Monday, 7 November 2011

Not a Blogger

So it been another month and no updates, thats because it turns out I'm just not meant be a "blogger". I saw this on Lady Melbourne's blog  Reasons I know my blog is my boyfriend  and I knew right away I didn't want that.

I guess what I'm saying is I'm breaking up with my blog.

It was a fun few months,  we had our ups and downs, but I think it’s time we were just friends. I will stop by for a visit when I see something I know you will like or have something I need to share, but it will be on my terms, and not all that often. I know that if I continue seeing you that you will want me to spend the rest of my life with you, but I'm not ready for that, so it’s time we face the facts. We will never be anything more than friends who catch up once in a while.

Thank everyone who has been reading I will still update once in a while, but nothing constant. 

Monday, 10 October 2011

Well I’m back!

A month and no updates, you all most likely thought this blog was dead, but it’s not. I went on holidays for a month and didn't want to advertise my house was empty. Three weeks away one in China and two in Japan. This means I have lots photos and details of place I have been to come. Since getting home I have also been reminded of how much stuff I have. I really want to do a clean out but it seems wasteful and Michael had advised me it just an excuse to buy more things. But the feeling stayed with me so my first weekend back was spent cleaning, and clearing out.  I so far have 2 boxes of things to donate, and I also pledged to Buy Nothing New for the both of October so I can't just run out and fill the spaces these things came from. This month is also going to be very busy as I have two weddings, both of them in a different state. Lucky for me the first is in Sydney the weekend of the Love Vintage Fair.  I'm looking forward to browsing all the pretty dresses. 

A proper update soon.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Nesting & Berry coloured tops

For the past few weeks I have found myself shopping mostly at Op shop. I have been a fan of them for as long as I can remember, but it's always been to supplement my shopping from chain stores. I have found so many great things these past few weeks dresses, fabric and household goods, there is never a shortage of choice.
I went into a Sam's Warehouse to get something - I can't even remember what it was now -  and I ended up in the homeware’s area looking at all the vases and statues and little items I could buy. I looked around and found while it was all very pretty there was nothing here I could not find at an op shop to reuse. The more I thought about it I realised a lot this stuff has no purpose other than look pretty, and I own a huge amount of it. I'm a huge nester.
Looking around my house I think about items that would make the cut if I have to down size and I find its only items that have a story attached or were given to me. This is a huge area of spending I think I can focused on cutting out/down on.  Maybe apply a rule one in one out, but I still feel this is wasteful unless the item is broken. 
I had a doona that was a bit dirty... truth is my cat had weeded on it. I was torn between throwing it out and getting a new one for around $60 or taking it to the dry cleaners and getting it cleaned for $45. In the end I took it to the dry cleaners as buying a new one seemed wasteful. When I got it back I left it in the plastic to stay clean until I needed it, only to find when I pulled it out the wee stains where even more noticeable and something they had done had made it smell even more strongly. By now it was too late to go back and complain but in trying to do what i saw as the right thing I ended up wasting $45. The doona is now at Ingrid's warming some of the cats which is fine but I now refuse to buy a replacement. Its been almost a year now and I still haven't replaced it, and I don't think I will, because in the end I have worked out I really didn't need it. It makes me wonder how many items I could live without if I just gave myself some cooling off time.
The top below was found the day of my birthday high tea at the lost and found markets. It's really fun to wear, but I have to be in the right frame of mine when I do, defiantly not on a I hate my wardrobe day. The skirt was a gift from a friend who brought it for herself but didn't like it on. I don't know it if would ever pair them like this again, but at the time i thought it was a good idea.

 Top:Lost and Found // Skirt: Etsy // Belt: Glassons

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Sheepy Skirt

I'm fighting with my hair again and the moment... its hit the length where it long but not long enough for what I want to do with it. All it wants to do is fluff out about an inch from my head, add the lighter colour and well i don't leave my hair down much.

It so sunny here at the moment, but still a little chilli which means I can still get some wear out of my new woollen skirt. I found it at savers last month and its been so handy.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Knock me off

I really want a pair of swedish hasbeens in the styles below:

But I will not buy shoes without trying them on as I sit in the 41-43 range and nowhere stocks them. So I have come to a stalemate. It was the same with the Melissa's I really wanted a pair of UltraGirls but nowhere had the size 41/42, until last week when I went to the pop up store only to find they are too small.
I was explaining to a friend who owns a pair and has for years, how I can't wait for summer when the market is flooded with knock-offs and she was a little put out by this, she didn't like that her shoes were going to be on everyone.

