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PLEASING PURCHASES OF THE WEEK (BELATED FROM LAST WEEK)

Ah, blogging. I really do love you. It’s a beautiful escape from my day to day life, a place where all the pretty shiny things in my closet and head can become one on this page.

But sadly, I have begun to neglect you. I’m sorry. Sometimes, when I get home from work I say to myself “just one blog, it will only take 20 minutes. Then you can relax and watch the crazy Love and Carla have at it in Mob Wives Season 3.” But, despite my best intentions, I end up watching Mob Wives post-less; and only blog a few posts (to catch up) every 2-3 days.

I look at other blogs who blog daily and am in awe. They must love it more than me, have more thoughts/fashion/resources and to put on there than me, and resources to make daily blogging happen (i.e. the $$$ baby.) So, I have made it a vow to try to force myself to be more creative, mix and match more outfits and blog a bit more often (maybe even daily, if I don’t run out of outfits/ideas/inspiration to blog!)

Anyway, back to the point of this belated post – to show my purchases from last week.

Dedicated to saving $$ for a trip later on in the year, I am only allowed to spend on items either pre-owned (from thrift stores) or true true wants that I have thought about for a few days and are reasonable in price.

Last weeks purchases, although not second-hand, were indeed reasonable and things I’ll get a lot of leverage out of in the future:

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Dior Beaute cosmetic bag (which will be used as a clutch,)
$50AUD, Ebay.com
Gold and silver chunky snake collar necklaces,
$2AUD each, Ebay.com

Adding to my Dior obsession is this grey quilted Dior Beaute cosmetic bag (which I will use as a clutch for dinners out,) bought for $50 AUD on Ebay. I have watched it for a while and thought it will just get ruined with my makeup, so why not stick a phone, credit card and makeup in it for a night on the town?

New jewellery additions = these gold and silver chunky snake necklaces, total cost = $4 AUD from Ebay once again. In dire need of new jewellery (because actually, I don’t have a lot and am sick of all of mine) these will top up any outfit for a low low cost per wear.

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Awesome yellow cat-print blouse,
$12.98AUD, Ebay.com

My favourite purchase for a long time has been this amazing, slightly garish yellow cat print blouse. My love for cats, prints, chiffon and yellow brights all together in one! A bargain steal for $12.98 from Ebay.com, this will be on me with a black leather skirt on a night out in the unforeseen future.

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Black turban
$1.95AUD, Ebay.com
(Finally have the courage to rock one of these when I go to a wedding next)

Fashion risk of the week = this black turban (not really risky at only $1.95 AUD from where else but Ebay. A long admirer of the turban look spotted on the likes of Kourtney Kardashian, I was wary of it because I thought I had no place to wear it. But, with a friend’s wedding the husby and I are attending in May, I figure this will look major on top of loose curls, worn with my favourite dress ever, a vintage Marni Skillings gold metallic maxi dress. (Pics to come in May on this blog!) Anyone who doesn’t like it should just get over themselves.

Now I want every colour – blue, red, white and pink. At only $1.95, I’m sure I will purchase some more in the future.

Okay, so a lot of my purchases come from Ebay, you have noticed throughout this blog. That’s because at a quarter of the price of normal stores, the online mecca is my go-to for discounted real designer goods, and bargain clothes from overseas, where nobody else in Australia will own them.

I’m also (believe it or not) sometimes not much of an in-brick-store shopper. (Apart from thrift shopping, which I love.) Sometimes, I’ve noticed as I get older too, I don’t have the patience for it and really have to be in the mood to browse through racks all day. When I get home from work, I can browse unique finds at my own pace on the couch while watching Mob Wives for a fraction of the price, all delivered to me, and it’s pretty awesome. My love for online shopping takes precedence and may never die.

TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT LAST WEEK = $68.93 AUD

Okay, so it could have been less, but I need some enjoyment in my life! I think getting a few cheaper options on Ebay to update my wardrobe was the smart way to go to have a little fun while saving some moolah.

