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(Teal)quila Mockingbird

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Tequila Mockingbird is an actual drink, I discovered it a few years ago when I was passing by the cocktail section of a bookstore and I looked at the title and thought how punny. Today we’re not talking about alcohol but er maybe we should because of the questionable hyper poses seen in this post. Instead¬†we’re talking about my favourite colour: robin egg’s blue. It’s basically a more washed out version of teal, hence my clever double pun title hur hur. ūüôā

If this was a traditional New England preppy sailing look, you would probably go for a navy dress, a cable knit sweater stolen from your hunk and some boat shoes. I modernised the whole thing with some lace up ballerinas and a pastel frock but made sure to add a statement with everybody’s favourite preppy summer fabric: seersucker! You can see how I styled this blazer with matching shorts in ‘A Style Tale of 2 Cities. These pictures were taken at different places and as Sarah Donaldson said, “never trust a blogger’s geotags.” The cute little palm tree coffees and striped umbrellas are from Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel where everything is teal even the toilets which give that whole under the sea vibe which is very cool. We actually went first thing in the morning when it was relatively empty but then we went again at 4 for iced coffees and the place was super packed so I don’t recommend Sunday arvos for coffee and chill there. Netflix and chill more like it am I right?

Recreate the look with this Brooks Brother blazer, Dotti dress, Lipstik flats and Essie polish 

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August 2015

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What a jam packed month! It was so busy and according to my planner, September will even be more intense. Below are some of my food adventures and above is a flat lay I am particularly proud of. I have a couple of exciting features lined up just in time for the new season and I’m hoping to start introducing to you guys some new and quite different personal style looks. // Pictured here (anticlockwise): September Harper’s Bazaar, Sausage Dog from Kmart, Pandora, Essie ‘Urban Jungle, The Body Shop blush, Forever New Booties, Kikki K 365 day journal, Essano Rosehip New Zealand, Formula 10.0.6 Be Pure Mud Mask, Naked 2 via Mecca Maxima, Revlon Balm Stains, Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest, Charlotte Smith’s Dreaming of Dior and Minchinbury Wines.

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Aqua S Hazelnut & Seasalt with Sweet Popcorn via Macquarie Shopping Centre / Blue/black/rasp/straw/berry and banana smoothie at home

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Lemon Tart via Brendan Dewar Patisserie / Berry White Chocolate Mousse via Passion Tree Velvet

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Spit Pork soft shell taco via El Loco in Surry Hills. This was such a fiesta for all the senses!

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Clipper Cafe in Glebe / Protip: Bring your Access card to get major $$ off ūüôā

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Venus Wholefoods in Surry Hills / Smashing Pumpkin via Shores Restaurant in Hornsby

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Local brunching and coffee art-ing :0

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SS Goes to Brunch with Juliet

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I hope you guys are ready for a rather chatty post this hump day. I’m starting a new series on Style Smorgasbord called SS Brunch and today I’m delighted to introduce Juliet from TheJulietReport¬†on Instagram. The idea behind these posts is just to feature other voices and personalities on this blog so you don’t get sick of me and my puns all the time. We’ll talk about all kinds of random stuff and then open the floor to you guys as well so you can join in the conversation too! As a trial, we’re keeping everything lighthearted today but in the future, I would love to delve into some other issues too. And what better meal to pour over our chatty concerns than brunch!? So without further ado, lets give a hand to SS BRUNCH WITH JULIET! I fell out of my chair when she agreed to draw something for Style Smorgasbord and I hope you guys¬†hop over to TheJulietReport¬†for more of her work.

Karen: I thought I would wrap up my holiday posts with several travelling questions so tell me, what’s your favourite city to holiday in? Juliet: Even though¬†I have been there about five times already I still always dream about New York. I feel a special connection with New York. There is¬†always so much to¬†do there, it is a very inspiring place. Karen: That reminds me I need to put Welcome To New York as my phone ringtone, the opening tune is the best!

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Karen: I feel like packing your carry on has almost become a science nowadays. There’s all these special compartment bags you can get and bottles that meet security guidelines … I tend to love overpacking reading material and then abandoning it for in flight entertainment … and then falling asleep! What are your personal in flight essentials? Juliet:¬†I¬†love to keep busy so I have to take my drawing equipment, a new book, magazines,¬†skincare, especially lip¬†balm and a¬†refreshing face¬†spritzer.

Karen: This is a bit of a strange one but I recently got my passport photos taking so I was wondering on a scale of one to ten (one being hate), how much do you like your passport photo? Juliet: Two. It isn’t a very flattering photo. I don’t think it even really looks like me.

Karen:¬†When you step off the plane, are you a Kate Middleton or Miley Cyrus (i.e. polished and fresh or half dead haha)? Juliet: I’d like to think that I’m a Kate Middleton. I always choose style over comfort. Karen:¬†Unfortunately, Miley for me. I just slap on a hat and sunglasses and hope I’m incognito lol.

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Karen:¬†Tell me about your creative process, do you draw at a particular time of the day? What materials do you use? Juliet: I have always been curious and always love to share what I know. Most of¬† my inspiration comes from my world, the things I do, the people I know and the things that I am interested in. It always begins with an idea, a thought, or a feeling. Depending on where I am or what I’m doing, I usually just keep notes on my phone to remind me, or I take photos of things I’d like to draw. I draw all the time, I draw when I wake up, on the train ride to and from work, at my desk, at cafes on my lunch break. I am a little bit obsessed with drawing, I can’t stop. I love to use watercolour but at the moment I am having a lot of fun with using Copic Markers. Karen:¬†That’s amazing! I can totally see it come through your work as well ūüôā

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Karen: When I first came across your feed, one of the things that struck me about¬†your work¬†was the little captions underneath. I personally think they’re charming, witty and relevant but what’s the significance of them? Juliet: The captions¬†are usually things people have said to me, sometimes they are from things that I have read. I never¬†know what they will be until I hear it.¬†It can really be anything that I connect with, anything that makes me think, or question what I already know.¬†The quote usually comes first, however sometimes if I see something I’d really love to draw, I then find a quote that will go with it. Karen: That is so interesting because for me, I always shoot my photographs first and then the caption or title comes later!

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Karen:¬†My readers would like to know your biography¬†… or at least a little about you – what do you do, how you roll? Juliet: I was born in Perth and moved to Melbourne about eight years ago. As I mentioned, I’m super curious so that means I have tried many different things. I have studied, accounting, journalism, makeup artistry,¬†fashion and textiles merchandising and currently I’m in my third year of a Fashion Design Degree. I have worked as a barista, in fashion retail, I worked in Finance for ten years and now I work as an Assistant Designer for a Menswear¬†label and as a Freelance Illustrator. I love doing new things, I love spending time with my friends, I love reading, going to the movies and drinking¬†coffee. Lots of coffee please! Karen:¬†Wow, that is really something, thank you so much for sharing!

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That is a wrap people! I hope you enjoyed this Wednesday special and for now, I will leave you with this box of adorable doughnuts!

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