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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cove






I don't really know what season is at the moment (Autumn? Winter? Southern Hemisphere-ers please help) but today it is dark and cold and I am wearing a fluffy dressing gown and watching Seinfeld and I can smell garlic bread so HAPPY WINTER. Everything is nicer in winter, especially the beach. Eliza and I went to a tiny, rocky little beach near my house during the week and these are the photos we took. We used my new camera and talked a lot about mise en scene. Apologies if the incandescent glow of my skin blinds you.

Things I Discovered This Week

1. This twitter account dedicated to quotes from My So Called Life. My favourite one is "Every so often I'll have, like, a moment. When just being myself, in my life, right where I am is, like, enough." which I THINK Angela so sagely says as she rides her bike through fallen leaves whilst wearing a rainbow patchwork coat. One time this realisation happened to me whilst I was riding my bike (yo hit me up Angela we are clearly long lost twins) and it was nice. I'm trying to liiiiiiiive this quote now because I go back to school next week and it would be nice to have a less stressful term. I am going to do less and enjoy wasting time on Buzzfeed or watching Cake Boss.

2. Rookie has a new diarist and I was overwhelmed by her first entry. Written under the protective pseudonym "Marah", the piece gives an insight into the life of teenagers affected by the current situation in Syria so please read read read (The Guardian has been covering the issue too)

3.  David Lynch just sort of wrote Twin Peaks as he went along and Frank Silva who played BOB (the creepiest villian to ever exist ever) was originally the set director. He was accidentally visible in a scene and instead of re-shooting it, Lynch dreamt up the character of BOB as the series' antagonist and hired Silva. David Lynch is clearly a creative genius and I am not and it makes me sad

4. You can make an entire pasta bake in the microwave. I did it.

I have to go now because my dad made some really really spicy noodles and my tongue kinda burns

Wearing
H&M striped turtleneck
River Island shorts

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Did He Just Throw my Cat Out of the Window?




Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears...

 Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel has FINALLY been released in Australia. FINALLY. And I really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really liked it.

But why, you ask? Was it the deliberate and meticulously curated world of pastel shades and quirks? Was it the A+ performances given by the usual Wes favoured cast (particularly Jason Schwartzmann and his 30 second appearance that was my favourite piece in the entire film)? Was it the thought provoking plot with both depth and originality? Or was it all of the above? Yes, yes. yes, yes and more.

Following the usual kitsch colour palette + unconventional/charmingly absurd narrative + Bill Murray formula, The Grand Budapest Hotel also employed humour and gore to create a film that both breaks the mould of Wes' career and defines it. The signature Anderson signature aesthetic was completely balanced by a compelling narrative, making it one of my absolute favourites in his catalogue.Magnum opus status still lies with The Royal Tenenbaums but Wes' latest venture deserves adequate props.

Strange note: The theatre only contained people aged 60+???? I thought Wes' audience were a little *cringe* cooler but I think Ralph Fiennes is like a communal grandson to octogenarians.Whatever,  the thrill of seeing a Wes Anderson  film in an actual cinema was the lasting thought.

The latest YA novel-turned blockbuster movie, Divergent, was next on my watch list and, deespite a couple of tacky scenes involving Ellie Goulding songs, the surprisingly strong acting performances and my soft spot for teen dystopian stories won me over. 

Speaking of which, on Saturday I met Tom Lenk (Andrew from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Alexander Ludwig (Cato from The Hunger Games) and it was omfg fricking coolest thing ever they touched me we have breathed the same air they were so nice omg this sentence doesn't have punctuation because I am so so agghhhhhh about it all 

So basically I am film obsessed  at the moment. And slightly addicted to Dr. Phil. More on that later.

