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Steely in Winter

One of my goals for 2017 is to collaborate with more creative people, create more quality content, and return to my jewellery. What better way to start that off than to shoot with our engagement party photographer for a much needed face lift on the blog. I really enjoy the care-free candid approach Sean has with his photography and I wanted to showcase this with a small outfit post.

Although the purpose of our shoot was to present the outfit, we took a more intuitive approach. Dressing for the location as opposed to dressing for the fashion. It was cold and we were blessed with intermittent rain, but meeting with grassland in all its tranquillity made it all worthwhile. The wimsy tall grass straws and their soft awns leave little to be uninspired by. Never underestimate the warmth winter foliage can bring. 

wear that summer skirt in winter

I have an unusual habit of having the desire to wear summer pieces in the winter (and vice versa), and I think this is because I enjoy the juxtaposition of styles and dynamic these contrasting pieces could create when a cohesive element can be found. I wanted to play with this idea today.


This unique skort is a number from steelelabel.com – one of their sought after pieces which I actually wanted in the grey but could not locate anywhere in Australia due to its popularity. Nevertheless, I am glad I managed to get my hands on the red as it adds just enough colour to showcase the design. If I’m completely honest, I have not had a chance to wear this nearly enough times this skirt deserves to be worn. If you’re like me, and you have a few neglected statement skirts folded away in your closet, see how you can make the most of it even in the colder months!


This skirt is quite a challenge to wear in the winter season, as it is flowy, white, and thin (both in fabric thickness and quantity…if ya know what I mean). But there are two (perhaps fairly obvious) things I like to do when I want to wear a skirt casually during a cold day, without looking like a fool. Throw on a long sleeved top, a boxy knit, knee high or ankle boots layered with long socks for extra warmth. I chose to pair this skirt with a soft turtle neck long sleeve to match my black boots and off-set the feminine skirt. Rather than putting a coat on straight over, I prefer wearing large boxy knits (also with a high neck for extra-extra warmth) which creates the illusion of a smaller waist.


Photography: Sean Tak (@seantakphotos, @hithereheyhello)
Makeup: Myself
Skirt: Steele the label 
Jewellery: assorted, Lott Studio
Jumper: Country Road
Turtle neck: Dotti 

Ancient Gorman

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A nonsensical update.

Unfortunately, as life would have it, I have been unable to spend more time on creative outlets such as this blog. When I do have free time, I am either lethargic, unmotivated or uninspired. Either that, or I feel the need to do extra work and stay even more ahead of schedule for my lesson planning – though I’m slowly figuring out that this becomes redundant as I find myself revising over the prep I had done the other week. Speaking of working in my free time, I don’t think I’ll ever get around to publishing my research in a journal as my access to resources has been completely cut off (due to not being a Monash student anymore – this is when you really appreciate how much free access to information we had as a student). I am completely annoyed with this, despite knowing that I can’t have possibly expected myself to work on a journal submission first year out on a new job and in deep water. Big, fat, URGH.

Term 2 holidays is in sight – my goal is to try and edit my research paper so that it is publish-worthy. I’m 99% sure it won’t happen because I have no resources. But I also want to be 99% sure that I gave it my best shot regardless.

I need to give myself a break. Read more