Microtrends

The fleeting footwear trends to get on board with this season. 

funky mules
Done By Matea Puffy Heel

The 17th century iconic slipper choice of the French has well and truly made its way back into the shoe collections of people everywhere, but now with a new purpose. While mules have been on trend for quite a few seasons, bright, colourful and unique mules are what is dominating fashion right now.

How to wear

Whether you’re wearing your go-to LBD or your classic monochrome get-up, pairing some lime green or fluro pink mules to that outfit will make you stand out in the best way possible. If you’re going all bright this summer, colour block your shoes to your outfit.

Why you need a pair

If mules meet at the intersection of practicality and professionalism, then this mule microtrend runs straight through the red-light. This season, bright colours are in and your shoes are no exception. Take advantage of this trend and experiment with your shoe choice. Get creative, get funky and step out of your comfort zone.

Our pick

Done by Matea is an Australia-based artisan shoemaker who has your funky mule covered. 
For a bright mule moment, try the Puffy Heels, or if you’re looking for a conversation starter shoe, the Not Paper Heels are our top pick. All Done by Matea shoes are handmade to order, which not only makes each shoe unique, but means they are sustainable too.

If you’re ready to jump into bright mules but not willing to go totally out there, By Far’s Beliz Venus Gloss Grained Leather is a great pick, or perhaps the Nelson Made Ione Mule in Butter if you are in need of a neutral shoe.

(Top to bottom) Nelson Made Ione Mule Butter, $399, nelsonmade.com.au; Done by Matea Not Paper Heels, $759, donebymatea.com; By Far Beliz Venus Gloss Grained Leather, $680, byfar.com; Done by Matea Puffy Heels, $590, donebymatea.com

ballet flats
Essen Foundation Flat White Ballet Flat

Early 2000s fashion is dominating fashion runways and our Instagram feeds. Dior’s Spring/Summer 2021 runway confirmed the resurgence of the ballet flat with their stunning netted black flat. 

How to wear

Slip on a pair of ballet flats with a maxi dress or skirt, or even a pair of tailored trousers or shorts. Honestly, any outfit could call for a ballet flat, they are that versatile.

Why you need a pair

It’s best to work smarter not harder, and this is especially the case with fashion. Ballet flats are not only comfortable and practical, but also versatile and can work with almost anything. If you’re building a capsule wardrobe, a pair of neutral ballet flats is a necessity. You’ll be thanking us when these shoes become your go-to for style and comfort.

Our pick

We can’t go past Country Road Claudia Ballet Flats, or a pair of Carvela Kurt Geiger comfort flats for an elevated look.

(Top to bottom) Country Road Claudia Ballet Flat, $99.95, countryroad.com.au;

Carvela Kurt Geiger Comfort, 175, davidjones.com; Essen Foundation Flat White, $286, essenthelabel.com; Essen Foundation Flat Silver, $286, essenthelabel.com

Words Evangeline Polymeneas

New Year New You

It’s that time again – the new year. The opportunity to reinvent yourself and start fresh. The best way to begin any new year is to set and manifest goals which, with the help of Burnside Village, you can stick to.

Personal development and self-care goals

These goals are the goals to do with you and your psyche. In terms of personal development, ask yourself – do you want to say yes more, be kinder, give up more time to help others, stay more positive, live more deliberately? Write these down! To give you more inspiration and the know-how to achieve these, head to Harry Hartog in Burnside Village. This gorgeous bookshop is filled to the brim with books that hold the secret to achieving a better life.

While we are thinking about ourselves, don’t forget to set self-care goals for the new year. Ensure you commit to taking time for yourself whether that’s with a spa day from Endota Spa, a treatment from Silk Laser Clinic or even a quick (or extended) getaway with Flight Centre. Why not try and commit to treating yourself whenever your budget permits and bring the self-care home with some luxurious products from Aesop or some fresh, sexy underwear from Calvin Klein Underwear or pyjamas from Peter Alexander.

Fitness and clean eating goals

Most of us have some fitness and clean eating goals in the New Year and nothing makes achieving those goals easier than new workout gear! Whether you’re aiming for a marathon or just to go for a few more outdoor walks, Burnside’s workout wear stores will have you covered. Be inspired by Lululemon Athlectica and Lorna Jane’s lines to achieve your fitness goals. You’ll probably need a new pair of runners and thankfully The Athletes Foot has a wide range of choices for any style. In terms of actually getting your heart rate up, Zap Fitness at Burnside Village has all the equipment you’ll need to smash your 2022 goals.

Clean eating goes hand in hand with fitness and whether you’re thinking about trying out more plant-based options or cutting carbs once and for all, the range of eateries at Burnside Village can help support your goal. Head to Let Them Eat for their authentic, handmade, rustic, vegetarian food.

Fashion and beauty goals

It is important, now more than ever, to make conscious choices so this year consider what your fashion and beauty goals are.

Do you want to cut spending or perhaps spend more on quality pieces? Build a capsule wardrobe? Collect investment pieces? Change to clean beauty or sustainable fashion? Only use cruelty-free make-up and fragrances? Develop your personal style? Whatever it is, we suggest creating a stunning Pinterest board and stick to it.

Thankfully Burnside Village has every store you could need to make these goals a reality. Whether you’re making a fashion investment at Carla Zampatti, Sass and Bide or Scanlan Theodore, picking up your high-quality basics at Country Road, Witchery or Zara, scouting for your new make-up, fragrance or skincare collection at Mecca Maxima, Mecca Cosmetica, Aesop or Jurlique or just wanting to shop around with purpose at Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger or Sportscraft.

Make 2022 your year with Burnside Village.

What’s On For Kids

Looking for fun things to do with the kids these holidays? Here’s some inspiration.

AFL MAX 

Where: 32 Butler Boulevard, Adelaide Airport

Tell me more: Head to the nation’s first immersive footy centre. Soar to new heights on the trampolines, bounce around the inflatables. Test your climbing skills as you reach the top of the rock climbing walls and even sharpen your kicking, passing and tackling skills.  

aflmax.com.au

Cost: $10+

Latitude

Where: 13–15 Fosters Road, Greenacres

Tell me more: The whole family will love Latitude. More than just a trampoline park, their aerial playground also features a climbing arena, ninja-warrior course, dodgeball court, air bag and much more. Find the ultimate indoor adventure this summer at Latitude.

latitudeair.com

Cost: $10+ 

Hahndorf Farm Barn

Where: 2282 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf

Tell me more: Come visit all your favourite baby animals at the Hahndorf Farm Barn these school holidays. With animal shows every day, you’ll be truly entertained. Milk a cow, bottle feed baby lambs and cuddle with baby rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks.

farmbarn.com.au

Cost: $13.50+

Penfolds For the Love of Grange and Music

Photo Credit: Little Lion PR

Penfolds are hosting the Summer Series at Magill where they will be showcasing their new release wines with a variety of immersive experiences. Whether you’re entering the enchanted gardens or relaxing in an exclusive cabana with your friends, these experiences are bound to be magical.

One of the experiences is For the Love of Grange and Music. This event is set to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Grange with a food, wine and music experience at Penfold’s Magill Estate.

It will begin with a tour of the underground tunnels where you will discover the secret Grange vintages that were hidden in the tunnels depths in the late 1950’s. The tour will conclude with you sipping on a glass of 2017 Grange and a culinary, music experience hosted in the estate’s private tasting room with music from their limited-edition Grange record player.

Running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning on the 14th of January, at 3pm, this experience is not to be missed.

Tickets are only $85 per person, so be sure to book here, or for more information, click here.

SA Style’s Ultimate Christmas Playlist

Music has the power to set the mood and this year, your Christmas should be special, so why not go that extra mile with a special playlist?

No Christmas playlist is complete without Mrs Claus herself, Mariah Carey. Nothing surpasses the Christmas power of All I Want for Christmas Is You but some honourable mentions from the queen herself are: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Silent Night, O Holy Night and Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.

In close proximity, dare we say, is Ariana Grande who dominates the jolly season’s sound waves with her hit Santa Tell Me. Other honourable mentions from the rising queen are: Last Christmas, Snow In California and Santa Baby, which she sings with ex co-star Liz Gillies.

The King of Christmas is Michael Bublé with his classic tune, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas. Michael’s honourable mentions are: Holly Jolly Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bells and Let It Snow!

Meanwhile, the Prince of Christmas is arguably Justin Bieber with his iconic rendition of Mistletoe. Justin’s version of Silent Night is also beautiful while his honourable mentions are: All I Want Is You and Fa La La. A close second for the title is Sam Smith, purely for his incredible version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

In terms of classic Christmas songs we can’t go past: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow and Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Dean Martin, Last Christmas by Wham!, Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms, Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes, Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by The Jackson 5, Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid, Santa Baby by Kylie Minogue, Please Come Home for Christmas by Eagles and of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of Dolly with Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas by the one and only Dolly Parton and Michael Bublé.

