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Style Inspiration for Men…Suspenders!

It’s Monday which only means one thing….all things style inspirational for men!! enjoy x

I know the days are gone of having to have suspenders to hold up your pants, but I do like them as an added accessory!! Love these leather suspenders, especially for Winter.

I know the days are gone of having to have suspenders to hold up your pants, but I do like them as an added accessory!! Love these leather suspenders, especially for Winter.

Sarah Jessica Parker – New Shoe Line!!!


YES THIS IS VERY EXCITING!! For all the lovers of Sex and the City and Sarah Jessica Parker’s alter ego, Carrie Bradshaw… I am very excited to announce, the latest fashion and celebrity collaboration exclusive line from Sarah Jessica Parker and  Nordstrom featuring shoes, handbags and a even trench coat.

The collection features more than two dozen styles, each named for a style reference that inspired the shoe. “Sex and the City” fans take note, there is a “Carrie” shoe in this collection. The shoes retail between $195 and $500. Shoe lovers never fear, you’re getting a lot of quality for that “affordable luxury” price. The shoes are made in Italy and were created hand in hand with Parker’s business partner George Malkemus, who is also CEO of Blahnik USA.

Feminine touches such as ribbons Sarah tied in her hair as a girl, to the flower accents from the Sex and the City wardrobe, and references to classic styles from the late 70’s and early 80’s are woven through the collection to give a sense of timelessness to the collection.

The shoes, marketed under the brand name SJP, will be available at Nordstrom department stores across the country starting February 28th…however, hopefully there will be an option for us to view and purchase these gorgeous shoes online?! Fingers Crossed!! I personally look forward to see the range!!

Shellac Nails!!

I learnt from a young age, to take care of my nails and do them myself. As much as I enjoy being pampered, I can count on one hand how many times I have had my nails done by a professional. The last experience was for my wedding day, where I spoilt myself in a deluxe medi and pedi…what a wonderful experience!! However… if done professionally or by myself, I still have the same problem.. I’m lucky if my nail polish lasts more than 48 hours without chipping!! Being somewhat time poor and a little frustrated, the joy of removing my nail polish and repainting them every second night is wearing thin… so the question I have is what do we think of Shellac? I have heard mixed reports, they either ‘damage your nails and I would never do it again’ or ‘ I love it and do it all the time’!! I  have very healthy and strong nails and prefer my nails short and tidy and always painted.. so I have now considered trying shellac on my hands and toes, to see what I’m missing out on and hopefully it will last more than 48 hours???

I would love to hear your feedback.. have you tried Shellac and if so, what are your thoughts? xx



The Bralette… the new bra alternative!!

I have so many clients that have a smaller bust and struggle with buying bras as it is, as they don’t feel they have ‘enough’ to fill them in the first place..but they still want to feel feminine and look sexy!!
I think the new bralette is a great alternative for just that!! Made from lace, it’s a gorgeous way to still feel sexy and not to worry about ‘filling’ a bra cup!!
It’s also a gorgeous alternative, if you want to wear them with singlets, dresses or just have a little lace showing.
I have personally tried the bralette from Bonds, but I must admit.. being a larger cup size, I found there was no support but a beautiful alternative, to just having a bra strap showing. So I will definitely try and find one that I think will at least hold the ladies in!!

Are you currently wearing one and if so, what brand did you find the best?

The Bralette - Styled by JadeThe Bralette under a singlet - Styled by Jade  Bralettes - Styled by Jade

Sydney Designer Lisa Ho, closes down!!

Sad News for Australian Fashion…

I had the pleasure of working with Lisa Ho in her Strand Arcade and flagship Woollahra stores over ten years ago, I still have some of her pieces. So it’s sad to hear Fashion designer Lisa Ho is closing down. Jade Sardon

Administrators HLB Mann Judd issued a statement on Tuesday announcing the end of the Australian fashion queen’s 30-year reign.

“Despite considerable interest, a sale of the Lisa Ho Group business as a going concern has not been achieved within the sale program.”

While there were whispers and numerous reports of interested buyers, including Myer and the Apparel Group – owners of the Sportscraft and Saba labels – administrators have been unable to salvage the Lisa Ho business in its entirety and are now closing the remaining stand-alone stores around the country.

