Channeling my inner Bubblegum

I'm pretty ready for summer to be over. I'm sick of the super long days, and the heat, the sweat factor and the harsh sun. When I shot my outfit today it was noon. Because it was noon I had to shoot under cover because guess what!? The sun was pretty much impossible to shoot with. It washed out my dress/ made weird shadows/ put the colours and contrast out of whack. 

That being said, I'm not ready for the bitter cold of winter. I don't dig the short days, or the rain, and I get pretty sick of taking my coat off in too hot rooms/ putting it on when it's freezing outside. I also hate teaching in rooms without a heater. Cold fingers make for sad instrument times. 

I'm looking forward to the inbetween seasons of Autum and Spring (or at least, the few days of true autumn and spring weather we sometimes get during that time if we're lucky) It means I can layer up without feeling too hot, but If I don't want to layer up, I don't have to because it's not devilishly cold either. 

It was probably pretty silly of me to sew (and then wear) a fleece dress in summer, but I fell in love with the colours/texture and how soft this fabric is. (I keep stroking the dress. It's a problem yo) Originally I planned to make this using baby pink faux fur and baby blue velvet, but my local spotlight had neither of those things, which is why I went for the fleece (although, thinking about it now, the fur and velvet would have been just as hot). 

I drafted the bodice from this stretch dress (to save me the trial and error and frustration of drafting from scratch) The sleeves were pretty simple, and the skirt portion is just a 1/2 circle skirt. Even though the fabric has some stretch in it, I still had to install a zipper (the stretch wasn't enough for mo to be able to slip in and out) 

I thought I'd finish off with something a little be frivolous. I'm a bit of a nosy parker, and a lover of the "what's in my bag" blog/vlog. You can tell a lot about a person based on what they keep in their bag. What I've shown here is pretty much everything I have on a daily basis. Sometimes there's more, and sometimes there's less, but I'd say this is my bag sitch about 80% of the time. Left to right: Top to bottom: Current bag of choice (a pink satchel I picked up from the op shop for $7) Business cards for The Button Collective, Vanishing Shapes and The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra. Kindle. Yarn Yoshi Amibo (given to me by a close friend - I think of her every time I see it). Swiss Army Knife. Misc Perfume (Apple pie, orange chocolate and banana. They're all made by independent perfumers, although they may not make those scents anymore)  Charger and Wall plug. Glasses Cloth. Instant Hand Sanitiser. Burts Bees lip balm. Wallet. 2016 Diary. Phone (Huawei G8)  Pen. Ipod Classic 120gb. Mirror Book Pro. Emergency clothing repair kit. Stickers for students. Deodorant. Misc lipstick (because what's a handbag without random lip products) 

Foresty Creature

shoes There's this girl I follow on instragram, Tilly Baker. Tilly is a certified rainbow princess - beautiful and brightly coloured. Because of this, she stands out. Sometimes when you stand out some people (men in particular) feel entitled to making conversation about your outfit or your body, ignoring all of the verbal and non verbal cues.

 

 

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She posted about this on instagram recently, and her story bought back a memory from last year. I had been cat called 3 times in one day. I talked about it with a male friend, who then proceeded to tell me if I didn't want this sort of attention I shouldn't dress the way that I do.

peekingSo, because some men can't keep their thoughts and opinions about a woman's body to themselves, women aren't allowed to wear bright colours?  Women are not objects to be leered at, even when they're dressed in unconventional ways. This culture of entitlement needs to stop (which is why I'm posting about it!) SO if anything like this happens to you, or has happened to you speak out. Let everyone know that this behaviour is not ok and you will not tolerate it! (End Rant)

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I really enjoyed wearing this dress on Monday. A couple of days after I finished the alterations, A film group from our uni started shooting a music video of Shapes as part of their end of year project. It was a really fun process, but this dress was essentially my "film uniform" (which I kept in a bag with the accessories I needed so I'd look pretty much the same every time) (You can watch the video here)

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It was nice to be able to play with the way the dress was styled. I used more neutral colours this time to bring out the unusual olive and almost purple blue in the dress.

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The shoes I have on are shoes I purchased recently when my favourite black oxfords died. They're not quite oxfords, but they're pretty darn close (It's a real task trying to get oxfords for under $60 in Australia in Summer). I had to get these from  the men section *gasp*. They are actually the most comfortable piece of footware I've ever owned.

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Turns out that shoes aren't gendered, meaning, as a lady, I can totally wear "men's" shoes. (The opposite holds true as well, if you're not a lady, you can buy ladies shoes as well!)

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The whole "stuff you put on your body is not gendered" holds true for clothing as well. So if you see a piece of clothing you like, ignore the "gender" associated with it, and wear it proudly!

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(My gosh, that was a bit of a segway - In unreleated news, have a lovely evening/morning :) )

Radioactive Rosebushes

shoes A week ago today my phone was stolen on my evening train trip home. I'd fallen asleep because I'd had a long day and was utterly exhausted. It wasn't a calculated sleep, It just sort of happened. Just before I drifted off my phone was in my hand, which was resting in my lap. When I woke up it was no where to be seen.

