Introducing Our New Ambassador: Archie by BrandsExclusive

Meet Archie. Catalogue model, animal rights activist, certified ‘Good Boy‘™ and our newest Ambassador. We caught up with the cutie to find out what makes him tick, and what gets his tail wagging.

You’re a natural in front of the camera! What made you get into modelling?

To be honest, I’ve always loved the spotlight. I must admit, I turn heads as I’m walking down the street and I’m often stopped on the weekend, so modelling seemed like a natural fit for me. I’m not sure if it’s my ‘too cool for school’ attitude or my wicked selection of outfits, whatever it is-the locals love it. The craft service is also definitely a bonus.

you can’t sit with us 😎

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You look amazing. How do you keep in shape?

I walk religiously. It helps me keep in shape, and also helps clear my head. I also make friends down at the local park, the greyhounds will often chase me around but I’m very self motivated – I prefer to chase my tail.

I’m also conscious about only eating organic, healthy foods. Carrots and blueberries are my favourite! I’ll help mum cook dinner most nights – she’d be completely lost without my guidance. Mum is a vegetarian but she’s happy to poach me up some chicken, let’s be honest, who can say no to these big brown eyes.

Your schedule must be packed! What do you like to do in your down time?

When I’m not on shoots, I love to go on bush walks and try my paw at swimming (its tough, pugs don’t float!). And of course, spending time with my best friend Lenny the cat, and my beautiful girlfriend Audrey.

What trends are you most excited to see for this coming season? 

This summer is all about being bright and bold! Think warm reds, pinks and oranges. But really, I believe what’s most stylish is what you feel good in – so opt for luxurious and breathable fabrics like linen and silk.

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Why are you excited to be working with Brands Exclusive for their Christmas campaign?

Nothing gets my tail wagging more than the thrill of a designer steal. So naturally, when Brands Exclusive approached me, I couldn’t say no! It just really felt like a paw in the right direction.

Follow Archie on Instagram @yung_archie

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How to Keep Your Hair Looking Good in Humidity by BrandsExclusive

Call it bad luck, moody weather, or climate change, we’ve got a huge problem in Australia and that’s the fact that a clear blue sky can be replaced with a massive rainstorm, bringing with it mugginess, humidity, and a whole lot of frizz. Sick and tired of spending ages perfecting your straightened hair, only to have nature take all your hard work and turn it into what looks like a bird’s nest on your head? So are we, and that’s why we’ve searched far and wide to find the best ways to keep your hair looking good when it’s humid.

Wash Your Hair Less

Most shampoos these days contain harsh sulfates and chemicals that can cause hair to dry out and lose its natural oils. While this can normally be manageable on its own, when coupled with humid weather it leads to disastrous hair that neither looks or feels good. To keep frizz at bay, we suggest shampooing your hair once every two or three days, or replacing your regular shampoo with one that is natural and mild. It also never hurts to use a good protein-rich conditioner afterwards to keep moisture locked into your hair.

Get Rid of all Moisture in Your Hair

Whether it’s before straightening or just before leaving your house, make sure your hair is always completely dry. Give your hair enough time after the shower to rid of all its moisture before you turn on your hair straightener, and for the love of God don’t straighten your hair just before stepping out into the humidity.

Invest in a Good Hair Straightener

They say a bad workman blames his tools, but sometimes the tools are actually the problem. The quality difference between budget hair straighteners and more professional brands is huge, and if you’re looking to enjoy straighter, healthier, and smoother hair for longer then make sure you’re investing in a piece that is well made.

Don’t Forget The Smoothing Conditioner

If you’re not already using a smoothing conditioner on your hair, it’s time you did. Smoothing conditioners, straightening balms, and hair oils all make a world of difference when applied onto straightened hair, as they help protect it from heat while also preventing frizz from rearing its ugly head. Apply smoothing conditioner after straightening your hair, to seal your hairstyle in its place and stop the gluggy humidity from turning it to frizz.

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Quick & Easy Healthy Lunches For The 9-5 Worker by BrandsExclusive

It’s no secret that pre-packaged lunches for your working week are not only lighter on the diet, they’re lighter on the purse strings too. But sometimes the snooze button gets the better of us, leaving us time poor and fiscally irresponsible splurging on $15 sandwiches at 12pm! Or perhaps some of us just have severe paper bag blues, shuttering at the thought of another peanut better sandwich. Whatever the reason is, we’ve carefully handpicked five lunches that will help you hit your snooze button more, save your pennies and satisfy your cravings.