“There is a difficulty in retail at the moment and a lot of other retailers are in a similar position but there was and still is a lot of love for the Lisa Ho brand. We still have parties interested in the intellectual property and remaining stock,” HLB Mann Judd’s Todd Gammel told Fairfax.

“Lisa is working through her own issues. She’s been in discussions with us and she is still interested in getting her brand back.”

“We don’t know where it’s going to get to in terms of the stock so we’ve just got to go ahead with what we can do. We would be trying for everybody to give us a view in the next few days around that so we can see if we can get some of the employees and retail away otherwise it’s going to go through the normal closing down process,” Mr Gammel said.

Sales at the online store, Strand, Elizabeth Street, Chadstone, Bourke Street and Brisbane boutiques are now underway until June 30.

Current stock, bridal and evening wear has been reduced by more than 50 per cent.

“It’s a great chance to buy an iconic piece of Australian fashion. There are now $10,000 gowns being reduced to $3,000,” Mr Gammel said.

Prior to being placed in administration on May 8 with debts of more than $10 million, there were plans for Lisa Ho Designs to be listed on the stock exchange.

Ms Ho started her career at a Sydney market in the early 1980s.

Over the years her designs have been worn by models-turned-mogels Tyra Banks and Elle Macpherson as well as singers Florence Welsh and Nicole Scherzinger. Lisa Ho has been a red carpet staple spotted at numerous film premieres and awards ceremonies both in Australia and overseas.

Australia fashion leaders were saddened by the news.

“Personally, Lisa Ho is a dear friend who I have always admired as she built her fashion brand from a small store at Paddington markets into an iconic fashion label, so it is really devastating to see a fashion pioneer like Lisa fall on tough times,” Harper’s BAZAAR editor Kellie Hush said.

“Like many Australian women, I have loved and worn Lisa Ho for decades as she has always created fashion women want to wear. I know this is not the final chapter for Lisa as she is an inspirational business woman and look forward to seeing what she does next.”

Lisa Ho was unavailable for comment.

Article featured in the SMH – June 18th 2013



Styled by Jade and Conscious Styling Fashion Events!!

It’s been a fantastic couple of months, as I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing women on the Conscious Styling Fashion Events.

These events were held in Kiama, Mollymook and Sydney’s Northern Beaches and were a collaboration of many talented women in the fashion Industry. Including the very talented and gorgeous Helen Robinett from Image Quest and Michelle Scales-Springett from Inspiring Women Kiama….and myself!

We had the pleasure of taking this fantastic event on the road and showcase what Fashion Styling is all about!! Thank you ladies!!

Perfect for Work!!

Spring/Summer can be a little more difficult when it comes to the work place. I have so many clients that contact me around this time, concerned about their wardrobe for work. They want to look professional, yet they don’t want to have to resort to wearing a suit during the hotter months.

I know personally myself, working in Qantas Corporate for a few years that dressing for work can sometimes be a painful process. Certain hemlines are not appropriate and straps that are too thin are not allowed either… Allot of the time we need to have two serparate wardrobes, one for your personal lifestyle and one for ‘Work’!!

I love this little Mint collection from David Lawrence, is Perfect for Work. DL know how to create the perfect attire for the Modern Classic wardrobe. Straps are thicker, hemlines are longer, they have gorgeous little light weight blazers and matching accessories to complete the look… in a fantastic array of colours and reasonable price point!

David lawrence | Corporate Wardrobe

Sass & Bide Lingerie Launch

sass & bide has launched a lingerie line exclusively in Myer

sass & bide have extended their eponymous clothing line into a range of lingerie available exclusively at Myer.
Described by the brand as “an enigmatic journey” the line features “lash and mesh panels” and “unexpected cutouts and bold bindings” in an array of bold prints and colours.

In other words, it’s everything you’d expect from the always on-trend brand, made even more alluring by its choice of campaign star – Aussie model Jessica Hart.

Says designer Sarah-Jane Clarke of the line, “fronted by the free-spirited and stylish Jess Hart, the exclusive Myer collection really embodies the spirit of sass & bide. We hope the launch will excite Australian women (and their partners) this summer.”

With prices starting at $29.95 for briefs and $49.95 for bras, it seems the line will be a sheer winner in the lingerie stakes.

The sass & bide lingerie line is available now exclusively in Myer.

