Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Striped Perfection

In the past three months I have bought four stripey t-shirts. I'm a tad obsessed at finding the perfect one, but this my friends, may be it...

Perfect capped sleeves, perfect stripe size, perfect stretchy fabric, perfect fit, it's got everything I've been looking for! As with all of my wardrobe staples, I found it lurking in the racks at Vinnies for $4 and have worn it every second day since I brought it home.

I wore this outfit on a date with the boyfriend. It's a pretty fail-safe look, you can't really go wrong with black, white and red. I treat leopard print like a neutral and wear it with anything and everything, so these new booties are a favourite and I can finally fit them on to my fat foot. (I literally bought them the same day I sprained my ankle and have been dying to wear them for three weeks!).


Also debuting on the blog for the first time (well first time actually wearing it) is my amazing vintage Calvin Klein jacket. It's so slouchy and big it makes me feel like a 90's detective or something.

T-shirt: Op Shop
Skirt: Vintage, Paris Op Shop
Jacket: Calvin Klein, Op Shop
Boots: Nine West 

 P.S This is Coat Post number 2!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Too Many Jackets

Yesterday it was finally cold enough to warrant wearing a coat. A light weight one, but still... A COAT! I was excited to wear my linen plaid blazer with it's DIY fur collar. I bought this blazer from an op shop a few months ago with the specific intention of adding a fur collar using this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. As I was in the process of making the collar I was certain that it wasn't going to work. I was covered in fur and string and calico and I couldn't get the shape around the neck right, it looked like a disaster, but it actually turned out pretty great. I was quite impressed with myself.

While wearing my fabulous blazer yesterday I did a little op shopping at the behest of a friend who was desperate for some new things in her wardrobe. I was purely doing it for her, I wasn't going to buy anything for myself (hahaha)... but I did buy myself something. I bought another winter coat. It's a jewel green, 100% wool, calf length vintage master piece and I couldn't leave it at the Good Sammies in Yangebup, I just couldn't.

When I got home I found myself trying to jam it into my wardrobe without my boyfriend seeing and I realised I have a slight coat problem. I counted 33 pieces of clothing that fall in to the jacket/coat/blazer family. 33! That's a stupid number considering I live in Perth, but I just love coats! They are probably my favourite item of clothing and there are SO many amazing vintage ones to be found.

So as a little challenge for myself, I pledge to wear and blog about every single one of my coats between now and the start of Spring. The coats that I don't wear and blog about will be going to the Salvos in September. So I've got 129 days to wear and blog 33 coats... easy! This post can count as number one. 

Blazer: Op Shop
Collar: Home made by me
T-Shirt: Portmans
Denim Shorts: Op Shop
Belt: Op Shop
Bag: Ted Baker, Op Shop
Shoes: Converse (I still can't fit in to any of my nice shoes) 
Sunglasses: Ray Bans

Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter Outfit

I've been the worst blogger recently and I hate it. My ankle is officially ruined* and I can't move very fast, so outfit pictures are super difficult to acquire. Luckily I managed to convince my sweet brother to take a few shots of me before our family Easter lunch yesterday. The photo shoot lasted all of 40 seconds, but at least I got a few decent snaps of my fabulous new vintage dress (yes my op-shop ban has been disbanded)

I bought this hand made vintage dress on Saturday when I was looking for a door stop for mum. I couldn't find a door stop but I did manage to spy this silk beauty hiding in the racks. I've been looking for a dress like this for ages, it may surprise you to know that I don't actually have any this shape, so it's been my mission to track a fitted vintage dress in a bright print that I can wear with cardigans. 

I've seen a million of this style of dress on Etsy, but I still haven't quite got my head around paying so much money for vintage. I know it's rare and beautiful and bla bla bla, but I manage to find perfectly good vintage clothing in op shops for roughly $6 a piece, so I don't know if I can bring my self to shell out so much for something I can find at the Salvos if I just have a good rummage (plus rummaging is half the fun!).

This is the first time in two weeks that I have been able to wear a matching pair of shoes and that's mainly because these sandals are one size to big for me, so the right one just managed to squeeze on to my swollen foot. Ordinarily I'd be wearing this dress with a fabulous pair of wedges, but alas, it'll be another 6 weeks (choke!) before I can wear heels again.

Dress: Vintage, Op Shop
Brooch: Op Shop
Sandals: Witner, Op Shop

*by ruined I mean that I've ruptured a ligament and may or may not need surgery. sad face. 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Life Recently

I'm currently couch ridden with a busted ankle thanks to volleyball and have been struck with the urge to amp up my blogging game. Unfortunately I can't really move, let alone bounce back and forth between the front and back of my camera taking outfit shots. So this is what I've been up to lately....   
Eating the most delicious strawberry cheesecake in honor of my housemates birthday

Cooking hardly anything due a super busy few weeks and an empty fridge
 Drinking too much Chalkies coffee (the best in Freo)

Watching Sex and the City, being chained to the couch with a swollen ankle does have it's advantages!
Shopping at Gorman, I really could have done without discovering this awesome Aussie brand
  Buying shoes (always)
Wearing cardigans and brogues again! Hooray for Autumn
 Reading trashy magazines 

Browsing the ASOS sale and resisting the urge to buy more coats
This picture is from last winter, it's one of my favourite outfits that I've put on the blog. Black and white stripes with pops of primary colours is such a classic look for me and one that I repeat over and over again. I just need to get around the ironing that skirt again!
Top: Op Shop
Jacket: Op Shop
Brooch: Op Shop
Scarf: Vintage Bill Blass, Op Shop
Skirt: Vintage from Berlin 

Friday, 4 April 2014


So you know this post where I talked about dressing professionally? Well I got that job! It must have been my fabulous interview outfit! I get the feeling that my new work environment will not be so casual about the dress code, so I only have a few weeks left of dressing however I like for work, and I need to make the most of it!

This is the full circle skirt I made just before Christmas. I love the gingham print, but I didn’t do the best job with the sewing, so it looks decidedly home-made. That being said I can’t bear to part with it just yet as I made it with my own hands, so it got a second outing to the office last week.

Something tells me that denim and midriffs aren’t going to be acceptable work attire in my new office. Luckily my current workplace is by the beach, so the fact I’m wearing wedges and not thongs is really all I need to have an ‘office appropriate’ look. 

I really love this little denim top, I’ve already worn it plenty of times on the blog and I’ll be sad to retire it over winter. It makes every outfit a little bit ‘country’ and I’ve got no problem with that! All I need to do it swap out my wedges for cowboy boots and I’d be ready for a hoe down (whatever that is!)

Also check out my amazing new bangle! It was my present to myself for getting a new job. I found it at a great consignment store in Applecross, Two by One. The flower shape is so perfect and I have literally been wearing it everyday since I bought it.

Top: DKNY, Op Shop
Skirt: Homemade
Scarf: Op Shop
Wedges: Seed (on super sale after Christmas!)
Bangle: Sonia Rykiel, Two by One