May(de): Stars In Her Eyes

Top: Zara

Cardigan: Table 8

Jeans: Levi Curve

Boots: Duo Boots

Belt: City Chic

Dear oh dear, that’s two days in a row that I haven’t blogged. I’m so sorry – I’ve been badly under the weather – I took two days off work, and have more or less spent the entire weekend in bed, apart from a very welcome visit from my bridesmaid Bella on Saturday.

The sweet girl had surrendered her jacket to a friend, and was wandering the city in her t-shirt, bravely pretending that she wasn’t freezing to death. So we went to my favourite cheapie cardigan shop – Cocolatte – and bought her a cardigan, then came home and remixed some hearts onto the elbows with my still prolific quantities of wool roving.

I wore the one item I’ve been able to find that fits from UK powerhouse Zara; a star-print blouse.

Little-known fact about your blogger: I am obsessed with space.

When I was a little girl I wanted to be an astronomer (this was before I discovered how much maths was required) and I must have been the only child excited by the prospect of a world-ending comet; I was sure that the government had a Plan, and we’d end up in giant spaceships travelling the universe, a la Star Wars.

I’ve grown out of the “astronomer” stage now, but I still have a bit of a thing for stuff that reminds me of the night sky, which is probably why the moment I saw this amazing midnight sunstone necklace on etsy I knew I had to have it:

Necklace: Friedasophie

The necklace has the most beautiful sparkle (my photo really REALLY doesn’t do it justice) it looks like a big chunk of the night sky.

It’s another stretch for my “May(de)” criteria, but I’m running out of cold weather custom-made items! A few more days to go, but I’ve got at least one DIY project in the works, so sit tight!

A to Zara

Cardigan: Cocolatte

Top: Zara

Pants: Harris Scarfe

Shoes: Diana Ferrari

Necklace: Quick Brown Fox


If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks in Australia you might not be aware that Spanish fashion “giant” Zara opened their doors in Melbourne and Sydney a week or so ago.

It’s one of those labels – like TopShop – that always seem to pop up on straight-size fashion blogs, but because they don’t really go above a size fourteen I’ve never paid much notice. I would have had to be blind not to have noticed the hordes of shoppers that were queuing to be admitted even five days after the grand opening though.

On Friday I happened past the store, and though the barriers were still up the security guard at the front was just moving shoppers in, so I thought what the hell, and went in to take a sticky beak.

Inside it was basically bedlam, the wait for the changing room was prohibitive, and the size ranges on the shelves were somewhat limited.

The clothes are nice enough, and reasonably affordable. Not a lot was available in an XL, which I’d estimate to be about a 16, but I did manage to find something I wanted enough to buy.

This little polyester blouse is printed with a smattering of navy blue stars, and will be a nice piece for the warmer months. It’s one of those voluminous shapeless pieces that are designed to hang off skinny shoulders and skim underdeveloped bosoms which means that the XL – though tight across my hips – more or less fits.

I like it teamed with a bright yellow cardi, and the sunny plastic necklace that I impulse bought from Quick Brown Fox a few days ago for $12.