The Luxe List

30 June 2014

Are 'The Spice Girls' Still In Our Wardrobes?

Although I may never have known what a 'zig-a-aig-ahh' is at the time (well, hey: I was five), the Spice Girls had a huge impact on me growing up. I remember dancing around with pigtails screaming 'say you'll be there' around my garden with my sister. At the time, I was sure that the neighbors thought I sounded exactly like Baby Spice! On the other hand, my big sis always dreamed of being sporty and I'm sure my parents were understandably scared when she begged for a nose piercing.

But wasn't that the best thing about the Spice Girls? They were relatable to ALL girls... And, although obviously I didn't know it during their reign, they had a huge cultural and political impact during the 1990s 'Cool Britannia' arts movement, which saw London as the empitomisation of everything cool.

If you've watched 'Spiceworld', you'll probably remember Ginger chanting that women were 'strength and power in a wonderbra'. And if you haven't, erm, what? I think this summed up the importance of the band as role models to young women: they taught us that we could be beautiful and powerful... And these are still views that I hold close to me today, especially as a fashion blogger.

From baby spice's pigtails to Scary's leopard prints, it's safe to say they were the optimization of nineties fashion. 

But with the return of nineties trend is it fair to say that they remain viva forever in our wardrobes?

I THINK SO! Woohoo- Another excuse to watch Spice World- it's fashion education darling...
Here's how our five fave ladies have influenced our wardrobes almost two decades down the road...

Baby Spice

Ok, so maybe we won't be rocking red platform trainers anytime soon, but these black ones are a smart, but chic alternative. On the other hand, these mini dresses are EVERWHERE right now, I swear I have a black one just like the one's Baby and Ginger are wearing below...

Scary Spice
Leopard print is back for good and have did not see that check crop top on the high street last week?

Sporty Spice
Erm, can anyone say sports luxe? Sporty Spice was the queen of sporty chic, so get your trakkies on! Just don't wear too much Adidas or everyone will think your running a marathon or something. 

Ginger Spice
If your going to take inspiration from Miss Halliwell, make sure you give your look a classy update. Swap her PVC separates for cute faux leather for a nineties look that still leaves a little to the imagination. Pair with Union Jack accessories and show some British pride!
Ginger Spice Style
Religion Clothing british flag shirt, 115 AUD / AX Paris top, 27 AUD / Scoop black shorts, 190 AUD / Brown handbag, 21 AUD

Posh Spice
Since the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham has become a style queen in her own right. But before her designer days, the future Mrs Beckham rocked sexy slip dresses and of course the LBD.
Posh Spice Style
Topshop black dress, 81 AUD / Mini dress, 25 AUD / Topshop black tunic, 25 AUD / Quiz black shoes, 63 AUD

So if you love the nineties trend, take inspiration from the mothers of girl power, turn up 'Say You'll Be There' and you'll be a more fashionable version of your five year old self.

Rachel xoxo

27 June 2014

The Look: Layering

Today's look was all about the jewellery....
 I adore layering necklaces! And if you do it well, it sort of looks like your wearing one huge couture statement piece.
 When I'm layering necklaces, I tend to keep the rest of the outfit quite simple. This neutral grey Tommy Hilfiger dress makes a great base to add colour to with statement necklaces.Sticking to a handful of colours is always safe and doesn't look too overdone. I always ensure I bring out one of these colours in my footwear too!
 These pictures were taken today at Kewarra Beach in Far North Queensland, Australia. It's easy to forget sometimes that you literally live in paradise! The pictures were taken by my boyfriend- bless him!

Dress: Tommy Hilfiger
Necklaces (3): Lovisa
Wedges: Factorie
Sunglasses: Rubi

Here's my guide for layering necklaces:
  • Stick to the same shapes. Mixing triangular shapes, for example, makes it look like one piece.
  • Mix different lengths. 
  • Ensure that pieces have the same tightness around the neck. You want it to look that all the necklaces start in the same place.
  • Mix up your colours. Contrasting colours such as purple and yellow look amazing!
  • If you are mixing metals, don't bring in colours too.

Tribal Layering
Happy layering!


