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Today’s designer profile is on Australian bespoke jewellery label Sally Rose.

The label was founded by designer Sally Rose, whilst she was living in London back in 2009, but she has recently relocated back to Melbourne where she designs and produces her stunning collections.

Sally graduated with a degree in Visual Arts, majoring in Sculpture, and has an extensive background in fine jewellery design. It is this combined experience that gives her pieces a balance of beauty, individuality, boldness and quality.

Growing up with mixed Indian and European heritage, Sally spent her childhood playing dress ups in her Anglo-Indian Grandmother’s 1930’s wardrobe. An experience, which created an appreciation for ornate fashion from an early age, and now is evident in her strong and substantial designs.

When I asked Sally to tell me about the label’s style she described it as “a mixture of Sci-fi film meets 90’s grunge with Art Deco motifs” (makes me want to weep with happiness)

Pieces often include a mixture of metals, leather, studs and /or jewels, which make for a bold statement, but always with glimpses of delicate detailing to polish the look.

 Since meeting Sally last year, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of her new collection “Nero”, a collaboration with best friend, and fellow creative Lindelux, which Sally describes as being inspired by a concoction of 80’s electronica, Modernist architecture and style icons and artists such as Grace Jones and Iman.

A gorgeous collection showcasing clean lines and fluid materials that sculpt to the body, convey strength, diversity and empowerment.

The Nero collection is now live on the Sally Rose website – make sure you take a look! And check out my interview with the talented and inspiring Sally herself, below.


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Behind the scenes at the Nero shoot

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Designer Sally Rose


Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Sally Rose Jewellery came about?

I’m an Australian Jewellery Designer, based in Melbourne, with a background in fine Jewellery and Visual Arts. For my course I majored in Sculpture and after completing my degree, I decided to use my artistic skills and explore the Jewellery industry as I’d always been fascinated with Jewellery since I was a child. Jewellery is also somewhat miniature sculptures, so the transition just made sense. I then travelled through India and Europe, where I have mixed heritage from, and lived in London for a few years. This is where I became completely inspired by different cultures and styles of Jewellery, so I started creating pieces and the Label was born.

 What inspires your design and creative decisions?

I think a lot of it comes naturally. I was always known growing up as being a day-dreamer and would be constantly sketching and doodling away in a notebook, a lot of the time subconsciously. So it’s been a matter of using that process to create an initial idea and then breaking it down. Ideas generally come from a song, image or shape, then manifest.

 What is your favourite part of the design process?

Different parts of the process are exciting. The initial concept sketches are really fluid and fun especially as you can see a piece coming to life, even if it is just on paper. Then to the sourcing, trialling and making which can be challenging, through to the final piece which is always rewarding, especially if you know you’ve nailed it!

 How would you describe your personal style?

My style is fairly eclectic. I love fashion but try to avoid following the crowd. I don’t like to feel stock standard. I’ll dress mainly classic, with a mix of new and vintage but will generally have something statement on, whether it be jewellery and (or) shoes. I’m a sucker for denim though, in all shades.

 What are 5 essentials in your wardrobe?

A great pair of jeans (or three!), leather biker jacket, brogues, my killer YSL wedding shoes and always a cocktail ring.

 Name some of the people who inspire you and why?

In terms of fashion, Yves Saint Laurent  and Jean Paul Gaultier are inspirations. YSL for his clean lines and ambiguous cuts and JPG’s use of shapes that sculpt to the body is constantly impressive, they both balance masculinity and femininity so well. Phillippe Starck is another huge inspiration, across all facets, whether it’s interior, industrial design or architecture, he’s so innovative, clever and practical, it’s mind blowing. The French really do design well. Also artists such as Prince, Madonna and more recently Beyonce, all have a knack of reinventing themselves.

 If you could design a piece of jewellery for anyone in the world, who woud it be? And what would you design?

Most likely Beyonce. She’s current, constantly fresh and exceptionally talented, what’s not to love! I’d either create a full body piece or a massive cocktail ring.

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

For initial inspiration Music, books and different cultures. For materials, hardware stores, markets, op-shops and vintage stores.

 What is the best place to shop in Melbourne/London?

Australia has a wealth of incredible designers. Sass and Bide, Gorman and Ellery have always been favourites. But more specifically to Melbourne, Assin only Collins Street is a cool store which showcases a great mix of fashion, Art and architecture. The Camberwell Market has been a longtime fave as well. For London, Brick Lane and Spitalfield Market for vintage finds, Notting Hill has a few great spots for vintage designer treats and a mooch around Harvey Nichols in central London is always a bit of fun.

 What is next for the label? Where do you see the brand going in the future?

There’s exciting things on the cards for the label. I’ve just worked on a collaboration with a fellow Jewellery Designer/ DJ called Lindelux. The collection is called ’Nero’ and is inspired by 80’s electronica and muses such as Grace Jones and Iman. I’m also working on a bridal collection which will merge my background of fine Jewellery with the diversity of the costume jewellery, with a custom-made component. And a capsule collection of cocktail rings will launch early next year. 

 Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start his or her own Jewellery business?

I live and breathe Jewellery, so passion for what you do is integral. If you want to start your own Jewellery business you need to be innovative, original, patient and work your pants off. Enjoying the journey is prime too.

So tomorrow is the start of Spring Racing Carnival. You’ve got your dress, your hat, and your spare pair of cheeky flats hiding in your clutch!

But what about your make up? What will you be applying to complete your Spring Racing look?

I’ve reached out to some of my favourite Australian beauty and lifestyle bloggers and asked them to put together a Spring Racing look to get your creativity flowing! (you should totally check their blogs out!!!)

Each of the gorgeous ladies has created a look and outlined the products used, as well as shared with us their TOP SPRING RACING CARNIVAL TIPS!

And so with no further a due,  I introduce Tine form Beautyholics Anonymous with the Derby Day edit, Cheryl from Business Chic for Melbourne Cup Edit, Andrea from Sublime Finds for Oaks Day, and Madeleine from The Daily Mark finishing off with Stakes Day.

I hope you all have a terrific time at the Races!


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Tine from Beautyholics Anonymous for Derby Day

Face: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer, Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Eyes: NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base, LORAC Pro eyeshadow palette (Pewter and Champagne on the lids, Gold to line the lower lashline), Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture mascara
Brows: Benefit Gimme Brow
Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #19 Fuchsia in Rage

Top Spring Racing Tip: Two words: Prime and Protect! Apply face and eyeshadow primer to keep the makeup lasting all day and protect your skin with lots of SPF. Don’t just SPF the face; remember to apply sunscreen on your neck, arms, legs and wherever your skin is exposed.


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Cheryl from Business Chic for Melbourne Cup

Face: Loreal Infallible liquid and powder foundation, & concealer
Eyes: Loreal Butterfly Lashes Mascara, Loreal So Couture Super Liner | false eyelashes in Natural by Shu Uemura
Cheeks: Laguna bronzer by NARS
Lips: Lipstick by Shanghai Suzy, liquid Limecrime and Jane Iredale City Lights range

Top Spring Racing Carnival Tips: Long wear foundation that doesn’t budge. I was recently gifted L’Oreal Infallible foundation which I wear over the Base Magique primer  and keep the oilies and shine at bay using the powder foundation.

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen under your foundation  !
A matte lip is great if the weather is windy as any loose hair won’t get stuck. That said glosses can be more moisturising.

Shu Uemura apply falsies for the cost of the lashes – from $25. The Benefit Brow Bar also offer a brow grooming service from $39 and eyelash application from $29.


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Andrea from Sublime Finds for Oaks Day

Face: Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream, MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15, MAC Mineralize Concealer, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish (I use a darker shade in lieu of a bronzer and the lighter shade as a finishing powder), Nanoblur (after foundation and before powder – lightly dab on for photo-ready fabulousness, Benefit Watts Up.
Eyes: MAC Blacktrack Fluidline eyeliner, Urban Decay Naked 2 Eye Pallet, Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Brows: Benefit Instant Brow Pencil
Cheeks: NARS Blush in Orgasm
Lips: MAC Lip Pencil in Hip ’N’ Happy, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Backstage Bambi

Top Spring Racing Carnival Tips: For Oaks Day, Think romantic and girly with pink lips, big lashes and a hint of glow on your cheeks! Don’t forget a great base with SPF: I recommend Smashbox’s CC Cream for staying power


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Madeleine from The Daily Mark for Stakes Day

Face: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer,Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation, Revlon Photo Ready Skin Lights in Pink Light, Rimmel Wake Me Up! Concealer, The Blam’s Mary-Loumanizer, MAC Fix It.
Eyes: Too Faced – Satin Sheets, Too Faced – Voulez-Vous, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner, DUO Lash Glue, Mecca Cosmetica Plumping False Lashes, Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara
Brows: Anastasia DipBrow Pomade Soft Brown
Cheeks: NARS Matte Multiple in Siam
Lips: Burts Bees Lip Crayon in Niagara Overlook, Napoleon Lip Gloss

Top Spring Racing Carnival Tips: Prime that skin with a good sunscreen first, the last thing you want is to come home with sunburn. Let the sunscreen soak in and then apply a good moisturiser to hydrate the skin. This will keep it looking plump and gorgeous all day long.

 Follow up with a makeup primer. This creates a shield between your skincare and makeup meaning the oil your skin naturally excretes will not break down your foundation and cause it to slip away. Focus on your t-zone, so forehead, nose and chin and blend out across the rest of your face.

For a colour that will last all day between sips of sparkling try a tinted lip balm. They disperse a gorgeous colour to the lips that stays put all day and also keeps your lips moisturised. Top with a bit of gloss to make the look a bit more glam and you’re ready to go!

If you’re a particularly oily skinned lass, tap a bit of powder across your t-zone to keep it all in place. Otherwise try a fixing spray to hold everything where it should be and hydrate that skin again just before heading out the door.



