I’m guilty of this one. I’ve gone through someone’s Instagram followers to get an idea of who else he was potentially talking to and who he had seen previously that I knew. You can get obsessed doing this, and not in a good way. You find yourself analysing every post and every snapchat he sends you.
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I was sort of seeing this guy and things all of a sudden stopped. He was constantly “busy” with work or Uni and I was just looking for a reason why. I had this weird gut instinct. I was friends with his ex on Facebook and they both started conveniently posting a lot of photos in the same spot. Now this is someone he spoke quite badly about and said broke his heart so it was ironic that he was posting all these pics. And then the pictures turned into heaps of comments on each other’s statuses and then eventually into tagged posts. Did I enjoy who I became? Not at all.
The last stage is the repeat victims. These are the people who get a thrill out of getting 'The Feeling' and will constantly go on dates and lead guys on to constantly experience this euphoric natural high.
But this is where the stage 12 clingers start to develop. Even though they are actively searching for love, they start to believe it’s all natural. Then they start becoming obsessed, clingy and no one wants that. I was seeing this guy and he confessed his love for me a week into seeing each other, because it was “fate that we met” and I made him feel “special”. When in fact he was a serial Tinder swiper and he jumped head over heels for someone else less than a week after I called things off. This is all because he was too vulnerable to ‘The Feeling'.
‘The Feeling’ is fun to have and can become addictive. But the problem people have is that they forget everything else around them and become blind sighted by the person they’re seeing. So when it’s all over and he moves on you don't know what to do as you’ve been played. Your friends don't want to hear about it cause they warned you and it becomes a cycle that you need to break out of.
1. Always stay alert, know when a guy is actually interested so you don’t catch the feelings too early and become a repeat victim.
2. Have good taste in music so your go to ‘The Feeling’ song is actually enjoyable and keeps you sane if you do become a repeat victim.
3. Invest in the unfollow social media app so if you do become a clinger then you don't have to social media stalk so intensely and it makes you less crazy. Only a tiny bit.
Words: Thomas Bleach
Even the most stylish among us have got some embarrassing photos of questionable fashion choices hidden away in mum and dad’s photo albums. Hey, everybody has to grow into their style and learn what works for them. But there are certain fashion faux pas to avoid at all costs. We’ve compiled the seven worst ones so you don’t commit the ultimate fashion sins.
It’s inevitable that at some point you will ask your other half, “How do I look?” and there is nothing wrong with caring about their answer. But if your partner loves floral summer dresses on you and you prefer a grungier look, don’t change your personal style to suit them. You’ll never feel truly comfortable, and there’s something very Kanye-esque about a person who overhauls their partner’s wardrobe to suit their own tastes. Though, if you’re dating Kanye 2.0, you’ve got a whole other set of issues on your hands.
We’ve all done it: bought the impossibly cute shoes that were one size too small because they were the last pair, and you figured it couldn’t be that big of a difference. But they pinch your toes, rub at the heels, and make you walk a little like Miss Piggy on trotters. Trust us, you’ll grow to hate the shoes and occasions will be marred by the agony of your feet. Buy the right size or forget the shoes!
Repeat after us. 2000s-era bubble skirts should not be a thing. They flatter no one, and constantly look crumpled. Leave it to the fashion gods to determine which trends make a comeback, which are timeless, and which should never return to the style scene (Crocs, we’re looking at you).
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: leggings are not pants, and jeggings are not jeans. Sure, you can blur the line in a pair of super-skinny stretch jeans, but leggings with a fake denim print are not hot. Ever. The same goes for wearing a long tunic top over jeans – it looks indecisive and daggy. #HarshButTrue
Athleisure is all the rage, and don’t get us wrong, we love it! But you’ve gotta do it right. If you wear a pair of straight-leg jeans with your ordinary chunky running shoes, you’re going to look like a tourist. Remember, athleisure is all about laidback minimalism with a trendy twist!
Nothing ruins an outfit like a visible panty line or bra straps hanging out. If the top is strapless, racerback, has spaghetti straps, or some other unusual design, you need to wear the right bra so that it doesn’t show. Of course, lacy bralettes that are meant to be seen are a different story! Beware of tops, skirts and pants that are light-coloured or made of thin fabric. Visible undergarments only work under deliberately sheer outfits. No one wants to discover at the end of the day that their black lacies have been visible through your peach-coloured pencil skirt for hours. When in doubt, go for nude undies.
