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You Rad Thing has moved!

It’s an exciting time for this little blog. With new sections on the way like ‘travel’ and ‘shop’, it was time for this humble blogger to find a new home. You will now find You Rad Thing residing at youradthing.com – how exciting!

Come and have a look around and give the new blog some loving – and of course – stay in the loop and join the mailing list!

See you round at the new blog soon,

Stay Rad x x

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Hi There, Let’s Catch Up


recent activites and escapades

I’m not one terribly fond of the “sorry dearest readers – I have been busy living a life away from my computer screen and having  too much fun to even sit still for 3 minutes” post. However, (and I am trying in vain to say this without making it that cheesy aforementioned post), however! I have been busy with some exciting things to share with you all, yet not all adeventures away from the computer screen. To talk about that one to begin with: I have been made the Adelaide Editor in Charge of the amazing Fashion Global blog, right in time for a crap-ton of sweet events and collaborations (but more on those in a moment). This means an awful lot of work on the computer (but at the back end of another blog, I still love you, You Rad Thing, please don’t be jealous), but also working with some amazing bloggers here in Adelaide and writing some amazing articles that I didn’t have the chance with over here.

On the topic of meeting new (and awesome) people, in the last month I have met with some very talented Adelaideans, including some sweet collaborations. I met Stacey Hendrickson, designer and head honcho at Casper & Pearl for an interview and launch, and hey presto, a few weeks later she gathered together a few of Adelaide’s top fashion bloggers, including Iona  from The Urban Silhouette, Jody from Silky Bow  and Georgia from Girl About Town, for a morning tea collaboration with her darling new season designs! Hit up this post to check out the cool pictures and our style files (complete with hand drawings. Ha.).

Fashion Global had the chance to collaborate with Adelaide lass Chelsea Templeton’s fabulous up and coming label Chelsea Eve, which of course we were over the moon about. We shot a look book with Phoebe Ann Photography at the Royal Adelaide Show, and let me tell you, the colours will fill every corner of your brain. And I mean that in the nicest, ‘a-rampaging-unicorn-just-threw-up-last-nights-rainbow-all-over-your-white-sofa’ kind of way. Seriously. What a fun day. I Can’t wait to share the pictures with you very soon on Fashion Global (if your not already checking out and following – GO NOW. I will wait). This whole thing came about because of the exciting event September Collection happening in Adelaide this Thursday night, to celebrate and revel in a score of Adelaide’s emerging design talent, Chelsea Eve included. My kind of thing. Grab a ticket and support the Royal Society for the Blind and come join us at Loft Wine Bar for a cheeky champagne or two!

You may have noticed a picture from clothing boutique ‘If You’re A Bird’ in the picmix above. This was a really fun collaboration with an old friend of mine who recently opened her very own clothing boutique! I have mentioned it before, but her lovely store supports local designers in a big way and she has a lovely collection to peruse through, so check out the online store here. I also really want to share the pictures we took one sunny, yet wintry day in the Adelaide hills – so stay tuned.

That about wraps it up my lovelies. Thanks for the patience, thanks for baring with my absence (how did you all ever cope? o.O), sorry for the overload of hyperlinks, and stay tuned for more shenanigans from You Rad Thing.

Stay Rad and much love x x

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Morrison VIP Night Adelaide


Elli Agars and Kylie Radford from Morrison Clothing
Morrison Clothing boutique Adelaide

The most recent instalment of Rundle Street East’s VIP nights was held at the Morrison boutique, on Wednesday the 26th of June, with owner and head designer Kylie Radford. Kylie recounted Adelaide’s fashion elite of the humble beginnings of the brand through one popular pair of pants, which sold 25 000 pairs in just a few years. 6 years on and with a string of stores across the nation, Morrison Clothing reflects a passion for creating quality designs for empowered women.

