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All Things White – A Magazine Relaunch

by | Event Reviews, Industry Celebrations, Industry News, Wisdom


Ms Filigree


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After 30 successful issues and 8 years, the gorgeous team at white magazine unveiled Issue 31 with a brand new design. To celebrate the relaunch and the success of this issue both throughout Australia and internationally, white hosted a vibrant party complete with some of the industry’s most celebrated vendors.

At 6pm on a balmy Autumn night, much of the wedding industry gathered at District 01 in Sydney’s Surry Hills which provided a beautiful white canvas for the chic event. With all white walls and floors, the space was styled with glamorous chandeliers, hanging flora displays by Octopus’ Garden and of course spreads from the latest issue. I must say, it was enchanting to admire the pages from the new issues whilst under the fragrant floral display suspended above.


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Adding ambiance to this creative filled evening was the melodic vocals of Tillee music whose gentle acoustic rhythms are perfect for every occasion. As the guests mingled and admired the pages from the new issue, beautiful pink cocktails were served by Trolley’d.  If a cocktail wasn’t for you, The Little Hopper Coffee Cart provided the perfect cup of freshly brewed coffee – a little something for everyone!


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Accompanying the ever so fashionable drinks was the even more fashionable chocolate by Winnow Chocolates and the statement marble look two tiered cake by Cordy’s Cakes. Perfect for everybody’s inner sweet tooth. The night was not only a celebration of the redesigned magazine but also a wonderful celebration of exceptional vendors to inspire all.


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The new issue is a beautiful work of art which is truly a credit to everyone who took part in it. white has always been something very special and now with a new design and new articles to love, it is even more so. Congratulations to all the team, we can’t wait to see what’s next!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: A beautifully chic relaunch for a beautifully chic magazine; congratulations to the talented team at white!

Behind The Door With…..Cakes 2 Kreate

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom


Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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I love that so many of the business owners I interview for ‘Behind The Door With’ are combining their passions with parenthood and this week’s business, Cakes 2 Kreate, is a perfect example. Lynette is owner, baker, chief decorator and mum to two little ones, who she tells me love to taste-test her beautiful cakes.

“I made my first special cake for my nephew’s first birthday” Lynette says. “I loved making it so much I started making cakes for all the family special occasions.” After the birth of her second child Lynette decided it was time to turn her hobby into a business and Cakes 2 Kreate was born.  “I really wanted the word cake in my business name so it would be easy to find on the internet” says Lynette. “My daughter’s name starts with C, as in cake, and I decided to add Kreate with a K to reflect my son.”  I love that her business name has a hidden meaning to her family!



Cakes 2 Kreate specializes in beautiful vintage inspired wedding cakes, celebration cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Each treat is made with love and fresh ingredients to ensure it tastes as good as it looks. Lynette loves to make each cake as pretty as possible – handmade sugar roses, piped detailing and lacework are no trouble for this talented lady!



Lynette chooses to run her business from home which she says is the perfect fit for her growing family. It’s also home to her collection of vintage inspired cake stands which make a perfect accompaniment to her beautiful cakes. An inspiring little home office is perfect for responding to emails and planning cakes; I love that she has a cake right on her desk as constant inspiration. “Working from home has its own challenges” says Lynette, “but getting to be around my children and having them be a part of the business makes it worth it.”



I ask Lynette what has been her favourite cake to make so far and she tells me about a seven-tier tall cake with a giant handmade rose and a different pattern or design on each tier. “I was so scared; it’s a real challenge to make a cake that tall” says Lynette. “But when I finished it I was so proud of what I had achieved.” How fantastic to have a job that is creatively satisfying and as inspiring as Lynette’s!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such beautiful “kreations”; with wonderful attention to detail, each cake is made with so much love!

About Amelia Waddell of Make Your Day Wedding Styling: I’m a wedding stylist and proud store owner who loves to chat weddings with everyone and anyone! I love to talk shop with other business owners (particularly over some chocolate cake!) and am the first to try and have a sticky beak behind the scenes of any event. My free time is spent ‘investigating’ new cafes, stores and events.

