Bali Birthday Photo Diary

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Spending your 30th in Perth = no deal!

Check out my visual diary of my recent trip to a very unique and original tropical holiday destination 3.5 hours from Perth.

Above: The last night in my 20′s @ Motel Mexicola

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I made a joke before we left on my instagram @stylevoyeur about those memes – “How I think I look” VS “How I really look” and posted this pic from True Blood, imagining myself on our tropical holiday. Amazingly what was so funny is that our villa – Eden, Residence At The Sea – really did look heaps like the vibe of this pic. Ahhhh take that! True bliss!

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Our beautiful 5 bedroom villa at Eden in Kerobokan

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My friend Lauren is the queen of the delicious spread

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Room with a view – this was the view from our rooftop at Eden. So amazing! I highly recommend staying here if you ever have a group of friends together and get the chance. They have 3 – 5 room villas and are so incredibly affordable for the level of luxury and service, I was amazed

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Glory hour post Jari Menari oil drenched massage on our rooftop @ Eden

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The morning I woke up, put my bathers on, looked in the bathroom mirror and realised I was 30. I’ve never understood people who say they hate birthdays, however if turning 30 isn’t daunting, I don’t know what is. For me it was a weird feeling because, well I don’t feel 30. Hopefully I never will!

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Breakfast as a 30 year old doesn’t look so bad! I have no idea why we don’t have Champagne, that came after..

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My Karen Walker sunnies, birthday gift from Mad Kids – Lauren, Matthew & Henry. Q baby Q

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Loving my bday gift in the kitchen, glass cabinet selfie alert

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After brek and a swim it was time for AMO – mani/pedi/massage, yes please. I believe the STUNNING owner of AMO on Petitenget is an ex-model – can you tell?

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Awwww Birthday cake thanks to Eden – they were so sweet to do this. Delivered by our very own butler. Everyone sang me Happy Birthday and it made my night pre Sarong so special even though I can’t eat cake. #glutenfreelyfe

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My beautiful gift from the incredible WA born, Bali based designer – Jaime Lee Major. Wow I’m a lucky girl! This snap was taken just before we headed off to Sarong for dinner on the night of my 30th Birthday. Ironically Jaime couldn’t be in Bali while we were there – you go cross continent to visit your best friend in her place of residence on your birthday and she ain’t even there to hang out! It is because she is a gosh darn superstar and had to hitch a flight to New York City just days before to shoot Kimbra’s music video with Thom Kerr. It actually went live today. Check it out HERE – Kimbra, Miracle and it makes me feel a little more understanding about the whole thing haha.

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Action shot wearing Jaime Lee at Sarong in Seminyak

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Million Dollar Martinis at Potato Head by candlelight

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Sunday Brunch at the W. Seriously if you are ever in Seminyak on a Sunday this is a MUST!

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Next level selfies

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Pictures can not do Sunday Brunch at the W justice. It is literally Willy Wonka land

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You haven’t lived until you have tried white chocolate dipped popcorn on a stick

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Eden is basically one big couch

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Mumm by the pool

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Sunset from our rooftop

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My bedroom @ Eden
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My bathroom was a mini jungle

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#GIRLBOSS

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Sun bathing & Pina Coladas @ Potato Head

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Last time I was in Bali in November I saw this shop right near Sea Circus being painted. For days we would drive past and see the girl working away, thinking it was crazy how long she took, however as you can see, it was clearly worth it!

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500 Rupiah (roughly $500) will get you fake Chanel at Numero = no deal!

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What a stupid woman. No helmet and a bloody labrador on her bike. It amazes me the stupid shit people do. I would never get on one of these, let alone take a big dog on one – ugh!

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A very unusual looking holiday maker outside Bintang Supermarket. I have to find her card and report back – after I took her photo she said she had 30,000 Twitter followers and I think she was a famous performer/dancer. Hmmm watch this space

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Just chillin’

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The best coffee in Bali

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Wearing Jeans West at our second villa, Bidadari. We had no wifi so we got a free massage, this is outside the salon. We HATED it there, so do not recommend but extended our stay and I’m glad we did as our third villa was lovely. Booking last minute is hit and miss

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I absolutely love these chairs! Wearing a Jeans West dress and shells at the Bidadari salon

