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Moving blogs is a bit like moving house. All of the pieces are there at the new place, you just have to put them in new spots. It takes a little getting used to – after all, you probably have more space – but after a while it starts to feel like home and you can finally remember where everything is.
This week Sarah’s Style Emporium isn’t only moving to a new suburb, it’s gained a whole lot of extra rooms. I’d outgrown my simple pink one bedroom, and wanted something a little more sophisticated – apparently, with pictures of me all over the walls.
In the four and a half years I’ve lived at onsugar, I’ve had a BRILLIANT time. But now I’m a little more grown up, it’s time to leave the nest and make a name for myself in the big bad world of Wordpress.
sarahsstyleemporium.com will still get you to my blog (you’ll need to drop the onsugar if your RSS feed includes it), but now you can also find me at sarahkempson.com, together with oodles of info on who I am and what I do (and why you might like to hire me).
I hope you’ll still come and visit me – there will be Tim Tams and champagne in the fridge for guests who just pop in to see the new place for at least the first few weeks. And please bear with me while I find my way around!
Thanks for coming with me on this CRAZY journey - this will be the last post on the onsugar platform. See you over at the new place!
PS Please do let me know what you think of the new look! Now that we are playing with Wordpress, you can comment with ease!
I’m a Tar-jay girl from way back. I can still recall a pair of khaki coloured shorts I picked up at Target for my Year 9 school camp – I wore those things to death for the next two years. Similarly, now I own three navy blue target cap sleeve tee shirts (yep, they are all the same!) just because I never want to be without a clean one.
The ads for Target featuring Gok Wan hit our screens a few weeks ago, and I got into the spirit of things, making suggestions by yelling at the TV, and making ‘in’ jokes about bangers (and as a girl with girls, I can do that. I hear what Gok is saying!)
So I headed along to the Gok Wan meet and greet last week, just a little bit star struck, and a lot excited about the realm of possibility for the Target of the future.
The Target Australia PR team gave us buyers and designers to chat to about the latest in store collections, but we were all truly loving Mr Wan, whose charisma and enthusiasm for working with Target was evident – and then he spilled all their secrets.
We talked about the Aussie love of basics, about how Target wants to give teens ownership of their outfits and that in time, Target hopes to put together collections that compete with the likes of Zara, TopShop and H&M.
Gok made us laugh, shared his fashion wisdom and his ‘must haves’ for this season: a stiff white collared shirt; a pair of straight indigo jeans; a pair of good flats!; something slightly unusual, with disconnected tailoring and a masculine pair of trousers, 7/8 length.
Anything in yellow and black is big this year, so check out the Hot Options, Free Fusion and Maax collections at Target to get a fashion forward look for Spring Summer.
Last week was all about Aussie fashion at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and while I am coveting some of the gorgeous pieces that made their way down the catwalk, I was privvy to a little preview of the exclusive boohoo.com Australian edit recently, and there are a few things in there that I want in my wardrobe as well.boohoo.com have been servicing the Australian market for just over 12 months, bringing the British sense of fashion to Oz at affordable prices, with free shipping. With such a great customer base down under, the boohoo.com team have decided to go exclusive in our market, bringing us a collection of pieces for the Aussie summer that channel all the trends we know and love - released for our season!! The first trend collection will go live TODAY, September 9, and feature the Monoscope trend, with black, white and grey prints and geometry, stripes and bold pops of colour in lime, orange and pink. Next up will be the Porcelain collection, with a colour palette of black silver and blue, teamed with white. I LOVE the blue and white floral designs, and the laser cut detailing. Sublime. Finally, high summer takes off with De Janeiro, a collection with a strong emphasis on print and colour pops. Tropical palms, tribal and the 'neon lava' print are the stars of this collection and I want it all. Lot's of 70s shapes can be seen through the three collections, and with prices ranging from $26 to $65, it really is affordable for everyone. Pick pieces from your fave local designer, and team with boohoo.com accessories, or vice versa. It's the best time to shop (support the economy!!) so get out there and spend your hard earned dollars.
Whilst dashing between MSFW Industry events, I managed to pop into the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Hub to catch the Ben Sherman parade - and honestly? I was impressed. This high street label usually known for their menswear is stepping up and I can see myself buying many of their Spring Summer offering to be dressed up for the races, or dressed down for a Sunday BBQ.
Here are a few of my faves. You can find all these looks in store at Ben Sherman now.
Images thanks to MSFW.And my picks of the day!
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The sun has come out and spring racing is just around the corner. I couldn't be more excited. Watching the selection of David Jones racewear at the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Hub Parade this week has inspired my creatvity for the coming season, and allowed my mind to wander towards headpieces, facinators and frocks for Flemington.MSFW. You can see more of the David Jones parade on my Instagram - search www.instagram.com/sarahsemporium
And I'll rub yours. Or something to that effect.
It’s very rare I get invited to an event that my boyfriend wants to come along to. Apparently high heels and tiny sandwiches are not his thing, but when I received an invitation recently to participate in a couples massage class, run by $30 Date Night duo Emma and Denis, he could hardly say no.
