Mori Brown shoe parties feature in the local paper

We featured in the local paper today! Our first article since launching Mori Brown. Very exciting 🙂

Shoe parties are a great way to combine your love of shoes with catching up with friends. If you are interested in finding out more about hosting your own party, please fill out the form below or email info@moribrown.com.au


Hills Shire Times 10 Dec 2013

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12 trends of Christmas and New Year…..Part 1

Some people say that there’s no greater pleasure than the pleasure of giving. And while that may be true in an ideal world, in the real world we know that a little self-pampering can go a long way! With Christmas fast approaching and New Years Eve following soon after, we think there’s no better time to indulge in some retail therapy. And if you don’t know where to begin, we’ve got it covered: from office shoes to kitten heels, from party dresses to swimsuits.

1. Comfortable shoes

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One thing’s certain about party preparations: they take lots of time and patience! So think ahead when planning your Christmas shopping, outfit included! Pick comfortable, office shoes like Trounce from By Appointment, that won’t kill your feet, and wear clothes that you can easily take off – like a sundress – in case you want to try on a million cute things.  

2. Party dress

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What’s a party season without the party dress? Chiffon is a great choice for fabric, because it’s dressy and airy all at once. Pair it with kitten heels or vintage style heels like Haydo by Zola Collection for an elegant look, and dance the night away!

3. Lace blouse 

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A lace blouse is essential for dressing up instantly. It pairs well with anything, from pencil skirts with heels to cropped pants with office shoes, and it’s a great base for layering necklaces. We love its ivory variety – it’s so classic and versatile – but any other colour will do!

4. Dress shorts 

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Holiday season or not, you can count on the dress shorts. They’re a bit structured and not all that short, so you can pair them with a blazer and office shoes like Horta by Zola collection, for a work party. Even better, you can pull a Chloe Sevigny and wear them with clashing prints and minimal jewellery.

5. Cuff bracelet

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No arm party is complete without the proper cuff bracelet! Gold is the hit color this season, and it just so happens that it’s perfect to wear at Christmas parties! For a romantic touch, go for lace-like filigree, and stack them up like a true fashionista if you want to make an impression.

6. Sequin skirt 

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It doesn’t get any more festive than the sequin skirt, now does it? It can make absolutely any top go from anonymous to fabulous, and with the right shoes, it will be all the rage! Our choice is knee length, suited for any occasion.

Look out for the final 6 trends in part 2 of 12 trends of Christmas…..

Race-day survival tips

Don’t forget your feet

You’re race-day ready, with a rocking frock and a hat you’d sell your own mother for. But what about your feet?

The right shoe really has the power to make or break your outfit – and your day. So it’s important to put your right foot forward.

At Mori Brown we believe it’s important to be fashionable, but not so fashionable it hurts or puts you at risk of falling over. Remember, picking the right shoe is just the same as dressing to your body shape – just because it’s fashionable doesn’t mean it’s the right shoe for you.

Baylee Knights & Angela Menz at the Melbourne Cup 2013

Baylee Knights & Angela Menz in proper footwear at the Melbourne Cup 2013. Photo by David Caird/News Limited

Block heels and ankle straps

The big trends for footwear this year are block heels and ankle straps which make Haydo and Hespa perfect for any outfit.

A block heel will leave you less likely to sink into the ground and more likely to still be wearing your shoes at the end of the night. There is nothing worse than finding a killer outfit with killer shoes but having to take them off and walk around bare foot because your feet just can’t stand it any longer.

Melbourne 2013 Cup Fashion

A less than ideal shoe situation at the Melbourne Cup 2013. Photo via AAP/Press Association Images

Black, white or bright

The colours to be seen in this year are either black and white monochrome, metallic or bright colours. If you are bold enough to go bright, the colours to look out for are yellow, tangerine, blue, green, coral and red. Take a look at our Orange Hespa, a beautiful summer wedge made with soft suede.

 

Jennifer Marsh at the Myer Fashions on the Field. Photo via fabulous-femme.com

Jennifer Marsh at the Myer Fashions on the Field. Photo via fabulous-femme.com

Foot survival kit

So you’ve found your pair of killer heels and when you arrive at the races you turn heads because you look so fabulous. But how do you ensure you don’t end up looking like you have stuck to the chair you spotted and claimed as soon as you arrived OR have suddenly lost 3 inches in height and are having to walk over hot coals as you make your way out of the venue? Well following our Mori Brown foot survival kit could be a start:

  • Choose a shoe which is high enough for you to feel like Marilyn BUT you can also stand, walk and run in a manner that does not make you resemble a young giraffe just learning to walk.
  • Just before you put on your shoes, lightly coat the blister prone areas of your feet with Paw Paw, Vaseline or moisturizer and slip on your race-day shoes.
  • Always pack band aids.
  • Insert a pair of In-Sole Party feet to protect the balls of your feet from developing that burning feeling which is annoyingly itchy at the same time.
An attendee falls over at the Melbourne Cup 2013.

