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

 

Summer Stripes

Another day, another outfit post! I feel like I’m always talking about the weather on here but HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEWS? Apparently it’s been the hottest weather for this time of year for about a decade or something. So basically for me this means my face melting off onto my dress as I walk to the bus, followed by getting snap-frozen inside the bus, then melted as I wait for my second bus, and resume freezing on the next round of public transport. Between the continual freezing and thawing between locations, it means that by the time I’ve actually arrived in the office, I have a neat collection of sweat icicles growing from the tip of my nose and earlobes.

So yes, in case you were wondering, that’s why I don’t look so impressed in the above photo. It’s hot, it’s stinky, and I can’t wait to get out of my clothes at the end of the day.

I do love this dress. It’s not the first time I’ve worn it, and I’m definitely considered a–gasp!–serial outfit offender, but this is a different twist on it considering it’s way too hot to wear it with anything layered underneath. The sorbet colours are perfect for Summer though, and my Alyssa Milano glasses match perfectly with this outfit! (Not that I seem to care about matching that much anymore–these have basically become my standard pair for everyday use.)

What I wore:

  • Black and Gold Bee Brooch – Lovisa, $3.30
  • Five Crosses Belt – Colette, $6
  • City Dressing Ponte Dress – Target, $49
  • Gold Mesh Lorus Watch – Graduation gift
  • Basque Heels – Myer, $37.50

Total: $95.80

On another note, since I’ve started sewing clothing for myself, I’ve noticed how weird this dress is. The darts are inside out. Why are they inside out, dress designer, why?? The concept of darts on the outside confuses me so much that I’ve considered unpicking them and popping them back in. And then I remember how lazy I am and that plan goes right through the window.

Like a Librarian

(Sing the title in your head like the opening of “Walk Like an Egyptian”)

Do you ever have one of those days where you wake up, throw something on, look in the mirror, and wonder if your fashion instincts are trying to tell you something? No? Just me?

If my instincts could talk, with this getup, I’m fairly sure that they’d be telling me to quit my day job and become a librarian.

A sexy librarian.

A Russian librarian.

I don’t know where I’m going with this, it’s Summer and I live in Australia and the heat has gotten to me.

Yet, I find myself in this strange, perplexing position of having to dress like I live in the Northern Hemisphere and ride my Vallhund-driven sled into work every morning. Alright, I may be exaggerating there, but it’s true that I had long forgotten how cold it is having an office job. I didn’t think I shared any genetic code with lizards, but I’m starting to think I have cold-blooded ancestors somewhere along the line, because coworkers be rocking up in to the office in tank tops and shorts and I’m dressed up in woolen coats and tights like I’m in the bloody Ice Capades.

That brings me to this vest! I made wore this ensemble so that I could say with the utmost confidence that the purchase of this children’s Fair Isle knitted vest with faux sheepskin trimming was absolutely worthwhile and not in fact a huge waste of $17.60. Yes, you see, I have worn it with two outfits, therefore it was a financially sound decision, let’s go with that.

(Seriously guys, give me some ideas on what the hell to wear with this thing, it’s too cute to stay buried in my closet.)

A couple of other cool purchases recently are the cherry hair clips and the rainbow-woven wool jacquard pencil skirt I got from Endeavour Retail.

It looks like a mottled brown from a distance but it’s actually black with thousands of different colours woven through it. It’s the perfect shape, fit, and length, and I had to have it. Ever go absolutely nuts for something you see in a shop, but it, and invariably find out that it matches with next to nothing in your closet? Welcome to my life, filled with fantasy pieces that would make a vintage collector squeal that I never get to wear because I don’t have the right shoes or the right handbag or the right belt.

Some would say this is very anal behaviour, but try telling that to someone who has a collection of over 50 different types of belts..

Speaking of belts though, I love love love this one here. It’s never really been featured here because the closing mechanism has annoyed the crap out of me. This belt had rivets in the back and they were facing OUTWARDS instead of inwards. So the damned end that I had to pin on top instead of tucking underneath would just go flippity floppity all over my outfit if I didn’t adjust it to the very loosest setting. Major kudos to my blog photographer Robert for somehow magically removing those blasted things so I could screw in some removable rivets that faced inwards instead. It’s my minor rant of the day but still something that plagued me for months nonetheless (such a first-world problem, I’m sorry..).

