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July 27, 2013

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: CELESTE TESORIERO



I’m always left amazed by how much incredible design talent we breed in this fair country of ours. Amongst the pack, Celeste Tesoriero is one of those rare bright sparks that makes you sit up and take notice. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous, Celeste has also established herself as an incredible force to be reckoned with, having designed in the past for the likes of One Teaspoon and Shakuhachi.

Since establishing her eponymous label, her beautifully raw design aesthetic has really seen her come into her own. Her passion is evident through her attention to detail and wonderfully constructed clean lines. No one trick pony, Celeste also designs an exceptionally amazing line of jewellery under her line, featuring some gorgeous earth stones and mixed metals.

I chatted to the lovely lady behind it all about sneakers, singing along to Mariah Carey amongst other things. 



How did you first get into designing?

After studying for a year, I was fortune enough to land my first apparel design role at quite a young age, and spent 5 years working for other labels before venturing out on my own.


What are the best (and worst) things about starting your own label?

I think for anyone, the opportunity to work for yourself, and create your own business is a high that is hard to explain.  It is definitely the most rewarding thing I have ever done.  I also love all the possibilities of the future. I have some serious goals to tick off, and I am sure there will be things that present themselves that I wouldn’t have ever been able to dream up. The mystery of that is so exciting.

There are no negatives about starting your own label, if you are ready to do it. All of the the highs and lows are what make it worth doing. I like a challenge.
As they say…If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.


Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming collection and what inspired you?

My current collection was the beginning of my exploration between the parallels of the ocean and space. Therefore there are details in the jewellery and clothing representing both and how the two cross over.
There is always also an oriental element to my prints and silhouettes, and this is apparent in the Spring range.
It is a fusion of these elements that give it it’s overall vibe.


What’s your most prized possession in your wardrobe?

At the moment it’s my Comme De Garçons crisp cotton skirt I got on my last trip to HK. (Although, it will no doubt be replaced with something else next time I’m there.)


How would you describe the girl you are designing for?

She is subtly cool and never looks like she tries too hard. She is natural and loveable.
I don’t design with a particular girl in mind, I think the pieces can be manipulated by the wearer, and to me that is much more rewarding.


What has been your biggest achievement to date?

Grimes just wore one of the jewellery pieces I designed exclusively for her to the Met Ball Gala, back with her Chanel dress.  The best thing about this was I wasn’t even aware of it until I saw Oyster Mag post a photo online. That is a major highlight for me, mainly because she chose to wear it herself, she was dressed by Karl Lagerfeld that night and must have been like “hey, can I wear this with my dress?!”.


What’s one accessory or piece of clothing you wish you had designed?

I sometimes think people have crawled into my brain and literally designed something exactly the way I would have. Most notably the Dries Van Noten collection using traditional Japanese paintings as prints.


One thing you wish would come back into fashion and one you wish hadn’t?

I kind of want shell jewellery to come back in. I played with that aesthetic for my Spring collection, and I think it’s only a matter of time.

Two things really stand out to me in wishing they had never come back around…
1) Sneakers as ‘fashion’ shoes. (Notably Nike’s and NB).
2) High heel sneakers. It’s just not ok.


What are some of the things you cannot live without?

Usually my answer to this involves food and Gin, but I’m currently on a cleanse so I’m going to go with the ocean, summer and my lover.


What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

'A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.'


I loved your blog ‘The Cowboy Geisha’ back in the day and I thought it was beautiful and brilliant how you started each post with a song lyric. What songs are on your dream playlist?

Oh thanks. I would of loved to have had the time to keep that going. The funniest thing about that layout for thecowboygeisha is because each shoot I would do would remind me of a song. I’m actually, to be honest, not that much of a music head. There was never any music in my house growing up, and we weren’t allowed to have it on in the car unless it was Mariah Carey to sing along to, so I literally can’t really concentrate or get anything done when music is playing. My dream playlist would involve anything cruisy and relaxed (Unless I’m at the gym, then, I need M.I.A and The Presets).


What’s next for you and your label?

At the moment I’m knee deep in Winter 2014 development, doing some collaborations with some amazing people and hopefully extending the CT family in the very near future (as in employees, not KIDS!).


Here's a little sneak preview of Celeste's SS14 collection which will be dropping instores and online in early August!



Emily xx



July 24, 2013

BE MINE, FRÄULEIN



It seems Sarah & Sebastian can do no wrong, proving time and time again that they mean business. Their latest offering, the beautiful collection entitled ‘Fräulein’, is no exception, showcasing the dichotomies of minimalism and decadence in stunning mixed metals.

The talented duo has the ability of taking simplicity and transforming it into something more to create exquisite wearable works of art. Playing on the femininity of the wearer, the collection explores the nature of the woman; there are pieces that will make you feel pretty and there are ones that will make you feel empowered.

Looking at this collection, I have no idea where to start – I can honestly say I want it all! I have about 15 tabs open each with a different product so I think I’ll be having a bit of trouble narrowing it down to a few... You can shop the collection over on their website here. You’re welcome!




Emily xx


July 21, 2013

OH MY GILDED X ALESSA


If you follow me over on Instagram, you may know that I’m the new guest blogger for Melbourne label ALESSA! Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be posting more regularly over on their blog, so be sure to check it out!

For my latest post I’ve decided to try my hand at flat lays and while I may be no Margaret or Steph, I’m pretty happy with the result. Might even try to do some more of these for the blog too! You can see my full post for ALESSA right here.

I’m incredibly excited to share more amazing things with you all super soon! I also can’t believe the start of semester has already crept up so fast but I will be sure to try my best to update!


Emily xx


July 18, 2013

BEAUTY QUEEN: ELEANOR PENDLETON



ph. Tim Coulson

It’s truly special and very rare to come across someone who sparks something within you, who inspires you and makes you feel that your wildest dreams are within your reach. For me that person is Eleanor Pendleton. Having been a loyal follower of her beautiful blog Gritty Pretty (which, after over two years, she has now relaunched – beauty junkies rejoice!) as well as her work for Famous and then InStyle, it’s safe to say I had formed quite the girl crush.

At such a young age, Eleanor has worked incredibly hard to get to where she is today and on top of all that, she remains incredibly sweet and down to earth. Having admired her and her work for so long, I thought she would be the perfect person for me to interview and you should have seen me smiling like an absolute dork when she replied to my email - so embarrassing. Her responses are a delight to read and I hope they inspire you as much as they did me!


How did you first get into the beauty industry?
By chance and hard work. I was studying a Diploma in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. I had been hounding – OK fine, stalking – the Editorial Coordinator atCosmopolitan magazine. Their work placements book out a year in advance and one day, I received a phone call saying she'd had a cancellation. I went into the pink Cosmopolitan office for one week and worked my little 18-year-old ass off. On the last day, then-editor Sarah Wilson offered me a regular one-day-a-week internship with then-Beauty Director, Zoe Foster Blake. After a year of interning and two weeks post-graduating, Franki Hobson, the editor of Cosmopolitan Hair & Beauty, Cosmopolitan Bride and Cosmopolitan Pregnancy magazines, called me to offer me the job as Editorial Coordinator/Beauty Writer. The timing of The Universe was on my side. And, the rest, as they say, is history…

What are some of the highlights of your career thus far?
Attending Fashion Week in London on behalf of InStyle magazine was a major 'Is This Seriously My Life?' moment for me. There's something magical about the international shows. It's not pretentious. It's a celebration of fashion and beauty as an art form. The calibre of designers over there is on another level. Before taking my front row (!) seat at Vivienne Westwood, it felt like there was electricity building amongst the show goers. Also, attending Matthew Williamson's show and seeing Carine Roitfield and Anna Wintour a metre away from me backstage was a real 'Pinch Me Right Now or I Might Pass Out' kind of moment. 

Also, when I receive emails from students who want to break into magazines and they tell me I'm their inspiration, it's humbling and surreal. It's a 'highlight' for me, for sure. I remember being in their shoes sending a similar message to Zoe Foster Blake. I didn't know anyone in the magazine industry when I was young so I make a point of helping young graduates out whenever and however I can. It's moments like those that force me to reflect on how much I've accomplished and allow myself to feel proud.

Some of the best tips you’ve learnt from working as a beauty editor?
I've been fortunate enough to interview some of the best experts in their fields. The ol' make your glossy lip matte trick is a goodie. If you have a gorgeous lipstick but it's a bit too sheeny, you can matte it down by simply taking one ply of a tissue and sticking it onto your lips. Next, take a light dusting of translucent face powder and dust it on top of the tissue. Peel the tissue off your lip colour and it'll be mattetastic! Plus, it'll last all day and won't bleed.

You always have the most enviable complexion! What are does your skincare routine consist of and what are your hero products?
Why, thank you. One thing my mum drilled into me was 'cleanse and moisturise'. I'm pretty neurotic when it comes to my skincare. Our skin is our body's biggest organ so I believe in really looking after it externally and internally. I drink ridiculous amounts of water every day, eat well and exercise (when I can!). It always baffles me when I hear some women only cleanse with water – what about the make-up, pollution and grime you're going to bed with for 8 hours? In regards to my own skin regimen, well, it's… How do I say this? Extensive.