It started me thinking (not about my friend but people in general) do the people who hate knockoffs do so because they feel they paid more therefore they deserve to be part of a restricted group? Do these same people ever consider what it would be like not to be able to fit into designer clothing or do they just see it as another way of setting themselves apart?

I have no problem with reproductions because it's generally the only way I can get an item I'm after that fits me because I don't often fit into straight sizes in shoes or clothing. I know a lot of people use the “but it takes away from the designers livelihood” but should I care when the designer doesn't care I can't fit into their products? I'm more than happy to pay a lot of money and buy custom made or locally designed clothing when they fit, but if they don't should I feel bad when I take a photo of an item that doesn't and then head home to my sewing machine or have someone make a copy? Or even head to the chain store next door and buy an almost identical item in my size?

I have over the years - because of this - found I will wear clothing and shoes from just about anywhere, my only real requirement (aside from them looking pretty) is quality and availability, price only factors in when the quality is low. Labels don't mean anything to me, unless it's the care instructions.

And thats the end to my rant! 

(I added random photos from my phone so it wasn't so wordy) 

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Strawberries and Lace

I had friends in town this weekend so I have been running around for the past few days. Today was the last day they were here and it was a nice simple walk around the city.

Skirt: DIY // Jumper: Asos // Brooch: Rose st Markets

Yesterday we went to Rose St Markets and I found this cute little brooch. When my boyfriend saw it, he pointed out I shouldn't wear it on my left side above my heart as it would be disrespectful to the soldiers who were awarded real ones and I think this makes sense. Super Kawaii Mama wrote in a post:

"To give an example of something else I believe is beautiful but has also unintentionally caused offence and hurt stemming from a similar historical context is this. Once, when all dressed up in my 1940′s outfit, hair done and ready to hit the dance floor; I was told in no uncertain terms just how insensitive this was. The venue for the dance was my local RSL Club (this is Returned Service Man’s League Club for those of you overseas), and the problem was that by dressing in war era style at a venue where many elderly soldiers went socially, it caused great distress by bringing back memories of the war...." The rest of the post is here

Just food for thought, I guess it just reiterates that fashion, clothing and how you dress/present ourselves really does mean more than some people think.

On a less serious note, the jumper is my first purchase from Asos and I'm pretty disappointed. I love the colour, the lace and the shape, but it is really poor quality. It doesn't keep its shape for longer then 30 minutes and after that turns into a sack. I guess because most of my internet purchase have been from Etsy so either secondhand or handmade I think I thought internet quality was automatically high, but it guess that's not the case. It just makes me think twice about buying from Asos. Also the fact they claim all item are the same measurements regards less of brand, and I know for a fact this is a load of kitty poo, but it makes it really hard to take the gamble as I'm between two sizes (aren't we all!)

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Off to visit Ingrid's Haven

We have been cleaning up and out the house this past few week and had a pile of pillows and a doona we need to take to Ingrid's Haven as a donation for her cats. Ingrid's Haven is a non-profit cat shelter in Victoria, an hour's drive from Melbourne. Ingrid has many cats and kittens available for adoption, most of them coming from death row at the pound, taken in by Ingrid until new loving homes can be found. All cats and kittens are desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. The Haven is a no-kill shelter.
This is the shelter we got our adorable Lillian, if you're thinking of getting a cat/kitten please head to Ingrid's she has a cat waiting to come home with you.

All this meant after a morning of cleaning we went for a drive to the country which called for a cute dress and my new sandals. I picked these up at target for $11 and love them... but they are a lot higher then I can take. I will keep wearing them but not when I have to do lots of walking.

Dress: Cotton On (DIY'ed shorter) // Cardie: Cheap cardie store (Cocolatte) // Shoes: Target
  Handbag: ebay // Sweater Clip: Vintage Fair

PS: its driving me nuts that my cardie and dress is not straight!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Sunny Melbourne Day in July

We have had the nicest weather these past few days, ranging from 18 - 22  Degrees in the middle of winter. I was surprised that rather then buy something new, I wanted to unpack my summer clothing.  I didn't as I know its going to change again back to cold,  instead I just opted to wear some of my not so winter and not so summer clothing instead.

