Things I Love Thursday 21/8/2014

It’s Things I Love Thursday and I am so excited.  I have been having a bit of a down week and I really need a bit of positivity to perk up my mood.  So without further ado, here is my gratitude list for this week.

This Thursday, I love:

- Celebrating my grandfather’s birthday.  Even though he’s no longer with me, I really enjoy devoting a day to his memory and doing all the things that he adored.  Like eating lollies, watching monkey movies and listening to Johnny Cash.

- Guardians of the Galaxy.  I checked it out on Tuesday with my gentleman and it was pretty darn awesome.  I’m going out on a limb here and saying that it’s kind of like Marvel’s answer to Star Wars.  To me, there were a lot of parallels between Star Wars and Guardians.  The visual effects were stunning and the cast is awesome.  I’d definitely recommend it.

- The soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s nothing like some mid-to-late 70’s soul, soft rock and pop to get my feet tapping.  I’ve been spinning Cherry Bomb by The Runaways and Come and Get Your Love by Redbone ever since I watched the film.


-Stewart McKenny’s Ice Bucket Challenge video.  Stewart is one of my favourite artists and he’s an awesome guy too.  His video gave me a good giggle.


- Feeling like I’m beginning to get into my groove with work.  I finally feel as though I know what I’m doing most of the time.


DSCF9311-Jelly insisting on sleeping in tiny spaces.


- Cold and flu medicine.  It’s been getting me through the week.


- Ice-cold orange juice


- Hot oil hair treatments.


- Getting real, hand-written mail from friends.


- The promise of Spring that’s in the air.


- Looking forward to new Dr Who beginning this weekend.


- Knitting while watching back-to-back Disney films.  So relaxing.


What do you love this week?  Don’t be shy, add your joy to the comments!


New years resolutions update: June and July.

It only just occurred to me that I haven’t updated you on how I’m going with my new year’s resolutions for a while.  So here’s a recap of what I’ve accomplished in the last two months.

My resolution for June was to eat at a teppanyaki restaurant.  I’ve never tried teppanyaki but I adore Japanese food and it just looks like a really fun way to dine.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to visit a teppanyaki restaurant in June.  I visited Melbourne in June right after my birthday and I considered going then, but it turned out to be a bit too pricey for me at the time. I would still like to make a date to try teppanyaki before the year is up.

However, I did take Luke (my new gentleman friend) to try Japanese food for the first time and it was a great success.  He was very adventurous and tried lots of different dishes and seemed to enjoy most of them.  He was particularly smitten with the wafu steak, and I had a go at cooking it at home one night.  My attempt was pretty delicious, but not nearly as good as what we had at the restaurant.

My July resolution was to buy nothing new for the whole month.

I fell down a bit when I visited Comic Con at the beginning of the month.  I just couldn’t resist snapping up this Dr Who print from Stewart McKenny.  But this was the only thing I purchased the whole time I was at the convention, which was very restrained of me.

Other than my gorgeous Doctor print, I was very well behaved with my spending for the rest of July.  I managed to keep my purse tightly closed and didn’t buy anything new.  I even managed to resist taking home a few treasures from the second hand shop when I went browsing with Mum.

So I managed to fulfull half of my resolutions for June and July, and there’s always time to catch up later in the year.

How are you going with your new year’s resolutions?

Daily outfit: My first seamed stockings.

Today’s outfit features my very first pair of seamed stockings.  It seems weird to me that I’m so into vintage and retro styles and yet I’ve never owned a pair of seamed stockings until now.


I noticed these babies a few weeks ago when I was shopping in Melbourne.  One of the outlet stores had a massive display of Voodoo hosiery that was very heavily discounted.  I picked up a few pairs of textured tights and then these gorgeous seamed stockings caught my eye.


At first I was drawn to the fact that the seams were red.  Although I like black and brown seams, I do wear a lot of red and I thought that it would add a cheeky touch to some of my vintage ensembles.


Then I noticed this charming little detail….



A little “V” for Vanessa!  How could I possibly resist the opportunity to own a pair of monogrammed tights?


I mixed and matched eras for work the other day, with a 50’s inspired pencil skirt and some loose 40’s victory rolls.



