Saturday, September 19, 2015

Racing So Hard You Know It Won't Last

Just a quick post to let you know I am still alive - just getting killed in a school placement. But I will be done in a week, so yay!

Meanwhile, here's how I look roughly everyday when I am not in my school clothes (white collared shirt, black pants, Adidas sneakers)

Yes, I have been the victim of that annoying thing called Winter Weight Gain. But hopefully I will lose it this Spring.

My baseball tee is from that wonderful quirky Melbourne-brand we all love, Pho Sizzle Threads. Their Lollygaggers capsule collection is probably my most favourite collection to date.

Jeans, you're familiar with. I have worn this to death in my OOTDs. Getting the most use out of it before I start wearing my favourite jeans cut - flares and bootcuts!

And of course, the current loves of my life - the Nike Air Max 90 Reverse Infrared and Infrared. I'm wearing the Reverse Infrared in the OOTD post but I can't decide yet which one I like more. Both are massively cool.

I'm undoubtedly in a sneakers phase this Winter/Spring, that I hardly wear my Dr. Martens nowadays. 

So that's it for now. Short and sweet. I will be back soon - hopefully unscathed!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Aussie Curves : Floral

This is a hard challenge for me.

I have a deep dislike for floral. There I said it.

And by that dislike, I mean floral on me. A lot of girls can rock this print, but I just look...awkward.

Whenever I wear floral, I feel like I'm a fraud. Or I'm channelling table cloths and curtains. But that's me, and I'm kinda weird.

So yeah, I was never into the Cath Kidstons, or the liberty prints, or even Forever New's sundresses.

See this? I really wanted to like this. The cut is perfect for me (please ignore the lack of boobage) but the colour and print weren't. So it went back to the store.

There's also this prom skirt which I also desperately wanted to keep, but I couldn't justify the price for something I'd hardly wear.

That said, I do have a grand total of three floral items in my wardrobe:

1. A dress from Valley Girl which I bought during their 50% off sale (which ran for so many months and drained my wallet)

2. A Caroline Morgan dress I bought on a whim at the Ginger Tree clearance store in Elizabeth Street for, I think, $15 or $20. The one and only time I wore this was when I was deciding if I was going to buy the Witchery Double Zip Biker leather jacket. I have since forgotten about it until, well, today.  My nude (real old! $5!) sandals are from Parisian.

3. And of course, my Dr. Martens Mini Tydee which, compared to the others, don't get as much rotation because, well, they're floral. Here worn with my Esprit coat (bought in Hongkong - Esprit is significantly more expensive in Australia!), my favourite fleece Heat Tech (all sold out!), crossbody bag from Dangerfield (of course!), Peter Alexander beanie, and American Eagle Outfitters jeggings (softest denim ever, but wrong size for me that's why they look loose).

And I think there's another Valley Girl skirt somewhere, bought for $10 or under, which I was planning to wear with a striped shirt, but I don't know where to find it in the blackhole called my closet.

These are all the floral items I have. And I just noticed that there's a running theme: bought on a heavy discount/on clearance, and worn hardly.

So maybe someday I'd be able to pull off ladylike frocks and skirts, but right now, I'd stick to my Winter tomboy uniform of jeans, black/gray top, down vest (my most heavily used Winter item to date - and I even hesitated to buy it!) beanie, and my big dumb combat boots


I did not think I'd be able to join this challenge at all!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Happy, happy day!

Ok, can I just say I'm happy today?

So all along I thought I was 5'6.5" because whenever I measured myself, I got 67.75 inches, then converted to feet, it's 5.65. I stupidly always thought it's equivalent to 5 feet and 6 1/2 inches.

Today, it's a slow Sunday, and I thought of measuring our heights. I got 67.75, The Guru got 70 inches. Then he converted them to feet and inches and apparently, I'm 5'7" 3/4 and he's 5'10".

