Monday, November 29, 2010

Warning! Due to flooding you cannot go to work.

Today I woke up to a lake out my window, the view was simultaneously picturesque and intimidating. The rising waters meant I was stranded at home however who is to refuse a free long weekend?
To give you an idea of how high the river rose I've taken a few pics, keep in mind where the water lies was previously a barren field, you can also see the submerged fence posts behind the large gum tree.
One word. MAGIC!

For this outfit I am wearing my vintage coat and tails which I found at Savers ($10.00-amazing!), customized denim threads (click here for the tutorial), a thrifted Sportscraft blouse and my sisters gum boots.  
Whilst at home today I managed to flick through a stack of magazines, craft an awesome headpiece which I will show you tomorrow, make rums balls and a banana loaf, did some Zumba and cooked dinner. Overall quite a randomly fun day. An Aussie "snow" day like I've always dreamed of! 

Truly once in a life time experience. Awesomely epic.

xx E

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Everything is cool when you're wearing leather.

It has truly been a lazy Sunday for me. I behaved myself last night and went to bed early, yet I still woke up tired as if I'd partied into the early hours of the morning. How is that just! Sometimes behaving yourself just doesn't pay off. 

Yesterday I had a surge of creative inspiration and worked non stop for two hours on a neck plate that I am constructing. Black with coloured feathers, tassels and loads of heavy texture, I can't wait to show you the completed product! I have a feeling neck plates or "bibs" will be epic this season and a definite essential when going out on the town.

So today whilst I was lounging around home I ended up watching the last half of "Uncle Buck" a classic 90's film that still manages to make me giggle even though I've seen it a thousand times. The dark black and brown heavy clothing inspired todays outfit. I found this leather jacket in an Echuca Op shop for $15.00 and it is surprisingly light and super soft. It is a tad over sized but I love how it adds that touch of grunge rock to any outfit. I teamed the awesome jacket with a Minkpink mullet T shirt, Supre leggings, my sisters "Nancy" boots,  and handcrafted bow tie necklace. Also in my hair I am wearing a material flower made by myself out of scrap material and an odd button. Simple and uncomplicated. Easy style to copy and steal.

What kind of awesomeness did you get up to this weekend?
Hope you had fun doing it!

xx E

Friday, November 26, 2010

Clash of the titans.

There is always something mythical about the calm before the storm. The wind slowly gets stronger and there is a weird silence where not even the birds dare to disturb it. Today's outfit is all about combining the calm and storm. The calm hues of aqua blues and dreamy purples clashing violently with vintage floral and geometric patterns. A non-match matching perfectly. Remember to clash the clash, break fashion's don't and make them a do! Where sparkley socks and grandpa slip-ons with a hippy print mullet dress. Be wild. Be daring. Be YOU.

   Here I am wearing a vintage floral blouse, thrifted shirt, Minkpink printed mullet dress, Country Road socks, thrifted shoes and a handmade necklace and button bracelet crafted by myself. I am also surrounded by vintage and thrifted finds (I have a new fetish for suitcases!).

I'm off to a perfume party tomorrow, hopefully I will find the perfect Emma scent! Wish me luck!

Happy voting fellow Victorians.

xx E

Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's a glorious day for gossip.

When it is raining cats and dogs, you can only resort to one option and that is watching as many episodes of Gossip Girl as one can handle. Today my mum and me did 7. How many can you do?
However after our marathon viewing (we managed one small break for lunch) I have concluded that I NEED to buy designer clothes and BAGS otherwise I will be classified as a "Brooklyn Wannabe" or a second class citizen. Quite frankly GG makes me depressed but I can't stop watching. It is a sick addiction, one that I share with the majority of Gossip Girl fans I am sure.
Oh to be able the have Blair's wardrobe, Serena's hair and Jenny's style. And don't even get me started on the men. I know it's only TV but really, people actually live like that and knowing this makes it even harder and more depressing.
But alas! The show must go on and I will get by as I believe I will get that designer IT bag and Jimmy Choo pumps one day because success will come. All I have to do is BELIEVE. Yes I have read "The Secret" and I love it- no denying. Magic is real-you create it yourself!

This outfit is inspired by Jenny's punk glamor look minus the panda eyes and designer bag of course! Both the T and pleated patterned skirt are thrifted. You can see the matching jacket here as I bought it as a set. TIP: don't look past the grandma suits in the Op Shops, not only do you get a mad pleated skirt (this seasons must have, remember to tie a knot on the bottom) but a rad jacket that is truly individual when teamed with denim cut offs or a clashing print shift dress. Think outside the square when creating outfits, you never know what awesomeness you'll come up with!
Also the tights were a freebe from a magazine, the necklace came from Diva and the "Nancey" boots are my sisters.

How beautiful is the night sky, so many layers of blue, grey and gold. Sometimes our lives are so busy we forget to look up and appreciate the ever evolving beauty.

