My birthday suit – Le Fanciulle

my-birthday-suit-le-fanciulleThis week’s fab birthday outfit is brought to you by the ladies from Le Fanciulle, aka Steph and Trish. Here’s a rundown from the lovely duo themselves about their chosen look…

As much as we love our basics, this is our imaginary party get-up so we thought, “you know what? We can wear what we damn well please!”; hence the neon leather, which is our piece de resistance! And with all good parties with us at the helm, there must be tea.  And snacks – always snacks.
xx Steph & Trish 🙂

motifCobalt blue with neon accents – yes please! And snacks? I love snacks! Interestingly, as we all belong to the Perth medico-sphere as well as the blogosphere (me a relative newcomer), we have somewhat orbited each others’ existence and only realised who each other were fairly recently! These sartorially-savvy beauties are steady faces on the Perth fashion scene and have a blog that I’m a huge fan of. To cap it off they have quite a number of achievements under their belts – namely, they were recent nominees for Betts Best Fashion Blogger of the Year 2013 and were also chosen to take part in the Perth Fashion Festival’s 30 Days of Restyle 2012. Phew! Busy bees!

To read about their latest adventures click here!

1. ASOS clutch, 2. Roksanda Ilincic top, 3. Jason Wu skirt, 4. Saint Laurent pumps, 5. Chanel nail polish, 6. T2 teapot, 7. Laduree macarons

This girl – Dana Tanamachi

Andaz1 Dana Tanamachi’s work just makes me swoon. I frequently dabble in freehand lettering (I was most prolific during my school and uni days as it whiled away boring classes and lectures like nothing else) but I cannot compare to this jaw-droppingly talented girl!

Dana is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer and letterer and the creative force behind design & lettering boutique, Tanamachi Studio. She has an amazing resume of clients, including such big names as Google, Yahoo!, Rugby Ralph Lauren, The Ace Hotel, Tommy Hilfiger, West Elm, and Bloomingdale’s as well as creating custom covers for O and Time magazines.
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Kinfolk Volume 7

The latest edition of Kinfolk Magazine recently arrived on my doorstep. Kinfolk is one of my favourite reads – a stunning combination of beautiful design, gorgeous images and well written articles. It is created by a group of like-minded creatives with the idea to foster small gatherings and encourage people to reconnect with each other in real life (as opposed to online). We have every edition except the first (sadly sold out!) and recently subscribed for a year. I really love the photos and the style of this issue – dedicated to ice cream of all things!
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My birthday suit – Rachel

mboard-bday-by rachel 3-13This bright and cheerful birthday ensemble is brought to you by Rachel, the creative mind and set of nimble fingers behind Freckle & co. Based in Perth, she lovingly makes unique pieces of jewellery that reflect her roots in sewing and needlework. Brightly coloured tassels handcrafted from embroidery thread, snippets of Liberty of London fabrics, these textiles are used in creative new and, most importantly, wearable ways. Do visit her etsy store to see for yourself!

As a bonus for our lovely readers, enter SILVERLINING15 at the checkout to get a 15% discount at Freckle & co until the 30th of April.

To see Rachel’s tassel bracelet in action, click here and here.

1. La Petite Fest paper garland, 2. Gorman dress, 3. Chanel lipstick, 4. L. K. Bennett/Caroline Issa heels (OMG those shoes! Those pompoms!), 5. MoMA double rainbow maker, 6. Kate Spade clutch, 7. Benu Shop necklace

Cable Beach again

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We went back to enjoy Cable Beach on my last evening in Broome. I had vowed to watch the sunset from a different beach each night I was in Broome, and true to my word we saw the sun set from a different part of Cable Beach to before. We stayed out late, well after the sun had set, deep in conversation and watching the sky turn from red to black and then erupt into a magnificent starscape. Beautiful scenery, warm nights, a sweet smelling breeze and excellent company – what could be better in life? – Jinn

A visit to the Croc Park!

croc-farm-2I’m writing this really quickly because the longer I look at these pictures, I get a rising sense of impending doom and start experiencing palpitations. The tour at Malcolm Douglas’ Crocodile Park starts off with a little wander around the park on your own, meeting the cute feathered and fluffy inhabitants of this park, which lulls you into a rather false sense of happiness and oh-isn’t-Australia’s-fauna-just-so-beautiful-and-BENIGN. Everyone then gathers to the main pond where you pass around the most gorgeous baby crocodiles (of course with their mouths deftly tied shut to save you from certain digit amputation) and once again everyone coos and poses smiling with the tiny reptilian offspring. They’re surprisingly soft to the touch! In the nearby algae-covered pools, you start to see that the surface of the water is actually patterned with the ridges of many spines, just lying in wait.

