My “POP CULTURE” 21st

Since the dawning of time (and since I realised costume parties were my calling in life) I’ve been contemplating a great enough theme to have at my 21st. I’ve had/attended some great themes already; Harry Potter, Emo, Doppleganger, The Last Day on Earth, Circus, 80s, Black & White, Tarantino .

In all honesty, I just wanted a theme that was better than my family’s previous parties. Mel had a Bling Party where you wore a nice dress and covered yourself in jewellery whereas Kylie did a 21 Countries theme. On her invite there were 21 different countries and you had to choose one to dress as. I went as an Afrian Slave bought by the Romans and forced into being a Gladiator. I had to tell this back story to most all of the guests but I wanted to be historically accurate. Mum had a Casino themed 50th with actual Casino tables and people tending them while Dad held a crazy hat theme at Tharen’s in King Cross.

I wanted something that allowed me to go as something fun, easy to dance in but that was relatively sexy but not skanky. That was the criteria.

As you know, back in January I bought two Wheels and Dollbaby dresses – The Classic Corset Dress in Leopard & Black Satin Suppa Club Dress. I went in only to buy the plain black one, but after trying on the leopard print one I fell in love with it. The price tag wasn’t as lovely so I needed an excuse to buy it. “I’ll just wear it as my 21st dress! I can go as Amy Winehouse!”. Boom. Sold. Amy Winehouse it was. It was a sexy dress, I could dance in it and it would be ironic if I was drunk because I’d actually be channelling Amy. “Rehab” would be played and everyone would circle me and all have a laugh.

4 months later I decided the theme is “Iconic Celebrities/Characters” and I told a few close friends my Amy idea. Errbody loved it and I started researching wigs (because let’s be honest, the wig was going to make or break that costume). One day I was telling another friend about my costume and who my other friends were thinking of going as. Now, here’s where I start feeling guilty as I type this… I told my bestfriend Jo that my friend Kasia was going as Katy Perry. Jo then goes “But you love Katy Perry! Why wouldn’t you go as Katy?! Don’t you want to be her?!” and at first I replied “Nah nah it’s all good. Seriously the Winehouse costume will be awesome.” Then, for the whole day at work I was thinking about all the endless costume ideas and possibilities if I was going to be Katy Perry and it was as if I lost all interest in Wino. That night I was googling like a mofo pictures of Katy online where she looked perfect, glam and just generally what I would choose to look like if I was allowed to magically remodel my face. If I typed in Amy Winehouse there was a ratio of 1 nice looking photo to every 40 of her looking trashy and in a gutter somewhere.

Katy vs Amy

Yeah.. I think a combination of all that googling/the Katy Perry Teenage Dream album playing in the background made me love her even more than I already did. However, finding a costume was going to be my biggest issue. It was possible to buy “candy” looking ones on the internet from party shops but I just felt like i’d look like I was 5 at my 21st. I didn’t want to go as Katy with her long black hair or when she wore a light pink wig because I was afraid either no one one know who I was or that people would think I was Nicki Minaj (yuck). Whilst google imaging, I saw Katy in her 100 different cute latex dresses and I thought to myself – that’s perfect! No other celeb is known for these dresses and it’s a combination of cute, sexy and iconic!

Boy, was I delusion to think it would be that easy! I quickly found out that there really aren’t that many cute latex dresses in the universe. Latex is generally used and worn by the fetish community meaning when I typed in “latex dress” all I saw were really sexy women in tight revealing black or red dresses that don’t cover their asses or there was beautiful Katy posing in a pastel Gumball print dress smiling. Opposite universes I tell ya. I tried EVERY SINGLE TYPE OF SEARCH. cute+latex+dress, pretty+latex+dress, pink+latex, katy+perry+latex+dress+buy, katy+perry+latex+costume, candy+latex+skirt, pastel+latex.

If I did find a latex dress that was “cute”, it just.. wasn’t Katy Perry enough to spend $300+ on. Like, I found this website called Pandora Deluxe but it just wasn’t good enough. Here were a few options I was contemplating.

Pandora Deluxe

I liked the aqua & pink dress, but I felt like it needed a picture of a cupcake or lollypop on it to make it Katy Perry rather than pastel latex. Same dealio with the light blue hatler top & pink skirt. The most KP of them all was the “Bang!” dress.. but then again Katy is KNOWN for sugar, candy and rainbows and not necessarily onomatopoeia. 

I did find a dress on Etsy by a shop owner called Abigail Greydanus. I could choose whatever colours I wanted and they had a cute doughnut design on it. But at $395, I would have to *love* it before I bought it.

