In Open Fire + Links À La Mode

Sunday, 21 December 2014

What I'm Wearing -  Lulu & Rose Flower Tee from Topshop, Backless Lover dress from Fame & Partners, Misc Black Belt, Sheer socks from Topshop, Black & White shoes from local vintage store, Misc Earrings.

And it's nearly Christmas! I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season thus far. While I am not much into traditional Christmas celebrations I am up for anything that gives me reason for baking (not that I really need a reason...) I've made sugar cookies so far and plans and preparation for the Christmas Day cake are underway. As you can see I'm channeling serious black and white vibes at the moment, especially due to these vintage shoes I purchased. I hope the backdrop will suffice for now, it's the only nook of my room that allows a full length shot (I'm working on it!). I was also featured for last weeks post in Heart IFB's Links a La Mode, check it out below. Nonetheless, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and holiday!  

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Holiday Home Stretch

We're wrapping up things up for this year, some of us quite literally! But others, well, we're still frantically trying to figure out to get that you-know-who who's hard to shop for. Anyway, this week, we're a bit focused on the holidays, as that's all many of us can think of. But not to worry, it's only for about a week or so!

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What are you doing for the Christmas/holiday season? What do you plan on wearing for the festivities?

I hope to have another post out soon after Christmas to show off my hopefully amazing cake and my outfits of course. 

Like Sapphire Blue + Make Your Holiday Outfit Pop

Thursday, 11 December 2014

What I'm Wearing - Silky Green cami from unknown, Pink Blazer from Op-Shop, Blue Cocktail Pants from Gorman, Neon Green Belt from Jacqui E, Neon Green Earrings from Etsy, Navy 'lego' shoes from Melissa (not pictured).

I'm back with some more neons of course! I really can't stop wearing this neon belt and earrings,  I apologise if I am boring you with the repeat accessories - they just take an outfit to the next level! Speaking of taking your outfits to the next level, I've put together a list of ways to make your existing outfit that extra bit special. Keep this in mind for the holiday season - instead of going out and buying a whole new outfit, try one of these tricks!

1. Neons
I must admit, prior to investing in a few neon pieces for my formal look I cringed at the sight of neon. But you'd be surprised how much a neon piece can alter the look of an outfit. Add a small neon pop to give your look an edge. This trick works because it gives your outfit a focal point, play around with how you could mix it up.

2. Shine
Like my pants in the photos (which are absolutely dreamy), add something lustrous to your outfit. Sequins, beads, silk, tafetta, satin, glitter... Again, these may sound tacky on their own but can give your outfit a holiday sparkle. Mixing up mattes, silks and shines can add depth to an outfit.

3. Texture
This one is a bit obvious, but one that we sometimes forget. Go for contrast or similarity. Work with all silky and smooth textures like I did here, or mix it up! Pairing unexpected textures can really re-frame the mood of a garment - for example, putting leather with sequins has a much different vibe to chiffon and sequins. 

4. Sheer
Playing with sheer garments is one of my favourite things to do. As you know, I am a huge fan of layering, so sheer garments really allow all that layering to be on display. Wear a sheer shirt over a dress, a sheer shirt under a dress - anything you like!

These tips aren't intended to be a 'how to' guide (although I have one of those lined up), but more of a spark to get the ball rolling on some holiday outfits. Maybe you remembered that sheer shirt you stuffed in the back of your wardrobe? Maybe you will give neons a go? Whatever it is, I encourage you to play around with what you've got instead of buying entire new outfits.

What do you plan on wearing during the holiday season? Do you have any tricks for mixing up an outfit?

In other news, I thought I'd share a snap I took at a poetry slam last week. I've watched poetry slams and spoken word poetry for a few years now but this was the first one I attended in person! It was a really nice atmosphere, and reassuring to know that so many people in my area are willing to think about the arts, society, feminism, culture and their own life in different ways. I think it's really important to think creatively, whether you produce pieces of work or just take some time to think differently every now and then. 

