You can never be too ready when setting up yourself for the future. It hasn’t been until recently where I’ve really begun to take interest in my future home – you know you’re getting old when all your friends around you are getting married, moving out, and would rather shop in the homeware section over the clothing aisles. I guess that’s just it, being able to experience “the next chapter” vicariously through my friends has given me some good insight as to how seriously I have to save up in order to be able to gratify my expensive taste. I’ve also become aware of how difficult it is to envisage the kind of aesthetic you want your future space to be…it’s easy finding bits and bobs that you love, but putting it all together is a whole other learning curve of its own.
My style and taste is constantly evolving. Looking into the future now will give me time to discover what it is I like, what is practical, and what is long lasting. I always thought I would go the “minimalistic” route. But the minimalistic home isn’t, like all “minimalistic” trends, very minimal at all. Minimalism is a concept or lifestyle that demands simplicity, removing anything that is not a necessity and promoting things that are only vital. In the context of fashion, this suggests that things are low maintenance and essential. In reality, this has become nothing more than an aesthetic. It’s a trend which takes more effort to maintain and a lot more money to obtain. Take, for example, that white couch, that marble table, and those overpriced white dishes with gold brimming. Personally, I feel like the “minimalist” aesthetic has become too cliched, banal, and unimaginative.
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This post previews some inspo that captures elements of the aesthetics around a somewhat new palette for my jewellery line this Spring/Summer.
I am so excited to work with the talented girls over at BigPictureStuff and the stunning Livia Lai on a future shoot! The girls at BigPictureStuff have sharp eyes and amazing with the camera, perfect for someone like Livia who knows how to work the camera with her natural poise in front of the lense as well as an amazing sense of style. Although these plans are still in the works, I am so grateful to have been able to meet such generous individuals willing to collaborate, share their ideas and help one another grow. This is such a breath of fresh air in this competitive and sometimes disingenuous market.
This image beautifully incorporates a mirror to showcase TianStudios handmade silk scarves. The colourful prints is made as the star of the show with the model dressed simply and white background.
Hunter the Label has their styling and photographs down to a T. Ps. can someone please buy their pieces for me? I love how the background and dulled earthy colours compliment the clothing but without taking away from the product. For me, the setting of these images work symbiotically with the clothing and makes the consumer want to be there and dress like that. I think this is the most important aspect of these shots. It portrays something that is wearable to the every-day person but it certainly does not sacrifice style. It embodies the casual, laid back, ‘down to earth’ girl who carries herself effortlessly but fashionably at the same time. These are the ideas I hope the girls could help me capture but perhaps with a touch of high fashion/studio quality. I could do without the slight graininess of those photographs, a clearer and crisper photograph would display the smaller products like jewellery a little better.
I have also been a fan of Nylon jewellery for a while, their crystals incased with netting is such a great way of modernising bling – I noticed later than Swarvoski has done the same thing. Their shoot with Emma Downey (who I have a Instagram girl crush on) has an almost airy quality to it with the use of soft pastel colours in both the background and the make-up. The only way I could describe it is, conservatively fun? It uses colour but it’s subtle – a popular palette appearing in many Instagram account these days – and I am guilty of attempting to achieve this and being on the same bandwagon as this trend. Speaking of which – the below Instagram screen shots are among the few I would like to emulate in the shoot.
I’ve been loving simple silhouettes and plain clothing, as well as the slightly ill-fitted kind you see at Gorman. These are the kinds of clothes I can imagine my jewellery being paired with. The image at the beginning of the post wears a simple t-shirt with a high crew neck, similarly, the above image also features a pale blue high crew neck tank – these go great with any statement necklace! (I also love her dewey make-up and hair!) While tops that bare the shoulders are suited to delicate pieces.
I intend to include the twiggy-make up (the eyes) to reference the pop art concepts that tie into the ideas behind some of the jewellery. Other ideas with makeup include the dewey face with a sift grungy eye and simple lips. Hair: pulled back tightly into a pony tail, or the totally opposite rout of relaxed, slightly messy to one side either tied or left down. I’ve yet to decide!
Will be back with another post of our Thailand trip when I find the time! Oh, and hope you all like my revamped blog! Please let me know if you can see all/most of the images, I think I’m still having some technical issues with that…
Found these photos on Tumblr, and fell in love. When I get my own house, and if it ever be possible, boy-o-boy do I wish it looked like this! But oops, I told myself this wouldn’t actually turn into Tumblr, rather something of the kind but with more content and careful thought (I’m finding it very difficult to word it so that I don’t sound like I’m slamming everyone who uses Tumblr or sound pretentious, lol).
Industrial, white walls, light neutrals that add a tiny bit of warmth which can easily be adjusted for fresh Summers and crisp Winters. I love the cool, minimalistic vibes the rooms in these photos carry because it’s not so stripped back to the point of feeling too clinical. I also love the nooks and crannies, the interesting angular architecture which, although absolutely stunning, I can imagine to be a pain in the arse to find furniture for. Nevertheless, something like this is what I’m sure to strive for (on a budget and when the time comes) to create a blank but not bare canvas which is eclectic and versatile for any phase/mood/aesthetic I might be into at the time.
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