April, May

In times of dire skull pressure, I like to think I’m French.

April, May Piper Shirt from Basically Boutique – Eska Alikai Navy Wrap Leather Skirt – Samantha Wills Fall for Me Rose Necklace and Future Reflections Blush Ring – Sarah Sebastian Tiny Heart Ring from The Dark Horse – AL & ALICIA Leather Wrap BraceletThe Mode Collective Heels

I would really like to say that my four-odd day break from updating this cybercorner has been an existential reflection on my soul. That I spent a little more than a weekend resting my mind. That I’ve come back with re-inspired eyes and a hungry ambition for stunning imagery and compelling discussions on coats so large that you’d be a reasonably good-looking checked jellybean…

But alas, it was quite the opposite. And it sucked. Take me back, dear internets! Forgive me! I’m sorry! You’ll never again be shunned to second by a Criminal Law exam!*

So to make up for lost time, and to retain my sanity, I present to you: the get-up with the ultimate repeat factor. The reality is that I have one more week of torturous textbook absorption to conquer (after which I’m immediately on a plane to Thailand with Zanita – more on that later), and given the questions you’ve been asking** about what to wear at times of extreme stress when all you want to do is eat, it was a logical conclusion to share my pyjama-dressing secret. My upfront confession is that this isn’t actually a pyjama top. Its incomparable print and French girl cool can be credited to new label April, May, with which I’ve become recently besotted, and who has a pretty little selection of pieces up over at Basically Boutique. The sleepwear sentiment and comfort is certainly there though, and paired with a badass leather bum situation and a necklace that, by some divine coincidence, vaguely emulates the pale pink print, you’re cooking with gas, ethanol, and other flammable substances on a rainy day.***

Such a thought-free win-win. To your friends, you say oh it’s just a sweet French label. To your boyfriend, you say why the hell would I iron it – it’s a pyjama top. You leave a few buttons open at the bottom for both breeziness and hey-I’m-actually-wearing-a-skirt-underneath-ness.

As for the footwear, yes – I wear heels during exams. Yes – I’ve explained why HERE, and trust me: it works.

And now, I’m going to go and wallow in a pile of marketing theory before heading back into the city for sparkly times with Georgia May Jagger.


*Ha – who am I kidding… I’ve got three years of law to go…

** Shine By Three Tumblr just turned into a giant question stream so I started another with some convulsion-inducing inspirations. So get it straight in your noggin – questions HERE, drooling HERE.

*** Then proceed to read all the wonderfully tacky love declarations on the wall behind you and move on with your day


Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese director, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Margaret has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Margaret’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, GRAZIA and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for the past four consecutive years. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim.

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