Sunday, August 31, 2008

Here be formal wear.

Tonight was a friend's 28th birthday, and it was a night filled with much eating, dancing and celebrating. The theme for the dinner was 'formal' so I threw on my best looking dress and went to town with the hair curler. Technically I had the help of another friend with the hair, since I'm such a wash-and-go bum, so all credits and hairspray goes to her. This is my first time having curls in my hair and I must say, I really enjoy the break from perpetual straightness.

Formal wearFormal wear: the bowFormal wear: the tote

Jacket: Dangerfield, Dress: Thrifted, Tote: Thrifted, Tights: Myer, Shoes: Wittner.

That bow on the dress kind of makes me feel like a really big gift. And in retrospect, I should have put on another watch to make the outfit more formal, but what the hey. When you're dancing to 'My Sharona' and singing to 'Summer Loving', the simple matter of a clashing watch fades to obscurity.

Can I also add how much I love that tote? It fits all my cards and money and there's room for my cell, lip gloss, mascara, hand cream and two polaroid cases. Add in my passport and I'm ready for some globe-hopping, I say!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Doing The Self-Portrait Thing

I've come to realize that I'm terrible at taking self-portraits, especially if I don't have a tripod. Ever since my mom left, I've been struggling to take my own pictures. I can't do the mirror thing as my only mirror is in my bedroom and I don't wear shoes in there. I've tried propping my camera up on things, but the lens are so heavy that it keeps tilting down. Very frustrating.

A very simple outfit this time, with a recently thrifted shirt from Camberwell. I think I might be addicted to that place. Credit for one of these pictures goes to Kaz. I'm sure you can guess which. So, any suggestions or tips as to how I should go about taking pictures from now on?

Plaid shirt: Thrifted; Black shorts: Unknown; Tights: Unknown; Socks: Dangerfield; Shoes: Docs; Earrings: Thrifted.

Comfort clothes

Everyone has clothes they pull on when they're in the 'couldn't be arsed' mood. Be it, a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt, an old band tee or even a pair of fuzzy socks with holes in the soles after heavy wear. They might not necessarily be the prettiest thing in your wardrobe but you keep them around as fall-back outfit pieces. These clothings don't necessarily come with a history. It could have been a gift or a last-minute buy from the bargain bin, that is unimportant. What is essential is the feeling of safety and utmost comfort that emanates after pulling it on. It's like second skin and you feel ready to do anything and everything in it. Today, I am wearing some of mine.

Every single piece of clothing I wore today is extremely comfortable and has been seasoned by constant wear and use. Those shorts have gone skydiving and backpacking in New Zealand with me without a single tear. The red ballet flats on the other hand has had to be re-soled on account of being worn out from regular wear. These are clothes that I love. And I like to think that they in turn, provide much love (and comfort!) for me.

Comfort clothes

Jacket: eBay/Dangerfield, Necklace: Handmade, Shirt: ??, Shorts: Valley Girl, Tights: Safeway, Shoes: Andrea Biani.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Think of it as Personality Dialysis

Like the lady said, I'm still trying to get my internet sorted out, so as of now, I can only post when I'm in school. Hopefully it'll be done by this week-ish.

Unlike Kaz, I only have two outfits to post. I wore the first one to watch Wicked at the Regent Theatre. To celebrate the occasion, and to let my inner geek out, I wore my Elphaba green tights. The second, was worn for dinner at a French place. My cousin seemed to like it, but I found it insanely overpriced and average. It's only saving grace were the french fries and cream brulee, especially the cream brulee... Yummy. Still over-priced though.

Dress: Thrifted; Jacket: Ink; Necklace: Dizingof; Tights: Unknown; Shoes: Pedder Red

Dress: Unknown; Cardigan: Mink Pink; Necklace thing: Twelve x Twelve; Tights: Unknown; Shoes: Topshop

Monday, August 25, 2008

Whoops. My bad.

Tuesday, August 19 2008
Karaoke bum

Also known as 'The Day of the 4 hour Karaoke Extravaganza'. There were many, many highly embarrassing pictures, polaroids and videos taken that day that will never make it to the publics eyes. Or so we hope. :D

I am extremely fascinated by robots, androids and extraterrestrial beings. Hence, this t-shirt is perfect, no?

Thermal: Kathmandu, T-shirt: A gift from a friend/Wet Seal, Shorts: Valley Girl, Tights: Safeway, Shoes: Doc Martens

Wednesday, August 20 2008
The Chaz and I went to watch Wicked, the Broadway musical, today. It was good fun and the set designs were intricately beautiful.

