Met Gala 2017.

Ah the Met Gala. What a perfect excuse for A listers to flaunt themselves on yet another red carpet.

However, the Met Gala is slightly different to other red carpet events. The annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute sees celebs dress to match the theme of the event, which is set by whatever exhibition is opening that night. This year’s theme played tribute to Rei Kawakubo, the design genius behind Comme des Garçons and was officially titled “Art of the In-Between” and as always, has brought out some fabulous if not eccentric red carpet looks.

To be honest it’s without a doubt my favourite red carpet event. I love seeing celebs interpret the theme and veer away from their normal red carpet attire. So in my own celebration of the Met Gala, I’ve complied my absolute favourite looks from the night.

All these looks were from the Elle Australia Met Gala Gallery and can be found here.

gisele-bundchenGisele Bundchen shines in Stella McCartney.

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Lily-Rose Depp looking ‘pretty in pink’ in this beautiful Chanel piece.

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Rihanna getting it perfect and channeling the genius herself in Comme des Garçons.

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Naomi Watts looking flawless in Stella McCartney.

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Miranda Kerr in beautiful Oscar de la Renta.

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Rose Byrne killing it in a backless red Ralph Lauren

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Zendaya slaying in a colurful Dolce & Gabbana.

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Lupita Nyong’o is a beacon of beauty in Prada.

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Taylor Hill is a lady in red in Carolina Herrera.

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Our own Ruby Rose in a beautiful Burberry gown.

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Daria Stokous channeling ‘romantic goth’ in Dior.

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5 things I’m loving right now.

Earrings from Kingston Jewelry . I first discovered Kingston Jewelry thanks to Leigh Campbell‘s Instagram  (lifestyle editor at Huffington Post Australia). The pair that I bought is featured above and they are just beautiful. I love the bluey-purply colour theme going on. I also wear a lot of black, white and grey so it is a great way for me to inject some colour into my style.
So pretty, so unique and so fun! Just be warned, they sell out in a flash.

This podcast episode from The Merrymaker Sisters. It’s called ‘because… cake (the body image episode)’. Carla & Emma (the mastermind behind The Merrymaker Sisters site) talk about their own issues with body image and really go deep. For someone who suffers with body image and trying to control my eating and exercising  this episode was so relatable. I listened to it and found myself agreeing to everything these girls said. I laughed, I cried and I cried some more. It is a must listen to anyone experiencing body image issues.

Another podcast! This one is a No Filter episode where Mia interviews PR queen Roxy Jacenko. The podcast delves into a lot of topics including Roxy’s no bullshit attitude to life, her husband going to jail, her PR empire, her breast cancer battle, her plastic surgery and her kids. It’s intriguing, its inspiring and it will make you think twice about your opinion of Roxy. I definitely suggest giving it a listen.
Podcast link here.

Hand cream. I was honestly a never a huge user of hand cream when I was a teenager. I think I thought it was something for older people. But damn, I was missing out! I am honestly obsessed with hand cream since I started working. I use it 1-2 times a day and I love how much softer my hands look. I now have a number of hand creams floating around including this Body Shop one in my handbag, this Glasshouse one on my bedside table and this Natio one on my desk at work.

Go-To Skincare Face HeroThis stuff is bloody A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It’s a face oil and according to the website it “deeply hydrates, soothes, revitalizes and completely protects the face against bad guys trying to make it unhappy.” And it honestly does. I generally use it at night time after I shower and cleanse and occasionally put it in my daily moisturiser if my skin looks like it needs an additional perk up. You can buy Face Hero via the Go-To Skincare website.

– M x

What are you loving right now? Share them with me in the comments below.

Why you should say ‘I do’ to investment pieces

A good investment piece should be like a good partner – reliable, timeless and the perfect fit. In fact, like a good partner, there is a reason we spend so much time and effort searching for a quality piece to invest in, they’re generally going to be around for the long run. There is not much point spending a fortune on something if it’s heading straight to Vinny’s once the season is over.

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A good woolen coat will last for many seasons and can be adapted to many trends – like this 70’s style.
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Similarly, there isn’t much point splurging on ‘trendy’ sunglasses when these can change each season.
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An investment piece, like this coat, can tie any outfit together.

Our desire to own timeless pieces are the reason that luxury brands such as Chanel, Gucci and Ferragamo still exist now. The quality and prestige make items substantially more attractive for buyers and far more worthwhile to purchase compared to trend pieces that last just a season or two. It is also their emphasis on quality design that has given them ‘cult’ status within the fashion world.

So why is investing in items a good idea? Here are the top 5 reasons to invest in any item – clothing, shoes or jewellery –  in my opinion.

  1. It lasts longer. Surely you’ve heard the recent study by online retailer Baghunter that shows investing in a Hermes Birkin bag is safer and more worthwhile than investing in gold or the stock market since the value of the handbag has increased in value by 500 per cent in the last 35 years. While purchasing pieces that are on trend is great, it isn’t worth spending a fortune on these products. Its more worthwhile for your bank account if you buy trend pieces from chain stores and invest in one or two items a year that will last and go with everything else in your wardrobe, including the trend items.
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    Hermes Birkin Bag – $24,995.00 via Portero
  2. Cost per use/wear. Think about this one carefully, a cheap handbag or pair of shoes will most you about $60-$100 a pop and generally fall apart after a year or so. A designer piece may cost upwards of $800 but you’ll have that piece for a long time. If we do the math of daily use on a $1,000 designer handbag over a year its less than what you would spend on coffee per day.
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    Gianvito Rossi Leather Flats – $454.00
  3. You’ll end up handing it down to your own children, nieces or nephews or even grandchildren. This one goes hand in hand with the first point. Because investment pieces tend to last longer, especially bags and jewellery, you’ll be able to pass them down through generations. By that time each little piece will have their own story to tell. You can’t tell me you didn’t raid your parents or grandparent’s jewels as a little girl and wonder what it’d be like to own your own beautiful jewellery. So, each time you buy an investment piece think of it as a future family heirloom.
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    Pomellato Ring Nudo
  4. Wearing investment pieces means you can skimp on the rest of your outfit. A Balenciaga leather jacket can be paired with even the most inexpensive of jeans and t-shirts and still look amazing. Similarly, a great trench coat or pair of jeans that actually fit means you can spend more money on trends that will come and go to match your investment pieces! Investment pieces can be used to dress up an entire outfit. Items such as watches, jewellery, handbags and shoes can instantly transform an ordinary outfit into an amazing one.
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    Emporio Amarni Analogical Watch – $295.00
  5. Finally, they are so versatile! These pieces are designed to stand the test of time which means dropping a large amount of money on a decent winter coat, a trench coat or a tailored LBD (thank you, Chanel!) is worth it because it means they WILL last and you WILL be able to wear them season after season.
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    Alcer Black Lockhart Dress – $470.00
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    AJE Biker Jacket – $890.00

Just remember, much like its okay to have a fling in life, it is okay to have a fling with trends. Let them hang around for a couple of months, let them make you feel good but don’t get too attached. When it comes to serious commitment 3in fashion don’t waste time, effort and money on a trend.

Say ‘I do’ to investment pieces because just like a good partner, you’ll be able to keep them forever.