Sunday, November 30, 2008

A long weekend

Friday was a off day from work because I had no voice, whooping cough, bleeding nose and an achey back. After sleeping for 14 hours, I am sort of better, though the cough remains. I rarely fall sick and have come to realize that I hate being fawned over both in sickness and good health. All I need is to be curled up under covers with lots of time to sleep and a book or two to read and I'm as happy as can be.

Unfortunately, the sickness exacerbates my morning grouchiness. On usual days, it takes about half an hour to an hour for my brain to warm up and pleasantness to kick in. My poor mum and sister has have to put up with what I've come to term 'grump face moody ass Kaz' these past two days. Seriously, I'll out-bitch whatever you got if forced to wake up at 8 am on the weekend. When sick.

Sleepy scene kid
T-shirt: Genki, Belt: eBay, Jeans: Topshop, Shoes: Dunlop Volley

90s revival.
Jacket: BUM, Top: Sportsgirl, Shorts: Just Jeans, Bag: Parcel, Shoes: Asics

It has come to my attention that my mum and sister hate my pigeon Parcel bag. Apparently I have overused it to the point where they are ready to burn it just so they never see it again. It's true. I overheard them plotting in the kitchen. So I'm putting the bag on extended vacation for now. But how will the world know I dislike pigeons? Hmm.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


One of the biggest ironies of my life, I think, is the fact that my friends somehow make me out to be a Dr. Love when it comes to their relationships, where I am perpetually stuck in singledom. I never mind listening and trying to help but sometimes I worry about giving out unrealistic advice given the lack of experience in mine. I usually work around logic and rational, but when it comes to love, I guess rationality (occasionally) has a time out and sits life out for a bit.

Here be thoughts.
Headband: Diva, Shirt: Topman, Dress (worn as skirt): Valley Girl, Shoes: Wittner

Monday blues
Shirt: Thrifted, Tank top: Bonds, Jeans: Topshop, Shoes: Eleanor Bluebird Keds.

The picture above was taken on Monday morning. (virtual) Hands up now. Who else hates Mondays?

Monday, November 24, 2008


Sometimes I wish I dressed edgier. Cooler. More block colours than crazy coloured prints. The kind of style fashion designers like Yohji Yamamoto creates and the type replicated by distinctive fashion bloggers. Their ensembles have the end result of chic-ness and I can't help but want that.

For a day or two, I might try to pull it off. Dress in sombre tones, and sneer at the camera as if I believed I really am too cool for school. But the truth is, I'm made of happy-kiddy-coloured-prints. Polka dots, ginghams, if it comes in bright colours (red especially), it's a sure bet I already own it. My wardrobe looks a lot like the aftermath of a massive rainbow spewing session hit by a tornado. And sometimes, I think I'm really quite okay with that.

Sneaky public toilet pictures
Top: Dorothy Perkins, Skirt: Grab @ eBay, Shoes: Andrea Biani

I like colours
Cardigan: Tophop, Dress and Belt: Thrifted, Shoes: Far East Plaza

Saturday, November 22, 2008

We interrupt your regular programming...

In honour of Chaz turning ___, I thought it would a nice way to celebrate her birthday by turning the spotlight on her. So through hardship and dog-gone perseverence (the Internet ate a couple of our emails), here's 'Kaz, on Chaz'. Now, without the value-added porn implications!

Okay, are you ready to rumble?
Psst! Do I have to be all formal about it?

Absolutely not. FYI, the interview session has already started. Teehee! So tell us, Chaz,
why are you an international (wo)man of mystery? Five bucks if you guess the quote right
without resorting to Google!
Dude, Austin Powers. Are you trying to insult me or something? =P Anyways. I don't think I'm
"an international women of mystery". What makes you say that? Also, I'm collecting on
that 5 bucks when you come visit.

Well, you're all mysterious-like with the sunnies in every picture being all stylish and really, really, ridculously good looking. Talk me through about how you put your outfits together. The end results are always so chic!
ZOOLANDER! (do I get another $5??)


