Friday, July 30, 2010

Celine Rita

I am raaaather happy cause I just won Fashion Friday and I never win anything, so winning a free Celine Rita top (the one in the first picture) brightened my day significantly. And then I thought. I'll write a post. Cause Amy and everyone went to Christchurch for the weekend and I feel somebody should be writing. Even if noone is reading. But seriously how cute are these clothes? The whole collection is adorable and I looove the heart leopard print (you might have to click on it to see the pattern), I'm so looking forward to the release of the ss10/11 range!

Also minor rant... more like a thought, about all the things that make life good: The thing is, if you really like something, if you’re really interested in it, and then you analyse it, sometimes you can’t like it anymore, and you lose interest. The trick is to find something that you could overanalyse as much as you like, a thousand times a day, and still love. You still love every little thing about it. That’s passion.

Oh and here's the link to the Celine Rita facebook page so you can win too. Hope you're having a wonderful day!
Lizzie xx

Thursday, July 29, 2010

365 Days of Shoes: The Top Seven

Black and gold wedges I love but would never wear. Just cool wedges.
Pink and cork I think are awesome and totally horrible - but who would ever have thought of putting satin on the bottom and cork on the top?
Both yellow pairs I would probably buy just to wear once and have in my wardrobe - too scared to ever put them back on.
The orange ones and the grey ones are cool, might actually wear those. I think I have a thing for animal skin?
And the purple sparkly pair. But of course. And i would wear them.

My question is - why can i not wear high heels every day?
I'll suck it up and deal with the pain, because they bring me so much joy. . . but the looks of disdain are so unfair and so off putting! I want to live somewhere, someday, where these are the kinds of beautiful things that adorn my feet EVERY DAY.

That is all.

Amy xx

Russia Baby!

“I always wished I could be a Russian Doll. A red one. With a big pair of bright blue eyes and painted on eyelashes and pink rosy cheeks. Really rosy. And my mouth would be painted on red like a bow. I’d have a flower on my chest - a rose - and two small little hands by my side. And then I could be unwrapped, two, three, four times until I was small. Really small.”
- Cassie, Skins
I'm unbelievably happy right now. All day during my design class I was stressing because my mind was buzzing with all these ideas, but none of them seemed quite right. But now I have the perfect inspiration. The Russian Doll. I did heaps of research into the concept last year for art actually, and my whole year was loosely based on the idea of these shapes and layers. It seems so perfect for my capsule collection, I don't know why I didn't think of it before! This means looking back through art journals which is always fun, and lots more research into Russian culture, costume and significance behind the matryoshka doll, and also an investigation into layers and shells which I can then translate into my range lineup. So excited I thought I would share! I'll keep you posted on this one.

P.S. Found this picture during my research, celebrating Russian Vogue's 10th Anniversary in 2008. (Above left to right: Ralph Lauren, Emilio Pucci, Giles; Below left to right: Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Moschino)

Lizzie xx

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

See by Chloe

Hi, this is See by ChloƩ, the mainline's young cute (and a little bit rock-'n'-roll) sister, which Amy and I think this is really cute. Especially these pieces from the Winter 2010/11 collection, as they are so wearable and warm-looking - I especially love that first little blue/grey skirt and have every intention of either buying or making it. Unfortunately my intentions often go awry as I manage to convince myself that I'm actually a really busy person, when really I have nothing to do at all. However I'm working on it. Or we are working on it, because Amy is pretty much my therapist.

Lizzie xx


Lustlists are completely pointless. Wishlists are great. Often I make and email Lizzie wishlists, with things from topshop or American apparel or asos and things I haven’t found yet. Lustlists on the other hand, are for my wildest imagination, in the future world where I have as much money as I like. This one is somewhere in the middle.

Ps is the most productive timewaster there is.

1. Deadly Ponies Bag. Not this one (old season), but I ‘need’ a good black bag. My old one fell apart =(

2. Leopard print S&B jeans. Worn with black top, black shoes, black cardi. Seriously awesome animal print. Not to mention S&B jeans are so quality.

3. Beige repetto flats. Appeals to the dancer in me, and I want to compare with my trusty Country Road flats.

4. Stella McCartney dress. Definitely in the ‘lust’ category. I fell in love with this dress and its crepeyness and the ruffles and in short if I could do 7th form over again I would have this dress made and wear it to my ball. Maybe in a slightly more demure colour – navy? The style would look INCREDIBLE in any color.

5. Burberry Prorsum heels. A little old, but I’ve finally come around and am now lusting after the totally impractical height, coupled with the very practical colour.

6. The majority of the RVCA Erin Wasson Range (though it’s not usually my style). LOVE the shoot and it has me wanting summer. . .

7. New Nobody denim jeans. I stumbled across this Australian brand, and I live in my high waisted skinny dark pair. Only problem? They have a hole in a very inappropriate place, and the colour has faded. . . investment time!

