Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Unplugging: reconnect with Nature

Amazing views from the top of the hills, all over the bay.  What you can't see is all the tiny yachts and sail boats. The seagulls soaring around over head. And the smell of the ocean.
This is how you do camping, yes otherwise known as Glamping. It's practically luxury.. Luxury wrapped in 4 walls of canvas. The sand, sea smells, moonlit walks on the beach at 1am.

Bacon and eggs cooked under the trees, delicious hot and sweetly smelling mixed with the scent of pine cones and damp earth.  Followed by a cheeky magpie looking for food tit bits.
Wineries you know will be good, when you drive up and smell sweet fermented grapes.  Walk in past barrels of Pino Gris... I tasted, appreciated and snaffled me a bottle!

Nothing beats mood lighting for Tarot cards like this.. candles, sea breeze.  Mmmm so delicious.

All that white sand and seaweed.  

Witchy Queer: The day I made a friend cry and realise this is more powerful than me!

I like to be a little magical, a Witchy Queer... and I don't care if this all sounds a little like fairy tales and bull-shit.  To me it's a special gift and a sense of self awareness that not everyone is blessed with.

I've always known, and had the oddest people tell me they can feel my energy or that I've clairvoyant talents.  However to me it's more than that.  It all stems from a belief system.  I'd like to share with you mine and how I've rationalised it to satisfy my sense of needing balance of mysticism and reality.
Fate or Destiny?
I believe that you can control your future, you can change or influence your life path.  Otherwise look at me, I was born to be a housewife, in a good christian family, have 3.5 kids a husband and a picket fence.  Or at least that's the dream for me my parents had and they, bless their hearts did every thing they could to give me the best start on that path. Obviously this post is a sign that didn't happen..

So if I believe that you are the owner of your life, your future then how does that tie in with clairvoyant things, magical life and tarot?  To me this they are all a thought prompt, a indicator to be mindful around a certain thing, situation or thought.  More often than not it's the kick in the nuts that your sub-conscious needs.  Going on the thought process that not everyone is as in tune with their intuition this is very useful.   Sometimes with a touch of magic...

After a beautiful day out in the gorgeous Melbourne sun, after another gorgeous festival day my friend and I went for a lovely dinner then off to Luna Park for one quick round on the funniest Ghost Train I've ever been on in my life.  Hilarious!

The ghost train ride got us talking about Tarot cards.. and having had a set myself now for a couple of years, and getting more in tune, and better at reading, spreads and helping my friends with the meanings of their cards, I suggest I'd be happy to do a reading for her.    Back at my house, candles burning, the most delicious Godess incense burning we were ready to go.

I love creating an atmosphere conducive to relaxing and getting in tune with your self, getting your head straight and loosing all distractions...  My room is perfect, candles, a light breeze from the open door onto my deck.  Outside the solar rainbow mini lights are all lit up, the scents from the candles is sweet and there are so many the room actually warms up the cool night air just a touch.  I have a couple of incense sticks alight and the mood is perfect.  I set up my cards in front of a gorgeous painting of my three eye'd all seeing pink watermellon godess.  She's beautiful.  I organise the crystals, I really don't have enough I realised at the time, all pointing to the middle to channel energy.  
I've always been pretty on point when doing readings for people but this time was so much more, I really didn't expect to feel overwhelmed and the energy was so intense.  I've never had someone cry.  It was both beautiful, scary and intense all at once.  You realise with these things you're not just talking flippantly about things, it's so much more and deeper.  Life, like big decisions, love, hearts... this is the real slide of magic.  In this case Tarot cards that couldn't have been any more perfect for what she had going on..  Trippy.  

I think readings need aftercare, just the same way intense and emotional sexual experiences do.   That safety, grounding, bringing back into reality after an experience.   Hugs, a card covered in wax and glitter that has the cards that we pulled all written out.  A drink or for the smokers a ciggie... all things to calm the heart and allow the brain to absorb the thoughts..   Like sex it's another expression of vulnerability in this case definatley both sides - that so many people are afraid of.    I was in awe, and then super exhausted.

And so, in conclusion, MAGIC.  Also, this shit is powerful.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Burning Man 2009

What will 2014 look like? 

Festivals, Thanks Melbourne you're amazing and I love being in you!

I've been to four festivals this year alone just in Victoria, out of Melbourne. And I plan to go to at least a few more this year here.
But also I managed to get my tickets to Burning Man!  Soo fucking happy.  SEE YOU IN A FEW MONTHS BURNING MAN! Can you just imagine it, I'm doing my happy dance around the bedroom?  I fully condone jumping on the bed in situations like this!!  Bring it on!

