Why You Need A Staycation

What do you do when you’re in desperate need of a getaway, but haven’t got the time (or funds) to jet off to an exotic destination? Well, you plan a mini vacation in your own city - otherwise known as a ‘staycation’! Here are my tips for planning your own staycation and what I got up to on mine:

How To Nail Transeasonal Dressing

As Melbourne leaves behind the summer weather and the leaves begin to fall, it's time to turn our attention towards transeasonal wardrobe pieces that will ease us into the new season.

Transeasonal clothes are the building blocks to add upon as the weather changes; they need to be easy-to-wear and suit the varying weather conditions that Melbourne can serve up. But most of all, transeasonal style is all about investing in classic pieces which will get worn multiple times throughout the season, year after year. 

Here are 5 easy ways to nail transeasonal style this autumn:

Refresh Your Corporate Style

For most of us, our 9 to 5 office wear is more often than not, something we just throw on in the morning as we race out the door with a coffee in hand.  It can be easy to get stuck in a rut and revert back to the same old look that we’re used to.  However, by introducing a few new items into your workwear rotation, you can easily refresh your corporate style and make the most of the pieces you have.

The Perfect Pavlova Recipe

The classic Aussie Pavlova...what's not to love?! A delicious combination of crispy outer meringue shell and soft marshmallow inside, topped with whipped cream and decorated with fresh fruit.  Yum!  And while there may be some debate over who actually created it (Australia vs New Zealand), I'm sure we can all agree, it's the perfect summer dessert to serve at an Aussie Christmas, BBQ, afternoon tea, morning tea, Australia Day celebration...or anytime, really!

Summer Holiday Styling

Sunshine, breezy beach days, alfresco dining and not a care in the world; is there anything better than summer holidays? Well, if you are lucky enough to be jetting off out of town this summer to enjoy a well-earned break, or just happen to be soaking up the sun locally, there's plenty of ways to embrace relaxed summer style.

Lunch Break Glam

Let's face it: life is busy! In between work, family and social commitments, it can be difficult to find the right balance and more importantly, time to schedule in some much needed glam time.  Spending full days at the salon or spa is not always an option when working long hours in the office, but if there's one thing a busy girl knows how to do, it's make the most of what little spare time she has available!  So, when you're short on time, look no further than Collins234 - it's got everything you need for go-to glam, all in the space of a lunch break.

Guide To Melbourne Cup Carnival Dress Codes

The Melbourne Cup and the Melbourne Cup Carnival are the highlights of the Australian racing calendar.  With the Melbourne Cup literally being 'the race that stops a nation', it's a day that I have always enjoyed and have fond memories of, even as a kid growing up in Brisbane who couldn't be farther from the action.

Now you could be forgiven for thinking that the main (or mane) drawcard of the Spring Racing Carnival is the horses, but for us girls the fashion often takes centre stage. And with different "dress codes" for each day, it can be difficult to keep up!  So, if you're planning on heading along to Flemington or attending a raceday function elsewhere around the country, we've got the rundown on the dress codes to make your fashions on the field game, a winning one!

Step Stylishly Into Spring

The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and the days are thankfully getting warmer, which can only mean one thing: spring has finally sprung in Melbourne! And with social calendars filling up with events ranging from the Spring Racing Carnival to spring weddings and everything in between, Melbourne is a hive of activity as it emerges from hibernation. So, get ready to throw off those winter coats and step stylishly into spring at Collins234 with our guide to what's in store and in style!

Tips To Make The Most Of Daylight Saving Time

Spring signals the transition into warmer weather; a time to get more active, clear out the clutter and revamp those wardrobes. Best of all, for parts of Australia it's also time to "spring forward" and enjoy an hour of extra daylight each day thanks to daylight saving time.  

As we know, time is precious and there is so much that can be done with an extra hour of daylight, so read on for our top tips to make the most of daylight saving time:

Spring Racing Survival Guide

If there's one season that Melbourne is known for and does extremely well: it's spring, and the cherry on top has to be the Spring Racing Carnival.  With a calendar of race days spread across the three metropolitan tracks of Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley, as well as regional racecourses, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  

For fashionistas however, the Spring Racing Carnival takes on a whole new meaning - call it our Grand Final, our Super Bowl, our Championship Playoffs, if you will...and it's seriously hard work!