Grey Skies, Grey City

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I wouldn’t usually consider myself a religious person, but today I’m worshiping at the altar of Grey City. With these ‘Slash’ wedges I could stomp all over the impending deadlines and other stresses that are plaguing my working world at the moment and dampening my blahgging mojo. And better yet, that dainty peep-toe would force me to get off my bum and repaint my toenails – something I don’t think I’ve done in a good two months. Sadly, my present ‘saving to go overseas in five months’ situation means it’d take a miracle for me to get my hands on a pair of these. You, however, just need to click here.

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P.S. And in the springtime, I’d dump Slash for Blaire, his more open-minded and floaty-dress friendly cousin.

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When Ted met Sussan

Last week, my bestie/partner in crime, Astrid and I headed down to Adelaide’s shiny new Rundle Plaza for the opening of two very different stores.

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The city’s fashion elite flocked to the opening of iconic London label Ted Baker‘s first Adelaide store – a decadent shopfront with a decidedly South Australian twist. As a personable sales assistant explained to Astrid and I, each Ted Baker store is uniquely outfitted to reflect it’s city setting. Therefore, it was only fitting that Ted’s Adelaide home be given a wine-making twist. Wooden planks frame the front window, reflecting the rows of a vineyard, whilst further in shoppers will find hand-blown glass distillery contraptions, spherical metallic wine racks adorning the walls and a counter filled with every bottle-opening tool imaginable.

But what of the clothes themselves? Ted Baker’s garments are the kind of classic items that you’ll spend $200-$300 on and love for forever. Classic structures are livened up with rich hues and eye-catching digital prints – each one unique – in lengths that balance perfectly between office appropriate and tea party approved.

Need more reasons to love Ted? Look no further than his Rolodex of celebrity fans. Disney star and ravishing redhead Bella Thorne rocked the elegantly understated ‘Parisian Birdie’ bodycon sheath at the LA premiere of ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ last August; model-turned-presenter Louise Roe rocked the billowing ‘Attavia’ maxi in Miami last month; and Taylor Swift frocked up to the Tennessee launch of her ‘Wonderstruck’ fragrance in Ted’s chandelier print ‘Marui’ dress. However, I can’t go past Sophia Bush‘s casual concoction of the ‘Margi’ mustard blouse (with adorable beaded Peter Pan collar) and ‘Larinda Decoupage’ skirt. This is the kind of outfit that’ll take you anywhere: pair it with cute biker boots and bare legs for a breezy weekend brunch with friends; or chuck on some opaque tights and black pumps to take you from a day in the office straight to after-work drinks.

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Next door, women’s chain store Sussan has had a brand overhaul and now boasts an array of affordable basics for the twenty-something woman. To be honest, I had Sussan labelled in my head as soccer-mom territory; so I was pleasantly surprised with their A/W13 collection. In particular, they’ve got a badass array of chunky knits in bold colours that’ll brighten up even the dreariest of winter days.

Along with the delicious canapés and bubbles, Astrid and I were lucky enough to receive a $50 gift card to spend on the night. Under the recommendation of the lovely Angela (Sussan’s PR & Marketing maven), Astrid and I embraced our inner Justin Bieber with matching onesies. After testing them out on a girls’ weekend getaway down at Myponga beach, I can honestly say that it kicks the ass of any pyjamas I’ve ever owned. Now if only I could figure out a way to make it office appropriate…

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Sussan travel wallet

I’m also excited to put the stylish organisational capabilities of this travel wallet to use once Alex and I finally embark on our working holiday (set for November – eep!). Featuring slots for your passport, ticket, ID, business cards, credit cards, cash and even a cheeky pen holder, it also comes in teal, magenta and black – if I wasn’t saving to go away, I’d grab one for every outfit!

Thanks to the crew at Ted Baker Adelaide and Sussan Rundle Plaza, along with Angela Crowe for having us.

xo

A Merry Reebonz Christmas

Continuing on from the last post, I’ve found another solution for your Christmas gift woes.

Reebonz is an online store specialising in flash-sales of to-die-for luxury handbags and accessories. And when I say luxury, I mean top notch – current sales on the site include quilted Chanels, Proenza Schouler satchels and a splash of Burberrry for the fellas.

For a special time, you can get access to the members-only site using this promo code; and to help you out, I’ve compiled three gift bags perfect for the ladies in your life. Or, you know, yourself – I won’t judge.