TOTAL AMOUNT SAVED LAST WEEK = $300 AUD

I think another cool $300 AUD into my savings account is a pretty good effort this week. Hello future travels, you are coming closer!

How much do you usually spend on fashion/beauty finds each week?

Do you have a set budget for your buys? If so, how much is it usually for?

Do you ever go over this budget? How much usually by?

What did you buy last week?

Leave us some deets in the comments below.

IT’S IN THE BAG

Recurring vicious cycle: Cleaning out my handbag every week in a swift 10 minutes, scrunching up and tossing all the receipts I have accumulated in a week (how is there still so many when I have been buying less lately? The laws of physics truly baffle me.) Putting all of my loose makeup and change back into their separate little pouches they’re supposed to call home. Untangling my headphones, winding them up neatly and putting them back in their little polkadot change purse.

Result – My handbag is now streamlined and organised, ready for the future challenges it will face! Hoorah!

Flash forward to another week though, and the same gloomy unorganised fate has been thrust upon my makeup, change and headphones, and receipts are piling up once again.

You know those little columns in US Weekly – “What’s in celebrities’ handbags?” I have always loved seeing the pretty (and some ugly) designer purses that belong to A, B C and D-listers that are featured in there every week. I also ashamedly like to check out what beauty products they are using, how much they cost, and where I can get my hands on some if they are cost-effective and have good ratings.

More fascinating yet is how they choose to organise all their beauty and other products, and if they too have random crap in there as well (a sign that they are actually in fact human as well.)

My favourite in the column (of course) has been Gwen Stefani’s purse (along with being my fave celeb and one of my favourite style inspiration of all time, Gwenny doesn’t disappoint with her LAMB designs and accessories included in her bag.)

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Gwen’s handbag – stylish Lamb tote, (NEED!) cuteness galore Harajuku Girls accessories and cosmetic bags, perfume and even some of her kids’ toys (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, aka my childhood.)

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Ciara’s Givenchy tote which has some pretty random stuff as well

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Jennifer Morrison Anna Sui for Coach handbag (I have long been a lover for Anna Sui’s obscure hippyness)

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  Rachel Leigh Cook’s Liebeskind handbag – mainly receipts, lipsticks etc etc

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Kyle Richard’s Valentino purse (I need more Valentino purses in my life.) Iphone, Spongebob Squarepants bandaids, beauty cream

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Elisha Cuthbert’s Coach purse – sunnies, wallet, all the usual trappings in a purse

Inspired by these handbags, I organised my orange Tory Burch tote and pared down the random crap in there (also adding a few accessories that I tend to include in bigger bags as well.)

Here’s a little something I prepared earlier:

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Tory Burch Orange Tote

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Watermelon pouch, $1 AUD, Japanmart, holding car + house keys

Sunnies, $10 AUD, Ebay

Cotton On Purple Sunglasses Case, $5 AUD, Rubi

White and red polkadot pouch holding Iphone earphones, $1AUD, Ebay.COM

Pink owl pencil case, $3 AUD, Officeworks – holding the essentials I need to not look like a zombie from the Walking Dead – red lipstick (a cheapy $2 AUD from Giant Chemist but still just as good, if not a little dry; and Designer Brands concealer for my eye suitcases – $8 AUD)

Pink glitter heart coin pouch, $5 AUD, Cotton On

Hermes card holder, had for a while

Dolce & Gabbana wallet, had for a while

Barbie folding travel hair brush, $5 AUD from eons ago

Extra Strap for handbag if need be (but never used)

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Forever New Ipad Case, $15 AUD, Forever New

Rilakkuma Iphone Case – so awesome, cute, soft and cuddly, but usually sadly gets lost in my handbag as it’s quite bulky around my iPhone! $15 AUD, Ebay.com

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My shopping tote (Disney and eco-friendly!) A Christmas 2013 present from my brother who purchased it from Disneyland Parks in Paris!

