Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fangirl Moment + Black Lip Pigment.

Okay, I really really really hate to be the world’s lamest dude ever, but this doesn’t happen to me very often, so I just HAD to share.
I’ve been an avid follower of Hal-coholic.com since I accidentally stumbled across Hal’s blog sometime last year. Without sounding like the creepiest stalker ever, but it was her blog + style that has completely inspired me to just be the person I want to be- I could seriously spend hours talking about her, but I’ll skip it for now ;D

So anyways, I logged on this morning feeling rather low, to see Hal had visited my blog + left me a comment! I’d even made it on to her Blogroll- I actually squealed out loud. I don’t even have words for how happy receiving her compliments made me- I’ve had the looniest smile on my face all day ^____^
If you somehow haven’t already, DO check out her blog HERE. + you can see what I mean ;D

In completely unrelated news, I am on my way to fixing up a print system for my work. I’ve had a lot of lovely people request pictures as posters, and I’d love to help out! I’ll set it up on a request basis, with a flat rate for different sizes + finishes; more information will be going up on my Fanpage on Facebook when I have more details. Put me on your wall- I’ll watch you when you sleep! Teehee!

Sorry it’s a short one tonight- I went for a hunt around a thrift store today and found some groovy fodder for a DIY project I’d wanted to do for a while. And a clear vinyl handbag! I’m seriously in love- but I want to do something really cheeky with it; like put a porn magazine in it when I go out or something?

Obligatory picturespam!
Also, black lipstick;



Also also, I wore the black lipstick to cover up the fact that my lips are so sad at the moment. Stupid dry air cracking my lips!



Also also also, Alex is napping and there’s crap on TV and my necklace looks like frogspawn!



My moustache brooch hooks on perfectly to my medusa piercing. That rules.

xx

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Alex + Me + Camera = ????

It's the middle of the night here. What better time to hassle Alex to take dorky photos of me? I'll admit, they DID turn out rather well :)


I picked the shirt up at an op shop around the corner from my house, the jeans from a thrift shop just outside the city. I'm aware my arms are skinny to the point of uselessness. IMA SPAHGETTAH NADLE.







Also, cheers to Inked Girls for the feature on their blog- and the credits to mine! I'm flattered you guys thought to put me on there- cheers! :D

I'm so full of Tuscan seasoned roast sweet potato, carrot, potato, spanish onion + garlic that I may esplode. I ate it on couscous + will post the recipe in my next entry; along with some other awesome vegan eats, as I know how much you like them.



I hope you enjoyed my boredom!


xx


Z

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Is Blogging Killing the Magazine Star?

As a child, I was a voracious reader.  What am I talking about- I still am! I went nuts for any reading material I could get my hands on- books were my entire life. That was until I read my first magazine. It was a copy of Disney Adventures; I’m pretty sure it had Michael Jordan on the front cover. It had comics, interviews and jokes. It was awesome! My love of magazines only continued to grow- I went from DA, to K-Zone, to Double Helix, to Girlfriend/Dolly, to Cosmopolitan, Fiend and Cleo. Hell, I was even partial to a good leaf through Hustler’s Taboo, Penthouse; even Playboy.

My main source of fashion inspiration extended as far as gossip magazines, the occasional issue of Fiend magazine and anyone breaking the mould on the two social networking sites I inhabited. I had baskets in my bedroom overflowing with read-to-death copies of Cosmopolitan, Cleo- even the occasional issue of Grazia; depending how bored I was.
I’ve only recently become an active member of the blogosphere. For years before this, I attempted to keep blogs and journals on various websites, but never really managed to knuckle down and make anything that lasted. I just didn’t really have enough to say, or had ever really seen much of what a blog could be outside of whiny posts children made on Myspace. 

I’ve since evolved into an opinionated, mouthy bitch- with a camera, a clue about how to dress mysElf and time on my hands. I’ve developed my own drum beat to walk to, and have somehow managed to finally get the motivation to share it with other people. Having a blog, means exposure to so much more than I ever thought. I’ve been able to delve and follow links for hours on end, stumbling and devouring blogs by the dozen. DIY craft, indie fashion, haute couture and bizarro opinion columns in particular piqued my interest, and I found as my blogroll reading list grew, I found the piles of magazines I kept around me beginning to shrink. I often found mysElf thinking about buying a copy of Cosmo, only to be chided by my voice of reason to just surf the blogosphere instead- it was free + I’m more likely to find what I am after.

