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Photographer. Writer. 45yo Indo-Fijian Australian. Glam Feminist. Coconuts.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Definition -
noun: a branch that flows into the main stream OR a game wearing boots on tree branches
adj : paying tribute OR playing on a tree wearing boots

By the way...the first pic?  I am pushing against and hanging on to the tree NOT standing on anything.
[friend sent a text and asked me. friend knows better than to ask silly questions.  friend is now ex-friendJ]
Click the 'Read More' link below to see the set-up for this shot.

v-neck sweater * 'ski' pants * crazy techniclour dream dress worn as coat * OTK suede fringe boots *  a vintage chain and leather belt that I only just noticed is twisted.  Dammit.  *  various bangles and rings, click middle pic for large view * gold frame Wayfarers

© theDUSKzone 2010


carlyjcais said...

What gorgeous, inspiring photos! I love them...and would it be remiss of me to mention your boots??!

So beautiful!

Sher said...

You look absolutely sensational in these first pic! I adore you!

And I learned a new word today, thanks to you:)


Pesto Sauce said...

Pretty pics...well shot

Leia said...

Each photoshoot gets better and better! You look like a wood nymph, or better yet, queen of the forest... perched on a tree, surveying her land.

Gorgeous, earthy outfit, and (as usual) I want every piece you are wearing!

Vintage Vixen said...

Namaste, you gorgeous thing!
I love that dress-worn-as-a-cardi so much that I may jump on a plane and steal it from you.
Fabulous outfit as always, put together in a truly chic and unique style.

bollywoodstylediaries said...

I love the contrast of orange and black and that belt is to die for!! i loved the first pic where it looks as if you are the prettiest branch of the tree:-)also love the second last where u are chewing ur thumb - love the direct look into the camera!!u are really gorgeous! where is Tarzan:-)

Emilie Delance said...

You look gorgeous Love the belt and the boots are so cool :D

Fashion Butter said...

I am crazy for that belt. You are on fire!!!

Crazy Diamond said...

amazing @ the first must have very strong arms! :)

i love the belt.. i noticed the twist too heheh.. but NICE

have you worn those shades in any picture in previous post? i want to see!

you know i've never worn boots in my life.. this winter i'm definitely investing in a hot pair! they are so essential..

Cheryl Clarke said...

love the title of this post. the photos are amazing, and i want your belt and boots! :)

Vintage Obsession said...

add this to one of my fav lists :) your a rock-star i say :)

The Goddess of Boho said...

OMG do you have any idea how absolutely fantastic you look.
I swear, this is one of my *favourite* looks!
The cardigan is HOT.
So is that silver belt!
And those boots! *cries*
I have wanted boots like these for soooo long.
I'm totally going to go shopping all across town until I find one of those!
Stay gorgeous as ever Lady!

Tuesday said...

These are awesome shots! I thought for a second you did some photoshop jobs and then I looked closely they are absolutely perfect for the title itself! clap clap clap!

Are you taking yoga lessons?

Anonymous said...

oooh what a perfect backdrop (I LOVE trees, most favourite, favourite of all things mother naturely)... perfect light too for the colours you`ve chosen.

Those boots are awesome!!! x AnonymAsh ;p

Dusk said...

Hello lovelies!
...I've added to this post... the set-up shots for the first pic. I'm a bit of a show-off when it comes to my upper body strength ("noh! Really?") of course I had to prove that it's me, always, all me.
...sigh....and here I thought I had nothing to prove...;)... seriously and honestly, sometimes I amaze myself. the human body is such an incredible and powerful instrument. I'm nowhere near as good as professional polenastics and aerial performers and my teachers are AMAZING!

So are my boys! Males have a different structure, even though my boys are not trained in the things I am trained in, they can execute moves that took me ages to learn, by just looking at what I do! they can hang their bodies sideways just by wrapping one arm around a rope! upper body strength is due to Flamenco, Taiko, the above 2 things, boxing and carrying lots of kids!! They're all older now and they carry me!!

I broke my right wrist and left fingers last year in a snowskiing accident. My ego was hurt the most because I'm an excellent skiier! BUT... I will never ever take my body for granted again. I was in a cast for 3 months and I could not do anything.

This is why I LOVE my body. I'm grateful for all it lets me do. I don't waste time worrying about "faults". But that's another post...


@ Vintage Vixen - actually hon, I've had this piece for a while now so am now going to sell it in my eBay store.

@ Sonali - Tarzan was sitting nearby looking at the sunset and timing how long I could hold the 'hang'.

@ Tuesday - hello gorgeous! I practise Bikram Yoga 4 times a week but. No, no photoshop, never that, I'm too much of a snob about my strength to do that! Besides, what if I meet up with you all and you say; "well come on, show us"!

@ anonymASH! - hello my lovely! I have to put a link to your photography page... and of course you'd love these trees! This area is similar to an area you have taken tree pics in.


Thank you again lovelies! I am always so happy to read your comments. I appreciate the time you took out of your day to write your thoughts down. ♥

Kahani said...