Most important of all, you need to feel utterly fabulous in whatever you step out in each morning. If you aren’t totally comfortable or the outfit is not in your usual style, you won’t feel amazing and it will show in the way you carry yourself. To look fierce, you have to feel fierce!
Words: Hanna Sloan
Moving in with your partner is meant to be a really exciting time – and for the most part, it is. But there are certain surprises that come with suddenly cohabitating. Here is our list of the 7 most frustrating, surprising and odd things you’ll learn once you share a living space, and make you want to kill each other!
Does your partner clip their toenails in bed? Blast ACDC when they’re in the shower? Insist on lining up the coffee mugs a certain way? Whatever it is, you are suddenly confronted with it and will have to decide whether you can deal with it or if you need to have the “please don’t leave toenails in the bed” talk.
If they got home first or they have the remote, you could be stuck watching Futurama when all you want to do is check out The Bachelorette. After all, an all-out war over the remote is only cute when you’re a kid and it’s with your siblings. As adults living together, you have to use that dreaded word: compromise. Alternatively you could whine until you get your way, but this could have ramifications later when you have to let them choose what’s for dinner.
No one should be perfectly coiffed all the time at home. Your other half is going to see you in all your natural glory: hairy legs, greasy scalp, no makeup, stained old pyjamas. You’ll see them at their most unwashed too, and that’s fine. As long as it doesn’t become a long term hygiene issue, it’s okay to let your partner see you being a slob now and again.
Shocking, but true! The bathroom cupboard is going to be stocked with pads, tampons, and other things your other half never knew existed (or pretended not to know about; ignorance is bliss). As long as you’re courteous with each other and no one is busted wearing pads on their arms like the Libra ad guy, all will be fine.
Look, toilet anxiety is a thing. You could be nervous about sharing a bathroom. But if you are living with this person, you are going to have to acknowledge that you are both humans. Nature calls. Deal with it, and try not to get too grossed out if someone takes the newspaper in there.
About four seconds after moving in, you will discover who is messy and who is neat. The wars that ensue will be full of passive-aggressive acts such as shoving everything to someone’s side of the bedroom, or gathering all the empty chip packets and leaving them under the culprit’s pillow. To avoid resentment, come to a compromise (there’s that word again! So grown up!) about how neat things should be kept and who has to clean up. My go-to tidying solution is to shove everything I own into the wardrobe and hope it doesn’t crash down on me later.
This is possibly the worst thing you can discover when you start living together. Is someone a blanket thief, a space hog or a chronic snorer? Bedtime antics can turn deadly if a person is deprived of their beauty sleep. Just try not to suffocate your partner with a pillow when they snore or kick them off the bed if they roll away with the blankets.
Words: Hanna Sloan
If you’re still reeling from that disturbing incident where Gigi Hadid was manhandled by serial celeb harasser, Vitalii Sediuk, last week at Milan Fashion, well we have news for you. Kim Kardashian was has just been assaulted by, you guessed it, the same guy!
Sediuk seems to be on a celeb harassing escapade, ditching Milan to lurk around Paris to pester any celeb he sees. Unfortunately, Kimmy was in his destructive path as she walked from her car and passed a group of paparazzi and fans.
In a split second Sediuk runs out from the crowd and kisses Kim’s famous derrière. Wait, what? When is he going to go to jail already?!
Unlike poor Gigi who was left to defend herself, Kim’s bodyguards acted quickly, tackling him to the ground with Kim quickly stepping to safety.
Recovering from the incident, Kimmy tweeted out her respect for her bodyguards.
My security @PascalDuvier is a G— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2016
What’s shocking is that this isn’t the first time Kim has been attacked by Sediuk! In 2014 the reality star was tackled while on her way to the Balmain presentation at Paris Fashion Week.
Talk about crazy! While celebrities, especially the Kardashians, live with their whole life on display, it doesn’t give anyone the right to inappropriately grab or touch someone without their permission.
We wonder if Kim will receive the same backlash that poor Gigi has?
Imagine you’re becoming a parent soon and your sisters throw you a baby shower. Despite a patchy past with your sisters, you’re touched by the gesture, right? Well, Rob Kardashian sure has a funny way of showing his gratitude.
Yesterday Rob Tweeted little sister Kylie’s phone number in an act of revenge. Revenge for what?! Well, apparently the Klan threw a baby shower for Rob…and didn’t invite baby mama Blac Chyna.
Yeah, a baby shower without the mum-to-be is a little weird. This certainly doesn’t tie in with Kylie’s Snapchats earlier this year claiming to be “best friends” with Blac! Nor does it seem to prove the sisters were genuine in their delight at the gender reveal.
