Monthly Archives: September 2012

Did I tell you I’m in Perth at the moment? I’m here for the Perth Fashion Festival on behalf of Yen. I’ve been to a few shows, visited a few designers and had about 45 baths (I don’t have one at home so I’m getting my fill at the Hilton.)

On first inspection I wasn’t really sure what to make of Perth. It’s a pretty quiet town and while the people have been beyond lovely, I just couldn’t seem to crack the city and find the type of places I wanted to visit, eat at or shop in. I seem to have unlocked some of the cities mysteries today, or at the very least stumbled across a few gems, so I thought I’d share them with you in case you ever find yourselves in Perth wondering where to get a good coffee, a cute dress or a funny card…

To start the day I headed up King street in the CBD for a coffee and bite to eat at a place I’d read about called Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall. It’s themed on, you guessed it, a mess hall and has a slight (but not gimmicky) M*A*S*H feel to it. It was low key, cool (but not full of tools) and had great coffee. With a caffeine hit and a breakfast brioche under my belt I headed back onto King street to take in a little shopping.

I ducked into Cult Status, fine purveyors of incredible designer accessories, and almost convinced myself I could afford those Balenciaga buckle up shoes.

No buckles for moi

Instead of a pair of thousand dollar boots, I settled for some camp second hand comics at Elizabeth’s Second Hand Bookshop further up the road.

Very Balenciaga AW13 

Travelling deeper into the CBD I came across a twee little store called Pigeonhole who stock, amongst other knick-knacks, a pretty cute collection of cards by Able and Game (who are actually from Melbourne…ah well.)

Better get ready

Later on a recommendation I headed out to Claremont to discover the very cool Poppy Lissiman store. Stocked with Opening Ceremony,  Antik Batik, Mara Hoffman swimwear and Poppy’s own eponymous label (which is all cute prints and kicky dresses) this is definitely my kinda store.

My kinda twinset at Poppy Lissiman

Some other Perth notables included Zara Bryson for great Equipment and Wildfox pieces and designers One Fell Swoop – who I’ll tell you a little more about another time.

So there you have it…Poppets slap dash Perth guide. Eat your heart out Lonely Planet.


I have a mah-assive scented candle obsession. I’m pretty much always on the hunt for the perfect scent – not too old lady, not too sickly sweet. A couple of months ago I caught up with the lovely Lyndall who started the Aurora Spa Retreat in Melbourne (which by the way looks INCREDIBLE) and she sent me home with one of their brand spanking new soy candles.

Aptly named ‘Relax’ it pretty much smells like the most heavenly day spa ever. I’ve been burning it in intervals ever since, not wanting the day-spa-in-a-candle experience to run out but alas…the wick is barely a nub and I think it may be time for an update.

Sooooo good.

Aurora Spa products available through Mecca Cosmetica

I know, I know…going au naturale is easy when you look like the incredible Pauline Hoarau. But…for those fast approaching summer months, when you’re feeling fresh as a daisy and swimming in the ocean on a daily basis; here’s a few handy, super low fuss hints from resident hair & make up whiz Jasmin Lo to get you feeling and looking extra fresssshhhh.

“Massage your face & neck with an SK-II Facial Hydrating UV Cream spf 15 for daily sun protection.
Spray a little hairspray onto a toothbrush or clean disposable mascara wand, and comb your brows into place.
Dab some Lucas Paw Paw Ointment onto your eyelids & lips.
Pinch your cheeks to get some colour in the apples & bite your bottom lip for an instant natural tint.”

Pauline wears Kahlo jumpsuit and Mania Mania necklace throughtout

 Photographer: Mick BruzzeseStylist: Pip VassettHair, Make-up, Words: Jasmin LoModel: Pauline Hoarau @ Chic

Sorry for the brief hiatus. To make up for a lil lost time, here’s a sweet 50s treat featuring the adorable Bec Bisset at Chic.

From top: 1. C&M by camilla & marc dress, 2. Lover bikini, 3. Maurie & Eve bralette and skirt

Photographer: Mick Bruzzese, Stylist: Pip Vassett, Hair & Make Up: Jasmin Lo, Model: Rebecca Bisset @ Chic



Asos bring the twinset bang up to date with these super cute 90’s inspired numbers.

Reunion Island cutie, Pauline Hoarau, works the look perfectly with a few pairs of House Of Holland frames and her gorgeous natural curls – And all without a string of pearls in sight.

From top; 1. Asos jacket & matching skirt, House Of Holland sunglasses, 2. Asos matching jacket and shorts, Thurley necklance, Diva bracelent, House Of Holland sunglasses

Photographer: Mick BruzzeseStylist: Pip VassettHair & Make Up: Jasmin LoModel: Pauline Hoarau @ Chic 


Our next Golden Boy feature is the hilarious and uber cute Sara Phillips. I remember attending Sara’s first show circa 2009. Full of velvet, feathers and skater skirts, it’s no wonder I was a fan from the very start.

Concentrating on brilliant digital prints and cool, youthful cuts, Sara makes pieces perfect for the bright-young-thing in all of us – but when it comes to her Golden Boy? She can’t look past a sweater stolen from her boyfriend…

 “I love this B-Store men’s grey marle jumper! I actually bought it for my boyfriend but I just could not part with it. Four years later it’s still my go to piece – I love that the seams are not finished and that they roll in on themselves and create their own hem detail. I think I love it so much because it’s so comfortable, it’s just so easy and so oversized that I can layer it over almost anything! “

Portraits: Terence Chin

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