Sunday, 27 July 2014

064 - You're A Mouthful

Wearing: Miracle Eye bellbottoms, Vintage jumper & boots, Bag from my sister, Assorted jewellery from markets, opshops, Eastern Soul, Inspired Tribe.

I'm a little pissed with myself for ruining my fairly good blogging streak but I've recently immersed myself in the grown-up working world and I'm just getting my balance of a work/life routine. I have got several outfits lined up over the next few weeks that'll hopefully mind-fuck you all!
Now I've been planning to make mention of an incident that occurred on Facebook a little over a month ago. It's not blogger related at all but I felt that the topics that were the focus of the conversation were relevant to my morals/beliefs, and hopefully, to your beliefs too. By no means do I condone petty arguments or disagreements over the Internet - I think it's immature and the term 'keyboard warrior' is often thrown around. I also just want to mention that I very rarely comment on status' or make my own status', so the conversation of topic was something that I felt really strongly about and that I should voice my opinion on. Especially since the status creator has a large presence and influence over teenage girls in her own church community, and I felt as a young adult with an impressionable sister (who is discovering faith too) that I was kind of obligated to provide an alternative perspective.
The incident started with a status along the lines of,
"How you dress either demands respect or invites disrespect." 
And all I could think was, what the fuck... I left it for a while, and tried to not think too heavily on it. Until the message really sunk in. What I wear demands respect or invites disrespect? Umm... NO. No, not cool honey. So I made a response,
"Sorry, but I have to disagree with this completely. The way I dress is for me, and only me, and does not demand respect from anybody. If people can enjoy my outfits and fashion sense that's great, but if the way I dress "offends" people than it is their problem and not mine. This type of perception on dressing is what perpetuates rape culture and victim shaming within sexual assault/abuse cases."
A few people responded, offered their own opinions and until the status-maker responded. Yet again, defending her viewpoint and replying with that teenage girls should feel the need nor the pressure to dress 'inappropriately' and if they were to dress in revealing clothes that they should learn to accept and face the judgement that may arise. (She later added that her status was supposed to be read from a workplace context... Something that irritates me, but I begrudgingly accept as a fact of wanting to be received well within an employment environment.) So I made a final response,
"But you're implying that showing skin is wrong - but it's not, it's completely natural! I understand that both sexes during moments of immaturity (yet also as a part of basic human nature and evolution) find that revealing clothing and bodily exposure is often the answer to garnering attention from their peers and potential love interests. But arguments like yours, are the ones that make me question why we have to hyper-sexualise people, in particular teenage girls. If the stigma was taken away from the human body (after all we all have one - lumps, bumps and all) then the topic of respect would not be contestable. A persons worth does not come from the respect of society, but through self-respect, self-acceptance and self-love - bottom line.
The post was later deleted, as if it never even existed. But to be honest, I'm kind of proud of myself for making such an educated and informed impromptu response to the argument - and all without a single word of hate and anger. Which side of the fence do you stand? Do you have any constructive criticism to add to my argument? Drop me a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear from you guys!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Heavenly Homes: @Ramblinstarr

(Photos taken from Megan's Instagram account)

A good eighteen months ago I did a two part series of inspiring interiors - a random collection of photos taken from Tumblr and Pinterest all mashed together. And I absolutely loved doing those posts! Over the last year I've bookmarked and saved some homes that I've found to tick all my boxes, and I think it's maybe time to share them with you all!
So the first home I'm presenting to you is the home of Megan Starr (@Ramblinstarr) I'm not sure how I came across her Instagram, but the moment I saw it my thumb began frantically liking everything in sight, and all I could think was, "Can she be my interior decorator?!" and "How does she find all this fucking amazing stuff?!" It would take me years to collect and a decorate my own little abode with furnishings like she has.
I took my time in picking the photos above because I really wanted you to get a feel for her attention to detail. Each photo has intricate elements within it, and there are so many textural layers going on that blow my mind! I love the warm tones that are pulled together through the rugs, macrame, wicker decorations and wall art combined with the airiness of the plants and light. And the best part is that her home looks so effortless and comfortable, a reflection of the owner I suppose! 
So, if you enjoyed this post, definitely hit up Megan's IG, throw some love her way and let her know how rad her home is! Also, I'd love some feedback on this post too! Are interiors something that you love and want to see more of? Do kilim rugs and peacock chairs make your heart race? Drop me a comment, and let me know!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Outtake: Stylelikeu Closet Series - Minka Sicklinger

