What I wore: Headless Horsemen and harem pants

Sleepy Hollow is one of my favourite Halloween stories.  It also happens to be my favourite Tim Burton movie.  I never get tired of watching Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, attempting to use logic and science to solve the mystery of a Headless Horseman that defies all reason.  The highlight of the movie for me is Christopher Walken as The Headless Horseman, with his filed-down teeth and crazed eyes.  Today I chose to pay tribute to Mr Walken with my awesome Christopher Walken cameo necklace.

I am wearing:

  • Christopher Walken necklace from Lost at Sea Accessories
  • Taupe “Mimic” jumper (knitted by me)
  • Black bamboo long-sleeved tee shirt from Uniqlo
  • Black harem pants (thrifted)
  • Leopard print loafers from Target
  • Floral painted bangle (thrifted)
  • Onxy ring (thrifted)
  • “Love” script ring (thrifted)
  • Derek Cardigan glasses from Clearly


I chose to pair my Walken necklace with this Mimic jumper that I knitted for myself.  I am so proud of this jumper as it was a fairly challenging pattern for me and it turned out really well.  I was hesitant to make it because I tend not to wear short-sleeved knits very often.  But I’m pleased that I did because it’s comfortable and very easy to wear.  I love the wide neckline and the asymmetrical hem.  I think I’ll probably make another one in a different shade at some point.

I kept my other accessories fairly earthy and relaxed.  I love this pretty floral-painted bangle that I got from the thrift store for $1.  I don’t wear bangles often because they clang against my keyboard while I’m working and get in the way.  But this one is really lightweight and isn’t as bothersome as some of the larger bangles I own.

I wore this outfit for a morning of writing and blog work, and then an afternoon watching horror movies with David.

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What I wore: Sick Sad World

I count down to the beginning of October every year.  I like to celebrate Halloween for a full month, and as soon as the calendar flips over to October first, I’m in full-on spooky mode. I get out all my favourite horror movies, flip over to my goth playlist and start working some creepy elements into my wardrobe.

I couldn’t resist wearing this Sick Sad World tee shirt to ring in October.  I love the green spiral detail and the creepy eye peering out from the centre. The fact that it’s an homage to one of my all-time favourite cartoons, Daria, is just icing on the cake.

I am wearing:

  • Sick Sad World tee shirt from Pulp Kitchen
  • Green skater skirt from Princess Highway
  • Diana Ferrari ballet flats (thrifted)
  • Black tights from Target
  • Vintage striped scarf
  • Opal earrings from my grandmother
  • Green beaded necklace from Chapel Street Bazaar
  • Vintage cocktail ring from Faye Bella

I wore this outfit to go grocery shopping, work on some writing and have a coffee date with my boyfriend’s mum.

Do you do Halloween-themed outfits? What do you like to wear when the spooky season rolls around?

What I Wore: Brogues and bicycles

I recently purchased a bicycle to use as a mode of transport after my move.  I live in a sweet suburb that is, unfortunately, not terribly close to any shopping centres.  I thought that the bicycle would be a great way to save money on public transport and also get some exercise.  Sadly, I’ve come to realise that my fitness level for bike-riding is pretty woeful, so I’ve had to work on building up my stamina.  This has meant scheduling in regular rides around the neighbourhood and also finding some cute bike-friendly attire.  Today’s outfit was one such ensemble.

I am wearing:

  • Red vintage cardigan (thrifted)
  • White button-down shirt from Target
  • Grey wool vintage trousers (thrifted)
  • Black patent brogues (thrifted)
  • Mrs Doubtfire pin from Amy Blue Illustration
  • Fox pin from Old English Co.
  • Niffler pin from Hannah Hitchman
  • Emerald ring (belonged to my great aunt)
  • Swarovski crystal stud earrings (belonged to my grandmother)


These brogues are a new addition to my wardrobe.  I have been on the lookout for a great pair of brogues since my old black and white pair bit the dust a few years ago.  I spotted these at the Red Cross shop on one of my first jaunts into town after my move to Ballarat and I just had to have them. They’re super comfortable and I suspect that I’ll be wearing them quite a lot.

This was a pretty dapper outfit to go bicycling in.  I rode to the second hand store, but didn’t find anything that took my fancy.  The ride there was easy but the ride home was a bit of a struggle.  Ah well, I guess I’ll just have to keep at it and before I know it I’ll be biking everywhere.

