Friday, December 15, 2017

Zaful Christmas sales

It's only ten more days until Christmas and if you're anything like me, you'll have half your Christmas shopping down and need to grab a few last minute items (and maybe a little something for yourself!) Anything and everything from bags, jewellery, sunglasses and beauty supplies. It doesn't have to cost a lot, but something as simple as a gorgeous makeup brush, a necklace, pair of earrings... whatever you can think of can be the perfect stocking stuffer and really make a big difference, especially at Christmas time. Without further ado, let's go through my Christmas 2017 zaful wish list!

 1. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are always a popular choice when it comes to Christmas deals. I am constantly scratching my sunglasses, or even worse, occasionally I lose them. If you have a friend who's also been caught out at the beach or on a sunny day without their sunglasses, it might just be the perfect gift. Plus, if you grab a couple of pairs you can always keep one for yourself, or get a few different colours and styles. There are plenty of sunglasses available

2. Makeup brushes
If you're struggling to come up with the perfect gift for someone with a mermaid obsession, this ombre brush set just might be the perfect thing! They're super soft, and are perfect for someone who's recently taken an interest in makeup tutorials.If you're looking for a specific combination of brushes, or maybe a different design then there are more available.

3. A statement bag
Festival season is upon us and there are few things more important than keeping your personal belongings secure and safe. A fun statement bag like this drawstring purse is one of the easiest ways of keeping everything together in the same spot. Need an outfit to go with that new bag? There are clothes for all climates available at the zaful Christmas clothing deals.
In case you have a lot of last minute Christmas shipping to do, Zaful are offer free shipping on orders over $20

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


High school was without a doubt the most horrendous period of my life. I didn't fit in, I tried to hang around people who were cruel and absolutely hated me, and to top it all off my boobs never grew. I'm on the itty bitty titty committee, an A-cup, and have some resemblance of a chest when I pop my bra on. When I was more athletic and played sport twice a week, I felt grateful I didn't have my boobs swinging around wildly but at other times, I was envious of other girls when they went up a cup size. These days I'm confident in my skin- I don't necessarily love my body with the warm glow of a thousand suns but I am grateful for how hard it works, when it repairs itself and above all, the way in which each different part work together to create a living breathing system. When Upbra, first got in touch with me I was hesitant at first- I've come so far on my body acceptance journey, and in some small way wearing a bra which boosted my bosom seemed like a betrayal. If you're happy with your boobs just as they are, more power to you but if on the off chance you want a bra with a little more support and give yourself a literal and emotional boost, you might just fall in love with the Upbra.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Why is fashion important to me?

I answer the that question, and many more in the following interview, conducted by the wonderful Sarah of SSO. For valuable insights into the thoughts behind a fashion blogger's shopping habits, read on!

1. Have you ever experienced that ‘the world is going to end if I don’t get this,’ feeling when shopping? Do you still have that piece and if so, what does it mean to you now?
Absolutely, I tend to buy pieces second-hand from sites like eBay and Depop where there’s a real sense that if I don’t make that purchase then and there I’ll never have the chance to own that piece! Earlier this year I bought a silk dress by Australian brand Romance Was Born, it’s silk and features a pattern based on the gem malachite. I’ll probably never part with that piece! 

 2. The idea of people cherishing, patching up and passing on clothing seems like it used to be much more popular than it is now, due to disposable fashion. Do you think it’s possible for more people to feel like this again?
Do you ever have moments when you feel like this about clothing you own? It is possible that people might start patching up their clothing more, but I’ve bought a Shrimps purse with beading detail that was coming undone and Marques Almeida trousers with their stitching coming undone. I was shocked the sellers didn’t just repair these pieces, or pay someone else to do it for them. Instead they were treated as ‘damaged goods’ when they were fine in all other respects. I try to repair what I can, and never throw anything away. Unloved clothes always go to the second hand store, and lots of people follow suit but at times those charities can become inundated with the cheap stuff when really they need good quality clothing that will last a lifetime. As we start to see less and less of that these days, we’ll start to see problems with clothes simply falling apart. I think less people cherish and make connections with pieces in their wardrobe; and I blame fashion blogging and influencers on Instagram who, in an attempt to make a name for themselves have high turnover in their closets, wear a piece once or twice and pass it on. I’d like to see more and more people reinvent and style pieces they’ve had for years in new and interesting ways. 

3. Would you be inclined to spend more money on a garment, knowing that it has been made in a sustainable way and comes with the promise that it’ll last you a lifetime?
That really depends on what it is- I’m not a big believer in investing in wardrobe staples but there are certain pieces I do splash out on. That said, many clothes aren’t made in a sustainable way, and they certainly don’t make the lofty promise of lasting a lifetime. I’m a visual being though, so ultimately there has to be a balance between aesthetics, practice and durability. It’s 2017 now, surely it is possible albeit something that is not practiced. 

