The Art of Living : Gemma Ward

When you land in Tasmania the first thing that you notice is the landscape.  Sweeping fields of long dry grass, fence lines flanked with hedges and tear dropped shaped conifers speckle the landscape .. you could almost be in the middle of Italy.  However, Tasmania is not only famous for its majestic landscapes, it’s also

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Sunday Sanctuary: Vora Villa

  I have always strongly believed that a picture can speak a thousand words. And when the location is Santorini, visual storytelling is fully justified. Having travelled to Santorini three years ago, it has to be one of my favourite destinations to date, and it is here we find this weeks Sunday Sanctuary,  the Vora Villas.

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Prada Fall 19 Ready To Wear

Fashion and romance have always gone hand in hand, but when you think of the relationship between the two it usually brings to mind spring florals and wistful gowns… Not Frankenstein, Wednesday Addams and black lace.  But it is here that we find Mrs Prada’s version of romance, a dark romance, set firmly in the

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Fendi 19 Ready To Wear

    “The bond between Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi is fashion’s longest love story” Spoke Silvia Venturini Fendi of the 54 years spent together, a long-lasting love affair that would not only stand the test of time but also bring about some of the most iconic fashion moments of the past five decades. It’s the

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The Student

botanist – noun: a biologist specialising in the study of plants.  I wonder if perhaps a plant ‘obsession’ could make me at least an honorary Botanist for a day or two. Having grown up on a farm I’ve always had a love for nature and wide open spaces, I’ve never met a plant I didn’t

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Max Mara Fall 2019 Ready To Wear

One of the main drawcards of Milan Fashion Week for me (of course apart from pasta related treats), has always been the thought of attending the Max Mara show. I have long been a fan and admirer of Max Mara and when I think about the most prized possessions in my closet, my Max Mara

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Trend: Pleated Skirt

      There has been one thing over the years that has been a total OG wardrobe staple, that being the knee length pleated skirt. Recently the oversized men trousers or the black bike short has taken precedence, but not for long. I repeatedly find myself going back to the roomy comfort of fabric that

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Cloud Nine

There are statement bags, and then there are statements. I guess you could say that this particular piece enthusiastically ticks both of these boxes.  Equal parts perfect design and fluffy cloud, this Maison Margiela piece of art, aptly titled the Glam Slam Bag, has been working its way into my mind since first laid eyes

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Burberry Fall 19 Ready To Wear

  Forgive me if I’m a little excited, you see just yesterday I was lucky enough to attend my first ever Burberry show under the direction of Mr Tisci, and what ladies and gents, what a show it was. Located at the Tate Modern, the show spanned across two different rooms with two completely different atmospheres,

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A New Wave

I like to keep it on the down-low but I do like to surf, not just the net but in the ocean on a surfboard, the original form of surfing.. the saltier kind. Films like Bill and Ted’s excellent adventures conjure images in ones head of shaggy haired grommets rambling off catchy one liners about

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Beaufille Fall 2019 Ready To Wear

      As you know I’m a long time fan of the ridiculously chic gal power duo behind Beaufille, Chloè & Parris Gordon. So it doesn’t at all surprise me to see that ladies and gents, they have done it again, this time with their 2019 Fall Ready To Wear Collection. The artistic integrity behind their

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Sunday Sanctuary: Francesc Rifé Studio

A summer in Spain has always been on my bucket list… The culture, the food and pebbled beach of Mallorca have felt like a distant dream. But thanks to this beautiful Sunday Sanctuary located in Empordà, Catalonia, Spain, my summer Spanish vibes are feeling that bit more tangible… Designed by Francesc Rifé Studio in 2015,

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The One To Watch

Like bower birds, many of us (I myself included) are attracted to small shiny things.  Fine gold rings, lucky charm necklaces, statement earrings and even a brooch or two might make it into your very own bower bird nest of treasures.  But there is one item of jewellery that I wear no matter what the

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The Channel

In a year that saw the return of the black bike short in a major way, an element which is equally important when channelling this lewk is the right accessory  or two.  Which lets be honest is always my favourite part .. lol. So you may ask, what is the most ideal accessory to pair with

