Manic Pixie Sailor Girl

I think I've talked about this before, but I have two problems when it comes to listening to music. 1) I'm a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to what I listen to 2) I need new music all the time to keep me stimulated/ getting bored of the stuff on my Ipod. 

Usually this combination makes for a hellish nightmare of me spending hours to find new music to listen to, but not getting rewarded for my efforts. Somehow in the last few months since I did this last, my googling/youtube skills have improved because I.Found.So.Many.New.Peeps.To.Listen.To!!!! 

Without further ado, here's the first impression of the awesome music I downloaded today. 

Casa Loma: These peeps make this lovely grungy emo heavyish music that I've loved since I was a wee lass. They've only got three tracks available, because according to my internet stalking, they're a pretty fresh band. 

Land Lady: I've mentioned this many a time, but I'm not great with genre categorisation of music, which is great for this band as they describe their genre as "surprise". They're a mesh of all the good things - compositionally sound, dynamic, full of complex vocal harmonies, and feature a range of minimalist and maximalist textures.  

Giraffes?Giraffes!  : Do you like instrumental music? Do you like Math Rock? These dudes have both of these things in their music, and they do them so incredibly well. Their pieces are so intricately constructed with a variety of different textures, and never fall into the "too much going on" trap that some instrumental music falls into. 

The Speed Of Sound in Seawater: What's better than one guitar doing pretty finger picking with sweet lilting vocals? Two guitars doing pretty finger picking with lilting vocals! That's not all this band does though. Aforementioned pretty guitars and vocals are perfectly supported by a super tight bass and drum pairing. Their writing features elements of Math rock, and have a very slight folk sound. It's just good yo! 

Malvador: Sometimes these guys have those oompah circus feels, and sometimes they're more math rocky, but again, they're all things good. They remind me the tinyiest bit of Ungus Ungus Ungus who are a werid amalgamation of circus folk experimental etc. 

Tangled Hair : So much Math rock today! These guys sit down the prettier end of math rock with their glockenspiels and their british indie vocal vibes.  I adore their use of polyrhythms (Which may or may not tangle your hair) 

Delta Sleep: sit on the grungy side of math rock. The rhythms are intricate and complex, interspersed with strong rhythmic unisons. These guys scratch a music itch I didn't realise I have, as they sit partway between various genre spaces. 

Hang In Balance: Do you know what a HangDrum is? It's the mystical spaceship like object that produces the most beautiful singing percussion sound. If flute was a percussion instrument this is what it would sound like. 

The Honey Trees: Do dream pop right. Their vocals are super sweet and floaty (pretty much the sound version of lens flair and bokeh) whilst the accompaniment is moving and light. 

Bolero: Lady Petrova, Shirt: Ebay, Belt: Kmart, Skirt: Home made, Socks: Socks and more, Boots: Dr Martens.

Bolero: Lady Petrova, Shirt: Ebay, Belt: Kmart, Skirt: Home made, Socks: Socks and more, Boots: Dr Martens.

Speaking of dreampop... What I wore yesterday was pretty darn dreampop. I sewed this skirt in 2014 using vintage material I picked up from shop 55 in woy woy. If I remember correctly, it was from the 60's. I only had a small amount of material to work with, so I made this here boxpleat mini skirt! It also looks super rad with the Bolero I bought from Lady Petrova on Tour! :D 

A Whale of a time

wpid-pict_20150219_174844.jpg I had a massive sewing day on Wednesday this week. Apart from running errands and teaching, I pretty much sewed without a break from 10 am through to 1am the next day. I made two items of clothing; the whale skirt I wore yesterday, and another item of clothing which you'll get to see tomorrow!

My sewing binge was spurred on by my excitement about getting to teach at a new school. I wanted something new and fun to wear. I think a whale skirt with heart pockets covers all those bases!

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After work yesterday I met up with 4/5ths of my band for some radio interviews which was pretty exciting. We recorded one with the local ABC for this morning, and we recorded one with Coast fm for tomorrow morning. We've not done radio as a band before, but it was pretty fun.

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One last thing! If you're in Sydney this evening, you should totally come to our gig with Baltic Barmitzvah at Mr Falcons in Glebe! We've recently been working with a new member, and this will be his first big gig with us :D

Pretty in pink and lace

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As a person who loves sewing and thrifting I have developed an alterations pile in my sewing box. (an alterations pile is basically a backlog of clothes which I found while thrifting and I thought had potential to be altered into something more my style) 

Last night I made the first step to reducing said backlog.

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This was originally a plain vest shirt thing with an ugly belt around the waist. It was also slightly too big. I took it in a bit, unpicked the belt loops and used some wide lace to create the collar and sleeves.

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I'm actually really pleased with how it turned out. The lace makes it much more me.

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One last thing. The picture above is the first sketch of what will hopefully be my first collection. I've been thinking a lot about how my sewing and pattern making is progressing, so I've decided to take the first step (telling the internet so it will keep me accountable) towards making it a thing.

Edit: I had another thought and didn't want to leave it in case I forgot! I've been looking for a subculture name to describe my look for about 5 or 6 years. Anyway, I finally found one! The term is otome kei.! :D

Market madness

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I participated in the Davistown markets today. It was a long, but great day.

My friend Ashley let me tack onto her stall

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It was a pretty quiet day, and I didn't sell many pieces (I sold two pieces. Of those my mum bought one (I don't think it really counts if your mum buys it)) but it was ultimately a good experience. It's given me the motivation to revive the etsy store I started (I'll post a link once I get this up and running!)

Anyway, enough about markets! This is what I wore today.

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I figured because it was a 'seaside' market that I'd go with something 'sea'  themed.

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All in all it was a good day!