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How to dress up denim

6 December, 2015

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New York Fashionweek SS2016, day 3

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New York Fashionweek SS2016, day 2

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Take your cue from the fashion pack who dressed up their denims with a pretty blouse for the recent Spring Summer 16 shows.  I like the boyfriend style with this look but recommend a slimmer boyfriend style to balance the volume of the blouse.  Just turn up the cuffs, add a pair of heels and let your blouse do the talking.

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The shopping ban

16 August, 2015

After a hiatus of sorts I am back in the blogosphere.  I’d love to say that I’ve been busy with other exciting projects but the reality is that over the past month or two I have been experiencing life in 50 shades of grey, and I’m not referring to a) the weather or b) the book.  I’m talking about Depression – otherwise referred to as “the black dog”.  You may have your own experiences with the black dog or have loved ones who suffer.  My black dog tends to sneak up on me and basically chips away at my self-confidence, saps my energy and motivation.  I can’t think clearly and basically I find myself spending hours dwelling on the injustices of life and my inadequacies.  In a word, it is exhausting and I find it very difficult to leave my doona.  I am learning to make peace with my black dog after years of having him around to varying degrees.  I can’t say that I like him, but he is a presence in my life and he is teaching me some valuable lessons about who I am and what is important to me.

The black dog  certainly put a downer on things in recent times and I couldn’t muster the energy or interest to tell you about the shopping ban.  Yes, I committed to a shopping ban with my friend in Brisbane, following a conversation about mindless buying and accumulating a lot of stuff that we just weren’t wearing.  It went something like this; a period of 3 months,  op shop-only buys allowed, not including vintage stores – believe me I argued the point.  Coming into month 3 of the shopping ban with one slip-up which I confessed to my friend immediately (I’ll show you later) feels like quite an achievement.  I have a trip to the op shops planned this weekend, so stay tuned.  I hope to post on this soon.

Experiencing MONA (in leopard of course)

June 12, 2014

On the hand at MONA

 

 

 

 

Last weekend I had the experience that is MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart.  I had high expectations after hearing from friends who had visited.  MONA delivered on these and more.

More than a gallery housing contemporary art, it’s an installation itself that you can lose yourself in.  You can expect to have a deeply moving numbers silouhetteexperience, as you explore new ideas and surrender to the sensory experience that is MONA.

I’ll be keeping an eagle eye out for tickets to MOFO, The Festival of Music and Art, in January.

 

Wearing Intersection Coat by Antipodium  and Topshop denim dress

 

Unique finds from my travels

May 27, 2014

Indian collage

left to right (clockwise): entrance to the Red Forte, view from The TaJ Mahal, at The Gallery of Modern Art – painting by Amrita Sher Gil and necklace found at Dariba Kalan Bazaar in old Delhi

At the end of last year I did a flying visit to India and stayed in Delhi with my partner, who was there for business.  It wasnt ‘t exactly the long, spiritual journey I had been imagining since I was 17.  Rather it was a whirlwind visit that I like to think of as an introduction to a place that I am definitely keen to explore further. Like most western travellers, I was first struck by the heat – well, more humidity (it was wet season) – poverty, the inequitable distribution of wealth and the density of the place.  But  overlaying all of this was the richness of the history, culture and religion.  Visually there was so much to see.  I loved seeing women dressed in their vibrant coloured saris on the streets and the array of colourful textiles – it was like textile heaven.

When I’m travelling, I love searching for antiques and unique pieces made by local artisans that I can keep as souvenirs from my travels.  I found some amazing markets in Delhi and was fortunate to stumble upon Sundar Nagar Market – lots of shops filled with antique pieces and wares.  It’s definitely a must visit if you’re visiting and interested in antiques. I found the necklace pictured above in Dariba Khalan Bazaar, in Old Delhi.  It might have taken two goes to find it, after being taken to every place but the bazaar by a local, but it was well worth the diversion.  The Bazaar is over 300 years old.  This piece was 15 years old from Jaina Sons.  I got it for a good price, after a little bargaining.  You will find amazing pieces in this bazaar, which specialises in silver jewellery.

No overseas trips planned for this year but who knows? I certainly wasn’t expecting I’d be going to India last year. In the meantime there’s work to be done on my wardrobe, part 1 wardrobe detox is in progress.  Stay tuned for updates on this project.