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


Carbon Copies V

Today we’re dipping our toe into the world of online lingerie. When you have a boyfriend, you generally dress to impress, but does this mean you need to spend a mint? No, you don’t! There are countless retailers in Australia who sell lingerie, costumes and stocking of all shapes and sizes, but if you’re well-acquainted to the world of eBay, you’ll know most of these places are complete rip offs! The best place to get cheap lingerie that you just want to wear long enough to get ripped off (hur hur) is of course eBay. But don’t be fooled! As I keep telling people all the time (they never listen), it’s not all garbage. I’ve only included a few examples here that I’ve noted are particular targets for overpricedness, and the costume is a bit of a lulz (you know how hard it was to find an inexpensive Alice in Wonderland costume for my party?? I ended up using wardrobe items to make it instead).

(All prices include shipping (because shipping costs can be darn costly!).)

1. Beer Wench Women’s Costume, $70 | eBay,$22

2. Firehosiery Back Seam Tights, $27 | eBay, $10

3. Lace Hold-Up Tights, $37 | eBay, $5.50

4. Diamante Corset, $34 | eBay, $12

5. Sweetheart Corset, $35 | eBay, $10

6. Polka Dot Corset, $36 | eBay, $15

With all of the above corsets, the eBay link is the identical version (and I’m serious when I say identical, not just a replica) and usually available in many different colours and sizes (so convenient!). I’ve bought all of these sort of things from eBay before (not the exact product, but category-wise, I mean) and the quality is usually good enough for something that you’re not really going to be wearing every day. Tights from eBay are fine, though I am very meticulous with my tights and I take care of them really well, though I know people who buy the expensive pairs because they think they’ll snag less easily or something. Not true, I’ve been through them all and they all eventually get ruined one way or another! As for the corsets, I bought a few of them from eBay and was surprised at how good-quality they were. Practically any corset you can find on CorsetsAU for an exorbitant amount you can find on eBay for much, much less. This is especially true for “fashion” corsets and not those genuine waist-trainers and whatnot. For ordinary use for average figures, most people don’t need steel-boned corsets (this may not be true for the well-endowed though, so beware!).

Lingerie and intimates not to buy on eBay mostly include non-brand-name underwear and bras–eBay China makes clothing for their “builds”, so they’re usually XXS or something crazy that won’t fit Western girls. All other things are fair game. Nobody’s worn them, they’re all packed straight from a warehouse and just need a wash before wearing. So don’t be scared of them!