Plastic Fantastic: Formal Outfit + Liebster Award

Friday, 5 December 2014

What I'm Wearing - 1950s Taffeta Formal Dress from Etsy, Neon Green Belt from Jacqui E, Neon Green Earrings from Etsy, Navy Clutch by Olga Berg from David Jones, Pink Heels by Melissa from YOOX, Crinoline from Etsy, Hot-pink Gloves from local vintage store. Hair, nails and makeup by me.

Ah the formal post is finally here! Putting together this post reminded me of my post for my Year 10 formal - two whole years ago! It's scary to think I've had this blog for that long and that my schooling has well and truly ended. 

When I first started brainstorming styles to wear for my formal I was torn between all-out vintage and minimalist modern. So I opted for an in between look - I still went for a vintage dress but styled it in a way that was distinctively modern. The dress came from Kitty Girl Vintage and was such a dream find! Although it's a little big for me in the bust area, it's quite a forgiving shape as it bows out to the shoulders and can be cinched in with a belt. I was so surprised upon receiving it because it was the most pristine condition vintage I'd ever seen. There were barely any marks, with only a musty smell and a few discolouration marks on the lining to hint that it was vintage.

I wanted to pair the classic navy colour with something a bit different - not red or black, but neons! My favourite part of my outfit is that I will be able to wear everything again. Whether this is because I will wear whatever, wherever regardless of how overdressed I look or whether the pieces are actually versatile is unbeknownst to me. I find that the neon belt goes easily with almost anything, you may have seen it in my last few posts already! The shoes are by Melissa, my most favourite shoe brand ever, and are quite comfortable despite being heels. I also purchased some cheap hot pink flats for when my feet inevitably became sore, and they've been worn almost to bits already (seriously, I had to repair them with super glue...) All in all, I am pretty happy with the route I went for my outfit. The whole formal ordeal made me realise that these events are really just that - events, and that a lot of the hype is artificial. 

Moving on, I decided to include a recent Liebster Award nomination from Look For the Occasion. I remember vaguely doing a Liebster post a few years ago, but it seems to have been lost in all of the blog re-vamp I have been doing. 

11 Facts:
1. I recently graduated high school!
2. I drink copious amounts of tea - just regular tea with milk, no sugar.
3. I did three major projects for school this year - one for textiles, one for art and one for society and culture. 
4. I wear glasses - not all the time. Just for distance.
5. I like sewing but I always start projects and never finish them.
6. Accompanying me in the pictures above is Blake, my boyfriend of over 1 and a half years.
7. My dream job would be a textile print designer or an editorial stylist.
8. I really like baking cakes and cupcakes. In the past 6 months I've baked so many cupcakes, probably well over 200.
9. My wardrobe is colour coded.
10. I've seen Lily Allen in concert twice.
11. My mum & I run an Etsy page. You might recognise some pieces from old posts of mine. 

11 Questions from Liz:
What is your favorite item of clothing? It sounds so cliche but every piece of clothing I own has some type of meaning or story. I remember prices and where I bought every single piece in my wardrobe. At the moment it's some bright blue pants from Gorman I bought in Melbourne - you'll probably see them in an upcoming post.

What is your favorite and least favorite thing about blogging? My favourite thing is that the blogosphere has remained so positive unlike many other social forums online and that's such a treasure. I also really love editing my pictures - I love seeing something so un-ordinary like the corner of my room turn into a bold backdrop. My least favourite bit is that I often take breaks from blogging because it is really a fair bit of work and I don't like to put out posts that are sub standard. Also, I dislike the homogeneous look of blogging that has developed recently.

What is the best advice you have received about taking pictures? This ties into the answer to the last question a bit - I don't think it's so much advice but rather skills. I think you should play up your strengths, for me that's editing. I'm really not very good behind the camera so I rely on what I can do with it in Photoshop. This means that if you don't have a fancy camera, focus on making your outfit phenomenal, or having an awesome backdrop - play up your strengths at all times!

