marni by day

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My friends are the best. The best. They love me, and they support me, and laugh with me, they cry with me, they celebrate with me. And I love them for all of that. The other thing that they occasionally do, is buy clothes in the wrong size then leave it too long to return, and give me them. My best friend Maggie bought this Marni dress. It didn’t sit right on her, but she forgot to return it. And now it is mine. Thank you beautiful angel, it’s so wonderful.

This dress is an all rounder: sack-like midi-dress with boxy shoulders, during the day with flats it looks relaxed as hell, and at night with heels it looks dressy and on point. The pins at the waist keep a little bit of shape, but it essentially fits straight with tapering around the calves.

I’ve decided to blog this dress twice; at day and at night. My day look pairs it with Windsor Smith black leather slides, an oversize Sportsgirl tote, and layered necklaces. Simple as it comes, and it feels beautiful on. Relaxi-dress.

Keep watch, I will post the night look of this dress very soon! Which will be my last outfit post from Adelaide; I’m going to start working on some outfit posts from my new hometown, Sydney.

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STYLING NOTES

Dress: Marni
Shoes: Windsor Smith
Bag: Sportsgirl
Wallet: Comme des Garçons
Necklace (shortest): Nanna’s pendant, vintage
Necklace (middle): rose quartz pendant, vintage
Necklace (longest): Alexander McQueen

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balenciaga virgin

Balenciaga was one of the first labels I ever truly loved. I got a ‘chucked in the deep end’ kind of education to high end fashion labels when I started modelling at the age of sixteen, and Balenciaga was one of the first labels I looked at and went ‘oh yeah, I get it.’ (I remember the first collection I ever loved, it was Ghesquière’s spring RTW 2007, with those jewelled science lab goggle sunglasses.)

It’s taken me seven whole years since then to get a piece of my own from the label. I knew I wanted my first piece to be something quintessentially Balenciaga, that I’d be able to wear all the time. So I decided on the Arena Wrap Bracelet. Those riveted Balenciaga studs; you can spot them a mile away. I’m a happy gal.

 

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you don’t have to be rich

IMG_0448   These Maurie & Eve jeans and Windsor Smith slides have featured before. But we should all be honest with ourselves here: do bloggers that post outfit photos weekly with brand new clothing have some magical endless wardrobe or income? I certainly don’t. I can’t afford a brand new addition to my wardrobe every week, just like most women my age. I blog to share my knowledge and style, learn, write, and to post things I like. Quality and passion matter most to me with style posts, not quantity. Innovation isn’t buying new stuff to shoot all the time, it’s working through adversity, being creative and styling the same pieces in unique ways. Speaking of unique personal style, I got told the other day over dinner that I looked like I was wearing pyjamas. It’s not something I haven’t heard before. I wear a lot of black, and it’s always slouchy and relaxed, no bra, you know what I’m talking about. My wardrobe is almost wholly made up of oversized tees. It’s fucking amazing. Like at the end of dinner and everyone’s complaining about wanting to unbutton their jeans, and you’re sitting there in stretch dropcrotch pants and you are SO FUCKING COMFORTABLE. Couldn’t recommend it more. Use the Olsen twins as inspiration – their ‘look, I love expensive labels but fuck off if I’m not going to be comfy’ vibes have inspired me for years. This outfit is slouchy, comfortable, and perfect for running around on those ‘I have a thousand things to do and no motivation to do any of them’ kind of days. The tee is soft cotton and I’ve had it for too many years to even remember where it’s from. Maurie & Eve’s ‘Word Jean’ is in my top 5 favourite pieces of clothing I own. I really need to photograph the back of them so you can properly see the dropcrotch detail, it’s fantastic. The Windsor Smith slides have barely come off of my feet since spring hit Adelaide. The sunglasses are my favourite newbies – a darling friend runs a incredible label called Supa Sundays. He gave me these wonderful ‘Maximillion’ sunnies, and I adore them. The leather-look caps on either side of the frames are just so sick. You can find them here. IMG_0453 IMG_0505 IMG_0413 IMG_0521 IMG_0430 IMG_0542