* Article featured in Marie Claire 15th August, 2012





The fashion industry is in mourning following the death of fashion journalist Anna Piaggi.

Eclectic fashion icon and muse to Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Piaggi, has passed away aged 81 in Milan.
Known for her love of fashion and her flair for style, Piaggi was a much-loved character in fashion circles. She was regularly spotted front row at fashion week around the globe dressed to the nines and in full colour make-up.

So unusual were Piaggi’s outfits that they inspired Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, to illustrate a book of her creations, in which he wrote, “Anna invents fashion.”

Lagerfeld wasn’t the only big fashion name enamoured with Piaggi – she was also the muse of British milliner Stephen Jones, and was referred to by Manolo Blahnik as “the world’s last great authority on frocks.”


*Article featured in Marie Claire August 8, 2012

What is the Balayage Effect?

Balayage is still one of the most requested hair trends, in Salons everywhere!!!

Everything you need to know about the biggest colour trend since Holly Golightly’s highlights.

First aflutter in Vogue forums in 2005, balayage is the most popular hair colouring request in salons today. The go-to for modern, chic hair, balayage creates depth and dimension, and leaves you with a sun-kissed finish.

Vogue speaks to colour expert Rosie Hardy of Sydney salon Colour Lounge to find out everything you need to know about this popular technique.

What is balayage?
Balayage is a French colouring technique that was developed in the 1970s. It’s a freehand technique where the colour is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques. Balayage can be used in even the shortest pixie crop however the best results is in hair below the shoulders.

The appeal
You can achieve so many different effects from soft, natural highlights to something strong and punky. The fact it’s so low maintenance is such a drawcard for women too. People want to look fashionable and feel good about their appearance but in this day and age we don’t all have the time to be in the salon every few weeks for a touch up.

It’s also a very economical way to colour your hair as you never have a solid demarcation line or regrowth, so if you can’t afford to get it done for another month it won’t look atrocious. However, if your balayage isn’t done correctly you can end up with excessive overlapping that can cause damage.

How it’s done
The process varies depending on the length of the hair and the desired result. You can expect to have individual strands coloured with a brush and a backing board. Some colourists like to separate their sections with cotton wool or foil, others tease the hair in sections first then freehand colour the ends.

I find that all my balayage clients are going for different looks and need to maintain it at different rates. You will need to have a minimum of three appointments to really build up the colour initially. These appointments are spaced six weeks apart. From there you could go up to four months without having more balayage. You would just need to come in for a toner and a treatment to freshen up the colour in between appointments.

Is it for me?
Balayage is best done on natural hair, but never fear, most of the work I do to create a balayage look is initially done with foils until the hair is ready to have only balayage. There are many different techniques that people use to create this look. If you’re seeing a colour specialist they should always be able to come up with a technique to achieve the look you desire that best suits your hair type and colour history.

The best hairstyles for balayage
I always love to see balayage finished with loose curls or a beachy, tousled look where you can see the colour variations ribbon through the hair. Sharp, strong haircuts like a bob require a stronger colour or a block colour to show off the cut. Balayage is best left to more flowing hairstyles.

Top maintenance tips
Balayage will dry your hair out no more than classic foiling as long as you have a trained professional applying your colour. As with foils you should always use salon professional shampoos and conditioners as well as have regular treatments. No matter what the technique, your colour will always look its best if your hair is in good condition.

Does balayage have an expiry date?
The technique has been around for so long and will remain an integral part of the way we colour in the salon for as long as I can foresee. However, the trend at the moment with the heavy graduation from dark to light is constantly changing. It started out about five years ago being very subtle with people like Gisele Bundchen being a favourite. A more natural, sun-kissed effect was desired then. In the last few years we have seen much stronger effects being worn, for example [stylist] Pip Edwards, who has really taken it to the next level. This winter we have seen the same techniques used but with a warmer, deeper feel. Lots of celebrities have their balayage finished with copper or red glosses and this is now being called the new ombre look.

Alternatives to balayage
At Colour Lounge I love to use different foiling techniques to create a more structured, gradual fade out effect. I put more ribbon-sized weaves with a lighter colour through the interior of the hair then I work up to deeper colours and softer weaves as I work up to the hairline and partline. It’s a truly beautiful way to create variation in the colour while maintaining a more structured technique that can be worn in many different styles.