day one


SES top / thrifted vintage skirt / ASOS belt / Zara sandals


Here's a super casual and comfortable outfit for a hot and muggy first day back at uni. And cheap; let me calculate!

The top is from SES (known for dirt cheap basics in every color imaginable), and I got it on sale for $4. The skirt was $5 from Vinnies -- originally an awkward '80s calf-length which I hemmed into a mini. The belt was a freebie that came with a skirt. And the sandals were a bargain at $10 from one of those members only shopping sites. Not bad for $20. :)



(Nail polish: China Glaze 'High Hopes')

Uni today was pretty good, except for the whole 9am lecture thing. Just the whole idea of being awake and/or alert that early in the morning is still a little bit foreign to me, having gotten used to three months straight of waking up at 10, then spending the rest of the day lounging. Even though it was amazing not having any real priorities for so long, I feel good about being productive again. Seriously, bring on the essays!!!! (I'll regret saying this. Hahaha...)


red pleated skirt


Valleygirl top / ASOS skirt & belt / Zara flats / Alphabet Bags tote


I've been collecting fitted tees like a madman lately, but I suppose that's the natural next step after having amassed a drawerful of tank tops in every color. What can I say? I'm a fan of dressing comfortably without looking it (i.e. the dreaded sweats, haha).



rosy


Temt top / handmade skirt / ASOS sunglasses & belt / Wittner sandals


Well, I didn't do anything blindingly brilliant enough to warrant a photodiary account of the day, but I did get out of the house at least, and this is what I wore.

These days I can't be bothered to put much more effort into getting dressed other than throwing on a tank top or tee with a cotton skirt that more or less doesn't clash. Summertime laziness/monotony/humidity tends to do that to a person...




In other (equally mundane) news, I'm about to start my final year of uni. *gasp* I always figured I'd have my future sorted by now, or at least have some idea of what I want to do with it...but for the time being, I'm drawing a blank. I know I'd like to do something with international politics/security/diplomacy, but turning some nebulous ideal into a potential career seems like an impossible leap. I've still got a year, so I'm (desperately) hoping that I'll have a better grasp of my future by then... for now though, I'll survive by coasting...


new shoes

Here are a few pairs of shoes I bought with some of my birthday money recently that I haven't had a chance yet to wear on the blog. I have so many colorful shoes now that my shoe shelf pretty much looks like a candy store. It's a nice sight to wake up to. :)



Zara



Nine West




ASOS



Topshop

pastel dreams


Valleygirl top / handmade skirt / Topshop belt / Zara flats




catching the blues

Last week, I went over to Cassie's house to dye her hair. She'd been wanting teal tips for pretty much as long as I've known her, so we finally decided to do it!

Here's what her hair looked like halfway through the bleaching process. I'd originally covered it with a bag to conserve the heat and help it develop better, but it fell off during a playful scuffle with her dogs.



Oh my goodness, they're absolutely adorable and infinitely cuddly!



(My hair is in a perfect bun. It was a fluke and I haven't been able to replicate it since!)



After washing out the bleach and letting it air dry...it looks awesome and ombre'd!



I stayed over for the night, and we passed the time watching Sherlock. Love love love love love this show!



Outfit photos from the next day! These photos look nice and bright, but it was actually steadily drizzling the entire time we were out there.


Modcloth top / American Apparel skirt / Topshop sandals


I've been wearing all of my American Apparel skirts! I've fallen back in love with them after rediscovering them recently in the back of my wardrobe. There's something quite special about a forgiving elastic waistband...



Sandals...not so appropriate for yuck rainy weather. But they match the bricks, so...yay?



Photos by Cassie

The reveal...



It's absolutely beautiful! It actually turned out a little bit greener than we'd expected, but I think it still looks brilliant. And there's something a little bit awkward about having exactly matching blue hair with someone else...haha.





Jump shot! Always a necessity when the goal is killing time. :)



Some shots at the train station. We ended up waiting half an hour because someone *cough* is a poor planner...haha.

Cassie is adorable!


summer in the city


thrifted H&M top / American Apparel skirt / Keds shoes


These are the black clothes I own: two cardigans, a shirt, and this skirt. So today, I'm essentially wearing 25% of the black in my wardrobe.


Photos by Angie

We went to Max Brenner again! Basically the most delicious chocolate cafe...other than Guylian, of course. :D




A nail polish that Angie got me for my birthday. It's "Divine Swine" from the OPI Muppets collection. My obsession for glittery nail polish is still going strong!



This is pretty much the only way we can get all three of us in a picture together. We're at The Gap.



My gorgeous friend Angie! Here she is being my model while I get the camera settings right for outfit photos.



There were too many people at Pitt Street Mall so we went over to Hyde Park, which is one of our favorite places for sitting around doing nothing.





Oli at St. James station. We like to pretend that this is a work of modern art entitled, "The Loneliness of Existence." The fluorescent lighting = the artificiality of life. The missing tiles on the wall = the futility of seeking perfection. The neverending tunnel = the ultimate pointlessness of our goals. I guess? I just made that up...haha. As long as you have some pseudo-deep and intellectual explanation, you can turn anything into a work of art. The only reason we decided to do this photo was because nobody else was there...no other explanation.



We always end up coming to the Opera House! Oli being a tourist in front of the Harbour Bridge.



Oli's photography skills have improved in leaps and bounds! Here's my favorite photo that he took today; my legs look miles long! :D



On the way home, the most annoying song ever came up on shuffle. I like Coldplay, but that song just grates. It may have something to do with the endless repetition of "para-para-paradise." Urghghghg.

Oh, and my phone is awesome, if I do say so myself...!