I’m obnoxiously delighted with my latest purchases. Have you ever bought something on a whim only to later discover how much you love it and consequently wear said item as though it’s going out of fashion? (No, only me?)
A little while ago, I was strolling through the Chandler Markets with Danny and we came across a darling little tent selling some very nice boutique-inspired apparel (for very reasonable prices as well, I only lament the utter lack of changing rooms in the establishment). Before leaving, I had a glance at their jewelry table, and among the usual assortment of Chinese-made wares that make appearances in stores such as Diva, Lovisa and AliExpress, I came across an utterly beautiful brooch. To say I am partial to insect jewelry is a bit of an understatement–I couldn’t bear to leave without it.
Long story short: you’ll be seeing a lot of this giant insect brooch from now on. Can any budding entomologists hazard a guess to the species? Danny says cicada, but my guess is some kind of wasp–I honestly can’t tell.
Another purchase I’m particularly proud of is this nautical-themed short-sleeved jacket from the Salvation Army. Greedily I snatched it from the sale rack like a bling-starved Smeagol with not a clue on how to style it, but I knew I had to have it.
Here’s the rundown of my outfit:
- Giant Insect Brooch – Chandler Markets, $5
- White Pleated Blouse – Target, a gift from MA
- Brandless Nautical Short-Sleeved Jacket – Salvation Army, $8.50
- Wine/Gold Pyramid Bangle – Myer, $3.50
- Gold Watch – AliExpress, $6 (Available in different colours)
- Wine Patent Waist Belt – Kmart, $3
- Belted Shorts With Turn Up – ASOS, $22 (they had a crazy 20% off Christmas special)
- Patent Wine MaryJane Heels – Zu, $30
This may be a bit of a stretch, but styled with matching shorts and a corporate blouse with a belt cinching my waist, I almost feel like I’m wearing a vintage-feel Chanel-inspired Summer suit, and I love it. This would be something I would adore wearing to work, alas, if they only allowed me!
That’s something new, by the way–I’ve recently obtained a job at one of my favorite shoe stores, Mascotte.
Yep, I’m back into retail.
I will go into further detail in a future post, but for now, it’s suffice to say that the design industry was wearing me down to the bone. Work is now an absolute pleasure for me–There’s never a dull moment, and I find the overall experience far more rewarding than being cooped up in frigid office environments with little more to do than stare at a blank screen for hours on end.
I may return to my design roots, I may not–I may one day find a way to combine the two (that would be the best of both worlds), or maybe I’ll be a shop girl for the rest of my life. I know this is not what I’ve been planning for through all those years of studying in uni, but what can I say? I just want to be happy, and I don’t care what anyone else has to say about it.