Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creative Ladies - Jessica-T

Jessica-T is a Brisbane-based accessories label that supplies and develops fashion products for some of the biggest names in Australian fashion. The label's retail collections are stocked in over 100 stores around Australia and internationally. I first encountered Jessica-T when I found this gorgeous hourglass necklace. Since then, Jessica-T products have been featured a bunch of times on Kitty & Buck.
The company founder, Jessica studied Fashion Design at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) after high school and graduated with honors. After cutting her teeth working with a major Australian retailer as a fashion buyer and then a product developer, she branched out on her own and formed the Jessica-T label. For a young company, Jessica-T has already gathered an impressive collection of accolades, including Jessica being a Queensland Finalist for the Telstra Young Business Women's Awards!

I selected a few of my favourite items currently in stock, you can see the full range over at the Jessica-T website.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What I Wore | Glittering Black

It's been a long time since I posted an outfit, a combination of rainy weather and lots of work on meaning I haven't had the time nor inclination. This outfit post brings exciting news, though! Over the weekend I attended my very first blog event, a blogging masterclass followed by a cocktail party which was put on by the Kidspot Voices of 2014 folks. And the reason why I was there? Kitty & Buck has somehow managed to land in the top 40 Australian Beauty & Lifestyle blogs for 2014!! How exciting is that? I'm so flattered and grateful to be in the running, after being selected from over 1000 nominations. It's totally mind boggling! I met so many new Aussie bloggers, and caught up with a few that I haven't seen in awhile.

The masterclass covered topics from the best ways to utilise Facebook and social media, to privacy issues and my favourite, how to create a successful side project to your blog - It was exciting to see inspiring ladies like Luisa Brimble, Pip Lincolne and Jaclyn Carlson share their experience and ideas.
Since the dress code was 'casual' for the masterclass and 'cocktail' for the evening party, I thought I'd try something outside of my usual comfort zone and donned this sparkly number. Plus, it was a serious experiment to see if I could be 7ft tall... Not my usual style at all, but it was fun to get dressed up for the night! Besides that, you can flip the sequins around to make crazy patterns. That in itself should sell this dress to you ;)
C and I decided to stay near the venue for the evening and booked a room in the Medusa Hotel. I was sold when I read reviews comparing it to New Orleans! It was definitely a little more modern than anywhere I visited in NOLA, but still had the spirit, with a definite Sydney flavour. These crazy colours lit up the courtyard outside our room, giving it a very Darlinghurst (ahem, Darlo) vibe.

The overall winners won't be announced until later in the year, I'll keep you in the loop. You can check out the full list of finalists here.
jacket // borrowed from C!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Found #91

Cute tote from Scout and Lilly - "I Got This"

This tree is just... incredible. It's thought to be around 3200 years old and this is the first time it has ever been captured in it's entirety a single image. It took 32 days and 126 photographs to create this stitched image. Prepare your scrolling finger...

Ah, flowers. If you can't send real flowers to someone, how about something that lasts a little longer? A always, Oana has created beautiful work with this Peony Postcard.

Never let your phone battery die again! Super cute mobile chargers for when you're on the go.

via: Ban.Do

Think you're pretty good with the old baking, do you? Do your cookies have embossed cats? Huh? These engraved rolling pins are amazing! You can get a custom design or choose from the patterns in the shop, I'm pretty sure you'll find something you love.

image via: Studio 404 | Type by the lovely Minna May

Angel collected a great roundup of creative folk - including some of my favourites Kristen Drozdowski and Minna May. There was a few new faces for me to look into as well. Check out the gorgeous illustrations, lettering, design and photography in this post!! Ahhh.

I hope you have a great weekend - and I hope it stops raining, just a little bit... please?


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ModCloth Grab Bag Sale!

Everyone loves a juicy surprise and ModCloth has put together one of the sweetest! Starting today you can get a $50 grab bag with every $150 purchase! The offer is only valid while stocks last, which means you have a day or two to get in there. Be sure to read the fine print - your purchase must total $150 before tax and shipping and the deal does not apply to gift certificates. Need ideas for what to buy? Check out their new swimwear and cover ups they have sizes that are fun and flattering for all body types! If that doesn't help you out, I've created some visual aids for some inspiration ;)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Instagram Challenge | April Colour Announcement

To bring you up to speed, the Instagram challenge is designed to keep our photography flowing throughout the year, in the form of creating a nice collaborative rainbow. Each month will have a different colour theme. I'll announce a new colour monthly and then showcase my favourite shots on the blog at the end of the month.

If all goes according to plan, I think we'll be able to paint a beautiful spectrum on Instagram through the year, which you can watch unfold by searching the hashtag #kittyandbuckcolor

If you'd like to join in, there are no rules, other than using the hashtag #kittyandbuckcolor and taking a snap (or multiple snaps) that predominately features each month's colour. You can create a scene to photograph, or walk around your town and find new places that show off the colour of the month. Just use it as an excuse to exercise your creativity and photography skills!

The color theme for April is {blue} - this one should be a piece of cake (extra points for blue cake) Aside from the sky, and bodies of water, I imagine you'll find a million and one blue things to photograph (clothing, books, tropical butterflies, fancy drinks?)

If you'd like to spread the word, feel free to grab this button to share on your blog. You can resize it to fit your sidebar by changing the width and height values in the code when you copy it to your blog's sidebar. (just keep them the same so it stays square!)

Find me on Instagram @kittyandbuck - I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful photographs! Remember, if you are private, let me know your username in the comments if you'd like me to see your pictures and I'll follow you.