Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
As you may know, I'm single and quite happily too. In an effort to curb any loneliness and feeling sorry for oneself, I devised a handy list of reasons for why summer holidays are better spent sans boyfriend.
1. No need to spend an extravagant amount of hard earned cash on boyfriend. Spend on oneself instead.
2. No need to spend inordinate amounts of time with family that are not yours, a family that are even more insane than your own.
3. Summertime is a great time to flirt, everyone is generally happier and more approachable, no need to worry about the green eyed monster, you're free to do as you please!
4.You won't have to hear about his boring fishing trip with his mates, or try to wrestle the remote to turn off the cricket.
5. No cricket at all. Yippee! (Those not in Australia insert most popular sport adored by sports-mad boys).
6. It's fling time - this is the best time to have a summer romance or fling, don't worry about how long it lasts, just enjoy the passion and relaxed nature of such a relationship.
7. You can wear all your summer baby doll dresses that make you look pregnant without worrying what he will think!
8. Tuck into all the chocolates and lollies you scored and not have to share with anyone!
9. You can hit the road with mates for a beach vacation and spend the entire time drunk and/or at the beach and not worry about how he fits in or whether he wants to do something else.
10. Best of all you have plenty of time to be healthy, get fit and feel great in preparation for when that special boy comes along.
P.S. For those who have a main man, no offence intended!
Friday, December 26, 2008
I had a wonderful day in Queensland with my uncle, aunty, cousin and grandma. We enjoyed prawns, turkey and vegetables and traditional Christmas pudding. Washed down with inordinate amounts of champagne, wine and beer. I fell asleep early in the evening, too much grog and food!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I'm kinda changing my style a bit at the moment, leaning towards a bit more grunge/punk and I am loving it. It reminds me of being a teenager. I think I'll still embrace the 'pretty' but a grunge pretty, not prissy!
He is responsible for a lot of Prada's design work but he does other stuff too!
Friday, December 12, 2008
At this time of the year, lusting after footwear only suitable in winter should be forbidden. I just can't help it.
These Thomas Wylde boots are just too divine for words. A bit of punk, a bit of goth, a bit of high glamour and probably comfortable enough to be worn all day, these boots would be my number one item on my winter shopping list, should conditions (read: finances) permit.
I can just imagine one of rock and roll's darlings wearing these boots.
Friday, December 5, 2008
I am currently about to move house and once again I'm in a situation where I have to move in 8 days and haven't found anything yet. Melbourne is really tiring me out lately. I hear country life beckoning.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I totally agree with everything said - it's well articulated but without being too well written. Hipster is a word invented for people who try to fit into the subculture, it's not what anyone who started this scene would call themselves. Indeed adbusters paints a bleak picture of Western Civilisation by using the subculture 'hipsterdom' as a punching bag.
Without saying more, let me just say this: subcultures come and go but the rules of the world stipulate that anything good will soon be watered down by the masses.
A new subculture awaits those who cling to the term, so the true 'hipsters' can enjoy what they created.
Her newest collection is striking and features my favourite type of heel, the cone. The gorgeous detail in the first pair with the ruffle tongue, the subtle snakeskin and colour combinations.
So sometimes I like to channel my inner Madge and take inspiration from the amazing members of the band and do my best 80's impersonation.
(photo credits - stand and deliver)
And to do so, I absolutely need boots just like these.
$135 from Pixie Market - click the image for the link.
Take some ideas from this image and start looking for creative designs or update your own shoes yourself.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I loathe AA. It's not hipster, it's androgynous and simple. It's easy to wear for those who can't think independently about style and be creative. It's for those who want to follow like sheep.
And even though I like wearing leotards, AA's leotards are poorly cut.
Taken from Adbusters.org report on hipsterdom.
"But in 2008, such things have become shameless clichés of a class of individuals that seek to escape their own wealth and privilege by immersing themselves in the aesthetic of the working class."
Thursday, November 27, 2008
It wasn't until we were a bit older we realised that we needed more room if we were ever to be as good as the Mighty Ducks (see the movie if you have no idea). Being older and wiser I see now that ice hockey is for tough bitches, not for ladies like me. So in essence, I can pare down my love of roller sports to just this: I've always loved rollerskate chic.
Alice Dellal for Preen.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
To all Melbourne girls and boys,
Get your summer clothes early and don't pay anything for them.
Donate to our lovely charity via your entry fee.
