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March 04

Featured Feed: Waanderland

By Ella Miista
Holly is a girl that doesn't like small towns or hot weather. You'd imagine being in a tiny Australian town would be torture, but Holly seems like a happy girl regardless. Soon with a BA in Primary Teaching, she's trying to figure out life while taking lots of pictures and writing a fashion blog. We think her pictures are cool and writing is witty! We saw her post an image of her pair of Miista Sandras, figured she's our kinda girl and got in touch to muse about life. Follow her on Instagram or check out her blog. You say you suffer from a small town syndrome. Where is this small town? What are your symptoms? If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? I live in a town called Traralgon (Victoria, Australia). Basically the main reason I don't like living in the country is because it's so incredibly quiet and I think you have to be really careful not to get bored and sleep your life away. I'm a massive fan of a city that never sleeps and my dream location would be to own a huge penthouse in NYC. Unfortunately I'm a poor university graduate with an uncontrollable desire to shop. Saying that, I have just recently started waking up on the weekends before noon and have rediscovered the joys of a farmers market and picking up fresh fruit and flowers on a Saturday morning. Country life isn't all bad, I'm just itching to expand. How old are you? When I turned 21 I decided that I would stop ageing. I've only had one other birthday since then (soon to be 2), so if you do the maths I'm somewhere around 22 and three quarters. What do you do? And more importantly, what are you about (if its not the same thing)? Unfortunately it's not at all the same thing. I'm currently working in a call centre and don't get me wrong! I love the job, I just don't think it would be good for my soul to spend the rest of my working life doing it. I have just finished a Bachelor's degree in Primary Teaching and I'll get to wear the cute hat and gown very soon. It's incredibly exciting. But, the only teaching I'm doing at the moment is private voice lessons at a secondary school in my home town. I love to sing and I love helping people through music, so win win really. I would say that I am currently in a state of limbo, I'm neither here nor there and it's driving me insane. I love fashion to the point where if I'm stressed or anxious or even sad I'll just spend a little money and buy myself some 'get well soon' gifts. I would love to work in fashion and styling. My ideal job would be in styling - anything from photoshoots, to TV, film, stage or the red carpet. But before I can make up my mind about what I want to do, I need to get out of bed, turn off BBC Sherlock and explore the world. Do you have any people, bloggers, IG users or magazines that inspire you? In terms of fashion and the things that you do? Oh gosh, my weakness is magazines. I'll have a pile of Vogues from a range of countries, I especially love UK Vogue as I'm a desperate wannabe Brit. Along with Vogue comes Elle, InStyle, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, W etc. The worst part is they are so gosh darn expensive in Australia. I try and avoid the countries that are showing S/S trends as I'm not the biggest fan of summer trends. Give me faux fur, leather, black, white and gold any day. Tumblr street style is also a very guilty pleasure of mine. I love getting inspo from ladies with such effortlessly cool outfits that float around Tumblr. I would say that I let interior design and decor inspire my outfits too. Nothing beats a cowhide rug and fax fur throw. Which designers or fashion companies do you like and why (don’t worry – you don’t have to say Miista)? All of a sudden it's seems to be the less money I have the more expensive my taste becomes. I spend hours online looking at Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Celine, Fendi, The Row, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors ect. For the longest time I was desperate for a Valentino cape. I would have sold my soul just for a chance to touch one. Though realistically I spend my money on more affordable but still just as fab online stores such as H&M, Asos, Motel, Wasteland and Nastygal. I have actually spotted a fantastic pony hair tote and flat pointed shoes on Zara that will be my next purchase (those and the Valentino cape of course). I have to add that I spent a good week and a half - which is incredibly long in shopper years - looking for the perfect pair of Chelsea boots. I was almost about to give up when I was looking at the Miista knee length emerald green boots on your website (because I multi task like a pro) and I just happen to stumbled across the Sandra boot. They were the perfect balance between shiny and matte, flat and pointed, I just had to have them. To this day they have been the most asked about pair of boots I own. Even the soles are perfect. You take great IG pictures! Is this a good eye and a hobby, or is there more to it? Oh its a hobby for sure. My boyfriend has given up on teasing me about my constant photo taking and IG uploads. It's here to stay. I think it does take a creative eye to snap an effective photo in any regard, it's certainly no different on an iPhone, just lesser quality. I don't actually use IG filters on my photos. I just make sure that my photos are cooler in temperature, meaning they show more pink and blue hues rather than reds and yellows. We like how you write, too. Do you have any favourite books or writers that inspire you? What’s the one book that will never leave your personal library? I'm a sucker for fantasy and adventure. I'm sure every girl my age would say they love Harry Potter, no doubt about it, but there is just something about escaping to an untouchable magical world that really gets me excited (I would love nothing more than to be a witch and have the power of telekinesis). Two books I would take to my grave... The first us Moby Dick, an adventure classic. I remember watching The Page Master when I was younger and being drawn to the scenes with Moby Dick and this vast deep ocean. I think I'm both equally terrified and obsessed with the ocean. I scouted the streets of Hobart when I was visiting, looking for vintage copies of the book in every antique book shop. The second book that is in tatters is Wasted by Marya Hornbacher. It's survived many attempts by my dog to rip it to shreds! Hornbacher is an incredibly talented writer and takes you on a very deep and emotional journey through her life and dealing with mental illnesses. I feel anyone that can openly talk about the struggles of mental illness should be celebrated. There is a lot of 'romance' surrounding them these days. It's important for people to understand that mental health problems are not glamourous and they are certainly not a cute and quirky accessories. They are debilitating disease and a horrible burden that usually leave the sufferer feeling incredibly alone. I think it's really important for people to start understanding them more clearly and Marya certainly helps in this. Anything else you’d like to say? I would like to add that I just brought my dog an incredible Italian leather black collar with gold detailing and a matching lead. I usually run through my purchases with my best friend or mum but neither were up for my in depth analysis of the items I just purchased and why I felt Wallace needed them. So I need to share my excitement here. Also if you made it this far congratulation because once I start typing it's really hard for me not to share every tiny insignificant detail of my life. So thank you and big thank you to Miista for having me. À tout à l'heure. x.
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