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My Paris Fashion Girl

5 May

Kids these days are very tech savvy.  I think the Drama Queen and the Daredevil are more at home on my iPhone and iPad than I am – well they are on the apps that they know and love.  The drama Queen is particularly enamoured with the households i devices.  She has recently discovered a new app, admittedly I introduced her to it, but she has embraced it wholeheartedly.  She refers to it before she decides on what she is going to wear each day, and tries to plan her clothes for the day to match.

Colorforecast by Pimkie scans the crowds in the fashion capitals of Paris, Milan and Antwerp and aggregates the colours people are wearing to provide you with the trending colours for each city.  It then, of course suggests clothing that you could buy from Pimkie to match the trending colours.  This is not only a great way of creating a bit of inspiration for your wardrobe, but it has also given me a bit of design inspiration when designing.

The Drama Queen has adopted a very fond affection for anything French.  At four years old, this never ceases to amaze me.  She has a large picture of the Eiffel Tower on her wall, is teaching herself French through a kids french language CD and has decided that when she grows older she will become a Paris fashion girl.  She will not only design and make the clothes, but model them too in her grand scheme of things to come.  So of course her daily check of colorforecast hinges solely around the colour trending for Paris.

The Drama Queen has always been very creative in her clothing choices, and there have been some almighty battles had over what clothes can and can’t be worn together, but adding this extra dynamic into the decision making process has been, hmmmm, well, shall I say interesting.  Here are some of her creations based on the trending colour in Paris.

I love that she is embracing colour and creativity at such a young age, I just wish that I didn’t have to constantly explain that she likes to dress herself! She is so in love with styling herself that she has come up with “a wonderful idea” she told me this morning that everyone would love to see the clothes she chooses for herself, and that maybe she should be just like me and have a blog and she would call it “What The Drama Queen’s Wearing Today”.  Hmmmmmm maybe she might like to learn to write first!

Sam

Colour me orange.

7 Oct

I just had a wander through a local shopping centre, and it appears that orange is THE colour for this spring.  Not my usual go to colour for wardrobe essentials, I actually found myself imagining how I’d look in one of the very cute, but very orange summer dresses hanging in all of the shop windows. Maybe this one from Sportsgirl?

Or these ones from Dotti…

As I’ve said before, inspiration can come from anywhere, and all this fashion orange has me thinking about colour for the garden, and orange is an easy one to add to the garden.  Orange flowers, fruit, leaves.  Orange sculpture or feature walls.  There is one thing though, orange probably shouldn’t be your primary colour, it works best as a feature, a seasonal addition or a splash.

Orange, as a colour can evoke some interesting emotions, it can be one of the most loved and disliked colours in the spectrum.  Generally, as a warm colour, it evokes feelings of energy and can be invigorating, though overuse of the brighter tones can be jarring and confronting.

Here are some inspirational orange garden shots to get you thinking…

photo from the Cool Hunter

A Topher Delaney healing garden

Tulip Photo from National Geographic

Even the natives get in on the act - Corymbia ficifolia

Like it or love it, I think orange is here, at least for this spring!

Sam

Gardening in style

22 Jun

I think there’s a definite style to looking good in the  garden, some people have it, some people don’t.  Let’s face it, most people don’t.  Working in your garden doesn’t present much opportunity for styling it up.  You normally grab the daggiest, dirtiest tracky dacks and t-shirt you can find, pull on some cheap Bunnings gardening gloves and away you go.  I am here to let you in on a secret, there is another way.  Others have found it.  Michelle Obama knows how to do it.

Michelle Obama in the White House Kitchen Garden

And like most garden stories it starts from the ground up.  If you throw away those tired and sorry trainers and invest in a pair of gardening boots or shoes, the rest of you may want to follow.  I would love a great pair of gum boots, so have been trawling the Hunter website.  Oh how I would love a pair of Hunter boots.  Just to show you what I mean, here’s a taste

Basic black

Short and green

Gorgeous patterns

The Drama Queen would love these

And they even do ballet flats!

So following the process of building from the ground up, if I get myself a great pair of gardening boots, maybe I’ll start to look like this in the garden…

But whatever you do – don’t forget your gloves!

Lookin’ good!

Sam

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