Pastel Princess


How long has it been since I last made a lookbook post?? Months, probably. As the weather heats up in Brisbane, I’m sure that everyone cannot think of a better thing to do than to stay indoors under the ever-vigilant air conditioner. I can literally feel the perspiration rising up to the surface of my skin the very second I step outside, and I’m always conscious of my hair slowly beginning to flatten and stick to my scalp. Not a good look. But still, that’s hardly an excuse for keeping my readers in the dark. Yes, it’s hot; yes, I’m lazy, but I have a duty to fulfill–a duty towards my readers and their wallets in this economic climate of ours!

Okay, enough ranting and raving.

This is one of my favorite outfits as of late. As you know, I like pastels; they just perfectly mesh with my skintone and hair so I find any excuse I can to wear pastel ensembles while gallivanting around town. Boy, have I bought a lot of pastels for Summer.

Here’s the rundown in front of you:

Chain NecklaceAliExpress, $2

Flower Embroidered Blouse – Valleygirl, $15

Lemon Polka Dot 3/4 Blazer – Chicabooti, $16

Triple Ring PackASOS, $5 (Oh my GOD these rings are to die for, they go with everything)

Pink & Gold Bow Belt – Colette, $5 (I absolutely love this belt, it has a faint sparkle in the sunlight and you know I can’t resist sparkle)

Pink Flower Embroidered Scalloped Shorts – Valleygirl, $15

“Joy” Nude Bow HeelsNovo Shoes, $35 (I call these flats because these are about as flat as I can wear my shoes. These have a squishy soft leather lining!)

Total: $93.

Yeek, I’m cutting it fine with my own rules! It’s the shoes’ fault, they’re too damn expensive. I wouldn’t have even bought them if I wasn’t for the fact that I needed a cute, neutral pair of low-heeled shoes and no matter where I looked, these were the best that fit the bill and didn’t display an obscene amount of toe cleavage. Hate toe cleavage, especially because I have absurdly high arches so it’s bound to happen with most of the “flats” out there…

Anyways, I digress. Throw in a mint bowknot handbag (AliExpress, $15) and you’re styling! I actually have an interesting story about this bag.. I saw suspiciously similar bags on display at Dangerfield and Kitten D’Amour. I was caught off-guard, thinking that I must have bought a cheaper replica of some sort, but no, they’re all made out of the same PU material, have faults in the same places, and even the hardware was the same.

(Pictured: My bags on the left, then Dangerfield on top, followed by Kitten D’Amour)

They’re all from a similar “line” produced in China, except that buying directly from AliExpress, I paid $15, and anyone who buys from those two stores are going to be paying upwards of $60 per bag! Absolute insanity. Oh… and here’s the exact same red Kitten D’Amour bag from AliExpress, if you were interested (it also comes in bright yellow, orange, and black, from the listings I’ve seen floating around). So there, to all the haters who look down their nose at me because I refuse to go to those high end stores and buy the same product for 500% more because it suddenly has a brand name attached to it.

More notes about my purchases: I’ve been looking for a pale yellow blazer for what seems like forever. I found the aforementioned one at Chicabooti for $16, but it was in a very small size 8, and I was so torn! The sleeves were crazy tight on my arms and I couldn’t button it up at the front, but I bought it anyways and chucked it in the DIY pile. Only last night did I get around to letting out the arms and the darts in the back with my sewing machine and it fits perfectly now. If it comes unstitched though, I might just.. die. Because it’s taken me a whole year to find something like this and I don’t wanna let it go! Only now I’m feeling like I should be cautious about how often I wear it because realistically, when is the next time I’ll ever grab a score like this again??

Are there any items you own that are a one-of-a-kind and you’re too scared to wear out? I used to scoff at people who do this with brand name handbags and I feel sort of pathetic that I’m doing it over a $16 blazer, but oh well..

Keep cool and wear sunscreen, frugalistas!

Carbon Copies XII

If this post was accurately titled, it would probably be called “Ugly Shoe Trends You Shouldn’t Waste Your Money On”. I do like some of these shoes, don’t get me wrong–the kitten flats are adorable and the strappy sandals are ridiculously high but manage to look good on most feet, but as for the majority, I hate them, they look awful, and I would never be caught dead wearing them or any replicas.

I’ve never really been a fan of shoe trends. It’s like designers are trying to trump each other on the weirdness scale, and I don’t do “weird” with my outfits–I’m no Lady Gaga. But these shoe trends are so prevalent throughout the blogosphere nowadays that they’re a hard thing to ignore. So here’s a list of the shoes I see cropping up often enough nowadays on blogs that I follow, and where you can get them for cheap if you’re so inclined.

