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Introducing Our New Ambassador: Archie

Meet Archie, our newest Ambassador!

Meet Archie. Catalogue model, animal rights activist, certified ‘Good Boy‘™ and our newest Ambassador. We caught up with the cutie to find out what makes him tick, and what gets his tail wagging.

You’re a natural in front of the camera! What made you get into modelling?

To be honest, I’ve always loved the spotlight. I must admit, I turn heads as I’m walking down the street and I’m often stopped on the weekend, so modelling seemed like a natural fit for me. I’m not sure if it’s my ‘too cool for school’ attitude or my wicked selection of outfits, whatever it is-the locals love it. The craft service is also definitely a bonus.

you can’t sit with us 😎

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You look amazing. How do you keep in shape?

I walk religiously. It helps me keep in shape, and also helps clear my head. I also make friends down at the local park, the greyhounds will often chase me around but I’m very self motivated – I prefer to chase my tail.

I’m also conscious about only eating organic, healthy foods. Carrots and blueberries are my favourite! I’ll help mum cook dinner most nights – she’d be completely lost without my guidance. Mum is a vegetarian but she’s happy to poach me up some chicken, let’s be honest, who can say no to these big brown eyes.

Your schedule must be packed! What do you like to do in your down time?

When I’m not on shoots, I love to go on bush walks and try my paw at swimming (its tough, pugs don’t float!). And of course, spending time with my best friend Lenny the cat, and my beautiful girlfriend Audrey.

What trends are you most excited to see for this coming season? 

This summer is all about being bright and bold! Think warm reds, pinks and oranges. But really, I believe what’s most stylish is what you feel good in – so opt for luxurious and breathable fabrics like linen and silk.

Why are you excited to be working with Brands Exclusive for their Christmas campaign?

Nothing gets my tail wagging more than the thrill of a designer steal. So naturally, when Brands Exclusive approached me, I couldn’t say no! It just really felt like a paw in the right direction.

Follow Archie on Instagram @yung_archie

Why You Should Embrace Colour This Season

Lighten and brighten your wardrobe for summer!

Time to ditch the black

Do you find yourself constantly gravitating towards plain black? You’re not alone! While sometimes a monochrome wardrobe seems like the easier choice of a morning, we’re here to inspire you to give colour a go this Summer!

1. It’s a guaranteed mood-booster

A little colour never hurt nobody, in fact, it does quite the opposite! Research suggests wearing warm reds and pinks releases dopamine and actually boosts your mood. Alternatively, cooler blues and greens are known to have a calming affect, something we all need from time to time.

2. A tan goes with any colour

If you’re taking the dive into the rainbow, Summer is definitely the time to start. A healthy bronzed glow – store bought or otherwise – will match basically every colour under the sun. Now’s the time to jump in and try it out!

3. Take a clash course

Spots, stripes, florals – these days anything goes! Start by mixing block colours, hot pink and red are seriously trending right now. Check out Gucci and Versace’s latest show for inspiration that packs a punch.

4. Confidence is key

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t feel impossibly feminine and chic in a cute floral dress? Experiment with the what shape and colour that suits your body, and makes you feel great, because nothing looks as good as confidence!

Are you ready to ditch the black? Shop your summer fashion essentials here.

The Ultimate Guide to This Season’s Buyers Picks

See what the experts are crushing on

This week, our buyer’s have handpicked their top season style picks and are on hand to show you how to rock them!

 1. Dressed in Designer

The wise old fashion adage of ‘light layers’ has never been more relevant, says our Womenswear Buyer Vanessa. Transeasonal light layers are the name of the game this spring – think key basic pieces with a luxe twist. Take your queues from our LIFEwithBIRD edit and stock up on statement tops, quality pants and statement skirts.

To turn up the heat, take a flirty, feature sleeve for a spin à la Rachel Zoe. Start off with a neutral black or white palette and pair your look with some statement jewels and a bold lip.

2. What the health?

When it comes to new season beauty, glowing skin is the in thing this spring! For a fresh and flawless ‘dewy’ complexion, our resident Beauty Buyer Jess suggests a face-mask twice a week with celeb favourite GlamGlow is a must. When it comes to make up, don’t forget the final dusting of illuminator, and you’re ready to hit ‘glow’ on a fresh look.