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I thought I’d send her a message asking her 100 questions about the dress before I bought it. I told her that I was contemplating going as Katy to my 21st and I needed to know shipping costs/expected shipping time, would my body type look okay in latex? how long would it take to make? etc etc.. and that if it was going to be too hard, I had a cool Winehouse outfit anyway.

She replied in no time and I was rolling around on the floor with sheer excitement when I read one of the sentences in the first paragraph.
” I’ve actually worked on Katy’s appliqued latex dresses so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the genuine article with this dress 🙂 “

EXCUSE ME. WHAT.
“If you have any other item you’d like to get appliqued onto a dress instead of donuts feel free to let me know what it is and I can send you the pricing information”. 
I sent her a photo of two of my favourite Katy latex dresses
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and she replied with
“Not a problem, I could do either of those design styles for you (I have the same applique patterns on hand and everything).”

I pretty much died straight on the spot right then and there. From that second, I had no interest what so ever about Amy Winehouse. All I wanted was to be a California Gurl, wear a blue wig and prance around with cupcakes.

My FAVOURITE one is the aqua with pink palm trees she wore during a performance once.KatyPalmTree
However, I just felt like it wasn’t “iconic” Katy enough. I chose this baby blue dress with fairy floss (or icecream!) in the end because it’s on her Sims expansion pack cover which I quite frequently play.
KatyPerrySweetTreats
The diet began on the 4th of April when I paid for the dress. I had exactly one month to lose any type of “comfortable relationship” fat I had on my body.  All the ladies who have had a boyfriend for 1 year & a half + know what I’m talking about. It’s when you’re not “overweight” but you’ve definitely put on a bit of weight since you were single and ready to mingle. I’m happy to report that whenever I did break my “healthy” diet regime that I gave $2 to whoever was eating with me as a punishment for giving in. I only had a McDonalds cheeseburger twice during this diet and that was because I was having huuuuuge mood swings at work because I wasn’t getting my junk food fix. Kinda like that Snickers AD but with McDonalds cheeseburgers.I did the Cardio Twister workout for half an hour roughly like 5 times in the last two weeks before the party. I advanced to the Rip & Ride workout pretty quickly.cardiotwister-cardiotwist
and I did try the Cabbage Soup Diet in the last week. It’s kinda a diet where you lose up to 5kg in 1 week (lol) because you eat limited food and they’re all vegetable type things. Long story short, I learnt how to cook soup from DivasCanCook on youtube and it actually was delicious but I need variety in my food. I couldn’t do it for 7 days – I lasted 3 and a half, then bought Lasanga.On the day of my party, Lauren from MAC Castle Towers did my makeup absolutely perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for anything better! Here’s a gorgeous photo of my eyes alongside my not so pretty slick back hair.Eye Makeup

aaaanyways, in the end I decided that instead of Iconic Celebrities/Characters that I’d make it Pop Culture instead. It had more of a ring to it and I remembered it from my friend Natasha’s 18th a few years ago. Here are a few of my favourite photos of the night;

BellaCupcakesSashBellaSash as Dr Who ❤MeKaylaChrissyEliciaDavid Bowie, Amy Winehouse & Minnie Mouse!GoldieLocksSallyGoldilocks & Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas
BellaLeaMe, shakin’ my thang
BeyonceSalvadoreRainbowFishBjork Beyonce (Single Ladies), Salvador Dali, The Rainbow Fish, BjorkVelmaGangsterAn American Gangster & Velma from ChicagobestieeeesEdie Sedgwick, Britney Spears from Circus, Scary Spice & Katy Perry (excuse the bra!)

SPECIAL MENTIONS:
Superman,  Olive Oil & Popeye, Finn & Jake from Adventure Time, Fry from Futurama, Lady Gaga, Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys, Wally, LMFAO, Morticia Addams… and especially to Jenna Pres who was “The Morning After”. Here she is with Cam as Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Jenna had the messy hair, men’s shirt and last night’s makeup on which is featured in almost all popular culture films- a costume I never thought of! My hat is off to you!

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It was an aaaamazing night. I was seriously on the DF the whole night and surprisingly wasn’t drunk until the last hour. My fondest memory of the night was when California Gurls was playing. I was in the middle of the dance floor, swishing my blue hair around and Snoop Dog/everyone went “Katy my lady” and I yelled “YEAH” (in time with Katy) – BECAUSE WE WERE ONE.

Maybe in Summer/when I have more money I’ll ask Abigail to make the Palm Tree dress!

