Meet the bubbly blondie behind A Piece of Elise

Elise Purdon, the 23 year old Canadian born, fresh face graduate behind the blog, A piece of Elise, took us to the newest branch of Gram at EmQuartier last week where we explored their newest menu – decked out with Superfood bowls, organic gourmet salads, booster protein smoothies and healthy green juices. It was a stylish and clean pick for a true fashionista as we both were entertained by how colourful our ordered dishes were – it was an Instagram flat-lay perfection!

Elise also recently celebrated her blog’s one year anniversary and it’ s a hit as her blondie locks definitely stands out from the local Bangkok fashion crowd. A Piece of Elise energetic vibes is exactly just like Elise’s personality. Let’s find out what this bubbly babe has planned after graduation, her fashion aspirations, blogging journey so far and her experience living and blogging overseas.

 1. How did you get started with your blog?

I started my blog last year as I was finishing up my business degree. I was so obsessed with clothes that even during economics class I would be day dreaming about shoes, so I decided I needed to do something with my fashion energy or I may never make it out of school. Hence, A Piece of Elise was born!

2. How has your blog evolved since your started until now?

I wouldn’t say my blog has evolved a lot, but my comfort and confidence in the act of blogging has evolved immensely. It has been 1 year since I made APOE and my first posts were very shy and awkward, whereas now I feel happy and comfortable in front of the camera. I am also much for confident in my personal style and with speaking about fashion to others. However, the core identity of A Piece of Elise has remained the same over the past year – it is somewhere I share my fashion obsessions in an approachable, fun and easy going way. Having said that, there are some BIG changes coming to APOE in the next few months, so stay tuned because this will probably be the blog’s biggest changes yet!

3. Do you have any fashion icons/inspirations?

I absolutely love Rachel Zoe. I think she has such iconic personal style – she’s been wearing flared jeans for the past 5 years when everyone was wearing the skinny leg, but now flare is coming back. She is also glamourous and classy – she never shows her legs! She is also an extremely successful self made business woman, who also has a family. She has pretty much managed to brand the idea of being a stylist, which is something that would have seemed “un-brandable” a decade ago. Talk about a fashion lover’s role model!

4. How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style could be described as random. The thoughts going on in my head are often shared through what I wear. If I’m feeling like a party, you will probably catch me in a dress. If I’m lazy, possibly silk PJ’s in public. When I have a business meeting and I feel intimidated, I will probably dress was above my age. If I’m hyper, maybe I’ll wear something crazy! Having said that, my style is always changing, but one thing that remains the same is that it is always quite feminine.

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5. Blogging in Bangkok: best moments and tough challenges?

Blogging in Bangkok is great because there aren’t many bloggers, which means that I may have more readership that I would in a city that is saturated with them. Having said that, this can also be a disadvantage because it means I have less blogger friends to hang out with and to learn from. It also means that many brands haven’t worked with bloggers before, nor do they understand how it can benefit them. This means I spend a lot of time talking with brands and working out the details before I can create the content for them. It is also difficult because I can’t write Thai, although it would mean the world to communicate with my Thai readers in their native language. Having my blog in both languages is something that I dream of!

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6. How do you set yourself apart from other bloggers?

I set myself apart from really trying to be myself and to be approachable. So much of fashion blogging these days is appearing glamourous and having a fake facade, whereas A Piece of Elise is all about laughter, having fun and simply creating a community of love. Wow, how cheesy am I?! Anyways, you will rarely see my posts without a smile, which is because I try not to take myself too seriously, which I something I think more bloggers should do!

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7. Most rewarding moments as a blogger?

My most rewarding moment as a blogger was when I had 3 women in the same day tell me that they have made fashion decisions based upon things they found on my blog! This was a bit scary for me, given that sometimes I forget that there are so many readers behind my computer, but it was also a dream come true! When they said that I really felt to excited to know that people trust my opinions, value what I say and above all are actually really reading my blog!!!

