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My favourite jewellery designer Samantha Wills had one of her infamous sales over the New Year. Some styles were seriously marked down (60% off) so I was able to pick up some great statement jewellery for a very cheap price.

I’d had my eye on the Helen of Troy necklace (was $145, now $58) for a while…

…it has a luxurious Cleopatra feel to it and would really pop against navy, which I wear a lot of. Imagine a Friday night drinks outfit of blazer, skinny jeans, statement heels and this necklace.

I really like tribal and aztec accessories, so the Adelpha Coin Ring (was $59, now $23) was a natural choice…

…it looks like something I would seal my letters with!

Shop Samantha Wills here: www.samanthawills.com

Chanel Photos

Posted: December 23, 2011 in Beauty, Fashion, Places
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It seems that everywhere I turn this week, Chanel is there.

There was this Chanel No. 5 bus stop ad on St Kilda Road, which I also saw in Doncaster and Collingwood…

…then I went to my friend’s 30th birthday lunch at The Italian where we gifted her a bottle of Coco Mademoiselle perfume…

…then I saw this gorgeous cake at Dolce Espresso at Westfield Doncaster (I bet they sell like crazy!).

SABA Collins Street VIP Night

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Fashion, Shopping
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A few Fridays ago, SABA had a Christmas VIP Night at their flagship store on Collins Street. I was lucky enough to attend and be spoiled rotten!

Shoppers were invited to indulge in some champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries as they browsed the summer range, and the first 50 people in the door were treated to a showbag. The showbag was great – it had a scarf that I’d had my eye on for quite some time (the Nile Scarf in Ultramarine, RRP $69), as well as deluxe samples of Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer and Kora Hand Balm and a full-size SABA-branded lip balm.

In addition to all this, SABA offered 35% off storewide. After reading this article on the quality of SABA’s black pants in comparison to other brands, I decided that I would purchase the Viva Suit Pant, but unfortunately they didn’t have my size. To the staff’s credit, and despite the growing crowd, they helped me locate a pair at Melbourne Central. Great service!

I didn’t hang around too long because it was so hot and stuffy – the new store layout is much nicer to look at but is unfortunately a lot smaller so there wasn’t much room to move. I picked up the Basic Slub Print T-shirt which is part of the SABA Denim range. I wish SABA would make more basic t-shirts, this one was great quality and fit really nicely. I’m planning on wearing it on Christmas Day with some denim shorts.

Shop SABA here: www.saba.com.au

I’m not American so I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. One thing I do celebrate is Black Friday – think of it as America’s version of Boxing Day sales but on steroids. It’s too crazy to attend in person (see pic below) so a lot of retailers are extending the offers to their online stores, running for the whole weekend as well as Cyber Monday (a day dedicated to online sales).

Shopbop had an event where you could get a $50 discount when you spent over $250 USD. I’ve had my eye on this Marc by Marc Jacobs Blade Chrono Watch for a while now – I’m going through a nautical phase (navy blazers, horizontal stripes, etc.) and I thought this would match perfectly!

The band is leather and the face has etched silver logo lettering with crystal markers.

I needed something else to get me over the $250 threshold so I bought this House of Harlow 1960 Crystal and Leather bangle which was marked down to $70. It’s a real standout piece, I can see myself wearing it with a heap of different outfits.

All up it converted to $227 AUD. I also used eBates to get a 2.5% rebate on my purchase.

www.shopbop.com

Haul: Witchery Spend and Save

Posted: November 1, 2011 in Fashion, Hauls, Shopping
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It’s spend and save time at Witchery! To coincide with the second drop of the 2011 spring/summer collection, Witchery is offering its cardholders:

  • 25% off when you spend $150
  • 30% off when you spend $250
  • 35% off when you spend $500
  • Free shipping for all purchases over $200

The offer runs until midnight tonight. No code necessary – the discount is automatically applied to your purchases.

