Trying New Things

I never wear turquoise! Is it my colour? I haven’t quite decided yet.

I’m still experimenting with my office style–trying to keep it somewhat work-appropriate but still unique to me. One of my workmates calls me the “office fashionista”, which is kind of nice, considering that they could be calling me the “office sideshow” with all the crazy-colourful ensembles that I’m trying to incorporate into my everyday workwear.

It’s hard to strike a balance when your office is so cold–I’ve taken to leaving a pink double-breasted tweed woollen coat I bought from the church jumble (for $5!) permanently attached to the back of my chair so I don’t have to carry a big pink coat around me wherever I go. Of course that means no matter how sombre and serious my outfit is, at some point during the day, I will be walking around in a bright pink oversized coat.

That being said, I think this outfit is a pleasant mix of serious and playful–I mean, just check out those heels! I haven’t been able to take them off my feet since I bought them.

As a bonus to today’s post, I decided to include a few pictures of Hugo goofing around with me. He can be such a photogenic dog sometimes. Of course, other times he’s just like his mommy with one eye half-closed and a derpy look on his face, but that’s just his lovable personality right there!

If you ever come to visit, ask him to give you a hi-ten. Stubby as his legs may be, those are his speciality.

What I wore:

  • Gold-Plated Bee BroochAliExpress, $2 (On special–I also bought the silver variety!)
  • Linen Pencil Dress – Kmart, $9
  • White Tassle Belt – Forever New (outlet), $6
  • Retro White Mary-Jane Heels – Salvation Army, $8

Simple, and classic. I didn’t give you an accessories rundown in the previous post so I made up any excuse to wear these shoes again so I could tell you about them! I got them from the Salvos a little while ago but the lining had fallen off so I’m not sure what brand they are. All I know is that they say size 7 on the bottom and yet they fit my size 8.5 feet perfectly and I can walk around in them for hours without getting sore. The most important characteristic in any shoes you own should be comfort factor. If they hurt my feet, I don’t buy them.

If you’ll allow me to rabble on about a different topic here, I am proud and excited to announce that I have officially finished sewing my first dress EVER! This is a pretty big step for me as I’ve been sewing for less than a year and have only recently jumped into using patterns. I’m hoping to feature it in my blog pretty soon, and also start compiling a list of resources for the thrifty seamstress–Places to buy fabric and other sewing-related paraphernalia on the cheap.

I’d love to get your feedback on it first though–For anyone who is looking to take up sewing, what’s something you struggle with most?

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.

Pin Curls & Pencil Skirts

I’m having a blast with this “short hair” business. I can do so much with it. I can.. pin curl it? That about all I’ve come up with so far.

I’m still trying to figure out ways to keep it behind my ears to avoid something that resembles a blunt bowl cut (which is always a risk when you cut your hair too short and add bangs to the mix), and so far I’ve come up with pin-curls, head bands (just when I thought that period of my life was over!), and pig-tails. I want to figure out something to do with upside-down french braids so I can fake some kind of milkmaid hair-do, but apart from that, I’m all out of ideas.

But I’ve also started experimenting with a whole new area–hair bows. On the day I got my haircut, to celebrate, I bought a shiny little bow from a My Cube store for a couple of bucks.

Has anyone ever seen those before? They’re a store where multiple different sellers hire out cubes in the wall to sell their stock without having to pay the undoubtedly exorbitant fees associated with renting the entire area. I was considering selling something in one of them but ultimately I have no good ideas for that sort of business venture. I can barely bring myself to sell my old clothing.

But enough about my hair–How about this gorgeous two-toned silk pencil skirt? At first I wasn’t entirely sold on the green/magenta combination (why couldn’t it be something more harmonious like magenta and blue, or magenta and red or something?) but it’s kind of grown on me, and you know I’m a sucker for quality fabrics. Please note that means I prefer quality materials, not that I will reject polyester, because my wardrobe is pretty much as flammable as it gets–thank you eBay.


What I wore:

  • Touch by Alyssa Milano 102 Black Pink Glasses – c/o Clearly
  • Nautical Hair Bow – My Cube, $2
  • Diamond-Patterned Pussy Bow Blouse – Target, c/o MA
  • Gold Bangle and Lorus Watch – Graduation Gifts
  • Gold Tassel Belt – Forever New, $6
  • Duo-Toned Silk Pencil SkirtEndeavour Thrift Store, $6.95
  • White Kidskin Leather Heels – Mascotte, $28

Total: $43

Definitely feels a bit Mad Men around here lately.

Thanks for your support of my short hair, by the way–I’ve gotten lots of feedback via social media channels and everyone seems to really like the change, which is awesome, because I’m a low-maintenance gal and this hair is about as low-maintenance as it gets. So it’ll be sticking around for a while, still..

