Thursday, October 19, 2017

Float


Wearing: White off shoulder shirt, Miss Shop skirt and Asos flats. 

I've been stuck in a style rut for about the last month or so now, and without a steady paycheck I'm finding it hard to inject whimsy and wonder back into my wardrobe. Over the years I've managed to successfully hoard my fair share of craft material and I think my much-loved loafers will be getting a makeover. I'm still not 100% sure whether I should simply coat them in craft glue, followed by glitter and hope for the best or if embezzling with tiny gemstones would yield better results. If anyone has any tips on upcycling items from their closet, I'd love to hear your recommendations!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Slick Woods






There are ebbs and flows within the fashion industry, and models are not immune to fashion's fickle nature. It seems like only yesterday gap-tooth model Lindsey Wixson was the toast of the town, but now at age 23 she's since announced her retirement as a model to now focus on a career in interior design. But now there's Slick Woods (née Simone Thompson), a catwalk queen and face of Rihanna’s fashion brand Fenty, friends with Adwoa Aboah and photographed by the legendary Tim Walker for i-D. Unlike most models who come from a place of privilege, Slick Woods was sent to jail at the tender age of eighteen, and was raised by her grandmother from the age of four following her mother Leah being imprisoned for manslaughter. 




Sitting in my kitchen in rural Queensland and having grown up in Melbourne I can't even comprehend what life most have been like for this incredible young woman, entering into adulthood prematurely and fending for herself through criminal activity. There's a real toughness, grit and authenticity to Slick Woods, whose gap-toothed larger than life smile, shaved head, tattoos and 'I don't give a f***' attitude have earned her the respect of Kanye West, the "the first person that told me I was going to blow up who I actually believed". He's not the angelic fairy godmother that helped Slick out of poverty and crime, with the model stating Kanye was slow to pay her, only fronting the money after she walked for Yeezy a second time. You can look forward to seeing Woods star in next year’s Pirelli calendar, styled by new British Vogue editor Edward Enninful, and many more exciting new projects. 


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Surprise

During my last week at work a traveler who didn't even purchase tickets to visit the museum I work at gifted me this beautiful piece of amethyst. Whilst trying to convince him he might like to see the exhibits, he produced a polished piece of labradorite from his pocket. It was gorgeous, but I joked I couldn't pay the fifty bucks he was asking, he went back to the carpark and upon returning to the reception desk asked me to open my hand. I was so shocked he had been so generous I never even had the chance to thank him! In any case, he quickly went to drive away before I could come to grips with the situation.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Butterfly

Wearing: Romance Was Born top, vintage skirt from TrendListr, Sophia Webster butterfly heels and Marina Fini choker.
 

When's the last time you threw caution to the wind and simply went with your gut instinct? Was it when you spoke up and contributed at your last team meeting or choosing to eat something you've never tried at dinner last night? It doesn't take much to introduce little changes into our lives to ensure that we keep growing, but it can become all too common that we fall into patterns. Unsurprisingly I see the biggest patterns and sameness occurring in our closets and wardrobes. How often have you discovered two items of clothing you own are near identical? Here's a thought, the next time you catch yourself out and experience déjà vu ask yourself why you've fallen into the same pattern and is there a deeper underlying issue at play? Of course, no judgement if you order the same smoothie every time because you don't want to experience disappointment.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Take a chance




Chanel has finally given their Chanel Chance campaign a much needed update. As much as I love the Hillary Duff for Disney Chanel aesthetic of the 00's campaign, there's a refreshing twist and a La La Land feel about the more recent ad. Thankfully they've omitted the romantic narrative and instead four girls are bowling with perfume bottles instead (not that there's anything wrong with Ryan Gosling).

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lemonade










Wearing: White off shoulder shirt, Asos skirt and River Island gold mules. 

There's no sign of the warmer weather letting up, which normally causes a minor identity crisis. This year I'm content to explore different combinations and really explore the potential of certain pieces within my wardrobe. This off the shoulder top is something I've gotten a lot of wear out of, and is easy to pair with jeans during the day and a skirt and heels for something like a barbecue or dinner with friends. It's also something I feel super comfortable wearing, which is perfect when trying to focus on a conversation instead of looking at my phone.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Duckie Thot






She's the Australian model who called out the industry for what it is; racist. Nyadak Thot, or Duckie as she prefers, is a model of South-Sudanese heritage ultimately placed third in the eighth cycle of Australia's Next Top Model. But the 21-year-old didn't see her career take off until after moving to New York.  You might have seen her on the runway at Yeezy Season 4, Jeremy Scott, closing the Naeem Khan Spring 2017 or walking in the Fenty x Puma show in Paris. But believe it or not, she was struggling to get work and also had the nasty experience of having to cornrow her own hair at Top Model due to the inept ability of hair stylists on set. Since speaking out about her experience in an Instagram post, Thot's rawness and honesty has attracted over 17,000 likes and 1,600 comments. That attention doesn't make up for her experiences, and those of other black models working within the industry but what is certain is that if she's managed to achieve so much within the space of a year, she has a bright future ahead of her.






 As much as I do love Australia, there comes a time when we as consumers must demand more from advertisers and companies that representation matters, and accept partial blame for the white-washing that goes on within our society. How many more black models will have their careers brought to its knees, or worse, find themselves forced out of the industry before they can even develop and grow? And how many more top models will Australia lose overseas because we're ten years behind our contemporaries in terms of demanding diversity within advertising?