knit pick.



Once in awhile you need a staycation. I wore this look over the weekend when the boy and I played tourist in our own city and took in the sites while eating our way through Sydney. While Sydney Harbor was dazzeling as usual I especially liked taking a minuet to really look at the beautiful old buildings of the CBD. So many details we miss when bustling past during rush hour!

While it's usually my more 'polished' outfits that end up on the blog I thought I'd post my off duty uniform for a change...I mean, I do wear it 90% of the time! With the cooler weather my go to is a knit, a knit, or a knit. I've got quite the collection going and this Lulu and Rose one from Glue Store is on high rotation.

So in the spirit of all things knit I've rounded up my favorites, but kept them budget friendly of course! Scroll on down for my picks (turn off Ad blockers to view!).

T xo




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baby blue.


Bit of a mad rush to get this post out to y'all today. I saw that this Boohoo duster coat was on sale for $60 and didn't know how long it would stay that way! I also saw they're doing an extra 30% off full priced coats, knitwear and shoes (code: bequick) sooooo consider this your FYI ;).


Meanwhile, I'm in love with this coat! The warmth, the colour, the length is all on point in my opinion. Ever since I saw the lovely Chrissy Teigen rock a baby blue dress with dark lip to the Oscars this year I've been all about the pastel and dark. I'm wearing MAC shade 'Diva' here but looking at these pictures now I feel it's a bit too matte for the look I'm going for. Cue adding a glossy dark lippy to the treasure hunt list- comment below if you have any suggestions!

T xo

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Boohoo Duster Coat ($60)
Boohoo Distressed Denim ($50)
Boohoo Blouse ($30)
Bardot Heels ($30), similar ($50)


Photography: Paul Lui

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hibiscus: Do's and Don'ts of thrift-ing.


Yes I love chasing down those sales and such but a spot of thrift shopping never goes astray either. 

In fact I picked up this gorgeous Blue Moon dress from the lovely Gary Pepper Girl herself  at the Terrigal Markets a few weeks ago. You bet I wanted to snap up everything she had to offer (the boy may have had to make another trip to the ATM…*cheeky monkey emoji*) but there’re a few do’s and don’ts of thrift shopping that keeps the experience cheap and effective:

     Do some homework: Though you’ve probably already done this! Cuts, colours and fabrics that are currently trending will be all over them fashion blogs/Instagram/Pinterest. Use these sources as inspo to bag and wear a unique bargain find just like the cool kids.

 Do dress the part: Wearing leggings/skinny jeans/anything tight fitting to the markets is a winner.  You’ll get to quickly try on a piece over your outfit without wasting time in a queue for a flimsy looking portable change room. Pro tip: if you know your measurements you could also add a flexible measuring/sewing tape to you handbag arsenal to double check the sizing of a garment.

Don’t let the bargain seduce you: This goes for both retail and market/thrift shopping. It’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of a bargain but if the item doesn’t add value to your wardrobe/home/life and align with your style then it’s just dead weight.

Don’t fool yourself: If you know your way around a sewing machine I salute you. Have a tailor on speed dial? Fantastic. I, however, have neither of these things. What I do have is quite the collection of ‘not quite right’ impulse buy items that have unfortunately remained that way. Not so thrifty. So if it needs any major adjustments then nope, it’s not coming home with me.

 Do leave alone sometimes: Shopping at the markets/thrift stores is truly a treasure hunt and part of the whole fun is in that search. So, if you don’t find something that you truly love or adds value, it’s all good! You had fun! And guess what? You have an excuse to do it all again.

Happy thrifting treasure hunters!

T xo








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secret garden.



Traipsing through gardens in secret...because it was actually someones front yard.

Have you ever read The Secret Garden? Growing up it was one of my favorite stories, made even better by its equally good movie adaptation. Happening upon this great wall of vines and wrought iron gate bought back lovely memories- of course I had to stop and shoot!