What Would They Know? Cassie Callegher of Calibre

by | Fashion Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


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Cassie of Calibre

As a groom, where do you start if you’re not sure about your style, or what would be appropriate for your wedding day? This is the one day where some advice and consultation will be the best thing you can do for yourself! Are you the sort of fella who loves conservative, or do you hanker after a pop of colour? If you’ve never owned a suit, now is the time, and a good quality and well fitting suit will stand you in good stead throughout the years ahead. Calibre has a wide range of fabulous suits, shirts, ties, shoes and accessories to make sure that you look your elegant best on your wedding day. After all, it’s your wedding day – make sure that you love what you wear too!

Where is Calibre situated?

From our humble beginning on Chapel Street in Melbourne in 1989, we now have over 25 stores across Australia, in David Jones and online.

How would you describe Calibre and the demographic you are targeting?

Calibre is Australia’s leading menswear brand, epitomizing sharp, sophisticated and fashion-forward style. The Calibre Man has his finger on the pulse – he is the man you go to when you need advice on the best new bar, car, and of course where to find the perfect tailored suit. He appreciates quality in all aspects of his life, from a glass of red to his Italian leather shoes. Calibre is his secret weapon.

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What do you offer in the way of clothing and accessories for the groom?

We have everything a groom needs to complete the ultimate wedding day look. From classic tuxedos and tailored suits, Italian made dress shoes and all the accessories a guy could ever need. We even have Calibre underwear – we are truly a one-stop shop.

For a black tie wedding is the dress code still strictly black and white – or are you seeing individual touches being added?

For a black tie wedding, we think sticking to traditional black and white is best (especially if you want to avoid awkward encounters with the bride!). Opt for a black tuxedo, but add a touch of your personality with a black and white flower lapel pin or silk pocket square. In saying this – if it is your big day, we think a deep navy tuxedo is just as fitting, and helps you stand out a little in a sea of black and white.

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For a casual wedding are you starting to see a more colourful approach with patterned shirts or coloured jackets for 2016/17?

Sand and navy are tried and tested favourites, but don’t be surprised to see pops of brighter colours appear as the weather gets warmer.

Coming into winter, what is an elegant suit/shirt combination a groom could consider? 

A deep navy suit will do the trick! Pair it with tan brogues, a crisp shirt and a patterned pocket square for a modern but elegant look, or mix it up with our Steel Blue stretch suit, check shirt and plain tie.

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Would you please give us some fashion tips on:

Skinny ties – who can wear them and when are they appropriate?

Anyone can pull off a great skinny tie! The key is to make sure you work out what shirt you are wearing first. If your shirt collar is a wide spread collar opt for a regular tie, for a point collar go for a skinny tie.

Pocket squares – should they match the tie or bowtie?

A pocket square should accentuate your look, not clash or match it. A simple tip is to find the main colour in your tie or shirt and match it back to the pocket square. Play with patterns – but make sure you keep in mind their scale. For example if your tie has a micro pattern to it, make sure your pocket square has a larger pattern like a paisley. Steer clear of matching patterns.

Bowties – is there a time and place for these?

Nothing finishes off a beautiful black tie look more than an Italian Silk Bow Tie.

Socks or no socks – when do we not wear socks with a shoe?

We see a lot of guys wearing their old, faded socks under their suit pants. Buy a pair of quality black and navy socks and a pair of patterned socks if you want to make a little more of a statement. The rule of thumb is always wear a pair of socks with a wool suit. You do not need socks during those warmer months when you pair a cotton suit and loafers.

Trousers – pleats or no pleats?

A pleated trouser is much like acid wash jeans – celebrate them for what they were, but keep them in the past. But you never know what might come back around!

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What colour shoes should be worn with:

  • a mid grey suit – tan, burgundy or black
  • a black dinner suit – plain black or patent dress shoes
  • a camel suit – burgundy or black.

At Calibre how do ensure a perfect fit for the groom and his wedding party?

We love when grooms choose Calibre to be a part of their big day, and we really aim to go above and beyond when it comes to making sure they look their absolute best. Our store staff have been trained to fit the groomsmen in their looks, making sure everyone looks their sharpest.

How can the groom and groomsmen personalize their wedding outfit?

Accessorize! From flower lapel pins and pocket squares to leather shoes and patterned socks, these little finishing touches really add a personal touch to the looks.

How do you and the team celebrate the end of the working week?

After a long week’s work, we love to regroup for lunch or a few drinks after clock-off time!

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Thank you Cassie for sharing the Calibre story. There’s nothing like a touch of style and elegance for the groom in a Calibre outfit. To find out more about Calibre visit the website.

All images courtesy of Calibre.

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