Monday Inspiration

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Lou Doillon in her trademark suspenders. Photo by Garance Dore.

As the cooler weather approaches, I am drawn to inspiration from the street style pictures from the recent fashion weeks in the northern hemisphere. One particular style note on my radar was the increase in women wearing suspenders. Suspenders have pretty much always been a wardrobe staple for men. They’ve stood the test of time because well, they hold up their suit pants! These days they are also an accessory, but for us women, rather than being a necessity because we have hips to hold up our pants, suspenders are a fashion accessory or even an affectation. I think I went through a stage of stealing my brother’s suspenders (which he probably stole from our Dad) because I remember wearing them with pants, jeans or shorts for a brief period of time in my teens. I liked them. They were fun to wear.

So my question is this. Suspenders: would you, have you or do you wear them?

Have a great week xo

Give a frock Friday

Photographed in Brazil by Mario Testino for Vogue UK, date unknown.Kate Moss cooling off in a frock by one of my favourite labels, Marni. Actually she’s wearing two frocks by Marni. Italian and boho but incredibly eclectic at the same time, Marni is a label that steps outside the constraints of classic design boundaries. Such as teaming together clashing prints that they look so good together they no longer appear to clash. It’s as if they always were meant to be. I always imagine that designer Consuelo Castiglioni has been playing dress up in her grandmother’s closet as there is always a vintage element to her collections. This picture is my inspiration today to keep cool in the heat that is our Summer here. This image was photographed for Vogue UK in Brazil in 1997 by Mario Testino. Click here for my previous post on Marni.

I’m off to the library to do my yoga teacher training homework in a civilised, air-conditioned environment! Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

Random Inspiration

So this week is no different to any other – it’s crazy busy and hot! So darn hot and horribly humid and well, can someone please press the freeze-frame button??

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I’d love a day to just do this. Sip tea and read a book.

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I love her pants and her loafers. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m seeing loafers in lots of street style pics so I’m guessing I’ll be wearing them this autumn and winter.

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I love a beautiful hat and this one is no exception.

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Always elegantly stylish Sofia Coppola. Such a fan of her effortless style. Note the loafers. Told ya.

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It’s so hot and humid here, it never ends. WIth no rain in sight to cool things off, I’m enjoying images of snow so I can trick my body into imagining how nice it must be to feel a temperature other than 30 degrees celsius!

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Mia Wasikowska on the cover of Australian Vogue. How gorgeous is this cover? It’s like a jewel in itself! Photographed by Emma Summerton for the March 2014 issue.

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Looking forward to some time on my day off to enjoy coffee with girlfriends and practice my photography.

I’ve finished everything that I need to do – at least for now – so I decided to put together some random inspiration for you and for me too! Hope you’re week is going well and that these images help to keep the momentum going for you.

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

Aymeline Valade by Nathaniel Goldberg (At First Blush - Harper's Bazaar Korea May 2013)It’s Valentine’s Day today and so I decided to post this gorgeous red Alexander McQueen frock to honour the traditional Valentine’s colour red. Model Aymeline Valade was photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg for Harpers’ Bazaar Korea’s May 2013 issue. Click through the image to see the more from this beautifully photographed editorial called “At First Blush”. I am quite a fan of Aymeline, she always brings the clothes she models to life but without looking more important than the frock itself.

I’ve been crazy busy this week and on top of teaching Sun Salutations at yoga teacher training yesterday, I had to do it all with a head cold from hell. I’m grateful it all went well, but I don’t want to have to teach like that ever again if I can help it, it’s not much fun, especially trying to give breath instruction when I could barely breathe myself! Don’t recommend it!

I had a beautiful Valentine’s Day – I got to spend it with a very dear friend. We watched my girls in choir practice, then we had coffee, then more coffee, then we took a walk along the beach, caught up with my brother and then shopped together, had some lunch then picked my girls up from school before saying farewell. A very special day with a very special girlfriend.

Tomorrow I’m volunteering at Yoga Day which is going to be lots of fun!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

 

 

Monday Inspiration

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Morning… Hmm it seems that staying up late to watch the INXS biopic on the Telly last night has left me feeling tired and a bit blah. Isn’t it interesting how going to bed later than my body is used to can reflect on how I feel in the morning? I certainly didn’t feel like jumping out of bed and on to my mat to do Sun Salutations like I have every other morning lately.
So, instead I’m blogging this picture of two of my favourite stylish girls because I need hair help! I’m in between cuts and I don’t know what to do with my mop. Yasmin Sewell’s hair is nothing like mine – except for the length, and so I love the idea of wrapping a colourful scarf around my head!
Do you have any go-to ideas for when your hair is at that in-between stage?

Have a great week!
love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

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This image of English model Edie Campbell by Peter Lindbergh is from an editorial called Stardust which was featured in American Vogue’s June 2013 issue. The shoot was styled by Grace Coddington (yes I’m still in Grace-mode) and the frock is very 60s inspired tobacco-brown suede shirtdress from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane.

I’m going to be busy busy over the next week because I’m teaching Sun Salutations this Thursday at teacher training! So excited because who doesn’t love sun salutations right? I’m still nervous, but the more we teach the easier it will get – I hope!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

 

 

From the mat… I’m grateful

35e02ab0863b0e0d266d22a218b14289Today I felt the need to write a little post about how grateful I am to have my yoga practice and the teacher training in my life right now. It is an incredible gift! Yes, sometimes I am amazed with how much information my brain has to take in every Thursday, but by the time the next Thursday comes around I am ready for more!

946f569af4ebb8820ee8b7a831ba2f5dFor a while now I have had a day job that has been extremely difficult to fulfil with an open heart. I work in an environment that on the outside looks like heaven on earth, but the truth is that it is a microcosmos of negativity, micromanagement at its worst, and yes, that ugly word, bullying. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I haven’t ever written in detail about my day job before, but I felt compelled to share this with you now because having yoga and regular daily meditation in my life has kept me strong and given me the tools to manage my feelings with it all as I search for a new job. You might be wondering why I don’t just quit, and in the past I have quit much better jobs, yes.  The downside to the beautiful place where I live is that jobs are difficult to come by, so one doesn’t just quit, no matter how bad, at least, they don’t in my experience.  I’m not writing this because I feel like moaning about my life to you. I write because I simple must sing the praises of life with a daily yoga and meditation practice and how much it means to me. It has saved me from my life’s tough challenges. It is a blessing and I am grateful, grateful, grateful!

My wish is that these words may inspire someone else to take up yoga and change their life for the better.

love & light xo

 

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