Karrinyup Swim & Resort 2015 Fashion Parade – feat. Sea Folly and more

Last weekend, I was invited down to Rendevous  Hotel, Scarborough beach to take a look at this Summer season hottest swim & resort fashion courtesy of Karrinyup Shopping Centre and Seafolly.

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It was brilliantly arranged by the ladies at 3AM thoughts PR. I amongst other Perth bloggers were treated to delicious breakfast, and some bright and cheery cupcakes to match the theme of the show. Just looking at the bright colours lifted my spirits and made my mouth water! The event was fab, it really woke me up on a Saturday morning! Plus, it was nice to see some familiar faces that I had been stalking on Instagram, most who I only knew by alias (which is such an ‘internet/blogger’ thing).

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When we stepped out onto the beach, there was a samba band playing and even an aerial campaign, which looked great with the clear blue sky as the back drop. The plane pulled along the hashtag #karrinyupswimresort15 and kind of explained what was going on to the rest of the beachgoers, who just rocked up for the surf and sand. I’m sure it was puzzling to them why there were heaps of cameras, a loud band and hot models walking about. However, the girls and guys who were modelling the swimwear were very professional, confident and was too busy having a fun time in the sun.

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The models were holding up placards of the brands  they were wearing, I wouldn’t have thought sports brands such as Running Bare and Lulu Lemon designed swimwear. Next time I will think about shopping my swimwear in sports shops, as I can remember from my past experience I would only buy speedo-type one piece racers from sports stores. These days, it seems atheletic brands are getting it right in the fashion stakes. They are beginning to catch-on that we all want to look good when we have to sweat it out or jump in the water…

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I was glad I wore my sandals that day because there weren’t many warnings about a trek into the sand after the fashion parade at the hotel. I could see other bloggers struggling with their heels or wedges, but still looking ultra fashionable. I must have been the only crazy one wearing a black tank dress…thankfully the weather was a cool 23 degrees at 9:30am.

One of the best parts of the day was receiving a bag full of goodies from various Karrinyup shopping centre retailers, such as Live Clothing, Lush, Crabtree & Evelyn, T2 Tea and lots more! My kids even got to enjoy the blow up beach ball thanks to Rendezvous Hotel. I’m especially loving the huge beach bag from Sea Folly, purple is one of my favourite colours. Which may encourage me to venture out to the beach side more often before the weather turns cold.

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Hope you are still enjoying the beach and pools while it’s still hot. I’m especially looking forward to the Sculptures by the Beach exhibition coming next week to Cottosloe Beach.

Are you still enjoying the Summer days or are you wishing it was Autumn already?



H & M and Pottery Barn to come to Perth

Have you all heard the news of late that international brand H & M is coming to Perth with their first store opening in Lakeside Joondalup? This really got me out of my chair this morning when I read the news on Yahoo.

It was only last year that I got a chance to drop into the H & M store in Melbourne that really surprised me as a family friendly retailer. The prices at the end of year sales were quite attractive and affordable, which shocked me to be honest because for some  reason I had expected the H & M brand to burn a hole in my pocket. I shopped for jeans and jackets for kids at $5-7 prices, it was madness…just like kmart but with quality that will last at least 3 hand-me-downs! I haven’t been one for the big brands, but I so happen to need warm clothes for my kids because I was unprepared for how chilly Melbourne summers can be.

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H&M Flagship store, Melbourne

From what was reported in yesterday’s mornings news, once H & M sets up their first store in Joondalup, they plan to secure a 4000sqm spot in the Perth CBD. How exciting would that be? It would change the entire retail space and shake up this town, bringing more tourists and people into the city.


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Another exciting piece of news for lovers of home furnishings and interior design, Pottery Barn along with their sister stores Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm are coming to Perth too! It is said that they will be moving into St Martins tower sometime hopefully in the year.

It’s rather exciting for Perthians who have live here for years, listening to our sister cities Melbourne and Sydney receiving all the attention from the big international brands. It’s great that the giant retailers are coming to realise that Perth is full of young and saavy shoppers who love variety and will pay for it.

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Pottery Barn

To be honest, I have slowly decreased my online shopping habits…as I have found I have had too many bad experiences with buying clothes that do not fit. I say, bring back the retailers and the chance to walk through brightly lit stores, gleaming tiles, fresh clothes on rack and smiling customer service. And I have also heard whispers that Uniqlo is scoping out Perth for some space.

