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Nickabocka loves: Tuula

// Vintage clothing can be so damn expensive. I get cheesed off when I stroll into any local vintage store expecting to pick up a bargain or four, only to discover the clothes are often five times the price of what I’d usually pay on a good day at Salvo’s (yes Retro Star, I’m talking to you). I understand and respect that some clothes are genuine one-off’s and deserve the three digit price tag. Heck, many a time I’ve paid an unnecessary amount for vintage because in my own rationalisation, it is worth every cent. However what really grinds my gears are people that buy a dress from Savers for 10 bucks, take the hem up, and then sell it in their hipster store for 100 big ones. No fair.

Just over a month ago, I was recommended by a friend during a ridiculously boring tutorial at Uni to check out an online vintage store by the name of Tuula. Just when I was starting to think vintage ain’t what it used to be, maaan was I pleased to discover this marvelous blog. I was ecstatic to see such a splendid and diverse range of pieces, all hand crafted and modeled by Jessica Stein (who is breathtakingly stunning might I add). The pre-loved and new pieces are all at a ludicrously affordable price, suitable for any Uni student’s poormans budget.

21 year old Jessica Stein, who hails from the Central Coast of NSW, started Tuula when she arrived home from Europe last year with a titanic 75kg’s worth of clothing that she’d collected throughout her European escapades (I get sad trying to guess what Jess’ excess luggage fee was). At the time of writing, Tuula currently has a cult following of 22,198 people on facebook. That many ‘likes’ really speaks for itself. Yeeep – this gurl has some good shit.

Jess is heading back to London shortly, but don’t be alarmed. Tuula will live on from across the globe. Jess has promised that she will continue to update her blog, photograph and hunt for more amazing London-chic pieces, which us kids Down Under will be able to buy online. Feck yeah.

What if vintage isn’t your thang? Well, Jess insists that ‘confidence is always the key, and mixing vintage with up to date basics is my wardrobe staple. I know a lot of girls that love vintage, but seem to admire from a distance as they think they would never suit an all vintage look’. Jess hopes that Tuula inspires girls to find their own style in their everyday outfits. Naww.

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Check it: store / blog 

// Bear-Z



Chanel Fall collection very ‘cool’. Minus four, in fact.

// Chanel launched their Fall 2010 ready-to-wear in Paris a few weeks ago, and what a way to kick off the season with none other than iceberg’s transported from Scandinavia.

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The iceberg’s weighed in at 265 tons and stood at 28 feet high.

At the Grand Palais (where the show took place), the room temperature had to be consistently monitored to ensure it was kept at four degrees below Celsius to keep the ice in tact. The iceberg took a total of 6 days and 35 ice sculpters, who were sourced from all over the world. During the show, the models stomped through the shallow puddles around the enormous icebergs, wetting the fur on their boots.

On top of this collection being breathtakingly brilliant, what I loved most is that even though Karl Lagerfeld used an abundance of fur for this season, every single inch was fake. While this issue has been taking flight for quite some time, the number of designers that still refuse to concede to faux-fur is astounding. Seriously, why use real fur when you can fake it?

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// Bear-Z

Mad for Alice.

// Let’s face it, we all went through a brief moment in our tweens when Jay Jay’s was the answer to looking cool in high school. Cheap farmer jeans, bird-shit t-shirts, peasant skirts, the Just Jean’s spin-off had it all at a one stop affordable shop. Granted, I haven’t stepped foot inside the store since I was an acne-faced trouble maker and probably wouldn’t again, but they appear to have grabbed my attention with their new Alice In Wonderland inspired line of, let me emphasize, affordable stock. 

Emo’s rejoice! Your chance to slip out of your usual checkered, black and red ensemble and into something slightly Alice tinged is here. And there seems to be nothing more inspired now.

Jean Paul Gaultier jacket, Nina Ricci boots, shot by Tim Walker for Harper’s Bazaar.

Fashion has always taken stock of film-fashion trends, and now Tim Burton’s reawakening of the classic Disney film has again triggered style choices. Jay Jay’s are not alone. 

Becca Wedges, $795

ASOS Leather Bow Detail Gloves, $25

Moschino Lurex-knit heart dress, $525

Chloe Silk Blend Dress, $390

// Dan Z

Lights, camera, Payless!

// Australian Avatar actor Sam Worthington has given the finger to designer fashion with his shoe choice on the Academy Award red carpet, sporting some hideously comfortable Dextor Pembroke designed shoes from discount shoe store Payless. 

Described by Payless as ‘ideal for the office or that special event, this classic Dexter oxford features a burnished faux leather upper, a sleek round toe, genuine leather and breathable Drylex lining and a padded insole for comfort’. Worthington, deciding that the shoes that were given to him along with his Brioni tux made him look like a ‘goblin’, aligned himself with comfort over trying to live up to his new leading man status. He made no apologies for his ’20 buck’ choice, he noted while chewing gum on stage. So ‘strayian. 

Though not entirely his intention, Worthington has since become an unofficial poster boy for the affordable shoe outlet, who I’m sure are happy to have him. The shoe is now sold out in nearly every store.

Stick it to the rich! 

// Dan-Z

If I see a light flashin’

// Actor, creator, producer, writer and comedy genius Tina Fey cover’s April 2010’s Esquire. 

While the shoot tends to portray 39-year-old Fey in a different light than audience’s are generally used to, she certainly pulls of this sex kitten ‘you want a big, phat piece of me!?’ look. “What I’ve come to realize is that when people say, ‘The thinking man’s whatever’ — there’s no such thing. The thinking man also wants to f*ck Megan Fox”.

Yeah, she’s got kids. But who wouldn’t want to see mummy on the table showing ’em whose boss? Love the selection of little black dresses by Derek Lam, rings by Gara Danielle and a bracelet by Fenton Fallon.

Liz Lemon, I adore you.

// Dan-Z