What I bought & Wardrobe diaries: August 2019

New in

I did make some online orders that I kept, but they were from overseas so didn’t arrive until September, hence I’ll save them for the next post. I did fail to mention two other clothing items I received in July. They were gifts that were picked for me so got missed when I was going through purchase receipts (though not a good excuse).

Massimo Dutti cardigan (beige, S) – It’s a very nice cotton, silk and cashmere blend, though after an initial wash, is not as soft as when new. It’s a bit brown-toned, which makes me nervous as I don’t like brown. As the arms are quite fitted, I think this will end up being more useful to wear in warmer months when I’m not wearing anything with sleeves. I’ve never tried Massimo Dutti before.

Cactus-print T-shirt from Red Bubble – SUPER ADORABLE present!!! It’s quite fitted on me and the material is very thin, so I’m not sure how often I will wear it, but looking at it makes me happy and it’s not the first “collector” T-shirt I’ve got.

Considered or tried

I happened to be looking at Nique dresses on The Iconic which were on sale. After ordering from The Iconic I discovered they were cheaper on the Nique website. I emailed customer support to request a refund of the difference, but they seemed to struggle with understanding the concept that I had A) ordered the last of the size for some dresses so I couldn’t just place another order with a discounted code they were providing me; B) I didn’t wish to send anything I wanted to keep back for a refund and re-order it with a discounted price (what a waste of time and resources!); C) it was signalling to me that in future I should check all other websites before ordering from The Iconic. After over half a dozen emails, one representative finally got it and said that they would refund the difference for any item I kept. Overall, the service was good but they were too quick to provide the same solution (over and over) and clearly hadn’t read my emails properly. As it turned out, I didn’t keep any of the items. I’d been interested to try Nique because they are a Melbourne brand and have very clean silhouettes and designs. Overall I was not happy with the quality.

The Nique Fumiko midi dress (6) was overwhelmingly long on me, which was not surprisingly. At 50% linen 50% cotton, I was really disappointed with how thin, crinkly and transparent the fabric was. The fabric did not feel like good quality cotton and linen. I think the dress would only look nice if the dress held its shape like in the stock photos. I also couldn’t make the belt work on me.

The Nique Fumiko mini dress (6, 8) is a shorter version of the above dress but in 100% cotton. I only tried on the 8. The silhouette looked quite strange on me and I could see the dress looking quite tatty when it wasn’t pristinely ironed. The cotton was thin and I’m sure it would get instantly wrinkled after wearing it and sitting down or doing anything other than posing for a stock photo.

Finally the Nique Eriko dress (6) was also in a disappointing fabric. The linen was scratchy and sheer, even in black. I didn’t think the cut of the shoulders worked for me either.

My ongoing compact wallet saga continued as I have been planning to make a purchase during our upcoming trip to Europe. I finally got around to the Loewe store because I had my eye on the small vertical wallet (embossed calfskin raspberry, embossed calfskin navy and soft calfskin wild rose/raspberry; the latter was what I went in specifically for). I wasn’t interested in the embossed calfskin until the sales assistant talked me into it. I don’t like embossed or monograms but I don’t actually mind this. The leather is much more pliable and so light. I really like how much it fits and how compact is it, and that the bill compartment is the whole length. This is my preferred compact wallet of choice but as Loewe doesn’t do navy or raspberry with gold hardware (barely anything comes in gold hardware from Loewe, which is really a hurdle for me and this brand), I am leaning towards just waiting to see if future seasons will bring out gold hardware. I don’t want to settle and I certainly don’t want it in ivory. On the other hand, I’ve been desperate to downsize for a year now so I don’t know how much longer I want to wait…!!! Maybe I will cave?

