Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mercedes Salazar

I can't remember the last time I wrote about a new designer I discovered, just for the joy of curating their product and spreading the good word. Mercedes Salazar makes the accessories you wish you had either hanging from your ears or in your lap while sitting at a beachfront resort, drinking piƱa coladas. If you've been obsessed with the fruit-themed jewellery from Dolce & Gabanna but at a fraction of the price. That's not to say her pieces are inexpensive, with a pair of hoop earrings setting you back anywhere between $200-$300. That depends on your currency conversion, and if you aren't prepared to spend that much (and this is your first time here, this is not the blog for you). Anyway, I'm surprise the brand hasn't been featured on Man Repeller, although these days I can't say I've kept up to date with every Instagram post and piece of content they've produced in the last week, let alone the last month. The earrings take their inspiration from Salazar's native Colombia and are a sweet treat no matter what the time of year. It might be nauseatingly early, but I know what I'm going to ask Santa for Christmas this year!

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Wearing: House of Holland dress, vintage skirt c/o Trendlistr, Dr Martens boots and Marina Fini earrings.

I don't normally wake up in a good mood. More often than not, I am blurry-eyed in the morning, searching for that first cup of coffee and a malleable, mushy blank canvas. It takes a good hour or so to switch on, and I've developed the terrible habit of looking at my phone in that hour, rather than talking to my partner. Getting dressed in an outfit which makes me feel good is like looking at a compass, having a sense of direction and knowing where to go, in a manner of speaking. The more bright and colourful the outfit, the more energy I have to tackle the day. I recently had my wisdom teeth out, and getting dressed (like, really getting dressed with a sense of purpose) was not my prerogative. Surgery went for two hours and I'm still numb around the chin, and suspect I sustained nerve injury during the extraction. Although that all sounds pretty bleak, things could be worse and my closet remains my happy place. This dress and skirt combination which I have been dying to try out became pretty irresistible over the past few days.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Kitten Heels

Italian designer Marco de Vincenzo is known for his love of metallics, as well as geometry and often combines the two to create jaw-dropping boots and shoes. These kitten heel boots are quite conservative by comparison, but a safer choice than the Miu Miu screw heels slippers.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Wearing: Shrimps coat, thrifted kimono worn as dress, Dr Martens boots and earrings from Strange Magic on Etsy.

I'm still scratching my head over this one- why did I decide to dress like one of the girls from Heathers (1988) when it's been ages since I last watched that movie? Ever since I made these green pom pom earrings I've been dying to wear them with this Shrimps coat, and since I didn't have a pink dress I made do with this kimono I picked up at the local op shop for $2? It's still got a lot of life left in it, can double as a dress and the best thing about it is that it has pockets on the front! That seems a little trivial when this coat has some of the biggest, roomiest pockets I have ever come across but still, I'm all about the little victories at the moment.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Eyes Have It

There's the eccentric and then there's fashion mavericks like Anna Dello Russo whose peacocking game is unbeatable, especially at an event like Berlin Fashion Week. Me? I think I prefer the works of Romance Was Born, and their most recent collaboration with Del Kathryn Barton is as good as it gets.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Wearing: Romance Was Born shirt and denim jacket, jeans were a gift and Dr Martens boots.

In the golden age of social media where every image shared online is intensively filtered, photo shopped and curated is the most radical action one can take to upload a bad photo? I wouldn't even necessarily call these photos bad, but they aren't to a certain standard others might hold themselves. It was a windy morning, I wanted to try out this new shirt with a jacket from the same collection but did it work? Not really but it is authentic, it's how I looked that day and as for the weather it's something that's beyond my control. There have been times where I have agonized over which photos to share, and which ones to keep to myself but right now I'm happy just to go with the flow. You gotta take bad photos sometimes to get to the good stuff.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Compare the Pair

Bally has jumped on board the loafer bandwagon with their response to Gucci's sensational and yet sensible shoes. Don't get me wrong, I love a comfortable pair of flats but I still prefer those with a little bit more colour and imagination.

