10 things every woman must own

Via InStyle

How many do you own?

red flats

Black blazer – tick, in fact, blazers

Leopard print scarf – it’s no Stephen Sprouse, but I do own a really bad Sportsgirl ripoff which I never wear.

Red flats – I don’t have a pair of red flats…I have many pairs of flats though, maybe it’s time to get a red pair like the ones above. Nice studs.

Striped shirt – I think I have one of these reserved for the I’m feeling skinny days because we all know how evil horizontal stripes are.

Statement necklace – I’m not a big fan of neck-wear. Contrary to popular belief, statement necklaces are not for everyone.

Little black dress – I have lots of these, don’t think they exactly qualify for the term ‘little’ though.

Black opaque tights – Thanks to Canberra winters, I own about 20 pairs of these.

Oversize watch – Nope, but I can steal that from my boy. You know they do look amazing on? Who would’ve thought.

Classic trench – I have two in fact. One beige and one black. And an ugly pistachio green one from Dotti. Oh Dotti, the good old days.

Flared jeans – I thought we left those behind in the 60’s…but apparently they are making a come back. I have a pair, very very faded, and they no longer fit.


How insanely cute are these?

Look what the cat dragged in…

Buyer feedback: 100%

When Cleopatra dissolved one of her pearl earrings in a glass of vinegar and proceeded to drink the mixture in front of Mark Antony, she created a paradigm to the phrase ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

Some two thousand years later, although it was no precious pearl earring, Pierre Omidyar sold a broken laser pointer online to a guy that collected broken laser pointers. And so it became the eBay avant la lettre, and as they say, the rest is history.

Hello, my name is Shirley, and I am an eBay addict.

It all started with a harmless pair of shoes, those sparling pretty things,  exactly my size, for a fraction of the retail. I blame the trick photography and the seller’s gift with words.

Then it was an amazing Alannah Hill sequined silk skirt, a limited release many seasons ago, impossible to find in the shops, and would have costed more than $400 in retail. It was a bargain for $150.

Another pair of earrings and some Seinfeld DVDs later, I was hooked.

But hang on, if you are waiting to hear a sob story of how a girl had filled up her house with useless things from eBay and spent all her money on redundant things, then you’d be disappointed, because, I was, what I would call, a discerning buyer.

I never bought those so-claimed designer labels on eBay, as it is just so easy to sell counterfeits online. I always bid the highest price I was willing to pay, and never once regretted the price I paid. I would never buy an item if the postage was exorbitantly high, that’s an indication of an amateur seller or someone who is trying to rip people off. And, of course, the seller’s feedback is also important. Proof that I’m not reckless? A quick check of my eBay feedback counts only 108 buying transactions since March 2002. That’s not so bad is it?

Hmmmm I really need a pair of dangling pearl earrings…

Parting is such sweet sorrow

I’m parting with some of my favourite clothes, a lot of which are Alannah Hill. Reason? I never get to wear them, and it’s such a shame to let them sit there in my wardrobe. It took a lot of courage to let them go and I would love, love to see the clothes go to better homes. So please take a look here at the sale.

I’ve finally found you…

Short of flying to Florence, I’ve been looking high and low for the perfect pair of flat, knee-high, leather boots. The other day, I came across a discount code for Mimco, and decided to pop online and take a look. There they were, sitting prettily in the Sale section, the perfect pair of boots in my size! The best bit was that I got them for $100 off the sale price. Score.

fabulous boots

fabulous boots

Getting crafty

I came across some gorgeous Japanese fabrics at the Kingston markets on the weekend. Without knowing what on earth I would do with them, I just had to have them. So I looked to http://www.etsy.com for inspiration. Etsy sells everything handmade, and there was bound to be a little sewing project for me.

Speaking of sewing, my experience is limited to sewing the missing button or patching tiny splits in my clothes. Never before had I even attempted sewing something big.

So I saw these very cute passport covers on Etsy, and decided to make my own. Completely from scratch. No sewing machine.

So these were the results of two nights of hard labour – a little Ipod Nano pouch and a passport cover. Nothing like the passport cover on Etsy. They are a bit rough around the edges, but they do the job and I love the prints!

The ingredients? Two sets of Japanese fabric, paper scissors, some paper for templates, needle and threads, button, elastics, makeup remover pads as padding, and my old name plate at work as a ruler (because for some reason, there is no ruler at home).