18 September, 2015

Rule The Races: Quirky Fashion Tips For Spring Racing Season

It's almost spring racing season, and for a lot of us that means one thing: time to dress up! The spring racing carnival offers a great chance to get out and celebrate the new season, not just traditionally with the trendiest new collections, but with a chic, fun and interesting take on the typical fashion of the occasion. It seems there's almost a general ‘uniform’ for horse racing events; Punters even supplies criteria for those hoping to have their outfits judged (a dress just above the knee, an intricate head piece, etc.).

But this is exactly what I want to address before the horses start thundering down the tracks. The uniform is all well and good. I like getting into race day fashion as much as anyone else, and generally speaking the crowds at the tracks look pretty spectacular. But as you know I also appreciate individualism, and beyond the fact that each spectator has a different intriguing hat, this is actually somewhat lacking at the racing carnivals! So here are a few tips—some inspired by current ‘trends’ and some just my own quirky ideas—for how to give your race day outfits some unique appeal.

Get Some Cat Eye Sunglasses

Vintage inspiration can almost always be considered fashionable, particularly at the moment, and because spring racing carnivals are often places where it's almost necessary to wear sunglasses, I say go for some cat eyes! These '50s-style glasses are always playful and chic, and they can add the perfect touch of mystery to any race day outfit.

Rock A Tiara

This is a glamourous twist on traditional horse racing headpieces, which generally fall somewhere on the hat-to-ribbon spectrum (which I just invented). I stole this idea from the model Gigi Hadid, who was recognised in a News Au article as one of the best dressed at last year’s Melbourne Cup. Hadid's piece wasn't quite a tiara, but it had the same delicate, sparkling quality. It was an interesting alternative to the same old horse racing hats.

Find Unconventional Jewellery

Certain types of pieces are typical of spring racing crowds. At a major carnival, you may see more pearls than you're used to, and brooches seem to be falling out of the sky. But jewellery is ultimately one aspect of race day fashion that's not quite as strictly defined as outfits in general, and for that reason I say find something bizarre. Lyst has some great inspiration in this regard, featuring various nose rings, upper ear cuffs, and strangely ornamented rings. Any piece along these lines can be worked right into a race day outfit for a unique touch.

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

I'm not suggesting you attend a spring racing carnival in all black (although when it comes to Derby Day classic black and white is the go), but it doesn't have to be all about whites, pinks, and yellows. Darker tones (like those worn by Anna Heinrich in the aforementioned News Au article) can work just as well, and they're certainly more unique for the occasion. At the very least, I'm a huge fan of going with a black mesh veil or black opera gloves to accent pretty much any look you like and add a bit of drama.

Opt For Wedges

I just can't abide heels for a full day walking around outside on uneven ground and you DON’T want to be one of ‘those’ girls you see on the news every year, stumbling around heels in hand. Fortunately, wedges are all the rage this spring and offer the perfect footwear compromise for race day. Elle pointed out a number of fashionable options specifically for this season, including selections from Miu Miu, Vince Kyra, and other noteworthy designers. But more than brand names, it's the versatility of these shoes that stands out for the occasions I'm talking about. Firm soles, warm weather bodies, and limitless style options just add up perfectly.

None of this is to suggest that I'm not a fan of the more traditional spring racing looks. Bright sundresses and extravagant hats are the name of the game, and they welcome the spring season appropriately. But some of these ideas can be pretty easily incorporated into more traditional looks to help you stand out from the crowd.

08 September, 2015

Tattoo Tuesday: There's Evil In All Of Us

I'm so excited to share this week's Tattoo Tuesday with you, it's one of the biggest and best pieces I've gotten in a long time. I am so in love with this new tattoo and with the weather just starting to warm up again, it's healed in perfect timing to show it off - something I can't wait to do!! It all started with the incredible artist Leighderhosen. I've been following her work for a long time, and she creates some incredible illustrations and black velvet paintings. Her work is really unique and inspired but all the things I love - vintage, kitsch, whimsy, tropical, nautical, pop culture, mid century and low brow art. If you aren't already familiar with her work, you SERIOUSLY need to be.
When I first saw this illustration by Leighderhosen Art I knew one day I would have it as a tattoo. I was in love with it instantly. I love the wording Leigh chose for the banners, because I do believe we all have a bit of a dark side, but also that courageous side that lets us be bold and daring. I've always loved the daredevil attitude of Evel Knievel who, from 1965 to 1980 completed 75 death defying ramp to ramp motorcycle jumps including famous jumps at Caesars Palace, the Grand Canyon and Snake River. Throughout his career he suffered more than 433 broken bones, earning him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of 'most broken bones in a lifetime'. As someone who is quite accident prone myself, I love Evel's attitude - his determination to complete some of the most heart-pounding jumps despite the risk involved and despite the fact that he wasn't always successful. He just kept dreaming up new challenges for himself.
So with Leigh's blessing, I headed off to see my main man Mark 'Suicide' Beatnik at Voodoo Tattoo, knowing he would do this piece justice. He stuck pretty closely to the original illustration and did a killer job on the pinstriping-esque border and all the tiny little details on bike, but added his own flair with the kick ass hot rod flames to replace the cobras and a punchy background with plenty of colour, that made the design pop and is also similar to the background on my chest piece. It took a total of 3 sessions with one session solely for the outline and pinstripe border, another session for colour in the top half of the design (with so much blending and shading we split it into two) and a shorter third and final session to fill in the flames and shading at the bottom of the design.
I love love LOVE this tattoo and I'm so glad the warmer weather is here so that I can show it off. If there are any tattoo comps in the future I will definitely be entering this piece as Mark deserves to be recognised for the incredible work that he does. If you live or will be visiting anywhere near the Brisbane/Gold Coast area I highly recommend you get some work by Mark. He's done so many of my tattoos and he always does such an incredible job.
Swimsuit season is looking brighter than ever before!

01 September, 2015

Semicolon Saturday

I've been meaning to blog about this for a couple of weeks, but with getting through all the wraps ups of GreazeFest I hadn't quite got around to it. However, with the very sad news yesterday of the passing of The Pizz, now seems like a very fitting time to discuss why you need to use a semicolon rather than a full stop.
A semicolon is used where the author of a sentence could’ve ended the sentence, but chose not to. The author is you, and the sentence is your life.

Saturday September 12, Old Skool Tattoo and Barber Shop is holding Semicolon Saturday, a charity even to support Pathways to Resilience Trust. The day aims to broaden the knowledge of the community and remove the stigma that surrounds depression, anxiety and suicide prevention in the wider community.
The semicolon is to represent and spread the awareness of suicide prevention, depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). All semicolon tattoo's on the day are $50, with an aim to raise over $1000, on top of the $600 already raised. Lets hope we can knock that figure out of the park!

Bring your friends, your family, your work colleagues, or anyone you wish and get a semicolon tattoo to help support the cause! There will be some amazing raffles, a sausage sizzle, cupcakes, music, giveaways and more, with it all being donated to Pathways to Resilience Trust.

The Pathways to Resilience Trust is a charitable organisation established in Brisbane with the specific aim of promoting social and emotional learning and resilience in children, adolescents and families and to assist in the prevention of anxiety, depression and youth suicide.
The event will be from 10am to 4pm at Old Skool Tattoo and Barber Shop in Springwood.

If this day helps save one life, then you have made a difference!