Apr 22, 2014

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Portmans 2Me in the Zip Drape Cardi here and Roll Neck Knit here

Portmans AW 14 collection has a huge focus on knits which are modelled beautifully by the ever so chic, Jess Hart, in the ‘Sugar Coated’ collection (campaign images below). From cropped knits and coatigans, to yummy fluffy yarns and heavier knitted jackets, Portmans has winter covered.

Pair your cropped knit with a white shirt underneath and a slick leather pencil skirt or shorts for a preppy look. Use sugar coated, pastel knits to add a feminine touch to your winter wardrobe, or for a harder edge, go for a knit with leather like trims and zips (speaking of leathers- look out for their gorgeous and affordable leathers too. The navy Biker jacket here is a killer! Wear it with the Moto mid rise skinny jeans in grey here).

I was lucky enough to interview Aussie Supermodel and face of Portmans, Jess Hart, and ask her all about winter dressing, beauty essentials and what she loves to do in her hometown of Melbourne!

What are your tips on dressing for Winter: I always love layering using different colours for layering. Given the New York winter, I always make sure I can take a layer off  ie. wear a nice, light, long sleeve top underneath and a big overcoat and scarf.

Wardrobe staples for Winter: Knits are great. I’m really loving a chunky turtle neck in a pastel shade. A good flat boot and a leather pant.

Fav fashion moment: When I was flown to Paris to be fitted by Azzedine Alaia for the MET ball last year! That was amazing.

Fashion style icon: I don’t really have a favourite style icon as such… I admire anyone that thinks outside the box and takes risk with their outfits/fashion sense!

Routine for travelling from one season to the next: I always wear SPF no matter what time of the year or the weather I’m in! A heavier moisturiser for the plane is essential and I also pack a heavier and lighter moisturiser depending on the weather at the other end. I think also for packing it helps to keep to a similar colour way, Ie. all neutral tones and then an occasional pop of colour is good.

Fave thing to do in Melbourne: Explore! I love discovering the city I used to live in, it’s changed so much. Also visiting places from my childhood, I went to Luna Park last week and loved it.

Define your own style: It’s quite contrasting; feminine v masculine and I like to add something a bit unexpected. Generally I go for comfort above all else.

Shop the ‘Sugar Coated’ collection at Portmans here

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Apr 15, 2014

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Katie McKinnon is a local Melbourne abstract expressionist and contemporary landscape artist who I adore and whose art features in my house as part of the upcoming The Style School series.

Katie’s latest series of mixed media on canvas artworks, Marine Life, are flowing, abstract expressions exploring the fierce beauty and quiet strength of the sea, and the native fish and marine plant species of coastal Australia.

Elk in the Wood was founded in 2012 by Melbourne girl Sarah Kerr, while on maternity leave with her baby boy. Seeking a creative outlet and looking to bring individuality and a bespoke edge to her own home, Sarah started designing and making cushions. Fast-forward 18 months and Elk in the Wood cushions are still proudly designed and handmade in Melbourne, but can now be found online and in speciality homewares retailers across Australia, in Singapore and Sweden, and shipped worldwide. The cushions have a distinctive bold style and feature Swiss cross and deer silhouettes, contrasting prints and shades, playful pompoms, and pops of colour on a beautiful linen/cotton blend. Inserts are made from environmentally friendly recycled polyester.

Elk in the Wood love to collaborate with talented local artisans and Sarah crossed paths one fine day with artist Katie McKinnon. From this meeting an idea was born – transforming Katie’s beautiful artwork into cushions, providing “affordable art” soft furnishings. The first Katie McKinnon x Elk in the Wood collaboration range of cushions was an immediate sell-out. The duo, who are big believers in the transformative power of artwork and cushions in a space, are currently working on a second range showcasing Katie’s Marine Life series. The cushions will be backed with soft leathers and velvets for an added touch of luxury – available in May 2014.



Elk in the Wood is also proud to be the exclusive online stockist for Geelong-based graphic artist Kimmy Hogan. The range of beautiful prints and cushions includes Kimmy’s much-loved Dachshund sleep study sketch, Fragments of Watercolour and Confetti prints.

Katie and Sarah have teamed up with photographer Derek Swalwell and stylist Bee Czarnota to produce these beautiful images, which could help you win RJL’s huge Easter Giveaway!

The RJL Katie McKinnon X Elk in the Wood Easter giveaway (pictured below) comprises:

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1 x Katie McKinnon for Meïzai painting, acrylic and ink on canvas, 40x40cm, framed in an American oak shadow box

1 x Katie McKinnon X Elk in the Wood girl deer cushion

1 x Katie McKinnon X Elk in the Wood boy deer cushion

2 x Elk in the Wood new season cushions – apricot zebra and grey Swiss cross

1 x Kimmy Hogan for Elk in the Wood A3 framed graphic print

Total prize value $1500

For your chance to win, repost your favourite of the Katie McKinnon X Elk in the Wood images above on instagram, follow and tag @katiemckinnon_art and @elkinthewoodmelb and hashtag #rebeccajuddloves.

Enter as many times as you like. Competition closes 23.4.14.
Free delivery within Australia to the prize winner. The tan leather saddle chair pictured is not included in the giveaway but can be purchased at meizai.com.au

Elk in the Wood is also offering a special 10% discount for RJL readers online at

www.elkinthewood.net code at checkout: BECJUDDELK14

Discount code valid until the end of April 2014.
Visit katiemckinnon.com.au for stockists.

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