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...  

Rainbow Squirrels

I forgot to photograph my shoes yesterday! This is the first time in forever that I've forgotten (makes me sad yo). I probably forgot because I was distracted by trying to get my shots in focus. (I was having a lot of difficulty with that when taking these, but when I edited them, they were all in focus. Let this be a lesson. The camera viewfinder/lcd lies.) 

I've actually been having quite a bit of trouble with my eye sight recently. Everything has been ever so slightly out of focus. Not enough to make things like driving/reading/editing photo's difficult, but enough to serve as a slight annoyance, and to cause teeny tiny eyestrain headaches. 

Cardigan: Don't remember, Dress: Lady Petrova, Belt: Home Made, Socks: Old, Shoes; Dr Martens.&nbsp;

Cardigan: Don't remember, Dress: Lady Petrova, Belt: Home Made, Socks: Old, Shoes; Dr Martens. 

One thing that has become increasingly difficult as my eyesight changes is focusing my camera lens. I can never get autofocus to focus properly when I'm taking outfit photos, so I focus all of my shots manually (Usually by putting my handbag where I want to stand, focusing on that, then standing it its place). Bad eyesight+manual focus makes for a frustrating time when shooting outfits. 

This is actually what I wore yesterday to my rehearsal with Shapes. After many months of none of us being in the same place at the same time, we're finally in the same place at the same time. I wore this dress because 1) it's pretty comfortable and 2) I had to drive up because I failed at alarm clocks, and I like wearing comfy dresses when I drive.

We actually had a pretty great rehearsal. We're writing some new tunes, and perfecting the older new tunes we wrote last year, as well as reviving our older pieces (which tend to end badly in a fit of giggles whilst we try to remember all the bits we forgot). 

This dress is one of the few items of clothing I bought new last year (I've not talked about it much, but I've been actively partaking in ethical fashion.) The dress was designed by Melbourne based designer Lady Petrova (who is probably my favourite Australian designer). 

It's made from the strangest material: A metallic lime green faux leather. The design of the dress itself is like origami. The top of the dress has been folded cleverly from a single piece of fabric, as has the bottom. 

Sorry if today's post has been a bit rambly. I've had a pretty full on day (I had a gig with the Button Collective, and kind of died on the train trip home). Till next time! :) 

Fairy Skort

Shoes I ended up sewing again last night. I made another pair of circle skorts!

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I used this oily rainbow fabric I got from hobby sew (which is a quilting specialty store)

Fabric Details

I really wanted it to have pockets (but I'm pretty lazy about making "proper pockets" so I made these heart pockets.

Heart Pocket

 

Skirt Details

This shirt I paired it with was the other op shop find from my trip to Newtown. It's such a soft comfy shirt.

Cute

Posts will be a bit light from now on. I'm going on tour with the Button Collective, which means I'll have limited access to my wardrobe and the internet. I'll be sure to post outfits when I can :D!

Head ShotI hope you all have a merry christmas :D

Sunflower Pinafore (Feat Monthly Creative Favourites)

Dr Martens The Emerald Ruby I sewed for the first time in 3 months yesterday. It was glorious. I didn't have time to sew whilst I was writing my thesis, and before I could start sewing after my thesis was completed I had to clean the mess that had become my sewing room :S

Fabric Detail

This is the fabric I used. I picked it up from spotlight the other day when I went with a friend. I was originally looking for something a bit more pastel, but I was really attracted to the bright yellow with hints of green.

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This is what I ended up making - another heart pinafore. It's a full circle skirt with a gathered hem detail, and plenty of lace. (If you haven't noticed) I really dig this silhouette, which is why this skirt is one of my favourite styles to make.

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Onto my favourite creative projects etc that I've found/have been released this month (although, technically it'll be since I did the last one... I kind of fell off the bandwagon with this series)

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Ok, so I've actually been following this pair for longer than a few months, but they're just so fab (and every time they post I fall further in love with their style) This is Lind and Ilar from Hipsta Lobsta. They're two art students from Finland. They often match the colour schemes/ themes of their outfits and hair, and always look completely fabulous! They are completely unafraid of colour and clashing patterns.

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This outfit set is one of my favourites that they've posted recently (it's actually quite muted for them, but I love the delicacy, unity and the subtle matching)

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Next is the newly released Blue Temple Ep by Ears. I'd describe this release as sort of retro(ish) experimental ambient electronic music. There are an immense amount of compositional details within the tracks. There's a really great unity across the whole Ep as well, with each track sharing a  multitude of music textures, and occasionally quoting some of the other tracks. (Ears is also a fully sick artist. You can check out his other work here)

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Collective Noun were a saving grace throughout my thesis writing. I stumbled upon them in October when a friend of mine shared one of their videos. I then proceeded to use them as procrastination fodder for the rest of that evening. They're an Australian (they didn't specify their location) sketch comedy group. If I'd have to describe their style (using my very limited comedy knowledge descriptors) I'd say they're very punny, and have a very obvious Australian humor style.

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Finally we have the pastel neon stylings of So Youn Lee. Like many of the artists I follow, I originally saw her work on instagram browsing one of the art tags. I fell in love with the use of layers, colours, shapes and subject material. I especially love the way she uses neon colours without them looking gaudy or overbearing.

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Sunflower Pinafore The Emerald Ruby

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.

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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.

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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.