Recipe for a festive outfit

Take a white, a black, and a red flattering dress, add an unpredictable accessory in a contrast colour (here a crystal-lips brooch, comic-style boots, and a Texan handbag), complement with non-statement accessories, and there you have it: a beautiful stand-out outfit for the holiday season!

(Merry Christmas)

Pearl White Christmas  look by Styling Notes

Givenchy metal toe heels $590, Navy Opava drop earrings Suzanna Dai $220, V-neck pencil dress Topshop, Solange Azagury-Partridge brooch.

Gold Christmas look by Styling Notes

H&M handbag EUR60, Topshop pencil dress, Lulu Frost for J. Crew bracelet $117, Fendi boots $720

  Ruby Christmas look by Styling Notes

Alice+Olivia peplum dress, Bimba e Lola necklace EUR76, Zara handbag EUR80, Kate Spade pumps $298

A merry Aussie Christmas – gifts suggestions for the Southern Hemisphere

A merry Aussie Christmas - gifts suggestions for the Southern Hemisphere

Meggie Beer complete paste collection $29; Molton Brown Marine Sea moss energising wash $39; Le Tan coconut lotion SPF 30+ $9.99; Palm Beach Collection candle $37.95; Kikki-K Winterland gel pen $4.95; The Cook’s Companion book $130; Thomas Sabo stud earrings $99; David Jones reindeer ornament $15; Mrs Darcy flamingo cushion $72; World Vision gift: a goat will give a family milk, cheese and yogurt, $40; Jollie Gourmet Dog Treats lamb cookies $11; Arras Brut Elite Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV bottle $55; Havaianas gummy lights $50; Fortnum & Mason Lucifer’s ginger and chilli biscuits $25; Mud Australia neutral 3-piece table setting $124.

Fashion Fruit

It struck me when I saw this fruity vintage beaded clutch by Inge Christopher in a Sex & the City episode: what had previously been Seventies, was suddenly cool again.

Inge Christopher beaded clutch

Then, only last year, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Stella McCartney relaunched the fruit theme widely on the catwalks with bold, colourful prints on clothes and accessories.

I love the fact that this trend is back again, not only because fruit-themed fashion and accessories are now more and more available in shops, but also because you can adorn yourself with them without being perceived like a total freak.

Here is Styling Notes’ fruit salad: bananas, pineapples, oranges, watermelons, cherries, grapes and apples.

Erstwilder jewellery

These irresistible pieces of fun-to-wear are by Erstwilder: Bunch-of-bananas earrings AUD24,95; Frida’s fruit basket necklace AUD44,95

phassion fruit by styling notes

Watermelon Vans shoes; Erstwilder pina colada earrings $19,95; Hat with orange print $25 from Zazzle.com.au (hundreds of other designs available); Pineapple sunglasses from Asos $20; Anya Hindmarch fruit and vegetables shopping bag; Melissa and Vivienne Westwood pink sling-back shoes with cherries $185; Grapes Vans shoes by Kenzo; Topshop banana-print leggings; Erstwilder Water my melon brooch $23,50; Red Herring bracelet EUR18; Apple earrings by Taratata EUR24; Slim tropical Havaianas $24,95.