Pink and Purrrrrrrty

Pinky and Purrrty
 
I wore a navy dress on Monday with peachy pink shoes and a peach and navy fabric flower brooch. I bought the dress from Modcloth and hadn’t worn it yet as I just didn’t love it. I sized up, but the dress came with plenty of stretch so I could have probably gone a size down. It also was quite big around the shoulder and chest area (a common problem for me; seeing as if I order size 16/18 or 2XX I am supposed to have a large rack…uh, no).
Trolley Tour Dress in Navy
I finally decided I wanted to wear it to work as I was looking for something to wear with the bird print fabric brooch. I sighed as I got up and looked at the brooch, if only I had a plain navy dress to wear this with… hang on I do! (Occupational hazard of a female with over 80 dresses, you forget what you have!)
The dress looked cute with the brooch and shoes, as well as a peach bird print necklace – see below. But I was still not sure I loved my figure in the dress. Running out of time, I decided to go with it, it was only work anyway.
The dress was certainly comfy, a nice knee length and had pockets! So that made me feel better. Amazingly, I had 5 people compliment me on how I looked. It’s funny when you aren’t necessarily ‘feeling’ it but others ‘see’ it. And by ‘it’ – I mean that age old argument of look good, feel good, or is it feel good, look good? I certainly felt better about the dress after 5 compliments. I mean who wouldn’t?
West 4th Studio Noosa Heads and Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast | Long Chain Pendants:
Inspired by that look, I planned another outfit with the Modcloth dress, maybe this time with baby pink?
And cat accessories. Because cats always make things better.
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Autumn Favourites

Autumn Favourites

 

It’s Autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere and my Birthday was last week. Here are some of my favourite things lately, either purchased or received as birthday gifts.

I got three scarves for my Birthday. I always get scarves as they are new out in the shops when my Birthday rolls around. This year I got a pretty paisley print silk scarf from my family that was bought in New Zealand, a red die-cut stole from Glamour Hanger from my future in-laws, and a berry snood from Factorie.

Nutrimetics had a gift with purchase this month of a smokey eye shadow palette and its just the best, the perfect mix of colours (I have so many palettes but this one is my new favourite). I also scored a Rimmel scandal eyes shadow stick in Bad Girl Bronze for $5.

I wear black flats a lot and recently decided to upgrade to a better quality pair. I got a pair from Target Australia in there comfort range, and then couldn’t go past these cute aqua flats.

Loving my gifted insulated drink bottle from EarthCo. Keeps cold water cold for about 4 hours! The website says 12 hours, but its not that cold after 4. Plus the bottle does not get cold or wet on the outside. I am obsessed with drinking cold water so I love this. Also love my new Typo and Kmart plastic reusable bottles.

I have been on the search for a new denim jacket for about six months and scored this light weight, soft fabric one from Rockmans for $40! When I was in there I also picked up this lovely purple front tie top and another blouse style top with a yellow to orange gradient.

Blue Plaid

Blue Plaid
As I am spending the holiday season in the USA, it’s currently winter. Which I wasn’t quite prepared for when I left Sydney summer! But with the arctic winds blowing through Northern and Central California, I’m well aware winter has arrived.
I bought two scarves with me,  but I’m getting a little bored of them and might treat myself to a new one, maybe a nice plaid or buffalo print like this one! Still loving the blue and black theme, and on my recent trip to China I bought myself a lovely cobalt blue fedora hat with a black band and bow, so that will go nicely with a nice blue plaid scarf!
Here’s some I like:

Etsy scarf

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Obsessed with… Orange and Navy

Obsessed with... Orange and Navy Yes I’m STILL obsessed with these colours. Here is an almost version of what I wore today to work. I’ve moved from cobalt blue here to navy, which I think goes nicely with the orange.
I love wearing colour, and people often comment on that, ‘I love all your colours today’ etc. Sometimes I don’t feel I can pull it off though! 

Packing For Tasmania

I feel I am getting packing down to an art. I maximise space, roll roll roll those clothes and cleverly downsize toiletries, jewellery and shoes. For a 6 night ‘outdoorsy’ holiday, it’s less bar hopping and shopping and more lake liking and hiking.

Still trying to look cutesy and coordinated though!

Here’s the packing haul:

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When I travel I try to work around a colour scheme, so that all basics and accessories will match. For this trip I’ve gone with basic black and white with red and yellow.

Bottoms: Jeans, denim shorts, black cotton cargos, leggings, board shorts, denim skirt.

Tops: black singlets, yellow singlet, red singlet. Neon yellow zebra top, black patterned top, red long sleeved tee, yellow tee

For warmth: black sweater with red lips, black and yellow striped jumper, black love heart jacket.

Dresses: Butterfly multicoloured with sleeves, cotton spaghetti strapped in striped and red.

Shoes: Thongs, sneakers (for the day walks), cute flats and red kitten heels for dinners out.

Bags: Love my red Benneton suitcase, though it is a tight fit! Taking my gorgeous peach round picnic set and a striped bag for a handbag. Also taking a boring Reebok backpack (also for day trips), not pictured here.

And on my to do list:

Pick my own berries!                                               Check out the MONA

Swing high above the trees!                                        Marvel at nature!

See you when I get back!

The True Cost of Clothing

Hands up who likes shopping! Me! Now keep those hands up if you’ve made a fantastic expensive purchase that you loved at first site, but have never worn. Like NEVER. This item may or may not have the tag still attached. I have a few. Ok Several. But some were so uber cheap that not wearing them makes them even more valuable. Others hang in my closet, taunting me ‘Why won’t you wear me! I cost you hundreds of dollars!’ The cost of clothing can be more than just what appears on the price tag.

So I prefer to work on another version of clothing value, where the true cost of an item can be nutted out in a simple equation:

Price of Item divided by Number of Wears = True Clothing Cost.

Brilliant!  The more you wear, the cheaper it is!

My metallic pointy shoes as seen below (that always get a compliment) cost me a dollar. Yes, ONE DOLLAR.  Probably worn about 15 times, so the real cost is about less than 10 cents! When you get down to a dollar or under, the item becomes truly owned and you can stop dividing. So a skirt that cost me $180 that I have worn twice still costs $90, which for me is still too much. Once I’ve worn it ten times I’ll feel much better about parting with $180!

Now that gorgeous dress below, that I bought for $260 from a boutique in The Strand Arcade, Sydney has never been worn. It’s so cute but when I put it on I feel like a hippopotamus. Sometimes a hippopotamus on the roof eating cake (Gee I loved that book). So that dress still cost me $260!  I hang on to it as I think it will look much better after my my 20 kilo loss (18 to go!).

And finally my rainbow moonstone earrings that I paid 18 pounds for from Whitby, UK have been worn so many times that in any currency, they’ve paid for themselves!