Summer is upon us and in times of recession and financial difficulties, we must band together and stay fashionable. Some of the best fashion was born in the depression!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Renowned party photographer The Cobrasnake uses street style photography at parties to capture the essence of 'party'.
Why do photographers like to capture the feet of partygoers? The party scene, in particular the Indie subculture is all about art and style; about being an individual and not at all about classical ideals of fashion.
To celebrate individuality, indie kids like to wear unique outfits, which of course extends to shoes. So we can say shoes can explain who we are, and photos of our shoes can do it without referring to any other part of our bodies or outfits.
A 20 year old Arts student at college, wishes he lived in the free loving 70's.
An 18 year old retail queen with her musician boyfriend.
The coolest girl at the party, she likes to surprise, but she isn't into hiking.
The glam girl. Rich parents, at college but just for the sake of it.
Showing off their 90's grunge prowess, the new generation teenagers wearing their Docs do so with more style than their 90's counterparts.
Thinking about who wears these shoes, what that person does and stands for, is an interesting pasttime of mine.
Friday, November 14, 2008
In fashion, the importance of being ethical and green is just starting to really show it's true colours. Until recently only a handful of designers held a ethical but innovative vision to clothing and accessories design. Now with designers like Stella McCartney and Natalie Portman for Te Casan paving the way for designers like Elizabeth Olsen, we will start to see the makeover of ethical fashion to fashionable.Ethical fashion means everything is produce by workers in countries guided by the principles of fair trade.
olsenhaus is an anagram of the designer's name, Elizabeth Olsen, an American woman looking to change the world. The founding philsophy of olsenHaus is based in the universal truth, respect for all beings, with a dedication to the expression of spiritual truth in the material world.
The collection heralds fashion; innovation, light, love and most of all form and function. The colour palette is speckled by silver, and material choices and unique details like the huge cone heels, make olsenHaus friendly and edgy.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Italians shoe designers number a plenty, and are universally known as the best in the biz. Young shoe designers from across the globe flock to Italian shoe houses to train under the watchful eyes of major brands like Prada, Bottega Veneta, Sergio Rossi and of course ballet flat extraordinaire Salvatore Ferragamo.
A status only some can afford, the “Made In Italy” engraving on the sole of Italian made shoes means many things together: fit, materials, fashion, durability—the good and the beautiful together.Vito Artioli, an Italian shoe designer since the age of 16 hopes consumers consider the “Made In Italy” tag a symbol of ‘Italian living, our history, tradition, culture, civilization and sense of the beautiful.’
These crocodile print pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti exude classic Italian style; the rich and exuberant.
But Italian designers are not stuck in their old traditional ways. Italian super brand, Sergio Rossi have debuted a fanciful and flirty grey suede ankle boot.
Of course debate rages over the Made In Italy tag. Many believe it unfair as some big brands do very little of the production in
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I love reading, I always have. When I was a little girl I rode horses and lived and breathed everything to do with horses. My parents instigated a rule that for every 2 horse books I read, I had to read 1 non horse related book.
Reading gives me a great pleasure, it is calming, educational and helps you develop key skills. I particularly like how striking a book can be in the first chapter, but today I found a list of top first liners.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. —George Orwell, 1984 (1949)
All this happened, more or less. —Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York. —Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)
Click here to read the 100 best first lines from novels as presented by the American Book Review.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The world has shown it's interest, and everyone is encouraging Americans, particularly young Americans to vote. It's important that everyone gets involved.
If you are in America and haven't registered to Vote - do it here.
We can be involved too. Head to The Economist's Global Electoral College and cast your vote.
And if you want to show your support, buy a pair of Toms Shoes
If you're undecided - buy these
Vote Republican - buy these
Vote Democrat - buy these
Each pair is $US45 and for every pair you purchase, Toms will give a pair of shoes to a child in need.
Hop To It.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Can a man possess an extensive shoe collection without defending his sexuality? Perhaps a little controversial, but surely a topic worth discussing.
This week I’d like to applaud men who take an interest in shoes. According to Grazia this week, 40% of
For men these numbers would no doubt be very different. In general men fall into two distinct camps; those who are interested in fashion and those who are not. Of course the men who take an interest in fashion vary in their tastes; some possess a classic style, while others embrace the indie or more eccentric aspects of style.
The term ‘metrosexual’ has been bandied about over the past few years and really doesn’t give enough credit to heterosexual men who embrace style and fashion. Relating style to sexuality in men isn’t fair, and as more men become confident in expressing themselves through their clothes and accessories, we need to lose the idea that men’s style = questionable sexuality.