Other considerations were the popular Louis Vuitton Victorine (either black or the fun marine rouge empreinte leather. I must say that in comparison the Loewe wallet, it is not as efficient with the real estate. The bill compartment only spans two thirds, and there is a more “space waste” for the dimension of the wallet. This is also significantly more expensive but I think the Loewe wallet feels nicer. I also went to look at the Lady Dior lambskin mini wallet because of the gorgeous amaranth colour. Again, the wallet didn’t feel as space efficient and rather bulky. It may even fit less than the other two. They didn’t have the colour in stock so I couldn’t see the colour (looks gorgeous online, though). The lambskin leather felt pretty average, and I would probably want to take off the key chain entirely. This one is in distant third place.

I finally tried on the Loewe small Puzzle bag in midnight (it has gold hardware!) since this colour and hardware combination got released. I think the medium is too big for me. I like that it’s heavy (not too much “extra” hardware and leather), though I certainly would give it extra points if it was lighter still (I am sooo picky about bag weight). It may be a little boxy on me. The opening is not ideal but I don’t think it would bother me. I wish they had kept the metal feet but mostly I wish they had kept the thicker shoulder strap. Knowing these changes puts me off the Puzzle bag somewhat, but it is still a beautiful bag to look at.

Other updates

I passed on a Jigsaw navy 100% merino jumper to my Mum. The quality is brilliant, but the long fluted sleeves are lined in silk and I can’t handle having to fold them up every time it was in my way (very often). I don’t really have the patience for these impracticalities, especially when I’m at work. The side slits also meant I couldn’t wear them with mid-rise jeans/pants at work.

What I bought & Wardrobe diaries: July 2019

Oh boy, another big shopping month because of some very generous cash gifts for my birthday and purchases my Mum ended up paying for as a gift.

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IRO cropped belted cady tapered pants (FR 34, 36) – As you can see, my hunt for pants/trousers continued. Though I was only in the market for practical pants, I really wanted to try these out when The Outnet had their 20% off sale and I ended up making three HUGE orders. These pants look amazing though the tie at the front will be annoying. The 34 was a bit tight in various places. The fabric is mid-weight and sturdy but also incredibly smooth and comfortable – really excellent quality. Unfortunately I haven’t worn them yet and hope they won’t sit around gathering dust. My Mum kindly bought these for me for my birthday. $580 down to $278 – 20% = $222.40 (gifted)

See by Chloe cropped crepe tapered pants (FR 34, 36) – And this is the practical pant. My legs are so short these are actually full length on me though, haha. The fabric has a nice texture to it and has been really easy to care for. For some reason the zip and button direction on the fly is the “wrong” way around (male way around), which is quite difficult to get used to. Also unfortunately I slightly regret the size I kept because I tried all the clothing in my The OutNet orders after a very big dinner and I do now find these pants loose, though there’s no risk of any wardrobe malfunctions (I think). My Mum kindly bought these for me for my birthday. $320 down to $158 – 20% = $124.80 (gifted)

Uniqlo Heattech x 3 – I bought another crew neck long sleeve (S), turtleneck long sleeve (S) and a really nice dusty pink fleece turtleneck (S), which is sooo cosy and I’ve been wearing it casually all the time. I’ve been layering these base layers all winter long and loving them! $19.90 down to $14.90 x 3 = $44.70

Ziera Topaz sandals (38) – I already own these exact sandals but gosh sandals get grubby and disgusting during summer. I have to wipe them down almost every week if I’m wearing them. I wore them to USA and all through late spring, summer and early autumn. Initially I got these sandals last year the weekend before we were leaving for USA when I realised it was going to be super hot in October so I needed comfortable walking sandals which I didn’t have… I paid $219.95 (!) last year but they have been nothing but comfortable from the get go and got me through the whole trip so I had zero regrets. Because they went on sale (with a promotion for a second pair half price) and I was given a voucher, I decided to get a backup pair because I know they are great for my feet and I really like to stick with what works for my problematic feet. $219.95 down to $143.96; though it is now $139.95. See Ziera order total below.

