Category Archives: icons

Ellen, our fashion icon

I woke up this morning wondering how this website has been up and running for a good seven months and we are yet to appreciate my favourite lesbian fashionista, Ms Ellen Degeneres. The woman who makes us laugh, makes us proud and who coined the (hilarious) widely accepted term, ‘chapstick lesbian’.

For me, Ellen is gorgeous in that ‘I hope I look half as good as her at 50’ way, but her fashion sense transcends generations.  She wears outfits my mom and I would share. I could steal every one of her jackets, vests, shirts, jeans, and especially her shoes. She makes casual glamourous, and simple sexy. I love that she doesnt try to be anything she’s not. That she’ll wear jeans and trainers with lip gloss and mascara, and that you will NEVER see her in a dress. I’m not huge on dresses anymore either, so I totally respect that!

50's Ellen: in a crisp white shirt and suspenders

50's Ellen: in a crisp white shirt and suspenders

Reservoir Dog's Ellen: black suit, white shirt, thin black tie

Reservoir Dog's Ellen: black suit, white shirt, thin black tie

Corporate Ellen: grey pant/vest combo and matching shirt

Corporate Ellen: grey pant/vest combo and matching shirt

Casual Ellen: t, cardi, scarf, jeans and sneakers

Casual Ellen: t, cardi, scarf, jeans and sneakers

What I love most about Ellen’s look is anyone can do and it won’t cost a whole week’s wage. Everyone owns jeans, t’s, jackets, sneakers – you just have to match them right. The key to this is putting on your regular outfit, and then adding one thing extra. Example: jeans+t-shirt+sneakers, then you could throw on a vest, or a scarf, or a cardi. Unless it gets cold where you are, try to stick to one extra item, otherwise it’s overkill.

If you wanna steal Ellen’s look, OK Mag have developed a little slide show showing you just how to do it. Click here for all the fun!

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a fashion icon and now a god

Alexander McQueen died today. He was discovered in his apartment in London, apparently having hung himself just a week after his mother passed away. My heart is broken.

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Alexander McQueen - he changed my world

In life, you live for those moments when you see something so beautiful it changes your world.  Seeing one of Alexander McQueen’s early pieces was one of those moments for me. As a teenager growing up in a sleepy coastal town, I was reading Vogue and dreaming about the big wide world when I flipped to a page featuring several Alexander McQueen designs. I remember gasping at how incredible, beautiful and utterly ridiculous they were and at that moment I discovered the true link between fashion and art. That moment changed the way I thought about fashion and about life generally, as I realised there was so much beauty to be seen and experienced by breaking away from everything you think you know, everything that should be, and everything you’ve always been told. By doing things your way, even when it could be the ‘wrong’ way, you could create something so totally and incredibly unique. This is what Alexander McQueen taught me and I’m sad that he is gone. I hope he is at peace now.

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utterly brilliant x

Steal Tegan & Sara’s look

With the release of Tegan & Sara’s new album, Sainthood, there’s a bunch of new photos of the twinsome emerging, and with the new photos comes a slew of conversation around what they’re wearing. I found this photo, below, on a T&S forum where discussion was raging about their outfits and their make-up. Some people are loving it, some people not.
Tegan & Sara: understated sophistication

Tegan & Sara: understated sophistication

I think they both look great in this photo! Their maturity and femininity really shines through and they prove they can make simple look really stylish. I love that they’re wearing make-up, and fitted jeans and tailored jackets. As someone who would happily change outfits 5 times a day, I love seeing my favorite lesbians mixing things up and moving beyond jeans and t-shirts.
If you love the look Tegan & Sara have got going on above, I’ve tracked down a few websites that can help you steal their look for yourself!
If, like Tegan, you enjoy a good blazer you can’t go past this beautiful TopShop Kate Moss Grosgrain Blazer available for $160. A good black jacket never, ever goes out of style so pay a little more and invest in one that will look good after a lot of wear and quite a few trips to the dry cleaners.
TopShop Kate Moss Grosgrain Blazer - $160

TopShop Kate Moss Grosgrain Blazer - $160

In this photo, Sara has jazzed up the check shirt with jeans combo and made it look more girly by tucking her shirt into her mid-rise jeans and bringing it all together with  brown belt. It’s a super-simple look to pull together, and you can have it for only $120 for the whole outfit.

Start off with a long (easier to tuck!) black and white check shirt, like this one from Dorothy Perkins which you can pick up for only $40.

Dorothy Perkins black and white check shirt, $40

Dorothy Perkins black and white check shirt, $40

Add these Levi’s Eco Mid Rise Boot 553 available for only $69.50.

Levi's Eco Mid Rise Boot 553

Levi's Eco Mid Rise Boot 553

And finally, pick up one of these awesome vintage brown belts from Etsy to finish it off.

Brown imitation reptile skin belt $6.50

Replica snake skin belt

Replica snake skin belt

Etsy brown woven belt – $10

Brown woven belt

Brown woven belt

Et voila!