Archive | November, 2011


23 Nov

I’m a sucker for high heels. I blame my Capricorn zodiac; clearly, the mountain-goat in me has a cosmic and biological imperative to aim for maximum elevation at all times. Unfortunately, such a lofty ambition has complete disregard for the fact that (a) I’m the sort of girl who likes to do high-kicks (and just generally kick things) as part of the day-to-day; and (b) I carry out the former without any hint of grace, balance, or poise.  Thank goodness for the existence of the wedge heel, otherwise my life would undoubtedly be one endless string of Jessica-Stam-in-Chloe-Heels moments.

Obviously, I cannot resist any shoe that is both beautiful and practical, in manner of Swedish furniture, ideal husband, etc. Thus:

Printed Wedges by Theodora & Callum for Stuart Weitzman from Shopbop

The latest addition to my wedge collection. I think the rationale at the time was “I need some island-holiday shoes”. Pathetic justification aside, I simply love them. Theodora and Callum (who made a name for themselves with their fabulous printed scarves) collaborated with Stuart Weitzman to produce these as part of a range of punchy, exotic, perfect-for-summer shoes. Happily, I purchased these on sale at Shopbop for a little over a hundred dollars. Mystifyingly, I then found clone-wedges peering out at me from the pages of December Vogue for $555. In retrospect, it appears that pathetic justification was trend-spotting-fiscal-genius-in-disguise.

Printed Wedges by Stuart Weitzman, Vogue Australia (December Issue)

Talk about cosmic imperative! A clear astrological endorsement of my wedge-shoe-buying if ever I’ve seen one (psst…Shopbop still has some on sale…get in quick).



20 Nov

Leopard denim has been stalking the streets for a while now, and it is one trend that invariably brings to mind a nursery rhyme my mother used to sing to me as a child: “when she was good, she was very very good; but when she was bad she was horrid!”

Yes, much like my infant personality, leopard is a print that tends to swing freely between opposite ends of the likeability spectrum. On the one hand, leopard worn well can be subtle, chic, and alluring. On the other, it can be…well, Jersey Shore.

Leopard + denim then, can often teeter on the edge of dressing disaster (I’ll save my musings on When Bad Denim Happens to Good People for later). Carine Roitfeld shows us how to stay on the chic side of the sartorial divide, keeping her Current/Elliott leopard jeans pared back with flats and a simple tee.

current/elliott leopard denim (via + carine roitfeld (via

Get the look at Shopbop:

Alida tee by Velvet; Leopard Stiletto jean by Current/Elliott; Delta Sandal by K. Jacques. All images via


16 Nov

Summer is well on its way in the southern hemisphere, so if you’re already dreaming about ditching the daily drag for an island vay-cay (a la moi), here are my TOP THREE Etsy picks-o’-the-week to get you on your way.

1. Miu miu arent the only ones to do glitter sunnies – check out these sparkly 1950s babies, only $67.00 from THAYEReyewear.

linen & rainbow glitter 1950s sunglasses from THAYEReyewear

2. Colour! Weaving! Looks like you got it eco-trekking in some amazing far-away country no one’s every heard of! Behold the perfect overnighter for this summer – best of all, it’s fair trade . $170 from Shkaa’la/Love Fair Trade.

fair trade guatamalan bag from Shkaa'la Fair Trade

3. Make like a money-wise mermaid with this gorgeous golden ‘coral’ necklace from  Clever Nettle vintage, $15.

1980s 'coral reef' necklace from Clever Nettle vintage


Lust have – Proenza Schouler PS1

11 Nov

It-bag alert! Proenza Schouler’s PS1 bag in the most divine jewel-tones is my favourite bag of the season. Enter online to win one now from Refinery 29 (and give it to me, pretty please?)Must have - Proenza PS1

Proenza Schouler leather messenger bag
$1,595 –

Proenza Schouler suede handbag
€1.369 –

Proenza schouler bag
$1,595 –

Proenza Schouler studded handbag
$1,225 –

Proenza Schouler satchel handbag
$1,995 –

For the Love of Lucite

11 Nov

Let it be known that lucite jewellery is one of my favourite things ever. Alexandra Blak has recently released an incredible range of lucite jewellery that is all over everywhere in Australia editorials this summer. However, lucite jewellery tends to hail from vintage realms, so you can find some great affordable pieces on Etsy. Also check out these stunners from Claire Incorruptible, one of my all-time favie fave vintage stores.

