Monday, July 28, 2014

Garden State

Wearing: Comme des Garçons top, Zana Bayne harness, school skirt, American Apparel socks, Rubi shoes platforms.

I had a beautiful day today. This Comme des Garcons top arrived in the mail and I was overwhelmed by how simple the design is but how it still maintains some aspect of individuality. I bought it from a girl in Melbourne via a Facebook group of all things and had to wear it right away.
It's my first piece designed by Rei Kawakubo- which seems surprising even to me since I have written many blog posts about her collections and meticulously cut out mini models from her runway shows for my journal.
It was a bit difficult to show off the main feature of this top, hence the very frumpy looking plaid skirt which was actually part of my school uniform in high school.

This time last year I was preparing to enter the second semester of my second year at university and was still taking fairly mediocre photographs for my blog. In the space of a year I felt I've really grown, my style is still is continuing to evolve but this may well be my last semester at university. In a month or two I will be applying for honors, the 'holy shit' moment of my life when I realise everything I've come to know will come to an end and a whole new chapter will begin. And I am equally terrified and excited to see what the future will bring. This is (hopefully) the last 'first day of school' outfit I will post.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

my mind in little pieces

When I went away I became really fixated on the notion of personal development to the point where I was obsessing over the last five years of my life. I constantly questioned whether I had done all I could have to be the best possible version of myself. The answer to all of that soul-searching was a painful and resounding 'no'. There is, and always will be more work to be done. But I'm grateful for that because it means I have so much more to look forward to in my lifetime and that the sun has not set. I have new adventures, stories to acquire and opportunities to seize. Then I had a really great one-on-one conversation around the bonfire reaffirming the importance of these same ideas. So for the past three weeks I have been stewing over how to improve one's self and am happy to say that I have been watching a lot less television lately and deleted some of the annoying apps off my phone. I feel better for it but I am still brooding about all this stuff hence the very angry, middle-school girl vibes and moodboard.

1a- Tavi Gevinson via instagram, b. 2- Sonic Youth and Bruce Davidson. 3- Cherry Glazerr @ The Church on York May 2014 . 4a- New in Town by Rookie Mag, b- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. 6- Twin Peaks (1990) dir. David Lynch. 7a & b- The Craft (1996). 8. 9a- Sassy Mag, b- Ghost World (2001), c- Style Rookie. 10- POMS rotondo moodboard. 11a- unknown, b- Weetzie Bat. 12- Clash of the Girl Gangs. 13- unknown.
1c & 5- The Breakfast Club, then and now.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The feelings you'd thought you'd forgotten

Wearing: Verner dress, sweater from Ezzentric Topz, thrifted purse, American Apparel socks, Rubi shoes wedges, diy necklace and droopy dog brooch from ginette lapalme

I feel like I have already talked at length about it but I spent three weeks in the desert. The ridiculous thing is I miss that place so much now. When I wake up I can no longer walk and see the sun rising over the mountains, or the adjacent endless stretch of flat lying plains. Now that I am back in the suburbs I feel cramped and starved of space. I miss having a glass of wine over dinner followed by long walks and the weight of responsibility lifted off my shoulders. And it's strange seeing the faces of strangers on the street and knowing when I wake up in the morning my friends are no longer there. But this is what my life was like before I left- so why is it so difficult to adjust now that I am back. Although I must admit it's refreshing to have longer showers, consistent phone reception and more than dirty jeans and thermal shirts to choose from when I get dressed in the mornings. For now I feel really weird and alienated.

Monday, July 21, 2014

fluorescent adolescent

Well hey there, I took a long an unexpected hiatus after exams and an avalanche of assignments because of a three week geology mapping unit run over the semester break. So when I would normally take time to recharge my batteries by composing outfits, spend evening crafting and making collages I was camping in the middle of the desert with some of my good friends from uni. Fortunately it also means I am doing three units this semester rather than four and I will hopefully have more time to dedicate towards my etsy store, making lots of cute beaded necklaces and of course blog. There's lots of catching up to do though, starting with transferring lots of the sketches and doodles I did into my proper art journal and composing new outfits. I am trying to sort out my bedroom and decorate it in that mythical dreamy teenage girl aesthetic. I will hopefully show you photos when that is done but for now all I can offer is this bratty teen girl inspired moodboard complete with piggy tails and stickers. 

