Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fluffing about

Wearing: Vintage top, POMS earrings, Karen Walker sunglasses, thrifted purse, Cotton On shorts and Dr Martens boots.

Whilst today's outfit does not strictly constitute outfit repeating, it does feel like a bit of a cheat when one dresses according to a formula. In all honesty, comfort was my number one priority. We explored the Dinosaur Discovery exhibition at the Museum of Tropical Queensland (pics coming soon) as well as more op shops. I managed to buy a copy of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar for 50c each, as well as a copy of Lula for $2. I was completely over the moon with my purchases! The next day we were back at the same op shops and I bought two knitted scarfs for a dollar each- which is just as well because it's just over ten degrees at home.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dress to Impress

If you've read Secret Hipster for a while now, you'll know that I love to dress up and stand out. I feel much more comfortable within myself when I am acting as an individual, rather than trying to fit in or dress according to trends. It might come as a surprise but for those reasons formal events, including prom terrify me! There’s a lot of pressure to have your hair styled to perfection, the right makeup, colour coordinated accessories and most importantly, the dress

Not wearing the right dress won’t ruin your evening- whether you’re with friends or maybe a date by the end of the night you’ll have taken your shoes off and bogeying the night away. One of the best parts of the evening is taking photographs, capturing those moments to look back on and you’re going to want to wear a good dress. Bright colours and long prom dresses are by far my favourite and personal go to with carrying the best range of prom dresses Canada. For a more glamorous approach, try metallic accessories. To make blues stand out go for gold. 

Short prom dresses are more common and a little easier to move around in (think back to what I said earlier about dancing the night away). Personally I love having a long skirt, watching the dress flow with every movement and being able to show off a little leg with a thigh slit. Everyone is different though and the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the evening, no matter what you might be celebrating!

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Beach House

Wearing: Thrifted blouse, POMS earrings, Ksubi sunglasses, jeans were a gift and Dr Martens boots.

It's been so long since I've been shopping in a big city- we started the morning with a big breakfast and hit just about every charity shop in Townsville. I scored an amazing dragon embellished robe for two dollars (gotta love when the Salvos have a sale on) as well as a crazy flamenco skirt at Endeavour. Both are great for swishing around and dancing in although I'm most excited about the satin robe. I've been lusting after the perfect kimono for years now, frequently picking out particular colours and prints on Etsy. While the embroidery is in itself nothing special it's the perfect item to dress up or down. The skirt on the other hand is pure madness, part Tata Naka and part Romance Was Born. While jeans were slightly too warm to wear in tropical Queensland it did feel nice to wear a more minimalist outfit.

One Night Stand Mt Isa

It's been too long since I last saw some good live music. In fact when I moved from Melbourne to Winton over a year ago I didn't expect to see musicians or bands of any kind (unless they were playing at the local pub). The ABC and the government-funded, Australian radio station Triple J put on a massive one night music festival, aptly called the One Night Stand. Roughly ten thousand people flocked to the Tony White Oval in Mt Isa and enjoyed the sounds of local artist Lucky Luke from neighboring Cloncurry, as well as San Cisco, Tash Sultana, The Smith Street Band and Thundamentals. The atmosphere was really relaxed with lots of Mt Isa locals taking their families to see the concert and one of the best things was the community benefiting from the boost in tourism. The majority of the food trucks at the concert were run by local businesses as a fund-raising opportunity, but there were also some university and charity tents lending their support to the event.

I was familiar with the music of most of the acts, except for Tash Sultana. I had no what to expect when the time came for her set, but holy smokes I was blown away by what one person could do with a guitar, loop pedals and stomp box. She has the most incredible singing voice, an impeccable sense of timing, can beat box and has single-handedly reignited for guitar. It's amazing to know that Australia's next greatest guitarist and solo artist is an Aboriginal woman with so much to give. The last of her set, Jungle like many of her tracks was a slow burner and yet gave the crowd so much energy, it was a really pity she wasn't the headline act.

