Oct 17, 2014

Cotton Summer Dresses

A long while ago I came across a beautiful picture on Pinterest of some beautiful dresses, made from vintage sheets. The image is from the blog for unique dresses handmade by Naughty Shorts.

It was a little while until I eventually got myself one, but here it is. Naughty Shorts post pictures of the fabric patterns on their instagram, which you can browse and select your favourite to have made into a dress just for you. This was my choice, and I love it. I'm sure it is the first of many. 

Mint rose earrings: Modcloth
Gorgeous unique cotton dress and sash: Naughty Shorts
Sunglasses: eBay
Clutch: Review
Photos: Stu
Location: Perth

If you like such pretty things as these, come and have a look at my Pin board: Lace Floral and Lovely.


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Oct 10, 2014

Bookish Delights and Reading Style

It his highly appropriate that this week's outfit photo set has aligned with J.K Rowling announcing new Harry Potter world stories. Books, stories and written adventures are one of the biggest parts of my life and have brought me plenty of happiness since I was young. I came to Harry Potter later than I should (I think I was in my mid teens when I started reading), and I used my favourite of the books in these pictures. That was simply because I liked the way the maroon cover clashed with my plum skirt.

This is my favourite chair. It sits next to my favourite books. It is one of very few pieces of furniture that I own that I am unwilling to part with. I love to sit in it and study. Which is what I should be doing right now as I have an exam on Monday which I feel totally unprepared for. I'm now going to go and do a Hermione and study excessively in a mad panic that I'm going to fail everything.

Top: Modcloth
Skirt: Modcloth
Shoes: Modcloth
Earring: Forever New
Photos: Stu
Location: Perth

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Oct 3, 2014

Floral, Carnival and the Perth Royal Show

When I was young my grandparents had a house by the beach in St Leonards. One of my favourite memories of our time spent around those beach towns was my grandmother teaching me how to play the clowns at the fair. It is still ritual with me now, and I made to sure stick with it while attending the Perth Royal Show.

I also can't resist the delicious fluffy pink clouds that are bunches of fairy floss. It is sad that the only fairy floss now available for purchase is prepackaged. I wish that they still made it fresh for you and had it on a stick for you to eat, instead the only sort available for purchase is pre-made factory fairy floss.

Cardigan: Review
Dress: Review
Stockings: Modcloth
Shoes: Sandler
Earrings: Can't remember
Location: Perth Royal Show
Photos: Stu

Show Day
Meet me at the carnival and bring with you a coat,
and we'll walk through sights and sounds throughout the day.
Then when dusk arrives and the darkness brings the cold
Put on your coat and through the cold we'll stay.
You can buy some doughnuts in cinnamon, all hot
and we'll stand beneath the Ferris wheel and eat.
Then once the lights are sparkling and we've spent all that we've got
I'll kiss your sugared lips while they're still sweet.


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Sep 28, 2014

Photoshop and Finding Femme: Let's Talk the Beauty Truth

There is a lot of healthy movement online at the moment on the topic of unrealistic expectations of beauty. There have been public calls for transparency in regards to the digital manipulation of images used to present 'beautiful' women in advertising. Delightfully Tacky wrote a great piece on it over on her blog here, with some great example images. Her examples include ribs, rolls, thighs and size all being erased in order to prepare an image for public consumption.

I'm a supporter of the push for transparency in this imagery, so I think it is appropriate that I show honesty about my images too. It is important to know what to expect when you're looking at my pictures and what I will or will not adjust using image editing software.

Most people refer to digital image manipulation a 'photshopping' a picture. I tend to edit my pictures in bulk and for that the Photoshop program is too much work to process the images. I don't do them one at a time, I do them 30 at a time. Adobe offers a more lightweight, batch editing photo program called Lightroom which suits me for this purpose perfectly.

Firstly, let's talk about what is off limits for me. I will not, ever, use a digital image manipulation program to remove: wrinkles, cellulite, thighs (no false gaps here), rolls, bulges. There's a lot of work that goes into these things and when I'm editing a lot of pictures, it's not even worth entertaining the thought of doing photo edits like this as it would take up too much time. I prefer my photos too look as natural and polished as I can.

Things I will do with pictures: remove huge bags under my eyes. Here's an example below in which lighting and angle combined to make me look like I was making a coffee commercial.

You have probably noticed the difference in colour and brightness as well. When I process the images I also adjust the exposure levels, colour vibrancy, and temperature of the picture. The above picture has been lightened and made warmer. Below is an example where I had to lighten the foreground only.

In the next one, I've cut out my mullet. I didn't have time to get a haircut before getting these pictures taken, so I had to work with the the images we captured.

The below picture is an example of teeth whitening and removal of under eye circles. You can see the difference in hair colour. My extremely yellow hair is testament to how yellow my teeth became when I made the image 'warmer'. It was also more noticeable because of the red lipstick, so I toned my teeth down to a more natural colour.

Above is another example of teeth whitening for similar reasons. See how much more yellow my hair is in the warmer picture? This means my teeth where really yellow in the image as well. Below you can see that I have blended a red car into the background by making it less bold. I have previously removed prominent street signs as well.

In short, I can remove pimples, eye circles, ugly things in the background or on the streetscape, yellow teeth, loose strands of hair. In some instances I may reinforce my eyeliner or mascara, especially if the photos are after and long day and my makeup has worn off. I never add longer lashes or darken my skin (I know I'm pale and it has taken me years to learn to love it).

If you ever see an image on my blog and you want to see what I have done to alter it, you are always welcome to comment and ask me.

My mission is to create beautiful, inspiring and emotive images, not images that make people ashamed of their body. If you have any questions about this content, I'm happy to talk to you about it :)


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