Young Girl

It has been a while since I wore something from AliExpress. Or even blogged about it! Don’t get me wrong, I still love the place and truly believe it should be every girl’s first port of call for clothes if you like places like Dangerfield or Princess Polly (whom we all know import their stuff straight from Chinese factory floors anyway), my focus has just shifted dramatically to hand-sewn items.

I’m forever torn on the direction of this blog–All stylish sewing, all frugal fashion, or a mix of both?

And what about the cooking segments I promised??

WHAT OF THEM?

Couple all this with the fact that a recent coupling has been distracting the heck out of me, it means I have left this blog quite abandoned, as though it were one of my lesser-favourite stepchildren. (What’s this coupling business, you ask? All will be revealed soon, and this is when we cue the cheesy saxophone solo.)

All that aside, this is one of my favourite outfits this Summer and simultaneously my mother’s most hated. I would wear socks with MaryJane heels all day, e’ry day if I could but dressing like an adult schoolgirl is something that really does turn a lot of heads, and not always for the best reasons. But I keep my head held high and prance around in my sock/heels combination like a show pony regardless. The weather is much too hot to care about what other people think about the clothes you’re wearing.

This outfit also seemed like the perfect opportunity to whip out this awesome bag I was recently gifted. It’s structured, it’s a satchel, it’s full of pockets, and it has gold detailing on it–this is basically my entire criteria list for the perfect bag. I will wear it with everything.

What I wore:

  • Alex Perry Glasses – c/o Specsavers
  • Gold Bee BroochAliExpress, $2 (On sale!)
  • Blue Gingham Pleated Dress – AliExpress, $14 (On sale! Also available in pink)
  • Black and White Bow Belt – Mascotte, $6
  • Gold and Cream Satchel – Gift from Tim
  • White Cotton Ankle Socks – Old
  • Jo Mercer “Hooch” Mary Jane Heels – The Iconic, $60

Total: $82

Anyways, just want to let you know that if you don’t hear from me again in a while, there’s a good reason. Life has been a whirlwind of events as of late, and I’m still trying to follow my yellow brick road down to Emerald City. (This seemed an appropriate metaphor given the nature of this outfit–now all I need is a pair of sparkly red heels.)

Spring Blossoms

One of my favorite parts of living in Australia is the various fauna and flora you’ll find, with the warmer climate ensuring that colourful blossoms are as perennial as the grass. I know the Morning Glory flower is known as a rabid weed that most people choose to exterminate, but I still think they make for beautiful photographs.


How cute are these pants, by the way? I’m a monthly regular at the Hamilton Church Jumble now, and every time I go, I seem to find the most wicked bargains. I was worried for a second that these pants wouldn’t fit (they are a size 12 but they’re older than I am so the actual waist size is tiny!) but they slipped on like a dream in the dressing room and I couldn’t not buy them. It’s so hard to find high-waisted pants in this kind of style nowadays. Hipster pants just don’t work for me.



What I wore:

Total: $85.88

These gold flats are basically the embodiment of the phrase “buttery soft”.

On that note, I’m quite annoyed that Mascotte has closed down permanently. I had a few male friends who raved about their selection of gorgeous round-toed leather men’s shoes (much a relief from the usual square/pointy toed hideousness you see in modern-day men’s stores) now they’re all packed up and gone. Ironically, one of the reasons I loved them so much (cheap, high-quality leather shoes) was probably the source of their downfall. You can’t have “70% off everything” sales four times a year and expect to make any kind of profit, really. I have four pairs of Mascotte shoes, and I’m really sad I didn’t go in for more when I had the opportunity.

I basically cherish these ones like they’re actually made of gold.

Mighty Bright



Isn’t this outfit just insanely bright?? With a mixture of this seasons hottest colours, magenta pink and cobalt blue, I kind of feel like I’m being presented in technicolour amongst a sea of black and white when I step out in this outfit. I’m looking forwards to Winter–pastels are really fun and I’ll never stop wearing them, but I also like bold, striking colours and patterns as well–and who can forget my intimate love of hosiery?


 

Here’s a quick rundown of my outfit today:

Pink Diamonte Zebra NecklaceAliExpress, $5.20

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

Cobalt Blue Cardigan (w/ gold buttons) – Target, $13 (bought a long long time ago but just never worn.. can you imagine??)

Five Crosses Belt – Colette, $6 (in a 50% off sale, woo!)

Gold Skulls BraceleteBay, $1 (Alexander McQueen ripoff, I think?)

Sheer Black Pantyhose – Target, 25c

ASOS ‘MIGHTY’ Studded Leather ShoesASOS, $30 (I had a 20% off coupon to my account that worked on sale items, WOO! Also accounting for the ASOS currency trick I talked about earlier.)

Total:  $66.61!

