5 of the best: Spring perfumes to spritz on in the sunshine

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5 of the best: Spring perfumes to spritz on in the sunshine | galleries smell this feature beauty 2  pictures

Just as our moods vary from day to day (sometimes minute to minute!), so do fragrances for different seasons. In Summer, we want lightweight perfumes that remind us of beachscapes and sipping on virgin coconut milk. With Winter comes deep, dark olfactory tones while Autumn emanates warm, crisp aromas. And now that Spring is just around the corner, we crave fragrances that have a sunny, languid aura. Potions that remind us of sunshine, pretty florals, refreshing fruit and flowy cotton dresses with open sandals are right on point.

Below, you'll find all of that and more in our hand-picked five best perfumes for the season ahead. From flowery mists to sexy parfums, there were so many fabulous picks, we had a hard time choosing which ones we wanted to wear all season long — so we chose them all! You're just going to have to sniff-test them to know what we mean.

Image courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

Which of these Spring perfumes are you loving the sounds of? What's your signature scent? Tell us in the comments below!

Mummy dearest: 5 of the best parenting apps | lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

Mummy dearest: 5 of the best parenting apps

It constantly freaks me out to think that at my age my mum had been married for a few years and had a baby to look after — I mean I still feel like I'm basically a teenager (a teenager who is just about to hit the old side of 25) and the thought of having another person to look after freaks me out. I also don't understand how my parents managed to survive with three noisy, rowdy kids and minimal technology to entertain them with. I mean I know I read a lot of books, but there's only a finite amount of time any child will sit still and read no matter how much they enjoy it.

WANT MORE? If you liked our picks for the top parenting apps, then check out more tech stuff here.

Some people consider the amount of technology the younger generations are consuming to be a sign of humankind's downfall, but there's no denying that the world is going to look insanely different in ten years time. I mean have you seen how easily toddlers can navigate iPhones? They understand them better than I do. Even if you're stopping shy of letting your kids handle your tech devices, there are so many apps out there that will kick your parenting skills up to eleven and make you the envy of all the other parents on the playground.

Image courtesy of Dollar Photo

Do you have any favourite parenting apps? Tell us about them in the comments below!

Woke up like this: 9 of the best skincare products for a flawless face | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

I was recently vacaying in Italy (soz not soz) and noticed something seriously cool: my skin was starting to look JLO-at-the-VMAs awesome! Now, I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I honestly woke up one day, glanced in the mirror and marveled at the fact there was not one blemish on my visage, which was odd because when I landed in too-hot-to-handle Europe, my skin went a bit nuts. Heat rash, sweat pimples and dehydrated surfaces galore! But fast forward two weeks, and my skin had begun to, well, glow. 'What is this sorcery?' you ask. Y'see, when I'm in "zen" mode (aka have more time to actually breathe and do basic tasks like brush my hair and eat bucketloads of gelato), I like to take good care of myself, and it seems my skincare efforts were slowly paying off.

WANT MORE? These are also the best skincare products!

Day by day, I was partaking in skin rituals that lasted more than a millisecond and using quality products that were giving my skin all of the nutrients and nourishment it needed in the scorching hot temps, and it was working! The truth is, the more tender love and care you provide your body's largest organ, the better. But you don't need to spend all your money on weekly salon treatments or seek out magical unicorn tears to achieve blemish-free skin. A healthy lifestyle coupled with good grooming techniques and appropriate prods for your skin type will work wonders on your visage.

On that note, today I'm going to walk you through the exact products and skincare routine I used during my expedition abroad, so that maybe you too can parade around screeching, 'I woke up like this! I woke up like this!'

Image courtesy of Redken

Which are the best skincare products that you use? Tell us in the comments below!


Spring Racing style: 15 frocks and fascinators for fun on the field | pretty things jewellery galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

The horses are a yawn, betting gets old as soon as you realise you lose money from your 'shoe fund' and the food's a bit 'eh'. So why do we do it every year? The fashion. It's the best excuse to get dolled up in your Sunday best and eye off Bec Judd, Jennifer Hawkins or whoever's style you crush on come race day.

