If you’re looking for a great shirt which will fit you and styles which you find in department stores just don’t fit you, pop into Rhodes and Beckett. I went there because my husband needed some shirts. He’s always on the lookout for good quality work shirts and knows what he’s talking about when it comes to quality shirts, having spent many years in the corporate industry.
While in store I browsed through the ladies selection and found that the shirts were not all corporate, but had so much colour and character. Print and bold shades were jumping out and when I saw the quality of ”finest Egyptian cotton” as their website states, I decided to try some just for kicks.
May I add the service in the Pitt St Mall Store is impeccable?
I say good on you Rhodes and Beckett because when I walk into that particular store I am treated like a customer should be treated. The staff know exactly what they are doing and to save you the hassle of looking for sizes they size you first, then bring out all the colours/styles which are in stock so you can choose. It was like being in a prestigious market place, surrounded by colour and smiles.
Just look at these fantastic prints:
To be honest, I haven’t experienced service like that in a Westfield store in Australia yet. I can only compare it to fine dining experiences, maybe the Guillaume at Bennelong. You are expected to pay top dollar for that however. At Rhodes and Beckett you are not.
You pay for quality.
Everytime I wear my Rhodes and Beckett shirts, I get compliments from people. I now have 4 in my collection.
I don’t think of Rhodes and Beckett as a man’s corporate brand (I mistakenly did think they were a men’s brand only) any more and absolutely embrace the quality of their clothing and style.
Absolutely love the white cuff – very elegant
My recent buy:
Once you wear these shirts you will not settle for lesser quality- guaranteed.
The timelessness and elegance of this brand + top quality service is what will keep this company afloat.
This one is my favourite buy:
Rhodes and Beckett is probably a prime example of what Aussie retail businesses need to do to survive in this tough economic market.
Right now Rhodes and Beckett are having a 30% off already reduced sale items – storewide clearance.
Or in store – you’ll be blown away by the service – just walk in
Shop 4020, Westfield Shopping Centre 188 Pitt Street
Phone 02 8246 9214
1. Oversized roll neck chunky jumpers. I recently bought a black one from ASOS here RRP$76.52. There is a sale on it at the moment and I snatched mine for $25.51
2. Print leggins. My ones are a tooth pattern and I absolutely love them because you can’t beat black and white in terms of practicality and style. This is where you can get some – ASOS Petite range RRP$29.83
3. Print necklaces are great with simple black and go well with jumpers and skivvies. Love this design in particular. Get it here (Diana Warner) RRP$98
4. Burberry Brut perfume. If you’re travelling get it duty free. You can also get it on Strawberry.net RRP$76.50 This perfume has a light, fruity and fresh scent but is also quite sophisticated.
5. Antipodes day cream with vanilla bean and the most natural organic ingredients you can find. Its from NZ RRP$52 You can order online here. Beautiful!
6. Soft fabric boots. Very comfortable and suit all outfits. Most importantly they keep you warm. Pick these babies up at…Kmart! And guess how much they cost $15!!! You can’t go past that!
Have you got other bargain things you’ve picked up in the most unexpected places? Kmart boots were my surprise buy and I absolutely love them!
This is a Korean cosmetics and skincare brand which I’ve recently discovered in a Morning Glory store in the Sydney CBD.
What I fell in love with was :
1. The packaging – everything is in a unique/cute/pretty packaging. Whether its a fruit shaped lip gloss box or a styled tint, it just looks incredibly appealing.
7 Fruit Princess Gloss
Cutie lip gloss that gives a clear glow to the lips
2. The colours and the range – The number of different products they have will have you struggling to buy just one thing at a time. I know I wanted to buy the entire range when I saw it on the shelves. Had to restrain myself to just 1 lip tint but am definitely going back for more!
Backstage Oh! My Lip
3. The quality – From what I’ve read so far, the makeup and skincare products are great. I can’t speak for every product in the range, but from what I’ve tried and read reviews on TonyMoly products don’t often disappoint.
