new in my wardrobe

As always, I’ve been shopping a little bit, and I wanted to share a few of what I think are some of the best things I’ve bought recently. I am so in love with these few things I’m about to share, and I’m hoping that if I look back on this haul these pieces will do better than the ones in my last new in post. As a little side note, I really enjoyed doing the revisiting my last new in post, so I might end up doing another one of those after a little while to follow up on this one too.

If you know me, you know I wear a lot of dresses through the warmer weather, and while we’re really not out of winter yet, I found 2 dresses I fell absolutely in love with and because they were both on sale I thought I’d just get them and pray the weather gets nicer so I can wear them soon. The first one I got was this red spotted one from Bec & Bridge. Bec & Bridge is one of those brands that just has pieces it’s hard not to lust over, however a lot of their pieces are definitely on the pricey side. This one I got on sale for a little less than half price which made it a lot more affordable. The quality feels really nice, it’s 100% silk which feels amazing but I haven’t washed it yet so I can’t comment on how it washes. Tea dresses like this are all over the place, and I think the details on this one just make it so flattering. The ruching detail on the bust really shows off a bit of cleavage, and I love how it’s followed through onto the sleeves. I think this will be one of my more special dresses, and because of that I’m sure I won’t wear it constantly, but I know when I do I’m gonna feel amazing.

The second dress I got is another tea dress style piece from Free People. This I got on sale from General Pants and it was an absolute bargain. This dress I’m sure I’ll end up wearing quite a bit more than the Bec & Bridge one, mainly because of the fabric and the fact this one is a combination of viscose and rayon so it’s much easier to wash and be better for when it’s really hot. The detail on this dress too are so delicate and beautiful. I always love a little button up front, and I think it looks so cute when you leave a few undone. The little lace up detailing right under the bust really cinches you in at the waist and accentuates your chest, which is obviously super flattering. I can just see myself throwing this on with docs or maybe my stan smiths and I think it’ll look so good.

Lastly, this insane top from Dyspnea (still don’t know how to say that), and some seriously cool jeans from ASOS. This top I’ve been looking at for a while and I was kind of on the fence about which colour to get, but in the end I think this black shade was the best choice. I absolutely love the bright red one, but I thought that I would get more wear out of this colour, and if I do I’m definitely tempted to add another one to my wardrobe. Sizing wise these do come up pretty small, I’m usually a size 8-10 or a small, and I ended up getting this in a medium and it’s tight, but it really hugs and accentuates all the right places.

I’ve been seeing this style of jean that zips all the way through from front to back on a few different people, two of my favourites to rock it being Devon Carlson (@devonleecarlson) and Reese Blutstein (@double3xposure), and I really wanted some for myself. I have to start by saying these are not comfortable jeans, but god do I love the way they look. Because they’re ASOS’ own brand of denim I find they run a bit small so I went for a waist 28 like I normally do with this brand, and they’re still a tight fit. The denim feels really good and thick, and they don’t have much stretch to them. I can definitely say I won’t be wearing these for comfort, but I’m really happy to have them.

revisiting my latest new in post

I’ve seen a few people do this on youtube, mainly Lizzy from Shotfromthestreet who I love and is a big inspiration for me, and I thought it was such a good idea so I’m going to do my own. I shop quite a lot, especially when I compare my shopping habits to a lot of my friends, because in all honesty I just really love clothes. However, sometimes I really don’t get the use out of what I buy, and I think looking back on my purchases in this way might encourage me to shop smarter, and really consider how things would fit into my wardrobe and if I’m actually going to get the wear out of them before I spend my hard earned dollars on them.

So firstly we have this top I bought from Bardot. I thought I was going to wear this so much and I really haven’t. This ring pull style in general I love, but the only top I’ve worn of the couple that I own is a really basic black one from H&M. I think the reason I haven’t worn this that much though is because I don’t know if I love how it looks on me with jeans. I’m thinking when it’s not as freezing and I can get away with pairing this with a denim skirt and without a jacket on top I’ll be more inclined to wear it. I do love the style of it though so I do really want to make a more conscious effort to wear it.