STYLING NOTES

T-shirt: unknown
Bra: American Apparel
German shirt (around waist): Aussie Disposals
Jeans: Maurie & Eve
Shoes: Windsor Smith
Sunglasses: Supa Sundays
Clutch: Comme des Garçons

photos by Daniel Freer

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deathless goddess

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STYLING NOTES

Jumper: Topshop
Skirt: Temt
Shoes: Nike Flyknit Free Run
Bag: Sportsgirl
Snood: K-Mart
photos by Daniel Freer


Its been bloody freezing this past winter. Spring is technically here, so that means finally being able to bare a little bit of leg, fucking finally. This draped skirt is a good little cheap number from Temt – if I could afford a Rick Owens version I would, but unfortunately here we are in 2014, still not rich, still buying Rothmans instead of Marlboros, and still Rick Owens-less.

Mumma Sarge bought me this jumper from Topshop in the UK. It’s quite amazing that even in a fast fashion chain store, the outerwear purchasable from the UK is ten times warmer than that in Australia. I love it because it’s natural unbleached wool. Every now and then people will comment on it being stained, and I could retort with some very snooty comment about how ‘actually, no, that’s just the natural fibres, they’re not heavily bleached so there will be blemishes in the wool’, or at least I would if I was a worse person.

Finally, my favourite sneakers I ever did purchase: black Nike Flyknit Free Runs. How I loved them, such incredible beauties! Unfortunately I purchased them a size too small, so they are no longer in my possession. I’d kill to get another pair. They were not meant for this life with little old me. RIP.


“O powerful Nike, by men desired, with adverse breasts to dreadful fury fired, thee I invoke, whose might alone can quell contending rage and molestation fell. ‘Tis thine in battle to confer the crown, the victor’s prize, the mark of sweet renown; for thou rulest all things, Nike divine! And glorious strife, and joyful shouts are thine. Come, mighty Goddess, and thy suppliant bless, with sparkling eyes, elated with success; may deeds illustrious thy protection claim, and find, led on by thee, immortal fame.”


 

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casual bondage

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Styling Notes

Top: Helmut Lang
Pants: American Apparel
Shoes: Windsor Smith
Jacket: Katie’s
Rings: Lovisa
Wallet: Comme des Garçons

Behold, my newest purchase: these Windsor Smith slides. Now we all would’ve noticed the huge Windsor Smith blow-up in the past few years, their chunky sandals are a hit with teenage girls all over the country. The stacked heels aren’t my thing, so I was pretty excited that these very basic, very comfortable leather slides were also available from the Australian retailer. You can wear them with anything, and they add a relaxed feeling to any outfit – extremely handy for someone who always looks a little menacing in all black and leather. When spring comes along, they’ll be on my feet everyday.

As said a few posts earlier, I don’t really get to wear anything too crazy at work. My uniform is a t-shirt, so I usually end up wearing jeans and sneakers every single day. In an effort to change that up a bit, and save me from my daily work clothing-related depression/boredom, I started to wear these American Apparel dropcrotch harem pants. In all fairness, I bought them one night when I was sitting outside a pub in the freezing cold with bare legs. They saved me that night, and every day I’ve worn them since – they are my pant angels.

My leather jacket is shiny in photos for some reason, but it’s quite matte in real life. It’s not real leather, and it cost me $20. I love it, wear it almost everyday, and get shitloads of compliments on it. Y’know, it’s almost as if being snobby about clothes from is a bit stupid… Weird.

My top is one of my favourite purchases of all time. Adelaide gem, the now-closed Filter Store, had a huge sale. I purchased some Comme des Garçons pants, and this Helmut Lang tee was a last minute ‘oh go on, I’ll grab this one too’ kind of situation. Its a 00’s long bondage tee, made in Japan from super soft 100% cotton, and customisable bondage strap along the bottom.

