Summer prep

Summer prep

Long time no blog. You’ll find me buried in a giant pile of yarn. I’m trying to get as much knitting in before warmer weather starts. Seemingly I only knit when it’s cold. Although on my recent Melbourne trip, I started prepping for my summer wardrobe.

I bought a bunch of espadrilles in Melbourne. I couldn’t help it, they was a sample sale. Soludos usually retail for $70, but these were one off pairs that were down to the low, low price of $30 each. How could I say no? I purchased 3 pairs in total. Whoops.

I got a pair of flatforms (so comfy), summer stripes and my personal favourite, coffee espadrilles in a seashell pink. Seriously. I cannot deal. I just had to have them. They are a collaboration between Jason Polan and Soludos.

Have you bought anything for summer?

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My perfect ankle boot

My perfect ankle boot

I’ve been on the hunt for an every day ankle boot to suit my work wardrobe. Which means, it needs to be black, leather and flat. I’ve wanted an elegant looking one with a bit of character for a while now. All the boots these days seem to have that chunky Cuban heel, which has it’s own place and time.

I went into Midas the other day (my current fave shoe brand – I swear all of their shoes are super duper comfy). I managed to find a design I really loved. Round toe, deep side slit, textured/smooth leather. Love it.

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Midas Goody ankle boot

I ummed and ahhed over sizes, I fit snuggly into one size (without a thick sock), but also fit into a size up a little more loosely. I decided on the tighter fit – I figure I’ll wear the ankle boots with dresses + stockings so would want to pad them out less rather than more. If that makes sense.

I need to waterproof them still! I want to know, do you have a go-to brand for shoes?

The weaving game

The weaving game

I’m obsessed with crochet at the moment. I tend to flit between different mediums and projects at any one time so writing about it is a good chance for me to take stock of what I have left to complete.

I’m working on a teeny tiny baby cardigan (everyone I know seems to be having a baby). I’ve not really crocheted or knitted anything more than a square or rectangular flat shaped piece, so I’m pretty excited to see how this project turns out. Perhaps I’ll move onto making me-sized clothes next. I find crochet so therapeutic on the train. Besides which I love seeing garments slowly come to life.

One crochet hook offers portability and zero risk of poking the passenger sitting next to you (unlike them pesky knitting needles). Although during the recent Lincraft 50% off everything sale, I stocked up on circular needles which are perfect for travel.

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I found a pattern on Ravelry called the 2.5 hour nap cardigan (believe me I was under no illusions that I would finish this in under 2.5 hours). I’ve been working on it on and off for a few days now and it’s starting to take shape! I’ve even made a small rose to attach on the chest.

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I’m loving it so much I’m thinking up different colourways for my next project. I need to find some boy cardigans too.

What have you been making lately?

Bringing the outside in

Bringing the outside in

I’m determined to make my desk clutter-free.

At the moment it is very much the opposite. I won’t indulge you with a photo of the current state of my desk post-Japan, as it is akin to my suitcase exploding all over the house. I’m taking a bit of time to find a permanent home for all the goodies I got.

In the meantime I’ll start by injecting garden blooms into the house. The unusually warm weather has kept my frangipani tree in bloom, and although they don’t last long when they’re cut, I love the room fragrance they offer.

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Oh I also bought some new shoes last month. I gave into the lace trend and got a cheap and cheerful brown suede pair from Zara. If you know anything about me you’ll know I’m all about black, so these brown shoes are a step outside my comfort zone, so let’s see if I can mix and match them into my daily wardrobe.

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And now I think I’ll be on a spending ban. Have you bought anything new? Show me what you’ve bought! I want to live vicariously through everyone else. <3

My not-so-secret shoe obsession

My not-so-secret shoe obsession

I have a serious shoe problem where I find myself with a jillion pairs of shoes. Story of my life. In any case, I’m super excited about my latest shoe buy. I got my first pair of Louboutin flats. I found a pair of Manovra flats by chance on the Outnet site (aka Net-a-porter’s outlet store). It’s a little hit and miss on the Outnet, but you can usually score some pretty things at some pretty good prices.

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Slingbacks. Mesh. Spikes. I knew I needed them in my life.

When I was around 7, I used to have a pair of closed toe slingback flats that I loved until the day they died. I’ve found many pairs of open toe slingbacks to date, but haven’t yet found my formal pair. Here’s hoping these are a good fit!

In the meantime, I’m eagerly awaiting the DHL man!

Patterns galore

Patterns galore

Let me just start off saying the rain today was insane. It was definitely a gumboots sorta day. I contemplated taking a bus from the city but the rain had eased to a light sprinkle by the time I had arrived. CRAZY.

So having worn solid blocks of colour for most of my life, I find myself lusting over patterns and reaching for them more often these days. One of my favourite jumpers in my regular winter rotation is a J.Crew polka dot and stripe little number. Now let’s make it clear, I’m on window shopping mode O-N-L-Y! :)

I saw this Portmans stripe skirt and top ensemble on one of their marketing advertisements and fell in love with the entire outfit. I adore the off the shoulder top. Girly without being too girly. If it were summer, and if I could pull off crop tops, I’d be all over this.

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Continuing with the stripe theme, this Country Road stripe top intrigues me. I love the bold/fine line contrast. I’m always struggling to find pretty looking long sleeve tops for winter.

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And my other favourite pattern of the moment – floral. I can’t go past a bold, floral print. The tangerine in this Cue dress makes it all the more special, and it just scream spring. Anything sparkly or material with a slight sheen always seems to capture my undivided attention.

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And finally just for fun, this flirty neon Gorman skirt will bring life back to your monochromatic office wear. I love how it looks completely different up close to how it appears from afar. Plus it’s lilac, and I love all shades of purple.

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My introduction to J. Crew

My introduction to J. Crew

US brands are becoming much more accessible with the advent of parcel forwarders. A few months ago, I put together a large haul of stuff, and happened to do some window shopping on the J. Crew website. You really have to wait around for the sales to be good at J. Crew. But when they’re good. They’re really good.

My choices included a few shirts (some from the girls’ department – OOPS). Oh and a one piece swim suit for my upcoming trip! I’m so excited. Anyway. They had another sale up yesterday and I couldn’t resist doing a bit of window shopping. No purchasing for me this time. I’m supposedly on a spending ban. Ahem.

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one. A cute and colourful diamond stripe scarf (AU$73.50).

two. I adore sparkly statement necklaces like this crystal floral garland necklace (AU$130.70).

three. The Saint James for J. Crew Shrunken tee (AU$89.19) is perfect for spring days.

four. A Liberty of London printed pouch (AU$43.00)- I love the  colours and playful patterns.

five. A pencil skirt in pinwheel eyelet (AU$103.90)- feminine and classic.

What have you bought from J. Crew lately?