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Try to imagine a life without time keeping

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Have you ever stopped for a moment and taken the time to think about time as a concept? Our entire existence is shaped around time. More time, less time, time to go, time of arrival, time well spent, time running out… What if time was something we simply never placed importance on? This editorial is inspired by one of my favourite books The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom in partnership with Rosefield Watches. When I opened the first page of the book and read the paragraph below the words hit me like a metric tonne of bricks…

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 “If you own only one sweater, make sure it’s cashmere”

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The foundations of Parisienne dressing philosophy are firmly rooted in what cannot be seen from the outside and lay deep beneath red lips, tousled bangs, immaculately tailored jeans and fresh baguettes tucked chicly under arm. But it’s the exterior of the French woman that mystifies us, that captivating, timeless can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it allure that lingers long after she’s left the room. The je ne sais quoi that implies “I know something you don’t”, just like the high quality of her cashmere sweater – a prized possession she cherishes with ferocious pride while you assume she just picked it out and threw it on without any effort or consideration.

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It’s beachware, baby!

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A few months back I headed off to absolute tropical paradise of the Gili Islands off Lombok, Indonesia to document what goes on behind the scenes of this year’s CLEO x Billabong range shoot. You can check out my bts shots here and a video here. Last week I went and picked up the range from the Billabong head office here at home on the Gold Coast, I was greeted by the amazing model Nat’s bright, warm smile filling the giant windows of the store and I couldn’t help feel a little proud. It’s being such an exciting journey and it’s been a pleasure witnessing the stages of the creative process as it all slowly unravels and comes to fruition.

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miann scanlan celine skate board fashion deck designer stop it right now black and white

miann scanlan celine skate board fashion deck designer stop it right now black and white

miann scanlan celine skate board fashion deck designer stop it right now black and white

miann scanlan celine skate board fashion deck designer stop it right now black and white

 

So I know the charm in these Celine spired decks by lord blogger babe Stop It Right Now is in the colour, but I can’t help with how much I’m in love with it in black and white.

I nabbed up two of her decks (does anyone have the third green one they want to sell me?) back in 2011 and they have since lived on a lot of walls in a lot of houses. I figured I’d use them in a shoot given I could never afford any of the actual Celine prints from that season. A chic alternative, no?

Jeans Mura (smiler here) | Heels Alexander Wang | Deck Stop It Right Now | Hair Edwards and Co
Watch Swatch (similar here) | Jacket Vintage | Tee Marcs (similar here) | Rings Baby Anything & Karen Walker

Images by Tess Leopold

 


Come behind the scenes with me and my incredible creative team on our “The Sunday Girl” photoshoot, brought to life at a dreamy 70s beach shack and told through the lens of acclaimed fashion photographer Madelyn Rose.

The beauty look was created using 100% organic cosmetics by makeup master and natural-health advocate Emmily Banks. She achieved a soft and natural look with gentle highlights and hints that The Sunday Girl might have gotten ready for the day, but decided to take time to her self and crawl back in to bed. Hair was crafted by Chantal Davis who tamed my usually salt drenched tresses and pushed for glamour with soft curls, deep parts and amped up the texture.

The Sunday Girl is something (or rather, someone) very close to my heart. I went through some big life changes in 2012  and took time off work to soul search, heal and ultimately create space for more moments of solitude, taking a morning off to just be myself in my own beach-side sanctuary. We’ve subtly communicated this through the setting of The Sunday Girl, she relishes those extra few minutes sleeping in, she journals her dreams in the sun, she gets to be exactly who she is in her own skin.

Sometimes it’s easy for us to feel guilty for over indulging in rest and relaxation; society says that we need to be go-go-go in order to be woman who can “have it all”.  However, the upheld ideal of the Super Woman who can juggle work, life, career, a family, a relationship, friendships and her health seemingly at ease, usually fails to depict her taking a morning off, which is just as important as planning that dinner party or nailing that pitch at work.

And that’s what The Sunday Girl is all about. Those mornings where you can potter around the house, soak up the sun, switch off, read a book, drink tea and be exactly who you are in your own skin. Those mornings where you get to be you, do what you want without fear of judgement or self-judgement. Indulge. Play with some fabulous jewellery, try on some of your favourite clothes, devour a delicious breakfast and then when you’re done, go straight back to bed and relax. And that’s what I do almost every Sunday, my ritual, my time to be no body else but me.

photography | Madelyn Rose
makeup | Depths of Beauty
hair | Chantal Davis
wardrobe supplied by | One Hundred Words Boutique
location thanks to | The Love Design Initiative
bts footage | Matt Tully