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Tokyo: Chanel In Bloom

From the moment you step off the plane in Tokyo, you can feel that bustling wave of energy as it swirls around you, enveloping you in its intoxicating breath. Technology meets tradition, business men scramble subways, tourists pin balling through peak hour with their cameras while geishas pose for pictures as the throng continues on

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Trend: Hair Accessories

  So friends I guess you could say that we are somewhat of a small group of accessory fangirls. All things handbags, shoes and earring related are our all-time weakness. So you could probably gauge our excitement when the hair accessory trend made a modern day comeback, late in 2018. The Autumn Winter Runway shows were repleted

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Detail Orientated

  As a wise man once said .. ‘The devil’s in the details’.  This year I’m working on the fine tuning.  After nearly 9 years in this industry and growing a love of all things sartorial that even I never knew that I could harbour, it’s time to drill down to the details baby.  Like

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Sunday Sanctuary: Authenticity

There is something that screams authenticity when it comes to modern minimalistic design. As some of you may know, I am a what some would call massive fan of modern minimalistic design, when I comes to interiors. Give me  white walls and a polished concrete floor any day! This week Sunday Sanctuary is located in South London,

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Bottega Veneta Pre Fall 2019

The new creative director of Bottega Veneta, Daniel Lee brings some serious Céline vibes to the Pre Fall 2019 Collection. Having left his position as ready-to-wear design at Céline in November of last year, the young designer has also been a part of the Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karen design teams. We’re feeling some serious

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Of Her Own Accord

Welcome to 2019 my lovely friends.  If you’re anything like me you usually write a list of New Years resolutions at the beginning of the year that includes things like exercise more, drink less Prosecco and save … sound familiar? Well this year is going to be there year of change, I’ve made a list

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Christmas Wish List

Ummm what it’s December.. Actually we are half way through December. I can hardly believe it. For us at OF HQ December means gnarly deadlines, the Christmas party, and beach, being in the Southern Hemisphere. Eeek sorry to our cold friends in the Northern Hemisphere, that may be something you don’t really want to hear

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Dior Unwrapped

Maybe you’re lying by the fireplace gloriously overfed on Nanna’s yorkshire pudding, scrollaxing through the ‘puppies of instagram’ hashtag.  Or even comfortably nuzzled into one of those extra large bean bags on a sunny beach somewhere in Bali, sipping mojito’s with your bestie avoiding the fam and all of their trimmings.  Just as an FYI,

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The Valentino Destination

I bet you thought that Christmas was only about one red bag and that was Santa’s.  Alas my dear friends there is another red bag on my wish list and it is this little baby from the magnificently timeless Valentino. And although it may sound like I’m here to chat about the glory of a

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Charles & Keith

To all the minimalists and monochrome lovers out there, I’m sure you will agree that while our love of everything holidays and christmas is strong, perhaps the the traditional red and green palette has never really been our vibe… Sometimes the more pulled back approach ticks all the right boxes. So to all my fellow

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The Art Of The New

Imagine a wardrobe full of all of the treasures that you never bought.  That Acne boot from 2013 that sold in a week and you wished that you’d been quicker, and not planned on waiting for it to go on sale.  Or that Celine bag from SS 2018, one of Pheobe’s last collections, at the

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Natural Act

The Tuileries; an iconic green space where Parisians celebrate, meet, stroll and relax.  Situated in between the most idyllic French landmarks, the Louvre to the left and Place de la Concorde to the right, what more with regards to location could you ask for in an Oracle Fox Journal Submission. When you live on the complete

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The Right Kind Of Frosting

 Despite my obsession with Kate McCallister’s wardrobe (the mum from Home Alone, ps. take note of those ridiculously good power shoulders), we’ll be leaving the ugly christmas knits off the wish list around here this holiday season.  Sadly the flashing christmas tree earrings and tinsel trimmed mini skirts will also be given a wide birth,

