travel // brooklyn

Monday, 25 August 2014

2012_09_30 New York

I thought Brooklyn deserved its own post even though I haven't spent nearly as much time there as I have in Manhattan, but the buildings are beautiful and we had a great poke around at the Brooklyn Flea and the Artists and Fleas.

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

2012_09_30 New York

yves saint laurent movie

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

After an hour's commute to the city thanks mostly to traffic and finding a car park open late, I finally sat down with my fancy popcorn and some seriously delicious champagne (we found out later that it was Moet. That explains a lot!) to enjoy the latest French fashion film Yves Saint Laurent which is about to hit cinemas.

I love movies and documentaries about fashion and designers, mainly because I'm so curious to see what's behind all the glitz and glamour. So many of them have had quite sad lives because of how they grew up, family situation, wars and alcohol and drugs. Yves Saint Laurent was no different. I didn't know a great deal about his life, but he was portrayed as a creative genius and somewhat of a workaholic. His relationship with his work and his business and life partner Pierre Berge was the central focus.

This film also reminded me of my love for French cinema (and French actors!) and I'm so inspired to take a bit more effort when getting ready in the morning. Everyone's hair was perfect and the suits were impeccable and the dresses were amazing. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong decade!

Here's a little reminder from YSL that was in our goodie bag that made me giggle:









a few of my favourite things

Sunday, 22 June 2014



Clockwise from top left: Bag: DKNY // Coat: Viktoria + Woods // Lipstick: Clinque // Sunglasses: Karen Walker // Pants: Living Doll (and they're vegan!) // Boots: Tony Bianco // Shirt: Equipment // Watch: Michael Kors // Mascara: Lancome.

Winter is finally here! It's going to get really chilly in Melbourne this week - top of 12°C tomorrow. As a fun little Sunday night project, here's my favourites (and some make up staples) from David Jones. I never thought I'd be a fan of the fake leather pants, but I bought a pair recently and I've worn them so much. It's the basis for a super fun outfit.

Leopard print, monochrome and red lipstick seems to be my staple wardrobe at the moment, so there's not really any surprises with my other picks. Oh, and boots. Can't forget the heeled boots!

two door cinema club in new york

Saturday, 21 June 2014

2012_09_28 New York

Dream gig! Two Door Cinema Club performing in Central Park. I've seen them live in my three favourite cities - Melbourne, London and New York, and I got to see them with two of my best friends. Special memories!

2012_09_28 New York

2012_09_28 New York

2012_09_28 New York

john mayer is so important

Sunday, 15 June 2014

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Today I'll attempt to explain why John Mayer is so important to me. He's the first 'proper' musician I loved when I was 14 thanks to the inclusion of No Such Thing on a mix CD that my best friend made for me. The next year I was unable to see him when he came to Brisbane because he played at the Tivoli and it was an over 18 show, but when he came out the next year in 2003 and it was general admission seating, I went with a bunch of friends and we lined up at 10am in the morning and managed to get fifth row centre.

I've been terribly spoilt having John Mayer as my first proper gigs because he changes his setlist every show and his crowd banter is great. I really didn't understand why all bands and singers didn't change their setlist every night. It's also why I don't understand why people would go and see P!nk multiple times when her setlist is exactly the same. John Mayer plays the same base songs, but will always change them up. He also dropped his now famous cover of Beyonce's XO at the Adelaide show I went to, so we got to witness it from the front row.

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He's such a great lyricist. He understand the way people feel and is able to express that so beautifully in a couple of lines of lyrics. I don't understand how he can make the idea that guys like someone, and then back off, then like them again, and then back off again sound romantic, but he does in I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You).

I also literally grew up with his music. For the first few weeks after Heavier Things came out, I had to listen to Split Screen Sadness and then Wheel on my discman (yes, discman!) in the dark, just before I went to sleep. John singing "I believe that my life's gonna see, the love I give returned to me" without any backing music was the last thing I heard before I went to sleep. Wheel is my favourite John Mayer song. I've already told everyone near and dear to me that it must be played at my funeral.

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John Mayer also gave me one of my best friends. We met via a JM message board back in high school and she lives in Sydney. So every time John comes out on tour we visit each other, as well and going to see John together. So far, we've been to Glastonbury, New York, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide together and I'm so glad I met her!

So that's just some sort of attempt at getting out in writing why John Mayer is so important to me. Have you got a JM equivalent? I'd love to hear your story! I think everyone has someone or something that's helped shape them as a person that they'll never give up on.

(All photos are mine taken at various John shows over the last 11 years.)

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2014_04_15 John Mayer, Adelaide Ent Centre

travel // new york

Sunday, 8 June 2014

2012_09_29 New York

Continuing in the vein of posting travel photos years later, please view some of my New York snaps from (boohoo) nearly two years ago. I'm going to Bali in September and I can't wait to get overseas again and enjoy a holiday.

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2012_09_27 New York

2012_09_27 New York

2012_09_27 New York

2012_09_28 New York

2012_09_28 New York

2012_09_29 New York

2012_09_29 New York

ballin' good time at smithballs

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Photograph by ALP Photography.

I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Smithballs for The Modern Con. Check out my write up here.

mixtape // april

Wednesday, 16 April 2014



I've definitely not been giving my little corner of the internet as much love as I should, so I'm going to start a monthly playlist. Given that my musical taste doesn't really change much from month to month, this is going to be a challenge! It will also make me look for new music because I won't let myself share the same songs from the month before. Listen on Spotify here.

There's quite a lot of artists who have been around for a while, but I've only just discovered them recently. I am completely obsessed with Ed Sheeran's new song though. Play SING from the rooftops!!

link it // links

Monday, 7 April 2014

2013_03_21 Runway 3 Grazia

Well I just discovered this post buried in my drafts. Here's a whole bunch of links from ages ago that I thought were cool...

the craft // lou teasdale

Sunday, 6 April 2014



Since I fancy myself a bit of a hipster (well, that's the label my friends would give me anyway), I was pretty thrilled to hear that my friends at Hardie Grant in the UK had signed up Lou Teasdale to write a hair and beauty DIY book.

Lou Teasdale is a hairdresser and make up artist and worked on The X Factor UK, which is presumably where she met and befriended One Direction. She's now their touring groomer, BFFs with Harry Styles, and bringing her grungy style and love of tattoos and pastel hair to the world.

The Craft is chock full of hair and beauty tips, as well as some seriously sweet design and illos by Faran Krentcil. Lou also shares her tips to turn pro for the aspiring hairdresser and make up artists. A thoroughly useful and mega cool book to sit on my shelf next to The Wah Nails Book of Nail Art!

Lou's twin sister Sam co-founded Bleach London where I got my hair dip dyed while living in London.

 As if it wasn't cool enough... there's a sticker sheet!!

Bonus photo of Lou with Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran at her book launch (that I probably could have gone to if I was still in London - *sob*) (source).

The Craft by Lou Teasdale, published by Hardie Grant, RRP $24.95.

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