Wearing
My mother's coat
Primark dress
Tights
Kmart Loafers

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Shopping





Here I am in the city on a Monday. Yes, a Monday because school holidays have FINALLY begun! So far I've managed to cram in an extra 3 hours of sleep per night and an embarrassing amount of Dr. Phil and homemade pizza

H&M's first Australian store opened last Saturday in Melbourne. A quick google search will bring up like a million stories about eager shoppers camping out overnight, queuing for hours to get inside and then getting trapped in an elevator. Coming from Ireland, it's strange not seeing those big red letters in every shopping centre and the hysteria surrounding it but HEY when in Rome (Melbourne).

So you queue. You get a little hungry. You stare longingly at the nearby coffee cart, momentarily forgetting that the smell of coffee beans makes you gag. You move along. You attempt to eavesdrop into the family in front's conversation despite the dialogue being entirely in German. And then you eventually get in and you're amazed because the shop is literally nothing like a H&M branch you've ever seen before. Heels peck along marble floors and ivory columns stretch to the ceiling, only interrupted by the occasional gold chandelier. Even the mannequins seem super chic, standing in a pack like a fearsome girl gang with futuristic hair cuts. There's three floors and it'll take you hours to trawl through the racks whilst simultaneously elbowing other shoppers out of the way.

In the end, I just picked up a couple of basic tops, something I think H&M covers really well AND for a great price. The Swedish retail giant never misses a beat when it comes to bringing current trends to the high street so, y'know, check it out and buy cool things

Totally unrelated and spontaneous but I just found this Jemima Kirke photoshoot from 5 Minutes with Franny and I like it a lot





Oh oh oh and look at these ones from Vulture's Life in Pictures series and were featured in New York Magazine. Look at her easy breezy artsy fabulous life and how she sits by some ketchup and walks her dog and gahhhhhh why am I not this cool








If you'll excuse me now, I have to go watch the Lizzie McGuire Movie because #important. Also the post has just arrived and I think it may be the beret I ordered online last week. 

Wearing:
Thrifted stripe top
River Island pinafore (not pictured)
Oxford brogues (not pictured)

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Sweet Seventeen







I turned seventeen on Saturday which has been very symbolic ie I took down all the posters in my room and cleared out my wardrobe. I now have a completely naked bedroom and approximately 3.7 items of clothing in my possession. I’m still working out how I want to decorate my bedroom but I’m leaning towards a Wes Anderson-y theme. It sounds good in theory but if anyone knows how I can make it a reality I’m all ears.  A rebooted obsession with all things Wes has kicked off my year and I’m currently counting down the days until I can see The Grand Budapest Hotel in cinemas. On a big screen. With popcorn. 

On the topic of turning seventeen, new beginnings blah blah blah I just purchased a Nikon l820 camera with some birthday money! It’s currently winging its way towards me and I’m hoping it will help enhance the photographs and overall aesthetic of this blobby blog.

Onto the clothes…
These 90s Levis mom jeans are currently my new favourite thing ever – I think they may be glued to my femurs. They’re from a fantastic Etsy store called Noteworthy Garments that I would 100% recommend to everyone. I even got a cute, handwritten note with my package!

I'd also like to announce the winner of my very first giveaway! Sonja of Intergalactic Glitter Monster (http://sonjatitanic.blogspot.ca/) will have a copy of 1999 Zine mailed to her very shortly!

Again, I’m completely snowed in with homework and worrying about finding a dress for my school’s upcoming formal and planning a trip to a pop-culture event and writing an article for a magazine and a bunch of other trivial little things BUT school holidays begin next week so I'll have more time for fun shtufffffff. Talk soon!

Wearing:
Cotton On stripe shirt
Levis Mom Jeans

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Fashion Week





While it may not be the runways of Paris or New York, this week Melbourne held its very own Fashion Week and I was lucky enough to attend! On Saturday, myself and a couple of friends saw Yen Magazine's Independent Runway at Central Pier, Docklands which was perfect. We treated to fashion goodies, a performance by TJ Lucky and a show by nine amazing designers! My new pastel midi skirt from ASOS proved perfect for the occasion!