Ziera Uja sandals (38) – Because of the above pair, this pair goes down to half price and it was already on sale. I’ve tried them on before so I was okay to order them. I thought it would be nice to have easy slip-on sandals sometimes, since I don’t have any without straps which makes it hard to quickly run out the door. The copper pair look so nice but I wasn’t sure by the description if the upper was leather or not so I went with the safer black option. $179.95 down to $97.97. Total Ziera order: $241.93 – 50% off second pair – $30 voucher – $7 loyalty credit = $155.94

Christian Dior Miss Dior Promenade Pouch (black; preowned via eBay) – By the late 2017, the Celine Trotteur and Dior Miss Dior Promenade were the two bags at the top my wishlist. Of course they were both discontinued around the time I decided they were the next bags I wanted to purchase. Everything I like always seems to end up discontinued! I wonder why that is. I cannot believe they discontinued the Miss Dior Promenade! I think this local seller had listed it many months ago and I saw it but it was priced closer to $2000 at the time and ideally I wasn’t after black. But since it’s been long discontinued and still expensive on the resale market (where I usually find black or colours I definitely don’t want), by the time the price for this dropped to $1550 when I searched again in June, it was looking quite attractive for the price, condition and having all the original receipts. I was very generously gifted a lot of money for my birthday, which I used for this bag with a 5% off coupon. I had asked the seller a lot of questions and received a lot of extra photos and comments during our exchange, had it looked over by The Purse Forum’s authenticators, and was happy with the seller’s history of selling preowned designer goods. The Miss Dior Promenade’s leather is simply DIVINE and the most luxurious leather I’ve ever felt (ahem, probably even Chanel). The leather feels like the leather on the Lady Dior, which is far superior to other Dior small leather goods including clutches and WOCs. $1550 with free shipping – $77.50 (promotion coupon) = $1472.50 (gifted)

July 2019 total: $200.64 + $1819.70 gifted = $2020.34

Considered or tried

AKA the rest of my The Outnet orders…

Tibi herringbone wool coat (US 2, 4) – I’ve been eyeing this coat since the start of the year because I love longline blazers and this seemed like a nice in-between of a thick woollen coat and a traditional blazer. I was always a bit put off by the ring at the back though. Anyway, I don’t have much impression on the fabric (I remember it was quite soft rather than structured) because both sizes were too big! The sizing must be really weird with Tibi. I may add the size 0 next time I make an order during a promotion to try on, but I’m unsure how much I want this now and whether there’s anything else on my watchlist I want to try. Courier delivery and returns are enough of a pain that it is a deterrent to order from The Outnet.

Diane Von Furstenberg cropped wool tapered pants (US 2, 4) – These pants were really big and overwhelming on me. I think probably my legs are disproportionately short.

Theory Karenia silk-blend sweater (S; antique rose) – There was absolutely nothing special about the fabric or fit of this jumper.

Victoria Beckham cropped Prince of Wales checked wool tapered pants (UK 6) – Again, maybe because my legs weren’t long enough, the fit was not cropped and tapered enough to look as cool as on the model. The waist fit but the rest looked really large on my lower half.

What I bought & Wardrobe diaries: June 2019

I didn’t buy anything in May, but June ended up being shopping-busy, and one big order is yet to completely arrive!

New in

Bared Brolga shoes (black leather, 38) – For the last few years, I’ve pretty much only worn Ziera shoes. I was recommended this brand by a colleague as it is also a shoe brand with supportive shoes for wide feet (with orthotic-friendly styles, though I don’t use orthotics). I picked the Brolga in black leather because I wanted a leather (not suede) black work shoe for winter as a sort-of replacement for my Ziera Oahu shoes. I may do a comparison/review in future, but I can say for certain that Bared may be more stylish but the shoes are nowhere near as comfortable as Ziera, so I much prefer Ziera because they are both at the same price point. I am still happy with the Brolga because it is a polished-looking shoe in the style I prefer to wear for winter (I am often told I am crazy but I don’t like to wear boots unless I have to in winter) and works in most occasions. It took a few days to wear-in. The leather is really stiff and made me bleed on the first few days. Along with the stiff leather, the foot-bed is also solid and stiff, so while they’re not painful for a workday, they’re not comfortable shoes I can walk all day in. They still fill a wardrobe hole and I’ve worn them almost every workday since I got them (after I stopped bleeding in them), but I would jump ship in a heartbeat if I found a more comfortable shoe. $229

