A WHIRLWIND TRIP TO HONG KONG

hong kong

I have always wanted to go to Hong Kong and was lucky enough to be able to have a whirlwind two and a half days there recently! I went as part of the jewellery fair and spent a good half day sourcing some exciting new goodies for TDH! I can’t wait to show you.

Hong Kong is separated into a couple areas and I stayed at the Pottinger Hotel on Hong Kong Island (the original British settlement area). It was in the perfect position to walk everywhere – I pretty much base all my overseas trips about where I can eat and knew I was walking distance from the below restaurants (and many, many more!).

hong kong 

WHAT TO EAT


Ho Lee Fook
Located in a basement, it has this iconic wall full of cats – you have to see it to believe it. Also the chef was previously of Mr Wong and Ms. G’s in Sydney, some of my local faves.

Zuma
Why not eat Japanese food in Hong Kong?! This is the perfect place for a sushi fix – they have an incredible weekend brunch, served with Veuve Clicquot. It’s an absolute feast of sashimi and tempura and all your regular favourites.

Oldies Foodies
I simply had to have a soft serve – and Oddies has the mix of east meets west that was needed! It is a soft serve topped with traditional HK egg waffles with choc chips!

Walking down to the area of Soho was perfect as literally every shop seems to serve food. The vibe of this section was a mix of east meets west and the options felt endless.

hong kong 

 

WHAT TO WEAR


Hot is an understatement about the weather at this time in Hong Kong. When it’s hot, I just want to feel minimal and I want my jewellery to also feel that way. For me it is all about earrings, so I wore our White Label drop earrings pretty much every day. When I wanted more of a night time look, I added the gold hapur wrap necklace as a choker. I mix and match my earrings all the time, below are my favourites:

 

WHERE TO GO


Kowloon
Staying on the island meant we needed to catch the ferry to go to Kowloon, which is part of the closer mainland Chinese section of HK. This is definitely a shopper’s paradise – there was no shortage of designer stores! The ferry is so easy (and cheap) to catch, and very much worth the experience.

Markets
Staying on HK island, I loved that we just kept finding all these markets. Some are definitely not for the faint hearted (i.e., the 'wet' markets, which sell fish on the streets) but there are markets with antiques, or just tourist-y goodies!

Tung Wah Ceramic Store: Stauntan Street, Soho
I am a sucker for homewares and didn't want to leave without purchasing a tea cup. This store was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel and was perfect for grabbing patterned ceramics.

Man Mo Temple
This was under construction when I went to visit, but was still open. It is the temple dedicated to the gods of literature and war – it was built in 1847. It’s a surreal feeling to enter such a serene, quiet temple on such a busy road.

hong kong 

WHAT TO WEAR THIS WEDDING SEASON

Wedding season is upon us, which means outfits must be planned, drivers designated and presents bought. We’ve pulled together some spring time looks (not a floral in sight!) to take you to any kind of bash. Whether you’re going for something trendy or classic, formal or smart casual, we’ve got you covered.


 

Grecian-style frocks literally look good on anyone. This lilac number is the perfect pick for a spring wedding, amped up with this beautiful cuff by Balyck, nude pumps (to elongate those legs!), a rattan clutch and a swipe of pretty pink lipstick. Wear your hair softly done up and bring a parasol if you’re sitting outside.

Dress | cuff | bag | heels | lipstick


 

For a glamorous black tie event, go for gold with this stunning, minimalist collar. This stylish maxi dress in velvet and silk will keep you just warm enough as the sun goes down, while a gold-detailed clutch will keep things practical as well as chic. Finish with a bright coral lip to keep your look sophisticated but fun.

Dress | collar | clutch | lipstick | perfume

 
 

If a frock really isn’t your thing, consider a top and pants ensemble. Dress up the top so you can rock jeans on the bottom. Add some arm bling, cool sunglasses and cool girl hair – who says weddings are boring?

Top | Pants | arm band | sunglasses | straightener

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH ACCESSORIES BY G

accessories by g

We recently sat down with Georgia Wyrill, the brains and brawn behind one of our fave new labels: Accessories by G. Her unique, edgy statement pieces and minimal classics in gold, silver and leather have been making a bit of a splash around Dark Horse HQ, so we thought we’d share some of the love. Find Georgia’s designs here, released this weekend!
 

