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Every now and then, I wish we still lived in a world where ladies would don a nice hat “just because”. In the movies of my childhood, elegant women would dress up in gorgeous hats and put on lace gloves on a daily basis. But alas, we live in a modern world, and popping on a hat to walk down to the shops is a thing of the past.

 But then, once a year the Spring Racing Carnival comes along and gives women the chance to go all out and decorate their heads with some impressive headwear.

 The process of finding a stylish, tasteful and wearable headpiece can often be an arduous one, with millinery really becoming less prevalent in the fashion scene. But The Eternal Headonist is here to change all that!

 Established earlier this year The Eternal Headonist aims to bring beautiful headwear back to the forefront of fashion and create accessible, quality, fashion-forward headwear and millinery that you can wear well after Stakes Day is over.

 Representing some of Australia’s finest milliners including Richard Nylon, Reny Kestel and Lisa Tan (who is now London based), the new pop up store specialises in ofcourse, all your fashionable and designer needs for spring racing, but also bridal hairpieces, as well as more casual hats, turbans and beanies.

 So if you’re on the hunt for a beautiful designer hairpiece or hat that will complete (and I’m sure totally make) your spring racing outfit, you need look no further than these guys.

 The Eternal Headonist pop up shop is open until Friday 7th November at 37/220 Commercial Road Prahran.

 See my interview with owner, Annabel Allen below:

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and how The Eternal Headonist came about?

The Eternal Headonist came about as because being a shopper of hats, I could see that there was a gap in the market for fashion-forward, accessible headwear for the 25 – 45 year old. Currently the main options people have are generally constrained to what the large department stores have to offer during the Spring Racing periods or the cheap mass-produced product stocked in chain stores, or of course visiting a milliner and getting something custom made, which is a delightful experience, but not for everyone. I wanted to make excellent headwear available all year round, and easy for everyone to purchase.

Also as a maker of hats I know how hard it is for milliners to build their brands and manage the operational side of running a business amongst the highly time consuming practice of making hats, and hence felt there was an opportunity to provide another outlet for milliners to stock their headwear and take the hassle out of managing operations.

Before I started The Eternal Headonist I was a chartered accountant, and worked in fairly senior management positions for large listed companies and government organisations, so felt I could bring those corporate skills into managing the business.  (I also studied millinery on the side, hence the knowledge of the industry!)

Can you tell us about some of the Milliners that you represent/stock?

For the first year of The Eternal Headonist I have selected milliners whose work I was familiar with and that I feel are doing something different with their work, whether it be through exceptional technique or innovative use of materials, or maybe a progressive and fashion-forward aesthetic. It’s hard to single any one of them as they are all excellent! You can check out our blog for more details on each of them and why we have selected them.
However, this is just a start I want to bring more milliners on board as the business grows. There are so many more amazing and talented millinery artists whose work needs to be out there and available, so here’s to more in future years!

If you could design a hat for anyone in the world (dead or alive), who would it be?

Ok, will it would be a triple-headed tie between Grace Jones, Erykah Badu and Audrey Hepburn, all inspirational women and true Headonistic heroes of ours. And if Gaga called and said “get me some crazy headwear now Headonist”, well, we’d be pretty pleased with that too!

What do you think makes a great Spring Racing Carnival outfit?

Well obviously a fabulous hat, it can totally make or break an outfit, but it needs to be teamed with a smart and individual dress choice, and some super fabulous accessories.  Keep it classy, but that doesn’t mean boring by any stretch of the imagination, (and imagination is the key word here), be creative, make something yourself, add gloves, maybe a cape, why not go for accessories in a completely modern material like plastic or leather? Make it edgy and refined!

What are your top 5 Spring Racing essentials?

i) An awesome hat ii) Comfortable shoes iii) Sunscreen/Emergency Umbrella (you need to be prepared for all scenarios!) iv) Plenty of money so you can back all the winners v) A Berocca for the hangover the next day :)

What is the best place to shop in Melbourne in terms of getting Spring Racing Carnival ready?

So I’m guessing I can’t say The Eternal Headonist right?! Well in that case we love Melbourne boutiques like Lady Petrova, Limedrop and Kuwaii for individual and unique dresses and accessories, we love all the fabulous talent this city has to offer, so many neat treats in these stores for Spring Racing.

