Grungy Ballerina

I think I have discovered what my life-long love will be: Shoes. I had convinced myself that my love would always be dresses, but then I took a second look at my shoe collection and recent receipts of purchases and it was undeniable. I am a shoe-a-holic, essentially a Carrie Bradshaw, minus the expensive taste (for now).

A recent purchase included these ankle-strapped pointed flats from Witchery. Ankle-strapped flats were popular in fall/winter ’17 collections as shown by Valentino, Isabel Marant, and Vivienne Westwood, taking the sweetness out of the generic ballet flat and pumping it with a splash of grunge. I went with the black pair because when it comes to shoes, I can always match them with anything in my mostly-black-wardrobe.

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Until the sun comes along, I think I’ll stick to my black and grey.

Dress: Bardot

Jumper: H&M

Bag: Nine West

Shoes: Witchery

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Beanie Bling

We are having a ridiculously cold winter here in Melbourne, and there are no signs of improvements in the near future. It has come to the point where beanies are not just a cute accessory but are an utter necessity if you don’t want your head to freeze up and lose brain function upon stepping outside. Many people vehemently refuse to wear beanies on the basis of not knowing how, or they question whether the slouched piece of material suits their facial shape, which is why there are endless tutorials and how-to guides on styling a beanie. This seems a bit excessive as clearly it works like any other accessory; it simply needs to match something else incorporated into your outfit. And, like Doc Martens, there is a time and place for the beanie.

I naturally gravitate towards black accessories to make it easier on my wardrobe, and in this case I have matched it with black ankle boots, and complimented my oxblood red satchel with dark red lipstick. It’s easy to only stick with darker shades in winter, but I always aim to integrate a little colour to avoid fading into the sky’s backdrop.

Check out that beanie bling.

Dress: Witchery

Shoes: Diana Ferrari

Bag: Leather Satchel Co.

Beanie: Witchery

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200 Years of Australian Fashion Exhibition

So, a while ago before the whole surgery debacle and numerous exams, I visited the 200 Years of Australian Fashion Exhibition at NGV as you may recall from my previous blog post (it has been a while, so terribly sorry!). It was a beautifully presented exhibition showcasing an array of Australian fashion from as early as 1805 to present day, and truly captured Australia’s unique and impressive fashion scene. There were some of the most embellished and extravagant gowns I have ever seen from the mid-20th century, which contrasts against the abstract and colourful outfits from the 1970’s and onwards. The diversity and beauty of Australian fashion over the years is astounding.

Here are some outfits I could not resist taking snaps of:

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Earliest Dress Found, c.1805
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Evening Dress, c. 1907
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Ball gown, c. 1956
Evening dress, c. 1958
Evening dress, c. 1958
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c. 1967
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Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson c. 1970’s
Linda Jackson and David McDiarmid, c.1980
Linda Jackson and David McDiarmid, c.1980
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Romance was Born, c. 2015 and Discount Univer$e, c. 2015

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Toni Maticevski, c. 2015
Toni Maticevski, c. 2015

To remember the history of Australian fashion and the lovely outfits exhibited, I got sucked in to buying the fashion book. It provides a history of each period in fashion and how it reflected the social constructs at the time, and also features some of the most notable Australian designers of our current age.

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If you live in Melbourne and are looking for something worthwhile to fill your day, I highly recommend this. It’s open until July 31 so don’t miss out!

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May in Melbourne

Ok, I haven’t blogged in an insanely large amount of time. But truth be told, I’ve had surgery and have been in hospital for a while and I am now confined to bed rest, so unfortunately there has not been any time for any fashion escapades (a part from the sexy hospital gown). This will be the beginning of more consistent blogging, I promise.

As soon as I can make it out of bed and wear something other than Peter Alexander PJs.

So before the whole surgery excitement, I spent a day in Melbourne city with my mum and sister to see the 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition. Winter is beginning to kick in, which naturally I am overjoyed about because I can finally drag out the dozens of coats I irrationally purchased while op-shopping last summer. This one I wore is a particular favourite, and I purchased it on my trip to America last year from Zara. I love the round shape, the wide sleeves and the stiff, baby blue fabric that incorporates an asian influence. There’s so much ‘yes’ in one coat. Underneath I wore my comfort culottes and a basic turtleneck top, both in black to compliment the pattern of the coat. Despite the fact that I had to be wheeled around in a wheelchair for most of the day, I felt very comfortable with my look.

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Coat: Zara

Culottes: Luvalot

Shoes: Witchery

Top: asos

Bag: Zara

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Sparkles Galore

Last night I attended a university ball and it was a brilliant night filled with plenty of food, drinks and good tunes. Personally I believe that the preparation period prior to the festivities is just as fun as the actual event, and this year I knew that I wanted to inject some sparkles into my outfit. I received more than I bargained for with a fully sequinned black dress by Club L, featuring a high thigh split dramatic enough to rival Angelina’s 2012 famous Oscar’s gown.

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A red lipstick with matching red nails is my typical go-to when wearing a black dress, especially one as exciting as this.

Dress: Club L 

Shoes: Nude

Clutch: Mollini 

The high neck trend has been popping up numerous times this year on the red carpet. It was most recently the feature of an outfit covered in black sequins as worn by Lizzy Caplan at the MTV awards, and was fiercely paraded in a skin-tight jumpsuit worn by Taylor Swift at this year’s iHeart Music Awards.

Lizzy Caplan - laineygossip.com
Lizzy Caplan – laineygossip.com
Taylor Swift at the iHeart Music Awards 2016 celebuzz.com

…And it seems as though a short and loose cut is a fundamental accessory when sporting the high neck trend. Looks like I’m in!

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Winter is Coming-so best to get your Coats out!

There is really only one good thing about the weather getting colder and the nights getting darker: winter fashion. There is an abundance of potential available in winter with layering clothes; the opportunity to wear cute scarves with matching beanies; and of course the pinnacle of winter fashion- the coat. Luckily I stocked up on coats and jackets whilst ironically op-shopping during the summer. I am more than ready to put those to good use.

A couple of days ago Melbourne showed the first initial signs of winter, and so I donned a woollen mulberry-coloured coat which I bought last year from asos. I am currently obsessed with wearing dresses with round-toe sneakers (and ONLY white round-toe sneakers) because they are incredibly versatile and take the feminine edge out of wearing a dress while still maintaining a stylish vibe. I never thought I would come to a point where I would voluntarily pair sneakers with a dress, but I uphold the fact that it can only be done with this style of shoe which technically isn’t a legitimate sports shoe anyway.

I also updated my wardrobe with a few grey pieces amidst the realisation that my wardrobe is almost devoid of every other colour a part from black, and hence this mercifully comfortable and warm dress from Witchery is one of those pieces. Fashion has just miraculously become so comfortable, and for the sake of my hectic schedule and for everyone else, we are sincerely grateful.

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Coat: Asos

Dress: Witchery

Shoes: Witchery

Bag: Zara

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By the Sea in Melbourne

Oh sunny days, it feels like you only just begun. Now the clouds are creeping out and there’s a faint chill in the air, but I still don’t feel like we’ve seen enough sunshine to prepare us for the incoming winter. Can Melbourne just please continue to deliver days like these until we are satisfied with the level of vitamin D in our systems? Beaches just aren’t as fun in the winter time. 

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Bikini top: Billabong

Shirt: Wish

Shorts: Forever New

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Photos taken by my good friend Tyana at Brighton Beach, Victoria.

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