2010 In Review

I love seeing all the blogger's round-up posts of 2010, so I thought I would share mine!

1. I assisted on a fashion shoot for Xpress Fashion & absolutely loved every minute. 2. I lost my job... and then got a new one working for Seed Femme at David Jones. 3. My long-term boyfriend and I broke up and he moved out. 4. My sister moved in with me. 5. I turned 21 and celebrated with a huge party (I haven't had a party since year seven!), drank a heinous amount of champagne and had a fantastic time grooving on the dancefloor with all of my favourite people. 

6. I saw the Pixies, the Aquabats and Reel Big Fish, Echo & the Bunnymen, Florence and the Machine, Eddie Current Suppression Ring, Ben Kweller, Buddy Guy, Crowded House, Angus & Julia Stone, and many more! 7. I failed two units at university due to some of the horrible personal things that happened. 8. I went to ten 21sts. My wallet and liver are glad THAT is over. 9. My beautiful nan passed away. 10. I got an SLR camera for my 21st and still adore it.

11. I worked on two editions of The Western Independent, as a sub and as a chief-of-staff. 12. I went through a freak storm in Perth that terrified me and destroyed half the city! 13. I interviewed Evil Eddie, Los Capitanes, Patrick Hughes, and Lacey. 14. The internship I did the interviews for was unceremoniously canceled, which was a bit of a bummer. 15. I spent a lot of time with my best girlfriends and loved every second of it.

16. I met a boy and fell pretty head over heels. 17. I learned to cook and found that I was actually rather good. 18. I lost my passion for writing... then found it again. 19. I was the sickest I've been in about three years and spent a night having hallucinations about Adobe InDesign! 20. I dyed my hair red (something I've wanted to do for years and years) and am quite enjoying life as a ginger.

I can't wait for 2011. 2010 kicked my ass and I ended the year in a completely different direction than what I imagined. I had some amazing experiences and am really thankful for everything that happened... but I have a feeling 2011 will be full of even bigger and better things and I can't wait to get started!

How was your 2010?



Christmas Eve!

I'm in Bunbury for Christmas this year. Every year our street does this thing where people put candles in milk bottles and light them all up at night. It's been going since I was in year five! It looks really pretty and there's always heaps of people driving around and yelling out happy things from their cars. Because of said car yellers (one little girl yelled out "Merry Christmas! Nice camera!") I didn't get many photos, but hopefully this captures it somewhat!

Some other traditions I'm looking forward to are hanging out the Christmas stockings my Grandma made, handing out the presents on Christmas day, and watching A Muppet Christmas Carol and the Spicks and Specks Christmas Special.

Merry Christmas!



Lustable & Gin in a Teacup Giveaway!

I was very excited to be part of the Lustable 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Basically, I got to pick a prize that I knew my readers would love, and give you all a chance to win it!

From the start, I knew that I wanted something from an Australian designer. I couldn't go past this gorgeous Drown x Subfusco necklace from Alegorie, made by the mind-blowingly talented Alicia from Sea of Ghosts.

The Fermi necklace retails for $229, and to make things even better, it's a one-off! It was produced as a collaboration with Subfusco for part of their SS11 Runway collection, Luminous. It's a wonderful, unique piece that would make the perfect statement necklace. I have some of the Drown earrings and the space prints are even more beautiful in real life!

Images by Patty Huntington via Sea of Ghosts

To enter, all you have to do is follow @lustable on Twitter, and tweet your answer this question using the #Lust4Xmas hashtag:

What's the best Christmas present you've ever received?

For some reason, when I was about 13 I was ecstatic to get a Billabong cowboy hat - it was purple with a big pink star on the front (?!). I wore it pretty relentlessly for a couple more years and it's always stood out as one of my favourite presents because at the time it was just SO AWESOME (would not be so stoked to get it now, though). (So, on Twitter, my answer would go @lustable @gininateacup A purple Billabong cowboy hat (with a pink star on the front!) when I was 13. Not entirely sure why. #Lust4Xmas)

You have until 8am tomorrow (the 23/12/10) to answer the question, and please read the terms and conditions listed below to make sure your entry counts (also, please remember to tag or follow me - @gininateacup - so I can find your answer!).

Good luck!

Terms of entry for Lustable.com.au's 12 Days of Christmas:

1. This promotion is sponsored by PayPal.
2. Entrants must enter via Twitter by:
a. Following @lustable
b. Including #Lust4Xmas in their entry
c. Answering the question "What's the best Christmas present you've ever received?"
3. All entry points in section 2 must be fulfilled in order for an entry to be deemed valid.
4. The prize is the Drown x Subfusco necklace from Alegorie valued at $239.00, inclusive of
5. The prize winner will be chosen by Tara Lloyd on the 23rd of December, 2010.
6. Winners will be notified via direct message on Twitter within 24 hours of
prize draw by @lustable.
7. This is a game of skill. Chance plays no part in determining the winner of this
8. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or credit.
9. Prizes will be shipped within 28 days of a winner being chosen.
10. If a prize is unavailable, Lustable.com.au reserves the right to substitute a
similar item of equal or lesser value in its place.

