Brooke Testoni's diary on her style, lifestyle and travel

Brooke Testoni wearing Maison Cleo skirt, Wynn Hamlyn jumper and Balenciaga heels in her home

Brooke Testoni wearing Maison Cleo skirt, Wynn Hamlyn jumper and Balenciaga heels in her home

Brooke Testoni wearing Maison Cleo skirt, Wynn Hamlyn jumper and Balenciaga heels in her home

Brooke Testoni wearing Maison Cleo skirt, Wynn Hamlyn jumper and Balenciaga heels in her home

The label you can only buy on Wednesdays

I always love when there is a beautiful story behind a brand. A mother and daughter, taking orders on Wednesday only and then hand making each piece specifically for the customer. Yes, that is a true story. One that I truely admire and love to support.

Parisian brand, Maison Cleo, is a handmade collection of predominately A-line mini skirts and textured oversized feminine tops. Each piece truely has my name written all over it. 

The e-store is open every Wednesday at 18.30pm (Parisian time) and 1.00pm (New York time). 


Wearing – 

Maison Cleo skirt | Wynn Hamlyn jumper | COS socks | Balenciaga heels (similar here)


Photographed by Ana Suntay-Tañedo

 

Brooke Testoni wearing Vale denim with a bottle of Michael Kors Sexy Ruby

Brooke Testoni wearing Michael Kors runway collection holding Michael Kors Sexy Ruby

Brooke Testoni wearing Michael Kors runway collection holding Michael Kors Sexy Ruby

Brooke Testoni wearing Michael Kors runway collection holding Michael Kors Sexy Ruby

Brooke Testoni holding Michael Kors Sexy Ruby in her home

What makes me feel confident and sexy

When it comes to feeling sexy, its not just about wearing lingerie or a tiny dress (in my teens I might have thought so!). Feeling sexy starts with confidence. There is nothing more sexy than a woman who looks self assured. It’s effortless and alluring in the same breath!

I have joined forces with the perfume Sexy Ruby by Michael Kors to celebrate being sexy and to embrace that feeling of being confident and empowered (YES!)

I am often most confident in my jeans and a classic white tee, being a barefoot bandit at home! The effortless nature of this outfit makes me feel in control, sexy and strong. Its not just about what you wear but how you feel.

Now that I am in my late twenties (Oh, gosh!) I feel more confident than ever. I have learnt from my mistakes and am now so happy where I am at this point in my life. I can feel sexy being at home in my jeans and a shirt cracking a joke with my husband, at work in my power trousers or heading out on the town in a black beaded number. The final touch is spray of Sexy Ruby by Michael Kors (of course!).

Shot in collaboration with Michael Kors 
Brooke Testoni wearing Reformation top, Bassike jeans, Balenciaga bag in her home

Brooke Testoni wearing Reformation top, Bassike jeans, Balenciaga bag in her home

Brooke Testoni wearing Reformation top, Bassike jeans, Balenciaga bag in her home

Brooke Testoni wearing Reformation top, Bassike jeans, Balenciaga bag in her home

Brooke Testoni wearing Reformation top, Bassike jeans, Balenciaga bag in her home

A little less contemplation

You know those days when you sit online and stare at a particular item wondering whether you should get it or not? In the shopping cart she goes, abandon your cart, put her back in  again…..HIT THE DELETE BUTTON STAT. It’s an endless cycle of contemplation. I know some of you are laughing whist reading this because you know it is true. 

A few months ago, I was sitting at my desk on Farfetch staring at this Balenciaga Bazar shopper. ‘Why a bag so big?’ you might say. Because I needed a good bag to carry my laptop and camera, plus the mound of junk I accumulate in my handbag. This is the one I thought. She is classic, great quality, large enough to fit my belongings in and would be the perfect carry on bag for flying. YES. Little did I know it would take 4 months to decide to purchase the bag. In and out, scroll, exit, add to cart, delete. Same went, for the Reformation top and the Bassike jeans I am wearing today. Who else does this? We contemplate too much. I am going to make up a new motto (or three!) and stick to them! ‘If it is a classic and you love it, buy it!’ ‘If you will use it every day, definitely buy it!’ ‘If it is a ‘must-have’ trend this season, that will probably collect dust in your wardrobe after a couple of wears, think again!’ 

I am happy to say that I finally bought it and haven’t looked back since. My laptop and camera love their new little home – haha! I have used it everyday since. Talk about getting the Cost Per Click down!

End of the year resolution: A little less contemplation, a little more action.

TH Brown Danish Stools, a Mattea Perrotta painting and Dunlin candlesticks sitting within Brooke Testonis home

TH Brown Danish Stools, a Mattea Perrotta painting and Dunlin candlesticks sitting within Brooke Testonis home

TH Brown Danish Stools, a Mattea Perrotta painting and Dunlin candlesticks sitting within Brooke Testonis home

TH Brown Danish Stools, a Mattea Perrotta painting and Dunlin candlesticks sitting within Brooke Testonis home

TH Brown Danish Stools, a Mattea Perrotta painting and Dunlin candlesticks sitting within Brooke Testonis home

 

An Australian mid-century icon returns

She is back. 

She is more than just a stool, she is an icon and I have had my eye on her for a decade. She is the famous Danish Bar Stool by TH Brown, one of the most sought after mid-century stools ever produced in Australia. Yes that is right – made in Australia.

They only rarely come up for sale, at local vintage furniture stores here in Sydney, which is why I can happily note they are now (thanks to the 3rd generation of TH Browns family!) being reproduced. This is truly a beautiful story. The original stools were designed and produced from the mid 1950’s through to the 1970’s and are  among the most coveted Australian mid-century pieces ever produced. The original examples have become collectors items and are featured in some of the finest interiors in Australia and across the globe.

Welcome to the family TH Brown. Your Danish Bar Stools in Dark Ash are a perfect addition to my home.

Featured: TH Brown Dark Ash Danish Bar Stool 

 

Brooke Testoni wearing Hera Saabi earrings, Paris Georgia Basics dress and Misha Nonoo turtleneck at home

The new jewels on the block (my ears are in love!)

 

I admit, I own an excessive number of gold earrings. Just call me ‘Ear Bling Hoarder.’ I collect them from all over the world, from vintage stalls in Paris or Brooklyn, to the new jewels on the block here in Australia. I like my ear bling to be different, a bit of a statement piece and something to dress up an outfit.

I am here to introduce these sweet gems I found whilst I was in New Zealand for fashion week. Please welcome Hera Saabi. My ears have never been so in love. 


Wearing –

Hera Saabi earrings | Paris Georgia Basics slip dress | Misha Nonoo turtleneck | Rylan Studio bag 


Photographed by Ana Suntay-Tanedo
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