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Nothing Quite Like a Quality Shirt

posted by Alice Duffield March 21, 2015 0 comments

I’m not a conservative dresser, but there are some classic, conservative pieces that I can’t go past. One is a quality shirt that buttons right to the top and drapes perfectly. These shirts are like a blank canvas to me, ready for me to style in whatever way I choose. I like to purchase a few classic pieces each season that I can wear to death and work in at least three different ways. This season my classic shirt is from Hawes and Curtis. Note: Please excuse my VERY non-model like pose. SO natural, I know.

hawes and curtis

Hawes and Curtis are originally a UK brand. They offer several classy collections, providing classic and quality pieces for both men and women. My handsome husband Scott and I were lucky enough to be gifted our choice of shirts from H&C. They’ve got a really extensive range, so choosing just one shirt was quite hard! We were both really pleased with the beautiful packaging and exquisite quality. Each detail was flawlessly finished.

I chose this ivory pin-tuck blouse. Like I said ealier, I love to be able to style a silky shirt like this in a number of ways. This shirt arrived a week before we were set to leave for the UK. Using our upcoming trip as inspiration, my first instinct was to deck out Brit style. I pieced this beautiful shirt with my brogue knee high black leather boots, black jeans and a chunky necklace. If the weather was cooler I would have added a crisp blazer but alas we took these photos on one of those stinking hot Brisbane days that I’m already missing here in chilly-willy London.

My next approach was using the same core pieces – the shirt and black skinny jeans – but to adopt a more casual look with slightly more streetwise accessories. I teamed this outfit with my Chelsea style Doc Martens and a vintage bolo tie from France. Scott says this bolo tie is actually part of a uniform worn by high achievers in the French version of the Stonemasons – I love a piece with history! The end result was classily casual or casually classy, and I think it is my favourite look!

Of course I would also wear this silk top for a corporate look, which I’m sure is its proper destined purpose. I would team it some fitted black work slacks, black points and a slick blazer. Perfect for the office!

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Scott loves to casual-his shirts down where possible. He’s lucky to not work in a corporate environment, but does like to have a few classy button up shirts like this one in the wardrobe for client meetings, weddings or really special meals out. The H&C men’s shirts are perfect – they can be worn with a corporate suit and tie or with jeans, sleeves rolled up and some nice leather loafers. Scott chose this shirt if you’re wondering. We were really impressed with the range of cuts and sizes on offer online. Scott’s a big guy, and the shirt he chose was actually somewhere in the middle of their range.

Overall we were stoked with our goodies from Hawes and Curtis. Have a gander through their collections on their site and choose your classics for this Autumn / Winter in Brisbane!

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** This post was written in collaboration with Hawes and Curtis. While the clothing was gifted, opinions are my own!


Christmas Gift Guide : For Dad

posted by Georgia Terry November 30, 2014 0 comments

It’s less than a month until Christmas – yes that is right, not even four weeks! – and the silly season is well and truly upon us. And with that comes gift giving and part of that includes buying a present for dear old Dad. If you are anything like me, finding something for Dad can be challenging if not a bit painful. We do our best to avoid giving the old reliable yet somewhat clichéd socks and undies but sometimes it seems impossible. To help you out, here is a list of Brisbane’s best bets for the father figure this festive season.

christmas gift guide for dad

Clothing wise, fashion house Scotch and Soda is a must. With an array of men’s apparel, from floral shorts to the more formal chino, there are pants for every type of dad here. These can be teamed with a comprehensive range of tees, polos and button ups. But if you’re thinking of shirts – who could go past the classic white linen from Witchery?! The perfect addition to any Dad’s wardrobe, this one will be a staple for years.

For those with a bit more cash to splash, an aromatic cologne, a stylish watch, or leather wallet are always a welcome gift – because let’s face it, everyone likes to be indulged. For the Techo’s , a set of portable speakers may be the way to go or if you’re Dad’s a bit more on the organized side a 2015 diary and fountain pen could prove winners.

For the Dads that are a bit harder to buy for, a bottle of grog is always appreciated. A good whiskey, a fine wine or Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of rum can add plenty of Christmas cheer. For a good holiday read over the festive season, a best-selling thriller will go down well.

Whether your dad’s a style icon, a chic geek or just loves to relax with a glass and a good book, he will be sure to appreciate the extra thought you put into his pressie this Christmas earning you definite brownie points.

Pictured: swim shorts with allover printed Hawaiian designs by Scoth & Soda, John Grisham: Gray mountain via QBD the Bookshop, Swatch Watch “Dark Rebel”, Witchery “White Shirt”, Tom Ford “Noir De Noir”, Status Anxiety “Perez Tan” wallet, Soniq Carbon Bluetooth speakers, Maker’s Mark Whisky, Zu “Titan” Boat shoe, Kikki K Diary and Pen.