Then – it’s feeding time. This was the most thrilling and amazing part of the tour. The guides fearlessly enter the enclosures and practically taunt these giant crocodiles with fish, making them launch themselves into the air to show off their size and sheer strength. They are utterly ferocious and brutal even to their own kind, and what makes them so fascinating is just how deathly still they are just moments before the attack. You will literally not see it coming.

I give this place a rating of five bajillion stars out of ten. Take plenty of sunscreen and water, and wear something breezy. And please say hi to my friend the “barking” owl! He actually says “woof woof”, that’s his natural cry, and he and I had a stimulating conversation, a heart to heart even. Nice to know someone really gets me.croc-farm-1 croc-farm-4 croc-farm-6 croc-farm-8 croc-farm-9 croc-farm-11 croc-farm-12 croc-farm-13 croc-farm-14 croc-farm-15 croc-farm-16 croc-farm-17 croc-farm-18 croc-farm-19 croc-farm-20 croc-farm-21 croc-farm-22 croc-farm-23 croc-farm-24 croc-farm-25 croc-farm-26 croc-farm-27 croc-farm-28

Too close for comfort!

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The guide was not a small man, he was at least 6 foot tall!

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My friend, the “barking” owl – he’ll have a conversation with you! Most civilised!

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My birthday suit!

mood board beeday march13Haha! Got you looking didn’t I?

Well, this year is the big year. It’s the year I hit the big you-know-what (has a three in it, rhymes with Bertie, come on work with me people)…It’s the year I turn thirty! Yeah, I’m just gonna say it. Because I refuse to join that pessimistic, doom and gloom, it’s-all-downhill-from-here club! What rubbish!

To tell you the truth, I’m feeling better than ever and I still feel like I’m “on the way up” so to speak. I think what’s changed for me in a big way over the last few years is that I’ve stopped trying to be what others want me to be and also learnt to accept myself for who I am – my strengths, my weaknesses, my wonky right ear. Looking back, I realise that I’d been a personality-contortionist, trying to fit myself into wrong and uncomfortable shapes in the hopes of pleasing people. I was also painfully shy, too terrified to say anything in case someone disagreed or worse, laughed at me. But turns out my personality is just as inflexible as my hamstrings of steel (it takes me a whole hour of warm ups to touch my toes, don’t laugh!) but it’s taken me some time to find it and then gain the confidence to just put it out there and say who-gives-a-flying-duck what anyone says.

There. Catharsis over. Now you know I have a wonky ear and am that person in the back row at Pilates who can’t do a proper roll-down.

Now what I actually started off trying to tell you guys, is this is my dream outfit for my upcoming birthday festivity! I would usually go something more light and pretty, or quirky and boyish, but this time I’m fantasising of an outfit that conjures up the word soiree, a bit glam, a bit sexy, and dare I say, a bit more mature. But not mature in a needing-a-hip-replacement way but in a more self-assured, strong alpha female way. You know, the type that’s not afraid to turn a few heads and cause a bit of a stir.

Tell me what you think about this outfit! Or what would you wear to your big birthday bash?

1. Kimberly McDonald earrings, 2. Rachel Gilbert dress, 3. MAC lipstick in Creme d’Nude, 4. Kotur clutch, 5. Charlotte Olympia heels, 6. Sue Lewis chocolates (gifts for party guests!)

