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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

The 31st of January is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, which I find appropriate for so many reasons. First of all we are only two weeks from Valentine’s Day which  is all about heart’s and love. Secondly, because we are a month into the new year and I wonder how everyone is doing on their New Year’s Resolutions.

Inspire Your Heart with Art

Inspire Your Heart with Art

However, the more I think about what is art, the more my mind wanders off to less conventional inspiration. Don’t get me wrong, I love art in the traditional sense…painting and sculpture but I also find inspiration in photography, architecture and fabulous clothes. Which is why you will have read posts from me comparing Gaudi buildings in Madrid to clothing, and seen a recent post on the sculptures at the local botanical gardens. I even think amazing food can be a work of art.

art – noun

  1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture,…: “the art of the Renaissance”
  2. Works produced by such skill and imagination.
Synonyms

craft – skill – artifice – science – workmanship – knack

So really, based on that definition art truly can come in many forms. I was reviewing some photos I had taken when I was in Melbourne for the Spring Fashion Festival in September. Although I took many fashion related photos I had also taken some other “inspirational” or as the Fashion Mister calls them “arty-farty” photos. All of these do inspire my heart.

Glitter Elephant in Melbourne

Glitter Elephant in Melbourne

A little nod to Picasso but what girl can resist bling? Even if it is a mirror covered elephant statue!

Graffitti on Hosier Lane Melbourne

Graffiti on Hosier Lane Melbourne

More Hosier Lane Graffitti

More Hosier Lane Graffiti

Not only is one of my favourite restaurants on Hosier Lane (Movida and Movida Next Door) but I love the ever-changing graffiti-ed walls in the lane. I’m constantly inspired by the colour and desperately want to do a photo shoot there. The place is often packed with tourists and wedding parties. Some day I will get my nerve up to have the Fashion Mister take some photos of one of my styled looks there.

Train Station Melbourne

Train Station Melbourne

Gothic, Victorian and Deco buildings are some of my favourites but a beautifully designed building from any period can be amazing.

Business Man Sculpture - Melbourne

Business Man Sculpture – Melbourne

There are three of these whistling gentlemen on their way to work. I like the sense of whimsy about them and that they are passed by hundreds of thousands of people. Some who barely look at them and others who reach out and touch them as they walk past. I personally find them very tactile.

Inside the Block Arcade Melbourne

Inside the Block Arcade Melbourne

Amazing fashion housed inside amazing architecture! Another reason to love Melbourne.

Origami floral display in Melbourne

Origami floral display in Melbourne

There were great big displays of origami flowers inside the GPO on this day. I was impressed both by the vision and the patience of the creator.

Photo inside Alpha 60 - Melbourne

Photo inside Alpha 60 – Melbourne

Also inside the GPO Melbourne is the Alpha 60 shop. As I wandered through I was stopped in my tracks by the impact this photo made hanging up on the wall. I love black and white photography and the contrast in this photo was so strong I felt moved to photograph the photo!

I’m glad that art comes in many forms and am thankful that there are those creative enough to make art in all it’s forms to inspire me.

What inspires your heart? When it comes to art are you a traditionalist or a bit open to all forms?

 

 

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What Trend are You Most Looking Forward to in 2013?

As we close out the first month of 2013, I am wondering what trend you are most looking forward to in 2013? What is going to make it into your wardrobe this year and what doesn’t stand a chance? Is there a trend of 2012 that you just don’t want to say goodbye to?

Here are a few of the trends for 2013 that I love.

Ladylike Floral Dresses

Ladylike Floral Dresses

Ladylike: I’m loving ladylike floral dress. They aren’t just for ladies who lunch but are perfect for work or any time you want to flaunt your feminine side.

Bold Stripes

Bold Stripes

Bold Stripes: I’m really loving all things Marc Jacobs right now thanks to his collections heavy focus on big, bold stripes! Don’t know if I could go an entire suit in a bold stripe but I’m loving the skirts and dresses. I already have a fair few tops with bold stripes from last autumn and they will make an even bigger splash this autumn.

Luxe Leather

Luxe Leather

Luxe Leather: Buttery soft and beautifully tailored, I have always loved leather and suede so I am thrilled that it is making a big comeback in a luxurious way!

Low Heels

Low Heels

Low Heels: Considering how many pairs of really high heels I own, this one may be a surprise. But if you really know me then you know I just love gorgeous shoes and if low heels are in and I can find some amazing ones, they will definitely find their way into my wardrobe in 2013.

The trend I’m NOT looking forward to? I shared with you last month in I don’t want to go green.

Emerald - Rolling in the Green

Emerald – Rolling in the Green

What trends are you most looking forward to in 2013?

How are you planning on working them?

What trend is your least favourite?


Beat the Heat – How to Look Cool in the Summer Sun

It’s another scorcher today which means more ideas on how to beat the heat and look cool in the summer sun. Sometimes the summer sun is so full on that the best way to beat it is to stay out of it, but what do you do when you have to get out in it for work? Especially if you can’t get away with shorts and the tiniest tank top you own at work.

