Friday, 24 October 2014

S H O W C A S E

The SA Designer Showcase is a big part of the Adelaide Fashion Festival, combining emerging designers with established designers within the South Australian Fashion Industry. This year's event was held at the Old Adelaide Gaol, which really was a fantastic venue, even though it freaked a few people out when they were inside, because we all agree that the place haunted right? Good.

The first half of the show was dedicated to SA's emerging designers. I think this initiative is great, and I love the opportunity given to these emerging designers to showcase their hard work to media and industry professionals. However, personally, this year I have to say I wasn't all together excited by the majority of the designs. My favourite, and the subsequent winner of the annual SA Emerging Designers award, was Simmone Standing The Label, shown below with her inspired yet clean collection. The piece of the night  for me from Simmone Standing was the strapless white dress below- although my body type would never allow me to wear such a dress, I thought it was beautiful.

Simmone Standing The Label

The second half of the show, showcased SA's established designers who just get better and better. We have a fantastic range of different styles when it comes to our established designers, from super casual, funky, bright clothes to elegant couture and bridal pieces which consistently blow my mind. So lets get to the favourites shall we? 


Casper & Pearl - this collection was bright and fun with a bit of a Mexican holiday vibe. Coming from two young girls, I really like the way their bringing their youthfulness and fun-loving energy to their designs.



NAMOI - what you want to wear on the weekend where you can feel comfortable with free-flowing designs and floating fabric. I'm a big fan of Kalila's and she is just going from strength to strength with her brand.


Chelsea Eve - developing on this season's clean lines and minimalist look but adding in her own touches. I'm going out searching for those wide legs pants - anything than can make these tiny legs look longer is alright in my books.


Georgia Guy - Playing with some very on-trend shapes but throwing in some sweet candy colours!


Necia - Another designer who is playing around with this season's hottest trend, but I love the little extra detail that Alexandra has added to make it a bit unique, and pairing it with this bold shirt  was a gorgeous idea, helping both of the pieces to shine in their own right.


COUTURE + LOVE + MADNESS - This was the piece that commenced the couture portion of the evening, with beautiful, intricate designs and the most luxurious and exotic fabrics I have ever seen from Couture + Love + Madness - stunning.


Greta Kate - Greta's beautiful designs transported me into an era where women could swan around at ball or lavish parties in these gorgeous dresses - I can picture this model at a big blow out at Gatsby's place.


Jaimie Sortino - Adelaide's couture darling. I don't have much that I can say about Jaimie's dresses, I really think they just speak for themselves.

I have only chosen post up 1 or two looks from each designer - keeping it to my favourite look(s). To have a look through the entire collection, and at some of the designers that I haven't featured, head to www.adelaidefashionfestival.com.au. On a beauty note, the tucked-under, messy pony is a fantastic, care free summer look - that (in my opinion) worked well with casual outfits as well as the more high end, couture creations - definitely something I will be attempting.

The South Australian fashion scene is full of promise, and continues to grow. I'm excited to see what happens next.

- Caity x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

R A C E


Last Thursday night was the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC)'s Official Launch of the Spring Racing Carnival - and what a way to celebrate. We were treated to a gorgeous garden party at Morphettville Racecourse on a perfect warm, Spring evening, complete with sparkling and the opportunity to actually hold the Melbourne Cup.

My gorgeous friend Emily and I also had a play around with the pretty flower crowns from Daisy Chains.

SAJC has launched the Spring Racing Carnival in South Australia with an exciting calendar of activity throughout the season and for the first time will host an after race concert on Melbourne Cup Day that’s sure to have Adelaide buzzing.

The Spring Racing Carnival officially commenced on Saturday 11th October with Caulfield Guineas Day and all is in readiness at Morphettville for racing through to November 8.

Head the the SAJC website www.sajc.com.au for a full list of the Spring Racing Carnival events.

- Caity x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

W O N D E R


For those of you who haven't seen the Gemma Ward for Country Road video Summer Wonder.. you must. I could watch it on a loop its just gorgeous - everything you want an aussie summer with your family to be - simply beautiful.


- Caity x

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

S P R I N G

image via Sophie Thompson

Spring has officially sprung. I know, I know its the second month of Spring, but for me spring springs into action when the weather warms up and the flowers start blooming.. as does my hayfever.