Viktoria & Woods Prescott skirt (black, size 0) – I have quietly admired this skirt for a few months since I saw a Youtuber wearing it. This piece feels expensive to me and I think I made a rash decision in the store, especially since I’ve discovered I can’t get the belt to not loosen while I’m wearing it. It’s so annoying. Compared to another Viktoria & Woods piece I have in the exact same fabrication, this bamboo and polyester fabric feels just divine and was probably what won me over. I’ve really been into Australian designers lately and I think that manifested itself in this purchase… $270 reduced to $199

Reiss Margot checked tapered trousers (navy, UK 8) – What I am actually hunting for these last few months are work pants. Work is very casual but I’m actually a bit sick of wearing jeans. I don’t own any trousers and just a couple of pairs of culottes so I felt like there was definitely a hole in that department of my wardrobe. I didn’t see this pair on the Reiss website (and still can’t find it there except when I Google the name of the pants), but I saw this one lone pair in David Jones and it fit pretty well and was comfortable. The subtle navy throughout is quite nice. I wear it cuffed and I’ve been loving it. The polyester blend feels very nice, doesn’t really wrinkle and washes very well! Since owning it, I have worn it most workdays and it’s starting to get embarrassing, haha. Unfortunately I notice it is more discounted on the Reiss website now ($75). $340 (on tag) or $195 (on website?!) reduced to $95 but paid on a 10% reduced gift card for $85.50

June 2019 total: $513.50

Considered or tried

Country Road flannel pegged pants (AU 6 and 8) – The fabric was a scratchy wool-blend. The cut looked terrible on me (made my butt area look huge) and it was unlined in the bottom half so it was super itchy.

Country Road mock neck basic knit (XS and S) – I really wanted to like this because it’s so hard for me to find basic knitwear when my skin is so fussy. The fabric feels soft to the touch of the hand, but as soon as I put it on it was too itchy for me! I would have picked the oatmeal colour, which seems to be immensely popular.

Sportscraft Yarra knit top (french navy, S) – I don’t look at Sportscraft often but their knitwear is really excellent quality (their merino wool is fabulous). I noticed they had some cotton-cashmere (3-5% cashmere) knitwear, which is my preferred knitwear blend. The Yarra knit is on sale (it was ~$69 when I tried it on over the weekend but now it’s only $49!) but I ended up passing because I would have had to order the navy online (and fill up on other items to reach the free shipping threshold) and it’s only 3/4 sleeve. Also, the stitching means the underside is not actually that smooth. Sportscraft sizing runs very large, but I liked the size S I tried on because the arms were a bit loose and the torso length not short on me. I have my eye on the Lorri floral knit in wine and Lorri spot knit in navy and can’t decide which I like better – they are both SO ME! They were both 20% off full price over the weekend (~$120) but I’m sure they’ll be reduced eventually so I’m hoping to wait until then.

Fendi Peekaboo Essentially – I visited several stores with my Mum trying to find a bag for her and also looked at some things I’ve been considering myself for a while. I won’t mention them all but the longest I spent was in the Fendi store where I unintentionally ended up looking at an array of Peekaboos. I didn’t know there was a size called “Essentially”, which is the size up from mini. I gravitate towards smaller bags (like the mini) but the sales assistant and my Mum convinced me this was the better size. I’ve always liked the shape of the Peekaboo though I’ve never considered purchasing one new/pre-loved. It’s a pricey line because the leather is substantial, but it also means the weight would never actually be practical to me. The strap is also very comfortable.

Other updates

I have decided to part ways with my very old Esprit white sleeveless shirt, which my Mum keeps commenting that I should get rid of. I don’t think it’s too old, but the polyester is just so unpleasant in summer. Since I picked up the Uniqlo sleeveless and short-sleeved shirts last summer, I stopped reaching for this and don’t see myself reaching for it next summer.

