Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Hazy Shade Of Winter

Wearing: Vintage dress, thrifted coat and Dr Martens boots.

Introducing the most amazing psychedelic vintage dress (which I did not get the chance to wear to the races last month!). I'm still a bit miffed on missing a public outing with my new boyfriend, and more to the point, that my housemate did not do me the favour of swapping shifts with me. On the pus side, it kind of matches the patch I added to the amazing woolen winter coat at my local op shop a couple of months ago. The aforementioned patch was made by the amazing Ashley Ronning, an artist based in Brunswick with the words
'Caldera Press. A caldera is a type of volcano that normally has a super deadly and highly destructive eruption when they explode. The embroidery matches the colours of this amazing vintage dress, which I altered with the help of my boyfriend. I had every intention of wearing it to the races, but was rostered to work at the last minute. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Karen Mabon Sleepwear Show

Luxury brand Karen Mabon made the leap from whimsical printed silk scarves to sleepwear in the most spectacular fashion at Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. Not to be confused with Edinburgh Fashion Week, the festival promised a business focused and more pragmatic approach to understanding the fashion industry as a whole. However, it's difficult to discuss fashion without unveiling the end product in some shape or form and Karen Mabon's salon show curated pastel printed umbrellas and the cat's pajamas of sleepwear. Styled with 1950s inspired cat eye glasses, mules and ankle socks the collection elevates sleepwear to that of Mad Men and proves that sleepwear doesn't have to be boring (or functional!). While it does make me pine for the flurry and fury of fashion week, I am reminded that attending events like this in the city are a bit like a bathtub.

It would be nice every once in a while and there are times where I crave that sense of luxury but at the same time, I won't die without it. And unlike a bathtub, I can vicariously life through images posted online to understand what the mood in the room was like and to some degree, gauge the audience's response.

Photos: 1- Tartan Brunette, 2- Terry Murden via Daily Business Group, 3- Karen Mabon instagram 4- Alannah Eileen, 5 & 6 shot by @ellie_morag.

Friday, August 26, 2016


Wearing: Discount Universe sequin top, thrifted blazer, Asos frill neck collar, thrifted jeans and Dr Martens boots.

While I may not be sitting poolside, drinking cocktails and doing other fun summery things I can enjoy wearing jeans without being drenched in sweat and continuing on a layering odyssey. Today's look was inspired by self-proclaimed fashion historian and adult baby Elena Kanagy-Loux (erenanaomi) and master of many looks, the late Prince. I can honestly say wearing a halter top with a frilly collar was hand's down, one of the best decisions I made today. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sea Shells

It’s been a while since I last acquired any rocks or fossil specimens, let alone had the time to shoot and document for this blog. In case you hadn’t quite worked it out, what you’re looking at are fossil sea shells (bivalves) collected in the middle of a grass-filled meadow on my boyfriend’s property. I’ll admit, they’re not the nicest specimens but they act as a reminder of a warm winter’s day spent driving around paddocks and stopping at every pile of rocks, hammer at the ready and my iPod playing from the car speakers.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Expectation vs. Reality

The pros of dating a local sheep farmer during lambing season are cute photo opportunities, such as this snap below. It's only a matter of time before I invest in a sweatshirt, however impractical, that is as cute and cuddly as these newborn lambs. In case you were wondering, I'm also in favor of apparel which announces I'm in no mood to take anyone's shit.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pen Pals

A few weeks ago I was delighted to receive a package from Melbourne based textile artist Caitlin Shearer with some original artwork I hope to hang up soon. These include a couple of nude water colours which remind me of Sam's letters to Suzy Bishop in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. There's something so intimate about a hand written note, especially when it comes from someone who would (without the Internet) be a complete stranger.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bitter Pill

At the moment I'm coddled up in bed, the blankets pulled up to my neck with a box of tissues on my bedside table. This is the first time I've been sick and there hasn't been someone in my immediate vicinity to take care of me. Hopefully the cold tablets will start to kick in, the caffeine from this morning will wear off, and my laundry will be ready soon. Reading my laments isn't particularly exciting, but these threads featuring drugs from the likes of Jeremy Scott and Acne Studios sure are.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Jiwinawai Get rich or eat peanuts

In the countdown to the release of Jiwinaia's new collection, featuring daisies, ying yangs and razor blades it seemed fitting to revisit the collection which started it all, aptly named 'Get rich or eat peanuts'. I love the quirky designs of each piece, the attention to detail and more importantly, the lack of inhibitions. The motifs of this collection seem more fitting with the life of a teenage girl, on the cusp of womanhood and testing boundaries. The price range of these jewels seems somewhat incompatible with the aesthetic, however, given how beautifully crafted these pieces are, I would say they're worth every dollar. Unfortunately I won't be able to afford anything from the collection anytime soon, but perhaps when the new collection launches I'll have enough money saved up by then. At the very least I have some new make up looks to emulate, joining a long list of make up looks appearing in photo shoots which I have been too afraid to wear myself.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Colour explosion

Wearing: POMS earrings, vintage blouse and crochet vest from Tunnel Vision, Kit Neale jacket, vintage Levi's shorts and Dr Martens boots.

I can't quite pinpoint the moment where I abandoned fastidiously colour coordinated outfits, but this sudden change in my habit has happened within the last six months. This can be attributed to having a much smaller wardrobe, but I haven't been able to help myself from buying new bits and pieces. In many ways it feels like colourful outfits, no matter how chaotic and disorganised occur in a much more natural way. Connecting one piece of clothing with another becomes much easier when wearing something as bright as this Kit Neale denim jacket. Perhaps the crochet vest was taking things too far but it's been a while since it last appeared on this blog and goodness knows how long it will be before I can wear it again.