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At first I thought It must have fallen to the ground, but a thorougher search did not see my phone returned to my hand. Next I searched my bag thinking that I may have put it away and not remembered. I turned my bag inside out, but there was no phone.

I managed to stay pretty calm, and I came to terms with the fact I'd never see my phone again (It was on 5% battery at the time, and there was a good 40 mins between when I realised it was missing and when I arrived at my station.) I wiped all the data I could and changed all of my passwords (I had to do a manual reset of my digital life as Android Device manager (the Android version of find my iphone) does not have remote wipe enabled by default for fear of data loss. There's a box you have to tick to enable it, which is hidden in a settings menu :/ Great work google). I was fortunate that my digital life remained untouched, and that I was in the last month of my plan (meaning I could get a new phone without paying a squillion dollars)

 

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I ended up getting the Huawei G8, which is a decent mid range phone, but really super cheap compared to other phones that share the same specs. I love everything about the phone except for one silly "trendy" design choice - the use of a 2.5D screen. "what the heck is a 2.5D screen?" I hear you ask. Well my friend, it's when the edges of your phone screen are slightly curved towards the edge of the phone. It serves two functions 1) to be aesthetically pleasing and 2) to make it impossible to get a screen protector which covers the phone edge to edge. (the ones on the market for my phone leave a good 4mm of glass unprotected around the edge.)

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I love a pretty phone as much as the next person, but cannot stand when form is chosen over functionality. The most frustrating thing is Huawei isn't the only manufacturer doing this. Makes no sense yo.

 

 

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On an unrelated note, how cute is this dress? I bought this piece recently from Lady Petrova, who is my favourite Australian designer. She released it last year as part of her Summer collection "Sixteen". This is one of those pieces that I'd been eyeing off all year. It was reduced, then reduced again, then reduced one more time to a price I couldn't refuse.

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It's made out of this super soft lime green metallic faux leather material. The construction is immaculate, more of a connected skirt and crop to than a dress. I paired it with the shirt so I could be a bit more covered up (Also gave me some fabric I could pin the butterfly collar pins my mum bought me to, which are the exact same shade of green as the dress) It's very mod/futuristic, and goes with so many things in my wardrobe!

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It took me so long to photograph this outfit. The first time I tried, I took several underexposed blurry photo's (I've been experimenting with some new lenses) before a huge downpour completely drenched my everything (I was able to keep my equipment dry, but not me) The same thing happened whilst taking these shots. It started pouring as I'd finished shooting.

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I must say, wearing this dress made me feel so much better about the whole phone situation. It's hard to be sad about things like that when you're wearing a pretty dress.

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Peacock Pinafores

Shoes from top I actually can't wait for uni to finish so I can sew on  a semi - regular basis without feeling overwhelmingly guilty for not studying. I hit up the sewing machine on tuesday evening, and whilst it was a highly enjoyable sewing sesh, I did feel quite guilty afterwards for not spending my time doing other things (such as fiddling with my compositions/researching all the things)

 

 

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Now I didn't spend my time sewing this pinafore/dress thing (I don't even know the difference anymore, I wear all my dresses as pinafores) for no reason. I sewed it for an event I attended Wednesday morning. The local Rotary club held a breakfast event for buisness women, and I was kindly invited by my friend (and New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra Orchestral Manager - gash that's a mouthful (or should I say handful, cause I'm typing)) Barney Waters. The breakfast and speeches were great, and I met a lot of really interesting people (which was super fun!)

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One of the speakers was a local MP - Deborah O'Neil, who complimented my dress in the middle of her speech which was super cool. The theme of the talk was resilience - and the biggest thing I took away from it was the need for women to be recognised equally in spaces that are traditionally mens spaces (Preach!)

As I so often do in crowded rooms, I was standing towards the back (It makes me feel more at ease and less anxious) during the speeches, and it was really interesting to see the crowds reaction. I'd say 80% of the people in the room were women, and during the whole breakfast, there were lots of heads nodding in agreement, especially when discussing feminist topics was brought up. I've never been in a physical environment where such views and issues have been spoken about honestly to a room full of like minded individuals. (sorry to be cliche) It was empowering.

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Onto the dress! I've had this fabric sitting in my fabric box for such a long time (I'd say 2 years) Everytime I've gone to sew I've passed up on this fabric, as I wanted to use it for a beautiful garment. (I've only recently felt confident enough in my contstruction to sew with this type of fabric) As far as the construction of the garment is concerned, the lower half is a triple layer circle skirt with side zip (The under layer is cotton, the middle layer is tulle (which was measured to hang below the outer layer) and the outer layer is a quilting cotton with metallic components.) and the upper half is a Gigantic bow , with some paneling to cover  the space between the bow and the skirt portion, with daisy chain lace as straps. (I also did a cute triangle detail, which you can see in the very last picture.)

