What I wore 13/2/2018

I recently found out that a local Thai restaurant that I used to frequent is now doing all-you-can-eat banquets during the week.  So naturally my parents, my aunt and uncle and I wasted no time hopping in the car and hauling ourselves to sample the dinner fare.  And we were not disappointed.  But before I headed out for an evening of deluxe food and first-rate company, I had to decide on what to wear.

I often make the mistake of overdressing for events such as this.  It’s so easy to get carried away and winding up wearing something that’s much too much for the occasion.  For this particular dinner, I wanted to look dressed up, but not over the top.  My solutioin was to pair a fairly casual tee shirt with a simple skirt and then jazz it up with fancy hosiery and shoes.  And I think it worked a treat, don’t you?

I am wearing:

  • Cruella De Vil tee shirt from Threadless
  • Emerald green skater skirt from Princess Highway
  • Nude fishnet tights from Razzamatazz
  • Gingham heels from Scooter
  • Drop pearl earrings from Louvisa

 

 

 

Nude fishnets are one of my most favourite types of legwear.  They look effortlessly vintage, they go with every colour and they are so easy to wear.  These ones have lasted me so many years and they’re ideal to wear in summer when you don’t want to be completely bare-legged but it’s too hot to don full stockings.

I was so comfortable and cool in this outfit, but I still felt dressed up enough for dinner out with the family.

 

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What I Wore 26/9/2017

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.

Things I Love Thursday 13/7/2017

This past week has been a real drag.  I spent Thursday and Friday completely bombed out with a migraine.  Which meant cancelling a trip to see my boyfriend on the weekend because I still wasn’t well enough to travel.  I’m trying to look on the bright side and come up with at least a couple of things that are worth smiling for.

This week I love:

  • My cats.  When I don’t feel well, they seem to intuitively know it and they are so loving.  Miss Jelly in particular gets really maternal with me when I’m not well.  She barely leaves my side and snuggles up to me when I’m napping.  It’s really sweet and it makes me feel a tiny bit better when a migraine hits.
  • Deep heat rubbed onto the points where my shoulders join my neck and my neck meets my skull.
  • This adorable 1960’s vintage purse that I got to replace my old wallet. The design reminds me of liquorice allsorts.  It opens from each end into two completely separate pockets.  It’s so slim and streamlined and it fits so well into my handbag.
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.  This movie was surprisingly adorable and really, really funny.  It co-stars Joe Manganiello as himself, and I have the hugest crush on him, which was another reason that I chose it.
  • Super soft cotton nightshirts
  • Black bean and beetroot burgers.
  • This GIF

  • Beauties of the Night.  It’s a Netflix documentary about several former showgirls who are now in their sixties and seventies.  It was really eye-opening.  When I started to watch, I felt quite sad for these women, because I thought that they were trying to cling to their youth.  But as I watched I understood that they aren’t sad in the slightest. They are passionate, majestic, colourful and creative beings.  I loved learning their stories and felt inspired by this movie.
  • Listening to my Offspring CDs from high school.

What do you love this week?

What I wore: 18/4/2017

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.

Things I Love Thursday 26/5/2016

Yippee for Thursday!  I’m brimming with gratitude this week, so let’s not waste another second with chit-chat and jump right in.

 

This week I love:

  • Going Facebook official with my boyfriend.  Yep, I have a boyfriend now, and it’s awesome and scary and fantastic all rolled together.  We’ve been seeing each other for a few months now, but on the weekend we made our relationship Facebook Official.  Which seems like an important step in a modern relationship.

This rad new Baymax hoodie I got from Snarky Shark Studios.  It’s so soft and fleecy and I imagine I will wear this all winter long.

