Thursday, June 24, 2010

I have a confession to make...

...I've been secretly wanting to wear animal print. Yes, you heard correctly I said animal print.

For years my friends and I have quietly mocked those brave enough to wear animal print. We found it trashy, tasteless and, well, a little too Scary Spice circa 1996...

But recently I've found myself admiring girls in their leopard print pencil skirts and secretly wishing I had the confidence and style kudos to make it work it my wardrobe. My theory is that in the 80s and 90s animal print (like many things) was done to excess. I realise that the words "subtlety" and "animal print" rarely go hand in hand but I think the key is mixing a small amount of animal print with more classic pieces. And don't flash too much flesh! Here's my picks for the best and worst of animal print:

Worst: Paris Hilton and Rhianna. I don't think they get the subtlety thing.

Best: Accessories and Scarlett Johansson (note the more demure knee length skirt balances the sexiness of the print and body-con fit)

Accessories might be the easiest way for me to dabble in the trend. But only one animal print accessory at a time please!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Etsy Crush #1 - Extraseed

The next time I need new ballet flats I'll definitely be buying some from Extraseed. These shoes are hand made in Ethiopia from recycled car tires and other materials like hemp, cotton or leather (which is most often from leather considered scrap from garment factories). How's that for minimising waste and eco-friendliness? Oh, I did I mention the shoes are super cute?

Check them out at

Friday, June 18, 2010

There's something magical about vintage fabrics. They have stories and a history that I'll never know. They have been places that I haven't been. It's this intrigue that inspires me to hunt down vintage fabrics and try to turn them into something new. They have a personality of their own and I love watching my design take on some of that mystery. My latest venture has been to turn my hand to making clutches. This one is my favourite. It's made from silk from a vintage kimono. It has such a beautiful texture and inspiring print that captures my imagination. It's available for sale in my Etsy shop. You can check it out here: