Saturday, November 24, 2012

nostal-gia SF'14

My graduate collection has finally been finished and will be sent down the runway on 4th December. If you're interested have a look at my website for updates and further images! 

(nostal-gia is) Australian made.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Flowers still on my Mind

In the Autumn Semester of third year (2010!) I wanted to translate flowers into my textiles and thought what better way, than to trap them between two layers of sheer fabric. I went about pressing flowers and arranging them with nylon thread in between silk organza and then some second hand polyester fabric found at reverse garbage. The result was really pretty, feminine, yet mysterious (of how flowers came to lay between fabric sheets and get stuck there). 

I explored this technique in the beginning of my final year collection that is a 90% denim collection that looks to ways of exploring both feminine and masculine elements throughout it. Flowers are commonly associated with women and a representation of feminine.. so mixing delicate, pressed flowers with a tough, masculine weight of denim seemed like a good idea.

Being told it has been seen before and having floral swamping the fashion world right now it could be a smart move to leave this beauty behind even though it keeps playing on my mind... we'll see what the final decision will be!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Went the same colour as my denim vest when I came across this post on the MTV Style site! Thanks guys, and cheers to denim!

OK, it's edging toward the middle of summer and you're kiiinnddaa getting tired of sporting the same ol' hot weather get-ups by now, right? You just need ONE thing to throw on over your summery floral dress or tank and shorts ensemble to give it a fresh new look. Enter in: the denim vest. This standby has been around forever, and right now we are loving it in cool colored versions like a minty green or coral-y pink. We found three bloggers who sported it in THE coolest of ways, so let's check out their ensembles, shall we?
Anisa Young of Young and Seamless
Anisa totally amped up her already-amazing outfit with a bright pink denim vest, and we LOVE that. She wore a black H&M sweater, PacSun tribal print shorts (need!), metallicASOS oxfords, and a bright emerald green bag. But, um, can we talk about that hair? Ombre perfection!
Sarah Elizabeth of Borrowed Jewel
It's OK to be jealous of Sarah because we are too. We dig her vintage-y cool style and adoration for thrifting. Here she wears a crimson Levi's denim vest, white tank, vintage black cutoff Levi's shorts, studded wedges and black belt. To finish her look, she tied her hair up in a side-knotted bandana paired with a red pout.
Mayo Wo of Mellow Mayoness
It's hard not to fall in love with Mayo's super girly style, which is displayed in its FULL glory in this ensemble. She wore a mint green Romwe vest as a shirt (smart!) paired with a layered pink and peach tutu. The best part, though, HAS to be the printed lion socks she wore with matching mint green ankle strap shoes. SO. AMAZING.
Editor's note: MTV Style is obsessed with style blogs that show off your outfits. Every Thursday, we pick our favorite looks from the week and show them off here. 

*All above pics. and writing were taken directly from MTV Style

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I'm still here!

I'm just in my last semester of my degree life is unavoidably revolving around that. It's a big fabric, dye, fit, asking for favours, trying to be strong, attempting to multi-task, loving work, trying to deal with a new iron deficiency and wheat intolerance (almost cried about the wheat, but must admit it has forced me to cook some interesting food to compensate! I reckon I'll definitely kick this too once the stress of this final semester bounces... can't imagine life without pasta or salad baguettes!) B O M B ! I had a fun dye session with my friend and managed to dye white elastic into the most heavenly nude colour, I'll take a photo of it soon, it's too precious not to share, and just keeps making my heart jump for some odd reason! <3 Sarah

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Style Me Up, the London Way

When I think of London, I think of style, not necessarily stylish but style in its own right. From my experience, people are not afraid to dress as they please, with or without the influence of current trends. 

