Donny’s travel journal, August 2011.

Not all my family and friends have Facebook and Twitter, so I shall endeavour to upload my travel stories and photos on this blog post. Here we go…

Packing -I hate it. So much pressure. Knowing you can only pack a few things, that will have to get you through your entire vacation. Last year when I traveled my luggage got lost (thanks EasyJet – you suck!). It must be one of the worst things that can happen to a stylist.  But I took it as a massive learning experience. Here are the key things that I learnt, and have applied to my packing process this year…

  1. Pack your carry on luggage, like you would if you knew that your  main luggage would got lost. Simply, back your carry on bag with all your essentials items. Those items that would be the hardest to replace. Ensure you also pack  changes of clothes, underwear and swimwear. This way you have something to get you by until your suitcase hopefully arrives. As a general rule of thumb, pack 4 tops, 2 bottoms, a warm jumper or cardigan, 4 pairs underwear and some swimwear.
  2. Pack versatile, basic coloured, classic clothing items such as (for ladies) …. little black dress, white shirt, jeans, black t shirt, little summer dress, white linen shorts, black shirt etc and for guys black dress shirt, jeans, basic white t-shirts, beige chinos etc. These items can easily mixed-and-matched, to give you lots of outfit options.
  3.  Don’t overpack. You know you will shop overseas, so leave room in your suitcase.
  4. Ensure your suitcase is labelled clearly with your name. Use good quality leather bag tags. Take a photo of your suitcase, so if your suitcase gets lost it makes it much easier to fill in the ‘lost bag’ paperwork. Trust me.

On the fashion radar this week

This week my fashion column looks at sexy plus-sized frocks, Siberian Mink eyelashes, sexy near active wear and meeting the new Betts fashion ambassador…..

When it’s ok to lash out.

Heidi Klum, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Oprah are all fans of Australian based company Love those lashes. They’ve just launched a brand new range of Siberian Mink eyelash extensions, which are softer and more flexible than synthetic or silk lashes.  Founder, Debra Sloane travelled overseas to source the best mink fur available for her products. Her team of ‘Eyelash stylists’ can help you create the perfect set for you, with over 150 options available in varying lengths, thicknesses and curl. Styles include the Audrey, the Munroe, the Scarlett, the Crawford and the Hathaway. A full set of mink Love those lashes costs $320 and all refill appointments cost from $80 to $145 and take 45 minutes, depending on the number of lashes required. An easy to apply take home strip of mink eyelashes is available from $99, and the lashes can be worn up for 40 times.

 Get bowled over by Betts

Betts celebrates over 100 years of operation offering men’s, women’s and children footwear, with over 120 stores nationally. Australian cricket star Mitchell Johnson has been announced as the Betts Ambassador, he is also the face of the Summer Men’s collections. Used to wearing his cricket whites and trainers Mitchell enjoyed his first shoot for Betts and enjoyed a laugh on set with the crew about his new role as a fashion ambassador “I can sometimes dress up nicely and do the right thing. I like to be as comfortable as I can be”. The new range is in stores now.


Stylish curves

 Designer Megan Moir Pardy, has filled a much-needed void by creating  sophisticated, well designed pieces for the fashion savvy girl in sizes 16 to 24. The label titled ‘Damn You Alexis’, was born from her frustration by the lack of fashion forward plus sized garments. “The Damn You Alexis girl has an eclectic style that is a little bit rock chic, glamorous, strong and modern all at the same time. She is young, fashionable and chic first and plus-size second” says Megan. The inaugural Damn You Alexis collection is a classic capsule of must have little black dresses featuring power shoulders and dip dying as well as body-con bandage detailing. Available exclusively online at

 Be active, look stylish.

Women’s activewear label, Lorna Jane has launched a new premium range of designer active wear titled LJ Black. “LJ Black reflects the style of the modern and fashionable woman. The new line brings a sense of style and elegance to the Lorna Jane brand. I believe Australian women are not willing to compromise on style and their active wardrobe should be no exception” says founder and head designer, Lorna Jane Clarkson. The first LJ Black capsule collection is inspired by the Australian summer surf and international scuba trends, featuring colours of bubble gum pink, yellow and turquoise and bold prints.

Sydney Street Style: Sigourney

Without a doubt, Sigourney Cantelo is one of Sydney’s most stylish women. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to snap her for my East End Girl column.

Sydney Street Style

What to wear to summer dance festivals?

This week my weekly column looks at what to wear to the summer dance festivals.

For many, summer dance festivals are all about having fun and enjoying the entertainment line-up. For some it’s the ultimate opportunity to parade around in their finest festival threads and hone in on their people watching skills. This weekend, Stereosonic will kick off the summer festivals line up, followed by Field Day, Big Day Out, Good Vibrations, Future Music Festival and a whole swag of other festivals. If you’re heading to one of the summer festivals, here are some options to consider, helping you avoid common festival hazards such as sunburn, bruised toes and loss of expensive personal possessions. 

Hats– they will keep the sun off your face and protect you from getting sunburnt.  A hat can also help absorb excessive perspiration, induced by hours of dancing. Trucker hats, caps and straw trilbys are your best options. No cowboy hats please.

