I never wear turquoise! Is it my colour? I haven’t quite decided yet.

I’m still experimenting with my office style–trying to keep it somewhat work-appropriate but still unique to me. One of my workmates calls me the “office fashionista”, which is kind of nice, considering that they could be calling me the “office sideshow” with all the crazy-colourful ensembles that I’m trying to incorporate into my everyday workwear.

It’s hard to strike a balance when your office is so cold–I’ve taken to leaving a pink double-breasted tweed woollen coat I bought from the church jumble (for $5!) permanently attached to the back of my chair so I don’t have to carry a big pink coat around me wherever I go. Of course that means no matter how sombre and serious my outfit is, at some point during the day, I will be walking around in a bright pink oversized coat.

That being said, I think this outfit is a pleasant mix of serious and playful–I mean, just check out those heels! I haven’t been able to take them off my feet since I bought them.

As a bonus to today’s post, I decided to include a few pictures of Hugo goofing around with me. He can be such a photogenic dog sometimes. Of course, other times he’s just like his mommy with one eye half-closed and a derpy look on his face, but that’s just his lovable personality right there!

If you ever come to visit, ask him to give you a hi-ten. Stubby as his legs may be, those are his speciality.

What I wore:

  • Gold-Plated Bee BroochAliExpress, $2 (On special–I also bought the silver variety!)
  • Linen Pencil Dress – Kmart, $9
  • White Tassle Belt – Forever New (outlet), $6
  • Retro White Mary-Jane Heels – Salvation Army, $8

Simple, and classic. I didn’t give you an accessories rundown in the previous post so I made up any excuse to wear these shoes again so I could tell you about them! I got them from the Salvos a little while ago but the lining had fallen off so I’m not sure what brand they are. All I know is that they say size 7 on the bottom and yet they fit my size 8.5 feet perfectly and I can walk around in them for hours without getting sore. The most important characteristic in any shoes you own should be comfort factor. If they hurt my feet, I don’t buy them.

If you’ll allow me to rabble on about a different topic here, I am proud and excited to announce that I have officially finished sewing my first dress EVER! This is a pretty big step for me as I’ve been sewing for less than a year and have only recently jumped into using patterns. I’m hoping to feature it in my blog pretty soon, and also start compiling a list of resources for the thrifty seamstress–Places to buy fabric and other sewing-related paraphernalia on the cheap.

I’d love to get your feedback on it first though–For anyone who is looking to take up sewing, what’s something you struggle with most?


  1. This dress looks awesome on you! I think the turquoise shade looks great with your red hair. And hooray for sewing a dress too! I can’t wait to see it.

    I know what you mean about balancing office clothes with your personal style too. I liked to wear my usual load of color and pattern in “work appropriate” cuts. Like trousers and blouses and dresses without a lot of boobage.

    • Demi

      Thank you, Jamie! I’m lucky that my usual clothing doesn’t involve too much boobage, but I do struggle with hemlines… most of mine are still pretty high, haha. And I’m not 100% sold on pants quite yet! Maybe if ever I make my own..

  2. Jealous of your sewing prowess!! But, well done you :) That’s a huge achievement (and I now feel like I fully understand the weight of what I’m saying here ;) ). And turquoise looks great with your hair. My office is cold so at all times you’ll find me in my usual smart pencil skirt ensemble… with a massive picnic-blanket style scarf wrapped around the top half of my body, a la granny shawl. If it gets any worse I’m not taking my coat off!! CC x

    • Demi

      Haha, you’ll get there if you keep practising, I promise CiCi! :) I never thought of a large scarf.. I’ve always thought that maybe the coat I bring in is too bulky to move around in, maybe I’ll bring a large scarf instead! :D

      Do you get looks? I get looks. Everyone is dressed for the Hamptons and I’m in there bundled up like it’s the Arctic circle in my office.

  3. I WANT TO GIVE HUGO A HIGH TEN. No way is that dress $9, is it still at Kmart now? Me likey. Also me likey you.

    • Demi

      It might be! I only bought it a couple of months ago, although it was on clearance..

      Me likey you too. Come over so Hugo can give you a high ten.

  4. Love the combo and the golden bee sets it off perfectly. Agree with the shoes position. I had dropped $89 on a pair of Mimco kitten heels online, hung out desperately for their arrival (planning outfits around them as you do) and as soon as I put them on, I knew it was a no go. Back they went. Yet a $30 pair felt like butter!

    • Demi

      It’s crazy how it works like that sometimes! I know a lot of women are about style over comfort, but these are your feet, they keep you upright and walking your whole life, you gotta look after them, hey? :)

    • So true! I have commited to taking better care of my feet via my footwear choices for the last couple of years now and it’s nice to not be limping after a day in ridiculous heels.

    • Demi

      It does wonders for your posture, too, doesn’t it! :)

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