Friday, October 23, 2009

Missing

Sorry to any readers who have been wondering where I am. I've discovered a new passion in writing and have begun a new blog.

Never Say Die
A blog about relationships, sex, life and work.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Job

I start a new job on Monday as a Digital Producer for an agency nearby. Very excited as I've been looking for the right position since coming back from overseas travel over 12 months ago. I'd almost given up hope in this horrible market, but it just goes to show that a little bit of faith goes a long way.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Apartment Envy

I get super envious of amazing apartments. Lisa Mayock, designer of Vena Cava has a gorgeous apartment, and envious style too.



Check it out here...

Friday, July 10, 2009

The nature of fashion



What is the nature of fashion? Is it constant evolution and change, or constant style?

Read more of my post for The Vine here...


Christian Lacroix No More



As Christian Lacroix packs up its offices, warehouses, showrooms and designs, tears are flowing. It's not often a fashion business as big as this goes bankrupt, but its clear that the recession and global financial fuck-up is hurting everyone. 

The traditional ending to a Lacroix show with the bridal gown is a fanciful and optimistic gesture. Let's hope some investors show some interest in resurrecting this famous brand.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Amazing Jewellery

I have a knuckleduster double ring by This Charming Man, a Melbourne guy (who now lives OS) by the name of Edward Janssen. It's a beautiful ring, it's different and I wear it everyday!



Thanks to Foxyman, I found another jewellery brand I like, Meadowlark. It's NZ based and really sparks my interest. I love different jewellery and I'm even starting to get into gold.



The knuckleduster is HIGH on my want list. Is two knuckledusters one too many?

Check out Meadowlark's stuff here.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Illustration

Not Keren is one of my favourite illustrators. I love the stuff she does and these days she applies it to sneakers.





New Pages



Pages online is one of my favourite magazines, note, not online, but of all magazines around ze world.

It's amazing crafted, has amazing content and is FREE! Check it out here

New Modcloth

One of my favourite online stores, Modcloth, have a new look and feel!

I love it!

Monday, July 6, 2009

On the horizon

While I was overseas last year in Europe I began writing a collection of short stories. I've been working on them sporadically but they are coming along. I'm really excited about this project. It will speak to women of all ages on topics of motherhood, sisterhood, friendship, love, consumerism and more. I'm not too sure of publishing processes but one can only try!

On another note, I'm watching a Michael Jackson tribute. My gosh he is amazing.

Finsk

Julia Lundsten's star is burning oh so brightly! Recently I wrote about Scandinavians and shoe design, and it seems Julia's label, Finsk is just getting better and better.

Miss Susie Bubble has the lucky chance to try on a pair of Finsk's new shoes from her A/W 09 collection, called Project 1. Again Julia uses a combination of different materials which is eyecatching enough, but the sharp protrusion at the heel is just so exciting. I love seeing this stuff and bang my head against the wall that Australia doesn't afford me the opportunity to be around these sorts of things. I feel like this sort of creativity is just EVERYWHERE in London. Boo!


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fashion & Forums

I've been a long time Vogue forum member, but over the years it's bitchy allure has faded into a bitchy past-time. The new issue of Vogue Australia released yesterday heralded a new website. Being an online marketing specialist, I was intrigued.

Changing colours does not a new website maketh. In particular the new forum looks bright and a sight for bleary work eyes. When Anna Wintour released the biggest issue ever, September 08 with 90% advertising, I think Kirstie Clements eyes popped out. The new website features more (read: not anymore interesting) advertising. 

One of the best things about Australian Vogue over the years has been the forum. Integrating it into the magazine was a forward thinking strategy that has helped many girls and women in these increasingly modern days. When I was a young girl, I read 'Every Girl' to learn about growing up. As a teenager, I read Vogue to learn about fashion and to talk about relationships and my career. Then one day Vogue shut up shop and stopped anyone from discussing anything deemed 'too personal'. That was the first rule and major mistake Vogue made.

