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Summer Lovin

Sydney – siders may already know this brand as their flagship store is nestled in Potts Point, however after flicking through their latest collection for Spring/Summer I desperately wanted to share it with the rest of you.

Aje have been around for a few years now, and have been collecting a number of key industry kudos points along the way. They were awarded the Marie Claire Chambord Shine Award in 2009, and were then asked to collaborate with Sportsgirl for their Australian Designers program.

Here are some of my picks:

Perfect New Years Eve dress!

Possibly the perfect leather jacket…

Look at the beautiful collar on this blazer…

All images from their website.


Vintage Shakuhachi

About 4 years ago, I was browsing the racks at a new store that had opened up in an arcade in Melbourne. It was a seconds and samples shop for designers, although most of the labels I hadn’t heard of before. I found this funky little dress in a black and white check, with a tulip skirt and a small triangle cut out at the front. It was from a brand I didn’t know, and I brought it home for about $45. The brand was Shakuhachi. Over the next few years, I started to see this name pop up more frequently, in magazines, in shops and online. People were starting to notice and I can’t tell you how excited I was. I felt like I had discovered this brand! Although I had only purchased one dress, it was as if my support had ultimately led to her brand flourishing. It was also a nice fashion ego boost to know that my personal style and preference was backed up by the industry, who took up the brand and began to use her clothing in fashion shoots and stock in their stores. I’ll leave you with some of Jessie’s (Jessie White is the designer behind Shakuhachi) latest offerings that I could quite easily give a home to, but know that nothing I purchase will give me the same feeling as my ‘vintage’  Shakuhachi. 😉



All can be purchased online at the Shakuhachi website.

Alice’s Lace

Trawling my favourite sites the other day, I stumbled upon these gorgeous pants from Alice McCall.

Lace Insert pants from Alice McCall



I love the subtle lace hint on an unexpected item. Usually lace is reserved for embellishing tops or dresses, so this is such a unique way to get into the trend.

I think I would wear them with a loose cream t shirt tucked in loosely at the front, with some long necklaces layered down the top. Although the double lace pairing is very on trend…