Accessorise yourself a new look….

Last week I was lulled into the false sense that spring was here…I was wearing sandals, sunnies and talking of purchasing a new bikini…erm slightly premature! My excitement of bursting open my summer clothes has been dashed and I am slightly depressed that winter in looming for a little longer.

I feel like I am at that ‘in-between’ stage with a haircut; you need to just be a little patient and wait. So when we need to be patient and wait for our summer clothes but want something new – what do we do….accessorise!

Add some colour with a scarf or necklace. Glam up a boring look with stacks of bracelets or a statement necklace.  Work trend colours easily with bags and belts.

Our top tips for accessorising to perfection are:

Buy scarves in colours that go well with most others. Purples, pinks, blues and greys are great. It means they’ll go with more outfits.

Add a little look of spring with a belt, bag or shoes in a frosty pastel colour. There are loads around at the moment.

Go for longer earrings if you have a short neck or a double chin it will elongate your neck.  Avoid large, choker-style necklaces.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different looks, you don’t have to match everything you’re wearing.

Only wear 2-4 pieces of jewellery at one time. Show off the beautiful things you’re wearing, don’t look like an extra on ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’.

So, go raid your jewellery box and wear something a bit different to brighten up this winter!!


How to look fabulous at every event, without breaking the bank…..

I think it’s kind of strange that we spend more money on an outfit we’ll wear once or twice for a wedding, the races or Christmas party than on a pair of jeans or a jacket we’ll wear till it crawls to the bin!  Although we want to look our glammed up best at these events, doing so can cost some serious $$$’s……well maybe not, Ruby Slippers may have found the perfect solution; renting your outfit.

There are quite a few companies offering this service from dresses, jackets and bags. One of our fav’s is Sydney’s ‘Dressed Up’.  We popped along to their showroom in Sydney to meet with the owner, Serena Ross, for a chat and a drool at their gowns.   They house a range of designers and have some really beautiful dresses. Check out the website, this isn’t just long, sparkly evening gowns there is so much more choice than you’d imagine. Sizes range from 6 – 12, with 14’s on their way for next AW season. The hire is for 7 days but you can pay for longer if you can’t bear to part with your new frock! With prices starting at $89 for short dresses I think it is great value.

It’s also an amazing idea for anyone stuck trying to find bridesmaid dresses.  You can have designer gowns without paying the prices. Perfect.

Get in touch with us at Ruby Slippers if you have a special event you’d like help with some styling for. We can not only offer you our expert advice, but we get reduced rates with Dressed Up too, yay. Email us at for more details.

Oh!  Keep your eyes on our facebook page for details of Dressed Up’s end of season sale!

Picking the perfect jacket


I’d like to think that every cloud does have a silver lining….and the shimmering lining to this cold weather is the fact we get to wear lovely jackets and coats. Not convinced?  Well follow our simple guide to finding a coat that suits you and your shape and we’ll change your mind.



Hourglass – Keep the style fitted to highlight those curves. Single breasted looks best, with one or two buttons & an open neck with slender lapels:

Petite – Choose fitted jackets that flatter your beautiful frame. Wear shorter jackets that end on the hip to create the illusion of longer legs:

Pear – Opt for a belted, fitted jacket with structure on the shoulders to balance you out. To keep the attention to your top half wear wide lapels, interesting collars and eye-catching colours, don’t be afraid to show off:

Rectangle – Make sure the coat is snug and fitted.  Wear a belt tied at your waist or round the back to add some curves. Hip pockets and flared sleeves will also create a great shape making you look hot to trot:

Apple – A straight coat with a simple closure will work best for  all you beautiful apples! Wear the jacket open to contrast against the fabric below, so you don’t look like one block of colour. For our more petite apples, make sure the jacket ends above the knee, for our taller ladies you can go a bit longer:

And remember, fleeces are only to be worn for those who work in sub zero temperatures!!

Happy Shopping:-)

Camilla and Marc
Karen Millen