My thought process for outfits typically goes something like this:
Step 1: Check weather
Step 2: Pick a 'main' piece that I want to wear, and just built around it.
After which, depending on my mood, I might start piling on more and more accessories, or just leave it as it is. Having said that, it also depends on what I'm doing that day, and who I'm going out with. Of course, I also have my lazy-days-comfort-dressing, which I've talked about. Or on some days, I'll just pick a theme (or look) that I want to portray. Dirty hipster = Plaid shirt + AA leggings + Docs + heaps of jewelery. Preppy = Collared shirts + Blazer + skirt + tights + flats + minimal accessories.

It's a mixture of the weather + mood + activity + (presence/absence of) shiny new purchases.

So yeah, basically all this rambling is to say that I don't really know how I get dressed.

If you didn't spot that reference, I would have taken the previous $5 bucks right back! You mentioned themes/looks that you want to portray. Would you say you have one typical look? If so, what is it? If not, which would you say is your favourite look?

[Insert interlude where miscommunication happened due to the Internet eating emails and lots of 'dude, you totally snobbed me off, nuh uh, you did' shenanigans]

I don't really think I have a particular look, but then again, I'm terrible when I have to tell people what I dress like. I think other people can probably give a better description of my 'look', if that makes sense. It's like emo kids not believing they dress emo-ly while everyone else around them recognizes it for what it is. But if I really had to choose, I would say, right now, I'm leaning towards a 'ladylike' look. Somewhat Blair-esque (I cannot believe I just used a fictional character's name as an adjective), but more 50s-ish. Poofy dresses, narrow waist and all that. The outfits that come to mind are the one I wore on my birthday, the fairy princess, and the one with the white jacket.

Blair, like Tony? (insert crickets sound and one nervous laughter) So besides one Miss Blair Waldorf, are there any other people fictional or otherwise, that you usually draw inspiration from?
Not really, but I do read a whole bunch of blogs, fashion or otherwise, and I typically save pictures of things that inspire me. That includes items I'm lusting over, ideas on how to wear something, and people who just naturally have It.

And now to wrap this up, insert one word answers to these 5 questions:
1. Who is your favourite Kate?
Winslet [but I'm pretty meh on the whole bunch of them, and the first one which popped into my head was Moss. I couldn't think of any other for the longest time...]

2. Why doesn't Donald Duck wear pants?
"The monkey's the only cookie animal that gets to wear clothes, you know that? "
"So I'm wonderin', do the other cookie animals feel sorta ripped? Like is the hippo goin', "Hey man, where are my pants? I have my hippo dignity." And, you know, the monkey's just, "I mock you with my monkey pants!" And then there's a coup in the zoo."

3. Why do you not follow instructions?! One word, helllllllllllo!

4. Are you aware the words 'exhibitionist', 'freedom' or a 'dunno' could have fit right well with question number 2?
Proper sentence structure is important to me, okay?? I would said, 'Don't know', or 'For the freedom' or 'He's an exhibitionist' =P

5. Ugh. Who is made of fail now? (Clue: It's not me)
Que? I think we know who's made of fail! =P

Friday, November 21, 2008

Traffic lights

Red means stop.

Lazy weekend
Dress worn as top: eBay, Belt: My mum's, Shorts: Jeans West, Shoes: Charles & Keith

And green means go.

Odd colour combos
Top: Vintage - thrifted, Skirt: Miss Shop @ Savers, Shoes: Far East Plaza.

Well, it's supposed to at least. In Malaysia, red is more stop-if-you-feel-like-it than an actual STOP. Yellow apparently means speed up and drive like your life depended on it. Even if you're 100 metres away from the traffic light.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dance Shoes

After a day of glamour, Cinderella has to return to real life, and resume studying for her exams.

Since I couldn't think of a smooth segway to this, HERE BE MY NEW SHOES! I got them from ebay beginning of the month and they finally arrived on tuesday. I've been looking for a pair for what seems like for-freaking-ever, so you can imagine my excitement when I opened the package. Note to self: Must stop shopping, since I'm almost flat out broke.

