Tuesday, October 23, 2012

DIY - Floral Headband

Step 1: Gather your materials: A headband with grip teeth and wire stemmed flowers of your choice. You will also need jewellery/wire cutters, the scissors pictured here didn't cut it in the end. I just popped down to my local $2 shop for all my materials. I ended up really liking two types of flowers so I bought two headbands, although so far I've only made the one.

Step 2: With your wire cutters snip the flower at a length that will leave you enough stem to wrap around the headband with the exposed wire end sitting back at the top so that it doesn't dig into your skull.

Step 3: Wrap the stem around the headband, you can adjust placement of the flowers as you go along. The teeth on the underside help fasten the flowers, they don't move on their own. The flowers themselves hide the wrapped stems so there is no need to be neat.

Step 4: Continue wrapping all the flowers until you are happy with the arrangement. I really like how pretty the pink flowers look against the silver glitter of my headband.

VoilĂ  a beautiful DIY floral headband, perfect for spring or even for a day at the races, all for $4!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Spring Racing Carnival

It's Spring Racing season and women across Australia are gearing up for the big day, selecting dresses, hats, bags, hair-do's and shoes that match for their perfect Melbourne Cup look. Whether it's an office party or you're lucky enough to be going to the Melbourne Cup yourself City Chic has you covered for all your Spring Racing dress needs, from Derby Day's classic black and white to fun floral pieces perfect for a warm sunny day at the races.

Floral print is a big trend this season, but the truth is it is always in for Spring! These four fab floral dresses are all perfect for the races teamed with just the right accessories. This year expect to see flowers make a millinery comeback, thanks in part to Lana Del Rey's love of a good floral headband, make your own or search etsy for a crafty bargain. Go bold with your nails with a different pastel colour on each nail. Delicate heels are the way to go with a light floral dress but make them a statement piece by choosing a shade that matches the print of your dress. Pink lipstick is always cute. Acrylic clutches are all the rage, again scour etsy for a unique handmade piece. 

Lace is a chic way to look elegant on race day. Pair a lace dress with a vintage clutch and simple nude strappy heels for a timeless look. Classic jewellery will complement the look, think art deco in style like the City Chic ring above. A nude manicure won't need to be removed for work the next day. Opt for a more traditional hat or fascinator - think lace, feathers in nudes and black to complete your look.

The black and white dress code for Derby Day always reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, that big beautiful hat and gown that she wore and how elegant she looked. I think the best way to replicate that timeless look is by keeping your accessories minimal and making your dress and hat do all the talking. These four black and white numbers by City Chic are certainly up to the task, now all you need to do is find the perfect hat to finish the look. 

50's PIN-UP
The 50's Pin-Up look is never out of style and boy do City Chic have some dreamy rockabilly dresses this season. Grab your hot rollers and create a 50's bombshell up-do to pin your vintage hat to, there are lots of tutorials on youtube if you need some help. Some red lippy and some classic pumps complete the look.

Are you excited for the Spring Racing Carnival? Are you going to any of the race days? If so what look will you go for?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Frankenweenie Screening!

Boombands Em wears City Chic

My lovely friends! I know it's been a while! But I am back in some sexy CC gear to tell you about my latest filmic escapade!

Last weekend in London, I was lucky to go along to the Cast and Crew Screening of Frankenweenie! I actually worked on the film last year for about four months and then again this year as we turned it over in 3D... To get to FINALLY see it on the big screen was really amazing and made me feel so proud!

Boombands Em wears City Chic
There's nothing like a Pair of 3D glasses to really JAZZ up an outfit... NOT!

To the screening (which really becomes both a work and social event), I needed to look good, but also - feel comfortable! It was a weekend, afterall!! I opted for my LOVELY pleather City Chic jacket and accessorised with a necklace, black and red glitter nails and some 3D specs!

Boombands Em wears City Chic

We are turning to Winter in London right now, so I wore TWO pairs of leggings, a little bolero and some Winter boots. It was a great outfit, actually! I felt pretty and feminine! The dress is the City Chic Shadow Floral Chiffon Dress which is available on the USA site right now and it is LOVELY. The chiffon is light and the dress comes with an unattached slip (making it versatile - yay!!). I like the frills, which make the garment a floaty, floral dream and also appreciated the fabric tie and elasticised waist. Also... the COLOUR! Look at that amazing, rich print... LOVE!

After the film, my Mr. Darcy and I walked through St. James' Park and do what lovers do on a London afternoon in the park: hold hands and laugh and enjoy the last of the Autumn Sun. Gosh, it was magic.

It's good to be back, CC!

Loves! Em. x.

PS - If you feel like some floral print - there are some LOVELY pieces on the City Chic sites right now: City Chic AU / City Chic USA. xxx

Monday, October 15, 2012

Crazy for Maxi Dresses

Spring is the perfect Maxi Dress season. The days are warm but breezy and are full of Picnics, days at the Markets, and walks on the Beach. I have gone crazy for Maxi's this season and City Chic have a range to die for, these are my current favourites;

1. So Cute Frill Front Maxi - $129.95
2. Embroided Long Beach Dress - $99.95
3. So Cute Colour Stripe Maxi - $119.95
4. Beaded Brittany Maxi Dress - $199.95 ON SALE $99.95

The beauty of a good Maxi is its versatility. They can be the perfect Beach cover up (think bare feet walking along the sand), teamed with sandals they make a cute outfit for a lunch date or BBQ, for night time glam add a pair of black peep toe wedges and you're ready to hit the dance floor.

I love my Smocked Beach Dress. I added a Bolero and my favourite hair band and it was perfect for my garden picnic. I am wearing the XS.

City Chic are currently running a competition where you can win one of 9 Hot looks from their newest collection Jungle Fever. To enter click this link and 'like' your favourite look, fill in the entry form, and in 25 words or less explain why your favourite look gives you Jungle Fever. Entries close Friday, October 19. GOOD LUCK!

To stay connected don't forget to 'like' CC's Facebook Page and keep an eye on the website.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Spring Sorbet

Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate the lovely warm sunny weather that we've been having (well up until today) then to wear some cute sorbet colours. Pastel shades are well and truly in this spring and I love the feminine colour palette - think lavender, lemon, candy pink, saturated coral, and sky blue.  You can mix and match sorbet pieces together - think last years 'colour blocking' trend or simply team a pastel piece with a floral print in the same tone. Another option is to wear head to toe black with just one pastel item making your pastel pop and creating a statement. City Chic have you covered with all things sorbet, see below for a full breakdown of the above drool worthy sorbet pieces.

All this sorbet talk is making me hungry. What's your favourite sorbet flavour combination? Mine is lemon and chocolate, mmmm yum. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tropical Brights

 I picked up this fab yellow pleated midi skirt at my local City Chic recently. Its now sold out online but some stores may still have it so call around if your keen on it, its worth the effort! This season is all about brights and neons so as soon as I saw this skirt on the rack I just had to have it. I paired it back with a vintage tropical print shirt and a matching neon yellow necklace I bought on a recent trip to Tokyo. I'm all about mixing vintage in with designer and high street pieces, it makes the look your own.

 My neon yellow beaded necklace from Tokyo perfectly matches the City Chic skirt.

My crazy 'under the sea' themed nail art, hot pink clutch and yellow Mexican skull bracelet finish off the look.

These shoes may not be to everyone's taste but they sure are mine. Bright, fun and quirky in accidentally matching colours to my whole outfit - yes please! 

Are you a big vintage shopper? Are you a fan of the bright colours coming in this season? Let me know in the comments below.