Monday, 6 July 2015

TWILIGHT HOUR








Kookai Hat | Kookai Weekend Funnel Top | Glassons Drop Crotch Pants | Boohoo Kate Belted Shawl Coat | Nike Air Max Thea | MAC Soar Liner with Phiolosophy Daquiri Lipgloss 

Excuse my awfully odd looking legs in the first photo but I have literally been in love with all things plum, a beautiful purple shade reminding me about the wonders of midnight. 

Today's outfit was a mixture of sports luxe on the bottom and sophisticated boho-luxe at the top! I decided to have a mini haul at Kookai, which was where I picked up my gorgeous floppy hat and mahogany turtle neck at an amazing 70% off! Thus, I ended up buying 2 pairs of turtle necks and two other hats, and a few other bits and bobs at Kookai's Bondi store! 

Turtle necks, as I've explained before are probably my favourite pieces of clothing this winter, and I'm sure i'll be carrying them into summer, for those colder days of the season. I nearly have every colour under the sun, and all in different textures. Today I matched mine with a pair of baggy harem styled pants from Glassons, and tucked them in - I usually like wearing them out and on top of some black pants or jeans, but if I'm feeling extra special I'll wear mine with a skirt, for that super sexy Kim K look. 

Hope you guys enjoy appreciate the gorgeous shots I got of the sunset, if you look carefully the sky even emits multiple shades of plums and blues - what a sight! 


Enjoy m'loves xo


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Erroyl: Mechanical Excellence

"Erroyl are making their first mark; and it's beyond perfect - they're truly making watch history."


It's quite rare to find the perfect accessory to match a casual outfit, whilst being practical and efficient. Whenever I am out and about, I usually need to check the time as I like to pack in a tight day then unwind when the hustle and bustle is over. Having a statement watch or accessory has always been my go-to item when I want to accentuate a simple outfit, and being on-the-go, I've been desperate to find something minimalistic, yet statement-esque and stick to a budget. In light of this, I was delighted to have received the answer to my prayers in a beautiful leather package from the lovely guys over at Erroyl

From it's sophisticated name to it's quality pieces, Erroyl is only a 1 year old Australian brand that have completely outdone themselves for such a young company. For a brand to have boomed at such an early stage is truly an achievement, and there is no surprise as their timepieces are extremely elegant, thoroughly refined and subtly intelligent. Thus receiving one of their best selling pieces (who am I kidding, they're ALL best sellers!), was such an honour.

I apologise for the miniature hiatus, but I was waiting to get my hands on this amazing watch now that it's back in stock, and come back with a BANG along with my very first review. Now, I'm not much of a watch fanatic, but I was thrilled to learn some new terminologies within the watch-lovers dictionary and be able to tell you all about them, whilst giving you a non-conventional angle into the E30 Heritage White and Erroyl in general.

Whenever I purchase products, I always take into consideration the effort and dedication a company puts into their packaging. It's somewhat an extra gift in itself and is a great introduction to the company and what they stand for. When I opened my overly stuffed package (which is a good thing!), I was greeted by a beautiful black and white box, and on the inside a full leather box holding the watch. Even though there are several layers to get to the watch, I was assured it was in perfect condition and was already radiating that luxe-appeal in a watch costing $1k+, whilst this watch comes in at a modest $400AUD. Value? Check. First Appearance? Check.

Nonetheless once I tried it on, I was instantly impressed with it's robust and high quality leather straps. The face of the watch, which is the money shot mind you, features about a dozen concentric circles which make the watch sparkle just a tad more than average, a lovely addition and certainly a unique element. Turning the watch over, I was surprised to see the actual mechanical additions of the watch that moved along with my wrist. It was lovely to witness this, as normally the back of watches houses the batteries, and is quite plain.

