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!)

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Checking out the Broome markets…

broome-market-15As you may have gathered from this previous post, I kinda went a little nuts-o in Gorman during my blink-and-you’ll-miss-me visit to Perth a few weeks back. I instantly gravitated towards this sweet dress with its winning combination of linen (for the heat and humidity of Broome!), bold stripes and bright colours. I wasn’t 100% sure about the neon sandals (ankle straps tend to make my legs look even stumpier than usual!) but Jinn made me buy them and now I’m totally in love with them.

The markets here are still a little small and the crowd a little sluggish as we’re not quite into the full swing of tourist season – but that made for some relaxing ambling about, with no queues or crowds or chance of getting my new sandals trod on! There were some lovely stalls displaying locally made jewellery, art, and foods which demonstrate Broome’s colourful and very multicultural past – there were offerings of Thai, Indian, Chinese and freshly made doughnuts, just to name a few!

My absolute favourite jeweller was Debbie Thomas of Broome Beads who also has a store in Chinatown along Johnny Chi lane. Her delicately crafted boab trees captured my heart and were exactly what I was looking for. These beautiful and often imposing trees are found throughout the Kimberley and their majestic yet loveable, potbellied appearance has truly captivated me. I just can’t get enough of them and I still find myself face-planting the car window when we drive by a cluster of them, just to get a glimpse of them silhouetted in the sunlight, standing tall above the ochre dirt.

broome-market-12 broome-market-17 broome-market-16 broome-market-7broome-market-4broome-market-6Meet my friend, Kuria! He’s from Papua New Guinea and it’s no overstatement for me to say that he is one of THE best doctors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
broome-market-1 broome-market-2 broome-market-3 broome-market-8 broome-market-9 broome-market-19A real boab!

broome-market-21broome-market-22broome-market-36broome-market-18broome-market-23Wearing – Gorman linen dress and neon leather sandals, Madewell sunglasses

Feeling feline…

feline-outfit-1I put this outfit together, really just trying to wear as many lightweight, breezy fabrics as possible given the hot weather of late. I then realised I was pretty much fully laden with cat-themed paraphernalia – the top has tiny jaguar head studs and the Zara pants have leopards printed all over them. Even my subconscious mind betrays me – this once cat-avoider is now a cat-lover, from head to toe…Literally!

Just a wee shout out to The Bunny, the local creative behind this gorgeous studded top and the neon necklace. They will be holding a stall at the upcoming Laneway Night Markets to be held in Northbridge on Saturday January 27th and Sunday January 28th from 4pm to 10pm, so be sure to check them out!
feline-outfit-4feline-outfit-6feline-outfit-12feline-outfit-14feline-outfit-10feline-outfit-3***What I’m wearing – white jaguar studded top by The Bunny (better get to the Laneway Markets!), leopard print pants by Zara (these are pretty dang amazing), neon yellow necklace also by The Bunny, white and black bangles by CC Skye (why hello my pretties…here and here)

She’s always buzzin’ just like…

jan-2013-neon-moodboardThis summer I just can’t get enough of these neon pops of colour. You can wear them in combinations especially in mix-and-match prints, or just add some pizzazz to a monochromatic outfit (neon yellow looks red hot with black and white!). I’m loving these colours on lips and nails at the moment, and here are a few ways you can add neon to your wardrobe and home.

***1. Preen neon chartreuse lace dress, 2. Bianca Green print, 3. Ettika neon wrap bracelet, 4. Nicka watermelon wood necklace, 5. Mimco spliced leather bag, 6. CoastalMoss rhinoceros planter, 7. Mimco nail polish here and here

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