Want more Spring style buys? Click here!

Whether you prefer a champagne breakfast at Ladies' Day or brushing up against celebs in the Birdcage, everyone has a soft spot for those feet crushing, yellow bubble drinking, Spring Racing Carnival days. See my favourite frocks and fascinators to get you turning heads on the field!

Image courtesy of Melissa Mould

Which Spring Racing style frock and fascinator is your cup of tea? Tell us in the comments below!

Beauty essentials: The 13 best makeup products every gal should own | galleries feature beauty trends 2 beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

Best makeup products every lass should own

The perfect pair of heels or a well-fitted pair of jeans can pull together an outfit like magic, and the same principle can be applied to makeup. Thanks to a few essential prods, you can look amazing in the nick of time.

WANT MORE? These really are the best makeup products!

Below, we bring you a list of the top makeup products every girl should have on hand at all times. From blush to eyeshadow and everything in between, you'll be surprised to find out what you're missing from your makeup bag.

Which of these best makeup products do you already own? Tell us in the comments below!


DDG DIY: Animal Butt Push Pins for a pinboard menagerie | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures

DDG DIY: Animal Butt Push Pins for a pinboard menagerie

After recently making my golden animal menagerie piece of wall art I was left with a fair few animal butts floating around my desk and no idea what to do with them. After considering my options for the past few weeks (which was something I never considered before) I've decided to turn them into push pins for my office pin board and am probably more excited about it than I should be.

WANT MORE? If you liked our animal butt push pins, then check out the original menagerie here.

Okay, so this isn't the most grown up thing to be doing with my time, but it makes my pin board a hell of a lot more fun and quirky. You could also use magnets instead of pins so they can be used for the fridge if you don't have a pin board in need of brightening up.

DDG DIY: Animal Butt Push Pins for a pinboard menagerie | home sweet home lifestyle feature ddg diy  pictures


  • Plastic animals
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Glue
  • Push pins / small round magnets


  1. Take the leftover butts from the wall art menagerie tutorial and spray paint them if you're wanting to change the colour. You'll need to do at least two coats, allowing the paint to dry completely between coats.
  2. Once the paint is dry, put a small dab of glue on the flat part of the animal and stick it to the head of one of your pins/magnets. Complete this with all of them.
  3. Wait for the glue to dry (overnight to be safe!) and you've got some funny animal butt push pins!

What are your thoughts on my animal butt push pins? Tell us in the comments below!

Exercise test dummy: Adult Ballet at Xtend Barre | lifestyle health and happines feature  pictures

With so many different exercise options out there these days, hating the gym is no longer a good enough reason to not get moving. So to inspire you to try new things, our chronically unfit lifestyle editor is lacing up her runners and trying out every type of exercise we can find in Melbourne — from Yoga to Boot Camps and every crazy thing in between.

Got a class you want us to try for you? Hit up the comments and we'll give it a go. Think of me as your exercise guinea pig.

Adult Ballet at Xtend Barre, Melbourne

This whole exercise experiment really started because I realised that even though I was never a prima ballerina in my prime, I have gotten incredibly unfit, inflexible and, well, a little bit chunkier since I quit ballet at 18 and instead took up ... nothing. As somebody whose sole form of exercise for over 15 years was dancing of some variety, I'm not exactly equipped for most other forms of exercise (I am hit in the face with a ball on a painfully regular basis) so I had been hunting for something that would give me that stretched and strong feeling you get from ballet. After hunting for six months it turns out the exercise I was looking for was actually ballet. Who would've thunk it?

Ballet is a fantastic form of exercise because it helps you build new muscles that you might not really use when jogging, but while strengthening your body you also get a cardio workout and increase your flexibility. It really is an all over body workout!

Now Xtend Barre offer two levels of ballet — the first level is for absolute beginners and they teach you proper ballet technique (but don't think that just because you won't be pirouetting straight away that you won't be getting a workout — ballet technique is hard work! Just try doing 25 rises on one foot and you'll see how difficult the basics can be!), but the second level is for people who have done ballet before (so you know the terminology and the general techniques) but might be a tad out of shape. I went straight into the second class and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of French terminology I still remember.