My suggestion – keep it natural, short as possible and open those toes! Plus wearing one of the cool colour trends of the season helps.

Indigo and yellow print silk dress

Indigo and yellow print silk dress

Silk Sita Murt Dress

Silk Sita Murt Dress

Sita Murt - Silk and suede

Sita Murt – Silk and suede

Naturally: Natural fibers are great for hot days because they breathe. You may remember this dress as one of my Madrid purchases from Sita Murt. It’s 100% silk and at just above the knee, the length is as short as I would ever wear! It’s also the perfect dress to wear my cork platforms thanks to how nicely the mustard coloured suede matches the print in the dress.

Big Indigo Bag

Big Indigo Bag

 

Matching Accessories - Indigo and Mustard

Matching Accessories – Indigo and Mustard

Cool Sita Murt Silk Dress

Cool Sita Murt Silk Dress

Perfect Match: I totally worked my accessories to match my look. But to keep from being too matching I made sure the shoes and handbag don’t match each other. The blue indigo bag and mustard coloured open toe platforms are the perfect colour matches for the Sita Murt dress. Jewelry is simple. My Marc Jacobs rose gold watch, rose gold drop earrings, to fine copper bracelets and a blue beaded bracelet. Everything works off the colour palette of the dress.

You are probably thinking long sleeves in the heat of summer? I say yes, for three reasons; 1) the dress is silk so the sleeves are light and breathe, 2) if you are out running errands on your lunch break you don’t want to get a sunburn on your arms (skin cancer is not a good look), and 3) if the AC is on at work, the longer sleeve keeps you from freezing when inside.

What do you think about these tips for beating the heat and how to look cool in the summer sun?

 

 


Upcycled Sweater – DIY

I had a big problem…and I do mean BIG. It was a sweater from my plus-size days that I just couldn’t get rid of. After all, I had brought it from the US with me on my move to Australia and I loved the snow flakes on it, but it’s now many sizes too big. So I finally decided to up-cycle my sweater and do a little DIY with the help of a few buttons.

Snowflake sweater and a selection of buttons

Snowflake sweater and a selection of buttons

The original sweater: Maybe the snowflakes remind me of my years in Denver? They aren’t the most gorgeous but I couldn’t face giving them away. After seeing some pillows on Pinterest made from old sweaters and loving how my creative friend K at Pillows-ala-mode adds buttons to pillows, I was inspired to give it a go myself.

My biggest obstacle was going to be the fact that I don’t own a sewing machine and really am not much of a seamstress. But I thought I could probably do a pillow or two.

Sleeve Beanie

Sleeve Beanie

Beanie: I used part of one of the sleeves and a strip of the ribbing that was around the neck to create this cute little beanie.

Many Pillows and More!

Many Pillows and More!

Much More: Once I finish stuffing the last two pillows I will have 5 pillows, 1 coffee cup holder, 1 beanie and 3 Christmas tree ornaments.

Pillows and a coffee cup holder

Pillows and a coffee cup holder

Coffee Cup Holder: For the coffee cup holder I just used a piece of one of the cuffs and a floral button. I like the envelope pillow, it’s part of the bottom of the sweater with the edge pulled over and stitched with a button to look like and envelope. The next pillow back is an ode to the sweater. I used the top front of the sweater with the neck ribbing cut out. Folded it in half and used the other cuff to look like neck ribbing. Then added a button at the top (shoulder) for decoration. The largest pillow was the first one, made from most of the bottom front of the sweater, with the ribbing and a plain piece from the back. I stitched it closed at the ribbing and added three buttons for fun.

Envelope style Pillow

Envelope style Pillow

Christmas Ornaments: After using all the other bigger pieces and all the ribbing, I had three of the smaller snowflakes left so I cut them into circles with a plain piece from the surrounding areas and added some ribbon so they will hang from the branch of the Christmas tree next year.

I just about managed to up-cycle all of the original sweater! There were a few small pieces of plain green and the two shoulder pads left over. Yes, shoulder pads! That is how old this sweater was! It all turned out pretty well considering I have such little talent for sewing and no sewing machine but I am really happy with all my new creations made by my up-cycled sweater DIY.

What do you think? Do I pass the novice up-cycler test? Any pieces you like best? What might you have created from this old sweater?


Floral Fling part II

It’s now time for Floral Fling part II!

Last week it was about the fashion, this week it is just about the flowers. You may remember that I had a couple of hours to kill so opted for some sunshine and a walk around the local botanical gardens last week. Well it’s full on mid-summer so there aren’t lot’s of bright flowers out right now but I still managed to get a couple of nice shots that will qualify for floral fling.

