30 in 30: En Sommaire

Here it is, as promised, the 30 in 30 wrap-up post.  I’m actually excited to write this because I’m keen to share my thoughts on the general experience.  But first, here they are again all together for your viewing pleasure!

30 in 30 was a great experience for me for a number of reasons.  It renewed my appreciation for what’s in my wardrobe, but even better, it helped me create outfits I’d never worn before.  It’s a pretty cool thing when you can create something completely new out of the seemingly boring stuff that hangs in your closet.

If had to pick a favorite, well, I couldn’t.  So I’ll go with a top 3 instead.  Days 7, 22 and 26 were my favorites to wear.  In photos it becomes harder to choose, but I know those days made me feel the absolute best.

I’d have to say the very best thing about 30 in 30 is that it gave me a reason to get dressed everyday.  Even when I was sick, or hurt or just plain lazy, I still pondered over my clothes and made it work.  I think when you force yourself to pick an outfit everyday, and give it careful thought, it makes you want to get out and give it a “fair go.”  I loved to be seen in my 30 in 30 ensembles.

Special thanks to everyone who’s been following the challenge. (Let me know if you had a particular favorite!) And I especially want to give a shout out to Matt for taking the majority of the photos.  It’s been a fun experience, but now I can’t wait to start wearing the rest of the pieces in my closet!

Thirty, and we’re at an end.

A combination of my being very busy yesterday and incredibly slow internet have forced the lateness of this final outfit post.  The internet is still crawling, so I may have to keep this short.  I plan on writing a quick 30 in 30 wrap up post later anyway.

Yesterday I wore my Urban Outfitters cardi, my white Seed Femme Tee, the Levi’s black jeans and Piper riding boots.  It was the perfect outfit to go wat the Perth hockey team.  A professional game for $20.  Not too shabby.  I went with a couple of my mates from soccer.

After the game I headed home to eat and change before our friend Tony’s birthday drinks.  Poor Matty stayed home sick, so I ventured out solo.  I had the best time catching up with people I hadn’t seen in ages.  It’s so great how just two years ago I arrived here basically friendless, and now I have so many amazing people in my life here.

One of my highlights of the weekends is when Matt and I get to sit down and have breakfast together.  Saturday morning usually involves something with syrup and a big pot of delicious tea.

Check back for the 30 in 30 recap.  It’s taken me ages to get this posted with the snail’s pace internet.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll pop into a cafe for some free high-speed access. Until tomorrow then!

Twenty-Nine, second to last!

Another lovely Friday off from work.  A lingering virus threatened to ruin the day, but I don’t believe in letting my life stop just because I’ve got a cold.  I think I was freaking people out with my raging cough, though…

The best thing to have on hand when getting over a bad cold is a good book.  When I say a good book, I don’t mean the highest quality of literature.  Anything that is easy, light and enjoyable reading is best.  A good girly novel is a definite way to go.  This one is about clothes, which is even better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met Hannah and Maria for a coffee at my favorite place: Brownhaus in Subiaco.  They have such lovely drinks and desserts.  It’s a four page menu, quite impressive for a café.  If you’re a Perth local, try one of the Dutch coffees.  It’s the best cup around!

I wasn’t in much of a mood for coffee, so today I tried a mint latte with Belgian chocolate.  It was heavenly.

After Brownhaus we quickly popped into my favorite bookshop in Perth.  Hannah and I love this place, and Maria had never been.  I always find the coolest books in here.  It’s a great place to find gifts and is great for fashion literature.

This ensemble features a dress I haven’t worn yet in 30 in 30.  I keep saving it for a special occasion, but this is always a mistake when it comes to clothes.  The best things are worn often and with love.  This gorgeous dress is one I bought from Ann Taylor a few years ago for no reason at all.  At the time the sales assistant explained that it had completely sold out in my size within the first day on the racks.  This one happened to have been returned only moments before.  Just my luck, it’s a perfect fit!  It pairs nicely with my grey tights, witchy boots and Ann Taylor cardi.

Matt and I have settled in for the night with love heart chicken parm.  I’m almost out of tissues, but I’m happy to have an evening in with my fella.  Happy weekend all!

28 and in her honor

Today’s outfit draws inspiration from one of the most radiant women in mythological history.  Greek mythology has always been an avid interest of mine.  Artemis is my favorite of the Ancient Greek deities.  She is confident and strong and doesn’t need a man to define her worth.

Artemis (or Diana to the Romans) is the goddess of the hunt.  She is the purest of the goddesses and lives in the forests of Ancient Greece.  I think in these modern times, Artemis would roam the woods in something like this.

My braided ponytail and sturdy brown riding boots give that aura of the huntress.  I always wear my hair this way when I play sports or go running.  It’s one of the reasons I wanted to grow my hair long years ago.  I love the tough yet graceful look of a high swishy braid.

The billowy floral top is from Bardot.  I loved it the instant I saw it.  This is the element that really says “modern-day Artemis” to me.  The Ancient Greeks were all about drapery, and this is the only element of the outfit that nods to that style.

The H&M jeans are perfect for running around.  They are nearly too big for me, so I’ve got a strong belt holding them up.  To be a hunter, you need to be able to move!

I love pretty socks!  Like undergarments, socks are special because they can be your little secret.  I love cute things that no one sees but me.  Wearing fun socks is one more reason why wearing boots is so fun.

