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May 31, 2012

Winter uniform

Well, tomorrow is officially the first day of winter down here, but it's felt like it for weeks. I thought, after experiencing actual snowy winter in Europe, I'd be fine in Sydney, but 15C is colder than I remembered. This is my "winter uniform": coat, button down, jeans and boots - basically what I wear most days because it's too cold in the morning to attempt anything fancy in the outfit department.

This was on Saturday, when I fancied it up with some lipstick and a beret because I was going out with friends.

Forever21 coat, UNIQLO shirt, Jeans West jeans, Wittner boots, souvenir beret.

Technically, it doesn't really get cold enough in Sydney for head-warming gear.

After trying all kinds of stretching methods with these boots, I think it's time to accept that they will probably forever be a size too small. I am never going to buy too-small shoes again, breaking these in was hell.

Gratuitous photo of my face; MAC's Russian Red is the best lipstick ever, I'm glad I let my friends bully me into buying it at Heathrow duty free because it was so much cheaper than it is here.

If you're wondering about the increase in outfit posts I'm doing lately on what's meant to be a lifestyle blog - it's because, well, I basically have no life right now. I did however hit up Vivid Sydney on Tuesday evening, I'll get those pictures edited and up sometime over the weekend. For now, here's my 2011 Vivid post (looking at these old pictures makes me wonder if I've lost a bit of touch with photography).

May 27, 2012

Get cosy

Here are my most recent online shopping spoils - a jumper I picked up on sale from ASOS, and a couple of books. I haven't actually been buying much - it's all spring and summer fashions in the northern hemisphere right now.

Everytime I buy something from ASOS, I tell myself I'm not going to buy from them again, because the pieces I get almost always disappoint me. But then they send me a discount code (sneaky) and I'm all over their sale section (the free shipping also helps). The jumper wasn't really an exception to the rule, but it fulfils the criteria of what I was looking for - cable knit, round neck, 100% cotton.

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald. I decided to get onto it and read this before the new film comes out, and I finished it just in time for the trailer. I'm not sure how I feel about it. It was a good book, but all I got from it was that it was about rich people I couldn't relate to. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte. I thought I'd give the third Bronte sister a chance. I'm halfway through the book and really enjoying it, actually. English countryside, old house, mysterious lady, epistolary form and a ridiculous narrator who doesn't know he's ridiculous? I'm there! Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier. I haven't read it yet, but it came up on my Goodreads recommendations and it sounds like a fun read, so I thought "why not?"

Putting this together while watching the Eurovision final (shh, don't spoil me!). I love Eurovision, it's one of my favourite television events of the year.

May 23, 2012

Beige trench

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but my wardrobe almost entirely consists of red, black and blue. I can count the number of pieces in other colours on one hand. So what am I doing wearing beige? Technically, this isn't my coat - it's my mother's (not even in a cool way, but in a I'm-pretty-sure-she-bought-this-from-Big-W way). After the temperature started dropping a few weeks ago, I found myself without a transition jacket I liked. I wore my sad little jersey coat around for a while, before getting sick of it and filching this trench from my mum. I think I became reconciled to the idea of beige after realising how nice it looks with stripes.

I panicked about looking too grown-up, so I threw on a pair of red tights.

The top is UNIQLO, skirt is Glassons, tights from ASOS and shoes are Topshop.

A couple of my friends got me this Fjallraven Kanken backpack in royal blue for my birthday last month, I love it.

Another photo for good measure. I recently discovered the magic a $2 ebay-bought camera remote can work. Hello focused outfit shots!

Thanks for the comments on my last post, they did make me feel better. I'm more or less back on track now - I'm getting over my cold (I've been sleeping more, sleep is amazing), I saw my academic advisor about my marks and I know what I've got to do, and I only have two hours of class tomorrow. I've started a good book and I've also got something to look forward to this weekend. Life is good again!

May 18, 2012


Nice afternoon sunlight coming through while I'm revising anatomy.

This was a couple of weeks ago (it's too cold to go without a jacket now!); it was going to be an outfit post, but I realised it was just this in different colours.

I just came off the back of a really bad week. I had 30 hours of uni, I'm completely behind as a result, I kind of screwed up an important assessment, and on top of everything, I'm sick. So tonight I'm taking a bit of a break to mope, write this, drink lemon honey tea, and watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones, before getting on with it tomorrow. Because things could be a lot worse.