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden, a place where one can escape to a secluded space to be immersed in ivy covered walls and enchanted trees. A place of complete privacy for one to gather their thoughts and enjoy the simple pleasures of sitting among greenery and basking in the stillness… While real life is a different reality

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Dior Spring 2019 Ready To Wear

There is a full blown MGC cheer squad here at the OF headquarters. It probably wouldn’t take you long for you to guess who the squad leader is with the loudest roar and the biggest pom poms. We’ve long been fans of Christian Dior and the long list of house designers who have managed to

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Louis Vuitton Spring 19

Nicolas Ghesquière is one of our favourite sartorial story tellers.  This Spring 2019 collection saw Mr Ghesquière take us on a deep voyage to the outer world of futuristic discovery.  Zipping in and out of realities that bridged between worlds based on fantasy and the reality, the designer and his team did not disappoint. Silhouettes with oversized

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On Neutral Territory

A location speaks a thousands words, especially in the latest Oracle Fox Journal submission. Nestled amongst the most picturesque Italian mountain range, is a secret gorge, situated in the Southern region of Abruzzo. To reach this secret Italian gorge is not an easy expedition, one must hike to a vast  valley, passing by ancient ruins and homes

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Sunday Sanctuary: Belgium House

Clean, classic lines is everything we love in a Sunday Sanctuary. When you add a predominantly white colour scheme and understated, mid-century modernist interiors, we are totally sold. This weeks Sunday Sanctuary was created by the wonderful Beliugm-based architect Daskal Laperre. Situated on the outskirts of Brussels the residence is surrounded by large leafy trees, the

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Chanel Code Coco

I’m a bowerbird attracted to magnificent shiny things; glistening antique brooches, jewel encrusted statement earrings and necklaces spangled in lucky charms, there is nothing that escapes my clutches. However it’s watches that rate most highly on my collect-ometre, and for good reason.  You see the magic about a beautiful timepiece is that it’s not only a fab addition

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Miu Miu Spring 2019

  Walking through a series of large life-size bubble Miu Miu font took me right back to my high school days where writing your name in bubble writing was the coolest thing ever. The life sized letters acted as a screen where projected close-up videos of models faces with their hair pulled back in the

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The Byron Bay-sics

Byron Bay is a fantabulous place.  The food, the wildlife, the beaches and the boys are all top quality and if I do say so myself the perfect backdrop for your next rendezvous.  Byron is all of these things and it is also the locale for my latest project with one of Australia’s most beautiful

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It All Began At Bedarra

Please excuse me if it seems as though I’m not paying attention, and just a warning that if you speak with me it may seem as though I’m a world away or even thinking of something else. The truth is my body may be back in reality, but my mind is lying on a sunny

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Polka Face

Every cinderella has her glass slipper and every fairy tale should have a happy ending.  Four months ago I saw this magical heel on Ada Kokosar’s instagram and I could have happily swapped my night in shining armour for this baby along with all of my vital organs. If you don’t really know Ada it’s

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Chanel Spring 2019

  There aren’t many shows at fashion week where the atmosphere outside the venue, is just as electric as the show itself. Outside the Grand Palais on Chanel show day an ocean of well dressed industry folk dance with your favourite street style photographers, while next to them the surrounding Avenues are full of cars

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So Frenchy So Chic: Part 3

Bonjour and welcome to Paris, one of my favourite homes away from home.  After several years of visiting Paris for Fashion Week you would think that by now that I’d almost be part French .. no?  But alas mes amours.. ce n’est pas ainsi …(sigh) it is not so. The most Frenchy So Chic that

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Valentino Spring 2019

  “I was thinking of paradises, about artists’ colonies of the past,” said designer Pierpaolo Piccioli at the Spring 2019 Ready to Wear show this season in Paris. Pierpaolo began to elaborate on the collection with cues to escapism, highlighting that he doesn’t believe in the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, but

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DROMe Spring 2019

We love the new guard at team O.F.  The designers who are doing there own thing and making a mark on the industry, with a clear and concise voice of what girls like us want.  This season marked my 3rd attendance at a DROMe show and I can safely say that it did not disappoint.

