Kit and Ace, James St

Kit and Ace James St.
Last week I visited the new Kit and Ace store in James St., Fortitude Valley. Focusing on luxury basics, this store is sure to be a must-visit for those looking for wardrobe staples and minimalist attire. The store stocks selected styles from the Kit and Ace collection, including core styles made from their signature blend of cashmere. That is, cashmere that’s machine-washable. Yep, you read that correctly. Machine-washable cashmere! Hallelujah! While Kit and Ace is a Canadian brand, what I like about their approach is that they aim to engage local makers and creators. The James St. store currently features a piece by Brisbane artist Louise de Weger and will include feature lights by Luxxbox. The local emphasis follows through with in-store pamphlets highlighting the best places to eat, drink, and shop in the area. The space itself is quite generous with couches and tables providing ample space to sit and converse. I tried on a few pieces in store and let me tell you, I am all about the cashmere t-shirts now. Because if Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle have taught me anything it’s that you’ve got to treat yo’ self.

Kit and Ace James St.
Kit and Ace James St.
Kit and Ace James St.
Kit and Ace James St.
Kit and Ace James St.
Kit and Ace James St.
Kit and Ace James St.
Kit and Ace James St.

Patch It Up

Has anyone else noticed that embroidered patches are coming back in a big way? While haphazardly patched up jeans and jackets were once the realm of punk and alternative fashion, this no longer seems to be the case. The look these days is decidedly more preppy with current season collections from local favourites like Gorman, Salasai, and House of Cards all featuring garments with patched details. If you’re feeling crafty, you could just grab a plain piece of clothing and DIY your own design. You don’t have to look particularly hard to find cute and quirky patches either – just look at the ones I’ve found here! If iron on patches seem like too permanent an option, don’t forget you can also find temporary alternatives in lapel pins and brooches.

Clockwise-ish, from top left:
Patch It Up Top from Gorman
Swan Patch by Rosehound Apparel
Love Patch by Coucou Suzette
Sportmax Embellished Skater Dress
Iron on Patch Set from Gorman
Zara Denim Jacket (seemingly sold out but you can find similar jackets here, here, and here)
Puberty Blues Cap by House of Cards
Sad Songs Patch by Stay Home Club
Unicorn Patch by Rosie Wonders
Pizza Patch by Kitiya Palaskas

Pin It Down

Pins and badges are making a comeback of sorts, and I’m loving it. I used to have a dumb collection of pins as a kid and my favourite was a little Tweety Bird one (it was the nineties, okay?) These days however I’m drawn to designs like the cheeky – and unfortunately sold out – boobie pins by Coucou Suzette and all of the Georgia Perry pins. Stick them onto the lapel of your old faithful denim jacket or clustered together on one corner of a trusty tote bag for an instant update. These are just some of the pins that I have been eyeing off lately.
Top Row, L-RWatermelon Pin by FeelGoodCo, Boobies Pin by Coucou SuzetteFingers Crossed Pin by Georgia Perry
Middle, L-RMilkshake Pin by fairycakes, Lucky Eye Pin by Coucou Suzette, Donut Pin by FeelGoodCo
Bottom, L-RIce Cream Pin by DzyDzydesign, Dynamite Pin by Prize Pins, Stuck On You Pins by Gorman

Crescent Moon Earrings

These crescent moon earrings from Molten Store have to be my new favourite accessories. I have  a soft spot for celestial-inspired jewellery and as soon as I saw these earrings at Molten Store, I had to have them (although they’re only at the James St store in Brisbane and they don’t seem to be stocked online). I like the look of earrings and cuffs that travel up the ear lobe because they can give off the effect of multiple piercings, which I always thought would be cool to have. These ones don’t quite have that effect but I think they’re pretty sweet nonetheless. Although when I first put them in they sat awkwardly so I thought that they might have been drop earrings after all, but I got there in the end. They could probably work as both. You can kind of see how they sit, below.


This grainy image courtesy of my iPhone 6 front camera yeyyy

Marbled Things

As far as trends go, marble has had a meteoric rise. First it was the Instagram backdrop du jour, then came the marble homewares and printed clothing and accessories. For this post, however, I thought it would be fun to branch out a bit and look at *marbled* items. If you’ve ever tried marbling with paint or ink (hello childhood arts and crafts) you know just how intricate, unpredictable, and varied the overall effects can be. These are just a few marbled items that are worth checking out.
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