Thursday, 28 February 2013

Operation Happiness



sunflower, sunflower photography, sunflower photoshoot




sunflower, sunflower photography, sunflower photoshoot

sunflower, sunflower photography, sunflower photoshoot
sunflower, sunflower photography, sunflower photoshoot

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Reminiscing of the endless summer days skipping through fields of flowers and frolicking under the blue sky. Next time you have a free moment, drive to a remote sunflower patch. We all get caught up in our own minuscule problems that the awe inspiring things around us are taken so easily for granted. Have a day of simplicity. Lie on the ground and soak up the warmth from the sun until everything becomes a hazy blur.

The sunflower's symbol of life and vitality combined with its power to evoke joyous memories served as my biggest motivation to create THE RADIANT crown (shop HERE). Along with that, here are some inspirational photos featuring sunflowers. I'll call this 'operation happiness'.




Picture Source:
1, 5, 9 my own 
http://www.nicolemunchelphoto.com/
http://www.perfectweddingday.ca/
http://www.nastygal.com/
http://www.brendasweddingblog.com

Sunday, 24 February 2013

LFW Burberry F/W 2013/14

Burberry, London Fashion Week, Christopher Bailey, Trench Kisses, F/W 2013/14, heart motif, animal print, trench coat


How many ways can Christopher Bailey rework the trench? This signature piece is so ingrained in their DNA that a Burberry show is definitely incomplete without it. However for this season, he put a surprisingly romantic twist to the entire collection. Case in point: when the slogan is ‘Trench Kisses’ and a Live Performance from singer Tim Odell (backed by an entire chorus clothed in Burberry trenches) is revealed halfway, you just know it’s something memorable.

Burberry, London Fashion Week, Christopher Bailey, Trench Kisses, F/W 2013/14, heart motif, animal print




Filled with romantic motifs, it was like Valentines Day but on safari. There were love heart prints and animal prints on blouses, coats and leather skirts. Bold colours like oxblood or signal red were balanced out by the supple neutrals of camel, sand and brown. But back to the trenches. Revamped with added metallic detail in the collar or belt, sometimes with a slick of glossy overcoat and even with an added layer of ‘armour’ so suited to Karlie Kloss. 

In future, it will be a rare occasion when any collection at fashion week moves me in the way that Burberry did this season.

Burberry, London Fashion Week, Christopher Bailey, Trench Kisses, F/W 2013/14, heart motif, animal print


Shop Burberry 



Picture Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk/

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

OUTFIT POST: Unkonventional

personal style, Miss Unkon, Australian label, outfit post, outfit, maxi skirt, crop top, jeffrey campbell
personal style, Miss Unkon, Australian label, outfit post, outfit, maxi skirt, crop top, jeffrey campbell
personal style, Miss Unkon, Australian label, outfit post, outfit, maxi skirt, crop top, jeffrey campbell

personal style, Miss Unkon, Australian label, outfit post, outfit, maxi skirt, crop top, jeffrey campbell
personal style, Miss Unkon, Australian label, outfit post, outfit, maxi skirt, crop top, jeffrey campbell
  Top: Paint It Red ... Skirt: Miss Unkon ... Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Crown: P&P (Own Etsy store ... shop HERE

I found the perfect setting to shoot this beach-cross-bohemian outfit so finally, my photos aren't set on the street in front of my house. True fact that this Miss Unkon piece is the first maxi skirt I own, hence in that sense, I'm a bit of a virgin. Although, it's safe to say that my very first long garment has been welcomed into my wardrobe with great pride. 

Firstly, because of the unique patchwork mix of textures. What I mean by that is; this skirt isn't a banal one material piece, instead it has subtle peek-a-boo inserts of delicate lace (which I already managed to rip a bit... oops). I decided to reinforce its breezy and carefree attitude by pairing it with a white lace crop top from Paint It Red and some Navajo inspired accessories. Since the maxi is pretty high-waisted, I figured a crop top would show just the right amount of skin without crossing the vulgar line. 