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Hermes Spring 2019

A monolithic runway length mirror sat adjacent to the freshly-combed sandy catwalk as models serenely glided onto the stage for this season’s Hermes Spring 2019 show.  Every now and then wafts of powdery white clouds floated across the scene in an engineered masterpiece to resemble that of fluffy white clouds, it was something that only

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Loewe Spring 2019

  The stage was set before you entered the building for the Loewe Spring 2019 show.  Set in the backdrop of the Unesco Paris HQ a mid-century modern concrete slab suspended on gravity defiant architectural legs, Alexander Calder sculptures adorning the gardens and all .. tres bien. This was my second very honourable invitation to

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A Worthy Investment

Throughout out lives our parents have always shared advice and passed on their favourite pearls of wisdom. You know the drill; If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all, use your manners, eat your vegetables. But something that has always stuck with me is advice my dad gave me many

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Dual Citizen

Like most people, I always catch myself saying, ‘if only I had more time on my hands’.  In the holistic sense of the meaning, this kind of challenge would only be counteracted by cutting back on the amount of hours I work, which would not seem like a practical solution, or let’s be honest a fun

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The Best Rooftop In Venice

   Aahh Venice, most loved for it’s long winding water ways, handsome gondoliers (uber driver rating = 5.0) and picturesque pastel fascades. This is just a little taste of what I have in store for you from my trip to Venice with watch  connoisseurs Jaeger Le Coultre and I have butterflies over how much you’re going to

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The Age OF Aliange

This is not a normal beauty post, although I’m sure you’ve already guessed by now from the amount of pulled back plaid ensembles and passionate use of safety googles.  You see if you know me well, you’ll quickly discover that I’m a tomboy at heart who loves low maintenance beauty. Over the last 7 years

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The Battaglia Effect

It may just be a coincidence or perhaps even fate, but something was drawing me to Italy and it wasn’t just Venice. Sara Battaglia might be Giovanna Battaglia’s little sister (Editor in chief of Italian W mag and more infamously credited as being one of the worlds most papped street style stars) but she is

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An Ode To Joy

  You know that you’ve met the real me when you start to hear the over-use of my favourite abbreviations.  Lols, brb, sozzles and parfait (‘perfect’ in my twangy Australian accent just doesn’t seem to cut the mustard) all rate highly in my own personal urban dictionary. There is something to be said about the

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Saara: OF by Amanda Shadforth

Location scouting and I are never friends although hopefully you would never realise it.  At this point in time we’ve worked our magic against quite a few relatively challenging backdrops to say the least, a roadside quarry, an abandoned house, and even in my own backyard which isn’t so too bad just a little on

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The Art of Pic Nic

  There is definitely an art to a perfect picnic.  The beauty of enjoing a day off, the shameless laziness, idleness, the simple happiness the fabric of the checked picnic-blanket and sandwich squares. Eating with your hands, let your mind play with the clouds, feeling the wind on your skin bold colors remind us of tasting the fresh air,

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The Prerequisite

  Prerequisite                                                                            noun                              

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Sunday Sanctuary: Villa Waalre

In a week that will filled equally with pre production and post production, a calming space with back to nature elements was exactly what the doctor ordered. This weeks Sunday Sanctuary is a result of a creative sculptural form that is liveable, responsive and elicits an incredible sense of calm. Villa Waalre is located in the town

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Sunday Sanctuary: Curatorial House

  This week at OF HQ we have been channeling the Wes Anderson vibes where the unusual, witty, meticulous and richly detailed are all prerequisites. And just when we thought we’d had enough (said no one ever) this Sunday Sanctuary came along. Known as the Curatorial House, this is where a collaboration between Architect Luke Moloney and interior

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Sensation

If only we were currently swimming in the fresh blue waters in the heart of Italy right now.   Alas the fantasy it is not so, and as the reality of mountains of editing from my latest shoot (which I cannot wait to show you my lovely friends) literally ‘sinks’ in I can only dream

