A Fabulous UnModel!!

It’s a warm, fuzzy and very rewarding feeling knowing you’ve made a real difference to someone’s day! That’s why I LOVE what I do!!

On Friday, fabby UnModel Mel, had an AndAndrea Styleover. Her partner treated her, for her Birthday (how lovely). Mel was really excited and a teensy bit nervous! Excited about the possibility of finding a fresh new style and nervous… just incase I didn’t ‘get’ her style! She brought along her lovely stepmum Heather.

Over an initial coffee chat, Mel explained that, she has a new bub and that she’s a time poor, non-shopper!! She also admitted that she felt a bit drab when meeting girlfriends for coffee and she had no nice clothes to go out to dinner in, with her special man!! Hence, she didn’t really want to go out much!

I hear a similar story from many of my clients.

I love knowing a dose of retail therapy and some girlie fun can really make such a HUGE difference. Clothes may be superficial, but they DO affect the way you feel!

Anyway…it’s time to go shopping and get styling!!.

Mel had a look in mind that appealed… the classic Ralph Lauren look. Timeless and effortless. So, on the top of her wish list was a casual (not worky) navy blazer, a striped tee and dark washed jeans. We ticked most of the items off at Saba. For Mel’s shape, Sportscraft jeans won hands down and she bought them in light wash for day, dark wash for night and Boyfriends for fun! We found sneakers at Seed, colourfun camis at Sportsgirl and fab black dressy pants at Country Road. Her extra special ‘splurge’ piece was a Sass & Bide jacket!

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Here we are!! Styling done and dusted!! Mel above (R) in her new blazer and stripy tee and Heather (L) also found a few well deserved S&B treats along the way!! Err… excuse the thongs. Mel did score a fab pair of flats at David Jones, but her feet were tired out after all that shopping!!

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Once home, Mel was so excited, she not only cleaned out her wardrobe, but she sent me a selfie and attached this note below…

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Mel made my day… Love my styling and forever grateful that I can help others.

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Charlie Brown Style at Claremont Quarter

Meet Tracey Horton! She inspires me!! 

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Tracey, is Chairman of the Perth Fashion Festival. She is also a wife and mum of two teenage boys, a graduate of Stanford University, an ex-Reserve Bank Economist, Chairman of the Board at PLC and former Dean of UWA’s Business School. The list goes on… Tracey is one amazing woman, a delightful new friend and she now has an interest in fashion! WooHoo!!

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After styling Tracey for PFF in 2013, Tracey and I have kept in touch. At first, she was a little unsure of being ‘styled’ by a stranger, but found she really enjoyed having some AndAndrea fashion fun!!

Recently, Tracey asked me to style her for the Leeuwin Concert. She wanted something glam, but a bit different. No boring stuff please.

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So, we zipped into Charlie Brown at CQ and oops…with the help of Manager Kirra (above) a true Charlie Brown Angel, we also found a few extra ‘everyday’ dresses along the way (see above).

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In the past, Tracey avoided prints and patterns. She now wears bold prints confidently and loved this ‘WOW’ shift dress!

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Yes, we got a little side tracked and even gave a floral / leopard maxi a go… just for fun! Hawt!!!

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This cobalt blue gown was tempting, but plainish and not what Tracey had in mind for this outdoors, under the stars occasion.

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Ta daaaa! Tracey finally decided on this pure silk wrap. It ticked all the boxes…wide V-neck, accentuated the waist yet skimmed the tummy and hips. It was also a little flirty, and fabulously feminine!! The rich tones, muted pattern and total comfort won her over. 

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And here she is… looking glam and feeling fabulous at Leeuwin. Pictured with Deidre Wilmott CEO of CCI. Tip: notice the bellowy sleeves have been customised. Tracey felt they were too voluminous for her. Voila, they were easily tapered and shortened. Try altering, tucking or customising your clothes, to suit yourself!

If you, like Tracey would like an AndAndrea styling experience, call Julie or Steph at CQ Guest Services Lounge on 9286 5885. I am available 7 days a week!

** Exciting news… You’re invited to an exclusive AndAndrea / Charlie Brown Workshop!! The store will be closed for this private function. Enjoy nibblies and a glass of bubbles whilst you learn style tips and current trends. Plus receive a $20 gift voucher to spend on the night. So, get the girlies organised and book in for some fashion fun!!

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Hope to see you there!

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PS. Tracey wears current Charlie Brown stock in every picture. If you spotted a fave, then pop in and see Kirra at CQ… she will sort all your fashion needs. 

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Add a Dash of Sparkle To Someone’s Day!!

Every now and then, a special friend can add sparkle to your whole day!

You know, that ‘feel good’ tingle you have when you see a special girlie. Amy sprinkled her ‘magic’ on me yesterday. We shared simple, no fuss, refreshing ‘girltime’. What a treat!!