  • Coming home from a weekend away to find that my Mum had cleaned my flat for me.  I’ve been really flat-out at work the past few weeks and I’ve struggled to keep up with housework and chores.  So Mum surprised me by giving the flat a once-over while I was gone.  It looks amazing and I feel like I can manage to keep it looking good now.
  • My new markers.  I got a set of cheap fine-point felt tip pens for colouring with and they are fantastic.  The colours are so vibrant and they’re perfect for getting into the tiny spaces in some of my adult colouring books.
  • New (to me) vintage clothes in the mail.  I decided to treat myself to a few special pieces to kick off winter.  I found this amazing green Pendleton wool pencil skirt in Aviena’s etsy store and I had to have it.  I’ve been after an emerald-green pencil skirt for a long time,and this one was just perfect.  In the same store I found a red wool pencil skirt and a 60’s wool dress in bubblegum pink.  The items arrived in pristine condition and perfectly packaged.  So far, I’ve only worn the green skirt but it made me feel like a foxy bombshell.
  • Cadbury hot chocolate
  • Daiso shopping sprees
  • Coffee and pancakes with old mates
  • Getting the ball rolling on my birthday plans.  I turn 30 next month and it was one of my new-years resolutions to celebrate in style  Well, I’ve got many very special things planned and I’m very much looking forward to it.
  • Tea on the balcony.
  • Quoting Red Dwarf and giggling like an idiot.

New recipe 18: Vegetarian chilli con carne. #dinner #resolutions #vegetarian.

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  • This vegetarian chilli con carne.  It was a brand new recipe and my goodness was it easy and scrumptious.  I’ve added this to my recipe file (which is a very high honour, as very few recipes are deemed delicious enough to go in my regular recipe rotation).

What do you love this week?  Leave a comment and tell me all about the awesome things that have been happening in your world.

What I wore: Lazy Sunday.

This Summer I’ve been all about trousers.  The wide-legged variety in silky fabrics and juicy shades.  The kind that billow as you walk, keeping your legs deliciously cool.  Trousers that look glamorous dressed up with heels or take on a bohemian edge when paired with sandals.

 

Back in June I found two pairs of delightful vintage palazzo pants in the op shop.  One pair was gunmetal grey and the other a rich green.  Both were pleated in the most yummy satiny fabric.  At a mere $3 apiece I knew I had to have them.  As I walked home in sleeting rain, I imagined how often I would wear such trousers once the weather warmed up.  And I was totally right.

 

These trousers have become a staple in my Summer wardrobe.  This past Sunday I slipped on a pair to wear while reading my book on the lawn, eating dinner with my parents and then doing a spot of yoga.

 

dscf0870_zpspvfi29poI am wearing:

  • Green satin palazzo pants (vintage)
  • White butterfly studded tank top from Jeans West
  • Tan sandals from Rubi Shoes
  • Art deco earrings from Lovisa

dscf0868_zpss4lgamt7As simple as this outfit was, I felt so comfortable and cool as I relaxed and dined with my family.  I like unfussy Summer fashion, preferring to stick to a few striking pieces and leave the layering for the cooler months.

 

What item have you been wearing non-stop this Summer?  Or this Winter, for my  Northern-hemisphere-dwelling readers?

What I wore: Suffragette

This past week has been a week of insane weather.  It’s been crazy hot and humid, and it’s the first week of March.  Just as I expected the days to begin to get a little crisper and a little cooler, the temperature has soared and I’ve felt like I’m permanently awash with sweat.

 

In an effort to beat the heat I made a dash to the cinema last weekend.  Our local cinema can always be counted on to be goosepimply-cold, so it’s a very nice place to be during a heatwave.  I hopped along to see Suffragette, which was a splendid film.

 

I had a bit of trouble deciding what to wear. I wanted something that evoked the spirit of the 1920’s but I also needed to make sure that i would be cool enough during the sweltering walk to the pictures.  I opted for pants to avoid the dreaded chub-rub situation and a pretty camisole to top it off.  I swept my hair up into a back roll, but my fan quickly rumpled it and caused a bevvy of flyaways before I could smooth it out with hairspray.

 

dscf0863_zpsstehrdbfI am wearing:

  • Cream lace camisole from Ladakh
  • Black and white printed trousers from Target
  • Black flatforms from Big W
  • Vintage stirling silver earrings
  • Silver filigree bangle (21st birthday gift from my parents)

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My lipstick is one of my all-time favourite shades: Lipstick Queen’s Velvet Rope Collection in Entourage.  Not only is the colour absolutely stunning, but this formula is indestructible.  It lasts through sweltering weather, popcorn, greasy pizza and goodbye kisses without so much as a smudge or a smear.  And it stays feeling velvety and moist on the lips.  It’s magic, basically.

dscf0865_zps68iukwldIn spite of the horrendous weather I felt cool and happy in my cami-and-trousers ensemble.

 

What have you been wearing to beat the heat?