Whoa, surreal. It's like you're a piratey wood nymph!

Gorgeous pics as always. It's amazing how you manage to outdo yourself post after post. If I had a forest handy I'd definitely do a "tribute" post. =D

.sabo skirt. said...

Thank you for your lovely comment on our post.

Can we just say that the first photo is absolutely amazing! You must have some really strong arms and abs to pull that off =)

Keep in touch.

xx .sabo skirt.

bollywoodstylediaries said...

4:16pm:-) time for afternoon tea:-)its 11:32 in the night for me, so I will see u tomorrow:-)

Hippie Holly said...

I love every single detail about your outfit! The layering, the boots, the jewelry and the belt! The pictures are amazing and can shame any fancy fashion spread!

Romany said...

I can see why you're so fiercely pro-curves - you've got a stunning figure. Congratulations! ;)
And I LOVE that you post such long comments, it makes me feel like I have been able to publish something that inspires serious thoughts and opinions in my readers. It's wonderful. And truth be told, I agree with your stand on runway models (from a designer's point of view - of course they are going to hire models that are NOT going to take the attention away from the clothes, and it would be somewhat unfair of us, the public, to begrudge them that), and curvy women. Being a curvy women, myself, I find it the most aesthetically pleasing shape. But that is my subjective preference, of course...and just between you and me! ;) Haha.

Faridah said...

What a wonderful outfit! And I love the tree setting. You must have powerful biceps to perform that floating pose! :D
I would have collapsed the moment I let my feet off the ground

Jessica said...

what a great look!!!

The Queen of Queer

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Hello Love!!!

You are so beautiful, and you truly have a body to envy. I am inspired by your gorgeousness! :) I also love these creative photos and the setting is just perfect for your outfit! I hope you had a great weekend!


Danielle Barbe said...

amazing photos!

Prutha said...


but above all, the poses!! the first and second pic r divine!!!

Leah said...


You are floating... I love the first image. And the body... oooh la la!!!

I love the orange that you matched with your blacks... you are so gorgeous my dear. xoxo

Katie said...

So stunning! Love the pop of color from the coat and all the great textures you've added with your accessories.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Oh wow, you are amazing! I was just trying to get on a little tree trunk today and struggling already. I'm so impressed!

Style by Skeide said...

Oh lala darling, love this outfit:)

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

Wow love your putting together of pieces and your posting style! Something new! :) You look hot even though you're covered fromtop to bottom!! Sigh! It's so hot here though!

Kallie said...

The first picture belongs in vogue magazine! You have the most amazing pictures!

thesydneygirl said...

these photos are so warm! love them! x

Tanvi said...

* I died and went to heaven* ... I strive to achieve this upper body strength! Besides the fact that you totally look like a Goddess in these pictures ... the ease and calm with you are taking the poses is just breathtaking. And may I add the diva-ness in your expression reminds me of Sushmita Sen here.

Love that silver belt, btw!

thesydneygirl said...

you are too too sweet! and i do NOT think you're a loony! ;) WOW! what you said made complete sense! I am very focused at the moment!!!You know so much about colours and energy. How did you learn all this? x

Fourth Daughter said...

Fantastic accessories and looking at those poses makes me want to take up taiko again!! Loved your comment on colour (lilac) on The Sydney Girl's blog so I followed you here!!

Taj Acosta said...

I love those boots! And these are great photos girl! Kind of like you are in the matrix! lol.
btw-I'm not sure about the flamenco pic I have, I have several that I've had forever. I need a pic like that though of me!! xoxo

garakami said...

This post. Is. AMAZING! Really, I'm bewidlered. I honestly stared at that first photo trying to figure it out until I read that you weren't floating.

You're cool. And the fact that you have sons that can do this makes you super cool !

The Queen of Hearts said...

you look fantastic! I still can't believe you're in your 40s and have had children....I will be forever jealous of you.

well after this, I should think nothing of falling down stairs

Boho Glamour said...

that's a fierce look for you. nice arm work! :)

♥ cara mia

Fourth Daughter said...

Thank you so so much for your comment, although it was lucky I happened to be going back through stuff and managed to find it... everything you said was so true. I think I'm going to have to start wearing more red from now on if I want to get anywhere in my life this year - from what you've said, anyway.
I learnt taiko in Japan but when I moved house it became too far to go on a Sunday morning so I stopped, and I'm too shy to perform so I haven't picked it up again, but I did enjoy just having a bash every week! By the way you somehow remind me of Safia Minney from People Tree, has anyone ever said that?

Amanda said...

great photos! just wondering, who takes your photos? you're a natural in front of the camera.

xx, Amanda (Not So Naked)

michelle_ said...

i love your cardigan TOO much !
the print is just soooo cute :)


Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

You photograph well, dear Lady. Love the nature around you. How soothing is the Green in nature. Those bangles remind me of girls in the Caribbean, India and Brazil. A lovely ethnic element.
And the outfit is perfect on you. I love the splash of colour with the cardigan;-)

bollywoodstylediaries said...

reg. Mallika @Cannes:
No, I am not biased either the cutouts or the cleavage, not both:-)If you look at Deepika in the white/gold sari, she showed lot of stomach but no cleavage..There is a fine line between slutty and sexy:-)

btw, you do research?? how interesting..whats u research area??

