Silver Bells

I recently gave in and subscribed to Photoshop Creative Cloud so I could shoot RAW, and by gosh, RAW is incredible. Like, the internet always talks about how great it is, but I didn't believe it till I saw it, and now I've seen it. 

For those of you who don't do the photography thing, DSLR's shoot (basically) in two modes: Jpeg and RAW. When you shoot Jpeg, the picture quality isn't as good and you don't have as much control in the editing process. You get to control everything with RAW.

The only downside is that because the file size (and my SD cards with shitty write speed) my camera takes less shots per second shooting continuously compared to Jpeg. (So, I'll probably still shoot Jpeg for my "normal blog type stuff") 

I made this skirt last night as well. I've been thinking about making a scallop hem circle skirt for a while, and decided to pull the trigger when I happened upon this silver wetsuit type knit. 

Sewing this made me realise I kind of need to get a walking foot. I was going to attach the bauble trim I've got around the waist around the edge of the scallops as well, but couldn't do it with just my basic foot attachment. (I mean, I could have tried, but I value my sleep more than I wanted a pom pom trim) 

Tartan and Trim

I made a thing! And it helped to disperse some of the negative feelings I've been having lately. 

I've been working on using up the fabric in my fabric box and trim in my trim box. Both bits of clothing related stuff had been sitting in my sewing box for like 3 or 4 years, and now will get to see the light of day (semi) regularly as this super cute tartan and trim pleated skirt. 

The construction process of the garment was actually pretty tough. First off, it took me ages to decide where to place the trim. I too-ed and fro-ed over placing it near the waist, near the hem, or below the hem for a good 15 mins, then I had 5 attempts at pleating (and re-pleating) the skirt, which took a good hour.  

I've made a lot of pleated skirts in my time, so the time it took me to construct was quite a surprise. I'm really happy with how it turned out though. The waist fringe is a super cute detail, and the actual construction is some of my neatest work! 

I paired it with this feather collared jumper I picked up op-shopping because the movement in the feathers 1) balances out the movement of the trim and 2) brings out the red in the tartan. The Converse were quite an unconventional choice of footware, but add an interesting twist to the "classic" feeling of the rest of the outfit. 

Grey Sunflowers.

I'm a bit sick of talking about my feelings, especially at the moment and especially here. All of my posts recently have been about my negative feels, and I don't want this space to be about that. 

Unfortunately it's pretty hard to not talk about the massive funk which I've found myself in when it takes up a good percentage of my brain. To break the 4th wall for a second, I've literally been sitting here for a good half hour trying to write about something other than my feelings, and it's just not happening. 

Part of the funk is definitely because I haven't made new clothes recently. I've talked about this before, but making outfits is hard for me when I'm not making new clothes frequently, but then again, making clothes is hard when all I want to do is watch netflix. 

These are all super duper first world problems, but gosh darn it, I really don't care at the moment. I'm allowed to feel not great even when others have it way worse. Anyway, those are my thoughts in all of their raw, rambly glory. 

Sometimes polkadots can be rambly messes too.

If you live in Australia (and haven't been living under a rock) you'll know that we're gearing up for an election. For me, this election season has been fraught with anger and sadness. 

I'm angry that at the last election a majority of the people whom I share this country with believed the lies that The Liberal party and our right wing "unbiased" media fed us. I'm angry that the Liberal government continues to try to continue the deceit. I'm angry that Asylum seekers aren't treated like people and with respect, and are instead left to torch themselves, and die slow traumatic deaths in off shore detention. I'm angry that the budget proposal screws over the majority, and I'm angry that I've had to wait 3 long years before I can do anything to change our governmental situation. 

When I'm tired of feeling angry all I can feel is sadness. Our country is a very sad place at the moment, and I don't know if there will ever be an escape. 

To add to my political frustrations, the NSW state government keeps doing shitty things, like dismantling elected local governments and appointing unelected administrators in their places. I have no words for how the political class is treating everyone else. They're so separate, yet their decisions affect literally everything. And somehow there are still people who don't care! I just can't hey. 