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This was so bloody ironic. I’d had my turn of taking the master bedroom at our previous villa so when it was my turn to take the twin – this is what I have to deal with. A broken heart on my 30th – that’d be right. Feeling a little like a spinster at this point but the thought was there

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Sunbaking topless at Grand Avenue in Umalas – not a bad way to spend a day

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One of my favourite cheap and cheerful restaurants – Zula Vegetarian Paradise and to me it is paradise. Gluten free heaven

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Massive coconut at Zula

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Nothing with a face or a mother at Zula – No.5 Dhyana Pura, Seminyak – walking distance from Bintang supermarket

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The People Vs shorts – my favourite shop in Bali. The singlet I’m wearing in the first pic at Mexicola is also from there. I stock up every time I go now. There is one right near AMO on Petitenget and one on Oberoi

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At Salty Seagull with my bestie Matthew Lovkis – ribs & bibs

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All of the lights, all of the lights @ Salty Seagull on No.999 Petitenget, Kerobokan – same owners as Mexicola and I LOVED it

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Security and swimmers at W, Seminyak

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Rainbow cake @ W

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Pillow land – this is what holidays are all about

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Love that sunburnt country. Home time! What an awesome holiday and now I am old!

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

Miu Miu Perth Opening

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The opening of a flagship Miu Miu boutique on King Street was cause for much celebration on Wednesday night with the beautiful people of Perth – and some clients from Hong Kong and Sydney – stepping out in their finest to attend a chic, cocktail evening in keeping with the standards held by Mrs Prada herself.

The boutique is huge but the lighting and the endless mirrors at every corner of the room, the colour of those curtains, with cocktails flowing endlessly, tunes drifting in and out of focus, glamorous guests aplenty, staff in uniforms everywhere and me in my Jaime Lee sparkles (wearing couture ain’t easy) – it was more like a shiny labyrinth for me to navigate my way around. I knew a lot of people there but everything looked different, more refined, slightly blurred. That is the thing about high end, about luxury, it is sensory. We all need to clothe ourselves, we all like shiny things, we all go to events – well I certainly do – but it is that extra level of staff etiquette, the presentation of the products, the feel of the fabric, the cut and the drape, those extra special touches like having a selection of perfumes in the bathroom and your very own footman to guard the door, the mystery of money, the taste of style, the overindulgence, yet the value for quality, the things that make a brand like Miu Miu sparkle. There was no fashion moment on the night but there didn’t need to be one, the brand, the event, the experience of it all is a moment, an experience, a philosophy.

Above: Cover star, Innes Ledger

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Model couple, Caris Tiivel and Stirling Caiulo

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Cocktail Gastronomy cocktails, as amazing and delicious as ever

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PR guru Natalie Cameron

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THE FACE Australia Winner – Olivia Donaldson who can now simply be referred to as ‘The Face.’

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So many mirrors – can you see me sparkle?

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The slashie – Model/ Writer, Gemma Bidstrup

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Guests at Miu Miu Perth

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I asked these people for a photo because they were both in all black and the other two standing with them were both in all white – in hindsight I’m not sure these two people know each other but I sort of love their differences. They are the definition of different but the same when it comes to their outfits and their vibe

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The editor of Harper Bazaar Australia, Kellie Hush who was in Perth for the occasion

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Model Ebony Hunter who did her own incredible hair and make up for the event – I overheard an event producer telling her she has to do her own make up at shows from now on haha

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Models galore – Paris Fontana

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Seemingly an event isn’t complete until I get a photo of Poppy Lissiman haha

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Ebony Hunter was the best dressed of the night and what a night it was

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

5minWith Amy Finlayson

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Style Voyeur: What is it like to be Amy Finlayson?

I’ll let you know when I figure that one out haha

What inspires you?

I get my inspiration from numerous locations – from random happenings in nature to amazing artists in galleries, to underground creatives on social media. There is a constant stream of inspiration in life these days – the problem is weeding out the crap and finding things yous treasure.

You’ve got an exhibition on tonight, can you tell us more about it?

It is a collaboration between photographer, Mick Bruzzese and I. I feature in the images and have also painted over the work. It’s a kind of self-appropriation, I suppose and a reflection and combination of my two vocations, art and modeling. At the same time, it’s a comment on beauty and the organic movement of life.

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When did you start doing art?

In high school at MLC

You took a bit of a break from modeling a few years ago, what made you want to get back into it?

