back to basics

 

 

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.

how I do: midi skirts

I’ve been seeing midi skirts absolutely everywhere lately, so many of my favourite fashion inspirations (Lucy Williams, Devon Carlson just to name 2) have been rocking them and looking amazing.  Especially slip ones like this dreamy Realisation Par style which I’m seriously drooling over but are a bit on the pricey side unfortunately, have been coming up all over my instagram, but since almost everyone I’ve seen wearing them lives in the northern hemisphere where it’s been beautiful and hot, I’ve been waiting for it to warm up a little down here.

I decided to get myself one and jump on the bandwagon, and I’m obsessed. I got mine off Princess Polly from a brand called Rumor. I just bought it in my normal size (an 8), and it fits true to size. Something to keep in mind looking of the photos of it on me, I’m tall (like almost 6ft tall) and my height is made up completely of my legs and my torso is pretty small length ways, so the skirt is more like a knee length on me than it would be on majority of other people. Because my torso is so short, is sits a lot higher on my waist and comes up to around just below my bust. And lastly I have to mention the insane snakeskin print all over it, I’m obsessed. I’ve put together 3 outfits which I would wear with this one skirt, and it’s been really quite easy to style.

This top is one of those pieces that I think everyone should have some sort of version on in their wardrobe. Tops like this are so easy to throw on with just about anything, and there’s so many variations of this style so I feel like there’ll be something for everyone. Mine is from Weekday, and while I didn’t buy this I was given it by a friend, I would not hesitate to buy more with my own money. This one is a size medium, which is fine but if I buy another I think I would prefer it in a small which is my usual size. I’ve tied it in a little knot at the front because I feel like it looks better with the high waist of the skirt.

My boots are from Kmart, surprising I know, but for the price I think they’re so good. I wore them quite a bit when I first got them at the start of winter, and while I don’t wear them constantly now, they were so cheap that if I’m still wearing them occasionally then I don’t think it’s a waste at all. They’re also pretty comfy, better than you would expect. (please ignore how gross and dirty they are)

Top: Weekday (couldn’t find the same colour but you can get the same style here) / Skirt: Princess Polly / Shoes: Kmart (old and not available online anymore) 

Shockingly I’ve put another crop with this skirt, however it’s a very different style to the first. This is the one and only off shoulder top I own. Personally it’s really just not a style I’m that into, and I do feel like it’s been massively overdone, however this one I just was drawn too. It was probably the white crochet that got me, and also the fact that you can wear it sitting on your shoulders as well as off them if you want. I put my Stan Smiths on with this because I am a huge sucker for matchy matchy colours, so white shoes to go with the white top makes sense to me. Of course I could wear this with almost any shoes; slides, boots, other sneakers etc. and it would look good because of how neutral the colours in the outfit are.

Top: H&M (from last summer so not available anymore but something similar here) / Shoes: Adidas

This last outfit that I’ve put together is definitely the one that I would wear the most at this point in time because it’s so good for this transitional weather. I haven’t been a huge cardigan lover for years now, and when I was younger and wore them all the time it was always the very thin knits that I definitely wouldn’t wear these days. However, I’m really into these chunky knits, especially cropped ones that I can wear done up and without anything underneath. I bought this one last year and I love the colour, and I’m always a sucker for brown tortoiseshell buttons which this has too. Like I said, I have a very short torso so while this cardigan is a bit cropped on me, on someone with a more normal length torso it would be shorter.

I’ve put this with my beloved Docs, which honestly I would’ve put with every outfit in this post because I just think they look so good with this skirt. I always love the look of tough looking boots with pretty and girly skirts/dresses, I really love the contrast of it. Mine are so very beat up, but I don’t mind the look of it, I feel like it adds to the overall aesthetic.

Cardigan: ASOS (the same one isn’t available anymore but something similar herehere) / 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. 

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