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!

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.

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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.

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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.
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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

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.