Now on to the styling of the watch, which was probably the most exciting part for me! After pairing the watch with shirts, coats, jumpers, turtle necks and even with my gym clothes, I was certain the watch was insanely versatile. In fact this watch has only been advertised to the male population, but due to it's versatility, I was able to pull it off with about anything - it doesn't scream masculinity nor femininity, which was why my partner was so eager to try it on! He happens to be a doctor and said he could see himself wearing it to the hospital and casually on a daily, so I've included some shots for my male readers!

Once again as I come to a close of this review, I just want to express that I'm not a watch fanatic and don't claim to be, I happened to fall in love with Erroyl as a brand, and their watches which appealed to my style and I believe can morph into anyones style. Below I've listed some pros and cons for this particular piece and quickly explain why having an automatic watch in your collection could be beneficial, and I'll go through some issues with a deployment strap.

Pros
  • Versatility - a unisex watch that can practically enhance any outfit. A simplistic watch speaking volumes of elegance. Crisp, clean, minimalistic design; appropriate sizing at 40mm; brilliant attention to detail.
  • Luxury for less - starting price $400AUD. This watch has all the trimmings of a high quality watch at generally a much higher price point including a genuine leather strap, sapphire crystal front and back.
  • Deployment Strap - luxe appeal oozes out of a deployment strap, the details are eccentric and unique. 
Packaging - extra protection for your watch, and an additional appreciation for brand. Packaging also includes a gorgeous glossy booklet, authenticity card, cleaning cloth and 2 year warranty card. These guys really put a lot of effort into their packaging which is a great bonus on top of the gorgeous watch you get! 
  •  Mechanical/ Automatic movement - has a real appeal to the more avid watch crowd, the watch is powered by an automatic Miyota movement, which is on full display beneath the sapphire crystal case back. Having an automatic movement piece, practically means you don't ever have to worry about purchasing batteries, ever.
  • Appreciation and support for a proudly Australian micro-brand.
Cons
  •  Automatic watch - If not working or using regularly, it needs to be wound/ readjusted accordingly. 
  •  Due to the subtle unisex feel the watch has, this may not be the perfect watch for some guys out there wanting an all masculine look. However, it's great that it doubles up as a unisex watch with it's beautiful and subtle designs. 
  • Deployment strap - may take a while to get used to, and can be quite fidgety on first appearance. 






 Boohoo Kate Camel Coat | Zara Waterfall Cardigan (Similar) | Belt Unknown | Boohoo Melissa Ribbed Turtle Neck Dress | Glassons Disco Pants | Erroyl E30 Heritage White | Cartier Love Rings | Michael Kors 'MK' Ring | Fendi '2Jours' Medium Bag | Boots by Spurr via The Iconic (Similar)

Hope you enjoyed this entry m'loves! xo


Sunday, 7 June 2015

WINTER.

It's officially the first week of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and I'm sure you're all wondering what on earth to do with your summer clothes? Well, I guess I'm here to give you that spark of inspiration that could possibly help cleanse your wardrobe and inject some staple pieces for the icy months ahead without breaking the bank! 
Bear in mind this is a quick and snappy post to keep you all up to date with my musings and help all the fashion-ista's out there on a budget pick their essential pieces for this season. However, if you're not on a budget, I have listed some little luxuries for you all to explore!
I know for a fact I enjoy minimising and cutting out the clutter in my wardrobe, so having a list of essentials for every season sorted helps me decide on what I should be spending my money on. It really helps me be on trend without buying anything unnecessary. 
Feel free to click on the links which will take you to my top pick of quality items between $20-100!

Buy less, choose well!


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The Camel Coat

Whilst the camel coat (buy my piece from, here, alternatively, and for those not on a budget) was in trend a few years back, it has managed to shift it's way as a staple piece for every fashionista's wardrobe. There are countless ways you can wear this gorgeous colour, but I strongly suggest wearing it with an all black ensemble. Taking it up a notch though, I'm definitely also imagining a white crisp shirt look matched with either black weggings (wet-look leggings) and a grey marle jumper over the top (under $130 piece). Carrying this into the summer? I suggest pairing it with a white basic t-shirt and boyfriend jeans, sports-luxe with relaxed sneakers or casual chic with nude heels or comfortable flats. 