It is Thanksgiving, what are you most thankful for? Even though Thanksgiving was last week (so I am told) and I have not much clue what it really is because I am Australian I shall list a few things I am thankful for - cake, eyes, health, good relationships and a well-deserved break.

What gift do you want most this holiday season? It sounds really silly but I just want to be able to make a scrumptious cake to share! I've already started planning my Christmas Day cake and I am really looking forward to it. 

What is your favorite book? My favourite book would have to be Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, I really should re-read this book. I tell people about it all the time but I can never do it justice. It ends up sounding like a fantasy novel but it is very, very far from that.

Who is your favorite blogger? This is really hard too, but I will pick the blogger who has had the most impact on me. I've followed Arabelle Sicardi from fashionpirate for a few years now and she has seriously impacted on my style and expression. I discovered Yohji, CDG and Rei all thanks to her, which completely flipped my values surrounding fashion on it's head. She also showed me the value of being unapologetic-ally you, embracing feminism and your own identity regardless of anyone else's opinions.

What is your favorite meal? I really like a lot of things. If cake counts as a meal that would be it!

If you could get an all expense paid vacation to anywhere, where would you want to go? I think I would pick South Korea, purely because I seem to know a bit about the culture and want to experience it for myself. 

How long have you been blogging? Just over two years! I didn't even realise it had been that long until I checked for myself. 

Cats or dogs? I think I'm a dog person but with a very, very strong bias for whippets and italian greyhounds. I have cats as well though, so I couldn't say I dislike them.

11 Bloggers + Questions:
I nominate anyone who reads this post and wants to do the questions. I know this is unconventional and breaking the rules but I want to give anyone who wants to do the award the opportunity to do so. You could even pick one of my questions as a post prompt if you'd like to. My questions are:

Why did you start blogging?
Has your perception on fashion changed through blogging?
What is your opinion on vintage fashion?
Where was the last place you travelled?
What is your opinion on online shopping?
Do you think that using Photoshop to edit pictures is inherently wrong?
Are you a feminist? Why or why not?
Do you read fashion magazines? Why or why not?
What is your opinion on the state of fashion blogging currently?
What are you doing for the Christmas/holiday season?
Do you have a piece of clothing with a story behind it? Share it.

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I think this may have been the longest post I've written in a while. Props to you if you got through it all. I have another post lined up, so I won't be gone for long. :)

Recipe: Blueberry Layer Cake & Cinnamon Crumb

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Some of you may be thinking - Am I on the right blog? Recipes? Cakes? The answer is yes, you are on the right blog and yes this is a recipe not an outfit or shoes. While I've not ventured into baking on the blog before I thought I would share this dreamy cake with you. I'm not sure how qualified I am to be telling people how to make a cake but trust me, if you like blueberries you will like this cake! I made this cake for my grandma's birthday; she requested my blueberry boy bait cake, so I took it to the next level... Literally.

I've been baking the blueberry boy bait cake for a while, it's the perfect balance of tart berries, sponge-y cake and crisp sugar cinnamon topping. This recipe is adapted from a traditional boy bait cake like this one. (Yes the name is indicative of its supposed 'power' to lure boys). I removed the traditional sugar crumb from the top as it would have be removed when the cakes were leveled and doubled the normal recipe I use. I re-imagined the crumb with a biscuit-like topping for on top of the cake. The frostings were a bit of trial and error, I adapted them from a traditional buttercream from Cupcake Jemma (the recipe is so good I have memorised it).

Blueberry Boy Bait Layer Cake with Cinnamon Crumb

Blueberry Boy Bait CAKE - (Adapted from Yankee Magazine)

4 cups plain flour
2 cup caster sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cup milk
4 eggs
500-600g pack of frozen blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and line two round cake tins with baking paper. I prefer to use spring form or two-piece pans for moist cakes like this one.
2. In a stand mixer bowl (or medium sized bowl if you dont have one) sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the oil, milk and eggs and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes or until well combined.
3. Divide the mixture into two tins by measuring one cup at a time. When the tins are 1/4 full add in a cup of blueberries to each pan. 
4. Continue to divide the mixture, adding a cup of blueberries at 2 cup intervals. Top with more blueberries. For each cake you should have used around 2-3 cups of blueberries throughout.
5. Bake both cakes in oven for 1 1/2 hours or until well browned and cooked right through. Don't fret if they take longer to cook, as it is quite a dense cake. Cover and leave to cool.

