Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Day 21:: Fifties. My Favourite (Boden Clothing)

While I'm getting frocked up every morning, I wonder - is anyone going to sponsor me today?

Every day I hope I have reminded people why I am doing it. 

The frocks are fun. But the crux of it is ovarian cancer. The silent killer. The cancer that has no early detection test. 

If you'd like to be part of finding a cure, I'd really love you to sponsor me today. 

Every dollar counts - and any donation over $2 is tax deductible. Big, small, no matter what size, it all goes towards the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Forgo a coffee for a day and donate that money to Frocktober? Go on. Your ovaries need you. 

Today's frock is from Boden. Holy toledo. It's one of my favourites. Such a gorgeous fifties inspired cut, and that print just thrills me! Plus it's in cotton sateen, so the fall and drape is really, really pretty. 

I wore it today with flats, but I've tried it on with heels and that looks HOT. 

I curled my hair, added a snood, did my winged eyeliner and have decided that fifties is my era. I love fifties. However, the time required to maintain this look? Yowsers. Betty Draper must have had a lot of spare time on her hands. 

Admittedly, the more I do this beauty regime, the quicker I get. So I guess that's going for it!

Dress: Amy dress from Boden Clothing 

An Interview with Kylie Zerbst - Obus

I've said it many times before - I am really passionate about our local industry. I've always been an avid supporter of independent Australian labels. Back when I was 19, just starting out in PR, I introduced myself to the ksubi boys (way back when it was tsubi) and offered to do their PR for contra. It was a crazy time, but awesome to cut my teeth on an iconic brand. I love being part of that creativity, that buzz. Nothing's changed since then.

It's a passion that feeds into my wardrobe where most of my clothes are mostly vintage, or locally designed. I don't really pay much attention to what's happening on the world stage of fashion (except to marvel at the couture catwalks) because we have SO much awesome talent right here. 

So this Frocktober I aimed to work with local brands that really resonated with me. I almost didn't approach Obus because - let's be honest, they are ridiculously cool. Then I decided to throw caution to the wind and approached. 

I am so happy I did - I got to work with a super cool, quality label - that's locally made, and I got to learn more about Kylie, founder of the label. 

Describe Obus in 10 words

Quality threads for the modern adventuring woman... 

Life before Obus. What was it? 

I was a graphic Designer. I studied at RMIT, then did my masters as well as taught Design... They are broad skills to have and although I've ended up in a different place those design skills are part of my everyday way of working.

Where do you find inspiration? 

Well it just pops out at you whenever it feels like it and sometimes not when I need it - but the idea of Obus is to take our ladies on a journey each season... So travel, the places I visit on my holidays… But also in very ordinary everyday things... Broken umbrellas, flowers, people, small moments and films.

What's the design process for new collections?  

Going around in circles it feels like sometimes… But we get there (somewhere!) in the end.

If you had to choose just one - what is your favourite piece from the Obus collection? 

Ha ha I can never just choose one - The Nathalie Mesh top in citrine... The Spots skirt... The Kachina tee...

Best part of your job? 

I love working on the prints for each collection. On a different level though it feels so good to roll into the Obus studio (which is on top of the Obus store in Northcote) and work with such an amazingly creative and strong bunch of women each day!

Is there a worst bit? 

Of course. Retail can be very tough sometimes, and that's hard on the whole team. It's hard to know how to keep everyone feeling good about what they are working on - because no matter how hard you try sometimes things just don't work. 

What's your career highlight to date? 

Obus opened the show for the Ford Supermodel of the World awards in New York many moons ago. That was such an amazing moment waiting with all of the aspiring young ladies backstage for the announcements, I will never forget the atmosphere! 

What was your creative outlet as a child? 

Knitting, drawing, sewing, writing.

Did you have a dream job when you were growing up? What was it? 

Archaeologist, writer of GRUG books.

Got a song on repeat? What is it? 

Ha ha sorry I can't think of one right now... But something by The Knife maybe.

All time favourite movie? 

Any period drama will do me.

Early worm or night owl? 

A bit of both, probably not always in the best order. Orlo was in bed with me VERY early this morning, around 4.30... So I was regretting staying up until late reading, but I wouldn't give up the cuddles for anything!

Champagne or cocktails? 

Champagne THEN cocktails...

Social butterfly or homebody?

Homebody! My partner Simon and my little 2yo man Orlo are always there... All the fun in the world!!! 

If you could only have one beauty product for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Does lavender oil count?

Last person you spoke to? 

Annie who works next to me in at the Obus studio.

Stripes or spots? 


Where to next? 

The next Obus journey is 'Memphis Dreaming'... Memphis inspired prints, colourful sandals and espadrilles, swimwear and loads of great dresses for a beautiful summer...


