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      Tluxe Blog — weekend

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      Palm Monday

       

      Tluxe Palm Print spring/summer 2012

       

      La Croisette early 1900s

       

      Leonard spring/summer 2013

       

      Beverly Hills 1940s

       

      Hermes spring/summer 2013 

       

      Waikiki 1940s

       

       

      Osklen spring/summer 2013

       

      Today we’re feeling the love for our palm print, designed and printed right here in Sydney. A unique digital take on the trees that line many of our streets and local beaches here in Australia, when we think of palm trees we’re instantly transported to endless summer holidays spent lazing by the ocean and sipping cocktails as the sun goes down.

      That holiday feeling inspired by palm-tree lined promenades from La Croisette on the French Riveria to Beverley Hills and Waikiki has a long history, as you can see from our vintage postcard finds above.

      It also has a bright future with palms being the inspiration du jour for many of the prints gracing the spring/summer 2013 catwalks. To capture a little of that holiday spirit now and stay ahead of the fashion curve, dive into the Tluxe selection of palm print; silk T-shirts, dresses, shirts and super chic trousers. It's a sure fire way to instantly pep up your look and provide a hit of seaside glamour whether your heading to the office or hitting the pool.

       

      The soundtrack to your week...

       

      Balmy spring evenings, strolling home with the doors to people's homes open, the scent of barbeques in the air, and the sound of music escaping onto the tree-lined streets. Ahh, it's been a magic long weekend here in Sydney hasn't it? As we prepare for the week ahead we're watching the sun set, that incredible full moon rise, and listening to the sounds of The Cinematic Orchestra. Have a lovely evening friends, and a fantastic week ahead. Much love, Tluxe. 

      On trend... maxi skirts

      We’ve been watching the street style blogs as much as the catwalks this last few weeks and are loving the fresh look of a long maxi skirt. From this season’s essential flowing numbers to the elongated column dress - which is being touted as the new basic shape for summer - we've selected a few of our favourite looks so you can see for yourself how easily this style can be dressed up or down. Try heels, a loose fit shirt and chunky accessories for a few evening drinks or leave it clean and casual with a simple T-shirt, slimline belt and flat sandals for weekend brunch. And don't forget you can buy the summer's all essential Tluxe maxi online here.

      Images: With thanks to Altamira thestylebyme.com Gastro chic International Street Style.

      Inspire me... luxe for less

      Shoestring Chic is a new book by Paris-based Australian illustrator and author, Kerrie Hess, who recently sketched for Chanel. Her tips on how to look like a million dollars on a budget include a smart guide for cash-strapped travellers to Paris, who want to stay somewhere chic without the five star price tag.

      It’s inspired us here at Tluxe to look closer to home for our own ideas on little luxuries that won’t cost the earth but make life sparkle.

      1. Picnic at a harbourside villa: Spring is on its way. Grab a bottle of champagne and some delights from your local deli and head down to Strickland House in Sydney’s Vaucluse. Its secluded, in-the-know location features million dollar harbourside views for little more than the cost of a sandwich.

      2. Make Wednesday night your new Saturday night: There’s a whole new world of opportunity outside of weekends. Weekends are expensive - movies, gigs, restaurants are all more likely to have a higher price tag on weekends. So why not make Wednesday night out a routine? For Bondi locals especially, it’s the best night of the week.

      3. Buy less but buy better quality: We love nice things. Instead of spending regularly on tee-shirts that instantly fall out of shape, buy one good dress or shirt every few months. Buying less means you can invest in quality. If you have particular things you really like, then saving up and buying a decent version of them is cheaper in the long run. And it will still be around to give you joy in years to come.

       

      We love… Bondi to Bronte

      There’s nothing like starting a relaxed weekend with a wintry stroll across the cliff-tops overlooking one of our favourite stretches of coastline on the Bondi to Bronte walk. The bonus of winter by the beach: fewer crowds, and the chance of spotting a migrating southern wright whale.

      Insider’s tip: If you’re taking the kids and want to skip the stairs at the start of the walk near Bondi Icebergs, head down Sandridge St (off Bondi Rd), turn left onto Fletcher St, walk across Marks Park at the end of the road et voilà – you’ll hit the walk on top of the headland with stunning ocean views across to Bondi. Enjoy.

      After dark: While you’re in Bondi, we’re also loving the slightly surreal feeling of ice-skating by the beach at the Winter Alpine Festival with its themed music nights, and Torvill and Dean-style performances on the weekends.

      Images: Stuart Cohen and Tsubibo.