Mood: Photography

Sunset, Shadows & Sea Mist


It’s hard to not be inspired living in Byron Bay, the beauty that exists in this little town is overwhelming. Its beaches, the landscape, creative and talented people, it’s no wonder thousands of people flock to this area year after year… Magical things just seem to happen here.

Here at Republic of You headquarters, ideas have been flowing in abundance. Feeling inspired, we dreamed up a luxurious washed-up beach shoot to showcase some of our favourite designs. With the help of some very talented people, our dreams quickly became reality.

We called upon Byron Bay’s ‘it girl’ when it comes to fashion shoots, self-confessed ocean dwelling, free spirited gypsy photographer Carly Brown. We also struck some serious gold in selecting our model for the shoot. Bulgarian born, first-time model and super babe Niki Gelagotis, blew us away with the ease at which she graciously rolled around in the sand looking glamorous.

On a near perfect Autumn afternoon, we trekked to a secret location where long stretches of white sandy beaches abounded. That afternoon we dined out on a delicious sunset, shadows and sea-mist.

This is the magic we created… We just couldn’t wait to share it with you! x

Our shoot featured the following items you can purchase from on our website:

Behind the Scenes

Yesterday afternoon we dined out on shadows, sunsets and sea-mist whilst shooting on the beach of Byron Bay with photographer Carly Brown, who effortlessly snapped away capturing our washed up luxurious castaway vibe. Watch this space for our final cut of these amazing images.

Be Your Own Valentine

With Valentines Day just a hop skip and a fluttering heartbeat away, this last week has had me thinking a lot about that loaded four letter word – love.

Being a single woman rapidly approaching 40, I felt a little uncomfortable with the idea of dishing out dating advice or sharing my somewhat limited ponderings on love, so instead I’ve decided to share with you what I have found to be one of the most fundamental lessons when it comes to love…

In the past when I found myself crying into a cup of organic cocoa over the guy I swore was going to be the one… I would scrutinize at which exact point I lost myself in the relationship. Generally, the answer would be “in the first 0.3256 seconds”… and in that moment I would remind myself the next relationship I was to embark on, would be one with self. Continue Reading →

The Dark Side of the Lens

Possibly one of the most visually moving collaboration of videography combined with unpretentious poetic diaglogue I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. The Dark Side of the Lens by Mikey Smith is an intimate six minute portrayal of one mans undying passion for life, Mother Nature and his craft.

Winner – Best Cinematography, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2011.
Winner – Action Sports Category, Vimeo awards 2012.
Winner – Best Cinematography, 5Point Film Festival 2011.
Winner – Grand Prize – Chamonix Film Festival 2011.
Winner – Best short – New York Surf Film Festival 2011.
Winner – Digital short of the Year, Surfer Poll.
Winner – Relentless Short Stories 2011.
Winner – Driven Creativity Award – Professional Category.
Winner – Amstel Surf Film Festibal, Peoples Choice Award.
Winner – Best short, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.
Winner – Best International Short, Canadian Surf Film Festival.
Winner – Best Short, Waimea Ocean Film Festival.

Double Exposed

There is something of a whimsical and ethereal component to double exposed imagery, a dreamy quality which almost demands you stop and take a closer look.

With two images rolled into one, I can’t help feeling the force of those two images combined, making a greater impact telling two stories in one, and thus creatively having a stronger influence on the viewer.

Here are some of my current favourites… which ones make you stop and look, and ultimately think and feel more deeply?

“We dont stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Ghostly Wonders

Are you one of those people who can easily freak yourself out at night just thinking about ghosts? I am. It’s like sharks, I don’t mind if they are there, I just don’t necessarily want to know about it when I’m happily swimming in the ocean.

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.
~ Luciano De Crescenzo

Bondi Bay, Australia - circa 1900

Embracing Rain…

Whether it cleanses your soul, or just plain annoys you, rain is here to stay it seems, always has been, and there’s not much we can do about it.

Personally I love the rain, I’m about ten thousand times more productive when it’s cold and miserable outside, and I’ve learnt of late to embrace rain by donning a rain jacket, and surrendering to the fact that I will very possibly arrive home sodden wet and shivering, but isn’t that what hot showers are for?

I’ve been walking my dog along the beach of late, even when it’s pelting down. It’s something I’ve actually grown to like, a deserted wild beach all to myself, crazed crashing waves, dark skies and a feeling of freedom, even self-importance in being the only brave one to venture out in such conditions. My dog doesn’t agree with my newfound approval of rain.  He tries to shelter himself as close as possible to my legs but I’m sure he’ll get over it.

