HER GARDEN

 

When the most recent collaboration from Max & Co and Swarovski landed on my doorstep I was instantly inspired. Not only to wear these crystal critters with all my basics but to also have some fun & create imagery. 

There are the obvious beetles and butterfly inspired pieces but also the not-so-obvious like the crystal droplet pieces. They remind me of the condensation on a crisp morning in the garden, reflecting the light. 

 

Pictured.
Bracelet with Butterfly Charm

 

 
 
 

Instantly I was drawn to blooms for creating
these images, because when am I not needing another excuse to buy flowers?

I was also inspired by the moment when the light hits each of the Swarovski crystals in these pieces. I knew it was time to put away the diffuser and play with the light & shadows when shooting the orchids wearing each piece. 

Pictured.
Butterfly Earrings

 

 

jasmine x

 

This post was created in collaboration with Max & Co. 

INSPIRATION VS. IMITATION

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Last week I was a part of The Design Conference Brisbane, speaking about my experiences with Copyright Infringement. While preparing for my talk I realised that there was a lot that I hadn't spoken about previously so I thought it was about time I published some of it here. 

Most of the Copyright Infringement cases I fight are against corporations, manufacturers or other design teams but nearly every week one of my followers will send me an account of someone who has imitated multiple areas of my business. It isn't infringing my copyright but it definitely crosses my ethical line between Inspiration and Imitation. And that is what this is, it's a moral/ethical grey area. A grey area that as designers or creatives, we have the responsibility to keep ourselves on the right side of it. I get it, as a young designer especially you are trying to find your voice or your aesthetic. You may be experimenting with what other's have done before you but does that mean your creating imitations of other designers work rather than creating your own?

So how can we be inspired while not imitating or plagiarising someone else's creativity?


WATCH WHAT YOU ARE CONSUMING

Before we had technology in our pockets at all times, creatives would have to consciously seek out inspiration. Whether it was going to a gallery, finding a book of their favourite designers, look up encyclopaedia (?!) You would have been very aware of what material you are consuming and that is where it gets tricky today. Today we are consuming media without even paying attention. I think this can be dangerous if you are consuming a lot of someone else's art, thoughts, opinions, inspirations even because you can be doing so subconsciously then regurgitating them as your own a week later without realising they aren't originally yours. 


DON'T FOLLOW THOSE IN THE SAME FIELD AS YOU

Now I would probably lose at least 25% of my audience if people did this. When you are consuming a lot of media from those you aspire to be like, or whose work is close to your own, that can be a dangerous mix. It doesn't mean that I don't support other's work or think their work is amazing to look at, but I know it really isn't productive for me to do so. Follow people in other fields. If you are looking for inspiration in your feed you're more likely to be able to take inspiration from something in another field, rather than imitating something that was from the same field as you. 


IMITATION IS NOT FLATTERING

I don't know what the fuck Oscar Wilde was talking about. I actually feel it is one of the most disrespectful things you can do to another creative. From my point of view, when someone imitates or uses my work without permission they take a part of me. I know that sounds dramatic, but it is true. We give ourselves to our work and when someone takes that from us it is very hard to maintain that connection with what we create. When it was at its worst last year with two major legal battles and multiple small cases happening at once, I briefly lost all connection with my work. That is a place that I wouldn't wish on anyone and one that I never want to be in again.


As always, I would love to hear your opinions or thoughts on this topic below in the comments. It adds so much value to the discussion hearing from you guys, getting your input and talking about it more. 

jasmine x 

FOCUS ON CREATING, NOT THE RESULT

Why do I think so many creatives imitate rather than be inspired? Because we see the final result from someones creativity. We see it appear instantly without any knowledge of the time, edits, full trash cans and tears that went into creating it. We see it without the back and forth between you and the client and concepts that got turned down. But we see a result, that result may gain the artist likes, follows, larger clients, perceived success. Isn't that what all creatives should want? To be 'successful' off their art. So we imitate that result, hoping that we too could be successful artists to prove that our passion can also be a legitimate job. 

Imitating someone else's work is the easy route, I get that. But you can't imitate someone else's creativity, you can only imitate the result and by doing so you don't get to truly create at all. The fun part is all the stuff in between. For me it has always been natural to share my work online, it is just something I have done since day one. Take away social media though and I would still be creating because that is how I love to spend my time. 

As creatives, we need to spend more focus and give more value to the process rather than the result. 


IF YOU HAVE SEEN IT BEFORE, STOP. 

It is our responsibility as creators to keep ourselves in check throughout our design process. We should constantly be asking ourselves if we have seen it before, if we have done this before and how we can put our own voice into the work. 


GET YOUR INSPIRATION & SPEND ANOTHER 30 HOURS ON IT.

Give yourself and your work time to separate from the original piece of inspiration. Inject your own opinion, cut it up, put it back together. Make it you, not them. 


HOW TO. WAVY HAIR

Today I realised that I am scared of having a permanent video of myself on the internet. But after getting the same questions daily and filming multiple Stories/Live Streams of me doing my hair, this was my only choice. 

So please be kind, I am only facing my fears to help everyone who has & will ask.

