Life & Soul

After opening Life & Soul in Victoria Street in February, co-owners Sally and Shelley, launched into winter with a VIP Styling Evening last month. Empire Rose designer Kathryn Cizeika and Lara and Sarah from Mode & Affaire, treated local fashion shoppers to an indepth round up of their latest ranges and the best ways to style them.

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As well as Empire Rose and Mode & Affaire, Life & Soul also stock Asilio, Akla, Auguste, Infamous Friends and Nobody Jeans. Local jewellery line, Me I Me I is stocked alongside WA homewares company Ash &  Lime, and the coolest sneakers around, Superga! From scented candles to vegan nail polish line, Kester Black, head into Life & Soul, Victoria Street Bunbury.





5th South West Fashion Festival Comes of Age

Stylo is thrilled to share the South West Fashion Festival (SWFF) journey, which will be presenting a series of ‘Futurism’ themed fashion events from 7th to 8th August 2015.

SWFF Face 2015 Mehala Ward – CM Management (Photo – Bianca Turri Photography)

This will be the 5th annual SWFF whose aim is to increase awareness in the South West for fashion designers and related industries.  SWFF provides opportunity to showcase, network and promote design.

Mehala photographed at Mercedes Benz Bunbury wearing Betty Tran
(Photo – Bianca Turri Photography)

5 years is a significant milestone so the SWFF crew want to mark the occasion. This event has proven to be a major springboard for regional models so it only seems fitting to invite past “Faces” back, plus Bunbury’s own Caitlin Lomax, a past Perth Fashion Festival Face. Caitlin was a founding member of SWFF and she is thrilled to support this event as an ambassador.

Caitlin Lomax

So what is in store for 2015! Friday evening will begin with Futurism inspired Art to Wear. Each artist has created garments based on the Icosahedron shape, combining their interpretation and art genre to make something quite unique. Special guest Charlotte Smith, renowned fashion curator and collector will interview local celebrity guests, all broadcast online. Designer parades will follow with hand-picked clips of past faces, festivals and shoots. On Saturday morning American born and Blue Mountain based Charlotte will host a Champagne Brunch at Casellas. Using her natural charm and skills she will enthral guests with her fashion stories while showing a snippet from her vast collection of both contemporary and vintage couture (Her entire collection is in excess of 8500). Charlotte will then go on to present a lecture at 3pm, where she will focus on Future Stars in fashion.

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Maison Martin Margiela for Darnell Collection

Particularly exciting in 2015 is the expansion and re-inventing of the “Retail Parade”. This will occur on the Saturday at 1pm and will be a show stopper! Ranges from local boutiques and agents, as well as students will be shown alongside a new segment focusing on Celebrity Looks that can be bought at local stores. Combining vintage with new, it promises to be a fantastic feature of the event. And a brilliant showcase of what Bunbury has to offer, proving that we sit up their alongside any strip shopping centre in the world.


The grand finale on Saturday evening will be a spectacular affair with designer parades including some of Perth’s significant and up and coming labels, forming part of the WA Designer Roadshow.


Each evening we will be partying on with Willow Bridge Wines, great food and entertainment. Log on and get your tickets now to the South West’s premier fashion event.


Confirmed designers  –

SW – Lulu and Vee, Glytch, Vestir Apparel, Aqua Blanca

WA – Base by Ben, Empire Rose, Betty Tran, Jonte Pyke, Only One Ashley,  Alister Yiap, Cebiche

WA Designer Roadshow – ae’lkemi, one fell swoop, BRUUG, Chalice, House of SKYE + Conchita




15000+ People Celebrated Bunbury in Style

That’s a wrap for what can only be called a huge week for the community of Bunbury and the South West.  7 events in 6 days which collectively attracted in excess of 15000 people. The Bunbury Turf Club’s South West Autumn Racing Carnival, promoted under the  banner of Country Cups was a week of celebration, not only for race goers but the entire city.  Country Cups provided the opportunity for everyone to share in the festivities beginning with the Jimmy Barnes concert at the Turf Club on Friday 6.


One of Australia’s iconic rockers was supported by Bunbury’s “The Words”. These guys had been in hiatus for 4 years so many of the loyal crowd were thrilled and privileged so see them back on stage supporting the likes of Jimmy.


Barnes was a crowd pleaser and the Turf Club proved to be an exceptional venue on an exceptional moonlit night.