Anyway, all of these feelings are why I've not been around on this little internet space. My head has been spinning with too many negative thoughts, which makes it 1)hard to make outfits 2) hard to find motivation to shoot (also hard because the sun is setting earlier and earlier) 3) motivation to compile all the things into a post. 

I shot this outfit a little over a week ago when I went for a walk with my parents along a local cycle path. I put this outfit together in one of my brief periods of not feeling angry. I also managed to ladder these tights when I returned home from shooting this outfit. 

Ugh, this has been so rambly and stuff. Whatever. That's where my head is yo. 

Gothic Lace

Not going to lie, this week has been pretty tough. I had a bunch of unpleasant work stuff happen, and have been in a state of feeling angry/powerless regarding the 2016 Australian Budget (TLDR, Malcom Turnbull is basically Tony Abbott). 
 

Anyway, I'm just going to leave you all with Thursdays outfit and paint myself out of my misery. 

Fairy in the Woods

When it comes to fashion I can be quite particular. I'm fussy about colour, material, silhouette comfort and sometimes even "category (ie, shirts, blouses, shorts etc) Until this year, a clothing category I never used to wear (and in fact would steer clear of) were jumpers (aka, sweaters) 

I don't know why it's taken me so long to start wearing jumpers (specifically knit jumpers). They're comfy, and warm, and usually super stylish. Actually thinking about it now, I use to have this preconceived idea that jumpers were to be warn as over things, not as foundation layer. (I can thank Anna from melodic, thrifty and chic for enlightening me. She always wears and layers her clothes in unexpected ways)

This upcoming winter, for me at least, wearing jumpers as shirts is going to be a big part of my style. I'm such a sook when it coms to being cold, and I highly doubt I'll be cold if I'm wearing a singlet, jumper and coat. 

In the spirit of falling in love with knit, I've been thrifting a lot of knit. I tend to gravitate towards cable knit and larger chunkier knits, with bonus points for sparkles and unusual details. I picked up this flower jumper the other day. It's super warm, and super soft. It also looks super vintage-y in a fairy princess sort of way. 

I also (begrudgingly) acquired a new handbag recently. Remember that pretty pink handbag I did a post on a few months ago? The bag wasn't well made, and the materials weren't strong. I'd been repairing the shoulder strap on one side for a few months, but when the other side of the shoulder strap decided it was time to disintegrate it was time to lay it to rest.  

I found this bag at the Channon Markets whilst we were on tour. It's slightly smaller, but fits just as much inside (with a bit of room left over).

Mellow Yellows

It's no secret I'm a bit of a thinker. I love to think about big important stuff, small frivolous stuff, why I think the way I think, and how the way I think shapes my views and opinions. As a progressive thinker with progressive morals and values I feel like thinking about everything is incredibly important. 

I love it when people challenge my thoughts/views/morals and or give me new things to think about/ ways to think about them. My views and opinions are by no means perfect or of the highest moral standing (or free of bias), but I feel by keeping an open mind when it comes to these challenges I can 1) learn and grow as a person 2) spread that knowledge when it needs to be spread. 

That being said, I haven't thought about everything. Recently I went shopping with a friend of mine (we both had things to get at lush/needed stuff to make our respective colds suck less). We were in the pharmacy, when she started looking at the Natural/crystal/aluminium free deodorant. Naturally this lead to a discussion about cosmetics/animal cruelty (which was her catalyst for researching these products) 

Intellectually I've "known" about animal cruelty. Every so often it pops up in mainstream media or on my facebook page, or a youtuber/social media influencer I watch/follow will talk about it, and I'll think "Man, that sucks" but somehow it didn't occur to me that the products I use were tested on animals (pro tip, unfortunately almost all the stuff I use(and probably you use) is). I've been feeling like a bit of an idiot all week due to this "sudden realisation" that most stuff with "chemicals" is tested on animals (and that it's not just cosmetics. It's household cleaning products as well), but now I'm aware, I'm going to take steps to go cruelty free. 

