Are you thinking what I'm thinking? I've booked an appointment for August.
It's 8pm on New Year's Day 2011, and New York City is dark. Not the unsettling, moody kind of darkness. Just dark. Operations at John F Kennedy airport are running sluggishly as usual, and it takes nearly as long to wait for my luggage to come as it does to fly from Denver to Gotham. I'm not complaining, though, since I've already been delayed five days by the snowstorms. I'm overwhelmed that I actually made it, even though I did miss seeing the ball drop on New Year's Eve. All the hostels are booked out, and I don't know where I'm going to sleep that night, but I call a sorority sister and hope for the best. Soon enough, I find myself on the L train towards Brooklyn and silently admire myself for being so goddamn cool. And that's when I reach into my pocket and realise that somewhere between Denver and Manhattan, I lost my favourite earphones. Bugger. I'm only moderately cool.
Since that night, I've been through three different pairs of headphones and hated them all. Philips, too treble-y. Nokia, too soft. Skullcandy Lowriders, made me look like a stupid scene kid, sounded bloody terrible, and broke within a month. Clearly I treasure my musical experience far too highly for someone who can't afford to pay more than $100.
But these, these Breo De Janeiro headphones, which were sent to me to review, are keepers. They tick every box. Loud enough to blast over the god-awful music at Fitness First (whoever programmes the music there doesn't deserve to have ears) without blowing the speakers. Comfortable enough to wear for hours. Strong enough so that I'm not worried about keeping it in my handbag throughout the day. (My Skullcandy pair was so cheaply made that it broke when I was pulling it over my head!) Clear enough so that I can listen to everything from classical to podcasts to Crystal Castles with consistently enjoyable sound. And - here's the clincher - at $80, it's affordable enough for even the most HECS-drowned uni student.
Breo De Janeiro headphones in white | Sportsgirl turban and bangle | Vintage shirt | 18th Amendment Colbert flare jeans | Asos watch
And since I have a gift of turning every conservation I have into me imposing my music taste on other people, here are a few recommendations. When it comes to music, I'm a proselytiser.
Have you ever used Breo headphones? What do you think? AND, do you have any music recs for me?
Dion Lee for Cue blazer | Dion Lee for Cue leather top | Mango jeans | Forever 21 wingtips
Owning these pieces more than make up for what I missed at the Dion Lee show at RAFW. Although it's tragic that the sales at Cue mean the last of Dion Lee on the high street, it's nice that the price points have graciously dipped into my reach. Hopefully it's been successful enough to warrant further collaborations for Cue. Bianca Spender and Karla Spetic are two such Australian designers whose aesthetic visions are in keeping with Cue's. Perhaps in the future? We're allowed to dream, aren't we?
What designer collaboration would you like to see next?
Labels: what we wore
Staple dress (sample) | Zanerobe dress underneath | Charlotte Russe thigh high boots
This outfit took me from 5pm to 4am straight shooting a couple of events. I love what I do but perhaps I should think of shoes that are more practical for walking two kilometres home from the bus stop in the early hours.
What do you think of my experimentations with coloured filters? Love/hate/indifferent? Probably the latter, but hey. It was fun.