Saturday, 28 December 2013

050 - Moon Palace

Wearing: Halter top c/o American Deadstock, Sportsgirl bell bottoms, Windsor Smith clogs, Vintage bag & belt, Assorted jewellery 

Flying over Sydney city is a strange experience, perhaps flying over any city at night is a strange experience. Looking out of my aeroplane window, I peer down into the streets below. I watch the tiny beaming headlights of cars driving along the highway, and all I can wonder about is what that one little person is doing or thinking in that one little car. Are they happy? Are they alone? Have they ever been in love? What is their favourite movie? Their favourite song? Will their lives ever intersect with mine? Sometimes I like to even create little fantasy lives for these nameless and faceless people. And this is where I tend to get stuck and overwhelmed by my thoughts. 
There are millions of people in this city, in this world, yet I only know a handful of them. I only truly care for a handful of them. And for some reason this scares and excites me. It scares me, because it really emphasises how small I am in this world. How insignificant I am in the bigger scheme of things (If a bigger scheme of things even really exists). It also reiterates how self absorbed I am in my own little universe of life. But it excites me, because there is such an abundance of opportunity. Each person could provide something new in life. And this something 'new', has the ability to shape me. They could yell or scream abuse at me, or could simply ask how my day was. They could be the person I buy my train ticket from, or the person I smile at whilst walking down the street. They could be anyone, and everyone.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

049 - Bat Fink

 Wearing: DIY kimono, Supre crop top, Thrifted skirt, Vintage boots, Assorted jewellery from eBay/Inspired Tribe/Markets

I have a bit of a thing for making my own kimonos - it's very cost effective, and it's kind of nice to know that no one else has one exactly like mine. This one was made out of a tie-dye sarong I found whilst opshopping. One day I will make a tutorial on how I whip up these babies, but to be honest my sewing skills are far from satisfactory and I'm not to sure how well I will pull off the diagrams and such.
But now onto the amazing garish choker come breast plate that is hanging around my neck! I've been lusting over these animal style necklaces since I saw Brit (from Disarming Darling) wear and style her elephant one. And while I loved the elephant one, I wanted something a little more kooky - to differentiate my style. Around 3 months ago I stumbled over a magical 'little' hmong bat necklace. The eBay seller was asking a ridiculous amount for it, AND it was broken. I messaged, asking for a reduced price, but I was declined. It later sold to some mysterious identity on the other side of the interwebs. Disheartened, I knew I would never find something as unique as the item (unless I travelled to Thailand and had it made for myself). Low and behold, I was wrong.
Doing a random search of ethnic necklaces on eBay and I stumbled upon the beauty that now rests on it's own special hook, on the side of my book shelf with my collection of other large tribal style necklaces. Hyperventilating, I messaged the seller asking for shipping prices to Australia and to put it on hold for me.
And the rest, my friends, is history. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Outtake: 'Lady of the Lake' Holiday Lookbook by Child of Wild

(Photos taken from the Child of Wild Facebook)
"Commander of the lake. She translates nature's language and lives among the trees. From the depths of the forest comes a woman warrior that is in all of us. She defends all that is just and speaks from her soul. She's a Child of the Wild who embraces energy from the lake and demands respect from others for it's mystical powers. Etherial by nature but defiant by instinct. Embrace the world and believe in it's beauty."
This lookbook has me frothing at the mouth. Seriously, anything Amanda Leigh Smith and Tashina Hill create together is awe inspiring, and just absolutely magical. As usual, there is not much more to say than aside from the obvious; it makes me miss the crisper months of the year and I really need to get my paws on some type of headpiece. 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

048 - Out Of Nowhere

 Wearing: Thrifted jeans, belt, vest & bag, Vintage boots, Supre crop top, Assorted jewellery 
  • Here is another sub-par outfit, by yours truly. 
  • My mum is getting better at taking outfit photos for me, and she is actually having a lot of fun mucking around with my SLR. 
  • Time is escaping me and I'm not sure if that's a good thing, or a bad thing.
    Good thing because it means I'm closer to travelling to and exploring the country of my dreams, and experiencing an entirely new culture and way of life.
    Bad thing because it just feels like there is never enough time in the day to do things, also not to mention the lack of motivation I have to actually do things.
  • Christmas is looming right over my shoulder, and sorry to be such a bah-humbug, but I honestly wish it would just fuck off.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Outtake: 'West End Girls' 2012 Lookbook by Tunnel Vision

(Photos taken from Tunnel Vision)

I know, I know yet another old lookbook. But I don't care, I LOVE IT. You guys know the deal, it's something that I've liked for a long time, it's super inspiring, and Seaghna is just a massive babe. It's also a reminder for me to stop pining after the cooler seasons (I blame you Northern Hemisphereans for wearing nice layers and stuff, leaving me feeling sad and nostalgic - even though I actually dread the cold) and to begin to embrace the amazing blue summer days we're experiencing here!

Friday, 29 November 2013

047 - Dreamstate

Wearing: Vintage jacket, tank & boots, Thrifted skirt & bag, Lovestrength concho belt, Assorted jewellery

So I mentioned in my last outfit post that I would like to post the essay that granted me my first HD. So here it is! Please don't leave abusive comments if you disagree with my personal opinion, we will just have to agree to disagree. Please feel free to leave constructive criticism, or just don't read it all!

