My new collection is out!

My newest collection is available on the website now, and I’m really pleased with how it looks. It’s a mix of abstract floral, tribal and ethnic prints, on slightly more structured pieces. It looks like a cohesive collection, which I absolutely love.

It took a lot of energy and time to get this one out. There were a few dramas here and there, mainly with sourcing fabrics and how long my orders took to arrive, and that meant that my collection was released a lot later than I had hoped. But I’ve decided to accept that Seraphim’s timing will always be slightly off, and I think that actually works in my favour. Most of the other indie labels release their new collections about a month or two before mine (note: on time), which means by the time my collection is unveiled, their collections aren’t quite so fresh anymore. I’m hoping that by being late, I’m filling a gap wherein customers are looking for new pieces but can’t find them. Fingers crossed that’s what’s happening.

Melbourne has inadvertently changed my tastes. I used to be all into so many more flowy pieces and clashing prints, but the fashion over here is so… metropolitan and it’s affected my style. Fashion in Melbourne feels much more deliberate, whereas fashion in Perth is more instinctive. I don’t know – maybe that’s just my take on it.

I miss my old style. I need to be able to mix both styles together to create something uniquely Seraphim. Maybe I need to think less about the process and follow my instincts.

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Kinda feeling like a country & western singer.

Denim shirt from Kmart - $20!
Denim shirt from Kmart – $20!

Check out this really cool shirt I found at Kmart the other day! I loooove denim shirts, but I’ve never found one that has fitted my awkward body shape, since I’m significantly smaller on top than around my belly. I really love the shade of blue this shirt is, though, so I decided to see if I could mod it out by turning it into a super cute Daisy Duke-esque cropped shirt with a tie front.

Fold your shirt in half.
Fold your shirt in half.

So the first thing I did was try on the shirt and figure out how short I wanted it to be by counting the buttons. I found that I wanted to cut the shirt between the fifth and sixth buttons.
Now, since this shirt has ties at the front, I decided to cut from the back towards the buttons, and then – when I was about three inches away from the buttons – I curved the cutting towards the bottom of the shirt.

Creating the ties.
Creating the ties.

After creating the ties, unfold your shirt. You’ll find that you have a strange flap at the back that looks identical to the ties at the front because of how you folded the shirt in half. Don’t worry – just cut that straight across.

How to cut a shirt final
And voila! A super cute cropped denim shirt!

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Very Important People.

When I decided to move to Melbourne, there were two people I was completely terrified of leaving behind. Not any of my friends; I knew they would always be there – even with the distance. Not even my family; I am lucky enough to see them almost every two months. Oh no. These two super special VIPs are my hairdresser, Bee Rizzi, and my Naturopath, Lyda Barquero.

Bee and I after she made cut my fringe and dyed my hair purple.
Bee and I after she made cut my fringe and dyed my hair purple.

When you find a good hairdresser – someone who just gets you and your style and what will suit you every single time – they become this gladiator that fights for you. They are there to make you feel good… to stand tall. Bee is not just someone who makes me look amazing, but she also has become this incredible friend that I confide in. We tell each other our problems… we gossip about boys and laugh about sex.

Lyda and I.
Lyda and I.

The same goes for a medical practitioner or someone who has helped you with your mental and physical health. My naturopath has really helped me so much- not just to get my health in check- but when things were very low for me, she was someone I could talk to without fear or judgment. She was the only person who has ever told me to forgive myself- to not blame myself for things that happened to me. She is amazing and I seriously love her.

These two people fulfill my life in completely different ways, but both are equally important to me, and finding people like that – people who are on your team – is really difficult. We have loyalty to each other, and more importantly, they know so much of my shit. They have heard my bitching and moaning… they have seen me cry. When you see me bawling my eyes out we are sisters for life, yo.

Luckily, Lyda and I are at least able to have phone consultations and she can post me any homeopathic remedies I may need. Bee, on the other hand, is a little bit more tricky. Do I just try to get to Perth every two to three months or do I accept my hair’s fate and try to find another brilliant hairstylist in Melbourne? I’m still trying to convince her to move to Melbourne (she would seriously make a killing over there) so that I can have my hair done all the time.

What about you? Besides your friends and family, who are people in your life that you would have a really hard time leaving behind if you ever had to move?

If you’re looking for an amazing hairstyle look for Bee on instagram, and if you’re in the market for a naturopath and live in the western suburbs of Perth, look for Lyda Barquero at the Subiaco Naturopathic Clinic on Hay St.

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