Sunday, 20 November 2011

Movember is here!

You may have noticed throughout the month of November many young men sharing a little upper lip hairy fun with us all. Yes, that's right Movember has hit Melbourne streets hard. These generous hairy men are supporting a charity aiming to raise money and build awareness of men's health, specifically prostate cancer and depression. The charity first began in Melbourne, Australia and has now developed into a global affair. For us ladies, we take on the role of 'Mo Sistas' whereby we help raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for our men's selfless efforts. 

Below I had a bit of fun styling some looks around my 'Fingerstache.' Enjoy and be sure to support this amazing cause by sponsoring our Mo Bros. For more information on the Movember charity visit their home webstie:

I am wearing my 'Petals' coat from The Queen Of Sky Collection by Giovanna Scarfo, Scanlan & Theodore high waisted pants, my mum's vintage belt, vintage bag, ruffled detailed blouse is from Vietnam and my new shoes are from Joanne Mercer.

Below I'm wearing vintage leather pants which I converted into shorts. The sleeveless lace blouse was from a little shop in Bridge Road. Vintage glasses from Beacon's Closet in NYC and Harajuku Lovers shoes. You might recognise the orange bag from Dusty Petals Shop. I love it!!!

For us girls who can't produce a healthy moustache like men I thought you might like to go for the option of these fun temporary finger tattoos named 'Fingerstaches.' You can buy them online at Modcloth for only $5.99. Click the below link for more details:

The Masters of the Moustache
Some men just know how to wear a moustache. Boys, be inspired by these celebrity Mo's. 

Below I have sourced some fun 'moustache' themed items for fun. Click on the links provided to purchase. 
Happy  Movember Shopping!!!

2-  Moustache Clips, $ 5.45
4-  The Moustache Grower’s Guide, $9.99
5-  The Old Curiosity Shop Paris Moustache Ballet Shoes , $280.40
6-  Retro Moustache Sigg Water Bottle, $27.00


1-Emergency Moustache Shirt, $22.50
3-All Great Men Have Mustaches, $27.00
 4-Burtstache T-Shirt by ZugArt , $32.00
5-Borat T-Shirt, $22.94


1-  Cool Mustache Beach Tote, $33.00
2-  Moustache Earrings, $46.70
3-  Women's Boy Brief, $20.00
4-  Magasin Cross Stitch Moustache Ring, $24.90
5-  Black Moustache or Black MoustacheTrucker Hat, $24.05
6-  Moustache Ring, $14.95

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Movie Star Crush on Steve McQueen

I have had a huge movie star crush on Steve McQueen for quite some time now.  With his rebellious nature and onscreen heroic's, McQueen earned the knickname 'The King of Cool.' He left  a lasting impact on Hollywood not only for his roles in classic films such as 'The Great Escape' and 'The Thomas Crown Affair' but also for his charismatic charm, masculinity and effortlessly cool image. 

McQueen was a style icon in his time and in ours.  He was actually the first man to grace the cover of the fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar. McQueen's style combined American sportswear with rugged motorcycle racer. He would often be seen in his Persol aviators, chino's, polo shirts, sports coats, knitted sweaters or a simple white tee with denim jeans. Being a racing enthusiast McQueen would include his racing attire into his fashion wardrobe, including leather jackets, racing jackets, denim and leather boots. He was also known for wearing a Rolex watch and The Rolex Explorer II Reference 1665 is also now titled the 'Rolex Steve McQueen.'
Italian sunglass company 'Persol' released a special edition remake of the sunglasses worn by the style icon McQueen. They feature Persol's distinctive Supreme Arrow and also have McQueen's signature etched in the inside arm. 

On November 7th, 1980, McQueen died at the young age of 50 from cancer believed to be associated to asbestos.  31 years later, he is still recognised for his talent as an actor as well as his defined style.

 Below I have  styled some Steve McQueen inspired men's fashion looks, just in case you are interested in turning your man into 'The King of Cool.' It's amazing how many designers have drawn inspiration from Steve McQueen over the years and still today. He really was and still is a true style icon.
I'd love to hear any feedback you have. Simply scroll down to the end of this post and click on 'Comments' highlighted in blue and write in the pop up box. Thanks so much!


