Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 in a nutshell

2012, oh what a year! Like every year I’m sure you’ve experienced the ups and the downs that this year has thrown your way, but with the last day of the year amongst us already I’d like to reflect on the good times including new experiences, adventures and all the lovely people I have met!

So like last year’s post ‘2011 in a nutshell’ I thought I would carry on the tradition and name a few memorable events of 2012. I have compiled a facebook album of pictures from throughout the year of travelling, new experiences, people I have met through my blog and starting my jewellery line. So check it out HERE.

So long 2012, I bid you farewell. I hope the new year is good to us all!

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Shopping Sunday: Jewel-toned

Jewel-toned hues have always been present in collections from season to season, but as we saw last season (and until now) cobalt blue still continues to be popular in many labels. This season I am thrilled that emerald green is coming with a strong force, as it is one of my absolute favourite colours. So treat yourself and dress like the precious gem that you are!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Shopping haul in Dubai

As I've mentioned previously, the best part about visiting Dubai every year (besides seeing family and friends) is shopping. Lots and lots of it. 
This a video I put together of some of my favourite purchases I made in the first week of my trip. It's my very first video so I'd love to hear what you think of it! And please subscribe to my youtube channel, I'm putting together a very special video about my entire Dubai trip.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Blue hearts

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas eve and received/gave lots of amazing presents.

Even though I took these photos just before I came to Dubai, I just had to share them with you because I like the way they turned out. I was in St. Kilda beach with my dear friend Monica (who I shot as one of the 7AL blogger picks series in a previous post) and she was kind enough to take a few outfit shots. It wasn't the hottest of days but the clouds look really great in the photos so baring the cold and wind was worth it.

I know I haven't posted any Dubai related posts yet even though I've been here for over a week now, but I promise to post one on Thursday and it's going to be my very first video so stay tuned! Also, I post daily updates on instagram so make sure you follow me there to see what I'm up to (@7autumnleaves)

 Top: Mango / Skirt: Zara (old dress worn as skirt) / Shoes: Melissa / Necklace: Forever New

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Shopping Sunday: new years eve party frock

Choosing the dress to welcome the new year could appear to be daunting but you can never go wrong with a timeless black & white dress or by adding a little shimmer to your outfit to truly embrace the celebratory spirit! Hope you have your new years eve outfit sorted; and if not, I have you covered with these b&w and shimmery pretty frocks!

Enjoy the last 8 days left of 2013! x

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Blogger picks: Le chic world

Last week I met up with the lovely Monica from le chic world of mine at the famous St. Kilda beach to photograph another one of the 7AL blogger picks series. Monica chose to style the Wavelength necklace which complimented her printed dress beautifully since it had clean and simple geometric features.

PS. There's a Christmas sale on the online store; just use the code 'christmas' at checkout to receive 20% off until January 1st!

Don't forget to like the official Seven Autumn Leaves jewelry facebook page 


And head to the website to pick your favourite!


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

7AL Christmas sale!

Greetings from Dubai everyone! It's so good to be back here and excited for the Christmas and new years festivities coming up. If you're like me and haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet (woops!) head to to buy 7AL piece for 20% off for a loved one or even yourself! Just use the code 'christmas' at check out and this offer ends January 1st so hurry up!

Hope this season treats you well and stay tuned to my next post will feature another one of the 'blogger picks' series.

Have a lovely day! x

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Shopping Sunday: Christmas gift ideas for under $50

The hardest part of Christmas shopping is thinking of what to buy and where to get them. And with Christmas only a few days away we can get all the help we can have! So I have put together a list of items that would be a great Christmas present to your friend/sister/cousin/mother that won't break your bank either.

Happy Christmas Shopping! x

Friday, 14 December 2012

Packing: What's in my suitcase

In 2 short days I will be heading off to Dubai for the first time in a year, which seems like a long time for me since I have lived there the majority of my life. I usually plan what to take with me very carefully so I only reach about half of the weight limit so that, yups you guessed it, I can SHOP! Fortunately I still have my big wardrobe there which is quite full so if I ever forget anything I'm always covered.
Shop-a-holic + clothes horter = lots and lots of clothes

I think I've done pretty well considering I'll be staying there for 6-7 weeks. These are what I have decided to take with me:

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Blogger picks: every day like this

Last time, I introduced a new blogger project for Seven Autumn Leaves jewellery where I asked a few of my dear blogger friends to pick one of their favourite 7AL pieces to style and model them. We started off with Anastasia in the previous post but today I am sharing Sophia's pick (from every day like this) who styled it perfectly with an all black ensemble!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Shopping Sunday: Christmas wishlist

It's that time of the year where everyone is running around the shops or frantically looking online for Christmas presents for family and friends, but we all have our personal wishlists in our mind which we hope our loved ones would consider. Well these happen to be mine! *hint* *hint*  


Thursday, 6 December 2012


Typical Melbourne weather just had to turn on us as soon as it gave us a few good days. I am curled up and freezing in bed as I type right now! However, I did manage to take a few indoor shots earlier and thought I should share them. I am definitely in love with my spiked-shoulder blazer which I only had the chance to wear once a few weeks ago at fashion week. I've decided to include it in my carefully curated suitcase hoping it will give me a chance to wear it over there. I'm keeping my suitcase somewhat empty so I can fill it up in the 6 weeks I'm in Dubai.

