In winter it's the warmth factor, and in summer it's the "I haven't shaved my legs"/ "ahh that top bit of my thighs!" factor. One way or another, tights can save the day.

Despite Wolford's comparatively high prices, they seem to be killing it. I can't say I've ever bought anything of theirs but I am certainly on the verge of doing so. They've got some pretty unique tights going, and nearly everything comes in a few colour options. I especially like their leopard print tights, because the print is a bit bigger and more natural looking. They also have some nice simple bras... Far out, everything looks so formfitting and smoothing!!

Spotted: Ji of Luxirare wears the Fence Tights here, and you can see the Leo Tights in action here.

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At the other end of the "money I have to throw around" spectrum; Topshop, ASOS and We Love Colors. Topshop has some interesting ones, and seems to try and stay on trend, hence the Miu Miu inspired socks, ASOS stocks a few different brands and actually has HEAPS to choose from. If you want to get a bit Jil Sander on it and colour-block the shit out of it, give We Love Colours a shot (they come in 51 colours!).



Nice to see some of my work on the new RUSSH Magazine website in the Fashion/Shopping sections. Don't forget to sign up for your chance to win an Isabel Marant Fahem bag from The New Guard...

- Sal


I finished these floral flats last week, but haven't posted them 'til now because I'm not particularly fond of them. Maybe they just aren't particularly "me"? So here they are with a branch of flowers I ripped off a near by shrub. Romantic, huh?

These flats are the exact same pattern as the black patent ones, but just in a printed floral leather. What I didn't mention last time, is that both pairs have a "bagged edge". So in comparison to other pairs of shoes I've made, you can see these don't have a line of sewing around the top edge. This gives a neater finish, but is a bit more complex pattern-wise and when actually constructing the shoe.

Then I wandered around the garden and took photos of flowers, got inside, got bored and made a collage gif. RAVE RAVE!!

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- Matea


This is the most amazing thing. So glad its with my favourite Guinevere Van Seenus.

Please go see the rest of this incredible editorial at fashiongonerogue




Worked on a test shoot with a small group the other day. After Lucy at GANG finished on the hair, I turned our model Ella into an exaggerated take on Brigitte Bardot. Photographer/stylist duo Paul Hanna and Georgie Solomon then carted her off to the coast where they dodged nudists and survived to blog the final photos here.

- Sally


A simple, dramatic black lid can hold huge impact. Keep it clean, easy and waterproof with a Stila Smudgepot and #28 Smudge & Line Brush.
(And a whole lot o' practice!)

- Sal



A collaboration that really struck me recently, due to its perfect pairing and execution, is the collaboration between Melbourne based jewellery designer Estelle Dévé and Australian label Arnsdorf. Estelle created quartz and amethyst rings, earrings and necklaces for Arnsdorf's SS 2010/11 Opticks collection that perfectly complemented the clean cut lines and digital crystal prints of the garments.

The raw edges and slightly rough silver combined with the natural precise growth of the quartz are a really stunning combination, producing an earthy yet elegant end product.

You can see Estelle Dévé's collections Lunar Mare and A Fall to Earth on her website, and see what she's up to over on her tumblr and blog.

These lovely jewels will be available at Adelaide's own, The New Guard as well as many other retailers.

I'll definitely be trying to get my hands on these! Or rather, trying to get these on my hands ;)

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Duo Ring

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Quartz Earring

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Amethyst Ring

A huge thank you to Estelle for providing me with these images!

- Matea



Once again, Proenza Schouler has created a totally wearable (and achievable!) style for their S/S 2011 show. Matte, beachy strands pinned up into a low haphazard chignon to 'make it look as if she had fallen asleep on the bus on the way home'.

And the product used that made this all possible? The Frederic Fekkai Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray, a favourite of mine and available exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica.

- Sally



Earlier in the year I snapped Yousef at Marleston TAFE and then again at the Fashion Avenue event at the Queens Theatre in Adelaide, both for the Attitude Magazine Street Style section.
He definitely is a man with style!

I was flicking through the new issue (Oct 2010) of Shop Til You Drop, and who's name do I see? Yousef Akbar's no less!

Somewhere in the middle of the mag there is a Dotti brochure type thing, and on page 13 of said thing is the Design-A-Bits feature. Yousef is the first winner of the Design-A-Bits competition with his French military inspired jacket. As such, his design has been put into production and will be available in Dotti stores soon!

Head over to Dotti to enter your own designs, and while you're at it you can also submit photos of your outfits and vote on others at Dotti Nation.

