Happy Halloween everybody! For me, Halloween is for channelling my favourite characters from my favourite films, whether or not they’re remotely scary or supernatural. My easiest go-tos are Ghostbusters, Scooby Doo, and of course, The Addams Family. A lot of people are a bit reluctant to dress up for Halloween, mainly because of the perceived effort, but normally I can find my costumes from bits and pieces in my wardrobe!
If I had my way, I would always dress like someone from The Addams Family. They’re all so fun, with distinct personalities, and I love them all. Pugsley, Wednesday and Morticia Addams are the easiest, costume-wise. For Pugsley, you just need to find a black and white horizontally striped t-shirt, and black shorts, socks and shoes. For Wednesday, you need a black dress (preferably with sleeves) and a white collar, and most importantly, plaits! And for Morticia, you need a long black dress, long hair, red lips, and deathly pale skin. Unfortunately, like with Wednesday, I couldn’t mirror Morticia’s iconic hair, so I went with Pugsley this year.
♫ ♪ The Addams Family Theme Song – Vic Mizzy
Vintage top; Topshop shorts; ASOS shoes
Acne shirt; ASOS dress and boots
Zara dress; vintage blazer, ASOS boots
Sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve posted! My computer died on Monday, and I must say, it’s been a really tough time without my main lifeforce, especially with exams drawing near. Staying positive really makes a difference because now I have my computer back, she’s got a brand new heart, and it didn’t cost me a cent!
So today I look at ways to save money, and specifically, how to put together an entire outfit for less than $50! It’s very possible, very easy, and it can be very stylish too! Your easiest options are to go to thrift shops and markets, where you can find good quality items for bargain prices. But don’t forget about hand-me-downs… some of my favourite pieces were stolen from my brothers’ or mum’s wardrobes, and they didn’t cost me anything! And never chuck out your old clothes… no matter how ugly you think they are. You never know when they’ll come back in style; think about Birkenstocks and clogs! I would wear my old OshKosh B’Gosh dungarees if they still fit…
♫ ♪ Thift Shop (feat. Wanz) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Vintage dress ($20) and necklace ($10); Rubi Shoes sunglasses ($2); Forever21 shoes ($15); old school hat ($0) = Total price: $47
Thanks to Elvis; the King of Rock, and Gwen Stefani; the Queen of Awesome, I love stripes. Horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, diagonal stripes, and mash-ups of all three! They’re subtle yet bold, cute yet bordering the intimidating, and above all, classic. There’s just something retro chic about a striped look…
But when I opt for stripes, I am sometimes scared of looking too much like a sailor, a referee, the Cheese Burglar, or (Where’s) Wally. People often say that you have to balance stripes with solids; only wear horizontal, or only wear vertical stripes. Although I agree in some cases, I think the key is in the colours and the shapes. Black and white is always a classic, but I need to mix that up with some colour, to avoid drowning into the stripes.
Sometimes all it takes is a basic thing to look (and feel) fabulous.
♫ ♪ Baby Don’t Lie – Gwen Stefani
Vintage top; Pierre Balmain couture skirt; Jimmy Choo heels
Big news everyone! I had my last day of uni ever yesterday! I’ve endured four long, incredibly trying years of law school… I’ve seriously considered giving up so many times, but I’ve finally made it to the light at the end of the tunnel! Of course, I still have two exams and an assignment to go, but assuming I pass all of those, I’m done! Forever! I haven’t felt this triumphant since my last day of high school (which, coincidentally, was also on October 23).
Reflecting on the last four years, there are obviously times I maybe wish I could have done differently… but at the same time, I respect them for what they are: learning experiences. Many people have told me, “You should have done this…” “You have to do this…” “You can do that unless you do this…” But I wouldn’t trade anything I’ve done; the memories I’ve made, for the world. Maybe I should have done a clerkship, but in the time I would have done it, I went to South America. That was without a doubt, the best time of my life. So no, I wouldn’t go back and change it.
One of my favourite sayings is, “That’s a problem for future me”. Of course, at times, not being proactive is irresponsible. But for the most part, the present is for living in the present. The future is for, well, the future. And I guess that’s what makes it so exhilarating anyway. When I think about what 2015 will hold for me, I actually have no idea, and at least on the career front, it’s all out of my control. The future is full of endless possibilities, unpredictability, and imagination.
♫ ♪ Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
Maxim top; Chloé trousers; vintage blazer; ASOS sunglasses and heels; Lack Of Color hat
We all know how great the feeling is when you sing at the top of your lungs to your guilty pleasure songs. So what I like to do is make a special playlist of all the songs I would never (admit to) listen to, and listen to it every Wednesday. It really helps me when I’m struggling to get out of bed, when I’m in the car, or when I’m half asleep.
My favourites are songs that were big parts of my growing up. When I remember my teenage years, I remember a whole bunch of songs, because really, those songs captured specific big moments of my life (or so I thought at the time). It’s so fun thinking back on former crushes, heartache, and juvenile delinquency…
And a must-have on your Hump Day playlist is anything from Taylor Swift.
Christopher Kane safety buckle shoulder bag
Escapism can be a good, wonderful, magical thing, especially on a day when you’re feeling low. When you’re dying for the weekend but you still have a few more days of work left, transporting yourself to a whole new world may be exactly what you need. Sometimes, nothing beats a good book in bed.
I love my literary classics… where the characters go to balls, men court the women, and where there’s Mr Darcy! I may have been at uni all day yesterday, and I may be at uni all day tomorrow, but today, I’m at Darcy’s beautiful grounds at Pemberley… I’m listening to Georgiana play the piano, and the music fills the magnificent halls and runs all the way down to the woods… Just temporarily, I’m living a totally different life, and it’s a wonderful one, where good always triumphs over evil, and the ending is always happy.
The other day I came across Googly Eye Books, the funniest Tumblr ever! I never knew until then how much I wanted to see googly eyes strategically placed over my favourite books…