Archive | August, 2012

Spring Style

30 Aug

SPRING is upon us……

Come September, WA’s style calendar is full of exciting events which showcase all of our very best fashion, food, shows and exhibitions.

Stylewa can’t wait to bring all the colour, glamour and excitement from this sensational season…….keep up to date with all the latest by ‘Liking’ Stylewa on facebook or following via email.

In the meantime, enjoy your first day of Spring on Saturday and I hope you find some inspiration in these things I love to do in Spring-

1. Spend time outdoors – whenever the sun is shining, go outside and breath in some warm spring air (mind you if you get hay fever – stay away from this one!)

2. Bake something with seasonal produce – we have some amazing fresh produce in WA…..fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and seafood – now is your time to bake – up a storm

3. Fill your house with fresh flowers – do a trip to your local florist, flower market or your own garden and find happiness in a bunch of blooms – you deserve it.

4. Have a bath, light some candles and chill……..spring is a busy month and you’ll need to be rejuvinated for all the excitement that awaits.

5. Go on a mini-shopping spree!! We have some amazing designers in WA – check out the line-up for PFF and indulge in at least one fabulous outfit – you’ll need it during Spring Racing Carnival!!

6. Book in a race day at Perth races with great friends – it’s such a fun day out and is the perfect place to find a stylish crowd.

7. Head to a cafe on the coast and enjoy brunch (my favourites right now are the Pickled and Naked Fig and Barchetta).

8. Read a good book

9. Show your loved ones how much you love them! (anything Gucci works for me!!)

9. Turn up your radio and dance………..life is meant to be fun!

Happy Spring!! x

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Fathers day with StyleWA

29 Aug

With Fathers day this Sunday, I wanted to share some of my gift ideas for dads with style (or even those who aren’t so stylish……..will love these gems!)

 

 

SHIRT BY ZSADAR
ASYMMETRICAL BUTTON UP SHIRT – COTTON –
$220.00 AUD 

From the S/S 2012 – The Creature in the Mirror collection
With a background in graphic arts and communications, designer Shane Newton launched ZSADAR in 2010.
Completely self-taught in fashion, Shane’s training in graphic arts has helped create a more experimental and conceptual approach to design.
Working with some of the Australia’s best pattern-makers and manufacturers, all garments are designed and produced in Western Australia.
http://www.zsadar.com/eshop/

KAILIS CARBON FIBRE CUFFLINKS
CLASSIC CARBON FIBRE CUFFLINKS  – $130.00 AUD

Sophisticated and elegant in design, these cufflinks are the perfect gift for all corporate occasions featuring carbon fibre and titanium set with luxurious Kailis engraving.
http://www.kailisjewellery.com.au/en/product/309/Carbon+Fibre+Cufflinks

SWIVEL’S ORIGINAL
FISH MEASURE – $12.95 AUD

Swivels Original “Fish Measure” (patent pending) is a measuring device designed to measure your catch against the legal size limits for your state. Designed with permission from local State Fisheries Departments, Fish Measure is a must have for all recreational anglers – young, old, novice and/or season professional.
http://www.swivelsoriginal.com/index.php

 

BRAVE HEART  – BY BRETT & HAYLEY S.KIRK
BRAVE HEART – Lessons Learnt from Life, paperback $24.95

Brett Kirk opens up about his life and the challenges and triumphs that made him
one of the most admired AFL players in Australia
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/hayley-smithers-kirk/brave-heart-lessons-learnt-from-life-9781742753256.aspx

 

LEEUWIN SAIL
3 HOUR SHORT SAIL ON BOARD THE LEEUWIN II
$95.00AUD

Get a taste of what it is like to be on board a barquentine tall ship – it truly is a unique and memorable experience. The sail includes a light meal on board with tea and coffee, so sit back and enjoy the experience.
http://www.sailleeuwin.com/content/book-short-sail

SPOIL DAD THIS FATHERS DAY…………… HAPPY FATHERS DAY
Stylewa x

Montage Collective – pop up shop sale this Friday eve

29 Aug

Montage Collective is a pop-up shop in Northbridge where you’ll find some unique handcrafted items from local designers. This Friday (Aug 31) they will be  hosting a 10% store wide discount night from  5-8pm!
If you’re in the area on Friday, head down and share a glass of bubbles with the 14 local designers involved with Montage Collective and check out some of their cute wares!!!

Mandurah’s hosts a sell out Tea Party for the BCNA

27 Aug
Mandurah put on spectacular weather yesterday for the second annual MOM’s tea party which is an event held in support of the Breast Cancer Network Australia.
 
M on the Point played host to the fundraiser which was a sell out for the second year running. The venue was perfect for an afternoon of style and BCNA Pink lady cut outs were dotted along the waterfront which not only looked stunning but created awareness to people for miles right along the marina.
 