Ok I’m too obssessed. I’ll stop writing now.

CYA AT THE NEXT DRESS UP EVENT

Cat Flats

Quite a few months ago I was scrolling through my dashboard on Tumblr and someone I followed had reblogged a picture of Taylor Swift wearing the cutest ballet flats in the universe (according to me).

taylor swiftI loved them instantly and googled “Taylor Swift Cat Flats” and found out they were by Charlotte Olympia and called Kitty Flats. They’re available to buy online here on her website but the price tag ain’t pretty. £465 is what they are asking for these bad boys which works out to be roughly AU$673.

It was one of those moments where I couldn’t justify spending money that I didn’t even have to begin with and I moved on with my life.

FLASHBACK TO YESTERDAY
Recently I’ve been living on roughly $10 a day because last week I spent $375 on new car tyres and $500 on my car rego. My lovely boyfriend Sash noticed that I had $0.26 in my bank account and gave me $150 to last 9 days. Most of it went to petrol, hiring a white floor length coat for my Cruella Deville costume and staff parking but I managed to have roughly $37ish left on Monday. I spent my lunchbreak with my pal Steph and I splurged on an $7.90 chicken schnitzel wrap because I could definitely survive Tues/Wed with about $29 to my name .
[NB: For those who don’t know, I get paid fortnightly on Thursdays].

With a whole five minutes remaining of our break I asked if we could venture into Rubi Shoes quickly just to browse. As soon as I entered the store the first pair of shoes that caught my eye were none other than almost an exact replica of the “Kitty Flats”. I almost fainted and whipped off my white ballet flats and agonised over what size to get. I had only 4 minutes left of my break and I needed to buy them at that moment or else I would surely die.
I briskly walked up to the counter and poured out every single coin and note in my wallet. It totalled to $29.00 and the shoes of course cost $29.95. Instantly I regretted choosing an expensive, healthy wrap over the McDonalds loose change menu. I was standing at the register, counting and recounting the money hoping an extra 95 cents would appear magically but nothing happened.

Feverishly checking my phone I had 2 minutes left until I had to go back to my counter in Myers and it struck me – I simply asked the most commonly asked retail question “Is there a minimum on eftpos?”. The sales assistant then spoke the word that made my heart sing “Nope”.  Obviously with my $0.26 bank balance it couldn’t be me to save the day but Steph rose to the both the challenge and the counter and paid the remaining 95c.

Practically skipping into Myer with joy, I immediately took off my white old flats and slipped into my new cat flats.I’m pretty sure I actually went to every staff member and meowed at them with my feet – including Louis on Level 2 in Electrical. I *completely* forget that how I needed $5 to pay for Westfield Staff Parking but fortunately Louis lended it to me. He understood my need for cat flats and how much joy it gave me.

Here is a photo I took on my phone at work yesterday;
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You can purchase these cheap replicas called the Mimi Slipper here on Rubi’s online shop.

Sidenote, I’ve googled once again “Taylor Swift Cat Flats” and found these two photos of her. If ANYONE sees cheaper replicas then help a sister out because I am already imaging the outfits I would put together if I had nude cat heels.
Taylor Swift Nude Cat Heel Taylor Swift WhiteCat Flat
and please excuse me while I pine for these ones too.. way too high for me but still the design is gorgeous.
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Well. There you have it. My incredibly long winded and detailed story of yesterday’s lunch break. I’m sure it could have been summed up by saying “I found cat flats but didn’t have enough money to buy them so my friends helped me out” but then that wouldn’t have been very like me, would it?

Christmas 2012!

Hello and Happy (super belated) New Year and hope you had a (even more belated) Merry Christmas!

This year the whole Santa thing kind of went like this – I’d buy myself a present worth $50 or under and tell my family they bought me something. It’s then wrapped up and I act surprised when it’s Christmas day. This way they don’t need to worry about if I’m going to like it and I don’t need to secretly return it –  everyone wins.

Anywho, I’ll begin with my Christmas Day Dress – made by my lovely friend Krystle from a dress pattern in a 1957 copy of Woman’s Weekly. She made it in 2 days (for my work Christmas Party) and it seriously fits me like a glove. I chose the fabric and the buttons from a little fabric store in Hornsby and all up it cost about $40 to make.

Bella at the tree

Dress CLOSE

Now, onto the presents that I bought myself Santa gave me.
– 2 pairs of high waisted capri pants by Revival in Dangerfield

checkered togetherThe ‘County Fair Capri’ in Blue – click here to buy online

leopard togetherThe ‘Trailor Park’ Capri – click here to buy online

– a new daily planner by Kikki-K  (It came with stickers! STICKERS I TELL YOU!)

