Grand Opening at Sambag

My inactivity on my blog is nowhere near indicative of inactivity in my personal life, just so you know! Only recently was I invited to the grand opening of Sambag in Wintergarten, and it was quite a fun little affair.

This store is semi-new to the market, with owner Sam Wagner waltzing onto the fashion scene with her first store in 2005, located in Sydney. From what started as a modest little collection of bags sold at the local Paddington markets, her brand has now expanded exponentially, with stores across Australia (NSW, VIC, and QLD) and now one in Hong Kong. She currently sells a variety of high-quality goods, from handbags to shoes to clothing, swimwear, and children’s wear.

Of course I have to admit my main interests lie amid the shoes. I simply adore these high-cut structured leather ballet flats (so sick of toe cleavage and side spillage from cheap flats)! However, I’ll spare you the million photos I took of those and instead lead you through the rest of the store, starting with a photo of the lovely owner, Sam Wagner:

 

A quick rundown of my outfit:

  • Cobalt Scalloped Hem Dress – Boohoo, $19
  • Gold Bow Patent Belt – Forever New, $10
  • Black Patent D’Orsay HeelsAliExpress, $25 (I love these shoes! These are my official dancing shoes, but they go so well with everything I might buy another pair..)

Total: $54

I feel a little naked without my accessories! I was going to dress up better but I was in a huge hurry to get there after work.. next time, I will make sure I plan my outfit in advance. I felt a touch under-dressed in comparison to the other guests and standing next to the beautiful garments that littered the walls at Sambag. Such stunning pieces they were, too.

 

During this event, I also got to rub elbows with some other Brisbane fashion bloggers, including Melati from WonderMika.com and Birdette from BoughtByBirdette.com. Everyone looked pretty fabulous on the night.

Another fabulous person who was seen there was my guest, Daniel, who specially dressed up for this occasion and took some photos with me. Apparently our photo is displayed in the Brisbane Times somewhere..

During the night, Sam took us through the history of her brand and her ring-to-riches story (she sold her engagement ring to start up her first store–now that’s what I call an investment!) and where Sambag is headed next. If you want to find out more, you should stop by her store at Wintergarten or visit her website. The sky is the limit for this Aussie-made designer, and she’ll soon be expanding to other stores around Australia as well.



A little perk of the night that I just had to mention was the take-home gift that was offered to us by Sam–a pair of clear-framed sunglasses that were hand-made in Croatia for Sambag! How’s that for a coincidence (for those who know about my family’s heritage, anyways)? These will definitely be getting some wear over the Summer.

Cold Tea

I didn’t mean to let the tea get so cold. Many new and exciting experiences have hit my life hard and fast, and left me with barely enough time to think about it, let alone put them into words. To prevent this post from becoming the usual vichyssoise of verbiage that I’m so fondly known for (ha, ha), I’ll cut to the chase.

  1. I’m currently ensconced within a newly-budding relationship. (God it’s so time-consuming.) This is probably the most exciting of the news. You’ll probably see him around, he’s both a very fashionable and pliable guy with a penchant for posing in front of the camera. You may even find him behind the camera (he’s very helpful).
  2. I have taken up dancing as a new hobby (when I say new, I mean that it’s new to you, not me). This hobby brought about a much-needed jolt to my once-stagnant social life, and as a result, I’ve added about 20 guys and a couple girls on Facebook. I am literally swimming in testosterone right now. (It’s wonderful.) That, and party invites.
  3. I’m on the hunt again for the perfect career path that is worthy of my time and energy. I thrive in a busy environment, and I won’t rest until I’m bursting to the seams with design work. During the holidays, I’ll be revamping my portfolio website, taking on a few projects from some important clients, and hopefully updating Carbon Chic as well. While I love fun, illustrative designs, I really feel as though this blog could use a more modern look.
  4. I have a new outdoor tea area which will probably start featuring more often in my future blog posts.

I’m also going to stop adding writing etc to my first picture in my blog posts. I feel as though that takes more time than it’s worth and I have a price-check rundown in the post anyways. Speaking of which..



