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interview / corrupting miffy images / flourished & sunkissed WHITE / SEPTEMBER 2013


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my name is

MELISSA i'm a

FULL TIME MEDIA STUDENT, PART TIME RETAIL SLAVE & PERPETUAL INTERN by day & blogger at

FLOURISHED AND SUNKISSED

by night    


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Undefined  at  this  point  in  time.  It  changes  depending  on  my  mood.   Sometimes  it  will  be  quite  girly,  other  times  I’ll  dress  like  a  guy.   I  think  it’s  hard  to  pinpoint  my  style  especially  based  on  the  outfits     I  post  on  the  blog.  They  have  the  tendency  to  do  complete  360s  in   their  inspiration.     Simple,  wearable,  functional  and  basic  is  probably  what  comes  to   mind.  I’m  probably  most  comfortable  in  a  tee  shirt,  jeans  and     Converse.  Ideally  I  could  see  myself  mixing  Parisian  editor  chic     with  Scandi  European  blogger  cool.  One  day.          


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BLOG. I  started  reading  blogs  during  my  short-­‐lived  vintage  phase.   My  top  eBay  vintage  sellers  (Gary  Pepper,  Tuula  and     Spin  Dizzy  Fall)    all  had  blogs  to  complement  their  stores     and  eventually  thought  I  may  as  well  give  it  a  go.     I  didn’t  have  a  hobby  coming  out  of  high  school   so  I  figured  blogging  would  fill  that  void.   Two  years  down  the  track  and  I’m  still  surprised   I  managed  to  keep  it  alive  for  that  long.  


The blog was initially a way to practise and showcase my fashion writing…it has since become this combination of my personal style, trend commentary, designer interviews and runway interviews.


WHAT IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY YOUR BLOG HAS GIVEN YOU? I  would  love  to  say  working  with  (insert  cool  label  here)     but  that  hasn’t  happened  quite  yet.  It’s  definitely  given  me     a  leg  up  into  the  fashion  industry  (whether  I  actually  want     to  work  in  it  or  not  is  an  entirely  different  story)  and  I’ve     been  able  to  make  some  great  connections  with  talented     creative  and  like-­‐minded  people  along  the  way.     Probably  the  best  opportunity  however,  is  what  I  had  initially     intended  the  blog  to  be:  a  portfolio.  I  can  say  that  it  has     impressed  employers  during  the  recruitment  process  –  the     fact  that  you’re  able  to  dedicate  yourself  to  a  project  over  a     long  period  of  time  and  show  how  well  you  can  communicate     and  manage  ‘your  brand’.  My  blog  is  more  than  just  posting     gratuitous  pictures  of  yourself  prancing  around  in  nice  clothes.        

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Anything.  It  sounds  cliché  but  I  always  keep  my  eyes  and     ears  open  for  any  inspiration  that  may  come  my  way.     Usually  it’s  an  image,  fashion  editorial,  quote,  typography,     feel-­‐good  movie  or  song  lyrics.  In  terms  of  blogging  I  just   like  to  post  about  what  peaks  my  interest  at  a  certain  point     in  time.  That’s  the  great  thing  about  having  your  own  blog     –  you’re  free  to  be  inspired  by  whoever  or  whatever  you  want.        

 


IF YOU WERE TO INVITE ONE PERSON TO HAVE TEA WITH, WHO WOULD IT BE? Leandra  Medine.  I  have  ridiculous  amounts  of  respect  and  admiration  for  someone   who  can  stay  so  grounded  in  an  industry  that  sometimes  thinks  what  it  does  saves   lives.  Fashion  shouldn’t  be  serious.  Her  writing  is  honest,  truthful,  makes  a  statement   but  is  presented  in  such  a  witty,  light-­‐hearted  manner.     I’d  probably  ask  her  about  her  journey  from  journalism  major  to  full  time  blogger,   pick  her  brains  about  her  road  to  success,  suss  out  details  about  her  upcoming  book   release  and  pitch  to  her  the  possibility  of  me  being  her  personal  assistant.  No  harm   in  trying  right?      

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS’ TIME? I’d  love  to  be  living  the  dream,  whatever  that  may  be  for  me.  I  haven’t  quite  figured   that  one  out  yet  but  I’m  trusting  that  I’ll  find  my  higher  calling  eventually.   Well-­‐travelled  hopefully,  having  visited  all  the  Disneyland’s  and  Disneyworld’s   around  the  globe  along  with  crossing  off  some  of  my  must-­‐visit  destinations   including  NYC,  Barcelona,  Amsterdam  and  Paris.  I  hope  to  be  at  the  top  of  my  field,   working  for  the  best  of  the  best  in  the  industry.  Consequently  this  would  lead  to  me     owning  some  fancy  apartment  with  my  own  walk-­‐in  wardrobe.  Stocked  up  of  course.  


from L to R: Bassike striped tee, Nars tinted moisturiser, Aesop mandarin moisturiser, J Brand black skinny jeans, Isabel Marant wedge sneakers

FIVE ITEMS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT RIGHT NOW

favourite quote?

THERE ARE FAR BETTER THINGS AHEAD THAN ANYTHING WE LEAVE BEHIND.

TOP THREE THINGS ON YOUR WISHLIST from L to R: Valentino rockstar studded heels, Chloe Susannah boots, Chanel canvas espadrilles


FAVOURITES WITH MELISSA

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artist: Lana Del Rey, Alt-J, Disclosure, Lorde, CHVRCHES, Major Lazer

blog: Song of Style, Sincerely Jules, AfterDRK, Style Scrapebook, Man Repeller

brand: Rag & Bone, J Brand, Zimmerman

cafe: The Baron & Youeni in my hood, Castle Hill. 485 in Surry Hills

place to escape: My car. Driving down a highway blasting my favourite tracks.

place to shop: Shopbop, Green with Envy

song: Summertime Sadness - Lana Del Rey

book: I’m not an avid reader but I’m currently working my way through the Steve Jobs biography and loving it.

things to do on a rainy day: Drink tea, eat pasta, hide under the covers and watch an entire season of a TV show (preferably the O.C. or Sex and the City). IMAGES SOURCED FROM PINTEREST



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