Another example of fashion gone wrong from the races. Image via AAP/Press Association Images.

Final thought

Don’t over-complicate it – less is always more. And always ensure you pick one thing to focus on. If you’ve gone big with headwear and accessories, go simple with your dress and vice/versa.

4 tips to take your outfit from day to night

Being a career woman often means having no time for yourself. Between the chaotic mornings at home and the late nights at the office, there’s little time to even consider going out on dates or for a night with the girls. We challenge you to give yourself a break and go have fun at least one night this week – we promise we’ll do the same! We know the saying about all work and no play is true… And to make it a tad easier for you to take this step, we have a few tips that will help you transform your work outfit into one that’s ready to party:

From day to night

Shirt | Necklace | Earrings | Ring | Shoes | Clutch

1. There are usually three office uniforms for women: a simple dress, a shirt with a skirt, or a shirt with pants. Each one is usually paired with a blazer on top, to obtain a more formal look. Well, since this is your night off, lose the blazer! Whatever you have underneath will look more relaxed and can be used as a canvas for accessory play. Which brings us to our second tip:

2. Wear statement jewellery. This is the easiest way to make an outfit look different: we’re thinking necklaces, earrings, cocktail rings, the whole set. This is the perfect time to take out pieces you haven’t worn in ages, or those you never found an occasion for. Even the saddest plain white shirt is revived with a sparkly necklace, and a pair of pretty earrings will make your eyes pop even if you’re tired.

3. Next, change your flats for a pair of heels. But don’t fall into the trap of pretty stilettos that you’ll want to throw out halfway through the evening. Pick comfortable shoes, with mid heels – you look taller, but you can still dance or stand as much as you like. If they have a bit of animal print, they’re even hotter!

4. A big bag is a burden when all you want is freedom of movement. So come prepared for your big night and bring a clutch with you to work. You can easily fit it in your satchel! When it’s time to go out, just take your essentials – keys, phone, wallet, lipstick – and leave the rest behind. They’ll be there the next morning.

10 winter outfit ideas inspired by street style

It’s safe to say that street style has transformed from a photography niche to a very important part of fashion. No longer are we interested solely in the runway, but we also follow what happens on the streets. It’s easy to explain why: seeing an outfit put together, worn by a regular person, is so much more relatable than the fantasy of the catwalk. With that in mind, we picked out 10 street style looks we love, and broke them down into key pieces, to serve as inspiration for this winter:

Winter Outfit Ideas

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Keeping cozy is a priority, and we all know that knitwear is just the optimal amount. A brightly colored, mohair or angora oversized sweater looks perfect against a printed pencil skirt, while the knitted turban adds an extra touch of chic to the ensemble.

All Black Outfit

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An all black outfit is never outdated – especially when you masterfully mix textures within it. Leather shorts are beautiful against a fitted, wool blazer, whereas the golden accessories elevate the look to a new level of elegance.

Winter Street Style

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This casual mix shows how easily you can turn a summer outfit into a winter one. Keep the mini skirt and the floral shirt from warmer days, but layer them with opaque tights, a sweater and ankle boots. Now you’re ready to face the cold!

10 Winter Outfit Ideas Inspired by Street Style

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In an otherwise simple, black and white look, a pop of neon goes a long way. We love how this gal mixed her edgy biker jacket with lace and comfortable shoes.

Red for Winter

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If comfort and style are equally important to you, pair a funky pencil skirt with a bomber jacket and a beanie – extra points if they’re all similar shades! Sneakers or any other type of flats would look gorgeous here.

Street Style Inspiration

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Pastels are an uncommon choice for winter, and that’s what makes them so special. An over the knee full skirt looks retro with kitten heels, but it suddenly gains a very modern touch when paired with a sweater and a leather jacket.

Neutral Colors Street Style

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Neutral colors are a classic, and that doesn’t make them old fashioned. Add red accents and some unexpected details, like a statement necklace and geometric cut skirt, to make the look modern.