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The ‘Sweet’ A5 Weekly Diary – click here to buy online

– A versatile black bag that’s big enough for my daily planner, pens, makeup,
30 Rock dvds, car keys, donuts, bottle of water etc

kayleebagThe “Kaylee Bag” by Review – click here to buy online

– a new nightie

Remember back in May when I posted about how much I loved Prada’s pastel retro Americana themed season but how it cost heeeeaps of money?
Well, a chain store finally copied them! Peter Alexander released a vintage car themed pastel collection a month or two ago but I didn’t reeeally need to spent $80 on pajamas. It turns out that  Best and Less (an even lower chain store) has copied Peter Alexander and brought out this nightie! My mum surprised me with this one on Christmas Day. Apparently it only cost something like $15!
Car NightieCar Print Close Up
(here’s a photo from the Prada range below just in case you forgot)
Prada Car Print

I received a few other gifts here and there but my favourite one was a sapphire ring from my lovely boyfriend Saca 😀

sapphire ring

Here is a photo of us on Christmas Day!

Saca and Bella Christmas
Until my next purchase/event,

Bella!

My Glomesh Obsession..

Alright, alright! You’ve got me. I admit it. I’m officially obsessed with collecting Glomesh handbags.

I can’t even remember when it all began but suddenly I own 9 of them.

and what’s this? a box from the 60s??

and what’s that inside? A mint condition glomesh bag from the 60s in it’s original packaging for only $36??!!

 

 

 

 

 

There is one more bag (that isn’t Glomesh!) that I own that I feel derserves a mention only because of it’s excellent quality. It’s another bag from the 60s and it’s in absolute perfect condition. It is made with English leather and even has leather lining on the inside. My mum found it in Camden!

I used it the other week when I went out for lunch with my best friend Matt.
Here’s a quick photo I took on my PhotoBooth!

Cape: Revival in Dangerfield (for $10)
Top: SES (for $3)
Skirt: Dotti (for $10)
Boots: from a random brand but bought them in Myer around 4 years ago

There *is* one more purchase I want to post about. I walk past Nine West almost 5 times a day when I’m at work in Hornsby and there has been this one particular style of heel in three colours that I just simply had to have. At first I was deciding between the pink or the green version but ultimately I went with the nude/yellow.

The full price for these bad boys is $139.95 but I managed to know that there was a secret 25% off regular priced items sale that was ending that day. I ended up scoring them for $105. It’s a bit pricey but they’re leather and beautiful and will last me a few years if I don’t have too many drunken nights where I fall down stairs.
Ahhh don’t they just look so pretty on their pedestool?

I think so too.

A Purrfect Match

After the Fifties Frocks photoshoot back on May 27th, Stella (the photographer) and Tara (the make up artist) and I went and had lunch at Market City. After eating a giant kebab and looking at a few shops I had to pop into Dangerfield. As I stated in one of my previous posts, I’m  wanting to head down the Rockabilly/Femme Fatale route of vintage and retro fashion. One of my fashion idols is the beautiful Micheline Pitt of Deadly Dames. I’ve noticed her love of tiger and leopard print and I’ve been keeping an eye out for any pieces similar to her range.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I managed to find a tight red and black Leopard print off the shoulder top by Revival for $30. You can still buy this “Hungry Heart” top (but in tan) online at Dangerfield’s website.

 FAST FORWARD TO THIS THURSDAY!
I had a bit of time to kill before I went to college so I popped into David Jones in Hornsby to check out their sales. I found a pair of Guess heels with the EXACT leopard print fabric of the Revival top on sale for $50. Unfortunately I couldn’t fit my 8 1/2 size foot into the size 5 heel but I asked if there were any of my size available in another store. I didn’t really care where I’d have to drive because how often do you find heels that match a top that aren’t even the same brand??!!
Apparently there was only one size 8 1/2 left in Australia and it was in Bondi Junction. Two marvellous things happened: Firstly, they fit- I didn’t drive an hour to be extremely dissapointed. Secondly, when they scanned up at the register they were TWENTY DOLLARS rather than $159.

