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.. 

Friday, 9 September 2011

WANTED - expert therapist to cure addiction

At least that's what I should be posting..

As you'll soon realise, I am a serial shopaholic. I have no self control when it comes to spending. If uncontrollable and unrestrained shopping were a legitimate disease the doctor would diagnose me as terminal with a predicted lifespan of 2years, with no hope of a cure but a one in a bajillion chance miracle. I have had more 'interventions' than I care to admit. I decide on an hourly basis that I will start saving as of "now" and as my brother would put it, when I "make one dollar, (I) spend three". Hence the huge unworn and untouched proportion of my wardrobe. Despite being completely and utterly aware of my problem and no matter how many times I declare that it is a serious issue. I. do. not. stop.
Clothes, jewellery, books, cosmetics (nail polish in particular), food, coffee, juice, bags, stationery, games or shoes (kryptonite), you name it. With a single swipe of my heavily abused savings card, I will make it mine before you even get the chance to try and talk me out of it. Just ask Jessica - I've made it her responsibility to prevent me from spending, though I must say appointing her as my financial advisor, with our mutual love for all things fashion and similar approaches to tackling money, wasn't as effective as I'd hoped - she fails most of the time (not due to a lack in skill and finesse but rather my incessant ability to mentally overrule her). 
As a result - I have a mountain of recent purchases that I will now share with you all. 

Sportsgirl nailpolish

Assorted accesories

A sneak preview of what's to come in spring

Asos socks/tights and some shoes

Hmmmm... Shoes.. 

Can't wait for the warmer weather! 

A little birthday present I bought myself - I was dying for a good quality black bag

One can never have too many bags

Hope you enjoyed all the photos featuring a fraction of the things I've procured recently and please, if you have a cure... If you are that one in a bajillion chance miracle. HELP ME.

On a brighter, less life threatening note - as part of my new internship at 100squared, I am helping out with the William Street Laneway Festival down in Paddington which will take place on Saturday the 24th of September. Come on down and check out all the gorgeous boutiques and what they have to offer. Last year, they had over 3000 attendees! There'll also be street venders in marquees with some yummy food and a bar to top it all off!
I've actually been delegated the task of selecting a few buskers to perform on the day, I have a few in mind but I'd love some suggestions! So if you know of any great performers who'd love to busk at the festival, leave me a message, it'd be much appreciated! 

We're also launching our new Bondi Junction location on Monday and our Miranda store the week after so be sure to get down there. I'm already eyeballing a few pieces at our City stores, I'm too afraid to even think of all the different and unique stock they'll have. There's sure to be a few launch parties too so I'll be sure to keep you guys updated. 

Friday, 2 September 2011

New Beginnings

Firstly, I'd like to apologise for my absence in the past week or so, I've just been so swamped with ... life. So much has been happening!
Beginning where I last left off -
MBFFS was amazing. I met beautiful and talented people from all walks of life and was lucky enough to watch a handful of shows including the David Jones (Seeing Samantha Harris in the flesh does things to you) and Camilla show. I also dressed for the Myer and Designer Review show which was a huge adrenaline rush.
Here are a few sneaky photos taken backstage!

Group photo with a pair of models (Adhiel and Yifan) and fellow dressers

Photo of me preparing to dress for the Myer show

and my personal favourite - Male models in their speedos for the Designer Review show

Again, I apologise for the quality of the photos, the first two were taken by my friend using her iphone and the third was by a mystery phone photographer to whom I will be forever grateful.

In other news, whilst juggling university as a business student and all these fashion events it occurred to me that I no longer thought a business degree was the correct course for me. So, I applied for a leave of absence and now plan on transferring out to study towards a degree in Media/PR the following semester. My mother was a little shellshocked to say the least when I informed her that I will no longer be attending Uni for the remainder of the year. All she could say was "So... you're not going to uni anymore?" with a stunned fish look on her face.

I've also been interviewing for a couple of jobs and wouldn't you believe it, I actually got one! 
I'm now a casual sales assistant at the Glue Store in World Square! 
In addition to landing myself a new job, you're looking at the new intern for 100squared
100squared is a unique initiative located on the ground floor of Sydney's Pitt Street Westfields that features new, up and coming designers such as Bree BennettWhite Euphoria and Mok Theorem. This wonderful project has been so successful, they're now expanding and setting up shop in brand new locations in Westfields at Bondi and Miranda. I as an intern will have the opportunity to assist in the preparation and opening of said stores.
This coming week, 100squared and their featured designers will be launching their Spring/Summer collection on Thursday 8th September as part of Vogues Fashion Night Out so come on down to check it out! Promise you won't be disappointed!

But wait! there's more. Three day's ago, on that one fateful day... the last day of winter - I TURNED NINETEEN!
No no, you'll be hearing no tales about getting 'sloshed' in a dingy bar and waking up in some god forsaken alley. My birthday was quite tame.
Having slept half the day away, I awoke to find that I was late for a coffee date with a couple of friends and looked as though I hadn't bathed in a week (probably smelt like it too).
Two hours later, I was in the city, in front of me sat a latte and a dish of drool inducing chicken schnitzel and chips - when none other than the gorgeous Jessica arrives and surprises me with her wonderful gift.

My beautiful bouquet of love consists of an assortment of florals in all colours of the rainbow 

After a few good hours of chatter, Jessica began to fiddle around with my new compact camera and she managed to find some setting that took some pretty good pictures! So in amongst the hustle and bustle of peak hour traffic, on and off the road. We took some outfit photos! 

Sleeveless button up blouse - Forever New
Navy military blazer - Tailor made in Vietnam 
Black chiffon skort - Ebay
Khaki bag - Seduce
Suede taupe pumps - Sarrina by Steve Madden -
Rings (from left to right) - Nasty Gal, Diva, Lovisa, Diva
Nail polish - Pure porcelain by ORLY

For dinner, a couple of close friends and I stuffed our faces with the miracle that is Alice Springs Chicken and spoiled ourselves silly with the complementary Birthday chocolate fudge brownies topped with creme fresh and icecream at the Outback Steakhouse

We then embarked on an adventure to the closest body of water and found ourselves at a jetty where we sat and listened as our farmyard animal impressions echoed and bounced off the surrounding buildings. Jessica let her inner-photographer loose and here are the results! 

How amazing do the lights look with their reflections in the water? 

Aside from disrupting the peaceful night of the wonderful residents of Meadowbank, we took a few group shots and experimented with some camera settings - this kept us entertained for a good 2hrs. 

How cute are the boys? holding hands and all (don't know if they'll forgive me for posting this)
And I'm loving this ghostly edition to our album, can you spot me?!

All in all, I've had a busy couple of weeks and I cannot be happier. I've got a new job, an internship opportunity and a new perspective on life. New beginnings in a new year as a nineteen year old.
I hope you all didn't fall asleep, I know this post was a little long, but I wanted to tell you guys everything. 
I've made quite a few purchases recently so when all my goodies arrive in the mail, I'll be sure to show you guys just how much of a shopaholic I am. Seriously, I have a problem.