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Todays Designer Profile post is on Squeak, a small Melbourne design business ran by textile designer, Pippa Oostergetel. I met Pippa many years ago when we were studying Textile Design together at RMIT, and have been really excited to share her business and designs with you all!

Squeak started off as a smaller enterprise, offering beautifully designed scarves and cushions at the beginning, but Pippa has been busy over the past year, growing the business into a go-to destination for colourful, and quality home and fashion accessories.

For all the fashion lovers out there, Squeak specializes in digitally printed silk scarves, and has recently released a fantastic line of Silk/Cotton blend dressing gowns, some seriously fun men’s pocket squares, and cotton canvas bags and pouches, which all come in Squeak’s exclusive colourful digital prints, inspired by Pippa’s travels and designed by the lady herself. (What a talent!)

And in terms of interior goodies, there is an array of cushions, and tea towels to add colour into the home in a really happy and playful way.

Talking about playful, you ABSOLUTELY MUST check out the amazingly hilarious (and informative) videos that squeak released last week, “How to Pocket Square” & “How to Scarf”.

Check them out below, and if you love them as much as I do PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!!

Let me know what you think of the videos in the comments, and check out my interview with Pippa below – xo Luci


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Tell us a little bit about yourself and how “Squeak” came about?

 Well, I studied Textile Design at RMIT but decided to move overseas and travel before I put my degree to any real use. I lived in Europe for nearly 2 years before I came home. After that I was just working for a company as a Textile Designer for a few years, but starting my own thing was what I always really wanted to do. Eventually I just decided to go for it.

What inspires your design and creative decisions?

 I really just design the type of product that I want, or I feel is lacking in my own wardrobe or home at that moment. I probably shouldn’t be so self-serving, but I design products that I personally want, and then I just make enough of them so that other people can have some too! But as for the designs/prints themselves, I find travelling and my own photography to be the biggest inspiration.

What is your favourite part of the design process?

 Seeing the product idea come into reality. You’ve had something in your head for so long, and all you can really do is try your hardest to help explain what you want to your manufacturers, with product specifications and the final print artwork. And sometimes it’s not always a clear-cut idea in your head, sometimes it’s a bit murky and you only know that that’s what you wanted when you finally get to see it in the flesh. So when you do get the samples back, and they are exactly what you want, that is by far the best part.

Of course, it’s also one of the hardest parts. Most of the time you don’t get perfect samples first go. It’s a tedious back and forth process, but in the end, completely worth it.

What are some of your favourite Australian fashion brands?

 To be perfectly honest, I’m not heavily into fashion. I’d love to spout out some obscure, up-and-coming, Australian fashion designer right now. Oh, how cool and on trend I would look if I did that. But in reality, I’m pretty mainstream with my fashion. My favourite Australian labels are Country Road and Seed. If I’m feeling like splurging on something super nice then maybe I’ll look at Gorman. And one day, oh one day, I would love to be able to afford to shop at Jac and Jack.

How would you describe your personal style?

 Quite casual. Jeans and a t-shirt really. Benefits of working for yourself means you get to wear what you want. No horrible corporate wear for me. I like my clothes comfy but not daggy.

What are 5 essentials in your wardrobes?

 Jeans, a good white shirt, and an array of oversized t-shirts for your everyday wear. Then a nice silk dress for heading out in. And boots. Oh, there has to be boots. For dressing up, dressing down I don’t care really. Boots are my all time favourite.

 Name some of the people who inspire you and why?

 I find it’s the success stories that inspire me. Labels like Mozi and Gorman, they all started small like the rest of us, but look how well they’ve done.

I also saw the amazing Carolyn Creswell, the founder of Carman’s Muesli, speak once at a small business seminar. She is incredible. Talk about the ultimate success story and the ultimate inspiration. If I could achieve even less than a quarter of what she has achieved, then I would be a very happy girl.

If you could design an item for anyone in the world, who would it be? And what would you design?

 Maybe I would design for Carolyn Creswell! Nah, just kidding. I have no idea though, I’m too busy designing for myself!

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

 Pinterest of course, your first go to for inspiration. I also look at a lot of blogs and magazines, but when I feel like getting super inspired and trend savvy I use Style Site.

What is the best place to shop in Melbourne?

 Well, I do have to admit, the new Emporium is pretty nice. Who knew a food court could be so gourmet! Better go check it out while it’s still new, cause I’m sure in a year or two it’ll start looking torn apart, tatty, and somewhat greasy like all the other food courts out there. Oh, yeah… the shopping’s pretty good too.

What is next for the label? Where do you see the brand going in the future?

 Well, let’s see. It’s been a pretty big 6 months for Squeak, lots of new product lines came in, so for the near future, I think I might just stop to catch my breath. A few more bags are on the horizon though, and of course, always more scarves. But in another 6 months, I might re-evaluate what my home or wardrobe need, then I’ll design something to fill the void.

Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start his or her own business in fashion?

 There’s no time like the present. Seriously, you can stall and stall and stall… or you can just start.




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?


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


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?


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