vintage lucite bracelets from Claire Incorruptible

Claire Inc. is also offering free shipping this weekend – check it out! x



11 Nov

Vintage shopping in NYC is one activity that sends me into absolute paroxysms of delight. Such is the lure of vintage clothing, that when in Australia I am often compelled to stay up all night squinting at the computer just so I can spend a squazillion dollars in pre-dawn bidding wars on Ebay, for some random and totally unwearable accoutrement (single Lanvin glove, anyone?), that invariably arrives reeking of mothballs and cigarettes. Thus, NYC shopping is the cake to my fat kid. Vintage is everywhere, it’s (relatively) cheap, no one fights you for it, and best of all you can try before you buy. Yes, you get totally laughed at by the hipster-cool NYC kids, who will tell you that if you really knew what’s what you would be lounging around in a poncho made out of a Mexican horse blanket that you bought for 50 cents at a thrift store. Luckily, it’s unlikely that you will stop squealing over your $35 vintage YSL blouse long enough to care.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting my favourite vintage pieces from my recent NYC trip, including items from Amarcord, Beacon’s Closet, Gypsy Nation Vintage, and some other places I can’t remember the names of.


Artists & Fleas, 70 North 7th Street (between Wythe & Kent), Brooklyn, NY

Artists & Fleas is a weekend market housed in an old warehouse in Brooklyn, filled with eccentric vintage collectors, indie designer chicks, and dudes with tattoos selling their art. I think. My memory is a little sketchy on this one, as I was so dazzled by the outfits at Gypsy Nation Vintage (set conveniently just inside the entrance), that I barely made it past the front door. What I can tell you is this – Gypsy Nation is one holy-freakin-amazeballs gypsy-circus-aladdin’s-cave collection of wonderment. It was a moment of unparalleled restraint that saw me get out of there with only two small purchases. The first – a vintage Leonard Paris floral sweater – caught my eye immediately, primarily for the print, which I think is absolute perfection. No idea how I’m going to wear the 80’s batwing sleeves, but for now I’m happy just to look at it.

Leonard Paris sweater from Gypsy Nation Vintage

The second item was an amazing 70s print dress selected for me by the owner. You know those pieces that get compliments/where-did-you-get-thats/marriage proposals every time you wear them? This is one of those.

i to i dress from Gypsy Nation Vintage

– Z xx


7 Nov

As someone who breaks out in hives at the sight of a princess-cut, “fairytale” and “jewels” are not two words that often sit happily together in my lexicon. However, fairytales – albeit slightly macabre ones – are exactly what is evoked by the breath-taking bijouterie of Delfina Delettrez.  Her highly covetable collection is like an enchanted garden of frogs, bees and butterflies, with a handful of whimsy thrown here, and a pair of candy-red lips glittering through the undergrowth there. A smattering of evil-eyes, a lock of hair, and some scissor talismans bind the whole lot together with an aura of superstition and quirk that is reminiscent of  trifari/vintage cartier/grandma’s attic.

What you will read about Delfina is that at just 23 years of age she has been quick to cast her spell over fashion’s elite, with her jewels recently appearing  flung over the mainly-bare bod of Miranda Kerr in Harper’s Bazaar Australia, as the kooky eyes of Karlie Kloss in numero mag, and in Giovanna Battaglia’s journal for W magazine.  She is based between Roma and Paris, is involved in numerous accessories-based side-projects (eyewear with Alain Mikli and shoes with Zanotti amongst them), and has a thing for skulls. Importantly, despite being a scion of the Fendi empire, there is nary a hint of nepotism about her success – although scoring an internship with uncle Karl when she was practically in nappies might have helped on the inspiration front.

At this point I should mention that Delfina is no discovery of mine – in fact I was introduced to her creations via my boyfriend, whose  finger is placed more firmly on the pulse of fashion than mine will ever be. He bought me one of her bracelets for my birthday earlier this year – a darling chain of tartarugas that shreds every article of clothing I wear it with. Thankfully, Harper’s appears to have given the green light to birthday-suit accessorising, so we can now all gad about in nothing but Delfina’s gems and a turban….leave your glass slippers at the door.

butterfly cuff by Delfina Delettrez

frog prince ring by Delfina Delettrez

pearl eyes necklace by Delfina Delettrez

delfina + miranda - harper's bazaar, november 2011

delfina delettrez bracelet

Want more? You can visit the Delfina Delettrez website here, see Garance’s take on Delfina’s work here, or buy yourself a bauble at luisa via roma or at opening ceremony.