My one and only attempt at buying trousers a few years ago resulted in a pair of Dorothy Perkins black straight leg trousers online (I bought several to try and ended up on this one) and I am now parting with it. I never liked it and never wear it. I kept it around just in case but now that I have the Reiss trousers and many orders coming through to try, I can “safely” get rid of this.

What I bought & Wardrobe diaries: April 2019

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 (black and white, US 7.5) – I wrote previously about shopping for leather sneakers after a terrible pair of Nikes. I actually had kept this exact pair of runners in size 7 around that time because they have a lot more support and a thicker sole, and I did still need a pair of runners in my life. After wearing it a couple of times, it became evident that these ran narrower than my previous pair of Nikes, and they made the sides of my foot numb. It didn’t bother me too much unless I wore them for many hours. However coming into my Japan holiday of April, I decided to repurchase these runners and size up to avoid the discomfort during long days of walking in Japan. While I regret not realising the problem with my previous pair, I don’t regret this second purchase. I had no issues in Japan and it was totally worth the comfort. $179.99 minus $45.00 discount = $134.99 minus $1.84 cashback = $133.15

Uniqlo HEATTECH crew neck long-sleeve T-shirt (navy, M) and Uniqlo HEATTECH turtle neck long-sleeve T-shirt (black, M; navy, M and S) – These were predominantly purchases for the Japan trip as there was one fairly northern city we were visiting that could potentially be very cold. I originally purchased two turtlenecks (S and M) to try on for size. I slightly preferred the larger size because my (short) neck felt claustrophobic in the smaller size. So then I purchased another one in medium and another crew neck in medium but a darker colour than previously. The sizing difference it not really noticeable so it doesn’t particularly matter either way though the arms may be a bit longer (and I have longer arms). I did end up bringing one turtleneck and one crew neck to Japan (despite the weather report suggesting it would be warm) and did need both in the final city as a cold spell arrived and I was a bit under-dressed. (Didn’t have time to order online for cashback) $74.60

Uniqlo OKASHI T-shirt (black Morinaga Hi-CHEW, M) – I walked passed the purple Hi-CHEW T-shirt in Japan and almost passed out because it was so cute and so me (I’m a huge fan of Hi-CHEW). The design with the pocket is just so adorable, but I chose the black T-shirt (not as cute) because I didn’t really like the purple colour. I didn’t bother to try it on because I love these kind of T-shirts oversized and tend to just buy M (or L if sold out) in Uniqlo for these T-shirts. They’re super comfortable for wearing around at home. ¥1,065 = (based on the rate I exchanged cash) ~$13.56

Comme des Garcons PLAY double heart T-shirt (black, M) – This was also purchased in Japan (T affectionately refers to it as my “Komee T-shirt” since it became a joke after various attempts at spelling the store to him while having him to plot the shop on Google Maps). The range and sizes were pretty depleted in store and you’re not even allowed to try on long/short-sleeve T-shirts! I was deciding between two long-sleeve tees (because I didn’t see any short-sleeved ones) until the store assistant pulled out this T-shirt and I fell in love. I know they run small but gosh they run really small! I might have even preferred an L! The fit is really lovely though. ¥7,334 = $93.95

April 2019 total: AU$315.26

No other purchases and returns, or wardrobe updates.

What I bought & Wardrobe diaries: March 2019

New in

Equipment Slim Signature silk shirt (cactus print; XS): I mentioned in the previous month’s post that I found this shirt and print on eBay, which led me to finding it on Order of Style (last one remaining!). I only bid up to around $80 (including shipping) on eBay and lost so I immediately went online to purchase this. It’s so adorable that I can’t bear to wear it. I’m honestly not sure if I will or if I’m going to keep it like a collectable, haha! Please don’t judge my cactus obsession. $162

