Kara Rosenlund

Thursday 2nd Nov 2017

Kara Rosenlund may well be familiar to you already.

Indeed, this Brisbane based photographer, stylist, author, shop-keeper and all-round adventurer has quite the devoted following.

And with very good reason.

Kara’s curious spirit and passion for storytelling is intoxicating, as she lovingly captures moments in time that are equal parts raw, honest and disarmingly beautiful.

Keen to know more?

Keep reading, as we take a little wander through Kara’s world/home/wardrobe…

5 words to describe my style are:
1 Textural
2 Easy going
3 Timeless
4 Natural
5 Carefree

My go-to outfit is:
A simple cotton shirt dress with a vintage leather belt

On the top of my wish list is:
More handmade bangles from the Himba tribeswomen in Namibia who I spent time with in the desert.

Heels or flats?
Flats, I’m always on the run in my sandals.

The best (fashion) lesson I’ve learnt is:
Understand who you are and dress for your own personal style. Trends come and go, style is lasting. Also, not every colour is going to be your colour.

My most recent fashion purchase is:
An antique woven shoulder bag from PnG. The shoulder strap is too short though, so I reworked it as a little utility bag. I love it.

I keep buying more:
Tan leather sandals.

I need more:
Hats, I have a thing for vintage straw summer hats. I wear them and decorate the house with them. Endless summer vibes with hats.

I wish I’d never bought:
A stunning layered Akira cape, which was a complete piece of art, though on me it looked like I had a run through a Spotlight remnant sale with a hot glue gun.

If I could only keep 3 things in my wardrobe, they would be:
1. A vintage wool knitted cape.
2. A tan travel blanket a friend gave me; I wear it as a cape, a scarf and a throw for the bed.
3. My leather handbag, made for me by cordwainer (read: shoemaker) and friend Jess Wootten, which I drew on a piece of paper and he made come to life. This year I was able to make the bag available in my online shop and I’m so excited about it.

My favourite labels are:
Anything vintage, classic silhouettes… if it catches my eye, the label doesn’t matter.

My favourite online shops are:
Instagram, I use Instagram for everything, including shopping and inspiration!

I always feel happy when I wear:
My Isabel Marant floral wrap maxi, the fabric just floats and I feel like its the 1940s everyday.

I wish I’d never got rid of:
This amazing soft pink vintage silk trench coat…. redonated it… I think of her every week, where are you now Trenchy?

Any outfit looks better with:
A smile and a signature fragrance.

Is it better to be overdressed or underdressed?
Overdressed, then playing it cool with messy hair.

Lipstick or gloss?

Coffee or tea?
Both! Coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.

I could happily live the rest of my life without seeing another:
Acai bowl. I don’t like that stuff.

Kara Rosenlund

photography: Rachel Kara



Comment (1)

  1. Loved your style story on Kara she epitomises casual classic style and I am a big fan of her and her beautiful book Shelter it helps that she is a really lovely person to boot – no fakery there. I met her at a vintage fair that l sell at called Fryerstown Antique Fair (now called Campbell’s Creek Fryerstown Antique Fair on the Football Oval Australia Day weekend) she purchased a gorgeous green vintage display cupboard from us then did a story on her blog on Fryerstown (the Fair had been going for 40years here in Victoria) and what she bought which was so interesting as l love to know why people buy particular vintage objects. Your site is so easy to get around and the content / photography and writing are great and to the point. Will visit again

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