why i blog & a blazer that needs more wear

I know lately my posts have been a bit few and far between, but I’d much rather put out blog posts that I’m actually happy with the quality of, instead of just pumping out content which I don’t feel like are even good. I really felt like I wanted to just write something that wasn’t really fashion or beauty based today, and just take a little bit of time to spill my brains. So I’ve got some rap going in the background, which for some reason is my favourite music to listen to while I’m writing, and I wanted to kind of explain why I even started my blog in the first place.

I think to preface this I have to say that I have always been obsessed with fashion. Not always in a kind of “conventional” designer and trend knowledge based kind of way, but I’ve always, like ever since I can remember just loved clothes and the way people put them together and express themselves through them. I was always the kid that everyone in my family would ask for fashion advice, and looking back I have no clue why because for a lot of the time when I was younger I didn’t even dress very well at all. I would drool over the Devil Wears Prada, and spend so so much time just flipping through fashion magazines and showing my family what I liked and didn’t. However, even though I loved this world so much, I remember never really wearing what I wanted to because I was kind of scared. To me now that just seems so insane because the things that I thought were a bit ‘too much’ for me back then are things I wear almost as my go to pieces now. For example, before I bought my Doc Martens about 5 years ago now, I didn’t think they would suit me, which is fucking crazy because my docs are probably my most worn and beloved shoe ever.

So moving forward in my life a little bit, and getting a bit deep, but I’ve always kind of struggled with my mental health, and I’ve been through some really low points and what seemed to be the only thing I could bring myself to actually be able to still get myself motivated enough to try with were my creative subjects. Throughout high school and college these were pretty much always the same; textiles (fashion) and photography, and I was pretty good at them when I could get myself motivated enough to try hard, and I did get a few awards for textiles in particular.

After I left school my mental health sort of went downhill again, I think just the major lifestyle change of not having the constant routine because at the time I was only working on a casual basis really was a bit of a shock to the system, so I started to really try and focus more on being creative. During my first year out of school I really didn’t do much at all, and it really did bring me down a bit, it was a bit of a tough year for me, not gonna lie. I started getting really into more fashion bloggers and youtubers, whereas before I pretty much exclusively watched beauty and makeup based videos. I was sooo very inspired by this, and I began thinking about how much I would love to do it too. I was really worried about being judged of course, I was 18-19 at this time and while the super bitchiness of being a teenager was pretty much over, putting myself out there onto the internet like this made me (and still does to an extent) make me feel really vulnerable.

I finally started my blog after thinking about it for ages and talking to my boyfriend and some of my closest friends about it, who all were so supportive and told me I should just go for it, which I think was the kind of push I needed. Sugarhoneyicedtee.com was born a little over a year ago, and while I’ve really never been consistent with posting for different reasons, I’ve loved having a proper hobby, which I haven’t felt like I’ve had in quite a while. I’m one of those people who needs to be creative, and this is my way of fulfilling that for myself. So really that’s why I blog, more than anything, it’s just for myself.

 

On to a bit of a lighter note, earlier I spoke about when I was younger not wearing things because I’d been too ‘scared’ to, and while as I’ve gotten older I’ve pretty much gotten over this, there’s still some things that I absolutely love in my wardrobe but don’t wear enough for one reason or another, this amazing blazer being one of them. I love this blazer so much, I’ve literally done a whole post dedicated to it in the past, but it just doesn’t get the wear that it deserves. I think sometimes it makes me look to old, and if I’m wearing to on an everyday basis just to go shopping or whatever I feel a bit too dressed up. I think some of this is attributed to where I live, but I think I need to force myself into wearing this sometimes, because I honestly do feel amazing in it, and I personally think I can make it look pretty cool.

If you’ve read this whole post then thank you, it’s definitely been one of my longer ones, but it’s also been something I just really wanted to put out there. I do view my blog as a kind of a personal place, obviously there are things I would probably never share so openly on the internet but for me this is something I think should be spoken about more, and it’s okay to be struggling a bit and just do things for yourself instead of worrying too much about if other people are gonna hate it or not.

The weather in Canberra has been really all over the place this past week, some days have been nice, but others have had me bringing out my knits and jackets. This weather has had me working out ways to style my winter pieces and incorporate them into outfits which aren’t so wintery.