The Sweetheart

Tom Ford Shopping Bag, Reebonz
Bra, Agent Provocateur
Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick, Rimmel London
Strawberry Liquorice, Darrel Lea

The Glamour Girl

Miu Miu Madras Bauletto, Reebonz
China Glaze Nail Enamel in No Plain Jane and Want My Bawdy, Crush Cosmetics
Purple false lashes, Eyelashes Direct
Katy Perry ‘Purr’ Perfume, Fragrance Shop

Little Miss Sunshine

Céline Medium Shoulder Bag, Reebonz
Chain and diamante short necklace, Colette by Colette Hayman
Jose Cuervo Reposado Tequila, Dan Murphy’s
Skyfall by OPI Nail enamel in GoldenEye, OPI
P-Rinngo Sandals, Steve Madden

And there’s plenty more where that came from! Check out Reebonz’s 50 Shades of Christmas for more inspiration, then sign up and get shopping!

I Want It Now!

When I hear the words “I want it now”, Veruca Salt immediately springs to mind. The Peter Pan collared enfant terrible found her way down the garbage chute in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, after kicking up a fuss and being labelled a ‘bad egg’. In Mr. Wonka’s world, patience is a virtue – but in reality, things are changing.

Veruca’s of Australia needn’t fear the same fate, because new website WantItNow.com.au is giving you precisely what you’ve asked for. Instead of all that 3-7 working days nonsense online shoppers have had to put up with until now, Want It Now’s collection of retailers promise same-day delivery, in as little as 3 hours even; which means clumsy people like me can spill coffee on their dress in the morning, and have a new one delivered to the office in time for that hot dinner date the same evening. Brilliant!!!

With spring racing season just around the corner, I couldn’t resist wandering through the stores Want It Now has to offer, and have come up with two collections – one a casual mix of the SS12 sports luxe and metallic trends, the other a slightly more elegant ensemble injected with a shot of my personal punk panache – both perfect for a day at the races (or anywhere else for that matter).

Finders Keepers Buckets of Rain Playsuit, $119.95 from The Iconic
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Petit Flower on the Go, $35 from Adore Beauty
Lushous Clothing Envelope Clutch Tri Colour, $29.95 from The Iconic
I Love Billy Oakbank Rose Gold Metallic, $79.95 from Style Tread
Rose Gold Diamante Timepiece, $34.99 from Diva
“Tahlia” Lace and Satin Boyleg, $24.95 from Bras n Things
Three Step Self Tanning Range, $94.85 from Asyana
Gold Aviator Sunnies, $19.99 from Diva

Bec & Bridge Positano Maxi Dress in Print, $300 from Jade & Belle
Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Body Souffle 225g, $40 from Belinda Janes
House of Harlow 1960 Nicole Sunglasses, $169 from Designer Forum
Wildfox Skull Ring with Crystal Eyes, $69 from The Iconic
NCLA Like… Totally Valley Girl Nail Polish, $19.50 from Kamali Moon
Mawi Stud Spike Rose Gold Earrings, $275 from musstard
Black Currant and Green Tea Macarons, $29.90 (+ delivery) for 12 from Little Feat
Olga Berg Sarah Black Satin Fabric Clutch, $39.98 from Style Tread
Gloria Stone Patent Criss Cross Wedge, $175 from Sambag

Not only can all of the above be yours in a measly three hours (provided you’ve equal parts quick finger skills and a hearty bank balance), but almost everything you could possibly need at the minute is now within reach. Fiona Pearse and Emma Cronin, the sisters behind Want It Now seem to have really considered everything, recruiting a broad variety of businesses. From Brilliant Food and Beer Cartel to Gyrofish and Costume Direct, there truly seems to be something for every impatient person; and with talk of new and unique weekly offers from retailers being added to its arsenal, WantItNow.com.au has taken online shopping to the next level. Veruca would be so proud.

Keepin’ it Stylish with the Face Facts Winners

You  may remember that a little while back, I posted about a t-shirt design competition being run by the team behind the Ecstasy. Face Facts campaign. Or you may not. Either way, the competition was a whopping success with over 257 entries. The votes have been tallied, and I can announce that Georgie Dunn (15-18 yrs category) and Ellenor Argyropoulos (19-21 yrs category) are the two lucky ladies who took home the major prizes of $2,000 plus a $250 Moshtix voucher and 2 tix to Creamfields, respectively.

