Friday, June 2, 2017

The Vintage Sportswear Edit | Ellen Bourne

I have an obsession with Retrostar Vintage Warehouse sales. This tiny little store in Melbourne stocks incredible vintage finds, and seems to have an endless supply of vintage Nike and Adidas jackets and tracksuits. The Vintage sportswear trend is one of my favourites on the street at the moment. I love when trends and fashion reflect the mood of the public. Vintage sportswear is right up my alley because I live in an urban community, I grew up in what I would describe as a 'not rich' situation and am part of the proletariat. This trend offers more of a political statement than other trends currently in rotation.


Styling tips: Urban Outfitters Fila campaign hits the nail on the head. The colours are a nod to old school Tommy Hilfiger, and current Gucci, designs. The 1980's vibe continues with bucket hats, bright visors, neon beanies, tights layered under basketball shorts and Nike hi-tops and keeps the trend moving away from the 90's minimalism now receding from the runways in favour of that Gucci-esque maximalism.


How to blend it in with your wardrobe: Active wear and street wear have been fluxing between runway and street style for a while now. Adidas zip-up hoodies layered over tights, boyfriend jeans or shorts with a few extra accessories like fishnet socks keep the look sporty but cool. Tousled hair, high ponytails and braids or samurai or space buns with hoop earrings and trainers, nude lips and patriarchy-defying cat flicks on the eyes create something fierce for both day and night. The trend is comfortable, so in order to keep everything pulled together well-curated makeup is necessary. However, this doesn't always mean full face bake. Sometimes a glossier, younger look will work. Messy brows and freckles will look just as good as contour, matte overdrawn lips and concealer, concealer, concealer.


Colours: Varsity stripes and neon keep things fresh and young. The trend veers back to those 1980's adverts featuring Jane Fonda abs (I mean, look at all this blush pink!). Orange is huge, as is pink, and combinations of red, white and blued - think 1980's-1990's America - old money and ski trips to Banff, Alberta featuring four other families. Satin finish fabrics and coloured hair can also add interest.


Cuts: Think tapered tracksuit pants that can be tucked into heels or trainers, long line hoodies that can double as dresses, and flared sleeves on street wear to help your wardrobe transition smoothly from the last explosion of the 'seventies' trend to this 'baddie' look.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How to Regain Your Motivation | Ellen Bourne

Every now and then I find myself in a slump, a rut, not getting out of bed and watching three seasons of the Girls Next Door in two day straight. This attitude usually rises from underneath the covers of my bed around the same time Jack Frost comes a-knocking and the calendar flips over to May.

1. Make your things nice:

Let's start with some really basic self-love style stuff. When I was in the midst of an 'oh god it's now winter' slump the other day I did my laundry, made my bed, and took care of my most-hated chore - vacuuming. I cleaned up my desk and turned on the fairy lights in my bedroom, then I sat down, took a bunch of photos for my blog and Instagram, and worked on editing my book and a script for a new Youtube video. Having a fresh-feeling bedroom and a clear work-space (not to mention fresh socks!) really does help if you're in a bit of a slump.

2. Eat Well:

My 'slump' has lasted about a month. After I quit my last job and decided to remove myself from the rat race I spent a lot of time at home, working on articles and ordering takeout. I stopped working out and moved house during that time too. This week I've gone back to cooking my own healthy meal preps and doing proper grocery shops and my motivation has skyrocketed, while my cravings for sweets have depleted (and been replaced by cravings for lentil stews).

3. Write it out:

Free writing is a really great practice for problem-solving, especially if the problem is somewhat subconscious. If you're not into free-writing, try making a list of your current goals to re-asses your plans to get there. If you don't know what those goals are, refer back to free-writing. You'll be amazed at what comes out.

4. Start a single task:

After doing my laundry and cleaning my room I opened up a few of the projects I was working on on my computer. I may have only edited a paragraph of my manuscript, but then I wrote two blog posts, created a bunch of content, and got the ideas for my next two Youtube videos. I felt passionate about all my projects again. One of my favourite quotes comes from Picasso: 'Inspiration will come, but it has to find you working.'

5. Change your surroundings:

Working from home I sometimes find it hard to leave the house. I'm quite susceptible to anxiety and depression. When I leave my house with my laptop or notebook and head out to work I find that I create more, and often better things. I place myself in a working headspace. Also, leaving the house means dressing up a bit more, getting a coffee and a taking a brisk walk before sitting down at a cafe and starting the one task that might get the rest of the  ball rolling.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How to Create Gallery Walls in a Rental | Ellen Bourne


I've been renting homes since the age of eighteen when I first moved out from under my parents roof and blue-tacked Pulp Fiction posters and fairy lights to the underside of my university bunk bed. After this I lived in a house literally covered in fairy lights and the psychedelic art of my housemates and I. Since then my taste has improved, as has my respect for leaving my landlords walls as white as they were when I arrived and handed over my damage deposit. Here are my top five tips for warming up and personalising your rental with a gallery wall or sprigs of greenery, because staring at dried paint is boring!

1. Hanging beams/ledges:

If you'e lucky enough to have a hanging beam in your bedroom or throughout your whole apartment personalising your space becomes a whole lot simpler. Hanging beams are one of the easiest ways to hang lamps, plants, floating shelves and whatever frames you desire. All you need are some metal hooks that can sit over the beam, and picture wire to attach to your frames. The great thing about these beams is that they're sturdy, effortless and leave no marks.

2. The right adhesive hooks:

These days adhesive hooks have come a long way. Good brands can hold a couple of hundred grams and the glue used for the backing typically doesn't damage paint. Use these to hang small frames in areas unencumbered by little hands, or paws, to avoid accidents.

3. Plants:

Plants can be hung from so many places, tucked between bookshelf items, used to dress up clothes racks, hung from roof beams like great natural chandeliers. Depending on the look you're after you can add them to floating shelves, or buy flat-backed pots and use strong hooks to attach them to the walls.

4. Floating shelves:

This is one of the easiest ways to create a gallery wall, as the entire gallery can be captured in one half, thus minimising the amount of holes put in the chosen wall. Be sure to talk to your landlord to get the 'ok' before going ahead with the stud finder and drills! Check out this article to see what supplies you will need to install a floating shelf.

5. Bookcases:


If your landlord is absolutely no-go regarding holes in the walls, never fear! Bookshelf styling is an art itself these days. The trick is to go layer-by-layer and make sure to include depth and variety regarding the knick-knacks, plants and pictures you have on display. Personally I prefer open, industrial-style bookshelves for this task.