Why did you start Accessories by G?

I have always wanted to run my own business and work for myself. I also couldn’t find fashionable jewellery at a moderate price of good quality, so I took the leap and quit  my full-time job in  fashion almost a year ago exactly. 

Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?

Always, always. I have sketchbooks from when I was really little filled with fashion designs. It took a lot longer to realise I wanted to design accessories, but when I think back, even those little sketches were all accompanied with matching hats, necklaces, bags and glasses!

Who is the Accessories by G woman?

The Accessories by G woman is tenacious and has a keen eye for current and minimal fashion. She doesn’t want to spend her hard earned pay on the top luxury designer brands but wants the exact same effect – high quality and something special.

How do you imagine the pieces from the latest collection being worn?

As a lot of the items in the current collection are on the finer side, they look amazing layered together. I love the Houdini Choker worn with a Lasso Bolo and a pair of more feminine Nobu Earrings – the perfect mix of hard and soft. Every piece can be worn casually with a simple t-shirt or dressed right up.

Where are you most inspired to create?

I have to go home and work on the floor in front of a mirror experimenting with different materials and shapes with podcasts keeping me company to create! My Bachelor of Design in Fashion (RMIT Melbourne) really taught me to design in 3D, working with materials in my hands rather than sketching 2D. You can take your designs so much further and get to a very different endpoint. Travelling is the other obvious source of inspiration.

Which is your favourite piece from your latest collection?

I love the Nobu Earrings and find them the perfect addition to every look. They’re timeless and just enough. I’ll be wearing them for a long time to come.

What are the essential ingredients to one of your designs?

Good fit, a point of difference and a ‘fashion’ edge.

What’s next for Accessories by G?

We’re working hard on our next collection titled ‘Tokyo & Tequila’ with some bolder styles and beautiful nude leather – launching soon!

 

Shop Accessories by G here.

LEAP INTO SPRING WITH MELBOURNE FASHION WEEK INSPO

melbourne spring fashion week

This weekend marks the end of Melbourne CBD’s most fashionable event. Officially launching with a runway show at Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out 2016, the week-long Melbourne Spring Fashion Week takes place in locations across Melbourne.

melbourne spring fashion week

With more than 200 events and sessions, there’s always plenty to see and do – the six runway shows are just the tip of the iceberg! The opening gala was every bit as opulent as promised – with gorgeous floaty gowns, heaps of metallics and more lace than a St Vinnie’s vintage rack. We’re sure to be seeing the looks on WAGS come Brownlow week! There was also plenty of white, white, white. From peasant dresses to structured suiting, it’s set to be a major trend this spring and summer. Get your Scotch Guard ready.

Fashion Weeks are always such a fun, mad experience and this was no different. For those who couldn’t be there in person, we’ve rounded up our favourite spring accessories for you! Wear them to weekend brunches, Melbourne Cup events, rooftop cocktails and everything in between. Who says fashion is elitist? xx

melbourne spring fashion week 

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YOUR RACING ACCESSORIES SORTED

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Whether you're travelling to the heart of it or watching from your local wine bar, there's nothing like the spring racing carnivals to put you in the mood for feeling fabulous. There's fashion, food, Champagne, a little bit of good-natured gambling... what more could a girl want?!

 

It's so much fun to see each woman's interpretation of race wear fashion and how they make it their own. So do your research, but go with what feels right for you. Here are some accessory ideas to get you started...


races headpieces 

Headpieces

This race season is all about structure and architecture, so leave the flower crowns at home for this one. It’s all about the geometric shape this year, and this made-to-order stunner from Balyck is simple enough to go with any frock but impressive enough to replace a fascinator. It features miniature malocchio (‘evil eye’) charms, which are used to protect and rid the wearer from ailments and evil spirits – and hopefully bad luck!

Shop the Look: Balyck’s Chained Headpiece

races earrings

Earrings

Just like its more subdued sisters, the stud, the statement earring will never go out of style. There is a pair to suit everyone and every look. Whether you go for the ear cuff, the hoop or the glitzy drop, it will draw attention to your beautiful face and jawline. Keep your frock a solid colour when going for the glitz like Mezi, or accessorise a printed dress with a simple but fab metal look, such as Luv AJ or White Label.

