Shoes and manicures

Shoes and manicures

Continuing on with my increasing cynicism, I’m noticing that one (random) person during my peak hour train trip to work who without fail stops right before the ticket turnstiles before rummaging through their bag to find their train ticket. Meanwhile I’m always the unlucky one who stands directly behind them and can’t go into any other lanes else I be banished into the bad books by other disgruntled city workers. Oh I really must stop noticing such silly things.

I’ve resorted to online window shopping. I’m on a self imposed spending ban until my trip in 80-something days. I found these super cute J.Crew t-bar flats. I’d love them even more if they came in a leather slash satin black combination. I really want black t-bar shoes. Whether they be flats or heels, I don’t think I’d mind.

Jcrew Tbar shoes

I’ve been really uninspired with manicures lately. I’m not sure what it is, but I find myself sticking to solid colours. I haven’t really touched my nail stamps that much this month. Here’s hoping that’ll change this month. I did a pseudo-skittle manicure with some purple and sparkles the other day. Nothing interesting. As is life. Le sigh.


Here’s hoping I’ll have something a little more interesting to post about next time. Hah.

Ballet madness

Ballet madness

When I was six, I remember wanting nothing more than to go to ballet lessons. I asked my mum if I could and she enrolled me in a ballet class run by an old woman and her even older mother. It didn’t last for very long. I remember there was one girl in particular who was the “alpha female” of the group and bossed the rest of the girls around.

I grew bored of ballet lessons and the associated unpleasantness, but I  loved my ballet shoes for a long time after. They weren’t anything special, just those cheapo Jiffies that my mum had altered with some pink satin ribbon for ankle ties. It seemed the thing to do. Anyway. I loved them so much that I eventually went on to buy some terry fabric Jiffies to wear around the house.  They came in a bunch of colours. Did you ever own a pair of Jiffies?


I found some photos off old eBay listings. I just read a forum saying they aren’t appropriate ballet footwear as they don’t provide sufficient support. Oops.

Fast forward to 2013, I’m still obsessed with ballet flats. I bought two pairs in the past couple of weeks. I still have a couple of ballet flats that remain unused as I still need to spray them with waterproofer, but I just couldn’t resist the flats I got on sale. I got the Bella flats from the Forever New outlet at DFO. The gold sparkle drew me in, and the low heel sealed the deal. At $20 for leather lined shoes, I couldn’t say no. I figure they’d look good with a pair of skinny leg jeans.

forever new bella flats


The second pair I got from Sambag. These Tina shiraz ballet flats were originally $175, but were marked down to $52. It was one of those online only sales. I thought twice about this purchase as I still have a few Sambag flats that I haven’t yet work (shame on me). I figure I can resell these if I don’t get around to wearing them, but something tells me I’ll get some decent use out of them. Now to remember to waterproof these!

sambag shiraz tina

Have you bought any bargains lately?


Getting rid o’ stuff

Getting rid o’ stuff

I’ve been in a major purging slash organising mode at home. I’ve started to sort things into separate piles and boxes. Sadly I’ve only managed to find time to list one sad little item onto eBay. I’ve listed a pair of BNWT Saba wool blend crop pants on eBay. They’re such a luxe fabric, but sadly they are a little big for me so up on eBay they go.

saba ellen pants

I’m sad to have to list my Melissa Maia lace flats. They have such an adorable detail in them. I find Mel flats perfect for those annoying rainy days where it is too light for gumboots, but puddles abound that still manage to drench leather flats. Unfortunately these aren’t quite the right fit for me either.

Melissa Maia

Things are still quite hectic. I don’t envisage it slowing down anytime soon, not until the end of year at least. Speaking of which I need to do some massive planning for the soon-to-happen overseas holiday. Can’t wait! It is all coming up so quickly. I’ve only just gotten around to booking in my leave. Busy busy!

Berry adventures continued

Berry adventures continued

After stopping by the Berry Sourdough Cafe, we wandered around the town centre browsing through the different little stores. H was targeting one of the quaint little homewares stores we found last time we were in the area. He still has a list of must-have’s for the apartment. It was such a leafy neighbourhood and so calming to wander around randomly exploring.

berry tree

store intallation

Some of the other ladies wanted to stop by the Berry candle shop. It was really popular with a serious range of candles. From my group, the most popular ones by far were the Woodwick brand, which as the name suggests has a wooden wick that has a little cracking sound as it burns. It makes you feel like you’re sitting in front of a roaring fire! Well. Maybe a little baby fire.

berry woodwick candles

I’ve stocked up on Glasshouse candles for a good couple of months, so I skipped browsing candles (goodness knows I don’t need any more!) and popped over to the Berry bead shop. So much eye candy. But I knew I had a huge box of beads and findings at home. So I only looked. It looked like candy!