4. The fragrances – Everything smells fantastic! I know that most of the times fragrances are bad but I am not a big fan of fragrance-free make up as it’s not aesthetically pleasing. Give me a cherry flavoured lippy anytime!
Prestige Crystal Lipstick/SPF13
Clear cased lipstick with UV blocking functions
5. The price – Really awesome fact – TonyMoly cosmetics are more than affordable. My lip tint was $12 when I just paid $40 for a Benetint the other day. The quality of TonyMoly is the same, if not better.
The brand concept is Chic, Urban, Stylish & Modern – and that’s exactly what the products reflect.
To have a look at the brand and the range of products go to their website here http://eng.tonymoly.com/ (this is the international site)
Nail Lacquer Glitter
This is the product I bought:
TONYMOLY Backstage Sure Tint in Peach
There is an easy applicator brush
Pink/Peach colour with a bit of sparkle
This is the colour on – the tint lasts for at least 4 hours and is quite bright so I try and layer a lighter finish lipgloss over the top. Its so nice not to have lipstick on coffee cups in the morning!
Would love to hear from you if you’ve tried TonyMoly before and have a product you recommend!
Once grown only in New Zealand, Melissa’s Kiwano Melons are now grown in California as well. Consumers are drawn to these intriguing, yet versatile tropical fruits whose look easily captures attention. The spiky, orange colored shells of Kiwano Melons encase a soft, succulent bright green flesh. Kiwano Melons are mild in flavor and similar in taste to juicy, seed-filled cucumbers. Once peeled, Kiwano Melons can be tossed in fresh fruit salads or served as a garnish with roasted meats. Source
How great is this fruit?
And now the inspiration behind the Kiwano Melon ( I would like to try it as I like cucumbers ) in the fashion department:
Pinkish High Pumps RRP$125
ASOS Leather Bucket Tote Bag RRP$130.46
Cole Haan – Air Tali OT Wedge RRP$125.99
Carpi Yellow Jeans RRP$180
Zero Rh+ RH192 04 Glasses RRP$130.69
Have a bright and awesome day!
Through my endeavours, I have collated a wish list for the month of June – these are my shopping finds. Some tested, some not yet, but if I do will definitely post about it.
Here are the picks, in no particular order, judged only by appeal and an awesomeness factor be it via reviews, trials or just plain eye candy.
1. Zara Perspex Heels. I found these on a blog called A Thousand Departed Friends
TwiceTheBlog also posted about these shoes – recent purchases!
I haven’t succeeded in getting these in ZARA store in Sydney, but found some online shops that sell similar shoes here:
New Look Perspex Heel Platforms RRP £44.99
If I succeed in buying a pair of any of these shoes, I’ll be very happy
2. Hair Product : Cedel Blow Dry Faster Heat Protector
I tried a sample of this product the other day and it’s made my ‘can’t live without list’ straight away. The label says that your hair drying time is reduced dramatically with this spray on deodorant looking bottle. It certainly has worked for me. I have long, thick hair and sometimes I confess, I go to the hairdressers just so I don’t have to wash my own hair as the drying takes forever. With this product I am happy to do it myself – no excuses! It’s a 2 in 1 so it also protects your hair from heat.
Cedel Blow Dry Faster Heat Pr0tector RRP$9.99
3. More hair stuff … I was intrigued by this product: Redken Powder Grip. This is a mattifying hair powder that helps create volume and gives hair extra grip to create various hair styles. I would like to try it and see if it really helps create more hair styles. I struggle to come up with alternatives to just out vs pony tail, maybe this will help.
Redken Powder Grip RRP$20.95
4. TonyMoly Lipglosses
These are just too adorable to not have in your purse. TonyMoly is a Korean cosmetics brand – check out their website here.
So far I’ve only seen these being sold at Morning Glory shops in Sydney ( BLOG post here), but I’m sure this brand will start popping up more and more.
5. Hot water bottle cover
It’s cold, today was probably one of the coldest days EVER! Rain and wind and app temperature of 3 degrees…Sheesh!
