I do like to shop… and I do like to travel, so shopping while travelling is a win win situation for me. Especially when amazing bargains can be found.
The only dilemma is carrying what you buy. My bags get so stuffed it is impossible to carry them! Oh and if you have the unfortunate debacle of having a backpack stolen. True story for another day.
This trip I was savvy and sent a box of shopping home from the US, since I still had to backpack my way around South East Asia.
Here are some of my recent buys!
It seems like it is always this time of year when I need a challenge of the wardrobe variety. Somewhere between the end of winter and the beginning of spring, where I need something else besides my muddled brain to help choose what I wear each day. In 2011 it was Shoesapalooza. Last year the 30 Days of Accessories Challenge.
This year, it’s Colour Fest!
I’ve always loved wearing colour, and my wardrobe has many different tones and hues. I’m pretty lucky that I look good in nearly all colours – brights, pastels, jewel tones… everything except bone/camel neutrals, which tend to wash me out.
This year it’s less of the rules and restrictions, and more of a challenge to create outfits based on a colour family. I won’t be limiting myself to ticking off a colour each day, who knows – I may just love a colour combo so much I wear it for a week!
So the general idea is that I’m going to pick a colour from the Pantone Spring or Fall Collection for 2013, and base my outfit around it.
Here are the selected colours for Spring.
And here are the Fall colours (or as us Southern Hemispherians call it – Autumn).
Already I see that some of those colours will be a challenge as I have little of them in my wardrobe! I can use clothes, shoes, accessories and jewellery to base around those colours, it’s less of wearing one colour head to toe and more of making that colour the standout of the outfit.
I do know a lady who wears shades of purple to work every day. Whole outfit. Head to toe. Purple every day. She reminds me of a big juicy plum or grape. Cool? Weird? Still undecided.
Wish me luck!
Liking: Autumn! Cooler days means no more Sweaty Betty. No more sweating in unmentionable areas (Curvy girls everywhere are nodding in agreement).
Loathing: Autumn! Boo to daylight saving ending. Boo to no more ocean swims (too wussy for me) Boo to having to find a cardigan, sweater or jumper that matches every outfit but may never get put on all day.
Noticing: Autumn weather means getting toasty under the doona. But not for The Artist, who is still a Sweaty Betty in the bed. Is it all couples I wonder who have such different sleep body temperatures? He tells me I’m building a doona igloo.
Liking: Autumn sales! Now I know Steve Madden stocks Betsey Johnson, I’ll go there first when sales are on. The glitter flats were only $15!
Loathing: LOSING JEWELLERY. I have ‘misplaced’ (lost sounds too final) two items of jewellery that were gifts from The Artist. Worst girlfriend ever. I hope and pray they turn up.
Noticing: I have moments when I am shopping where I find something so me, that before I know it I have purchased it and taken it home. It’s like love at first sight! Like these necklaces and ring I got at the Dangerfield Outlet Store.
Liking – No coke, diet coke, zero or any cola product for 5 weeks! Hi 5 self!
Loathing – Wowza I am so tired all the time. Scary how much my body must have relied on caffeine.
Noticing – Mt Franklin Lightly Sparkling is drinkable. Hey it’s no coke, but its drinkable. Endorsed by Jennifer Hawkins. I’m forcing my way through it in hope that I get THAT BODY. Love the latest release – berry, lime and lemon versions.
Liking – Celebrating the big 2 years with The Artist. So lovely. Especially lovely is my beautiful gift – this gorgeous gemstone bracelet.
Loathing – You’d think after 15 or so years of cooking I would finally get soft boiled eggs right. Dam hard yolks! what use is toast soldiers with solid eggs!
Noticing – I’m having a flats moment. I would usually be banging out and about in my trusty black spring/summer sandals, but lately all I want to wear is cute flats. Navy and white polka dot with red, how could I not!
So my 30 Days of Accessories Challenge is over, but I am still challenging myself to wear different jewellery, scarves and shoes. Here are some of the items I have worn over the last few days:
And since technically the shopping ban ended at day 30, here are some recent purchases!
Wanted: Navy or blue shoes – to go with those outfits that have no black so black shoes are out.
Found: $12 (yes twelve dollars!) cute flats at K Mart
Along with never-knew-I-needed-them-but-know-I-can’t-live-without-them $8 pink snake skin flats and Missoni inspired print flats for $19.
Wanted: Ogling these purple triangular earrings at Lovisa for weeks. Can’t justify spendage (plus I was on a ban!)
Found: On Sale! Two items for $10!
And of course I bought more, it was 2 for 10 after all!
Wanted: Subtle, orange accessories to go with my rockin’ orange heels
Found: Awesome bangle stack – also part of the 2 for 10 deal!
Ahh shops… it’s good to be back 🙂
Well out here in Beavercity the Accessories Olympics are drawing to a close. 30 days of wearing different accessories has covered all medals: gold, silver, bronze – in the style of my jewellery of course!
I did cheat a couple of times (Yes the IOC are onto me) and wore the same shoes twice, but trying to do a shoe related challenge when you have an ankle injury and cannot wear most of your favourite heels requires a little bending of the rules.
I think I will keep going past the 30 day mark with wearing different accessories, but will relax on the shoe wearing. I’m sure I still have over 140 pairs of earrings that didn’t get worn!
But to finish off, here are some pictures of what has been worn in the last 5 days.
And I’m off to the shops!
Well the last 4 days have been a very busy blur, both work wise and social wise (think girls dinner, brunch, birthday lunch and hens night) and I will just do a quick recap of the accessories from the last 4 days.
Included are my recently purchase orange suede heels (suprisingly comfy), my deer animal ring (a bit big) my rockstar studded bracelet watch and always useful nude ballet flats (good to have in handbag when heels are too much!)