My only problem is that they aren't used. I know it sounds silly, but I don't like breaking in new shoes, especially leather ones. I'm just impatient. Plus, worn in shoes are so much more comfortable. Which is why I guess I don't have a problem with buying secondhand shoes, unlike my mom, who is horrified by her child wearing pre-worn shoes.

Anyways, since they are relatively new, these are still really stiff in front, so when I walk, the back of the shoes sort of slips off a little. Not to mention they squeak. Loudly.

So I come to you, dear readers, for your help. Do you have some ideas for me to hasten the wearing in process? Should I just find a car and have someone roll over them? Stomp madly all over them? Sit on them? All ideas are welcomed.

Black Urban Outfitters top, Tina Kalivas for Target jacket (thrifted), Zara jeans, thrifted shoes.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Birthday To ME!

So yeah, today was my birthday (those people who know my age, shush!), and the girls (those who were in Melbourne anyways) and I went out for a chocolate High Tea at the Langham Hotel. I was so stuffed afterwards, and I'm pretty sure the chocolate high was part of the reason why I look so happy in all these pictures.

I would also be remised if I didn't talk about my bag. I been hinting to my parents for a couple of years now that I would love a Chanel, but my dad made it clear that a student doesn't need such an expensive bag, and that I should wait until after I started work to get one. It was then that I decided if they weren't going to get me one, I'll buy it with my own money.

So I did.

That was a couple of months ago, and I had to resist carrying it until today, since it was supposed to be a birthday present to myself. The sad thing is that I don't think I can ever afford another, especially with the ridiculous 25% increase in price. TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT!! That's simply insane.

Dizingof dress, Dizingof necklace (I didn't realized until I left the house that they were both from the same place... I don't know how I feel about that.), Sportsgirl tights, Jeffery Campbell oxfords, Chanel 2.55

How was your day?

ETA: Because Kaz kept insisting on more pictures, here a close up I just took. I simply adore the colours on this dress.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Running on borrowed time

This was last Friday's outfit.

Last friday's outfit

Now with added adorable furry little bear-like creature (no, not an Ewok).

Last friday's outfit + cute furry bearlike dog
Dress: Sportsgirl (thrifted), Tank top: Bonds, Shoes: Converse, Ewok wanna-be: Teddy! (cause we're original about names like this)

When I have more time I will crow about my 5-pair-of-shoes-bought-over-this-weekend-away-OMG-no-regrets-they-are-so-pwetty! awesome purchase.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Crazy Summer Weather

Now, I typically like the unpredictable Melbourne weather, but all I want this Tuesday is for it not to be extremely hot or raining. I'm not asking much more than that. The weather report has been predicting thunderstorms for the past couple of days, which I have yet to see, and I'm just worried that it'll manifest on Tuesday.

In other news, I'm so ready for the exams to be over. Is it the 26th yet?

Cassette Society tee (secondhand), Tina Kalivas for Target jacket (thrifted), black shorts, black tights, Dr Martens.

Pardon my slightly crazy hair, and weird posture. The former was due to the wild winds and the latter from me moving when the camera went off.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fairy Princess

Remember how a long while back, I bough a tutu skirt? I wasn't too sure how I wanted to wear it, just that I did, and since I'm not actually daring enough to just rock it on its own, it had to be under something, at least initially.

Today, I've finally took it out for a test drive around the city, and it was all thanks to this belt I found hidden away in the drawer. I love how the colours of both match up perfectly. Little serendipitous things like that make me so happy. Plus flowers! Without the belt, the entire outfit would have been a shapeless blob since the dress had just a very loose fitting hang. Sadly, I have no idea where it came from. Woe.

Thrifted black dress, thrifted purple tutu, purple flowers belt, black tights, Payless patent blue flats, black Anna Sui Ring

Monday, November 10, 2008

Obnoxiousness overload

Check out mah new watch

I realize the overload of smugness here, but my new watch is a result of a years worth of hunting and lusting. My dad, sister and friends alike have pretty much made this face, -_-. upon seeing my new purchase, but I'm like ^_^, so all is good in the world today.

