You are cordially invited to Styling Notes’ birthday party

Welcome to Styling Notes first birthday party!

Yes, it’s been 12 months since my Notes turned up on the web for the first time, and I think the readers and I should celebrate – with an imaginary party!

Picture this: summer sunset, a beautiful deck on the beach, palm trees lightened from the bottom up, black-and-white classic movies projected on a big screen, benches and sofas covered in colourful patterned  cushions, threads of fairy lights framing the sky above us. Then just add music, drinks, and food from all over the world.

After the welcome drinks, I will sincerely thank everyone who read the blog even just once, all of you known and unknown visitors that showed up in the site statistics next to your tiny flag: Australia, USA, Italy, Taiwan, Croatia, Germany, Ireland … It’s great to know that you’re going through the blog, and hopefully getting inspired!

After a few more drinks, it will be time to cut the cake – although we won’t need an actual knife, as it’s a tower of dainty cupcakes.

When crumbs and paper cases are all that’s left of the tower, I, as Styling Notes’ editor, will proudly unwrap the (imaginary) presents, consisting pretty much of …


The book

Dior Couture ($180)

The gown

Elie Saab haute couture

The accessory

Alain Mikli damier frames


The perfume


The linens

Frette hotel classic set in white

The piece of jewellery

Dior Diorette aquamarine and white gold (GBP 8600)

The handbag

Bottega Veneta Campana bag in ebony ($2680)


The holiday

Morocco, at the Four Seasons in Marrakesh

The piece of furniture

Hot pink Thonet chair ($180)


The flowers


Happy Birthday Styling Notes, and a huge thank you to all readers!


3 T-shirt looks

The comfort of T-shirts is unbeatable, so why not restyle our favourite piece of cotton for something other than our morning jog?

The easiest look is a casual daytime outfit, like this tropical-inspired t-shirt with shorts, sneakers, and a practical bag.

Lee denim cut-off shorts $60, Shine T-shirt with front knot, Bimba & Lola flamingo necklace $95, Le Coq Sportif white sneakers, Escape to Paradise bag $65


T-shirt and jeans can also be easily worn to work and then out afterwards, if combined with a jacket, flats, and a gutsy piece of jewellery.

Luxury Fashion metal and Swarovski necklace $113, I LOVE NY T-shirt, Cue double-button jacket $299, Diesel slim jeans dark wash, Dinosaurus Design bangle $105, small D&G leather bag EUR285, Nine West metal-tip ballerinas $79


For an evening look, a T-shirt with a high-contrast pattern, bold graphics, or a metallic print is easier to dress up. Pair it with your choice of black, leather, glitter, metallic colours or shiny details.

Diesel black Manga T-shirt with silver print, Cue mustard jacket $275, Mawi earrings $392, Cue pencil skirt with back ruffle $159, Colette clutch $40, Kate Spade heels $328

Jewellery – the medal tally

Five days into the games, Styling Notes is getting Olympic fever and joining the London 2012 conversation!

Instead of doing what every fashion writer is doing – commenting on the athletes’ uniforms and sentencing the best and the worst – we’ll jump straight to every Olympic team’s focus: the medal tally, featuring the best medallion-style neck adornments.

The “thank you for trying” bronze:


Ida Callegaro metal and resin $112

Federica Salvatori Franchi metal, brass and resin $481

Eddie Borgo plated brass $426

Crea glass and brass $75

The “you almost did it” silver:

Lapidus Vintage silver effect $350

Juicy Couture $65

Emporio Armani $75

Alessio Domenico 925 silver $178

And the “you are the champion” gold:

Mawi $616

Lara Bohinc medallion $460

Gogo Philip brass $33

Gogo Philip $42