The first step to this little journey of mine is when I use stuff up to research cruelty free alternatives to the product I was using. One of the easiest ways to do this is by searching for products that have the leaping bunny certification. The leaping bunny was designed by a bunch of cruelty free/animal rights movements/companies and insures that the product meets cruelty free standards such as not testing their product on animals, or making use of ingredients that have been tested on animals by other companies. They also have a number of great resources that you can use to educate yourself. (Another great but less formal resource is Cruetly Free Kitty. This site publishes articles and reviews in an easy to digest, yet informative manner) 

Super sneaky edit: Another friend of mine just let me know about this app for cruelty free research of products on the go

On a less serious note how cute is this blouse!? This is my other recent acquisition from The Treasure Trade. The colour is a very light grey, and the fabric feel kind of like a knit/chiffon hybrid (there's probably a technical term for it, but I can't be bothered right now/don't really care that much) The coat I'm wearing isn't a recent acquisition, however, this is the first time it's been worn by me. I thrifted it in October last year, and have been waiting since then for the weather to be at the appropriate temperature for me to wear it. 

I've also got some new glasses! I'm super happy with the frames (I bought 2 new frames, then changed the lenses in one pair I already own) but I'm not quite convinced that my prescription is quite right. My eye deterioration this time round has been quite different, and I'm aware that there is a transition period when you get a new prescription that differs dramatically from your old one, but I feel like the problems I'm having (I've been getting headaches/feeling motion sick) are a bit more than "transition problems". Then again, it could just be because I was actually sick with a cold. I think I'll give them another week and monitor my eyesight/functioning and see if they get better or worse) 

Witchy Poo

Goodness I have been away for some time... This was a completely unplanned break, and I feel better for it, but man have I missed this blog. I find the routine of constructing a blog post, then doing all the social media stuff that goes with it to be quite relaxing in a constructive sort of way. Anyway, I'm back! 

You're probably (not) wondering what lead to this month and a half long hiatus. The TLDR version is I had a bunch of little life stuff build up to create a conglomerate of no posting.

The life stuff started with the impending conclusion of Term 1 flute teaching. I had a bunch of makeup lessons to organise because either schools had stuff on, or I had to take time off for performances. This left me too exhausted and busy to do much of anything. During this, I got sucked into Pretty Little Liars (which is a huge time commitment). I did manage to shoot one outfit during this time (but I lost the SD card on tour/before I could back up the images) 

The next bit of life stuff involved my laptop dying suddenly. My laptop had been having a hard time for over 6 months (The fan was making the most awful racket, and not creating proper airflow, so my laptop was noisy and hot), but needing it for honours (and the wait period at my local computer shop being 2 weeks) prevented me from booking it in when stuff first started going wrong.  I discovered my laptop dying at the worst possible time. I use it to mark my rolls for the school band I take, and when I went to mark said rolls, it wouldn't switch on (The fan made this pathetic noise, and then stop). The fix was quite simple (and cheap, thank goodness). I needed a new fan, and the ram had come loose, but from the time it died to the time I got it back I'd been without a laptop for 2 weeks. 

The final instalment of "reasons my blog has a ghost town" involves Vanishing Shapes (The experiment folk band I'm in). We just released an EP and went on tour to release it all over the place. (We're technically still touring as we have two ep launch shows left to play, but they're local shows, so we get to sleep in our own beds/be at home with a stable internet connection.) 

The tour has been great (even though we were down a shape). We've played so many brilliant shows at so many brilliant places, and with a bunch of brilliant people (I'll be sure to do a full rundown of the other artists we played with at a later date. They were all SO GOOD YO!) Pretty much every venue fed us as well (which, if you've ever been on tour, is a godsend)  

On of the stops we made on tour was Lismore. Now, as well as having a great community, and an awesome rooftop come venue, Lismore is also home to the Treasure Trade . The last time I was in Lismore I bought two fabulous pieces from here. I made some time to go in and have a sneaky peek, and walked out with the dress that you've been staring at in this blog post. It's a tie dye crushed velvet maxi dress. It's super comfy, and makes me feel like some kind of mystic witch. I also made a flower belt to go with it because thats what I do. 

I managed to do a shoot with Niki (the owner of the treasure trade) while I was in Lismore and will be posting that in the next few days. See you soon <3 

Maybe I'll run off and join the circus...