Pro-choice and Pro-life are the most frequently used terms that recognise the moral issue of abortion, and the differentiating political debate that continues in Australia and many other western democracies. In westernised countries like Australia, Britain and the United States, 1 in 3 women will have an abortion at some point in their life. Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy through a generally low-risk surgical or medical procedure. In Australia, abortion laws vary on a state-by-state basis, however there is one condition that all states have a mutual understanding of: Abortion is a necessary action to take if there is a risk to the physical and mental health of the mother. This argument develops and concerns itself with the moral status of the fetus, and debating the stage at which a pregnancy may be terminated. The other argument considers the autonomy of women, and the freedom of choice that they’re allowed to maintain. However, physical and mental health aside, do women (and doctors) truly have the right to determine the fate of another individual?
This statement reiterates the largest and strongest argument pro-life lobbyists make; that it is not morally permissible to end the life of an innocent. Moral permissibility in terms of abortion involves evaluating the nature and moral status of the fetus. But there is no clear moral status of the fetus.
Grounds of moral status can be recognized by their varying degrees and implications. Mary Warren states; “To have moral status is to be morally considerable, or to have moral standing. It is to be an entity towards which moral agents have, or can have, moral obligations. If an entity has moral status, then we may not treat it in just any way we please.” Warren goes on to list characteristics that further define an entity’s moral status, such as consciousness, reasoning, capacity to communicate, and possession of a concept of the self.
Personhood is, yet another account of the moral status of fetuses, generally defined in terms of the possession of characteristics, much like those entailed by Warren, in addition to a genetic code, which makes us a biological member of the human race. Warren’s view whilst giving a comprehensive understanding of an entity’s moral status, suggests that if it is morally acceptable to abort a fetus due its moral (or lack of) status then it is upon the same level to murder a newborn. It is widely accepted that the full capacities of a “person” are not evident in the fetal stages of human development, however once a person is born they are given the right to life through the law and tradition. In New South Wales, the definition of the beginning of human life is when a baby “is fully born in a living state. A baby is fully and completely born when it is completely delivered from the body of its mother and it has a separate and independent existence in the sense that it does not derive its power of living from its mother.” This definition whilst technical, grasps the necessity to have a comprehensive understanding of the broadness of the right to life. This definition also undermines the view of many anti-abortion Christians. These traditional perspectives hold that moral status and the right to life is acquired at conception, the point of when the soul manifests itself in a body. The most prevalent of views in western religions, is that abortion is a moral disgrace because God created human beings in His own image. To desecrate against his creation is blasphemous. However, religious arguments do not hold great legal or medical relevance in the abortion debate.
A relevant argument that arises from the concept of personhood and the moral status of fetuses in religion is that of potentiality. Mianna Lotz says; “This is the possession of potential rather than actual, full-fledged personhood, enabling the claim that fetuses are potential people.” This argument is faulty, as it does not have any limitations to where potentiality begins and ends, does potentiality begin as an egg? A sperm? What truly is potential? The argument of potentiality also fails to consider the interests and possible rights of potential persons against actual full-fledged persons.
Whilst we’re all busy contemplating the moral status of potential persons, who may or may not have the right to life, we have failed to address the people who are impacted the most by abortion; women. Women, as autonomous beings with interests, rights and preferences, must be given the freedom of choice to determine whether abortion is ethically justified. If a woman who is pregnant wishes to stop being pregnant, should we prevent her? Attitudes to pregnancy are immersed with how society views sex, women and the fertile woman in particular. An enormous amount of stigma still surrounds the issue of abortion; this stigma inhibits access to and awareness of abortion, allowing for the perpetuation of ill-informed myths and judgment from families and communities to continue to arise.
When a person, or a group of people are opposed to abortion, then it is seen that they are committing themselves to a set of values, which requires that women who become pregnant (intentionally or unintentionally) must endure the process of pregnancy and birth – no matter how stressful, painful and unsafe it is for them. This justification observes the idea of the moral status of the fetus alongside God’s will, and refuses to acknowledge the moral status of a suffering woman. That apparently, a woman’s suffering is a lesser evil than terminating the fetus, regardless of the circumstances in which she came to be pregnant and despite the opportunities for ending the pregnancy. However, due to the illegality (in some states of Australia) of abortion and its costliness women often take drastic and dangerous methods to have unsafe abortions, possibly resulting in injury, infection, infertility and in very rare cases, death.
So how can restricting women’s rights, to mental and physical health, be morally acceptable? That preventing abortion, and giving a potential person priority to life, is the lesser of “two evils’, and clearly a more viable option? The answer is, it is not acceptable. One of the most basic of political and human rights is the right to control fertility, and by denying women these intrinsic rights, that are offered so clearly by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are not addressing the palpable need for social change.
What we need to consider is why women want abortions. The obvious answer is to prevent or postpone childbearing. There are also many socio-economic factors that play into the desire for an abortion such as; disruption of education, unemployment or poverty, relationship issues with the father of the child, and age related factors. It can be seen that society, and other individuals have no right to impose conflicting decisions upon women. If people are to be free, that freedom must be extended to include the freedom to exercise these personal choices.
The abortion debate will continue to be a controversial, no matter which side of the fence you are arguing from, albeit pro-choice or pro-life. If abortion, being interconnected with the right of self-governance for women, freedom of their bodies and decisions, continues to remain illegal or to be viewed as an unethical action or inaction, like mentioned above, then it sends a negative message that women are not allowed to make autonomous choices about themselves.
Here are the references I used whilst writing my essay.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

046 - Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board

Wearing: Mink Pink velvet bustier top, Thrifted skirt, belt & bag, Windsor Smith clogs, Assorted jewellery

This last week or so has just flown by in a blur. Leaving me slightly disorientated, a little lost and very relieved. I've finally finished my first year of university, I got my first High Distinction mark of the year, and I'm still just as confused as to where I am heading in life. And to be honest, I couldn't give less of a fuck. Just as the wise Daria once said, "My goal is to not wake up at forty with the bitter realisation that I've wasted my life in a job I hate, because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens."

(Also would any of you be interested in reading the essay that got my first HD? I'm thinking about posting it along with my next outfit. Comment and let me know.)