Monday, 30 June 2014

Take Shelter

Topshop dress / UNIF hat / Vintage bag & necklace / Miu Miu sunglasses / Sandals (can't remember but almost exact here)

The gingham smock dress has probably been my most worn item of clothing this spring/summer, the monochrome print means I can match it with absolutely anything and the loose shape is perfect for hiding all manners of food babies. I'm once again sitting on a plane as this goes up, leaving Perth for London though I will be stopping over in Singapore for a couple of days. Bring on the heat again!

PS. The title of this post comes from this song which I've been obsessed with at the moment and I reckon you should be too. It's the perfect addition to your summer soundtrack.
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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Supanova Pop Culture Expo 2014

One of my favourite pastimes growing up in Perth was attending Supanova, a pop culture expo that happens in different states of Australia throughout the year (kind of like our smaller version of Comic Con). I've been lucky that since I've lived in London, I seem to have come back for a visit around the time that the expo graces Perth each year (end of June). Supanova is the ultimate place for everyone to let out their inner nerd and fangirl with like-minded enthusiasts. Each year they bring over some famous faces from well-loved film franchises and television series, authors of novels and comic illustrators, and host panels, Q&A and signing sessions throughout the day. The rest of the showroom floor is filled with lines upon lines of stalls selling merchandise, artists' booths, gaming areas, and food. On top of all this, many people attend dressed up as their favourite fictional characters and the costumes really are spectacular (many of them are handmade too)! I was so inspired by all the creative outfits over the weekend, I'm definitely thinking of cosplaying if I end up going again next year.

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Monday, 23 June 2014

ANOTHER LOVER HITS THE UNIVERSE

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Vintage dress / & Other Stories bag (similar styles) / Topshop flats / J.Crew bracelets

Just a quick outfit post today featuring this darling vintage dress with a mega oversized collar (you know I'm a sucker for a statement collar). I recently spent the whole weekend hanging out at Perth Supanova, which is a really awesome pop culture expo that happens once every year here. It was so much fun and I will be putting up a blog post all about it next but in the meantime you can check out some of the photos I took over the weekend on my Instagram.
Hope you're all having a pleasant Monday!

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

TAKE THE THRONE

ASOS jumper / Black Milk dress (worn as skirt) / Chloe boots / Zara necklace (sold out online but I've still seen it in stores) / Karen Walker sunglasses

Waaahhh who's in the same boat and currently suffering from major Game of Thrones withdrawals? Even though I personally thought that finale wasn't their best, I can't deny it's been a fantastic season and the thought of having to wait another year seriously depresses me (dear George R. R. Martin, please release The Winds of Winter ASAP to ease my suffering). 

As much as I love the story and admire all the different characters' ambitions to rule the Seven Kingdoms, in all honesty I'd much rather wear that highly coveted Iron Throne than sit on it... doesn't look very comfortable does it? It's pretty chilly in Perth at the moment so I've been enjoying pairing the dress with this colour block ASOS jumper and Chanel-esque Zara necklace.


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Monday, 16 June 2014

Theatre - Skylight starring Carey Mulligan & Bill Nighy


"I love you. I still love you. I loved you more than anyone on earth. But I'll never trust you."

There's really nothing I love more than the prospect of a weekend when I know I'll be going to the theatre. It seems to put a spring in my step the whole week leading up to it. Last Saturday I saw one of the very first preview performances of Skylight at the Wyndham's Theatre. Let me just start off by saying that it turned out to be my favourite out of all the plays I have ever seen in my lifetime. I'll admit I was initially drawn to this production when I heard that Carey Mulligan was going to be making her West End debut stepping into the lead role. I've always loved her work in film and with Bill Nighy acting opposite her, you know there must be something special about a play when actors of their calibre choose to do it. The plot is described: "On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires."


When I enter a theatre, the first thing I instinctively look to is the stage and how it is set. It will hopefully give me an idea of the context of the opening scene. Well I must admit the stage for Skylight struck me by seeming very 'ordinary'. It was the inside of a rather dingy apartment, a small kitchen on the right, a table and a few chairs to the left. After over 15 minutes of staring at this same arrangement, the lights dimmed and the play began, the walls of the apartment slid open to reveal a further area to the back containing a bed and bathroom. Beautiful, verging on rather haunting music is played as Kyra enters the apartment and between that and the eerie light illuminating the backdrop of the apartment complex, I thought to myself, this is it, it's going to be magical (trust the daydreamer in me to look for even the slightest fantastical elements in things). Well it didn't exactly go in the direction of my expectations but don't get me wrong, it was still absolutely 'magical' in an extremely realistic and thought-provoking way. First of all I think this is probably not a play for everyone. You're either going to love it or dislike it. It's safe to say not much happens at all during the course of the 2 hours in terms of action. Essentially the whole play is a long running conversation between Mulligan's character, Kyra Holis, and firstly Edward Sergeant, then Tom Sergeant (the father). While the opening scene serves to introduce the names and relationships between the characters, it's not until the next act when Nighy's Sergeant Sr. pays a visit to Kyra's apartment that things start to get very interesting indeed.

