Friday, 28 June 2013

Polyvore Playtime: 009

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Monday, 24 June 2013

026 - Diamonds On Your Time Piece

Wearing: Mika and Gala fluffy coat, Mink Pink velvet crop top, Thrifted snake skin skirt, Vintage boots, Hindu bag, Spiked choker and Assorted jewellery

Blogging is fitting quite nicely into my routine nowadays. It keeps me occupied, aware, organised and motivated - things that I've been lacking for almost 18 months due to school, work commitments and severe bouts of anxiety and depression. But all that stuff is being saved for a bigger more ~feelings~ post. However today's post won't be very long, as I'm busy watching Martha Marcy May Marlene and reading my Batman graphic novels that I picked up from Supanova, the pop culture convention that was in Sydney over the weekend.
Also, a reminder for other Australians experiencing this hellish winter. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT exit your homes without a barrier between your legs and the freezing temperatures. As you can see by my outfit there is nothing protecting the wee little hairs on my legs from this yucky weather. However, my lack of common sense can be easily compensated by how awesome this whole clothing combination is. I can definitely see this outfit being repeated multiple times in the near future! Seriously sometimes I surprise myself by what I have in my wardrobe and all the funky combinations I can create. Hurrah for creativity!

Also I was wondering what would you guys like to read more of, or see more of on my blog? I have a list compiled of things that I want to chat about, but are there certain things that tickle your fancy? Drop me a comment and let me know. 

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Outtake: Rat and Boa

(All photos sourced from Rat and Boa)

Throughout the week, as I was doing my daily trawl of tumblr, I stumbled upon a lovely photo of a playful blonde winking, decked out in an array of bindis, jewellery and rainbow crochet (photo 1). Knowing automatically by its size and graininess that it was a photo from instagram, I turned obsessive in trying to hunt down the face of this bohemian, grunge, crochet angel. Low and behold, I came across the instagram of Valentina Muntoni - AND THERE WAS MY INSPIRATIONAL ANGEL! A couple of link-clicking moments later, the almost indecipherable scrawl of Rat and Boa was staring up at me from my computer screen. And I fell deeply, deeply in love. 
"Rat and Boa is the creative brainchild of friends Stephanie Cara Bennett and Valentina Muntoni. In Rat and Boa, it was a meeting of mind. Selling affordable one of a kind fashion and jewellery to the imaginative and daring, allowing for individuality and expression. Step into the magical world of Rat and Boa and unleash your inner free spirit."
Yet again, that little informative paragraph was stolen from their website. Essentially, the brand is run by two rad women who sell rad clothing to equally rad women. RAD RAD RAD. To me, this brand and its clothing just oozes relaxed sexiness and self-confidence and I dunno, summer and warm pavement, and exotic road trips and secret late night kisses and stuff?

What does this brand remind you of? Drop me a comment below, and let me know. 

Find Rat and Boa, here, here, here and here

Thursday, 20 June 2013

025 - The Air Went Out

 Wearing: BAD VIBES Howl Grommet Leggings, Thrifted boots and kimono, American Apparel crop top, Assorted jewellery and MAC Media lipstick.

Guess what guys? I've finally finished all of my university exams, and I now have five weeks of holidays! So expect more posts and maybe a video or two.
On to real stuff now, is it just me or does everyone else get their blog post titles from song lyrics? It's rather interesting how song lyrics can relate to a blog post. My lyric choice of the day is from the song Bad Things by Jace Everett, you will probably recognise it as the True Blood opening credits. Which is rather convenient and coincidental as True Blood season six aired this week - the episode was quite good if you wanted to know - and I'm finally wearing my Bad Vibes leggings on my blog! (Bad Things? Bad Vibes? BAD?! Do you see where I am going with this?)
My lovely little wife, Caitlan, bought them for my birthday and they didn't arrive till the beginning of June, and I have been dying to style them and put them on my blog ever since. Bad Vibes is the house brand of Tunnel Vision, an online vintage store run by two of my favourite bloggers, Madeline and Brit. I'd been obsessing over the grommet line and I was ecstatic when Caitlan told me she was buying them for me.
I got them in a size large, and they fit pretty near perfectly. The velvet is incredibly soft and luxurious, and the lace up/grommet bit is fantastic and so rare to see these days! They photographed fabulously and helped stave off the chilly weather and keep me warm. Unfortunately, however, I've had a few qualms with them. And I don't think the issues are a manufacturing or design problem, simply that my body is a little on the curvy side and clothes are rarely made to tailor fit certain body shapes.
1st issue: They sit about 10cm above my ankle meaning I have to wear either longer boots to compensate or I have to deal with some awkward ankle cleavage. 2nd issue: There is quite a lot of room and stretch in the crotch area which means it has a tendency to sag and look frumpy. 3rd issue: A bit of material inside the waistband which holds the tag always flips out when I wear them. So in a couple of weeks I will be taking them to my local alterations man and having them taken in at the hips and turned into shorts.
All in all, I think these leggings are brilliant/fantastic/amazing and I wholeheartedly support Madeline and Brit and their creations, however I would suggest to be extra mindful in checking the measurements to make sure they will fit you absolutely perfectly.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

024 - Shadow Alive

Wearing: Thrifted elephant print skirt, Fishnet top, Harley Davidson vintage renewed tee from Cream, Boots from Etsy and Assorted jewellery.

