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.
Hello Dear Ones,
Have you seen it? Have you pressed play? If you have, I hope you liked it! And if you haven’t please scroll up and make sure you do! We are privileged to present to you, our first BigPictureStuff and AlexiaPetsinis video venture; Fille en Fleur.
Meaning Flower Girl in French, this was a playful video taken on one of those rare sunny days in Melbourne. It was wondrous to dance along the streets of Melbourne underneath the trees of blossoming flowers and rays of warm sunshine. I think I mentioned in my first video post of Portugal my love for videography and it’s ability to capture an essence of a moment.
As a recording of movement beyond the still image, videos seem to holds the attention of the audience and engulfs oneself into a moment in time or bring them to a different place beyond our imagination.
So as you watch the beautiful Alexia Petsinis, our muse, our collaborator and darling friend. Enjoy the sunshine, taste the macaroons and watch the day go by.
Love Val and Vess
ALEXIA PETSINIS –Model/Stylist Fashion Blogger, Illustrator, Stylist and Fashion Writer, there is no stopping this whirlwind of a lady. Alexia Petsinis is taking the fashion world by storm with her sophisticated and stylist aesthetic and building fan base. Instagram/Blog
VANESSA BONG – TypographyVess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling. She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer. Website / Instagram
VALERIE BONG – VideographerVal is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Melbourne. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography. Website / Twitter / Linkedin
Introducing some gorgeous images that I took with the incredible Sarah P. We had a impromptu photography sesh whilst we were working on our Forest Queen editorial. Channeling New Zealand music goddess Lorde, I got some amazing shots of Sarah as the sunlight danced on her shoulders. After we shot our editorial, it occurred to me that to open oneself to the creative act is actually opening oneself to a range of things. Courage, risk, creativity and imagination.
Courage. It’s a word that’s not used very often these days. Along with words as honour and valour, courage is a word which seemingly belongs to another time. Risk. It’s a word that feels unpopular, something to be avoided, calculated and controlled. However, these words can carry with them, something deeply profound and beautiful. If only we take a moment to open ourselves to what possibilities they hold.
Creativity. It’s a phrase thrown around for centuries and labelled to professions, tasks or individuals. Imagination, It’s a word that seems to attach itself to ideas of sentimental play, or the simplicities of childhood. But within these cliche phrases, are new undiscovered worlds and boundless, limitless potential.
Courage, Creativity, Risk, Imagination.
To create is to be courageous. To dare to form beauty is a risk. To lend yourself to feel emotion and produce work which fuels your soul, ultimately requires a balance of deep vulnerability and raw courage. Deep vulnerability to open yourself up to potential failure or disappointment. Raw courage to believe that every risk is worth it if you can make something beautiful.
So, allow yourself to dream, wonder, feel and desire. Allow yourself to create things that your heart yearns to make. Release yourself in the unshackled limits of your imagination and draw out the infinite possibilities of your creativity.
Thank you Sarah for being courageous in your creativity and inspiring me to do the same. Can’t wait to see what this year will bring.
IT’S SUMMAAAAATIME! I think I mentioned that in my last post, here on Big Picture Stuff, but with Melbourne’s womanly moods and four seasons in one day, it’s hard to tell what season we’re supposed to be experiencing lately! So in saying that, I feel like this set of pictures Val and Vess captured of me reflects perfectly on the moodiness of Melbourne and its iconic weather.
Without intending to, this outfit matches pretty perfectly with the backdrop and the weather, don’t you think? I managed to pair my absolute favourite pants of all time (you’ll see me constantly donning these beauties, I just love them so) in a camel colour with a wide belt to make my pants look even higher waisted… To match the building we know as the Royal Exhibition Building behind me of course! And I can’t forget my sleeveless top that only reflects the stormy grey clouds above me. Okay, so I did mention that it was completely unintentional, but nonetheless, I think it worked out pretty well if I do say so myself!
Here’s to hoping that we get some consistent sunshine soon, I’m not liking how I have to dig out the cosy winter gear for some of these random rainy days. But I can’t complain, because when the sun has been shining its rays, the days have been so so lovely.
Peace out dudes. Keep smiling as always, and wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!
Love, Livia x
We are so happy to introduce a brand new collaboration with the beautiful and talented Alexia Petsinis from pascal et al. Be prepared for some amazing photos and wonderful words as we present the results of a most wonderful collaboration!
Grace – first and foremost a noun, a suggestion of the refinement and elegance that radiates from a dew-dotted Lily standing proudly in gleaming perfection. Secondly, a woman, an icon of style and pure class that characterises the essence of the true feminine spirit. When one ponders ‘Grace’ for a moment, there emerges from the milky spaces of the imagination, a vision of all things serene – a shy smile revealing fleeting glimpses of a mellow persona, the crisp whisper of silk as it moves with the body. Grace is simplicity – it is light and beauty captured in moments when nobody is looking.
Those among you who journeyed to the Bendigo Art Gallery in 2012 to see the ‘Grace Kelly: Style Icon” exhibition will know what I mean when I talk of this serene presence, a kind of comforting aura that filled the rooms of her iconic clothing. It was as though, through the arrangement and display of many of her most notable outfits, Grace had very much been brought back to life. It was rather astonishing. Every sequinned bodice, every pleated skirt, every plain satin shift dress that she had worn still spoke of her essence, exuding the elegance of her personality as if she were still wearing them.
What I noticed about many of the haute couture pieces on display (from designers including Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent) was the utter simplicity of their style and cut; with the main emphasis of each outfit being in its clean silhouette and elegant lines accentuating the female form. Surface adornment and decoration were often minimal, proving that memorable colours and simple cuts of dress will always remain Classic, no matter what the decade.
On that note, I was drawn to this handmade blue vintage 1950’s creation from Dear Gladys. With a delicate ‘V’ cut neckline, neat fitting sleeves and a small cinched waist, it seemed to exude all the elegance of the way women used to dress – simply and classically. We concluded that it was very ‘Kelly-esque’, even perhaps the same vivid shade of blue as her mesmerising eyes. I’m sure you’ll agree that Val’s soft focus lens captures its refined lines perfectly, and the art direction from Vess (with an incredible sense for bringing delicate sentiments to life) had me feeling like an oh-so-elegant specimen.
My tip: If you’re a Classic kind of gal….be Classic! Honour that element of your soul with dresses that speak to you from decades gone by. In doing so, you will be connecting with fashion on a far more meaningful level!
(Fragrance Note: Fleurissimo by Creed)
-Alexia Petsinis (pascal et al.)