Both actors were devastatingly brilliant at portraying the emotional turmoil between them but more importantly the differences deep in each other's personal beliefs and value systems which ultimately leads to their inability to continue their lives with one another. It's a strange yet utterly compelling idea, that two people could be as close to soulmates in almost every possible way yet are still unable to be together. One of my favourite exchanges between the two characters went like this:
Tom: "I could never understand it. I still don't."
Kyra: "There we are. I always felt profoundly at peace. I don't know why, it still seems true to me: if you have a love, which for any reason you can't talk about, your heart is with someone you can't admit - not to a single soul except the person involved - then for me, that's love at it's purest. For as long as it lasts, it's this astonishing achievement. Because it's always a relationship founded in trust."


Hidden corners in my mind that were previously never explored, grew as this intoxicating story unfurled and gradually filled it, testing different boundaries in my rational thinking, all the while giving me a fresh outlook on life and society. Times of heightened emotions really touched me so I was glad that there were brief spells of comic relief infused in the witty banter. After a while the play becomes so real that you feel as if you were sitting in that apartment with Kyra and Tom. When she goes to make dinner, the actress actually cooks live on stage and the delicious aroma swiftly fills the entire theatre.

I'm rather known to be drawn to stories about relationships like this, usually anything to do with broken romantics and a resulting cynicism will intrigue me. I found both the characters of Kyra Hollis and Tom Sergeant to be extremely likeable and relatable (albeit flawed but that's what makes them all the more understandable in my eyes), and each with their own defining virtues. Kyra's strength and compassion combined with Tom's humour and charisma appealed to me even if they did not serve to work well together. In my opinion, Skylight provides a very emotionally intense and intellectually challenging viewing in just four scenes. If you enjoy stories that give you plenty of food for thought (and if you go with someone else, much to discuss afterwards), I'd definitely suggest going to see this gem of a play.

Skylight is at Wyndham's Theatre in London until 23rd August 2014.

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Images 2 & 3 via Just Jared, all other images are my own.
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Monday, 9 June 2014

HEAR THE BIRDS ON THE SUMMER BREEZE

Dangerfield dress / Topshop flats / Primark satchel / Ray-ban clubmasters

I'm definitely a fan of that easy dressing life as the weather warms up. I love the bright yellow and vintage vibes of this dress from my favourite Aussie brand Dangerfield, it makes me want to go and have a picnic in the sun!

Speaking of Australia, I'm sitting at the airport as I put this post up, waiting to board my flight home. I'll be staying for a few weeks and I'm looking forward to seeing my friends there and just being with them during this difficult time. Earlier on I managed to pack all my stuff into one suitcase (this is the first time, I normally end up bringing another carry-on comprised of all the things that couldn't fit) including shoes and souvenirs. I'm quite proud of the fact that I may have overcome being the most inefficient packer in the world.

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Lolita


River Island dress / Ebay choker / Wildfox sunglasses / Muffy's saddle shoes / Forever21 bangles / Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop socks (similar here)

"Oh the balmy days and the palmy bays,
And the cars, and the bars, my Carmen!"

Inspired by one of my favourite films after recently re-watching it with a friend. This little monochrome tea dress has fast become one of my favourite dresses in my collection. You know when you find a piece of clothing that fits you perfectly it almost feels tailor made and you just wish if only every item that you acquire from now on would fit as nice as this and you think you should probably get back ups because what will you do if this one falls apart? Yep that's me with this dress.

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Cameo


Primark jumper / Primark skirt / Eclectic Eccentricity necklace* / ASOS shoes (similar style)

I'm back! Thank you all so much for the kind and supportive comments as well as your love and thoughts, I can't fully express how much it all means to me. I'm holding up a lot better, I think time is the best healer.

Lately I have been loving Primark's range of midi skirts, it seems I've gotten my hands on so many of the different prints and have now progressed to asking myself whether it's ok to start collecting the same skirt in different colours. This particular one is a nice spring twist on tartan and now that the sun is out and the gardens are blooming I couldn't resist donning a head to toe pastel outfit for the day.

Also hello and a warm welcome to any new followers, I'd like to note that my usual header thingy-ma-jig is down at the moment but in the meantime if you fancy a gander, this is my About Me and this is how you can contact me. Thanks for stopping by! x

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