It’s officially Spring, although as usual, the weather in Australia is as temperamental as ever; throwing us weather events such as windy 5°C nights and scorching 30° days. I, for one, am making the most of my enormous coat/jacket collection while it’s still cool enough to do so, before I inevitably return to my sleeveless blouses and short skirts.

And what a jacket! If there was going to be anyone who could give the colour of this outfit any justice, it would have to be my best friend (and most fabulous photographer) Laura Seeds. We got together near her place for a photoshoot or two recently and these are some of the amazing photos that came from it! (Please note that some images are cropped to better fit into my ridiculously narrow blog layout, but you’ll find the original aspect of the images by clicking and opening the lightbox.)


This has actually become a really common work outfit for me recently, and I can’t seem to stop wearing these pants. They go with everything, and best of all, they are high-waisted, and fit around said waist like a dream. Also, beltloops! They were so fabulous that I bought a pair in the black as well. They supply enough hemline to be let down, but I’m kind of digging the cropped look.. any thoughts?

What I wore:

  • Collette Dinnigan Glasses – c/o Specsavers
  • Long Tassel Necklace – Equip, $3
  • Pink Woolen Jacket w Leather Trim – Igedo, $15 (Although the last purchase I’ll ever make from them after how rudely they treated me when I tried to return a faulty item)
  • Black and White Blouse – Dotti, $15
  • Patent Leather Lilac Belt – AliExpress, $2.30 (Lots of other colours too)
  • Gold Bangle and Lorus Watch – Graduation Gifts
  • Liz Jordan Slim Fit Ankle PantsNoni B, $28 (After 30% off sale items promotion, also available in black and aqua)
  • Charvonne Black Patent Heels – Wittner, $35

Total: $98.30

Whew, that was getting close!

As for the title? I figure it’s about time I got off my lazy ass and got something accomplished, to earn my stripes, so to speak. It’s hard to break into  graphic design without a portfolio, and I’m currently lacking an up-to-date one because of all the faffing about in an industry I’m clearly not cut out for–retail.

I think retail is something everyone should do as a community-service-type deal so they can learn to better treat the people serving them, but my forked tongue would never allow me to succeed in a place where customers thrive off being as rude as humanly possible without any repercussions. I could have continued along the shop girl path and written a whole new blog about working in retail and the weird and wacky things that customers say and do, but in the end, I’d rather settle for working where my skills are put to use and don’t have those horror stories mulling around in my head.

So that being said, anyone in need of a freelance designer/illustrator/developer extraordinaire? Anyone?

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8 Comments

  1. Oh man I love this outfit! The patterned trousers and pink blazer are so awesome together. This is my kind of work outfit!

    • Demi

      Thanks Jamie, it’s sure a head-turner in the office!

    • Demi

      Thanks Patricia!

      Oouh, contests? I’m always dubious about that kind of stuff. Morally, I feel like it devalues the work of a designer, or treats it as a less-than-serious profession. There aren’t any tax contests on the web open for accountants “Who can get me the biggest tax return!” and whatnot. I feel like those kind of things only benefit the client–and after all, I give out enough free work to friends, people whom I actually don’t mind doing free projects for, haha.

    • Oops! I must have the wrong site. It was a site for freelancers where people will post their design needs and the designer puts a bid on how much they will charge to do the job. It’s still up to the client to choose who they go with. Not certain if that’s how 99designs works.

    • Demi

      Ahh okay, that sounds a lot fairer, haha.

      99 Designs is a site based on freelance designers responding to a design brief with a logo they created or a piece of design, and then the client picks their favorite and the rest of them walk away empty-handed.

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