Gary Pepper http://garypeppergirl.com A fashion, travel and lifestyle site dedicated to capturing beauty from the simple to the serene, Gary Pepper is the ultimate day dream. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:48:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 A Thank You from Trolltunga http://garypeppergirl.com/2014/10/trolltunga-norway http://garypeppergirl.com/2014/10/trolltunga-norway#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:30:43 +0000 http://garypeppergirl.com/?p=24279 "You are never too young, too old, too poor, too uneducated or too busy to start living your dreams. A dream is a dream; it should not be contained by boundaries and cannot be defined by others".]]>

Last night Gary Pepper hit 1 million followers and I didn’t know what to write as I was, and still am, lost for words.

One of my first blog entries read “So it’s Wednesday, and I quit my job today. In exactly two weeks I’m going to be a self-employed, full-time op-shopper. Holy shit…”. I was 19 at the time and had just quit my job, my business studies and internships at Grazia and Harper’s Bazaar Australia to focus on Gary Pepper, which I started with only $200. I had no idea it would quickly grow to become one of the largest e-commerce vintage retailers in Australia.

By the age of 20, I owned my own company and wrote this entry “Thank you for making one of the biggest and most daunting decisions I’ve ever had to make one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life so far. This is not a job, but a dream I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to live in”.

You are never too young, too old, too poor, too uneducated or too busy to start living your dreams. A dream is a dream; it should not be contained by boundaries and cannot be defined by others.

Here’s an unpublished photo Luke and I have been saving for a special occasion, taken at Trolltunga in Norway which captures exactly how I feel right now. I cannot express the deep gratitude I feel, all I can say is a million thank you’s and I couldn’t have done it without you…

N x

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt

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Checking-in from Melbourne http://garypeppergirl.com/2014/10/checking-in-from-melbourne http://garypeppergirl.com/2014/10/checking-in-from-melbourne#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:30:46 +0000 http://garypeppergirl.com/?p=24239 Here we go, it's officially the start of spring racing season! One of the biggest moments in the Australian fashion calendar.]]>

Manning Cartell Dress / Viktoria Novak Ears / Nine West Heels / Catanach Gold Rings

Here we go, it’s officially the start of spring racing season! One of the biggest moments in the Australian fashion calendar.

I returned to Australia and jumped straight into my role as the 2014 Style Ambassador for The Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup Carnival. My role involves taking part in media and public speaking activities across the week, starting with the Blue Sapphire Ladies Luncheon yesterday and the Caulfield Cup Carnival this Saturday, where I’ll be spending time at the Pommery Pegasus and David Jones marquees.

As someone who usually attends the spring racing carnivals to observe the fashion rather than the horse racing, I’m also looking forward to being one of the judges for the Chadstone Fashion Stakes Contest this Saturday. This will be my third time this year acting as a judge. Earlier this year, I worked on judging panels to support emerging designers in both the fashion and accessories divisions (more details about this to come), but this will be my first time stepping into a role, alongside my beautiful colleague Scherri-Lee Biggs, that is open to the public.

It seems yesterday was just a warm up to what I can expect to see this weekend, with over 400 energetic men and women poised to start the spring racing season which is filled with fashionable outfits (often planned months in advance and/or custom-made to suit the traditional dress code of spring racing), competitive headwear, and a thrilling atmosphere.

Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend! If you can’t make it, keep an eye out on TV as I just wrapped filming a little segment for the Channel 7 Network where we discuss the upcoming spring racing season and trackside fashion.

Photographer: Jysla Kay

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Parc d’or http://garypeppergirl.com/2014/10/parc-dor http://garypeppergirl.com/2014/10/parc-dor#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:13:45 +0000 http://garypeppergirl.com/?p=24149 I've mentioned before that I often feel the most empowered when I'm completely covered head to toe.
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CH by Carolina Herrera Coat (similar here) and Suede Knee High Boots (similar here) / Chanel Bag

I’ve mentioned before that I often feel the most empowered when I’m completely covered head to toe. To me, it isn’t about how much skin you show that makes you appealing, it’s the way you carry yourself and the confidence you exude when you’re wearing something you’re comfortable in that garners the most attention. For some, it could be denim shorts and a white tee. For others, like me, it could be a navy wool coat and thigh high suede boots.