For hair that shines brighter than the sun (ok, not quite that bright) check out our current Kerastase deal. Jess says, “A few pumps of the Bain Elixer Ultime before styling will have your locks looking smoother and sleeker than ever before”.

AMFAR 🇮🇹💋 Hair by @hairbypucciarello Makeup by #ME

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3. It’s what’s underneath that counts

When it comes to underwear there’s one name that reigns supreme: Calvin Klein. Shop up a storm with our latest edit, and you’ll be in comfortable company with the likes of celebrity ambassadors; Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner.

And when it comes to swimwear this season, Buyer Tina suggests making a splash with nautical styles. Nothing beats the classic colour combo of blue and white, in either a flattering one piece or chic bandeau style. Not only will it flatter all body shapes, it’s an investment that will sail you through many summers to come.

4. Metallic Madness

According to our Footwear Buyer Hayley, once you go metallic – you never go back! Go bold this spring with a streak of silver in your stiletto, or opt for sandals or flats with a striking gold sheen to add an extra spring in your step.

Jazz up your casual weekend outfit with a healthy hit of cool, courtesy of a metallic brogue – perfectly paired with some light denim jeans and your favourite white shirt.

5. Finishing Touches

No seasonal wardrobe is complete without the all-important accessories. To up the style factor on your summer look, our Buyer Nicole suggests throwing serious designer shade with a new pair of sunglasses. Go sophisticated and glamorous with a feminine cat eye, retro 70s with some swinging round frames or jump on the recently revived trend of Browline Geometic shape for instant cool.

When it comes to jewellery, Nicole advises delicate is timeless – which is why a dainty Pendant Necklace is the look du jou among the style set.

Don’t forget to bag a bargain in our latest edit! Nicole recommends opting for an opulent oversized tote, it’s both practical and stylish. Lift your bling game with an uber-cute bag charm – they may be tiny but they are this season’s hottest accessory that sure packs a punch!

Feeling inspired? Shop This Season’s Buyers Picks to update your look this Spring. 

7 Top Shopping Destinations Around the World

Your passport to style awaits!

Is the shopaholic inside you ready to spread your wings? If you’re after some global inspiration for your next shopping trip, look no further! Here you’ll find our top 7 ultimate shopping destinations around the globe.

1. Los Angeles

Did someone say outlet? The sheer amount of choice in this sunny city makes the struggle real. Take a spin down world-famous Rodeo Drive Pretty Woman style to get your fancy on, before bagging a brand-name bargain at outlets like Citadel or Camarillo.

2. Singapore

One small island, a whole lot of shopping opportunities! A visitor’s first stop should be Orchard Road for a healthy mix of bargain-filled market stalls and high-end designer boutiques. For a true bargain, head straight to Bugis Street Market and the Mustafa Centre. The intoxicating mix of sights, sounds and smells will have you never wanting to leave this shopping capital.

3. Milan

A city synonymous with haute couture, this truly is the capital of the fashion world. You’ll be in good company among the likes of Prada, Versace and Armani in Milan’s Quadrilatero d’Oro (or The Golden Rectangle). Splurge on the brands, or get swept up in the extravagant window displays, either way it’s a fabulous day out.

The best part? Fellow shoppers are dressed like a cover shoot of Italian Vogue. Seriously.

4. London

London is famous for many things, not least of which the stunning department stores where you can lose yourself wandering the famous displays at Selfridges, Harrods and Liberty. Take a stroll down Oxford Street, Europe’s busies shopping street, and find anything your heart could desire; from Primark and Topshop to Marks & Spencer, it’s truly a shopaholic’s heaven.

Wander down the exclusive Sloane Street for high-end designer delights, or talk a walk through punk history on Carnaby Street. For vintage finds, head to Portobello Road or Camden markets – there truly is something for everyone!

5.Tokyo

Tokyo is the place you can get anything you want, and anything you hadn’t even heard of yet. This vibrant city is a sensory overload and serious global trend-setter – seriously if it’s in style, chances are it started in Tokyo. Think Ginza for luxurious department stores and designer boutiques, or the Kagurazaka district for items a little more unique and handcrafted.