Vegetarian Summer Rolls
Light, tasty and easy to make! Get the recipe at Delish

Spinach & Lentil Salad
Lean, full of bean and extra green! Get the recipe at Taste

Salmon & Avocado Poke Bowl
Because who doesn’t love a Poke Bowl? Get the recipe at EatingWell

Spinach and Almond Pesto Pasta
Minimal ingredients, maximum flavour! Get the recipe at Delicious

Lunch Bowl
Filling, nutritious and super easy to make! Get the recipe at DeliciouslyElla

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Why You Should Embrace Colour This Season by BrandsExclusive

Time to ditch the black

Do you find yourself constantly gravitating towards plain black? You’re not alone! While sometimes a monochrome wardrobe seems like the easier choice of a morning, we’re here to inspire you to give colour a go this Summer!

1. It’s a guaranteed mood-booster

A little colour never hurt nobody, in fact, it does quite the opposite! Research suggests wearing warm reds and pinks releases dopamine and actually boosts your mood. Alternatively, cooler blues and greens are known to have a calming affect, something we all need from time to time.

2. A tan goes with any colour

If you’re taking the dive into the rainbow, Summer is definitely the time to start. A healthy bronzed glow – store bought or otherwise – will match basically every colour under the sun. Now’s the time to jump in and try it out!

3. Take a clash course

Spots, stripes, florals – these days anything goes! Start by mixing block colours, hot pink and red are seriously trending right now. Check out Gucci and Versace’s latest show for inspiration that packs a punch.

4. Confidence is key

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t feel impossibly feminine and chic in a cute floral dress? Experiment with the what shape and colour that suits your body, and makes you feel great, because nothing looks as good as confidence!

Are you ready to ditch the black? Shop your summer fashion essentials here.

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The Ultimate Guide to This Season’s Buyers Picks by BrandsExclusive

This week, our buyer’s have handpicked their top season style picks and are on hand to show you how to rock them!

 1. Dressed in Designer

The wise old fashion adage of ‘light layers’ has never been more relevant, says our Womenswear Buyer Vanessa. Transeasonal light layers are the name of the game this spring – think key basic pieces with a luxe twist. Take your queues from our LIFEwithBIRD edit and stock up on statement tops, quality pants and statement skirts.

To turn up the heat, take a flirty, feature sleeve for a spin à la Rachel Zoe. Start off with a neutral black or white palette and pair your look with some statement jewels and a bold lip.

2. What the health?

When it comes to new season beauty, glowing skin is the in thing this spring! For a fresh and flawless ‘dewy’ complexion, our resident Beauty Buyer Jess suggests a face-mask twice a week with celeb favourite GlamGlow is a must. When it comes to make up, don’t forget the final dusting of illuminator, and you’re ready to hit ‘glow’ on a fresh look.

For hair that shines brighter than the sun (ok, not quite that bright) check out our current Kerastase deal. Jess says, “A few pumps of the Bain Elixer Ultime before styling will have your locks looking smoother and sleeker than ever before”.

AMFAR 🇮🇹💋 Hair by @hairbypucciarello Makeup by #ME

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3. It’s what’s underneath that counts

When it comes to underwear there’s one name that reigns supreme: Calvin Klein. Shop up a storm with our latest edit, and you’ll be in comfortable company with the likes of celebrity ambassadors; Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner.

And when it comes to swimwear this season, Buyer Tina suggests making a splash with nautical styles. Nothing beats the classic colour combo of blue and white, in either a flattering one piece or chic bandeau style. Not only will it flatter all body shapes, it’s an investment that will sail you through many summers to come.

4. Metallic Madness

According to our Footwear Buyer Hayley, once you go metallic – you never go back! Go bold this spring with a streak of silver in your stiletto, or opt for sandals or flats with a striking gold sheen to add an extra spring in your step.

Jazz up your casual weekend outfit with a healthy hit of cool, courtesy of a metallic brogue – perfectly paired with some light denim jeans and your favourite white shirt.

5. Finishing Touches

No seasonal wardrobe is complete without the all-important accessories. To up the style factor on your summer look, our Buyer Nicole suggests throwing serious designer shade with a new pair of sunglasses. Go sophisticated and glamorous with a feminine cat eye, retro 70s with some swinging round frames or jump on the recently revived trend of Browline Geometic shape for instant cool.

When it comes to jewellery, Nicole advises delicate is timeless – which is why a dainty Pendant Necklace is the look du jou among the style set.

Don’t forget to bag a bargain in our latest edit! Nicole recommends opting for an opulent oversized tote, it’s both practical and stylish. Lift your bling game with an uber-cute bag charm – they may be tiny but they are this season’s hottest accessory that sure packs a punch!

Feeling inspired? Shop This Season’s Buyers Picks to update your look this Spring. 

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6 Dessert Instagram Accounts Every Foodie Should Be Following by BrandsExclusive

Droolworthy Dessert #Inspo

Do you have a sweet tooth? We’ve rounded up the top dessert Instagram account every sugar lover should be following.

