Friday, January 31, 2014


Alexander McQueen: my absolute favourite!

DAY 31 | Since uni, we've been talking about going down to Bendigo for a road trip to see the Modern Love: Fashion Visionaries exhibition, direct from the FIDM Museum in LA. And today we did! Jess drove the car, Jenni gave directions although she nearly made us miss the freeway exit! And Emma and I were the two in the backseat. Also picked up our local tour guide Cairo (who's really from Bendigo) - our beloved and dearly missed classmate. It was pretty surreal to see the designs up close as we have read books, watched films and studied it so much in class. My favourites? Vivienne Westwood and her tartan suit. Issey Miyake and his revolutionary pleats. And above all, I loved the little Alexander McQueen collection. As they say, it was so oh-my-avant-garde! xxx

The rest of my photo diary (I took heaps more! But this is just a snippet!)

Thursday, January 30, 2014


I definitely recommend you try it! Check out the recipe from here.

DAY 30 | Spent the afternoon making a Cambodian dessert called Baing Chanout. Apparently there are heaps of different spellings but basically it is a glutinous rice ball boiled, filled with a mung bean filling and served with a coconut syrup and sesame seeds. It's my favourite dessert (and food!) from my Khmer heritage. I've been feeling bad lately about not cooking enough as it is my new years resolution so I guess today is a start. I am a bit more of a sweet tooth so maybe thats why I'm good at making desserts and not so much the other stuff? Hmmm. xxx


Since I go to fashion school, it would seem only right to upload posts about fashion news, stories and what goes on behind-the-seams. I literally can't wait to go back to uni to show you what really goes on at level 10 (home of the RMIT Bachelor of Design - Fashion - Honours). But here is some thoughts I'd like to share with you now!

Also here is a tech-savvy slideshow! Something new to the blog: Peter Pilotto's and Jason Wu's collaboration collections with Target.

With Virgin Australia taking over what use to be Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (yep, have to get use to saying VAMFF now), this calls for new sponsors and whole new outlook for the future of Australian Fashion. 

I know I may be late on sharing the news but about two weeks ago, news broke that Target will be the new official sponsor for the National Graduate Showcase: a runway for the successful recent graduates of fashion institutions across Australia. On top of sponsoring them, a selected few graduates will also be offered a mentorship program. They will design a small collection in collaboration with Target and sell them across stores in Australia. 

Now, before you say "ughhhh, why Target?" (think of it as Tarjayyy), Target have done their fair share of designer collaborations in the past. Recall, Stella McCartney in 2010? Or Jason Wu in 2012? Or more recently, Peter Pilotto's 2014 collection launch?

For Pilotto's x Target's collaboration - if you look into the design aesthetics more closely - it screams Peter Pilotto all over it. The Man Repeller Leandra Medine even says it perfectly:

"The silhouettes, for one thing, weren't compromised. The peplums still pop, the pencil skirts are still tight, the uneven hems maintain their contrast and the draping remains artful. The prints look pretty great too." (Man Repeller)

And with Jason Wu's collection in 2012, the silhouettes there were still preppy, elegant and classy. The prints stayed homage to Wu's favourites: floral and stripe. And overall it was lady-like, fit for Wu's muse Michelle Obama.

Target has certainly improved their standards of collaborations, giving free reign to the designers and the design choices. Fabric quality may be limited however I don't think many people are complaining about that. But remember Proenza Schouler and their stint with TG? As much as I love the boys, I wasn't a fan of the 2007 collection. I think the low in the "high-low" status couldn't even cut it.

So, this is what bothers me. Or more formally, my concern as a fashion student. How much control does the designer have? And how much input will Target have? I have only heard of good comments that support the new sponsorship (from the big people, of course) but come uni and I'm sure there will be a lot class discussions on this new endeavour. Also considering that these past collaborations were based in the US, will Australia take on the same effect? Will consumers want to go and shop at Target? Will consumers even know these emerging designers name after the hype is over? (Remember, these are recent graduates not young designers who already have businesses). 

But what do you think? Will this work? For both graduates and Target? Is there a better sponsor? Who would it be and why? Was Sportsgirl already fit for the job? Tell me. I'd like to know your thoughts.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014


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Instagram World is another category I write for College Dormista, showcasing cool (uni age) people with their cool decor and interior finds on their cool Instagrams. 

Images from Elle Tassy Blog and @tashkeys Instagram

I am not going to deny it: I am an Instagram addict. Besides posting pictures myself, my other favourite thing to do on the social media app is browse other accounts. There are so many profiles I inspire to. One is Natasha Bordizzo, co-owner of the online vintage store Elle Tassy and Instagrammer behind @tashkeys. Not only does she take beautiful shots of her travels and cool outfit posts, she has a distinct eye for anything interior and décor. I swear, everything she posts I fall in love with! This week, I interview Tash where she explains her love for the décor fan fare.
CollegeDormista: Your Instagram showcases a lot of beautiful images. Why do you like Instagram and photography in general?
Natasha Bordizzo: Thank yah! Well I like how simplistic Instagram is. The focus is on the picture and its composition, rather than the caption or comments, which play a secondary role. It also puts everyone on an even playing field, where you can communicate with anyone and we all get an even exposure on the newsfeed. As for photography in general, I can’t really say. But it’s definitely something that developed, unlike with a lot of people who’ve been interested in photography since they were very little. For me, it was after I started playing with Photoshop and a Nikon V1 given to me as a Christmas present, that I really saw the possibilities of what you can create. From there, I just wanted to create more and more, and develop skills that allow me to give a picture the exact feel that I want it to have. There’s nothing like it.

