August 31, 2010

Seychelles, you tease!

Seychelles has done it to me again. They've designed a shoe that I am seriously coveting, in colours that leave my jaw hanging, and...they still don't ship to Australia direct from their website!! Bugger!

Above: 'Kiss At Midnight' shoe
All images from Seychelles.

Plus, they have another pair of oxfords out with a lower heel, meaning cuteness that's wearable *every* day without screwing up my knees or avoiding cobblestones!

'Mercury' oxford

I may have to email the lovely lady who helped me get my Seychelles Blimey oxfords earlier this year...

'Password' shoe in mustard

I waaaaaaant!!!!! I coooooovet!! I am already mentally pairing these shoes with my pretty dresses. This could end up in tears (of frustration). My birthday and Christmas can't come soon enough!!

August 18, 2010

I heart Peter Alexander

You know those stores you go into and think "Oh dear gods, I could do some serious damage to my savings account in this place"? I've a few on my list - MAKE, T2, Koko Black (and other chocolate stores), stationery stores, bookstores, good bakeries - but I've never really had a 'fashion' or 'clothes' store on the list.

Then I met Peter Alexander.

Or rather, I was introduced to Peter Alexander's sleepwear stores.

Images from Peter Alexander website and catalogue

At first, I thought it was a rip-off - $80 for a piece of polyester to sleep in? Flannel pyjamas in garish prints? Ugg boots?! Why, it was practically kitsch! However, my eye had been drawn to his more elegant line of nighties...the 'slinky nightie'. I had heard about these, and how popular they were, so went into a store to see what the fuss was about.

From a distance, they looked sexy; the material was soft and slinky, and felt really nice. However, I couldn't get over the fact that it was polyester. Plus, there was lace, which, having experienced polyester lace on other items of sleepwear over the years, irked me, as it was usually scratchy and left me in a rash. I screwed up my nose and walked out. But that nightie stuck in my mind for months, and for my birthday gift to myself one year, I shelled out the $60 and bought one.

You know what? It was totally worth it.

It is my favourite thing to sleep in! The lace doesn't itch, and the polyester isn't suffocating. It's so slinky and sexy, I feel like I'm sleeping on satin sheets, only I'm not sliding around the bed or freezing cold. I've since also bought (from Peter Alexander) some over-the-knee bedsocks (best bedsocks I have) and a gown (not as high a quality as I hoped, but still lovely), plus many gifts for other people. However, I still only have the one slinky nightie, and I want more. Mr Alexander brings out a handful of new designs each 'season', with previous seasons selling out (or no longer being available), which is clever marketing, indeed. Then there's the different knickers, camis, and all sorts of feminine goodies he brings out with each new season...

It's too much to consume! I'm avoiding his store, trying to save my pennies, and just stalking some items online, and getting my kicks that way. It's a sad story at the moment for this little consumer, but will hopefully end up with a happy ending of some sorts.

August 17, 2010

For mah tootsies

A pair of flat, knee-high boots which I can wear everyday, to replace my Diana Ferrari riding boots (like these) from 2001 which I've nearly worn out. That's what I want!

August 15, 2010

We all live...

...for quirky mugs.

Image from Plasticland

It will still never beat my Henry VIII and his six wives mug with the ornate handle which I once owned before said ornate handle was broken by my dad, but it's pretty cool! Gimme!

August 14, 2010

Stock Up On Sard Soap

Something I've always wanted to be a part of, but have always been too timid or scared to instigate is a...


My choice of weapons would mainly be:

The tomato (obviously) Image from here

and dairy products Image from here

Any other weapons would be chosen depending on location, situation, enemy and spontaneity.

August 10, 2010

Loads and loads and loads....

I am swimming in paper.

Studying something that only involves reading books and typing out things must be so nice. You print up any essay/report you need to, in a neat, A4 format, bind it if you please, and store it in a neat little box, or set of drawers. Studying graphic design is far, far messier. Oh sure, you have to read books and make heaps of photocopies, plus do a lot of research online, but then there's the sketches, the test prints, the stocking up of good paper, the pens, the pencils, the paints, the inks, the cutting mats, the light boxes, the projects which you practically kill half a rainforest for but still aren't happy with, the job bags, the plastic sleeves, the multitude of different paper formats littered over the floor of your tiny, cramped living space, because you never have time to clean anymore!

It's messy and annoying. Especially if you happen to live in a flat that's susceptible to rising damp. Leave a project up against a particular wall for any longer than two weeks, and it gets either water damaged or covered in mould. Hmm...and I wonder why I have a persistent cough...?

Anyway, this is what I want:
Image from Premier Storage in the UK

I would even go as far to say that I need this paper organiser. I'm on the hunt for it, but it's looking set to be difficult. Okay, okay, I've only tried Officeworks and IKEA, but still, art stores don't supply them, and most of the places I've found that *do* do so for offices and classrooms (ie: bulk buying is the only option).

Oh, did I mention I want it in a wood finish? Yup. Making it doubly hard for me to find one. Careless with my projects, super-fussy about storage units. Oh yeah, this is going to be such fun to find...

August 04, 2010

Whiffy sniffy

About five years ago, a friend gave me a miniature perfume as a thank-you gift for helping out with her wedding. I'd never really worn perfume before, as I could only really afford those hideous aerosol fragrances you can buy at the local supermarket. My knowledge of perfume was from my Mum and Nan's collections - Joop!, Opium, Charlie - all rather cloying or synthetic. Chanel No.5 was, in my mind, the epitome of what a perfume was meant to smell like. I had no idea how much perfume had changed...

My gift was a tiny bottle of Calvin Klein's 'Truth'. I popped off the petite lid and released a fragrance so fresh, alive, and powerful it took me aback. Those eau de toilettes I'd grown up on were simply watered down synthetics. This was parfum! A dab on my neck pulse was all that was needed to waft the scent about me and make me feel beautiful and feminine.

I made that little 15ml last nearly a year. When I ran out, I just couldn't go back to the eau de toilettes and aerosols. I saved up my pennies, and sought out a full bottle of the elusive "Truth" parfum. It proved difficult to find. Calvin Klein were pushing their new ranges, despite there still being a demand for "Truth". I persevered, and, finally, snapped up the last bottle in the Melbourne area which had only just gone on the shelf.

That was about three years ago now, and my (massive) bottle of parfum is running low. As much as I love the scent of it, because I'm so used to it, it no longer has that same vibrancy to me as it did all those years ago. So I'm looking for a new scent. It's a daunting thing. Perfume counters are notoriously overstaffed, with the clerks determined not to let you 'browse' on your own, and doubly determined to make a sale. I have to work up enough courage to be up for the task; I'll practice saying "No!" in a firm, definite voice, make sure I'm loaded up on antihistamines and tissues, take a bottle of water (palate cleanser), and won't let myself be bullied into buying anything but what I want.

In the meantime, I'm seriously hoping I'll be able to snag a miniature perfume from someone to tide me over for another year. Please, parfum only.