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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.

I CHOO-CHOO-CHOOSE YOU

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One of the best (and heartbreaking) Simpsons episodes ever created: when Lisa declines Ralph’s sweet “I Choo-Choo-Choose You” Valentines Day Card.

Now I know you wouldn’t be so heartless as Lisa originally was to Ralph to your secret admirer/or others this Valentines Day, you sensitive soul you!

The day that is either hate/love for most, V Day gets either really out-of-proportion or shut down altogether.

Do you go all out for your Valentine’s Day, spending major dough on an amazing gift and dinner out? Or do you prefer a more laidback low-key VDay, full of more thrift and thought?

Either way you roll, lovely possibilities of Valentines Day gifts (big and small) have been compiled here in a neat little bow for you so you can tailor it to your VDay needs:

FOR GUYS

LUXE (AND SLIGHTLY LUXE) 

ARMANI CLASSIC GENTS BLUE FACE WATCH

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£189.00 JBWatches

Polished and a little bit different with its standout royal blue face, this is the watch I would definitely buy my husband if he were more of a watch-wearer. (He barely wanted to wear his wedding ring because he’s a no-frills-or-watches kinda simpleton guy.)

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Calvin Klein  Purple Patterned Silk Slim Tie $39.95, The Mens Shop

This Calvin Klein tie is an unexpected tie gift with its deep purple shade and pattern. Even though he may not purchase it for himself in real life, he will secretly appreciate the push to colour you give him with this tie. (Expertise = from buying my husband salmon and pink business shirts, coloured ties galore to get him out of his black white and navy-wearing self. Although he says he would never buy it personally, he loves all the colour I bring to his life and rewears his gifts constantly!)

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My fave: Concert Tickets to his favourite band

Who says you have to use your Valentines Day gift straight away? Why not give the gift of an awesome concert experience on Valentines Day and wait a little bit?

For a headliner such as Queens Of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails in Brisbane, he will love this present.

FOR LESS 

MAGNETIC BOTTLE OPENER 

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Magnetic bottle opener, shaped in different sports balls such as golf and soccer = genius in a guy’s eyes. Likely to be a big smash at home football events; everyone will thank you whenever they open their drinks with novel ease.

$9.95 AUD, Getprice

FOR GIRLS 

LUXE (AND SLIGHTLY LESS LUXE)

LADY DIOR BOX BAG GRADED CALFSKIN

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POA, Dior

Look at Marion Cottilard slay with this beautiful, ombre gradiated from yellow to orange Dior Lady handbag I have been lusting after ever since my eyes first saw its glory. Okay, so this present may break your Valentines piggy bank 4560 times over (and slightly more,) but it is worth every penny.

TARINA TARANTINO PAVE HEART NECKLACE

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Oh how I lust after you, Tarina Tarantino Crystal Pave heart necklaces. With a myriad of pretty colours to choose from such as pink, purple, blue, green and every other colour under the sun, one day these will all be mine.

(The rainbow one above is a hint to get started, dear husband!)

$150 USD, TarinaTarantino

MOSCHINO HEART AND CHAIN PRINTED SCARF

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She will be thanking you for this adorable Moschino heart and chain print scarf, guaranteed to be a winner cherry-topper to every outfit. $180 USD, Farfetch

LESS

KITSCHY CUTE HEART 1970’S DOUBLE FRAME 

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$13.76 AUD

          

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This cute little vintage heart photo frame holder is the kind my mum used to have in the 70’s. This would look so cute on a dressing or vanity table with photos of you lovebirds adorning it.

BETSEY JOHNSON CANDY HEART EARRINGS

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These Candy Heart Earrings by Betsey Johnson, $30 AUD, Amazon.com = the cutest thing ever.

Betsey and her craziness always fares well in designing her cute, girly, quirky and romantic pieces.

OTHER NEAT & THRIFTY IDEAS 

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-Rent out/buy his favourite movies and have a movie night of all the action movies you actually love as well (you can also have a night full of your choices next time – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The First Wives Club anyone?)

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– Tear up paper into strips and on each piece write memories that you have shared together – the sillier or smaller, the better. This is a nice idea to save money and also give a really thoughtful gift that shows how much you do care/how many memories you still treasure.

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-Put together his “favourite things” basket for him/her – grab their favourite treats such as chocolate, snacks, drinks (a few beers, some wine) sports memorabilia or girly things (i.e. keychain of his favourite team or some jewellery.) Use a basket, bowl or box you already have in the house and wrap with clear cellophane with a red bow to give a DIY thrifty and thoughtful Valentine’s gift.

KOOKY KIKI + POLKA DOTS A LA KIRSTEN

I have always been a fan of Kirsten Dunst and more importantly, Kirsten Dunst’s snaggleteeth and style. I feel somehow we are like kindred spirits, as I also have one snaggletooth to the side (which I was supposed to get braces for but decided to go against as I liked it’s charm) and love everything she wears.

Whether she is in one of my childhood faves, Jumanji, an intense baby vamp in An Interview With a Vampire, mysterious Lux in The Virgin Suicides, MJ in Spiderman or on a depression journey in Melancholia, Kiki nails it every time. If I were a celebrity, I would probably aspire to Kiki’s career and style.

KIKI’S CANDID STYLE

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Contemplating the meaning of science – intelligent and stylish!

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Making floral crop tops cool again in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (my all time fave)

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Doing masuline luxe oh so well

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Floral shirt + matching floral shorts = too cute

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20’s style flapper headband for the Met

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Street chic in a polka dot dress and trilby

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Sophisticatedly sheer

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Killer shades + Fruit Loops = Great combo

ULTIMATE KIKI OUTFIT DU JOUR:

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Prada silk blouse and Cream Chanel skirt. I swoon!

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Polished to perfection

 So, I have been obsessed with this outfit ever since I saw it. But with no funds to buy the real deal Prada blouse and beautiful white Chanel skirt, I improvised with items already found in my own closet.

THE PERFECTION OR NOTHING WAY:

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Red polka dot blouse, $10 AUD, Ebay.com.au

This red and white polkadot ruffle blouse gives me life. I feel so happy wearing it. At only a steal for $10 AUD from a little boutique on Ebay I can’t recall the name of years ago, I paired it with a $5 Kmart taupe maxi skirt and $10 Mustard loafers from Rubi picked up on sale a few seasons ago. All in all,  the Kiki-fied (and Zooey Deschanel-ish) outfit came to a total of $25 AUD, with the added bonus of feeling good making use of stuff I already have.

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Mustard loafers, $10 AUD, Rubi.com.au

      

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Enjoying the backyard foliage

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To get yourself Kiki-fied, check out the great statement pieces below:

Polka dots a la Kirsten

Polka dot blouse
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Donna karan skirt
$1,645 – harveynichols.com

Jigsaw long maxi skirt
$49 – jigsaw-online.com

Jessica Simpson nude platform pumps
$125 – debenhams.com

Prada vintage black purse
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Laura mercier eye makeup
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Christian Dior pink blush
$49 – johnlewis.com

Any tips for mixing/matching and updating your polka dot pieces?
What are your fave Kirsten Dunst movies and outfits?
Please leave a comment below.