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This is how conversions should be done! By Atlanta architects Brian Bell and David Yoachim of bldgs. Via Desire to Inspire.

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Winter Essentials

The other day I was talking with a friend of mine who has recently moved down to Melbourne from northern New South. With winter already setting in down here she was asking me what she was going to need to survive a Melbourne winter. It got me thinking about all the essential clothing that is needed for a Melbourne winter. I’ve spent the better part of the last 5 years putting together a cohesive winter wardrobe. It’s now full of pieces that are light enough to carry when the suns out, but that are also warm enough to stop you freezing when icy winds from the bay come rolling through. My staples consist of layering pieces, lots of wool, light coats and plenty of scarves. I’ve pulled together 3 key pieces I’m lusting over to get me through this winter.

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I am a huge fan of military jackets; I bought one from sportsgirl about 2 years ago and have absolutely thrashed it since. So my eye was immediately drawn to this gorgeous Style Stalker Rebellion Parka, it is an absolute must have! The shearling only extends down the front of the jacket, which is great as a full shearling lining would be far too much for an Aussie winter; it just does not get cold enough! I certainly want to invest in one of these bad boys this winter!

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As I can’t afford to a splash a couple ‘G on all the McQueen dresses I adore, I have my sights firmly set of this stunning McQueen scarf. The colours are so versatile—it would go very nicely with the Style Stalker jacket—it’s the kind of thing you could just keep in your bag to throw on with anything. When it goes out of fashion I might even have it framed and hang it on my wall!

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Don’t you just love them!? They are the perfect mix of classic design and unassuming good looks. I can see pairing them with dark denim skinny legs and Breton tees; or with floral dresses and a chunky cardi. These bushed leather Rag and Bone lovelies will keep your feet dry and toasty warm all day; the short stacked heel is also great for a bit of height—which is good for those of us who are vertically challenged.

So that’s my top 3 for this winter, what are your winter essentials?

Monday

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Waking up on the Monday after St. Patricks day is never much fun 😐

Three Bags Full

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On a cool summer morning in the hipster suburb of Fitzroy, in between open for inspections, Dani and I made our first trip to Three Bags Full. Having heard only good things about it for the last 2 years our expectations were high to say the least. We arrived at 10am and were greeted by a line running half the length of the block, which of course is to be expected at any reputable café at 10am on a Saturday morning. As we stood in line I took the opportunity to do a little people watching, doctor types in an array of brightly coloured lycra gear sat next to tv stars from mildly successful Australian sit-coms; while Land Rovers lined the streets, the occupants of which sent the queue all most the entire length of the block. Once upon a time it was rare to see the Toorak Tractor so far North of the Yarra, but times certainly have changed. After 20 minutes we were seated the waitress took our drinks order and left us to pour over the menu. I was tossing up between the Smoked Trout Omlette, which is considered by Three Bags Full to be vegetarian— not sure how that works— and the Twice Baked French Toast. I decide to go with the French toast, while Dani went for the Atlantic Eggs on Toast. Even though it was wolfed down in about 10 seconds as we rushed off to our next inspection it was a bloody good feed. The toast was thick and soft, while the rhubarb and mascarpone were a beautiful combination that was neither to sweet nor to heavy. Dani was a fan of her Atlantic Eggs, the salmon and softly poached eggs looked delicious! After our meal we headed inside to pay and our waitress had arranged two take away coffees on the house for us as our order had taken rather a long time to come out! It’s gestures like that, that separate the good from the great and Three Bags Full is certainly one of the greats.

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Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach. Campbell Parade. Gould St Shopping. Hotel Bondi. Icebergs. Take me back.

all photos via Andy Solo Pinterest

Artsy Fartsy

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Check out my knock off YSL Arty ring… pretty rad huh?

The best bit? It only set me back $14

Get it here

Rebel Yell

Rebel Yell

Wildfox Couture oversized sweater
€129 – jades24.com

Pierre Balmain black leather jacket
€1.675 – shopmrsh.com

WTF! Have I been living under a rock? Seriously how have I not ever discovered Polyvore before? I’ve known about it for a while but I’ve never really bothered to take a proper look at it.Shame on me! It is awesomeness rapped up in a blanket of fricking epic coolness. I have been having sooo much fun with it over the weekend! I fear that it could be addictive, considering i’ve already been on it for like 5 hours today I feel that its a legitmit concern!

Check out this ‘set’ insipred by Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Erin Wasson and Sky Ferreira. Its a little bit rock n roll, a little bit grunge and everything I am lusting after style wise right now!

PS: Follow me on Polyvore or link me to yours I need more inspiring people to follow!

Yolandi Visser

Yolandi

Yesterday at Future Music I saw Die Antwoord and fell madly in love with their singer Yolandi Visser. The South African probably isn’t everyones cup of tea, but I dig her crazy crack addict alien style! She has such a commanding presence on stage and she isn’t contrived, unlike another crazy blonde ‘fashion icon’ we all know *cough*lady gaga *cough*

Her band Die Antwoord are described as Zef Hip Hop, apparently Zef is an Afrikaans word, which roughly translates to the English word “common” its what the white middle class of South Africa describe themselves as. I think Yoldani sums is up pretty well by saying “It’s associated with people who soup their cars up and rock gold and shit. Zef is, you’re poor but you’re fancy. You’re poor but you’re sexy, you’ve got style.”

The Mad Hatter

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I was loving this cover shot from the April Edition of Aussie Vogue so much so that the other day I went out and bought myself a hat! I figured I’d road test the trend with a cheapie and picked this one up for $39 at Forever New.  You like?

Ps. Check out my sunburnt shoulders courtesy of Future Music yesterday! Ouch!

Mongolian Magnificence

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Dress:AgentNinetyNine; Clutch:Colette; Coat:Witchery

$500 for this bad boy! Its a gorgeous Mongolian goats hair shrug I found today at Witchery.
Would you ever part with that much for something from Witchery?