Our class was run by a proper ballerina (who is currently dancing for Australian Ballet) and I had an amazing time. I've missed turning (and have lost all my balancing abilities which is a bit shattering), so my favourite part of the class was definitely the turns from the corner. Considering I grew up doing 3-5 dance classes a week, I don't think I considered it that difficult as a form of exercise, but now that I'm officially unfit I can appreciate just how hard it really is.

Adult ballet is fantastic for everybody — whether you danced as a kid and miss it or always wanted to be a ballerina but never had the chance, then this is for you. Some of the women in the level two class only took their first ballet class last year and have worked their little butts off so hard over the past year that they're currently working towards going up en pointe!

If you want to tone up, improve your posture, build strength and increase your flexibility, while also getting to jump and spin, then you've got to give ballet a try!

Have you tried or do you do adult ballet? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below!


Split skirt style: Channel subtle sexy 3 ways this weekend | what to wear fashion daily night owl feature fashion daily casual friday  pictures

For when you want to put your best leg forward, the split skirt is the way to go. A clever refresh of your favourite pencil skirt is all you need to feel instantly bangin'; pair that with its easy wearability and comfort and you have this weekend's getup sorted!

Grunge vibes: The staple saucy leather skirt gets a refresh with a side split. By teaming with a printed sweater and heels you get a "I tried without trying" look that's warm enough for this transeasonal weather and will take you to cocktails and beyond.

SHOP IT: Nasty Gal May 28th Palm Watch in Back, $50.00, nastygal.com.auDiavolina Alessa White Kid Heels, $149.95, theiconic.com.auKENZO Tiger Roaring Silver Black Embroidered Cotton Sweater, 210,00 €, jades24.comRiver Island Black Leather-look Wrap Pencil Skirt, $60.00, riverisland.com

Spring monochrome: Spring is in the air, so brighten up with a white front split skirt and sandals or opt for heels for a night out on the town! This look is a fab day to night ensemble, plus a white skirt is right up there with a LBD in terms of versatility.

SHOP IT: Witchery Structured Knit in Navy, $129.95, witchery.com.auCountry Road Zip Front Skirt in White, $99.95, countryroad.com.auValley Eyewear Dash in Tort, $199.99, alteriormotif.com.auOolong Sandal in Black Pebble, $144.95, needsupply.com

Street chic: A modest knee length skirt dials up the sex appeal with a side thigh split and fire engine red. To add some urban street to your tank and skirt combo opt for a slogan sweater! Whether you tie it around your waist or pair it with your skirt, its bound to add some edge.

SHOP IT: Sportsgirl Clementine V Back Tank in White, $49.95, sportsgirl.com.auJ Brand Maryse Wrap Skirt, $256.54, farfetch.com, Style Stalker Hustlin Sweater in Black, $109.00, stylestalker.comJustFab Reanne Heels in Black, $54.99, heels.com

Images & outfit inspiration courtesy of Camille Charriere, Charlotte Hellberg & Friend in Fashion

For more outfit ideas click here!

What do you think of these split skirt styles? Tell us in the comments below!

Enough of the sweet stuff: 8 of the best sugar free dessert recipes | lifestyle galleries feature recipes  pictures

Enough of the sweet stuff: 8 of the best sugar free dessert recipes

In the whole wide world of healthy cooking there are lots of fads and advice that can be fairly confusing even at the best of times, but one thing that is becoming abundantly clear is that processed sugar is crazy bad for you. Personally, while I know that processed sugar is terrible for me I just can't ever seem to curb my sugar cravings, so if you put a bag of lollies in front of me that bag will get eaten. I have been intrigued by this whole "I Quit Sugar" movement for a while now but the only thing holding me back from actually taking the plunge is that I generally just love the taste of sweet things. If every person had to be divided into either "sweet" or "salty" for the rest of their life I'd be so entirely entrenched in the sweet side that I'd rise through the ranks to become queen of the sweet stuff.

WANT MORE? If you liked these sugar free dessert recipes, then check out more great recipes here.

