Interview: Peter Morrissey & $200 Big W Voucher Giveaway

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It was one of those dresses I looked at suspiciously on the rack: horizontal stripes, stretchy material, sleeveless.  I’ll just try it, I thought.

As soon as the dressed slipped over my head to the rest of my body, I immediately knew I loved it.  I’m talking about this dress by Aussie designer Peter Morrissey for Big W.

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Dressing for My Life

In a usual day, I can go from a business meeting, to house cleaning, to the shops, (sometimes I even sneak to the beach), to the school pick-up so I look for clothes that are easy to wear and adapt.  Below is my priority list:

  1. Minimal ironing/easy care
  2. Classic cuts/style
  3. I enjoying wearing it
  4. Good quality/reasonable price
  5. Versatility

See, right at the top there is easy care because I know clothes will sit in my cupboard if they need special care.  I like to wear everything I have — not worrying too much about keeping things special — because I figure clothes are there to wear and enjoy.   This dress ticks all of the boxes.

Peter Morrissey Interview

peter morrissey clothes for big wTo celebrate Spring and the new range of affordable and stylish clothes from Peter Morrissey for Big W, I’m interviewing the designer. I adore how Peter makes it less about the clothes and more about the people who wear them.  He’s inspirational like that. Plus there’s another $200 giveaway on offer.

Kelly: Peter, love the new range!  If I had to sum it up in a line, I would say this: the range displays an amazing combination of wearability and elegance.  Where do you find inspiration for each new season?

My inspiration is always Fashioning the Life of men and women and offering them needs, wants and desires in the collection.

As I say, “If you wear the look you live the life”. I have stuck to a classic palette in this collection, so it’s easy to mix and match the pieces and create several looks for your wardrobe.

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I have the floral sleevless top.

Kelly: Do you have a favourite piece?

I am not lying when I say every piece is a favourite for a different reason based on why I designed it for the occasion in a woman’s life – from dressing for dinner to dressing to pick your children up from school.

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Kelly: Does easy-care factor into your designs? I ask because I look at many of the pieces and go: Peter knows I hate ironing!

Time is our greatest luxury and fashion should enhance our lives not torture it!! So yes I like to say I am VERY USER FRIENDLY!!

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Wearing: Peter Morrissey Sunglasses.  I love the sleeve line of the dress as it comes just a little over the shoulders which is both flattering and comfortable.

Kelly: As mum to four small persons, time for myself in the mornings is premium.  Can you give me three tips on how to co-ordinate clothes so dressing for the day can be done quickly and confidently?

It’s how you feel that is most important because when you feel good in an outfit, you wear the outfit; it doesn’t wear you.

  1. Keep it simple: pants, top or shirt, jacket
  2. Pencil skirt, twinset or sweater
  3. A great dress that looks good with flats or heels

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Kelly: How can fashion and personal style bring enchantment to the everyday?

Dress like you’re embracing life, not hiding from it.

If you wear the look, you live the life – so dress to express you, not worrying about dressing to impress.

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Kelly: Can you recommend a go-to outfit for those “I don’t know what to wear” days?

Black pants, white shirt, good bag and sunglasses as it always looks sharp, chic, whispers elegance and has a proudness about its look.

Kelly: Five essential wardrobe items?

  1. A Little Black Dress
  2. Black Jacket
  3. White Shirt
  4. Jeans
  5. Great Pair of Sunglasses

5 essential wardrobe items

Kelly: If there is one thing you want women to feel when they wear your clothes, what would it be?

That people tell them that they look beautiful before they ask them where there clothing is from or who designed it.

The new season Peter Morrissey collection is available now in store and online at Big W.


It’s become my favourite go-to dress. I just may be wearing it too much!

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1. All glammed up
2. More casual with Mox flats and a beige belt
3. On a still-cool day with my Bared boots & cream Emerson cardi
4. To the beach with a straw hat, Peter Morrissey sunglasses and aqua Emerson cardi

Celebrate Spring!

Just a little video celebrating the first of many beach visits this Spring.


To celebrate Spring, I’m giving away another $200 Big W voucher you can spend on anything in-store. To enter, use the rafflecopter form below.   There are 2 chances to enter (you can do just one, or both): 1. I would love to hear about your top 2 priorities when you look for clothes (leave a comment below); Tweet the giveaway.

Giveaway now ended and winner has been notified. 

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  • Reply
    September 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Comfort and Style

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    Julie Y.
    September 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I look for versatility and comfort.

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    Kylie Embury
    September 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Comfort and Todurability (the ability to withstand tugging, pulling and stretching by a toddler, and hide a multitude of sins including various bodily fluids from aforementioned toddler! )

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    Mel A
    September 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Something flattering and functional

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    September 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I look for affordability and easy to mix and match

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    Peta-Lee Bartlett
    September 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    something that is flattering to me and that is affordable, none of this $80 just for a top

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    Chaye Challacombe
    September 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    1. It has to look flattering on my body, I don’t want to wear something that doesn’t make me feel good about myself.
    2. Definitely comfort!

