diamonds in the rough

I’ve always loved second hand shopping, I can’t remember a time ever when I haven’t. I think a lot of the love for it definitely came from my mum, because she’s always loved going there and has been taking me to them since I was tiny. Both me and my mum are very creative people, and I think maybe that’s why we both love the challenge and thrill of finding something amazing.

I’d say probably around a third, or maybe even half, of my closet is made up of pieces I’ve found at op shops and vintage stores. Something I find is that when I’m second hand shopping, I’m so open and ready to experiment with new looks and pieces because everything is so cheap, so I never feel like I’m gonna be wasting my money.

There’s so much waste in the fashion industry, which is kind of hard for me to talk about because I absolutely contribute to it, but buying second hand lessens the feelings of guilt for sure.

Apart from the shoes, everything is this outfit was bought second hand. The t-shirt isn’t mine it’s my friends, but I know that she bought it from an op shop, and I’m pretty sure she cut it into a crop top which immediately makes it that little bit more flattering. The blazer, pants are bag are all things that I found and bought myself at different salvos.

The pants fit me like a glove, admittedly they’re pretty short on me, but they kind of fit like a kick flare on me so I think it works. A good pair of pants that fit well and really flatter your figure are always a major staple in my wardrobe, and I think they’re amazing for everyone to own at least one pair of.

I love how blazers look, but they can be really expensive, and I never wanted to invest in one because I wasn’t sure how much I would wear one. I’ve spoken about the Jaeger blazer that I found in salvos last year, and I recently found this one which I also love. I really love the way blazers look, especially longer line and slightly manly looking ones for a more androgynous feel. As much as I love blazers, I don’t wear them enough to warrant spending a lot of money on one.

The bag is one of my favourite recent op shop finds, it’s so gorgeous and I was looking at buying a bag in a similar style so it was such a lucky find. The velvet and beading on it is so perfect and so my style, plus being black means it goes with everything.

colours & textures

I’ve always been really into wearing colour, even when I was younger and it was kind of the edgy thing to be wearing all black everything. As much as I wanted to come off cool and different, I really just could never wear all black or monochrome everyday. Use of colour is something that hugely inspires me, not just in terms of fashion, but in almost every creative aspect of my life.

It’s a well known fact that colour can have a huge affect on your mood, and I think it’s absolutely true. I also find myself gravitating to certain colours and tones, and depending on how I feel I can definitely see changes in what I’m wearing depending on that. Wearing certain colours can definitely make me feel certain ways.

Green is my favourite colour, in particular dark emeralds and forest green shades. It’s always my favourite colour to wear by far, and I always seem to feel most comfortable and confident when I’m wearing it. The dress I’m wearing in this post is one of my favourite pieces in my whole wardrobe, and a lot of that is attributed to it’s gorgeous colour. I’m just so attracted to these shades of green, I feel like they suit me, and because of that wearing them makes me feel really good.

I think this dress is honestly perfect. Obviously the colour is completely beautiful, but the cut of it and the way that the satin makes it sit on the figure makes it so flattering. The fabric they’ve used for this dress is perfect for it’s style and shape, and it lets the cowl neck drape so beautifully.

Colour is the number one thing for me, but texture comes in close second. I love clothing and accessories with interesting materials and textures. I love fabrics like satin, velvet and corduroy, and the way that they can transform a piece of clothing that would otherwise be nothing at all special into something completely different. For instance, if this dress had been made in a jersey material or even cotton, it would look and sit completely different to how it does.

My bag is new, and I’m so obsessed with it. Again, the things that really attracted me to it was the colours, and the mock snakeskin leather. The colours on this bag are amazing. Firstly, its got my favourite green, plus a beautiful deep red and burnt orange. In theory, these colours just should not look good together, but I love them next to each other.

This bag is quite obviously a huge rip off of the Chloe Faye backpacks. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you may have seen the rip off Fendi bag I have, well this is from the same little asian shop that I bought that bag from. I know a lot of people are really against buying fake designer pieces, but I have no where near the funds to be able to afford the real version.

As a little side note, you can see the green theme flow through into my jewellery. Everyday I wear one necklace with green malachite, and a an emerald ring. My other necklace I bought in Ireland and it has two coins with claddagh rings on it, and I also wear an actual claddagh ring too.