 

Today we have some Stakes Day outfit inspiration.

Family day allows for some more casual dressing as the atmosphere is more relaxed.  Pop on a nice flowy dress and summer hat and you’re set!

Are you going to Stakes day this year? If so, What will you be wearing?

STAKES DAY OUTFIT 01Zimmermann Riot Gathered Dress /  Country Road Thea Bowler Bag / Midnight Garden Bun Cover / Lucy Folk Crochet Bracelets & Dip Chain Bracelet / Coco Mademoiselle EDP / Lucy Folk Appeteaser Stoney Taco Necklace / Jo Mercer Riviera Sandals STAKES DAY OUTFIT 02

Scanlan Theodore Mini Brocade Print Dress / Oroton Metier Mini Crossbody Bag / Kiehls Nashi Blossom and Pink Grapefruit Perfume / Forever New Emily Facsinator / Sportsgirl Clean Ring Stack / Tibi Amber Ankle Sandal / Witchery OCRF Spinner Bracelet

STAKES DAY OUTFIT 3Gorman Kimono Dress / Gorman Triangle Belt / Classic Paper Braid Floppy Hat / Limedrop Marbled Gem Necklace / Dinasour Designs Resin Ball Stud Earrings / Jo Mercer Issyani Clutch / Marc Jacobs Honey EDP / Gorman Hokey Pokey Clogs 

Today LiLT is serving up some Oaks Day outfit inspiration.

Ladies day is the perfect time to get in touch with your feminine side. Slip into some floral prints, wear a little pink (or a nice plum or purple if blush in not your type of hue), and finish off with some beautiful accessories.

What is your favourite way to add a bit of femininity to your outfits? And what are you wearing to Oaks Day this year?

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Zimmermann Backbeat Plunge Drape Dress / Tony Bianco Mia Clutch / Forever New Milly Fascinator / The Dark Horse Circle Necklace & Infinity Bracelet / Ernest & JoeSolid Gold Circle Ring / Chloé Signature EDP / Tony Bianco Leisa Heels

OAKS DAY OUTFIT 02Cameo Lay Low Dress / Witchery Shayna Crossbody Bag / Love Lotus Millinery Headpiece from The Eternal Headonist / Moxham Marlowe Necklace & Xeno Cuff / Siren Goldie Heels / Michael Kors EDP

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Life with Bird Panoramic Dress / Mimco Origami Large Envelope Clutch / Mimco Moon Tide Turban / Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb EDP / Limedrop Metallic Rosewood Bangles / Gorman Running from the Sun Heels

Today LiLT brings you some Melbourne Cup outfit inspiration!

Are you guys going to any of the Spring Racing Carnival events this year? And if so, what will you be wearing?

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Camilla & Marc Liverpool Station Dress / Oroton Odeion Clutch / Amanda Dudley Headpiece from The Eternal Headonist / Jolie & Deen Rings & Bracelet / Jean Paul Gaultier Classique EDT / Tony Bianco Ambrose Heels

MELBOURNE CUP OUTFIT 02Life with Bird Tilt & Shift Dress / Issey Miyake Pleats Please EDT / Wittner Wynona Clutch / K is for Kani Rose Crown / Kelly Wearstler Idealist CuffKelly Wearstler Precision RingKelly Wearstler Cubist Ring / Wittner Sonda Heels

MELBOURNE CUP OUTFIT 03BLover Libra Midi Dress / Claire Vivier Oversize Clutch / Amber Sceats Pearl Centered Headpiece / Jolie & Deen Pearl Bracelet & Rings / Catbird Twisted Stacker Rings / Marc Jacobs Daisy ETD / Lauren Marinis Gilda Pumps 

Woohoo! Spring Racing Carnival is just around the corner!  It’s time to dust off your fascinators, pop on some party heels and stash some secret flats in your handbag!

And if you’re still on the lookout for the perfect outfit to wear to the Spring Racing Carnival, LiLT’s got your back! This week I will be posting 3 looks per day to help you get sorted for racing season.

Today is all about Derby Day. Traditionally speaking Derby Day is all about Black & White. Outfits take on a slightly more classic and sophisticated style but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a play with some more modern silhouettes and make a statement with your accessories.

Here are my Derby Day Outfit Ideas.

