Wednesday

Gone Casual






I can't exaggerate how lazy my last few days have been. I've achieved a bit of meadering around town, listening to some music and watching loads of movies and tv shows. My folks gave me three seasons of Arrested Development on DVD.

I must admit I am feeling good though, particular because yesterday I finally plucked up the courage to head to the Red Cross and donate some of my liquid red stuff. Far less painful experience than I anticipated and the people in the centres are incredibly grateful - especially around this time of year - where donations drop off significantly and hospitals are needing more blood than ever. You don't need money to help save some lives!
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Anywho this is an extremely casual outfit in a sunny, blurred out setting.

dress, American Apparel
cardigan, SES
jeans, Kmart
clogs, Funkis
sunglasses, Paddys Markets

Thursday

Christmas Eve



Just finished baking one of my favourite Christmas treats, a white chocolate, ginger and macadamia slice, and decided to run upstairs in the blustering wind to capture my outfit. Another pair of 5 dollar sunglasses and my early Christmas present from the darling man, these nude Funkis clogs. I'm really crazy about them but I must admit, they prove a little difficult to walk in. Gratefully I met a friend who also had a pair last week and she mentioned that if I persevere they'll begin to be more comfortable. So I press on! Can't get enough of these clogs so I thinking you'll all be seeing alot more of them.

So finally it's Christmas Eve. Time to get celebrating the value of my family and friends - with copious amounts of food and drink... tomorrow I'm giving myself free reign, away from my regular healthy (and occasionally boring) diet. Im going to enjoy it SO much.

Merry Christmas to all of you! XOXO

dress, Vintage
belt, Vintage
clogs, Funkis from Miljo
sunglasses, Paddys Market

Single Man














I'm a huge movie fan and I absolutely can not wait to see Tom Ford make his directorial debut with this new film starring the debonair Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Judging by the screen shots and the trailer its going to be visually spectacular, making exquisite use of costuming (styled very Kennedy-era) and light, scenery and cinematography. After all it's Tom Ford - the man is a genius when it comes to aesthetics!

(pics, Imdb.com)

Wednesday

Self Portrait 8


So heres another one - this is actually an edit from that same few self portraits I shot a couple months ago, with the Christopher Kane for Topshop pink dress.  I initially didn't like this shot, I felt this pose was a bit  contrived (the hand! Urgh) and the picture was a little out of focus - but I wanted to practice some techniques so I decided to give it a chance.
Hope you like!

Tuesday

Creature Feature



I'm so humbled to be featured in the Article in Cleo magazine - its such a brilliant issue too - the editorials are outstanding. I love that Cleo is among the few Australian magazines championing a more realistic idea of what it is to be a woman, not only in the recent few months where talk has increased about the shocking 'emaciated' trend flouted on the major runways at fashionweek around the world but consistently over the years. Delighted also to be alongside Lisa from LeeseLooks, my blogging buddy right from the start - love her and her polished look!
Thanks Cleo xoxo

(sorry about the bad scan, its the best I've got!)



I also have to make mention that one of my go-to sites for fashion news FabSugar has landed on Australian shores! FabSugar Australia is up and running which is great for all my fellow style lovers down-under, nice to see a excellent piece of clothing pop up in a blog and actually having it accessible to buy - damn you exorbitant shipping costs!!


3 sleeps to Christmas!!!

Sunday

Lazy Girl






Quick sunday afternoon outfit post, mostly because I purchased these mean looking sunnies at Paddy's Markets on the way home from a job - for the bargain basement price of $5. I'm a big advocate of spending not alot of money on sunglasses because I seem to lose them constantly. Theres no doubt in my mind, as soon as I purchase a precious pair of Karen Walkers or Issons or a swell pair of Graz' by Chronicles of Never - they are going to belong to the next lucky sucker who happens across where ever I have misplaced them.
Didn't quite capture the true beauty of this Wrangler knit - its backless - but theres something to be send about dressing comfortably. I'm a huge fan of slouchy tops and trackpants.
Christmas is right around the corner! All I want from Santa this year is books - you can never have too many stories.

knit, Wrangler
tee, Topshop
trackpants, Kmart
shoes, Mollini
sunglasses, Paddys Markets

Friday

Not Winter


Obviously I'm not exactly experiencing a chill down under - but my pending trip to Germany has inspired to begin the search for my ideal winter coat. Its so important to find the right one because a good coat gets loads of wear time. Perusing the pre-fall collections I sorted out some of my favourites, particularly loving the cheque DVF and the broad-collared Pringle and Rachel Roy coats - modelled by my friend, the beautiful Charlotte Lohmann!