Brisbane’s Top 16 Independent Fashion Boutiques

posted by Danielle Lewis January 10, 2014 20 Comments

After spending 2013 carefully researching (read: shopping!) I have put together a list of my favourite tried and tested independent fashion boutiques that are guaranteed excellent customer service, selection of labels and all-round fashion inspiration. Including a little map for each to get you there!

1. Jules & Roc – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Jules & Roc have an awesome selection of labels, and I find something every time I go in there. Stocking labels such as; Ellery, Maurie & Eve, Alice McCall, Camilla and Marc, Bec & Bridge, Peep-Toe and loads more!

2. Beau in the Woods – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

The Beau in the Woods concept boutique on James St stocks, of course, their eponymous fashion label, and a hand-picked selection of Australian and International labels. I love the selection of jewellery and candles!

3. Shugah Boutique – Cannon Hill – Google Map

Shugah stocks on-season looks and colours at super affordable prices, so you can buy something new every weekend!

4. Adore Boutique – Tarragindi – Google Map

With labels like Shakuhachi, House of Harlow and Finders Keepers, Adore Boutique is a suburbian dream!

5. Alexis Dawn – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

I can’t go past Alexis Dawn’s own label for fantastic monochrome basics.

6. Sunday Social – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Sunday Social is one of my favourites in Winn Lane, they have a precisely curated selection of vintage and rare clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery, as well as other fantastic knick-knacks. There is always something new to hunt for and it’s so easy to spend hours scouring the racks and examining each unique piece.  The quality of the vintage items is second to none.

7. Blonde Venus – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Seriously a Brisbane institution. Blonde Venus owner and buyer Thea has truly been a part of building Brisbane’s fashion identity and if you need any convincing read her story here. And whilst the boutique has been responsible for introducing us to a huge array of Australian and International labels over the years; they are currently stocking – Antipodium, 1989, Clare Vivier, Christopher Esber and more.

8. Calexico – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

A relative new-comer to the James Street Precinct, Calexico boasts amazing Australian and International labels such as ALC, AG Jeans, ACNE and Isabel Marant. And I am absolutely in LOVE with their blog, currently taking you behind the scenes on their buyers New York fashion buying trip!

9. Kylie Ryan – Coorparoo – Google Map

A south-side gem, Kylie Ryan stocks a fantastic array of women’s clothing, shoes and handbags. All of the pieces are unique and exotic ensuring you won’t turn up to a party looking like anyone but your fabulous self!


10. Denim Co. – South Bank – Google Map

Fashion and food… two of my favourite things! Denim Co is a fashion boutique with a coffee shop out the front, the labels are sensational and the coffee even better. They have the best selection of J Brand jeans in Brisbane and their buyer and Stylist Soph is fabulous and always up for a chat!

11. Miss Henry – Paddington – Google Map

A little hole in the wall in Paddington and a must-visit!

12. Princess Polly – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

Affordable, on trend, colourful, cheerful – I love popping into Polly for some fashion inspiration! Labels include May, MinkPink and their own eponymous label.

13. Ra Ra Superstar – Paddington – Google Map

Vintage Ra Ra heaven! Ra Ra Superstar is a quirky Brisbane label inspired by vintage dreams and your nan’s fudge cake… stop in to see their latest collection and perhaps a glass of lemonade.

14. The Happy Cabin – West End – Google Map

Stocking a wonderful array of mens and women’s wear inspired by meeting the needs of the world’s sexy lumberjacks and dorky girls. 20-something-year old Leah has joined forces with friends Mim and Jordan to create the Tall Trees Espresso bar now neatly alongside The Happy Cabin. A must visit!

15. The Robe – The Barracks – Google Map

A gorgeous women’s lifestyle boutique featuring gorgeous silk loungey pants, colourful beads and gorgeous unique clutches. There’s something for every one and every home.

16. Verge Girl – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

A lover’s dream… bralettes, crop-tops, jumpsuits and playful prints strewn across the store….



BONUS: Brisbane Online Fashion

1. Beginning Boutique

The gorgeous Sara opened Beginning Boutique in 2008 and has since grown into a huge online fashion empire (check out over 380,000 Facebook fans!) and services the needs of every festival-going, fashion lover in Australia… now taking on the world! Great labels including One Teaspoon, Cameo, Karen Walker and Keepsake.

2. Chi the Label

Chiquita Searle is one of the most determined women I know, launching her self-titled label for women in business who wanted to dress well. Visit her website and sign up to be notified of upcoming styling events.

3. Lovefox

Meaghan from Lovefox is truly passionate about great fashion. Hand picking every item that is stocked in her online boutique. This careful curation has led to a fantastic online experience, stocking labels such as Talulah, We Are Handsome, Staple The Label, May and August Street. A must-click!


Have we missed any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments section below!


Images via Beau in the Woods, Lovefox, Camilla and Marc and Eselah The Label.