T xo

DOLLYGIRL FASHION SKIRT (similar here & here)
WITTNER HEELS (similar)
COLLETTE HANDBAG




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palazzo.

Guys, pastels are the way to go...

They were the 'in' thing over summer and will be popping up on duster coats, blazers and such over winter. And while the weather is till beautiful I'll wear it easy and breezy thanks to the Paula Palazzo pants picked up in The Iconics recent 40% off sale.


Scared of pimping out the palazzo? Don’t be! I love the palazzo style for the same reason I love midi skirts: highlights the little bits (waist) while skimming over the tricky bits (hips, bums and thighs). Just make sure they sit at the waist, or cinch it in with a belt to hold it there and you really can't go wrong. Besides, the comfort level of these bad boys are akin to pajamas- what's not to love?!

I had so much fun shooting this look (and a few upcoming outfits!) with the lovely Shyani, owner of Moments Photography by Shyani. If you have any photography needs in either Sydney or Melbourne she's your leading lady!

And on that note I really should start holiday prep. I'm off on a little Easter vacay tomorrow and right now I can't even find my suitcase. Good times. 

Hope y'all have a lovely Easter! Eat ALL of the chocolate! Or hide it, I hear it's running out =O.

T xo

Bardot Crop top (similar) and heels



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check mate.


Hello 'autumn'...

I saw a meme the other day that went something like: 'Oh  okay, it's March. Nobody panic. It was just Christmas, hahaha, but now it's March.' My sentiments exactly! The summer came and went way too fast but was decent enough to leave behind this glorious weather week in Sydney.

So it's legs out, checks out in this Beginning Boutique playsuita perfect trans-seasonal piece with plenty of styling potential. The loose material allows layering while also posing 'is it a dress? is it a playsuit?' ponderings and the monochrome color palette leave pairing options wide open. Pretty handy for $49!

As you can see I went for the print clash option, but it was via happy accident. I picked up these leopard print Bardot heels for $30 many moons ago and they.are.comfy. So comfy in fact that they live in the back seat of my car as my 'chill to chic' transformers. 

I've come to look at leopard print as a neutral colour, and as someone that is not very big on jewellery (my usually get up is pearl earrings and watch) a neutral that can add a little something to an outfit is a great little item to have in the wardrobe arsenal...or the back seat of the car.

xo

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Bardot Heels
Bardot Leather Jacket

Photography: Paul Lui

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sale alert: NastyGal

Bargain baggin' time thanks to the lovely people over at NastyGal! A further 40% off sale items means my picks below range from a tiny $11 to a still tiny $50.

Enjoy treasure hunters!

T xo


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shift.





A shift dress never goes astray…especially $20 ones. 
I walk by a SES Fashion store everyday and now and then I’ll pop in, and now and then I’ll bag a bargain. I'm especially fond of this one as the simple monochrome print adds versatility and trend longevity- not bad for $20!
This latest SES buy is paired with a Target trench I nabbed on sale for $30. I um’ed and ah’ed before the purchase as it was a stinking hot summer day and I have a shopping habit of only gravitating towards items suited to the weather at the time. I know, not very savvy for a bargain hunter! But I’m glad my inner thrifty-ness got the better of me as this trench has been a savior in this weird weather week we've been having. I've just chucked it on over my normal summer wardrobe and I’m good to go!
A special mention needs to go out to these Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses- or rather the website I got them from. For those who don’t know I’m pretty damn blind in both eyes (-6.25 to be exact) which equals glasses and contacts from the moment I wake up. I spend a good chunk of coin on daily contact lenses and am always on the hunt for the cheapest option. Enter Vision Direct. Not only are the contact lenses I need cheapest here, they also have the cheapest designer eye-wear online (or price match) and do same day free express shipping. All in all quite a handy site to know about!

On that note, happy Friday treasure hunters! Have a fabulous weekend.

T xo

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SES Shift Dress (similar)
Target Trench (similar herehere, and here)
Wittner Heels


 Photography: Rupert Tandingan

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