Hyde Park 2.0

madewell-hydepark9 madewell-hydepark13madewell-hydepark12madewell-hydepark10madewell-hydepark3 madewell-hydepark5Wearing – Madewell dress (similar), Bul shoes

Flashback to that time we played with light, shadows and hair in Hyde Park.

Plus I’d just rewarded myself with these new sandals after receiving some unexpected good news.

It was a pretty cool afternoon.

Baby it’s cold outside

cranmore-outfit-2cranmore-outfit-1cranmore-outfit-8cranmore-outfit-9cranmore-outfit-6cranmore-outfit-5Wearing – Ryder dress, thrifted coat, Pigeonhole scarf, Muji tights, Madewell boots (similar), Elk earrings, Naomi Murrell rose gold and resin ring, Alister Yiap hexagon gem ring

Chilly mornings call for big ol’ coats and chunky scarves wrapped a minimum of three times round one’s neck.

I’m contemplating making one of these but might just be a lazybones and buy one instead.

I wish I could be as cool as her.

They are a-falling

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motifWelcome winter!

Make way for crisp nights that make the tip of your nose cold.

The crunch of dry leaves underfoot.

Snuggling under the doona on a rainy Saturday morning not to resurface for many a deliciously warm moment.

An open fire.

An excuse to wear a ridiculous beanie with an even more ridiculously large pompom.

Wrapping cold fingers around a massive mug of my finest English Breakfast tea.

I dream of cactus

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Wearing – Gorman dress, vintage coat (similar), Muji tights, Madewell boots (similar), Freckle & Co earrings, Naomi Murrell resin & rose gold ring, Alister Yiap ring, vintage handbag

A groovy cactus print.

A pick-me-up coffee at a new found hotspot.

A toasty vintage coat picked up for a bargain that comes with authentic old lady smell. (Need to sort that one out)

Red lipstick.

These are a few of my favourite things.

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Hosier Lane

melbs-outfit-3Wearing – Madewell shirt, American Apparel skirt, Steve Madden loafers (similar), Fjallraven Mini Kanken backpack, Naomi Murrell resin and rose gold ring, Lazy Oaf cat ring (gold version)

He’s wearing – Mr Simple t-shirt (different colourway), M-ONE-11 chinos (similar), Vans sneakers

One of our first stops during our quick visit to Melbourne was a trip down Hosier Lane. No cars drive down this lane and over time it has become a gallery of some of the greatest street art you’ll ever see! I just love the mish-mash of colours and styles, practically every surface adorned by a garish signature or skilfully created visage. It’s one of our favourite spots we return to regularly as it’s never the same each time and always great fun to explore!

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Twilight Hawkers Market

twilight-hawkers-6The Twilight Hawkers Markets are back, heralding the start of warm-weather good times in Perth. Every Friday night, a multitude of different food stalls harking from many international cuisines descends on Forrest Place in the city ready to feed the masses.

It’s a great option if you’re looking for something different to eat before a night out in Northbridge, or even whilst you browse shops in Perth city. We sampled the South American pupusas, corn tortillas with a light fluffy texture, stuffed with cheese, refried beans and pork (yummo!) and I could not walk past the Vietnamese stall without ordering a banh mi, a crusty bread roll filled with pork belly, fresh coriander, slices of cucumber and carrot, and some crazy magic sauce that makes you feel like you could eat a hundred more banh mis! A lime coconut icy pole from La Paleta ended the night’s grazing most perfectly!

I’m making a beeline for that bratwurst next time!  (Hmm, that came out sounding weird…) But, for serious, I’m definitely going to be back! If you go, will you save a spot in that eternally long Argentinian Barbecue line for me?

Twilight Hawkers Markets / Forrest Place, Perth City / Every Friday from 5pm to 9pm until end of April 2014
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La tour Eiffel

eiffel-tower-2Wearing – Sessun dress, Tintoretto stockings, Madewell boots, Freckle & co earrings

One of my absolute favourite cold weather colours is mustard. I just love the way it works so well with other earthy tones as well as a great red lipstick. I’d been dying to wear this cute little Sessun number since I bought it in New York last year! I waited and waited through the Australian spring and summer only to find out that work was sending me to the Kimberley for six months, the land of eternal summers! There went all my dreams of styling my 50kg of NYC-acquired clothing…Yeah, first world problems, I know! So I jumped at the chance to bring some of it halfway across the globe to France with us on our recent holiday. 🙂

These amazing suede tassel earrings were handmade by none other than my super-talented sis-in-law Rachel from Freckle & co. Be sure to take a look at her other equally pretty creations on her Etsy site, the perfect destination to find that special and unique gift!

