Monday, July 30, 2012

Steal Her Style - Emmy Rossum Black & White Lace Dress

Continuing the lace theme Emmy Rossum stepped out recently in a knee length black and white contrast lace dress by Zuhair Murad. Emmy is effortlessy chic. Not only is the dress stunning with it's two tone detail and waist cinching, we love Emmys styling. Her side swept waves and bold lip give her an air of old school sophistication. She's kept her accessories simple with a black clutch and patent leather peep toes and minimal jewelry.

We may not all be able to afford a Zuhair Murad of our own but we can certainly look out for the details to recreate a similar look. For our "steal her style" selections today we've chosen to use all Australian retailers and all items come in under $100. The online boutique Esther  has this lovely little number at a ridiculous $39.00. Limited sizes only.

Liaison long sleeve lace dress with black insert.

Here is another black and white lace themed cocktail dress Immortal 

Wittner, has these patent leather ankle strap pumps om special at $79.95

And don't forget that black clutch ladies. Zu has this black satin evening clutch for a tiny $70.

R& M @ Gos

Steal Her Style - Jessica Biel Total Recall Photocall lace dress

Lace dresses have become a forgone conclusion when you're looking for something fantastically feminine. It's a go to for the evenings but has also slipped into our day wear over the past few years and what's not to love?

We are particularly loving some of the new patterns and cuts. It's taken lace dressing away from the uber sexy and softened it into a much more lady like and subtle version that is easy for everyone to wear.

At a photocall for "Total Recall" yesterday Jessica Biel took our breath away in a wonderful Oscar De La Renta knee length knit dress with sequin top and embroidered skirt. The skirt reminds us somewhat of doilies but we like this heavier take on lace as it creates structure and depth that you sometimes cannot get with lace. Even though Jessicas' skirt is sheer the overall look is still demure and pretty. We also love that it looks like a skirt and top ensemble making it easier to recreate a similar look at home. This would be a wonderful look for a wedding guest ... but be careful not to draw too much attention away from the bride ;)

For a fresh and youthful take on this look we have this French Connection mini sequin tank.

Paired with this Sea NY the look is fun and flirty.

For a sexier look opt for a cami style or tank top like this brushed gold one by Buckle

Pair it with a skirt like this one by Burberry for sophisticated glamour.

R&M @ GoS

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Handmade and Vintage Jewelry - Etsy

Happy Friday all!

Here are a few of our newest additions to our etsy store and we currently have 10% off storewide with the coupon code TAKE10 so grab yourself something pretty.

First up we have a handmade  ruby red multi strand necklace with removeable cameo brooch from our Modern Vintage. That's right, two looks in one and two pieces of jewelry for the price of one!

Or how about this vintage cloisonne bangle for a teeny tiny $12.00

For just $12 why not add another beautiful cloisonne enamel bangle ?

R&M @ GoS

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Jewelry Trends - Modern Vintage

All things old are new again and don't we just love that over here at GoS. Over the past few months the runway has given us a strong showing of vintage patterns and designs in clothing as well as accessories for  the rest of 2012 leading into 2013. There has been a strong shift towards lady like fashion that will become even stronger in 2013. The focus is still on statement pieces with an element of luxury and excess in rich color schemes as well as sparkle. These modern vintage pieces are not designe dto be locked away in a safe for that "special" occassion. These pieces are designed to be worn day or night, casually or formal.

Here are some of the bold and beautiful pieces that will be adorning the decolletage of the discerning, modern woman.

Oscar De La Renta Gave us a collection of pastel beauties in their Fall 2012 collection that can be worn right through spring and summer.

Keep an eye out for multi strands and brooch detail in strong colors like these. From L - R Soft teal green from Erickson Beamon Spring 2012. Oscar De La Renta ruby red gems set against rose gold from their Spring 2012 Collection.

Drop style jewelry reminscent of royalty and luxury is dramatic and eye catching while still very lady like. From L - R we have another Erickson Beamon Spring 2012 piece in shades of coral and bronze. Prada gave us this striking piece in coral and topaz.

Fenton has combined strong modern elements with vintage charm to create some jaw dropping pieces for their Spring 2012 collection.

From L - R Dolce & Gabbana added a gothic element to their Fall 2012 collection with pearls and velvet and the drop pendant while Fallon took the classic pearl choker to new modern heights with its bold panther centrepiece.

