SUMMER SOLSTICE

These weeks gone by haven't been all that easy, slowed down by speed bumps in the three primary aspects of life - love, health and work. Encouraging myself to begin this collaboration with Samantha Wills seemed so far out of reach. It wasn't until Saturday morning when I woke up to the warm Autumn sun flooding through the window that I finally realised just how much I needed this. A day to celebrate summer. A time of year filled with sun kissed skin and a warmth that wraps itself around you. When long car trips down searing hot roads dotted in melted tar are a weekend norm. Ragged salt licked hair and bare faces are encouraged whilst clothing is not. Days dissolve into nights and temperatures barely waver. Summer Solstice - my favourite time of year.

Thank you to both Samantha Wills for getting me involved and to my girl Sophia De Vries for getting behind the camera for me.


Wearing
No.1 - Alice McCall Dress, Samantha Wills 'Drew' Sunglasses
No.2 - Zimmerman Wrap Shirt, Zara Paisley Flares, Samantha Wills 'Grace' Marble Tort Sunglasses
No 3. - She Made Me Bikini Top, Sportsgirl Denim Skirt, Samantha Wills 'Luxe' Tort Sunglasses
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NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU

“One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” - Thomas Wolfe. Sitting in the back of a taxi at 11pm, having landed in New York less than an hour earlier and the only thing running through my jet lagged mind was, "I could live here". I could barely even make out the silhouettes of the buildings in the darkness but the sea of lights drew me in. Although it's a city of concrete, overly stressed humans and not much else, it holds so much beauty and an energy that I just cannot explain. Being based in Tribecca at the Smyth - A Thompson Hotelhad me skipping out in the mornings to get my everything bagels smothered (read: seriously smothered) in cream cheese from Ground Support and sorting out my caffeine cravings with a cappuccino from Laughing Man Cafe. At nights, Ramen. Plenty of Ramen. Almost always from Momofuku. Days were spent shopping in Soho, wandering the picturesque streets of the West Village and trawling through the eight miles of books at The Strand. Maybe it's the food I pine after, maybe it's the golden light that filters in through the buildings, maybe it's the rainbow of Autumn leaves that litter Central Park or maybe it's just the city itself. The only thing I can say with utter certainty is that I will be back. Soon.

Images by Nicole Cooper
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ROSES ARE GOLDEN

My failsafe outfit for Valentine's Day has always been and will probably always be just about anything black. This year I decided to soften the somewhat otherwise severe look with a smattering of necklaces and a pair of rose hued Ray-Bans from Sunglass Hut. The added bonus being that the latter successfully hides my I've-been-up-for-work-at-4AM-every-single-day-for-the-past-nine-days-straight eyes - commonly referred to as my 'freelancer eyes'. They're the perfect addition to any Valentine's attire or the ideal gift for your love. 
Images by Harry Peppitt and Nicole Cooper.
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FAWNING OVER FLORALS

It's no surprise that I am a fiend for florals. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have discovered that fact many, many moons ago. I'm the kind of person that will halt, mid-stride and mid-conversation to lean over a fence and take a photo of a complete stranger's hydrangea bush*. A beautiful bouquet of fleurs can elevate just about any mood although I must admit that my favourite reason for receiving a picturesque little posy will always be, "just because". Online florist Fresh Flowers have been the perfect avenue for fulfilling my floral fantasies, delivering anything from a a rainbow of natives through to a box of Valentine's Day flowers with just a few simple clicks. Give me a week or two and my house will resemble a florist in no time at all. 
*This has well and truly happened before, I kid you not.

Images by Harry Peppitt
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BEHIND FIBONACCI

Surreal is being hired by Sass & Bide to capture behind the scenes imagery for their AW15 collection, The Dance of Fibonacci. Surreal is having the Sass & Bide team then choose a few of those images to use in the campaign. Surreal is having one of those chosen pictures printed in the shopfront windows. Surreal is then discovering those pictures whilst overseas in New Zealand, just as you stroll past the retail store. Needless to say, working with the team on their AW15 campaign (featuring Langley Fox and Aussie stunner Matilda Dodds), was absolutely mind blowing. For as long as I can remember, the brand has always produced such covetable collections with intricate beading and embellishments like nothing you've ever see before. This year, they've certainly delivered, yet again. Head on over to Sass & Bide to see more of the BTS & campaign imagery and get your hot little hands on the collection itself. Added bonus: here's a pic of me being an ecstatic idiot outside the Sass & Bide NZ store. 

Imagery by Nicole Cooper

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COOPS' CALENDAR - PART II

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As promised, I present to you part two of Coops' Calendar 2015! I'm sure you'd all agree that Pirelli ain't got nothing on me rolling around in the sand like a freak. A huge thanks to Helen for putting up with my weirdness and also to XXXX Island for providing the killer scenery and an amazing time. Below is a little highlights video, enjoy mis amigos! ADIOS AND THANKS FOR THE TACOS!
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COOPS' CALENDAR 2015 - PART I

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Hey there my good lookin' peeps, welcome to 2015! To celebrate, I wanted share something amazingly stupid with you all. Enter, Coops' Calendar 2015 - Part I. I shot this bad boy late last year whilst staying on the ridiculously stunning XXXX Island as a guest of my old mate Helen Lee. The Island is located on the southern Great Barrier Reef, a short boat ride off the coast of Yeppoon and boasts some of the most breathtaking views I've ever laid eyes upon (particularly from the loo with a view. Yes, that is indeed a toilet. On a cliff). I spent four days with Helen, Kimmi & Sophia, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, fishing, drinking beer, shucking oysters and getting really, really blokey. To be honest with you, I loved every minute of it. Stay tuned for Coops' Calendar 2015 - Part II, I'll be posting the final six months along with a highlights video of our stay on the Island shortly. Adios mis amigos!

STALK MY SWIMWEAR
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ALEXANDER WANG x HM - PART TWO

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Images taken by Helen Lee
As promised, I have even more Wang goodness for you! For my second look, I paired the jacquard-knit crop with the jacquard-knit skirt and my old-school (slash rather beaten up) Alexander Wang boots. If you haven't been following news of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection from day dot then you may have skipped over the fact that Rihanna kinda stole my look. In all fairness, I really don't blame her. For me, this crop and skirt combo was a real stand-out within the collection. I'm also secretly loving the fact that I have the word 'WANG' printed across my back and my buttocks. Real mature, I know. For those of you wanting to get your hot little hands on these insane pieces and more, they'll be launching in Sydney's Macquarie Centre and Melbourne's GPO stores on the 6th of November 2014 (LESS THAN TWO DAYS TIME) from 7:00AM onwards. Maybe grab a pair of Wang socks for me too while you're there, yeah?  
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