Which means I've been measuring my BMI wrongly all these years. And since females get 5lbs for every inch above 5ft (male get 6 lbs/inch) based on the ideal body weight chart, it means I'm 5 pounds closer to my goal weight (a long way to go, but still) than I thought I was.

Just sharing. It's like finding money hidden somewhere which I've already forgotten about. :P

Aussie Curves: BLACK and Good Food and Wine Show

So we went to the Good Food and Wine Show.

Unlike last year, we didn't even attempt to drink any of the wine and liqueur, not even the coffee liqueur. We went straight to the cheese alley.

A lot of people had the same idea. The crowd was noticeably thicker in the cheese section compared to any other sections.

I didn't take a lot of pictures - I was so concentrated on trying out the different kinds of cheese, some with names I didn't know how to pronounce. And before today I thought I knew my cheese!

This stall though particularly stood out to me because of their yummy flavoured cheese products. My favourites were the Almond & Apricot, Honey & Pistachio, and Cranberry & Macadamia, which tasted like decadent cheesecake.

Last year, we tried alpaca without knowing what it was. We were absolutely aghast when we found out they look like this:

Oh.My.God. What have we done?! 

This year, we stayed away from alpacas and any other unfamiliar meat (lest we end up eating another cute little animal again!), and just had a bite of sausage from one of the meat stalls. 

I was a bit disappointed that my favourite stall last year, Nehas Ice Cream, did not join the show this year. I was looking forward to her version of kulfi.

We capped off our cheesy afternoon by coming to senses and bringing this home. I chose the rice, angel hair, and lasagna variants, instead of the spaghetti and noodles as I can get cheaper generic shirataki noodles at most Asian stores in the CBD.

The Guru is excited for his longsilog - or should I say longshilog?

And here's what I wore - I made sure everything was black because of this week's Aussie Curves challenge. This week's challenge is a no-brainer for me, because most of my clothes are black. Especially tops and dresses partially because I'm very top-heavy (and also probably why I don't really like black jeans - I think I look best in blue jeans in light washes, they sort of balance my appearance and give me the illusion of having hips), but mostly because it's one of the only two neutrals (the other one is stark bright white, none of the ivory/cream nonsense) that look good on my cool skintone. It took a lot of disastrous experiments with coral blush and brown eyeshadow in the past before my friend told me they really didn't look good on me. :P 

And then I started realising I look best in silver jewellry - explains why I was never into gold (actually never into jewellry at all - and I only found out today that it's spelled with two Ls in British/Australian english because Blogger kept correcting me) and cool colours like black, white, blue-based pinks, blue - cobalt, azure; I'm apparently a "Winter jewel" - I learn a lot from trolling forums :P, which means I look best in black, white, and jewel tones.

BLK DNM leather jacket 1UNIQLO Heattech long-sleeved undershirt, Kmart singlet that says "Paris in the Moonlight" - I think I got this for $2,  American Eagle Outfitters jeggingcrossbody from Dangerfield (which you're probably sick of by now - promise, I have other bags!), and of course, my trusty pair of nappa Doc Martens1460s.

So about the BLK DNM leather jacket, it's warm and comfy and seriously badass. I passed by Myer almost everyday for maybe a week or so before I decided to get it. The first time I tried it, I tried the Large (autopilot - always get the largest), and thought it was bulky and looked kind of members only (a term I learned from obsessively googling leather jackets) but I still really liked how the leather smells (the smell is different, not the usual leathery scent, almost-but-not-quite fragrant). And then one day the Large was gone (I think Myer only got a few pieces, maybe one/size) and on a whim I tried the Medium (and not expecting I'd fit into it, to be honest), and it's so much sleeker. Needless to say, I spent many more nights googling before I decided to bite the bullet. 

And I couldn't be happier! Well, maybe if I also had the leather jacket 8, but probably in five years or so because I justified the price by convincing myself that I'm gonna wear it for years anyway.  

