vinyl jackets & britney moments

I’ve finally got around to taking photos for a fashion post, so that’s what I’ve got for you today. It’s been a hot minute since my last outfit/fashion post, but I’m really excited about these pieces and I’m actually super into these two outfits I put together. Also, as a bit of a side note, I cut half of my hair off. I’ve had long hair for years and years, and I’ve been thinking about chopping it off for a while, but I was feeling impulsive last sunday and I just did it myself. I cut my own fringe last year, but I’d never cut the lengths of my hair before which had been my main reason for not doing it earlier, but I just got sick of waiting to get myself to a hairdressers. I’m honestly so happy I finally did it though, I think I needed a bit of a change, and I love it.

I’m also not too sure what’s been happening with my camera, I think it’s probably mostly just the fact it’s pretty old and worn out, but a lot of the photos I’ve been taking on it are turning out a bit strange. The photos in this post were taken at night, but the room was completely lit at the flash was on, so I’m not quite sure why they’ve come out so dimly lit, but I actually really like the cosy feel of them so I’m not too bothered.

Vinyl is really on trend right now, and I am obsessed with it. It’s been around for a little while, but it’s so accessible now and there are so many different options to choose from depending on what you’re after. Personally, I think my favourite way to wear vinyl, and in my opinion the easiest way, is with a jacket. In terms of clothing, I think jackets are really easy to experiment with if you’re wanting to try something new.

I found this jacket at TK Maxx, and it’s by a brand I’ve never heard of before. Usually when I find stuff I love at TK Maxx, it’s by brands that I have no clue at all about. I’m really not bothered by that though, because what I find there is so cheap. This jacket is a little bit of a statement for some people, but I think it’s so cute. I love the colour, and I think that it works really nicely with the vinyl. A coloured jacket or coat of some sort I think is a necessity in anyone’s closet, and red seems to be such an easy colour to put with pretty much anything. Here I just chucked it on over the top of an all black outfit. The knit top is cropped with a ring pull detail I’m obsessed with, and my pants have a pinstripe going through them, which adds a bit more depth.

Jacket: Coffee Shop NYC / Top: H&M / Pants: Vintage / Shoes: Kmart

This next jacket is my new favourite thing. I’ve only had it in my possession for about a week and I’ve already worn it everyday and had a bunch of compliments on it. I bought it because even though I own a lot of jackets, I felt like I didn’t have a super duper warm jacket that I could just throw on with anything and it would look good and keep me warm.

It’s from ASOS’s own brand, and I bought it on sale for $100. I’ve been after a jacket in this style for a while, but I felt like so many of them just looked exactly the same, and also that so many people were wearing them. This one really drew me in because it just looks different to majority of the other ones out there. Plus it is so warm, like incredibly warm. Unlike so many jackets I’ve seen in the past, the borg lining goes through the entire jacket, not just the parts which can be seen when it’s on.

The rest of this outfit is nothing new, the shirt I’ve mentioned in another blog post and I love putting a cropped knit under a massive jacket. The jeans are vintage versace that my sister found at salvos and then gave to me in exchange for some kfc. Shoes are the same as the last outfit, from Kmart, they’re by no means the best shoes but I really like the way they look, and I think they’re pretty good for the price I paid for them.

Jacket: ASOS / Top: Urban Outfitters x Unif / Jeans: Vintage Versace / Shoes: Kmart

things that shouldn’t work

If you know me, you know that while I really do love fashion and pulling together pretty outfits, a lot of the time I just kind of throw things together and hope that I can pull it off. Sometimes I don’t even make much of an effort, I sort of just guess if something will look good and hope for the best. Occasionally I look back on these and I hate the outfit I’d put on, but other times I actually like my quickly put together looks.

The night I took these photos was one of those occasions where I actually like my outfit, even though it’s something that really shouldn’t work together at all. Everything I’m wearing I love on their own, and I can easily say that I would never usually think to put them together if I was properly planning an outfit.

My house has been getting renovated over the past few months, and lately I’ve been staying with my boyfriend, so obviously I don’t have my entire wardrobe full of options like I usually would. I’m definitely a lot more limited than I like to be with my clothing, meaning I sometimes just have to make do, because I’m not about to go all the way to my place just to grab a different jacket or whatever, just to go do nothing really important.

This jacket makes me feel like Georgie in It, at the start of the movie when he wears a yellow raincoat just like this one, then proceeds to get his arm bitten off by the clown in the drain. I found it at TK Maxx, but its by French Connection. I think it’s so cute, the fact that it’s a perfect yellow makes me feel so happy. It’s lined nicely which is a plus, the only other raincoat I own is really just a shell, so you have to wear layers underneath, but this you can get away with none.

The Levi’s top is vintage, and the pants I bought from Mango while I was in Ireland. A green top and a pair of brown cords is not something I would usually ever think to put with each other, let alone with a yellow jacket added into the mix. Even though this outfit doesn’t really work technically, to me it still kinda does.

Btw I know the quality of these photos is horrific but I just couldn’t get my camera to work so they were all just taken on my phone.

Top: Vintage Levi’s / Jacket: French Connection / Pants: Mango / Shoes: Doc Martens

the start of autumn

It’s been getting colder in Canberra over the last week or so, and I’ve been welcoming it with open arms. I feel like it’s always the way, when it’s been hot for a while I crave the cold weather, but I know after a while of this weather I’ll be just wanting the heat back. Autumn is probably my favourite season, you kind of get the best of both worlds for a little before it gets close to winter, so you can play around with clothing that isn’t so much practical as it is fun.

Cropped jackets and knit are absolutely not practical in the depths of winter, but while we’ve got these days of about 17 degrees I think they’re totally acceptable. I love how they look though, so I’m trying to make the most of them before I think my pasty stomach needs the layers to keep me nice and toasty warm.

This jacket looks a lot warmer than it actually is. It’s really not very good quality but it was dirt cheap. I bought it at Jay Jays, somewhere that I normally really hate the clothing from, but I honestly love this jacket. I’ve seen puffer jackets like this floating around, and I knew I wanted one but I didn’t want one with a hood which was proving a little hard to find. I’m not sure if this jacket is still available because I bought it from an outlet store, but it was on clearance for $15 so I snatched it up. As a little note, I sized up to a size 14 (I usually wear an 8), and it does look big on me, but I usually do like my jackets oversized.

I got this top off one of my friends, who was given it by another friend, and I love it. Also, like the jacket this is a couple of sizes bigger than what I usually wear, being a large, but I really like how it fits. I think this is pretty old, but tops in similar styles to this are all over the place. I love how cropped it is, but that at the same time it’s not skin tight.

The jeans are from ASOS’ own brand and I’m a big fan. They’re called the ASOS Farleigh High Waist Slim Mom Jeans. They’re really nice denim, with the tiniest stretch to them, but very nice feeling quality. They’ve also got a button fly, and they’re very flattering around the tummy and bum, and go into a slim/straight leg, which is by far my preferred style of denim.

Here’s to dressing a little less practically while we still can.

Top: Unif x Urban Outfitters / Jeans: ASOS / Jacket: Jay Jays / Boots: Kmart / Belt: Warehouse / Necklaces: Missoma London, Gem & Co. 

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