Welcome to Paradise

aicha, brisbane fashion blogger

Some people are naturally so upbeat, they make you feel happy just by being in their presence. One of those people is Brisbane fashion blogger, TopShop personal stylist and all around lovely lady, Aicha.

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Hat Trick

ashleigh brisbane fashion blogger

It has been a while since I collaborated with Ashleigh, aka The Blonde Silhouette. So it was fun to have a catchup and explore the industrial area of West End! We found this beautiful graffiti alley and knew it would be a perfect setting for her monochromatic look. With plenty of smiles and silly faces to capture there is never a dull moment shooting with Ashleigh!

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Float On

yolanda van kimmenade photographer selfie for Bird gallery

Bird Gallery and Studio had a brilliant idea, instead of getting artists to submit images of others, why not challenge them to capture their own likeness for an exhibition called ‘Oh! You Pretty Things‘. This is not something I do on a regular basis and I can honestly say that I don’t feel very comfortable in front of the camera. But, many photographers say that self portraiture is one of the best ways to test ideas about lighting, composition and different techniques as you have plenty of time to experiment.

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She’s Ripped

brisbane fashion blog ripped jeans style

Aicha knows how to style ripped denim. Add a sheer black top, mirror-like reflective blue sunglasses and don’t forget a big smile! Shot in West End on a cloudy morning this outfit is chilled out urban chic.

To see the full post check out Aicha’s blog, The Fashion Heist, and follow her adventures on Facebook,  Instagram and Twitter.

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Meet the Creative: Ally Dunlop – Freelance Stylist, Hair and Makeup Artist

ally dunlop brisbane fashion blogger and stylist

Ally Dunlop of Wanderlusting Blog is a talented freelance stylist who is super fun to work with. If you don’t believe me, check out her portfolio. She puts together amazing outfits from local and national designers, creates beautiful hair and makeup and even blogs about her adventures. I have been lucky enough to work with her on several shoots recently including the Harriette Hill editorial and an edgy / grunge collaboration that will be published very soon.

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Beach Daze with Harriette Hill

harriette hill drape jacket beach photography Brisbane

Last year I interviewed Claire Goldworthy who is the designer of Brisbane based, sustainable label, Harriette Hill. Her designs have been featured at Fashion Fridays and Undress Brisbane and uses a range of repurposed, antique, new and natural fabrics to minimise her environmental footprint.

Harriette Hill’s vintage, floral patterns on flowing dresses spoke to me of a hot, summer afternoon at the beach, with a light breeze blowing the soft fabric and the golden sun glistening on tanned skin.

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RAW Brisbane, Awakening – Emerging Artists & Fashion Designers

Juzu clothing brisbane

There was a huge variety of fashion showcased by Brisbane’s emerging designers at the RAW Brisbane, Awakening event. From the theatrical costumes of Lotusdevi Designs, who’s models had big hair and even bigger personalities, to the soft, flowing eco-friendly garments of Juzu to the corporate women’s wear of The 400 Co., there was something for every taste!

As usual this is just a sample of what was on offer, so make sure you get to the next RAW event to see it for yourselves!

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A Birthday Weekend Frolic in Melbourne & the Yarra Valley

chandon at thechandon yarra valley in melbourne

My birthday is the day after Australia day so I always take advantage of the long weekend and go on an adventure! This year our friends Sean and Sandy had just moved to Melbourne so it was the perfect excuse for a visit. On our arrival the weather was initially cool but by the Monday it had heated up to 37 degrees, it really was four seasons in one weekend!

One of the highlights of my birthday was visiting Domaine Chandon, a beautiful estate of rolling green hills and grape vines as far as the eye could see. We went on the tour of their facility to learn about how they make their sparkling wine (you can’t call it ‘champagne’ unless the wine is from the Champagne region in France!) It was interesting to see the different parts of the process and stand in the eerie quiet of the cave-like room where they store the vintages, a room also lined with riddling racks (for clarifying the wines).

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