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The weekend has landed

The weekend has landed. All that exists now is clubs, drugs, pubs and parties. I’ve got 48 hours off from the world, man. I’m gonna blow steam out my head like a screaming kettle, I’m gonna talk cod shit to strangers all night, I’m gonna lose the plot on the dancefloor. The free radicals inside me are freakin’, man! Tonight I’m Jip Travolta, I’m Peter Popper, I’m going to never-never land with my chosen family, man. We’re gonna get more spaced out than Neil Armstrong ever did, anything could happen tonight, you know? This could be the best night of my life. I’ve got 73 quid in my back burner – I’m gonna wax the lot, man! The Milky Bars are on me! Yeah!

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Fashion for the enviro conscious

Fashion for the enviro conscious

It is hard sometimes to be a fashionista who cares about the world. And I get it, I get it. No one wants to be the worst dressed at the next Greenpeace meeting. But don’t fret, because the truth is you can be both eco-conscious and fabulous.

My tips will not only keep you beautifully clad, but they are good for the earth and your pocketbook all at once. So here we go. Without further ado, I give you, the top 9 clothing items to buy used:

Wait, what? Used clothes are gross!! You really are a dirty hippie!

No, they’re really not gross. Just stick them in the washing machine.

But….

Listen, do you want an eco-conscious and cost-effective wardrobe?

Yes.

Then get over it. Okay, once again, the top 9 clothing items to buy used:

9) Accessories. Ever stared at a belt, and thought, that belt is great, but $50 for a belt is way too much. Or, maybe it was a scarf that you had your eye on. Well luckily, you don’t have to spend $50 on a belt. Instead, head to the salvos store and pick up a cool belt or scarf for under $10! If you are looking to dip your toe into the used-clothing water, this is a good one because there’s really no “ick” factor with used belts!

8) Jackets and coats. Again, there’s not much of an ick factor with coats. Plus they’re really, really expensive in the store.

7) Vintage Tees. Here’s a crazy thought. Instead of buying a tee-shirt that “looks vintage” at General Pants, why not head to an OP shop and buy the real thing. Plus, vintage tees give you way more street cred.

6) Dresses for special occasions. You know how you buy a dress for a wedding, and you think, “Oh, I’ll wear it to these five events!” But then, after the wedding, you kind of don’t feel like wearing it to something else, because everyone’s already seen you in that dress. I get it. I mean we don’t expect Nicole Kidman to buy one gown for the Golden Globes and then wear it to the Oscars, so why should you wear the same dress to two weddings? So instead of wearing the same dress everywhere, buy a dress used. Chances are it’s only been worn once or twice. Then wear it to your special occasion, and turn around and sell the dress to someone else. Then go buy another used dress for your next special occasion. Voila! Now you too, can never be seen twice in the same fancy dress.

5) Designer jeans. This is a tip I learned from one of my amazing friends. Go to a store that has a massive mid to high end jean range. Try out every single pair of nice jeans- Lees, Diesel, Nobody’s etc. Write down all the info of the jeans you like: size, brand, line, etc. Then stalk Ebay. Within a couple months, one of the jeans you like will eventually show up and instead of costing $180, they’ll probably cost about $50. Or you can just cruise the OP shop every so often. Because frankly? I’ve been to 2nd stores everywhere from Canberra to the Gold Coast, and every single one had a decent selection of jeans, many of them designer label.

4) Hats. You know how you’re always saying, “Maybe I’m a hat person?” and then you buy a hat, and then you realise that you have no opportunity to wear a hat? Yeah. I mean you should really stop trying with the hats, but if you can’t, at least buy a used hat. Then when you realise you don’t have a reason to wear the hat, at least you can sell it back for about what you paid.

3) Suits. Especially if you’re just buying a suit for an interview, and you don’t plan to wear the suit every day to work. Don’t waste a ton of money on something that will last an hour.

2) Maternity wear. I know, I know, all the stars are wearing Prada Maternity. But seriously? In a few months, these clothes won’t fit you anymore. Buy ‘em used, and then you can sell ‘em back!

1) Wedding dress. She only wore it once. You’re only wearing it once. No one will ever know. But i am a guy so i am yet to “get” the wedding dress craze.

And that is it! Now you can save the earth without looking like a fashion victim. Notice that used underwear is not on the list. That is because I may be a dirty hippie, but even I know that used La Perla is a fashion faux pas.

Oh, one last piece of advice. Alter, alter, alter. You think all those Hollywood stars just naturally look good in off-the-rack clothing? No, they don’t. So if you love a piece of clothing, but it doesn’t fit you quite right, take it to a tailor, and have them alter it to fit your body. Trust me. You will thank the dirty hippie later. (If you are planning to re-sell the item, you want to be a little more careful about this.)

And that’s it. Good luck, fashion mavens! Good luck, and good (used) shopping!


Burial

Burial’s most recent Ep ‘Kindred’ reminds us all of how immersive electronic music can be. As the genre has recently developed a scene mostly concerned about making the loudest, fist pumping friendly anthems or the hardest hitting, stomach turning, wobbly drops that audio frequencies allow, it’s good to know that electronic music can still be tasty. And it is tasty. Real tasty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC16FJTI6XM


Tiernan Cowling

Tiernan Cowling. Australian model, socialite, “it” girl, and  dating the producer/DJ Steve Aoki – her life seems pretty amazing. If you have the chance to meet her not only is she beautiful and energetic,  she is also a lovely human being and has an absolutely positive attitude. She loves to party (don’t we all), and we are stoked to have her as our first ever weekly profile. It’s rad how she looks stunning in vintage tees and ripped denim shorts, but can than pull off a high end evening dress with heels. Enjoy the pics 🙂