Diamond in the rough

Sunday, June 28, 2015

kolmanskop

Hauntingly beautiful photos from the Namibian ghost town, Kolmanskop. The combination of dessert wind and sand creates staggeringly beautiful dunes inside the abandoned homes of the diamond mining town. It's whimsical pastel walls and abstract sand formations make for my perfect photoshoot set.

photos via dazed digital

28 by Gary G x Anya Stoliar

At home with Ileana

Monday, January 19, 2015



From the first shoot Ileana and I worked on we discovered that we shared a lot aesthetically, and that was that. Missing brief, failing computer equipment and lack of early morning coffee aside, somehow we always ended up working on the same brainwave to finish off whatever project we were tackling at the time. So getting to capture my colleague turned creative partner in crime afterhours was like another fantastic opportunity to get a little deeper into what made us work so well as a duo.

Her monochromatic signature style is as present in her day to day life as it is in her work. The deconstructed wardrobe space blends fashion and d├ęcor seamlessly. Chic separates are combined with detailed leather pieces and hand picked jewellery. Her home, which doubles as studio and office for various projects; is reminiscent of Japanese minimalist interiors with its whitewashed walls. Bathed in natural light, the space feels spacious and zen.

A day in paradise

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Oman Alila Jabel Akhdar and Marrakech Ksar Char-Bagh resort

Forever bitten by the wanderlust bug or just ready for your next holiday even though you only got back to work a mere week ago, planning your next holiday sets you right back on the working track. Stat! Not to mention something to look forward to during long hours and something to do as summer winds down in Sydney. I'm one for chasing that sunshine around the world, warm weather lands itself number one on the destination necessities list, pretty much all the time. Lazy afternoons in a hot and humid climate has a much better ring to it when taken overseas.

After exploring enough of Central Europe last year, I have my sights set on more of Africa and the Middle east. Oman's Alila Jabel Akhdar and Marrakech's Ksar Char-Bagh have made it to travel bucket list of dream resorts and my partner and I are ready to tick off Istanbul. There's something addictive about holidaying in places with such vast cultural and geographical differences that the whole experience feels otherworldly from the moment you step off the plane.

image credits: here, here and here

The december edit

Monday, December 22, 2014

Somewhere in between the last few clients for the year and Christmas rush is December down time. Probably the closest I’ll get to capturing the holiday spirit in a little nook on the eastern side of town with friends and family in tow.

Apart from that December is all about life admin, sorting out my own wardrobe (for a change!), preparing for a new season and getting ready for a slew of markets around the city early next month. I’m not particularly big on New Year’s philosophies but nothing seems to work out better than starting the year with lots of space in all aspects of your life to fill with new experiences.

topshop bra, vintage fedora, bassike tank, ray bans.

beauty notes: essie really red, NUXE body oil

The fine lines of jewelry

Monday, December 15, 2014

An extension of the body like no other piece of fashion, fine jewelry lands itself somewhere in the art realm of things. Somewhat influenced by mother who’s never worn a piece of costume jewelry in her life and really fascinated by the romance of pieces you never take off your body; I made a conscious effort to collect the practical stuff. Sculptural, symbolic, sentimental. A mix of family heirlooms and custom made designs, pieces are accents rather that accessories. Not pictured is the only piece I take off, a Gucci men’s watch, mostly to protect its mechanics. It lands straight in a valet tray when I get home, yet I feel pretty naked without its weight on my wrist. Putting it on when I wake up has become the first step in my morning routine.

mood board with line studs, divided cross necklace, cartier trinity ring

Summer beauty essentials

Friday, December 5, 2014

Summertime is too short for high maintenance beauty. Strip back your staples to five key products and win back a few extra late balmy nights turned into coming to soon mornings. My makeup is seasonally minimal, but in summer I'm a light base-n-go kind of girl. I could never give up perfume, but try to switch to a summer scent for the warmer months. The rest I leave up to the proper skin and body care and regular maintenance of beauty treatments; I avoid missing out on haircuts and micro to keep the sun and heat damage down.