Spring wardrobe essentials: Out for shipment

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I'm on a boat, I'm on a boat.

Three very lucky sailors have departed the port and are now making their rocky voyage to Sydney shores. Aboard the vessel are a combination of personalities.

Let me introduce you to the crew:

Firstly, we have the mandatory spring printed dress from Topshop Petite.

And her childhood friend, the peplum top, also from Topshop Petite.

Finally, sticking to the black to basics theme, an American export to shake things up on the long journey ahead - meet Inna, a pair of heeled sandals by Alexander Wang.

Clothing images courtesy of Topshop and Net-a-porter. Origami and photography, illustrations and design are my own.

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Nail art of a pirate's dreams: Sparkles and skulls

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It's an art attack, a nail art attack!

While the idea of nail art might make you think of the rub-on decals you wore when you were eight, the nail art trend is much more sophisticated this time around.

We're seeing intricate little paintings on the talons on pretty much everyone in Tinseltown - from the eccentric Gaga; queens of pop Rihanna and Katy Perry to indie hipsters Alexa Chung and Zooey Deschanel.

I've never been much of an artist being cursed with an incredibly unsteady hand.  After a recent attempt to paint polka dots and teeny tiny cat faces on my nails failed miserably, I decided to turn to the experts* to fulfil my nail art dreams.

Completely spoilt for choice, after much deliberation (really just indecisiveness), I decided to stay true to myself and combine old pal, the skull with a bit of girly glitz, for this first foray. It's a pirate's dream - aye captain? Aye, Aye you say.

*Nail art by Nail Bar, People Hairdressing, Surry Hills

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Golden springs, golden rings

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Everything about spring is golden. Hello, warmer weather. Hello, gorgeous orange and golden ranunculuses. Hello, cider Sundays (or cider everydays, if you can).

I'm welcoming the seasonal change with both (ring-blinged) hands and an offering of vibrant flowers to the pollen gods (allergies to a minimum this year, please!).

As the crops ripen and the flowers bloom, it's also time for us, Petites, to blossom. So why not mix it up a bit? Go on, be a brave soul, embrace chunkier rings and pair them with your finer pieces as I have done.

Shop the rings:

Karen Walker mini skull ring - Karen Walker

Alex Monroe daisy wreath ring - Alex Monroe

YSL Arty ring - Net-a-porter

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How the Repetto earned its spots

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The number of high street brands with their own shoe ranges has increased but this is not to say shopping for footwear has become any easier for those with petite feet. Most stores still fail to cater for anyone who wears a smaller shoe size than a US 6/ EU 36. Resorting to wearing to children's shoes is a great option for some but it often the sacrifice is a quality shoe. Kids' shoes aren't made to last and they often are made from synthetic materials which can chafe the foot and cause all sorts of podiatry problems. There's also the matter of style - while sparkly pink kicks may look good on Honey Boo Boo, it doesn't necessarily mean it will look good on 28 year-old you (although they very well may).

A few years ago I discovered the iconic French shoe label, Repetto. Famous for its ballet roots and designing the red ballet flats worn by Brigitte Bardot in God Created Woman, the brand is also attributed with popularising the status of the ballet slipper from a dance shoe to everyday footwear.

Since purchasing my first pair of Zizis, an Oxford shoe, I rarely go a day without wearing a pair of Repettos. Earlier in the year when I visited Paris, one of the first things I did was mark their flagship store on my map. The damage from the raid? Just three pairs, there's always Net-a-porter to do the rest of the harm.

Finding footwear for teeny tiny footsies is such a struggle, once you find a brand or style which fits like a glove, why bother going through all that pain and heartache again? The make of the shoes run so small I wear a whole size up, so not only do they make me feel good about having "normal-sized" feet; the leather used to produce them is so silky soft, it's like caressing the skin of a baby (or stroking the smooth pins of a Victoria's Secret model - you get to choose).

Ahhh, this is why, my dear Repetto, I'll always be your loyal girlfriend.

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