Sign of the Times

I know it’s been a long time since I have posted – boy oh boy have I been busy!

I have been super caught up in work, trying to find a job as a solicitor, finishing my Masters in Legal Practice, organising travel over the next few months and trying to stay in touch with everyone! I also (finally) rejoined the gym and I’m trying to get my finances in order.

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Dressing Spiffy with St.Frock

I am absolutely in love with this online store I recently found: stfrock.com.au. It’s a great store with quality prices at very reasonable prices. Their customer service is also fantastic and I highly recommend them.

See my first post on St.Frock

I bought this beautiful maxi dress just before Christmas, but I have been trying to figure out when to actually wear it! It is a little long for me so I have to wear heels with it otherwise it drags on the ground. Plus I’m too lazy busy to get it hemmed up by a tailor.

So it is great for a special event, except I’m in a wedding/engagement drought right now so there’s no special events to wear a pretty dress to…

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Budget Style: Cute Summer Outfit for under $100

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted an outfit post. Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything regularly.

Life has been busy. I’m half way through writing posts or editing photos for posts and then a new idea comes to mind and I start doing that one as well. Then it goes with the other half finish posts because another new post is started. Then I’m not motivated to properly finish the posts.

It’s like a cycle I can’t get out of.

I’m going to try and regain some structure to my blog posts. I also need a little bit of extra motivation to finish those posts. That means I will have to stop starting posts and never finishing them.

In the meantime, I would like to share some quick snaps taken before I attended a charity trivia night.

It was still summer and still warm only a month ago. And still light at 7pm. Now that it’s getting darker sooner and it’s definitely colder outside…

I found this cute floral midi skirt at Valleygirl. Ok I didn’t actually find it – I saw someone showing her purchases to her friend in the mall and she showed this gorgeous floral midi skirt. I ijust had to ask her where she got it from. Then she told me it was from Valleygirl and it was on $29.99. I knew I had to race there and get one for myself!

I teamed it with a basic crop from Supre. I love the basics from Supre because they will go with everything and they often come in a variety of different colours and patterns too.

My Forever New clutch is currently a favourite. It’s big enough to fit the essentials and a few other bits and pieces too. It goes with so many different outfits and colours, so it’s becoming a staple in my wardrobe.

Finally, my flats are a cheapie pair I found at Big W. I buy most of my shoes from places like Big W, Kmart and Target because, let’s face it, not all of us have a huge budget for designer shoes. Getting flats like this are a great idea because they generally last the season and by next season I’ll want a new pair or style anyway, so this allows me to change up my wardrobe at a fraction of the cost.

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Top: Supre $12 | Skirt: Valleygirl $29.99 | Clutch: Forever New $29.99 | Shoes: Big W $12 | Earrings: Forever New $14.99

Total: $98.97

Shopping on a Budget: Tick. Looking Stylish: Tick. Sense of Self Satisfaction: You bet ya!

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Springtime Ballerina

I did ballet as a kid. I loved dancing. But my feet point in and my knees are weirdly shaped, so I could never fully pursue it.

I always liked dressing up like a ballerina though. They are poised and elegant and beautiful. Everything a lady should be. So when I put on this outfit and did my hair using a donut bun, I felt very much like a ballerina. The crop looks like a leotard, the skirt is reminisced of a tutu and of course the flower hair tie keeps my high bun securely in place.

Hair tie: Forever New | Earrings: Lovisa | Top: Factorie | Skirt: Forever New | Shoes: Wittner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Sunday Lemonade

I’ve been a bit naughty… I am not supposed to be shopping as I’m trying to use items from my capsule wardrobe. But when I began my shift at Forever New on Saturday I decided I was sick of my white tee and really didn’t like how it looked with my lemon coloured midi skirt. It wasn’t bad… It just wasn’t good… And I don’t want to settle for just ok when it comes to my clothes.

So I bought a few new things… I bought a top, earrings and a headband. I decided the new white top could replace my old white tee, and I think I might also use it in my corporate capsule wardrobe.

I decided to pair it up with my lemon midi skirt for a pin up and vintage twist on a modern look. I am still loving the lemon colours that have been around this spring. This outfit is perfect for a casual Sunday afternoon…

All items: Forever New – http://www.forevernew.com.au

Felicity Bow Headband: $16.99

Imogen Crackle Glam Drops Earrings: $16.99

Stella Leopard Print Scarf: $24.99

Tansia Crepe Sleeve Crop Tee: $59.99

Lani Midi Length Tube Skirt: $49.99

Wedges: Last Season

 

 

 

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Reveal!

