My 30×30 challenge isn’t over yet. However, I’ve been home sick for a couple of days and I felt like I needed a pick me up. And breaking out of my capsule wardrobe felt like the ideal way to do that. I needed a jolt of colour, something fun to make me feel like myself again after days in bed.
Last weekend a friend dropped around a bag of clothes for me. She’d been cleaning out her wardrobe and brought over her cast-offs for me to look through. One of the items in the bag was a gorgeous teal body-con dress. I instantly fell in love with the colour and the draped shoulder detail, but I was nervous about actually wearing this dress. I tend to shy away from body -con styles because I find them incredibly intimidating. I don’t like clothes that cling and show off all my curves and swerves. I always feel a bit…exposed in body-con cuts. But as the temperature continued to climb this week, that teal wonder was whispering to me, tempting me to give it a whirl.
The final push I needed came in the form of Dia&Co’s Try-Day Friday challenge. Every week on Instagram and Facebook, Dia&Co put out the call for followers to wear something that scares them, to try wearing something that they feel a teensy bit intimidated by. I’m a huge believer in trying new things and taking leaps when you feel a bit stagnant. And after a few days of feeling unwell and the tail-end of my 30×30 challenge, the Try Day Friday message was a wakeup call to me. I threw on the pretty teal dress and rocked it.
I am wearing:
- Teal body con dress from 7 Angels
- Vintage tan sandals
- Silver hoop earrings
I’m so glad that I took the Try Day Friday challenge and gave this dress a chance. While it definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone, I felt summery and cool in my slinky little dress. The bright colour was ideal for the hot weather and I felt proud of myself for trying it out. It’s been a long time since I’ve worn something this far out of my comfort zone, and it kind of helped me to feel like myself again after what I’ve felt has been kind of a low-key month in the style department.
I think that pretty much everyone has a few “holy grail” wardrobe items that they’ve hankered for. Things that might be slightly impractical or tricky to find, but that you want all the same. For me, one thing I’ve always dreamed of owning was a Pink Ladies jacket. Ever since I saw Grease for the first time, I longed to proudly wear one of those pink satin bomber jackets to proclaim my membership of the coolest girl gang ever.
So when a pre-loved Pink Ladies jacket popped up as part of Nerd burger’s annual Instagram closet sale, I nearly swooned with excitement. I’ve been trying so hard to curb my spending on unnecessary items, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own a Pink Ladies jacket.
The jacket is pretty lightweight, so I’ve been waiting for the weather to warm up enough for me to wear it. I had so much fun styling the jacket. I wanted the overall look to have a 50’s feel, but to be kinda punk-inspired as well. I started with seamed stockings and a bodysuit, and added rough animal prints and dainty accessories.
I am wearing:
- Pink Ladies jacket (purchased second hand from Nerd Burger)
- Black bodysuit from Missguided
- Black sheer seamed stockings from Voodoo
- Silver ballet flats (thrifted)
- Fairest of them All brooch from Erstwilder
- Dice earrings from Equip
- Silver signet ring
- Tiger print mini skirt from Target
I opted for bold pink lips and strong winged eyeliner. I felt a little like Debbie Harry with this heavy eye makeup, but I also really enjoyed wearing strong lips and eyes together. I felt sexy and tough and certainly not too pure to be pink.
What are your “holy grail” wardrobe items?
I shaved the side of my head back down to a number 1 in preparation for Oz Kinkfest 2017 last weekend. Now that it’s super short, I’ve felt inspired to play with hairstyles that show off my shaved side. For dinner with my parents, I chose a sweeping rockabilly up-do with huge victory rolls in the front. I kind of love the juxtaposition of prim and proper vintage hairstyles with the shock of my naked scalp on one side.
I am wearing:
- Black lace corset dress from 7 Angels
- Black leopard net tights from Big W
- Leopard trimmed cardigan (vintage)
- Red and gold wedges (thrifted)
- Zap necklace from Equip
- Red costume ring from Lovisa
- Red rose stud earrings
This outfit was thrown together quickly when my mother invited me out to dinner with 20 minutes to get ready. I already had makeup on from work, so I opted to add a bold red lip and sweep my hair up. An all-black ensemble with red accents was simple and still looked polished. I added a few daring accessories, like these net tights, to give the outfit a bit more edge.
I’ve been craving texture and pattern lately. I like mixing and matching items that kinda-clash and kinda-match in ways that feel pleasing to me. I enjoy deep, rich colours and fabrics that feel soft to the fingers. I love throwing all of these elements together into one outfit that is comfortable and sassy.
I am wearing:
- Art deco earrings from Lovisa
- Black tee shirt from Uniqlo
- Chevron cropped jumper from Mink Pink (thrifted)
- Satin lounge pants from Target
- Sparkle socks from Target
- Loafers from Target
- Fox pin (birthday present from David)
- Assorted bangles (all thrifted)
Rocking loafers and shiny socks just like MJ. If only I also had his moves.
This outfit was worn for an evening of dinner and computer games with my family. We played several rounds of Murder Trivia Party which has quickly become one of our favourite games to play when my brother comes to visit. It appeals to both my love of trivia and our dark sense of humour.
This pin was a birthday gift from my love, David. His nickname for me is “little fox” and for my special day he bought me a whole host of fox-themed gifts. This pin is just so adorable and the colours are perfect with this jumper.
After dinner I enjoyed a brief snuggle with my dad’s cat, Branson. Branson is an absolute sweetheart, but he’s got to be the most awkward cat I’ve ever met. He’s got incredibly long limbs and is super gangly. When he runs down the hallway there are just legs and paws going all over the place, as he slips and slides. There isn’t an ounce of grace in him, and yet he’s just the sweetest little friend. He also has such perfectly white paws that look as though they’ve been dipped into fresh cream, which only adds to his appeal.
This comfy clash of separates was the perfect thing to wear for a family evening of fun.
One of my new years resolutions for 2017 was to make a knitted garment of some kind. I saw a bunch of boxy knitted jumpers popping up on ASOS and I loved them. I thought it would be a fairly easy thing to make for my first project. I managed to whip up this TARDIS blue jumper with a minimum of fussing and I really like it. It’s nice and warm and super comfortable for lazy days.
I am wearing:
- TARDIS blue jumper (handknitted)
- Blue pucci shirt (thrifted)
- Bootleg jeans from K Mart
- Dr Martens boots
- BB-8 enamel pin from Hannah Hitchman Illustrations
- Skull ring from ASOS
- Moonstone ring from Lovisa
- Fleur du Lis ring from Equip
- Clog earrings (thrifted)
I topped off this outfit with my new BB-8 pin from Hannah Hitchman Illustrations.
I have been obsessed with enamel pins lately and I bought a few as a little treat right before my birthday. This dude is adorable, and I love that he’s doing the “thumbs-up” pose with his lighter.
I wore this outfit for a run to the shops, reading on the lawn and loads of decluttering.
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.