Monday, September 1, 2014

Who Do You Think You Are?

Wearing: Thrifted cheongsam, Romance Was Born jacket and Lipstick jelly sandals.

I bought this dress a few weeks ago at my local op shop and knew right away how I wanted to style it. Originally I wanted to wear this outfit after I dyed my hair peroxide blond but since that's no longer happening I can reveal what might be my favourite outfit of the year. This dress only cost me $10 but it's absolutely gorgeous- it fits like a glove and I love the rich blue colour as well as the dragon and peacock design. And before anyone thinks they can call me out on cultural appropriation they should know I am biracial, my mother is Chinese Malay and my dad is Australian.

It was only recently that I learned about the evils of yellow fever which came to me as a revelation that Asian women were fetishised for being passive when in my own home my own mother was a hell raiser, and still is. Every argument that I can remember, every major conflict in my household and anytime a voice is raised is largely to do with my mother. When I was younger I hated it but reflecting on the kind of childhood and home I grew up in, I am kind of in awe of her as my role model. That she refused to be subservient as a housewife and was determined to rejoin the workforce. She is a constant inspiration and I am honored to call her my mother. Even though there are times when I still feel confused about how to reconcile the differences between my Asian and white identities, I know who I am and what I want to do with my life.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


I don't know what I've been doing for the last couple of months because I somehow managed to forget to blog about the Di$count Universe collection? Which is ridiculous because they were by far the highlight of the whole event and noted by various media outlets. Of course there are some who probably weren't impressed by the sparkling array of sequined dresses but as an artistic expression I think we can all admire designers Nadia and Cami's vision for the brand and their continuing evolution. They've introduced more texture by balancing heavy sequins with lycra to create some skin-coloured leggings embellished in handmade tatoo designs as well as skin-tight crop tops and long draping dresses. Colourful fur stoles were also introduced to add depth and volume to the runway look but it's the full-length that really showcase the workmanship of these pieces.

This was by far the biggest, most bombastic collection yet undoubtedly helped by international recognition and publicity from the likes of Miley Cyrus wearing a Di$count t-shirt spotted a few months ago.
One can only hope that they go on to bigger and better things for their next collection and they continue to experiment and breath new life into what can be a monotonous Australian fashion industry.
*Photos by Matt Jelonek for Di$count Univer$e

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Give me a head with hair

I'm not sure if I mentioned it before but I'm getting a bit of a haircut this week so I made a little moodboard. I'm equally excited and terrified because changing my hair colour is the quickest and easiest way to drastically alter my appearance. And if I don't love it I'll be reminded of it every time I look in the mirror. Don't worry though I'm not going to chop my long locks off as short as the models in this photographs. Instead I will slowly kill my hair with many different dyes and only cut what needs to be cut. I've needed a good cut for a month or two now but these things are always something I manage to put off. If you could send some good vibes my way this Thursday it would be much appreciated, the last time I dyed my hair was when I was sixteen and it turned out awful.

1- MARC JACOBS FW 2014. 2- Maisie Cousins. 3a- Johnny Depp testing out his”new” hands, b. 4a- Chloe Sevigny on Buffalo Zine, b- Pulp Fiction (1994), c- Mikael Jansson, Karen Elson, Arena, J/Feb 2000. 5- Polyesterzine. 6- Fei Fei Sun in Americana Manhasset Campaign FW 13/14. 7a- American Vogue December 1997, photograph by Clifford Norton, b & c.  8- Kelly Macdonald in Trainspotting (1996). 9- Claire Danes via. 10a- Fallen Angels (1995) - Behind the scenes, b- ヘルタースケルター (Helter Skelter, 2012), c- Twin Peaks (1990). 11- The Coalition Mag #2. 12- OOB Magazine.

Monday, August 25, 2014

post tropical

Wearing: Romance was Born dress, Cue skirt, American Apparel socks and Rubi shoes platforms.

Lately I've been thinking about the changing aesthetic of my Tumblr dashboard, art journals and paintings in general. Now I do not do painting and I stopped doing art in my senior years of high school in the pursuit of science and until recently I had not regretted it. I always thought to myself  "Oh if I really did want to do that so badly I would have enrolled in a class for it on like a weekend or something". And of course I never have and I continue to exist in my own little weird world quite happy most of the time but often when I admire the craftsmanship on a piece of clothing, or the intensity of a colour well I get all depressed about it. I don't have the skill set or technique to be able to articulate my own interpretation of that item or lighting or object and it honestly makes me a little sad that I don't have enough time to hone a craft and become really good at something. This outfit was kind of fueled by this certain kind of frustration.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Melbourne Art Fair 2014

Wearing: Dangerfield soupy dress and socks, American Apparel shirt, thrifted crochet jacket, POMS earrings and necklace, dog brooch from ginettepomette (etsy), buttons from Melbourne Art Fair and Harrison T-bars. Today's post is a little bit different. On Sunday I went to the Melbourne Art Fair at the Royal Exhibition Building and saw some art so I thought I would post the photos I took there. Initially I just wanted to go because Melbourne-based artist and regular Rookie contributor Minna Gilligan was running the 'creative space'. That's the activity room for kids complete with National Geographics, vintage books, pencils and textas to make your very own Minna-inspired collage. I gave it a go but I was more interested in the works of others, as well as the eight new works Minna  created in honour of the event. We chatted briefly but at the same time her family had arrived so we didn't get to talk much. Even though it was the last day of the event and there were only two designs left, I got the 'Go with your Heart' button from her though and I really love the design on this. It's a nice mantra to keep in mind when making art.

One of the attendants chatted with me afterwards about making collages and how it takes a whole day to make one really good collage and I agree! I thought maybe there was something wrong with me or I was just being lazy but it's nice to have someone else speak their mind on the creative process. I'm very interested in making my own collages and stuff, but I've noticed that everything is very linear and process-oriented so I was hoping to get some inspiration for future works. I was looking at exhibits picking up business cards,
brochures, buttons and just about anything I could get my hands on for almost five hours- and I picked up a lot of material to use for my art journal. These are the rest of the photos I took albeit a little but jumbled.