 

It’s spring time in Australia right now. For those who live in the nations capital, Canberra, spring is windy, full of pollen, has unpredictable weather and crazy swooping birds everywhere. It’s also time for the Floriade flower festival, which displays thousands upon thousands of flowers. It’s a nice way to star spring and it was a way for me to test out part of my capsule wardrobe for spring. I wore the following combination to Floriade:

I was really happy with this outfit – all things I love but never wear. Often I never thought about wearing them because they were hiding in my closet under all my other clothes. It was a good way to help me figure out my upcoming capsule wardrobe.

Now that was three weeks ago. I’ve been thinking a lot a my capsule wardrobe since then, and I think I’ve come up with a selection of clothes. Now I did go over the original amount suggested by Caroline on her blog. But as I said in my post about the capsule wardrobe magic number, I knew I would go over a bit.

I also decided on creating a corporate capsule wardrobe. I plan on updating this over the next month as it depends on we the expectations in my new job, as I’m not sure how corporate or how casual the job will be. For now, here is my Spring Capsule Wardrobe Reveal:

Dresses

Black Valleygirl tank dress: a really simple and easy dress. It works well with layering and is light enough to be worn by itself. It will mainly be for warm casual days.
Black and White Stripe Dress: this dress is a little thicker and too warm for summer, but works great with layering and with a lot of other clothes in my wardrobe. It’s simple and effortless to throw an outfit together with this dress!
White ICE lace dress: this used to be a going out dress but I can make it more casual. This is another item that can be layered with different jackets or tops.
White lace and pink chiffon Valleygirl dress: this dress perfectly captures my style and I love the pink on it.
Forever New stripe mint tea dress: This is one of my all time favourite dresses in my wardrobe because I can wear it to work or wear it for drinks or even a lunch date – it’s just so versatile and I couldn’t have a spring capsule wardrobe without this peice.
Forever New aqua halter maxi dress: this is another favourite and with the weather heating up, this is a great item to have in my wardrobe.
Jackets
Forever New Mint blazer: an all time favourite that I haven’t stopped wearing since I bought it! Plus I know it goes with soooo many things in my wardrobe.
Multicolour light knit: this works with multiple items because of the differnt colours it has throughout the knit. Plus it’s fun and fresh for spring.
Black fake leather biker jacket: great for creating a bit more edge to an outfit or changing something from day to night.
Brown knit cardigan: it’s nice and loose so it doesn’t feel constricting, but it’s also still arm enough for the cooler days.
Light grey long knit cardigan: I didn’t take a picture of this but I decided to include this in the capsule wardrobe because sometimes my outfits or the weather require a thin cardigan rather than the thicker knit cardigan or the blazer. It’s just so hard properly narrowing down my wardrobe!
Bottoms
Factorie mint jeans: although these are new in my wardrobe, as you would see from my post on my Factorie outfit, I have wanted these jeans for aaaages and I’m really excited to have them as a staple in my spring capsule wardrobe.
Forever New light wash jeans: these stretch jeans are great for spring because of the light wash. They match with basically every in my wardrobe and they are super comfy too!
Black printed leggings: these leggings are starting to stretch and become a little big for me, but they are comfy and look like pants. They work with lost of different tops too so I’m sure I’ll wear them a lot.
Supre black jeggings: these jeggings look just like jeans, even down to the real pockets and belt hooks. They are starting to get a little worn out but I know I’ll still wear them on warmer days in spring. I’ll probably replace these in upcoming capsule wardrobes.
Yellow Forever New midi pencil skirt: I recently bought this and I’m absolutely in love with it! Even though I’m not usually a fan of yellow, I bought it because I knew it would match so much in my already gigantic wardrobe!
White Forever New midi skirt: this netural colour skirt is perfect for spring as it is short underneath but has the long layer over the top. Plus it’s got the nice subtle floral print on the outer layer.
ICE high waisted denim shorts: I wore these all around Europe and they are super comfy. Plus I think they are a great shade for spring.
Forever New Lace Pink skirt: I haven’t worn this much recently but it’s an old favourite and I want to start wearing it again. It’s in a versatile shade so I am going to mix up wearing it casually and wear it for the more dressy occasions.
ICE high waisted black lace trim shorts: I love these but they do have a small hole in the back. I am hoping to find a replacement pair for summer, but I’ll fix these ones and make do for spring. They are so versatile and really easy to clean too.
Tops
Pink Factorie Crop: crops are all the rage right now and this one is a great crop! It works well with different types of clothes and is a new favourite in my wardrobe.
White 3/4 sleeve top: this plain top is perfect to go with my jeans but also skirts as well. I might even try to layer it under dresses if the weather calls for it.
