Hi, my name is Rosie and I’m a shop-a-holic.

Yes, I have come to terms with being a shop-a-holic. I cannot help it though! Working at Cubah/Miss Ruby doesn’t help either. There’s always something new in that’s super cute or something I’ve always liked that just when on sale for a really good deal, the cycle never ends.

This week I’ve been a very, very bad girl. I finally bought a pair of JBrand’s leggings (a.k.a. jeggings) and they are absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend anyone who likes skinny leg jeans to get a pair. Not only are they lighter than jeans, it’s a lot easier to move about and yet they’re heavier and thicker than your average legging which gives you more coverage and warmth (I guess) around the derrière region. I only bought them on Tuesday and I’ve worn them 5 times this week – that’s how great they are. I bought them in pitch colour, however, I intend to buy another pair in grey.

JBrand leggings - VERY comfortable

JBrand leggings - I have black and now I want a grey pair like these because they are so fantastic!

Aside from jeggings I got my Maurie & Eve dress off lay-by. I bought the Observation Dress in Folk Print. It’s very cute and I’ve included a picture for you all. The Letter Frock by camilla and marc was my other indulgence for this week. I lay-byed it from work. Very gorgeous and comfortable dress. I can’t wait to wear it in summer with a lovely pair of tan wedges.

Maurie and Eve, Observation Dress - Folk Print

My lovely father also bought me a new pair of Tony Bianco flats back from his trip to Melbourne. I always like having a pair of Tony Bianco’s tan or beige flats in case no shoes I own match an outfit or I don’t want to wear any of my other shoes. These are very gorgeous and similar to a pair of Pedro García skull ballet flats from either last year or the year before’s collection. Needless to say, I’ll be wearing these babies to death!

Tony Bianco skull ballet flats

Next on my buying agenda: True Religion white denim shorts and a camilla and marc sequined top. Two items that, when paired together, gives a hot look for a casual night out in the summer. Just add converse or cute sandals. I’m also chasing after a nice messenger bag, just like the one by Proenza Schouler.

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Work’s new season

American Vintage Cotton Twill Tank Dress (mine is Earth coloured however)

American Vintage Jersey Mini Dress (mine is carbon however)

My bank account is officially screwed! My ever lovely place of work’s sister store, Miss Ruby, recently got in its latest season. Spring/Summer 2010. I nearly died. Not only did we get in new American Vintage (of which I snapped up 3 pieces instantly check them out in the pics I’ve embedded) but also BA&SH (currently eyeing off two pieces, one I will never get through work due to already having sold my sizes). There’s also new camilla and marc mainline SS10. I’m in love with the letter frock. I WILL get that dress if it kills me (I just have to pay off my lay-by first – damn). I would show you all a picture, but the website won’t let me save the image or copy the images address. Last but not least, I discovered they’d received more Gypsy05 stock and now I really want one of their dresses too! Unfortunately I have a friend’s 19th pub crawl to attend in two weeks, therefore must spend my money buying a vest (a gorgeous Winter Kate vintage silk black vest – why buy a poor quality Lowes one I will never wear again when I can buy the Winter Kate one I know I will wear to death), a purple & black playboy bra as well fishnets and hotpants. In case you were wondering the theme is, ‘Suit up, or slut up’, so I decided to do both simultaneously! Enjoy the spring/summer collections!

Fashion school is in session!

So lately I’ve noticed myself breaking out of my usual fashion trends, which I love! I find that every few years I have a bit of a fashion epiphany and my eyes are opened to so many more, opportunities, I guess.

Recently, this started with make-up. My usual regime consisted of cover-up, foundation, mascara and maybe if I was going out somewhere special – liquid eyeliner (even though I’m 5th generation Chinese, charcoal and kohl always leaves weird lines on the top of my eyelids). However, recently I got a free Clinique eyeshadow pack when I bought new foundation. Now I’ve never been an eyeshadow girl. Possibly something to do with the fact that my eyeshadow experience extended only to stage make-up from ballet concerts; which let’s admit, is a little over the top and sometimes a bit scary.

Nowadays, unless I’m heading to uni for a lecture looking daggy, I wear it everywhere. I haven’t progressed from various shades of brown or pink yet, but I’m getting there. This then followed by the discovery that I can actually pull off blush. Now I’ve always used the bright pink colours – again, stage make-up material due to dance concerts – and I’ve also never been a fan of bronzers on me. However, I recently discovered a very soft pink in the form of Napoleon Perdis. If I’m going out, I can mix it with the darker shade of pink the palette offers and by putting powder over the top, I don’t look like I’m about to jump into my tutu.

Little did I realise, none of this takes very long to apply and therefore, my morning-routine is not disturbed and I get a different look to my now ‘uni make-up’.

My next discovery, hairstyles I previously thought looked shocking actually aren’t that bad if you play around with it. Now, I’ve always been a fringe girl. Too afraid to show too much of my face because I’ve always thought I had a funny face shape. In my teenage years, the fringe did cause some dilemmas. When you’re in your adolescent stage, it’s hormones galore and with it comes the problems of skin care. So last year (during summer when I had a full set of bangs) I decided I would have to tie it all up to fix the issue. This is when I discovered the cute fringe braid and a messy bun didn’t look anywhere near as bad as I thought. It was also the best trick ever for disguising a bad hair day. Tomorrow I’m thinking of attempting the centre part and braid my fringe back to either side. Could be disastrous, but we’ll see. I haven’t had a centre part since, probably, year 8? So 6-7 years ago. I’ve also started testing out cute little hair clips. I got a simple $10 one from Equip which I use to hold my fringe back on the opposite side to that I part my hair on. It gives a bit of a different look and is perfect for days when only my fringe is being bad.

Fashion wise, I’ve been opening my mind to new styles and fashions. I’ve also decided to develop a habit where even if I dislike someones outfit, I try to work out what they like about it and how it works in their eyes. I’m now a HUGE fan of flowy outfits. Although, being petite I must be careful when treading the fine line between all that is flowy and those that are like a hessian sack. Getting out of your comfort zone is actually rather fun. The number of people around who dress appallingly, or the same every single day, is amazing. Therefore, my theory is you might as well experiment. There’s been quite a few times this year where I’ve rocked up at work and said to my work friend, “please tell me this actually works?”. Last year, I wouldn’t have been caught dead in ‘Aladdin pants’ (as my father calls them) or so many feminine, soft and flowy outfits. I have still retained some of my more darker/alternative fashions, however my blacks are now mixed with ultra-feminine neutrals and it definitely feels more me.

I will definitely continue opening my mind to different styles of fashion. I’m not yet sure about what I will encounter, but I’m sure it will be fun!