The rundown:

  • Gold Choker – Equip, $5 (this necklace is totally starting to lose its colour from overuse, I am very, very sad)
  • Lace Contrast Skater Dress – Dotti, $20
  • Gold Tassle Belt – Forever New (outlet), $6
  • Bow Metallic (Leather) Sandals – L&J Shoe Gallery, $25 (still my favorite pair of Summer sandals)

Total: $56

As usual, the gold bangle is a graduation present from my mother, the watch is a birthday present from Michael, and my natural red hair is a present from God (oh, how I wish this were true..). I like this outfit because the dress has an open back and I’m able to match it with my mint bow bag that I don’t get enough use out of (seriously considering selling that thing), but it’s definitely a date night dress, so I sadly don’t get to wear it too often! Working in sub-freezing temperatures usually means I resort to bringing Winter coats into the office in Summer, so a short dress with open back is out of the question, no matter how outrageous my everyday office style. If you see any outfits here that are particularly uncharacteristic of the current weather in Brisbane, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Anyways, that’s enough about my life, what has been going on for you guys recently? I feel like I’m so out of the blogger loop at the moment and it seems as though my favorite Aussie bloggers have all but stopped posting anymore (sad face).

Mulberry Madness

 

Just a few days ago I went shopping with my boyfriend Daniel and somehow we both ended up in matching outfits. It was quite a hilarious, albeit embarrassing situation, but I gotta say, the absolute highlight of the day was when the store assistants in Y.D. broke into giggling hysterics about what a “cute couple” we were, with our “coordinating outfits”. I think the next time I go out with Danny, I’m going to have to ask him what he’s wearing so we can avoid this from happening again.

To be fair, since we’re both redheads (he is a natural one, of course), the same colours tend to compliment us quite well (although don’t expect to be seeing Danny in magenta any time soon). This is probably why it’s so fun to go shopping with him; because if it suits me, it’s bound to suit him too.

I couldn’t resist using this opportunity for an impromptu photoshoot under my little mulberry tree. I would do this with more men in my life if they would let me; you’re all very lucky that Danny was quite accommodating regarding having a camera shoved in his face!

So without further ado, here’s our rundowns:

 

Danny wore:

  • K&L Mirror Aviator Sunglasses – Who knows?
  • Skagen Watch – Who knows?
  • Contrast Raglan Top – Kmart, $8 (I must add that the store assistant at Roger David incorrectly identified the shirt as one of their own, ehehe)
  • Leather Belt – Salvation Army, $7
  • Wine Jeans/ChinosGeneral Pants Co, $40 (Sale only in-store)
  • Navigator Blue Suede ShoesWilliams, $60 (25% off – Sale only in-store)

Total: $115

To be fair, this was all the information I had about the outfit so the actual total would probably be higher, but neither sunglasses nor watch (as much as I love it) are necessary to complete this outfit. I do love the watch he’s wearing though – I have a soft spot for those particular types of bands and there’s nothing classier than a man wearing a low-profile elegant watch.

Hugo loves Danny, by the way, so that’s why he’s photobombing all these photos.

 

What I wore:

  • Simple Gold ChainAliExpress, $2.10
  • Contrast Breton Striped Top – Big W, $12
  • Wine Bangle – Rubi, $2
  • Gold Croc BeltDotti, $3.50
  • White Pleated SkirtAlly, $20 (One word: POCKETS! With the pockets, structured shape and full lining underneath, this seemed like a great buy to me)
  • Patent Wine MaryJane Heels – Zu, $30

Total: $69.60

Not bad, it took me a while to find all these pieces but I feel like my collection is getting closer to completion! Next step, finding a dark navy skirt exactly like this one. Considering dying the purple one, but that’s probably a bad idea for polyester..

My life has been drama after drama recently and that’s why I’ve been so slow to update this blog. I’ve been very introspective about my journey so far, writing plenty of entries in my diary, creating lists, making new plans. I’ve picked up a new hobby (which I will tell you about later!) and made so many new friends, met plenty of cute guys, and had an absolute blast along the way. I’m also beginning to learn the important lesson that sometimes, other people’s problems have nothing to do with me and I can’t contribute to them any more than I can repair them, and that’s okay. Everyone has their own stuff to deal with, we’re no exception to the rule.