On a side note, I'd like to thank everyone who has been so lovely and partaken in my very first 7AL jewellery giveaway!
If you haven't already, just visit my previous post and would love it if you could support me by taking part in the competition and sharing it with friends through facebook, twitter or instagram.

So excited to announce the winner next week! 

Blazer: Zara / Pants: Sportsgirl / Shirt: old / Shoes: Novo / Necklace and hat: Equip

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

7AL jewellery Christmas Giveaway!

I have to say, December is one of my favourite and most exciting months of the year. Although hectic, with all the Christmas shopping to be done, it is the time to look back and reminisce about our year gone by and decide what our new years resolution will be in the coming new year. To celebrate the holiday season, I have decided to have a giveaway where one of my lucky readers will recieve a Seven Autumn Leaves piece of their choice! That's right you can browse through the entire website and pick any of the items on it. 

To enter:

like the official 7AL facebook page 

then comment below letting me know you have done so, 
and include your e-mail and which piece you have chosen.

This giveaway is open to both local and international applicants, only runs for a week and closes on Wednesday the 12th of December.
so hurry up and enter!

Good Luck! x

This giveaway is now closed; thank you!

And the winner is: 
Ellen Kaminagakura!
Congratulations x

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Shopping Sunday: Swimwear

Finally it seems that Melbourne is giving us a good amount of heat and sunshine to jump in the car and head to the beach. For this glorious occasion, I have picked a few items that would make anyone look beach ready and super chic. I'm so in love with the one pieces right now and these ones are just simply gorgeous! Happy beaching ladies x

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Blogger picks: stasia fox

In an exciting new blogger project, I have asked a few fellow bloggers to pick one of the 7AL pieces from the first collection, style it and then model it in a mini photo-shoot in one of the famous Melbourne alleyways. 

First up, we have the lovely Anastasia from who chose to style the 20th century gladiator necklace.


Don't forget to like the official Seven Autumn Leaves jewelry facebook page 

And head to the website to pick your favourite!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Coffee With: Cathleen Jia

I'm excited to introduce a new series on the blog called 'Coffee with...' where I get to know and interview a few people from the fashion industry who truly inspire me. First off, I'm happy to start off with the talented designer Cathleen Jia who I caught up with over coffee a few weeks ago to discuss her journey with her label 'Cathleen Jia'

Tell me a little about yourself and your fashion background.

When I’m not working I enjoy having great coffees around Melbourne but lately I’ve been working seven days a week so life has been very very hard.
I’ve always wanted to do fashion but I didn’t get into fashion design straight away I started doing retail first because it’s such a competitive field and I wanted to just get a touch of fashion. Then I worked along a bridal industry while I was doing retail. After the business closed down, I got a job at Anna Campbell and she absolutely inspired me to do my own thing. Because I’m an odd shape, I wanted to design dresses I wanted to wear, I didn’t think about capital or anything.

Do you follow trends when you design your collections?

I don’t follow trends at all. Lately it’s been one of the hardest things because trying to get stockers and things like that has been hard because the Australian buyer market is very conservative, they don’t like to venture out there and experiment. They just want to buy what they know will work and sell. I get asked “why are you not doing pastels for spring?” but just because every other person does it, what am I offering that is different? And I’m not competing with all those people who want to mass-produce and sell them overseas at xx price; I like to take care of my garments, I make them myself. It’s all about timeless and classic garments.

So how and when did you start your label “Cathleen Jia”?

I started in September of last year. That’s when my business was registered and I had my first photoshoot in October. As to why I started, it was just time to do something for me.

Describe your label, your latest collection and your inspirations. 

Cathleen Jia is all about classic, beautiful dresses with beautiful fabrics that drape on the body. Taking inspiration from your screen goddess from the 1940s-1950s, that era when everything was very elegant and ladylike. I want to celebrate the female body, not everyone is a size 6. 
My latest collection, High Society, is inspired by the gorgeous Grace Kelly and the movie High Society. I don’t see this collection having a time frame on it.
I also design around fabrics and embellishments. I don’t draw things down, I’m constantly thinking about them in my head. I see an embellishment or piece of lace and create something and design around that feature.

 Taken in Angelique boutique in Armadale
How do you keep the balance between the creative and business aspects of running the label?

I’m a very business focused person to begin with. While having creativity, I don’t just make really beautiful dresses and let my imagination run wild and not think about who’s going to wear this and how it’s going to fit into the market. It is hard because most of the time you just want to put hundreds of meters in a skirt and make that work but then you’ll be charging a client like five thousand dollars for a cocktail dress! You have to set yourself boundaries.

And finally, what advice would you give to those seeking a career in clothing design or fashion in general?

I would tell them to be very thick-skinned, persistent and work hard. If you want to be in the fashion industry thinking it’s going to be glamorous and beautiful and you’re going to be the next John Galliano immediately, forget it. Don’t get into it thinking you’re going to be rich and the next big thing. It’s a very hard industry and not as glamorous as it seems. Be in it because you love it; don’t be in it for any other reason. At the end of the day I work seven days a week, if I didn’t love it I would’ve given up maybe five months ago.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Pearls & Chambray

I love mixing and matching styles because you never know what you will get as a result. I wanted to put a ladylike twist to the classic chambray blouse so what better way to achieve that than pairing it up with pearls and a pencil skirt?

What do you think of it?

Wearing: Blouse: H&M / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Brian Atwood / Bag: Michael Kors / Necklace: Equip / Earrings: Portmans