Guys, take note too! Wear yours over your shoulders or layer it on top of a tailored suit for extra warmth finalising your dapper winter look. I suggest wearing it as your final layer over a dark business suit or have this draped across your shoulders with an all black ensemble. Alternatively, you can imitate the photo provided above; casual jumper & white shirt combo and dark jeans.


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The Turtle Neck

The turtle neck has always proved to be the perfect winter essential. Experiment with different colours and textures, from pastel blue to thick and chunky turtle neck sweaters. Don't be afraid to go up a size or two and tuck yours into a pencil skirt or jeans. Make sure you balance the chunky-ness out with fitted bottoms complimenting your figure.
I strongly suggest you purchase a good quality turtle neck in a range of colours as they can be used with any outfit throughout the winter AND summer. Alternatively, here are my top picks of knits for the savvy budget-er and the splurge-er (mind you, they're all under $100!).

Material-wise, I would steer towards Angora or normal cotton for winter, or even the cotton ribbed material, as these prove to be warmer than the viscose types out there. Viscose tends to stick firmly to your body and be quite cold when you first put it on, so your turtle necks can be extended during autumn/ spring. Kim K is seen wearing ALOT of these with the same coloured matching skirt. You can all opt for wearing for example, a white turtle neck with a black pencil skirt; office friendly, and when worn with the right heels and make-up, a sultry night-time look, just as Native Fox has done so with a cropped version of a basic black turtle neck. 

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The Cape

Ah! The cape, whilst we may instantaneously think of Dracula's black cape, it doesn't mean we have to stick to that spooky look. The structured cape gives off luxe appeal and keeps your tremendously warm. There are many different variations and styles, so you're free to match up with the statement tailored look above, or a casual blanket look to wrap around you. For a sports luxe look, aim for matching your cape with a light cardigan underneath and fitted pants for a streamlined look finishing off with a pair of polished sneakers. Add a panama and leather boots for a classy dinner-time look!

Shop my all-time favourite capes from, here - or alternatively opt for something cheaper, yet (what I would suggest as) classy from here (get in quick, Witchery sale!), here and here (amazingly priced and on sale, too!). I've also listed my top picks of super reasonably priced blanket capes from here and here ($30 bargain, my literal favourite pick).

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Culottes

The Culottes (here is my favourite, on sale now too!) are your best supported throughout the winter and can practically be worn with all the outfits above due to it's versatility and style. Whilst it billows out from the bottom, the top section aims to show off your waist line! We recommend to wear this with a gorgeous turtle neck tucked in, alternatively you can wear a slight cropped top or shirt left out after the winter is over! Splurge on some cropped ones for summer here, or opt for a budget friendly option here.
Guys, we recommend styling yours slightly more tailored to keep a more masculine streamlined look.

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The Winter Boot

Investing in the perfect winter boots is imperative when complimenting your outfit and of course it keeps your toes warm too! I recommend any pointed toe leather booties that enhance whatever style to aim to portray this winter! Whilst we're going for the streamlined, tailored look, a non-chunky boot is ideal. I'm lusting after the Susanna boots by Chloe from here (priced ridiculously!), but there are many other alternatives from ASOS to The Iconic ranged from $40-$100 that'll keep your bank account healthy! 

Final tip: Don't be afraid to experiment with colour, keep it simple and at 2 items at max which will make any outfit POP!

