This blog is about my personal style and fashion, I express my views on the fashion industry and clothing from different cultures and eras. I am an eco-fashion designer and seamstress so I focus on sustainability and 90% of my clothing is second hand. All pictures are modelled and photographed by me unless otherwise mentioned.
These are a few of the outfits I wore last week at Luminate Festival. Photos taken by the amazing Isaac Henry. He's my new official fashion blog photographer!
Day 1: Please excuse my ridiculously cheesy smile. I was stoked because we'd just finished setting up our new home (tent) for the week. I'm wearing the denim top that I made out of a secondhand dress and a pair of amazing silk patchwork drop-crotch pants I bought at the last Luminate Festival two years ago. Isaac gave me the useful tip of wetting my top to stay cool as it was almost unbearably hot that day.
Day 2: Mirror selfie! Featuring Gemma looking majestic in the background, wearing the amazing antlers she makes. I'm wearing the sunflower top that I made recently and a skirt I bought ages ago at Trash Palace. I'm really into crop tops at the moment. This photo was taken in the stall I was working at, my friend Briar's shop 'Rethreads.' Me and some friends also sold a few of our own creations there.
NOTE: On day's 3 & 4: it rained like crazy so I didn't manage to take any photos, but I was just wearing boring warm clothes so you're not missing much.
Day 5: Embracing the sun when it finally came back out! Wearing my yellow corduroy jacket, tie-dye tights from Gemma and my space top which I made out of a secondhand t-shirt from Briar.
Day 6: This is one of my favourite shots that Isaac took of me. The tie-dye top has a good story... I was on my way to visit my friend's campsite when I passed a young woman chilling by her tent, I complimented on the top she was wearing and her reply was "Oh thank you, I've actually got some more if you want to buy for $5 each?" So I bought one and Gemma ended up getting one aswell. The red fishnet cardigan I bought from an opshop in Newtown and the scarf from Whirled in Nelson. The skirt is one of Gemma's creations, it's made of silk and she's dyed it naturally with onion skins, red cabbage and various other food waste products.
Day 7: On the last day of the festival I traded Briar's Vagabond (her new brand name which is replacing Rethreads) crochet cardigan for a few hours working in her stall. She hand dyed it using pieces of iron and leaves. The dress is from Trash Palace and the elephant belt is from the Vinnies in Aro Valley.
Make sure you always pack a range of clothing to any festival/camping trip! You can never be too sure what the weather will be like - we had scorching hot sun, days of rain and mud and freezing cold wind, so being prepared is essential. I hope you enjoyed my special festival style blog post. Let me know what you think... The rest of the photos will be up soon on my facebook pageManiana's Style.
Yesterday I made this top out of some old fabric that's been lying around for years (mum says it was probably once my grandma's). I'm so exited because it's one of the first pieces I've made totally from scratch, even creating my own pattern for it. It wasn't actually made to fit me, I was planning to sell it, but I think I've fallen in love... This is probably my favourite piece of clothing I've ever made.
Photography is by the amazing Isaac Henry, thanks so much babe. He's going to be doing alot more of my fashion photography for me because I'm sick of using a tripod and self timer. Speaking of, I have lots of exiting plans for this blog and the future of my style so watch this pace... Also I'm so sorry, I realize that I haven't posted anything here since September 2014!
I'm heading to a Luminate Festival today, for eight days, and I'm planning to photograph my outfits each day and create some kind of blog series out of that for you, along with must haves for festivals etc. Also I'll be helping out in my friend's stall Rethreads where she sells her amazing clothing all made out of secondhand fabrics. I might even be selling some of my own creations alongside her brand. So if you're coming up, come visit me! Eek! I can't wait!
I hope you enjoy my second video blog post. I know my hand gestures are as awkward as my kiwi accent, but I hope you can still understand what I mean. I enjoyed visiting Wellington so much, the opshops, the people, the music, the parties and just everything about it is wonderful. I definitely plan on spending more time up there next year. Thanks so much Gem for giving me a place to stay and so many awesome clothes! You're the best.
So I've never worn these pants out anywhere because there's some things that, even for me, are just too intense! But I thought it was about time because look, they are just too amazing not to share with you guys. This is actually a two piece but there's no way I could pull of both the top and pants together. If you're wondering where I found them they were actually a gift from my grandmother in Austria. I love the whole design of these, from the pockets and reversed leather panels down the side, to the pleats and the domes and the way I've folded up the bottoms.
The shoes I'm wearing are my brand new Jeffery Cambells! I'd been wanting a pair of these for ages and as I was wandering around Nelson with my friend I followed her into a shoe shop and there they were for only $75! They're normally around $200 so I was pretty stoked. I love that they're platforms because I suck at walking in heels but they are so comfortable and don't hurt my feet. And if you've seen how tall my boyfriend is you'll understand why I'm so exited that I'm up to his chin now!
I'm wearing two tops layered because the fishnet one was a bit revealing on it's own and I think the hint of red underneath ties it all together. I would've worn a jacket with this but it was soooo hot in my room, yay this means summer almost here!
Well I had fun editing these, especially the last one. Cheers Isaac for assisting me for a few of them. I felt like doing something a bit different so I played around with some settings on my camera doing alot of movement based stuff. I experimented with layering photos on top of eachother which you'll see some more of when I upload them to my facebook page Maniana's Style.
I've been meaning to do a post with these pants for a while but could never find anything to go with them. Then I thought instead of just wearing them with some boring colours to make them stand out, I'd wear my bronze jacket and stand in front of a gold curtain instead. Typical Maniana logic really. Some will think it's a horrible combination I'm sure but I love things that catch people's eye, even if that's not in a good way.
I got these pants at Ladybug Boutique in Nelson (formally The Great Mistake) and this jacket was an old dress of my mum's. My Johnny Depp t-shirt is from Booklovers, one of my favourite shops in Nelson, and I put the mesh top over it which I scored at Trash Palace in Takaka. You can't see it in any of these shots but the belt has little elephants on it, I got it last time I was in Wellington at the Aro Valley opshop. The yin-yang necklace I made with a bit of ribbon and a bead I found at Whirled, which is also where I bought the bracelet.
Here it is finally, my surprise for you! The video basically says it all. Do not judge my technical abilities too harshly as I'm still learning how to edit videos, and half of this is filmed on my webcam and the rest on my cellphone.
I just wanted to share my creative process with you and thanks again for all your support. I had heaps of fun making this, I hope you enjoy! And feel free to subscribe to my new Youtube channel!
Today was fun, and I have a surprise for you which will be ready in the next few days hopefully! I've tried something new and I'm really exited to show you guys! But I will sshh for now...
Gemma gave me this wonderful jacket. The red crop-top and these gorgeous pants are from the Salvation Army opshop in Nelson. I love the shape of these pants and they have a sneaky zipper that's hidden in one of the pockets.
These images were taken around the old caravan that we've had since before I was born. A couple of my relatives from Austria painted it like this, I think the fish are awesome!