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Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunday Dwellers // Driftlab Winter 15 Lookbook

Sunday Dwellers
Driftlab Winter 15 Lookbook

Styling/Creative Direction | Lex Weinstein

All Styles Available via Driftlab 

This Winter campaign for Driftlab was an absolute dream shoot for me. To have the opportunity to be SO creative in not only wardrobe styling but set design as well as Art Direction of the shoot was so much fun, and to work with a creative team made up some of my closest friends...it was truly a labour of love. 

Inspired by our favorite lazy winter days, these two beach babes wake up under their makeshift nest after a night of star gazing to a familiar campfire scent and salty skin. Back to the house they stroll for an afternoon of vinyl dance offs and chamomile lounges. Sometimes the best times are those spent enjoying the sweetness of doing nothing -- and these two have perfected that art in full winter style. To shop the lookbook go to driftlab.com.au or check out one of their two locations in the Byron area.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

No One Thing // Auguste the Label

It's been a while since I've had a bit of a blog rant...they're usually my favorite go-to when I feel an issue is worth sharing or if I have something on my mind that just needs to go out to the world. But lately I've been pretty wrapped up with where I'm calling home these days, and that aspect of my life has been all consuming. For the record -- I'm making Australia home base for now and I'm pretty stoked about it.

And as I plant my roots I am finding a whole new path of self discovery unfolding before me. It's the first time I've felt this settled in a long time. I've become accustomed to life on the road (which is in no way ceasing...just slowing down) and often I feel more comfortable living out of a suitcase than a closet. 

With all this stability setting in, I decided last weekend to do what I know best -- with 24 hours notice I grabbed a couple girl friends and headed down the coast for an impromptu surf road trip. I had to pick up a board off a friend and decided to make an adventure out of it. So we headed down to Crescent Head and scored some perfect little peelers. Cloudy skies and all it was a hell of a time, three girls stacked in the back of Jess's station wagon, sleeping side by side like sardines. Waves were shared, burritos made on the car bonnet, laughs spread...it was an epic mini-adventure.

After our first surf of the morning, a nice long one shared with friends out at Big Head, my friend Sasha and I decided to have a play with our gorgeous surroundings. The day was beautiful, not in the tropical blue skies and palm trees kind of way, but in the overcast, water shimmering, reflections glowing, colors bursting kind of way. The way that makes you realize how beautiful the world can be even when it doesn't meet your expectations.  So I chucked on this gorgeous dress I had brought for the ride. Who brings a leopard print maxi dress on a surf road trip?! ME. That's who. And as she snapped some pics while old men gawked from the lineup, I thought...yeah they just don't get me. They probably think I'm a kook, a fashion princess, a girly girl. But I'm not. I just happen to be a girl who loves nothing more than to surf for 3 hours and put on a flowy dress with no makeup and wet hair and dance in the shoreline. And even that doesn't define me, I'm also a musician, a social introvert, a vegetarian, a Creative Director, a Trekky (yep)...there are so many titles or labels that could potentially identify me but the world is just going to have to suffer because they cannot fit me into one, perfectly packaged, box. And it was in that moment that I accepted that I am no one thing, that the world may never get me, and finally...I feel okay with that.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Festival Road Trip Style x Teva

Photos: Tess Leopold / In Search Of This
Shoes | TEVA

One Piece / Amuse Society | Dress / Mister Zimi | Knit / Rhythm | Slip / X&RA Vintage | All other looks provided by Driftlab

Ahhhhh festivals! They're fun as hell, an adventure in themselves, the longest tradition of free love, self expression and live musical phenomenas…but they can also be an epic overkill of fashion clichés and psychedelic marathons. Me? I'm in it for two reasons: the love of the music and the road trip adventure.  
I think the real key to nailing festival style is to be yourself. Don't try to look like everyone else or do what's on trend…what really matters is that you feel good and you're comfortable enough to boogie down all day and all night! Take your favorite pieces from you wardrobe and wear what makes you smile! That's why I was so stoked Teva approached me about sharing my festival/road trip style with their rad flatforms. They're super comfy, perfect for vamping up a casual look, and after all my travels to Japan, have me frothing on their clean lines, funky silhouettes, and ability to pair with socks and dresses (school girl style all the way! yewww!).

Like I said for me its all about the music, which is a huge influence in my personal style as well. I love to rep vintage where I can and all the best decades of music -- 60's mod dresses, 70's cable knit sweaters and ditsy floral dresses, 80's crop tops and stonewash denim jackets, and 90's ripped jeans. With bright colors, a good mix of textures and accessories, fun hair styles and of course the perfect shoe -- you're good to go! No need to overcomplicate or over style, just keep it real. Because as the one and only Bob Marley says, "Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!"