Now just to persuade the Beaverton Camp crew to pick me ( I'm not quite sure how that bit works.)
Is this proof enough that I'm keen enough guys??
See this?   I was newly out and you'll helped soooo much, and now I really want to participate, contribute and give back. I still have this from Burning Man 2009!

Be good to people

Even shitty ones.

Falling asleep in your arms

I don't know?  Would it be?

Sleep with me!

So I can use you as a pillow and and warm up my cold feet on you.

Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud

Well I think I have covered on the colourful requirements.

Crazy? Let me get down off my Unicorn and slap you!



All of the time.

And proudly weird.

If one more person says "That's so gay"

I'll shower them with glitter like a baptism of STUPID.

Credit: see picture.


I love you, you have ever reason to live

Hey you,

You reading this now! You're beautiful and have every reason to live.

I love you.

How to be a Trans* Ally

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Seasonal Defective Disorder or Winter Blues part 6

BRING ON SUMMER TIME!!  June, July and August in the Southern hemisphere are the crux of winter, often cold and wet in the more tropical countries and of course the days are shorter and darker and less sunny.
In many species, activity is diminished during the winter months in response to the reduction in available food and the difficulties of surviving in cold weather. Hibernation is an extreme example, but even species that do not hibernate often exhibit changes in behavior during the winter. It has been argued that SDD is an evolved adaptation in humans that is a variant or remnant of a hibernation response in some remote ancestor...  Yes I may have been hiding under my warm wee rock, but its cosy and safe.  I'll surface soon

If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month. Transitioning in two months from 37 degrees through to 3 degrees has been a little draining and daunting to lil  ole me who takes a bit to get acclimatized!

Friday, September 6, 2013

NZFW 2013: Annah Stretton

Based on the entire theme of Alice in Wonderland - from props, set, pre show characters, right down to the fabric in the garments this was truly a childhood story brought to life!  The Cheshire Cat, painted by BodyFX and the Mad Hatter Opened the  Annah Stretton show, prancing up and down the run way which was split down the middle by  line of vintage tables covered in cupcakes, macaroons, tea sets and flowers.  I knew we were in for an exciting show.

Featuring two halves to the show, and man frock coats, and suits,  dresses with many petticoats and flounces to the second half predominately spotty.  Polka dots on everything, reversed in black and white, huge floral crown hats made by Pheonix Cosmetics really tipped of the whimsical look and fairy tail feel of the whole show..

Nerida Cortese as Alice dancing with the Mad Hatter down the runway mid-show just added the final touch to the amazing production by Jonathan Smith.  Perfectly timed and choreographed, Nerida wearing a pretty circle skirt dress by Annah Stretton just made it perfect.  Even though it didn't seem to be the initial plan the runway audience loved being able to swarm the run way and snap both pictures and a cup-cake at the end of the show.

NZFW 2013: Pia Boutique

Opened by another Melbourne based Kiwi Esther Stephens singing a beautiful song "Under You" wearing a signature smock dress, hemmed with cute frills in bright blues, pinks and aqua marines.  Definitely an exciting way to engage the attention of a runway audience overwhelmed by the amount of shows at fashion week.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NZFW 2013: NZ Weddings Magazine Show

Apart from being SO super excited about this show and my favourite New Zealand gown designer John Zimmerman, who has a store in Eden Terrace on Mt Eden Road, the NZ Weddings Magazine show is the most fabulously sparkly show of all Fashion Week this year.  With no jewelry or Phoenix Makeup shows to spice up the variety on the runway this year, it has to be one of my top favorites so far.

Opening with Vinka Design and high lighting with the menswear of Crane Brothers strutting dapperly down the runway.  Sara Lilly included almost a dozen children in her section also, cute little barefooted boys and girls, really making the crowd "Oooohh" and "Aaaaahhh"!

Sara Lilly even included a nod to #EqualLove / #MarriageEquality with a "Here come the Brides" sign held by two little boys and a pair in a gorgeous cream satin pants suit and bridal gown.  Nicely played Sara, I like.

NZFW 2013: Deryn Schmidt

When one heads off to the races, Melbourne Cup, I'm looking at you! One wants to be all dressed up lady-like or be the one with a lady on your arm.  I'm down with either option, give me a lady date wearing Deryn Schmidt pants suit or pencil skirt and we'd make a eye-catching pair.

Again using sheer fabrics, but textured sheer, in both black and brown, half sheer leggings matched up with a strapless fitted corset bustier top in patterned plum colours.  The feature fabric was a gorgeous dark brown/purple colour with images of old flash units off vintage cameras...  You appeal to my love of vintage things!

