Good Morning Lifestylers,I hope wherever you are in the world that you’re waking up to a bright sunny morning.
It’s a beautiful morning in Perth with mist rising off the lake in front of me and a cloudless sky being warmed by sunshine.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the opening of an Aboriginal art exhibition called Colours of Our Country hosted by Rio Tinto. Dave and I had a lovely time looking at the amazing paintings, viewing the descriptions and learning a little more about the artists’ lives in the north of this great big Western Australia in the Pilbarra region.
My friend, Jules, who I met in Sydney when I was back-packing way back in 1983 was at the event. I caught up with Jules a few years back on Facebook because we’d lost touch over the ensuing years, and it’s been lovely to reconnect. Thank you Facebook!
I’d like to say that we haven’t changed a bit, but of course we have, although Jules is still drop dead gorgeous and very stylish.She was rocking a stylish little number at the opening of the event, and so I had to ask her where she bought her dress.
“The dress is Leona Edmiston – I love her dresses – they’re easy care and don’t need much ironing! I own about 6 of them and they are very reasonably priced,” she told me.
When I realised this was not a high street dress but from an Australian designer label it made me think about women’s buying habits.
Designer or Thrifty?
Back in my days as an expat living in Hong Kong, I rubbed shoulders with women who would only buy clothes from the most exclusive stores selling the most well-known designer gear. If you’ve got lots of dosh it’s probably okay, although I have to admit I’ve always had lots of plans for any disposable income I might have so a clothes allowance has had to be balanced with things like my lust for travel. In those days we didn’t have two pennies to rub together so I was the one rummaging for bargain basement ‘rags’ at the Hong Kong markets in the central district laneways 😉
I think whatever your budget it’s still possible to find fabulous clothes these days. If you’re like me and enjoy changing the way you dress quite often then perhaps you’re more aligned with chain stores, high street fashion and thrift shops. I don’t know about you but there’s nothing I like better than an hour in a charity shop rifling through the rails looking for bargains, and if a sale sign goes up in the High Street well, I’m itching to be there for the Off!
However, I’m happy to try out stores I don’t know. I buy bits and pieces from very many places including thrift shops and online stores which perhaps cater for a much younger market, and yes sometimes if the price is right from designer labels too.
Tip: The trick is to get to know what suits you. Once you know that you can really shop anywhere.
Inexpensive Designer Labels
So after admiring Jules’ lovely dress I checked out the Leona Edmiston website. I wasn’t, at first, suprised to see some fairly big $ numbers for the new collections. What I was equally surprised at was the sale that’s happening. I was so happy to find a whole page of lovely dresses for only $69.
You can take a look here : Leona Edmiston
Yes, you bet I snaffled one up! Designer at High Street price. I wonder if you can guess which dress I went for? You’ll have to wait until it arrives on my doorstep for a photo.
I always like to dig behind the scenes a bit and I’ve found an interesting article about Leona Edmiston in this piece by the Sydney Morning Herald. Known as the Frock Queen, Leona says: “You can only succeed if you are passionately in love with what you do.”
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Lifestylers, do you like to invest in beautiful garments that last and last, or do you prefer buying from chain stores or thrift shops?
Footnote: Colours of Our Country
Colours of our Country is an Aboriginal art exhibition, showcasing work by collectible artists from Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The land and its Traditional Owners hold generations of stories, ceremony and culture and since 2006, the Colours of our Country exhibition has provided people in Perth with a small snapshot of these stories and customs.
Running until 11th September 2015, more than 260 paintings and artefacts from 30 Pilbara-based Aboriginal artists will be on show. 9am to 5pm weekdays
Central Park building foyer 152 – 158 St George’s Terrace, Perth. For more details check out The ZigaZag Mag on Facebook.
“The Pilbara has a rich history and a vibrant artistic heart. Colours of our Country is more than an exhibition. It creates economic development opportunities for the featured artists, supports the ongoing sustainability of art groups and artists, providing an outlet for cultural expression. Since its launch, more than 1,900 artworks have been sold, generating almost $1.75 million for artists, their art groups and communities.” Rio Tinto