FInally, my favourite purchase of the year so far. I’d been looking for a wallet for years. Literally, years. I went on holiday to Sydney and had promised myself I wouldn’t spend much money. I was in a mens clothing store, and as I was admiring some crazy Visvim shoes, the rack of Comme des Garçons wallets caught my eye. Less than 10 minutes later, I owned one. I carry hardly any cash (read: I don’t have any) so it’s the perfect size if you’re a card-only kinda person.All black leather, as you’d expect – I wanted timeless, no polka dots thanks Rei you champion!

Black leather, all day erryday.

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word up with maurie & eve

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Styling notes

Jeans: Maurie & Eve
Jumper: Cotton On
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Bag: Sportsgirl
Rings: Lovisa

I finally finally finally got my hands on pair of Maurie & Eve’s ‘Word Jean’ in black. I’m in love with them. They’re baggy, but taper around the ankle. Dropcrotch with extremely low back pockets. Super low waist – the complete opposite of all my other jeans.

You can dress them up or down; my faithful Tony Bianco’s, black Sportsgirl leather-look tote and a huge chunky knit are my favourite go-to pairing when I have to look semi-polished. Which is amazing, because getting dressed up in winter normally sucks for girls because you’re absolutely fucking freezing. Not this moi, I wholeheartedly refuse to freeze myself half to death. And this outfit smokes any flimsy icicle-inducing cocktail dress out the water anyway. Did I mention how comfortable they are? It’s like a soft denim cloud is swathed around your butt. Keep your eyes out, my next personal style post will be dressing them down.

My winter has been completely made now the Maurie & Eve’s are in my life. Big ups to désordre boutique for getting these in my hands so fast, and with an adorable note 😍

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all photos by the wonderful Daniel Freer

wish style challenge

I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in a style challenge by incredible Australian label Wish (visit them at wish.com.au). This blogpost has the potential to win me a trip to Thailand, or a helluva lot of clothes – pretty exciting!

So you guys would all know that I’m going pretty monochrome at the moment. Shades of black and white are my best friend, and I’m struggling to stray from them. I just feel that going floral and colourful when it hits warmer months is a little too conditioned into us, and I’d rather play with shade and texture this spring and keep colour to a minimum. This is purely because I never have, and I can bet that majority of you guys haven’t either. Are you guilty of relying on bright colours every spring? I have been. Choose another path this spring! We have so many options, so many different elements that we can play with within our own style. Play around, like I have – it’s so much fun.

The Wish ‘Chantilly’ dress is perfect for what I want to play with. With a soft cotton underlay, and a lovely chiffon overlay, it’s impossible not to feel feminine in this dress. The swallow/geometric pattern (which is exclusive to Wish this season) is made up of muted jewel tones, and regardless of being a statement, it doesn’t try to take away from the floaty nature of the dress. Neither do the black panels around the sleeves and bottom of the dress. I’m in love with it!

The shoes are my new favourites. I was surprised as all hell when I found them… at K-Mart. What?! I know. They’re comfy, and flattering. The clutch – which you guys have seen before, but it’s one of my favourite things I own, so nerr – is from the H&M collection with Maison Martin Margiela. It’s a remake from his 2010 SS collection – the infamous candy clutch. Rings are from Lovisa, nose ring is from ASOS, and faux leather cap is from Sportsgirl.

In terms of beauty, I was really excited to find this new shade of lipstick from Australian make-up label Australis – part of their Colour Inject Mineral lipstick range, this dark plum shade is called ‘Grunge‘. I’m also wearing their mineral highlighter – it’s a wonderfully subtle addition to any casual makeup look, but it really does make a difference, your face looks so fresh after highlighting your cheekbones. All other makeup by Rimmel (because I really DO enjoy that London look), and hair product used is Kevin Murphy Session Spray.

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What do you guys think – does this outfit deserve a trip to Thailand!?

Huge shout out and thank you to Wish for including me in this challenge, and gifting me the beautiful dress. You guys are the biggest babes, thanks!

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