Saturday was even bigger.  The Bunbury Tri Club ran their Aquathon for the 3rd consecutive year which pulls elite competitors from Perth.  Another exceptional day of weather saw the 60+ entrants swim Koombana Bay and run the beautiful inlet.


Then the streets came alive for the annual VIVA street party.

Throughout the evening appox 3000 people danced in the streets, literally.  One of the few free family events in Bunbury, VIVA proved to be an absolute joy for all including the performers and the organisers.  Bunbury’s cappuccino strip came alive with 2 giant pinatas that were literally beaten to shreds,



Salsa lessons and displays,



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and a breathtaking magician, were joined by face painters, mural painting, a 9 piece Salsa Orchestra and lots of happy people.


Sunday the 8th was Stakes Day at the BTC or some times traditionally known as Ladies Day.  Again the weather could not have been more kind to us. This Stylo had the pleasure of sharing a meal in the Diamond Chimes Marquee.  Fantastic food by Aqua Viva and the perfect seat meant we could soak up the days atmosphere and have front row seats to ‘Fashion on the Fields’…….The impressive winners gave us a taste of what to expect in the much anticipated fashions in the Bunbury Cup. Face of WA Country Cups, Alana Mclean was hosted during the week, and a guest judge for our fashions.





In addition to the Fashion on the Fields the  South West Fashion Festival also announced the winner of the ‘Face of the Festival’, Mehala Ward….Keep an eye out for this coming event.


Tuesday 10 the BTC hosted the sportsman’s dinner which followed on from last years successful Jockey Challenge. Jockey’s from each state were special guests at the dinner and all had the chance to socialise and share stories before their rides on Thursday.

And Thursday last was the 2015 Bunbury Cup.  Another beautiful day in Bunbury. The Bunbury Turf Club and WA Country Cups can be very proud of the amazing week of opportunity they presented to the South West Region……Few organisations or events can claim to offer so much diversity and entertainment to Bunbury, in addition to having a huge impact on Bunbury both culturally and economically. We will leave the pictures to tell the rest of the story.








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And that is a wrap from Stylo.  If you know someone in these pics please tag them, spread the word about Stylo and start following us on Instagram #stylobunbury.

Thanks to Lauren Prater and Pic Me Photography for additional pics.




Margaret River Gourmet Escape – Through The Eyes of an Exhibitor

This Stylo had the privilege of helping out a friend at this year’s ‘Gourmet Escape’ in Margaret River.  The said friend Jackie (joint owner of Barton Jones Wines in Donnybrook) had booked a space to showcase their range of beautiful Geographe wines to the world of crazy wine and food followers.  It’s a new breed of sub culture where traditional and discerning foodies are being joined by a younger generation in the adoration of gastronomy and the ‘celebrities’ that have evolved from the phenomena. I was astounded to see literally thousands of 20 somethings clutching their prized cook books (some costing up to $400), and mad with the excitement over the potential to grab a moment of time with their favored chef while seeking a signature.  There is no doubt the ‘Gourmet Escape’s’ contribution to showcasing WA food and wine is invaluable, and perhaps becoming one of the most significant in the state if not the country. As a member of the exhibitors community I had the rare insight to see and meet many of the people behind the food and beverage we enjoy so much, so I decided to focus this post on the real people behind ‘Gourmet Escape’. Those who promote the food, wine and cafe cultures in WA on an ongoing and continuous basis with passion, hard work and smiles.

Barton Jones Wines from the Geographe Wine Region produce a range of sophisticated and flavoursome wines. Jackie Barton and Adrian Jones pour their heart and souls into a beautiful vineyard just south of Donnybrook on the Upper Capel Road.  14 years of work and commitment now see their wines featuring on may wine lists in Perth and the regions.  Like so many of the wineries represented at the ‘Gourmet Escape’ punters will see Barton Jones at many food and wine festivals throughout the state.  As a small producer the opportunity of getting wines into outlets is a painstaking journey including many miles, many stalls and many conversations with the consumer. I certainly learn’t this over the weekend, and while I expected to be busy spending much of my weekend chatting, I don’t think I had any real concept of the continuous dialogue that was necessary to showcase a product in a sea of so many other quality wines.



We had some wonderful next door neighbors that included not only more wine producers but also honey and mead. Like all good neighbours we laughed, chatted and shared. Check out Harewood Estate when next in Denmark or Bartholomews for the best honey and mead. One jar of creamed honey came home with me. And on a side note, there wasn’t just celebrity chefs in abundance. Layne Beachley was happy to wander and chat amongst the many stalls.



