Daily outfit 14/8/2013

I’ve been busting out the jeans and jumpers to brave this cold weather.  This is a fairly casual outfit that I wore to go shopping with my brother and my mate Adam (who is practically like a brother).

 

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– Neon pink earrings (gift from Violet)

– Purple hair barrette (thrifted)

– Black and while houndstooth jumper (vintage, birthday present from my parents)

– Hot pink jeans from Jay Jays

– Black motorcycle boots from Big W

– Silver rings

– Black studded belt (gift from Ross)

– Purple glitter bangle (still hanging out in my jewellery box after 16 years of wear).

 

DSCF8739I do get a bit bored with the whole jumper-and-jeans routine, so I like to experiment with coloured denim.  It’s a really simple way to update your wardrobe and coloured jeans are so easy to wear.  They look so much more interesting than regular blue jeans and they’re so comfortable.  Every girl should own a pair (well, except for those girls who don’t like to wear jeans at all.  They probably don’t need a pair).

 

DSCF8740This jumper was a birthday present from my mum and dad.  Mum and I found it when we went vintage shopping before my birthday and I fell in love with it immediately.  Mum hates it, but she bought it for me anyway because I was so smitten.  I’m a sucker for hounds tooth check and anything black and white.

 

DSCF8742This was the perfect shopping outfit: colourful, warm and comfy enough to do high kicks in.  Superb.

 

 

 

 

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Daily outfit 31/5/2013

Oh my gosh!  It’s the last day of the month already.  Where the flip did May go?  Well, tomorrow is officially the beginning of winter and I’m not too thrilled about that.  So I decided to wear a cute outfit to counteract my foul mood.

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– White fuzzy scarf handknitted by me.

– Noodle Scooter tee shirt from Target

– Black and white print mini skirt (thrifted from the Mill Markets)

– Black cut-out leggings from Rubi

– Black motorcycle boots from Big W.

– Black and white armwarmers from Cotton On

– A bunch of rings which are hidden under my armwarmers.

DSCF8251I really love this little shirt. I bought it about eight years ago and it’s still going strong.  I once made the mistake of washing it with a very new pair of dark-wash jeans and it turned purple.  After many years of washing and wearing it’s returned to it’s original colour.

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I told you that you’d see a lot of these boots this year!  They are so comfortable and warm.  I love that I can pull them on with ease, even over the thickest socks.

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I love mixing and matching pieces like this.  I think this outfit has so many sweet elements and several tougher touches too.  This mix of hard and soft is just my style.

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DSCF8246So I might not be looking forward to winter, but there are a lot of great things about winter than I can smile about.  Funky boots, cute scarves and the fact that my birthday is less than two weeks away.  So it’s not all bad, not even half bad really.

What are you looking forward to this winter?

Daily outfit 29/4/2013

I’m experimenting with a bit of print-clashing today.  I bought this skirt and this shrug months ago, and I feel as though I just haven’t worn them often enough.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about the bolero at all.  I’m trying to work it into a couple of outfits before it gets too cold to wear it at all.

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I am wearing:

– Black bodysuit from Supre

– Purple chevron skirt from Target

– Purple and pink floral shrug from Target

– Black Dr Martens boots

– Silver pocket watch from Rose and Mr Brown

– Brown resin ring (thrifted from the Violet Town op shop)

– Turquoise ring (gift from my mother)

– Amethyst ring

– Gold hoop earrings

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This outfit feels very ‘me’.  I feel most comfortable in long skirts and tight tops.  When I was about thirteen, this type of outfit was almost my uniform.  Then I fell in love with blue jeans and those took over my wardrobe somewhat.

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I wasn’t sure if these two prints would work together.  It was a bit of an experiment when I got dressed this morning.  But I really like the way it looks.  The purple flowers compliment the purple tones in the skirt, which I think pulls the outfit together.  When I’m clashing prints and colours in this way, I try to anchor the look by wearing lots of black.  It adds a bit of a barrier between the pieces, so they don’t look quite as garish.

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It was really overcast when I took these photos, so I had to use the flash on a couple of them. I hate doing that, because sometimes the flash can distort colours and textures.  But these pictures didn’t look too bad, so I was happy.

Do you ever clash prints?  What’s your secret to pulling the look off right?

Daily outfit: Thrift princess.

