Pretty in Pink

Displaying my gorgeous Forever New bow box bag

There’s a certain something about the combination of pale pink and sheer white stockings that makes me feel like a princess.

These heart-printed tights from Forever New are stunning!

Pink and white is one of my favorite combinations. I don’t get to wear it too often because pale colours get dirty very, very quickly around here with a rambunctious teenage Vallhund, but when I get the opportunity, it’s absolutely relished. That’s why I freaked out when I found a pink and white box bag from Forever New for $16. Admittedly it doesn’t see the light of day too often because of the silver hardware (you know me, I’m a gold girl) and the fact that I’m super duper paranoid about getting it dirty (touch wood!) but it remains a solid favorite in my bag collection. That’s why when I got an opportunity to buy a matching pink patent belt with a silver buckle on it (also from Forever New), I jumped at the change to finally get an accessory that matched!

What I wore:

  • Silver Studded Heart Necklace – Mum’s
  • Silver and White Striped Top – SES, $2 (Amazing bargain!)
  • Pink Patent Belt with Silver Buckle – Forever New, $6.50
  • Silver Mesh Band Watch with Sapphire Face – Target, $6
  • Lace Short With Scallop Edge – ASOS, $11
  • Sheer White Tights with Heart Print – Forever New, $5
  • White Kidskin Leather Heels – Mascotte, $28

Total: $58.50

It was then that I realised that I’m wearing three things from Forever New in this outfit. Big fan (of their wares and their sales), guilty as charged.

White heart-print tights from Forever New and white kidskin leather heels from Mascotte

I always wanted a pair of white tights with white hearts on them and I found the perfect pair at Forever New that fit the bill. Normally, I’d be the first to advocate ducking off to eBay or AliExpress to buy these sorts of things but the fatal flaw with that comes with having long legs that don’t fit into little Asian-made pantyhose, so I had to find a pair in Australia. It’s not as easy as you’d think!

Same with finding a pair of perfect white leather heels. Mascotte is known for having all kinds of unusual styles in their stores, and when I found these in their city store, on special down from $140, I had to snap ’em up. They’re lovely and so comfy! As an aside, at the moment, their (Brisbane) city store is closing down which means that pretty much everything is 50% off or more and it’s a great time to nab a bargain for those who like kooky styles of shoes.

Silver Mesh Watch with a Navy Face from Target

But what I’m most excited to show you is this watch that I bought from Target about a year ago. I found it on the clearance/damaged items/opened packets rack back when they used to have those (dammit, bring it back!!) for $6 because it had a broken clasp. I wouldn’t call it so much broken as missing the second clasp–it still closes and holds just fine with only one clasp and I didn’t even know that it was missing until I took it home and noticed that it didn’t have the second securing latch on it like my other mesh watches. Although I don’t wear a lot of silver, it was definitely a good find for when I do wear those kinds of outfits.

All in all, I think I pulled off my silver-toned outfit quite successfully! Would you and do you switch your metal colour of choice when the mood strikes you or are you loyal to your colour?

St Augustine’s Jumble Sale

Tucked into an Anglican church on a small street in the inner suburbs of Brisbane is a vintage gold-mine. Who knew?

Answer: I did. St Augustine’s Anglican Church in Hamilton, Brisbane hosts a vintage jumble sale every month on the first Wednesday of the month, and I went for the first time just last week–wow, what a treasure I discovered! I’m excited to share the pictures with you.

I entered from the church-facing-side and I had to wander over a little grass field to find the place because my GPS was sending me all sorts of mixed signals, but if you enter on Racecourse Road, you’ll see a sign and that’s the entrance to the main public. I must warn you in advance–It’s not a place for the claustrophobic.  This place was PACKED!

There were too many people to take very detailed pictures, but I picked out a few of the highlights.

One of my favorite parts was the women’s shoe room (it’s a whole room, albeit a small one) filled with shoes of all colour, sizes, and varieties. I found a gorgeous pair of tan vintage-style Mary-Janes from Wittner ($7.50) and many other styles that were regrettably not my size. I quickly snapped up the Wittner heels and bustled on upstairs. There’s an area of neatly-filled women’s clothing from size 4 to 24 on the stage, and baskets filled with belts and ties and other accessories. Among a few gorgeous leather belts (not in my size) were also a selection of silk men’s ties in very good condition with gorgeous patterns on them. I resisted a navy one with giraffes, though maybe if it’s there next time..

Then when you continue on backstage, that’s where all the real treasures come out. Behind the stage is a section with women’s couture clothing, designer dresses, and silken suits. Gucci, Armani, Fendi, lots of other labels ending in “i”..  Among some of the bigger labels, I found a gorgeous black little number from Le Zinc (I think it’s a French label, not sure) with black and white polka-dot sleeves and cutouts in the skirt (I’ll show it to you sometime later) for all of $5. It’s the second time I’ve seen weird sizing about in vintage shops–this one was a size 9, and even stranger still, it was slightly too big for me, like it was a size bigger than advertised. All the same, it’s a gorgeous dress made from crepe de chine fabric and sits very nicely. Perfect for work!

I give St Augustine’s a 10/10 for vintage buys and I’ll definitely be going again. Vintage and thrift shopping is huge nowadays and among all the little “vintage” shops like the ones in Paddington that will charge you $50 for a dress, it’s nice to know that there are still places where you can get away with only bringing along a tote bag and $20 in your pocket. (And do actually bring along a bag to carry stuff in as you shop, you’ll definitely need one!)

DIY Box-Pleated Skirt

My DIY Box Pleated Skirt Tutorial

Thank you for purchasing How to Make Your Own Box-Pleated Skirt for Dummies! (Also known as The Idiot’s Comprehensive Guide to Stabbing Yourself in the Fingers With Pins Until You Magically Conjure a Skirt.) Today we’ll be going through the tutorial for sewing a full box-pleated skirt.

Ground Rules:

  1. My machine is awful, it can only do one type of stitch, so I will usually indicate when would be a good idea to change the stitching on your machine.
  2. While this tutorial is linear, it contains lots of optional steps that you can skip over–these are indicated.
  3. If you create a skirt using this tutorial, I want to see it! (Okay this part is optional, but I would really, really love it if you showed me!

Step forward, if you dare..

Get Off My Internets!

We interrupt Carbon Chic’s regular (read: sporadic) posting schedule to bring you a piece of my mind.

Bloggers around the world who have amassed any semi-decent amount of followers will probably know all about forums and the people within with their.. colourful comments on what you write and wear.

Criticism is something every blogger will run into at some point; It’s exhilarating to write critiques and fun to read them (if you’re not the person they’re writing about!), but I favor the kind of criticism that smacks me directly in the face, not one that takes digs at my back. I always encourage honest and open discussions on my blog, and hope that if people feel like something I’m saying rubs them the wrong way, they’ll tell me!

A few days ago I was travelling along a bike trail with my best friend Ellen. She was riding a Barbie scooter with glittery cat stickers on it and I was on my bright blue roller-blades. Totally 90’s, I know. Fortunately for us, passing traffic thought so as well, because we actually got jeered at. I didn’t quite make out what she said but AAAAAHHHHH something something scooter something rollerblades something 90’s, you fucks, AHAHAHAAHA, and we just stood there a bit dumbfounded that people exist like that, so deluded to think that yelling things as you pass by in your car to give your “victim” no chance to respond is in any way, shape, or form, an appropriate way for a human being to act.

Say that to my face, you limp noodle

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