Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Rust Blazer

 It’s well and truly winter now where I am, I have been drawn to all things warm and cosy – meaning that I am buying faaar to many scarves, cardigans and blazers, although I have limited myself to only buying one blazer  – this being it, because I don’t find that I wear my existing blazer all that often. Still, I love my new one and will definitely be wearing it as the months get colder.

I picked this up in the Newtown Opportunity for Animals store for $7.00. It was my last purchase of the day and I nearly didn’t get it – I was looking through all the blazers and picked this out but put it back thinking I didn’t really need it. I then went and tried on another coat which I returned to the rack and picked this out again. So glad I did. I have had a real obsession with this colour at the moment. However I’m not really sure what to call it… brick red? Terracotta? Rust? Oh well. I also really love the loose oversized fit of this, I prefer my blazers a few sizes too big so they look more casual, not like I’m a try hard office worker.  Another detail about this is that its designer by Daniel Hechter so it’s obviously a quality buy from what I can see on the website.

Overall I pretty much love everything about this blazer, especially the colour, it’s so nice in winter to have something that’s not dark, as I tend to wear dark tights and jeans all the time and it can get so boring!

Monday, 30 July 2012


On Saturday I was having a bit of clean out in my room and I rediscovered a whole lot of clothes I had in the bottom of my draws. If you’re a regular reader then you will know that pretty all my clothes hand up in my open wardrobe - The door are in dads garage. He's 'Fixing them'. I was super excited to find my Lone Star t-shirt; I haven't worn in in so long! I had completely forgotten about it. I a tonne of other stuff which I am not quite sure what to do with? I hardly wear it and it seems a bit of waste. I am considering selling some things online. Its an idea I have had for a while. If you’re an op-shopper/thrifter/charity store shopper you will completely be able to sympathies with me on this: I am always finding beautiful things that are just not my style or won’t fit me but are still waaaay too nice to leave in a charity store. Especially when you know someone else would really love it but might not find it. I thought why not buy up all the nice things I see, my size or not are sell them online? That way people don’t have to do the dirty work. You can try and deny it but most people are lazy and can’t be bothered going through racks and racks of clothes -Unless they are well and truly hooked on all things vintage and second hand. At this point in time it’s really just a dream, Mostly because I don’t have time with the mountain of school work and to be honest I am just not really that sure how the whole thing would work? How do you sell things online – I imagine it would be especially hard living all the way over in New Zealand?  Let me know what you guys think!?

As for the outfit, it’s just the same old – 100% second hand. I really need to buy some new shoes! I swear I am only ever wearing these ones!! I have probably already gotten $9.00 wear out of them! 

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Photography Update + Outfit

I thought I would give you all a little update on how I am going with my photography folio. For those of you who don’t know when being assessed at school in photography, you select a genre and theme for your folio then spend just under two terms taking all your shoots, editing your photos then you place them on to two large boards for marking. Well that’s how we do it in New Zealand anyway! Time has gone so fast! I can’t believe I only have a few weeks to go before it’s all due in! I have just started doing shoots and organising my second board.

This is what i was wearing while out taking photos. I feel as if i haven't done any outfit posts in a while, hopefully i will get some time tonight to put a few outfits together and finally start to clear the backlog of clothes i need to post on! 

Friday, 27 July 2012


These shoes are my life. Sad, I know, but I honestly love them. They are not the most glamorous or stylish of shoes, I just really like them. They go with nearly anything and are so comfy. I picked these shoes up from Savemart in Christchurch nearly 2 years ago and they are still going strong. They cost me $9.00 – a very wise investment if I do say so myself. I would describe these shoes as halfway between a loafer and a ballet flat. What I love most about these shoes is that I can wear them with anything: jeans, tights, skirts. You name it I have worn it with them. In fact, one of my personal favourites is tights, socks and these shoes. It sounds kinda weird, but I like the look. Plus it keeps my feet extra toastie in winter.

You may have noticed that these shoes are starting to look a bit haggard. Meaning you're probably thinking, ew, opshop shoes. But let me reassure you, the wear is from me. As I mentioned, I have had these nearly 2 years. In my opinion they have done pretty darn well.

Another reason why I am in love with these is the colour. I love pewter. I find silver shoes generally look really tacky, I would probably go as far to say that I doubt I would have bought these if they were silver. Another little detail is the snake skin look-a-like pattern on the front and back of the shoe. It’s just a nice little detail that adds personality to the shoes, something which I am quite fond of.

At the moment I am dying to find a pair of brown leather flats. Hopefully I can sneak out this weekend and look for a pair. Chances are I will be swamped with homework. Oh, the joy.


Here are a few images of things I have been inspired by lately. All of the above are from my Pinterest which is linked here. I was encouraged to make an account by a teacher to find images to help with my photography and design development assessments at school, turns out its pretty addictive! 

