Hole In One

HELLO! Here's my second outfit post for Black Out. I maaay have phoned it in a little bit with the black tights, but trust me, if I put on coloured tights my legs just look like two kielbasas. And it has been COLD in Perth for the last couple of days! Yesterday it was insanely windy all day and I didn't think I'd make it through the day having to constantly keep holding my skirt down so I didn't have a Marilyn Monroe moment. So shorts and tights it was (I don't own a single pair of pants apart from some scungy harem pants from Target).

And yes, I pulled out my golf cardigan! I pretty much bought it just to be able to own it, if you know what I mean, but then I thought why not just wear it? It's actually ridiculously warm. Which is kind of negated by the little patch of torso that showed up when I decided to tie my top up like this.

Seed Femme top // Hi There by Karen Walker tights // Black tights :( // ASOS flats // Vintage cardigan from Plumberry Vintage // Pigeonhole panther ring

My dad and I have a tradition where we go to the West Coast Blues & Roots together and next year's line-up looks incredible. Robert Plant, IGGY POP (*fans self*), Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Wilco, PAUL SIMON?! AMAZING! Sorry for ALL THE CAPITALS in this post, I was drinking a massive Red Bull while I wrote it.

Hope your weeks are all going excellently, and if you're participating in Black Out too then send me your links gurl! I want to see how everyone else is handling it!


It Ain't Easy Being Green

Hello! Here's my first official Black Out challenge post. I got this dress in the mail yesterday and I absolutely love it! It had been languishing on my Etsy wishlist for a couple of months and I'm so glad I snapped it up before someone else did. It fits perfectly and is such a beautiful olive green. I can just picture it with perfect red lips and victory rolls. Ahh! So good. I'm pretty terrified of spilling something on it, though.

Vintage dress from Bohemian Bisoux // Sportsgirl flats // Pigeonhole stag studs

I thought I would have NO problem with the Black Out challenge until I realised it also included shoes and accessories. 'SCUSE ME? WHY YOU GOTTA PLAY ME LIKE THAT? I pretty much live in black flats (and they smell gross enough to prove it). I think I might have to break out my collection of heels to make it through the week because otherwise you'll be seeing a ridiculous amount of these loafers. And summer is no friend to closed in shoes. 

And to match my vintage dress, here is one of my favourite vintage tunes. YES it was in Boardwalk Empire and y'all know how I feel about that show (I love it).


Weird Things I Buy, Part One

I had a girl come in for a trial in my store this week and she mentioned she'd read my blog (hi Caroline!) which reminded me that it's not only my family who reads this (hi Grandma!) and I thought I'd better put up a post.

So, here are some things I've bought recently! Sorry for the stock photos, but I haven't actually gotten them yet. Once they do they'll probably be on regular rotation in my wardrobe and you'll be sick of them (especially the pin! Oh my god!).

A while ago I was searching for novelty cardigans on Etsy and I found this gem. I don't know if I've mentioned before but my boyfriend is into golf in a major way. I don't really get it and I think my attention span is way too low to play such a game, but at least when I am dragged to the golf course I will be dressed appropriately, even when drinking wine out of a Coke can (has happened).

I found this shop while I was trawling old xoJane articles (in fact, this article inspired me to share MY weird Etsy finds with you). I have heard a lot of not-so-great things about that website but I LOVE it. I could read it all day. Anyway, I only just ordered this ring today, and I'm still not entirely sure why I thought I needed it in my collection. I don't even like babies! I'm kind of just fascinated by the weirdness of it.

Okay obviously this shop is full of strange and wonderful items. I mean, they sell Snoop Dogg prayer candles. SNOOP DOGG PRAYER CANDLES. You feel me? If the shipping for candles wasn't so expensive I would have a little Snoop shrine set up right about now. But this isn't about Snoop Dogg, it's all about Steve Buscemi. I am obsessed with Boardwalk Empire - can I just mention how amazing the latest episode was? Holy shit. I was on the edge of my seat watching through my fingers the entire time - so there's a lot of Buscemi love going on in our house. And now I can force people to look at his bug eyes every time I wear this badge.

