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Sunday, 3 February 2019

A Few Days at Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay



A couple of weeks ago we packed our bags, jumped in the car and headed south for a surprise trip I'd organised for my boyfriend's 30th. That trip was a few days in Jervis Bay - about a two and a half hour drive from Sydney - staying at Paperbark Camp (yup, I racked up some major girlfriend points). Through various articles and seeing it pop up on Instagram, I'd been aware of Paperbark Camp for a while and this seemed like the perfect excuse to treat myself as well as him (all in the name of equality), and let's just say it exceeded all expectations.



Wearing: Armor Lux T-shirt, ASOS Belt, Bassike Trousers (similar)

We drove up to the camp, driving through the tree-lined entrance to the bush with an ill-timed comment from Adam: "Camp? Ha, we better not be staying in a tent" (cue nervous laughter from yours truly). We were staying in a tent, but this tent was far removed from the last one we'd stayed in - namely a sweaty, damp, bargain bin number at Glastonbury a few years ago. Paperbark Camp is a glampsite and as much as I hate the word, it's probably the best way to describe it.



Safari tents are erected on large, elevated wooden decks and inside is a big double bed, bar cart and a couple of home comforts, with the back opening out into an open-air bathroom. Each tent is set away from the other for privacy (very much needed when you're showering al fresco) and being in the bush, the only sounds you'll hear are the birds and possums running around.


Wearing: ASOS Sunglasses, Uniqlo U T-shirt, Venroy Skirt


Wearing: ASOS Hat (similar), ASOS Swimsuit

Paperbark has a restaurant on site, set in a treehouse in the middle of the camp. Each morning after some of the best nights' sleep we've had in a while, we'd be greeted with a flask of hot water sitting on our deck to make coffee, before ambling over to the restaurant for a long breakfast over the papers (and more coffee). We had dinner both nights that we stayed too and the food was incredible. It's a set menu and you don't know what you're getting until that night but unless you're a really fussy eater you won't be disappointed. The food is seasonal and locally-sourced, with fresh ingredients and interesting combinations of flavours, the wine list is extensive, and you finish off with the most delicious handmade truffles.


Hyams Beach. Wearing: Uniqlo Sunglasses, ASOS Swimsuit


When we weren't eating, having long outdoor baths or catching up on some reading on the deck, we were exploring Jervis Bay and the many white sand beaches. Paperbark has bikes (and kayaks) you can take out for the day but to visit the infamous Hyams Beach (officially this beach has the whitest sand in the world, although we're not entirely convinced it's whiter than Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays) and the beaches in the national park, you'll be better off jumping in the car.


Cave Beach


Hyams is great - but popular. For more seclusion, buying entrance to the national park (about $13 which allows 48 hours access) is well worth it. It sits right on the edge of the bay and is lined with countless beaches - from small spots like Murrays Beach (sheltered, calm waters, great for swimming) to large, rugged and wild like Cave Beach. Take a picnic (although you probably won't need much after breakfast at Paperbark) and hop around the beaches - or find your favourite and do nothing but lie on the powdery soft white sand and cool off in the crystal clear sea.


Wearing: H&M Dress

We left Paperbark in high spirits - completely rested, well fed, a little bit burnt (stock up on the factor 50, folks) and contemplating leaving the city for good for life in the bush. As tech-reliant millennials we won't of course, but we'll be back to Jervis Bay and Paperbark Camp for our fix.




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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Highlights from the AW19 Menswear Shows



It was a bit strange watching the AW19 shows from afar - especially in Australia, in the middle of a heatwave, wearing the lightest, loosest pieces possible. But then, Autumn/Winter styling is probably my favourite kind - the layers, the jumpers, the coats, the boots - so I was more than happy to catch up on all the shows online and to start sparking style inspiration for next season. There was a lot going on this time around and it can sometimes be hard to cut through all of the noise - but these are my highlights from the AW19 menswear shows.

