Thursday, 24 November 2011

Split Stain

As you all may know, I have a shopping addiction. Spending is my forte and one day, I hope to make it my profession. However, as of late I've been saving - and quite successfully I might add. In order to deter any spending whatsoever, I have made the effort to transfer my earnings into my brothers account as soon as I get paid - an account to which I have absolutely no access. Genius. Desperate, but genius nonetheless.
So in terms of shopping and adding pieces to my overflowing wardrobe, my resources are lacking to the point of extremity (think having a grand total of $18 to spend when pay day is a week and half away). That having been said, it didn't stop me from shopping all together. I still took the time to browse through stores and reminisce about the days where I could simply purchase what I wanted. It was on one of these shopping trips that I found the skirt featured in this outfit post. Ever since my stylist assistant position with Kelvin Harries, I've had an unhealthy obsession with leg splits.

Blush Double-split maxi skirt - Forever New
Sheer lace cropped singlet - Sportsgirl
Tan belt - Dotti
Tan oversized envelope clutch - ASOS
Nude wedges - eBay
Torquoise stone necklace - Lovisa
Rings (from left to right) - Lovisa, Colette, Ebay and Lovisa

Split up the thigh, on one side, on both sides, down the middle. If there's a split, you can bet your bottom dollar that if I'm within a 5km radius, I'll find it. I've always had a weakness for pieces with a understated hint of sexy. From sheer fabrics to simple cut outs and backless dresses, I've always believed that less is more. And therefore I was immediately drawn to this skirt.

Unfortunately there wasn't much wind on the day so I wasn't able to capture the beautiful way in which it moves but let's just say it'd be on par with the NYC skyline at sunset.

It's the perfect length - long enough to wear with heels and short enough to wear with flats. I was overjoyed with this skirt and had great plans for it this summer. 

However, if you guys follow my twitter you will have seen the other day that "my favourite skirt of the season got caught in the escalator, it now sports a larger than life black oil stain". I was referring to this very skirt. I was so overwhelmed with grief and shock when it occurred - all I could do was stand and yell profanities at the escalator as though it would be sorry.

I wanted to break something, and hibernate in my room with an endless supply of Preen Oxy-Action, a tub of warm water and scrub until it all came out. That said, I've yet to address the issue and stuffed the skirt in a bag and filed it away, out of sight. I'm convinced that if I wish hard enough, the stain will disappear.

I have no words for how much I will miss this skirt. I'm most likely going to spend the next month or so visiting and calling every Forever New store, hoping that they still have it in stock.
So next time you're on an escalator in a maxi-skirt, BEWARE! Those things obviously aren't being fed very well.

In other news, my internship at Agent 25 is progressing very well. There's never a day that goes by when I don't learn something from them. We've been holding our A/W showings this week and I'm so excited for next year. Winter fashion has always been my favourite.

Until next time, don't forget to follow me on Twitter and check out my Lookbook.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Cobalt Fetish

Leather has always been a little infamous. Something many would associate with unspeakable fetishes - Leather pants have been on my wish list for as long as I remember. Dressed up or down, leather pants are a must have in every girls wardrobe, just to add that little bit of sex appeal we all want and need in our lives.
That said, a good pair of leather pants aren't a easy thing to come by. There are so many factors to which you have to take into account, and if one is missing, there's likely to be something 'off' about it. You all know that feeling when you love a garment so much but can't bring yourself to buy it because there's something about it that's just not right. That feeling - Every pair of leather leggings/pants I tried on seemed to trigger it. That is, until I found this pair and believe me, obtaining this exact pair was no walk in the park. 

I wore this outfit to a friends birthday dinner party
Motorcycle Pleather Pants - Bardot $90!! 
Cut-out Cobalt Blue Blouse - Supre 
LOVE Multi-Colour Block Heels - TOPSHOP
Black Leather Bag - Tilkah
Black and Gold Studded Bracelet - Coco Liberace @ 100Squared
Resin Necklace House of Harlow 1960
Rings (from left to right) - Ebay, Lovisa and Lovisa

Last christmas, I finally got my grubby little hands on a pair from Forever 21. Unfortunately they were a size too small and I quickly tore through those. Literally. 
A couple of months later, I found these babies. At bardot for price too good to be true - After looking at prices that were as high as $400, I was more than happy to pay the $90. That said, these babies cost me a lot more than $90.. 

