cowboy boot love

I finally committed and bought myself a pair of cowboy boots. A little while ago I saw Devon Carlson (instagram @devonleecarlson) post a couple of pictures of her in a pair of cowboy boots and I realised that I needed some. I’ve been seeing some western style boots around lately and I’ve been a big fan, but I never really thought I’d want to go for a pair of full on calf high cowboy boots, but here we are.

These particular boots I’d been lusting over for a little while, but it took me a while to take the plunge and actually buy them. They weren’t insanely expensive, although I wasn’t sure about spending the money for them if I didn’t think I’d get my wear out of them. I’m still not sure if I will, but I love them a lot and I’m really hoping that I do.

I got these from River Island through ASOS, they’re real leather and so far they feel like they’re good quality for the price. I’ve only worn them once, but they didn’t feel too bad. They rubbed a little bit on one of my heels, but I kind of expect that from real leather that hasn’t been worn in yet.

The simplicity of these (compared to some of the other boots I’ve seen in similar styles) is I think what mainly drew me to this pair in particular. Quite a few others that I saw while I was looking had different coloured leather embroidered on or studs, or just other details that I just wasn’t interested in. The boots themselves are a big enough statement shoe for me without all the added extras.

The calf length is perfect for the style in my eyes, and I love the very pointed toe. They’re embroidered with black thread, which I love because it gives them a little something extra, but I don’t think it’s too much at all. Another reason I went for this pair is because they don’t have a heel. Finding boots that I love with a flat sole can prove hard for me to find. I’m about 5’11 feet tall, so I don’t really wear heels often at all, and I knew that a pair of heeled boots would absolutely not get the wear that I want them to.

I’m so excited to style these up more, but I really do love how they look with a little mini dress. This one I bought from salvos and cut to the length I wanted, but I adore how it looks paired with the boots. So before it gets too cold to rock this look, I’m definitely going to try and wear it a few more times, and with some of my other straight neck mini dresses.

Boots: River Island Knee High Western Boot

more salvos finds

About a month or two ago I made a post about some things I’d bought second hand from salvos and vinnies, and I thought today I’d write another one. Like I said in the other post, I’ve always loved vintage and second hand shopping, and lately I’ve been doing quite a lot of it so why not share?

I’ve been making an effort not to go too over the top with the length of my blog posts, and I’m actually really enjoying writing these shorter posts with only one of two outfits. So this is another little one, but I feel like I kind of prefer reading short posts lately, so it makes sense to me to create things that I would like to read.

An all black outfit is a little different for me, but I’m a fan of this one. The style of the top is one that’s a staple in my wardrobe. I think it’s so simple, but it just makes everything look effortlessly cool. I’ve seen these around all over the place so they’re not hard to find, but I love the black satin of this one.

I really love 90’s and early 2000’s style, with a little bit of an update, and I think the little spaghetti straps and tight fit with no bra kind of encapsulates that. Plus, pairing it with everything else in this outfit just makes it fit in even more with the look.

My sister actually found these pants and gave them to me, so I can’t take the credit for finding them. They’re mens work pants and I love them. They’re so unflattering, but I really don’t care. I’ve been after some cargo type pants similar to these for a little bit, but they’ve been surprisingly hard to find.

The belt is also from salvos, and it seriously screams early 2000’s style. I really like these belts, I wasn’t really looking to buy one though, but I saw this one for $4 so of course I bought it. I’m super into how this one is a brown leather instead of black, which is what a vast majority of them seem to be. I’m a big fan of belts, I love how they can just make a basic top and pants look that little bit more put together.

Top: second hand / Pants: second hand / Shoes: Rubi / Belt: second hand / Sunglasses: Cotton On

shades of cream

I’ve always seemed to steer away from wearing white, and while I absolutely can not see myself rocking a pair of white skinny jeans any time soon, I love off white and cream shades.

While wearing these almost white colours still is a little scary, and I’m always a lot more cautious than usual so as not to spill things all over myself and stain my clothes, sometimes I risk it if I’m really feeling the outfit, and in these photos I definitely was.

I don’t always like the way that cream pairs with other colours, I like the way it looks with denim, but more than anything I love how it looks when it’s blocked with other shades of cream.

My top is my favourite part of the outfit. I bought it online last year (I think) from Urban Outfitters, and it’s the easiest top to wear. I bought it in a size up so that it would be a little oversized, and I’m glad I did because I love how it fits. I can throw it on with almost anything and it looks good.

