My birthday suit – Claire from Ruck Rover

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This week’s Birthday Suit curator is Claire Trolio from one of my all time fave stores, Ruck Rover, and that fantastic little website “We Love Perth” that always seems to pick out and find all the shiniest gems in our beloved city. Ruck Rover is situated on the corner of William and Francis Streets and is always my go-to store if I’m in search of a special gift that’s unique. They have a great selection of clothes and accessories for girls, guys and bubs alike!

Whilst wearing these lovely duds you see above, this is how Claire would spend her perfect birthday…

To begin my birthday celebrations a few friends would join my on my back porch for a few gin and tonics. We’d share stories and laughter before heading up the road for dinner and champagne and Must – a soufflé for entree, the crab pasta for main and an ice cream sundae for desert! Bliss.

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1. Dotty Speck 3 Zinn Gold Necklace, 2. Confetti System Garland, 3. Atomic orange nail polish from OPI, 4. Emily & Fin Stella Floral dress in orange – coming in April to Ruck Rover, 5. Nars eye shadow – just a little tinge of green, 6. Bait Jenny shoes

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My birthday suit – Rachel

mboard-bday-by rachel 3-13This bright and cheerful birthday ensemble is brought to you by Rachel, the creative mind and set of nimble fingers behind Freckle & co. Based in Perth, she lovingly makes unique pieces of jewellery that reflect her roots in sewing and needlework. Brightly coloured tassels handcrafted from embroidery thread, snippets of Liberty of London fabrics, these textiles are used in creative new and, most importantly, wearable ways. Do visit her etsy store to see for yourself!

As a bonus for our lovely readers, enter SILVERLINING15 at the checkout to get a 15% discount at Freckle & co until the 30th of April.

To see Rachel’s tassel bracelet in action, click here and here.

1. La Petite Fest paper garland, 2. Gorman dress, 3. Chanel lipstick, 4. L. K. Bennett/Caroline Issa heels (OMG those shoes! Those pompoms!), 5. MoMA double rainbow maker, 6. Kate Spade clutch, 7. Benu Shop necklace

My birthday suit!

mood board beeday march13Haha! Got you looking didn’t I?

Well, this year is the big year. It’s the year I hit the big you-know-what (has a three in it, rhymes with Bertie, come on work with me people)…It’s the year I turn thirty! Yeah, I’m just gonna say it. Because I refuse to join that pessimistic, doom and gloom, it’s-all-downhill-from-here club! What rubbish!

To tell you the truth, I’m feeling better than ever and I still feel like I’m “on the way up” so to speak. I think what’s changed for me in a big way over the last few years is that I’ve stopped trying to be what others want me to be and also learnt to accept myself for who I am – my strengths, my weaknesses, my wonky right ear. Looking back, I realise that I’d been a personality-contortionist, trying to fit myself into wrong and uncomfortable shapes in the hopes of pleasing people. I was also painfully shy, too terrified to say anything in case someone disagreed or worse, laughed at me. But turns out my personality is just as inflexible as my hamstrings of steel (it takes me a whole hour of warm ups to touch my toes, don’t laugh!) but it’s taken me some time to find it and then gain the confidence to just put it out there and say who-gives-a-flying-duck what anyone says.

There. Catharsis over. Now you know I have a wonky ear and am that person in the back row at Pilates who can’t do a proper roll-down.

Now what I actually started off trying to tell you guys, is this is my dream outfit for my upcoming birthday festivity! I would usually go something more light and pretty, or quirky and boyish, but this time I’m fantasising of an outfit that conjures up the word soiree, a bit glam, a bit sexy, and dare I say, a bit more mature. But not mature in a needing-a-hip-replacement way but in a more self-assured, strong alpha female way. You know, the type that’s not afraid to turn a few heads and cause a bit of a stir.

Tell me what you think about this outfit! Or what would you wear to your big birthday bash?

1. Kimberly McDonald earrings, 2. Rachel Gilbert dress, 3. MAC lipstick in Creme d’Nude, 4. Kotur clutch, 5. Charlotte Olympia heels, 6. Sue Lewis chocolates (gifts for party guests!)

Lady in blue


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I broke one of my golden rules when I bought this dress – that is, never to make impulse online shopping decisions whilst on a night shift! There was a bit of a lull during work one night and I found this little Kate Spade number on sale at Gilt along with the earrings I’ve paired them with. Usually I’m sensible enough to at least wait until I’ve had some sleep to make a decision but one of my colleagues seated next to me was in an earring-buying-frenzy on Etsy (she bought about ten pairs under the pretence of them all being “gifts”) plus my entire team that night was made out of girls and they were all saying, “Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!”. So, who wouldn’t? Of course, I was already deeply falling in love with the deep cobalt colour so I can’t say they twisted my arm that hard.

I had absolutely no regrets when it arrived! As soon as I saw its elegant cut and subtly shiny blue tones I knew exactly which green accessories I wanted to pair it with – my equally newly acquired Kate Spade chandelier earrings and two pieces of vintage jewellery I’d hoarded from my mum. I’d also bought a pair of nude J. Crew pumps with a black contrast pointed toe that I was dying to add to complete this outfit, but alas they were half a size too small when they arrived and I’m still awaiting the arrival of their replacements.

Moral of the story? Impulse online shopping during night shifts doesn’t always result in feelings of guilt, regret, pangs of “I bought whaaaat?” or “I spent how muuuuch?“, particularly when backed by four other girls in the same half-crazy half-sleep deprived state as yourself! Makes perfect sense.
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***What I’m wearing – cobalt blue dress by Kate Spade (similar), green and gold chandelier earrings also by Kate Spade (these are pretty), black art deco inspired bangle by CC Skye (here’s something art deco inspired, here’s something awesome from House of Harlow), vintage bracelet and watch “acquired” from Mum’s collection, black patent peep toe heels by Alannah Hill (check out these Ferragamo beauties)

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