So we can totally understand Rob would be unhappy about this. But, Tweeting his little sister’s phone number? That’s going a bit too far.
King Kylie would have been absolutely bombarded with fan calls and texts! Her number has already been disconnected. Super inconvenient (and now we can’t call her and thank her for the genius that is her lip kits).
The reason for Blac not receiving an invitation? Blac and Rob have actually split up !Despite the pair starring in recently-premiered reality series Rob & Chyna, and Blac’s due date looming, they are no longer together. So Blac Chyna approved of the Kardashian-Jenners’ idea to have separate showers. Rob didn’t know this though, so when he found out his baby shower on Monday was to be Chyna-free, he boycotted and took to Twitter to call out his sisters and get revenge!
Poor Kylie tried to do something nice and got totally burned. We bet Rob feels bad for his outburst! Now we’re just waiting on his apology Tweet. Should we hold our breath?
Words: Hanna Sloan
It's that time of year again! The spring racing season is upon us and it's time to get trackside fabulous. Are you ready to make a dazzling statement, one that is a complete and utter show-stopper?
Let's look beyond the traditions of the classics. Every race-goer sports the timeless dress, sky-high stilettos and of course the head-piece. Though, what's often forgotten is the necessity to add your signature flair to create the perfect outfit. We're going to let you in on a little secret that will have the many swooning over your style.
Jeweller extraordinaire, Deepali Sawlani, has given her prediction on how to turn heads this season. "I think Melbourne has worn out dresses, hats and gloves as the main focus ... we really need some serious bling and statement making pieces to grace the necks of fashionistas," she says.
Days at the races demand you to be elegant which is why Sawlani will help you personalise your look by choosing the most luxurious accessories to suit your budget, taste and outfit! There's no doubt that you'll be the envy of your friends.
Deepali embraced her entrepreneurial spirit back in 2003 with the launch of Simply Rocks. Her designs have since had international success with demands from Dubai to Melbourne.
It takes a rare kind of woman to turn their dream into a clever and impressive reality. It takes a confident, self assured and passionate individual who understands how to combine their wealth of experience, unhampered creativity and innovation to design pieces that are a major international-stopper.
Bespoke jeweller and gemmologist from Dubai, Sawlani established Simply Rocks from an unexpected back-story that is fuelled from an undisputed determination. Are you ready to be inspired?
Before being enveloped in the life of glistening gemstones, Deepali was a highly successful corporate financial analyst at Dell Computers in Texas, USA with a $7 billion dollar portfolio. However, her journey would begin with some major disappointment.
To her disbelief, she unknowingly purchased an uncertified diamond, which found her travelling across the world from Dubai to the United States. It was coincidently on her return flight home where she began chatting with a Hong Kong-based jeweller whose words she would not take lightly. The new acquaintance encouraged her by saying that Deepali was a jeweller at heart - and that she could turn her passion into a career.
This statement would resonate within Sawlani and contribute to her desire to continue focusing on her dream. Regardless of being fleeced when buying a solitaire diamond in Mumbai, followed by the world changing event of 9/11 – she continued to pursue her calling. Leading her to exit the world of finance and delve into a career as a gemologist.
Fast-forward 13 years and the designer is praised for her rich and meticulous collections that are true works of art. Now residing in Melbourne, Sawlani has also founded Garden of Diamonds after noticing an increasing demand for diamond solitaire jewels.
With the aspiration to celebrate each and every gem's own natural beauty and innate allure - Sawlani leads the way with her flair for colour and intricate creations.
Her Dubai socialite clients rave about her rare and precious jewels and gems that are total standouts. Each piece will transform and elevate your style game with a unique touch that is breath taking and eye-catching. Her designs bridge the gap between fashion-forward luxury and timeless classics. Each piece holds its own admirable signature that will inspire the wearer time and time again.
Sawlani has become Australia's leading and highly-trusted, bespoke designer and jeweller, priding herself in creating accessories that will set the who's who of Australia apart from the crowd.
The racing season offers the opportunity to drip in diamonds and strikingly, elegant coloured stones trackside. Which is why Simply Rock's exclusive collection will put the wow-factor into your wardrobe!
This spring racing carnival, opt to make a statement and choose from an array of handmade, traditional beaded necklaces, carved gemstone earrings, special designer rings and signature pieces. Trust Deepali Sawlani and simply indulge in wearing only the most fabulous jewels trackside.
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