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Dear Internets,

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A few months ago, we were running around in the height of winter pretending it was summer on a terracotta red Mexico landscape. Sure we were kidding ourselves but it was all to get you a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Billini shoot. After seeing how gorgeous those shots were. It”s no surprise that the official campaign photos turned out to be amazing. You can”t even tell the lovely model was shivering between takes. Now that”s called being a pro.

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The good news is, you can finally and get fiesta ready for anywhere between $19.95 – $79.95. White straps, metallic detail, wooden heels & leather uppers; I am one pedicure away from spring footwear! If you need a little more convincing to get in the mood, check out this behind the scenes video, complete with Mexican themed music. Ole!

HEEL HATER’S BFF

Hello Internets,

Back when I introduced myself, I made mention of the fact that I pretty much live in flat shoes.  I hate wearing heels/wedges/any shoe that has its sole on a incline because I find that after about half an hour of having them on, I really, really, really, really want to take them off.  The sad thing is (for me, anyway), there are some events to attend where you just can’t get away with showing up in your favourite pair of sneakers or Doc Martens.

Enter Flipsters:

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These nifty little things are a godsend for a big night out (or a small one, if you’re like me and have a low-high-shoe-wearing-tolerance).  Flipsters are foldable flats that come in a range of styles from sandals to loafers. This is great if you have long lumps of white dough for feet (i.e. me) that look terrible in ballet flats.  Today, we’re going to feature the Italian Loafers.

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The main selling point of Flipsters is their ability to fold away neatly so that they fit nicely into your bag.  Gone is the fear of ending up like one of those girls who stumble along barefoot in the city at 2am on a Sunday morning with their heels in one hand and their dignity back at the bar!

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Please excuse my massive case of lazy-eye.  The loafers are comfortable and don’t make my EU size 39 feet look too huge, which is a bonus!  I got a size Medium in these and I was initially worried they’d be a bit too big since their size chart nominates my size as the upper end of the Small in their chart.  Flipsters do recommend that you go up a size if you think they will be too small.  Thankfully they fit well on my feet and I’m not concerned that they would fall out while walking in them for extended periods of time.

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And how about putting them away?  If you think it’s going to be like putting an umbrella back in it’s cover, think again! Where the folding magic happens is in the sole.  The flats fold away easily thanks to the marked-out triangle that guides the shoes to fold in on themselves in the same way every time.  This makes putting them back in their carry pouch super easy!

The full range of Flipsters can be viewed and purchased direct from the Flipsters website www.flipsters.com.au

♥ Lee

NEXT REBEL

Dear Internets,

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If you have spent any time listening to the radio, you might have heard a strong British accent storming our airwaves professing the excellence of Nextdirect.com. Ever a skeptic I wasn’t really sure what to make of Next direct and their clothing so when I got an opportunity to peruse them for myself, I was pleasantly surprised. It is all the things my wardrobe needs right now: strong classic colors and shades with a descent price point that still allows for quality and the necessary luxury items. With a long heritage in the UK, Next has just hit our shores and without completely abandoning their classic and work wear pieces, has injected a little youthful rebellious streak into their collection. Vast and varied in colors, if you want that top in white or that skirt in maroon, dammit, you are going to get it! With representation is 61 countries and a range for women, men as well as children, you have all your style influencing and gifting sorted out in one location.

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I’ve already got a few favorites and considering I’m not a black and white girl, the fact that most of them fit in the shade spectrum is really saying something.

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Surely I’ve banked enough awesome classic monochrome to let one vibrant piece sneak through? Have you shopped nextdirect yet? Let us know what you think.

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HOLA MEXICO

Dear Internets,

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Overlooking the water on a deceptively cold day, I was fortunate enough to hide behind the warmth of my camera lens and take behind the scenes shots of “Hola Mexico”, the Billini SS13 campaign shoot. With it”s vibrant sunset colored walls and aqua trim, Villa Biscaya was the perfect place to capture the vibrancy and intensity of next season”s footwear. All I was missing was a Mojito and a deck chair but I guess I”ll have to wait a little longer for that.

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From sandals with hardware trim & clear panels to ballet flats, cut out wedges and chic heels, Billini has you covered for all occasions the summer sun could possible throw your way. Prices ranging from an affordable $20 – $80 dollars, keeping in check with the seasons latest trends doesn”t have to be an overly expensive venture either. The shoes in this shoot are just landing online at Billini.com or The iconic but if you”re more of a try before you buy sort of girl, check out Wanted, Tony Bianco, Freelance, DSW or Shoe shed. With so many options there”s really little excuse not to get your footwear fix.

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Above: Billini”s 1st leather shoe “Lorna” features a wooden clog with lattice upper – $79.95

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Above: “Glory” in white with metallic hardware & ankle strap – $79.95

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Campaign photographer : Steven Chee
Hair & Make up : Katrina Raftery
Model : Britt Nicholas of Chic Management
All photos taken by Pixelhazard

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Thank you Melissa from Billini for having us along for the ride. Can”t wait to see how the official campaign looks.

 

#REPRESENT

Dear Internets,

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Our love for Adidas is nothing new. In fact you’ve heard about them from us here & here resulting in a prompt raid of our nearest store for the latest collection. Recently we were given the opportunity to preview the lastest from both Adidas Originals and Adidas x Stella McCartney. Like most design collaborations, there’s no shortage of thrills here but rarely do you find such a stark contrast in design within one brand. Like chalk and cheese or any other comparison you want to make, the difference between these two collections is almost palpable.

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Adidas Originals is you slightly crazy older cousin who is too cool for school. You want to be like them, and your parents think they’re a bad influence. Unafraid of color, contrast and bold shapes, it’s a fun fair of attire put perfectly together. Fitted with monochrome Adidas classic tees and jumpers you can dial the crazy down whenever you like for the daily run around, but it’s nice to know the lunacy is available to you. The best thing is, most of it is unisex (or “boyfriend style” if you like) with the inclusion wet weather fancies like these bright anoraks which would come in handy right now in our neck of the woods. The east-coast of Australia has been mighty soggy lately.

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The Stella collection on the other hand  is more like a fairy dream in which you are not only toned and athletic but look like a glowing model while exercising. The perfect motivation for fitness, these vibrant prints, metallics, cute black shorts and sheer paneling was made to be seen ladies! Built with you in mind you get comfort without compromise and finally,athletic shoes in colors outside of the “pink is for girls” spectrum! Speaking of the shoes, they’re now equipped with more technology that it probably took for the moon landing. The styrofoam looking thing the soles of your shoes are made of is called TPU. Give them a push and you’ll see the difference it’s going to make on your running performance while cushioning impact on your joints.

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For those of you confined to a gym because of the weather or your preference, There are also cute matching shoes and gym bags in the latest range which I absolutely love. Can I just pretend I’m going to the gym to wear these? The tennis line is also a relatively new addition. Dipping into the past and bringing it forward, the flirty white skirts, tops and dresses will have you challnging contenders on the court like a pro…after that it’s all up to your skill. We can only promise confident cockiness on your part because of your new threads which is a lot more than you’ll get from those old track pants you’re currently sporting.

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All these items are set to drop from now until August so make sure that you not only check it out, but keep on checking in, because I’m fairly certain some of these pieces will disappear as quickly as they appeared. Are you feeling Original or Stella?