Gary Pepper A fashion, travel and lifestyle site dedicated to capturing beauty from the simple to the serene, Gary Pepper is the ultimate day dream. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:37:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Postcards from Paris Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:04:43 +0000 It's been a while since I've made the time to wander the streets aimlessly and shoot photos, and god it felt good.]]>

As the year is coming to an end I’ve been reflecting on everything I have and haven’t done this year. At the top of my list was the reoccurring thought ‘I wish I had more time to pick up the camera and shoot photos like I used to’. Then I realised how much I don’t get along with people who feel sorry for themselves, so I moved a meeting to the following day, picked up my camera and set out with absolutely no expectations of what I would find.

It’s been a while since I’ve made the time to wander the streets aimlessly and shoot photos, and god it felt good.

Paris is always the perfect place to feel inspired. Or to buy a nutella and banana crepe. Actually, both.

Photography: Nicole Warne

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Tabitha Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:30:16 +0000

Clu DressTabitha Simmons Flats / M2Mattilier ‘Fabricca’ BagVintage Brooch

My updates have become a little more sporadic than usual. After constantly being pulled in so many different directions, I’m so happy to have my feet on the ground at home where I can catch up on all the posts that need to be edited and shared.

Here’s a more casual side of me in flats that’s usually seen behind closed doors. People often joke around and ask ‘Do you even own track pants or a pair of sneakers?’, and the answer is no and yes. No I don’t own track pants (I’m not against them, I just have never come across any I like) and yes I own sneakers, but purely for exercising purposes.

I’m aware my version of casual is a little strange, and to be honest, I don’t do casual very well. I’m short and just love wearing heels, always have and always will. I actually wore this dress when we moved house recently because it’s just so easy to throw on and get going with my day.

I think women usually wear no make-up when they’re completely comfortable with you. For me, if you ever see me in flats when we meet then you know we’re good friends.

Photographer: Carin Olsson

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Paris Moments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:52:29 +0000 Just a girl in one of her favourite cities, dreaming of what life would be like if I was to live there and excited by the thought of the possibilities that await...

Roland Mouret Top / Jennifer Zeuner Necklace

After stepping out onto the tiny sidewalk from my apartment in Paris, Carin and I were moving quickly to a meeting we had a few blocks over. I can never help but look up when I’m there and my constant gazing in awe of the architecture around us quickly inspired this post, despite how incredibly busy we were.

‘My god, I just love this place. It feels like home more and more each day.’ I thought to myself with ease.

We had no intention of shooting this outfit and in many ways these photos aren’t meant to focus on what I was wearing. Instead they capture a natural moment; I was just a girl in one of her favourite cities, dreaming of what life would be like if I was to live there and excited by the thought of the possibilities that await, which I think we all do on a daily basis. They’re just tiny moments in time stolen from our busy schedule, time we felt we couldn’t afford but are now so incredibly valuable.

To me, they’re also a reminder that no matter where I am in the world, no matter how busy I may be, to always take the time to acknowledge the beauty surrounding us and appreciate how those thoughts will inspire and influence every aspect of my life. A quick acknowledgement can go a very long way.

Then reality hit, we realised we could potentially be late, and quickly hurried down the street to continue with the busy day ahead of us…

Photographer: Carin Olsson

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Fabricca Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:14:40 +0000 Another post of some of my classic go-to pieces; red lipstick, winged eyeliner, white wide-leg pants, a backless evening top and a LBB.

Ramy Brook Top / CH by Carolina Herrera Pants (similar here) / M2Mattelier ‘Fabricca’ Leather Clutch

Another post of some of my classic go-to pieces; red lipstick, winged eyeliner, white wide-leg pants, a backless evening top and a LBB. I’m not sure if the abbreviation LBB (little black bag) exists just yet, but given black accessories are just as timeless as the must-have LBD (little black dress) I feel it deserves its own.

I’ve actually had this bag for the past 6 months but I’ve barely used it. It arrived slightly scratched, so I mentally disregarded it when dressing myself as I planned to return it. So in other words, life got in the way and I completely forgot to exchange it – surely I’m not the only one who does this? The amount of pieces I’ve meant to return but the whole exchanging and returning process seems to be more of a choir than vacuuming these days.

As for the top, I’ve always loved anything backless but felt a little paranoid at events when peoples eyes were drifting downward if I wasn’t wearing a bra. It seems after finding these it’s changed everything. Now go forth and buy backless and braless tops confidently…

Photographer: Carin Olsson


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A Fantastical Spring Mon, 03 Nov 2014 08:20:57 +0000 A fantastical take on Spring Racing Carnival attire created to inspire the imagination and encourage creativity in collaboration with Melbourne-based illustrator and photographer Kelly Thompson.]]>

1. Melbourne Cup Day: Dion Lee Line II Dress
2. Derby Day: Camilla and Marc Dress
3. Oaks Day: Lover Lace Dress
4. Stakes Day: Lover Dress

For many Australians, Spring Racing Carnivals are more about the fashion than they are about the horse racing. It seems to be the only moment in our fashion calendar that sees tens of thousands of men and women flock to the trackside in their carefully thought out or, in my case, last minute outfits to celebrate this iconic moment in Australian culture.

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in particular is spread out over four days, which means four themes and four outfits. The first day being Derby Day is a classic black and white theme, Melbourne Cup Day is a day to be bold with vibrant colours and striking prints, Oaks Day is more traditional and feminine, and Stakes Day is family orientated and a little more relaxed. And while the outfit, accessories, hair and make-up are usually the main focus for any other given event, there’s also the task of finding appropriate headpieces to co-ordinate with all of the above thrown into the mix.

As Lavazza’s Style Consultant I thought I’d put together a post on what to wear for each day. I’m sure you’ve seen endless amounts of Spring Racing themed fashion posts and outfit collages circulating around the internet already, so I wanted to take a different angle and mix elements of relatable Australian fashion with the magical atmosphere you experience during each day. With heads adorned with beautiful statement pieces many explain they feel like a princess during Spring Racing, so I wanted this to be a kind of modern day fairytale with a fantastical edge.

Luckily, Melbourne-based illustrator and photographer Kelly Thompson finally had a schedule that aligned with my own. I first met Kelly when we were both on location for a fashion campaign in Broome in 2012. We spent the following week bonding over sunsets, social media and photography. She was sweet, quirky and lovely to be around, which mixed with her supreme talents have led her far and away, working with the likes of Escada Paris, Nike and Maybelline New York. With her careful attention to detail I was astounded when she sent these photos back after only two and a half days. Every pencil shading and colour was perfect, and I was elated to finally collaborate after years of saying we would.

So here’s ‘A Fantastical Spring’; a collaboration with Kelly Thompson, Luke Shadbolt and myself. And please don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the making of this shoot. Again, this is just a fantastical take on Spring Racing Carnival attire created to inspire the imagination and encourage creativity. Like most fairytales the swans would be well and truly alive when worn on one’s head and would probably have the voice of Bill Connolly or Mike Myers, but that would be too obvious, wouldn’t it?

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt
Illustrations: Kelly Thompson @ The Jacky Winter Group
Model / Stylist: Nicole Warne @ IMG


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