I first bought them in March only to realise a week later that I had handed the sales assistant the wrong size and had bought them in a size too large. Mind you I had already ripped off the tags (I had led myself to believe that I had lost a whole lot of weight until I realised they were a size 10 and not an 8). But I exchanged them with no issues and got the right size.

I then wore them to a house party where I got so inexplicably drunk and woke to find myself in a pair of shorts and my beautiful leather pants beside me - ripped at the crotch, knee and crack. That night, at 4am I hopped onto the Bardot website and bought myself another pair and went to bed happy - knowing that I still had a pair of leather pants. 

Leather pants #2 lasted me a little longer than its predecessor. I wore them many times to work, going out and to uni, I got my moneys worth in terms of cost per wear. Sadly, on one fateful day, I was cooking at home after work and hadn't changed out of my pants when I bent down to grab some rice they ripped at the knee. RIP leather pants #2 

By this stage you'd expect for me to just give up on the idea of leather pants all together but no, I was adamant that I had to have them. A couple of months down the track I found these babies on sale for $50! and after waiting on ebay for them, only to forget to bid - twice. I made the 45min trip down there to purchase the last pair in Sydney. So costing me a grand total of $230 I'm now proud to say, three months on, they're still going strong! 

Now that I've gotten that story out of my system I just wanted to give you all a little update about my internship at Agent 25. The girls there are amazing, so friendly and helpful and I've learnt so much from them already. It's been such a different experience to my internship at 100squared and I've only been there two weeks! My responsibilities thus far have included things like visual merchandising the show room, inventory of stock and processing send outs and returns for press. I love it there and it's only done more to reinforce my decision to defer and pursue a career in Fashion PR. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Like a Boss

I offer you all many cookies and cakes in apologies, It really pained me when I opened up my blog everyday and saw the same opening post for almost a month. But that's about to change - For once, Jess and I were both free on the same day so we took the opportunity to take some outfit photos! Over the next few posts I'll be sharing with you all, a couple of my favourite outfits from the past couple of weeks.
This particular outfit was one I wore to my internship. I threw it together in the midst of panic after having woken up late, again. Damn that snooze button. Tailored pants and platforms - you really can't go wrong. 
I had originally planned to shoot this with a cream coat, like I had worn on the day. But being the forgetful person I am, my coat was hanging in my closet, all pressed and ready - 15kilometres away from where I needed it. 

Black longsleeve sweat shirt - 'borrowed' from my cousin
Purple high waisted pants - thrifted - $1!! 
Tan 'Bitten' wooden platforms - ASOS 
Tan skinny belt - Dotti
Gold chain necklace - TOPSHOP
Black leather bag - Tilkah
Rings (from left to right) - Ebay, Colette, Lovisa
Watch & Sunglasses- Sportsgirl

Something about this outfit made me feel so mature and professional. As I was walking from the station to grab my morning coffee, I caught a glimpse of myself in the reflection and at the risk of sounding conceited here - I thought 'Daaayum Girl, You working the office look' 
Needless to say, that was my inspiration for the post title. Because this outfit in all ways that day, made me feel 'Like a Boss'. 

I'm head over heels for these purple pants. I found them last year during my HSC in a clearance op shop and when they fit perfectly I knew they had to be mine. Unfortunately I don't wear them too often as the previous owner had left an iron mark on the left leg which I have cleverly concealed here with an oversized bag. But I thought for a $1, I'd walk around and let people think I was incompetent with an iron. In a heart beat.  

