Today was a truly miserable day here in Canberra. The misty rain never seemed to lift, casting everything in a damp, blue-grey light, and people in the office grumbled endlessly about the weather for ducks.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the drizzly sort of weather that Canberra has this time of year. If I could be outside right now, rugged up and walking around under a clear umbrella, I would be in heaven. Lake Burly Griffin is particularly beautiful at this time of year and in this type of weather; so while everyone else is complaining about their washing or not being able to go for a run – I’m stuck at my desk wishing I was outside.
My outfit for today seemed to reflect the general mood of the day: steely blues set-against off white, with the liquid-shiny spark of electric lights viewed from passing car windows. I was wearing:
slate blue leather Jacket – Zara Man off-white long-sleeved Top – Country Road ‘Nebula’ print Necklace – Drown, from Alegorie Boutique black leather Belt – JAG straight-legged Jeans – G-Star Raw slate blue leather Boots – G-Star Raw
Ladies and gentlemen, a confession. I, Grant Heino, am a recovering wardrobe neglector.
Now that I am getting back into the swing of Blogging, I’m finding that not only am I coming up with ideas for where I would like to take things, but I’m also thinking more and more about my daily outfits. But things haven’t been Rosy for a while now.
I’ve been through a period of basically having given up on what wear to work, or anywhere really that wasn’t super important. T-shirts and Jeans became my daily uniform, a sort of sartorial ‘Fuck You’ to a bunch of factors at play in my life that I wasn’t overly fond of. I can’t believe how easy it was for me to fore go everything I know and love about fashion in the name of having my own, sullen way. Though I have always been a prick like that.
So today, taking back the reigns and deciding no, I won’t don that tired uniform any more, I’m wearing:
black wool/cashmere Blazer with windowpane check – Euromerican Tailors blue and white micro-stripe Business Shirt – T. M. Lewin, Thrifted green silk ‘RGCS’ crest Tie – Thrifted Medusa head Cufflinks – Versace, eBay brown leather Belt – Country Road distressed Arc-3D Jeans – G-Star Raw brown leather Shoes with buckle detail – Raphael Steffens
I’m happy to say that I am on the rode to Wardrobe recovery. I am planning my outfits a full week ahead again, and reviewing those that I’ve worn. I am starting to think of my wardrobe as a unified whole, rather than the place where I cram my clothes. And people are noticing too. Today I received no less than six comments on the fact that I was wearing a tie! I guess people are so used to seeing me stomp about in my neon SlickItUp T-shirts that today’s rather conservative look was quite a shock.
Today I headed to Yum Cha with my mother in Canberra’s answer to Chinatown. It was a beautiful sunny winter day, and true to my self, I spent it inside eating Chinese delicacies and then getting my sewing room in order.
Today I’m wearing: black leather funnel-neck Jacket – Barneys NYC, from ASOS black cotton T-shirt – Puma, from OzSale reversible grey/black pleather Tote – random store in Chinatown three-finger knuckle-duster Ring – Glebe Markets black leather Belt with stitching detail – found wardrobe item distressed boot-cut Jeans – Armani Exchange A|X, thrifted black leather lace-up Boots – Zu
It was not intentional at all, but I sort of planned an ensemble for today that has left me looking like I should be hauling up crab-pots out of the freezing Atlantic Ocean while swearing at the camera on Deadliest Catch. I don’t necessarily think that this is a bad thing, and as a look I sort of dig the combination, sort of L.L. Bean meets Red Lobster meets Australian suburbanite homosexual…
Today’s deadliest outfit is:
navy woollen Puffer-Jacket – Country Road off-white long-sleeved Top – Country Road prawn keyring worn as Necklace – random Crasian store in Melbourne black leather Belt – from a Wedding ensemble sherbet orange pleat-fronted Slacks – Polo Ralph Lauren black leather Chelsea Boots – Country Road
I found this prawn keyring/phone decoration when I was last in Melbourne, before I became violently ill and collapsed into a hysterical, sobbing wreck that my best friend had to tend to for several days. The tail is articulated and the whole prawn ‘scuttles’ when you pull a string it is attached to. Aside from a few confused “Why are you wearing that?”s, the Necklace has been a big hit thus far, and is ironically fitting for this ensemble.
As of today, I have been Blogging as Ink & Leather/s for four whole years.
I find it hard not to think of my Blog as this static, adamant thing, like a sort of obelisk inscribed with the details of my life, dress sense and opinions. A monument to who I was that will be floating around the interwebs for years and years to come. I think this is largely because there are a few of my old diaries floating around in the cyber ether that are so appalling written and humiliatingly divulging of my neurosis. I have forgotten or lost the passwords to gain access to the Blogs to delete them – and so now they exist as ugly blotches on the cyber landscape, chilling reminders of who I was at 19.
