EAST: Back to Beauty

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STYLE: Dress; We Are Kindred ‘Delilah Monet Floral Dress’ from Luxe Fashion Boutique. Bag; Avalina Leather. Heels; Dept of Finery.

LOCATION: The Beauty & Brow Co. Level 2, 178 Collins St, Melbourne City.

Getting your makeup done can be daunting and can take a lot of trust, which is often hard to find when you don’t know the person. A good recommendation is worth its weight in gold (or cosmetics) and with the Spring/Event Season fast approaching, we thought we’d do the hard yards for you. Turns out it wasn’t even too hard. Following a recommendation we received ourselves, we booked in with The Beauty & Brow Co. I’m a firm believer in a good eyebrow, so someone that specializes in this field was already promising in my eye(brow)s. Setting up shop on the ‘Paris End’ of Collins St, directly across from Dior no less, Leyla Kurtulus specializes in makeup, brow sculpting, lashes and cosmetic tattooing – the idea that I can wake up with make-up definitely appeals to me, especially with a baby on the way. Leyla knew exactly what would suit both my face and my outfit and allowed me the opportunity to provide feedback along the way to make sure I was going to be comfortable with the results. I had my brows tinted, which I found literally life changing, and she managed to shape them to look fuller than they ever did. Apparently she can work magic with even the most over-plucked eyebrows we all rocked not so long ago. Her makeup skills meant that she mastered that fine line of a smoky eye that made my eyes really pop while still looking day-time event appropriate.

If you’re starting to think about the event season ahead, you can secure a booking with Leyla at The Beauty & Brow Co via email or mobile (call or text) : beautyandbrowco@gmail.com | 0431 638 818.

EAST: Ballettonet x Friend in Fashion

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LOCATION: The Styling Suite, Westfield Doncaster.

We’ve been long time fans of Jasmin from Friend in Fashion. Not only does she create consistently great content, but she’s one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. On top of this, she can now say she is a shoe designer! The clever crew at Ballettonet enlisted Jasmin to collaborate with them on their latest collection and it is quite literally TO DIE FOR. From boots, to slides to loafers, the range is consistently fun and perfectly on trend – along with the added bonus of being super comfortable, which Jasmin noted was a must in her brief. If you want to grab yourself a pair before they’re all snapped up, they are available to buy here.

EAST: Tooshies by TOM

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LOCATION: The White House, St Kilda. Melbourne.

Although both Michelle and I have discussed and agreed that we won’t turn into ‘mummy bloggers’ (not that we don’t like/appreciate/truly respect them, its just not us!), the occasional baby related event or outfit comes up that we have to share. Tooshies by TOM caught my attention initially based on the location of the event. The White House in St Kilda had me intrigued, as after living in that hood for a good seven years I had never even heard of it. When I looked up the brand online, I realized that they were onto something good. Not only have these guys created some of the cutest designs I’ve seen – hello Scandinavian inspired print – but they also have been made with sustainable plant-based materials. The wipes also contain organic ingredients and are fully biodegradable. Sounds like a win for Mum, bub and the environment to us!

EAST: The Skincare Company Launch in Alice McCall



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LOCATION: Rosetta, Crown Complex. Melbourne.

STYLE: Top; Alice McCall ‘City Sounds Top’. Skirt; Alice McCall ‘Same Old Love Skirt’. Bag; Avalina Leather. Coat; Ted Baker. Heels; Dept of Finery.

When you get an invite to a lunch at Rosetta hosted by Bec Judd, you know it’s an event not to be missed. The Skincare Company launched their new collection of Melbourne made skin care and beauty products over antipasti that were introduced by Neil Perry himself. With the opportunity to have our foundation matched and makeup retouched while we dined on the chef’s delights, everyone was feeling pretty good about themselves. The product range is substantial enough to have something for every beauty buff and although I am yet to try it myself, Bec assured us that the skincare is so effective that it’s best to follow instructions if you don’t want to look like you’ve had a fraxel session. Sounds good to me!

Outfit images courtesy of Stylesnooper Dan.

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WEST: Fashion For Good



STYLE: Top; Love Thread Project. Skirt; ShopGoh.

COMMENT: The Love Thread Project has been gaining momentum since March and it has just kicked off an all-important crowdfunding campaign. Behind this project stands a bunch of compassionate Perth creatives who are raising much-needed funds for social injustice issues including the exploitation of women and children in Bali. One of the easiest (and most fashion-forward) ways to contribute to the cause is through purchasing one of these limited-edition ethically made and sustainable t-shirts. We’re proud to be backing this amazing charity and to actually use #fashionforgood.

Outfit images courtesy of Grace Robinson Photography.