Polka dots

I can't wait for Chaz to put up her outfit pictures cause she's wearing these awesome green tights to commemorate the event. Really, it's utter genius and certainly made my '50s-inspired polka dot dress kind of out of place. Also, she's a much bigger fan of the musical, so I'll let her harp on about the awesomeness of the experience.

Jacket: MNG, Dress: Thrifted, Belt: Thrifted, Tights: Safeway, Shoes: Dodgy Chinatown shop.

Thursday and Friday, August 21 and 22 2008
I don't have outfit pictures for these two days cause they were work days. I work at McDonald's and the uniform is less than glamorous. Since I tend to take pictures at the end of my day, I couldn't be arsed to change into what I wore earlier on in the day. Can you tell I'm a tad lazy? What with this massive backdated outfit post? :P

Saturday, August 23 2008
Boozers are losers

Today was spent with a mini movie marathon with my fellow movie buddy. We caught The Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder and oh my, it is such a treat to watch good, original scripts for a change. When it comes to movies, nothing gets under my skin more than bad, lazy comedies - the kind that relies on clichés, 'funny' personas/comedians to get the job done. Romantic comedies that apply those no-nos are even worse, What Happens in Vegas, I'm looking at you. Anyway, the point is, both movies are excellent. Get thee to a cinema, stat!

By the way, the T-shirt says 'boozers are losers'. Now, I'm not judgmental enough to really believe that statement, but in my experience people who drink lots without control, true 'boozers' if you will, tend not so much to be losers, but more assholes. I'm as straight edge as they come and often it is my no-drinking, no-drugs policy that gets tagged with the 'loser' status. Who's so ready to throw out those labels? Why, none other but the assholes I just mentioned.

Jacket: Evolve, T-shirt: Wet Seal, Shorts: Valley Girl, Tights: Myers, Shoes: Doc Martens.

Sunday, August 24 2008>
Today was thrifting day with the Chaz. Camberwell Market is great thrifting fodder for us and we try to make it down there as often as we can.

Birds of a feather
<Details of the birds

I actually really hate birds. But quirky prints like these are the mainstay of my closet. I'm always ready to ignore the hatred for the pretty.

Jacket: MNG, Dress: Thrifted, Tights: Safeway, Shoes: Doc Martens

Monday, August 25 2008
And finally we're all caught up! I am very lazy by nature but even this was a stretch, I must admit. I am going to put the blame of all these backdated-ness on the fact that I had a busy week. While I'm not at school, work, entertaining friends or watching theatre productions/movies, I have been obsessively reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by Charlaine Harris. When I find something I really enjoy, I get slightly obsessed and revel in it quite thoroughly. 8 books, one pre-aired TV show episode (True Blood, based on the series will be premiering on HBO this September) and many late nights later, I am finally done. Naturally, I want more but since the next book in the series is only coming out in May 2009, that's one mighty long wait I got in front of me.

Uni bum

Do I look sheepish here? Cause I feel it. I solemnly promise to manage my time a little better so that future posts like these can be avoided. If you're wondering, Chaz is still working out which Internet Provider she's going with. When she finally gets connected, expect many gorgeous outfits (I don't know why I didn't just take her picture myself and upload it here).

Jacket: Hand me down/MNG, Dress: eBay/Sportsgirl, Tights: Safeway, Shoes: Doc Martens.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Weekend Outfits.

Basically what I wore to classes on Friday (In my book, Friday is the start of the weekend.), and to thrift with Kaz on Sunday, which like she said, was fantastic. But I suppose any week would be great compared to the week before, when it was freezing cold and pouring buckets. We actually got sunshine and warmth this time around. Not to mention I got a sweet leather bag for AU$12.

Please ignore my crazy hair in this one, the winds were insane that day. I keep worrying that my skirt was going to flip up.

White shirt: Unknown, Blazer: Thrifted; Skirt: Target; Leggings: AA; Boots; Thrifted; Scarf: Thrifted; Necklace: 'Borrowed' from my mom

Wool top: DKNY; Pinafore: Thrifted; Scarf: Unknown; Thighs: Unknown; Boots: Docs; Beanie: Urban Outfitters

Backdated outfit pictures

I have a friend visiting for the week, so the past couple of days have been a whirlwind of activity, laughs and catching up. Today, for instance, there was an epic four hour karaoke session which resulted in many an incriminating videos which we have promised to keep to ourselves. I'm fairly behind on everything that is going on in life right now - replying emails, doing my uni readings, updating this blog. But at least there is much fun to be had. I too hope your week is as good as mine!

