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The Secret Beach

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Vintage fur coat | Keepsake the Label white dress | Riccardo Banfi ombre boots | Chloe sunglasses | Tiffany & Co key necklace

While I am quite at my liberty to discus the appropriateness of fur at the beach, remember my friends that it is winter, and in winter one aims to be warm. I can hear you scoffing behind your gloves under the present photographic circumstances, however, this was one of those ‘unseasonably warm’ days you sometimes hear about, yet rarely catch, and which Adelaide has had its fair share of in the past few days. So with bare legs, high spirits and a juncture of the best parts of two opposing seasons in one outfit, my sister and I attempted the treck to what is known in our family (and other inner circles) as The Secret Beach (capitals necessary).

This particular cove is nestled in the recesses of a very lovely beach frequented by my family and many of our friends, over steep, rocky outcrops and with the help of a very narrow foot-worn path. The winter sunlight streaming over the rocks and the summer spirit of my Keepsake full circle skirt romanticises the hilarious struggle down rock faces, against bracing winds with icy southern waters below, but I do love  the admirable fight of the shoestring straps to remain calm in such an adverse environment.

The underlying theme here is of course exploration,  in which nothing other than the most trustworthy of footwear will do. These are my Ricccardo Banfi gumboots. A combination of rubber durability and leather form, they traverse the ever hard to navigate situation that is a winter, when comfort begrudgingly wins out over style (I joke of course, this never happens…). Yet these perfectly blend simple winter aesthetics with waterproof functionality. In fact the eloquent phrase ‘snug as a bug in a rug’ may have been bandied about. Well, I am a pretty articulate lass.

Stay Rad x

Dreaming in white

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H&M brocade jacket, dress and vest | Topshop lace-up boots and socks | Bauhouse necklace | cherri bellini bracelet | $1 watch from Diaso, Tokyo

Well, you can’t say I didn’t warn you about the whole winter white’s thing. Rules be damned! This is a perfect example of the great ways in which to layer pieces all in the same colour. Varying textures, lengths and cuts. knitted over lace. Brocade over knit. Each layer getting heavier, knits and jackets symptomatic of cooler months and therefore signalling a winter look, and not one of spring or summer. I cannot get enough of this dress from H&M, and my sincerest apologies to the friends and family who have had to suffer its company any time they have asked for mine. The simple ease at which it dresses up and down, and the point of difference in the length and side splits, seals its fate as my go to dress for the moment. Who needs a revealing skirt to feel gorgeous?

I do have to wear an awful lot of black for work, so I do enjoy working the whole single colour look, and black is very sleek and timeless. But there is something very romantic and innocent about white. The subtle shadow plays are so much more cutting, the feeling fresher and more carefree.  I will admit that white can be somewhat problematic in winter, when struggling tenaciously against wind, rain and other elements (present for example in the notoriously wintery Adelaide Hills). The answer for that particular forecast would, of course, be to steer away from the full white ensemble and opt instead for a flash of white, and a top or statement jacket over black.

Or brave it with a pair of gumboots. Hey, at least your feet are being practical!

Stay Rad x x

Do it like a dude

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Zara blazer from W | First Light The Label contrast shirt | Orbin white shorts | Marcopizzi patent brogues and earrings from cherri bellini | Chloe tan satchel

I love everything about masculine tailoring. Look sharp, pulled together and fashionable, all while feeling comfortable. It must be annoying for W to constantly have me steeling his beloved clothes (wearing them to death and then surreptitiously returning them to his side of the wardrobe without saying a word), but often ‘male inspired’ clothes for women just don’t ‘cut’ it as far as the right feeling goes. (Take this shirt for example which just wouldn’t work if it was made for a woman). Hence why I am still struggling to find ‘boyfriend jeans’. They all feel wrong for me.

Unlike these white, high-waisted shorts which feel very right. A recent purchase from Lanie at her new boutique If You’re A Bird, along with the contrast white shirt with black collar, she has a beautiful collection of  local and international labels. Hoping to make her boutique a showcase for local Adelaide labels, the displays are refreshingly more bespoke than your average boutique. Pop in to her Glen Osmond Rd store and check out the lovely range.