So really the only thing that has been holding me back from even looking into this whole sugar free lifestyle thing has been the fact that I haven't been willing to give up my sweets just yet, but after looking into it a bit further I've realised that just because you're giving up processed sugar doesn't mean you have to give up desserts. And these desserts taste pretty damn good! Say sayonara to the sugar!

Image courtesy of I Quit Sugar

Do you have any favourite sugar free dessert recipes? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Sci fi talons: Introducing MAC Nail Transformations | nail it feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures

Introducing MAC Nail Transformations!

Get excited to dip your tips in the latest polish technology by MAC! Celebrity manicurist Marian Newman has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to launch Nail Transformations: nail art that’s all grown up with a scientific twist.

This nail revolution allows you to make your own colour and texture with options of base and top coats to add a personal touch to your talons. First, you start with a base colour from the rich, neutral hues. Then you transform it however you like with the top coat. Texturising options include leather effect, shadowing, pearl and crème — our inner science nerds are bubbling with excitement!

This new range has opened up a brand new sci-fi world of polish addiction, and we're desperate to get experimenting! Try it for yourself by heading over to MAC (after you've hung out here at DDG, of course) and watch the transformations take place.

Sci fi talons: Introducing MAC Nail Transformations | nail it feature beauty trends 2 beauty 2  pictures


MAC Nail Transformations, $22, maccosmetics.com.au

By Adriana Maiolo

Will you be getting experimental with the new MAC Nail Transformations collection? Tell us in the comments below!

Mane changeover: 9 seriously chic Spring hairstyle tutorials for the new season | how tos hair styles beauty 2 galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

While we're stoked to be experiencing some kind of sunshine this Spring, we're faced with the problem of what the hell to do with our hair, now that we can't hide beneath beanies and hoods anymore. Dammit!

WANT MORE? Check out these Spring hairstyle tutorials!

But your new season hair awakening shouldn't have to be such a pain in the cahooty, which is why we've gone and done all of the hard work for you and tracked down 9 seriously chic hairstyle tutorials from Pinterest. From romantically rumpled braids to delightfully mussed waves, here are a bunch of ideas to help you find your Spring-coiff soul mate just in time for the season changeover.

Which of these Spring hairstyle tutorials will you be trying your hand at? Tell us in the comments below!

Mimco has always been the ultimate gift for that person who has it all (or a special treat for yourself). The latest collection is a step above the rest; with futuristic and alien vibes, it's a little out of the box, but we're a lot in love! Side note: that clutch below is sitting tight in my shopping cart as we speak.

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Mimco | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

Bold emerald greens and sea blues make this graphic pouch the perfect statement piece for a special occasion!

SHOP IT: Tic Toc Tripper Pouch, $99.95, mimco.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Mimco | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

Delightful decor earrings to deck your lobes in only the finest bright bold jewels.

SHOP IT: Mimco Podium Ear in Ice Pop, $99.95, mimco.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Mimco | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

OTT shades won't block out your gorgeous mug thanks to this smokey tortoise pattern — wear all year round for instant chic.

SHOP IT: Eclipse Sunglasses in Smoke, $149.00, mimco.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Mimco | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

The perfect size to use as a workhorse through the week and then take for brunch and shopping up a storm on the weekend.

SHOP IT: Andromeda Limited Edition Tote in Black, $799.00, mimco.com.au

Australian fashion guide: Our five favourite picks from Mimco | feature fashion news fashion daily daily want daily love  pictures

Slippers and slides are the shoes to be sporting, so why not brighten up your wardrobe with a pop of orange and get into the 'Spring' of things!

SHOP IT: Smoking Gun Slipper in Sunset Orange, $149.00, mimco.com.au

What do you think of this week's Australian fashion guide? Which Mimco piece is your fave? Tell us in the comments below!

The father of all book lists: 8 books to buy for your dad this Fathers Day | lifestyle galleries feature book club  pictures

The father of all book lists: 8 books to buy for your dad this Father's Day

Shopping for my dad is a painful and infuriating task. It's not that he's the type of person who doesn't need anything (the fact that his loungeroom contains just a banana lounge and a TV is testament to that), it's that he doesn't want to need anything and won't bring himself to use anything we get him unless it is absolutely necessary. Give him a voucher and it will expire. Buy him clothing and he might wear it — in 5 years time when every other item of clothing is falling apart at the seams.