Cinnamon Crumb - (Adapted from Cooking with Crystal)

1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar + 3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
5 tbsp cool butter

1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and line a small tray. 
2. Whisk together the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, cinnamon and salt.
3. Cut in the butter, rubbing it until the mixture resembles crumbs. It doesn't have to be a fine crumb, a bit of variation here is helpful.
4. Spread mixture out on tray, taking care to make sure there are no large clumps.
5. Bake in oven, after 5 minutes take a fork and move the mixture around a little. The mixture will cook quite quickly so keep an eye on it. Once the crumbs are browned remove from oven, mine took 8 minutes. Leave to cool. 
6. Stir through 3 tbsp brown sugar.

Buttercream Frosting - (Adapted from Cupcake Jemma)

450g icing sugar (sifted)
200g soft butter
2 tbsp milk
Vanilla to taste

1. Beat butter in stand mixture on high until very pale. This step is important and cake take up to 5 minutes. While waiting I like to sift half of the icing sugar into an extra bowl.
2. Add half of the icing sugar and beat for 2-3 mins on high. I like to sift the rest of the sugar while this is happening. 
3. Add remaining icing sugar. Beat on high until well combined. Add in the milk and vanilla and mix until fluffy.
4. Place 2 cups of this frosting in a separate bowl and cover with cling film. Stir through a few drops of red and blue colour paste to colour icing purple. Keep remaining buttercream for the next step.

Blueberry Frosting - 

Leftover buttercream
2 cups of frozen blueberries
2 tbsp cream cheese
Dash of water
4 cups of sifted icing sugar

1. Using a food processor or blender, place the blueberries, cream cheese and water in mixer. Blend until the mixture resembles a paste. Add more water if the mixture is not processing.
2. Place this mixture into bowl of stand mixer with buttercream, mix on high until combined. 
3. The buttercream will have thinned and not be able to be used as icing. At this point, add in extra icing sugar one cup at a time until the icing resembles the other buttercream. It must be able to hold its shape. I used 4 cups, but you may use more or less to get the desired consistency.

Putting it all together -

1. Trim and level the blueberry cakes, making sure both layers are even and the same size.
2. Place first layer on cake board or platter, use a tsp of frosting underneath to secure.
3. Add blueberry frosting to cake, creating a medium sized layer. Add the next blueberry cake, placing the flat side facing upwards. 
4. Using the plain buttercream, crumbcoat the entire outside. This will lock in all of the crumbs in a thin layer. Place in fridge for 10 minutes.
5. Give the cake another layer of plain butter cream, covering all sides. 
6. Sprinkle a desired amount of crumb mixture in the centre of the cake. Using blueberry frosting, place in piping bag and pipe around the circumference of the cake. 
7. In the centre place a dollop of icing and stick on a few fresh blueberries. Continue to use the icing to stick the berries together to form a stack. This step is really up to you - use the decorations as you please!

Note - If you like a really thick layer of icing I would suggest making more frosting as I was slightly skimped on icing the main body of the cake. The quantities listed will be just sweet enough though - I guarantee!

Let me know if you would bake this cake or have baked something similar. Do you like baking? Also, feel free to let me know how you feel about this post, considering it's something a bit different for me. It's such a shame I didn't get a good picture of the cake sliced open - the best way to describe it is a mish-mash of blueberries, moist cake, icing, icing and more icing!

Swept up in Floral Feathers

Monday, 24 November 2014

What I'm Wearing - 50s Floral Feather Dress from Retrostar Vintage Clothing, Pink Freshwater Pearls from Unknown, Lace Socks, Woven brogues from Op-shop.