With the internet an ever-growing resource, every person being able to have a say instead of being limited to what their newsstand orders in, it’s not suprising to know that the trend of having a blog has exploded; illustrated by the sheer prolificness of the social networking site Tumblr. It’s got me thinking though; with the availability of pretty much anything you’re looking for, why would we even both reading magazines? Why pay for something when you can get it on the internet for free, and not have to clutter your room?

My heart sank when I thought of magazines slowly becoming an extinct resource. With the popularity of e-books spreading, it’s not at all a surprise that online zines are experiencing the same success. I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I love nothing more than to crack open a beautiful book; smell the pages, crease the cover, as I read through + fill my mind. I just much prefer the PHYSICALNESS of reading a real book, as opposed to something online. I think similarly when it comes to magazines- I love trawling bigger shops for rare gems, once annual fashion publications, tiny craft zines smushed behind obnoxious covers of Vogue. I love the feeling of leafing through, finding something you deem worth of spending money on + the paper bags you carry them in. I love the feeling of settling down with a  cup of tea + the brush of turning pages against my hands- the feeling of contentment and inspiration when you come to the end of it, and put it atop the pile next to the couch.

As much as I love blogs, and the online community that supports them, I also am so terrified of losing something as special as magazines. The teams that are behind them, the work it takes to put one out, the inspiration the writers take to create them.

Take some time to really browse your newsagents next time you’re there, look past the NWs and the Zoos. Leaf through the free street presses in your favourite music shop. Hiding in there could be your next big inspiration, thought provoker, tear jerker, or all of the above.

Don’t let the online world of blogging kill the magazine star!

Some of my current favourite magazines:
Dazed and Confused
Frankie
Nude UK
Peppermint
Vice (Free streetpress)
Attitude (Free streetpress)
Oyster

Before I go, I'll leave you with a happy snap I took yesterday. I had a Hyperbole and a Half kind of day yesterday, and actually went + did the stuff I didn't think I'd ever get around to doing. it paid off though- I dropped past a thrift store in a part of town I rarely go to, and found the world's most perfect fitting black skinny jeans + this mint green pure silk scarf. I never wear really girly things, but I think it looks awesome! What do you think? :3


Not only am I sticking to my New Years Resolution of keeping a blog, I'm also managing to wear way less makeup than I used to. How are you going with YOUR New Years Resolutions?  I'll enable commenting, so drop me a line <3

xx

Z

Monday, March 28, 2011

LookBook.nu

Coming home from a day out with Alex, and we stumble upon a garage sale at the house down the road from ours. Picked up a $210 dress, new with tags, for $5! Among a few other goodies ^______^

So we decided to shoot in some of the awesome bits and pieces we found :)



















Both shoots styled entirely from thrifted items/stuff found at garage sales, and customised by mysElf. Shot by Alex Baulderstone; you can see more of his work HERE. Drop past- there's ducks. Nearly wrote that as fucks D:


xx

Z

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Mayonnaise Jar + Novelty Hipster Glasses

Not original content- I found this trawling the LookBook.nu forum, and I thought it was really cute, clever and ultimately relevant, so I thought I would share :)


The Mayonnaise Jar 

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. 
When the class began, wordlessly, He picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar 
And proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students, if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. 

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open Areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. 

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.' 

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. 

'Now,' said the professor, as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - family, children, health, Friends, and Favorite passions. Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, Your life would still be full. 

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else --The small stuff. 

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' He continued, there is no room for  the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. 

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, You will never have room for the things that are important to you. 

So... 

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play With your children.
Take time to get medical check ups. Take your partner out to dinner. 

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. 

'Take care of the golf balls first -- The things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.' 

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. 'I'm glad you asked'. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend. 

When things in your life seem, almost too much to handle, When 24 Hours in a day is not enough, Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.