But back to the point of this post, if you’re feeling bored of your wardrobe, just adding in some textures that you wouldn’t normally go for can completely change the vibe of your look. While I’ve always been really into colour, textures that aren’t ‘conventional’ for whatever piece they’re used in, seemed a little scarier and harder to wear. Even more so when they’re also coloured, just like my bag.

As I’ve gotten older (that sounds really dramatic considering I’m 19 years old), I’ve made the decision to wear whatever I want to, and things that make me feel confident and good about myself. Wearing clothes that I see as boring, reflect in my mood, but whenever I throw on an outfit like the one I’m wearing in this post, I feel very ‘me’, and I think that’s one of my favourite things about fashion and it’s something that I personally think a lot of people are forgetting. For me, fashion is a form of self expression, and that makes it so much fun.

what i wore this week: 4th-10th december 2017

I haven’t posted a what I wore this week in a hot minute, so I thought I should get back into it this week. I’ve just been super slack, lazy, and honestly a bit uninspired lately. Looking back this post could also be called one pair of jeans 3 ways because essentially that’s all I ended up wearing this weekend.

My friend gave me these jeans, they’re vintage and perfect. They’re super unflattering and big, but I love them. The denim is super worn-in, which means they’re insanely comfortable, and they don’t feel as hot and heavy as other jeans can in warm weather. I took a nap on saturday wearing them, which I think might just give an idea of just how comfy they are.

I bought this cardigan recently, which is a bit out of place because it’s summer now, but I’m going to Ireland in january and I realised I needed more winter clothes to layer myself up with. While we’ve had days when it’s slightly chillier though, I’ve really liked chucking this on. I especially love wearing it like I have here, with all the buttons done up and nothing on underneath. I think it can just make a cardigan; which is really a very unsexy piece, a little bit sexy.

Of course my checkered vans had to make another appearance. Most definitely one of my favourite pairs of shoes. This outfit had comfort as a number one priority, so these shoes just had to go with it. As well as being just so comfy, I absolutely love how they look.

Cardigan: asos / Jeans: vintage / Shoes: vans

This next outfit I was going to wear to a party, but then decided against because I was getting a bit cold and felt a bit dressed up for the type of party I was heading to. I ended up just wearing what I’d had on earlier (previous outfit), but I thought I’d still chuck this one in because I still do really like it.

Same jeans, but I just put on a nicer shirt and some converse. I love this top, I’ve had it for years and sometimes I forget about it but I’ll never get rid of it because I know I’ll always love wearing it. I got it at salvos for $5 or something, but it’s made by Country Road. When I first got it I would always wear a black singlet underneath it, but now I’m older and a bit more confident, I just chuck a black bra on under and I’m good to go. I just love all the detail and texture on this top, and how it’s definitely a bit see-through, but that’s not it’s main attraction.

Black hi-top converse just go with anything in my eyes. So, if I’m ever wearing an outfit like this and want to keep it casual, and also not distract from the top I’ve got on, I’ll throw on my converse. I feel like they’re just that classic trainer that you’ll have in your wardrobe which will never really go out of style. I personally can’t think of a time when I didn’t like converses. Anyway, this party I was planning on wearing this too was a very very casual type event, so converses were the perfect choice to tone down a top like the one I had on.

Top: vintage / Jeans: vintage / Shoes: converse / Belt: warehouse

Once more in the last outfit I wore, are the same jeans. I feel like I should just quickly say that you should wash your denim the least amount possible. Never wash your denim after one wear (unless you’ve spilt something on them or got them dirty or whatever), or it’ll wear out so much faster.

Anyway, the friend who gave me these jeans also gave me this top. It’s a size or two bigger than I would usually buy, but I kind of love how it looks that way. I really like how this orange shade looks next to this wash of denim, I think they compliment each other really well.

Rip off gucci loafers from Decjuba again, these are just my fail-safe shoes if I just need to slide something on and go.  They’re not really good quality, but I think that’s expected considering the price, mine are starting to look pretty scuffed up on the toes.  After owning these and seeing how often I wear them it’s only making me want a real pair of gucci loafers that much more.

