Thursday, July 31, 2014

“did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?” // g. gobel

it’s been ages since i’ve had the need to use the black-tie option; i suppose me and mine just don’t run in the right circles (what sweet relief!).

when, in the past i’ve been presented with an invite that requested the affair be formal, i know i always tried to divert the course. case in point – i’ve never worn a dress that grazed an ankle, and i’ve never met a strappy/stilettoed shoe that made me swoon, (shudder in pain and horror yes, but never have i swooned).

the truth is, as the hors d’ouevres are served, cocktails are sipped, and small-talk is bantered about, the men seem as happy as clams. well-dressed, finely tailored, comfortably mingling in their buffed shoes – i think how much better off they are. and i want in. my intentions may not lean toward to le smoking, or of the janelle monae, but something infinitely more interesting – and surely, (please!) more comfortable than a gown and heels.





➝ source : exaggerated tuxedo dress via cynthia rowley

➝ source : tuxedo dress via A’N’D

➝ source : monochrome tuxedo dress via 3.1 phillp lim

➝ source : wool & satin cape via givenchy


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“i’m a dirt person. i trust the dirt. i don’t trust diamonds and gold.” // e. kitt

this statement, it’s verily untrue.

i’m dirt-averse, i keep a clean house and i’m approaching OCD-levels on these (seriously) clean (and chapped) hands. i’m not one to aver that cleanliness is next to godliness, as i’m not into that sort of thing, but my brain does like to keep things tidy. there is one area, however, where a little dirt won’t irk me, and oddly enough – it’s all over my face.

i find it bizarre and not a little bit ironic that the cleanest my skin feels is when i rub it all up in the muck – of course, it’s not your plain, old muddy-mud that my dog rolls about in, but you know, the refined, antiseptic sort – the kind you don’t go out in to your yard to fetch; this is the kind of dirt you’ll pay good money for – but it’s fine, your skin will pay you back in kind.


➝ source : activated charcoal cleanser via shamanuti

➝ source : tea tree leaf facial exfoliant via aesop

➝ source : the problem solver correcting masque via may lindstrom

➝ source : dark angels scrub via lush


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

“they’re only crayons. you didn’t fear them in kindergarten, why fear them now?” // h. macleod

by all means – you may beg to differ, but i’ve always been better with words than with pictures.

when i was in school, it wasn’t english or poli-sci that gave me the twitch, it was always art class that gave me hives. all those mediums, all those colours, all the different ways i could make ugly come to life on canvas - always made me feel a little less than. talent, i had elsewhere – but this lack for visual artistic expression made my stick figures and intense need to colour within the lines stick out like, well, really bad art.

at university – and art class was no longer a mandatory 45 minutes of cultured hell, it dawned on me while sketching my siouxsie sioux eyes and penciling in my lip – that i wasn’t too shabby with paint after all, i just needed a different medium and a canvas i was bit more familiar with.

now – i’m positively giddy to crack open a fresh box of crayons with the moppet, and what’s more? i love colouring in the lines with new ones of my own – but these ones, i definitely  don’t share.



➝ source : bite beauty matte crème lip crayon via sephora

➝ source : chubby stick cheek colour balm via clinique

➝ source : colour clay CC primer via tarte cosmetics

➝ source : kiss pop lipstick in smack via marc jacobs beauty


Monday, July 28, 2014

“i’ve always thought of the t-shirt as the alpha and omega of the fashion alphabet.” // g. armani

i rarely wear what can be classically called a t-shirt - but even i know that there is not one piece of clothing, (excluding a well-worn pair of jeans), that is as classic, simple and yet, fashion-forward as a simple tee.

yet, there has been this movement as of late, that has turned the simple cotton tee, into a status-symbol, though once you could get a three-pack-fruit-of-the-loom for less than a tenner and dress it up or down with just about anything, the last few years have seen the rise of the triple digit t-shirt; and i think i have a problem with that.

i get it – the fashion houses can afford to be clever, to hopefully use the best cotton jersey, (i hope?), to get away with using the most pithy/ironic/witty of sayings, and to have the most elaborate designs. it’s just that i can’t stand behind the prices they ask you to pay; and i’m someone who rarely has an issue with a price-tag. if you have the means and the desire, don’t listen to a thing i say, but i just think paying that much for a basic item of clothing smacks a little like taking advantage. especially when you can pick up any basic tee, and get it printed at your local bang-on.





➝ source : froggy loops tee via moschino

➝ source : madeworn’s guns n’ roses tank via net-a-porter

➝ source : alex graphic ‘lara’ tee via markus lupfer

➝ source : tikki man print tee via mary katrantzou


Friday, July 25, 2014

“nothing in the world is single / all things by law divine / in one another’s being mingle…” // p. b. shelley

none of us are alone, as long we have ourselves; or something existential and poetic like that. hold on, wait – i have something in my eye – i think it’s a huge ROLL.

though there is much to be said about being one half of a pair, being one of a kind has a certain allure that should not be discounted. in being one, you stand front and centre behind no one’s shadow – attention and affection is bestowed on only you – a solitary spotlight to shine on that which is most special – most appealing, and more importantly, most twinkly.

let your single state shine – no need to wear a pair. put your hair up, put one of these glimmering charms on and you do you – be the only thing anyone can look at.