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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My Chloé satchel and a farting cat

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Chloé marcie satchel | Shirt borrowed from W | Cue peplum skirt | Topshop socks and sandals | cherri bellini necklace | H&M gold rings | Santa Monica arrow ring

I will answer everyones burning question first. Yes, that is a cat farting hearts on my finger. Nothing says kawaii than a cat, some hearts and some harmless body emissions. Well I do like getting in to the spirit of things, and crap all over your finger nails is apparently the cats pyjamas here. I do also plan on adding to this collage. Another day, another post…

Farting cats aside.

This is the debut of the new love of my life, my Chloé Marcie satchel. Something in me is drawn to saddle style cross body bags. I would like to put it down to my excellence and diligence at horse riding but we all know that just isn’t true. Perhaps it is because I have not yet reached the stage where I think I need a sleek and womanly handbag, in black. The tan is still young, the shape is still relaxed. I relate to Chloé’s ethos of effortlessly chic. Relaxed yes, but hiding somewhere in the floating silhouettes, feminine. But for now, as a youngin’, I can only be inspired by Clare Waight Keller’s collections.

This is also my attempt to geek up this beautiful Cue skirt (who knew it could be done?). A seemingly anxious, yet accidental, perfectly colour matched bag and shoes. Socks gingerly paired with sandals. Please, dear reader, now picture the anorak I initially had on before the sunshine won out, maps and tickets tucked into handy pockets and a camera swinging proudly from my neck.

Stay rad

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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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Rundle Mall A/W13 Parades


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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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Escapist

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Zara white shirt | Cue green geometric peplum skirt | Bauhuas earrings | Wittner wedges | Marc by Marc Jacobs watch

As this particular sunny Sunday held both an escape to the country for high tea and a mental escape seeing my favourite author at Writers Week, I felt it necessary to acknowledge the happy fact that I am an escapist. A daydreamer. A person well developed in the keen art of dissolving into a fantasy world courtesy of a book. I declare, along with dear miss Caroline Bingley, that there is no enjoyment like reading! And unlike those that claim there are many more important things taking up time in our lives today (I am looking at you computer), I will always come back to reading, whether after only a few hours, or hollow and shame faced after a more extended period of time.

Isobelle Carmody’s books have been with me for a long time now, helping to shape me, providing me with the north point for my moral compas, as only a book read from childhood can. I have entered the slipstream of the surreal, one of my favourite places on earth. And as the weather turns and I find myself in this benumbed state (relatively of course, since it really is still a fairly mild autumn) I reminisce on the stifling heat I was so keen to avoid! Nothing like viewing something from the other side…

But with a change of season comes a change in the fashuns. Tonight is the Rundle Mall A/W13 parades and so we can say summer is well and truly over.

Stay rad

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Garden Bliss

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Cameo top | Cameo cage skirt | cherri bellini wedges | Bauhaus spike necklace

I can’t help but be an Adelaide label fan girl. Of course, when labels like Cameo make such incredible, yet wearable clothes, it is inevitable. I practically wear this top 24/7 – see it again here. Dress it up or down it doesn’t matter – it always looks fab. And the skirt is, put simply, insanity. This cage skirt hits that point between outstanding architecture and being total kickass that whenever I wear it I feel at least 37% more awesome. I love neutral colour themes as well (okay so half my wardrobe is dedicated to white and beige, and the other half is black) so it’s a little bit of alright when the cut and design speaks for the outfit rather than a loud print. I mean – what exactly is it? How does one wear a cage as a skirt?

The answer my friends is LIKE A BOSS.

Ciao x x

Galactic Fantastic

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Vintage jacket | Dress from a night market on Ebenzer Place | Wittner rose gold and tan shoes | cherri bellini clutch | Lovisa earrings | Marc by Marc Jacobs watch

Dude, nothin’ like a fabulous print. Nan’s wardrobe divulges another gem in this sun, moon and stars compilation sports jacket – with built in shoulder enhancers (*breathe*). Thrown back with a nature print mini dress with pleats and a leather look top – the colours and textures make me dream of space adventures. I have been watching videos of the meteor crashing into Russia. I am definitely feeling out of this world.

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