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What’s in your bag?

Do you always get random crap pile up in your bag?

What are your top essential items you can’t live without in your bag?

What brand are your purse and wallet?

Leave a comment below.

DIY REVERSE BALAYAGE. TOTAL COST = $25 AUD

I, unlike you most likely, have the sudden urge to change my hair about every 3 weeks. 4 weeks max if I’m lucky. After suddenly cutting my own waist length hair to shoulder length about 8 months before my wedding last year, I cursed myself at my own impulsive nature. What can I say, I was inspired by Margot Tenenbaum of the Royal Tenenbaums, and Australian model Abbey-Lee Kershaw’s shorter do of the moment. See figure A and figure B below:

Figure A: Margot Tenenbaum

(who’s style is my personal favourite of any made up/actual celebrity figure in the history of the world and who I have already featured in this blog a few posts back.)

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Gwynnie as the refined and chic Margot Tenenbaum. Although not the biggest fan of Gwyneth, she will forever remain in my heart for giving Margot life.

Figure B: Abbey-Lee Kershaw

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Abbey-Lee Kershaw with another chic lob. I simply had to cut my hair!

My hair is thick and has a natural curl that isn’t the best. It seems like it grows quickly and slowly at the same time. Actually that is 100% possible because it does happen exactly like that. So a good 12 months + later, my hair is finally at an almost armpit length.

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Growing back, but still slightly fried from years of over-peroxiding abuse. Gwen Stefani how do you do it?

Needing another hair do to feel on top of my game and give a slight boot of confidence, I stopped myself from reaching for the scissors like in Beyonce’s “Me, Myself and I.”

I had long wanted to do balayage but have also felt the pain from going black to brown to blonde to brown to blonde to brown and blonde again, and with saving money for my travels later this year I knew that was also a risky task. (The cost of a professional’s intervention to assist going blonde after brown is $600 +, and a lot of time, effort and orange-ness. Source- my own personal pain.)

So, what to do? I cut a fringe, wore it for a few days and went back to wanting a side fringe. I already look 14, a fringe always compounds this for me, but I never really do learn many lessons.

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I typed in reverse balayage to google images, as is my personal solution to any problem, and HOORAH:

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Kind of skunk like but sophisticated at the same time. I knew I had to try this!

This image told me exactly what I needed to do.

I went to the supermarket and bought 2 packs of brown hair dye. I then grabbed a tint brush, tint bowl and a larger tint brush from the chemist. Total cost of beauty supplies: $25 AUD.

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Shade #1 Rich Mahogany Brown, Clairol, $7 AUD

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Shade #2 Natural Medium Brown, Clairol, $7 AUD

I then, as you can imagine (I didn’t take pics) brushed shade #1 on the midlengths, leaving a space at the bottom to fill in with shade #2. I watched Parks & Recreation for 10 minutes while that colour developed, and then applied hsade #2 at the end lengths of the hair. I used the tint brush to make the effect look as natural as reverse balayage can be, hehe. I let  both dyes sit for another 20 minutes. Then voila, I rinsed and blowdryed with the results being a bit more subtle than the above inspiration. (Which I still digged, and was a little bit better for a more corporate workplace anyway.)

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After DIY balayage. The lengths are more subtle, more like a dark blonde then brown on the ends (Why did I have to wear the black Pink Floyd shirt to cover it up?)

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I think you get the idea now

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All in all, it was pretty successful since it was my first time DIYing balayage. As opposed to paying $300 AUD + for it at a hair salon, I think $25 AUD was a good effort. Next time I may go 2 shades darker just for more really noticeable results.

Do you do your own balayage or foils at home? Or simply just an all-over dye?

Tips for achieving salon-ready results at home?

Any other Mimco-wallet friendly beauty tips? Please leave them in the comments below.