This post is dedicated to the beauty of rain, and the feelings it evokes in us, let that be joy or frustration.

Skate Boarding

I live in a small and breathtakingly beautiful beachside town on the far east coast of Australia. It is famous for its pristine surf beaches, alternative lifestyle and the bohemian gypsies who flocked to the area in the 1970s and never left.

Every evening at sunset, local skaters gather at the beachfront car park where hippies beat at drums to call out the closing of another day in paradise. Tourists gather to watch the sun setting over the distant mountains, and skaters of all ages, who have devised their own unspoken dusk ritual of sharing the car park with the coming and going of holiday makers, and locals in cars as constant as the waves that crash on the shoreline.

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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment.

Good Friday

Have a Good Friday Everyone…. In fact, have a GREAT one!

(Baby devouring Easter egg circa 1937)

‘Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls… the most massive characters are seared with emotional scars.’
~ Unknown

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
- Moshe Dayan

“And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.”

- J.K. Rowling

HISTORY: Kathrine Switzer

In 1967, five years before women were officially allowed to compete, Kathrine Switzerwas the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry.  She registered under the gender-neutral name of “K.V. Switzer”.

After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” however, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire Marathon.

These photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and in 1974 Kathrine later went on to win the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.

“When you look at a person, any person, remember that everyone has a story… Everyone has gone through something that has changed them.”
~ Unknown

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing”
- Socrates

Man’s Best Friend

‘The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.’
~ Author Unknown

“We cannot control the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
- Dolly Parton

The Sisterhood of Surfing

When I think of female surfers and the history of surfing, Gidget is the first thing that springs to my mind. In 1957 Austrian-born Holocaust survivor Frederick Kohner, titled his novel Gidget, The Little Girl With Big Ideas. His novel was based on the adventures of his daughter Kathy, her friends and the surf culture of Malibu Point.

In 1956 at age 15, her mother urged her to explore the outdoors, so Kathy bought her first surfboard for $15. She instantly fell for the lifestyle and pushed for acceptance from the other surfers, sometimes bribing her way to local status by trading her peanut butter sandwiches for chances to ride. Kathy hung out with notable surfers such as Miki Dora, Mickey Munoz, Dewey Weber, Tom Morey, and Nat Young, and was soon dubbed ‘Gidget’ a fusion of girl and midget.

Based on what Kathy told her father about her trips to Malibu, and after he discovered and read her journal detailing her surfing adventures, he went on to write Gidget, The Little Girl with Big Ideas, which sold over 500,000 copies.

Several years later in 1959 Frederick Kohner sold the movie rights to Columbia Pictures for $50,000, where he had been a screen writer. He gave five percent to his daughter.


Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Chatterley’s Lover 
"The idea of telling a story through photographing the female nude from a feminine point of view - which required the subject, Kate, to involve herself totally with the text and relate to the sensitivity through her own imagination and posture, which I think she did really very well.  Kate had a part to play for the camera, which is something she excels at." - Tim Walker on Kate Moss


Novelist D. H. Lawrence had sought to have Lady Chatterley’s Lover published conventionally by his publishers in England and the United States, but they were reluctant to undertake its publication due to its explicit sexual content. To circumvent censorship Lawrence was urged to have the book published privately in Florence. He was introduced to Florentine bookseller Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Orioli.

In March 1928, Orioli and Lawrence took Lawrence’s unexpurgated typescript to a Florence printing shop where the type was set by hand by Italian workers who did not know any English, resulting in numerous errors in the typesetting.  After several delays, including the time required for extensive proofreading by Lawrence, about 1000 copies of the novel were released in July 1928.

The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, Continue Reading →

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
- Bob Marley

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
- Buddha

‘You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.’
- Author Unknown

Ask Yourself…

“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question”
- Harun Yahya.
‘Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again’
- James Cook.

Bella Ballerinas

Since I was a little girl, like most little girls I’d imagine, the concept of growing up to be a ballerina was something which entertained my thoughts on a regular basis and evoked a feeling of wonder and delight within me.

So when my Mum enrolled me in ballet class at the age of 6 or 7, I will never forget the throat constricting excitement mixed with fear which consumed me on that day of my first ever ballet class. I remember holding Mum’s hand and walking down the path in my pale pink tights and podgy little bottom held snugly in place by my pink cotton leotard with every step I took towards the front door.

I also remember my nasty ballet teacher, who took an obvious disliking to me, telling me constantly that I was frumpy and heavy footed and in no way built to be a ballerina. Continue Reading →

“Have I gone mad?” said the Mad Hatter… “I’m afraid so”, said Alice, “You’re entirely bonkers… but I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.”