23 June 2014

5 Fashion Apps You Need To Download NOW!

Ah remember those old Nokia phones, the one's that you could literally run over and would still turn on and greet you with that catchy little jingle? For the past month I have lived off this phone. It was extra chic, due to the plaster carefully placed over the missing battery cover-nice! Luckily, today my android phone came back from being repaired- woohoo! Feeling like I belonged in the 21st Century again, I set about downloading my fave fashion apps.

I thought I would share my top five with you. And most of these are free!

5. Stylebook
This app is like a walk in wardrobe in your pocket! You can take pictures of your clothes, categorize them and create outfits on the go! Never before has the commute to work been so useful...

4. Shopstyle
This app is to a shopoholic what vodka is to an alcoholic. Search through a ridiculous database of fashionable pretties without even having to visit the shop sites!
3. Lookbook
Snap your looks wherever you are and share them on a worldwide fashion community. This is a great way for bloggers to connect and to share their posts to a wider community. Camera shy? This apps great for stalking other fashionistas styles- and they will never know-muahaha!

2. Polyvore
If your easily addicted to apps look away now.... Polyvore lets you create magazine-worthy spreads featuring your favorite items. The best thing about the app is that it looks suuuuper professional and you can mix items to create your own style inspiration. You can enter your creations in contests, some with real prizes. On top of all this, it's also a huge online shopping database.
Ahoy Gorgeous!

Check out more of my creations here

1. Bloglovin
This app is the best way to get all of your favorite blogs in one place. The new posts come up in a feed, allowing you to browse and read as you wish.

Follow on Bloglovin
All downloaded? Follow The Daily Luxe here

Happy phone-ing!

Rachel xxx

19 June 2014

The Look: Mix And Match

Whoever said that two prints couldn't be mixed together in one outfit obviously wasn't mixing the right prints.

Clashing and coordinating prints have been ruling the world runways for the past few seasons and with summer just around the corner for the Northern Hemispher-ers (luckily, here in tropical Australia it's always summer), what better way to mix up your wardrobe?

Here's my rules on how to mix and match prints to perfection.

The Random Clash
This look is all about taking two of your favorite prints and rocking them together in one look!
The important thing to remember is to use two prints that have the same undertones. 

If you take a look at my outfit, the stripe print and the floral both have a white undertone. Try not to mix patterns with white and grey bases- it looks odd!
Small floral prints are the most versatile when it comes to mixing. If you want to mix two floral prints, ensure they have at least one common colour. You can then highlight this colour with accessories and shoes.

 When randomly clashing prints keep your accessories neutral. Brown wedges and simple, gold jewellery stop the outfit from looking messy.

Top: Asos
Skirt: Cotton On
Wedges: Big W
Jewellery: Lovisa

Do you know when you right click a photo and it comes up as a negative? Surprisingly, these two images work well to compliment each other. Let me talk you through mixing inverting prints...

My outfit has a simple colour palette of yellow, black and white. The skirt is actually an inversion of the print on the top, i.e. it has a white base instead of black and the flowers are mainly yellow as opposed to white. Inverted prints are the perfect compliment to each other, especially if the prints share a similar theme, like my daisy-covered get up.

Once again, neutral brown accessories break up the patterns and make it seem more cohesive.
With inversion of prints, it's all about ratio. Note how my look is 60% white floral print and 40% black floral. Avoid a 50:50 ratio, it looks very block-like. Crop tops and high waisted garments avoid this block-like dilemma.

Dress (worn as top): Cotton On
Skirt: Cut from an old smock dress from a Grecian market (See tutorial)
Bag: New Look
Shoes: As Before
Sunglasses: Rubi

Black and white prints are the easiest to co-ordinate, due to the limited colour palette.
 Saying this, it is better to mix a larger print with a smaller one- also, note how the colours on my top and shorts are inverted.

Feel free to bring in grey-scale items too, like the flocked grey jumper I tied around my waist- this look is all about experimenting!
Make sure to have at least one item that is block colour, like my floppy hat and shoes. This highlights the prints and ensures the look doesn't seem clash-y.

  Tank: Cameo The Label
Jumper (around waist): Valleygirl
Shorts: Cotton On
Shoes: Rubi
Hat: Sportsgirl

Which look is your fave? How do you guys wear prints?

