Frances May x Church & State

Frances May was one of the first independent shops i discovered online, many many years ago now, whose inventory and general vibe i really fell in love with. which is thrilling to me because they are now a proud sponsor of the blog (yay!) they just recently relaunched their website – showcasing big beautiful images and wonderful lookbooks – as well as their usual collection of amazing clothes for men and women.

they have also just launched their first in-house collection, a collaboration with Portland designers Church & State.

Rachel Turk & Nathaniel Crissman of Church & State and Pamela Baker-Miller of Frances May put their heads together to re-interpret favorite Church & State silhouettes with a Frances May twist. The dresses (each named after their grandmothers) are a curation of dark florals, thoughtful design and even a reversible dress.

the lookbook was shot by Caesy Oney. you can shop the entire collection here. if you had to tell me tomorrow that i could only wear pieces from Frances May for the rest of my life, i would be totally okay with that.

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you can shop the collection here. here are some of my favourite pieces below…

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Winnie Truong

it’s always wonderful to see what can happen in a year, and it was almost exactly a year ago that i featured the work of artist Winnie Truong. her most recent body of work Rites of Passage has just opened at Gallery Benoni in Copenhagen, playfully exploring the feeling of age and the precariousness of time.

Rites of Passage explores the transition from youth to oblivion. The subjects in her portraits are poised for no specific occasion, neither celebrating nor lamenting their experience of humanity and death. With the experience of getting older, personality and psyche are in a state of flux, making the feelings of growth and decay simultaneous and ambiguous. The rites of passage then become unclear, leaving mortality to be donned and adorned by these characters merely as ornament.

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Doug Johnston SS14

digging the new limited edition SS14 range by artist Doug Johnston. i blogged about his beautiful bags last year, and i am still completely enamoured by his work – especially this wonderfully colourful new range. that yellow bag is first prize.

Doug Johnston’s work includes art, design, architecture and music, utilizing and exploring a variety of mediums and methods such as installation, fiber art, sculpture, photography, and collaborative performance. Since 2010 he has focused on a process of coiling and stitching rope into a variety of functional and sculptural objects.

photography and styling by Michael Popp

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Leah Goren Scarf Collection

Leah Goren just launched a new F/W 2014 scarf collection that’s available for pre-order at her new online shop. you are probably very familiar with her amazing illustrations and her popular etsy store. i just LOVE that tiger scarf!

Photography: Amber Byrne Mahoney / Styling: Emily Rose Theobald / Model: Taylor LaShae

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Custos Naturae

Custos Naturae is the slogan of the Kruger National Park, it means Guardian of Nature. i have been very familiar with it since i was a kid, as we were lucky enough to visit the park in my childhood days. we’ve just returned from our recent trip, and i took too many photos as per usual. i decided not to spend hours editing every single last one – so here are a selection of my favourites, highlighting some of the best things we saw.

every trip is different, last year we saw hyena (and were lucky enough to see a leopard!) this time round we saw neither, but we did see a LOT of rhino – 16 to be exact – up close and personal, which was such a privilege considering the dire rhino poaching situation in the park and across Africa. we also spent a fair bit of one morning in the company of some beautiful male lions, who were so close to our car it made me nervous. when a lion looks straight into your eyes… you can actually feel yourself moving a few notches down the food chain.

some photos were taken with my iPhone 4S (see them on instagram) but most were shot with a Nikon d7000 that i borrowed from my generous mom, using a 70-300mm lens. edited with VSCO.

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Emily Ferretti

i love the cool hued work of Aussie artist Emily Ferretti. she is represented by the Sophie Gannon Gallery. these pieces also appear in her book!

Ferretti’s oil-on-linen paintings of plants, rocks, domestic settings, sporting ephemera and architectural details are remarkable for their lightness of touch and subtleties in process, tonality and mark making, sidling the representational and abstract via a quiet, poetic tenor. Isolated from wider narrative and context, her various fragmentary scenes – athletic tracks, skate ramps, pot plants or winter forest scapes – work to bestow the day-to-day with a particular gravity and significance.

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Dealtry x Loeffler Randall

you probably know Dealtry, by the talented textile designer & illustrator Helen Dealtry, and you most definitely know Loeffler Randall. put the two together and you get some seriously creative citrusey magic for their Spring 2014 collection.

photographed by Ryan Slack

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For Oms

For Oms is an interesting jewellery line based in China. they also have an online shop.

The original intention when ForOms was founded is trying to enlarge the space inside every piece of jewelry, to fill it with spirit and knowledge, therefore turn jewelry into a carrier to convey concept and ideology. Every piece of jewelry from ForOms is the result of a deep exploration and research under some themes, the concept of them are mostly based on the discussion of human existence and how it’s interacting with everything else, the thinking and interpretation of different world outlooks. They are to be worn as the carrier of the owner’s spirit and thought, as an outer storage of the wearer’s inner self-expression.

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