On a more personal note, my internship with 100squared came to a close last week with my last duty being to assist on site at the Shop Til You Drop x 100squared exclusive shopping night event. After a full two months at 100squared, I have learned a great deal and had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people. It was actually through 100squared that I acquired my next internship. Yup, I somehow managed to land myself another! 
I begin my internship at Agent 25 this Thursday and I am overjoyed. I cannot begin to even fathom the amount I'll learn from interning at an actual PR firm. Public Relations is actually something I would love to do for a career and seeing as how I have planned to commit the next three years of my life to studying it, I thought it would a great idea to actually experience it first hand. 
Also in terms of employment, I'm now also working at GAP. I can't wait to start building my chino collection. I'm sad to say I've only managed one pair so far, but knowing me, that'll soon change. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

You Are McQueen

Oh Ms. Sarah Burton, you've really done it this time... I am of course referring to her work in the jaw droppingly gorgeous Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 collection. As I sat at work, scrolling through my twitter feed, half asleep, absentmindedly opening links - I came across a link to the lace lathered and metallic magic that is the new spring collection. Like a double shot espresso, the images hit me square in the head and I was buzzing in my seat as I quickly flicked through all the images. 
Floored by the attention to detail and sheer scale of effort that went into those dresses, I was compelled to share it with you all. Here are a few of my favourite pieces:

Sticking to the iconic feminine yet bold designs that Alexander McQueen has become known for, Burton's take on spring fashion has everyone clawing for the bondage inspired gowns. Layering, tailoring and sculpting lace and taffeta, Burton has constructed a collection that has been ingrained into my mind, I can't wait to go shopping to have a go at compiling a McQueen inspired outfit. 

I can't decide which is my absolute favourite look from the collection, I keep tossing up between the asymmetric,feathered taffeta dress or the structured white and gold fishtail gown (pictured below) 

 And of course, it wouldn't be a complete post without a little shoe porn. 

And my favourite shoe of the collection - 
This white rope and pearl detailing wedge, the things I would do to have them...

All in all, a stunning collection by Sarah Burton - I cannot even begin to fathom the winter collection she will soon be beginning, I'm already frothing at the mouth at the thought of the idea alone. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Behind The Scenes

I've been MIA for the last couple of weeks as my life has become engulfed by work. Since my last post, I've managed to obtain another job - so I now work two jobs and have my internship position twice a week. With that said, I could not be happier. I'm doing what I love and couldn't care less that I'm losing sleep over it. And I LOVE my sleep.
I've yet to find the time to shoot outfit photos but in the mean time, I had the pleasure of assisting in a 100squared photo shoot today and I took a few happy snaps to share with you guys. Hope you enjoy!
Mongolian Lamb Fur Coat - Bree Bennett
Cut-out Teal Dress - Princess Polly
White belt - Show Pony
Statement Necklace - Love & Luck
Shoes - Senso 

Vintage Moschino Jumper Dress - Bree Bennett
Sheer Tulle Skirt - Cameo
Statement Necklace - Coco Liberace
Belt - Show Pony
Studded Leather Cuff - Coco Liberace
Rings - Recreational
Shoes - Senso

Hair and Make-up

Monika giving the camera her Tyra Banks 'Smise'

Shot by Hobo Photography - Our gorgeous model, Monika, was styled in over 10 powerful looks by the amazing Phoenix Keating. At the tender age of 20, Phoenix works as a freelance stylist and a designer. His first show which took place earlier this year featured incredibly fashion forward pieces - his avant garde collection caught the attention of none other than THE Lady Gaga who chose to wear garments from his collection during her stay in Sydney. Despite his continuing success, Phoenix is a stylish ball of fashion fun whom remains down to earth and working with him was an absolute delight. 

Patterned Silk Blouse - Victorious
Orange Maxi Skirt - Coco and Rogers
Belt - Show Pony
Statement Necklace - Coco Liberace

Print Bodysuit - We Are Handsome
Aztec Print Skirt - Princess Polly
Red Feather Earrings - Coco Liberace
Studded Leather Cuff - Coco Liberace
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell

How cool do those fingerless gloves look! and guess what? They're just your everyday latex gloves! Without the luxury of having gloves on hand to style, I was sent out on an errand to find some gloves we could paint and I returned with a box of tricoloured latex gloves which worked out perfectly! At less than 20cents a pair, we may be onto something here..