Thursday, 26 May 2016

ONE NIGHT AT FASHION WEEK

Last week I managed to grab a ticket for a fashion show that was a part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. Arriving at Carriageworks, the vibe was uber cool, and of course the fashion was on point - sometimes wacky but mostly just super slick and awesome. I love seeing when people really experiment with their fashion - and this was definitely the event to see it all at. I was actually surprised at the number of unusual outfits - and loved it so much to see people express themselves like that. 



The show I went to see was called 'DI$COUNT UNIVERSE: SIN IS IN' and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. With Nick Cave blaring so loud my ears almost burst, I watched all these really interesting pieces of clothing being catwalked down the runway. I gotta say I was a bit resistant to the whole catwalk thing - seeing only one type of body represented isn't particularly inspiring! I understand it's the industry, but it did stop me from wholeheartedly being engaged in the show. But the clothes were really cool. I love the wacky colours, patters and slogans on their clothing - they're really not afraid to go all out with their pieces. Here's some of my faves:



I decided to get a little dressed up as well, and wore some great wide leg culottes, big platform boots (they remind me a bit of rocky horror), a yellow crop top with cut outs and a classic long duster jacket. Here's my look:


Overall, a really enjoyable and interesting look into the fashion industry and how it all works. Will definitely head there next year!


- Lotte 




Monday, 25 April 2016

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Larry Moss Acting: Audit REVIEW

A couple of days ago I went to see Larry Moss, a famous acting coach rehearse with some actors. The company 16th Street hosted the event, where actors apply to rehearse a scene with Larry Moss as their director, and people can come and 'audit' (watch) the rehearsal happening.

I hadn't heard anything about Larry Moss or his acting coaching style before this event, but was really intrigued into watching his rehearsal process and how he worked with actors. It was an immensely fascinating day, and I learnt a lot about how directors can bring emotions and actions out of their actors. Larry himself was hilarious - his broad American accent and baseball cap slightly amused me, but he also had a real knack of making the audience laugh. He also has a real talent of taking an approach to a certain scene or line from a particular play, and stretching it into a more broad concept to follow when working on any text.

He focused on the importance of breath control, knowing and studying the text, slowing down and focusing everything on the other actor in the scene (they were all duologues), which I thought were all vital aspects of rehearsing a text. His dedication to an actor's entire body was really important to understand for the actors working with him, including detailed work on the voice. I also loved his work on really understanding and knowing the text you're working on - including the setting and nationality of the work, and treating the words like poetry. He emphasized the fact that the writer is everything, and they have given you all the tools to deliver the scene truthfully if you really listen to them.

I was a bit overwhelmed at times, because once the actors were invested in the scene, there were a lot of emotional moments including crying and not being able to continue the scene. I'd never seen something like that happen in a rehearsal, and I was shocked by how much these actors were dedicated to their craft. Larry made the actors really in touch with their emotions, and to imagine situations like the ones their characters were in. I saw the development of the actors as the scenes progressed, and I think it was down to those simple factors mentioned earlier. Every actor had such a beautiful relationship with their scene partner and were definitely changed by the end of their rehearsal with him.


There were 8 scenes altogether taken from 8 plays, each was rehearsed for about an hour with Larry and then moved on to the next. I loved most of the scenes a lot, especially the ones set in Ireland (Outside Mullinger and The Lonesome West), as they were entirely about Ireland, the connection to land and a great example of how much work you have to do on a script to perform it truthfully. Stupid Fucking Bird was another favourite (the script was so well done), Laughing Wild was incredibly hilarious but also poignant and The Effect was really unexpected and different, but really interesting. I really want to read the plays and see them performed again. 


This was the set up for The Lonesome West, and the use of the stage in this scene to create tension, humour and violence was brilliant. We were seated inside quite a small room, and there was plenty of audience engagement with Larry and the actors so the intimate environment was perfect. Overall I really enjoyed the day and you can watch this video to see a glimpse of who Larry is. His tips really helped me view my acting from a more human perspective, and I think it was a really valuable experience. 

Lotte 


Saturday, 9 April 2016

80 MINUTES NO INTERVAL @ THE OLD FITZ THEATRE


The synopsis: 
Louis is a failed novelist, which wouldn't be the case if he'd stop messing with tense and obscuring the narrative. He was a theatre reviewer, and he'd still be doing that if a black box hadn't been invented that runs on an algorithm having it write perfect reviews. His girlfriend would still be around if he'd stopped taking her to plays were directors wrecked simple stories, and he'd be sitting in his home right now if he hadn't worn out his welcome at this parent's investment property. One thing Louis does have is grit; he ain't gonna let no thing or no body bring him down. But sometimes art happens, and when it does...two words...pens and eyes. Pens. Eyes.

The review:
First of all the venue -- the Old Fitz is an old pub in the backstreets of Wooloomooloo, Sydney. It doesn't look like a very exciting area when you're walking around it, so when I saw the Old Fitz sign on the end of the street I thought it might be a pretty daggy place. I was so wrong. A friend of mine and I walked into a really groovy bar with lots of funky actors and sydney-siders enjoying a beer from the nice Irish guy working behind the bar. The place struck me immediately as hyper-cool and not trying to be anything it wasn't. We went upstairs to grab the tickets and then headed downstairs below the bar into the tiny theatre. I immediately loved the atmosphere, everyone cramped into a tiny theatre, with low lighting, tiered seating and cushions on the stairs if you didn't manage to get a seat. It's my idea of a perfect theatre venue. The audience is so close to the tiny stage that you really feel connected to the drama and the actors no matter where you are sitting. Now onto the play.

