16.8.17

REDEFINING MY PERSONAL STYLE

I guess I have a few reasons for writing this post. One, because lately I've been feeling unsatisfied with my personal style. I started dressing a bit more "professionally" (i.e lots of button-down blouses and midi skirts) when I started teaching, and a couple of years later I went through a really horrible stage of depression where  it was enough of an effort just to get dressed in the morning, let alone find something cute and colourful to put on. Moving countries with a couple of suitcases full of clothes, taking a job where beautiful vintage dresses just weren't practical (which left me unable to wear a lot of what I packed in those two suitcases), and then having to figure out how to dress a pregnant body only exacerbated the problem and left me feeling kind of lost in regards of which clothing actually makes me happy to wear. 

And the second reason I had for writing this post is that I'm 38 weeks pregnant, bored on maternity leave, and can finally start thinking about what clothes I can wear post-baby. I wanted to look through my old outfit posts both as a reminder of how my style developed since I started the blog and to remember how much fun I used to have with dressing up. So, here goes, a little round-up of some of my favourite and not-so-favourite outfits of the past eight or so years.


So these were some of the first outfit posts I ever did, around 2008. It was when I was just getting into reading style blogs - in particular I loved Gala Darling, Style Rookie and Kingdom of Style - and experimenting with my personal style. I actually still own the Leona Edminston dress from the photo on the left; it was  the first 'designer' dress I bought and it's held up really well over the years (although I don't wear it with the big belt anymore!). The red shoes from the second photo have also stuck around, although they've accumulated a lot of stains from various pubs and parties, and I kind of wish I still had the tuxedo-style jacket had as well... 


This is deep into the Zooey Deschenal phase - all the dresses are vintage except the last one, which was a Modcloth one called The Deschenal Dress (the obsession was real). Once I discovered sites like Etsy, my wardrobe quickly became filled with gorgeous - if impractical - vintage and vintage-inspired dresses. At this stage I worked in a boutique where we had to wear all black to work, so outside of work I tried to pack in as much colour as possible! 


And here's the first time I dyed my hair... I loved the red at the time but to be honest I'd rather still have gorgeous healthy hair rather than the slightly frizzy straw I currently have growing out my noggin. Anyway! No vintage clothes in this set at all, for a change. Obviously still figuring out how to wear separates (hello, outfit three), which is still something I just can't seem to get right. I either get the proportions way out of whack (again, hello, outfit three) or just end up with the super-casual jeans and a tee, which never feels quite put together enough. The other three outfits are all cheap'n'cheerful chain store pieces which surprisingly did not last much longer after these photos...


Another unnatural hair colour! I loved dyeing the ends of my hair different colours and loved the purple (but hated the upkeep). Even in 2011 I was still working out fit issues with my clothes, for example the second dress (that I never could get to button up over the chest) and the last dress (still can't find a dress with built in cups that actually sits in the right place on me). I ended up taking the Liberty print dress with me to Paris and, while I didn't think it would get a lot of wear, it made a fantastic maternity dress! Looking back at these photos I also wish I'd taken my mum's hounding advice about brushing my hair every once in a while... most of the time hair and makeup is still an afterthought for me but it's something I'd really like to get better at. 


I feel like this is when I was finally really comfortable with my personal style; while I was still experimenting with different shapes and colours, most outfits followed a formula of nipped in waist with a flared skirt, preferably with a crazy print thrown in somewhere. I got rid of most of the cutesy printed items of clothing when I went through a bit of a manic Konmari phase, but I still have the op-shopped skirt from the second photo - one of my favourite op-shop finds ever! 


Around the time these photos were taken, I was lucky enough to participate in Perth Fashion Festival's Restyle challenge, so I added a lot of op-shop pieces to my wardrobe (like the incredible find on the far right). For a few years my weight fluctuated quite a bit so while I loved the clothes themselves, I just never felt quite right, or really very confident in them at all - I wasn't comfortable with myself and my clothes would fit, then be slightly too tight but not enough to give away, then fine again. Also wish I had taken more time to really iron out the little details in my outfits (i.e not worn stockings with a huge hole in them!). At least my accessorising started to get a little better during this period - not as many huge cheap cocktail rings and dangly earrings, but more dainty pieces by local designers, like the little ceramic cat necklace in the second and third photo. 


And finally, some more printed dresses! As much as I loved the dress on the far left - another Modcloth find - I ended up giving it away because the print just felt too young for me. I still would wear the second outfit, although the dress under the jumper, never buttoned up properly and it wasn't exactly cheap, so ended up being a waste of money. The third outfit is very ~dramatic~ but one of the problems I had around this period was putting together an outfit I loved and then just entirely skipping any effort with hair or makeup, and then choosing mismatched accessories. And finally, the fourth outfit is another ill fitting piece (the skirt that never zipped up all the way) paired with a sheer Miu Miu knock off which was the unfortunate victim of a rogue cigarette burn that ate through half the polyester. I've since learned that sheer clothes are also a waste of money for me because I never can find the right things to wear underneath them, so they just end up looking cheap. 

