Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Birkin Dress by Embody Denim (plus an exclusive discount!)

*This post contains items gifted by the designer. Read to the end for an exclusive discount on full priced Embody Denim clothing!

A few months ago, Embody Denim leaked an image of an utterly gorgeous watercolour/floral/ikat fabric on social media. Once I saw it, I couldn't get it out of my head. I watched the progress as it was revealed as a spectacular 70's style maxi dress, the 'Birkin' dress, and fell in love with it. Understandably, when it landed in my post office box, I was beyond excited!

I was worried about the sizing; mostly the sleeves being too snug or the buttons gaping at the bust. I also thought the style may be too long on my 167cm tall frame, but I was pleasantly surprised. No alterations were needed, and the dress fit perfectly over every contour of my figure. A very low heel was enough to bring the hem up off the ground too. 

Not only does the Birkin dress fit perfectly, but it feels like butter to wear... no endless adjusting required! It's beautifully constructed from the softest satin, and the colour palette would suit most skin tones. It buttons all the way down the front, so it can be worn with a sexy split, fully closed, or as a lightweight jacket. Just for the record... I took these photos in 30 degree (celsius) heat and didn't sweat or overheat.

I am wearing the size 20. The 18 would probably fit, but the 20 just feels and looks so fab! I'm sticking with it and loving it. The Birkin dress is officially the most beautiful and best fitting dress in my entire wardrobe! 

The Birkin dress is available for $329.95 in sizes 12-22 with free delivery across Australia. For more information on Embody Denim's products and mission, check out their website.

Now for the fun part... the discounts!

Embody Denim are very generously offering yELLE Styling readers an exclusive discount of 15% off their entire SS15 collection! To redeem this offer, simply email Natalie at and let her know what you'd like to purchase, and she will reply back with a unique link to purchase with the discount. Pretty awesome huh? So if you've been dying to try out Embody Denim's clothing, now is your chance!!!

Happy Shopping!!!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Eternize; the book launch

On Monday evening I was lucky to attend an exciting event to launch a stunning new book:

Eternize is 'a book that explores the language of flowers through photography and calligraphy.' It features detailed and moody photos of delicate flowers in full bloom, paired with inspirational quotes and uplifting affirmations written in stunning calligraphy.

A little background on the authors

Amelia Holland
Amelia is an award-winning floral artist, with three beautiful stores to her name in Sydney's Hills District: Beautiful Blooms, Bella Vista Flower Merchants and Norwest Florist. If you are ever in need of a stunning arrangement, her stores should be your first stop... even if it's just to see the spectacular window displays at Beautiful Blooms! I won't buy flowers anywhere else.

Lauren Hung
Lauren is a Sydney-based calligrapher. Her brand, The Blackline has done work for many publications, events and advertisements Including Westfield and Tag Heuer. She shares Amelia's passion for flowers and was an obvious choice to collaborate on Eternize.

The launch event was an evening of champagne, cupcakes and plenty of pretty flowers. It was lovely to see so many of the guests getting into the spirit of the evening by wearing floral patterns (even by some of the blokes!)

The book itself is gorgeous; the perfect gift for anyone with a love of flowers.

To purchase your own copy of Eternize, simply email

With author, Amelia Holland

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spin the Pin - May

Since the Aussie Curves group disbanded earlier this year, the weekly outfit challenges began to dwindle amongst us bloggers. It's a shame, because there was such a great sense of community to the concept of Aussie Curves. I know I'm not alone when I say I was at a bit of a loose end as far as blog inspiration goes.

Then Jo (iCurvy) had the awesome idea of Spin the Pin; a monthly outfit challenge where she would nominate an outfit photo from Pinterest, and participants would create their own 'spin' on the outfit by drawing inspiration from elements of the Pin. Yay Jo!!!

This month's pin is a monochromatic winter look with blush pink and beige layers, black tights, 'Birkin' style bag and a glorious floppy felt hat. The look is textural, chic, sophisticated and slightly whimsical, and reminds me of 1970s boho.