Believe it or not, but this is one of my lazy outfits. I wear this when I’m so busy that I don’t have time to even think about putting together an appropriate outfit for important meetings. The lightweight nature of this coat makes it thin enough to wear indoors yet warm enough to keep me warm outside, so usually I won’t even remove my coat when I arrive, opting to keep my simple jeans and shirt a hidden mystery underneath.

As Anna Dello Russo once said, “Lesson number eight: wear coat as dress”. Check.

Photographer: Carin Olsson


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Mr Maticevski http://garypeppergirl.com/2014/10/mr-maticevski http://garypeppergirl.com/2014/10/mr-maticevski#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:07:47 +0000 http://garypeppergirl.com/?p=24195 The two piece of my dreams in the city of my dreams...]]>

Maticevski Top and Trousers / Chanel Pearl Heels

This was easily my favourite outfit I wore during the fashion week month. As soon as I saw it on the runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia I knew immediately where I wanted to wear it. Four months later and I had patiently waited for its debut at Paris Fashion Week. The two piece of my dreams in the city of my dreams – a romantic pairing and perhaps the only outfit I have ever had the time to organise in advance. What made it even better was being able to proudly say, with a smile, that it was by one of our very own Australian designers, Maticevski. Toni, you’ve done it again…

Photographer: Carin Olsson

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Checking-in from Paris http://garypeppergirl.com/2014/10/checking-in-from-paris http://garypeppergirl.com/2014/10/checking-in-from-paris#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:03:02 +0000 http://garypeppergirl.com/?p=24132 It seems to fill the void of feeling like a foreigner in an unfamiliar city and provides a little routine to a life that has no routine at all.
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Isolda Chilli Shirt / J Brand Jeans  / Louis Vuitton Pouch / Slip Personalized Silk Sleep Mask / SKII Facial Treatment Mask / YSL Touche Eclat / YSL Lipstick / Charlotte Olympia Keychain / Jennifer Zeuner Heart Bracelet / LeviKash Feather Rings

When I’m traveling I seem to split my time between hotels or apartments. I’m drawn to each for different reasons; during fashion week hotels are a godsend as designers need to send invitations to a mailing address well before the show and before you’re physically there to sign for them, and outside of fashion week I like to stay in apartments as it makes me feel like I’m living in that particular city and experiencing it like a local. It seems to fill the void of feeling like a foreigner in an unfamiliar city and provides a little routine to a life that has no routine at all.

One routine I seem to take with me wherever I go is my beauty regime, which I discussed last time I was in Asia during a beauty conference for DFS’ First Class Beauty which made me think perhaps I should incorporate more beauty insights into my website.

Often racing from a photoshoot or event straight to the airport proves hilarious at times (arriving at the airport in heels and backless dresses is peculiar to say the least) and has prepared my carry-on bag to be equipped with everything one needs to keep your face prepped and plumped full of moisture for the long haul flight ahead – all being under the near impossible limit of a 30ml allowance when flying from Australia.

As soon as I’m on-board I remove all of my make-up using make-up removing wipes, apply a night serum as it’s absorbed into the skin faster than moisturiser which I apply to my face, neck and lips. I rarely drink alcohol in general and have never had a drink in-flight, there’s something about feeling dehydrated from the inside out that makes me feel restless. As soon as I land I can’t get to my hotel or apartment fast enough to replenish my skin – bottles of water, exfoliating, serums and moister masks seem to save my skin after every flight. If I have to go straight to a meeting, which happens more often than I would like, I apply a little highlighter under my eyes to make my skin look fresh and apply my fail-safe red lipstick to add some much needed colour. If you’re wondering – yes, there are definitely days I don’t wear my winged eyeliner. Perhaps I should shoot more without it.

I’m on my to London for 24 hours and then will be flying home to Sydney from Zurich. I’m hoping to keep my posting more regular even though I’ll be in transit for a good 30 hours this time. Until then, make sure you keep up with me on Instagram – @garypeppergirl :)

Photographer: Carin Olsson


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