We all have items that float between the seasons and I often find I undervalue them. I think this is because they get worn so much they lose their unique appeal.

I have two black skirts that fall into this category, they are both made of  what I call "Raincoat" material. This makes them a bit too light for winter as the wind cuts right through and a bit heavy in summer as they really don't breath.  On the plus they are never get wrinkly and stain, but I do think they would melt if I sat to close to the heater.

Skirt: Jacqui-E // Cardie: Valleygirl // Shirt: Barkins // Shoes: Hush Puppies 
 Handbag: Ebay // Brooch: Gift from Leo

Sewing with the pattern upside down

Do you ever read the instruction in a sewing pattern and go "Huh" ?
With every new pattern I find myself totally confused, twisting the page to different angles to see how what they are explaining relates to the picture and my fabric in front of me.  

Recently I tried buttonhole's, I have never sewn any kind of buttonhole so this was always going to be a learning experience. I ended up doing what I have found works best…. followed the odd and sometimes insane sounding instructions, more often than not I have found what they are saying might sound strange but works out in the end. 

I took some photos to show you what I did,


Looking at the end results I was pretty happy and while the holes are a good deal bigger than they were meant to be, I just guessed it was time for some extra large buttons. 

It turns out I was wrong, there are a few more steps I had missed. I found this out when I went to my trusted resource (aside from my mum) Youtube. The video below shows a few different ways of sewing bound buttons I used the basic way not the new way she came up with as I has already started.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Friday, 29 July 2011

Back to 0

So I made it back to 0, it wasn't easy. I was worried I may have a shopping explosion, this is how I refer to the times when I go shopping and don’t consider what I’m buying or that cost. It’s the when you go from shop to shop buying anything that catches your eye, it’s binge shopping. Not healthy at all.
I was really itching to buy something last weekend, in the end I in caved and went shopping but ended up buying nothing! I just kept reminding myself that I was dipping into this fortnight and found nothing I wanted enough to do that.
Yesterday with a clean spending slate I went to Glasson’s to get one (or maybe both) of the dresses I posted about and found that had sold out totally in my size (and for the orange dress in all sizes) within a week of release (I knew they were awesome.) I don’t feel upset and I’m not feeling like I can’t live without them. It just proves once again the world won’t end if I don’t own something. And that’s what this is all about really, reminding myself I don’t need possessions to be happy.
I will admit that I truly believe that when I’m wearing something that I think makes me look good, I feel good and I’m more confident which allows me to achieve better results in many places, but as I also posted before I have learnt even if when I’m not sure I like what I’m wearing if I make it my own I will have the same results. So just to remind myself possessions aren’t everything
On to a lighter note, for the past week Lincraft have had a ½ price sales for the past week, When I first saw it I got a little too happy, realising it might result in an explosion, I went in armed with only my camera. I went thought all the fabric took a photo and left. For the past week I have been matching the fabric with patterns. This has helped arrow down what I could buy as I didn’t’ want to buy too much fabric without a plan. I have posted below what I came up with:

Thursday, 21 July 2011

In the blink of an eye its gone!

I blew my budget in 2 days!

As i mentioned in the last post I had already spend $34, but I then placed an order for a custom made winter coat which cost $135 including express post. This left me with $131.... which i then spent at the hairdressers.
I now have Ombré hair, it was spur of the the moment.

I have really like it on Drew Barrymore (when she had it) but didn't think it was  for me, I wanted red hair that was low maintenance and that resulted in this:

PS: Sorry for the crappy photos taken in the bathroom of my work....

Not sure if I like it yet, but its growing on me. What do you think of Ombré hair is it a good look or a bit silly?
Also why does my hair never feel like its getting longer! I want long long hair.