Uni exams are sucking my time away from me, and through my periods of procrastination I have been posting little outtake posts on here, but here I am - with one exam to go - posting a full outfit post for you guys! I wore this outfit to the Kirribilli markets a couple of weeks ago, and forgot to take photos so I threw the outfit back on this morning and took some snapz. There is not much happening in my life (as I'm sure you all know by now) so today I've decided to list my top 10 songs of the moment:
  • Over the Love by Florence + the Machine
  • The Best We Got by the Rubens
  • It's Too Late by Wild Belle
  • Perth by Bon Iver
  • Rising End by Blue Angel Lounge 
  • Elephant by Tame Impala
  • Resolution by Matt Corby
  • Strawberry Swing by Coldplay
  • Tiger Mountain Peasant Song by Fleet Foxes
  • Going to California by Led Zeppelin

I'm now going to head back to my study of black feminist criticism in The Bluest Eye, I hope you are all having a lovely day or night wherever you are in the world, and I'll be posting another outfit again soon! 

Friday, 14 June 2013

Outtake: Comfort Shopping

Steve Madden Jupetirl

Uni exams and study are driving me crazy, I'm coming down with the flu and my boyfriend is going on holidays for 5 weeks - so my solution to my current situation? Comfort shopping.  So yesterday, I purchased these snazzy platforms on the Australian Steve Madden website, and for only $55!

Have you guys bought anything recently to make yourself feel better? (Plz tell me I'm not the only one with shopping problems)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Outtake: 'Imaginary Beings' Lookbook by LENNI

Photography: Brett Rutkowski
Model: Nikkita Alexander
Styling: the LENNI girls

Yes, I know I have a tendency to post older lookbooks but they are just so darn GOOD! This lookbook, for example, is from Spring 2012 and is by LENNI - an Australian brand that 'screams comfort and magic all at once'. This lookbook, like all the others I feature, is full of bohemian/rocker/biker babe vibes and I cannot. get. enough.
LENNI grew big from their refurbished denim collections and the myriad of vintage clothing that they offered on Facebook. The incredible demand for her unique designs led to the creation of their online store and later, LENNI the Label. This label offers wearable pieces that pay homage to nostalgia of the 1970s whilst remaining effortlessly classic, comfortable, and sexy. I'm absolutely in love with the tie-dye Jimi Pants!

Seriously, will I ever get sick of these 70s-vibing lookbooks? No. No, I don't think so. 

Thursday, 6 June 2013

023 - You'll Be My Resolution

Wearing: Vintage sunflower dress as a skirt, Harley Davdison tee, Vintage Leather Jacket, Converse, Assorted Jewellery 

Hey, hey, hey! New day, new outfit. However, there is not much new in my life. Uni exams begin in 8 days - so this outfit is really just me procrastinating and avoiding studying. Today I also managed to pop into a couple of my local op-shops with Caitlan, and have a little squizz, only to be disappointed by the lack of decent-ish clothes.. Maybe we've sucked them dry of their good stuff?! 

Todays topic of discussion: Work.
First off, I really enjoy working at my little DVD rental store. I'm privileged to work with amazing people, have (mostly) great customers, and still be paid a reasonable wage whilst also learning valuable life skills. However, I feel that people my age, these days, tend to be extremely ungrateful for their jobs and are almost unwilling to work the hard yards for a more rewarding future. I've worked in three places since I turned 14 - the legal age to work in Australia. I've worked in a patisserie, a jewellery store and now, my current job. And although I'm still young and unexperienced, I cannot not imagine myself working. It's helped me to grow as a person, and to appreciate and value people and their jobs in a new light.
I've recently become aware of and disappointed by my generation, who have the tendency to flit between workplaces and jobs simply because they are lazy, undependable, selfish, and superficial. How are you supposed to gain life experience if you do not have the tenacity to work? If you do not show perseverance? If you do not present yourself as a reliable worker? 
However, what I think is worse than a lazy employee, is one that believes particular jobs are "below them". It irritates me to no end, how people believe they have the right to discriminate against the quality of another persons job. Yes you're entitled to your opinion, but no-one is better than anyone else on this planet.
Every single employed person is crucial to the functioning of our society and economy. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. Think that being a garbage man is below you and that his work is menial? If no one takes your trash to the tip then your ecosystem and environment would be worse than it already is. There are many more examples that I could use, and I still have not branched into the unemployed and problems with government welfare, but do you get what I am saying?
Essentially, people, please be grateful and aware of the opportunities your job is giving you. Your job is not forever but it is crucial in giving you important social and career skills. And people who are job-snobs, the next time a funky dressed blonde smiles politely while handing over your DVD and change, maybe smile back and thank them?


This song is my new jam of the moment, and coincidentally, is the title of this post.