Secondly, I was so excited upon realising the skirt was by Miss Unkon which is a label that's quickly crawling up my list of favourites. Their 'dreamlike and creative storytelling' aesthetic reflects such a youthful, feminine but also unconventional vibe. Many of their designs are very original (I haven't seen anything similar to this maxi dress) and combined with their high quality fabrics, this label is definitely one to watch. Fingers crossed that I get accepted as press into Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in order to view their newest collection on the runway. 

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Saturday, 16 February 2013

NYFW Autumn/Winter 2013/14 Highlights

Rebecca Minkoff 

Rebecca Minkoff, New York Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2013/14, NYFW

Biggest lesson here is the perfect formula to layering which Rebecca Minkoff just does effortlessly.
Lesson One: Wearing a bulky coat with a mini skirt will ensure you keep a length-to-width balance but may result in freezing legs.
Two: Layering cardigans with button up shirts done right up to the very top looks very quite preppy-chic.
Three: Autumnal shades of plaid or houndstooth pants are so versatile for print mixing-and-matching.
Four: Always (I mean ALWAYS) carry a hits-perfectly-at-my-upper-thigh sling bag.


Jeremy Scott 

Jeremy Scott, New York Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2013/14, NYFW

There was the conical and the comical. The former referring to the shape of the bustiers and the latter ... well plain hilarious prints. One can always expect Mr Scott's capability for transferring you to the weird side of fashion but when you thought it couldn't get any stranger, in walks giant fur go-go boots (why the hell not?). These looks definitely fall under the love it or loathe it category. I for one, found it extremely refreshing and a bit of a laugh (although those sweater pieces are definitely wearable). Expect that scary jumper to pop up on the streets somewhere along the road (just like the Bart Simpson) ...


Oscar De La Renta 

Oscar De La Renta, New York Fashion Week, Fall/Winter, 2013/14, NYFW

Definitely a nod towards the Galliano theatricality back when he was creative director of Dior (how I miss those days). There was belted drama with coat-cross-dresses being cinched in at the waist and a gothic Little Red Riding Hood moment. Any De La Renta collection isn't complete without supple feather and satin garments in vibrant shades of turquoise, royal blue and ruby. Lastly, how about that striking embellished Magenta gown?

Picture Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk/

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Say what Mr Scott?

Jeremy Scott, New York Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2013/14, furry monster, Monsters Inc, Yo Gabba Gabba, fashion


Probably THE most peculiar look out of all of the New York autumn/winter 2013/14 shows. Might even be written down in history ... or maybe never topped again in the future.

I imagine the blue furry monster from Monsters Inc had a baby with a Yo Gabba Gabba creature and that love child is being reincarnated in human form and now roaming the runways of New York (how delightful).
This is open to endless amounts of interpretations so please leave your reactions or thoughts in the comment section. I would really love some clarity as to this 'outfit'.

Although, props to Jeremy Scott for being this daring. I admire your bravery and would be greatly interested to know your concept.

Stay tuned for this coming week. I'll be posting some NYFW highlights (yes, Mr Scott included).

Picture Courtesy: http://www.vogue.co.uk/ 


Sunday, 10 February 2013

OUTFIT POST: St Louis Valentine

Personal style, fashion, Miss Unkon, Valentines Day, pink dress, floral crown, Etsy, floral garland


Personal style, fashion, floral crown, Valentines Day, pink dress, Etsy, floral garlandMiss Unkon, Personal style, fashion, Valentines Day, pink dress, floral crown, Etsy, floral garland
Personal style, fashion, Miss Unkon, Valentines Day, pink dress, floral crown, Etsy, floral garland
Personal style, fashion, Miss Unkon, Valentines Day, pink dress, floral crown, Etsy, floral garland
Personal style, fashion, Miss Unkon, Valentines Day, pink dress, floral crown, Etsy, floral garland

Personal style, fashion, Miss Unkon, Valentines Day, pink dress, floral crown, Etsy, floral garland

Personal style, fashion, Miss Unkon, Valentines Day, pink dress, floral crown, Etsy, floral garland
Dress: Miss Unkon ... Crown: P&P (own Etsy store, shop HERE) ... Shoes: Zu Shoes 

 February 14th ... Valentines Day. For those who have a significant other and can also manage to take a day off important commitments ... I envy you. Personally, although the former exists, I know that the latter is unlikely since I'll be sitting in a classroom learning about the notions of Romanticism (oh the irony).