Next was the skirt I also got from Bardot on the same day. I haven’t worn this yet either, but I’m going to put that down to it just being way too cold for me to even really consider wearing a skirt. I think when it gets a bit warmer this will be one of my go to going out skirts, and I do think I’ll get my wear out of it then. I have looked at it in my wardrobe just sitting there and wanted to wear it, but this weather has just not wanted me to. I just think I bought this at the wrong time of year, because I can already see myself wearing it out with a black singlet and docs.

Yet again another item I bought have not worn, the checkered pants from H&M. I bought these mostly because there was a different pair that I loved but they didn’t have in my size, so I kind of just bought these in place of them. I need to remember to tell myself not just to buy the second option because it’s there and my first choice isn’t, because really they just won’t get worn as much as I told myself they would. Partly, I think the fact that they aren’t very high waisted does have a bit to do with it, because I’m not really into how jumpers look with pants that are more that sort of mid rise waist. Again, I feel like maybe in the spring when it’s a little warmer and I can wear these with just a plain little singlet I’ll get more wear out of them, but if I don’t I’ll definitely be selling them on.

Lastly, an actual successful purchase, the H&M knitted jumper. I have worn this jumper so much, in fact I actually was wearing it earlier today and have only taken it off because my room is too hot for a jumper. I’ve worn it out during the day but I also love just wearing it around the house to be all comfy and warm. I love the colour, and I especially love the shape of it with the balloon sleeves and the slightly cropped length. It has got a percentage of wool in it which does make it a lil itchy but I put up with it because it makes me really nice and warm, and I just really love how it looks. This is for sure something I would buy again (if I didn’t have such a stupid collection of knitted jumpers).

At the end of the day I’m always going to be consuming quite a bit of fashion because I just love it, but I think taking a second look and really thinking about what I do and don’t wear will just help me make more informed and slightly smarter purchases, and really make sure that the things I do end up buying are worth it for me and not just a kind of waste.

some new things

Lately I feel like I’ve been shopping a bit more than usual, which is a little bit of a problem because I’ve been spending waaaay too much money on clothing especially. But I wanted to share a couple of things that I love while they’re still available for you guys to buy. I’ve been kind of stuck with my style lately and feeling so sick of so many of my clothes, so I did go a lil overboard but I do love the things I’ve bought so I wanted to share them in case any of you decide you like them and wanna pick them up too.

I got this top from Bardot, somewhere I don’t shop very often; Firstly, because a lot of the clothes they sell there just aren’t super appealing to me, and secondly because as a general rule I think the quality of a lot of their pieces really doesn’t correlate with the pretty high prices of them. This top however, I couldn’t leave the shop without. Anything with this high neck-zip up-ring pull detail is a massive yes for me right now, paired with the almost orseund iris-esque under bust detail, and on top of that the perfect forest green colour, this top was literally made for me. Yes, I do think this was overpriced for what it is, it does feel like a nice quality knit.

Top: Bardot / Jeans: Vintage Versace / Shoes: Vans

I also bought another piece from Bardot while I was there, which is kind of like a mock croc faux leather brown skirt, which I loooove. It wasn’t as expensive for what it is as the top was, I actually think it was really well priced. It’s kind of weird so I don’t think it’s going to be to everyone’s taste but I think it’s really cute and I’ll be able to pair it with a lot of really basic tops to spice things up a bit.

The jumper is from H&M, and I have to say, H&M’s winter pieces are honestly 100% better than their summer clothing. I have a couple of knitted jumpers from H&M and I think they are SO good for the price you pay. This jumper in particular is a little more expensive than some of the others they sell, but it has 19% mohair and 13% wool within it’s fibre content, which just makes it nicer quality than just a regular acrylic knit. The wool makes it a little scratchy around the neck but it makes it a really nice warm jumper so in all honesty I don’t mind too much.

My sister told me this outfit was “so fucking ugly” but oh I don’t even really care at this point.

Jumper: H&M / Skirt: Bardot / Shoes: Decjuba

Lastly for this post is a pair of pants from H&M, so really this is just a collection of a few things from Bardot and H&M I guess. Originally I wanted a different pair of checkered pants from H&M but they’re made very small so my normal size hardly fits me, and every time I’ve been in to look for them they didn’t have them in the size I need, but I did end up finding another pair which actually fit properly so I’m happy (although I’ll still be looking for my size in the ones I originally wanted). I’ve had a thing for checkered pants for quite a while now, and more and more places are starting to sell really cute ones which is amazing. Plus, these are just such a good fit, they really flatter you around the bum and then go into a slim leg, which is a kind of fit that I think always looks good.