Products Used.
Hair brush & Nume Curling Wand with the 25mm attached. I used the 25mm from my a long bob until now. As my hair gets longer I will be switching to the 30mm. 

Most days this full routine takes around 8 minutes.

If you have any questions let me know below and I can get back to you there.

jasmine x 

FINDING YOUR PERFECT BASE

Foundation can be a tricky beast, but one you must tame. The base is everything in my opinion so I thought I would go through my beauty cupboard, pick out my collection of Clinique foundations that I have been switching between this year, run you through my opinions of them, when I use each of them and why.  

 

First up is the Chubby in the Nude Foundation stick. As you saw a few months back, I am obsessed with the chubby face range. I use the Chubby Contour and Chubby Blush on the daily so I picked up a Chubby Foundation not that long ago to try out. 

For on the go. This stick is a dream for anyone who travels or is constantly running around through the day. It is super compact, you can blend it out with your fingers, and layers easily throughout the day. 

Light Coverage. Out of the three Clinique Foundations I have this definitely has the lightest coverage. I use this to cover up redness or dark circles if I am popping out for an errand.

Just where you need it. I love to use this foundation if I am just covering up any blemishes first with concealer, than adding this for an even complexion. It keeps my skin looking really natural. 

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The Superbalanced Silk is my current holy grail foundation. I have been using this non-stop since its updated release late last year.

My ideal coverage. One of the main reasons I love this foundation is its the ideal coverage for me. Moderate, not heavy but covers more than the Chubby stick. 

Silky Finish. They were not lying when they named this beauty. Since discovering this foundation I have ditched face powders for good. It leaves the skin looking hydrated but not too dewy either. It is a great base for applying your Chubby face products over the top also.

I can't feel it.  You know what I am talking about. That feeling. The foundation sitting on your face. I don't have that feeling anymore. 

 
 

Next up is the Beyond Perfecting Foundation, the crowd favourite.   

The Multi-tasker. This foundation also doubles as a concealer. After applying your foundation, take the doe-foot applicator and use a small amount to conceal any blemishes.

Oil Free. For those who need a long lasting foundation & have an oily skin type, this is the foundation for you. 

Flawless coverage. Big event or just feel like having a flawless face for the day/night? This is the one for you.

Applicator. One of my favourite things about this foundation has got to be the applicator. It is a giant doe-foot applicator and I am in love. It makes application super quick and easy. 

Throws Shade. It comes in a large range of 21 shades. Would always recommend getting some samples at a Clinique Counter to find your perfect shade match.  

I'd love to know if you have tried any of the above or what your favourite foundation for the perfect base is?

jasmine x

 

This post was created in collaboration with Clinique Australia.

EXPLORING YOUR OWN CITY

After creating multiple travel posts about our last overseas travels, I thought it was about time I spread some love for my own city. I have lived in Brisbane, Queensland my whole life and one of my favourite things is that there is always something new opening up and you will most likely know someone who knows someone who knows the owner. 

So Michael & I spent a whole day in Brisbane City last week, exploring our favourite places by foot. 

WANDER

My favourite thing (perhaps after eating) would be exploring. The things that you don't buy.
Looking around at gardens, smelling flowers, looking up at architecture, the things only noticeable on foot. 

Pop by the Markets & pick up some fresh bread, cheese & fruit from local vendors.
  Jan Powers Brisbane City Markets every Wednesday. Top of Queen St

Take your bounty down to the gardens, find a spot in the shade & let the day slip away from you.
Botanical Gardens. Alice St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Look up, don't let the city pass you by. Take note of the little things, the hidden historical architecture, the light bouncing through the buildings. One of my favourites is the Wickham Terrace Car Park. Yes a car park. The circular ramp reminds me of the Guggenheim in NY. 


SHOP

My favourite Brisbane stores will make you forget about online shopping with their interiors alone. 

Showroom. 104 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
I walked in and instantly wanted to move in. I honestly don't know how anyone works in there, I would be playing with their product and wanting to shoot it 24/7. If you are after local products, homewares, styling props - this is your heaven. 

The Lip Lab Brisbane. 59 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Who wouldn't love the idea of seeing your custom cosmetics being created?

Folio Books. 133 Mary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
My go-to when searching for new art books, coffee table books or philosophy reads. 

Optiko Eyewear. Tattersall's Arcade, 202 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
If I needed another reason to have bad eye sight so I could wear opticals daily, this would be it. 

Apartment. Level 1, 105 Albert St, Brisbane Q 4000
This menswear store has your man covered.

& next door.. 

Violent GreenLevel 1, 105 Albert St, Brisbane Q 4000
Brands like Lazy Loaf, Kowtow, Deadly Ponies, Matin, Etre Cecile.. do I need to explain why I love this place?

EAT & DRINK

Let's get down to what you all really want to know. Where to get good coffee (& food of course).

John Mills Himself. (pictured below) 40 Charlotte St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
It is a hidden gem, so look out for signage. It is either down an alleyway or through a building depending which street you come from.

Marchetti. Tattersall's Arcade, 202-210 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Strauss. 189 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Noosa chocolate Factory. 156 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City 4000

Le Bon Choix. 379 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Pop up to Showroom above, then come down for baked goods.

Where are your favourite spots in Brisbane?

jasmine x