A broken resolution – and the cardicape responsible

While browsing Uniqlo with my boyfriend last month, this earthy olive coat-cardigan caught our eyes with its wool texture and draping length. It was lightweight but felt warm against my skin, ideal for layering.

So in a moment of Uniqlo-induced weakness, I bought it.

With this purchase, I… may have broken my new year’s resolution to be more ‘minimalistic’ (that is, lay off the clothes shopping!) but I have to say that this versatile piece was worth it. I easily foresee it being a staple piece in the upcoming cooler months as I can wear it on its own, but also slip it under a heavier coat for a little extra warmth on those icy Melbourne nights.

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Wearing a coat as a cape is kinda like admitting you shouldn’t be wearing one in the first place —  but climate be damned if it stands between you and great outfit! Also, mafioso as heck.

I think what really makes this outfit for me is contrast: I was really feeling the pairing of the natural fiber of the wool cardigan and the super synthetic high shine disco pant; playing wth proportions with the high-waisted pant and the long-line cardi; the relaxed, flowy boxy coat, and the body-fitting singlet and pant combo beneath.

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I also enjoyed keeping the outfit colour palette in earthy natural tones — the pastel olive cardigan and the faded red of the nude top totally complement each other. The dark pants then skim the eye down. Definitely feel that wearing similar and complementary colours helps make you look ‘put-together’ and I think I’m going to try for more interesting palettes in future.

Thanks for reading, more content soon as we come into the colder, more aesthetic months.

-Michelle ❤

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Too tired to remain standing, my photography session goes seated.

STARS OF THE SHOW

Olive longline cardigan, Uniqlo
Nude singlet top, Jockey
Grey disco pant, American Apparel
Sandals, Jo Mercer

Styling and writing, Michelle Ho
Photography and editing, Steve Lewer

50 leaves of green

nike flyknits leaf print shorts [michalogy]

This is a throwback post – originally written this time last year, but didn’t end up publishing for some reason.

These were the clothes I wore after a tiring cardio session at Bounce – after exercising and sweating for a solid 50 minutes, I had no desire to wear anything too heavy or with too many layers, so I opted for this light and breezy combination.

This structured white tee is textured and has a zip detail at the back, adding a bit of interest to an otherwise basic piece. The real focus of the outfit though are these patterned leaf shorts – I like having the graphic print stand out.

50 leaves of green [michalogy]

I wore this outfit while watching 50 Shades of Grey with some female friends. It was a very awkward movie to watch: acting was awkward, the nudity was confronting, the chemistry between the main characters didn’t translate onto the big screen.  No amount of Jamie Doman’s good looks could save this movie. Not that we were expecting a cinematic masterpiece, but the hype got the better of us and we fell for it.

Solemnly swore not to waste money on the sequel, but who knows if I’ll be able to hold this promise up – I often let curiosity get the better of me!

50 shades of green [michalogy]

White tee – Studio Girl in South Yarra
Leaf patterned shorts – Catalog
Shoes – Nike Flyknit Lunar 2
Watch – Fossil

portrait [michalogy]

Credits: Leaf watercolour art from here.

On being one with charcoal

Life drawing round robin [michalogy]

“So… is there actually a fully naked person there?! And you just draw them?” my friend asked incredulously.

As confronting as it sounds, that is essentially what happens in a life drawing class. For two hours, it’s just you and the model, your charcoal dancing on paper, capturing everything you see. Every little detail is noticed and is translated into a line, a smudge, a hatching on parchment.

The roll of fat sitting just above the crotch. The wrinkle of skin underneath the armpit. The way the hair cascades down the shoulders. The nonchalant expression on the face.

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After a while, you stop caring that there’s a naked person in front of you. You start thinking about body parts as shapes: a configuration of forms stacked on top of and next to each other, creating a cohesive image on paper.

You realise that while bodies come in all different sizes and shapes, the basics are mostly the same: arms, legs, torso. Fingers and toes. Hair in the usual places.

Colour life drawing [michalogy]

These drawings were done at the University of Melbourne’s life drawing sessions, held every fortnight and free for UoM students.

Have you tried life drawing before?

Blue jean classic

Blue Jean Classic | MICHALOGY

A crisp white shirt with blue jeans is a classic look that never goes out of style (cue Taylor Swift’s song).

Blue Jean Classic | MICHALOGY

I wore this outfit while getting my hair balayaged at Seri Hairdressers at Melbourne Central, upon my friend Maria’s recommendation.  I was lucky enough to have the manager Aaron as my hairdresser that day, and am pretty pleased with how it turned out. Aaron listened to me and took the time to explain how the dying process worked and recommended colours that would suit my natural hair, which was an improvement to my last visit to the hairdressers (a different one). I highly recommend Aaron and the rest of the team at Seri!

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The lace eyelet pattern and the cropped tie adds a fun twist to the white shirt. I decided to match with white sandals which showed off my red polish pedicure at the time.

Blue Jean Classic | MICHALOGY

The black bomber jacket is actually a men’s extra small which was found in a op shop several months ago. The store assistant told us that all the other store workers wanted the jacket for themselves but it was too small. I guess being petite has its perks sometimes.

The red plaid lining inside adds a sneaky pop of brightness to the attire.

Blue Jean Classic | MICHALOGY

Jeans – Saba
White shirt – Studio Girl in South Yarra
Jacket – Jack London (thrifted)
Sandals – Topshop
Clutch – Louis Vuitton dupe
Earrings – Diana Ferrari

Flanneltine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, I had brunch at Picnic. It’s one of my favourite cafes in South Yarra, mainly due to its reasonable prices, large glass windows letting in natural sunlight and the fact it was located about a stone’s throw away from the train station.

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I wanted to wear a bit of red as a nod towards Valentine’s Day, but not something too girly. The flannel toughens the looks up and acts as a transitory space where the reds and blues blend together, before separating into the navy and maroon colour blocks of the crop top and skirt respectively. I think the final result is quite pleasing to the eye – the colours merge seamlessly together, nothing stands out too much.

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Tying the flannel around my waist added another dimension to the bottom half of my outfit, and shows you don’t always have to wear shirts the way it is designed to be worn.

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#seriousstare

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Navy cropped top – Topshop
Pleather skirt – Taiwanese market
Flannel shirt – Uniqlo
Black flats – Ecco
Bag – Grandmother’s closet