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Le Chic Radical

  I’m not sure what it is about our Eastern European friends in Georgia,  but this particular region of Turkey seems to be somewhat of an incubator for rising talent. In addition to our good friend George Keburia, yet another creative duo hailing from this part of the world has popped up on our radar and now, there’s no

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On Boyfriend Watch

OK so let’s be clear here, I may not be on the watch for a boyfriend anymore (BTW proof of my marital status can be found here) but I’ve been on the watch for a boyfriend watch since, well since I got hitched. Until now … that is. Thanks to my fabulous friends at Louis

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Sunday Sanctuary: Case Design

  There is something to be said about simplicity when it comes to interiors and furnishing. The combination of natural materials and paired back fittings is a match made in interior  heaven. This weeks Sunday Sanctuary appeals to just that, designed by architecture firm Case Design, who are based in Mumbai. The firm work on

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Saddle Up

Argh the 90’s and 00’s, t.b.h they might just be our favourite era’s to reference in the style stakes, think pre-Brad Pitt Angelina, Wynona Ryder circa ‘Reality Bites’ and Chloe Savigny’s early 2000’s tomboyish charm.  But for this girl and the O.F team one of our favourite icons of the era was the Dior Saddle

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In the know

 
Always a fan of the no make-up make-up look… we believe these are all the elements needed
 
Rose Hair Moisturiser: Aesop  .  Nail Polish: J Hannah  .  Lip Balm: Grown Alchemist  .  Arm Cuff: Widen Jewellery  .
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Pierre Augustin Rose

  Pierre Augustin Rose’s showroom images have been floating around my feed for sometime now, the intriguing yet simple design furnisher has made its way to the top of my to furnishing wish list. This collection has been described as timeless aestheticism, with very clean lines and finishes of uncompromising demand… And that it is.

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Sunday Sanctuary: Tedhams

  This week I have felt the need and the desire to get back to basics. Where was my first stop… Tumblr of course. The old school mood board and source of inspiration for many years and many projects. There is a definite ease and nostalgic feeling when getting back in the groove of tumblr, I

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The Conie

  Never met a Rejina Pyo pump I didn’t like… SHOP OUR CURRENT FAVOURITE MULES

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Public Displays Of Affection

OK friends, let’s be honest here .. it may have become quite clear that after several years I’ve come to realise what my best assets are, and putting this funny face at the front of every image I shoot is not one of them.  I know it may seem harsh or even as though I

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Sunday Sanctuary: Frey House II

  An avid Palm Springs lover since forever, this Sunday Sanctuary ticks all the boxes. This beauty is designed by the one and only Albert Frey, often described as one of the founding architects of Palm Springs, California.  Having visited Palm Springs not to so long ago it would be hard to imagine the desert city

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La Femme Française

  Bonjour mes amours and as Caroline de Magritte so politely put it in the book ‘How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are’ .. ”It’s the personality of a woman that should sparkle and nothing else, that’s the true sign of personal wealth”. When we sit and wonder what it is about the French woman

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The Art Of…

  The art of finding the perfect accessory is never easy… Hopefully this makes the decision that little less difficult keychain: Balenciaga  .  sunglasses: Celine  .  earrings: Pixie Market  .  coffee table book: Bauhaus by Taschen  .  straw bag: Pixie Market

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Sunday Sanctuary: Beachside

If I lived in a space like the above I think I would abide by the simplest of itineraries… I would wake with streams of sunshine on my face while snuggled under fresh white linen sheets. I would proceed, every so slowly to the lounge and take advantage of the spaces use of  natural materials

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A Need For Tweed

Why is it that we’re all so suddenly in love with tweed?  Could it be that through our love of cult instagram account @tasteofstreep that our obsession for Meryl Streep’s plaid ensembles teamed with Tiramisu has tantalisingly left us with a taste for more?  Or is it something more tangible and related to Alessandro Michele’s Gucci

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Jill Sander Resort 2019

  Upon one of my late night Insta scrolls, the recent Jill Sander Resort 2019 look book caught my eye. The use of multiple models  and colour blocking repetition has been on my mind since my team and I had a brainstorm meeting, and Jill Sander Resort 2019 tied together all the elements floating around in

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