Forever New white tee with lace details: this shirt is a bit big for me but it’s a great staple and looks effortless when styled correctly.
Forever New embellished singlet: I love this top and it’s great for so many occasions so I’m definitely including it in this capsule wardrobe. I’ll probably even carry it over for summer 😉
Kmart white shirt sleeve button up shirt: this is a new shirt but it’s lightweight and can be layered, tied, left open… The possibilities are endless!
Kmart grey tank: another great staple in my wardrobe because it is a plain colour and works well with plenty of different items in my wardrobe. I’m sure I’ll wear this one a lot over spring.
Forever 21 stripe crop: I bought this when travelling and fell in love with it. Stripes are so fun and look effortless when placed in an outfit. I think stripes may be my new favourite print!
Jeans West grey tank: this oversized tank was something I wore throughout Europe and I like how effortless a look can be when you put on this shirt. It works really well with jeans and a scarf.
Factorie grey floral crop tank: this is another version of the pink tank I bought and I just couldn’t decide between the two so I decided to use both… This might be my first mistake but we will see if this top works in my spring capsule wardrobe.
Black v-neck tee: another great basic for the wardrobe. I was hesitant to choose a black tee but I want to wear this tee more often because it’s simple, basic and can make an outfit effortless. This one will help me become more creative with something I’m not used to wearing but want to wear more of.
Forever New button up black sleeveless tee: this is another simple top that will hopefully make my outfits look effortless and I have only worn it a few times so I’m hoping to get more wears out of it this season.
Forever new 3/4 spot button up: I love that this shirt can have the sleeves rolled up or left down. It’s lightweight enough for warm days too, so it’s perfect for springtime!
Chambray button up shirt: I caught on to the trend of wearing and layering a chambray shirt with your outfits and I’m so glad I did! It makes outfits look model worthy but effortless. I do want to replace this one though because it has an ugly red logo on the shoulder.
Forever 21 lace crop: I am in love this top because it looks so great with so many outfits and can be dressy or casual.
Bershka pink love heart tee: this is a great peice because it’s semi neutral with the pink colour that is in my capsule wardrobe, but it’s still got some interest with the small love heart print.
Pink and white lace button up tee: this item is a cute little item that I really like wearing because it’s within what I want my personal style to be more like.
Hot pink sleeveless button up shirt: I thought I would like to add a bit more colour to the spring wardrobe instead of just light pink, and following with another accent of pink was just the way to go.
Shoes
And finally, I though shoes would be easy but it was actually quite hard to choose just 9 pairs! I did finally make a decision, but I ended up choosing 10 pairs… Yes, I know, I’m naughty! But it was hard ok! And it’s my first time doing this, so I think I did pretty good! So here are the shoes:
Big W leopard print ankle hell boots: I love love love these and they make an outfit look so fun and funky so I had to choose them!
White Forever New wedges: with the weather warming up, these are the perfect pair of shoes. You can wear them at day or at night and they are super comfy – I’ve worked a full 8 hour shift in these… On my feet all day!
Brown low heel ankle boots: these are one of my favourite pair of shoes in my wardrobe and they go so well with everything. They give a bit of edge to an outfit and they are great for cooler days.
White pointy toe heels: I picked these because I know they work well with many of my items and I can also use them for my corporate wardrobe.
Pink Wittner pointy toe heels: I love the colour of these shoes and they are perfect for spring. And, of course, they match my colour scheme.
Black Kmart flats: these can also be used for my corporate wardrobe as well as for casual occasions. They go with everything so I had to put them in my corporate wardrobe!
Beige gold embellished sandals: they have a low heel so they make an outfit a little bit dressier, and it know they will go with all my clothes in my capsule wardrobe.
White runners: I definitely needed a casual shoe in my wardrobe, but the crisp white colour makes it good for spring and the lighter colours that I have in my wardrobe.
Beige Rubi Shoes flats: another great casual shoe and once again the beige colour works with my wardrobe.
Black Rubi Shoes sandals: the black sandals are flat, so they are different to my beige flats, and they have served me well for the past few years, so I wanted to include them in my wardrobe.
That’s my spring capsule wardrobe. I have decided to do a separate work capsule wardrobe, and I’m going to stick with this wardrobe for 6 months or so. Stay tuned for this wardrobe to be posted. In the meantime. What do you think about my choices? Is there anything I missed? Or anything that you would have left out? I’m still figuring out this whole minialistic approach to a wardrobe, so please tell me your thoughts on my first ever capsule wardrobe.

