26 July 2014

Hope

Talk is big and the icons are oversized when it comes to '90s style, but it's a small, fragile, long-haired singer who liked to perform in near darkness, always easy, with a square face and an ethereal voice who gives me maximum nineties inspiration. Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star, she hangs brightly.

10 May 2014

Black Shiny FBI Shoes

“The cops now know the whole scene, even the costumes, the jesuschrist strung-out hair, Indian beads, Indian headbands, donkey beads, temple bells, amulets, mandalas, god's-eyes, fluorescent vests, unicorn horns, Errol Flynn dueling shirts—but they still don't know about the shoes. The heads have a thing about shoes. The worst are shiny black shoes with shoelaces in them. The hierarchy ascends from there, although practically all lowcut shoes are unhip, from there on up to the boots the heads like, light, fanciful boots, English boots of the mod variety, if that is all they can get, but better something like hand-tooled Mexican boots with Caliente Dude Triple A toes on them. So see the FBI—black—shiny—laced up—FBI shoes—”

30 March 2014

Céline and Julie Go Boating

Céline et Julie vont en bateau (1974). Not sure how I missed this one for so long - French New Wave, tarot, magic, Montmartre; it's a surreal female buddy film (which let's face it is the best kind). With a running time of over three hours, you might want to settle in with some popcorn and comfy cushions. But once you do, get ready for a psychedelic adventure and musing on friendship, story-telling, film-watching, imagination and not to mention the quite excellent fashions. Here's a preview.

With her red curls, brown dress, clogs & retro clear frames, Julie has maximum American Apparel meets Dewey Decimal vibes.

THAT MICK JAGGER DO. Céline with her feathers, scarves and 70s hair, has a more dated but sincerely excellent skinny-Groupie mega steez.

Sick overalls, Céline

Dewey decimals yo

Pineapples? YES

Note to self: COSMIC TWILIGHT PIMPS is an excellent band name

Sick dragon eye rings ladies

Not enough denim

18 May 2013

Pinprick moon

I don't generally want things. Especially expensive things. But these are incredibly beautiful, and it would make me very happy to look upon them. Minimal, delicate and deft: if I had money I would happily exchange it for the moon by miso.

22 April 2013

Winter white

London is just emerging from a protracted and bitterly cold winter. While the branches are naked, there are hopeful burst of colour here and there in its always inviting and immense parks: lawns of yellow daffodils, bunches of white blossoms. Something about its austerity, episodically interrupted by a bloom or an hour of heroic sunshine, makes me feel like dressing simply and warmly in all white. The English high street boats plenty of Scandinavian simplicity (and who does it better than the Scandis?): Monki, Cos, and welcome newcomer & Other Stories. None of them are available in Australia, so I stocked up on a few choice samples while in town. A soft raw leather vest, a white t-shirt maxi, and a truly excellent transparent gradient tote bag. All winter white, with a single burst of optimistic colour.

Leather singlet, dress: Monki

Jumper: Acne

Senso boots, tee and leather backpack: all ASOS

Neoprene pyramid stud ipad cover: Typo

Sunnies: the legendary Super Lucia in crystal

01 April 2013

Two or three things.

1. Milkmaid braids. There is a fine line between "free spirit" and "cult member who can't cut their hair for religious reasons", and I think I just crossed it. Milkmaid braids are easy, cute and the go-to for when your lengthy hairs are just too...lengthy. Ahem.

2. Home. "Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on earth where a man (sic) can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of rules and set tasks." - G. K. Chesterton

3. Hellos, and goodbyes. That diem isn't going to carpe itself, but it's the compromise of a life full-lived to let things go, even as you open your arms to welcome something else.

19 January 2013

Overall winner

There is something satisfyingly snug when you fasten the braces on your overalls. An official addition to the possibly subjective category of "clothes that feel like they're giving you a hug", I feel happy as a bean in mine. In fact, much like ponchos, I think it's impossible to be unhappy while wearing them. Nostalgic, cute, they are the secret way for girlie girls to wear "trousers". Mine are from ASOS.

Camera, the omnipresent Smena
Hat, eBay
Sunglasses, ASOS
Chelseas, Topshop
Shirt, Witchery
Excellent tote bag with Godard quote, Etsy
Nail polish, Chanel Le Vernis in Accessoire

Click, wind, repeat X 24

I'm not used to being on the other side of the interview equation. But my excellent friend Nadia interviewed me, and the baben' Nicole took a photo of me, and before I knew it I was profiled in Attitude magazine. Fun was had all round. And yes, my face *is* actually a camera.