Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Heartbeats




my heart skipped a beat.

image: jaknjil.com

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Current Obsession

Stevie Nicks circa 1976 singing Rhiannon.

10 Reasons To Be Happily Single This Holiday Season

Dear Readers,

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.

Happy Holidays!

xx

P.S. For those who have a main man, no offence intended!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my friends out there who celebrate it.

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

Gravity Rainbow

Some fun in my office! These make you feel like you're on the moooonnnnn!

A Year In Review

I've written a piece about the shoes of 2008. Check it out here.

xx

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New hair

I'll take a good picture tonight but I recently got an undercut. It's very similar to Alice Dellal's but my hair is shorter and red!

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!






The Year In Pictures

I'm going to do This Year In Shoes this week, but in the meantime, have a look at Style.com's lovely presentation about the big F, Fashion this year.

Click here

Sad news

My laptop died last night, I'm hoping it might be salvageable, but I won't know for a few days. I can blog from work, but not too much! In the meantime, look at this lovely video and pictures of amazing work by my favourite architect, Rem Koolhaas.

He is responsible for a lot of Prada's design work but he does other stuff too!



Friday, December 12, 2008

Good News!

I found an apartment, it's going to be my little heaven and once I'm set up, I'll show off some photos.

Wintertime Lusting



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

Thoughts

Early morning, I struggled to get out of bed this morning. I had a dream about a boy. It breaks my heart that he left and I didn't get to say what I wanted to say, didn't get to spend time with him how I wanted to.

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

Hipsterdom

Following on from my post yesterday about American Apparel, I found this amazing editorial by Hard Liquor, Soft Holes.

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.

Chrissie Morris

Back in April I mentioned a designer I thought was worth taking notice of - Chrissie Morris.

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.



How to be an 80's queen

I was born in the 80's and sometimes I wish I'd been born just that little bit earlier so I could have reigned supreme as a teenager. In my dreams I imagine Cyndi Lauper and Madonna joined by me in my super covers band, akin to Stand and Deliver, a popular Melbourne cover band that play on Saturday nights at The Spot in Brunswick (you must go if you can, but get there early!)

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.

Having fun with your heels

Style is all about expressing yourself and having fun, and why not? Being too serious isn't good for your health, and a bit of fun can give anyone a more positive attitude.

Take some ideas from this image and start looking for creative designs or update your own shoes yourself.



Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Absurdity

I want to hack at something. Observer Woman and Grazia magazine in the UK have named American Apparel LABEL OF THE YEAR.

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."

Monday, December 1, 2008

My happy heart. I bought these on the weekend.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Rollerskates

When I was a kid I grew up in the country, with dirt and dust, no smooth suburban pavements or sidewalks to use. Fortunately my parents had the foresight to cover part of our driveway, which delighted my brother and I and resulted in many years of hockey and basketball on our rough but better than dirt, bitumen surface.

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.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

For Better Or Purse

Next week the Melbourne event, For Better Or Purse runs its 'Get Ready For Summer' Event. It's a year since the event started and everyone is encouraged to attend.

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!

Click here to visit the website.
Click here to become a fan of For Better Or Purse on Facebook.
Click here for Myspace.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Eyes To Our Souls



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

A Friendly Touch



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.





www.olsenhaus.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Drawn By Hand, Made By Hand

I'm all about the bespoke, and so are Vein Wear.

An Australian men's footwear company that handcraft gorgeous leather and combination material shoes. For something different order from their store.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Why Italians Do It Better



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 Italy, but still earn the label. Yet still, undeniably Italian shoe designers reign supreme. In the words of Vito, shoes are not an accessory any longer, they are an essential part and foundation of fashion. Indeed.

Friday, October 31, 2008

How To Be A Supermodel


The 90's was the era of the Supermodel. The biggest names were Linda, Christy, Naomi, Claudia, Cindy and Kate. While the rest of us focused on fashion as the anti-style, the Supers wore body conscious dresses that hugged every curve and minimalist statement black super high heels. A mix of denim and heavy black was the perfect recipe for 90's Supermodel style.  

The rest of us were wearing Docs and signature Levi's with our grungy hair and grungy music. The Supers embodied female empowerment, feminity and the 'all woman' aesthetic. The waif look only stood for the amazing Kate; the longevity of her career as one of fashion's top models still today. 

So deck yourself out with a body con dress and don't forget the 90's hit fragrance, Thierry Mugler Angel, and strut your best supermodel self.


From Wittner.




All from Siren Shoes at Sidewalk Soul in Melbourne.


From all good department stores.

xx
Carla


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Literature

In life, art means more than paintings and sculpture. To me it means music, literature, fashion, the beauty of nature. The art of journalism, the art of surgery. Everything to me is art.

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.

I like:

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

Margarita Madness

Out for dinner tonight with my girls and going to a Margarita Madness themed night atSweatshop, one of my favourite bars in Melbourne.

What I'm wearing - sorry my pics are pretty average!





xx
Carla

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The New America

Come the 5th of November, America will be a new place (hopefully) full of hope and understanding.

The world has shown it's interest, and everyone is encouraging Americans, particularly young Americans to vote. It's important that everyone gets involved.

AMERICANS
If you are in America and haven't registered to Vote - do it here.

NON AMERICANS

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

Men Love Shoes


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 Melbourne women own more shoes than anything else. 60% say high heels make us feel beautiful and 57% of us say we’d be willing to suffer for fashion by wearing incredibly high heels (Grazia October 27, 2008).


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.


So let’s celebrate men who love style and shoes with this collection of photos taken from Facehunter and The Sartorialist.










And don’t forget the humble brogue. Often referred to as wingtips, as they’re known in the United States. Brogues are low-heeled shoes made of heavy leather originating in Scotland and Ireland. Brogues are considered traditional men’s dress shoes. Women are of course stealing this shoe and the trend has been huge in the past year across the globe.




Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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No.1 Thing I Hate

Posting about things that won't fit me, but it makes me smile when someone emails me to say they've bought that item!!



Get these gorgeous boots if you are a lucky.... SIZE 10!! Click here for the link to EBAY!!

xx
Carla