Keepin’ it real in black, white and teal!

I don’t do photoshoots very often, but having arrived back from the US with some STUNNING pieces from the likes of Skingraft and Gelareh Designs, and stores such as Shop Untitled and Variazioni, I wanted to show some of it off. Cue booking a session with Ashlee of Leather & Lace Creative to do the photography magic.

I then enlisted the creative help of my old friend Amelia Arsenic, recently back in Sydney, to do my make-up and hair. I wanted a look that was somewhat avant garde and colourful, to balance the stark black & white of the clothing. I might try to be classy and minimal, but the alternative/gothy girl in me always gets the upper hand (pun intended: sometimes it’s clad in a skeleton hand, as here).

But let’s look at the REAL star of the show here. THAT colour. Call it turquoise, teal or aqua, but that lovely blue-turning-into-green colour is my fave, and is usually the colour I dye my hair. Man, how it pops against that black and white! Oh, and I also had mint/aqua nails for another mini-pop of colour.

Have a squizz:

Trashtastika Photo shoot

It’s a bit “I have a secret, and if you come close, I’ll tell you what it is” 😉
But to get back to the tunic/wrap dress I’m wearing, which you can see more of below; I love how it drapes and hides my less-than-taut-tummy. Everyone needs one of these!

Close-ups from Shoot

The main shot, whimsical as it is, doesn’t showcase the fabulosity of the boots. OK, you can see the multiple lace-ups for that corsety vibe – but they have spines for heels! Yes, certain labels in Japan like to knock off, ahem, “pay tribute to”, style icons like the infamous Dsquared2 spine heeled shoes and boots (and yes, I did invest in a pair of those).

I first got these bad boys back in 2012 – read my old blog post from The Fashionate Traveller if you’re interested, it also has a Vlog where I show them off at 3:23.



A couple more sneaky peeks from the shoot that show off the fabbo heels; one ladylike….

Spine heeled boots

and one…not!! Spine heeled boots playful

And….back to the outfit details….

Black wrap dress: Variazioni
Black & white boots: Glad News
Black hand jewellery: Gothic Renaissance
Spider ring & cross necklace: Japanese stores
Nails: OPI
Hair: Directions Turquoise with a little Manic Panic Electric Banana

MUA: Amelia Arsenic
Photography: Leather and Lace Creative

How do you zhoozh up a little black dress? And what’s your fave style to cover up a less-than-washboard stomach?

10 Comments on Keepin’ it real in black, white and teal!

  1. Natalie
    February 26, 2015 at 8:14 am (9 years ago)

    Love this look! Your make up is FANTASTIC, i’ve been following Amelia online for years now, I’ve always adored her work.

    • trashtastika
      March 3, 2015 at 2:22 am (9 years ago)

      Hey Natalie, I’m glad you like it! It certainly is a bit out there – but then that’s why I got Amelia to be my MUA! You’ll be seeing more of her soon, as she’s promoting a new EP she’s done…keep an eye out!

  2. Hyde
    March 1, 2015 at 3:06 pm (9 years ago)

    I love your hair! Those boots are so groovy.

    • trashtastika
      March 3, 2015 at 2:23 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks so much Hyde! And yeah, they certainly are – trust Japan to make funky stuff like them – I can’t wait to go back!

  3. Vanessa
    March 9, 2015 at 7:49 am (9 years ago)

    You look absolutely sensational! Those boots are beyond awesome.

    • trashtastika
      March 13, 2015 at 4:42 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks Vanessa!! I have to say, Japan really knows how to make extravagant footwear!

  4. Sana
    June 28, 2015 at 10:19 am (9 years ago)

    You look absolutely gorgeous Leanne!! You´re such an inspiration! You look great with aqua/tuquoise hair (as much as purple hair)… and the boots, no comments, I am speechless *_*

  5. AnnaKemp
    October 30, 2015 at 12:27 am (9 years ago)

    oh! dyed out teal… I was flicking through something on the internet and landed up on this page because of your hair! yum. Then I saw you mentioned my friends’ company- Skingraft, and wondered what you had picked up?

    • trashtastika
      April 25, 2016 at 6:40 pm (8 years ago)

      Hi Anna, sorry I’ve been away from the blog and only just saw this! I got the fabulous leather moto leggings with the padding and zips, and the Fleece Royal Hoodie (I LOVED the wool one with the leather binding and sleeves, but it was soooo heavy and a bit out of my price range!) I wore both to a Writers Conference in Melbourne a while back when the weather was rainy and cold, and they kept me warm and toasty!

  6. Tiffini Truth
    August 23, 2019 at 7:38 am (5 years ago)

    I hope to see more posts from you! Being Over 50 and still being 100% yourself and not changing for anyone is so important for more women to look up too. Great job!