Here at GoS we've been working on our own modern vintage pieces working with jewel tones and pastels. We've mixed old and new materials to create one off pieces that are bold and strong and create the illusion of luxury. 

R&M @ GoS

Monday, July 23, 2012

Get The Look - Patterned Stockings

BRRRRRRRRRR it's cold in Melbourne!! Most days I literally want to leave the house in a snuggy. The more I can layer up the better. But what about a night on the town when a pair of thermal leggings under my jeans and a puffer coat down to my ankles won't do?? Well don't let the weather get you down ladies. Pull out that pretty dress and layer up with some sexy and sassy stockings!!

Contrasting seams lead to the flirty satin bows that adorn the back of sheer, coquettish stockings by pretty polly available at Nordstroms.

An alluring seam seductively traces the entire back of smooth, sheer stockings finished with a tummy-trimming control top stockings available at Nordstroms

Ombre is not not only for your hair! Ombré tights in Fuschian Violet available from Etsy BZR ombre

Rhi set tongues wagging when was photographed leaving a Los Angeles restaurant wearing what looked like a cheeky red garter belt. Turns out it was really a pair of tromp l'oeil tights by British fashion brand Pretty Polly. We thought they were pretty eye catching and  best of all you can get the look for only $25 at

Miley Cyrus, Blake Lively & Victoria Bekham in patterned tights.

R&M @ GoS

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Bridal Makeup - Natural Nude Makeup Look For All Skin Tones

The natural bride is all about keeping colors close to her natural skin tone. It is about creating a fresh, pretty and youthful look that highlights your best features without dramatically changing your look. Focus on beautifully shaped brows. Curl and lengthen lashes to open up your eyes. For a soft and natural lip lipgloss works well as it is not highly pigmented but will require regular touch up. Use a lipliner that is close to your natural lipcolor for an extra bit of oomph and add a slick of lipgloss. To find a perfect match for your blush color pinch your cheeks - the color of your natural flush will give you a radiant look.
Fair Skin

In this look we see a slightly dewy base with a soft pink cheek and lip. Lashes are beautifully curled but not heavy and lids are swept with a neutral vanilla. This look is perfect for a beach bride or the bride hosting their recepetion and ceremony during the day.

Kate Winslet wears shades of peach. A great alternative to pink or nude peach creates a warm look. Her lashes are darker creating more drama but the overall look is still very natural. Her lids are swept with a peach shadow to create depth, cheeks have just a whisper of peach and her lips again are peachy.

This year on the runway Valentino gave us their version of the natural / nude make up look with this lovely version. The eyes have slightly more depth with neutral shades of taupe gradually building up in the sockets. Cheeks are kept a very soft pinkish peach and lips are a muted nude. This is the perfect way to wear nude for the evening as the make up will still show up beautifully in photos.

Olive Skin

As we move into warmer, olive skin tones we want to balance out the green / yellow undertones so look for deeper peaches bordering on bronze and warmer pinks. For a true natural look opt for matte colors rather than sparkly ones especially on your cheeks.

Here we have the same tonal peachy look that Kate Winslet wears on light olive skin. The focus is on the eyes with the lashes opening up the eye. Everything else is kept very soft and neutral without looking flat.

America Ferrera looks amazing! The look focuses on her eyes with a dark top lashline. The brow is highlighted with a matte vanilla. Her cheeks are given a flush and definition with a rosey pink peach and lips the lips are a natural pinky peach lipgloss.

Jessica Alba gives us a warm sultry look using natural shades. Lashes are lengthened without being too dark. The lid of the eye is swept with taupe to create depth while the brow is kept neutral. Her barely there peach blush gives just a hint of color and is paired with a peachy nude lip.

Deep Skin

For deeper tanned skin tone we look for deeper, richer colors to create depth and highlights on the face. Soft burgundys, wine, deeper taupes, plums, matte bronze, berry, nude beige and chocolates are a great color selection.

Kerry Washington plays up her eyes with a light khol rim, dark lashes and a sweep of taupe eyeshadow. Her cheeks are highlighted in a soft bronze with nude / peach lips. This is a perfect natural / nude look for day or night.

Tracy Reese Spring 2012 runway gave us this delightful and youthful natural make up look. Eyes are kept soft with lashes lengthened. Eyes are swept with a color in a shade that is just lighter than the models natural skin tone to open the eye and brighten it up. Cheeks are given an all over brush with a matte coral for that "blushing bride" look. Lips are kept nude with a barely there nude lipgloss.