I thought it was pretty fucking hilarious. I had no idea what is was going to be like when I booked the tickets, but was immediately hooked from the first scene. All of the actors were immensely comfortable in their characters and the comic timing straight off the bat, was perfect. The small scenes from different times in the characters lives were both funny and poignant, and although at times the play border lined surreal, there was always a real human connection that the audience felt with the story. There were some very weird and unexpected twists - what started out as 'normal' play then continued to include comic deaths and surreal events. But what I found most funny wasn't these surreal events, but the witty banter between the characters. I was almost crying with laughter at certain points, and the audience could tell that the actors themselves were cracking a smile during their scenes. It was a really clever production, with smart sets and dialogue that always kept you guessing as to what came next. Some of the acting at times wasn't wholly realistic, but I think when you work with a play that doesn't fit into a specific genre, it can be really difficult. It was the kind of play that reminded me how much I love acting and how exciting it would be to be in a production like that.

Unfortunately, last night was the play's last performance - but I'm definitely going back to the old Fitz soon for another play!

Lotte x 


Sunday, 3 April 2016

sydney look 4th april 2016


shoes - adidas stan smiths
interior shelf - muji
beauty - glossier
clothes store - alpha 60 
flower on desk - lisa cooper floristry 

Friday, 18 March 2016

19 March Entry

Today was a beautiful day in Sydney so I decided to check out the Glebe Artisan Markets for a stroll and cheeky browse. It's such a nice little market that will be happening every month now -- check it out next month for some really nice stalls! I bought some great ceramics and a lovely bracelet. Also bit of an outfit post here because why not.





Happy Saturday!
Lotte x 





Wednesday, 16 March 2016

beauty/fashion current trend loves

hi everyone! today I was feeling pretty fashion and beauty inspired, so wanted to make a post about some beauty/fashion trends/looks that are hot right now. I really like a few of them, and can't wait to get my fashion on a bit more when it gets cooler here.


BOMBER JACKETS and CULOTTES

I've got a few bomber jackets in my collection, but to be honest haven't found places to where them. When I put them on I always feel like my top half is boxy and wider than I am, which is not a good look! However, I've seen people rocking them really well with plain t-shirts/singlets and 3/4 length pants (whatever material), and look fab. The bomber jackets I have are quite patterned or have big phrases on them, so I think the key is pairing them with other plain pieces. As for culottes or wide leg pants, I wear them a lot with cropped t-shirts, singlets etc. It's one of my favourite styles and I think with a bomber jacket it looks great.








































STRAIGHT LEG PANTS and BARE ANKLES

This is one of my favourite looks at the moment. I think tapered 'dress' pants are so great to wear casually, especially if you're wearing a larger, statement piece on top (like this shirt). They really tie together the look to give a more put together, sophisticated vibe, which I'm into. Sometimes besides jeans I'm not sure what kind of pants to wear, but this style really solves the issue for me. You could wear them with any type of shirt (t-shirt, turtleneck, off the shoulder) and it looks fantastic. Also have been loving the bare ankles vibe, which I do occasionally rock - but with the wrong pants (or the wrong shoes) it can look weird. I personally love the school shoe style, and with these pants they make the outfit really modern and chic. 


ANKLE BOOTS with RIPPED JEANS

This look pretty much speaks for itself. Pair any shiny ankle boots with rugged, ripped jeans and you've just blended two styles effortlessly. I also love the long jacket in this photo as I love wearing long coats or capes, and with jeans they look the perfect mix of casual and stylish.


LOOSE PANTS and SNEAKERS (looking at girl on left)

I know this trend has been going on for quite a while, but I haven't really got into it until now. I got myself a pair of Nike Free Runs for exercise, and while they are great for that, I've also been wearing them heaps with casual clothing. I sometimes have a problem with overdressing, but I find that when I pair an outfit with these shoes, it gives it a more free and casual look. I know it's a really popular trend, and I was somewhat opposed to it for while, but now I'm totally into it. Along with the other pants mentioned in this post, I also love loose-fitting pants for everyday wear. Apart from being really comfy, they bring about that norm core vibe. I love the simple drawstring on the black pants above, and when styled with the outfit I reckon it screams funkiness like a cool small boutique employee.


NATURAL DEWY MAKEUP LOOK

I'm a huge fan of makeup. I love to try out a lot of different styles, colours and techniques when it comes to a makeup routine. I keep seeing this look - really natural, dewy skin, highlighter, your-lips-but-better lip colour, full brows and minimal coverage foundation - and have actually become a real fan recently. I think it looks really pretty and minimal, which is a style I've been drawn towards as of late. It's an effortless look which I'm definitely going to look in to!


DRESS OVER T-SHIRT

I've always found it a bit hard to rock this sort of look, as I find that t-shirts look a bit weird on me. But, as I have a few pieces that could be combined to create this style, I really want to try it out. I think both clothing items look really funky and modern when styled together. It's also a really easy outfit to throw on in 5 minutes, and looks fab with bare legs and docs.


MINIMALIST JEWELLERY 

I've always loved wearing rings and earrings, and silver is usually my go to colour to wear. I love the new focus on minimalist rings and earrings, which give an immediate sophisticated vibe to an outfit. I want to increase to wear small, dainty rings on all my fingers and then maybe some more statement jewellery as well. Love it. 

Recent favourite style blogs:
+ chelseawears (boss of shopanomie)


And that's it! 

Lotte