I tied this silk scarf onto my Rebecca Minkoff bag a week or so ago, and I think it looks really cute. The colours on this scarf are so gorgeous, it’s just like greens, reds and oranges, and they all look so good together. I think it works with my style because even though adding a scarf like this to a bag makes it pretty girly, this bag itself is really not super dainty or feminine. So I think the juxtaposition of the two put together looks really cool.

 

Top: weekday / Jeans: vintage / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Scarf: vintage / Belt: warehouse

dressing down

One of my favourite things to do with clothing, especially in summer, is dress it down. I love taking pieces that are really meant to be worn for evenings, or semi-nice occasions, and bringing them down to a super casual level. The easiest way to do this, in my opinion, is just pairing dresses with trainers instead of something nicer.

This dress I bought to wear out on my 19th birthday, which I did and I loved it, but I haven’t worn it at all since. I think that mostly comes down to feeling like it was a dress that I would only wear if I was going out. To me, it just didn’t feel so much like a casual dress.

I feel like maybe a lot of that could come down to the fact that it’s velvet, and while I’m absolutely in love with velvet everything, sometimes it doesn’t feel just any random day is an occasion to wear a full velvet dress. My shoes as well are one of those things that I really love and don’t regret buying, but I just find that I don’t wear that much.

The shoes really do have a lot going on, and that’s one of the reasons I bought them in the first place. Firstly, I think stan smiths are such a good shoe anyway, so when I saw they had this limited edition that had both spots all over and velcro I couldn’t help myself. I just wish I wore them more, and especially with outfits other than jeans and a t-shirt.

Dress: Reverse / Shoes: Adidas / Sunnies: Le Specs

I like this outfit even more than the last one. The dress is pretty new, I only got it a couple of weeks ago, but still, it’s something I’ve only worn once so far. I’m honestly in love with this dress though. I think that the style and fit of it is just perfect, and I want it in a million different colours and patterns.

Last summer I was super obsessed with slip dresses, and styles like it, but this year I’m definitely getting into styles that are much more fitted and I think they’re really flattering. The colours on this dress suit me well (in my humble opinion), and I think plaid and checkering is something that’s always going to look cool.

I paired it with my regular stan smiths in the white and green colourway. I bought these probably about 2 years ago when everyone had either a pair of these or superstars, and I am so glad that the past me decided to get these over a pair of superstars. They’re super comfy, and you can wear them with pretty much anything.

I think the major thing that turned me off wearing them for a while was that they just wouldn’t wear out. I really like my shoes, especially trainers, to look a bit worn out, and the fact that this pair stayed so stark white for so long definitely wasn’t something I was in to. But I’ve kind of got over it, and they have worn out a bit since I first got them, but I guess the fact it’s been something hard to achieve is a testament to how well they wear.

Dress: Beyond Her / Shoes: Adidas / Sunnies: Vintage

And last but definitely not least, is my new favourite outfit. I can not wait to wear this all through summer. The dress I only bought yesterday, which is when I shot these photos, and I’m already obsessed. It’s from Bardot, which is somewhere I honestly never shop, so I was surprised when I saw it and decided I had to have it.

In my eyes, I think it’s very reminiscent of certain Realisation Par dresses, which is probably part of the reason I was so attracted to it in the first place. I love all the detail. The frilly straps are so cute, and the little dots (I feel like the name of them has something to do with dobby, but I don’t know for sure so I won’t commit to that) add a bit of texture. Plus it’s a gorgeous bright red.

And of course, I couldn’t not include an outfit in this post that had my checkered vans in it. I love these shoes so very much. They could be worn with almost any dress, and just take it down a level and make it such a cool outfit. I feel like I’ve gone on quite a bit already in previous posts about these shoes but it’s so hard to stop myself from talking about them.

I think they’re one of those classic pairs of shoes, that even if they aren’t in style anymore, I’ll still love and wear to death. But I also think they’re one of those items that if they happen to go out of style, eventually they’ll come back in again.

Dress: Bardot / Shoes: Vans / Sunnies: Rubi Shoes

P.S. I’m going to New Zealand tomorrow and I doubt I’ll post anything until I get back, so bear with me because I’m sure I’ll have lots of lovely pics to share on here.

what i wore this week: 6th-12th nov

Saturday 11th nov:

This week nothing I’ve done outside of work has required me to wear anything nice at all, so today is my first proper outfit of the week. On Tuesday I did some modelling at the Hyatt Hotel for Melbourne Cup which was super fun, but all I wore there were my work pants with one of my big band t-shirts so I really didn’t think it was something I’d add into here.