Dusk said...

Aloha lovelies! Thank you for the lovely comments... it's getting cold in Sydney so your comments and compliments warm me up quite nicely thank you!


@ Crazy Diamond - I'll be sure to take a close-up of the gold frame wayfarers!

@ Romany - of course we'll keep our aesthetic preferences a secret ;)!!! and I love that you post such wonderful points to ponder (and pontificate upon for energizer bunny commenters like me!!!) x

@ Tanvi - Sushmita? hon I wish!!

@ The Sydney Girl - I have been working with colours for a very long time, being Indian we grow up with the knowledge of chakras and how they correspond with the rainbow and what each chakra means, etc. I was always fascinated by this and as a kid I was fascinated by mood rings! This is based on science, which was at that time, my passion. I have read and studied a lot and will continute to study about all this.

Chromatherapy is applicable to all areason industry. Interior designers, architects, make-up artists, graphic designers, etc, etc, all have to understand how colour affects breainwaves. energy...My mother is a tactile healer and reflexologist, many of my close friends are Reiki and/or crystal and/or clairvoyant practitioners, or who are highly attuned to the invisible ribbons that connect us all, I seem to have a knack, so all this is just... 'normal to me.

Prior to waking up one morning and realizing I loathed and therefore could no longer understand the rigidity of Maths, I was heading to be an astronomer. To me, science and spirituality cannot exist without the other.

@ Fourth Daughter - Taiko is RED... :) Taiko harnesses red (passion, power, to unleash blue...and WOW thanks but I take it you're talking about looks (she looks a bit Indian yes?) because I'm not quite as noble nor as green as Safia!

@ Taj - get some new pics done hon!

@ Amanda - even though my husband was sitting nearby watching the sunset, timing my 'hang' pose and telling passerbys not to worry, his wife is not strange, she's a personal style blogger, I took these pics.

I take my own pics with a tripod mounted point & shoot (a snazzy one but it's still a digicam! Fuji finepix F70)... utilizing the 10 second timer with a 3 or 12 frame burst to capture motion.

I used to have a p&s with a remote but I upgraded and the new p&s cams don't come with remote capability, which is annoying. Will upgrade to an SLR soon but I love the lightweight convenience of a small cam.
...I'm comfortable in front of the camera because I get on really well with my photographer :D and also because I used to model back in the dark ages.


Thank you again lovelies! I really truly appreciate you all taking the time to comment ♥

bollywoodstylediaries said...

no, no, I didnt take it personally..I totally understood what u were saying..even if someone wears sari, cleavage and stomach, both wont look good..thats all i meant..I also feel sari's are more sensual than dresses becoz of the draping and peekaboo with the blouse:-)

I too wanted to be an astronomer but couldn't figure out how to become one when growing up in India:-) I am so fascinated by space and beginning of time!! hopefully, my daughter will become one since she is big time into Star Wars!!


Love your photos! So awesome! You look gorgeous!


BarelyVogue said...

How do u get these great pics!
Keep in touch

hannah said...

incredible boots!

fhen said...

those are gorgeous! loveing your outerwear!

DailyDoseOfAloha said...

i simply love this. everything about it.. and i love how the first picture is you look euphorically floating in a fashion haze! :) great style!
love love love it and you!


Vintage Obsession said...

I am actually going through these pictures everyday :) i don't believe you did this , Coz this is a classic case of levitation :-) I climb up the stairs and i am all tired , look at you goddess!!:-)

Spardha Malik said...

wow, i love your blog So much... you put so much effort into each of your post... also, big fan of ur tongue in cheek humor... Treebootary... lol awesome play of words.

RepublicOfChic said...

When I visit here, I bring my notebook so I can take notes on photography, styling and just plain being cool.

Silvia Couture said...

you look sooo gorgeous! Awesome outfit in the trees!!


Amanda said...


Thanks again for your comment. And yes I actually do make the harness to sell. However, I will only be taking orders in about 2 weeks cos I'm heaps busy with uni work atm. Will post more info about it on my blog anyway.

PS: I knew you had some modelling background!

xx, Amanda (Not So Naked)

suruchi said... I am running out of adjectives...
Can I just say you are hotness personified and hope you get it that I mean it?

I mean I have not seen such a thing before*yeah...I can be an ignorant nut sometimes*but seems like many others above in the comments haven't either*yiyee yiyee*

So there...keep looking gorgeous and making us wish if we could be a bit like you:-)*sigh,sigh*

suruchi said...

I so loved it...I am sharing this on my Face book:-)
Let the world know how rocking you are:-)

ellinelle said...

..I am totally in LOVE with your pictures , they have kind of Matrix feel in them : ) you blow me away ..LOVE LOVE LOVE ..

Ellinelle xxx