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Ain't it sweet? :)


I had another positive moment tonight, walking home with Alex from dinner. We were on our way to grab coffee, when we were stopped by a group of (rather tipsy) adults, who were aesthetically not involved in the alternative scene, but had some really nice + positive things to say about me :) I showed them my tongue split + it blew their minds! It's so nice, when having such a crappy day, to have some people go out of their way to make you feel good about yourself ^_____^

Also; I found a pair of novelty hipster glasses. Chaos ensued ;D





My split is looking neat-o! :D


xx


Z

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Purple Patch

Due to all the controversy of my last post, there was no room to fit in pictures of the brief 'set' I shot with Alex today. You can see more of his work HERE.

We both agreed that my purple thigh high socks over stockings with a moustache brooch + raccoon hat was far too epic to go uncaptured, so we shot a quick series of photos on the balcony. I think they went rather well!






I also think I have a tiny sock obsession- I have had to put all my stockings and socks in a separate drawer because I couldn't find any of my underwear! I may have a problem ;D

xx

Z


P.s:

Polyamory: Questioning monogamy

DISCLAIMER: The following post may contain ideaologies and opinions that may differ from yours. If you read the following post + for some reason take offence/don’t agree with what I have to say, that is YOUR problem , not MINE. I don’t want to hear about it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dreams on Hold + Coat Love

I guess this is some kind of announcement of sorts. I know recently I have been talking A LOT about escaping to Melbourne- especially since I had the massive issues I went through not that long ago. I seriously set about looking for houses, jobs and anything I could do to help get mysElf settled when over there.

Asides from the obvious complications of being interstate when job searching, I had no idea where to begin for house hunting. Not only am I in an entirely different city, landlords don’t ever take too kindly to my image + there was the matter of the existing black hole in my rental history from just couch surfing for the past few years. I was at an utter loss as to how I was meant to get around those things.

As a result of these complications, and others, I’ve decided that for now, I’m going to have to put my moving dream on hold. It’s easy to be like “FUCK EVERYTHIIING” and pack up and leave, but I’ve finally come to a place where I am content with the people I have surrounded mysElf with, what I am creating + the path that I appear to be on. Sometimes dreams have to be put on hold when you find yoursElf veering down a good path.
Of course, this is all subject to change, and I guarantee that the next mood swing will probably result in my posting “FUCK THIS, MELBOURNE IT ISSSSS”, but for now I think I’ll stay where I am.

This is definitely not to say that I am not going to travel in the near future, as I have plans + dreams of not only visiting Melbourne, but heading to Brisbane, Sydney + internationally; provided I have a couch I can crash on! I want to turn it into this blog tour, with pictures + hangouts with amazing people; drop me a line if you have any ideas for hangouts!

I’m also looking for photographers who would be keen to collaborate. Let me define this word; I want to shoot both yours AND my concepts. I’m not about to dictate the whole shoot, but I am really tired of shooting everyone else’s concepts, but having mine overlooked. Don’t hesitate to contact me for a chat- I want to work this on a T*CD basis, so drop me a line.

I’ll end this ranty rant on a better note; look at my amazing Russian trench coat I picked up for thirty measly dollars! I love it so much- I never want to take it off! :D



Worn with a brooch I picked up from a local business, Clarity Records. If vinyl is your love, drop past their shop on Pulteney Street- you won't regret it :3

xx

Z

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy 50th + Five Simple Ways to Customise Your Shirts

Wow! I can barely believe it- I'm at 50 posts! While that might not sound like much, I'm pretty chuffed; considering most other attempts I made at blogging ended after around 4 posts :P


So, hip hooray ^_^


Five Easy Ways to Customise Your Shirts!


1. Go off the shoulder.
I don't even have words for how easy it is to change the entire look of a dull shirt, just by cutting off a tight neckline, and wearing it slightly to the side. It's one of my favourite things to do when I have a top that doesn't look quite right on me and is damn near impossible to screw up for those who are made nervous by craft ;)








2. Bleach spatter.
I love the look of bleach spatter so much! It doesn't even have to be spatter- I've seen some incredible stuff people have done just by painting bleach onto their clothes. Either way, it's possibly one of the easier ways to funk up your clothes.
Simply take some undiluted bleach, splatter and decorate your DRY clothes to your hearts content, then rinse with cool water until it runs clear. Leave to dry + viola!









