The first one I went to was the John Butler Trio. I was 14, it was a free concert in Bunbury, and it was part of a cause to save the Leeuwin forest. Three of my friends & I bought big obnoxious sombreros from Crazy Clark's (a kind of two dollar store, I guess) & I gave mine away to a random girl who promised she would give it back, but of course didn't. We sat through two hours of increasingly hippy-like and decreasingly coherent protestors before John Butler actually came on stage - I had a photo of him where he was literally the size of a pin head and I cherished that photo for about six months! Before the show we saw him hanging out in the park with his wife & baby & it was very sweet. But the highlight of the concert was:
Do you remember the first concert you went to? Would you still go & see that band now? I was only reminded of this when I heard this song on the triple j hottest 100, haha.
Queen Michelle), ripped tights, a denim miniskirt and patent leather ankle boots.
If your love of peacock doesn't quite extend to you wearing feathers on a regular basis, you could always put this nifty little piece of artwork on your wall. I love that it's on an old page of a novel, it makes it beautiful and modern at the same time. I can see this in a little frame in my kitchen.
♥ Watching: Transformers 2 (think I'm a bit in love with Shia Labouf. And Megan Fox); Bruno (hilarious); How I Met Your Mother season 4, lots of action movies on Blu Ray.
♥ Blogs I'm loving: Tink in my Closet, Park & Cube, Flair to Remember
♥ Reading: Hey, Nietzsche! Leave them kids alone: The romantic movement, rock and roll, and the end of civilisation as we know it by Craig Schuftan (awesome!)
♥ Favourite picture:
♥ Purchased: Wheels & Dollbaby Beauty Queen pencil skirt, Rimmel "Sexy Curves" mascara, purple sparkly eyeshadow quad, lots of hairspray to maintain my new do!, liquid eyeliner.
♥ Loving: Living with Boy, watching entire series of TV while snuggled up under a blanket, my Totoro toy, my job & my work friends, having a PS3 in the house, cooking, ugg boots!
Otherwise known (by me) as 'the lady with the fabulous hats', Isabella Blow is a true style icon. Credited with discovering Alexander McQueen and Sophie Dahl (whom she found sobbing in a doorway and described as "a blow up doll with brains"), Blow was also editor of Tatler magazine. To many, she was the very pinnacle of English eccentricity, she was certainly hard to ignore and she is a fashionable icon to anyone out of the ordinary.
"If you met Isabella, the sort of charm of Isabella's hat wearing is that she wears hats like she's not really wearing a hat at all. She feels much more normal when she's wearing hats than when she's not. She really doesn't think there's anything strange about this sort of hat." - Philip Treacy.
After deciding on a medieval theme for her wedding dress, Blow asked Treacy to create a suitable head-dress. He said, "I wanted to base the hat on a 1930s play called The Miracle... I couldn't believe I'd hit upon the one person who didn't expect tulle and veiling and pearls and that for her wedding hat". Blow then let Treacy work out of her London flat, and subsequently opened up shop next door. He has since designed couture hats for Chanel, Valentino, and Givenchy.- Design Museum
Blow at her 1989 wedding to Detmar BlowThe Guardian
Tragically, Blow passed away on the 7th of May, 2007. She reportedly died from suicide. Her obituary read:
"Heads would invariably swivel as Blow entered any fashion arena - be it a run-down warehouse in the East End or a rarefied atelier in Paris. Her dress-code remained an elegant version of the fashion cliché " classic with a twist". Teetering on satin stiletto Manolos, wearing couture gown, feathered hat and smeared ruby lipstick, Blow was a dishevelled bird of paradise who didn't give a damn about convention. She loved to gossip, talking 20 to the dozen, dropping names, witticisms and acute observations, and invariably ending her sentences with a deafening roar of laughter. In the manner of penniless aristocrats everywhere, Blow was no good with money and identified with Oscar Wilde's assertion that "anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination"."
So, when you're feeling in a bit of a rut, take a cue from Isabella and adorn your beautiful noggin with a hat, sparkly hairclips, beret, feathered headdress, giant lobster or massive bow! Wear it to lunch with your mother, dinner with your boyfriend, to walk the dog, go grocery shopping, attend a lecture, go to a cooking class, to fall in love, kiss your lover, and generally be fabulous!
I got my hair cut yesterday at Toni & Guy, I am so happy with it! I got my hair cut there last time I got my fringe done, I had a different hairdresser this time but I was so so so happy with it! If you need a good haircut then go to Paul at the Toni & Guy in Perth city. It's been a while since I grinned all the way through a haircut!
Oh, and I got these insane shoes from Forever New for twenty bucks. I think they were on sale because they actually feature FAUX FUR. ON A SHOE. Awesome/fugly? I couldn't decide. But I knew I needed them.
And this is one of my favourite rings. I need to name him. I have a lot of jewellery with owls - my dad collects them, so maybe it has subconciously affected my jewellery choices? Hoot hoot!
Now I am off to watch season 4 of How I Met Your Mother. Hooray!
p.s If anyone can help me with thism I would be happy - I want to do a little signature thing at the end of posts instead of just an 'x', is there any program you would recommend to do that? I am so hopeless at computers so please do not mock me! :P
Image via Cakewrecks
Here are some pictures that are giving me hope that I can beat this mofo!
In this outfit I love the contrast of the sequinned, OTT top with just a plain miniskirt, unkempt hair and minimal makeup. I am pretty crazy about Peter Pan collars, always.
I love the stockings, I would love to wear white stockings but, alas, I cannot because of an unfortunate condition known as sausage legs. The necklace is divine, I have been obsessed with birdcage necklaces for ages! This one is particularly lovely.