The pants I got at TK Maxx and while they’re pretty cute, they’re not very good quality at all. I don’t wear them a whole lot because they are very see through, so you’ve gotta wear the right undies otherwise they’ll definitely be seen. Like I said, I really haven’t worn them all that much and while I was taking these photos today the little popper button broke, which is super disappointing.

I made my friend lend me her cap because the colour matched my outfit so well I just couldn’t not have it in my photos. I love caps like this one in general though and I feel like they’re one of the only hats that kind of suits my head.

My new favourite sunnies, and slides just finishing everything off.

top: Urban Outfitters / pants: J.O.A Los Angeles / hat: Vintage / shoes: Rubi Shoes / sunglasses: Cotton On / belt: Vintage

little things I love

Recently I’ve been loving leopard print, and especially pairing little hints of it with this spotted dress. I didn’t know where I’d put this dress for a while, but I finally found it among my stupid amount of clothes and now I’ve been wearing it non stop. It’s been one of my very favourites over the summer. The cut and fit of it are simple, but one that I find really flattering.

I bought it a couple of months ago from Temt. I spoke about this dress a while ago in a favourites post I think it was, and in that post I said that I never buy clothing from Temt, and I still don’t. After I found this dress there I kept returning to try and find more things I love as much, but I never have.

I feel like leopard print is such a classic print, but at the same time can be done so wrong. I do love when things are a little tacky, but I also don’t like it to be too much. I bought my phone case and scrunchie from Princess Polly, they were not expensive at all and they just add a little bit of the ugliness I seem to love so much.

It’s probably kind of obvious already that I love clashing patterns, and I think this combination of spots and leopard may be one of my new favourites. I think because all the tones in this outfit are neutrals, it makes it very unoffensive and much easier to feel like an easy combo to pull off.

I’m getting a bit bored of summer dressing and the hot weather just seems to keep dragging on and on, so for the most part I’ve just been wearing really boring outfits like this one. But even though it’s a boring outfit, I think it relies pretty heavily on the dress being a flattering cut for me, and also the cute (tacky) little accessories I put with it.

I know this is a very short post, but I realised not everyone wants to read essay length posts about why I love clothes so much, and I’m going to try and write my posts shorter and maybe more frequently. Plus, there’s really not much else I can say about this dress and some leopard print goodies.

Dress: Temt / Shoes: Doc Martens 

the most perfect combination

Am I really about to dedicate a whole post to velvet and checked pieces? The answer is absolutely I am. I think it’s pretty normal for everyone to have a (favourite is a strong word and I’m not sure if I can commit to it) fabric that they love to wear a little more than most, and for me, that’s velvet. And of course my favourite pattern to wear has to be checks.

I’ve loved velvet forever, and the fact that in the last few years it’s gotten super popular and super accessible, makes me very happy. Everything about it is so luxurious, and I feel like it can just elevate almost any piece of clothing.

This singlet I got probably 2 and a half years ago from Zara, and I still love it so very much. It’s a really simple design but it’s the dark blue velvet that makes it special. Because it is so simple, you can wear it with pretty much anything you want and it looks good. Plus, the colour is absolutely one of my very favourites to wear.

My skirt I bought while I was in Ireland at Urban Outfitters. It’s so cute and you can wear it with so much. For me it’s pretty much my alternative to wearing denim skirts. The fit of it is really nice, and I love the asymmetric hem and of course the tortoiseshell buttons.

The bag I spoke about a little in my last post about the best things I’ve found in salvos recently. It’s so cute and I’m still so happy and excited that I found it.

Top: Zara / Skirt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Kmart / Bag: Vintage 

This next outfit is two brand new pieces. Straight neck dresses like this one are my favourite style to wear. I have another dress really similar to this one which I’ve included in other blog posts. Over the summer I’ve worn my other one to death and I’ve been trying to find another one that I’ll love as much, so when I saw this one I had to get it. Plus, this yellow shade is so very cute.

I’ve never seen a more me piece of clothing than this blazer. As soon as I saw this I had to have it. A green velvet blazer, it had my name written all over it. I usually don’t go for crushed velvet, but I definitely can overlook it for everything else this blazer offers. I always go for oversized, long-line blazers, and this definitely isn’t one, so I got one a few sizes up. I usually wear a size 8 and I bought a size 14 in this blazer, just for reference.

The bag I talked about in a recent post, I haven’t stopped using it since then. The colours in the bag just go with so many colours that I wear day to day. I’m still in love with it.

Dress: Neon Hart / Blazer: H&M / Shoes: Doc Martens