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How to: The Basic Capsule Wardrobe

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aAn essential element to a minimalist lifestyle (a beige life) is a small but effective wardrobe – a capsule wardrobe. Just think of the advantages:

  • Save time and abolish the morning panic because you will always know exactly what to wear.
  • Save money because you will, for the first time, feel like you have enough clothes.
  • Free up so much space in your home.
  • Your wardrobe will look like Pinterest porn.
  • Know exactly what to take on holidays, and pack in five minutes flat.

Here’s how.

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5 of This Season’s Hottest Mules and Where to Buy Them

The must have foot wear trend of the moment is by far the Mule. Milking the ’90s style resurgence the Mule has definitely made a triumphant return to join the likes of the pool slide, undercut and the crop for spring/summer 2014.

Coming in a gazillian renditions of shapes and styles, from the wedge, to the chunky platform heel to the sleek stilletto, embellished with studs, stones, metals, gems, and jewels to prints, fur, leather, suede, cut outs – it can make you go a little crosseyed trying to decide what style to buy into.

Here’s my edit of the top 5 mule styles this season and where to buy them.

1. The Two Strap Mule

Know Your Mule: The Two Strap Mule

1. Gianvito Rossi Double Band Mules, On sale at $460 / 2. Shoe Cult Naomi Mule,, on sale $53 / 3. Zalora High Heel Mule Sandals,, $40 / 4. Spurr #Chung Sandals,, $50 / 5. Country Road Anette Mule Heel,, $179 / 6. Windsorsmith Cranberry Mules,, $150

2. The Open Toe Mule

Know Your Mule: The Open Toe Mule1. TIBI Leona Mules, Net-a-Porter, $600 / 2. Therapy Arlington Mule,, $60 / 3. Tony Bianco Niko,, $170 / 4. River Island Ribbon Mules,, $100 / 5. Maison Martin Margiela Open Toe Leather Mules,, $955 / 6. Seed Heritage Harriet Mule,, $190

3. The Pointed Stiletto Mule

Know Your Mule: The Pointed Stiletto Mule

1. Tony Bianco Franco Mules,, $180 / 2. SPURR Jocelyn Mules,, $50 / 3. SENSO Uki I Mule,, $259

4. The Two Strap Pointed Mule

Know Your Mule: Pointed Two Strap Mule
1. Tony Bianco Fayme Mule,, $180 / 2. Seed Heritage Milly Pointed Mule,, $190 / 3. Gianvito Rossi High Heel Mule,, $694 / 4. Express Pointed Toe Two Piece Runway Mule,, $88 / 5. The Mode Collective Metal Plate Mules,, $279 / 6. Manolo Blahnik Trovina Leather Point-Toe Mule, Nordstorm, $871.35 / 7. Miss Selfridge Lipstick Mule,, $81 / 8. Schutz Quereda Suede Pointy-Toe Mule,, $200 / 9. Nelly Stiletto Mule,, $59

5. The Pointed Wedge Mule

Know Your Mule: The Pointed Wedge Mule

1. Wittner Columbia Mules,, $180 / 2.ModCloth Vintage Inspired All Chat and More Wedge,, $55 / 3. Michael Antonio Nami Wedge Mule,, $50 / 4. Rampage Kavi Wedge Mule,, $44 / 5. Vagabond Maritsa 301,, $140

Which is your favourite mule style?


Spring 2014 Slides Edit from $36

One of the most polarising 2014 trends – Slides are out of the bag and there’s no stuffing them back in. It started with the iconic two strap Birkenstock Arizona (aka ‘Jesus sandal’), and now ugly shoes have controversially become the accessory of the moment. Love them or hate them, all our favourite labels, from designer to chain store, are offering literally hundreds of slide styles for spring. We’ve searched high and low and put together a comprehensive edit of the best pool slides out there to buy online from under $100 for those who want to dip their toes, and over $100 for those wanting to splash some cash on something to invest in.

Being closely associated with the normcore trend, you want your slides in monochrome a colour scheme and modern prints. ‘Texture’ is the word when it comes to working a limited palette, so hair on leathers, embossed patterns and metallic detailing are highly desirable add-on’s. As for the style, our tip is, the simpler the better. Go with a classic two strap slide, cross strap style or single strap. Even the classic Adidas pool slide, with its ubiquitous triple stripes, is fair game in our book (be fashion forward, and dare to wear them with socks!). The hard part is, as always, picking just one! 