Enjoy m'loves! Please feel free to share this on Facebook or send to someone who may need to de-clutter their wardrobe and get in shape for winter! xo


Thursday, 28 May 2015

TRATTORIA; A CUT ABOVE YOUR AVERAGE OSTERIA







Prada Sunglasses | Boohoo Melissa Turtle Neck in Black | Cartier Love Rings | Michael Kors Diamond Rose Gold Watch & 'MK' Ring | Saint Laurent 'Sac De Jour' 
Photos taken by myself and my beloved; Dylan Oliver Amali

Whilst I like to stick to writing about fashion and all that dainty stuff, I have several other things I have a penchant for, one of them is; ultimately being myself. I'm taking this writing advocacy as an umbrella shielding the rays of negativity I seem to latch on to in the outside world, and my 'writing advocacy' comes in the form of many different shapes and sizes, spanning across a variety of things besides fashion, so bear with me if I go off on these whims. Although I may have to change my 'About Me' section, I am trying my hardest to stay true to myself, my content and my audience - but there is no doubt I get a tinge of pressure from doing that all at once.

The title of this post may be misleading, but since I opened this blog a couple of days ago, I've had so many supportive comments and suggestions, yet there are also some negative ones. I'm not looking for sympathy or an army of keyboard warriors going after the sources of these negative comments, but hear me out when I say I'm going to be as truthful as I can when I talk about some things on here, whether it be food, life, travel or fashion.

I don't only nurture this blog as a contribution to the fashion world, it's ultimately my own way of combatting some insecurities that seem to reoccur in my head, one too many times more than the average person. So as I mentioned before, my writing comes in an array of shades, some of it may not be as pleasing or thought provoking, and it may not stick to it's outline - but it is my project, my creative outlet that seems to only soar when my mind is in the most somber of places.

Please respect that.

Nonetheless I'll continue as to how my title will relate to this post! I had hoped everyone who read my last post noticed that I didn't only get dressed up to take photos in front of a church (although sometimes I would probably do so), I was out on a lovely dinner date with the man behind the camera, my beloved. It was our 26th month together, and boy that was sure something to be celebrating about. He had planned this for the past week and made a booking at Jamie Oliver's new restaurant; Trattoria in Parramatta, somewhere local (for him). I was so pleased that we managed to get a booking and were on our way to critiquing the hell outta the place - of course only between us!

We were taken upstairs by the host (the restaurant is pretty big), and were seated in a little back corner which was quite cosy. Being me, I usually ask for the best seats in the house (because why not?), but I decided I was content with the hidden area. I obviously started agonising on what I was going to have, as I'm a solid professional in indecisiveness. Nevertheless, I ended up getting the Steak Frites, and he got the Hot Italian Pizza.

After what seemed about 45 minutes, our meals arrived - whilst I would be the one to 'remind' the staff about our orders 20 minutes after ordering, which is fair enough, I decided to let it go as I was in a really good mood. The ambience isn't your Sokyo or Felix, but a cut above your average diner, think Hurricanes on a budget. Anyways, the restaurant was quite busy that day as it was (I think it still is) its first week of opening, so I let it slip. Once we got our food, I was pretty excited - the pizza looked delicious and it certainly tasted so! The crust was beautiful and crispy whilst my steak wasn't up to standard. The steak was a good eat, but the coleslaw it came with made it passable, eating it on it's own was quite saddening.

I think you're expecting me to score this dine aren't you? No, I'm not really educated in critiquing restaurants. Whilst my family has a background in the business of restaurants, I can't really tell everyone what to eat and what not to. I don't plan on writing reviews for restaurants, but I do plan on talking about the things that make me happy and food is definitely one of them. Savour the memories and small things you take for granted in life, because sometimes those delights can be whisked away.

