I love clothes. I have loved them since I was a kid. I see clothes similarly now to what I did when I was younger. I used to love dressing up and seeing the ways different clothes could look. It was like creating an art piece. It should have a narrative. What is it trying to tell me? What does it make me feel? What does it say about the world around it? It's a small thing, but I'm more interested in clothes than I am in fashion. I don't really follow trends, I follow narratives. I love to find a story in some clothes. I like how they make me feel. It's for this reason I'm currently sitting in a Miss Patina mini skirt and knit t-shirt with a dressing gown over the top. I know it's winter and way too cold to wear them, but I just loved the story these items were telling.
I'm a person who would go to a local costume hire shop just to hire old stage costumes for a week to wear about the house when I got home from school. I'm a person who would sit in the bottom of her grandmothers wardrobe because she loved the smell of the clothes. I'm a person who will wear a wonder woman cape while sitting at her desk at work, because it feels right.
Recently on Instagram I spotted one of my favourite style and food icons - Rachel Khoo - wearing this skirt and my head witnessed it with a soundtrack of Aretha Franklin singing God Bless The Child. Here I must shout out to the timeless ladies of the FedUni Style Society, who have adopted an unofficial motto when looking at things they love: What Would Liana Do?
Obviously, this is just another way of telling themselves to buy it without a second thought. So I took my own advice on this one an followed my nose until I found out where I could get my hands on it. This was both a good and a bad idea. It's a lot more than I would spend on a skirt, so that's bad. It also is from a collection of four stunning skirts, so that's extra bad. I love it, and I'm only going to get this life once, so I put together my pennies and made it happen, so that's awesome. The skirt arrived in a beautiful box and is seven levels of delicious in person. I found that the sizing ran bigger than on the website, so I wrote to Dawn and the BOB team about it. They were incredibly helpful and did an international exchange for me with a size smaller which fits perfectly, with enough room for a big lunch. My waist is 27 inches (68 cm), and I'm wearing the size S, if you're interested in one as well. There's a link to the skirt a bit further down where you can also check out the other remarkable skirts in the BOB collection. There's one in particular which has literary quotes all over it from some of my favourite authors.
Top: Miss Shop - MYER
Belt: Review Australia
Skirt: BOB by Dawn O'Porter
Location: Wendouree Lake
Photos: Goldfields Girl
I'm pretty sure my hometown is one of the most romantic places in the universe. There's pretty spots everywhere! I saw this one in a wintery photo on The Ballarat Life Instagram feed. It's basically a feed of awesome shots from my hometown that anyone that lives or visits here can contribute to. I was looking for somewhere else to photograph and passed by here, and I realised I had seen it before. Then I realised it would be the perfect place for these shots!
I love the story this skirt tells. It's a beautiful, simple, elegant moment captured in the print which makes it such a unique piece. I tend to end up with loads of statement pieces in my wardrobe and not many coordinates. This top and the belt are also quite bold, as well as the shoes, but together I think they sing a very elegant and unique tune of classic summers, clear skies and simple powerful memories.
Do you love clothes? Do you have statement piece in your wardrobe that you love? I'd love to hear about it!