Fake it til you make it

I have been struggling these past few days. I have three bulged disks in my lower spine and tendinitis in my right arm, normally I manage them quite well with osteopathic treatments but this weekend was hideous. Stress and not making it in to see my osteo soon enough have taken their toll.

I learnt this trick from my Nanna for when you are feeling grim – dress up!

I don’t always do it – I think if I tried to do it every time maybe it would lose its magic or something – but I dressed up on Sunday.

I have been working on this dress and I feel like I nearly have it where I want it – I just need to lower the neckline a little and raise the hemline a little. But I LOVE the fabric and the shape already. So that’s what I picked to play dress-ups with. I decided against heels because I didn’t want to upset my back any further so I chose these cute little maryjane flats from John Fluevog. I love his shoes.

Anyway it worked, I had a few hours of feeling more like myself on Sunday 🙂
Fingers crossed that I get in to see my osteopath soon and help it all settle down.

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That time I did a photoshoot in Cuba

I travelled to Cuba last November. It was as amazing as I’d hoped it would be.

While I was there I did a couple of photoshoots. Everything about Cuba is so photogenic, so why wouldn’t you want to take pictures of yourself all over the place?

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Pictured is the awesome 1957 Chevy that we got driven around Havana in.
I’m wearing my Purple Poe leggings and my charcoal linen cowl tunic (ideal in Summer, let me tell you!). You can find them both here.

January Madness + New Skirts

Well, it’s been a crazy busy week as I try to get everything finalised before the sewing crew take some time off. I have my fingers crossed that everything I wanted to be done, is now going to be finished and ready for photographing for the next stage of the process.

I did manage to pick up a couple of samples this week, that I was really looking forward to seeing in their final incarnation. I have been working on the first design for a few months now, and the second design was the last one that I included in the collection.

These two skirts signify different ways of looking at nature, for me.

The first one, showing a collection of carnivorous plants, is nature when she’s being both beautiful and deadly. And the second, showing a baby joey, is when she’s being all fluffy and cute. Both elements of nature are pretty awesome, I think!

Hoping I can share some more of these soon!

Colors of the Day (COTD) Style Challenge

I’m part of a group on Facebook & Instagram which challenges you to wear two particular colours each day. The colours are given out each evening, Portland Oregon time, as that is where the couple who started the whole thing live.

It began as a fun little game they shared, with Andy giving Mercedes two completely random colours each night which she had to then incorporate into her wardrobe next day. I’d have to check with Mercedes & Andy on the exact origin story, but I think it was in response to her being bored with her wardrobe, or saying she had nothing to wear one day perhaps? Anyway, this game was invented by Andy as a way for Mercedes to reinvigorate her existing wardrobe. She would post the resulting outfits on Facebook and a few of us liked the idea of joining in, and the group has grown from there!

I like playing along, as it does a couple of different things for me. It gets me out of my “comfort colour zones”, for one. I’ve had to try to combine colours that I’d never considered remotely possible to pair together, let alone wear it myself! Meeting a challenge like that feels both rewarding & liberating! Plus, I get to see what other people come up with for the same challenge. Of course everyone’s style is different, so there’s never two looks the same, which is great! So much inspiration is really great for invigorating your own wardrobe. 

Oh, and one last thing: the gals & guys who play along with the daily COTD challenges are really lovely folks. It’s a no-shame zone, everyone is encouraging, and nobody ever tells you that your choices are stupid, or the colours don’t suit you, or what you’re wearing isn’t flattering, or anything like that. That’s a pretty great bunch of people if you ask me!

This outfit is what I chose for today’s COTD style challenge colours of “Safety Orange & Mustard”. My shoes are mustard & black but they have been massively outgunned by my neon orange knee-high socks! 

   
So anyway, if you’d like to join in the fun you can find us playing along via @cotdstyle on Instagram, or COTD Style on Facebook 😃

Happy new year!

Well then, 2016! Here you are, hey?

I love the start of the new year.

Melbourne is so quiet at this time of year. The start of January means an empty city, to me. The streets are operating with a skeleton staff, while everyone is off on their summer holidays.

I love being at home in Melbourne at this time of year. I love how easy it is to get a parking space, and how quick & simple it is to get around the city – no traffic! Of course, there are the downsides, like some of our favourite restaurants being closed for the Christmas break, and the occasional 42°C days (that’s 104°F for my American friends)… but on the whole, I really do love being in Melbourne at this time of year.

I’m spending the start of 2016 putting the final touches on the next collection for my label, Joolz. It is such an exciting time during the creative process, when you can see all your ideas & concepts finally taking shape. I still have a couple of pieces to pick up from the makers (and I still need to photograph those), and I really need to update the website too. Hahaha the joys of small business ownership!

So there is still plenty to do before thinking about a launch party for the new collection! But I have to admit, that party is also on my mind… I do love a good party 🙂 I had a venue in mind, but I’ve been having difficulties getting through to the manager, so I may need to abandon that option and find somewhere else.

So, I hope those of you who are working at this time of year are enjoying what you do, and for those of you on holidays, soak it up!

And if you want a little sneak preview of what’s to come, you can check out what’s going on over at my etsy store 🙂