spring willing

It's still winter in Australia but with this outfit I feel like I'm using bright pastel colors to try to unconsciously will spring into being. And the northern-hemisphere bloggers I read are excited for fall, and all I can think is, I will gladly take sticky summer off your hands!

Have you ever seen someone and gone, "That's a fashion blogger!"? There's something distinctive about a certain subset of bloggers, not just the way they look or dress, but also the way they hold themselves. I'm thinking the really popular Lookbook people, tall and willowy, who've got on five trends at once, as well as that unmistakeable air of smug disinterest. I saw a girl at uni wearing a shirt buttoned up to the neck, an oversized knobbly sweater, skintight skinny jeans, and black creepers. Her hair was ombre and middle-parted and she looked bored to death...and it occurred to me, that's every trendy blogger ever. And don't even get me started on twee bloggers...

I've been watching Breaking Bad like a fiend, and holy crap, that last episode! Spoiler alert as it goes without saying, but my god that has got to be the most pointless death of the entire series (other than Tuco accidentally beating his henchman to death, I guess). Mike was one of my favorite characters and I just keep thinking, he didn't deserve to go out like that! Even for a criminal, he exuded a certain aura of nobility and I maybe could've accepted his death a little better if it was a sacrifice for a grand plan or something -- you know, a noble death befitting an extraordinary man. But that's not the worst part; what makes his death truly tragic is that not only will Kaylee not see a penny of the money he worked so hard (and died) to earn for her, but her last memory of her grandfather will be his abandoning her at the park. It reminded me of Lydia pleading for Mike not to kill her and make her disappear: "I have to be found; my daughter can't think that I've abandoned her." There's some weird irony at work in the BB universe. I think it's just best to remember that in BB, the world doesn't owe you anything...you don't deserve something just because you're a 'good' or 'noble' person. You get things by taking them, and oftentimes from other people. Sometimes things/people go to shit and there's just nothing you can do about it; all I can say is, I'm ready for Walt's downfall. I want to see him lose everything.

In less spiteful fare, I'm loving The Menzingers at the moment. They've perfected the angsty punk-rock sound, and with a good generous dash of pop sensibilities, their songs are catchy as hell. They actually remind me quite a bit of Bayside, one of my favorite bands, which in my opinion is never a bad comparison. You'll carve your names into the Paupack Cliffs / Just read them when you get old enough to know / that happiness is just a moment.

Gates by The Menzingers on Grooveshark

Temt cardigan
ASOS top
Topshop pants
thrifted belt
Zara shoes


Dorothy Perkins shirt & shoes
Blaque Label skirt

rainforests & lighthouses

Nothing much going on with my life besides assignments (re: procrastinating), Breaking Bad (if this season gets any more amazing, I just don't think I could handle it), and rediscovering my love for eBay. I got this skirt on eBay for $8.50, brand new with tags! We'll just sort of ignore the fact that I had to get up at 4am to bid on it, because, you know, I'm not obsessive or anything...

I've been listening to a lot of Lanterns on the Lake recently. They remind me of rainforests and lighthouses. And I'm not trying to be bullshittily cryptic, let me explain! Rainforests: lush, dense, like you're being hugged from all sides by gorgeous green, and you can't see what's beyond the trees because there are just too many, but it feels comforting rather than frightening. Lighthouses: imagine being completely alone by the edge of the ocean at night, ice-cold waves lapping at your toes, eroding your foundations and threatening to consume you whole, but your light stays on for sailors...and it doesn't seem so dire when you've got hope on your side. Listen to these songs and tell me I make some sort of sense!

If I've Been Unkind by Lanterns On The Lake on Grooveshark Keep On Trying by Lanterns On The Lake on Grooveshark

Chicabooti cardigan
Temt top
Topshop skirt & shoes
Forever New tights

waning winter

I've been wearing a new lipstick lately, because as much as I adore my bright pink MAC shades, there's something nice about a natural pink lip. It's called 'dry rose' by Laura Mercier, and I got it on eBay for $1.50! I don't mean to brag, but freaking best bargain ever!

It's just going to be a short entry today -- uni work is starting to pile up, and I've already procrastinated too much....

thrifted Ladahk sweater
Topshop top, skirt, shoes

rolled-up sleeves

I have a habit of completely dismissing certain brands (Supre? Rubi Shoes? Yuck) and I know I probably shouldn't be so closed-minded about that sort of thing...and I've been working on it. I'd always turned my nose up at Hollister -- they've got that stench of eau de fratty douche about them and I just couldn't take it seriously. Several months ago, I caved in and bought this blue check shirt, and I'm so glad that I did. Apart from the obvious logo, it's pretty much perfect -- it's comfortable and versatile. I've worn it so many times and it's really made reconsider some of the other clothing brands I'd previously written off. I wouldn't go so far as to say that I'd want to be caught dead in Supre/Rubi Shoes, maybe someday... (but probably not, ha).

