Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SANDALS (featuring some lessons I've learnt already this summer)

With the warmer days upon us, I've been on the search for the ultimate summer sandal. As the above photo demonstrates, I managed to break my favourite pair of tan coloured sandals (let that be a lesson not to dance in them in the back street!) And to top it off, I had only just broken them in and started to avoid the inevitable blisters on the back of my heels.

As I'm going to be working a fair bit this summer, I needed some shoes that would work for both the office, as well as out and about in the town over Christmas and New Year.

I'm still on the hunt for a pair of leopard-print gladiators, but in the meantime, here's what I've managed to find.

First things first, here are my lovely new pair of golden flats that I bought off Urban Outfitters. I was a bit nervous as I've never bought shoes off the internet before because you usually need to try them on, but thank goodness, they're a perfect fit and extremely comfortable too. They also remind me a bit of the golden Jiffies I used to have when I was younger!

As mentioned, I need a bit more officey-type shoes as well. These shoes were very soft and practical because you can wear them with basically everything.

For those days where I would like to tower above all my friends (please grow taller friends. I'm not even tall but you make me look tall), I've got some cream canvas wedges with cork-style soles.

And the most inexpensive of all, a pair of tribal-style sandals that add a bit of colour to any outfit.

Speaking of the summer break, I've already managed to fit in a number of things of which I've learnt some valuable lessons:

1. Learn to ride your bike in the correct gear. Obliviously riding for a while in the incorrect gear can make things verrrrrry difficult.

2. Geese are very large and very intimidating when you're trying to eat a picnic.

3. Wear a full piece instead of a bikini in a beach renowned for dumping waves or you'll prioritise keeping your top up over actually swimming.

But back to the real issue at stake - have you found your perfect summer sandal yet?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tis the season to be... RED!

Most people would agree that summer is amazing for the bright colours that it brings. Not just with the blue hue of the ocean or seasonal fruits, but in fashion too.

I'm not sure what it is, but no matter how many times we're told to unleash a bit of colour in the drearier months, most people still stick to shades of brown and grey.

Colour blocking is a trend that's been around for a while now (I can't tell you how keen I am to find myself a pair of totally impractical, bright turquoise suede wedges) but a lot of people aren't really into whacking that much colour into their outfits. After all, you don't want to look like you just walked out of an 80s music video clip.

On another note, this Prada skirt is really getting into the spirit of things, with colour and fruit and all! (that was a bit of a random add here, but I am a little bit baffled as to how prints like these actually sell... sorry Prada!)

Back to the title of this post - it's time to flaunt some red. That doesn't mean on your skin (ouch sunburn!) or even through your holiday job as a shopping-centre Santa.

Earlier this year, I wrote about red lippie. Well now it's time to import that into your clothes as well. Red's one of those colours that looks fantastic (and might I add, classic) with black and white. You don't have to go overboard (but by all means do if you want to!)

Here's something "I prepared earlier" :)

How about a cream lacy top with a military style red skirt? (given this skirt was made for the Australian WOOL Awards two years ago, it might not be the best choice for the hotter months, but you get the idea.

Or try it with a belt? Love red with navy & white polka dots.

Or if you can't manage it in your clothes, perhaps with a good old handbag.

Back to the whole Christmas holidays thing, I must admit I am pretty excited that uni is finishing up next week - hard to believe it's been a whole year since we finished school.

I'm definitely planning on heading to the beach as much as possible, but as everyone always likes to make plans (that often never happen, but are fun to make nevertheless) I'd also like to play some tennis, go snorkelling and learn some ITALIA. Bit random, but it would be so fun to be able to speak another language, not to mention be able to read those incredible fashion blogs (Milan girls seriously know how to dress).

What are your hopes for the holidays?

A White Christmas would certainly be fun, but I must admit, I'm much more inclined to embrace the outdoor BBQs, late afternoon swims and floaty summer frocks!

P.S. In regards to the first photo - I bought my 2012 diary today, along with a book that's perfect for my organisational-obsession: a yearly, monthly and weekly planner! What more could you ask for?