Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My MBFWA (aka Fashion Week Australia) 2017 Street Style - and ahem...trying to dress to hide some weight gain

So instead of one's straightforward 'What I wore to (insert city) Fashion Week', I thought I'd be candid and share on how I incorporated trying to "hide" some recent weight gain into my outfit choices this year.  I once wrote a post on "What to wear when your weight swings (like a yoyo)", and fast forward 9 years later, I am back in that position again.  This year, however, I was (please don't judge - and don't cue any violins) 10 kgs heavier than the last 3 times I attended Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Australia (I haven't been this heavy since I was pregnant! And no, I'm not pregnant)...Yes, that's 22 or so lbs, and I wasn't even 'skinny' in previous years to start with.  I won't go into the why's and what nots, but will say some contributing factors were out of my control, but many were not.

Usually when reading an article or post on 'how to dress to appear slimmer', you will read to wear head-to-toe in one colour, stick to dark colours, vertical stripes, slim silhouettes or something to that effect.  But instead, I chose volume, lots of colour, and even, shock horror...prints (inc. horizontal stripes)!

I plan on posting more on each outfit at a time, but today I wanted to do a quick rundown on them.

Billowy and Voluminous Sleeves + Jumpsuit

Back to what I wore... Even in previous (slimmer) years I have not been a fan of showing my arms for some reason, and this year was no exception - plus it was much colder this year than last year, and later in the year than previous Fashion Weeks.  I have loved billowing and voluminous sleeves since the 80's (showing my age here, eeps), which means that now that they're 'back in' it makes for so many beautiful pieces to choose from!  Two of my 'billowy sleeved' pieces I wore this year were from Ukrainian label Poustovit's upcoming Fall/Winter 2017 collection. 

I layered a voluminous blouse under my favourite jumpsuit, and loved how the paint-splattered print of the blouse peeked through the cutouts, the jumpsuit is ultra voluminous which meant I could eat at a buffet beforehand if I wanted to, without having to worry after, haha.  This outfit was the closest I wore to the 'head-to-toe colour', which is probably why I love a good jumpsuit (and overalls), as it elongates the silhouette.  The soft fabric and wide legs of the Tome jumpsuit make it not only extremely comfortable but also less clingy and restrictive than other options out there.  I could have cinched the waist in, but I like the flowy effect it has when worn loose.

Blouse: Poustovit (available in a few months), Jumpsuit: Tome NYC (a few seasons old, newer version available at Farfetch), Boots: Celine, Bag: Gucci (bought directly from Gucci, also available at Saks Fifth Avenue), Sunglasses: Gucci (available directly from Gucci, or Neiman Marcus)

(n.b. Unfortunately I ran out of luggage space/weight, and the original shoes I intended to wear with this jumpsuit didn't make the cut, which means these weren't the ideal choice, but ah well! First world problems...)

With both the Tome jumpsuit above and the Chloé crepe overalls below I wanted to add texture via print and shape via volume, just to add interest to the outfit:

Overalls: Chloe (still avail. on sale at Barneys Warehouse, in black at Yoox), Top: Chloe (avail. at Net-a-Porter, MyTheresa, Fwrd, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave., Sandals: Chloe (avail. at Fwrd, My Theresa, and Saks Fifth Ave., Farfetch;), Bag: Market find in Bali, Sunglasses: Gucci (avail. at Net-a-Porter, Matchesfashion and Gucci)

Photo by Carolin Margi (@shotswithcarolin) for The Style Doctor

Billowy/Voluminous Sleeves + Maxi skirt

I recently styled a campaign and lookbook shoot for the lovely Australian-based label Binny.  The collection, called 'I go to Rio', comes out later this year, and I cannot wait to share more about it with you, so watch this space.  As you may know, I originally grew up in Brazil, so this collection hit extra close to home for me, and was so so fun with all its beautiful and fun prints, I just wanted to celebrate a little bit of Brazil this Fashion Week, so I asked Binny if I could wear one of my favourite pieces from the collection, and she kindly said yes.  It quickly became my favourite outfit of the week...

Even though the skirt came with a (similarly) tiered strappy top, it was too cold to wear the ensemble on its own, and I really wanted to play on the colours found on the 'Tucano' print by teaming it with this gorgeous orange piece by Poustovit, which is actually a dress disguising as a top under this skirt...

Photo by Carolin Margi (@shotswithcarolin) for The Style Doctor
Photo by Vincent Calderon (@yourensemble)

Skirt: Binny, Dress worn as Top: Poustovit, Shoes: Celine, Bag: Cult Gaia (avail. at Cult Gaia, Five Story, Moda Operandi and Need Supply- in a variety of gorgeous colours too - I want another one in green!), Sunglasses: Gucci (avail. at Net-a-Porter, Matchesfashion and Gucci), Earrings: Celine

Off-shoulder Top 

Another sartorial piece I have loved since the 80's is the off-shoulder top (yes, since Jennifer Beals wore that cut-off grey marle sweatshirt).  As Donna Karan once said: "The only place you never gain weight is the shoulder".  I don't usually like 'playing it safe' with colour combinations (i.e. always pairing colours with neutrals), but instead seek out bold colour combinations.  Originally I was going to wear this Self-Portrait with some khaki pants, but when this Chloe number arrived, I just had to wear it...I  know wearing such a voluminous pair of trousers is a sartorial risk when one is short and stumpy, but I liked the play on shapes and colours, and I tried to break it up visually by holding this sculptural bag down low...