My favourite look of the collection has to be the jacket and skirt combination in  almost hounds-tooth pattern but all black with a glisteny shine to it.  Teamed up with tall heels and dark glasses and a vintage inspired curly waved bob it was a fierce power female look that I love!
Lastly I note the fantastic hats.  Large "Sunday's in the park" look with large brims and covered in sparkly jewels over the top they were eye-catching and something I think I'll be investing in to survive a Melbourne summer!

NZFW 2013: Zambezi

Zambezi has always been a brand that I've felt conflicted about.  I love the dark all back style.  I'm totally a black wearing girl mixed up with all my bright pink its almost my uniform.  However the style of clothing is interesting,  large and over sized hasn't always been my jam, although I'm starting to like more things of that style the more I see them.  But Zambezi has always been the leader in that style.  It takes a strong sense of style identity to wear it.  To me your beige is an easy out.

This year they pushed the envelope even further by completely opening up the backstage area.  You could see the changing racks and the make-up artists, the stage crew, the backstage photographers and the designers running around organizing the long line of models onto the run way.

Having lived directly opposite their new head offices on Canada Lane in Newton, Auckland I've seen the hours they work and the hustle and bustle of running one of New Zealand's largest design houses.   When I find a piece of Zambezi that looks amazing on me and it ends up in my wardrobe, trust me I'll be letting you all know.

The mens wear I do admire tho and would be happy to see garbed on my dates. Tailored winter coats in heavy fabric with corded detailing and prefect finishing, the dark green and blue vinyl and plastic looks I think I'll leave for someone else however.  They really did surprise with a dash of red, coloured with pink on a slightly sheer textured dresses and mens and womens shirts in an "almost" floral pattern.

NZFW 2013: Andrea Moore

Andrea Moore was a love bright dash of colour a midst a day largely dominated by dark colours and over sized or unfitted clothing.  Its was a complete wake up to my senses,  colours of the season for A/W 2014 from Andrea Moore definitely feature strong  nectarine oranges, vivid magenta pink which hints at almost being fluorescent.  Royal blues and bright avocado greens mixed with geometrical prints dare anyone to wear them and not stand out.

My favourite piece of the collection has to be the hot pink jump suit.  Although a jump suit would really challenge my body confidence with pleats and gathers around a higher sitting waist, the colour is just FANTASTICALLY bright, and I love it.  Teamed up with a complimentary purple blazer coat it just looked great.

The rest of the collection was full of florals, tailored dress pants for your corporate Remuera business woman with too much money to spare or a fancy out for that special occasion.  What edged it up a little were some awesome wee vinyl  harness waistcoats.  Made of wide thick straps that came around the shoulder and across the back I love the idea.  One with faux fur shoulders actually made me super excited I think I'll have to get my hands on one myself....  I like this challenge!

NZFW 2013: Company of Strangers

Doll faces, not a smile to be seen, grungy styled hair, dark make up and fishnet tights.  Company of strangers show was grimy, dark and brooding, hosted in the underground car park of the Sofitel hotel, just down and around the roadworks detour from the Fashion Week venue, the Viaduct Events Centre.

High platform wedge boots by Chaos and Harmony were amazing and fitted the style of the show perfectly. I think this sign from back stage sums it all up perfectly. Love it!!

I'm pretty sure I'll have a huge list of "WANT" when this range comes out.  The dog collar necklaces with chain detail,  the over whelming amount of sheer fabric in a gothy winter collection!  The excessive use of vynal mixed with base fabric in black, dark green or deep plumy red colours.

Nose to ear chain rings are COOL... I'll have to dig mine out... although it wasn't something I brought with me.  Tunic dresses in rib fabric, side splits and the hottest leather look crop tops.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

NZFW 2013: Lela Jacobs

Not quite knowing what to expect when I sat down at the Lela Jacobs NZFW show, my heart beat quickened when a guitarist and singer/keyboardist stepped out to play the show sound track live.  A hauntingly eerie beginning to a collection show I've fallen in love with.   Himalayan Sherpa Gothic chic mixed with a little ice queen.  For myself,  huge fan of alternative fashion style, darker and androgynous clothing the Lela Jacobs show, "The Keep" will be something I'll be putting on my shopping list once I am back in Melbourne!

A monochromatic color palette of predominantly blacks, grays, whites and neutrals accentuates the conceptual silhouettes and strong lines of a Lela Jacobs design.  The show opened with a major impact,  tall dark African looking girl in black goddess robes.  Layered fabric, robes and tunics, some with Asian inspired collars and other long garments with a shirt collar and shoulders draping down to frayed edges and deconstructed hems.   Printed in white across the shoulders or legs was the stylized words "de-centralized".

Favourite pick of the collection would be the only one pair of stretch sheer soft cotton like black leggings with the font "de-certralized" printed up one leg.  I'll be on the hunt for a pair of those.  My inner gothic tendencies were excited.  Although I'd team my outfits up with loads of colour, I love the dark over garments, the fur and leather waistcoats and shrugs I need in my Wardrobe to survive the next Melbourne Winter.

