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Romance In 1912

Stolen kisses under a weeping willow. Gloved hands clasped tightly while going for a midday stroll. Picnics spent laughing by the river, wrapped in each other’s arms. Fervent passion and love restrained literally and figuratively by tight corsets and the modesty of the time. There is something about vintage romance, the idea of falling in love a century ago, that has always captured my imagination. Why? I don’t know. Were we less cynical about love back then? When dating apps, ghosting, and cat-fishing weren’t even phrases let alone everyday realities? Or maybe I’m just looking at the past through a rosy veneer cast by Hollywood movies and romance novels. It’s also very possible that I’m a cliche who wants to be swept off my feet while wearing a pretty dress and gloves. Either way, I’ve rounded up a selection of photos, clothing and accessories that pretty much capture my Elizabeth Bennett meets Rose Du Witt Bukater-esque mood. So much lace. So much love.

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1 // LONNA & LILLY – Enchanted Lace Stud Earrings

2 // Le Chateau – Lace Illusion Dress

3 // Tome – Leaf Print Edwardian Skirt

4 // TheRealReal – Platinum & 18K Edwardian Diamond Brooch

5 // Tibi – Cropped Edwardian Rib Knit Top

6 // Lilly Sarti – Velvet Trousers

7 // Liveinu – Vintage Beaded & Sequined Evening Clutch

8 // Lovestitch – Vintage Inspired Clutch

9 // Miu Miu – Vintage Suede Loafer Mules

10 // Eugenia Kim – Georgina Wool Fedora Hat with Panne Velvet Trim

xoxo,

Alicia

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Secret Garden

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One of my favorite childhood books (and movies) of all time is The Secret Garden. When I was little I loved the idea of escaping through a hidden door into a secluded paradise of possibilities. I was also so inspired by the way the main character, Mary, transformed the once forgotten, desiccated garden into a lush haven filled with blooms. To this day, The Secret Garden still has a special place in my heart and I wish that I had a hidden garden of my own to hide away in, especially in this sweltering heat. As I don’t have my own tranquil garden to unwind in, for the time being, I’ll just have to make do with re-reading the book, watching the 1993 movie, and decking myself out from head to toe in florals. It could be worse!

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SECRET GARDEN PICKS

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1 // Women’s Floral Print Sheer Chiffon Loose Kimono Cardigan

2 // Johnny Was – Secret Garden Scarf 

3 // Charlotte Olympia – Tara Appliquéd Metallic Leather Sandals

4 // Dsquared2 – Secret Garden Clip-on Earrings

5 // Fornasetti Profumi – Small Foglie Scented Candle

6 // Mango – Floral Embroidery Shopper Bag 

7 // Bling Jewelry – Floral Wrist Candy

8 // Rose Gal – Floral and Striped Tie Belt Sleeveless Dress

9 // Chronicle Books – Secret Garden Colouring Books

xoxo,

Alicia

A Day at The Circus

I have never been to a circus but I have always been inspired by the idea of bright lights, tamed tigers, and acrobats flinging themselves through fire wearing cute little outfits. Sure, practically the whole notion of a circus sounds a little bit psychotic but my fantasy lives on nonetheless. It’s unlikely that I will ever go to one of these spectacles but I can still dream. To satisfy my fantasy I have curated a collection of images and pieces that are filled with all of the fun, flash, and whimsy of a circus from decades past.

CIRCUS INSPIRED BUYS

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1 // Lisa Marie Fernandez – Mira Off-The-Shoulder Dress

2 // Stella Jean – Polka-Dot Cotton Sweater

3 // Etsy – Vintage Circus Pin

4 // Elephant Print Dress

5 // Rebecca Couture Elsa Fanned Disc Fascinator

xoxo,

Alicia

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Beach dreams are made of these

Sand, sun, surf and days spent reading on the beach are all I want right now. Is there anything that can’t be cured by sunny days and salt water? No. No there is not.

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via Stephanie Sterjovski

xoxo,
Alicia

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Saturday Inspo

It’s amazing how social media has changed the art and fashion world. From the way artists and designers create to the way we devour their creations, we now live in a world where everything is both aspirational yet accessible. While we used to rely on established corporations and publishing firms to reach the public with our creativity we all now have the privilege of self-publishing. We all now have access to an audience which comes with its benefits and drawbacks. Its never been easier to show our work to others and yet its never been harder to stand out in the crowd. With so much saturation and competition, the pressure to be unique has never been greater and setting out to create with the primary goal of gaining followers and attention doesn’t always lend itself to true creativity or quality work. It may be a total cliche, but those who stay unfailingly true to themselves and write, design, and create solely with the idea of expressing themselves and speaking to those who relate to them are the ones who end up being a breath of fresh air. As someone who is a self-proclaimed addict to social, I never stop being inspired by self-made artists. This week was no exception. Here are five things that have got my wheels turning and my own creative juices flowing.

1 // Floral Photography

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A photographer from Melbourne, Kelly plays with flowers. Her photography subjects are simple: flowers, kids, and lifestyle. With a style that is minimalistic yet whimsical, the shots are centered around a single focus – one flower and a cup of coffee for example, yet they are completely dynamic. Simple yet striking, this self-made photographer inspires me to play with flowers too.

2 // Sew Sketchy

For those who haven’t yet had the pure pleasure of being introduced to this fashion sassafras, allow me to do the honours. The spirit animal of fashionistas all over, Sew Sketchy is a cheeky chain-smoking fashionista with a love for kale, Bergdorfs, Valentino and Vuitton. She is the beloved creation of an anonymous illustrator and she has since become inspiration for major fashion houses. Her philosophy that “more is more and less is a bore” is pretty much my mantra.

3 // Oak + Fort’s Spring Pastels

I’m a quintessential girly girl. I love pink. I love lace. I love frills, flowers and all things pretty. So the influx of spring styles in candy-like hues delights me. I particularly love the spring collection from Oak + Fort. The brand’s characteristically minimalist silhouettes and cuts are given a sweet update with a confection inspired palette of ballet slipper pink, periwinkle blue and pale mint. Don’t get me wrong, I love Oak + Fort, but its a refreshing change from the brand’s usual gravitation towards earthy neutrals.

4 //  MCMC “Maui”

My fragrance wardrobe is huge and I certainly don’t need any new perfume bottles cluttering my dresser, but I won’t be able to resist adding this to my collection. With breezy notes of frangipani, tuberose (this heady flower is one of my favorites) bamboo, young ginger and anise, it is natural, beachy and fresh reminiscent of salty ocean spray and sea-side flowers. Indie perfume house MCMC has made a lot of stunning perfumes – Garden and Hunter are also favorites of mine, but Maui is a true gem.

5 // Julie Thevenot

A perk of my new job is that I have the privilege of coming across a ton of amazing emerging designers and mind is continuously blown by the talent that can be found in hidden little boutiques. Julie Thevenot is a Brooklyn-based jewelry designer who creates colourful, somewhat avante garde pieces out of painted wood and leather. Although I usually gravitate towards more understated, dainty pieces, it was love at first sight when I first came across her designs. Thevenot’s hand-made bold creations will make an instant statement when worn with a pared-down, basic ensemble – think a black turtleneck and high-waisted flares.

xoxo,

Alicia

Bare Blooms

The skies may be grey and the mood may still be dreary and bleak but there is something in the air that suggests that spring is just around the corner. Here’s to sunshine, fresh, fragrant, Insta-worthy blooms and bare skin.

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xoxo,

Alicia