Steal (under $100)



1. Lexy Tab Slide $79.95 2. Unisex Adidas Adilette Slides $42.70 J.Crew 3. London Rebel Slip on Cross Strap Slider on sale $39.55 ASOS 4. Leopard Slipper $69.99 5. Gold Slider $69.99 6. Black Sliders $69.99 7. Lexy Tab Slide $79.95 8. Boohoo Teegan Deep Strap Cleated Slider $36 9. Harriet Sandal $79.95 10. Sienna Metallic Slide $79.95 11. Cross Over Slide $69.95 12. Boohoo Frankie Cross Strap Cleated Slider $36 13. Ivy Cross Over Slide $89.95 14. Witchery Kat Wedge Slide $99.95 15. Cross Over Slide $69.95 16. Witchery Shadiya Slide $99.95 17. Topshop Flirt Espradrille Sandals $62.70 18. Topshop Flirt Espradrille Sandals $62.70 19. Topshop Flirt Espradrille Sandals $62.70

Splurge (over $100)


1. Senso Ida III Slides $249 2. Senso Ida I Slides $239 Coggles 3. Senso Ida VI Slides $239 4. Senso Ida X Slides $239 5. Senso Ida I Slides $239 6. Ancient Greek Sandals Thais Calf hair slides $213.80 7. Newbark Yasmin Shearling Panelled Leather Slides $580 8. Marni Felt Slides $499 Nordstorm 9. Senso Ida VIII Slides $239 The Iconic 10. Senso Immy I Slides $249 11. Senso Iris Slides $220 12. Senso Igloo Slides $199 13. Birkenstock Arizona Slides $101 Urban Outfitters 14. Chloe Embellished Neoprene Slides $812


Hustle & Scout Canberra Market

What ‘makes sense’ depends a lot on where you live, and for Canberra, Hustle & Scout Twilight Fashion Markets made so much sense that it was almost taken for granted by everyone that it would be incredibly popular with Canberran folk. For one, this Canberra market brings together two of the things that Canberrans love best: indie fashion lables, and a hip evening hangout.

What Hustle & Scout has going for it that sets it so far apart from Canberra’s other beloved markets like Fash’n’Treasure Markets and Handmade Markets is its seamless integration of shopping and social scene. Held at Canberra’s coolest new development, the NewActon culture and cinema precinct, Hustle & Scout takes full advantage of NewActon Nishi building’s beautifully designed spaces, with stalls arranged in the downstairs lobby, bands and DJ’s set up on the wide stair case, and the bar conveniently located upstairs. As I’ve previously written of the first Hustle & Scout Market, this Canberra market is not a place to simply browse and move on. Inevitably, you are pulled into the awesome party atmosphere and you stay for hours.

April’s Hustle & Scout market looked to be the best one yet, possibly exceeding the attendnace of even its inaugeral launch, which, notorious of Canberra markets, usually attracts the best crowd. It can’t be just because of the media hype – of which there has consistently been a lot of from the get go – so I guess it must be because the word is spreading. Canberrans are known to consult widely with friends before deeming a restaurant/bar/show worthy of their prescious time. Some of the coolest things to do around town are always the ones you hear about from a friend of a friend. Hustle & Scout has clearly gained that word of mouth street cred. It’s something people would pop into conversation, like ‘you should check this out – no, I mean it, you should DEFINITELY check this out’.

Importantly, Hustle & Scout is also one of the best platforms for emerging local fashion brands to comercialise their designs. So it’s no wonder that FASHFEST, Canberra’s biggest annual fashion festival, has always collaborated closetly with the Canberra Market. This time, FASHFEST organised a food-fashion-fusion photoshoot (intrigued?) with Form Haircutters, Next Hair and Leighton Hutchinson Photography. Yes, I do mean bread crowns and fruit scewer head pieces! But More on that in my next article.

Check out Hustle & Scout’s website for more details about the market, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest new, including when the next market will be held!

Also, if you loved Hustle & Scout, then you’ll love FASHFEST, which will be held in about two weeks time from 30 April to 3 May! Buy your tickets while you still can!

Check out some of my snaps of the market and Canberra street style below!

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