So I need one of these..just by looking at them, I start to feel warm….ahhh!
Heart Hot Water Bottle Cover RRP$20.32
6. Clio party arms – $9.94 at Big W.Unfortunately I can’t find a link any more as this offer is no longer on their catalogue, but I will try and pop into a store to find one of these. These are handy as I dance and also do pilates. Now that it’s cold also in the studio, I won’t have to wear a jumper and then take it off half way through class. These are great!
That’s it for now. I’ll stick to this list for June.
Do you have any awesome shopping items you’ve got on your list?
From 10am Thursday 7th June to Sunday 11th of June
By popular demand, this year’s Bettina Liano Warehouse Clearance Sale has made its way to Sydney for 5 days only!
Bettina Liano is the eponymous jean label that has seen itself a cult following of celebrities, fashion icons and top bloggers over the label’s 25 year history.
Held at the stunning Byron Kennedy Hall in Moore Park this sale promises to be one not to be missed! With items up to 90% off, get yourself some 1990s archive pieces, rare samples, discontinued jean favourites and clothes from as new as just last season.
Expect more than you’d expect from your average warehouse sale!
For public transport and parking options please click here
Thursday 7th June – 10am – 7pm
Friday 8th June – 10am – 7pm
Saturday 9th June – 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10th June – 12pm – 5pm
Monday 11th June – 12pm – 5pm
See you there girls!
I usually get my hair done in Korean hair salons, after having experienced a few sloppy services in higher priced
Toni and Guy places.
My favourite one, which I still recommend to everyone to this day is Fiore Hair and Nail salon in Chatswood. Even though I don’t have a regular hairdresser there, the service is impeccable every time and I don’t have one negative thing to say about them. Most of the time I rock up without booking and I get served within 10 minutes or so, even though there are constantly so many people getting their hair done there. The end result is always ME=Happy with the service, my hair shiny and perfectly styled and the colour – exactly what I asked for! Not to mention WALLET = satisfied! Could you ask for better ?
My recent move to the city doesn’t help the situation with my love affair with Fiore. Chatswood can be a pain since you have to travel over the bridge (in my experience, something is always happening on the bridge when I am trying to cross it and it can take up to an hour to get to where I am going). Also, parking in Chatswood is not fun… Less shopping north shore mums!
So I stepped out on a search for a Korean hair salon in the Sydney CBD. If I was to forego the guaranteed great services of Fiore in hope of finding something similar, my best guess was to at least stick to Korean hair places. (Most of the time they know what they’re doing!)
Btw, did you know that the area around Liverpool st and Pitt st has an official “Korea Town” sign now? Once I saw it last Thursday, that’s exactly where I needed to be to find my next hair stylist guru.
The first place I stopped over at was Calla on Liverpool st. They have a decent sized studio and seemed busy, no one was waiting in the queue though. I was told to come back in half an hour. (Half an hour, and waste half of late night shopping? no thanks!)
Almost next door, I walked into FM Hair on Pitt st - they seemed even busier than Calla and I thought I’d have to wait at least an hour. The studio also looked a bit smaller to me, but I was told to wait only 15 minutes. Scoping out that most of the people in the chairs getting their haircuts were men, I figured, it will actually be much quicker than that. And right I was…It was a 5 min waiting period before I got my hair shampooed, massaged and dried. How relaxing that was after an up and down week at work and other things happening in life at the moment.
Next I asked for my hair to be styled in curls. The girl who washed my hair helped a bit with the hairdryer but then the real professional took over. One second he was drying my hair, next minute he was rummaging through a pile of magazines. Then he pulled out a Grazia mag amongst all the Korean magazines I could’t read and passed it to me to keep me occupied. (What a sweet gesture!)