8.How do you go from blogging for fun to blogging as a job?

I think the harder you work, the more your audience grows and then eventually people want to work with you as a marketing tool to gain exposure for their brands. It doesn’t happen on it’s own, it takes time and you got to put in the hours, but if you love it then it won’t feel like work!

9. Favorites brands?

Ek Thongprasert Necklaces – I’m obsessed with his work…. and him… 😛

10. Summer trends this season?

It seems to be all about fringe bags and gladiator sandals! I love summer season because it’s often more casual and all about beachy waves, sunnies and having fun. However, by the end of summer I’m always excited for serious winter fashion and layering too!

11. The next project you’re most excited about?

MY OWN COLLECTION! This is my first time announcing this publicly, so if you’re reading this you’re getting the inside scoop. I won’t reveal details yet, but it’s exciting and if you know me you won’t be surprised about what I’ve got coming because it’s my favorite fashion thing in the world! Stay tuned!

12. Any challenges to living abroad in Thailand?

This is a HUGE questions. There are always challenges, but my opinions and perspectives of Thailand are always changing. I’m not going to touch upon differences such a individuality and collectivism, which might be what I struggle with most, but that would take essays to complete! Instead, I’m just going to talk about people, traffic and heat! Growing up in Canada, where we have a population of almost zero, in a country where traffic is 2 cars and temperatures are cold, I basically moved to the complete opposite. That in itself has posed a lot of challenges! It though taking outfit photos outside in the 40 degree heat!

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13. Now that you’ve graduated where do u see your blog in 5 years time?

I plan to created higher quality content. I will have more time to make things even more interesting for the readers! Exciting! I am also going to have some original products coming your way soon. I also might start some YouTube, but that isn’t for sure yet. Got to stop being scared of video first!

Well, we spent the day with Elise and she definitely was a natural in front of the camera! Stay tuned to find out more about her tips and tricks of creating a beautiful Instagram following and how to make your feed stand out! Be sure to follow her on Instagram @apoelise and fun blog www.apieceofelise.com

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Photo credit: Kenny and APOE Blog

The 24-hour Flat Belly meal plan!

As much as you do your Russian twists and crunches at the gym to get toned, it’s also all about your diet. If you end up after your 30 day beach body workout and don’t feel all that great – I’d start looking at what you’re putting into your belly. I, for one, oscillate between wanting to stuff my face with burritos after the gym, no probably Chimichangas and fries, and eating a bowl of veggies. What I found was having a gym buddy is great because you keep each other motivated and on track!

Here is a few foodie tips to get your flat belly bod just in time for the summer. Fit is the new skinny this season –  that’s for sure.  And according to style.com – if you want to flaunt it – wellness is the new luxury. Scroll below for some yummy looking pics to inspire you in the kitchen and throughout the day. xxx

Morning Wake Up Call

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Put all these ingredients in the juicer for a mega shot of immune booster to accompany your morning routine or place slices of apple, cucumber, and lemon in your water bottle to keep you hydrated and detoxifying through the day

Breakfast

1 packet of instant oatmeal with a cup of berries & 2 tablespoons of peanut better

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2 hard boiled eggs & 1 cup of berries

Oats are filling and packed filled with fibre and you get the natural sugar from the fresh berries alongside the healthy fat from peanut butter. If you’re feeling hardcore you can always go the boiled eggs option! Lean & mean for sure.

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Morning Snack 

1/3 of raw nuts or celery sticks with 2 tsp of peanut butter OR a cup of berries.

These two have fibre, protein, and healthy fat, and will keep you full.

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Lunch

2 cups of salad greens (suggestions: 1/2 diced cucumber, 10 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup of shredded carrots, 1/2 an avocado, 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds and squeeze of lemon and vinegar.

Try avoid oily dressing, cheeses, things like that. You can also add other nuts and other seeds as well. This is going to leave you feeling super healthy, light and clean. The egg and nuts will be your protein.