– I have a lovely memory of walking into my cousin's room, where she was sitting chatting to a friend while wearing a pair of jeans, t-shirt, dress on top, a hand drawn mustache above her top lip and something draped around her head. When I walked in, there was no reaction of anything out-of-the-ordinary, everything carried on as though she were wearing a conventional style of dress and no mustache... until of course I could not contain my giggles of admiration anymore and dashed out to grab my camera, to document that lovely moment of self-confidence and self-expression that I saw through her. –

London either encourages this self-expression of style, or people are just born with it. Next evidence of my London-style theory is Lewis Grant, Australian model and unique soul. From what I picked up, London definitely influenced this young man's style, and to be quite frank on the streets of Sydney to dress the way that Lewis does, can only be done by someone with confidence, strength and the need to express themselves through style. Although there has been a lovely wave of people inventing their own style in Sydney, looking to history for style influence rather than current, mass market trends, it can become quite tough facing people from certain suburbs that are aggressive towards non-conventional dress styles.

I wish to always surround myself by unique souls, people who are true to themselves and know what they like, which comes in hand with a confidence to move away from the conventional side of the 'safe mass-produced world'.

Lewis'  Style:

( Images are not my own, but have been used with permission )

Thursday, July 19, 2012

RE:  Blogged Post
- E n e r g y -
I finally tried the lovely Brooke Vardi's recipe yesterday. I've had the choped nuts and dates sitting in a container for a week, because when I went to make them last time I remembered that our blender died on me last time I was making pumpkin soup. So, finally with a new hand held blender instead, I got onto the rest of Brooke's wonderful recipe.

The green colour from the spirulina made this treats be a bit off-putting at first, and I must admit it took me three of them to get used to the flavour; but now I am hooked. I even made my mum try one last night and she seemed pretty worried (once again because of the green alien colour!) and probably because I was sitting next to her giggling like crazy; but when she reached for a couple more it was obvious that she liked them! 

I substituted the black sesame seeds on the outside with some more chia seeds, because sesame is bad for my blood type (I did however give in and put tahini in there, but put half a tablespoon less than Brooke's recipe). Also I added some dark chocolate chunks (any excuse to add some choc to a recipe) but it is definitely my favourite part, the crunching texturing of it along with its heavenly taste)

Also definitely check out the rest of Brooke's blog, it's filled with great ideas based on fashion, health (beauty tips too), travel and art; and she's such a lovely character with a beautiful energy about her.

– The Recipe, with thanks to Brooke Vardi 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

M e s h

Cannot wait to wear this Donna Sgro white mesh skirt ...this week-end summer made a surprise visit during the peak of winter, so I sense I'll be able to wear this beauty very soon, sunshine stay close please.

Monday, June 25, 2012


In Our Digital World...

It is important not to forget the real and touchable, the pens and pencils.

Bec Kipatrick makes my heart stop a beat, my hands want to draw, and my soul get moving – her work is pleasingly imaginative and entices emotion.

All illustrations are the work of Bec Kilpatrick

Friday, May 25, 2012

Guest-Blogger Post: THE CHOOK

Imagine if  you had just one day, one day where you were in your same form, but underwater. What would you do and what would you wear?

Think about a poetic response rather than practical. 

This first clothing item that I thought of was this wonderful lace dress which I haven't had the courage to wear outside (without water) yet. It's sheer, but not completely, I imagine people underwater would be closer to the naked form than we are up here in the cement world. I also image the way the lace would sway in the waves, or float quietly behind the body while swimming would be quite delicate and beautiful.  The absolute must for jewlery would be my beautiful Nallik crystal necklace, which I believe is both mysterious and strengthening – and therefore seems to suit an  underwater life

Underwater Outfit
Dress: Secondhand
Bodysuit (for modesty): H&M
Necklace: Nallik from codabazar
Necklace number two: Selfmade

All images are my own.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

S M I L E!

Being a spaz backstage at the Michael Lo Sordo Show SS 12/13 @ MBFWA
Image: Sonny


And before all of that... 
Image: Russh
Bag: Longchamp
Jacket: thrifted
Hoodie: H&M
Shorts: My friend's old leggings...
Lace Leggings: Oysho
Coffee: Bourke st. Bakery (not actually on Bourke st. though!) Amazing place for your tastebuds.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Saturday Night Love

Loving and wanting to be wearing these handmade pieces by Olive Yew Jewels. Just waiting to see if the gold vermeil has any traces of nickel... and if not I think, I may have to own at least one item. Thought I'd share the beauty of them.

