Saturday, November 30, 2013

JUNE MOSS BY BECCA TOBIN


As of late, I have noticed celebrities getting into the fashion blogging scene, posting outfits they like to wear or re-blogging things that inspire them on Tumblr. Blogging isn’t just segmented to the bored-girl-who-wants-something-to-do type (hmm, that might describe me). But celebrities too are getting onto the bandwagon of OOTD postings, in between their hectic schedules. I do realize that celebrities are normal like me (just with a high status job and resulting in a well-earned paycheck). So, why wouldn’t they want to blog stuff? I mean they are ordinary people after all. Speaking of which, Glee star Becca Tobin launched her blog June Moss a couple of months ago and whether you are Glee fanatic or a fashionista (I’m both), you will most probably like her blog. She names her blog after her two style icons: her grandma June “the pioneer of High Low, example pairing a five dollar necklace with Chanel shoes” and Kate Moss – “no explanation necessary.” And it’s evident in her imagery. There is an Oyster magazine feel to her photographs. And in terms of her sense in style, she has a very classy look going on. She pairs A-line skirts with fluffy sweaters, masters a sixties style with a high neck turtle, a black leather mini skirt and John Lennon-esque sunglasses; and combats a school-girl look with a grey sweater with a collar poking out and a super cute leather overall dress. Becca also mixes the vintage, the affordable and the luxurious subtly well. I suddenly feel the urge to look “effortlessly cool” in polaroid-like pictures.

Are there any celebrity blogs you like?

xxx












All pictures from junemoss.com

Friday, November 29, 2013

MISS PERFECTIONIST


Thanks to The Man Repeller for this awesome image. I love avocados too.

So, sometimes I re-read my blog posts just to make sure it makes absolute sense. But from being a little tired in the past few days and not being acutely aware of my current state-of-mind, I have created typos in my posts. In my last three posts, I manage to catch at least 3 typos! But blah, I can’t be bothered to fix them. I probably will have more typos here. However, you’re probably just thinking “Calm down Mel; we still get ya.” But I’m thinking “No! My first native language is still not good enough!” I think this past year, I’ve realised I am a perfectionist. Maybe it’s the innate designer in me, who visualizes things even before it goes onto paper or patterns. And it has to be perfect. Somehow it has transferred into my writing, where I have to manage sounding smart and making sense yet be arguably hilarious as well (I’ve been reading The Man Repeller and damn she’s funny). I think I get to the point that I see something so many times, my eyes hurt and I’m blinded by the sight of wording problems. And design problems. Or I don’t know. I know typos are just mistakes by why does it have to happen? Ugh. Miss so-called Perfectionist is just blabbering right now and she doesn’t know what she is saying. She doesn’t make sense either. (My bad).

PS. Is it just me? Or are you also a perfectionist?


GIVE WITH JOYN


The artisan textiles, arts and crafts souvenirs you discover in developing countries are sometimes the most invaluable things you will ever find. They are unique and pretty, among those being bracelets, necklaces, little clutches to big tote bags. But behind the craftsmanship is a story. If we’re talking about a woven cotton clutch, this is how it would be processed: the cotton balls are hopefully harvested organically without any chemicals or pesticides, allowing cotton farmers to grow their cotton naturally, compete less against the industrial shifts, be reduced from chemical poisoning and provide income for their family. The cotton balls would be then sent to a weaver, who with many hours of hand labour hand weaves the cotton into fabric and this could possibly provide a women with her own income. It could be then sent to a textiles print screener where they would print original patterns with natural paints or an embroider who hand beads a pretty design. Lastly, it would go to a machinist who would use a handloom to sew the pieces together and sew on any finishing touches. These few jobs could provide a mother income to send her children to school. The process of making fashion and accessories is an integrated one but it’s a shame that not many companies are giving credit to the makers of the entire process. I sometimes ask the question: when will it all be fair-trade? Or sustainable at least?

There are a few social entrepreneurs though who have acknowledged this new business approach, like JOYN. “JOYN produces a line of block-printed textiles, handbags and accessories, creating jobs for 120 artisans in the foothills of the Himalayas, improving lives through meaningful work, educational opportunities and medical care.”


 FIND OUT & SHOP MORE THE PRODUCTS AT TOMS MARKETPLACE AND JOYN INDIA.