Wednesday

Zanita 4 Stylestalker


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My pics for stylestalker.... a little inconsistant, the top is a self portrait, the bottom two were taken by my boyfriend.  Hold out for my shots of beautiful Bel from LoveMore for the next seasons show stopping range.

Hope you're all enjoying the Holiday Season!!!

You can grab all these pieces on the website.

Edit: I'm so stupid - I just noticed that the red dress I've featured in posts below actually isn't available on the website... I'm so sorry!!! I thought it was, but it turns out right now its only available in selected stores Australia wide.

Sunday

The Stroller


This is one of the outfits to be featured in Cleo which I be posting later in the week but I've decided to include the high resolution image now because its one of my favourites. It's so fun to wear these orange culottes, they are showstoppers. Paired with my loose skeleton singlet from Stylestalker, I'm really feeling this summery flowing look.
I'm presently still in WA and having an incredible time with my family, we had a Christmas dinner followed by a surprise 21st for my little sis who is moving to Canada at the end of the month. Nothing is more important that your loved ones at this time of year. I'm so happy right now, its so peaceful to be here.
I did get a few awesome gifts, including an entire 3 seasons of Arrested Development and a Babuska doll as mySecret Santa gift. We do a Secret Santa every year in my family because there are so many of us - it's just ridiculous to buy for everyone, besides, Christmas is about love and overeating!

skeleton singlet, Stylestalker
culottes, vintage
heels, Office

Thursday

Lady Rouge


I've got an article coming out in Cleo magazine this month featuring four outfits. I originally styled five - so here's the one that didn't make the cut for the magazine. Subscribers should have the issue in their hands already but I'll be posting and scanning the article in a couple days. I'm currently posting from the airport in Perth, headed home to Esperance for a few days to celebrate my family Christmas - I'm lucky enough to be getting a double dose of festivities this season! One with my mans family, one with mine. Tis the season!!! This incredible red dress is available in black and white on the stylestalker website but I've been lucky enough to score a sample in red - I'm feeling a seasonal kind of old school glamour!

dress, stylestalker.com
heels, irregular choice

Sunday

Hey Sydney!




Heres a couple shots my from shoot on Saturday for German magazine, Freundin. I was shooting with Aussie photographer Paul Westlake - and such an awesome crew. The weather was perfect and everyone was really upbeat, though it was a long day it didn't feel like work because I had the opportunity to jump around and smile alot, which is my favourite kind of modelling. Its hard to view a day like this as work when I'm giggling and smiling all day for the photos.
I can't really take the time to take more photos at this kind of shoot where I'm the only model because I'm always the centre of focus and there isn't really any time for personal pursuits like my own photography. The producer Omie graciously shot these few for me,  I love this view of Sydney from Dudley st - a perfect panorama of the skyline.

Thursday

Leap Frog






Theres certain knack to getting good jumping shots. Its all about timing and focus. Firstly, you must keep focus on your expression, I always tend to open my mouth and end up looking surprised or clenching my fists and look like I'm springing for attack. There's so many variables when you leap that most of the shots don't turn out - for example with these shots I can see dozens of flaws, hands out of focus, hair not flowing quite right etc etc etc. These shots are just for my blog though, not for V mag, so I'm not exactly going to be spending hours getting that perfect image. In the last pic my face looks really weird, my neck too elongated... but I love the leap - I'm really going for it! I don't really use alot of energy in each jump, its got to be short and sharp and usually needs to be snapped around the zenith of the leap. Its alot of fun - one of my favourite moods to shoot at a job. Energy!!!

This outfit is playing it safe with monotones. When in doubt - go back to basics! The circle scarf is my latest treasure from American Apparel. I thought I wouldn't get a chance to wear it in the warmer weather but it was fairly cool this morning and it makes for a great cardigan.

Thanks so very much to Chicisimo for naming my outfit Best of the Week. Chicisimo is an excellent repository for all things street style and style diary blogging - check it out!


My recent interview with Tangent Mag blog is now up - you can view it here
Issue 2 will be available online on the 9th December. If you're around in Sydney here's the invite to the launch party - available to my readers only!!!