Friday, 15 July 2011


 I should start but saying I'm not in debt, I don't have any huge amount of money owing that will force me to stop spending. This blog is solely about overcoming my mild shopping addiction that I have identified I have. While I may not have debt I'm in a situation where I can spend/waste a lot of money. I have my bills and some savings coming out of my account the day I get paid, but after that it’s pretty much total freedom with spending. I should be saving a lot more then I am, the amount I save is pretty good, but the way I handle my money means I’m often dipping into it.
I have time and time again sat down and written out a budget for where all my money should  go, planned it all out and then done nothing with it. I don't having anything against them they just don't work for me. I know some people get off on them, can't live without them and wouldn't dare spend money from the wrong area on something else. We each have our thing and mine is not budgeting.  
I having been feeling the pressure to stop buying things close in on me this past few weeks, it's totally created by myself, but I feel guilty when I buy but if i don't my it i feel frustrated. This is most likely because in June it's my birthday and I go a little crazy with the spending.  Once that is passed I feel the need to slow down a bit, but find it really hard to switch mind sets from “buy everything you want it's your birthday” to “OK, birthday over back to normal” - it's almost like a shopping hang over. It was my payday and I wanted to buy some things but was already beating myself up over it.   
Then it occurred me, rather than a budget I just need a limit for my spending, I know it’s not rocket science, and to most of you it would be quite obvious, but to me it was the answer I had been looking for.  So I set myself a fortnightly limit of $300 to spend on anything I want. This does not include food or entertainment, more things like hair, makeup and clothing and books. I know this might seem high to some and low to others but to me it’s new and helps me feel in control and relived. If I find I have heaps left over at the end I can put it aside and save up or something big. If I find I'm hitting the limit every fortnight then thats fine to, maybe I need to review why, but I will deal with that when it happens.

So far this fortnight I have spent $34 and its about to jump up another $135 later today.

And here something I own:

Why: I was told about a lipstick pencil by a friend in the lipstick Queen range, I brought it and loved it. When I went back I found that it was no longer available (This always happens.) The lady in the store suggested I try this one instead, and I love it. This is my second tube. Its tinted balm and its prefect. After my first one run out I tried a few cheaper brands, as $34 is a lot for a balm but they all had perfume in them and nothing was good enough.
What: I use it every day.
Want: Yep.

Friday, 8 July 2011

I'll take the lot!

Do you ever walk into a store (chain) and find yourself thinking I could wear almost everything in here? Sometimes it easy to go window shopping. Walking in an out of shops seeing one or two things that are OK, but you can resist and live without them, other times I find it really hard. I went into Glassons on the weekend and it was one of those times. They have a 50s and 60s theme going at the moment so the cut and shape are what I like, but really it's the colours that have me.
So much for Melbourne being the city of black, this winter it’s been the last colour I wanted to wear. Instead I have been favoring navy, rusty reds, burnt yellow, creams and greens… pretty much anything without pink tones. (nothing wrong with pink its just not what my brain wants!)
Getting back to my point, I'm struggling with that fact I want to own half the clothing in Glassons at the moment but I have no need for any of it. I was in a need of a few jumpers but last week I found two for $7 each and purchased the Laura Ashley one I had been eying off.

Here is my brief(Lol!) list of what I want from Glassons

I tried both of these dresses one and they fit (apart from the fact that they sit 5 inches from my knees.) I think the first one I could add some chunky lace to make it a but longer but they are both really pretty.

These two skirts I have not tired on. I think I will either love or hate them when i put them on, I like them because they are outside of my current zone of comfort.

These two top I tried on in smaller sizes than the models wear for a fitted feel and I want one of each in all the colours they have on offer. (I want that red skirt, but its not for sale anymore... at least not on the website.)

So after I sat down to make a list of what I liked I find its not as long as i thought it would be. I guess this is a process we go through in the change room, but when you window shop miss out on?

Well I'm going o continue to resist the urge to buy the lot and maybe settle on one jumper?

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

My Heart Closet

A few weeks ago I ordered this dress for myself a birthday present (yes I buy myself presents)


I knew I wanted it but I was unsure of what colour to get. I loved the green in the photo, but didn't know if I could wear that much green. I love navy but I thought I already owned a lot of… in the end my friend Alison came to the rescue and suggested navy with a cream collar. As soon as she said it I didn't want anything else. (They didn't have cream but off white worked just as well)

I measured myself maybe 100 times before I sent my details and the dress is a perfect fit.

If you need a dress and want something custom fitted I would recommend this Etsy shop as a good place to look. That said I would also recommend Leah May who is based here in Melbourne at the moment as well. I have two dresses from her that I love and live in, I need to take photos of them for here soon.

The brooch in the photo is a birthday present from Alison, it is what the watch I listed in my last post replaced.