Top: Vintage (not even mine but I think it was from Cream on King) / Pants: H&M / Shoes: Decjuba / Belt: Warehouse

tattoos I got & things I bought in new zealand

I just got back from my little trip to New Zealand yesterday, and I’m already sad to be back. It’s so beautiful over there, so I’m completely not ready to accept it’s over, or to get back into my daily routine and work. I have so many photos and I took two disposable cameras with me, so once they’ve been developed I really want to do a massive post including all of them. For now however, I thought I’d share just some of the things I spent my money on while I was there.

In all honesty I thought I’d bought so much stuff, but once I’d unpacked everything I realised the vast majority of what I bought were gifts for other people. I tried to be pretty practical with what I bought, and I was much more so than I first thought. But the most exciting things I got were two new tattoos.

Before I talk about the tattoos though, I wanna talk about the material things I bought. Firstly, these boots are everything. I’ve been after a pair of boots similar to this for ages, but while I’ve found ones I’ve liked, none have really caught me like these ones from Nude did.

These boots have so many details that I’ve wanted in a boot; the pointed toe, the pull tab, the elasticated sides. To top it all off they have the croc-effect on the back, and I always love a bit of croc-effect. They’re also real leather which is a bonus. The basic design elements are super reminiscent of the Acne Jensen boots I think.

Usually, when I’ve been looking at boots I definitely have swayed toward black styles, but I’m actually kind of glad these only came in tan leather. I think because of the colour they’ll be that pair of boots I’ll get to wear all year-round, whereas I feel like black boots can look and just make an outfit feel so heavy over the summer.

Dress: Re-made by Cream / Boots: Nude Footwear

The only other wearable thing I bought myself was this super sweet midi dress from Glassons. Honestly, when Andy asked if I wanted to have a look I really wasn’t convinced I’d see anything I liked but I was still curious so we went in. Really there wasn’t that much in there that interested me, the overall look the brand is going for just isn’t my style. But this dress got my attention straight away and I fell even more in love with it when I tried it on.

I’m really into wearing red at the moment (who isn’t), and I’ve been after a midi dress that looked slightly flattering on, so this really killed two birds with one stone for me.

The little slit up the front under the buttons is a detail I love, as well as the cut-out/tie-up front. I wouldn’t say this dress is sexy at all really, but I still think it’s flattering and shows enough skin to make it less grandma like.

Dress: Glassons / Shoes: Decjuba

I bought myself a few little things that I don’t really think would mesh with this kind of ‘haul’, but there’s one last thing I wanted to share. I finally took the plunge and spent a small fortune on a Jo Malone fragrance. I’m not really a huge perfume person, I’m pretty selective and I only own a couple. Jo Malone colognes are something I’ve lusted over for a while now but just had not been willing to part with that amount of money on a fragrance.

In the end, I splurged even more and got one from the cologne intense range. Although this range is almost double the price of the regular range of colognes, the scent I got is so amazing, I don’t regret the amount of money I spent on it. Oud & Bergamot is so sexy and deep, slightly masculine, and is probably my perfect fragrance.

The best thing I spent my money on though is absolutely my tattoos. Andy found Holy Skin Tattoo Wanaka on instagram and luckily for us they had time to fit us in while we were there. Nathan, who tattooed both of us, was so nice and such a great artist. If anyone reading this goes to Wanaka and wants to get inked, Holy Skin Tattoo has my stamp of approval. As for the pain, neither spot that I had done was that bad at all. Obviously they hurt a bit, it’s a needle going into your skin, but in the places I got them it was completely bearable.

The first tattoo he did on me was a snake on the back of my left arm just above my elbow. I’ve wanted a snake tattoo for ages now, and I’m so happy to have finally had it done. I showed him a picture of a snake tattoo I liked and he drew me up a design and I loved it, so that’s the one I got done.

The other one is a small quote that I really love. I get that quote tattoos are something people either like or don’t, and for me, I’m pretty selective about what ones I do like. Mine says “no rain no roses” in all capitals and a pretty blocky but simple font. This one’s also on my left arm, but on the front just below the inside of my elbow. I love both of my tattoos, I love the way the look with my other tattoos, and they both have special little meanings to me.