Monday, September 29, 2008


Days like this, when I feel like blah and have trouble getting out of bed, I like to motivate myself by dressing up. Even if there isn't any particular event. It just makes me feel better about myself, and gives that extra push to get out of the house.

^& Urban Oufitters henley
^& Wayne Cooper skirt
^& Chloe jacket [inherited from my mom]
^& Sportsgirl tights
^& Jeffery Campbell oxfords [from Urban Outfitters]
^& Thrifted bag

DIY: The Pleasure Principle Spine Tee

Inspired by Childhood Flames' go at the Pleasure Principle Spine Tee, I went crazy with the scissors one sleepless night and have this to show for my efforts.

The original

The Crazy Hack Job by A Sleepless Hypersomniac

DIY: The Pleasure Principle Spine Tee

Some observations:
#1. Dad's ratty old singlet may be free but the bad fit loses much of the 'spineliness' in translation.
#2. Make holes more 'spinely looking', ie. less like a bunch of pebbles stacked up on each end.
#3. Don't forget the subtle curve to the spine.
#4. Consider doing a rib-cage cut out tee. Technically speaking, it's totally possible.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The difference between

Back when this blog crossed the line from idea to reality, I explained my motivations for coming up with this site, to sort of justify why an ex-hardcore-tomboy is writing about anything regarding dressing and style. I realize now of course that my overcompensating nature was totally redundant. To put it plainly, evolution is the mother of all change, and it's with growing that there's been a change in my perspectives and views. Technically, all I ever needed to say was, "I grew up. Get with the program."

That being said, I still grapple with the aforementioned identity issues. Especially more so since I'm now back living with my parents, who never fail to remind me of kid!Karen and how adamant she was on never wearing dresses. I don't regret anything I did or said when I was a kid, but I really wish my family would quit fawning over my apparently growing 'lady-like' nature. Sure, I may wear skirts and dresses and muck around with my sewing kit now, but damn son, I put sailors to shame with my constant cussing and swearing. I am so tempted to answer the next person who says, "Oh, Karen, you're more feminine now" with a hearty "Fuck you, asshole", if not to see their chagrin then to remind them that deep down, I'm still me, and I'm not sure if my behaviour will ever doth become a lady.

Of course, I start getting analytical and ponder if my habit for cursing stems from my strange innate need to distance myself from the image of a girly-girl. Which is entirely possible given my propensity for (un)intentionally getting a rise out of others for no rhyme and reason apart from my self-amusement. Ugh. Who knows?

Dotty for polka dotsIMGP2118

Everything is thrifted except the shoes which were from a dodgy Asian shop in Chinatown and the earrings which were my mum's.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Rub Some Dirt On It.

For the past few days, I've been at home, nursing a cold, lazing about in sweats and a grubby tee. Yesterday, I was finally persuaded out of my house by the Samster, to enjoy the glorious weather we were having. Ice cream and ice chocolate for everyone! Plus the fresh air did do me some good. I feel better already. =)

^& Top: Urban Outfitters
^& Shorts: Vallygirl
^& Heels: Thrifted [copied off a Nine West design]
^& Bag: Thrifted

Friday, September 26, 2008

Goofy is as goofy does.

I've been (affectionately) tagged (repeatedly) by my pals as a 'photo ruiner'. And by that they mean that many a snapshot has been ruined by me spazzing out and pulling a goofy ass face. In fact when I first started taking outfit shots, I wasted the first twenty or so shots cause the entire photo was unsalvagable due to an overload of spazziness. I have since been able to harness control but you can't really hide who you are for very long, as these pictures go on to show.

Don't worry?!
Tee: Threadless, Shorts: Valley Girl, Shoes: Keds

Polaroid love
Shirt: Savers (with modified buttons), Tank top: Hand me down, Skirt: Valley Girl, Shoes: Nose

It's not my fault, I say. Genetically speaking, I never stood a chance in when it came to the goof and spaz. The world must know of this sad condition. To others with this strange problem; solidarity, sisters!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Back with a vengence

I don't know what possessed me to wish for cooler weather in, of all places, Singapore. That little dot is smack right on the Equatorial line! I plead temporary insanity. And lots of wishful thinking. My brain was frazzled by the unrelenting Malaysian sun? That's where I was over the weekend if you're confused. It's been a while since I've been there and it was good meeting up with family and visiting the country that has been the butt of many a joke I've made. All in good fun of course. Well, most of the time anyway. ;P

In my moment of temporary insanity, I deludedly believed jeans to be a good idea.

A weekend away
Shirt: Thrifted, Tank top: Bonds, Jeans: Topshop, Bag: Thrifted

Yeah, it really wasn't.

But then thankfully, my other outfit over the weekend was a light and airy dress.

Look Ma, one hand!
Dress: Thrifted, Footwear: Hotel slippers

Phew. MUCH better.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Spring Break

I probably need to find another way of taking pictures seeing how my entire outfit has kind of blended together despite them being different colours.

Since we're currently on our two week break, I'm trying to wear heels as often as possible to 'train' myself into being better at walking in them. I'll be sure to report back in two weeks.

