TRAVEL DIARIES 1: SURFERS PARADISE & BYRON BAY

I'm sitting in the bedroom of my holiday apartment, tranquil, relaxed and at peace. The place I happen to be staying at is a tall white building with a red terrace like tiled roof, surrounded by green textured palms. To be precise, I am exactly a 1.5 minute walk from the beach, and a 5 minute stroll to my new founded cafe that has made me one of the most delicious acai bowls. I could live like this forever. 

I did something this trip that I hadn't done for a while, and that is, I put my phone down. I went to the beach and actually enjoyed the beach. I starred into the ocean and rested my eyes into the blue crashing waves and listened to the soft winds and smaller chatter beside me. The sensation made me happy. I was present, I was mindful and I was in the moment.

I'm not one for new year resolutions, I have a tendency to think they come and go too quickly, so let's call this a life resolution instead. My short holiday gave my mind a refresher and reminded me how wonderful life can be when I spend a little less time scrolling through my Instagram and Facebook feed, and a lot more time admiring the beautiful world we live in. 

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Embellished Surface : Collection no.3

Sometimes I can't believe that I have come to the end of 3rd year in my fashion design degree. It's been a crazy roller coaster, and like all rides there's been many ups and downs. To finish on a high would be this photoshoot we shot a few Sunday's ago. This semester involved the collaboration with artisans in Pakistan to create beautiful embellished pieces as an exploration surrounding the themes of surface and connection. Thanks to my killer team as always, I will let the images speak for themselves. 

 

Design/Styling/Creative Direction: Yours truly

Photographer: Rob Tran

Model: Nicole Coombs

MUA: Oasis Tsoi

Styling Loafers

Let's face it, loafers are everything at the moment. I remember seeing old black and white photos of my grandmother years ago in these shoes and thought I would never see the day that I would wear a pair myself. However, thanks to Gucci and the whole cycle of how fashion just works, loafers, mules or any slide on shoe for that matter has become the it thing of the moment. 

Whether you're on a budget or your lucky enough to splurge on the Gucci ones themselves, here's some options covering the whole price spectrum.

 

 

Glassons Loafers - $59.99 (still available in store)

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What I wore:

Modern Muse tee: Staple the Label  |  Jeans: Bardot   |  Shoes: Alias Mae

 

 

Spring Awakening

Transitioning into spring is always my favourite time of the year. Melbourne's bipolar weather means there's always an occasion for a mix of chunky knits to lighter weight fabrics. Lately with the return of 70's inspired silhouettes I have been in love with flared sleeves. With an off the shoulder cut out and tie around the arm, this top is perfect going into the warmer season. 

 

Top & Jeans : Bardot  |  Boots : Betts Shoes  |  Pouch : The Daily Edited 

Lessons I learned from studying fashion design

Three years ago I began on this journey studying fashion design at university. What a lot of people don't realise about creative degrees is how physically demanding and emotionally draining it can be. Your work is so much of who you are and every time you come up with new ideas your putting it on the line to be potentially knocked down. I'm certainly no expert, but this journey has certainly taught me many lessons, some valuable, others amusing. 

You can be the most popular person in class if you own a good pair of cutting scissors

As a fashion student, we tend to cut a lot of stuff. By stuff I don't even mean fabric, we're talking wire, metal, PVC, thick heavy duty materials, you name it. There is much satisfaction knowing that you own the best pair of scissors and you can effortlessly slice through anything in your way. 

Pinterest is your best friend

That's right. You have be asked to "research" and "reflect" on concepts, ideas and designs to possibly explore this semester, so what do you do? You create a new secret board on your Pinterest account and start pinning like crazy. 

Comparison kills happiness

I remember I use to always look at everyone else's work and get disappointed at mine. But when I began to set my mind free from what others were doing and started investing all my energy into my own, that's when the magic happened. It's the most liberating feeling giving yourself permission to create free from the constraint of others. 

Pick your battles

When I first started this degree I use to lose sleep over every stitch, seam and minor detail. Yes, details are important and execution is always key, but there's only 24 hours in a day and you've got to invest into the things that will deliver the best return. 

Your intuition is everything

The best piece of advice I've ever gotten was from a studio leader who once said to me, 'everyone is going to give you advice in your life, but you don't have to take it'.  Now, this isn't suppose to be your permission to ignore every person that shares an opinion with you. What I'm really saying is that if you don't have a intuition of who you are and what you want to achieve, no amount of advice or number of mentors can ever solve your problems from you.

 

Written from a perspective of a 3rd year student studying a fashion design degree at RMIT. 

Outfit: Miss Shop Myer  |  Leather pouch: Salty Seaweed Aus