Apron SkirtDetail of my apron skirt
Jacket: Evolve, Tank top: Hand me down, Skirt: Two aprons, Tights: Myers, Shoes: Doc Martens

I wore this on Saturday. It was a day spent with much eating, chatting and sharing the daily gossip in our lives. Good times, I promise you. That 'skirt' is really made up of two aprons paired together to pass off as a skirt. Even though both pieces are different sizes (and it shows), I don't particularly mind so much. There isn't much ways to fix the problem but turn a blind eye. That always works best. (:

Sunday was a day spent thrifting with Chaz, my usual thrifting buddy and her mum. The day was also good, filled with sweet deals and lunch at Sofia's where we finished everything on the table for the first time! Usually we end up taking home half the food cause of the massive, massive portions. The key to accomplishing this, as we figured out, is to think about what you would usually order and divide that by half. And then you half that total again so you end up with a much lesser share of the pie!

My hemmed dressDetails of dress
Dress: Thrifted, Belt: Thrifted, Tights: ??, Boots: eBay

This was the very first dress I hand-hemmed. I chopped 20 cm of the length and worked my limited sewing magic on it. The final result is fairly sturdy, so that's led me to gain more confidence in altering more clothes.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

A comedy of mishaps

Taking outfit pictures for the past two days have been a true test of determination! In taking last night's casual dinner photo, I basically got locked in the stairwell for a bit. In my building, the door for the stairwell only works one way, that is you can open it to go in, but you can't open it from inside the stairwell. Seems a bit silly especially in light of real emergency situations but that's the way body corporate rolls here. I got out thanks to loud hammering and lots of "please, if you hear this, open the door, I'm stuck", much to the other person's surprise and confusion. Nonetheless, I persevered through the panic and an outfit picture was taken.

Casual dinnerScarf

Jacket: Hand me down, Scarf: A gift from a friend, Tank top: Miss Selfridge, Top: Savers, Skirt: Valley Girl, Tights: Myers, Shoes: Wittner.

I figured since I got myself into that situation I might as well reap what I sowed. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? (I'm pretty sure I'm using that quote in a totally wrong context)

After learning from yesterday's trapped-in-the-stairwell lesson, I came prepared and basically had a door jamb. No problems there but for some inexplicable reason my camera went all spazzy on me and overexposed every shot regardless of auto white balance!

My camera, broken?The dinosaur and the whale

Jacket: Thrifted, Brooches: Thrifted, Skirt: Thrifted, Tights: Myers, Shoes: Doc Martens.

I really hope that the problems lies with the lighting and it's not internal. I talk often about replacing my Pentax, but I really don't want to have to retire my Optio 750Z. I love you, please don't die, Camera-I-Don't-Have-A-Name-For!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jeans and I

As you might have notice, I hardly wear jeans. I don't really know why, but I think it has something to do with them being really warm, and that I feel I look weird in them. Anyways. It had been raining a couple of days prior, and well as being really cold and windy, so I crazily thought that it might be a good idea if I wore jeans.

Well, even mother nature must not like the idea of me in jeans because I stepped out, and it was sweltering. One of the hottest day I experienced since coming back. So lesson learnt: Me + Jeans = Bad. Plus, is it just me, or do I look somewhat disproportionate?

I also have to apologize for the pictures, but yeah, at least you can vaguely see what I was wearing. I'll just call it artistic.

Pink Tee: From HK; Jeans: Zara; Ankle Booties: Jeffrey Campbell from Urban Outfitters.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Lazy is as lazy does...

...Which unfortunately results in a lapse in daily outfit pictures. With an additional roommate to my little apartment, I can no longer afford to take an outfit picture at the end of the day in the comforts of my living room. There is always at least one other person at home and I rather not have to answer to awkward questions from befuddled roommates.

So I hide out in the stairwell instead!

Fully remixed.

The lighting is better anyway.

I think it's rather amusing how different Chaz and I are on the subject of colour. While she prefers a black palette to highlight her colourful accessories, I usually overdose on colour while dressing and use black as an afterthought instead. I have to wonder if this is symptomatic on how we see the world. Whenever we talk fashion it's always fairly interesting to see what we agree on and not. Most of the time, we have fairly similar opinions on things.

I should probably add that I didn't mean to steal her idea of taking the daily outfit picture in a stairwell. Weird coincidences, Chaz! Get out of my brainnnnn!

Jacket: Evolve, Tank top: Hand me down, Skirt: Thrifted (the same skirt I was wearing in the last outfit post actually), Tights: Safeway, Shoes: Doc Martens

Blue Tights

And now you know why my outfits are mostly black. It's because my accessories typically aren't. Especially tights. Some people collect bags, other shoes, I buy tights, coloured, patterned, plain, it doesn't matter. Most of the time I have no idea where they come from, as not only do I look for them where ever I go, I get people who go overseas to keep an eye out for interesting tights as well. Clearly I have a problem.

