My #UNISTYLE Challenge

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One of the things I’ve loved the most about growing up and into my own skin is developing my personal style. It feels great learning how to portray on the exterior the person I am inside, and this is one of the main reasons why I’m so interested in fashion. Leaving my house in a great outfit, with my hair, nails and  makeup done, always makes me happier and more confident. I’d love to say I’m so self-assured in who I am and what my style is that I don’t ever feel like changing to please anyone, but I’m not there yet.

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I Dreamed A Dream

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Lady Petrova Waterfalls dress
Topshop trench coat
Karl Lagerfeld for Melissa Shoes Incense heels
Topshop leather clutch
Jolie & Deen crystal ring
Swarovski crystal earrings

Yesterday the boyfriend and I finally went to see Les Miserábles. The book has been one of my all-time favourites ever since I first read it, many years ago, and I loved the movie too. Seeing it live has been on my bucket list for ages, so needless to say, I was really excited. The musical closes in Melbourne on the 20th, and then will tour Perth and Sydney in 2015. I’m really glad I got to see it, even though I left red-faced from crying so much. The story is as touching as ever, with great performances by the Australian cast and epic music that makes every hair on your body stand on end. If you have the chance to go see Les Mis, do it. It’s worth every cent.

To celebrate such a special occasion, I decided to wear my new Lady Petrova Waterfalls dress for the first time. By now you all probably already know that “being good to twirl around in” is totally one of my pre-requisites when buying new clothes, and this dress is perfect for it. The loose fit is quite different to what I usually wear, but the great thing about it is that it never made me feel big or shapeless. And to make it all even more fun, I paired it with my ice-cream heels from the Karl Lagerfeld collaboration with Melissa Shoes. I also appealed to my trusty trench coat from Topshop to keep me dry when it started pouring in the afternoon. Luckily it stopped raining just long enough for us to take a few pictures…

Melko: A Slice of Brazil In Melbourne

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Ever since I moved to Australia in 2008 I have never gone back to Brazil. It’s crazy, and homesickness doesn’t even begin to describe what it feels like, but every now and then I find something that makes it more bearable. Walking into Melko for the first time was similar to what I imagine going home will be like. Located in bustling Fitzroy, the boutique is a slice of South America down under. I was welcomed by an array of colour, warmth and simple happiness as soon as I entered. It was as if the sun had decided to accompany me inside in an attempt to hide from the miserable weather on the street. I dropped my umbrella at the door and all of a sudden the colourful kaleidoscope had transported me back home.

The great team who works there had a lot to do with it, of course, making me feel very welcomed as they guided me through the store’s every offering. (A special thanks goes to the lovely Sarah who spent hours giving me a hand with everything. You’re a gem!) With a great selection of brands sourced directly from Brazil, it is no wonder that Melko has found a way to translate the Brazilian essence through clothes and accessories. From the very traditional Brazilian açaí beads, which are made into jewellery in a myriad different colours, to the clothes’ fabrics and shoe offerings, it all celebrates diversity and helps bring Melbourne fashion into a new international level.

Usually, I don’t identify with Brazilian fashion as much, even though I love it. I’m not a very colourful dresser, always prefer winter clothes to summer ones, and generally steer away from anything that looks handmade. Yet, I was still able to find things I loved and that complemented my wardrobe really well. I was already a fan of a few of the brands they stock, and the ones I discovered that day have  become instant favourites.  Some of them are: Totem, Farm, Uma, Mel by Melissa Shoes, Colcci, Arezzo and Tun.

That day I even learned how to wear my açaí beads necklace in ways I have never thought of before, and I am now finally able to incorporate them into looks that are more my style. My love of Mel Shoes is well-known, on the other hand, so it was also a lot of fun to be able to try on all of the new season’s styles, especially because unlike Melissa, Mel doesn’t have a physical store in Melbourne yet. And don’t even get me started on the jewellery, all made out of incredible materials such as rubber and recycled paper. I wanted to take them all home with me. In the next couple of weeks I plan of showing you different ways of styling the things I ended up choosing.

This family owned business has now expanded into four locations scattered throughout Melbourne. Wherever they are, their goal is to brighten the lives of locals by bringing them the best that South America’s designers have to offer. If you haven’t visited Melko yet, make sure you do, especially if you are after unique Christmas gifts. Here’s where you can find them:

18 Howey Place, Melbourne

3/232 Brunswick Road, Fitzroy

2/102 Gertrud Street, Fitzroy

2/599 Malvern Road, Hawksburn

Melko.com.au | Facebook | Instagram

          

Friday Favourites: The Chanel Pre-Fall 2015 Show

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Every Friday I will be writing about something that jumped out at me during the week or just about my favourite things in general. For the first instalment of MissMatchy’s Friday Favourites, I want to talk about Chanel’s latest runaway show, which took place in Salzburg (Austria) last Tuesday, December 2nd.

This collection just became one of my all-time favourites because truthfully, if I had to spend the rest of my life having only those clothes hanging in my wardrobe, I would wear them time and time again and would still die the happiest person that ever lived. For the first time in seasons Mr. Lagerfeld managed to appeal to my own sense of style with a collection that was pure magic. So theatrical it was almost costume-y (something I truly adore), the Christmas-like show was never a cliché, sparkling bright with a hint of fairytales and filled with a childhood nostalgia for a life we never had.

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The moment this little white number appeared I thought I was having a heart-attack. Okay, ‘m being a little dramatic, but I could honestly feel my heart doing a maniacal dance of recognition: I feel this look represents every bit of who I am as well as exactly who I want to be.

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Yet, if I could pick one piece from this entire collection to add to my wardrobe, it would be this floral cape. I have no words to express how utterly amazed by it I am.

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Even the menswear looked dreamy. In fact, if my boyfriend showed up wearing a version of this outfit I would either: a) drop dead, or b) have to marry him on the spot.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, the entire show is available on Youtube for the mere mortals among us who could not score an invitation to the soirée. Watch it below and let me know which look was favourite in the comments section.

(Images via Vogue.com)

          

Foxy

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Wearing French Connection fox t-shirt, Glassons black jeans, Topshop blazer, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon Heart shoes, Medusa black clutch, Lovisa earrings and flower ring, Jolie & Deen love ring and Mac Sultana patentpolish lip pencil.
(Photos by Gabriel Herrok.)

Deciding what to wear to the Topshop Emporium launch was a little difficult, I admit. It was the first event I was invited to as a real blogger, so of course I wanted to make a good impression. I had planned a completely different outfit, but just before going to bed on Wednesday night, the little fox on this French Connection t-shirt smiled at me and all of a sudden I knew what I should wear. The tricky thing was putting together something that was very Topshop and yet very me at the same time. You’d think it’d be easier,  considering that a third of my wardrobe is made up of Topshop pieces, but no. In a situation like this you’d want to fit in, while still standing out and showcasing your personal style. As a said, tricky. Luckily, I ended up loving what I was wearing and feeling super comfortable in it, which really is the most important thing. You’ll never feel confident enough if you’re wearing something uncomfortable.