Shop the Look: Luv AJ’s Oversized Crescents | White Label’s Drop Hoop | Mezi’s Pearl Slide | Sarina Suriano’s Branch Ear Cuff | Mezi’s Cream Drop Earrings

races chokers

Layered Chokers

The layered choker look is an amazing trend for the spring races. Try a beautiful dainty piece mixed with the toughness of a leather choker – or the other way round: a metal choker mixed with a soft look. This is a great way to use some of your current pieces and bring them up to date.

Shop the Look: Luv AJ’s Charm Choker | White Label’s Crystal Leather Choker | Balyck’s Suede Neck Tie | White Label’s Double Line Choker

STYLE STORIES: HOW TO CHANNEL YOUR FAVE CHARACTERS

The best thing about winter is the no-guilt way you can sit on the couch for hours and hours because it’s ‘too cold’ to do anything else. But it’s not wasted time: think of it as just hunting for outfit inspo. To celebrate Netflix season, we’ve rounded up some of the characters inspiring us most.

khaleesi

Khaleesi

Any amount of time between GoT seasons is too much time. That’s just fact. But what we really miss is Khaleesi’s on point accessories. That girl knows how to take a frock from blah to bling. If she lived right now, we’re pretty sure she’d be hanging out with Queen Bey and making some serious trouble in parliament. This is probably what she’d be wearing…

Channel Khaleesi: gown | knickers | heels | necklace | arm band


nancy wheeler

Nancy Wheeler

OMG, seriously. Stranger Things, right?

And while it was the crazy suspense that kept us binge-watching all through the night, it was Nancy Wheeler’s awesome ‘80s preppy style that have got us all inspired. From her high-waisted jeans to her shearling jacket, this chic high schooler has convinced us to revisit (and embrace) some of the decade’s coolest – and totally wearable – trends.

Channel Nancy: cords | shearling jacket | sweater | boots | earrings | necklace



holly golightly

Holly Golightly

If you’ve worked your way through all the TV shows you can find (impressive!), move onto the old classics. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is always, always going to have a place in our hearts. The LBD, the bathtub-couch, the sleeping mask, the cat… And because we know you already have a little black dress, let’s look at an outfit from our favourite scene: when she’s strumming along to Moon River on the fire escape.

Channel Holly: jeans | sweater | scarf | bracelet | earrings | rings

FIVE PIECES TO SHOW 'EM WHO'S BOSS

So you’re making a presentation to the senior associates, you’re finally going out with that guy you’ve fancied for a year, you’re hosting your very first dinner party… Sometimes a girl needs a little help in this world. Enter: Boss Pieces.

boss pieces

Here are our top picks for jewellery you should wear when you really need to feel like the boss. From chunky cuffs to simple earrings, we’ve got you covered. Now all you need to do is rock it. As Queen B said: ‘I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.’

boss piece earrings

These Barbell Ear Jackets from Luv AJ are available in gold and silver. Made in two parts – one part sits behind the lobe – these beauties will fire you up. Wear them with a no-fuss LBD for dinner parties or your fave slinky number for a date.


boss pieces earrings

Anita K’s Gunmetal Stick Earrings do for your confidence what a pair of Louboutins does for your derriere. Elegant and sophisticated with all the right amounts of sexy, they’ll pump you up anywhere. Wear them with your hair down to show them off just a little…


boss pieces lion head cuff

How could we not include the incredible handmade cuff and ring set by Balyck. How could you feel anything other than a powerful goddess when rocking one (or both) of these?! Awesome enough to wear with a pair of Levis and a tee or a gown on the red carpet, you’ll look and feel like a million bucks. (Why not go all out and get both with our take home lay-by option?)


boss pieces bangle

Sometimes a girl needs to sparkle – literally. That’s wear this simple but glitzy bangle comes in. The Pave Barbell Cuff by Luv AJ comes in both gold and rose gold to ensure it works with any outfit. Simply clasp it in as you head out the door to put a spring in your step and a bling in your frock. The best part? It’s on sale!

MATCH YOUR EARRINGS TO YOUR HAIRSTYLE

how to match your earrings to your hairstyle

We showcase our style, both every day and for special occasions, through what we wear. But as you know it’s not just what a girl wears, but how she wears it.

