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…..

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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.

The Mori Brown Mother’s Day Gift Guide

The more we grow, the more we acknowledge all the efforts our mums have put into making us happy. A pleasant home, good food, an education, kind words – you can’t really count all the amazing things they did for us, and all the sacrifices they so gracefully made.

Although we should be thankful to them every single day, we’ve got at least one special, designated holiday as a reminder: Mother’s Day. This is the one day we get to put everything aside and focus on motherhood – plus we get to make some thoughtful gifts, too! We crafted a gift guide to match your mum’s personality. Not that she’d fit into a single category – chances are she’s a fashionista, a kitchen fairy, a workaholic and an adventurer all at once!

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1. Sunglasses | 2. Necklace | 3. Clutch | 4. Mid heel booties

Your mum is a fashionista if you’re jealous of her wardrobe way past kids dress-up games. And since it’s her we’re celebrating, why not feed her passion? Accessories are the way to go here – protective sunglasses, a custom necklace that shows how much you care, a cute clutch to put a smile on her face, or stylish mid heel booties that she can wear through the winter!

the-workaholic

1. DIY flower banner | 2. Printable card | 3. Flats | 4. DIY candle votives

This woman clearly works too much! Pamper her with a pretty floral banner reading “Take a break. It’s Mother’s Day” and don’t forget to write her a thoughtful card. Buy her a pair of comfortable flats to replace her usual office shoes, and allow her to relax with a pretty candle set that you make especially for her.

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1. Placemats | 2. Cake | 3. Flats | 4. Printable card

“A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” Couldn’t agree more! You can print that on a card as a sign of appreciation, and for once, you can take baking off her hands and make a really pretty cake. Other suggestions are the reversible placemats that will get so much use in the kitchen, or the stylish flats for the person who spends so much time standing up.

the-adventurer

1. DIY pillows | 2. Bag | 3. Notebook | 4. Boots

If you’ve got the traveler’s gene in your family, your mum will embark on any adventure that comes along! A pair of sturdy, fashionable boots will be of great aid, and the same for a crossbody carry-all bag. If you want to tickle her fancy even when she’s at home, a set of custom DIY pillows is a great solution. And who wouldn’t love a handmade notebook to put down travel tips?

12 trends of Christmas and New Year part 2….

7. Kitten heels 

What makes your legs longer but allows you to dance all night as well? That’s right: the kitten heels, with their party-perfect height and comfort. For the holidays, we count on T-strap sandals with a medium heel. As for colours, the sky is the limit: pick anything, from classic black to trendy colour block.

8. Oversized sunnies 

You can’t really feel glamorous without the number one diva accessory: the oversized sunnies. Not only are they great for the actual party, but you’ll be glad to find them in your purse the morning after, when your make-up is a bit runny and you’re overtired. We just love cat eye: they’re chic and they look good on any face shape.

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9. Coloured blazer

A little black dress is known as a wardrobe saviour, but how can you spice it up? This is where the blazer comes in – not the dull, office blazer, but the fun, colourful one! Coral, electric blue, even neon green can work, depending on where you’re going.

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 10. Headpiece 

The star of all parties, and your greatest help on bad hair days: the headpiece. Make it oversized if you want to turn heads, or pick something sweet and subtle if you’d rather keep to yourself. Look at Derby Day for inspiration!

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11. Cutout back 

One of fashion’s best kept secrets is the cutout back. Not only it is unexpected and sexy, but it’s also airy and fresh. Pick tops or dresses in virtually any fabric, and you do the old Coco Chanel trick of adorning your back with your favorite necklace, only worn backwards.

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12. One piece swimsuit

If you plan on relaxing on the beach for the holidays, do so wearing a one piece swimsuit in quirky, digital prints. Think animals, galaxies far, far away, life-like flora, and even scenery. Just in case, you can dress it up with a chiffon maxi and some bracelets!

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