AMI


AMI is a collection I look forward to every season - especially since Alexandre Mattiussi introduced womenswear in his AW18 collection. Refreshingly, AMI has a 'menswear for women' approach - taking the French brand's signature shapes and silhouettes and sizing them down for women so we can still access those incredible loose-fitting trousers it does so well, as well as the oversized coats and well-cut cashmere that should have a place in every good wardrobe.

It's a brand that, for me, gets better each season - and judging by the comments that slid into my DMs after featuring a few looks on my Stories, it seems fans of AMI agree. For AW19, it felt like things were turned up a notch, without straying from that signature laid-back Parisian aesthetic. It was the loose tailored pieces that stood out for me this season: the low-slung trousers, the oversized shirts with slightly-too-long sleeves worn on top of a turtleneck, the big coats with dropped shoulders, and the flat patent boots that can be worn with anything and everything.

Dries Van Noten


Sharp suiting, single-breasted coats, shirts and ties...Dries Van Noten AW19 is a collection for the modern gent. '80s blazers with power shoulders were given a 21st century update with looser, unstructured fits and worn with wide leg trousers. Other trousers came loose and cropped - or slimmer and ankle-skimming and the coat game was varied and strong - jackets were belted, macs were long and simple and there was a subtle injection of quilting that complemented (rather than overwhelmed, as it so often does) the looks.

Dries Van Noten showed us bum bags are going nowhere fast either. This season they're smaller, slightly smarter and a refreshing alternative to the bulky streetwear favourite.

Jacquemus


It's no secret that Jacquemus does great womenswear: the French brand creates the kind of pieces I long to fill my summer wardrobe with. And just two seasons in, its menswear offering is gaining ground too. As with a lot of his collections, Simon Porte Jacquemus looked to his South of France upbringing to inspire his AW19 pieces - specifically rural Montpellier and the traditional French workwear of the region.

I'm a huge fan of French workwear. Boxy shapes, sturdy durable fabrics - what's not to love? Jacquemus' offering of utilitarian large overshirts, loose-fitting trousers and bulky knitwear was one that I can see genuinely working In Real Life, especially given it came in land-echoing neutral tones of rust, off-white, browns and blues.

Louis Vuitton


I don't normally pay much attention to the Louis Vuitton shows. As much as I admire the brand for the incredible commercial success its had, the style has never really been me, so I tend to overlook it on social media and any online coverage. But with Virgil Abloh at the helm and the amount of column inches his name brings with it, it was impossible to ignore this time around.

But aside from hype, this is one Louis Vuitton collection I actually stopped to look at - for the pieces themselves. The opening colour palette of light grey spoke to me (obviously) as did the layered jackets and smartly-cut suit trousers. There were a few elements that weren't for me (namely the American flag-printed pieces) but I appreciate Abloh's take on this long-standing brand (and the fact he didn't go down the streetwear route everyone thought he would).

OAMC


At OAMC, Luke Meier gave us AW19's take on grunge - and it's one I'm completely on board with. Rather than a half-hearted rehash of Kurt Cobain's wardrobe, this interpretation of grunge was a subtle one, mixing tailoring and streetwear elements to create looks that steer clear of fancy dress. There was a lot of layering, which I love: wool waist length jackets worn over longer coats and matching trousers (see Louis Vuitton above, but more relaxed); turtlenecks worn under loose shirts and quilted jackets; and, of course, the iconic t-shirt over long sleeved shirt look.

It's also a collection you can easily emulate with existing pieces in your wardrobe, playing with layers of different lengths - keeping them within the same colour palette as Meier has done here so it's more fashion, less I just raided a charity shop and am wearing everything in sight. 

Oliver Spencer


It may be because I witnessed it from afar, rather than attending it like I used to, but London Fashion Week Men's seemed a lot quieter this year. The schedule was smaller, a lot of my old favourites (Nigel Cabourn, YMC) weren't on the bill and it seemed very...subdued, especially compared to Paris, in particular.