What I Wore: To see The Rocky Horror Show

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while (or have met me, like, ever) you’ll know that one of my favourite films is The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  I’ve had Rocky Horror themed parties, I’ve cosplayed as Columbia and I know every word of the script and all the ad-libs.  But until recently I’d never seen the stage show.

The Rocky Horror Show came to Melbourne about five years ago, just as I was preparing to move away from the city.  At the time I just couldn’t afford to go, so I missed out and I’ve always regretted it.  But last year, it was announced that the show would be returning.  As soon as the tickets came on sale, I pounced.  And so it was that I finally got to see the live performance of my favourite musical of all time.

It took me a little while to decide what to wear to the performance.  I wanted to dress up, but I also wanted to be on theme.  I chose to dress in homage to Eddie, with leather pants, a smattering of leopard print and rockabilly hair and makeup.

 

I am wearing:

  • Leopard-trimmed cardigan (vintage)
  • Black tee shirt from Uniqlo
  • Black leather look pants from TKMaxx
  • Leopard ring from Equip
  • Science Fiction brooch from Erstwilder
  • Black motorcycle boots from Big W
  • Silver chain earring from Sportsgirl
    The show was, in a word, phenomenal.  From the moment the lights went down and the Usherette began to sing, I was hooked.  My grin hurt my jaw and yet I didn’t stop until the final curtain call.  It was an incredible experience and I never wanted the show to end.

 

The show has finished it’s run in Melbourne now but I’m so grateful that I got a chance to see it.  I’ve been able to tick one Rocky Horror item off my bucket list, and now there’s just one left (I want to go to a theatre screening of the film where actors perform the show in front of the screen).  It was an incredible experience and I’d go again in a heartbeat if I had the chance.

If you’re interested in experiencing the show for yourself, check out this live performance from 2015 featuring the London cast and several guests.  It’s the same script, costumes and set as the show I saw.  I’ve popped this on a few time to recreate the excitement of my live experience.

 

 

What I wore: Behind the scenes

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know by now that I’m in the process of packing up to move to Ballarat.  After six years of living in my hometown of Benalla, I’m ready for a new adventure.  As Moving Day looms closer, I’m trying to take time out to visit some of my favourite places in town for the last time in a while.

One of the hidden gems of Benalla is our costume museum.  It’s tucked away in the tourist centre and it’s a haven for vintage-loving visitors.  It was a visit to this museum when I was in year seven that kindled my own fascination with vintage fashion.  The museum owns clothing and accessories that date all the way back to the 1700’s (older than Australia itself!) which are all carefully stored and cared for on site.  The display items change regularly, and on the Saturday I visited there was an exhibit of 1930’s evening wear in the secondary gallery. The main gallery was devoted to an exhibit of clothing owned by a woman named Margaret Richardson, who was a resident in Benalla until her passing two years ago.  Mrs Richardson was famed for her incredible passion for fashion and her expansive wardrobe.

To visit the exhibit I wanted something fun and comfortable, but still fashionable. I opted for a new swing dress that I was gifted by a friend, and monochrome accessories to compliment it.

I am wearing:


The two exhibitions were magnificent, and we took our time wandering through and marvelling at the beautiful garments. I was especially taken by a heavily beaded cape in shades of blue, purple and green that reminded me of a peacock.  As we moved through the museum, one of the curators struck up a conversation with us about a display of shoes.  After chatting with her for some time, she asked whether we’d be interested in coming out the back of the museum to see the archives.  I nearly clapped with glee.  I’ve been to the museum so many times but I’ve never seen the workroom or archives. And being that I love vintage fashion, you can imagine how exciting this prospect was.

We were taken out the back to the workroom. The centrepiece of the room was a large sewing table, spread with fabric and folders filled with reference photographs.  On a tall sewing form was a forest-green skirt, which our guide explained was a riding skirt from the 1800’s that was in the process of being repaired and restored.  A large cabinet housed bottles of buttons, bolts of thread and all manner of fastenings and trims.

The archive room was our next stop, and it was honestly one of the most astonishing things I’ve seen in my life.  Shelves reached from the floor to the ceiling, each one stacked with slim white boxes. Each box was meticulously labelled with the contents, which ranged from dresses to suits to blouses and even children’s clothing.  Another wall housed a mountain of hatboxes, all similarly labelled and yet another was stacked with boxes of shoes.  Along the far wall was a rail upon which hung evening dresses and furs, again all labelled and carefully wrapped in linen.  I was taken aback by the array of historical garments that were being held here, and it moved me to see them all stored with such care and reverence.  It’s clear to see how much the museum workers care about preserving these items and ensuring that they are properly restored and cared for.  It was nothing short of amazing and I left feeling somewhat awed.

