On July 12th 2016, I left Nice, France complaining about how sunburnt I got while sitting on the beach, enjoying a beautiful day with my new Contiki friends. Two days later someone drove a cargo truck into innocent crowds celebrating Bastille Day. Talk about a wake up call to real world issues.
It has been a mere three days since my return home from Europe, and although I was only gone for five weeks, it was enough to induce some serious post travel depression, which I assure you is real and frankly, it’s pretty horrible.
Who is the perfectly imperfect woman who is filled with pride, desire and ambition, who is her own oxymoron? It’s la parisienne
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The bedside table: Necessity central.
Everything you use daily is normally here. If you’re like me, my bedside table needs to be more practical than display-worthy, but I’ve tried to get the best of both worlds by making my essentials look somewhat presentable!
On my bedside table, I have:
- Vintage beaded lamp (find similar here)
- iPod dock and alarm clock (find similar here)
- Jewellery stand from DIVA (find similar here)
- ‘Italia’ snow globe that I picked up from a gift store just outside of the Vatican walls
- Ring dish from Ceramiche Picadilly, which I got when I was travelling along the Amalfi Coast
- Another ceramic dish from F.lli Calzuola in Deruta, Italy which was given to me from my brother, which holds a mini Glasshouse candle (Tahaa)
- My most used jewellery
- Rachel Zoe’s “Style A to Zoe” and “Living in Style“
- Kardashian Konfidential by Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian
- Ultimate Fashionista: The Young Hollywood Style Guide by Alana Wulff
- “Parisian Chic” By Ines de la Fressange
- Taschen 365 day-by-day Fashion Ads of the 20th Century
- Silver Jewellery box from Ishka
- “Be Careful What You Wish For” and “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone” by Gemma Crisp
- Italian/English copy of “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare which I purchased at Juliet’s House (La casa di Giulietta) in Verona.
- My treasured “Lucky Us (For being such good friends)” book, given to me by Miss Emily C. (The book is also printed with soy inks… how cool, right?!)
- Willowtree Angel figurine
- Every copy of Elle and Vogue that I have collected so far!
The ‘I have one room to cram all of my things in’ shelf/shelves: This is literally as the title stated.
I am still living at home with my family, and therefore, I have one room that needs to act as a bedroom, study, bathroom, and lounge room. So every little trinket, perfume bottle, book, or basically anything that belongs to me needs to be stored here. This can make for a very cluttered space. Unlike some people, I cannot tolerate clutter… I can’t focus and I do not enjoy the time that I spend in that space, therefore, I need to be incredibly selective with everything that I have around; this makes things a lot harder, especially if you’re sentimental like I am! However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that light comes in the form of storage! I’ve used this 6 square bookshelf to store my favourite little ornaments, and have also converted it to a display, which comes in handy when I’m getting ready to go out. Here I also have a canvas made by my two best friend’s sister, Jessica C.(You can take a look at, and purchase her other work here), with Paris, London, and New York snow globes displayed in front of it, which I picked up from a cute little gift shop in Greensborough. The rest of the shelves either have photo frames or magazines!
The mini Oval Office: Where all official business is taken care of.
My desk is probably one of my favourite parts of my room. Everything that inspires me is staring right at me, motivating me to continue my homework, blog posts, uni and job applications!
Just a side note, I do not enjoy having dead flowers on my desk… I just don’t want to throw them out until I replace them! My little orchid plant has lasted ages and the flowers should bloom again soon! Plus, dead/dying roses are really morbidly metaphorical and honestly, I kind of find them beautiful.
I also have swarmed my desk with candles. why? you may ask: because it creates a really relaxing mood when I’m cramming last minute homework!
Included on my desk is…:
- Owl pen holder from Typo (Find similar here)
- Indulgence ‘city’ candles (Rome, London, New York, Paris)
- Tilley Australia Sandalwood Scented Soy Candle
- Glade Jar Candle (Cashmere Woods)
- Painting by one of my best friends, Emily C.
- Typo metal magazine holder
- Typo metal pen holder
- Photo frames with my favourite people/places
- Latest issue of Vogue or Elle (on rotation)
These parts are just some parts of my room, I haven’t even shown you guys the other side! I will be posting a “de-clutter” post soon where I will show a before and after shot of my bookshelf and the other half of my room that isn’t featured here!
