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1. When do you feel at your most attractive?
And the end of a day, particularly when I come home from a party where I've talked and laughed with many friends.
2. Do you notice women on the street? If so, what sort of women do you tend to notice or admire?
The kinds of people that look like I could be easily friends with. For me, people with natural hair, probably looking a bit indie. People who seem friendly.
3. What are some things you admire about how other women present themselves?
When they appear confident and capable in their environment. They aren't just cold or keeping to themselves. Busting out of the socially isolating status quo of the city in small ways.
4. Was there a moment in your life when something “clicked” for you about fashion or dressing or make-up or hair? What? Why did it happen then, do you think?
When I watched 'the story of stuff' and learned about slave labor and child labor and the real price of the clothes we buy.
5. What are some shopping rules you wouldn’t necessarily recommend to others but which you follow?
The only rule I have is to shop ethically. As a student that means the op shop. You know that your money is going to charity instead of unethical corporations plus it forces you to be creative and try styles you might never have tried otherwise!
6. What are some rules about dressing you follow, but you wouldn't necessarily recommend to others?
There is no line between day clothes and pijamas. More of a hazy continuum.
7. What is the most transformative conversation you have ever had on the subject of fashion or style?
"Get this one, it makes you look like you have boobs, that's a good thing"
8. Do you have a unified way of approaching your life, work, relationships, finances, chores, etc.? Please explain.
I renounce the very concept of schedule.
12. Can you say a bit about how your mother’s body and style has been passed down to you, or not?
My mother wears outrageously bright clothes, and matches them. 'Blue and green should never be seen unless there's colours in between' is one of her mantras. I beg to differ. She has very little concept of style, saying 'I don't care what people think of the way I dress, I just like bright colours!' This has always been the source of great embarrassment for me. Her favourite colour has always been orange. My favourite colours used to change as a child, and in recent years I haven't really had one. But I'm slowing coming to the realisation that I'm in denial. To my dismay my favourite colour is indeed orange also.
19. What are you wearing on your body and face, and how is your hair done, right at this moment?
This morning I took too long to get dressed. My favourite standard black jeans were dirty. I wanted to wear my green baggy floral pants from India, but I decided I felt too silly in them today. So I put on some black cotton pants but they were too creased. So I put on my grey jeans but then I couldn't wear my favourite grey jacket because that would be too much grey. I put on the floral singlet but lamented that this only leaves me with my thin black cardigan for warmth; anything else would be too patterned or too big and annoying to take with me all day. I compensated with the large pashmina scarf even though the patterns clashed. I wanted to wear my maroon swede lace-ups but they made my toes sore so I ended up with boots even though they don't fit me well.
20. In what way is this stuff important, if at all?
There is some level of intention behind every garment.
62. How does makeup fit into all this for you?
I don't own any makeup. I feel okay about my face the way it is most of the time.
64. Can you describe in a basic way what you own, clothing and jewelry-wise?
What’s your birth date? Where were you born and where do you live now?
I live in Melbourne, where I was born.
Say anything you like about your cultural/ethnic/economic background.
White. My ancestors were convicts from England
What kind of work do you do?
And teach 17 year olds about passenger safety.