Any one else have a Pinterest? I would love to have a look!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

WARDROBE STAPLE - a white shirt

I would highly recommend picking up all your wardrobe basics from op-shops. There is an abundance of plain white shirts and t-shirts as well as your basic cardigans and pullovers etc for crazy low prices.

So this is another one of the many shirts I picked up last Friday. It is a really simple sheer white shirt. It was $4.00 from Opportunity for Animals. For me this is just one of those plain, timeless things that are always handy to have in your wardrobe. One thing that I am really into is mixing patterns but having plain items like this shirt is always really helpful to offset the clashing. If I am being honest, this isn’t that plain, there is actually a really, really subtle floral print on it. But it’s so subtle you can hardly see it.

Another great thing about this shirt is that I can wear it in both summer and winter.  Something like this will look really nice with a pair if denim cut offs for lazy summer days. I am also considering making it a sleeveless shirt, as the sleeves are pretty weird – they sort of flare out? And because it’s a chiffon material I can’t roll them without them fall down. So perhaps I will have to unleash my inner seamstress (which could be disastrous).


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Jewellery update: Road side bracelet & op-shop beads

I thought I would do a little update on the jewellery front. I haven't really bought much more, just a necklace and bracelet. In fact, I didn’t even buy the bracelet; it was given to me by my dear old mum.

This necklace was something I picked up a while ago. It’s just a really simple glass bead necklace. It was $2.00 from the Salvation Army Newtown.  What I like about this are the hind of strange blackish green beads, which sounds awful, but are actually quite pretty when they catch the light. I also think it’s nice that the chain used for this necklace isn’t your typical gold or silver but more of a copper colour, which contrasts with the beads. The fact that this style of necklace is simple it means that I will be able to wear it with practically anything, and I am also considering layering up some other necklaces with it.

I am in love with this bracelet. I remember years ago when I was about ten, and my mum and I were walking down to the shops when she picked this up off the side of the road. I can never remember her actually wearing it though? It wasn’t until a few weeks ago when I found it again and remembered all of this. It finally fits me now so I have started wearing it. I am no jeweller but I think this is rose gold, which I personally much prefer to the normal sort that looks quite yellowish.  

It’s not very glamorous to be picking jewellery up off the side of the road, but firstly, it probably saved me a fair bit of money and secondly, it actually gives the bracelet a really nice tarnished worn look that I happen to be very fond of, so it suits me just fine. The only thing that’s no so great about this is the that the safety chain is broken off, but I suppose easy come, easy go. 

Have you ever found anything like this in such a glamorous place as the road side? 

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Eat your way to happiness

Lately I have been feeling a tad sorry for myself and have turned in to a giant stress ball due to the crazy amount of homework I have to do. It’s a scary situation. This year counts towards university entrance, which adding to my stress. I am not a very academic person so I decided to focus on art, design and photography which I am much better at! But now I am worried if I don't get good marks it will look like I am a bum (someone who isn’t very intelligent and doesn't try very hard!) Especially because I dropped maths and science (AKA smart people subjects) so I came up with the ingenious plan of eating my way to happiness. So, naturally I went out and bought 1kg of jelly beans. It was the only logical thing to do! 

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! 

Friday, 20 July 2012

OUTFIT - A day by the sea.

I was out with the family today as we decided it would be a good time to purchase copious amounts of junk food, on our way home we thought it might be a good idea to go for a stroll to burn of some of the food were about to consume. Although I do have a sneaking suspicion that we walked quite a lot less than ate... Oh well! Our walk was topped off nicely by meeting the cutest and very friendly little cat! I am a self-confessed cat lady.

While we were out we stopped off at the recycle center (a fancy name for the dump – classy huh!) they have a second hand store there for all the things people throw out but can still be used, it’s crazy how much they find - It’s 2012 who hasn’t herd of recycling? I mean seriously the amount of land fill that doesn't even need to be there is slightly alarming! I picked up a cardi there to replace my cream one which is getting a bit tatty.  I would have taken a photo, but it really does need a wash!

We had surprisingly nice weather today for the middle of winter in Wellington of all places! It felt very spring-like which is super exciting! I have been reading lots of blogs and so many have had summer inspired posts. It actually makes me want to cry! I am so over winter! I will just have to enjoy this nice weather while it lasts. 

As for the outfit is a mix of thrifted and new : cardigan - opshop $1.00, Top - opshop $6.00, skirt - cotton on $10.00, shoes - opshop $9.00, bag - opshop $2.00, glasses opshop $5.00. I am really loving clashing prints at the moment as you can probably tell! The floral tee is new, i picked it up a couple of weeks ago and i have only just got around to blogging about it! I honestly have such a back log of clothes! I buy waaaay to much! 

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