Monday, June 17, 2013

Acne Spring 2013

I've decided after tearing through my practical manual and studying animal diversity and taxonomy for three days straight that I need to take a short study break- and what better way than to review Acne's collection from Spring 2013? Normally I appraise clothes that are more outlandish in principle, embody a stranger side of textural exploration and strange silhouettes. 

However, Acne Studios normally focuses on crafting clothes with an air of prestige making mohair sweaters in a rich variety of seasonal colours, strong motorcycle vests ( at unfortunately astronomical prices...), and a series of swish suede and leather boots that are subject to many copy cat knock-offs but as of late they've been incorporating the splicing of swatches into their garments along with simple slogan muscle shirts and printed fabrics. I love the intense mood of characters of purple and red; my mind immediately thinking of Tim Burton characters such as the Queen of Hearts and the 1970s classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Can't wait to get my hands on some of these pieces for myself. But fist! Four more exams to endure (wah!)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Where's Wally?

Wearing: Beanie and top as a skirt from Where's Wally costume, sweater from my childhood, cat flower barrette from ginette pomette, childhood socks and holographic brogues from Wittner shoes, thrifted scrunchie.

There's something really odd about what I've been feeling lately; other than an utter sense of being drained, waiting to fall asleep at night for what seems like an eternity and incorporating my Neopet toy collection into outfit posts. I think this expresses the sentiments of college students with stupid berets, expensive focaccias and cups of fair trade coffee without smoking cigarettes and in a more child-like nostalgia. I've been meaning to compose this for ages; finally picked the sewing of the neckline of this top to wear as a skirt while procrastinating and avoiding reading Geology textbooks.

One of my friends from high school posted on Facebook last night about growing a beard and running away to join the circus if she fails her accounting exam. I can strongly identify with those misty-teared sentiments and a clever comment about debit tears and credit happiness. Why can't I just write a book about accounting humour instead?

Friday, June 14, 2013


So basically I can't decide whether scrunchies are the best thing ever or some sort of demi-plague/ fashion embarrassment-relic from the 1980s people would rather forget about. There's various reasons why they're good: providing extra stock to handmade but I suppose they also represent the nostalgic childhood of monkey bars and balance beams. If you were ever that way inclined as a child, I know I wasn't.
My conclusion is that they're like mini tutus for the uncoordinated who were never really meant to dance en pointe but we get to wear them in our hair, hiding away the untidy ends from less-than-perfect hair buns and small little pockets and sunshine and colour. Vintage school photographs uploaded to Flickr remind us all that ugly duckling stages are not so bad and those people grow up into beautiful swans. Or alternatively they embraced their inner geek and were happy with that too. I'm on both sides of the fence myself.

*Photographs via Google Images and Tumblr 

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Wearing: DIY brooch, Sweater from Ezzentric Topz, Cue skirt, Rubi shoes wedges.

There is indeed a Neopet on my sweater. It's a dinosaur and it likes to party, but I should mention that it took a massive three safety pins to tame the beast- I think however, that it worked out well. How could I not take this little guy home when visiting the op shop? After all, it seems like I've been studying for my Biology and Geology exams forever and... umm... it'll be good for revision and moral. Yeah. Well mainly moral on that one because my eyeballs hurt, I haven't even sat an exam AND I AM OVER THE WHOLE PROCESS. Anyway, it seems that outfit posts are only being done after showers these days when my hair realises it can indeed be as silky smooth as a commercial and when my thoughts are collected on what to wear. Make no mistake, I am in very boring clothes at the moment and feel like a sloth. I wish my fellow students well into the exam period.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Ardorous and Lauren Poor

Yes, my presence on the Internet will be a little more erratic and unpredictable as I prepare to enter one of the busiest times of my year: THE DREADED EXAMS. *Duh DUH DUUUUUUH* But it's not all doom and gloom- I've managed to stay relatively creative when my head isn't buried in a book trying to read chapters of textbooks, chasing my tail and playing catch up. There's been good progress made on my composition book and I feel like this relates to the work of Lauren Poor or at least it would be if my newspapers were a little more groovy and technicolour in their distribution of coloured ink.

Also I'm having difficulty getting three-dimensional fabric roses bought from the thrift store to really compress and squash onto lined note paper. I've already come to terms with the fact I cannot have candles sitting in the pages of my visual diary itself but I'm in a good place with that right now. One can't help but think of candles when sitting back, reflecting on life and meditating on things such as Courtney Love, Meadham Kirchhoff and plastic babies. But you get the general picture; I am reliving my childhood years through eclectic scrapbooking and discovery of old textas while nostalgically wishing I had point some cheap wigs at some point or other in my life. Oh well. 

Monday, June 10, 2013


Wearing: Karen Walker Bunny sunglasses, vintage blouse, sweater from my father, skirt bought at a garage sale and Miu Miu clogs.

As every good university student knows, 9am lectures are a pain to get to on time and 8am lectures are some sort of evil punishment the institute gleefully inflicts on us. Last semester I had three nine o'clock starts and heavily relied on caffeine during the last few weeks to slug it out and survive the first semester. So in a tribute, I whipped together a quick and very coordinated outfit as an homage to coffee- one of the few reasons I get out of bed for during Winter. Also- how *ridiculously long* is my hair getting!? The last photo looks like extensions- I swear it's not. At least it manages to stay soft and fluffy after being blow dried these days. Still obsessed with my Karen Walker Bunny sunglasses in brown- I don't care that it's Winter and I'm indoors I'm refusing to take them off.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Ardorous and Hanna Antonsson

If you thought I had already had my fill of good, young and energetic art you were wrong. It's not that I'm procrastinating instead of studying about sediments or the effectiveness of translocations but I'm getting a headache doing just about everything so I figure sneaking in a quick and sneaky post wouldn't hurt that much. While listening to covers of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky". So at the moment (as you can probably tell) my mind is a gooey mush, compared to that of a freshly squeezed orange rind with only grizzly bits of pulp left. Why don't I do a subject where I am free to create really estranged analogies?

Sigh, anyway, I'm enjoying the interactions of three-dimensional objects and the interface with 2D photographs a la Hanna Antonsson for the Adorous- possibly my favourite little collections of artists on the Internet which is getting me pumped up to tackle more pages for my collage book. I mean, totally study the effects of invasive species on biology and ecosystems. Ugh. At the end of the month I will be waving goodbye to my exams but for now I have several weeks of an un-enthused mindset to continue to tolerate. I am not looking forward to this in the slightest.