In The Studio With Marcs HQ

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Bonjour 2018, there are stylish moments ahead! Speaking of which, remember last year’s quick trip to Sydney to visit the cuties at Marcs HQ? Well did I mention that I had a mini shoot with their ecommerce photographer in the studio?

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Marcs Animalia Silk Printed Dress, Marcs Jacket (similar style here).

It was like that iconic scene from the Lizzie McGuire Movie, minus a remix of Ru Paul’s Supermodel. I was surprised with an exclusive preview of the SS18 collection, with the Creative Director Nadia Jones, who outlined key trends of the season. Initial thoughts? I am forever smitten by Marcs’ affinity for enchanting prints and vibrant colour palettes and this season is an absolute treat! Unfortunately until release, I am to remain tight lipped, but all I can say is prepare to be wowed!

This particular ensemble I’m wearing is from their previous season and still available online. With an obsession for animal print, I was naturally drawn to this frock and love that it features a unconventional colour palette given the context. I also love the asymmetrical details and contrasting trims, complimented perfectly by a timeless blazer, also from the same season.

Excited to see more of my Marcs HQ visit and SS18? Make sure you subscribe to my fortnightly Style Guide (top menu) to keep up with my agenda! Fashionably yours, xo.



Bonjour Mon Chéri with Karen Walker

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

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Karen Walker Mon Chéri Dress, Pandora Floating Heart Locket, Pandora Dazzling Droplets Studs, Wittner Otto Heels (similar style here), Furla Bag.

Bonjour! It’s been a little while since I’ve kissed you all hello, but this petite miss has been tres busy with work and festivities. Another frock, another Christmas gathering, you know the drill.

Today I skipped around town in the cutest little dress, a Karen Walker number, featuring a summery cherry print. Floaty, sheer fabric is essential for these balmy 34 degree days in Brisbane.

Best paired with a cute little heel and one of my favourite cross body bags, I’m a carefree femme on the way to a cafe where I can have a spot of tea and a macaron, just as the french would! Bisous, bisous!

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Photography by Erin Smith Photography



Melbourne Cup OOTD: What I Wore!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

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Marcs Emerald City Lace Dress, Marilyn Van den Berg Headpiece, Sachi Heels (similar style here), Swarovski Earrings (similar style here), Oroton Clutch (similar style here).

The most anticipated racing event is back, and just like last year’s OOTD, I’m favouring bold colours. Ever since I laid eyes on this elegant, emerald number by Marcs, I just knew I’de found the perfect Melbourne Cup outfit! There’s nothing I don’t love about this sophisticated piece, from the exquisite lace detailing, to the frilled sleeve detail, this frock is born to worn in the birdcage, with a glass of Moet in hand.

As for accessories, I’m channelling an opulent statement as I style my gold sequinned, Marilyn Van den Berg fascinator, with a matching glomesh clutch – otherwise an Oroton classic. Ensuring my pedicure is nothing short of perfect, I’m stepping into a pair of open toe, strappy heels by Sachi; a pair I managed to score in a Myer midseason sale.

Beauty wise, I’m letting my outfit do the talking, applying a soft palette of blush pinks to the cheeks and lips and teaming with slick, straight hair.

What are your Melbourne Cup OOTD necessities? Let me know in the comments below!

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Photography by Erin Smith Photography



The Best Things To Do in Sydney!

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

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NA-KD Cut Out Sleeve Denim Jacket, NA-KD Pink Raw Hem Denim Skirt, Marcs Porcelain Embroidered Tee.

If you’re familiar with my gram you’ll already know that last month I enjoyed a staycation in Sydney, courtesy of Marcs (more on that subject soon!) With my best friend in tow, we wined, dined, ferried and frolicked around Sydney, documenting our favourite stops along the way. Presenting my highlights of Sydney’s best below!

Stays @ The Urban Newtown

I’ve stayed inner city many a time, but my favourite digs to date is The Urban Newtown in Newtown. What I loved about this suburb is it’s eclectic little collection of cafes, bistros, op shops, boutiques and striking street art. The boutique hotel itself was a super cool sanctuary with its industrial interiors, modern furnishings and lush green courtyard. My suite was generous and stocked with a free minibar (#spoilt), a point of difference and luxury, that The Urban Newtown offers to all guests upon booking.

The staff were incredibly friendly, offering stellar recommendations for local dining and cheeky nightcaps. I actually had the best pasta of my life at a little hole in the wall called The Italian Bowl, recommended by the friendly gent on reception.

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The Urban Newtown is home to this spectacular street art by Fintan Magee. Coincidently his fox mural also displays in my blog’s header pic. 

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The Grounds of Alexandria

Europe or Sydney? I certainly felt as though I was transported into a dreamy Parisian scene, surrounded by endless florals, petite dessert carts and quaint lemonade stands, in Sydney’s Instagrammable haven, The Grounds of Alexandria. While we didn’t get a chance to dine at the cafe, we certainly indulged in a few sweets, including the house-made donuts….Delightful!

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Piper Petites Pearl Jeans, Grab Off The Shoulder Top, Wittner Floyd Sandals, Oroton Crossbody Bag (similar style here), Adorne Coin Hoop Earrings, Adorne Coin Bracelet, Le Specs Sunglasses (similar style here).

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Ferry To Manly

There’s no greater feeling then a healthy dose of Vitamin D and the ferry ride to Manly is very picturesque, as it passes by the iconic Harbour Bridge & Opera House. I definitely recommend having a wander throughout Manly and stopping along the waterfront for brunch.

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Gingham Off The Soulder Top (similar style here), Adorne Disk Droplets Hoop Earrings.

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Dessert at Cow & The Moon

Again, another handy little suggestion from The Urban Newtown front desk. The Cow & The Moon boasts an incredible selection of desserts, known for their award winning artisan gelato bar. My picks? 1 part Roasted Coconut, 1 part Strawberry!

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NA-KD Cut Out Sleeve Denim JacketPiper Petites Pearl Jeans, Michael Kors Selma Messenger Bag (similar style here), Le Specs Sunglasses (similar style here), Pandora Vintage Allure Ring.

So much in Sydney, so little time! I’de love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on other fabulous spots in Sydney. Please leave me comment below!

Also, my darling friends over at NA-KD.com are giving all TBS readers a special little discount of 20% off purchases + free shipping worldwide. Use the code ‘ashleigh20’ to redeem. Happy shopping!

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The Blonde Silhouette presents an inner fashion monologue by Ashleigh McCallum. A lover of whimsical colour, designer pieces and classic femininity.

Location: Brisbane, Australia

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