8. KW dress. I like it. Its navy. It has ruffled and sleeves (a little obsessed with t-shirt dresses at the moment).

9. S&B tees. Often with glitter or French sayings. I loved their ones a few years ago with “Je sors avec le bassiste.” Always handy to have.

10. Fur vest. IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN AUCKLAND! I have looked everywhere. No joy. I am near ready to give up, but there are so many instances where I look in the mirror and am all ‘this outfit would be so complete with a fur vest.’ Someone help me here.

11. Stolen Girlfriends Knit Shorts. Totally would never wear them, but I like to think I would try. Need the legs of an undernourished teenage model. I can dream?

12. The elusive perfect white t-shirt. Been through three cheapies and all have pilled, deshaped or torn. Can’t get up the nerve to invest in a quality one (it seems so stupid to spend so much on a piece of white cotton), but the way I’m going its probably going to be cheaper than buying five more cheapies.

13. Beau Coops heels. Fell in love when they were $470. They are now $300. I am saving. Also I have realized their impractability. Lizzie talks me out of buying them every day. I may cave soon. . . any cheaper and they’re practically handing them to me!

14. New sunglasses! Mine are so scratched that I see better without them – not ideal. I love these two – Kate Spade up top and Tom Ford underneath. Totally impractical as my sunglasses last about five minutes in my handbag/fishbowl (where I keep everything random)/car/floor. Need some round, medium sized, brown cheapies. Also horribly elusive.

15. Pink Blazer. See #10 fur vest. NOWHERE I tell you. Breaks my heart.

Amy xx


"Well, today I just sat and stared at him. Unfortunately he wasnt sitting behind me so I couldnt pull the move. . . Instead I passed notes with my friend about how sexy he is and how his hair is so nice and how i think i could very easily just fall in love with him. aaaaahh."

Oh Amy. How deep and profound and spiritually enlightening our conversations are. I thought the world should know.

Lizzie xx

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Sunset is weird - being in the middle of day and night, everything seems to slow down (a rare occurrence in my life). It’s a real thinking time of day. Also, I have always been in awe of people who can take beautiful pictures. For starters, the only camera I ever have on me is my phone. Shocking, I know.

Anyway, I just loved the light here. I was babysitting, and just looked out the window, and there was something really peaceful in the chaos of a household with two kids under five. Maybe it just takes a certain mood to help my photography inspiration. . . .

Your thoughts?

Amy xx

And This Is Me.

Since Amy put in her two cents, I figured I would try and put three in. Well, not really, because we are not competitive. Except for when we both think we have something important to say. Usually it turns out neither of us does, but we still appreciate the sentiment all the same. So I'm actually very nervous about this because what does one normally put in their first post on a new blog? I'm going to go with pretty pictures. My life pretty much consists of coffee, art appreciation and procrastination. With a hint of fashion here and there when I'm rushing to do last minute assignments. Anyway. As a result of studying fashion, I have lost the majority my english language skills, and am now attempting to resort to some form of visual vocabulary (actually i just love these photos).

I love Ruby Aldridge. Or I love how she photographs. So beautiful. She and Martha Hunt make a great pair to shoot. Amy has never heard of her. We both agree however that this photoshoot is awesome - a throwback to the 60s, all shift dresses and big hair and come hither eyelashes. And you know Amy and I are all about those. It's by japanese photographer Seiji Fujimori for Ponytail Magazine.

Oh and my new favourite magazine is I picked one up for the first time the other day and although at times it seems like it's trying a little too hard, it is mostly just insanely awesome and full of inspiration, with plenty of beauty pages and photos. So yes if anyone's reading this, buy me a magazine for my birthday. Thank you.

Get ready to hear or see a whole lot more from me!

Lizzie xx


"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do. The fun is in having lots to do and not doing it."

Something about quotes really appeal to my faux-philosophical-deepandmeaningful side. and this one in particular appeals to my innate procrastinator, who is both my best friend and worst enemy. It's like you're thumbing your nose at rules and order and choosing crazy and chaos. I don't think we do it enough. We're all 'I don't have time! I need to do this and that and the other!' It's crap. Life's too short for doing stuff you dont love.

Sleep when you're dead. It won't kill you to be a little tired now. As long as you're staying up to laugh, or dance, or create, or share, or do something you love. The boring stuff will wait. If necessary, it can wait forever. I have much better things to be doing with my time, thankyou very much.

Just wait till next week when I have assignments - I'll be eating my words real quick. Someone remind me of how I feel now, in my carefree loving life state.

That's a little wise snippet from the mess of my mind. Plenty more to come, I can assure you. Possibly there will also be some interesting fashion and design and arty things. When I can work out how to use this thing! Until then, you are left at the mercy of my ridiculous musings.


Love Amy xx