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  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATop: Uniqlo

Cardigan: Katies

Skirt: Target

Tights: em tee see

Well hello, and welcome to Autumn, folks! Can you believe it’s March already? Time for me to dust off my tights and cardigans and embrace my favourite season.

 I’m already on the look-out for patterned tights and stockings to wear with my skirts and dresses. As ever Sonsee’s my go-to brand for basic opaques (though stay tuned – they launched a couple of pairs of brightly coloured printed leggings at last weekend’s Curvy Couture Roadshow) but I’m on the continuous hunt for polkadot and printed tights that can be teamed with my floral printed skirts and dresses.

Last year I was a bit spoilt with BigW doing a range of cotton-blend tights in marled hues and teensy dots. The sizing was inconsistent, but they were cheap enough that it wasn’t that big a deal.

This year I’m fairly excited with a new range that I’ve discovered on Etsy: em tee see.

Based in the UK, their motto is “Jewellery For Your Legs”, and they specialise in handprinted and embellished tights and socks.

The tights come in either a 30 denier nude, or a 60 denier black, and from a UK size 8 to 24. I bought the XL’s and they fit me and my extremely full thighs comfortably and didn’t cut in at the waist, though I had to perform the usual knickers-over-tights trick to keep them aloft.

What I really love about em tee see are the discreet but edgy little design elements: the parade of ants that crawl up the side of a leg, the comic book blast on a calf, the beaded beetles that flash at you from a pair of ankles.

Because I’m obsessed with stars, I bought the stars.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe stars are printed on in a silver foil, so they don’t become stretched and misshapen as the tights stretch to fit. They pull a little at the fabric, especially around my thighs where the fabric stretches further, but it’s not terribly noticeable. The 60 denier fabric is far from fully opaque, meaning that the tights would be best for trans-seasonal wear when you’re not necessarily looking for warmth.

I’ll confess that I was a little disappointed that on a larger pair of legs the star print was much less dense than on the model pictured, but I really loved the random placement of the stars and the way they were printed on both the front and backs of the tights.

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After a long day walking around the ankles were bagging a little, suggesting that I could potentially go down a size – certainly if you have long legs you shouldn’t have a problem with drop-crotch. They’re a hardy fabric though, and despite repeated wears I haven’t had the smallest issue with runs.

Honestly, I love them, and the em tee see shop policy suggests that they do customised orders, so if you were sized out of the XLs (or wanted a different colour) you could very possibly send a pair of tights to the designer Lauren, and have her make you your own exclusive pair (don’t you love Etsy and being able to work directly with the designers?).

I’m extremely tempted to ask whether I can send her some pairs of my seriously comfortable Sonsee tights, and get them printed for the best of both worlds: fit AND style!

il_570xN.642205325_ot5pThe flocking birds are fairly spectacular .

il_570xN.642085012_1fsnI love how you can wear these cute little cat faces on the front or the back.

il_570xN.709560558_jkkuHilariously, these stars actually glow in the dark.

il_570xN.713133667_tscgI think these sparkly silver polkadots would be super cute peeking out from under a tea-length wedding dress.

il_570xN.620502151_5jglI’ve got a girlfriend who I know would just love these Bee-print tights

Have you got a favourite?

Annie Get Your Gum (Leaf)

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Top: Michy Lou

Cardigan: Gorman

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Boy oh boy, where did the last fortnight go? I’m sorry to be so absent – not even replying to comments or anything. All cylinders in my Real Life™ are firing at the moment, and the blog’s falling a little behind as a result. It’s a good thing – it’s a happy-making thing – but it does mean that I have less time for writing!

It’s been a whirlwind of a month so far; I’ve been jetting all over the country doing staff appraisals, my parents have been to stay, and I’ve had a lot on over the weekends too. It’s been a good end to the year, if an abrupt one. We’re – oh God – just over a month from Christmas, and I’m feeling spectacularly unprepared. Gone are my carefully planned present-buying spreadsheets. my tree, my stash of wrapping paper. I’m flying by the seat of my pants this year. I’ve been to a few of the pre-Christmas markets (and true to form have managed to find more for myself than for other people)

I was in Canberra for a wedding a month or so ago, and while I was my sister and I visited the (outstanding!) Canberra Handmade market. While we were browsing I spotted this lovely brooch taken from a cast of a gum leaf and a pair of gumnuts, and I loved it so much Mae bought it for me as an early Christmas present. I’m preeeetty sure it came from Ricardo Pewter.

Frocks & Frou Frou

When I was a kid I used to think that the Australian wildlife was so desperate looking. I craved rolling green hills, hedgerows, fields of bluebells, and I couldn’t understand my Mum’s affinity for our straggly, dry, native flora. As an adult though I love it. I love the scent of eucalyptus, the particular olives and golds of the Australian landscape, trees with resilient leaves, secretive blossoms, and rugged seed pods and nuts that need the kiss of bushfire just to fruit.