 A high-spirited crowed arrived at the venue, wearing some spectacular fascinators to fit with the ‘mad hatters’ style tea party. The Mums of Mandurah (MOM inc) is a community group established to ‘connect, support, inform, inspire and empower’ and they hold events like this one to raise funds for benefits like the BCNA.
 
Upon entry we were offered to purchase a pink lady balloon which was an entry ticket to a raffle where some fantastic prizes were up for grabs. Both the raffle and the live auction raised funds for BCNA and the prizes were contributed by local business and artists. Some of the fabulous items included; a dress by George, a handcrafted fascinator by Cher Renea Milliner, a weekender at the Arrunda B&B in Yallingup, a Miglio Designer Jewelery piece and a framed Limited Edition Print by Emma Blyth.
 
With a room filled with pink balloons and the champagne flowing, the room had a celebratory vibe  which continued throughout the afternoon.
Guests were treated to delectable canapes and wines whilst enjoying a stunning fashion parade put on by Beez Neez Designer Boutique.
 
The speakers for the afternoon gave their own personal experiences of living with Breast Cancer and with inspirational stories, they reinforced to guests the importance of supporting such a worthwhile charity.
The Breast Cancer Network Australia is the leading national organisation to raise and grant funds for breast cancer research with the aim of achieving prevention and cure of breast cancer. They create awareness in our community and support and inform women and families about breast cancer.
Guests were invited to write a message of hope on a card which they could then hang from one of the pink lady figures dotted around the venue.
 
The event was a fantastic way to raise awareness for BCNA whilst putting on a fabulous afternoon of glamour and style!!
 
I was honoured to attend the 2012 MOM’s tea party and would recommend you to buy your tickets early for next year’s event! The tickets will again sell out as this party is proving to be a popular one!
Diary date –
PINK RIBBON GALA BALL 
Saturday 6 October at the PCEC
Supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Bookings www.momenumwf.com.au

Influencing face of style AUS to NYC – Jessica Bratich

26 Aug

The gorgeous face behind her fast growing collection of luxurious leather goods is Jessica Bratich.

Over the years, her successes have unfolded in the public eye and she has accomplished a lot in a relatively small time frame.
Jessica Bratich has launched a handbag collection that has sparked a lot of attention both at home and internationally. Her designs are modern and stylish and it’s obvious why they are proving to be such a sensation!

So with recent involvement in the PFW and Broome Cup 2012 and the upcoming Perth Fashion Festival in September, it would be an understatement to say Jessica Bratich’s is one busy woman!

Despite her hectic work schedule and exciting personal ventures, Jessica has taken the time to be a part of Stylewa’s ‘Influencing Faces of Style’ and we are lucky enough to find out more about this inspiring individual……….

Stylewa; Jessica, after achieving a Bachelor in Communications and a minor in marketing you went onto complete a cert IV in fashion at Central Tafe – what inspired you to create your own leather goods collection?

JB: I have always liked to be creative and worked in fashion retail and wholesale for many years and I was at a point where I retired from karate and I was looking for a new challenge. I felt like I struggled to find handbags I liked thought that is something I could do. It has certainly provided challenges along the way but I always love to be learning and I am very goal orientated and this seemed like something I could do on my own and from home working my own schedule (which seems to be getting more and more hectic haha)

Stylewa; There are many handbag designers using cheap materials but still want to pin the big price tags – why was it important to you to use quality leather in your range?

JB: Quality is important to me as I want to keep my customer happy and I work with my manufacturers as I go always trying to improve the quality. Cost of production of leather goods is a lot higher than I thought it would be but that’s more so because I don’t mass produce. It’s a very exclusive range and there are limited numbers of each style.

Stylewa; What has been your style inspiration for your SS 12/13 collection?

JB: I was inspired by different elements such as zippers, buckles and studs along with diagonal lines. I also knew I wanted bright colours and to create pieces that will pop! Nothing better than a bright summer piece to make your outfit!

Stylewa; How would you define your own style?

JB: My style is very mixed I like very edgy pieces like those from label Zhivago, clean, chic, power pieces from labels like Betty Tran and beautiful elegant pieces from Ae’lkemi. I don’t like to say I have a certain style I like to mix it up and I love to support WA designers. I have had to alter my style a bit at the moment being pregnant and am loving Asos online for maternity wear you don’t want to spend a fortune while your pregnant as the clothes don’t seem to last very long and Asos is so affordable.

Stylewa; In September you are making your mark at the Fashion Palette in New York – are you pinching yourself that your range is about to be exposed globally to fashionista’s, retailers, celebs and media? 

JB: Yes I still can’t believe it. It’s all happened so quickly! It’s very surreal. From only launching my 2nd collection at Perth Fashion Week to having my pieces on a New York runway is major! A little scary at the same time but I think sometime you just have to roll with the punches and take a chance. Everything happens for a reason!