My guy couldn’t speak much English but he asked all the right questions with the limited language he knew and it wasn’t a barrier at all! He also knew exactly what he was doing and spent around 40 minutes styling my hair perfectly. I was certain it would cost me around $60. (Most places do a rush job and charge from $45-$50). The time and effort would sure cost more! I didn’t care at that point. It’s so rare to get decent service in Sydney these days without paying thousands of dollars! I was relaxed and that’s all that mattered…
Once my hair was styled – can I say – stunning job! I paid $30 for the whole thing – yes $30!
Couldn’t be happier, and will definitely go back. Thanks FM Hair! You did a fantastic job!
After this styling session, I felt like a new woman and decided to go shopping since I still had a lot of time to do so!
Here are some photos of my finished hairstyle:
The highlights in my hair are from a previous visit to Fiore (see how good they still look!). Last time I went there was about 3-4 months ago, maybe more. More importantly here, the shine is perfect!
The styled curls
Here is a review of FM hair from MIKETSU blog as well.
I’m interested to try FM Hair salon’s colour services in the near future, will let you know how I go!
Map of the FM hair salon location:
I’ve recently started studying again (I should actually be doing that now instead of procrastinating …oh well) and feel like there’s nothing better to get you into a study mode like pretty stationery.
Recently, Typo has been growing in popularity and I love the stores. Sometimes though, the service in the stores is not ideal and I much prefer to shop online. Plus at the moment, there is a 50% off sale on some products.(Another good reason to shop online, without leaving the house on a cold, rainy day!) There is also FREE SHIPPING on orders in Australia, over $50. Yay! Here are my top Typo Stationery picks this month:
PolkaDot Pen $2.95
Crystal Pencil $2.48 (0n sale)
A4 Notebook (for all your important study notes taking ) $1.50 (on sale)
A5 Distant future notebook $2.48 (on sale)
This one reminds me of the Flight of the Conchords song ” The distant future, the year 2,000…” I guess that’s why it costs a bit more, because its famous
Red Polkadot A5 notebook $3.96 (on sale)
How fun! This notebook makes me want to take it with me everywhere like a colourful accessory to my red lippy!
Blue Polka dot notebook $3.96 (also on sale)
I’ve also recently bought some stationery at Morning Glory which I will showcase later in the week.
Happy shopping (and studying)!
Previosly I blogged about my fashion inspiration from pears (the fruit!), today I’ve discovered the amazing, colourful, brilliantly unique and maybe a little bit SCI FI, Purple Cauliflower. Did you know this spacey vegetable existed?
Below are photos of a beautiful soup which you can make out of this fantastic goodnessy (is that even a word?) veggie! Here is the recipe
Just look at that colour!
Doesn’t make me automatically want to say YUM, but a WHAT and a HUH? and WOW!!!!
The point is, even if you dont feel like eating this magnificent soup which may or may not give you supernatural powers, you can still awe at the beautiful colour. Not to be confused with Bridgette Jones’ blue soup. That one was an accident! Although you can find many recreated blue soup recipes here
Now its time for the Purple Cauliflower inspired fashion and beauty section of the post….
Hybrid Plunge Neck Peplum Midi Pencil Dress RRP$144.50
Susie Boot RRP$19.98 (ON SALE at Cotton ON)
Breo Purple Venture Watch RRP$26.09
Limited Edition Articulated Disco Triangle Stud Earrings RRP$13.60 NOW $9.35 at ASOS
Candy Store Purse RRP$27.83
Windsmoor Violet fine knit bolero RRP$87.61
Now go be super purplesful in your pretty purple outfits
I’ve been a fan of the Guess brand ever since I can remember. I think I was 4 or 5 years old when I noticed the iconic Question Mark on the button of my jeans. Even then I thought it was funky!
While at uni, I was lucky enough to go on a few trips to the states and it’s there that my love for Guess got even more embelished.
Today, I entered into a Blogger Search competition run on Facebook by the Guess brand. I would ancourage all my fellow fashion bloggers to apply. The application process is fun itself and you can create beautiful look books without much effort, with Guess clothing and accessories of course.
Check my Guess style here – and if you like it, please vote by clicking on the image or the link here
You can vote every day
Thank you for your continuous support!