Fashion, Photoshoot

Clothes Swap Sunday!

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This afternoon, I attended my very first clothes swap. What a delight! A bunch of fashionable Brisbane ladies gathered together in a breezy Queenslander and swapped our unwanted clothing.

We heaped our threads into a giant pile in the middle of the room… and the swapping began! There were no real rules, it was just an awesome mutual sharing situation, everyone adding little clothing stories along the way like “I found that jacket in a store in London aaaages ago!” or “I used to wear that skirt to work but now there’s no need because I work from home!” There was a real thrill when a friend picked up something of yours and wanted to give it a new home. Go on faux leather jacket… be free!

This concept is great for so many reasons. Clothes swapping allows you to totally revive your wardrobe without having to spend a dime! Plus, it’s a lovely excuse to get together with a bunch of pals and drink fresh iced tea on a Sunday afternoon. I’m so inspired by this, I really want to organise one on a bigger scale, perhaps at Uni…? Stay posted. All our unwanted clothing from today will be donated to charity.

My favourite finds from this swap have to be a hot pink silky scarf, a purple corduroy high-waisted skirt, a bright Lorna Jane jacket and a marbled Country Road skirt – all featured below!

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Fashion, Photoshoot

Wardrobe Warriors Fashion Finds

img_8724I can’t seem to resist visiting the Wardrobe Warriors markets when I have a Sunday off work, because I never fail to come home with a stash of amazing goodies. Yestereday however, I hit some kind of thrifting jackpot, as almost every stall that I visited – I found a bargain!

I ended up coming home with a bright and colourful cotton dress ($5), Topshop shoes ($8), a striped and sparkly top ($5), a fully sequined Gatsby style top ($10) a pair of hippy pants ($2) and a tasselled hippy poncho ($8) for the upcoming Woodford Folk Festival (program out now, it’s AMAZING!). Naturally… I got my camera out and started snapping, with the help of my gorgous fiance Jamie.

 

Colourful cotton dress makes me wanna spin…

One of the pieces I scored today at the @wardrobewarriorsmarket ... a printed cotton dress with the coolest mix of colours, $5! The shoes were $8 (also found at today's market) originally from @topshop_au #sustainablefashion #slowfashion #fashionmarket #wardrobewarriors #brisbaneblogger #fashionblogger #unmaterialgirl Photo by @jimmyogs

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This is the face I pulled this morning when the lady at the @wardrobewarriorsmarket told me this top was only $5! Seriously, I haven't come home with this many good things in ages! On today, go check it nowwww #wardrobewarriors #brisbane #market #fashionmarket #slowfashion #sustainablefashion #brisbanefashion

My face, once I realised how many things I’d bought…

 

Fashion

Reverse Garbage Queensland Fashion Show

A few weeks ago, whilst Emilia and I were exploring the many isles of our favourite upcycled emporium – Reverse Garbage Queensland – we were asked by Kelly (their gift shop co-ordinator) if we’d like to participate as models in an upcoming fashion show, featuring the work of sustainable and ethical fashion designers…

Um. YES!

On Saturday night we took part in the total whirlwhind adventure that is a fashion show, and we had a damn good time! I brought along my Fuji and snapped as many behind the scenes shots as I could manage (between wardrobe changes). Click below for full photos!

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Fashion, Photoshoot, Soul

I am not my hair.

img_7621I first decided to get a fringe when I was about 13 years old. I had struggled through my pre-teen years with unruly thick curls, a feature I never saw as anything but an inconvenience (washing and combing was a nightmare). Entering high school at an all girls college saw me instantly compare myself to others around me in a way I never really had before. The grass was so much greener, blonder and straighter. I was brunette, Hermione-Granger-esk and totally uncool.

My youthful decision to get blunt bangs came after a consultation with my local hairdresser, as I begged for a way to disguise my reasonably giant forehead (for which I had been teased about ruthlessly). “Well… a fringe would cover that up!” She said. And I said yep. Let’s do it.

The first year of bangs I have entitled ‘The Battle with the Blow Dryer’, which involved many tear-filled mornings of attempting to get my fringe “like it was when the hairdresser did it!”. This often resulted in a fluffy, half straight fringe teamed with a head of hippy curls (not my finest look). This look was never really mastered until my final years of high school, where I cut my hair into a 20’s bob and straightened the hell out of it. I became defined by this look. People would buy me those little Japanese plastic dolls with the same hair every birthday. My hair became a huge part of my identity, symbolising my leap from lame frizzy teenager to cool, hipster fashion girl.

This look became my secret weapon. I landed roles in commercials, small modelling gigs, always cast as the “hipster girl”. I was often compared to Zooey Deschanel in New Girl (huge compliment!) or the ‘fifty shades of grey girl’ (I’ll take that too). These comments boosted my self esteem in a way I soon came to rely on. I feared being seen with my hair back to an unhealthy degree. I would actively avoid running in to people on the days I was brave enough to go out in public with it pinned back.

This year I turned 25, and something shifted. This ‘look’ I had cultivated over the last 12 years started to feel more and more like a lie. My fringe was something I had hidden behind, and now I felt like it was time to open myself (and my face) up to the world and stop being afraid.

This week has been my first official week of natural hair. I had to throw out my dodgy shampoo/conditioner in exchange for some quality + moisturising products, this will help repair the damage of half a lifetime of heat styling. I don’t have the ringlets I did when I was young, however I still have plenty of thick natural waves. I did cheat a little and have a fantastic colour makeover by a local lady named Chelle’s Cheveux, who lightened my tresses in order to highlight my natural curls.

I’m not going to lie and say I haven’t had a few morning freak outs, especially after going on a coffee break at work and having my usual  barista ask me “is today your day off?” I’ve also had a few people re-introduce themselves to me (awkward) as they literally didn’t recognise me without my fringe.

When I start feeling my ego taking over and that dark voice telling me I won’t be cool/attractive/hipster/popular without my fringe, I stop and check myself. If I can get over this hurdle and a little closer to self love, switching my focus from body image to the things that really matter… I will have so much more energy, focus and passion to invest in my wonderful life.

P.s The beautiful bird dress ($5) and palm tree white shirt ($3) where both purchased this morning from the Wardrobe Warriors Market at Mt Gravatt, which I highly recommend if you’re wanting some outfit updates and don’t want to spend more than the coins floating around in the bottom of your handbag.

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Fashion, Photoshoot

DIY Upcycled Off-the-shoulder Shirt!

It only took me about three hours to become bored out of my mind… and this was day one of my uni holidays. I was lucky enough to be struck by some crafty inspiration after watching a fantastic tutorial on Ann Le’s fashion blog – click HERE for link. She shared an easy to follow video + photos on how to transform a mens shirt into a womens off-the-shoulder top, a style I’ve been coveting for a while but couldn’t bring myself to buy from a fast fashion store.

I hit my local opp shops in Annerley and scored two mens shirts ($3.50 each) which I swiftly took home to start working on. I purchased two because I knew I’d inevitably screw one up (which I did) but hey, I learnt that lesson fast! That lesson was, don’t cut the shoulders too low or you’ll end up sewing the arm holes shut.

I’m so happy with how shirt number two turned out (below) and I loved that I could control how tight the elastic was (so I don’t have to keep yanking it up like others I’ve tried on). It looks great, I feel great in it, and it transformed an otherwise discarded shirt into a cool fashiony thing – which is the best!

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