Friday, 26 April 2013

FF: A Step Back in Time

We all love a good old reminiscing session and I'm probably the Queen of reminiscing.

Remember the 90s? Oh what a fashion mistake of a decade it was. I don't like advertising that I'm a 90s kid - it was a horribly distasteful period to grow up in.

A time of baggy faded jeans, floral bike shorts, t-shirts that hung two sizes too big, well everything that was too big, bum bags, those other leathery mixed between a backpack and a handbag bag - What. Was. That? And hair that to this day I will not understand.

Remember all those boy bands? I was no exception - I hung them all over my bedroom walls. Remember when scrunchies where in? Those horrible bits of cheap looking fabric that could come in all shapes and sizes - how I shudder at the thought. I begged my mum for a new one each day! I can safely say that tasteless collection is long gone.

Yes, it was an interesting time. It was a mistake for the world of fashion - not even an iconic one. We might look back and cringe at the 80s but at the same time we look back on it with fondness. Although outrageous and grotesque - it was, for lack of a better word, iconic. Fashion was emerging, taking new heights, being bold. With the introduction of shoulder pads, colours of highlighter scale and leg warmers to boot fashion was everywhere, people were trending all kinds of new looks. So although you would never catch me dead in an 80s inspired outfit (a part from your themed party) it was a decade of exciting change, of memorable moments. Whereas the 90s was just 10 years of limbo, 10 years of plain rubbish.

Remnants of the 90s is still lurking about our streets - it's the inspiration for this whole subset of people, this group we call hipsters. "It's ironic" they all say. Like I always say, style is personal and fashion is a way of expressing. Let them re-live the days of the Backstreet Boys, let them pretend messed up side pony tails are cool.
But it's bye, bye, bye to the 90s for yours truly.

And just for kicks (yours only) here's a little step back in time...

Looks like I always wanted to play dress up!

So in the words of the 90s girl band, B-Witched

"Say you're true, say to me c'est la vie"


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

TT: Lunch Date

Who doesn't love a good old lunch date. A chance to catch up with friends, to give your tastebuds an adventure and to sit and just relax amongst a warm sunny day.

Went to a little known cafe just outside the CBD and it was a welcome change. Very cute atmosphere hidden amongst commercial buildings and car dealers.

I had a beautifully made ciabatta sub filled with delicious braised lamb and a side of chips - now these had the crunch factor!

Rogue cafe and bar - you have my tick of approval.

Get excited for next weeks TT - it's going to be filled with exotic deliciousness.


Friday, 19 April 2013

FF: MTV Red Carpet

Hair down, drinks all round and party dress on! It's the MTV movie awards.

Rebel Wilson did indeed bring down under to the world of stars. Some jokes fell short but hosting any kind of award show is a tough act and Rebel I think it's safe to say you tried your hardest and you embraced the Ozzie.

Quvenzhane Wallis. She's just 9 years of age and she's got a personality that's off the charts. Gotta love the age appropriate attire - dayam! she got swag!

Zoe Saldana. You are one fine woman and just loving this look. It's a little ode to the 90s, but it's all so slimming, boho-esque lovin.

Emma Watson I have a terrible girl crush on you, it's debilitating at times. Why must you exude class and friendliness, be my friend!!!! This dress was typical Miss Watson style, but I just want to be engulfed by that cuteness, that smile, that all together sweet English rose. She's also dating an American student from Brown - she really is trying to be the everyday girl that occasionally stars in movies.

Best boys of the night - Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne (no surprises on their nationality...) These English gents looked the business. One super dapper in a navy blue suit and the other pulling off that bad boy leather jacket like nobodies business.

Kisses till Tuesday (hopefully) - uni is not being kind to me this semester.


Thursday, 18 April 2013

TT: Malaysian Flavours

My mum is of Malaysian heritage which is super lucky for me cause it means I get to sample delicious flavours of the South East.

This is my mum's delicious laksa - she is by far not the cook in our house... that's no offense to her, she would say the same. She isn't the biggest fan of cooking - she turns the kitchen into a war zone and she takes double the time before the plate arrives on the table but it is totally worth it! When my mum cooks, she cooks. She might not be a regular visitor but she's a class act when she does show up!

I love my mums style of laksa. It's not what you get in restaurants - think less creamy coconut, more spice, freshness and a lot more goodies! It's even better the next day, or the day after that - just like a good curry, all those delicious flavours mature with time and hey presto, you've got yourself punchy attitude and a whole lotta love.


Friday, 12 April 2013

FF: Aussie Aussie Aussie

Oi Oi Oi! It's fashion week!!!! Yes, cause I'm sure they would chant slang amongst the classy cat walk....

It seems a decade since I talked proper fashion and I have missed it tremendously.

Anywho here we go! What's on the runway this season?.....

