Legally Pink and Blonde

For those who don’t know what my full time job is, I am a lawyer.

Yes, a real lawyer. One that gives legal advice and goes to court. That kind of lawyer.

Not everyone has believed that I am a “real lawyer”. I think it’s because I have a positive and bubbly personality, and I love all things pink and girlie. I suppose that I don’t fit the standard “lawyer” persona.

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Autumn Long Weekend Away With Special Event

Trying to pack for a weekend away with only a carry on can be hard work, but here’s how I did it:

Packing List:

  • Plain Tee: always pack a basic tee as it can take you anywhere. Plus it can double up as a pj top
  • Leggings: they are super comfortable, warm, lightweight and great for travelling.
  • Jeans: for cold days or nights, and can be worn but dressy or casually
  • Button shirt: I would usually pack a chambray or denim shirt, but this time a print like tartan or plain is definitely more fun!
  • Sweater: definitely needed if you’re going to or from a cool climate
  • Trench coat: can easily be worn on the plane and is great for dressier occasions
  • Cardigan: great for layering and keeping you warm
  • Casual tee dress: if it’s cold try a long sleeve variety in a neutral colour or a classic print like stripes or spots
  • Little black dress: for the special event
  • Two scarves: try two different styles, one with a print and one more neutral
  • Boots: if you choose boots with a slight heel they can also be used for dressier occasions
  • Heels: for the special event and going out for dinners
  • Flats: definitely pack a pair of flats or casual shoes. Even canvas runners like converse would be a good idea.
  • Hat or beanie: to keep your head warm
  • Gloves: check the weather first to see if you’ll actually need these
  • Crossbody bag: can be used as a day bag or can double up as a bag for the special event
  • Necklace: to dress up your outfit
  • Earrings: one pair can be worn on the plane
  • Watch: functional jewellery
  • Sunglasses: because you need to protect your eyes!
  • Overnight bag: I like to get one with lots of pockets so it’s easier to store everything in their when I’m travelling
Long weekend away packing list: Autumn

Outfits:

You would be amazed at how many outfits you can pull together with 8 pieces of clothing! After creating these outfit combinations, I realised that I probably wouldn’t even need all of the items – I might even be able to leave some things behind! This shows that it’s quite easy to come up with a variety of looks with only items in a carry on bag. Here are my combinations

On the Plane: go for something comfy. You can’t go past leggings, boots and a tee for a chic travel outfit. Take your trench coat on with y so you can stay warm when it gets chill, but also so you can make sure that you have plenty of room in your carry on. Don’t forget your scarf!

Plane Ride: Autumn Weekend Away With Carryon Only

Out for Dinner: if you get to your destination during the day, you’ll most likely want to get changed. You may even have dinner plans. This is the time to break out your funky heels and dress up your casual dress. Wear it with your trench to make sure you keep nice and warm at night.

Dinner Outfit for Autumn Weekend Away with Carryon Only

Shopping Day: there’s nothing better than a day where you can relax and go shopping! You can’t go past a pair of jeans, plain tee and button up shirt. Make sure you wear flats so you can easily take your shoes off to try on clothes, but also so you don’t wear out your feet! This outfit also works if you are sightseeing in a new town.

Shopping Day: Autumn Weekend Away with Carryon Only

Special Event: a little black dress goes a long way! Change it up and add some colour with a cute cardigan and scarf. Make it dressy with a funky necklace.

Special Event: Autumn Weekend Away With Carryon Only

Family Time: spending time with family means casual fun. You might just be hanging out at home or even going to the movies. Either way, you can stay stylish with this leggings and sweater combo. Add a printed scarf to add some stylish fun to the outfit.

Family Time: Autumn Weekend Away With Carryon Only

Coffee Date: the only other thing I love more than shopping is sitting in a cafe drinking tea or coffee. This outfit is great for rainy days. One of the best print clash combinations is stripes and leopard print. Styling it with a hat also means that you can effortlessly hide any dirty or messy hair and instantly make it look magazine ready.

Coffee Date: Autumn Weekend Away With Carryon Only

Plane Ride Home: wearing your heaviest items on the plane means you have less weight in your carry on (and possibly more room for the shopping you’ve done!) You’ll also stay warm on the plane and be warm when you get back home at night – definitely something to seriously consider when the weather starts getting colder!