While I had hoped to capture the best of the festival style I wasn't really inspired by many outfits, other than the amazing off the shoulder lace top and harem pants worn by singer Thelma Plum.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Missoni Resort 2017

I can barely organise a phone call once a week to my family- let alone be the creative director of a family run business and yet that’s precisely what Angela Missoni has set out to do. Missoni Resort 2017 taking cues from the Missoni archive. More specifically, Angela had her sights set on the Missoni Fall 1971 collection creating ultra lightweight knits and lurex pieces perfect for warmer weather. Astonishingly she’s been at the helm of the Missoni fashion empire for two decades and remained true to the aesthetic everyone has come to know and expect. The seventies are the undisputed decade which capture the true essence of Missoni, as exemplified by the flared silhouettes, particularly the defined waistline and plunging V-necks emphasised by bold prints. This season’s standouts include the shimmering emerald green wrap coat styled with lurex socks and gold platforms and the lurex fringe jacket, in the same vein as Marco de Vincenzo and lesser known Krasimira Stoyneva (both lovers of fibres which are long and wild). Stuck for when to wear these threads? How about an island getaway, or if you like me, think Fridays (and by extension holidays) are a state of mind, on a Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dinosaur Canyon

It all started back in 1999 when David Elliott, a sheep and cattle grazier from Winton in outback western Queensland, was mustering a mob of sheep when he spotted what looked like the end of a massive dinosaur bone. As luck would have it, he was right. The bone was one end of a femur, and belonged to, what was at the time, the largest dinosaur in all of Australia. Fast forward to Easter 2017 and the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, a non-for-profit organisation and dinosaur museum opened its outdoor exhibition, Dinosaur Canyon. It consists of several galleries featuring life-size bronze statues of dinosaurs, a garden filled with Cretaceous age plants and a stunning building with three life-size statues of its own, a barbeque area, bathrooms and drinking water. 

It was touching to bear witness to Dinosaur Canyon’s opening, to hear the words of the Honourable Dame Quintin Bryce, patron to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum as well as Executive Chairman David Elliot. David took on the role of project manager and stayed on-site during the completion of Dinosaur Canyon in a caravan with his wife Judy, often starting before sunrise and finishing their day’s work on sundown. Australia is truly lucky to have David and Judy, who are fiercely passionate about keeping their community alive and creating a centre which celebrates Australia’s rich natural history. It is hoped that Dinosaur Canyon will act as a gateway to the site of a future museum complete with fossil preparation lab and exhibitions of fossils and geologic specimens collected from across the country. 

The latest attraction would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of local townspeople and businesses who contributed their time and resources into Dinosaur Canyon. Among them is my wonderful boyfriend Harry, son of David and Judy tasked with creating the decorative steel panels seen throughout the outpost building and assisting with the creation of the wheelchair accessible concrete walkways. Saturday was the chance to blow off some steam and celebrate the work of many hard-working and dedicated people- but you better believe it doesn’t stop there. It is only the beginning. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pip & Pop

Wearing: Romance Was Born denim jacket, thrifted blouse, Cotton On shorts and Sophia Webster desert boots.

Although I should technically be on a shopping diet because of lack of money and return to study I could not get past this amazing denim jacket which I am super excited to have sitting in my wardrobe in all its rainbow psychedelic awesomeness. If Tame Impala were an item of clothing, they'd be this jacket. Made by my ultimate and happily unproblematic favourites Romance Was Born the print was made in collaboration with Australian artist Tanya Schultz. I'm awarding myself bonus points for embodying an actual Pip & Pop artwork by wearing this blouse. However, I do regret dressing it down with these sad-looking (but comfy) shorts as the shorts and jacket make me resemble Dora the Explorer a bit too much for my liking. The proportions are also a bit stuffed up because of the boots but they make me happy and I needed an extra dose of good vibes in addition to a big morning coffee.