I purchased this dress in Melbourne (if you missed this check out this post) and it's proving to be one of my favourite purchases. It actually came without a button on the front sash, but I thought it looked as though it was missing something - I think the little brown button topped it off well. I was particularly excited when I found this dress as it had a matching belt, and a velvet one at that! It seems so rare to find the original belt for vintage dresses, most only have belt loops that once held a pretty pair. I wore this dress for my grandma's birthday, which I also made a cake for aswell. I am putting together a little recipe for the cake (so many blueberries!), just for something a bit different on the blog. So keep an eye out for that.

What's your favourite vintage find? And your favourite part about finding vintage?

P.s: Photos taken by my lovely boyfriend Blake

Melbourne Travel Diary: Light shades and Laneways

Friday, 21 November 2014

What I'm Wearing - Lulu & Rose Flower Tee from Topshop, Black and White Floral Sheer Blouse from ASOS, Culottes from Portmans, Black Leather Converse, Neon Belt from Jacqui E, Neon Earrings from Etsy.

The photo above is from a favourite vintage store of mine, one I wish I could teleport from Melbourne to my area. It's called Retrostar Vintage and I highly recommend it if you're ever in Melbourne. To get there walk along Swanston St and walk into the Nicholas Building, catch an elevator up to the first floor and voila! Vintage heaven! The photo is taken in their 1920s to 1950s room, which I obviously spent a lot of time in and bought a gorgeous dress from.

What I'm Wearing - Paint Palette Shirt from H&M, Silky Shorts from Tokito at David Jones, Pink Blazer from op-shop, Yellow necklace from vintage store, Neon belt from Jacqui E, Neon Shoes by Gallaz.

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Can you believe it? It's been a whole month since I last posted. To be fair, a lot has happened since then - including finishing my high school studies completely, attending the formal (post coming soon hopefully...) and of course travelling to Melbourne to celebrate it all! I've put together these pictures from the trip so you can see a few of the things I wore while shopping and exploring. Most of these photos are from our wanders around Fitzroy, Brunswick and surroundings - where we walked a really really long lane way and passed the time by taking photos. 

Tips & Tricks #1: How to Experiment with Clothing

Sunday, 19 October 2014

What I'm Wearing -  ASOS Sheer Floral shirt, Misc belt, Black culottes from Portmans, Strappy heels from Sportsgirl.

Okay, so I'm not normally a 'tips and tricks' kind of girl - but I acknowledge that my approach to dress is a lot different than most peoples. In fact, I think we all come to approach fashion and dress in different ways depending on our background, our self-esteem and even depending on the day. Nonetheless, one thing that remains true no matter what the day is, is that I want to get the most out of my wardrobe. By this, I don't mean that I will hold on to a piece of clothing forever - I mean that clothing, to me, is not just a matter of matching and pairing. It's more than that - it's layering, wearing things backwards, inside-out, wearing a dress as a skirt and so on. In doing this I get a lot more use out of an item of clothing. I realise that I digress from the outfit photos above, and you're probably wondering what I am going on about - this post is part of a two part (maybe more) series on how to get the most out of your clothing in an unconventional way. (The photos above are just an outfit I have worn recently - culottes are amazing!)

1. Wear it Backwards
Garments, believe it or not, can be worn in any way you like. Regardless of the fact that blouses, jackets and skirts can fit other parts of your body, so many people only see the garment for its intended purpose. 
Wearing things backwards allows garments to be seen in a whole new light - shirts with button down backs, skirts with interesting features, dresses, and just about anything that isn't pants can work backwards! Some garments may look a little awkward backwards because they were, of course, made to fit you the other way around. However, to hide darts at the back and odd kinks and kooks, just throw on a jacket or blouse. It really is about experimenting, some of my favourite outfits have come from something I didn't think would work. 

2. Jacket as a blouse
Wearing a jacket as a blouse may not work for those chunky, thick, wintery jackets (you can sure give it a try though!), but anything light to medium weight will work. In this post I wore a blazer as a blouse, this jacket works particularly well due to the absence of lining. All you need to do is put it on, button/zip/secure, and then pin through the bottom layers to keep it closed if the neckline is too low for your liking. I recommend tucking the jacket in to give it more of a blouse illusion.

3. Blouse as a jacket
This might be stating the obvious, but anything with a button-down front or back can double as a jacket or extra layer. Even button down dresses work well for this one!

4. Jacket as Skirt
This one is a little trickier to do and requires good shuffling, adjusting and positioning skills. For this outfit, I tucked the sleeves in to create little 'drop-holes' and positioned the velvet collar as a waistband. Do up the buttons and pin where necessary - if it feels a little unstable, it probably is, so try to avoid this one on occasions requiring lots of walking.

5. Try Anything 
Experimentation really is just that - you can do anything with any piece of clothing regardless of it's category of apparel. A lot of my outfits develop as I get dressed, seeing what works and what doesn't. An example of this is from this post - I am wearing a shirt backwards, a dress and a nightgown... The nightgown's sash was used as fake braces and to tie it all together - the nightgown itself was bundled up to make a mish-mash belt/peplum. All of this was helped by a few safety pins and ties - taking me to my next tip.

6. Safety pins and Sashes are your friends!
While stylists swear by safety pins, this doesn't mean they aren't useful in your wardrobe. Safety pins are wonderful for cinching in that second-hand skirt you bought but never altered, holding a jacket together to make it a top and much much more. Just try not to pin to a fragile area of a garment and be extra careful with vintage clothing(!). I have an array of different sashes, ties and scarves collected from various garments and second-hand. You would be surprised how useful a black or white sash is! If you can't find any and can sew a straight line on the sewing machine, try making your own - check out Liberty blog's tutorial here.

Through this series I hope you'll be able to implement some of these ideas for yourself, or even just be inspired to be a bit more daring. 


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Looking very authoritarian for no particular reason...

With under a week until the start of the month-long exam period that is the HSC (it's sort of the be-all-end-all of Year 12 for those who are unfamiliar with it), study and stress levels are going right up for all involved. I thought I'd offer give you guys a heads-up if I am M.I.A for the next few weeks - I have been trying to get back into blogging regularly but studying takes first place. It's only a few more weeks until I have free reign on my education and life (sort of...)

I've been reading a fair few lifestyle blogs lately and have realised that my blog so far has been largely pictures of me with little context or relevance to my actual life. In regards to this I thought I would put together a quick Frequently Asked Questions post (some questions haven't actually been asked, but I figured I may as well cover them while I'm here). Apologies for the generic-ness of this post, but hold tight - I'll be back after the HSC with a two part series on tips and tricks

How old are you?
I am 17 at the time of writing this - I was born in 1997 just in case some of you are reading this after 2014.

When did you start 'Sew Overdressed'?
 I started this blog in November 2012. I had the blogger page set up way back in 2011 but didn't get the hang of blogging until a year after.

Why do you stop blogging every now and then?
To be honest - its either one of two things. Either I've become bored and uninspired with blogging and need to look elsewhere for inspiration and creativity; or, school/life has taken hold. Either way, I don't feel it's useful for me to be blogging on auto-pilot. I would prefer to take the risk of losing traffic and readers every now and then instead of resorting to producing bland content.

Where are you from?
I am from a town/city/area about 2 hours from Sydney in Australia.

What do you do?
I am currently a student in Year 12 (technically I have graduated but am yet to sit exams). Next year I hope to study something design or arts related at university (hopefully if you're reading this in 2015 that's what I am doing!)

Why did you start blogging?
I don't think there was a specific reason why. Other than the fact that I wanted to be able to document my outfits as I felt proud of an outfit and didn't want it to go to waste just after a trip to the supermarket (seriously, I wear these outfits anywhere and everywhere). I never really read blogs until I started blogging, which could be a bit of a faux-pas but I think it helped me steer clear of writing generic trend-pieces and shopping hauls.