Flying Home: Autumn Weekend Away With Carryon Only

Coastal Chills

I think I’m cursed.

Every time I go to the coast it rains.

I live just over 2 hours from Batemans Bay and 3 hrs from Merimbula, both on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It’s nice to get a little getaway for the weekend to visit family. But it is nice to relax at the beach.

Unfortunately I never get that opportunity. It’s always cold, windy and raining when I visit the coast. That’s why I always pack warm clothes to wear. I still pack my beach clothes in the anyication of a beach day. But unfortunately the weather doesn’t seem to agree with me.

It started raining as we drove down to the family home in Pambula. It poured down all night. And it was windy and cool all day.

This didn’t stop me from visiting the beach… And having an icecream!

I used items out of my Spring Capsul Wardrobe. My Forever New top and jeans are two of my favourite items. They are both super comfy and go with everything in my wardrobe. My Kmart shoes are also my new favs, except it is definitely hard keeping them white and clean!
My scarf has been a favourite in my wardrobe since I bought it about 5 years ago. I can’t believe I’ve had it for so long! But it shows that we you think about purchasing an item you are more likely to love it and match it with other items in your wardrobe. This scarf has been a fantastic addition to my wardrobe.
Speaking of additions, the white blazer is a new addition to my wardrobe. I know… I wasn’t supposed to be buying anything… But I’ve wanted a white blazer for a long time now. Plus it was bought off eBay so I saved a bit of money 😉 I’ve already worn it about 7 times in the last 3 weeks, so I can definitely justify buying it!

Earrings – Forever New | Scarf – Jeans West | Top – Forever New | Blazer – eBay | Jeans – Forever New | Shoes – Kmart

Check out my other post from my trip to the coast: Waterfront Dining at Waterfront Cafe

Vintage Barbie at Vintage Canberra

On my way to work yesterday I noticed a big sign on the side of the road: It was advertising the Canberra Vintage event at an old hall in the city over this weekend…I was shocked I hadn’t heard about this earlier!

I decided this was an event I definitely had to attend… After all, how could I be called Vintage Barbie if I didn’t attend vintage events!?

It was a warm and sunny November day in the nations capital… It was really hard to decide on what to wear today! Considering it was a vintage fair I definitely had to wear a vintage style outfit. I decided the lightweight spot dress was effect for a day like today. And to complete the look I added on my pearls, cat eye sunnies and black rose hair clip.
The event had lots of vintage clothes, shoes, bags, millinery, vintage sewing patterns, books and homewards. It also had a vintage fashion competition when I got there. I didn’t enter because I thought I was a little too late and I didn’t wear my original outfit option seen in my Fifties Floral Affair post.
I still liked my spotty dress because I made it look modern-vintage. It’s also nice and light and good for the warmer days. It’s also a great dress to style with a necklace, and my pearl double necklace was the perfect choice for today.
When I got home, we decided to take a few more photos in the shade where it was cooler, because it was waaay to warm to stand outside in that sun today!
Dress – Mink Pink
Pearls & Flower Hair clip – Diva
Bag – Collette
Shoes – Second hand shop

 

 

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

 

 

 

Flashback to Fall Fashion

We don’t call it “fall” in Australia. It’s called Autumn. But for the sake of alliteration I decided to refer to this season as fall.

Now that I’ve got that small matter out of the way, I’m going to speak about a photo shoot I did earlier this year. It was an Autumn fashion shoot that I did in a park in the middle of Canberra City. The leaves had well and truly turned their various shades and were scattered across the ground. The blanket of red, yellow and brown was a perfect backdrop for this kind of shoot, and it was a fun shoot as well!

Top – Supre | Vest – eBay | Jeans – Supre | Shoes – Big W

This first outfit I wore is one of my go to autumn outfits. It’s a simple outfit that can be worn day or night. During the day you could wear this outfit with flats or boots, and at night make it dressier with heels and a long necklace.

I know that I could spend lots on money on an outfit like this, but my budget doesn’t allow me to splurge on clothes. I think that this outfit shows that you can look stylish without spending bucket loads of money – you just have to be smart with your purchases.