Butterfly Attraction

Butterfly Attraction

Red Hot Pokers

Red Hot Pokers

There were hundreds of butterflies flitting about these purple blooms. It was quite pretty to watch them land for a moment and then launch themselves to the next flower. These hot orange flowers are merely a reflection of the intensity of the sun!

Succulent Success

Succulent Success

(not so) Delicate Flowers

(not so) Delicate Flowers

Floral Fireworks

Floral Fireworks

With the weather so hot it only makes sense that the succulents are having their time to shine in the gardens. I love all the varieties and colours. They can be very delicate looking for a plant that is so hardy. These little orange burst s of colour are like mini fireworks.

The great Australian Gum Tree

The great Australian Gum Tree

I’m not sure what it is about gum tree‘s that fascinate me so. I’m very fond of the way they smell after a rain, twisted their branches are and how there leaves are all bunched up at the end of the branches like pom-poms in a cheerleaders hand. When I first moved to Australia, I used to stare out at the horizon watching the sun set behind a grove of gums and feel so at ease.

Hope you enjoyed my little summer floral fling and fascination!

Cheers,

Laura


Celebrate Australia Day!

January 26th is Australia Day and all good Aussies will be celebrating! Myself included.

Welcome to Australia

Welcome to Australia

Celebrate Australia Day!: This is Australia’s national day, which recognises the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet, a group of ships that sailed from England to establish a colony in Australia. Festivities include citizenship ceremonies where migrants become Australian citizens, concerts and carnivals. Most Australians attend barbecue’s parties and spend time with family and friends, often at the beach.

I’m not heading to the beach as I do have to work the evening shift but a barbecue at the park and watching the younger ones play cricket sounds like a good way to spend the day! And of course, I’m wearing red, white and blue as an homage to both my countries.

Australia Day at the Park

Australia Day at the Park

Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue

 

Celebrate Australia Day

Celebrate Australia Day

Classic Australia Day: Luckily for you all I have to work or I would have headed to the beach…and that is one photo shoot that is just NOT going to happen! I opted for something a little more classic and yet appropriate for celebrating Australia Day. For those of you in the North Hemisphere, it’s like the 4th of July. Summer, barbecue’s, beaches, fireworks, family, friends and fun!

Some of you may remember this top from my DIY Threading the Needle Day. I realised that I hadn’t shared it in a photo shoot since I made it. Perfect chance to remedy that today. Blue denim shirt, white denim pants and red shoes and handbag. I have also used a red, white and blue scarf as a belt to bring it all together.

Shells to Remind me of the Beach

Shells to Remind me of the Beach

Red White and Blue in front of a Gum Tree

Red White and Blue in front of a Gum Tree

Shell Beaded Placket and Shell Earrings

Shell Beaded Placket and Shell Earrings

My Red, White and Blue: Because I really would have liked to spend the day at the beach I opted to accessorize with the beach. The shell earrings go really well with the shell on the beaded placket of my denim shirt. If only I could hear the sound of waves. The classic Furla handbag and red pointed toe kitten heels will allow me to get away with wearing denim at work. Plus it’s a public holiday so I ‘ll take my chances going in a little casual.

If you are in Australia, how will you celebrate Australia Day? If not, what do you think of my patriotic look?


Not Quite Green with Envy – More Mint

At the end of 2012 I was saying I don’t think I can embrace the 2013 Pantone colour of the year Emerald. However, I have become not quite green with envy over all things mint! You know over the last couple of weeks I have been going on about my new mint Ralph Lauren Pants and you may have noticed I’ve also added in a fair few posts that are heavy on the turquoise. Now, I’m searching the web for great mint or turquoise accessories that might work with these looks.

Minty Fresh Summer Confection

Minty Fresh Summer Confection

Relaxed and comfortable

Relaxed and comfortable

 

Mint Condition

Mint Condition

And at last I have found the perfect clutch and statement bib necklace at Monsoon Accessorize! For years I have loved Monsoon and now that they ship worldwide I can love their accessories shop too!

Monsoon Accessorize Mint Clutch

Monsoon Accessorize Mint Clutch

Monsoon Accessorize - Eden Wow Bib Collar

Monsoon Accessorize – Eden Wow Bib Collar

Perfect Accessories: Besides the fact that these are too cute and a great match for my new mint crush and long-standing love of turquoise the price is right! The clutch is only 35 pounds sterling (about $45 AUD) and the necklace is 19 pounds ($25 AUD)! Definitely perfect. The prices are so good I wouldn’t even qualify for the free shipping on orders over 100 pounds but I think I can probably afford the 5 pounds it will cost to ship to my side of the world.

What do you think about these accessories from Monsoon Accessorize? Should I continue with my mission to not quite be green with envy and add more minty freshness to my life?

Be sure to check out Monsoon and Monsoon Accessorize, they currently have a 70% off sale and I could easily spend a stack of cash on their cute stuff.

Cheers,

Laura

p.s. – Thank you to Monsoon Accessorize for sponsoring this post.


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