6. New York

The city never sleeps, and neither do the shops. It’s physically impossible to fit in everything on offer in buzzing New York City, so try and stick to the must-sees. There’s the department store trinity: Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman’s and Barney’s – not to mention the myriad of high end boutiques dotted along the infamous Fifth Avenue.

If you’re looking for a bargain, you can’t go past Century 21 near the World Trader Center site – but be warned this can get very busy and overwhelming, so be ready to rummage! The East Village offers something a little different and alternative, or head to Chinatown for the novelty (and the deliciousness!).

7. Paris

Ooh la la! If Milan is the fashion capital of the world, then Paris truly is the heart and soul. With major historical department stores (grand magasins) like Le Bon Marche, Printemps and Galaries Lafayette, you’ll be just as impressed with the architecture as the merchandise. Stroll down the Champs Elysee for a true Parisian experience – croissant in hand of course – and to drool over the designer store fronts.

Did we get you in the mood for a bargain? Check out our Mega Spring Sale.

Behind the Brand: NUE By Shani

Old-world tailoring meets modern shaping technology

Old-world tailoring meets modern shaping technology.

Featured on the likes of Oprah’s O Magazine and The Today Show America, NUE by Shani is the ultimate label for sleek, sophisticated designs that use the latest in shaping fabrics. Here, we take a deep dive into the beautiful world of this fabulous US designer label.

The Ultimate ‘Little Black Dress’

Shani Grosz, after graduating from Parson’s School of Design, saw a gap in the women’s fashion market. Wanting to create a label that was both feminine and strong, NUE By Shani was born. Shani’s designs allow women to ‘hide their flaws’ in the most discreet of ways by combining gorgeous, tailoring with shaping technology that allows it’s wearer to feel comfortable and free. Like her own little secret no one else has to know.

The Science Behind The Fabulous

Each NUE by Shani design features an inner construction of state-of-the-art compression fabric, using specially woven spun lycra that allows women to look and feel their best. The patent pending technology enhances the wearer’s curves, curated to allow her to flaunt her best figure. But you can forget tight, restricting or uncomfortable dresses! Shani’s designs are luxuriously comfortable, the soft fabrics means you can meet the demand of a busy modern schedule while still looking fabulous.

Kristen Bell and Alysia Reiner in NUE By Shani
A Celebrity Favourite

Shani’s sophisticated yet practical designs have developed a celebrity following with the likes of Oprah, Gayle King, Kristen Bell, Alysia Reiner and Danielle Brooks to name a few. The chic tailoring also has drawn the attention of many television presenters, including Melissa Joan Hart, Wendy Williams and Kathy Lee Gifford.

Want your very own NUE By Shani dress? Shop the range now on sale at Brands Exclusive.

7 Major Things To Avoid At The Races

To stay on track for a fabulous day out!

To stay on track for a fabulous day out.

Heading track-side this Spring Racing season? The races an be a fabulous day out, but before you don your best fascinator, check our list of major no-nos to avoid a faux-pas…

1. Go with the flow

More often than not, a day out on the wide open space near the race track will involve a sizeable gust or two. Avoid showing the world a part of your outfit you’d rather keep hidden by avoiding short, flowing dresses and opting for long, fitted silhouette.

2. Put your best foot forward

Let’s face it, unless you’re lucky enough to be invited to the members stand, seating options are limited. Ensure you spend the day in comfort by selecting your footwear wisely. Avoid a stiletto heel (and sinking into the grass!) and aim for a block heel. Silicon party feet are also a lifesaver for those who love a higher heel, and avoid wearing a brand new pair of shoes – and the blisters that usually go with it.

3. Hydration station

While there’s nothing as glamorous as sipping on some bubbly trackside, don’t neglect a glass or two of water throughout the day. Spending an entire day on your feet in the sun can take it’s toll, so keep hydrating! Your head will thank you in the morning.

4. Hello sunshine!

Speaking of sunshine, be sure to incorporate a quality pair of sunglasses into your Spring Racing look. There’s nothing sexy about a glare.

5. It’s what’s underneath that counts

Think about the logistics of your races attire. Does your dress require a strapless bra, or do you need to invest in some Hollywood tape? Nothing ruins a beautiful dress faster than a hot pink bra strap showing.

