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Everyone who knows me, know’s I’m “very Melbourne”. But someone told me the other day that I’m “very un-Victorian”! How dare they! But really, I understand where they’re coming from. My big secret is that I don’t like AFL. To me, football is soccer, and rugby is a more universally loved sport in Australia. AFL is still very much VFL. No one loves AFL more than a Victorian loves AFL…

But it got me thinking… What makes me “very Melbourne”? Definitely all of the black I wear… and the coffee I drink. And my love of cafes and all-day breakfasts. There really is a big difference between the types of food served in Melbourne cafes than elsewhere. No one does my poached eggs… or soy lattes… like my Melbourne cafes do. And I love my hidden treasures, my alleyways, and my street art. I love Melbourne.

♫ ♪ Never Tear Us Apart – INXS

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Vintage top and skirt; Miu Miu clutch; Prada sunglasses; Dolce & Gabbana heels

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Today was the first day of my mid-semester break, but not just any mid-semester break… it was (should be) my last mid-semester break ever! I’m experiencing such a mix of emotions right now: happiness, excitement, regret, and absolute terror!I can’t believe four years of law school is coming to an end, and although the break is meant to be a mid-semester break, it’s really more of a towards-the-end-semester break. After all, I only have three more weeks of classes left…

So what did I do on my first day of my break? I slept in (seriously a luxury these days) walked the dogs, got lunch, walked the dogs, napped in the sun, then got dinner. I even fit some study somewhere in there as well… With perfect mid-20s degree weather as well, my day could not have been any better.

♫ ♪ Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

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ASOS top and trousers; Miu Miu sunglasses; Jimmy Choo heels

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My other purchase from Green With Envy was the most beautiful pants I’ve ever seen: the light crepe pants in ‘sail white’, by none other than Chloé. Chloé truly is one of the brands for romantic, ultra feminine style. Like many others before me, I’ve fallen in love with the soft elegance, and exquisite luxury of the very French label.

If you’re going to wear French, you have to wear French. It’s not a half-assed thing; it’s all in or nothing. I’ve taken some from all of (what I think are) the most iconic French labels, to come up with the most French outfit I’ve ever worn. From smokey Carine Roitfeld-inspired eyes, to what I think is an effortless look, and from minimal accessorising to high heels, never have I stuck truer to my ‘vintage Parisian chic’ style.

♫ ♪ Si Tu Vois Ma Mère – Sidney Bechet

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Chloé pants and ring; vintage Yves Saint Laurent vest; vintage Christian Dior bag; Chanel booties

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When you buy new clothes that you can’t or don’t really want to wear together, it’s hard working out what to wear first. Luckily for me, this time the decision was easy. I never wear anything remotely white to uni. On a normal day, I drink one coffee; on a bad day, I drink three; and everyday, I spill something on myself.

Alexander Wang is the king of streetwear and the New York scene. His T line especially, is the epitome of effortless, understated cool. He reinvents classic styles with fresh appeal, so wearers simultaneously look like conformists and rebels. And at the same time, he turns traditionally simple pieces, like grey sweatshirts, into something luxurious and covetable. He’s perfect for uni-wear, as well as a good night out.

♫ ♪ Bamboo Banga – M.I.A.

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T by Alexander Wang ‘Dolman’ sleeve sweatshirt; Only jeans; Converse sneakers; Prada sunglasses; vintage Kenneth Jay Lane necklace

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How To Get Through Hump Day #1

Today I’m starting a new segment (segment?) at Cris&Cros, and I’m calling it, ‘How To Get Through Hump Day’! Because, let’s face it, Wednesdays can be tough. We’re exhausted from Monday and Tuesday, and we’ve still got Thursday and Friday before we can take it easy. So from now on (hopefully), you’ll find a new tip on how to survive Wednesdays. I suppose I’ll run out of ideas at some point, but for now, I have a few tricks up my sleeve!

My first tip, is an online purchase delivery. For me, that normally means new clothes, and this week, my clothes came from Green With Envy! Secret #7 of online shopping: plan your purchases so that the delivery is likely to come on Wednesday (or during exam period, after each exam). If it comes early, don’t open it until Wednesday, when you’ll probably need a morale boost the most. And if it doesn’t come by Wednesday, you at least have a reason to get up the next day.

