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How to choose the right fascinator

Wearing a fascinator can really change the look and feel of your outfit. As a general guideline, remember that a fascinator should work with your whole outfit and your overall look, including your hair style.

I have put together some top tips to consider when choosing this glamorous accessory to accompany your next spring racing outfit:

1) Before choosing a fascinator decide on the outfit that you will wear such as clothing, shoes, and jewellery.  Pay attention to the colours, shapes, patterns, textures.

2) Create some balance with the rest of the accessories like shoes, handbags and jewellery. i.e. match silver jewellery with silver metallic accents in your fascinators or if your clothing is busy in terms of patterns and textures keep your fascinator simple, smooth and in one or two colours.

3) Long dresses look better with larger fascinators unless you opt for a small fascinator with large feathers or other trimming.

4) Avoid matching the colour of your clothing to the colour of the fascinator; instead opt for a hue that compliments your clothing to make sure that the fascinator doesn’t get lost in the outfit.

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 5) Keep in mind the colour of your shoes or clutch when deciding the colour of your fascinator.

6) As a general rule of thumb, pastel coloured fascinators compliment outfits in softer and neutral shades while fascinators in bright colours can look better with a bright coloured outfit.

7) Fascinators and face shape

Round faces: try an asymmetrical-style fascinator or angle your fascinator on your head.

Square faces: Your fascinator is best worn on the side. Try something with curves to soften up your face shape.

Narrow faces: try fascinators that provide width and opt for full brims or features.

8) Take into consideration your body frame. i.e. If you are petite avoid a massive fascinator because that will look very overwhelming on you.

Choosing the perfect fascinator is not an easy task because of the plethora of choices and also because it’s an accessory that we generally don’t experiment much with. So, I hope these tips gave you some guidance when shopping for a fascinator. At the end of the day you also have to be guided by your personality and wear something that you will feel comfortable in.

Have you recently bought a fascinator? How was that experience? I’d love to hear from you……..

Photo Shoot Styling

I’ve received this beautiful testimonial from Laura that I wanted to share with you. I feel very grateful to had the chance to style Laura for her photo-shoot. These photos will be used in her coming web site. I wish you Laura lots of success with your business…..

Laura is  a cool-toned person so we opted for cool-toned colours (pink ,blue, burgundy,  teal & silver) with her outfits and jewellery which harmoniously complemented her skin complexion and eyes colours. By choosing your best outfit colours, you can make your skin glow, your eyes sparkle and your entire look appear more pulled together.




Big thank you to Mina from Aqua Living Gifts  for lending us the jewellery and to Esprit Marion for lending us the outfits.


“I just wanted to contact you to thank you so much for coordinating the styling of my photo shoot last month. The looks you created for me were absolutely spot on! Not only that, your involvement on the day of the shoot made the world of difference to the end images, by making sure everything (hair, makeup, jewellery and clothes) were all in order for each shot. You were like a styling ninja!

I am so thrilled with the images, and so grateful for your expertise and involvement on the day. Thank you!” Laura de Lacy, Cyberstart Tradie

Special Occasion Dress Code Guide

Cocktail dressHave you been invited to a party or special event and you have no idea what to wear? Events like Black Tie, Cocktail Parties and Semi-Formals require specific types of attire, or dress code. If you’re unsure of what to wear to your special event, use this guide.

Black Tie

Black Tie events require formal attire, or in other words, dress your best. Women generally wear formal cocktail dresses, long dresses or dressy evening separates, such as a dressy suit. Even your “little black dress” is a suitable option. Men typically resort to a classic tuxedo. If the function is White Tie, women should wear long gowns while men should wear a formal tuxedo with a white shirt, vest and tie.


Semi-formal events also referred to as “After Five” refer to moderately formal dress. For women, a short dress, cocktail dress or dressy suit is acceptable. While tuxedos are not required for semi-formals for men, they should still wear a nice suit. If the function is a business formal, women should opt for a tailored suit or dress. The idea is to dress a little more business-like without looking too sexy.

Cocktail Parties

If you have a cocktail party in your near future, you’ll want to select an elegant dress. In most cases, the little black dress makes for the ultimate cocktail attire. For men, a dark suit is the perfect solution for a cocktail event.


Informal events typically call for similar attire as semi-formal, especially when the event is a wedding or other special occasion. This means short, semi-dressy dresses for women and dark suits for men. When the event is dressy casual, consider an ensemble that is a dressed-up version of a casual look. For women, a dressy pant suit is acceptable, while trousers and a sport coat is a suitable option for men. When the event is just casual, anything goes unless otherwise stated on the invitation.

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