With Christmas less than a month away it is well and truly time to get shopping for your loved ones. There are always so many presents to buy and personally I find it easier asking those I’m gifting for a small list so I don’t end up buying something completely wrong. Shopping for your partner and family is pretty easy, but it is the other people I struggle with, like the secret Santa draw at work – now that is a struggle. And whenever I buy a present for my boss I panic! Oh dear!
With Telstra Perth Fashion Festival only days away, the entire Perth fashion scene is buzzing. Designers are sorting out those last minute dramas, stylists are working their butts off putting together the hottest combinations and bloggers (myself included), fans and fashion freaks are perfecting their outfits and praying the sun comes out. Fashion is on Perth’s brain right now, so I thought this was the perfect time to introduce you to new bespoke Perth designer (who I know will be showing on a catwalk one day in the future) Matthew Avery, the creative director and genius with a sewing machine behind label ERIC&EDWIN. I’ve known Matthew for years (since our university days) and this man has always had a fashion brain. When he wasn’t studying (or we weren’t out on the town) he would be designing and making clothes for all of his friends (and himself) and I envied his creative spirit and drive. Nowadays he’s juggling a full time job and has recently started his label that I know will turn heads. Meet Matthew! …
I don’t know about you but time management and balance truly isn’t my forte. But for Alicia Rogerson aka Ali J, a local Perth illustrator, art isn’t her only priority. Being a busy wife and mum of two takes the lead in her life, but she manages to make time in her jam packed schedule for her creative side – and isn’t she a superstar with colour? Besides the obvious reason of loving the creative process, Ali uses art as a form of therapy and personal expression. Every piece comes from the heart, and her true feelings are depicted on canvas and paper. I love the idea of creative therapy, as there is no better way to empty your mind than doing something you love. When I first discovered Ali’s work I was drawn in by the friendly faces and beautiful colour schemes. But when I actually sat down studied her illustrations I knew there was so much more to the pieces than the pretty ladies in bright outfits. (Note: I have to admit …
I envy those with a steady hand and an eye for detail. Perth makeup artist Emer Lyall ticks both of those boxes. Bringing a touch of colour and style to faces all over Perth, the creative brain loves helping her clients enhance their natural beauty with stunning pops of drama and femininity.
It’s a funny thing when you meet someone in the creative industry who you just click with. The lovely Petra, mastermind and designer behind Perth fashion label AVA is one of those people. She’s bubbly, vivacious and full of beans with design and styling skills to boot, and like myself knows that fashion has to be versatile (yet still stylish) to get you from day to night. That is AVA in a sentence.
If you’re anything like me words can be a powerful motivator. When I’m feeling down or icky a simple inspiring quote can brighten my mood or dull whatever is irking me. They’re also perfect when you’re feeling not so wonderful and need reassurance that everything is going to be okay!
Colour brings a little bit of spark to my life. Whether it be a cute, bright print dress or a pop of red lipstick, colour is one of my ultimate tools for happiness. What is not to love about vibrancy and standing out? As the brilliant style blogger Kim-Marie aka Kimba Likes put it…“I firmly believe that colour makes me happy”. Her post How To Add Colour To Your Life is permanently bookmarked and if I’m ever feeling dull or flat it’s my go to. Another lass who knows colour, and lives colour is local Perth artist Linzi Carter.
How Perth born and bred fashion photographer Grace Robinson finds time to balance her photography business, full time job in visual merchandising, personal life and fairly new collaborative blog The Chronicle Edge astounds me!
Watch out Melbourne, Perth is on your tail in the fashion stakes. Loved by the likes of famous Australian bloggers They All Hate Us and Oracle Fox, Perth’s own online haven HELLO PARRY is your one stop shop for all things on trend at affordable prices – how good does that sound?
I like to think I’m organised, E will disagree. I have a diary, keep my upcoming events and engagements in my phone for easy access, plan my blog posts well in advance and make sure I schedule everything in. Sounds organised, right? Hmm. Unfortunately I “forget” to schedule in time to clean, cook, food shop or do those lovely everyday duties one must complete to lead a simple life. This is where E disagrees with my organisational skills. Funnily enough I find it very easy to organise the best bits of life, and find it equally as easy to brush aside the rest. I need help.