With special thanks to Kylie, Annie and Obus for supporting me this Frocktober.

Follow Obus on Facebook
Or maybe follow Kylie on Instagram? Her curatorship is tres magnifique! 
Or get inspired with their Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/obusclothing/ boards

Monday, 20 October 2014

Frocktober 2014:: Day 20 - An Homage to Barbara Cartland

So I didn't reach my $6k milestone, and I'd promised Iris Apfel if I did. So I didn't do it. I didn't commit to Iris. 

Instead here's my modern-day homage to the Duchess of Pink - Barbara Cartland. And if you're like my colleagues and have no idea who I am referring to - google is now your best friend and quit making me feel ancient.

By the way, in case you thought I just dressed up for my photo and then ditched the garb - I don't. My beautiful colleague and friend Em photographed me in the wild, sitting at my desk typing. I go to work in my outfits. All day. And go to lunch. And anywhere I have to go. 

How's that for commitment to slaying ovarian cancer

It's day 20 which means there are just 11 days left to go.

Are there any special celebrity requests? 

Is there something you'd like me to do that will tip you over the edge? 

Go on. It's tax deductible. Donate today and you can put in a special request. All special requests will be considered dutifully. 

Hit here. Save our ovaries. 

Dress: Vintage
Coat: Vintage

Frocktober 2014:: Beauty Favourites

Given I've documented everything I've worn this month, it's meant I've had to dedicate myself to a pretty rigorous beauty regime. 

Say it ain't so! 

It is so, I need to get my face ready for the camera people!

Today I'm sharing three of my favourites that have helped me combat fatigue - or at least make it look that way!

1. Kosmea Facial Cleansing Wipes:: These are pretty well my favourite thing at the moment. At the end of the day, to get rid of the liquid eye-liner, foundation, everything I've layered on my face, these wipes are gentle, and cleanse your face in a wipe. I pretty well want to marry them. Plus they smell like rosewater, and rosewater is my all-time favourite smell. 

2. Bloom Cosmetics Full & Flirty Mascara:: I love thick looking, dark lashes, and this does just that. No flaking, no itching, instead just full, luscious lashes. Plus the brush ensures there's no clumping. 

3. Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream:: A colour-correcting cream that combines camouflaging capabilities with a super dewy finish. It's hydrating, contains SPF 30, and just between you and me, I've been using this UNDER my regular foundation for a flawless finish. But you could wear just a moisturiser and this and be incredibly happy. 

What's the beauty product you couldn't live without?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Frocktober 2014:: Day 19 - Out Of Africa (and on the home run) (Fabrik)

Can you believe I've been through 19 days already? That's 19 different frocks. 

You might think 'Big deal PMM, frocking up is no big deal.' I thought the same until I started doing it three years ago. And pretty quickly you realise that wearing a frock, and being on public display, and talking about it, and getting people to engage, give their hard earned money, and come onboard. It's bloody hard work. 

Of course - it's all worth it. Every single dollar I raise goes to help find an early detection test for ovarian cancer. Currently there is none. Can you believe it? Ovarian cancer is known as 'the silent killer' because symptoms are vague. We don't know enough about it. 

If you donate to Frocktober, you will be helping wage aware against this insidious disease. One Australian woman dies from ovarian cancer every 10 hours. 

Today's frock is from the fabulous Fabrik. It's a beautiful linen frock that I threw over my head, threw on a necklace, and BOOM! I am out the door.The more I wash it and wear it more, the fabric will become even more beautiful, such is linen! 

As a special offer to PMM readers - Fabrik is offering 10% discount. Just use the code: POTTYMOUTHMAMA. (Available until October 22nd). 

Dress: Linen Hanky dress by Fabrik
Corny Pose: Model's own

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Frocktober 2014:: Day 18 - Sick Of Me

Sick of seeing my head? Yes. Me too.

This one is for you. 

If I hit $6k by Monday - a big milestone frock for you. Iris Apfel. 

Go on. Dig deep. You know you want to. 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Frocktober 2014:: Very Vintage-y (Lazybones)

So Spring decided to revert back to Winter, and things are what I'd call - chilly. I brought out my velvet bolero that I wore for my wedding, and worked it back with the Lara frock from Lazybones

The print (Sorrento) is so, so lovely - vintage inspired, and the cut suits me to a tee, A-line delights. You can never go wrong! 

I carefully coiffed my hair into pin curls, donned a snood, some red lips and an oversized flower that Nan from Rummage made many years ago (still a favourite). 

Et voila! 

Many thanks to every single one of my frocking sponsors. You really know how to make a grown woman cry. 

If you've been thinking about sponsoring, every single dollar counts, so if it's small, medium or large - it all goes to kicking ovarian cancer's ass. 

Dress: Lara dress in Sorrento by Lazybones