The Berry donut van was a definite-stop for us. We bought a dozen to eat + take home. Gotta love them fresh and hot! I personally don’t see much of a difference between fresh donuts here and at Donut King (some may disagree). Maybe it is slightly crispier here? Anyway. You must try it yourself if you haven’t already!

berry donut van

Everyone was wearing pretty long skirts with gorgeous patterns and hues. I just had to take a photo whilst we were waiting to get into the Berry Sourdough Cafe.


pom pomsOverall another great trip to Berry. Can’t wait until next time!

road trip

Random ramblings – Girls, heels and nail swatches

Random ramblings – Girls, heels and nail swatches

Here’s another attempt to get back on the regular blogging bandwagon.

I’ve been struck down with a nasty cold. I got a sore throat on Thursday, and stayed home from work on Friday. I was pretty much in bed all weekend. On the plus side, I’m now caught up on Girls, both season 1 and 2. Not that I love the show or anything. it was just something that I could easily watch in bed without much thinking. It really is the anti-SATC.


I also got around to listing some brand new shoes that I’ve never worn. Ever. Both nude coloured peep toes, one is silk and leather lined, and the other is leather. I’ve started them both at AU$20 on eBay, with free postage. They both have an RRP of AU$149.95 so whoever wins them will surely get a bargain.

Tony Bianco shoes

Anyway, despite been hopped up on a pseudoephedrine and Vicks vapour rub induced haze, I got a few things on my to-do list checked off. I’d been meaning to sort through my nail polishes as evidently I’ve lost count of how many I possess. They’re stored in one giant shoe box that used to house my gumboots. In any case, I got 50 blank nail swatches on eBay for the low price of $3.00, and made a little reference guide for my 50-odd polishes. I need to buy more sticks.

Nail swatches

Modcloth cabin fever sales

Modcloth cabin fever sales

Modcloth is having its final mark down sales at the moment. I know right. More sales. That’s the last thing I need right now. I logged on this morning and spotted the email. Couldn’t resist. The website was having a few hiccups with the number of people hitting the pages. I managed to get four dresses for < $20 each paying something like $15 for postage. There are a few items there, so head over if you want to grab a bargain! Here are some other things that caught my eye…

Getaway Back Home Dress

Getaway back home ($87.99 $25.99)  is an intense orange dress that is delicate enough to wear on a night out but casual enough for day wear. I really love the colour  and the intricate detail on the bust. I don’t know what it is about knits, but I just can’t resist them.

Demure in Luck Dress

Demure in Luck Dress ($54.99 $16.99) is a gorgeous coral dress. I can’t get over the colour, not too bright but not too dull either. It has a cute hint of a peter pan collar that I just can’t resist. This one could use a pretty belt. Maybe. I’m going through a thing with belts lately.

Belt the High Note Dress

Belt the High Note Dress ($54.99 $16.99) is a pretty pink dress with a latte coloured lace overlay. It really is a bargain at $17 – why wouldn’t you! I love the pop of the neon pink belt. I need to start stocking up on different coloured skinny belts for my dresses. They make an outfit come together nicely.

Head on over to Modcloth for a bargain! I hear they’ve added a few more styles to the sale.

My obsession with patent

My obsession with patent

My first pair of patent flats were from Bloch. I had gotten them in hot pink for a steal in David Jones (in Canberra of all places) for a cool $30. These all-leather flats are *super* comfortable and so versatile. I’m the type of girl to wear a lot of black and white, so these provided a little extra something to an otherwise plain and basic outfit.

Bloch hot pink patent ballet flatsAnyway. I found the exact ballerina style in a different colour at David Jones in Sydney during the Boxing Day sales. I was so tempted by them as they were a deep jewel navy colour. Unfortunately they were a touch too big for me, and they were $90. If they were cheaper I might have considered putting insoles in, but when I knew I had gotten them for $30 not so long ago, I just couldn’t do it. Anyway. Here is a what-could-have-been photo.

Bloch navy patent flats

Anyway. Fast forward to today. I had a lunch time free to roam around Westfield Sydney. Bad for girls with money. Let me tell you. I usually steer clear of Sambag as they’re notorious for being over $200 for a pair. I’ve always adored them though as they have some unique styles that are all-leather. I like how leather moulds to your foot. Anyway. I spied the sales section, and there were these jewel toned flats on sale for $54. Now who could say no to that?

Sambag patent flatsIf you follow me on Instagram, thank you for helping me decide on one of the colours ;) More shots of my purchases to come.