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Fashion in Brisbane: The Happy Cabin

I wandered into this store after noticing a little blackboard sign on the rustic wooden front door saying “Curious?” The only way I knew how to describe this shop after finding it was: “just perfect”. What a wonderful little world to stumble upon! Only about five months old, and the whole atmosphere of the shop was peacefully nostalgic. Bon Iver played softly and I was transported to another time. Also the shop assistant Hannah invited me to a Wes Anderson themed party that night – go figure.

At first I took notice of the clothes neatly hung on homemade wooden racks. Brands such as Somedays Lovin, and one-off, hand-picked vintage bags, shoes and other items. Venturing further into the store there were men’s SKULLS snapbacks, sneakers, socks and backpacks, and a variety of shirts, trousers and shorts. I loved the beautiful, simple cotton women’s NICO underwear pegged onto string amongst wool pom-poms. The centre table in the shop had a few pairs of cute clogs, nice clutch purses and envelope-style bags, woolen cactuses (!!!), jewelry and other quirky, fun items. Of course the table was on an animal carcass mat. I loved the arrangement of big scented candles on a wooden ladder.

Amongst the selection of clothing, accessories and curios were perfectly suited paintings and drawings hanging, stacks of old books and suitcases, old wooden ladders, chairs and tables, cactuses and other plants, vintage lamps and globes, paper decorations hanging from string, all creatively and immaculately placed. What impressed me the most was the great visual merchandising of it all. It wasn’t hard to realise the shop owner Leah is the genius behind it all. I could tell everything in the room was carefully chosen.

If you find yourself in Brisbane, take a trip down to the West End. You’d be crazy not to experience this.

The Happy Cabin
58 Vulture Street
West End
Brisbane, QLD.

Were I born a man I would definitely buy that strawberry hat.

I bought this giraffe shirt, obviously

I love this little tooth pouch!

Cutlery rings! How perfect

Groovin

New from Flume, one of my favourite local boys.

Perfect Match

As an Aussie girl, I’ve been wearing One Teaspoon for quite a while and it was a pleasant surprise to discover Erin Wasson in their new ad campaign. Then when I think about it she really is the quintessential One Teaspoon girl. In every way.

The perfected rugged denim in the form of baggy jeans, jackets and low-rise cut-offs, the sheer intimates, loose shirts, rock ‘n’ roll leather, and the dresses that demand you have the attention in the room. Erin pulls it all off with ease. She’s the ultimate “undone” woman. A real natural beauty. It’s a match made in heaven.

via The Fashion Spot.

Winter Weekend Getaway

I went a little way out of Sydney a few weeks ago with some of my family. We stayed in a lovely little cottage in Bowral, and I scored some amazing things from an op shop which I will post. I took a few photos when we visited a couple of vineyards for wine tastings.

The Southern Highlands are also great for antiques. One vineyard we visited is called Mount Ashby Estate. A husband managed the wine making and the wife has an antiques business which also has a store in Woollhara here in Sydney. One stone building they own is full of great antiques for sale, and every season they clear the floor and have a huge banquet for people to celebrate and have great food and wine. Their main stone building has a beautiful view and you can sit in front of the fire and have a great meal all at the same time. Bliss!

It was a really nice break from how busy life can sometimes get in the city. Exactly what I needed.

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Mount Ashby Estate can be checked out here.

Bad Quality Photos Behind-The-Scenes at MBFWA

Assisting behind the scenes at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012 for the first time was a really interesting experience for me. I mostly was a dresser, and was lucky enough to be helping out at Aurelio Costarella, Bowie and Kooey shows. I managed to take a few photos on my phone camera, so please excuse the poor quality shots but here are a few.

Aurelio Costarella had an exquisite collection of great design, texture and tailoring, powerful however with a soft femininity to it. I went absolutely nuts over the feathered shoes. So soft and elegant! There was something fairytale-like about the girls when they put on the dresses. As you can see, some were bodices attached to skirts adorned with straw and feathers. I witnessed elegant gowns with intricate detail, and short fitted cocktail dresses and skirts embellished with beads or all-over texture. There was seemingly endless flower detailing, extravagant headwear, and bold, smoky eye makeup. Needless to say, there was a big variety of fabrics used. This was my favourite look.

Bowie was beyond beautiful. The gowns were an exercise in embellishment and delicate fabrics, with a subtle sexiness and strong structure. There were feathers, sequins, bells, beads, on lace, chiffon, satin, you name it. I am generally a sucker for anything metallic, so I was very excited to find out the model I was dressing wore what I thought was the most stunning dress there. Covered in gold sequins, the strapless dress was so carefully designed and well-fitted Shannon could have easily been mistaken for a beautiful mermaid from Sydney Harbour who’d gotten lost and ended up on the runway at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. The attention to detail in each gown was incredible, with each dress seeming to tell a different story and being individual from the gown before.

I was lucky enough to get to help with the steaming and pressing of the dresses before the show for a while with two other girls and some of the Bowie design team. I found this to be very informative: although I study fashion business not design, being able to hear exactly what the dresses are made from, details of how they are cut, how they fit and how to treat them was very interesting. Being backstage for longer than other nights, I also was able to take a few photos of my favourite dresses. If I had the opportunity and ever a person interested in marrying me, I would definitely be keen on wearing a Bowie gown. They are the height of luxury!

Felt so lucky to get to dress Shannon in this amazing gold creation!

Shannon closed the show in this stunner. Here she is with one of her many fans!

The Kooey collection was Australian swimwear at it’s best. Bold, deep colours mixed with brights in both solid colours and prints, and more neutral luxurious colours. Styles in women’s swimwear ranged from strappy triangle bikini’s, fifties style high-waisted bikini bottoms, one-piece swimsuits (I recently invested in one by Seafolly), and a tankini style two-piece where the top can be stretched down to appear as a mini-dress. Straps also were in a big variety of styles. Basically, something for every girl, in really well-made designs and quality fabrics. I was at the other end of the busy room to the few men’s items, but from what I gathered there were bright coloured board shorts. Something I loved about the show was the choice of hair and makeup. The Redken team worked their magic and the hair was slicked back into a ponytail knot, and sprayed with a ton of hairspray to create a look that to said they’d just been swimming. MAC ensured the effortless beach babe look was continued and faces were beautifully bronzed on the cheekbones and in all the right places. Perfection!

 Before Seven News did a little update from backstage! I may or may not have walked past right behind while they were filming. (Hint: I did.)

Hair detail and some sneaky Blackberry action before the show.

As much as I enjoyed the experience of being a dresser, next year I’m considering being an usher instead and being able to help with more front of house things. It was great being amongst all the professionals and experiencing all the work for a show coming together. Over and out!