Peachy keen

cablebeach-2Excuse the tatty hair in these photos – Jinn had just touched down in Broome, I’d come straight from work after spending a rather sweaty day travelling back from Kununurra, and rather than going back to my apartment to set his bags down and rest he said, “Allons-y!” So off to Cable Beach we went to catch the sunset! So this little shoot was pretty impromptu but we couldn’t help but take advantage of the peachy skies offsetting my totally unplanned peachy outfit. 🙂

This was actually the beginning of an amazing weekend that I just didn’t want to end. Not only was my hubby/BFF/accomplice here with me, but also someone who understands my Insta-obsession (don’t look at me like you don’t know what I mean!). I’ve not yet encountered anyone up here who shares my addiction so there have been countless social situations and dinners where I’ve practically had to sit on my own hands to prevent myself from taking a photo of my food or a gratuitous self-pic! We took so many photos in just three little days, so let’s hope my trigger-happy fingers have been appeased for now…until Jinn’s next visit of course!cablebeach-19 cablebeach-5 cablebeach-4 cablebeach-6 cablebeach-7 cablebeach-9 cablebeach-12 cablebeach-16 cablebeach-18cablebeach-20

Wearing – Gorman top (this is a beauty), peach shorts (similar) and neon sandals (Gorman overload!), Freckle & Co. tassel bracelet, friendship bracelet by me

He’s wearing – St Goliath t-shirt (similar), and shorts!

Gantheaume Point

gantheaume-17Whilst Jinn was in Broome I really wanted to make it down to Gantheaume Point as I’d read that there were real dinosaur footprints imprinted amongst the rocks that you could approach when the tide was low. There’s something cool about seeing things that are millions of years old, I find it fascinating and it makes me feel rather small yet thrilled at the same time.

We wandered and splashed around the amazing little rock pools for ages, searching for prehistoric footprints and marvelling at the tiny treasures that the tide had left behind. Pieces of colourful coral, pools brimming with tiny sea snails and my favourite hermit crabs, and strange white slug-like things which looked like alien creatures from a Doctor Who episode.

Well, before we knew it, the sun was setting and we had yet to find any signs of ancient dinosaur life. But you know what? We just didn’t care as we were taken in by the most gorgeous sunset we had seen yet, along with the amazing lighting and ever-changing colours of the sky which made it a photographer’s paradise. Plenty of locals had driven their 4WDs onto the beach and were casually enjoying the sight over their picnic dinners, it looked like heaven and the perfect way to spend a Sunday evening. Gives me ideas for next time!

This place is an absolute must see, with sunsets that rival or, dare I say, are even better than Cable Beach’s. There’s plenty of signage on the way there and I highly recommend taking a 4WD and a hamper full of yummy food and beverages. And if anyone knows where those footprints are, please enlighten me!gantheaume-13 gantheaume-21gantheaume-12gantheaume-5 gantheaume-4gantheaume-1gantheaume-6gantheaume-32gantheaume-33gantheaume-8gantheaume-9gantheaume-10gantheaume-11gantheaume-14gantheaume-15gantheaume-18
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I love my Kanken…my what?

While we were in New York I kept spotting guys and girls alike with these awesomely cool-kid-on-the-block backpacks and I just had to find out where I could get one for my little ol’ self. On a few occasions we got close enough to see the logo, which consisted of a red fox and the words “Fjallraven Kanken” emblazoned upon it, and so these backpacks got affectionately named “Ferjanklekankles” by myself and Jinn. A week or so into our holiday we realised that we lived practically next door to a Fjallraven store, but by that time I’d already fallen in love with my light blue Herschel backpack and maxed out our 92kg baggage allowance (for real!) so sadly buying another backpack was not really an option.

However, even after getting back to Perth and putting myself thousands of kilometres between the Ferjanklekankles and me, my love for them never waned. Surprisingly, I’ve actually been going pretty strong with this online shopping ban I placed on myself last year in the effort to save money for our New York holiday – but thank goodness for loopholes and husbands! After some casual hinting and one or two web browser windows being strategically left open for him to see (and of course out of the kindness of his own dear heart!) Jinn bought me this one! I’ve already been dreaming up outfit posts to feature this little guy in and fantasising about all the great adventures we’re going to have traipsing around London and Paris in April. Oh and I’m looking forward to going on holiday with Jinn too. 😛 (You know I love you!)

Photos courtesy of Nordiska Style, Bow’s Collective, sofiefrWiggy’s Life, treehugger, washida, and kidlark.

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