Top: Self-Portrait (avail. at Selfridges, Hampden ClothingBag: Cult Gaia (avail. at Cult Gaia, Five Story, Moda Operandi and Need Supply), Sandals: Chloe (avail. at Fwrd, My Theresa, and Saks Fifth Ave., Farfetch;), Sunglasses: Gucci (avail. at Net-a-Porter, Matchesfashion and Gucci)

Photo by Vincent Calderon (@yourensemble)

Breaking up florals with a jacket thrown over the shoulders: 

My sister baulked when she found out I was not only wearing a print (shock!), but that it was floral, and pink (shock horror)! I toughened the girlishness up with some boots, and added a sporty touch with this amazing Poustovit bomber jacket.  I love how the raw edge ribbed trims on this bomber bring this fully-sequined jacket 'down to earth', I am always a fan of juxtapositions to balance a look, if that makes sense.

Photo by Carolin Margi (@shotswithcarolin) for The Style Doctor


Unfortunately for me, the first place to show I've gained weight is on my face.  Obviously, it is harder to hide weight gain on the face than it is on your body, but thankfully, there is makeup to help...

Last year I had the pleasure of attending an event with Clinique global colour pro makeup artist Damian Garozzo, who let us in on the latest complexion trend: non-touring, not to be confused with contouring.

Non-touring how-to:

1 Apply your foundation as you usually would. 

2 “Then grab a slightly darker shade (perhaps your summer foundation) and work it along your hairline, jawline and down your cheeks. Blend well with a buffing brush,” 

3 Now, brighten using a concealer (or one shade lighter than your usual foundation). “Your concealer should be a shade lighter than your foundation,” says Damian, “so apply it strategically to bring lightness to certain parts of your face.” Draw three short stripes downwards from your forehead to between your brows in a triangular shape. Do the same under your eyes, drawing three stripes downwards from below your eyes to a point at the top of your cheek. Draw a line down the bridge of your nose and in the folds from your nose to your mouth. Finally, draw three little lines under your lip to a point just above your chin, then blend well. 

“The effect is subtle and multidimensional” said Damian - no paint-by-numbers look here! The look is easier, softer and simpler.

My favourite to non-tour with is Clinique's Beyond Perfecting Foundation, for many reasons.  Firstly, this foundation is high coverage so it is a foundation-and-concealer in 1.  You you only need dot it directly to your skin where you need it to act as a concealer, and a light swipe across the tee zone, sheering it out towards the edges of the face. A little goes a long way, and you are in control of how much coverage you get depending on your needs, and the effect you end up with is a lightweight finish that lasts all day and that is moisturizing at the same time.

Foundation: Clinique Beyond Perfecting, Hat: Sarah Jane Knapp, Bag: Cult Gaia (avail. at Cult Gaia, Five Story, Moda Operandi and Need Supply), Bikini: Her the Label, Sandals: Sydney Sandal Co, Sunglasses: Self Portrait x Le Specs (avail. here)

Do you have any tips or tricks on how to appear slimmer and/or hide any weight gain?


I am an accessory fiend, I love them to add a little something extra to the outfit, in terms of colour or shape or texture, and also to draw the eye away from the body and to the bag instead.  In previous years I chose comfort over style and wore flats and sneakers, but this year I felt I really needed that added height (and saved flats for the other 51 weeks of the year).

Photo by Josephine Khouri (@josephinekhouriphotography)

This post was written in collaboration with Clinique.
Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Waltzing (or rather singing and dancing) Matilda - the Musical

I am finally back from back to back to back travel, and have some overdue posts for you! Apologies for going MIA again!

Firstly, I wanted to share with you my recent (and first ever!) trip to Perth, during which I had the privilege of watching the amazing Matilda The Musical, a  multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the one and only Roald Dahl.  An international hit, it has won seven Olivier Awards in the UK and five Tony Awards on Broadway.

The musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and directed by Matthew Warchus.  It tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take stand and change her own destiny.

I won't spoil the story for you further other than to say that the music, sets, cast, ensemble, costume, singing, dancing everything, is just A M A Z I N G ! ! !  It is a definitely a must-see and I cannot wait to take lil' Brigs to see it (she LOVES singing and dancing, but has yet to watch a proper musical), there were emotional scenes and laughing out loud moments, which even Mr Brigs enjoyed immensely!

I also got the chance to go on stage the following day and also backstage to meet some of the cast, and as a huge fan of musicals, that was such an honour and treat!

The musical has since moved from Perth to Adelaide having just opened this weekend, and will run until 16th of July at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, with evening and matinee sessions as well.

I suggest you run to see this musical, don't walk!

You can book your tickets here.

 Bookworming my way backstage
 Making myself at home onstage...
 Swinging my way on stage...
Heartfelt, emotional and with plenty of funny moments, this show is for anyone and everyone!
 Having fun backstage on 'Mr Wormwood's scooter, complete with fluffy dice

Left: The costume uniforms with emblem taken directly from the illustrations of the original Matilda books written by Roald Dahl.

Right: On stage with Lucy Maunder who played Miss Honey the night of the performance I watched, stayed up with her 3 month old baby during the night, and was then about to go back on stage for two more sessions after this picture! I am in absolute awe, and take my hat off to her!

Images of Matilda the Musical from their official website
all other images are mine.

Thanks to JP Bolton for the incredible experience of going to Perth to see this show and going backstage.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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