Until next year's show, and next week's Aussie Curves challenge!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Smells Like Teen Spirit (AUSSIE CURVES: SONG)

I am a child of the '90s.

Flannels, ripped jeans, Doc MartensMy So-Called LifeEraserheads, they all influenced me in my formative years and can be thanked (or blamed) for who I am today.

I actually have a '70s dress I wanted to wear for this week's challenge because it's oh-so-cute. But for the life of me, I could not think of a song that will be appropriate.

On a cold autumn morning, while listening to Nirvana, I realised I should just be true to myself and interpret this challenge the way my heart tells me to.

This week's inspiration are two songs:


So here I am dressed as a '90s kid. Or more specifically, as Angela Chase.

The Guru got free tickets to this awesome cinema

and went last Sunday to watch Tomorrowland. The film featured one of my favourite actors - no, not George Clooney, but Dr. House himself, Hugh Laurie. Also Life Unexpected's (why must awesome show end?) star, Britt Robertson. The real gem of the movie was the girl who played Athena, who looked eerily like Audrey Hepburn.  Or at least, how Audrey probably looked as a child.

But I digress.

Awkward pose/smile - I am still not used to posing in public

Plaid babydoll from Dotti (this must have been so popular because I bought this few months ago, and they recently restocked it), random tights, heat-tech from UNIQLO, and black nappa 1460s.

The leather jacket is not Angela Chase, but I could not find my denim jackets - still have not finished sorting stuff in our new place.

I would like to say this was how I dressed when I was a teenager but I would be lying - I didn't wear dresses until later. I was an insecure teen (inside, because I always faked confidence and I think got away with it most of the time) who was considerably bigger than the rest of my highschool and even uni batch (I was 5'7", and 160 lbs who ballooned to 190lbs by the end of HS and probably 200+ lbs by the end of pre-med - in a sea of 5ft tall 100 pounders). I was always in flannel or band shirts, my dad's sports shirts, ripped jeans, and either Doc Martens or Converse. I didn't wear a drop of makeup, either. Actually, I didn't learn how to wear makeup until I started in the corporate world - and I still don't wear makeup if I don't have to until now. I remember obsessing over black lipstick toward the end of uni, but I did not have the guts to wear it so it just sat in my room until I forgot about it. My form of rebellion, if you will, was getting my ears pierced - I added two piercings/ear, to the one piercing/ear my mom got me as a baby (it must have been, because I don't remember getting it).

So that's it for this week's Aussie Curves. See you next week for BLACK.

"With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid, and contagious...."

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Aussie Curves : Jacket and Washing Leather on the Machine

So I've been obsessing over leather jackets.

I've been googling, posting in forums/FB pages, talking people's ears off - no biggie, really, my friends are used to me blabbing nonstop about stuff they can't relate to(most of them are in the tropics).

I started with Witchery, moved on to BLK DNM, then to other random jackets in eBay, most of which I have since resold.

I thought my leather jacket obsession was over until I came across a preloved biker jacket from Husk. I was familiar with the brand because they have a Rick Owens dupe I was eyeing in eBay few weeks ago. I don't know if this sounds crazy, but I have this sort of gut feeling whenever I am bidding on an item. I kind of know that I'd win the bidding prior to the end. It's never failed me - maybe I should start telling fortunes for a living?

Ignore my ten pounds weight gain (yes, it's official) and focus on my super awesome leather biker which I got for 1/5th of the RRP! Yes, it's preloved, but I don't care - it's oh so soft, the leather is luxurious, the scuffs and creases give it character, and I cannot afford it if I had to buy it full-price!

Here I am taking a selfie using the giant mirror in the very cool lobby of the building of our new place. We have not officially moved in yet (on Thursday!). Most of the tenants, I think, are uni students. 

My tummy says hi!

My eyebags too! 

The Italian lambskin leather is supple and oh-so-buttery! ♥  

Up close and personal.

