31.1.12

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Red Alert

I agree with Mr Napoleon on this one - there's a shade of red to suit everyone.
Okay - maybe not sunburnt people.  Or Oompa Loompas.  So make that nearly everyone.

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Photos (top to bottom): Red bracelet from the markets, mum's pretty garden, sis' new hat, new asymmetrical hemmed dress from CR, two new belts (one vintage, one Portmans).


Tomorrow we'll be launching our February Colour of the Month (after last month's hiatus) which is a colour that we are both mad about.  Any guesses?  (Hint - it's not red).

xx S
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30.1.12

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Clinical Essentials - In the bag!

So...it's Monday. AGAIN! Why do Mondays come around seemingly more often than Fridays?!

Anyway... again this is not your usual what's-in-the-bag post.  S & I have discussed on many occasions how difficult it is to find a good bag with enough pockets and compartments to take to the hospital every day (whilst not breaking your back).

Behold - my current daily bag:
  
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Behold... the contents of said bag...

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Mind you, it's taken a year to work out what to bring and what not to.  It's also taken a year to work out that bringing a larger bag is not exactly practical at most times, especially when you don't have a locker or a safe place to put it!

So, to help S (who is obsessed with finding *the perfect* bag) & anyone else hunting for a clinical bag, we've taken some of the work out of the search for you.  Some may be more in the dream-bag price category, but others are definitely within our grasp!  We've also thrown in a few more colourful options, since black gets rather boring.



Clinical Bags
R3: J Crew Edie Shoulder Bag  -  See By Chloe Poya Tote  -  Fossil Sutter Crossbody  -  Mulberry Postman's Lock Bag


Any suggestions welcome for good, solid, small satchel-type bags are welcome!
Donations to the S-Wants-This-Bag fund are also very welcome.

xx S&T
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29.1.12

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Surf's Up

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Luxe sportwear seems to be another one of those strange (yet insanely cool) trends that's popped up this season.  Good thing I invested in some runners and a spanky new sports jacket (to be shown off later).  

Thanks to Josh GootCamilla & Marc and the rest of the gang who've jumped on the neoprene band-wagon, wetsuit-esque shapes have made their way into the hearts of bloggers all over the Australia; which is why I was so stoked when I found this top on sale at Zara in Shanghai!  It's also white - one of the colours I swore I'd wear more of this year.   

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Looking like something out of the grudge in that photo on the right according to Simon.
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The back of the neckline features a line of little gold buttons too!

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Zara top
Luka leggings
Longines wristwatch
Aläia heels

Obviously not a good daytime outfit given our 40-degree heatwave here in Perth, but will you be incorporating the wetsuit trend into your wardrobe this season?

xx T
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28.1.12

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Perth Vintage Sale

Nothing to do next Saturday in Perth? 
The come to White Elephant Secondhand and Vintage Sale hosted by our lovely fellow blogger Jessie & her friends.

"Prices range between $2 and $30 with most items under $10!!!  Dresses, skirts, blouses, jackets and coats, shorts, scarves, accessories, sunglasses, shoes, bags and jewellery will be on offer for next to nothing. Like last time, there will be special pieces including Doc Martens, Alannah Hill items and one of a kind vintage frocks."

Details  
Saturday 4 February
12pm - 2pm (but we recommend queuing early to get the best stuff)
Subiaco Community Centre, 203 Bagot Road Subiaco
Gold coin entry
Cash only

A selection of what's on offer:

RSVP to the Facebook event for giveaways and info in the lead up to sale day and see Jessie's blog The Velvet Bow for more photos and details. Also- if you see us there, say hi!


xx S

PS: If you haven't seen our tweets, check out PX's awesome Australia Day & fireworks pictures here.
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26.1.12

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Speedy DIY Silk Skirt

As I have mentioned about a million times before, silk is a slight obsession of mine.  Add to that I'm a material snob & compulsive op shopper... which brings me to today's DIY!

I picked up this (very ugly & dated) granny dress for $5 purely because the fabric was so beautiful, but without knowing what I'd do with it.

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How to?

A quick glance at the waist seam showed it was completely choppable, so I just chopped off the top very neatly and tidied up the edges. Fastest silk midi skirt creation ever.

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Happy Australia Day to everyone, Australian or not!

xx S
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24.1.12

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Green

Picked up these pants in Kuala Lumpur on sale at Zara.
Wool mix, invisible ankle-zippers and in my favourite colour green!  

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Worn with Basque singlet and Aläia heels


I'm hoping these babies will spruce up my clinical wardrobe.  Black tends to get a bit boring.

xx T
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23.1.12

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DIY Fringed Silk Singlet - Fringe Benefits Part 1

Fringes have been making their way around the fashion traps this past season - just peruse collections by Missoni, Sass & Bide, and more local talent like Poppy Lissiman for example.

Keep on scrolling down to check out another easy(ish) DIY project to try out!