It's a shame to see such a magazine be falling so quickly, when the opportunity is so clearly there. I love magazines and buy every issue of Vogue, it's important to me. But clearly with the internet becoming more important in everyone's lives, every single day, how can they approach their website with such little care?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Disagreeing with editorials


I don't really have a problem with most editorials, but every now and again I get quite pissy about the way an editorial is shot and the models used. I consider Russh magazine to be an important part of fashion. It's honest voice and focus on natural beauty is a rare thing in the industry. However, the editorial in the latest issue 'Sorry no one's home' is a bit off the mark. The model Svetlana is either very young or at least looks very young and the idea of her lounging around in very adult lingerie and fitted dresses just puts me right off.

Each to their own I guess. Check out more scans from the ed here.

And, I believe it should be 'Sorry noone's home'. I.e. Noone is one word...

Taking advantage of sales

I'm never one to buy on the premise of a style being 'so hot right now' and therefore paying full price. My preference is to purchase shoes on sale or vintage pre-loved shoes for a number of reasons. Of course affordability is always the biggest part, but sometimes buying things that haven't been as popular is what makes me want them that bit more.

In Australia, the range of shoes is extensive but tends to be repetitive from store to store. Franchise stores like Mollini, Nine West, Zu and Sidewalk Sole, tend to have competitively priced shoes which is great; but the same style is sold at each store. 

Having said that, sometimes these stores stock a shoe that isn't right of the moment, but has the certain quality that is lust worthy.

These slingbacks (usually not my style) in a myriad of colours are a great shoe for any occasion, and of course that's important. The super high heel is only good for those that go out dancing a lot (and drinking to numb the pain) or those with Carrie Bradshaw esque pain thresholds...

The best thing, the Hoton is on sale for a mere $59.00. Check it out here...

Another shoe that will last in your wardrobe a lifetime, is the Papoose. In gorgeous red suede, the lace up ankle and peeptoe make it an anytime season shoe. At $79.50, its a clear bargain. Check it out here...


Friday, June 26, 2009

Plastic Dreams: Melissa

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Melissa is a Brazilian company specialising in plastic shoes. The sustainable idea has become so popular world wide, that it has led to some amazing collaborations including the Anglomania collection with Vivienne Westwood. The collection has been snatched up by fashion adoring women all over the world, including Katy Perry and Beth Ditto. 


Click here to read more...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Amazing Norma Kamali




I'm a huge fan of the 80's; I was born in 1983, I love almost any music from that decade and the clothes, oh the clothes.

Norma Kamali was a fashion designer with a strong sense of spirit that shone through her creations and indeed her advertising. In 1981, Dustin Pittman shot these amazing photographs for one of her campaigns.

Click here to read more...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Australia's Next Top Model

Tahnee for the win definitely. The girl is amazing for a 17 year old.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Colette

The home of the best concept shop in the world, and all things fabulous are having sale in their eshop.

Check it out here...

Australia's Next Top Model

I'm really disappointed to see that when ANTM (Australia) comes up with an amazing photoshoot, Chanel on pylons, the girls can't deliver. I'm not a huge fan of these shows, not because it's not interesting but because I see so many clueless girls, only made famous by their willowly frame, put to shame amazing designers.

This week on AusNTM, the girls got to wear these gorgeous Chanel booties and boy am I jealous. Too bad the producers of the AusNTM website cropped the shoes out of the downloadable images.



Monday, June 1, 2009

Jealousy

Oh to have a shoe closet that overflows like this.


See more of Sally Singers place on The Selby...

Friday, May 29, 2009

The History Of Shoes



Archaeology has long been an interest of mine. The history of shoes is a vast expanse of ideas and evidence. Numerous archaeologists and historians have tackled the subject and yielded a ton of information.

To read more of my post for The Vine, click here.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Your shoe horoscope

Your shoe horoscope

In the hope of being perceived as funny, last week I wrote some shoe horoscopes.

Click here for more...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

In A Perfect World

In a perfect world, tomorrow on my day off, I'd wear this dress and shoes combination with my newly dyed red hair curled to a lunch with my girlfriends. My best friend is in NY, I don't have any money and I don't have the shoes or the dress. I can play make believe though...