LOVE that the hardware is copper and not gold. I'd prefer it to be silver, but copper >>>> gold, with black. At least, in my eyes. I have an aversion towards black with gold hardware. Copper hardware with black isn't as garish.

Another reason I think this jacket and me are meant to be are the sleeves - they're crazy long, but since my arms are freakishly long too, they're just right for me. ♥ ♥ ♥ 

So yeah, eBay score!

Now about washing leather jacket on the machine...I did it. I bought a Pierre Cardin vintage leather jacket from eBay which was in excellent condition except for one thing - it did smell vintage. Like unearthed-from-your-grandma's-chest-where-it-was-stored-for-20-years vintage. It was also too big for me, but perfect size for The Guru (duh, it's Pierre Cardin, I don't know why I thought it was a women's jacket.) 

So I had two choices: resell it, or have it cleaned. But considering Evans charges $150 (cleaning with waterproofing) and I got the jacket for $17 ($31 if you include the shipping fee), I thought what the heck, I'd try machine washing the leather. Also found some articles that say you can wash leather jacket on the machine. 

I bought some wool and delicates detergent, put the jacket inside a mesh bag, and washed it for 30 mins. After which, I checked the jacket, it didn't seem ruined, so I put it in the dryer for 56 mins (our machine's shortest cycle). It still smelled afterwards (although noticeably less so) so I did another round of washing/drying. 

After air drying it, it still had that vintage smell, now more sweet-ish than dusty/attic-y/storage-y. I read in a forum that baking soda works - I sprinkled baking soda generously, put it inside a bag, tied it, and left it there overnight. It still has a faint vintage smell but tolerable and it's decreasing day by day.

Oh, and the leather seems unchanged. Lookie!

The Guru and the jacket aboard the 59 tram - we were off to Fitzroy for our food trip. More on that next post. 

I think this was on our way home - clearly two happy tummies judging from our giddy smiles!

Oh, my Husk jacket also had a bit of vintage smell, but just faint, so I used the baking soda technique, and it worked too. 

So yeah, you can wash leather jackets but don't blame me if yours get ruined. :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

An Open Letter to UNIQLO (Aussie Curves : Favourite Store) and What's Been Happening

Dear Qlo Qlo,

Sit down, we need to talk.

So 2015 is the year I am supposed to be frugal. A penance, if you will, for buying a lot of clothes last year (hey, I just moved to Australia, I had an excuse).

So what are you doing luring me with your amazing basics?

You know what, you never appealed to me when I was still living in Asia. You have been there for several years, with branches all over, but I hardly entered your stores, eventhough my friends were ooh-ing and aah-ing over you. I always thought you were expensive (remember, I was surrounded by flea markets and F21).

And a snob - I was a size UK18 (top)/16 (bottom) back then, and Japanese brands like you usually did not have clothes for me. I think the only article of clothing I had from you was a navy cardi. I also remember liking this but I didn't buy because I thought Php1200 ($34) was overpriced. Of course when I came back to get it, it was already out of stock and I wanted to kick myself.

Then I moved to Melbourne, and so did you. I still didn't give you attention during my first few months since I knew I wouldn't fit in your clothes. I was rapidly gaining weight, and stopped having periods. I was diagnosed to have PCOS. I always suspected I had this condition, but never felt the need for a proper diagnosis (since whenever I stopped having periods, I'd lose weight, and it'd come back again) this time, it was official. My GP told me if I did not lose weight she'd put me on Metformin. That, and the pictures taken of me when we went to Sydney (I was huge and puffy - I have always avoided taking pictures of myself until then, I guess I was in denial), kicked me into getting serious with my weight loss regimen. Sadly, I am in what seems to be in a eternal stall yoyo with an upward trend (Must.Buckle.Down.I've.Officially.Gained.Ten.Pounds.Since.January.GP.Will. Kill.Me!) -  but that's beside the point.

