Archive for ‘Sretsis’

December 10, 2010

Things I cannot bear to give away

This is a very unexciting outfit. It is, however, a very important one in my wardrobe, as it is composed of pieces I had kept after The Great Wardobe Cull of 2006, Maybe 2007 I Really Can’t Remember.  At the end of high school (or maybe the first year of uni), I decided to do a complete style overhaul and gave away everything in my wardrobe save for one pair of jeans, two blouses, four sweaters/cardigans, three dresses (that my mother made me) and a jacket. My shoe collection also went down from 150 pairs to about five. (Actually fifteen, but I didn’t know that there were ten pairs sneaking around the house at the time.) This outfit is, more or less, a recreation of what I wore before I started building up my wardobe with Alannah Hill pieces. I wore it with my only pair of jeans at the time, but as I have no jeans any more, this plain black pleated skirt will have to do.

The blouse and vest are actually cheapies I bought from Valleygirl when I was on a high school student budget of about $30-50 disposable income a week. Looking back, I’m not quite sure how I managed to survive getting dressed with fifteen pieces (that didn’t always mix and match) and about $30 a week to spend.

I think I slowly started restocking my wardrobe over my first year of uni. I think, by the end of first year, I had bought another two dresses, a leather blazer, two cardigans and two skirts.

I obviously had some notion of restraint and moderation back then.

I was also more conservative what I wore and slightly less dizzy and tipsy in my demeanor, which means that you probably would be hard pressed to find photos of me doing this:

I’m wearing a pearl necklace and a red Mimco bow headband, but I forgot to take detailed shots so you’re going to have to put up with me imitating the blown-over bush. (Yes, that’s what I’m trying to do in the photo. It’s a fail attempt. Laugh not.) I think there’s a closer picture here, although it’s not very close-up at all.

My wardrobe is still fairly small — I think so, anyway. There are 35 pieces hanging up in my wardrobe and an estimated thirty to forty cardigans and blouses in my drawers, so sans accessories, I’m sitting nicely on just under one hundred pieces for both summer and winter.

I don’t think my wardobe collection tends to go much over that number — at the end of each season I tend to give away what I haven’t worn for a year. I’m trying to do that now instead of going to bed but it’s rather… trying.

See, there are two or three pieces in my wardrobe that have lived there for many many months without seeing (much) daylight. I know that I should give them away or sell them and try to recoup my money but I really like just having them. Terrible attitude. I keep telling myself that I will wear them but I really think  I should bite the bullet and just kick them out.

I’ll kick them out at the end of next year. Mid next year, even.

I’m hoping that I’ll think of a way to style these by then. If you have any suggestions, my happy little collecting personality will be heavily in your debt.

This is a Sretsis dress from their Metamorphosis collection (Spring/Summer 2009-2010). It was an absolute impulse buy because I was bored and felt like shopping during thesis-timez, which is the weakest excuse in the history of the universe, but I’m sticking with it. And, you know… it’s pink, it’s bouncy, it has frills that look like they’re about to coil into each other and implode from the pink frilliness of it all.

And I have never worn it. I really should. I desperately want to. But it’s the wrong shade of pink for the rest of my wardrobe and I have no idea how to style it. I’m considering putting it under my Alannah Hill coat in this post but it’s not very inspiring.

I also have this light coat:

It’s called ‘The Dead Girl’ and is from Alannah Hill’s Autumn/Winter 2009 collection. You’d think it would go with everything but I find it very difficult to work into my outfits, somehow. I think the brown trim demands a certain colour palette and I can’t quite pinpoint it. I bought the damn’d thing two years ago and only wore it once. It’s such a simple, classic little piece that I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to style it to suit me… eventually.

And there’s this Alannah Hill skirt, called ‘The Fanfare’ from Autumn/Winter 2009. It always struck me as possibly rather orientalist with fans and red and flowers (triple points if they’re meant to be cherry blossoms) but, hey, it’s not named something to do with Exotic Asia so interpret it as you will.

As a skirt, it flows really rather nicely. It’s a tad too long for me, though, and all I ever wear it with is a black and cream Flames to Dust cardigan (you know, that cardigan that I always wear) which is very nice but ultimately rather unexciting. I’m only keeping it as a ‘skirt I can wear to work, if I ever work’ piece, and even then, I can’t imagine it’d get much use.



I will do that damn’d cull. Soon. One day. I might even let go of the skirt. The first two items?

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November 13, 2010

Feathering the nest

I suspect this is one of my final years with a completely disposable income. Next year, I’ll (hopefully) be on a PhD scholarship — which does mean more money than I usually get, but it also comes with quite a few expenses, which I haven’t yet tallied up. I’ve been trying to save here and there but, quite frankly, I suck at saving. The thought of having less money drives me to stock up my wardrobe and my other non-essential collections (ink, pens and notebooks XD). I’ve been pretty good since the beginning of November (which I’ve just realised was really only last week. Um.) and then my pre-ordered Sretsis bird ring arrived.



Yaaaaaaay ^^! I like it a great deal. It sits on my finger and tells me sparkly stories so that I don’t have to listen in class. It’s almost better than Facebook. This is the tiny version, but I’m tempted to get the bigger one, and another one in the blue/pink colourway.

I tried to capture the amazing detail in this photo, but failed spectacularly. A photographer I am not! It’s made from multiple tiny glass beads fused together — terribly fiddly work, I imagine. There’s also a gleam of red at the under the beak, like the pink blush that birds have at their breast and throat.  I love little details like that. (Really wish I could get a good photo of it. May try later.)


I’m tempted to say, ‘I’ll be wearing it with floaty dresses and lovely scarves’ but really, I have no restraint AND I WILL BE WEARING IT WITH EVERYTHING BOOYEAH.

What I do need to work out is what nail polish to pair it with. The Sretsis lookbook models are wearing pale pink polish, which I love but I have yet to find a neutral pink that suits my skintone (NC30, if anyone has any suggestions). I’ve got it with Ulta3’s Wild Berry at the moment, which is a dusty blue-grey — nice,  but it doesn’t highlight the light bouncing off the beads as well as pink could.


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