Check out the below looks I've style to create a modern day Steve McQueen image. All items are available through online shopping. Just click on the link provided and shop away! You will notice I have  referenced several items from the label AllSaints. My husband and I fell in love with this label when we were living in NYC. We are waiting for an Australia branch to open. Check out their site here:    

The Cardigan and Chinos

1- AllSaints Ernst Cardigan, $147.24
2- Baby Elephant Elstra Tan Chino, $129.95
3- Arvust Blue Linen Shirt,  $69.95
4- Red Wing® work chukka boots, $232.15  

The Denim
1- Bedford Shirt, $131.75
2- Wamwam Cigarette Jeans, $131.75
3- Detain Belt, $77.50,
4- Spire Boot $255.70,

The Knitted Sweater

1-Blue Cable Crew Neck Jumper, $77.50
2- Coloured Chinos with belt,  $57.95,
3- Zara Leather Sneaker, $86.95
4- PERSOL 0714 STEVE MCQUEEN Sunglasses in color 9633, $289.61,
   5- Flash Heel Crew Socks, $12.95

The Simple White Tee

1- White Tee Shirt, $9.60
2- Slim Stretch Trousers, $57.95
3- Textured Rib Crew Socks, $9.95
4- Keds Champion Canvas Originals, $50.00 
4- Persol 649S  Steve McQueen sunglasses, $270.85,
5- Men's Stainless Steel Black Dial Rolex Explorer I (333)  $4525.00

Thanks for visiting!!!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

What NOT to do at the races...

Well another Spring Racing Carnival has come to an end. Boy, did we see some amazing colour, creativity and fashion forward looks. I was so inspired by the effort ladies put into their outfits. The variety and originality was to be admired. Ladies were willing to make a statement and not just follow the common trends.

I wanted to share with you some of my favourite fashions on the field as well as celebrity fashion seen throughout the Spring Racing Carnival. I was so excited to see two of my favourite style icons; Sarah Jessica Parker and Dita Von Teese come and celebrate this fashion affair with us Melburnians. 
But first, before I share these looks I would like to present you with a new Dusty Petals Video Blog.

I have put together a short video offering tips on what NOT to do at the races. So get your notepads out ready to jot down these pointers so that you will be prepared for next years racing events.

Dusty Petals 
What NOT to do at the races...

Fashions On The Field

 Celebrity Fashion

Above images courtesy of  &

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

DRESS CODE: Quirky Colourful Preppy Nerd!

Hello lovely Dusty Petal followers. I was feeling particularly daring when styling my last photo shoot for Dusty Petals and decided to break all fashion rules. The result was the look below. I titled it 'Quirky Colourful Preppy Nerd.' I love how some outfits allow you to take on a new persona and create more confidence in yourself. That is exactly what this crazy number did for me.
 Colour was my initial inspiration when styling this look. I have always been fasciated by the power and effect colour plays on peoples emotions. It not only impacts your own mood but also controls how people respond to you; they almost feel like they have to smile at you and become energised around you. I love that!

To help inspire you all to take be a little daring with your style I have put together some fun 'Quirky Colourful Preppy Nerd' looks below.
Also, check out the behind the scenes video of this Dusty Petals photo shoot.

What are you wearing???
Shirt and bag are from boutique in Brooklyn, NY, Vintage shorts (Etsy), My dad's 70's bow tie, Shoes from Lion In Love.


1- Floral Velvet Kimono Jacket: $106.55
2-Tippi Bow Bouse  $386.00
3- Midas Well Wedge Shoe $219.99
4- Gold Elephant in the Room Ring $24.99
5- Lu Guinness Perspex Lips Clutch Handbag,  $295.00
6-Velvet Shorts  $49.40
7-Laugh On Tights $29.99


 1-  Alcozer & J Crystal Bee Brass Flower Brooch   $280.00
2- Stingray Effect Ring, YVES SAINT LAURENT  $275.00
3- Zimmermann Silk Strapless Tucked Playsuit  $305.00
4-Sidelines Bootie  $191.99
5- Steven Alan Renada double-breasted silk blazer,  $500.00
6- Chain Bib Necklace  $330.00

1-Marc by Marc Jacobs bags $450.00
2-Shirt-with-Metallic-Face-Print,  $27.80
3-  HOSS INTROPIA Double Breasted Jacket With Gold Buttons   $460.00
4-  Turn Weft at the Corner Tights  $35.99
5- Alexander McQueen Butterfly Skull Ring  $275.00
6- General Pants Red Shorts,  $59.00

I hope I have inspired you all to add some spice and colour into your summer wardrobe. 

See you next time!