 Last night was my friend Tess’s 20th birthday part-ay. I decided it was the perfect time to debut these matching items. I originally planned to wear it with my black Review skirt with the split up the side with some backseam stockings but it was far too cold. Here’s a photo of my outfit taken by the lovely Krystal!
Top: ‘Hungry Heart’ top by Revival from Dangerfield
Jeans: JayJays
Belt: Myer
Heels: Guess

I hope you find excellent stocktake sales like I have 🙂

-Bella

‘Fifties Frocks’ Photoshoot

A few weeks ago my friend Stella from Stella Thai Photography asked me if I wanted be the hairstylist for an upcoming retro styled photoshoot for Fifties Frocks. I declined as I only know how to do Victory Rolls on myself and am terrible on styling other people’s hair! Instead I asked if I could tag along to film a little behind the scenes video. I thought that considering I’m in my final year in a Bachelor of Film and TV that I should be able to have some type of camera skillzz and that the photoshoot could be a stress free opportunity to practise them.

Here’s a few of my favourite photos taken by Stella!
  (It was my idea to tie up Terri-Jane.
I thought it might be cool to have a Bettie Page-esque photo!)

You can check out the rest of the photos from the photoshoot on Stella’s FB page.

As for my video: Please please please bear in mind that I truly am not a camera operator! I know that there are a few shots that are out of focus and maybe the editing isn’t fantastic but like the title of video it was ‘just for fun’! No one asked me to do it and it was purely practice!

Phew! Now that’s off my chest.. you can check out the Behind the Scenes little video I made below!
(Make sure you watch it in HD!!!)

Here’s a photo that I took of Claire Westwood (the designer of Fifties Frocks) and the girls and then one by Stella of the girls and I.

Hope you enjoyed the photos by Stella and my mini video 🙂

If I was a rich girl…

I’m not really one to buy or read fashion magazines because there is very little that I actually like inside them but this afternoon I found the April edition of Harper’s Bazaar on my lounge room table and decided to have a geez.

The second page had this double spread by Louis Vuitton where I found myself suddenly pining over pastels.
The next two pages were these two photos from the 2012 Spring/Summer Collection from Prada.

It’s quite clear that high couture is having a little love affair for 1950s Americana.

In a nutshell – I AM OBSESSED. I went online instantly- I just had to know where I could get that yellow tote bag or cartoon car print jacket and how much of a hole it would make in my bank account. I was sure that the car print would be made into a dress or a skirt that I could lust over.

I really recommend looking at Prada’s Look Book and at their Print Campaign for pictures from that stunning photoshoot above.

It turns out the tote bag is $2,950. I went looking around to see where I could hypothetically buy these adorable items and I saw that there was a Prada E-store online (not for Australia though- how unthoughtful!) but there wasn’t an option to buy women’s clothing or to buy those flaming heels. I decided to make it my very own mission to find out how much the cartoon car print collection and flaming heels were and where I could buy them online considering that they weren’t available on the Prada e-store.

I googled everything imaginable: “how to buy prada s/s 2012 car shoe”, “buy prada 2012 car dress”, “buy prada 2012 flame dress” and there was hardly anything! A thousand and one photos in Google Images were showing me exactly what I was looking for but when I’d click them it would just be a random fashion blog reviewing them and saying how cool they were. I liked these “Tailpipe Pumps” but the only place that I managed to find a similar style was on an online designer store called Bergdorf Goodman.

They are selling a similar Prada tailpipe pump for $820 here.

and these Jewel Toe Flame Sandals here for $1450.

As for the retro car print  I am yet to find a place that I can buy a decent range from the Prada collection. However, I found an article by Chic & Cheerful where they compare Prada and super cheap London based brand Primark here.

I can’t believe they’re selling that skirt for only 12 pounds! I don’t know how much the real Prada dress is but considering a pair of heels from that collection was a whopping $1,450 I can guess it would be another over a grand (minimum!)

I did manage to find only one item of clothing from this Spring/Summer collection and that was at Rafaello Network.

Rafaello Network are selling this blouse for $780 here.

What I find strange is that this collection debuted at the Milan Fashion Week in late September 2011 and it’s only really being marketed now in April 2012. What’s the go? Or has everyone already known about this but because I don’t pay attention to high couture I just didn’t see it until now? Let me know in the comments! Is this the first time you’re seeing this collection?

Whilst on my hunt, I came across this skirt from the collection that I didn’t even see!

 Click here for a really thin fashion blogger (and I’m guessing model) called Sandra.

I’ve spent roughly 2 hours now trying to figure out where to buy this collection and I suppose that even if I was a rich girl that it’s simply too hard to find them and buy them anyway!

I guess I’m just going to lust over these bad boys and end up waiting until the pattern is copied and sold by Target like it was done in London with Primark. I suppose that’s just how it works in the fashion industry…