Exciting times ahead my dear city..so Perth be ready for the influx of jobs, to those hoping for staff discounts be sure to look out for the advertising of positions online and in the newspapers. I just hope for our sake that our customer service standards will pick up, a smile and a ‘Hello’ that will definitely draw me back to the retailers.

Which store are you looking forward to checking out the most? 







Photo Credit: Westelm.com,  potterybarn.com


Pantone’s 2015 Colour of the year: Marsala – Wine infused

This year is shaping out to be a lot of fun, especially when Pantone calls the colour of 2015 ‘Marsala’, a rich, mahogany wine shade that exudes luxury and comfort. Lately, in pages of interior design magazine I see the lack of exuberance, the main keywords in the spotlight are minimalist, industrial, nordic or Scandinavian style. The colours splashed on those pages are quite neutral, light, clean looking and easy on the eye. Maybe its because Australia is at its peak of the Summer season that people are still thinking of a less-fuss, simple styling when it comes to their home.


When I think of the shade ‘Marsala’, for me it invites thoughts of old Parisian boudoirs, tuscan hallways and boho lounges. It is a strong and deep colour, so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I have a feeling this colour will make its way into the Autumn/Winter fashion and design trends as the year progresses… I’m hopeful! For I really love this darker shade of red.

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For those who do not want to go out and buy everything ‘Marsala’ and go on a decorating ‘Marsala’ spree…may want to find florals that are easily adaptable to any environment when placed in a crystal vase. Can we agree this shade of peonies are just gorgeous?

It is also a beautiful colour to use in make up or as a nail polish shade. The soon-to-be-released Lime Crime velvetine lip tint called ‘Riot’ was formulate before Pantone’s announcement of the Colour of the year, but it seems they are right on track. The colour is suitable on all skin tones, and is a very wearable and feminine shade.


And I wouldn’t mind seeing more men sporting this colour in their wardrobe choices, I like guys in a deeper shade of red, it exudes confidence, intelligence and strength.  As seen in Berluti‘s campaign, as they specialise in Parisian gentleman’s attire.

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Maybe I’m partial to this shade because I am after all, I am an Aries woman. Red is my colour! I’m drawn to all shades of red. And Marsala is named after a wine, so wait a minute…I’m into that too! A good drop of red is great for the health.

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I think Pantone has chosen wisely this year of their Colour of the Year finalist. I’m pretty happy with their decision and will no doubt have lots of fun playing with it through design and fashion-wise.

Is Marsala a colour that you would find in your home? What would you like to turn Marsala colour if you could?

Hope you are enjoying your Australia Day Long Weekend to all my Australian readers! And to those around the world, have a great week!




*Photos sourced from Pantone.com, limecrime.tumblr.com, elle.com, Berluti.com, ellecanada.com



Zara coming to the Perth fashion scene

As it is nearing closer and closer to the opening of the big Spanish fashion label, Zara at Garden City, Booragoon on the 21st August. The Perth bloggosphere is going crazy at the excitement of an international label bringing its high quality and highly sort after cuts and wearable garments.

As much as I love supporting home grown talent, as I must admit Australian fashion have quality and style to match international brands. However we lack variety under one roof. Zara’s flagship store in Garden City will take over 2 floors and provide apparel choices for women, men and children.



I’m just so excited to find out what they have in the new store. I know I will just have to leave the plastic at home. And how convenient that they have opened up only 20 minutes from home. Not sure how long I will be able t o withhold myself from going to Garden City…

And I wonder if they will bring an Australian online store to us who like to shop in front of our screens…that could prove much safer.

Who else is looking forward to the grand opening this Thursday? 





Donate to Red Cross Australia and win with Country Road

Do you have pre-loved Country Road clothing that you just aren’t into anymore?

Does it just sit in your closet receiving no love or attention?

Why not donate it to the Red Cross in the next two days and for a good deed you can receive a $10 gift voucher to spend on new items at Country Road. It’s Fashion Trade’s annual donate clothes back to win! The goal is to save unnecessary textiles going into landfill and pass them onto other individuals that will recycle and reused these clothes. Earlier on I was in my closet rummaging for Country Road oldies, and discovered an old grey marle jersey dress. It is still lovely, but doesn’t fit me as well. I may decide to take it down to the Red Cross tomorrow as it still has a lot of wear in it, but could look GREAT on someone else.

And as a bonus for every item of Country Road clothing that is donated, this gives you an entry to win a $100 voucher from Country Road. They are choosing 5 winners every day this week until Sat 5th June (a total of 25 winners). So you have to be quick to drop by your nearest Red Cross Shop to offload your old Country Road clothes.