I've seen this jumper on various blogs for years now, and this year I FINALLY managed to snap one up before they all sold out! Yay! I was tossing up between this one and one that was more about The Smiths, but the hilariously tacky Christmas jumper won out in the end. Obviously. I wonder what Morrissey would think of these jumpers? He would probably give me a withering glance and then stare off all melancholy into the distance. Oh, I do love him so.

What weird stuff have you bought recently? Send me links so I can spend my money!

Black Out

Hey! What's up? Sorry for my unintentional hiatus. The week before last I went to see Elton John, Sigur Ros and Ben Folds Five (one night after the other! Bam bam bam!) and of course I've been getting the store ready for Christmas, which is probably going to be INSANE. But I thought I'd pop in and let you know about a challenge I'm taking part in this week. My blogging buddy Mon has come up with this fun challenge for a bunch of fashion bloggers, called the Black Out Challenge. Mon's encouraged us to throw out black for a week and to blog about the colourful results! I couldn't take any photos today - it feels weird to apologise when that happens! - but I assure you I am not wearing a speck of black. I've got a grey Breaking Bad shirt, a navy skirt with white dots, and brown loafers on. Not the most exciting start, but keep an eye out this week for my outfit photos!


Advanced Style

To be totally honest, the thought of getting older makes me a little bit terrified and I couldn't even tell you why. I'm only 23, so I still have quite a way to go before the ageing REALLY kicks in, but the thought of being old makes me anxious and I kind of lock it in a little box in my brain. The older women I'm lucky to be surrounded with - my amazing grandmothers, family friends and the like - are all wonderful, inspiring women, which does ease my mind. I know that being old doesn't mean you can't be smart, energetic, inspiring, wise and so on, but for some reason it just weirds me out.

Well, one of the things that makes me dread "being old" a little bit less is Advanced Style. I know I'm about a million years late on this one but I think it's one of the best street style blogs out there. I don't really get into street style blogs that much (which is weird, I love fashion bloggers but street style blogs usually make me yawn. Only so many "off duty models" you can feature before the skinny jeans + brogues + leather jacket combo gets a little tired) but this one, I can read and get inspired with my current wardrobe, and I can be fairly confident I'll still be an seriously stylish senior. 

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

So, endless thanks to these rad ladies (and Wanny Di Fillipo) who give me hope that I can be this awesome when I'm in my 60s and 70s! I may not be able to control saggy skin, or dodgy joints, or failing eyesight... but at least I'll be able to rock a sequin boob tube and not give a damn. 

p.s I know that once you get older, fashion and style might not be such a big deal. Obviously my mind isn't consumed by "BUT WILL I LOOK GOOD ONCE I'M OLDER?!". I don't think you need to be out-there in your style to be inspiring, either, but these photos made me smile and I hope they make you smile too!


Little Things 09.11.12

Hello again! I thought it was time to do another Little Things post, since I have been doing a lot of stuff  and finding absolutely no time to blog about it. So here is a little snippet of what I've been up to...

We had a surprise picnic for my beautiful friend Grace and it was amazing! So much good food and wonderful people and it looked gorgeous too. The whole setup was based on this beach picnic shoot that was in Shop Til You Drop's latest issue. It ended up being a little cold for the beach (not that you can tell from these photos) so we took it to the park! I say "we" but my contribution was just providing chorizo and haloumi.

A bit of a better look at my Halloween jumper and bone bracelet // I was locked out of Aidan's parent's house last Friday so I borrowed Jerry for some shameless selfies // BURGER JUMPER (again)

I was very lucky to receive tickets for the opening night of the Australian Ballet Company's Romeo & Juliet and it was beautiful! My sister came and kept me company // One of my friends from work bought me some macarons as a pick-me-up one afternoon

I made sloppy joes (which I've never seen before outside of American high school movies) and they were delicious... // ... as was this banoffee pie from the aforementioned picnic! People lost their shit over this. I actually thought I would punch someone if I didn't get a slice.