Black Dress: Thrifted; Navy Henley: Urban Outfitters; Blue Tights: Unknown; Boots: Dr Martens.

Jacket: Ink; Gray Henley: American Eagle; Vest: Kinki Gerlinki; Black Shorts: Unknown; Blue Tights: Unknown; Boots: Dr Martens

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ménage à Trois

More outfits from the past week, this time it's one of those 'Three Ways to Wear X' post. The item in the spotlight is this grey top that I bought nearly four years ago. However up till last fall (June-ish), I hardly wore it. But one day, I came across it, stuff somewhere under my increasingly full wardrobe, and ever since then, I've been wearing it constantly.

Top: DKNY; Skirt: Wayne Cooper; Plaid Tights: Unknown; Boots: Dr Martens

Top: DKNY; Dress: Quick Brown Fox; Scarf: Handmade; Leggings: AA; Boots: Dr Martens

Top: DKNY; Dress: Thrifted; Vest: Kinki Gerlinki; Black Tights: Unknown; Boots: Dr Martens

As you see, I wear my Dr M's very often as well. Especially during winter, since I don't like wearing jeans, not only do they keep my legs warm, but they are ridiculously comfortable as well.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I demand you look at my skirt!

Excuse the rude and 2-year-old-tantrum-y title, but I am very excited to finally be able to wear this skirt out. Before the alteration, it hung awkwardly around the middle of my calves, sort of neither here nor there, long nor short. After hacking away 19 centimeters, it now hangs just a little bit above my knee. A vast improvement definitely, as it looks less like a relic from the times when butter was churned in a wooden bucket.

Detail of skirt

This is a closer look at the skirt. I must admit that the detail to the skirt is my main motivation behind the purchase. Too often I'm buying things I like that don't fit right only to attempt some kind of alteration (after the obligatory period of procrastination of course). I'm not sure if some self-restraint would be preferable in this situation.

Looking out at Melbourne from the 33rd floor

I've finally got my Modepass account all set up after being invited months ago. Surprise surprise, it was the procrastination. This is the little corner of Modepass I reside at. Come say hi!

Blazer: Vintage- thrifted, Tank top: FOS in Malaysia, Cardigan: Topshop, Skirt: Thrifted, Tights: Safeway, Shoes: Andrea Biani

Back to School.

Sorry for the lack of posts. Like K said, I'm still trying to sort out my internet woes. Hopefully it'll be done soon, and I can stop using the labs in school. Maybe it's my paranoid nature, but I really dislike blogging in public areas.

Anyways, this is an outfit from last Tuesday, basically what I wore for my first day back in university. Something casual and comfortable was in order as I had classes from 9 - 5, with heaps of walking about, books buying and class scheduling in between. This combination is actually my go to style if I cannot be bothered dressing up.

Black tee: Charlotte Russe; Henley: American Eagle; Skirt: Not sure; Tights: Not sure; Boots: Dr Martens; Hat: Urban Outfitters

It can also be called my all american outfit, seeing as how (I think) all the labels this time are from USA.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Men's vests

I own two vests in my entire closet. Both of them are mens cut. A trend, me thinks so.

Vest 2

This is not to say that I dislike women's cut vests. I merely haven't found one I like enough.

I'm short of words at the moment. My brain is pretty frazzled right now from watching the gross-out viral phenomenon, 2 Girls, 1 Cup. Yes, I know. That video. I really need to start saying no to dares. Let this serve as a lesson, Karen!! I'll be right back. Washing my eyes and brains out with industrial strength bleach.

Jacket: Dangerfield, Vest: Topman (thrifted), Tank top: hand me down, Shorts: Valley Girl, Tights: Myers, Shoes: Dunlop Volleys

Friday, August 1, 2008

The perils of procrastination

I have a lot of ideas for alteration and creation of clothing but my lack of motivation and general laziness usually means these ideas never translate past their sketching on paper. My excuse is that I don't own a sewing machine, so hand sewing makes everything doubly hard. But if I were to be truly honest, I'm just one very, very, very lazy person. I safety-pin where I should hem and ignore the growing mountain of clothes that needs to be altered. Getting over this mindset is a work in progress. Meanwhile, my list of alterations is growing.

This dress for example, fits terribly, which is why I intend to make it into a skirt. Of course, this actually means I have to get to sewing, but since I like the print so much, I figured I'd just wear in all it's glory - bad fit, wrinkled and all.

Wallpaper dress

Jacket: MNG, Dress: thrifted, Tights: Myers, Shoes: Scooter.