(White Backless Top: Vintage - Tuchuzy collection, skirt: DIY, Wedges: Alexander Wang)I'm not sure if you can tell by now but i honestly love nothing more than spending an afternoon with Luke in an open field watching the sunset. If i could have it my way i would spend all day long shooting in beautiful whimsical fields, smelling pretty flowers and putting them in my hair for no apparent reason, twirling around in circles and feeling the wind billowing around my skirt, and capturing those very few photos that will remind you of when you were young and in love and having the time of your life. Not very realistic and it doesn't pay the bills, but it's nice to do once so often :)I realised i didn't really explain this outfit in my part I post and have had quite a few emails regarding this DIY skirt. Truth is, and please don't laugh, but this is not actually a skirt? I bought this material intending to make a sheer maxi skirt but when we had such an unexpected afternoon like this i grabbed whatever i could and ran out the door. What you see here is a piece of material that i wrapped around myself, draped the ends at the belly button, and held together with just one safety pin. Simple, really. What i plan to do with this material you will see in the next few weeks and i can promise you it will look nothing like what you saw in these photos - when i have time to actually make something!
As for the top, it's hard to part with. It's a backless white singlet with a metallic rose pattern that i'm saving for the Tuchuzy collaboration that will be available in their boutique in Bondi in just a few short months. Yes, that's right. It's drawing nearer and i just can't believe how quickly it's gone already! Luckily i've been keeping a few amazing pieces exclusively for Tuchuzy and i just can't wait to show you what i've found. Work, work, work. Play, play, play :)
(Backless singlet: Vintage - Tuchuzy collection, Skirt: DIY, Wedges: Alexander Wang) So there has been some very big changes going on around here over the past week and i can't believe how quickly things are falling into place at the moment. What have i been doing? Well, i'm not quite sure where to start. It's been nearly a week since we last spoke to why don't we go back to the beginning and i'll fill you in on every step so far.Thursday: I spent this day sending out remaining stock, trialing my new assistant, and visiting my tax accountant who helped me to save an unbelievable amount in tax this year. By the end of the day i not only finished my tax return but i had also officially hired my new assistant, Chloe, who by the way is amazing. But you will meet her over the next few days.
Friday: Was spent traveling up and down the Coast sourcing new stock for the store. I found some of the most amazing pieces i'd seen in months which include a full sequined black bra and a small collection of full sequined, beaded flapper dresses and butterfly tops. I also received a ground breaking call that, well, let's just say it was that important that i had to book flights to Melbourne as soon as i got home to make sure i could fly down and be there by Monday morning!
Saturday: Was spent sourcing more stock for the store. By the late afternoon luke and i put aside an hour to take some much needed photos and i'm not surprised they came out looking heavily inspired by Spring. There were several sun showers here and there and luckily the rain cleared just as we arrived at this meadow. Let's just say i was spinning for many reasons and this really reflects how i'm feeling at the moment :) Sunday: My best friend moved to Perth and so a new space opened up in our house. My old room is the size of a small living room so it has now been turned into my new office. For the past two months i have been inspecting studio spaces but they are either extremely expensive or, extremely expensive. So for now this is the perfect stepping stone for my business and i'm still lucky enough to be working from home and a stones throw to the beach.
Monday: I flew out to my meeting in the early morning and arrived safely in Melbourne by 10am. I spent the day meeting with some amazing new people who have introduced a new way of living for Gary Pepper Vintage. I can't really describe it but it was, unbelievable. Big changes are coming for Gary Pepper and i can already feel it changing. Tuesday: After a night of briskly walking through Melbourne with an old friend drinking apple cider, catching up over dumplings and nearly losing my voice, i spent the next day in another meeting which went just as well as the day before. I landed back in Sydney by 8:30pm exhausted and spent the rest of the night in a sleeping coma.Wednesday: Was the first official day that i worked with Chloe and it went so amazing well. We spent the day sitting on the floor of my empty office, sorting over 200 pieces of new stock and eating too many lollies we regretted for the rest of the afternoon.
Thursday: Well, that is tomorrow and i'll be driving down to Sydney with Chloe to go shopping at IKEA for the new office. I honestly cannot wait to decorate this new room! So many ideas and so many walls to fill with cute little vintage bric and brac, inspiration walls, photos and more importantly, rails of new vintage items!
I also have a meeting in The Rocks underneath the Harbour Bridge with a creative agency that has big plans for Gary Pepper. In time you will all see what i am talking about - it's going to be like nothing you've seen before.
And that's my week! I hired my assistant, did my tax return, flew to Melbourne and back for a two day meeting, set up my new office space and started on some big projects for the store. If only every week was this productive! So apologies for the lack of posts, but you now know how crazy my week has been. And this is only the start of some very big weeks for the store. Ah, can you tell how excited i am? :)