Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blogger Extraordinaire

It’s not often a blogger gets the chance to blog about another blogger- Crossblogging maybe? Melanie McDowall is the winner of the Castletown Connexion fashion blog competition and affectionately known by her friends as the fabulous fashion guru. Melanie’s launch into the blogging world was only a recent introduction, with encouragement from her girlfriends’ she didn’t hesitate utilising her expertise and quickly compiled the essential blog profile. Not wasting any time Melanie got down to the business of blogging with one of her first posts dicussing Pastels, which happened to be influenced by a previous Petticoat Lane post critiquing Melanie’s gorgeous winter style.
Petticoat Lane first had the pleasure of meeting Miss McDowall through judging the hectic catwalk at a local modelling competition, Fashion Bash. Winning her fashion section it was clear even then Melanie had a sharp sartorial eye for fashion. Describing her style as “Modern and chic” Melanie gains her inspiration from Vogue, Runway and Grazia magazines explaining “I don’t have a particular person who I emulate, I  like to mix a variety of styles and make them my own” adding "I do love Blake Lively’s approach though, it’s always classy”.
Melanie now has her own dedicated page which also consists of video blogging. She will also make the cover of Castletowns in house magazine Style your Life next month which will contain her very own editorial section. 
Petticoat Lane blogged Melanies beautiful style. Check out Melanie's blog!/CastletownConnexion

Style Revelation Questions
What quality do you admire most? A great sense of humour
Wardrobe staple that never fails you? High waisted denim shorts
What’s your trademark or trait that gets you noticed? Wearing innovative fashion and wearing statement pieces
Which word or phrases do you overuse? AMAZING
Which talent would you most like to have? Being able to sing
Best or Worst advice you’ve ever taken? You have to make money to spend money
What is your perfect day? Being with friends and family dressing up and going to a special event
Hard work or Lucky Break? Hard work keeps you motivated, I’ve had to work hard to keep up with my fashion addiction
Who is your real life hero? I admire people with intelligence and who are fashion conscious
Won’t leave the house without? Lip gloss!
What is your greatest extravagance? FASHION!

Melanies favourite colour is purple. She loves the edge the black vest gives the gathered block colour cocktail dress with detailed fringing to the back.

Vintage! this 1970's zesty summer dress was found in a local op shop. Just a little imagination and tweaking Melanie created a stunning one of a kind dress.

This amazing dress is one of Melanies favourites. The colour pops! This hot little number was found online at ASOS. The cape and flower details makes this a show stopper.

Clean crisp white T is casual fun with a sequin detail collar which is influenced from the crochet styles of the 1800's.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Melbourne Cup Fashion Tips

Townsvilles own Rachael Finch chatting about Spring Fashions with Jackie Frank editor of Marie Claire magazine. This is a great clip showing you some fabulous tips for Spring Racing!