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.

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What I wore 3/1/2017

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.

 

 

Things I Love Thursday 27/2/2014

And so, another month is nearly over.  I can scarcely believe how quickly 2014 is whipping by.  It’s time for another Things I Love Thursday post.

This week I love:

– Cooler weather.  The temperature has dropped quite a bit over the last week.  It’s certainly not cold yet, but there is a chilly nip to the morning air and I’ve needed to pop an extra blanket on my bed at night.  It’s a nice reprieve from the mega-hot weather, but I’m not ready to dust off my winter woollies just yet.

– Walking over the bridge and drinking in the sunshine and the peaceful atmosphere in that part of town.

– Almond and orange cake.  Divine.

– Watching travel documentaries and feeling the bite of the travel bug.

– Putting all my brooches on display.  Last weekend I used some leftover yarn to make this little panel to hang my brooches from.  I have a great collection of brooches but  I don’t seem to wear them very often.  I’m hoping that if I have them hanging where I can see them I’ll be more inspired to work them into my outfits.

– Making curried sausages.

– Laughing out aloud at my cats doing their nightly ninja routines.

– Making Money by Terry Pratchett.  It’s the funniest book that I’ve read in a long time.

– Finally getting my hands on a copy of the film The Witches.  It was one of my favourite Roald Dahl books when I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted to see the film.  But it is ridiculously hard to get in Australia.  But this week I managed to find it and I’m so excited to check it out.  Not only is it based on an awesome book, it stars Anjelica Huston and has creature effects done by Jim Henson’s workshop.  I bet I’ll love it.

– Breaking my friend Tom’s brain by sharing some disturbing ponderings about Beauty and the Beast.  For example:

* Are ALL of the household objects enchanted?  Was the toilet once some poor household servant that now has to (literally) put up with all of the Beasts’ crap?

*Cogsworth mentions that the curse has been in place for 10 years, but Chip the teacup is clearly a little boy.  How did he come into being?  Did Mrs Potts procreate somehow?

* Why does the Beast have a wardrobe filled with women’s clothes that are exactly Belle’s size?

* If the curse has been in place for 10 years, and it will become permanent when the Beast is 21, that means he was about 11 when he was cursed by the witch.  Where are his parents?  Surely he doesn’t live alone in that huge house (save for all his servants).  And if he does, wouldn’t it be entirely reasonable for an 11-year-old boy to refuse to let a strange woman into his house in the absence of his parents?

These are the kinds of things that I think about when I watch films.  I am a chronic over-thinker.

-Gorgeous emails and messages from friends when I’m feeling down.

– Drinking pear cider in bed.  Because I can.

– The art of Sam Staughton.  There’s an exhibit of his art at our local gallery and I went to check it out last Saturday.  I was blown away.  Many of his paintings are of city scenes, and feature things like abandoned side-streets, couriers and car-park employees taking a smoke break.  They tend to highlight everyday scenes that we all encounter, but don’t give much thought to.  I found his paintings mesmerizing, and spent ages marveling over hidden details and nuances in the pictures.

What do you love this week?  Don’t be shy, feel free to share.

Daily outfit 12/8/2013

Another day, another pin-curl set.  This time I set my hair in the same pattern as my Marilyn set, but I didn’t brush the curls out when they were dry.  Instead, I combed them with a wide-toothed comb to separate the curls and gave them a bit of a fluff with my fingers.  I’ve got this fab set of 70’s-style fluffy curls which have loads of bounce.

I decided to pair my fuzzy hair with a hippie-luxe outfit.

DSCF8712I am wearing:

-Purple velvet blouse (thrifted)

– Purple chevron skirt from Target

– Denim waistcoat from Cotton On

– Black lace-up boots (thrifted)

– Bicycle man brooches (gift from my friend Tom)

– Gold rock ring from ASOS

– Silver squiggle ring from Kliens

– Silver square ring from Diva

DSCF8713I bought this velvet top way back in March, and I’m pretty sure that it’s never made it onto the blog.  I have worn it a bunch of times, but never on a day when I’ve remembered to take outfit photos.  Oh well.  I love the colour and the texture is so luxe.

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DSCF8711My brooches are another gift from my friend Tom, the intrepid explorer.  He bought them for me in Berlin during his travels.  They are made from used bottle caps, with a design painted on enamel set into the cap and turned into a brooch.  Tom bought me a pair because he thought I could wear them as collar buttons or cufflinks.  I adore them.

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DSCF8719I kept my makeup pretty simple today.  Just a bit of BB cream, some blush and a touch of lippie.  I made my eyes the main focus, with a wash of sepia-brown shadow over the lids.  It’s one of my favourite eyeshadow colours because it makes my eyes look crazy blue, but it still looks quite natural and subtle.

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I’m having such fun experimenting with all these different curls.  Let me know if you’d like tutorials on any of the looks I’ve done, because I’d be happy to oblige.

I hope you have an awesome day!