So tell me what keeps you up at night / Keeps you from closing your eyes / Keeps you alive

Music: I'm currently listening to "Ghosts" by Lydia, and their album Paint It Golden (stream it here) has been on constant repeat lately. After the band broke up in 2010, I sort of stopped keeping track of them, and so it was only the other week that I learned that not only did they get back together, but they'd released a new album a year ago. Where was I?! But yeah, Lydia is one of my absolute favorite bands (in the stratospheric top-5); they've perfected this ambient/multi-layered/orchestral indie rock sound that I adore...and the vocals are out of this world, you can practically hear the guy's heart breaking trying to get the words out. Paint It Golden might not surpass their magnum opus, 2008's Illuminate (stream), but it's a brilliant album in its own right, and I highly recommend it.

Temt cardigan
Hollister shirt
ASOS skirt
Barkins tights
thrifted ZU shoes

olives & cheese

I've just finished a pretty full-on eight-hour day at uni, so forgive me if I don't manage blow your mind with my wit and intellect like I usually do.

I'm into my third week of the semester, and I have to say, I really like all my classes. Which isn't the norm for me -- every semester, there's always one subject that I'm somewhat apathetic about; I'll do the minimum amount of work to get by, but mostly it's just a bludge. This time around, I'm doing two politics units (Europe & Islam, International Relations of the Middle East) and a philosophy unit (Action, Virtue, Character) just for fun.

I've definitely said it on the blog before, but the Middle East is my favorite region of the world to study. It's exceptionally daunting too, what with all the history and conflict (and ongoing politics); there's so much to learn about, especially when you're starting out with no prior knowledge, but it's a mountain that I'm climbing with glee.

I've been doing philosophy electives all through my degree because I've always found perverse pleasure in challenging everything that I know. It's like the more I learn, the less sure I am of my knowledge, beliefs, and values. I'm not going to lie -- it's absolutely frustrating to feel so unsure of everything I've been brought up to blindly accept. But I don't believe that blind acceptance is ever a good thing, so it feels good and productive to be able to question why we value certain things over others. Last week we had a discussion on whether or not promise-keeping was an inherently 'good' value. Today we were confronted with all sorts of moral dilemmas whose answers seemed obvious at first, but then we had our preconceived notions completely ripped apart by philosophy, leaving my brain weeping with indecision. I loved every second of it.

SES sweater
Polo Ralph Lauren top
ASOS skirt
Valleygirl belt
thrifted tights
Zara shoes

tampering with history

I've had this vintage skirt for a few years, and I stopped wearing it once I sort of grew out of loving the midi-length. So the other day, I went and hacked off six inches, and now it's a mini! I always feel sort of sketchy/guilty about messing with vintage clothes like that, as if I'm tampering with history...but now that it's shorter, I can definitely see myself wearing it a lot more often. And anything's better than letting a beautiful piece of clothing languish in the back of your closet.

A few old pictures of the before:

I also have another very similar skirt (worn in this post), so if I'm ever in the mood for midi again, I'll be prepared!

Temt cardigan
Poof Excellence top
vintage skirt
thrifted tights
Topshop shoes


I seem to have taken an unconscious sabbatical from colored tights -- three different colors is just about the limit for me nowadays. But it feels like a natural progression though, and I'm curious about how my style continues to evolve.

And here's a close-up of my hair today. I adore the bouffant-y '60s-style ponytail, but I'd never tried it myself because it always looked so complicated -- my mediocre hair skills could never stretch that far! But I had a bit of extra time on my hands this morning, and armed with an online tutorial...I did it. And it was easy! Now all of a sudden I'm inspired to find more new hair styles to try. :)

I'm currently listening to (the side-project-of-the-frontman-of-a-dear-old-favorite, Lydia)

Chicabooti cardigan
thrifted, vintage shirt
American Apparel skirt
ASOS shoes

golden spice

The nice thing about having to leave the house so early in the morning during winter is that my feet are often frozen to the point of numbness, and walking in not-so-comfortable heels feels like floating on clouds. And by the time my toes have thawed a little, my shoes are broken-in and it's like floating on clouds...but for real, this time.

Speaking of toes, here's a toe-tapping, super fun song I'm listening to right now...

Zara sweater
ASOS top, skirt, belt
thrifted ZU shoes