Sunday, 27 July 2014

OUTFIT POST: Violet Skies

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa, Melissa shoes, Zimmermann, pink, ASOS coat, Mavi Jeans, white jeans, Cameo black blouse, holographic clutch, silk jumper, wool coat
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa, Melissa shoes, Zimmermann, pink, ASOS coat, Mavi Jeans, white jeans, Cameo black blouse, holographic clutch, silk jumper, wool coat
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa, Melissa shoes, Zimmermann, pink, ASOS coat, Mavi Jeans, white jeans, Cameo black blouse, holographic clutch, silk jumper, wool coat

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa, Melissa shoes, Zimmermann, pink, ASOS coat, Mavi Jeans, white jeans, Cameo black blouse, holographic clutch, silk jumper, wool coat

Photographer: Duey Lam from XXIII Photog 

Top: Cameo ... Jumper: Zimmermann ... Coat: ASOS ... Jeans: Mavi ... Clutch: Bardot 
Shoes: c/o Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (shop HERE

Shooting in public always gives me butterflies, especially when it is in one of Sydney's most visited places. It does take some warming up to the location, the camera and the set up by the professional photographer Duey complete with a tripod, reflector and flashlight. But after realising that I will never see those staring tourists again, being photographed did not seem so scary anymore. 

First time shooting around dusk, the sunset does provide some beautiful soft colours and lighting which complimented the rosy hues in the outfit. Today we are styling a more feminine look; working with shades of pink and violet. To me there is something very modern and clean in combining girly fairy floss shades with stark white. The result is even more chic when oversized cocoon shapes come into the equation. As a general rule of thumb I have never been pedantic about buying outerwear a size larger. As I fumbled through mum's wardrobe for this ASOS coat, she was more concerned about the ill fit than the fact that I was borrowing her precious garments. 

"Are you sure that's not too big for you?" she frowned, to which I answered "Whatever, it's oversized." 

And at that, I rest my case. 

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Raw Story: Krystle Knight Jewellery

Krystal Knight Jewellery, raw crystals, healing,

I have had a soft spot for raw crystal jewellery ever since the trend took off. Regardless of whether or not you believe in its powers, admittedly wearing a chunk of crystal does look pretty cool.

Designer Krystle Knight began her eponymous label after being "inspired by the exquisite elemental beauty which surrounds her". The label specialises in creating raw crystal pieces in brass and sterling silver. Today Knight talks about her brand and the spiritual connection she feels with the stones she works with.

1. Describe how Krystle Knight began. 

After working in fashion for seven years, it was a natural progression. I’ve always had a love for jewellery and also for crystals, so it made sense to be able to bring both of those loves together.
I am inspired by everything from photography, the ocean, an endless summer, and the simple natural beauty of the crystals themselves.

Krystal Knight Jewellery, raw crystals, healing,

2. What made you so passionate about working with raw crystals? 

I have always had interest in the healing powers of crystals and I have always carried around a little pouch of crystals in my handbag (I think I got this little trait from my mum). I find the natural beauty of crystals so fascinating; each piece has its very own characteristics; which also makes each piece individual and special for our customers.

I mainly work with Clear Quartz, which is my favourite stone and is known to be the master healer of all crystals. I have been wearing a clear quartz crystal for years around my neck and really do feel the power of the stone.

Quartz is a stone of harmony, which balances energies and emotions, while increasing inspiration and creativity. It works on all areas of the mind and body; awakening, amplifying & transmitting energy, while clarifying the thought processes and clearing away negative energies.
I also have some exclusive Rose Quartz pieces, which is the stone of love. It promotes unconditional love, forgiveness, infinite peace and compassion. It creates harmony in relationships and teaches us about the true essence of love. It purifies and opens up the heart allowing us to express our emotions.

Krystal Knight Jewellery, raw crystals, healing,
3. Describe the planning and design process that goes into creating a new collection.
I am now designing four collections a year and at any one time I am designing a new collection, shooting a different collection & also launching a new one. It doesn’t stop! But I love it.

When designing a new collection, I look at past collections and also see what our customers are asking for.  There are quite a few things I must keep in mind when I am designing and one thing is simplicity. 

4. What are your favourite clothes to pair with a Krystal Knight piece? 

I will mix up pieces and coloured stones depending on my outfit. I am a denim shorts and low side slung singlet type of girl, so layering all of my jewellery with a casual outfit can really dress an outfit up and make it perfect for a night out.

5. You recently stocked some homeware pieces such as Agate bookends and crystal candle holders. What gave you the idea to branch out into lifestyle products? 

This also for me, was a natural progression, I spotted them while sourcing new crystals and had to have them, the colours are so stunning and the intricate natural beauty of them are so so beautiful! I am working on some new home wares projects coming up, which I cannot wait to share! 

All pictures belong to Krystle Knight. 

By Sharon Jiang 

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Accessories Edit: Boho Winters

Headpiece, Bracelet, Ring: c/o Circa (shop HERE)
Necklace: Real Leaf Jewellery (shop HERE)
Tea Cup: T2 (shop HERE
Jumper: ASOS 

I was once told it is the 'accessories that make the outfit'.

Taking inspiration from this quote, I'm starting a new segment Accessories Edit where I style my favourite jewellery pieces giving you an up close and personal view of their delicate details. The chosen pieces will be put into a creative context; whether it be colour coordinated with props and clothing or showing a unique spin at wearing certain styles in different seasons.

To kick off this chapter I've picked some gold pieces from Circa and Real Leaf Jewellery all connected by a bohemian aesthetic. Featuring natural elements such as leaves and animal references, the pieces itself scream breezy summer festivals. But here I'm subverting the generic styling of denim cut offs and crop tops. Such boho pieces can brighten up a winter outfit and look refreshing yet cosy paired with a heavy knit.
In this instance, I'm working with a colour palette of sky blue and fuchsia to compliment the gold tones. The tea cup was included for good measure considering this is a winter shoot; a prop that surprisingly went well with the overall look. I sat there for a good half hour holding the cup close to my face but never actually drinking out of it. If that's not awkward I don't know what is ...

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