I am wearing:

- Cherry red sweater from Cotton On

- Navy and red polka-dot pencil skirt (thrifted)

- Voodoo Vixen seamed stockings

- Black patent heels from Nine West

- Swarovski crystal earrings (gift from my Nana)

- Signet ring

- “Love” cat-eye glasses from Clearly Contacts.


I felt pretty darn foxy in this getup.  Foxy enough to give a little twirl for the camera!


I’ve been wearing more and more vintage-inspired outfits to work lately.  My boss seems pretty happy for me to dress however I want as long as I look professional, and it’s awesome to be able to express myself through my clothes at work.


I was so smitten with these stockings.  I had to keep checking to make sure that my seams were straight, but it was well worth it.

How to wear tricky items: grey linen vest

I got an email from one of my friends with a fashion dilemma. Her boss has gifted her a grey linen vest, and she isn’t too sure how to style it. Naturally, I have a few ideas.

I bought a vest to add to my work wardrobe and it’s become one of my favourite things to wear. It’s a really simple way to add a bit of contrast to your outfits or to make casual items look a little bit snazzier.

Annie hall

One of the most obvious ways to wear your vest is with trousers and a blouse. I personally love this look because there are a million ways to reinvent it. You can keep it really simple and classic with a crisp white shirt, or go crazy with coloured or printed blouses. It’s fun to add a blouse in a rich fabric like silk, which will contrast beautifully with the rough texture of the linen. You can embrace the Annie Hill vibe and add a tie and oxfords for a masculine look. Or you can add a feminine edge with towering heels and sparkling jewellery. The options are endless.

Dress with vest

A vest can also funk up a dress for work. I think a vest looks especially gorgeous when worn over a printed dress and opaque tights. Popping your vest on over a slightly baggy dress will pull it in and instantly make it look more tailored. A long necklace looks gorgeous when worn with a vest-and-dress ensemble.

print matching

A vest is ideal for making casual items look more polished. I love to pop a vest on over a billowy top to pull it in around the waist and create a gorgeous silhouette. Choose a printed top with similar tones to your vest for a stylish look. If you’re wearing a lot of volume on top, it’s best to anchor the look with a pencil skirt or some slim-fitting trousers. A pair of cute flats in a similar shade to your vest will finish off the look.

Weekend vest

Of course, you can incorporate your vest into some more casual outfits for the weekend. I love throwing a vest on over a funky tee shirt and some well-worn jeans. Throw on a cute hat and some sneakers for a laid-back take on androgyny.

Do you have a tricky item that you’d like some help styling? Feel free to drop me a line and I’d be happy to give you a hand.

Things I Love Thursday

Yeee-hah!  This week is just whipping on by, and it’s time once again to bang out my weekly love list.  Hooray!

This week I love:

- Getting word that my favourite comic book store, All Star Comics in Melbourne, has been voted Best Comic Book Store in the World at San Diego Comic Con.  How awesome is that?  There are few things that make me happier than seeing people follow their dreams, take a risk and be rewarded for it.  The store owners, Mitch and Troy have done an incredible job creating a stellar business and building a fabulous community.  I am so proud of them.

- Hogs Breath cafe.  My gentleman friend and I took a trip to Hogs Breath on Sunday and it was awesome.  I had a blackened steak and it was drool-worthy.

- Re-watching Tank Girl for the billionth time.

- Adding new items to my etsy store.

This slouchy Bad Hair Day beanie is perfect for hiding even the most hideous bed-hair.  It’s super comfortable and funky.  I’m also able to make this one in any other colour you might desire, so if you’d like to request a custom order, just shoot me an email!

I’ve also added this sweet Cupcake Beanie.  This one is an adult size, but I can also make these to fit children or even babies.  I can also customize the colours, so once again if you would like to request a custom order I’d be happy to help you out.

- Getting an email from one of my work clients telling me that I’m “too awesome”.  Naturally I sent it to my boss so that he’s have it when my performance review rolls around.

-Finishing my first pair of knitted socks.  I feel so proud of myself.  Socks have always been one of those “too hard” items that I’d always been too scared to try knitting.  But these turned out brilliantly.  They fit perfectly and they’re so warm and comfortable.  I’m planning on making myself a whole drawer-full now!  These will also be available in my etsy store soon, so if you’d like a pair get in touch with me.  I can make them in any colour, and they are made to your measurements so they will fit like a dream.

-  Good hair days.

