stripes, pleather and other

No doubt about it. There’s a distinct whiff of Spring in the air, despite the fact that it’s August i.e. we’re not quite there yet (officially speaking).

I’ve got no plans to be anywhere today -well, not presently anyway- but I thought that if I did, I’d be in this ensemble which includes the top and heels I bought recently from J. Crew in New York (annoyingly, the heels don’t seem to be on the website any longer?). The pleather shorts are a few years old from ZARA; admittedly, they don’t get outings as much as they’d like (wink, wink, nudge, nudge!).

Another find from New York was Sephora‘s Outrageous Volume Mascara. My only regret is that I only bought one of these. When will I learn to bulk-buy? I guess there’s always the online option. So, too, NARS Toléde which is provides the ‘your lips but better’ effect. (Question: why are we still paying so much more for these products in Australia? The lippy is AUD39.00, but USD26.00. Even after you’ve accounted for FX, it’s still stupid.)

Speaking of which, I mentioned the headphones in a previous post recently. These, too, I purchased in the US because they’re about $100 more here in Australia. Aussie retailers, you’re not making it easy for me (nor I expect for anyone else) to keep shopping locally.

Chanel No. 19 Poudre, still rocking my fragrance world as any good classic should; a bit of gold by way of a chunky necklace; my white Witchery purse (also no longer on the site); and a squeeze of L’oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil to tame the weekend wilds.



Yes, I’m reading Tampa by Alissa Nutting and it’s as disconcerting as I expected. I guess it’s this generations’s Lolita.

American Apparel fold-over clutch. Cheap. Cheerful. Orange. I bought this piece at the AA store on Bleecker Street. I seem to be immune to AA in Australia, but each time I go to NYC, I end up there and I succumb to ‘stuff’. It’ll probably last two years max before the zip falls off or the seams give way, but that’s OK. That’s what fast fashion is all about.

Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator headphones in white. Cool as. Sounds good. And -this makes me giggle- they keep my ears warm these winter mornings. Win.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream. Is it more effective than any other moisturiser I’ve ever used? I don’t know. But I love the camphor in this product. The 33g tube is a handy size and has been living in my handbag lately.



These Sonja sunglasses by Tom Ford are a relatively new acquisition. They are in the large round retro style towards which I seem always to gravitate. And before you fret about what appear to be scratches on the lenses – don’t! The lenses simply needed a good wipe-down after a day out.

I generally tend to stay away from designer sunglasses, in fact, for the longest time, my go-to shades were a £10 pair from Topshop. Because I was prone to scratching, dropping, sitting on, and generally busting up my sunnies. But  now that I’m a reformed party animal (who no longer wears her sunglasses at night), I think I can cope with something for more than a tenner.

By the way, I know it’s winter here in the Southern Hemisphere, but I’m going to wear these as much as I can on sunny days, of which yesterday was one.

It was good, yesterday. Hope yours was, too.


Listening: My God Is The Sun by Queens of the Stone Age


Parcours d'H

Regular readers may remember the $500 bet earlier this year. The period of self-imposed abstinence is now long gone; it’s been about two months since I voluntarily got off the wagon – and pocketed the cash. However, it took me a while to decide what to spend my winnings on.

I could’ve purchased a bunch of things, but I wanted to acquire something classic, timeless, and which I knew I would keep for life. Something that would appeal to the me of now and the me of the future (hopefully, an old biddy of 77 years plus!)

Only one thing would fit the bill: something from Hermès.

I was gifted my first silk twill Hermès about 15 years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. I’ve got a few now, in various colours ranging from crimson to black, via orange, white, and pink. I’d been hankering after a yellow/gold number for a while. (I also have a pile of other more reasonably priced scarves which I wear just as often, if not more, than their more expensive counterparts – a few of them include these mentioned recently. Admittedly, I have only photographed a few.)

My new favourite, Parcour d’H, was purchased from the Broad Street store in New York, courtesy of the Bestie who holidayed there recently. He went to a number of stores because the four or five on my list were all out of stock – I think I’d hit the tail end of the season – but thankfully, he struck gold in the Financial District. (My list also included items in blue and green, which are lacking in my wardrobe, but this will do me for now.)

I know what you’re thinking: “Gee, scarves are old lady things aren’t they?” and probably, “Surely you could’ve spent $500* on something more/better than that!” What can I say? I am a not-so-secret old lady. Unlike me, this scarf will not age.

* It was actually USD410. In Australia, the scarves retail for AUD545.

Read: Every Scarf has a Story

Giggle: I think I know when my love of scarves began… I’m seated at the far right.


Listening: Lady Luck by Jamie Woon


in the pink(s)

The pinks to banish the blahs. Because I’ve been a bit under the weather this weekend. So I went for a walk and ended up spending a few hundred dollars on items of clothing I don’t need, including two in pink, because what the hell, you can never have too many pinks (or scarves… or items in silk). Even if you only wear them a few times a year. I like the colour, and yet I don’t, not normally. It calls for a certain sort of mood. Usually, under-the-weatherness. Hmmm…


goldieI realise that yesterday was the day for round-ups of the year that was. Something happened last year which meant that I have been a bit anti-reminscing these days. I only live for today and for the future. That, and gold/gold-toned accessories. I can’t believe I’d been existing sans gold for so long, I mean, we’re talking a couple of decades.

No matter. I’ve re-embraced the stuff with a passion and I was thrilled to find the chunky number above while I was on my way to a yum cha catch-up with friends yesterday morning. And better still, it was on sale for – wait for it – $9! Yes, you read that right, nine dollars. Whoever coined the phrase ‘cheap thrill’ knew what she was talking about. It was certainly cheap and I was thrilled to make it a part of my new year’s eve outfit last night.

Hope you all had a great time seeing in 2013! Wishing you a year of thrills, cheap  or otherwise!


I forgot to say that as I was leaving, my doorman said, “You’re looking glamorous!” I thanked him, and held back from filling him in on where I was headed to see in the new year – Redfern. Possibly the least glamorous of Sydney’s inner city areas. (My bestie and his partner live there.)


This is what happens when one ventures out sans iPhone or iPad over the lunch hour (what was I thinking?!)… One purchases a newspaper – how retro!

As for Iranian leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he looks like he’s wearing the new Adia Kibur silver bib necklace I bought recently. Sort of.


Well, now, you see: by day, I’m the straightest, second-most conform-iest^ person in the office. Jacket over knee-length dress sans cleavage. Just enough heel to say I’m here. Watch by Tag Heuer because it’s no nonsense. Silver non-bling by Tiffany & Co.

But in my own time, something different, sir, like this Domed Caged Ring by Low Luv x Erin Wasson. And leather shorts, boots, and the blackest mascara I can find (L’Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black – which, by the way, isn’t available in Australia; + it’s blacker than black / – it’s pretty clumpy).

I won’t wear it tonight, even though I’m going out on a school night to a gig – because it looks a little strange with the O.P.I. New York Red polish… but the weekend doth beckon… (I know it’s only Thursday, but four-day weeks serve the heighten the anticipation.)

^ Uh, yeah, I know that ain’t grammatical.


When exactly did I buy these Gorjana Bloom Stud earrings? Weeks ago, it feels like, and still I’m wearing them daily (well, Monday to Friday anyway). Simple, delicate, detailed yet not fussy. All I want is something easy for the day-to-day, to feel as though I’ve made an effort but not in a showy, shiny way. These fit the bill.

Oh, and the current issue of RUSSH magazine is pretty good.