Winter Style Ideas

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Who would’ve thought overalls will be back in our hearts and streets? The denim one-piece looks stylish in a fit-and-flare cut, with a feminine lace blouse underneath and a masculine blazer on top.

Denim for Winter

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Speaking of denim, is there a way to wear it and still look perfectly polished? Just combine it with a classic, double breasted coat and some T-strap medium heels, and you’re done.

Street Inspiration

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For a relaxed look, opt for basics like bright denim and a striped top. With flats, a leather jacket and your favorite colorful bag, you can wear this to the office as well as on the weekend.

Introducing: Mori Brown Shoe Party

If you prefer to try before you buy but don’t want to hit the shops, let Mori Brown come to you! We’ve combined two of our favorite things – shoes and parties – into a new and exciting concept that’s all the buzz right now. You be the host, and let us take care of the fab factor: the shoes. We know that there’s no better entertainment for women than being around shoes!

Mori Brown Shoe Party

How does a shoe party work?

It’s actually quite simple. If you’re located in the Sydney area and have a venue, all you need is a time and date for the event. We bring the shoes, for you and your friends to try on and have fun. You get to try on as many pairs as you want whilst relaxing and catching up on the latest gossip!

What are the advantages of a shoe party?

Besides having a blast with your girlfriends? We give you, the host, Mori Brown credits, depending on how many shoes you sell. That is, $50 credits for every 5 pairs of shoes sold. And to make it even easier for you, we’re offering a 10% discount for everyone on every purchase made during the shoe party.

Funraising Ideas

Do you have any fundraising ideas?

Actually, we do! If you’re interested in cheap fundraising ideas, we have the perfect solution. And we’ve already tested it with our corporate clients – it’s safe to say the concept is a success!

The idea is simple: you organise a shoe party, as described above, but we involve a charity, too. This way, everybody wins! We will tailor the perfect package for you and your guests, for example: we donate 10% of all sales to a charity of your choice, while also keeping the 10% discount for your friends and the host benefits, too.

Where do I sign?

Feel free to contact us for a shoe party by emailing info@moribrown.com.au or sending a private message on our Facebook page. You give us the details of your event (date, time, location), and we will reply shortly with an answer.

10 must haves for transitioning to winter

Transitioning to winter is already hard enough – the shorter days, the cooler weather, the general feeling of exhaustion. Add the task of shopping smartly for the new season, and you’ve got yourself a full plate! But worry not – we’re here to give you a hand concerning the big transition. We’ve selected only the essentials – the pieces that keep you warm no matter what.

10 must haves for transitioning to winter

1. Cropped Trousers. More elegant than jeans, but still wearable any time of the day, cropped trousers are a must for the cold season. Pick trendy burgundy, and wear them with printed tops and masculine inspired shoes.

2. Knitted scarf. A sensitive neck asks for extra protection, and a knitted scarf is just that. Opt for a bohemian model, with fringes, or go for the circle scarf that’s all the rage on street style blogs.

3. Metallic gloves. Since it’s transitional weather we’re talking, you can still get away with cutout gloves. The best part of these is their metallic texture: it doesn’t get more futuristic or any cooler than that.

4. Ankle boots. Forget about sandals for a while, and welcome ankle boots into your wardrobe. You can wear them with skirts as well as with trousers or leggings, never failing to look chic.

5. Wool skirt. A good, warm skirt is a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. If you want it printed, choose a classic style like gingham or polka dots, and keep the palette clean in black and white. Wear it with a button down and comfortable shoes for work, or pair it with a V-neck top and a statement necklace for a night out.

6. Over the knee socks. Hosiery is essential in cooler months! You can either wear tights or over the knee socks – both will hug your legs and keep them warm. How sweet would they look with a pair of low heel office shoes and a mini?

7. Mohair cardigan. Mohair is so cozy, you can’t be without it this winter! Opt for a cardigan rather than a jumper, as you wear it two ways – buttoned or not. Plus, you can take it off easily if, for example, your office is too hot.

8. Printed coat. We’re bored with plain coats! It’s such a pleasure to see some color and print on the streets in winter, so why not cheer yourself up?

9. Embellished beanie. A simple beanie is no longer enough. Crystals, studs, pearls and jewels have, in turn, graced the otherwise casual jersey fabric of the beanie. We find the silver beads on this one to be just enough bling!

10. Leather bottoms. Trousers, shorts or skirts, you need some leather bottoms this season! You already know that properties of the fabric are a perfect fit for winter, so just give it a go. They look best paired with delicate fabrics like chiffon or silk.