Polaroids from The Pass

Okay, so these are technically Instax Mini photos, not Polaroids, but how else am I supposed to incorporate some alliteration into the post title? I took these photos on a trip to Byron Bay a few weeks ago and it was so nice to just chill out and enjoy the lazy beach days. It’s taken me some time to upload these photos as scanning them has been the biggest pain. For some reason or another I couldn’t get the colours right or there was too much glare or dust/scratches/other gunk from my scanner would show up on the photos. I also tried a few photo scanning apps on my iPhone but wasn’t too impressed with them either. After playing around with a few settings on my scanner these were the best I could manage. If anyone has any tips for scanning/digitising Instax photos (apart from “clean your scanner Soph”) please help a sister out!

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California Dreaming by Stephanie Kloss

When I first saw these images from the California Dreaming series by photographer Stephanie Kloss I immediately thought that they were vintage photographs. I mean, just look at all that classic mid-century modern architecture. Not to mention the era-appropriate ‘living sculpture’ who brings interest and intrigue to every shot. Imagine my surprise, then, when I realised that these photographs weren’t taken in the fifties and sixties aka the golden era of mid-century modern design but much more recently. The photo series features iconic examples of mid-century modern architecture including (from above) Case Study House #10, Frank Sinatra’s residence, and Palm Springs City Hall. You can see more of the series and Kloss’ work online at LUMAS Gallery and purchase prints here. 

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A Look At Obus’ Winter Collection

It could be argued that some parts of Australia never truly experience winter, so autumn/winter collections are superfluous. Personally, I look to autumn/winter collections as a lesson in layering and transeasonal dressing. And right now I’m really feeling Obus‘ new Forgotten Isles collection. Inspired by the Hebrides region in Scotland, the collection features an array of muted tones as well as the exclusive Obus prints that we’ve come to know and adore. There’s plenty of slouchy knitwear for layering as well as boots and accessories to complete your look. Whether you’re rugging up in Tasmania or dealing with a cool breeze in the tropical north, Obus has got you covered this winter.

You can shop and see more of the collection over on the Obus website.

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Other Things

Hello? Anybody still here? It’s admittedly been a while since my last post. Sometimes blogging funks creep up on you like that. You’ll go to write a post but then feel like there’s already so much similar content out there. Or things just won’t come together in the right way so you end up abandoning an idea. Or you’re hit with cyclonic weather that isn’t really conducive to taking photographs. Then the next thing you know it’s been weeks since your last blog post. Oops. That’s not to say that I’ve been absent from the internet because, reader, I am still falling into as many internet rabbit holes as ever. These are some things that have piqued my interest lately.
– I love me some glitter earrings and for the month of April Each to Own  will be donating all profits from the sale of their ‘Bright Day’ earrings to the Tweed Mayoral Appeal Fund to help those in Northern NSW affected by floods in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.

– Did you know that millenial pink is a thing? While this colour trend has been on the radar for some time, I only came across this phrase the other day. Whatever you want to call it, I’m totally down with it.

– Autumn finally seems to have arrived and I’ve embraced wide leg crop pants for the season. I found a pair at Uniqlo and every time I wear them I get compliments (i.e. the ultimate litmus test that you have made the right purchase).

– There’s just something about motels that make them ripe for photographing. This collection of photographs of mid-century modern motels by Tyler Haughey is no exception.

– Anyone else listened to the S-Town podcast? I kind of missed the boat with Serial but I found myself hooked on this. So many feels/things I need to be resolved.

– Want to know what the best time to go to sleep is? There’s a sleep calculator for that.

– I’m always on the lookout for chocolate cookie recipes and I really want to try this Double Chocolate Cookies recipe from Plate Got Ate.

Image: Tyler Haughey via frankie magazine

3 Colourful Ways To Update A Plain Straw Hat

The straw hat is a staple in any summer wardrobe. Not only is it sun smart, but it’s also pretty stylish to boot. Most incarnations of the straw hat involve the classic combination of natural straw and a black ribbon band, either in a fedora or boater style. While you can’t beat a classic, sometimes you’ve just got to inject a bit of colour into your life. Luckily, you can easily give your tired straw hat a complete makeover in just a few short steps. From switching out the ribbon band to the addition of a raffia trim, these are just three colourful ways to update a plain straw hat.

DIY Straw Hat
First things first, you need a straw hat. You can get these pretty much anywhere, from secondhand shops to boutiques and everything in between. If the hat comes with a ribbon band attached, remove it before undertaking any of these DIYs. If the ribbon is glued on, blast the band with a hairdryer for a few seconds to melt the glue and then peel it off.

DIY Velvet Ribbon Band

Straw Hat DIY

What you need:

– Straw hat
– Around 1m of velvet ribbon, in the colour of your choice
– Scissors
– Glue (a glue gun or regular craft glue is fine)

DIY Straw Hat

How To:

1. Measure out and cut enough ribbon to surround the body of the hat. I just did this by wrapping the ribbon around the hat and leaving a little bit extra. Cut a smaller piece to form the bow – the size of which is up to you. Once again, I used my eye to measure rather than a ruler. Then cut a smaller piece of ribbon to wrap around the bow and band.
2. Create the bow by folding the ends of the middle length of ribbon behind themselves, securing at the centre back. Attach this to the longest length of ribbon, with the velvet sides facing up. Take the shortest ribbon band and fold it around the centre of the bow and the longest length of ribbon, securing it at the back with glue.
3. Once dry, wrap the ribbon around the hat, with the bow to the side. Cut off any excess ribbon.
4. Glue the ribbon directly onto the straw hat, with the ends meeting behind the bow for a clean finish. For something less permanent, you could glue the ribbon ends together and slip the ribbon on and off as you see fit.

DIY Pom Pom Band

Straw Hat DIY

What You Need:

– Straw hat
– Yarn, in colours of your choice. (Alternatively, you could also use other materials to create the pom poms like raffia, scraps of fabric, or plastic strips.)
– Scissors

DIY Straw Hat

How To:

1. Make the pom poms (or you can use store-bought ones). Because I am a bit of a pom pom fanatic, I just happened to have some at the ready. I also have a pom pom maker which makes things much simpler. There are also plenty of online tutorials to help you through the process.
2. If you’re making your own pom poms, make sure you leave a long enough piece of yarn when tying off the pom pom so that you can use this to attach it to the band later.
3. Plait the yarn (or any other materials) to create a band long enough to wrap around the body of the hat.
4. Tie the pom poms to the band, in the arrangement of your choice, with the pom poms to one side of the hat. Then tie the ends of the plaited band together to secure it in place. Alternatively, you could use a wider band and glue the pom poms on.

DIY Raffia Trim

Straw Hat DIY

What You Need:

– Straw hat
– Coloured raffia
– Scissors
– Glue

DIY Straw Hat

How To:

1. Unravel the raffia so that the band is at its widest (usually around the width of a ruler).
2. Cut three strips of raffia (or more, depending on how thick you want the trim) long enough to surround the edge of the brim of the hat. I once again used my eye, but you can use a measuring tape to be more accurate. Glue the top edges of the raffia together and let dry.
3. Using scissors, cut into the bottom edge of the raffia at 5mm intervals, leaving around 1cm at the top of the band.
4. Working in sections, glue the top of the raffia to the brim of the hat until the entire edge is covered. Trim off any excess and let dry.
And there you have it. Three easy DIY projects that will update your old straw hat in no time at all. I was also looking into dyeing a straw hat as another option but the time and effort that would require kind of put me off. Do you have any other fun ideas for updating a straw hat?


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