I never really took a break, I just pursued other loves. Modeling eebs and flows.

What do you love most about modeling?

The freedom

What is one of the funniest/strangest things you have experienced whilst modeling?

It’s all pretty strange in comparison to other professions! Once I was on a job for Sportsgirl with photographer Simon Lekias and we were working with a whole array of animals. Feeling quite cocky, I thought I had it in the bag, until I looked the monkey in the eye and he freaked out and slapped me in the face. No one was hurt in the making of that shoot, but I certainly had my tail between my legs for the rest of the day.

What makes you uncomfortable?

Rudeness. Insincerity. Liars.

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What qualities do you look for in a friend or lover?

Trust. Compassion. Humour.

What do you do when you’re not modeling?

University, exhibition prep, organising my new line of silk scarves…

What are a few of your favourite Perth haunts?

Subi markets and my home really.

What are a few of your beauty tips you can share with us?

Glycolic acid! Balance that with natural, simple products. I use Peter Thomas Roth face wash and a simple moisturiser by Tinderbox. Rebekah Clark also has a great line of natural skin care products, call The Products.

For more info on The Products and to make an order – enquiry@rebekahclark.com.au

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What do you do to stay in shape?

Pilates, cardio, pilates, cardio, yoga, repeat. This plus a balanced diet and not stressing over every morsel tends to work these days.

What do you eat for breakfast?

Avocado with lemon and Himalayan salt on sprouted super grain ‘bread’ by Spring Wellness.

What would you consider your greatest achievement to date?

This exhibition, along with graduating University and still modeling after 12 years in the industry. All at the same time ;)

What’s next for Amy?

I am launching an exquisite line of silk scarves. All perfect squares, they will feature my next line of art works. I will also be collaborating with some other cool artists and charities. Sign up at www.fiinlayson.com

Follow Amy on Instgram: @amy_fin, Twitter: @amyjfinlayson and Her blog: www.by-fin.net

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Amy’s exhibition is tonight – August 14th 6-9pm at Luxe Studios in Darlinghurst. RSVP to – organica.exhibition@gmail.com

#5minwith is an ongoing personal project by Photographer, Stef King shot exclusively for Style Voyeur..

5minwith photographer: www.stefking.com.au

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

Jimmy Choo Exhibition

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Professor Jimmy Choo graced us with his fleeting presence for those lucky enough to be in attendance last night to unveil a world first exhibition held at Claremont Quarter, entitled “Creativity Through Skill: The Story of Professor Jimmy Choo OBE.”. A fantastic opportunity for the people of Perth to see the work and story behind one of the world’s fashion masterminds in the flesh.

Professor Jimmy Choo pictured above with Hawaiian CEO and Director, Russell Gibbs

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Beautiful ribbon holder, Caris Tiivel wearing Manning Cartell and necklace from Accessorise Now

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Professor Jimmy Choo cutting the ribbon to formally open his exhibition at Claremont Quarter

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DJ F.A.D.J.

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CQ Stylist Andrea Tonkin and Scoop Stylist, Clare Ryan

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Red Tiki’s Ella Worth in front of some stunning floral arrangements by Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers

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The ever stylish, Poppy Lissiman

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Different but the same!

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The exhibition runs from today until Sunday August 17th on Level 2 of Claremont Quarter, near David Jones.

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

PICA Salon 2014

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Spotted: The very vivid Tarryn Gill outside PICA before the Salon Vernissage event on Saturday night – one of my favourite events of the year, celebrating and supporting the work of Australian artists. Thanks to PICA for having me again and for their ongoing contribution to the Culture and Arts scene of Western Australia

An honourable mention must go to the gentleman who did the most beautiful welcome to country I have ever heard – and I have heard many. He was so enthusiastic about filling the room and the earth we were standing on with the vibration of love, it was a moment to be remembered forever. Clearly so in tune with his healing energies, by simply speaking to us all, we were transformed for those moments into more spiritually awakened individuals and as a whole more connected as a community. I felt blessed to have been there and to have been a part of it.