Hope not too many of you are stuck behind your computers tonight! (And if you are, hope this post brings some joy or inspiration to your night).

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Michael Lo Sordo
Loved doing the Michael Lo Sordo MBFWA show last week! Was completely mesmerised by jewllery designer Venice, and her lovely work that was collaborated into the show.

Image: Yimmy Yayo
(I'm on the left)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Research Task
Image: Lover

I've been dreading our Professional Practice research task, that involved market and observational research, and requires an 800 word report on a high-end stand alone store. I chose Lover, I got excited by their designs and overall minimalist web layout, so was eager to see how they portrayed their aesthetic through their store.

While I definitely felt like the biggest creep today checking out the Lover store in the strand arcade for this research task, I must say Australia has definitely got some wonderful design talent about.

The Lover store was completely mesmerising and luring, with its stunning magenta floral image donned across the wooden change room doors, contrasted with an eye-easy, minimalist warehouse aesthetic that makes you realise you are in a design while trying on some design. Their branding is so minimalist, neat yet stunning, it says what is necessary, and lets the design tell the rest. In my opinion Lover's branding is the epitome of perfection. Design is their focus, not the in-between stuff.

Top left corner: Broadsheet  
Left middle: Daily Addict
Bottom left corner: Lover 
All other images are my own.

This cape is at the top of my wishlist, 
it's incredibly soft despite its stiff appearance. 
And is so perfect for Sydney weather right now!

P.S. I wasn't planning on blogging about this task, but the store is so incredible that I wanted to share, and also show how Australian designers' are really creating a wonderful network of innovative and aesthetically pleasing designs, and branding!

P.S.S. We drove past a heavenly crepe cafe on King St. Enmore/Newtown the other day, once uni assessments die down and I'm not at my desk on a Saturday night I plan on a visit to share the details and the stunning (and minimalist) interior of it.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A d o r e

Feeling extremely inspired by this beautiful miss unkon image (...I know it's so 2010). But to me something so beautiful is timeless.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A really beautiful start to the day...

Woke up this morning to a lovely surprise for my name day (a Greek tradition, based on a celebration for Saint's days and those who are named after them). I managed to slip in with my second name which is Elzabeth, and Elisavet in Greek. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Guest Blogger Post for The Chook

The air whistled a story of a land far away,
days pasted, 
I longed for that land,
an unknown land, 
but a land far greater, by stories heard
so I packed my bag, and
took to the sky.

Photography: Laurie Clark

All images are the property of Laurie Clark photography

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Chook

The Chook - a business network for professional models, photographers, stylists and make-up artists.

I have the great pleasure of being a monthly guest-blogger, for them, and you can have a look at my profile following the below link.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Non-Dairy Coffee Shake ...Thing

(   I don't drink dairy milk, I hate the taste and it hurts my tummy ...and when you think about it, it's not actually natural at all -cows are only naturally pregnant for 4 months of the year, therefore dairy cows are impregnated with hormones to make them continuously produce milk (for about 11 months of the year!) I won't continue to tell you, how this affects the cow and the contents of you milk ...I'll put that in a separate post.   )

Back to this drink ----> it's SO damn hard sometimes to find a cafe that makes an interesting cold coffee without the use of dairy. Coffee frappes surprisingly are not that common (and I'm telling you this because one afternoon I went to five different cafes in the Rocks and could not find one that could make a coffee frappe for me, the last place I went to offered to make me an ice coffee consisting of just cold soy milk, a coffee shot and some vanilla flavour ...It sufficed but was no where near pleasurable. SO with a new blender in hand, I had a little experiment and have found this amazing non-dairy drink.

Blend together:

Almond milk (this milk somehow makes it all frothy, oatmilk didn't have the same effect)
A shot of coffee (or boil the kettle, and on a table spoon put a teaspoon or two of coffee, and pour the boiling water, let it combine a bit then empty into the blender)
Some honey
A frozen banana (when your bananas ripen too fast instead of throwing them out, just put them in your freezer, they are great for drinks like this or banana bread!)