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DIY Fringed Silk Singlet

What You'll Need:
Appropriate amount of silk to make a singlet (unless you want to take the quick way and just add the fringing to a pre-made singlet) - we used 1 metre of 1.2m width material to make 2 singlets
Sewing kit
Tracing paper and pencil
Chalk
Fringe trim

Step 1:
Get your pattern sorted!
We used another singlet and traced it to get our shape.  In hindsight, we probably should have not made it the same on the back, but we can tweak that the next time around.  You could buy a pattern or google around for one as well.

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Step 2:
Chalk it on (fabric markers or pencils run the risk of staining the delicate silk) then cut it out.

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Step 3:
Stitch up the neckline and arm holes (next time we'd use bias tape) then do up the side seams.
Steph & I hand-sewed the lot since my mum's crappy sewing machine will maul just about anything.

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Step 4:
Hem, then hand-stitch or machine on your fringing to the bottom of your singlet.  You can do two rows (see the singlet with the red trim) if the fringing is sparse to give it a fuller effect.

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Step 5:
Give your singlet a good iron, et voila!

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For shorter option, give your singlet a generous crop before stitching on the trim:

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S's top is worn with DIY skirt - posted here

Stay tuned for more fringed DIYs - I bought a heap of it on my trip to Malaysia, so everything will have a trim on it soon!

xx S&T

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22.1.12

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Seriously Pastel

I suppose it was only a matter of time until the (fashion) world got sick of bright colours... which explains the birth of pastel-blocking, if that's even the term! This editorial starring Magdalena Frackowiak is my favourite example of grown up pastels for cool weather.

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Images from FashionGoneRogue

Here are a few pink, green and neutral items I wouldn't mind adding to my pastel-drobe. (Hardeehar - good one S.) Especially that amazing blue Dion Lee jacket!!

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Sambag shift dress here
Acne angora jumper here & green shorts here
Dion Lee jacket here
3.1 Phillip Lim dress here


T & I are starting another (loooong) year of uni tomorrow, wish us luck!

xx S
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21.1.12

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Shady

As often happens, I go from having none of a certain item (e.g. playsuits)  to plenty in a short space of time.  Since I sat on my last sunglasses late last year (cheap ones from Bali), I had been seriously lacking in the eyewear department.

Since then, I've managed to collect 3 pairs - one "proper" and 2 super cheap - but all quite different shapes.

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Photography Pixelpx

Cat eye sunglasses - Ralph from Sunglass Hut
Wayfarers - from Salamanca markets (Hobart)
Large frames - Love Couture


xx S
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20.1.12

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New Year's Resolutions: Get Fit

I need to get fit.

Which is exactly why I bought these.

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2 and a half weeks of sitting on a bus, eating junk food every day did nothing for me in China, so I decided to bite the bullet and buy some running shoes whilst in Malaysia.  Lunarglide 3's for about $100 Aussie dollars?  A total steal!  (yup, shopping in Malaysia is CHEAP.)

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Hopefully the funky blue colour will get me motivated to go for a jog after I get home from uni this year - I'll definitely be needing it to de-stress.  (although S might argue that I'm not exactly a stress-head at all.)  Maybe I'll also achieve what we refer to as the "beach babe" body in time for next summer, seeing as I totally bypassed it this year.

Uni is starting for S & I on Monday- everyone says it's the hardest year of our course, so wish us luck as we battle through!

xx T
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19.1.12

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DIY Tassel Earrings

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Here's some tassel earrings we made yesterday during our crafternoon (more DIYs to show from that soon!).  I picked up a pack of tassels from a small shop in mum's hometown whilst we were in Malaysia, but I'm sure it'd be relatively easy to find similar ones here in Perth.

Geneva from A Pair & A Spare made similar ones ages ago which you can see here (click around her site to check out more in different colours!!).  In our reincarnation of her lovely DIY, I've used hooks instead of studs, and sewn on the tassel to make it a more permanent creation.  I personally like the studs more, but I already had some gold hooks and they still look okay!

What you'll need:

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Tassels - get longer ones like Geneva's to give a more dramatic effect!
Earring hooks
Needle and thread

Whilst keeping the knot to make the tassel secure, chop off the bit which you use to hang up the tassel.  Stitch it securely behind the body of the tassel-head, and sew on the earring hook as well.
You could put a spot of superglue onto the knot, just to make it extra secure if you like.

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Et voila!

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Team it with a day-time outfit to add a bit of colour, or wear it as a moustache.

xx T

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17.1.12

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Breezy Stroll

Yesterday PX & I went for snacks at Greens & Co and then a leisurely stroll around Lake Monger to try out his new (very heavy) camera. It was so so so windy and I spent the whole time holding my silk maxi skirt down or standing against the breeze to create "pants" or trying to get my hair out of my face for fear of looking like Cousin It!

Photography by PixelPX

Silk maxi skirt - thrifted
Leather leopard belt - stolen from mother
Black tshirt - Dotti
New sunglasses(!!) - Love Couture

xx S
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