Jeffrey Campbell’s Lita, $160 | AliExpress, $28 (Just search the site for different styles like denim, lace or American flag.. they’re out there)
The Lita. What can I say about the Lita? Way too much, but let’s keep this brief; If I wasn’t so adverse to platform shoes in the first place, I would still think they were hideous. But they’re everywhere, with evil spawns now coming out in bastard styles such as denim or “wookie”. I understand pastels, I understand neons, I understand peplums, I understand a hell of a lot of trends out there, but I don’t understand the Lita.

Chloé Susan Studded Ankle Boots, $1345 | eBay, $65
Ladies, if you didn’t already have huge feet to begin with, never fear. Helpfully, Chloe made us these boots to give people with small feet the illusion of big feet and people with big feet the illusion of a size that can only be described as clown-like. I seldom ever see any blogger or celebrity pull these off, and I’m even more shocked by the claims that they can be “worn with anything”, because their detailed, blingy, modern-cowboy style clashes with every outfit I’ve seen featuring them.

Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Pumps, $252 | AliExpress, $26 (In many different colours and styles.. AliExpress has so many jelly shoes; it’s kind of insane)
I don’t know what the appeal is with jelly shoes this season. Could it be the superior quality of the materials (lol)? Or maybe you didn’t get enough of the 90’s and you’re looking to relive your childhood? Do you like your shoes being ideal fungal breeding grounds, or perhaps you like the feeling of sweaty feet on a hot summer’s day?

Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout, $795 (sold out) | AliExpress, $19 (Also in pink and black)
Somewhere deep within the history of the United Stripper Union, a consensus was once reached that clear shoes were henceforth going to be the stripper trademark. Apparently CL didn’t get the memo. The aforementioned rant about jelly/PVC shoes set aside, I have been personally battling toe cleavage for many years, and what does CL do? They come out with a shoe that guarantees it.

Isabel Marant Bekket High-Top Sneakers, $725 | AliExpress, $35 (Many different colours) | Target, $50
Don’t know what’s more appealing here, the velcro closures or the camel-coloured rubber sole. They look clumsy and chunky and kind of remind me of those Sketchers Shape Ups or any other platform sneakers the overweight buy in their plight to lose a few pounds. If you wanted to go for comfortable shoes, buy a pair of Crocs–they don’t look any more respectable than these babies do.

Zara Strappy Sandals, $46 (sold out) | AliExpress, $21 (black, orange and pink available) | Target, $32
These heels are the most bearable of the bunch. What I like about them is that they’re a relatively plain, classic style with the potential to go with most things. These are shoes that say “I’m simple and it’s okay”.

Giuseppe Zanotti I26115 Sculpted Ankle Strap Wedges, $775 | eBay, $45
Would you like some horse shoes for your hooves? Enough said.

Charlotte Olympia Kitty Cat-Embroidered Suede Slippers, $595 | eBay, $27
These babies are pretty adorable, I have to say. Just wish I could wear flats!

What do you think about these blogger-favorite shoe trends? Do you love or hate them? I won’t judge you, I promise. ;)

Instagramification VI


Let’s do this.

Aliens | ASOS purchases | Mint blouse | AliExpress jewellery haul | Gold nail polish | Hugo being photogenic | Adorable fox ring | Benefit Beauty Babes | AA is for #ASOSaholics_anonymous | ASOS packages! | AliExpress dress | Interwoven2012 decorations | Old #ootd remix | New shorter hair! | Gorgeous bow bags from AliExpress | Business cards for | Interwoven2012 gradshow night! | Myer’s Santa Claus on crack | eBay blouse marked up 500% in Elizabeth Arcade | Bad-ass storm and Hugo snoozing through it | Bad-ass storm kicks ass in Kelvin Grove Markets

Wow, just made my life sound more interesting than it actually is. I gave myself a virtual pat on the back.

So where have I been? Living the dream, of course. As some of you know, I’ve been trudging my way through the final semester of my degree(s) and life has been hard. Between staying awake at ridiculous hours of the night (morning?) to finish assignments and preparing 60 student profiles for their upcoming graduate exhibition, blogging was pushed back as my very last and least priority. I did have some time to spiffy this joint up a bit though–I added a little bio section in the footer, finally added a favicon (I was lazy, so sue me), and replaced the tag cloud with a search function. Over the next few months, I’ll have some more content added to the main pages, open up commissions, and we’ll have a jolly old time here, just you wait and see.

Main take-away from that post is a big ol’ hooray! I’ve finished uni for this year and am awaiting my graduation day with baited breath, but in the meanwhile, I’ll be hanging around and posting content here as per usual.

Life is fabulous right now, Summer is approaching, so let’s go shopping!