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GUIDE: BEST SHOPPING SPOTS

Ever wanted to go shopping in Brisbane City and arrive home with a unique ensemble of shopping bags from boutiques you may not have known call the city home?

Bursting with an extensive range of unique retailers that offer something for everyone, a wander through 170 Queen Street needs to be on the agenda.

As it is always good to have a plan when going shopping these are the 6 places you cannot miss (with the bonus of stylist tips):

FINNER THINGS IN LIFE

You don’t need a red-carpet affair to embrace the luxury jewellery trend that is adorning wrists, ears and necks on everyday outings. The dusty pink walls of the Jan Logan boutique front Adelaide Street and the velvet lined gold edged cabinets are filled with timeless and essential pieces crafted by masters of their trade. Boasting stellar workmanship their range of fine and statement jewellery features diamonds, South Sea pearls, gold, silver and colourful crystals. If you are a fashion fan you’ll remember their lustrous pearls donning the runway in a collaboration with Romance Was Born showcasing empowered femininity.

STYLIST TIP: You’ll find bold and instant classics in fine jewellery!

FOR SOMETHING SOHPISTICATED

Do the words colour, flowers and sequins spark your attention? Australia’s reigning queen of romantic, girlie fare, Alannah Hill lives on Adelaide Street! The drama of each highly crafted design is built to transcend and enchant your wardrobes world. You will be sure to fall in love with their flattering silhouettes whether it’s monochrome or vivid colour.

STYLIST TIP: The vibrant boutique has a unique way of combining classics with stylistic fun in all the right ways.

UNIQUE AND USEFUL

Ever wanted to walk into a place with an array of must-buy value for money products? Daiso will amaze and amuse you with their huge variety of products ranging from homewares and beauty products to stationary and electrical accessories too. Like changing clothing, we can all admit to the need to change up our bathroom storage, phone case options and office supplies- this is the place you do it!

STYLIST TIP: Browsing the colourful aisles is surprisingly fun, as you’ll stumble upon all kinds of little treasures that you never knew where to find!

IN THE BAG

From laneways to worldly adventures Crumpler bags will get you to where you need to go in an affordable and stylish way! Think lightweight and easy on the eyes, a multitude of internal pockets, weather protection and the best feature of all straps that have comfort thought out. Displayed in ideal sections the stores bag line up makes a sometimes-overwhelming decision fun filled rather than fussy. Commuters, this is your store!

STYLIST TIP: Find a bag that will suit the bar, the bus stop and the boardroom!

MAJOR FASHION TRENDS

If there is one store that brings joy on Queen Street mall it is H&M, everyone’s best kept secret! Boasting on-trend finds at insanely affordable prices the Swedish retailer is your go-to source for budget friendly items that you can make look high-end. The prospect of a style reset is something that I admire about the store as breathing new life into your wardrobe each season can come easy with a capsule wardrobe from H&M.

STYLIST TIP: Look to the trend edit in the front of the store to make your selections before walking down the aisles.

EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS

Heading out in need of new wardrobe staples? UNIQLO is the home of the layering hack no matter the season, and a popular store to visit for locals and tourists alike! The Japanese brand has brought modern elegance to men and women with increasingly active lifestyles through high quality fashion at an affordable price. It is the one-stop destination when shopping where you can build a well-balanced wardrobe, update your classics and even form a signature look!

STYLIST TIP: If you love a piece don’t stop at one colour, make it an integral part of your look by investing in three colour options.

Wearing (in order of image appearance): Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtle Neck Sweater $39.90, Corduroy Wide Cropped Pants $49.90, Wool Ribbed Knitted Coat $49.90, UNIQLO. Because I Can Knit Dress $269, Alannah Hill; 9CT Gold Freya Pendant $585, 9CT Gold Pearl Matrix Pendant; Jan Logan. Soft Cotton Short Sleeve Shirt $39.90, Woven Blend Jumpsuit $59.90, UNIQLO. Sweet Bee Dress $249, Soul Searching Knit $129, Alannah Hill; STG Silver Mulberry Earrings $235, STG Silver Ola Bangle $365, Jan Logan.

Christie Sutherland has quickly become renowned as one of Queensland’s fashion authorities. Hailing from South Africa, Christie started her career at Bauer Magazines and her eye for detail and hard work quickly saw her ascend to becoming the youngest ever Editor of Style Magazines. Presiding over innumerable photo shoots with international brands, photographers and models has lead Christie into an exciting new phase of her career a freelance professional, becoming fashion ambassador for Treasury Brisbane through to styling Ralph Lauren’s national season launches to name a few. Always the consummate professional Christie is at home hosting events, styling shoots and producing cutting edge content.

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