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As per my usual sewing process, I didn't use a pattern, I just draped the fabric onto my mannequin, then measured, sculpted and darted as needed. I would love to be able to do some sort of pattern making course full time, but I can't afford (the time or the money) to do such a course. My sewing is definitely getting better, but I'm getting sick of reinventing the wheel everytime I sew.

 

 

I'm a little teapot

I also wasn't playing flute that day, so I was able to wear lipstick (which always makes me super excited!! - usually I can only wear the lipstains that come in texta form) Remember that deep green from my post the other day? Well I ordered a few other lipstick with that. (three others to be exact) I ordered a chocolate brown and a black (neither which I'm wearing here) and the dark purple (which is reading black on camera - boo) which I wore when I shot this outfit.

Normally I don't get caught up in the names of cosmetics, but this perfect purple colour is called feminist (which suits me just fine).

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I totally didn't realise this until after I edited the pictures, but I paired the peacock material of the dress with my peacock belt. I find that this belt is fairly neutral in appearance, and can tend to be visually swept aside when deconstructing my outfits (which when working with a busy pattern such as the peacock detail in the fabric is something you sometimes need)

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Pink Politics 101

shoes It's been a few days since the lib spill, and now I've had a chance to rant and be angry I've decided to be productive instead. The following is a handy dandy guide to developing a political opinion. (I'm very sorry that I keep harping on about politics, but it's really important.)

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I suppose the first point I would like to address is why it's important to have an opinion about politics. There are so many reasons, but by far the biggest reason is that our government (is supposed) to represent the people. If the people don't know/don't care about the government how are they (they being the government) supposed to represent us effectively?

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The biggest step to forming a political opinion is to decide what you want to change about Australia, and what you want to stay the same.

The next step is finding out how each party aligns with your view. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using Vote Compass. Basically what this does is it breaks down the main policy points into a simple questionnaire, then compare your answers to the policies of the various political parties, then gives you this information on a handy dandy graph! Unfortunately it only updates close to an election, but if you're curious about how your views align with Australia's political parties, the Federal Vote compass from 2013 is a great place to start.

The other resource I like is  They Vote for you . This site breaks down how each parliament member has voted for things throughout their political career (meaning you can really get into the nitty gritty of each member of parliament)

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So, you've formed a political opinion. The next thing you have to do is get your voice heard. There are lots of ways you can do that such as writing to your Member of Parliment, writing a letter to the editor, engaging your friends and family in a friendly political debate or even starting a blog about politics. These are all great options, but there is one really powerful way you can get your voice heard, and that is by voting.

Now, voting in Australia can get pretty complicated. To win an election one party needs to get 51% of the votes, which is pretty tricky when there are more than two parties (which there are). To solve this conundrum we use a thing called preferential voting (Here's a handy dandy graph!) Basically there's a bunch of parties in Australia who would all like to run the government, but some of these parties are smaller than others.

Before the election, these parties sit down and decide who they would like to give their votes to if they don't get elected (Although, if you vote for a party and don't like their next preferred party, you can decide your own preference path at the polling booth). Starting with the guys who got the least amount of votes, and working there way up, the votes of the less voted for parties get given to other parties until someone has 51%. It's not a perfect system (but, lets be honest, there's no such thing as a perfect system). I can remember some election where more people voted for one party, but the other one was elected because of how the preferences transferred.

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On top of this, there are two different sets of government people (at a federal level) you have to elect. There's the House of Representatives, who at their most basic level write legislation and keep all the stuff going (they also do things like write budgets, and attend official events, and sometimes they even say silly things on camera) These guys are pretty important, but not as important as the Senate.

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The Senate are the people who actually pass the legislation. They're the people who look over the legislation and ask "is this really best for the people?". (In theory) They stop the government from having free reign over everything and everyone. You her about them less because their work is more behind the scenes than the work of the House of Representatives.

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At all levels of Federal Parliment you mostly hear about 2 major parties, and 1 party who's gaining more and more traction every election. These parties are the Liberal Party of Australia(aka The Coalition (because a bunch of parties all joined forces and stuff)who are the current government), The Australian Labor Party (these guys are the main opposition) and The Greens  .

The TLDR of the above is:

Liberal Party: Conservative

Labor Party: Kind of liberal

The Greens: Liberal

(yeah, the difference between the names/political views confuses me too, but it is what it is (this is literally the only time I'll ever say that in relation to politics))

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That's pretty much it. I've linked all of the most relevant resources above as they're the best place to start when it comes to informing yourself about how your views fit in with politics. Remember, political parties aren't like football teams. Just because "your a liberal/labor/whatever" party doesn't mean you should automatically give them your vote without actually understanding what they stand for.

I've probably missed out quite a few things, but this is only meant to be an overview. (If you have any more questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. You can also probably find the answer using google! :) )

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I feel as though this outfit is the most appropriate to go with this blog post. This is what I wore the day of the Lib Spill (which was the day I posted my political rant) I biked to a nearby park (and then went exploring) to calm my thoughts after all the political drama (it didn't quite work. I finished purging the angry thoughts into that political rant a few days ago)