EAST x WEST: The Eyes Have It



STYLE: Michelle: Givenchy glasses via SpexDesign, a privately owned, family run North Perth optometrist. An incredible range of eyewear brands are available here, including Kenzo, Carla Zampatti, Furla and Prada. A true speciality store that has staff that are both knowledgeable and kind.
Nikki: Jono Hennessy glasses via Eyes On Queen, right in the heart of Melbourne. These guys know how to help you choose the right frame for your face and are happy to take the time for you to try on basically every pair in the store! I initially went straight for the Prada, but the team introduced me to this amazing Australian designer and overall I am so much happier with the shape of these frames.

COMMENT: We know we’re not alone when we say we’re beyond addicted to our phones. It’s our job to be front and centre with all things digital and it’s no exaggeration that we literally spend the majority of each day glued to our devices and screens. Who isn’t! We’ve just jumped onto the Eyezen bandwagon, which relaxes and protects our eyes against the everyday strain of prolonged use of screens. Although both of us actually require prescription lenses for everyday life, Eyezen is suitable for anyone who spends a chunk of their life on tablets, smartphones and screens. The process was super easy and involved visiting our local optometrists for a (much needed) eye test. The hardest part was selecting from the huge variety of fashion-forward eyewear which is now available. We have been wearing our new glasses for the past week and noticed instantly that our vision is both sharper and clearer. We’re getting less afternoon tiredness in our eyes and feel less guilt browsing our phones for hours each night as Eyezen provides blue light protection (blue light gets a bad wrap as it’s known to disrupt sleep). Eyezen is an obvious choice to protect our eyes as we’re obviously not giving up our devices anytime soon!

Outfit images courtesy of Stylesnooperdan and Grace Robinson Photography.








WEST: TPFF Flannel


EVENT: Closing Night of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.

STYLE: Jacket; Flannel. Bralette; Flannel. Cami; Flannel. Skirt; Flannel. Heels; Ego.

COMMENT: A label born on the west coast of Australia, Flannel has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Since 2006, Flannel has opened boutiques across Australia and Los Angeles. Having only heard positive things about this local label over the years, I was beyond excited to be invited to Flannel’s 2016 Telstra Perth Fashion Festival show. Having a one-year old at home lends itself beautifully to online shopping but I have to admit that visiting the Subiaco store to select my head to toe look was a highlight experience in itself. Seeing the luxurious fabrics in person, understanding the collections and trying on the silk slips was paramount to gaining a greater understanding of why Flannel is renowned for lifestyle wardrobe staples, which are both romantic and understated. The silk bomber jackets are effortlessly cool, the bralettes are delicately cut while the embellished dresses are pure understated luxury. The day of the show arrived (which happened to be closing night of TPFF) and so did a typical buzz kill cold. I had been so careful to not overdo my fashion festival commitments this year, focusing only on shows which truly mattered to me. To say I was frustrated to miss the show (at the Art Gallery of WA no less!) is an understatement. So I cooked some fresh pasta, watched social media for snippets of the live Flannel show then went to bed at 8am. Yep, I’m so extreme.

Outfit images courtesy of Grace Robinson Photography. Runway images courtesy of Stefan Gosatti for Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.









STYLE: Dress; Alice McCall ‘Day Break Dress’. Heels; Lauren Marinis ‘Gilda Red Suede’.

LOCATION: Chapel Street, Melbourne.

COMMENT:As promised in my last post, Part II of my stay and play on Chapel Street involves even more amazing activity, this time for those willing to drop some dough on the experience. From my fave places to eat and treat, to where to stay and shop, I hope this helps you find where to hit up through the Spring Racing season ahead.


EAT: Drugstore Espresso
194 Toorak Rd, South Yarra.
This is just the sort of cafe that the Toorak Road end of Chapel St Precinct needed. The fit out isn’t overdone and the friendly guys that serve you will have beards and/or tattoos along with a smile on their face. Think fresh coconuts, super foods, seeds and soy.





Treat Yo’self: Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio
647 Chapel Street, South Yarra.
As the name suggests, this small studio beneath The Olsen packs a big punch on the dessert scene. Darren Purchase has made a name for himself in Melbourne and many of the best events I have been to have ensured these tailor-made sweet situations are on rotation. I follow the waiters, but you can also just pop in store to pick it up for yourself. The cake list changes monthly, so it warrants regular visits.





Stay: The Olsen
637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra.
Where The Cullen is bold, The Olsen is sophisticated. With walls adorned with artworks by Dr John Olsen, the hotel feels spacious and luxurious. After your first dip in the glass bottom pool that literally hangs over Chapel St, you will be fresh for the day of shopping ahead. The Olsen also has two restaurants attached to it which makes it super easy to pop downstairs for a bite if you’ve been out and about all day.




