Lost forever

I just lost hours of work because Squarespace doesn't have auto save, or brower based backups, both things wordpress had (which I relied on greatly) 

I can't retype it either. I was going to talk about a really serious issue, but I used up all of my mental energy typing it up the first time, I doubt I'll be able to make it as comprehensive or as meaningful again this evening. 

I'm definitely going to revisit it again, but not tonight. Instead I'm just going to post the images that I intended to post, and talk frivolously about my outfit, because I do not want to half arse this post. 

A little over a week ago I made a new flower belt, which I wore on the Sunday after the wedding. 

On it's first trip out into the wilderness I decided to style it using clothes that share colours with the belt (the green pink and peach on my skirt, shirt and shoes are all present in the roses) The belt is quite bulky, which is why I paired it with a flouncy skirt ( I used the leftover flowers in an outfit with the pine cone pants I made. While this belt works colour wise, the bulk looks odd with a straighter silhouette) 

The clothes I've paired the belt with are quite a neutral texture to balance the colours I've used and the texturally interest of the belt. 

In Summary: If you use squarespace, learn from my mistakes. Save your work! (because manual save is the only save) If you don't, your writing could be lost forever. 

Weddings are a time for love, friendship and perfect cake

Rohan's Mum Julie married her lovely partner Chris over the weekend, hence why there has been some silence from my small internet space (except instagram, where I posted some teasers of the TWO outfits I've posted today!) 

Ro and I stayed in a Hotel the day before, and after the Wedding reception (thankyou Chris and Julie <3). It rained the day we got there, so I took these photo's in the room we stayed ( I've not got a wide angle lens, which is why I chose some interesting poses and not so great lighting) 

Please excuse the lighting

Please excuse the lighting

Normally I'd skip taking photo's of an outfit if I can't do it in natural light, but I made an exception for this outfit because I made some new pants! You can't see it very well in this particular photo, but I've used pinecone material. I also made the belt out of some leftover fake flowers I used in a previous project! 

I paired the pink Ballet Flats (Not even kidding, these are actually legit dancing shoes!) I thrifted ages ago with this outfit to match the pink of the flowers in my belt. 

Onto what I wore for the ceremony! 

I opted for this polkadot dress as it's 1) red (meaning I have lots of things to pair it with) and 2) very me in a toned down sort of way. I spent quite a bit of time choosing my outfit as I wanted to blend with the rest of the attendees, but still wanted to feel like myself (which I definitely achieved!)   

The wedding was absolutely lovely. Julie and Chris are such a beautiful couple (you know those older couples who have been together forever, and are smitten with each other? That's pretty much Julie and Chris, but they've only been married a few days) 

The service was very traditional. They held it in a beautiful old church in North Sydney, and had people from their congregations speaking during the service. 

Julie's dress was stunning. It was fitted until the top of the hips, where it flared out into a sort of 3/4 circle skirt with a small train. The lace and beed details were very intricate, and very classic. Chris scrubbed up nicely as well :P 

The reception was equally as lovely as the ceremony. It was held on the Glass Island, which is a very fancy see through ferry. 

The food served at the reception was great, but the standout food by far for me was the wedding cake. It was three tieres, and I had a slice of the chocolate tier. I kid you not, it was by far the best cake I have ever had in my entire life, and I highly doubt I'll ever have cake as exquisite again.

The cake was moist and flavoursome, but not too rich, and the icing was a perfect thickness, and not too sweet, but full of flavour. I'd rate it a 10/10 out of 10/10. 

Congratulations Julie and Chris <3 and best wishes for a long and happy marriage :) 

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.

Forest fairy

shoes My gosh, I've been letting this internet space gather cobwebs! I promise it's not been intentional (I've still been photographing outfits). My thesis is due next week and I've been working like mad to get it done (except for right now whilst I'm typing this post. I need a break or I'm going to go mad!)

looking left

So upon spending way too long typing and deleting this post, I'm just going to not type anything and leave you with the outfit I wore a little over a week ago. Once the second of December passes expect a rise in the level of my writing! I will be very free then (Yay)

straight on

 

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poser

 

flippy hair

 

half a face

Peacock Pinafores

Shoes from top I actually can't wait for uni to finish so I can sew onĀ  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)

 

 

peeking

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!)

portrait

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.

Dress

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 coverĀ  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.)

peekaboo

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).

twirling

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)

Details

 

foot dream

 

Back of Dress

 

portrait landscape