Raspberry Beret

Brrr, it’s cold in here!

Do you ever get that feeling where you’re just bemoaning the current season and then the next season hits you like a tonne of bricks and you’re suddenly bussing to work under 700 layers of clothing and the large, heavy woolen coats you’ve been wearing in your heavily air-conditioned environment suddenly make sense to people around you?

On the bright side, when I walk into the communal kitchen wearing ugg boots (I swear this is the only time I wear them, I swear!) and an oversized pink wool-blend tweed coat I picked up from a clothing jumble for $5 (woohoo!), people now sympathise with me (“Yes, quite cold outside, isn’t it?”) instead of giving me looks normally reserved for mentally deranged homeless people (all those side-eyes, I tell you what).

And now I have an excuse to dip back into my glorious coat collection!

This may also be the Winter of funky tights. Possibly. I haven’t decided whether these bright pink tights make me feel fabulous or ridiculous, but I’m somewhere in that zone.

How brilliantly do they match this jacket, though? When Kmart was selling a bunch of colour-blocked tights for 20c a pack, I couldn’t resist buying a pair in all three colours, and then I proceeded to shove them into a corner of my cupboard, never to be seen again until a year later, and here they are. My legs won’t be cold today, no sir.

What I wore:

  • Alex Perry Glasses – c/o Specsavers
  • Cream Angora Beret with Black Sequin Bow – Temt, $10
  • White Flocked Polka Dot Blouse – Target, $10
  • Girls’ Black Ponti Dress – Target, $15
  • Black and White Bow Belt – Mascotte, $6
  • Gold Mesh Lorus Watch – Graduation gift (similar here)
  • 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)
  • Opaque Magenta Tights – Kmart, 20c
  • Jo Mercer “Hooch” Mary Jane Heels – The Iconic, $60

Total: $116.20


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?

Bohemian Like You

I don’t dip into this end of the fashion spectrum much, but I’ve been told that army green is about the only green colour that looks okay on me, and you’ve gotta try something new every once in a while at least. My bangs are growing out due to laziness with making the trip back to the Brisbane School of Hairdressing, so it seemed appropriate, anyways.

This post serves a dual purpose in that it shows off one of my new bargain buys–The green parka coat from Kmart that I snagged for $19! Of course, it came straight from the children’s section, where to my dismay, I found that they had stopped stocking size 16 on their shelves. The horror. THE HORROR. Luckily, size 14 didn’t fit too badly, but due to my longer arms and curvy hips, I would have definitely felt more comfortable in a size up.


Here’s the rundown for the interested:

Green Trench/Parka Jacket – Kmart Kids, $19

Bunny Bow Locket Necklace – eBay, $1.50

Digital Floral Print Dress – Dotti, $15 (I think it’s technically a tapestry print, but nerdy Mr Michael is adamant that they’re pixel flowers)

Bronze Watch – Mum’s, vintage

Raccoon/”Fox” Photo RingeBay, $3.50 (There are so many cute animals to choose from that I had a hard time settling for just the raccoon!)

Belt – Dotti, $6.95

Mini Suedette Satchel Bag – Cosmetics Plus, $5 (Bought this years ago when they were relocating in Carindale and it’s served me faithfully for such a cheapie–I think they had 75% off all stock during the final days of the sale or something?)

Boots – Target, $25 (I bought these babies over a year ago and they have held up really, really well for pleather shoes–so glad I also bought them in black)

Total: $75.95

Super cool for a super warm outfit! I’ve been truthfully looking for a long-length hooded parka for a while, but all the adult stores seem to absolutely insist on stocking parkas that are single-layer canvas sort of deals–they don’t feel warm at all to me–and I’m not about to drop $50 or more on a jacket that will offer no insulation during Winter. It’s only Autumn and I feel the toes on my feet shriveling up half a size already! Luckily, all the children’s parkas I seem to come across are heavily padded, and I’m even moreso lucky that I can actually fit in some of them. Target has a similar kid’s parka for $39 at the moment, but laying it side-by-side with my Kmart parka, the sleeves seem to be slightly shorter on that one, so for this gangly-armed frugalista, it’s a bit of a dealbreaker. Still, would probably be very good for the petite girls out there who need a warm coat for Winter!

Has anyone gone to Target after my last Target-based post? Every time I go there now, I pick up some more stockings for myself (I’m sorry!) so I’m hoping that other frugalistas are having just as much luck as I am!


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!

Mint Condition

Picture overload!! I know, I know, you must be thoroughly sick of seeing my mint jeans. I can’t help it though, I’m completely mint-mad! Every time I find an outfit that wouldn’t work well with black or blue jeans, I reach for my good ol’ mint pair. Unlike the other mint-paired outfits, this is a very neutral outfit, which comes just in time for the trend of neutrals sweeping into Australia for Spring. Neutrals and pastels can be paired quite successfully! On that note as well, navy makes a good substitute for black as far as neutrals are concerned.

These shoes were a special buy; I bought them in the Payless Shoes sale with the wine heels in my previous lookbook post, but unlike those heels, these are 100% leather and cushiony to boot! The name on the box says “Ezywalkin”, and it ain’t lying. Another thing I like about these suede shoes is that while they’re actually black, they can be worn with dark navy accessories too, because in different lights, the color of these shoes change from blue to black. Pretty neat, huh??

Here’s the rundown:

Burnt Orange Wool Hat – Dotti DFO, $10

Bow Neck Top – Mix Apparel (Coles), $12

Gold Studded BraceleteBay, $2

Gold Cat Ring – Colette, $2 (some still left)

Black Ponyhair Duffel – Target, $13 (down from $39, sale on now!)

Oversized Navy Leather Belt – Mum’s, vintage.. it used to be navy but it’s been worn so much by my mum that it’s turned more black!

Mint Jeans – Kmart, $15

Ezywalkin Leather Heels – $29 (down from $59, sale still on!)

Total: $83, including the bag and all-leather shoes. I’d been waiting for the bag to come on sale for quite a while now–When it dropped to $22, I analyzed the amount of stock left in stores over the period of a couple of weeks to calculate the depletion rate of the bag and I found that the bag was selling so slowly that it was bound to go on sale yet again, and my patience paid off (but then again, it usually does)! There’s also a leopard-printed panel version (I snapped up that one too) on sale too, right now, so head on over to the Target end of season clearance sale and check it out. So many bags. SO MANY BAGS. I struggled to walk away with only 3, but frugalistas are supposed to have limits, you know!