{Gin in a Teacup was compensated for this post.}


Outback Overture

A while ago I assisted the lovely Emma from Dropstitch on a fashion shoot inspired by Picnic at Hanging Rock. It was shot at the Ruined Piano Sanctuary in York, which is a beautiful, beautiful place. I love how the photos turned out and I'm so happy to have been a part of it!

These three are my favourite shots. You can see the rest in the Xpress Fashion magazine (out now, or at the Xpress website). And if you want even more, you can read Emma's blog here and the amazing photographer Otilee's blog here.

It was such a great experience and I am really keen to help out on some more styling shoots in the future! I absolutely loved it!



Manikinn 50% Off Sale!

If you're looking for a last minute Christmas present (or maybe something for yourself!), Manikinn are having a 50% off sale - with ALL of their stock included in the sale - for the next 72 hours.

Get your 50% off with the code: 50xmas

Thanks Manikinn!



Gin in a Teacup Christmas Guide, part 2

Sorry for the delay between posting part one and part two! This one is all about siblings. Although you might be at each other's throats 364 days a year, Christmas is a time when you can put all that aside and band together to get through the myriad family Christmas events. Obviously it is hard to cover EVERY SINGLE person's taste in a Christmas guide, but hopefully this gives you a few ideas!...

Book Depository is a goldmine for presents (and, well, for everyday, really). Not only is there an enormous range of books, but there's free shipping worldwide! I think that 'coffee table books' make excellent presents, and so I have my eye on Style Diaries ($24), which features a lot of my favourite bloggers, or the Polaroid Book: Instant and Unique ($18).

Homeware things are always fun to get, especially if your siblings are living out of home on a student budget. Getting something that doesn't come from Coles and Kmart is always fun! Urban Outfitters has a great range that I am constantly lusting over, from the slightly irreverent (the Indelicate Doilies, $8) to the slightly extravagant (Folding Ladder Bookshelf, $279) and everything in between.

Clothes are always a bit of a risky present. While you might absolutely love something, your brother or sister might scrunch up their nose in disgust. Getting clothes as a present might be a chance for your sibling to try something new and push them out of their sartorial comfort zone, though, so it's worth a shot (and honestly, who knows you better than your family?). Modcloth have some awesome guy's tees, including a line based on novel covers like this Slaughterhouse 5 one ($27.99).  And while I've blogged about many, many, MANY beautiful Modcloth ladies items before, I love the simplicity of the Ruby Romance dress ($44.99). It can be dressed up or paired with a blazer and some flats for a chic, easy day look.

If your siblings are of the little, little variety, then maybe the Melissa x Vivienne Westwood minis? I think these are absolutely adorable. Forget buying them as a present, I kind of want a pair! And as for little boys, Cotton On Kids does some very, very cute shirts (I used to work there, so I do know this for a fact! In fact, the cute clothes were the only bearable thing about working there...). But after that I am kind of stuck. Anyone else have any ideas?



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I can't believe it's been so long since I updated! I have had quite the busy week this week, including seeing the Reel Big Fish and Aquabats concert, trying to organise a surprise dinner, and celebrating Cam's birthday (hooray! Happy 21st Cam ♥). Oh, and working. A lot. And yet, for all this work, I seem to be permanently broke, which is not fun.

But, I had a Saturday off for the first time in about a month and a half, and decided to finally put up my Christmas tree! It still needs some new ornaments to keep with the whole blue, white and silver theme (I had to add some purple in to beef it up a bit). The last two pictures are of my favourite ornaments - I think they're both from David Jones.



What I Wore 01.12.10

Today I had a rather delightful day. I had lunch with two of my favourite people (despite awfully rude service - I'm not happy at you, Windsor Hotel), then book shopping with Cam. Tonight we are going to see The Social Network and I'm so excited! I've been wanting to see it since it came out. I have only heard good things about it.

Vintage dress
Jeanswest belt
Rubi shoes

Last time I wore this dress, it was just a bit too... big. Which is very, very rare for me with vintage dresses! This belt that I got in Bunbury ages ago is perfect for it. I still can't decide what the print on the dress is. Chess pieces? One of my friends thought they were little armless people.

I am resigned to wearing flats for a while because I twisted my knee really badly at my friend's 21st this past weekend. I also scraped my arm because I fell against a brick wall! Clever.

I also bought this amazing book at Elizabeth's Bookshop! I can't wait to read it. 60s inspiration ahoy!

And at Borders, Cam also surprised me and bought me a book on vintage fashion! It looks amazing so far.

Well, I am off to the movies!