Runaway

dripping-runaway-sweater-3Wearing – Karen Walker top, American Apparel skirt, Kate Spade heels (these are cute), Mno.logie clutch, Angle Dot Diamond earrings, Alister Yiap hexagon ring

I’m not really one to wear miniskirts but I completely fell for this gorgeous twirly number by American Apparel, so much so that I also got it in black! Poufy enough to look playful rather than skanky, a look I generally avoid. And the lilac colour goes surprisingly well against all those bright neon colours that are sweeping through stores this summer! Now this Karen Walker top arrived (oh how I love KW, have you noticed yet? She’s like my girlfriend)  and I instantly realised I was waaaaay too short for it (story of my life). Well, a quick roll up of the sleeves and nipping in of the waist – et voila!

How are you guys stylishly surviving the searing Perth heat? 

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Illuminites

illuminites13-10We decided to make the trek back into Northbridge on Friday night for that amazing Christmas gift shopping bonanza that is Illuminites! This year, there was a gigantic manmade beach in the Perth Cultural Centre, complete with deckchairs and places for kids to play, as well as a giant inflatable snow dome and a frozen ice slide inside a truck! Talk about climate confusion!

There were heaps of different stores, hand-made crafty items, arty pieces as well as the usual amazing vintage shops. We were able to meet the amazing Kelly aka Mekel from Mekel Illustration, and purchase an original artwork from her store! We also said hi to Ann from the Whiteman Park Print Shop and took a squiz at their letterpressed goods. Other most honourable mentions must go to Rachel from Freckle & Co and Eemay of Glass Gardens terrarium fame. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a good photo of their exceedingly popular stall mostly because they were overwhelmed by customers most of the time! It was a busy busy night filled with lots of people happily ticking off their Christmas lists. We almost swooned in the heat of the afternoon sun and at the dizzying heights of retail mecca but were rescued once again by the always refreshing La Paleta icypoles!

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And so it was…

jinn-bday-4So Jinn has finally joined the elite three-oh club, where one becomes instantly more knowledgeable and wiser in the ways of the world, and yet is still youthful enough to be able to wear skinny jeans and play soccer three times a week. I kind of freaked out when Jinn mentioned FIFTY people were rocking up to our house for his party, but I have to say that with a little (read a lot) of help from my Mumsy, mum-in-law and sis-in-law, a wonderful Moroccan themed dinner was laid out and heartily consumed by all our guests. I also may or may not have ordered five cakes from Boucla, my fave cafe of all time…

We wish there were more photos to share of this special evening, but we were both too busy running around like crazy chooks setting tables and chatting to guests to take very many! Hopefully these pictures give you a hint of what a lovely and charming night we all had, enjoying the perfect balmy evening in the presence of many loved ones.

Happy bee-day, bozo!

Text by Sarah

Photos by Jinn, Gwen and YW

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By hand

I’ve long had an obsession with hand lettering – that thing you do where it looks like the most amazing calligraphy but it’s all done freestyle, kinda like drawing rather than writing. I used to doodle all through school and uni, with many a diary and textbook finding themselves covered with various cursive forms of my name and other inspirational and not-so-inspirational quotes. Hand lettering’s popularity is on the rise and rise these days, and has rekindled my love for it as well as typography and fonts.

There are some inspirational people around who make my efforts look positively like chicken-scratchings! I’ve previously posted about Dana Tanamachi, but another rising star who abides a little closer to home is Gemma O’Brien, from New South Wales. Somehow I managed to miss her exhibition down at the Fremantle Arts Centre (totally gutted) but I can console myself with this simple DIY tutorial she wrote for a pair & a spare. I’m definitely going to give this a go!

I haven’t as yet been able to find a hand lettering workshop here in Perth, but if you know of one please do let me know!

Text by Sarah

Images courtesy of a pair & a spare and Jacky Winter Group

The ‘ville

light-up-leedy1-4Wearing – American Apparel top, Sparkle & Fade skirt (similar), Clover backpack from Harry & Gretel, New Kid shoes via Modcloth, Robert Marc sunglasses (similar), Naomi Murrell resin and rose gold ring, Lazy Oaf cat ring (in gold)

American Apparel does some of the greatest basics. This top is perfectly cropped and fitted, perfect for a whole bunch of my high-waisted bottoms and right on midriff-baring trend (for when I finally find my six-pack). But anyhow, this outfit took me perfectly from day to slightly chilly night as we wandered through the stalls at the Light Up Leederville carnival. Read more about our favourite street festival here!light-up-leedy1-3light-up-leedy1-2light-up-leedy-6light-up-leedy1-6light-up-leedy1-5

Light Up Leederville!

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Over the weekend Sarah and I turned on our community spirit and went to the Light Up Leederville Carnival. We visited last year and this year we went with great expectations. Happily, they were met!

This year around 45,000 people flocked to join in the festivities, almost double last year’s attendance. Despite the swell in numbers there was only a slight increase in the crowdedness, a great testament to the fantastic genius of the organising committee. There were activities for all, from children’s rides and activities to handicraft and vintage stores, as well as a pop-up Little Creatures bar. To add to the mix, our usual favourite Leederville shops were open too!

The highlight as always was the big red party bus – the heart of the carnival, a hub of awesome pumpin’ music and live performances. The night was crowned by the lighting of the Christmas lights on Oxford St and lots of confetti and dancing in the street!

Well done to Leederville Connect for organising such a great event. You guys rock!

text and photos by Jinn

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