Saturday, February 28, 2009

Errand Girl.

As predicted, Thursday was sweltering, and instead of staying at home like I should have, I was running errands, carrying groceries and other sundries. I have no idea why, but each time I come back, it's like I'm setting up my house again. There's always heaps of things to get and things to be done.

In other news, classes begin again next week. =(

Thrifted shirt, 2nd hand belt (mom's), thrifted shorts, Review hat, thrifted shoes, random mix of bracelets

PS> Sorry for ditching you Sam! I promise to make it up!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Holy Smokes

It is insanely hot over here in Melboune. Tomorrow's weather is predicted to be a sweltering 38 degrees (100 Fahrenheit), which to a girl who finds anything above 25 degrees too hot, is crazy.

Thrifted floral dress, belt (mom's), Urban Outfitters tights, Payless patent flats

I'm mad that I forgot to take a picture of the back of the dress, as well as not having a less awkward picture of me. Haha.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

So, what exactly is a "female salebait" anyway?

Right at the start when I first started experimenting with style and dressing, Fops and Dandies was one of the few blogs that really struck a chord with my befuddled, and still ongoing, state of mind. Lauren and her cohorts (although how infrequently they spoke) opened my eyes up to the possibilities that could happen with an open mind and a tenacity for thinking outside the box. The emphasis of that blog was the journey of documenting one's personal style and rare was there mention of high end fashion brands besides the usual 'lust list' items. While I have to admit that looking at pictures of haute couture fashion week runways are pleasing to the eye, they don't quite have that same relatability factor that Fops and Dandies did. Lauren was amazing at coming up with outfits that consisted of things that you'd never think to use. I wish I saved that picture where she used a equestrian ribbon medal as an accessory. It was brilliant. And stylish. And so so ridiculously cool. Which I always imagined Lauren the kind of person to be.

Anyway, the term 'female salebait' was one she used in a post to refer to her tendency to be attracted to shops with sales and discounts. I thought it was a rather ingenious way to describe the type of person I am as well as a pretty damn neat phrase so I 'borrowed' it for the URL of this blog. To cut a long story short, I suppose 'female salebait' is an homage to a beloved-now-defunct blog and my strict shopping habit of not paying full retail price for anything.

For close to a year now, I've curtailed my shopping habits only to items that were on discount and/or cheap. It meant waiting for clothes to go on sale, racking up hours on eBay and selling blogs as well as plenty of thrifting. Which don't get me wrong, I've thoroughly enjoyed but there have been a few items that got away. Like a person, the could-have-beens of the fashion world are equally missed and lamented over. I want to say that I did it out of a need to save our world by re-using and not wasting like that one guy did in his book, but mostly it was the perks and irrepressible thrill that came with getting away with an awesome score. Seriously, the high that you get from a good bargain - 'tis an addictive one.

So that, my friends, hopefully explains the reason behind the URL of this blog. And I hope that it gives you an insight into Chaz's and my mindframe when it comes to shopping. The both of us are admittedly 'cheap' when it comes to spending habits and thrifting seems to be the best option in fitting with out philosophy. While I may have come up with the URL, Chaz came up with the name. Oh yeah, we ride that avoid-original-retail-price wavelength together.

All that being said, I kind of broke that rule during my little trip while visiting Chaz in Singapore. It felt weird paying full price but I say in the face of something unique and decently-priced pretty, the rules could be bent a little.

1. Bird necklace from some shop in Haji Lane - the unique
I still hate birds
My favourite couch
Vest: Mum's, Shirt: Topman, Skirt: Valleygirl, Shoes: Docs, Necklace: Haji Lane, Singapore

2. Skirt from Bugis Village - the decently priced pretty
Would you hire me?
Hire me, please!
Blazer: Sisley, Shirt: Topman, Skirt: Bugis Village, Shoes: Topshop, Bag: Thrifted

And well, know you now something else about me. Apart from being a bargain-hunter, I repeat outfits a lot, and sometimes wear things a couple of times before I wash them. Oh boy, that's more than enough sharing for today, me thinks!