3. Slashes + safety pins.
I really really REALLY hate people who spend money on clothes that are pre-ripped and slashed. I mean, SERIOUSLY guys? It wouldn't kill you to save a dime by doing it yourself AND looking unique!
Some people think heavily ripped and slashed clothing can be a little intense- I know I've had a few worries of accidentally flashing someone through my tears. Solution? A packet of safety pins from a craft shop will only cost a few dollars. Pinning together slashes looks bitchin' and is totally customiseable. Have fun! Take your craft rage out on your shirt! :D





Image sourced from Lookbook.nu


4. Fringing.
Something that is on a rise back to popularity; fringes! I totally dig the way a fringed shirt feels when it's blowing in a breeze + dancing over my skin. All you really need is some sharp scissors and patience: cut long, even strips in to where ever you desire the fringing effect. Try sewing strips of materials to ribbon + sewing onto shirts- the layering is awesome!








5. Woven slashes.
This is not the easiest thing in the world, so perhaps practise it a few times on some material before giving it a shot on your shirt. The result is definitely worth it, though! An easy to follow tutorial (granted it's for leggings, but the principle is still the same) HERE.




Image sourced from Lookbook.nu


Well? What are you waiting for? Get creating- I want to see what you come up with!


xx


Z

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ethics & Molars + DIY Lego Bow Tie

I decided to take my Lego bow tie for a spin- went to town for coffee + to see a show put on in Clarity Records. I was super excite to see The Shakes, with Ethics & Molars, and Nebraska playing support. 


Unfortunately, I only got to see Ethics & Molars before I was overcome with a blinding migraine. Perhaps it was my brain imploding from the amount of cute they were- the music, members of the band AND lyrics were all so insanely cute + sweet, I swear I got tooth decay from just being there. They're quite new to the local music scene, but if you manage to hunt them down or see them live, they are definitely worth the door price on whatever venue they're at- promise! :D


Before the show, I dropped past my favourite op shop in the city just to see if they had anything new in, and managed to walk away with a brand new pair of TUK heels, American Apparel lace tights AND a full length velvet skirt. Amazing! There will be pictures soon <3


Alex also took some amazing photos of me in the beautiful flower garden across from our house. I implore you to suss out more of his work HERE- he's amazing :)






Stockings and socks are my new love.


xx


Z

Friday, March 18, 2011

Seventy Per Cent Cocoa + DIY Heart Elbow Patches

So, there nearly wasn't a post tonight because I was being all grouchy and poopy. But I was cheered up after the completion of a DIY project I was super stoked about, so here we are :)


My day in pictures;
It's Alex's birthday! I didn't want him to have a shocking one like me, so I planned my day (cupcake baking + card making) donned my DIY high waisted shorts, DIY fringed tee, DIY headscarf turban (tutorial of how to tie one HERE) and raced to pick up supplies.



He's a FIEND for dark chocolate, so I whipped him up some vegan mini chocolate mudcakes, with a 70% cocoa chocolate ganache + grated chocolate on top. Death by chocolate! As a weird coincidence, his amazing new lens for his new camera showed up today, so we took it for a spin photographing the yums I made for him :D







I'll post the recipe in my next post :)


Recently I have fallen a bit in love with the aesthetic of elbow patches. I had bought an amazing argyle sweater from Little Worn Wardrobe, but something was missing from it. In a stroke of genius, and a craft night with my bestie fuelled by vegetable stir fry + oreos, I came up with heart shaped elbow patches!
Made from material left over from my high waisted shorts, I just cut them out + sewed them on. It was EXACTLY what the jumper needed! YAY!







