When your sister and best friend is on the other side of the globe, what better way to keep in touch than with a blog, a passion that joins you and an insatiable appetite for clothes that is readily and easily met through a serious shopping addiction?
The Dadon girls, Jess and Stef asked themselves that exact question and so created their blog in July of 2012, which is a running commentary on the lives of the sisters from opposite ends of the earth, a way for them to keep in touch and a document of what they wore, where they went and they saw.
The sisters are born and bred Melbourne girls. Stef has relocated to Paris for the remainder of the year to study French and immerse herself in the global centre of fashion, leaving her sister Jess to lead the Melbourne life they both love so much.
“We both love Melbourne and while we can see ourselves living in many other places all over the world – favourites are Sydney, LA, Paris and London – we know we’ll always end up back here,” they said.
Despite the sister’s almost identical appearance, they actually don’t share a birthday, telling most people that they’re actually four-and-a-half years apart in age. They put people’s confusion down to the fact that their bond and friendship is easily confused for being as close as what twin sisters’ would be.
“We’ve been extremely close since we were little, maybe even more so than if we were twins because we haven’t been forced to share everything,” they said.
Jess and Stef are huge believers in making things happen for yourself and so have had a lot to do with fashion over the past few years. Between the both of them, they’ve had internships at Sportsgirl, Sussan, volunteered for fashion weeks, fashion shows and various other events around the world, knowing that experience comes from a lot of volunteering and working for free.
“If you want to get into the field, you really just need to take whatever opportunities come your way,” they said.
Of course, they’re only too happy to sacrifice time and work for free if it means feeding their shopping addiction in any way they can.
“We have a slight shopping addiction, which explains why our wardrobes are so extensive,” they laughed. The sisters love to try a bit of everything when it comes to fashion, opting more often than not for the high street brands because of their affordability and inclination to be on trend. Labels like ASOS, Sportsgirl and TopShop get them going, as well as other vintage pieces, which they have a never-ending supply of.
The pair do definitely love Australian designers, so they’re always wearing something from someone, and they constantly live for online shopping where they source their international pieces from.
“We would love to dress in high-end brands all the time but they’re so expensive we usually end up with just a designer pair of sunnies here or there,” they said.