Cut and Paste

Top: Boden

Skirt: Doops Designs

Shoes: Comfortview

Welp, here it is. The new Wall. Possibly the Final Wall. Very definitely the Forever For Now Wall. Can you believe it?

2018 actually marks ten years of Frocks and Frou Frou, which seems just totally insane. I know some of you have been with me since the beginning – thank you so much for sticking with me through all the ups and downs. What a crazy ride, huh?

It’s been a stinker in Melbourne over the past few days. Absolutely scorching hot. And as much as I totally adore our new pad, it doesn’t have air-conditioning. My lovely Mister has managed to borrow a portable air-conditioner that we’ve had cranking all weekend, and it’s the only thing that’s kept me from melting into a disgruntled puddle of sweat.

It’s on the list of Things We’re Going To Do To The Apartment That We Now Own, Because We Can, Because We Own It. After this past weekend it’s near the top of the list. It’s probably even above saving money to get married, to be honest. It’s been pretty hot.

I’ve been sitting on this brightly-patterned “Cut Play” skirt from Doops Designs for a while now. It’s the second skirt that I’ve bought from the Independent Australian designer (the first is here), and it’s taken me a while to wear it. Unlike my Protea skirt I bought this one in the cotton fabric, rather than the silk and it’s… okay. The boxy shape is a lot less forgiving with the stiffer fabric, and though I love that the colours are more vibrant it’s just A Lot, you know? And I’m wearing less and less of this kind of bold, bright clothing these days.

The skirt used to be a few inches longer, and I just couldn’t figure out how to wear it successfully. I had some grand plans about lopping the elasticised waistband off, and using the fabric to make a top, or a less frouffy skirt, but in the end I realised that just lopping a bit of length off the hem transformed it from Too Much to Just Enough. It’s fun, and bold, and bright, and perfect for summer with a stripy t-shirt.

I hemmed it myself. Now that we’ve moved, and I have a dining table again I finally got my sewing machine back out. I’ve already made one new dress (it was semi-sucessful. I’ll write about in next week maybe) and I’m looking forward to getting back into sewing and dressmaking again.



 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.