Stylewa; How did the opportunity to attend the Fashion Palette in New York come about?

JB: I was actually overseas and I had got a few calls from a number I didn’t know so I sent a text asking who it was. It was Betty Tran so I gave her a call. She told me that she had been selected for the Fashion Palette and asked me if I was interested in collaborating with her. I remembered Betty’s collection from Perth Fashion Week and it was one of the stand outs to me. I had about a day or two to decide and I remember getting off the phone in shock. I discussed it with the hubby and he agreed it would be such an amazing opportunity and that I had to do it.

Stylewa; Where will we find Jessica Bratich in 5 years time?

JB: In 5 years time I would like to see JB being stocked in boutiques around Australia and also overseas. I would to see my bags on the arms of celebrities and JB to be well known brand that people love. At the moment I am happy to take things as they come and make the most of opportunities that come my way and most importantly enjoy the ride!

I just know that in 5 years time we’ll be seeing Jessica Bratich’s stylish leather goods on the arms of beautiful people everywhere!
Jessica Bratich, thank you for your time with Stylewa…… We look forward to watching your exciting journey!

Stylewa x

(to find your gorgeous Jessica Bratich piece head to; www.jessicabratich.com/)

Costarella rocks East Perth for a day!

23 Aug

From years gone by – I know never to sleep in on the day of a Costarella sale!
This year was definitely no exception!! With doors opening at 9am the floods of fashionable people sorted through the racks on a mission to find their hot item (or 10 items).

The racks were stocked with sizes from zero up and everyone seemed to be walking out with gorgeous garments and a smile from ear to ear!
The more I looked, the more I wanted to try on and so I happily spent a good hour or so in change room bliss trying to decide what I can leave in the store!!
I would have stayed longer if I didn’t hear someone mention the words ‘parking inspectors’…………oh no!! Panic set in and the thought of paying East Perth shire the money I was about to use for a dress was mortifying.

After a quick dash to the meter, I was back in and walking out with my 2 gorgeous pieces  –  thankyou Costarella!

Aurelio Costarella’s warehouse sale – 9am-6pm Today (Thurs 23 August) – – There is still time to head in and be a part of the vibe!! But if you do miss out – remember to set your alarm for the next one – it’s worth it! x

Perth Fashion Festival Launch 21.8.2012

22 Aug

Hold on to your hats fashionistas – you are about to be hurled through a crazy month of fashion in Perth (and you’re going to love every minute!!).

The Perth Fashion Festival held its 2012 launch yesterday where the who’s who of the fashion world rubbed shoulders while models paraded a gorgeous array of colour – showing off what’s in store for SS 12/13 collections.

The PFF website also went live into cyberspace yesterday where the full line up of designers and events were listed. Whilst it was a long, much-anticipated wait for the website to show off its wares – it was definitely worth the wait!!

The line up is amazing this year and includes; Ae’lkemi, Alushia Sanchia, Ange-Lang, Anna Excell, Beso Beso, Betty Tran, Bikini Atoll, Breathless, Catini Designs, Cebiche, Daniella Caputi, Empire Rose, Flannel, Gail Sorronda, Garth Cook, Gypsea, House of Wilde, Kim Barton, Kuwaii, Limedrop, Lisa Marjanovich, Little Gracie, Martini+Coz, Monster Alphabets, Morrison, Neleh +Heath, Nikki Loueza, On a Whim, One Fell Swoop, Peppermint Milk, Raspberry +Pop, Shona Joy, Steph Audino, The Butcher and the Crow, Tindale, Wild Horses and Zsadar.

The events are set to be the most spectacular ever and will be held throughout the city and Northbridge. The locations for this years events will utilize the very best of what Perth has to offer and with the amazing line up of designers, some internationally recognized stylists and the experience of event organizers – you are in store for a real treat!!
Find the full line up of events here;  http://www.perthfashionfestival.com.au/events

Perth Fashion Festival is now in its 14th year and every year I get more and more excited about it coming around…… it’s like a week of Christmas!
The event calendar is like my form guide and I sit and work out the week and how I can attend as many events as I possibly can around other commitments.
Why do I love it so much?
1. It is a feast for the creative eye with the best of our Australian designers showing off their latest work.
2. It attracts the most beautifully spirited crowd who are there to get their fix of the fashion world whilst enjoying the buzz of fashion, music, artists, media, photographers and more.
3. It is my excuse to put on something special and enjoy time with friends.
4. It is my excuse to get my hands on an amazing outfit or two (just in time for the Spring Racing Carnival)!!

So make sure you put the week of 19-25 September on your calendar and stay tuned to Stylewa for all things style from the PFF!!

Enjoy!

Stylewa x

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