About Nudes

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Nudes were seen on the Spring ’17 runways, given athletic traction and punch in the detailed eyelet and metal-punched pieces from FentyxPuma by Rihanna (our queen), and in the romantic silhouettes shifting down the Valentino shows.

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Sometimes nudes seem like a hard piece to style, but for me they are a match made in heaven. I have a habit of buying crazy prints over and over, for every piece, and then never having anything in my wardrobe to bring an outfit down from bag lady to bad lady status.

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This ASOS bodysuit is a perfect match for so many pieces in my wardrobe that were unwearable unless paired with a basic black top. The skin-tight silhouette means it can be paired with even the most drastic flare, or frayed hem. Layered under floral kimonos or printed pants and skirts, ruffles, split hems and even skin-tight sport luxe pieces or skinny jeans and leather jackets. The colour also adds some sophistication to a look while keeping it current.

How Negative Space can Amp Up Your Creativity | Ellen Bourne

Image (5)The Japanese concept of ‘Ma’ means negative space, both in the physical and metaphysical forms. Negative space is the place in our minds where we turn experience in to story, it’s also the space between our desk and bed that defines work and relaxation, or the emptiness that sorts the focal point of an artwork into the rule of thirds.

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Tips to open negative space in your life:

  1. Take a mental break: From whatever it is that is cluttering your mind. You can identify what is cluttering your mind by looking for your intuition. In Hawaiian culture the intuition can be defined as the ‘thoughts you keep returning to when you are relaxed’, and a feeling of discomfort roughly around your solar plexus. If you take a mental break by removing the sources of these thoughts and intuitive feelings from your life for a while, you can open space for something creative you are looking to work on. Whether the thing cluttering your mind is work, a boyfriend, or even a friend, choosing to let it go for a week or two can be extremely helpful in guiding you back to a creative space.
  2. Open physical spaces within your home: Remove unnecessary clothing from your wardrobe, or take all your art supplies off the surface of your desk and place them in shelves underneath. The physical manifestation of a clean slate can be just as effective as a closed door or a walk outdoors, bringing you a fresh slew of ideas to mold, and shapes to take out of the air.
  3. Take space away from your usual surroundings: A week off work the truly soak in the Ma and Hygge in your own home can often seem like a luxury. I recently took six weeks off work and it feels amazing. You know how a two week holiday never really seems like enough? It’s because it takes your brain a while to remove the stressful space in your mind designated for you work worries – from commuting to office gossip. I always feel so relaxed by week two of the holiday groove, but then it’s over! I’m currently halfway through a six week staycation and I’ve never cleaned, cooked or decluttered more!

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Photos by Jocelyn Patricia. Outfit: Jacket: Vintage Adidas, Bra: Cotton On Body, Skirt: Puma

The Wardrobe Overhaul (Part 2):

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Welcome to part two of my wardrobe de-clutter and style overhaul series. This is all about how to figure out your personal style. Once you’ve rummaged through your wardrobe and chucked out everything from flapper dresses to mouldy old hoodies you haven’t seen since 2011, it’s time to work out, based on what we’ve learned so far, what you really want to wear.

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  1. ¬†Create Pinterest Boards: Creating pinterest boards regarding fashion can help point out what you actually like in outfits. Deconstruct the pictures you have saved to see what you like in each outfit, and what reoccurs as a general theme across the board. I was surprised when I created my own boards, how similar they still were to the style I always loved when I was sixteen: Slouchy vintage concert tees, distressed denim, black, leather boots and some sport luxe and boho-chic mixed in. I’m such a cliche.
  2. Stick to a colour palette: My colour palette is pretty simple, black, white, navy and denim, with some pastel pink, blue and silver mixed in. Then in winter I add touches of brown, burgundy and olive green. I made this colour palette up years ago and I rarely stray from it.
  3. Look at your basics: Basics can change across lifestyles and personalities. To be fair not all basics are the same. Most people would suggest that button up blouses, jeans, blazers, leather jackets and trousers are basic items. We choose the styles we want them in (give me all the slouch! All the satin!) and the accessories and layers we want to add to define our personal style. You and I might both own the same black jeans and white t-shirt, but maybe my white t-shirt is always paired with vintage Oriental kimono’s and lacy black bra’s peeking through the fabric, while yours boasts a slouchy grey cardigan and hermes scarf. Basics are in-fact the base of any outfit you want to put together. Tops and jeans, skirts and trousers, and shoes.
  4. Consider your lifestyle: I don’t need a ridiculous amount of formal wear. I like to hang out in cafes and go for walks , and I work from home. Events are rare and photo-shoots offer styling on the day. When looking through my wardrobe I found that I was missing a lot of versatile casual wear that would come in handy for creating polished every day looks.
  5. Think of the next few basics you need: After clearing out my closets and listing all the items left over, I found that I did not own a single white blouse or T-shirt, crew neck jumper, or any black boots, despite all my pinterest boards pointing me toward that relaxed rock and roll and sport luxe style. I found that I wanted to pick up some plain tops and hoodies, as well as some dressier leggings and joggers for daily wear. I also wanted some slouchy T-shirts, and denim shorts for summer.
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Hat: H&M, Top: Boohoo, Leather Jacket: ASOS, Pants: H&M

Photos by Jocelyn Patricia

Happy de-cluttering!