Shoes, glorious shoes!

When thinking about 2013, I realise that it was the year of really good shoe choices. I’m normally really boring and wear the same sandals from Wittner that I bought in red and in black 3 years ago over and over but I’ve actually ventured out of the boring Bella box.

With that in mind, I thought I’d write a little piece on the top 5 shoes I bought throughout 2013 to help make my outfits complete (Note: they’re in no particular order!)

Rachel Antonoff X Bass –  “Yearbook” Oxfords


I actually found these cute-as-pie oxfords by accident because I was looking for a pair of black and white ones on ModCloth (as I had seen a pair there on a previous visit). The shoe brand is Bass but they did a collaboration with designer Rachel Antonoff and these pretties are the result! They’re made out of leather, are very comfortable and have in cursive writing some girl’s names all over them. I call them the YearBook Shoes because I think that’s what ModCloth dubbed them! Unfortunately ModCloth has sold out of these bad boys, but Nasty Gal has limited sizes still available! Below is a mini collage of all the shoes I’m lusting after from the collection – the ones that really catch my eye are the top right (all white sheer with love hearts) and bottom middle (black and gold sheer with love hearts).

Rachel X Bass

Here are two photos I had posted on my Instagram account from December. Talk about being matchy matchy!


So I bought these Yearbook Shoes for myself as a Christmas present to myself (one of many..) but I *did* still need the black and white pair – which leads me to the second shoes I’ll be talking about.

Bass – ‘Elaina Saddle’ in White/Black

Elaina Saddle Shoe

My parents hadn’t bought me anything yet for Christmas and asked if there was anything I wanted so I told showed them the shoes and it was easy as pie! You can buy them online at ModCloth OR at the Bass website.

I honestly recommend them – they’re very true to size, easy to clean and comfortable after your 3rd wear. I think they really tie an outfit together if you’re going for the real 1950s diner vibe.


Saddle shoes (or oxfords, whatever you want to call them) kind of push your already retro looking outfit over the edge and really say “I am wearing this look on purpose”.
Wittner – Mint Wedges


Not sure if you can tell, but mint is probably my favourite colour to wear other than red. It’s so fresh, fun and can you imagine just wearing hot pink lipstick and matching it with a hot pink cardigan, belt and bag?!

Well, I can. Different shoes though – (Yes, more mint, I know.. “Bella, get over mint shoes!”)
I really scored these mint wedges at a bargain. Originally priced at $159.95, I managed to find them at $39.95!

Miz Mooz – ‘Waltz’ in Red


Now these shoes are just divine and I bought them by accident. No really! I wasn’t planning on buying shoes! I was out to lunch with two friends in Newtown and I was wearing my new white platforms thinking I was really trendy. Long story short, while I was walking to the “meeting place” my cheapo platforms broke and I was pretty much walking with a limp so that my shoe would stay on. My friends beared with me while I tried on a variety of shoes from different stores up and down King Street and I was about to settle for a pair of rubber $10 thongs from the Chemist when I found Elise Design. It’s a boutique on King Street and it has aaaamazing shoes and dresses in there. Some of them are a little too-quirky-not-quite-retro for me, but I discovered Miz Mooz and fell in love. They’ve kind of got a 30s/40s vibe to them (I think?!) and I don’t actually have a pair of red heels – shocking, I know.

I wear these low heels to work because they’re high enough to do make my legs look nicer, but aren’t as low as kitten heels. My next purchase is going to one of these! I love the bottom row right (Black) and the middle row right (Red/Brown)! Eugh! They’re too perfect!

You can’t buy Miz Mooz online from their website, but you can look at the entire collection.
If you’re interested in shopping online, head over to Elise Design’s website.

Mel Shoes – ‘Apple Ribbon Bow’ in Pink


I’ve always been curious about plastic shoes. Jellies are really in fashion at the moment and the last time I remember wearing those was when I was about 5 years old and I can’t remember what wearing them were like. Were they comfortable? What if I get sweaty feet? Am I going to slip and slide? Can my feet breathe? Gah!

But this design was too cute to resist. My manager Jess at work has a pair in nude and she swears by them so I thought that I’d give them a go. In the second half of 2013 I became slowly slowly more obsessed with everything matching everything. I’d been beginning to put down the ‘Ruby Woo’ red lipstick by Mac and picking up my ‘Bimbo’ hot pink lipstick by Chi Chi a LOT more – as seen in the photo earlier, I have a hot pink bag, belt and cardigan but I didn’t have shoes (#firstworldproblems). So my sister Kylie bought me these for Christmas! Yay! I can be even more matchy matchy!

Now, I know that I said Top 5 shoe purchases… but I can’t resist posting this photo of the heels I wore to my 21st. I didn’t think to take a close up of them and put it in the blog entry on my 21st. So here it is! Better late than never!