Watch: Casio

Comfort Dressing Part II

Stealing post ideas from my partner on account of my brain cells being turned to mush by my exams. My lazy day combinations typically consists of

+ Shirt (the bagginess factor exponentially increases with lounging)
+ Shorts (less care is need in how you're sitting)
+ Tights (weather-dependent)
+ Boots (again weather-dependent)

and as it heats up, I shift from this to chucking on a dress and a pair of flats.

Thrifted plaid shirt, black shorts, black netted tights, Docs, 2 thrifted rings, black Anna Sui ring, marks on hand from writing my essay using a pencil

Ultimate comfort dressing is required when taking an exam. Not only will you be sitting for a good 3 hours, but it eliminates the thinking process of what to wear the morning of. While Rachael's idea of matching your dressing to the exam is appealing to me, most exam mornings consist of me desperately trying to cram more information into my brain, and willing myself not to have a panic attack.

Maybe on my last paper I'll give it a go.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


My first exam is tomorrow morning, so I would pick today of all days to procrastinate. Sigh. I want to shop so badly, but I have to be good, and save up for my USA trip, especially since the aussie dollar is absolutely crap now. Thankfully, I've some USD stashed away somewhere.

Note to self: Find it.

Gap Product(RED) shirt, black shorts, Gail Sorronda vest, Paraphernalia necklace, thrifted heels (Hong Kong)

Riddle me this, why are geneticist so inconsistent in the naming of genes?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Comfort dressing

Sometimes I think I'm a little bit too fond of the tank top + overshirt + jeans/skirt combo. It's variations of what I term 'comfort dressing'. You pair it with Chucks and that's hobo heaven right there.

Dressing like a hobo
Shirt: Benetton (thrifted), Tank top: FOS, Belt: eBay, Jeans: Topshop

I realize that perhaps some creativity should be exercised in my daily dressing, but on the weekdays, I'm usually rushing cause of a late sleep-in, hence I usually just pull on whatever my sleepy brain grabs first. My sister commented that I seem to wear the same white tank top all the time. But truthfully, I've got five different white tank tops. I guess at the end of the day, they do just serve that basic need and appear indistinguishable.

I realize that it's exam season all around the globe at the moment. Rachael from The Life Aesthetic suggested the wonderful idea of dressing thematically for exam sessions. I reckon it'd be a great idea for what would otherwise be a really stressful and dreary day. Imagine the possibilities if you were a archaeology student, or a herbology major!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The difference between

A lot of friends upon entering the workforce usually tell me that I'll never have it as good ever again as I did back in uni. The lack of responsibility and micro-bubble-world-revolves-around-college that are trademarks of uni life are apparently things I will look fondly back upon with rose-tinted glasses. Now, perhaps it's a bit too early into my internship/work life to make general assumptions but I'm finding the rigours of work life to be a really interesting challenge. There is this constant time struggle between work, family and having an active social life. At some point or another, I feel I am constantly neglecting one or the other (usually the social life). But even though I do get driven crazy by the neverending task load, I do have to admit that I am really loving it. Everything changes from day to day and nothing is ever stagnant. There is so much to learn, and all the more better that they don't come from textbooks. I guess, the only thing I really miss about uni are my friends and awesome lecturers. And the whole "let's kill 8 hours on the Internet and get away with it" factor.

No flashFlash!

Cardigan: Topshop, Dress: Valleygirl, Shoes: Dodgy shop in Malaysia

Saturday, November 1, 2008


9 days until my first paper, 17 days until my birthday, 25 days until I'm done with exams, 27 days until I fly home.

The kimono was a great buy from Camberwell (where else), which I never wore as I kept putting off dry cleaning it. I was originally wearing a belt, but had to take it off after eating way too much for lunch.

I don't really know how I feel about these shoes. I bought them nearly 3 or 4 years ago, but it's only my third (second?) time wearing them. I think in general, I'm not fond of shoes that barely cover your feet, like these. In addition, these heels are only about an inch or so, and I firmly believe that you should either go high or wear flats. NO IN-BETWEENS! I really have no idea why I bought them. Oh well. What do you guys think?

American Eagle henley, thrifted kimono, black tights, Dizingof gladiator-esque shoes.

Thanks to the lovely Sam for taking my pictures.