South Australian Style’s Ultimate Christmas Playlist

All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

Santa Tell Me ­– Ariana Grande

Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

Silent Night – Justin Bieber

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Dean Martin

Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Mariah Carey

Santa Baby – Ariana Grande and Liz Gillies

Silent Night – Mariah Carey

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas – Michael Bublé

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Holy Night – Mariah Carey

Please Come Home for Christmas – Eagles

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5

Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano

Last Christmas – Ariana Grande

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town – Mariah Carey

Snow In California – Ariana Grande

Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael Bublé

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Michael Bublé

Jingle Bells – Michael Bublé

Let It Snow! – Michael Bublé

All I Want Is You – Justin Bieber

Last Christmas – Wham!

Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes

Fa La La – Justin Bieber

Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue

Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas – Dolly Parton and Michael Bublé

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith

Penfolds Enchanted Garden of Champagne Rosé

Photo Credit: Little Lion PR

To celebrate summer, Penfolds are hosting the Summer Series at Magill where they will be showcasing new release wines with a variety of immersive experiences. Whether you’re entering the enchanted gardens or relaxing in an exclusive cabana, these experiences are bound to be magical.

One of these experiences is the Enchanted Garden of Champagne Rosé where Penfolds will share the story of Champagne Rosé.

This sensory experience will see you served a Champagne and Rosé Wine Flight of fizzy grapes, smoked trout in a smoking glass over oyster with cucumber sorbet in liquid nitrogen, citrus scented dry ice and strawberry nitro muesli. There’s also an option to complete the experience with a three course lunch with wine pairings.

Running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between the 5th of November 2021 and the 30th of January 2022, at 11:30am.

Tickets are $85 per person and private bookings are available.

For more information, click here, and to book click here.

SA Road Trip with Laura Sharrad

No one quite knows their way around the McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills epicurean regions like SA Style and Solitaire Volkswagen Ambassador Laura Sharrad.

Adelaide restaurateur and chef, Laura Sharrad, started her career in the famed wine region of McLaren Vale before cooking her way to runner-up on MasterChef season six (and also on season twelve). Not content with becoming a household name, Laura now owns and runs two popular Adelaide restaurants, Nido Bar and Pasta and lauded newcomer, Fugazzi.

On a beautiful summer day, SA Style had the honour of joining Laura on a luxury road trip through the regions.

“I love taking the Volkswagen Tiguan through the hills, there is plenty of space in the boot for all the fresh produce and wine purchases I make along the way,” says Laura. “The navigation system has cool features like voice and gesture control, and I also love to get the tunes going when I am driving through regional SA, so the Apple CarPlay® comes in handy!”

The Edible Garden

Laura’s first stop was McMillan & Drew’s edible garden at Penny’s Hill Winery in the McLaren Vale. It’s a memorable stop given that Laura’s first job was actually at Penny’s Hill.

“I started working at Penny’s back in the summer of 2012/2013 when I moved to South Australia from Melbourne,” Laura says. “We used to hold the most magical weddings on the weekends, and I think that’s where I fell in love with hospitality. I was there for the year before I applied for MasterChef.” 

This road trip is the first time Laura has returned to Penny’s Hill in years. “To see the property as beautiful as ever is just so special, as well as all the familiar faces that are still around the place. It will always hold a special place in my heart.” 

Penny’s Hill Winery is also home to McMillan & Drew, a specialist garden filled with edible flowers, rare herbs and natives that are supplied to some of the state’s most awarded restaurants.

“I feel like edible flowers are such a beautiful way to add colour and visuals to any dish – from canapés to salads to sweets,” she says. “They are perfect over a summer pavlova or a little lemon tart – and of course can spruce up a cheese platter, which are all the rage at the moment, and so they should be. I have picked up some supplies for a cheese platter from Burnside Village and I will be using these flowers on this platter this evening.”

Laura suggests featuring a mild flower on cheeseboards like Borage or Valerian to complement the star of the platter – cheese.

A Long Lunch

Cruising towards the Adelaide Hills region in a Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line, Laura’s next stop was the award-winning Longview Vineyard. 