6. Size does matter

When it comes to handbags that is. Make sure your selected clutch can fit all your essentials – concealer, lip gloss and bronzer, to keep you looking fresh all day long.

7. Check the theme

Most days of the Spring Racing Carnival have a set theme, for example Derby Day is all about the black and white, while Oaks Day is flirty florals’ time to shine. Check ahead of time to make sure your outfit theme is on the right track.

7 Key Pieces to Invest in this Sale Period

To help you on your shopping mission, we’ve put together the top 7 items you should be investing in while they’re on special this saving season.

Who doesn’t love the end of the financial year, except maybe your tax agent. You (hopefully) get a little bit of your tax back and there’s sales on everywhere! But before you go overboard on a spending spree, take the discount frenzy as an opportunity to invest in some key, good quality pieces that you actually need.

To help you on your shopping mission, we’ve put together the top 7 items you should be investing in while they’re on special this saving season.

  1. A Warm Coat

Let’s be honest, coats are expensive – a but a good quality coat is one thing seriously worth the extra cash. To keep warm and trendy for seasons to come, go for a classic cut that fits well across the shoulders in either a wool or leather. Not to mention, your backside will be thanking us come that dreaded August cold snap.

  1. A Good Pair of Boots

Are your boots made for walking? If the answer isn’t “Hell yes!” it’s time for an upgrade. Take a look at your current shoe-drobe situation and make a call. If you’re in desperate need of some knee-high’s, now is the time to invest! Otherwise, go for a short, leather ankle boot that will stand the test of time.

  1. A Cashmere Sweater

Every quality winter wardrobe needs a good dose of cashmere luxury.  Not only will a cosy sweater keep you warm, if properly cared for – it can last for seasons!

Check out this blog if you want to learn more about this famous fabric.

  1. Flat Out Staples

Almost as key as some quality boots, are a sturdy pair of flats. A black pair of loafers, brogues or mules styles in leather, will serve you for years to come. Paired with your favourite pair of jeans, look for ones that will become your fail-safe weekend wardrobe.

  1. Bag a Bargain

Don’t forget about your hardware – invest in a classic, medium-sized handbag that will go with just about everything! While it may be tempting to splash out on an ultra-trendy, neon pink printed designer bag that’s about a million per cent off, we advise getting your classics sorted first. A good quality leather bag is something that can last a life time if well cared for.

  1. A Fabulous Bra

Every woman needs a good support system, but we all know a good bra can set you back. Take advantage of all the end of financial year sales, and treat yourself to a set of designer lingerie. Start by knowing your measurements, each brand can run slightly different, then aim for a quality brand in a supportive style.

  1. Some Luxurious Sheets

Who doesn’t love that feeling of slipping into a freshly made bed? It’s one of life’s little luxuries, but a good quality sheet set can cost upwards of $200. Take advantage of sale time by spoiling your bed to a high thread count, it’s something you can enjoy for years to come!

Bonus: Something just for you

While it’s important to shop smarter not harder this sale time, don’t forget about you! Treat yourself to a special something – they say shopping is cheaper than therapy…

Ready to start saving? Shop all our clearance sales here.

5 Ways To Tie A Neck Scarf

Who knew there were so many ways to tie a scarf? Say hello to your chicest new accessory.

Who knew there were so many ways to tie a scarf? Say hello to your chicest new accessory.

1. Around your neck
Sounds pretty obvious right? Add the perfect pop of colour to even the plainest of ensembles with a colourful silk style. Accelerate your street cred by tying it backwards, letting the long ends hang down your back.

Silk scarfs and shiny things.. ✨

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2. As a headband
Channel your inner Lauren Conrad circa 2011 with your favourite scarf wrapped as a headband. Not only is it très chic, it has the added bonus of disguising any pesky regrowth! Win, win.

3. Around your bag
A #streetstyle favourite for fashion bloggers, the latest trend when it comes to neck scarves has nothing to do with your neck at all. Take you handbag game up a level by tying your scarf around the handle.

