What a Galah

Jacket: Veronika Maine

Skirt: Pearl & Elspeth

Top: Jeans West

Belt: Nancybird

Necklace: City Chic

Shoes: Hush Puppies


There is a LOT going on with this outfit: the floral blouse, the re-purposed tea towel skirt, the  belt, the jacket. As I was putting it together I was thinking “this’ll NEVER work” but surprisingly it did, and rather well too.

Coco Chanel famously said “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”, but instead after looking in the mirror I put two things ON, and it was the belt and the necklace that finished this outfit and tied it together against all odds.

It’s nice when that happens. Too often I’ll put together a proposed outfit, and it’ll look great laid out on the bed, but once I get dressed it looks dreadful.

I was seeing a new account today who had a particular interest in our local titles, so I donned my most “Aussie” skirt, which was made beautifully by Annie at Pearl & Elspeth out of a tea-towel featuring the Australian galah. Turns out it goes wonderfully with the bottle green Veronika Maine jacket that I don’t wear nearly as often as I should. The whole outfit is a satisfying explosion of colour. Not very “Melbourne” but never mind!


Breaking The Rules

tTop: Jeanswest

Jeans: Embody Denim

Shoes: Wittner

Necklace: Gifted by Joss


You know what I hate? Fashion Do’s and Don’ts. They’re bollocks. Seriously. I try and break them every day. The problem is most of the fashion “rules” for someone with my dimensions are all aimed at “slimming” “disguising” and “hiding”. Colours are a no-go, I should wear black as it streamlines my figure (no one mentions, it’s also kinda boring). I should always wear heels (impossible) and never horizontal stripes (also impossible). And I should never, never wear skinny jeans.


I love this skinny cropped pair of high-waisted jeans. It’s a great pair of summer denim, all the better for wearing with a jaunty ponytail, a pair of flats and a floral blouse for an ultimately retro-styled look. The high waist creates an hourglass shape, which is emphasized by the narrow legs. My wide hips, and full thighs aren’t “balanced out” with a bootleg cut the way the Fashion Do’s and Don’ts would prefer, and you know what… I like it that way!

So. Off my The-Only-Fashion-Don’t-Is-Don’t-Listen-To-Fashion-Don’ts-Soapbox… you may may noticed another new addition to the Frocks and Frou Frou front page: A few readers have requested that I start using tags to make it easier to find things on the site. I’ve got so much in the archives, and the thought of going through it all to tag it sort of leaves me reeling, so as of now I’ll be tagging all posts I put up. At the moment I’m tagging brands, but was wondering would you prefer I tag jeans/boots/dresses/skirts, etc? Is there anything else you’d like to see on here? Shoot me an email, or leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do!