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Yousef Akbar

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- Matea



In December I'll be curating an exhibition titled Non Mode at Format in Adelaide. The point of the exhibition is to provide a place where Adelaide based artists/stylists/photographers/illustrators/designers can display work that may not necessarily belong in a retail environment or a formal gallery. I'm hoping to be able to turn this into an annual thing, but we'll see.

The artists are: 
Katherine Botten - photography/collage, Sally Axford - sculpture/photography/makeup, Matea Gluscevic - collage/apparel, Born on the Cusp (Sophie Guering + Tim Stratton) - apparel, Lachlan Lang - apparel, Tsering Hannaford - drawing, Danny Chricton - illustration/collage, Stephanie Mountzouris - film/apparel

Opening night will be on Friday December 3rd, but I'm sure I'll post I reminder sooner to the date :)

Things to look forward to on the night: artist dj's, free drinks, fairy lights, dedicated dancefloor, awesome people. YES.

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Thanks to Attitude Magazine for the article in their News section!

- Matea



Am I totally deluded or does everybody love mesh? Pretty sure you do.
Forever21 isn't the epitome of quality, however it is the epitome of cheap.
So I present to you... the $19 MESH SKIRT!!

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Image: Forever21

I also bought this faux leather convertible handbag-backpack from there last week. The only thing missing is the real leather, otherwise it's great! Tons of pockets and zips!

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Handbag Mode

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Backpack Mode
Shirt : Supre, Skirt : Topshop, Necklace : Topshop, Bra : Fine Lines

Thought I'd elaborate on the snippet above and show you the current state of my hair. Last wash I put a bit of pink on the ends. It's pretty ratty at the moment, but I'll be going to the hairdressers on Thursday!

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- Matea



Our class started elastic sided asymmetrical ankle boots last week, and I JUST about finished mine today. I would have loved to show you these on, but I was way to eager to post them now, and unfortunately I made two identical soles instead of opposites... so I'll be finishing the other one off next week.

I used a reptile print embossed on bovine leather, which was a nice aesthetic choice but probably not the most appropriate. 

Here's why; because the leather is stiff to begin with and then embossed it makes it rather rigid and difficult to stretch, this last has a square front and the pattern is only two pieces so there is a lot of stretching required. To get this done I had to soak the leather in about half a litre of leather conditioner to soften it. As you can see in the second image, the downside to this was that due to all the stretching on the top, the embossed effect has been almost destroyed!

However... these are the most comfortable shoes I have made to date :)

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- Matea



I like to think that I am a (somewhat distracted) woman of my word. So! Here is my first post replying to my first beauty-related query. As promised.

Q. From fellow Adelaide blogger (and newly appointed editor of Attitude Magazine), Selena:

Tell me what lip stain/gloss I should get. I have none. I am AWFUL with lipstick where I only have one MAC lippy and that's it. I am in real need.

A. Ahhhhhh, the dreaded lipstick rut. I think we've all been there- the day you realise you've swiped the same shade on as you run out the door...for the past five months. There are favourites and then there is blind habit. A lip colour, texture and finish can completely change a look or an outfit; not to mention how it can brighten your skin and whiten your teeth. Read on for my top tried-and-tested picks of the crop.


The newest release from NARS, these babies are super pigmented and super matte. I was under the impression they were going to be the lipstick version of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - a long-standing favourite of mine - but after getting my hands on Vesuvio, the classic blue-red seen above on Heather Marks, I found out how wrong I was. It stayed on throughout a night of dancing (and enthusiastic drinking) and the acai oil, wild mango butter and antioxidants made sure it didn't dry my lips out. There was definitely wa-a-ayyyy more staying power than the Velvet Mattes, and I LOVED those guys. Apologies to everyone I recommended those to. Get these instead.
[Colours to covet: Vesuvio, Volga]

Chantecaille Lip Chic

Chantecaille is a brand I'm pretty new to. I only got one of these lipstick/balm/gloss hybrids about two weeks ago when they launched but it is now my go-to when I'm in a rush, going out in the sun, needing a bit of subtle colour, feeling a little too matte, when my lips are a little dry.....okay, okay. Pretty much all of the time. They're sheer but the coverage is never uneven, and they grab your lips like a balm instead of just sitting on top and transferring onto the nearest coffee cup. Oh! - and they smell divine; Chantecaille is known for substituting the base ingredient of water in their products with the highest form of rosewater. I know, right?
[Colours to covet: Damask, Sari Rose, Amaryllis]