(photos/video from Stylelikeu)

Coming at you with another Stylelikeu video that has me in awe! I'd like to draw your attention to a personal favourite closet video of mine, that I've watched multiple times and I'm still not sick of, the closet of Minka Sicklinger. Minka is not new to my blog, I did a post on her a long while ago and I'm still as obsessed with her as the first day I found her (and I'm not meaning lightly obsessed like I mean full-blown obsession to the point of maybe crying if I ever got the opportunity to be tattooed by her). But yes, check out this blog post first to get a little background info on her and then power on through these photos and special little video.

Friday, 11 July 2014

063 - When Love Runs High

Wearing: Everything vintage, Platform heels c/o Missguided

Here is a little sneak peek into my bedroom. One day, when I'm completely happy with how it looks, I'll do a small room tour so you can see my entire layout. But for now, this will have to do. Todays post is in collaboration with Missguided, as I was kindly sent these shoes to style and incorporate in their #GreatEscape footwear campaign. The jist of things was to choose and wear an item of footwear in the place that "makes you truly happy and helps you escape the hustle and bustle of life." And all I could think of was my bedroom. 
I love my bedroom an abnormal amount. I'm surrounded by the cosiest textures, the richest colours and the most comfortable atmosphere. My bed is decked out in throws and cushions, making it heaven at the end of a long day. My books and jewellery are all on display, and my room constantly has a nice fragrance (at the moment I'm burning three candles: papaya, passionfruit and coconut & lime. AKA tropical paradise in the middle of a chilly Australian winter) And I'm always immersed in my collection of clothes. Yes, collection not just clothes. Again, stemming off from a previous blog post, my clothes are much more than clothes. They are wearable pieces of art that are all unique and all hold a special place in my wardrobe.
Now onto the outfit. To be honest, nothing special at all. I had the intention of being risque and wearing my Bad Vibes shorts and going topless, with my kimono robe covering my boobs but self-esteem got in the way and the look didn't turn out how I envisioned it. So instead, I'm donned by favourite little black dress, threw on some impressive jewellery and became my interpretation of a 60s sex kitten.
All in all, I'm pretty stoked that these photos turned out so well and that I now have a new (free) pair of shoes to strut my stuff in! Happy Friday y'all, have a sweet weekend and I'll catch you on the flip-side!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

062 - Lost Decree

Wearing: Vintage dress & cardigan, Arizona Birkenstocks, Bag from India, Assorted jewellery from India/Eastern Soul/Inspired Tribe

I feel that taking photos in front of this building kind of forces me to step back and just re-evaluate an outfit. Don't get me wrong, I love going fucking insane in my wardrobe and pairing whatever the hell I want with something as equally extravagant and coming up with mind blowing outfits that are just outta this world. But then there are days when I want to wear just... well, this. I suppose we could agree that this is maybe more of an accurate representation of how I look at least 60% of the time. Not to say that my previous outfits are not me, just that when I'm busy, or just needing to be comfortable, or simply not giving a fuck, this is something a little more easy. This entire outfit holds many elements that I've been too scared to post on my blog, mostly because I was unsure of how they were going to be received by you guys - but also because the conceited side of my personality kept thinking "this just isn't very pretty."
I became afraid that maybe my Birkenstocks made me look a little club-footed, that my legs lost their length because of a flat shoe; that my hairstyle lacked volume and texture, and made my head look too round; that maybe you would all notice the winter weight that's been attaching itself to my torso like a stack of tyres. But you know what? I'm only human. I'm pretty fucking ordinary, and I just have to stop caring. Because while this outfit may not exude 'pretty', it exudes comfort and ease. And let's be real here, platform boots can get pretty fucking uncomfortable. (Not to mention when I have to walk 15 minutes up-hill to get anywhere, or when I'm sick as a dog with the wretched winter flu - my Birkenstocks seem like the obvious choice.)
I think over the next few months I'm going to bring some of my outfits back to basic, sure I'm still going to be creating and shooting some magnificent outfits (a couple of collaborations thrown in for the mix) that will look crazy good, but I also want you guys to see the more toned-down, relaxed version of myself. What do you reckon? Sound like a good plan? Drop a comment and let me know!