Colour Bomb | Antigua, Guatemala

 

Let me take you on a journey of colour!

When I first arrived in Antigua, what struck me most was the vivid colour pallet at every turn, in every direction. Bright ice cream hues on the walls clashed perfectly with local Guatemalans favoring rich, deep multicoloured textiles. It was such an overwhelming feast for my eyes I could only conclude that I'd spent my life living in black and white until now!

Enjoy my photo diary with my travel companions

Los Tres Amigos: Jessica McNamee, Matthew Rooney and myself!

Love Miss. Peanut x

 

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ANTIGUA MUST DO'S

Pacaya Volcano Hike

Check out the ruins at Casa Santo Domingo

Jade Museum

Chocolate Museum

Local Textile Markets

Walk to Cerro de la Cruz

Eat a Feast at Cactus Taco Shop

 

PACAYA VOLCANO HIKE

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA PHOTOGRAPHY | GEMMA PRANITA & MATTHEW ROONEY

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

PHOTOGRAPHY | GEMMA PRANITA & MATTHEW ROONEY

BROOKLYN BABY!

 

Very excited to share my shoot with guest Gemma Peanut Gallery photographer EDDIE NEW. Once again, I am an advocate for supporting Aussie talent, so it is my pleasure to introduce you to the work of Mister NEW. 

Eddie and I met in Los Angeles through a mutual friend and soon to be Peanut Muse, Miss Dena Kaplan. It didn't take us long to find ourselves locked and loaded into a deep conversation about all things cameras, lighting and lenses. Eddie has been in the game professionally for a few years now so I morphed myself into a sponge and instantly became Luke Skywalker to his Master Yoda.

And as luck would have it, our timing aligned perfectly to find us both in New York at the same time. The result? A perfect day meandering through the streets of Brooklyn, eating ice-cream and taking photos.

Enjoy!

Love Miss Peanut x

 

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What I'm wearing...

Knit top | LILYA

Overalls | ZARA

Shoes | H&M

Necklace | SAGE & STONE

Sunglasses | RAYBAN

 

 

To see more of EDDIE NEW's work click here.

 

Gemma Pranita Photography | Eddie New

Gemma Pranita

Photography | Eddie New

Alli Simpson, my camera + me

 

There are people in this world you meet who have that “Je ne sais quoi” about them. That unnameable essence that seems so damn good you want to bottle it. And this Aussie sweetheart has it in spades!

Welcoming the deliciously delightful Alli Simpson to the virtual pages of Gemma Peanut Gallery. A worldwide fashionista and trend influencer at the tender age of 16, Alli won my heart with her easy breezy yet vivacious personality and her unapologetic playful approach to fashion. Her 1.5 million instagram followers are treated to a daily fix of homegrown Australian goodness with a Californian backdrop. A heavenly combination if you ask me.

Alli was a dream to photograph. She may be young but she’s no novice when it comes to working it in front of the lens. We spent a warm summer evening with her beautiful family at Santa Monica beach with sand between our toes and sunshine in our hair. Joie de vivre!

Love Miss. Peanut x

p.s Please excuse my french. I realise I’ve used a lot of french in this post. If you don’t know the meanings behind the phrases I’ve used, I highly highly recommend you google them! Everything sounds tres magnifique in french!

 

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Alli Simpson Photography | Gemma Pranita Make up | Natalie Malchev Location | Santa Monica Beach

Alli Simpson

Photography | Gemma Pranita

Make up | Natalie Malchev

Location | Santa Monica Beach

THE ROARING 20s

 

The 1920s! Oh how we love them! I have been heavily influenced lately by the resurgence of the roaring 20s. Can you blame me? Its glamour is plastered all over our screens with shows like Downton Abbey and a bold remake of The Great Gatsby. Fashion is cyclical and this particular era is one I'd welcome with open arms and coax to stay a while.

So I've decided to add some sparkle and jazz this week with a bejewelled flapper inspired headpiece. But here's the challenge - how to wear such a lavish piece of head candy without looking like the guest at a fancy dress party? The trick is to pair it with something clean, simple and modern. Stay away from a dress with fringing people! Fringing is the quintessential detail that defined the 20s and will instantly throw you into costume territory! So beware folks. My other suggestion is to not let the headpiece overwhelm you. Learn to be a little irreverent with it. Don't put too much emphasis on the fact that you are indeed wearing a 1920s headpiece, but rather, think of it as no different to a necklace or a bracelet you would add to any outfit.

So if you're going to go for it, go big or go home I say. Own it! Just as the 1920s bravely stepped away from conservative formal attire, be loud, proud and wear that fine jewel with wild abandon!