Enjoy a sunset.

XOXO Gossip Girl. Sorry couldn't resist!

xx E


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Black Collection

Today has been an epic adventure. Finally I ordered my new I PHONE 4 and I couldn't  resist mentioning this as it is my FIRST real phone other than my Dad's hand me downs. And whilst at lunch I found a rad vintage purse at the local Oppy (pictured directly underneath the striped bag) it features a handle and shoulder strap with a gold clasp and is square in shape. All in all a perfect day don't you think??

The photos below outline my 21 black purse/bag collection which I have sourced all over Victoria from towns including Rochester, Echuca, Bendigo, Shepparton, Elmore and Melbourne. Note this is only my BLACK collection, more collections will be posted later this week, so STAY TUNED. Oh and if any of these bags tickle your fancy, let me know and we can discuss a price or if I will be willing to sell.

My top two include the black mini bowler bag with gold detailing (next to the black hat) and the glo mesh purse in the centre of the photo. I use the mini bowler everyday, it fits everything just like Marry Poppins' magic carpet bag!

Make sure you leave a comment.

xx E 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

DIY Distressed Denim Threads.

I was twiddling my thumbs on Saturday morning and decided I should get my craft on. I am always a fan of ripped, grungy threads so I thought I would add some detailing to an old pair of black skinnies. The initial design features were inspired by Dylana however the studs and ties just evolved.

To make a pair of your own you will need the following:

First of all you need to pop your jeans on and mark were you want to cut using a dress makers pencil, I just marked above and below my knees and below one bum cheek.
Once jeans are marked up its time a cut, make sure your cuts are crooked and jaggered so that the distressing process is more speedy. With some cuts I cut a small rectangle so that you could see more skin.
Next its time to attack your denim with a cheese grater using the finer grater side in a circular or random motion. Tip: place a piece of cardboard between the layers so you don't cut through the other side of your pants.
Now its time to embellish! Using the scraps from the rectangle cut outs, make ties to distinguish the cuts and show more skin. I also added studs from an old belt I had lying around to add a bit of punk glamor.
All in all this project took roughly half an hour and was super easy! Try it out your self and send me the pics. I'd love to see your handy work!

A part from the jeans I am wearing a thrifted floral blouse and metalic gold T and Whittner brogues.
If you want more detailed instructions just leave a comment. I'd be happy to share my secrets!

Hope you had a good weekend! I did!

xx E
FYI the first photo was taken after I made the distressed jeans as I was experiencing a rush of creative inspiration at the time, no time for shots you see! So those pictured jeans are my trusty black nudies, I could never cut those.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Purchases.

Yesterday I went Op Shopping for the first time all week and I can't believe that I was able to make it that long! I was definitely craving a hit of cheap thrifting madness!
Like most weeks I get this gut feeling that I will find something magical, so I know where and when to shop but perhaps that is just the law of attraction (like attracts like) working in action. I know that sounds crazy and a little "cookoo" but its the honest truth. I have a Op Shop sixth sense for finding rad stuff.
This weeks sweep of thrifting delights include the following: a leopard print T (the black spots are sheer), an over-the-top vintage beaded necklace (definitely a statement piece), some old school (still in the packet!) ribbed beige coloured tights (I have major plans for these-so WATCH THIS SPACE) and finally an amazing pair of retro black sunnies with a gold strip across the top. All up $13.00. Now can you understand why I have an obsession with Op Shops!!
Oh and the rest of the outfit is entirely made up of thrifted finds except for my Mums belt. Cheap and edgy cool; Emma says YES!

Go get your freak on! It's the weekend.

xx E

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Catching Rays.

This story began approximately one hour and eighteen minutes ago.
Mum: "Emma can you go take off the washing?"
Emma: "NO...... O-kaaay"
As I walk out to the line, something magical happens, the sun is setting and the light is amazing picture perfect. So, I decide to tail foot it back inside and compose another speedy outfit and set up the tri-pod. This whole episode happens within 5 minutes. When I finally get outside the sun has gone down slightly (Note to self: do not try and race the sun) but I still carried on regardless. Here is the result of under 10 minutes work and quick thinking. This is extreme fashion people.

     I am wearing a vintage beaded blouse, thrifted pleated skirt, American Apparel knee high socks, vintage glo mesh bag, a bow bracelet and Windsor Smith swede wedges you can see them here.

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Hope your loving life.

xx E   

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Twinkle twinkle little star.

Last night I went to a party. And due to the dreary weather I devised an outfit that befits a stormy cold evening. With the help of I.D.S sparkley leggings, Rubi Shoes boots, a Leeloo teapot necklace, Valley Girl bow headband and Op shop finds (satin singlet and embellished cardy) I was be able to melt into the shadows or pretend to be part of the night sky whenever I felt the need.

Enjoy your Sunday.

xx E

PS. What can I have for lunch?