Finally - I'm sure you might have noticed by the pink little box on the left that I've been nominated for a 2threads award, I'd love it if you could take the time to give me a vote or two - if you dub me worthy!


skirt, Stylestalker sample
heels, ASOS




Monday

Face Hunted






I was snapped by the Facehunter, Yvan Rodic, along the Bondi-Bronte walk yesterday. It was perfect weather to float along in my giant orange culotte skirt. Its one of my favourite pieces for summer, brilliant that its the right length for me. I love to be totally covered, the sun is murder down under. 
Sorry for the hiatus! I was just busy doing other things, thanks for your patience. :)


Orange culottes, thrifted
shirt, Stylestalker
scarf, from India
hat, vintage
belt, vintage 


(pics, the facehunter)

Friday

Golden Girls


Apologies for the inconsistent posting, been distracted by life and other things.

Thursday

Grandmother Who







Another good find from the Op shops of Esperance these jumbo wide leg trousers. My Mum took them down for me, I imagine the previous owner was someone's Grandmother. The best thing about used clothing is you can imagine the story the previous owner might have had for the piece.
The shirt I adore, its from AA. I've been chasing cheques since the latest glorious Christopher Kane collection and this ever-so-sheer tee fits my ideal perfectly. Thankyou American Apparel!
Evan helped me shoot these yesterday but the light was extremely frustrating, here for one shot, gone the next. I loved the extra glow the sun peeking out of the clouds gave my pics.

shirt, American Apparel
trousers, Vintage
belt, Vintage
sunglasses, Vintage (they always sit crooked!)
heels, Irregular Choice

Wednesday

Drama Drama




These heels are some of my favourites at the moment, I've had them for a good while but for most of that while they've been on a container ship... or sitting in some port. Waiting for me. So great to have them back on my feet.
This blazer is so light its perfect for summer.

I made the mistake of editing one of these pictures and then doing something else and coming back to the second and I couldn't get an exact match. I know a few of you have been asking how I get these effects and I've got to admit, I'm a little hesitant to divulge my secret. I will say, to get the purple effect, I just increase the magenta in the black point. I really love Camilla Akrans work and she uses this technique in a lot of her shots, its quite trendy at the moment.

Heels, Office
Tricot high waisted skirt, American Apparel
Jacket, Illionaire
necklace, MyNameNecklace

Freundin Mag






A few pages from an editorial I shot in London - everyone loves a smile! This was a really fun shoot, we ran around to different landmarks to capture a day of a couple on a date sightseeing. The toughest shot to get was the one in the cab, it was a sweltering hot day and I was sweating like crazy in thigh high leather boots, dashing from the office to the street to hail down a black cab for the specific purpose of posing inside. The team were all totally relaxed and friendly and the styling was all classic designer pieces. Since so many of the shots were taken at major tourist destinations so there was no shortage of onlookers which is slightly confronting but I try my best to play the pro. I hate to think I would be wasting anyones time by appearing sheepish in all the shots! It would have been far more difficult if I had to be serious and sultry.

Tuesday

The Lover



in·am·o·ra·ta (n-m-rät)
n. pl. in·am·o·ra·tas
A woman with whom one is in love or has an intimate relationship.
[Italian innamorata, feminine of innamorato, inamorato; see inamorato.]



I recieved this sterling silver necklace courtesy of the generous people at MyNameNecklace, who are also responsible for the famous Carrie necklace from SATC. I did consider having my own name but I definitely write a blog under that title (!) and I'm getting pretty tired of those same six letters.... I wish I could have come up with something really uber for my blog but everything I thought of sounded ridiculous...
Inamorata is a beautiful word with a beautiful meaning which I felt appropriate to hang above my heart - a direct reference to my boyfriend.
I have to ask, what would you all get if you decided to get hold of one of these beautiful silver necklaces? They make brilliant gifts, I have one for my Mum with my grandmothers name on it, Daisy. So sweet.

Sorry I ruined your surprise Mum! It's coming in the post with those DVDS I have for Dad. XOXO

Penned Out


You can imagine how I beamed when I opened up my inbox to discover this illustration by Aura Lyndon at Auracouture. Its such a high form of flattery to have someone of talent illustrate you - this is the third time since I began blogging that I've been lucky enough to be portrayed in this way.
Check out Aura's blog, she's also featured a great illustration of Gala.

This slubby jumper is the only thing I purchased from the Fashion Weekend. There's so much to find at these kind of events but you really have to wade through the dregs to find it. I found some delicious candles (you can never have too many candles!) and this super comfy oversized number which I picked up at the Tristan Blair stand where I proceeded to swoon for about 20 minutes before I collected my resolve and reminded myself of a pending overseas trip which, being in Australia, is going to cost me an arm and a leg. The epic shoes will come my way eventually... I love you Tristan Blair.

So my outfit, definitely roughing it. So cosy I can't help but smile.

jumper, Estrella
dress, Quicksilver
shoes, Topshop
bag, Museum
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