One woman who I continue to admire as a true ambassador of the South West food producers is Katrina Lane from ‘A Taste of Balingup’. Katrina along with Sophie Bud had a very special exhibition over the weekend where they specifically showcased local produce and producers.  They ran numerous presentations with equally passionate and accomplished chefs in a demonstration of how important it is to source our produce from local suppliers.  Literally from Paddock to Plate.  When in Balingup you must check out Katrina’s little business.  It is always a pleasure.



Food, food, food, food.  It seemed at times to never be enough. What really struck me was that it wasn’t just food, but also art.  Each stall showcased either a product or a menu, and without exception the presentation was incredible. So many known cafes and bars – and many unknown and need to be visited……I think most that live along the coast will recognise Samudra from Dunsborough.  A true lifestyle experience and always shared with a big smile.


And if it is sweet treats you like??? Cupcakes, home made sweets, nougat……. Sweetharts Cupcakes stole my heart. Bought 2 little babies for the trip home on Sunday night



Or perhaps Sweet Dreams is more your cup of tea with an incredible combination of Bagels and Donuts.  What pulled me to this store was the great smiles and joy radiating from the team.


With an events background I know that pulling a gig together like ‘Gourment Escape’ is immense. No event functions without our ‘backstage’ crew.  The chances are that the high standard of staging, lighting and sound at many events in the South West is due to this man.  Derek Peterson of Totally Sound. All we event organisers love Derek. All Style I think event in the signature black.


So many faces amongst the crowds and I was continuously running into beautiful people.  Jodie was no exception and I was very lucky to sample the super Pinchos from the ‘Pinchos Perth’ crew.  Treat yourselves.


The effervescent Verity James visited our stall both mornings to share a chat and laugh before we got on with business.


I am a sucker for antiques so felt very excited to discover ‘More Than Antiques’ just across from us.  I literally did not have much time to explore but still managed to take a little souvenir home that will sit very nicely in my kitchen


I could not even attempt to showcase all of the people represented at this year’s premier Margaret River Food Fest but I do hope I have given you a tiny slice of the truly wonderful people who congregate to share the journey.  The Gourmet Village was only 1 element of many which included a very diverse and exciting collection of satellite events.  I thank the organisers, sponsors and celebrities who contribute, and sincerely toast and take my hat off to all the stallholders, exhibitors and producers who are the true ‘Taste of WA’.  Yes, I drank coffee but also finished my days with a lovely glass of 2007 Barton Jones Semillon.


As the sun set over the vines late yesterday evening Jackie and I headed home with our cupcakes. Would I attend the Margaret River ‘Gourmet Escape’ as an exhibitor again? While I love the idea of being more free to sample the many and varied on offer, there was a certain privilege to being a member of the exhibitors community.


Bunbury Shines at Melbourne Cup

Stylo was out and about yesterday at the Bunbury Turf Club to share in the excitement of the “Race That Stops The Nation”. We were more than impressed with the effort so many had made in dressing for the occasion.  There is no doubt the Bunbury crowd have raised the stakes this year. As 1 punter commented, it was a classy event. Here is a few of our favourite outfits. And we will start with this one. It is a perfect example of how keeping it simple can still look amazing.  And love the Gorman shoes with the touch of rose gold.


Stylo is always seeking out some one who can carry off Vintage, and we have a winner here


Four girls who can do no wrong when it comes to putting it together, including our Stylo Kristy.


Classic navy in between 2 on trend floral numbers.


Black and white – Black and white – Black and white. Another winner.


Stylo loves a family that all dress to impress – and these guys nailed it – and were more than happy to pose for our pic.


If some one asked what colours were in for this season – we can only say all.  While there were lots of floral and bright tones, the pastels were featuring strongly too. These girls looked beautiful together.


Visitors from the Gold Coast thought they would see how Bunbury celebrated the Melbourne Cup.  We hope we didn’t disappoint, and are glad they made so much effort to dress for the day.


Young and funky, has to be part of the Cafe 140 team.


Don’t you love how these three tone in so beautifully.  Harrison is a lucky man to be amongst 2 beauties.


Look at those legs. Hot. the nude underlay really helps in featuring the intricate lace in Shiralee’s dress.


Very clever tie in with the multi coloured fascinator.


This is the first 3 beauties I photographed yesterday and they set the bar pretty high.


So many, many, many great looks.










And I am going to finish this post with 2 pics that show what the day is all about.  Melbourne Cup provides an opportunity for communities to celebrate together and share in fun and laughter.




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