Luxury: Top 5 Clarins Products


I mentioned recently in my second 30 Before 30 video, that as I get older I am more and more focused on taking care of myself, and that one such area is skincare. I have always known that I should really take better care of my skin, but in a lot of ways I have spent the previous 29 years treating my epidermus really badly. I have resolved that moving forward, I will do my best to take better care of my skin, and a key ingredient to this (besides resolve to actually doing it) is Clarins.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Clarins is a French luxury cosmetics company founded in 1954, which manufactures prestige skincare, makeup and fragrance products with a strong focus on the use of botanical elements. I have tried many different skincare products in my time, but none have ever felt as good on my skin, or smelled as divine, as the Clarins range does.

In order to change things up a little, today I thought that I would do quick reviews of my top 5 Clarins products currently in rotation in my skincare routine. (more…)

Braddon Tailors Store Opening


Tonight I attended the opening of the Braddon Tailors flagship store in the Ori Buliding in Braddon.

The opening of the store represents a positive leap forward for Canberra’s fastest developing menswear destination, and gave existing customers and those interested in the label and opportunity to see the exciting new retail space in the heart of Canberra, as well as to congratulate owner Pip Morgan and his team on this exciting next step. (more…)

Wardrobe Stories: Braddon Tailors


I have been lusting after a custom order from Braddon Tailors since I first met Pip Morgan, the founder of the label, back in March of 2014. Everything about that initial meeting cemented in my head that Braddon Tailors was something new on the Canberra menswear scene, and destined for great things.

This year I took the plunge and purchased my first piece from Braddon Tailors, just in time for Fashfest 2015. (more…)

Staycation: QT Canberra


Fashfest is over for another year, and while I had a blast covering the event for my Blog and I’m already looking forward to and planning for Fashfest 2016; what most people don’t realise about an event like this is that it is hard work. As a Blogger attending a fashion show you’re expected (and rightfully so) to cover the event in sufficient detail, which means being present pre-show for traditional Media coverage, engaging with the collections shown while simultaneously capturing them on camera, battling all the other Bloggers for best picture, best post, best outfit; and of course to actually write, edit and post Blog posts, instagram pictures, and anything else you might feature.

Don’t get me wrong, I love every minute of this, but this doesn’t change the fact that it is hard work.

As such, it was a delight to be treated to a night of accommodation at QT Canberra for the final night of Fashfest 2015, meaning that I could turn the last 24 hours of Fashfest into a staycation while I devoted my time to covering the event.

MaterialByproduct Performace/presentation of Clover by Susan Dimasi

20150209_aOn Tuesday evening last week I joined a handful of Canberra’s dedicated to the pursuit of luxury for a very special presentation of the MaterialByproduct collection ‘Clover’ at the Department of the Exterior boutique in Manuka Plaza.

Owner and self-described luxury-enabler Susan Taylor invited designer Susan Dimasi to the store to present her current collection to her Canberra customers; a rare opportunity for patrons to hear the details and journey of a collection straight from the designer’s mouth. (more…)

Wardrobe Stories: MaterialByproduct Silk Scarf


I received a text message yesterday from Susan Kelly of Department of the Exterior, informing me that my silk scarf from MaterialByproduct had arrived in store and was ready to be collected.

Unfortunately I did not get a proper chance to thank Susan for all her help, as I parked incredibly illegally to run in and collect the beautiful silk piece, dashing out of the boutique with the scarf wrapped in delicate white tissue and promising all sorts of artisnal fun to be had. I knew from the moment that I saw the amazing woven ribbon print that designer Susan Dimasi produced for MaterialByproduct’s contribution to Melbourne Now; that I wanted to own something from the collection. Now I do.