And finally, the new big thing. These are Tom Ford's first foray into makeup and they certainly have a very special feel to them. If you've seen his film A Single Man you'll know that he knows his stuff when it comes to classic beauty. The collection boasts twelve colours ranging from bare nude to deep burgundy, and although they are labeled as a 'creamy' lipstick they don't have the type of...oiliness?...that you find in some other designer lipsticks such as YSL's Rouge Volupte or Guerlain's KissKiss. The ingredients are, naturally, luxurious (rare soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil anyone?), but I really think Ford's attention to colour makes these winners. There are literally no duds in this group - there's the perfect 50's fuchsia, the truest vamp red and the brightest (but most wearable) coral I've ever tried on. If this is his first shot at a makeup collection, I can't wait to see what he brings out next.
[Colours to covet: Pure Pink, Bruised Plum, True Coral]


So there you have it! I could have kept going, this shit is addictive and I have so many favourites. I always recommend trying lipsticks on before you buy them - ESPECIALLY if you're going for nudes or reds, as they leave no room for mistakes.

Alright. I think that's it. Next up is foundations and primers - any questions in the meantime, just email us!

- Sally xx



Australian Julia Nobis is my favourite model at the moment. Absolutely adore her boyish look.
This photo is from an editorial by Paolo Roversi for Interview Magazine, check out Coute Que Coute for the full set.




There was a lot to like in the recent Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone shows. I plan to wear less black and embrace the bright side this summer.

Alexander Wang

Rag & Bone




Sal and I went out last night and did some serious dancing to some seriously bad music (with a few amazing unexpected tunes thrown in), but HEY... that's what we call fun down here!

I wore my dark blue blazer, and at about 2am realised that I PROBABLY should've worn the darn thing when I saw Lynch's Blue Velvet at the Mercury Cinema a few weeks ago!!

Soon after, I spotted this babe loitering on the road in these amazing crushed velvet platform jelly sandals. They're from the Marc Jacobs 2010 Resort Collection and I want them.

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- Matea



On Friday night I hopped on over to the Hotel Richmond for Alice Rawlinsons Divine Madness parade.
There were 2 for 1 drinks, a red carpet, exciting clothes and babetastic models. The Hotel Richmond seems to want to make a habit of this, Red Carpet Fridays they call it.

If you wanna see more social pics from the event, head on over to caughtcouture.

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- Matea


These two pics are both from about a month or two ago...thought I'd just whack 'em on here.

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Experimenting with : purple hair, bathtubs, pvc bodices, cameras. Pretty fun! Aside from the fact I discovered I can't put my head under without holding my nose, or having to deal with "water-brain"...

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A necklace I made from O rings and pvc tubing. I'm very fond of it, it can look industrial or dressy... SO VERSATILE!

 - Matea



This week I finished my first proper pair of courts, these being little ballet style flats. As a change to my usual aesthetic, I decided to make these a bit "prettier", hence the bow :)

They're made of all leather aside from the sole which is resin, with the upper being a patent leather. Patent, due to the plastic coating is significantly harder to last (wrap around and form the shape of the shoe), so you can kind of see around the toe slight slight creases where I couldn't pull hard enough and stretch it to get them out. Another lesson learnt I say.

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- Matea



Harmony Korine has teamed up with Proenza Schouler's Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez to create this awesome video, "Act da Fool" for their 2010 Fall collection. The look and feel of it is as though filmed on Super 8 film, sort of skewed on occasion and soft.

There is an interview with the three here, and then just a Q+A with Harmony Korine regarding the video here. It's pretty amusing that Korine's favourite music videos are that of 2 Live Crew, and that he views this video as his version of the Ten Commandments. Korine says that the patterns on the clothing said to him, "...go fuck up the world, burn shit, blow it up, eat mud, snort glue, drink a lot of malt liquor and eat some fried chicken, watch some strippers throw down the booty and find god."

Harmony Korine is best known for his films, Kids, Mister Lonely and Gummo. His most recent film, Trash Humpers from 2009 is probably the most similar to the video created for Proenza Schouler in its style and message. And for any Adelaideians out there, hopefully the Mercury Cinema will be screening a bunch of Korine's films as part of the Cinematheque program early next year so we can see them on the big screen!

As a side note, if any of you are into film making, the Digital Harinezumi 2 can produce very similar video results and photographs. (I have one myself and LOVE it)

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AND to tie into this whole topic, I just bought some Proenza Schouler sunnies at a massive discount from the Outnet!
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 - Matea