Exploring In Lace

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Last week I went on a trip with my family to spend a few days away in Phillip Island. A little over an hour from Melbourne, it is a very popular tourist spot in Victoria, but I had never been there before. Even though (or should I say especially because?) it was cold, I had an awesome time and really recommend going there for a few days if you can. Seeing the penguins come out of the ocean at night, bringing food for their babies, was probably the highlight of my week there. So adorable!

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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…

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.

          

Topshop Emporium Preview

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The guys from Trolley’d mixing some cool-looking cocktails

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Topshop ambassadors pose for photos

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With the lovely ladies from E.S. Empire

It was about time Melbourne CBD got its own Topshop store. Years after the brand arrived in Australia, Melburnians still had to go down to Chapel St. or Highpoint to shop the best in British high street fashion. Not anymore. Tomorrow, July 24th, Topshop/Topman Emporium will open its doors at 10am. The day will be celebrated with many festivities, including breakfast treats, music and the opportunity to win vouchers of up to $200 for the first fifty people queuing up.

MissMatchy was invited for a Media Preview earlier today, and so I thought I’d share some pictures ahead of tomorrow’s official launch. Bloggers and media people had a chance to see the store before the general public, have some refreshments, jam to a cool DJ set, get their hair spruced up at a mini L’Oreal salon, snap some pictures and hang out with the Topshop ambassadors – blogger Lisa Hamilton (See Want Shop), author Zöe Foster-Blake, musician Nathaniel Willemse, actress Isabelle Cornish, blogger Luc Weisman (D’Marge) and actor Sean Keenan.

Before all of that we were each taken on a tour of the new store, which looks amazing and it’s huge – the biggest one in the southern hemisphere. Apparently, the only ones that are bigger are the London and New York stores.

The lower ground floor is dedicated exclusively for Topman and offers absolutely everything the boys need – from basics and activewear to shoes, accessories and suits. It’s got more than enough to distract the men while the girls shop up a storm upstairs.

With two levels dedicated to them, the ladies could easily get lost in all of the options. To make shopping easier, the amazing team at Topshop have merchandised the store into smaller areas – each reflecting a particular trend. My favourite section was “London Loves”, an edit by the Topshop Headquarters team of the best the store has to offer. It was there I found a blush trench coat made out of a neoprene-like fabric that I just had to bring home with me. Another cute little corner is “Once We Were Young”, a selection of vintage pieces looking for a new home (so Melbourne!). Make sure you also check out the boho section, previously called “Folk” but now renamed “Rumours” for its homage to Stevie Nicks. The prints are divine!

But while you are getting lost in the racks, don’t forget to also notice the incredible architecture. Many of the store’s windows open to an alleyway that just adds a trademark Melbourne touch like nothing else would… So get down to Topshop/Topman Emporium tomorrow and see it all for yourself!

Topshop/Topman Emporium Ground Floor – Emporium Melbourne 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne (open 10am-9pm this Friday)