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Afternoon Snack

A cup of Greek/natural yoghurt with a dash of cinnamon OR slice cucumber with 1 tbsp of rice vinegar and fresh dill.

The natural smell of cinnamon is a stress reliever – great pick me up in the afternoon at the office. Plus it’s also the sweetener substitute and yoghurt will keep you full until dinner. If you’re really craving something sweet – natural Manouka honey can’t go wrong.

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Dinner

Grilled salmon, sauteed spinach in olive oil and garlic and roasted fennel and root vetetables

Salmon has omega-3 fatty acids, which are the fats that will help you burn fat. Fennel is a cleansing veggie that will help flush you out. (in a good way).

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Voila! Cannot wait to try these – you can also switch out salmon for chicken or other veggies like carrots for celery too. If you are out of ideas – here below – are what Christina from @fitgirlxtina have put together if you’re ever out of ideas of what to munch on… some healthy, clean, beauty foods….YUM!

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– Avocado – Blueberries – Coconut – Dark Chocolate – Kale – Raw nuts – Sweet potato

(News Source: Elle.com || Photo credit: @whoismaggs, @healthyfreshfood, @fitgirlxtina, @coconutrevelution, @yumezakka, @missveganbunny, @detox_beauty, @healthforhappy, @edenlightretreat, @littlebirdcafe, begoodorganic.com, @elisanilsen)

Curated Eat List: Melbourne

Like every other cosmopolitan city, everything changes so fast in Melbourne, following my photo diary, I have compiled a list of places I love which are mainly a goodie but (probably) an oldie.

“THE CURATED EAT LIST: Melbourne”

  • Stokehouse in CBD… for Friday boozy cocktails and guaranteed great food (business, after work crowd)
  • DOC Pizza (always the Prosciutto & rocket thin crust straight from the wood-fire oven)
  • Messina Gelato (dare I say best Gelato in Australia?)
  • The European for oysters and bone marrow (finally they manage to put this back on the printed menu)
  • Supernormal… the new fusionAsian restaurant
  • Pillar of Salt: Everything on the menu (raw fish salad is to die for and blueberry smoothie)
  • Cafe e Cucina for Seafood Pasta en papillote (argh cravings)
  • Lucy Liu – another new Asian addition
  • Post work drinks at Hihou (very low key Japanese place)
  • East – the new Hu Tong for dumplings
  • Hobba for breakfast (absolutely gorgeous gorgeous menu)
  • Yardmill for fresh-pressed juices
  • Cutler & Co.
  • Cumulus Inc for breakfast
  • MoViDa for Spanish
  • Touche Hombre & Fonda for your burrito cravings
  • Attica
  • Burch & Purchese for fancy-ass desserts
  • Vue du Monde – Bistro Vue is also my all time fave for French
  • Rockpool for steak
  • Pei Modern
  • Grossi Florentino (grab a seat outside on sunny day – perfect Italian)

Coffee:

  • Sensory Lab
  • Brother Baba Budan
  • Manchester Press
  • Seven Seeds
  • Coin Laundry
  • Auction Rooms

If you get a chance to go out of town:

  • Royal Mail
  • Lake House in Daylesford
  • Brae
  • Port Phillip Estate

Melbourne Photo Diary

My first trip of this year 2015: Melbourne – my second home away from home. Having grown up in Melbourne, the most liveable city in the world, and spent all my teenage years there, I miss it terribly because there really is something for everyone in this city.  The best part about it is probably the chill artsy (laid-back Aussie) vibe you can’t get anywhere else. The city sort of possesses this Brooklyn grunge feel slash Victorian-era sophistication. The level of interest architecture displayed around the different parts of town is breathtaking – from modern building to terrace houses, to the eye-popping visual merchandising displays in retail stores and my favourite is all the interiors in the restaurants and bars down the (more often than not so mysterious) Melbourne alleyways.  And let’s not forget, hands down – by far – Melbourne cafes/baristas make the BEST coffee in the world. Here are some photos from my trip 🙂

Walks along Southbank Blvd

My morning run in the sun to brunch in South Yarra to Bridge Rd

Leafy afternoon in Melbourne on St Kilda Rd + TRAMs!

