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We truly don’t know where life is going to take us. Whether it’s to new adventures or to places that we couldn’t possibly imagine being. But there’s one thing that’s for sure, good friends will always make this journey called life worthwhile. This is truly the case through my recent times as a freelancer. Starting out, I had no clue how I was going to be able to be a freelance designer, would I be able to find work? Would I have the capabilities to look after projects and be smart with my time and money? Will I be able to have money to live! (It was all good! I had savings for this time!) Those were all things that were just coursing through my head, a never ending stream of doubt, questions, concerns. But, having doubt isn’t a sign that you’re not capable, it’s just a product of fear that we can have as human beings that cause us to analyse the situation. So I did what seem like a good idea, which was to reach out to those wiser than me.

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Sunglasses: Raybans (gift)
Shirt: Tempt ($10)
Skirt: Camberwell Market ($10)
Shoes: Malaysia (?? RM)
Photography: Vanessa King

Trying to stay classy while the wind in billowing your skirt multiple directions can prove to be difficult at times. Thankfully I got myself covered in the feet and the chest area, so all I had to worry about the wind exposing my lower half. But besides the problems that come from wearing skirts, I truly enjoy wearing clothes that just emmet a great level of feminity. Not to say that I don’t love my lazy pants, because I do, but wearing skirts and blouses with pink on them make me feel a bit lighter, a bit bouncier, just girly! It’s fun to throw in just a little bit of pink into your outfit and embrace that inner child when it comes to accessory choices. Like my pink ray bans for example. Protection from the sun, but making it fun!

Other fun fashion choices: sparkles, bright prints, cats, etc. We all have our weaknesses! Mine happen to be all of the above and polka dots. I adore polka dots.

Hope everyone is having a delightful week thus far, we are super excited to be bringing you more and more content cause we got so much to share with you! What are your fashion weaknesses btw? Look in your wardrobe, what do you have heaps of? I know our friend Elaine has SO MANY playsuits and crop shirts! And I’ve got a polka dot outfit for every occasion. How about you? 🙂

With Love

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Welcome 2014 and goodbye to 2013, a year of endings,beginnings but overall a memorable one! It’s barely into the new year and Val and I are so excited to be busy with projects and collaborations! We’ll also be posting up a 2013 reflection soon, so look out for that.

In the meantime, I am absolutely delighted to be sharing these images of my collaboration with the incredible photographer Chantelle Elise. 21 years old and amazingly talented, I discovered her work through her instagram account and was struck by the gorgeousness of her work. A couple of comments and emails later, and after a good stalk of her incredible flickr account, she supplied me with her images to work with. An absolute sweetheart, Chantelle’s only direction for this project was to “draw all over them!”, it was like a dream come true.

So armed with a gorgeous selection of photographs, imagination and support from an amazing photographer I begun sketching. When I first saw Chantelle’s images, I was amazed by the stillness and life that each of her photographs portrayed. I wanted to create dream like scenes that reflected the beauty of her photographs. So I drew winged creatures, which to me illustrated the movement that was evident in these still images. Almost a realisation of the life that Chantelle’s photographs quietly captured.

I hope you enjoy these series of images, it was an absolute pleasure to work on and I’m so grateful for Chantelle’s generosity. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, beautiful things can truly emerge in the world of the collaborative creative.

For more gorgeous inspiring images from the lovely Chantelle, visit her website, facebook page, instagram account and flickr.


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Hey there guys!

Our stay in Kyoto was absolutely incredible. Such a beautiful area with lovely people rich culture and amazing design, shopping and food. And it’s so easy to get around! It feels almost like Melbourne, almost like home.

We’re really happy to be sharing these pictures that we took at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. It was a warm day and we were told that we could ride from our hostel to the shrine! So we did and it was so much fun! At the shrine itself, it has a series of incredible red gates that seem like they go on forever. On our list of “must dos” Val was determined to see these red gates and take photos there! It took a good 20-30 mins (partially because we got a bit lost!) and a fair walk up a hill and then we were there.

If you notice some amusement in my face (probably not!) it’s because watching Val take these photos was just hilarious. Taking photos in 30 degree humid weather leaves you a bit breathless and “glowing”. And to top it off, as the shrine was located within the forest area, there were mosquitos! After every couple of images Val would start to hit her legs rather aggressively and cry out in pain “It hurts! What is that?! It’s so painful!!”. So we wrapped this shoot up pretty quick. Hope you like our oriental fashion pics!

With love and beauty and all things lovely.



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Hey there guys!

So it’s officially been a week since we’ve returned from Japan. And we still have a crazy amount of photos to share with you! So if you don’t mind, we’ll be sharing more post from our Japan travels, however, from our Melbourne home!

Overall, Japan was amazing and just so much fun! These shots were taken in Kyoto just before the Gion Matsuri festival was about to kick off. Definately humid that day, if you look closely, you can see the end stick of a fan poking out from my bag. It kind of helped, but with the masses of people there, fanning yourself put others in danger of poking their eye out!

Kyoto was and remains Val’s favourite place of our entire journey. And its easy to see why. Such a beautiful place with vibrant history and a ridiculous amount of cool cafes and shops, its a place very close to our hearts. Speaking of crazy cool cafes, Val’s going to be sharing a post with some of our favourite Kyoto cafes with you soon! So stay posted!