 

This second outfit is another one of my favourite outfits for the cooler months. The dress is a bit thicker than summer dresses so it gives you a little extra warmth in the cooler months. But the beauty of this dress is that it can be worn with or without stockings, and it matches many different jackets and cardigans.
I also love my felt hat with the gold trim. It was perfect for covering up my inch of regrowth! Plus it solves any bad hair day and makes you look super stylish.
Dress – Forever New | Hat – Forever New | Shoes – Big W

 

I hope you enjoyed this quick post about my autumn fashion photoshoot. Thank you to the photographer Chris van Aarken for taking these photos!

 

Pretty in Party Pink

Pretty sure I failed on my September closet challenge. I started off ok but eventually I stopped the outfits. My new waitressing job means working late nights and feeling pretty tired in the morning. So I end up not even getting dressed in real clothes. If I don’t have to go anywhere then I just stay in my hoodie and pj pants until it’s time to get dressed! On the days I actually have to go out of the house, I generally have a job interview and need to dress in plain, corporate clothes. The outfits I did actually dress in, I never got photos of them.

So the challenge kind of went out the window.

Plus it doesn’t help that I can’t find my camera tripod. I haven’t seen it since before I moved house. Maybe its was one of those things that gets lost in a move?

Anyway, today I attempted some outfit of the day photos on my camera, witht the tripod. They are ok, but if I had a tripod they would be MUCH better. Well, witht further ado, here is the first attempt at my outfit of the day photos:

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For those who take their own outfit of the day phots, what are your tips? Any tricks you could share with a newbie like me?

Ps.. I wanted to share a selfie with you too hehe

 

 

Ultra Music Festival Outfit Ideas

I have been to many music festivals in Australia. I used to live for them. I went to as many as I could and spent the majority of my money on going to music festivals.

In recent years, there has definitely been a decline in my attendance rate at music festivals. The reason being that 1 – many music festivals have been cancelled, and 2 – my money priorities have been elsewhere.

So I’m pretty stoked that I am going to Ultra Music Festival in Split, Croatia this year. But, as always, I need to figure out what to wear!

Normally, this would be fine, but this time I’m travelling to the other side of the globe to go to a festival. I have to remember that what I take with me needs to be able to be mixed and matched with other items – They also have to be versatile enough to wear for other occasions. And of course, I can’t bring too much because I have luggage weight restrictions.

So I’m generating some ideas of what to wear. Once again, I’ve jumped onto Polyvore and created some cute outfits. Here they are:

 

festival fun

 

The classic festival look for day one: denim shorts, funky bustier crop, canvas shoes and a flower crown.

 

Blue ice

With the festival starting in the afternoon and ending late at night, the day is for chilling out and relaxing. This outfit is good for having a late lunch and loungeing around for the fun begins.

 

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Here’s another classic festival outfit, with a bit of gold bling. The black shorts worn during the day can also be used again – meaning there’s less to pack in my suitcase 😉

 

Summer days

Perfect bright and playful combination for the boat party during the day!

 

Boho chic

It’s super easy to throw these items together and walk out the door. Great for the third day when I will just want something that’s stylish but not too much effort. The hat also means I don’t have to do my hair 😉

 

Pretty in pastel and denim

 

This outfit is similar to one I wore to Future Music Festival earlier this year, but it is also great for exploring the sights and chilling out before the next fun day…

 

Beach party

Ultra Beach Party is a few days after the festival. This kind of outfit means that I can go swimming but still look polished afterwards, and when it cools down at night I can add the fringed kimono for that glamorous look.

 

All of these looks have been based around items I already own, so I can help myself decide on what to wear. It’s good to know that I can make great outfits out of things I already own. Now I just have to decide on what to take overseas and what to leave at home…

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Take 2 – European Summer Packing List inspired by Travel Fashion Girl

After posting my European Summer Packing List inspired by Travel Fashion Girl, a reader pointed out that the items did not match well. I realised this before posting, but thought I would keep it to show some idea about what to pack.

