Happy New Year everyone! Sorry if you thought I had fallen off the end of the earth with the radio silence. Well almost! Australia is not quite at the end of the earth, but possibly getting close. Will be trying to get around to say hi to everyone eventually on your blogs. Since getting back to London 2013 is already proving to be an insanely busy year for me and it seems like every time I've sat down to do some blog related things I've got to attend to something else!
Here are some photos of my New Year's Eve, spent in the city I pretty much grew up in - Perth, Western Australia. We had a little family gathering on the balcony of a flat on the South Perth foreshore to eat, drink and be merry and were treated to a rather spectacular sky show. First there was a giant golden moon rising serenely above the Burswood Casino bathing the river and the foreshore in its glow, and then when the clock struck midnight there was a fantastic fireworks display that set the night sky ablaze with colour.
These photos by the way, have been taken by my irritatingly talented younger brother (who makes taking photos of fireworks look deceptively easy). Unfortunately shortly after Christmas I dropped my own camera while on holiday and it stopped working! Thank God for travel insurance....
We endured a record breaking heatwave while we were visiting with more than a week of forty degree days. The last sequence of four photos were taken by lil' bro a couple of days before New Year's Eve, just as a storm was rolling into Perth, bringing with it the promise of rain and relief from the heat. We sat on the balcony and watched the changing colours of the sunset with the rumble and crackle of thunder and lightning over the Perth skyline wishing hard for rain. Well the rain never came - a cool breeze graced us with it's presence for a while, but all too soon it returned to being still, hot and dry. All the same, sunset on a hot summer's night over the Perth skyline is a marvellous thing. Throw in a thunderstorm and it becomes something truly magical.
Has anyone made any New Year's resolutions? Or dare I ask - even broken them already? I'm not usually one for making them but on perusing the online sales I came across some fairly compelling wardrobe related ones on the Browns Fashion site. The first one was "Wear More Colour".
This is something I've been trying to do since the summer and while I was in Oz I did pretty well. I only packed a handful of black items in my suitcase, most of which was underwear. The rest was colour-tastic. However on touching down in dark, cold, grey London the first thing I did was revert to my usual uniform of black, navy and grey for work. After spending this short second summer in the southern hemisphere wearing lots of bright colour, it was more than a bit of a let down. So I think I need to be more mindful of how to wear more colour even when I'm not in a hot country. But you know - I say this every year. Maybe "Wear More Colour" should be less New Year resolution and more mantra I repeat daily to invoke a sea change!
One thing I love about Perth is the light there and the way colour appears to be almost hyper real - I keep looking back at my brother's photos of the city - the glittering fireworks against an inky sky, the vibrant colours of the sunset bleeding into one another, from the iridescent pinks to the deepening blues, that colourful rainbow of twinkling jewel tones from the city lights reflected in the Swan River at night. My home city seems to have kindly provided me with perfect mood board material to serve as a source of inspiration for a New Year's wardrobe resolution!
Any wardrobe related resolutions for 2013 you'd care to share?
Dress: Mary Katrantzou; Jade pendant: Shu Han of London; Amethyst and Aventurine earrings: V&A Museum
Mr V wears
Shirt: Full Circle; Jeans: Uniqlo