Repeating that mantra to myself over and over, it’s getting easier and easier to believe in it each time.

Apologies in advance for some of the grainy images, Robert took these shots just after I got home from work and the sun had almost dipped beyond the horizon. These fleeting moments were gathered just before the last light left Brisbane for the day.

If you live in Brisbane, you’ll know all about the devastating thunderstorm that wreaked havoc throughout my city on Thursday night, devastating everything in its path. I have never seen hailstones so big in my entire life, with cricket-ball sized stones pelting the town into submission. Several friends of mine have damaged cars, flooded apartments, and I’m only just coming to terms with my own losses from the storm.

I’m not gonna talk too much about it, but suffice to say that I’ve been very upset about it since Thursday. Everyone’s talk of “Oh you’re safe, that’s all that matters”, as well-intentioned as they were, was truly not comforting at all, and I got quite distressed every time someone blasted off that trite piece of baloney when I told them how upset I was over my loss. Just let me grieve!

I know grieving over material objects is stupid and pointless and possibly even quite vain of me, especially when other people lost so much more, but I can’t help but feel the pain from my own loss too. There being other people in the world who are worse-off than me does not make my pain and suffering any less valid, and I’ve always believed that and tried to explain this to others who felt guilty over being sad about something.

Anyways, we shall not dwell on that for the rest of this post. I had this photoshoot right after work because I wanted to show off the new skirt I made–Considering it’s the first time I’ve ever sewn from a pattern, I think it turned out pretty great! For those curious, I used a heavily modified version of Vogue 5376, with sloping sides, a back vent and additional belt loops. I grabbed the fabric from the remnants bin for a couple of dollars for practice and decided that even though it’s not colour I wear very often, it’s definitely a very wearable piece! It needs a good iron after sitting down for 8 hours, but I still love it.

I’m still desperately trying to cling onto any cool weather that’s left before it gets unbearably hot, so this is probably the last time this year that you’ll see this awesome flag-printed blouse.

What I wore:

  • Collette Dinnigan Glasses – c/o Specsavers
  • Flag-Printed Blouse – eBay, $11.50 (Available on AliExpress for $10)
  • Tan Belt – ASOS, free with a dress
  • Green Pencil Skirt – DIY, $1.80
  • Country Road Tan Leather Heels – eBay Auction, $6

Total: $19.30 – Which is a stupid total because you can only really buy one of the things I’m wearing here currently. Sorry!

Anywho, that’s all from me this week – Keep the people in Brisbane who have lost their homes and cars in your thoughts, and I’ll get back to you soon with another little DIY before you know it!


  1. Very sorry to hear about your losses CarbonChic. Clothes are very important to me also and I attach a lot of memories to them; what I was doing, who I was with etc when I wore them. I would be devastated if something happened to my wardrobe. Remember F Scott Fitzgerald- The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. It’s perfectly okay to be upset about your possessions while maintaining an awareness about the troubles of others. I hope that you feel better soon. Be good to yourself.

    • Demi

      Thanks for your lovely reply, Jess. I didn’t actually lose any clothing–I lost something far more expensive/valuable than clothing unfortunately =\ Although I would have been devastated if the damage had extended into my wardrobe too.

  2. The lighting in these photos is really gorgeous, I love the print on your blouse too :)

    That storm was INSANE and I swear it came out of nowhere! I’d just got home from work and it was a beautiful sunny afternoon and I went to have a nap…when I got a frantic call from my father in law saying a massive storm was about to hit and to make sure we’ve got the animals inside and the windows locked. I thought he was bluffing – because he is always overcautious about storms and almost decided to ignore his call….and then I went outside to quickly check on the guinea pigs and watched as their really heavy wooden hutch was picked up, ripped in half and flung against the neighbors fence! The guinea pigs were okay…but I’ve never seen winds so strong! We were very lucky, but I have friends who’s homes were destroyed and property damaged, it’s awful, especially as its getting close to Christmas now. I hope this will be the only bad storm this season….

    • Demi

      Thank you, and I’m so glad to hear that your guinea pigs are alright :)

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