I didn’t plan much of an itinerary as I thought I know the city so well but after two years – a lot has changed! I also did make a girlie weekend trip down to the NGV to check out the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition (in retrospective) and it was great to re-see his earlier works again

Another event on my agenda this trip was also the Portsea Polo – little did we know we were in for quite a weekend! It was all day long DOC pizzass in the tent, Espresso Martinis, and free flow colourful summer cocktails!

And on my last weekend I got a chance to check out The Royal Melbourne Croquet sponsored by Broadsheet which was really awesome. Summer rays, lounging on the grass with great selection of drinks and food with your friends – it was the best way to kick start the year with a bang over the weekend.

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First post of 2015: Singapore Sling Flashback

It has indeed been a very long while since I’ve published a blog post! It’s so strange to call it a blog post anymore.  I do miss this small little quiet space of mine for some reason & the blogging community.

But to keep things short and sweet: I’m getting back into it! Rest assured, the blog will be even more aesthetically fulfilling and will be your go-to daily fashion eye candy along with providing sleek updates for the whole year. And my life in pictures is also on instagram @curatedbykiki & I sometimes keep a 140 characters rant @curatedbykiki…..

When I run into people I haven’t seen in a while – they ask if I still blog – sadly I say no because I always give the excuse that I have no time to do unpaid writing jobs anymore… when mostly I never call myself a writer but I do write for paychecks. Here is to the first post of 2015 – I’ll put it under travel as I am obsessed with jumping on planes and getting exposed to radiation to chase the actual sunshine where you’d rather be… And this was my last work trip from last year.

These are some behind the scenes pictures of work I’ve done in December with EtikitSG. It was so so much fun – interviewing bloggers from Singapore and getting their perspective on the business of blogging and how they’ve fared through in the past couple years in this evolving digital media landscape. Unfortunately I was thrown into this interview with a really bad cold… I soldiered on and we got some great footage and pictures done for our shoot. Even though we didn’t get around to actually having Singapore Slings this trip – it was definitely well worth it. xxx

Sponsored by:

Clothes: Etikit Singapore (Self Portrait, Thea by Thara, Finders Keepers Label)

Location: Lloyd’s Inn

Photos: Jonothan Raedeke

Flowers: Fiona Treadwell

Trunks & Travel: where to go for Chinese New Year

Image In this part of the world, Chinese New Year is a serious holiday. Especially, in HK, China, Malaysia and Thailand. We get a long holiday in Asia. So the occasion comes around for me to post a few of my options for Chinese New Year – it might not even happen at all. But here are a few:

1. New Zealand – Best enjoyed during summer in my personal opinion 🙂 Even though Queenstown has amazing skiing resorts and bundle amount of powder. I still vote New Zealand has so many activities to enjoy during the summer. Especially if you’re an adrenaline junkie like me, there is so much adventure, outdoor hiking to do! And the scenic drive is awesome – and let’s not forget they did film The Lord of the Rings here where you can visit Hobbiton and roam around in cute cafes and the town all day.

2. Vietnam – I have my eye on Vietnam for a while, the absolutely amazing Six Senses Con Dao just looks beyond. I see the French-inspired architecture details as well as Pho and rice spring rolls calling my name already

3. Bora Bora – This one is a little bit further away than a hop and ride on the plane for a couple hours. Gotta go via New Zealand but the island is so far away for most people it’s exciting for me to just go visit and see their culture.

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I just came across these amazing sets from Elem Mayara and inspired me for the post! Blue skies, white sand, and the glaring sun and that coconut smell of the tanning oil already got me dreaming about my packing list for the trip!

