Since I can’t bring you to my new office, I thought I would bring a little of my new office to you. The second I had a space of my own I did a number on the walls above my computer, adding images I collected in a heartbeat.
I found the image of Gemma Ward first; one link led to another and before I knew it one incredible Tumblr handed me all the inspiration I could handle. It’s unlike me to collect anything from the internet without noting the source, but in this case that’s exactly what I did.
Searching a second time without a reference for something precious you found online is like waking up from a dream you can hardly remember. Fragments taunt you, but without a context you may as well consider the narrative gone forever. If you recognise these images as yours, please let me know and I will credit accordingly. Oh, and by the way, you have incredible taste.
Today I took the longest lunch hour of my life and attended Project Be Style, hosted by Westfield Chermside. Flanked by an army of fashion journalists and members of the local style set, I sharpened my pencil and kept my score card at the ready as final year fashion students from QUT battled it out in style, charged with interpreting key winter trends with new season pieces from stores such as Cue, Sportsgirl and Diva.
The models paraded by our table one by one, each styled in a distinctive theme. From 80’s extravagance to Parisian chic, the student designers had their looks all stitched up.
I cheekily compared notes with a familiar face from across the table; Sara from Harper and Harley. I love meeting fellow bloggers in person and was super excited to introduce myself. This girl has an incredible sense of style.
As the students and models relaxed in the lane way behind the restaurant, Lucy from Westfield let me snap a couple of photos of her. I have a massive style crush on Lucy; she’s off to New York for an internship in a month or so and I have no doubt she will be fabulous. She’s just one of those girls; you know what I mean.
My friend Alice has just returned from a whirlwind holiday in Asia and she’s back on home ground with a suitcase of treasures and inspiration to match. A designer with a curious nature and a defined sense of personal style, Alice seems to always find an edginess in the unpredictable, so I wasn’t surprised to find an endless parade of pieces pour from inside her worn leather travel satchel.
Apparently vintage Levis are as common in Thailand as peanut satay; sold by the roadside by men who don’t care for the stories the denim could tell. The boots were of her own design, made to her liking based on a sketch she drew in a taxi, lost, and then had to explain to a Thai cobbler in broken language.
Vintage suede jacket, seashell necklace, and sunglasses, digital Casio watch from Incu, scattered rings by Digby & Iona and from the markets, sass & bide The Unlimited bodysuit.
There might be a heaviness beneath my eyes but behind them my mind is still burning in the afterglow after my whirlwind trip to Sydney. My galaxy exploded into a brilliant storm of excitement over night; the 5am start was painless, although I suppose it’s impossible to stay in bed when your heart races you awake.
I don’t think it is the lack of sleep that has me so wiped out; rather, the frantic hour loose on Oxford Street in Paddington that followed my long lunch with Maz (who had layered jewellery that told a story of its own) our Account Manager at Sweaty Betty PR. A suede jacket, vintage sunglasses, and a teeny Casio; whimsical fashion finds that perfectly accessorised the afternoon of a day that played out like a dream.
Urban Outfitters bag, vintage lurex tee, trousers borrowed from Alice, Target heels and vintage jewellery.
My first day of work tomorrow and I’ve spent half an hour past my bedtime rummaging through my wardrobe trying to find an outfit that suits my mood. Alice lent me these incredible trousers but as much as I love them, when it comes to dressing for an occasion I feel most confident in something I recognise on my skin.
I’m not the sort of girl who can buy something and wear it perfectly the same day; I find my pieces work the best when I’ve worn them in a little in my mind. I play dress ups and take time to introduce new pieces to the right crowd in my wardrobe, hoping they play nice.
An early start tomorrow; in my first few hours as the Public Relations Coordinator for Frockshop I’ll fly to Sydney for a play date of my own with our press agency before returning to Brisbane in the evening. I love packing for day trips, it gives me an excuse to carry my favourite things with me. A sketchbook, my MacBook, my iPhone, bronzer, a handful of random jewellery; now, if I could just figure out what to wear.
I slept in today, and took a morning stroll at 2pm. Ahead of starting my new job on Monday, I took a detour past my new office and could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the windows plastered with magazine covers and editorials. So much for taking a sneaky peek; I can’t wait to see what is behind the pages.
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