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)

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

Winter Warmer

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There’s nothing more essential in a winter wardrobe than an oversized knit. I’ve taken a bit of inspiration from Aimee Song of Song of Style’s layering look: teaming a tartan shirt with a ribbed sweater. It’s also a great way to keep extra warm this winter.

Also, my Deena & Ozzy beauties finally arrived last week, and I am excited to parade them around. I was so hesitant to purchase them – sitting in my shopping bad for two weeks – but I’m glad I made the plunge.

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Boutique Oversized Knit

Cotton On Shirt

Wrangler Jeans

Deena & Ozzy Heels

Armani Exchange Watch

Claw Bangle from eBay

Assorted Rings

Russian Spy

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I brought the most amazing coat this week as a little present to myself for making it through this semester of classes. Any excuse to buy new clothes really. Coming into winter I am consciously trying to introduce bold colours into my outfits: and this is bold! So teaming it with all black seemed only natural.

I got really excited shooting this look. I guess I felt super chic in this coat, especially because of the high collar. It’s so perfect for Melbourne’s cold weather at the moment. Also, I finally didn’t need to wear a scarf. What made this photoshoot fun was also the location. I wanted to move my photos to this garage because I wanted a contrast with this sleek ensemble. I found a pretty good dump I think. I really enjoyed working with the gradient of the floor to get some really interesting angled shots. I think that fitted really well with the ‘Russian Spy’ look (my mum’s words).

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Mango Coat

Wittner Boots

Colette Clutch (similar here)

Pop Up Boutique Bracelet

Prada Sunglasses

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

White On White On Kanye

IMG_0770I brought out my favourite winter look again today: white on white on white. Of course I broke it up with a printed tee and nude shoes. I have never felt so bright until today: I was in the city waiting to cross the road with a large crowd of workers this morning, all dressed in black, brown and grey. I felt luminescent. I do understand the hesitation to wear white: it’s not the most flattering colour and it gets dirty really quickly. But even wearing a white scarf with a grey suit will instantly brighten the outfit.

I felt quite gangsta in my outfit today – especially with my shoes, they seem so ghetto. Teaming them with a Kanye West top and a bomber jacket, I felt black; especially with No Church In The Wild (Kanye and Jay z – Watch the Throne) blasting from my iPod as I walked to uni.

What made my day a lot more interesting was that I got to meet Geneva Vanderzeil, the blogger behind A Pair And A Spare. She is fantastic! I got to met her after she did an interview at Melbourne Central. We talked about her blog, her stay in Australia, but more importantly she said I was lovely and asked for my name. I’m on her radar! Is it kinda like we’re friends now? If you haven’t heard of her, or checked out her blog I highly recommend it (see here). I have tried a couple of her DIYs before, I think I might show them off a bit more. I made her tassel necklace so I will definitely feature that soon, and probably do some more colour variations.

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Nasty Gal Jeans

Sportsgirl Bomber Jacket

Ray Girl Ray Guy Kanye West T-Shirt

Jeffrey Campbell HOMG Platforms

Florence Market Scarf

Armani Exchange Watch (similar here)