Thanks to everyone who popped along to Sunday’s Wardrobe Warriors sale at Mt Gravatt to say hello and shop my wardrobe! I hope you all love your purchases.
What I wore this week:
The average person walks more than 150,000 kilometres in their life—about five times around the world—so it’s small wonder many of us will suffer some form of painful foot problem.
A few weeks ago I was lucky to be among a group of Brisbane fashion bloggers invited to a SS16 Styling Challenge and preview of FRANKiE4‘s Spring Summer collection.
The invitation promised an afternoon of footwear, fashion and fun, along with a couple of glasses of champagne and the FRANKiE4 team sure delivered.
Like so many others, I was introduced to the world of FRANKiE4 by Nikki Parkinson.
I’d seen their shoes and boots pop up on some of my favourite Australian fashion bloggers but hadn’t tried them myself until I won a voucher at the #everydaystyle lunch last year.
FRANKiE4 is the creation of Brisbane mum Caroline McCulloch who is a podiatrist and physiotherapist, which explains why she’s so passionate about people being kind to their soles.
As Caroline and I discussed all things footwear, including the foot surgery I had when I was 15, she told me that all FRANKiE4 prototypes are first trialled internally to ensure the fit and function are right.
Now finalising the Autumn/Winter range for next year, she had even taken one of the styles (and it wasn’t an ‘active’ shoe) on a 4km walk the day before our shoot.
“Women no longer need to compromise! I’m saving soles in style – For myself, my clients and women everywhere.”
As part of our challenge, I was teamed with Lily from The Stylish Teacher and we were each given two pair of shoes from the new collection to style along with new season pieces from Metalicus and Solito.
The PiPER ballet flat has been designed to feel more comfortable than a standard fashion ballet flat, with layers of hidden cushioning to support the foot (thanks Caroline!).
I teamed the PiPER with blue jeans and a white off-the-shoulder top from Solito for a crisp Spring look.
My second shoe to style, the ViCTORiA, replicates the look of a slide with its single-toe design but FRANKiE4’s added support.
It features forefoot cushioning (also known as the sweet spot), an adjustable ankle strap and heel support. The ViCTORiA is available in black and black/champagne.
The moment I saw Solito’s Bahamian Shirt Dress, I knew it had to be one of my outfits. The green leaf print is such a great pop of colour and matched perfectly with The Stylish Teacher’s tassel earrings. Plus I think it’s a great spring/summer look when teamed with any of FRANKiE4’s spring/summer sandals.
Once we’d all chosen our outfits, we had the chance to chat with Nikki on camera about our favourite looks for Spring/Summer and the features we loved on the shoes we styled.
Check it out here:
And here’s a little behind-the-scenes action from my afternoon:
Have you checked out the new FRANKiE4 range? Do you have a favourite pair?
Hey! Look who popped up in this week’s Brisbane News. Corporate Catwalker (aka Emily Plummer) and I were snapped at last week’s Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Spring/Summer Fashion launch.
And I’ve continued the party theme this week with Wednesday night’s launch of The Croft House Bar and Kitchen at The Sebel in the city (think charcuterie and cocktails) before rounding out the week with my friend Jane’s nautical themed 40th!
What I wore this week:
Honey & Beau Isabella Flip Dress (gifted) | Nine West heels | Indera necklace
There will be LOTS to choose from including striped tees and dresses and things from Country Road, Veronika Maine, Seed, Saba, Witchery and more! Some things still have tags and others have only been worn once.
As a fairly curvy and occasionally physically active woman (who let’s be honest, is probably more prone to strutting rather than walking if the swing of my ponytail is anything to go by), the importance of wearing good underwear isn’t lost on me.
And I don’t just mean in a sports bra sense.
Underwear should not be underestimated; it is where looking and feeling good begins.
This month marks 90 years since Marks and Spencer London launched their first bra in the midst of the roaring Twenties and to celebrate, they’ve launched a new collection which includes a flashback to one of their most popular styles.
Just like with fashion, lingerie trends come and go; back in the 20’s, women wanted boyish figures and flatter chests to get the glamorous, straight-up-and-down flapper look – a far cry from the boom of plastic surgery and 2016’s waist-training frenzy to achieve Kim Kardashian’s cult curves.
And somewhere in the middle was this:
This bra was released in the 1970’s when M&S staff were measuring customers’ bra sizes under their coats on the shop floor, and in 1974 the first halter-neck bra was introduced.
Priced at 99p, it was the first M&S bra to sell one million pieces.
Now, the M&S lingerie design team have taken inspiration from original Trellis bra (above) and redesigned it in lace to give it a modern twist.
The Trellis Lace collection is available in magenta, black and almond and this time around an underwire version has also been introduced (yay for those of us with big boobs!).
I have to say, as someone whose underwear matches as often as my socks (pretty much never); I’ve been feeling rather glamorous and well supported the past few days wearing some of these gorgeous pieces from their new range.
Editor’s note: Collaboration supported by Marks and Spencer & Shopping Links.
I’m excited to announce I’ve collaborated with Jfahri boutique in South Yarra to bring you a discount on my favourite ankle boots (I’ve now got the musk pink and aqua pairs!). Use the code BROOKESBOOTS to get 20% off any boot order before the end of September.
What I Wore This Week: