A girl once grew up in a small garden, covered with jungle like natives hanging low, allowing dappled light to seep in. With her pearls and silky frills she would put on her very best to go out into the garden where her fairy tales came to life. She made friends with all that lived beneath her toes. She spoke with the wind as it brushed by - sharing it her secrets so she wouldn't have to hold onto them - too beautiful to carry they were. She found beauty in everything. Beneath the hanging tree she gave life to the leaves that had fallen and picked the seemingly withered roses- for true beauty was not found in perfection. She knew a beauty that many others did not. She fell into many sleepless nights excited for the new dawn of possibilities.
As she grew, the garden made her wiser, stronger and more intelligent. It fashioned her for freedom and love. She always found home in the garden. Passion drove her to share the stories of beauty found in the wild foliage. She knew that she couldn't rest in this perfect utopia forever- and if she did the world would never know of what it held, it was soon to be taken away from her. The Beauty found was now to be given…
These photos were taken in my grandmothers garden, a garden that is over 50 years old. Its beautiful and wild, filled with all sorts of blooms, trees and the greenest of grass. As I type this, it is to be razed to the ground- the garden has to be destroyed. Poison was found in the attic of the house. Everything must go. Deeply devastating. Or seemingly so. The healing and love and golden life that wrapped us in this garden is worn by each of us as we carry the found love stories into new fields.
The lost garden found in each of us.
Photos by my mother
Written by Bella Thomas
Words edited by Erica Yi
" la bella vista"
"the good life" or " the beautiful life"
Living a beautiful life. Something we all admire and chase after. It can be done so simply and is different for everyone. We always try and over complicate it, comparing our lives to other people's. That easily just drives us further and further from living beautifully. This year I'm learning how to live a beautiful life. I want to read more, drink more green tea, treat my body well, think more highly of myself, be kinder, get off my phone, take less photos and experience moments, take risks, save money, go to Bali, buy pretty things, take more photos of my dog(s) and eat good food.
Jasmine, Lois and I have always wanted to collaborate together to create something. All of us with unique differences and talents. Jasmine with her perfectly collected feminine wardrobe, beautiful silk dresses with a touch of cool. Lois with her sweet persona loving all things arty with a tasteful eye for film photography so unique and timeless. We gathered at my house, clothes everywhere. Jasmine carefully picking each piece to get the shot we wanted. Lois making sure the lighting is perfect as you only really have one chance with film.... she has a patience that I envy.
Lois and I often work together, though we both agree this is our best yet. Hope you enjoy.
Image one: Lolita Hat by Lack of Color Aus, Vintage dress, Forever 21 earrings , Bagatiba Necklace
Image two: Kimono and rings my own. Artwork by Leanne Thomas
Image three: wearing: Garbo Dress by Reformation,
Image four: Elle Mcpherson Breeze Triangle Soft Cup Bra and Breeze Short, Bagatiba Necklace, my own jacket.
Image five: Urban Outfitters Bodysuit, Forever 21 Earrings, Bagatiba Necklace
Image six: Cap by Calvin Klein, American Apparel Bodysuit, Forever 21 Earrings, Bagatiba Necklace
Image seven: Cap by Calvin Klein, Urban Outfitters Bodysuit, All Saint Sandals, Forever 21 Earrings, Bagatiba Necklace
Image eight: Lolita Hat by Lack of Color Aus, Bagatiba necklace, All Saints Dress
Image nine: Vintage dress, Forever 21 earrings , Bagatiba Necklace
Servicing my current colour addiction with this bold sea blue dress (worn as skirt) andstrong tangerine structured top. As of recent I've been in love with colour, those strange ones that wouldn't normally be expected to be as intimate with eachother. A couple pictures andpieces of my new challenge to work with colour. I've thrown in a couple art bits that I thought were pretty fun too.
....................................................... the perfect cliche
<33333333 september twenty sixteen
all images taken on film by Vicki Liang
Created a little bit of magic with Artisans River Bennet and Leanne Thomas. How can one have so many creative’s around them?! I can't believe the magic we created in only a few short moments on a Tuesday afternoon. Riv came over for tea and talk with mum and I. Talking all things art and design, overwhelmed and in tears about the
creativity that comes from this world.
Brands like Gucci and Celine are leaving us all jaw dropped as they roll out more and more originality. People like Frida Kahlo and Henri Matisse stepped out and created something different and are now heroes both in and out of the art world. A close friend, Lois has a million of the most timeless ‘little black dresses’ in every colour and cut – we are in conversation over Insta direct about what we are inspired by and always daring each other to dress more how
we really really want to.
Creativity is all around us.
Riv and I took these photos in my back garden, I then handed them to mum who added something special. I think the flowers are a perfect expression of the outburst of creativity that is all around us and coming at us from all different directions. It can be a lot to take in and almost make us feel like we have to compete and be the best. “All eyes on us” kinda thing. But really, living that way seems like it takes away the true artist in us. You aren’t able to truly speak for yourself.
...I love how Erwin McManus translates this in his book The Artisan Soul, “The only art we create is that which authentically reflects who we are. Our soul is the material for all we create”
The weather down under has really had the better of us Aussie's. Has anyone felt like they've just been in the 1996 film Twister and survied? I was down at my local beach and I'm certain that I saw flying water (and not the rain type). It's getting hard to know how to handle it all emotionally. let alone simply knowing what to put on at 7am every morning when all I want to do is lay in bed snuggled up with the heater on high.
I walked into h&m looking for something that would stand out - I had in mind Gucci Resort 17- something that would make people ask "what on earth is she wearing". Which is what we all were thinking when we saw the images roll out from Resort 17 right?!?! In saying that, every piece in that collection was something to stare at and I wanted it all. My pocket can only afford so much, h&m satisfied me with an alternative. Everything from basics, jeans in every array to patterns on patterns. The look below is the pattern on pattern type, worn with my Jbrand leather pants (these were to substitute for the heater that was no longer by my side).
Leather pants: Jbrand
Shoes: Common Projects
This outfit is in no way fit for a Winter's day, but I've set it aside for when the weather decides to turn its head. I'd do the same if I were you - or you'll be sweating it up in your grandma's pastel sweater.
Pants: Paige Denim
Bag and shoes: Coach
RED. I'm obsessed with this colour at the moment. Pantone 185C to be exact, I've fallen in love with it over the past few weeks. (I've just started my graphic design course, so if I talk about fonts or colours in an overly obsessive way then thats why).
Sequins and a sexy lip bite? What more could you want in a jumper?...other than a patterned midi skirt to go with it.
Jumper and skirt: h&m
Shoes: Golden Goose (I never take these off.... sooooo comfy)
...and finally, denim on denim on denim x forever. Never gets old or too familiar. These baggie's are my one hit wonders and fit like a gem. Paired them with some chunky slides and something ripped.
Top: Bali find
Jacket: Paige Denim
made some graphics
wearing the drop waist Ellery dress - the colour of it I cannot handle- it's inspiring!
influenced by no other than Celine S/S 2016 (love heart eyes times 10000000)