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New Home Project Inspirations

Hello all! I’m so ecstatic to be joining CuratedbyKiki as one of the curators…taking you into my interior-décor-obsessed realm of home fashions every week. Although I’d consider myself a lady who prides herself on a sweet investment leather handbag, pair of stilettos and occasional new staple addition to the wardrobe every now and then, lately I’ve been finding myself more entranced into the art of decorating one’s “humble abode”.  It’s my current shopping weakness. And after making a recent move from a smaller-scaled apartment in New York City to a more spacious old brownstone in downtown Jersey City, my shopaholic-meets-interior-decorator inclinations have amplified to a whole new [scarier] level (which serves as unfortunate news to my bank account).

Although I can’t wait to feature snaps of my new place, I’d like to first share some interior “eye candy” that has served as major inspiration for my new home project challenge:

1. Jenna Lyon’s Brownstone Apartment

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Call me absurdly obsessed but I google this fine lady’s personal fashion and home style like pretty much everyday. Whenever I feel like I’m in a decorator’s “rut”, I look to thy genius Lyons for daily inspiration as she never fails to deliver. Much of the features of her previous Brooklyn home are similar to my new place – the historic crown moldings, marble fireplace and mantel, and parquet hardwood floors (characters that define the traditional brownstone setting). Taking this into mind, I thought a few pieces were necessary in complementing these historic detailings. I’ve recently purchased a “gi-normous” gold gilded mantel mirror, English arm roll sofa from Sofa.com and an antique French gilt bronze crystal chandelier.

2. Moroccan Shag Rugs

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Although my first thoughts when decorating the living room was to go with a traditional Persian rug in rich reddish/pink tones, I realized that the room needed to be brightened up a bit given that we moved into a place that had built-in mahogany armoires, cherry oak floors and black mantels (lots of dark hues to be exact). After some days of Pinterest-esque home browsing, I noticed the popular trend in these rugs. My first thought was, “definitely do not want a shaggy rug ever again”. Although they’re pretty to look at and feel plush and squishy under bare feet, they shed like pugs – meaning consistent fuzz bunnies at every corner of the house and never-ending sessions with the vacuum. But I couldn’t shake off how gorgeous they were (to my eyes at least), and they really make a room seem more spacious. After some weeks of research, I found a Moroccan rug that apparently has minimal to no shedding and received great feedback. I took the plunge in hopes that it won’t disappoint and so far, so good. I’ve just received it a couple days ago and have to say….RugsUSA.com, you’re freaking awesome!

3. The Many Wonders of Mason Jars

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Two facts about me: when I love something and it’s cheap, I always buy in bulk! So Amazon.com had a happy day when I bought 10 thousand mason jars from their site (well, not10,000 but you get my point). I have loads that I intend to use for MANY purposes. Who would’ve known that a classic jar, which I thought at first would only work as storage for spaghetti sauce and jams could be so effortlessly chic and versatile? My peonies and candles will find new homes in these little babies!

4. All Things Sheepskin

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Just like mason jars, the sheepskin rug has served to please for many purposes. And that includes not only prettifying a home and making it look so plush and inviting, but also being incredibly comfortable for all-day couch potato wear. Seriously, these things feel so soft and amazing. The first time I laid eyes on them I thought “easy on the eyes, but that’s gotta be itchy”.  But I was clearly inaccurate. They are the best and can easily turn an ordinary furniture piece into something gorgeous and comfy. So far I use them for my wooden dining bench and lounge seating chairs in the living room. During the winter months, I like to prop them on our sofa for added toastiness. They just engulf you into a sleepy and tranquil abyss. I’d highly recommend them for anyone’s home.

On the quest for satiating my needs for a perfectly pretty house, these four little inspirations have really helped turn our space into a cozy home with a cottage-like atmosphere. We definitely did a 180 spin from our previous apartment in Manhattan. Although we loved the details of a modern high-rise with its clean, white modular lines and sense of minimalism, it felt more like a cool hotel than an actual home. Our new place certainly gives off that warm and lovely feel that we’ve been looking for. Check back with me next week for a peek into the new place!  To give you an idea…here’s a snap from our tree-lined street:

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By Lauren.

