I’ve been kind of obsessed with printed scarves lately. I’ve been wearing them looped around my neck, tied onto my handbag and wrapped around my hair. It’s amazing how a simple square of coloured silk can turn a regular outfit into something that feels a tad more special.
My outfits this week have had a distinct 70’s vibe to them as well. I’ve been dabbling with jeans, earthy tones and hoop earrings.
I am wearing:
- Red nautical print scarf (thrifted)
- Collared blouse from Temt
- Bootleg jeans from K-Mart
- Red slingback heels from I love Billy
- Gold hoop earrings
- Penny Farthing brooch (gift from my friend Tom, all the way from Berlin)
- Turquoise ring
I wore this outfit to go grocery shopping, and then drink coffee and read for several hours.
These shoes were purchased last year on sale. I’d been on the lookout for a pair of red wedges after my old faithful polka-dot pair died. I was instantly drawn to the rainbow detailing on the wedge. These are great because they’re nice and low, so they are fairly comfortable.
I kept my makeup fairly natural with a touch of gloss and some groomed brows. I wanted to keep the look fairly down-to-earth and simple.
What have you been wearing lately? Is there a particular item that has been popping up in your outfits over and over again?
Once upon a time I owned a gorgeous pair of black boots. They were leather with silver hardware and a stack heel. They found their way into my life after a chance encounter at at second hand store. After countless adventures together, they tragically parted ways with their soles last winter.
Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of boots to replace them. I had a clear picture in my mind of what I was after, and yet the perfect boots were somewhat elusive. But recently I snapped up this pair of vegan leather boots on ebay and they are just ideal. Supple, soft and comfortable, I believe they are set to become a wardrobe staple.
I paired the boots with one of my favourite vintage dresses for a drive to take some photos of street art and lunch with my parents.
I am wearing:
- Black and red floral dress (vintage)
- Black leopard fishnet tights (K Mart)
- Black vegan leather boots (ebay)
- Silver swallow chain link belt (vintage)
- Turquoise earrings (handmade by my aunt)
- Silver ring
This belt belonged to my best friend’s grandmother. It is such a gorgeous and unusual piece. It always adds a bit of interest to simple dresses, and I love the way it looks when paired with something heavily printed.
My headscarf is actually the sash off my dress. As I was wearing the silver belt, I thought it would be fun to pull my hair back with the sash and go all matchy-matchy.
These boots are just what the doctor ordered. They are beautiful for wearing with my hippie getups, but they will also look great with some of my grittier punk-rock looks. I have even worn them to work a couple of times over cigarette pants and under prim dresses. They were a brilliant find and I’m so chuffed with them.
I’ve really been feeling the pin-up vibe with my outfits lately. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I’ve been listening to a lot of The Baseballs amazing do-wop covers. Perhaps it’s because the steaming hot end-of-summer temperatures have made me feel all warm and sultry under the collar. Whatever the reason, I’ve been reaching for my hairspray and winged eyeliner to create the perfect pin-up look.
I wore this outfit to dinner a few nights ago, and managed to snap off a few pictures as I raced out the door.
I am wearing:
- Cruelle De Vil Tee shirt from Threadless
- Black and white polka dot skirt from Best N Less
- Red buckled stilettos (thfited)
- Black studded leather belt (gift from my ex)
- Dice earrings from Equip
I recently purchased the NYX vinyl liquid eyeliner and it’s been a godsend in this hot weather. The applicator is a very thin brush, so you can easily apply your liner with pinpoint precision. It dries fast and has the most deliciously patent finish. Best of all, this stuff doesn’t budge. I can be sweating like a disco queen under a spotlight and my eyeliner remains crisp and clean.
I’ve opted to wear a pretty apple-tinted gloss on my lips rather than my traditional full red lip. I just find gloss to be a lot more forgiving in the heat. This one is the Innoxa Antioxidant Lip Glaze which I reviewed a while ago.
Although the days are drawing in and the air is a little crisper in the mornings, I’m sure that my love affair with pin up style will continue right on into Autumn.
Summer is here in earnest and the temperature has been scorching. Between the humid days and the sultry nights all I want to do is laze about in floating layers, read while stretched on on green lawns and wait for a breeze to lift the hair off my neck.
I am wearing:
- Sportsgirl maxi dress (thrifted)
- Tan sandals from Rubi Shoes
- Snake bangle from Tilka
- Drop pearl earrings from Louvisa
- Floral hair garland (handmade by me)
- Resin ring (thrfited)
My mermaid pedicure.
I went with super light makeup, because I knew that a full face wouldn’t last in the heat. Just a swipe of BB cream, a touch of concealer where needed, cream blush and eyeshadow and nude lipgloss for a dewy look.
