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March 2014

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Outfit Details 

Dress: Maxim $49
Shoes:  AirFlex $40
Hair piece: Collette (gifted)

I’ve been blindsided by a four letter word. It’s a word that plays on peoples lips when asked “how are you?” and is a word which makes one feel completely accomplished. It’s the four letter word: Busy. And just to keep our conversation flowing, I’ll throw another one in there for good measure. How about this four letter word: Time. I know that all of us are often caught up in tasks of the day to day and find ourselves suddenly stuck in a routine of our own making. We find ourselves lacking time, searching for it and constantly feeling like we’re running out of it. Moments suddenly pass too quickly for us to capture and we feel like the days pass as we tick off tasks from our to-do-list. As I’ve entered into what I’ve been calling “a new stage” I’ve found myself caught in the midst of what I’ve described.
But I’ve learnt something. And it’s so simple, that I’m surprised that I haven’t learnt it before. So here it is, from the busy routines of the weeks past, I’ve learnt a simple truth that resonated in my soul. It is simply.
Love yourself.
Now I don’t mean to indulge in mindless vanity. What I mean is; to believe that you have value. And to behave in a way that confirms this truth. I came to this realisation after a long day at work and out of no where, I tried out my sister’s “chocolate milk scented” bath soap. Trust me when I say I’ve never particularly understood the purpose of scented soaps, I mean it’s not benefitting anyone if you smell like a 1000 fruits. But, as the smell of chocolate milk slowly filled my shower, I found myself feeling relaxed, pampered and simply lovely.
So know that you’re worth it. You deserve moments of time to enjoy your favourite album, to light a candle and enjoy the scent. To walk in park and marvel at the beauty. To use chocolate scented soap. To wear your favourite shoes. To watch the rom com for the 10th time. To buy yourself a bouquet of flower. To walk into a store, try on a dress and even though you have no occasion for a sequin full length gown, buy it anyway because you feel fabulous. As you make this time for yourself, soon enough, these golden precious moments will infuse your life with joy and peace and serenity. Create golden moments in time, place value on who you are and feel lovely for it.

Styling: Vanessa Bong 
Model: Vanessa Bong
Photography: Emerald Law

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Outfit Details 

Skirt: Vintage
Shirt: Handmade
Cap: Camberwell market $2.5
Shoes: Kmart $5

It started slow, first sightings were only at a few locations, but the spread moved quickly. First it seemed that it was only appearing on a few, but then all of a sudden, they seemed to appear everywhere at every turn.. Now I’m not one to dismiss trends, but when it came to the crop top, I wasn’t going to have a bar of it. A crop shirt, really? Crop shirts drew to mind images of Britney during her pop stardom rise to fame, and Christina Aguilera in dreds as she sang Genie in a bottle. Crop shirts didn’t speak to me as a desirable addition to my wardrobe, unless I wanted to relive the 90s in all it’s mid-drift bearing glory.

However, thanks to the likes of Gary Peppergirl and the Chrislle Factor, I found myself warming to the idea. Styled with an high waisted pant or a skirt, the crop shirt appeared exceptionally classy and tasteful. There was a sophistication and lovely feminism that came with a tailored crop. It seemed to create a differing silhouette that flattered the waist in the way that similar to Dior’s New Look of the 1940s. The final convincing came from my friend Lisa. Who described the ideal wearing of the crop shirt as such: “pair it with high waisted bottoms and have a little sliver of skin showing.” Thanks to Lisa’s tasteful description. I was sold on the idea.

Finding the right crop shirt proved to be another challenge! As you’ve read, the crop shirt was made by my amazing mother out of this incredible fabric we bought from spotlight. ($5/m!) It was actually modelled on a top of a similar design that I bought from sports girl which was tailored nicely to sit comfortably and not flair out at the bottom. So I felt pretty secure at the top, and I realised the high waisted bottoms held everything in the stomach area together.

Now the verdict, am I a fan of the humble crop shirt?

I have to say, paired with a high split skirt and a cap, shot on an abandoned carpark with the incredible Vanessa King with the fading sunligh behind us? Yes indeed I am.

With Love


Styling: Vanessa Bong 
Model: Vanessa Bong
Photography: Vanessa King