Unfortunately I have to say the shopping in Melbourne isn’t very good! Yes there is a Topshop, but I think either I’m growing out of it all the quality of clothing is getting worse. Other then that there isn’t that many places to shop or maybe I just haven’t found where to go. So after many failed shopping attempts I resorted to doing an ASOS order. In typical ASOS style most of the stuff didn’t fit properly (a “size 6” was too big) or it looked different to the pictures on the website but this black long sleeve top did escape being sent back. This long black sleeve top replaces another one that I bought over 15 years ago and as you can imagine was looking a bit worse for wear.
I know this isn’t the most exciting purchase but it’s a really handy item as it looks good with jeans and high waisted skirts. Buy it here
I just bought these beauties from Topshop- from endless wearing black or blue jeans it’s great to finally have a pair of jeans in a different colour. I’m thinking if I get some sort of maroon/burgundy top they’ll look good…
Today was the first day of my payday weekend- yippee! My first paycheque from my new job- the first full time job I’ve had in over 2 years!!
I bought this Black Cotton Spandex Bodysuit with a low back from American Apparel- love it! It should look great with all my high waisted skirts and trousers. I just need to find a bra that’s going to work with this.I also bought this lovely lightweight white cashmere vest from Topshop- this is now the third one I own- the others are in black and baby blue. Perfect for exercise and sunshine!
Carrying on with my workout purchases I also got these cute Nike Gym Vintage shorts- all my other workout trousers are capris but thought a pair of shorts would be good for my visits to the physio and for those Tracy Anderson exercises where you need to hold to the ball at the back of your knee to get a bit more grip.
And finally I bought these monochrome flower/triangled Nike Epic Run Printed Tights/Capris. I’m wearing my capris every day to cycle to and from work in and to exercise in so I thought I could afford myself another pair.
Converse trainers first appeared on my fashion consciousness when The Strokes burst onto the music scene in 2001 with a new sound and excellent dress sense. I think The Strokes were one of the first 2000s rock bands to take their look seriously, a look which complemented their music and screamed New York and retro. Unfortunately since then “unmanufactured” rock bands or their record companies in an attempt to imitate that successful collaboration of music and style have hired stylists rather then dressing themselves to create their own “authentic”, “lived in” look with “distressed” clothing to compliment their “real” music. This is conversely completely unauthentic as they didn’t choose the looks themselves and makes them much closer to the “fake” pop bands.
I’ve always loved Shirley Manson’s style and shortly after The Strokes arrived she was pictured wearing pink converse high tops and luckily for me Office started stocking them! So I purchased my very first pair.
Unfortunately these shoes wouldn’t withstand England’s rain and tramping about London’s public transport system so I ended up rebuying these shoes several times. Eventually I converted to a Barbie like pair of Nike Dunks and then stuck with the Nike brand.
Now 10 years later converse trainers seem to be making a bit of a come back. Lana Del Rey wore a pair in her Born to Die video. I assume she’s working the whole classic Americana thing.
And tumblr is full of pictures of slim tanned teens wearing converse trainers.
Shoes wise I didn’t have a lot of flats options- a pair of black leather boots which only work with dark tights or black jeans and are obviously not suitable for warmer weather, chunky retro nike high tops which only look good with skinny white wash jeans and sandals which work with jeans, dresses and skirts but aren’t suitable for walking on any type of terrain. Hopefully a pair of converse trainers should fill that void!
With my converse shoe vision on I noticed a waiter wearing a really nice lilac pair and resolved that these could be the ones!
I have recently joined polyvore (and I’m completely obsessed! If you’re not on it you need to get on it!) and I saw lots of looks incorporating converse trainers. Sadly the black converse trainers with skinny black jeans didn’t translate well into real life when I tried a pair on however I really loved this look by girl1djbcsam:
Which pretty much confirmed for me that lilac trainers would be the ones! Lucky for me there’s a discount converse shop not far from where I live so I bought my ct dainty ox lavendula trainers for only $50! And we all lived happily ever after.
Yes I’ve been shopping! I bought this Viscose V Tee from Topshop for work
And this lovely slouchy comfy Fleck oversized top which I can actually wear as a dress also from Topshop- and they were both pretty cheap! Hooray!
These specs are from Urban Attitude- I’ve been after some spectacles for a while to replace pairs lost/broken. They’re just for pretend/hiding my face when it’s too dark for sunglasses.
And FINALLY I have a pair of sunglasses!!! That aren’t a men’s, lesser pair that I don’t really like. I’ve been after some cats eye glasses since I broke my pair which I loved! And who would’ve thought my much sought after glasses would be from the KARDASHIAN Kollection!!!!