Monday 27 January 2014

Hot Hot Heat

One of the things I really wanted to focus on when planning my outfits this year was accessories. I have a huge variety of accessories that I don't really wear because I either forget about them or don't know how to incorporate them in to my everyday style. I'm trying really hard at the moment to be a bit more exciting and unpredictable with my outfits, but MAN it is hot right now! No one wants to wear a whole heap of unnecessary stuff when the temperature creeps higher than 37 for several days in a row.

This little hibiscus print dress is super light and easy to wear. I originally layered on some bracelets and a sparkly necklace, which did look great. But even at 7am when I was taking these pictures I felt hot and uncomfortable with all that resin (bangles) and metal (necklace) clinging to my skin. So I ditched the jewels and threw on a head scarf instead. So while this outfit isn't exactly a great example of accessorising, I was pretty pleased with the over all look and most importantly I managed to stay cool in the hot hot heat. 

I bought this dress for $3.50 at Anglicare in Canningvale and it just so happens to perfectly match my vintage Oroton scarf, don't you love it when that happens? My wedges are one of the three pairs of shoes I got in the after-Christmas sales. They are from Seed and cost me a whooping $15. Did you find any bargains in the sales? 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Seeing Spots

Spots are the best! Seriously. They are definitely my favourite print. I love mixing and matching them and wearing them in unexpected ways. This outfit isn't particularly ground breaking, but I do love how preppy and polished it looks (shame my hair had to ruin the overall effect!). 

Also you have to check out my shoes. You know a few weeks ago when I said I was hungover and bought shoes to make myself feel better? Well these babies were my medicine! Black and white stripes are so classic and clean, they are an interesting shoe, but not so wild that they won't go with lots of different things. Plus the pointy toe is very on-trend right now.

I wear a lot of bold primary colours and prints which I break up with either black or white, so these shoes will work well in my wardrobe. I have endless ideas about how to style them. I wore this outfit to the office and unfortunately these amazing slingbacks were perhaps a tiny bit too high to be tottering around my work all day. But that's OK, I'll save them for occasions more exciting than work. 

My spotty skirt and top and pink clutch are all op-shopped, they were all around the $5 mark, which suits me just fine! I have been on the look out for a fuchsia clutch for awhile and this envelope one is the perfect size to fit all my stuff. My shoes are from Witner and were on sale for $35! So ridiculous!

P.S Have a happy Australia Day tomorrow! I am making an awesome on-theme top to wear, so if it works out OK I'll share it next week.

Thursday 23 January 2014

Jump-suited Up

I've mentioned it a few times on this blog, but I find it amazing how much what I'm wearing can affect my mood. Do you ever find that? If I'm feeling sick or a bit sad then nothing makes me feel more like my usual happy self than a fun outfit or a bright lipstick. It's almost like my clothes are willing me back to normal. 

I op-shopped this jumpsuit a few weeks before Christmas and hadn't been brave enough to wear it yet. So when I woke up last Wednesday morning feeling a bit off, I knew the one thing to pull me out of my funk was this bright patchwork printed beauty. 

I've always been a bit weary of jumpsuits, I've got a long body so most never fit me correctly (hello camel toe!) and even when I find them that do look flattering, I have never actually been confident enough to wear one. When I found this one hiding in the dress section of Fremantle Salvos I figured it was worth a try for $7. And I am SO GLAD I took it home! I seriously felt like I was wearing my pyjamas all day long. Super comfy and so stretchy, it is the perfect outfit for when you want to look pulled together but also remain insanely comfortable. 

My lovely new Ray Ban aviators, op-shopped hat, Hobbs wedges and Dinosaur Designs bangle pulled the whole look together. This outfit was my first little attempt at following my style resolutions and dressing out of my comfort zone. It's not totally pushing my boundaries, but it was a great start and I can't wait to experiment a bit more!

Sunday 19 January 2014

Style Resolutions

Happy New Year! I'm not one to make new years resolutions (and certainly not one to stick to them!) but I thought that making some 'style resolutions' might be a good way to make sure my blog content and wardrobe are a bit more interesting this year. As much as it may seem like I'm always wearing different clothes, I actually have a pretty safe formula and I don't mix it up that often. So without further ado I present my 2014 style resolutions which will hopefully help me step out of my comfort zone and start really experimenting with fashion...

Wear more accessories! And wear them in unexpected ways
Find new ways to wear and style my favourite pieces
Try different makeup (winged eye liner isn't the only option!)
Learn to wear pants


I'm excited to start playing around with different looks. Hopefully these style resolutions will keep me on the right track and I won't fall back in to the continuous routine of skirt, tie top, brooch again (although I do love that combo!).

My outfit in these pictures is actually ticking off the last of my 4 Simple Goals! I made this full circle skirt just before Christmas. It cost $14 for the fabric, trim and zip and took me about 1.5 hours to make. I did enjoy making something from scratch and the endless fabric options at Spotlight are extremely exciting, I'll definitely be attempting to make a few more things this year. My knit top is from Flower, brooch and belt are op shopped and my espadrilles are from eBay. 

Happy New Year! Do you have any resolutions (stylish or otherwise)?