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Blogger Style Series: Lauren from littlefashionbird

We are super excited to bring on board a fashion blogger turned social media maven to curate home decor and interior design for us. Lauren has quite an eye for antique furniture to classy black & white Chanel-haute-couture look. I was always in awe of the decor of her recent apartment in downtown Manhattan; she mixed luxury elegance with a chic feminine feel. Absolutely LOVED all the snaps from her Instagram handle.

Lauren is also up-to-date in the fashion world, but she always has a bohemian chicness about her style and a great eye for mix & matching vintage with brand names. Let’s find out what she’s all about!

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Lauren Baluyo graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in advertising and marketing communications, and studied fashion journalism at New York University. She has over six years of collective fashion experience working for ELLE Magazine, Albright NYC and The Daily Mirror in London, as well as launching a blog in 2009 called “Little Fashion Bird”.

Currently, Lauren is a social media manager and digital strategist for Camille La Vie, a women’s clothing brand specializing in social occasion dresses. Along with fashion, Lauren has been expanding her interests and passions (or better yet, obsessions) within the realm of interior design and decor. By using her own place as her “dressform” and immersing herself in various outlets dedicated to this area, she continues to learn and experiment on different ways to turn an ordinary space into a personalized and cozy home.

1. Where is your favourite spot in the world?
Oxford, UK (without a doubt)…I’d consider this place my “home far away from home”. There’s something truly magical as you stroll around this city. From the historic university architectures, parks, rivers, even down to the local ice cream shop, pub and movie theater, it’s not your average town.

2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Ideally, in a perfect world, the CEO of my own social media platform with a focus on fashion and interior design. And of course having kids, the white picket fence scenario, setting up lemonade stands and all that good stuff!

3. Favourite dish?
Tough one as I LIVE for food! But if it has to be one, it would certainly be basil pesto over linguine. I could have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday of my life.

4. Best trip you’ve ever had?
My FIT summer abroad in London (for many memorable reasons). Then comes my 3-month stay in Brazil. Loved every second of it!

5. Who are you dying to take on a dinner date with?
Could there be a few people at this dinner? At the moment, I would love to pick the fabulous brains of Jenna Lyons of J Crew and Katherine Power & Hillary Kerr of WhoWhatWear and Domaine Home. These women never cease to inspire me…they have this phenomenal vision and successful work ethic in making things look AMAZING and SO PRETTY (both at work and at home)! It would be nice to be in the presence of these genius minds and understand how they got started, what drives them everyday and how they strike a “chic” balance between business and personal life.

6. Tell us a little somethin somethin no one else knows!
I just burned a hole in my credit card at H&M’s new online store. Their home collection and prices are insane …I think I bought one or two of everything (literally).

7. Where are you living right at the moment?
Just moved out of our apartment in Manhattan into what feels like a cozy old English cottage in Paulus Hook (downtown Jersey City). It’s a joy to come home from work to this delightful and peaceful neighborhood everyday.

8. Where can we catch you next month?
In Los Angeles for a Camille La Vie photo shoot with one of the stars from “Pretty Little Liars”…kind of excited about this work trip. And hopefully on the streets of NYC for NYFW!

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2. Caudalie Beaute Elixir
3. my iPhone
4. Moroccan oil
5. Hummus

Next generation fashion photographer, Maleika Halpin, creates #nonewclothes campaign

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The aficionado of prose and pictures, Maleika Halpin, an Aussie girl from a beach town, Brissy or Brisbane, has frequented more backstage shows during the past couple months than she can ever dream of. She hopped around Australia, from Brisbane, to Sydney to Perth, as well as enjoying the fun in the sun at Fashion Week in Fiji….she’s definitely in full swing. Seriously aren’t we all in awe of this girl’s talent already or what!  Taking amazing photos just comes naturally to Maleika. Her shots really do say a thousand words. When the flash goes off, her photos come out so raw and good. (no. better. adjective. it’s that good) She captures those moments that you wish it was in slow motion so you could relish every minute of that experience. Trust me I was there.