Celine Soft Cube bag (burgundy with navy handles; pre-owned via eBay): Oops. I saw this bag for the first time on Temporary-House Wifey’s blog in February/March and instantly fell in love with it. I think Phoebe Philo released it in mid-2017 so it was only made for a few seasons. I found the shape of the bag gorgeous and it looked so practical, but I didn’t really see any colour combinations that I liked. I would have gone for navy since that’s one of the colours I’m looking to add to my collection, but I only saw pictures of it in silver hardware, and I wouldn’t compromise on my gold hardware preference for such expensive bags. So I quietly admired it but actually I was hunting other (not as rare) Celine bags. By chance I saw this pre-owned bag in burgundy pop up on Vestiaire during my morning check (ack, I check four sites every morning and night) in new near condition. With import taxes, it came to AU~2000+ which was more or less what it would have cost when brand new. I was so conflicted all day and very nearly purchased it that night but decided to just sleep on it… it wasn’t meant to be if someone else got it. In photos, the bag also comes up a bit brown and I really dislike brown. T insisted it looked brown. I looked up as many pictures as I could of this bag in this leather and it did seem to look more brown- or more red-burgundy in different lights. Overall I still really liked the colour, but it was so hard to find information about this bag except for that one blog post and a Youtube video in a language I can’t understand! Then I decided to make a last ditch effort and checked eBay. Lo and behold I found the same Austrian seller had listed the bag for much cheaper, but it was in German so it was just some luck that I found it! I asked for more pictures and even inquired about the receipt and she did actually have one! After getting an authenticator’s opinion from The Purse Forum, I committed and made my maximum bid (850 euro) on Saturday night and went to sleep. The auction ended around 6am and someone had been bidding against me in the last ten minutes but I still won it for 805 euro + 42 euro shipping. I found a 10% eBay coupon and it came down to 766.50 euro! I had been educating myself on filling out the import forms, expecting to pay taxes (never had to before but I factored it in) but it just arrived at my parcel locker without any issues! My initial impression of the bag was it was smaller than expected since I’d never seen it in person. It fits a lot and is the lightest bag I own, which is no small fete considering it beats many smaller bags. The leather is divine and the colour is a rich, deep burgundy. T still calls it brown but I actually absolutely love the colour and I just ignore him. It might be my favourite bag in terms of looks and practicality. I told myself that my collection was getting out of hand and I would sell up to three of my least used three bags, and then my work bag which would be replaced by this Celine. However, then T started going on about how his favourite bag was one I was going to sell, and then I realised I wouldn’t want to carry the Celine in the pouring rain… so I still haven’t decided to sell any yet! I will have to reassess after returning from holiday…!! I have zero regrets about this bag and have worn it every day for the last three weeks. While I haven’t exactly completed my Celine wishlist yet, I’d be pretty happy if this was my last old Celine bag. One small unfortunate thing was I had cancelled my 28 Degrees Mastercard that week so I didn’t get a good exchange rate on the purchase as I had to use a normal credit card (probably wasted about $50-60); $1282.12

March 2019 total: AU$1444.12

Other updates

Those Frame denim jeans from last month have now been hemmed so they’re an ankle jean on me. They are super comfortable but stretch out so, so, so badly! Within a few minutes they ride down and I have a baggy crotch. It’s a terrible look so I’ve only been wearing it (because so comfy!) with longer tops. This cannot compare at all to AG Jeans, which are stretchy but hold their shape without fail from morning to night. Perhaps I could size down to my usual size if I were to give their jeans another go, but I’m not skeptical whether that would explain most of the waist and crotch bagginess. I can take the jeans on and off without undoing the zip or button, for goodness sake!

I sold an old Sportsgirl plaid shirt and a Honey & Beau silk maxi dress (new with tags) on eBay. There was this occasion-wear dress store, Swish Clothing, that used to do three for $99 sale dresses during sale periods. I don’t know if they still do or if the stores still exist as I no longer live near one. I remember the one and only time I went in, I picked up three amazing full length dresses for $99 – two of them were silk. I’ve worn two to weddings but the last one looks like a bridesmaid dress (my Mum insisted up and down it didn’t when we were in store). I’ve been trying to sell it for one or two years now and someone finally made a bid and I accepted. I didn’t lose that much and still consider the other two dresses bargains. Minus shipping and fees for both: +$27.88