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You Don’t Need To Spend A Lot Of Money To Dress Well

10 May

I was having lunch with a girlfriend recently when, as it often does, the conversation turned to what we’d recently bought.  (I don’t know about you, but I get so excited when I discover a great bargain or sale, I can’t wait to share it with my family and friends so they can get in on it.  It’s  how “fabulous finds & favourite things” started) 

My friend told me about the incredibly flattering (& comfy) ponte pants she’d picked up from Target and I told her about my recent purchase, which is these (pictured above) Karen Millen shoes that were on sale for $29, originally $245 at the DFO at Southwharf.  (You can see them better here

During the conversation it dawned on me that what I was wearing at the time, consisted of all pieces that were sale items or cheapo finds.  In fact the whole outfit, other than my bag, rings and sunglasses, cost me approx. $100 in total.

When I told my friend that I was dressed head to toe in bargains, she suggested I should take a  pic and share it with you guys, so that you could see that you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money to dress well.  (For those wondering,  no, it’s not going to become a regular thing of me showing you what I wear.  This is just a random, once off. We all know that after this experience “modelling” is not really my thing & considerably beyond my comfort zone)

My chambray shirt is from the Emerson range at Big W and cost me $25.  I bought my pants at the Country Road sale for about $60.  My belt is also Country Road and I got it at one of the DFO’s for $9 and my espadrilles are from ASOS and they cost me $7.

I certainly do have some expensive designer clothes in my wardrobe but I don’t think you need to dress head to toe in clothes that cost you a lot of money.  In fact, I prefer not to.  For me, I find it much more interesting, challenging and creative, to wear a mix of things that I’ve bought in supermarkets, boutiques in Paris and from the odd op shop.

Thank you to my lovely friend Karen, (aka Planet Kaz) for taking the photo.


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How To Wear Bright Orange Sneakers

3 Feb

After I wrote about my orange sneakers (that I bought for $8 in the kids department at Target) I received an email from one of my clients saying,

“Hi Meaghan,  I love your new orange sneakers, they’re a great color, but I have no idea how I’d wear them.  Do you think I could…or do you think I’m too old for them?”

It occurred to me, after I read my clients email, that if she was thinking that, then others might be too.  So I thought I’d show you a few ways I’ve worn them.

In the photo above I’ve teamed them with a River Island sequined top.  On sale at ASOS here. And a very old pair of grey skinny chinos I bought in Paris.

Here I’ve put them with white Topshop Baxter jeans, a navy & white striped tee from GAP and a Sass & Bide denim shirt.

The photo’s not fabulous but it’s attempting to show you that I wore them with Country Road zip ankle jeans, a navy (several seasons old)  Topshop shrunken blazer (that I bought with brown buttons & swapped to gold)  and an Emerson for Big W navy t-shirt.

This look, which I only wear around the house, is a pair of Paper Denim & Cloth cut-off denim shorts (originally a pair of jeans)  and an Emerson for Big W chambray shirt.

I hope that gives you some ideas for wearing a pair of bright casual sneakers.  Want more outfit ideas follow my Pinterest boards here

I’d love to know – did anyone go and buy the orange sneakers after they read about them on my blog or were you like my lovely client and worried about how you’d wear them (or if they were age appropriate)?

…& F.Y.I. if you wear them in your own way, adapt them to your personal style and you feel great while you’re wearing them, I don’t think you’re ever too old for colored sneakers.

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Day Two – Styling My Striped Top Five Different Ways

4 Apr

Day Two

Today, for the wear my striped top in five different ways challenge, I’ve layered my Country Road black and white striped top over an Emerson for Big W chambray shirt.  I’ve accompanied them with GAP black flat-fronted skinny pants (I bought from a DFO for $10) and a pair of knee high Country Road boots.  I’d finish off the look with my Armani watch and Tiffany & Co. bangle and bracelet.

Then if it got cool, I’d throw on my Marcs black trench.

Remember I’ve put this outfit together with my style in mind.  If you like pretty, soft floaty floral fabrics or your style is erring on the bohemian side – this will not be for you. The challenge is for you to pick something from your own wardrobe and style it in five different ways – according to your own unique style and your particular body shape.



Chic on a Budget Shopping is Finally Here

7 Feb

Sticking to my promise to myself to add more color to my wardrobe this year, I called into Big W to pick up a bright orange singlet I’d spotted while I was shopping with a client.

If you’re not someone who generally wears a lot of color, and you’re a little bit hesitant about it, consider adding it in small doses – a shoe, a cami, a nail polish, a bag or a scarf – are great for injecting color subtly.  I bought this top with the intention of wearing it under blazers and light cotton cardigans.  I love the cut of the neckline and the fact that it’s not too long and not too short and it just skims my tummy …& it was only $6. While I was in the store these colored jeans (below) also caught my eye.  I’m not sure about the fit, because I didn’t try them on, but I loved the colors. They came in red, cobalt blue, navy blue and burgundy. They were $18.

Some things are worth saving for and spending money on.  They’re often referred to as investment pieces.  They’re items, like a beautifully crafted pair of riding boots, an amazing handbag or a great leather jacket.  You’ll love and wear them for years and years and often they’ll get better with age.  They might cost you a lot of money initially, but when you think about the cost per wear over the many years you use them, it’s worth spending that bit more.

Then there are the things that you might only have for a short time and then you’re bored with them, or they become no longer fashionable, or they fall to pieces. These are the things that we don’t really want to spend a lot of money on.  It’s like colored jeans.  They might be the new black for now, but in two years we’ll all be sending them off to Vinnies.  We’ll be over them.  They’re not a classic piece that lasts us years and years, they’re an “on trend” piece that comes and goes quickly – so why spend a lot of money on them.

From next week I am starting Chic on a Budget Shopping.  The groups will be a maximum of three people (minimum of two) I may be convinced to have four at a push.  You can organise your own group or you can join me on your own and we’ll form our own little group.

The point of the trip is to find cheap chic clothes and accessories (i.e. under $100 per item) however; it is not just about shopping. I intend to teach you along the way. I will be by your side when you select items and there if you try something on, so I can advise you about suitable styles for your shape. I’ll make sure you only buy what flatters you and makes you feel great.  We’ll shop in places like, Target, Big W, Cotton On, Sportsgirl and Sussan.  Please be aware however, that this is not a tailored shopping trip. If you are looking for specific items you would be best to book a Personal Shopping trip with me here

Details of the first 2 trips are:

Friday 17 February

10.00am – 12.30pm

Highpoint Shopping Centre, Maribyrnong


Saturday 18 February

10.00am – 12.30pm

Melbourne CBD

As an introductory offer, if you book before March 1, Chic on a Budget Shopping trips will cost $60 per person.  After that the price will be going up.  (NB: If you book before March 1, you have 6 months to use it)

If you would like to book a place and join me on one of the first Chic on a Budget Shopping trips or organise your own group with girlfriends, mums or sisters, email me here

NB: I will travel outside the Melbourne Metropolitan area; however I will have to add travelling expenses to the cost.

More planned trips will be advertised on my Facebook page here

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