Albus Lumen at MBFWA

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25 May, 2016

Photo by Flaunter 
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) is done and dusted but I'm still catching up on what exactly went down. I've been slowly making my way through the MBFWA coverage and one collection that really stood out for me was Albus Lumen. Even the name Albus Lumen - Latin for white light - conjures up images of clean and crisp designs. However, there's a warmth to the collection in the form of textured suede, rich hues, and laced detailing. While the looks are minimalist in nature, it's a minimalism that isn't rooted in black and white basics. Instead, it's a refreshing and sophisticated take on relaxed style. 

The Bucket Bag Edit

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23 May, 2016

There's no denying that the bucket bag is having a moment right now, largely thanks to the rise of the covetable Mansur Gavriel version. The silhouette is the height of casual style and the typically roomy design of these bags makes them ideal for stashing your everyday essentials in. While not all of us have the budget or patience to obtain the OG Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, there are plenty of other options out there. These are some equally stylish takes on the casually cool bucket bag.

1. Paper Moon Bucket Bag in Snow by Molten Store
2. Caramel Drawstring Purse by BAGGU
3. 'Jules' Vegan Leather Bucket Bag in Wine by Angela · Roi
4. 'Abake' Leather Bucket Bag in Bellini by Elk
5. Navy Leather Bucket Bag by Umbrella Collective
6. Drawstring Bucket Bag by Herschel Supply Co 
7. 'Amberline' Bucket Bag in Chambray by Skagen

Romance Was Born at MBFWA

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19 May, 2016

Photo by Daniel Boud for Flaunter
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) has been taking place over the past few days and while my interest in the event has waned over the years, the one thing that always excites me is seeing what the creative duo behind Romance Was Born gets up to. This year was no different, with Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett delivering another visually riotous show. If my reaction to seeing the collection through a computer screen was anything to go by, I can only imagine what it must have been like to experience it in person. The collection, called 'Whispering Angel', was inspired by Liberace and features plenty of appropriately showy garments. While the Liberace references are clear to see (hello sheet music prints and keyboard fringed dresses), I'm also inclined to describe this collection as Phryne Fisher meets The Capitol. Feast your eyes on more images of excess after the cut.

Books About Girls in Bands

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12 May, 2016

I'm ashamed to admit it but we're five months into the year and I've only completed reading two books. TWO. This is coming from someone who would regularly smash out a book a week back in the day. I blame Netflix. As such, I've made it my mission to get into the habit of reading more books on the reg. Right now my list of books to read is filled with stories about female musicians. It all started when I read Just Kids by Patti Smith, which quickly earned its spot as one of my favourite books of all time. I've recently bought M Train and Girl in a Band, which I cannot wait to get stuck into (the difficult part is deciding which one to read first). In the interest of grrrl power, and maybe starting an ad hoc book club of some sort, I've compiled a short list of books about or by girls in bands. Feel free to add any more in the comments section.

Just Kids by Patti Smith - "the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies".

M Train by Patti Smith - "M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today".

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon - as a "founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women... she writes frankly about her route from girl to woman and pioneering icon within the music and art scene of New York City in the 1980s and 90s as well as marriage, motherhood, and independence".

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein - "this book captures the experience of being a young woman, a born performer and an outsider, and ultimately finding one's true calling through hard work, courage and the intoxicating power of rock and roll".

Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus - "the first-ever history of Riot Grrrl, is a gripping narrative with a sound track: a lyrical, punk-infused chronicle of a group of extraordinary young women coming of age angrily, collectively, and publicly".

How I Use My ghd Platinum Styler

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26 April, 2016

A good hair straightener is a worthwhile addition to any styling kit. I was recently able to try out the ghd Platinum styler and it has proven to be quite a nifty little thing. When it comes to styling tools, a lot of jargon gets thrown about. You know, heating technology this and patented that. All very important things I'm sure but it usually just goes straight over the top of my head. The main things I want to know are: is the product easy to use, will it turn me into a hair styling guru (probably not but with some practice here's hoping), and will it be something that I end up using time and time again? So far the ghd Platinum ticks those boxes. I'm not one to wear my hair pin straight so instead I've been using it to create a 'do with a bit more movement. You know, those loose effortless waves that actually require some effort to create. It's like the hair equivalent of no-makeup makeup. Read on to see how I've been using my ghd platinum styler.