I’ve had snakes on the brain lately. The night before last, I took a walk to my parents house and nearly stepped on a red-belly black snake as I crossed the road. It took a moment to realise that the snake was dead, and by that time I’d already had a mini heart attack. Snakes are a big problem here in summer time, although now that I live right in the heart of town, I rarely see any. They tend not to venture where there are too many cars or people, but this slithery dude must have been on the move, probably looking for water. I’m so pleased that I didn’t run into a live one, because they really frighten me. The closest I want to come to a snake is these two brass ones wrapped around my wrist.
Usually in summer time, my style tends to be a lot more bohemian, 1970’s inspired. But every now and then I want a change. On this particular day, I was in the mood for something dark with a bit of a gothic touch. So I pulled out some fishnets and black lace and started building a summer-friendly gothic outfit.
My new brooch was truly the piece that inspired me to dress on the darker side on this day. I picked this Shining brooch up from Cherry Loco Jewellery on Etsy. They have an incredible array of acrylic jewellery and I treated myself to this REDRUM brooch just before Christmas.
I am wearing:
- Black lace corset dress from 7 Angels
- Black cage fishnet tights from Dangerfield
- Black flatforms from Big W
- REDRUM brooch from Cherry Loco Jewellery
- Diamante drop earrings from Equip
- Leopard print ring from Equip
- Christmas beetle ring
- Black felt hat from Coo Ca Choo
I like that in the mirror, the brooch reads MURDER just like in The Shining.
Later in the day I popped on a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off and headed to the shops. This hat is my favourite in summer because it takes any outfit to the next level and has a bit of an American Horror Story feel to it. I think that Stevie Nicks would be proud of this witchy outfit.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles were possibly my very first fandom. I got into watching the cartoons when I was around four years old, and quickly became obsessed. The live action TMNT movie was the first film I ever saw at the cinema, and to this day is one of my favourite films. And the ninja turtles feature quite prominently in my wardrobe. So this weekend when I was having a chilled day at home, I chose an awesome retro-print baseball tee featuring my favourite heroes in a half shell.
I am wearing:
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tee from Jay Jays
- Black and white rag skirt from Temt
- Black zipper leggings from Rubi
- Black and white sneaker booties from Valley Girl
- Studded cuff
- Silver ring from Sportsgirl
- Lego ring from Nerdburger
- Doughnut earrings from Off Ya Tree
Can we take a moment to talk about these earrings? I bought them at the beginning of the year right before my first meeting with my boyfriend, David. I was panicked that the earrings I was wearing weren’t cool enough for meeting this dude, and I made a mad dash into Off Ya Tree in Swanston Street and found this amazing pair of doughnut earrings waiting for me. As David and I had bonded over our mutual love of The Simpsons, it seemed appropriate that I should wear Homer’s favourite food for our first meeting. These have quickly become one of my most worn pairs of earrings.
Do you have a favourite Turtle? Mine is Donatello by a nose, with Michaelangelo following very closely behind.
I don’t think it’s possible to categorise my style as “minimalist”. I am usually in the “more is more” camp when it comes to getting dressed. I like bright colours, bold prints, loads of jewelry and plenty of accessories. But occasionally I like to wear something simple and pared back.
On this particular day, I started with a pair of lacy leopard tights. These are a staple in my wardrobe, because they’re easy to wear but instantly take any outfit from dull to sexy. I paired them with my favourite black heels.
I went for an all-black ensemble because it felt clean and unfussy. I felt really good about myself that day and I wanted to wear something that looked sophisticated and made me feel like people would be looking at me, rather than staring at my outfit. While I like my bold outfits, sometimes it can be refreshing to wear something simpler to let your own self shine through. Every now and then I feel like I’m hiding behind a bright outfit, particularly when I’m down or depressed. It’s like I let my clothes do the talking, to hide the fact that I’m not feeling very chatty or bubbly. So on this day, when I felt really positive, I chose something that wasn’t going to overwhelm me, something that I felt beautiful in.
I call this my “mermaid skirt” because it has the most incredible flare when I walk. It billows out like a mermaid tail and I feel wonderful when I wear it out.
I am wearing:
- Black bodysuit from Missguided
- Black maxi skirt (thrifted)
- Lace tights (Big W)
- Black patent heels from Nine West
- Pearl necklace (thrifted)
- Art deco ring (antique)
- Faux fur coat (Target)
- Swarovski crystal earrings (Nana’s)
I wore this outfit to go op shopping and get coffee at my favourite cafe.
Do you ever feel like you’re hiding behind your clothes? Do you prefer minimalist outfits, or is your style generally very “more is more”?