So when I lost weight and started fitting into the straight sizes, I first had a Dotti phase, which started because of a 50% off sale items sale. Then these phases followed: Forever New, Dangerfield and Princess Highway/Clear It Brunswick, some of the brands from Miss Shop, Topshop, and of course, Valley Girl, my guilty pleasure. My last phase was my Mango phase - QV store was closing, and for three months or so, everything was 40% off. Because of that, I have jeans to last me a lifetime.

And then one day I fell in-love with you - blame the really soft denim jackets in blue (dark blue and medium) and dark gray. The UV Hoodies followed (I love that the sleeves were long enough to accommodate my freakishly long arms!), then it was all downhill from there. Cartoon t-shirtsdown vests, I even got Mr.-I-Don't-Need-New-Clothes-The-Guru into your 100% merino wool jumpers!

But oh, my ultimate favourite - the Heat Tech range. It's easy for me to feel cold nowadays so I knew I had to "invest" in some warm clothes for Winter. Usually I don't like buying expensive basics - I survived last year's Winter with my plain long-sleeves shirts from Big W that cost $5 or $6/each. So yeah, $20 is expensive for me to spend on plain shirts. But I tried your scoop neck long-sleeved shirt and just like that, I was hooked! I wore it under my volunteer shirt, and it felt warm and cozy, like flannel sans the bulkiness.

What's Been Happening #1: I started volunteering at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. It's been interesting thus far. It's a good way for me to still be in a clinical setting eventhough I cannot practise my profession (What's Been Happening #2). 

I also knew I was going to get the fleece turtlenecks - is it just me, or does ribbed turtleneck really make one look boxier and bigger? While turtlenecks don't really do my body shape any good (strong, hanger-like shoulder, basically straight-shape, so not an #AussieCurves), fleece looks better than ribbed. Or any other material, for that matter. And yes, I wear turtlenecks during Winter because I don't really like wearing scarves. I feel they don't suit me, they hang weird on my non-existent chest, and they generally make me feel like I am being strangled.

Here I am showing The Guru our airbed (ok, that's What's Been Happening #3 - we are in the process of moving; this May, we are actually renting two places because of overlap, so everyday I lug around a suitcase full of stuff to our new place by tram - if you see an Asian girl trying to carry a heavy Samsonite luggage into or out of the 59 tram, there's a big chance that's me). I'm wearing the fleece turtleneck Heat Tech, which is so warm and soft to the touch. It's a steal for $19.99 (of course, since I bought multiple pieces - you know, because I'm a hoarder - that didn't come out cheap).

So it took several daily visits to your Emporium store before I was able to decide to get the ultralight down vest. At first, I got the jacket version, but since I am top heavy, I thought I looked like him. So I settled for the vest, but I could not decide which colour to get - the black?

or the pink?

While I really liked the pink, I settled for black because it's more versatile. And I got it $20 off because you were celebrating your anniversary. Happy One Year Down Under to us. I originally planned to use it as an extra layer of protection when I'm out and it suddenly gets cold. You know, Melbourne and its four-seasons-in-a-day weather. It fits into a little pouch when folded and you can just store it inside your bag - so convenient! 

Lately though, Melbourne's been really chilly, and I've been finding myself reaching out for it even before I go out and wearing it because it's sooo warm. My only beef though is, the feather leaks and I won't be surprised if there won't be any more feathers left by the end of Winter. So please, look into this, and make it sturdier?

I am wearing the Medium in this picture (also Medium in the Heat Tech range), so yes, the sizing is generous. I'm either AU12 (Witchery, DottiForeverNew and Dangerfield and Princess Highway bottoms) or AU14 (ForeverNew tops and dresses, Dangerfield and Princess Highway tops). The jacket and the Heattech shirts go up to XXL. If I was gifted with decent boobs I would need the Large size. But since I wasn't, I could fit my non-existent chest inside a medium. So I'm guessing XXL is AU18-20. 

