All White Tonight


Top: Urbane @ Myer

Trousers: Asos

Necklace: DIY

Shoes: Marks and Spencer

Ahhhh Sunday night. You always roll around faster than I’d like you to.

It’s still disgustingly hot in Melbourne at the moment, and both the cat and I are finding ourselves disinclined to do anything except loll about feeling uncomfortable and drowsy.

I was determined not to spend another weekend lying around with a book in one hand and a glass of water in the other groggily drifting in and out of sleep, so today I managed a trip to the markets followed by an afternoon of jam-making to use up the embarrassingly cheap strawberries I’d bought en masse.

Admittedly the whole AM period (and into PM too, if I’m being honest) was spent groggily drifting in and out of sleep with a book in my hand, etc etc, but I had a reasonable excuse.

From 7PM Saturday to 7AM Sunday Melbourne hosted their first “White Night” festival, where 300,000 sweaty bodies packed into the city’s laneways to soak up the art and the atmosphere.

The streets around my old apartment were so crammed full of people packed cheek-to-jowl that my date and I didn’t even attempt to venture that way – there was plenty to see elsewhere in the city.

My favourite element of the night would either have to be the eerily beautiful music played under the great dome at the State Library, or the astonishing light displays down Flinders Street, where familiar buildings were given a fantastical new facade that moved and changed, crawling with snakes or 8-bit gameplay imagery.



Flinders Street Station looked particularly astonishing.

Anyway, it was a good night, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to experience it.

The outfit I was wearing was pretty much the slightly less girly version of my Yen For It ensemble, since trekking around the city til all-hours it seemed like a trousery event.

You don’t see me in pants very often, but I’ve taken a real shine to cropped trousers  and ballet flats. It’s one of those imaginary no-no’s (short girls and ankle-length pants, that is) but what are fashion-rules there for if not to be broken, right?

I’m also wearing my DIY’d fimo bead necklace, which goes with this outfit perfectly.

DSCF0744 - Version 2I’m also feeling very smug about having finally figured out how to master the side bun, which is definitely my favourite hair-do of the moment.

It’s kind of reminiscent of my wedding “do”, but less elaborate, and without the addition of Blanche’s beautiful clip.

Prior to now I’ve never been able to master the side bun, because I always ended up with a hard little knot of hair that just looked uncomfortable.

After watching Lady Melbourne’s Ballerina Bun Tutorial I rushed out and bought myself a hair donut, and started experimenting, and finally I had the loose, casual side bun down pat.

See? Look how happy I am with myself for it!


A Yen For It

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Top: Urbane at Myer

Skirt: GLM Fashion (remixed)

Shoes: Mollini

Necklace: DIY

So officially today’s outfit is both a DIY (the necklace) and a remix (the skirt), but mostly it’s a homage to one of my favourite outfits that I’ve seen on fellow blogger Alison from Wardrobe Oxygen.

I tried something similiarish in 2010, but the resulting outfit looked slightly prissy; cute, but definitely not casual enough for everyday wear.

Alison’s blush skirt and knotted t-shirt nailed it though, and the leopard-skin flats gave the whole outfit a quirky cool. It reignited my desire for ballerina skirts and striped tops, and when I found this striped top on sale at Myer I knew I was half-way there so I went on an eBay odyssey to find the perfect, floaty, skirt with which to team it.

In the end I bought a maxi chiffon skirt from GLM Fashion – no idea what possessed me to choose a maxi, and when it arrived i know the bottom half would have to go. I made a pretty slapdash attempt at hemming it shorter, and it honestly looks like a bit of a dog’s breakfast in the pictures, but it floats marvellously in person and you don’t notice the wonky hem when I’m walking.

It’s not bad quality for a cheapie item. It fits comfortably around the waist and isn’t frighteningly transparent. The waist isn’t a black strip of elastic, but a proper ruched waistband with the elastic inside. The blush colour is perfect ( I bought #2 “nude”, btw). I had to squirt the skirt liberally with Statique to stop it clinging to my legs but apart from that I can’t complain.


Meanwhile, on to the DIY component of today’s outfit…

If you’ve been to Japan you might find my necklace looks suspiciously familiar. It’s actually made of super-pretty 50-yen coins that I started stockpiling during my trip last year.

I got the idea after seeing this washer-and-ribbon project on Pinterest.

It was a quick and easy DIY after a few false starts (took me a while to get the threading correct so that the floral motif on the coins was always the side up). Surprisingly, it’s not an unbearably heavy necklace either, and I’ll never have to scramble for change in Tokyo again!