Feeling Oriental

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Today there was the slightest ray of sunshine during the winter months so I thought I would go for a more summery look today – somewhat wishful thinking since it was still freezing outside.

I haven’t pulled out this Kimono from my wardrobe until today. I was always so afraid of wearing it because it looked so much like a oriental bed robe. But I remembered that’s what I loved about the piece originally. It’s the prefect accessory to dress up any plain t-shirt and jeans outfit. And with the wind blowing, as the cape flew up my back, it sure created a statement. With only basics to accompany it, I wanted to let the kimono be the shining element.

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Pink Stitch Kimono

Bardot Jeans

Portmans Basic Top

Portmans Waist Belt

Tony Bianco Platforms (similar here)

Hermes Inspired Cuff (eBay)

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The Pros of Retail

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Today was the first day at my new job…in retail! I have been working in the hospitality industry for nearly 5 years – I was definitely due for a change. From cinemas, to juice, bars, restaurants and cafes to Bardot. I was a regular customer there, so being able to buy their clothes discounted and then claim on tax is perfect for me! I never really realised how dangerous it si to work in retail (regarding my hip pocket). When I am putting stock away, I am just hunting for my next purchase. And the list is getting increasingly long.

Today was my first day and I went for a more sporty look. These leather joggers were the best buy. They’re so comfortable, I feel like I’m wearing sweats. That was negated however by the shoes. I know I have worm them three posts in a row; but what can I say, I’m in love. And to get this look shop at Bardot! (not advertising, I’m just really excited about this new job). The change from black uniforms to basically the outfit of my choice is so liberating. I don’t know why I didn’t make the transition sooner.

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Bardot Singlet

Bardot Leather Joggers

Deena & Ozzy Heels

Lovisa Chain

Armani Exchange Watch

Assorted Rings

Baggy

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Today was another lazy day for me. I have to say I’m enjoying my time off, but I do miss being busy. To reflect my current mood I went for a super compfy outfit for today: boyfriend jeans and an oversized boys tee. Of course I needed to bling it up with a statement necklace and some cool shoes. I actually made the necklace myself – inspired by the Kids necklace in my “New Kids On The Block” post. They don’t stock the colour I requested so I decided to make my own. I loved the whole process, however simple it was. But it got me thinking about future DIY jewelry designs. I am feeling a little inspired. I was even looking up jewerly design and construction courses. Now that I have time off for the next month or so it would be the perfect opportunity. I guess we shall see….

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Thifted Boyfriend Jeans

Cotton On Mens T-Shirt

Deena & Ozzy Heels

Colette Hayman Bag

DIY Necklace

ISABEL MARANT FOR H&M!!

H&M has had some spectacular collaborations over the past decade – from the luxury designer brands such as Roberto Cavalli and Versace to celebrity collaborations with the likes of Madonna and Kylie Minogue. But this newly announced collaboration with Isabel Marant, expected to launch on the 14th of November this year, is possibly the most exciting yet. With the celebrity and designer collaborations selling out within hours of stock being put on the shelves, Isabel Marant’s collection will surely adhere to the tradition – having created such a stir within hours of the collaboration being announced. This is definitely a monumental occasion on the 2013 fashion calendar.

The collection will feature clothing and accessories for men and women. Isabel Marant gave a short indication of the direction of her collection saying, “I aim to create something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality.” Although she says she represents the “French girl”, Isabel’s designers has transcended national borders and touched the hearts and wardrobes of girls and women all over the world. This collaboration with such a successful and accessible brand will allow the whole world to own their very own Marant piece that they would have previously lusted over – I know I have.

Unfortunately, there are only murmurs of H&M coming to Australia in time for the collaboration. I think I might have to make a special trip otherwise to take a peek at the new collection for myself; hopefully bringing home a few.

Below are a few previews of H&M’s previous collaborations.

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Versace: www.fashiongonerogue.com

Marni: www.vogue.co.uk

Kylie: www.fanpop.com

Comme des Garcons: www.thefashionisto.com

What Is Accounting?

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With an accounting exam coming up in the next few days you would think I would be home locked in my room in my animal onesie, hitting the books at a desk filled with books, papers, empty cups of coffee and chocolate wrappers. Well, that’s not the case. I tried that for the first couple of days of the study period, but I decided I would head out for a day with my sister instead. I just got this awesome dungaree in the mail, so I needed to christen it by going out.

Today’s choice was Cafe Tre Fontane in Ivanhoe. Unseen to the naked eye, but this hidden treasure makes one of the most decadent hot chocolate I have ever experienced. I was super careful to not get my stark white outfit dirty, which resulted in some pretty awkward sitting positions.

Also, I finally got a new bag. It was about time. I was even getting sick of taking photos with the blue Basque bag…IMG_0921

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Boohoo White Dungaree (black here)

Alpha 60 T-Shirt (got bored one day and cut the sleeves off)

New Look Moto Jacket

Forever New Tote

Topshop Sneakers

Lovisa Chain

Armani Exchange Watch

The Not-So-Basic Basic

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I was one of those lucky people who won those instagram competitions fashion labels host. I won an Elliot Label voucher worth $150, which I am so thankful for! And with my voucher I purchased this amazing cross over silk shirt. I have always wanted a sheer type blouse but I could never settle for an ordinary chiffon shirt. I believe that your basics don’t have to be basic. So the cross over draping of the shirt along with the cutout below the collar makes this the perfect not-so-basic basic. It’s all about the small details in an outfit: from a studded cuff to cutouts, they can dramatically change a look.

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Elliot Label Shirt

Cheap Monday Jeans

Zara Booties (old)

Dotti Necklace (it used to be gold, I think I’m due for a new one)

Studs In All The Right Places

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Today I was going through my bloglovin feed, as I do every five minutes, and I was inspired my people in summery blouses with necklaces under the collar. I have always loved this look, but being winter in Australia wearing a chiffon blouse will leave you with pneumonia. So I adapted this look to fit the weather by wearing my thick denim shirt (with two other layers underneath) with a statement necklace underneath.

I love how studs can look on an outfit. However, they can be quite overwhelming so I tend to only wear studded accessories. I felt a bit grungy with all the studded elements to my outfit, so I decided to wear my black trench coat to add a little more ‘class’ to my outfit. Having a classic winter coat is a must. I have had this coat for 6 years now and is still an active piece in my wardrobe. I am definitely one for statement or quirky pieces, but it is important to have the essentials.

This bag has been worn out in my blog posts I am well aware – but I love it! I’m thinking I need the other colours…

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Topshop Denim Shirt

Jay Jays Jeans

Cotton On Necklace

Camberwell Market Cuff

Basque Tote

Misshop Coat (similar here)

Ego and Greed Platforms