The costume museum has long been a favourite place of mine to visit, but until that day I truly had no idea of the scale of the collection or the dedication of the curators who work to run the museum.  It’s quite fantastic to learn that something so special has been happening right under my nose for all the years that I’ve been attending the exhibits there.  I feel like I got a peek into Santa’s workshop, and I have such respect for the people who have worked so hard to run the museum and preserve these flashes of fashion history.

What I wore: Fuzzy coats and horror brooch

Every year I look forward to winter, getting excited about finally pulling all my fuzzy jumpers and hats out of the cupboard, imagining myself rugging up in adorable vintage gloves and cardigans and prancing about in tall boots.

 

And every year July hits and I am sick of being cold and tired of planning outfits that cover the greatest possible amount of skin.  I just want to wear something that looks cute without shivering through the day.  Luckily a few weeks back I got gifted a bag of second hand clothes from my friend Judith, and in the bag was this amazing nobbly grey coat. It’s heavy and warm, like wearing a blanket, but it still looks super chic.  I’ve been wearing it non-stop, both to work and on weekends.

 

This past Saturday I adorned my new coat with a brooch from Cherry Loco that I’ve had for months but I haven’t worn nearly often enough.

 

I am wearing:

  • Hogwarts raglan tee from Jay Jays
  • Grey Boucle coat (gifted)
  • Checked jeans from Forever 21 (thrifted)
  • Black motorcycle boots from Big W
  • Redrum brooch from Cherry Loco Jewellery
  • Deadpool locket necklace (gift)
  • Ladybug stud earrings from Louvisa

 

Something about this outfit gives me a bit of a Judd-Nelson-from-The-Breakfast-Club vibe. I think it’s the combination of boots and long jacket and red checks that does it.

 

I can never get enough Hogwarts tees.  This is the only long-sleeved one I own.  I wear it so often because the colour palette means that it teams with lots of colours that I typically wear: red, blue, purple and black.  This one is a staple of my winter wardrobe.

I thought about doing a smokey eye to go with my slightly grungy look but instead opted for a clean copper eye.  I watched a makeup tutorial the night before where Detox did a fierce copper eye look and it reminded me how much I love wearing copper eyeshadow.  It’s a very eighties shade, but it’s so flattering on blue eyes and looks brighter than black or grey shadows.

 

This warm, textured coat is breathing new life into my winter wardrobe.  It’s been the perfect thing to pair with so many lighter-weight dresses and shirts to make them winter-appropriate and I’ve loved experimenting with it.

What I wore: body con dresses in winter

Lately I’ve found myself in a bit of a wardrobe rut.  Winter has begun and it’s been icy around these parts.  As such, I’ve found myself reaching for the same warm and cosy clothes over and over.  And that’s fine, but it’s making me feel bored and a bit sluggish. I’m the type of person who needs to dress up once in a while, to put on something fun to sweep the cobwebs out of my brain.  For me, trying something new with my clothes is like a cup of coffee for my soul.

I pulled out a body con dress I was given by a friend a few months ago.  I wore it a lot in summer, but now that the weather has cooled off, I hadn’t reached for it in a while.  I decided to pair it with thermal leggings, boots and a slouchy jumper for a sassy winter look.

I am wearing:

  • floral body con dress
  • Black fleece-lined tights from The Reject Shop
  • Black knitted jumper from Cotton On
  • Black vegan leather boots from Ebay
  • Moonstone ring from Louvisa
  • Dr Frank brooch from Erstwilder
  • Vintage silver earrings.

This almost all-black ensemble felt like the perfect backdrop for my Dr Frank brooch.  He’s one of my favourite Erstwilder creations, and I’m particularly smitten with his tiny pearl necklace.

I paired a few makeup products that I don’t usually wear together- a smokey purple eye with a pink lip and I was pretty happy with the result. I have been wearing a lot of dark lip colours lately and it was a refreshing change to wear something a bit punchier.

It’s so easy to update your summer clothes for the cooler months.  Adding warm legwear, a jumper or cardigan and boots brings your body con dresses forwards into the new season and means that you can get twice as much wear out of them.

 

Do you wear body con dresses in winter?  How do you style yours?