STYLE - FASHIONISTA ALERT

TWO new boutiques have opened up on Macleay Street, Potts Point which is quickly turning into a fashion lover’s destination. No cookie-cutter, fast fashion here - it’s all slow fashion, locally designed and locally made too.

Both stores have their resident designer on hand to help with selection, styling and basically give you a gentle nudge in the right direction. Think silk basics, slinky viscose dresses, cool velvet jackets and snuggly woollen knits for winter.

Carolyn from BAZ Inc loves to layer and has the most sublime selection of prints, as well as brocade and-jewel toned velvet jackets.

BAZ Inc

BAZ Inc

Lesley from byfreer is all about natural fabrics, classic style and the small details. Coining the phrase “perfectly imperfect” to sum up her vibe, The byfreer girl raids her boyfriend’s wardrobe and looks better than he does! Think long shirts, slouchy pants, cosy knits and luxe fabrics..

Both stores were involved in the first PoPo late night shopping last week which was a great hit and a little bird tells us will become a regular event with special offers, styling nights and collaborations in the planning.

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by freer

STYLE - Shopping for the stylish mum this Mother's Day

If your mum is a style maven, Eastside Sydney has got you covered. A multitude of small boutiques in Potts Point, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst cover off fashion and jewellery for all tastes and budgets. Hand made and quirky jewellery from Industrial Bling or some classic accessories from Dinosaur Designs there is more than enough variety for every style. Also - check out the blog for another 5 of our best places to find jewellery and accessories across the precinct. 

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And if clothes are more mums thing than we can't recommend highly enough taking a look at what AXL Bazaar in Potts Point has on offer. They have the latest in designer brands from bags to belts: owner and artist Athena Levendi will be more than happy to work with you to find the perfect gift for the one-off Mother's Day gift.  We also recommend Blue Spinach in Darlinghurst, whose collection of bags and purses will have you swooning. If none of this takes your fancy then peruse our own list of fashion spots across Eastside which will no doubt have the perfect option come May 12th. 

ART & DESIGN - Mother's Day Flowers Ideas for Eastside

Don't arrive empty handed. Not this year. We've got the best florists to pop into on your way to any event and get something that will really make an impact. Whether it's nationally acclaimed Pearsons in Darlinghurst  with their bright and colourful arrangements and great selection of orchids, OR Pollon with their rustic and daring displays for the more wild hearted Mums amongst us. 

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There is a special spot in our hearts for Grandiflora in Potts Point and Hermetica in Wooloomooloo whose timeless elegance never fails to impress. This is where to go for a more sophisticated approach.  And we couldn't forget PoHo, whose artistic approach to mixing colours and shapes will have everyone talking long after Mother's Day is over.

STYLE - Oxtravaganza is the place to be for the local makers and creatives.

Not only are Foley Street and Oxford Square being activated for Oxtravaganza, the East Sydney Community Arts Centre will be hosting a locals clothing swap! The Clothing Exchange will be supporting sustainability from 3pm at the Community Centre on Burton Street in Darlinghurst. Starting at 3pm it’s the perfect addition to your Oxtravaganza plans! We recommend bringing 8 pieces of clothes to swap.

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For the marketplace on Foley Street we will have some amazing businesses showing their stylish and quirky designs. Oleu Life will be there with some intoxicating natural oils and therapies, whilst Scallywag Society will have a range of repurposed cushions and bags.

12pm will see Grace Grove Band kicking off the day with their soul and RnB groove, which will be driven home by local rising star Cherry Earhart from 2pm. If you are a fan of local music then make sure you are around for these sets.

For all event details of Oxtravaganza head to the website.

STYLE - Eastside's Historic Department Stores

Sydney is a first class city, with some of the most iconic buildings in the world and home to true trailblazers in fashion, design, music and business. There is a history of style and innovation written on the walls of our historic city.

In times gone by families would make the long trip by train or coach into the CBD for a special occasion… visiting the department store. Before there was a Target, H&M and Sephora on every corner, Sydney’s department stores were a haven for beautiful designs, luxurious tea and cocktails; level upon level of sumptuous and unique styles from around the world. Forget fast-fashion it was the Mark Foys fur section and the Gowing’s cocktail lounge that made Sydney a true destination.

Here are some images of the good old days of Sydney’s most stylish department stores including David Jones and Grace Bros.

STYLE - Best places to shop without sticking to trends

There’s never been a better time for a new wardrobe! If you’re looking to invest in some more quality one-off pieces which never age then we have a few Eastside favourites in mind.

Darlinghurst’s Southwest Trader is the perfect place for those stunning accessories that everyone comments on when you enter the room, whether that’s a gorgeous leather satchel, or a statement ring that transforms the simplest of outfits. Or if it’s jackets, dresses and shoes that you are yearning for then the new Axl Bazaar in Potts Point is where you should be heading. Their stunning airy showroom and racks of vintage designers are drool worthy and very reasonably priced.