Pleasantville DressYves Saint Laurent Cage strappy sandals

Shoes - Modcloth.com and heels YSL from net-a-porter.com

Friday, May 15, 2009

Online Store Profile - Pixie Market



Pixie Market is an actual store in New York. Of course New York has ALL the best shopping that us humble Australians have limited access to. An unusual store, perfectly curated with pieces that suit all budgets and tastes. Many of the labels are Australian including Mink Pink, Mogil and Katzi. The site features many fledgling labels which means better prices and unique finds for us!

Read more of my post for The Vine...

Werner Herzog

When its late I spend my time looking up obscure things on the internet. I type 'shoes' into any and every search engine bringing up video, art, film and politics (read: Bush). Sometimes I find something interesting.

In 1980, Werner Herzog, filmmaker, grew up in remote Bavaria and viewed nor used any TV or film or telephones. At 19 he made his first film. This Youtube clip shows Herzog talking about the problems with pop culture and the lack of adequate images in 1980. Nearly 30 years on, we have the same problems. Are we really evolving?



Oh and he eats his shoe!

Favourite Models

Daria Werbowy - unique yet easy to relate to. She's the girl next door with a stellar walk.

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Maria Carla Boscono - My namesake, a gorgeous Italian, bestfriend and muse to Riccardo Tiscy, the house of Givenchy. Versatile and naturally just oh so lovely.



Natalia Vodianova - the mother and wife. Meek or sexy, she nails it everytime.



Myf - An Australian newcomer. Unique, a bit quirky and the right side of cool, Myf is sure to become a household name.

http://i.models.com/oftheminute/images/2008/09/myf51.jpg


I wish...

I wish I was 5'10 so I could be a catwalk model. My walk is fierce.

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I wish I had long luscious hair a la Miss Cruz.
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I wish I had the money to keep riding horses.

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I wish I never bit my nails.

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But most of all, I wish everyone was just happy. H. A. P. P. Y.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Inspirations



Julia Restoin-Roitfeld at home in her house. The Selby is quickly becoming my favourite website. Without having access to renovation, it helps me find ways to make my home just a little more fantastic.

Look at her shoe collection! WOW!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Black Shoes



In general, black shoes are the fail-safe easy option that most people choose to avoid making any fashion mistakes. Most often, I'd say that black is boring and though its safe, it can often make an outfit look dare I say it, a little bit dowdy.

I've stated my case about The Sartorialist's recent comments, and though I disagree about his opinion, there is no doubt, too much black can be dowdy and frumpy.

So how to tell the difference between black = sexy and black = frumpy? Easy!

Click here to read more...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Does The Sartorialist REALLY know anything?

Mr Scott Schumann please stand up. Raise your hand if you think his assessment of fashion is rife with errors. Crickets hey?

Well as a true Melburnian, I am disappointed with The Sartorialist's view of Melb v's Sydney in the style stakes. Pedestrian has offered up some of the quotes from an article with Sydney Morning Herald and the comments left on Pedestrians site are enough to make this lady laugh a whole lot.

My view? Of course Melbourne is better.

Scandinavians and shoe design



When you visit Scandinavian countries you get a sense that design just comes naturally. Of course the global powerhouse that is Ikea began in Sweden and embodies the total idea of Scandinavian design.

Read more of my post for The Vine...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dolci Firme


Dolci Firme is owned by Bianca Bucchieri, a purveyor of quality and style, Bianca stocks her tiny stores with the best shoes from major and some unlikely brands.

One of the most fashion forward (and notably my favourite) brands stocked in Dolci Firme is Le Silla. Le Silla is an Italian brand that I noticed on my European tour last year. Italians are known for quality and a certain style, but not usually being fashion forward. Of course there are always exceptions such as the creative director behind Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci. The self-proclaimed struggler, Tisci gave the tired French fashion house a new life. Italians are making waves by stepping away from the sexy and OTT style of yesterday.

I interviewed Bianca this week.

Click here to read more of my post for The Vine.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Well done Harpers Bazaar

Fashion, be proud luis sanchis 1 550x366 SPREAD UM: Crystal Renn for Australian Harpers Bazaar

For putting gorgeous Crystal Renn in your magazine and for making it seem so natural.

