Electric Feel

November 30, 2012

I’ve always been a strong believer in being inspired by an location, an era or a concept than an individual or an ‘icon’.

photos by Zanita Morgan

She’s Electric Floral Strip Crop Top – TOPSHOP Boutique Silk Jogger Pants – Cassette Society Bikini – Adidas Santiago Watch¬†(similar HERE) – Anu¬†and Venessa Arizaga Bracelets – Meadowlark Cat Ring – Hussy Idyllic Sandals

So often, I’m asked about what inspires me the most in my personal style, writing, video work and styling. I’ve always been a strong believer in being inspired by an location, an era or a concept than an individual or an ‘icon’. For me, I’ll be going home from Sri Panwa buzzing with ideas and mental moodboards for collaborations and projects to come – Zanita and I have already been bouncing concepts off each other, particularly since the excitement of our beach ballet shoot! Brace yourselves for a wild ride!

But step right back, people: while I’ve been here, Sri Panwa’s perfect jungle scenes have certainly infiltrated my dressing – starting with this electric green striped floral affair. In the past, I’ve only played with crop tops on special occasions, mainly because they are as much a staple of festival attire as denim short shorts, but how could I resist the pseudo wetsuit look and feel of this baby? Combined with tropical hair and a bikini or two, I’m certainly swimming in scuba-dive, coconut-dance, beach-bonanza vibes. I feel like I missed out on the flowers-in-my-hair deal, but you can admire the blur of pink blooms behind me.

Here’s my one word of advice for crop tops (also demonstrated here) – lowriders are out of the question (ok, six). I don’t care if it’s a sarong, chinos, or the best denim shorts you own. If more than a centimetre below your belly button is showing, then we have a problem and you can’t come with me to breakfast at the Baba Pool Club. Save it for a tshirt. Generally speaking, high-waisted styles are far more flattering in this context too (think real ab action).

And that is all I have to say. Because I have a dance to do. In the jungle. Watch me on Instagram.

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