Friday, November 17, 2017

Dahlia: Rainbow Serpent

The land of generations past, the land of ancient tribes, the land that gives us everything we need but also needs our care in return. The land tells stories, tales of floods and droughts, harvest and new life.

Here in Australia there is one of the oldest cultures of all time. Our Aboriginal tribes have been around for thousands of years, surviving off the land and sharing creation stories for generations. One of my favourite stories of the Dreamtime comes from Arnhem Land. It is the tale of the Rainbow Serpent, who came up from below the ground, and as he moved he shaped mountain and gorges, created valleys and rivers. When I look at this dress from the perfectly named Australian brand "Arnhem" I see the colours of the rainbow, and I am reminded of this tale that has survived the test of time.

Dress by Arnhem
Photography by Katrina Lee Boultwood

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dahlia: Marigold

As Summer begins the dance in the wind, and on the plains of this ancient land, we prepare for the heat, the salt and the storms to come. We prepare for balmy evenings filled with sangria and tapas, salsa and firey sunsets. We prepare to embrace the sun, and to let our skin deepen in colour. This latest project Dahlia celebrates summer, but not a summer on the sand by the beach, a summer on the land, in the golds of the countryside, where Australia shines under the sun and the rain, where storms howl over the landscape and women dance barefoot in the fields.

This first chapter showcases some of the beautiful prints of Spell & The Gypsy Collective, a longtime favourite Australian brand of mine. Spell embraces the femininity of its female customers, and seeks inspiration from places all around the world, including the very landscape many of us call our home. The land of Dahlia.

Dress - Spell Designs
Playsuit - Spell Designs
Jacket - Asos
Belt - Sportsgirl
Boots - Target
Photography - Katrina Lee Boultwood

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Two Seasons

Six months of her (well it's actually seven months now, but #mumlife).

Two seasons of this radiant new soul filling our home with joy, teaching us about ourselves and the world around us more as the days go by.

She rolls and commando crawls,
she gets into cupboards and smashes yoghurt down like it's a competition,
she growls and squeals.

We fall in love with her over and over, as the seasons change and she shows us a little more of her personality. As Spring comes we await the next chapter, her first steps, the many food fights and days spent out in the sun picking flowers and singing those old nursery rhymes.

To capture this moment in time with our darling Froggy we had my friend Natalie take some family photos, at home, where Audrey-Lee spends hours playing, sleeping and growing.

Photos by Natalie Duckett
Audrey-Lee onesie by Arnhem & Socks by Ma Mer
Claire top vintage & jeans by Sportsgirl

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Moonriver: Lady of The Lake

One of the sweetest tragedies is someone who doesn't know how to dream, to imagine, to look beyond what is right in front of them.

Some say the lady of the lake is a dreamer, caught up in fairytales, and a world that is not hers for the taking.

Others say she is a wild thing that can't be tamed, that will never truly be understood.

She is a woman who isn't afraid to explore and experience new things, new ideas, new realities.

Moonriver, is for her.

"Moon river, wider than a mile
I'm crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever you're going, I'm going your way

Two drifters, off to see the world
There's such a lot of world to see
We're after the same rainbow's end, waiting, round the bend
My Huckleberry Friend, Moon River, and me"

Moonriver inspired by the song of the same name

Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Photography by Katrina Lee Boultwood
Makeup by Kristy Wild
Dress worn as skirt - Spell Designs
Jumper - Vintage
Boots - Famous Footwear
Hat - Dotti