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 UpASOS, $22 (they had a crazy 20% off Christmas special)
  • Patent Wine MaryJane Heels – Zu, $30

Total: $78.00

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.


  1. That jacket!! *___* The ric-rac (is that the name for the squiggly stuff? haha I don’t know) is incredible. Also IS THAT YOUR DOG because it’s the cutest, ohhh! Is it a malamute? Husky? (I’m bad with dog breeds)

    • Demi

      Hi Annika!! :D (I don’t know what the squiggly stuff was but I utterly adore it too)

      Hugo is my dog! :) He’s a different breed altogether actually, a really old and uncommon breed called a Swedish Vallhund. It’s like a Husky with little stubby legs. I love him so muuuuch <3 He sometimes likes to photobomb my photoshoots, haha.

    • Just spent 15 minutes looking up baby swedish vallhund’s on google :’) CUTEST DOGS EVER. Please give him a hug from me!

    • Demi

      Swedish Vallhund pups are freaking adorable, Hugo looked like a little raccoon when he was young, I found that super cute! He appreciates the hug and returns the sentiment with a round of kneecap licking.

    • Demi

      Thanks, Carol! I think the brooch makes every outfit look just so amazing :)

    • Demi

      It’s really nice to finally have something sailor-themed in my wardrobe after all these years, too! :D

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