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A suitcase, rack and rummage fashion sale.

Entire days dedicated to new wardrobe additions are our favourite thing. Especially if said new wardrobe additions come with a side of live DJ entertainment, stylist sessions and a wine bar.

Excitingly, one such day will soon be happening on the Gold Coast and you, lovers of fashion and frivolity, are invited.

Frockarama is set to take place on Sunday March 31st inside the Events Arena at Carrara Markets and it’s going to be an absolute extravaganza of both new and preloved clothing, overflows from local brands, shoes and accessories and they are all yours for the taking.

At some point in your life, you’ve no doubt experienced the mind-boggling phenomenon of having a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear. Same.

Which is why an event like Frockarama is the perfect idea.

There’ll be hundreds of pieces on offer at bargain prices from girls just like you who need a wardrobe update but also have so many things in their cupboards they either don’t need or don’t wear.

Frockarama event organiser, Mia Lee says “Buying pre-loved fashion at Frockarama encourages more sustainable fashion choices. It’s also a brilliant way to ensure excess clothes don’t end up as landfill.”

“Our shopping practices have changed considerably with less pressure to always buy new. Buying from a thrift shop or doing wardrobe swaps with friends is now common practice. It’s creates less impact on the environment, it’s inexpensive and it’s so much more fun!”

Why pay full price when you can find a range of designer and much-loved labels at discount prices including Zimmerman, Kookai, Zara, Country Road, Shona Joy, Michael Kors, Polo, Lacoste and Tigerlily to name a few.

There’ll also be a glitter makeup zone so you can get sparkly before you shop up a storm.

So, if your idea of a good day out is filling your wardrobe with your best gals by your side, wine, pumping tunes and somebody to tell you how delightful you look, pop Frockarama in your calendar right now.

P.s entry and car parking are free.

It’s the fashion event of the year friends.

LOCATION: Events Arena, Carrara Markets, Cnr Gooding Drive & Manchester Road, Carrara
HOURS: 9am until 2pm

Words by Kirra Smith



The Undercurrent

Coming into Fashion

A fashion photography exhibition is coming to The Arts Centre showcasing 100 years of stunning images from the likes of famed photographers Mario Testino and Helmut Newton.

The photography and vintage couture exhibition showcases all the glorious aspects of fashion photography you know and love – bold colours, creative combinations and perfectly placed models – and is, in our humble opinion, one of the most exciting things to grace our golden shores.

The exhibition also includes a selection of vintage couture fashion from The Darnell Collection – Australia’s largest private collection of fashion from the late 1700s to the 20th century. The collection’s custodian, author and fashion historian Charlotte Smith, has selected the finest and most iconic pieces.

Throughout the three months it’s showing at The Arts Centre, Coming into Fashion will screen a collection of fashion films and documentaries and host workshops and casual chats with people who know things.

One such chat will take place with fashion blogger royalty Amanda Shadforth, who you may or may not know as Oracle Fox. She’s the chicest of chic and she can be sitting in front of you on November 25th to share her (Ghandi-like) thoughts on the future of fashion.

In January, Fashion Forum will see international industry leaders come together to exchange ideas and experiences of the fashion variety, the likes of which us mere mortals can never imagine.

Oh, FYI Condé Nast is the media company responsible for publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, Self, GQ, GQ Style, The New Yorker and probably your sky-high credit card debt.

Style may never go out of fashion, but this show is for a limited time only so get it while it’s hot at The Arts Centre from November 25th to February 18th.

LOCATION: The Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall
HOURS: Open daily from 10am to 5pm

Words by Kirra Smith.

9 Gold Coast boutiques supporting Aussie labels

Halo & Grace, Mermaid Beach (image supplied)
Halo & Grace, Mermaid Beach (image supplied)

There are many things we Gold Coasters are fond of. A new beachside eggs benny brunch spot. Bottomless long lunches. Farmers Markets. Finding the last park at Burleigh Hill on a Sunday. Heading out on the town in a brand new ‘fit #thanksitsnew.

We’re pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to local boutiques frilled to the brim with incredible Aussie designers and labels #luckyus. Plus, we get the added warm and fuzzy feels of supporting local small biz #winwin. So, we’ve rounded up 9 of our fave GC boutiques for your spending pleasure. We’re not sure what’s harder, narrowing this list down to just 9, or walking out of any of the below empty handed.

Halo & Grace, Mermaid Beach (image supplied)
Halo & Grace, Mermaid Beach (image supplied)


Halo & Grace
Creating a boutique that both appeals to and attracts women of all ages is quite the undertaking, but Halo & Grace have done just that. Nailing that sweet spot of timeless, luxe slow fashion from fancy trackside frocks through to your fave new farmers market ‘fit – their brand new, and downright stunning Mermaid digs are chock full of goodies for you and your abode.
Where: 43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach

What could bring a better night’s sleep than your fave pjs? Perhaps knowing they were consciously created right here on the GC (oh, and the fact that they’re cute AF sure doesn’t hurt). Making their debut in 2012 with luxe bridal loungewear, and Homebodii has been keeping us chic, cute and cosy ever since, with their range quickly expanding to sleepwear, intimates and effortless basics. Weekend sleep ins never looked so good.
Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Shop 2708, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach

Homebodii, Pacific Fair (image supplied)
Homebodii, Pacific Fair (image supplied)

About a Girl
About a Girl boutique is all about YOU! They always have the cutest threads for every occasion AND if there’s anything you can’t find or a product or label you’re dying to get your hands on, let them know and they will try their best to track it down for you. Extra good.
Where: 2/2211-2215 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach

The Freedom State
The Freedom State is a women’s clothing store that is inspired by bohemian creativity (because boho is life y’all) with a gypsy attitude of freedom. The team has carefully curated labels to offer a stunning selection of women’s fashion inspiring you to show off your very best self.
Where: Shop 12/50 James St, Burleigh Heads

Bird on a Wire
Bird on a Wire is set amongst the exceptional coffee shops on the Lower Gold Coast Highway in Burleigh. The chic boho boutique offers a diverse range of beautiful but affordable fashion and homewares and is the perfect stop after a swim and a coffee.
Where: 5/1840 Lower Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Aussie labels Fazeek and Mr Consistent available at emte, Burleigh (image supplied)
Aussie labels Fazeek and Mr Consistent available at emte, Burleigh (image supplied)

A must visit store in the Burleigh area, Emte Boutique was founded by a Gold Coast girl who felt that there was a gap to be filled for fashion jewellery and accessories that are cutting edge, stylish, on trend and affordable. We concur. And also spend a lot of dollars here.
Where: 3 James St, Burleigh Heads

White Bohemian
As the name suggests, White Bohemian is all about boho style. Clothing, accessories, bohemian inspired homewares and the very best gifts for the free spirited gypsy wanderer. Love all the things.
Where: 1160 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Alfreds Apartment, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Alfreds Apartment, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)


Alfred’s Apartment
While we’re still sad Alfred’s Diner is no more, the lads are still providing our local men with an ever growing range of curated fashion and accessories. Plus they do serve great coffee and Milkman’s cookies, so we mostly forgive them #beingbacktheburrito. Even the fussiest of men will love their limited-release tees.
Where: 2225 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach


Sean Scott Boutique
A fave little boutique in James Street, the space showcases Sean Scott’s breathtaking photography as well as clothing and accessories for the fashion forward folks. You can also find one of the biggest displays of (local legends) Valley Eyewear sunnies here on the Coast.
Where: 21c James St, Burleigh Heads

Alfreds Apartment, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Alfreds Apartment, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
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