See Fashionindie.com for the pics.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Why not trying is so cool

The idea of effortless dressing isn't new. The 'I just woke up and picked up the dirty clothes on the floor' supermodels favourite line to the popular blogger's perfect photo of their outfit; one of 100 photos their boyfriend took on the side of the road in their tiny native town.

This idea has become such a difficult notion, it's not effortless or easy, it takes careful and deliberate shopping expeditions, serious editing of ones wardrobe and hours preening to make your bedhead hair look just that.

One of the favourite fashion editors ideas on this subject is to suggest their loyal readers not wear 'anything from one designer, one season or with one theme... sometimes wrong is right' (Harpers Bazaar, May 2009). The idea of natural ugliness is nothing new to me. I'm a firm believer that embracing the ugly daily in your outfits will bring you an effortless style that doesn't look put together at all.

The most annoying thing about the article in Harpers Bazaar is their insidious reference to ERIN. God how I dislike that woman. Erin's suggestion is 'when you think yo've spent too much time getting ready, stop. It's better to get dressed on a whim because you make instinctual choices'. Erin's style is emulated by a number of bloggers and while it may suit those california girl types, it certainly doesn't suit the majority of women.

The article suggests other positive models for effortless dressing such as Stella McCartney and Chloe Sevigny who definitely are perenially cool, but not for want of trying. A lot of effort is put into their effortless outfits.

Oh and if you want to really nail this look, you need to have long messy hair, so shorter haired girls, just forget it. For some of us, looking polished is the only way and we won't follow the garden path that Erin and others like her are making oh so cool.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Vogue Says I'm Old

Vogue UK has an annual talent competition - a competition for young writers, globally; you don't have to be a UK resident. HOWEVER, you do have to be a certain age and I'm too old. I'm 25.

If you were 24 until January 1 2009 I hope you entered and enjoyed it. Vogue says I'm too old.

Click here to find out more.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Grunge Now



Grunge in the 90’s was all about being cheap, but this decade the trend is different. Having clothes that look cheap when we all know they cost an arm and a leg. Not a new thing, the entire hipster ideology is built on this exact philosophy.

To read more of my post for The Vine, click here...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Japanese Streets.COM

My picks of Japanesestreets.com - I love the Japanese and their style. One bad thing about my current lifestyle is that I must always wear black because of my bar job.

90329-3477

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90329-346281025-7483

90329-3431

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ronson LOVE


I'm not a huge fan of Samantha, but given the dazzling talent of Mark and Charlotte, I guess I can give her a mention.

A trio of siblings so dissimilar my brain may explode.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Weird Obsession

I am weirdly obsessed with a show that started not long ago. It's a US show, Life On Mars. I can't stop watching it!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ellen Page


I really like Ellen Page in Smart People but not in Juno.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Melbourne Girls, Listen Up!

One of my favourite Melbourne boutiques for pretty girls and stylish women, LADY, is having a massive sale.

Lady Petrova, also known for her amazing talents on Project Runway, sent me this little email.

LADY MASSIVE CLEARANCE SALE!

Drastic times call for drastic measures

Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th March

20-70% off everything including all new season stock!

Vintage dresses from $10!

LADY dresses from $20!

Nothing over $200!!!!

be quick 3 days only

Labels on sale include, LADY, My Pet Square, Maniquin, Mink Pink, Karen Walker eyewear, Sara Philips, Tristan Blair,Limedrop, I Heard They Eat Cigarettes, Mr Julius, Alex & Alex, Mogil & many more!!

first in best dressed!
LADY shop 3, 237 Flinders Lane (down Scott Alley) Melbourne
xx
Petrova


So my petals, get down there and snap up some bargains!!

xx
Carla

Monday, March 9, 2009

Changes


A change is in the air... I've applied for a job in the centre of Australia, beautiful Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. I've lived in and near Melbourne all my life and although I'll miss the nightlife, the coffee and the fashion, my career beckons. A grand adventure awaits me and I hope with all my heart that this job becomes mine. Will update you all soon!