By the way, if you haven't heard, Lauren recently did a guest post over here. Go see what she's been up to since leaving New York for further education in Chicago!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Some Other Pictures From This Week.

Please ignore the crazy hair. I had just arrived at 1am that morning, and after unpacking and a couple of hours of shut eye, was going to get my fringe cut.

Urban Outfitters dress, sheer seamed tights, Nine West booties

BCBG dress [stolen off my mom], thrifted brogues

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Together Again For The First TIme.

So, I'm finally back in Singapore and guess who came to visit?!

Top: Dangerfield (thrifted), Shorts: Just Jeans, Shoes: Andrea Biani, Bag: Thrifted

And guess who got a haircut?

Thrifted dress, black tights, thrifted brogues

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Busy Bee

So, after my last post, there was Chinese New Year Party 1, CNYP2 (sadly no pictures), then I hopped a bus and went to NYC for a couple of days, followed by CNYP3 and CNYP4 (again no pictures). Needless to say, it's been rather busy around here, and now that I'm in my final week, things are going to get a whole lot busier, what with packing, possibly shipping things, last minute sight seeing and a teeny tiny bit of shopping.

Onwards to CNYP1. I really wished I had taken pictures of my new shoes as they were freaking gorgeous. I wore my dress as a skirt, as I hadn't actually fixed the straps yet, and I was running late. I basically just folded the bodice down as the vee in my top was quite wide and you would still be able to see the straps with it on. I wasn't too happy with the outfit, as the shades of purple between the dress and the belt clashed and it really bugged me. Plus, you can't really tell from the picture, but that top was grey but my belt was black, and the whole outfit just made me quite frustrated, and not super confident. Blah.


DKNY top, thrifted belt, thrifted dress, grey tights, Leopoldo Giordano oxfords

Unfortunately I only remember to take one outfit picture during my NYC trip. Me being the genius that I am, forgot to bring a spare pair of contacts and they tore my first day there (of course they did), which meant I spent the rest of my trip in glasses.

<American Eagle top, Urban Outfitters henley (underneath), my mom's belt, thrifted skirt, Mink Pink cardi, thrifted scarf, Docs

Once again, sorry for only taking a half shot, but this was when I snuck away into the very fancy bathroom. It's basically my birthday dress paired with red tights and oxfords.

Clutch this! (grabs at anatomy I don't have)

And my penchant for lameness stops at the title.

As a general preference, the bags I carry on a daily basis tend to be medium/large-sized totes. The kinds that will hold your laptop, all your junk, a magazine or two and a bottle of water to boot without breaking. I rarely change them out and lug them everywhere for convenience sake. Which is a pity considering the pretty bags stored away in my closet.

Hence, I'm going to make a bigger effort to make full use of all my bags. For a day filled with a trip to the bank and other miscellaneous errands, I carried my clutch bag out. I've only used it once before for a formal occasion and I thought simply restricting it for formalities, seemed ridiculous. I must say it was a nice change not having to rifle through a bag of junk to get the item that I want.

Clutch bag on a weekday?
Clutch bag on a weekday?
Shirt: Hilfiger (thrifted), Shorts: Just Jeans, Bag: Thrifted, Flower pin: Sportsgirl

That being said, I felt rather empty without my bottle of water. And having one hand unavailable was a rather bizarre experience as well. Afterall, with one hand on the bag and the other on the phone, how exactly do you get doorknobs to turn?!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

2 things you should know about me on the 2nd of February

1. Chaz brings the class component in this friendship. Observe here.

2. Even though I may have turned a year older, I'll always be 16 at heart.

I am a hero of the guitar sort

Just chillin'

So what? I'm still a rockstar!
Top: Cotton On (gift from sister), Brooches: Thrifted, Bangles: Thrifted and gifts, Jeans: Topshop

Is it no small coincidence that for the past week P!nk's anthem to the rebellious and carefree, "So What", have been stuck in my head?

na na na na na.