I'm going to keep my words short this evening, because writing words is hard for me at the moment (There's so much stuff floating in my head, and writing isn't my choice way of clearing the noise.) I made these pants last week, and styled them like this. They're made from the same pattern as my pinecone pants and my daisy jeans. Enjoy the pretty pictures! 

Diagonal Fan Skirt

I feel like I open pretty much every blog post like this, but whatever. So sorry I've been gone! I've had so many gigs recently, which means I haven't had time to shoot much, or post much (because my gigs are at night after work, which is when I take my photos and do my blog posts) 

I've had these images since the 10th of March (which was 11 days ago D:) It legitimately feels as though I shot these photos like 2 days ago. Whoops. 

I made this skirt two weeks ago in a fit of "I have too much fabric and nothing to wear tomorrow" (both of which is untrue. There is no such thing as "too much fabric" and I definitely have lots of stuff to wear!!) I originally wanted the top fabric to scallop down the length of the pleats, but I didn't have the patience to figure out how to do it. I also think it wouldn't have looked as good (The lace definately finishes it off nicely. If I'd scalloped the diagonal part, I would have finished the skirt hem with scallops, making it infinately harder to style.) 

I used two different cottons. The patterned multi coloured cotton was a gift from my parents 3 years ago. They bought it for me right after I started sewing regularly. I don't remember when I bought the bottom cotton, but it was also several years ago. It doesn't come through in the photos, but it's actually a matte dual tone (it's a brown and greeny blue colour in real life) Because of the fabric type, it's a very subtle dual tone, but very very pretty.

Something exciting happened to me last week as well! One of my favourite bloggers Anna (From Melodic, Thrifty and Chic) did a blog feature on me :D You can read it here

Till next time (xoxo, Gossip Girl) 

Vintage Peter Pan

According to one of my students I look like peter pan in this outfit. I like the challenge of gender, but I'm feeling more Captain Cook (with my frilly sleeves and pirate skirt) than Pan. 

I wore this outfit to a button collective gig, and then to school the next day. I've not worn the blouse for a while, and I actually felt fresh and inspired by the outfit (instead of feeling like I was wearing a uniform) 

So the gig I played with the Button Collective wasn't just ye olde run of the mill mid week gig. It was actually a live stream (Which you can watch here!) Being live streamed is really strange. We had a physical audience sitting in front of us, and joining that audience was a bunch of cameras, which created a digital audience as well, but one that we weren't aware of until after the event had passed. 

Lets leave the life stuff for a bit and talk about tights for a second. Specifically sheer tights (This little rant may have been spurred on by Annika Victoria's latest Video). As you've probably noticed I wear a lot of tights. I have many different patterns, colours and textures in my collection and all of my tights that aren't sheer last forever. 

Sheer tights however rarely survive more than two or three wears before they become holy and ascend to heaven. I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but my tights alway start their ladders at the toes, specifically my big toe. Now, it may be longer than my other toes, but there's nothing especially sharp about my big toe that would cause tights to ladder. 

Shirt: Thrifted, Skirt Home Made, Belt: Thrifted, Tights: Coles, Shoes: so soft

Shirt: Thrifted, Skirt Home Made, Belt: Thrifted, Tights: Coles, Shoes: so soft

So anyway, after the first wear of a new pair of sheer tights, there's a small ladder and hole by my big toe (which has usually cut off a little bit of circulation my this time) Upon the removal of my shoes I study the ladder, and deem it small enough for the "clear nailpolish trick" (Basically you attack the ladder with clear nailpolish in an attempt to stop it from getting any worse) Usually this lets me wear the tights a couple more times before the ladders spread up the rest of my legs and it's time to mourn the loss. 

Despite this I keep coming back! Probably because of all the pretty awesome unique styles of sheer tights. 

Diamante Teacup Princess

It's been a long couple of weeks yo. I've been doing a lot of thinking, and having a lot of feelings. I've also been falling into the endless stream of "Youtube Beauty Vlogger with calm voice" as a way to get away from the thoughts and feelings. Anyway, whilst my head is in a muddle, my blog posts are probably going to be more photography than wordy. 