NZFW 2013: Twenty Seven Names

Opening with a nod to school boy chic and casual street glam for winter, Twenty Seven Names show was a cute selection of skater dresses, tailored pants, dropped waistlines and 90's cardigans.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Fashion Week 2013: International Media

Fashion Week is an experience like no other.  For me its a pleasant escape from reality and a "What the doctor ordered" distraction.  If you haven't met me or guessed already by reading my blog that I take great joy in dressing up, looking "fancy" or all dolled up.  Why?
I don't really know, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with how I feel in those clothes!
Do clothes make a difference to my self confidence?  Well for me and many other girrls boys, ladies, gents it really really does, we are only human, right?  Its so exciting to be here in NZ, in Auckland again this year for this event and feeling chuffed about rolling with being an "International Blogger".   It's the small things that count.

So for me its a week celebration of looking and feeling like a million dollars, and maybe the paparazzi at the Fashion Week opening party tonight down at the Viaduct Events Centre.  I'm the first to admit I'm a special creature but I like to celebrate my uniqueness in both myself and others.  My aim is this week to bring you the highlights of all of the Fashion Week from my unique and quirky sense of style and  humour.

Fashion Week Claw Club

Online, tv and video  coverage for all of Fashion Week can be found on New Zealands' TV3 website and more on Fashion font row with Kate Roger.  I'll have my coverage and professional photography from each event and my snippets as it happens on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Nick von K - Midnight Carnival

As the former co-host of The Midnight Rock n Roll Circus (on the late great Alt TV) with my amazing New Zealand based contributor to this blog Dolly DeStory, I was excited to send her along to cover "Midnight Carnival" - the newest collection from the decadently Gothic Nick Von K!  I knew she'd love it!  With my other amazing friends, pictured above, I couldn't help be just a little jealous that I was there too.

WIN: New Zealand Fashion Week Designer Selection Show

I love giving things away on my Blog, and I'm super excited today to be giving away Phlossy Roxx's Ultimate Fashionista's Night Out!   The winners of this double pass will get to join me for the a big night out at New Zealand Fashion Week.
You get a double pass to the Designer Selection Show, an exciting high energy fashion show including designers such as Company of Strangers, Zambesi, Hailwood, Huffer, Trelise Cooper, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Tigerlily, Twenty-Seven Names and heaps more!!  Come along and join me for a quiet drink and relax in the Laurent Perrier Champagne Lounge or the Bombay Sapphire Bar.  

A night out where you'll feel completely spoiled, you'll even come away from the show with a goodie bag with lots of treats and beauty products to take home and fill up your bedside drawer and bathroom beauty cupboard.    There might even be a wee taste of eye candy for the lads and ladies with underwear too from Bonds and Jockey showing their new season ranges of sexy shape wear!
How can you win this VIP night out to join me catwalk side at New Zealand Fashion Week? Well you all know I love to dress up, get FANCY and stand out in a crowd.  So if you want to come along to this amazing New Zealand Fashion Week show you need to answer this simple question!

If I,  Phlossy Roxx was to lead a Fashion Week Catwalk, describe the out fit / Designer I would be wearing?

Place your answers in the comments section below with your name, Google account or email with your comment so I can contact you. Details will be deleted after the prize has been won.  Post your answers by 29th of August to be in to win!

Tickets can also be acquired here.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Remix Mid Winter Party!

Currently I am sitting in cold chilly Melbourne excited about being back in New Zealand very soon for NZ Fashion Week (keep an eye out I have give-aways!!)  but while I'm in Australia I have eyes everywhere!!  The lovely George (other wise known as Dolly DeStory!) attended this event for me and had a blast!  Thanks Remix!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Must Watch: "Please Like Me!"

Can I scream cuteness?  It frustrates me I can view this in full episodes yet here in Australia. Cue me searching high and low on the web to find more, somewhere.   Hope you enjoy!

Here is more!

“Please Like Me” is my new Lol TV obsession and I can’t wait for everyone to see it! A sneak peek of the first episode, Rhubarb And Custard, is available online HERE.  It’s based on actual painfully awkward events of creator and star Josh Thomas. He is adorable!

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Adorable cuteness

Courtesy of http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/sweet-heart-cupcakes.html and stalking gorgeous people on Instagram....

Amazing! I cant wait to make some..

Friday, August 9, 2013

Pretty distractions!

Occasionally we all need a little inspiration to keep going to keep on at it!  I find looking back on what I've actually achieved is a HUGE help and I I though I'd post you a wee snapshot of my Adventures via Instagram over the last three weeks.    Follow you dreams, create memories!