del rey dedication.

Top by Antipodium, State of Georgia shorts (gifted), Jeffrey Campbell wedges, Sportsgirl sunglasses, Australis Colour Inject in 'Salsa' 

Photos by April

Before I begin I would just like to point out that I did not turn into a Photoshop extraordinaire overnight. The product that you see before you is a combination of April's excellent styling and photography and Julia Trotti's downloadable Photoshop actions (saviour!). I thought I had mastered the art of photo editing in Aperture, but after seeing exactly how many steps goes into this PSD action just to get this sunkissed look (mind you I haven't touched Photoshop since the HSC), I realised how much I have yet to learn. Mastering PS is going right at the top of my summer to do list. 

And now to the photos. I received these high waisted shorts from State of Georgia and I thought they would be perfect to recreate a pin up girl inspired look with wedges. But April insisted I wear her floral headpiece and retro sunnies and the rest was del history. And so it became my LDR inspired outfit, an ode to my favourite songstress, the one who never ceases to fascinate me. I realise this isn't exactly what 'Melissa' would wear on a daily basis, but I find myself channeling differing vibes depending on my mood, where I'm going and who I'm seeing. One day it might be very refined/ chic (a-la Equipment shirt, skinny jeans and loafers) and the next day very street/ borderline skate /generic (ie. tee, cut-offs and Cons). I've been pondering my personal style of late and wondering to myself just exactly what it is and how I can pinpoint it. I honestly don't think I've found it quite yet (perhaps I'm looking things more critically and you see something completely different all together). And I think it will be some time before I can figure it out for myself. I want this blog will be an exploration of the evolution of my style (even if it means experimenting with looks that aren't usually me) and I hope you don't mind coming along for the ride.

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  1. Oh those shorts and sunglasses are pure magic on you! never take them off

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  2. Those shorts! Yummy summer perfection!

    Great pictures too, what a perfect post for a hot day like today! :)


  3. everything about these pics are awesome, from the editing to the outfit :)
    the wedges goe so well with the shorts and sunnies and the floral wreath is just pure romance!! love it!


  4. I love everything about these photos, the filter, the LDR inspiration, the backdrop, the outfit...looking forward to sharing the ride while you work out your style :) xx

  5. i love a bit of lana inspo. and those shoes, oh my. i can just imagine them in a nice champagne/peachy colour. so lovely. x.

  6. Beautiful! Love the print on your shorts and the fun headband :)

  7. Aw girl, you look so cool! Love the LDR inspiration and the PS work (that's on my to-do list this summer too). Fashion is all about having fun right? So I'm looking forward to seeing your personal style evolution too x

  8. I just discovered your blog and it is fabulous! You had me at the name alone!

  9. I love the way the headpiece highlights the pattern on the shorts!

    x karen

  10. Great shots! I love running into another Sydney blogger! Just followed ya hun!

    <3 Anna Vu

  11. Gorgeous photos lovely and I NEED those shoes now xx