Now, you may have noticed that these things we love is pretty much devoid of outfit posts (besides that one time I got dressed for a night out with Smirnoff and 2threads). There are several reasons for this, but the mains ones are: a) the only camera I own is embedded in my iPhone; b) I’ve never quite mastered the whole “using an iPhone to take outfit pics in a mirror” business; c) I’m painfully inept at posing in front of a camera, unless the aim is to look as silly as possible (I’m great at that); and d) as a bootylicious size 12, I feel out of place next to the plethora of successful, modelesque size 6 fashion bloggers.

That said, when Megan from An Australian Wintour asked me to show off some of the winning Face Facts t-shirts, it seemed like a reasonable excuse to ignore all of the above qualms and show off some of my favourite wardrobe items (the ones I wear to death), giving you all a bit of a more glimpse of the real Alice Jacquie. So thanks to the photographic skillz of my beautifully helpful boyfriend, we have three of my favourite ways to style a simple t-shirt on a crisp winter’s day.

T-shirt: Face Facts Judges’ Pick, Kaitlyn Hackney; Skirt – H&M (similar here); Stockings – Coles (don’t judge me); Boots – Pure Hype from Lula Blu (similar here & here); Necklace – Deadly Pretty designs (similar here & here; Lipstick – MAC cosmetics in Lady Bug)

In RuPaul’s Drag Race speak, I’d say this outfit is serving up casual polished punk chique realness. T-shirts tucked into high-waisted skirts are a style staple of mine; it’s such an easy way to be comfortable yet polished. I bought the skirt in Amsterdam during last year’s Eurovision trip, and whilst I love how trans-seasonal it’s proven to be, pairing it with some opaques and cute boots is definitely my top way to wear it. Speaking of boots, I couldn’t find these Pure Hype ones anywhere, but they’re the first pair of knee highs I’ve ever tried on that have fit comfortably and actually reached up to my knee (being tall has its downsides).

On a side note, whilst trying to find the above H&M skirt I stumbled across this striking, wavy A-symmetrical hemmed leather mini from The Last Romantic on The Iconic, which I’m now a little obsessed with.

T-shirt: Face Facts runner-up Naomi Chilcott; Jeans – GRAB (similar here & here); Boots – Rubi Shoes (similar here); Necklace – Deadly Pretty designs (similar here & here)

Confession: this ensemble takes out favourite status because it feels a little bit grungy and I’ve always wanted to be a punk (I’m just not angry enough though). I’m also fascinated by Los Dia de Los Muertos, so Naomi’s Mexican sugar skull design hits the nail on the head. I’ve had those GRAB jeans for three or four years now and they’re still going strong, though I kinda wish they had a bit of a looser Boyfriend fit to them, like the ZARA alternative. The boots were on sale at Rubi shoes – I couldn’t find them anywhere online, but I did find these TDF apricot suede ankle booties instead. Rubi and Cotton On have definitely picked up their game in the past few months, and have been delivering some really great on-trend items for decent prices.

T-shirt: Face Facts Judges’ Pick Rob Di Giovanni; Leggings – Supre; Boots – Therapy shoes; Lipstick – Rimmel London Colour Showoff in Shocking Pink from Priceline

I own about four pairs of Therapy shoes, and if I had my way I’d own every pair they make. These blood red zippy numbers are higher than I’d normally attempt, but are an effortless way to jazz up an otherwise plain outfit for a night out. Style Tread have an excellent range of Therapy on offer too, FYI. I don’t advocate the wearing of leggings as pants, so I’d usually pair these Supre leggings with a longer top (general rule – any more than the bottom third of butt cheek visible is unacceptable), but I made an exception this time to show off these leather-look babies (they’re soooo comfortable, I pretty much live in them).

The necklace you can see in the bottom right of the first image and above was made by the gorgeous Michelle at Lost. Found. Made. It arrived in the post the other day and I’ve worn it every day since; the tiger’s eye is meant to aid in creativity and focus, but I just like the length and look of it. She stocks a bunch of hand-made goodies alongside delicious vintage finds – check out her Etsy store and follow her on Facebook and Instagram, if only because she’s such a lovely lass.

And here’s a close-up of my two Gamer Girl necklaces, both from Deadly Pretty designs. I’m so devastated that the store seems to have disappeared, as they had some fantastic jewellery – I’d always intended to get a fluorescent green version of the Resident Evil T-virus necklace (pictured left) to layer with the blue one.

Congrats again to all of the Face Facts winners, and to everyone who entered – I hope the experience sparked the design fire in all of you!

xo