Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Happy New Year


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?

V wears
Dress: Mary Katrantzou; Jade pendant: Shu Han of London; Amethyst and Aventurine earrings: V&A Museum
Mr V wears
Shirt: Full Circle; Jeans: Uniqlo

25 comments:

  1. I understand the instinctual return to black and neutral clothing, especially in winter. My trick is to have a fall-back, or dare I say "signature", color. That way, it feels completely normal and even neutral to wear it. Mine is red, and I don't even think about using it nowadays. Other colors, however . . . can seem quite strange right now unless it's a print of a dress.

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    1. Happy New Year AA! Red would be a good alternative to dark colours in the winter for me too. I think my mistake has been to buy all my warm layering pieces in the same dark neutrals to make the layering an easy thing to do - maybe investing in a bright red coat somewhere down the line would make sense.

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  2. Simply spectacular photos! Wow! Glad you lasted through the heat : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I or Mr V can't take credit for the photos this time - Happy New Year to you!

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  3. happy new year! the fire works look fabulous. My wardrobe resolution is to buy and spend less on clothing.

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    1. and to you! Buy and spend less on clothing is actually one I should be doing too! thanks for reminding me!

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  4. Happy New Year! Wow! Great photos!

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  5. Your colorful dress looks really beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful new year. I've missed seeing your posts.

    I don't have any resolutions regarding wardrobe except to spend less. I intend to continue wearing lots of black and cream and maybe a little grey, navy and brown....but mostly black and cream. My all time favorite combination.

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    1. Interesting! Another spend less resolution - 2 out of 5 so far, hmmm wonder how many more are thinking the same?

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  6. Happy New Year, V! Great dress, and I love your brother's fireworks and night skyline photos. I haven't made or re-committed myself to any new ones, but wearing more colour is an awesome resolution.

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  7. Fabulous photos and I love that beautifully colored dress.

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  8. Fabulous photos, V. And thanks for the link to Browns and the glorious color -- now I feel like I need more too!

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  9. Gorgeous photos! Really amazing!

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  10. Happy New Year and welcome back! Great photos. Always more color yeah. More drawing, more sewing, less spending - the usual.

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  11. Happy New Year, V! Your bro is very talented- this pics are ah-mazing! Wear more color, eh? I think I could add that one to mine as well. Other is to accept body as is, and still celebrate it. And of course the big one is sitting on your sidebar. My money. My mouth. Committed to doing my part, whatever that may be to be a more sustainable individual, and less of a "consumer."

    Wishing us both a very colorful 2013!

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  12. Beautiful photos and Happy New Year!! Color is wonderful, but I'm still madly in love with my black/charcoal palette; just include lots of leather, cashmere, and silver. I never get tired of it, personally. You've got some fabulous pieces that fall into that category and I'm always dumbstruck with admiration.

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  13. Hi my dear! Happy New Year to you and you look amazing in your Mary Katrantzou dress, its gorgeous! Faboulous photos too! xxx

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  14. There you are! So glad you had a happy family New Year. Poor camera ... but now you get to buy another one, guilt free! Beautiful Katrantzou dress ... looks so perfect on you. She's right up there with my favorite designers to appreciate. Nobody designs for prints like she does.
    You're my other friend *dan undah*. The other is in New Zealand, and does post production special effects, most recently on "The Hobbit" (I'm currently hobbit-centric, which feels every bit as weird as it sounds...)and currently working on "Walking with Dinosaurs." I don't get around much, but glad I know people who do!
    Keep blogging as time permits!

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  15. Happy New year. Feliz 2013 y gracias por tu precioso comentario..
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  16. I always think you wear colour really well. Happy New Year!

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  17. Welcome back from the blog hiatus too! You look wonderfully colorful in the summer Karantzou dress. (I have several friends from Sydney whom I always see t-shirt clad on Facebook. Then, I get amazed by the universe's magic, endowing the southern hemisphere with the complete opposite season to the northern hemisphere's! )

    I'm glad to hear you got to be with your grandmother and family over the holidays too. One of my cousins just said that her mom used to say "My family is my wealth." Here's to a new year and more opportunities to be with family and good friends! - J xxxx

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  18. The sky is absolutely fantastic.

    My wardrobe related... right now I decided to not do any fashion shopping for the next 6 months! I would like to save up for something fabulous. Maybe Palais Royale fur...?

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  19. The sky is amazing...the colors.
    I don't make resolutions, haven't for years.
    Belated happy new year to you!

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