All of these things that make up my room, pretty much sum me up too. I’m just a fashion loving, family orientated, friend treasuring person who really likes magazines and owns way too many books!
Wednesday September 3rd was one of the most stressful night of my life!
Picture this: A stress-prone fashion blogger/budding high fashion magazine editor sitting front row at a designer runway.
Kind of like what you see in movies and on The Rachel Zoe Project, right?
Well I wish I could say that things went that smoothly.
There I was, sitting in my cute little Volkswagen Beetle, with my knees tucked under my chin while wearing my (very high) Windsor Smith ‘Powwer’ heels, draped in this gorgeous printed kimono from Mink Pink, while tugging at my leather top from Mossman, and trying not to make the rips in my Topshop ripped jeans any bigger than they should be. It was 6:00pm and the MSFW Designer Runway 2 was going to start at 6:30. We thought that surely, parking would be easy to find… It wasn’t.
My poor mother and I drove around for one hour trying to find parking! By the time we parked and walked down to Melbourne Town Hall, Designer Runway 2 has approximately 7 minutes until it was over.
Stressed, depressed (but well dressed) and absolutely desperate to see the show, we went to the box office, explained our situation and asked if it would be possible to see the 8:00pm show. After being told that we needed to purchase new tickets, my mum and I turned and left the box office in defeat. Then, we hear the words “guys, hold on”
After the emotional roller coaster that was missing the first show, stressing to find parking, and not being able to get tickets for the 8pm show, a wave of relief rushed over us thanks to this one incredibly kind woman. As we turn around, the MSFW volunteer comes over to us with two tickets to the 8pm show, free of charge. “Take these and enjoy the show” she said. In shock, I replied “are you serious?!”
So, from then, what I liked to call my night begun, and I got to see the amazing work of Manning Cartell, LIFEwithBIRD, Khalo, Carly Hunter, Alice Mccall, Lui Hon, YB J’AMIE, Neo Dia, and finally, Willow.
Although every collection was great, I did have my favourites, which were Lui Hon, Neo Dia, Manning Cartel and Khalo. (pictured above)
I must admit though that although I loved majority of the collections, there were some pieces that didn’t appeal to me. For example, Carly Hunter’s collection which consisted of a lot of draping and 80’s prom dress silk/satin puffy tops didn’t excite me.
Another thing that I didn’t particularly like was that a lot of the collections used Birkinstock styled shoes from MSFW official partner, Windsor Smith (Slip and Cara sandals) which, for someone who absolutely loathes that type of sandal, really pulled my attention away from the pieces which I was meant to be focusing on.
Windsor Smith, however, did have other pairs of gorgeous shoes on display, specifically their 60’s inspired ‘Largo’ shoe which I have fallen for!
Looking back, I am so grateful that I got to be apart of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, and I know that Designer Runway 2 was only the first of many fashion shows that I will go to see, and hopefully this time next year I can be writing to you from London, Milan, Paris, or New York!
I would also like to say a big thank you to that MSFW volunteer – I don’t know who you are but I’m sending every positive vibe your way!
Stay tuned: Next week I will be posting videos from MSFW Designer Runway 2 on YouTube!
Sometimes, you just have to love having a mother who saves some of her best pieces.
My mum purchased this skirt from Paris well over 20 years ago, and I get this vintage Kenzo printed silk skirt vibe from it, but, in all honesty, I like this skirt better!
The top is a very comfortable, but stylish neoprene material with mesh inserts.
The shoes are Windsor Smith Dion Wedges, the choker is from Seventh Sun, and the silver cuff is from Sportsgirl!
I wore this to my friend’s 18th birthday party, and I absolutely love this fun yet chic parisienne look!
See what I did there?… “Pastille” …”Bastille”…
The Bastille: French revolution… I should have been studying, but I made this edit instead.
What I like about this, though, is that these pastel colours remind me of pre-revolutionary France… Marie Antoinette, tea parties, pretty gardens and colourful, dainty desserts in Versaille…
Also, Pastel colours are taking the fashion scene by storm overseas especially with the warmer months settling in in Europe and the US.
The Bastille was stormed on the 14th of July, 1789, marking Bastille Day…
We are less than a month shy of July…
Coinsidence? I think not!
Would you look at that? together, we’re studying for History revolutions!
I guess sometimes (like now), things can subconsciously link together, and I kind of love it when that happens!
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