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. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:54:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 #NYFW: Details at BOSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:52:44 +0000 This season of New York Fashion Week was easily my busiest season yet. ]]>

BOSS Full Look

This season of New York Fashion Week was easily my busiest season yet. I was so busy that I didn’t get a chance to actually take care of myself properly, so I fell incredibly ill on my last day in the city and couldn’t move from my hotel room. I was suppose to stay in LA for two nights, but I changed my flights and flew home early to try and recover quickly. Unfortunately there has been a short delay with any New York content or content in general being published, but I’m finally back on the mend and starting to function like a human again, which is just in time for my friends wedding today!

Here are some detail shots from the BOSS show. This season I was one of five who took part in the livestream, which was hosted by one of my dear friends Caroline Issa – the ultimate BOSS girl and the epitome of chic. Five of us were given an iPhone 6+ to provide our own unique perspective of the runway show, with all the coverage being uploaded to the BOSS livestream. I was so busy shooting the show that I didn’t get a chance to see all of the little details until this post.

More updates coming this week!

Photographer: Madelyn Wray

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Nylon Cover Girl Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:12:32 +0000 The shoot was extremely Nylon and quirky and whacky.]]>


After years of emailing one liners that simply said “Where in the world are you now? Shoot?” to each other, Byron and I finally came together to work on my Nylon Singapore cover story, which seemed to be the ultimate project for his bright and bold aesthetic and one of my favourite shoots to date. To make the deal even more special, Peter Simon Phillips took charge of the styling (I used to intern for Pete during my Grazia days, so it’s humbling when everything comes full circle) for our Australiana themed story and easily managed to keep this editorial high fashion and tasteful rather than tacky. There was colour, there was layering, there was green eyeliner and a rooftop full of plush toys – the shoot was extremely Nylon and quirky and whacky. I still felt like myself and adore how the editorial turned out.

Thank you to Nylon Singapore for having me as your cover girl!

Photographer: Byron Spencer @ DLM
Styling: Peter Simon Phillips @ Company1
Hair and Make-up: Katrina Raftery @ DLM

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Oahu Diary Sat, 07 Feb 2015 03:46:16 +0000 Here are my recommendations for a trip to Oahu.

1. Zimmermann Porcelain Bikini (more styles here)
2. ASOS Floral Dress / Ancient Greek Sandals / Eugenia Kim Hat
3. Zimmermann Porcelain Smock Dress (in-stock here)
4. ASOS Off Shoulder White Top / J Brand White Denim Shorts
5. ASOS Off Shoulder Striped Top / Citizens of Humanity High Waist Denim Shorts
6. Altuzarra Denim Lace Dress
7. ASOS Fluffy Cream Jumper

This photo diary is one of my favourites so far. Maybe because it actually took over a week to edit our whole Hawaii trip and we still managed to make the time to publish it here (something I still need to do for Norway, Sicily and most of our Europe travels from 2013 and 2014!), or maybe because it reminded me of how Luke and I would spend our time in the very early days of Gary Pepper, where we would take an entire afternoon to shoot photos aimlessly and just have fun together. Back then I would update this space once every 1-2 weeks, with my focus being purely on the online vintage store, so it’s been a while since we’ve delegated time to just enjoy each others company like this.

My recommendations for a trip to Oahu would be:

- Don’t stay in Waikiki and avoid the tourist hot spots. Instead book a private apartment or house and stay along the North Shore or East Side. We stayed in the funniest little house because we booked so last minute, but the landlord was so sweet and gave us a tour of her garden and gave us avocados, fruit and fresh coconuts to take home. This intimate local experience is rare to find staying at commercial hotels.

- Hire a car. We hired a car as we wanted to explore much of the island and Luke wanted to see various beaches for sunrise or sunset. Hiring cars can always be a little expensive, but you won’t find taxis along the North Shore and as it’s such a small neighbourhood, you’ll feel safe driving on its one main road. Even I drove in Oahu despite how nervous the thought of driving on the right side of the road made me.

- Try all the food trucks you can. If it was anywhere else in the world, I’d probably assume these food trucks were the same as the ones you find at carnivals, music festivals or on the side of the street, but they’re nothing like that in Hawaii. They’re delicious, convenient and lusciously affordable.

Luke’s favourites are North Shore Tacos and Pupukea Grill, which both serve Mexican food. North Shore Tacos is more like a little diner and here we fell in love with their pineapple mocktails that come inside a fresh pineapple. There were various food trucks we stopped in to try, like Haleiwa Bowls / Acai Bowls for breakfast, Pupukea Grill / Mexican lunch and The Elephant Truck / Thai dinner. There wasn’t any coffee trucks along the North Shore (why!?), so every morning we would visit The Coffee Bean next to Foodland for our daily caffeine fix.

