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

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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).

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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!”)
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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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

The Extremely Belated Great Gatsby Post

Okay.  I’ll start off with an apology. I’m really sorry that I haven’t been updating here much – because I’ve actually got quite a few things I want to write about. I’m yet to blog about my 21st present that I bought, new items in my wardrobe and the fact that I’ve started a sewing course – but one the one thing I’ve totally neglected was an Old Hat gathering where we all went to see The Great Gatsby at The Ritz Cinema in Randwick back in May.

“Old Hat? Bella, you’ve truly lost the plot now. How can hats (especially old ones!) host a get together?!” you say.
Well, person-reading-this-blog, Old Hat is a group of people who gather every now and then and either just catch up (whilst looking fabulous) or attend events together (like The Great Gatsby) – all while looking like they’ve stepped out of another era. It’s not specific to a certain decade – although there is a definite 50s vibe in the air – you can wear anything you like!

Jesse and Tim from Like Johnny and June told me about the get together months before the event so I had plenty of time to find an outfit. I don’t know about your opinion, but for me the 1920s was only good for it’s architecture, accessories and dancing. Really short hairstyles stuck to your head and drop waisted dresses? I couldn’t think of anything worse. I don’t think I own anything that doesn’t come in at my waist (or if I do, it’s a 1960s shift and it’s fitted so you can still see my curvezz).

The trouble about dressing up for a 1920s party is that you can’t really wear something authentic. It’s either in excellent (and wearable) condition but costs in the $1000s OR it’s under $200 but it’s a see through slip. You’re then given the option of going to a fancy dress place and buying a $30 cheapo flapper dress that people wear to Hen’s Nights but after seeing previous outfits from the attendees of Old Hat gatherings, I knew a sequinned costume hire dress wasn’t going to cut it.

I went to Birkinghead Point with Jesse and we went into Alannah Hill – the place where I had my eye on a certain 1920s looking dress. I just needed Jesse’s opinion and approval. It is called the “Speak To My Heart Frock” in Charcoal. Originally the price was $429, down to $329, $149 and finally to $129. There was a further 20% off reduced items which means I actually bought it for $103.20! [Cue audience gasp here]

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I also bought a white hair piece from Alannah Hill called “Gently Floating Clip” in White. Original price was $29, down to $19 with the further 20% off and it was all mine for $15.20.

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Now, as for shoes I already owned a 1920/30s looking pair from a few years ago from Wittner. They did a vintage inspired range and I just HAD to buy a pair. They’re a bit banged up now and I actually need to get them re-heeled but they did the trick for the Great Gatsby night.

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Now, here’s the final outfit all together!

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I wore a fur shawl that night because it was FREEZING and all my other jackets were way too 50s and were waisted. But, you know, beauty is pain sometimes and I rather be as authentic as possible than be warm.

Here is a hilariously rushed photo of Tim, Jesse and I taken in the last 15 seconds before they had to leave.

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and here are all the photos taken by Tim and Jesse that I have shamelessly taken straight from their blogpost about the night. You can check out their view on the night by clicking riiiiight here. In fact, please do check out their blog because they are the most friendliest and fashionable couple I’ve ever met in my entire life. Ever.

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Top: Jade, Harvey
Bottom: Katie, Regan, Jesse, Tim, Me, Sash, Eloise.

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Anywho! I had an excellent night and we went to an EXCELLENT cake cafe afterwards where you buy your piece of cake by the kilogram!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS I didn’t like the film. I liked the costumes, set and makeup… but I hated the music choices, felt Lana Del Ray’s song was played waaaay too many times and if Leonardo Di Caprio said “Old Sport” one more time I was actually going to punch the movie screen.

I promise I’ll write about more things ASAP!

Valentines Day <3

This year my partner and I first decided to just make a stir fry and eat it by the beach for Valentines Day. However, a few days leading up to the day the weather was extremely temperamental and I was nervous that our beach plans would be ruined. I was driving past the 1930s Hayden Orpheum cinema in Cremorne and saw that Edward Scissorhands was playing and the words ‘Valentine Day Special’ were near it. I thought this would be a pretty cool thing to go and see together seeing as it isn’t a cheesy love dovey movie like The Notebook but it isn’t quite Alien Vs Predator. I found the Hayden Orpheum website but realised I had read the board wrong – the Valentine’s Day special was for Breakfast at Tiffanys and that Edward Scissorhands was playing a few days later.

Now, I’m going to admit to something I’ve kept secret for as long as I can remember. I had never seen Breakfast at Tiffanys. By knowing 3 simple facts of the film I’ve somehow bluffed my way through every single converstion where it has been mentioned. Firstly, Audrey Hepburn wears a black dress with pearls, has a ginger cat and in one scene she is eating a danish while window shopping at Tiffanys . I simply say something like “Seeeeeriously! That dress is so timeless!” or “that cat was just so cute, right?”.

It took a bit of convincing for Sash to join me for the film but ultimately he caved. It was $60 for 2 tickets, 2 glasses of French champagne (not that I can ever taste the difference!) and a single red rose.

Most times when I go out and wear something vintage I do two victory rolls in my hair and either curl the ends or roll it up into a retro-styled low bun but I wanted to do something different to my hair for a change. I’ve always had a girl crush on Lauren Bacall not only for her husky voice but also for her hair.

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I typed in “Lauren Bacall Hairstyle” into Youtube and followed one of the tutorials by LisaFreemontStreet.
The video below is the tutorial I watched – the only thing I did differently was that I used hot rollers and set my hair for an hour rather than use those pin curls. I find them so hard to do and I can’t be bothered half the time.

This is a close up of the finished product!

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I wore the dress that I purchased at the Summer Love Vintage Clothing Fair which I blogged about back in September. I hadn’t had a chance to wear it yet and I thought the light nature of the dress with the floral colours made it romantic. I wore a thin white belt to match my white heels.

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Anywho, I was running a bit late because I was trying to take photos on my Macbook’s Photobooth and it just wasn’t staying up right so while I was driving to Sash’s place he was cooking the stir fry. We ate together and then had a bit of a mosey down to the cinema. Sash was slightly embarrassed by my tourist-like taking of photos so I tried taking them without the flash. They’re a bit blurry and dark but you’ll get the jist.

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RoofOnce we sat down a bunch of advertisements played but after a few minutes the curtains closed. Suddenly a trap door opens in front of the screen and a man and his organ rise from underneath the floor! He then played for roughly 6 mins or so and had a backing orchestra play alongside with him. We all gave him a big clap and he dissappeared back to the trap door. The curtains then pulled back and Breakfast at Tiffanys began.
Organ GuyIt was absolutely stunning on the inside. I mean look at this exit sign. Is this not the nicest exit sign you’ve ever seen?!?!?!

Exit SignThe bathroom even matched my outfit so I took a sneaky selfie.
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SO, did I like the movie? Well yes and no. I mean, I dig the storyline and like the characters but some scenes just dragged onnnnn and onnn and onnnn. Any scene with the ginger cat was the best.
Okay wait, SPOILER ALERT to those who haven’t seen the film:
That scene where she throws the cat out of the taxi into the torrential rain and just leaves it behind? and there is a close up of the cat all wet and looking miserable? I legitimately was so sad – not because just in the same scene that guy was ending their relationship – I wasn’t upset at that at all. But that cat scene. Dang. Oscar worthy performance by the cat.

I have a ginger cat too and after the movie I asked Sash if we could recreate that final scene where Holly and Paul kiss passionately in the rain (see picture below).

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He said no.