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How to Dress Denim 3 Different Ways

Denim is a man’s best friend (that’s what they say right?) Everyone owns a pair of jeans and knowing how to embrace your own style with your favourite pair means you can get away with wearing them pretty much anywhere. We’ve styled up three different looks with denim to take you from the streets to a fancy dinner and even out to the basketball court; our three ways with denim – men’s style edition.

1. Denim on Demin Street Style

Denim on denim can look awesome if done well. The trick is to wear multiple denim pieces of different shades to pull it off correctly. We love the look of dark denim jeans paired with a super laid back open denim shirt for that casual look and with some chunky Timberlands and classic Ray Ban Clubmaster sunnies, this is the perfect any time street look.

Denim on Denim Street Style
Who said denim on denim can’t work? We are loving this street style!

2. Relaxed Sporty Denim

Denim style joggers are trending this year so we thought we’d throw together a sporty denim look with some of our favourites! You can’t go past a good pair of Nike trainers and some The North Face gear for the perfect relaxed sporty look!

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Relaxed and ready to hit the court.

3. Dressed Up For Night

Dark denim is the best choice for going out at night as it gives a more dressed up look. Throw on a sweet long sleeve shirt (those winter nights require sleeves) with a pattern that suits your style and some casual shoes and you’ll have a dressed up look without too much effort.

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Dressed up Denim for Night.

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Fashion Lessons From The Best Dressed Dogs of Instagram

By Tina

Fashion has literally gone to the dogs. From the ridiculously photogenic Japanese Shiba Inu, Menswear Dog, to Nutello the Pug’s insanely stylish adventures, these barking bad-asses are marking their territory in the dynamic world of fashion.

If you thought Kanye or the Kardashians were hard ballers in the fashion game, you ain’t seen nothing yet. 

Menswear Dog

Menswear Dog

Meet the Menswear Dog, a 3-year old Shiba Inu living in the fashion capital, New York City, with a fanbase of 190k followers on Instagram. Admit it, you jelly? His interests include NEVER washing selvage denim, lurking around Soho for someone to notice his steez (style with ease), and sniffing up fine dames.

Shop the Menswear Dog Look:

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Montjiro

Montjiro, the Japanese Chihuahua.
Meet this feisty fashionista, who possesses a wardrobe full of the finest haute couture pieces, topped with a touch of urban street style and an attitude to kill (no, it’s not Rihanna) it’s Montjiro, the Japanese Chihuahua. With a wardrobe filled to the brim with high-end designer brands, he is the envy of most two-legged fashion fans. His popular Instagram account has garnered over 12k followers, so jump on, take a browse, and plan your outfit for the weekend.

Does your dog think he’s human too? Well treat him to a little luxury with a designer inspired pet bed! So cute! 

Trotter

Trotter the Frenchie

With a tremendous 210k followers on Instagram, we present to you, Trotter the Frenchie. Known for her extremely versatile sense of style, this diva can pull off any outfit, whether it’s the sophisticated Hamptons housewife look, or the 1920s The Godfather gangster outfit, this one’s got the works.

Shop the Trotter Look:

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Nutello the Pug

Nutello the pug sports

This Switzerland-based pooch is another versatile dresser. Nutello the Pug typically enjoys modelling fashion trends from around the world – from cultural attire, to streetwear, and even dips into the hipster fashion movement here and there. Oh, and he enjoys being a sportswear ambassador too – if you ever need any gym motivation, check out those pecs.

Even if you’re rocking swag today, chances are there’s an Insta-Dog doing it better! If you’re up to the style challenge to measure up to these fashion icons, grab some new fashion gear and get snapping!

Know of any other Insta-fashion dogs? Let us know in the comments!

How to Make Your Food Cookbook Worthy

By Alina Sheinkman

Every time I pick up a beautifully designed cookbook and flick through the food images, my mouth instantly waters at the thought of tasting this masterpiece on a plate. Doesn’t yours? With the increasing interest in cooking shows such as MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules,  I’ve been itching to try my newly developed chef skills (if you can call visual absorption a developed skill!). So here goes…

Step 1: deciding on a recipe

With a huge variety of cookbooks available for every taste and cuisine, the task of deciding on a recipe can seem overwhelming. Our suggestion is to start with the basics. Most of us have a few cookbooks gathering dust on a shelf, so start by picking one that looks good and brushing off the dust. Have a browse to see if anything tickles your fancy and gets those taste buds juicing. If you are looking for some new inspiration, here are some great cookbook titles to refresh your collection. We chose “Delicious. Simply The Best” as it has inspiring yet accessible recipes that are perfect for novice cooks as well as experienced foodies looking for new ideas.