Think about a pair of spectacular chandelier earrings – they send different vibes with a tight updo or a bouncy blowout. Stud earrings can be simple, but layering them up through multiple piercings can add a whole lotta edge. Hoops can look J.Lo or J.Law depending what you do with them. Jewellery adds the final touch to your outfit.

So it makes sense that your hairstyle works with different looks, right? So we’ve gone through some of our fave earrings – including lots on sale! – to give you a bit of inspo. But in the end, you don’t even need to choose. Our take home lay-by option – available to all babes in Australia – means you can pay just 30% for your goodies to be delivered immediately. How good is that? ‘Cause sometimes a girl just can’t wait for payday.

Now, go and stay beautiful!


match your hair to earrings 

Shop the looks: Option 1 | Option 2

match your hair to earrings

Shop the looks:
Option 1 | Option 2

match your hair to earrings

Shop the looks:
Option 1 | Option 2


Hair Inspo:
chic updo | long hair | high pony

TAKE YOUR LOOK FROM DAY TO NIGHT

It’s common knowledge that accessories are a girl’s best friend. A change of earrings and a smack of red lip can make your work shift versatile enough to go from meetings to dinner. A change of shoes and a statement ring will take your look from corporate to cocktails. A bejewelled bracelet and an extra layer of eyeshadow will take you from the farmer’s markets to the hottest show in town.

Here are a few outfit ideas to try this week so you can spend less time running around and more time having fun. Important.

day to night 1

Outfit 1

Spend the morning shopping and the evening having cocktails with just a change of shoes and a new pair of earrings. Fluff up your hair, whack on some lippie and you’re good to go. If your handbag’s big enough, you don’t even need to stop at home along the way! Or just buy your new heels that morning…

Base: pants | top
Day: boots
| perfume | bag | neck tie | ring | eyeliner
Night: heels
| styling spray | clutch | earrings | lipstick


day to night 2

Outfit 2

A smart work jacket becomes a chic dinner jacket with a few strategic accessory changes. Swap some brogues for some heels, studs for some sparkles and a cuppa for a vino and you’ll be out the door in five minutes. You could even bring your heels to work so you can head straight out.

Base: jacket | tee | pants
Day: phone case
| brogues | tea cup | notebook | necklace | studs
Night: heels
| earrings | lipstick | ring | ring set | clutch


day to night 3

Outfit 3

Just because you’re dressed for corporate doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Start with a classic wrap dress, then ramp up your heels, bag and jewels. Swap out your work lippie for a dramatic smoky eye (as smoky as your whiskey), leave the tote in the office and go all out with your shoes. We give you permission…

Base: frock | necklace
Day: glasses
| lipstick | heels | rings | phone case | handbag | earrings
Night: whiskey glass
| clutch | eyeshadow | eyeliner | false lashes | bracelet | heels

JEWELLERY THAT SUITS EVERYONE

There is jewellery that suits trendy people – and then there’s jewellery that suits everyone. Forever. The trick is to focus first on pieces that work together and well as by themselves, then add pieces that standout in terms of colour or size. Of course, all your pieces – basics and statements – could reflect your own style.

And that’s why we’ve pulled together a list of jewellery that suits absolutely everyone. Simply choose metals or styles that work with your wardrobe, and you’ll have all the essentials to have fun with and build on. Here are our favourites…


jewellery that suits everyone

Stud earrings

A simple stud will make you look finished and polished. Look for something in either diamond, pearl or your favourite precious metal. They will work with anything and add the look of effort when you’ve actually thrown on your favourite jumper and run out the door.

We love these and these.

Hoop earrings

We’ve spoken before about how there’s a hoop for everyone – but that’s because it’s true! It might be a simple silver sleeper or a big gold hoop; either way, they frame and elongate your face. Never a bad thing!

Read more about our love of hoops here and here.

Long, pendant necklaces

There is nothing better to liven up a t-shirt and jeans or finish off a cocktail frock. The long pendant necklace is an indispensable part of your accessories wardrobe. Very popular in the ‘20s and ‘30s (especially pearls!), the look has made a resurgence and firmly cemented itself as a classic. It’s the perfect piece for layering too, so load ‘em up!

We love this, this and this one.

A bangle

A simple bangle is the bracelet equivalent of the diamond stud earring. Wear it every day with any outfit and it will work. Stack it with other bracelets or leave it on its own. And don’t be afraid to invest here, because you’ll get daily use out of it.

We love this and this one.