What's your favourite food?
Depends. If i'm out to eat I will most likely order chicken schnitzel, unless there's something else awesome on the menu. I also love risotto, wontons, cupcakes, cupcakes, cakes, cakes, cakes!

Where do you shop?
I don't shop as much as it would seem, or at least that's what I would like to think. I'm not the type to go on large shopping sprees in chain stores and what not. These days I tend to shop exclusively online and in op-shops (with the occasional Portmans or boutique purchase). I spend a long time making decisions on what to buy on Etsy; I will spend hours and hours assessing all of my options to get the best deal. For op shops, I generally buy things that catch my eye and snag a vintage piece here or there. I used to buy a lot of 80s secretary blouses but have collected way, way too many. You can actually buy some of my pre-loved, op-shop clothing on my Etsy here.

What's your wardrobe like?
I am lucky enough to have a walk in wardrobe - it's not amazingly big but it's big enough to get dressed in. I hang the majority of my clothing and every thing is relatively in colour-coded order. There is a small set of shelves for shoes (I don't have that many shoes) and another set of shelves/drawers I store makeup and casual clothes in.

Has your taste/view on fashion changed?
Definitely. I wouldn't say my view on fashion has dramatically transformed while blogging but it's definitely made me realise some things. For one, I really really am uninterested in trends. After accidentally jumping on a few fad bandwagons (ahem, creepers...) I have become selective in what I buy and why I am buying it. 
In terms of the fashion industry, I have certainly become aware of the reality of the industry. This isn't because of blogging, but due to research and otherwise I have realised that fashion is an industry encompassed by competition, politics and consumerism. I love fashion just as much, but have come to view and consume it from a more critical stance.

What type of music do you listen to?
I listen to bits and pieces of different styles, to name a few - Lily Allen, M.I.A, Azealia Banks, Kimbra, Basement Jaxx, some K-pop and K-indie, etc...

Do you sew?
The short answer is - yes, I do and can. However, I don't sew as regularly as I would like, mainly due to school commitments. However, you will probably see my school textiles project in a post later this year. 

Are you a feminist?
Yup - certainly am. It's definitely influenced some of my perspectives on fashion, culture, etc.

Any book recommendations?
I haven't read very much this year, except for school-related texts. Nonetheless, my favourites are Haruki Murakami novels - I've read Kafka on the Shore and Norwegian Wood to date. Both are great reads, I'd recommend you start with Norwegian Wood to familiarise yourself with Murakami, though.
Moving away from fiction, I have read a fair few feminist books for my school research project. My favourite is "Your Skirt's Too Short" by Emily Maguire - it's a great introduction to feminism and contains lots of great information relevant to youth.
Also, I am currently reading "Not That Kind of Girl" by Lena Dunham; I am almost half-way through and so far, so good.

** I hope to add updates to this post as regularly as I can. Feel free to email me questions at or comment below, post to me on Facebook - anything!

Hopefully this post wasn't too boring to read. Here is a question for you guys - Are you a feminist? If so, has this influenced your perspective on fashion?

Chaos in Disorder

Sunday, 14 September 2014

 What I'm Wearing - 1940s Wakes Floral Dress, $40; Random white sash.

I found this wonderful dress while on my trip to Sydney last week. Initially I was undecided on whether the dress was 80s or 40s; the shoulder pads made me think 80s but the tag and material were reminiscent of 1940s day dresses. Nonetheless, I did a Google search for the label 'Wakes Multiple Fitting'. My favourite part about finding vintage myself is scouring for history of the label (another example of my love for this is here). As it turns out, Wakes is a label from Melbourne; the 'multiple fitting' part of the tag refers to the godet in the waist to allow for more room if needed! 

Super cute 1940s Wakes dresses (source)

If this dressed turned up I would be so happy - sheer, black, full skirt! (source)

These dresses are similar to the one I own + super gorgeous! (source)

In other news - check out my 8tracks mix HERE. I hope to have another post up soon! So hold tight. :)