The Pigeonhole party was a few weeks ago - at the start of October, and you can see my outfit post about it here - but I only just realised I never put any photos up! I do have more but the night got significantly more shambolic after this point and, well, no one needs that incriminating evidence on their blog...

♥ Wearing: I have actually tried to cut back on spending (especially since Christmas is NEXT MONTH, eek) but I did go a bit Etsy crazy a while ago and bought a sequinned cardigan, golf-themed cardigan (WHY?!) and a beautiful 1950s fascinator. And then a really lovely olive 1950s dress. BUT THAT'S IT.

♥ Lusting after: You would think there's nothing left to lust over after I seem to have bought EVERYTHING, but I do quite like this sweet little swan dress from ASOS and I am obsessed with these Jeffery Campbell pencil flats from Modcloth. I think I'm the only short person I know who still doesn't wear heels. 

♥ Watching: Like I mentioned a few posts back I am all about Project Runway. I thought season ten had just started but it's actually finished, which means I have a whole season to catch up on! I'm only about four episodes in but I'm already hooked. 

♥ Reading: I actually managed to read a couple of books while I was off sick! I read Lola Bensky by Lily Brett... I was expecting to love it because it's about a girl who's a music journalist in the 1960s, but it just fell really flat for me. I actually struggled to finish it because I didn't sympathise with the main character at all. I also read Everyone Changes But You by Maggie Alderson and I loved it. I love all her books. I know they're pretty fluffy chick-lit but there's nothing wrong with that, especially when you're sick! Then I decided to read My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult and yep, it's just as sad as I remembered it to be. 

♥ Excited about: Next week I have a huge week of concerts to go to! I have Elton John on Monday night, Sigur Ros on Tuesday night, and then Ben Folds Five on Wednesday night. Phew! And after that Aidan goes to Melbourne for Radiohead, so I'm a little bit excited to be able to watch my shows and eat food out of the carton and be messy for a few days. 


Mixtape #1

Hello! I've been listening to a lot of new music lately - which certainly makes a nice change from my usual exclusively '50s and '60s playlists - and I thought I'd share some of the artists I've been really loving! Just to be clear, some of these might not be 'new' music, but whatever even as a sometimes music journalist I'm pretty behind the game. So let's get it started...

The Lumineers popped up on a Spotify radio playlist and every one of their songs I listened to was amazing. I find that sometimes folk music gets a bit bogged down in trying to be this big profound thing (I'm looking at you, Bon Iver), but these are just wonderful, happy songs. And, okay, they're opening for the Dave Matthews Band on their latest tour, but I can't even hold that against them.


I am pretty obsessed with The Preatures' song Take A Card and I can't wait to listen to the rest of their EP! They have such an awesome retro sound (I think they describe their sound as Gothic Soul, which I think is pretty much the raddest description ever) and the band is a bunch of babes, which will be a welcome bonus should I ever see them live. 


I saw Gin Wigmore at the Blues & Roots Festival at the start of the year and my dad bought her album pretty much straight away, but like the fool that I am, I waited until a couple of weeks before looking it up. And now I feel even more foolish because it's such a great album that I've listened to over and over and over. My favourite song from the album is above, but the whole album is incredible. Again, it's got kind of a retro feel so I love it even more.

I found Girls through Spotify as well. The article that I got the image from was about how the frontman had quit the band, so I'm a bit bummed that I'm so late to the game! They sound great, kind of like a scuzzy garage band Beach Boys.

Well, that's all I've got so far! Thanks for letting me share my musical finds. Hopefully you've found something that's making your earbuds happy!

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Happy Meal

It's finally here! The burger jumper that I talked about way back in this post finally made its way into my eagerly awaiting hands and I've barely taken it off in the two days I've had it. I think that out of almost everything I've worn, this is the thing that gets the strangest reactions from people! They either love it or look at me like I'm a giant booger. I don't think I got reactions like that even when I had purple hair! What's people's beef with the burger?

