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January – Midi Skirt

After spending an idyllic month back in my beloved Australia in the middle of the Australian summer, I’m back in London. And it’s bloody freezing. No one is going out. Its hard to look stylish in arctic temperatures. How to survive January in the northern hemisphere? Below, I share with you my personal strategy which, amongst other things, involves a midi skirt… Continue reading “January – Midi Skirt”

Petar Petrov

Currently Obsessed

Currently obsessed with the designer of these trousers, Petar Petrov. I’ve tried on many a piece of his design, and fall in love with each one. Never before have I obsessed this much over a collection. They are luxe personified. These are the most flattering trousers I own. So why the hell not team them with a bright yellow jumper. The whole outfit screams positivity.

Petar Petrov

Photo: @lucatravels

Designer Interview – Ella Sanders

Danielle Sanders is the creative and business mind behind the Australian fashion label, Ella Sanders. Since Danielle started it in 2011, Ella Sanders has developed a cult following for its timeless designs and beyond-beautiful knitwear.

Danielle is in the midst of her busiest time of year in the run up to Christmas. She is also starting producing on her summer line for 2018 (keeping in mind that the Australia summer is this time next year) and already designing her winter 2019 collection.

On a sunny December afternoon, she took the time out from her hectic schedule to meet with me for a coffee near her store in the bayside Melbourne suburb of Brighton to talk all things fashion, career and inspiration. What shone through from our conversation was Danielle’s passion for and knowledge of textiles, and letting the construction and flow of the textile itself inform the design of each garment. Continue reading “Designer Interview – Ella Sanders”

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Palazzo-tastic

For a while now I have this image of what I’ll be like when I’m much, much older and well into my retirement years. That version of future me just doesn’t give a dam what anyone thinks of her and dresses incredibly dramatically. This future me probably has a string of younger lovers, a glamorous jet set lifestyle and drinks champagne by the magnum. She’s holding court at a poolside cocktail party somewhere in the Caribbean, wearing an intensely ruffled silk blouse, strings of huge pearls and beads, massive sunglasses, fluffy feathered high heeled mule slippers and a silk turban-style headpiece encrusted with jewels. But best of all, she’s wearing it all with amazingly luxurious and billowy palazzo pants. And she looks palazzo-tastic. Continue reading “Palazzo-tastic”

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Leather Trousers

Leather trousers can be a divisive choice, sartorially speaking. I’ve found women either embrace them with the full frontal force of a seventies glam rock bass guitarist, or avoid them like they would a seventies glam rock flicked, permed mullet. I’ve always fallen into the former category for better or worse – I did have a pair of faux leather metallic gold and brown flared hipster trousers in the early 2000s, which nowadays I only wear for fancy dress parties (with a darling transparent leopard print body shirt and blonde afro wig)…

In more recent years, I’ve taken a more conservative approach to my leather trouser game, so my current leather trousers will never make their way into my dress-up box. The culmination of mistakes made and sartorial successes achieved, I present to you eight reasons why leather trousers are a necessity which will stand the test of time. Continue reading “Leather Trousers”

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Rome Shopping Guide

A lot has been said about Rome here on Second Sister (all of it good), so in the third of my Roman travel instalments, I focus on Rome shopping – in particular, fashion (with a touch of interiors).

Now I’m not for a second ignoring the fact that Rome is chockas full of culcha (and anyone who’s seen the Australian classic film “The Castle” will recognize that reference). However a good way to get to know a city is through its local shops and designers (or is that just my way of justifying being basic as f*©k? Either way, I’m owning it).

Following extensive research I bring to you my top tips for Rome shopping – a little light relief following extensive cultural activities if that’s your bag. Continue reading “Rome Shopping Guide”

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Making Florals Edgy

It’s that time of year when it is with mixed emotions that I venture into the depths of my storage cupboard to rediscover and welcome back my winter staples, while I bid a sad farewell to my summer clothes and, with them, pack away my warm memories of the summer.

Before you embark on your own emotional journey of the seasonal wardrobe-switcheroo, pause for a second and have a think about whether you need to pack away your summer floral dress just yet. With a bit of carefully selected hardware (and software – keep reading), you can give your floral dress some street cred and a more urban aesthetic for autumn/winter in the city… Continue reading “Making Florals Edgy”