Love miss. Peanut x

 

 

What I'm wearing...

Headpiece | MARKET FIND

Dress | REFORMATION

Heels | ZARA

Necklace | SAGE RIDER

 

Gemma Pranita Photography | Matthew Rooney Special thanks | Renee Bargh for this gorgeous dress | Luke Mcfarlane for having me on your rooftop.

Gemma Pranita

Photography | Matthew Rooney

Special thanks | Renee Bargh for this gorgeous dress | Luke Mcfarlane for having me on your rooftop.

NEON SPLASH

 

It's winter! That wonderful time of year where we all disappear into the fashion vortex of monochrome. I am definitely guilty of this. As the cold winter days take on a grey and bleak demeanor, my wardrobe, without fail, unconsciously mirrors it. I find myself repeatedly reaching for the classic black, white and grey combination. 

But never fear, there is a plus side to monochrome. it is the perfect canvas on which to paint colour! So today I am breaking my winter habit by introducing a pop of colour. But be brave folks... Don't go for a timid or tame colour... GO FOR A SPLASH OF NEON! 

Love Miss. Peanut x

 

 

What I'm wearing...

Beanie | TOPSHOP

Sweater | MOSSMAN CLOTHING

Skirt | SPORTSGIRL

Boots | VINTAGE

Rings | SAGE RIDER

 

Gemma Pranita Photography | Alexandra Rooney Location | Tamarama, Sydney, Australia

Gemma Pranita

Photography | Alexandra Rooney

Location | Tamarama, Sydney, Australia

Oh fair Vermont!

 

Never have I seen such lush greenery as I have in fair Vermont. I only spent a short two nights there and I can honestly say I didn't want to leave. It's no secret that autumn is my favourite season, but I have to say that the rich vibrant greenery of summer in Vermont easily rivals the fiery trees of fall! 

I was lucky enough to be invited to a 'touch of gatsby' themed wedding. And in true Gemma Peanut style, I left it to the last minute to figure out what to wear. On this occasion, I completely ran out of hours in the day to go dress hunting! So I dashed over to my dear friend Renee Bargh's house and raided her wardrobe (This post is now officially dedicated to life saver Renee!)  It didn't take me long to settle on this little number. It had all the lace trimmings, floral appliqué and pleats a girl could ever wish for, making it the perfect dress for a fancy Vermont wedding!

With all the delicious construction and detail on this dress, it was safe to assume that it belonged to a luxury brand. But to my compete surprise (and delight), I discovered it was from Topshop! 

Good old Topshop keeps winning my heart over and over. Today I salute them for making fashion affordable without losing all the trimmings!

Love Miss. Peanut x

 

 

What I'm wearing...

Dress | TOPSHOP

Bag | FOREVER 21

Shoes | ZARA

 

Gemma Pranita Photography | Matthew Rooney Special thanks to Renee Bargh

Gemma Pranita

Photography | Matthew Rooney

Special thanks to Renee Bargh

Mother Teresa, Mother of Rain

 

Mother of Bodhi Rain that is!

Another day, another afternoon of pure relaxation at the Webber/Palmer household.  I love going to Mark and Teresa's house to escape the LA madness. Their home, nestled among the tree tops of the hollywood hills has always been like some sort of zen garden to me. A place to regroup with yourself, take a deep breath and exhale the chaos of the day. And I can confirm that even with the presence of a four month old inhabitant now sharing the nest, the house remains as tranquil and peaceful as ever.

Just as listening to the rain has a soothing effect, Bodhi Rain brings a similar calm. He is quite honestly the most serene baby I have ever met. He epitomises the phrase "cool as a cucumber". He's a keen observer, with eyes so deep you get lost in them and a laugh that melts your heart.

As Teresa and Mark are "ever the zen parents" they asked that I only include photos where you can't see little Bodhi's face. They believe that Bodhi has the right to choose whether he wants to take centre stage or not. They see him as his own little being with preferences and beliefs. The choice to make his image public will be his alone.

Enjoy the photos!

Love Miss. Peanuts 

 

Teresa Palmer, Mark Webber and Bodhi Rain Photography | Gemma Pranita All images are the property of Gemma Pranita of Gemma Peanut Gallery

Teresa Palmer, Mark Webber and Bodhi Rain

Photography | Gemma Pranita

All images are the property of Gemma Pranita of Gemma Peanut Gallery

KITTY KAT on a HOT TIN ROOF

 

Once again, I'm a sucker for Magic Hour. On this occasion I find myself bathing in the evening sun on a rooftop in fair Little Italy in "oh so trendy" Manhattan. 