The posts are probably going to be a little less frequent as well. (I intended to get this edited and posted thursday last week, but that kind of didn't happen... Oh well) 

I will finish off by saying how great are these tights!? They're covered in jewels AND even though they're thin, they totally didn't ladder on the first wear! :D 

Purple Polka Dots

I'm going to keep this super short today. I'm pretty exhausted, and the only thing I'm capable of doing is playing my flute (all the people I've jammed with this week can verify that I can't string a sentence together.) 

I had time to make a skirt this week! It's just a super simple pleated skirt with a scalloped hem (Here's a good tutorial for that if you wonder how I did it) Till next time! 

Shirt: Thrifted, Belt: Home Made, Skirt: Home Made, Tights: Myer, Shoes: Gift. 

Shirt: Thrifted, Belt: Home Made, Skirt: Home Made, Tights: Myer, Shoes: Gift. 

Olive lemon

I've seen a bunch of people super excited about the extra February day we had yesterday and I must say, I kinda don't get it. Yeah, it only happens once every 4 years, but it was just a day, like any other. 

Anyway, this is what I wore on the leap year. It was finally cool enough for me to wear the other vintage piece I picked up in Lismore, and after much frustration trying to style it (I don't have much olive in my wardrobe/many colours that go well with olive) I finally settled on this bright yellow kilt. 

I was a bit apprehensive about the combination when I first put it together, but the longer I wore it the more I liked it. Looking at these pictures has also cemented it as a winner in my books. 

This is definitely one of the more unusual shirts I own. It's double breasted, with an unusual neckline (which  can be worn in several different ways.) The construction of the sleeves are also amazing - they're constructed from the same panel as the bodice.  

Anyway, enjoy your slightly belated March! (Autumn is my favourite season, so I know I will!) 

Daisy Chains

If you're friends with me on facebook, you would have seen me sharing quite a bit of stuff about why the Sydney Lockout Laws are pretty darn terrible for the city. On the outside the laws say "We're making a safe space for the community" but the reality of the situation is much more complex. 

 If you don't already know, the laws stop bars/clubs/venues from letting people in after 1:30am, and stop bars/clubs/venues serving spirits after 12am and alcohol after 3am in the Sydney CBD area in an aim to curb "alcohol fueled violence". The laws were hastily thrown together after the 2012 murder of Thomas Kelly and the 2013 murder of Daniel Christie. These deaths were avoidable and tragic, but happened well before "Lockout" in their prospective years. 

Now, I would be lying if I said that the Lockout Laws haven't achieved their goal. Violence is down by about 40 percent in the CBD. But at what cost? Foot traffic is down 80 percent  (Now, I'm pretty terrible at math and can't do the equation, but that means proportionally violence has increased) Countless Bars, Pubs and Clubs are shutting down (Not even Kabab shops are safe), taking with it hundreds of jobs for both bar staff and musicians. More than this, the violence that was in the CBD has now spread to other areas in Sydney. As well as "getting rid of the violence" the lockout laws are killing the city. 

I personally am not really sure about the argument that Australians have a uniquely violent relationship with alcohol. I've read some very compelling well sourced articles either way, but lets say we do have a problem. There are other ways to fix rather than saying "no you've been bad, now nobody can have it". For instance, increased public transport with more police and more/better education at a high school level (I remember my classes about alcohol were "it's bad for you, so don't drink. Think the alcoholic equivalent of abstinence only education). The installation of a night mayor (like Amsterdam and Paris) to be responsible for making the nightlife vibrant AND safe. 

"Why are people complaining about not being able to get drunk at 4 in the morning when there are more important issues" you may ask. The answer to this very valid question is that it's not actually about getting drunk and partying. The lockout laws signalled the last straw between Gen x/y and the Baby Boomer generation. 

