Thursday, 21 February 2013

All Over It

I don't think I even need to say it, but I will anyway.

Fashion comes in cycles.

Every single piece of clothing that you are wearing now was in style decades ago, or will be in style again in 10 years time. This is a given.

That statement, structured, power-shouldered blazer you own? Someone designed that in the 80s.
The Sass & Bide harem pants you bought last year? Yeah. You can thank the 80s for that too.
Let's not even touch on the white, flowy, lace, bell-sleeved, 1970s Stevie Nicks dress from Mink Pink last year.
No seriously, don't touch it, it's my favourite dress.

There is one trend I am particular curious about this season, mainly just to see if it catches on. It's borderline hideous, which I absolutely love, but if worn properly it can be pulled off to perfection. While I'm excited to possibly join the party, I am also slightly disappointed that I only threw mine out about three years ago from when I was 15 (I told my then-boyfriend that they would make a come-back).

I am, of course, talking about the overall trend.

Not really a bottom, not appropriate without a top, overalls got their obvious start on factory workers as protective clothing. Somewhere along the line, some genius decided that little Susie would look cute in a floral pair and then hey presto! A fashion trend was born.

Anyone who is reading this as a child who grew up in the 80s/90s will remember wearing overalls probably a little bit longer than you care to admit, but whether you like it or not, they are back in a big way.

Below are some of my favourites that I've come across on my "simply browsing shopping websites because I'm meant to be saving" sessions.

(Click picture to be directed to source)

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Humpday Pinspiration

Just a little bit of Pinspiration to say HAPPY HUMPDAY! Congratulations, you've made it through half the week!

I also wanted to mention that I have had quite an important aspect of my life go sideways this last week. I don't owe anyone any explanations and I'm definitely not going to be airing any of my dirty laundry on here, but I wanted to mention it just in case I don't post as much or if I seem a bit absent. I will not be going on a hiatus or anything like that, so essentially nothing will change, but just in case it does at least you know there's a reason.
We all go through major life changes at some point. That's pretty much a given. During these times it's important to pull back on everything and concentrate on yourself for a while.

It's also important to remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel (and all those clichés), even when it is hard to see a positive outcome. The human spirit is the strongest thing in the world and we can overcome more than we give ourselves credit for.



Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The Band4Hope Project

As mentioned in my previous post, on Wednesday night my friend Olli and I attended a media launch put on by the people at The Band4Hope Project for their exhibition opening.
I first discovered this organisation at the Rose Street Arists Market in Fitzroy, when my ever inquisitive mother stopped at a stall and exclaimed "Oh! What is this all about?"
The stall held rows upon rows of identical copper bangles, all engraved with 'BAND4HOPE'
We got to talking with the beautiful Lucie, who is one of the incredibly talented and dedicated people behind the organisation.
The organisation is centred around the aforementioned copper (and zinc) wristbands, which are made by Zimbabwean families. The design was originally inspired by the tribes whom Lucie and her co-founder Lachlan  met whilst travelling in Namibia. The Zimbabweans are paid well for their craft and are therefore supporting their families in the process.

Source: Band4Hope

The idea behind the bands is that each one has it's own unique ID number engraved onto the bangle. Once purchased, the new owner logs onto the website and creates a profile to register their band. After about four weeks (or longer if you so choose) the owner passes on the bangle to another person. The condition to this is that the owner must have committed an act of kindness. The next person then logs on and adds themselves to the journey and the cycle continues. Eventually, you can log on and see where your band has travelled around the globe.
The process encourages acts of kindness from each human being that possesses a band and at the same time promotes awareness by travelling from person to person. It is, as the organisation has stated, "a gift that keeps on giving"
The Band4Hope bangles have been seen on celebrities such as Vivienne Westwood, Annie Lennox and Lily Cole.
One thing that I loved the most about purchasing my band is that everyone is encouraged to write on a tag and complete the sentence "I hope that in my lifetime...", which then gets tied onto a Tree4Hope (pictured in images below). The main spectacle of the exhibition is a huge installation that features more than 13,000 Hope tags collected in the UK at a range of festivals. You are welcome to add your own Hope tag to the tree if you choose.
I would tell you what mine said but then I'd have to kill you.
The exhibition is running until 17/02/2013 at:
No Vacancy Gallery
34-40 Jane Bell Lane
QV Melbourne
Melbourne 3000
(Enter off Russell Street)
Entry is free.

Wristbands can be purchased here
For more information, please visit their website here
You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Pictures from my Instagram



Monday, 11 February 2013

New Look

The more observant will notice a little bit of a revamp of my layout and colour scheme.