They have cute geometric designs. I love the pillow covers as they can easily spruce up your living space. Sit them either on your plain sheets on bed or on your couch. The exclusive tangerine paisley coasters are adorable too as they would sit nicely onto the coffee tables and under your tea cups! For a great Christmas present though for your sister, mum or aunty, go for the clutches. It’s handmade from 100% hand woven cotton and its hand block printed. It’s also beautiful in design. Any girl could fit her necessities in here: lipstick, phone, car keys – you name it.

To find out more, you can check it out here! Happy shopping and giving xxx

LOVE AND GIVE WITH TOMS




If you haven’t heard of TOMS, well for me personally, they are the best things that have ever happened to the shoe industry. I slightly have a flat left foot so the classic alpargatas are super comfy, it fits my soles perfectly and I don’t feel any pain at all. Despite my love for these shoes (I almost wear them everyday), their business approach is something I also dearly love. Basically, when you purchase a pair of TOMS shoes, a pair of shoes go back to a child in need. In some third world countries, children are deprived from going to school just because they don’t have proper uniform, like a simple pair of shoes. TOMS however gives them this opportunity with their simple concept. So far, they have also expanded their products with sunglasses. And get this: when you purchase a pair of sunglasses, someone is given sight. 


It often surprises me how many things I take for granted or not properly acknowledge, like the fact I have many pairs of shoes and I am truly blessed that I am able to see. 

Above: PHOTO DOCUMENTING MELBOURNE | The LOVE sign sits in Melbourne Central, level 2.

So since Christmas is around the corner, I figured one of the ways to do some good is to give. TOMS have recently launched a Market Place on their site where you can also connect and shop at other causes who are doing good things in this world. It’s ultimately a full circle exchange. I only hope one day I am able to achieve something like this, in terms of my career in fashion. I just have to remember, “commerce can be more than just profits”. It’s us who can truly make a difference in someone’s life.

Up next and over the next coming weeks, I’ll be posting on some of the brands that are doing incredible, amazing things! So stay tuned. But in the meantime, check out TOMS and their story at www.toms.com xxx


The gift of giving! 
Above: PHOTO DOCUMENTING MELBOURNE | The GIVE sign sits in Melbourne Central level 1.



Me and my TOMS alpargata flats. Hands down, the best shoes ever! Also wearing my DIY boyfriend jeans! 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

MELBOURNE'S FIRST NOODLE NIGHT MARKET

Melbourne is currently hosting their first Night Noodle Market and luckily, it is a big success. Before it even launched, news about it started floating on my Facebook feed and being a bit of a foodie myself, I had to go. It was quite an affair. There were loads of people, very long cues, hot weather but overall good food and a very cool atmosphere to be around. You would have probably already researched but the best Asian restaurants were serving some of their specialties including Chin Chins, Wonderbao, Mamak, Izakaya Den and new dessert places like Gelato Messina. But as my friend and I were super hungry and after roaming around deciding what to purchase, we went for the shortest line anyway and ended up in Paperboy Kitchen. We ate Vietnamese Noodle Salads, which is traditionally called Banh Hoi (and it’s not hard to make at home either! Perhaps I’ll post up a homemade recipe my mum likes to make). It was very delicious though. Besides the food, it was a nice atmosphere. It’s a little better then the Queen Vic Night Markets as there is a lot more seating space but I guess the only downfall was the major cues and perhaps the prices of the dishes. Last but not least, like the usual Instagram addict I am, I took many photos, even with the outfit I was wearing. It only seemed appropriate to wear a dress, as it was almost 3o degrees! Hello summer xxx


    The pretty lanterns!





     Couldn't help myself with taking multiple pictures of the lanterns...in different angles...



   Ate the BBQ Chicken Vietnamese Noodle Salad (while my friend has the Miso Salmon) - so fresh and cooling for the
  hot weather. A good dish to have in the summer!


                     WHAT I WORE | An Elle Tassy vintage dress, Just Jeans denim jacket, Cotton On 
                     Satchel and Sportsgirl Jellies (PS. I look so static! Need to move around in my outfit
                     posts!)



    As we walked back to Flinders Street Station, there was a nice picture-esque moment of the Yarra River and the sunset (of course I had to take a picture). This was taken on the bridge on St Kilda Road, a 2 min walk from Flinders Street. 


The Noodle Night Market runs from November 18-30th, 2013 at Alexandra Gardens, right off St Kilda Road, a 5 minute walk from Federation Square. 

xx