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Images credit: Country Road Instagram


The $10 voucher can be used on purchases $50 or over at any Country Road store in Australia. So what are you waiting for?

Would you like to find your nearest Red Cross Shop, go here.

And need to find out the terms and conditions of the competition, head over here.

This is a great cause that I would be behind, fashion sustainability and donating to charity. Give back and pick up some new Winter treads at the same time. It sounds like a win win combination to me! But remember, the last day to drop into your local Red Cross will be Saturday 5th July.

Do you think you will be joining in this good cause? What new items do you have your eye on?


Small Biz in the spotlight: Madrock Jewels

Happy Chinese New Year to my readers who celebrate! Sorry for the hiatus, but I have been so caught up with the celebration of the Year of the Horse! It is a very auspicious year, so wishing all of you lots of happiness, love, good luck and success.

And since it is ‘New Year’ all over again…my latest post is to inspire you to kick-start your creative plans in 2014. ‘Small Biz in the spotlight’ will become a regular spot in The Simple Chic blog roll. My aim is to help showcase small business owners that are doing what they love and building their brand across the interwebs…and just spreading the love about handmade products.

I like to share things that motivate me and supporting small biz is one of them. These are the faces who are passionate about what their making and hope to one day do it for a living. 

So today, I have the lovely Mandi from Madrock Jewels sharing her story with us…hope she inspires you to rock out!

  1. Why did you choose your business name?

Funnily enough during a local rock climbing session with friends my bestie nicknamed me Madrock, and it stuck. So when I started my new business venture I couldn’t imagine naming it anything but Madrock Jewels.

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Mandi creator of Madrock Jewels

  1. Tell us how you came up with this idea? Is there a special story behind it?

My passion is designing creative, unique designs and expressing them through handmade jewellery. Every bead and every piece is made by my own 2 hands, and cooked in my home studio. It’s grown so fast and everyday I get closer and closer to ‘the bigger picture’ of what I’m hoping it will one day become.

  1. What were you doing at the time when you first thought of starting up your own business?

I actually work full time at Bendigo Bank as an Assistant Manager. This became a creative outlet for me after hours once I got home… with a glass of wine in hand of course.

  1. What do you do in your business?

Madrock Jewels create original and one of a kind polymer clay jewellery pieces. With each bead crafted carefully by hand, no two beads are the same!



Polymer clay is robust and should last a lifetime with proper care. It is stronger than ceramic jewellery but still needs to be treated with care as with any other piece of jewellery. Beads can be dusted and wiped with a damp cloth which will be enough to keep them looking beautiful.
When not being worn, jewellery should be stored out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Colours may start to fade over a period of time if left out on a window sill for instance.
If you wear perfume, deodorant or hairspray, it is best to apply it before you put on your jewellery. Direct contact from aerosols and perfume may discolour the jewellery

  1. Do you have a website or online shop?

WEBSITE IS COMING! www.madrockjewels.com.au is currently in construction! Watch this space!

  1. Where can we buy your products?

I currently take orders via Facebook, Instagram, and through email. But I can be found at local markets on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

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  1. Where are you located?

Mornington Peninsula, VICTORIA

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what do you enjoy doing if you are not creating?

Adventurer. Traveller. Lover. Sister. Dreamer.

When I’m not working I’m spending time with my man, my friends & family! I love the sun & the beach and I’m always up for a bit of an adventure… whether it’s overseas to Africa for 2 months or just to the family holiday house in Rye… I’m happy go lucky and love my life!

  1. Where would you like to be 5 years from now?

This little idea has grown so fast and everyday I get closer and closer to what I’m hoping it will one day become. Australian wide!

But maybe in a few more than 5 years I can already see myself sitting back in a hammock at my beachside villa somewhere warm sipping mojitos…

  1.  Do you have any business advice for others wanting to start-up?

You’ve got to love what you do for work otherwise everyday will become a chore! I love waking up and making my jewellery for the special person that takes it home!

Thanks Mandi for agreeing to be featured here and inspiring us all! I hope you guys will go and check out her Facebook Page here and the handmade collection of Madrock Jewels jewellery and accessories.

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Contact Madrock Jewels

Here are some of the pretty little things I pick up from Madrock Jewels…

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I’m loving them so much, that I have started wearing them to work, to the shops, well pretty much all Summer! And my kids tell me ‘Mum your earrings look like lollies!’, they really do stand out and look so cute too. It is a very minimalist style, which suits my personal taste.

May your week be full of possibilities and plenty of smiling moments!