CD: You like to post up pictures of interior spaces/décor pieces like cafés, skulls and drawings you’re going to put up on your wall. Do you have a certain interest with décor and interior?
NB: Well life’s just a little more interesting when you’ve added a few cool new touches to your room/house. So I’m always on the hunt for cool pieces to take home and add character or change the feel of my interiors. Decor never stops being exciting because there are endless possibilities as far as creating the space you come home to everyday.
CD: With your décor collections, do you decorate any of them in your own bedroom? Or into the Elle Tassy office?
NB: Mostly my room! I’m lucky enough to have a pretty big room, so there’s lots more space for further decor additions. I just run the risk of having a cluttered sort of room because I love hoarding things! To solve this, I store old decor away until I feel like putting it out again. My decor is essentially on rotation (laughs)

CD: You have travelled a lot and following your blog; you have stayed in a lot of apartments while in the US! Which apartment/house had the best interior?
NB: In LA, our Encino house was overwhelming. The pictures don’t do it justice! It’s not how I would design the interiors of my own home but it was a gem to live in. You can check it out here. 
CD: For those travelling, any places you recommend that stock the best décor pieces to take home?
NB: In the USA, I loved Melrose Trading Post in LA and Williamsburg Markets in NY. San Francisco was great for decor, and we included a few places from Cortland Ave, Bernal Heights in our post here
CD: Where do you shop for your décor accessories?
NB: I recently discovered Holy Kitsch on Crown Street, Surry Hills. It stocks all things Mexican, and is where I recently bought prints. Aside from that, I buy a lot at markets such as Glebe, Rozelle and Bondi.

CD: Onto fashion- what influences your personal fashion style? Any style icons?
NB: Rumi Neely, Kiko Mizuhara, and Vanessa Hudgens to name a few. I think Vanessa in particular is really under-rated as far as personal style – she’s incredible.
CD: Do you find after your travels, your personal style has changed? Even to the décor pieces you choose to decorate your living space with?
NB: Actually yes, I’m the type to be heavily influenced by my surroundings, and the people I meet while travelling. I also develop my personal style constantly (and usually unintentionally) just because I love change.
CD: What are your favorite pieces in your home/studio?
NB: At home, it’s just all the things I’ve collected from my travels – so lots of little (often vintage) items which I display on my jewelry table, desk and vanity table. I recently bought an ancient old brandy bottle that I think is beautiful (maybe I’m crazy) and now use it as a vase. That makes the favourites list for sure.
CD: Lastly, will Elle Tassy stock accessories for the home in the future?
NB: Probably not, as we are focusing on fashion, but I can’t say never!

FOLLOW TASH AT @tashkeys
Style On,
Melissa Him


I still can't believe Karl Lagerfeld approved the "sneaker with the couture" combo at Chanel's latest Paris HC showing's for spring 2014. But who am I kidding? Karl is one of those guys who would probably bungee jump because he really is a dare devil. Except, instead of doing the whole extreme sport thing, he would combat it in fashion voluntarily. In the runway however, there were a lot of silver/grey sightings within the lace, the trims and overall tweed signature pieces. I'm predicting this could be a trend in the next coming months as well as crossing over to the interior side of things.  What do you think? This is only the beginning of my research but look out for my College Dormista post in the next few weeks. I might just base it around this. xxx


No, I didn't draw it. I wish I did though. It sits on my desk at the moment! 

DAY 29 | How crazy is the fact that it has nearly been a month of the new year already? Where did time go? Despite me being eager to go back to uni (man, do I sound bored or what), I still want extra time to do all my little projects! One is to clean my bedroom which has been delayed for months now (whoops). Forgot I had this hidden gem lying around. My friend bought it for my 21st at the design markets. I want to collect other bits and bobs like this drawing and hang them on my wall. And on the note of drawing, was talking to my friend Andi last night about potentially taking a drawing elective at uni. Always thought about going to art school - you know, in a dimmed lit room with an easel, charcoal and a very attractive man...

Yeah, dream on! Hehe xxx

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


I love DIY, handmade, cute/kitsch things! Hence why I made it myself.

Figuring out what to wear it with! And shameless selfie...

DAY 28 | Do you like this necklace guys? I made it out of wooden beads and simply covered them up with Japanese material scraps (with a glue gun). I have had a few compliments from my workmates and I thought I would make some more and sell them online. Honestly, I am bored as at home so with a month to go until uni starts again, I'm trying to keep myself entertained! Perhaps this could be another one of my little projects? Other things I'm planning on doing to keep myself busy are:

I shall keep you updated if I get any of this done! Ha xxx

Monday, January 27, 2014


DAY 27 | Literally stepped back in time while visiting Como House and Gardens, situated in South Yarra, Melbourne. Listed as one of Melbourne's wealthiest heritage properties and now at 160 years old, Como gave you a glimpse of the aristocratic times. My friend Emma and I were totally mind blown thinking back in the day, ladies were wearing Victorian-style dresses with corsets, hoop skirts, bonnets in the hair and carrying parasols for an accessory. It was a sudden realisation that we were in fact walking in the foot steps of fashion history. Thanks to our fashion history classes, I don't think we would have known better.

Before strolling the gardens though, we had brunch at The Stables of Como which literally use to be horse stables but now is a cafe! Enjoy the photo diary xxx

Showed mum this shabby chic decor. Still doesn't fully understand the rustic idea of it yet she wants me to decorate the backyard like this! 

So here are multiple shots of the food! I had the toasted banana bread with maple syrup, mascarpone, fresh banana, berry compote & crushed pistachio while Emma had the smashed avocado with thyme buttered mushrooms, marinated feta & torn basil on wholegrain toast. Plus we had fruit salad to share and ice coffees! Yum!

Catch up with my uni friend Emma today.

Mandatory communal sweets table shot!

Outside in the gardens of Como House.