Sunglasses – are just as vital as your entry ticket, don’t leave home without them. This year it’s all about the RayBan ‘Wayfarer’ style, retro styled glasses, squarish shaped specs and aviators.  Try wearing a cheaper pair, to avoid the possibility of having your favourite designer specs crushed by a sea of dancing feet.

Watches– with numerous acts playing across various arenas at different times, a watch is essential to ensure you don’t miss the acts you plan to see. It’s all about brightly coloured, bold wrist candy with retro styled features. Leave the Rolex at home. 

 Bags – A small casual shoulder bag with a strap will come in handy to pop your essentials in, including entry ticket, cash, sun cream, ID, lip balm, keys and mobile phone. The 80’s ‘Bum-Bag’ has made a come-back, offering a useful hands free storage option to consider. 

Shoes – if you want squished bruised toes then wear your thongs. Smart feet will opt for closed toe options such as trainers, high tops, ballet flats or canvas style shoes. Strappy sandals are a lighter, more fashionable option for the girls. Consider popping some cushiony innersoles or party feet into your shoes for extra comfort. If it rains, opt for gumboots.

Girls – cute lightweight summer dresses, singlets, vests, studded bustiers, romper suits and military inspired threads will be popular choices. Expect to see loads of acid wash, mesh, double denim ensembles, bold fluoro colours and slogan print t-shirts with every second girl wearing cheeky cut off denim shorts.

Boys – a singlet, vest or t-shirt paired with some shorts or a pair of jeans. Shorts are the more comfortable option and this season we are seeing them get shorter in length, sitting 2 – 3 inches above the knee and the khaki short is back. Canvas shoes or sneakers such as classic pair of Asics or Converse or will complete the look perfectly.

All pictured items are available from Glue Stores -Westfield Bondi Junction, Westfield Eastgardens or

Kate Middleton’s wedding frock

What better way to start a hump-day, than with some wedding dress speculation. What will Kate Middleton wear? Well, one things for sure – it will be white (or ivory), long, have a train (not quite as long as Diana’s) and she’ll wear a crown with a long veil.  Most likely it will be made by a British designer, John Galliano perhaps? A demure Viviene Westwood gown could be amazeballs, maybe even Stella McCartney? Another less known UK label is Issa, who has made frocks for Kate before. Kate is super elegant with a hot body to boot, so no doubt she will look sublime. The minute she walks down the isle, replicas off the dress will start to appear in high street bridal gown shops faster than you can say ‘I do’.

Here are some options, what do you think?  first up…. A John Galliano frock….. without the ‘fro of course…

Maybe a Vivienne Westwood (but hopefully no blue bird on her head)…..

Something simple, elegant, mermaid style in a gorgeous embroidered fabrics, bit like this Vera Wang…

Or maybe something to show her patriotism for the country, that she will one day be the queen of…

Which is your favourite?

Eternal flame: The return of the red head.

This week my fashion column looks at the mighty return of the red head….

It’s great to see so many red-headed celebrities proudly embracing their natural colour or even enhancing it and non-reds are dying their locks and jumping on the red bandwagon. Famous flame-haired celebrities including Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, Florence Welsh of ‘Florence and the Machine’ fame, Julianne Moore, Isla Fisher, Cynthia Nixon, Kathy Griffin and Debra Messing are all dominating the entertainment scene. Pop queen Rihanna recently dyed her hair bright scarlet red, coincidently her new album titled “Loud” was released last week. Thankfully the ‘ranga’ prejudice seems to have vanished, well for females anyway.

 Models Lilly Cole, Karen Elson and Coco Rocha, are always in incredible demand thanks to their fiery red locks. Carmen Kass, ranked the fifteenth highest earning model in the world, recently dyed her hair red for a Louis Vuitton show. She apparently loved it so much she’s decided to keep the new look. While on the topic, we can’t leave out our very own Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Jacen Ward, Goldwell Ambassador and hair stylist for The Creative Group (Surry Hills) says about 20% of their clients are going for various shades of red and copper tones.  “A huge trend for this season is an almost Violet magenta based red which is extremely popular with the Gen Y client who is looking for that cyber-sport type look” said Ward. Pop stars Florence Welsh and Rihanna, are both popular reference points for Ward’s clients “Florence Welch has definitely pushed the red hue up the popularity meter. When Rihanna shot her recent videos sporting red hair, we also had a few regular copper clients request a slightly deeper and more vibrant red tone to their usual selection.”

When it comes to clothes, there are certain colours that look best when paired with red-hair. Natural red head’s generally look great in shades of deep blue, greens, purple shades such as violet and various shades of red itself. Complexion is just as important to consider.  Natural red heads who have pale skin, with green or hazel eyes (Julia Gillard please take note), can avoid looking washed out by not wearing black on their top half. Instead opt for earthy tones, nude shades, pastels, mustard and deep shades of green. When wearing a black jacket or top, consider injecting a dash of a more complimentary colour, simply by adding a scarf.

 In Sex and The City 2: The Movie, Miranda played by Cynthia Nixon looks ravishing in most scenes. Often wearing designer frocks in tones of mustard, red, violet and emerald green. The stylist behind Sex and the City, Patricia Field has fiery red hair herself. When in doubt, green should be your go-to-colour. There are many shades that work including: olive, military, myrtle, emerald and teal.