It’s just a short half-hour between McLaren Vale and Macclesfield, which Laura says is one of the things she loves most about holidaying in South Australia. “Everything in SA is so close and super easy to get to. The best part is each region is so different and offers so much that there’s no need to leave our beautiful state.”

The cellar door at Longview Vineyard was constructed to highlight the stunning vistas surrounding it. Being featured in Gourmet Traveller WINE 2021 Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards shows that its charm hasn’t been lost on Australia.

“The grounds and the views are just incredible and showcase the best of the [Adelaide] Hills,” remarks Laura.

Longview’s cellar door is celebrated for its food and wine experiences. Weekend guests can sit back with estate-grown wines passionately paired with a seasonal, globally-inspired, shared set menu.

The stellar menu at Longview kicks off with a tempting antipasto plate. “The food and wine are at such a high standard,” says Laura. “You just can’t go wrong with an antipasto plate – all house-made pickles, the quality of the cured meats and some fresh cheeses are always the best way to start any meal,” says Laura. “I’m very good at over-ordering!” 

The Fettuccine Primavera is the star dish currently on the menu. With a green pea pesto, fresh vegetables and topped off with a fior di latte. “The freshness of the Fettuccine Primavera screams summer.”

Not to be outshone, the Pasta del Giorno (pasta of the day) was gnocchi. “The gnocchi with brown butter and pumpkin was to die for,” says Laura.

Finishing with the Tagliata Di Manzo was an excellent choice. The pan-seared beef pairs perfectly with the vincotto and the freshness of the rocket and parmesan.

Unfortunately, after trying all the mains, dessert was too much. “But that is what next time is for!” Laura laughs.

Longview is the perfect place to indulge in food, wine and scenery. Lunch is only available on Saturday and Sunday, however, weekday visitors can still get a taste of what Longview has to offer with seated wine tastings, cheese boards and antipasto.

A Relaxing Retreat

Everyone knows that after a big day and a big lunch it’s time for a relaxing evening retreat.

“Boutique and luxury accommodation is the way to go – I’m not a camper, so anything with a bathtub and exceptional views, I am there,” Laura says.

She’s giving the Tiguan a break and settling in for the night at The Vineyard Retreat McLaren Vale. After a quick change – she’s swapped her two-piece broderie skirt and top from Seed at Burnside Village with a retro-inspired floral mini dress from Oroton (also from Burnside) – it’s onto the cheese platter.

She’s come prepared with gourmet fare from the extensive selection at Burnside Village, ready to share some tips for the perfect board.

The cheeses are the absolute highlight of a good cheese board, Laura tells us. “You have to nail them. It’s always important to get a mix of cheeses, all really good quality.”

Tonight’s gourmet board features some MasterChef-worthy South Australian cheeses; Derry-O Organic Blue, Adelaide Select Matured Cheddar and Divine Dairy Organic Camembert.

Laura’s biggest tip for the most decadent cheese board is a gooey soft brie – “Always a brie! It’s the showstopper of any party!” she says.

A cheese board for supper, and maybe a sip or two of some stellar local wines among vines, and you’ve got the recipe for the perfect South Australian road trip. 

Laura drove a Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line in Dolphin Grey from Solitaire Volkswagen during her SA escape and was dressed by Burnside Village. Food produce was also supplied by Burnside Village.

Dressed by Burnside Village
Words Grace Marryat     
Photography Gretl Watson-Blazewicz     
Styling Cimon Vozzo     
Stylist Assistant Jess Rogers     
HMUA Crystal Terreu     
Clothing and produce Burnside Village     
Transport Volkswagen Tiguan R-line in Dolphin Grey from Solitaire Volkswagen     
Shot on location at McMillan & Drew, Longview Vineyard and The Vineyard Retreat

Is it OK to Regift?

As the gifting season fast approaches, the ethics surrounding regifting unwanted gifts rears its sustainable head.

There is so much stigma surrounding regifting, however, in the current climate where the war on waste is raging, why is it so taboo?

Alexis Todorovski from SCRgroup, Australia’s largest and most innovative company for the recovery of unwanted textiles and household items, is a big supporter of regifting and recommends it as a more sustainable gift buying option.

Alexis offers some words of wisdom on the rules of regifting to ensure your unwanted present ends up with someone who will appreciate it.