I picked up:

Oversized Gather Scoop Dress – $149.95

Pleated Shoulder Tee in White – $59.95

Mia Sandal in Ginger – $99.95

See the rest of the range at www.witchery.com.au

A few weeks ago, I had a ticket to attend a formal event at Crown Palladium to mark the end of the football season. Naturally, occasions such as this call for a new outfit, so I set off to the CBD to look for the perfect dress. After two days of searching every inch of Myer, DJs and Melbourne Central, I was extremely disappointed. My budget was around $300 but everything I saw was either too short, too revealing, too casual, the wrong colour, too expensive or too polyester. Out of frustration, I turned my attention to Google and was able to quickly find exactly what I wanted in a wide range of US-based stores.

Ordering from the US was surprisingly easy. Although not many stores ship to Australia, most accept international credit cards, which means that all you need is a third-party forwarder. After a bit of research, I decided to go with Fiona at Shopaholiques, who offers both a parcel forwarding service and a purchasing service (for those websites that don’t accept Australian credit cards). The best part about Fiona’s service is that she is located in New Jersey, which means that there is no sales tax payable on clothing or shoes, saving you around 8%.

Since I was purchasing from sites that accepted my Australian credit card, I didn’t need to contact Fiona first – I just put the order in using her address as the shipping address. After ordering, I used to contact form on her site to let her know how many orders I was expecting and where they were from.

My first purchase was the ‘Arjeta’ silk-jersey dress from Tory Burch which was reduced from $348 USD to $174 USD. I thought this would be a great dress to wear to the office in summer.

My second purchase was the ‘Palais’ dress from BCBG Max Azria which cost $248 USD. This is the one that I wanted to wear to my formal event.

I needed my dresses in a hurry, so Fiona ensured that they were sent via USPS International Express Mail. This option cost me around $50 USD for 3.5 pounds (approx 1.5kgs) including tracking (as opposed to approx $30 USD for First Class mail with no tracking) and the dresses arrived within five business days of being posted!

I was very happy with the dresses and thought the fabric quality was amazing. The best part was that I didn’t have to worry about seeing anybody else walking down the street in the same clothes (how often have you seen this with Country Road or Cue dresses?!)! More importantly, I felt like I was able to get a much higher quality garment for my money from the US than what I could buy for an equivalent price in Australia.

Shopaholiques is very good value for the service Fiona provides. She charges a base rate of $20 to forward one package, then $2 per additional package to consolidate. You then pay the shipping costs and Paypal fees on top of that. I was very impressed with the personal service that I received. Fiona is very organised, replies to emails within 24 hours and is super-friendly, helpful and reliable. I would definitely use her service again and am already planning my next order!

Tips for shopping for clothing online:

  1. Measure, measure, measure!  – utilise the measurement charts provided by stores to ensure the perfect fit.
  2. Order early if you need your clothing for a special occasion – the whole process of ordering and parcel forwarding usually takes a minimum of 1-2 weeks. If you need something urgently, plan ahead and use premium mail services to avoid mail delays.
  3. Take advantage of opposing seasons – You can make great savings by buying winter stock in the US end-of-season sales just as it is arriving in stores in Australia
  4. Check the return policy – if your order arrives and isn’t what you expected, make sure you can easily send it back for a refund/exchange.
  5. Utilise rewards sites for cashback – one thing the US does well is coupons and cashback. Sites such as eBates offer a percentage of your purchase back as cash on every order from a wide range of retailers.

Three things I love – black patent leather, clutches and Mimco. So fair to say that as soon as I saw this, I had to have it. I’ve also wanted an oversized envelope clutch as soon as I even heard they existed. I blame Ashley Olsen (or is that Mary-Kate?!) for making them look so good. 

Unfortunately I’m on a strict boyfriend-enforced no-buy. He also doesn’t understand clutches. The conversation always goes something like this:

BF: “Why do you want a big bag without any handles?”

*demonstration of me tucking the clutch under my armpit, then pretending to drink champagne and shake hands/wave to my friends/put on lipstick at the same time*

Me: “See, it’s better than a bag with handles. And look how much lip gloss I can fit in here!”

Needless to say it was a great surprise when I came home on our 7th anniversary to this:

Made from patent cow leather…

I love the spring-loaded lock…

…and the slots for credit cards and ID…

…and the zipper at the top so that nothing falls out.

The Mimco Molten Envelope Clutch retails for $229 and is available in Black, Russian Red and Camel (all patent leather). Purchase online at www.mimco.com.au or in person at a Mimco boutique or David Jones store.