SHOP: If you’re planning to splurge for the Spring Racing season, Chapel Street has just the shops to scratch that itch for you. My hot tips to hit up include Australian designers Scanlan & Theodore or Manning Cartell. If you’re looking for some Lim of the Phillip variety, hit up Green with Envy which stocks all of your fave international designers including Alexander Wang, Celine, Chloe and ACNE.

Street Style Photography: Grace Petrou.
Store pictures provided from external sources.

WEST: TPFF Myer Fashion Lunch


LOCATION: Perth Convention Centre.

EVENT: Myer Fashion Lunch of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.

STYLE: Dress; Self Portrait via Toscani. Heels; Ego.

COMMENT: Having never attended a Myer Fashion Lunch, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Women come from far and wide for this annual event, which is a two-course lunch combined with a Myer fashion showcase. I was more than a little overwhelmed when I arrived to see 500 woman dressed to the nines… The combined noise alone was something else! The fashion was expected but the grand scale of this event blew me away. Floor to ceiling velvet curtains were drawn to reveal a ballroom filled with tables and flowers, with one mega runway dividing the room down the centre. I made my way through the glamorous crowd to find my table, which happened to be the very same one Jen Hawkins was seated at- talk about the best table in the house! As a guest of Myer, I probably should have expected something this major but was literally speechless by the magnitude of the day. It was The Bachelor’s Nikki (fresh from the finale controversy) who was the cherry on top of my gluten-free desert that cemented this day as an actual killer. The Myer Fashion Lunch has become a highlight event of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival due to the winning combination of indulgent fashion and food.

Outfit images courtesy of Grace Robinson Photography. Runway images courtesy of Stefan Gosatti for Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.








EAST: Spring Racing on Chapel Street (Part I)


STYLE: Dress; Life with Bird ‘Me & Yoko Dress’.

LOCATION: Chapel Street, Melbourne.

There are many ways you can ‘do’ Chapel. Some people might choose to enjoy the thriving nightlife at 3am and others will sweat it out 9am on a Sunday. I personally don’t partake in any such activities, but at least you now know you can should you wish to. As long time locals to the Chapel Street Precinct, we thought it was time to show some of our fave haunts along the famous strip in time for the silly season – aka Spring Racing – so you can plan your ultimate day out while still getting everything you need.
Over this week and next (there are so many options I had to spread them out!), I’ve put together some of my fave places to hit up on Chapel to prep for the Spring Racing season. One is a little more casual/cool, the other is more for those happy to really treat themselves. Hope you enjoy!



EAT: Journeyman Cafe
169 Chapel St, Windsor.
Once Dukes Coffee Roasters and still respected specialists in the coffee crowd, this place is the type of café I always take anyone visiting from another state to (Michelle can vouch for this!). There is always something on the menu to impress and I have never been disappointed. Toasted waffles with blueberry compote, fresh fruit, cream and smoked maple syrup gives you just the energy you need for a full day of activity!






Treat yo’self: Greene St. Juice Co
325 Chapel Street, Prahran.
The fit out of Greene St Juices will raise your self confidence by 3 points the second you walk through the door, as all of a sudden you’re living that mono/scandi blogger life that seems to be so popular lately. Wait til you crack open one of their ‘exquisite, 100% organic elixirs’. #NextLevel




STAY: The Cullen
164 Commercial Road, Prahran.
Decked out with Adam Cullen artworks, The Cullen is the bold and daring design of the Artseries Hotel Group. Every room I have stayed in has had its own twist to it and it’s location allows you to come and go throughout the day if you need a midday kip (or is it just preggo me that does that?). The team at Art Series Hotel Group know what they’re doing and it’s notable.




Life with Bird
563 Chapel St, South Yarra
Every season I pick up least one (may be an understatement) new piece from Life with Bird. They have the sort of items you’re always wishing you had in your closet because they’re so wearable. That dress that you can wear to the office and then add some red lippy and kick on for the night? Yep, they’ll have it. Perfect for Spring Racing pieces that you’ll actually be able to wear again.





Alice McCall
549 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Sister of Bird from Life with Bird, Alice has a very different design style, and again I’ve been a long time fan. Think ‘fabulous’; the pieces often involve lace, frills, cut outs, crochet and colour. You may not get as many wears out of your new Alice McCall but you sure will get a lot of looks (of approval, obvs).




Shop 2, 566 Chapel Street, South Yarra (Entrance via Oxford Street)
One of the lesser known jewels of Chapel St, Aje delivers every season with great outfit combos that allow you to put distressed denim with a casual tee and sequined skirt. Yes. Please.