In my mind, there is little better than sun worshipping whilst channeling ones inner kitty kat in this wicked beanie by LILYA.

Puuurfect!

Love Miss. Peanut x

 

 

What I'm wearing...

Beanie | LILYA

Blouse | LILYA

Suade Tunic | LILYA

Bag | Michael Kors

Brogues | Vintage Find

Sunglasses | Melrose Markets

 

Gemma Pranita Photography | Matthew Rooney Special thanks to Luke Mcfarlane for having us on your rooftop!

Gemma Pranita

Photography | Matthew Rooney

Special thanks to Luke Mcfarlane for having us on your rooftop!

Rachael Taylor, my camera + me.

 

Welcoming another bombshell to Gemma Peanut Gallery. None other than silver screen siren, Rachael Taylor. I have been following Rachael’s career for a decade now. When I was a fresh faced wee peanut just graduating from drama school, I basically wanted to be her. I loved the kinds of films she worked on. I loved how effortlessly articulate she was in any interview. She may be blonde but her mind is sharp and her tongue witty. 

I first met Rachael years ago (She doesn’t remember this story, but I was sure to remind her at our shoot together). I had just arrived to my very first meeting with my shiny new acting Managers at Marquee Management. I remember nervously (slash excitedly) walking into their office and standing right there before me, finishing up her meeting, was Rachael. She sweetly introduced herself, welcomed me to Marquee with a warm smile and gracefully glided out the door. I was starstruck to say the least.

Cut to 2014 at an event in Los Angeles. I was hanging out with the DJ,(my dear friend and Peanut Gallery muse, Tahyna Tozzi), trying to remain incognito. (Did I mention I’m really bad at schmoozing at events. I get really awkward. So I hide). Rachael has been friends with Tahyna for many years and marched over to say hello to her. Just as I was about to reintroduce myself, Rachael turned to me and said. “I know you. You’re Gemma Peanut. I follow your blog. It’s awesome!”. I was gobsmacked. And further more, she went on to say “We should shoot together!… If you’ll have me of course”. Hmmm let me think about that Rachael… ummmm… YES PLEASE!

And boy did we shoot together! It was a dream. The girl’s a pro. This definitely wasn’t her first rodeo. She’s not only a great story teller in motion pictures but also in stills. She makes a million offers to the camera, changing up her face and pose with every click of my finger. I felt like I was engaged in some sort of secret visual poetic dialogue with her when we shot. 

 

 

These pics were taken at Rachael’s beautiful home in Venice. I took a series of photographs of her in a few different outfits which I will be sharing with you guys over the next week. In this first outfit, Rachael is wearing (surprise surprise) SASS & BIDE trousers, white t-shirt by DION LEE, Jacket by APC and jewelry by ORLIKA.

Enjoy!

Love Miss. Peanut x 

 

Actress | Racheal Taylor Photography | Gemma Pranita

Actress | Racheal Taylor

Photography | Gemma Pranita

All images are the property of Gemma Pranita of Gemma Peanut Gallery

Margot Robbie, My Camera & Me

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Her name may hark back to the 1930s, and her disarming beauty rivals any siren of the hollywood golden age, but the Margot Robbie I know is a modern day, down to earth Aussie, who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. In fact, you’d have to race her to get to the mud!

This is what I love most about Margot. Even though she’s become a deserved household name with her killer performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, she’s still the same old Margot. It didn’t matter that she was dressed in couture for The Golden Globes rubbing shoulders with our childhood poster boys, Margot still found the time to swing by my apartment the next day, armed with a tub of ice-cream and a long list of hilarious youtube clips she couldn’t wait to share.

So it was no surprise that even though she’s posed for top photographers and graced the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair, she was still keen as mustard to shoot with me for my little Peanut Gallery. And as she’s a true blue homegrown Aussie, it made perfect sense for me to style her in none other than my all time favourite, Sass & Bide!

We did this photo shoot guerrilla style. We shot in a gorgeous secret loft in Downtown LA generously provided to me by the wonderful Collin and Jessica Stark. There was no hair and make up artist, no wardrobe department and no fancy lighting. Just me, my camera and Margot, a lot of laughs and some glorious natural light pouring in through the tall loft windows.

I hope you enjoy our photos!

Love Miss. Peanut x

 


Margot Robbie

Photography | Gemma Pranita

Special thanks to SASS & BIDE and Collin & Jessica Stark (www.collinstark.com)



All images are the property of Gemma Pranita of Gemma Peanut Gallery