However, this post is dedicated to what I WOULD be wearing on the 14th. I'm sticking to a fail proof formula; traditional pink or red, flowy frock and a handmade floral garland (shop HERE). Movement is something that I admire in a dress and this one by Miss Unkon is what I call the perfect 'happy dress'. Allow me to explain. 

You know those off days where all you want to do is sink into a hole and sleep (or weep)? What you should do is pop on your favourite frock, pump up some deep house lounge jazz rap dupstep (whatever floats your boat) and just dance! Flick that hair, fling your arms and in the words of my friend Carly ... Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy!

Everyone knows how an instant mood booster feels like and that can translate into a piece of clothing. Therefore a 'happy dress' is a particular garment infiltrated by feelings of fearlessness and freedom and associated with everything positive. 

So on the 14th, no worries if you're celebrating independence. Just don't be a sulky pigeon. Grab your girlfriends, do the aforementioned steps and have a gorgeous 'Galentines Day'. 

Thursday, 7 February 2013

The Rumour Mill

The Rumour Mill, showroom, Minkpink, Paint It Red, Quirky Circus, Staple the Label, Market HQThe Rumour Mill, showroom, Minkpink, Paint It Red, Quirky Circus, Staple the Label, Market HQ


The Rumour Mill, showroom, Minkpink, Paint It Red, Quirky Circus, Staple the Label, Market HQ

The Rumour Mill, showroom, Minkpink, Paint It Red, Quirky Circus, Staple the Label, Market HQ
The Rumour Mill, showroom, Minkpink, Paint It Red, Quirky Circus, Staple the Label, Market HQ
The Rumour Mill, showroom, Minkpink, Paint It Red, Quirky Circus, Staple the Label, Market HQ

The Rumour Mill, showroom, Minkpink, Paint It Red, Quirky Circus, Staple the Label, Market HQ

The Rumour Mill, showroom, Minkpink, Paint It Red, Quirky Circus, Staple the Label, Market HQ
The Rumour Mill, showroom, Minkpink, Paint It Red, Quirky Circus, Staple the Label, Market HQ
From Left: Montana Taffs, Leigh Counsell, Soren Kearney 

Today, I had the great privilege of being invited to The Rumour Mill's showroom. The Rumour Mill is a PR agency based in Sydney who represents brands such as MINKPINK, Market HQ, Staple The Label, Paint It Red, Hunt No More and many others. Flipping through these photos, I've realised that I should have ironed my skirt and not stuffed it in a bag (learn from my mistakes... do as I say, not as I do).

During this hour or so, I met an amazing set of people who made the meeting all the more comfortable for this nervous blogger; PR Coordinator Montana Taffs, social media coordinator Leigh Counsell and the designer of Paint It Red Soren Kearney. You might be familiar with this brand already since I've blogged about their 'Sweet Escape' shorts in THIS post. Upon being shown around this spacious and organically decorated showroom (I have a soft spot for tiny pot plants), I was definitely drawn to the Paint It Red rack. The team talked me through the latest winter collection in which I spied a lot of cobalt and bright paisley prints toughened by leather details on sleeves or peplums. Girls in Australia ... take note, this is what you would (or should) be wearing for the upcoming cooler seasons.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Paint It Red or Quirky Circus posts since I will be doing some future collaborations. Thank you Montana, Leigh and Soren for this amazing opportunity and I can't wait to walk up that patisserie scented staircase again.

Lastly, The Rumour Mill ... if you're reading this, PLEASE tell me what candles you burn in there. Your showroom smells devine!