And look - even babies have their own Heat Tech tops and down onesies! My uterus doesn't really shriek at the sight of baby clothes (I'm more into this, baby-wise), but this is just cuteness overload. ♥

Ok, so about the profession thing, I recently found out that I have to either a) redo my bachelors degree, or b) move out of Melbourne if I want to practise my postgrad degree. Since moving is not an option for me for personal reasons, I figured if I have to go back to uni to study, I might as well study something I'm interested in. Right? Let's hope the degree I am considering is the one for me. 

So yeah, I'm looking into studying again. I just hope I won't stick out like a sore thumb among uni kids so many years younger than me. Can you believe even after finishing two Bachelors and one postgrad, I am actually excited to go back to school? I don't know if I should call myself a nerd or a masochist.

But I digress. Story of my life.

So there you go, UNIQLO. I like you, but enough bleeding me dry already. I have enough Heat Tech to last me years.

But if you slash $20-off your ultralight down range again, I might just go get the bright pink.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Aussie Curves : Best Bargain

Long time, no post!

Ok, I've been slacking, but I have an excuse - The Guru's been working long hours (and enjoying it - I know, geek!) and I do not have a "camera man".

So this week's post will be with me back to selfies.

Also, my eyebrows have been growing a life of their own, hence, the cropped face. :P

I went to the Designer Clearance Sale at Clear It Brunswick, and scored the following:

Princess Highway Lula Shorts

I actually wanted this last year, but I restrained myself because it was already the beginning of Spring when I chanced upon it. Told myself I was going to lose weight anyway - yeah, the lies I tell myself. :P Got this in a size AU12 - a bit tight on the waist, but roomy on the hips. The AU14 was the right fit on the waist but way too roomy on the hips. 

Oh, and I recently measured myself, and found out that I have a rectangle/columnar body shape, and that based on my 2014 Favourite Forever New's size chart (I find myself drawn toward other brands nowadays), my bust is a size AU14 (wide circumference, small boobies), my waist is for a size AU16, and my hips belong to size.....AU10. A tadpole comes to mind....

Anyway, to continue after that digression, I also got a cute black cardigan with pink polkadot lining, pink felt buttons, and pink felt ribbons for pockets from Revival. It's called Garden State Cardy, but I cannot find a single image of it online so maybe it was from several years ago. It's adorable, yet not...twee, if you know what I mean. I'll post a picture of it in one of my future outfit posts.

And the last thing I got was a vegan (ok, faux/PU - I was trying to sound fancy) leather jacket from Dangerfield, with - get this - shoulder spikes. Very punk. I was hemming and hawing, because I don't know if I can pull off the spikes (plus I just bought an expensive leather biker jacket from Witchery - a purchase I thought obsessively about for weeks, and annoyed a bunch of people from that wonderful timesuck called Whirlpool in the process; also just found out I have to "waterproof" it - and it costs $95 at Evans to have it professionally water protected - would Tana Zanolin work on lambskin leather? I didn't know owning a leather jacket would be so complicated - maybe I should just return it) but in the end took it home for two reasons: first - it was $148 originally but with the price drop and further 20% off, I got it for $27 (and the cheapest PU jacket I found was from H&M for $70!), and second, I told myself I'd use this when there's a chance of rain because, well, I cannot afford another leather jacket if mine gets ruined. 

Oh, and I realise now that there's a third: to ease up into wearing leather jackets, as I have never ever had one prior, because I lived most of my life in the land of eternal sunshine sprinkled with bits of natural disasters. (I get it, dealing with catastrophic events does develop resiliency, but we've had enough, please.)

I also cannot find a picture online, so here is a selfie shot:

I was wearing my cropped shirt from Dotti (I grabbed a bunch  for real cheap - like $10/each - during the end of season sale of Winter 2014), my jeggings from American Eagle Outfitters, belt from Dorothy Perkins, and sandals from Payless. Bag is Herschel from Glue. I look very boxy in this picture.  Well, I really am. I also look like I have a long torso and short legs when in reality it's the other way around (short boxy torso, long legs) but well, there's just so much a quick stolen mall selfie can do.