A Perfect Day

ValleyGirl Magenta Coat, Temt Angora Beret, Specsavers Alex Perry Glasses, eBay ASOS replica Heart Print Blouse, ValleyGirl Grey Shift Dress, Forever New Gold Bow Belt, Target Tights, Vintage Russian eBay D'Orsay Heels

When it rains, it pours. Just as I was enjoying braving the open world in my short pastel skirts and sleeveless blouses, along comes another reminder from Mother Nature that it’s still Winter in Brisbane. As I’m incredibly susceptible to the cold, I’ve taken to mostly hibernating inside, basking against Hugo’s eternal internal furnace (does that count as alliteration, do you think?). But when I do leave the house, I still like to dress up.

ValleyGirl Magenta Coat, Temt Angora Beret, Specsavers Alex Perry Glasses, eBay ASOS replica Heart Print Blouse, ValleyGirl Grey Shift Dress, Forever New Gold Bow Belt, Target Tights, Vintage Russian eBay D'Orsay Heels

I am pretty much smitten with every element in this outfit. It’s something I’ve worn a lot in a few different combinations but never really bothered to document. This coat is pure magic, a lovely deep magenta with a double-breasted feature that hits just the right length. I documented it last year among some of my better purchases in June as a testament to the power of patience when bargain hunting. (I am pretty sure I called up the city ValleyGirl store every couple of days after spotting it to inquire if they were having a coat sale yet, sometimes realising how obsessive that made me look and giving them nothing other than a few panicked gasps of air before hanging up and resolving not to call them again. Sorry, ValleyGirl employees..)

Temt Angora Beret, Specsavers Alex Perry Glasses, eBay ASOS replica Heart Print Blouse, ValleyGirl Grey Shift Dress, Forever New Gold Bow Belt, Target Tights, Vintage Russian eBay D'Orsay Heels

As for the dress, it’s also another steal from ValleyGirl–last one of its kind on the rack, I bought this several years ago and still wear it as a work dress, always with various different collared blouses paired underneath it. The perfect style for layering!

ValleyGirl Magenta Coat, eBay ASOS replica Heart Print Blouse, eBay Stud Collar Pins, ValleyGirl Grey Shift Dress. Lovisa Bee Brooch
Vintage Second-Hand Russian Elche Collection Black Patent Leather D'Orsay HeelsMickey Brand Watch with Rainbow Diamantes & Gold Mesh Band

The close-ups I wanted to share mainly revolve around the watch and the heels. They’re both eBay bargains! The watch is simply amazing; I wanted a gold mesh watch with a white face that I wouldn’t be so scared to wear with casual outfits, and I found the perfect one on eBay so decided to splash out (my definition of that phrase, anyways). As for the shoes, I’ve started my foray into second-hand eBay auctions and these shoes are the product of one of my first wins. Classic d’orsay style, stable heel, black patent leather, scalloped design and little gold buckles–these were too cute to pass up.

ValleyGirl Magenta Coat, Temt Angora Beret, Specsavers Alex Perry Glasses, eBay ASOS replica Heart Print Blouse, ValleyGirl Grey Shift Dress, Forever New Gold Bow Belt, Target Tights, Vintage Russian eBay D'Orsay Heels

What I Wore:

  • Cream Angora Beret with Black Sequin Bow – Temt, $10
  • Stud Collar Clips – eBay, $1
  • Black and Gold Bee Brooch – Lovisa, $3.30 (3 for $10)
  • Colourful Crystals Mickey Mesh Watch – eBay, $18 (Also available in silver with differently-coloured faces)
  • Double-Breasted Magenta Coat – ValleyGirl, $25
  • Gold Bow Patent Belt – Forever New, $10
  • Heart Print Blouse – eBay, $8
  • Sleeveless Grey Shift Dress – ValleyGirl, $10
  • Black Opaque TightsTarget, $1
  • Elche Collection Black Patent Scalloped D’Orsay Pumps – eBay, $20

Total: $106.30

That’s the first time in a long while I’ve went over my self-imposed limit! Generally I don’t include watches in the outfit total, though. I don’t know why, I guess I see them like I see bags, as superfluous pieces that don’t really impact the look of the outfit that much.

Speaking of bags, among much of the things you haven’t seen that I wear constantly, is this Marc Jacobs-inspired French Bulldog design that you see on his loafers–but in bag form. I don’t know what crafty person thought to themselves, “Hey, the dog flats are a big seller, let’s make a bag version!”, but I am glad that kind of ingenuity exists. They’re cute, roomy as heck, attract compliments like poop attracts flies, and CHEAP!

ValleyGirl Magenta Coat, Temt Angora Beret, Specsavers Alex Perry Glasses, eBay ASOS replica Heart Print Blouse, ValleyGirl Grey Shift Dress, AliExpress Marc Jacobs Replica Dog Bag, Forever New Gold Bow Belt, Target Tights, Vintage Russian eBay D'Orsay Heels

Anyways, that’s all from me today–I’ll leave you guys with a photo of Hugo basking on our wet grass (thanks, dog) and a clip that inspired the title of today’s post. Does anyone recognize which famous children’s cartoon it belongs to? All you 90’s Australian kids will be hit with a wave of nostalgia, I promise you that!

Swedish Vallhund, Hugo

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?