Today was just one of those days where everything comes together.  I’ve got a couple of new-to-me pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve been dying to wear, and this morning I thought “Why don’t I try styling them together?”  Not only did this thinking produce one of my favourite outfits in a long time, but it made me feel like a princess.  A thrift princess.

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I am wearing:

– Yellow-stone bracelet (in hair) gift from Ross’s Mum.

– Grey velvet jacket from Tree of Life

– White slip dress, thrifted from Friperie

– Black vintage boots (thrifted)

– Silver fleur du lis ring from Diva

– Rose ring from Etsy

– Signet ring (gift from my grandfather)

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Ross’s mother gave me this hinged bracelet at Easter.  As I have tiny bird wrists, it’s far too big for me to wear as a bracelet.  I was playing around with it and I had the idea to clamp it over my bun.  Ta-da!  Instant tiara!

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I am so happy that I found another use for this bracelet.  It just goes to show that you don’t always have to wear things the way they’re supposed to be worn.

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These boots are new too.  I spotted them in the op-shop a few weeks ago, and internally screamed when my eyes clamped onto them.  I’ve wanted a pair of boots exactly  like this for years.  As I walked towards them, I reminded myself that it was likely that they wouldn’t fit, or they’d be hideously uncomfortable or really expensive.  As soon as I tried them on, I knew the boots had been waiting for me.  They fit beautifully and they are divine to wear.  Best of all, they cost just $7.  I couldn’t be happier.

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I’m going to be wearing these all the time in winter.  They’re really versatile too, because you can lace them up as high as you want.  They look great laced to the top, or half-done and with the tops folded over.  I plan on wearing them with some medieval-princess inspired garb, as well as some of my hippie looks and 90’s inspired outfits.  Don’t be too shocked if you see these boots in a lot of outfit posts over the next few months!

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I hope you have an awesome day!

Updating your wardrobe for Autumn

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Here in Australia, the seasons are switching.  The air has a distinct chill and the days are getting crisper.  After months of sweltering in breezy fabrics and brief shorts, you’re probably ready to slip into something a little warmer.  It’s definitely time for a wardrobe update.  But what to buy to take your closet from summery-chic to autumn-ready?  Never fear, because I’ve teamed up with ASOS to spark your imagination and get you ready to shop for your fall wardrobe.

Socks and Tights

Funky legwear is a staple of my cool-weather wardrobe.  A cute pair of stockings or some chunky socks are the perfect way to keep your pins warm without spending too much.  Tights and socks allow you to get more wear out of your summer clothes too. Just slip them on under your flippy summer dresses or skirts and you’re ready to face the chill.

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Happy socks over the knee block socks from ASOS

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Gipsy 40 Denier Pastel Tights from ASOS

image1xxl (2)Walford Splash Tights from ASOS

Cute jumpers

I’m a sucker for sweet knits.  When the weather starts to cool down, it’s the perfect time to stock up on gorgeous knitted jumpers and cardigans.  Throw them on over your funky tees or dresses for a seasonal update.

image1xxl (3)A Wear Heart Fair Isle Jumper from ASOS

image1xxl (4)Tripp NYC Ragged Striped Jumper from ASOS

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Boutique by Jaeger Bretton Knitted Jumper with Reverse Stripe from ASOS

Coats

It’s not quite time to start hunting for a heavy winter coat, but as the weather begins to get chilly you’ll need a lightweight jacket to top off your look.  This autumn, I’m feeling inspired by 60’s shapes, bold stripes and gorgeous embellishments.

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ASOS Jacket with Floral Embroidery

image1xxl (7)ASOS Button Front Sculpted Coat

image1xxl (8)River Island Stripe Long Line Blazer from ASOS

Scarves

Scarves are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to update your wardrobe for autumn.  They’re practical, versatile and available in a myriad of different styles.  You can wrap them around your neck, tie them around your waist or shove them in your bag in case of a sudden cool change.  I like long, printed scarves to add a pop of colour to plain outfits.

image1xxl (9)Warehouse Bright Pansy Print Scarf from ASOS

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Boots

When the days start to turn wet and the ground gets muddy, you’re going to want an awesome pair of boots to keep your toes warm and dry.  Throw them on with jeans, skirts or shorts and you’re all set.  I like chunky, punky boots for day and something more refined for evening.