Enjoy m'loves xo


Monday, 25 May 2015

CAMEL COATS AND CATHEDRALS










Prada Sunglasses | Boohoo Melissa Ribbed Dress in Black | Boohoo Kate Belted Coat in Camel | Cartier Love Rings | Michael Kors Diamond Rose Gold Watch | Saint Laurent Small Sac De Jour in Red | Forecast Peplum Pencil Skirt | Chanel Canvas Espadrilles in Navy 
Photos Taken by: My Beloved, Dylan Oliver Amali


Some relevant irrelevancy, I just want to thank each and everyone one of you who visited my blog just only the other day when I decided to hit accelerate, hard on my life and jump start this blog. The overwhelming response has been electrifying to say the least. Mademoisemelle reached over 1500 hits within it's first few hours of officially becoming a live blog! She has truly been spoilt with love and affection. Despite my personal issues, that won't be discussed too much on this post, I have never felt more motivated to uphold the aims of this blog, as a sartorial reverie for all things high street and luxury whilst providing me with an escape into the realm of creativity when life seems a tad too dull to bare. By showing your support, I've managed to hum along to the little beat inside my heart fuelling this little passion of mine. 

Thank you.

Nonetheless, I will continue with the rest of the post, shall I?
Today's little adventure after lunch (which will be in more detail for next time) - me and Dylan (my photographer and arm candy/ accessory, just kidding...) took a stroll around Parramatta's city centre and stumbled across this rather small, yet unique cathedral sandwiched between a car park and Jamie Oliver's new restaurant. After inspecting it's peculiar architecture and beautiful carved characteristics, I immediately knew I had to whip out my camera to enjoy this little monumental gem; who goes by the name of Saint John's Cathedral. 

After looking back at the photos, I realised my coat ended up matching the different brown hues from the door of the cathedral to the walls! It was a cute little reminder for the day that this coat seriously works with everything, and can double up as a transitional statement piece. Now, Boohoo isn't the average place I would go to when purchasing a coat - but after seeing their prices, I knew I had to give it a go. Material-wise, Boohoo reflects it's price, but surprisingly it was extra warm and worked well over the shoulders, left opened and tied up. It's a coat that multi-tasks!  

As for the rest of my attire, I managed to whip out my super old Forecast skirt I purchased for a job interview a while back - I love the peplum detailing, as it covers all my jelly bits whilst it sculpts my behind quite well (cue instagram photo, you'll know what i'm talking about...). I contemplated on wearing a belt with my Boohoo Melissa Ribbed Turtle Neck Dress, but I thought I'd let it look like a one piece, and not have anything breaking up that look, which seems to be quite a popular trend now. The turtle Neck was also surprisingly warm, and I was glad I purchased the Ribbed detailing over the normal cotton/ viscose version, as I was told Ribbed items give that extra bit of warmth! I seriously suggest you upgrade your winter wardrobe by having some turtle neck pieces to wear with some of your summer pants, jeans or skirts as an easy summer to winter transitional piece; turtle necks are seriously on trend at the moment, and will always be a classic basic for your closet. 

Finally, after a lot of thought (10 minutes to be exact), I decided to dress down my feet for this outfit - after all I was just going to lunch and a casual family dinner afterwards, so I didn't want to turn up in heels, although I did think it would really compliment the outfit and give my tiny little frame some height! My Chanel espadrilles are an absolute favourite, ask me what my favourite casual shoes are besides Nikes? My espadrilles. They give me a little bit of height and are stylishly comfortable.

I have decided I will do a detailed review of my Saint Laurent handbag purchased from Reebonz if anyone wants to know in  a video soon - but for now, I enjoy it accompanying me on my dates and shoots, whilst she's not all that subtle in her bright red-ness, she certainly fits with any outfit even if she was bright yellow. It's always such a staple of mine; wearing a pop of colour really makes an outfit shine, just like Saint John and his distinct presence in the heart of bustling Parramatta. Being different can start from the depths of your soul, from wearing something significant to simply putting your best shoes on, and taking one step in the right direction - you shouldn't have to travel too far to show off your individuality. 

Please click on the item names in the section above, and the bolded names for a direct link to the website and credible sources to purchase my outfit! Please let me know if there is an easier or ideal way you would like me to list item details and where I purchased them!

Enjoy m'loves xo