When I was little, there was nothing more exciting than opening my presents from Santa on Christmas morning. I’ve sort of grown out of that phase now… after all, Christmas comes only once in a year, and I’m impatient. Now, there’s nothing more exciting than opening parcels (which are always beautifully wrapped, like presents) you’ve waited days or weeks to arrive. You know what you’re getting, but at the same time, it’s all a surprise. Is it as wonderful as you pictured? Will it fit? Was it worth what you spent?

After carefully washing my hands (I didn’t want to touch my new purchases with Oreo crumbed fingers) I even more carefully opened the Green With Envy box. It was love at first sight. All of a sudden, I forgot about the grade I got for one assignment, the other assignment that’s due next week, and the drought that’s in my bank account. Most importantly, I forgot that it was Wednesday. For an instant, it was Christmas morning.

And what did I buy? You’ll find out soon enough…

♫ ♪ One More Summer – No Doubt

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There’s nothing better than a Sunday… It celebrates the end of a (good or bad) week, and refreshes you for the one to come. Even when I have a lot to do, I always have time to get breakfast at lunchtime (different to brunch), walk the dogs, and most importantly, to relax. As the weekend draws to a close, I think back on what I did, and for the life of me, I can’t even remember what I did with my day today. I just remember feelings of happiness and peace…

…And Chuck’s! I woke up today still wanting to be a beatnik, so I thought about all of the things that are simple and understated, yet also empowering and timeless. Really, you can’t go wrong with a good pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. This particular pair has been with me for over six years, and they’re still one of the most comfortable, and most loved pair of shoes I own. Six years ago, they were a fresh white colour… now they’re of a dirty grey variety. I could clean them, but like true beatnik style, I think it adds character.

♫ ♪ Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry

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Converse sneakers; Zara dress; Kenzo sweater; Topshop sunglasses

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I rewatched the original Hairspray film by John Waters yesterday… I thought I loved the 1988 movie back when I discovered it when I was 14, but I love it so much more now. And I couldn’t help but adore the beatniks in it. They didn’t appear in the film for very long, but they were portrayed as absolutely weird and absurd. But I admired their individual and unconcerned style, and their casual but poignant fashion is still relevant today.

It’s funny how beatniks can’t take something simple and understated, like a black turtleneck sweater, and dark glasses, and make them look like a dangerous sort of fun. And cultural too! I can almost taste all of the rock and roll, punk… and Audrey Hepburn! This could be a passing phase, especially since I’m getting so stressed out about my career prospects, finances, and all things Bourgeois, but I now want to be more Beatnik. Barbara Streisand said once, “I was happier as a beatnik.” I’m going to give it a try; first up, is a wardrobe change!

♫ ♪ I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) – The Newbeats

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ASOS sunglasses and shoes; T by Alexander sweater; Carven skirt

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‘Tis the season…

…for straw hats! I’ve been hunting for the perfect straw hat, and after months of fruitless searching, I’ve finally found it! Who knew it would be my old primary school hat?! (Definitely not me..)

Finding the hat behind my old school shoes and shoe shiners, in the darkest corner of our storage closet, has transported me back to my school days. At the time, I hated wearing my hat. It was weird and nerdy, and it made my hair go all funny… I’d accidentally on purpose forget to bring it to school, but then I wouldn’t be allowed to go outside during recess. After all, everyone knows “no hat, no play”.

Like jeans with runners, straw hats tortured my childhood. But I have high hopes that it will bring so much happiness, and style, to my young adult years…

♫ ♪ School Days – Chuck Berry

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Old school hat; vintage dress and belt; Tony Bianco heels

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I’m still loving the dress over pants thing, even more so, now that I’ve got my Chosen by Tuchuzy pants! I love outfit variety, and I feel like this style could be the new uniform for me. It can be very smart when worn with a blazer, the dress makes it elegant, and the pants makes it a little funky. And most importantly, it’s comfortable and easy.

♫ ♪ Something – The Beatles

Nothing makes me happier right now than waking up and realising it’s Saturday. I can sleep in until lunchtime (or later, but I’d hate to meet lunch), watch as many episodes of Ex On The Beach as I like, and I still seem to have time to get some work done. The weather always seems to be nicer on a Saturday, and I feel like spring, real spring, is here! Sun, blue skies, flowers, and no hay fever! 

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Trafaluc dress; Chosen by Tuchuzy pants; ASOS sunglasses; Chanel booties; vintage blazer

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