Rachel xoxo

P.S: For the second week in a row I was lucky enough to be featured in International Fashion Blogger's 'Links A La Mode'. Here's all the best posts in the blogosphere for this week:

Links à la Mode: June 19th

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17 June 2014

The 7 Deadly Sins Of Style

 'A mighty flame follows a tiny spark'- Dante, 'Inferno'

Although many people may not see the immediate connection between an epic poem written thousands of years ago and the matter of style, maybe we should look at this quote. After all, fashion gives us confidence, freedom and beauty- so who is not to say that it is a spark that causes a flame?

Style, like poetry is eternal. And although it is unique, there are some rules that, if followed, will keep you on the right track. So lets journey into the land of fashion sins and take a look at the seven deadly sins of style...

"Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady." —Edith Head

Although crop tops, midriff and leather are undoubtedly hot things in the current fashion world, dressing like you're from the red light district is not. It's all about finding the line between sexy and trashy- show a little flesh, but leave most of it to the imagination. As a general rule of thumb, don't show thighs and cleavage at the same time. Juxtaposing crop tops with maxi skirts and trousers is also a great way to flash some flesh in a way that wouldn't make an old lady pass out.

                                        Sinful: Miley Cyrus      Sinless:Kristen Stewart

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” —Coco Chanel
Stacking necklaces are bang on trend; just don't team this with huge earrings, bangles, rings and numerous belts. There's a difference between accessorizing fashionably and looking like you've tried too hard.

                               Sarah Jessica Parker      Sinless: Miranda Kerr

"It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together."— Alexander McQueen
There's nothing worse than a label snob.... Even if you can afford head to toe couture, you shouldn't snub those who wear high street style. Labels don't necessarily equal style and head to toe obvious logos can make you look like a 50 year old Beverly Hills Housewife. The best way is to mix your Asos with your Armani and throw in some vintage or thrift store items to give your style some edge.

                  Sinful: Danielle Westbrook              Sinless: Fearne Cotton

“I know what women look good in. I don’t think the rules ever change.” — Michael Kors

The trick for having impeccable personal style every day is to invest in good quality staples. It's all well investing upon dozens of high-trend pieces every week, but just how often will you wear them? Chances are you would be lost without that LBD or that trench coat. These are the items that are truly timeless and looking timeless is always stylish. Quality over quantity guys.

Sinful: Kim Kardashian                          Sinless: Taylor Swift

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” — Yves Saint Laurent

Dress for your figure! Just because you don't have Rihanna-esque abs or Beyonce's butt doesn't mean you can't look stylish. The most important aspect of this rule is knowing your figure and what shapes and styles suit your body. For example, if you have a long torso, high waists are your best friend.

Sinful: Lilly Allen                                   Sinless: Lena Dunham

'Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!' - Donna Karan
This ones simple- if you don't feel good in something, don't wear it! Great personal style is all about feeling beautiful on the inside and out. Don't feel like you have to wear high sky heels when they give you temperature rising blisters.

            Sinful: Daphne Guiness                Sinless: Ashley Tisdale

"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants." —Karl Lagerfeld

Sports Luxe may have been featured on every catwalk from Milan to Tokyo, but rest assured sweat pants have to be worn in a certain way to look stylish. No one wants to look like someones mum lost on the way home from yoga class. The trick is to juxtapose loose track pants with tight fitting tops. Also go for luxe fabrics such as silk or chiffon to avoid looking 'lazy'.

Sinful: Jessica Simpson             Sinless:Cara Delevigne

What are your style sins?


(7 Deadly Sins Photos taken from America's Next Top Model. Fashion quotes courtesy of Harpers Bazaar and Marie Claire)

15 June 2014

The Look: Mod

Dress: Cotton On
Hairband: Valleygirl
Necklace and ring: Lovisa
Boots: Target

The sixties trend has to be one of my favorite this season. I love the style of retro icons like Evie Sedgwick and Bridgitte Bardot- they always looked so sexy and stylish. This look is also inspired by my cousin Tal, who loved rocking the mod look all the time when I was growing up! I chose this dress because it suits my figure and hides my bottom heavy hips. I also think the small detailed geometric print is pretty flattering. 

It's pretty obvious, but my hair here is about as real as Pamela Anderson's breasts! I bought it off Ebay a few months ago and is a fab way to inject some quick length into my hair. I love this ring because it reminds me of the cute flowers off the Marc Jacobs perfume.

How do you guys style the 60s trend?

Rachel xoxo