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Manning Cartell Geo-Tastic Racer Dress / Nomadic Mock Croc Leather Pouch / Reny Kestel Headpiece from The Eternal Headonist / Coco Chanel Perfume / Estelle Deve Yuk Ting Ring and Owl Magnetic Earrings / Tony Bianco Alex Heels

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Cameo Wake Me Dress / Mimco Know the Ropes Wrist Bracelet, Monumenta Ring Duo, Mim Glamour Ring & Mim Enamoured Ring / Studio Aniss Headpiece from The Eternal Headonist / Byredo Gypsy Water / Oroton Bueno Clutch / Siren Goddess Heels

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Sass & Bide Chain of Command Dress / The Bag Department Evelyn Bag / K is for Kani Flower Crown / GMS Silver Ball Bracelet Stack / Seed Tassel Necklace / Siren Gabi Sandals / Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint Cologne

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Happy Birthday LiLT!

I cannot believe that LiLT Blog is turning 2 today! It seems like only yesterday I started this little blog as a casual hobby, and two years down the track it has led me to meet a bunch of incredible people, work with some amazing Australian brands and strive to create better content everyday!

I want to say a sincere and HUGE thank you to anyone who follows, likes, comments and shares my posts! I am so grateful for your support and am looking forward to working on bigger and better things for the blog and for YOU in this next year!!!

Lots of love – xo Luciana

 

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Earlier in the year I met up with my long time friend Victoria Khroundina after not having seen her for a few years.  I was really excited to catch up with her, because having spent most of my teenage years growing up next to her, I knew that she would have some great and interesting stories to share.  I’ve always known Vicky to be a “doer”, an inspiring and ambitious woman who would stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Which is why it came as no surprise, when she told me of her incredible new venture, of starting an online magazine with fellow writer, actor and friend Viva Bianca.

The online magazine, (which you should all be reading) is SheRa.

Having just released their second issue, “The Sex Issue” this Monday, these ladies are seriously kicking butt, and serving up some pretty interesting, informative and empowering content.

The magazine provides a powerful platform for female expression, and with Viva and Vicky having travelled and lived in many corners of the world, it has a strong global voice. (Both originally form Melbourne, Vicky now lives in Istanbul, and Viva in Los Angeles).  The subject matter is sometimes controversial, but always entertaining and spans from Film & TV, music, fashion & design, to sex, social issues, and politics.

SheRa was created with real women in mind and is for all of the intelligent, spunky, independent and free spirited women out there who love a bit of fashion and also want to leave with food for thought.

I ask that you please check it out, share with your friends, sisters, mothers and daughters, and of course your male counterparts too (there are really meaningful and entertaining features in there for everyone)

And also…these ladies give a real good interview, make sure you check it out below!

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Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how SheRa Mag came about?

 Viva: I’m an actor and a screenplay writer living in LA. I’d started writing for a couple of online pop culture magazines and pretty soon became disappointed by the way girls of my generation were being portrayed in the media. I felt there was a significant gap in the market and, consequently, online discussion. I wanted to create an online girls magazine that engaged in pop culture discourse but that challenged the status quo, encouraged girls to think and, ultimately, championed kick-ass female pioneers of our generation.

 Vicky and I became friends in Melbourne when she was about 19 and I was 21. She was a little crack shot! And we got up to all kinds of mischief ;-) When I had the idea for the magazine, I knew I needed a collaborator and thought hard about who that person would be. Vicky now lives in Istanbul and works as an editor, and when she came to mind, I was like a dog with a bone. We Skyped one day and when I began pitching the idea to her, she interrupted me and said, “V! This has been my dream as well! Lets do it!”

 There are a few of you who have founded and contribute to the magazine. How did you all meet?

 Vicky: Well, Viva and I met about 10 years ago in Melbourne through mutual friends and…it was love at first sight. We really hit it off and we had an important part in each other’s lives growing up. After she moved to LA and I to London and then Istanbul to pursue our dreams, we remained in touch and always barracked for each other. Earlier this year, Viva called me with a great idea for a magazine and I have also been contemplating starting a magazine but wanted to collaborate with someone likeminded. So Viva’s call couldn’t have come at a better time! Then, Bridget, a fellow Melbournian girl, came on board as our Production Director and we have a team of wonderful young writers from every corner of the globe contributing. It’s been pretty amazing how everyone has come together and has given their absolute all to our little venture.

