frankie Magazine July - August 2019

frankie Magazine is an Australian bi-monthly with a difference. A niche-style title with mainstream appeal – filled with fashion, art, craft, music, cuteness and real-life inspiration – frankie is dedicated to uncovering the newest trends, celebrating the latest creative talents and delivering sharp, honest, laugh-out-loud stories their readers can relate to.

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in this issue

1 min
strange things tend to when the sun do›n.

Meteors streak across the sky; reckless text messages are sent, often followed by deep regret; creaks take on a hostile vibe they wouldn’t have had during daylight hours. Once, I was roused by the sound of retching, only to find my poor pooch coughing up a pair of fluffy pom poms. (He was totally fine, thankfully, but the cushion he tore them from wasn’t so fortunate.) Then there was the time just a couple of weeks back when I woke in the morning to the sound of my alarm. Reaching across to groggily switch it off, I realised there was only empty space where the bedside table had been – instead, my half-read books, reading lamp and phone were on the floor in a neat pile. But where was the…

3 min
dear frankie

Dear frankie, Despite having bought almost every copy since your entry into the world, I’ve never written to you. But Trish O’Loughlin’s article “Right in the Feels” made it impossible not to show my gratitude for the many life experiences you’ve helped me through. I’ve recently had a baby and ended up with many issues, which have led me to cry even more than usual. I’ve always felt embarrassed and fearful that my immense empathy and subsequent tears would have me labelled ‘overly sensitive’. However, reading Trish’s article in a busy cafe, I felt vindicated and right at home in my sensitive soul, and proudly let my tears flow in public without wiping them away. Forever grateful, Kali xx Dearest frankie, I wanted to say thank you for always making me…

19 min
frank bits

búl aw19 Inspired by Australia’s southernmost capital city, the AW19 collection from búl presents adventuresome, classy and ever so slightly quirky threads worthy of strolls by a scenic harbour; down tangled, wood fire-scented laneways; and through moody underground art galleries. Featuring utilitarian shapes, whopping big pockets and thoughtful button details, it’s enough to make anyone want to board the next boat, plane or bus and hotfoot it to Hobart, stat. bul.com.au blowing in the wind Well, this tissue box holder is a bit cheeky, isn’t it? Made by the clever types at South Korea’s Lufdesign, it’s designed so a gentle tug on a nose rag is enough to send the flapper’s skirt all a-flutter. Oh my! Now to empty the contents of our shnoz into her hem. Deck out your own tissues for…

3 min
side project sessions

Madeleine Dore is busy. So busy that sitting down to write – and colour-code – her epic to-do list actually has to be scheduled in and of itself. As a freelance writer forever brimming with ideas, the Melbourne lass juggles editorial and commercial commitments with a string of out-of-hours side hustles. Oh, and sometimes she finds time to sneak a bit of shut-eye, too. “I feel like Goldilocks,” Madeleine says of her ‘try a bit of this and a bit of that’ attitude, which has seen her launch interview project Extraordinary Routines and begin penning her own book. But flirting with side ventures while committing to something stable that pays the bills isn't an easy task. “It can be frustrating,” she says. “Especially when my personal creative work falls to the…

3 min
a spot of bother

I drive right on the speed limit. I never run an amber light. I check the rear-view mirror, look over my shoulder and inspect the side mirror, then repeat the process before I even consider switching lanes. I am the type of cautious driver your mother would spend her superannuation on, paying me to be your personal chauffeur forever. In life, though, we’re taught to present the very best of ourselves, which is why I’m here to offer the out-and-out truth: those who choose to be a passenger in my secondhand Honda Jazz (nicknamed Jane Honda) are taking a risk. You see, I’m the world’s worst parallel parker. I’m not telling you this to elicit sympathy. I’m not telling you in the hope you’ll offer me free lessons, and in doing so…

3 min
prescription punk

Like all good origin stories, Würst Nürse’s began after a few too many beers at the pub. In 2016, the five long-time friends (who also all happen to be nurses) were shooting the breeze in Melbourne, venting about a shitty day at work, when someone piped up: “How funny would it be if we started a nurse band?” As it turns out, pretty damn funny. Show up to a Würst Nürse gig and you’ll be treated to a ripping set of scatological wordplay, alongside satirical tunes about being horny for hot doctors. (“We were sick of being sexualised, so we flipped it and sexualised a guy,” drummer Abbie Laderman says.) On stage, the punk-rock band is unapologetic about its repertoire of “dumb music” and social commentary (which takes aim at matters…