Dressed in everything old (except hat), it was all smiles during this photoshoot as we prepared to head overseas on a much needed family trip.
In the days leading up to our trip the weather was so warm and sunny in Melbourne that a part of me didn’t want to leave. I dreaded the European winter and any challenges that we were going to face with a toddler in tow. Although now that we are here, we’re having a blast and loving the quality family time. It also seems we’ve brought the sunshine to London and Paris with us. Here’s hoping it follows us to Barcelona.
Since I started blogging, I have rarely taken advantage of the wonderful street art surrounding our Melbourne inner northern suburbs neighbourhood. Noticeably it makes the perfect backdrop for my photographs and compliments my love for vintage and street fashion. If we could afford the luxury of scouting for the perfect site all the time this is what we’d do. For the purposes of convenience however, most of our photographs are taken at home. Luckily for the squirt and I, this cool strip of street art was located along the bike path of a nearby cafe we decided to brunch at over the weekend. I am really keen to show everyone the amazing Melbourne street art scene so here’s to a step closer in making that happen.
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I’m wearing: Vintage jumper || Vintage leather look studded skirt by Moschino || Boots by Asos || Vintage Bag || Sunglasses from Retrostar Vintage || Snapback from Asos
Suits are a thing of the past for me and I find them uncomfortable to wear. What I often do is mix and match up suits with other pieces in my wardrobe, creating a business casual outfit. That way, they aren’t just sitting there.
Wearing a t-shirt to work – not quite practice, but wearing a suit jacket over your t-shirt – pass. Vintage zebra print skirt…bonus.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope this gives you a little styling inspiration.
Along with her gorgeous little pop up shop was a display of quality leather goods that were made to order. After a little browsing and chit chat, I discover that she’s cleverly made these pieces herself. A skill passed down by her father. What’s more amazing is that her leather goods come in a range of tasteful colours for you to choose from and are all hand stitched.
Admittedly I wanted a few but finally decided to bag myself a satchel that converts into a backpack, has a hand tooled rose design and customised stamp. I requested to have mine hand stamped (complimentary) with my daughters name…because I love her so much.
Best of all the satchel is large enough to fit everything. It’s perfect as an everyday fashion staple and can also be doubled up as a nappy bag. I’m a mum afterall.
During a recent thrift shopping expedition at Retrostar, I stumbled upon this devine tartan dress. Although the dress looked a little tired on the racks I knew that a little TLC would make it look as good as new. With a soft spot for tartan, I purchased it without the bother of trying it on.
Delighted by how the dress turned out after a simple dry clean, I wore it to work and needless to say it felt amazing on. That’s the gift of vintage finds. The one off pieces are beautiful, timeless and long lasting. Once more, it’s so easy to mix vintage and modern pieces together to pull off a sophisticated outfit. What do you think of the styling?
Over the years, online shopping has been an absolute life saver. As a creature of convenience I loved the simple concept of surfing the web, adding things I wanted in a virtual basket and then checking out with my credit card. It meant I saved time and didn’t have to deal with all the crowds. Thrift shopping however has given me a whole new experience. Not only does it take me away from the virtual world of convenience, it requires me to also patiently go through endless racks of clothing before I find a desirable piece. Needless to say thrifting was frustrating at first but, one off vintage items like this dress make the experience all the worth while. What do you think of the outfit? Thanks all. Sovanny xx
When the person behind the lens is passionate about the art of photography, the end result is absolutely amazing.
For months, I have thought about the day when my dear friend Lynda (from Lindy Lu Photography ) and I would work together on a fashion shoot. It took months to make this happen, because I wanted the concept behind the photo-shoot to be both unique and personal. Once more, I wanted the photographs to depict a part of the person that I am today.
Today, I’m a mother who’s bold and confident in her own skin. One that loves to shop but is no longer an extreme consumerist. One that loves expensive clothing but is more than happy to shop at Savers. One that knows a vintage or second-hand piece can look just a flattering as any new item. One that would rather spend money on her daughter than herself. One that would invest money on a good time rather than clothes. One that wants to contribute to a more eco-friendly existance. While motherhood does not define the person that I am, the experience to date has had an immense influence on the changes in my behaviour and perspective to the world of consumerism.
With this short representation, a beautiful retro concept was created which aims to capture me in the present day. Permission was granted for us to utilise a closed down petrol station as the back drop, while a dear friend of Lynda’s gave us use of an old Ford Cortina as the prop. Modelling in clothes that were either old or second-hand, I found this experience both liberating and satisfying. Best of all, I was able to work with a friend that shared the same values as I. I am so excited to be sharing these swagging photographs with you and hope that you love this personal piece.
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Credits:: A special thanks to Lynda from Lindy Lu Photography for all her work and photographs, Tim Dinh for lending us the cars and Andy owner of Andy’s Service Station, Sunshine for the exclusive use of his site.