That's the dream wedding venue booked. Now off for afternoon tea 💍 #TheBridalEdit

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4. As a belt
Need to define your waist? Say no more. Take that cute silk scarf and wrap it around your waist. It will add some serious definition to your figure, and a pop of colour to your outfit.

5. Around your ankle and wrist
The latest trend to hit the fashion world by storm – scarves wrapped around ankles and wrists. The perfect alternative to a bangle or anklet, pair it with a simple ensemble like jeans and a plain tee, to elevate your street style.

July’s Top Art Expos

Stay dry this winter by checking out the country’s most exciting expos…

Winter might not be everyone’s favourite time of year, but it is the perfect season to spend your weekends checking out the latest art exhibitions. And, with so many exciting expos lined up this year, there really is no excuse to get your artsy head on!

Whether you check out Melbourne’s fabulous fashion exhibition, or Brisbane’s range of unique Cindy Sherman self-portraits, there’s plenty going on around the country this winter to give you a satisfying dose of culture!

What: 200 Years of Australian Fashion
Where:
NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC 3000
When: Until 31 July 2016

If you’re after a dose of style-spiration this month, get yourself down to Melbourne for this fantastic exhibition. With over 120

works from more than 90 designers, this is the first major survey of Australian fashion to be undertaken in this country. Presented across four huge galleries, 200 Years of Australian Fashion celebrates Australia’s unique impact on the fashion industry internationally.

What to Wear: Fashion is the talking point here, so dial things up a little, darling. Keep it chic in a black roll neck, leather jacket and skinny jeans, while adding a touch of glam with towering heels.

Australian Fashion

What: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000
When: Until 9 Oct 2016

Ok, you have a little more time to get to this one, but we’d still recommend seeing it as soon as you can! A rare chance to see masterpieces by the two leading figures of Mexican 20th-century art, this exhibition presents 33 artworks from the renowned collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, including incredible self-portrait paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo. Who we heart!

What to Wear: Take an artsy approach to this exhibition by opting for a vintage-inspired striped sweater, skinny jeans in a block colour, flat lace-up brogues and a pair of quirky frames.

Frida Kahlo

Nickolas Muray Frida Kahlo in blue dress 1939 The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Top image credit:

Nickolas Muray Frida with Olmec figurine, Coyoacan 1939 Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc © Nickolas Muray Photo Archive


What:
Cindy Sherman
Where: GOMA, Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane, QLD 4101
When: Until 3 Oct 2016

Head up to Brisbane this month to check out the GOMA’s not-to-be-missed Cindy Sherman exhibition. Renowned for her mastery of masquerade, the unique photographer’s own image is at the centre of a thought-provoking assortment of character studies created over decades. Sherman explores modern society’s obsession with aspiration, narcissism and the cult of celebrity.

What to Wear: Cindy Sherman is known for playing characters in her photography, so why not opt for something that’s normally out of your comfort zone? If you’re a jeans-and-tee-kinda-girl, rock a frock in a fun print or colour.

To Print or Not to Print

No matter your size, style or taste, there’s a print or pattern to suit you…

Perhaps you’ve shunned prints from your wardrobe in the fear they’ll make you look bigger or too over-the-top? Or maybe you just don’t know how to incorporate them into your everyday look? Whatever the reason, we’ll show you how to embrace them. Because let’s face it, prints aren’t going anywhere!

Use Prints to Flatter Your Curves
Don’t want to enhance your voluptuous booty or draw attention to your hips? Structured pants or a pencil skirt will streamline your bottom half, while your printed top distracts attentions from your problem areas.

Match Colours, Not Prints
More often than not, if the colours work together, so will the prints. A great example is monochrome. Try pairing black and white polka dots with black and white stripes and be amazed at how well they complement each other.

Finish Your Look with Understated Accessories
Keep your extras minimal so they’re not in competition with what you’ve got on! When in doubt, you can rely on a pair of black platform heels and a simple clutch to complete your outfit. Remember, less is more.

Still Scared to Don the Print?
Baby steps will get you there! Try adding a printed handbag, belt or shoes to get you used to the idea. Slowly but surely you will learn love a splash of print in your look, and perhaps even dare to wear this season’s hottest trend.

Use the tips above to get you into print perfection and be surprised at the splash of life it will give to your already fabulous wardrobe!