 

 

 

Spring Style for Under $35

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I went to the mall the the other day to buy groceries. It’s the closest cheap supermarket to me and it’s easy to get to without a car. The only problem with going to the mall is walking past clothes shops with all their sales.

I admit I went in to a few shops to try on some clothes. Sometimes just trying things on and realising they don’t look good actually helps me with my shopping addiction – It stops me from buying clothes that I’ll never wear.

But there is the inevitable problem of finding something you love. Or something you have been searching for for ages. Or something that fits amazingly. Or all of the above.

That happened on Tuesday.

I found a pair of mint stretch jeans in Factorie. Now I have difficulty finding jeans that fit me well. Often jeans are too small to go past my thighs, or too big around the hips or waist. Some jeans are made for curvier girls like me, but then they are to tight around the waist and give me an awful muffin top.

So when I put on these jeans and they fitted me perfectly, there was no resisting. They were on sale as well so I definitely couldn’t say no.

Then I realised something even more awesome – they were reduced to $9.95. Yep, that’s right – sale items are reduced to $9.95 at Factorie right now!

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I also found that Factorie have a fabulous section of cute crops. I am loving the crop trend right now, and there are a few different styles of crops available in Factorie, so I definitely tried on a few!

Considering it’s spring, I am drawn to all the pastel colours. I couldn’t say no to this pastel pink crop in Factorie. It’s perfect for spring and lets you dip into the pastel trend without going overboard. Plus I think it perfectly compliments the mint colour jeans as well.

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I found two tank style crops that were part of the 2 for $20 range. There’s also some t-shirt crops that you can mix and match as part of this deal.

Equip also have a great sale on plenty of bags and jewellery right now. I got two necklace and earring sets for only $8! Bargain!

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And remember, whenever you need some basic yet stylish shoes, definitely head to Kmart! I love Kmart shoes, and as per usual, I got a great pair for next to nothing.

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Jeans – Factorie $9.95 reduced from $39.95 | Tank Crop – Factorie 2 for $20 or $14.95 each | Bag – Factorie $2 (goes towards charity) | Shoes – Kmart $4 | Necklace & Earring set – Equip $3.50 |

Total Outfit Cost – $34.40

Now I’m off to enjoy the fabulous warm spring sun…

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Decision made: budget fashion blogger

I’ve been thinking today. I was wondering how fashion bloggers afford their clothes. Do they have massive debts? Are they rich? Do they get given free clothes? Do they sell clothes shortly after buying them? Or do they constantly return clothes to stores?

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A completely different outfit on an earlier day

Another gorgeous outfit – how does she keep up with it?

How can they possibly afford it all?

I would love to keep up with fashion trends like fashion bloggers do, but I just can’t afford it.

As I still want to blog about fashion, I’ve decided to focus on budget fashions. I will stick to the Target and Kmart heels. I will still buy my basics from Supre. And my jeans will probably only ever be from Forever New. I’m not going to change my spending habits for this blog.

This dressed received plenty of compliments.. But only cost me $14.95!

So I’ve decided I am going to be a budget fashion blogger. I’m going to create a work capsule wardrobe on a budget. I’m going to style myself for a wedding or the races using a combination of new and old items. I’m going to show you how I make my own headpieces or upcycle old clothes.

I hope that this direction will show my bloggers that money doesn’t always buy style. You can and will be stylish on a budget.

 

 

 

Fashion in the Street

A little while back I got to participate in Brian Miller’s Fashion in the Street project. It was a quick little lunchtime shoot where we walked around the centre of Canberra City and took some fun photos. I chose the outfit and styled the look myself, so I could really express my own sense of style. Here’s some of the pics from this shoot:

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Photographer – Brian Miller. Model – Me. Hair, Makeup and Styling – Me. Location – Garema Place, Canberra City.

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Wearing: Skirt & Blazer from Valleygirl; Shirt, Earrings and Necklace from Big W; Bag from eBay, Shoes from Kmart, Bracelet from Diva.

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This look cost me under $100 – it really is easy to look stylish for work without spending a fortune!

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This plain white button up shirt is a staple in my wardrobe.

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The wind picked up as we walked through the streets… and the wind seemed to pick up my skirt a little bit too! Those in-the-moment photos are always the best photos – this was definitely the shot of the day 🙂

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The Exhibition

After this project, Brian had an exhibition with a selection of some of the shots he took over the many months of this project. It was really exciting to see myself up on a wall 🙂

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Brian did a great job at capturing every day fashion from both models and people passing by. Make sure you check out Brian’s blog by clicking here