^& Black top: Urban Outfitters
^& Blue boy blazer: Thrifted
^& Jeans: Zara
^& Heels: Nine West
^& Necklace: Thrifted

Friday, September 19, 2008

What I Wore Today.

Sorry for the unimaginative title, but I'm feeling kind of lazy today.

^& Thrifted black top
^& Old black shorts
^& Grey cardi from Mink Pink
^& Thrifted scarf as belt
^& Necklace from Camberwell
^& Adidas shoes

A lot of laziness

It's been particularly stifling hot here the past couple of days that I cannot possibly think to do anything. I can't be bothered taking pictures, using the Internet, watching the TV, eating, breathing, showering, sleeping, you name it, I don't want to do it. Coupled with the insane levels of humidity, I'm up to my hairline with sweat. Yes, quite literally! I've been wearing some kind of variation of this outfit almost every day now. Thank goodness I have a rather extensive t-shirt collection.

I'm running away over the weekend for what I hope is cooler weather. Dear God, I don't like rain, but for my and rest of the sweltering population, let the heavens open and rain down on the heat. Except do it when I'm inside so I don't get caught in the downpour. If that's not too much to ask, Mister.

Hot weather laziness

T-shirt: Genki, Shorts: Valley Girl, Bag: Thrifted, Shoes: Andrea Biani

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Split Personality

You know how some people have a well defined sense of style, and if you asked them what they dress like or who they are influenced by, they would be able to give you a definitive answer? Well, I'm not one of those people. I typically dress according to my moods, even though I have a tendency towards black clothing, how I dress from day to day really depends on how I'm feeling, and the weather, of course.

To highlight my point, I've brought pictures for everyone! This was/is what I wore/am wearing yesterday/today. Ta da!

^& Thrifted floral dress and scarf
^& Thrifted belt [also from Camberwell]
^& Unknown tights
^& Doc Martens boots

^& Burberry fedora
^& Thrifted grey shirt from Hong Kong
^& Vest from Dizingof
^& Unknown black shorts
^& Unknown tights
^& Doc Martens

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What has passed and what is to come

Going to concerts with mum and dad are usually a very special experience. I spend enough time probing into their past lives before they were simply known by those terms, and ask too many in-depth questions about their young aspirations, fancy daydreams and footloose free ambitions. But regardless of all the secondhand information, there never is a real opportunity to peek into the lives of who they were and know the 'real them' - except in concerts. During the event, they throw themselves into the music and become younger before my very eyes. The lines on their foreheads become shallower as they cheer and the wrinkles near the mouth disappear as they sing along (with gusto, I might add!). They share anecdotes about the songs performed, or about the performer and I listen with rapt attention as I take a glimpse at the people I formally know as 'mum and dad' but who I call 'friend and confidante', and then I take a visual picture of it all to remember forever and keep close to my heart.

But then of course, since I'm the incorrigible rascal of the family, I laugh at their exploits and make fun of their sudden 'hipness'. Groaning at the collective age of the other concert-goers, I tease and giggle while secretly enjoying the concert myself, perhaps a little bit too much mind you!

I don't know why I'm in a bathtub either!

Cardigan: Topshop, Tank top: Hand me down, Skirt: Thrifted, Tights: Myers, (not pictured: my hotel slippers)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thrifting Day.

No full outfit pictures because my camera died before I could do so. Hence, you guys only get a sad half shot to give an idea of what I wear wearing. But, to make up for it, I've also included my new stash from Camberwell market.

^& Red Dress: Inherited from Kaz
^& Lace Slip: Thrifted
^& Black Thights: Urban Outfitters
^& Blue Patent Flats: Payless [not shown]

From top to bottom: Pile of scarves, 2 necklaces, 2 brooches, floral dress; grey jacket with pink lining (how awesome is that?); Purple kids tutu

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hot Hot Heat.

Today we had great weather, sunny with cool wind, and normally, I would love it.

But guess who has to work tonight?

Hot Day + Ice Cream Store = Busy busy me.

Red Shirt: Threadless
Black Shorts: Unknown
Tights: Unknown
Flats: Adidas

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pockets in dresses are so played out

But not really.

Shirt dress + pocket = superlovelove

Hello, I am Kaz and I enjoy making false facts! I also enjoy changing buttons on dresses when I feel the original buttons are lacking. This shirt dress is one example of such a modification. The buttons that came with the dress were light blue clear plastic, and since I apparently only have the vaguest idea of what subtlety is, red buttons seemed a better option. I do have to admit that there was a moment's pause after finishing the changing of the buttons since those red dots are rather inconspicuous, but as I do with most things in life, I shrugged off my worries and went to bed instead.

Shirtdress: Thrifted, Tanktop: FOS, Belt: Stall in Malaysia, Shoes: Andrea Biani

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Another Spring Day.

Today was another one of those transition day, the kind where it was really nice and warm in sunlight, but once you stepped into the shade... Anyways, despite being harder to dress for, I rather enjoy days like this, since you get to see what everyone else is wearing. Not only did I see many tees and a couple of shorts, there were still a few people in full on winter gear, jackets and scarves and the like.

