Love of my life .

Cancun, Mexico .

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bikini by Zimmermann .

M xx .

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animal instinct .

Arriving 45 minutes early for my class I thought I would initiate the painful task of my financial planning and funding homework . Notorious for leaving things to the last minute (homework/assignment wise) throughout uni, which surprisingly saw some of my best results executed, I knew leaving it until the night before would only encourage my tendency to procrastinate until 2am, inevitably hitting my peak fuelled with coffee and redbull…though I’m determined to not repeat that process .

As 6pm approached, one by one, more people began to enter the room . But one in fact caught my eye with just a brief glimpse of her shoes…so naturally I looked up to check out the rest of her outfit…I must admit I was slightly intimidated staring at this perfectly poised, tall, thin, sun kissed entity who in my opinion had an amazing outfit on…whilst there I was in my daggy Zara pants, a white T and baby blue Chuck Taylors .

Amber L’estrange, former model turned stylist (and my teacher for the night), was surprisingly excited when asked if I could photograph her outfit for Honey&Hook (it only took me 2.5hrs to build up the courage to ask) .

“make sure you get the boots, they’re my animals” . and she was right . Whilst her outfit was femininely chic, those little “animals” exuded a captivating distinctiveness with her attention to detail on her accessories…her aura was very Byron Bay-esque…a very admirable look to pull off effortlessly .

I have a feeling Amber will be a frequent resident on Honey&Hook .

xx M .

sass and….well, sass.

always a fan of spending too much on too little (material) i was utterly thrilled today when i walked into myer and discovered that sass & bide have released an underwear line. as a name ubiquitous with style that is bold, feminine, creative and modern sass & bide’s underwear does not disappoint. not only are there some beautifully delicate pieces which honour the primary purpose of lingerie; to be sexy, feminine and elegant but there’s a few quintessentially ‘sass & bide’ sets too. in contrast with the lace & frills of the more feminine pieces these feature injections of fluro, simple shapes and strong asymmetrical lines. completely unique, sassy, and bordering on abstract these are the pieces that ensure the brand name is remains a self fulfilling prophecy.

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pix from theiconic.com.au

…to be honest, i really think these photographs don’t give the range the justice that it deserves. despite the obvious beauty of jess hart i feel that these pix are a bit of a departure from the usual streamlined, visually lush campaigns that sass & bide indulges us with. still, this won’t stop me from inevitably trying to buy alllllllllll of it!

j. x

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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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.

spooning goats .

Spooning Goats, a new 70’s themed bar located on York St, Sydney . The owner, my best friends boyfriend, Jason .
The unique name was established after receiving a free ‘i love goats’ badge coinciding with a passing joke in the family about who would inherit his grandmothers spoon collection . This spiked up some brainstorming between Jason and his friends . The two together resulted in the name “The Spooning Goats” .
The bar is well known for their boutique beers, innovative and unique decor, and their amazing gourmet sweet and savory pies – I highly recommend the caramelised pear and vanilla pie!
Did I mention they even have an Atari game console!?
Make sure you wonder down that way; 32 York St, Sydney 2000 .


the delicious pie as mentioned above, photos don’t do it justice!

Gabi wears tights by black milk and shoes by converse .


the vintage spoon collection .

the owner himself, Jason .

Cheers .

M .

Gucci, YSL & sapphires .

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M wears arty ring by YSL, heart ring by Jewels by Jacqueline, sapphire ring is a sentimental piece, bag by Gucci .

This was just my right hand, on the left I had another 4 rings on . Contrary to many, I feel that more is less when it comes to rings and certain jewellery pieces . With the weather warming up I’m excited to match all of my ysl pieces and costume jewellery with summer dresses and simple looks entailing a singlet and ripped shorts .

M .