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Amy and I don’t see each very often, but when we do catchup, there’s a magic feeling… I think it’s Amy’s lovely sunshiny nature. Yesterday, was time for overdue catchups not just with Amy, but with her adorable bub Chloe too!

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Amy and I are different ages and we are at different stages in our lives. She’s a very busy mumma of two little girls. My three boys are all grown up now… but Amy and I just click.

We laugh and chat about all things from fabulous food to fashion, but we mainly talk about the 3B’s…Bubs, Boys and Blogging (no, not Baz her husband). Amy’s blog, AbsoluteAmy is a Lifestyle blog. She talks motherhood, shares recipes and finds fabulous, affordable, yummy-mummy fashion. Amy’s blog can be viewed here at absoluteamy.com 

Over coffee, Amy reminded me that she was keen to try my Lentil Burger Recipe. Recently, others have asked about my family Mexican Fiesta’s. So, just for a change from fashion, I’ve snapped my Lentil Burger preparation and my Mexi Fiesta nights will feature soon! So, here we go!

‘Secret’ Mexi Lentil Burgers ala AndAndrea!!

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Mash 3 tins of rinsed, drained brown lentils in a large bowl or blend in a food processor. Add a tin of Refried Beans, a finely diced red onion, a grated carrot, a whisked egg (omit for vegan version), a sachet of Mexi Chilli Powder (Old El Paso Chilli Spice Mix), a bunch of chopped coriander, a grated zucchini (squeezed of all liquid), some breadcrumbs to bind, extra chilli (optional for lovers of a fiery palette) and a pinch salt (optional). Roll fist sized balls in plain flour. Line a fry pan with BAKING PAPER (a must). Place 4 balls into pan. Press each ball into a large egg ring to create even sized burgers. Add a slurp of olive oil and cook till golden and firm (approx 5 mins) before flipping over.

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Easy peasy!! Burgers are ready to serve!

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If you prefer not to overload on bread, then serve patties on a roast vege stack with baby spinach leaves. Glaze the vegies with Mazzetti thick Balsamic Vinegar.

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Or serve with lettuce, tomato…

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…gaucomale and peppers in a… 

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… toasty wholemeal roll!! Delish!!

Any uncooked patties freeze well. Stack with Baking Paper in between and seal.

** Pssstt… AbsoluteAmy and AndAndrea are joining forces and planning something special. Stay tuned…we’d love you to be involved!! 

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Time To Shine Empire Rose

WA brand, Empire Rose is riding high. Their clothes are edgy, cool and very wearable!!

A chance meeting with Designer Kath, gave me the opportunity to tell her just how FABULOUS her clothes really are! Some of my favourite, never to part with, wardrobe staples are timeless Empire Rose pieces from many seasons ago.

Kath is an amazing creative. She is upbeat, fun-loving and oozes talent. Over the past few months, I’ve frequented her Studio, sampling her latest sporty, lifestyle ‘Basics’ collection. What a privilege! Better still, Kath is happy for me to do my own AndAndrea ‘thing’ with her clothes. WooHoo… there are no rules!!

Before you see her range though, let’s take a peek inside the rarely seen Empire Rose Studio.

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It’s a hive of activity and there’s a good vibe happening! Patterns are stored, stock is hung, orders despatched and some pieces are actually made onsite. There’s a buzz in the air… exciting things are happening!

For me, its been an AndAndrea / Empire Rose Summer!! Time to show you my Edit. It’s an easy-wear, on trend collection that suits our laid back lifestyle.

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If you’re already a sucker for all things ‘drop-crotch’ these Loose Luxe Twill shorts (Above L & R ) are perfecto. If you’ve never dared to try, go on, give them a whirl…they suit so many body types and you may even get hooked!!

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The Twill shorts are slouchy, stretchy and comfy. They come in long and short lengths and in black, white and navy. Very versatile and can be dressed up or down. Tip: MUST be worn with uber confidence!!

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‘Sweats’ above, are lightweight, short tracky pants!! Brilliant. They smack streetstyle grunge and work well with tartan. They come in marle grey, black and… white will be available soon too! They’re made from stretchy t-shirt material and can be rolled up or down. Styled above with a white ‘Rebel’ Empire Rose tee.

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Black ‘Sweats’ (Above) dressed up with a sleeveless blazer and heels. Shorts are a winning look this season. So, dress them up and wear them out.

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A hot trend this summer is the singlet dress. It’s such an easy piece to wear. This Empire Rose Rebel maxi above is supersoft cotton and comes in all-over white and nautical stripes as well. It actually sits mid-calf, but is hitched up in the pic.

News News Newsletter…

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If you’re an Empire Rose fan from way back, or a brand new Empire Rose lover, sign up for their newsletter (see above) for all the latest looks, tips, comps and offers.

Alternatively visit the Empire Rose online store here at Empire Rose

If you like to try before you buy, Empire Rose is also stocked at Hatch, Peachy Store. Varga Girl, Adam Heath and Lulu & I

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