It’s official: winter boots are out and summer shoes are in. Whether it be loafers, sandals or slides, the season of pared-back footwear is here. Fashion muse Kendall Jenner, pictured, opts for a smooth leather style with statement gold hardware. Get her look (for less) from sustainable footwear company Alohas, with its ‘fireplace chain black’ mules for $272.
Boody x McGrath Foundation
Comfortable undies for a good cause? Sustainable bamboo underwear brand Boody is partnering with the McGrath Foundation, producing three of its products in pink with all the profits going to programs to support people with breast cancer. From October 1, the shaper crop bra ($21.95), the classic bikini bottom ($15.95) and the original boxer ($18.95) will be available in pink to contribute to the fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Noongar Boodja Waangkan
This new book from Jayden Boundry, with illustrations by Tyrown Waigana, is a great way for little people — and big ones — to learn some Noongar language. Noongar Boodja Waangkan: Noongar First Words is a fully illustrated collection of words including for family, plants, animals, emotions, colours and more, in the language spoken by 14 Indigenous groups across the south-west. It also comes with a QR code so readers can access audio files giving the correct pronunciation. Boundry, a Wadjak Balardong Noongar and Badimaya Yamatji, is a Noongar language teacher and cultural consultant, didgeridoo player, traditional dancer and storyteller with Ngalak Nidja. Waigana is a Wardandi Noongar from the south-west cape country and Ait Koedhal (Torres Strait Islander), and a multi-disciplinary artist and graphic designer. The first print run sold fast, so pre-order from Fremantle Press to secure a copy from the second.
Luckiest Girl Alive
Based on the bestselling novel by Jessica Knoll, this new film coming to Netflix is described by E News as “the perfect combo of present-day mystery with a past true crime twist”. Starring (and produced by) Mila Kunis, with screenplay by Knoll, it tells the story of Ani Fanelli, a sharp-tongued New Yorker who appears to have the perfect life: a great job at a magazine, a wedding on the horizon and a killer wardrobe. But when the director of a documentary asks her to tell her side of a shocking incident from her teens, she has to confront a dark truth that threatens to unravel her meticulously crafted life. It’s out on October 7.
Everlasting Kings Park Festival
Nothing says spring like a blanket of flowers, so for your floral fix, head along to the Everlastings Kings Park Festival, on now until September 30. A pink field of everlastings is a given, but there are plenty of other displays of the extraordinary diversity and beauty of WA’s wildlfowers, plus workshops, tours, art displays, guided walks and family activities. Visit kingsparkfestival.com.au for details.
FAME by Paco Rabanne
If you’re still searching for a signature scent, Paco Rabanne just released their first stand-alone female fragrance and we can confirm that it smells divine. The chic bottle features Paco Rabanne’s signature chainmail dress and is refillable to top-up when you finish the bottle, with minimal impact to the planet. It is available to purchase at Myer and David Jones.
We are loving Meghan Markle’s new Spotify podcast, Archetypes, which deconstructs the restrictive labels, myths and stereotypes women from around the world face on a daily basis. The first insightful episode features a long-time friend of Markle’s — tennis legend Serena Williams— and is about the experience of being an ambitious woman in a world of gender-based double standards. The duo discuss instances where women can receive a different response for performing the same behaviours that men are usually praised for— like throwing a racquet during a tennis match, or returning to work soon after becoming a parent.
“Is it fierce when guys are saying ‘come on’ and pumping their fists? It’s pretty exciting. But for me, it’s aggressive,” says the 23-time grand slam winner.
“I’ll never forget. There’s one article that said this guy was passionate and I had a meltdown and I was like, wait, how do I have a meltdown? But this guy’s passionate?”
Celebrate Hogwarts at Karrinyup
The magic of Harry Potter is coming to Karrinyup this school holidays, with Halls of Hogwarts, Platform 9 3/4 and other iconic locations from the much-loved books and movies popping up from September 27 to October 9. Kids can test their Quidditch skills, master a spell at the potions class and don an invisibility cloak for an enchanting photo. See more info here.
A smorgasboard of music will be livening up Subi in October as Suburban Vibes returns for another season. More than 20 artists will play at nine spaces across nine iconic Subiaco gardens, laneways, bars and breweries in free and ticketed shows. Highlights include Katy Steele and Timothy Nelson at an intimate event at the Subiaco Hotel and a free garden event at Market Square Park which will close the series on a high with all-girl indie pop band Dulcie, pictured, as well as The Little Lord Street Band and others. The festivities kick off on October 7, for info visit seesubiaco.com.au.
Sunday Supply Co
Picnic weather is here, and these cute cooler bags from Sunday Supply Co are the perfect accessory to help you soak up spring. Just add your favourite drinks, some cheese and dips and a picnic blanket and you’re all set.
Wild In The Street
This South Freo joint has been creating a buzz since it opened in April, promising “sexy food and good times”. It has a wood oven running until 10pm and a hyper-local focus — think a cocktail with The West Winds gin and rosemary picked on the walk to the restaurant. We’ve got our eye on these woodfired tiger prawns, smoked labne, chilli and lemon, washed down with a classic pisco sour.
Embracing Your Limitations
From comedian and confessed “reformed self-help addict” Lawrence Mooney comes this twist on a motivational book, which promises to show readers that it’s only through quitting that you can succeed and be happy. Mooney’s first book, about “forgetting your dreams and actually living your life” is studded with gems including “stop trying to be good at things you aren’t good at”, “loser is not a dirty word” and “if your career defines you, then you have seriously missed the point of living”. His Perth event in October has already sold out, so he must be striking a chord. The book is out on October 5.