Let’s find out more about this 20 year old Brissy babe.

1.  How did you get started as a fashion photographer?

Am I? a Fashion Photographer? I guess like most beautiful things in life, I was certainly blissfully unaware at first. Making that definitive choice to persevere with photography past the point of ‘hobby’ found me in the throws of clients, deadlines & fashion weeks. I was incredibly fortunate to shoot for Fashion One at Fiji Fashion Week last year, & since then I’ve really endeavored to nurture those working relationships and foster them into flexible & creative avenues & opportunities.

Toni Mativeski Dress Rehearsal, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. April 2013.

2. Best moment shooting?
Getting stuck backstage at Jayson Brunsdon at this year’s MBFWA. Catching the girls in mid-flight as they darted straight off the runway, in behind shrews of photographers, shoes in hand. The elegant drama left me completely breathless with some of my favourite images shot to date 🙂 Those moments of flow are what any creative dreams of.

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3. What’s your gear?
I’m a minimalist, so I really try to work within my means, with what I’ve got & what I can afford; I still shoot with my first camera, my Nikon D90,  & am saving to invest in good quality glass. My favorite lens to shoot with is a 50mm 1.8, beautiful little point & shoot that really trains the eye.

4. Do you have a particular journalistic style?
I hope not to be definitive just yet. I’m totally serious about documentary photography though. I guess you could say I am “seeking truth & colour”

5. Do you have a photographer idol?
Damien Nikora, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, & Will Davidson

6. I heard through the grapevine you’re big on creative writing –  tell us more about your blog?
Yes! House of Avalon. it’s really just a creative cultivation of my inner ramblings, a space I get to share my photography, styling, & creative ideas; as well as my cumulative reflection on art, music, culture, & technology. I’ve tried to keep it honest, candid & an extension of myself. My 20 plus followers are all very loyal.

…….I have also begun a new style blog initiative called “#nonewclothes”. I won’t be buying any new clothes for 12 months & will be reworking what I already own, & blogging it! It’s a style blog with a conscience! It’s really my endeavor to renegade against consumer society, whilst raising awareness for human rights in sweatshops. I want to run community clothes swaps & eventually help fund a photojournalism trip to Bangladesh, to visit & document the aftermath of the Rana Plaza & tell the tragic story that is at the expense of our wardrobes.

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Don’t get me started… my life is a living oxymoron.

7. Funniest thing that happened to you on the job?
I couldn’t name JUST one, I’m pretty much an awkward disaster cake waiting to happen. Being self-contained at such beautifully organized events always calls for many unwarranted mishaps on my behalf. Maybe photo bombing Gary Pepper on National morning news?

8. If you could blow an insane amount on camera gear; what would you buy?
I would invest in old film cameras, a dark room, a creative home to shoot in, a fantastic assistant & more time!

9. 5 things you can’t live without?
My camera, my car, my family, silence & the sun

10. Where can we find you next month? What projects have you got coming up next?
Perth & Fiji Fashion weeks are next on the agenda, & anything beyond the immediate horizon is TBA 😉

Browsing on The House of Avalon is a fashion, hot, sexy goddess haven with a dash of damn fine quality rambles. Absolutely love it. Can’t wait to see more & her #nonewclothes campaign is definitely the new revolution of blogging with a conscience.

Photo credit: Maleika Halpin. BY Kiki Dhitavat

All about blues: a closer look at Candice Lake’s outfit from MBFWA

Candice is one of the few people who had quite a few multiple outfit changes during Fashion Week. Maybe it was the unusual good weather in Sydney that there were that many outfits they wanted to show off.