WANT MORE? If you liked our reading picks for Father's Day, then check out more books here.

Basically there are just two things that you can get him and be certain that six months from now you won't turn up to his house to find it still sitting in the box it came in: photos of my sisters and I, or books. We've given him so many photos of us over the years that his house looks like a really weird art gallery that trades exclusively in photographs of my family, so I tend to go the book route whenever possible. Books are a safe and easy option because you can quickly get to the core of a person's personality with one simple reading pick, plus you can pick something that you'd both enjoy and have your own family book club.

Image courtesy of Dollar Photo

Would you buy any of these books for your dad (or husband) this Father's Day? Tell us which one (or your suggestions) in the comments below!

The Block Breakdown: Shop Max & Karstans winning master bedroom | home sweet home lifestyle galleries feature  pictures

The Block Breakdown: Shop Max & Karstan's winning master bedroom

While bedroom decor is usually something so personal to a person (or couple) that the vibe can't be replicated by another person without feeling like a movie set, one of the reasons why Max & Karstan's winning master bedroom was so successful was that it used beautiful yet basic items as a base and let the artwork (AKA your own personal signature) really do the talking.

WANT MORE? If you liked this room from The Block, then check out more rooms here.

The bold blacks fit in with most styles and tastes and help to create the perfect base for any bedroom. Add your own flare with the artwork and then match your textiles (the cushions, bed spreads or curtains) to the artwork to pull the whole room together.

Image courtesy of The Block

What are your thoughts on Max & Karstan's bedroom from this season of The Block? Tell us in the comments below!

Pencil skirt outfits: Find your super slimming skirt match | hot 10 galleries feature fashion daily  pictures

There's some trends you just think 'can anyone pull that off?' e.g. silk night gown dresses and Converses. Maybe those looks can only be reserved for the fashion rebels (aka Rihanna) but when it comes to a fail safe trend that makes you look and feel a million bucks, you can't go past the pencil skirt.

With a tonne of mix and match combinations, prints and lengths it's the perfect day to night, work to weekend and 'what the hell do I wear' superhero garment. With one simple skirt your legs will look longer and tummy flatter (plus shapewear is so easily hidden), so get your slender on for your next night out with this slimming skirt!

Image courtesy of Danielle A

Which pencil skirt outfits would you rock this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

Get the look: Paula Patton | how tos feature beauty tips beauty 2 beauty 2  pictures

While Robin Thicke hasn't managed to blow us away with any of his releases since the infamous 'Blurred Lines', his ex, Paula Patton, has definitely been making an impression with her classic good looks and flawless makeup mastery. Here, her natural caramel skin tone is played up with loads of highlighting and a pop of pink blush, something that can be incorporated into any makeup routine for an ultra-fem, sheer finish. Here's how you can nail this brunette beauty's look and rock it in your own right!


1. Prep your skin with your usual cleanser, toner and moisturiser trio. Dab on some Essano Rosehip Oil on any dry spots for a smoother foundation application.

2. Apply Scout Mineral Crème Foundation all over the face, not forgetting to blend the line from the chin to the neck. This foundation is ideal as it glides on yet dries and sets with a powdery finish, perfect for achieving a canvas like Paula's.

3. When applying Revlon ColorStay Blemish Concealer, concentrate on getting an even coverage under the eyes, along the bridge of the nose and on the chin (and of course on any blemishes that need to be hidden) and set with a loose powder.

4. With your Too Faced Bulletproof Brows Kit, fill in any sparse areas and direct the hairs outwards towards the temples.

5. Time to shine! Highlight in between your brows and above them from the arch along to the top of your cheekbones with Essence Metal Glam highlighter powder. Also dab a little on your chin.

6. Dust on some Bella Pierre Mineral Eye Shimmer in Snowflake in the corners of the inner eye, covering the edge of the top lid and stopping before you reach your lower lash line. Cover the rest of the lid with Bella Pierre Mineral Eye Shimmer in Twilight.