I am a little bit in love with big, chunky, man-style watches at the moment. I love that tone of nail polish with the gold, too.
I know that this girl had a Livejournal, so I think now she has an actual blog? Either way, this outfit is so adorable. I don't know if it's a dress or a skirt and a top but I love the navy (as an alternative to black) and of course the gorgeous hair.
Any street style blogs you can link me too? Help me!
You may notice the slightly shambolic state of my house at the moment... Boy is staying with me while he finds a permanent abode so I apologise! I am planning to organise it while listening to the Triple J Hottest 100 of all time. Hey Jude just came on.
Lennon from the stress of his parents' divorce. McCartney said, "I started with
the idea 'Hey Jules', which was Julian, don't make it bad, take a sad song and
make it better. Hey, try and deal with this terrible thing. I knew it was not
going to be easy for him. I always feel sorry for kids in divorces ... I had the
idea [for the song] by the time I got there. I ch anged it to 'Jude' because I
thought that sounded a bit better." Julian Lennon discovered the song had been
written for him almost twenty years later. He remembered being closer to
McCartney than to his father: "Paul and I used to hang about quite a bit—more
than Dad and I did. We had a great friendship going and there seems to be far
more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are
pictures of me and my dad."
Although McCartney originally wrote the song for Julian Lennon, John Lennon thought it had actually been written for him.
p.s I have a new Twitter account - http://twitter.com/gininateacup! Follow me!
p.p.s I decided to do the q & a post for my 200th post, so it will still be a while! I will remind you closer to the actual date... but please still leave a question if you have one!
I'm very happy & relieved, I thought I did a lot worse! But I guess that's always the way. Now I'm working until the 27th, when I go back, to study radio news, more media studies, and more anthropology! Because I'm all on my own tonight I am celebrating with Chinese food and Spicks & Specks. Hooray!
Anyway, that's just a super quick update on what's been going on in my life. Hope all is well with you, don't forget about the questions post!
More posts will be up soon!
I ended up getting quite a lot of stuff including, oh, A COPY OF WATCHMEN SIGNED BY DAVE GIBBONS OMG dsljkfhlasdjkhfdashjfdfhjks. Also a book on Bettie Page (Bettie Page Rules! which has a lot of other women in it as well), some earrings made from computer chips, a cameo ring, & some Death Note books. I think that's all. I was totally overwhelmed by all of it, I felt a bit out of place to be honest, I love nerding it up with a bit of manga & anime but... wow. Not to that extent! It was so fantastically bizarre.
If by the off-chance anyone went, what did you think?
Print on the dress:
I love the colour of this dress, it's not a colour that I would usually go for but I love it. I can see it becoming a regular in my outfit photos...
So I had a pretty fantastic weekend, filled with yummy food, good wine & excellent company. Also on Friday I watched Ghost Town again & loved it even more than I did the first time! Very highly recommended! Ricky Gervais = ♥
Boy & I also went to Supernova so there will be photos from that to come!
How was your weekend?
Ooooold photo, you will be glad to know I no longer drink Pulse! :P
I have had this blog for almost a year & since I never did an introductory post, I thought I would jump onto the 'ask me anything' bandwagon & get you to interview me for the big blogiversary!
Any questions about my favourite places in Perth? What's my favourite food? What music I bop away to when writing the blog? Why I like to write? Who my favourite blogger is? How I met Boy? What it's like working in retail? JUST ASK! I would love to answer them & meet more of my lovely readers. I'll answer the questions when I have a good enough number.
One person who does trends really, really well is Diane Kruger (girlfriend of Pacey from Dawson's Creek, and currently in Inglorious Basterds. I only mention because I LOVE Quentin Tarantino and cannot WAIT to see this film).
Trend: One shouldered dresses
Why it works: It works on Kruger because she keeps the rest of the look minimalist. By incorporating feathers (another trend), she keeps it softer than the body-con, 80's inspired dresses that are usually what you think of when you look at this trend. I also like that while her hair is quite severe, it balances out the blatant girlyness of the dress. Having adorable matching shoes doesn't hurt, either!
Why it works: Although this dress is, well, ultra-short, I really like it. I think that the black accessories help to tone it down somewhat, and I like that she's matched the strength of the dress with the cute details on the shoulders.
Trend: Cropped shirts
Why it works: Matching the casual nature of a cropped shirt with tailored black pants makes the outfit seem more polished, somehow. I especially love the casual elegance of the accessories she's chosen - the straw boater and coral-coloured purse - it makes it look like she's off for a weekend in the Hampdens. I think that having killer abs would be the best accessory with a tee this cropped as well?
Trend: 50's elegance
Why it works: Although the retro look works for some very fashionable bloggers, if you're just wearing it for a bit of fun, then you may as well put your own spin on it. Kruger's completely sheer 50's frock with a bodysuit underneath definitely brings the 50's into the modern age, and something about the neckline is really fantastic.
Trend: Off-duty glamour
Why it works: OK, so this isn't really a trend, but it is nice when people make an effort even on their days off, you know? I love the fact that her sunglasses match her boyfriend's, and the gorgeous purple of the dress. Although she looks uber-casual (compared to her other looks, anyway) she still looks fabulous and not dressed down at all. It's nice when people can inject some of their personal aesthetic into every aspect of how they dress.
So, there you have Diane Kruger, trend icon! Although a lot of fashionistas talk up classics, you can always use trends to put some fun & new-ness back into your wardrobe. Take some tips from Diane and make sure to stay true to your personal style & not get too caught up in looking "so-this-minute".