Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ayla for sans pareil

A few weeks ago, my friend Ayla came over and I took some pictures of her. Some were for my label, sans pareil; and some were for her modelling portfolio.

This also gave me a chance to work on my Photoshop skills and basically just have a play. 

I did the photography, styling and editing for all of the following images. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Babes and Bikes - Colin checks out biker style in Melbourne

Ah Melbourne, such a great city to live in. The public transport is great, so you would you need to own an automobile? Generally, you wouldn't, unless of course you have something special to get you from A to B in style. For me this involves riding my motorbike, a true café racer.


The term café racer developed among British motorcycling enthusiasts enthusiasts of the early 1960s, specifically the Rocker (or ton-up boy) subculture. The term describes a style of motorcycle for quick rides from one cafe to another. Café  Racers were also common in Italy, France and other European countries. By the 1970's Japanese cafe racers stormed the scene but shortly after this the style became unpopular due to the rise of sports bikes. Also, cafe racers by the drive to personalise and highly modify meant the often became uncomfortable to ride in the pursuit of aesthetics.

What I love best about it is its modified world war one headlight.

Here are some other beauties I have spotted online.

What to wear? Vintage! Look at these googles, steam punk before steam punk was even a thing.

Personally, I love these vintage baby blues.
As for jackets, you can go with the classic leather jacket, traditional worn one size too small. However, I have my eyes on another type of jacket, the type that I believe most gentlemen motorcyclists would wear a Belstaff jacket. Belstaff, a British brand, founded in Longton, Staffordshire in 1924. They make many styles but the one I am particularly fond of is the military style waxed cotton with plaid lining. They come in both his and hers so you both can trend it like Beckham.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Clearly Style Ambassador

I was lucky enough to be asked by Clearly Glasses to be a style ambassador - which was fricken awesome! 
I was sent this pair of Chloe frames which are just the best. 

It was also great because I had to take some pictures of me wearing them, send them in and they were published on the website with this very official looking sticker. Oh, and they interviewed me.

It's official! 

Here is the link to the website where you can read my full interview. apart from my pictures making me look super angry (It was windy and cold and winter - gross) I'm pleased with the outcome!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kate Sylvester turns 21

Apologies for the lack of action on sans pareil over the last two weeks. The site has been down for maintenance- but now we are back up and better than ever! 

Lets get down to business; just before sans pareil went down, I attended the Kate Sylvester 21st party- which was super rad and I got a kawaii necklace goodie - celebrating the 21st year of the iconic NZ label. 

If you're from the other side of the world, then you're probably not familiar with the New Zealand culture of the '21st'. Basically, it's a cross between a birthday party and a prom.

This was the theme of course, of the night. Set up like a classic Kiwi 21st - in a hall, set with cake and decorations - the night was a great way to reign in 21 years of the label.

I managed to snap some pics of the night and also some industry peeps!
New Zealand's Next Top Model judge and all-round man about town, Colin Mathura-Jeffree

Paul Blomfield and the man behind the woman and label, Wayne Conway.

The very lovely Carolyn Enting, editor of Mindfood magazine. 

 Myself and Colin

Colin illustrates how to eat a pork roast.
Sparekles before most of the guests arrive (believe me, it got busy as HELL). 
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Colin checks out the latest in men's rings

William Llewellyn Griffiths. 

Everyone's favourite Melbourne man, Colin, has a look at the AMAZING rings of William Llewellyn Griffiths. 

Ring-a-ding-ding. Men's rings. One of the hardest things for a man to pull off but also one of the most rewarding, if done well.

Johnny Depp recently caused quite a stir when he was gadding around town with his new diamond engagement ring. There was a lot of internet heat about his feminine style ring however we all know Johnny Depp can do no wrong. In the picture below we see the interesting juxtaposition, that is actually quite fetching.

Johnny Depp flashing some major hand bling.

Interestingly enough The first well-documented use of a diamond ring to signify engagement was also by a man. The Archduke Maximilian of Austri awore it in imperial court of Vienna in 1477, upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy. This then influenced those of higher social class and of significant wealth to give diamond rings to their loved ones.
However not all of us are royalty or Johnny Depp so a word of warning to men out there. If in doubt play it safe but not too safe, gawd dam it! The hard part is to find something that isn't too butch and doesn't look too cheap and nasty. My personal favourite jeweller is based in Melbourne, Metal Couture. Just look at this bad ass ship ring which I proudly wear for my day to day ain't no thang kind of life.
It's like inception, but with boats. 

William Llewellyn Griffiths (prodigious name, prodigious jeweller) owner and designer in chief is truly exceptional and highly unique in his designs and I wholeheartedly commend his store to you. Which is situated on Gertrude street, in good old Fitzroy (if you pop buy look out for his in store cat!). Just look at this hourglass ring I have my eye on.

Like sand through an hourglass, so are the days of our lives. 

And the great thing is that many of his rings are stackable so you can mix and match...

Fully stacked.

He also has a great online catalogue for all the international playboys out there and an extensive range of jewellery for discerning female as well as male. 

Coming back to male engagement rings. What would I like best? Something vintage of course! Being a man of pretensions to grandeur and a recherche old world charm. And I think the Gimmal ring is perhaps the best of these. This style of ring was most popular during the enlightenment. This style of ring is more of a series of rings that overlap. They evolved to being two hands covering a heart, being very similar to a the Irish Claddagh ring.  

For the fashion-mister in your life. 

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