Unless you’ve been living under a fashion rock the past couple of days you would all know by now that Zara has officially arrived in Australia. What’s all the excitement about? Just ask anyone who’s travelled to Europe recently. If you mention you’re heading over there, most don’t let you come back without a little something from this Spanish department store. The key to its success: affordable high fashion which is turned over in store twice a week. I’m heading to Sydney next week and I’ve asked my tour guide, Mrs Woog, to put a trip to Zara on the itinerary. In the meantime, head over to blog Sassybella. They got one of those coveted invites to the opening night preview and have stacks of photos that make you feel like you’ve already visited.
Ok, here’s the part where I beg. I’d really, really like to return to Sydney the following week for Rosemount Australia Fashion Week but Mr Styling You tells me I’ve used up all my travel budget for the foreseeable future. He didn’t reckon on me making it into HP Australia’s Front Row Blogger competition though. To get there, I need your help. I need votes. The winner will be chosen from the five most popular at the close of voting on April 27. I’m not the sweet, young thing I used to be … so I’m easy to spot in the voting line-up. A vote for me though is a vote for fashion you’d actually wear. If I’m front row at RAFW, then you’ll get the lowdown on the trends worth trying … umm, particularly if you are of a certain … age. All you need to do is log-on to Facebook and head over to the HP Australia page, click on the Front Row Blogger tab and find me. Oh, and any sharing you can do is much, much appreciated.
And in other news
Benefit opens its first Queensland Brow Bar. Yep, you heard correctly. From today (April 21), you can get your brows tamed (no appointment necessary) by the Benebabes at Myer Brisbane City. Got to love that.
Also happening in Myer Brisbane City is the opening of Make Up Store today (April 21). Head makeup artist for Australia, Maria Gabriel will be on hand to talk you through this cult Swedish collection. Celebrity fans include Gwen Steffani and Pink, while Dannii Minogue loves Makeup Store eyelashes.
In Sydney on Tuesday, Megan Gale helped open Red Threads in Paddington, the ultimate in op-shops. To support further Red Cross initiatives and to ensure that more emergency volunteers are trained and disaster preparedness plans are put in place, the charity has opened this new concept fashion store, selling new and premium recycled clothing. Top Australian designers such as Romance was Born, Scanlan and Theodore, Collette Dinnigan, Sass and Bide, Carla Zampatti, Alannah Hill and Tigerlily, have generously donated their current stock for shoppers to snap up at Red Threads for bargain prices. Red Threads is opposite the Paddington Markets.
Katy Perry is almost here and thanks to ghd, I’ve just earned the mother of the year title by taking my teenage daughter with me to her Brisbane concert on May 15. Am practising my best rendition of Firework to embarrass her and will attempt to recreate this boho chic Katy Perry/ghd look below for the night. Katy’s just signed with ghd as part of ghd’s 10th anniversary and I’m a little bit jealous (and not just because she’s married to Russel Brand). I mean, this clever arrangement means she seriously will not have a bad hair day. Ever. You can avoid them too – buy a ghd styler from your ghd salon between now and April 26, you can enter to win tickets to Katy’s show AND a meet and greet with the lady herself – for more info visit www.ghdhair.com.au
World Earth Day is tomorrow (April 22) and there’s a couple of ways you can show your support and get a beauty fix at the same time. Kiehl’s has collaborated with musician/producer wunderkind Pharrell Williams to develop a limited-edition eco tote (constructed using nine recycled plastic bottles) in order to stress the importance of minimising waste and maximising recycling efforts. Head into a Kiehl’s store or counter and purchase an eco-sized product (either 500ml or 1L … think Kiehl’s favourites Crème de Corps, Amino Acid Shampoo and Calendula Toner) and you will receive one of your very own Pharrell Williams-designed eco-tote. But wait, there’s even more … bring in any of your old empty skincare bottles and Kiehl’s will recycle them for you and in exchange give you’re a deluxe sample of your choice (valued up to $15).
Origins is also giving back to the environment and its customers. Today (April 21), ANYONE who goes into a Kit Cosmetics store or visits a Kit Cosmetics counter and brings hands over their current cleanser or skincare product (full, empty or even half used), will have the product recycled for them by Kit and in exchange they will receive a brand new, full-sized Origins cleanser FREE. You have the choice of receiving either the Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash (valued at $38) or the Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Cleanser With White Tea (valued at $43).
Happy Easter everyone. I’ll still be blogging across the break … and sneaking on Twitter and Facebook when I get a chance. Come say hi. Oh, and don’t forget to vote.