Now the task of deciding on a recipe. Here is a quick checklist you can use:

Do I feel like…

  1. Savoury or sweet?
  2. What cuisine?
  3. A quick meal or extravagant affair?

Skip to the right section and pick the recipe with the best pictures. Easy as pie! (yumm…pie) But not for today. We are salivating at the “Herb-rubbed lamb cutlets with pea & feta salad”.

Step 2: gathering ingredients

This is the easiest part of the whole process. You are given a list, so go shopping! Make sure to select the freshest ingredients with bright colours.

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Make sure you choose the best ingredients available – bright, fresh colours are important.

A handy tip – it’s best not to enter a supermarket on an empty stomach as inevitably you will end up with a whole trolley of products that were not originally on your shopping list.

When you get back to your kitchen, organise yourself by laying out all the ingredients in their correct quantities, so you don’t have to keep going back and forth to the ingredients list. You can just focus on the method and prepare that beautiful dish!

Step 3: cooking time!

The fun part as I like to call it. This is where you can get your hands dirty and delve into the depths of the recipe. But remember – hygiene first.

Feel free to experiment with the flavours and add or remove certain (not critical) ingredients depending on your taste. We opted to eliminate the chilli in our dish, but doesn’t it look beautiful?

Step 4: how to plate your food like a pro

The secret to making your food cookbook worthy is all about the presentation. Decide on a plating style to impress your dinner guests or impress yourself. Our favourites are “rustic” and “modern contemporary”.

Rustic

  • Wooden tones
  • Pops of colour
  • The messier the better
  • Homely look
  • No fancy fillers
  • Raw ingredients make the art.
 Modern Contemporary

  • White oversized plates
  • Beige colours
  • No clutter
  • Decorative flowers as garnish
  • Lots of white space
  • Usually contain a drizzle or swirl of sauce.
How to choose a plate
Choose a plate to suit your style.

Once you have a style in mind, you can choose a plate that will make your dish pop! Look at your plate as a canvas and use your food to create art.

Regardless of your style, there are some universal guidelines to follow:

  1. Arranging in odd numbers always looks better than even numbers. Always.
  2. Play to all the senses, a feast is not only for your stomach but for your eyes too!
  3. Don’t garnish for the sake of it, the flavours should complement each other.
  4. Keep it simple – less is more.
  5. Add height, build your dish in layers or look for ways to stand food up.
  6. Don’t rush. Take it slow and drizzle or sprinkle carefully.
  7. Use contrasting colours.

Step 5: photography

All works of art must be chronicled as they are likely never to be repeated again. Or at least they’ll never be the same again so each attempt must have a pretty snap. Our resident photographers have given us a few suggestions. It’s important to think about the lighting, shadow is good if placed at the right angle. Make the dish your focal point, a little artistic mess in the background will add some colour and life to your photos.

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Bon Appetit!

Want to see the recipe come to life? Watch the video!

Check out these awesome cookbooks for some more mouth watering recipes!

How to Hunt For Bargains Online Like an Expert

Jasmine Boothey from BargainMums.com.au is a busy mum and bargain huntress extraordinaire. We caught up with her to pick her brain about how she tracks down the best bargains from her dining room table…

Hi Jasmine! Thanks for chatting to Catch Culture! Tell us a little about yourself and your blog…

I’m a mum of two living in Adelaide and I’m a keen bargain hunter.  I studied and worked as an accountant before having kids so I have always loved working with numbers.  I now share my knowledge of how to still live a great life on a budget through my website, Bargain Mums.  Bargain Mums is a mixture of money saving tips and advice, as well as budget recipes made using simple, easy to find ingredients.

When it comes to my online shopping style, I’m definitely a bargain hunter.

I always wait for sales before buying anything.

So what do you look for in a product?

While I might be a bargain hunter, that doesn’t mean I like to buy cheap and nasty.  I always look out for products that are great quality and likely to last the distance.  I would much rather buy a product that costs a little more but will last a long time and actually do the job it’s supposed to do, instead of a cheaper item that will break in a number of months and have to be replaced.

You can actually save money by buying quality.

If you had to choose one thing you love about online shopping what would it be?

I love the convenience of online shopping.  With two kids heading to the shops is often the last thing I feel like doing.  Online shopping means I can shop at any time that suits me, even if it’s late at night, and it doesn’t matter if I get interrupted.