Oh, and here's the coat that broke my heart - the I Love You Coat from Alannah Hill's Winter 2014 collection. It reminded me of my favourite New Yorker, Blair Waldorf. I didn't go home with it though (and did not return for it the next day/last day of sale) because I thought some parts of the tweed material (I don't know if it can be called tweed - but it's a patterned design) were already unraveling. So eventhough it was down from $520 to $150, I let it go (although I liked it so much I even had to disturb Charlene to decide :P). Also, there was only one size left - AU14, and though it fit quite comfortably, I wanted to get the next size down, AU12,  as I am, ehem, in the middle of my perpetual weight loss attempt. Never mind that so far, I've been failing miserably - damn you, Lindt and everything you represent.

So all in all, my Clear It haul totalled...$64. Past seasons, sure, dusty warehouse, yes, but that's down from around $350 if I bought everything when they first came out. 

Sixty.freaking.four.dollars. For the shorts, cardigan, and the spiked shoulder jacket. I'd say except for opshop finds, this was the best bargain I've had. 


Monday, March 16, 2015

What I Wore to the Curvy Couture Roadshow and Market

This will just be a short OOTD post. I am writing an article about the Curvy Couture Roadshow event for an online magazine, so my review of the runway and designer market event will be there. I will link the article here when it's up.

Update: The Australia Times - A Celebration of All Style, Shape, and All Things Curvy pages 44 - 48

I debated with myself about what to wear for weeks. I was torn between two dresses: Forever New Liarna Fit and Flare in Watermelon and my Portmans Emmy Cut Out Yoke.

In true Chel fashion, the day of the runway event, I figured since I'd be taking a lot of pictures, I should be comfortable above anything, and went with this:

Bardot striped top from Dotti, old beat-up ripped boyfriend jeans from Ann Taylor Loft, and chunky platforms from Topshop. I also threw a seriously really old (like a decade-old!) cropped blazer from Mossimo on-the-way-to-and-after the event because, well, it was kinda cold. Bag was a satchel from Coach - it had to be big enough to hold my folded blazer AND my flat sandals, which I immediately changed into after the three-hour event. 

Face was simple too. Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk as cover-up/foundation, which oxidised and made my face two shades darker (I probably should finish the still-almost-full bottle soon, but I hardly go out!), my favourite Chanel blush (which has been discontinued - why does every cosmetic I like get discontinued?), and a blue-toned pink lipstick from ChanelBlack eyeliner from Maybelline and my favourite eyebrow kit from ELF Cosmetics.

Also, halfway through the show I realised I was in a very strategic spot: right smack where the models enter the runway.  So yeah, I was accidentally included in so many pictures taken during the fashion show.  :P

For the Designer Market event, this was my OOTD. I did not stay long, I basically just lined up for a picture with Tess Holliday (during which I was part tongue-tied, part babbler), took a quick look at the beautiful clothes being sold, and left to catch the DFO Ultimate Weekend Sale.

Sunnies from H&M, jacket from Forever New, printed shirt (supposedly something Coco Chanel said) from a flea market back home, tie-dye jeggings from Forever 21, crossbody bag from Dangerfield, and black sandals from Payless Australia

Almost no makeup, just baby powder and my mood lipgloss from Bourjois which I got 40% off from the awesome Priceline sale.

In a nutshell, the Curvy Couture Roadshow was full of body positivity - and that was amazingly refreshing. 

Article to follow. :-)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Aussie Curves - Investment Piece

When it comes to clothes, I am easy to please. I am happy with Forever 21Valley Girl, flea market finds and factory brand overruns (back home).

