Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Skull Boots

Op-shopping: if you are like me, you love it but you only ever buy things that inspire you, that are beautiful and that are usually crazy one-offs that never go with anything else in your wardrobe.

Therefore, don’t you love it on those rare occasions when you find something at an op-shop that as well as being beautiful –and a bargain - actually fulfils a function?

An example of this, are these awesome skull boots from local my op-shopping institution Mortdale vinnies. They were $15 and were brand new with tags attached from a Goth-looking brand called Demonia.

They are only synthetic and they are actually mens shoes, not ladies – but this is ideal for me, as per my regular complaint that ladies shoes never fit my size 11 feet. These ones are perfect cos they’re a v androgynous style.

It took me a little while to start wearing them because I can’t actually zip them all the way up due to my fat little leggies but once I got over that and realised they look good half-zipped anyway, I realized that they actually go with absolutely everything.

They serve the same function as plain black ankle boots and go with leggings, skirts, trousers and jeans but they are also way more sexypants because they have pointy toes and super-cool skull buckles all the way down the side.

The buckles also clink when I walk so I sound like a cowboy: This pleases me.

I’m wearing them here with:

- Black mesh polka-dot maxi skirt from ASOS last year.
- Black and white striped Breton-style top: Mela Purdie
- Frida necklace: Tatty Devine 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hello Yellow!

Yes, I’ve been a big lazypants. Sorry once again for the delay between posts. I blame Bali (see previous post- photo taken and posted while poolside in Ubud - at the Ubud View Bungalows which I totally recommend for affordable luxury and gorgeous staff!).

I just went over for a week on my own about a month ago but it was obviously so beautiful and relaxing, I haven’t managed to shake myself out of my coma!

Here is a dress that I lived in while I was over there:

Dress: Yellow Brush-stroke skater dress from ASOS (purchased back in February - sorry if its sold out now!)

Shoes: $15 from Kmart. Don’t judge: they’re one of the few places that (sometimes) go up to size 11!

This was a great dress for the tropical heat. It’s been a freezing winter in Sydney, preceded by a rather miserable summer and for me that was preceded by two years living in the UK. So that one short week in Bali was the first time I’ve really experienced proper tropical heat in a long time and boy, it was bloody hot! 

When you first arrive at Denpasar airport, you are hit by a wall of heat and humidity. By the time you do the short walk to customs, you are utterly saturated with sweat. I find the best way to cope with the heat is to spend all day drinking fresh, iced tropical juices and/or (more often) Bintang: the local pilsener.

Bintang by the lotus pond

The view from my room
Anyhoo, note the vintage blue beaded collar necklace I’m wearing here (I didn’t actually wear that while in Bali as the high neck would’ve been too suffocatingly hot):

I got this at stalwart local op-shop Mortdale Vinnies about 12 years ago and it has been sitting in my cupboard unworn ever since. So I’m glad that the current trend for collars, collared dresses and collar necklaces has finally come about so I could actually figure out how to wear it.

Despite not wearing it for all this time, I’ve never been able to bring myself to part with it, due to the stunning intricate hand bead work. I think this is actually quite an old vintage piece: the coral beads are all made of glass and they have all been painstakingly hand-stitched onto a silk backing fabric.
It is really an exquisite piece of handiwork and I love clashing it with the bright yellow of the Asos dress: it also works well with plain back to make the turquoise colour really pop.
The moral of the story here is that when you find something amazing in an op-shop – something vintage or handmade that you will never see anywhere again, and you fall in love with it – but you have no idea how you will make it work. Just go with it! Hang onto it, treasure it, and one day inspiration will come!

Disclaimer: MissEvie does NOT guarantee that aforementioned inspiration will come and that you will therefore not turn into a crazy cat-lady type hoarder. This is a very real possibility for all op-shopaholics - I may already be one myself!

It's like looking in a mirror to the future.........

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