The elements that inspired me were the:

  • floppy hat
  • blush pink and black palette
  • structured tote
  • Gently draped layers
  • Sophisticated boho style

Top: Boohoo Plus (size 20)
Skirt: City Chic (size M)
Vest: Autograph (Size S)
Tights: City Chic (size S/M)
Boots: City Chic
Hat: Target

My beauty look was inspired by the soft taupe and blush pinks of the Pin, with a gentle smoky eye and 'natural' lip colour. My favourite little cheat is to use a small amount of bronzer in the hollow of each cheek for a quick fix contour. I've also been trying out the new Roller Lash mascara from Benefit Cosmetics... So far I'm impressed with the curl it gives!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Get the Plus Size Look from MBFWA!

Fashion Week is notorious for showcasing labels that don't stock beyond a size 12, but that doesn't mean that the rest of us should miss out! I've compiled a few of the runway looks from the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SS2015-16 collections, and found some fabulous plus size pieces.

Get the Betty Tran look with City Chic's Sequin Prom Dress

Watson x Watson's denim nirvana can be achieved with Jibri's Mid Sleeve Denim Carpenter Jumpsuit 

the cold shoulder's and dramatic bell sleeves of this Ellery top can also be found on Asos Curve's Cold Shoulder Top 

I'm pretty sure Tome tried their best, but I still think Eder + Berk's Runway Audrey Dress wins the battle of the blue dresses!

This look by Phoenix Keating was one of my favourites and Jibri's High Waist Flare Skirt & Long Sleeve Cropped T Neck Top have got the perfect plus alternative!

Jayson Brunsdon was all about pretty lace and fine details... Courtney Noelle's Maya Skirt and Gina Bacconi's Lace Collarless Coat make the perfect pair!
Though it's a little different to Bec & Bridge's burnt orange look, I think Monif C's Sydney Strapless Jumpsuit is pretty amazing... and the name is perfect!!!
Love Bec & Bridge's boho look? City Chic have got you covered with their Tile Print Top!

If By Johnny's monochromatic bodycon dresses are more your style, check out the Printed Dress by Herman Lange
Lightweight shirt dresses like this one by One Fell Swoop are so hot right now, and Jibri's Shirt Dress has nailed the look! 

There you have it... designer looks in your size!!!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

What I Wore to MBFWA 2015

I've had a lot of people asking about the pieces I wore to Fashion Week last week, so I thought I'd put together a quick post with all the details of each outfit.

Day 1
Jacket: City Chic (Size S)
Shoes: Big W
Bag: Kate Hill

Day 2
Top: City Chic (Size M)
Skirt: Asos Curve (Size 20)
Shoes: Big W
Sunglasses: Equip
Handbag: Chanel

Day 3
Shoes: Big W
Sunglasses: Equip
Necklace: Diva
Handbag: Vintage Glomesh

Day 4
Skirt: Boohoo Plus (Size 20)
Cardigan: City Chic (Size M)
Sunglasses: Equip
Earrings: Lovisa
Handbag: Chanel

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MBFWA 2015 Trends

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia is always a wild week, and the Spring/Summer 2015 shows were no exception. The styles were varied and vibrant, as were the industry attendees. It was a crazy week and I was positively exhausted at the end of it all, but it was worth it to bring my gorgeous readers up to speed with the upcoming fashion trends. These are a few of the key trends spotted on the Aussie runway this year.

The metallics came in every shade: gold, copper, bronze, silver, pewter, brass & rose gold. There's a metallic tone to suit every taste.


Alice McCall

CS Edit x Kirrily Johnston


Ginger & Smart

Johanna Johnson


Steven Khalil

Flared and Palazzo Pants
It seems that the road for the cigarette pant and the harem pant ends here folks. Personally, I'm thrilled for the revival of the flare!

Ginger & Smart


Manning Cartell

Phoenix Keating

Serpent & the Swan

Stevie May


Burnt Orange
It was definitely a buzz-colour this year. Burnt orange has a retro undertone that I'm absolutely loving.

Ashkar Line

Bec & Bridge

CS Edit x Kirrily Johnston

Jennifer Kate

Feminine Details
Full Skirts, lace, embroidery, ruffles and other feminine touches were a popular choice for designers this year. It's set to be a girly season!

Alice McCall

CS Edit x Kirrily Johnston


Jayson Brunsdon

Johanna Johnson

Kate Sylvester

Michael Lo Sordo

Steven Khalil

Stay tuned for my next blog with my favourite looks from the MBFWA runway!