rocks markets, coco liberace and a taste of mykonos .

Strolling through the Rocks Markets, this little store caught my eye . Coco Liberace . I have a weaknesso for grecian inspired pieces with evil eyes and lapis charms…so naturally i veered in the direction of this store . Bec, the only store assistant to warmly greet us as we approached the store, had some beautiful pieces – one in particular caught my eye, a chunky gold statement necklace – of course i bought it!

Not to my surprise when I googled their website, this duo established their label in Mykonos…the exact place where my heart has remained for the last year . The catalyst for their inspiration is somewhat refreshing and veritably emulates the treasures you discover on the streets of Mykonos . the exact reason this label is so appealing .

Will definitely be visiting their stores again 🙂

x M .

hippy at heart.

there’s a really simple pattern keeps repeating itself in my life. every time i go travelling or am by the beach for any longer than a week i quickly revert into what i feel like must be my ‘hippy roots’. i wander around in bare feet, grow extra anklets, rings, toe rings and a sheepish smile on my face. my hair becomes extra dishevelled, there’s sand stuck to my skin and pieces of string tied around my wrists that i find, claiming they have some kind of cosmic significance. i’m not sure what it is about travel that reiterates for me that there is so much beauty found in simplicity but its always rung true for me. with simplicity comes ease, with ease comfort and with comfort comes natural beauty.

i’ve never captured a photograph of me in this ‘natural hippy state’, i think its more a way of being than looking but below is one that reminded me of the evolution that keeps happening upon me.

the photograph is from a night when we all decided to dress up like ‘a garden’, granted the hippy connotations are obvious seeing as i was dressed as flower, but, perhaps this is how my inner hippy would look. (scuze the toilet settings – hey hippies don’t discriminate!)

peace.

xx j.

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Application, interview & now officially an FBI Fashion Student .

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M wears vintage shirt by Peter Metchev, pants by Zimmermann, necklace by Coco Liberace, heels by Christian Louboutin, bag by Chanel, rings by YSL, Alexander McQueen, Regalrose, Jewels by Jacqueline .

I felt like I was back at uni again, studying for an exam that would determine my career . Now that I am 150% certain that a career in fashion is something I am determined to exceed in and something that I’m passionate about, this interview became the most important 30 minutes of my life .
After a whole day at work, studying and preparing more to then talking to myself and practicing my answers and how I would structure my sentences, I was finally there . 30 nerve racking minutes . Though I thought I did rather well I had to wait till 9:30am the next day for the result .
In the mean time my boy took me to dinner at a Polish restaurant in Surry Hills for our one month 🙂 was nice to relax and let my hair out .

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M wears shruggie by American Apparel, vintage leather shorts by Topshop, shirt by Oneteaspoon, boots by Dotti, bag by Chanel, necklace by Coco Liberace .

To conclude my post, I GOT IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Orientation in 2 weeks, will keep you posted 😀

x M .

puberty blues.

after a prolonged absence and much galavanting around europe i’m finally back and lodged firmly in reality. many apologies for my lack of input. i was drunk. seriously. for 3 months.

travel always provides me with inspiration from the strangest sources: architecture, street fashion, stupid dress ups and my own travel lifestyle. taking prominent place this trip was surf culture. i learnt to surf (like a gimp) and suddenly all i wanted to do was sit on the beach, smoke ciggies & drink diet coke whilst perving on the boys. if i could do one thing for the rest of my life, that would be it.

as i made my way through spain, the south of portugal and france living the dream i remembered the australian classic – puberty blues. a critique of the surf lifestyle of the youth of south sydney in the early 80’s the novel/film captures the submissive role of the ‘female surfer’ and both challenges and perpetuates the status quo of women in this setting. if you haven’t seen the film, do yourself a favour and get it. the 1980’s version! not the cookie cutter, home & away bullshit due to be realeased next year.

apart from my internal argument about whether i am actually perpetuating or challenging the idea of ‘surfer girl’ i only have positive thoughts about puberty blues. i mean who the fuck wouldnt want to sit on the beach, get tanned, look at boys and occasionally have a surf. take me back to 1981… i’d happily take Debbie or Sue’s place.

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and, well…. this is us.

1981 vs. 2012

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more surfer updates to come.

x j.

A phone call, excitement & FBI Fashion Business College .

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After sitting on the fence for almost 2 months I finally built up the courage to submit my application on Friday night to FBI Fashion College . As I nervously waited all weekend for their response, my phone rang this morning and I knew instantly . I ran out the door at work to answer and it was FBI congratulating me on a successful application and moving forward with the next step, an interview . Wednesday afternoon at 4pm . I’ve been shaking with nerves and excitement since that phone call .
What am I going to wear!? Eeep!

M .

Top model, surry hills and meeting Josh Flinn .

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M wears vintage shirt, faux fur vest by kookai, leather shorts by topshop, rings by YSL and Alexander McQueen, daffodil platforms by Christian Louboutin .

Coveted model mentor on Australia’s Next Top Model, Josh Flinn just happened to be standing next to me at the bar in Surry Hills – The Clock Hotel .
Oblivious to anything but my beverage being made in front of me, my sister nudged me and told me to look and see who was standing to my left .
“excuse me, sorry to interrupt but do I know you from somewhere you look familiar?”
“that’s ok!” he replies
“are you on tv?”
He smiles at me
“top model?”
“yes I am!” he replied, followed by a discussion entailing his envy for my hair and a photo!
He was so lovely, the moment I introduced myself he spoke to me as though we were old friends . Sometimes you forget that people with a celebrity status can be normal too .

M .

black & white, stripes & spots, leather & stretch .

Image Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista for Vogue .

I love this look, very classic and Chanel inspired . there’s just something about stripes and nautical prints that get me everytime – the stripes in this picture give it quite an edgy feel but the polka dots compliment it with a feminine touch .

M .

miroslava duma .

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Former Editor for Harpers Bazaar Russia turned freelance writer for numerous publications, Miroslava Duma should almost be a household name at this point. Known as a fashion icon internationally I’m sure she will now frequent your google searches .

M .

today I’m wearing…

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arty ring by YSL, skull ring by Alexander McQueen, blue sapphire ring is a sentimental piece, other rings by Jewels by Jacqueline .

The pink YSL was a birthday present I received in Paris last year, the McQueen was a present to myself and the blue sapphire ring was my nonnas ring . The others I found in Byron bay by a local designer – I first discovered her pieces 4 years ago at the Byron Bay markets when I purchased 2 key necklaces . Upon my last visit I managed to find these great rings .

M .

she’s like the wind .

photo by M .
Elle wears dress by Zimmermann, visor by Mimco, bag by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Chloe .

I love this setting, will have to take more photos there . It’s amazing what historical places you find near your house!

M .