Nov 29, 2010

SHOP RANT



This past week I've attempted to shop twice. And I can conclude that it hasn't really worked out for me. I used to relish the thrill of the chase but now I feel the energy drain, as the depression sets in when those familiar doors slide open. Faced with the general public I'm easily overwhelmed by the consumerism of it all. And I feel sick. The kind of sickness you feel when the inevitable shows itself. The inevitable being that you just know you're going to buy something for the sake of being productive and you're going to end up hating it. 


I'm getting old in my early twenties. I must be because the price tags in stores shock me. They really do, especially from the big retailers. When I was in Top Shop checking to see if I was missing out on anything, I saw a sweater with a tag of 900kr or about $AU140. A big cable knit sweater, yes--but still a sweater, from Top Shop. Buying it would've likely caused physical pain knowing I could get half a sweater from Filippa K (mmm Filippa K) instead. Maybe even three quarters of a sweater and for just a little more I could get the whole sweater, probably the most practical.
Kids, the lesson learned; buying cheap is expensive because it'll soon need replacing. End of rant.


Mandy Coon by Ruvan Wijesooriya 



Nov 18, 2010

WHAT A BORE



A selective wardrobe doesn't have to be a boring one. I need pared-back and well-cut basics otherwise I'm left wondering why I bought them to begin with. I've come to notice that when cheaper garments loose their 'just-bought-it' feel, the shape, fabric and stitching give out to lifelessness. It doesn't feel good to wear any more. And so you don't. It just sits there until you can admit that maybe it wasn't an investment piece. Then all you can do is throw it out and start again. Only, because you have to do this so often, you can never afford to actually invest. It's a catch 22. 

But like any cycle of destruction, you have to first recognise the pattern then seek to change it and take action. I'd say I'm in the early stages of the third step. Although I've never liked impulsive shopping for fear of regret, all the saving and no buying is a surprising relief. Who said we should be in a constant state of purchase? It feels luxurious to take the time to look at what you have and to really plan. To create inspiration boards across your walls and to make lists. I love list-making because it's so full of promise.


My Pet Square


Nov 11, 2010

we're home



Holy, Moley, me, oh my, I've been waiting a long time for THIS. This is THAT moment. It has taken all of my everything to get HERE. If you don't know what I'm talking about, my Swede and I just moved into our first apartment on Monday. WE'RE HOME.

In a week I estimate I've regained around a quarter of the sanity I lost somewhere in all those years of shared housing. Phenomenal progress. Just listen to this; I can sit and think, on our sofa, during the day, alone and in silence. It's brilliance. We can also have coffee in the cups, sitting on the chairs, at the table, we bought, in the apartment we rent together. It's just us, there's no one else to consider. On Sunday we played music and made pumpkin pancakes.




Nov 8, 2010

the art of dressing well




This is not a topic that can be addressed in one sitting. It can be complicated but if anything else, dressing well should be simple. When things get complicated that's when it can go wrong. Oh so very wrong. Of course it's also a question of taste. But first, why is this topic suddenly relevant on the collective? Well, just when I was feeling fashion and everyone involved, was loosing touch I found someone with something real to add. Fleurette from Dead Fleurette is a girl on a mission to simplify her life by building the perfect wardrobe. She wants to create a sustainable and chic wardrobe. This is something I've long been in pursuit of, me and the rest of the women in the world. 


But despite this it is quite a romantic, unrealistic notion, believe me I know, I've been told, but I think it's a coming of age for me to set this in motion now. So that's it. I'm making a stand against trend, poor quality and excessive consumerism. From this day forth I here by announce my retirement from compromise. I'm going to try my hand at creating perfection.


The Commandments of Dressing by Harper's Bazaar complements of Dead Fleurette;

  1. Know what you like and what you don’t.
  2. Dress for yourself—not for anyone else.
  3. Dress to suit your age.
  4. Dress to suit your shape.
  5. Look appropriate for where you are going.
  6. Wear your clothes with confidence.
  7. Feel good about what you spend your money on.
  8. Embrace your individual style.
  9. Don’t be a slave to the latest trend
  10. Don’t be afraid to break the rules.
The pictures above have been and continue to be an inspiration for my style aesthetic. Quietly luxurious, sexy and simple with detailing in the cut. There is just something about Isabel Marant and Filippa K...gets me every time.