I first met Kat Atkins, the effortlessly cools brains and brawn behind One Leaf Jewelry when I was completing my Education and Visual Arts degrees. We both lived on campus in the same dormitory. Kat was a bundle of energy, a total livewire, passionate about colour, nature, and she saw beauty in details. Little did I know she would become a designer of some of the most unique, inspired, beautiful and straight up COOL jewelry I’ve ever seen. I interviewed her to see what makes her tick. First of all, how did you come up with the name ‘One Leaf’? [...]
With Fashion Week in full swing, there is a lot of focus in the media on body shapes, weight, and ultimately the impact this has on body image and eating disorders. Models are being criticised for being too thin, unhealthy role models etc. With the statistics of eating disorders on the rise, and “90 per cent of young people in Australia and around the world unhappy with their weight and shape” (The Daily Telegraph), I’m not surprised at this outrage and support to change modelling standards. Butterfly Foundation’s CEO Christine Morgan in an interview on the Today Show likened the fashion industry to “drug [...]
When we are young, we often don’t think about the person we will be when we are 30 or 40. In fact, we don’t even think of ourselves reaching that age. It all seems to come back to the stigma attached to growing old. But, it doesn’t have to be such a bad thing. We often hear middle aged women talk about how young people should, ‘live while you have the chance’, or thinking aloud with, ‘I wish I was your age again.’ Why do they have such strong views on youth? It’s one of two things: the regret of [...]
Last week a Dove ad went viral and while Mandi has given her opinion, I wished to give mine. It features a forensic artist drawing a number of “real women” without seeing them – he draws by the women’s description. The women describe their perceived flaws rather than their best features. “Tell me about your chin?” the artist asks one woman. “It kind of protrudes a little when I smile”, she says. “Your jaw?” he asks another. “My mother told me I have a big jaw” she replies. After this first drawing session, the women are encouraged to spend time with [...]
This week has been, and will continue to be, a busy one. After pulling on my jeans last Thursday morning only to discover they were ripped right in the crotch (stylish, no?) I began my search for the ‘right’ jeans. I had pretty specific ideas of what I wanted in this pair of jeans. They had to be tight, stretchy enough that I could move comfortably, long enough to scrunch a little at the ankle, dark blue in colour, super skinny and high waisted. Not a long list of requirements at all! It took 3 different shopping trips with the [...]
As part of the Dove “Real Beauty” campaign, they devised a clever way to sneak the message directly into the hands of those who can change our retouching culture. In case you can’t watch the video, Dove used a popular Photoshop plugin site to put up their free “Beautify” plugin that appeared to make the model’s skin glow. Instead what it did was undo all the photoshopping done to revert the image to the original and add the message “Don’t manipulate our image of real beauty”. What do you think of this campaign?
Today I’d like to share with you a face scrub I made up. The best one I’ve found – it’s natural, it’s cheap and it can actually be made from things you already have in your pantry. My skin is really sensitive. Like, touch it with mint body wash and be covered in red lumps and bumps for 2 weeks sensitive. So when I wanted a facial scrub I had to be careful about what I put on my face. In my time I’ve tried a few different face scrubs, everything from St Ives Apricot Scrub to Chanel Gommage Microperle [...]