CURRENTLY SPINNING —
CURRENTLY SPINNING —
ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL, RNA SHOWGROUNDS, 10.02.18
My number one concern as we hurtle towards the cooler months (or any month at all, really), is my skin. While I’m no longer experiencing hormonal breakouts reminiscent of my teen years, I’m still battling seasonal dryness/oiliness – though my skin issues have changed, they’re still about as stubborn as 13-year-old me.
I’d heard of The Ordinary before, but when you’re in the trenches fending off acne, the low prices (if you can you believe it) are often a deterrent. I’d tried $15 drugstore brands before, and all I got was an irritation and hydrogen peroxide bleached towels. I was convinced that the only answer was spending $140 on serums and lotions that promised to solve all my problems AND do my taxes.
Fast forward two years and one move to Brisbane later, when $140 is better spent on rent and you know, food, The Ordinary‘s day has come. Their student-friendly budget is the least of their selling points – potent, highly concentrated formulas bring out the best in my skin, with products to suit every single one of my concerns, sans gimmicks or tacky marketing ploys. All that AND under $30? Yes, please.
BLUE JEANS – both the name of a Curacao-based cocktail (that I hated making) sold at my old job (that I hated working), and hardworking wardrobe staple. But unlike me at my old job, my blue jeans show up every time and put in 100% – managing the sweaty walk to the city or Friday afternoon drinks in the valley, no worries.
Another hardworking staple is linen. Despite its tendency to wrinkle if you so much as breathe on it, linen is one of the most expensive and sought-after textiles in the world, and a quintessential summer fabric. Strong, lightweight and highly absorbent, it wicks moisture away from your skin, keeping you looking and feeling fresh AF. Get it in white, and you’ll spend the long summer days feeling as though you’re straight out The Hamptons.
The mood to wear a dress doesn’t strike me often, much less the mood to wear a bright red, floral, look-at-me dress. However, if there’s one occasion that warrants a game of dress ups – it’s definitely a birthday. My mother purchased this dress for me because when I walked out of the change room, I looked, and I quote, “like a girl!” and despite my initial instinct to yell that she didn’t understand me, she was right. Light, flirty and fun – perfect for date night when paired with heeled mules, or thrown on with some sneakers for a lazy morning wandering the markets.
So, in conclusion, I’ve decided that dresses are underrepresented in my wardrobe – they’re incredibly versatile, the ventilation is incredible, plus I didn’t get a weird muffin top when I’d finished scarfing down my birthday pasta.
Like maple syrup, bacon pancakes and Robin Sparkles, Canada has given the world many great things. Not the least of which, is the queen of facile fashion – the Canadian Tuxedo.
A true classic, double denim has been worn and loved since as early as the 1950s, with each decade putting its own unique twist on the trend (most notably, 80s acid wash). Now, rather than using denim as statement pieces, they are blank, comfortable canvases to which you can add any accessory, transcending the restrictions of dress codes. As for me – I prefer my Canadian Tuxedo straight up, with a twist of leather and ivory accessories.
MELODRAMA WORLD TOUR, BRISBANE 23.11.17
I hadn’t planned to go to Lorde’s show, but a severe bout of FOMO struck as Hannah and Gemma were dashing about in a flurry of makeup, clothing changes and glasses of cheap wine. Suddenly Mia & I found ourselves running barefoot into Woolies for cash, and then madly dashing into the city to buy tickets from a mum who’d realised she was “too old to party with the young ones”. Her words.
What followed was one of the most beautiful, hilarious nights I’ve ever had – a cocktail of tears, laughs, love, vodka and redbull. What else do you need, really?