Cuffedochinos

 Top: Tirelli

Trousers: Yours Clothing

Belt: City Chic

Shoes: FitFlops

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Etc! Etc!

Can you believe it’s 2018 already? Yeah, me neither.

Last year was a bit of a write-off, to be honest, but it ended in an absolute BANG with the Mister and I finally making an offer on our Very Own House.

We booked the truck, packed the boxes, and made the move, all in the whirlwind lead-up to Christmas, so you’ll have to excuse my absence over the holiday period. It’s been a busy couple of months.

2018’s New Year’s Resolutions include Try to Blog More Often (I used to blog three times a week. A WEEK. Surely I can manage at least once a fortnight.) Now that we’re not madly saving for a house deposit and spending our weekends at open houses I should have a bit more time and headspace for everything else.

I’ve been sitting on these photos since, umn, November. Hence the old Wall. This is the last time you’ll see it.

I’m wearing a wonderful new boxy top from Tirelli, and it’s probably my fifteenth stripy tee. But this one’s, like, different, because it’s got dropped sleeves (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it). It’s a thin super stretchy fabric, great for very hot days, absolutely has to be tucked in, or it looks like a tent on anyone with boobs. I liked it enough that I also bought the square spot version, which is a cool, sort of grown-up take on polkadots.

I teamed it with cuffed chinos that I bought a year ago from Yours Clothing  and practically never wear. I think, maybe, I actually don’t like trousers much. Jeans yes. Trousers, weirdly, no.

But I had it in my head that I wanted loafers (I bought comfy gold ones from FitFlops) and there’s something about loafers and chinos that just seem to be made for each other.

Shoes: FitFlops

It’s a pretty basic outfit really, and needs some colour, so I added the DIY necklace that I made after my class with Sheree McCready of PollyCollective.

Necklace: DIY

Anyway. That’s my rambly start to the year. I hope you all had a wonderful festive season, and here’s to a better and brighter 2018.

Perfectly Protean

  Top: Variety Hour Studio

Skirt: Finki

Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens

It’s been a whirlwind month, and I can’t believe that Christmas is breathing down our necks already. I’m looking forward to taking a break, and recovering a bit from the past twelve months. 2017 has been, to be frank, a bit of a bitch.

At least it’s ending on a high… my lovely Mister and I have finally put a deposit down on our very own place! So, one more move, one more Wall, one more change of address, and we’ll be in our Forever (for now) Home.

It’s exciting and a bit intimidating, and wonderful. It’s something I’ve wanted for so long now, and a life goal that I thought was never going to happen.

I’ll miss my little home here: it signifies the first time that I’ve lived by myself for any extended period of time and the first space that I’ve been able to make entirely my own. I’ve loved everything from the beautiful light in the sun room (I’ll miss having such a perfect place to take my blog photos!) to the tall ceilings, the deep bath… even the ancient oven. Well, maybe not so much the ancient oven.

I’m excited about the next chapter though, and excited about taking the next step in my life. I’m nearly forty – maybe I’ll start feeling like a grown-up now I’m also a home-owner (probably not).

Anyhoo…

This is the second top that I’ve bought from Cassie Byrnes of Variety Hour (you can see the first one here) and it’s rapidly become one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe. The baby protea print is from original art hand painted using pigment inks and gouache. Unlike my previous top, this one is made from viscose fabric rather than silk, and to be honest I prefer the heavy drape (it also doesn’t crease quite as much). It’s the same boxy cut, with dolman sleeves, and a tapered waist that hits me low on my hips.

I’m wearing the size L, but I was delighted to see that Cassie is now doing an XL in her tops, and I’m probably (definitely) going to try the larger size when I see the new range at the Big Design Market here in Melbourne in a few weeks.

Earrings: Next Romance

Speaking of markets, I bought these fabulous tassel earrings at the Finders Keepers market a month or so ago.

I’ve been pretty much living in my Comfy Earrings ever since I discovered them in August but I couldn’t resist these after I saw them. They’re light and swishy and stytlish, and they’ll make a great statement piece to wear with some of my simpler outfits.

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