Photos by Jinn

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Jardin des Tuileries

Boucle-Tuileries-Garden-14Wearing – Madewell shirt, Comptoir des Cotonniers jacket, Orla Kiely trousers, Camper shoes, Kate Spade necklace

The French people have seriously got the whole “aesthetically pleasing” thing down pat. Take this incredible Tuileries Garden which is so perfectly symmetrical that it’s hard to believe that these are trees and not some manmade structure! We wandered here after spending an amazing day at Musee d’Orsay which houses a vast collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art (the largest in the world in fact!) including paintings by Monet, Cezanne, Degas and Van Gogh just to namedrop a few.

I absolutely had to have this Chanel-esque boucle jacket. I had so much fun shopping at Comptoir des Cotonniers where I found it! The shopping attendant was so amazing, if I even simply lingered on a piece of clothing for a moment, I’d turn around to find he’d already put it in the change room for me – and in the correct size! Impressive!

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Pointe Saint-Mathieu

pointe-st-mathieu-15Wearing – Karen Walker t-shirt (on sale at Anthropologie!), ASOS overalls, Madewell sunglasses, Fossil bangle (similar), Donelli shoes (similar)

What he’s wearing – Urban Outfitters jumper and jeans

Our first destination in France was the incredibly picturesque and tiny little village, Pointe Saint-Mathieu, perched right atop part of the spectacular coastline of Brittany. It gets its name from an old abbey in the centre of the village (sixth century according to legend) which was said to have housed the skull of the apostle Matthew until it was lost in the ocean off the point. After the icy cold of Glasgow it was nice to get out into some sunshine. Look! No coat!pointe-st-mathieu-23pointe-st-mathieu-24pointe-st-mathieu-21pointe-st-mathieu-22pointe-st-mathieu-1pointe-st-mathieu-4pointe-st-mathieu-14pointe-st-mathieu-5pointe-st-mathieu-9pointe-st-mathieu-8pointe-st-mathieu-13pointe-st-mathieu-18pointe-st-mathieu-25pointe-st-mathieu-27

All hail Bowie

Wanting to do something a little different to the usual gallery hopping, we jumped at the chance to see the David Bowie exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum (or V&A for short) in London. Come on! An exhibition about one of the greatest music and fashion legends of all time that’s sponsored by Gucci and Sennheiser – haw yeah!

I have to admit, my ardent love for Bowie was something that crept up very gradually over the years. I’d hear songs on the radio or on TV shows and be like, “Woah, that’s so good”, then I’d google/Shazam them, and I kept coming up with a common theme – they were all by none other than David Bowie! This made me explore his back catalogue more and more, and I just kept striking gold.

Not only is Bowie a groundbreaker and major influence in the music world but he also never failed to make a massive statement with his fashion choices, constantly remaking himself to smash down new boundaries. He mastered androgyny with his 70s alter-ego Ziggy Stardust and has often collaborated with avant garde designers to create his outlandish stage costumes.

The V&A hosts a large collection of Bowie’s actual onstage outfits, instruments and even snippets of original lyrics – it was simply amazing to see them in real life. The exhibition also allowed us a greater insight into his early days before he finally “made it” and we learnt interesting trivia such as the fact that one of his pupils is permanently dilated after a fisticuff-related injury! And here I always thought he deliberately wore some kind of fancy contact lens!

After spending a couple of hours immersed in the fantastical world of Bowie, we recharged our batteries with hot chocolates in a courtyard overlooked by a number of the museum’s lovely red-bricked facades. If you happen to be traipsing around London any time soon, this exhibition needs to be added to your must-see list! The online tickets have long sold out but you can still buy tickets at the museum. We arrived at opening at 10:00am and managed to get tickets to the 10:30am admittance, and I highly recommend you do the same!

The Victoria & Albert Museum / 10:00 – 17:45 daily / 10:00 – 22:00 Fridays / David Bowie Is exhibition / Adults £15.50 / 23rd March – 11th August 2013

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He’s wearing – TopMan shirt and blazer, Urban Outfitters trousers, Converse shoes, Ona camera bag

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