I must say it is all rather delectable!

Sydney's Fashion Week never fails to impress. Like I say time and time again we Aussie's have some super insane talent in all fields and fashion is certaintly no exception.

Alex Perry well didn't you take boots to whole new heights! Frankly, I aint gonna be seen dead in these but they work on the runway. It was classic Perry structure - high necks, amazing floral and neutrals with a splash of yellow. LOVE it Mr Perry!

There is always someone who wants to do things differently and this year it was the wonderful Aurelio Costarella. No runway for you madam!, It's all about models on display. They stood on pedastals as the lucky invited could gaze at these wonderful creations from all angles.

Hmmmm.... anyone willing to lend me some moola so I can own this delicious green number...

Camilla and Marc - a wonder of a dream team and fast becoming an Australian icon. This year marks a decade of fabulous designs, my goodness time just flies.

Loving the detailing on the skirt line and the colour palette! What would you call that - metallic olive?

Oh Romance Was Born! How you forget all manner of appropriateness and throw away the world of rules and regulations. This collection is not for the faint hearted - well, no Romance Was Born collection is. It's Harajuku girls on triple crack!

And finally the Maticevski collection. Soooo I might have an endless crush on this guy's designs. I can't really pin point what it is, but I just want it! Also he seems like an amazing, humble sort of character and we all love a bit of humble pie. Check out the highlights from his show here.

Well that's it for this week. I'm swamped in uni assessment, I'm suffering from a cold and I have work all weekend... so depending on my ability to stand, I may or may not be here for next week's TT... But who knows, I might just surprise you.


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

TT: Morishable Melbourne

I forgot how much I love Melbourne. It's such a contrast to home. It's big, bold, colourful and always alive with light, music and buckets full of quirk.

This little Melbourne jaunt had a slightly different flavour than my last. Traveling with a 1 year old is not exactly your typical holiday. It's an adventure that requires more than your usual full tank of energy. Boost that up to premium fuel asap! It's an interesting experience and one that must be hell and a half for parents all around.

He's an adorable little fella though and boy did he get his hipster on. So onto the main affair of my travels. Food and fashion! They are indeed the two main reasons people go to Melbourne.

So off I headed to spend my dwindling money on clothes I do not need and food my stomach could live without. I would have to say the two highlights of my foodie adventures was dinner at Mamasitas and Chin Chin.

Lets talk Mexican first. Oh Mamasitas! If you are a fan of Aussie Masterchef you would have heard all about this swanky joint. Think mini fancy nachos, fish tacos, shot glass ceviche and all together finger licking goodness. It is a mist when visiting bit beware all such deliciousness come with a price - both for your wallet and for your patience. This place is off the hook so all of Melbourne are there for a bite. Head there at 5pm. Any later and your poor feet are gonna be lining up for what seems like an eternity. (No reservations excepted)

Next up posh Asian. Chin Chin is currently the hip new place right in the heart if Melbourne city. I just wanted to order everything in the menu. Again, a great place for sharing dishes and flavour bomb combinations. It's all about south east Asia and its all rather authentic and so cleverly presented. The atmosphere is engulfing. Once again be prepared to wait for a table.

Also had some fantastic corn down some so hipster it hurts alley. Some amazing breakfast (as always) and a lot of coffee!

I might post some other photos up later in the week so for now this will have to do: My one year old nephew feeling right at home in the land of hipsters.

And here's my tips for a good time in Melbourne:

Don't stress, all those young people strolling the streets in big frame glasses, crazy hair and who seem as though they are living in the 90s - yes they are everywhere but they are harmless local resident known as hipsters.

Get involved in the culture - there's sure to always be something happening. Theatre, comedy, dance, markets, foodie events - do some research and get out there. I was lucky enough to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the musical and Josh Thomas as part of the comedy festival.

Shop shop shop! There are endless shops everywhere. Don't just stick to Bourke street - explore the lane ways - and not just the main ones - venture down the alleys you never know what you might discover. Also head out of the city - Fitzroy is a beautiful suburb not just for its Cafes but for its quaint shops and individual flair.

You will love the men of Melbourne. Venture out Monday to Friday for some great suit scenery. Coming from laid back brisbane I don't get spoilt with men in tailored suits. So it is a very nice change. Thank you men of a Melbourne. Also, absolutely loving the popularity of the navy blue suit.

Also note Melbournites mustn't be morning people. Shops open around 1030 - 11am and be careful on weekends as a lot of cafes within the cbd aren't open.

So that's my Melbourne plug and I'm back, all ready to reluctantly stick my head into uni assessment.

Sorry I don't have many photos... The family vacation leaves little time for street style snaps.

Don't worry Melbourne - you definitely haven't seen the last of me!

Can't wait for my next adventure! Where? Anywhere!