Grey Sunflowers.

I'm a bit sick of talking about my feelings, especially at the moment and especially here. All of my posts recently have been about my negative feels, and I don't want this space to be about that. 

Unfortunately it's pretty hard to not talk about the massive funk which I've found myself in when it takes up a good percentage of my brain. To break the 4th wall for a second, I've literally been sitting here for a good half hour trying to write about something other than my feelings, and it's just not happening. 

Part of the funk is definitely because I haven't made new clothes recently. I've talked about this before, but making outfits is hard for me when I'm not making new clothes frequently, but then again, making clothes is hard when all I want to do is watch netflix. 

These are all super duper first world problems, but gosh darn it, I really don't care at the moment. I'm allowed to feel not great even when others have it way worse. Anyway, those are my thoughts in all of their raw, rambly glory. 

Second Chance Sunflowers

Panic! at the Disco are one of the few bands that I still love from my teenage years. A Fever You Can't Sweat Out introduced me to "heavy" music. (I know Panic's not heavy, but for a tiny classically trained Jen, it was super heavy) 

I remember when their second album came out. I was super excited for more of their baroque influenced rock/ whatever blend, but was quite disappointed when instead I was presented with the beetles-esque  orchestrated rock. I tried so very hard to like that album, but ultimately I gave up on it after a few months of it not quenching my thirst for their previous vibe. 

I've not listened to Pretty. Odd. since I was 16. It was in my thoughts after the release of the new Panic! at the disco album (which is a little hit and miss in my opinion) My music tastes have matured quite a bit since I was 16, so I decided to give Pretty. Odd another shot. 

I am so very glad I did. It's such a beautiful album. I particularly love the orchestration (although I wish they'd used real flutes/piccolo's/clarinets/oboes instead of synthesised ones).  My favourite track (which was one of my least favourite back in the day) is From a Mountain in the Middle of The Cabins. The details in the orchestration are superb, and are pretty similar to a lot of the music I've been getting into lately (Artists like Punch Brothers, My Brightest Diamond and Joanna Newsom that sit on the line between contemporary music, art music and folk) . 

Pretty. Odd. isn't the only album I revisited recently, and ended up loving all over again. About 4 months ago I started listening to Life in Cartoon Motion by Mika again. I originally liked this album well enough, but got sick of it. Again, I completely understand why. It wasn't the sound I was in love with at the time (and when you've only got 4 gigs of iPod space to work with, stuff gets culled regularly and mercilessly.) 

Something I've been thinking about putting together is a list of what's on my ipod with descriptions of the artists/links so you can hear what they sound like. I've got a rather eclectic collection of music, ranging from super well know peeps to those with less that 300 likes on facebook. So yeah, let me know if you'd be interested in this! 

Shirt: Revival, Pinafore: Home Made, Skirt: Home made, Socks: don't remember, Shoes: Store in Sydney near Max Brennar Wynyard.  

Shirt: Revival, Pinafore: Home Made, Skirt: Home made, Socks: don't remember, Shoes: Store in Sydney near Max Brennar Wynyard.  

Deviating from the music I've been listening to - This is the outfit I wore tuesday. Originally when I put it together, I wasn't intending to have the second skirt underneath the pinafore. When I added the socks to the outfit, it looked unbalanced, so I popped the skirt underneath. It made everything super flouncy, as well as adding much needed colour balance. 

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I've been playing a lot recently with The Button Collective who have a dress code of brown, blue and neutral. This means I have been wearing a lot of brown, blue and neutral. I have lots of outfits I love in this colour scheme, but after wearing it for nearly a fortnight, I needed some colour.

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And colour I have had! I opted for mostly yellow today to combat all of the muted tones I've been sporting lately. This outfit was also good to combat the heat of the day (After a cold couple of weeks, Australia has worked out what temperature Summer is suppose to be)

Summer break is a really weird time for me. I've gone from disgustingly busy and strictly scheduled to mildly busy and loosely scheduled. It's lovely not having to worry about time. This new (and brief) influx of time allowed me to plant a garden with my Dad yesterday (which was one of his Christmas gifts to me)

Aforementioned Garden

Aforementioned Garden

He set up 3 big planters in the backyard, bought some fancy dirt, and gave me a bunnings gift card which we used to buy some plants. We planted snow peas, jalapenos, cucumber, berry tomato, eggplant, capsicum, spring onion, spinach and a sunflower (which we ended up putting in the ground because we ran out of pot space) 

I've really enjoyed gardening since moving out (especially growing stuff I can eat!), and it was lovely to spend some quality time with Dad.

In the afternoon I traveled down to Sydney for a gig at the Union Hotel with Button Collective. The other band that played was Echo Deer, who I've seen a number of times at mutual gigs. They're music is a chill mixture of folk blues and country, and as per usual they played an exquisite set.

So yeah, life is chill. Which is a nice change.


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

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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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