One of my favourite things that I bought over winter was a blazer by Jaeger, which I was lucky enough to find in an op shop for $15 which is just insane. It’s in perfect condition from what I can see, it’s gorgeous quality, warm and it just looks amazing. I wanted to use this one piece and style it up a few different ways for this transitional period, and also show how versatile something like a checkered blazer or coat could be in your wardrobe.

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The first look I did would be something I’d wear if I was going out to somewhere nice on a slightly chilly night. I layered a plain, tight, black turtleneck top underneath my dress, which had a lowish v neck and just singlet straps. I love layering long sleeves and turtlenecks under summer pieces to make them more appropriate for colder nights.

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I love the way that a longline blazer looks with short dresses too. I think it’s sexy but in an understated way. Covering my top half up like I have also really makes my legs stand out.

I went for some simple black sock boots to finish the outfit off. I love how flattering this style is where it just hugs the ankle, and I think I prefer a pointed toe on most styles of boots, but definitely on sock boots.

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Top:  Kmart – Dress: Neon Rose – Boots: Rubi Shoes – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

The next look I did I would also say is definitely more of an evening/going to an event kind of look. It’s much lighter and not as wintery as the previous one though.

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Honestly, just things as simple as swapping out a black dress for a lighter colour can completely change the feel and overall look of an outfit. It makes it just seem so much more like a spring outfit, but you’ve still got the little warmth from the blazer when you need it.

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If you want to elongate your legs, then you need a pair of heels in the same sort of two strap style as the ones I’m wearing. They don’t cut off your legs at all, they’re just the most flattering heel in my opinion. In my eyes, these are the most classic style in heels you can buy.

My heels are a blue-grey velvet, which I think matches so well with the red tones in the blazer. The heel height on this pair is really good, the block heel on them is high enough for the shoe to look nice, but not so high that they’re difficult to walk in.

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Dress: Things We Lost – Shoes: Sportsgirl

The other two looks are much more casual looks, the kind of outfits I’d just wear throughout the day. This first one would definitely be for a bit of a colder day.

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I really like how these black pants with the pinstripe style stripes down them look next to the checks, it’s a really subtle clash. Pretty much whenever I wear pants with this kind of straight leg fit, I like to pair them with a smaller top to balance out my figure a bit more. The singlet I’m wearing here is one of my favourites because of its slightly cowled neckline, and the fact that it comes up a bit cropped.

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I think this outfit definitely radiates some pretty masculine vibes, with the straight cut pants and boxy blazer, but I kind of love it. I think that the little singlet that I’ve got on with it makes it a touch more feminine, but overall it’s a pretty androgynous look.

I think that loafers in that kind of gucci esque style are a pretty feminine shoe, so that’s another little hint of girlyness in there, but I also just love this style of shoe because I really feel like it goes with everything and looks so effortless but very classic.

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Top: Things We Lost – Pants: Vintage – Shoes: Decjuba – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

And finally, a little spring outfit for nice and easy days with cold afternoons. I really love the way that a longline blazer looks with a skirt or shorts underneath, especially when the length of both hit a pretty similar point on the leg.

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There’s some more pattern clashing in this outfit too, except I wouldn’t say it’s as subtle as in the last one. I think the reason that this animal print next to the checkered blazer can actually work without looking insane, is because the colour of the top is so neutral and matches the same neutral tones in the blazer. So that’s my big tip for if you want to do a bit of a pattern clash but you still want your outfit to be simple and wearable, use patterns with pretty neutral tones throughout them.

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Finding shorts that are the right fit for me can prove to be very difficult, especially because my legs are so long that something that doesn’t seem that short on someone with more average length legs, will look so tiny on me. These are one of the only few pairs of shorts I have and I would say they’re for sure my favourites. The length is perfect, and I love the slightly big, but not super unflattering, fit.

I honestly sometimes forget that I own these slides because they kind of got pushed aside for my Birkenstocks over last summer, but I’m going to make a conscious effort to wear them more this year because I love how they look.

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My little bag is one of those mini backpacks where you can change the straps to make it a cross body bag, and I think the style of these kinds of bags is so adorable. I would say they’re definitely a more spring/summer bag as opposed to a winter piece, so I’m keen to bring this one out more over the next couple of months.

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Top: Kmart – Shorts: Things We Lost – Shoes: Shu Bar – Bag: Kenneth Cole –                      Belt: Warehouse