So did I learn anything from this little nostalgia trip? When I got to Paris I realised I hadn't bought many clothes that actually went together. I'd bought some gorgeous vintage dresses - including, for some reason, a 1940s evening dress that I last wore to a wedding - but no clothes that were casual enough for work, and really no clothes that were good for day-to-day wear. So I hit up the European chain stores like Pimkie, Zara and Bershka and panic-bought a bunch of clothes that were cute enough, and actually worked as some kind of capsule wardrobe, but that didn't make me very happy to wear. So at the moment I'm trying to find a happy medium between clothing which is functional but still fun; clothes that are still colourful and a little bit different but that don't make me feel like a children's TV presenter. 

I'm thinking that, for me, the prints and "quirky" items of clothing look better when they're higher quality. The cuts aren't quite as young and you're less likely to see the same pattern on five other people whenever you leave the house. Fit is also something I'd like to focus on (especially after spending the last few months in leggings paired with increasingly sack-like tops); from what I've admired of that elusive French style, the fit of clothes makes a huge difference in making even basic items look like a pulled-together, deliberate outfit. 

I know that motherhood will also play a big part in redefining my style; for the first few months I doubt I'll really care about the fit or print of my clothes and will be a little bit more concerned about how boob-accessible it is... but I'm looking forward to the time in the future when I can take all these new facets of my personality and project them into a look that feels like, well, me!

I'm curious to see if anyone else has been through a personal style overhaul lately?

11.5.17

BIENVENUE!



You know how you run into, say, a friend from high school, who you haven't seen for ages, and you have the awkward "So... what's been happening with you?" conversation? I always think, mate, there's absolutely no way I can catch you up on everything that's happened in the past few years unless you want to talk for three hours, so I usually answer with "Oh you know, just work, haha... Yeah..." or something equally scintillating. But since I'm blogging here for the first time in four years (under a different name! Goodbye Gin in a Teacup, hello Baguettes & Vegemite) I thought I'd at least try to catch up on what's been going on because it's been quite an eventful time.


So, since my last blog post in 2013, I...

Became a qualified primary teacher
Went on my first overseas trip to America (for Coachella!) and Canada
Moved house and lived by myself
Visited Europe for the first time
Met the love of my life at a bar in Paris
Came back to Australia, Skyped him every day
Got my UK passport (as seen above!)
Moved to Paris
Got engaged
Adopted a cat called Garbage 
Found out I was having a baby
Started freelance writing again
Started blogging again!



...I think that just about covers it?! Obviously it has been a crazy few years and I've been going between "Man, I'm glad I'm not blogging anymore" and "Actually, it would be kind of fun to blog again", and since I'm just about to start maternity leave, I figured I'd give the ol' blog another go. I know blogging is a completely different game than it was four years ago, but I've been inspired by a whole heap of new (to me) bloggers and I can't wait to get back into it!

I hope some old readers find their way back here, and if you're reading along for the first time, welcome! And you can always click here to follow my blog on Bloglovin'!

3.12.13

SHOP | The Project

I mentioned in my post yesterday that I had gotten a new job. I'm working at Buratti Editions in Fremantle, in the old Myer building. I actually missed out on the launch party, which I was really bummed about (Clare, Emma and Bonnie did some great blog posts on it!) but now I'm here a few days a week and I really love it! It's such a great project and so much better than the Myer that was here before... or even worse, having it all boarded up and out of use!

There's a bunch of rad stores in there, like Kate + Abel, Six Threads (which has the likes of Bikini Atoll and On A Whim), Sue Lewis chocolates, Urban Locavore and the Feast Your Eyes gallery, and it really is an awesome place to visit if you're ever in Fremantle. 

It's ridiculously tempting to work around such pretty things all day... and how great is this Fishmas tree? Those are ALL tins of sardines (which I tried for the first time a few weeks ago and I have to say they weren't half bad). 


So if you're ever around the area pop in and have a look! It's definitely worth the train ride!

{p.s You might have seen this around the Perth blogs as the MYRE Project... unfortunately the powers-that-be at Myer decided this was no bueno and so it's simply called 'The Project' for now!}

2.12.13

LITTLE THINGS | 02.12.13

HELLO! So it's been a few months since I blogged last. To be totally honest, it was starting to feel more and more like a chore. Every blog post was sounding really forced and I needed a few months to get my inspiration back and actually enjoy writing again. And after catching up on all the wonderful blogs I follow, I think I have gotten that inspiration back now! So I'm making a few tentative updates and getting back into the swing of things. 

So... what's been happening since August (oh, man. It has been a while...)? Well, I turned 24, got a new job in Fremantle, got a new tattoo, started the application process for a Graduate Diploma of Education... and lots of other stuff but I'll just show you some photos. 