I am actively charting a new trajectory for my Blog now, and the more time I spend considering what Ink & Leathers actually is, what it means to me, and what I hope to achieve with it; the better that I feel about it.
I’m slowly loading up all of the content that I stupidly deleted while trying to transfer my accounts (Note to self: when in doubt, ask for help. You can’t use the dishwasher without assistance, how you though you could use the internet boggles the mind.), and as I go I am getting ideas for where I want to take this Blog, and all of you, in the future.
I’m so grateful to everyone who takes the time to look at my Blog or leave a comment, I can’t even tell you. This Blog has been such a fantastic journey for me so far, and I am so looking forward to continuing that journey with you all for years to come. Thank you.
So, this weekend past I spent in Sydney, shopping until my bank account all but bled. I came away with the following loot and a greater sense of how my desired wardrobe aestetic might actually look and feel. I also returned home yesterday and positively GUTTED my wardrobe! I’m throwing out roughly half of what I own, in order to clear a path for the new direction I’m moving in. I probably should have purchased a few ‘building block’ pieces first, but oh well, what’s done is done and all that. Anyhow, here is what I bought…
Superman Chucks – Converse X DC: Absolutely the most frivilous thing I bought all weekend. I love the angry Superman image (Supes is the only DC character I like), but these Shoes are blindingly white and I am already terrified of getting them dirty…
Uomo Collogne – Zara: I’d never been to Zara, and if I am perfectly honest I was fairly dissapointed. Mostly in myself, because quite frankly, I was just too fat for 90% of the stock. A cologne, however, is a garment that anyone can wear, and this one literally smells like lollies! Sold, instantly!
Black resin-wash Jeans – G-Star Raw: I have been searching for a pair of true-black (not charcoal) Jeans for a long time now. Since buying my first pair of G-Star Jeans I have been mildly obsessed. So you can imagine my joy at finding a pair of recently released G-Star Jeans in an intersting, black resin wash. They’re not my ideal cut and they weren’t on salt at all; but it was love lust at first sight!
Business Shirts and Ribbon Belt – Polo Ralph Lauren: I love a good checked or striped Business Shirt, and to find these in the Polo store at 70% off seemed very serendipitious to me. The belt was spur of the moment purchase, but I love it, and it’s in my colours.
Blue leather Boots – G-Star: I wanted to buy two pairs of boots this weekend, which I acchieved, but i hadn’t planned on finding a pair in blue leather. These G-Star boots are divinely constructed and look fantastic; but they have presented me with a challenge: I now need to find a matching blue leather belt… :S
White fox fur Tail: This was a random aquisition from a random store in chinatown. It’s real fox fur that been coloured white. It is so soft, I can’t even tell you. It has a handy clip attached to the end of it as well. I was planning on hanging it off my new Bag, but now I’m not so sure…
Black leather Boots with checked fold-down detail – Zu Shoes: I recognise that these boots, and in fact most things from Zu Shoes, are very cheaply constructed and won’t last particularly long; but they looked good on so I threw caution to the wind and grabbed them.
Three-finger Knuckle-Duster Ring – Glebe Markets: I bought this at the markets from a woman who claimed to have made it by hand – which I strongly doubt to be true, but whatever. It was cheap and I’ll probably only wear it once or twice before I get sick of it.
Blue woolen Jacket – Country Road: I needed something warm to wear around this winter and this Jacket was too good to pass up. It is some how a Puffer-style Jacket, but with a woolen exterior. It’s basically the warmest thing I’ve ever worn, and i love it.
Midnight blue Thongs – Havaianas: I’d only ever seen this colour in women’s sizes, so when I found it in a men’s I grabbed it. I needed new thongs anyway, and they’re navy, so score.
Gunmetal blue leather Jacket – Zara:
The leather is a great colour and litterally feels buttered – it’s so soft and pliant. It was also an exceptional steal price wise.
I spent this past weekend in Sydney with the Pragettes (Mags and Meags), shopping, eating, and generally making a nuisance of ourselves. We sampled delights at the Chinatown night markets and at Adriano Zumbo’s dessert train, discovered the delight of EasyWay’s iced watermelon frappe, and had an exceptional dinner at Din Tai Fung. We spent almost an entire 24-hour period shopping, resulting in 13 new additions to my wardrobe, which I will shortly be detailing here on the Blog. After Mags was mauled by an enormous, blue, plush bear, we had hilarious photo booth stickers taken which now reside proudly in my agenda. And, most importantly, we had the opportunity to just hang out and act like the socially awkward freaks that we are.