Cutie-Cat

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 Top: Country Road

Skirt: Asos

Khloe Ballet Pump: Comfortview via OneStopPlus

Necklace: Cat Rabbit

After the Great Famine of Horizontally Striped Shirts of the mid-noughties I seem to be incapable of not buying them when I see them in stores, and this ponte number from Country Road is a firm favourite. It’s the lovely, long, tapered sleeves that made it a winner when I tried it on a few weeks ago, and the lighter stripe makes it a good trans-seasonal number for spring.

Funny story about this outfit. I was waiting to use the bathroom in a shopping centre and two little girls – maybe 4 and 7 – were also waiting with their Mum. The younger gasped when she saw the hot pink shoes, and said “I like your shoes are you wearing tights?” and when I leant down to show her that, yes, I was wearing stockings my necklace swung and caught the old sister’s attention who grabbed it to take a closer look. Their poor mum was a bit mortified (“we don’t just GRAB strangers!”) but as far as I’m concerned it was officially a Very Successful Outfit.

The older sister dubbed my necklace “Katie The Cat”, so here she is in all her handmade, felted glory:

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Necklace: CatRabbit

I bought her when I visited the (wonderful) recent “Cat Market” with my equally crafty and cat-mad friend Fi from Fisha Designs. She’s been hand stitched and embroidered, with dainty little eyelids and a jangly bell around her neck that chimes when I move. And if you’re not a cat person (it’s OK, I won’t judge you) there’s an equally cute “LiBEARian” necklace on offer in Cat’s shop right now.

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Top: Country Road

Skirt: Target

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Naturalizer

I like sparkly things. I really, really do. I think I might have been a magpie in a former life, because all you have to do is throw some sequins or rhinestones onto something and I’M THERE.

That said, I don’t have a lot of glittery, sparkly things in my wardrobe. I mean, there’s my sequin dress from Monsoon, my glitter heart top from Dream Diva, and the sparkly collar necklace that I wore a couple of times in New York last year. But that’s really about it.

When I buy jewellery for myself I tend towards delicate one-off pieces from local designers, or independent jewellers on Etsy. They’re versatile, and I can wear them regularly and often. But sometimes you just want something with a bit of POW! to jazz up a simple outfit.

Totally Jewel is kind of like Australia’s alternative to the mega-accesory company Bauble Bar with similar stand-out pieces at fabulous prices. They add new pieces every two weeks so you’ll always be able to find something fresh and bang-on-trend, and they source directly from the manufacturers so their prices are even better that what you can find at shops like Lovisa and Colette.

I’ve got a few pieces from Totally Jewel now (including the dainty little clover necklace that I was wearing with my dotty Igigi Dress) and I’ve found that the quality of the jewellery was excellent for the price. Everything arrives nicely packaged up in tissue paper, and there’s no loooong wait for things to get delivered (you guys in the rest of the world have no idea how far away Australia feels when you’re waiting for a parcel from anywhere outside the country!)

Today I wore the Diamante Blossom Necklace, which I love for its snowflakey crystal flowers, and free-form design. It’s a great piece that actually teams beautifully with more casual outfits and I’ve had a number of really great comments about it. I’ve worn it three times now, and it’s still in perfect nick – no missing rhinestones or faulty clasps. You can adjust the length of the chain to suit different necklines (it also looks great worn high and  peeping out from underneath an unbuttoned shirt collar)

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I also have the gorgeous Finny Feathers necklace, which is even lovelier in person than it is on the website, so keep your eyes open for that.

Totally Jewel offers free shipping in Australia on orders over $50, a surprise gift with your first purchase, and – wait for it – a special 30% off discount for Frocks and Frou Frou readers with the code FROU30 until the 29th of September.