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    Angela Skerman
    September 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Fit and style

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    michelle barrington
    September 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I look for price and comfort. I love the sleeves on that dress – not leaving shoulders too bare. I think I could get a lot of wear out of that in summer

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    Jacqueline Fisher
    September 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Child-friendly and comfort

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    September 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Classic cuts & colour:)

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    Rebecca McManus
    September 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Affordability & Fit

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    Jo Betlehem
    September 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Comfort for sure and making the most of my ample hips!

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    September 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    No ironing required and versatility

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    September 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    The MAIN thing I look for in an item of clothing is: Does it make me feel good about myself/ is it flattering?
    With a busy life, I don’t want to spend time fussing over my clothes. I want to be able to confidently get dressed and embrace my day!

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    September 16, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Quality fabric (nice feel) and flattering design.

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    September 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I’m looking for something affordable and flattering but still easy to wear.

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    Emma Balkin
    September 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I look for something that I can breastfeed in, and something that I don’t have to iron!

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    Angela Johnson
    September 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I look for comfort and price.

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    Meghan Grace Skelton
    September 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Colourful and comfortable 🙂

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    September 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Beautiful and easy care. Perfect combination!

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    September 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    The ease of bending down to tend to my kids (Im a Mum) and style…A mum still needs to be stylish

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    Robyn Dally
    September 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I look for longevity, which will include quality and style. Also, when cruising for clothes, I always ask myself one important question, “Am I really going to wear it?” This question will make me consider the practicality of whatever it is I am eyeing off.

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    Emma Filippi
    September 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    With a 1 year old at home for me it is definitely comfort and ease of cleaning!

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    September 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Be awesome to win this to buy new clothes. Love big w

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    Kerrin Brown
    September 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Does it fit into an overnight bag for hospital appointments? And is it comfortable.

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    September 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I look for comfort, low maintenance and the ability to camouflage and/or quickly dry after washing off baby vomit!

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    Amy McKenzie
    September 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    What a great prize! Thanks for the chance to win

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    Barb J
    September 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Affordability and style the flatters!!

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    Michelle Gray
    September 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Quality and value for money, equals a winning combination.

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    September 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I must love it and it must be versatile!

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    September 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Being a mum to little ones, comfort is definitely a big one for me. Also, things that you can dress up or down. 🙂

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    andreea cameron
    September 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    comfort and value

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    Kim M
    September 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Something I can dress up or down. Must make me smile when I put it on!

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    September 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Top two things would be comfort and things that flatter my body!

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    El P
    September 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Love it – Sounds like the perfect travelling dress.

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    September 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Style and fit

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    September 16, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I look at how many other things the new item will go with in my wardrobe and whether it will go out of fashion quickly/is it a classic

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    Kristal Mcintosh
    September 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Comfort and style

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    Melanie Godfrey
    September 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Something glamorous that I can move in

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    Corrin Fleming-Morris
    September 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Something that I feel comfortable wearing – not too clingy in all the wrong places!
    And something that doesn’t come “undone” too easily when my 2 year old hangs off it – I still turn red just thinking about that one!

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    Val Squire
    September 16, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Something that is versatile and can be dressed up or down and durability, something that is not going to disintegrate at the first wash!

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    September 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Wow I love it – works well on any figure and can be casual or smart casual. Looks to be child friendly too which is great as I have 2 energetic boys that want chasing after 🙂

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    September 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I like items that are on sale, and they have to fit well. (too many times I’ve bought a size too small or too big)

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    September 16, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Minimal ironing and versatility so I can wear it during the day and evening

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    Catherine Tuckey
    September 17, 2013 at 1:37 am

    The 2 things I consider when choosing clothes…
    1) Would my mum NOT wear it (in which case, buy it)
    2) Would my daughter wear it? (in which case, don’t buy it!)

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    Linzi Robson
    September 17, 2013 at 7:32 am

    The two things I look for are
    – comfort. I love to feel comfortable and not like my clothes are falling off me or pulling at things. I need to be comfortable enough to run after my kids
    – pretty. i like my clothes to look pretty . If i wear something pretty it makes me feel pretty and happy and adds a little bit of brightness to my day.

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    September 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

    at the moment with a 11 week old bub it needs to be practical for breast feeding and also flattering to hide the bumps 🙂

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    September 17, 2013 at 10:20 am

    comfort and flexibility for when playing with my kids

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      September 17, 2013 at 10:22 am

      sorry forgot to log in before I left comment

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    Michelle Holmes
    September 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Quality material and perfect fit

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