 What inspires your creative decisions?

 Viva: Values, ultimately. Thankfully mine and Vicky’s values are in line so as Co-Editors in Chief, so creative decision making runs fluidly. We’re both also a little bent and far from conservative so we like to push the envelope as much as possible. But our creative choices are always driven from the urgency to open the world up to the many dimensions – good, bad and ugly – of the female experience.

 Name some of the people who inspire you and why?

 Vicky: Haruki Murakami, for the way he uses language. Jonathan Franzen, for writing real, all-encompassing characters. Paul Thomas Anderson, for his versatility and consistency. Erykah Badu, for not giving a fuck and always blazing her own trail. My mum, for always letting me be who I am and supporting what I do. My grandma, for teaching me about love.

Viva:  Aung San Suu Kyi is one off the greatest living heroines of our time. She sacrificed years of her life for her beliefs, for freedom. Cate Blanchett is not only a great actress, but also an intelligent ambassador for feminism and reason in an often silly industry. She’s also a mother of three and for a few years was the Co-Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company. Lena Dunham. She’s rewritten the rules in Hollywood, and showed ‘em who’s boss.

 If you could interview anyone in the world (dead or alive), who would it be?

 Vicky: Hmmmm, great question. When I was younger, I was obsessed with Marilyn Monroe and so I think I would have to choose her. Or Sappho (she founded Western literature). Or Anaïs Nin. All three women overcame great odds to do what they did and are, in their own ways, all fascinating.

 Viva: I never met any of my grandparents. I would give a limb to have an hour with one of them.

 What are the top 3 resources that you turn to for inspiration?

 Vicky: The New Yorker is great for essays, Vanity Fair is where I go for my “smart” celebrity news, Wonderland for fashion and music. Also love blogs such as Vagenda and The Reductress.

 Viva: The New York Times, the Huffington Post is pretty good, the library – whichever city I’m in, I immediately locate its state library – books are gold, Vanity Fair and Vogue.

 In terms of fashion, how would you describe your personal styles?

 Vicky: I’m pretty casual and I have to say, I don’t pay too much attention to fashion. Having said that, I do like clothes! But I like to keep things classic with a bit of an edge. Nice jeans with vintage shirts, slim-cut jackets (I’m really short) and boots; and in summer, I’m always in a colourful dress and a nice pair of sandals.

 Viva: My dad reinforced in me at a young age that Italian leather shoes are mandatory. So along with my own contemporary edge, I have a kind of classic elegance to my style. I love colour and I love contradictions – like a feminine woman in a masculine shirt or oversized blazer. I also love combining high-end designer clothing with vintage. I can swing from homely hipster to glamour queen in heartbeat.

 What is the best place to shop in Melbourne / Sydney / Istanbul / Los Angeles?

 Vicky: I’m out of the loop for Melbourne, but I can say that Istanbul is the textile capital of the world and the fabrics I see in the markets and in the windows are phenomenal. The problem is how those fabrics are used and what they’re turned into. Sometimes, the clothes here miss the mark, however, there is also a pool of interesting, fashion-forward designers. My favourite would have to be Dice Kayek, a whose cutting-edge couture is inspired by Byzantine icons, Ottoman robes and Istanbul’s mosques and palaces, and who won V&A’s coveted Jameel Prize last year. It’s really fun to browse in different neighbourhoods depending on what you want to buy. If someone was visiting Istanbul and wanted to shop, I would tell them to go to Galata for unique souvenirs and artisans’ creations, Nişantaşı for designer wear, Cihangir for vintage and costumes, and Çukurcuma for antiques. For Turkish ceramics and textiles, head straight to Arasta Bazaar in Sultanahmet.

 Viva: Nolita and Soho are great places to shop in New York. In LA, I love the flee markets. The flee market on Melrose and Fairfax is amaze. There’s also a great store on La Brea called American Rag which sells cool US and European labels along with some vintage garb. And super jewellery.

 What is next for SheRa Mag? Where do you see the magazine going in the future?

 Vicky: Well, the sky’s the limit really! But what’s most important for us is widening the conversation on women’s issues, introducing our readers to interesting and accomplished women and generally empowering girls and women, no matter who they are or where they are from. We want to keep putting out issues and content that we ourselves can’t wait to read.

You can read more about Vicky and Viva here