Tell us a little about the bargains you found recently on Catch of the Day?

I found so many bargains when I was searching on Catch of the Day.  I was tempted by the kids toys, and huge range of discounted groceries, but I instead opted for the cookbook sale.  I absolutely love cooking, baking in particular, and I love to collect cookbooks.  I added four new books from Catch of the Day to my collection.

Bargain Mums Cookbooks
Bargain Mums Shoutout on Instagram “4 cookbooks for only $75, including postage. The cheapest I could find them for elsewhere was just under $100 without postage” #catchofthedayau #bargainmums

The cookbooks I purchased were a fantastic deal.  I paid $75 including shipping for the 4 books.  I then did a little research on the internet to see how the price compares to other online retailers, and the cheapest I could find the same books for elsewhere was $95, and that didn’t include shipping.

You used the app to make your purchases. What stood out to you about using the Catch of the Day app?

I found the process of using the Catch of the Day app very easy.  So many apps out there are very buggy and I just end up jumping on my computer instead, but not this one.  From browsing the individual Catch of the Day sales, to the checkout and payment process, it was all very smooth and easy.

And lastly, to get a little cheeky…where were you when you made your purchases? 

I actually made my purchase at my dining room table while my toddler ate lunch, using my mobile!  That’s the great thing about the app, it’s so easy to shop anywhere, anytime.

Thanks to Jasmine for sharing her story with us on the Catch Culture Blog. You can check out her blog bargainmums.com.au and her facebook page for awesome recipe and money saving ideas!

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What are your tips to hunting down bargains like an expert? Share in the comments below…

The Guy Style Guide to Accessories

The pieces you pair with your clothes play a vital part in taking an everyday outfit to the next level. If you want to get noticed in all the right ways, without busting your wallet! It’s as easy as a tight new pair of shoes, a classic tie or even some toasty headwear.

Find out what’s trending this coming season in our Guy Style Guide to Accessories:

The ultimate winter accessory – the beanie

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Image via Pinterest

Beanies are back and adapt to many different styles. Whether you’re a sporty guy, a trendsetter or just have a great sense of classic style, a beanie is the only men’s accessory that is crucial to the winter season. If you have a classic style, opt for a traditional grey or black, or for a daring dash of colour, a burgundy beanie is the way to go. Pair with some rugged boots and a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers for the laid back “no worries” look.

Get the Look:

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Ray-Ban Wayfarers Polarized Sunglasses in Black

Coal The Fields Beanie in Burgundy

Diesel Men’s Mini Daddy Watch – Black

Windsor Smith Low Biker Boot in Brown Leather

The go-to shoe this season – desert boot

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A desert boot is a traditional shoe that came into style around the 1950s. This casual half boot style is a versatile shoe that can be worn with jeans and weekend wear or passed off as more formal with the right outfit. Look for suede options for extra swag without effort.

Get the Look:

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Coal The FS Beanie in Heather Grey

Ben Sherman Men’s Duke Desert Boot – Sand

Ben Sherman Wallet

Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Preston Watch – Brown

How to rock a bag as an accessory

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Don’t go spoiling your outfit game with an ugly bag! There are plenty of great go-to bag options that won’t land you in “man bag” territory. Try a stylish duffle for a classy option or chill with Herschel ‘s hyped backpack range, especially if you’re the travelling type.  When in doubt, opt for dark colours and soft textures.

Get the Look:

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Ben Sherman brown belt

Julius Marlow Boys’ Bruiser Shoes – Rust

Hugo Boss Trama Duffel Bag 

Ben Sherman Diagonal Tie – Chambray

Keep it classic – The 3 staple accessories

Men's classic accessories
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A rule of thumb for accessories that will leave a good impression on all occasions: keep it simple. All you need is a decent pair of sunnies, a standout watch and a classic tie, and you’ll be good to go with any outfit, from Saturday brunch to bar. Think black and white for accessories that will never go out of style!

Get the Look:

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Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses

Hugo Boss Origin Watch – White/Black

Ben Sherman Men’s Plain Tie – Black

Accessories to look out for this season:

  • A good warm beanie
  • A pair of desert boots
  • Classic sunglasses
  • A basic tie
  • A standout watch

Which staple styles are you in need of this winter?

Want more Guy Style? You’ll love our Different Watches to Start Your Collection  post for more watch inspiration and check out our Gifts For The Trendy Traveller for travel accessories!