Technically this necklace doesn’t really go with this outfit (I often wear my Equip gold choker/collar with this combination because it looks more natural) but I have to admit.. I haven’t been able to stop wearing this zebra necklace. It’s gorgeous, amazing, and so detailed–I literally get a compliment about it every time I wear it in public. People LOVE it and so do I!

The shoes are also a little bit of an awesome buy; I was not expecting to be able to wear ASOS shoes at all but they arrived and they fit perfectly. I sized down to a UK6 as advised (I’m an 8.5/39 regularly) and I’m very glad I did! My mother thinks the shoes are a bit masculine because of the studs but I find them pretty cute. It’s also nice to be able to find a mid-heeled shoe of any description that isn’t from the pharmacy, it seems like the only kind of heels available in Australia is dead flat or dead-from-falling-from-such-heights.

By the way, I know where the skull bracelet design originates from, but does anyone know about the origin of the 5-crosses belt?? I’ve noticed it worn by a few other bloggers and seen it available in shops like Dotti and Dissh, but it’s such an unusual design to just be available everywhere for no reason. There must be a designer creator out there somewhere!

Bow and Arrow



 

Oh, I’m so punny. Only when editing these pictures did I notice that almost every element of my outfit has something to do with bows. I’m embracing the girly so hard right now. /Aussie

This is one of the few times that I’ll ever break the self-imposed $100 limit to my outfits.. I could have changed elements in the outfit to make it cheaper, of course, but I loved these shoes too much to hide them away.

The best time for shoe shopping is January. Jo Mercer, Zu, and Wittner, some of my favorite shoe stores, are having amazing new year sales right now, and you can pick up a trendy pair of heels or sandals for under $50 (EXCELLENT quality ones, I mean!) to add to your collection. Me, I’ve always wanted some pretty pastel pink party pumps (Oh Roger, what alliteration!) so when these dropped down to $65, I uhmmed and I ahhed and I ended up buying them. And wore them every day of that week. Surprisingly cost-effective if you look at the cost-per-wear (which we never do, because this is generally a shopaholic’s worst excuse to buy something that she can’t afford).

So with all that out of the way, here’s the rundown as you see before you:

Gold Hair Cuff – eBay, $1.70 (Unpictured. Considering buying a different one because I have thick hair and it doesn’t fit over it very neatly..)

Gold Deer Skull Necklace – eBay, $3.00 (Wear with everything. Must buy a backup.)

Bow Neck Top – Mix Apparel (Coles), $12 (Most versatile top ever.)

Pink & Gold Bow Belt – Colette, $5

Navy Bow Print Shorts – Temt, $25

Choo-Choo Pink Patent Pumps – Wittner, $65

Total: $106.70

I threw in a $15 bag from AliExpress that I got from my last AliExpress order because the pink perfectly matched the shoes. Lucky me!  Because I was buying two at a time, I went on a private chat with the seller and haggled down the price to $30 for both. If you’re considering buying more than one item from a seller, haggling is recommended because unlike eBay, AliExpress is specifically designed with haggling in mind–hence the chat function!

A lesson on frugality: The shorts I’m wearing here are full-priced. I often say that you should never buy anything full priced because of how often stuff goes on sale, but when you spot something that’s excellent quality at already a pretty low price, you have to be wary that people might get there before you and leave you with nothing. As an example, I went to the shops the day after I bought those shorts and I couldn’t find a single one left in that color (I think there was one in beige with black bows but.. yuck). So sometimes calculated full-priced purchases are worthwhile! For a pair of shorts from Temt, they’re really superb quality– they don’t wrinkle, they’re fully lined, and they’re not booty shorts (always an important thing).

Happy new year and happy shopping, frugalistas!

MMXII: Reviewed

  
  
  
  
  
  
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To celebrate the beginning of a wonderful new year, I’ve rounded up some of my best lookbook posts from the previous year–there’s quite a few of them! They’re mostly chronological too so you can see how my style has changed through the seasons.. Am I getting braver with fashion or is it just my imagination? If you’ve been following me from the beginning during the plague of the selfies in the mirror, you’ll also noticed that I ditched a favorite accessory of mine–the hairband!

Since starting to experiment with fashion for this blog so I could bring frugalistas new content and new ways of wearing things, I’ve started to be able to recognize what does and what does not suit me. Hairbands, similar to my bucket hat obsession of ’99, just weren’t me. Neither was the middle part in long, dull, unlayered hair. I’ve gone through a whole stack of changes throughout the past year–met some amazing people, stepped out of my comfort zones a lot, and obtained some hella expensive pieces of paper to frame on my wall.. It might not seem like much but this year was an eye-opener for me. Since the start of this blog, I feel like a new woman–My confidence has soared and now I feel like nothing’s holding me back.

2013.. I welcome you with open arms!