1. @sugarandsaltcookies

This account is an explosion of playful colours and creations. Think cake cones, donuts and rainbow towers all in her signature hot pink.

Donuts dressed in pretty @fancysprinkles 💕

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2. @fluffegram

Fairy floss lovers, this one’s for you. This Sydney-based account is the undisputed queen with her signature cotton candy – deliciously eaten straight from the tub or with your favourite waffle or cake combo.

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3. @unbirthdaybakery

If you’re looking for a birthday cake that is anything but ordinary, look no further! Their delectable selection of eye-popping cakes and cupcakes will have your mouth watering. Stay entertained with their seemingly endless combinations of toppings and colour combos – pure sugary genius.

Pretty pink details for this Hybrid Cake

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4. @cakesbycliff

Follow the journey that is self-described as ‘a digital diary of a traveling cake decorator’. It’s basically a non-stop drool fest meets travel blog filled with cake artistry.

No gender specific baby shower cake! #LoveKnowsNoGender

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 5. @lichipan

There is only one word for this account: STUNNING. Lichipan’s careful curation of mouthwatering desserts meets artistically-styled travel shots is certainly a feast for the eyes.

Postcard from Paris: Everything just tastes better here 🍰🇫🇷😍

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6. @blondebakingmama

Based out of Perth, you’ll be hard pressed to get your hands on one of the @blondebakingmama’s sweet treats, often booked out for months in advance. Even if you don’t get to sample the colourful creations, be inspired by the personalised sugary goodness that is the selection of cakes, cookies and cupcakes.

Perth had the most epic sunset tonight and it reminded me of this babe I made a few months back ☀️🌄💗

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Did we miss one? Let us know your favourite account on Instagram.

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7 Top Shopping Destinations Around the World by BrandsExclusive

Is the shopaholic inside you ready to spread your wings? If you’re after some global inspiration for your next shopping trip, look no further! Here you’ll find our top 7 ultimate shopping destinations around the globe.

1. Los Angeles

Did someone say outlet? The sheer amount of choice in this sunny city makes the struggle real. Take a spin down world-famous Rodeo Drive Pretty Woman style to get your fancy on, before bagging a brand-name bargain at outlets like Citadel or Camarillo.

2. Singapore

One small island, a whole lot of shopping opportunities! A visitor’s first stop should be Orchard Road for a healthy mix of bargain-filled market stalls and high-end designer boutiques. For a true bargain, head straight to Bugis Street Market and the Mustafa Centre. The intoxicating mix of sights, sounds and smells will have you never wanting to leave this shopping capital.

3. Milan

A city synonymous with haute couture, this truly is the capital of the fashion world. You’ll be in good company among the likes of Prada, Versace and Armani in Milan’s Quadrilatero d’Oro (or The Golden Rectangle). Splurge on the brands, or get swept up in the extravagant window displays, either way it’s a fabulous day out.

The best part? Fellow shoppers are dressed like a cover shoot of Italian Vogue. Seriously.

4. London

London is famous for many things, not least of which the stunning department stores where you can lose yourself wandering the famous displays at Selfridges, Harrods and Liberty. Take a stroll down Oxford Street, Europe’s busies shopping street, and find anything your heart could desire; from Primark and Topshop to Marks & Spencer, it’s truly a shopaholic’s heaven.

Wander down the exclusive Sloane Street for high-end designer delights, or talk a walk through punk history on Carnaby Street. For vintage finds, head to Portobello Road or Camden markets – there truly is something for everyone!

5.Tokyo

Tokyo is the place you can get anything you want, and anything you hadn’t even heard of yet. This vibrant city is a sensory overload and serious global trend-setter – seriously if it’s in style, chances are it started in Tokyo. Think Ginza for luxurious department stores and designer boutiques, or the Kagurazaka district for items a little more unique and handcrafted.

6. New York

The city never sleeps, and neither do the shops. It’s physically impossible to fit in everything on offer in buzzing New York City, so try and stick to the must-sees. There’s the department store trinity: Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman’s and Barney’s – not to mention the myriad of high end boutiques dotted along the infamous Fifth Avenue.

If you’re looking for a bargain, you can’t go past Century 21 near the World Trader Center site – but be warned this can get very busy and overwhelming, so be ready to rummage! The East Village offers something a little different and alternative, or head to Chinatown for the novelty (and the deliciousness!).

7. Paris

Ooh la la! If Milan is the fashion capital of the world, then Paris truly is the heart and soul. With major historical department stores (grand magasins) like Le Bon Marche, Printemps and Galaries Lafayette, you’ll be just as impressed with the architecture as the merchandise. Stroll down the Champs Elysee for a true Parisian experience – croissant in hand of course – and to drool over the designer store fronts.

Did we get you in the mood for a bargain? Check out our Mega Spring Sale.

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