You may recognise my new wallpaper from such classics as "Grandma Never Re-decorates" and "How Soon After Moving in Can we Tear This Wallpaper Down?"

I'm liking it so far, partly because it's slightly unattractive yet somehow works. It should be named 'The Man Repeller Layout'.

Let me know what you think!

The Imaginarium of Kitty Leroy - Alice McCall A/W 2013

As a long time lover of Alice McCall, I am always excited to see just what she will come up with next.
Her second SS12 collection was entitled Babooshka and the pieces featured were exactly as they sound. A mix of structured doll-like dresses and sheer floral pieces came together to perfectly make an inspired Russian doll dream.
The AW13 collection was launched just last week, and has been named The Imaginarium of Kitty Leroy. This collection again features some of the sheer fabrics we saw last season, however the girly florals have been replaced with parrots against jungle backdrops. The rest of the collection also features a range of tropical inspired prints and shapes, bringing to mind an whimsical, exotic island holiday.
Below are some of my favourites from the new collection, which is currently on pre-order here. I definitely recommend viewing the whole collection by clicking here, as it really is incredible.
Now, if someone would be so kind as to purchase every single piece for me, that would be much appreciated.


Sunday, 10 February 2013

Week in Polyvore 11.02

Once again, I am sharing with you some of my favourite Polyvore sets that I've made in the last week. Needless to say, I've been very inspired and found it difficult to choose just a couple.
If you would like to see all of my sets, they can be found here.

Monki leather tank, $74 / Sass & Bide short mini skirt / Marni black leather sandals / Givenchy zip wallet, $215 / ASOS steel ring, $13 / LowLuv coin jewelry / Carven round sunglasses

Insta Life

Another week is over. I can't believe we're already halfway through February! The years simply go too fast. Who can I speak to about that?

I had a great response to my outfit post yesterday, which I'm thrilled about, so hopefully I can post more in the future. I'm contemplating buying myself a cheap tripod when I eventually buy a new camera so that I don't need to rely on having someone around to do it.

Below is my Instagram diary of the last week in case you missed it. It was only as I went through them that I realised just how many food pictures I post...

If you have Instagram, you can follow me here.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Happy Hump Day

Happy Hump Day to everyone! To celebrate, I'd like you to have this picture of the amazing Cara Delevingne. Just because.

I am also taken this opportunity to be a bit cryptic and say that there will be a little bit of an exciting post coming from me early next week. It may not excite any of you at all, but I'm excited to be showing you and that's all that matters.
Meanwhile, only two more days left of the working week and I couldn't be happier.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Week in Polyvore

I think it's pretty damn safe to say, I am addicted to Polyvore. For those who don't really know what it is, it's kind of a hard thing to explain in writing. Basically, you start with a blank canvas and by using a database of every item of clothing currently sold on the internet that you can think of, you create what are known as 'sets'. It is not limited to simply clothing, but also beauty products, food, books, accessories and even magazine articles so that you can make your own mock-up page from a fashion magazine.
I'm betting money that beauty and fashion editors the world over sighed a big sigh of relief six years ago when they discovered that they no longer needed to painstakingly comb the internet for examples of the months hottest trends, but could simply type in "mohair jumper" and every mohair jumper on the world wide web was at their fingertips.

I actually joined about a year ago and started making some clumsy, messy sets. I eventually got bored and moved on.

I started playing around again last week (as you all would have seen from some of my posts) and I just can't stop. I find that I start with one item I find interesting, and from there I'm inspired and it blossoms into something I wish I could download into my wardrobe.

If you have a spare moment, definitely check out the site and have a look at some of the sets people have made. The brilliance and creativity of some people just blows me away.
You can also shop through Polyvore by typing in an item/designer you're looking for. Polyvore will find all sites selling that item and show you the price so that you can find the cheapest price on the web. It is for this reason I must warn you to lock your credit cards away.

Below are some of my sets I made over the weekend. I feel like this is kind of a show-and-tell on a Monday morning for grown-ups.

Sunday Morning
Brandy Melville knit shirt / Chantelle knickers panty, $48 / Illesteva

By the Fire

Coffee Break


Saturday, 2 February 2013

Insta Life

And so, another week draws to a close. I trust you've all had a good one and haven't burnt the candle at both ends too badly this weekend. If you have, I wish you a full day of greasy food and coffee to ease the pain and the spinning room.
An enormous thank you to everyone in my life who has liked my Facebook page, viewed my blog, and shown support in the starting week. It means the absolute world to me. Thank you also to anyone who I don't know personally who has taken the time to read my posts.
For those who aren't following me on Instagram, here is my week in pictures: