in the new year....


It's fun blogging after so long... aaah I missed it!
Not going to bother explaining and give reasons... I guess I have been just sloppy about blogging.

My first year in Perth was overwhelming - in terms of personal style and fashion - there was just too much freedom, the feeling of being liberated, the need to express and experiment with everything. It was exciting at first to have so many options but slowly lead to chaos in my wardrobe - I got too confused and started having a very hard time identifying my personal style. 

The blog helped me archive the looks I tried before, and looking back somehow I didn't feel good... putting together the same looks didn't feel comfortable either.. So I did something to fix it at the end of 2013 and now I'm at peace with my style.... in the new year.

What did I do? Hmmm.. in my next post :)

Top: French Connection
Skirt: Valley girl



Interview: Tirta of Batik Batik

Finally I do an interview post that has been long overdue. Batik-Batik, an Australian label, intrigued me as it's quite different from the other labels I have seen here... art and cultural influences in fashion always attracts my attention and as an Indian, the art of Batik is not unknown to me.
The label came across as very young, new and fresh to me and so I decided to approach the owner and voila! Here's the story of Batik-Batik!

Can you tell us a little about yourself Tirta ?

I am an Indonesian girl who loves natural beauty and comfort; I love good food, good shoes, and a good sleep. The most important thing in life is being the best I can for others. Not being able to make everyone happy should not stop us from not being good towards others :) I live my life working on things I am passionate about and they are Marketing, Business, and Batik Batik. That being said, every single second working on the business has been a real pleasure. And oh, I love puzzles! :)

What is your personal style ?

Street Chic for my daily wear, and just simple elegant styling when it comes to formal occasions. My mood however is the biggest influence on my wardrobe options :)

When Why and How did Batik Batik happen ?

It was almost 2 years ago when I had the thought of creating a fashion label in Australia. I was travelling to work reading a book by Seth Godin called "Purple Cow". I got home in the evening and contacted a lot of people just to shout the idea out :) That is how it started.

What is the greatest inspiration behind Batik Batik ?

Passionate people.

How do you plan your season's collections ?

I co-design all my collections / dresses with my designers who have absolutely exquisite  taste. I would give them the theme which I usually come up with after looking at the trend and mix it with my own designs. Our collections are not simply beautiful dresses. Each of these designs have meanings, they are well-thought, crafted and those who wear them will feel the passion and the hard-work of our team :)

A little about your current collection and styles ?

Our current collection is SPRING/SUMMER Collection 2013-14. The overall theme celebrates the colors of Spring and the silhouette of a woman. This season is full bloom because we’re showcasing exclusive Batik Batik designs that will remind you of the treasures of youthful beauty. Every time we release a collection we make sure it's really distinct from the others but what binds all of them together is Batik. This has been a major component of our designs and I'm very committed to continuing this heritage.

How big is your team and its functions ? 

Batik Batik has a very niche small team. I work with the best people, the ones I completely trust, and they are in Indonesia and Philippines; they know what they are doing, in fact they are FABULOUS at it! I myself supervise the work remotely from Australia. At the moment we are still fine-tuning our system and trying to make everything as feasible and sustainable as possible.

What business aspects are you working on for Batik Batik ?

Definitely a boutique! We are still looking for good opportunities and time to actually put the pretty thoughts into reality :)

What advice would you give to young designers/entrepreneurs who wish to start their own labels ?

Don't stop when you think you can't go any further. Remember, the gold might only be one centimetre deeper when you stop digging.

Do you have any future plans in Perth ? (Tell us about previous relations/work/businesses in Perth if any)

I would really love to bring Batik Batik to Perth! We always love the thought of partnering up with like-minded fashionistas and business owners. We would love to be doing something fun together with Perth's lovely people. :)

Check out the Batik Batik website and blog here



Times Square Claremont Fashion Launch SS14

Finally I do this blog post and I hope I'm not the last one doing it ;)

I absolutely love attending Times Square Claremont events.... firstly they are just too much fun - from yummy macarons last time to a lolly buffet this time - not to forget the Times Square special white lady cocktail... Secondly it's a place where all the bloggers are sure to get together - each time I get to know someone a little more - all thanks to Nikola! :)

Spring/Summer is here and so are the stunning collections at the Claremont shops by some amazing local designers and brands.. with fashion that covers everything from lace to sequins, from structure to flow, from solids to prints - they have got it all! The runway showcase consisted of collections from Ruth Tarvydas, Betty Tran, Jomay Cao, Ae'lkemi, Poppy Lissiman and more. 

Tried to capture the real fun... hope you get the picture!




Summer Wait

This is my 101st Post and my blog completed a year.... on 8th October... again was busy and planned posts took all my time and I almost forgot my blog's anniversary :(

I'm really clue-less as to how to celebrate it... so if you guys have any suggestions, any ideas or some special requests I can try and do that as a celebration... I really want to do something special because my blog has really been such an important and contributing part of my system... but what?? Do give me some suggestions... I too am brain-storming! :)

As my 101st post I am welcoming the beautiful summer of Perth - that we get to experience in installments these days... I post my maxi dress-look!

I have been looking for one forever... last year I didn't find any that would make me happy... I wanted something that is ultra comfortable... I don't like the ones with elastic at the waist or under-bust, it just never fits right and is always uncomfortable...Also I wanted prints! This one has the perfect warm colours with a mix of lovely ethnic prints... so meee! :)

Being a look I did after so long... I forgot the blogger styled poses that I had managed to master a few months ago... now I'm back to where I started... but I had fun shooting nonetheless... Which also means lots of pictures!



Fashion in Wonderland - Curious and Curiouser Charity Fashion event

I met Asha and Michelle of Memoir Connect many months ago in regards to the show, these two were so confident and enthusiastic about everything that I was so curious to see how the show would turn up and got curiouser when the show was postponed to October :P
I am so happy and awestruck beyond words to see what these two young girls managed to put together, especially it being their first show... Amazing show, beautifully organised - from the venue to the staging, from the delicious food platters to the yummy cup cakes, from the magic show to the live singing and the fashion showcase featuring emerging WA designers of course. 
Designers showcased were  Samantha Abbott, Seth Cray, Ann Le, Arina Khoo, Audrey Kim, Estelle.G, Sylvia. S&S by Shreeja & Shweta , Petra Vanessie , Evador, Clover, A Story Of and The Butcher and The Crow 
The Alice in Wonderland theme was charmingly maintained through out.

Lots of pictures to follow!

The Super-Girls behind the show!

The Mad Hatter Compering!

The Wonderland Magician Jon Madd

Hoping to be a part of many more shows organised by Memoir Connect!