Gabrielle Union is the picture of natural beauty. Eyes are kept natural with lashes on top and bottom lengthened. Her cheeks have a light matte bronze and her lips are glazed with a nude pink lipstick.

R&M @ GoS

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Things We Love - Facebook Gets A Fashion Makeover With YSL Eye Palettes

It's official YSL are set to release a new Beauty Palette designed especially for YSL's own Facebook fans. The social media inspired palette will feature eye shadows in Facebooks trade mark blue and white

Only 1,650 of the palettes will be released to purchase via the british vogue facebook page.

"We are honoured that a prestigious brand such as Yves Saint Laurent resumes Facebook colour codes to launch a unique product destined for its fans," said Damien Vincent, commercial director of Facebook France. "This is a fitting tribute to a vibrant and passionate demonstration that Yves Saint Laurent is a modern and dynamic brand with consumers knowing the heart of its marketing strategy."

The FB palette will be available from July 19 via YSL own Facebook page for £39. Are you ready to wear Facebook on your Face?! ;)

R&M @ GoS

Thursday, July 12, 2012

We love: Ralph Laurens official opening Ceremony Uniform for team USA

Ralph Laurens official opening ceremony uniform debuted on Tuesday. Available at select stores only, with prices ranging from $55 for the official beret and $795 for the official men's blazer. Check out the rest of the collection at

Will you be getting in the spirit and picking up a piece to remember the 2012 Olympics?


R&M @ GoS

Monday, July 9, 2012

Jason Wu 2013 Resort Collection - Shala Manroque Vintage Inspiration

We've fallen madly in love with Jason Wu's 2013 Resort collection with it's vintage inspired pieces. We are particularly mad about the black and white flower detail pieces. With shapes from the 50's full skirts to 60's shift dresses. The collection has us inspired and excited about the upcoming season!

Shala Manroque wears the look beautifully with a shorter style skirt with flower detail collar. The look is classic and effortless.

Here's a piece available at a steal in our etsy shop giving you all the details of a Jason Wu piece without the cost! Our little shift dress will be a great addition to your wardrobe. There is only one of these pieces so get your hands on it while it lasts ladies!

To recreate Shalas' look add a pretty pearl and bead collar like this one available at Topshop for only $30

R&M @ GoS

Celebrity Style Inspiration - Flower Crown / Garland Headband

When we think of flower garlands in the hair we think of 1970's weddings... little bridemaids with oversized flower crowns... sitting in the school playground braiding daisy chains for our hair... ahhh... nostalgia....

The flower crown has seen a steady rise in the past 12 months or so. One of it's earliest re-incarnations was seen on Lana Del Rey who wore it big and bold, definitely not for everyone. We love the newer, softer, more subtle take on it because you don't need to be 15 years old to wear it.

We love Keira Knightleys version. It sits on the crown of her hair and the single color keeps the look from being too girly or hippy. A wonderful modern take that screams elegance and romance this look would be a perfect updo for a bride.

Vanessa Hudgens is every inch the hippy chic on the festival trail with her garland sitting across her forehead in a traditional style.

You would be forgiven for mistaking Kirsten Dunst for a Swedish Princess with this delicate garland styled headband. It sits high on her crown, the colors are soft pastels and golds which softly blend into her golden hair. Go for a tonal garland if you want a soft look like this.

Una Healy is a vision with her tumbling locks and delicate garland. The colors of the garland compliment her hair beautifully and we rather like the matching eye shadow. This look leads us into the boho bridal garland as this would be a perfect look for that special day.

Inspiration for the boho bride who wants to wear her hair down and be crowned with flowers. This look works well with or without a veil.

Beautiful waves paired with a bold, striking garland creates an ethereal feel for the bride who does not wish to wear a traditional tiara of veil.

Finally a big, beautiful, bold headband version that you can create yourself from styletodiyfor . This is perfect for the diy bride or for a day at the races. We'll definitely be giving this one a go at home!

R&M @ GoS

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

GUILT FREE SHOPPING 30% Off Handmade & Vintage Items

Hi all!

We currently have 30% off storewide in our etsy store. Swing by for something unique and interesting and remember when you purchase something from Gifts of Substance you are in fact doing something environmentally friendly! Choose from a selection of vintage, hand made and recycled clothes and jewelry. Guilt free shopping ladies, it doesn't get any better than that ;)

R&M @ GoS