1. Never regift within the same circle

An obvious point that needs to be emphasised. It is important to create as much distance as possible between the gift and the giver. This will reduce the risk of anyone finding out and any feelings being hurt as a result.

2. Regift with the recipient in mind

Find a person who you can imagine buying something similar for anyway. The goal is to ensure the gift gets maximum use and appreciation.

3. Don’t forget about donating

If you can’t think of who to regift it to or it’s just not worthy of being passed on to your friends or family, then before you decide to throw it away or store it, consider dropping it off at a charity or SCRgroup collection hub.

4. Assess the condition

If you don’t want anyone to know you’re regifting then it’s important to make sure it’s in the perfect condition and original packaging. You will also need to look out for any labels or personalisation that may have been added to the gift for you. No one wants to be caught regifting a gift that has been engraved with their name!

Every Christmas SCRgroup sees a significant increase in illegal dumping with many people leaving their unwanted gifts outside collection hubs. If you’re looking to get rid of unwanted gifts, considering regifting. There is nothing wrong with finding a new home for an item, especially if you would buy that same gift for that person anyway.


Remove the stigma of regifting and practice being sustainable.

Seasonal Staples

Westfield stylists Jamie Reilly and Damian Porcaro shop for this season’s essentials at Westfield Marion.

“Glassons and Gorman are the newest retailers to join the fashion mix at Westfield Marion,” says stylist Damian Porcaro, and this season both stores are celebrating colour with playful prints and vibrant block colours.

Colour is going to be everywhere and the advice from the Westfield stylists is to have fun with what promises to be the look of the season. “Block coloured matching separates are on the must-have list”, says Damian. “Think linen blazers with a matching wide legged pant, a crop and matching skirt, or even a shirt and matching shorts. These items also work double duty when paired back with other pieces in your wardrobe.”

Jamie agrees, saying to go for “anything with a pop of colour” and to slowly introduce the colour into your wardrobe if you’re unsure. Accessories are a great place to start, so begin by adding a colour-blocked bag before working your way up to a complete colour-blocked outfit by experimenting with different combinations.

Not to be forgotten, coloured shoes will also be a big trend. Damian says to go for a baby blue or emerald green heel, paired back with a neutral outfit.

If you’re unsure of how to make this daring colour trend work for you, why not enlist the help of a Westfield stylist and a personal styling session. Jamie and Damian can help with seasonal staples, or perhaps it’s just a single outfit for an upcoming event. “We can help with anything”, says Jamie, “as well as offering tips and tricks on how to dress for your body shape.”

Stylist’s Top Picks

1. NARS Air Matte Lip Color, $37, Mecca; 2. Chelsea Gingham Blazer, $149.95, Decjuba; 3. Acrylic Matte Ring 2 Pack, $12.99, Glassons; 4. Knot Heel, $199, Gorman; 5. Kaitlin Johnson x Gorman Resonance Canvas Tote, $59, Gorman

KickStart for Kids Annual Event

KickStart for Kids are presenting their annual ‘No Breakfast, Breakfast’ this Thursday the 9th of December, 2021 at the Hilton Adelaide.

KickStart for Kids is a South Australian not-for-profit organisation that provides a breakfast program for underprivileged kids who often start their day on an empty stomach. The program currently serves around 60,000 breakfasts per week in over 400 schools across the state.

The ‘No Breakfast, Breakfast’, emceed this year by the Honourable Connie Bonaros MLC, gives people the opportunity to start their day by supporting thousands of hungry South Australian kids as they voluntarily skip breakfast.

Guests may choose to indulge in breakfast after the event or continue their day on an empty stomach to experience the effect on their mental and physical strength.

The event aims to acknowledge that having breakfast is a privilege that should be appreciated.

“Over the past two years, we have seen child hunger in South Australia worse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a huge product shortage for our breakfast program, and thousands of kids are in dire need of our support.” KickStart for Kids founder, Ian Steel OAM said.

Ian and KickStart for Kids relies on the good people of Adelaide to help with his mission and the ‘No Breakfast, Breakfast’ gives you the opportunity to do so.

“The majority of us are so lucky to wake up and have access to breakfast every single morning, a basic comfort that so many lack,” Ian said.

All money raised from ticket sales with go towards purchasing breakfasts for the program.

Single tickets are $65 or it’s $600 for a table of 10, with all proceeds going to KickStart for Kids.

For event books, click here.

For more information on KickStart for Kids, click here.