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      Tluxe Blog

      On trend... navy, the new black

      We’re having a navy moment. Yes spring is on its way in the fashion world but the reality is there’s still a chill in the air and right now we’re swapping our chic little black dress for something in navy. Not only was navy big on the catwalks for winter, it’s softer and more subtle than black and is a great transitional colour as we head into spring, as seen above on our model Emma Balfour, who's wearing one of our navy maxi dresses from the new spring/summer 2011 collection, in stores now, and available online September 1. And if you can’t quite give up wearing black, just make like Stella McCartney and wear the two together. Or try it on your nails. Along with Chanel metallics, emerald green and turquoise, a deep petrol blue is the< newest nail shade for now.

      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... classic white

      With spring in the air we’re loving the new Martin Margiela-designed Hotel La Maison Champs Elysées in Paris (pictured above) for its subtle variations on classic white – especially the “loose covers in white” suite, where every object is wrapped, Christo-style, in white cotton.

      A key trend this summer, white is also a failsafe classic for your staple wardrobe. Pay tribute to the new season’s minimalist aesthetic by combining our Tluxe classic white New Suzie Q tee with skinny jeans and ankle boots. Come summer, it’s all about keeping shapes simple and accessories to a minimum, a la our new season house model Emma Balfour, seen here pictured in a dress from the new Tluxe spring/summer 2011-12 collection, which hits stores this month.

      Mama moment... Miranda Kerr


      Australian model Miranda Kerr’s spectacular return to star form at last week’s David Jones catwalk show reminded us just how much we love a stylish mum.

      We love Miranda’s style, but it’s her health conscious approach to life, which really sets her apart. The model’s trim, post-baby bod is one part genetics to two parts healthy eating, pilates, and yoga, care of our favourite Bondi yoga teacher, Charlotte Dodson. Charlotte has not only been Miranda’s personal yoga guru for years, but both ladies are fans of Tluxe's stylish take on yoga wear.

      "It's refreshing to find a label that designs stylish, eco-friendly pieces that I can wear to teach and practice in,” says Charlotte. “Ultra-comfortable, skin-healthy organic cotton jerseys and bamboo are naturally perfect for yoga."

      Watch out for Charlotte sporting Tluxe on the August 29 edition of Australia’s Next Top Model on Fox8, where she teaches the young stars the finer details of a sun salutation wearing our Fatima hooded poncho, Bambi leggings, and Anya stretch wool fleece top.