image1xxl (11)Dr Martens Parade Refined Clemency Red Heeled 8-eye Boots from ASOS

image1xxl (12)New Rock Dark Metal Platform Lace Up Ankle Boots from ASOS

image1xxl (13)Ganni Nancy Black Lace Up Heeled Ankle Boots from ASOS

Hats

Hats are your best friend in autumn.  Not only will they keep your ears warm, they’re ideal for hiding windswept hair-dos.  The right hat can take a simple outfit from pretty to pretty outstanding.  Choose hats that fit close to your head, to minimise the chance of it blowing off in a sudden gust of wind.

image1xxl (14)Alice Hannah Angora & Lambswool Blend Stripe Beret with Rosette from ASOS

image1xxl (15)ASOS Faux Fur Cossack Hat

So you see, with a few small tweaks and a couple of clever purchases, you can get your wardrobe ready for the cooler months in no time.

How do you get your wardrobe ready for autumn?

Daily outfit 26/8/2010

This is what I wore to do the housework, listen to a lecture, go grocery shopping, work on a presentation and chase Jelly around the house:

I am wearing:

– Black beret from Target

– Queen of Everything shirt from Supre

– Black and white striped bodysuit from Factorie

– Pink pencil skirt from Supre

– Black stockings from Coles

– Black and silver boots from Savers

– Onyx and mother of pearl teardrop earrings (thrifted)

– Amethyst ring

 

I have been wearing my glasses practically all week.  I usually wear contact lenses, but between the windy weather, piles of reading and staring at a computer screen for most of the day, my eyes have started rebelling against them around lunchtime each day.  For the time being, I am giving my eyes a little rest, and sticking to glasses, which is fine.

 

I went to work yesterday, and everything was trucking along well, until my supervisor called me into her office.  I was sweating bullets, and trying to remember if I had made some massive cock-up that I might be having to account for.  When I came inside, all she had to say to me was “I just wanted to tell you that I love the way you dress.  I look forward to seeing what you have put on each day”.  I immediately melted into a puddle of relief on the floor.  I am really, really enjoying my work at the moment.  I had always worried that working in a law firm would turn me into a drone, with a grey suit and no personality.  It is so refreshing to find a workplace where I can be completely myself and get complimented on it.  Lovely.

 

Here are some other things that are making me go “squee!”

– Watching Alice in Wonderland with Jelly, and spending the rest of the day calling her “Jelly-wock”

– rescuing my washing just in time before it started pouring with rain.

– Aldi’s raspberry yogurt.  It’s so creamy and wonderfully cheap.  Aldi is the best place for shopping on a budget, as long as you don’t mind not being able to properly plan what you are going to buy ahead of time.

– My new Superman PJs

– Having people say “I love your hair like that”, when I have run out of the house after ripping a comb through it and throwing on a hat.

– Jelly meowing every time I call out “Anyong!”

– My nana.  She is just super cute.

– Jumping for joy when I see that the weather forecast predicts seventeen degrees for Melbourne on Saturday!  It’s been cold for so long, and I am looking forward to some warmer weather at last.

How to wear tricky items: ankle boots.

About a year ago, I purchased a pair of Tony Bianco ankle boots from an op shop.  Ankle boots have always been something that I have been keen to experiment with, but I was always a bit scared.  This seems to be the norm for a lot of people.

 

Once I got the boots home though, I realised how insanely versatile they are.  I wear them all the time now.

 

Here are a few suggestions for experimenting with ankle boots.

 

Ankle boots can look really chic with dark coloured jeans or dress pants.  Wear them with a pretty blouse and simple jewellery for a slick, sophisticated look.
Take ankle boots back to their punk heyday by mixing bright colours with black and adding a few rips, zips and studs.
Ankle boots look gorgeous when worn with gypsy-style ensembles.  Anchor a floaty skirt with a chunky pair of boots.
Flat boots are really comfy and are a refreshing change from sneakers.  Wear them with gold jewellery and ripped jeans for a tough look.
Comfy boots are perfect for lazy winter days.  Slip yours on with tights and a cute tunic and curl up on the couch with a good book.
Dr. Martens boots are the most kick-ass kind of ankle boots I have one pair that has lasted over ten years, and I still love them.  wear them with cute, flippy skirts and girly jewellery or dress your docs down with jeans and a cute jumper.