Offering her own personal styling tips for Morrison’s Winter ’13 collection Antecedent, and other personal favourite pieces, the VIP guests were offered a rare insight into the design and construction process, and the attention to detail for each and every item of clothing. Muted prints echoed a tropical vibe toned downed for winter wearability, while prints in shades of grey, black and white personified the classic, yet sleek Morrison woman. Luxurious leather was skillfully paired with tweed, while charcoal and nougat knitted shades proved Morrison’s affinity for drapes and layers. A standout piece for Fashion Global was the leather Costa dress, this season in a creamy caramel shade of soft leather, with an asymmetrical hemline and characteristic draping (modeled in black by Kylie Radford on the night).

The night was full of friendly people with a united love of fashion from all over Adelaide. Kylie’s warmth and approachability guaranteed a fun night, and included her jumping behind the counter and serving customers, her designs sating our appetite for stunning clothes. Guests included Selena Battersby editor of Attitude, Jodi Nash of SA Style, the stylish crew from Fashion Squared and the lovely ladies from The Urban Silhouette. Hosted by East End property owners the Maras Group, guests sipped on Dandelion Vineyard wines and goodie bags included a take home sample as well as other treats from Haighs, Jurlique, Tbar and Palace Nova Cinemas.

This was written for Fashion Global with help from lovely Fashion Global contributor Siobhan Smyth.

Stay rad x x

Collette Dinnigan Resort 2014

As succulent and dripping in colour as an assorted bowl of summer fruit, Collette Dinnigan’s Resort collection is in glaring contrast to the dramatic black collection of Fall. The lust-worthy colour scheme is emboldened by dramatic oversized sequins, raffia detailing and English style embroidery to which she attached a moderate degree of the 1960s. Demure hemlines of pencil skirts and white cotton dresses were played off against brazen mini shorts, balanced with oversized shirts with mid length sleeves, while simple white structures were punctuated with mesh insets for a point of difference.

More than just a demonstration to the art of colour blocking (or mashing in some cases), Dinnigan juxtaposes the textures of sequins, lace and beading in contradiction of prints (a la Orla Keily) and the classic Breton stripe. Fishscale pencil skirts in ocean blue and orange heightened the nautical vibe, anchoring the collection in its strictly summer aspect.

Accompaniments were kept minimal, extending only to neutral summer wedges and a sleek metallic T-bar heel, along with a fraying wide brim straw hat. Dinnigan eschewed typical sexiness, but rather created, she said, for the woman who makes the clothes look sexy. The ball is in our court, ladies.

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To view the full collection head on over to Fashion Global, a new online fashion destination based in my hometown of Adelaide. Have a look around, you might spot some more articles written by me 😉

Stay Rad x x

Photo Diary: Japan

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1. Cosplay at Harajuku 2. Goddess of Mercy at Fushimi Inari Shrine 3. Disneyland, heck yeah! 4. Awesome Prada store, Omotesando 5. Off duty maid cafe girls, Akihabara 6. The best cinnamon scrolls. EVER 7. Visiting shrines, wearing white 8. Temple of the Golden Pavillion 9. Giant Japanese spider crab – these things are huge! 10. Deliciousness from Dean & DeLuca 11. Floral pants 12. Lanterns in the garden of a shrine 13. Okonomiyaki, Osaka style 14. Studio Ghibli Museum, this is the robot from Laputa, Castle in the Sky ^.^ 15. Decor at the amazing Forbidden Fruit cafe – some of the best juices going ’round 16. Crepe goodness in Harajuku 17. Standard celebrity shot 18. The streets of Akihabara 19. Dolphins at Osaka Aquarium 20. Sake kegs 21. Fushimi Anari shrines, Kyoto 22. Castle views 23. Shrine pennants in the breeze 24. The awesome fare at organic and vegetarian cafe Brown Rice 25. Shrine pinwheels 26. Osaka 27. Studio Ghibli Museum tickets 28. More decor at Forbidden Fruit 29. One of many.

