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. Mon, 04 May 2015 01:31:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Design School Project in Basel http://garypeppergirl.com/2015/05/design-school-project-in-basel http://garypeppergirl.com/2015/05/design-school-project-in-basel#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 01:27:36 +0000 http://garypeppergirl.com/?p=25515 Jumping back to the few days I spent in Basel to celebrate the three winners of the Calvin Klein Watches + Jewellry Design School Project.]]>

Total Calvin Klein Look and Watches + Jewellery

Jumping back to the few days I spent in Basel to celebrate the three winners of the Calvin Klein Watches + Jewellry Design School Project.

I can’t believe it’s already been 12 months since we were last here. First announcing the partnership and design program in the very same place in Basel, 6 months later flying to Shanghai to work closely with the Calvin Klein team to choose our winners, and now flying back to Basel to see the three winners designs come to life and exhibited at Baselworld – the largest watch fair in the world.

There’s always that level of excitement that fills you when you get to be a part of projects like this, as well as a sense of responsibility to not only the brand but to all the finalists involved. After coming full circle, it was like attending a reunion, all sharing a mutual excitement to see each other again and also welcoming the winners from Milan, New York and Shanghai to be a part of this innovative journey.

So a warm congratulations to Zhang Yi, our winner from Shanghai. These were her winning designs, which we all felt reflected the modern, tech-savvy culture of China.

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt and courtesy of Calvin Klein

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Diving in http://garypeppergirl.com/2015/05/diving-in-at-the-maldives http://garypeppergirl.com/2015/05/diving-in-at-the-maldives#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 13:17:49 +0000 http://garypeppergirl.com/?p=25715 It's always a blessing when we get the chance to shoot together underwater as we're usually on the opposite sides of the world let alone in the same place with such crystal clear waters like this.
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Zimmermann Bikini / Zara Top (ASOS version here) / Dita Sunglasses

You’ll remember this bikini from my trip to Hawaii in December. Months later and I’m still just as in love, especially when it goes seamlessly with an old Zara top that I wear when I’m snorkelling or swimming underwater for long periods of time in the sun – it’s all about protecting the skin.

Luke’s been specialising in water photography for over 5 years now, so it’s always a blessing when we get the chance to shoot together underwater as we’re usually on the opposite sides of the world let alone in the same place with such crystal clear waters like this.

There’s a lot of equipment and skill that does into shooting photos like this and I never take that for granted when I’m with Luke even though he makes it look so easy. These photos weren’t taken on a GoPro (even though the quality is impressive for how convenient they are!), there were all captured on Luke’s Nikon camera with a water housing and dome port to achieve these split water shots. It’s truly magical to see Luke in action and being able to feel the excitement and energy he exudes when he’s shooting in the water. Water photography is his passion, you can feel it as soon as you hit the sand with him with the water in sight, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.

I can’t wait to show you more of his work, which is separate to Gary Pepper, launching on his new website in just a few days. Even though we try to keep our careers separate so each can grow and gain respect indivudaully, this is one particular moment that I’ve waited just too long for to not share.

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt

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Escape http://garypeppergirl.com/2015/04/escape-in-the-maldives http://garypeppergirl.com/2015/04/escape-in-the-maldives#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:24:23 +0000 http://garypeppergirl.com/?p=25704 and never look back.]]>

Jill Stuart Dress

When you think of the Maldives most would immediately imagine the glowing turquoise waters, shimmering white shorelines and floating grass huts. For me, it’s all about what you discover below in the ocean’s depths as much as what floats above it.  The sea life, the colours, the clarity – I’ve dreamed of being able to find water this clear and coral beds this magical.

The Maldives truly exceeded any expectations we had.

Escape, and never look back.

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt

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The Perfect Summer Shirt Dress http://garypeppergirl.com/2015/04/the-perfect-white-summer-shirt-dress http://garypeppergirl.com/2015/04/the-perfect-white-summer-shirt-dress#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:00:28 +0000 http://garypeppergirl.com/?p=25680 I guess you can't really put a price on your health. It's all about being sun smart in style, no matter the cost.
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Thayer Maxi Shirt Dress (available in blue here) / Eugenia Kim Boater Hat / Ray Ban Sunglasses / Sarah & Sebastian Necklace / Ancient Greek Sandals

As I’ve grown up I’ve become far more aware of the serious repercussions excessive sun exposure (and sugar) is to your skin, especially after working alongside The Cancer Institute last year where I learnt the scary statistics and cold hard facts about skin cancer and the damage it causes. I couldn’t believe what I once thought were freckles are actually sun spots covering the ridge of my nose and cheekbones – a trait of a true Australian-Asian being raised with a desire to constantly be in the water without applying sunscreen or forgetting to re-apply.

Now I’m all about preaching being sun smart and feel this weird responsibility to educate my friends, family and anyone who will listen. This is why finding the perfect beach cover-up is always at the top of my wish list list for any places I visit during summer. If I can’t find anything breathable with sleeves I’ll just wrap a light weight scarf around my shoulders and hide beneath my collection of rapidly growing Eugenia Kim hats.

To be honest, I’ve bought several cheesecloth or light weight gauze pieces from the small market carts you can find on the side of the road throughout Europe (Sicily, Italy, France) for a mere $30 AUD and they’ve served as a very practical and sentimental souvenir that brings back fond memories every year I revive them for the warmer months. So I was a little hesitant to spend $280 AUD on this dress compared to the $30 AUD I’d spent on pieces in the past, but the long sleeves, optional thigh high split and overall style had me clicking ‘Add to Cart’, so much so that I even bought it in a pinstripe blue (the fabric is different and a little more stiff).

I guess you can’t really put a price on your health. It’s all about being sun smart in style, no matter the cost.

End preach.

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt

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Checking-in from the Maldives http://garypeppergirl.com/2015/04/checking-in-from-the-maldives http://garypeppergirl.com/2015/04/checking-in-from-the-maldives#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:04:37 +0000 http://garypeppergirl.com/?p=25663 They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what happens when you have a thousand pictures worth a million words?
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Thayer Maxi Shirt Dress (available in blue here) / Eugenia Kim Boater Hat / Sarah & Sebastian Necklace and Ring / Ancient Greek Sandals

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what happens when you have a thousand pictures worth a million words? I have no idea how we’re going to share with you all the pristine and picturesque landscapes of the Maldives through Gary Pepper’s eyes, but this looks like a pretty good place to start.

After spending roughly 136 hours on a plane in the space of just 5.5 weeks (that’s one 24 hour flight per week), the amount of flying back and forth from Sydney to the United States or Europe was starting to catch up with my body. I love moving fast, but unfortunately I live on the polar opposite side of the world to most of the industry so this enviably slows me down, especially when such a large part of my time is spent in the air without wifi and I can feel my body becoming more dehydrated as every hour passes.

It was time for a break, a real break, which lead us to here, the Maldives.

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt

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