full of frills

Temt dress (worn as top) / Blaque Label skirt / ASOS shoes

I'm back! And I'm officially on holidays until February! I've finished my second year of uni, and it's so strange to think that next year will be the last one before I graduate. It's honestly gone by so quickly; uni is what I'd worked towards for thirteen years, and the thought of 'but what comes after?' had never entered my mind. The idea of not having a concrete goal to strive for is unbelievably terrifying....

Taking a break from the blog was surprisingly good for me; it really helped me put my priorities straight, and it taught me that not updating 4-5 times a week isn't the end of the world. I was the blogger who was all caught up in page views and reader stats, but during little my hiatus, I didn't check any of them once. It was so freeing!

Most of all, it made me realize that it's okay if I don't feel like taking outfit photos everyday, and fewer page views as a result of that doesn't make me less of a person. If I blog because I love it, then page views shouldn't even enter the equation.

So, from now on, I might be updating a little less frequently than before...because you know what? Living is a lot more fun than forcing myself to blog. :)

Photos by Angie & Cassie


Abercrombie & Fitch top / Topshop skirt / thrifted Wittner sandals / Miss Shop belt / ASOS sunglasses

I've been gone for ages! This was my most recent outfit, but I have about two weeks' worth of photos which I'll get to eventually; studying has stolen all my blogging spirit lately...

Classes are over, and all I have left are three finals before the end of the year! It's hard to believe that it's already November, and is it just me, or has 2011 really flown by? In January, I'll be 20 years old (!!!!). Anyway, I'll stop talking about that now so I can continue being in denial... ;D

I got this tank top at an outdoor market in Beijing, so it's most likely fake, but I've got such a weakness for brightly-colored basics! Especially when they're cheap, and for $5 each, I ended up with a few.

Simple outfits have been my uniform lately, and as it's really beginning to feel like summer, I haven't been bothered to be overly fussy with what I wear. Sydney summers can be incredibly hot and humid, so it's not the best 'dress-up' environment -- what's the point if everyone become a stinking, sweaty mess by 10 am? ;D

Photos by Cassie

pb + c

Duck Head Jeans Co. top / ASOS skirt / Valleygirl belt / Zara shoes

Just a quick post for the moment; I've got so much on my plate at the moment, and final exams are drawing ever so close! I don't think I've ever felt this unprepared in my life! Uni is currently taking precedence over the blog, so it'll be slow going for the next few weeks, but once the holidays are here, I hope to much better at posting! :)

Here's another simple outfit, but I really like it because it reminds me of chocolate and peanut butter...and I've been craving it ever since! Anything to take my mind off my studies...


thrifted Jay Jays top / handmade skirt / Valleygirl belt / Keds shoes

Terrible blogger's back...I'm so sorry! Uni work is once again getting in the way of my hobbies: I have two French tests this week, and a philosophy essay due Friday. I'm being kind of terrible and updating from my global politics tute, but we're discussing US corruption in the Middle East (my favorite topic!), so I've been contributing. :)

I've noticed that I've been dressing a little more simply lately. Only two colors? How lazy! ;)

SONG OF THE MOMENT | Blue October - 'The Feel Again (Stay)'

And I see the sun go up as your image
And I feel the weight of your eyes as you stare
I feel it all when you, when you thirst, when you kissed my lips
You used to make me feel at home, you made me feel at home, you made me feel again

Listening to a Blue October album is never less than an emotionally-draining experience. Every song, whether uplifting or despondent, manages to express through words and music every feeling I've ever felt, in a completely heartfelt and genuine way. There's no cheese, no beating around the bush; everything is raw and real and simply cuts to the core.

Their latest album is a story of divorce, custody battles, love and loathing, coping, and finally moving on from something that at one point meant everything. There was a rock in my throat the first time I listened to it, and it affected me like no other album ever had. Though I've never been through a divorce, Justin's voice makes me feel his experience. He conveys happiness, anger, loss, despair, and hope so well...and you can almost hear his heartbreak because sometimes it literally sounds like he's on the edge of a breakdown.

Blue October is my favorite band, and this song is something special.

Photos by Stephen