Sunday, 7 September 2014


Friday evening, I had the pleasure of attending Chadstone Shopping Centre's 'Icons of Style ' SS14 Trend Edit with the stunning Olivia Palermo and her husband Johannes Huebl. I'll be covering the event and Olivia's tips and tricks for staying fashionable this season in my next post. For now I'd like to share with you a few outfit shots snapped by the very beautiful and very talented Maddie from 'Little Black Beau'.

Being the poor fashion student that I am, I was forced to stick to a budget of $100.. Ouch right? My look for the night is featured below, scroll down to find out if I broke the bank and to get my trade secret for shopping labels on a budget.

In total the outfit came to $88.90.. which would have been perfect if I hadn't also purchased perfume, 2 new dresses, a new handbag and a new pair of sunglasses. What can I say, I got carried away with the low prices.

Blessed are the meek crop $39.95
Poison white blazer (already owned)
Midi Skirt $16.95
Rubi Shoes Peep Toe Cutout boots $15
Lovisa Rings $10
Lovisa Choker $7

These low prices were mostly found at Trade Secret. A store I'd never really considered until wandering through Spencer Street Outlet Centre one afternoon. I was shocked to find some of my favorite labels at student friendly prices. Definitely worth checking out and since they merchandise by size and category, it makes the experience a lot less overwhelming. For those of you that can't get into a Trade Secret Store, shop the look here.

(Click the links to start shopping)

Midi skirts and dresses are going to be huge for the next few seasons, I love the flattering silhouette it creates when worn with a crop or if you want to appear like you're not wearing teen youth bras, you can take a leaf out of my book and tuck a flowing blouse like my crop from Bless'ed are the Meek and create an optical illusion of a fuller bust.

Voluminous Crop

Worn with a midi or pencil skirt, gives the illusion of a fuller bust.

Cropped White Blazer

Perfect for Spring afternoons and evenings, this also looks amazing when worn with a monochrome outfit or a knock out midi dress. The white blazer is always on trend, don't be afraid to mix staples in your own wardrobe from seasons past with current pieces.

Peep toe cutout boots
 Okay, now while you can get these online, I'd recommend going into the Spencer street Outlet Centre or your equivalent outlet to get the lowest prices.

We are in a time where bricks and mortar stores are struggling to compete with international heavy weights like H&M & TopShop, as well as the online retailers like ASOS and Nastygal. This is a great time for us as consumers as it means that prices will get lower and service will improve as retailers do their best to optimize foot traffic in stores.

Stay tuned for my coverage of the SS14 Icons of Style Trend Edit with Olivia Palermo, Johannes Huebl and the designers from White Suede and Thurley.

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Peace & Love to you all.