The Evolution of Animal Print

~ A LESS THAN SPOTLESS TRACK RECORD ~ The last decade has seen animal print resurge from near extinction to claim a lion’s share of the fashion kingdom. Today, our concrete jungles are teaming with python prints, zebra stripes and the leopard’s rosette. The twenty-first century has seen almost every major fashion institution emulate something…

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Too Much of a Good Thing

~ ELISE AND I HAD ONE HOUR TO SPARE ~ The effervescent Elise Polito, aesthete and creator of fancy florals, stopped by Melbourne for a quick visit. She and I ruminated on whether having too much of a good thing was actually possible. We arrived at the conclusion that you can indeed ‘overdose’ on the…

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Diving In

~ CELEBRATING STARTING FROM THE BEGINNING ~ January 31 marked the 1st birthday of my blog, Shoshington: 12 months, 13 photo shoots, 14 posts, 15,000+ words, and many awkward hair phases. What started out as a therapist-prescribed salve for my burnt-out brain, soon turned into a love affair with words; one which, in part, helped…

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Grease 2 Empowers its Female Characters

~ A GIF-HEAVY EXPLORATION OF FEMINISM, & FASHION, IN GREASE 2 ~ Many of you will not be acquainted with one of my all-time favourite films: a little sequel by the name of Grease 2. Despite flopping spectacularly at the box office, and being scoffed at by critics worldwide, there is actually so much to love about…

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Sitting Down to a Visual Feast

~ INTERVIEW & PHOTO SHOOT WITH ELISE POLITO ~ Sydney-based florist, Elise Polito, arrives at my apartment wearing pastel coloured jeans blazoned (rather appropriately) with large flower prints, and a smile like sunshine. “Oh, the camellias around here are just stunning at the moment!” she declares. Her enthusiasm is contagious, she carries it throughout her…

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Turn to the Dark Side

~ I WORE ONLY BLACK FOR A WEEK (AND WAS ENLIGHTENED) ~ I recently attended Dark Mofo, a winter solstice festival in Hobart, which brings to light the darker side of the arts (read all about it here). I deemed it the perfect occasion to take a walk on the shady side, so when packing my…

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Dark Mofo

~ CELEBRATING THE DARKER THINGS IN LIFE ~ I just returned from the mystical, tenebrous world that is Dark Mofo – a winter solstice festival in Hobart blending music, art, mythology and food with light-filled darkness. Organised by the people responsible for MONA, it’s as if art, light and sound flooded out from the museum…

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My Online Shopping Addiction

~ FOUR HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO ONLINE SHOPPING ~ Online shopping has a lot in common with childbearing*. You carry something around in your wish list for months, that feeling of want growing bigger and heavier each day. You fantasise about your future with this garment – how it’s going to feel, how it will potentially show…

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I Got it From My Mumma

~ WEARING MY MUM’S CLOTHES SINCE I COULD WALK ~ There are so many reasons I am grateful for my mother: her untiring devotion to her family, her positive outlook on life (even after a lifetime of adversity), her ridiculous exaggerations while regaling her audience with life events, and her unwavering moral compass. My mum…

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Trans-seasonal Dressing

~ MAKING YOUR SUMMER AND WINTER WARDROBE WORK AS A TEAM ~ ‘Tis the season to dress between seasons! It’s my favourite time of year to construct an outfit because you get to layer your clothing without feeling like James McElver trying to avoid an excess luggage fee on his EasyJet flight to Glasgow. Trans-seasonal dressing allows you an…

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