We love chicks doing good things! So when we asked Gillian and Carolyn from Champagne Cartel to be this weeks Style Icons, we were thrilled they said yes!
For those of you that haven't heard about Champagne Cartel, it's a supportive and positive online community for women. They write about style, wellbeing, travel, all with an uplifting and "f*#ck yes" attitude. It's the anti to clickbait and headlines designed to prey on women's insecurities and fears. Make sure you check it out, we know you'll love it!
And besides being absolute killer, kick ass chicks, they are pretty stylish ladies that we know can impart some wisdom to you!
The gals living up to the "Champagne" in their name!
RO: Heya, can you tell us your name, and what you do?
Gillian: I am Gillian, and Carolyn and I are business partners in Champagne Cartel, a publication and online community for sassy women who want to look good, feel great and be fabulous.
Carolyn: I’m Carolyn, and I’m editorial director at Champagne Cartel. We are all about the ladylove, and building up women with support and celebrating their successes. We reckon the world needs more of that.
RO: What was your first fashion moment, the moment you realised you had a passion for style?
Gillian: When I was two, my grandparents went to Paris and they came back with a pink jumpsuit and handbag. I LOVED that outfit so much. It started early for me!
Carolyn: There is nothing in my early life that indicates a passion for style, although I would have argued with that at the time. Black taffeta, double denim, tapestry vests…I have a lot of shameful photos hidden in the back of my closet.
Gillian rocking some casual style looks.
RO: How do you get dressed in the morning? Is there one piece that you build an outfit around or do you just start throwing things on?
Gillian: Sometimes I am inspired by a theme or a look I have seen. Other times I just feel like wearing a particular piece. I am really bad at planning though. I never plan an outfit. I just keep trying various bits on and taking them off until I am happy with the overall look.
Carolyn: I am usually very short of time in the mornings, so I will choose an outfit the night before and have it ready to go, but accessories or shoes are chosen as I’m heading out the door. Sometimes this is a good thing; sometimes not so much.
RO: Do you have colours you would never wear together, or alternatively, colours you find yourself always drawn to?
Gillian: I wear a lot of black. It’s not good I know, it can be a bit draining but I just love the very classic, simple palette that black brings. I also love colours like coral and peach and hot pink.
I am not a fan of anything brown or purple. Not sure why?
Carolyn: I’m a massive fan of khaki but I like to team it with hot pink to avoid looking like GI Joe. I’m also trying to move away from black and more towards navy blue as my face gets older and less glowy. Not sure I’m fooling anyone though.
I don’t think we need rules to separate colours any more. That ‘blue and green should never be seen’ saying is a crock.
Carolyn all frocked up!
RO: Do you have any favourite Australian labels to wear?
Gillian: I love Sacha Drake, Maiocchi and Leina Broughton. I also like Jets for things over swimwear and Wayne Cooper.
Carolyn: I’m mad for Maiocchi as well, and Boom Shankar for cool patterns and prints. Frankie 4 shoes have made my feet the happiest they have ever been in their lives.
RO: What is your favourite piece in your wardrobe, whether it be clothing, jewels or shoes?
Gillian: My favourite piece at the moment would have to be a pair of Tokito black shorts. They are tailored ones in some kind of crepe fabric that doesn’t require any ironing. They are just the right length and look great with a sparkly batwing sleeve top and stilettos for a night out or with a tee and sandals for daytime.
I also have a GORGEOUS vintage sparkly glomesh bag that I have had for years and absolutely love.
Carolyn: I have a beautiful forest green floral Maiocchi dress that I don’t get to wear enough, and a pair of brown mid-length boots that I bought for my engagement party seven years ago that are still going strong, and never let me down.
RO: What is your top styling tip? And your “no-no” - something you don’t like or would never do?
Gillian: My top styling tip is to accept that (unless you are 6 foot and size 6) not all clothes are going to fit well or look great on you. Try stuff on, work out what you like and what suits you and stick to that. For example I know that pencil skirts and well tailored tops suit me much better than full skirts and high necked baggy tops which make me look top heavy.
I’m not a huge fan of those ¾ length casual pants. It’s a really unflattering length. Take the length down 7/8 instead. Slim fitting trousers that graze the ankles are really flattering and very classic and chic.
Carolyn: Be comfortable – both physically and mentally. If you’re not, it shows. But beyond that, wear what you like and what makes you feel good. Fashion shouldn’t be serious. Nobody will die if you get it wrong.
RO: Hear, hear! So, where do you get your style inspiration from? Magazines, movies, the world around you?
Gillian: A huge amount from my mum, she is in her seventies but still dresses beautifully every day and also my sister who has a great eye for classic style. I love Instagram and the #everydaystyle community is a fantastic source of outfit inspiration. I love vintage style too and am always trawling websites with photos of the ‘old days.’ And of course I can’t help buying magazines. I am a huge fan of European Vogue magazines, and also interiors magazines – there’s always super stylish people lurking around in those glamour homes!
Carolyn: This implies way more thought than I am willing to admit to!
RO: What are your rules for accessorising? Are you in the school of “less is more” or “always take one thing off before you leave the house”?
Gillian: I’ve definitely got one foot in each camp there.
If you are wearing statement earrings, I’d generally say don’t wear a statement necklace. If you have a belt on, don’t wear a long necklace. Don’t wear a silver necklace and gold bracelet (unless you are purposely trying to mix silver and gold). I love oversized rings, and I’ll wear them whenever the hell I want, anytime, anywhere!
Carolyn: I usually go for one statement piece over a whole lot of clutter. Some people rock the ‘more is more’ approach and good luck to them. I’m not one of them.
RO: Do you have a style motto?
Gillian: No, not really. I think style is such an individual thing, just have fun and be yourself!
Carolyn: I borrow mine from Homer Simpson: Pants first, then shoes.
RO: Haha! Thanks so much ladies, it's been a pleasure!