But then Oliver Spencer came along, flying the flag for British fashion with his AW19 collection. The usual suspects were there: the velvet bomber jackets with matching trousers, the collar-less button-down jackets, the chunky roll neck jumpers. It's no bad thing - these are all pieces Spencer does exceptionally well, tweaking his collections slightly each season to prevent them from being stale or boring.


Images via Vogue.com

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

The Art of the Sack Dress



Wearing: COS Necklace, Uniqlo Dress, MM6 Maison Margiela Sandals, MM6 Maison Margiela Bag (in black)

I love a good sack dress. Ever since I overdid that infamous figure-hugging style during the bodycon era in my university years, the dresses in my wardrobe have gradually got looser, boxier, longer. I can probably count on one hand how many of my dresses now sit above the knee (and if they do, no doubt I'll be wearing them over a pair of trousers), and how many I need to think twice about wearing if I've got an unforgiving pasta belly.


I'm not complaining, I love that this is how my style has evolved. These 'sacks', as I affectionately like to call them, are among some of the favourite pieces in my wardrobe. They're comfortable, easy to throw on and you can look like you've made an effort by just throwing a necklace on. In the Australian heat, they're great for something light and airy but I'd wear them in cooler climes with a pair of trousers on underneath too. 


This one from Uniqlo (fave) is the latest addition to my sack collection. I sized up for a slightly looser fit (I'm wearing a medium) and the royal blue colour is a great alternative to my ubiquitous black. Plus, anything that lets me eat out without wanting to undo my top button is a winner in my eyes.





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Thursday, 27 December 2018

How to Wear Black in Summer



Wearing: ASOS Sunglasses (similar), COS Top, Thomas Sabo Watch, COS Trousers, adidas Originals Trainers (similar)

It's been a while since I last touched this blog but with moving to a new city, starting a new job and filling any spare time with freelance writing work, there hasn't been much time to dedicate to this little space on the web. 


Truth be told, I've also been re-evaluating what I want to do with this blog and where I see my content going. At one point, I thought of scrapping the whole thing altogether and creating a new site based on other topics, but then, I still do like that old-school outfit sharing on blogs - and with Instagram's headache-inducing algorithm, I'm starting to see the value in having my own space that I can control (well, let's be real, that Google can control). 


So the outfit posts here will continue and I may create another online mag-style site, but that's still very much in the ideas phase. 

For now, here's what I've been wearing lately. Unsurprisingly, it involves a lot of black - something I haven't been able to shake off (and won't) since arriving in a hot and sunny climate. The trick to avoiding overheating in dark colours, I've found, is sticking to loose fits and pieces that let the air in. Take the outfit above - loose pants, a loose top and a cut-out detail that doubles as a handy entry point for any welcome breezes. 


Wearing: ASOS Sunglasses, T by Alexander Wang Dress, Zara Skirt (similar), Ganni Trainers (similar)

And then there's this outfit - yes, the skirt is fitted around the waist, but that loose wrap style is an absolute god send when it comes to preventing sweaty-thigh syndrome when the temperature cranks up. 



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Thursday, 25 October 2018

9 Australian Fashion Brands You Need to Know


Since coming to Australia earlier this year, I've been trying to embrace the local culture as much as possible (read: drinking lots of locally-produced wine, rather than spending my days in art galleries). Part of this has been discovering some of the incredible home-grown labels that have been steering me away from my staples of Uniqlo, Zara and COS. From minimalist swimwear labels to creators of easy slip dresses and the best sandals you'll ever meet, here are nine Australian fashion brands you need to know.


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A new discovery for me, Sydney-based Alex and Trahanas creates simple but well-made linen pieces that are perfect for summer - think short sleeved shirts with matching shorts, and shirt dresses that could be thrown on over your bikini post-beach or dressed up with a bit of jewellery for dinner (speaking of which, the brand's jewellery collaboration with Louise Olsen provides the perfect accessories). Alex and Trahanas also sells Italian ceramics on its online store, so you can match your Italian linen tee with a Puglian espresso cup.

