Replica Eames chairs and the industrial chic exposed cable/light bulb trend prove that too much of a good thing can, in fact, result in overkill - the same way winter weather seemed so desirable in the height of summer as a valid reason to sport a turtleneck jumper (or two) but prolonged periods of pitch black 6pm evenings with a side accompaniment of gusty winds inevitably makes you wish for a sunny, balmy getaway by the beach. It's funny how things work. Here's to a collaboration by Somedays Lovin, Arrow Divine and Shambhala Resort that could potentially make this happen. Wearing Somedays Lovin skirt, ASOS jumper, Her Fashion Box hat and Wittner shoes.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Image via Pinterest
I suppose I have arrived at a crossroads, an integral point in life where it feels like some things are ending while new, albeit unknown, opportunities lie ahead in the most ambiguous of ways; not quite a quarter life crisis as such, but more of a transition period where it just feels like something has to change in order for things to propel forward.
This blog, the Blankbird identity, started as a means for me to explore my love for, or the thought of my love for, fashion and styling. There was a thrill in being able to piece together an outfit that was personal, that was an expression of me, myself and I. That was just over two years ago now.
I can safely say that the past two years have been possibly the most productive and self-initiated period I have experienced thus far. And as you'd have it, things change - rather, they evolve, and while I do still gasp in awe and admiration of beautifully crafted pieces of clothing and editorial images, I have come to the realisation that I no longer have a need to share only 'personal style' posts with the online world.
It has also dawned on me that I have indeed been shaped by my environment (all that nature and nurture thing is true, guys), quite literally meaning Melbourne, and also the inspiringly innovative and creative minds I have the pleasure of meeting and working with. Simply put, this means that I now get ridiculously excited discovering new places and meeting new people who have the guts to get out there to do incredible things that they love, and do it well - be it fashion, design, food etc. The more, the merrier, really.
And so, I'm working on something new and look forward to it all coming to life very, very soon. But for now, I'll leave you with that. Stay close on Instagram. We'll be back!
Posted by NICOLE at 08:31
Sunday, 25 May 2014
In the last few weeks my life has basically revolved around the piano, comfortable jeans + jumper combinations (I now understand the importance of (stylish) basics), ridiculously flexible mealtimes and nonsensical sleeping habits. Throw in the odd flatlay, a rare brunch visit and old episodes of Friends or HIMYM, and that's pretty much what's keeping me sane at the moment. Somewhere in there at the back corner of my head are also plans for a revamped Blankbird site.
The Wish x Honda Style Challenge is as good a reason as any for me to come out of blog hibernation even just for a second - it seems like cut-in necklines and good prints still get me. Worn with my favourite pants of the moment that are equal parts tailored and casual it got me out for an evening where we discovered the wonders of nature with a nearby street lined with vibrant red leafy trees and reminded us that we're barely days away from winter in the city!
Much love for Wish x Honda for having me x
Photos by Thomas Lo
Posted by NICOLE at 06:48
Monday, 14 April 2014
Wearing: D-ID jeans / Sportsgirl top / Zara shoes / Coach bag
Denim and white is a tried and true formula that (we are told) will never go out of style. The kind of effortless 'model off-duty' vibe that we can hope to emulate though in my opinion can easily toe the fine line between minimalist street-chic and well, boring.
For the longest time I had developed an aversion towards jeans. It had seemed impossible to find ones that 1) fit right, 2) look good and 3) let you move around the way you actually want to move around. My comfortable solution to that was leggings and tights - until one fine day I realised that I did actually want to wear fancier pants of the real kind and fell in love with pants in various prints and colourways. The more ridiculous the print, the better. Blue, black or white jeans were still a foreign concept at the time.
But that was nearly 2 years ago now and like everything else, things change, or evolve gradually. I now find a few good pairs of 'basic' jeans in my everyday wardrobe and this pair of D-ID denim skinnies does well with the little ankle zip and knee detail. And they're soft and smooth and feel so good on. I add pops of my favourite colour to play with and hope that the result ticks all the right boxes on street-chic x
Photos by Thomas Lo