Australian Startup Willi Footwear

I am very grateful for all the people I meet and the interesting things I learn as a blogger. As you may be aware bloggers are approached by thousands of companies a year. I am VERY proud to be an independent Fashion, Design, Art, Photography & Lifestyle Blogger which means that when I am approached by businesses I can choose to represent products and services that I believe in. I can write articles on subjects that interest me and I feel like I have an active voice.

I received an email from Brad Munro of Willi Footwear about writing an article on their new range of thongs that promise the end to that pull-through problem that many consumers have when wearing their thongs.

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Their simple idea is a good one. Not only will the thongs appeal to Australians (as our national footwear in summer is the humble thong) but most people from around the world will love them too. Purchase a pair of Willi Flip Flops and you will be able to change your thong straps and thong base combination yourself, as often as you like in less than 30 seconds with no tools and no fuss!

Willi Flip Flops

Willi Flip Flops

So why do I like them so much you may ask? If you're an avid reader of Fashion Blender™ you may have heard that I prefer to reserve my thong wearing for getting a pedicure or taking the garbage out... I like Willi Flip Flops because their design has been thought about. And if I am going to be wearing thongs I'd like to wear some stylish ones! I really like the Willi logo pattern on the bottom which doubles as a non-slip grip plus I love their main design feature - the VERY AUSTRALIAN Boomerang shaped strap plugs (see picture above). They insert through the flip flop base and stay totally secure until you want to remove them. Plus this feature means I could create 24 different colour combinations of Willi Flip Flops in seconds whenever I feel like it.

It seems that lots of Australians are behind the Willi Flip Flop idea too. The Gold Coast based company started a crowdfunding campaign on INDIEGOGO and has already passed their funding goal of $30,000 AUD!! You can still head over and help fund the project if you'd like - there's approximately 35 days still to go.

Willi Flip Flops are super comfy, lead and dye free and will come in all sizes! They're set to arrive in November and I am already on the waiting list.
Willi Footwear

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A Fashion Blender™ Wish List

Well I've been super busy lately with freelancing, wedding styling and personal styling clients. I have a few photo shoots to attend soon too! However I thought I would take some time out to share two things I am currently coveting.

Diana Vreeland Perfume

Diana Vreeland Perfume

Diana Vreeland Perfume

Of course you should all be familiar with the late Diana Vreeland. Vreeland worked for fashion magazines Harper's Bazaar and Vogue and as a special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1964.

The above perfumes are lovely. The perfume line was created by Vreeland's grandson Alexander Vreeland and is designed to reflect Vreeland’s theatrical personality, love of words and passion for intense colours.

Rouge Louboutin Nail Polish

Rouge Louboutin - Louboutin Nail Polish

Rouge Louboutin - Louboutin Nail Polish

So I just have to get my hands on some of the new Louboutin nail polish. I have been trying to match my red Louboutin soles for ages and this nail polish will be the answer! It comes in the signature red of the Louboutin brand and will also include approximately 29 other colours in three different categories: Pops, Nudes and Noirs.

I love the packaging which has been inspired by the tallest 8 inch Louboutin heel (as seen above) - the the Ballerina Ultima. You can buy it on the Louboutin site here.

The Louboutin site sells the nail polish well:

The custom-designed, patented triangular brush picks up the right amount of formula, without air bubbles, to deliver flawless, chip-resistant coverage. A highly pigmented, super glossy formula delivers in just two coats the effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer. Enclosed in a patent leather like finish presentation box with a red reveal.

I'd love to try some before buying it though - I hope the $50US price tag means that it will last a long long time without chipping.

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Skin Chairs

Studio 9191 Creates Chairs That Mimic Human Flesh

I just had to share this amazing work called A Body of Skin by Studio 9191. It reminds me a lot of a photographic work I completed ages ago in high school for my HSC. However it also reminds me of one of my favourite Japanese sweets - Mochi!

A Body of Skin is a furniture collection that explores the almost infinite subtleties and variations of the skin's surface and the different forms bodies can take. The skins are applied to the silicon chairs and stools as you can see in photos 2 and 3 below. When a viewer sits on these pieces of furniture Studio 9191 asks them to question the relationship and level of comfort they have with their own bodies and other items.

The Silicone used for the base pieces of furniture has a quality that is instantly evocative of skin. Gigi Barker says:

To fully submerge the user in the experience, I impregnated the silicon with a smell to further push the boundaries of its relationship to the user. I selected my model’s preferred aftershave in order to permeate it with pheromones so that I might be able to further prompt a response.

The leather applied over the pieces are created using classic upholstery techniques such pattern cutting, buttoning, and moulding. These leather skins visually represent our skin but also create a more subtle visual impact.

What do you think of these chairs? I love the images of them. I love the colours and textures of the work. Would you own a chair like this? Comment at the end of the post.

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Back View of A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Back View of A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Baby Sitting on A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Baby Sitting on A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Sitting on A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Sitting on A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Creating A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Creating A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Mood Board for A Body of Skin

A Mood Board for A Body of Skin

Sketches for A Body of Skin

Sketches for A Body of Skin

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Do It Yourself Couture Street Style

I had my eye on what everyone was wearing whilst attending the Fall Couture shows at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. I always check out street style photos - I get really inspired by what I see. I often find quite a few ideas on interesting ways to wear pieces I already own from the people I see in photographs. Let's take a look at a few shots from just recently.

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Do It Yourself! Body Corps Street Style

Christine Centenera always looks sharp when she dresses and I have picked the below shot of her to model a Do It Yourself! Outfit around because Christine is wearing items from the current Body Corps Trend. You can clearly see this trend in action on the catwalk if you look at the Balmain Autumn Winter 2014/2015 show. 

Christine Centenera, Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Christine Centenera, Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

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