Emma Mulholland opened the show with an eclectic collection of streetwear. With models wearing sparkly space-boppers on their heads, the jewel toned collection featured a dragon motif that tied the pieces together. My favourite piece was a turquoise backpack with black spots, a refreshing take on an essential piece

Garth Cook was up next, boasting a monochrome collection of PVC and feathers followed by crowd favourite Christina Exie. Models donned iconic Aussie wide-brimmed hats and beautifully tailored black and white felt coats with a subtle ombre finish for this collection. The coats and capes in the collection were example of immaculate tailoring, with both structure and fluidity. 10/10!

From Britten p/l  provided the night's menswear collection.The pieces were casual streetwear in earthen tones AND one model looked a lot like Jamie Campbell Bower

One Fell Sweep executed garments in the on-trend nude shade whilst Terran Doust favoured a bold palette and abstract prints

Neo Dia produced one of the more memorable pieces of the night; a simple black dress with a free-standing "vase" shaped bust. Finished with purple trim, the dress was the star of the collection

Kathryn Beker was my favourite designer on the runway. Her show began with a series of luxury pastel pink jumpers over quilted white shirts embroidered with pearls. All froth and champagne, the garments were both timeless and perfectly on trend. The collection closed with two gowns; the first had a black sequined bust with ribbon detail belt and a pale, fluid train whilst the final piece was a dark, gothic ball gown.

Zhivago ended the night with a shoulder pad and leather heavy collection. Throw in a barrel load of sequins and you've basically got Lady Gaga's ultimate fantasy.

And that was my Fashion Week experience. To anyone thinking of going next year, I'd definitely recommend it and if you've been before I'd love to hear about it!

Thank you for the feedback and well wishes on my previous post. Remember you still have time to enter my zine giveaway!

In other news, Catching Fire was released on DVD last week - who has their copy? I'm particularly enjoying the director's commentary about costume design, set locations and clever foreshadowing and symbolism throughout. Let's chat in the comments!
Wearing:
London Rebel pointed heels
Homemade locket

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Sick Sad World + Giveaway





Outfits this week were restricted to an over-sized Stone Roses t-shirt and cat print pyjama pants because I've been feeling pretty under the weather. Not the best provision for a blog post, as you can imagine. To combat this, I decided to photograph my bedroom which I've been curating obsessively of late. 

In other news, this here blog has reached 100 followers on Bloglovin'! To celebrate, I'm holding Whatever, Yazmine's first ever giveaway. To enter...

To be in with a chance to win a copy of my zine (1999 Zine Issue One, pictured above), and a mini care package of sew-on patches and stickers, you must be following me on Bloglovin' and leave a comment below
Closing date is March 30th and a name will be chosen via random name generator.
Winner announced April 2nd
I'll ship worldwide with a few exclusions so please let me know if you think your location could be problematic and I'll do some research and get back to you
Good Luck!

Hopefully an exciting post coming soon; I have a big weekend planned so stay tuned!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Fall




Here I am wearing my brand new favorite thing ever; this ASOS skirt. It kinda looks like your granny's china set which gets a big thumbs up from me. I look tired and awkward in these photos though...

Summer is officially over in Australia which calls for a fall/autumn/whatever master post. Here's a meticulous catalogue of the tv shows, films, and well dressed people who have inspired my wardrobe update.

Twin Peaks
Climate appropriate patterned jumpers and muted tones define Twin Peaks style


 



Source

The Shining
 Danny is so disturbing/well dressed








Sources: 1-5, 6 and 7

Ginger and Rosa
Tinged with nostalgia and the perfect manipulation of wardrobe staples





Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Tavi Gevinson
Because she makes literally everything look cool




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 The artsy peoples and picturesque scenery I've been reblogging lately







Hope you're having a lovely week!

Wearing:
Truffle brogues
eBay eyeball ring