You can also add some ice, but I haven't here.

Then press the magic button and BLEND!

Serve in your favourite glass.

This image is just missing the coffee shot. Pretty simple, pretty easy and pretty yummy!

Friday, April 13, 2012

And.... fashion week routine starts again.

Castings, Day One.
Let's see how many shows I cannot lose to the IMG girls who get here a day or two beforehand! (Definitely easier to count the amount that I don't lose, rather than the amount that I lose ....but here's to the Aussies that walk the Aussie runway, toes crossed).

Cami: vintage
Top: s.e.v.
Skirt: cotton on (ahh yup, that's right, and that baby has lasted quite some time now)
Necklace: Nallik frocodabazar
Jacket: secondhand
Backpack: secondhand

Friday, March 30, 2012

Guest-Blogger Post for THE CHOOK

T r o u s e r s

Jeans and trousers bombard my wardrobe space, I rarely wear skirts and when I wear dresses, I often wear denim shorts underneath. Somehow trousers (and shorts) give me a sense of freedom and a feeling of independence. This could be because I frequently ride a bicycle, or jump on the back of a motorbike. However, it wasn’t until I started researching 19th Century costume (fashion), that I truly understood why trousers give this feeling of independence and strength.... Check out the chook for the rest of the post!


Ondine + Matisse(what incredible names!) 

The post is a celebration of women wearing trousers, and a thanks to the hard work that women in the past went through, in order to transition trousers as socially acceptable womenswear.

(All images taken in Sydney, Australia)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Yo Nico! What's Under There?

Re-Posted with a note on their sustainably sourced materials (see below)

I was literally (I wish) surfing the net the other day and came across this Aussie label Nico who not only have some incredibly beautiful, unique, quirky but elegant underwear, most amazingly -they are MADE IN AUSTRALIA! 

They state that they  '...minimise [their] impact on the environment and make all of [their] garments in Australia under ethical conditions' they also claim that their '...materials are sustainably sourced and Nico Underwear is made to last'. I'm not sure what exactly sustainably sourced means, but I'm guessing it would have to be along the lines of sourcing as locally as possibly (to save on fuel damage to the environment) and hopefully it also means sourcing from crops/factories that consider the environment and either eliminate or reduce their harmful chemical use ...I may be dreaming right now, but lets hope that that is what it means.

Prices are higher than the average bra and undies ...but if everything was made ethically these days, their prices would be standard AND if you think about it, technically they are only higher initially, but if they are as they say they are 'made to last' then you'll be saving by  buying a set that lasts rather than 5 el-cheapo pairs that give in after a month -either way check them out and see for yourself

( All images taken from )

Added note re: sustainably sourced materials

The super lovely Lis from Nico has let me know what they mean by sustainably sourced materials, basically they acquire fabrics that have minimal environmental impact, and only source from textile suppliers who have a proven ethical production record (this comes down to workers not being exploited, and looking out for workers' safety). Nico's first collection was made from bamboo, bamboo is a pretty amazing fabric in terms of it being harvested without the use of pesticides, and minimal amounts of water (compared to cotton, which uses a huge amount to be harvested!) The most amazing part of bamboo is that it can decompose easily, so basically as long as non-toxic dyes have been used, you can put your old bamboo clothing piece in your compost bin and feed it to your garden later on in life -this is the case of natural bamboo; bamboo viscose is quite different, while it uses minimal water, no pesticides, and is a fast re-generator, the process of turning it into a textile uses just as much energy as most other textiles. Kate Fletcher's book, Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys explains bamboo and its environmental effects more clearly than I possibly could, so I'd recommend reading her book to clarifyTo the point ---> It is amazing on its own that nico is AUSTRALIAN MADE, let alone that they consider their environmental impact and ethical codes! I can't explain how happy it makes me, seeing a label like this blossom in our country... hope they stick around for a really long time!


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