Style of Mine

The adventures and struggles of a petite, geeky journalist-in-training living in New Zealand.

Category Archives: Practical Fashion

Pink Stripes

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Wearing vintage wool top, ASOS skirt, ASOS Premium jacket, Falke merino tights, DKNY watch, vintage earrings and Hush Puppies’ shoes.

The skirt didn’t look that short when I bought it, I swear. I’ve haven’t worn a mini-skirt since my age was in single digits. Pink’s not usually my colour, but combined with the navy stripes and a lot of black, I think it looks pretty cute. I would have worn heels with the ensemble if I didn’t need to walk today.

I got these Hush Puppies on sale just last week. They’re not as ugly as some other Hush Puppies’ shoes available (actually quite acceptable looking, considering they’re supposed to be healthy comfortable shoes), and they are incredibly comfortable. Nary a sore arch in sight!

Today I attended my second community board meeting. Unlike the last one I went to, which went on for two hours, this one was twenty minutes long. It’s a good thing. Anyway, I’d better go an email some people now. Journalism, I’ve decided, is about pestering people enough so they give you the information you want just so they can be rid of you. Half the time, that information goes towards the type of story that I skim over when I’m reading the paper.

Layering

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When the temperatures vary from twelve degrees celsius to twenty seven, all you can really do is layer. I got this denim shirt from the boys’ section of a children’s clothing store. One of the good things about being five two on a good day is that you can get some great deals from the kids’ departments, where things are cheaper but of an equally good quality. This shirt was only twenty dollars; that’s cheaper than the one I got from a nameless store in Hong Kong. My brother has the exact same shirt. We were actually shopping  for him, but I just had to get one for myself too.

I found out today that my face is really not made for curls. They were giving a free demonstration at the mall, and I just looked really weird and overwhelmed with curls, like a under-confident teenaged girl who’s spent two hours doing her hair and is anxious that it doesn’t look good. Granted, I’ve done that before, but I’m past that stage of my life. A confident woman is a sexy woman.

Wearing shirt from Pumpkin Patch, old faded black t-shirt, leather blazer and jeans from Just Jeans, shoes from ASOS, hat from shop in Hong Kong and ‘Over the Taupe’ nail polish by OPI. 

I just got this shade from OPI today. The bottle’s slightly more expensive than my usual polishes, but the quality is well worth the price.

Farewell to Summer

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Wearing vintage dress, ASOS shoes, Esprit bag, DKNY watch and Portmans hat.

My aunt gave me this dress when I went back to Hong Kong. It’s probably close to my age, and the fabric is falling apart a little at the back. There used to be lacing at the back as well, but the loops broke whilst I was wearing the dress on the plane back to New Zealand. I don’t think it was meant for someone of my chest size. But now it’s a lot more comfortable without the lacing at the back as my rib cage doesn’t feel constricted anymore.

I’m rarely out of heels in summer, unless I’m barefoot, but after the earthquake (and the very frightening prospect of having to walk home in four inch platform stilettos because all the buses have stopped and I have no way of contacting my parents because my dad’s mobile phone is out of batteries), I’ve taken to taking a pair of flats with me everywhere I go unless I am wearing flats. I’m not a fan of ballet flats for multiple reasons (i.e. they don’t flatter the shape of my feet at all, they keep falling off my feet etc.), but I like my oxfords. They’re comfortable, but they hide my bunions well, and they wrap around the foot so they don’t fly off if I walk too quickly. I really don’t get the ballet flat trend at all. Lots of girls wear them but I have rarely seen a girl wear them well. Maybe a couple of supermodels, but that’s about it. And so many ballet flats are just cheap looking nowadays; I have no idea how they’re supposed to be chic. I mean, gold and silver plastic? I do have a pair of sequined flats that resemble ballet flats from Skechers, but their soles are constructed like those of lightweight sneakers, so they feel completely different. They’re the flats I carry around all the time. Probably not as chic as I would like, but if I have to walk home after an earthquake, I don’t think style would be one of my top priorities.