This is seriously one of the coolest places on earth. I’m sure you have read bits and pieces, still words fail. This is the easiest way to describe my time in Japan. Cannot wait till I get the chance to go back.

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Blossom in Osaka

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H&M hat and jacket | One Piece fan t-shirt | Vintage Le Ciel Bleu pants | cherri bellini brogues and necklace | Mimco bag | Chloe sunglasses

There is something about living out of a suitcase that never fails to create some killer (read: lazy) go-to outfits. Not only when the clothes towards the bottom are crinkled and therefore end up in the too hard basket, but chiefly those that are a: weather related and b: comfort related.

Yes, I am slightly more on the boho side rather than chic side of the 70’s fence today but I have tried to sate my urge for oversized winter outer layers (see here, particularly more marshmallow shaped in person than in the picture). That smooth shoulder found in all the neoprene, yet is ever so slightly 80’s, but hard to get right. The pants are beautifully tailored and thrifted form a designer second hand store and probably the only pair in Japan that was going to fit my 5’8″ frame, but are still oh so gorgeous, in that beautiful retro mustard. The one piece t-shirt (a popular anime series in which the main character is made of rubber and has aspirations of becoming the best pirate in the world, you know, standard boy-to-man story) is my *ahem* go to bed shirt… This is a nice little blend of all my comfort pieces at easy access, and affords me great comfort day, and night. The fact that im channeling the spirit of jazz with the fedora and brogues is, of course, a happy coincidence.

Aside from clothes my enjoyment today stemmed from the enjoyment of others. This isn’t meant to sound altruistic. More so the fact that as I voyeuristically wandered around Osaka Castle (with a moat that would knock your socks off) I glimpsed a real picture on the way people celebrate the spring here. The fleetingly beautiful blossom creates an amazing blend of joy and anxiety, in the way that the delicate, velvety petals will only last for a week or two, at most. And people really make the most of it. Stunning weddings, first dates, outrageously well organised outdoor picnics under the blossom and, in general, each person keenly aware of their surrounds.

I seriously plan on not making plans at least one day this week and just sitting in a park with a drink or two. I hope I can manage such a small, yet difficult task.

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PRADA CANDY L’EAU by wes anderson

This might just be the best thing that has ever happened to me. Excuse me while I hastily cut my fringe again.

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Calico Cat Cafe: Tokyo

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First up: cats are not on the menu. No, the theory behind the cat cafes here in Japan is that you pay an hourly fee to spend time with the furry felines sans obligations. Since most people live in pet free apartments, it can be hard for people to get that furry lovin they need, and what better way to experience it than with a hot chocolate in hand and someone else to clean up the poopies? Cats are my favourite animal. There was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity for a cuddle, even if it would send W into a sneezing fit the size of the ‘cats versus dogs’ argument.

Through a narrow hallway and a suspect elevator ride we reach the 6th floor and arrive at what smells like a vet. We are greeted in English and are led through the rules of the game. Don’t wake the sleeping cats. Don’t pick up the cats. Only feed the cats the specified cat food purchased from the menu. Easy. We remove our shoes and slide into slippers to be worn throughout the cafe. We wash our hands at the designated sink and wear our lanyards displaying out customer number and time of entry around our necks. We are ready to enter the cafe section. The door softly slides open across the blue carpet.

I can honestly see almost 20 cats in various stages of sleep and awake in the small room. Hiding in boxes, perched on the TV, lying on the counter, roaming, playing, sleeping or feigning disinterest in the foreigners. They are everywhere. This is the top level, and more await us in the lower level cafe section. Down the feline laden stair case and out into a much larger room. Here is where the real party starts. Cats swarm around patrons offering cooked chicken slices. A group of young Japanese girls are in fits of giggles as one cat gingerly steps onto their laps. An older gentleman has woed a particularly flat faced cat to his lap and both are napping. Another pair of girls fastidiously divide their chicken purchases, handing out chicken in strict rations so as to keep the glaring that has formed around them interested for as long as possible. These girls are pros.