My investment pieces tend to be not clothes, but accessories. I am not a bag person, but I am willing to spend a bit more because I normally use a bag until it falls apart. I buy maybe one bag a year on average. My most favourite bag is my Cambridge red satchel which does not hold much but look ultra cool. However, it would take up so much space so I had to leave it back home when I moved.

I brought a grand total of four bags to Australia - a very roomy Coach (purchased half-off at the Coach outlet store in Hongkong three years ago) which I bring with me when I feel like I should attempt to be a bit fancy, a polka dot Michael Kors market tote which I bought discounted from a friend who went to the States (I bought it because, well, polka dots), a Lacoste tote with handles that are too short for me, and my beat-up Jansport backpack from my CSUB library days (I was studying for a standardised exam - I have since taken two more, and now I am preparing for another in July - eventhough the chances are slim that I will even get to use it; why I subject myself to this torture I don't really know)

Guess which ones are rotting in the closet, and which which one I use all the time?

I have since bought a Herschel market tote (50% off at Glue), a sling body bag from Dangerfield, and a crossbody bag from the Mango sale (I swear , Mango Australia is bleeding me dry - they have to get rid of all their stocks before they close down and everything is discounted, the jeans are now $35/pair at Mango QV store! I even found knits for $10/each - almost the same as op shop prices!). These are all on heavy rotation, especially the Dangerfield crossbody which I have used in most of my OOTDs.

Last Christmas season, I fell in-love with this Fossil bag, but it was full-priced at around $260. I could not afford it, and told myself I'd wait for the Boxing Day sales, maybe they'd be heavily discounted. Boxing Day came, but they were not discounted at all. I let it go, and forgot about it. Until the DFO Ultimate Weekend. After lining up to get a picture with Tess Holliday at the Curvy Couture Designer Market, I proceeded to DFO Southwharf to check out the sales. And lo and behold, Fossil was offering 30% off on top of the discounted price! I took my time choosing (if I had more money I would have bought more than one bag - suffice it to say that I am saving up for the next DFO Ultimate Weekend) and finally settled on this:

It was the Morgan top zip body bag, original price was $299 - I got it for $140. Steal, right? Considering that when I wander around Myer, I see clothes priced at that range, and this is a leather bag! By the way, I still cannot wrap my head around the idea of paying almost $200 for, like, a dress. Outerwear, sure, shoes, oh yes, especially if they're Dr. Martens (which, by the way, are my real investment pieces, but you're probably sick of me blabbing about those babies so I chose to feature something new), jeans, maybe, but a skirt or a dress? Maybe someday when (notice I used when, not if - claiming it!) The Guru and I are rolling in dough. ;-)

I also picked up this Forever New kitty biker jacket on a discount, from $269 to around $120. I love that it's a nice, soft leather. However I am still deciding whether to keep it or not because of the colour - is porcelain leather too high maintenance? 

I have never own a leather article of clothing prior so I don't know if this will be a bitch to clean. What do you think? Oh, and has anyone tried buying leather jacket from the Queen Vic Market? Please share your experience! I want a black one for fall, and I am thinking of buying from a stall there. I have been waiting for Forever New to reissue the black version of this kitty biker jacket which was available last year, but I was not in the market for a biker jacket then. It seems like they are just going with this porcelain one this year, though, and the Jessie quilted biker that they currently have looks a bit bulky. 

Speaking of things I am deciding whether or not to keep, how about this chunky leather sandals from Bul? I got it on clearance from Myer, down from $320 to $113. I was supposed to wear them at the CCRunway event but remembered I still have not worn my Topshop platforms so I went with those instead. Is the price drop enough to justify keeping these or not? They're surprisingly comfortable, but I'm just hesitating because I could see the glue peeking from the sides of the sandals. You'd think for something that's originally priced $320, they will at least be double-stitched, no?

So that's it - my latest investment piece. Check out the other investment pieces by the gorgeous Aussie Curves girls below. :-)