So on a very chilly Sunday morning, we arrived at the Como Hotel ready to learn how to ‘make your partner melt’ (all fully dressed of course!). Together with four other couples, we were welcomed to the session and made to feel quite at ease (which, given we were there to learn how to massage each other, was a good way to start!)I promise the class is far more modern than this. But this image amuses me.
Denis, a qualified masseuse himself, demonstrated some of the techniques on his partner Emma, before each couple in the class would have a go themselves. Taking it in turns, we each spent ten minutes massaging our partner and perfecting our skills, before switching places.
An hour or so later, we were all good and relaxed - the only thing missing was some candles and a bit of bom-chicka-wow-wow music. The group laughed easily as Denis made suggestions as to how a relaxing massage at the end of a hard day could easily turn into a romantic night for two.
By the end of the session, we were all armed with a few techniques designed to make our partners turn a little stress into a big smile, though I don’t think any of us will be charging for our services anytime soon.
Feel like taking your own partner along to learn a thing or two about massage? Simply enter the code SARSTY01 when booking your own couples massage class and you’ll save $61 off the cost of the session.
And if you are looking for more ideas to spice up your relationship, visit the $30 Date Night website, where there are plenty of ways for you to have a night out on a budget.
You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here of late. Don't you be thinking I've been sitting at home watching Sex and the City reruns in my tracksuit pants all day though - my words of wisdom have appeared in other places, much to my delight.
My brain has been ticking over penning 'Is Retail Out of Fashion?', a feature piece for the industry bible, Marketing Mag. As an avid reader of this publication over my years in the biz, it gives me a great thrill to see my byline on an article and my words in print.
I've also been sharing my favourite foodie haunts over at the Melbourne edition of The Urban List. So far I've told you about my favourite gluten free brunch spots, the best fries in town and where to hang when tripping to Hotham, but there will be lot's more to come.So, go out and buy Marketing Mag (I don't get any more money if you do, but it's nice to know someone is reading it) and sign up to The Urban List on facebook and such so you know where to eat and shop.
Psst! The countdown is on til the new website and home of Sarah's Style Emporium launches. Two weeks and counting kids!
While the sun might be shining outside, the chill of the air proves that we are still a little way off those balmy days and sultry nights. Plus I’m heading to the snow this weekend and not yet ready for the white stuff to melt.
Meanwhile, the fashion houses of the world are starting to bare their skin, and Spring Summer collections are appearing in our stores while we shiver looking through their windows at bikinis and tank tops.
So what will we be wearing? A few little previews I’ve been privy to in the past weeks include the delicate beading and bright colours of the Megan Park collection, the pastel delicates of Ted Baker’s Spring Racing frocks and some amazing (gorgeous!) modern eyewear at OPSM.Sarah Wilcocks (Style Melbourne), Megan Park and I at the Megan Park Spring Summer Showing
Megan Park shared her latest designs with us over a luxe morning tea at her Armadale flagship store, explaining the delicate intricacies of the pieces, and the number of days spent working on the beading of an individual garment. The fluoro colours seen in the divine new jewellery collection complements the collection beautifully (and I suspect would go perfectly with my neon Antipodium jumper too!).
At a beautiful Carlton mansion, we were educated on the latest from Ted Baker, with stunning soft colours for Spring setting the bar for Spring Racing fashion very high. Over champagne and canapés, the Ted Baker team played out a clever school graduation set up, with live vignettes, and entertained the enthralled crowd with lots of laughs. Learning has never been so much fun.
The OPSM eye hub in Hawthorn is a mecca for everything eyewear, with thousands of pairs of sunnies to suit your style. We tried on DKNY, Prada, Persol, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana, Vogue, Coach, Versace, Burberry, Armani and Ray-Ban. Between Erica from melbgirl, and myself, we tried on most of the shades in the store – and settled on our favourites. I think Erica can rock some of the more unusual designs, but perhaps I should stick to the simpler styles!
Finally, I've been spoilt with this pop of colour that rocks my wrist - the Baby G! A range of watches sure to brighten up any outfit. I love the blue from the Marine Collection, which is adorable! I’m usually a ‘metals’ watch kinda girl, but this one is right up my alley. My boyfriend tells me Baby G was all the rage back in the day – it seems like they are making a comeback!!
Bring on the Summer!
Last night David Jones launched their Spring Summer collections. These three are my fave pieces from the night!
Check out #djsfashion on Instagram and Twitter for a rundown of the event and LOT'S of photos from the front row!1. This Gary Bigeni skirt and top (dress?) totally does everything for me. Polka dots, colour, a full skirt? SWOON! 2. The Scanlan & Theodore white backless dress. Not that I could pull this off with my chest, but it's just so pretty!! 3. I'm usually a bit wary of Romance Was Born as they are often a bit 'out there' but this mash up of colours is just gorgeous. Love.
I was also digging the music from last nights parade. Check out the whole playlist on Spotify.