An introspective clowder sit on the windowsill and overlook the thriving Shinjuku street below. People leave them be. I ask the lady how many cats they have and she replies that there are 40 out in the cafe at the moment, while many others rest. All cats get rotated every few hours to get some peace and quiet, while those out on the floor are treated with a timidness bordering on reverence.

We finish our drinks and return our lanyards. The hustle and bustle is swamping after the calm company of the previous hour. What a break, and as they say “I spend the time with cute cat”.

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Journey to the edge of The Universe: Tokyo, Japan

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Forever 21 blazer and denim top| H&M green knit and floral pants  | cherri bellini boots and necklace | Mimco handbag

I am not on a different continent. I am on a different planet all together. I am certainly not the first Southron to bumble unknowingly into the same eastern situations, complete with swirling frosted breezes, carrying in equal quantities blossom petals and tobacco smoke. Nor would I be the first to exclaim at not the size of structures but the sheer expanse of the bewilderingly large buildings. Wandering street level below the hunched grey shoulders of the skyscrapers amongst shockingly bright signs, the differences are just as huge. Neon advertisements, toilet shoes, sweet bread, back to front books, noodle bars, heated toilet seats, vending machines, streamlined organisation, and a Bill Murray a la Lost in Translation scene as my eye line zooms strait over the many glossy black heads surrounding me. Im fairly tall by western standards. There was one lady that I was nearly twice as tall as. And she was in heels.

Moving on.

There is almost too much culture here to mention. Not a breath of Australia has reached me in the past few days. The sports de jour are not the familiar cricket and Aussie rules; here baseball and wrestling teams sport their colours and uniforms with the same meticulous pride shown by the rest of the city. There is a severe lack of fresh food in supermarkets (well, the small ones we find in the city), yet I am overcome with girlish excitement at the rows of Japanese packets, condiments, jars and cans – all with minimal english – to experiment with. Gloved hands show us through doors, gates, elevators and halls, their owners the picture of politeness, topping off such gestures with a bow.

The most marked differences from home are obvious, but it rests wholly on the attitude of the Japanese. Excruciatingly polite. And a great ability on the whole to understand my broken seudo japanese ramblings. What a relief!

*Editors note: As evident, I went just slightly bat crap crazy for some shopping not available on the day-to-day in Adelaide. Don’t let the sunlight fool you. We were freezing. The chilly weather negated my crafty layers and Aussie optimism. Until till tomorrow dear chill, you won this round.

Stay rad.

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Rundle Mall A/W13 Parades


from top: Whistles Boutique | Veronika Maine | Ted Baker | Cue | parade collage

Big things are happening in Rundle Mall. Rundle Place holds it’s official opening tonight, seeing the return of Harris Scarfe to its original location, along with over 70 national and international stores. The Mall’s $30 million dollar upgrade is also underway, changing the landscape of the mall, breathing new life into social spaces and bringing a much needed facelift to one of Adelaide’s most visited places.

With this in mind, the Rundle Mall A/W13 parades had some teasers from the new stores, most notably Adelaide’s first Ted Baker Store, championing bold prints and luxe textured fabric. Red wine colours, from raspberry to marrone, are in a big way and monochrome ensembles add depth and contrast to the regular wintery black on black. The high street is also really working the baroque trend; think lace, gold highlights, metallic, velvet and leather.

As the most visited attraction in Adelaide, Rundle Mall caters for a very diverse clientele, and it’s easy to forget this when thinking critically about fashion and styling. The looks were not over the top or pushing fashion boundaries, but they did encapsulate a meticulously styled and chic high street look. How we choose to wear it and add our personal flairs is up to ourselves. What styles will you be wearing this winter?

For more information or details on the opening party head on over to Rundle Mall online.

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