May 11, 2012


Here are some pictures from brunch with WL on Saturday. I never usually go for brunch, and by the time I got to the city I was totally starving... how do people do it? Anyway, we ate at this cafe in QVB (I forgot the name! But it's one of those open cafes with the tables in the middle of everything...) and I brought my prime lens out for some exercise.

We shared this... we're excellent breakfast food partners - WL ate the eggs and mushrooms, I had most of the bacon and sausage, we split the tomatoes and toast... but neither of us wanted the baked beans.

Bacon, cheese and tomato in brioche... it was a bit odd because the bread was sweet.

So this is me posting about brunch in the middle of the night here... hopefully it's the right time of day for someone who reads this!

May 6, 2012

Red jeans

I bought these jeans couple of weeks ago, after wanting a red pair for a while. Although red jeans are pretty trendy right now, I had a specific red in mind and none of the stores we went into seemed to have it - there was the garish sort of primary red, orangey red, or a darker maroon, but not the red . We looked around Pitt St mall all night, and I'd pretty much given up until Wai Lam spotted this pair in Dotti (of all places). At first I thought they were a bit on the orange side, but WL (art genius) convinced me that it was the lighting (plus, they fit well and were $20 off), so I decided to just buy them. And it turned out they are the perfect red.

I'm hoping they don't fade too much in the wash... I'll probably try handwash them gently.

Look at me, venturing out of my home for my outfit pictures. A couple of people walked by... I proceeded to avoid all eye contact.

Trying to break in these merciless patent leather loafers... I find that most of the time it's the shoes breaking my feet in, instead of the other way around.

I don't know why I look so sad in these pictures, my face was just not cooperating that day (does it ever?).

I'm writing this post while avoiding uni work and checking out two virtual shopping carts. Of course. I love waiting for parcels in the mail - it gives me something to look forward to. Sounds sad, but there's nothing like coming home from a long day of uni and finding new clothes or books... or, if I'm unlucky, a collection card.

May 4, 2012


Last weekend, I went for a bit of karaoke and food (always with the food) at Mizuya (this Japanese restaurant on George street, opposite the cinema) with a couple of friends. They have these karaoke rooms with a touch screen food ordering system, it's pretty fun! I also like this place for karaoke because they have the actual music videos for most of the songs, not the totally random ones you get with other places.

A lot of the menu options were seafood, which gives me breakouts, so I mostly nibbled on edamame beans and chicken karaage (I had to google the spelling for that) and these fried cheesy potato things (which I don't think is legit Japanese food). My friends really went in for the takoyaki though. The desserts there are also fun (especially if you like green tea ice cream... which I don't really. I know what you're asking, what am I even doing at a Japanese restaurent?).

Classic pop songs are always the best, and good to break the ice with. The only thing with this place is, they bring your food into your room and it's a bit embarassing if you're all singing (a better word might be shouting... or caterwauling) along to Britney at the top of your lungs.

Golden karaoke moments:
  • Not being able to get through Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe properly because the guy in it is hot (is he going to be topless for the entire video?).
  • Discovering how tremendously enjoyable singing along to One Direction is, and feeling disgusted as a result.
  • Singing "My Heart Will Go On" with two people re-enacting that scene from Titanic... to have the waiter come in and ask if they could please not stand on the furniture.
The last week has been incredibly tiring for no specific reason. I'm off to bed early now because I'm going to have brunch (brunch! I'm going to end up having lunch afterwards anyway, I bet) tomorrow in the city at a time when I usually am only starting to wake up on the weekend.

May 1, 2012

Wednesday Addams

I'd had an eye out for a black dress with a white collar, à la Wednesday Addams, since I discovered the 1991 Addams Family movie two years ago (I don't know how I hadn't watched it before, but it immediately earned a place on my favourite movies list). On Thursday, I finally found a suitable one in General Pants, by Alice in the Eve .

I'm afraid my hair gets in the way of the collar. I suppose I could put it up, but I don't like how I look when I do.

I love that it's got contrasting cuffs as well.

The only thing that bothers me about it is that it's pretty shapeless, and I'm not sure if it's a good look on me (I love a nipped in waist). I don't think a belt would suit it, and getting it tailored would cost more than I'm willing to pay - it's times like these I wish I was handy with a sewing machine! I still love this dress though, and it's perfect for sneakily wearing a thermal underneath when it gets a bit chilly.

This is another hurried post before bed, I know I'm behind on returning comments, I'll get to them soon!