This article says it best, but here's a summary: the Baby Boomers who are in power have locked younger generations out of great educations, home ownership, pensions, fair welfare, and stability, but now on top of this, they have made it abundantly clear that we are not "mature" "responsible" and "moral" enough for recreation. The protests about lockout are more a reaction to our rights to being adults and using public space being chipped away until we're left with a conservative totalitarian government that rule every aspect of our lives in the name of "morality" and "safety". When we were growing up, they talked about us being "cotton wool kids". Now that we're adults, the generation is insisting of keeping this same "cotton wool attitude" for "our own good".  

As well as keeping us safe "for our own good" these laws are laced with political agenda. Did you know that in the whole "lockout area" there's a rather large space exempt from the laws. This space is in the location, and shape of the Star City Casino  as shown in that handy dandy map to your right. Other venues that have exemptions from lockout are only allowed to stay open as long as they stop selling alcohol and the only form of entertainment are poker machines. (I don't know about you, but this seems more than a little fishy, especially considering the Star City Casino has a reputation as one of the mostly violent venues

I'll finish by saying this: The politics behind lockout are extraordinarily complicated, and there's a lot of information and miss information to be had. Make sure you question your views and do your research, because the reality, and what the government wants you to think is reality are two very different kettles of fish. 

 

EDIT: If you want to join in the action to keep sydney from becoming the suburbs you can do so Here (Reclaim The Streets) and Here (Keep Sydney Open)

Magic Rose.

This dress yo. 

This dress is basically everything I love in a silky chiffon package. It's got lovely shape and movement, it's full of layers, packed with texture and is completely girly and over the top in the most palatable kind of way. It's also been sitting in my wardrobe since christmas, unworn. 

I wore this out for the first time last night. Ro and I had a super cute date night. We went to Reviver, which is the only classic cocktail bar on the central coast, and had dinner/drinks. It's been a good year since we were there last, and as places that serve consumables do, they changed their menu (for the better) 

Dress: Lady Petrova, Tights: Ebay, Shoes: Thrifted. 

Dress: Lady Petrova, Tights: Ebay, Shoes: Thrifted. 

Anyway, there are two reasons It's taken me so long to wear this beautiful specimen. 1) It doesn't fit the button collective uniform of brown, neutral and old time-y (Which is how I spent the majority of my summer) 2) It's not working with children/working at schools safe (Which is what I'm doing for work now. It shows off just a bit too much leg/everything else to be school friendly).  

I'm naturally inclined towards clothes that can be warn to school (i.e longer hems, covered tops) but, as I said before, this dress is perfection. The dress itself was a gift from my mum. One of our favourite pass times is window shopping our favourite designers on the internet. Anyway, I'd been eyeing this dress off for a good year and a half, and then my parents went on a holiday to Melbourne (and called in at Lady Petrova's Boutique, hence how this dress ended up on my body. Thanks mum <3 ). 

It's funny, before I saw the dress in person, I thought the applique detail around the waist was coral, but it turns out that it's roses! It's interesting how details get lost on a screen through a  photograph. 

Now i've worn it for the first time, It's going to be hard not to wear it all the time. I'm thinking I'll just have to sew a more conservative slip and some sort of tulle petticoat to go underneath it so it can be work appropriate...  

Manic Pixie Sailor Girl

I think I've talked about this before, but I have two problems when it comes to listening to music. 1) I'm a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to what I listen to 2) I need new music all the time to keep me stimulated/ getting bored of the stuff on my Ipod. 

Usually this combination makes for a hellish nightmare of me spending hours to find new music to listen to, but not getting rewarded for my efforts. Somehow in the last few months since I did this last, my googling/youtube skills have improved because I.Found.So.Many.New.Peeps.To.Listen.To!!!! 

Without further ado, here's the first impression of the awesome music I downloaded today. 

Casa Loma: These peeps make this lovely grungy emo heavyish music that I've loved since I was a wee lass. They've only got three tracks available, because according to my internet stalking, they're a pretty fresh band. 

Land Lady: I've mentioned this many a time, but I'm not great with genre categorisation of music, which is great for this band as they describe their genre as "surprise". They're a mesh of all the good things - compositionally sound, dynamic, full of complex vocal harmonies, and feature a range of minimalist and maximalist textures.  