I've promised myself this for a long time - but now is the moment I'm going to get off my ass and get my body into shape. I have 2 months now until I leave for my South America trip and I refuse to be the pastey, chubby girl on the beach with a top over my bathers. I want to feel good enough about myself that I can strut around in my bikini top and not give a stuff.

Flicking the switch on my attitude to health means its the perfect time to get a hold of Pressed Juices new Spring Juice Range. I have tried the juices are they're all delicious.. even though they may not sound it by reading the ingredients list.

The first I tried was by far the scariest sounding.. The Black Lemonade. The Black Lemonade is an excellent morning detoxifier, as activated charcoal is highly absorbent and removes toxins from the body. The lemon is alkalising, and together with cayenne pepper gives your metabolism a boost!
I decided to give The Black Lemonade a go after the long weekend.. my body was definitely in need of  some toxin removal.

shown here with my almond mylk chia overnight oats with yoghurt, banana and blueberries.

Next came the new Refresh 1 juice. The new Refresh 1 has only 2 ingredients, cucumber and lime making it a fantastic high electrolyte drink to keep you hydrated pre and post workout - or if you're just having a busy day at the office like I did today. Refresh 1 is also high in H2O and silica, which is great at keeping you refreshed and your skin glowing!

I opted to have mine at lunch with my daily dose of greens.


I have a few more items from the new Spring Juice Range to samples.. so stay tuned. Next up? Greens 6 and The Slippery Elm.


- Caity x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

P R O V O C A T I V E

image taken by me and Golightly 

I'm so excited say that Adelaide now has an Agent Provocateur store. When it comes to undergarments I'm usually one who opts for comfort instead of style, reaching for the bonds three pack before anything else. However, I think there is definitely something to say for the French philosophy of wearing gorgeous, sexy matching sets under everyday clothes. It makes you stand up that little bit straighter and gives you an extra air of confidence. I don't know if I'll ever be one of those girls who will wear their fancies every day, but for a special occasion, Agent Provocateur (next to the new David Jones shoe department) is the first place I will be going to pick up something special.

If you haven't ever had the chance to check out Agent Provocateur lingerie in person I definitely recommend it. The detail and fabrics used in their pieces are just too gorgeous to go past! 

- Caity x

Monday, 11 August 2014

B L U M E

Photographer: Michael Naumoff
Models: Elle Brittain / Courtney Mitchell
Stylist: Hayley Bonham
H&M: Charlie Kielty

Introducing Sarah & Sebastian's new collection Blume. I'm obsessed. This gorgeous collection is inspired by a blossom, its fragrance and adornment, the Blume collection explores the character of the Jasmine Flower. Cultivated as cut flowers, the Jasmine is beautifully strung into ornamental chains. Intricate woven arrangements combine blossoms of all sizes and elaborate garlands have a weighty appearance, like knotted rope. Blume encapsulates the simple elegance of the blossom.

The Jasmine Flower is associated with love, modesty & elegance.

I'm a big fan of thin, understated jewellery, especially with Sarah and Sebastian jewellery where you can see the exceptional and gorgeous detail put into every piece.

http://store.sarahandsebastian.com/

- Caity x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

BREAKY JAR

My chia-oats with a view of Rundle Street

I've had a lot of people ask me about my morning breaky jar, so I thought I would share it with you all. My Overnight Chia-Oats Jar is the perfect breakfast for those of us who are always on the go. I love getting my workout done before work (otherwise I get too tired after work and end up bailing) and having a breakfast that has already been prepared is exactly what you need.

1/3 cup of rolled oats
1 tbs of chia seeds
2/3 almond milk (I love using Clean Body Clear Mind Almond Milk)
put into a jar or bowl and leave overnight!

I always crave banana after a workout, especially a gruelling morning bootcamp session at Fresh Fitness, so lately I've been topping my oats with banana, Loving Earth Buckinis and cacao nibs! Other days I love adding fresh berries; the great thing about these oats is that you can add whatever flavours you want to it.

Other variations that I've made have been a vanilla version, adding a scoop of vanilla protein power, and a chocolate version where I add a scoop of chocolate protein power and a teaspoon of cacao power.

Enjoy!

- Caity x