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. 

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)

Teacups at sunset

shoes I have momentarily lost the ability to write anything remotely interesting, so I'll just leave you with my photo set from yesterday!

Walking

 

Hand In Hair

 

legs crossed

 

details

 

Looking Behind

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legs

Christmas-y fun times

Shoes You know when you're a kid on christmas eve, and you absolutely can't wait for it to be the next day because Christmas is awesome? I totally had that kind of excitement, but for a different reason. Instead of being over the top excited to receive some presents, I was excited to give out the presents I'd bought/made.

It was lovely that Christmas has retained the childhood magic, but even lovelier that the joy has become about giving rather than receiving (pardon my cliche).

Surprise Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress Louise Love My Secret Cage of guilded terror The Emerald Ruby

It has been such a long and rough year, but celebrating with my family yesterday was a good way to finish it off. I stayed over at my parents house, then we had a couple of friends over for lunch. I finished the day with a good old photography session in the park and fell asleep on the lounge editing.

Spinning Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress Louise Love My Secret Cage of guilded terror The Emerald Ruby

The dress, cardigan and socks were all gifts from my parents (although, particularly from my mum).

Details Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress Louise Love My Secret Cage of guilded terror The Emerald Ruby

She has really shaped my stylistic preferences, and encouraged some of my more over the top outfits.

Hands on Hips Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress The Emerald Ruby

One of our favourite pastimes is looking at the new release dresses online from my favourite Australian designers (Lady Petrova, Kitten D'amour and Lousie Love), then lamenting the price of said dresses.

Brooch Details Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress The Emerald Ruby

They got me pieces from all 3 designers, two of which I'm wearing in this outfit.

hands behind back Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress Louise Love My Secret Cage of guilded terror The Emerald Ruby

The dress is from Kitten D'amour, which is designed by Alana Smith. Her design aesthetic is what I would call baroque inspired, although some of her pieces verge on 50's retro. The details and construction of her garments are immaculate, and to top it off, so very comfortable.

Head Shot Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress Louise Love My Secret Cage of guilded terror The Emerald Ruby

The cardigan is from Louise Love, which is the new label Alannah Hill created. Alannah Hill's story is a powerful one. She created a powerhouse label of her own namesake, but had to walk away from her label after a business dispute with factory X (who financially backed her label when she was first starting out). It still continues to be a successful label, but the designs of the clothes don't have the same magic or flair that they did when Hill was still designing.

When I heard she was designing again I was stoked. Mum and I had been regularly fawning over her collection all year (until the brand went on hiatus following some health problems Hill was having). This cardigan has the same tiny magical details that she's famous for (She has used tiny nuts, as in the thing you screw onto bolts, as beads!!!)

Showing off the pits Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress The Emerald Ruby

 

staring Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress Louise Love My Secret Cage of guilded terror The Emerald Ruby

 

Frog on a lilly pad ear rings

 

Walking forward Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress The Emerald Ruby

 

Walking away Kitten D'amour Cameo Lace Dress The Emerald Ruby

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas <3

Darkened Sweet Hearts

shoes It's come to that time of year where I start to complain about the heat we're currently experiencing in Australia (specifically my little corner of the east coast ) The sun is in full swing at the moment, and joining it is it's close friend humidity! I actually don't mind "disgustingly" hot days, as long as it's a dry heat. When it's a humid heat you can't cool down properly.

hand o hip

This is one of my go to "It's too hot for clothes" outfits. The material of the shirt is a super thin linen, which allows my skin to breathe. I tend to wear a lot of net stockings like these in summer as well. Again, the net allows my skin to breathe.

 

 

More deets

As cute as this outft is, I can't wait until the heat no longer dictates my clothing choices. I prefer a more covered up look, but that's just too hard when it's too hot for clothes.

looking to da syde

I experienced some subtle sexism the other day, and after reading this article earlier this evening (TLDR: A male science teacher told his class that girls aren't as good at physics as boys) it's been weighing on my mind.

Shoe Deets

I was at a party, and this guy was there. This was the first time I'd met him, and he seemed pretty solid. I've been getting pretty into photography this year and he's a semi professional photographer, so we ended up talking about photography. Sort of.

 

 

tea pot

I talked about photography, but he taught me about photography, explaining very rudimentary concepts which I'd practiced (and mastered) on my previous camera (which was a teeny tiny point and shoot) Despite displaying my enthusiasm and knowledge about photography right off the bat it was assumed that my knowledge and understanding was minimal.

We ended up talking about our processes and showing each other some bits of our portfolio (which for me is this blog). He was quite shocked when I told him I took them myself with a tripod and timer, as he'd assumed that Ro took my blog photos.

look up

There was this air of intellectual and artistic dominance that surrounded our entire exchange. Assumptions were made on his end that I was not an artistic equal which, after the assumption that my partner takes my blog photo's, I'm entirely sure were rooted in sexist tendencies. I am entirely sure that he wasn't consciously being sexist, but that's what bothers me most - this ingrained sexism (which I've had the pleasure of observing throughout my professional life).

I know it's just a little thing, but it's the little things that add up over time and snowball into bigger things.