Along with Artemis, I also found inspiration in a dystopian future.  Katniss Everdeen makes hunting sexy and stylish without even trying.  (Though I suppose the stylist team for the movie gave every element of this outfit heaps of thought.)  I loved the character in the books, and the movie did her justice completely.  Katniss would totally wear my boots if she lived in this universe.  Bonus tidbit: Liam Hemsworth (shown above) is an Australian actor! He and his brother are HOT.

I love this photo.  It shows how one of my new favorite celebrities can pull off the Greek look as well.  What a beautiful woman.  I love that there are so many up and coming actresses who are strong and beautiful.  No wonder I find her inspiring.

27 is all about the chemist

Today I made that once in 3 months trip to the chemist.  (Australians study pharmacy, they don’t “go to the pharmacy.”  Here it’s all about “the chemist.”)  It’s always expensive.  I put off this trip until I’m out of nearly everything.  When my night cream ran out a few days ago, it was the last straw.  Here’s what I wore after work:

Today was the final appearance of the Country Road blue pants.  It’s time to wash them, so they will not be making another appearance.  I needed a cute, yet active outfit for my quick post-work errands and appointment at the chiro.

We live near one of the best pizzeria’s in Perth, and tonight was a lazy takeout night for sure.  Mostly because we’d defrosted steaks, but had nothing good to eat with them.  I feel like a mega fatty since I’m still not doing exercise until my knees recover.  I’m still creaking like the Tin Man up and down stairs, so still no running for me. Sigh.

Since the place (Marco’s) is just down the road, I only need my pink Coach wallet for pizza expeditions.  I love this wallet.  I’ve had it for years, though I didn’t bring it with me to Europe.  It’s the perfect size and it’s elegant, girly without being tacky.

Last year my new years resolution was to take better care of my skin, and since then I’ve become somewhat of a collector when it comes to facial products.  My absolute essentials are the Aveeno cream cleanser and the Clinique eye makeup remover (I have sensitive eyes, and it’s one of the few products that doesn’t sting).  I do endless research online to continually perfect my skin routine.  Moisturizer, face mask, exfoliating scrub, toner (I only use this sparingly) and anything made by Avene are also key to completing my collection.

The addition of a night cream was the biggest change from my pre-2011 rituals.  I’m only 26, but I like to think I can somehow get a jump on the aging process, and night cream is a logical first step.  I like to try different kinds, and I’ve loved both the Sukin organic one (my first night cream) and the Olay Anti-Aging that just ran out this week.  Today I bought my third one.  The brand is ulittlebeauty, which is just adorably Aussie.  I bought the eye balm as well because my old one poked a hole and leaked everywhere.

Just one last little tidbit to share, it’s vintage Herbal Essences!  I love Priceline pharmacies because they carry the largest range of products.  It’s a chemist designed for women, even the membership cards are pink.  I adore cool finds like these; I loved this shampoo back when I was in elementary and middle school.

I don’t remember any of my 2012 resolutions, but I’m so glad that in 2011 I was able to find one that really stuck.  And it’s not just about the face, I’m also the one you can always depend on to provide the sunscreen.  I try to avoid scented lotions because the dyes and perfumes can be harmful.  Even my body wash is just Dove sensitive skin.  Don’t be vain when it comes to skincare, take care of your skin, it’s your greatest protector!

Vingt-six

I’m going to go ahead and toot my own horn a bit; I LOVE how today’s outfit turned out.  Last night it was long past bedtime, and I was just staring at my clothes feeling totally stumped.  I pulled out about 3 different combinations before landing on this one.

I’ve never worn this shirt with a skirt before, but I think it’s a match made in fashion heaven.

Notice I’ve gone with simple on this one.  This ensemble is light and has great motion, why weigh it down with too many accessories?  No bracelets, no watch, just a simple chain and some cute small earrings.

Someone once told me that I look my absolute best when my hair is pulled in a tight high ponytail.  I have a bit of a round face, but I don’t mind accenting it.  I love a healthy thick ponytail, especially with a fringe.  It makes me feel feminine.

I wore my black tights because I hate bare legs in winter.  It really bugs me to see people walking around in shorts at this time of year.  We need to celebrate the season through clothes!  I did decide to go with my tiny black flats over boots because they complete the simplicity of the outfit.

I love owls.  These earrings are perfect for my personality.  I love that they aren’t too flashy.  Cute, fun, and understated.  Can’t ask for a better match for this outfit.

I had so much fun today.  It’s great to know that even at the very end of a 30 day challenge, there are still new and exciting ensembles to discover.  Hopefully this last week will be the best yet!

25, and Happy Birthday Dad!

I wish I could say I spent the day showering my amazing father with love and gifts, but sadly I haven’t even spoken with him yet.  I just want to give him a quick shout-out before moving on to today’s ensemble.  Happy Birthday Dad, have a great day!

It’s finally getting to the point where I have to give my outfits some thought.  This morning I woke up extra early to carefully look through all the photos so far to make sure I was creating something new.  I also noticed there’s a dress I haven’t even worn yet, so I’ll have to fix that this week!

Today for only the second time in the challenge, I’m wearing my navy long-sleeve T from Ann Taylor.  I paired it with a fashion beanie and a warm scarf because it’s chilly out there!  Also my black jeans are in the wash, so the comfy jeans were more of a necessity than a choice today.  Even sitting around the house after work I’m still wearing my outdoor gear.  We’ve got the heater on, but it’s still so nippy in the house.

Matt is next to me on the couch finishing We Need to Talk About Kevin.  I’m so excited because that means we get to watch the movie this week.  I believe I mentioned it already, but I LOVED THIS BOOK.  Everyone read it now, then message me to discuss. Kthxbi