7. Trace your Australis Tiny Tip Liquid Eyeliner along the lash line of your upper eyelid and coat your lashes with NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara.

8. Smile into the mirror and brush on some Benefit CORALista Face Powder onto the apples of your cheeks and nail the nude lip with some Napoleon Perdis In the Flesh Luminous Lip Veil.

Hold up ... Paula, is that you!?

By Jessica Savoia

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Love Paula Patton's beautiful makeup look? Thoughts on Robin Thicke's, er, relationship blunder? Tell us in the comments below!

Lunch club: Tomato Basil and Ricotta Baked Potato recipe | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Lunch club: Tomato Basil and Ricotta Baked Potato recipe

I have a bit of an obsession with potatoes. For some reason they don't fill me up, which means that when I make a particularly delicious batch of baked potatoes I wind up eating way more of them than I planned on, which means my thighs probably don't appreciate them half as much as my stomach does! With that said, sometimes baked potatoes can be a bit heavy with their toppings and don't leave you with that light yet satisfied feeling that you can get from other lunches.

WANT MORE? If you liked this Tomato Basil and Ricotta baked potato recipe, then check out more lunch ideas here.

The creamy ricotta is filling without weighing you down with cheese, and the tomato slices and basil add a whole other layer of freshness to the potato. Topped with good quality olive oil as well as salt and pepper makes this feel more like an authentic pizza than a baked potato.


  • A potato
  • Ricotta
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Bake your potato (prick it with a fork and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes each side) then split open. Spoon on some ricotta, then top with slices of tomato and torn up basil. Drizzle over some olive oil and some salt and pepper, and you're good to go!

What are your thoughts on our Tomato Basil and Ricotta Baked Potato recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

5 of the best: Skincare boosters for a super glow | skincare make your mug glow galleries feature beauty 2  pictures

Skincare boosters for serious results, seriously fast

Sometimes your moisturiser just won't cut it. Sometimes it needs a little push in the right direction, a helping hand if you will. That's where boosters come in, the reigning champions of the skincare world that will help amp up your existing regimen.

For those times where you want a flawless complexion, a booster intensifies results by adding a bit of extra pizzazz to your regular formulas, whether it's whisking away signs of fatigue and dullness or hydrating super parched surfaces and even blurring out fine lines.

Below, check out five must-have performance enhancers for supercharged skin.

Image courtesy of I Am Natural Store via Genuine Glow

Do you use skincare boosters in your beauty regimen? Tell us in the comments below!

NYC Style Muse: How to be downtown with the cool crowd | feature fashion news fashion daily sponsored  pictures


Post brought to you by DKNY #MYNY & E!Online

After giving you the 411 on what's hot and what's not for our uptowners, we thought it was only fair to give our downtown babes the same treatment. If you're not one to shy away from a hipster accessory (see: clear glasses), a flannel shirt tied around your waist, a topknot and a kale popsicle, then maybe you need to go down ... to downtown (no, not funky town).

See how your style rates against our super-scientific quiz below!

1. Grunge, boho, dishevelled, rocker, indie are the adjectives you live (or rather dress) for. YES/NO.

2. If you're not carrying an underground designer bag on your arm, you're carrying the latest book to be seen reading. YES/NO.

3. Third day hair is your favourite style to rock (next to a topknot of course!). YES/NO.

4. Food vans and the latest Ethiopian cafe in secret locations are only the coolest places to grab a bite. YES/NO.

5. You're all about a subtle single-word tattoo, multiple ear studs and just the right amount of leather. YES/NO.

How down are you for the downtown lifestyle? If you nodded to the computer screen and gushed quietly more than three times, it looks like you were built for the Boroughs. Now, we know you shudder at the idea of anything generic, so here's how to dress to subtly impress your cool as a cucumber neighbours.


Jessica Hart is a resident cool bean with the downtown girl style down pat. Take a leaf out of her book for your next night out to a dimly lit bar where the likes of Zoe Kravitz hang.