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Colourful hair was everywhere and so were Tsumori Chisato dresses

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Flower eyelashes from Japan on artist, Pilar Dupont

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Alison Jade, CEO and founder of the renowned Alison Jade Cosmetics brand

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Michelle Campbell rocking some divine detail

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Harrison Kennedy

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PICA staff member, Renae Coles wearing a stunning pleated dress from Dilettante whilst checking out the auction item dress by Tsumori Chisato also from Dilettante

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Richard Bell, Treaty 2014

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Curator, Nadia Johnson in front of the work of artist, Kenny Pittock

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This was my favourite piece on the night by artist Tom Borgas

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Gorgeous PICA staff dressed by Dilettante

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Love it!

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Peachoo + Krejberg sparkles from behind

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A glamorous Emma Vickery

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Harrison Kennedy and Justin Burford, Justin performed his melodies for guests on the night – one song was none other than ‘under the sea’ from Disney’s, The Little Mermaid haha. When I heard it I had to stop and make sure what I was hearing was correct. Awesome is an understatement!

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Poppy Lissiman

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Poppy and Harrison

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Harrison took my camera off me and captured this action shot of me and Justin – feeling cheeky at this point after a few DELICIOUS cocktails that tasted like sherbert

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Another shot by Harrison of his gorgeous girlfriend, Poppy

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The weirdest part of the night, the golden gaytime icecream delivery man haha but no one was complaining, yum!

To learn more about PICA, visit them HERE

‘Till next time,

xxxx SV xxxx

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival Program Launch

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The most incredible make up by Carol Mackie and team using MAC cosmetics. Hair by L’Oreal Professionnel shown here on the stunning Hannah Collard

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Ebony Hunter

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Adhiel and some incredible jewellery

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Hanging with Mason Roberts backstage

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Mason took photos of me with his fellow Vivien’s male model who knew a trick for testing to see how full batteries are. Here I am taking them out before the switch. I actually had a nightmare the night before that my camera battery ran out and it was so worrying! Literally my worst nightmare haha. With so many events on lately, a good refresh was in order before the backstage bedlam began

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Check out the bloody attitude! A show is never as fun without this guy there to muck around with

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Gabrielle Sullivan wearing One Fell Swoop

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Ear cuffs for everyone

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RUN!

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Ebony Hunter wearing 33 poets. This outfit was just remarkable and I LOVE the mermaid-like hair and make-up.  Colourful hair = clearly a beauty trend that’s hard to kick. I am not a huge fan personally, I put a burgundy ‘wash’ in my hair when I was 13 – it was supposed to only last 6 rinses but because I was practically albino I had to live with a pink pigment that remained for almost two years growing up. Been there, done that if you will but many a fashion aficionado still don a candy floss inspired do with pride and grace, so who am I to judge? If I could wear this make-up daily with it, it could persuade me to reconsider!

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It’s all in the detail @ 33 poets

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The stunning head pieces are by Reny Kestel Millinery

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Tickets to Telstra Perth Fashion Festival are now available for purchase online HERE

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

STYLEAID

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Aurelio Costarella backstage

The 17th Annual WA AIDS Council Fashion Fundraiser, STYLAID kicked off for another year last night and SV was there with AAA to get you the DL on the inside. Enjoy!

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The hair which was directed by Be Ba Beau’s Sue Morgan and make up by Carol Mackie and team using MAC was truly as exquisite as ever taking on many forms throughout the show

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Dressers in denim, possibly for jeans for genes day? They look gorgeous and in their element regardless

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33 Poets killed it, I am obsessed with this label. So nice to see some wild, yet elegant designs on the runway in Perth again.  Thanks to the uber talents of designer, Rebecca Paterson I was in my element too

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You cannot beat an SV moment with the likes of Sarah Tilleke!

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Ash Baroque and friend wearing 33 poets who opened the label’s moment on stage last night #artvstheatrics

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Gabrielle Sullivan in all her striking glory

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Convict

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This glitter make up on her eyes was hard to capture in film but boy what a knock out!

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Danny rocking some (let’s take a guess) Adidas by Jeremy Scott?

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Ebony Hunter wearing Zhivago backstage at #STYLEAID

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Male models looked very camp and colourful in Zsadar

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Caris Tiivel in Morrison

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I know I have already shown this dress three times but I just love the vibe of this photograph, the way the light captures her eyes. Simply stunning

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Grady the great wearing Ae’lkemi

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Believe it or not this is a boy’s hair style created by Sue Morgan of Be Ba Beau with the help of her team. I am in love with it! If only boys on the street would do this!

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Perth modern school uniform back on for home time = best!

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

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