➝ source : lito izel single earring via white bird

➝ source : ana khouri hug earring via colette

➝ source : mono storm earring via runa

➝ source : crescent & star earring via kismet by milka


Thursday, July 24, 2014

“jeans represent democracy in fashion.” // g. armani

it’s true that i never wear jeans.

of course i’d like to, but i just haven’t found a pair that appease my hips and please my ass.

if your genes aren’t as accommodating as the jeans you adore, you’ll find yourself searching for alternative avenues to assuage your denim desires. when you finally do, you start to recognize that there is an entire universe of denim that doesn’t fit into the conventional ideals of skinny and straight, (though i am not too proud to admit that i still ache for a pair of skinnies).

yet, your perfect fit is out there, once you allow yourself to branch out just a little bit; you’ll find a galaxy of different denim, perfectly suited, just for you.





➝ source : denim & velvet tunic (oh, HOW I WANT) via marni

➝ source : leather patchwork boyfriend jeans via McQ

➝ source : band of outsiders shearling collar denim jacket via ssense

➝ source : the row asti skirt via lagarçonne


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

“how come anything you buy will go on sale next week?” // e. bombeck

i’ll let you in a little secret : i like to pay full price.

i am not one to wait for a sale, but it’s not because i’m flush with cash, or don’t enjoy a deal. i just don’t have the stamina.

i don’t have the emotional capacity to brave the crowds, bracing myself for the epic search through racks and racks of seemingly endless bits of tat – waiting for that holy trifecta of perfect size, perfect style; a perfect piece of perfection.

enter thee internet.

i don’t seek it out – but you see, we’re in the middle of a season and now, now is when they get you. you’re just sitting around totally unsuspecting, your defenses are down – you’re without a care in the world, and the next thing you know you’re clicking on the checkout link; riding a high of purchasing whatever and what-have-you at a discounted cost whilst wearing sweat socks and a ratty tee and eating ice cream straight out of the tub.

oh yeah. i need to get out of the house.



➝ source : rachel comey port dress via totokaelo

➝ source : kelly wearstler aperto ring via forward

➝ source : proenza schouler silver-tone quilted clutch via far fetch

➝ source : anniel ballerinas via shoescribe


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

“progress isn’t made by early risers. it’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” // r.a. heinlen

for the most part, i’d rather be sleeping.

sure, there is a laundry list of amusing things to do, gorgeous things to see, and clever people to meet – but honestly, all i want for the now, is a brisk lie-down – the kind that lasts roughly twenty-two hours and leaves you in a confused and groggy haze. it’s my own fault really – i know all the facts: i tend to enjoy the evening hours a bit too much, those ones after i’m revived by a second wind after my 3pm drowsiness. now, that wouldn’t be all that terirble – yet, combine this with a child, (i could stop there, but lo, i will continue), who has forever woken up with the birds, and you’ll find me, duly nonplussed - and wholly reluctant to get out of bed at 6.02am every morning.

alas – that is my sleepy lot in life.

so, instead of saving up sheep, i save time – by making the morning a bit more efficient – because when you KO the alarm on repeat, time is of the essence – and you’ll appreciate those items that pack a (five-four-three-or) two-for-one punch.





➝ source : naked2 eyeshadow palette via urban decay

➝ source : beach tint for cheeks & lips via becca

➝ source : brow duality highlighting duo via anastasia

➝ source : the multiple for eyes/cheeks & lip via nars


Monday, July 21, 2014

“the best protection any woman can have… is courage.” // e.c. stanton

i’d aver that we all, rather unwittingly, cultivate exteriors that buoy our interiors.

it’s the reason why some of us will never wear black – if you believe it to be dour – and you’re absolutely not, why would you sport it? if your character screams colour, i wouldn’t blame you if you thought the muted tones to be bores. if you feel resolutely feminine, your veneer would probably express the same – girlish, feminine, soft.

this is not to say you don’t change from day to day, try different on faces/different personas; but mostly – i think we probably gravitate to outward appearances that feel most like us, or the us we’d most like to be.

i’d say i’m all big hair, dark liner, unquestionably clunky shoes and mock-armor in adornments, because, yes – i love it all, but also, i wouldn’t want anyone to get the impression that i would ever need any sort of protection. courage comes in the form of many cloaks, you just need to find yours…

➝ source : white out spike bracelet via joomi lim

➝ source : noir evil eye pendant via zoë chicco

➝ source : cone stud earring via eddie borgo

➝ source : valentino rockstud leather bracelet via forzieri


Friday, July 18, 2014

“aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” // t. capote

listen, i think things have gone a bit too far and much too soon.

it’s just struck the middle of july and my inbox has already been besieged with messages of ‘back-to-school!’ – not to mention every single item related to warm weather has had the red emblem of reduction slammed to its side. people – even i, who has made absolutely no effort to hide my disdain of overly-warm weather – finds this behaviour to be a tad bit excessive…

HOWEVER, even in admitting this, i cannot deny that i’m totally giddy that the promise of autumn has shown itself to be nearing – why else would i be coveting all this new inventory that would render me a permanent sweat stain if i got anywhere near it right now?

autumn. it’s coming.



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➝ source : chloé collarless melton wool jacket via matches

➝ source : clu chiffon-paneled oxford shirt via net-a-porter

➝ source : 8112 mid-rise rail skinny jeans via jbrand

➝ source : robert clergerie yokole penny loafers via ssense

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