sidewalk fashion // hercules style

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Wearing Alice McCall dress, heels by Manning Cartell, bracelet by Hermes 

& carrying Louis Vuitton louise handbag

 

As the name suggests, the Hercules Pillars dress by Alice McCall was sure to attract some attention. What I love about this dress is the look of the hand-drawn ink pattern on the front of the dress and the exaggerated shoulders which felt ‘armour-like’. Being petite, it is often nice to feel a little stronger than usual.

 

My heels by Manning Cartell, checked out the view at Orchard Road, Singapore where shoppers walked and rushed through the hustle and bustle of city life. These shoes with the pointed heel are seriously more comfortable than they look! Wearing my Hermes H bracelet and carrying my Louis Vuitton LV buckle handbag, I love the simplicity of these two pieces which complement each other with their classic gold and black hardware. Its the classic pieces that I treasure the most in my wardrobe!

 

 

Photo credits | oneclickwonders

 042 032We were super excited and delighted when we received an invitation from Samantha Wills and the McGrath Foundation to join them for morning tea at the Samantha Wills headquarters in Sydney. 

Those of you familiar with Samantha Wills will know her as the local girl made good, having started making jewellery at home and selling them at markets in Paddington, Samantha’s star has risen fast and she is now based in New York City, with many of her pieces seen on celebrities worldwide and she counts Bloomingdales and Shopbop as two of her many stockists worldwide.

Throughout her journey, Samantha has remained grounded and down to earth and has always been very engaged with her customers, through social media.  When she addressed the crowd at the morning tea, Samantha explained how important the association with the McGrath Foundation is to her, that success for her, means being able to join forces with organisations like the McGrath Foundation to help those who are genuinely in need and to make a positive difference to those lives.

Following Samantha, Tracy Bevan, co-founder of the McGrath Foundation addressed the gathering and shared her very personal story of how she and best friend, Jane McGrath started the foundation when Jane was first diagnosed with breast cancer at 31, and the importance of having nurses who are specifically trained in the management and treatment of cancer and the vital role they play for patients with cancer and their families. 

Tracy also spoke about Curve Lurve, a national breast health awareness initiative designed specifically for young women.  The goal is to communicate the importance of breast awareness, and empower young women to care for their bodies and to embrace their curves. Curve Lurve encourages women to be comfortable with their breasts right from the start, and to make caring for them a priority and enjoy better health and wellbeing as a result. Attendees were also encouraged to visit the Curve Lurve van that was located on site to learn more about breast cancer. 

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Following the presentations, we mingled and chatted about all manner of things.  The Samantha Wills team (in particular Lara) did a magnificent job organising the main table. It was signature Samantha Wills gorgeousness, full of beautiful fresh blooms in the softest pinks and creams and the yummiest macarons (from Laduree no less), delectable croissants and pastries, savoury quiches and the best looking vanilla sponge cake I’ve ever laid eyes on. And it tasted as good as it looked.  Check out the photos below.

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A massive thank you to Samantha and her amazing team of women – Rachel, Charis, Liz, Lara to name a few and Tracy Bevan and her Curve Lurve team for a beautiful heartwarming morning tea.

We came away with a greater appreciation of the importance of sharing our success with the organisations and people who genuinely need assistance, as well as the importance of supporting brands like Samantha Wills that go out into the community and make positive contributions. 

With strong tenacious women like Samantha and Tracy leading the charge, we can see customers being better informed and more conscious about the choices they make in terms of who and how they buy. As Vivienne Westwood says “buy less, choose well.”

 You can view Samantha Wills exquisite jewellery here

You can find out more about the McGrath Foundation here and Curve Lurve here

fine jewellery // is where its at

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Fine jewellery is where its at, at the moment. Speaking for myself, I have been a fan of fine jewellery for quite some time. What I love about fine jewellery is that it is not fussy, its not obvious, in your face, look at me bling. Instead it is quiet, subtle and does not get in the way of me doing things.

At Luxe, we are fortunate to have two main fine jewellery lines. The first is Pink Lou Lou, which is based in Tasmania in Australia. Skye Campbell (the designer of Pink Lou Lou) makes sentimental nostalgic jewellery from her heart and her childhood.  She references many of her childhood memories – like the love knot ring (see above) and traditional emblems – like the four leaf clover or horseshoe for good luck.

All Pink Lou Lou jewellery start with a sterling silver base and is then either gold plated or rose gold plated. Each piece is thoughtfully packaged in Pink Lou Lou’s crisp white and bold neon pink packaging and jewellery pouch. 562916_241953302621534_1980471129_n

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Our second fine jewellery label is By Charlotte.  Created by Charlotte Blakeney, who is perhaps more well known as one of Australia’s leading make up artists with magazine covers like Vogue and Harpers Bazaar to her many credits, By Charlotte is the result of Charlotte’s lifetime of travel and passion for making women feel beautiful.

Charlotte has created a truly spirited line of jewellery that embodies a feeling of grace and beauty. The lotus flower emblem used throughout Charlotte’s range is a symbol of purity and new beginnings, and is central to the cultures Charlotte admires most and represents the philosophy of By Charlotte.

Each piece of By Charlotte comes wrapped in her beautiful cloth jewellery pouch which resembles a flower when tied up. 

By Charlotte is available here | Pink Lou Lou is available here

Photo credits | Google and By Charlotte

sandro paris

One of my favourite french luxury labels has opened up in Singapore!

 

I had the pleasure of attending the Sandro store launch at an exclusive media event. Gorgeous, feminine and versatile, I’ve had my eye on this label since my first trip to Paris many years ago. Now it has opened up in my neighborhood in Singapore and I couldn’t be happier! The brainchild of designers Evelyn and Didier Chetrite, a husband and wife team, Sandro opened its first store in the hip and fashionable district of Le Marias in Paris. Later, their son Ilan joined the ranks and is responsible for putting Sandro’s menswear line on the fashion map. Sandro now has an amazing 202 boutique worldwide and still counting! 

 

Sandro women’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection features details such as lace and gracefully cut fishnet on clean lines and silhouettes that exemplify the modern feminine woman. The men’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection exudes a modern take on the late 1980s grudge and rave style while still maintaining modern tones on classic styles. 

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The new Sandro store at ION Orchard (#03-08) Singapore

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Front window display at Sandro

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Gorgeous details on this Sandro leather jacket

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Beautiful Spring/Summer 2014 pieces on the racks at Sandro

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One of my favourite dresses from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection at Sandro

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Model display at Sandro

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My favourite pair of heels at Sandro

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Love the vibrant colors of the Sandro leather goods collection

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Beautiful color blocking on display at Sandro

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There’s something for the men too at Sandro

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I’m with the beautiful Tashah Shahrom of PR company, Access Communications who organized an amazing event

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Sandro, located at ION Orchard, Singapore, Level 3 Shop 18.

Go check it out!

All store pics taken by | miss luxe