I has a goofy happy :3

xx

Z

Pee Ess; Alex, I'm sorry. I couldn't NOT do a smooshy bit. Happy Birthday, mister. I hope you've had an amazing day- you're such a good person + you totally deserved it. You rock <3 <3 <3

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

DIY Shorts + Headscarf Turban

I've been doing my best to keep on top of things recently, and it all caught up with me tonight. So sorry, no post tonight. Just pictures :)




DIY high waisted pleather pants. I picked them + the blouse I'm wearing up at the same op shop :)


I figured out how to wrap a hair turban properly to protect my bald head from the sun, and slipped into something a little more comfortable than pleather pants in the heat. So Alex + I headed to the flower garden across the road to snap some shots in the dwindling light.




And of course, obligatory hipster bedroom shots.








I'll do my best to pick up my game in the next few days. Sorry, again >.<


xx


Z

Monday, March 14, 2011

Awesome Adelaide Op Shops: Part Two!

A carry on from my last post about rad Adelaide op shops :D

Hindley Street Goodwill
This place has changed hands recently + has gone for an entirely new look. They have a lot more thrown out fashion from small fashion shops, which is awesome, because they avoid landfill AND you can get a bargain.
The underground costume section is my FAVOURITE, and I have always been surprised with cool shit. I found one of my favourite costume dresses there for $5.00 years ago;


But I also trawled it recently + found some really cool stuff I can customise- here they are beforehand ;D


Does that crochet shrug + shirt look familiar? ;D



Little Worn Wardrobe
I discovered this place, it blew my mind and I HAD to share with you! It’s a little more expensive than most op shops, as it’s not only second hand, but it’s also genuine vintage items, records + hand made goodies from various local artists.
I spent $50 there today and got;



A pair of Gorman’s organic denim high waisted cut offs, a cropped argyl knit + chunky crazy scarf. Instead of offering plastic bags, they wrap your bundle up in strong brown paper + twine. Beautiful!
Alex also found some vinyl gems- Bruce Springsteens’s Dancing in the Dark and The Cars’ Shake it Up for $10.00 during a sale. Rad!

Gilles Street Market
I FINALLY managed to go to one of them recently- and by managed to, Alex and I stumbled upon it on our way to coffee. IT IS AMAZING. They really don’t happen often enough- I spent about $20 and got an amazing chunky lavender knit, high waisted skirt and a new-with-tags Princess Highway cobweb dress. Awesome!


I realised today, exactly HOW slack I have been with doing clothes customisations I keep promising mysElf, and it sucked. I'll hopefully get some more pictures up as I go along- I've just had zero motivation recently- it's the worst. What do you do when you're feeling sluggish + have no motivation to do anything? I can't think of anything asides from coffee! Teehee!

I'm thinking due to these op shop posts being so helpful, that I might do a post on awesome Adelaide vegan eats. What do you think? Drop me a line!

xx

Z

P.S; Check out my awesome Z bling! :D


Sunday, March 13, 2011

How-to recycle old knits. DIY legwarmers!

I’ve been feeling a little off recently- I don’t know what it is about the weather at the moment, but it makes me feel like the hugest pile of doody in the universe. Rather than attempt to find any means of motivation to actually get up and leave the house, I thought I would type up a suuper quick and easy DIY how-to for your viewing pleasure :D

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that we ALL have those items in our wardrobe that we no longer wear, but don’t have the heart to give them away. I am most definitely all for donating clothes to op shops to be recycled and loved by another person, but sometimes all it takes is a little customisation for you to refresh some clothes potentials to be loved some more!

How to make legwarmers from old knits.
This is SUPER easy- it can seriously be done in a matter of minutes!

All you need is:

An old sweater/knit
A seam ripper/sharp pair of scissors
Any fancy odds and ends you think will look cute :D


I found this shrug at an op shop + fell in love with the softness of the knit + pattern. It was never going to fit me, but I knew I could find something to do with it!



Turn the knit inside out and find the seam where the sleeve of the knit meets the torso. It’s really important that you don’t cut ON the actual sleeve, as they will eventually unravel. Use the seam ripper to unpick the seam. Be careful with the shoulder/vertical seams, where the sweater comes together, cutting the wrong thread there can mean the whole thing comes unravelled D:



Now, find a suitably cute outfit, slip your new legwarmers on + enjoy! :D



Stay tuned- I’ll also be putting up a tutorial on how to use the rest of the sweater to make an ADORABLE beanie!

xx

Z