Welcome to Fabulous Friday. Every week, I share a little about my week, the good stuff (I’m not into the negative), a little retail therapy and a few fun moments. Then it’s your turn. What made your week? Did you find a fashion bargain? See a great movie? Read an inspirational book? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Best comment wins a fashion and beauty prize.
1. Welcome Borne Naked. So excited to have my first advertiser. It might not mean much to you (except if you are a blogger) but I was really stoked to have this company as my first. Owner Amanda George is a gorgeous business woman who came up with the idea that, yes, women love to own many handbags, but no, we don’t like to swap all our “things” over too often. Solution: clear handbag inserts. You can see what’s in them and you just swap them from one bag to the other. I love Amanda’s 1950s’ inspired branding too. If you want more info – click on the ad at right and tell her I sent you.
2. Speaking of all things vintage style. My fab girlfriend Amy Remeikis (she’s guest blogged here quite a bit and I love her even more for that!) commented on my Neil Grigg post that she wished she’d been around for the days when going out meant wearing a hat, gloves and stockings – no matter where “out” was. And I must admit that after spending a couple of hours with this millinery legend at a masterclass hosted by Buderim milliner Sandy Aslett, I’d have to agree. Accessories really do make an outfit and the hat is the pinnacle. Lucky, I get to unleash my inner vintage and a fabulous new Hats by Sandy A hat at Ladies Oaks Day at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club next week.
3. Buy of the week: Lydia Jewels Signature Flower Collection ($94.50 each). I love Lydia-Jane’s work and was excited to learn this week that she’s made her flower collection her signature item (you know like Tiffany’s silver heart, Louboutin’s scarlet sole, Vivienne Westwood’s artful pirate boots) by releasing a collection of elegant crystal flowers in response to a demand from her loyal fans. Love these daisy flower-shaped earrings, encased with coloured crystal, and a petite rose in the centre. You’ll also find a selection of Lydia Jewels’ pieces in my shop.
4. Lust-have of the week: My problem with some of the lovely people I meet on Twitter (and Lydia-Jane above is one of them!) is that I head to their website and then find myself lusting after their gorgeous products. The problem being I want to buy them! This week I “met” the gorgeous Ruth Hawkins from Ruthy’s Rides. Ruth’s story (and I love how in the online world everyone has a story) is that she’d heard that bikes were back in fashion (no, we’re not talking bikes requiring their riders to wear lycra) and got pretty excited about forgetting the gym, cycling to work, saving $1000s, and getting her girlfriends to buy them too so life would become all about picnics and long weekends in the wine country. She soon found out it wasn’t so simple. “Most bicycles my girlfriends and I found in Australia were either pretty plain or pretty expensive, and we were just looking for pretty. And gears for the hills,” said Ruth. Rather than head back to the gym, she worked out how to bring a range of beach cruiser bikes to Australia herself – and Ruthy’s Rides was born. Prices start from $339 for a ladies cruiser. The Ladies Wiltshire Eurosport 3-speed Cruiser ($799, pictured below) is officially on my lust list.
Special offer: Ruth is offering Styling You readers a 10% discount on all purchases. Just contact her via the website to take advantage. All bikes and accessories are delivered within two-five working days.