1- Hometown Heroes by Rookie Mag. 2a, b & c. 3 & 8- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 - 2003). 4- Creature Fear by Rookie Mag. 5a, b- unknown. 5c & 7a- Meadham Kirchhoff by Style Bubble. 6. 7b- Ghost World (2001), c- Kathleen Hanna. 9a- Björk by Kevin Cummins, b- Collage by Minna for Rookie Mag, c- self-constructed freak. 10 & 11c- Olivia Bee for Rookie Mag. 11a- Björk by unknown, b- unknown. 12- unknown. 13a, b- Grease (1978). 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Cara the Biography

The lovely people at John Blake Publishing Ltd. were kind enough to send me a copy of 'Cara Delevingne: The Most Beautiful Girl in the World', last month after seeing this blog post, but amongst all the madness of uni assignments and exams I didn't have time to blog about it.

The book is a biography about the modelling powerhouse, her personal style, interviews and beginnings in the fashion industry. It's beautifully written and describes at depth some of her more memorable shoots as well handling herself in the public eye and they're offering a copy to one lucky reader!

To enter, you must be following this blog. Simply comment below, and describe in 25 words or less your favourite Cara moment from the red carpet or runway, photo shoots or magazine covers.

The most creative funniest response will be deemed the winner.

Giveaway ends August 1st (Australian Eastern Daylight Time), 2014 and is open internationally. The winner will be contacted via. If winner doesn't reply to email within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Monday, June 30, 2014

This is so bad it's almost good

I watched 'But I'm a Cheerleader' about a month ago now and I am still kind of mad at the world for not being this perfect collection of coordinated pastel tones and aesthetically pleasing scenery. I know it's a contrived, fantasy-like representation of America and it is not meant to emulate "the real world", but knowing the levels of organisation that our bodies have from cells all the way up to the order of the ecological niche, I don't see why it's too much to ask. That is the bitter argument raging on in my brain between the idealistic teenager and the restrained, logical scientist. And while I hate to say, but the scientist in me is winning too. Only because I have been conditioned over a number of years to think this way and ignore things like aesthetic beauty and particularly as the semester drags on, my own outfits. 
 Anyway, this didn't make much sense, but I hope these thoughts go well with the aesthetic of this these journal entries.

Also I have an announcement to make. I know I only finished exams and assignments like a week ago now, but I am taking a planned hiatus for the next three weeks while I map rocks in regional New South Wales. That means that the etsy store will also be closed for the next three weeks, but I have a bunch of new vintage stuff to list. We won't have Internet access and limited phone reception so I will basically be doing lots of drawing for my journal and do some reading. You can follow me on instragram if you haven't already and I will be back blogging regularly in a few weeks. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Delpozo Fall 2014

I normally don't like to cut down on runway shows, but only a handful of pieces really felt relevant to me and reminded me of gorgeous Comme des Garçons cocoon coats. I've been obsessed with that Japanese designers clothes ever since I finished my exams and have been drawing comparisons for the last couple of days. Although Delpozo is the brainchild of Spanish designer Jesús del Pozo there is still the echo of shapeless, blanket coats and matching plaid pant suits I drool over when thinking of Rei Kawakubo's collections. Hard lines are etched in the soft woolen materials around the collar and sleeves, while dyed bright fanciful colours. Lately, the weather has been absolutely dreadful and I've felt largely uninspired to dress up and take photos outside but this reminds me of the idealized notion of Autumn that I would so love to connect with. If I had gorgeous coats and the wind wasn't strong enough to fell trees, I'd be outside in a heartbeat.