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One half of me always feels that parents shouldn’t overdress their children, kids are kids and they should run around in mud, dig in sandpits and jump in puddles. However, a Saturday afternoon shopping with mummy is enough excuse to put on the best outfit and who can resist taking photos of such a sweetie anyway :)

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Isn’t it nice when a city greets you with this as you step out of the house? Can I have a nice message written in the sky every morning Sydney? kthxbai! Oh no, not with this bloody rain as of late. Gosh I’m sick of the rain and storm… Ok ok, enough whinging… now the main item of the day.

Aleita below does a fur jacket with simplicity with an awesome bag and nice hat to top it off. I’m still keeping an eye out for that elusive and perfect fur vest, sigh, I suppose I’ll be looking for a while.

Name: Aleita
Occupation: Works for Whitehouse Fashion college
Describe your style: Vintage and anything cheap.
Favourite fashion designers: Alexander Wang, Yeojin Bae, Camilla & Marc
Favourite clothing stores: Sportsgirls, Savers

A few weeks back I mentioned I got a new feature for xssat in the works, well, here it is, the first ever installment! xsstyle is a style profile of stylish people in their stylish homes, just like my street fashion hunts, I will aim to get a broad cross section of people and interiors for this feature.

For this first installment I’ve asked my good friends Grace and Hazim to let me into their cute cottage in Annadale, an up and coming suburb in Sydney’s inner west. Hazim is an art director by day and illustrator by night and Grace is an interior designer, so this really is the creative couple!

Hazim’s framed illustration and prints of Grace’s interior works

I started thinking about doing this feature quite a while ago, but approaching strangers on the street for photos is 1 thing, asking them to let me into their homes is another, so I’m starting with people I know. Hazim and I used to work for the same ad agency, he doesn’t talk much, he’s really most happy when given time and space to simply draw. When I met Grace I was amazed at how adorable the 2 were together and how much more Hazim comes out of his shell. The 2 lovelies tied the knot over a year ago, I attended and photographed the wedding. Grace’s outfit was stunning, the simple dress from Akira, the jeweled head wreath, the leather sandals, arh… that’s when you can tell the couple work in the creative industry.

xsstyle is more than fashion, it’s about how one’s style translates into clothes, interiors and one’s way of life. Style is life! Grace has always had a distinct style, I envy people with a distinct style. Going through Grace’s wardrobe I was really surprised at the small amount of clothes, every time we met up she was dressed great and I barely remember seeing repeat outfits. Grace firmly believes in quality over quantity, she invests in classic pieces that are versatile and will last, chatting with her really made me think about my shopping habits and I’m proud to say I haven’t bought any clothes for a whole 2 months! Quality, always think quality… woo uniqlo UK site ships to Australia…

A light lunch of cheese, ham, jams and fruits served on a George Jensen cheese board

Noodle, the couple’s cute cat

Grace and Hazim’s house really reflects their taste, simple good designs mixed with cutesy art and funky items. Everything worked together and at the same time it’s a livable space, it’s cozy, it’s not an art gallery because that’s the last place you would want your home to feel like. A photographer I met in New York told me he made his apartment as uncomfortable as he could, so he’d go out to take photos more often. Hmm… that’s a little extreme for me, I do like a cozy home and my creature comforts.

G+H also had a cool attic which contains Hazim’s study where he draws and creates til owl hours of the morning.

Awesome coffee table

Noodle’s bed stylishly perched on top of a Missoni cussion

Love those Marc by Marc Jacobs boots

And as always, the usual mini interview!

Grace
Occupation: Interior designer
Describe your style: Classic
Favourite fashion designers: Lover, United bamboo, Marc by Marc Jacobs (assercories & shoes only)
Favourite clothing stores: Blood orange, Via Alley and Incu.
Hazim
Occupation: Art Director
Describe your style: Jeans and t-shirts
Favourite fashion designers: APC, Vans
Favourite clothing stores: Incu, Via Alley, Somedays (Online – needsupply, blackbirdballard)

Did I mention Hazim’s a very talented illustrator? Please check out his folio here and H’s just done a series of limited edition fine art prints inspired by bands, animal collective, grizzly bear, dodos, modest mouse… yes… animal bands! Buy some prints here and feed the hungry zoo!

Now it’s time for me to curl up in the easy chair with a book and a cup of tea. Hope you’ve enjoyed the first installment of xsstyle, many more to come in the future.


Name: Christina Dietze
Occupation: Model and fashion blogger
Describe your style: Bad ass, some serious shoulder and I’m into my PVC and my sky high heels.
Favourite fashion designers: Ellery, Miss Unkon.
Favourite clothing stores: Incu, Corner shop.

Christina’s blog: http://src783.blogspot.com/

I love the way this girl mix and matches, so many unique elements, all working sublimely together. The bowler hat, the tulle tutu like skirt, the fur/skin scarf, all the ethnic necklaces and bangles and of course the doc martens! Each element is so different from the other, yet everything blends into 1 unified vision on her.

Hah! One day I’d like to learn how to do that.

Name: Angie
Occupation: Menswear designer
Describe your style: Try to be myself, try not to dress like anyone else, be comfortable and express myself creatively.
Favourite fashion designers: Gareth Pugh, Martin Margiela, Karl Lagerfeld, John Paul Gaultier.
Favourite clothing stores: Ashen (Oxford St Sydney)

I’ve long decided that I lean toward the androgynous look, though only a conscious decision for not so long, but I’m a bit of a tomboy, the androgynous thing has always been a part of my personality. That is not to say I don’t love girly clothes, oh I do, really I do, but it’s just harder for me to carry some of it off. Often I’d try things that I’d been dreaming about for ages and then to find out, they totally don’t work on me. Pleh!

That’s why I love seeing girls who carry off girly looks elegantly, let’s face it, they make me insanely jealous too! Maybe in my next life I can be a girly girl.

It was super windy and I just love the motion blurs in Sara’s skirt and hair, really makes the shot for me.

Name: Sara
Occupation: Fashion blogger
Describe your style: A bit romantic, relaxed and casual.
Favourite fashion designers: Zimmerman, Karla Spetic, Kate Sylvester and Manning Cartell.
Favourite clothing stores: Bam & Juju (Brisbane)

Sara’s blog: http://www.harperandharley.blogspot.com/