Shop Alex and Trahanas here.


Arthur Apparel Winter clothing

Arthur Apparel first came on my radar before coming out to Australia and I'd fantasise about arriving and spending my days in the label's handmade pieces. Expect a lot of linen, oversized lightweight trench coats and roomy jumpsuits. The colour palette is one of neutrals too, with white, terracotta and black making up the bulk of the collections (music to my ears).

Shop Arthur Apparel here.



Assembly Label creates those easy, high-quality wardrobe staples that everyone needs yet can be seemingly so hard to find. For those of us who like our jeans straight-legged and unripped, our t-shirts plain and boxy and our swimwear well-fitted and devoid of thousands of straps and weird cut-out sections (I picked up a soft grey bikini in a sample sale recently and it's one of the best fitting pieces of swimwear I've tried in a long time), Assembly Label is a god-send. The brand does menswear too, and the stores are beautiful, calming spaces.

Shop Assembly Label here.



Not only does Bassike create well-constructed, laid-back basics, but this Aussie brand is also committed to sustainable manufacturing. Most of Bassike's pieces are loose-fitting and slightly sack-like (in a good way) and the collections range from simple tees, to relaxed tailoring and utilitarian trousers that you'll keep on wearing for seasons to come.

Shop Bassike here, or on Farfetch here.


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With each piece designed and made in Australia, Sydney-based Her Line is all about creating great clothing, locally. What started out in 2014 with swimwear, Her Line now has a ready to wear collection (and boasts a global cult following). It's that original swim offering that makes this brand so great though - founder Tuyen Nguyen favours pieces that flatter, frame and support the body, with designs that are pared-back and timeless.

Shop Her Line here, or on Ssense here.



Lucy Folk is another one I recently came across while living in Melbourne (although it appears I'm slow off the mark - the brand has fans in the likes of Leandra Medine and Pernille Teisbaek and has collaborations with colette Paris and more under its belt). Lucy Folk is renowned for its classic yet personality-filled jewellery and sunglasses, but also has some incredible dresses and kaftans for the ultimate in stylish beachwear. If you find yourself in Melbourne or Sydney, make sure to visit one of the brand's beautifully-curated stores.

Shop Lucy Folk here, or on Net-A-Porter here.


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With a name like 'Matin', it's little wonder this Sydney-based label has a touch of French style - particularly inspired by '70s icons Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot. It's a subtle reference though, rather than a full-blown retro look, making this a label that is bohemian and refined in equal balance (no mean feat). If you like loose, slightly tailored pieces (I'm talking wide leg trousers that sit at the ankle and long slip dresses with sturdy square necks and thick straps), Matin is the brand you'll want to return to again and again.

Shop Matin here, or on The Iconic here.



It's a bold statement (especially here in Aus), but Matteau has to be my favourite swimwear brand. Its collections are made up of high-quality designs that are simple, timeless and built to last, meaning no flash-in-the-pan trends that you'll tire of by the time next summer rolls around and no pieces that will become threadbare after a few washes. Matteau also creates some great cover-ups that you'll want to wear at the beach and beyond - think loose, slightly tailored cropped trousers rather than the ubiquitous see-through kaftan.

Shop Matteau here, or on Matches here.


Corfu Woven Slides - Almond

My first encounter with ST.AGNI was at the brands' beautiful little store in Byron Bay, where I picked up a pair of tan leather Yuka slides (and almost haven't taken off since). ST. AGNI's simple but beautiful slides and sandals are the stuff of holiday wardrobe dreams (I've got my eye on a pair of woven loafers), while clothing mainly takes the form of breezy linens in neutral shades.

Shop ST. AGNI here, or on Net-A-Porter here.


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