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.
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:
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:
See you when I get back!
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!