Friday, November 10, 2017


Lately I've become pretty nostalgic, reminiscing about the time I dyed my hair red, how empowering that felt albeit short-lived. After many nights of having my partner roll onto my very long locks I've become more and more attached to the idea of a good haircut. It's taken years for me to grow my hair to this length, so I'm seriously considering dyeing my hair first and experimenting before a serious haircut. I don't think I'll go back to red though, instead I've got my heart seriously set on the colour pink, and possibly splitting it down the middle with pink on one side and blue on the other. Only time will well whether I'll commit, and if I can pull it off!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Blue Dragon

Wearing: Asos mohair coat and flats with a thrifted cheongsam dress.

I'm in shock it was cold enough to wear a coat this morning but after a few storms last week the temperature has dropped and I for one couldn't be happier! The second biggest surprise is that I haven't tried this all blue combination before but I'll definitely be open to more outfits like this one in the future. After months of sitting on my hands I still can't decide whether to embezzle this jacket or not, but the addition of any sequins or beads will probably be minor at this stage. Hopefully it rains a little more in the next couple of months and you may or may not be seeing this coat reincarnate!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rose-tinted glasses

Although I didn't fall ill this year I think it's fair to say I do have Gucci fever like every other woman breathing oxygen on planet Earth. Do I think that the large rectangular frames (which obscure half one's face) would suit me? Probably not. Do I still want to try them on and make a fashionable fool of myself? Heck yes!

Monday, November 6, 2017

How to wear find the perfect top for Summer

Summer is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing, you'll want to be outside and maybe, just maybe, even want to show off a little skin. No judgement, this is a safe space and an open discussion on how you and I can get the most out of our wardrobe, and find the perfect pieces to navigate the summer social calendar. What do I mean by that? Well with Christmas next month, there's going to be office parties, your family might want to get together for a barbecue, if you're in mother's group someone might suggest going for a picnic in the park is a good idea and by the end of it all, you probably want to take yourself out to eat ice cream by the beach. 

There are very few pieces in your wardrobe that can take you from a casual brunch, to drinks with your girlfriends, but a classy fashion blouse for women will save your sanity and even a few pennies too. This isn't a call to arms and suggestion to reach for the wardrobe staple, a term I find to be problematic in that it implies everyone should have the same thing in their closet, but a redefinition of the wardrobe staple. Maybe you want to have a really great button down shirt, dress it up with red flares and a fun pair of hoop earrings. Or you're happy to wear a colourful top with a pair of denim shorts, dressed up with a killer pair of boots or dressed down with sandals (Carmen Miranda fruit hat optional, but OTT jewellery highly recommended).

It sounds terribly cliche, but you are really only limited by your imagination, and for that matter sense of adventure. By all means wear a button down when hiking, but it might not be appropriate say, rock-climbing or in a high intensity cardio class. Maybe your instructor can be the judge of that, but what I want you to do is enjoy these next few months, wherever you are and whatever you do. If you're inspired by any of these blouses, you can find them at
Yoins where there is a massive sale going on, right now!

If you happen to live in the Northern Hemisphere and kind of want to punch me right now for the suggestion of wearing loose summery tops, don't worry I got you covered. Yoins have a new blog, with style tips on how to wear a mini skirt, wherever you live (yes, pairing with an oversized sweater and boots is an option).

The Benefits of Working Offline

Since starting a PhD I find there are never enough hours in the day to do my academic work, as well as the odd job around the house. Like just about everyone else on the planet, I have a problem and probably spend far too much time on my mobile phone. The invention of said device has all but eliminated boredom, whenever it creeps up on me the information of the world is at my fingertips. That’s all well and good, and there is a time and a place for everything, however; more often than not I am spending far too much time looking for pretty things I can’t afford on eBay. 

Last summer I made the executive decision of deleting any app with games off my phone, and treating it as a tool to either grow my social media following or something for work. So I’ve got Google Sheets to access our staff roster, on the off chance that I’m needed and thinks like Instagram, Pinterest, Shutterbot (a brilliant app which acts as a self-timer remote for a suite of DSLR cameras), Line Camera and a new app called Quality Time. It tracks how much time you spend on your phone, and what apps you’ve been using the most, which again is something I think everyone should learn to use if you feel like you have problems being present in most social situations. I can’t count the number of times within the last six months I’ve been ignoring my partner at the dinner table, because I’ve been too self-absorbed and focused on my bloody phone… but it’s not just the phone I’m struggling with. 