Anyway today I didn’t even leave my house, and usually on days like this I wouldn’t leave my comfy clothes, doing this as a weekly post has actually got me really excited about clothes and what I wear, so I did put something on that was a little bit more presentable.

I also dyed my hair today. I saw that I dyed it but really my mum had to do it for me because I have way too much hair to do it by myself. It’s super light now, which I love, and it’s also so fluffy in these photos because I’d blow dried it.

But my outfit; again I’m wearing the one pair of shorts I own that I actually want to wear, with my new belt that I’ve been wearing anytime it’s possible. I’m pretty obsessed with this belt honestly. It’s real leather but it has the croc embossing detail which I absolutely love, and it’s almost small enough for me around my waist (it’s a little too big but I can get away with it without having to do the wrap around moment I usually have to do).

My shirt is thrifted and it’s super cute in my opinion. I love that it’s long sleeved and also cropped, and it sits at a perfect height to just skim the top of my high waisted pieces. I also love the little collar with the v-neck.

The jacket is also thrifted, but this is one of those jackets that have been everywhere so you could definitely find one almost exactly the same at General Pants or on ASOS. I’ve loved this style of jacket for a couple of years now and I have a couple of them, all being super lucky salvo finds.

Lastly my slides, which are from Kmart. I feel like almost all of my outfits that I’ve posted on here have had something from either an op-shop or Kmart. I just think these are adorable though. I went with the gold ones and I’ve really surprised myself with how much I like them, plus they’re so comfy and just easy to wear.

Top: Thrifted – Jacket: Thrifted – Shorts: Things We Lost (from Landspeed Records) – Shoes: Kmart – Belt: Warehouse

Sunday 12th nov:

Today was such a nice day. The weather was so sunny up until the late afternoon when it got all gloomy, but I still love that too sometimes. I really didn’t get up to much today but at least I left the house, unlike yesterday.

Once again my washed black denim shorts make an appearance. These are just my favourite style of shorts, and I’m on a hunt to find more pairs almost exactly the same in different denim. Every time I’ve worn these in photos I’ve said they’re by the brand Things We Lost, but I’m actually not 100% sure if they are. I bought them from Landspeed Records in the city, and they weren’t one of their vintage pieces, so I assume they’re from Things We Lost which is the brand of all of their clothing. The thing is though that they have no tag or anything in them, but I guess I’ll continue to say they’re by Things We Lost until I know differently.

Same shorts but a different belt today. I’ve got on one of my dads’ old belts today, and because it’s too big for me to put around my waist, I’ve done the little twist around I always do in this situation. It’s super easy to do, holds your belt on just as well as if you could properly do it up, and I think it just adds a little bit more interest to an outfit. I love how worn in the leather on this belt is too.

 

My jacket is one I often forget I own because it’s definitely harder to style than a lot of other jackets I own. I think it really serves some serious lab coat looks but I still love it none the less. I think one of the big things that got me about this jacket was the big tortoiseshell buttons down the front. I’m always a sucker for tortoiseshell. I think it’s just a cool piece for me to have, it’s really different to anything else I have and I love it for exactly that reason.

And I have to take a minute just to talk about my Birkenstocks. If you are in the market for a good summer shoe, then you need a pair. I’ve had mine for about 2 and a half years and they’ve lasted so well. They’re the absolute comfiest shoe, and personally, I love how they look. I’m so glad when I got mine I went for the dark brown leather with brass buckles, and not just the typical white or black ones which were super on trend at the time. I’ve never seen anyone else with the same pair as me.

My hat is from Fallen Broken Street and I love it. I bought it at splendour earlier this year, and I’m so glad I did. I haven’t worn it really at all since then, but I’m hoping that now we’re getting into summer I’ll be bringing it out a lot more. I’ll defnitely be trying to make a concious effort to anyway.

 

 

Top: Vintage – Shorts: Things We Lost – Jacket: Monki – Shoes: Birkenstock – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff – Belt: Vintage – Hat: Fallen Broken Street