Well that’s it for this entry! Hope you liked it!

New Blog!

Hello everyone!

I truly must apologise on my lack of updates these days. I find it just so much easier to just post a photo on Instagram and then that’s it! But I do want to get back into the swing of things because there are a few things I bought throughout 2013 that never were showcased to the world. However, I haven’t been the richest gal around town so most of them aren’t actually vintage they’re just reproduction styles (soz).

In other updates, I’m currently learning how to sew! I think I mentioned previously that I did a little 8 week course and learnt how to make a gathered skirt – but I’m moving up in the world and tackling dresses now. Also, I’ve been accepted into the Design Centre in Enmore to study things like costume, prop and set design this year! Woo hoo!

In anticipation of all the great (hopefully) things I’ll be making I’ve created a blog that is dedicated to costumes, props etc. I’ve moved my post about my Cruella DeVille, Supanova and  ‘Expectations Vs Reality’ pictures over to that blog too as they didn’t really belong on a blog about my “wardrobe” as such.

Any posts now made on this blog will simply be about vintage and reproduction fashion and other related tid bits!

The website is

Miss Pinup Australia 2013!

Remember in March how I posted about that awkward moment when I got all dolled up with my mum and went to the Grand Finals of the Miss Pin Up Australia competition without a ticket? and how I said if I was confident enough next year that I’d enter?

Well…. I entered last night with 17 minutes to spare until the deadline! Phew!

I entered these two photos taken by Benjamin Fraser back in March

and then this one I took (actually, also in March). Wow, March was the time to take photos, huh?

To vote for me in the Miss Perfect Pinup category in the Miss Pinup Australia 2013 competition

  Click here!

It takes two minutes! Just your name and your email address 😉

Please vote for me 🙂

Birkenhead Point (Part 2)

So a few days ago I went to Birkenhead Point with my sister and mother and here is what I ended up buying;

– A bra and matching knickers from Oroton

Everything in the store is 70% off the original price! Therefore instead of paying $85.95 for the bra and $49.95 for the knickers I scored them for $25.78 and $14.99 respectively 🙂 !!

I moseyed into Alannah Hill’s store and since I don’t really have too much cash to throw around I diverted my attention to the accessories section only. I managed to find these ‘Soft Rainy Day Knee-Hi’ socks for $5 (down from $29) and I was given a free garter!

Now.. I don’t quite know how to wear them.

I don’t know. I don’t think I’ll be wearing those garters any time soon. I think they look extremely silly.



I now have magenta hair!!!!!!!

A spontaneous decision! Ahh!! I was with my sister (who is conveniently a hairdresser) at the warehouse that sells hair dye about to buy a rich chocolate brown colour when I suggested that we go a crazy colour and then black eventually. After a heated phonecall with my Mum saying “no” but a “yes” from Dad the choice was made at ‘Raspberry Beret’ was the winner!

Dress: Vintage from Cream on King Street, Newtown.
(a Christmas present from Sash <3)

By the way,

I forgot to tell you how adorable Saca was when we went to see Love Never Dies the other month!

Just so you get the jist of what happened I’ll set the scene:
The show finished, lights went up and everyone was leaving the theatre and I was still bawling my eyes out.

Eventually we made it out to the foyer and I went to the bathroom to go re-do my entire makeup (considering I had just cried it all off) and when I came out Sash was at the Souvenir Counter buying something. He pulled out the the soundtrack and I didn’t think anything of it. Anyway, we’re walking to go and get a coffee and then he pulls out a charm bracelet from the show!

What a sneaky fellow and true romantic 😀

Cardigan: Review
Skirt: Op Shop in Rozelle
Charm Bracelet: Love Never Dies musical


Over the years I’ve had too many blogs that I can’t even be bothered to count. The only one I’ve stayed most faithful to is my Tumblr account where I reblog a variety of things from the 40s and 50s, a few funny internet memes and photos of the things I’ve worn out on the town. I’ve made a few friends there who share these same interests and to date I have 163 followers which I’m fairly proud of.

I have always been keen on the idea of having a blog dedicated just to the outfit posts, but because I’ve had a Dailybooth account (where you upload a photo of yourself everyday) since 2009, I kept putting the idea off. Looking at my Dailybooth account now I can see the two types of photos that I upload – either a magnificent frock because I’m going out with friends or a photo of me in my pajamas because I didn’t do anything that day. Ideally there would just be fantastic photos every single day but I’m not a celebrity who looks glamourous and does something extravagant everyday.

So I’ve decided to make this blog dedicated to just those times that I think I look extra pretty! I’ve been putting this blog off for too long.. But I suppose it is never too late to start, right?

I hope you enjoy the wonderful things I purchase and wear 🙂