TASH LOVES - Anything non US Election

At a time when the rest of the world was depending on Americans to make a world altering decision, I'd like to take a minute to remind myself that America really do have some pretty amazing talent.  Here are a few of my favourites:


Deborah Berke Partners is an architecture and interior design firm based in NY.  I love their work because they seem to be able to balance subtlety with boldness and still maintain a quiet elegance.  Their work looks so simple, and that is the beauty of what they do - they fool you into thinking that their work is not complex or time consuming - but when you break it down, it is mind boggling the detail they put into their work.


When I was in Las Vegas a few years back, I ate at a restaurant in The Venetian called the B & B Restaurant.  It was my 25th birthday, my husband and I were attempting a fancy date night.  And the food absolutely blew me away.  I still remember the beef cheek like it was yesterday.  I remember reading about the chef, this Mario Batali guy and proceeded to tell all of my girlfriends upon my return about my new discover.  Turns out he has something like 25 restaurants, is a bit of a celebrity chef and has written a bunch of cookbooks.  If you ever are in America - you should find a Mario Batali restaurant and eat there.  You can thank me later. 


I am absolutely intrigued by minimalism.  To many it is an art form that inspires the "I could do that" commentary, but I think it is one of the most complicated.  There is nowhere to hide with minimalism and if you think it looks easy, then the artist has done their job.  Robert Morris' art focuses on stripping back artwork from all distractions and forces the viewer to engage on the purest level.  His artwork has no texture, trace of the artist's hand or figural content and it forces you to see how your perception changes as you move around the object.  Subconsciously, making you realise how that concept could apply to everyday life and our perception of our own personal issues.  But that's just my interpretation and that's what I love about Robert Morris, it could mean so many different things to so many different people.

Have a fab week!

Love Tash xox

Natasha Butler
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How #BruugGirls Do Race Season

In case you didn't realise, Race Season is now and truly upon us. Whichever race event you enjoy, whether its the Cox Plate or Oaks Day, or perhaps the Race That Stops The Nation is your favourite of them all, whichever may be your preferred horse race, it's vital that your outfit is on point. Vital. Very, very vital. I mean, let's be honest, are we there to watch the horses race anyway? We sure as hell aren’t. Nope, we're there to people watch and to nod at all of the girls who have successfully pulled their beautiful outfits together so well. Don't try and tell us otherwise, we know you agree.

But, with so many race events and so many dress codes, how the bloody hell do we know what is suitable to wear? Well, here at Bruug, thankfully we're in the know (sometimes). So we've put together a little How To guide, helping you find out exactly what to wear to Melbourne Cup Day, the Cox Plate and Derby Day. Whether your track-side with the fillies, or on the rooftop of a building in the middle of the city sipping your cocktail watching the race on the big screen, our guide will help. We promise!


What: Cox Plate 

When: Saturday 22nd October

Dress Code: The dress code for the Cox Plate has been updated to reflect modern fashion.

That being said, this type of dress code really leaves the door open to a whole lot of outfits. However, we recommend keeping it classy, playing with colour, or perhaps mixing things up a bit; think jumpsuits, high-waist pants teamed with a top, or a two piece ensemble featuring a fitted skirt and top combination. This Cox Plate race day, we'll be in neutrals! Boring? Nah, we don't think!


 Dress: Rockefeller Dress

Heels: 1975 Triple Strap Heel

Millinery: Geraldine Beats


What: Derby Day

When: October 29th 2016

Dress Code: Black and White

Derby Day is all about monochrome, classic and elegant black and white outfits... oh and we think that there might be a few horse races on throughout the day, too. Derby Day is famously known as being one of the most sophisticated fashion events in the race calendar. At Bruug, we think that Derby Day fashion is all about minimalism. It's not about over-doing it, it's about keeping it simple. Wearing your favourite LBD with a modern millinery head piece. Smart, fun and elegant. This Derby Day, we'll be in;

Dress: Bruug Oltenia Dress

Shoes: Triple Strap Point Heel

Millinery: Matea Crown by Studio Aniss


What: Melbourne Cup

When: November 1st 2016

Dress Code: Modern Fashion

Known as the Race That Stops The Nation, Melbourne Cup Day is truly one of the most exciting dates on the racing calendar. What we love best about it, is the dress code is quite open for individual interpretation. If you love wearing colour, go for it. If you like to wear floral, yep, you can. This season, there is loads of colour out there to choose from. Choose a colour that best represents the features you currently possess. If you're a brunette, go for khaki or red colours, and if you're a blonde, have some fun with pastels. This season, colour is modern, it’s fun and we love it because it means we get to have a break from black pieces in our wardrobe (Sorry black, we still love you, we're just seeing other people/colours right now. It’s only temporary. We swear). Turn heads in our pick for Melbourne Cup;



Dress: Uprising Dress

Shoes: Anarchy Heels in Nude

Millinery: Ambrosina headpiece in pink


We hope that we've helped you find the perfect outfit! Don't forget to hashtag your Bruug outfit this race season #BruugGirlsDoItBetter

Tash & Jess


Jessica Barker
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TASH LOVES - Pablo Thecuardro

TASH LOVES - Pablo Thecuardro

Pablo Thecuardro is an artist from Madrid who is my current obsession.  He creates abstract fashion collages by hand.  Taking editorials from all sources, his creations come to life with just a knife and his raw creativity.  

When asked about this work, he has previously said “The collages I make express the duality in the human being, who we want to be versus who we really are and what part of us we show to others. ‘Collage Art’ is a never ending process, you can put as many images you want together over and over again.”

Love Tash. xx

Check out some of his work below:

Natasha Butler
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JESS LOVES - Art by Josh Rowdon

JESS LOVES - Art by Josh Rowdon

We recently got to work with the extremely talented, local graphic illustrator, Josh Rowdon. He has created a few exclusive, hand drawn digital prints for our #BRUUGOnOxford boutique. We wanted illustrations that sat along side our current collections but would also be perfect for the homes of our customers. Below is what Josh created for us. Carmilla, is a detailed portrait, which portrays the mysterious, powerful and confident Bruug Girl, with a little bit of a vampire edge. Josh Rowdon also created a series of owls, that can be purchased individually or as a tryptic. The detail on these owls cannot be mentioned, it is actually insane. 

Feel free to pop in store to 3A, 250 Oxford Street Leederville, to view these illustrations in person. 

You can check out more of Josh Rowdon's work below:  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshrowdonillustration/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josh_rowdon_art/

Website: http://www.joshrowdonillustration.com


Jessica Barker
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TASH LOVES - Matthias Heiderich

TASH LOVES - Matthias Heiderich

Matthias Heiderich is an incredible urban photographer living in Berlin, Germany who manages to satisfy my obsession for both architecture and bold minimalism with every click of his camera. What I love and respect most about his work is the fact that he is un-trained, making his talent innate and raw.  Check out some of my favourites below.

Love Tash xx






System Layers II





All images - Matthais Heiderich


Natasha Butler
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