because no reason

#BECAUSENOREASON

Friend in Fashion guide to the Spring Racing Carnival on www.friendinfashion.com.au
Friend in Fashion guide to the Spring Racing Carnival on www.friendinfashion.com.au
Friend in Fashion guide to the Spring Racing Carnival on www.friendinfashion.com.au
Friend in Fashion guide to the Spring Racing Carnival on www.friendinfashion.com.au
Friend in Fashion guide to the Spring Racing Carnival on www.friendinfashion.com.au
Friend in Fashion guide to the Spring Racing Carnival on www.friendinfashion.com.au
Friend in Fashion guide to the Spring Racing Carnival on www.friendinfashion.com.au
Friend in Fashion guide to the Spring Racing Carnival on www.friendinfashion.com.au
Friend in Fashion guide to the Spring Racing Carnival on www.friendinfashion.com.au
Friend in Fashion guide to the Spring Racing Carnival on www.friendinfashion.com.au

I'm convinced I was Parisian in a past life

There is something incredible about France - the home of fashion, incredible food and drink, and of course history. I love the culture and the people and always have the best time when I visit. 

The Champs Elysees, Love Lock Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Jardine De Tuileries…

CHANEL

! I mean what's not to love about oui oui pari!

So on a not so special day I decided to re-live my very first Chambord experience, the memories of that first sip surrounded by the sights, sounds, and smells of a Parisian street in Summer.

Sometimes when I'm craving some French fabulousness, I like to dash around Melbourne, dressed in my favourite brenton stripes. Who says you have to be in Paris to live like a Parisian. 

Around every corner, Melbourne is filled with little french surprises, so my adventure isn't too much of a stretch. Bonjour to the barista, merci to the market stall holder, au revoir to the assistant. 

Pretending for a day can be just as fun!

People watching over a croissant and a coffee, a visit to the flower markets, a spot of shopping, naturally Chanel and Celine are at the top my list, and of course a cheeky Chambord Royale - (a splash of the delightfully French Chambord Black Raspberry liqueur, mixed with my favourite French champers) to top off the afternoon. 

A visit to Madame Brussels, a French-inspired rooftop favourite of mine is the place to be. Parasoles, rooftop views and a fanciful stroll down a fruity garden path! Once you visit you'll understand what I mean.

Just a few of my favourite french things whenever I feel like it –

#becausenoreason

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FRIEND IN FASHION’S GUIDE TO SPRING RACING

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Peter Pilotto dress, Lady of Leisure Milinery | Roland Mouret dress, Lady of Leisure Milinery |
Chanel Wallet on Chain | Prada heels  

I’ll begin this post by declaring my love of any opportunity to dress up for an occasion.

The Spring Racing Carnival is in full swing in Melbourne, a time of year when the streets and courses are laden with elegantly dressed ladies and dapper gents.

It is this occasion; I felt it obligatory to share with you my guide to staying fabulously sophisticated this race season.
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STEP 1 : DRESS THE PART



This is the time of year to go all out with your wardrobe selections – the opportunity to feature that one-wear statement dress. You know that dress that you fell in love with at first sight, but would never buy because it isn’t a practical wardrobe addition.

It is my opinion that the Spring Racing wardrobe philosophy should be IF YOU LIKE IT, DO IT: 'BECAUSE NO REASON'. Throw restraint out the window and experiment with beautiful prints and colour. Sure you may only wear the dress once, but you will turn heads, and that’s half the fun.

When it comes to your race wardrobe - BE BRAVE, BE BOLD.
 

STEP 2 : MARVELLOUS MILLINERY MAKETH THE (WO)MAN


Millinery, more than just an accessory when it comes to the races, and equally as important a decision as your fashion selections. The opportunity to express your own individual sense of style and attitude.

I love to accentuate and exaggerate the details of an outfit with my millinery selections. For example, if my outfit is all about a print, I love to feature complimentary colours in my headwear. Likewise if my outfit is all about bold colour, I opt for contrasting bold colours with my millinery.

My milliner of choice - LADY OF LEISURE.
My approach to millinery – BE ADVENTUROUS, BE DARING.
 

STEP 3 : THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAIL


The right accessories will make or break your time at the races.

You’ll be on your feet most of the day, so it’s important to nurture what will be propping you up all day - party feet are always a must.

When it comes to your shoe of choice – I’d avoid wearing a pair of shoes that are straight out of the box. If you have purchased new shoes for the races (never a bad excuse for new shoes in my book), wear them around the house for as long as possible before you hit the racecourse – your feet will thank you!

Your bag selection is equally as important. MY TIP – opt for a clutch or purse that has a shoulder strap. This will ensure that your bag is attached to you all day (no risk of leaving it behind somewhere), and will also free up your hands for that glass of something special, or that selfie with your girlfriends.
 

STEP 4 : DRINK RESPONSIBLY



The races are a great opportunity to celebrate, and naturally the beverage selection will be plentiful. A cocktail of  CHAMBORD AND CHAMPAGNE is my race-day drink of choice. It is on this note that I emphasise the importance of decorum at the races. Drink, have fun, but remember the importance of staying hydrated. This will ensure that your race-day fun is prolonged and you’ll remain as fresh as a daisy for the after party and the after, after party to follow.
 

TO SUMMARISE


Spring Racing is the perfect excuse to dress up, defy expectations and celebrate in style.
WHAT ARE YOUR SPRING RACING TIPS/TRICKS?



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