What I wore:

  • Touch by Alyssa Milano 102 Black Pink Glasses – c/o Clearly
  • Black and White Striped Cherry Hair ClipAliExpress, 50c (Lots more colours, and with bananas too)
  • ASOS Double Collar Blouse – eBay, $10 (Old purchase, similar here for $6)
  • Jacquard Vest with Sherpa Trim – Target Kids, $17.60
  • Trent Nathan Wine Patent Leather Bow Belt – Myer, $7.50
  • Kara Rainbow Woven Jacquard Skirt – Endeavour Retail, $12.95
  • Patent Wine MaryJane Heels – Zu, $30

Total: $78.55

Anyways, coming up soon on Carbon Chic is another refashion tutorial, and BIG BIG news–I’m going on a road trip to Sydney on the weekend to visit Annika of The Pineneedle Collective! I’m naturally very excited about this, and can’t wait to share all the little crafting, sewing, and thrifting adventures that we’re planning. For someone who has pretty much never left Brisbane, this trip is going to be amazing in more ways than one, I’m sure! To keep track of my adventure in Sydney and all my other adventures, check back here and on my Instagram account–It’s going to be a busy place over the weekend!

Working Girl

My mother celebrated the news of my recent employment most, between the both of us, and proudly dubs me her “working girl” now–Forgetting the fact that I’ve been running my own freelance business for a while now.. nothing but an office job counts as work, of course.

For those of you who don’t know–yay, I got a job!

Like mother, like daughter, we were both thrown into the charity sector and found it’s a really great environment to thrive in. Now that I’m working for MS Australia as a digital fundraising coordinator, I really see what all the hype is about. It’s nice working in a truly rewarding environment like this one, fuelled by cheery dispositions and a cause to follow. I’ve only been at work for three days but I’m enjoying it immensely–enough work to prevent me from being bored, enough variety in my work so I can learn new things every day, no underlying office politics or gossiping (was it gossip-y of me to make note of that?), and parking right outside the building (which came in super handy yesterday when Brisbane was overrun by a torrential storm–I only got a little bit drenched when I ran to my car). It’s a working girl’s dream come true!

So with the new job and all, that means there’s good news and bad news for this blog.

The bad news is that a 9-5 job means less opportunity for blogging. Although to be frank and fair, my time-management skills with this blog haven’t been the greatest so far anyways.

The good news is that I’ve taken a radical DIY shift and will be posting up more sewing tips and easy tutorials than ever before as I build myself a bespoke wardrobe, including a DIY project coming up very soon! Won’t that be fun?

(Of course the even better news is that I can keep my current photographer, so you’re going to be seeing more of these lovely shots in my upcoming posts.)

Now a bit about my outfit–I bought this Dolina Petites cobalt pencil skirt ages ago from my local Salvation Army superstore for about $6 and it’s one of the better pencil skirts I own. Unfortunately, with the unprecedented weight loss that followed The Break-Up, it’s slightly too loose around my waist–nothing a belt can’t fix though, right?

The rare cobalt-toned occasions also mean that I get to bust out my Lovisa bee ring–you know I’m a sucker for perfectly coordinated outfits. I pronounce myself Mayor of Matchy-Matchy Town and I don’t care!

What I wore:

  • Touch by Alyssa Milano 102 Black Pink Glasses – c/o Clearly
  • Studded White Sleeveless Blouse – Target, c/o Mission Australia
  • Five Crosses Belt – Colette, $6
  • Gold Mesh Lorus Watch – Graduation gift (buy here)
  • Cobalt, Black & Gold Bee Ring – Lovisa, $3.33
  • Dolina Petite’s Woven Cobalt Pencil Skirt – Salvation Army, $6
  • Black Kidskin Leather Heels – Mascotte, $40

Total: $55.33

Anyways, that’s all for today–Thank-you to everyone who wished me luck with my job-hunting prospects (it clearly paid off) and see you soon!

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..