As a beauty journalist, I'm constantly testing products for my job so my routine is constantly changing. Right now, however, my skincare routine looks like this:

MORNING
Cleanse with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (I also use my Clarisonic once a week with my cleanser to exfoliate my skin)
Tone with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
Treat with Lancome Genefique Advanced Youth Activating Concentrate
Hydrate with Dior Diorsnow White Reveal Fresh Crème
Protect with SPF 30 or 50

NIGHT
Cleanse with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
Tone with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
Treat with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Hydrate with Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream

WEEKLY
Once a week, at night, I give my skin some extra hydration while I sleep with CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. If I feel like my skin is tight and super dehydrated, I'll pop on an SK-II Facial Treatment Cloth Mask – they're amazing and great for travel! And, when I can, I book in and see Jocelyn Petroni at Woollahra's The Facial Room (http://www.jocelynpetroni.com/) for one of her life-changing signature facials and Omnilux light therapy. She's the best facialist in Sydney.


What are your top beauty buys?
While my skin care regimen is extensive, my make-up is pretty basic. I believe in investing in a good quality tinted moisturiser, BB crème or liquid foundation – this doesn't mean they have to be expensive either. Right now, I'm switching between Garnier Sensitive BB Cream, Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser and Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup (I tend to avoid powder foundations as they don't sit well on my skin). A matte bronzer like NARS Bronzer in Laguna adds warmth and contour to the face. And, a woman can never go without mascara. I prefer lengthening mascaras as my lashes are quite short. Lastly, I never leave the house with a lip balm. Lanolips 101 Ointment is a Godsend. It can be applied to practically anything – chapped lips, cuticles, cuts, dry elbows and burns…

The best advice you’ve been given?
Put your head down, work hard and when the time is right, you'll be rewarded.

Signature scent?
There are too many scents in my fragrance wardrobe to count. Right now, my favourites are Frederic Malle Carnal Flower and Amouage Reflection for Women.

Most prized possession in your wardrobe and beauty arsenal?
My Celine Trio Bag in black. It deconstructs into a clutch – it's multipurpose and worth every penny (well, at least that's what I tell my partner!).

Something people might not know about you?
I used to be a huge tomboy growing up. I even did competitive sailing. Now, I get paid to play with lipgloss. My dad and I always joke "go figure".

Are there any items you’re currently coveting?
I've just ordered the blue and black floating dress from Karla Spetic's SS 13/14 collection. I'm treating it like a reward to myself for all of the change that's happened in my life of late.

What are some of your tips for breaking into the beauty media industry?
Work hard, be persistent and write with originality. Some people look at the magazine industry from a far and think it to be fun and frivolous. And, sure, there's a lot of perks to it. But in reality, there's a lot of hard work, verrrry long hours and dedication that goes into pages before they're sent to print. Like any journalist, beauty journalists have a responsibility to inform and educate their readers. While some magazines are more laid back in their approach to beauty, I was trained to always find the point of difference in any product, regardless of what it is. Sure, that new moisturiser contains maqui berry, seaweed extract and polysaccharides. But, my question to the beauty brands is always why? What do they really do? It's my job to find out why my reader should spend X amount of her money on that new spangling new skin serum, fragrance or lip colour.

What’s next for Eleanor Pendleton?
This year has shaped up to be quite an interesting year for me. I've just moved on as Beauty Editor at InStyle magazine to embark on a career in freelance. I've relaunched my beauty website: grittypretty.com. And, I've got some very exciting projects and magazines which I'll be working with (watch this space!). Next week, I'm off to Bali to escape with my man and my book for three glorious weeks. After that, I try not to look too far ahead. While I've got plenty of goals for the future, I prefer to take each day as it comes.


I would like to extend a huge thank you to Eleanor for being so amazing. 
Be sure to head on over to her incredible blog Gritty Pretty!



July 3, 2013

DION LEE RESORT 2014: OIL AND WATER




When I first saw this collection this morning chills ran down my spine. With every collection he produces, Dion seems to push the envelope and exceed the expectations of his peers time and time again. Through all of this, he remains one of the loveliest and most humble people I’ve ever met and for that I have even more respect for him not only as an artist but, more importantly, as a person.

Oil + Water is an incredible display of what Dion does best: structural works of art with clean-cut lines in a crisp colour palette. And, of course, a hint of sweet, sweet leather.  The way he plays with the beauty of symmetry and asymmetry are inspired and the folds and cutouts he creates are what challenge the traditional.

Elements of water in the wetsuit-like details, shocks of blue and sheer fabrics work together with those of oil in the fluid black leather and monochromatic rippled prints to create a ceremonious harmony between the two.

Dion shows us that there is a beautiful balance between purity and darkness, and in doing so he proves why he is one of our premiere fashion exports. In a sea of copycats and similarity in designs, Dion takes the risk of trying something new and different which is what excites me and what makes him a true innovator in the field of fashion.


images via style.com 


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