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).
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.
The dress, cardigan and socks were all gifts from my parents (although, particularly from my mum).
She has really shaped my stylistic preferences, and encouraged some of my more over the top outfits.
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.
They got me pieces from all 3 designers, two of which I'm wearing in this outfit.
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.
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!!!)
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas <3
I used this oily rainbow fabric I got from hobby sew (which is a quilting specialty store)
I really wanted it to have pockets (but I'm pretty lazy about making "proper pockets" so I made these heart pockets.
This shirt I paired it with was the other op shop find from my trip to Newtown. It's such a soft comfy shirt.
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!
If you don't know me IRL then you probably don't know that my partner Ro is incredibly stylish. I'm always asking him to jump in my photo's, but usually recieve a glare of disdain, followed by a "no thanks". Ro bought some new shoes today, and finally agreed to me photographing his stylishness :D
These are the shoes he bought. They're high top Disney Vans featuring Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy, and happen to go perfectly with a jumper he picked up from H & M in Melbourne earlier in the year (Which according to Ro "is the only good thing H & M have ever sold")
He also wanted to show off the bag I made for his birthday. It's got a bath time kitty print, and is fully padded and sized to fit his laptop and mixer for when he plays gigs.
I also may have taken advantage of this rare opportunity to grab a photo of us being wayyy too cute. (seriously, we're so sweet I want to vomit :P )
This is what I wore today. I picked this dress up from an opshop in Newtown on Monday. I was down to teach some flute, and had a bit of time to kill. I totally didn't mean to end up op shopping, it just kind of happened...
I paired it with a hello kitty cardigan, because it's a lighter version of the same pink (and also, Australia forgot that summer is supposed to be hot today.) I also decided to wear my holy grail chocolate brown matte lipstick. (It's by colour pop and is called limbo if you're wondering)
One thing I didn't get a photo of is the back of my tights. They have a cute seam/bow detail on them (but look like plain black tights from the front.) I actually don't own a pair of "normal" tights at the moment. (Life is too short for normal tights)
This may be my final blog post before Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful break :)
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.