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
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-shirts, down 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).