I am doing well at work, about to start jury duty the following week, and I’m smack bang in the middle of figuring out when I will be financially able to move out.

Living here is driving me crazy.  Well, crazier.

Lucky in Leather

I’m telling you, it was a total dry spell as far as shopping went before I reopened my blog. CC must be my lucky charm!

I went out to Garbo with Louisa yesterday and she must have bought a dozen things and yet I walked out empty-handed and hungry for a bargain. The boys’ t-shirts I had bought for running ($1 each, at Big W) and the Schticky my mother insisted I buy (verdict: is highly ineffective against a Vallhund coat-bomb) hadn’t sated my appetite, so I drove down to the St Vinnies “outlet” in Eight Mile Plains.

I am generally loathe to purchase anything from second-hand stores. The patrons always creep me out a little bit and everything smells pretty musty. But like any good frugalista, I didn’t mind getting my hands a bit dirty if it meant a bargain. I’m slowly starting to warm towards thrift-shopping.

First up were these absolute steals: leather shoes. They were having a “50% off the marked price of all shoes” sale and I spotted two pairs that I’ve had on my wishlist for a little while now. Tan leather heels (with broguing, bonus points!!) and leopard print heels with a toe cap. I couldn’t believe that the only two shoes that I liked the look of were right there in front of me, in gently-used condition and my exact size. I got shivers.


 

I included a picture of the soles to show off their condition. Usually the idea of wearing someone else’s shoes makes my skin crawl but they looked barely used and I couldn’t very well say no to near-new leather shoes. Especially irresistible was the price: $4 for the tan pair (down from $8) and $5 (from $10) for the leopard pair. Total score! I’m thinking of getting rid of the amber rings across the nose of the leopard pair and replacing it with a plain gold chain but we’ll see if I can ever be bothered doing that.

 

I was lucky enough that day to also come across an Events wrap a-line skirt, %100 wool and 100% gorgeous for only $8. Normally I steer clear of red clothes but this was too sweet to pass up.

Afterwards, I traveled down to Trade Secret (the secret is that they usually don’t sell anything worth the trip down there) and for a change, I came across some Loop Leather Co. genuine leather belts that I actually needed (oh my God, I say this about every belt I buy, I’m like a crazy belt lady..)–A plain, wide black patent belt to replace the free one from Target my mother gave me when it bites the dust (see the belt in my last outfit post) and a dark red hip-belt to match the shoes I bought last week (also featured on my blog!). Both $10, down from approx. $50.

So yep, it seems I only have this sort of luck when I am actively blogging and go shopping by myself–but as for others, they seem to have all the luck instead when they’re shopping with me!

Purple Pose

I’ve been wearing this coat all Winter, and since I’ve been on a little hiatus for the better part of that season, I decided to wear this outfit one last time to show you the sort of clothes I wear to the office. Even though I have a desk job now, it still doesn’t prevent me from being fabulous!

 

The pleated dresses I’ve bought from the girls’ section at Target (both the magenta and the mint one) have been one of my better investments of the year. I love coming up with fresh new ways to wear them and so far I found three different ways to mix them up: With a cardigan, as a skirt (with a belt to hide the blouse) and with a blouse underneath as with these pictures. I think this has got to be my favorite way to do it!

 

What I wore:

Gold Deer Skull NecklaceeBay, $3.00

Purple Coat – Valleygirl, $25 (I waited so long for this one..)

Girls’ Ponti Magenta Dress – Target, $11.16 (down from $25)

Black and White Polka Dot BlouseAliExpress, $13 (At least it was before they hiked the price up..)

Girls’ Patent Waist Belt – Target, free from another dress

Black Opaque Tights – Target, $1 (bargain bin, aw yiss)

Hush Puppies Black Patent Oxford Heels – Myer, $25

Total: $78.16

Not bad for a multi-layer Winter outfit if I do say so myself.