The Internet is a wonderful thing, however it too is fraught with distractions and to counter this, I’ve started using an app called Cold Turkey which physically blocks sites of your choosing for a given amount of time. I’ve only been able to bring myself to block sites for a few days at a time, but I think I would use it more extensively if I invested in the premium version. In premium, you can block sites but have windows where you can browse it, say in the morning or evenings. Even without premium, it’s been a pretty effective tool in my arsenal and saved me a lot of time but why has this started to weigh heavily on my mind? 

This obsession with time, making time, finding time or however else you want to phrase it has stemmed from two interviews. One with an American writer (whose name currently escapes me), who limits herself to only using a flip phone (and if you’ve never had a flip phone I can tell you first hand you can barely send a text message using the stupid thing) and also actively uses websites to limit what she can and can’t see. While it means she can’t really win a texting argument with her husband, she can get more shit done- which is something we all want to aspire to. The other interview has drawn some criticism, as is the case whenever you bring makeup and a woman’s appearance and social currency into things. The line that’s stuck with me is that if a woman spends an hour doing her makeup every morning, imagine what she could be doing with that hour. Men don’t have the same problem, although men are often praised for what they have to say, rather than how they look but that’s another kettle of fish. Whether you agree with the sentiment expressed or not, she does have a point: when you do one thing, you lose that time when you could be doing something else. If contouring and doing your brows is something that’s really important to you, then that’s great. But if you’re a writer and would rather spend that time honing your craft, then maybe that’s something that you should address. 

Basically, my goal at the moment is to act in alignment with my major career goals, and whenever I’ve acting outside those goals I have a bit of a mini meltdown, a lot of guilt but ultimately I am training myself to be a bit more disciplined. If you’ve got any time saving tips, or great apps which have helped you to change your behaviour for the better, let me know and leave a comment!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Gum leaves

Wearing: Romance Was Born dress, Shrimps faux fur clutch, Asos flats and pom pom earrings from Strange Magic on Etsy.

There was an interesting piece on Man Repeller last month on not really knowing what you look like, written by a woman in her late twenties or maybe in her early thirties. She didn't have low vision, nor was she blind. The subject matter wasn't on body dysmorphia, but rather being so outwardly focused that there's a real disconnect between her, as a thinker and her, as a woman who gets dressed every morning and maybe goes out to dinner or for drinks every now and then. It's stuck with me ever since I first read it after a friend commented that this Romance Was Born dress really suited me, specificallythat it was "my colour". More often than not I don't take comments whether they are positive or negative into consideration but this particular friend is an artist whose designed stamps for the country so his opinion had a bit more weight to it. So, months later I decided to dress in all green, complete with pom pom earrings which work friends likened to (and I quote) 'Shrek testicles'. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Field of flowers

My boyfriend tends to the lawn out the front of our house with such tender loving care it seems a real shame not to exploit it for photo opportunities! What could be better than taking photos of a Poppy Lissiman bag with the smell of fresh-mowed grass in the air? That and a damn good cup of coffee.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Katie Jones Bridal

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who will stop at nothing to fit in, and those who were born to stand out. It became apparent during high school I was not destined to fit in, and from then on I simply followed my instinct and stood out. For that reason I'm inspired by Katie Jones, who married her fiance in a wedding dress of her own making, using recycled crochet pieces for her wedding reception and her bridesmaid dressed in handmade crochet tops paired with rainbow pleated skirts by Romance Was Born. It was truly a match made in heaven, with many wedding guests embracing the colour and theme of this non-traditional wedding (although in one photo there's what looks like someone's auntie who I suspect did not dress for the occasion). As with personal style and day to day outfits, your wedding is what you make of it. If you're considering enlisting the help of Katie Jones on your wedding you're in luck my friend, she's taking orders for bespoke bridal pieces on her website, as well as holding DIY crochet workshops and retreats so keep an eye out.