Me? Since I had an early class, I needed something warmer, so I threw on a mock crop turtleneck top thing over my dress. You can't really tell from the front, but if you looked carefully at the bottom picture, you can see a sliver of skin peeking out from where my top and the back of my dress meet. Think of it as a vent to keep me cool when it gets too warm. But less gross.

Wearing this dress always makes me feel like I should be twirling about.

%^ Thrifted floral dress
%^ Turtleneck thing from somewhere
%^ Sportgirl tights
%^ Payless patent blue flats

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dresses with pockets are love.

'Tis an undisputed fact!

Hands in pocket

Although said dress might be rather voluminous and reminiscent of pregnancy clothes. But regardless, I have half a mind to alter a bunch of other dresses and fit in pockets where possible. I speak with my hands a lot, which is a nice way of saying I over-gesture too much while in conversation. I also have a bad habit of touching everything I see. So pockets help maintain some sort of control over wandering (and overbearing!) hands.

I'm making it a personal mission to start accessorizing more since I feel that is one section of style that is usually neglected in my own personal regime. So expect to see many more
bracelets/bangles and the odd pin or two in future outfit shots!

Indian bracelet

Dress: Thrifted, Tank top: FOS, Pin and bangles: Thrifted, Shoes: Thrifted

Monday, September 8, 2008

Spring has Sprung.

Lunch with the Samster, a day which I would otherwise have spent lazing about at home. Even though it seemed sunny enough when I left my apartment, it started to drizzle right after lunch. Oh Melbourne in spring, I don't know how I completely forgot about your erraticness. But it was a good reminder to always always always bring an umbrella and a jacket out with me, especially in this time of the year.

%& Thrifted shirt
%& American Apparel leggings
%& Blue patent flats from Payless
%& Belt stolen off my mom

The fallback

I get days where I couldn't be bothered thinking up new ways or ideas to wear my clothes, so I pull on a tried and true outfit that's been proven to be both comfortable and stylistically pleasing in the past. Before I started experimenting with clothes, it used to be a pair of jeans and whichever t-shirt I grabbed first. Today is a replica of an outfit I've worn in the past. I like to cheat and think that the change of shoes and accessories make it all a brand new outfit.

A remixA shorter fringeBracelets.

T-shirt: Gift from a friend, Skirt: Thrifted, Bag: Thrifted, Assorted bracelets: Thrifted, Shoes: Andrea Biani

I've also been to the hairdresser's which will explain the extreme feather-yness going on in the first picture and the shorter fringe in the second. I'm not particularly happy with the shorter fringe as that makes pushing hair out of my eye and behind my ear very redundant. But I'm looking on the bright side and looking at it as a style obstacle to overcome. Sometimes it's good being an optimist!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

It's always summer here

In contrast to Chaz's lazy winter, I'm actually living it up here in sunny, humid Malaysia. Due to a change in circumstances, I will be living it out here for an indefinite period of time. It is quite a stark contrast coming back to a country I haven't considered 'home' for a while now. Getting reintroduced to how this country works is a slow and uphill learning process for sure.

For instance, I can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that the warm sticky weather does not permit for comfortable tights wearing. In Melbourne, I wore tights every other day during Fall and Winter, it was comfy and provided warmth under skirts and dresses. Now my scratched up and scarred limbs have neither tights nor jacket to hide behind. What a strange naked feeling this is indeed.

5 Sept 08Butterflies on grass

Top: Bonds, Belt: Thrifted, Skirt: eBay, Shoes: Thrifted

Friday, September 5, 2008

Lazy Winter

As you can see, I'm still working to get the kinks out of taking my own pictures.

I've been really lazy about my outfits for the past two weeks or so. While some people's idea of causal clothes are tees and jeans, I was never a big jeans person. Mine are more shorts/skirt, whatever top I can get my hands on, tights, and the same boots I always always wear.

So for the next coming weeks or so, be prepared to see repeated pieces [more so than now], while I work to get my clothing mojo back.

Grey Top: DKNY; Skirt: Urban Outfitters; Jacket: Ink; Scarf: Thrifted; Red Leggings: AA; Boots: Docs

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Terrible Twos.

Here are two outfit posts from your two spazzy bloggers. I'm not really sure what K was wearing, so hopefully she'll add in her details when she's free. Both pictures were taken by our friend, Snakes, so credit goes to her. First set of pictures were just us mucking about after going to Camberwell, and the other pictures were after a farewell party.

Me: Grey knit top: DKNY; Plaid skirt: DKNY kids; Tights: Unknown; Socks: Dangerfield; Boots: Docs

Kaz: Shirt: Thrifted; Jacket: Dangerfield; Skirt: Valleygirl; Tights: Safeway; Boots: Docs

Purple dress: Thrifted; Grey Cardigan: Mink Pink; Leggings: AA; Boots: Thrifted; Scarf: Thrifted
Jacket: Evolve; Dress: Thrifted; Belt: Thrifted; Tights: Safeway; Shoes: Docs.