NYC Style Muse: How to be downtown with the cool crowd | feature fashion news fashion daily sponsored  pictures

SHOP IT: DKNY Shoe Boot in Black, $194.00, yoox.comDiane Von Furstenberg Mae Mikado Striped Wool-Silk Miniskirt, GBP120.00, brownsfashion.comBardot Tropez Blazer in Black, $99.95, bardot.com.auOlympia Le-Tan L'arrache Leather Book Clutch, $2011, luisaviaroma.comKomono Allen Wayfarer Sunglasses in Blue, $41.51, asos.com

Leandra Medine (aka The Man Repeller) is New York quirky style in a nutshell. She wears what the 'with it' crowd could only dream of putting together and she does it a year in advance:

SHOP IT: Rag & Bone Em Leather Shorts, $238.00, shoplesnouvelles.comDKNY Runway Rissa Peep Toe Bootie in Black/White, $143.90, dkny.comTopshop Mini Lasercut Holdall in Teal, GBP38.00, topshop.comAR SRPLS Star Print Vest in Olive, $169.65, aloharag.comColette Metal Bauble Necklace, $14.95, colettehayman.com.au


The Lower East Side is getting a serious face-lift of hip on trend boutiques, nothing generic or been-done here! The pinnacle of alterna-shops. You want to head to Reed Space for the best fix of cool lifestyle buys, where you can find local and international designers, along with art, music, books, and magazines. Don't forget to visit the neighborhood referred to as Nolita (North of Little Italy) for underground designer goodness and then take a visit to the East Village for a dose of boho.


Fill up at the place where boho Astorians gather for the best authentic Mexican feast at Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant. After you feast, head to Sweet Revenge for a cupcake you won't be able to resist Instagramming!


For a delicious cocktail in the suavest underground nook, head to Raines Law Room where after ringing the bell and entering an unmarked door, you will officially be at an out of this world secret bar!


So you think you're ready to get down? Want to explore all the quirky nooks and crannies New York has to offer? Eat more ramen noodles than you can imagine? Well, now you can!

DKNY, with the launch of the new women’s scent, MYNY, is giving you the chance to fly to New York (where you belong) to do as the New Yorker's do.

Yep, everything from high tea at The Plaza to Broadway!

Click here for all the competition details and good luck.

If you missed our uptown NYC wrap up, click here!

Images courtesy of Mr Newton. Thumbnail courtesy of Mr Newton. Post Coordinated by The Remarkables Group


Lychee Mojito Cocktail Recipe: Its happy hour at DDG! | lifestyle feature recipes  pictures

Lychee Mojito Cocktail Recipe: It's happy hour at DDG!

It is all well and good to squeeze some fresh orange juice into your cocktail for a zesty hit of freshness, but in my mind you really can't go past lychees when it comes to the ultimate fruit to add to cocktails. Apart from just generally looking like an alien fruit (which is kinda cool) they have a more subtle flavour than other fruits and provide you with a deliciously sweet flavour.

WANT MORE? If you liked our Lychee Mojito Cocktail Recipe then check out more of our mojitos here.

Okay, so calling this cocktail a mojito is getting to be a bit of a stretch, but I like being broad with my descriptions - it's the same reason I refer to all large black dogs as Labradors even thought they're probably not really Labradors 90% of the time - it's just that in this instance I'm referring more to the method than the flavour or ingredients. Sure you still have mojito stalwarts rum, sugar, lime and mint but with lychees and ginger beer you've got a flavour that's out of this world.


  • Ice
  • Tinned Lychees
  • Limes
  • Mint
  • Sugar
  • Ginger Beer
  • Rum


  1. Like all my regular mojitos, start by muddling some mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with a teaspoon of sugar and the juice of half a lime (add more if needed) using a wooden spoon.
  2. Add in a couple of lychees and roughly crush them and break them down.
  3. Mix in a shot of rum to help it absorb some of the flavours.
  4. Pour in about a quarter of the juice from the lychee can, a shot of ginger beer and some ice.
  5. Shake vigorously.
  6. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top up with some more ginger beer.

*You don't have to strain it, you can leave it chunky but I liked to just eat the lychees as a side snack to my cocktail because they're delicious.

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