- Waking up from hilarious dreams feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

- Taking it easy when I’m feeling under the weather.

- Feeding the ducks at the lake.

- Watching the days slowly draw out.

What do you love this week?

Daily outfit 30/7/2014

Last weekend I picked up one of my lust-list items from the op shop.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted a bottle-green velvet blazer.  I’ve searched high and low for one that fit the bill.  Sadly, each time I found a green velvet blazer, it was either too pricey, or too big or the velvet was too scratchy.  So you can imagine how excited I was when I picked up this gorgeous blazer from the second-hand store for just $1.50.

Likewise, you can probably imagine my frustration when I viewed the pictures I snapped in a hurry before work this morning and realised that the jacket looks black.  These pictures do not do justice to the lush emerald shade of this jacket.  I blame the cold early-morning light in my kitchen.  Ah well.

I am wearing:

- Green velvet jacket (thrifted)

- Pink silk kimono blouse from Target

- Black pinstripe pants (thrifted)

- Black patent leather heels (thrifted)

- Gold chain necklace (vintage)

- Pearl ring  from Faye Bella vintage.

I think this might be the first time that I’ve posted one of my work outfits since I started my new job.  It’s the first time in years that I’ve worked in a place where I don’t have to wear a uniform so I’m having lots of fun getting dressed each day.  To begin with, I had built up a basic work wardrobe but I’ve slowly been working items from my regular wardrobe into it.  Every now and then I’ll try to push the envelope a little further.  So far, each time I’ve worn something a bit more experimental to work my boss has loved it.  So I feel pretty happy mixing things up and wearing clothes that are a bit more left-of-centre to the office.

I also get a kick out of the fact that so many of our clients comment on my outfits.  I’ve even had the hairdresser who works next door tell me that she looks forward to my morning mail-run so that she can see what I’m wearing.  It makes me feel more confident about expressing myself through my clothes, rather than just sticking to the same tried-and-true office wear each day.

Are you interested in seeing more of my work outfits?  I’d be more than happy to oblige if you are.

Things I Love Thursday 24/7/2014

After a slow start, winter has well and truly arrived in Benalla.  This past week has been flippin’ freezing!  Normally I don’t deal well with cold weather, but this year I feel as though I’m doing a pretty good job of keeping my chin up and powering on.


This week, I love:

- My grandmother.  She and I haven’t always had the closest relationship, but over the past year I’ve had a lot of opportunities to get to know her better.  I’ve grown to respect and appreciate her a lot more and I feel as though we have a much stronger bond.  I feel so grateful for the support she’s given me since I split from my ex last year and I’m so pleased to have her in my life.  It’s her birthday today, and I want to make an extra effort to tell her how much she means to me.


- Going to a Fawlty Towers dinner show with my gentleman friend and having an absolute blast.


- Two people and two cats in the one bed when it’s icy out.


-Finishing this knitted scarf for my Mum.  She took it on holidays with her to Philip Island last week and wore it every day.


- Taking my lunch to the lake and sitting in the sunshine to eat.  Yesterday I had lunch with three very friendly ducks.  They came right over to me and settled down to take a nap while I ate.  I shared my apple with them and they enjoyed the crunchiness.  It was a lovely way to unwind.


- My new workmate.  A new woman has started working at my office and I think she’s awesome.  We work really well together and I’m having a great time training her.  Plus she has the most gorgeous Irish accent.


- Knitting socks.  I’ve always felt intimidated by the idea of knitting my own socks, but on the weekend I decided to give it a try.  I knitted one sock successfully with no mistakes.  It’s so cozy and warm, and I can’t wait until the other one is done so I can wear them with my favourite boots.  I’ll be adding knitted socks to my etsy store in no time!

(Oh, for all you aspiring knitters out there, I used this knitting tutorial to learn how to make socks.  It’s incredibly detailed and I found it easy to follow.  I’d definitely recommend this tutorial if you want to learn how to knit your own cozy socks)


- Sunday driving.


- Awesome things happening to my friends.  People are having babies, getting married, moving house and getting promoted all around me.  It’s brilliant.


- Looking back over old outfit photos.


- Having the hairdresser who works next door to my office tell me that she looks forward to my daily mail run so that she can see what I’m wearing.  Bless!


What do you love this week, sweetheart?  Sing it loud and proud!