Giraffes?Giraffes!  : Do you like instrumental music? Do you like Math Rock? These dudes have both of these things in their music, and they do them so incredibly well. Their pieces are so intricately constructed with a variety of different textures, and never fall into the "too much going on" trap that some instrumental music falls into. 

The Speed Of Sound in Seawater: What's better than one guitar doing pretty finger picking with sweet lilting vocals? Two guitars doing pretty finger picking with lilting vocals! That's not all this band does though. Aforementioned pretty guitars and vocals are perfectly supported by a super tight bass and drum pairing. Their writing features elements of Math rock, and have a very slight folk sound. It's just good yo! 

Malvador: Sometimes these guys have those oompah circus feels, and sometimes they're more math rocky, but again, they're all things good. They remind me the tinyiest bit of Ungus Ungus Ungus who are a werid amalgamation of circus folk experimental etc. 

Tangled Hair : So much Math rock today! These guys sit down the prettier end of math rock with their glockenspiels and their british indie vocal vibes.  I adore their use of polyrhythms (Which may or may not tangle your hair) 

Delta Sleep: sit on the grungy side of math rock. The rhythms are intricate and complex, interspersed with strong rhythmic unisons. These guys scratch a music itch I didn't realise I have, as they sit partway between various genre spaces. 

Hang In Balance: Do you know what a HangDrum is? It's the mystical spaceship like object that produces the most beautiful singing percussion sound. If flute was a percussion instrument this is what it would sound like. 

The Honey Trees: Do dream pop right. Their vocals are super sweet and floaty (pretty much the sound version of lens flair and bokeh) whilst the accompaniment is moving and light. 

Bolero: Lady Petrova, Shirt: Ebay, Belt: Kmart, Skirt: Home made, Socks: Socks and more, Boots: Dr Martens.

Bolero: Lady Petrova, Shirt: Ebay, Belt: Kmart, Skirt: Home made, Socks: Socks and more, Boots: Dr Martens.

Speaking of dreampop... What I wore yesterday was pretty darn dreampop. I sewed this skirt in 2014 using vintage material I picked up from shop 55 in woy woy. If I remember correctly, it was from the 60's. I only had a small amount of material to work with, so I made this here boxpleat mini skirt! It also looks super rad with the Bolero I bought from Lady Petrova on Tour! :D 

Second Chance Sunflowers

Panic! at the Disco are one of the few bands that I still love from my teenage years. A Fever You Can't Sweat Out introduced me to "heavy" music. (I know Panic's not heavy, but for a tiny classically trained Jen, it was super heavy) 

I remember when their second album came out. I was super excited for more of their baroque influenced rock/ whatever blend, but was quite disappointed when instead I was presented with the beetles-esque  orchestrated rock. I tried so very hard to like that album, but ultimately I gave up on it after a few months of it not quenching my thirst for their previous vibe. 

I've not listened to Pretty. Odd. since I was 16. It was in my thoughts after the release of the new Panic! at the disco album (which is a little hit and miss in my opinion) My music tastes have matured quite a bit since I was 16, so I decided to give Pretty. Odd another shot. 

I am so very glad I did. It's such a beautiful album. I particularly love the orchestration (although I wish they'd used real flutes/piccolo's/clarinets/oboes instead of synthesised ones).  My favourite track (which was one of my least favourite back in the day) is From a Mountain in the Middle of The Cabins. The details in the orchestration are superb, and are pretty similar to a lot of the music I've been getting into lately (Artists like Punch Brothers, My Brightest Diamond and Joanna Newsom that sit on the line between contemporary music, art music and folk) . 

Pretty. Odd. isn't the only album I revisited recently, and ended up loving all over again. About 4 months ago I started listening to Life in Cartoon Motion by Mika again. I originally liked this album well enough, but got sick of it. Again, I completely understand why. It wasn't the sound I was in love with at the time (and when you've only got 4 gigs of iPod space to work with, stuff gets culled regularly and mercilessly.) 

Something I've been thinking about putting together is a list of what's on my ipod with descriptions of the artists/links so you can hear what they sound like. I've got a rather eclectic collection of music, ranging from super well know peeps to those with less that 300 likes on facebook. So yeah, let me know if you'd be interested in this! 