Just a warning: the almond milk tastes like pure sugar but I couldn’t find anything better!

- Do a one day road trip along the East Side and stop in at as many beaches as you can. We started down at Sandy Beach for sunrise and worked our way back, stopping at Waimanalo Bay, Lanikai Beach and Makapu Beach Park. Keep an eye out for little swings or local stalls along the shoreline too. It’s incredibly picturesque and the waters are turquoise clear.

- Spend an afternoon doing one of Oahu’s various hiking trails. There are so many hiking trails in Oahu but we didn’t get to do any as they were all rained out during our week of thunderstorms. Most are illegal now and you enter at your own risk. We wanted to do The Stairway to Heaven, which Luke’s friends have done before and advised going before sunrise to avoid the security, but we just ran out of time. We attempted to do Dead Man’s Catwalk one afternoon but our maps took us to the opposite of where the entrance was, so we took it as a sign that we weren’t meant to go and continued on our road trip.

Disclaimer: Please do your research on these hikes before you decide to do one. They are dangerous and often only for experienced hikers. I don’t encourage nor take responsibility for anyone who decides to do one.

- Spend $15 and buy goggles and snorkels. The beaches along the North Shore are perfect for snorkelling, surfing or swimming. We went to Foodland and bought some cheap goggles and snorkels to go exploring in the shallow waters of Shark’s Cove or Laniakea Beach. Laniakea is one of the prime places for turtle spotting and often you can see them resting along the shoreline. Unfortunately we didn’t spot any, but I’m positive we’ll be back.

If you’re after dolphin spotting, we heard the best place was Pokai Beach. Apparently there’s pods of dolphins every morning during summer. You can also do dolphin spotting or shark tours that take you out to deeper waters, but that kind of freaks me out.

This post has taken me roughly five hours to finish, which doesn’t include how long it took us to edit the photos. I hope you enjoy! Kauai is up next…

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt and Nicole Warne

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Miss Eugenia Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:34:47 +0000 Here's another wardrobe staple I revived for the colourful backdrop that is Oahu.

Ephemera One Piece Swimsuit / Eugenia Kim ‘Do Not Distrub Hat’

Here’s another wardrobe staple I revived for the colourful backdrop that is Oahu. You may have seen this one piece pop up on my Instagram last July when we were in Sicily. It’s slightly complicated twists but flattering cut seem to hide all the right places for a girl like me who has quite an hourglass body. I have to love this novelty sized hat that may have shaded me enough to avoid the tan marks that would quickly follow.

I’m trying to move through the Hawaii content as quickly as I can, as the next working month is approaching so quickly and is going to be one of my busiest yet. I’ll be in New York for fashion week, flying back to Sydney for a wedding, Paris for fashion week and then flying back to Sydney again for another wedding.

Even though Luke and I just celebrated our 8 year anniversary and we’ve been dealing with everyone saying we should get married soon (which we’ve been told for years as most of our friends are married, engaged and/or pregnant), I can honestly tell you we’re both just as happy that these weddings aren’t ours. We barely have time to reply to emails let alone plan a wedding!

Kauai is up next and I can’t wait to show you its beauty.

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt

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The Colours of The West Side Thu, 05 Feb 2015 08:17:24 +0000 Here's a snapshot of our one morning spent at Pokai Beach along the West Side of Oahu. ]]>

1. Dolce & Gabbana Bikini / ASOS Silk Culottes (on sale for $23) / Equipment Cotton Shirt / Eugenia Kim Hat / Ancient Greek Sandals
2. Zimmermann One Piece

Here’s a snapshot of our one morning spent at Pokai Beach along the West Side of Oahu. We made the last minute decision to drive over to the West Side as a few locals told us this would be the best place to go swimming with dolphins. Could you imagine this combined with Luke’s underwater photography? Of course we had to go. Unfortunately we didn’t spot any, instead we found these stunning calm waters set beneath these dwarfing mountain ridges, where the water seemed to look like a moving blanket of metallic turquoise silk and the water was crystal clear.

This was Luke’s first time to the West Side, so we had no idea what to expect. We only had time to visit this particular beach and were lucky enough to find a local who let us hire two paddle boards for only $10 for 2 hours. When I say the people in Hawaii are beautiful I mean both by appearance and by nature. It reminded me in so many ways of the Australian culture, where everyone is happy, laid-back and absurdly friendly.

Pokai beach was visually stunning and provided a backdrop we didn’t see anywhere else on the island, but we quickly missed the atmosphere along the North Shore and decided to head back after a few hours. I think it was just the Mexican food trucks calling our names home though.

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt

Location: Pokai Beach, West Side, Oahu

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