Fashion, Photoshoot

Made in Brisbane

The tables were turned last week when I swapped my usual photographer role and played model instead, wearing Emilias most recent fashion creation. Emilia had to design a unique shirt for one of our subjects, and created a beautiful layered blouse lined with vintage fabric, which I had the pleasure of putting on and prancing about in.

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Fashion, Photoshoot, Sustainable Style Series

Sustainable Style Series Ft Emilia // No. 2

coreectI was welcomed into Emilias home with arms outstretched (literally) and a quaint spread of local strawberries, black coffee and cake. I didn’t expect this project to involve so many treats from my subjects (but I’m not complaining! I feel like a little slow fashion Santa Claus).

Emilia and I were lucky to become new found best friends within our mid-twenties – a very rare thing indeed. However this only strengthened our bond, as we both instantly appreciated how great it feels to meet someone with a common passion and goal (we study Fashion Design together at Billy Blue College) and have consequently helped each other through many nights of tear soaked assessments and creative endeavours. I help her with English, she helps me with technology – a match made in heaven.

What has always impressed me about Emilia is her simple yet completely refined elegance in the way she dresses for uni each day, and she has slowly coaxed me over to the dark side – the beauty of monochrome. When she shared with me that almost all of the clothing she owned was purchased from markets or second hand stores, I did a little dance. I had a new opp-shopping budding now too!

This photoshoot took place in the ancient Queenslander she shares with (11?) other people, a gang of chickens, a crew of ducks and a gorgeous pup named Milo.

F6ABDABD-DA1A-4DE8-96D5-D2CE607A6464 IMG_6135About 80% of Emilias wardrobe is second hand, a concept that wasn’t all that common when she was first getting in to fashion.

Emilia: I found that, when I first started shopping, not a lot of people ever looked in opp shops – but they actually have amazing stuff! I find it way more unique. I also like the fact that most of the time it’s helping an organisation. It’s a win-win.

Her first outfit encapsulates Emilias style perfectly – minimalistic, vintage and androgynous (very Swedish). The grey trousers were picked up for $1 at the Suitcase Rummage in Brisbane, the belt was $1.50 from a thrift store in Sweden as was the $4 turtleneck, and the black cardigan was found at a Lifeline in Wynnum.

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Sustainable Style Series Ft Jordan // No. 1

One of the ways I stay inspired when it comes to fashion is by constantly admiring the style of others. Feeling the need to stretch my creative legs, I’ve decided to do a series exploring the wardrobes of some of my friends, all of whom acquire most of their clothing via sustainable means (opp shops, vintage, swapping, inheriting). I want to shine a light on the myriad of people doing amazing things for slow fashion, just by being conscious of where and how they shop.

They also all happen to be stylish as hell.

I’m excited to share with you the first of this Sustainable Style Series, beginning with the one powerhouse-of-a-lady… Jordan.

IMG_6014I was welcomed into Jordans home with a display of (what happens to be my favourite) cake fresh from Botanica and earl grey tea + lemon. Heck yes! I was instantly in awe of the plant-filled Queenslander she shares with housemate Jess, the perfect backdrop for our photoshoot.

IMG_6057 I struggled to contain my excitement when I spotted the ladder-turned-wardrobe which housed the majority of Jordans clothing. What’s more amazing is the fact that the ladder itself is second hand, passed on to Jordan by her Grandfather who had owned a construction company in West End.

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Swop Shop // My Slow Fashion Splurge

It takes a lot for me to splurge on a bunch of amazing fashion pieces. I think it’s engrained deep in my head what IMG_5742the true consequences of purchasing and bringing things into my house/wardrobe/life are, especially since, to this day I am still dragging an overstuffed rack from market to market, selling the clothes I no longer want or wear.

That rack takes up significant space in the tiny one bedroom apartment I share with my fiancé, and having to look at it/bump into it on a daily bases has really forced the point across. I don’t NEED more things. However, if I happen to find something special, I’ve made a pact with myself to boot out a few things I no longer want (add ’em to there rack, donate them or post them for sale online) before allowing myself to make the purchase.

Having done a quick wardrobe re-jig to restore my fashion karma I am now happy to share with you the four amazing items I purchased yesterday from Swop in West End (if you haven’t been to visit them yet, I HIGHLY recommend it). The total came to $115, more than I usually spend, however considering how most of the pieces can be mixed and matched I’m pretty thrilled! Big shout out to Jamie for getting up early and being the ultimate instagram husband.

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Embroidered Denim Jacket // $50IMG_5874IMG_5852IMG_9771

Dress // $25 ::: Watch // The Horse ::: Book // Fashionpedia  ::: Boots (free from my Mum!) IMG_5857IMG_5864IMG_5865

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Opp Shop Find of the Week!

What an absolute score… spotted these babies out of the corner of my eye whilst shopping in the Lifeline Charity Shop (Vintage Revival) in Annerley – couldn’t turn them down when I realised they were MY size and only $22! Mint condition, not a scratch, originally from Wittner. Sometimes it pays to treasure hunt…

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