Shirt: Revival, Pinafore: Home Made, Skirt: Home made, Socks: don't remember, Shoes: Store in Sydney near Max Brennar Wynyard.  

Shirt: Revival, Pinafore: Home Made, Skirt: Home made, Socks: don't remember, Shoes: Store in Sydney near Max Brennar Wynyard.  

Deviating from the music I've been listening to - This is the outfit I wore tuesday. Originally when I put it together, I wasn't intending to have the second skirt underneath the pinafore. When I added the socks to the outfit, it looked unbalanced, so I popped the skirt underneath. It made everything super flouncy, as well as adding much needed colour balance. 

Comfort Greens

(As per usual) life has been a tad hectic lately. I had gigs with the Button Collective in Sydney/Canberra Thursday and Friday, then spent 6 hours on a bus to/from my rehearsal with Shapes. Sunday was a bit quieter as I went landscape painting with Dad (But, for anyone that's not done landscape painting, it requires a lot of concentration/brain power) Here's an ok photo of what I ended up painting

I've actually been doing a boat load of painting recently (particularly over the last few days - I may have been bombarding my instagram with my work :s) 

It's really odd (in a good way) to be able to fully realise the images I can see in my head. I can remember being 5 and having the ideas, but not the fine motor skills to be able to fully realise my ideas. Even throughout highschool my work was pretty hit and miss. Looking back on it, it was a combination of not using the right medium for me, not understanding the medium I was using, and not practicing enough because of the crazy amount of flute I was doing. 

I took an elective in my last year at uni which was called "introduction to 2D studies". It was a pretty non course, but provided me with a valuable epiphany. We were doing a still life on canvas using acrylics, and I kept watering mine down until they were basically behaving like watercolours. Unless it's a 3D project, I pretty much exclusively work in watercolour. 

I love the way watercolour is predictably unpredictable. You don't just put down pigment and have that be the end. You can alter block colours by adding water/pigment to make the colours run. You can revive colours that have already been applied/dried and change their drying pattern. When creating a wash, applying the pigment or the water first creates a ginormous difference. 

I've got two pallets and a couple of tubes that I use for doing the thing. The first good quality watercolours I purchased were the Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolours. Eckersleys was having a sale, and the set was dramatically reduced and came with a whole bunch of "basic" colours. The other pallet I have is full of half pans I've purchased individually (mostly Windsor and Newton, just because that's what my local art supply store stocks). I've also got 2 tubes of wet watercolour and 1 tube of Gouache. I've got a tube of Prussian blue (because it's the colour I use most) and a tube of Daniel Smith Extra fine Interference green (Because it's a sparkly semi transparent duochrome and makes highlight pop). The tube of Gouache I have is white. I use this for details, as it's opaque (white watercolour doesn't yield the same results as Gouache).

Seeing as I've been really happy with the quality of my work, I've made a society 6. I've got a few pieces there already, and have a bunch more I need to digitise/upload. If you want to see my paintings as they're produced, my instagram is where the magic happens! 

Jumper: Thrifted, Shirt: Cotton On Belt: Alannah Hill, Skort: Home Made, Socks: Gifted, Shoes: Dr Martens. 

Jumper: Thrifted, Shirt: Cotton On Belt: Alannah Hill, Skort: Home Made, Socks: Gifted, Shoes: Dr Martens. 

Hey Ho, the wicked witch is dead.

All day I've been feeling like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. It's these shoes - They're so red and shiny (and perfect) with small clicky heels. The shape, colour and height remind me of the pair from the movie. Coupled with my stockings, I could totally be the wicked witch of the east.  

I'm sure I've said this multiple times - I associate "strong independent woman" with the sound of high heels. It takes a certain amount of confidence to wear a loud shoe. You can't sneak around when your shoes make noise. Everyone knows you're coming (because they can hear you). 

As far as heel go, this pair are on the quieter side. You can definitely hear me before you see me, but the noise isn't distracting or obnoxious.  

Hand in da hair .jpg

The shirt I wore today is a new find from the thrift shop. The bodice shares the ombre of the sleeves, but is covered by my skirt here.