I’ve decided to re-do this pic with some better choices that give you more options. So here is take 2 on my European Packing List Inspired by Travel Fashion Girl:

European Summer Packing List

The list includes:

  • 3 short sleeve tops: dark grey tea, white button up sleeveless shirt, pink sleeveless shirt. The grey one is super casual and because it is plain you can change it up with different accessories. The white collared one can be layered or worn on its own. The pink sleeveless shirt adds a bit of colour to the tops so you can make your outfits more interesting.
  • 2 tanks: The beige and off white tanks. The neutral colours mean that it’s easier to layer and mix and match.
  • 2 long sleeve tops: the denim shirt and the beige chiffon collared top. The denim one is perfect for layering and can easily be used as a jacket. The chiffon top could also work for layering, or for a cute night time top.
  • 2 dresses: a plain black skater dress, and a casual stripe dress. The black dress, although a little casual in design, can be dressed up with different accessories and layering. It will work in lots of different situations. The stripe dress is a comfy day dress, but again can be dressed up with accessories.
  • 2 shorts: one denim and one dressier black pair. I was going to choose a black mini skirt again, but the black shorts might be more practical, and they can easily be dressed up because of the fabric. And it’s good to have a nice pair of denim shorts in summer. Great for the travel days when its warm but you still want to be comfortable.
  • 1 skirt: Grey maxi skirt. The maxi skirt is great for travelling and should be a travel essential. This one is a stretchy fabric, so you could easily pull it up above your chest and turn it into a strapless dress – just use the belt to secure it under your chest. So versatile!
  • 1 pair of jeans: Dark denim jeans. The dark colour means you wont have to wash them as often
  • 1 pair of leggings: Black leggings. Leggings can be slept in, great for travel, layer under dresses or even wear in place of pants (as long as they’re not see-through leggings!)
  • 1 swimsuit: bustier style swimsuit. If you get a bustier style swimwuit, you can often wear this as a top (they can look like crop tops) with a high waisted skirt, or layer it with a chiffon / light shirt.
  • 1 knit: Pink button up cardigan. I chose a cardi to go over tops and dresses because it could effortlessly change an outfit whilst keeping you warm when it gets a bit chilly.
  • 1 scarf: leopard print scarf. I would probably bring more than one scarf, but my favourite kind of scarf is the leopard print or floral print. These two kinds of prints look great as scarves and can completely change the look of your outfit.
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewellery: I chose 2 necklaces, 1 pair of earrings and 1 watch. They are all gold so they will match each other if I wear any of them together.
  • Thongs: a necessity for travel
  • Comfortable walking shoes: I chose some dark canvas shoes because they look good with jeans and it isn’t too obvious when they are dirty.
  • Flats: Ballet flats are cute and casual and don’t weigh too much so are great for travel.

The extras:

Ok so I didn’t completely stick to the list this time. I added the blazer, the floral peplum top and the embelished gold top. I consider these the ‘going out’ clothes. I could have added a mini skirt too but decided that I should have enough options with the tops and the blazer. There’s also a hat, and two hair accessories – the bow and the spot tie scrunchie. Pretty sure the belt isn’t included in the original list either.  The strappy shoes with the slight heel were also an addition of mine, because they could be worn both day and night, and will instantly dress up an outfit.

So now I wanted to see if I could create different outfits with this packing list. Here are some of the outfit ideas and combinations…

Casual Black Dress Outfit Combinations:

Travel Fashion Outfit combinations - casual dresses
Scarves are great for travel. They completely change the look of an outfit. I only used one in my example, but I would recommend to pack a second one, either in a plain colour or a floral print.
As you can see from the above picture, shirts can be worn over the top or underneath this black dress. In my examples of wearing tops over the dress, you can turn the denim shirt into a jacket, and the white sleeveless shirt can be turned into a vest. Or you can wear them underneath and button up the shirts. Even the grey t-shirt looks good underneath the dress – giving the dress a casual-cool feel.

Dressy Black Dress Outfit Combinations:

Dressy travel fashion
Wearing jewellery or a chiffon shirt definitely makes the black dress look glammed up.

 Black Shorts Outfit Combinations:

shorts outfit combinations

As you can see, tucking a shirt into your shorts makes the outfit look completely different.

These kind of shorts can work well for both casual and dressier situations.

Jeans Outfit Combinations:

Jean outfit combinations

Note that the third outfit uses the striped dress – if you have a dress that is a light fabric, you can normally fold it up to turn it into a top. Now you have even more outfit options with your dress!

Dressy jean combinations
Now here’s some dressy options for the jeans.

Striped Dress Outfit Combinations:

Striped dress outfit combinations

I’ve realised that I can come up with many different outfit combinations with only a few items! I never knew there were this many options available! This will definitely help me when it comes time to pack for my 10 week Europe adventure.

Until next time

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