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Eastside is where to go for luxurious investment pieces for every shape, age and decade.

For a scarf to hand down to the next generation then take a trip to Kings Cross and Becker Minty, their unique high quality designs are meant for the most sophisticated of fashionistas. While you’re there take a look at their jewellery and bags, you’re sure to find something you want top take home.

By Freer has popped up in Potts Point! Not too far away from their original digs in Vaucluse their classic shapes are flattering for every woman and are the perfect starting place for layering statement pieces. The same goes for their neighbour Arida, with a bit more luxury behind it, here is a store where you can find silks, cashmeres, leathers and the best denims fits. For both men and women, you really don’t need to look further than Eastside.

STYLE: Kryolan has some amazing summer workshops for you to be your most stylish this season.

Kryolan is one of the world’s most celebrated and respected makeup brands and a favourite of professional make-up artists, performers, the drag and trans community, as well as the everyday beauty consumer. They also have a dermatologist recommended range ideal for covering/concealing skin conditions. The brand has has been in Australia for 30 years with two stores in Melbourne and, recently a new store in Darlinghurst.

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One of the things Kryolan is best known for is embracing diversity. Their store is a safe place for all members of the community to come regardless of age, gender, race or persuasion.

The Kryolan brand has been going for over 70 years, starting in theatre before expanding quickly into film, television and fashion, and it would be hard to find a movie, television show or live performance that doesn't use their makeup in some way.

They have some great workshops coming up over the summer which are open to everyone, - they’re popular so if you’re keen, get in fast!

COMING UP:

Back to Basics Personal Makeup Skills workshop - Saturday 12 January 2019, 11.30am-5.30pm

Drag Makeup workshop - Saturday 19 January 2019, 11.30am-5.30pm

Drag Makeup workshop - Saturday 23 February 2019, 11.30am-5.30pm

Their full calendar can be found here or go in store - 20 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

STYLE - Bond Clean Beauty will save your skin this summer.

Bond Clean Beauty has “popped up” on Oxford St for summer! This luxury cosmetic and skincare store stocks a multitude of stunning beauty products and fragrances as well as leading brands in the wellness and supplement areas. They’ve taken their online market place to bricks and mortar for the next few months, ensuring locals and visitors alike get one-on-one advice from Bond’s founder Clare McGrowdie one of Australia’s leading hair and make-up artists.

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We are loving the GLOW Powder from The Beauty Chef, perfect for a summer smoothie and the glowing skin and renewed energy are a bonus too.

We also suggest taking a look at their website for brilliant interviews with leaders in holistic and natural beauty as well as all products and tips and tricks. This summer it is all about keeping it simple.

STYLE - The 5 Best Places for Jewellery Shopping in Eastside

Ranging from handmade local beauties to on trend funky one-offs here are the top places to pick up every kind of jewellery.

  1. Pigeonhole - 3/285 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

This shop is a gem for bits and pieces and at a great price, if you have a teenager or are after a stylish stocking filler then  Pigeonhole  is for you.

This shop is a gem for bits and pieces and at a great price, if you have a teenager or are after a stylish stocking filler then Pigeonhole is for you.

2. Burton Metal Depository - 11 Foley Street, 'Fine Fellow' Concept Space, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

If you’re looking for sleek mens accessories then take a trip to  Fine Fellow  in Darlinghurst.

If you’re looking for sleek mens accessories then take a trip to Fine Fellow in Darlinghurst.

3. Becker Minty - SHOP 7, IKON BUILDING, 81 MACLEAY STREET ENTER VIA, Manning St, Potts Point NSW 2011

For more sophisticated tastes,  Becker Minty  has a mix of jewellery and accessories. This is where you should head for something truly special.

For more sophisticated tastes, Becker Minty has a mix of jewellery and accessories. This is where you should head for something truly special.

4. Southwest Trader - 36 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

For a global and exotic style, head to  South West Trader  and browse through their range of unique and one off pieces.

For a global and exotic style, head to South West Trader and browse through their range of unique and one off pieces.

5. Francis Street Atelier - 38 Francis St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

The most stunning  local handmade designs are found here.  Lalita Peeranan is the owner and maker and will make sure you find the perfect piece for that special someone.

The most stunning local handmade designs are found here. Lalita Peeranan is the owner and maker and will make sure you find the perfect piece for that special someone.

STYLE - Have you been naughty or nice? Baby Likes To Pony has some really kinky treats for Christmas.

The provocateurs of Surry Hills are here to save you from last minute Christmas panic for a “special someone”. Everything from lingerie to erotic accessories are available and the staff are super open, super helpful and ready to talk all things sexy.

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Make this Christmas something a bit more exciting.

Find them on South Dowling Street next to the Beauchamp Hotel or online here.