Mr Gugu & Miss Go hamburger sweater (and it's on sale at the moment!) // Hi There by Karen Walker shorts // Op-shopped loafers // Pigeonhole panter ring // Black tights // My nan's silk scarf

Just a word of advice if you're planning your own burger jumper purchase... They're unisex sizes so I thought I'd order a small, but they're actually quite a slimmer cut than I expected. I don't really wear bulky jumpers so it worked out pretty perfectly for me, but just something to keep in mind if you like your jumpers big and cozy!

I know I've worn this scarf tied into a bow for three out of the last four outfit posts but... I love it. I wore it with this outfit because it was Melbourne Cup day and since I couldn't wear a fascinator to work, this was the next best thing. I know all the hipster teens were doing this look about six months ago but WHATEVER I am OLD NOW and it takes me a while to catch up.

Anyway I had quite an entertaining day watching ladies totter around in their ridiculously high heels and body-con dresses (I work across from two pubs and around the corner from a TAB, so it was pretty much a given on Melbourne Cup day!) and then going to Aidan's mum and dad's house for some lasagna. Not such a glamorous day but it worked for me.


I'ma Take Your Grandpa's Style

I guess I must still be feeling the effects of Halloween... I bought this skull collar-tipped shirt a little while ago and I've been wearing it pretty much non-stop ever since. The shirt makes me feel like a bit of a punk Dolly Parton. I think this is the closest I'll ever come to having skulls on my clothing! I really feel like this top would look awesome with some skinny jeans, which of course I don't own, but it also looks pretty great with this crazy printed skirt.

Little Lies shirt // Op-shopped skirt // Jelly sandals from Topshop // Op-shopped bracelet // My nan's silk scarf

I haven't been up to much this week; just working and slooowly getting over bronchitis. On the bright side, I have a whole new season of Project Runway to watch! I'm not really looking forward to working in retail full-time over Christmas - as much as I love my job, I think that's a pretty fair assumption! - so I'm trying to relax as much as possible until that crazy time ahead...

Oh! And I know everyone and their grandma has heard this song by now... but I absolutely love it. I wish it had come out before the Restyle challenge! It would have been so perfect!


Meow Girl

I first saw the Meow Girl collection at the launch of Pigeonhole's pop up store, and I walked out that night with the adorable pug necklace. Since I've been working there, I've added the dachshund and the teeny kitten to my collection. They're all so gorgeously detailed - the little pug even has his tongue poking out and wrinkles on his head! 

They're a little bit more expensive than what I would usually pay for jewellery - around $45-$55 a necklace - but I'm trying to buy fewer high quality pieces rather than a bunch of cheap stuff from Diva. I don't think three really counts as 'fewer', though...

I couldn't resist the kitten pendant because my nan owned a cat figurine almost exactly like it! It was my favourite when I was little. I'm so lucky that I was able to keep that collection of feline figurines.

{p.s very sorry for the lack of posts recently, I've got bronchitis! Hopefully things should go back to normal soon!}


Happy Halloween!

Hello again! These photos are a little late, but I've just got settled back into my house after it's been rewired. Hooray for proper lights and a much lower chance of being electrocuted!

I know you might have seen this cardigan before, but I only get one day a year to wear it so you had BEST BELIEVE it comes out every Halloween. Thankfully it was a pretty chilly day today instead of the 35ÂșC weather we'd been having so I could actually justify wearing it.

Op-shopped jumper // ASOS dress // Razzmatazz tights // Valleygirl flats // Pigeonhole bone bangle and cleaver earrings

I just took these on my point and shoot camera before going to a friend's house for Halloween, so they're not the best quality - hence the black and white. But I think that makes them look a little more eerie for Halloween, maybe? I'm still pretty bummed that I didn't get to wear my Peg Bundy costume anywhere. I mean who gets sick over Halloween? How rude.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, here's some songs that are on my Halloween playlist!

And you can see the jumper in last year's Halloween post, right here! Although the photos there are on my Macbook, so they're not much clearer. Maybe I will never get a good picture of this jumper? It's a HALLOWEEN CURSE, I tells ya.