I did the Colour Run this year and it was awesome! In my birthday goals I said that I wanted to do a 5K but I didn't think I'd ACTUALLY do it. It was rad! // I did a story on ghost hunters a few months ago (ooooOOOOOOoooo) and interviewed a tour guide from the Fremantle Prison. It was certainly a very interesting story... // I got these flowers from my boyfriend's brother and sister-in-law for my birthday.

Hanging out with Penny the pup at Peggy Sues // Having a delicious breakfast at Miss Kitty's Saloon with Aidan (who is now officially a teacher!) // A paper crane my cousin made for me while she was down for my grandpa's 80th


At a pub in Fremantle on my birthday! I had a hi-beer-scus. It's a beer mixed with hibiscus syrup. It did not taste good // My new Larry David necklace! // Sometimes at work I get to eat glittery truffles // Speaking of work, this is our setup in the redesigned Fremantle Myer building!

My awesome new cat print dress (coming to an outfit post soon!) // A new zine by the very talented Karys McEwen // My friend's puppy having a nap on my legs

More posts to come this week lovelies! If you're still around after my hiatus, thank you very much!

16.8.13

STYLEAID 2013 | Runway Part Three

Phew! Hopefully you aren't too overwhelmed with the STYLEAID posts yet? This is my last batch of runway photos and these collections were some of my very favourites.


Steph Audino's collection was really fun, flirty and playful. It was really good to see the models having a bit of fun as well - it seemed like they really loved wearing the clothes, which is always an excellent advertisement! I really dug the beading details on the black dresses, it gave them a little unexpected pop of colour (and I'm never going to turn down a bit of colour!).


Nikki Loueza had a really strong collection. I'm not much for slouchy wear but I could totally see myself buying pieces from this collection. I really loved the androgynous styling, too. The first look pictured above is my favourite - I do love that shirt and pants combo! Very Patti Smith.

Zhivago actually had quite a dramatic start to STYLEAID - all of their collection was stolen out of their Hummer the morning of the show. Can you even imagine how gut-wrenching that would be?! If it hadn't been splashed all over my Facebook newsfeed, though, I would never have guessed anything was amiss. I was so floored by this collection. All the models just had so much sass and they worked those pieces. Consider me your newest fan, Zhivago!

Bikini Atoll had a really fun and cute collection, but my favourite part were these weird tube skirt things. Very Gidget! I loved them. No matter how impractical and over-the-top they may be, I would LOVE to wear one while lounging by the pool this summer. Especially that gold one-piece! A MUST HAVE. I think that the Bikini Atoll male models also got the biggest cheer of the night!...

And finally(!), here are my favourite looks from 33 Poets. Their collection really wowed me, to be honest. I love that cross print and I loved the whole English fops and dandies feel I got from the collection. I really, really, REALLY love that last dress (coat-dress?) in particular - it was one of my favourite looks from the night. 

Well, that's a wrap of the night! Hope you've enjoyed getting to know some more awesome local labels... I certainly have! Thanks again to Rachel at Muse Bureau and to STYLEAID for the opportunity! 

12.8.13

STYLEAID 2013 | Runway Part Two

Slowly but surely, I'm making my way through the hundreds of STYLEAID photos! Here's part two of the runway show... and get ready because part three is being edited as this post goes up!
I loved this collection by Fenella Peacock. It definitely gave me Picnic At Hanging Rock vibes but ALSO a little bit of a Marie Antoinette vibe, particularly the scenes in Sofia Coppola's film when she's at her country palace or wherever it was. And I loved the flower garlands they used (particularly as I was wearing my own floral garland!); they were a refreshing take on a style that is absolutely everywhere at the moment. It was so delicate and very ethereal. 

Morrison is a major stalwart in the Perth fashion scene, and they always put out such beautifully tailored collections. Unfortunately I didn't get a lot of good photos, but I did want to show this look that I loved. I loved the kind of slouchy leather jacket with the long, flowing silhouette. 

Empire Rose showed one of my favourite collections of the night. My favourite parts were the tartan piece. It was like a very sexy Braveheart cast with kind of a Wuthering Heights vibe too (with the long skirts and neck ruffles). I also LOVED the necklace/bib that's featured in the first photo. It had so much incredible detail in it. It just felt really fun and fresh.

Salasai had some really great colours - lots of oxblood, navys and greys - and that amazing zigzag print too! I was also particularly smitten with that leather jacket... argh! I feel like these clothes would be right at home in Leederville or Mount Lawley. It was kind of preppy but not too much, really on-trend without being too trendy... such a hard balance to get right but they really pulled it off. 

I was quite surprised by how much I loved One Fell Swoop's collection. That white suit was giving me major Bianca Jagger vibes - I thought it was what you'd traditionally expect for sharp, women's tailoring but with a really modern twist, like the kind of sheer pants on the white suit or the gorgeous and unexpected back (those chiffon ties! Dreamy) on the black gown above. Even the LBD got a bit of a makeover, as you can see in the photo above. 

Okay! Part three will be up very soon, so stay tuned! It's unofficial STYLEAID week here on Gin in a Teacup!...