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Photographer: Clint Peloso

Model: Jayla Harnwell – Elite Models Miami

HMUA: Holly Harnwell

Stylist: Mimi Venker – Call Me Mimi





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Photographer: Clint Peloso

Model: Jayla Harnwell – Elite Models Miami

HMUA: Holly Harnwell

Stylist: Mimi Venker – Call Me Mimi





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Denim Guide 2015


One of the biggest fashion envy moments a woman can have is checking out another woman in the perfect fitting jean. The envy stems from knowing how hard we search for the pair that fits all our bits just so. Whether it be your Kim K butt, athletic thighs, petite length, sexy hips or legs for days, it is never as easy as seeing a pair on a celebrity and going out to buy that exact pair.

My number one tip is…find yourself a tailor! I know it can be a pain but really….who has a sample body?! None of us. I know people that can find the perfect jean at Top Shop or H&M. I unfortunately am not that person. I have a slight length issue that is attached to some “athletic” thighs and non existent calves. So a skinny jean on me usually ends up looking like a straight fit and 3/4 length instead of full length. Other clients may suffer from being gorgeous and petite and need some hem length alterations.

If a tailor is not an option, then you must be willing to go to that dressing room with a friend, positive attitude and at least 10 pairs of jeans! Your friend must prove a truthful and kind opinion and be your runner and pull extra sizes. And please..never look at the size. No brand or style will ever fit the same. So get rid of the size stigma and just buy what feels and looks amazing.

Below is a small sample of some of my go-to brands and top styles for the season. This is in no way exhaustive but merely a step in a good direction.

What was the last pair of jeans you bought and LOVE!?

Denim Guide 2015

Wearing in photo above: Jeans: Sass and Bide Vintage from The Collective Boutique // Sweater: French Connection (old)

Top Picks: Straight Leg: Nudie Jeans (Long John) *These are unisex! // Boyfriend: Sass and Bide (similar) // Flare: Mavi // Skinny: Nobody Denim

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Dress For Your Shape

David Lawrence striped dress

Winter weight gain……it happens to the best of us. And I was not immune this Winter. I don’t know the numbers because I don’t keep a scale but I do know that many of my jeans were too tight to wear in public. Eeek. So I was super pleased when this dress came across the Call Me Mimi desk.

Dressing is all about shapes, cuts and patterns that accentuate our attributes and hide those pesky winter pounds. This dress is a great example for me. The seam and pattern on top narrow at the waist and the diagonal stripes in the skirt section draw the eye down and elongate the legs. Now the only thing to change is that miserable colour on my legs. Oh well…summer is near so I will just have to deal with my pasty skin until then.

Moral of the story is find cuts and shapes that bring out the best in what you have going on! Our bodies all fluctuate and change and although frustrating, it doesn’t mean we have to hide. There are great pieces out there, its just about find what works for you.

Let me know what you need help with.





Wearing: Dress: David Lawrence // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Leather Jacket (old) // Clutch: Kate Spade (old).

Photography: Clint Peloso

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Office Casual

David Lawrence Black Pants

It’s funny how when you start spending more time styling other people you get less time to look your best self! Between styling gigs, personal shopping and my secret life as a physiotherapist, its gets more and more tiring to shop for yourself. Which makes the bank balance happy I guess.

I love to show you how the basics in anyone’s wardrobe can be used multiple times and multiple ways.

1. The Blazer (Helmut Lang): I bought this last year after looking unsuccessfully for years for the perfect blazer. Like many people my shape is not typically “off the rack” size. My shoulders are broad, smaller bust, long arms and high waist. So blazers that fit around my shoulders are too big everywhere else and more often than not, never fit my long arms. So I decided to up the price range and stepped into one of my favorite stores in Melbourne (Marais) and look for my perfect blazer. I walked out with this great Helmut Lang piece (on sale at 40% off) and have rarely taken it off since. Great cost per wear value.

2. White Tee (General Pants Co.): I have worn this tee with denim cut-offs, skirts, jeans and suit pants. I grant you that most white tees don’t last too long (hello, yellow armpit stains), so that is why I don’t spend too much on them. I love a tee that can be used and abused with no stress.

3. Black Trousers (David Lawrence): I struggled for years to find the perfect black pants but more recently I have found more frequent success. I love the timelessness of these pants with their slight nautical theme of side buttons, makes you feel less corporate and slightly more relaxed. The pant is perfect for a button down blouse or like I have added, a simple white tee. I go for fit, comfort and versatility. Will they work with flats and heels or even a fun sneaker? Pretty much all my black pants are worn multiple ways from a work meeting to a day at the market.

4. Bright Clutch (David Lawrence): A great accessory for an otherwise less than exciting look. The bright accessory draws attention to the great simple details of the outfit. And again, perfect for a work meeting to a night out with the girls.

5. Metallic Heel (MImco): I have had these heels for about 2 years now. And they are my go-to’s for the times when I can’t figure out what else to wear (these and my Nude Jimmu Choo Pumps). You want to wear a heel but the plain black ones are too boring! Mixed with ripped denim jeans, a white pant or black pants, the metallic heel really polishes up a look.

David Lawrence Red Clutch


Shot by: Clint Peloso

Wearing: Jacket: Helmut Lang // Tee: General PantsCo // Pants: David Lawrence // Clutch: David Lawrence: Shoes: Mimco (Similar)

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My Top 3 Boots For 2015

Growing up in a warm climate I never had the need for boots. That is until I started my travels and I now have a rather large boot collection. A type of boot for all occasions….well thats what I tell myself anyway. I have gathered some of my top boots for the season and mixed in some cool seperates made for the cool months but also transition to the between seasons.


Boots 1

Shirt: Equipment // Sweater: Country Road // Jeans: David Lawrence // Boots: Rag and Bone


Boots 3

Coat: Sass and Bide // Boots: Seed Heritage // Jeans: Country Road // Sweater: Marcs


Boots 2

Knit Coat: Saba // Shirts: Rails // T-shirt: Marcs // Leggings: Sass and Bide // Boots: Mountfords

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David Lawrence beige knit

The thing about the perfect fitting pant/jean is that they should be your go-to. That pair that mixes and matches perfectly with many tops in your wardrobe. The pair that fits even after a huge buffet style meal. The pair that still fits after a few washes. I know we have all gone through the tribulations of battling the fitting rooms in search of the perfect jean/pant. You think…hooray! I have found pair….only to bring them home, wear them and they have stretched out so much that there is no going back. Or you pop them in the wash and they seem to have shrunk an inch or maybe you’ve grown an inch!

My issues arise with length issues and too much stretch. The secret is the amount of elastane . Too much and you will end up unknowingly with the trendy drop crotch pant and not enough, you may have to do a few stretches and squats to try and stretch them out again or they are now called cropped jeans. These jeans seem to be the perfect fit and versatile (worn here also).  A nice mid rise to cover that large meal and a great length to graze your ankles. And did I mention they are on sale?!

Cole Haan

David Lawrence knit


Photography: Clint Peloso

Wearing – Knit: David Lawrence // Jeans: David Lawrence // Shoes: Cole Haan (Old)

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