Usually, she can be spotted outside The Carriageworks  ‘The Hub’ or the equivalent of the Lincoln Center ‘tents’ trying to snap up a few cool shots of people leaving and entering the shows during the day. (Mostly wearing shorts or a skirt with sneakers and a sweater wrapped around her waist, maybe with a cap – I call it the model – turned photographer look because if I even attempt to wear anything remotely similar to what she has on, I’d look like a total hobo. She, on the other hand, still looks super good with her model-ly legs and still gets snapped by other photogs)

Now and then you’ll see her reappear in a really cool effortless outfit like this one, in heels, perfectly toned midriff showing in full swing (which has been the ongoing trend for the past couple months & yet those Pilates classes I’ve been going to still haven’t paid off) full head to toe in blogger style slash uber fierce street style photog like and all… then she’ll zipped over to a show then out again.

Anyhow, enough babbling… (I’m rather envious at this stage) Here’s a close up look of her outfit. XX Candice 2

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Exclusive Backstage Interview with Trina Turk reveals inspirations for her FW 2013 Californian Modern collection at NYFW

As I moved along with my busy itinerary as a fashion reporter for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week 2013, I found myself preparing for an exclusive backstage interview with the designer herself, Trina Turk. I managed to sneak a quick interview with her early morning of Nemo aftermath. I went backstage in the tents at Lincoln Center past all the tight security and hard-working PRs. I was excited to see everyone getting ready for the presentation. It was all make-up on the left, hair on the right, manicures getting done in front of you and getting the models dolled up for the presentation. Even though it is Trina Turk’s debut of her West-coast brand at Lincoln Center this year – she was organised! And the collection was pleasantly one of my highlights. It was elegant, poised and polished. I must note, the models she casted (by Barbara Pfister) for her collection were super cute and uber-chic.

There was nothing vintage about this collection. It was absolutely all about modern Cali-style of a modern day muse. The collection progressed in steps of different rich winter colours, textures and patterns. It started off with black plum accessories and lake-coloured fur vests.  Cognac, russette, saffron and oxblood colour-blocking numbers are eminent throughout the room underneath oversize winter-coloured coats.

Turk’s signature pattern was also woven through the collection in different shaped-garments and layers. It was such a luxe collection with a laid-back feel of Cali. This was shone through her use of special lush materials like sheared alpaca and curly lamb contrasted with slouchy walking shorts and gauchos. The high of this collection must have been the oversize coats and winter hats for me!

Here I have some exciting photos from backstage specially for you guys.

I had a quick Q&A with Trina backstage before her NYFW presentation. Find out how she always produces such an amazing collection and where she finds inspiration right here.

1. What is your current inspiration for this collection?

I was mainly inspired by the modernity of California; especially by its landscape, architecture and multicultural aspects of the city.

2. Where do you see your brand in the next 5-10 years?

I would love to have a bigger international audience and distribution. We currently have 7 stores across the country and we’d love to open more!

3. Do you think expansion to Australia would be a good fit for your brand?

Everyone I’ve spoken to has actually told me that my brand would be a great fit. Since I think the cityscape of Sydney and LA are very similar so the lifestyle and clothing choices would definitely be comparable.

4. What do you think of brand collabs? Do you currently have any collabs projects in the near future and if not, what would your dream project be?

I think they’re really fun and a great way to present your brand to a different consumer segment. We always have small projects going on right now but nothing major. I would love to do a kid’s collaboration with a big retailer like Target with Trina Turk.

5. Which boutiques are your favourite in New York City?

I love to shop vintage and each year there is a Manhattan Vintage Show. So that’s definitely my favourite.

6. Which celebrity would you like to see your collection on the most?
It’d have to be Audrey Hepburn

Make up: Stila | Nails: Julep | Stylist: Katie Mossman | Hair: Martin Christopher Harper for Cutler/Redkin

Special Thanks to Trina Turk, Jacqueline Schulze, and Linda Gaunt Communications.