4. Does the story behind the brand and products interest you? And if a brand has an identity and values that you can relate to, does it make you more likely to want to purchase from the brand in the future?
Definitely! As much as I love the watching the runway shows, in particular London Fashion Week it’s much more interesting to know a little about who made my clothes and whether the business model integrates aspects of sustainable fashion. Falling in love with a brand is one thing, but if there’s no longevity and they disappear, or if someone’s safety was compromised during the process of making my clothes then I have to reconsider if that purchase is really worth it. Brands which also celebrate diversity, showing their clothes on women of all different shapes, sizes, body types, and skin colours is something that’s also important. I don’t see myself or my personality reflected in a size 0 model with porcelain skin (not that there’s anything wrong with that) 

5. How important is sustainability in the fashion industry for you? Does it affect your buying decisions?
I’ll admit I’m not the most conscientious buyer when it comes to sustainable and ethical fashion, but I avoid Zara and H & M. It’s difficult when my mum buys a piece of clothing from them, and I will still wear it but I make sure that they’re not getting my money. That said, I have no idea where my favourite labels sit on the spectrum of sustainability. I suspect that I would be horrified if I were to learn the results. 

6. Lastly, why is fashion important to you?
For me fashion is a form of self-expression; it’s liberating to get dressed in the morning, however I want and feel comfortable that day whether it’s jeans and a nice top or a vintage dress. The overwhelming majority of garment workers are women, so ensuring that they have working conditions which meet international standards is vital in their empowerment, and giving them the opportunity to provide for their families. We cannot stand by and wait for the collapse of another garment factory, and we cannot throw our money behind companies willing to profit off someone else’s suffering. While the majority of garment workers are women, it’s estimated that women occupy just a third of the top jobs in fashion. The brands I love, intrinsically are designed by women for women, and it’s something I’ll continue to support.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Pom pom

Wearing: Asos pom pom coat, Cotton On shorts, gifted shirt and pom pom earrings from Strange Magic on etsy.

They told me I could be anything, so I became a pom pom. Isn't it amazing how a jacket, pair of fun earrings and red lipstick can instantly change an outfit and by extension a person's mood? I'm not necessarily in a funk or experiencing burnout, but quite the opposite, this week I've allowed myself to slow down and pursue some creative projects and take time out from work on my PhD. I even mustered up the courage to apply for a job! While it can feel like our lives are defined by a trajectory and path, we mustn't forget to enjoy the little sidesteps and meandering path. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Memoirs of a Geisha

Shoes are without a doubt my Achilles heel and when a great pair of shoes catches my mind it's difficult to let go. Take the platform boots and sandals from the Prada Spring 2013 collection. Although not quite as adventurous, I fell in love with a similar pair of sandals by Fabrizio Viti. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

What makes a Secret Hipster?

As the year winds down and now that I've finally given myself permission to slow down (to avoid another bout of burn out) you may start to notice I'm posting less frequently. It's not unusual for me to experience periods where I am obsessively writing fashion reviews, and conversely, periods of quiescence. Other than deep diving into my PhD, and writing a 40+ page research document I've also been reflecting a lot on my handle, Secret Hipster and whether or not I still identify with it.

Recently, the words racism and hipster have been conflated, which was obviously a hard pill for me to swallow and has dredged up insecurities about my blog, what I've tried to establish over the last five years, and what I've achieved. Scrolling through my Intstagram feed, I can easily feel very insecure about my position in the world, what others have that I don't and what I could be doing better. The catalyst for all this self-reflection came from a request from a reader for an interview in requirement for their Fashion Journalism undergraduate degree, and they had some excellent questions for me.

Why you consider yourself being hipster?
When I started my blog in 2011, I identified with being a hipster as I didn't particularly fit in and after failing to fit in during the early years of high school it felt much more authentic to pursue fashion trends, popular culture, music and literature outside that within the mainstream culture. Writing a blog at the time provided a welcome distraction and avenue for my self-exploration and creativity, but I rarely shared it with anyone in fear that they would find my musings trivial. So, the blog Secret Hipster, became a place where I could write about that which interested me, without fear of judgement from my peers. 

How would you describe your style?

My style isn't particularly normal, or season appropriate but it includes a lot of colour and texture. Often it's described by others as 'cute', which I wouldn't necessarily disagree with but the outfits I wear certainly wouldn't appeal to many men. I dress for myself, and don't conform to trends other that appeal to other women my age. Nor do I participate in self-objectification. There's a freedom in wearing an outfit with lots of colour and pattern, I feel comfortable knowing when I leave the house I won't run into someone who looks exactly the same as I do. 

What inspires you the most on hipster style?

Lately I've really been into craft and the interface between DIY and high fashion. There's a Brisbane based designer called Rachel Burke who makes amazing tinsel jackets which I've been obsessing over for months. 

What kind of music do you listen?

I listen to music less and less these days- with the peace and quiet of living in the country. My music taste is very eclectic though, I can happily listen to punk, alternative, folk and love listening to Triple J. If I'm out doing something though, normally I prefer listening to a podcast. Having my head filled with words and absorbing them subconsciously like a sponge helps my writing process. 

What fashion designer is the most important for you?

Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales of Romance Was Born are the fashion designers I find the most important. Like me, they're Australian and have produced some amazing collections which have collaborated with Australian artists like Del Kathryn Barton, as well as the children's book author May Gibbs. Their creativity knows no bounds, and they are by far my favourite designer to present at fashion week in Australia. It's a wonder we haven't lost them overseas yet.