Friday, September 30, 2011

Cloudy skies

The weather today is terrible, but I caught a brief sunny spell to take some photos. I'm wearing my new, 70s style floaty blouse which I got on sale at Cotton On, my trusty $10 jeans from Globalize, Mum's vintage belt and the Cooper wedge from Betts.

Topshop wrap up London Fashion Week

So...I was going to do my own post about this but Topshop have totally nailed it and profiled all the designers I was planning to: David Koma, Meadham Kirchhoff, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou, Michael Van Der Ham and their own Unique show. So check out their blog and marvel at the wacky and wonderful fashion coming out of London.

David Koma 

Meadham Kirchhoff

Louise Gray

Mary Katrantzou

Michael Van Der Ham

Michael Van Der Ham
Topshop Unique

Also you can check out the video of the show which featured Bambi Norwood-Blyth and Kelly Mittendorf. It's great to hear the designers and coordinators talk about their interpretation and execution of the Cleopatra theme. Also look out for a quick comment by the lovely Marina Diamandis (Marina and the Diamonds)!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hooray for models

Let's face it, models are freaks. They have freaky long limbs, are freaky skinny and freaky hot. So I love when a model comes along and stands out from the crowd for looking a little bit offbeat. First I fell in love with Alice Dellal (but who didn't?) with her gorgeous looks, half her hair shaved off and a penchant for dressing like she time-traveled from the 90s.

 Today I've also had Kelly Mittendorf's face popping up all over my Tumblr dashboard. I love this girl's intense yet youthful look.

Do you have a favourite model?


It's New York Fashion Week and there are so many incredible designs on display it's overwhelming! I'll do a proper post about it soon, but for now let's enjoy some pretty pictures, most of which are courtesy of Vogue on Tumblr.

Monday, September 12, 2011

New things

There's something so satisfying about receiving packages in the mail. My books arrived from Book Depository earlier than expected, which was a nice surprise. I ordered Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions. I've started reading Breakfast of Champions which is absolutely brilliant once you get used to the offbeat writing style and format.

My grandparents dropped into work today to give Pete and I our engagement present. My Nanna is a absolute pro on the sewing machine, always making outfits for Poppa and herself and embellishing everyday items. We recieved some super cute embroidered tea towels and bath towels, as well as a beautiful dress for myself which does not fit properly, but of course Nanna can fix that.

 As you know I've been thinking about bleaching my hair in a balayage/ombre style, so I got bored one night and just went for it. The result is three (yes, three) attempts at bleaching just to get to this orangey/yellow stage. I think I'll give my hair a rest for a bit before making it lighter. I'm still not sure about it (it looks terrible when my hair isn't styled) but I've received plenty of compliments so I'll keep it for a bit until next time I get bored and attack my hair.

I also went shopping the other day (surprise, surprise) and picked up a great sleeveless denim shirt from Jay Jays for only $20.

Last Friday night we had another clothes swap, which consists of devouring many homemade treats, drinking wine, gossiping and attaining free clothes. I scored this cute skirt which is old school Sportsgirl as well as a few pairs of shorts and some black tops.  

With new season stock arriving each week at work, I've had to update my shoe wardrobe and chose the Manhattan boot, which also comes in mushroom and retails for $89.99.

 We have so many amazing shoes yet to arrive in store and I cannot wait to show them off. You can get a sneak peek at some of the styles by watching the Behind the Scenes video for the Betts SS11/12 campaign shoot:

And last but not least, I also bought some new back wedges from Big W for about $34.95. I know I should be buying all my shoes from Betts but I can't pass up a bargain and these babies fit me better than the styles I like at work. Behold:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Eclective

Today my mum and I went to a unique bridal fair in Adelaide showcasing local venues, caterers and services without the stressed out, stuffy vibe of a typical bridal fair. The Eclective is "a curated showcase of wedding artisans intent on inspiring and enlightening couples to explore the options of personal expression within their wedding". The team behind The Eclective; Alia, Scott and Kristy, have created a truly inspiring and relaxed atmosphere demonstarting the best local photographers, designers and small business owners in a fun, open space. It was exactly what I was looking for, as a bride with no plans, no date and a head that needs to be filled with ideas. We sampled delicious macaroons, almond and tea brittle, salty caramel powder, the best beer in the state (McLaren Vale Beer Company) while I eyed off a few vintage dresses that just happened to be my size. I still feel apprehensive about commencing the massive task of organising (and paying) for our wedding, but now I know there are so many locals with the right tools for the job so I can create the kind of day that will be relaxed, enjoyable and reflect our personalities.

Inside the old Queens Theatre, a great venue for the event with rustic charm.

Such a beautiful old building to suit the quirkyness and idividuality of the artisans showcasing their services.

Photographer's displays
Amazing idea - hanging flowers in bottles.
Display for The White House in Hahndorf.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Australian Catwalk

Last night I attended The Australian Catwalk, a Red Carpet Fridays event hosted by Hotel Richmond. The show featured swimwear, ready-to-wear, high summer, couture and bridal from Australian designer collections previously shown at Rosemount Fashion Week. I had such a fun evening with my lovely ladies, Jacquie, Jemma and Sarah, drinking vodka and photographing fashionable people.

The show featured collections by Alex Perry, Gorman, Alannah Hill and Emanuele Bridal and many more. I'm really looking forward to Spring/Summer with this colour blocking trend and re-emergence of the chunky heel/wedge. Hotel Richmond host fashion parades one Friday per month, so I look forward to attending many more.